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Maria7 - Thursday Jul 22, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

 

What a day!  :-) 

Been a nice, busy one!  So busy, not even hungry!  (Did get some extra walking in, too!)

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Calories total today:  approx 1000

 

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Hoping you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

 

V on 07/22/2010:
I love when the animated Maria waves, it makes me smile :) I also like the way her hair blows in the wind! Have a good evening.


skinnygrlwithin on 07/22/2010:
I concur with V...how do you do this???


Moody3 on 07/22/2010:
So nice to hear you had a nice day~You SO deserve it!!! Yay!


selina on 07/23/2010:
:D

So glad you are having your good days back!


just42day on 07/23/2010:
Glad you're having a good day! :)


loveray on 07/23/2010:
its nice not to feel so hungry sometimes:) hope you had a wonderful day!


hollybelle on 07/23/2010:
Yes, Maria, you said resist! You are so funny! Thank you! It's a good word to remember day-to-day so that when something really really good comes along you don't have to resist.



Maria7 - Wednesday Jul 21, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!  Today is a brand new day, a beautiful day.  It is a sunny day here and it is a sunny day wherever you are today also, cause remember the sun is ALWAYS shining, even though sometimes we may not 'see' it cause of clouds temporarily obstructing the view.  I decided yesterday to get back on the horse again.

 

It may take me a little while, but I'm backtracking to where I was when I lost my way....

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Food today:

banana 100

1/2 banana 50

large veggies/fruit/sunflower seeds salad w a little ti dsg and chicken 800

small veggies/fruit/sunflower seeds salad w a little ti dsg and chicken 450

lowfat ice cream 100

Total:  approx 1500

 

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Hoping you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

 

tangalyn on 07/21/2010:
hope u have a happy and heathy day :)


just42day on 07/21/2010:
Thanks for your encouraging words. I hope your day is the best!


biscottibody59 on 07/21/2010:
Glad the little breathing exercise was helpful--you're gonna be just fine! Enjoy your day!


skinnygrlwithin on 07/21/2010:
Horse back riding!!! uuughh I grew up on a horse!! I love it!!! ENJOY!!!!


Umpqua on 07/21/2010:
Great attitude, go Maria!!


sweetpea1977 on 07/21/2010:
Great entry. I hope you have a sunshiney happy beautiful day!


selina on 07/21/2010:
You look so good riding that horse! Glad you decided to go back to it, enjoy! Have a great day, Maria!


moogy on 07/21/2010:
OK, I am impressed. How are your thighs this morning? I bet you know you have them today. LOL


V on 07/21/2010:
Hi Maria! Have a good day!


Moody3 on 07/21/2010:
Looks like a very successful day!! Yay!!!

Hope you found some "Maria" time today~=)


thinnside40 on 07/21/2010:
Glad your back Maria...... :-)


nita51 on 07/22/2010:
Hi there, I too have to get back on the horse, but this time, I will ride until I reach my destination. So I guess we both just have to "saddle up" Hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Hugs!



Maria7 - Tuesday Jul 20, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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 thank you all for your words of encouragement who have written to me.

 Suffice to say that I am over my goalweight enough now to not try to claim 140.0 so I'm not letting it be on this entry today.  I know I shouldn't let stress affect me this way but the truth is it does and it has.  I know not to comfort myself with food but I have done it again.  (As i have in the past after I reached goalweight.)  I didn't think I'd give in this time but I have.  I know I should take my own advice and just 'get back on the horse again'....I am also thinking that 140.0 may be a little too low for me and maybe I should just be at 145.0.  I am still a size 8 at 145.0 anyway.   We'll see...

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Food today:

banana 100

scrambled egg and cheese, 1 regular white bread 300

corn on cob, plain, with salt added 200

apple, sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon, and margerine (microwaved) 150

small potato with a little onion (microwaved) add a little ketchup & salt 150

this might be it for the day...if so would be 900 cals, which I'm okay with considering the pigging out I've done over the weekend and yesterday....also, I've restarted taking vitamins today, which I quit taking a long time ago..

banana 100

cheddar cheese 100

Total today:  approximately 1100 calories

 

 Thoughts:

Update:  Okay...I DID have a little supper...the banana and cheese,  but I'm still at 1100 for today, which is ok.... Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement.  I've been a crybaby today (think I got 'cried-out') but I got a lot of clothes washed that were being stored and needed rewashing.  :-)

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 Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love,

Maria

Umpqua on 07/20/2010:
I know this is a rough time for you, hang in there! Once your head clears and you are in a better place emotionally, I bet you will figure out what you need to do food/weight-wise to make you happy. I hope you're having a good day!


loveray on 07/20/2010:
im so sorry i am just now reading your entries. what a difficult couple of weeks this has been for you. try to be compassionate toward yourself for indulging. it can only be expected at a time like this that your eating may be de-railed. the important thing is that you have an awareness and you are willing to work through it. xo


sweetpea1977 on 07/20/2010:
I totally agree with the above comments. Hang in there Maria!


V on 07/20/2010:
Maria I send you lots of love and I hope the rest of your day is stress free :)


Soon2BThin on 07/20/2010:
Dear Maria, I'm sorry about your uncle. I haven't been here in so long, I went back and read your last few entries to see what has been going on with you. My heart just goes out to you, you seem so "challenged" lately. I don't mean just with diet but with all those around you. At least, you are aware of your situation and you are doing all you can to make up for those last days. Forgive yourself, you are only human and we all have those bad days. Don't forget to remember how hard you worked to get where you are now and take some time to enjoy it. I'm so glad you are here at the DD, I feel almost as if I know you well. Funny thing, the internet, huh? Thanks for your comment and encouragement. It means a lot to me.


moogy on 07/20/2010:
You made good choices yesterday. Keep going with the things you can control in your life, what you put into your mouth. I am sending you a virtual hug XXX.


Moody3 on 07/20/2010:
Hey Maria~Don't be so hard on yourself hon~I think what you're doing, indulging in comfort foods, is totally understandable and short term. Go easy on yourself~You have been thru alot of stress...Maybe try to go for a walk, take a hot bath, read a book~Do something for Maria that Maria enjoys~

Keeping you and your husband in my prayers~God bless


selina on 07/21/2010:
Hi Maria - you've been through so much hardship and sorrow in the past days, I hope that once this difficult phase is over, your eating habits and urges will also change. Stay strong, hang in there! Big hugs to you!



Maria7 - Monday Jul 19, 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!

Just got in from getting a few groceries. 

 

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 I plan to do some walking  a little later this afternoon. 

Food today:

Scrambled egg with cheese, 1 regular bread 300

Scrambled egg with cheese, 1 reg bread again 300

banana 100

sloppy joe (ground beef cooked and fat drained off and  with tomato sauce and flavorings added) without bun 300

homemade slaw (cabbage w a little lite mayo) 100

cheese 50

 chocolate covered peanuts 500 (regret buying them!!!)

another banana (I bought a bag of bananas, about 12, on sale...)

3 regular bread and more cheese....550  (shouldn't have bought the hunk of extra sharp cheddar cheese today, all 800 calories of it! Should have known I'd give in and not ration it properly! )

Total:  Approximately 2300 (So worried about other people.  Worried about Mom.  Worried about some people who aren't worried about me.  People who show they DON'T care.  My close friend said she and her Hubby didn't come by nor bring Hubby and me any food or anything over the weekend (to show their compassion and that they care, what we Christians do) after our Uncle passed Friday morning, cause they didn't know what to bring, didn't know where to take it, and her Hubby was busy working ......and followed that by saying they also went out of town one morning over the weekend, shopping at different places and eating out at a restaurant....Why do I try to comfort myself by overeating?????)

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Visited Mom a while today...they had her up a little while in her wheelchair...

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love,

Maria

 

 

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

selina on 07/19/2010:
Hi Maria, here's the recipe for the veggie omelet: Stir fry until wilted in a tablespoon olive oil: 1/2 yellow bell pepper cubed 1/2 onion diced a handfull raw spinach leaves

Add to the cooked veggies: 3 eggs whole beaten with 2 tbsp water salt, pepper

Stir quickly once and leave it until omelet is set. Roll omelet or scramble, as you wish. Serves 2 Enjoy!

Sometimes I add shredded cheddar cheese to the egg mixture. Also, you can add tomatoes to the veggie mixture but take seeds out.

I hope you'll have a great day!


biscottibody59 on 07/19/2010:
Sounds like a good day--stay cool!


hollybelle on 07/19/2010:
Sorry to hear about your Uncle's passing. But thrilled he was saved before he went! Hope your Mom can gain a little bit of energy. Sounds like the nursing home is doing OK by her these days. Is it a new one? I know there were so many issues at one time. God bless you and your husband and your family through the coming days!


KathyBlue on 07/19/2010:
soo interesting food names! Sloopy Joe - what's this?


hollybelle on 07/19/2010:
Yes, it's hot and HUMID here in KY, too. We have had so much rain this year we have mold and mildew and leaf spot on roses everywhere and yet the grass is still drying up! I want to put out some plants (hydrangaes) tonight, but worory that the weather is so harsh that they may not make it until next year. Oh well, I'll have to take extra care of them. I got a bargain on them - $6.00 apiece! I thought your Mom may be in new place and I'm sorry I missed that. I have been on and off this site. SO GLAD she is better taken care of and happier, though! God bless you all!


selina on 07/19/2010:
I forgot to add fresh mushrooms in the recipe above - that's one of the ingredients that I always use in my omelet! Hugs to you!


V on 07/19/2010:
Hi maria! :)


sweetpea1977 on 07/19/2010:
I'm sorry you are going through such an emotional time right now. Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts.


moogy on 07/19/2010:
Thanks for your words of encouragement. I appreciated them.:)


selina on 07/20/2010:
You are welcome, Maria!

So sorry to hear about the things and people that have been worrying you recently - I hope this phase will pass soon.


just42day on 07/20/2010:
Sorry you're feeling hurt by friends. It's understandable. I also get disappointed when people don't respond as I hoped they would. Makes me appreciate others even more. I hope your day gets better. You're taking such good care of your mom. I'm sure she really appreciates it. I know I've tried to be "better" to my mom as the years go on. It seems to take so little to make her happy. I just tell her she raised me right..... Have a really good day. My thoughts are with you.


biscottibody59 on 07/20/2010:
I'm sorry to hear about the pesky people in your life--unfortunate, but you can't make people love or care about you if they don't--especially if they're running in a completely different groove than you are--drugs, alcohol or whatever.

As for the friend--these relationships change, whether it's aging or changes in their family/work life--again there's not much you can do if people pull away from you. Keep embracing the relationships that matter--protect yourself, keep your momentum going. And last but not least, don't do what I did and allow the toxicity of family relationships to profoundly affect your health!

I know you're a prayerful person, but you may also incorporate a little breathing exercise that goes something like this: Close your eyes and inhale (and say to yourself whichever word you choose) PEACE :: exhale STRIFE . . . choose your own word or words for this exercise--something positive on the inhale/something negative on the exhale.

Hope your day today is much better!

PS I've done the same thing with groceries--we're only human!



Maria7 - Sunday Jul 18, 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 to our Uncle's funeral this afternoon.

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 Today's food:  2/3 chicken breast 200, steak 100, sweet potatoes suffle 200, 2 prunes 50, fruit 100,  2 cups veggies 100, thousand island dressing 100, cheese 100, ice cream 50, 1/2 cup creamed potatoes 150, coconut icing 150, and 1 bag chips 300.   Total approximately 1600.

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Later, we visited Mom, who was still in bed, at the nursing home.

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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!

selina on 07/19/2010:
Good morning Maria, I hope you'll have a great day today!


Umpqua on 07/19/2010:
I hope this is a better week than last for you, and that your Mom gets to feeling better soon!



Maria7 - Saturday Jul 17, 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 visited Mom, who is still in the bed, has been for DAYS....said she is too weak to allow the CNA to put her into her wheelchair.  (She also said she is happy in her bed!)  We took her some more bananas (she loves them) and Hubby took her water container up the hall to get it refilled with ice water and brought it back to her.  He also helped her with her towel so she wouldn't spill any of her lunch when it was brought to her on her gown.  I thought that was SO SWEET!  (Yes, I'm very blessed!)  (****Evening update:  Hubby and I visited Mom a second time tonite.  She'd had supper and wanted more tea, which I went and got for her.  She asked a question concerning Hubby's Uncle, who stayed at same nursing home as she, and I told her that our Uncle passed yesterday.****)

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 I plan to do some walking on the treadmill a little later this afternoon. 

Food today was:

Cheese  biscuit, one and a half bananas, steak onions and gravy, rice, green peas, small pack chips, candy, ice cream.  total approx 2000.

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Thoughts........

I just want to say that getting to goalweight doesn't mean the FIGHT is over.  As you can see from my above menu of foods I've eaten today, the TEMPTATION is STILL THERE to OVEREAT AND to EAT THE WRONG FOODS!  YES!  EVEN AFTER REACHING GOAL!!!!!  So, realize that it is a continuing struggle to STAY at goalweight, after you're there!  I've been at GOALWEIGHT before and let it slip away and REGAINED!!!!!  It is SO EASY to get into a frame of mind that it won't hurt to have a little extra (which adds up fast).  I see now why and how easy it was to regain after being at goalweight before.  Stress, giving in to former bad habits, plain ole temptation...the weird thing is...it's NOT all about HUNGER!!!  Former bad habits of eating for recreation, just out of boredom try to resurface.  Former bad habits of eating for comfort try to tempt you.  And then, there is just plain ole CRAVINGS to deal with!!!!!  But there is ONE THING I DO KNOW....it is just as easy to stay this size 8 as to regain and stay another size and not get larger and larger.  So you may as well get to the size you want to be and realize that to stay ANY size, there is always a fight to not get larger!!!!!

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love,

Maria

 

 

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

selina on 07/18/2010:
Keep up the good fight - your "thoughts" resonate with our own thoughts and struggles and I appreciate your writing it down, black on white. I mean, RED on white. ;)

Have a great Sunday!


nita51 on 07/18/2010:
Have a Blessed Sunday :) :) :)


Umpqua on 07/18/2010:
I like your thoughts at the bottom Maria, so true that we can never give up this fight. It's a lifelong struggle and a very important one. I hope you have a peaceful and relaxed Sunday!


biscottibody59 on 07/18/2010:
Here's hoping you have a great day!

Yes, I do remember Minnie Pearl--she was one of a kind!


just42day on 07/18/2010:
thanks for all your words of wisdom. We all need reminders and motivation. Thanks for providing both!



Maria7 - Friday Jul 16, 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!

 

Got a call early that our Uncle passed this morning.  We thank you for your prayers for him.  A Preacher that visited him yesterday informed Hubby and me yesterday's afternoon, that our Uncle got saved the day before when the Preacher had visited and talked with him about Jesus.   According to 1 Corinthians, chapter 15 (if you look it up, please read the whole chapter) in the Bible, our Uncle now has a new spiritual body (verse 44...it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body...)  that is whole and well and is with the Lord and our Christian loved ones that have gone to heaven. 

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I have stayed home today, not feeling too well, taking aspirin and tylenol and doing extra house cleaning off and on...  Just in case anyone comes by...

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I called and talked with Mom's CNA at her nursing home earlier, who informed me that Mom stayed in bed again today....

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 I did manage to do some walking on the treadmill.  5 minutes the first time and 15 minutes the second time...better than nothing.

Food today was:

2 bananas, tuna, 2 regular breads, baked hamburger patti, a little ketchup and mustard,  4 or 5 baked french fries, 5 little pieces of candy, chocolate fudgecicle ice cream.  Total:  approximately 1300.

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love,

Maria

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

KathyBlue on 07/16/2010:
Your uncle is safe then, it is comforting for you to know. God saved his soul. 20 min walking is a good start yes, no worries. Get better! xoxo have a nice weekend


biscottibody59 on 07/16/2010:
Sorry to hear about your uncle. Glad you got in some activity--if nothing else it sometimes serves to distract us.

Have a peaceful evening there!


Moody3 on 07/16/2010:
I am sorry about your Uncles passing, but so happy that he was saved!! I know how much peace that must bring you and your husband in this difficult time~God bless

I admire that with everything going on, you got on your treadmill~=)


Umpqua on 07/16/2010:
I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's uncle. I hope you are feeling better over the weekend.


selina on 07/17/2010:
My condolences, Maria. I'm glad you feel at peace with his passing. Hugs!


selina on 07/17/2010:
And, thank you so much for the calorie burning counting link. I appreciate it!


nita51 on 07/17/2010:
Why aren't you feeling well? Is it a cold or just under the weather? Anyway I don't like to hear that you are ill. :( :( :( Hope you get better. I too have had to rely of Tylenol as well. Anyway let's just keep each other in prayer, because prayer changes things. Love You & God Bless



Maria7 - Thursday Jul 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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Hello to you!

 

I visited Mom who wasn't doing too well this morning.  She was in her bed feeling too weak to let the CNA put her in her wheelchair and wheel her to the dining room to eat breakfast with the other residents at the nursing home. 

Later, after I got home from visiting Mom, I fixed an early supper for Hubby and me. Hubby came in from work (he works in the heat) and after we'd eaten, we went to visit our Uncle again, who'd been moved from the hospital to a hospice center earlier today before we visited him.  Please continue to pray for him (and Mom).  While the nurse came in to do some care for him, Hubby and I walked out into the hall and we were shown a dining room for the patient's families where donations are given of snacks and coffee for them to have for free.  I had a snack pack of Lance cheese crackers.  We were also shown a little chapel there.  It is very pretty, with a few pew seats and stained glass window.  There is a podium with a big Bible on it, opened.  When we went back to our Uncle's room, someone that works there came in with a beautiful green afgan and announced that a group that crochets afgans and donates them to new patients at the hospice center had sent it.  It was placed over our Uncle to help keep him warm.  Before we left, the worker came in and said that a church had cooked supper for the patient's families and it was in the dining room and it was lasagne and garlic bread and offered for us of the family (there were 2 others visiting our Uncle besides Hubby and me) to come and eat for free.  I'd already had supper and the pack of crackers and Hubby was full from supper, so we didn't eat any of the lasagne but it sure sounded good.  There really are CARING people in this world.  That was 3 examples of people giving and showing they care.  Of course, I know you all care, too and we thank you for your prayers and support. :-) 

After we left from visiting our Uncle, Hubby and I went back to the nursing home and visited Mom again, who seemed to be feeling a little better but still in the bed.  Her CNA had gotten her into her wheelchair and taken her and given her a shower and that had perked Mom up some.   I made sure Mom had extra food within her reach that she likes before we left, as she didn't like her supper that was brought to her on a tray and hadn't eaten much of it.   She was smiling while we were there and that gave me peace of mind that she is doing better.

Calories today were about 1300.  That is good and part of it was a 110 calories chocolate fudgecicle ice cream and 200 calories of candy, which I feel I needed.  :-)

Have a blessed evening...

Love, Maria

 

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

Moody3 on 07/15/2010:
Sounds like a very busy day, as well as emotional~Your family is very blessed to have you and your husband~So caring~

I hope you have a relaxing evening Maria~Keeping you in my prayers~


selina on 07/16/2010:
Maria, I'm glad your mom was in better spirits when you left... and your uncle is being taken care by kind and caring people. I hope you'll have a good day, today!


selina on 07/16/2010:
I paint all size paintings, but at them moment I'm working on a small commission piece, 11" x 15" landscape.

I love daylilies, too! Flowers are so special because they are transient... enjoy while you can!


selina on 07/16/2010:
and, the movers are coming in mid august. We'll eventually get to DC area in the beginning of September, just in time for our daughter's school.


Umpqua on 07/16/2010:
It's so wonderful when people are kind and giving just because - not with any other motive. I doesn't happen often, but when it does it gives me such a boost. I'm glad to hear your Mom is feeling better and it sounds like you deserved those little treats (good choices for those too!)


geevee on 07/16/2010:
You pay tax on food? What state do you live in? NOT taxing food is sacrosanct in Florida.

My Latin market even had bananas last week at 25/lb.


geevee on 07/16/2010:
At this time in your life, you need to budget some goodies into your daily allowence. Yes indeedy!

The hospice and nursing home sound lovely, and filled with wonderful people. You are so fortunate. It must be a relief not to have that to worry about.

I will remember your mother and uncle in my prayers.



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!

 .................. 

'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.



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