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Maria7 - Monday Mar 30, 2009

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.  John 3:16

 

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Good morning to you.  It is a beautiful day, with the sun shining and the birds singing.

Up a little on the scale this morning but could be muscle gain or extra sodium.

Calories yesterday were est. 1200.  Walked 1 mile uphill on the treadmill.

Plan today, Lord willing, is call Mom's podiatrist  and talk with his nurse concerning her diabetic shoes not having an indention in them for the pressure sore on her foot not to be pressed against and call to check on Mom and after this, tidy house and cook supper.

Concerning calories, aiming for 1100-1400 and walk a mile uphill again on the treadmill.

Hope you're having a nice day!

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Afternoon update:  Today has been a tough day.  I have a real bad headache.  I have been on the phone off and on today with Mom's nurse at the nursing home, the assistant director of nursing there, her podiatrist's nurse, and the social worker of the nursing home.  First, Mom called this morning, DISTRESSED and telling me her foot was very RED and SWOLLEN.  I talked with her nurse who said she had seen it and it was very red and swollen and it was running with brown coming out of it and no date was written on the bandage as to the last time it was changed and she was going to call the doctor.  Meanwhile, I called the assistant nursing director to complain about the condition of Mom's foot as well and tell her Mom's nurse said there was no date written on the bandage of Mom's foot, so don't know when it was last changed!!!  I asked the assistant nursing director if she was aware Mom fell Saturday nite and was told no.  Mom's nurse was also unaware Mom had fallen.  Assistant nursing director said she called Saturday to remind the nurses to change Mom's foot bandage.  I then called the social worker at the nursing home and reported what was going on to her.  I told the social worker I was concerned Mom might be developing an infection in her foot cause of protocol the podiatrist prescribed not being followed through with.  I felt like I was in a big FIGHT and was being ignored.  I NEVER take anything for pain unless I am really hurting and all this really stressed me out and gave me a big headache today and I've been taking tylenol.   Finally, Mom's nurse called me and announced Mom was to go to the hospital for an ultrasound to check for a blood clot in her foot.  I told Mom over the phone (the patients share a cordless phone there) that as soon as her nurse let me know what time her appointment was to have the ultrasound, I would meet Mom at the hospital and be with her cause Mom's nurse told me she was waiting on a call-back from the hospital as to what time Mom's appointment was going to be.  I packed a bag of things to take with me cause the assistant nursing director told me Mom might have to have IV antibiotics at the hospital.  I also called and left a message to Mom's podiatrist's nurse concerning the diabetic shoes with no inserts or indentions made in them that had come in the other day.  Finally got a call back this afternoon that Mom was supposed to have gone where the shoes were ordered by the nursing home and had an insert made especially for protection for the pressure sore.  (Nursing home staff were so adamant that the shoes that had come in were to be worn as had arrived...just the same inside as any other shoes with no indention for the pressure sore to not be pressed against.)  I asked the podiatrist's nurse to please call the social worker at the nursing home,  who is responsible for ordering all the diabetic shoes for the patients and let her know and she said she would.  I waited about half an hour and called the social worker back and she said the podiatrist's nurse had not called her to tell her what the nurse had told me.  So I gave her the podiatrist's phone number and asked her to please call them and ask for the nurse (gave her name).  She said she would do it.  Get this...social worker also informed me that Mom's nursing home doctor has been prescribing that Mom have no bandages on her feet and only air to get to them for healing while the podiatrist the nursing home's been sending Mom to has prescribed daily change of bandages with antibiotic cream one day and hydrogel the next day, off and on.  When I told the social worker that sounded like conflicting prescriptions to me, she said the nursing home doctor had the final say over whether he agreed with other doctors' prescriptions/methods of treatment or not and the nurses had to go by what he decided as to the treatment!!!!!  HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SUCH A THING BEFORE!!!!!??????  (Did I say my head hurts???!!!)  Well, upon receiving no call from Mom's nurse as to what time the appointment was for Mom's ultrasound, so I could meet Mom at the hospital, I called this afternoon, holding on a very long time as usual, and then when she came to the phone, asking her and she promptly told me it had been "d/c'd" cause the assistant nursing director looked at Mom's foot today and decided that she didn't think it was a blood clot but cellulitis, instead.   So, Mom's nurse said antibiotics by mouth were prescribed by the nursing home doctor in leu of the ultrasound.  When I asked what was the name of the antibiotic, I was told "Bactrim", which Mom is VERY ALLERGIC to and I told her nurse Mom can't take that cause it is a sulphur antibiotic which Mom is allergic to.  Her nurse said she would check Mom's chart and if it showed Mom was allergic to it, she'd give the doctor a call back.   Again I waited a long time and finally I called again and Mom's nurse told me she'd contacted Mom's doctor, who told her the antibiotic would be changed.  When I asked her what was it changed to, she didn't know but said she would call me as soon as she found out.  This was HOURS ago and no call and it is after 6:30 pm here.  I COULD CRY!

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Evening update: After a VERY DISTRESSED call from Mom FRANTIC that someone in our family had moved into the nursing home tonite close to her and although she couldn't 'see' them, she could 'hear' them and thought there was trouble going on, I assured her that it was not true (don't think I convinced her, though) and then after we said goodbye, I called and asked to speak to Mom's nurse to find out what antibiotic they've got Mom taking...held on a long time...finally the receptionist came back on the phone and announced to me that the nurses are eating and would I like to call later?

Conclusion:  Food binge.  (And I did SO WELL over the weekend!!!)

Est. cals today: 2350 (was 1400) and 30 mins. exercise. 

 

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Below is a repeat so you may have already read it but thought I'd leave it on entry while I'm working toward vacation goal.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 and wear my size 8 non-stretch jeans comfortably when we leave. 

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Begin date: Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5 

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5    (done on Mar. 26...154.0)

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5    (done on Mar. 27)

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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thinnside40 on 03/30/2009:
Have a spectacular Monday!


omahagrl on 03/30/2009:
I have been reading your entries and your dedication to your mother is heart warming. Taking care of someone outside your household is hard but the satisfaction of knowing how much you have cared makes it worth the effort. keep going on strong and you will suceed!


housewifeheathe on 03/30/2009:
Have a great week!


thinnside40 on 03/30/2009:
I would be contacting my local health department or whomever has say so over that nursing home..... I WOuldn't let them wear me down either.... Well, you will wear down, but don't let them know they are getting to you so badly.. Stand firm in how you believe your mom should be treated...With respect and utmost care!


hollybelle on 03/31/2009:
Hi Maria - hang in there girlfriend! Checking in on you.


Umpqua on 03/31/2009:
Good for you for staying on top of the situation at the nursing home, although I can see how frustrating that would be. I have eating issues when I'm stressed out too (happened on Friday) so I understand how that goes. Good for you for keeping at those nurses though!


greengirl on 04/01/2009:
This sounds really stressful, Maria. Don't let them wear you down !!!


Soon2BThin on 04/01/2009:
Dear, dear Maria!! I can certainly sympathize with you. I could just cry right along with you. It all sounds so familiar to me what you are going through with the nursing home staff. I wish you had someone to help you with all that. I went through almost the same thing last year when my Mom was in a nursing home. They made her worse than when she went in!! They'll try to wear you down but you stick to your guns and stand up for your Mom, she certainly needs you to intercede for her. Imagine all the poor people who have no one at all to make sure things are getting done for them! I will pray for you and your Mom and don't you worry about your food binge, you still did your exercise and I'm sure you will do better when things are straightened out with your Mom. You are under mega-stress, girl! All that is probably burning all the extra calories anyway, right? I'll be back to see how you're doing. You're too sweet a person to have to go through this.


nimony on 04/01/2009:
Wow, Maria, what a stressful day you had today. A couple of things are going through my mind. First, perhaps you could schedule an appointment with the nursing home doctor to get an idea of his/her philosophy in general, and your mother's care more specifically. Sometimes it helps to make meet face-to-face with the source rather than going through the nurses. I find it's often good to make that connection with people. Then suddenly, your mom becomes more of a person in their mind and not just a name. Second, are you in a position to consider moving your mom to a different nursing home, assuming there is a better one in your area? If so, you might have to gently persuade your mom into this. Again, I commend you so very much for being there for your mom, being her A#1 advocate, and watching out for her with love in your heart, even though it's been very difficult and frustrating for you. I am still praying for you, your mom, and your family.


thinnside40 on 04/01/2009:
Thinking about you on the first day of April......


Umpqua on 04/08/2009:
Hi Maria, you haven't been on in a while so I'm hoping you're OK and gearing up for your vacation next week. I know you've been having a tough time and just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and your mom!



Maria7 - Sunday Mar 29, 2009

Weight: 153.5

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

 

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Good afternoon to you. 

Hoping you're having a wonderful day in the Lord.

We got a call that Mom fell last nite at the nursing home.  I think she is okay.   Mom was confused today and had loss of appetite and didn't eat much of what they brought her and even though I brought her some of her favorite foods (baked sweet potato, yeast roll with extra honey butter, and roast beef) she hardly touched any of that, either and so I offered to wheel her around in the warm (70's) sunshine outside a while and she said yes, so we did, stopping to look at pretty flowers and the water fountains, as well.  She was very sleepy.  She said she wasn't hurting but that her arm hurt bad when she fell but wasn't hurting today.  She said what happened was she thought she was going to her closet to get her robe out and instead went to the door of her room and walked out into the hall and slid down on the floor.  I checked her left arm that she said she fell on and no bruising and she could move it okay.  She said it wasn't hurting.  I made sure I got her robe out of her closet and put it on her bed for her, telling her that if she needed it it was there and she didn't have to get up to get it.

  Meanwhile, a friend at church just got the news this morning that her Mom, also in a nursing home, passed.  She was very, very close to her Mom like I am to mine, back and forth, seeing about her Mom, too.  Hubby and I just got back from visiting her and her Hubby after we left Mom at Mom's nursing home.   I ask you Christians to please pray for my friend and her Hubby and their family and also please pray for my Mom, too.

Calories were good yesterday at est. 1400.  About an hour exercise.

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Evening update:  Calories today were est. 1200 and walked 1 mile uphill on the treadmill.

 

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Below is a repeat so you may have already read it but thought I'd leave it on entry while I'm working toward vacation goal.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 when we leave.  I had wanted it to be 140-142 but I am being realistic.  At 148, I can wear my 8's non-stretch (I've been wearing stretch 8's for a good while now) jeans comfortably (I can wear the non-stretch 8's now but they are too snug for comfort so can't wear them for a long time when I have them on).

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Begin date: Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5 

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5    (done on Mar. 26...154.0)

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5    (done on Mar. 27)

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Recent news in DD:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/23/acai.berries.scam/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

housewifeheathe on 03/29/2009:
Prayer said dear Christian friend..... Congrats on reaching another goal today!!


nimony on 03/29/2009:
Hi Maria, the situation with your mom is a difficult one. Some of my friends have experienced what you are going through. My heart goes out to you and your family, as well as that of your friend. You are a very special person, Maria, to be so loving, caring, attentive, and the greatest advocate your mom could ever hope for. And, with all this going on, you still manage to stay focused on your food and exercise plans. My prayers are with all of you, and your friend and her family as well.



Maria7 - Friday Mar 27, 2009

Weight: 153.5

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

 

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Good morning to you. 

Having my coffee this morning...

Calories were good yesterday at est. 1200.  Exercise was wheeling Mom around shopping.

This morning I reminded Hubby that our long weekend at the beach (Lord willing), is less than 3 weeks away!  :-)

 

Plan today (Lord willing):  Try to keep calories at 1100-1400.  Get some more

walking   done.  Tidy the house and cook supper.

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Evening update:  Visitied Mom again today.  There she lay in her bed with her jogging shoes on her feet with no bandage over the awful, raw, open-wound pressure sore on her foot again and no socks on, either...just the dirty inside of the shoe against the raw open wound!!!  I went straight to the nurses' desk and when I asked for her nurse, I was told her nurse was busy in another part of the building....but the assistant nursing home director, who is new, was standing close by me and she asked if she could help me.  I told her I've already filed a complaint recently about the same situation (after I told her what had happened) and that I was fixing to file another one!  I walked over to the shelf on the wall and got about a half dozen of the complaint forms.  She followed me to Mom's room and saw for herself.  She went and got the social worker who came to Mom's room.  Mom said the bandage had been taken off at 7 a.m. this morning when she was taken to the shower for a bath and was not replaced with another one after her bath.  Social worker said she didn't think it had been that long.  She and the assistant nursing home director told me it was up to me if I filed a report or not as I sat there in Mom's wheelchair with the report, writing what had happened.  Social worker said Mom's diabetic shoes finally came in and lo and behold, I checked them and they were not properly made with an indention inside for there to be no pressure on the wound!!!  They were just like any other shoes inside!  Was told they'd check into it.  Meanwhile, Mom is going on week 2 of no shoes wearing cause of the mixup that began a few weeks ago about her diabetic shoes to be ordered.  I also talked with both of them about my keeping on buying Mom diabetic socks that keep on disappearing.  Was told by the assistant nursing home director that "socks have a way of disappearing", even at her house, she said.  (Downplay, downplay.)  I told them both that I bought Mom new fleece booty bedroom slippers a few weeks ago and every time I ask the nurses about where are they,  I am told they might be in the laundry room over and over.  While I was there, after we'd finished talking (nursing home assistant director, social worker, Mom, and I), the nursing home assistant director put antibiotic cream and a bandage on Mom's foot over the ulcer.  I was so upset.  I told them that I was concerned Mom might develop a staph infection in her foot cause of her feet being stuck in her old jogging shoes with no bandage and no socks on and the wound up against the inside of the shoe, unprotected.  I was so mad (and still am)!  I filled out the complaint (second one within 2 months) and turned it in to the assistant nursing home director (they don't have a nursing home director, I was told).  Mom's cheeks were flushed and she felt warm and I went to the nurses' desk before I left and asked them to take Mom's temp, telling them I was fixing to leave to go home.  They told me they'd do it and not to worry about Mom.  Instead of going on home, I went back to Mom's room and waited about 15-20 mins and they still hadn't come and I went back to the nurses' desk and asked Mom's nurse for the day (they change frequently and you never know who it is from day to day) would she please come check Mom's temp before I left?  So she did but by then, Mom had drunk some ice water.  We were told it was 98.6, which is normal.  But Mom felt real warm and was red-faced.

I came back home and was in no mood to cook supper, so Hubby and I ate out buffet...usually I'd have given in and drowned my sorrows in food but not this time.  Someone's toddler child at a nearby table screamed over and over and over the whole time while we were eating.  The adults with the child did nothing about it, like they were used to it.  How can you enjoy drowning your sorrows in food when you have a headache from a screaming child and a neglected Mom?  So I just ate so-so and was finished eating in a few minutes....mostly fish.

Okay...today's est. cals: 1500 and today's exercise: walking about 2 hours.

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Below is a repeat so you may have already read it but thought I'd leave it on entry while I'm working toward vacation goal.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 when we leave.  I had wanted it to be 140-142 but I am being realistic.  At 148, I can wear my 8's non-stretch (I've been wearing stretch 8's for a good while now) jeans comfortably (I can wear the non-stretch 8's now but they are too snug for comfort so can't wear them for a long time when I have them on).

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Begin date: Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5 

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5    (done on Mar. 26...154.0)

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5    (done on Mar. 27)

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Recent news in DD:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/23/acai.berries.scam/index.html?section=cnn_latest

 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/27/2009:
Congratulations on your new low weight and exceeding all your goals. Whoo hoo!


starfish on 03/27/2009:
Keep up the great work Maria!!!


biscottibody59 on 03/27/2009:
You're doing great--keep up the good work!


Donkey on 03/27/2009:
God bless you... all I can say about your mother's situation is to document everything. Take pictures. maybe go to the dept. of public health in your county to make a complaint. Maybe talk to a lawyer and see if there is some kind of avenue you can take legally. I tell ya, nobody listens to NOTHING unless it comes from a lawyer. You'd be surprised how quickly a deaf ear can all of a sudden hear things loud and clear when it comes from a lawyer. sheesh....

But otherwise, I just wanted to say how positive and upbeat your diary is. I mean the graphics and the message of Jesus. Amen, we need more of that in this world. :-)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/28/2009:
great calories, great weight.



Maria7 - Thursday Mar 26, 2009

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.  John 3:16

 

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Good morning to you. 

As usual, I'm drinking my coffee this morning...have already eaten breakfast...mic'd egg, grits and low-cal wheat toast w a very little lf marg, low-sugar tea, and of course, coffee (have switched back to 1 tsp. creamer and 1 tsp. sugar in my mug in the mornings but sometimes during the day if I drink coffee, I drink it black).  Anyway, about 300 cals breakfast.

Got on the scale this morning and it registered 154.0!  Yayyy!!!

Calories were good yesterday at est. 1200.  Exercise was about an hour's worth.

 

Plan today (Lord willing):  Try to keep calories at 1100-1400.  Get some more

walking   done.  Tidy the house, cook supper, and decide whether to get Mom today or tomorrow (as planned). 

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Afternoon update:  Went and got Mom and took her out to lunch at Shoney's Restaurant.  We had buffet.  Yours truly was good.  Mom was, too.  After we finished eating and left the restaurant, we went to the local farmers' market where I bought her some boiled peanuts she likes.  After that, she and I went to a nice thrift store where she bought me a cute shirt for $3 that has a cup of coffee sitting in a saucer on the front and little sparkles and is mostly blue to go with blue jeans and I bought her a green shirt she picked out that she liked a lot and a pair of cream-colored pants to match it for $6.  We spent about 3 hours together.  We both sang to our 'island' cd music playing as we traveled.  When I took her back to her room, she smiled happily as she said she had something to give me and told me to get her little blue clock on her nitestand (there is a large one hanging on the wall she also tells time by) and I objected and she insisted, and seeing it would make her happy to give it to me, I accepted it and thanked her for it.  Hugged and and kissed her on her face and told her I love her and I'll see her Sunday.  I brought the clothes home with me to wash and dry and will take hers to her when I see her again.  I stopped on the way home and bought Hubby's supper.

Today's est. cals: 1200

Exercise:  Wheeling Mom around today...also later may walk on the treadmill, too.

Below is a repeat so you may have already read it but thought I'd leave it on entry while I'm working toward vacation goal.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 when we leave.  I had wanted it to be 140-142 but I am being realistic.  At 148, I can wear my 8's non-stretch (I've been wearing stretch 8's for a good while now) jeans comfortably (I can wear the non-stretch 8's now but they are too snug for comfort so can't wear them for a long time when I have them on).  I know I can do this.  There are about 3 and 1/2 weeks til we leave.

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Today is Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5 

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5    (done on Mar. 26...154.0)

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Recent news in DD:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/23/acai.berries.scam/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

starfish on 03/26/2009:
Looking good! You are awesome!!!!


Umpqua on 03/26/2009:
Great job restricting your calories and showing restraint at Shoney's!


nimony on 03/26/2009:
Great job today, Maria! I love island music too and dance to it any time I hear it. Looks like you and your mom had a wonderful day together. Be glad she lives near you and thankful the two of you can spend so much time together. My folks live in Las Vegas, so we don't see each other much. You're doing soooooo well! Keep up the excellent work.


nimony on 03/26/2009:
Hi Maria, just read your comment to me about the coffee. Yes, I DO love my coffee in the morning. I grind my own French roast beans every morning, add 1 packet of fake sugar (I started that a long time ago and now like it better than sugar), and 1 T of half-and-half, all of which I LOVE and don't want to give up. I usually have only 1 cup though. Once in awhile on the weekend, I treat myself with a splash of brandy in my coffee too. Tastes quite yummy. That got started on camping trips with friends, and it's kind of stuck. We call it Sunday Coffee. :) Take care, Maria!


nenak on 03/27/2009:
well done !



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

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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Good morning to you.  Rain is on the way and my aches and pains are letting me know, too!   I'm sitting here drinking my coffee and thinking about when I was a little girl and we had a good rain, sometimes I'd go outside BAREFOOTED and walk in the mud puddles and loved to feel the squish of mud between my toes.  FUN!

Got on the scale this morning and it registered 155.0!  Yayyy!!!

Calories were good yesterday at est. 1200.  Exercise was over 3 hours worth!!!

 

Plan today (Lord willing):  Try to keep calories at 1100-1400.  Get some more

walking   done.  Tidy the house, cook supper, and go to church tonite.

Below is a repeat so you may have already read it but thought I'd leave it on entry while I'm working toward vacation goal.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 when we leave.  I had wanted it to be 140-142 but I am being realistic.  At 148, I can wear my 8's non-stretch (I've been wearing stretch 8's for a good while now) jeans comfortably (I can wear the non-stretch 8's now but they are too snug for comfort so can't wear them for a long time when I have them on).  I know I can do this.  There are about 3 and 1/2 weeks til we leave.

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Today is Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

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Evening update:  est. cals today 1200 and exercise was 20 minutes walking uphill on the treadmill today and playing the piano at church tonite.

 

 

  

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Recent news in DD:

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Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

starfish on 03/25/2009:
You are doing GREAT!!!! Keep it up :-) And yes I do eat broccoli with cheese. I actually get the broccoli you can microwave in the bag and then I put my own cheese on top. And sure I'll share what I'm going to allow myself on my break. I know it's a little weird, but I actually have it planned out! LOL! Tomorrow I am going to have a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich and a big glass of milk for lunch, because I have been craving it. Which cracks me up because it is such a simple thing to crave! And for dinner I am going to make shortribs which are allowed on atkins, but I'm going to make sweet potato fries to go with it, which is not allowed. And for dessert I'm going to have cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! oh my! ha ha! On friday I'll probably have a PBJ for lunch again and for dinner we are going to Red Lobster where I will have coconut shrimp and I'm not sure what else. And for dessert I will go to the grocery store and pick out whatever kind of ice cream I want :-). Saturday morning I am going to go to Starbucks and get a chai latte with soy milk because I have also been craving that. Then for lunch we will go to this place that has eggrolls, shrimp balls and pork dumplings to go. We'll probably get enough for dinner too. For dessert I'd really like some pecan pie, but not sure if I'll be able to find one in this season. We'll see. and Sunday I don't have planned except that I think I want some white cheddar cheese popcorn :-) The truth is that in a way I don't want to take a break. I feel like I am on a roll and am so close to getting under 200! but I also know that if I allow myself to get too bored on atkins I might freak out and over eat for like 2 weeks straight. This way by giving myself a break I am hoping to still keep my calories low enough to maintain my weight loss and be ready to lose again come monday morning :-) Oh! also I plan to get some fruit in since I can't have it on atkins and I know that's not healthy! Also, I didn't say what I'd be having for breakfast during my break because I plan to continue having meat. I've noticed my days go better when I start it off with protein. Have a great day and thanks for your interest!


Umpqua on 03/25/2009:
Great job on the loss and keeping your calories low. And good luck on meeting your goal for vacation!


thinnside40 on 03/25/2009:
Great Job!


nimony on 03/25/2009:
Wow, Maria, you're really kickin' it in gear. Good for you! Three hours of exercise is fantastic. They say (whoever "they" are) to lose weight, we should try to do 60 mins of exercise a day, so you're doing a great job. Awesome news on hitting 155 today. That's sam frantastic! Good luck on reaching your vacation goal.


selina on 03/26/2009:
Congratulations!!! I like that picture of you splashing in the water! I posted a photo today for you - Thanks for the reminder!



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Weight: 156.5

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

 

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Good morning to you.  Pretty sunny day and I've been drinking my coffee.

Calories were good yesterday at est. 1465.  Homemade veggie soup helped and I took some to my Aunt (Mom's Sister) and visited her a while.  I also visited DD and DS yesterday while I was out.

Exercise was walking about a mile with

Hubby in our neighborhood.  We stopped and visited a neighbor on our way back home, who showed us a used riding lawnmower he'd recently bought at a low price, that he was very happy about.

 

Plan today (Lord willing):  Try to keep calories at 1100-1400.  Get some more

walking   done.  Maybe visit friends.

Hubby and I are looking forward to (Lord willing) our upcoming annual springtime long weekend trip to the beach next month.  My goal is to be at 144-148 when we leave.  I had wanted it to be 140-142 but I am being realistic.  At 148, I can wear my 8's non-stretch jeans comfortably (I can wear them now but they are too snug for comfort so can't wear them for a long time when I have them on).  I know I can do this.  There are about 3 and 1/2 weeks til we leave.

Listed below is plan (Lord willing):

Today is Tuesday, Mar. 24th: 156.5

Saturday, Mar. 28th: 154.5

Tuesday , Mar. 31st: 153.5

Saturday, April 4th: 151.5

Tuesday, April 7th: 150.5

Saturday, 11th: 149.0

Tuesday, April 14th: 148.0 and wearing non-stretch sz. 8 jeans comfortably!  Yayyy!

Evening update:  Visited Mom this afternoon about an hour.  Took her a package of fresh strawberries.  She is doing pretty well.  We had a nice visit.

Calories est. 1200 today.

Exercise is listed below: 

This afternoon, about 2 hours regular walking and other exercise.

About 1 hour piano playing at music/singing practice at church this evening.

More exercise tonite:  15 minutes walking fast uphill on treadmill.

 

 

  

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Recent news in DD:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/23/acai.berries.scam/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 16.5 lbs to go!

starfish on 03/24/2009:
Hi Maria :-) I'm on Atkins right now. So I eat alot of really bad for me meats! bacon, sausage, steak, hamburger, cheese. I also eat cherry tomatoes and alot of broccoli. Im having chicken and broccoli for dinner tonight. It's difficult for me to stay on Atkins for long because I get so tired of the food choices. So I plan to take a 4 day break thurs-sun. This is what seems to work for me, Atkins for a couple weeks and then a break and then back on again. Also I do not drink anything but water or unsweetened tea. My calories are around 1400 per day. But when I eat 1400 per day of other foods I do not lose this quickly at all. Thanks for the comments!


thinnside40 on 03/24/2009:
A long weekend trip sounds so inviting...... Maybe be able to this June... Hubby can work "frost" protection through May sometimes.... We will get away and enjoy every moment I'm sure when we do....

Have a terrific day... Goals look good.... Take Care!


selina on 03/25/2009:
I love strawberries - they are great for you! Lucky mom!



Maria7 - Monday Mar 23, 2009

Weight: 157.0

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

 

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Good morning to you.

Cals yesterday est 2500.  Exercise was wheeling Mom around outside when we were visiting yesterday.

I am cooking a pot of homemade veggie soup this morning.  Though I'm up a little this morning, I'm still down 3 from where I was 9 days ago (doesn't sound like much, does it?), so decided to do a 'kickstart' this week with soup.  I can add to it and change it with different foods over the next couple of days til I'm done with it.  Right now celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, and potato are currently cooking in the big pot on the stove.  I may add beans or something to jazz it up when I start adding to it later on.  I don't plan for it to be the only thing I eat, but have some of it for lunch and snacks. 

Afternoon update (estimates): Calories today: 1465 and exercise: walking about a mile with Hubby in neighborhood.

 

  

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

nimony on 03/23/2009:
Great job with the calories today. Glad to see hubby went for a walk with you. Homemade soup is always good. One of my favorite things to eat. I love the picture! What body of water is it? Thanks for your positive comments, Maria. I appreciate it!


selina on 03/24/2009:
You had a great day, Maria! I made soup, too - leek soup, yum! Have a good day my friend!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/24/2009:
your soup sounds good!



Maria7 - Sunday Mar 22, 2009

Weight: 156.5

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

 

  

 

Hello to you!!!

Went to church this morning (Hubby was working), then after church, visited Mom a little over an hour and a half.  Took her some of the food I cooked last nite for today...2 fried chicken legs, biscuit, mixed veggies, and potato salad.  She ate her lunch that was brought to her on a tray while I was there, saving what I brought her for later.  Then she wanted to go outside, so I wheeled her around outside for a while and that was my exercise for today. 

Cals yesterday were est 1250 and walked uphill 30 minutes on the treadmill.  

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

 

 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 16.5 lbs to go!

starfish on 03/22/2009:
Looks like you are doing great on the cals and the exercise. Thank you for all the encouragement!


poker_paid on 03/22/2009:
Your mom is very fortunate to have a loving daughter like you. Your journey is a blessed one.


selina on 03/23/2009:
Sounds like you had a great weekend!



Maria7 - Saturday Mar 21, 2009

Weight: 156.5

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

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Hello to you!!!

It is another pretty day here today.  A cool day and nice.  I've been busy washing clothes and doing other things around the house today. 

Fixing to make Hubby's homemade country ham biscuits this afternoon that he loves to take to work with him and eat for his breakfast.  Cals are okay today at est 1250.  Walked on the treadmill (uphill) for 30 minutes.  

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 16.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2009:
hey maria. thanks for being so helpful to me. there is sorta a dietician at my "school." even though i'm going to school, it's at a hospital. not really a school environment, per se. so, there is the hospital dietician. it's not that i need a dietician, it's more like a therapist. but, as i have no funds and don't want to mess with insurance, i'm going to continue down this trail and work hard not to let it get worse. i'm back to eating carbs and dairy....it was dumb to think i could go on without them - even if it only was for 1.5 months. i am working hard to increase my walking/exercise.

stay well.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2009:
good calories and exercise to you too! and i see weightloss!


Umpqua on 03/22/2009:
Hi Maria. It's good to be back - again :) This really is a lifelong struggle and it's so easy to give into bad habits. I hope being here will make me a bit more accountable for unhealthy eating.

It looks like you're doing great! And that's wonderful that you're still spending so much time with your Mom, I'm sure she appreciates it. Happy Sunday to you!



Maria7 - Friday Mar 20, 2009

Weight: 157.0

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

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Happy Spring to you!!!

It is another pretty, sunny morning here today.  A little cooler this morning than yesterday but still nice.  I heard a bird singing outside the window a little while ago. 

Plan today is go get Mom and take her out for a while.  I am VERY, VERY SORE AND ACHY all over this morning for some reason...don't know why and didn't sleep well, either (and was up around 4 a.m. taking tylenol for a bad headache), but I feel I can't let Mom down as Hubby said she called while I was at the ladies supper at church last nite and talked with him in excited anticipation about my coming to take her out today.  It sure would be nice if there was someone to take her out besides me, but the others in our family have excuses why they don't.  I enjoy taking her out and spending time with her but it isn't easy when I am in pain.  Oh, well.  The Lord will help me.

Yesterday's calories were est 1450 and I walked 20 mins UPHILL on the treadmill and also worked outside a little while, too.

Afternoon/evening update...spent about 4 hours with Mom today...wheeled her around in the thrift store while we took our time looking...(we didn't find anything we wanted to get).  We ate lunch at a drive through restaurant.  After this, we rode around a while, with some of our favorite music (island music) playing.  We had a very good visit and I am feeling much better.  On the way to taking her back to her room, I stopped and bought her 4 individual serving packs of oranges, 4 of pineapple pcs, and 4 of peaches (no sugar added to any of them) to take with her back to her room for snacks.  I also bought her some red seedless grapes.  I looked at her foot today and thank the Lord, it is looking better...(however, there was NO BANDAGE on it, only a sock, so I went to the nurse about it and she put some medicine and a bandage on it...).  Thank you, Christians for your prayers!!!

Cals were est 1300 for today...Exercise was wheeling Mom around for a long time in the thrift store.

 

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.

 

 

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

 Love, Maria  

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Note:  I do not support any of the ads to the left or at the bottom of this journal.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/20/2009:
Maria ~ Those who don't take up with their resposibilities one day will wish they had taken the time to spend with your mom.... Regrets stink!

I know it seems daunting at times for you, but maybe it is a good thing it is "you" and not the sibblings taking care of your mom.... You probably have more patience and understanding.... She needs that... I know it doesn't make you feel any better about the situation and I know how it is burdonsome, especially when you don't feel well yourself in taking care of her & lifting, pushing,etc......

People tell me that this autistic boy is better off with me, cause I'm patient, loving, etc... whereas many people wouldn't care for him (especially for $9/day ~ both boys for $18 & 10 hours a day).... I don't feel I'm patnet enough and my nerves are "shot" 90% of the time, but the Lord placed it upon my heart that this is what I'm suppose to be doing right now in this time of my life.... I sigh a bit of relief everyday I can sit and have a quiet moment about 6:00p.m., cause he is a "job" to care for in his violent tendencies... I have to keep the 3 year old far enough away from him, cause I have no idea wha/who may set him off and into a "fit"... He has started medication for his "ticks" (thats what they ca;; them. like with turets (sp?) syndrome) and I'm not 100% behind medicating children, but now having him in my home and seeing he is only getting worse, something needed to be done or even us adults were getting afraid for our own safety.

Just try the best you can to know that God has His place for all of us and sometimes it hits closer to home that we may like.... I have a tough time when I think about it myself......

Have a good day!


thinnside40 on 03/20/2009:
My picture ~ Only thing I can think of to have you do is "refresh page (full quality)"... A while back I couldn't see something and biscotti told me to do that and then I did see it......

Sounds like your time with mom was quality..... Good!... I think we are going to my parent's tongiht..Hubby desperatly needs a haircut before he goes into full swing 18-20 hour days... He looks like a grizzley! So does Ben, but I don't think I want to fight that "bear" today.... He will get a nice trimming for Easter though..... FOR SURE!

Good Evening... It is super windy here, but the sun is shining still..I'm goin back out there to rake a bit more...


nimony on 03/21/2009:
Hi Maria, it seems to me your day with mom was as good for you as it was for her. You are giving of yourself and you are probably getting back more than you give. I suspect spending time with her keeps your mind more on her and her needs than on yourself and the physical pain you may be feeling. You will cherish these days with her forever. And for your mom, spending time with you means so much to her. You bring her so much happiness and joy. And you give her a chance to put aside her thoughts about the situation she is in.


Donkey on 03/21/2009:
Thank you for your encouragement! Please, if you could, pray for me these next 2 weeks. They will be very difficult for me. Please know that by Palm Sunday, I will be fine. (I hope.)



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