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Maria7 - Thursday Aug 26, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
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





Hello, Friends!

Mom and I attended a big careplanning meeting about her care at her nursing home  this morning with the ones in charge there.  It went well.  I spent hours sitting with her today.  Mom was diagnosed first with Dementia (about a couple of years ago), also Parkinson's, followed later with diagnosis of Alzheimer's.  My visit with her today was different than it has been being.  Sitting and talking with her, she listened but at times, didn't comprehend what I was saying or asking her and she realized it herself and told me she was sorry but she just couldn't think how to answer (very simple things).  She sat there in her wheelchair, humming softly to herself and would look at me and smile happily at me instead of answering when she didn't comprehend what I was saying to her.  I felt so sad for her!     Mom was in a lot of pain off and on and her nurse gave her some medicine which she took to help ease her.  


Well, the scale was UP this morning...no surprise after 3 - 100 cals bags lf popcorn last nite.  I had been craving it, so I just decided to have it and get it over with.  300 calories isn't a big deal.  The sodium gave a fake-gain on the scale this morning.  You should have seen that scale.  This is what it looked like:    I was looking down at it and it was looking up at me....Like it had a smirk on its face!  :-)  Up .8 for sodium gain. 


I went to the mall this afternoon and tried on clothes.  Still wearing size 8 jeans and size medium tops very comfortably.   (At one time I wore size 20-22.)  Didn't buy anything but was very tempted!!!  The summer clothing is up to 80% discounted.  The fall/winter clothing is out!  (A lot of it, that is.)  Got lots of walking done there.  Sometimes I like to go browse in the plus-size stores that use to be my size 20-22 mainstay that I shopped in years ago.  I just like to go look...and remember... I remember not being able to wear ANY regular sizes in the regular size stores, much less size 8 that I wear now!  I remember trying on the largest sizes in regular stores and their not fitting cause of being too tite.  Now I go into any regular size store, get a size 8 jeans and a medium top and wa-la... THEY FIT!  I sometimes look in the plus-size stores at the plus-sizes I once wore  (cause I certainly did NOT keep them!)  and I think to myself...wow...was I really THAT SIZE???  and the answer is YES!  I am so excited over you, who are reading this and working toward your goal.  I am excited about your progress.  I am excited for you because I know the feeling of struggling to get to a size you feel comfortable with and finally attaining it and keeping it.   I hope you are having a successful day today!


 Food today:

BK Whopper, Jr. burger (400), BK chocolate ice cream sundae (300), microwaved fresh apple pieces w sugar, cinnamon, and lowcal margerine (250), veggie/sunflower seeds/t i dsg salad (150), lite pimento cheese s/w on 2 toasted diet breads (150), a repeat of the cinnamon apples (250).

Today's est. total cals:  1500



Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/26/2010:
Big hugs to you Maria about your Mom. I know this is a very difficult time for you. And thanks for sharing with us your excitement and encouragement over just how far you have come on this weight-loss journey. I think it is so important to give ourselves some positive reinforcement no matter what is going on in our lives or how dark our days may seem. Things WILL get better and we need to love ourselves and have faith in our abilities to achieve our goals. Your entry seems to me like a real lesson in how to handle our struggles in this journey and trying to balance those with all of life's other priorities. Thank you so much for sharing!

just42day on 08/26/2010:
I echo Umpqua's comments. Your weight journey is very inspirational! How fabulous. Even more fabulous is your non-stop support and caring for your mother. It's because of people like you that I know there are angels. :)

moogy on 08/26/2010:
Oh Maria, it is so difficult to watch people we love suffer, but I feel for you, your mom's diagnosis is as bad for those that love her as it for her. My heart goes out to you, I have seen the reality of this cruel illness and realise how fragile your mom is, enjoy her as much as you can - I know that you do, every visit is precious. On a different note, I was reading your late night frantic search for popcorn a couple of night's ago and hoped you had got to bed OK. Then when I read you had eaten some popcorn I wondered where on earth you had got it from - was it hiding somewhere. You made me laugh - us women are determined creatures aren't we?

moogy on 08/26/2010:
Thanks Maria, I found my comments - what a clever lady. Isn't it funny about goodies. It is sometimes just knowing they are there that comforts us - at the moment I am not risking it!!!! LOL

Breakaway on 08/26/2010:
Hi Maria! I'm SO sorry to hear about your mom. That is so very sad. I went through that same thing a few years back, my mom has passed now and I miss her very much but in the long run she wasn't there anymore so it was a relief for us to know she is in a better place now. Sending hugs your way! Hope your week is a good one.

moogy on 08/26/2010:
Thanks for being my wing woman Maria.

thinnside40 on 08/26/2010:
I feel your sadness.... My mom is 68 and from what it sounds your mom is better than mine..... Not saying you aren't effected greatly in your mom's health issues... It (dimentia/alzheimers) is just a hard disease to understand and cope with in it's ever changing behavior day to day and I know with my mom it can be hour to hour anymore.... Just know to cherish any and all time as a blessing in itself.....It has changed my thought process of how I want my kids to think of me when I get older and maybe turn out the same way...

V on 08/26/2010:
:( I too am very sorry for what you are going through, I pray for your family. Thank you for posting your mall experience! You have to feel great about not only shopping in the mall stores looking for a size 8!!! but not stressing about finding clothes that fit

biscottibody59 on 08/27/2010:
I hope you continue to take good care of yourself in light of the "stress reality" of your life as it is right now--have a great Friday!

cleaneating on 08/27/2010:
I can relate to how hard it to see a loved one not quite themselves so to speak and the stress it can put on everything. My mum had MSA,I am not sure if you have heard of it,but its a strain from Parkinson's. You sound like a wonderful daughter.

Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 25, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 143.4

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





Good morning, Friends!

Sitting here drinking a cup of coffee  while writing this entry to you.  This morning I was invited out to lunch by my other close Friend to my favorite place to eat lunch...Cracker Barrel!  :-)  Her treat.  She is not driving currently, so I will be picking her up and we will be going to the next larger town over that has a beautiful Cracker Barrel restaurant there.  The 'happy store'!  I love browsing around in the store part of it. 

This morning I was very pleasantly surprised when I got on the scale and .....and....it actually smiled!    (/not!...just kidding!)  But it may as well have...I am down to 143.4!  Only 3.4 from goal...AGAIN...wow...maybe I won't let it get away again this time...ya think?????

If anyone read my late nite evening updated entry yesterday, then you know I was craving popcorn FIERCELY last nite.  I didn't allow myself to buy any popcorn yesterday when I was out and about, though I did think about it, and from the looks of this morning's weigh-in, I'll do well to STAY AWAY from it for a while til I'm a little below goal...What popcorn does for me is DISCOURAGE me beginning the day after I've eaten it by having the scale show a big FAKE-GAIN because of sodium...and I just don't enjoy popcorn without salt on it.  I can eat it without anything else on it, but for me to enjoy it, it HAS to have SALT on it.  So...I'm so glad with this morning's weigh-in that I didn't have any popcorn in the house last nite to eat.  Ha! Ha!  :-D



Food today:

Breakfast:  coffee w 1 tsp creamer (10) and 1/4 banana (25)  35

(Found a little piece of banana in the fridge.  Not much for breakfast but Friend and I plan to get to Cracker Barrel early for lunch.)

Snack:  1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes 50

Lunch at Cracker Barrel:  (saved part of meal and took home) part of grilled hamburger steak w ketchup (100) sweet baby carrots (200)  small tossed salad w t i dsg (100) part of cornbread muffin (100)  500

Snack:  1 cupful scuppernong grapes 100

Supper: lettuce/mayo s/w w 2 diet bread (80), 1 tbs lowcal mayo (45) and 1/2 cupful lettuce (25)  150

Subtotal:   835...too low...gonna have to eat what appeals to me (headache and nausea) though may not be ideal...

Snack:  Hershey's chocolate almond bar 210 (it was half-price at the grocery store!)

Subtotal:  1045

Snack:  2 little orange suckers 40

Snack:  Cracker Barrel leftovers 455

Today's est. total cals:  1540

Nitetime snack:  (Oooops!!!) 3 - 100 calories per bag lf popcorn 300

Today's est total cals:  1840


Afternoon update:  Friend and I had lunch at Cracker Barrel.  There are 2 Christmas trees up in the store part.  COOL!  We browsed in the store part after eating but didn't get anything.   Then we went to a thrift store where Friend got a few things and I was not feeling well..,.(headache, which had begun before leaving the house this morning and a little nausea)...so after leaving the thrift store, we stopped by a grocery store and then I took her home.  After this, I came home and cooked supper for Hubby (and walked on my treadmill a while) and a little later after he got home, I left and visited Mom at the nursing home, who was having extra pain but was up in her wheelchair in the dining room awaiting supper with some of the other residents there.  Her nurse gave her some medicine, which Mom took, to help her.  Mom has started back having physical therapy again, which is a good thing and I was told she had it yesterday and today (this has been part of what she's been objecting to).  Mom was happy, telling me that either she dreamed it or it really did happen last nite, that she got up and walked by herself.  I think she probably dreamed it since rails are up on both sides of her bed to prevent her from getting up unassisted and I reminded her she's not to walk unassisted or she may fall and get hurt.  She was so happy over her perceived newfound independance that she actually sang a song to me "Good morning, good morning!  Good morning...to YOU!!!!"  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




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

Umpqua on 08/25/2010:
Yippee on your loss! I hope you have a great lunch at Cracker Barrel. I wish we had one closer, I bet my boys would love it.

just42day on 08/25/2010:
Congrats on the loss! I, too, love salt so I'm amazed I actually love kettlekorn which is sweet. Have you ever tried that? Enjoy the Craker Barrel! I know you love browsing there. Hope you find something you want! (and GET it)

hollybelle on 08/25/2010:
Well, you are just becoming one of the "ladies who lunch"! Just kidding - have a nice time with your friend. Good job yesterday keeping calories down and having burger and donut - inspiring! I have to eat things I enjoy or I will overdo it.

liza36 on 08/25/2010:
I know how fierce those cravings can be, and I am SO proud of you for not giving in. That takes a tremendous amount of willpower! Enjoy your lunch, sounds fun just being with a friend.

Weather this week in Northern VA is heavenly! Much cooler tempuratures, around 78-83, lower humidity, and the evenings are in the 60s. I much prefer cooler temps - acutally in the low 70s, so I'm loving it! We'd had the hottest summer in a long time, with over 50 consecutive days of high 90's-100 degree temps. I know where you are, you're probably used to that kind of thing. Have a great day!

Umpqua on 08/25/2010:
My veggies and herbs are all in containers on my back deck, so I don't have very many. Mainly tomatoes and peppers. I'd love to do a large veggie and fruit plot, and we actually have a fenced in area for one. I think when the boys are a bit older and can help out we will tackle this, right now I have enough trouble keeping up on my flower gardens!

V on 08/25/2010:
It seems as though everyone is having a really good day healthwise :) I knew you could do it

moogy on 08/25/2010:
I am glad you got to bed unscathed. I am really happy that scale moved for you, you are on your way down. I hope that gives you some encouragement and determination for the coming week. Have a great day Maria.

moogy on 08/25/2010:
Just read your update: I bet your mom singing to you bought a smile to your face - that's a lovely experience.

KathyBlue on 08/26/2010:
wow, the LOSS!!!! We're getting there together, girl!!!! :)

just42day on 08/26/2010:
Glad your mom's day was a brighter one. I'm sure seeing you added to that!

thinnside40 on 08/26/2010:
re: Aricept ~ Mom has went to sitting and sleeping ALL DAY, no urge to got into the bathroom on her own ( going through 5-6-7 Depends a day and sometimes showering 3-4 times a day to clean up)...Everything she does is prompted by dad or I.....She eats Cheerios for breakfast and that is ALL she wants to eat for the day.....Dad is so worn out by just keeping things clean and taking care of my grandma's place in the midst of hoping in that any short amount of time away from home mom doesn't have an accident (they aren't just something you can wait to take care of most of the time)... I studied up on the Aricept and there are other things besides these that map her out to a "T".... It isn't doing her any good with comprehension, etc and we already took her off the Namenda a couple months ago at the Dr. request....

Soup ~ Onions sauteed in Olive oil, brown lean hamburger after the onions are getting soft, add a package of Onion Soup mix, I add more water than that packate calls for to make a good size pot to add from the garden potatoes,carrots,lil cabbage,juicy tomatoes,lil green bell pepper,serrano pepper (to taste),stalk celery, shake of black pepper & salt if you want it ( I don't, but dad does)...Simmer til stuff is done...You can add okra or any other veggies you desire, just a as you go type harvesty soup....I sometimes just use ls beef or chicken broth when making it at home....

cleaneating on 08/26/2010:
Great stuff Maria,I am so pleased your efforts are being rewarded by the scale.You are so close to your goal now you must be able to smell it :)

Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 24, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 144.4

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





Good morning, Friends!


Got a distressing call from Mom's nursing home this morning.  She's refusing to cooperate with them (for her good) and they want me to come have another talk (argument) with her about it today to try to get her to change her mind.


Yesterday's calories have been updated on yesterday's entry.

Food today:

BK Whopper, Jr. burger (400), KK glazed donut (200), 1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes (50), microwaved apples w a little cinnamon, margerine, and sugar (250), 1 diet bread w lettuce and low cal mayo (150), soft serve small ice cream cone (200), and a salad of 2 cupsful mixture onion/green bellpepper/cherry tomatoes/lettuce veggies, 1 tbs t i dsg, and tuna (350). 

Today's est. total cals:  1600


 This afternoon a Friend and I  (same one as yesterday) walked at the recreation center in town after eating a hamburger and donut lunch together. 

Update: Visited Mom, who was taking a nap.  After I let her know I was there, calling softly to her, "Mom...Mom..." and she woke up, I asked her if she'd been up any in her wheelchair today and she said yes, earlier.  She wanted bananas and grapes, which I went and got for her and took to her and also she wanted her blue blanket put on her, which I put it on her.  She had the yellow furry teddy bear (it 'talks' and moves its mouth and tells her it wants her to feel better and it wants to give her a big hug, etc.) that I took her yesterday on the bed right beside her while she was napping as I walked into her room.  :-)  I didn't stay long, so she could get back to her nap.

Evening update:  I just want to say that I am CRAVING POPCORN.  I didn't allow myself to buy any today, not even the very low-fat 100-calories per bag kind cause of the high sodium and knowing my weight will be up the next day each time I eat any.  BUT if I had bought it (usually comes 4 packs to a box), I'd be sitting here right now, probably on my 2nd or 3rd bagful, really enjoying eating the popcorn.  Did I say I am REALLY HUNGRY for popcorn tonite????????  YUM.  It would be worth the extra calories.  I thought that by writing it here, the craving might go away.  I hope so.  I just double-checked the kitchen and sure enough, there isn't ANY popcorn in there.  NONE.  :-(

(Next day (Wednesday) note to self:  Next time you have a craving like this, do NOT give in to it!!!  Even if you have the food in the house, don't do it!  You will be very, very glad you didn't the next morning!  Was down -1.0 next morning, even though had 1600 cals this day.)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

cleaneating on 08/24/2010:
I am sorry your day started off not so good,I hope it turns into a good day for you :)

just42day on 08/24/2010:
Hope the situation at your mother's residence improves. I know it can be very challenging. Glad you and your friend could get a good walk in today! Exercise helps with everything! Thanks, too, for your kind words.

liza36 on 08/24/2010:
I hope things go well for your mom. Have a good day.

Umpqua on 08/24/2010:
Sorry you had a bad morning, but I'm glad you got some quality time with a friend in. I hope the afternoon is going better for you.

biscottibody59 on 08/24/2010:
Looks like a good day--is the rec center a new thing for you?

Have a good evening!

moogy on 08/24/2010:
So difficult to deal with elderly people who know what they want - but it's not what they need. I am glad she ended up having a quiet evening. I hope you have some time to relax and decompress today, so you can build up your reserves of strength, I am sending love to you Maria.

Sofia on 08/24/2010:
I'm sorry about the trouble your mom is having at the nursing home. I volunteer at the local nursing home, so I've seen plenty of stuff like that happen before. Hope tomorrow goes well :)

moogy on 08/24/2010:
Thanks for the comments Maria. No I have never heard of her. Sydney is a big place though, four million people. Legally I am Australian, but I was shuffled around a lot as a child in England, then when I got married my husband joined the Air Force, so we moved around Australia at lot, I guess I feel as if I don't belong anywhere really. I think lots of people feel as if they don't belong - just a yearning to go back to where they came from before they were born.

V on 08/24/2010:
Hiya Maria :) The little bear sounds awesome! I hope your mom is a bit more cooperative 2morrow! Love ya!

moogy on 08/24/2010:
If you haven't gone to bed yet - lady, sounds like you what some popcorn. I get it - just say to yourself - I am not a child that needs instant gratification, over and over to yourself. It sometimes works for me in an emergency, maybe it will work for you - this is an emergency!!!! If you got to bed unscathed maybe it will help next time. LOL

thinnside40 on 08/25/2010:
soooooooeeee, let me tell ya about not being cooperative at the nursing home... I saw a side of my g'ma tonight I have NEVER seen before when she thought that a male nurse she doesn't like at all was going to be the one help her in the bathroom..... Yikes!, now I know where my temperment comes from :o) BTW~ He DID'NT hep her and we got it to where only female nurses are for her... Whew!

popcorn ~ hmmmmmmm...... Have you ever used a hot air popper? I love plain ole' no butter/no salt popcorn.....

Maria7 - Monday Aug 23, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 144.8

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





Good morning, Friends!

Sitting here by the window, drinking a mug of coffee this morning.  The sun is shining.  Have no special plans for today other than wash clothes, clean house, and visit Mom. 

Oh...and take back a carton of eggs to the grocery store.  Here is a link about eggs recall:  http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/20/eggs.recall.salmonella/index.html?hpt=T2

I miss eating eggs for breakfast and Mom said the other day that she didn't get any eggs to eat with her grits at her morning breakfast at the nursing home and I told her about the egg recall and then she said she was glad she didn't get any.


Food today:

Breakfast:  Coffee w creamer (10) and fried bologna s/w of ff bologna (25), 2 toasted diet breads (80), and 1 tbs lowcal mayo (45), 1 tsp frying oil (40)  200

Snack:  sunflower seeds 350

Snack:  glazed donut and 1/2 banana 250

Snack:  McD's small snack walnut/apple pieces/yogurt/grapes 210

Supper:  small peice baked cube steak, 1/2 cupful rice, 1 tbs. gravy, 1 cupful green beans 500

Snack:  scuppernong grapes/sunflower seeds 90

Today's est. cals:  1600

Late nite snack:  sunflower seeds 600

Today's est. cals:  2200


Update:  This afternoon a Friend and I visited another Friend who is in the hospital and then we visited Mom at the nursing home.


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/23/2010:
We've been eating lots of eggs hear. Thankfully we weren't affected by the recall. Hope you have a nice day!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/23/2010:
We also did not get affected by the egg recall, but I totally feel your pain, I would be very said if I didn't get to have my egg whites for breakfast

V on 08/23/2010:
I need my egg white too!!! I hope you have a great week :)

biscottibody59 on 08/23/2010:
Hope you have a good week *~M~*!

moogy on 08/23/2010:
My eggs come with a smiley face on them (organic free range)and the princess says she knows they come from happy chickens because they come out of the chicken with the smiley face on them!!!! Have a great day Maria.

thinnside40 on 08/23/2010:
Have a wonderful evening!

selina on 08/24/2010:
have a great day stay well

Maria7 - Sunday Aug 22, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 145.6

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





Hello Friends!

 Hubby and I went to church, then out to eat at a buffet restaurant, and then we visited Mom at the nursing home.  Though still in bed, Mom appeared to be more cheerful, as her very special gentleman friend who she doesn't get to see very often (he is very elderly) was sitting in a chair visiting her!  :-D  I took his picture and Mom was quick to ask me to make her a copy of his picture and I told her I will.  Hubby and I didn't stay but around 20 minutes and left to give them time to talk to each other.



Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee w tsp low cal creamer (10), and 2  peppermints (40) 50

 Lunch:  Veggies (1.5 cupfuls at 75) salad w ti dsg ( 2 tbs at 100) and (1 oz at 100) cheese, 1 tiny amount yams (100), turkey (25), dressing (50), pecans (50)  500  (Believe it or not, I soon stopped after the 'signal' that I was FULL, something I don't always discipline myself to do at buffets...)

Afternoon Snack:  last pack of whole grain/cheddar cheese crackers (180) and another veggies (1 cupful at 50) salad w a little chicken (25), sunflower seeds (70) and t i dsg (50) in it  375

Subtotal est cals:  925

Supper:  baked chicken (100) and microwaved fresh apple pieces w a little cinnamon, sugar and low cal margerine (575)  675

Today's total est. cals:  1600




  Hope you're having a blessed day!

 Love, Maria







Progress as of today: 59.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

V on 08/22/2010:
Hi Maria! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

cleaneating on 08/22/2010:
Have a good day,and good on you on stopping when you were full :)

hollybelle on 08/22/2010:
Oh how sweet your Mom has a special gentleman friend! Thanks for the comment. I have been eating exceptionally well and I don't think it will matter if I eat some stuff I haven't been having at all for a couple of days, but it's over today as I have endulged very much this weekend. Kept it within "reasonable high limits", though. There will just be days like these from time to time and just need to make sure they are not every day and balanced. Right! God bless.

moogy on 08/22/2010:
good work on listening to your body Maria. So lovely for your mom to have a male friend, we never get to old to enjoy a little male company, I bet she was smiling. Lovely.

Umpqua on 08/22/2010:
Your foods for the day sound great. And I'm glad your Mom got a gentleman caller. That's great that she has gotten extra visitors this week after you were stressed out about it.

healthygirl on 08/22/2010:
Cute little pics on your site, and thanks for posting the Christian inspiration :) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Maria7 - Saturday Aug 21, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
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





Hello to you!

It has been a beautiful, sunny, warm day here in SC.

Hubby and I visited (and took fruit salad of pineapple and juice/banana/strawberries to) Mom (visit was extremely stressful), and we also visited his Sister, and a couple of our Friends today.




Food today:

coffee 10, diet toast w marg 60, Cracker Barrel frosted mug chocolate sundae 600, veggie/sunflower seeds/t i dsg salad 300, small mixture chicken/rice/gravy/green beans 100, ice cream nutty buddy 300, another veggies/sunflower seed/t i dsg salad 300, whole wheat/cheddar cheese pk crackers 180, MnM's chocolate covered peanuts 250.

Total est cals today:  2100


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!

Umpqua on 08/21/2010:
Sorry you had a stressful day. I hope tomorrow is peaceful for you.

There are a lot of publishing options available to aspiring writers these days so I definitely think you should pursue it! I have a friend who has self-published several children's novels as well as fantasy novels. I actually edited his first children's novel and got a credit on it :P I think he published through iUniverse - I can get more details for you if you are interested. When I got into writing professionally, my creative writing fell by the wayside, which I always lament. I would really like to get into it again and I think I will have more time for it as the boys get older. I've been trying to read a better variety of authors these days to get back into the mindset to write again.

I hope you have a pleasant evening!

Donkey on 08/21/2010:
Hey, a huge market for romantic Christian novels. I hope you are able to pursue this...

moogy on 08/21/2010:
It is a difficult time in your life Maria and I am sorry you are feeling powerless and wanting to do more than you can for your Mom. I am sending love and hoping you have the strength you need at this time.

just42day on 08/22/2010:
Sorry your visit to mom was stressful. I'm sure she still appreciates your visits greatly. I hope all else is well. :)

Umpqua on 08/22/2010:
I checked and it looks like my friend has published all of his books through iUniverse. They're available on Amazon and through his website. I know he won't mind, so here is a link to his site: http://www.tasmear.com/

If you have any specific questions just let me know and I will try to get more info from him. Very exciting Maria!

hollybelle on 08/22/2010:
Hope your day is going well. Sorry about stressful visit with Mom. Hang in there and I want to hear more about your idea to publish a book!!

Maria7 - Friday Aug 20, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
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





Good afternoon, Friends!


We got more rain last nite, including storms with a lot of lightning and thunder.  Electricity blinked off and on a couple of times and my Friend who I had lunch with yesterday and who lives close by told me this morning that their electricity was out about an hour very early this morning. 

 Getting some clothes washed today...

I feel like I am going round and round in circles concerning getting back to goalweight I was recently at again.  Up, down, up, down.  As you can see, it is UP today.  Oh, well.  Not to complain.  I was surfing the net and reading last nite and I came across some information that a missionary wrote about concerning people in a country he lived in for a while, who are really going through a lot.  Here is a link if you'd like to read it:




Food today:

Breakfast:  1 coffees, 1 tsp lowcal creamer, diet toast w a little lowcal margerine 75

Lunch:  Salad of veggies (lettuce, cucumber, green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, onion), sunflower seeds, and ti dsg (250) and a pk of whole wheat/cheddar cheese crackers (180)

Early supper?/Afternoon snack?  Oven-fried chicken, rice, gravy, green beans, scuppernongs...650

Afternoon Snack:  Microwaved mixture of 2 small apples (in pieces), cupful of rice, tbs lowcal margerine, tbs sugar, tbs cinnamon  395

Subtotal:  1300 est cals

Evening snack:  chocolate fudge sundae 300

Today's est total cals:  1600


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!

V on 08/20/2010:
i love your animated posts! :)

just42day on 08/20/2010:
Reread V's post and pretend I wrote it.... :)

hollybelle on 08/20/2010:
Thanks for the comments. A book club can run however the members want it to. I have never been in one before and so far this one is just me and my co-worker! LOL! But we ar looking for members to recruit. The group just decides on a book to read - everyone reads it and then gets together to discuss. Can get together in someone's home or restaurant or whereever......then at that meeting the next book is decided on and the time frame to read it, etc. Most of the time members nominate a book - the group votes or you rotate who choses the next book and everyone gets a turn. You should start one!

cleaneating on 08/20/2010:
I hope you are having a nice day too :)

Umpqua on 08/20/2010:
I know how frustrating it is to fluctuate those 5 pounds or so. You WILL get back to goal, I know how determined you are. Oh and I read your last post about setting up a room to get back to your writing. I think that's a wonderful idea!!

selina on 08/20/2010:
Sounds like you are getting some respite from the hot weather and the soil is getting a much needed moisture! Hang in there with the pound fluctuation - sometime it's bound to to fluctuate down again. Your Sundae sound delish!

Maria7 - Thursday Aug 19, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
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





Good morning, Friends!

We got rain last nite....I feel like I got a real good rest.  Also when I got on the scale this morning, it was much more agreeable.  :-) 

Today, my Friend and I may got out to lunch...we have to check in with each other and see how the other one is doing...so not sure.  This afternoon will be running errands.


Food today:

Breakfast:  Coffee w creamer (10) and 1/2 banana (50) 60

Snack:  1 pk whole wheat/cheddar cheese crackers 190

Lunch:  (Cracker Barrel...I saved part of what was served for later)Candied yams, turkey, dressing, salad w ti dsg, cornbread muffin 525

Snack:  1 pk whole wheat/cheddar cheese crackers 190

Snack:  Cone of vanilla soft serve ice cream 300

Supper:  s/w of 2 diet breads, low cal mayo, onion, and lf bologna (150), 1/3 cupful scuppernong grapes (35) and  lunch leftovers (250) 435

Late nite snack:  another pk of crackers (shouldn't have bought box of 8 pks of them on sale...) (190) and 1/3 cupful scuppernong grapes (35) 

Today's total est cals:  1700  1925


Evvening update:  Friend didn't feel like going out to lunch again today, so I called another Friend and we went out to lunch...at Cracker Barrel...my treat.  Then we went looking in thrift stores...she got 2 baskets...I saw 2 nice desks very reasonable but didn't get either one...(yet)...thinking about making a bedroom into an office room...I used to love to write...have actually written novels years ago that I still have...romantic Christian novels...haven't tried to have them published...not yet...


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/19/2010:
I'm glad the scale is cooperating for you. I hope you have a great day!

hollybelle on 08/19/2010:
So wonderful to read your update about realtive visiting your Mom! You sounded so down about no one besides you all visiting her and I could tell you were upset for her feeling about it. It is so easy to lose faith in people - they always let us down (myself included and I know I have let others down, too)or don't always do what we wish (think) they "should" do. Good thing we have the our Lord who never changes! Have a good day today, dear Maria! As for me I plan to conquor a cake today!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/19/2010:
Don't you love when the scale is good to you??? Enjoy your lunch with your friend!!

thinnside40 on 08/19/2010:
Enjoy your day!

Re: Grandma ~ She is coming along..Had a couple mini-strokes last week, but was ready to go to the dining room for supper the other evening the kids & I went to visit.... That isn't like her, but I think she is beginning to enjoy other people beings as my aunt weent back to Tulsa & my dad/other aunt just aren't able to stay at the nursing home day & night like they had been since the stroke... They each go once a day to see her and visit a couple hours though..... Therapy is going well also..She will do her exercises when in her room, etc..... Very strong & determined woman who will be 92 in Oct....

cleaneating on 08/19/2010:
Have a nice day,its nice to check in with friends :)

just42day on 08/19/2010:
Glad the scale is being kind to you. It should; you've been working it!

moogy on 08/19/2010:
Good evening Maria, I hope you had a good day and are enjoying a relaxing evening. Lunch out with a friend sounds really nice - it sounds as if you had a smile on your face when you weighed yourself this morning. That's wonderful.

getmebackto150 on 08/19/2010:
Congrats on the good weight!! Sounds like you had a great day!!!

biscottibody59 on 08/19/2010:
Good time out with a friend! You never know--there might just be a market for your books!

Have a good day tomorrow!

Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 18, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 145.6

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





Good morning, Friends!

Today I am invited out to lunch and that is a good thing, as I've mainly, except for visiting Mom at the nursing home daily, been sitting here at the house since Sunday, but I'm just not in the mood for lunch with a friend.  I don't think I'd be very good cheerful company.  I feel very sad.  Sad that Mom keeps hoping SOMEONE other than me of her family and friends might show up to visit her and they don't.  I've even contacted them and they have their excuses. Mom asked me yesterday if I've seen her best friend (they've been best friends since high school) lately and I said no and Mom said she thought maybe I'd seen her at a store, which occassionally I have in the past but not for a long while now.  I've called her friend in the past and talked with her about Mom wanting to see her.  Mom holds on to a card that was sent to her about a year ago by a very close relative in the family and reads it to me as if she just recently received it.  It is so sad.  I have asked family for their help and told them that I really need their help regarding Mom, but it's always excuses why they can't help by even visiting her, and yet they find time to do anything else that suits them.  Yes, I can hear you now...I should go out to lunch with my Friend.  Maybe it will get my mind off this at least for a little while.  Maybe I will...and maybe I won't...Why do some people (not all) ignore their family and friends who move into nursing homes?  I've noticed at the nursing home where Mom is, that not many there have visitors often, if at all.  The ones who are not bed-ridden and are able to be put into their wheelchairs line the halls, watching the nurses go about their business and they look at you as you pass by, hoping for a word, anything, from the outside world to brighten their day.  One woman in a wheelchair was cold one day and told me as I said hello to her passing by on my way to Mom's room, and I put a wrap around her shoulders and back and she thanked me.  A few days later, she called me to her and happily told me that when I did that for her, it made her feel like her Mama was doing that for her.  Recently I took a few things I was going to put in a sale (earrings, pocketbooks, new fleece socks) with me to the nursing home dining room and held the items up one by one and asked if anyone would like to have them?  Very quickly different ones spoke up that they would like to have whatever I held up and they were very, very happy over the items I gave them, which were either new or in like-new condition, and told me how glad they were to receive them.  That was a blessing to me to help someone else be happy.  That made me feel happy, too.  I'm not writing this to get attention for anything I've done, as the Lord knows, but because I want to encourage others to visit those in the nursing homes, even if you don't have any family or friends there, and especially if you do.  Even a few minutes of your time means SO MUCH to them!  :-)

Update Re:  Eating lunch with Friend:  Friend cancelled. 


Food today:

Breakfast:  Coffee w creamer (10) and a banana (100)  110

Lunch:  Steak, lettuce, low-cal mayo s/w w 2 diet breads  490

Well...guess what???  I just now read that meat tenderizer has a LOT of SODIUM in it!!!  Oooops!!!  I put it on my steak before cooking it without really thinking about it.  I should have READ the label FIRST!  :-)

Snack:  cupful of scuppernong grapes 100

Snack:  cone of soft-serve vanilla ice cream 300

Snack:  pack of peanut butter/cheese crackers 220

Supper:  s/w of 2 diet toast w 1 tsp low-cal mayo, a few onion pieces, and 1 lf bologna  150

Today's est cals total:  1370



I made Mom another fruit salad..strawberries/pineapple/banana mixture and fixing to take it to her...will update later...

Update:  Mom was in her wheelchair in the dining room at her nursing home, sitting at a table with one of her friends. They were eating fruit and  were listening to recorded music being played over the large-screen tv.  I didn't stay long.  Mom appeared to be doing well.  I'd already gone and put the fruit salad I fixed for her (in its sealed container w a fork wrapped in a napkin beside it) on her mobile tray table by her bed that she would have for a snack if she desired when she returned to her room and I told her about it when I saw her.  I sat with her and her friend at their table and listened to music with them while they were eating for a little while before I left.

Nitetime update:  Someone in our family visited Hubby and me tonite and said they visited Mom about 2 hours this afternoon (after I had left the nursing home).  She was happy over her visit with Mom, which from talking with her, and what she said, was a wonderful visit.  I am SOOO HAPPY over this!  :-D  Hubby and I really enjoyed this family member visiting us, too.  She is very special.  Although she is up some in age (older than Mom), she does the very best she can (she still lives at her home)  and she still drives.  :-)  We dearly love and appreciate her!  She is a big blessing.  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 59.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/18/2010:
Well, maybe it wouldn't have been a good day for lunch, anyway. Great point about the nursing homes! We all need to remember the folks in our nursing homes-could be us some day. Not to be morbid at all - just facts :O) Thanks for your comments - I believe I'll leave those nutter butters and fritos ALONE, though!

just42day on 08/18/2010:
As always, you've made a thoughtful entry. I'm so sorry other family members aren't more attentive. While my mother still lives in her own house, I know how very appreciative she is of my calls, visits, etc. It takes so very little to make her happy. Before my grandmother passed, she lived in a nursing home. She loved my cat. The home allowed me to bring in my cat and I remember how delighted residents were to have a furry critter to watch and/or cuddle. (That cat walked on a lease so besides being insanely friendly, he was always "under control".) I hope you have a good day regardless of how you choose to spend it. :)

Umpqua on 08/18/2010:
That is so nice of you to give away your items at the nursing home. I bet you made a lot of folks' days! I'm sorry you are having a down day, but you can feel good about what you have done at least. Oh and your gardens sound wonderful. I don't think I can grow lantana here (maybe as an annual but I don't think it would come back for me). I envy you folks in the south who have such a longer gardening season than we do here!

moogy on 08/18/2010:
It was good to read that your mom was up and socializing. I used to be a volunteer visitor at a nursing home so I know what it is like in those places. I don't know why people don't visit their old friends or loved ones apart from I think that people feel really really uncomfortable seeing so many old sick, lost people and don't like seeing into the future. I also think that people think that their friends or family members have somehow changed and if indeed they have lost some of their mental ability the visitor feels lost and doesn't know what is expected of them. It is not excuse for not visiting but I understand the reluctance. I once knew a woman who was stuck in a loop of just losing her daughter six weeks previously and everytime I visited she would be trapped in the memory and feelings of that loss - absolutely heartbreaking. I send you strength and calmness, so that you can continue your good care of your mom without the feelings of pain and frustration with others. Hugs.XX

biscottibody59 on 08/18/2010:
Sounds like the day turned out fairly nice for you all!

I didn't know that about meat tenderizer; I don't use it often. I like my steak with a little salt/pepper and a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce.

Maybe it's just best to get out of the house for a few minutes when you feel that urge to eat. It's different for every one--but I think you can find something to divert your attention at those times. Just keep plugging!

thinnside40 on 08/18/2010:
As we go to the nursing home every 2-3 days to visit my g'ma, we make sure to acknowledge & speak to others we pass on the way to her room.... Just a notice of most of them make them smile ear to ear.... I cannot imagine NOT going to see my loved one(s) whether they be sick or well...... Everyone has their reasons for doing or not doing...Coping mechanisms are different too..... We just have to make sure we do what we feel we should and are being led to.....

Take care & try to not let others actions detour you from your own hapiness...

Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 17, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
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





Good morning, Friends!

Here I sit keying to you, drinking coffee this morning.    Updated yesterday's entry, in which I got hungry later and went over on calories...so...weight is up this morning, but it's mostly a SODIUM gain (fake-gain), so I'll take it with a grain of salt!  :-)


Hubby and I ate  lunch at his favorite buffet twice over this past weekend and i was good with calories.

Will update more later...


Food today:

Breakfast:  coffee, tsp low-cal creamer, 1/2 banana 60

Lunch:  salad of carefully measured 1 cupful mixture of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, onion (50), peach/pear/pineapple (70), 1/3 cupful strawberries 15,  1 tbs ti dsg (55) and sunflower seeds (60), water (0)  250

Snack:  s/w of 2 diet toasts (80), 1 tsp lowcal mayo (25), 2 lf bolognas (50), mustard (5), 1/4 cupful onion (15) 185

 Subtotal est cals:  495

Snack:  chocolate fudge sundae (300) and candy (500)

Today's est cals: 1295

Supper:  small salad veggies/fruits/sunflower seeds w ti dsg (200) and bologna s/w (185)  385

Total est cals today:  1680



Afternoon update:  I visited Mom this afternoon and took her a fruit salad I made for her of mixed strawberries/banana/pear/peach/pineapple pieces with the juice.  It was about 2 cupfuls.  She ate most of it while I was there with her.  We watched  tv a little while together.  Her CNA came in and said to me in front of Mom that  she was not able to get Mom up today.  Mom said her left leg has been hurting her (was why).  There was a pillow under her leg to elevate it.  I went to BK after I left the nursing home and had a chocolate fudge sundae and then went by the store and bought chocolate candy before coming back home.  :-(  I just ate candy before updating this entry.   I shouldn't let things affect me like this and I do it automatically, without even thinking about why until afterwards and then I realize I was trying to console away sadness/stress/worry which is NO REASON!!!


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!

Umpqua on 08/17/2010:
I'm hoping my gain is mostly sodium related as well. I hope you have an excellent day!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/17/2010:
I'm sure it's just sodium as you thought... it will drop!!

hollybelle on 08/17/2010:
Maria! I didn't account for my grapes yesterday! I are about 2 cups so my cals weren't as low as I thought! Ha! That's OK though. I did fine. I won't update my diary, but I didn't think of it until I thought of you!

just42day on 08/17/2010:
I haven't added salt to anything in months which is a major change for me. I love, love, love salt. Even w/out adding salt to my food, I know there's ample sodium in so many things (tomato sauce, tuna, blah, blah). I swear, I'd have a salt block in the house if I could have my way.... Let's both hope the sodium weight goes away quickly! :)

V on 08/17/2010:
hey Maria!! I hope all is well with you! :)

nita51 on 08/17/2010:
Happy Tuesday to you. When you can eat twice a week at your favorite Buffet and maintain GOOD calorie control,,,You've won the battle. :) :) LOOK AT YOU, ONLY 5.2 pounds to go! Praise The Lord! Have a Blessed Day. Hugs

moogy on 08/17/2010:
I hope you have a healthy eating day Maria.

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