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, April 26, 2013

Change and RE-FOCUS + Dance Dare #7


Here I am... at another place on my journey.  Another place of change.  Have you noticed that change is fine when you're making it happen yourself and plan for it?  When it's something you want and have been anticipating?  Change isn't so great when it's unexpected and shifts your footing to where it can knock you down. 

So as you can tell by the sparsity of my blog posts, I've had life and different responsibilities cross my path that have re-directed me in many ways.  I am always looking for a reason that things happen, because I don't believe in coincidence.  I don't believe that you meet anyone by chance.
 
For the last 9 months I was called into service in my church as Relief Society President, a daunting responsibility, to which I felt extremely inadequate, but learned to rely on my Heavenly Father more than any other time in my life.  I was recently released from this service, quite unexpectedly I might add.  Usually one serves in this capacity for several years.  But alas, change rolls around when you least expect it and just when you think you know what you're doing!  This wasn't an easy change as I had my whole heart into my calling and I held nothing back.  I felt it was part of the reason we even moved here.  I felt like I was making a difference.  I was truly heartbroken to have it come to an end so soon and so unexpectedly.  But I am learning once again to trust in the Lord and in His Timing.

So I find myself with more time.  I never realized how much time I actually do have now... to focus on my own family, and my own health.   And NOW I have time to re-focus myself.  I've let too much weight slip back on and my knee has began hurting for a while and affecting my ability to be as active as I'd like to be.  I've even had to pull out of playing basketball!!!!  I cannot tell you what a disappointment that's been!!  It makes me feel like I've aged ten years (like I actually feel my age right now!) Running is painful.  This is not acceptable to me.


 I went on an awesome hike a few weeks ago over Spring Break - a very breathtaking and cool hike!!  But my knee was in pain the whole time.  I'm thinking it's the extra weight I've let slip back on. 


SOO -   FIRST thing is:  We're going back ON PLAN to get our extra weight off.  
We're actually on day 3 right now!  
And next we're working on several other things.  
It's nice to be able to do that and have the time to re-focus.


Look... I focused on these deer as I drove by.  It really is a hunters delight where I live, we see deer all the time and have to watch that we don't hit them!

Here are some of our meals I've focused on making lately.  YUM.

Veggie Salad with beef strips - Salmon & Sausage with steamed broccoli 
Beef strips with sauteed peppers and mushrooms


So my motto these days is:  Trust in the Lord and in His Timing.  
Even when things don't look great, you've got to BELIEVE that God has something better in mind for you - you just have to have FAITH and PATIENCE in Him.

Life is GOOD!!
~ XOXO Margene

PS - I finally had time to Focus on putting together my latest Dance Dare video!
So here is Margene's Seventh Dance Dares!  Enjoy!!

7 comments:

Karen said...

Glad you are getting back on track. Putting yourself first is key, IMO. Will the weight loss help your knees. I know mine can act up , even at normal weight. Getting off gluten and drinking bone broth have helped. Good luck.

Sarah said...

Beautiful pictures and loving the dance dares.

gracies tough journey said...

You crack me up with the dance dare lol.. Stay on track, you deserve it. You are AWESOME...Gracie

Lori said...

Welcome back. God's timing is always perfect. He'll lead you through this season.
Lori

Christine said...

I look forward to reading about what is happening in your life now that you have 'more' time.
WELCOME BACK!

Our Silver Palace Adventure said...

Margene, I can not tell you how much inspiration you have given me when I was just starting mf last summer. I actually sat up all night and read your entire blog. You made me believe I could do it too. I have (to date) lost 60 lbs. and want to thank you. As you help others, you help yourself. Welcome back on plan. I look forward to seeing your (hopefully) weekly blogs!!

TSFL Blogger said...

I just found your blog today. I wish you lots of success. I just started TSFL 2 weeks ago and am blogging about it, too.
Have a great, healthy week!