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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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Week 4 since reaching GOAL

Today I am actually 1 pound LESS than goal weight.  Woo Hoo!  The scale said 134 pounds.  It’s been a good week.  I appreciate every single comment and word of encouragement I received from my last post.  Last weekend was my worst time yet... but things have been so much better.  It’s so refreshing and touching to see there is still so much kindness and compassion in the world!
And in 6 days, I see my man!!  He is flying in for two days to see us and will head back to Utah on Easter Morning.  We will have TWO precious days with him.  I am SO looking forward to that.  There are a million fun things I’d love to do when he’s here, and even more things we should get done to prepare to move in June.  Yet, I’d be happy to just hug him the whole time.  It’s been so hard to be apart.   But good news... we are down to two homes that we have offers on and one of them should be coming through soon.  Once we actually have a signed offer from the bank... things will be moving forward even more quickly.
So.... Maintenance!
This is new for me.  I am no longer in this intense “weight loss” mode.  I am still eating my 5 and 1 plan, yet allowing myself some indulgences here and there.  And I’m trying to control my desire for more indulgences.  This is a tricky.  Before I wouldn’t allow myself to dwell on eating foods off plan, but NOW I find myself considering it and dwelling on it more.  I don’t want to live each day feeling guilty over everything I eat or want to eat - YET, I do need to not feel like I can just let go and eat whatever.  I need to find balance.  It’s like my journey has stepped into a new phase.  I am leaning so much from others who have gone before me... you my fellow bloggers and friends... and I am leaning a lot on prayer.  I will NOT go back.
And guess what?  I own a couple of size 8 jeans now too!  I wear size 8 and size 10.  It feels so good.  Also... I tried YOGA!  I am proud of myself for going even without a friend or partner (I have a hard time motivating myself when I’m by myself)... but I did it and I enjoyed it.  I was able to get my body in positions I didn’t know I could!  But I stink at balance and I can def. use practice.
Fun Surprise:  A friend invited me over to her home this week and didn’t tell me specifically what for.  She ended up treating me to lunch at Baja Fresh in honor of reaching my goal!  I had a chicken bowl and had them cut the rice and use lettuce instead an add extra chicken.  
I also added salsa after this pic was taken.  It was so good!  But it didn’t end there... THEN she wanted to take me shopping for a new outfit or a couple clothes items to also celebrate.  She had made room in her budget to do that.  I was blown away!  I had secretly written down YEARS AGO that one of my bucket list things to do was to loose my weight and go clothes shopping with a friend.  This was it!!  I have never been clothes shopping with a friend in my life!  I am such a newby when it comes to shopping and it was so fun!  We both tried on clothes and dresses and her daughter was our “judge”.  I ended up with a size 8 white capri (I’ve never bought white before) and a size 10 jeans.  That really made my day - that she had put that much thought, time, and money into thinking of me.  I feel very blessed!  Life is good!
Latest Favorite:  Medifast Pancake packet made into 2 waffles (by adding a 3-4 Tbs egg beaters & 1/4 baking powder to the mix) - with 2 Tbs chocolate PB2, and 1 Tbs Walden Farms jelly.  Oh my... it is divine!  Especially for those doing this plan and are not having bread.  THIS is the ultimate pb & j fix!  I’d eat this off plan too! 
I hope you have an On Plan week - get out and get your body moving - Celebrate Life!!  It's Easter Week!!!  (my Favorite holiday after Christmas!!)  Life is GOOD!!


spunkysuzi said...

Huge congratulations!!

E. Jane said...

Wonderful news, Margene! So glad to hear that things are going well.

A Journey to a new me... said...

sounds like you had a wonderful week!! congrats...and here's to next weekend with the hubs!!

Sandy "Sugarspice76" said...

Congrats on heading to maintenance! You are an inspiration! Have a great weekend!

Natalia said...

Awesome!!! :) You are doing so great!

Absolutely, Positively Josie said...

The fact that you are one pound below goal is the most awesome thing! I am learning so much from you!

May God bless you with the most blessed Easter!

Julie said...

You are doing so awesome. And that waffle and PBJ looks wonderful. I am hungry but it's 11:30 at night, not a good thing to eat now. But I bet daycare would love it on Monday.
Take care and have a great and blessed weekend.

Karla said...

So fun :) glad you had a good week!prod

Joy said...

So nice to have friends!! That was awesome!!

Way to go on your loss. You are going great.

Keep it up!!!

Kimberlynn said...

Way to go Margene!!! I'm so proud of you. You look so beautiful and happy in this picture. It's good to have friends that can celebrate with us, huh?

As always, thanks for sharing. You're such an inspiration. Oh, by the way, how are you feeling since your surgery?

Be blessed!!!

gracies tough journey said...

Yipppeeeee below your goal. You are awesome. I am so happy your feeling better. Enjoy your time with your husband. That will be the best thing for you. The medifast pancakes look great. I am on HMR, similar to medifast, but I think Medifast has more options. I need to start making up recipes with my HMR. I know I can make muffins, just havent done it. God Bless friend.

Michele said...

HI, Margene,
How terrific that you lost an additional pound on maintenance! I can hardly imagine how good it must feel to wear size 8 jeans. Good for you! I am so happy your hubby will be home for two days. I hope you hear soon about one of the houses. Have a great week! Michele

mimi for fitness said...

Awesome..Congratulations, it is indeed a huge success!!!