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, July 27, 2011

I never knew...

That I loved nature SOO much!!  There is something about bringing my eating into harmony with how God would want me to eat and being able to enjoy all of His creations.  When I was heavy, I don’t remember loving the outdoors or smelling that fresh air or noticing the intricate beauty of trees and mountains!  I feel like I can’t get enough of it now!
To rewind back a bit... these last few days have been hard.  Brent has gone back to work and I don’t know a single soul here.  There is so much to do and I find myself sleeping in way late & my kids do too.  I’ve layed in bed early in the mornings thinking to myself that I should go run.  I haven’t run since well before my move and I have been eating extra calories.  I need to get more active!  But I find reasons to lay in bed and rest or think and procrastinate my mornings away.  BUT today, I got up and went running!  Yay me!  I ran for 20 minutes until my knee started hurting.  I will need to build it up again so I’ll take it easy and not push it.  It was a nice run and I enjoy seeing my thin shadow on the pavement.  It still surprises me that it’s my shadow!  Brent and I are thinking about running another 5K in August here in Utah.  That would be our first 5k running together if we do!
Then tonight, my girls had a church activity so me and the boys had a delicious dinner of salad and tai peanut chicken.  There was a loud thundering and lightening storm around dinner time with a major downpour of rain.  After that was all done, we went for a bike ride.  WOW!  Pictures just can’t do justice to the beauty here.  We live in our own valley with surrounding majestic mountain ranges and amazing sunsets.  There are gravel and dirt trails all over along with paved trails.  There are fields of wheat and bushes of mint and all kinds of yummy smells.  

 We had so much fun exploring for several miles around our house and naming the dirt roads our own names so we can refer to them later.  I could explore those trails for hours on end and never get bored!

Today was a good day.  
Next, I hope to get my kids signed up for school and pray that they will find good friends - kindred spirit friends.  And I may slip a few prayers in there that I will find some too!  
Life is good!


Grace. said...

I hope I love nature one day!

Sharon said...

I think of you often and actually referred to you in my post yesterday. Although not by name, I think you'd recognize yourself!! Moving and finding a new support system is never easy. You are in my prayers as you and your family work through this transition.

D said...

Prayers that you will meet some nice friends soon and your kids adjust well to school.

You could try posting/looking at Craigslist for exercise buddies?

Joy said...

So glad you are enjoying your new home. Way to get back to exercising!

When I was heavy I enjoyed nature only from afar. Never got into it, just looked at it. I even used to hate summer because I was so uncomfortable. Now I love summer and can't get enough of being outdoors.

Keep up the great work my Friend!

Love and hugs to you!

Kimberlynn said...

I sure wish we lived closer...wouldn't that be fun? We could get out there together and explore. I didn't used to love the outdoors at all, but I sure do now. I know it's gonna take some time to adjust and make new friends, but in the meantime enjoy this beautiful place and take a big hug from me!!!


gracies tough journey said...

The pictures are beautiful. Praying for lots of good friends for you and the children in Utah. Gracie

Jennifer said...

Love the pics! I can really relate to how you discovered you love nature. I too discovered this! I just got back from a family trip to the mountains. It was really great and something spoke to me that made me feel like I belonged there. It was so odd. I put pics on my blog. You are doing great. I am so happy for you.


Karla said...

Looks like a fun day with the family :)