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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!



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 21, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.2

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

 

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Hello, Friends!

Sitting here, drinking a cup of coffeewhile keying to you.  

Still haven't gotten to the closets...I'm pretty sure my 2 'lunch and shopping buddies' are both mad with me (each for different reasons in that I didn't do something each wanted me to do but not the same thing for each one)...Guess I'll have to get a third friend to go out to lunch and shopping with sometimes...any of you available???    I do have a third friend I haven't spent any time with in months...but she has a close friend she pals around with.  Maybe I'll give her a call...Then there is another friend, who has asked me recently to call her and we do lunch out but she and I parted ways years ago...Maybe I need to make a new friend...(but that's so much work!)...to be lunch and shopping buddies with...

Maybe it's just time that I stayed home a few days and get the closets done....and a few other things around here....

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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

piminto cheese s/w on 2 diet breads 150

Russel Stover pecan/chocolate/caramel candy 370

hamburger 300

part of a pc of McD apple pie 100

LARGE sald of 3 cups veggies (150), cheddar cheese (150), fruit (150), sunflower seeds (150), t i dsg (110)  710

Total est cals today: 1800    (I think it was the candy that I didn't need....)

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Afternoon update:  Picked up Friend (one of the 2), we went shopping a little (we walked a LOT), ate at McD, then visited my Aunt, then after I took Friend back home, I visited my Mom who has been sick in the bed all day and in pain off and on and I sat with her and talked with her for a while.  She was pretty clear today. I took Mom a McD apple pie, which she ate, a banana, and went and got her a big cup of unsweetened iced tea and sweetened it with Splenda, which she likes best for artificial sweetener, and she drank some of that.  Please continue to pray for Mom's healing and please pray for her roommate's healing, as well, who isn't doing too good, either.  Thank you for your prayers.  Jesus is our Healer!

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: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/21/2010:
Friends can be so high maintenance sometimes! ;) I hope you have a great day!


panda22 on 09/21/2010:
Thanks for the comment =) I will post pictures of the cake if it turns out well! Sorry to hear about your "lunch buddies"...I know how those situations can be! I have 2 close friends I hang out with and go to the gym/playgroups/walk with where I live. There were 2 other girls and we all used to hang out but they are "closer/best friends" and started to always exclude us from everything. Then they got into a fight with the other girl I'm friends with and since I still talk to HER they stopped talking to me altogether! How childish is that!? Anyway, women can be difficult. I hope you are able to make a new friend or reconnect with your old one that you haven't talked with in awhile! Have a great week and fantastic job andddd congratulations on your recent weight loss! Keep it up!


hollybelle on 09/21/2010:
You are so funny - I'll bet your friends, if they are mad about it, will get over it, anyway! Girls will be girls sometimes! I'd go out with you if we lived closer!! That invite to KY still stands, too, Maria! Now - get to work on at least one of those closets!


getmebackto150 on 09/21/2010:
those look like good goals! Hope you have a great day and get lots done!


V on 09/21/2010:
I am totally game for shopping wanna come to Fl? Or shall I meet you there? LOl Have fun whatever you do today!


breakaway on 09/21/2010:
Yup take some time off, get your closets done and enjoy some peace and quiet. DO you get that at your house? I know I don't here lol.


moogy on 09/21/2010:
I will come to lunch with you as long as we can clean the closets out after we are finished, deal?? Have a wonderful day whatever you decide to do.:)


hopingforhealth on 09/21/2010:
Hopefully your friends will get over it soon, as friends tend to do. Man, those closets are killing you huh? I am the same way with that kind of task.

You are so close to your goal! It's inspiring!


moogy on 09/21/2010:
It is lovely to have those memories of your grandma. Maybe my grandchildren will remember me fondly as well. I wish the problem was getting her off to sleep, she goes to sleep with no problems and actually stays alseep but is just a really restless sleeper. Just as well she is so beautiful, I couldn't bear to say that she couldn't have sleepover's, it would just devestate her. I guess the occassional sleepless night won't hurt, it is a small price to pay for a little girl's adoration.


V on 09/21/2010:
Thanks Maria, I can't believe i am almost there :) It's been 3 years since I've seen 150! I think it is time to post about that..



Maria7 - Monday Sep 20, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.2

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

 

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Hello, Friends!

Hope you are doing well.  I don't know what my plans are today...I still haven't gotten to working in the closets, changing the clothes hanging up in them to match the changing season and storing away the spring-summer things.   I still get side-tracked doing other things, it seems.

Good news is I am down 2.2 since Friday!  Who says you can't do well over the weekend???    You can if you really want to!

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Afternoon update:  Visited Mom (stressful)...won't go into it.  Please pray for her healing.

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Today's food:

  1 coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40) and 1 scrambled egg (100)  150

hamburger 300

ice cream s/w 150

part of a piece of fried fish 50

Subtotal est cals:  650 @ 2 p.m.

another ice cream s/w 150

LARGE salad of cheddar cheese (150), fruit (200) veggies (150), sunflower seeds (200), t.i. dsg (110) 810

Total est. cals today:  1610   

candy 300

New total est. cals today:  1910 

 

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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: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/20/2010:
wow, great progress, Maria!!!! :)


hollybelle on 09/20/2010:
Yes, mindful eating and good nutrition. I have been paying too much attention to cals and not what is in those cals. Not all empty ones, but not enough good fuel. I'm starting to have better nutrition goals this week. You are close.....go, girl!


breakaway on 09/20/2010:
Congrats on the lose Maria! Wonderful job! I hope your day is a good one today :D


just42day on 09/20/2010:
Fabulous weekend loss! Good for you! :)


Umpqua on 09/20/2010:
Awesome progress!!


V on 09/20/2010:
Maria Rocks!!!!!!!!


biscottibody59 on 09/20/2010:
Good job on the loss!


moogy on 09/20/2010:
Good news on the weight loss Maria. I think you may be putting off sorting our those closets - they have been on your list for a while now.:) Always nicer/better/more enjoyable things to do. I love cleaning out closets, would you like me to fly over and help you??


hopingforhealth on 09/20/2010:
Good job on the weekend loss! And I'm sorry to hear about your stressful visit. I'll keep you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers.


V on 09/20/2010:
Prayers are being sent!



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 19, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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 out to eat BUFFET...and I was REAL, REAL GOOD (thanks, Hollybelle for what you wrote the other day about being more mindful of WHAT we eat, which I don't do always but I did today at lunch!).  Before we left the restaurant, I fixed Mom a container of peaches/cantaloupe/watermelon/pineapple/strawberry to take to her. 

On arriving at the nursing home parking lot, Hubby and I noticed that on the front porch was Mom, our Brother in law, and my Sister visiting together.    So we all had a really nice visit together.

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Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee  w tsp low cal creamer (10) and 1 little pack of splenda (0),  1  peppermint (20)  30 

'Don't forget to eat your veggies!'

 Lunch: Large salad of 3 cups veggies and fruits (150), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (430) w 2 tbs ti dsg (120) 700

Snack: fried fish 50

Snack: fried fish 75

Snack: fried fish 75

Snack:  ice cream s/w 150

Est Cals Subtotal: 1080 at 4:20 p.m. 

Supper:  Fruit salad of: 1/2 cup scuppernong grapes (50) and 1 microwaved apple (80) mixed with 2 tsp sugar (30), 2 tsp cinnamon (15) , and 1/2 tsp low-cal margerine (10) 185  

Total est cals today:  1265 

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 Scale revealed this morning that I'm still holding at 145.8! 

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  Hope you're having a blessed day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

V on 09/19/2010:
Maria I am so happy you had a pleasant visit with your mom and family :)


moogy on 09/19/2010:
I see you had some fried fish today!!!! LOL you must like it a lot. I was lovely to read about your sister and her family visiting your mom, you must have been one happy lady to see that. I smiled when I read it. Glad that the scale is holding. Have a great evening and a good night's sleep Maria.


moogy on 09/19/2010:
Thank you Maria. Your kindness as ever is wonderful. I hadn't thought about if I had kept going and putting on another six pounds. Doesn't bare thinking about. Thank you for your constant support, I always appreciate your words.XXX


Umpqua on 09/19/2010:
That's great that you had an impromptu family gathering! And great job showing restraint at the buffet. I could never keep my calories that low with all those options. I hope you're having a pleasant evening!


hopingforhealth on 09/19/2010:
Way to show restraint at a buffet! That's a big achievement, with temptation literally spread out in front of you.

I'm glad you had a nice spontaneous family visit. How nice that you all happened to stop by at the same time. :)


hopingforhealth on 09/19/2010:
ha! I'm pretty sure that walking away from chocolate cake gets you some kind of superhero status. Good job!


nita51 on 09/20/2010:
And a very Blessed day to you as well! :) Thanks for the love and care you put into your web page,,,,,always beautiful.


selina on 09/20/2010:
I'm glad you had a good Sunday, Maria, and also for being mindful at the restaurant!

Now that I am in the US, I'm going to look for that Scuppernong grapes at the market! I can't find the Italian grapes that is so plentiful in Europe, nowadays :(


nita51 on 09/20/2010:
I feel your pain. You mirror all that I had to deal with when my mother was ill. You'll be included in my prayers. Stay strong. So happy you are keeping yourself healthy. ( 2.2 lbs loss ) Praise The Lord! & Bunches of hugs!



Maria7 - Saturday Sep 18, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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 decided to take a little road trip this morning about 40 miles away to a flea market in another town.  Suffice to say...not worth the gas, except it did do us good to "get out of the house" quote/unquote Hubby's words.  Everything was so high-priced there...may as well have gone to the mall!  Spent a whole $2 (hair barrettes) there.  I liked a pocket book (used) but not for $7 or even $6 that was quoted.  I saw a nice carry bag for my laptop and on asking how much it was, the man got up out of his seat, came from around the table he was sitting behind, and across the aisle to where I was standing by where it was hanging up on a clothes line, and asked me how much was I willing to pay for it????   He said he needed to get rid of it "today".  I didn't make an offer (my offer would have been a dollar, hehehe!) and told him I'd think about it and walked away.  I also saw pretty red flared jeans, used no doubt, but was not interested enough to pay $10 for them!  Not when used jeans are less than $5 in the thrift stores!  I finally asked Hubby to take us back home, which he happily said okay.  (Though he loves to travel, he's not into flea market stuff at all and has great patience with me as I like to look at this and that.)  On the way home on the interstate, can you believe that someone actually passed us in the parking lane to the right, the pull-over lane, flying by my door before we got to a bridge???  (I thank the Lord for keeping us safe.  Thank You, Lord.)  They were almost flying they were going so fast!  (Instead of going around the proper way, to the left, and passing us, they went right and passed us on the right in the pull-over lane!!!)

We stopped at a church and bought fish plates they had a sign up that they were selling on the way back home.  Yummy.

I've not been REAL good with calories today so far at 2 p.m. but I've been GOOD.  I made my 145.something goal for today! 

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Today's food:

Breakfast:  Coffee w 1 tsp creamer (10), splenda (0), Mcdonald's hash brown (150)  160

Snack:  ww cheese cracker (40) Mcdonald's apple pie (most of)  (240)  280

Lunch:  fried fish w ketchup (300)  baked beans and slaw (150)  450

Snack:  Russel Stover chocolate/caramel/pecan candy 160

Subtotal at about 2 p.m.:  1050

Supper:  more fried fish w ketchup (100), ice cream sw (160), RS candy (190) 450

Snack:  fried fish 150

Est cals today:  1650

 

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 'Mini-Goals':  (the big check mark was smallest I found)

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: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/18/2010:
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


hopingforhealth on 09/18/2010:
Congrats on making your goal today!


Umpqua on 09/18/2010:
Sorry you didn't find better deals at the flea market. I'm sure it was fun to walk around and look though, I love doing that sort of stuff! I like your mini goals, and great job meeting the first one!


moogy on 09/18/2010:
I love your big tick. First goal down - now for the next one. Your husband sounds like a real sweetie, he must love you heaps to go to markets with you when he is not that keen. It is nice just being together though. Have a lovely healthy eating weekend Maria.


moogy on 09/18/2010:
Love the little poem Maria, sounds like the sort of thing a grandma would whisper in the ear of her grandchildren. It's lovely.


moogy on 09/18/2010:
Thanks for your comments Maria, they are always welcome, supportive and encouraging. What a lovely women you are. It is true, that little thought came to me just came to me like a whisper, not a hair of our head falls without our Saviour knowing about it.


V on 09/18/2010:
So happy you made it home safely! As for that jerk who drove so erratic well let's hope he doesn't kill anyone! Have a great day Maria :)


selina on 09/19/2010:
Getting out of the house is good for the mind! I'm glad you enjoyed the outing with your hubby although there were no bargains out there!

Yes, Inky is a girl, but everybody thinks she is a boy, ha! She has a boy personality!


balloonlady on 09/19/2010:
its fun just to get out and drive sometimes. : ) enjoy your weekend...



Maria7 - Friday Sep 17, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 146.4

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

 

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Hello, Friends!

Today was a busy day...went shopping, the stove came, visited Mom and took her homemade candied yams I made for her, then went to lunch with a friend. 

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Today's food:

1/4 beef sausage, small pancake with low-sugar syrup, coffee, creamer, splenda 280

lf bologna sw w 2 diet breads, tsp low cal mayo and mustard 200

russel stover chocolate/caramel/pecan candy 320

large veggie salad w fried chicken strips and a little t i dsg 300

chocolate fudge ice cream sundae with nuts and cherries 400

orange candy 20

total est cals today: 1520

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Hope you're having a blessed evening or day!

Love, Maria

  

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

moogy on 09/17/2010:
I hope you have a realaxed and peaceful weekend Maria. I was just looking at the girl with the long hair waving at me, it really looks like you!!!:) Keep up with the good work and you will hit your goals as planned.


V on 09/17/2010:
Hi Maria! Glad to see you had a good day :)


nita51 on 09/18/2010:
I agree, writing it down is worth the extra effort. Have yourself a wonderful weekend. & Blessings to you & Yours


missvalour on 09/18/2010:
you have come such a long way! ho does it feel being almost 60 pounds down!! i surely need to gather some tips from you! thats a great menu btw! keep going!


liza36 on 09/18/2010:
Hi Maria - my friend who lost 188 pounds did reach her goal weight of around 125, and has kept it off for a year and a half. She now works at Weight Watchers as a leader. She's very inspirational.

Have a great day!


selina on 09/18/2010:
Hi Maria! Have a great weekend!

Yes, it's Tartine. I feel bad for him because the new tenants have a big dog now...


breakaway on 09/18/2010:
I am sure finding that writing everything down is the ONLY way to go. If I don't then I end up eating way to much :( HOpe you have a great day today! ;D



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 16, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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!

Hope you are doing well.  I don't know what my plans are today...I still haven't gotten to working in the closets, changing the clothes to match the changing season.  I get side-tracked doing other things.

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Today's food:

 fried egg (100)  and 1 coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40)  150

5 butterscotch candies (120) and 1 ww/ched cheese cracker (40) 160

turkey, dressing, sweet potato suffle, cornbread 300

same as above 300

same as above, (a little more dsg/turkey),replace sweet potato with 1/2 ear corn 400

 

Total est cals today:  1310 - 112 deficit uphill treadmill walking 20 mins =1198 actual est cals.

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Afternoon, visited Mom, who was sitting in her wheel chair in the dining room at her nursing home, said she'd eaten a "cone of vanilla ice cream"  while she'd been "outside sitting in 2 lines of people" (residents were taken outside today to get fresh air for a while...yayyyyy!).  We talked some and she smiled a lot.    Though still having to deal with pain, she said it wasn't quite as bad today (HUGE RELIEF, THANK YOU, LORD!!!!!!!!!!).  And I thank you for your prayers for her to the Lord!

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I am anticipating being in the 145.anything's tomorrow morning.  I've been good today with cals and I also walked uphill 20 minutes on the treadmill.   I was at a counter in a store paying for something today and the sales person pointed out to me the CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS (my fav candy!!!!!) on the side of the counter and said the packs were 2 for $3 on sale today (offering to sell me some of them).  Though tempted, I said no, while looking on the back of a package at the VERY HIGH CALORIES listed for the whole pack (about 2 cups full).. would probably have been around 2000 cals for the whole package of them, which was really not all that big of a package...which I probably undoubedly would have consumed tonite.

'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: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
I just read this in a book, Maria, and decided to cite it to you. I think this should be hung in every hospital to remind doctors why they chose their profession at first place...

"I am always amazed by the human spirit that says "I won't give in. I will fight and I will lead as productive a life as possible in the time that I have to live." I do not know why some continue to embrace the will to live. For those who give up, life is over and they are waiting to die. For those who choose to fight, life can continue to have many rewards. These are people who give real meaning to what it is to be happy and productive and these are the people who should be an inspiration to all of us."


fatgirl101 on 09/16/2010:
have a good day:)


breakaway on 09/16/2010:
What a beautiful picture! I LOVE your hair! Have a great day Maria :D


KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
AMAZING HAIR!!!! :)


Umpqua on 09/16/2010:
Beautiful pic and your hair looks long and luxurious! Hope you have a great day!


getmebackto150 on 09/16/2010:
I love the picture! and I agree here is to STOPPING the night time/emotional eating!!! We CAN do this!!!


selina on 09/16/2010:
I LOVE that photo of you Maria! What a beautiful place Myrtle Beach is, I love that place! When my father-in-law was alive, my in-laws used to spend a whole month there, every year.

So sorry to hear about your tribulations with your mom's health care. I hope things will improve with your being insistent.


selina on 09/16/2010:
Sorry to hear you lost your cat... I was told not to let the cats out of the house for at least 2 weeks, until they get used to the new place. I let mine out after a little over one week because they were ready (running around the house and picking up fights with each other)! They both came back after a long explore, except that Inky spent more time outdoors.

This morning, Inky spent about 4 hours on her own in the woods. I did get worried and went looking for her but couldn't find her. Later on, I heard and saw a big dog (golden retriever) barking on the bike trail, so I ran out there to see what's going on - sure enough, he was barking at Inky, who was hiding in the bushes, poor thing. Anyway, luckily people are obligated to use dog leashes, so there was no harm done. Inky ran back to the house, ate a whole bunch of food and is now sleeping her very well deserved nap. What a cat!


biscottibody59 on 09/16/2010:
Hope you're doing well and aren't too sore from the labor of the past day!

Just wanted to let you know how your suggestion about decaf coffee panned out. I finally started last week. I'm doing the first cup decaf, then the second (and final) regular. And I'm now cutting back gradually on the strength/amount of the regular.

Thanks! Hope you're having a good one there!


moogy on 09/16/2010:
You are looking fabulous Maria, what a doll!! I hope you get your closets done today - I wear the same clothes all year round, except I have some jeans for winter and a couple of warmer tops, but that is it, I don't own a coat - it doesn't get cold enough here to wear one. I hope that you have a great day and that when you visit your mom you find her to be comfortable. I will catch up with you later. Thank you for your very kind words.


V on 09/16/2010:
You have Crystal Gayle hair! You are a beautiful girl Maria :) You are always in my thoughts! Have a great day :)


hopingforhealth on 09/16/2010:
Good job with the calories and exercise today!

Wow to that picture! My hair would never grow that long! You look great!


moogy on 09/16/2010:
It was strange, when I typed my message to you, I just felt that your mom would be doing well today. I am really happy for her and for you. Today you need not worry. Hugs.


moogy on 09/16/2010:
I typed my first comment yesterday (Thurs) and the last one today (Friday) confusing isn't it?????


V on 09/16/2010:
Oh wonderful! Maybe the talk helped straighten out things permanently! Good job resisting! i know how much you love candy Maria :)


V on 09/16/2010:
You know it's funny i have been here in Fl. about 7 years and no hurricanes! The closest call was Charley a few years back and it skipped over us. I am on the Gulf side and I recently started surfing but they're not many waves to speak of here so we end up paddle boarding :(


panda22 on 09/16/2010:
BEAUTIFUL photo! I love Myrtle Beach...such a fun place to visit! You look fantastic, keep up the great work =)


just42day on 09/16/2010:
Sounds like your mom had a pretty good day. I'm glad! I hope it continues. Thanks for sharing the picture. Your hair is unbelievable! How fun! (Mine's always short cuz it's wavy and I'm a low-maintenace type of gal...)


nita51 on 09/16/2010:
Lovely picture,,,,,beautiful scenery as well. Have a pleasant and peaceful Friday. xoxo


selina on 09/17/2010:
so glad to hear your mom was in good spirits!


balloonlady on 09/17/2010:
great pic.. sounds like a fun day...


hollybelle on 09/17/2010:
What a great pic - wish I could see your face better - may just be my screen (?) But thought of you today when I bought more scuppernongs! They are SO SWEET at the end of the season! Love 'em! Just catching up with your entries - I've been kind of hitting the comments on the run for the last week! Sorry your mother has been suffering so. Gald thursday was better for her and I hope that trend contines - God bless!



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