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Maria7 - Saturday Nov 26, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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

 

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Hello, Friends.

Today has been a busy day.  Hope you've been having a nice day.  Daughter and I spent some Mother/Daughter time together going to yard sales and thrift stores, something we both love to do.  She found a nice pair of Sketchers shoes that I got for her at a thrift store and I found a beautiful multi-colored  (yellow, pink, green flowers and leaves on a blue background) chenille bedspread at another thrift store we visited that I got for Hubby and me.  Both items were in like-new condition and only $5.00 each.

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Hubby and I decorated our Christmas tree Christmastreeanimgif2.gif image by autumn1234567 last nite...what a job, as it is a very large, tall tree...whew...what a relief that it is done.  Our neighbors across the road decorated their front yard for Christmas today and the lights and decorations over there look very pretty.

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Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567usually visits our Mom on Saturdays, so i had the 'day off' today and spent time with Daughter.

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It has been a beautiful, warm, sunny day...

  I am fixing to go beddy-bye...(getting sleepy).  This evening I cooked Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 a nice steak and fries supper and also washed the used bedspread that I bought and dried it and put it on our bed.  It looks very pretty.  Hubby helped me with taking down the autumn-decor curtains  and putting up matching curtains in their place to go with the 'new' bedspread. 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

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

hollybelle on 11/26/2011:
What a great day! Love to thrift shop. I found my daughter an Ann Taylor skirt for $1.00 and she still has it and wears it! It's fun to find something really good.


Kati on 11/27/2011:
OHHH, perfect day!!! I wonder if we build the tree this year. I don't think so... we don't have kids, but i miss it on a certain level...


grannyannie on 11/27/2011:
Thanks Maria. The photo of the stained glass is St. Columba, not Jesus. Glad you had such an nice day.


thinkpositive on 11/27/2011:
Aren't thrift stores great?! Always feels like you win a prize & usually you're helping out a charity at the same time. Nice to have your tree up & enjoying getting ready for the holidays.


biscottibody59 on 11/27/2011:
Nice quality time with your daughter--good for you both!



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 24, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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

 

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 nativeandpilgrimjpg.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

Hello, Friends.

 Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567and I went to the nursing home today and took Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 a plate of food and some fruit after he and I had a very early (11 am-ish) Thanksgiving lunch at a restaurant.  He told me that next year I get to choose where we eat on Thanksgiving (Lord willing, of course), including eating at home (which he doesn't prefer to do because of what we've gone through in the past with some friends and relatives).  Anyway, Mom apparently had not been taken to the bathroom in time and so her CNA was just fixing to get her up and take her to the bathroom and get her cleaned up and dressed (and this was around 12 noon) when we arrived to visit her.  We only stayed a few minutes as it takes a long time for them to get her bathed and dressed and Hubby was wanting to go home and rest and so I told her I will see her tomorrow (as I visit her most days, anyway), which she was very understanding and told me ok with a smile and a hug.  So we came back home after leaving the nursing home and Hubby is asleep (he works a lot and has to go back to work tomorrow) and here I am keying to you.

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  I am currently drinking a cup of coffeecoffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 ...have a cup with me? 

 

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I hope you and yours are having a blessed Thanksgiving...don't forget to give thanks to the Lord.

 

 

Love, Maria

 

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

grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Thanks for comments! Happy Thanksgiving!


moogy on 11/24/2011:
I put my tree up (it is only little) the first weekend in December. Mainly for the children, I wouldn't bother if not for them. No, we don't have Thanksgiving here. When Australia was 'discovered' the only people to come here were British soliders, convicts and a few free settlers. No one was glad to be here. Indeed they nearly died the first year, it was only the arrival of a ship with provisions that saved the colony. My heart is going out to your mother as she waited to be cleaned up. So sad, but she is so lucky to have a daughter like you:)


V on 11/24/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving Maria!! I am so lucky to have wonderful landlords( I live in the guest house on their property) Anyways not only is the exterior already decorated and the yard, I get a fully decorated mini live tree, compliments of one of my landlord's horticulture pupils :)


moogy on 11/24/2011:
I usually plan about three days out, I don't always stick to what I have planned. It all depends on what I feel like or what the weather is, or what crisis I am dealing with. I always write what I eat down in a little book and that makes it easy to see a day that went well and what calories where in the meals. Works for me:)


hollybelle on 11/25/2011:
Nice Thanksgiving Day, it sounds like Maria. Glad your mom was understanding yesterday! We traditionally put up our artificial (not pre-lit) tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. But, it had become such a chore - we didn't even put one up last year. I thought my daughter would mind, but she didn't. I missed having it up but not the hassle. This year, I don't know if I'll put it up or not. I may just decorate a little bit with other things and not worry about it. I don't mind decorating, I don't like it in January when it's time to take it all down! Daughter and her BF go to a Baptist church where, although they celebrate Jesus as Lord and Savior, they don't recognize Dec 25th as his birthday. They see it as a commercial, man made holiday and of not significance to them. Although I find this odd - I certainly think Christmas has become about way too many things besides Jesus and I think they have a point. I have been to their church and it is sound teaching - it's just this one thing I find odd. I think there is nothing wrong with choosing a date to celebrate Jesus' birth and if it's 12/25 each year that's OK. I think I'll do some reasearch on why that date was established. I think it was chosen by historical clues and has some validity. It's just that it's too commercial and about GIFTS and not about the gift of salvation. More on that later, I guess.


Umpqua on 11/25/2011:
A belated Happy Thanksgiving! Our tree is not up, we usually don't put it up until early to mid December. We'll be doing a live tree again this year so probably mid December. Part of the fun last year was taking the boys to the tree farm with our friend and having them "help" us pick out the trees and load them up on the cars, they thought that was very exciting.

We have slowly been trying to simplify this holiday season over the past few years, especially since the boys were born. While I have different beliefs than you, I have very strong feelings about how commercial the holiday is and we are trying to put the emphasis on giving to those less fortunate and spending time with family and friends. We are hoping the in-laws will go for "adopting a family" in need this year in lieu of gifts, we've been pushing for that for a couple of years now.


grannyannie on 11/25/2011:
I'm never at home for christmas, always go to see my family in Michigan. Christmas for me is about being with family. We give gifts but it's not the main focus. We've cut down and mainly give just to the kids/grandkids. In my family my siblings and I are now the 'senior generation'. One of us is Catholic, one is a lapsed Catholic, one is atheist, and one is Buddhist (me). No problem. I still prefer to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.


biscottibody59 on 11/26/2011:
Hope you're having a good day!



Maria7 - Sunday Nov 20, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.4

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

 

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 Churchsmallgifanim081010.gif image by autumn1234567

 

Hello, Friends.

I just want to say thank you for your prayers.  One of my friends who was in the hospital is now home.  Please continue to pray for the other one who is still in the hospital.

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 Thanksgivingturkeyweighinggif.gif image by autumn1234567

Scale is still favorable today.  It weighed me at 148.4 this morning. 

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I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567today at her nursing home, spent some time with her.  She was in bed and I did some things she wanted done, cleaned her eyeglasses, went and got her a drink, went and got her some ice and ice water, etc.  I took her some bananas, which she ate part of one.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

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

V on 11/20/2011:
Have a wonderful evening Maria <3


thinkpositive on 11/21/2011:
Sounds like a good day for you mother. Take care.


biscottibody59 on 11/21/2011:
You're doing well with maintaining there! Hope you have a good week!


Umpqua on 11/21/2011:
Looking good Maria!


liza36 on 11/21/2011:
I hope your friends will be all right - praying for them.

Have a good day.


~WI~ on 11/21/2011:
Prayers said :) Have a great day!


V on 11/23/2011:
Hi Maria!! Happy Thanksgiving :) Yes I still and always will get my workouts in, especially now that I am a coach :) This is a way of life for me


moogy on 11/23/2011:
Thank you for my wonderful welcome back Maria. I have missed you and your comments. Yes, I know that we are in the Lord's hands and hope that what we want is the same as what He wants. Glad that your scale is co-operating with you.:)



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 19, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.0

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 just want to say thank you for your prayers.  Visited my 2 friends, who are in different hospitals today.  One is hoping to go home tomorrow and the other one will be there at thehospital she is in into next week at least.

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Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567is doing okay.  He is working a lot of hours.   We're still planning on eating at a restaurant on Thanksgiving (if plans don't change, that is).

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Christmascookiesjpg.jpg image by autumn1234567

Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567and I have made plans to get together one day during the week after Thanksgiving and bake Christmas cookies, something we've never done before  but are looking forward to.  Christmastinsjpg.jpg image by autumn1234567She and I have been collecting cookie tins and plan to give out some as gifts, filled with our homemade Christmas cookies. 

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It has been chilly here again today...

fireplaceanimwchairgif.gif image by autumn1234567

...but it is cozy in this house tonite. Hope you are having a good evening. Stay warm.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/20/2011:
Baking cookies with sister sounds like fun. I would have to give them away really fast, though! Then again, I do better when I make food for other people because I'm not as tempted to eat it myself!


biscottibody59 on 11/20/2011:
Enjoy your Sunday!



Maria7 - Friday Nov 18, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.0

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 ask you to please pray for my family as well as two friends.  Won't go into details but I thank you for your prayers.

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Well...can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week??? 

Thanksgivingturkeypumpkinsanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567wants us to eat out at a restaurant instead of the traditional buy and cook the huge meal, then cleanup after those who come and go when they get ready to. 

Of course, we plan to take MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 a plate of Thanksgiving food from the restaurant we eat at and spend time with her at her nursing home.

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It has been chilly here today...

fireplaceanimwchairgif.gif image by autumn1234567

...but it is cozy in this house tonite.  Hope you are having a good evening. Stay warm.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

V on 11/18/2011:
Prayers being sent my friend <3


biscottibody59 on 11/19/2011:
I wish your and yours well! Have a good day!


hollybelle on 11/19/2011:
Prayer for unspoken situations, Maria. As far as Thanksgiving - we have gone out to eat a few times, but daughter is not very happy when we do that. I have historically had Thanksgiving here at our house. There isn't much family to have over...my mom and dad -MIL & FIL,BIL,daughter and her BF, a few friends and "orphaned" neighbors, etc. I cook everything under the sun but I buy the turkey already cooked - just have to warm up/roast it about 1.5 hours. I do the real southern cooking recipes, trying to modify just a little here and there so no one notices, hopefully. It's one day and one meal plus left overs which i try to pawn off on guests!


Umpqua on 11/19/2011:
Thanks for noticing my progress Maria :) I know that YOU understand how difficult it is to stay in the maintenance range and I always have to be vigilant, especially heading into the holidays. I like your idea of going out and bringing some food to your Mom, it will be nice for you to have a break I'm sure. I will keep your family and friends in my thoughts.


grannyannie on 11/19/2011:
Will send positive vibes for your friends/family.



Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.0

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 are all doing well.  Scale up a little but still okay.  Weather has been very mild and mostly sunny here in SC.  The leaves have changed colors for the autumn and are very beautiful.

 

 

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/17/2011:
Thanks for the comments on my photos! Have a great day!


V on 11/17/2011:
Hi Maria :) I am sure your place is all festive and decorated for the holidays!! Hope your Mom is doing well...Thank you for your comments, I am motivated every day to make healthy choices because I deserve the best! Also I want to lead by example to my clients that I am helping to attain their fitness and nutrition goals :) Have a good one!!


hollybelle on 11/17/2011:
Did your part of SC get the bad weather? I thought of you went I heard it on the news today. Hope you and yours are OK.


biscottibody59 on 11/17/2011:
Have a great day!


~WI~ on 11/17/2011:
Good to see a post from you! All of our leaves have fallen out of the trees and are blowing all over the place LOL winter is here! Have a wonderful weekend!


liza36 on 11/17/2011:
I love this time of year with all the different tree colors. What I don't like is the raking of leaves, but I'll take it in order to enjoy the beautiful colors while on the trees. Have a wonderful day.


Umpqua on 11/18/2011:
It's nice to hear from you Maria. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Maria7 - Monday Oct 31, 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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Hello, Friends.  Hope all is well with you.  As for me...I feel LOST.  I am really grieving over my Brother, who has been staying with us but has now left and is moving back to another country he was living in before he came here.  It had been years since we'd seen each other.  While he was here, he was looking for work and day after day, I took him around looking for work, including lots of places in neighboring towns, and no work was found...not to mention the many applications he put in for work over the internet, which he said were in the thousands of job applications.  Please pray for him.  Now he is on his way back to the country he was living in before coming back to his hometown here in this country and he said he will again be looking for work there in the other country.  I got used to him being here and now he is gone.    I've cried and cried. 

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  Scale weighed in at 146.6 this morning and I'm drinking cocoa tonite, not much appetite, missing my Brother.

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Visited Mom at the nursing home this afternoon, who was in bed again and not feeling well at all. 

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Hope you've been having a good day.

Love, Maria

 

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

V on 10/31/2011:
Sorry you are having such a tough day :( Sending lots of thoughts. prayer and love to you and your family..


biscottibody59 on 10/31/2011:
I didn't know you had quit caffeine for that long. I hope to do as well--thanks for your kind words:-) It helps to know how it went for you.

Sounds pretty rough for you without your brother. I hope you feel better day by day.


greengirl on 11/01/2011:
Poor Maria. I hope your brother can find a job soon. My middle child has been in a similar position for a while and it is soul destroying for him. Hope your mom is feeling better soon and you also feel more like yourself :-(


Soon2BThin on 11/01/2011:
Thanks for the welcome back. I'm sorry to hear you are so sad. Hope your brother finds work and your Mom feels better.


legcramps on 11/01/2011:
Thinking about you today.


Umpqua on 11/04/2011:
Sorry your brother couldn't find work here, it's such a tough economy right now. I'm thinking of you and your family Maria!


~WI~ on 11/04/2011:
awwwwww :( Praying for you



Maria7 - Sunday Oct 30, 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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Hello, Friends.

Our Brother  who was staying with us for a little over a month moved out this morning.  I am SO SAD.      He is my Brother and he is such a sweet, wonderful person to spend time with.  I already miss him!  It had been years since we had seen each other (he lived very, very far away and said he was going back there to reside again). 

Scale weighed in at 146.4 this morning.  

Visited Mom at the nursing home this afternoon, who was in bed and not feeling her best.

 

 

Hope you've been having a good day.

Love, Maria

 

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

biscottibody59 on 10/30/2011:
Sorry to hear you're bummed out about the company going away.

RYC: It's the Esselstyn (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease book) way of eating. You can check out the other diary I started here last year for more info--ModerationKills--in case you need more info. Of course oil and nuts are plant-based:-)


V on 10/31/2011:
Have a good day Maria :)


liza36 on 10/31/2011:
Nice to have your brother there. Is he moving close by you? Have a good one.



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 29, 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.

Am having to redo pictures and it is taking a long time as the website that was hosting the pictures I had stored on it has been down a long time...so I found another site and am rebuilding pictures there.  It is a rainy day here in South Carolina.  We are having family visiting with us for a little over a month now and so I haven't been online much due to spending time with family.  I am doing so-so with staying on track although not at goal but being on the go a lot, clothes are fitting well. 

 

 

Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria (and Hubby)

 

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

hollybelle on 10/29/2011:
Better to spend time with family. Sometimes I think I spend too much time on the laptop, etc.


V on 10/29/2011:
Hey there Maria and hubby :) Enjoy your time with the family!!



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 25, 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.

Thought I'd do an update.  Scale read 147.2 this morning (up a little).  I weigh about the same as this time last year, but slightly less, I think, so I'm okay with it although I'm not at 140.0 goalweight.  I am doing well to hold on to where I am currently, not adding weight. 

I've been coming back here and reading entries off and on but just not commenting.  Been real busy with family for the past month.

Pictures I have on here are currently not working....photo hosting is down...hopefully either that site I use will soon be back up or either I will start using another photo hosting site. 

 

Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria

 

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

V on 10/25/2011:
Have a wonderful evening Maria!!


hollybelle on 10/26/2011:
Great to see your post. Post pics when you can!


biscottibody59 on 10/26/2011:
Good to see you're doing well! Take care:-)


liza36 on 10/26/2011:
Hope you are well, have a great day.


~WI~ on 10/27/2011:
It was wonderful to hear from you! You are doing great and I know that weight will come off!


Umpqua on 10/27/2011:
Good job Maria, I hope you get your photos back soon!



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