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Maria7 - Friday Oct 01, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 142.6

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! 

It is a cool morning here.  Glad it is getting cooler weather.

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Today's food:

  1  large coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1.5 packet splenda and cinnamon apple pieces 175

homemade vegetable soup 125

BK hamburger 300

BK chocolate ice cream sundae400

tuna salad 400

 

Today's est cals:  1400

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Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything 

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 62.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/01/2010:
I hope you have a great day and weekend, Maria!


biscottibody59 on 10/01/2010:
I'm with you on the coffee--one to two cups is sufficient. I read someone here recently who had coffee as a nightcap and I actually was able to do that once upon a time. I have always added milk or h/h to my coffee--no sweetener/sugar, and I suspect that the milk was the calming effect at that time. And I have a couple of relatives in their late 70s who can drink coffee into the night and sleep fine, but I don't see me being that way.

Enjoy your day!


legcramps on 10/01/2010:
Have a good day!


breakaway on 10/01/2010:
Maria did you get to watch BL? I'm sorry I forgot to let you know! I spaced it out this week :( I hope you were able to catch it online.


chidogs on 10/01/2010:
Have a good one today!


moogy on 10/01/2010:
I hope that today works out well for your Maria and that you are able to continue on your way down to your next goal. You are doing really well. Keep going:)


moogy on 10/01/2010:
Thanks Maria, I was so relieved to see that scale move at last. I was beginning to think I was never going to lose any weight. I appreciate your support.


thinnside40 on 10/01/2010:
:o)


just42day on 10/02/2010:
As always, thanks for your kind comments. Enjoy the beautiful cooler weather. It's envigorating, isn't it? :)


selina on 10/02/2010:
Hi Maria! I hope you are having a lovely saturday!


hopingforhealth on 10/02/2010:
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend Maria!



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 30, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 142.8

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! 

Rain, Rain, Rain...loving the rain and it cooling off.  We've been getting a LOT of rain and now our roof is LEAKING.  Hubby said call someone to come fix it so that's what I will be doing today, along with lots of other things...

  Reached this week's mini-goal this morning....yayyyy.

Today's food:

  1  coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1.5 packet splenda and 2 no-sugar fruit cups (90)   100

salmon patty 200

homemade vegetable soup  120

whole grain sharp cheddar cheese crackers  180

Subtotal:  600

BK chocolate ice cream sundae 400

homemade vegetable soup 100

sunflower seeds 400

 

Total est cals today:  1500

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Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything 

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 62.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

selina on 09/30/2010:
Oh, no, I hope you'llfix that leak soon! Take care and stay well!


KathyBlue on 09/30/2010:
ahh, but rain has to stop in order to have the roof fixed... :( We had the same thing, it's very annoying... Do you have the sound as well? "blop, blop, blop... bloppp, blop, blop..."


KathyBlue on 09/30/2010:
congrats on reaching the mini-goal, you rock! :)))


Umpqua on 09/30/2010:
Sorry to hear about your roof. We are getting major rain here too, but we need it badly. Great job on your mini goal - you are very very close!!


just42day on 09/30/2010:
Congrats on the mini-goal! that's fabulous! :)


skinnygrlwithin on 09/30/2010:
You are doing just amazing with your mini goals... I;m SO proud of you!! But I am very sorry about your leak...that doesn't sound very fun!!!


chidogs on 09/30/2010:
Good luck on today's plan. And I totally love the picture here. I want to live there!


moogy on 09/30/2010:
Well done Maria, I knew you could reach that mini goal. I am so proud of you and your determination to get back to where you want to be. Have a wonderful day.


skinnygrlwithin on 09/30/2010:
You think so??? I keep looking over my food today and feel like I've consumed FAR too many carbs... tomorrow I will have to make up for that.. but thank you


hopingforhealth on 09/30/2010:
Way to go with that mini goal!Woo-hoo!

Yikes! My ceiling leaks sometimes in the rain and it is no fun. I hope yours gets fixed soon!


V on 09/30/2010:
Maria???? Great Job!!!!!! You will be at 140 before you know it :)


moogy on 09/30/2010:
Thank you for your input Maria. As usual you have a good insight. When I say that my comfort food is always available to me, I meant that I can get it from the shops. I believe that we get addicted to food through programming our minds to reach for food for comfort whenever we feel something knowingly or unknowingly. I also believe that the mind is powerful enough to overcome previous automatic responses. I don't know if I will ever be able to have chocolate (vanilla or any other is fine) ice cream, or chocolate anything in the house without eating all of it. Having said that I am perfectly OK having choc chip cookies, choc chips, baking chocolate and even 70% chocolate in the house all the time, with no problems at all - this is why I think I can overcome just these two foods that trouble me. I am going to give it the best try I can anyway. I might fail, but it won't be because I didn't try. Thanks.


nita51 on 09/30/2010:
Have a Blessed Evening! :) :) :)


just42day on 10/01/2010:
Hope your roof is now fixed and that all is well! :)


selina on 10/01/2010:
Congrats on the mini-goal, Maria!



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 29, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.4

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! 

We're having a RAINY day over here today!    A tropical depression is coming up our way that the weather people on tv are saying may become a tropical storm.  Electricity went out and came back on....

The scale showed 143.4 this morning...I'd thought it would be maybe lower...but no.  Oh, well.

Today's food:

  1  coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1.5 packet splenda and 2 no-sugar fruit cups (90)   100

CB Chocolate ice cream sundae w almonds and a cherry 600

CB 1/2 hamburger 200

cup of homemade vegetable soup 50

salmon patty 200

 

Total est cals today:  1150

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Update:  Friend and I ate 'lunch' at Cracker Barrel today after visiting Mom at the nursing home.  Mom didn't appear to be doing as well as yesterday...but was up in her wheelchair, in the dining room with her 2 best friends at the table with her...it appeared she was not eating much of her lunch...I took her 2 salmon patties I cooked (she likes salmon a lot) and a bottle of water...put that in her room on her tray as she requested before Friend and I left.  Friend and I also went to the farmer's market where I bought Hubby a canteloupe that he likes.   I also got Hubby fried chicken and fried potatoes that he likes a lot. 

There is plenty of the vegetable soup left in the fridge for tomorrow.  The tropical depression heading up this way (we have had a lot of rain from it today and it isn't even here yet) has now been upgraded to Tropical Storm Nicole.

 

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

breakaway on 09/29/2010:
I sure hope you don't get a tropical storm! Doing good Maria :D Have a great day today!


just42day on 09/29/2010:
Stay dry and safe. You definitely seem on track w/your goal which I'm sure you'll hit soon! :)


KathyBlue on 09/29/2010:
love the image... be careful!


Umpqua on 09/29/2010:
Yay for rain, but I hope you don't get a crazy storm. Have a great day!


selina on 09/29/2010:
I love the rain! Have a great day!


moogy on 09/29/2010:
Well, you still have three days to hit that mini goal for the week. I am sure that if you are strict with yourself you will hit your mark. You are an expert at doing this, so use that knowledge and give it all you have. I am sure you won't let a bit of weather get in your way. Keep your cupboards full of good stuff and healthy snacks. Have a good safe day Maria.


balloonlady on 09/29/2010:
hope you dont get too much of the storm. Hope your mom is doing better tomorrow..


moogy on 09/29/2010:
Thanks Maria, yes it is Spring, I must have been having a 'senior moment', but it is confusing, isn't it? I am glad that your mom was up and socializing, at least. I wish I got to have as many lunches out as you do, it would be lovely. Have a lovely evening Maria.


V on 09/29/2010:
Hi Maria! We didn't get nearly as much rain as expected from the storm seeing as thouth I am on the gulf side :( I was so hoping for more, it is sooooo HUMID here!!! You will be back at your goal weight in no time :)


hopingforhealth on 09/29/2010:
It's raining cats and dogs my way too, but I haven't lost electricity and don't think I will (knocks on wood). I hope yours stays back on!

You have the resistance of a champ; I don't think I could control myself in the house with fried chicken and fried potatoes. Good job!


nita51 on 09/30/2010:
Your food choices for today looked SO healthy. Good for you! Happy to hear that your mom, was in her wheel chair, and enjoying lunch with her friends. Hopefully she'll get stronger, the more her antibiotic takes effect. Take Care.



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 28, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.4

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 gorgeous, cool, sunny day!  I picked up one of my two special Friends and took her out to lunch, then we visited Mom, who said the pain is not as bad as it was (she's been on antibiotics almost 2 days).  She was up in her wheelchair in the dining room and looking better.   Had on her new Cracker Barrel autumn leaves shirt, new brown pants and new shoes (brown bedroom booties).  She looked nice.  I wheeled her outside onto the front porch of the nursing home where we 3 sat with some other people out there.  It was cool like in the 80's (instead of 90's).  We were really enjoying the cool breeze...but only for about 10 minutes... until someone, not a resident, walked up from the parking lot, lit a cigarette and rudely began puffing away.  Then she went to the other end of the porch, I guess to be polite after polluting the air nearby where we sat.   I took Mom back into the nursing home and so much for our being out there to enjoy the fresh, cool breeze.   But I thank you for your prayers for Mom...She appears to be doing better. 

Other news is after we left from visiting Mom and I took Friend back home, I attacked another closet and got it done!  That's 2 done.  Yayyy!  (More to go!)

Today's food:

  1  coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer and 1.5 packet splenda and 1 microwaved egg and 1 diet toast  130

BK hamburger 300

BK chocolate ice cream sundae 400

pecans w syrup drizzled over them 300

1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes 50

fried chicken leg minus most of skin and all of bone 120

Total est cals today:  1300

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Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/28/2010:
Hi Maria, I hope you're having a great day!


V on 09/28/2010:
BOOOOO to the inconsiderate person, i am glad your mother looked great and felt better :) Have a great evening :)


moogy on 09/28/2010:
Now, if I ruled the world, I know what I would do with the cigarettes!!!! It sounds like you have had a good day and that makes me happy, I am glad you mom is improving and looking seasonally appropriate!! Thanks for your input to my diary, I was hoping to give up the "counting" it drives me up the wall. I counted today's and all was OK. Maybe I am trying to run before I can walk. I think I will drag the WW books out again and be more precise if there is no movement on the scale by the end of the week. I appreciate your help. What a wonderful woman you are.


hopingforhealth on 09/28/2010:
Great day! One closet down and those antibiotics are kicking in for your mom! I'm so glad to hear that about your mom!


just42day on 09/28/2010:
So glad your mom is doing better. That must be such a relief for you. I know the sense of helplessness when a loved one doesn't feel well. Congrats on your closet accomplishments. Mine are ready for you at any time....


balloonlady on 09/28/2010:
glad your mom is doing better, Smokers can be the worst, other than that, sounds like a lovely day..


selina on 09/29/2010:
So happy to read that your mom is doing better! Yay!


hollybelle on 09/29/2010:
Oh boy - you are just "burning up" those closets - can you come to KY and help me? Ha! I must get something done about our closets, drawers and GARAGE! I have done some drawers and some closet work but so much more is needed. I hang on to too much - nothing like hoarding or anything like that - but too much junk - what is it about me that thinks "well, I MIGHT need that SOMEDAY and wish I had it back" - probably not true but I think it anyway. Gotta purge the junk! Glad Mom is better - don't worry about the scales today and enjoy the rain -hope it doesn't storm, though.



Maria7 - Monday Sep 27, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.4

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!  Rainy day today..thank the Lord for the rain!

Sitting here, drinking a mug of coffee this morning while keying to you.   Plan to get some more work done here in the house today...

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 2 tsp. creamer and 1.5 packet splenda and homemade pecan/oatmeal pancake w syrup 520

potato chips 150

pecan/oatmeal pancake w syrup and extra pecans 600

2 home-fried chicken legs (listed as drumstick 120 cals each) (240) and cupful of creamed potatoes (200) 440

 

Total est. cals today:  1710    (oh well, I spent most of the day WORKING in the house and I even got 'ONE' closet done!)...(and a nice FRIED CHICKEN and creamed potatoes supper for Hubby (and me) when he came in from work, that I cooked on our new stove in my large cast iron  frying pan!)...

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Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

selina on 09/27/2010:
I'm loving the rain! Have a great day, Maria!


KathyBlue on 09/27/2010:
Rain would make me mad at this stage, because of the tennis :) No indoors :( Have a nice day, Maria! :)


Umpqua on 09/27/2010:
Umm, homemade pancakes. You're doing great with your mini goals. I hope you have an excellent day!


just42day on 09/27/2010:
Have a great day today! :)


V on 09/27/2010:
enjoy the rain :) we are sure to get some this week with all the storm brewing in the Carribean....We really need it


legcramps on 09/27/2010:
Pecan/Oatmeal pancakes - sounds yummy!


hollybelle on 09/27/2010:
Catching up with you. You'll be back at goal soon. Good job at the buffet yesterday. You do better at that than I would! Glad to hear antibiotics for Mom have been delivered! Maybe she will get rid of the infection and get some relief from the pain she has been suffering. Does she get cellulitism Maria or is it a bed sore? That is so tough to see - you are a wonderful advocate for her in the frustrating nursing home setting. Even if she can't realize it - you know it and we know it and that's important! I had a great weekend. I am missing in action on here on the weekends, but I am a faithful mid-week poster! I wanted to share with you about a 38 year girlfriend(lots younger than me) that I have become acquainted with through our jobs in the last 3 years was baptised Sunday. It was so wonderful. My heart is so happy for her! God is good.


skinnygrlwithin on 09/27/2010:
I'm lovin the rain today as well...except for the fact that getmeback and I have planned a mile and a half run and we are doing it rain or shine


moogy on 09/27/2010:
Those pancakes sounds yummy but deadly, I don't think I had better have the recipe for them!! I hope you have a calm and peaceful day Maria and that things in your life give you joy.


breakaway on 09/27/2010:
I LOVE pancakes..they sound SO good. Have a great day today and great job!!!


hopingforhealth on 09/27/2010:
We're getting lots of rain down my way, but I am accepting it with less grace than you! I hope the rest of your day is going great!


thinnside40 on 09/27/2010:
Re: Vertigo ~ I'm sure that is the dizziness part, but then again she has brain shrinkage that causes her dementia...Just not sure and that is why the ENT tomorrow..She suffered with ear infections every couple months for about 4 years and had an eardrum repair about 6 years ago.... Her GP said she had fluid on the ear 2 Thursdays ago and we have tried Claritin, Sudafed & nothing has helped the symptoms..... Her "nonsense" talk is answering voices that aren't there, calling dad a Dr., police man or psychiatrist.... There was a bittersweet night of praying all night dad said..Each prayer ended with "in Jesus name, Amen"... One was "please, take me to the place they fix brains", so she is still "in there" somewhere...Just hard to watch my dad lose her right before his eyes day in and day out.... He is a wonderful man being so patient and caring for her every necessary need. The Lord is so gracious & merciful beyond our deserve...Counting blessings takes a of of time :o)


skinnygrlwithin on 09/27/2010:
I did get my run in with getmeback and it was pouring out... we definitely got soaked!


nita51 on 09/28/2010:
I'll bet you're really enjoying that new stove!!! The picture of the frying pan, reminds me of the New set of cook ware I purchased. It's called Stone ground!!!! Best money I ever spent! The infomercial got to me. Sure enough NOTHING sticks to it. cleans like magic. Didn't mean to do a commercial LOL Sorry about that. Anyway they are awesome. Love Ya -


hollybelle on 09/28/2010:
Sorry if I seemed nosey, Maria! I am trusting your Mother is healed completely! Have a wonderful day and I'll check in later.


selina on 09/28/2010:
That dinner you cooked in the cast iron skillet sound good! Have a great day!



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 26, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
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!

Hubby and I just got home a little while ago.  We went to church (Sunday School and worship service with preaching) this morning, then out to eat BUFFET (Hubby's fav)...and I was REAL, REAL good.   Before we left the restaurant, I fixed Mom a container of pears and candied yams to take to her. 

Hubby and I visited Mom and she looked real sick.  She's been in her bed for days.  This is from the nursing home making her wait over a month to get a common antibiotic to treat an infection that they waited on the results (days) of 2 different cultures to reveal (the first one was "contaminated by the nurses" the head nurse told me before they did the second one).  So...Mom doesn't look good at all.    I told her she'd been started on antibiotics last nite.  She ate all of the pears and candied yams we took her...about 1.5 cups full.  She didn't want us to leave when we got ready to go after staying a good while with her.  No matter how long I stay, it is never long enough to her.  I always get the GUILT TRIP before I leave. 

I am TIRED today.

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Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee  w tsp low cal creamer (10) and 1 little pack of splenda (0),  part of an egg, half diet toast (40)  50

'Don't forget to eat your veggies!'

Lunch (buffet): mostly salad, yams, pecans 700

 Supper: Large salad of 3 cups veggies (150) and mixed fruit (50), tuna 160)  sunflower seeds (100) w 2 tbs ti dsg (110) 550

Anti-Stress-Snack:  MnM's chocolate covered peanuts 250

The above Anti-Stress-Snack didn't work well enough, so I had to have another dose of chocolate covered peanuts 250

Total est cals today:  1800    Hubby and I did go walking today after lunch, so maybe that will make up for the extra cals...

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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!

moogy on 09/26/2010:
You food for the day looks super healthy Maria and you are definitely allow that stress snack, I hope that you get to bed without any other upset. It is hard to say goodbye to someone you love under the best of circumstances, but sick old people really are like children once again, and it's feels cruel. You can only do so much, you are doing all you can and still keep yourself healthy. I hope you have a good night and a good sleep.


selina on 09/26/2010:
Hi Maria! Those yams sound delicious!

So sorry to hear your mom doesn't look good... I hope that with the anitbiotics she started last night she'll come around. Usually antibiotics take effect very quickly in a matter of days, so be hopeful she'll be feeling great soon!

My cat Selina went MIA yesterday from 7.30 am to 11.30 pm and it really stressed me out. I thought that I had lost her, period! She went out the front door when I opened it to pick up the newspaper and went chasing a squirrel or something. Because I was wearing my pajamas, slippers and a bathrobe, I couldn't very well go chasing after her. When I got dressed and went to look for her she wasn't around anymore. Because she has been an outdoors cat in the past week, I thought she would come right back, but she didn't. My daughter and I went looking for her in the neighborhood 2 different times and couldn't find her anywhere. The fact is that our house backs out into a county park, so there are a lot of trees and shrubery where she can hide... I worried about her because she gets hot easily and likes to drink a lot of water in a hot day, and I was afraid she was lost and didn't have access to water, etc... anyway, I was near tears when I went to bed and really missed her because she does sleep next to me every night. She returned after I had already fallen asleep but my husband woke me up to tell me she came back :) She drank lots of water, ate a whole bunch and came to sleep with me, after all!

Tartine : I wonder how he is doing, I haven't heard from the new tenants anymore. However, my husband just left for Europe today and he is going to see them and find out what's going on. I'm thinking of having him shipped to us.... but if he is happy with the lady who used to feed him when we travelled, I think he'll be happier there. He hates being put in a carrier...


hopingforhealth on 09/26/2010:
Way to go with the buffet restraint! I'm sorry to hear it was such an exhausting day with her mother. I'm glad she finally got started on the antibiotics. Hopefully they will kick in soon.

Keep on keepin' on!


skinnygrlwithin on 09/26/2010:
I'm really sorry to hear about your mother... that must be so emotionally draining... but you are spending time with her so try not to feel too bad... you can only do so much.


teensybikini on 09/26/2010:
I agree with skinnygrlwithin. You are really there for your mother and I'm sure she sees that. I hope things go well for her now that she is being treated. Im glad that you dominated the buffet. Way to go! Have a wonderful night after a trying day. Goodnight.



Maria7 - Saturday Sep 25, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
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!

Hubby and I have been 'gone with the wind' today!  I felt much better today than yesterday.  He and I had breakfast together at Cracker Barrel, my favorite, and we had supper at Golden Corral, his favorite restaurant.  We did a little shopping (got Hubby 2 pretty long-sleeve shirts in anticipation of the cooler weather coming in...one in pumpkin-orange color and the other burgundy-red) and we visited Mom, who was still in her bed.  We took her another hamburger that she loves with the meat in little pieces and extra ketcup added to make it easy for her to eat it.  She was happy to see us, though she said she'd still been hurting.  Later, after we got home tonite, I found out through her nurse that Mom will be starting on antibiotics beginning tonite, as the test finally was completed and the results sent to the nurse, who called the doctor.  Thank the Lord!  Now Mom can get well of that terribly painful infection!    And I thank you for your prayers for Mom!  I am so relieved, I could cry, but I won't...I did enough of that yesterday, hehehe! 

Down 0.8...3 more to goal!  I was a naughty girl today...I already bought what was going to be my reward gift for getting back to 140 goal...it's a Cracker Barrel Christmas sweater with a snowman on it!  But!...it was the only one in my size (medium) and I thought if I didn't go ahead and get it, it might get gone!  So I got it! 

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Today's food:

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel:  coffee, grits, egg, a very little of hashbrowns, 1/2 pecan topped pancake w syrup...400

Snack:  potato chips 150

Snack: potato chips again 150

Supper at Golden Corral:  veggies/fruits/sunflower seeds/t i dsg salad, 1/2 corn on cob, 1/2 pc carrot cake 700

Total est. cals today:  1400 

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 'Mini-Goals': 

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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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!

V on 09/25/2010:
You are getting close!!!! I know you will do it!


moogy on 09/25/2010:
Well done. Maria, we have faith that you will reach your weekly goal - so the sweater is OK, you could always wait until you have to goal to wear it!! I was so pleased to hear that your mom will FINALLY be getting the medication she needs. I can tell that you are feeling relieved at the news, that's great. Have a good night.


teensybikini on 09/25/2010:
I like that you went on and bought your gift. Especially since it is not food related. I'm glad to hear that your mother is getting better. That definitely is a reason to release a boat load of emotions, even if you cry everyday. Good luck reaching you last 3 lbs! How exciting! Anywho have a great night and a good day tomm.


just42day on 09/26/2010:
I'm so glad your mom will be starting her new medication. I hope she finds pain relief immediately! I'm so entertained by your love of the Cracker Barrel. That's so great that you can there so often and enjoy it! That's sweet, too, that you and hubby each get to go to your favorite places. You sound like a perfect pair. I'm very happy for you. :)


nita51 on 09/26/2010:
Praise the Lord! Your mom will surely feel better when the infections goes away. You went to my favorite restaurant (Golden Corral), I live about 5 minutes away from ours. They have a lot of healthy foods, which really helps to keep me grounded. :):) So glad you are happier. Wishing you the best,,,always! xoxo


nita51 on 09/26/2010:
Glad you liked the sparkle on my page,,,,It's a reflection, of the love I feel for all of my DD Angels. Your page ALWAYS brighten my day,,,,so I wanted to give back.......Happy Sunday to You.



Maria7 - Friday Sep 24, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.8

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, Friends.  Another pretty day outside.  Hope you are having a nice day.

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 2 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0) and 1/2 cup scuppernong grapes (50) 70

salad of veggies, fruits, sunflower seeds, t i dsg and bbq'd chicken pcs 430

3 diet toasts plain w low-cal syrup on them 200

Subtotal:  900

cupful scuppernong grapes 100

2 diet toasts w low-cal syrup on them 150

roasted chicken breast minus skin 300

 

Total est cals today:  1450

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Update:  Today I feel exhausted...haven't been sleeping well...very upset and worried about Mom's painful condition...called and asked to speak to her Nurse today, was told she'd call me back (not if last time I asked for a call-back from her is the same)...so I asked to speak to the head nurse, asked about the test result and she said it had not come back yet but she'd call the lab..When I called her back to find out what the lab said, she said Mom DOES have an infection but will have to wait longer for the test (culture) to reveal what antibiotic to put her on.  Mom has been in this pain for about a month or more and finally they find out she has an infection.    I have to be Mom's cheerleader to go back and forth to the nursing home encouraging her and also her spokesperson to the caregivers there, helping her fight her battle in a very SLOW-PACED institution...  My family (not Hubby, of course) are all about THEMSELVES!!!    Want me to do for them, too!    No...I do NOT feel better yet!    I don't even care about food (not much appetite cause of DISTRESS).  I am having to make myself eat because I feel WEAK from not eating enough.   

2nd update:  Visited Mom at the nursing home and took her a BK hamburger (she wanted one) after I fixed the meat in tiny pieces with lots of extra ketchup to make it easy for her to eat.  She was in her bed, her gown on, asleep.  I didn't want to awaken her but she needed to know 1. that I came to see her today. 2. that I brought her a hamburger she likes and put it within her reach. 3. that she DOES have an infection and I told her they will soon be starting her on an antibiotic (I sure didn't tell her it may be DAYS more). and 4. I needed to know how she is today.  She was hugging one of her pillows, asleep and she told me she was still hurting but that they have been giving her something for pain but it only helps a little.  After showing her the hamburger I placed on her tray by her bed, and telling her the above, I kissed her on her face and told her I love her and she did me and I slipped quietly out and she resumed her sleep.

3rd update:  Visited Mom again this evening.  Took her some cold, bottled water to make sure she had plenty if she ran out of the water given her there.  She said she'd been given aspirin for the pain.  Her Roommate was in a wheelchair parked inbetween Mom's bed and hers and had thrown up on herself and Mom told me her Roommate had been calling for her Daughter for 2 hours.  I went and found a CNA and told her Mom's Roommate needed help and explained, after pressing the call button and no one answered nor came.  Found out that was cause no one was in the room where they answer the calls.  Mom's little water pitcher was almost empty and I took it and asked for it to be refilled, and then after it was refilled, I took it back to Mom's room and we waited, the 3 of us on someone to come help Mom's Roommate while her Roommate repeatedly asked me to lift her out of her wheelchair and put her into her bed.  I kept reassuring her that help was on the way and told her I'd asked someone to come help her and they were coming.  On seeing a worker walk by the door in the hall, I called out for help for Mom's roommate and the worker, who was another CNA came and seeing Mom's roommate and hearing me tell her she'd thrown up on herself, went out and later another CNA, the one assigned to their room came and took care of Mom's roomate.  This was all in about 20 minutes or so.  They are very shorthanded at nursing homes and the usual deal is WAIT. 

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

balloonlady on 09/24/2010:
Happy Friday...and yes here in oklahoma they deep fry and wrap bacon around anything. I never tried the chocolate cover bacon, but it seems to be popluar for some reason, who knows they also eat deep fried oreos and candy bars, and deep fry soda. all very healthy I am sure....


KathyBlue on 09/24/2010:
yayyy for a pretty day! :) Keep going :)


hollybelle on 09/24/2010:
Have a great day. It's still hot and no rain here in KY. Pray for rain here!


cristianao on 09/24/2010:
you are almost to goal!!! yay!!!!


liza36 on 09/24/2010:
You've set some great goals, which I know you'll reach! Have a great weekend.


selina on 09/24/2010:
Have a great day, Maria!


hopingforhealth on 09/24/2010:
Ugh. I'm sorry you are having such a rotten day. I know it can be a full time job to keep up with all that stuff. Your mother is blessed to have you! Keep your head up. :)


Umpqua on 09/24/2010:
I'm so sorry you're going through this Maria. You know what an awesome daughter you are and you are doing the best you can for your Mom given the tough situation at that nursing home. Please take care of yourself too!


just42day on 09/24/2010:
I'm so sorry for all this stress and for your mom's discomfort. It just isn't fair. Do take care of yourself as stress is a nasty invader of health. I'm thinking of you and family and praying things improve for you all very, very soon.


hollybelle on 09/24/2010:
Just read your update. So sorry for all you are going through on your Mom's behalf. God bless you both!


loveray on 09/24/2010:
i hope you get some rest today!! xoxo


moogy on 09/24/2010:
I am not sure what to say without getting angry. I don't understand how the health care system works over there. I don't know why it's takes so long to get results back. I don't understand why she hasn't been given a general antibiotic until the specific one is found. I mean, I know how it work's over here and it's not the same. I feel like coming over and screaming at them to get their act together, unforgivable behaviour, totally unexeptable. The only thing I can do is offer you my empathy and sympathy, you are obviously beside yourself with frustration, anger and grief. I love you Maria and wish I could help, all I can do is send love.


biscottibody59 on 09/24/2010:
Oh ~*Maria*~ I know exactly what you're going through. Take good care of yourself! Maybe get on the treadmill and blow off some steam once a day?

Have a good evening!


moogy on 09/24/2010:
Just so that you know, my grandchildren who live with me are, Jack aged 12, Dylan aged 11 (the big boys), Laura aged 4 (the princess) and Lily aged 2 (the angel). I hope that helps you unravelling my family.


V on 09/24/2010:
:( Oh Maria I wish you had support from your other family members! I am sending prayers for you and your mom....These people at the home sound dreadful :( I am hoping that you have a bright spot in your day or evening!


selina on 09/25/2010:
So sorry to hear about your mom's situation at the nursing home, Maria. How terrible those people seem to be. I feel so sad when I read your accounts of what goes on in these places... stay well and don't forget to eat.


hopingforhealth on 09/25/2010:
Hey Maria, just saw your other updates. I'm so sorry for your situation with my mother. My first ever job was a concierge at one of those places and it was really emotionally hard on me; sometimes it was extremely difficult to get caregivers to answer calls and help the residents. I'm glad that you were there to help your mother's roommate, and that you are so often there to advocate for your mother, but I know it is hard on you. I will keep you all in my thoughts.



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 23, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.8

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!  Happy first day of autumn! 

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Beautiful, sunny, AUTUMN morning here in SC.  Hope you're having a nice day! 

I DID get started with the closets yesterday...spent about an hour or 2 on them.  Didn't realize it was going to be taking as long as it will.  Will try to get more done today.

May go out with other Friend (who called and invited me to lunch yesterday) to lunch today as she left her yesterday's invitation open to today since I didn't go yesterday.

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 2 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0) and 2 diet toasts with lite syrup on them (180)  200

Lunch at Cracker Barrel: about 1/3 of a turkey/dressing/candied yams/cornbread muffin/carrot cake meal 400

1/2 lf bolona s/w on diet bd w low cal mayo 75

chocolate covered peanuts 125

ice cream s/w 150

 Total est cals today:  950  (I've just not really been hungry today and I'm not going to FORCE myself to eat more tonite just to up my cals number)

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Evening update:  Friend and I went out to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  During our outing, I got some shopping done for Mom (clothes, shoes, etc.).  After taking Friend home, I visited Mom.  She still going through a LOT of pain.  I hope and pray that VERY SOON the test results will come back and if it shows she has an infection, she'll get the medicine she needs, and be well and not be hurting from it anymore.  I feel VERY DISTRESSED day after day, seeing her suffer with that terrible pain.

On a good note, our Daughter visited us this evening.  Hadn't seen her in a while.  She brought me 2 very beautiful shirts.  Each one had words from the Bible on it.  Faith Heals is on one and the other one is Roman 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...  So sweet of her!  Love that Girl!

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/23/2010:
Thanks for the beautiful fall pics. Enjoy your lunch w/your friend today! :)


Umpqua on 09/23/2010:
Happy autumn to you, and great pics! Hope you have a wonderful day!


balloonlady on 09/23/2010:
ope you have a great day... Happpy Fall....


crazy_fatty on 09/23/2010:
nice trees, this is my favorite time of year


hollybelle on 09/23/2010:
Beautiful Fall Pic! I wish we were going to have a good Fall here. So far - I doubt it - it's been so dry the leaves are already falling and they are BROWN. It's such a shame since we are going to have so many foreign visitors for the World Equestrian Games and I'd love for them all to see how pretty KY is in the Fall.


breakaway on 09/23/2010:
I love the pic too :D Good job getting to the closets! Doesn't it feel nice to get them partially done :D


moogy on 09/23/2010:
Wonderful picture Maria. How about sending over some of your luncheon friends, I wish someone would take me out to lunch. I hope you have a lovely time and a great day.


selina on 09/23/2010:
That's one fantastic photo of Autumn landscape! Too bad we are having summer temperatures... I had to turn the air conditioning on yesterday!

I hope you had a great day with your friend! Good job on the closet. Concerning putting up the shades, they are so easy to do. I just do it myself, without a second thought, because if I were to count on my husband, I'd have to wait too long! He is talented in so many different ways but he is NOT a handyman. As for myself, if I have the right tools, I think I'd enjoy building a house! Haha!


V on 09/23/2010:
What a beautiful photo!!!!! i am proud that you tackled your closet! have a great evening :)


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
You finally started those dreaded closets! You'll be so glad when you don't have to deal with it anymore!

I hope the rest of your day goes great!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
Hey! I am having trouble posting pictures, and V tells me you are the expert. Any tips? I am confused the url request when I try to upload.

Thanks!


moogy on 09/23/2010:
No, we don't have Cracker Barrel's here. I think that the way most Australian's eat is very different to how most American's eat. We have no way near the number of fast food places, but lots of noodle bars, sushi places, yum cha, portugese chicken, in general I think a little more healthy, heaps less cheese (I am always amazed at how much cheese American's eat), there seems to be lots of healthy fast food places. I don't usually eat from fast food places, normally because I like to cook my meals from scratch, the exception being a favourite sushi place at a shopping centre about half an hour from where we live. If we go there, I have to get sushi, I just can't make it as well as they can!!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
Thanks Maria! I just got it to work... I think mine were too big.

I also just saw that you updated since I checked in earlier. I'm sorry your mother was doing poorly tonight. It sounds like it was good timing for your daughter to visit. That was very sweet of her!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
they were taking in Virginia!


just42day on 09/23/2010:
So sorry for your stress and for your mother's pain. What's taking so long to get the test results? (like losing weight, it seems to take forever) She continues to be in my prayers. No wonder your daughter is so sweet; look who she has for a mother. :)


nita51 on 09/24/2010:
Keep the Faith. Hugs!



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 22, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.8

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!

Sitting here, drinking a cup of coffee this morning while keying to you. 

Got on the scale this morning ...hoping...and guess what???  It smiled  at me as it weighed me 143.8!  Another mini-goal met (early)!  Only 3.8 from ultimate goal (again)!   

I may stay home today and do at least one (1) closet...and then again, I may not...My other Friend (who I didn't go out with yesterday as I went out with the other one) has been calling...

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40) and 1 scrambled egg (100)  160

9 ww w cheese crackers 270

mostly butterscotch candy 300

roasted bbq chicken breast w/o skin  300

1 cupful creamed potatoes w onion 250

 fruit, include scuppernong grapes 150

sunflower seeds 300

2 diet toasts w low-sugar syrup 150

Total est cals: 1880

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Update:  Haven't felt too good today...so...stayed home (even though other Friend called and invited me out to lunch), did some housework, cooked supper, rested, called Mom's nurse to make sure Mom is getting her pain medicine for a possible infection she may have as we are waiting on the test results to come back to confirm or deny (they had to do the test twice, cause first time it was  "contaminated by the nurse(s) who did it" the head nurse at the nursing home said)...

NO...not the closet(s)...not yet...GRRRRRRR!!!

Evening update:  Closets...YES!  Got started, spent about an hour or 2 on them.

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/22/2010:
Congrats on not only reaching your mini-goal but reaching it early! Very impressive. Hope today is a joyful one for you! :)


KathyBlue on 09/22/2010:
wow, this is the spirit, Maria!!! :) Have a perfect day! :)


selina on 09/22/2010:
Congrats Maria! Keept it up!


hollybelle on 09/22/2010:
Well good work on the loss. regarding your plans for today - I say friends before closets most of the time - but make time for at least one closet because that will make you feel better, too. It's funny we're talking about closets because I just told my friend yesterday I needed her to come over and supervise me cleaning my closet and MAKE me gt rid of stuff - I tend to keep too much. She said NO! she has her own cloest issues LOL!


skinnygrlwithin on 09/22/2010:
Yay for reaching mini goals!!! It must be such a great feeling!!! I'm so proud of you!!!


Umpqua on 09/22/2010:
Yay on another loss! I know those closets are a killer ;) As for gardening, I've been dividing and transplanting daylilies, coneflowers and a few other things. I'm revamping one bed entirely (the one where I'm building a small patio that I'm waiting for my Dad to come help me with) and redoing another bed as well. Lots of digging and pulling so it's good exercise at least. I hope you have a great day!


V on 09/22/2010:
Go Maria!!!!! Go Maria!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you :)


V on 09/22/2010:
Can't even watch that channel! I would be the best dressed homeless person! LOL


moogy on 09/22/2010:
Wonderful news on the weight front Maria, well done. At this rate you will be back at goal in no time. I have to smile at you and your closets, you do realise if you keep putting it off you will not need to do it at all - just shove things over for your summer clothes, they take up less room!!!!


breakaway on 09/22/2010:
Aren't Mini goals awesome! Great job :D


hopingforhealth on 09/22/2010:
Woo-hoo for meeting your mini goal!


moogy on 09/22/2010:
Yeah!! well done Maria. You may even find some clothes from last year that fit this year. Wouldn't that be great!!?


poker_paid on 09/22/2010:
I am so glad to see you still here. I've been away for a long while. Your entries always gave me hope and I see that you're still at it. Congrats on achieving your mini goal! Stay Blessed!


loveray on 09/22/2010:
congrats on almost reaching your mini-goal!! so happy for you. xo


nita51 on 09/23/2010:
So exciting! How does it feel to reach your mini goal? We knew you could do it! YEA!!!! Yes, I live in Arizona,,scorching HOT Phoenix. Thank the Lord, it is slowly starting to cool down. S_L_O_W_L_Y. Praying for good news, regarding Mom's test. Hope my children take good care of me, when the time comes, as you are taking of your dear Mom. Hugs!


selina on 09/23/2010:
Sounds like you had a peaceful day at home, I hope you are feeling better today. So sorry to hear about your mom's test - how unprofessional of the nurse!

Closets: good job! Mine are all empty, still waiting for the sea shipment to arrive! I like living this way, though, the minimalist aproach!



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