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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!



Maria7 - Tuesday Dec 28, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 140.8

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!

There's an island up ahead and I'm almost there!  It is 'Island 140.0'...I've been sailing all nite and I can see it in the distance with my binoculars now that the sun has come up!  It's a very pretty island with lots of coconut trees, and I see pineapples, even orange trees on it up ahead!  I can even hear wild turkeys calling to one another that there is a 'turkey-eater' on the way to this island!  (Me!)  I've been at this island before....even built a nice large wigwarm while I was there that I stayed in, and left it standing, should I ever return.  Some loud-talking pirates in a big, red ship came by the last time I was at the island and I was hiding in my wigwarm which was up the coast in a thicket of coconut trees, so they didn't know I was there and when they left (after they finished their hunting and took lots of wild animals from the island to their ship for food, along with coconuts and other fruits), I noticed that apparently they must have been in a big hurry to leave, cause they left behind an extra large container of processed sweets that they all had been snacking on during the overnite stay they were at the island, mainly cakes and candy, which I happily consumed and gained weight and the 'code of the island' is that if you weigh more (or less) than its number, you must leave and go to the island that is the same number as your weight.  So, I had to leave this beautiful, sunny, warm island with its happy seagulls flying overhead calling cheerfully out to one another and go to other islands that were less beautiful and colder and some were cloudy, too.  So...last nite I left island 141.0 and am on my way to island 140.0 and anticipate I may be there by tomorrow! 

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Weigh-in this morning is 140.8, only .8 from goalweight now. 

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 64.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

loveray on 12/28/2010:
you should book a mini-vacay!! you deserve it...im so happy for you and congrats on your loss. xo


jolt on 12/28/2010:
WTG on being so close to goal Maria! I am sure you will hit it very soon. *grin*

Huggles N Happy Dances


chidogs on 12/28/2010:
Hoist those sails, Maria! I will bet you can see the breaking surf by now. Grab your cooler and beach towel, you are nearly there. ( I totally love your analogy of the different islands.) :)


moogy on 12/28/2010:
I am so happy for you. Your week of sickness really has had a silver lining. Pack some fresh fruit and vegies for yourself Maria. My island is over the horizon (literally)but one day I plan on joining you on the Island of Goal Weight. Love you..


Umpqua on 12/28/2010:
Haha, happy and sunny travels to you Maria! Great job!!


just42day on 12/28/2010:
Goal in sight! You'll be there before you know it! Great job! :)


V on 12/28/2010:
Wow you are doing such an awesome job Maria!!! You rock! :)


V on 12/28/2010:
Love you! I missed ya while i was gone!!!


moogy on 01/02/2011:
Hello lovely lady, I missed you so much. I hope all is well with you and your family. Are you all well now, I certainly hope so! Love you Maria.


V on 01/02/2011:
Hi maria!!! I was waiting for you to post :( I missed ya!


selina on 01/03/2011:
Happy New Year Maria, thanks for checking on me. I'm doing great, over with the cold that I caught before Christmas. You?


biscottibody59 on 01/04/2011:
Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for 2011!


V on 01/04/2011:
Oh Maria???? Where are you my love????



Maria7 - Monday Dec 27, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 141.2

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 to you!

Weigh-in this morning is 141.2, only 1.2 from goalweight now.

 It is cold outside but warm in this house, thank the Lord.

We did get snow over the weekend, which was so beautiful to watch coming down, and have a pretty cover over the ground outside, but it will probably be gone soon, since the sun is shining so pretty this morning. 

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 Hope you have a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 63.8 lbs lost so far, only 1.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 12/27/2010:
wow Maria, 1,2 is nearly nothing! :))) You're so strong, being able to keep those 1500, soooo few for a Christmas day!!!


Umpqua on 12/27/2010:
I hope you are feeling better today. Have a good one!


V on 12/27/2010:
Congrats Maria!!!


biscottibody59 on 12/27/2010:
The snow can be peaceful--in amounts that don't shut everything down--enjoy your day! Congrats on the weight progress!


nutri_fitt on 12/27/2010:
Good job on your weight loss and positive attitude!


moogy on 12/27/2010:
You sound as if you are a bit better this morning. I hope so anyway. It is an unusual way to get to goal but I am glad you got something out of all those miserable days. Have a lovely one today Maria.:)



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 26, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 141.8

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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  Good morning to you.

It is SNOWING here as I key...I am looking out the window from time to time at it coming down...so BEAUTIFUL...we have got a white cover on the ground.  I got an early call from a friend that church was canceled this morning.  I'm still not feeling well, so will rest more today. Still taking meds. 

Got on the scale this morning and am still at 141.8, same as yesterday's morning, so I maintained yesterday, Christmas Day, to today.  Yesterday, it was all about 'mindful indulgences'.  I did allow myself (had to 'tell myself it was okay') to have some candy out of the box of Russell Stover pecan delight candy Hubby gave me for Christmas but 'only just so much', and kept that within allowed calories for the day, which total calories ended up being an estimated 1500 calories for the day.  Then last nite I felt hungry but didn't give in. 

This morning's breakfast is 'baked' cinnamon apple pieces (cooked in the microwave a few minutes) and coffee.  I've been having fruit with coffee for breakfast over the past few days instead of the usual turkey sausage and grits with coffee. 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 63.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/26/2010:
We're getting snow too. I hope you have a wonderful day Maria!


moogy on 12/26/2010:
I love the idea that you are living in a winter wonderland. You have done so well with your calories Maria. Well done you. Your breakfast sounds festive and good for you. Get well soon Maria. I am sorry church was cancelled in one way but glad that you can stay inside and keep warm. Hugs for you.:)


just42day on 12/27/2010:
Sorry church was cancelled but it's probably a good thing if travel would have been dangerous. Stay safe and warm! :)



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 25, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 141.8

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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 Hubby and I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS from our house to yours!

Sitting by the fireside this morning and it is chilly outside.  We are under a WINTER STORMWATCH for SNOW!!!!!    1-3 inches tonite and 3-5 tomorrow on Sunday!!!  YAYYYYY!!!  Unusual for this time of year...usually we 'might' get a little light snow in February or either ice during that month.

My weigh-in this morning shows I'm down EVEN MORE...141.8 now. (Down almost 4 in a week!)  Only 1.8 away from GOALWEIGHT!   YAYYYYYYYY!!!

We're not expecting any company today although yesterday afternoon, a couple from a church we visited off/on for about a year while we were away from our church that we went back to last month came over and visited a while with us.  The Hubby used to work with my Hubby. 

As for me, I'm still doing about the same as I was yesterday.  Needing to wash my hair but thinking twice about it.  Don't want to get worse.  Getting ready to soon take my meds.  Hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas Day!   Love ya! 

 

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Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 63.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

loveray on 12/25/2010:
merry christmas, maria! enjoy and congrats on your loss, especially this time of year!


nutri_fitt on 12/25/2010:
Regarding candy, loved your message to me yesterday, "It would have to be EXTREMELY satisfying to be worth the WORK to get it off of you after the few minutes or seconds that it takes to eat it!" Great words to live by! Good job on your weight loss, Maria! Have a very Merry Christmas! It is good to not be alone in this journey.


Umpqua on 12/25/2010:
Merry Christmas! I hope your day is relaxing and stress free!


V on 12/25/2010:
Merry Christmas Maria!!!


moogy on 12/25/2010:
Ha? Maria, no it's not snowing here, althought we have had rain, it is goiing to be around the high eighties mark today. The cockatoo's seem to be out in full force, like Church bells this morning. Making sure everyone is awake and getting dressed. You keep warm and look after yourself, after all, Christmas is not about the food and the company is it? My daughter is sick so I will be taking the three bigger children to church this morning. Our last chance to sing Christmas carols until next year. I am so sorry you are sick but I should impagine that you are thrilled that the weight has dropped. Merry Christmas Maria.


nita51 on 12/26/2010:
So happy for your weight loss! Yeah!!! I had a full day today,,,,I'd like to sit in that big comfy chair on your post, next to that warm cozy fire place and just CHILL OUT :) :) :) But, there are dishes to wash, and things to put away,,,so I must keep moving on. Enjoy your Sunday, and please say a little prayer for me. xoxo



Maria7 - Friday Dec 24, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 142.0

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, Friends...

It is sunny and chilly here this morning.  Hubby is at work today.  I surprised him yesterday when he came home...While he was at work, I cooked him his fav...in a large roasting pan I cooked baked ham with 'ham-rice' cooked in with it for him.  He was SO HAPPY over it.  I told him it was ALL HIS.  (I don't eat pork.)  He decided he wanted to take 2 plates to elderly sick neighbor-friends and so we loaded the plates up and off he went to their home.  They are a husband-wife couple and the husband had mentioned to me yesterday morning over the phone that he'd like some ham, which I told Hubby.  Hubby is feeling better.  As for me, I'm still not feeling too well.  Done took my meds this morning... maybe that will help.

My weigh-in this morning shows I'm down EVEN MORE...142.0 now. Only 2 pounds away from GOALWEIGHT!   YAYYYYYYYY!!!  Clothes are fitting LOOSE. 

Hope you're feeling well.

Evening Update:  Family/friends call early today to say they are coming over at a certain time, so you, not feeling well and they know it, prepare for their arrival by cooking supper for them when you are definitely not up to it.  Exhausted, you wait.  One calls...'going to be late but still coming'.  The other ones don't show up or call.  Exhausted and having cleaned and cooked while definitely not up to it, and keeping on looking out the window for their vechicle arrival, you get another call...'going to be even later but still coming'...it's nitetime and you're so tired and weak and not feeling well, you're MAD!  Hubby, who helped me cook and clean tries to calm me...all I want is to go to BED!!!!    Finally, after hours of this, and Hubby and I agreeing that instead of their coming over here, we'll bring their gifts over to their home after they call and say it is convenient after their family who called them and said they wanted to visit them tonite and they said yes, leaves, I've changed clothes and have on my PJ's as I key!  I don't think that I should get out in the dark and the cold, hoarse, weak, exhausted, and ANGRY!  Errrrr!  PS...did I say I'm VERY TIRED????? 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 63 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/24/2010:
Congrats on the loss and I hope you feel better tonight and tomorrow. Merry Christmas!


biscottibody59 on 12/24/2010:
Don't overdo things so you can start feeling better again--hope you can just take it easy! Merry Christmas to you and yours!


KathyBlue on 12/24/2010:
Merry Christmas Maria! :)


chidogs on 12/24/2010:
Mmm that ham thing sounds tasty. Not particularly diet right, but certainly tasty. Hope you feel better really soon. Have a lovely Christmas.


V on 12/24/2010:
congrats Maria!!! Impressive with so many holiday temptations! Merry Christmas!


V on 12/24/2010:
:)


moogy on 12/24/2010:
Well there has got to be a silver lining to being sick so maybe your weight loss is what we will have to get out of you being so sick. I really hope you pick up overnight so that you are at least well enough to enjoy Christmas Day. Love you.:)


moogy on 12/24/2010:
Oh no, I can understand your frustration and anger, which would be made worse because you are not feeling well. Some people are just selfish and unthinking even if they are family. Sounds like you would like to Christmas a miss this year!! I wouldn't blame you.


chidogs on 12/24/2010:
I feel for you, Maria. What a bunch of selfish folks. Family or not. Take care of yourself. I hope next time that you and your hubs can just say no. Cannot do it tonight. Sorry. Take care, and feel better. Hugs.



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 23, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 143.0

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, Friends...

I'm trying to stay cheerful while getting over this sinusitis.  My plan, which I had to cancel was to invite a group of friends over here for a Christmas party (re: the picture above).   I stayed on the sofa most of yesterday in front of the fireplace with the fire going, in pain, coughing, and having lots and lots of sweats and cold chills...I was not even able to go to midweek church service last nite and play the piano, which I LOVE to do and it was the last opportunity to play Christmas Carols in church before Christmas this year...

 I thank those of you who have left me a message to help me feel in touch and better.

Anyway, I got on the scale this morning and it read '143.0'.    Only 3 pounds from goalweight.  It's not from not eating enough yesterday, which I think I had about 1800 cals.  I am having a mug of coffee  this morning as I key to you.  Maybe I should have taken Mom's Christmas present (an 11-diamond ring) to her early at the nursing home, as I suggested to Hubby before I started having a lot of symptoms with this, cause I sure don't want her to chance getting it.  He told me no, to wait til Christmas Day or she'd feel like she didn't get anything on Christmas Day.  Soooo...I've got to start getting better!

 

 

'This, too, shall pass'....

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/23/2010:
Hang in there Maria, and I hope you feel better for Christmas!


V on 12/23/2010:
:( Sorry everything didn't go as planned but I am sure you are feeling much better :) I hope the rest of your day treats you kindly :)


KathyBlue on 12/23/2010:
ahh Maria, get better!!!


nutri_fitt on 12/23/2010:
Thanks, Maria for your encouraging comments on my page! Woke up this morning feeling disgusted with myself and wanting to choose to do better. Get better soon! Merry Christmas!


biscottibody59 on 12/23/2010:
Sorry you're feeling crummy--hope you start feeling on top of it all again soon!


moogy on 12/23/2010:
Maria, I am really hoping that you can shake of this sickness. I am sorry that you are going to miss out on playing the piano and all the pleasure and enjoyment that would have given you. I am sure that by tomorrow you will be feeling better. There isn't much else you can do but keep warm, drink fluids and take your medication. I really hope that you pick up soon. I am sending love your way.:)


chidogs on 12/23/2010:
Maria, take care of yourself, that is what is important now. I'm sorry you are sick right before the holidays. Hopefully, you will get back on your feet for Christmas day, and that is the important one. Wishes for health and happiness for you.



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 22, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.4

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...

It is cloudy and chilly here this morning.  Hubby has gone to work.  He is slowly feeling better.  As for me, I'm not feeling too good at all.  Done took my meds, (antibiotic, probiotic, sinus symptoms reliever) maybe that will help.  After he left for work, I got on the sofa nearby the fireplace that had a fire going in it and fell back asleep for a little while. 

My weigh-in this morning shows I'm down a little...144.4 now.  I was SO HUNGRY last nite.  I almost gave in to a food binge.  I kept trying to get it off my mind.  I was wanting to get into some sweets my friend gave me for my Christmas present from her.  She gave me a lot of sweets for Christmas.  I already got into a small bar of fruitcake she gave me over the past few days, but counted it with my calories each day and did my best to 'ration' it.  I'm okay with 144.4 today.  My goal has been to stay under 147.0 during the holiday season.  Christmas is coming up very soon.  We always take our tree down early (usually Christmas nite).  I am to cook Christmas dinner Friday, Christmas Eve.  Daughter will probably come over Christmas Eve nite and open her gifts, as she and I always have (we don't wait til Christmas Day).  With Hubby and me being under the weather, I don't expect any company on Christmas Day as our friends know he's been very sick.  But, then again, he is getting better, so...perhaps...???  I feel so bad right now that I don't even care at all for company coming over.  When you're in pain, you don't feel up to entertaining.  I'll do good to get the cooking the meal done.  Also, I plan on visiting Mom on Christmas Day, Lord willing  and take her gift to her, if not before.  Hubby keeps telling me to wait til Christmas Day to give it to her.  If I do, I'll take her a plate of Christmas dinner, too.

Hope you're feeling well.

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 60.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 12/22/2010:
congrats on the loss, hope u have a great day


Umpqua on 12/22/2010:
Feel better Maria! I'm just trying to cut back on high-fat meats and dairy because of the saturated fat aspect. So far the family is going right along with it without any complaints - it's going much better than I anticipated!


biscottibody59 on 12/22/2010:
Congrats on your loss--good to have a little cushion this time of year!

Actually Esselstyn and McDougall don't allow any meat or dairy whatsoever, so the chicken would be out--period--so no chicken fat. Also no oils, even the highly touted/marketed "healthy fat" olive oil.

It's a pretty strict way of eating. No animal products at all. No avocados or nuts, though a small amt of nuts is okay if you have no known heart disease. I'll put up an explanation on "ModerationKills" that explains how one gets over the no fat thing. Mind you I'm not in the throes of this plan as yet, so I'm not speaking from personal experience--yet:-)

Have a good one!


V on 12/22/2010:
Maria I am happy to hear that you resisted the binge also keeping your goals not to go above 140...I too have a goal of not gaining more than 3 lbs..I have been doing great so far but there are so many nuts here in all shapes sizes,cans and jars :( I have been trying to keep it to a minimal but so far so good!


moogy on 12/22/2010:
I am so sorry that you are still feeling sick Maria, you still have a couple of days until Christmas. It sounds as if you will be better off with a small celebration than a bit one at the moment. I do hope that you get well enought to enjoy your family at this special time of year. I am sending get well vibrations your way:)


moogy on 12/22/2010:
My favourite holiday foods are fruit mince tarts with custard, chocolate mousse, Christmas ice cream (it is vanilla bean icecream with mini marshmallows, raspberries, grated chocolate and pecans), pork and prawn spring rolls (egg rolls), the traditional Christmas lunch, turkey, ham, roast pork, roast potatoes, vegetables etc. This year I am including a try of Sweetpeas ribs. Yum!!!!


V on 12/22/2010:
Well there is 6 of us who share the same parents :) 25-50 yrs old



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