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Maria7 - Sunday Jan 01, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

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

 

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Hello, Friends, and happy new year to you.

Hope you have been having a wonderful day in the Lord today.

At church today, the message was preached from Psalms in the Bible...a beautiful message. The message was saying that we need to ask ourselves if we have done anything to offend God in the past week and that we need to pray and ask God to help us not to do anything to offend Him. And I agree. He created us and gave us life as well as sustains us and blesses us with the gift of eternal life through Jesus, Who shed His Blood and gave His life for the forgiveness of our sins, and our mission should be every day to please Him and become more and more like Him, not just for ourselves but for our reflection to the world that others may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, as well.

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It has been a beautiful, sunny, warm (around 70F) day today and the red camellia tree is in bloom in the front yard.

 

I visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 twice today at her nursing home.  Please pray for her healing.  She was a little under the weather but I believe she is healed in Jesus' Name and I thank you for your prayers.

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I weighed 146.4 on the scale this morning.

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I'm still rowing toward Island 140.  In the meantime, my clothes are fitting looser and looser.

 

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Hope you are having a good evening.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

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

Donkey on 01/01/2012:
Inspiring message today! I love to look at where your arrow is pointing -- oh you are so very close! My motto this year: Less eating, more praying!


V on 01/02/2012:
Good Morning Maria :)


Umpqua on 01/02/2012:
I can't believe you have a tree in bloom, lucky! :) I hope your Mom is feeling better today.


starfish on 01/02/2012:
Happy New Year :-)


liza36 on 01/03/2012:
Happy New Year.



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 31, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

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

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hello, Friends.

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

I am still at Island 146 (weighed 146.4 this morning), so down a little more.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

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

grannyannie on 12/31/2011:
Happy new year!!


greengirl on 12/31/2011:
Happy New Year Maria :-)


V on 12/31/2011:
Hello Maria!! Happy new year :)


Umpqua on 12/31/2011:
Good going and Happy New Year!!


biscottibody59 on 01/01/2012:
Happy 2012--keep up the great work!



Maria7 - Friday Dec 30, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.6

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

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hello, Friends.

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

I finally got back to this island again, Island 146 (weighed 146.6 this morning).

Islandmonkeyswinging.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

My little friend was hanging over my teepee from a tree limb this morning.

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

Islandwavinghappymonkey.gif image by autumn1234567

Cute, isn't he?

 

This is Jerry...remember him when I was on this island earlier this month?

 

Islandbearexercisingoncycle.gif image by autumn1234567

 

He has offered for me to ride his bicycle again.

 

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Remember Jacob, the raccoon.? He clapped his hands when he saw that I had gotten back here again.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

xoxomadison on 12/30/2011:
You're so close to your goal! Good job!:)!


Umpqua on 12/30/2011:
Congrats Maria, you're doing great! :D


grannyannie on 12/30/2011:
Doing great! Have a fabulous new year!


V on 12/30/2011:
:) Congrats Maria!!!



Maria7 - Monday Dec 26, 2011
(Moderation)
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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Hello, Friends.

Hope you've been having a wonderful Christmas season and remembering that Jesus is the Reason for the season.

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Daughter visited us yesterday and gave me a beautiful large picture she had spent days painting to give to me for my Christmas gift from her.   I was very happy to see her.

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It was a beautiful, sunny, cool  day today, I think in the 60's...I was out and about some and no need to wear an outer coat...quite the opposite from this day last year when it snowed the day after Christmas.

 

Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567is still visiting us.  It is good to spend some time together, especially when many years passed by without us seeing each other in person.

 

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Scale weighed me at 147.0 this morning, down a little.   I've not given up on reaching 140.0 goal but I am 'okay' with this weight for right now during the holidays...not overeating but certainly not depriving, either.

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Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is doing okay...Brother and I visited her at her nursing home today.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria and Hubby

 

 

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

hollybelle on 12/27/2011:
Thank you so much for your comments on my recent post. It is so hard. Although we don't think it will be long - dad is in "end of life" care - it's a hard decision to make. As time goes on, I believe we will be lead to the right thing to do all the way around.


thinkpositive on 12/27/2011:
Nice to spend time with your family. It sounds peaceful at your home.


V on 12/27/2011:
Well hello there Maria :) I bet your daughter and brother's visit made the holiday EXTRA special :) have a great day!!


Umpqua on 12/27/2011:
Great job maintaining over the holidays!!


biscottibody59 on 12/28/2011:
Cheers to you--have a lovely new year!


Donkey on 12/28/2011:
A wonderful post to read :-)


~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
Cool! Glad to read you are spending some more time with your brother! YAY! How nice of your daughter to paint for you, that is awesome. Happy New Year!



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 22, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.4

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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 Houseandcanoeoncreekinmtnsanimgif081010.gif image by autumn1234567

 

Hello, Friends.

Hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord.

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It is a beautiful, sunny, warm (near 80) day today.

 

Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567is still with us.  He and I wrapped a Christmas present for our Sister together this morning.  He is looking for work.

 Christmastreeanimgif2.gif image by autumn1234567

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Scale weighed me at 147.4 this morning.  I'm basically maintaining, it looks like.

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Aunt Auntanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567came the other nite and also an elderly neighbor we invited, who is a recent widow and they had supper with us.    We all enjoyed one another's company.

 

Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is doing well...I visited her at her nursing home today.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria and Hubby

 

 

Progress as of today: 57.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/22/2011:
It sounds like you and your family are doing really well Maria. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!


hollybelle on 12/24/2011:
Merry Christmas, Maria!


V on 12/25/2011:
Merry Christmas Maria!!



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 18, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.2

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

 

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Hello, Friends.

Hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord.

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It is a beautiful, sunny, cool day today.

 

Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567moved back in with us this past Friday and is staying with us a few days through Christmas.

 

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Scale weighed me at 147.2 this morning.

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Aunt Auntanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567is coming tomorrow to spend some time with us and have supper with us. 

 

Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is doing well...we visited her at her nursing home today. 

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria and Hubby

 

 

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

thinkpositive on 12/18/2011:
Nice to have some family time. Have a great day.


Umpqua on 12/18/2011:
I hope you're enjoying your family time, sounds great. Have a good evening!


V on 12/18/2011:
Have a wonderful visit with your family :)


liza36 on 12/19/2011:
Enjoy your company. Glad your mom is doing well.



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 14, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.4

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

 

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Good evening, Friends.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I've been busy rowing and I am again back on Island 147.

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

..........I am inside my teepee this evening....

Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I stayed on track real well, even getting to Island 146, but then I started having a high sodium diet which made the scale number go up and after this,  I started giving in to nitetime binges again.  Ugh!

 After I rowed my canoe back to Island 147 again, one of the island residents here Islandfatfroglyingongrass.gif image by autumn1234567told me "Don't sweat the small stuff!" after seeing me come back here from Island 146 and watching me set up my teepee here again. 

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Back on the homefront...

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It has been beautiful here in SC today, sunny and mild (high 60's F).

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and I had a little outing today. We ate lunch at Cracker Barrel, my treat.  We had a nice time together.

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Hope you are having a good evening.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 57.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

V on 12/14/2011:
NEVER sweat the small stuff my friend!! Have a good evening :)


Umpqua on 12/15/2011:
I'm glad you had a nice lunch with your sister. Have a good one!!


supercheese on 12/15/2011:
Have a great one!!!


liza36 on 12/15/2011:
Exactly - don't sweat the small stuff!


biscottibody59 on 12/15/2011:
Hang in there and keep going the right direction and you'll get there!

ps I was probably at about the same number of cups of coffee as you all those years ago--it's just they were large. I guess maybe we've come to our senses:-)



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 11, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.4

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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Churchsmallgifanim081010.gif image by autumn1234567

 

Hello, Friends.

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

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  It is a beautiful, sunny, cool morning and birds are singing in the trees outside...so cheerfully...

 

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Scale weighed me at 147.4 this morning.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 57.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/11/2011:
Hi Maria! Hope you are having a good weekend!


V on 12/11/2011:
Hello Maria :) I hope you have a wonderful day!!


biscottibody59 on 12/11/2011:
Hope your day is going well so far!


hollybelle on 12/11/2011:
Make it a good one, Maria.


Umpqua on 12/12/2011:
I hope your weekend was good and wish you an excellent week ahead!



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 08, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

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

 

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'Maria's Travels to Island 140'

Hello, Friends.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

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

Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I'm so not palling around with certain folks today (Priscilla (below) wanted me to go on another picnic with her today, which I didn't and told her I was going to be busy, so she went by herself.)

 

 

Islandbearhavingpicnic.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

...Anyway,  I met a new friend today...her name is Frieda Islandskinnyanimalhullahoopanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567and she is an exercise buff for sure.  She even offered to loan me her hoola hoop but I thanked her and told her I was planning on getting in a lot of walking today instead.  She is a talker.  She told me that she doesn't stay trim by diet alone, that she exercises with her hoola hoop for half an hour at least 3 times a week (today was one of her 3 days).  I have to admit...she does look pretty trim, doesn't she?

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Back at the homefront:

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  Thank you for continuing to pray for my friends in the hospital...  I visited them both today..

also I visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at her nursing home.

I visited my Aunt Auntanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567(Mom's only Sister) this morning before I went to the hospital and visited my 2 friends and before I visited Mom (this evening) and took her and my cousins and her caregiver some Christmas gifts.  Aunt seemed to be doing okay but she looked very tired.  We love her very dearly.

 

Last, but not least, LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567Hubby has sneaked and bought me a Christmas present...hum...he was very disappointed when he wanted to wrap it tonite and put it under the tree and I told him we are out of clear tape.  I already have him a present under the tree.  I told him I will buy some tape tomorrow and he told me where he has my gift hidden and forbade me to go near it (I wouldn't).  He is a STRICT believer in Christmas presents are not to be opened until Christmas morning (I'm not...I believe let's have at it NOW...but I respect and will abide by his wishes, as usual).

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

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

thinkpositive on 12/09/2011:
You have a heavy load with your mother & aunt needing so much care. That's a long time to wait when you want to open your gift now!


biscottibody59 on 12/09/2011:
Such fun on the current island--wonder what will turn up when you get to 140??? I guess we'll have to stay tuned.

Good news about your mom--hope it continues! Have a lovely day!


moogy on 12/09/2011:
Lots of good visiting there Maria! I am glad that your mom has realized that she has to behave herself. It must be frustrating but shouting and all that will not help. I think Frieda may be anorexic!! LOL So typical of a man to buy a present and expect that someone else will provide that wrapping neccesities!! LOL Keep rowing Maria:)


~WI~ on 12/09/2011:
Love your island adventures :) have a beautiful weekend!



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

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

 

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'Maria's Travels to Island 140'

Good morning, Friends.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

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

Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

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

 IslandwolfBOSS.gif image by autumn1234567

 

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

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

Islandbearhavingpicnic.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

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

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

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Back at the homefront:

Houseandcanoeoncreekinmtnsanimgif081010.gif image by autumn1234567

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

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

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

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


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

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


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


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



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