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Maria7 - Friday Jun 10, 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're having a good day!

Love, Maria

 

  

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


Maria7 - Wednesday May 25, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.6

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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Good morning!

It is another pretty, sunny day here with the birds singing happily in the trees outside.  The temps have been getting in the 90's F each day.  Too hot to do much gardening unless I go outside very early in the morning to do it.   I did hoe some grass out of one of the flower gardens yesterday.  Above is a photo of a daylily that bloomed in our front yard recently.  There are lots of these gorgeous flowers in the front and back yards.  This is my favorite kind of flower. We have two kinds of them...singles and doubles, where the inside of the flower is doubled.  I like the old-fashioned, simple, single kind the best, which always blooms first.   I always look forward to their blooming each year.  I love their cheerful colors of bright yellow, burgundy and orange, with their little tiger stipes on the petals.   

As for weight, the scale reads 147.6 this morning and I think realistically I should have made my goalweight be 143.0 instead of 140.0, cause that would give a stretch from 138-148 leeway, with five on either side of 143.0, but I will leave it as is (the 140.0 goalweight) for now.

 

 

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Hope you're having a good day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 57.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

loveray on 05/25/2011:
Glad to see you back!! Missed you. xoxo


Umpqua on 05/25/2011:
Good to see an entry from you and I love daylilies as well! I divided a bunch of mine last year so I should have a good show when ours bloom next month!


selina on 05/25/2011:
Hi Maria! Wonderful to get a comment/message from you! Thank you for welcoming me back - I hope to linger around longer this time, too! When my husband is home all day long, it seems like I'm busier and don't have much time to come online....

147 sounds not bad at all! 143 sounds like a perfect place to aim at. Keep it up! I, myself, gained several pounds during the time Husband was recovering... I don't do very well under stress :(

Daughter is doing great, thank you! She had her ballet recital the other day and looked lovely - she loves to dance and finds that the exercise is great to keep her fit! In two weeks she has her tap dancing recital - I'm looking forward to it!

Sounds like your mom is doing well, you are busy socializing and active at church - life is good!


selina on 05/25/2011:
Lovely flower! I also found out I have lilies in the front yard, too (as well as tulips, lilacs, irises and a bunch of perennial flowers that the tenants planted while they were renting the place.) Yesterday, I moved a rhododendron that was not doing very well in the sun to a shaded area. In it's place, I planted a blueberry bush with lots of berries already on it, which I found at Whole Foods Market... can't wait to see them ripe. I love gardening!


hollybelle on 05/25/2011:
I saw your commnets to me, but hadn't seen any posts from, you and I always look forward to seeing yours. Sounds like you are busy in the yard. We're having husband's family over for Memorial picnic at our house on sund 5/29 and we are Almost Ready. Have to do some clean up a a couple of beds and we'll be done. Have been pressure washing the deck and patio and that has taken time away from the gradening chores! I need some daylilies, I think, maybe the dogs would stay out of them!!


liza36 on 05/25/2011:
I guess summer is here, with those kind of temperatures. I think you should feel fine about changing your goal weight. It sounds realistic and one you can maintain with 5 lbs either way. Have a great day!


mcwoo40 on 05/25/2011:
Sounds lovely where you are Maria.We have just had bad winds and rain thrown in on occassions.Nice to see you popping back.I'm 9 weeks back on the healthy eating plan and lost 32lbs,still along way to go.Hope the family are ok,your mum too.Take care :)


V on 05/25/2011:
I missed you :( How is mom doing?? I hope well :) I know you can do this Maria, you are very persistent :) Have a wonderful day :)


moogy on 05/25/2011:
I woke up this morning thinking about you and was so glad to see a post up from you. Otherwise, I was goin' a huntin' for you!!!! LOL I think it is wise to set a slightly higher goal weight, one that you are not fighting to keep at and give yourself some leeway. Too hot for me where you are as well but the garden sounds delightful. Have a wonderful day Maria:)


~Moody~ on 05/25/2011:
Hihi Maria! Good to see you back!

The flower is so pretty~awww...Temps have been up n down here in WV, but the 90's are supposed to hit next week..hot!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!


selina on 06/20/2011:
Thanks Maria! My knee is completely healed now (it's about time!) and the visit with my visiting friend went very well. She was so jet-lagged, though, because of the time difference and was falling asleep as I talked with her. The 22-hour air travel was not easy on her. She had a tour of the white house yesterday (Sunday) afternoon - there are benefits of having a cousin working at the white house, haha As for myself, I'm still trying to get a white house tour ticket for months with my congressman, with no success...

Hope all is well with you, your family and your mom!



Maria7 - Friday May 13, 2011
(Moderation)
Weight: 148.2

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...

It is a pretty, warm, sunny day here...how are you doing?  As for me, I've gained just a little...scale reads 148.2 this morning and although I'm not at 140.0 goalweight, this is working okay for me.

What have I been up to lately?  I'm still going back and forth to the nursing home, visiting Mom...still playing the piano at church (re: above gif...and practicing here at home)...still have lunches out with friends sometimes...etc.

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Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 56.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

V on 05/13/2011:
Have a wonderful weekend Maria!!! Lots of love to your MOM :) I know you will get the weight back down to where you want it to be :)


legcramps on 05/13/2011:
:-)


hollybelle on 05/13/2011:
Hi Maria. Thanks for your comments, lately.


Umpqua on 05/13/2011:
Sounds like all is well Maria, have a good one!


moogy on 05/13/2011:
I am happy to see a post from you and that you are feeling good.:)


V on 05/13/2011:
Yep still on Vacay til Monday :( LOL!!



Maria7 - Tuesday May 03, 2011
(Back On Track)
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...just thought I'd say hello...Hubby and I had a wonderful time at the beach this past weekend!

 

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Photo of me taken by my Hubby while we were at the beach the other day...

 

 

 

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Hope you are having a nice day.

Love, Maria 

 

 

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

~Moody~ on 05/03/2011:
Hope you had a wonderful day Maria!


V on 05/03/2011:
:) I love this pic of you!!! Have a good one!!!


liza36 on 05/04/2011:
I love this picture. You look great!


hollybelle on 05/04/2011:
Thanks for the encouraging words and support!


YellowDress on 05/04/2011:
Wonderful picture! And thanks for your comment:)


moogy on 05/04/2011:
Looks like you had a lovely time at the beach. I hope that you have a great week:)


hollybelle on 05/06/2011:
I am going to employ some strategy on Sat and Sun. I know I can do it. Thanks for your comments!



Maria7 - Monday May 02, 2011
(Back On Track)
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, from here at the house, Friends...

 

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Hubby and I are now back home from our little beach trip.  We had a nice time and enjoyed being together away for a little while.  I did real well with calories and am today at 146.6, same as I was yesterday.  I watched calories carefully while we were away.  Below is a photo Hubby took of me on a fishing pier at the beach:

 

 

 

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Hope you are having a nice day.

Love, Maria 

 

 

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

hollybelle on 05/02/2011:
MARIA!!! You look GREAT!!! Good job on calories on vacatin. Glad you had a good time. Beach looks very inviting! Cute outfit, too - especially like the shoes!


Soon2BThin on 05/02/2011:
You look great, Maria. I didn't know your hair was so long. Keep up the good work. You are inspiration for me.


biscottibody59 on 05/02/2011:
You look mahvelous--seriously you do!:-) Glad you had a nice trip with nice weather!

This might be an odd question, have you thought of subtracting a certain amount from your weight to take into account the weight of your hair? I know you've said in the past that when you hit 140ish (or so) you felt it was a little low. Just an observation!

(This is coming from someone whose hair is very fine and curly and never had it longer than a couple of inches below the shoulder. It sort of doesn't lend itself to much longer than that.)


Umpqua on 05/02/2011:
You look beautiful Maria, I'm so glad you had a nice vacation!


greengirl on 05/02/2011:
You look amazing Maria!! I love your hair :-)


~Moody~ on 05/02/2011:
Beautiful Maria~So glad to finally be able to put a face with the name~I had no idea your hair was so long! Wowee, gorgeous!!!


V on 05/02/2011:
Looking FABULOUS!!! You are so beautiful!!!



Maria7 - Saturday Apr 30, 2011
(Back On Track)
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...

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I've been real good with calories. 

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Hubby and I are looking forward to leaving on our beach trip  soon. 

 

 

 

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Love, Maria 

 

 

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

hollybelle on 04/30/2011:
When do you leave for vacation, Maria? Have fun and eat healthy!


moogy on 04/30/2011:
Glad to hear you are rowing hard Maria. Enjoy your holiday and your time away from the real world:)


mcwoo40 on 05/02/2011:
How's it going,hope you are enjoying the sun :)Have a good time,Jules



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 26, 2011
(Back On Track)
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, from here at the house, Friends...

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Hubby and I are getting exciting about our upcoming
(Lord willing) road trip to the beach this weekend. 

We haven't left this area (3-town-area) so far this year and last year, we had already taken 3 road trips by around this time, and were planning on going on a 4th one.  So, it won't be long, we'll be gassing up his truck  to go. 

 

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I'm having a cup of coffee this morning  ...won't you have one with me?

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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!

Umpqua on 04/26/2011:
I'm still working on my morning coffee. I know how much you love the beach, very exciting!


Umpqua on 04/26/2011:
It's only for a long weekend and my Mom is coming to stay with us and take care of the boys. I'll take it though! I didn't realize you had lived in NOLA, I love the city - one of my favorite places on earth. And some spectacular gardens there, I just love the hidden terraces and courtyards throughout the city!


hollybelle on 04/26/2011:
OK, every time you go to the beach I always ask if I can stow away in a suitcase, well, is this the year? Oh, yeah! Have a lovely time. I like the pics above. especially the window one.


~Moody~ on 04/26/2011:
What beach are you going to? I'm heading to Myrtle Beach next month and cannot wait!

Hope you have a wonderful day!


hollybelle on 04/26/2011:
Maria, it's been raining here for DAYS - but this afternoon, the sun sneaked a peek and it's so nice right this minute. I'm going for a walk.


moogy on 04/26/2011:
I am loving the view of the ocean from your window on your beach Maria. So, not long to go before you can move back into your beach shack I see. You sound as if you are in a great mood. That's wonderful!!


V on 04/26/2011:
Love the view.....Now the only thing i want to know from you is how many bags you packed ;) LOL We suffer from the same affliction of wanting to take EVERYTHING with us....I am sure you will have fun Maria, I can't wait to hear all about it :)



Maria7 - Monday Apr 18, 2011
(Back On Track)
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...

I gave Mom a birthday party Friday.  18 people showed up!  Among them were my Sister and her Daughter, who is Mom's Grandaughter and Mom's Grandaughter's Daughter, who is Mom's Great-Grandaughter, who is almost 2 years old.  Mom's cake was chocolate on yellow, that Mom requested, with a musical candle in the middle that played happy birthday music while we sang happy birthday to her and little colorful plastic balloons on the side of the top of the cake.  Mom said it was the best birthday party she'd ever had!

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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!

moogy on 04/18/2011:
So glad that your mom enjoyed her birthday, and it was so lovely that she had so many visitors wanting to wish her happy birthday. Glad to see that you are getting somewhere with your rowing. Good for you Maria:)


hopingforhealth on 04/18/2011:
Good job with food this weekend! And I am glad your mom's birthday was such a success... I'm sure it was worth the work when she said it was her best birthday ever :)


Umpqua on 04/18/2011:
Sounds like a wonderful birthday party and good job with your foods over the weekend!


V on 04/18/2011:
So happy to hear that your Mom had a wonderful birthday :) I love hearing about her as you probably already know :) What an AMAZING daughter you are :) Have a good one and keep up the positive outlook, you wear it well ;)


biscottibody59 on 04/18/2011:
Sounds like a good party--glad you're okay and didn't have any storm damage!

RYC: The chest tightness was just that one day--that's usually how it goes. As for the caffeine, I just don't drink more than 1-2 cups of coffee on any given day. It's been an interesting 2 years. I wouldn't wish my body's reaction to perimenopause on anyone. I don't have a disease process--just LIFE;-)

Enjoy your week!


biscottibody59 on 04/19/2011:
Thanks for your suggestion, but no--I can't stand weak coffee--might just as well eat dirt in my opinion:-) I'm down to one good, tasty and satisfying cup of regular coffee most days and I have no problems physically with that!


hollybelle on 04/19/2011:
Great story about your Mom's b'day! She is so lucky to have you in her life! Wonderful that g-g'daughter got to be there. I love to see older people with babies. They seem to have such a different perspective on the beginning of life......guess we will have that perspective soon enough, huh? LOL...have a great day, Maria!


Umpqua on 04/19/2011:
I have made a few entries on my blog, but I'll be doing even more now that the spring bulbs are really starting to pop. My early daffodils just opened so I need to get some good pictures of those! You can check it out here:

http://umpqua42.blogspot.com/

:)


V on 04/19/2011:
:) Time to do some gardening ;) Have a good one Maria :)


liza36 on 04/21/2011:
I'm thrilled to hear your mom had a wonderful birthday, and it was very nice of you to put in so much effort.

Just a week ago, my niece had her first baby, and he was born on my dad's birthday. My dad was so happy to have his first great-grandson born on the same day. It's kind of special to share that day.

Hope you are having a good week.


greengirl on 04/23/2011:
Sounds like a great party :-)


V on 04/24/2011:
Moogy is doing well, she took a small hiatus but I am expecting a post from her tomorrow :) Love you Maria! How was your Easter? Did you have a good day in Church ?



Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 13, 2011
(Back On Track)
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...

 

 

Well...I was about to resign myself to rowing toward goal-island during the week days, then losing ground over the weekends and having to start the cycle all over again the following weekdays...BUT...yesterday I was really under the weather and didn't eat much and this morning I saw a big difference and that encouraged me to do excellent today with calories and walking on the treadmill twice...I had gotten discouraged as my 8's were getting snug (as in not comfy-snug) but now, since I was under the weather yesterday and didn't eat much, that actually gave me a BOOST in the right direction...so I think I can...I think I can...I think I can (and it's a good feeling when your confidence is up)...

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Got up early this morning and went and got Daughter and took her to the ER...She's gonna be okay (after 2 shots, medicine and prescriptions filled)...Saturday she'd stepped on a nail and her foot was really swollen when I took her to the hospital today...Also sat with Mom some this afternoon (she's doing okay and excited about her upcoming birthday party Friday)...then Hubby and I went to church tonite and I played the piano and we all sang songs and with the Lord's help, I taught a lesson on heaven to the congregation...then after church service tonite, Hubby and I stayed and got songs arranged for the next 4 church services, including our upcoming Palm Sunday service (this coming Sunday) and Easter service (the following Sunday)...

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Hope you are having a good evening.

Love, Maria 

 

 

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

V on 04/13/2011:
Oh no!!I am glad she had immediate attention...To answer your question I pretty much keep the same grocery list and cook all my meals for the entire week...I have a kitchen scale to weigh and portion in individual containers...SO there is no seconds for me and if I am still hungry, I eat a little of my healthy snacks that I have or drink a cup of low sodium ff chicken broth....I guess I should consider myself lucky that I never had a problem with binging on foods, but my gains came from unhealthy choices and wine consumption(empty calories) I allow myself a night out for dinner here and there but I keep it on the healthy side...My motivation is the grueling workouts I get in that burns 650 per cardio class but I don't give a green light to eat as I please because I have so much more work to do to become a bodybuilder on a competitive level(my next goal) I hope this helps you Maria :) Have a good one!


moogy on 04/14/2011:
I am so glad that your daughter is fine. Tetunus is something to avoid at all costs. It sounds as if you had a lovely Sunday doing the Lord's work. Keep on rowing Maria sounds like you have got your oars working in the right way now. Excellent!!


hollybelle on 04/14/2011:
Holy moley on the nail in the foot! So dangerous. Good move going to the ER. It's hard to remember to get those teatnus boosters! We are so lucky in this country to have access to wonderful healthcare. Thank you for your support on my recent emotional posts! Better days are ahead.


Umpqua on 04/14/2011:
I'm glad your daughter is OK, that's scary! I'm also glad you are feeling better and things are moving in the right direction again. I hope today is a good one for you!


biscottibody59 on 04/14/2011:
Hope you have a good day!


chidogs on 04/14/2011:
I am also glad your daughter is ok. That is very scary. We stepped on a lot of nails when I was a kid, everyone went barefooot all summer long, so it happened. Sorry you didn't feel well, but at least it had a good side and got you motivated! Good for you. Take care.


legcramps on 04/14/2011:
So glad your daughter is going to be okay :)


starfish on 04/14/2011:
:-)


greengirl on 04/14/2011:
Hi Maria. Just calling by to say I hope you are well. Oh dear it sounds as if your daughter had a painful time but lucky you are there for her. Have a great day :-)


biscottibody59 on 04/17/2011:
Are you okay--after all the storms?



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 12, 2011
(Back On Track)
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...

Definitely been under the weather today (but getting better). 

Not hard to sail in the RIGHT direction when you're not feeling well...But I'm getting better...

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Hope you are having a good day.

Love, Maria 

 

 

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

mysterywoman100 on 04/12/2011:
You are an inspiration for me. Evening snacking has always been a problem for me so I am trying to just say no snacks of any kind after supper. I know if I eat a little it will end up being alot.


legcramps on 04/12/2011:
Feel better soon :)


Umpqua on 04/12/2011:
I hope you and hubby are on the mend!


moogy on 04/12/2011:
Yes, it is hard to eat healthily when you don't feel well. I hope you can stick to some good soup. Get well soon Maria.:)


V on 04/12/2011:
I hope you get better soon Maria!! Have a good day :)


hopingforhealth on 04/12/2011:
Ugh, sorry you are under the weather. Feel better soon!


starfish on 04/13/2011:
Hi! I hope you feel better soon.



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