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Maria7 - Sunday Jan 16, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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 afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning, and the Pastor preached another outstanding message, then we left after church service was over and went straight to the nursing home and visited Mom for a while.  She was in bed, all alone in her room that a couple of days ago was occupied with others, including her roommate that passed away, and her roommate's round the clock CNA's that watched over Mom's roommate and kept Mom company to talk to.  Now they're gone and Mom is alone.  I tried to console Mom, who has lost 3 roommates in a row over the past few months by telling her that maybe soon she'd get another roommate and all she replied was that she hoped that if she got a new roommate that the new one wouldn't pass away, too, as the others have.    Mom's also still grieving over her favorite nephew passing recently, as the rest us in the family are as well. 

Hubby and I are back home now and resting a little, he on the bed in the bedroom with the remote control in his hand, watching tv, and me back here on the opposite side of the house in the study.  He likes to hear noise (tv) to relax and I like to hear quiet to relax, so I'm back here.  Lots could be done to improve the decor in here but at least after working on it this week, the Christmas presents' wrapping-clutter is gone.  And it looks BARE in here but nice and peaceful.

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The phone keeps ringing with different ones in the family having plenty of ideas of things I can do for them and I am ignoring it.  One, I will have to call back as I promised I would this afternoon and the others I am not answering.  They do what they want to and go where they want to go and don't care to come by and visit me but when they want something done, it's call Maria!    So, Maria is not answering the phone!  Maria is resting, drinking coffee  and reading DD entries! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/16/2011:
Good job not answering the phone haha! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day!


moogy on 01/16/2011:
Good for you Maria. Sometimes No is the best answer. People who want something done will always find someone else to do their work. I am glad that you enjoyed church. I hope that your mom get a new room mate soon, a nice pretty healthy chatty one. Maybe that would help with her understandable funk!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your day Maria.:)


just42day on 01/16/2011:
So sorry about all your mom's roommates. That must be very hard for her. I'm sure your visit brightened her day as always. Enjoy and relax the rest of your day and avoid answering the phone! You deserve time to yourself! :0)


V on 01/16/2011:
Wonderful job on screening your calls today Maria :) I pray that your mom will get a healthy roommate this time, it has to be devastating fer her to keep losing her friends :( i hope you have a relaxing evening!


chidogs on 01/16/2011:
Keep those calls away. And as good as that is, you will need to eventually give those people a flat "no", otherwise they will keep thinking they can wear you down. Sorry your Mom is still down, but oh how upsetting that must be for her. I hope she can get out of the room and socialize some. Take care. (I love peace and quiet too, and my husband likes noise. Go figure, huh? :) )



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 15, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends!

It's not as cold this morning and when I got up earlier, I heard BIRDS SINGING outside! 

I am having a cup of coffee this morning.  Won't you join me?

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I want to specially thank our DD Webmaster for all his hard work and time and all that he does concerning this site to make our experience here at DD a very happy one.  Thank you, DD Webmaster!    I've been a member of DD since December 2000 and I began with Maria7 nickname (my name really is Maria).  If you are used to writing to *~Maria~*, I am the same one!    I am now going by my original DD name, Maria7 and plan to STAY with Maria7.

 

 Hubby is working today.  He and I visited Mom at the nursing home yesterday after he got home from work.  She was very, very sad and in her bed.  Her roommate (3rd one to pass within a few months) had just passed away and been taken out of the room before we got there.  Please be praying for the family as well as for Mom.  Not only did Mom lose her 3rd roommate that she loved, she also lost the company of the 24 hours a day different CNA's that sat with her roommate and kept Mom company to talk to as well.

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The snow and ice is still melting here.  My vehicle hasn't been driven since Sunday.  It will be good to be 'out and about' again and I may drive it today, as the roads (main ones, not secondary ones) are in mostly drivable condition now.

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/15/2011:
sorry to hear about ur mom's roommate, thats gotta be hard on her :( hope she can cheer up a lil somehow soon, hope u have a great day!


Umpqua on 01/15/2011:
Welcome back Maria7 LOL ;) I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's roommate, that's terrible. I'm glad you will be able to drive today!


chidogs on 01/15/2011:
Hi Maria7. That is sad about Mom's roommate. One of those unavoidable things in a facility like that, but difficult for the residents. You be careful on those roads today! :)


moogy on 01/15/2011:
I am sorry that your mom seems to be having the misfortune of losing her roommates. It is no wonder she feels sad. I hope that you are doing OK, sounds as if your roads will be free enough to let you get out and about. That will give you a chance to go shopping and lunching. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Maria.:)


moogy on 01/15/2011:
I am sorry that your mom seems to be having the misfortune of losing her roommates. It is no wonder she feels sad. I hope that you are doing OK, sounds as if your roads will be free enough to let you get out and about. That will give you a chance to go shopping and lunching. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Maria.:)



Maria7 - Friday Jan 14, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends!

Been snowed and ICED in since Sunday nite.  Still lots of snow and ice but with each day with the sun shining, it is very slowly melting (only to refreeze at nite) and some of the snow is going away.  It's been cold here this morning, 18 degrees F.

 

I've got lots accomplished in the house during this time.  Also, my Aunt, Mom's Sister, came and stayed 2 nites and days with us and we had a really  nice visit.

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I've been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

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While here at the house, I downloaded some free ebooks and saved them to the desktop should the power go out and with it, the internet, so I'd have something interesting to read.  I've come across some very old, very interesting diaries dating back to the 1800's to early 1900. 

For example, one of the diaries was written in 1912.  It is entitled 'The Fun Of Getting Thin'.  Here are a few exerpts from it:

'It always makes me laugh to hear people talk about losing flesh—unless, of course, the decrease in weight is due to illness. No healthy person, predisposed to fat, ever lost any flesh. If that person gets rid of any weight, or girth, or fat, it isn't lost—it is fought off, beaten off. The victim struggles with it, goes to the mat with it, and does not debonairly drop it. He eliminates it with stern effort and much travail of the spirit. It is a job of work, a grueling combat to the finish, a task that appalls and usually repels.'

'In writing about this successful experiment of mine in reducing weight I have no theories to advance except one, and no instructions to give. I don't know whether my method would take an ounce off any other person in the world, and I don't care. I only know it took more than fifty pounds off me. I am not advancing any argument, medicinal or otherwise, for my plan. I never talked to a doctor about it, and never shall. If there are fat men and fat women who are fat for the same reasons I was fat I suppose they can get thin the way I got thin. If they are fat for other reasons I suppose they cannot. I don't know about either proposition.'

'So far as the medicinal or drug method of fat reduction is concerned, any fat man or woman who takes drugs to reduce flesh, or to help, deserves all that he or she will get—and that will be plenty. There's no need of saying anything further on that subject. Then there remains the dietary method—the old familiar friend, diet.'

'Basically, however, the antiflesh diets are about the same. You are told to cut out everything you want to eat and exist on triply toasted bread and the white meat of a chicken, or string beans and sawdust, or any other combination the sharps say will not produce fat, but will sustain life in a lingering form.'

'When I woke up to the fact that I was getting fat I found I weighed two hundred and twenty pounds. That extra thirty-five pounds was mostly fat—excess baggage. Still, it didn't bother me any. I had the strength to tote it round and had the shoulders and the chest to conceal it. I didn't show any bay window, as most fat men do. As they used to say: "You're big all over. You carry it all right."'

'Things ran along until the first of January, 1911. I knew I was getting fatter, for my tailor told me so and my belts and old clothes all proved it. Still, I didn't bother much. I thought I was lingering round about two hundred and thirty-five—too much, of course; but I got away with it pretty well, except in hot weather and when I went up in the high mountains, and I was reasonably content. I was fat, all right. My waist was only two inches smaller than my chest and that meant my waist was forty-four inches in girth. As a matter of fact, being scant five feet ten and a half, I was bigger than a house; but I deluded myself with that stuff about my broad shoulders and my deep chest, and thought it didn't show. It did show, of course. I was a fat man—a big fat man—carrying forty pounds or more of excess weight.'

'I had dieted and quit; exercised and quit; gone on the waterwagon and fallen off; had fussed round a good deal, spending a lot of money in the attempt, and I was getting fatter all the time. I hated to admit that fact. I tried to fool myself into the conviction that I wasn't getting any larger—and all the time I knew I was. I even went so far as to stop getting on the scales; and when anybody—as almost everybody did—said, "Why, you're getting bigger, ain't you?" I always replied: "No, I think not. I stick along about two hundred and thirty-five pounds."'

'On New Year's Day, 1911, I weighed myself. I don't know why, for I hadn't been on a scale for two or three years. I set the weight at two hundred and thirty-five and it bounded up like a rubber ball; so I shoved it along to two hundred and forty and it still stayed up in the air. When I got a balance I found I weighed two hundred and forty-seven pounds. I was amazed! Also, I was scared; for it instantly occurred to me that if I had gone up to two hundred and forty-seven in two or three years from two hundred and thirty-five I should keep on going up if my manner of living didn't change—and that presently I should weigh three hundred!'

'That two hundred and forty-seven pounds was a facer. I was forced to admit to myself that I was fat, disgustingly fat—too fat; and that I should get fatter! So I sat down and looked the situation in the eye. I recounted all my former efforts to get thin and discarded them one by one. I knew myself, and knew the ordinary diet proposition and the ordinary exercise proposition were not for me. I knew I was wheezy and that my heart was getting choked with fat; that there were great folds of it on me, and that it was up to me to get rid of it or quit and wait for the inevitable end. If it kept on I knew I should blow up some fine day. Besides, I was uric-acidy, rheumatic and stertorous and clumsy. I had about fifty or sixty pounds of poisonous junk wrapped round me, and I knew I should suffer for it in the end, though I didn't feel it much and carried it with a fair assumption of lightness.'

For more, which includes how this man lost and kept off the weight he lost, here is the link to download the free ebook but you may need to go to a new webpage and paste after copying the link to access it, as it is not coming up when I click on it:

 

 

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14743

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/14/2011:
Better start up the fireplace! Wow, snowed and iced in since Sunday that's crazy :O I hope you are finding lots of things to do while you're at home. I think I would go stir-crazy! Hope your weather clears up for the weekend :)


KathyBlue on 01/14/2011:
wow, nice quotes... where can I download these? or would you be so nice to forward them to me to katalin1981 [at] gmail.com?? :-) Thaaaaanks in advance! :D Have a nice weekend, with the fireplace on and a good book in your hands! :D


biscottibody59 on 01/14/2011:
Thanks!

I'll have to come back later and check this out--sounds intriguing:-)

Have a good and warm day yourself!


Umpqua on 01/14/2011:
I will come back later and read that excerpt, sounds great! I'm glad you had a nice visit with your aunt during the storm!


liza36 on 01/14/2011:
Interesting excerpt. The first paragraph, talking about fat being fought off, beaten off, is resonating with me today. I have a fight, a battle, on my hands, and I just need to get aggressive with it! Have a great weekend, and thanks for sharing.


moogy on 01/14/2011:
Well, it just goes to show that in no matter what age we live we are all the same with the same feelings, problems and successes. Very interesting Maria. Thank you. I hope you stay warm and cosy and that very soon you will be able to leave your house.


V on 01/14/2011:
How cool that you stumbled upon a diary thate dates back that far!! Enjoy your evening in the comforts of your cozy abode :)


moogy on 01/14/2011:
I am sure that there are other people at your mom's nursing home that would be grateful for a lovely visitor for an hour or so a week. You are so right about food. I am so grateful to live in a land of plenty and grateful that my temptations are limited to limiting my food intake.:)


loveray on 01/15/2011:
im glad you are enjoying your time being snowed in!! i had a good time the first 3 days or so and then just started going insane...im glad to have the freedom to drive around again. have a wonderful time!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 10, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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!

IT IS SNOWING HERE!!!!...Been snowing for hours this morning and I measured with a tape measure and we've already got 3 INCHES!  I am looking out the window from time to time between keying this, watching it coming down!

It's very cold and I've got the fireplace going and it is warm in this house, thank the Lord!

Hubby called about an hour ago this morning and said he should have stayed home from work today as when he was on his way to work he passed cars in ditches and one of them was on the other side of the road from going too fast for conditions.  As he was talking to me, he was told everyone was to go home so he is on his way home from work but must be driving very slow cause usually he'd have been home half an hour ago.  Hope he's okay.

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I've been extra, extra good with calories and may have a few sweets within calories limit today since this is an exciting snow day!  (Although tv warns snow is going to turn into ICE this afternoon!)

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Also plan on eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

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Hubby just came home safe and sound! 

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Today's Food: 

Breakfast:  1 fried Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, large caffeinated coffee 4, w 1 tsp ff creamer 10, 1 splenda 0, and orange diet caffeine-free cola 0... 174 (174)

Snack:  4 bite-sized Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies (not real enjoyable and only took a couple minutes to eat and not filling like fruit or veggies or something healthier that would have been hydrating instead of dry) to go with my mug of coffee 150 (324)

Lunch: The rest of the roasted chicken (no skin) that I didn't finish for supper last nite 100, small sweet potato with 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp low cal marg, 1 tsp cinnamon 200, 12 ounces cold tap water 0 (624)

 

Supper: 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, and salmon 200 (924)

Snack: 5 bite-sized Famour Amos chocolate chip cookies 190 and 2 mini-sized Baby Ruth candy bar 170...totally NOT WORTH IT... 360 (1284)

Late nite snack:  8 bite size choc chip cookies 300...totally NOT WORTH IT... (1584)

Today's Total Est. Calories: 1584  Though my calories were within maintain limit, over half my calories today were in sweets...junk food...candy and cookies...and I don't feel good from having eaten it...I feel ICKY! 

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Update:  Hubby and I are having a visitor stay with us through this storm just in case the power goes out...my Aunt, Mom's Sister...she doesn't have alternative source of heat in case the electric goes out available, and we do, so her Son, who isn't going to be home with her through this snow and ice, brought her here and we've had a really nice afternoon together.  She will be staying overnite and maybe longer, depending on how long the snow and ice remains. 

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Evening update:  Almost forgot to say...today I finished tidying the study!  So now it looks totally SLEEK and BARE!  Next step will be cleaning out the filing cabinet (yuk!) and relocating it and putting fresh new file folders in it to where it is usuable for our incoming and outgoing, etc. instead of being used for storage of documents and other things from years ago.  (Maybe put them in a plastic bin and store in the closet since I'm always so hesitant to get rid of old paperwork...) 

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/10/2011:
Glad hubby made it home safe, wow lots of snow huh?! Stay inside and keep warm by the fireplace :)


Umpqua on 01/10/2011:
I'm glad your hubby is home safe! My hubby is already planning to work from home Wednesday in preparation for our coming storm. Have a safe and warm snow day!!


V on 01/10/2011:
Hey Maria!!Wonderful news that hubby has made it home safe and sound! You are doing such a great job, maintaining is just as much work ;) Have a nice extra warm day!


liza36 on 01/10/2011:
Stay safe and warm! In the DC area we are expecting snow tomorrow. Must be your storm moving my way. Have a great snow day!


chidogs on 01/10/2011:
It just sounds so beautiful, watching the snow from inside a cozy house. I only did that once in our old cabin in the mountains. I'm glad your hubby is home safely now. Enjoy your day.


just42day on 01/10/2011:
So glad hubby got home safely. I hate winter road conditions. Can't believe how you "southerns" (meant kindly) are getting hit with snow. Stay warm and safe! :)


moogy on 01/10/2011:
I am glad you are both safe and warm. What strange weather, it is pouring with rain as I type this and is quite cool. Amazing, as if everything has been switched around somehow. I am not complaining though, if I can get a mild summer it will make up for the past two which have been hot and extended. Keep warm you two!!


crazy_fatty on 01/10/2011:
i like the pick of the fruits


biscottibody59 on 01/10/2011:
Nice of you to accommodate your aunt:-) No snow remains after a couple hours of flurries yesterday, but the windchill is supposed to be as low as 9degF tomorrow.

Enjoy your cozy fireplace!


V on 01/10/2011:
Oh I love company! I am sure you do too! I am so looking forward to exploring my neighborhood on foot! It is amazing all the things you miss when in a hurry to go nowhere important ;)


Sofia on 01/10/2011:
Its really nice of you to accommodate your aunt through the storm, you never know when the power will fail. Also, I thought you might like to know that its currently 60' here in Fl :D


hopingforhealth on 01/11/2011:
Yikes, that snow sounds crazy! I am glad your aunt is safe at home with you guys and the hubby got home safe. Enjoy the sleek study!


biscottibody59 on 01/12/2011:
Hope you're doing all right with the weather!


V on 01/12/2011:
Hellooooo :)



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 09, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning...we had a WONDERFUL service!  Loved the preaching.  Our Pastor is really gifted.  After church, I drove to visit Mom at the nursing home.  She was doing well and in bed.  (Thank You, Jesus!)  I helped her with her lunch, putting her sweetener in her tea and stirring it and taking the wrapping off her chocolate cream pie.  She ate her cabbage and cornbread and left her ground up meat (don't know what it was) and potatoes she said weren't cooked done, even though I offered to mash them up for her, she refused.  I had to tell her about my Cousin that passed the other nite that I found out about yesterday.  I tried to break it to her gently but Mom has discernment, always has.  When I told her I had something to tell her, she said "Somebody died in the family?"  I said yes.  She asked if it was her SIL whose Husband, Mom's Brother, passed last year.  I said no.  When I said it was in her SIL's family, Mom guessed my Cousin's Sister and when I said no, she said "NOT MY FAVORITE NEPHEW!!!"  I said yes.  Her eyes turned RED and welled up with tears as I apologized for telling her and told her I knew she wouldn't want to hear it later from anyone but me and she thanked me for telling her, saying she was glad I went ahead and told her.    I loved my Cousin, too.  He was a sweet, Christian man and when his Daddy was living, he would bring both his parents to visit Mom, even though they live a good distance away.  That way Mom got to visit with her favorite Nephew, her Brother, and her SIL, whom she loved all three dearly as she was the one who introduced her Brother to her best Friend in high school and her Brother married Mom's best friend.    And they had a long wonderful marraige.

Well, tmi...but I'm fixing to get ready shortly to go back to church as we have Sunday afternoon music and singing practice before church this evening. 

Today's Food (yesterday's cals est 1254)

Breakfast:  Large coffee w ff creamer and splenda 14, turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100 (174)

Lunch:  1/2 pint ice cream 280, 1/2 pb s/w w one diet bread and Smart Balance chunky pb 140 (594)

Supper: Roasted chicken 200, green string beans 50, 1/3 cupful rice w a little gravy 75, 1/2 cupful mashed potatoes 125, 1/2 pb s/w 140 (1184)

 

Total est cals today: 1184

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Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/09/2011:
Your mom seems to have taken the bad news as well as can be expected. Apart from having to do the undesireable job your Sunday is sounding wonderful. If you are singing or playing tonight, I hope it goes well for you.:)


Umpqua on 01/09/2011:
I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin, Maria. You are very strong and I know your Mom appreciated hearing the news from you. Hang in there!


KathyBlue on 01/10/2011:
I would have loved seeing you measuring the snow with a tape, hihihi :)



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 08, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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!

Another COLD morning here in S.C.  (36 degrees F).

The tv news is still saying they are expecting an ICE/SNOW STORM Sunday nite through Tuesday morning here.  Said they are expecting POWER OUTAGES in some areas.  (And with power outages, it can be DAYS before power is back on!)  But, I'm not worrying, I know WHO takes care of us! 

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Hubby is working today and I am washing clothes, tidying the house, and will soon be cooking (chicken) for today and tomorrow, as we don't plan to eat out lunch tomorrow after church. 

Sinuses are acting up a little this morning as I forgot to plug in the vaporizer in our bedroom last nite before I went to bed.    It really makes a big difference to have some warm steam added to the dry heat (electric) air.  Helps one breathe better and not have sinus headaches and other sinus symptoms.

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Today's Food:  (Yesterday's cals were est. 1607)

Breakfast:  1 fried Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, large caffeinated black (but I drink mine WEAK so mine is light brown) coffee 4, w 1 tsp ff creamer 10, 1 splenda 0, and orange diet caffeine-free cola 0... 174 (174)

Lunch: 2 small sweet potatoes w a tsp sugar and tsp cinnamon 350, 1/2 cupful black eyed peas 100, 1/2 pb s/w 140 (764)

Supper: 1/2 pb s/w 140, 1/4 cupful (ALL GONE NOW) black eyed peas 50, roasted chicken 100 (1054)

Snack:  More roasted chicken 200 (1254) 

Today's Total Est. Calories: 1254

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Update:  Sat with Mom a long time this afternoon, took her baked cinnamon-apple pieces w a tsp sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over the top.  She was finishing eating what she wanted of her lunch and she ate all of the baked cinnamon apple pieces I brought her.  She was in a happy mood and she and I had a relaxing, talkative time with a CNA (D for future ref) who was in the room sitting with Mom's roommate.

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When I got back home, I got some very sad news that my cousin suddenly passed last nite...he was young.  (Middle-aged-young.)  He was a very sweet Christian cousin and I loved him very much.  He was Mom's favorite nephew.  I will have to tell her tomorrow.   

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In the meanwhile, the tv news is having WARNINGS scrolling across the bottom of the screen that we are under a 'winter storm watch' for a BIG ICE STORM that may make ROADS IMPASSABLE as well as DOWN POWER LINES!  As you can tell, we southerners are not used to winter precipitation such as the northerners are probably very familiar with.  Usually the most winter precipitation other than a little rain that we get might be a one time a year sprinkle of snow or sprinkle of ice/sleet that melts within 24 hours or so.  So, to us, this is really something if we get it.  We are not used to driving in snow or ice and Lord willing, if we get what they are saying we are going to get, I plan on staying inside!  Right by the fireplace!  With my diet bread s/w of Smart Balance chunky peanut butter!  (Ain't gotta have electricity to cook that!)

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/08/2011:
I hope you don't get too much damage from that storm! Our snowstorm wimped out and we only got 4 or 5 inches yesterday. We have a humidifier hooked up directly to the heating system since it really does get so dry in the winter. Makes a huge difference! Hope you have a great day!


chidogs on 01/08/2011:
Glad you are on the mend. Have a great day. :)


geevee on 01/08/2011:
Hey, girl.Weren't you around 150 before I went AWOL? And now you're 140. WOW!


biscottibody59 on 01/08/2011:
My CPAP machine has a built-in humidifier, so I'm breathing moist air all night:-) Otherwise I'm like you--dry air just makes life miserable--hope you get to feeling better today!

Holding steady there--good job!


moogy on 01/08/2011:
I really hope you don't get the power cut off, that is awful, it occassionaly happens here during a storm but only for a little while. I can't imagine being without electricity for a few days, not good. As you know it is Sunday here and I am just about ready to leave for Church to teach my lesson so I wanted to stop by and let you know that I will be thinking about you teaching your lesson tomorrow and hoping that it goes really well. I always pray before I prepare and teach so I will pray for you as well.:)


V on 01/08/2011:
Stay warm my friend! Yes my overactive imagination creates some very strange dreams for me..LOL Love you!


moogy on 01/08/2011:
Yes, a candle, bread and peanut butter, a good book, a blazing fire. You will be fine!!:)


loveray on 01/08/2011:
it is reallly cold! i hope you guys stay warm and get some rest:)


moogy on 01/08/2011:
Well, my lesson went really well. I hope your's did as well, even though I misunderstood and thought it was today (tomorrow for you), never mind. At least we have our hearts in the right place even if our minds are a bit on the dodgy side!!!!LOL


moogy on 01/08/2011:
I love books, I always have one on the go. You probably wouldn't like them, I love thrillers!! Might scare you a bit!


loveray on 01/08/2011:
yea, i think its supposed to start tomorrow afternoon and we should have a ton of snow and ice by monday! i am looking forward to some time just to chill indoors without having to make any excuses about why im being lazy:)


V on 01/08/2011:
LOL it is only crab meat, not the whole thing...LOL


chidogs on 01/08/2011:
Maria, I could get really addicted to storing stuff in these containers. They are so easy to pack and store! We got two more today to finish the last of the holiday stuff. :)



Maria7 - Friday Jan 07, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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!

The tv news has said we might get ICE (as in 'freezing rain' that sticks) early next week.

It is cold again this morning, 32 degrees F, but I'm sitting here by the fireplace with the fire going this morning, done had my breakfast and am drinking a mug of coffee.  So, I am warm, thank the Lord. 

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Yesterday and day before, I had black eyed peas for lunch and supper.  Had them with diced onions.  There is enough for lunch today, too, so guess I may finish them if I'm home at lunch.  Thing is, I am so BLOATED from them!  But they are real good! 

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I've decided to get stricter with our finances.  It's called 'Build Up Savings'.  Hubby had less work last year due to the economy and thank the Lord, we had savings to dip into.  Any of you went through this, too?  On top of dipping into savings to help pay bills and other things, we also took a nice vacation to celebrate our 21st anniversary and dipped into savings for that as well.  So our savings went down SUBSTANTIALLY last year.  But with the good Lord's help, we've begun working on rebuilding it this year.  I am very thrifty.  I shop for clothes at the thrift shops.  I shop for furniture at the thrift shops (got very nice heavy desk and nice office swivel/roll/rock chair, both for $25 together at the thrift shop).  I keep lights off that are not being used.  Different things like that.  But there are some other things I know I can do that will help.  Our phone bill (through the cable company) is fixing to double next month, since we are on a one-year 19.95/month promotion plan that will be ending next month, so I've been thinking about 'magic jack' or something that will enable us to keep our house phone at a reasonable rate.  Our basic cable is fixing to more than double next month...we've been on a one year 29.95/month promotion with it...and I'm thinking about reducing it to what I think they call is broadband, where all you get are 10 channels which include the local news channels.  We can watch DVD's we have.  We've done it before and 'thought'  we 'missed' having more channels and guess what?  Most of the channels we have, we don't watch and a lot of what is on at nite time is filthy and not watchable anyway.  I've been reading finance blogs on the internet and they are very encouraging of what people have done to improve their financial circumstances.  Oh, and we recently refinanced Hubby's truck to a lower payment (though longer term), so that helps some, too.  We are working on refinancing my vehicle now.  Something I didn't know...but I know it now and it may help you...when you buy a vehicle, though they may lead you to think they searched and got the very BEST interest rate they could and your payment as low as they could, you may want to do your own research after you get your vehicle (if not before) and get a much better interest rate and lower payment (unless you want to pay it off earlier which you could still do with lower payment by sending in extra on the principal).  We've been paying high payments on our vehicles and could have gotten them much lower!!!  

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Yesterday's calories have been updated, which I got hungry last nite and added 400 more calories for a total of 1800 for the day.  But they were good calories...more black eyed peas, pb/sw, 2 tangerines, small bag of lf popcorn.

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Today's Food:

Breakfast:  1 fried Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, large caffeinated black (but I drink mine WEAK so mine is light brown) coffee 4, w 1 tsp ff creamer 10, 1 splenda 0... 174 (174)

Snack:  microwaved sweet potato 150, w 1/2 tsp margerine 10, 1 tsp sugar 15, 1 tsp cinnamon 6, sprinkled over it, and iced black decaf homemade tea 2, with 1 splenda 0... 183 (357)

Lunch: 1/2 Smart Balance p/b s/w with:  1 diet bread 40, 1 tbs chunky pb 100, iced tea 2 w splenda 0 (499)

Snack: 1/2 cupful black eyed peas 100, 1/4 cupful diced onion 14, tea 2, splenda 0 (615)

Snack:  sweet potato, same as above 183 (798)

Supper: 1/2 cupful rice 100, 1/2 cupful green peas 100, roasted turkey leg 208, barbeque sauce 47, 1/2 pb s/w w 1 diet bread and 1 tbs Smart Balance pb 140, diet caffeine-free cola 0...595 (1393)

Nite time snack:  another 1/2 pb s/w 140, 2 small tangerines 74 (1607)

Today's est. total calories:  1607

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Update:  Visited Mom at the nursing home this afternoon and sat with her a little while.  I took her a baked sweet potato which she ate and enjoyed.  I had very lightly sprinkled it with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp sugar, and it had about 1 tsp margerine on it, too.  She's been in the bed for 2 days.  Said she didn't want to get up today, cause she felt like she needed a bath and her hair washed before she would be presentable in the dining room with all the other people in there.  (They only give baths and wash hair so often there at the nursing home.)  I told her I didn't blame her at all.  Before I left, she asked her CNA to do that and her sweet CNA said she would.  Not all CNA's are the same.  Some are there taking care of people cause that is their ministry and they love people and are called to do that work and others are only there for the money and don't want to do anything extra to help a resident feel better. 

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/07/2011:
Thanks for all the black eyed pea info, they have been added to my shopping list! I hope you have a great weekend!


just42day on 01/07/2011:
RE: finances. A few years ago I called my newspaper, cable, electric and phone companies. Told them I had been a loyal customer for x# of years and consistently paid my bills on time or in advance. Asked them what they could do for me. I received credits and/or discounts from each of them. $ varied from $10 - $35 each but it added up. Might be worth a try. All they can do is say no. Good luck!


chidogs on 01/07/2011:
I have never had black eyed peas, but you make them sound so good. Cutting back is the thing pretty much all around now isn't it. Good luck. We went through a lot of that some years back when the hubs lost his job and I was a stay home Mom. Ended up me going back to work (hated it)and him working for half of what he had made. But we got through. You take care. Hugs.


V on 01/07/2011:
Hi Maria!


KathyBlue on 01/07/2011:
wow, you have a really nice advice from j42d!!!! I love it. My man also did the same with the Internet company, and we received free calls, unlimited internet traffic, etc. etc. :)


lifestylechange on 01/07/2011:
very pretty entry! good luck with your phone line decision:)


moogy on 01/07/2011:
This is a really good site I found for my daughter, it covers just about everything and sounds just right for what you are trying to do Frugal-Living-tips.com. Keep warm Maria.:)


V on 01/07/2011:
They are delicious treats that are low cal/fat with no oils dairy, sugar or flower, recipe posted on forum page...Hey in re of your Mom's haircare, did you look into the local beauty schools? I am sure they could come out on a weekly basis or bi monthly...It would do the residence there a world of good and the students can get their practical hours in as well! I think it is worth a shot ;)


biscottibody59 on 01/07/2011:
Just wanted to say, I don't presoak blackeyed peas, lentils or split peas (haven't made split peas too many times). Though if you do--let us know how it goes. I guess they just would maybe need a half hour in the presoak as opposed to an hour.

Sounds like a good day--we may get some snow next week, though I think it's still a little early to really forecast.



Maria7 - Thursday Jan 06, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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!

The tv news had said we might get some snow last nite but looks like we didn't.  It is cold, though.

Yesterday I cooked a pot of black eyed peas.  Had them with diced onion, a little rice, and 2 homemade small biscuits.  They are sooo good!  I got the idea from reading Biscoitibody's entry about her black eyed peas.  Cooked them from dry peas in the bag.  I did add a tbs of olive oil before they were done, though, so probably most of it cooked out.  Also added a little salt.  I was hungry last nite for something sweet and tea with splenda wasn't helping, so I had 2 tangerines.  That took care of wanting something sweet.  Thing is, I still have a little chocolate candy here that was given us for Christmas that I'm not even tempted with at all.  The fridge is stocked with lots of veggies (celery, romaine lettuce, cucumber, green bell peppers, onions, carrots, etc.) and fruits (tangerines, apples, oranges, bananas).  I like my fruits cold.  Fruits and veggies are very HYDRATING.  That is one reason they are so good for us.  Not to mention all the nutrients they have in them.

Again, if I can be of help to any of you who are working on getting to your goal weight, please let me know.  I will be glad to share things that helped me achieve my goal weight. 

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Hubby took me to get my vehicle out of the shop after he got home from work last nite.  The window works real well again.    I'm glad to have it back.

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I may go sit with Mom at the nursing home for a while today and see if she's gotten over her anger at me for buying her clothes in a larger size that Hubby and I gave her for Valentine's Day (see Tuesday's entry for more on this if you haven't already read it).

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I got the studying finished yesterday and taught at church last nite on Philippians 4:1-8.  It was entitled 'Things To Think On'.  I included some other Bible scriptures that went with the lesson.  I enjoyed teaching it.

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As for getting the study room in order, that was 'nada' yesterday.  I got clothes washed and some bookkeeping done but didn't get to the study room yet.  I looked at it earlier this morning and actually, it won't take long...it is just mainly getting the Christmas wrapping put away and tidying the room.  Also I need to go through and clean out the filing cabinet in there (a job I'm not looking forward to doing, as I usually keep too much paperwork). 

Breakfast this morning was a scrambled egg 80, 1/2 cup plain grits 100, and a large coffee with nonfat creamer 10 and splenda 0...all in all about 200 cals for breakfast. (200)

Lunch today was (estimates) black eyed peas 275, diced onion 25, a tangerine 50, about 1/4 cupful creamed corn (I found leftover in the back of the fridge) 50 and a fresh-baked sweet potato 150.  550 (750)

Snack: Guilt-free sweets 300 (1050)

Supper: black eyed peas, diced onion, 1/2 peanut butter s/w 350 (1400)

Late nite snack:  black eyed peas, pb/sw, 2 tangerines, lf popcorn 400 (1800)

Today's total est. cals:  1800

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Visited Mom this afternoon, who wasn't feeling well and said she'd been in bed all day.  Said she had a headache.  She wanted a peanut butter and jelly s/w and I went and got her one and took it back to her and also some iced water and iced tea.  She perked up some after eating her s/w and drinking her iced tea.  I took down her Christmas decorations I had put up on her side of the room before Christmas, with her permission.  I told her maybe soon I can decorate her side of the room for Valentine's Day.    She said she wore a pair of the larger pants Hubby and I gave to her, this morning and they were very comfortable and fit her well.  She said she isn't mad I got her a larger size anymore. 

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 01/06/2011:
Thank you for the info!! I didn't know goodwill and salvation sold sports equip! There is one down the street fom me i will have to check it out...You girls are making me crave Black eyed peas, today would be a perfect day to make the :P we will see how ambitious i am feeling this wether is making me a little lethargic! Hey I am surprised a southerner such as yourself didn't have BEPeas on New years day...It is supposed to bring luck all year ;) Love you Maria, just in case you didn't know already! Have a wonderful day my friend!


liza36 on 01/06/2011:
I have had a bag of dry black eyed peas in my pantry for awhile now, and had no idea what to do with them. I'll have to do the same as you. Thanks for the idea.


Umpqua on 01/06/2011:
I hear all this talk of black eyed peas around here, so I'm going to have to try them. I'm trying to boost our legume consumption in this house. Have a good one!


Umpqua on 01/06/2011:
Do you soak the peas overnight before preparing them? I buy organic canned beans and don't have much experience with the dried variety, although I want to learn since it's cheaper and better to prepare from dried I know.


moogy on 01/06/2011:
I see that you are working at staying on your island Maria. Good for you. It is always nice to find a new recipe or food that we love. I hope that your mom has forgiven you or forgotten that she was angry with you.!! Have a good day sweetheart:)


hollybelle on 01/06/2011:
Love black-eyed peas! They man good luck at New Years! So let's all eat them before January is over! Thanks for your posts!


just42day on 01/06/2011:
Glad your mom appreciated the pants rec'd from you and hubby. Sounds like your visit cheered her up as well. :) I'm still fighting my urge to hang on to my "larger" clothes but I totally get what you say about being motivated to keep losing when the larger clothes aren't around.


moogy on 01/06/2011:
Sounds like she was grumpy because she was hungry, I am glad she is happy with her larger clothes now! Phew!!


biscottibody59 on 01/07/2011:
Just wanted to comment back on legumes and bloating. I have eaten a fairly high fiber diet for many years and I don't find beans give me any problems as far as bloating or gassiness.

One way to deal with the potential gas producing properties of say dried pinto beans is to do a quick soak. Make sure the water is over them by an inch or so and then bring to a boil, cover and simmer for a couple minutes, turn off the heat and let them sit covered for an hour. Then you throw out the water from this soak (I also rinse once). Then cook as you normally would.

I've done this countless times--I'm not likely to cook beans if I have to soak them all night, but that's just me.



Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 05, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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!

 It is cold outside (28F) but warm in this house, thank the Lord.

Now that I reached my goal weight, all I have to do is maintain it.    I've been at goal weight before and it is quite a struggle to maintain just as it is to reach it.  I will be leaving my goal weight in my entries unless my weight goes up or down significantly.

If I can be of help to any of you who are working on getting to your goal weight, please let me know.  I will be glad to share things that helped me achieve my goal weight. 

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Christmas...Hubby and I took Mom her gifts which included the 11-diamond gold ring.  She was thrilled over it and now when we visit her at the nursing home, she holds her hand out to us, extending that finger that she wears it on, showing off the ring, smiling at us.

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A friend and I went shopping yesterday and I shopped for Mom and me some clothes.  I bought Mom some clothes first (that I will tell you about shortly), then I got myself 2 dressy jackets, one is size 6 and the other is size 8 that will be nice to wear to church. 

Last nite, Hubby and I visited and presented Mom with an early Valentine's Day gift...a gray jogging suit (which she's made known to me recently she'd like to have), fleece lined, with zip up hoody jacket and pockets in jacket and pants and also another pair of black pants, fleece lined with pockets, that will match anything.  She was very happy until she learned that I'd gotten them in a larger size than she is accustomed to wearing (courtesy of one of her CNA's informing me that Mom needs "larger pants")...Mom has gained weight.  After Mom insisted that I'd bought the wrong size and that the clothes would be too big for her and ignoring my telling her that the CNA said I need to buy Mom's clothes larger, Mom told my Hubby loudly that the next time he buys me clothes to make sure he buys them "3 times her SIZE!!!" that I wear.    Nevermind Hubby futilely trying to reason with Mom that she needs a larger size since she wears diapers so she will be comfortable...that didn't help at all.

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My vehicle is in the shop today, getting the window fixed, so I am home and this is a good time to get some extra studying done as I will be teaching adults in the congregation tonite at church.  I plan to teach on Philippians 4:1-8 and Ephesians 6:10-18 if you'd like to read these verses in the Bible. 

After studying some more, it will also be a good time to get some things done in the house that I've been putting off and are not hard to do at all, just have to make a few decisions about how I am going to do them (re: getting my study/office room in order).

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/05/2011:
What nice gifts you got your Mom, sorry she is being a little stubborn about the sizing. And AWESOME job on maintaining! Once I get into my maintenance range (I'm aiming for 120-125 to maintain) I'll be asking you for questions and tips. I have no more pregnancies in my future and it's hard to believe this will be my lifelong goal weight. Exciting and definitely scary! Have a good one :)


tangalyn on 01/05/2011:
was nice of u to get ur mom such nice things, im sure she loves them :) congrats on reaching ur goal weight again, ur awesome!! have a great day!


tangalyn on 01/05/2011:
thats cool that we share a birthday :)


biscottibody59 on 01/05/2011:
Congrats and I wish you the best in maintaining it!

Your mom's vanity is definitely an encouraging sign of life!


nita51 on 01/05/2011:
Thanks for checking in on me. Please remember me in one of your prayers. So happy to hear about your Mom. I pictured her smiling, and holding her hand out to show off her ring. How cute that must have been. I told you before, and I'll say it again, every Mother, should have a daughter like you. May God continue to bless you and your great family.


nita51 on 01/05/2011:
PS: Vaporizer,,,,very good idea. Maybe it will help me sleep and breathe better at night. Great advise. Thanks :)


moogy on 01/05/2011:
It probably is easier for the carers at the home to have slightly larger sized clothes than close fitting ones when they need to help residents get dressed as well. I can just picture her showing off her new ring. I am teaching at church this week as well, I am teaching a class on fasting and the power and spiritual benefits of combining fasting and prayer. What a coincidence! Have a good day Maria.


hopingforhealth on 01/05/2011:
Congrats on the goal weight! I know you will be able to maintain it. It sounds like you had a great holiday!


chidogs on 01/05/2011:
Sounds like your Mom was very happy with her ring. I hope the caregivers keep an eye out that she doesn't take it off and leave it somewhere. The clothes issue sounds frustrating, but you did the best you can do. Sometimes, they just won't listen to reason. Hopefully she will like the clothes enough that she will forget the size thing. Take care.


V on 01/05/2011:
Hello Maria! I am sure i have told you this before but I will tell you again, I think you are an amazing daughter, friend with a kind heart and soul to match! Congrats to you for reaching your goal :) Love you


selina on 01/06/2011:
Good job, Maria!!!



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 29, 2010
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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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 ….GOALWEIGHT!….

 

This morning, I finally arrived at goal weight ‘Island 140’…Can hardly believe I’m actually here again!

 

 

            I’m sitting here on the beach right now, keying to you. 

 

It’s so pretty here. The seagulls are happily flying around, calling out cheerfully to each other. There’s plenty of healthy, fresh food here. I had a large salad for lunch. Lots of delicious fruits here, too. 

 

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  Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/04/2011:
Oh yay Maria! On your island again, well done. I am so happy for you and can tell that you are happy with yourself. What a journey you have taken to get back to your island. I am looking forward to learning from you how to maintain at a particular weight in the hope that one day I will be able to put into action the things you have taught me.:) Congratulations!!


Umpqua on 01/05/2011:
I just saw that you hit your goal weight at the end of the year, well done Maria! I hope you are doing well and Happy New Year!


selina on 01/05/2011:
Congrats! What a wonderful present for yourself for the New Years!!! Well done!


V on 01/05/2011:
Congrats to you for getting to you goal! Great job Maria! Happy New Year, I missed ya!!!!!! Woooohooooo You are a shining star!



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