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Maria7 - Friday Feb 24, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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(Singing)...Good morning, good morning, good morning...to you!.....

It's a very beautiful, sunny, warm springtime-like morning (in the 70's) here in SC...supposed to get up  close to 80 (F) today according to the weather channel on tv...

I feel GOOD today!   I had picked some beautiful flowers from the red camelia bush and put them in the empty vase (from the red rose that Hubby gave me for Valentine's Day recently) to replace the rose that was gone and this morning I went out back and picked some long stem yellow forsythia to go into the vase behind the camellias...very beautiful with the red bow still on the vase.  The vase in setting in the middle of the kitchen table, very pretty.  It is like spring time here and I sat outside  a while this morning and watched the squirrels and the bluejays eat some bread I had thrown out for them in the yard.

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I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567yesterday afternoon for about an hour and she was resting quietly and later she woke up in a good mood and we had a nice visit.  I took her and her roommate each a banana and a sugarfree chocolate pudding. 

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Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567and I had a wonderful Sister-Time together yesterday....We shopped at thrift stores and ate out at Cracker Barrel.

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Scale weighed me at 146.4 this morning...

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flowersyellow.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

supercheese on 02/24/2012:
looks like someone is in a good mood! Love the red chairs with the yellow flowers. Have a lovey day maria!


selina on 02/24/2012:
So glad to hear you're singing :) I can't believe it's almost spring time! We hardly had any winter this year! Stay well!


Umpqua on 02/24/2012:
I wish we could grow camellias here, they're so pretty. Have a good one!


liza36 on 02/24/2012:
I love sister-time! I got to see my sister in CA last week, and it was a wonderful visit. Have a great weekend.


thinkpositive on 02/24/2012:
Love your pictures. Glad your mother is doing okay.


V on 02/25/2012:
Hello Maria <3



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 23, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

 

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Good morning, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, morning (in the 60's) here in SC...supposed to get up to 80 (F) today according to the weather channel on tv...

I am feeling much better this morning...thank you for your prayers...I ended up having about 2000 calories yesterday instead of 1050...maybe I needed it since I'm feeling better this morning...

I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567yesterday for about an hour and a half and she was very angry that they had gotten her out of her bed and put her into her wheelchair and was blaming me for it....anyway, I won't go into it....but I had went to a store before I visited her and I bought her and her roommate each a pretty headband to wear....Mom cheered up after they put her in her bed and I put her headband on her and she felt better and put some makeup on and was smiling and cheerful....I also put her roommate's headband on her after she said she wanted it on and both of them looked so pretty...Mom had a red one on with a pretty butterfly in the middle with a little bling on it and her rommmate's was pink with the butterfly and all...

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Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567and I are planning on getting together today and spend some Sister-Time together...maybe go to some thrift stores and get some lunch together or something...

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flowersyellow.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/23/2012:
I hope you have a fun day with your sister!


hollybelle on 02/23/2012:
Sorry about Mom's little meltdown. I'm glad she cheered up. It is so hard being a care-giver. It's hard to be in your mom's position, too. She has to do so many things she doesn't want to - like getting in her chair when she isn't quite in the mood. :o) Have a nice time with sister and put the 200 calorie day behind you!


V on 02/23/2012:
Hi Maria!! I hope you and your sister had a nice visit today!! <3



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

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Update below...see orange...

Good morning, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, morning (in the 50's) here in SC...supposed to get up into the 70's (F) today according to the weather channel on tv...

I am still working on feeling better...it is taking some time...and I am feeling very, very tired...

Meanwhile I visit Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567every day usually, and sit with her an hour or 2 (or more)  no matter if I feel up to going or not...  I have been so exhausted and not feeling up to par at all...I thank you for your prayers for her and me...the nurse informed me yesterday that her very low hemoglobin (see earlier entry for info) is because of a deficit of vitamin B-12 and her iron level is fine...(WHO KNEW)?  So they are starting her on B-12 vitamin this morning.   Mom's last words to me yesterday were "Come back again tomorrow".

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Breakfast this morning was coffee with splenda and ff creamer, a banana, a small container of honey nut cheerios, and a piece of reduced fat cheddar string cheese...all for 350 calories. 

Update...lunch was another small container of honey nut cheerios, a banana, and another string cheese all for 350... supper was mackeral and grits 350 ...later had a late nite food binge of 950 to total 2000.  Calories were around 1100 calories yesterday.

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Hubby just called and asked me to get him another belt today...his belt broke and this is the second one this has happened to recently although I bought them new.  Also got to get him some country ham to make his homemade breakfast biscuits that he takes each morning to work with him.

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flowersyellow.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/22/2012:
I LOVE that picture! I hope you can get some rest and feel better soon!


selina on 02/22/2012:
Feel better soon, Maria! Lovely photo.


supercheese on 02/22/2012:
Have a good day too!!! Feel better!


thenewMLE on 02/22/2012:
Beautiful photo! Take care of yourself. Isn't it a better thing to be the B-12 and not iron deficient? I hope for you mom it will be an easy fix. Make sure you are eating enough...


hollybelle on 02/22/2012:
Sounds like an OK day - hope mom perks up with the B-12. Take care!



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 19, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone.  Not feeling my best today but it'll get better, Lord willing.

Hubby and I visited Mom, who IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567was in distress at the nursing home today (needing to be taken to the bathroom and cleaned up) and it took a while to get someone to come get her and help her but Hubby and I waited and didn't give up until someone came to help her before we came back home.

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This is short and sweet...I'll try to key more when I am feeling better.

 

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Take care.

 

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/19/2012:
Sorry about your mom. Hope you're feeling better tomorrow.


V on 02/19/2012:
:( I hope you are feeling better.. Sorry about your Mom <3


selina on 02/20/2012:
Thanks Maria, I'm glad you enjoyed looking at the photos! I live only 20 minutes away from Washington DC, it's a beautiful place. You should come visit - I'm sure you'd enjoy.

So sorry to hear about your mom and that it was not a very good day for you all. Hope she'll be feeling better today.


hollybelle on 02/20/2012:
Feel better, Maria! Prayers for you and Mom this week!


Umpqua on 02/20/2012:
I hope you feel better and take care!


legcramps on 02/22/2012:
Have a good day!



Maria7 - Saturday Feb 18, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Good evening, Friends.  Okay...what have I done????

Breakfast:  foodgritsplainwhite.jpg image by autumn1234567foodturkeysaupatty.jpg image by autumn1234567foodscrambledegg.jpg image by autumn1234567foodcheese.jpg image by autumn1234567foodbanana.jpg image by autumn1234567450 calories of 1/2 cupful plain white grits, 1 turkey sausage patty, 1 scrambled egg and 1 ounce cheddar cheese and a banana...

 

Mid morning snack:  foodcubedwatermelon.jpg image by autumn1234567 100 calories of cubed watermelon...so far so good, right???

 

Lunch:  foodpbsw.jpg image by autumn1234567Still okay at Smart Balance peanut butter s/w w 2 diet breads at 250 calories...(Subtotal so far 800 calories for the day...)

 

Afternoon Snack:  foodchocolatecandypiece.jpg image by autumn1234567foodchocolatecandypiece.jpg image by autumn1234567200 calories of Valentine candy from Mom...(Subtotal for day 1000 calories)...

 

Late afternoon Snack: food100caloriespopcornbag.jpg image by autumn1234567 It's the 100 calories a bag popcorn but breaks my rule about eliminating extra salt/sodium until at goal and then something UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!...one of Hubby's treats that I usually find disgusting to eat (that's why I buy them for him...he loves them and I do not like them...) foodfudgeroundcake.jpg image by autumn1234567 fudge round...ick!  I should have foregone these 2 items for REAL!  Would have lowered calories and eliminated SODIUM from the popcorn.  (Subtotal for day 1250 now) 

 

Supper:  foodsteak.jpg image by autumn1234567 400 calories of steak...foodsweetpotato.jpg image by autumn1234567 200 calories of baked sweet potato WITH MARGERINE...

(Subtotal for day 1850 now...you would think I would surely quit cause my maintain calories are only 1700...)

Nitetime Snack:  foodspegandmeatballs.jpg image by autumn1234567 400 calories of speghetti and meatballs...bringing TOTAL for DAY to 2250...PLEASE....!  I just have one question....WHY did I do this?????  Please don't say it is just something we all do from time to time...I've been doing really well and I cannot let myself lose all the hard-earned work I've done here lately to get to 145.0...but here I am, as usual...sabotaging my own efforts again!!

Update:  Okay...I have figured it out...had I just eliminated the popcorn 100, fudge round 150, and speghetti 400, my calories for today WOULD HAVE BEEN 1600....   :-(

Did I say I'M STILL HUNGRY??????  :-(

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Hope you are having a good evening.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

V on 02/18/2012:
Actually what I was going to say is that everyone has their days when they are hungrier, for me it is on the days when my workout schedule is loaded, perhaps this might be the same for you.. Anhoo I hope you can sort out whats going on <3


V on 02/18/2012:
Well for me Maria overdoing it was never an issue..It was poor choices that put me in the position that I was in.. For me I think about all of the hard work and dedication that i have put into this and pick and choose my battles wisely..It is not always perfect but I make sure that I balance it all out..


V on 02/18/2012:
Oh sorry, I never let the guilt of not being perfect deter my progress <3


V on 02/18/2012:
That totally makes sense to me..There is no way to undo what has already been done so there is no sense in reflecting on that, we just have to take each day as another day to move forward in our progress :) Thank you my friend for your kind comments..


V on 02/18/2012:
On that note, i bid you a good evening and sweet dreams to you as well <3


selina on 02/18/2012:
Hi Maria! I posted some photos on my page, take a look!

Sorry the day didn't go so well for you.... tomorrow has not been used yet! Stay well!


grannyannie on 02/19/2012:
We all do it, don't worry as you don't do it often! Have a great day!



Maria7 - Friday Feb 17, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Good morning, Friends.

 

I missed the boat to go to Island 144 this morning... still here on Island 145...scale weighed me at 145.0 this morning, same as yesterday and day before...I double checked the scale by weighing different things and weights on it since it is weighing me at EXACTLY 145.0 for 3 days in a row and it is RIGHT...but NO COMPLAINTS!  A CNA at Mom's nursing home asked me how much do I weigh and thinking I was still heavier than her (she and I are same height and I always thought of her as the ideal size and weight for our heights when I was a little heavier) I told her that I weigh 145 and she said she weighs 146 and we stood side by side looking in a full-length mirror and lo and behold, we ARE the same size!  Also Mom asked me yesterday, "Do you weigh 130?"  "No."  "How much do you weigh?" she asked.  "145."  Actually I'm only 5 away from ideal weight goal but if I stayed this weight and size, it would be fine with me, hehehe!  I'm 5'8" and wear size 8 very comfortably. 

 

Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Back at the homefront...

 

HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 found out yesterday that his schedule has been changed and he will NOT have tomorrow off (when we could have gone gallavanting around the countryside together, enjoying each other's company)....But...we both agreed it is a blessing...it will be overtime pay, so we thank the Lord for it.

Hubby and I went to see MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 yesterday together after I received a phone call from the head nurse at her nursing home, telling me that they had checked her hemoglobin level again (a month ago it had dropped to 10 and 12 is the lowest it is supposed to be and I had asked the nurse at that time to ask Mom's Doctor to put Mom on iron and she said she did but he had refused, saying he had decided to wait a month and check her hemoglobin again before taking any action)....well...the nurse announced to me over the phone yesterday that her hemoglobin has now dropped even more, to 8.9 (which though she didn't say it, it is close to critical need for blood transfusion according to what I've read over the internet about it).  She said Mom's Doctor has ordered  specific detailed hemoglobin tests to find out exactly what she is deficient in so they will be doing bloodwork on Mom today as well as they are going to check her bm for 3 days to see if there is any blood in it.  So...I ask for your prayers for Mom again.

Please pray for me as well...I will be going to my Doctor this morning for a follow-up test concerning when I went to the er 2 weeks ago.  (I am feeling MUCH BETTER now though.)

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/17/2012:
Hope your tests turn out well. You're so close to your goal as well. Have a great weekend even though your hubby has to work.


Umpqua on 02/17/2012:
I hope they can sort out your mother's blood levels Maria, and I hope all goes well with your followup visit today. My scale has been doing the same thing as yours - my weight has been exactly the same, within 0.2 pounds, for a couple of weeks now. I ain't complaining either! ;)


thenewMLE on 02/17/2012:
I'll be praying for your Mom. That's great about you being the size of the girl you have noticed! You are my height and my "goal" weight. Sometimes when we look at ourselves we don't see what we really look like. I remember the first time that I watched a show about anorexia, they interviewed a girl that weighed no more than 90 pounds and in her mind her body image was fat. I didn't understand HOW she could even think that, but it is our own personal perception that we have to get beyond. I just want to fit comfortable in my clothes and not be in a size 14 or greater. I would really like to be a 10 because I used to be a comfortable 8 but I will settle for a 10. Right now I am in a 12, but not comfortable. I'm happy for you! Enjoy your weekend!


biscottibody59 on 02/17/2012:
Good going on your loss! I hope your mom gets past this--and your dr visit goes well!

Have a good day!


grannyannie on 02/17/2012:
I'll try re-wetting and stretching the capris and wearing them around the house. BTW, I'm retired.


V on 02/17/2012:
Hey Maria :) Just stopping by to say Hello <3


selina on 02/18/2012:
I hope your mom's blood problems get sorted out soon, Maria. Stay well!



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 16, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Menu update below:

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Good morning, Friends.

I'm still here on Island 145 this morning...scale weighed me at 145.0 this morning, same as yesterday...wooohooo!...you know how it is when you get to a lower number....you wonder if it is going to 'stick'...and it has!

Do you remember Joe when I was on Island 147?  He gave me some good advice about watching out for extra sodium...well, tomorrow makes 2 weeks since I've given up soda pops (as in diet pepsi and diet orange sunkist)...and popcorn.  This has made a BIG DIFFERENCE for sodium reduction.  As for sweets, I eat fruits mostly when I have sugar cravings.  AND...I try to keep my calories under 1700...yesterday my calories were 1600. 

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This is Jerry...do you remember him?

 

Islandbearexercisingoncycle.gif image by autumn1234567

 

He had offered for me to ride his bicycle when I was on Island 147.  Well...I have a mountain bike (beautiful and in good condition that I bought at a yard sale  for only $5 during our last year's vacation in the mountains of NC) that is stored in Hubby's storage building that just needs the tires aired and I'm hoping that soon Hubby will get it done so I can start riding it and I recently bought a bicycle helmet (never had one growing up and no problems but it doesn't hurt to be extra safe)...at a thrift store (Goodwill) for only $3.

 

islandraccoonclappinggif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

This is Jacob, the raccoon who says 'RIGHT ON!'

He encouraged me to eat lots of fresh apples when I was on Island 147.  Islandapples.jpg image by autumn1234567So...although I haven't been having any apples lately, I've been eating bananas and watermelon.

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Back at the homefront...

 

HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 is doing well.  We both got upset stomachs after eating at the expensive buffet restaurant Tuesday nite for Valentines' Day supper and we've decided we don't want to go back to that restaurant anytime soon to put it mildly.  He was up a good deal of the nite with nausea but he is better now.

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I went to see MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 yesterday, who was very angry with me, saying that 'they' had said I had told them to make sure to get her up, dressed and out of her (familiar, comfortable) bed and she was sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway very mad with me.  I told her I did no such thing but she said there were 2 or 3 of them that told her the same thing (while I was wondering why I'd even come).  I wheeled her to her room where she and I could spend some time together and I gave her a banana and a fruit-jello (low  fat and low calories).  I put the same (in a bag) on her roommate's bed, who was not in the room.  I spent about an hour and a half with her and she cheered up some when I painted her fingernails red, which she loves and put lipstick on her and at her request, some pretty earrings in her ears to match the cracker barrel shirt I'd given her the day before that she had on yesterday.

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Today's Menu Plan:

 

Breakfast:  1 cheddar cheese toast made w 1 diet bread and about 1 oz. cheese 130...1 plain diet bread toast with grape jam 130...2 coffees with ff creamer and splenda 20...total for breakfast 300...(300 subtotal)

 

Lunch:  Banana 100 and 1/2 s/w of 1 diet bread 40 and 1 tbs Smart Balance chunky pb 90 and 1/2 cupful of low-cal G2 tropical punch gatorade mixed half and half with water 20...total for lunch 250... (550 subtotal)

 

Supper:  Buffet Restaurant (not the same one we ate at on Valentine's Day):  Salad with fresh veggies and pecans and a little dsg 250...unsweet tea w splenda or splenda-substitute 0...1/2 cupful rice 100...1/2 cupful lima beans 100...1/3 of a pc of fd chicken 100...1/2 cupful of mac and cheese 150...half of a very small pc of cake 150...total for supper 850...(1400 total for day)

 

Total:  1400 calories

 

 

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/16/2012:
Nice visit with you mum, glad she didn't stay angry. You're doing great on the weight and calories!


selina on 02/16/2012:
Thank you Maria! I hope so, I can't wait to see that scale moving downward!

Great visit with your mom, good thing she enjoyed the finger nail polishing and beautification session, how sweet. I spoke with my mom, too, yesterday over skype. It's not the same as visiting personally, but it works when one is so far away...

I have been eating too salty foods I guess (olives, salty cod fish) so I saw my weight go up this morning. Must drink lots of water today. Have a great day!


supercheese on 02/16/2012:
So, is island 147 really an island or just when you were at 147 LOL. I too have been eating too much salty food and now that TOM is coming, i fear the worst (when my salty and sweetness come out). I believe this is my LAST DAY for diet soda (hopefully)


Umpqua on 02/16/2012:
Great job Maria and yay for giving up soda!!


V on 02/16/2012:
I remember all the friends from the island :) Congrats Maria, splendid job <3


thenewmle on 02/16/2012:
Yeah for 145!!! Giving up the sodas really does make a sodium difference! I gave them up 5 weeks ago and that's when the weight was just melting off! I wish I had something else that was a sure drop... I'm getting bored with 164 but I have to admit I feel really good. I guess I should be excited that I'm not moving in the WRONG direction!!! Have a great evening!



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 15, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Hello, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, morning  (in the 50's, I think) here in SC...supposed to get up into the 60's (F) today according to the weather channel on tv...

Scale weighed me at 145.0 this morning...woo-hoo...getting closer to goal...only 5.0 away!!!

 nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

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Hubby surprised me Monday afternoon by presenting me with a beautiful red fragrant rose in a vase with a pretty red ribbon wrapped around it for Valentine's Day.   I surprised him by taking him out to his favorite (though expensive) buffet restaurant last nite for Valentine's Day supper in another town nearby. 

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I visited my Aunt (Mom's only and older sister) Auntanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567yesterday and took her a Valentine's Day gift of a beautifully wrapped gorgeous Cracker Barrel shirt and a red balloon with 'kisses and hugs' written on it and she was VERY HAPPY over it.  I also sang her a special Valentine's Day song from me to her on her piano while I played it.  She had her caregiver to take photos of me singing it to her and had me to sing it to her over and over, which I happily did.  It was something I made up that went like this:

'Happy Valentine's Day...to my beautiful Aunt...

And I love you so much!  Oh yes, I do...

Happy Valentine's Day...to my beautiful Aunt...

Have a happy day!...I love you!'

It was just a little simple tune and song but she loved it so much and I sang it with her sitting right beside me to where I could look at her when I sang the words to her. 

She is a sweetheart...she gave me a beautiful tin of Whitman's chocolates and also another gift that apparently she'd decided to part with which was another of her most precious treasured collection in her kitchen, her green ceramic cookie jar (she's already given me the set of mugs and holder and also the teapot and creamer and sugar for past gifts...)...She has always adored her green ceramic collection that she has had for many, many years...it is her fav.....She still has her green cannister set, which she said she wants me to eventually have...  Her favorite color is green.  I spent about an hour with her and we had a wonderful, happy visit.

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After visiting my Aunt, I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a good while yesterday afternoon and she gave me a big red Valentine box of Russel Stover Chocolates (someone apparently had given her...I think one of her new roommate's Daughters)...  I gave her a beautifully wrapped gorgeous Cracker Barrel shirt and a red balloon that said 'kisses and hugs' on it....  She loved them.  Her new roommate was not in the room as she was out spending time with her Daughter(s), I think, so I put her Valentine's Day gift on her bed (a shirt for her also, wrapped pretty), and an identical balloon like Mom's and Aunt's that I tied to her serving tray table beside her bed for her to find when she would get back to the room.  I spent about an hour and a half with Mom and we had a happy time together and I sang to her, too.

 

flowersyellow.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

 

 

Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 02/15/2012:
Maria, it's so touching about your visit with your aunt and your Mom. Your green ceramic collection is so much more than just a cookie jar! And your gift of song to her is something that money just can't buy! I hope you enjoyed your rose and hubby and dinner - sounds like a fabulous Valentine's day. As much of a sugarholic as I am, I have had to give it up and I am sugarbusting, but I still enjoy baking and eating desserts. I made that dessert sugarfree and white flour free! It was wonderful and not overly sweet. Since I have given up sugar 5 weeks ago, my tastes have adjusted and I can enjoy very lightly sweetened things now! The top is a ganache made with 60% cacao from Ghiradelli so it is a bittersweet chocolate that I lightly sweetened with Torani SF chocolate syrup. But it hit my need for sweet! Have a nice day!


Umpqua on 02/15/2012:
What a wonderful gift to your aunt! My hubby and I were just talking about our most memorable wedding gift, which was my cousin playing her guitar and singing us a John Lennon song, right at our reception! And how wonderful that your aunt is slowly parting with her ceramic collection, you must be very proud to be the new owner. Have a good one!


selina on 02/15/2012:
Lovely entry, Maria! So glad to hear you had a wonderful Valentine's day! Congrats on the weight loss!


grannyannie on 02/15/2012:
What lovely visits you had and a nice rose and dinner with hubby! Way to go down to 145!!


WII on 02/15/2012:
Glad your mom is doing better and has a nice roommate for company! Congratulations on the weight loss!


supercheese on 02/15/2012:
great entry about valentines day!! congrats on 145!! YAY!!


moogy on 02/15/2012:
Wonderful entry Maria, sounds like you are getting lots of love in lots of different ways:) Only right considering all the love you show to others:) Glad your weather is mild, actually glad mine is as well, 80 degrees is mild for this time of year for us:)


V on 02/15/2012:
Well hello there Maria :) I am so happy that you had a good Vday! Congrats!! You will be on the island soon <3


hollybelle on 02/15/2012:
What a sweet and sentimental way to celebrate Valentine's Day - what precious memories you are making. Way to go on your loss.



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 12, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.8

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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 Hello everyone,

I am now in the 145's!  The scale weighed me at 145.8 this morning.  Big Smile!

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Hubby and I just got back from spending about an hour and a half with MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 at the nursing home.  Mom was doing well.  Had on her makeup and jewelry my Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567gave her when she visited her yesterday.  Mom told me that Sister (who has lost a lot of weight recently and is working on getting to her goalweight) left me some candy (quite a lot) and I got it and brought it home...Sister means well...she knows I love chocolate but I am feeling in control of my eating again and only indulge within my alloted calories each day.  Mom's roommate was doing well and one of her 2 Daughters came to visit her while Hubby and I were visiting Mom.  While there, I cleaned Mom's side of the room and brought home some items that were cluttering it.  She still has plenty of her things in there and especially her prized photos of family and friends gracing her long windowsill.

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I talked with Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567over the phone this morning...he sounded very, very happy over his new job, which he has already been working at a few days. 

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Hubby is doing good, too.   While he is taking a Sunday afternoon nap, I am back here in the study, keying this to you. 

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Hope you are having a good afternoon.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

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Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/12/2012:
Well done on getting down to 145!

RYC thanks. My birthday is the 26th.


moogy on 02/12/2012:
I am glad that you sound better Maria and that everyone you love is doing well as well. Mom must have been feeling well to have her make up and jewellery on!! Lovely. I love that picture, perfect for a lady's morning room, to do the correspondence in:) Have a good week lovely lady:)


V on 02/12/2012:
Congrats!! Have a good evening Maria <3


selina on 02/13/2012:
Congrats! Lots, lots, and lots of great news! So happy for you Maria!


supercheese on 02/13/2012:
Congrats!!! 145 was a big deal for me too!! You're almost at your goal! :)


Umpqua on 02/13/2012:
Excellent work on the loss Maria! And yay for spring flowers :)


hollybelle on 02/13/2012:
Sounds like a successful Sunday, Maria. Glad things are looking good for Mom and Brother. Have a good night. I hate to get candy as a gift, too. Like you said - people mean well, I think, but.....


grumpy on 02/14/2012:
Glad you're mom was all dressed up and doing well. Enjoy your chocolate in moderation. :)



Maria7 - Saturday Feb 11, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.2

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Hello, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, chilly morning here in SC...

Scale weighed me at 146.2 this  morning...getting closer to goal...

Supposed according to weather channel on tv to turn cold over this weekend...with high only in the medium to high-40's tomorrow....(but only the Lord knows for sure)...  but it IS winter and SPRINGTIMEflowersdancinganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 is right around the corner! flowerssmilingredfloweranimgif.gif image by autumn1234567  (Time for gardening, Umpqua!)

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 Hubby is working today but he is supposed to be off tomorrow.  He and I 'may' have next Saturday togethercatwithredroseanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 if his schedule doesn't change (he is supposed to be off that day).   I cooked a good supper for him and me last nite...we had rice and beef stew, italian green beans, macaroni and cheese, and for desert, a piece (in moderation) of german chocolate ice box cake.  Yum! Yum!

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I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a good while yesterday and together we worked on some greeting cards to send to 2 of my Aunts...(Mom's Sister and Sister in law)...Mom wrote what she could and did well on the first one and could only manage a little on the second one, so I helped her with the second one and then I addressed the envelopes of them both and mailed them at the post office after I left the nursing home on my way home.  Mom and her new roommate are getting along real well.  Her new roommate is real sweet and has 2 Daughters who dote over her and do everything they can to make their Mom happy.  So sweet!  :-D  It is a big comfort to me to know that they visit their Mom (and thereful mine as well, who is her roommate, hehehe) often.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/11/2012:
Your dinner sounds wonderful, and I'm glad your Mom is getting on well with her new roommate. I noticed yesterday that my very first clump of crocus is up. It's only an inch or so of growth but that still points to an earlier spring than average for us up here ;) Have a good one!


grannyannie on 02/11/2012:
Glad your mom is doing well! Have a great weekend.

RYC: it's the grandparents of the kids I was going to babysit who showed up. My grandparents would be 110-120 years old by now. :-D


V on 02/11/2012:
Awww I am so happy to hear that your Mom has a compatible roommate <3 Yeah it is pretty chilly here but I can't complain, this winter has been pretty mild :) Have a good evening!!


hollybelle on 02/12/2012:
Maria - it got down to 12 degrees here last night. High of only 28 - after a very mild winter so far-I guess it's decided to finish up with a bang! The poor little buds that were confused and thinking it's spring are all frozen, but it's early enough they will come back. Your dinner sounds great! I hope this roommate will stay with your mom awhile - sounds like she and her family are keepers! God Bless!


selina on 02/12/2012:
Yummy dinner, Maria! We are having a very cold weekend, too! So happy to hear your mom is doing great!



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