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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Friday, October 21, 2011

Three P's...

 A new favorite snack or mini-meal I've been enjoying has been to take my low fat cottage cheese and add a little dill weed & garlic powder and then use it as a dip for my favorite veggies, like red peppers.  I love it!

I tried a yummy meal the other night.  I took some slices of tomatoes and put them in a pan on the stove and sprinkled some light cheddar cheese on them and then grilled them on both sides.  I added them to my simple chicken salad here and I was amazed at how TASTY it made it  The cheese and chicken were my lean -  and then salad, cucumbers and tomatoes my green.  The hubs loved it too.

 Our doggies are having fun whenever I fire up the treadmill in our room.  They love to walk on there with me and sometimes we get it going really fast and offer treats when they keep up the pace.  It makes us laugh our heads off to see these cute little wiener dogs just cruising it.

 One of our kitty’s (Tommy) got sick and had to be put down.  (A very sad story... deserves a separate post, really).  But Today we brought home a new kitty from the animal shelter and we named him Mango.  So we have Tango & Mango kitties, and Chloe and Zoey doggies.  Mango is so mild and has adjusted quickly.  Mango is on the left here and Tango is just meeting him and feeling a little apprehensive to have a new kitty in his territory.


It’s amazing how our pets have added to our lives so much and just a little over 3 months ago, we were in another state and had no pets.  Our lives have changed so much.  We really do love it here in Utah.  And..... we are actually set to close on our house within 2 weeks!  It’s taken endless months and countless prayers but it looks like it’s going to really happen.  
I’ve been thinking lately of three “P’s”. 
PERSISTENCE
PATIENCE
PRAYER
When I am struggling in any certain area, I usually need to pick up the slack in one of those 3 P’s.  It is extremely applicable to making decisions that affect my health as well.   I am well aware that the adversary is always trying to bring back my old habits, and to get me into negative thinking.  Sometimes we just have to look at how far we’ve come instead of only seeing little progress in the short range.  That is where persistence pays off.
I pray for my blogging friends who may be struggling and discouraged.  I pray that you will find the strength to be persistent and also to be patient with yourself and the results you are going for.
Smile!!  Life is good.  XOXO ~Margene

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Totally love the pic of the dogs on the treadmill. I'd be laughing so hard I'd fall off!

Hope you've settled in to your new life in a new place and found a support group there. I know you were really struggling for awhile.

Change, no matter what kind, I always difficult and takes some adjustment. Sounds like you truly are practicing the three P's!

Karla said...

My pug just sits and waits until I am done, sitting there watching me... I often wonder whats going through his mind?

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

going to have to write down the three p's and put them to use. been struggling just a lil and could use the motivators.sorry to hear about the kitty...it's a tough thing to go through. thankfully you have the other 2 kitties and 2 doggies! GB

Sharilee said...

Great post! And I love the cottage cheese dip idea ... I am going to try it.

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Too cute with the dogs on the treadmill LOL

Jennifer said...

Hi MArgene!!! So many things to say...

1) so sorry for the loss of your kitty. Its so hard to put a pet down. I am glad that you did not let your sadness stop you from providing a loving home for another pet who is deserving and in need of a good home.

2) I am so sorry I have been behind on the blogging front! things got so busy training for the half marathon and the kids starting school up! But its getting chilly here so that means more inside time for me. And that means more blogging :)

3) Our dog is pretty overweight. We are careful how much food she gets but boy does she love food. Anyway, we tried to get her on the treadmill and tried to get her to think it was fun! Nope. She wanted no part of it!!! So good that your dogs love it!

4) I could really use some of your inspiration these days. I am really struggling to get back on plan with the eating!!!! Grrrr... Your words always seem to help!!!

Julie said...

Sorry about your kitty Margene. Love the new addition though. I found a kitten at my sisters I really want. Just maybe we'll be having a new one soon.
Love the 3P's, yes need to keep them up front in life.
You guys have come so far since I've started following. YEAH!!!
Take care my friend and have a blessed weekend.