Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. This is the story of our continuing Journey through the ups and downs of maintenance.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mid-Week Work Out

I just got back from the gym and it's 12:40 am.  I'm so glad I went.  I walked for 2 miles on the treadmill at an incline of 5 and speed of 3.5, and cycled over 3 miles on the bike over "hills"... that was a killer!  I love the feel of that burn in my legs!  I had a lady take picture so I could prove to Brent I was there (not that he wouldn't have believed me, tho lol)

I've been staying up too late with him gone... but I am trying not to.  Yet I can feel that we are being blessed.  I am feeling so thankful tonight... for my kids, for this time I have with them to bond a little more as a "single" parent.  I'm thankful for the support I feel while my husband is gone, and for the sweet spirit in our home.  I'm thankful for my opportunities to serve that help me think outside myself and bring me joy.  I am thankful for my dear friends... in the real world and in blog land.  My relationships are my driving force in life and what I cherish the most and I am so grateful for loving family and friends!

I am so thankful to those who rejoice with me in coming out of my "prison" of obesity and who listen, tolerate and empathize in all the incredible discoveries of my journey.  The year 2010 up till now has been the most dramatic experiences in my entire 42 years of mortal life!  It's like bringing that Iron Curtain down.  I feel humbled and thankful to have such a blessing and to be working to free myself from the thoughts of self-loathing that have bound me for SO LONG!

I've been listening to a favorite song called "Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone" and it certainly feels like my personal theme song with this journey of losing my weight and gaining my self-worth!  I love the chorus when they sing:  "My chains are gone, I've been set free.  My God, My Savior has ransomed me.  And like a flood, His mercy reins, unending love, Amazing Grace."  It brings tears to my eyes every time.  I feel like I have been ransomed!

Brent comes home this weekend.  I am more than a little excited to see him.  It's only for 2 days... but boy, are we going to make the most of those 2 days!!  Life is GOOD!!   XOXO ~Margene

PS - Wouldn't it be So cool if I reached my goal this weekend??  I am trying SO hard to be strictly on plan... I wavered a little yesterday by eating a little beef jerky but working it out today!


spunkysuzi said...

It has been a pleasure and an honour to follow your journey! Thanks for allowing us to follow your journey.
I'm sending positive thoughts and vibes that you will make goal this week :)

Julie said...

Good luck this week Margene. You've come as very, very far. You have come out of your cocoon and turned into the most beautiful butterfly.
Enjoy the excitment building up to this weekend and then lots and lots of love when Brent it home.
Take care my friend. Have an awesome and blessed day!!

Sarah said...

Sometimes I want to take pictures of myself at the gym to prove to people that I've really been there! I love your blog, it's so sweet, nice, and full of positive things!


Michele said...

I am so very happy, Margene, that you have escaped from the prison of obesity. Your posts are inspiring to all of us. We can feel your triumphs and your own determination with every word you write. This is a tough time while Brent is away, but yo are staying the course. Love the picture of you at the gym. And thanks so much fro sharing your kindness by stopping by my blog. Enjoy your beautiful kids! This is a special time for all of you.

Darvis Simms said...

When you realize you have been given the power to change the things in your life that you do not like, then you are free. Keep the faith.

gracies tough journey said...

I am so blessed to follow this journey with you. Gracie

Kimberlynn said...

Margene I was in church a couple of weeks ago singing this very song. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I sang these words and I thought about how far I've come and all that the Lord is doing in me. I'm right there with you my friend!

Love and hugs!!!