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Maria7 - Thursday Mar 23, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!

Well, I see those chocolate chip/pecan tollhouse cookies costed yesterday, even though I did do a big workout on the treadmill last night.

BUT!!! I was better today! Breakfast was 1 scrambled egg and 2 plain toasts. Lunch was a small pack of cashews. Supper was a small veggie/fruit salad with sunflower seeds and just a little thousand island dressing. I'm guessing 1100 cals for today's total. Excercise was running lots of errands including grocery shopping for my Mom as well as for me and Hubby.

Soonie, I DID get some ORVILLE REDENBAUCHER 100 calories packs popcorn...I got the butter flavored, low fat kind. Haven't tried it yet, but maybe tomorrow...Bet it's gonna be GOOD!

Btw, I haven't TOUCHED the popcorn I got last night at church NOR the 'ONE LONE COOKIE' left from yesterday's cookie binge in the fridge. I looked at it today and I thought 'I DON'T THINK SO!!!!'

I feel hungry, but I'm not going to get started at 8pm. So I'll just read entries and distract myself.

Hope you all have a good night...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!


Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 22, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!

Today is a sunny, bright (though still chilly here in the south...50's fahrenheit) day with the birds singing sweetly outside.

Up, down, up, down...I try not to give in to sweets and here goes the chocolate craving and I do...even yesterday...I had 4 miniature chocolate donuts. My 14's jeans are loose on me and I tried on one of my 12's jeans this morning and they may as well have said "No way, sista!" (hehehe....not)...So, today, I said to myself I wouldn't give in to chocolate...I forgot I had any in the house...then I remembered a few chocolate-covered cherries from a gift from Christmas in the freezer...well, I figured, just one....only 75 cals...well, that 'one' must have been a TRIGGER!!!!!!!! I also had some chocolate/pecan tollhouse frozen cookie dough in the freezer from Christmas that I'd forgotten about. Around 2 pm, I decided I'd only bake ONE of them (190 cals)...WELL THAT JUST GOT ME STARTED!!! Now 4 more are baking...guess I'll be doing some walking on the treadmill today!

Have a good day and remember, Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

PS...I didn't eat all 4, just 3, but that still makes 4 counting the 'one' I baked by itself.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

me_interrupted on 03/22/2006:
LOL - Maria! You sound like me yesterday! I was being SO good, and the cheese curls sitting in the baggie on my counter looked SO good, and really it was only like 1/2 a serving, so I said "why not, I've got the extra points to spare today". Well, that turned into opening the big bag of cheeze curls and having at least an additional serving more, then two big pieces of DH's birthday cake, and then probably about 1/2 cup of almonds, and well... I think enough said. LOL If we can just stay away from it in the first place and resist that first bite, then we are really doing something! :-)


Soon2BThin on 03/22/2006:
About the popcorn I talked about---I had already had a bag in the afternoon, it's a real habit. For only 100 calories or 2 points I consider it a good snack and treat. But I didn't want to have more later since it was after 7pm and I try hard not to eat after 7. Still hard to smell it. Popcorn has the best smell, doesn't it? Mmmmm, cookies! There's no way I could keep that stuff in the house, frozen or not! And anyone around here who wants it can just buy it themselves! I refuse! Yep, that sugar can be a trigger that makes you keep eating things, I know. Hope you have an excellent day tomorrow!


Umpqua on 03/22/2006:
It's good that you're recognizing the trigger foods - I, too, have such trouble controlling myself with chocolate. I just commented to Geevee that I need to freeze the 1.5 lbs of Harry & David chocolate truffles sitting atop my fridge before it's too late! Your weight is down, so that's good news. I hope you're enjoying your chilly (yet warm by Northeast standards) day :)


monet0239 on 03/22/2006:
Oh how that chocolare is evil.. lol.. yep.. whenyou eat carbs.. they make you crave for more.. try to be strong sweetie.. tomorrow is a new day :O).. good luck hun.. hugsss


monet0239 on 03/23/2006:
good for oyu on savin that last cookie and the pop corn.. doesnt that stuff smell delish hehehe... I hope you try that pizza recipe I left for every one .. it is just awesome :O).. and good for you ehehe.. have a great day hun.. hugs



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 21, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 162.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!

Today has been chilly and rainy here in the south. My Mother called me and invited me to have dinner (lunch) with her. She cooked fried steak, rice, gravy, green peas, green string beans, and she had fresh tomatoes. She is an excellent cook. Last year, she was on life support...I remember crying and praying and asking the Lord to heal her...and the Lord performed a miracle in healing her and now, she not only cooked dinner for her and me, but also fixed a loaded plateful to carry home for my Hubby when he gets in from work and I don't have to cook supper. God is so good! I thank Him and praise Him!

Hope you have a good day today...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

monet0239 on 03/21/2006:
Amen girly.. I am a believer sweetie.. God does work wonders .. and thank him for helping your mother.. :O).. Its good that your close to yours.. dont get me wrong.. me and my mother talk.. but she is more closer to her sisters then she is me and my brother.. always been that way.. the only thing she has time for my kids is.. Easter baskets and Christmas..isnt that sad.. mama Carol.. the one who give great gifts... mama Donna and Georgetta the ones who spend time with us.. :O).. at least they have the other two.. My mother has always been about herself.. whats good for her.. for example.. not last year.. but the year before.. We had her and her hubby (not my dad) come over for a Christmas get together.. I kid you not . they stayed for 35 minutes.. Long enough to get some veggy soup.. let the kids open their gifts and she said she had to go to her sisiers to play poker.. this past year.. we ent to their house.. was there 2 hours..lol.. guess she didnt wanna kick us out..lol..ok enough about me.. just hug that mama of your for me :O)..



Maria7 - Monday Mar 20, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 162.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you! Hope you've had a good day today...and every day is a good day with the Lord!

I've been studying in the Bible today and also working on putting my copies of songs we sing in church in alphabetical order. I didn't even go outside today! How about that??? We had drizzling rain off/on today anyway...

Yesterday I gave in to sweets...and sweets...and sweets...I overdid it a little...today I was better. It's something though, how that when I give in to sugared sweets, I seem to crave MORE of them. Today I CRAVED chocolate...so I remembered I had 1 fatfree very small chocolate pudding in the fridge...only 90 cals plus some fatfree coolwhip...so I had that...then later I was REALLY craving sweets...I found half of a 3 Musketeer in the snack cabinet...this was after 3 bananas during the day and half an apple...see what I mean about the sweets???

At least I did get on the treadmill and walked/jogged tonight.

One good thing...yesterday, my largest pants that I frequently wear to church were about 4 inches too large in the waist and baggy also. That felt good! I wore it anyway! They are 14's. Also, my size 14 levi non-stretch jeans are very loose in the waist and beginning to look a little baggy, also...hehehe! My goalweight is 155 and size 12...I used to be such a perfectionist...not anymore.

I hope you all have a good night...and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/20/2006:
Hi Maria,

It sounds like things are going great for you dietwise. We all have our sweet or salt craving days (my sweet days far outweigh the salt craving ones) but it sounds like you handled things just fine. As for your gardening question, my dwarf irises are purple and so pretty! I've got some hyacinths just about to bloom as well, and daffodils and tulips that I'm hoping will follow!



Maria7 - Friday Mar 17, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 160.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!!!

THE PLATEAU IS GONE!!!

I guess the gardening yesterday helped...I don't know...I'm just GLAD the plateau is gone again! 6 days of 161 and this morning the scale announced '160'...I was so happy, I got on and off that scale a few times...sure enough...160! Happy Dance!

So...how's your day going??? I've had a very busy one today...we've had gorgeous weather here in S.C. today and I plan to grill out some chicken on the back deck this afternoon...as a matter of fact, I'm on the back deck keying this now, hehehe! This morning, after doing some household chores, I picked up a friend and for brunch, we got a steak sandwich in town, then went to the gym and worked it off. Then I brought her over here (home) to see the new red camillia bush I got yesterday and set out in the front yard...it has beautiful large red camillias on it...then we went into the kitchen and I fixed us a snack...fat free (90 calories) chocolate pudding and a couple tablespoons of fat free cool whip (about 20 calories)...a cheap but very delicious snack for a little over 100 cals...then I took her home and went to my Mom's, who was in the bed, sick and I fixed her some chicken noodle soup and crackers and spent some time with her and then went and did some shopping for her...also I went to a car wash and vacumned and washed the vehicle I drive (it REALLY needed it)...anyway, now I'm back home and I'm sitting here in the sunshine and I guess it's around 75 degrees fahrenheit and a gentle cool breeze is blowing to keep it from getting too hot...I'm in my lounge chair and I'm going to read some entries and then grill out barbequed chicken...Y'all come on over!

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

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

monet0239 on 03/17/2006:
Man oh man.. see what I miss when I have to work.. waaaa.. a cook out hehehhe.. sounds delish though.. and I am so jealous of that weather of yours.. but thats ok.. we'll get some soon enough I'm sure.. :O)... boy you've had one busy busy day huh.. I am sorry to hear your mom is sick.. :O(.. I will be sending up some prayers for her ok.. you have a great evening and a wonderful Saturday.. ( again , I have to work.. sniff sniff.. )..

hugs sweetie..


me_interrupted on 03/17/2006:
Maria - I really admire your positive attitude. I may need some of that sometimes! LOL Congrats on breaking that plateau and sticking through it! The day I see the scale say 160 - is the day I reach GOAL! So, I can't wait! LOL Sounds likea busy day of taking care of friends and family, and still making room for taking care of yourself. Good for you - I'm proud of ya!


Umpqua on 03/18/2006:
Hi Maria, congratulations on breaking through your plateau! I also wanted to say how much I enjoy reading about your wonderful weather there and the grilling and gardening (camellias are so beautiful). It gives me hope that we'll soon see the same here in the chilly Northeast. My dwarf irises are in bloom and I'm itching to get outside and clean out my flower beds and do some pruning, but I definitely need to wait a few more weeks as our frosts are not yet over.



Maria7 - Thursday Mar 16, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!

Well, the plateau continues. I did pretty well today to start out with...even did an hour of gardening this afternoon...then I really felt hungry!!! I was determined to stay within my calorie limit....but guess what???? I didn't! Thanks to chocolate malted milk balls in the refrigerator that I gave in to...oh well...not gaining is progress. Anyway, I wore my non-stretch size 14 levi jeans again today and felt good because a couple of months ago, they lacked about 3 inches of fastening and today not only did they fasten, but they were not snug and even felt comfortable. So...I HAD to have some chocolate today...well I'm a woman, so there you go. We women do love our chocolate...hum???? I know I do!

Soooooo...going to read entries...have a good night and remember....Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

jinne on 03/16/2006:
I just wanted to say how great it is that I am not the only one that cheats with chocolate. lol. Keeping up the great work. Jinne


liza36 on 03/17/2006:
That chocolate will get us every time. I gave in to some weight watchers chocolate cake last night.

That's great progress to fit comfortably in your jeans. Keep up the great work!


me_interrupted on 03/17/2006:
Congrats on those pants! Yay! I just finally broke down and bought a pair of size 16 - and was getting excited because they were getting loose. Well, guess what, they are the stretch kind and as soon as I washed them - they are tight again! Ugh! LOL So you are doing great, I can tell!

(and chocolate I think just signs out to the women of the world - "eat me and don't stop until I'm ALL GONE"... Been there, I'll be there again I'm sure! :-)



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 15, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you!

Plateau is going on, which is fine...not gaining is progress! I'm 'beginning' to fit into a few things I couldn't fit into a couple of months ago.

Time to go read entries...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Lil_Miss_PMA on 03/16/2006:
Hello Maria! I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my journal and say hello. Weight plateaus must be frustrating but you come across as a patient positive thinker, which helps doesn't it!

Jacqui



Maria7 - Monday Mar 13, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Hello to you! Today has been a gorgeous day, 80's fahrenheit and sunny. I grilled out steaks on the back deck this afternoon and got a lot of sun while at it. Hubby came in and I'd fixed fried potatoes to go with it (I only had a few of them) and added a small salad for each of us. That was supper...yum, yum!

My Mom hasn't been feeling well, so I went over to her apartment today and fixed her some lunch and talked her into eating after she said she wasn't hungry. I left to come home and fix supper and a close friend of hers since their high school days came over as I was leaving to spend time with her.

Hubby had to work late, but he cleaned his plate and said the steak was still tender and he enjoyed the meal.

I walked 1/2 mile on the treadmill tonight...I didn't go to the gym today.

Well...going to read entries...have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!


Maria7 - Sunday Mar 12, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Good evening to you! Hope you've had a wonderful day today! Hubby and I have! We had wonderful church services today and thank the Lord for them. His being with us in them meant everything as we all worshiped Him and basked in the excitement of His Presence! I hope you all have a church home that you worship the Lord Jesus Christ in and know Him as your personal Lord and Savior. I thank Him for the gift of eternal life in Him.

Yesterday, I ate about 2 cups of shelled boiled peanuts, thinking that since they were the same as legumes that they would have about the same amount of calories as lima beans, which are approximately 200 or so a cup. I thought I had done pretty well yesterday....but today I found out shelled, boiled peanuts have almost 600 calories a cup, according to one website I visited....wow, almost 1200 calories for 2 cups! Soooooo, now I know. Needless to say, Hubby finished the rest of the boiled peanuts tonight. We had gotten them at a flea market. They were real good and filling and I thought I'd only had about 400 calories of them...turns out to have been almost 1200....oh well...that's the way it goes, I guess...so I guess next time I want boiled peanuts I'll cook some lima beans instead, hehehe!

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya (and gave His Life for you)....and I love ya, too!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

jinglebell on 03/12/2006:

I love the fact that every one of your entries reminds us/me that God and Jesus loves me. I am extremely fortunate to be saved by the mercy and grace of God, I probably wouldnt be alive if I wasn't. Losing weight while having a Lord and Savior is completely different then when you try to lose weight just by yourself, I've tried it in both spectrums. May you remain blessed!


smiley2 on 03/13/2006:
Hi there!

We are back in South Africa for the time being to buy property etc and are planning on going overseas again next year sometime. Maybe the United Kingdom this time, not sure. But if we win the greencard lottery we will be back in the States, since one of my biggest problems there were that i couldnt work anymore.

Oh and by the way, hubby and me almost finished the whole loaf of banana bread hehe!

Have a great day!


kimberley on 03/13/2006:
Thanks for the comment, Yes I still live in Ireland Tipperary, for the last 3 years . The UK (Leicestershire) previouse to that. My family came from Ireland originally and my parents moved back. We all moved to Ireland because I wanted to have another baby and wanted my parents to be more involved.

I find Ireland very devoted to the Catholic way of life, I do find it hard in that it is so traditional and you do have to work very hard at gaining some meaning from the service. I do wish (and I dont think that I am alone)in wishing that the old priest who mentions a saints name in every other word would think of the children and younger families and make the service more light hearted and actually enlighten the congregation.

Anyway , hope that your diet goes well and thanks kimberley



Maria7 - Friday Mar 10, 2006
(Balance and Moderation)
Weight: 161.0

John 3:16 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.

Good morning to you! It is a cloudy, warm morning here in S.C. I hear the birds singing happily outside. I threw some bread crumbs outside for them earlier and they are all gone now. I don't know if the squirrels or the birds got them...it doesn't matter, though!

Yesterday did a couple of hours or so of walking and about 1200 calories.

I hope you have a lovely day today....remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

monet0239 on 03/10/2006:
Hiya Maria.. wow on the walking.. thats great... I cant wait till I can walk that long without getting all winded.. you keep up the great work.. and enjoy some of that nice weather for me.. :O)..hugs



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