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Maria7 - Thursday Jan 22, 2015
(Portion Control and Walking More)
Weight: 166.8

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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 Good morning, everyone!

Hope you are doing well this morning.  It is SUNNY here in South Carolina and a little chilly, supposed to get up to around 60 degrees fahrenheit later today, according to the weather channel on tv...

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Having cup of coffee...have a cup?

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Well, the weightwise news is I am down a little on the scale this morning (-0.6).  So, new bmi is now 25.4 and I am still officially overweight.  But I could tell I was slightly smaller in the waist yesterday when I wore my jeans and didn't have to unbutton the top button to be comfortable...THAT'S PROGRESS and to me, ANY PROGRESS is PROGRESS and albeit this is VERY SMALL progress, I'll TAKE IT!!!  (smile!)

It is now CONFESSION TIME...are you ready to hear (read) it???

I had quit diet pepsis BUT Hubby's new rule (in coaching/helping me) is no more than 2 little bottles of orange juice a WEEK (I'd been having 1 or 2 a DAY for a total of 350 extra calories for 2) and so, having stopped with the oj and missing that cold acidic drink during the day, especially in the mornings, I have now gone back to my old (not) friend, diet pepsi.  I had reasoned (as some of us do) when having the extra oj calories, that nevermind my gaining weight, the oj was loaded with vitamin C and since the flu shot this year is apparently not worth it's weight in the money I paid for it (about $30 or so), the oj would be a good thing to drink during this season.  My Mom got the flu shot, too and had already had the pneumonia shot, too and yet she still got the flu last month, which evolved into pneumonia earlier this month that she has been recovering from (she's doing better now).

So...that's my confession for the day...I have resumed the diet pepsis to replace the oj I'd been having.  Yes, I know there are much better things to drink, even plain water, but I missed that acidic cold oj drink and thus I have failed at saying good bye to diet sodas...which is also not good, cause they contain SODIUM, which doesn't help in seeing lower numbers on the scale because sodium can cause fluid retention.  So, I may just substitute drinking iced tea (which I usually drink almost daily anyway) in the place of the oj and let the sodas go instead of picking up that bad habit again.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 38.2 lbs lost so far, only 26.8 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 01/22/2015:
I'm stubborn n head strong in trying to "reason" the it's o.k./better than... To give up soda pop was one of the hardest things. Do you like bottled or canned? A bottle would allow you to wean off maybe??? A little bit less every 2-3 days? Hope you have a good day. :)


Jezebel on 01/22/2015:
I can not stomach diet cokes or pepsi even though I love the full sugar versions. My low cal choice is diet Sunkist. I tend to drink a lot more diet sunkist when I buy them in the 12oz cans. I notice I drink less when I buy them in 2 liter bottles. Just my 2 cents. Congrats on your weight loss.


puddles on 01/22/2015:
I have never been a pop drinker so at least that was not one of my big things but anything that is in our life regularly is hard to get away from. Marie I am in SC also what part of SC are u in. Wishing you a great day.


Umpqua on 01/22/2015:
Great news on the scale movement and your pants fitting better. I know what you mean, any sign of progress is a great motivator!



Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 21, 2015
(Eating in Moderation and Exercising)
Weight: 167.4

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

 

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Good morning, Friends.

The sun is up over here and we are supposed to get up to 66 degrees fahrenheit and sunny today, according to weather.com...  It is a LOVELY morning...and makes me feel like SPRINGTIME is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!!  (SMILE!)  I love to see the bluejays and hear them singing in the trees and I love to watch them eat bread that I usually throw out for them in the mornings in the springtime.  They are such beautiful creatures!

Well, weightwise news, I've not reduced any on the scale yet but I've been a pretty good girl and walking uphill on the treadmill, too...did '10 WHOLE MINUTES' on it last nite...and for me, that is GOOD.  Hubby is coaching me a little.  I told him it would be so good if I only had someone to coach me and he said he would help me.  So what he does, is after his supper, he has a little minute or two talk with me about how I can lose weight and then tells me to go get on the treadmill for x amount of minutes after his talk.  Day before yesterday, his talk to me was about not giving in to nitetime eating.  Then he told me to walk 15 minutes on the treadmill (which I barely was able to do!)...then last nite, he told me to not eat after 7pm at nite anymore and then told me to walk 10 minutes on the treadmill (I had protested a little after he'd first said another 15 minutes on the treadmill so he reduced it to 10 minutes), so I walked uphill on the treadmill for 10 minutes and that was much easier than the 15 the day before that I was barely able to do.  It is sort of like a little game with the two of us.  I told him I would pay him (for coaching me) $5 for each 30 minutes he could talk me into walking on the treadmill (old treadmill is situated to where you are walking uphill on it each time you walk on it).  Also, I told him that each nite he could talk me into not eating at nite, he would get $3.  He told me I don't have to pay him and that he will do it for free to help me.  But I decided to myself that I wanted to do it anyway at least for a while and when he came home from work yesterday, he found $2.50 (cause I'd walked 15  minutes the nite before) on his nitestand, hahaha!  It would have been $5.50 but I gave in and had a snack after bedtime the nite before.  So, last nite, I didn't eat at nite after 7pm and I walked 10 minutes uphill on the treadmill, so he will find $5 on his nitestand today when he comes in from work, hahaha!     

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Hope you have a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only 27.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/21/2015:
That's neat that your husband is "coaching" you. Any system that we can come up with that work is a good one :) Excellent job on the exercise overall!


puddles on 01/21/2015:
That is really sweet Maria. I love the fact that you decided to put the money you owe him on the night stand lol. Have a great day and keep up the good work.


thinnside40 on 01/21/2015:
Hope you've had a wonderful day Maria.



Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 20, 2015
(Eating in Moderation and Exercising)
Weight: 167.4

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

 

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Good afternoon, Friends.

Jesus is our Lighthouse.  He helps us and He protects us wherever we may go.  What would we do without Him?  We'd be LOST.  My prayer today is for everyone who is lost in the world to get SAVED.  Jesus is the ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED.  There is no other through Whom to be saved and no other way to be saved but THROUGH HIM.

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Hope you have a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only 27.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/20/2015:
Have a great day Maria.


thinnside40 on 01/20/2015:
Good day Maria.


thinkpositive on 01/21/2015:
Nice seeing you back here!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 19, 2015
(Eating in Moderation and Exercising)
Weight: 167.4

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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 Hello, Everyone! 

I've  been reading Diet Diaries off and on lately, yet not posting, mostly due to having fallen out of the boat, so to speak...but I am now back in the boat...

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567rowing toward goal weight island once again...

I realized I must do something when my most recent high (which was this month) was 169.2, which is the highest I've weighed in many years, since achieving goal weight originally.

I've just let myself go...eat whatever I wanted...though I've stayed active (or shall we change that word to 'on the go most of the time'), I've done no regular exercising.

Hubby says my biggest problem with weight gain is eating at nite.  SO TRUE.  So, why do I continue to eat at nite?  WHY???

Because it is a HABIT.  A habit can be hard to break.  But once it is broken, it is not missed anymore.  I know I can stay on track, with the good Lord's help. 

One habit I seem to have broken is diet sodas.  I CRAVED them last year and realized I was consuming too many of the unhealthy things daily.  Since I'm usually an 'all or nothing' person, I finally realized it was best to completely quit them again, since it appeared I was not exercising control over my intake of them.  So, I said goodbye to them and have not been missing them.  The other day, I was out of orange juice and substitued almost half a cup of a diet pepsi for it and didn't even enjoy it and did not even finish that small amount.  I was glad I didn't enjoy it.  The 'taste' for it was GONE.  So...now I just need to break the habit of nitetime eating....Hubby says, "You go to bed and you eat sunflower seeds...then later at nite, you get up and go to the kitchen and get something else to eat and have that, too...and that is what has added the extra weight to you."  SO TRUE.   As for the sunflower seeds, it is like I am trying to CRUNCH my anxieties away with them.  Then, I guess I try to comfort myself with extra food after that.  I LOVE to snack at nite while watching tv or reading.

I DID get on the treadmill this afternoon...'15 WHOLE LONG MINUTES'...barely made it through it...went .60 miles and 80 calories were used...  80 calories...and to think I've had 3 chocolate covered cherries today at 53 calories each...159 calories for them...and only 80 calories used for 15 long minutes on the treadmill...and it only took a minute or 2 to eat each chocolate covered cherry....What a LOT of exercise to 'excuse' a little over one piece of candy...so I will have to walk another 15 minutes uphill on the treadmill to 'pay' for the rest of the 3 candies.  Really makes a person think about the little candies they eat...at least it does make me think...

Besides sweets weakness, I have 'bread' weakness...I really need to let bread go....I usually have 2 to 4 pieces a day, if not a little more...

I KNOW I can do this, with the good Lord's help...I've done it before (over and over)...

Anyway, I'm back at Diet Diaries because I believe and hope you all will be a support and help hold me accountable to staying on track, (as you have done before).

It's definitely not ALL about getting to goal, either...it's also about staying on track once arriving there, which I've proven in the past that I did not do...I kept on cheating by overeating one day after another until I totally undid all the hard work I'd done to get there.  I must have thought I could have cheats and not have to pay for them.  Had I simply included them in my daily allotted calories, that would have been fine...but no...I went back to my old nitetime eating habits and wa-la...here I am again!  OVERWEIGHT!

Yes, my current BMI is OVERWEIGHT!  25.5.  How did I allow this to happen again???

At goalweight 140.0, my bmi is 21.3.  I've been there over and over.  So...here I go again...

Thanks for listening.  Thanks for being here.  Hoping you reach your goal weight as well.  Believe and trust the Lord and pray for His help and I believe He will help us. 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only 27.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/19/2015:
Welcome back Maria. Wishing you all the best.


biscottibody59 on 01/19/2015:
I'm not posting at the mo-mo, but it's good to see your entry even if you're struggling. DDs is the best!

Good going on the diet soda--shows just what you can do. Keep at it!


thinnside40 on 01/19/2015:
Happy you've returned :)


Umpqua on 01/20/2015:
Welcome back, Maria, it's good to see a post from you! I think we all get to a point where we're fed up and need to turn things around, so good for you for taking the initiative and getting down to business.



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 27, 2014
(Counting Calories Mostly)
Weight: 158.4

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Having a mug of coffee, have some coffee?

We all have so much to be thankful to the Lord for.  Especially the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.  :-)

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Today I weigh 158.4, which means -9.8 pounds now, down from recent high of 168.2 last month.  So...-18.4 to go to reach goal weight island. I'm finally back in the 150's.    (Happy dance!)  

 

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Well...the question of today is: Is it worth it, to overeat today?

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Well, keep up the good work of getting to your goal weight island!

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 46.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/27/2014:
Congrats Maria. Yes we have a lot to be grateful for. Have a great day.


biscottibody59 on 11/28/2014:
Hope you're having a good day there!


horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2014:
Congrats on all that weight loss, it is such a challenge. I want to be 125 again :) I am short.



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 20, 2014
(Counting Calories Mostly)
Weight: 161.2

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello, Friends.

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Well...merrily we row along...toward the island of goal weight...Islandwavinghappymonkey.gif image by autumn1234567

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

Today I weigh 161.2, which means -7 pounds now.  Was at 168.2 a little over 3 weeks ago.  So...-21.2 to go to reach goal weight island.  I'm believing the 150's are right around the corner.  It is slow-going, it feels, at times.  But, it is not easy to get rid of each pound, which equals -3500 calories each.  It is either eat less or move more, or both.  It is all about energy expenditure.  3500 (calories in one pound) x 7 pounds = -24,500 calories so far, so I must be doing something right, altho I'd like it to be more...but I have had a few little sweet cheats, so what can I expect?....

 

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Well...the question of today is:  Is it worth it, to give in and overeat today?

 

I haven't been getting in a lot of exercise these past few days.  I've been working in the house, though, straightening up closets, decorating the inside of the house, etc.

 

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Well, keep up the good work of getting to your goal weight island!

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 43.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2014:
That's great progress--keep on going! Glad you're back posting:-)



Maria7 - Sunday Nov 16, 2014
(Counting Calories and Moving More)
Weight: 161.8

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

 

 

 

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Hello and happy Sunday to you!

Beautiful day today, chilly outside.

Weight this morning is 161.8. So, down -6.4 from about 2 1/2 weeks ago.

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Fixing to get ready to go to church. Have a blessed day! :-)

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Hope you are having a good day. Every day with the Lord IS a good day. Is He your Lord and Saviour? I hope so, cause He sure is mine! If He's not your Lord and Saviour, today is the day of salvation and there is NO TIME like today to get right with the Lord, Jesus Christ. Believe on Him, repent of your sins and ask His forgiveness. It is that simple. We are living in the last days and many will wish one day that they had chosen to live for Him while they were here on earth to do so!

 

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/18/2014:
I swear I left you a comment on this entry--hmm.

Anyway, hope you're having a good week--keep up the good work girlie!



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 15, 2014
(Old Fashioned Common Sense Diet)
Weight: 163.4

Hello to you. I'm keying on a different device tonite. Thought I'd do an update. Today the scale weighed me at 163.4. Even though I'm down almost -5 from 168.2 last month, I'm only down -1 from last entry...not much...sure takes a lot to get rid of 3500 calories of fat storage, doesn't it? I've walked a lot more and stopped my nitetime junkfood binges....and I'm only down -1 in the past 8 days... Oh, well...The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step....

Have a good evening...and remember...Jesus loves you. And so do I. Love, Maria. :-)

Progress as of today: 41.6 lbs lost so far, only 23.4 lbs to go!


Maria7 - Friday Nov 07, 2014
(Old Fashioned Common Sense Diet)
Weight: 164.4

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

 

 

 

 

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello, Friends.

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Well...merrily we row along...toward the island of goal weight...Islandwavinghappymonkey.gif image by autumn1234567

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

Maybe find a wild turkey while we're at it after we get to our goal weight islands...???

 

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Well...the question of today is:  What are you doing  DIFFERENTLY today to help you get to your goal weight island???

 

As for me, I walked for HOURS this morning.  Not fast walking, either.

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On another topic, Hubby and I received a beautiful Christmas card in the mail today, first one of the celebrated new unfolding season of meditating on thankfulness to the Lord for His many blessings as well as giving Him thanks and praise and rejoicing over  our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ's birthday!  One of our dear friends for many years sent the card to us.  What a happy surprise!  Also, yesterday our wonderful very loved friends who live next door to us greeted me with a very gorgeous boxed Thomas Kincaid Christmas Tree ornament, which depicted a copy of one of my favorite paintings on it that he painted!  This is our first Christmas gift that someone has given us, of the season!

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Well, keep up the good work of getting to your goal weight island! 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria  

 

 

Progress as of today: 40.6 lbs lost so far, only 24.4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/07/2014:
Good on the walking--gotta do it when you can!


puddles on 11/07/2014:
I love the kincaid paintings he his wonderful at making light shine through. Have a great evening



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Weight: 164.4

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

 

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Good afternoon, Friends. 

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hope you are doing well. 

Been a while since I was on here.  I fell off the wagon again.  Eating at nite has been my downfall, as usual.  I got up to 168.2 recently, but this morning, I am back down to 164.4.  So, I figured today was a good time to do an update, since this morning's weigh-in put me at about the same weight I was the last time I did an entry. 

Wow, it sure is easy to lose ground, isn't it?  Just give in a little and then you give in a LOT.

Then whatever progress you've made quickly vanishes!  Before you know it, you can get an attitude that you are POWERLESS over over-eating.

So, I'm BACK again.  Gonna try to stay on track (AGAIN).

Take care. 

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 40.6 lbs lost so far, only 24.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/06/2014:
Good to hear from you and welcome back Maria


nosetwitch on 11/06/2014:
I hear you and I'm in the same boat. It's amazing how easy it is to gain it all back. The important thing is that we're at it again and not losing hope!



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