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Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 12, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.6

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!

Sitting here, watching 'Christmas Shoppe' on QVC channel.  Such pretty Christmas lights and trees!

My weight is up and although I know it is mostly high-sodium, I decided to put it in anyway.  I'm hoping to stay between goal 140.0 and 145.0 this week anyway, since planning on leaving on vacation with Hubby Saturday morning, Lord willing.  I hired someone to sit with Mom for about an hour in the afternoons while we are away.  She is a good friend and didn't want to take any money for helping me but I insisted as she is a widow with 3 children she has been raising as a single Mom after her Hubby passed a couple or so years ago and Christmas is coming up soon, too and I know she can use the money.  So she finally said okay she would let me pay her when I told her I insisted.  She is a very sweet person and Mom knows and likes her and will be comfortable with her spending time with her.   

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Hubby and I are excitedly 'counting down the days' til we leave!  (Heading for the mountains!)

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I got over half of the work done in the back room yesterday (converting it from a storage room to an office room) and hope to finish it today!  Yayyyy!

Update:  Regarding above statement....Got the room and the matching closet to the room FINISHED!  YAYYY!  (Now to find a desk for that room.)  No more using that room for storage.  Cleaned it out real good and vacumned it and have stuff to donate to the thrift store in the back of my vehicle.  Plenty of space to make it into a nice office now.   

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Evening update:  Visited Mom this afternoon.  I took her a baked sweet potato with cinnamon, a little sugar, and a very little low cal margerine on it and she ate it and enjoyed it.  Had a nice, talkative long visit almost 2 hours.  She said she didn't want to eat all of her potato salad that was on her plate at supper and was going to leave some of it and said of the remainder of the portion she was not going to eat, "That's probably 1/8 of a pound" (of a gain that she could avoid if she didn't eat it, hahaha!)

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 Today's food:

  2 coffees w creamer and splenda, 1 diet bread toast w low cal marg 100

1/2 homemade hamburger 200

fish s/w 400

bk chocolate ice cream sundae 400

cup of scuppernong grapes 100

baked cinnamon apple 100

butterscotch candies 100

whole grain cheddar cheese crackers 180

  Today's total est cals:  1580

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 60.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/12/2010:
Good going on the housework--have a good Tuesday!


just42day on 10/12/2010:
I'm glad you found a companion for your mom while you're on vacation. I'm very sure your friend appreciates your generosity by paying her. (sign of a great friend who DOESN't want/expect to be paid.) It's friends that like who make you really want to pay them, doesn't it? :)


KathyBlue on 10/12/2010:
Ahhhh, good, I'm happy you were able to resolve the issue :)


chidogs on 10/12/2010:
That is a perfect solution in all ways! Your friend is someone who knows you and your Mom, and you are helping her out financially. See it all has worked out and now you can enjoy your vacation!! :)


legcramps on 10/12/2010:
Sounds great! Have a wonderful time on the getaway!


V on 10/12/2010:
You are such a sweetheart :) I think God brings people together for just that reason...Sometimes i have to stop and think of all of the things i sometimes take for granted and thank the Big Guy for all of the blessings he has bestowed to me :) Blessings to you Maria!


liza36 on 10/12/2010:
I'm so glad you worked out finding someone to sit with your mom. I hope now you can go on your vacation and not worry so much about her - I'm sure she will be fine.


hollybelle on 10/12/2010:
The arrangement for your mom and the family friend sounds like it worked out great. How nice that you can help her, she can help you! I am so excited for you cleaning out the back room! Way to go! I need to clean out so much at my house - it's not terrible, but I know it would simplify my life somewhat!! Have a wonderful day and God bless!


moogy on 10/12/2010:
It was a very productive day, it will be good to have a real office. I am releived that you have found someone you trust to sit with your mom. It means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Yay!!!!


V on 10/12/2010:
Alright for getting organized and satisfying your sweet tooth without going over your calories :) I am happy you had a great visit with your mom :)


nita51 on 10/13/2010:
Hard to believe Christmas is almost here! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. Baked cinnamon apples are my favorite. xoxo


selina on 10/13/2010:
Sounds like your mom is doing well, yay! Your vacation in the mountains sounds GREAT! The turning leaves will be perfect to view!


Umpqua on 10/13/2010:
Sounds like you had a great day yesterday, and I'm glad you're looking forward to your vacation. I hope you have an excellent one today!!



Maria7 - Monday Oct 11, 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!

I'm up a little over newest 'low' but I think it is mostly due to high-sodium foods over the weekend so will leave it be for now.  I was doing SO WELL last nite and NOT HUNGRY around 6 pm so was planning on no supper when I decided to look at a channel on tv that had food on it...why did I do that????  I got hungry and ended up OVEREATING! 

This week will be getting ready for Daughter's birthday (baking her birthday cake and getting her gift ready to give to her on Friday) as well as an outing she has invited me to tomorrow in the park spending time together, talking and eating cheeseburgers she is going to bring.  Also packing for Hubby's and my upcoming (Lord willing) vacation!  ...AND trying to figure out when will be the 'BEST' time to tell Mom we are going to be gone on vacation for about a week or so!  There is NO best time to tell her that!  She usually does NOT NOT NOT take it well and I just hope I don't let what she says upset me like I've done before (and came back early to be there for her cause I was so worried about her and no one would help me by filling in for me while we were gone and I didn't spend much time with Hubby)!  If I tell her too early, she may act okay a couple days and then the nearer it gets time for us to leave, completely change her attitude to ANGER!...(Then will come the guilt trip).  She does NOT like for me to leave her or be away from her for days or not be available all hours.  If you have family members that help you in taking care of or even spending time with your parents, you are VERY BLESSED!!!  My family ALL have EXCUSES why they can't help me with Mom!  Maybe I can find someone reliable to hire to sit with Mom an hour or 2 a day...  That would help her feel better I think and me as well!  Also, I'm trying to finish clearing out a back room that has been used for storage so it can be used for an office room instead.  I am going to try to stay away from any unnecessary shopping this week...so much for shopping therapy! 

 

 

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 Today's food:

  coffee w creamer and splenda 10

sandwich relish sandwich w 2 tbs relish, 2 white breads 280

homemade w 2 white breads, ketchip, mustard, hamburger 350

baked 'french fries' 100

baked 'french fries' again 100

3 chicken viennas 120

1 bread 70

ear of corn (microwaved w  a little salt on it only) 200

cupful scuppernong grapes 100

 Total est cals:  1330

UPDATE:  Why??????  I just finished off the jar of sunflower seeds, proving to myself that I can NOT have any trigger foods in the house after all!  500 extra calories...bringing today's total to 1830!    I'll just name it Stress...yeah right...it was stress...yeah, like it is EVERY DAY almost and I don't have mini-binges every day! 

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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!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/11/2010:
I HATE when that happens... i did that to myself with the show "best thing I ever ate...cheese" and "best thing I ever ate...burgers" It WAS TERRIBLE!!! It happens to us all though so don't be too down on yourself


chidogs on 10/11/2010:
Do not let what your Mom says or does bring you down. You know that deep in her heart she would not want to be a burdon to you, and would want you to be happy and enjoy your vacation. Is there someone in the facility that she likes who could spend time with her off and on? Could you leave some little gifts, so every other day or so someone could give her one from you to cheer her? You musn't cut your trip short. It is important to you, for your own health, to be away for awhile. She will survive it. Take care.


V on 10/11/2010:
Hi Maria!!!!


liza36 on 10/11/2010:
I'm sorry your mom gets so upset when you leave. Everyone should enjoy a vacation. I hope she takes the news a little better. I like Chidogs' suggestions, especially the little gifts, or maybe you could mail her a postcard every day. Have a good day!


Umpqua on 10/11/2010:
I like the idea of finding someone to visit with your Mom while you are gone. I wonder if a student would be willing to do it on a volunteer basis (maybe in exchange for getting extra credits at school) or for a very small fee. That would make you and your Mom feel at ease so you can enjoy your vacation some more. It's too bad no one else is willing to pick up the slack for you while you're on vacation. I have no siblings so I know I will be in your situation when my parents are older. Hugs to you - but realize your vacation is important and you and hubby need that time away! Are you going to the beach?

As far as food shows, I have one I love - No Reservations on the Travel Channel. The ONLY time I will watch it is during my workout! My mouth gets watering sometimes but I know I'm working out and that food is off limits during that time. I don't think I'd be able to watch it at night!


KathyBlue on 10/11/2010:
i agree w Umpqua, it's a good idea to "hire" a student or sg... Do you have any brothers or sisters? You need vacation, take it as a medical prescription! :)


just42day on 10/11/2010:
Does your mother like animals? I know lots of places have "therapy animals" who visit hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Maybe you could arrange for a furry visitor in your absence? Though nothing could take your place, it might be a temporary distraction. Enjoy the time with your daughter! :)


moogy on 10/11/2010:
I understand the bond and the responsibility you feel with your mom. However, you and your husband have a life to lead, you have a right to enjoy yourselves and even a responsibility to your husband to spend time with him exclusively. I don't believe that your mother will miss you as much as she indicates. Old frail people really do seem to turn childlike again in their reactions. It may do you mom some good to have to extend her support circle to her 'friends' at the home. You deserve to enjoy yourself - you have worked hard for it!! You need to relax, replenish and restore your balance so that you can do all the things that you are responsible for when you return. :)


hopingforhealth on 10/11/2010:
I'm sorry you are dreading telling your mom about vacation. I don't blame you. But you are such a wonderful daughter to her and you deserve to get a little break every now and then. Sometimes older and sicker people aren't always rational about what upsets them. I'm sure she will miss you, but I think you should do the best you can not to let her missing you ruin your vacation. When you do so much for other people, you have to remember to do nice things for yourself too!

I hear you with the food shows. I love them and sometimes it is no good. Yesterday I watched cupcake wars and it made me want sweets or baked goods like nobody's business. I was lucky I didn't have any in the house!


moogy on 10/11/2010:
I am the opposite, if I can't eat food then I want to watch it, read about it and generally wallow in all forms of entertainment around food. Just as well that we are not all the same. :)


V on 10/11/2010:
Good luck with your talk with your mom :( I am sorry you don't have anyone from your family to help you out! As far as that food network...i never watch it it always makes me hungry


moogy on 10/11/2010:
You were living on the edge a bit with the cake show Maria. Although I don't think I have ever noticed that you eat cake, it is just as well that it wasn't a popcorn machine demonstration - now that would have sent you screaming to the cupboards!!!!:)


V on 10/11/2010:
Yes I got my Starbucks and if only they delivered....LOL


moogy on 10/11/2010:
Not a writer but an ace student in English, my daughter is the writer of the family - but it's a nice compliment, thank you!:)


breakaway on 10/11/2010:
God bless u Maria...your so good with ur mom but it's a shame ur family can't help out just so u can enjoy ur vacation:(. Just enjoy yourself and don't worry...ur mom will be ok. U deserve this :)


V on 10/11/2010:
You got that right Maria!!! If i had a can of those planters mixed nuts I could do some major damage which is why my cabinets are bare and my fridge is stocked with only fresh healthy foods :)


moogy on 10/11/2010:
Handing in two essays is a little excessive Maria. I never went to that extreme but I really loved English it was my equal top subject with Ancient History, which I loved as well.


V on 10/11/2010:
Unfortunately salty crunchy foods are a no no for me but maybe pretzels(low sodium) would satisfy your crunch craving or even some of those low cal cheez its or make your own low cal trail mix with unsalted nuts...I think Holly has a post for a low fat trail mix


V on 10/11/2010:
Oh and I love to taste the full flavor of coffee so no cream sugar or additives for this girl :) Just caffeine :)


selina on 10/12/2010:
Good morning! I hope you'll have a great day!

I hope your mom will not get too upset this time around, you deserve a vacation! We all do!



Maria7 - Sunday Oct 10, 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!

Hubby and I just got home a little while ago.  We went to church this morning, then we went out to eat BUFFET.   Before we left the restaurant, I fixed Mom a container of turkey, dressing w giblet gravy, and candied yams to take to her. 

Hubby and I visited Mom and she was sitting in her wheelchair  in the nursing home dining room where they'd had lunch and she didn't hardly touch hers....She was also not hungry again for what we brought her.  So Hubby put it in her room for later if she gets hungry.  I took photos of her...She had on her pretty new Cracker Barrel shirt with autumn leaves and was showing her new ring I gave her and her pretty orange fingernails that she painted herself the other day,  in the photos today. 

Well...I am down -4.0 for the past month...so...pretty good, I'd say, since I had most of the foods I wanted, just not ALL of what I wanted to eat.  Yes, I did put up with growling hungry stomach at nite sometimes but not all the time and still went down -4!  I did a LOT of walking and weight lifting.  Hubby and I are planning, Lord willing, on leaving on vacation this coming Saturday so I am not going to get in a 'mad rush' to get to goal before then...if I do fine, if not, fine cause he and I usually do a lot of walking/hiking when we go on trips together!  And I've got to stay STRONG (as in no very low calories this week!) to keep up with my very fast-walking/hiking Hubby!  He sees walking/hiking as a job to be done QUICKLY and likes for me to keep up with him! 

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Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee  w tsp low cal creamer (10) and  splenda (0),  1 microwaved egg, 1/3 cupful microwaved grits, 1 tsp margerine, 2 peppermints (190) 200

'Don't forget to eat your veggies!'

Lunch (buffet): mostly lunch was a veggies salad with a little mac&cheese, yams, pecans, and a little fried chicken 800

Snack:  sunflower seeds 75

Snack:  2 butterscotch candies, sunflower seeds 115

Supper:  looking like none...just not particularly hungry...and it's almost 6 p.m....and don't want to eat late...so may not have any supper... 

Supper:   lf bologna s/w w tsp lowcal mayo on 1 reg bread 110

Snacks, include below:   4 butterscotch candies (don't look at the food channel when you're not hungry!)  100

small microwave speghetti 200

1 reg bread 70

whole grain w cheddar cheese crackers 180

sunflower seeds 100

Total est cals today:  1950 

 

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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!

hollybelle on 10/10/2010:
Congratulations on the =4 lbs for the month. Vacation is always an incentive for me - hope it will be for you, too. Sorry Mom wasn't feeling great. But it sounds like she has had some pretty good days this past week. Maybe more good days coming up. The ups and downs are hard.


hollybelle on 10/10/2010:
Congratulations on the =4 lbs for the month. Vacation is always an incentive for me - hope it will be for you, too. Sorry Mom wasn't feeling great. But it sounds like she has had some pretty good days this past week. Maybe more good days coming up. The ups and downs are hard.


V on 10/10/2010:
it is always comforting to know that as long as we don't overdo it we can allow ourselves things we really want every now and then :) I am sure your mom will eat later! You always bring her irresistable foods!!! Have a great evening Maria!!!


hopingforhealth on 10/10/2010:
Way to go with the loss! Good for you.

I am very short, so it is heavy for my height. But in all fairness to my friends, they'll all known me for long enough, and at different sizes, that they probably don't really think about my looks anymore. Just an insensitive/ crummy lunch. But so it goes! Thanks for the encouragement.


moogy on 10/10/2010:
A pound a week is just about perfect - well done!!. A little high today but not so high as to affect your weight one way or another. Tomorrow is the start of a new week and a fresh start, we are fortunate that we are able to bounce back and start over. Have a good Monday Maria.:)


chidogs on 10/10/2010:
It sounds like you are doing it slow but steady which is just fine. Eating some foods we want on occassion can help us be strong later I think. We don't feel like we are suffering so badly! Your Mom will be happier again. We all have off days and older folks tend to have more than younger ones. You do take wonderful care of her. Be proud.


just42day on 10/10/2010:
Sounds like you're having a great day! I'm glad your mom enjoyed her new shirt and ring! (You mentioned the turkey & dressing for her -- boy, that's one of my absolute favorites and now I want it!) As always, you have a great attitude and I'm sure you'll be in maintenance mode in no time! :)


V on 10/10/2010:
LOL Val is my best friend....Now if I were Val and I were speaking as if we were 2 different people and the same person well then I would have more issues than dieting!!!!! my name is and always have been Vannessa


V on 10/10/2010:
I am not that psycho!!!! LOL


Umpqua on 10/11/2010:
Your lunch yesterday sounds amazing. I hope you have a great week!



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 09, 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!

I'm almost back to my recent low of 142.6 again!  (And then ONNNNN!!! to goalweight 140.0!)  I was HUNGRY late last nite but I didn't give in and this morning I am down -1.2 from yesterday! 

Hubby is working today so I may go to a festival in a nearby town that I heard about and walk around some there...

Evening update:  I went to the festival...lots of goodies (as in food) there...bought Mom a beautiful red and gold bracelet and myself a pretty colorful rinestone bracelet.  Lots of temptations there...lots of sweets...a bag of chocolate covered pecans almost JUMPED off the table to me...I really considered them...probably they would have been 2000 calories or more...I told myself that I had a choice:  Stay in size 8 jeans and feel good about my size or buy the chocolate covered pecans and enjoy eating them and keep that trend up and soon be back to where I was...guess which one won...that's right...size 8!  So I walked around at the festival, listening to live music being played, looking at things that were NOT food (many tents there...some were food tents, some of merchandise tents)...like jewlery, which there was LOTS OF...there were even cats and dogs for sale there...also pretty aprons...I decided after buying Mom her bracelet that I would also get myself one for my reward of avoiding the chocolate covered pecans...so after I bought my bracelet, I went by that pecan tent again, which was on my way as I was heading back to where  I'd arrived at the festival and there was my second favorite...honey covered pecans...ohhhh!  I really considered them!  But I kept going right past them.  I saw a friend and talked with her a little while, then as I was walking back to my vehicle, I thought...well...it won't hurt to have a cookie...and there right in front of me was a pack of sort of small sweet potato/pecan muffins...all of maximum 400 calories, I'd say (and call it supper)...so I got the pack of 2 for $1.00.  Yum!  So good I considered going back for more...forget the muffins...I wanted a sweet potato/pecan CAKE!!!  But....not/!

I took Mom her bracelet, which I'm not sure if she really liked it or not...but she did put it on and I also gave her a beautiful ring I got her at a store the other day...she especially loves pretty rings!  She DID like it!  She was in bed in her gown...but I think only relaxing, cause she told me they allowed her to stay in her room today (in bed), cause she "didn't have to work today"....(as in be made to go to the dining room and sit up in her wheelchair with the other residents a few hours)....

Came home and Hubby and I put up (mostly he did it) new shades that needed replacing at 3 of the windows in our home...quite a job!  They were made different from our old ones and put up an entirely different way that took a while to figure out even with the directions.

I feel good about my calories today cause I was very tempted and yet didn't give in.  AND I got a compliment on my size!  My friend's friend (they were both at the festival) complimented me.  I am finally the size I am (mostly) comfortable with although when I look in the mirror, I still appear to myself to be either medium sized or slightly overweight even with a bmi of 21.8. 

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 Today's food:

 1/2 cup grits w 1 tsp margerine, microwaved egg, coffee w creamer and splenda 200

sunflower seeds 50

bk hamburger (part of), bk chocolate ice cream sundae 650

2 sweet potato/pecan muffins (not large)  400

sunflower seeds 50

 

total est cals today:  1350

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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 10/09/2010:
Congrats on the loss, Maria! Enjoy the festival, today!


skinnygrlwithin on 10/09/2010:
WOOOHOO for weight loss =) Good luck at your festival!! =)


hollybelle on 10/09/2010:
Good work, Maria! P.S. I think I'm going to havae grits tomorrow a.m.


just42day on 10/09/2010:
Congrats on your continued loss! You're doing wonderfully! Hope you get to enjoy the festival and good weather! thanks for the kind words. Yes, I am very pleased with the progress I've made. Definitely have a ways to go but I feel I've made some serious dents in the goal! Thanks again! :)


KathyBlue on 10/09/2010:
ahh Maria, you're doing great!!!! :D Have fun at the festival, shoot some pictures! :)


moogy on 10/09/2010:
Excellent Maria, I love it that you didn't give in to your hunger last night and so glad that you got your reward this morning. Well done to you!!:) Have a lovely day!


nita51 on 10/09/2010:
Have a good weekend! Hugs


moogy on 10/09/2010:
Maria, I think that you have turned a corner. I am so proud of you in resisting one of your favourite treats. Well done to you. Getting yourself a non food treat was a wonderful idea. I bet that you felt wonderful staying strong!!


just42day on 10/10/2010:
Great job doing all the walking at the festival and even greater job walking AWAY from all the temptations! :)


breakaway on 10/10/2010:
Congrats on the lose :D Isn't it funny how we always tend to see ourselves bigger even tho we are not. When I was in high school and 120 lbs I thought I was HUGE. That is exactly why I ended up like this :( Have a great day and thanks for the comments!


hollybelle on 10/10/2010:
Didn't have my grits Maria - had carrot soup for breakfast - tomorrow grits, or soon! The festival sounds like so much fun and I'm SO HAPPY you didn't endulge in some of the goodies there - I have a hard time with Funnel Cakes at those things! I would have probably opted for the muffins, though! Have a great day - also you and husband - good work on the blinds! I need to also do some stuff like that!


hopingforhealth on 10/10/2010:
Sounds like you had a great time at the fair! Way to resist!



Maria7 - Friday Oct 08, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.6

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!

Today, I washed and dried clothes (without wringing them out by hand)...did a little shopping (walked a lot and parked far away from stores for even more walking), visited Mom (who is doing much better and was sitting with her friends in the dining room at the same table) and took her a hamburger.

 

 

Today's food:

 

1 small oatmeal pancake, scrambled egg, coffee w creamer and splenda 350

bk hamburger, bk chocolate ice cream sundae 700

peppermint 25

tuna salad of tuna, lettuce, onion, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, t i dsg 325

Total est cals today:  1400  (and still VERY HUNGRY)

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 60.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

moogy on 10/08/2010:
You have got to love modern machines, I bet you really enjoyed doing the washing today!! I was glad to read that your mom was having a good day - that's wonderful. I hope you are able to keep your calories at a level you are happy with this evening. :)


moogy on 10/08/2010:
I'm back, I just read you post. I use a high fibre white bread soaked in whole eggs, beaten. I spray the frypan and cook the slices until browned, then dust with cinnamon or have with maple syrup, or both!!


tangalyn on 10/08/2010:
glad ur mom is doing better, enjoy ur night :-)


chidogs on 10/08/2010:
Nothing makes you appreciate something like a washer/drying until it quits on you! Your menu is great and sounds yummy. And I sympathize with you on the feeling hungry thing. I think I've felt hungry every day for the past week. I'm hoping it will fade a little as I get used to the smaller portions. But you hang in there. And I'm glad your Mom is doing so much better. Bet she enjoyed the burger! :)


just42day on 10/09/2010:
Sounds like your mom has been doing better the past few days. I'm happy for both of you because I know how you worry. I hope the rest of your weekend is a good one. :)



Maria7 - Thursday Oct 07, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.0

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 got on the scale this morning and this is what it looked like:    Like...'don't get mad at me!  I didn't do it, you did!'...Well, to that, I say...'Did what???'...I've been walking a lot, lifting weights a lot, getting smaller and clothes fitting looser and I'm up to 145.0 today???  But that is what it read... Hummmmm.....

Update:  Friend and I had lunch together, then after I took her home, I visited Mom, who seemed to be doing quite well, sitting in her wheelchair in the dining room at the nursing home with friends and smiling.

Hubby and I went to a store to order a washer and dryer set this afternoon and found out that in order for them to be delivered and installed for 'free', they were NOT ON SALE but would be the FULL PRICE!  An increase of $124 plus tax!  So...we decided to get them at the ON SALE price and have them at the store load them onto the back of Hubby's truck, which they did and we brought the new washer and dryer set home with us and hired a friend to come help Hubby, which he did, and now we have the set installed in our home and working real well...yayyyy!  (No more wringing out clothes by hand!)

I've been extra good with calories today and am anticipating the scale being at least a little more agreeable tomorrow morning...looking back at my calories over the past week, I had a few days I went slightly over my calories' allowance, but I also had a few days I was under them even more, so at the very least I should have maintained 142.6, not gained up to 145.0!  I also measured with the tape measure this morning which confirms I have not gotten larger.  And I have been lifting weights a LOT...so must be muscle weight gain, which is a good thing, right???

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Today's food:

1 fruit cup and  2 coffees w creamer and splenda 75

turkey, candied yams, dressing, icing 700

peppermint 25

2 diet toasts w 2 lf bologna microwaved, 1 tsp low cal mayo, 1/2 sm onion 150

sunflower seeds 50

Total est cals today:  1000   

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

liza36 on 10/07/2010:
It's funny, I had the same conversation with my scale this morning. It's frustrating, but I figure in long run, if I am establishing good habits, like my exercise, then eventually the weight will come off. At least that's what I told myself today so I wouldn't get so upset. Have a good one!


legcramps on 10/07/2010:
Uh-oh! Darn scales...


hollybelle on 10/07/2010:
Keep doing the good things and the scales will take care of you!


chidogs on 10/07/2010:
Don't let it get to you. You have done so good! Slowdowns happen, as I'm sure you know. Just keep up your good plan and you will beat that old scale.


Umpqua on 10/07/2010:
The scale doesn't know what it's talking about ;) Seriously, now that I'm getting closer to goal, I think I'm going to go 5 pounds lower when I reach it. And then keep that as a 5-pound range to account for fluctuations. Because it's just to difficult to keep to one weight! Maybe 140-145 is realistic range for you to maintain? If you feel good and your clothes fit, I'd say that's what matters most!


moogy on 10/07/2010:
I don't know Maria, our bodies are really strange, we are doing all the right things and nothing is showing up on the scale. It is dissapointing. All you can do is have a look at what you have been eating and check that there are no slip ups. I hope it co-operates with you soon.:)


hopingforhealth on 10/07/2010:
I just said this to Moogy, but one thing to think about since you are working out really well is that sometimes that causes a little plateau. Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat! I have actually gained weight while losing size before while I was exercising a lot. This is especially true with weight training; the muscle comes first and then helps you burn fat. So even though the number might not be changing the way you want it to, your clothes are fitting great and that's awesome!

I have also had periods in my life when I weighed significantly less than friends who looked way skinnier than me and were way healthier than me too, and that was because of the muscle weighing more than fat thing too.

Sorry you had a bad scale day. You've been doing really great with your food and stuff.


moogy on 10/07/2010:
Muscle is definitly a good thing Maria. You are stronger and more muscle means more burnt calories. Well done!!


moogy on 10/07/2010:
Muscle is definitly a good thing Maria. You are stronger and more muscle means more burnt calories. Well done!!


V on 10/07/2010:
Maria the lbs will come off and i am sure really soon :)


V on 10/07/2010:
PS sending lots and lots of love to you :)


just42day on 10/08/2010:
Congrats on the new appliances. I'm sure your scale will be more cooperative shortly as you're doing great! :)


hollybelle on 10/08/2010:
You and I must be at the same point on applicance and house repair. We had roof work a couple years ago and you know about my stove this week - it was my dryer a month ago. I'd love to have new washer and dryer but there are so many choices. Would you mind telling me what brand/model you guys decided upon and where you found it (if it was a chain store)? I get overwhelmed when I look at all of them!



Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 06, 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!

Went to a thrift store in a nearby town today and bought a pair of boot leg brown corduroy jeans name brand for just $2 and some-odd-cents...wow...tried them on there  (size 8), they fit real well, and I got them to go with some new fall Cracker Barrel shirts I got recently.

Also visited Mom at the nursing home and sat and talked with her a while.  Took her some bananas, which she ate one while I was there.  She was not feeling well, she said she was sick and hurting all over (probably arthritis) but the good news is she said she is no longer having that terrible infection pain.  It is GONE!  Thank You, Jesus!  She is WELL of that infection!  And I thank you for your prayers!  She surprised me by remembering vacation details from 4 years ago that I told her about at the time when Hubby and I had returned  from hiking in the North Georgia Mountains.  Why this was on her mind, i don't know...???

Our washing machine has 'kicked the bucket'...It has been 'acting up' off and on (more on) for about a year...Hubby and I ate supper out buffet this afternoon, then went and priced some washer and dryer sets.  We plan, Lord willing, to go tomorrow evening and order a set.  We both agreed that we didn't care for a set with lots of 'bells and whistles' and so decided to get a set that is nice but not extravagant.  The set should be arrive early next week after we order it tomorrow.  Until then, I will be working with the old washer, which will fill up with water, agitate, and then refuse to spin like it is supposed to....that's where I take each piece of clothing and wring out the water by hand.  Hubby said he remembers we got the washer and dryer set not long after we got married (we celebrate our 21st anniversary this month), so they are very old for washers and dryers and it is time we replaced them.   The dryer is in better condition than the washer but it makes unusual noises sometimes so it is going to be replaced, too. 

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Today's food:

2 fruit cups, coffee 100

rice, hamburger onions and gravy, creamed potatoes, green beans 500

3 donut holes 150

boston baked beans 110

large salad, chicken, fish, cheese, pecans, ice cream 990

 

Total est cals: 1850

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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!

moogy on 10/06/2010:
It isn't until something happens to our machines that we appreciate how lucky we are to live in this day and age. It is always nice to get new (or even almost new) things. Well done on the pants. I am glad that your mother has recovered from the infection - that's really good news. Have a good evening Maria.


V on 10/06/2010:
Hi Maria :) WoW 21 years :) That is awesome congrats! Also YAYY to the size 8's fitting comfortable :) You are so close to your goal too my friend! Maybe you should bring your mom a picture of the mountains with you and your hubby in it, that way she will see it every day :)


chidogs on 10/06/2010:
Sounds like you had a very nice visit with your Mom. It is great that she remembered that vacation you had! Must have impressed her. The laundry thing, you are wise to avoid the bells and whistles. One of my favorite quotes is from a movie. "The more they tinker with the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain." So the fancier your machine is, the more likely it will fail! Take care!


Umpqua on 10/07/2010:
First off, great news on your Mom's infection, that's awesome! And 21 years, congratulations! That's also a really long time for a washer and dryer to last, so they've had a good run I would say. Enjoy your new appliances, it's always fun to shop for that type of stuff!


selina on 10/07/2010:
Congrats for the size 8 pants! And for the new washer/drier, for your 21-year wedding anniversary, for your mom not feeling the infection pains! Stay well and have a great day!



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 05, 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!

The leaking roof got repaired this morning.  After this, a friend and I went out to lunch together and afterward did a little shopping.  This evening, my Aunt, whom I'd called and invited to supper, came over and had supper with Hubby and me and we three had a nice visit together.

Scale is not going downward, but clothes are definitely fitting much looser! 

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Today's food:

Breakfast:  coffee, fruit cup 55

Lunch at CB: fried chicken strips, carrots, chocolate ice cream sundae 800

 

Supper:  rice, hamburger&onion in gravy, beans, creamed potatoes, fruit salad 585

Late nite snack: baked beans, ww cheese crackers 510

total est cals today: 1950

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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!

moogy on 10/05/2010:
That sounds like a lovely day. I hope that you enjoyed yourself. Good news that your clothes are feeling looser, excellent!!


just42day on 10/06/2010:
Sounds like a good day. Glad the roof is repaired. Congrats on the looser fitting clothing! That must feel fabulous! :)


selina on 10/06/2010:
I guess this is the time of the year when we have to do repairs around the house.... stay well! Hugs to you! Congrats on the clothing that fits nicely!


Umpqua on 10/06/2010:
Great news on your clothes fitting looser. And I'm glad you had a nice visit with your aunt. Hope you have a great day today!


hollybelle on 10/06/2010:
I'll take looser clothes! Post comment on your yesterday's dairy, too.


biscottibody59 on 10/06/2010:
Have a good day and keep up the good work!


hopingforhealth on 10/06/2010:
It sounds like you had a nice day with your friends and family. I'm so glad the roof got fixed!


moogy on 10/06/2010:
I am just dropping by because I have usually seen your post by now. It is 1 pm on Thursday here, I hope you are doing well and that we hear from you soon:)



Maria7 - Monday Oct 04, 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!

Went to the funeral today of the young woman I told you about who passed last week.  It was so sad.  Please continue to pray for her family.

Also visited Mom at the nursing home.  She's really doing her very best there.  Told me she is acting like she feels better than she really does.  I told her that is good, that sometimes we have to do that to start feeling better.  She was in the dining room sitting at her usual table but all alone, although there were other people in there nearby to her, and she asked for me to paint her fingernails orange.  I went and got her orange fingernail polish and she decided instead of me painting her nails for her, which I usually do, that she wanted to try to paint her own nails.  I was happily surprised that although it took her quite a while, she didn't give up till she finished painting every one her fingernails...all of them...I didn't even think she was ABLE to do it but she did and it came out good, too! 

I donated the guitar to a thrift store that I bought for my Daughter's upcoming birthday...decided to give her something else, as I found out the guitar, though quite large is actually a child's guitar, not made for an adult.  Also, it needed more to repair it than I thought it would.

So happy to hear that  our fellow DD'ers who went had a wonderful, fun, safe time at the weekend DD retreat!  Beautiful photos, y'all!  

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Today's food:

coffee, bk hamburger, bk chocolate ice cream sundae 700

large veggie salad w fried chicken strips, pecans and a little t i dsg (400) and a little mac and cheese (300)  700

total est cals today: 1400

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Hope you're having a blessed evening or day!

Love, Maria

  

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

chidogs on 10/04/2010:
Maria, that is nice that your Mom wanted to paint her own nails, and did it! And, if she wants to sit alone once in a while, why not. We all need some alone time. At least she was in the social setting. Excellent news. Thanks for your encouragement, I am making myself wait for Wednesday to weigh in. The daily fluctuations just make me depressed.


V on 10/04/2010:
Hi Maria!!! OMG your mom sounds like she is doing great!!! So is orange her fave color or is she preparing for Halloween? Oh Do you have Beals Outlet where you live??? I was shopping today and came across an alligator all decked out as Santa and I thought of you because I know you love all things Christmas!!!! :) You and yours are always in my prayers :) Have a great evening!!!


hopingforhealth on 10/04/2010:
I'm glad that your mother was having a great day today!


V on 10/04/2010:
Yes as hard as it was to waste it I had to toss the rest. I felt like I gained 2 lbs just by eating that little bit of pb and that 1/2 of cracker :( I gotta get out of my head sometimes! I knew you would get a kick out of the gator!!!


breakaway on 10/04/2010:
Your mother sounds to be cheering up a bit :D That's great! And it's great that you take the time to be with her and visit her. They really need that. I missed the pictures...have to go see if I can find them. Take care! See ya tomorrow when I come remind you about the show ;)


nita51 on 10/05/2010:
Your mom must be getting stronger. Hopefully the antibiotics has increased her energy. Orange nails? How cute :) I love to hear good news like that. Have a great Tuesday. Hugs


breakaway on 10/05/2010:
Biggest loser tonight sorry I'm late


hollybelle on 10/06/2010:
Mom painting fingernails - amazing and priceless! God bless.



Maria7 - Sunday Oct 03, 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!

Hubby and I just got home a little while ago.  We went to church this morning, then we visited friend, an elderly couple, who is grieving over the loss of someone in their family (please pray for them), then after we left their home, we went out to eat BUFFET.   Before we left the restaurant, I fixed Mom a container of candied yams to take to her. 

Hubby and I visited Mom and she was sitting in her wheelchair at a table with her friends in the nursing home dining room where they were having lunch but she said she's lost her appetite and she didn't eat much and didn't touch the candied yams we brought her, either.     She told me she's been losing weight and showed me that her rings on her fingers are very loose.   She said she wasn't allowed to rest in her bed and they bring her lunch to her today and she was made to go to the dining room.    I told her that it will probably do her good to have lunch (? she didn't hardly eat anything) with her friends instead of staying in her room in bed so much where she might feel lonesome.   I ask you to please continue to pray for her that soon she will be well and not suffering. 

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Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee  w tsp low cal creamer (10) and  splenda (0),  egg, grits, peppermint (190) 200

'Don't forget to eat your veggies!'

Lunch (buffet): mostly veggies salad, mac&cheese, yams, pecans, and a little fried chicken 800

Snack:  3 whole wheat sharp cheddar cheese crackers and coffee 100

Supper:  most of a candied apple coated in peanuts 200

Snack:  most of 2 more (3 were in the pack and all gone now) candied apples with peanut coating 400

Late-nite Snack:  Finally gave in to a whole pack of ww cheese crackers 180

Total est cals:  1880

 

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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!

chidogs on 10/03/2010:
Hi Maria, I am going to remember your description of my "fluffy" stomach whenever I am tempted to make the growlies go away. :) I understand about your Mom. Mine was in a facility for 2 1/2 years with alzheimers. It was tough to visit her there. I don't think it is ever easy. Your Mom will bounce back and have good days though. And yes, it is better for them to get out of their rooms and socialize. I am thinking of you. Take care.


moogy on 10/03/2010:
I am really pleased that even though you have the constant worry of your mom you have found a way to cope without turning to food. I am very proud of you. You are having enough of a treat to satisfy yourself but not to go overboard and that is really great. Have a good evening Maria and a well deserved good night's sleep.:)


just42day on 10/03/2010:
Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Really appreciate them. As always, it sounds like your day has been full and a very giving one. Have a great night! :)


moogy on 10/03/2010:
I have just been downstairs to say good morning to my girls (all the boys are asleep)and the plan is for son in law and the big boys to come up today and get it going!!!YAY!!


hopingforhealth on 10/03/2010:
I hope the next time you visit your mom she is doing a little better. There will be good days and bad days, but I think you are handling things well. I'm very impressed that you aren't letting it affect your foot either!


breakaway on 10/03/2010:
My thoughts are with you maria :( Your mom sounds a little depressed and hopefully she finds something around her to cheer her up a little. My mom was the same way. She would have rather stayed in her bed but they made her get up and go to the dining room anyhow. Just know I'm thinking of you and your family during these sad trying times.


V on 10/03/2010:
Maria I am sending prayers! I admire your strength and your positive energy :) Have a good evening :)


justine on 10/03/2010:
you are so close to accomplishing your goal! this is fantastic and you must be so happy!

I hope you are having a fantastic and blessed day :)


moogy on 10/03/2010:
No, it's 4 pm and still no sign of any action!!! I am being patient!


moogy on 10/03/2010:
I may be reduced to bribery shortly!!


selina on 10/04/2010:
So sorry to hear about your mom, I hope she gets over this difficult phase soon. Stay well!


Umpqua on 10/04/2010:
I'm very sorry to hear your Mom is still having a rough time. I'll keep her in my thoughts and hope she has some comfort and relief soon. And I hope you have a nice calm and stress-free week!



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