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Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 14, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Valentine's Day to you!  When I think of LOVE, I think of GOD.  I think of His great LOVE for you and for me.  I think of His gift of eternal life available to everyone, through His Son, Jesus Christ.  And I am so thankful to Him.

I have been reading your journals and I see that a lot of you are really doing fantastic in getting to your goals.  Congratulations to you!  Happy for you!

As for me, looks like I have found my 'comfy weight' for this winter.  A long time ago, when I weighed 205, my first goal was to weigh between 150 to 160, so I guess I can tell myself I am at least at that goal.  I am also at the same weight I weighed when I first keyed an entry on DD in December of 2000.  Long time ago, eh?  I am very thankful to the Lord as well as the DD webmasters who have kept this site going.  I have enjoyed it through the years, making a lot of friends on this site and we all sharing in our journeys and accomplishments with each other.  You may ask me, "Well, what have you accomplished, since you weigh the same amount you weighed when you first began at DD?"  My answer would be that I have gained the friendship of all of you, for which I am thankful, and have very much been enjoying journaling my experience as well as reading about yours, here.  My answer would be that through your many encouragements, I have not regained the original 50 pounds that I had lost 2 years before coming to DD.  And why do I write this?  Because I thank you all.  Not that I have 'arrived' by any means, but because I feel so blessed and because I am so thankful, to the Lord for each of you.

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Have a blessed day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2018:
Thankful to have you here too Maria....Happy Valentines day and Congratulations on maintaining...that's not an easy endeavor sometimes.


horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2018:
i'm at my comfy weight too...and it's increasing to something a bit tooooo comfortable...having to watch myself bc my treats are getting bigger (extra, extra chocolates), and also the treats are becoming too regular...habits.


Donkey on 02/17/2018:
What a great post! I am very grateful for all of my DD members for their contributions and for the DD Webmaster for maintaining this site. :-)



Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 06, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you!

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It is cold outside (31F) and warm in this house and I'm on my second coffee...have a cup?...

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Supposed to get up to around 68F degrees here today.  Sunny.  Will be like springtime.

Altho I am currently not where I would like to be weightwise (and size-wise), and am not pushing it right now during this winter season, I am still lower than I was on the first of last year, so that is better than having gained weight.  My calories have been too high to lose for weeks now.  I have been averaging around 2000 calories or so, daily.  Wayyyy too much for this girl to be losing, ha.  May get back on board next month...as for now, I am just 'hanging in there'....

 

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
2000 cal a day is also not out of range...like it's not binging. good job.

like you, i'm trying to make it thru winter without any gains and just to try to keep a regular schedule activity-wise.

Winter does require more rest i think.


bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
I'm on second cup too....but you have a beautiful day ahead...while mine is beautiful...there will still be lots of snow on the ground. Maybe today is the beginning of a new movement here....Do what we want...and just be happy with ourselves. If you aren't gaining and you are content..then I'm happy for you....Enjoy your beautiful day!


horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
oh, nice and warm by you...we've got typical Winter weather in NYC....low 30's today.


horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
but Saturday close to 50, so i may try to practice a running test outside :)


happy-1 on 02/06/2018:
Getting real Starbucks today. A big treat and I need the internet.


Donkey on 02/08/2018:
I agree with you in your approach: maintain during the winter, we'll get back on board in the warmer weather :-)

That's my plan too.



Maria7 - Friday Feb 02, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon.

Just got home a little while ago from spending some time with MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home.  Since we have both been a little under the weather, she took my hand and prayed and asked the Lord for healing for us both.  I took her a new sketch pad...she loves to draw...and package of colored pencils, her favorite brand, and also her favorite magazine and her favorite treats, too.  We had a good visit.

I am still enjoying the 100 calories chocolate fudgecycles, having replaced the (tubbed high-fat) ice cream with them as well as also enjoying the 100 calories per bag of popcorn, too.  Really takes care of snack cravings and much more manageable calories.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/02/2018:
Sounds like you made your Mom very happy today.....so nice for both of you.....have a great evening.


Donkey on 02/03/2018:
I hope you and your momma feel better soon. Being sick is no fun - and this year, especially. Still, it sounds like it was a very nice visit.

I'm wondering if I should check out those Fudgecicles at the market today. The popcorn packets have really helped.


horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2018:
So proud of you with making the swaps from high cal to low cal...this should help you SO MUCH!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 29, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon to you.  The rain is finally clearing up over here in SC.  It is chilly, 50's, but not cold.

Weight is back to 154 again.  I thank all of you who made some suggestions and the 100 calories popcorn and the 100 calories fudgecicles are really working for me.  Smile!

I visited Mama at the nursing home yesterday and we had a good visit and she is doing pretty well, thank the Lord. 

I just cooked a big pot of homemade speghetti with ground beef and veggies and all.  Have some?

Washing clothes today and relaxing other than that.

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2018:
Sounds like things are going just fine for you Maria......that's great!


horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
yes, i'll totally have some ground beef, spaghetti and veggies in there too! Yes, please!

we've had 50's too over the weekend - loved that bc in NY 50's are unseasonably warm!


graindart on 01/29/2018:
I would kill for some spaghetti..... Unfortunately that's one of the carb foods I've had to pretty much give up in order to stay on track. Pasta, bread, pizza. Love them, but I have a real problem keeping them to a reasonable portion size. Have finally gotten tired of fudgsicles for the most part. Although I did roll one in some low calorie PB2 (peanut butter powder). It made it taste kind of like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. 40 calories for the fudgsicle, 25 calories for the 1TB PB2 powder = 65 calorie snack.


Donkey on 01/29/2018:
I'm so glad to hear that your mom is doing well. Oh that spaghetti sounds delicious!!


happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
Love your positivity


happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
Love your positivity



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 28, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you.

Hope you are having a good morning.  It is raining over here in SC.  Hope you are all staying safe and well.

A lot going on at the nursing home where Mama lives.  I went to see her and 2 big signs were in the foyer facing the door as I went in with a warning to put on a face mask (there was an open box of them nearby) because of flu outbreak and saying all patient activities are cancelled until further notice and no residents are allowed to eat in the dining room, have to eat in their rooms and warning all visitors to come back at another time if possible.  Well, I had brought a fresh face mask which I immediately put on and I proceeded to Mama's room which was 2 halls away.  I was greeted with a warning from Mama's nurse who was in the hall before I got there, telling me to remove the mask I had on and put on a fresh one (from a box of them on a table in the second hall) before going into Mama's room to see Mama, her reasoning being that as I had walked down the first hall, my mask had become "contaminated with germs in the hall" so needed to be replaced with a clean one before entering Mama's room.  I asked her how did I know that the open box of masks on the table in the second hall were not contaminated?  I saw that neither she nor any of the CNA's nor other workers who were in the hall near that table had on masks.  She would not let me enter Mama's room without removing my mask, so I did and I did not touch the masks on the hall table, either because I know that they never wash their hands going from one room to another, never.  Mama was a little hoarse but cheerful.  We had a good visit altho I was very stressed out from the confrontation with her nurse in the hall and I gave her a big bag of goodies I had brought to her, her favorite things to eat.  Later, her nurse came into Mama's room (with no mask on) and tried to explain to me her reasoning for her requirement, which made no sense to me and she apologized for her attitude towards me.

So, today I am hesitant to go back yet.  I visited her Friday and I usually go every day or two and since I didn't go yesterday I know she will be hoping I will come today.

I am currently holding at 155 and don't mind for now.  I'm still down about 10 pounds from my highest this year, so not gonna stress about it.  The 100 calories popcorn is helping a lot.

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2018:
WOW....your thoughts on the subject were exactly the same as mine....my guess is that their masks were contaminated. That has to be so frustrating!!! Hope you and your mom stay well!


horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
I am glad the smaller serving size is working for you - this is my solution to many treats and foods...to have a little instead of denying myself completely.

We are getting mostly rain too thankfully due to warm weather.

I heard on news that it's one of the worst flue seasons recorded..... I hope things impr Be for our mom .... some of the assistants may just be following the nursing home protocol....make sure I guess you wash your hands when you leave yuck!


happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
If you see the nurse, just ask how she's feeling and act super concerned. Suggest that she sit down and take a few minutes. She'll be super stressed the rest of the day.



Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon.

Got a call from Mama'sIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567nurse that they are starting Mama on Tamiflu because someone who has tested positive for the flu is in 'close proximity' of Mama's room.  When I asked if it is Mama's nursing home Roommate, of course they can't say for the Hippa law.  Wouldn't even give me a hint even tho I called back and talked with the head nurse, said can't break patient confidentiality or something to that effect but still would be good to know, altho I (am trying to) understand.

I bought some chocolate fudgecycles and have replaced the (tubbed high-fat) ice cream with them and altho I didn't get sugar free, there is already a big reduction in the amount of calories daily.  Thank you all for your suggestions.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2018:
Hope your Mom doesn't catch what is going around, there are several different types of flu going around now and it's hard to escape them. Good choice with the fudgecicles...they are a really good alternative.

Maria7 on 01/24/2018:
Thank you.


Donkey on 01/24/2018:
I continue to keep your mom in my prayers. This flu that is going around is AWFUL, so whatever they have to do for mom, do it.

I know you want to know if it's her roommate, but ya know, does it really matter? For example, I was at legal clinic this past weekend and everyone was either coughing, sneezing, "just getting over" the flu, blowing their nose. I was so wigged out -- and very upset because I cannot afford to get sick, I could not afford to bring home these germs and get my son sick, or worse-case, get my husband (with his autoimmune problem) sick! I was afraid to breath! I tried to keep away from people physically, and then someone would come up behind me, looking over my shoulder, and start coughing. What the heck?

I applaud you with the Fudgcicles -- creamy and chocolate, with much less calories and fat. If you have to have an evening sweet, then this is an excellent choice. And there's no sin in being honest with yourself that you need to end the day on a sweet note.


horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2018:
stinky that they cannot tell you exactly who. good they are taking precautions with your mom.

so many people are very sick this year...



Maria7 - Monday Jan 22, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon to you.

Been reading your entries today and have been enjoying reading them.  You'll all doing well, I see.  As for me, I need a little advice again...I have been eating ice cream almost daily for quite a few days and it has become a habit cause I am finding I am eating more and more of it each day and sometimes going over my daily calories allotments because of overeating it.  I bought fruit to replace it with and ate that, too but also the ice cream, too.  Any ideas? 

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
Unfortunately, it means you have to throw out your ice cream!

you can replace it with 2% greek yogurt...and add cinnamon to the yogurt if you like that flavor or any nice flavor...and also you can add the fruit to the greek yogurt - all fruit could probably work, even frozen fruit too.

also, you can make a smoothie of fruit and ice and low cal almond milk for low calories...you may need to sweeten things, i just use stevia which is no calorie. i use liquid stevia. smoothie might be pushing it bc too much fruit and it's too high calories....but WAY better calories than high cal ice cream....

you can also make your own ice pops or buy sugar free ice pops.


bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
All good ideas from HOP!!!!!


graindart on 01/22/2018:
For me, I just have to get the temptation out of the house and not try to substitute something similar. If (unlike me) you can deal with something similar without it throwing you overboard, sugar free fudgsicles are 40 calories per serving. My go-to snacks are 100 cal microwave popcorn and prepackaged containers of sugarfree gelatin. The off-brands of SF Jello here have 5 calories per container. I usually have 1 or 2 of them in a day, but have been known to eat 7 or 8 of them if I'm trying to fend off a sudden urge to overeat. My thought process is that even if I eat the entire 12 pack of SF gelatin cups ($2.64 here at Walmart), that's only a total of 60 calories. I haven't had a day when I ate a 12 pack, but for me it's better to go out of control on something like that than something higher calorie per serving. Now that I've been writing about it I seem to have a sudden urge to eat a Jello pack.


Donkey on 01/22/2018:
Both of these approaches are good ideas. I've done both, depending on what I needed at the time. If it's becoming a habit that you don't want in your life, then I say stop it cold.

However, if you are ok with needing/having a dessert, then find a healthier, lower calorie substitute. My mom used to freeze fat-free Cool Whip and then eat a little bit of it with some fruit or just plain. Being Cool Whip, that's not really something one would want to eat a lot of in one sitting.


Donkey on 01/22/2018:
Oo, I wanted to add that what has helped me get over dessert is having either decaf coffee with flavored creamer or a cup of hot chocolate (120 cals if made with water, 90 if you get the diet packets) after dinner.

Having the hot drink takes care of wanting the "sweet" after dinner.



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 21, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

 

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good evening to you.

MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is doing better and thank you for asking about her.  She didn't break anything, thank the Lord.  I've visited her today and she is improving. 

I cooked a big crock pot of chili and we've been eating that off and on today.  Turned out real good.

Still holding at 154 and that's all right with me.  I did buy some 100 calories a bag popcorn and have had some of that and it is very filling and I enjoy eating it knowing I'm not eating the same amount with a lot of oil in it that had probably 5 times the calories.  HubbyLargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 has been enjoying eating the popcorn with me today.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/22/2018:
Yum, chili.


happy-1 on 01/22/2018:
Yum, chili.


bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
Perfect weather for chili......Glad you Mom is feeling better.


horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
good job with single serve popcorn, that is what helps me! mine is usually 200 cal because i'm going for the butter one, but seems you are doing even better. seriously good job!


Donkey on 01/22/2018:
I'm very glad that your mom is feeling better and that she did not break anything. Very grateful.

I'm working on a box of the 100-calorie bags of popcorn. I find these to be very helpful, when I am at work, but I have to pop it at home because I tend to burn these smaller bags when I use the microwave ovens at work.



Maria7 - Friday Jan 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you.

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Having coffee over here...have some?...

Getting ready to go visit MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567this morning after being 'iced-in' yesterday.  Please pray for her as she has not been feeling well lately.

I cooked a big crock pot of large white lima beans (from bag) and they have been good eating.  Seems they cook out so much softer but still keep their full shapes using the crock pot to cook them in versus cooking them in a pot on the stovetop when a lot of them fall apart.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2018:
Do you put anything else in with your whit limas ? That sounds very delicious and good idea to cook up a big batch and they have goood iron and fiber - I'll be eating more beans this year

I hope your mom feels better


horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2018:
no coffee at work these couple days, stayed with tea till i'm not sick and also the coffee machine broke midweek here at work...to be replaced Monday.


Donkey on 01/20/2018:
I will continue to pray for your mom. Did she break anything when she fell? I hope she feels better... or at least comfortable as she can be.



Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 16, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you!

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It is cold here this morning, in the low 20's F degrees.

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Have a cup of coffee?  So warming on these cold days. I'm on my second one already.

I got a call very early this morning that MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567fell in the bathroom at the nursing home but that she's okay, so I will be leaving shortly to go make sure she all right. 

Weather reports are saying that we may get ice and/or snow tomorrow here but they not sure yet.

Only the Lord knows for sure.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/16/2018:
Oh...I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's fall, I also hope she is ok.....bones get so fragile at that age and bathrooms are such dangerous places to fall......thinking of you and her today.


innerpeace on 01/16/2018:
Hope your mom is OK. Be careful traveling.


Donkey on 01/16/2018:
I hope your mom is OK!!!


happy-1 on 01/17/2018:
Hugs! I hope your mom is ok and heals quickly.


horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2018:
Good you are checking on her



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