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Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Weight: 147.0

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 to you.

Well, I arrived at Island 147 this morning.

BMI 22.4. 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

I have now lost 25 pounds this year since January when my highest weight was 172.  I am beginning to fit into my 100% cotton size 8 vintage Levis jeans again, which was also my goal.  It seems that when I get on a plateau for a long time, I begin to wonder not only if I will get to Island 140, but it becomes difficult to imagine even going down another pound or two.  But I be careful with calories and make sure I get a lot of activity in!  I usually average about 1300 to 1400 cals a day.

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with the Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

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Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 09/30/2015:
Congratulations! You are doing great!


puddles on 09/30/2015:
Congrats. Plateaus are there for a reason it all works out in the end as long as you remain consistent. Your doing great Maria keep it up.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2015:
Great job Maria! 25 lbs is not an easy challenge and you should be very proud of yourself for being successful at it. And yes, I agree with your way of thinking - it's easier to think in short goals of a lb or two than try to think about getting all the way to 140 right away. It's also how I reach my goals, pound by pound..

Great exercise and calories.



Maria7 - Saturday Sep 19, 2015

Weight: 149.0

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.

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Today I arrived at Island 149...slowly getting to goalweight island! 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/19/2015:
Good going, Maria!


puddles on 09/19/2015:
Good job Maria


horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2015:
Congrats on getting under 150 Maria. I am sure it feels absolutely wonderful to reach that point!


thinkpositive on 09/19/2015:
Very nice!


ohioraven on 09/20/2015:
Nice island.


Umpqua on 09/21/2015:
Nice going, Maria!


biscottibody59 on 09/22/2015:
Excellent!



Maria7 - Friday Sep 11, 2015

Weight: 150.0

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.

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I finally arrived at Island 150...took a lot of rowing, but the most important thing is PRAYER! 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/11/2015:
Nice going, Maria, and it's good to see a post from you!


puddles on 09/11/2015:
Great to hear from you. How is the holiday going it seems to be going well with the food Maria. Take care and enjoy.


biscottibody59 on 09/14/2015:
This is great news--keep up the good work!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 15, 2015

Weight: 151.0

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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 photo island 150s 7_zpsruac8ucb.jpg

Hello everyone.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I bought a new scale as my old one quit, even after I bought new batteries for the old one.  Lo and behold, my new scale weighs me about a pound higher than the older one.  So, instead of changing Island 151, I will leave it as is and when my new scale reads 150, I will go to Island 150 (new picture) and be 'in sync' with my new higher-reading scale. 

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with the Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/15/2015:
One lb off, that's not bad. A blessed day to you, Maria.


grannyannie on 08/15/2015:
That's not a big difference. Enjoy your weekend.


biscottibody59 on 08/15/2015:
Always fun to get a new scale--well usually:-)

Stay cool!


hollybelle on 08/17/2015:
Scales! At least there isn't a big difference! Yes, I am enjoying the grapes. I love them!


Umpqua on 08/18/2015:
It sounds like things are going well, Maria, and at least the new scale is pretty close to the old one!



Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Weight: 151.0

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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 photo island 150s 7_zpsruac8ucb.jpg

Hello everyone.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I decided to 'experiment' in the foods I ate today (which is not always a good thing).  What started it was when Daughter came in from work last nite, she came bringing ICE CREAM with her....well, I had already had 1400 cals and had PRAYED, asking the Lord to help me not eat anymore for the day and He did help me and I told her that I thanked her for offering for me to have some but I would wait til tomorrow, which was today...and I was SO HUNGRY for that ice cream but I didn't touch it other than to fix Hubby a bowl of it before I went to bed.  I got up this morning and decided that instead of having a scrambled egg, turkey bacon and a piece of plain toast for breakfast, I would have a cup of the ice cream for breakfast to go with my morning coffee...  Having NOT ALLOWED myself any sugared treats for DAYS, it was different eating the  extra sweet-tasting ice cream (which was delicious ice cream)...especially drinking coffee with it.  My coffee which usually includes a little spoonful of sugar in it didn't taste sweet enough while eating the ice cream and I had to add a little more sugar to it.  Later today, I had a diet pepsi and felt a SUPER CRAVING for sugar, which I have NOT been experiencing if I drink one of them.  So I had a little sugared treat with it.  Then I decided to have some of the first scupponong grapes of the season that I bought at the farmers market today....I look forward to getting them each year, mentally counting down the months til August, which is scupponong grapes ripening month here in SC....what a disappointment when I ate some of them...after consuming a sugared treat with the diet pepsi, the grapes, which usually taste wonderfully sweet and delicious,  barely even tasted sweet (and yes, I got the ripe ones).  The result of my 'food experiment' today is that I believe that eating sugar begets wanting to eat more and more sugar...because after having done without sugared treats for days in which I was very satisfied with eating sweet-tasting FRUITS instead of sugar... that sugar ruins the sweet taste of fruits, which I had become acclimated to and they tasted sweet to me before I ate sugared foods today.  Also, I realized that my eating the sugared foods today meant 'spending' more calories on them (did you know that sugared treats COST MORE in calories than fruits?)  But least I stayed at 1400 calories for today, which is good.

What have I learned?  I am learning that eating more NATURALLY is the best of all!  Once you do without SUGAR for a few days, your taste buds can really APPRECIATE and ENJOY the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables, which these foods' natural sweet tastes are GREATLY DULLED if not eliminated through accustoming oneself to eating sugared foods.  I have learned that I lose the ability to DISTINGUISH tasting NATURAL SWEETNESS in fruits and veggies when I allow SUGAR to RULE or even have a place in my choices of foods.

I am not saying that I will not eat a sugared food after this enlightenment today...but I am saying that I will think twice before allowing sugar to replace naturally sweet foods (
fruits and veggies) that btw are usually much lower in calories... 

Think about it...an apple for 100 calories...or a piece of cake for 450 calories.

A banana for 100 calories....or a candy bar for 300 calories.

Does SUGAR...'NUMB' your tastebuds to tasting the natural sweetness in fruits and veggies???...something to thing about...

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with the Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/04/2015:
I totally agree with you about the sugar I have not had sugars in such a long time I don't even think about it anymore. I feel so much better because of it. No hot flashes. Your doing good and getting so wise. lol Have a great evening.


thinkpositive on 08/05/2015:
Oh yeah, that sugar thing- it lures us in & then wants us to keep eating more & more . For me , I love peaches in the summer & enjoy the sweet taste. Of course I could easily eat ice cream or a sugary dessert in addition.


grannyannie on 08/05/2015:
Sugar is my challenge as well!


biscottibody59 on 08/05/2015:
I enjoyed reading about your experience above. Keep up the good work!

Sugar (all of it--HF corn syrup, and too much fructose as well if I'm not mistaken) is really hitting the forefront now with its health effects re: inflammation and disease--especially heart disease.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2015:
loved this entry. This is what happens to be with diet drinks especially. it starts with me just buying one and then all of a sudden i'm drinking 3 in a day (easy to do if i'm having vitamin water zeros). it's like an addiction for more and more of that super-sweet taste...and right now actually (these past few days) i'm noticing the effect on me (when I feel that i'm really starting to have too much diet products I can feel it - and it takes a major toll on my whole body. and my skin on my face takes a major beating too....) just not good for you...


hollybelle on 08/13/2015:
Great post,Maria! We got the Scuppernongs at our produce stand this week, too! Sweets are such a problem with me. I crave them when I am stressed! I hate not enjoying good foods when I have eaten too many sugary treats - and believe me - I can put the sugar away at an alarming pace! I love how I feel when I stay away from too much sugar. I have had too many sugars this past week - due to a celebration dinner for my son in law's new job on Sunday and the fact that they didn't take the brownies I made home with THEM! Good job getting in touch with your sugar triggers!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 01, 2015

Weight: 151.0

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 to you.

Well, I arrived on Island 151.  BMI is 23.0. 

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Today is the 1st of August...won't be long til the scupponong grapes will be ready.

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with the Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/01/2015:
Congrats Maria good job. Great way to start your month.


hollybelle on 08/02/2015:
Great, Maria - gonna go to the fruit vegetable stand and see if those grapes are here! They haven't had any yet this season.


biscottibody59 on 08/02/2015:
Very good--hope August is good for you as well!

Keep up the good work!



Maria7 - Friday Jul 31, 2015

Weight: 152.0

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 to you.

Well, I arrived on Island 152 this morning.

Weight today is 152.  BMI 23.1.

I had a big workout yesterday, working in the yard. 

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I have now lost 20 pounds this year since January when my highest weight was 172.  Getting closer to goal but enjoying the journey!  Happy for all of you as you row along on your jouneys to your goal weights, too!

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with the Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

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Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/31/2015:
Very important to enjoy our individual journey Maria. I am happy to have you along for the ride Maria. Have a great day and congrats on your progress you are doing very well.

Maria7 on 07/31/2015:
Thank you, Fran. Hope you have a nice day, too. :-D


biscottibody59 on 07/31/2015:
Glad to see you here and I have to say you're doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

Stay cool!



Maria7 - Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Weight: 153.0

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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 photo island 150s 24_zpshvupmybu.jpg

Good morning to you.

 

Early this morning, I arrived (finally) at Island 153.  BMI is 23.3.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

I rowed and rowed and rowed and wondered if I would EVER get to 153.  What a LOT of work!  I didn't let myself get discouraged, though.  It was not easy to even imagine the scale reading 153 as time went by and I was very careful with calories.  What helped me get to Island 153 the most lately was simply saying NO to sugar-treats and yes to fruit in the place of white sugar.  That and more carefully watching my daily calories, which sometimes leaned toward maintaining rather than losing.  Also drinking more water and tea and eating less food helped.  I can now go into a grocery store and not even feel a temptation when I see candy on the shelves.  Nor cake, nor cookies.  No desire for them.  Ice cream still beckons but, except for 1 time recently, I have ignored its call, also.  So for me the battle is SUGAR, followed by CHEESE.  I also cannot have lima beans if I want to see progress.  I am writing this for my own reminder as well as hopefully a help to anyone else.

Good to see everyone here but missing Thin and Stellastarr...where are you?

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....Hope you are having a blessed day!

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Remember...every day with our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

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Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/30/2015:
Good morning Maria Congratulation. You have worked hard. I have found the same thing about sugar. Since eliminating the sugars in my eating habits I find that I am not attracted to some of the foods I felt a slave to. I have also found that my appetite is less since I eliminated the sugars also. Cheese is still a problem for me also. I just love it so much but find I can now limit myself better. We do have many of the same habits in common. Keep up the great work Marie and wishing you a great day.


Umpqua on 07/31/2015:
Congratulations on your loss/breaking the plateau Maria! I know how difficult it can be and you've done a great job with cutting out the sugar. RYC, my Dad is doing extremely well and is almost back to full mobility after his surgery. Mom is not so great but Dad is strong enough to take care of her so they're in pretty good shape now.



Maria7 - Friday Jul 10, 2015

Weight: 154.0

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 to you.

 

Still here at Island 154.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

....Hope you are having a blessed day!

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Remember...every day with our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/10/2015:
Have a healthy day, Maria and a lovely weekend.

Maria7 on 07/10/2015:
Thank you, Annie. You, too. :-)


puddles on 07/10/2015:
Enjoy your 154 island. Hope you have a great weekend and it is about the journey Maria


Umpqua on 07/12/2015:
I hope all is well with you, Maria!


biscottibody59 on 07/13/2015:
Have a lovely week--the heat has set in here--hope you're staying cool there!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2015:
hope your day is lovely!


biscottibody59 on 07/17/2015:
Hope you're doing all right!



Maria7 - Monday Jun 29, 2015

Weight: 154.0

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 to you.

 

Arrived at Island 154 today.

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....Have been reading here at DD off and on when I am not doing entries.  Happy for your progresses you are making toward your goal weights.

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember...every day with our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/29/2015:
Congrats Maria


Umpqua on 06/30/2015:
Good going, Maria, keep up the great work!


biscottibody59 on 06/30/2015:
Woo-hoo! More steady progress--keep going:-)


hollybelle on 07/01/2015:
Good deal Maria!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/05/2015:
I hope you had a Happy 4th yesterday! It's always nice to see the regulars keeping regular on here! It's a long-standing group we have here. Amazing we can support each other, thru all of these YEARS!...I wish I remember what year I started here. I changed my screen name once and I think the entries are deleted :(



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