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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Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Monday...

How did you survive Easter Candy Weekend?

I’ll tell you how I did... I ate two Reese’s PB eggs (on different days)... and I had a ham dinner with cheesy potatoes on Sunday.  Not too bad, but definitely higher calories that I normally want to have. SO.... today is back on PLAN.  I refuse to feel guilty, but just to move on.
I said goodbye to Brent Sunday morning :( and this morning I really wanted to crawl back into my bed after getting the kids off to school.  I ate too much on Sunday and the weather was all rainy, my man was gone, I had every reason to crawl back into bed.  But I didn’t!  I actually got dressed and went to the gym and started my running workout!  And I’m So glad I did!!  The old Margene would have gone back to bed and felt sorry for herself.  No more!!
My running plan today was to run for 1 minute and walk for 4, doing it 9 times.  I made a little post-it note to check off each time I ran for 1 minute.  It was so much more encouraging to do that today than last Thursday when I first started - yet it was still challenging and I did it!

Later on today I made some medifast food:  Peanut butter muffin/brownies, Banana muffin/brownies, and Macadamia nut chocolate cookies! And I made some 2 flavor pack  puddings with chocolate german cake on the bottom and banana coconut on the top.

We had a FABULOUS saturday as a family starting out with an easter egg hunt at a friends house, and then out to the Tulip Festival which is where I had my first rock wall climbing experience.  It was interesting to come back home and compare our pics with last year at the Tulip Festival.  I can't believe it's only been a year!
Tulip Festival 2010
Tulip Festival 2011
Friday and Saturday that Brent was home was the perfect blue sky weather!  What a reflection of how wonderful it was to all be together again.  I really can't wait until we are all together as a family in our new place.

I was reading from a cute little book called “I hope you know how much I love you and other advice for a happier life” by John Bytheway and I love the first chapter already.  It’s about contentment vs. competition.  As women, we often compare ourselves with each other and then put ourself down if we don’t have the same talent or ability we see in someone else.  But we are counseled  to focus on finding contentment - which allows us to be ourselves!  

I liked this quote by Marjorie Pay Hinckley “Choose carefully each day that which you will do and that which you will not do, and the Lord will bless you to accomplish the important things that have eternal consequences.”  When you do the best you can, you can be at peace, and with the Lord’s spirit, you can feel content.  That is a great message for me today.  Life is GOOD!!


Sharon said...

I love the tulips - probably my favorite flower! I also loved the quotes. Thanks for sharing.

D said...

Wow the tulips are beautiful.

Great job on getting up and exercising after the Easter treats.

BTW I loved your video on rock climbing. Wow how amazingly far you have come in such a short time. You continue to inspire me (esp since I have been stuck on my weight loss for several months).

gracies tough journey said...

What a difference a year makes. You and Brent look wonderful. It is also amazing to see how much children grow up in one year. God Bless

MaryFran said...

Way to go for pushing yourself to the gym and getting your run workout in! You rock girl!!!!

Great job on the easter candy also! Two peanut butter eggs (on different days) is a a victory in my book! I was able to forego the candy this past weekend. I usually have a problem with the peanut butter eggs...but this year I've not been able to eat them...they make me cry as they make me think about a good friend that passed away a few weeks ago (two nights after he and I talked about and ate peanut butter eggs)

spunkysuzi said...

What a wonderful Easter weekend you had! Beautiful family :)
I worked all weekend so no Easter foods for me.

Sarah said...

Adorable pictures!
I'm glad you aren't beating yourself up for going off plan for a day or meal. There is no reason to dwell on it, but just move on and get back on track!


Casey said...

You look great! And those tulips are just breathtaking, we have nothing like that in my neck of the woods!

The Fat Mom said...

I think it takes a strong person to not dwell on past food mistakes! Good for you.

Tulips are my favorite flower. I love the picture....not only of the beutiful flowers, but of your beautiful family.

Julie said...

YEAH for Margene. You are maintaining, that means higher calorie days, lower calories days but at the end of the week it all totals out. You are doing so great Margene.
I have got to check out your recipe for the muffins. I'm craving something bready and a good for me muffin would work great.
Take care and have a blessed evening.

Angela Cruz said...

I beg you to share the recipes for PB Muffin/Brownies and Macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies!

Joy said...

I love the Tulip Festival. We have a tulip field close by and I drive by it every day. Just brings me a ton of joy!!

Keep up the great work and stay focsued!