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Maria7 - Monday Sep 01, 2008

Weight: 155.0

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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FALL IS IN THE AIR!!!

Hello to you!

I hope you're having a wonderful first day of September 2008!

Yesterday was church, eating out lunch buffet-style, and visiting Mom. Calories were okay...around 1700. Calories for Saturday turned out to be around 1700 also, as Hubby and I ate out supper buffet-style.

Today I picked up Daughter on her lunch break and we went through a BK drive-through and got some lunch and then sat at a table in a little park in town and talked a little before she had to go back to work.

Later, I went back to town and looked in one store...had a few things I was going to get (new set of sheets, a pack of new washcloths...both of these very needed...also fall interior decorations of 2 tableclothss with fall leaves decor on them, 2 fall leaves decor hand towels, and a fall leaves decor shower curtain...these decors things were things not needed) but I put them all back, except for a cheap pair of reading glasses I needed...Hubby and I are working on saving money for fall vacation, Lord willing. I've been very lax on spending on others and/or giving others money. Most of them have money to get what they need. They don't want to spend theirs or either they spend theirs and then expect me to compensate. This has gotten OLD with. My phone is OFF THE HOOK as I key!!!

Meanwhile, weather people on tv have been announcing that we, here in South Carolina are to within a few days get a HURRICANE!!!!!!!!...toward the end of this week! Hurricane Hanna is the name of it. The last time we had a hurricane come through here, about 20 huge trees were laid down on top of each other in the backyard, power lines and HUGE TREES were down and strewn across the roads, including public roads, it was something else!!! NOT FUN AT ALL TO GO THROUGH, EITHER!!! I am praying and trusting in the good Lord...hoping He will send it out to sea before it gets here! I ask you Christians to please help me be praying about this also.

Today's est calories: 1700

Visited Friend at her home (who was in the hospital)...she is still recovering at her home...Christians, please continue to pray for her.

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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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anewhb on 09/01/2008:
Hi Maria - looks like you have had two good days. GOOD JOB resisting the ice cream. You will see from my diary I have enjoyed myself, but all OK for now. You have my prayers for sending Hanna back to the sea!~ Boy I think my house mess is bad with the tree accident....can't imagine what a hurrican would do! God bless - let's talk next week.


thinnside40 on 09/01/2008:
Cannot imagine a hurricane...Our winds are scary at times, but something like that shall never be as fierce....

Your entry makes me want to drink a cup of hot cider!... I have 2 gallons left in the freezer from last November......

Have a wonderful evening and YES save that monies for a vacation!


lafemme_loca on 09/01/2008:
Hi Maria... I am with Thin... I can't imagine going through a hurricane. I will be praying for you and your home. I didn't know that you are in S.C. That is one state I would love to visit. I love the south but have never been... I want to see N.C., S.C. and Georgia sometime. As for your fall decorating... It is so nice. I love autumn, my absolute favourite season. I wish that we could actually have a nice autumn, but our climate doesn't really change that much. Oh well. I hope you have a wonderful day. *hugs*


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
sounds like you are doing really well. you never talk about your daughter...it must have been a good time :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
hehe, i saw what you wrote on Lafemme's entry you never had starbuck's. actually, i consider the coffee too strong tasting...BUT it's everything else that is sooo good there. you know, the treats and other drinks! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
don't go to starbuck's, you'll get hooked. it's a waste of $.


cybermom4 on 09/01/2008:
Happy September to You too! Hope the hurricane goes the other way and you all stay safe!


thinnside40 on 09/01/2008:
YES ~ Converstaion with my brother was nice, but heartbraching at the same time... My Sis-in-Law has been having to go to infusion care every day for IV antibiotics...She has severe cellulitis in her legs, due to her what seems to be uncontrollable diabetes... Her blood sugars last week for a fasting test were over 600 (death or a coma for most people)...It is now running in the 300's...he is afraid that she may lose her legs, due to the continual infections and lack of circulation... She only has 1/3 of her pancreas and has been on the strongest narcotics for almost 12 years... The diabetes is something new this last 3 months.... Insulin is not doing much good.... She is only 45 years old..... He is too and recently learned he has polycystic kidney and liver disease compliments of 'Desert Storm'... He is a strong Christian man and you would never know they both have such health issues, cause he is always praising the Lord for his mighty blessings and thankful to just be alive... With my G'ma & those 2, plus my mom on her "self medicating fits" at times... Keeps us hopping, but thankful that we have such a close knit Christian family...

I had a great time shopping and enjoyed every drop of my coffee!!! : o )


selina on 09/02/2008:
Hi Maria! Sounds like you had a great day! This is the first time you mentioned your Daughter! Sounds like she is well and near you! Wonderful! Enjoy the fall weather and let's hope Hanna will stay away from your path! Hugs and smiles to you!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 30, 2008

Weight: 155.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

It's a beautiful morning here in South Carolina....Hubby is working BUT he gets off EARLY today...YAYYYY!!!

Today I am at 155! Yayyyy!

I did get some walking done last nite on treadmill on elevation and cals yesterday were around 1300.

Today's plan, Lord willing: Get studying completed for tomorrow, then prepare for Hubby coming home early...depending on the humidity and temperature (been being high humidity and temps up to in the 90's), he and I (if he wants to and feels up to it) might go to the next town over to the flea market and walk around there a while. Then after that, we may either eat out (but may not since we plan to do that after church tomorrow and when we eat out it is usually buffet only), or go get a cup of coffee somewhere and sit and talk some. Yayyyy!

I hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord! Don't forget to go to church tomorrow and worship Him Who is our Creator and takes care of us every day!!!

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Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: coffee, 1 plain toast (100)...egg s/w, low-cal tea (250)...lf bologna s/w w 1/2 onion, low-cal tea (300)...Hubby and I ate supper buffet...so total est 1700 for day...

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Afternoon update: We didn't go to the flea market...when Hubby got home (out of the heat), the heat index was close to 100...and the humidity real high, too...so we are at home and Hubby is resting and I am going to be doing some further vacation research online...

I went into a store today and RESISTED my fav triple choc cone of high-fat ice cream at 440 cals...also resisted stopping at McD's and getting ice cream....Yayyy...Out with the old and in with the new habits! Working on lessening WHITE SUGAR a LOT...

Hope you're having a nice afternoon/evening!

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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 08/30/2008:
I wish we had flea markets here like that...My Uncle & Aunt go to ones in Tulsa and talk about how fun it is....... I guess I will suffice with the "thrifty" today.....

Have a super good time....

As for my chickies ~ I feed them oyster shell & layer crumbles.... They will begin laying soon, just have to be patient.... They are almost 5 months old and may be jumping the gun a bit in hoping for at least 1 egg before fall....

Again, have a super day!


selina on 08/30/2008:
WOW! I bet it was just water you were holding! Yayyy!

That flea market looks amazing, enjoy!

Horses - I went by the polo club today by bike and they were playing, again. I really like watching them and I found out that they are having a tournament tomorrow the whole day. I shall go there tomorrow sometime to watch, can't wait! Lot's of people, from all over Switzerland!

Have a great weekend! Hugs and smiles to you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2008:
hi girl! thanks for the inspiration! :)

have a good afternoon with hubby!


lafemme_loca on 08/30/2008:
YAY !!! That is so great 155! I am so excited for you ! Yay about resisting your ice cream !! I am excited for you ! The lowering your need on white sugar is a great idea ! I know it has helped me a ton ! May God richly bless you tomorrow. *hugs*


selina on 08/31/2008:
I stopped using sugar alltogether, not even sugar substitute, and I don't miss it at all! I guess it's just a matter of habit... Good luck! I think you'll like it. Now, I can "taste" the sugar in plain bread, rice, etc


biscottibody59 on 08/31/2008:
Thanks for your thoughts on my mom's passing. And for checking up on me--hope to update soon!

Take care!


mcwoo:) on 08/31/2008:
Well done on the lower number,Don't spend too much at the market.What willpower to resist that ice cream,take care,Julie


thinnside40 on 08/31/2008:
I didn't go "thriftying" yesterday either...Wound up going to town together as a family.... Hope your Sunday was a pleasant one.....



Maria7 - Friday Aug 29, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

EXHAUSTION is the word today......I am sooo tired .... and SORE ... I have been doing a lot over the past few days and so I guess I asked for it....the good news is I got on Mom's scale this morning and I still am at 157...(weighed 3 times and it was 157 each time)...felt GOOD???...about that (that I'd not gained)...then thought about fat not weighing much, like muscle does...so got out the tape measure and am a little smaller than a few days ago...it's no wonder, with all the 'big clean' a couple of days and the lifting and doing a lot yesterday...so I guess 2200 and 2500 calories was acceptable yesterday and day before...since I was EXTRA ACTIVE...Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me not to regain...I think I am getting 'excited' again about where I'm at...maintaining...since I'm tall, 5'8", 157 is okay, isn't it? (Highest was 205.)

Well...what am I going to do today? I still have some more 'big clean' to do...and maybe I will and maybe I won't...I'm just tired...

Hope you have/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

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Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: egg, grits, tuna, coffee, tea (400)...baked okra, coffee (100)...baked chicken, a little bbq sauce, 1 bread, popcorn, tea (800)...total est cals 1300... Exercise: a little over 1/2 mile on incline on the treadmill...

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I was out and about and went by the grocery store and only got fruits...was tempted to get a little 1-serving ice cream at the store on the way home but resisted...

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Afternoon Update: Got a call about an hour ago and just got back from seeing Daughter at her work place...her hours (and not just hers there) have been reduced lately...so I gave her a few dollars to help her have something to eat...I love my Daughter very much and I ask all Christians to please pray for her, that God's Will be done in her life...She is such a sweet, humble young woman...She will do anything she can to help someone else...

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~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 08/29/2008:
OH......to be relaxed and have a smile on face like that girl in the chair.... Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Have a wonderful day and rest some!


LaFemme_Loca on 08/29/2008:
I love the picture of the lady on the chair. Oh how I want to be her !! :-) I am glad that you are resting after your big clean. I will see what the healthy weight range is for you when I go to my car at lunch. :-) It is based on BMI and I have the chart. It is what WW and doctors have agreed to for a good weight goal. :-) As for my miracle of weight loss... yeah that is totally from God ! He took it away... I lived with the verse : "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible" and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" those were my verses for my weight-loss journey. I gave it all to Him ! He did it, I didn't do it. *hugs* Talk to you soon! And have a blessed day !


LaFemme_Loca on 08/29/2008:
Okay... here you go: person of 5'8" should weigh between 132 (BMI 20) and 164 (BMI 25). So, 157 is perfect. :-) If that is what feels right for you. :-)


selina on 08/29/2008:
Yayy! to a forgoten tomato plant that comes back to life! I hope you are having a well deserved rest!


selina on 08/29/2008:
You are so tall and you must look stunning at 157! Maintaining sounds like the way to go, yayyy!!!


mcwoo:) on 08/29/2008:
Hiya Maria,glad you liked the pictures.I do enjoy walking on seafront and the pier especially first thing in the morning.I'll post some more of around the town when i find some good ones,Take care Julie



Maria7 - Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

I went and got Sister and Mom this morning...Sister and I rearranged Mom's closet in Mom's room and then we brought her over here to the house. It took both Sister and me to get Mom inside and Mom was EXTREMELY winded for a while afterward, but it did her good to sit in her recliner/rocker chair that she spent so much time in when she was in her apartment, which her chair is now over here since she moved into the nursing facility earlier this year. We three ate lunch together with Mom sitting in her chair...We all had a good visit...Mom was so happy to be over here...all in all, Sister and I were with Mom about 5 hours...finally Mom said she was ready to go back to her room...After taking Mom back, with her foods and stuff I got her (big bag bananas, big jar prune juice, 4 snackpacks of fruit cocktail, 8 of peaches, 3 of chocolate pudding and a big package of fig bars cookies, etc.), Sister and I went to a thrift store and I got Sister 4 shirts and me one. After taking Sister home, I came home and now here I am keying. Hubby is working late again today. I bought his supper already cooked instead of cooking it...

Food today (thank You, Lord) has been: BK whopper jr, BK small onion rings, BK small sweet tea, McD's large sweet tea, McD's apple pie, chocolate-covered and honey-covered pecans, fried egg s/w, popcorn,...est total 2500.

I have lost my 'incentive' again to maintain...not that I 'found' it since I've been regaining weight.....

~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 08/28/2008:
Huhum!!!!!.... Think about the nutritional values/benefits (lack of them)... You had your cholestrol/B.P. checked this year?

You haven't lost it, it's just misplaced temporarily..... You don't want to be back to NEEDING to rid of poundage, cause you don't fit into those sizes you are currently in.... YOU DON'T!!!! TRUST ME!!!!! YOU DON'T!!!!

Have a good evening and you CAN do better tomorrow...... : O )


grumpy on 08/28/2008:
just stopping by to say hello Maria! have a good night.


thinnside40 on 08/28/2008:
Have a good night's sleep Maria....Don't Beat yourself up and I certainly wasn't trying to do that verbally when I commented earlier evening..... I just know how hard you have worked and hate to see someone feeling like they have lost any incentive after doing SO well.....

Check in on ya tomorrow.... God Bless You & Hubby!


selina on 08/29/2008:
Sounds like you had a great day with your mom and sister!!! That's SO wonderful. I guess it isn't easy to be watching your food and calories when you are having a great time with family - after all, it's like a party! I know you will be back to your conscious eating sooner than later. I just hope you enjoyed the yummy food yesterday without feeling guilty about it. Live the moment! You can go back to dieting tomorrow!!! But don't wait too long before it gets out of control - I'm sure you wouldn't allow it to get out of control, anyways.... Hugs and smiles to you! Have a wonderful day!


Jen40 on 08/29/2008:
I'm with Thinnside40, I don't want to be harsh either, I just so want to motivate you, somehow, to maintain because I know how hard it was to get where you did, and I don't want to see that undone. I know you can get back on track, I just don't know how to help you do it.



Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

Okay�I finally found it yesterday��Mom�s scale�I can actually see the numbers on it better than I could see them on the one I had�Soooooo�now I don�t have to weigh at the grocery store anymore�.(shhhhh-h-h-h-h-h!)�

As you can see, I�ve gained�I knew I had�.BUT NOT THIS MUCH!!!�okay�maybe I didn�t gain this much�what 2 scales are alike anyway, huh? So�I went to the grocery store this morning�I knew what the difference was between the grocery store scale and the scale I had�so now to see what the difference is between the grocery store scale and Mom�s scale�Guess what? Mom's scale is RIGHT ON with the grocery store scale...The grocery store scale weighed me 5 pounds MORE than my scale and Mom's scale weighs me 5 pounds MORE than my scale I had...so�Mom�s scale weighs me heavier than my scale weighed me but I�ve decided to go by Mom�s scale number from here on out�how do I know that my scale was not �underweighing� me 5 pounds??? (or that Mom�s scale and the grocery store scale are not overweighing me 5 pounds????)...so according to the number on the grocery store scale and Mom's scale, I would have weighed about 152 on my scale...BUT that scale is gone with the wind....

Goodness�it�s like clothes�you can wear a size X in this and a size Y in that�you know you are the same size�why aren�t the sizes standardized??? I easily wear a size 8 in a pantsuit I have to church�but do you think I can wear my size 8 levis jeans? Nope�okay I can fasten them but that doesn�t count (they are not wearable cause they are tight). Scales are the same as sizes�one weighs you this much and another weighs you that much.

Really, why don�t we all just throw out the scales and go by tape measures�aren�t all tape measures the same???

So�even though I�ve put in the number that Mom�s scale says I weigh�who knows? I wear size 8, 10, and 12...so what does that mean, either???

But, I still don�t wear my size 8 levis jeans�which �were� my goal a few months ago�oh well�

I�ve regained some weight but I FEEL BETTER and MORE ENERGIZED and THAT IS WHAT COUNTS!!!!!

Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: Breaky: 1 egg, plain toast, 1/2 banana, coffee, low-cal tea (300) Snack: 1/2 ban w a little chocolate syrup, 1 cupful scuppernong grapes (200) Lunch: 1 x-large corn on the cob plain w a little salt, tea (300) Supper: 'Speghetti and meatballs' although instead of speghetti strings, I used another shape of pasta, scuppernong grapes, tea (800). Also...low cal popcorn, another corn on the cob...(600)...total est cals for day 2200...

Got a good amount accomplished on the 'big clean' today...still a lot to go...I will still try to get a little more done before I get ready to go to church in a little while...

Sister and I plan to go get Mom tomorrow...

Hubby called and said he is working late and so will not be going to church with me tonite...I told him his supper is ready and waiting on him when he gets in, which will be before I get home from church...

While at the grocery store, I bought some more 'scuppernong' grapes...yum...they are so good...BUT they are about twice as many cals as regular grapes (100 per cupful versus 50 per cupful) but they are sooo worth it!!!...and this is still pretty low-cal and high fiber...they are high in vitamin C and contain potassium, vitamin B and trace minerals...

Okay�the �big clean� resumes�thanks for 'listening'....

I hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

~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 08/27/2008:
Have a great day...AND I just read an article in a magazine last night that mentions tossing the scale, due to the same reasons you have mentioned! Bet ya couldn't get the Dr. to toss their scales though...I am crunched for time, but wanted to at least say "good mornin'!"


selina on 08/27/2008:
Thank you so much Maria for the comment in my entry. You are right, we just have to keep doing what is healthy and what makes us strong... I totally agree with you!

Your scale..... I wonder what mine is like, now. it's such an old one that I wouldn't be surprise if it's totally off! It doesn't matter, though. What's important is how we feel about ourselves and if we don't feel confy in our own skin, then it's time to do something about it! I am so happy you feel energized and good! Question to you: what does your Hubby think of your present weight - Does he notice you've gained or he is oblivious to your weight no matter what happens,up or down. My Hubby does not notice anything, hehe...


thinnside40 on 08/27/2008:
I still am hmmmmmmmmmming about those scales... You are so like my mom and your ways with your husband AND sweets...She is the same with my dad when she is sneaky...He usually laughs when he catches her!!!! Cause she is like a little kid, it gives him a kick...

I need to google those grapes!


WI3 on 08/27/2008:
I agree about the clothes. I find that in more forgiving fabric I can wear smaller sizes, but in jean material or any material that is heavier, I have to get a larger size. Which can be soooooo frustrating. You will lose that weight! You always do!


anewhb on 08/27/2008:
You're right - no two scales are alike. It even matters what surface you have them on and all of them fluxuate. As you know I just don't weigh! LOL! Clothes are less likely to change than scales so they are my guide. But finding what works for you is what is important. I'm glad you aren't totally "hitching your wagon" to a number on a fickle devine (like the scales)! Good for you - keep eating well and feeling good.....HB


lafemme_loca on 08/27/2008:
Hey there... I am in the same sizes as you and sooooo know that feeling... :-) Sizes 8 - 12 ! :-) As for the scales, yeah I hear you on that one... I just have to deal with the one at WW since the county's Weighs and Means must come once a year and certify that they are accurate. I am glad that you are feeling better and getting back to the big clean. :-) Way to go ! *hugs* Just give all to God and He will direct your path.


selina on 08/28/2008:
hi maria! hope all is well with you! have a great day!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 23, 2008

Weight: 0.0

And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you! Been another real nice day here in South Carolina...sunny and cool/warm...70's morning and 80's afternoon....YES!!!...I even found a pretty red/yellow leaf on the ground this morning!

Anyway, I called the thrift store this morning, (the one that Sister and I visited yesterday) and asked AGAIN (was told NO yesterday...but I am persistant, hehehe!) if they would take half of what the sticker said on the Temptations Pumpkins Bakeware (oven/refrigerator/freezer/microwave/table)... such a cute set with black wire holders to set them in to serve on the table and it IS ALMOST AUTUMN, Friends!!! Well, I was told this morning that after the person I asked over the phone had asked the person in charge that she was told that since they've had them a while and they haven't moved that I could have them for half-price...YES!!! There were also 2 extra pumpkin tureens included....I almost didn't get them but felt that I should so I did. (GLAD!)... So, all in all there are 3 pumpkins tureens, each identical with it's own black wire carrier (has handles) that each tureen sits in to serve on the table and also a set of 4 little individual serving size pumpkins and these 4 sit in their special black wire container with handles, also. They are all in like-new condition with the exception of a broken lid on one of the little pumpkins that had the parts to it so I crazy-glued it back together after I bought them all and brought them home. I also found some little pumpkin candles at the thrift store...so cute and got them, too, for autumn dining room table decoration. Also bought Hubby a nice brown soft churchwear jacket, brown dress pants, brown pullover shirt, and rust-colored pullover shirt...can you tell I'm into autumn colors? Hehehe!!!

Next...GOOD NEWS...I visited Friend at the hospital today and she was waiting to be released to go home TODAY!!! YAYYYYY!!!

Next...I tried on my leather size 10 skirt this afternoon...I can still wear it...BUT...it will not be comfortable if I CONTINUE gaining...YES I'VE BEEN GAINING!!!...and don't ask me how much...I don't know...I guess I will have to weigh at the grocery store one morning soon before breakfast...I am still wearing my size 10 dress pants also. SOOOOOOO....I AM GOING TO HAVE TO BE A GOOD GIRL FROM HERE ON OUT cause I HAVE BEEN .....LAX!!!!! (PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU ON THIS....I NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT!!!)

Today's food (thank You, Lord) has been: Coffee, plain toast, fried egg, McD's Big Mac (WHAT?????....sure was good!), 2 McD's sweet teas, very small bag baked Lay's potato chips, scuppernong grapes (yes, I eat the skins...love them...and also a few of the seeds that are tender), popcorn, banana, and chocolate pudding/cool whip.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~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 08/23/2008:
get back on track, lady. stay away from Mc Ds for a while. xoxo


thinnside40 on 08/23/2008:
Well, I think you may have gotten some after you rad my entry...Maybe????. Not sure when you read it, before or after you posted...

At any rate Maria, just be healthy in how you go about losing any that you may have gained back when you decide to...... Just take the time needed and take care!


selina on 08/24/2008:
Hi Maria! I'm so glad you are enjoying the beautiful almost fall weather. I love the crisp cool air, too. Have fun! I wouldn't worry to much about the weight..... Now that you are there, just make sure you maintain.... I wish I was there.........


Jen40 on 08/24/2008:
First off you got a fantastic deal with those pumpkins and clothes!!! Now I want to go back to a thrift shop, it's been about 2 years since I've been in one. WTG!

I wish I knew the right words to encourage you back on track. I just think you've come so far and are such an inspiration to the rest of us. I really hope you're able to regain your focus soon, which I know sometimes is very hard. *hugs*


MCWOO:) on 08/24/2008:
Hiya Maria,I hope everything is ok with you,your mum included!!I need some encouragement sent this way too, please.I have put loads on,and is certainly taking it's toll,The girls are back at school in about 10days time so i will get into a better routine then.I'm on holiday this week,but i am busy with the house so it keeps me away from the kitchen.Anyway i will catch up again,take care,Julie


thinnside40 on 08/24/2008:
Good Sunday to you!!!!!!



Maria7 - Friday Aug 22, 2008

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And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you!

I went and got Sister this morning and we went and got Mom and took Mom shopping (Mom had said she wanted to go shopping for a new pocketbook). I bought her a nice white one that she picked out. Then she decided she wanted a new jacket and picked out a pretty white one with a hood and I got her that, too. After we left the store, the three of us went to BK for lunch...we ate inside the vehicle in the parking lot again. After we finished eating, we rode around a while in the pretty countryside. Later, after Sister and I took Mom back home, Sister and I went shopping at a thrift store. I got Sister and her Hubby a jogging outfit each. I found for myself a cute red bandana top for summerwear and a nice tweed orange/brown lined jacket for churchwear.

I took Sister home and I went and bought Hubby a nice new watch with a calendar to surprise him with which he really likes.

For Hubby's and my suppers, I cooked bbq'd chicken and slaw. I'd already bought individual small banana puddings for desert.

Today's food (thank You, Lord) has been...coffee, tea, BK whopper jr, 2 bbq'd chicken breasts without skin, slaw, small banana pudding, scuppernong grapes, and popcorn.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~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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Jen40 on 08/22/2008:
Sounds like a wonderful day. :O)


thinnside40 on 08/22/2008:
RE: Chenille Spread ~ It is Ecru.... I have several in that color and a couple white... one that is butter yellow and currently on my bed, then one that is a avacado green...The ones I have are all different patterns and some are popcorn, some are flat, just none the same.....

So, sounds like your day was a good one with girl time and finds at the thrist store are wonderful!

Have a good evening!


Beth201P on 08/22/2008:
Have a wonderful weekend. ((hugs)) my friend. God Bless


selina on 08/23/2008:
Hi Maria, what a great day you had! Your mom seems to be quite shopper! And you did so well, too! I LOVE the food you cooked for supper, Yummm. Have a wonderful weekend!


hollybelle on 08/23/2008:
Hey, Maria - good day - I loe BBQ cicken YUM, YUM. Question for you - the scuppernog grapes - do you eat the skin. I don't. Too tough for me. I just bite the top, spit out (sorry) the seeds and eat the pulp. Just curious, cause you said they were chewy......the pulp is chewy, too though....just wondering. The bandanna top sounds cute. I love bandanna print. I wear a bandanna when I walk or bike ride, exercise of any kind or work in the yard since I perspire so much. Have used those since my aerobic instructor days....God Bless. hb


Soon2BThin on 08/23/2008:
It sounds like you had an excellent day! Glad to hear your Mom is doing well. I love to shop the thrift stores. Have a good weekend!


hollybelle on 08/24/2008:
Maria - I can't eat the skins sor the seeds! I like the scuppernong grapes, but I also love muskadine grapes. Have you tried them? They are purple and thick skinned, too. There is only one vegetble stand in our two that sells either one and it just happens to be near my house. Both kinds of these grapes come from North Carolina, although I'm sure they are grown throughout the south. The vendor at the stand told me the closest she knows that they are grown to KY is in Knoxville, TN. Our winters are too cold too often for them to be very successful around here. God bless you on this Sunday-My new name next week will be anewhb - so look for me there on Monday!



Maria7 - Thursday Aug 21, 2008

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And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you!!!

It's been another very beautiful, sunny day today!

I've been out running errands most of the day, including buying groceries...I delightfully came across my FAVORITE in a grocery store...SCUPPERNONG GRAPES!!!! Didn't think it would be time for them quite yet...to me when the scuppernong grapes are ready to eat, IT IS FALL!!!!

Came home, washed clothes, did some bookkeeping, got ready and went to a ladies meeting at church and now I am back home again, keying to you!

Sister and I are to go get Mom tomorrow morning and take Mom shopping (Mom's request)...she wants ANOTHER pocketbook...She didn't like the one she had, she doesn't like her new one, she hasn't liked others we've given her...so I guess we will take her again to see if she can find one that is SMALL (but will hold as much as a big tote bag) and one that is colors/materials she likes. She called today to say she'd gotten ready for us to come get her today, only to realize it was Thursday, not Friday.

Yesterday was another busy day...I worked in the yard...also we had church last nite.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~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 08/21/2008:
Cannot say I have ever heard of those grapes...Hubby seems to recollect that he has though....

Have a great time with sis/mom tomorrow..... I am beat by school shopping & concert going. Ready for my cereal before I go to read a magazine to fall asleep by..... Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!! Yea.... I am so ready for the weekend.... Kids are staying the night @ Pa & Ma's tomorrow night and going to breakfast Saturday morning @ Old Country Buffet..(shhhh......They don't know it yet).....

Catch ya tomorrow!


selina on 08/22/2008:
WOW to the grapes! Never seen them before, they look delicious! Have a great day with your sis and mom, Maria!


hollybelle on 08/22/2008:
YAY for SCUPPERNOG grapes! I ate some Monday. They are very hard to find around here, only place I know to get them is a small fruit & veg stand that just happens to be at one of the entrances to my neighborhood. I tried them last year and went back for more this year. I tried to get some of the people at work interested in them, but they didn't like them because they were expecting something more like the grapes you get in the grocery store - seedless green or red, black, etc. They are just like something else all together. Enjoy! Have a great weekend.



Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

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And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you!!!

It's been a very beautiful, sunny day today! This morning I went to the dentist and after that, I spent a lot of this afternoon mowing the lawn (front, back, and sides).

Finished that and cooked supper for Hubby and me. We had meatloaf, creamed potatoes, green peas, and homemade biscuits. He had diet pepsi with his supper and I had low-cal sweet tea. Yum. It was real good.

Hubby is real excited and talking a lot here lately about us (Lord willing) going on vacation in a couple of months, during October, our wedding anniversary month...This anniversary, Lord willing, will be nineteen years...

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~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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WI3 on 08/19/2008:
WOW congrats on the 19 years! Hope your teeth are feeling ok after your trip to the dentist. Way to go on all that lawn mowing and your dinner sounds YUMMY! Have a wonderful evening!


lafemme_loca on 08/19/2008:
Haha ! True it does grow from the roots and not the ends... however, if you don't cut the split ends off when they start, then they get worse and you have to cut more and more to end the split ends. So, that is what happened. Since I have not been getting normal haircuts, the dry, dead ends just got worse so they had to take about five inches off. :-)


cybermom4 on 08/19/2008:
Definitely go on that vacation! or at least a little get away. While we were away we celebrated our 21st - hubby surprised me with a vase of beautiful flowers which really brightened up our hotel room. Then my son bought us/ and surprised us with a bottle of sparkling cider to add to the celebration. The whole trip we kept saying - wow it's our anniversary and we're on vacation :) -- it was too fun!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2008:
mowing the lawn!!! nice!

awww, your name is sooo pretty like this. i like it better than Maria777! so this is because of a computer problem! yuck! glad you are back!


WI3 on 08/19/2008:
I LOVE those ice cream cones at Micky-D's!


thinnside40 on 08/19/2008:
So you are newlyweds like my hubby & I are @ 16 years right?.... I like to think we are! At least 99% of the time at least.....

Have a good night's sleep!


thinnside40 on 08/19/2008:
Ha Ha...Nope...I got me an axe!......and 2 chop bocks of wood....BUT, they are used fer other purposes than chickens for supper....Seen plenny of that growing up on Saturday afernoons when the hen house was cleaned out and it took the whole day to scawld, pluck, bag & put them in the freezer....Save one fer supper with cast-iron skillet fried taters & onions, greens & biscuits....My favorite to tell you is the liver AND gizzard..... MMMMMMMM MMMMMMM good...Eat yer heart out Colonel Sanders!

I'll keep my hennys in their pen and get me some eggs come early spring.....All 9 of them lived that we got early spring and are grown up now....Pretty little ladies, if I do say so myself.....


selina on 08/20/2008:
Hi Maria! Delicious supper! I wish I could be there to taste it!

I hope you'll have a wonderful vacation/anniversary celebration in October. Congrats! And since we are all (a lot of us) sharing how many years we've been married, here's my report: 20 years last Valentine's Day! We are all newlyweds, aren't we? My parents have been married for nearly 65 years!!!!


Jen40 on 08/20/2008:
Oh that dinner sounds heavenly! Yumm yumm yumm. Congrats on 19 years coming up, Whatever celebration you decide on, I hope you two just enjoy every moment. 20 years here, coming up in Dec.


hollybelle on 08/20/2008:
Hey there - didn't get around to commenting on yours yesterday! Congrats on the upcoming anniversary. Me and mine were married 18 years in June this year! YAY! Hope you get to do something fun for your anniversary.


selina on 08/21/2008:
Hi Maria! Hope all is well with you and hope you haven't been kidnapped by another computer virus! Have a wonderful day!


thinnside40 on 08/21/2008:
I am thinking your computer is on the fritz...... Hope all is well in S.C.



Maria7 - Monday Aug 18, 2008

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And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello all! It is me, Maria.

I clicked on some autumn decor for webpages this morning that was free to download and what the computer downloaded was a 'code' that took over the other journal and refused to stay deleted and caused lots of journal pages not to load...I spent hours deleting the 'code' over and over and trying other things, too, and it would not stay deleted, and I even went into the computer (again...3rd time)...and didn't figure out how to delete the code that way either (so far)...so other journal is offline while I try to figure out how to delete that code and now here is 3rd journal on DD.

All I have to say is 'Be careful of what you click on...it may look innocent and yet be something that is programed to do other things you would not want it to do.' This is the third time this year that this has happened.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~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 08/18/2008:
Yep!...Done the same thing myself before....Just hard to decide who/what to trust online....

At least your computer isn't "down & overtaken" again.....

Have a good evening!


thinnside40 on 08/18/2008:
Ha Ha....I did jog a bit to try to beat the storm, but I wasn't fast enough....I did have a couple houses in mind to dart into if I REALLY had to or got scared enough.... The "zzzzaaaapppp" of the power line in the last 2 miles was when I made the phone call.....Of course, now it has let up, but VERY DARK out there.....


selina on 08/18/2008:
hi Maria! So sorry another bug got you, behind a pretty fall scene, nonetheless! I'm glad you got around your problem by getting another identity! YAyyy!

I hope the bad weather from Fay is not going your direction... it seems it's going to hit the Gulf Coast, though...

Stay tight and don't let those computer bugs bite! hehe - sorry, couldn't help it!


Jen40 on 08/19/2008:
Aww, I'm sorry the computer turned against you!!! How sad, I hope you're able to correct the problem real soon.


thinnside40 on 08/19/2008:
RE: Apples shipped yer way.......I'm not sure I would trust the U.S.P.S. But, beofre harvest is over with we will have fujis, jonagolds, reds, goldens, galas, pink ladies, granny smith, winesaps, johnnies (not so easy to find anymore) and a few other varieties I cannot remember to choose from....Grapes, Peaches, Nectarines & Pears start coming off the first part of September...How blessed we are!


selina on 08/19/2008:
Yes, I love having guests! Have a great day, Maria!



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