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!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

What Faith means....

Hello there blog friends!  I hope you are having a TERRIFIC week!

It might seem that I've fallen off the blog radar, it's just LIFE has come in full force.  Big ups and big downs, but what else is new?  I think what it's come down to me lately is just my FAITH.  And by faith, I mean believing in myself and trusting in the Lord.  Believing the best of others and their intentions... believing that difficult situations will work out for my best in the end.

I find that we believe what we tell ourselves!  So if we tell ourselves that we are blessed and have loving family and friends - we will believe it.  But if we tell ourselves that we are alone and no one is true to us - we will believe that too.  So it's important to FEED OURSELVES GOOD THOUGHTS.

My Faith is in choosing to believe the good of myself and others, especially when it's hardest and things are difficult.

So on that note, my daughter, made a video by herself on what faith means to her.  She did if for a project she was working on and more than half the pictures are personal ones of ours.  I'd like to post if for you to enjoy.  I think she did a fantastic job!!  ENJOY.





LIFE IS GOOD!!! 
Love,
~Margene
xoXoxO