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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Sunday, September 11, 2011


We had our first real “vacation” type experience this year just yesterday as we took our kids to LAGOON amusement park.  The last time we were there was in 2007 - 4 years ago.  We scoured the park all day long and stayed until closing and had a fabulous time that we didn’t want to end.  We stayed through the heat and then the rain until they kicked us out!

Lagoon 2007                                                  Lagoon 2010

LAST time I was there in 2007, I remember NOT going on most of the rides and being TIRED much of the time.  THIS time it was a blast!  We went from thrill ride to thrill ride and I even rode the coaster “Wicked” which I was too scared to even think about last time.  I rode it with my girls 3 times.  

What a rush!  I really think I could get into thrill coasters.  Now I’m thinking about planning a trip to Magic Mountain!  After going on a ride called the Spider with the kids, I was running and skipping down the exit way towards my husband and put my hands in the air like it was a party.  When I got to him and we hugged, he whispered to me, “You are so young!”  That made me feel good.  I’m glad he didn’t say “You are so immature” even though that is closer to the truth!  lol

I am finding that everyday is about CHOICE.  One bad choice (or several) need not continue or discount good choices OR determine my next choice.  I really love this quote that Christine put on her post a while back and I’d like to share it here:

Whether we're on the path toward victory or defeat is determined by the very next choice we make. Not the choices from yesterday. Not the choices five minutes ago. The next choice. Our very next choice. May it be that of an overcomer.
by Lysa Terkeurst

Every day I start fresh with my healthy food choices.  I refuse to be a statistic!  I truly believe it’s possible to keep this weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle, even when life gets hard and stressful.  Being healthy makes it easier to handle the stresses of life!  I’m still counting my blessings.  Life is good!

Chicken salad with cottage cheese           Salad with chicken meatballs (and hot sauce)

Here are some of our dinners (lean and greens) we had the other day.  Yummy.


Julie said...

You guys look so awesome Margene. AWESOME!!!
I am so proud of you. Thank you for your encouragment. 34:08 was my last time in June. I'll just give it my best. Thank you!!
Take care and God Bless!!

Joy said...

Hi my Friend, Your vacation sounds amazing. I agree with your Hubby, you are young!!!! Isn't it fun?

Keep up the great work and stay focused!!!

Miss you!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like that quote, too. And you guys look like you're having fun. :D Very cool.


gracies tough journey said...

What an inspiration you are. The pictures tell the story. Your husband is so awesome!!!
God Bless!!

Sarah said...

You guys look great. I love seeing the activities you guys are doing these days!


Becca said...

I have nominated you for a blog award...You can check it out on my latest post http://24nomore.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-first-blog-award.html

I love seeing the two pictures of you guys before and after, amazing!! and you look so happy in the pics from you riding the rides!!!

Michele said...

What great pictures! Wow, I can feel your radiance!

Joy said...

Hey Friend!! How are you? I hope you are doing well!!

Just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award today!! Congrats!

Miss you!!

Stay focused!