The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend adventures...

There is WAY too much to blog about this weekend so I'll try to be brief:

♥ AS OF SATURDAY MORNING, IT'S OFFICIAL...I'VE LOST 75 LBS SINCE FEBRUARY!!! I'm now $150 richer (compliments of BFF Audrey and my mom)

♥ Friday my friends had a game night party for an early birthday event and it was a blast. We played Phase 10 and Apples to Apples. I was really thankful for them that night though because I realized that I have some of the best friends who are encouragers and not enablers. To rally around my weight loss journey, they all brought a healthy dish to eat even though they aren't all dieting themselves. I LOVE THE FRIENDS GOD'S BLESSED ME WITH!!! (now, I must say, the guys are definately encouraging as's a little harder for them to give up their food...

♥ Saturday I did 25 minutes on the stair master. I went to one of my BFF's wedding shower, Ashley. In the evening my family had a game/Wii party with Ground Turkey taco salads and it was a lot of fun. That night my friend Ty and I went on a 2 1/2 mile walk at the park...

♥ Sunday morning church. After church a group of the girls went out to First Watch - i heart first watch. I had a egg white omelette w/ turkey.

♥ The sisterhood. Late this week a group of ladies I met through Kristin Steede's blog formed sisterhood as we've literally developed some very deep relationships in the matter of a few weeks. I feel closer to these ladies than some people I've known my whole lives. I LOVE MY SISTERS and I'm thankful beyond words for the sisterhood. These ladies have been "tattooed" on my heart. My last blog actually talked about the challenge I proposed for one of these ladies (and a second sister took it up) and after 5 days of following my challenge, SHE LOST 7 LBS....7 LBS IN 5 DAYS!!!

♥ I had the "opportunity" if that's what you'd call it to write out some really, really personal deep things this weekend and share them in confidence to not only my sisters, but also a wonderful friend that I cherish. Sometimes as much as you hate it, you've got to look at some things, acknowledge them and keep going from there. There is a scripture that says, "Confess your sins one to another so that you may be HEALED!" (James 5:16) I'm just standing on God's word and believing for that emotional and mental healing...and I'm thankful that my story wasn't received with a judgmental heart!

"Don't let your past dictate what your future will be..."

After getting my hair done. :)
Healthy food compliments of my lovely friends!
Fat-free cream cheese, cucumber, fresh dill and seasonings on a small piece of bread.

My "Birthday Cake." Fresh berries, angel food cake, greek yogurt & fat free cool whip

Veggie plate w/ low fat ranch dip

Fruit Kabobs

Ashley preparing some food.
My friend Audrey loves me...she brough Diet Coke w/ Lime.
...NOW, not everyone wanted to eat healthy...
Kim had a slice of pizza that the boys bought for themselves.
Matt & Stephen were definately all about the pizza too.
I have to give it up for Steven though - he's lost 15lbs now in 3 weeks!
Ashley and I with our poker...or eh...PHASE 10 faces on! :)
The wedding shower was at the most georgeous house i have EVER seen. Oh my!
They have a stinkin' sauna in their house. An inground pool, hot tub, 3 fireplaces, more bathrooms than I can count and 5 bedrooms each the size of a masterbed. WOW!
The chandeliers made me think of Shauna! The faux paint in a few rooms made me think of my friend Jennifer which made me smile.
The "soon to be" bride and groom following wedding shower.
Aren't they so stinkin' cute. He just got back from 10 months in China (almost their entire
"Lunch" after church today @ first watch.
Egg white omelette w/ salsa, English Muffin & fresh tomatoes.
Our sisterhood photo for our private facebook group - I love these ladies and am so thankful to know them and be encouraged by them.

Verse of the Day:

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.


WriterMarie said...

Wow! You had a super busy weekend! Congratulations on hitting the 75 pound mark...that is awesome! I love all of the pictures you put up too. Happy Birthday!!! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS ON HITTING 75 GIRL!!!! WHAT A FABULOUS BIRTHDAY GIFT!!! I just ate my raisin bran....and craving an egg white omellete now! YOU KNOW WHAT OUR DINNER WILL BE! ha ha ha! I had fun reading through this and reminiscing with you!

Magic Brush said...

Your "sisterhoood" makes me smile! That food makes me hungry! Your weekend makes me tired! YOu were busssssssy!!!!!

So proud of your 75 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!

Magic Brush said...

PS Happy Birthday!!!! Are you a Leo? My b'day is the 29th... coming up!

Betsy said...

75 pounds since Feb?! You GO girl! That is amazing, great job!!! :)

Glad you had such a great birthday! That healthy food looks delicious!

Valerie said...

Oh my gosh! I am SO PROUD OF YOUR 75 POUNDS!!! Wow! That's a HUGE accomplishment. And since Feb? That is amazing, Demesha. You are incredible.

Thank you for your support and believing in me when I didn't. You have helped me find the "fractured pieces" of myself and you were like the super glue (and you still are to a certain extent) holding them together. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so lucky to have met you!

Tony C said...

AWESOME!!! Wow...75 lbs!

I'm very happy for you and please know that it is a true blessing to read your post. I'm always uplifted and encouraged by what you write.

Beautiful heart...beautiful smile. What's not to love?

God bless and keep you Mesha.

Kristen said...

75 lbs! That is amazing!! You better be so proud of that! Looks like you had a terrific weekend!