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Maria7 - Thursday Oct 30, 2008

Weight: 157.0

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! It is WINTERY COLD, but sunny here in South Carolina this morning...We are at 39!!! AND...we have a FROST ADVISORY!!! How about that for October??? The heat in this house is going and I am SOOOO thankful for it...I thank the good Lord for a warm home!!!

I have another headache this morning and stuffy again...I put the vaporizer in the adjoining bathroom last nite and I think it didn't get enough, if any moisture into the bedroom (I did this cause I haven't put away the Christmas presents I wrapped yet and didn't want them to get any moisture on them)...so tonite, I plan, Lord willing on putting the vaporizer where it belongs...a few feet away from the bedside!

I'm having my morning mug of coffee as I key and already the headache is gone and most of the stuffiness, too. Well, even though I did indulge a little last nite with candy, today's new number is 157!!! Yayyyy!!! I finished the low-carb hamburger goolosh last nite...gotta either make another one or something similar to get back down to where I was....AND GOTTA MAKE MYSELF BE CONSISTANT WITH EXERCISE! :-( Which I DID yesterday! :-)

Hubby has announced that now not only are his hours at work being shortened, now he is beginning to have DAYS OFF, too. So, I plan to make the best of it...he and I will be like on another vacation, only here at home. So, when he comes home from work today, he is off for 3 days instead of 1...so I plan on us staying cheerful and doing things together and enjoying each other's company.

Anyway, plans for today are go get Mom and take her out for a while...and then after I take her back home, I have some errands to run before Hubby gets home from work.

Hope you have a wonderful day in the Lord!

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Afternoon update: Food today as been:

Breakfast: Coffee, 4 beef bacon, 1 diet bread, low cal sweet tea

Lunch: 1 chicken popcorn tiny piece, 1/2 KFC strawberry shortcake parfeit, low-cal sweet tea

Supper: Lowfat slaw, microwaved hushpuppy, boiled fish with ketchup

...1000 cals est. and it is almost 6 pm. Plan to have cocoa and maybe airpopped popcorn later to total 1200 calories for today. Exercise was wheeling Mom around in store an hour or so while she picked out a pretty shirt I bought her.

This afternoon, Hubby said 6 people were laid off today where he works. He will be home tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday instead of the usual only Sunday. I thank the Lord he still has his job. The Lord is our Provider.

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Evening update: I DID have the popcorn and the cocoa, so cals are est. at 1200 for today BUT I ALSO did 1/2 mile on the treadmill on incline!!! So, today's exercise is wheeling Mom in store about an hour or so, running errands (grocery shopping, etc.), and 1/2 mile on incline on treadmill!

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 10/30/2008:
I rised & shined @ 6:15 a.m....... Your hubby is the opposite of mine..He started working 5 10 hour days, instead of 4 about 4 weeks ago....Winterizing wind machines.... Slow time of year comes June-Sept....

Have a wonderful day with mom & I too am going to give the treadmill a whirl sometime today..... Wish me luck!


skinnyjeans on 10/30/2008:
Congratulations on more weight loss! That is fantastic! Glad you are starting to feel better, too. :)


selina on 10/30/2008:
Hi Maria! I'm glad you are feeling better, take it easy and stay well.

Nice to have your hubby home more often.... enjoy!

This morning the weather was so beautiful and I was even able to take the photo of the mountains, but now it's very cold and rainy outside, again, and it's about 38 degrees, brrrrr... oh well, they say it might snow this evening, so that should be fun.

apples - yes, it's an old apple tree (around 20 years old, according to the gardner) and I harvested a lot of apples this year and made lots of apple sauce. They are only good for cooking, a bit too tart. I also have a cherry tree - will take a picture some day, and 2 prune trees, as well as a huge pine tree.

The lake is only 5 minutes walk from my house...

I hope you are having a great day visiting your mom!


MCWOO40 on 10/30/2008:
HIYA MARIA,JUST STOPPED BY TO SAY HELLO.HOPE ALL IS WELL YOUR END.IT'S SURE GETTING LIKE WINTER HERE,I THINK WE'VE SKIPPED A SEASON!!TAKE CARE JULIE


starfish on 10/30/2008:
Hi! Thanks for the comment. Great job on calories today :-)


selina on 10/31/2008:
Great job, Maria on your food intake and exercise. I'm so proud of you! I must go back to good controled eating again, sooner than later...



Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Weight: 158.0

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! It is a pretty, sunny, COLD (36 degrees fahrenheit) morning here in South Carolina! No, it is not usually this cold at the end of October but I like it! Yayyy! When I awoke this morning, I had a little headache and felt 'stuffy' from the dry heat going in the house, so the Lord helped me quickly find the vaporizer and now it is going to put moisture into the air here in the house.

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Brave, aren't I? Putting in my weight to change my 'average' for the month on the chart above. I don't care. This is what the scale weighed me at this morning. (And this is LOWER than what it was yesterday!) AND I did NOT give in to a food binge last nite! I finished at around 1440 cals est for yesterday. As for today, I plan, Lord willing, to get on the treadmill and discipline myself to go at least a mile and preferable two. If you could have seen Hubby and me in the north Georgia mountains hiking, you would NEVER believe that I have to almost FORCE myself to exercise at home! Hubby did, however, PULL me up a couple of times when we were doing vertical climbing (almost straight up) in the mountains. AND I DID CRY one time cause he wanted to continue vertical climbing and I didn't feel like I could but he wouldn't take no for an answer and so I found that I could do what I thought I couldn't do!!! (This DID include stopping a few times for little breaks!)

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Baby steps this morning...I'm drinking my coffee with less creamer and sugar in it than I usually do...I thought about drinking it black, like Thin and Selina (and also my Grandma did, I remember), but I'm not quite ready for that although I'm CLAIMING it will be SOON! At least I didn't start off like yesterday with a 100 cal mug of cocoa, so that's a plus!

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I DID finish wrapping the Christmas gifts yesterday...this was a 2-day exercise...AND I have finished washing clothes that we used while on vacation, too. But as there is ALWAYS something to do, today will probably be working on bookkeeping and tidying the house, going to church tonite, and ....ah, yes!...and some exercise, of course!

Hope you have a wonderful day in the Lord!

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Afternoon update: Food today has been as of 3 pm:

coffee, cocoa, egg, 2 beef bacon, 1 diet white bread, 2 bowls hamburger goolosh, 1 large apple...800 est cals so far...aiming for not over 1200...

Exercise...uh...yeah...gonna get to that....(I said I 'WOULD'!!!)...does bookkeeping count? Okay! I 'heard' you!

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Nitetime update: Okay....I...GOT...ON...THE...TREADMILLLLLLLLLLL.....I got on it twice! Totaled 1.25 miles...not too bad for a person who is lazy about exercise...but I didn't do as well calorieswise today...I knew there was to be candy at church tonite...I even wrote a note to myself and put it in my pocket telling myself that I'd done 1100 calories (had hamburger goolosh, cocoa, 1 prune, and 1/2 pimento cheese/chicken salad with 1/2 celery stick for fiber and 1 diet bread s/w added to the other 800 cals) for the day before church and 1.25 miles treadmill and that I was NOT to have ANY candy but my reward would be a cocoa and some soup when I got home...well...I ate candy anyway...2 fun sized snickers candy bars 160 and 3 fun sized kitkats 220...oh the guilt! That's 380 unnecessary calories! Was it worth it??? DEFINITELY NOT! I ate them and was still VERY HUNGRY! I think that eating sugar FUELS my sugar cravings or hunger cravings, I really do! Anyway, I skipped the cocoa but did have the soup, about 100 cals worth, so finished today's cals at 1580 est. BUT I DID do 1.25 ON INCLINE on the treadmill...so maybe that helps.

Have a good nite!....oh, one more thing before beddy bye time....Did I say...I'M HUNGRY!!!???

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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grumpy on 10/29/2008:
hey maria! it's cold here in atlanta also! brrrrr. Have a great day. xo


thinnside40 on 10/29/2008:
Black Coffee ~ I do need to hit the cash-n-carry to get some SF French Vanilla Syrup to make homeade lattes with Skim Milk... Just occasionally as a treat though... Lot cheaper than the espresso shop! My taste buds go on waves black~white~black~white~black..... We had a neighbor (he passed away a year ago) who when he would come over to chat I would offer him coffee... The first time I did asked him if he took it black... He replied "No honey! I like it like I like my women...White & sweet" He was an older military guy, but a genuine soul.

Have a wonderful day Maria!


thinnside40 on 10/29/2008:
BTW ~ It's 23 degrees in my neighborhood....Brrrrrrrrrrr!!!


omahagrl on 10/29/2008:
26 this morning in Nebraska but warmth is on its way. have a wonderful day and welcome back!


MattsGirl16 on 10/29/2008:
Thank you for the comment! Have a blessed day!


selina on 10/29/2008:
Hi Maria! Sounds like you are having a great day, back home from vacation! There is nowhere like home, huh!? It's amazing how much you walked and hiked during your vacation, WOW! Keep the momentum going.... And, having gained only 2 pounds is just fantastic! Keep it up with the exercise and healthy eating.

I do not use sugar in my coffee but I do need a little cream in it. I use those little (miniscule) containers of cream that have exactly 20 cal in them. I don't know if you have them in the US.... I was reading thin's comment, above, about her neighbor and his "white and sweet" coffee/women. That reminded me of a person that I know who states his preferences every time I forget and ask him how he wants his coffee - black for both his coffee and woman. He happens to be a white american from New York, of Jewish descent, US diplomat who married a West African beauty when he was posted at an US Embassy there... Sounds like comparative comments of coffee/women is more common than I had thought it was...

Enjoy the colder weather and have a wonderful evening... hugs and smiles to you!


thinnside40 on 10/29/2008:
GET........ON.......THAT.......TREADMILL : o )

You WILL be happy that you did when you get started, even if for just 15 minutes.


selina on 10/30/2008:
Yayyy!!!! for the treadmill work! I'm so proud of you!

I'm like you, Daughter is my only child. Maybe that's the reason we are so close to each other and I feel so protective of her... Although I think it's just rationalization from her part, it seems like she appreciates the advantages of being a single child, as opposed to many of her friends who confide in her about their constant sibling rivalry issues. When she was little she wanted an older brother, though, but she figured out the impossibility of it and resigned to being the only child....

Grapes - they are called "uva italia" (italian grapes)and they are my favorite. So tasty! I have never had your kind of grapes, i remember researching it on google when you first mentioned it, but never found it in our neck of the woods.

Have a good night sleep! I love sleeping when it's cold outside....


skinnyjeans on 10/30/2008:
I hope you are having a wonderful week. :) Keep up the good work! Your calories look great!



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

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!

Hubby and I are back home from vacation. Hope you've been doing well!

Although it is really good to be back home, before we even got back home, I got distressing news regarding my Mom....we stopped by to see her on the way home and learned she'd had a bad fall while we were on vacation and had xrays of her arm and hip and they came out okay, so she (Mom) and the staff at her nursing home decided to wait til we got back from vacation to let us know since nothing was broken. When I went to see Mom in her room (she just about lives in her bed), she didn't appear to be doing too well cause she was having shortness of breath from just talking...but she was very happy over the raccoon and jewelry we gave her. I talked with Mom's doctor yesterday, who told me Mom's been in a "decline" since earlier this year when she moved from her apartment to the nursing home there. Mom's doctor told me Mom is on 18 meds and that the only thing to do regarding Mom is preventive meds and meds that help her feel well. She (Mom's doctor) reminded me of all Mom has gone through in the past year...heart attack, broken bones (arm, back), surgeries. I told the doctor that I just seem to expect Mom to be in so much better condition that she is. It isn't easy to hear that word 'decline' when it comes to your Mama!!!

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I have gained weight from vacation which is the usual...about 5 pounds 'or so', shall we say...which isn't too bad for 10 days vacation...I did try to not overdo eating but when I found a same store with a same type scale I have weighed on near here at home, I was up 5 pounds on it and that discouraged me while we were away...no I didn't give any thought that it could have been 'muscle weight gain' due to to all the strenuous hiking/walking Hubby and I did while in the mountains and at the beach. This 'weighing' at that store put that 'number' in my mind and I went ahead and let Hubby buy me my favorite honey and chocolate coated pecans and chocolate coated almonds and other goodies after that. Then when I weighed here at home after we got back from vacation, I was up about 4 or 5 pounds...no problem, I told myself, I'd just do my 'usual thing' to get back on track I thought...and then later yesterday after talking with Mom's doctor, I had a BIG FOOD BINGE and was up even more this morning on the scale than I was yesterday.

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Anyway, soon to get ready for music and singing practice at church. Have cooked a big pot of low-carb hamburger goolosh...may fix some yellow rice to go with it for Hubby's sake. I've already 'flown the coop' today by stopping by BK and getting a SWEET tea and a HERSHEY Chocolate piece of pie there and then at a store where I got 3 chocolate covered cherries to top it off. I may have to start writing my food menu here again to help get back on track. So far today has been: 4 beef bacon 140, 1 diet bread 40, 1 mug cocoa 100, 1 coffee 30, 1 BK sweet tea 150, 1 hershey chocolate piece of pie 310, 3 choco covered cherries 180, tootsie pop 60, 1/2 lf pimento cheese s/w w 1 diet bread 100...1100 cals so far...and it is 4 pm...not too bad if I don't go over 200 cals for supper...

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As for exercise, I've spent most of today and yesterday wrapping Christmas presents...Hubby and I got our Christmas shopping done while we were away...So, I finally finished wrapping the last present a little while ago and I am SO GLAD that is done...I usually be one of the 'last minute shoppers' during Christmas season. I've still got to do the cards but they are bought, too, so it is just a matter of addressing envelopes/writing on cards deal and putting stamps on some that are to be mailed. At church we usually have boxes at the back of our church with alphabet letters on them and we give our cards to each other this way and it saves on stamps.

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Take care and have a good evening...

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Evening update: Why is it I'm ALWAYS SO HUNGRY at night? I came home from practice at church tonite (Today's exercise is about one hour piano playing) and 'allowed' myself a cocoa and a 40 cal hotdog weiner (140) after having had about a 200 cal supper (hamburger goolosh and yellow rice) before church....cals for today est 1440...and I AM VERY VERY HUNGRY!!! I could easily go into the kitchen and eat 2 or 3 sandwiches...for starters! Since coming back home from vacation, I now have a roll of flabby fat around my waist...I only have myself to blame!

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 10/28/2008:
Glad your home and that yer mom's fall wasn't more serious. I think that a 10 day vacation and 5# gain isn't too bad...Just don't stay on vacation in yer mind and get too out of hand with those sweets....

Thank you for your support and your prayers.. Can't have too many of those in times like these....

Have fun and sing a jingle for me!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/28/2008:
hello to you. i will catch on your entry come later this week!


WI3 on 10/28/2008:
So sorry to hear about your mom. That would be rough. :(

Knowing you, your weight will melt off as soon as you put your mind to doing it! And the goolosh sounds so good right now. Take care!


thinnside40 on 10/28/2008:
Ahhhhhhhh.... Maybe what yer eating is making you crave more... I don't know!.. I just know I can be the same way at times and have to decide if I am really hungry or do I think I am.... Best of luck to you in the fight!

Prayer does work ~ Subject content at home tonight has been nothing of the situation(s) for the first time in a VERY long time.... Went to the church house to do some clening/organizing and came home to tell hubby that I actually didn't feel a connection when I walked in the door... That told me something, cause I expected myself to feel guilty for leaving my jobs without someone stepping right in to take them over... But I didn't! Came home, talked about that and hub said that is another confirmation we did the right thing.... I'm usually not emotionless like I was in that building, but I was tonight.

Good night's sleep to you my friend.... God Bless & Don't let the bed bugs bite!


selina on 10/29/2008:
HI Maria! SO HAPPY you are back, safe and sound - it's wonderful to hear all is well dietwise, except for "the fat around your waist" which, I'm sure will be a fun challenge to get rid of. So sorry to hear about your mom's fall and her declining health... it's tough to see our parents growing so frail. There is nothing that we can say to make it easier, I don't think....

I am so happy for you that you were able to have a long, fun vacation with your hubby and enjoy each other's company - I bet you are all re-energized, ready to do anything that comes your way! It's just amazing you are so organized with Christms presents! You know those people that are running around at the mall the day before Christmas? Well, that's me! I am not good at buying things for others....

Late night hunger is my worst enemy, too. I can go impeccably all day long, only to "lose it" at night. Remember that now you have your popcorn popper and you can always use it to fight the late night munchies...

Have a great day, and I'm looking forward to seeing you on a regular basis here in DD, from here on.... hugs and smiles to you! daughter says hi!


kzirkle on 10/29/2008:
Sorry to hear about your Mom. Hope all is well for you.


biscottibody59 on 10/29/2008:
I'm sorry for so many things this entry brings up. But I've been trying not to use other diarists comments to vent my personal stuff! Take good care of yourself ~Maria~!



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

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!

Above is a place Hubby and I hiked to in the mountains today...we did about a 5 miles hike, half was mostly vertically CLIMBING and CLIMBING and the other half was mostly vertically going down. After this, I decided to get back on track immediately and stop the overeating and overindulgence in sweets. For lunch today, I had a veggie plate with a small salad and instead of sweet iced tea, I had non-sweetened iced tea and added a very small amount of sugar to it which is much less sweet than what I've been drinking. Hubby and I are back at room right now, resting a little while.

Thanks to those of you who commented with your encouraging comments yesterday...it has really helpd a lot! Thanks Thin, Selina, and Jen! Big smile to you!

Tomorrow we are to leave the mountains and, Lord willing, head for the beach almost 400 miles away from these mountains.

Hope you're having a good evening!

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Evening update: Today's calories were est. 1400....add to that the hiking listed above.

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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glycrina on 10/21/2008:
Enjoy this wonderful time with your husband. Be sure to make lots of memories. Do things you wouldn't do at home and if that means eat a little more, don't feel too bad -- just eat healthy. I am sure you worked it off with all of that hiking!


selina on 10/21/2008:
Whoa! What a beautiful place! How lucky you are to be in such a wonderful setting with your hubby! Good job on the hike and eating. .. I agree with glycrina, you should enjoy your vacation and don't worry too much about your eating! Have a safe drive to the beach tomorrow!


thinnside40 on 10/21/2008:
You are just a traveler!!!!!... Drive safe and enjoy that beach!

BTW ~ calories look good for the day and all that hiking/walking I bet is doing some toning wonders!


omahagrl on 10/22/2008:
How wonderful that you are taking time away to be with hubby and enjoy nature. I am so envious as I would love to get away and spend alone time with hubby. I love going to the beach so think of me when your walking in the sand and it will be my virtual vacation. LOL


biscottibody59 on 10/22/2008:
Sounds like a great trip--enjoy yourselves--you deserve it!


skinnyjeans on 10/22/2008:
WOW...long hike! And that place looks absolutely beautiful!!! You have posted some really nice photos! :)


Umpqua on 10/22/2008:
Hi Maria, it looks like you are vacationing in a beautiful spot. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy it. I actually prefer unsweetened tea (hot and iced), to me it's more flavorful. I can't say the same for coffee though, I have to put some cream in it at a minimum. Take care!


selina on 10/24/2008:
I hope you are havaing a grand time at the beach! Hugs!



Maria7 - Monday Oct 20, 2008

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!

Above is a place Hubby and I hiked to. It was a long hike to get to the top of a winding mountain trail to view these falls.

I have been overeating a lot...although I eat pretty well regarding what I eat during the day, I mess it all up by giving in to high-fat, high sugared treats at night and heavily sugared sweet teas during the day and at nite. Like calories don't count during vacation? I'm probably doing 1000 cals OVER maintenance per day or MORE. Won't be any wonder if I'm up 5 to 10 pounds when I get back home. We're 4 days into a 10 day vacation. Part of it in the mountains (where we are now) and part of it at the beach (hundreds of miles away).

Although it is very beautiful here in the mountains, I sort of want to be back home. I want to be around familiar surroundings.

Okay...this is written a couple hours or so since I wrote the above... I confided to Hubby how I felt about wanting to go home early and although he is willing to oblige (reluctantly), he says he feels we need this vacation to feel (and be) revived...he said we take care of others during the year and then it is our time to be together and be refreshed and revived when we go on a vacation together. It makes sense what he said. He and I went on a long walk and talked and then we went to a restaurant and had coffee at a table together and talked some more. He said I am "homesick". So...now we are back in our room and I have concluded that I MUST make myself not feel this way. He works so hard...working long hours 6 days a week most of the time and occassionally 7. He never complains about working long hours. He's like a little kid the closer it gets to time to leave on vacation, he gets so excited. I have to admit that I am so used to taking care of people that I feel anxious about not doing it, worried about them (mainly Mama, who I've taken care of for many years but who now has many nurses taking care of her and also she was doing well before we left and I did everything I could to make sure she was very happy before we left, taking her out shopping and buying her new clothes, taking her out to lunch, taking her home with me for a while (just about toted her up the steps to get her into the house), taking her to see Daughter before we left, etc.). I've GOT to make myself get over these feelings and CONSIDER HUBBY (and us)!

Your comments are well appreciated.

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 10/20/2008:
Maria, just be thankful that you CAN get away..... People back at home know phone #'s and how to get ahold of you in the event you HAD to be reached... Do relax and look at it as a privilege that some people can't afford or don't have a loving marriage to celebrate....... God has richly blessed you and your hubby. Now is your time to rejoice with Him, enjoy His creation and be refelctant upon how He has been your sustainment these 19 years......

Have a good evening and thanks for keeping in touch, even on vacation..... XOXO


selina on 10/21/2008:
Hi Maria! The fact that you miss home is a good sign - it means that you have a wonderful home and loving people to go back to. I am always missing home when I go on vacations, especially when they are longuish, like yours have been. However, I understand your husband's point of view, as well - now it's the time for you both to enjoy and pamper each other. It's ok to miss home but don't let the missing get in the way of enjoying your vacation fully. LIVE THE MOMENT! (not yelling)

Hey, thanks for the wake up call in your comment to me - let's not give in after having worked so hard. Cheers for a new start! And don't wait until the end of your vacation for you to re-start your mindful healthy living. Thanks for taking the time during your vacation to stay in touch with us, it means LOTS to me.


selina on 10/21/2008:
And, I love the picture of the waterfall, thanks for posting it! I love the mountains - sounds like you are getting a lot of exercise during your vacation.


Jen40 on 10/21/2008:
You need to give YOURSELF permission to just BE. I know when I went on vacation, all I kept thinking of was who might be needing me back home and all the things I SHOULD be doing instead. My family told me "knock it off! You're sucking all the fun out of it for the rest of us!" Lol, I had to agree and just try really hard to think only in the moment and BE.



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 18, 2008

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!

If I had to sum up today in one word it would be HIKING....Hubby and I hiked in a mountain town mostly from one end to the other and back...a long, long ways...then we hiked up (way up) in the mountains...we have hiked for MILES and MILES today! We saw some beautiful waterfalls.

In the mountain town, Hubby and I visited a place where they have real live bears...BIG BEARS...LOTS OF THEM, different kinds, too! We bought special food for them that we were allowed to feed them (pieces of apples and bread). They would do tricks for the food...all you had to do was tell/ask them to...WOW...I never knew bears were that intelligent! And beautiful...the television does not do them justice! They are REALLY GORGEOUS up close!

While we were in the mountain town (can you tell I'm used to living on flatland???) Hubby and I rode in a horse drawn carraige with the top down, in celebration of our 19th wedding anniversary...it was fun and relaxing at the same time as we rode through some very beautiful countryside.

Anyway, we are back at our room now and we will be leaving, Lord willing, tomorrow to go to another mountain town a good ways off to visit and hike.

Hope you are having a good evening!

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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selina on 10/19/2008:
Hi Maria! Great to hear from you! Thank you so much for the very supportive comments in my entry - it made me weepy all over again, but it helped me so much to read your kind words. I think my hormones are all messed up, that's the only thing I can think of, to explain my emotion fluctuations.

I am SO HAPPY to hear you are enjoying your vacation. Congratulations on the 19th anniversary - this vacation is so romantic and idylic, you are a SUPER lady and you deserve all the best life has to offer! And think of all the calories you have been burning with your hikes! Good job!

My hike last wed - yes, we hiked all the way to the top of Rochers des Nayes, but we started from about a little under 1000 meters bellow - a place called Caux, not from the bottom of the mountain. It's a rather famous place here in Switzerland, so if you are interested you can get lots of results on google. It took us 3 hours of fast hiking, so you can imagine, it was not an easy one. Throughout the hike I was sweating bullets, but I made it! And I am going again to another hike in a different location next wed !

Enjoy your vacation!


thinnside40 on 10/19/2008:
Bears & Trails!!!!..... Sounds a bit like Montana... I love that place.... It is my desire to move there one day......

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to hear you are enjoying your time away......



Maria7 - Friday Oct 17, 2008

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!

Well, Hubby and I are on vacation now (I took my computer with me as some places have access)...we are in the mountains, enjoying ourselves. We left yesterday and arrived here today. We are having a wonderful time and I thank the Lord, Who is with us, for being with us and for this time for Hubby and me to spend some special time together. Saturday (tomorrow) is our 19th wedding anniversary.

This afternoon, we went to a little gift shop and Hubby bought me a very large black realistic-looking bear that I saw that I liked a lot...soft, fluffy, and cuddly, even though it has realistic-looking claws on its paws. We are in a national forest in the mountains that are well-known for the very many black bears in this area.

Last nite, I bought Mom a soft, fluffy, cuddly, realistic-looking raccoon (she loves them and and has drawn a picture of a raccoon). I will get Hubby something but have to figure out what would he like...which I know the answer to that...he likes me to buy him something in the grocery store like a nice ham he picks out, etc...so I'll probably get him something on our way back home....which, Lord willing, we plan to be away about a week and a half or close to it.

We had a wonderful supper this evening...I had fried mountain trout, fried green tomato, grits with cheese cooked in them, and a nice fresh salad. I asked my Hubby to take the head off the trout fish which he did and then I asked the waitress to take the trout head away...the fried mountain trout was the most delicious fish I have had in a very long time...it was a whole trout, large and my plate was not wide enough for it...YUM! YUM! Although it was fried, it was not greasy at all and was cooked just right.

After supper, we came back to our room...I made us some coffee and we are drinking coffee and I am keying to you. Hope you're having a nice evening!

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 10/18/2008:
H a P p Y A n N i V e R s A r Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will celebrate our 16th on Thanksgiving... My baby boy will be 15 1 week before that....booooooooooohoooooooooo : o (

Enjoy yer time away & travel safely!


anewhb on 10/18/2008:
Ho, Maria! Happy Anniversary! Your trip sure sounds nice - where did you decide to go? Kind of sounds like the Smokeys with the black bears, etc. The pic is beautiful. We went to Gatlinburg for a dance competition last summer but didn't get to hike or do much fun since it was a dance competition. I had not been to Gatlinburg in years and years. It's not changed much. But we had fun being with others from our dance studio. Me and husband have been married almost 19 years - June is our anniversary. We didn't do anything this year since the tree fell on the house. We are still remodeling. But it almost done. It will be done as soon as I can pick out carpet. Who could believe that is such a hard decision! Have a safe and happy trip - God Bless.


anewhb on 10/18/2008:
I just realized that you may not want to say where you went on vacation - no problem! Sorry to be nosey! Also....read some of your other posts since I have been away from the site awhile, myeself. Regarding the friend - guard down, etc. I can relate. A few years back when my daughter was ill a lady I considered to be one of my very best friends got all judgemental on me. She basically said the way I parented my daughter caused her illness (my daughter had an eating disorder). It hurt me so badly, but I realize now that she commented the way she did because she is really not informed on what these disorders are about. Not too many people do unless they have been close to it. But things have never been the same between us. I'm sure she thinks it is me that has changed. What was really bad about it, too. was that of all my friends - this is the one that is the most "invovled" in her church and is always talking about her beliefs/faith. Although I have forgiven her - I find it very hard to be open or trust her anymore.


biscottibody59 on 10/18/2008:
Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a safe and fun trip!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/18/2008:
hi maria! long time no see! fried green tomatoes...never had them but i'm SURE i'd love them! happy anniversary!



Maria7 - Thursday Oct 09, 2008

Weight: 153.5

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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No, Hubby and I haven't left on vacation yet...but plan to, Lord willing, very soon.

Hello to you!

Hope you are doing well.

I got on the scale this morning and it read 153.5. So...not gaining is progress...I can wear size 8, 10, or 12 currently. My size 8 levis jeans (my goal was to fit in them and wear them comfortably) I can wear for a while at home but too snug to wear away from home. (I am modest.)

I did get the pair of size 10 jeans (waist 30) through Ebay...really like them! Plan on wearing them on vacation for sure! (They are red leather levis jeans! Yes!)

Planning on getting Mom tomorrow and taking her a couple of places.

It has been a nice, relaxing, rainy day today...

Lots could be said as to why I've not been here at DD but I won't go into much detail...and NO it has nothing to do with any of you. You all have been wonderful. I will say this, just to vent....When you get close to someone and trust them and then for NO apparent reason they totally turn on you, it takes time to get back to where you were before they did that. I tried talking with the person to no avail. This has happened before with this same person...I foolishly thought it wouldn't happen again...I have problems with letting my guard down and totally trusting people, even people who have turned on me in the past...I am easy to allow myself to be gullible...Maybe one day I will learn....?

Well, this said, I hope you have a good nite/morning.

~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 10/09/2008:
Bless you Maria.... I can relate and have been keeping that guard up this time 'round with a certain person like you mention.... You can figure who it may be.... Since not walking together anymore or not occasionally even, due to totally different schedules and kid's activities just hasn't been possible.... Has really made things much smoother..... Some frineds are better to be kept @ arm's length and others closer than a brother/sister...Just hard to know when to choose which is which and with whom.....

You will be able to relax and enjoy your time with hubby... I will pray that will happen soon!


selina on 10/10/2008:
hi Maria, what a wonderful surprise! SO HAPPY you are back posting! Missed you bunches! Your weight also looks great! So sorry to hear about your not so ideal friendship.... I hope you'll have a great vacation soon!


skinnyjeans on 10/10/2008:
Have a wonderful day...you are doing great! Sorry your friend let you down...but keep your chin up. :)


mcwoo40 on 10/13/2008:
Maria,just passing to say hello,enjoy your holiday and write soon,Julie


selina on 10/17/2008:
Hi Maria! I imagine you are on vacation and having a great time!



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Weight: 153.5

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!

Above is a photo of one of Hubby's and my, Lord willing, upcoming soon vacation destinations. We like to do a lot of hiking (not camping) when we go on vacations. I know...you'd never guess it from the amount of exercise I do here at home!

Speaking of exercise, I REALLY did a lot yesterday...over a mile at the gym, also worked out with weights, then mowed some of the grass here at home and pulled some wild grass out the flower beds. I am feeling it today but still plan on at least a mile on treadmill here at home today. Was rewarded on scale this morning...back to where I was a few days ago...yayyyy!

Hope you are having a nice day!

Btw, re: yesterday's entry...watch is still working! I knew it would be! There is POWER in the NAME of JESUS!!!

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Afternoon Update: Did over a mile on treadmill...getting ready to leave for music and singing practice at church...Calories good for today...(about 1500)...

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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biscottibody59 on 09/30/2008:
Have a good day!


thinnside40 on 09/30/2008:
Good Day to You!..... Congrats on the lower number too!!!!!!!!


lafemme_loca on 09/30/2008:
:-) *GIANT HUGS* (-: May God richly bless you this evening !!! And throughout tomorrow !!! :-)


thinnside40 on 09/30/2008:
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

Looks like another good day uner yer belt! One belt that will be cinched tighter, cause ya have some great healthy days behind ya.... : o )


grumpy on 09/30/2008:
Hey Maria, my car uses gasoline and battery. when i am driving i use both depending on how much i am accelerating, etc and it ends up being super economic. google Toyota Prius and you will find. The car is more expensive, but you save a lot on gas, so it pays the difference in a year. :)


selina on 09/30/2008:
Hi Maria! Wow! Congrats on the lower number and exercises! I am so happy for you! Also, I love the photo you took, it's FANTASTIC! It makes me wander throught the path with my eyes and I can just imagine what comes around the curve... you must be so excited about going on vacation!

Flower - I asked my friend the same question, and she said she did buy it at the florist... can you make arrangements like that? I take classes on fresh flower arrangement once a month.

Have a great day!


greengirl on 10/01/2008:
Hi Maria, your vacation destination looks really pretty. My daughter and I went to Scotland this summer, and managed to get some pretty walks in. If I get the chance I will put up one of my photos so you can see where we were, near Loch Lomond :)


thinnside40 on 10/02/2008:
Hope you are busy packing and getting ready for that trip...... If we don't hear from ya beforehand..... HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!


anewhb on 10/09/2008:
Hey Maria - wondering where you are - hoping you are on vacation and having a great time. Beautiful pic above. God bless. Holly



Maria7 - Monday Sep 29, 2008

Weight: 155.5

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!

It is a beautiful cool, (68 degrees fahrenheit) sunny morning here in South Carolina! I hope you are having a nice day!

Watching calories has not been at its best but I am back on track as of yesterday. I've 'got' to be back on track now, as I ordered those pretty jeans I mentioned in my last entry and I want them to fit! They are a waist size 30 which equals a size 10. I am excited about their arrival!

Yesterday Hubby and I went to church, then after church, we ate out buffet (I was real good), visited Mom, his Brother, and our Friend, who is back in the hospital (the one that was in the hospital a few weeks back)...Christians, I ask you to please pray for them.

Saturday I went and got Mom and took her to the Farmer's market where I bought her anything she wanted, which was a little pumpkin and some red grapes. (I washed the grapes before she ate a few of them.) We had a wonderful time together, just her and me, and she said she felt like I'd taken her to the fair. There were pretty orange pumpkins there, and lots of flowers and pretty veggies as well that we took our time looking at. There were a lot of people there but not overcrowded and I wheeled her around from one end of the market to the other (our local market is real large). She and I sang songs together to our favorite island music in the vehicle as we were riding after we left and we rode around a while. She wanted a sweet tea and a bottle of water and I got her that. We had a real happy time together.

Hubby and I are getting more and more excited as we look forward to, Lord willing, leaving on vacation soon. I think this will be the longest vacation he and I will have ever taken together. We are planning, Lord willing, on going to the mountains, which will be our second trip to the mountains, for half of the vacation and to the beach for the other half, which will be a l-o-n-g drive from one to the other. That is, unless we decide to spend all the vacation in the mountains. Hubby said we will decide after we get to the mountains which one. (I vote beach so far!)

Well, I 'did' walk 1 and 1/3 miles last week...I know..not much to you seasoned athletes...but a LOT for me! I may go to the gym today and get a good work out done. Right now I am washing clothes as I key and have a little more housework to do first before I leave, that is if I don't decide to just walk on the treadmill...I might mow the grass today, too.

Hope you are having a wonderful, happy day in the Lord!

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Afternoon update: Went to the gym and did over a mile on the treadmill there, including some on incline and worked out with weights, too. Considering mowing the grass later...

Food today so far: Breaky: Coffee 25 Brunch: Salad with lettuce, tomato, onion, sunflower seeds, red grapes, canteloupe, a little ti dsg, and 8 wheat thins...700 cals est...low-sugar sweet tea 50...775 cals est as of 1:30 pm.

Exercising comfort zone: I sat on a bench on the public square for a little while...lots of traffic goes around the square.

My watch quit working that I'd just bought a new battery for last week...took it to the jeweler while I was up town who told me the battery was fine, said it was the watch had quit working...I asked her to put another battery in anyway...she said she tried that and the watch still not working...so I went to a different jeweler on the other side of the public square and was told the same thing. As I sat on the public square bench, I said "In Jesus Name, work!" to the watch and tapped the watch against the cement bench I was sitting on 3 different times and guess what???????????????? My watch starting back working and still is working fine!!! Thank You, Jesus! THERE IS POWER IN JESUS' NAME!!!!!

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 09/29/2008:
Sounds like a nice busy weekend..... Weather here has turned back to the high 80's of a day... Have to dress warm in the a.m. when the temps are in the low 30's upon rising, but change into cooler attire as the day progresses...

Have a super Monday!


greengirl on 09/29/2008:
Hi Maria, sounds like you had a great day with your mom on Saturday :) Your trip sounds wonderful, I would be spoilt for choice as I love the mountains and the beach!! By the way, if it was 68degrees here we would be saying it was a hot day, not cool. Lol!! Have a good week :)


thinnside40 on 09/29/2008:
Whatsoever you ask in MY name saith the Lord!....... YEA!!!!!!!!!!


thinnside40 on 09/29/2008:
"going to the fair ?".... Probably not.... Meg will be going with her class from school on Thur.... It is just too expensive... $9 a head just to get in and the rides are ridiculous prices.... Haven't went for the last 3 years... WE do something else with the kids like go to a hay maze that has a petting zoo, get a pumpkin each and just have a good day... That will be coming up within the next couple weeks......


selina on 09/30/2008:
Enjoy your cool days and beautiful fall weather. Good job on the exercising, Maria! You must be so excited about the vacation coming up! That watch story was something!



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