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Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 07, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

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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'Maria's Travels to Island 140'

Good morning, Friends.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

..........Still here....

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Got up this morning when I heard someone calling to me from outside the teepee door....When I asked who is was, I was told to go to the office of Island Patrol and see Chief Bernie...

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Shortly after arriving  at his office...I was being asked why did I come here if my intentions were not to at least maintain at 146 or work on getting  in shape to row to Island 145 while here....Didn't I know that if I gained over 146, I'd be evicted from this island???

I explained to Captain Bernie that I went on a picnic yesterday with a friend (Jerry the bear...remember him? Islandbearexercisingoncycle.gif image by autumn1234567 He'd asked me to visit his wife, Priscilla, and encourage her to work on getting down to her goalweight and  so I said I would and when I visited her, she invited me to go on a picnic with her, which I did)...

Islandbearhavingpicnic.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

...(Well, I said no to the pbj s/w she offered me...but how was I to know she had a lot of candy bars in her basket (and I ate 3!)...

So...to make a long story short, Captain Bernie contacted Proprietor Arnie Islandparrotwbook.gif image by autumn1234567of Island 147 and they decided that instead of evicting me, they would have me to go talk to a Strategist...namely known around here as 'Joe'.  IslandGeicotalking.gif image by autumn1234567He is very intelligent and gave me lots of good advice and we came up with a plan to help me to get back on my way again, though it may take a day or 2...and he arranged a 3 day pass for me to stay here if it takes that long to get back to 146 scale number.  Come to find out, it was not so much the 3 candy bars that did it as it was a very high sodium diet I've had the past couple or so days, which should with carefully monitoring sodium intake and keeping it low, and drinking a lot of water, be alleviated within the next 3 days but hopefully a lot sooner.  Joe explained to me that eating a lot of processed high-sodium foods (lots of turkey sausage, etc.) and drinking high-sodium no-calories drinks (diet orange sunkist) with that has likely caused the scale to go higher than 146 currently so I feel better about that cause my calories overall have been pretty good as well as exercise.

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Back at the homefront:

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 Please continue to pray for my friends in the hospital...also MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567...(got a call from the nursing home again today...not good...Anyway...her nurse said they are planning to do another UA (urinary analysis) to see if she has another uti) ... she is staying very upset and confused..And I thank you for your prayers.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 12/08/2011:
I like your posts! Fun to read. I hope your mother is okay.


biscottibody59 on 12/08/2011:
Hope you have a good day! Hope you get your mother's stuff sorted out--it's a particular kind of stress! Hang in there girlie!

BTW, you might check the ingredients of the Sunkist (unless it's of no consequence to you). I think it contains caffeine.


Umpqua on 12/08/2011:
Very fun post Maria! The sodium always gets me, so good of you to analyze everything you're taking in and figure out the culprit. My friend recently asked why it is she always feels thirsty after drinking Crystal Light - SODIUM!


liza36 on 12/08/2011:
You'll get back to where you want to be, I know it.



Maria7 - Tuesday Dec 06, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

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 friends...been in the dentist's chair today...all went well...just the semi-annual check-up and cleaning.  :-D

It is 6:30 pm here and I am SO HUNGRY!  Done had 1150 cals today and trying to keep it at that...

Visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home today  (I stopped at Walgreens after leaving the dentist's office and bought her and her roommate each a beautiful battery-powered light-up snowman that changes from color to color and took to them) who was totally on the warpath...no sooner did I get a couple of the fires put out (figure of speech only!)  that she started than she'd started another one...ohhhhhhh...

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'Maria's Travels to Island 140'

 

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Anyway...here I am still rowing...I think I'm in a plateau...so fun (NOT!)... 

 

I'm still here on this island.

 

 

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Back at the homefront...

 

HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 and I are home again this evening...he is watching a police show on tv and I am keying this entry to you...

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Thank you for your prayers for my 2 friends (and Mom).  Hopefully they will be all be better soon.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

V on 12/06/2011:
You had quite the day Maria, I hope for a nice relaxing evening for you :)


just42day on 12/06/2011:
More prayers being sent your way. How nice of you to get some xmas decorations for your mom and the other resident. I'm sure they'll both enjoy them and think of you fondly every time they see the colors change. :)


hollybelle on 12/07/2011:
Oh, oh, hope there's not too many fires to put out in the future. Ah, goodness! Praying for mom to stay peaceful and stay put in the facility where she is!


biscottibody59 on 12/07/2011:
Good dental visit--always nice to get it out of the way!

Hope today's a good one for you!


Umpqua on 12/07/2011:
I'm sure you'll break the plateau soon Maria, I know you're persistent. Have a good one!


grannyannie on 12/07/2011:
You could try what I did when I hit a plateau. The ladies here suggested varying my calories and workouts. So I had my usual 1300 cals on one day, 1500 the next, etc. Added some routines to my workouts. Lost my last 4 pounds and hit goal!



Maria7 - Monday Dec 05, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

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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 nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hello, Friends. 

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I'm still here on this island. 

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This is what I woke up to this morning...a monkey hanging over my teepee from a tree limb.

I went outside of my teepee and told him to come down from there...he came down and was a little angry at first but then he cheered up when I told him about you all and he decided he wanted to tell you hello...

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Cute little fella, isn't he?

It's easy to get attached to the little natives here on these islands as you pass through.  Most of them are so friendly and helpful, too.

 

This is Jerry...

 

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He has offered for me to ride his bicycle.  He rides it all over the place.  He is the only bear I've seen riding a bicycle here except for yesterday I saw a bear family pedal by in what looked like a golf cart with pedals.

 

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This is Jacob, the raccoon.  He told me when I told him I am on my way to Island 140.0 that when I leave this island for the next one, Island 145, he will be cheering me on and clapping, happy for me.  He encouraged me to eat lots of fresh apples.  Islandapples.jpg image by autumn1234567So...I did have 'one' today.  :-)

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Back at the homefront...

 

HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 and I are home this evening...watching SCROOGE on tv...(the old-timey one in color, my fav)...together.  Very enlightening Christmas show.

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Please pray for 2 of my friends who are in the hosptal.  One was recently released to go home, only to return again and the other one is not the same one of the original 2 friends who were in the hospital before...she is another friend.  Thank you for your prayers.  I visited them today.  Didn't go see MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 today but Mom's nurse (J for future ref) told me over the phone that my Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567visited Mom today, so I know Mom is happy.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

V on 12/05/2011:
So happy to hear that your Mom is in better spirits and I love the new additions to the Island!! Prayers being sent for your friends :) Nite Maria :)


hollybelle on 12/05/2011:
Yu are so funny - a monkey over your teepee! Cute - I'd take the bear up on the bike ride. That is so much fun.


biscottibody59 on 12/06/2011:
Keep plugging away--you're doing a fine job!


thinkpositive on 12/06/2011:
Cute posting! I went for a hike a few days ago where there were lots of monkeys. They were looking for some extra food.We're instructed not to feed them however.


liza36 on 12/06/2011:
Hope your friends recover and get well.


grannyannie on 12/06/2011:
You're doing great! You'll get to your island!

The internet connects the whole world. I wouldn't be here if not for the internet as I met my husband on it. I was living in Tennessee....now I'm in gorgeous Scotland!


Umpqua on 12/06/2011:
That's good news on you're Mom, and I'll be thinking of you and your friends. Thanks for checking in on me! :)


moogy on 12/06/2011:
Lovely to hear that your sister visited, and glad that your rowing seems to be going so well!! Good for you Maria:) The children love the raspberry cake, I have never tasted it, I send it downstairs with them as soon as they have finished afternoon tea, acutally, I send everthing down with them. Safer that way!!! LOL



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 04, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

 

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, Friends.  (Update below) 

Hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord today.

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HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 is home today.  :-)  It is a beautiful, sunny, cool morning and birds are singing in the trees outside...so cheerfully...

 

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Scale weighed me at 146.8 this morning.

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Re:  'Maria's Travels to Island 140'.....

 

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I arrived at Island 146 this morning.

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There are lots of fruit trees and fresh vegetables on this island.

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So no reason to not have some...Islandapples.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

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Afternoon update:  Hubby and I visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 whom was in her bed, smiling and acting happy, with her new roommate parked in her wheelchair beside her in the aisle between their beds and they were enjoying having lunch together on their trays, which were on their individual roll-tables.  Hubby and I took them each a small container of watermellon and 2 bananas and also we gave 2 bananas to a family friend across the hall.  We stayed about half an hour and came back home.  It is warm here today (70ish F) and Hubby and I had the a/c on in his truck when we were out and about.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

Just42day on 12/04/2011:
I'm doing all the cookie baking for gifts. Thankfully, I'm not into sweets very much. The friend who "gifted" me 12 lbs of p.nut butter loves peanut butter oatmeal cookies I make. Even though I gave her the recipe, she's never made them. She claims mine "taste better" but I know she doesn't want to go to the trouble of baking them herself. She has a busy household w/3 young children so I forgive her...


grannyannie on 12/04/2011:
Love your canoe trip! Not long until you reach your destination! Fruitcake - never liked it. They love it in the UK though. Wedding cakes have tons of dried fruit in it. Ick. LOL.


juztme on 12/04/2011:
:-) hope you have a great day with the hubby


V on 12/04/2011:
WOW Maria, you are doing such an amazing job!! At this rate, you will get to Island at record speed :) have a good day my friend!!


juztme on 12/04/2011:
Lol i know, its a bad scale, doesnt it know its only supposed to go down? :-) Thank you, im keeping faith that it will go back to what it was before the upswing


hollybelle on 12/04/2011:
Yes Maria, it is usually much colder by now in KY - highs usually about 40-45. We are enjoying wonderfully mild weather here. Many years we have had snow by now, but usually later in December for much snow. Sounds like Mom is on better behavior now. Good.


moogy on 12/05/2011:
Great rowing Maria. Glad that your mom was having a good day. I had to have a bit of a laugh at having the ac on when it is 70, for us that is still nice and cool! We are only going for 68 today, I have the angel with me and I think I will have to put the heater on for her as it is chilly here. Have a good evening Maria:)



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 03, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.2

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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Good morning, Friends.

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The scale showed this morning that I am still on Island 147.

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..........I am inside my teepee and I am going to rest some today....

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I stayed on track real well yesterday and walked for hours and hours and kept calories at about 1100 for the day.

Though I'm going to rest a while today, I can't get too comfortable, being only 7 pounds from goal.  One of the island residents here Islandfatfroglyingongrass.gif image by autumn1234567convinced me that I need to take a little break, as I've been over doing it.

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 It is chilly here in SC this morning. 

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and I had a little outing yesterday.  We went shopping at the mall.  She bought me a beautiful set of leopard fleece pj's and matching furry booties for Christmas and she bought our Brother a very nice pair of shoes for his Christmas gift...Then we came back over here...

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And last nite, we stayed up past midnite, talking and wrapping gifts.  We exchanged gifts and she spent the nite with us (though we were both up most of the nite) and I took her back home in the next town over this morning.  She wrapped my gifts and put them under the Christmas tree, warning me not to touch them til Christmas morning, though I was with her when she bought them and know what they are :-D ...she even had me to pick them out, which I did.  I had made a giant gift basket for her and her Hubby and told her she could go ahead and open it cause it had some things she might like to set out (peppermint Christmas-decor electric-lighted house, and another house lit up by a battery-flame candle inside it, etc.) for Christmas, which she did and she loved it.  I also gave her another gift and told her she is to wait til Christmas to open it...she doesn't know what it is...it is a beautiful necklace and earrings set  (here style she likes) that I bought for her when Hubby and I were on our weekend trip to the mountains this past October.

 

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 57.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

juztme on 12/03/2011:
Hope you have a good saturday :-) Cant wait till i can stay on that island


Just42day on 12/03/2011:
Your pjs sound adorable! Dare you to post a pic (w/you IN them -- not just the pjs....)


grannyannie on 12/03/2011:
Glad you have such a nice day! Your jammies sound cute! :-) Yes, I'll enjoy buying smaller sizes.


V on 12/03/2011:
Hey Maria <3 Yes it has warmed up a little so I am happy about that!! It sounds like you and your Sis had some good quality time together :) Have a great evening!!


selina on 12/03/2011:
Hi Maria! Thank you for dropping me a line, I appreciate it! All is well with me and my daughter but Hubby just had a surgery (last Tue) due to complications from his skiing accident several years ago. He finally had to have a hip replacement due to deterioration of the broken upper leg that never healed properly... I hope this third surgery will fix the problem. We are all sort of under stress, but his healing process is going well.

Thank you Maria, I'm glad to read that all seem to be well with you as you get prepared for the holidays. Hugs to you, Selina


Just42day on 12/04/2011:
Sounds like a lovely time spent with your island resident. Aren't friends the best? RE: my cat. His name is Obie. I adopted him from my brother's household of cats so I didn't name him but his name reflects his color: O.B. = Orange Boy. Cute,huh?



Maria7 - Friday Dec 02, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.2

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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Good morning, Friends.

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I rowed yesterday and I've been rowing through the nite and this morning I arrived at Island 147.

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..........I set up my teepee shortly after I arrived....

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It's a little chilly here on this island but not cold, so I built a campfire. 

Shortly after arriving here on Island 147, I met Proprietor Arnie, a very well-educated Parrot, who is in charge of who comes and goes at this island.Islandparrotwbook.gif image by autumn1234567He asked if I had made a reservation to stay and when I told him no, he said he would allow me to stay in my teepee during my visit here.  I told him thank you.  He is sort of like the Chief Police over the island here.  I told him I am just passing through and don't intend to be here long.  He warned me that if I gain weight, I will quickly be evicted from this island and if I lose from 147, he will expect me to leave for a lower number Island.  I told him I understood and plan to abide by the Island law.  He also said that although some of the native residents here don't do much exercise other than working their mouths to eat, Islandfatmonkeyaftereatintree.gif image by autumn1234567he expected more out of me, a visitor.  So...I will update you soon on Maria's Travels to Island 140.

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 The scale weighed me at 147.2 this morning.  :-

Plan today is treadmill workout and visit Mom...IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567...Hoping for the best concerning that.  Thank you for your prayers for us.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 57.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/02/2011:
Awesome job Maria!


grannyannie on 12/02/2011:
You're doing fantastically! You'll soon have rowed your way all the way to 140! Thanks for the comments. We don't have condominiums in Scotland. I live in an 84 year old stone house with a forest behind us and a sea loch in front of us, with mountains or big hills all around. The loch eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean. :)


Just42day on 12/02/2011:
All sounds great! Hope your mom is doing better. :)


V on 12/02/2011:
:) Love the animated journey Maria, it brought a smile to my face :) have a nice warm evening!!



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 01, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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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Good morning, Friends.

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Yes, it's me, rowing toward Goal Island 140.0 again.  Yes, I've done this a couple of times before and somehow ended back to the higher number islands instead of staying on Island 140.  But nevertheless, here I am in my canoe, rowing toward that island again anyway, in hopes that I can stay there this time once I arrive.

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Have already had my morning workout on the treadmill...now having my morning coffee...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale weighed me at 148.4 this morning. 

I turn on our new electric blanket (my side of it, that is...it has dual controls and Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567keeps the control on his side of the bed set on off) a little while before I go to bed and when I get under it, it feels so warm and comforting that I don't even feel the need for nitetime food for comfort. 

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 Yesterday's visit to the nursing home was very distressing.  Mom's nurse called to me in the hallway to talk with me about Mom, who has been (verbally) misbehaving AGAIN.  I think she is working on getting herself thrown out of there and sad thing is we are only 4 miles apart and if she doesn't calm down and be nice, she may well have to move to another nursing home (after we find one to take her) that could be  as much as 100 miles away or even more.   I told her nurse I would talk with Mom again and I did...for what good it will do, I don't know.  It is very upsetting to me to have to keep being called to meetings with the caregivers/administration at her nursing home regarding her angry words to others.  Currently, at my request, a culture is being tested to see if she has another uti, which she has been having a uti most of the time since last year, which are treated with antibiotics and she doesn't stay clear.  I told her her it is up to her and she asked me to tell her nurse she is sorry and she will control herself from now on (which I did).  But I know my Mom...IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567...Though sweet and easy-going most of the time...she does have her TEMPER...and she has always been that way, only it appears her temper has gotten quite worse lately.  She is also very confused again (was pretty clear minded a couple of months or so ago) and thinks people on tv are talking to her, which I told them that at the nursing home who talked to me about her.  Please pray for her.  Thank you so much. 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/01/2011:
I hope your Mom will work harder on her temper so you don't have to move her. You are doing great getting back to Goal Island - I have strayed too far myself but am working to make the correction!


hollybelle on 12/01/2011:
I love your island imagery to your goal - you can do it! Sorry about mom - is there a chance some of her medications may need to be reviewed- could that cause her the aggitation she feels at times? I'm sure you are on top of it and I will pray she can control her behavior so she can stay. God bless.


liza36 on 12/01/2011:
I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I hope things can be resolved. It would be a shame to have to move her.

I also love your island imagery. At least you are paddling, and going in the right direction.


grannyannie on 12/01/2011:
You will achieve your goal! I know it. Sorry about all the trouble with your mom.


lolla on 12/01/2011:
I am sorry you are going through this hard time with your mom, it must be very difficult. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I love the cartoons and the idea of rowing to the 140 island, it is so cute!


Umpqua on 12/01/2011:
Those are my go-to muffins and they're super easy to make! Recipe: http://www.dietdiaries.com/forum-readmessage.cfm?messageID=4666&category=Recipes%20%26%20Other%20Food%20Stuff&categoryID=2001

I just add whatever fruit I have around, this time was 2 mashed bananas, a handful of pecans and some cinnamon. Even if you use regular sugar (I know you can't do stevia) they're still very low cal.


moogy on 12/01/2011:
I am sorry Maria, I was really hoping she would be better. I wonder if they have thought about giving your mom some medication to calm her. I know it would be hard for you, but better than having her moved so far away from you. Lovely however, to see you rowing again, I love getting into a lovely warm bed on a winter's day, like a warm cocoon, of course it does make it tricky to get out of the bed to a chilly morning!!!! LOL


juztme on 12/01/2011:
Thank you :-) i gotta get out of that mind set that if i mess upon my food one day it will totally kill everything ive done, i just need a lil smack on the face :-) thank you for that


V on 12/01/2011:
I hope she will be able to stay at her current home..I will say some prayers for her Maria.. So the hotels here stay open year round. Although most of them rely on the revenue they make during "season" to help them stay afloat, there are other places that practically give the rooms away in the month of December and January(30 bucks per night, even weekends)


juztme on 12/01/2011:
I know, and i want this sooooo badly...ive never been so big, and i hate it, so i just have to take a deep breath and look towards tomorrow


Just42day on 12/02/2011:
Am praying for your mother. This must be so difficult and frustrating for both of you. Warm thoughts coming your way.



Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 30, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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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Good morning, Friends. 

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It is a beautiful, chilly (mid-30's F) , sunny morning here this morning.

I was SO HUNGRY last nite and really wanted to give in and EAT but I didn't...so I got under the new electric blanket that I bought for Hubby and me yesterday and it felt SO WARM!!!!  and comforting that it wasn't long I was asleep in snoozeland. 

Plan today is to go spend some time with Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home and see if she has calmed down some...I sure hope so...and find out if they did a test to send off to see if she has another uti (which she's been having them more on that off since last year)...which can affect the elderly's minds when they get one (she has been very verbally angry-acting there)...

Also, yesterday when I got home from shopping, hoping to take my mind off being upset regarding what I shared in yesterday's entry, there was the returned, unopened Christmas cardChristmascardwbow.jpg image by autumn1234567 in the mailbox with "Return to Sender" written on it..... 

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Also, in case you didn't read it,  here is yesterday's evening update that I added to yesterday's entry...  (Hope you have a good day)...

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Tuesday's ( 11-29-11) evening update: Went to the next town over and got a lot accomplished...bought Mom and me look-a-like nitegowns, Christmasnitegownphoto.jpg image by autumn1234567Christmasnitegownphoto.jpg image by autumn1234567cotton and warm for the winter...she will get hers for Christmas...also I bought Hubby and me a dual-control, blue (to match thriftstore bedspread I recently bought), electric blanket (will save on the heating bill)...and I found Mom an identical watch to the one we bought for her in Kentucky a couple of years ago that she wears and loves and says it's the most beautiful watch she's ever had...there was only one for sale and it was on sale, so she will be getting a new identical watch to the one she loves (cause I don't know how much longer the one she wears will be good)...also I bought a new shower curtain (blue/aqua/white/light brown colors) in seashells design (we love the beach) with matching liner, rug and towels for the guest bathroom. Hubby helped me put up the new bathroom curtains tonite. I bought KFC for Hubby's and my supper on the way home. I was very mindful today and did well with eating. Now it is nitetime and my temptation time to eat for comfort/entertainment/hunger but I am busy doing things in the house tonite, so I don't plan to give in to nite-eating.

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Okay...it is after 8 pm...I AM SO HUNGRY!!!!!...(tummy is GROWLING, too)...okay...got that out of the way...no, she is not giving in!

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Stay warm...

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/30/2011:
I hope they get things sorted out with your Mom. And I hope you have a great day!


grannyannie on 11/30/2011:
Well done on not giving in to night time eating! Hope your mom calms down and things get better with her. Have a great day! Thanks for your comments!


legcramps on 11/30/2011:
That electric blanket sounds inviting! Glad you are putting it to good use :) Sounds like you have had a little stress in your life lately; hope everything turns out well in the end!


moogy on 11/30/2011:
I bet that your mom was her usual happy self when she saw you today. I hope so anyway. I am sure it help with her care that you go in every day, the carers will be making an extra effort because they know someone is watching them. Sad but true, I hope someone is coming to see me every day if ever I have to live in a nursing home:) I hope you had a good day Maria:)


V on 11/30/2011:
Give your Mom a kiss for me :) Have a wonderful day my friend :)


moogy on 11/30/2011:
No, the supermarket usually opens at 7.30am and closes at around 10pm. It is just that everyone needs extra stuff this time of year, I think they stay open until 12pm for the last two weeks before Christmas. Closer to the city they stay open 24 hours a day, some of them do that throughout the year. Sydney is a big city 4 1/2 million of us here.


Just42day on 12/01/2011:
You always do so well with your shopping! Hope your mom is doing better!



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 29, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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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Good morning, Friends.  (See Evening Update below.)

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It is a beautiful, chilly, sunny morning here in SC...birds are happily singing in the trees outside and I can hear their songs as I key to you.

I've decided to make a weight goal for Christmas...which is be down to 141.8 that I weighed on Christmas Day last year.  It isn't 140.0 goalweight but I think it is doable as well as manageable.  It is only around 2 pounds per week, so that should be doable.  I've been giving in to comfort-eating at nite.  Got 3 very stressful calls yesterday and didn't give in last nite but thought about it.  One was to tell me that someone we helped a lot is against us (to put it nicely), the 2nd call was Mom's nursing home wanting me to come up there and calm very angry Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567down and have a talk with her that either she is going to act nice or else (may have to be moved)...so I had to run up there like a Mother to her Daughter's school when the principle has called home that my child has been misbehaving...so I did (very stressful)...then 3rd call was to inform me that a card Christmascardwbow.jpg image by autumn1234567 I sent to someone in the family was on its way back to me with 'return to sender' written on it because the other day when she received it, she was in a bad mood and believed what the person whom we helped (whom she is now helping) whom has turned against us was saying but she has since then changed her mind about us and wants me to save the unopened card for her (a beautiful Christmas card) and I go pick her up one day this week and we have an outing together (so looking forward to it...)...but still I didn't give in to comfort-eating last nite...so now I have a new goal.  I am going to try to do fruit and coffee for breakast, which is what I was doing last year around this time, instead of the usual heavier 350 cals breakfast of high-sodium processed food I've been having frequently for breakfasts here lately.  For lunch I plan to do salad or soup and light s/w.  Supper to be one serving of meat and a veggie and another fruit.  Snacks to be 2 a day at 100 cals each a day or 1 snack at 200 cals...and can be anything, including chocolate as long as it is not a high-sodium (as in popcorn) treat.  When I resist the comfort-eating temptation at nite, I will either have saved one of my snacks for  eating then or I will work on a project (probably care baskets Christmasbasket.jpg image by autumn1234567 to give to the elderly shut-ins, which is one of my hobbies).  That is my plan, Lord willing.

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Just made an appointment to get my teeth cleaned next week, semi-annual cleaning...and plan for today is to get a little Christmas shopping done in the next town over (we live in a small town and not as many stores here as over there).

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Evening update:  Went to the next town over and got a lot accomplished...bought Mom and me look-a-like nitegowns, Christmasnitegownphoto.jpg image by autumn1234567Christmasnitegownphoto.jpg image by autumn1234567cotton and warm for the winter...she will get hers for Christmas...also I bought Hubby and me a dual-control, blue (to match thriftstore bedspread I recently bought),  electric blanket (will save on the heating bill)...and I found Mom an identical watch to the one we bought for her in Kentucky a couple of years ago that she wears and loves and says it's the most beautiful watch she's ever had...there was only one for sale and it was on sale, so she will be getting a new identical watch to the one she loves (cause I don't know how much longer the one she wears will be good)...also I bought a new shower curtain (blue/aqua/white/light brown colors) in seashells design (we love the beach) with matching liner, rug and towels for the guest bathroom.  Hubby helped me put up the new bathroom curtains tonite.  I bought KFC for Hubby's and my supper on the way home.  I was very mindful today and did well with eating.  Now it is nitetime and my temptation time to eat for comfort/entertainment/hunger but I am busy doing things in the house tonite, so I don't plan to give in to nite-eating.

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Okay...it is after 8 pm...I AM SO HUNGRY!!!!!...(tummy is GROWLING, too)...okay...got that out of the way...no, she is not giving in! 

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Stay warm...

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/29/2011:
Good for you for not giving into the nighttime snacking during a stressful time! I'm sorry your Mom is having some troubles. As for the other stuff, I hope you can push away other people's negative energy and drama and not let it get to you. It just isn't worth it and you have some many other positive things going on in your life!


~WI~ on 11/29/2011:
I hear you about stress eating! Pray strength for you through the difficult times!


stringbean on 11/29/2011:
Stress/comfort eating is something a lot of us deal with... I know I sure do! Good for you for not giving in. My husband and I have issues with some members of his family too and with this deployment, I have enough stress on my plate, so this summer I basically told them I was done with their drama and have been ignoring them ever since. It's been peaceful. Dh can deal with their antics when he gets home- and they're not going to like what he has to say if they keep pushing it. Whew. (gotta breathe, lol.) I'm really sorry about all the stuff with your mom- I can't even imagaine being in your position, but you are really strong for everything you take care of with her. Good luck on your Christmas goal!


liza36 on 11/29/2011:
You did a tremendous job managing the stress eating last night. Especially with all the phone calls and issues you are dealing with right now. Hang in there!


grannyannie on 11/29/2011:
Thanks for comments! You are doing well. Keep it up! Sorry for family problems, they can be such a pain but they're the only family we have. :-)


V on 11/29/2011:
I am sorry that you are dealing with so much stress Maria :( Hang in there


moogy on 11/29/2011:
Love you plan Maria and it is definitely doable. I know that you feel better at that weight. Your story makes me more happy that I do not have any friends and have very little to do with people. They may bring laughter but also pain. I can do without both. I hope that you don't receive any more disturbing phone calls. Plus, the people at the nursing home need to learn how to settle your mother down without calling you, they have to do that with other residents. I hope today is better for you:)


moogy on 11/29/2011:
Stay strong Maria. Sounds like it was a better day with your mom today! Yes, I remember the pb chats, good stuff that pb, in moderation, of course!!!!:)


V on 11/29/2011:
hahaha!! Yes I certainly do, in fact i clearly remember your interpretation "getting it out the house" was eating it ;) I still get a hearty chuckle from that statement :)


juztme on 11/29/2011:
:-) thank you maria, altho my daily goal is a minimum of 6 miles you make me feel good about it. Hopefully he will grow out of it and the meds will make him feel better for now. Thank you again :-)


biscottibody59 on 11/29/2011:
Had to read the Christmas card incident a couple of times! Have a good Wednesday!



Maria7 - Sunday Nov 27, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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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Hello, Friends.  (Update below)

Thank you for your prayers for my 2 friends who were in the hospital.  After the first one went home, the second one was to go home yesterday, she told me.  Both are feeling better.

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As for me, I'm not feeling too good this morning.  Ate some breakfast that hasn't agreed with me (grits and eggs).

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Plan to visit Mom  IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567this morning at the nursing home (stay near a bathroom) instead of go to church. 

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Afternoon Update:  Visited Mom this morning, who was up in her wheelchair, dressed and looking well although her mind was definitely not clear...she was telling me that the man (a preacher who was preaching) on tv was after her (wanting her to be his girlfriend), and asked if I could tell how old he was, to which I told her I'm not good at guessing people's ages anymore...so after that show went off and another tv show came on, I switched the channel to the cooking channel, which she usually likes and she told me that is the channel the man is on who likes her (and she doesn't feel the same way toward him), so I put the channel on a Christmas movie instead.  All of this is going on while I am taking down the autumn decorations and putting them into a big bag to bring home to store and then decorating her half of the room for Christmas, putting up her little Christmas tree, decorating her mirror with pretty red bows and setting out pretty Christmasy items around the little tree that was place on her chest of drawers in front of the mirror.  Her CNA (Nurse's Aid) was in the room and was overwhelmed with so many tasks (getting Mom and her roommate up into their wheelchairs and cleaned and dressed for the day and taking care of so many other people (I think she said she is responsible for 10  people today plus dining room chores as well...please pray for her) and Mom asked her to put her back in her bed.  Mom had already made the request earlier...Mom said she'd been up for 2 hours in her wheelchair and her back was hurting her...the CNA told her it was too soon to put her back in her bed and Mom became very angry and I tried to reason with Mom and tell her that the caregivers there at the nursing home don't want Mom to get bedsores (from being in her bed so much of the time), to which she quickly replied she hasn't gotten any yet...(but she has come close recently with her back that she lays on most of the time turning red and staying that way for a while) and then  when she couldn't persuade the CNA to put her back into her bed, she loudly and angrily told the CNA that if she didn't put her in her bed she was going to get in a "BAD MOOD!" for the rest of the day.  The CNA, in a hurry to attend to other responsibilities just finished  getting up the towels that had been used to clean Mom or her roommate  (tmi on that) and hurried out the room with Mom telling her to bring her some iced water now, that she was very thirsty.  When that didn't happen, I went and got some and brought it back to Mom, who was determined, as usual and typical of her, to have her way to get back into her bed that she preferrs to LIVE in, started on me to go tell them to put her in her bed NOW.  I tried to distract her with a pretty box of Christmas cards I brought to her for her to write to her friends on and I mail them and asking her opinion on the Christmas tree and decorations I'd put up on her side of the room (was quite a bit of work, may I add) and her mind was SET on gettting back into her bed.  The CNA had told Mom that her nurse had the final say so about Mom being allowed back into her bed, so I told Mom I'd go see if I could find her nurse for Mom to talk to and then  that I was going home as I wasn't feeling well (and I wasn't).  I made my rounds and didn't see the nurse, so I went and told Mom that and I gave Mom a kiss and she kissed me on my face back and I told her I was going home.  When she realized I wasn't going to stay any longer (I'd been there about an hour or so) because of her insistance on being put into her bed immediately, she told me to stay and she wouldn't say anything else about it but I told her I needed to go home and that I loved her and I left.

 

So...I'm back home now and the caller ID on the phone is showing an unfamiliar number with no name as the phone is  ringing over and over and I am so NOT in rescue mode (which is the usual reason for calls coming in) so I am so NOT answering it....

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/27/2011:
I'm glad your friends are feeling better, and I hope you feel better too Maria!


grannyannie on 11/27/2011:
Good to hear your friends are better. Hope your tummy settles down. Anything hot and steamy with nutrition in it is good for a cold. Hubby is making me veggie soup for dinner.


stringbean on 11/27/2011:
I'm sorry things were trying with your mom, I feel for you. Thanks for your positive comments on my diary, I always like it when you stop by. I love Christmas decorations, and I hope your mom enjoys the work you did for her today.


moogy on 11/27/2011:
It is not unusual for the elderly to have tantrums and I think you handled it well. I am sure that when she is in a good mood she will appreciate the decorations. I wouldn't worry about the tv relationships either, that is pretty common as well. I know that it is hard to see your mom's mind slipping and it is a difficult time for you. You know she has good days and bad days so chin up there angel, next time you see her she will probably be happy again:)


moogy on 11/27/2011:
Oh, and it is not raining today, but will be in a couple of days. We get most of our rain in the summer because we are sub-tropical in Sydney. Of course, this is when we have a normal weather pattern, but who knows these days:)


V on 11/27/2011:
I hope you feel better and sorry that you had such a stressful day :( Lots of love to you and your Mom <3


Kati on 11/28/2011:
ohh, that's sad about your mom, each visit must be a heartbreak for you. But it's still the best for her and you're doing great visiting and loving her instensely! :)


biscottibody59 on 11/28/2011:
It's good that you can vent here--as for the phone--use it to your advantage. Rescuing is for 911:-)



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