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Maria7 - Wednesday Jul 14, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

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'Cat War'

This morning, I called for the black wild cat in the back (where he usually is at) and he didn't show up, so I opened the front door and looked out to see the neighbor's cat on the front porch.  He looked hungry, so I gave him some food.  He was so happy and had just begun eating it when from behind him, here came the black wild cat....I gave the wild cat some food, too, to feed him as well as to distract him from attacking the neighbor's cat and taking his food but as soon as the neighbor's cat saw the other cat, he took off running home quickly.   So the black cat ate his own food, then nonchalantly went over to where the neighbor's cat's food was and ate that, too.

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 Free Lunch

 A friend (her treat) and I went out to lunch today.  Hubby also got a free lunch at work today provided by his employer.

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Please Pray

 

 Hubby's Uncle (real sweet person)  is in the hospital.  Hubby and I ask for your prayers for our Uncle.

 

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 Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/14/2010:
My prayers are out for your husband's uncle and family. Take care. I'm thinking of you.


Moody3 on 07/14/2010:
Your entries always put a smile on my face~love your illustrations!!

Sent a prayer your way~God bles


selina on 07/15/2010:
Those cats are a riot, ha! ! I hope you enjoyed your lunch and the company of your friend!


selina on 07/15/2010:
And I hope your husband's uncle gets well soon, with the love and support of his family!


Umpqua on 07/15/2010:
I hope hubby's uncle gets well soon, I'll be thinking of you and your family.



Maria7 - Monday Jul 12, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

I got up this morning and on looking out a front window, there was the neighbor's cat perched on the front porch banister looking me in the eyes.  He looked so happy to see me (a friend that gives him extra food) and he'd been absent for a few days while the big, wild, black male cat was visiting here.  The two of them do not get along.  They each have territory disputes.  The neighbor's cat (long-haired gray/white) thinks that because he lives next door (usually unless he is visiting over here) that this is his territory, too, since he gets food over here, too.  The black cat  thinks that any territory is potentially his if it means a free meal to a homeless, hungry cat.  My Hubby calls the neighbor's cat 'Mr. Wonderful' cause the cat is very particular over what he eats.  My Hubby likes Mr. Wonderful (and he doesn't take to many animals) and he even feeds Mr. Wonderful sometimes.  Mr. Wonderful likes 'people food' and won't eat much bagged cat food.  We offer him the cat food and sometimes, he ignores it while looking at us like..."Now, REALLY!  Would you eat that?  I think not!  Give me some of the good stuff, what you eat!!!"  (hehehe!)  We've spoiled him, giving him some of the meats we eat.  The black wild cat is not particular at all.  He just doesn't want you to get too close to him....just keep away a few feet.  Toss him something...anything...and he's eating it gratefully and happily.

Today's menu (so far):

Breakfast: Cheddar cheese toast  200

speghetti with meatballs and slaw 650

chocolate covered peanuts 450

up to 400 cals more today tbd...

Hope you're having a nice day!

Love,

Maria

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

selina on 07/12/2010:
Thank you much for the warm welcome back, Maria, I appreciate it! Your cats are so cute. Mr Wonderful sounds, well, wonderful! I enjoyed reading your entry ;) I hope yourmom is well and so is your hubby and daughter.

We are moving back to the Washington DC area where we lived almost 14 years ago. We go back to the US on vacation every year but we haven't lived there for so long - it's going to be fun to be back. And, yes, we'll be taking the cats back with us :)

painting: sounds like you have an artistic gene in you. My suggestion is, JUST DO IT and don't look back! It's almost like this weight loss thing, ha! If you have specific questions, I'll be happy to answer! Stay well and Hugs to you!


selina on 07/12/2010:
Starter kit for painting: if you are thinking of watercolors, my suggestion is to get the best quality paper, brushes and paints you can afford. The reason is that the better quality paper makes your work look nicer and more professional. I use Arches paper, Kolinsky brushes and Winsor & Newton paints and I am very happy with them. A good place to look for art supplies online is at Cheap Joe's. Good luck!


Umpqua on 07/12/2010:
That's so nice of you and your hubby to feed both those cats. I hope you have a great day!


selina on 07/12/2010:
I'm allergic to oil paints' fumes, so I use special water soluble oil colors - no turpentine. I use Van Gogh H2Oil and am fairly happy with it. I also use acrylics - I use many brands but mostly Winsor & Newton just because they have an enourmous variety of colors and the quality is good. I also like Lefranc & Bourgeois for watercolors and acrylics. You have to try them and choose what suits you best :)


selina on 07/13/2010:
You are welcome, Maria! It's my pleasure, feel free to ask anything about art, I'll try to answer the best way I can.



Maria7 - Sunday Jul 11, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

 

Hubby and I went to church this morning, then came back home to eat dinner ( lunch) that  I had prepared this morning before leaving.  We are resting a little while before going visiting later this afternoon.

 

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 Today's menu:

 

 beef bacon,  plain lite  toast 200

  baked skinless chicken leg and thigh, mashed potatoes with onion, green peas 1000

 chocolate-covered peanuts 200

more skinless baked chicken 200

stewed apples 100

 Total: 1700

 

 Hope you're having a nice day!

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/11/2010:
Thanks for reminding me that getting there is a fight and staying there, too. I think I have just wanted to eat whatever I want and expect weight to stay lower and it JUST doesn't work that way, does it! Intellectually I KNOW that, but emotionally, I guess I keep hoping! Ha-ha! God bless - have a great Sunday afternoon and evening.


nita51 on 07/11/2010:
I didn't get to post yesterday,, had so much to do, but thank you for the encouragement. Sorry about your Dad as well. Yes, Maria, I've had a wonderful father, for all my life, what a blessing! He's in Heaven now, which, brings me much comfort. You are a great wife, my step mother, also cooks her dinner, before leaving for Church in the morning, that takes a lot of work and effort, hope hubby appreciates you. You sound like a real sweetheart. Hugs!


selina on 07/12/2010:
Hi Maria! It's wonderful to see you here! I never logged on DD anymore - just felt like I could do on my own, but it does not seem to be the case... :(

So HAPPY to see that you are at your goal weight! Congrats!


hollybelle on 07/12/2010:
THANK YOU! My own words are hard to ignore, huh! Your words are true! It is a choice - I just have to want to be healthy and a "better" size more than I want to continue "eating freely". I like how you said that - not overeating or anything with a negative connotation particularly -"eating freely". I CAN do this! Thank you, again for your thoughtfulness and good comments!



Maria7 - Saturday Jul 10, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

 

 

 Hubby and I have been out and about today and just got in a little while ago.  While we were gone, we got a little Christmas shopping done.    Usually, we're late doing Christmas shopping, so thought we'd get an early start.

 

I also found a little 'piggy' bracelet today that I bought and have on as I key to you.  It is to remind myself not to overeat.    It is just as challenging to STAY at goal as to GET to goalweight.  Each of the little 15 piggies on the bracelet is smiling happily!  My goalweight of 140.0 may be up or down each day, as it doesn't be the exact same every day just so you know when you see the 140.0 on my entries.  It feels good to be size 8 again and wear my 'skinny jeans'.  I am a little tall, 5'8" so I think size 8 is good for me and don't care to go any lower.

My menu today was:

1/2 apple 50

egg and cheese biscuit  300

veggies, fruit, sunflower seeds, etc. salad 450 

small piece cheese pizza 150

more sunflower seeds 250

cheddar cheese 150

This is only 1350 calories and I may or may not have a little snack before bedtime.  Then again, I may just look at my little piggies bracelet and call it a day on the eating! :-)

I hope you're having a nice day!

Love,

Maria 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/10/2010:
Your bracelet sounds adorable! That's great that you got some Christmas shopping down already! I usually start in Oct w/the goal to be done by T'sgiving. Meet that goal @ 75% of the time. I have 2 cats: 1 is a little gray shorthair tabby and the other is a large orange & white long hair. That's great that you occasionally feed the neighbor's cats. Be careful; my brother started doing that he now has 15 cats!


tangalyn on 07/10/2010:
thank u for ur tip on the 'skinny jeans', i think ill do that.. im sure thats very encouraging when u can actually be sure u r getting closer to wearing them :) hope u r enjoying ur day!



Maria7 - Friday Jul 09, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

 

 

Been washing clothes today  and doing other housework.   Also visited Mom and a friend that helped me with the birthday party yesterday.

The 'heatwave' here in the south continues.  Temps around 100.  Had planned a cookout on the back deck this afternoon, but decided instead in favor of cooking sloppy joes  in the kitchen.  Peeled some potatoes and fried them to go with it and had a little slaw with no mayo.  That was supper.  (Dinner  to lots of folks but we southerners call lunch dinner and dinner supper...???).

Calories today were right at about 1700.  That is my maintain calories if I don't do much walking (and I didn't do a lot today of walking...:-(...)  Today I'm still up a little over goalweight but can't expect to be straight on it every day...in maintaining, some days may be a little less and some more...  Funny, but somehow, I must have thought that once I got to goalweight, I'd stay that EXACT weight every day!!!  :-D... (NOT!)

Hope you're having a nice day!

Love,

Maria 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/09/2010:
Hi, Maria. I was so glad to see a post from you. I haven't been on much lately. Congratulations on reaching your goal. How wonderful. It renews my hope that I will do it, too. I read your points on how to do it. Wonderful strategy and good reminders. Read about your visits to you Mom - hope she is doing well, also. You are such a good daughter! God bless you.



Maria7 - Thursday Jul 08, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 to you!

We are having a 'heatwave' here in the south.  Temps around 100.  Very pretty and sunny, though.  Birds singing in the trees.

Today was my Aunt's (Mom's sister) birthday.  Mom and I gave her a party.  10 people came including us.  We had it in a large private meeting room at the nursing home where Mom resides.   I baked a four-layer chocolate on chocolate cake.  I had a taste of it.  A little ice cream, too.  I fixed chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches and we had nuts and fruit salad, too.    My Aunt got lots of nice gifts and was very happy spending time with family and friends. 

As for eating, I'm doing so-so.  After you get to goalweight, it is very tempting to go overboard and think you can have more when you are trying to maintain where you are at.  I'm actually a little higher than goalweight today.  I have been doing LOTS of walking.

Hope you're having a nice day!

Love,

Maria

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Moody3 on 07/08/2010:
Maria~Good to see you!! You're doing SO great~you should be very proud of yourself~Yay!!


just42day on 07/08/2010:
How nice of you to put together a party for your aunt. I'm sure she was thrilled with it! Thanks, too, for your kind words today. I do appreciate them!


tangalyn on 07/08/2010:
thanks for ur comment... hope u can keep urself cool in all that heat, enjoy the rest of ur day :)


nita51 on 07/08/2010:
So goooood to hear from you again. Your moving Lady graphics SOOOOOO DELIGHTFUL! I just love your Bible passages as well. Your weight loss is AWESOME! God Bless You, & Please keep me in your prayers. Hugs!


Umpqua on 07/09/2010:
Good to see you here again. It's also imporant to remind people that maintaining the goal weight is a challenge in and of itself. I think in my case it's probably been more challenging than losing in the past. So good for you for keeping us all updated. I hope you have a great weekend!



Maria7 - Wednesday Jun 16, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 139.6

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

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Good morning to you!

Got up this morning and weighed 5 times just to 'watch' 139.6 come up each time. Very interesting. I am now in the 130's! I have to admit I haven't been having my full allowed 1700 maintain calories per day since achieving goalweight this past Saturday. Guess I just want to feel like I have a little extra 'room' under 140.0 goalweight to where if I were to have a little extra one day, I'd have 'calories in the bank' to cover it. :-)

Hope you're having a nice day today!

Love,

Maria

Progress as of today: 65.4 lbs lost so far, only -0.4 lbs to go!

just42day on 06/16/2010:
Thanks for your support Maria! It sure helps with motivation when the scale moves in the right direction. Congrats on your continued loss as well!


Umpqua on 06/16/2010:
Wow, it must feel good to see that 139 on the scale :) I'm going to catch up with you soon though, watch out!


legcramps on 06/16/2010:
woohoo!!!


biscottibody59 on 06/17/2010:
Congrats--you're doing great! Thanks for your support as usual--I'm getting there:-)


Soon2BThin on 06/21/2010:
Hi, Maria! Good to see you back here again! Thanks for the tips on getting to goal. You are doing fantastic!



Maria7 - Tuesday Jun 15, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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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Good morning to you!

Got on the scale this morning and it read 140.0. Was glad since this is my goalweight.

Visited my Aunt yesterday. She looked at me and asked about my weight and I admitted to her when she asked if I've lost more weight that yes, a little, and that my 2 doctors and my dietician say 140.0, which is what I weigh is the right weight for my 5'8" height. Last night she called me and cheerfully said I am the slender size she was when she got married. Made me feel better. :-)

This morning I've started off with a high protein breakfast. 2 whole eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese. Keeps me feeling full and satisfied for hours. With coffee, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon creamer, is only 300 calories total. We are having a heat wave here in the south (high 90's) so I may drive over to the mall in the next town over and walk an hour or two there.

Hope you have a nice day!

Love,

Maria (smile)

Update....got a lot of walking done at the mall. :-)

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 06/15/2010:
AHHH Goalweight REACHED! That sounds just WONDERFUL, Maria! :)


legcramps on 06/15/2010:
Have a truly wonderful day today Maria!


Umpqua on 06/15/2010:
I've done many laps at the mall in extreme heat and cold here. Great idea!


just42day on 06/15/2010:
Glad you could get your walk in where it's cool!


loveray on 06/15/2010:
wow!! congrats on your goal weight!! wahoo.


nita51 on 06/15/2010:
Your page, always makes me happy! HOORAY! HOORAY! what an accomplishment, to reach your goal! Soooooo happy for you. Thanks for your prayer. Hugs!



Maria7 - Monday Jun 14, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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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Good morning to you!

I have been asked what helped me reach goalweight. Here is a list:

1. Ask the Lord to help me be a healthy weight and size for me.

2. Count calories. For lots of folks, journaling helps. They write down the foods they eat and the calories in them daily. I have tried keeping a mental journal and I have tried writing it down. I have found that for me, writing it down works best. Every calorie counts, including the healthiest foods. Know (memorize) calorie counts in the foods you eat.

3. Know how many calories you require each day to maintain where you are at now. This will help you make a plan on how many calories (less) you need to eat to healthily get to your goalweight. In making your plan, remember that one pound = 3500 calories. That's a lot of calories, but progress can be made through a little less daily calories than you need to maintain your current size and a little more activity most days.

4. Realize that a semi-starvation diet will not get you to your goal faster. You WILL plateau as your body puts on the brakes when it catches on to this tactic. Be realistic.

5. Exercise is important but does not have to be excessive, strenuous, or something you are not comfortable with. (You don't have to enjoy it but you do have to be comfortable with what works for you. For me it's walking.

Just about everyone can do some form of repetitious movement for at least a few minutes a day and build up slowly from there.)

6. Try to eat extra protein every day. Not only will it help you lose weight, it will help you stay feeling full and you'll be less tempted to overindulge.

7. Beware of sodium. I could write this 10 times on this number but not only will it produce an artificial gain on the scale, it may linger for days, discouraging you to where you are tempted to overeat since the scale is showing a higher number. Watch out for processed foods (***read the labels***) like bacon, sausage, canned goods with extra amounts of sodium, microwave bags of popcorn, frozen entrees, canned soups, etc.

8. Weigh every day at about the same time of day. What works for me is mornings. It may not work for you, though, and that's fine, everybody's different. Weighing every day at about the same time helps you keep track closely of any little gains that need to be analyzed and corrected.

9. Distract yourself with doing something other than eating when you feel in need of comforting. A new hobby, spend time with friends, including your supportive friends here, a new job or extra part-time job, visit the elderly in nursing homes or shut-ins, there are lots of things to do to distract yourself from giving in to overeating.

10. Believe. Believe you will get to goalweight. Believe it so much that you do what it takes to acheive it! Consistantly, every day! And don't give up if you fall off the wagon! Get back on quickly! And stay on!

If you do the above things, I believe you will get to your goalweight!

Love,

Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 06/14/2010:
thanks for all the tips and congrats on meeting ur goal!! :) have a good day!!


geevee on 06/14/2010:
Hello Maria! You're back, and so small! I remember you from my first time on here. Glad to see you back.


just42day on 06/14/2010:
Thanks for all the suggestions!


Umpqua on 06/14/2010:
Wonderful advice Maria, thank you for outlining all that!


legcramps on 06/14/2010:
:-)


liza36 on 06/14/2010:
Wonderful tips. Thanks for your words of wisdom and experience!


nosetwitch on 06/14/2010:
Wow, you seem like an example of success. Congrats, and thanks for the tips!


WI3 on 06/14/2010:
Good list, Maria! Congratulations!


nita51 on 06/15/2010:
Love your tips, I'll be sure to print them out. Thanks for your kind words and please keep me in your prayers. xoxo


just42day on 06/15/2010:
Thanks for your prayers for my cousin. I really appreciate it!



Maria7 - Saturday Jun 12, 2010
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

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 ....................................................................

Hello everyone! I finally made it to goalweight today! I am soooo happy!  Years ago I was at 140.0, size 8, and at 5'8" my bmi was 21.3, and I let it get away from me and now I am back to goalweight again! Happy dance! Happy dance! And you can reach your goalweight, too!

Love,

Maria

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 06/12/2010:
Congratulations Maria! I've been wondering what you've been up to since I last saw you on here.

Maintenance is the hard part, so best wishes to you on this part of the journey!

Hope to see you again soon!


sweetpea1977 on 06/12/2010:
I have no idea about where the ads went on here. I went on hiatus for a few months and I haven't seen them since I returned earlier this year. Yea, I noticed a lot of our old buddies have disappeared from here in the last few years. Kinda sad, but I've met quite a few newbies since my return who have been a wonderful source of motivation, inspiration, and support. :)


biscottibody59 on 06/12/2010:
Good to see an update--Good going on your success!

FYI: You can go to "Recent Site Changes" under the Category "DD Website What's new" in the forum to see what's up with the ads.


Umpqua on 06/13/2010:
Welcome back and congratulations on hitting your goal! Now you have to tell everyone how you did it so we can learn from your experience :)


just42day on 06/13/2010:
Congrats on your loss and thanks for your support!


liza36 on 06/13/2010:
Congratulations! That's a wonderful accomplishment. It's nice that you came back to tell us. I've thought of you and wondered how you've been. Thanks for sharing your good news!



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