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Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 11, 2009
(test)
Weight: 160.0

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!

It is another pretty, sunny, warm day today...supposed to be in the mid 80's.

I have the window raised up and am listening to lots of birds whistling their musical songs outside as I drink my coffee

 

Plan is get on the treadmill again today, as I have 2 days in a row.  Walked 20 mins yesterday and day before.  Calories were a little higher yesterday than I'd planned...est 2000.  I just 'had' to have a 'mini-binge' last nite...ice cream and popcorn.  I reasoned to myself before giving in that at least it would only be a 550 cal binge instead of a 1200 cal binge...some 'reasoning', huh?  And the 'reasoning' worked...I was SO HUNGRY after coming back home from practice.  It would have been nice had I kept to the 1450 before I left the house, though.  So, today, I will try to keep cals low in anticipation of giving in to a mini-binge tonite.

Evening update: 20 mins uphill (incline) on treadmill today and est cals 1500.  No nitetime binge (yayyyy!).

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Hope you're having a nice day.

 Love, Maria

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads.

 

test: watercolors, cat, palm tree, Bible, Christian, piano, day lilies, flowers.  Gardening.  Garden, vegetables.  ipod, software, computer, sweet potatoes, farm, detergent, air freshener, carpet, mop, broom.

thinnside40 on 03/11/2009:
Orville's Mini packs of kettle & lite butter (50/50 in same box) are my favorite popcorn for the nutritional calculations... Even has less salt..... I still yet have to try out my new micro popper... I am a plain popcorn person and I mean "plain" on no butter,salt, etc....

Have a terrific Wednesday..... You outa come to WA... We are sitting in 16 degree temps this morning in our area....Real feel of 1 degree I understand (haven't went outside to verify it-not going to either)....


thinnside40 on 03/11/2009:
""""""""Do you have your wood stove going?"""""""

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


hollybelle on 03/12/2009:
Hey there! Thanks for the encouraging words/praise for my consistency. Being consistent is hard for me and I have been doing very well lately. I am going to a ladies retreat tomorrow night with one of my best friends (her church - ladies I've mostly never met) - I hope the food is bad - isn't that awful that I I think that...so I won't be tempted!!

Anyway - your apetite might be up a little because you are exercising - but don't let that stop you - it will even out. You need some calories for energy at first and then you can taper back off. You can do it, my dear - you have a proven track record of that so I now it.


hollybelle on 03/12/2009:
P.S. It was 77 degrees here Tuesday and high yesterday was 44!! Today a little milder - supposed to be about 48. I'll take anything above 39, though!! When are you coming to KY again? You should come with husband to see the horses and Red River Gorge!



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 10, 2009
(test)
Weight: 160.0

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!

It is a pretty, sunny, warm day today...supposed to get up near 80 degrees fahrenheit this afternoon.

 I went to the grocery store a little while ago and got a few groceries...grapes, pineapple, ground turkey, sweet potatoes, etc.  I also weighed while I was there...

Why did I do that???

I did walk on the treadmill 20 minutes yesterday, albeit very slowly...

And as you can see from weight being up, I've been having food binges nightly again...I do SO WELL during the day!!!!!!!.....only  to GIVE IN AT NITE!!!!!  WHYYYYYYYY?????  Well, since you asked, I'll tell you why.  When I get extremely stressed out (happens very frequently), I just 'throw in the towel' and comfort myself by binging on food!  That's why.  That is not a good excuse but that is the truth.

Afternoon update:  Fixing to leave for music/singing practice at church...today I've had 1450 cals (est) and walked 20 mins uphill (incline) on treadmill.  Now...if I can just make myself NOT GIVE IN when I get back home tonite!

Next day update:  Had a mini-binge when got home...so est cals for today were 2000.

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Hope you're having a nice day.

 Love, Maria

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test: watercolors, cat, palm tree, Bible, Christian, piano, day lilies, flowers.  Gardening.  Garden, vegetables.  ipod, software, computer, sweet potatoes, farm, detergent, air freshener, carpet, mop, broom.

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thinnside40 on 03/10/2009:
Mine isn't stress @ night....It is just my quiet/down time...Even with doing so much around the house, I get so relaxed when I do sit down that I go into a weirdness of conplacency & comfort in knowing I've done so well and can start the next day fresh I think....Very sad!...For me to think that way I mean...... I STILL haven't reached goal to get THAT COMFORTABLE!.....

Best get back to work before my brain shuts off and goes into la la land mode (can't do that for another few hours)....

Good Afternoon!


thinnside40 on 03/10/2009:
If I want something later...I'm making popcorn!.... I remember seeing popcorn on your agenda before.. You still ike it?



Maria7 - Saturday Mar 07, 2009
(test)
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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Hello to you!  It seems I've been 'all over the place' today!  I went to a flea market in the next town over and found some good bargains!  Like, a black leather skirt for only $6!  Also a black silk skirt w red flowers embroidered on it on one side for only $3.  I bought Mom a big fluffy toy yellow/orange striped tiger cat (real soft) and a new necklace/earrings set (red) and took that to her.  I wheeled her around outside and then we sat out on the porch a while where she lives in the warm sunshine (70's). 

Hubby is working today...I plan on surprising him and taking him out to eat supper after he gets home, to one of his very favorite places.

 

Hope you're having a blessed day in the Lord!

 Love, Maria

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test: watercolors, cat, palm tree, Bible, Christian, piano, day lilies, flowers.  Gardening.  Garden, vegetables.  ipod, software, computer, iphone, farm, detergent, air freshener, carpet, mop, broom.

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thinnside40 on 03/07/2009:
Hope your supper out together was a good one...... I'm off to scramble something together for my hubby.... Kids & I went shopping and now I'm pooped!

See ya tomorrow.....Gotta set our clock ahead an hour....BooHoo!!!!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2009:
those are GREAT deals!


hollybelle on 03/09/2009:
Hey just checking in. Hope youre doing well. I want to see a pic of you in one of those skirts! You are a bargin shopper. I thought I did well Friday when I found a $38.00 vest for $11.40! It's so comfy and just right for spring weather. Didn't get on my bike this weekend, was so low-energy - but maybe tomorrow.....I have to work tonight.


superstarr on 03/09/2009:
Thanks for the encouragment. I'm 5'2 and 3/4 but I always round up to 5'3 =D



Maria7 - Friday Mar 06, 2009
(test)
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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Hello to you!  Looks like springtime has finally arrived here!!!  We are having sunny weather and in the 60's and 70's, supposed to be in the 80's by Sunday according to the weather channel on tv (but only the Lord knows!).

This week we've had carpenters over here fixing our roof (tree damage) and another group taking down trees afterward.  I've done some raking leaves in the front yard and cleaned out front flower beds.

 

Eating has been so-so....have been very careful to not go overboard (much), balanced by trying to eat a little less some days, so basically MAINTAINING.

Plan today is go get Mom and take her out to eat lunch and shopping.

Hope you're having a blessed day in the Lord!

 Love, Maria

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test: watercolors, cat, palm tree, Bible, Christian, piano, day lilies, flowers.  Gardening.  Garden, vegetables. 

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CritterMom on 03/06/2009:
Hello to you, too! Our snow is FINALLY melting (we had a FOOT of it). I was able to get the car out of the driveway yesterday, to restock the groceries.

Spring is here, too. My crocuses are in full bloom.


hollybelle on 03/06/2009:
So glad to see your post. Maintaining is GOOD. Just do what you can. Keep attitude as positive as you can...Yeah, yeah, I'm one to talk, huh? But really - hope your day is nice. Sorry to hear about tree damage. We have had so many storms here in KY lately. You know we had the big tree that fell on our house last June. Whew what a mess. Still not complete with the renovations - but close, very close. I plan to work in the yard some this week end - - get the last of the fallen leaves out and get beds ready for some annuals pretty soon! YAY! Spring! I LOVE it!


nenak on 03/06/2009:
hello *maria thought we had lost you! glad to see your post


mama_nurse on 03/06/2009:
Maria!!!! :) Missed you!


selina on 03/06/2009:
Hi Maria! Welcome back! So, a tree fell on your house, yikes. I hope everyone is safe. Stay well!

I did a little test with words in my entry, and although it doesn't work all the time, here is what I noticed: the advertisemtn that you see along your entry usually resonates the contents in your entry - for example, if you use words like "drugs", "colon cleansing", etc in your entry, then you 'll automatically "attract" ads for that kind of product. I added words like "watercolors" "paintings", etc, and i see a few advertisements for that kind of stuff along my entry.... In fact, I found a lovely website of a watercolor artist whose work I LOVE. I wouldn't have found it if I didn't do this test... Anyway, maybe you already know this and it's nothing new for you. Just thought of sharing.... Have a great day! Anyway, if you remove those words from your entry (although not always possible) then, you'll have fewer chances of having that kind of ads along with your entry.


iWant2BSkinny on 03/06/2009:
maintaining is good, a good goal is to be going in the right direction, and you are!


ddwebmaster on 03/06/2009:
The note by Selina concerning advertisements is correct. The advertisements are automatically served by Google. Google tries to target ads based on content for the page. I'm also trying out another ad serving company called Adbrite and I'm sure they probably do the same type thing. I've seen your bottom tagline on other posts mentioning you don't support ads for xxxx, xxxxx, etc. I just put X's there so as not to mess with your keyword testing. As I've mentioned before, I don't use or suggest them either. Unfortunately using ad serving networks means that I can't pick and choose ads one by one. I'd love it if I could just run a few small sponsor ads, but unfortunately most legitimate larger companies don't deal directly with smaller websites like Diet Diaries. I'm sure there's a better solution, but if you wanted to have your normal tagline without attracting advertising for it, you might consider using a paint/graphic software program to make a .jpg or .gif picture with the information you wanted. This would allow people to see it, but the ad networks wouldn't process it since it wouldn't be text. Of course in time the ad networks may get complex enough to use Optical Character Recognition, but I doubt that will be very soon.


ddwebmaster on 03/06/2009:
Another thing I thought of concerning the ads. The ads tend to be targetted based on text on that page. Even though a person's post may totally about a separate topic, the ad network also takes into account the website name and other cached pages for the site. So chances are that the general ad subject types will usually dwell around topics related to the site, but the specific ads themselves will be influenced by the text on each page.


CritterMom on 03/06/2009:
Maria, just to clarify, I eat much more than beans, veggies, and fruits...LOL

I eat a certain amount of servings of each category: protein, legumes, grain, oils, fruits, starchy veggies, all other veggies, nuts, and drink water. NO caffeine. No dairy (milk) although I can have low-fat cottage cheese, ricotta, or mozzerella...but those count under the protein category. I have to eat every category, every day, in certain amounts. The legumes are the most difficult for me to do, because I've never really enjoyed beans.



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 01, 2008

Weight: 156.5

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!

Christians, please be in prayer for a special member of our family...and I thank you for your prayers.

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Calories were not their best today...but scale shows I'm down a little more....

Food today: Coffee 35, 1/2 McD's hamburger 125, 1 lowcal sweet McD's sweet tea 100, 2 pcs Papa John's cheese pizza 540, water 0, BK small chocolate shake 470, chocolate candy (est) 300, 1 turkey sausage 160, 1 reg white bread 70, 1 diet white bread 40, water 0...total est calories: 1840.

Exercise should have made up for the extra calories....1 hour walking.

Hope you've had a good day.

~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 11/01/2008:
Have a great Sunday.... We will be leaving early... Went shopping and now packing snacks, water, etc to save $$$$... Plan on eating one meal "out"... Blessing is gas has came down to $2.49/gal. from $3.89 beginning of October.... We will be traveling approx. 100 miles 1 way.....Bought 3 magazines to read, but probably won't read much, cause I like to look at the beautiful scenery.

Planning on attending a Baptist Church (I was raised Baptist) right as you enter town.... The kids are excited!

Prayers are with your family member.....


selina on 11/02/2008:
Hi Maria! Great walking and the lower number! Wow, I need your recipe for the "not the best calories but the scale showing a lower number." I send my Best wishes and positive thoughts to the family member who is not well, Maria. Hope you are having a great Sunday.

I'm glad that we can, at times, agree to disagree. Hugs and smiles to you!



Maria7 - Friday Oct 31, 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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I think we ought to close Halloween down. Lots of people think it is INNOCENT to let their children dress up as witches, wizards, etc....Well what does the Lord feel about witches? The Lord says in Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. So...how do you think He feels about people dressing up their precious little children as witches or other evil persons who are against Him? Other scriptures in the Bible WARNING of things pertaining to this are found in Deuteronomy 18: 10-14.

And even if a child doesn't dress up like an evil person, how is it right for a child to knock on someone's door and tell the person who answers that they will receive a trick if the person doesn't give them a treat?...That they will do EVIL to the person if they don't give them WHAT THEY WANT? Is this of the Lord? What is this teaching the child? Those who REWARD the child for such behavior by obliging and giving them treats are promoting rebellion against God.

Now I've had my say about how I feel about Halloween. We each have our rights to believe what we believe and this is what I believe as a God-fearing Christian woman concerning it.

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Today Hubby was off work and we went for a ride in the beautiful countryside together...the road winded in between fields and there were trees lots of times in colors of autumn...reds, gold, yellows, burgundys...just beautiful in the pretty bright sunshine.

I cooked a big cast iron potful of low-carb hamburger goolosh again last nite and we have had some of it today. This afternoon, Hubby and I went for about a mile walk hand in hand in the neighborhood together.

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Food today has been:

Breakfast: Grits, egg, plain toast, coffee, low cal sweet tea, lf bologna

Lunch: Low cal sweet tea, banana, BK Hershey chocolate piece of pie

Snack: Low carb hamburger goolosh, banana in pieces with chocolate syrup drizzled over it, low cal sweet tea

Supper: Turkey sausage with 2 diet white bread, water

Total estimated: 1500 calories

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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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selina on 11/01/2008:
hi Maria! Good eating, calories and walking in the neighborhood. With your hubby, nonetheless - how lucky you are!

Concerning your thoughts about halloween - I respectfully disagree with you. In my opinion, it's just another commercial "holiday" that candy manufacturers (and other companies) profit from (and keep the economy moving) and the kids, and adults alike, have fun playing along - it has nothing to do with devil worship and witchcraft, as far as I am concerned. I can't imagine going through childhood without the fun associated with dressing up in a costume (scary or otherwise) and going trick-or-treating. It's just a FUN thing to do, in my opinion. Sorry to hear that you feel otherwise...


thinnside40 on 11/01/2008:
Maria... As for the meaning of Halloween, yes that IS wrong, as some people do worship the devil, witches, etc..... For the Trick or Treat part...Meg actually refuses to say that... As a kid, I always went to the neighbors and that was it.. That is what we have always done with our kids..Went to visit friends and family only.... I am sure that you were upset (disappointed) when you read that we were taking Meg.... For that I will not say "sorry" in part because we just NEVER put an emphasis on the devil, witches, demons, etc on Oct 31st (used to celebrate a friends b.d. on that day)... I do understand & respect your stance..... Meg just saw it as the time she could dress up & be a ballerina... We had some good visits with Christian folk last night that we didn't even get candy from... Gave away eggs & cider actually....

We have had people (in the church we just left) accuse us of paganism, because we celebrate Easter, Christmas and such too.... Our kids being in public schools and having parties, etc for whatever holiday celebration has always been something we talk with them about and the real meaning of whatever day it is (backing up with Scripture)... Again, some have accused us of doing wrong by sending them to public schools, cause it is a "mixed signal" to teach about God in the home and then send them to a place where they learn about evolution, etc.... I will tell you that Ben has taken a strong stance and has written essays on his Biblical belief & mentions that God was the creator of ALL things.... Both our kids take their Christian stance in other areas as well..... Actually opens up a good conversation at times and gives people a bit of something to "chew" on.... Have to give them the strong foundation and pray that they will always fall back on that....No different than what our parent's did and prayed for in our "growing up" that we would choose the right from wrong, no matter pier pressure or going against the grain....

Hope your Saturday is a pleasant one....



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!



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