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Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.2

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!

 I've been a good girl and still wearing my comfy non-stretch size 8's jeans!    It alllll about CHOICE!!!  Do I choose to eat this extra food that will show up on the scale weigh and prevent me from being the size I want to be or do I choose to be a smaller size and have a good weigh-in and not eat this extra food?   I know that for some of us, nitetime temptation to overeat or binge on food is the worst time to say no to ourselves.  Somehow, the scale seems farrr removed at that time!  We want to comfort ourselves and we may feel that WE DESERVE IT!  We may deserve to be comforted but not in overeating...not in doing something that is going to cause us to feel defeated and in need of MORE (food) comfort!  Come on, now!  We can do this!  It's all about CHOICE!  It's all about COMMITMENT!  It's all about CARING (about ourselves for a change instead of ALWAYS others and not us at all).  Do you want to be happy with your size and weight?  Do you desire to enough to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT????   

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Update:  I was a good girl today...lots of fruits and veggies...about 1400 calories (if that)...wanted something more to eat tonite...NOT!...(think size 8, think size 8, think they fit comfy, think they fit comfy, think not gonna mess that up, think not worth messing that up)...

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 11/17/2010:
have a great day!


just42day on 11/17/2010:
Glad all is well on the Maria front! Have a great day! :)


V on 11/17/2010:
Amen! Love to you maria!


V on 11/17/2010:
Beautiful song by the way ;) thanks for the serenade!


selina on 11/17/2010:
Good choices, Maria!


OpenMyWings on 11/17/2010:
Have a wonderful and blessed day!


Umpqua on 11/17/2010:
Preach it, Maria! Hope you have a good one!


chidogs on 11/17/2010:
Inspiring message Maria. Thanks for the will power boost! Take care.


moogy on 11/17/2010:
Well said Maria. Have a good day:)


moogy on 11/17/2010:
I am making chocolate bark and nut brittle for some girls at church who have been particularly kind this year. Plus I purchased the giant raw prawns I will need to make the families Christmas Eve Pork and Prawn Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls), I keep them in the freezer because the price sky rockets on them this time of year. Seafood is a huge part of Christmas in Australia. I have also now got all the wrapping paper and decorations for the pressies that I will need. Slowly but surely, ticking everything off.


moogy on 11/17/2010:
I think it is a great idea to have a treasure trove from which to choose presents. I am glad that you remembered that you had them - wouldn't it have been dissapointing to buy new pressies when you already had them at home??? LOL


hopingforhealth on 11/17/2010:
Wow lady! Love those jeans! What an achievement!


V on 11/17/2010:
Yes Maria i still have the same jar I bought 3 weeks ago!!! :) I am at the end of that one and I allowed myself to buy another on Sunday since I have been on my best behavior! ;)


moogy on 11/17/2010:
I do put a tree up, at the beginning of December, although I gave the huge one my husband and I used to have to my daughter. I purchased myself a little fibre optic tree, so I don't have to worry about lights, just decorations for the tree and I also decorate the stair well and MY front door (the door that leads to the stairs).


moogy on 11/17/2010:
I know what you mean, it is always fun to do the decorating - but I hate having to take everything down, such a pain. Hence, my downsizing isn't just because I live in a smaller abode, it is also due to laziness, I take everything down before New Year.


hollybelle on 11/18/2010:
YAY Maria! Choice and hunger. When hungry make good food choices and all will be well - right?


Sofia on 11/18/2010:
Size 8 is super impressive! Keep it up, you're doing great!


nita51 on 11/18/2010:
Love your post today. Very encouraging words. Take Care. xoxo



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 16, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.2

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!

Been a busy, rainy day here today.  Went to another town twice for my Mom, regarding her eye glasses.   Sat with her about 2 hours and spent some time with her at her nursing home...She was doing pretty well...

Also, I got my teeth exrayed and cleaned today during my semi-annual dental cleaning visit...got a real good report!   

Yesterday was a 'get extra things done in the house' day and I didn't go anywhere!  Stayed home and enjoyed it! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/16/2010:
It is nice to read that all is smiley and thumbs up in your world Maria. I hope that it continues to be that way for you, you deserve it:)


V on 11/16/2010:
it is always a good day when mom is doing well :) Enjoy your rainy evening! it just started sprinkling here as well


Umpqua on 11/16/2010:
Good news on your Mom and your dental report. Hope you have a nice evening!


just42day on 11/16/2010:
Glad your mother is doing well. As always, I'm sure your visit brightened her day! :)


OpenMyWings on 11/16/2010:
What a beautiful way to start your post! :) God's blessings


V on 11/16/2010:
Thank you Maria :)


moogy on 11/16/2010:
It is nice that you have good memories of your grandma. The princess has no trouble getting to sleep, we read a few books and then she is out to it. I can sometimes even get up for a bit. It is in the middle of the night all the actions happens.



Maria7 - Sunday Nov 14, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.2

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!

Hubby and I went to church, then visited Mom (who is doing well and was at a table in the dining room with friends) at her nursing home, then came home.  We had lunch at church as we were having a special occassion 'Old Fashioned Day' there.  I baked two 4-layer cakes, chocolate (on yellow), and pineapple, which we took.

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I'm down a little more today.  Didn't expect it cause sampled a little cake last nite while baking cakes (I baked Hubby and me cupcake-sized samples but his 'cupcakes' were about twice the size of my cupcakes, more like large muffin-sized).  Anyway, I am down -0.2 today, so now weigh 145.2 and only 5.2 more to go to 140.0 goal. 

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  Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 59.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

V on 11/14/2010:
nice when you can sneak a sweet snack in and still lose weight! 140 here we come!!!! Have a great evening Maria :)


moogy on 11/14/2010:
Well done Maria. You have really been in the zone this week. I hope that next week is as successful for you.


V on 11/14/2010:
Where am I going you ask??? Chicago to see my family for Christmas!!! :) I am so excited to see them all :)


Umpqua on 11/14/2010:
Great job on the scale movement! And I'm glad your Mom is up and about with friends.


selina on 11/15/2010:
Great news, Maria! Have a great day!


hollybelle on 11/15/2010:
Those cakes sound wonderful - I love layer cakes - they aren't much more trouble than sheet cakes, are they? They cook so fast and cool quickly, too. Was the pineapple one layer, too? What kind of icing on that? I have a recipe for a coconut icing that is EASY that would be good on a pineapple cake if you are interested....About the appliances - We did visit the Home Depot yesterday and ordered a new washer and dryer. Mine are still working, but are 21-22 years old. They may go at any time. I am going to donate them so I am glad someone will get some more use out of them for a little while at least.


chidogs on 11/15/2010:
That is great news on the loss despite the cake, Maria! Go you! Take care and have a great day.


legcramps on 11/15/2010:
Good job! Have another great day today :)



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 13, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.4

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!

Hubby and I have been 'gone with the wind' today!

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I had another good weigh in this morning!  Down -0.6 from yesterday!    Getting closer to 140.0!  Yayyyy!

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/13/2010:
Well done Maria. Did you read what I wrote about our latitutes from yesterday?


V on 11/13/2010:
Love ya Maria!!!!


Umpqua on 11/14/2010:
Hi Maria, I hope you have a great day today!


hollybelle on 11/14/2010:
You didn't miss anything about a dishwasher the other day. Someone else had bought one and since about all the large appliances in our house are 15-21 years old I am taking opinions from anyone who has recently purchased anything. The washer and dryer will be the first ones replaced. Home dDepot is having a great sale,but we just paid $150+ to have dryer fixed. I am thinking that we could donate old ones and at least someone could get some use out of them, especially here in the winter/Chritmas season, you never know....You look like you are getting back on track - keep up the good work and have a blessed Sunday!


hopingforhealth on 11/14/2010:
Good weigh in! Slow and steady wins the race :)

I hope you had fun with shopping and lunch yesterday!


chidogs on 11/14/2010:
Great news, keep on going down! You will get there for sure. Have a great day.



Maria7 - Friday Nov 12, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.0

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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Re: Above gif:  'Who's hiding behind the vegetables and fruit inside the barn?'

Hello, Friends!

I was a really, really good (toooo good, really) girl yesterday (not enough cals) and was rewarded this morning with a -0.8 on the scale!  146.0 now, just 6 from 140.0 goal!

Yayyyyy!

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My friend, we'll call her Corrine from here on out and I'll try to come up with my other friends some fake names to distinguish them from one another if I mention them on here, called me yesterday and invited me out to lunch, her treat today and I accepted, so guess we'll be doing lunch and a little shopping afterward.  I always enjoy being in her company.  She is an uplifting, encouraging friend and likes to joke a lot.    

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Hope you're having a nice day.   

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

nita51 on 11/12/2010:
Hello Dear Lady,,,,,,your chicken pic REALLY made me laugh OUT LOUD! Hope all is well. Miss you :( congrats on your loss! You're almost there! YEA!


legcramps on 11/12/2010:
Have a wonderful day today!


liza36 on 11/12/2010:
Have a great day enjoying your friends company. Congrats on the loss too!


SELINA on 11/12/2010:
Enjoy your day, Maria!


moogy on 11/12/2010:
Congratulations on the loss. Looks like the turkey is nervous Maria. I am glad you had such a good day. That's great!!


moogy on 11/12/2010:
When are you expecting it to start cooling down in your neck of the woods Maria?


nita51 on 11/12/2010:
Thanks for feedback on BF's hair. I just can't handle the mop look. LOL Have a great weekend. Love Ya


chidogs on 11/12/2010:
Very cute pic, and I'm glad someone identified it as I couldn't! Sounds like you did great, congrats on the loss *applause*. Have a nice lunch with your friend. It is nice to get out and about now and then.


moogy on 11/12/2010:
Well I am glad your nights are cool, at least you get a good night's sleep. I slept with the overhead fan on last night, the first of many in the next few months I suspect.


moogy on 11/12/2010:
I was intrigued that you had mild winter's as well as we do, so I did a bit of hunting. We live on almost the same latitutes, albeit different hemispheres which would explain the similar weather. You live (South Carolina) 33 degrees 49N and I live 33 degrees 53S. So there, warm to hot humid summers, and mild winters, ours are usually dry, we get most of our rain mostly in the summer, usually.


just42day on 11/13/2010:
Hope you enjoyed your day with your friend. She sounds like she's fun to be around! Never can have too many friends like that! :)



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 11, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.8

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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  'Mom's Nursing Home'

Hello, Friends!

This morning, I attended a very highly stressful care-planning meeting with the board of directors at Mom's nursing home.  There were some things that Mom and I both talked with them about concerning her care or rather LACK of good care, including what happened on Oct. 31st (see my journal here at that time for more info).  All I can say is all of them listened well as we sat around a huge oval table in a private room with Mom in her wheelchair at one end and I in a huge black padded swivel chair right beside her.  We have these meetings about once every quarter of the year.  I'm hoping there will be a lot of improvement in her daily care as there were other things Mom and I talked with them about that were not included in my journal here that need immediate attention and improvement.  Her health is suffering because of lack of proper care.

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So far today, I've been pretty good with calories.  Hope the 'trend' continues cause I usually do not do well with a lot of extra stress on top of the usual stress and give in easily to nitetime food binges.  I went by the grocery store and was very, very careful to allow no trigger foods nor indulgences of sweets, either.  So far, so good.  

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Hope you're having a nice day.   

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 11/11/2010:
I hope your meeting results in the necessary changes! Sounds like you did a great job w/your food shopping by avoiding the trigger foods & sweets. If they're not in the house, they're harder to eat. Hope the rest of your day is a great one! :)


loveray on 11/11/2010:
im so sorry to hear about all of the stress going on in your life. im sending lots of healing thoughts and love to you and your mom during this time:)


hollybelle on 11/11/2010:
Maybe you had a little stress eating the last couple of days in anticipation of the meeting??? I do that. I have to really be aware when there is stuff coming up (like now in my job) that stresses me. One thing that works - when I am conscience enough to do it LOL is tell myself - yes it is stressful, but I have gotten though things like this before and I will this time, tooo and I recognize that this is likely why I am tending to "crave" things and wanting to eat when I am NOT hungry and that if I am true to my healthy habits I will not have two stresses instead of one! Hang in there, friend, and good daughter!


V on 11/11/2010:
Oh Maria :( I hope that you keep it together! We have a goal to meet :)


poker_paid on 11/11/2010:
If you have real concerns about your mother's health, you can submit a complaint to the state about the care our mother is receiving. They will investigate whether the facility is properly staffed and issues that concern her health. I worked at a facility where they had fruit flies, family complained, and they had to implement a plan to get rid of them and a follow up was done. Nobody wants flies circling their family member. Don't be afraid to complain if the situation doesn't improve. I hope they took your concerns seriously and work on them. Wishing you all the best!


selina on 11/12/2010:
So sorry to hear you re going through so much stress in your life. I agree with Hollybell - sometimes the anticipation to a stressful situation plays an enormous role in my overeating patterns. Her suggestions are terrific!


selina on 11/12/2010:
Hi Maria, I loaded some photos for you! Thanks for asking ;)



Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 10, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.8

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!

Weight is updated as of yesterday's weigh in. 

I 'fell off the wagon' over the past few days due to buying a couple of my favorite trigger foods and not rationing them properly.  One was a jar of Smart Balance with lots of omega 3, no hydrogenated oil peanut butter and the other was a small bar of fruitcake with nuts in it.  I ate ALLLLLL of the peanut butter  and most of the fruitcake.   So, I've been a naughty girl but I'm back on track today!

Thank you to you who have checked on me.  Though I haven't written in the past few days, I've come back and read here at DD.  Love you! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 11/10/2010:
YAY YOU ARE BACK!!! Don't worry I was MIA for a little while as well...we all have our slip ups but the important thing is you came back...that's all that matters... I have some very exciting news that you missed during your absence....I PASSED THE BAR!!!!!!!!!! So glad to see you have rejoined us!


chidogs on 11/10/2010:
Glad to see you. I was missing a day or so myself so getting back on track as well. Hey, that wasn't as bad a slip up as I've done before. A day or two sticking to the right stuff and any fallout will be long gone! At least it was Smart Balance pb and not....well....Skippy or something. :) Take care.


moogy on 11/10/2010:
I was so glad to see your comment on my page. We were worried about you. I was wondering about that peanut butter purchase when you made it. I remembered you telling me it was the one thing you couldn't keep in the house. Oh well, onward and downward, again!! I am glad you are back. Have a good evening Maria.


hopingforhealth on 11/10/2010:
I'm glad you are back! Thanks for checking in even if you weren't on track. I'm just glad to know you are doing all right. It looks like you didn't have too much of a bump from falling off the wagon. It'll be gone in no time!


V on 11/10/2010:
YAyyyy!!! i was so glad to see your name :) i guess we have to abort project peanutbutter until you find a happy medium! Let's get to 140 together Maria! Ya with me??


moogy on 11/10/2010:
Sydney is classed as sub-tropical so we get high humidity as well. Plus we live a good hours drive from the city which is on the harbour, our temperatures can be 10 -15 degrees higher inland. We are in a valley just to top things off. I am lucky to live on the second story of our home and catch all the breezes that are around, plus I am very grateful for my air conditioner.


just42day on 11/11/2010:
Good to see your post today. I'm sure you'll be back on track right away as you always do a good job of pulling yourself back in. Plus, your extra foods really didn't seem to be in horrible quantities so a mini-slip probably won't do serious damage. Hope all else is well! :)



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 04, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.2

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!

Another rainy, chilly day here in S.C.    Love it! 

Yesterday's estimated calories were 1500.  This morning the scales shows I am down a little....okay -0.2 but it all counts, right?

I'm currently having some breakfast...coffee, 2 turkey sausage patties, and grits...yum!

Update:  Friend and I went out to lunch today.  I was good with calories.

Est cals today:  1500

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

selina on 11/04/2010:
We are probably in the same weather pattern! Covered bridges of Madison County - I loved that book, so romantic! Yes, .2 does count! Congrats! Have a great day!


just42day on 11/04/2010:
A "little" down still counts as being down! Congrats! :)


Umpqua on 11/04/2010:
It's raining here too. Have a good one today!


chidogs on 11/04/2010:
Oh that picture is awesome. I would so like to be there! Good news on the loss, big or small they all count!


V on 11/04/2010:
How pretty!!!!!! Okay between you, Selina and Umpqua I am officially homesick :( I really miss the change of seasons...One more month to go and it's off to Chicago :)


V on 11/04/2010:
Forgot to ask how's "project peanutbutter" going???


moogy on 11/04/2010:
Absolutely, it all counts. I am loving your rainy picture. I hope you are having a good day Maria. I expect I will catch up with you later.


starfish on 11/04/2010:
good for you :-)


hopingforhealth on 11/04/2010:
It's pouring here too. I hope you have a lovely day.


nita51 on 11/05/2010:
Hi Maria, Hope all is well with you. I too love the rain, but we never get much of it. :( Take Care & Blessing to You & Yours...:) BEATIFUL PICTURE!!!


just42day on 11/05/2010:
You continue to do great! Yeah! :)


hopingforhealth on 11/05/2010:
Hey Maria. Thanks so much for the support last night. I think it feels worse because the market in my field (and most fields) is such that I can't walk. But it helps to have you guys understand and empathize. I will snap out of the funk and adjust eventually.


biscottibody59 on 11/06/2010:
Hope you have a good weekend!


moogy on 11/06/2010:
I haven't seen a post from you for a couple of days and I am just checking in with you to make sure you are doing OK. Love You.


selina on 11/08/2010:
Hope you had a great weekend Maria!


V on 11/08/2010:
I too am checking in to see if all is well Maria, i hope so :) Looks like Selina Moogy and Biscotti had the same idea :)


hopingforhealth on 11/09/2010:
Hey Maria! Looks like some others had the same idea; just checking in to see how you are doing :)


moogy on 11/09/2010:
OK, it's been a few days now. I am getting worried about you. Please just pop by and let us know that you are alright:)


hollybelle on 11/10/2010:
You doing OK? Miss you...



Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 03, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.4

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 DO NOT want to come out of my house today!  Ugh!  Except to go to the mailbox (and see if the new size 8 jeans I ordered have arrived).  I've already taken out 2 friends to lunch this week, one on Monday and the other one yesterday and another friend is wanting me and her to do lunch today.  TOO MUCH.  She didn't want to hear no, just asked me to call her in a little while after I think about it some more (I told her I'm not up to it today)...Said it would be her treat (but how is a treat a treat when you pay the tip and furnish the gas and transportation to go to another town?  And shopping will probably be expected afterwards which I am SOOOO not in the mood!)...I know I've got to leave the house anyway, though...gotta go to the grocery store and get some things I didn't get yesterday.  I made homemade vegetable soup and cornbread fritters last nite.  Thought I'd have that for lunch and supper today and had it last nite for supper.  Family has been calling me, wanting me to take on additional responsibilities with other people in the family besides Mom, whom they have put total responsibility of on me and I have to hire help to sit with Mom at the nursing home if I leave to go on a trip and they know it and have money and refuse to help with Mom's care.  Not only do they NOT thank me for doing my part and theirs with her, they want me to do EVEN MORE...take on additional responsibilities which are their personal responsiblilities.  Hubby says we are NOT doing the traditional family Thanksgiving lunch or supper here, as we usually do each year and get taken advantage of BIG TIME. 

I am so NOT in the best mood today.    PS...Top it off, I just managed to LOSE Friday's entry (copying and pasting a picture) and so at the bottom of this entry are Friday's comments....  and Friday's entry is GONE WITH THE WIND..... 

Update:  Mood got better...I went and visited Mom a while and took her some foods she really likes a lot.  She was doing real well and up in her wheelchair in the dining room and wanted me to wheel her to the hall in front of the nurses' station where she could sit beside one of her friends, which I did.  Then I went to the grocery store and got a few things but I've got to return the Splenda substitute I bought...It is no longer in powder form.  I didn't go out to eat lunch with anyone...just didn't feel up to it.  It is raining here and cold, which I LOVE cause it is so warm in this house and cozy.   

Est cals today: 1500 (could have been better but I just 'HAD' to buy some Smart Balance chunky pb today and have some of it!)

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

loveray on 10/29/2010:
i was up until 3 as well!! i drank a little too much green tea yesterday afternoon - my sleep has been really off this week. i hope you get some rest and enjoy your halloween weekend! xo


KathyBlue on 10/29/2010:
don't regret, eating in buffets sometimes is very allowed :) Had fun??? That's the most important part!


hollybelle on 10/29/2010:
Cold weather makes grits sound really good. I love yeast rolls - bread in general, Maria. You showed restraint with 2 rolls. I really notice a difference when I don't got overboard on starchy carbs, so cut back on those for 2 days and I'll bet you will be in the place you want.....


Umpqua on 10/29/2010:
We're leaving next Saturday for a week at Disney. It's bittersweet with everything that's been going on, but I'm trying to focus on the positive and planning for the trip keeps my mind occupied at least. I hope you have a great weekend!


just42day on 10/29/2010:
Well planned out menu for the day! Enjoy! :)


selina on 10/29/2010:
I'm also cafeine sensitive :( Enjoy the cooler weather!


hopingforhealth on 10/29/2010:
Hey, the hubby's birthday only comes once a year. You will get down soon!

It was hot and muggy all week, but cool today, I'm pumped for the cooler weather here!


starfish on 10/29/2010:
Thanks :-) I read those November entries. Staying away from the Halloween candy this time!!


just42day on 10/29/2010:
Sorry about your friend's fall but I'm glad she's going to be ok! :)


V on 10/29/2010:
Still holding steady!!! Only 2 ozs out of the jar :) I am happy to hear your friend is doing okay after her fall!!


chidogs on 11/03/2010:
Maria, Sorry to hear that the family is trying to use you to bear more family burdons. You have to prioritize your immediate family first. You already take care of your Mom without help. There are times to just say "no, I cannot do that". And do not feel guilty for it. Take care, and hugs to you. Be strong. (I think your husband is right about not hosting the holiday meals. Bravo to him)


Umpqua on 11/03/2010:
I'm glad you are in a better mood now Maria. Good for you for being firm on not going out to lunch, there's always another way. And please don't let your family take advantage of you. You have a full plate right now with your Mom and it's OK to say no. You are a good person, but you won't be be able to do good for others if you are overloaded with responsibilities. I hope you have some time to take care of yourself, you deserve it!


moogy on 11/03/2010:
I am grateful that your husband has stepped in and said NO. I can see that you were raised to please people and that it is wrong to say no when someone asks you to do something. But you know there is nothing wrong with saying no. I think your friends need to take each other out and respect your decisions. Your family need to back off (I wish I was there, I used to teach Assertiveness Training - I would sort them out for you and no one would feel bad), you do more than your fair share of the family workload. Please don't say yes to anything extra, you keep saying no, firmly, politely but definitely. Look after yourself Maria, you deserve it.


V on 11/03/2010:
Glad to hear that mom is well, Our friend Moogy has some very very wise advice....Sometimes you have to say no when you feel like you are being cornered into something you really don't want to do...it does not make you a bad person, just a smart one! LOl have a good one :)


V on 11/03/2010:
Project Sunflower is going well...How goes it on the penutbutter purchase??????


hopingforhealth on 11/03/2010:
Ugh. Sounds like a rough first part of the day. It sounds like you have a great hubby though; glad he is looking out for you!

Those cornbread fritters sound tasty! What's in them? Corn and cornbread?


moogy on 11/03/2010:
Yes, I really did teach Assertiveness Training and lots of other subjects at an adult college. If you ended up being the mom, they should accept your decision to say no!! Stay strong Maria.


hopingforhealth on 11/03/2010:
Those sound delic! I will have to try them. The bean cake things were from a black bean burger recipe for cooking light. I had a black bean disaster, so I subbed other beans, and I just had egg whites in the house (no yolks) They were good, but a bit dry; I will have to try it again as it was written!

The recipe is here if you are curious: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001932647


V on 11/03/2010:
Maria,I am happy that you are braving a trigger food with me BUT if it becomes an obsession we must throw it out or give it to someone!!



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 02, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.4

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!

It is another chilly but sunny morning here in S.C.   I thank the Lord, it is warm in this house.

I got on the scale this morning and it registered 145.4, yayyyy!   

I'm fixing to be leaving to go tend to some business in town   ...be back a little later....

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Update:  Took one of my other friends out to lunch today.  We also did a little shopping at the thrift store.  She found some things she liked and got and I bought a used NICE very heavy wood desk ( I think it's mahogany wood) for the new office I've been working on fixing up.  Hubby and I went and got it after he got home from work.  Can you believe it was reduced from $25.25 to $15.25 to just $10.25?  Someone who didn't work at the thrift store helped Hubby and I gave him some money for helping which at first he seemed to refuse but then accepted it.  (Some people who shop at thrift stores can use some extra money.)  The desk had a lock and no key, so before we came home, we stopped by a security place and a set of new keys was made for the lock ( the middle drawer lock causes the other drawers to be locked, too, when it is closed or locked).  The keys were only $10.00.  We came home and our sweet STRONG neighbor friend came over and helped Hubby get the very heavy desk into the house.  The front door had to come off as well as the office room door to get it in (it's quite large) and then Hubby and I put the doors back on together after we thanked our neighbor friend for helping Hubby get the desk off the back of Hubby's pickup truck and into the house and into the new office room and we told him we could finish putting the doors back up after he offered to stay to help with that, too.    What a wonderful  friend!

Est cals today:  1100  (i've been REAL, REAL GOOD)

 

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 11/02/2010:
LOL, I love the bird on the scale. Must be the Xmas turkey, poor dude... :) Congrats on the loss! How was Halloween? Tricks or treats? :)


just42day on 11/02/2010:
You're doing so well! Good for you! :)


legcramps on 11/02/2010:
Have a good day!


chidogs on 11/02/2010:
Good for you! Hope your day is a grand one.


Soon2BThin on 11/02/2010:
Good to see you're doing well! I will go read some of your past entries to catch up. Hope you're having a great day!


V on 11/02/2010:
Don't look now we are the same exact weigh almost!!!! LOl It would be a hoot if we get to 140 the same day? Gotta workout now talk to you later :)


moogy on 11/02/2010:
Thank you for the support and love Maria, well done with the loss.


V on 11/02/2010:
very nice find Maria!!! Yes we will keep rowing along together!


Sofia on 11/02/2010:
That's a really nice desk, what a find! I love thrift stores, especially the ones close to the really nice neighborhoods where the rich people like to donate.


selina on 11/03/2010:
What a beautiful desk you got! Congrats!

Congrats on being good, too! Yay! Have a great day!



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