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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



Maria7 - Thursday Mar 09, 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! I've been on the go today...didn't get any formal exercise in, but I was moving a lot, so...anyway...hope you've all had a good day today...going to read some entries...

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 03/09/2006:
Hello sweetie.. I hope you had you some tuna salad.. heheh I dont put ranch dressing in mine.. the ranch was to dip my radishes and green peppers in.. lol.. I like tuna salad your way as well.. but I was in a hurry this am.. so I just put the mayo and relish in it.. but yes.. I love it too.. :O).. ok have to go.. American Idol is on now llol.. hugssss



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 08, 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! WOW!!! Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments about the styles of jeans and capris! I enjoyed reading each one! I am finding out more and more about each of you! You're all so interesting!

Well, I did buy another pair of size 14 levi hip-hugger bell-bottoms/flared jeans today...the other pair I bought the other day is navy blue...the ones I got today are mediumish? blue...like regular jeans color. I am TRYING to break away from levi jeans...oh, they are my favorites, but I want to be to where when I go into a store, it's not always ONLY levi jeans I get! I must be trying to get back cool, hehehe! Like for instance, I was in a store the other day and I saw some really 'far-out' (oldie-goldie word I like) jeans...they were regular-blue jean color and they were bell-bottomed, with very colorful embroidery going down the sides...FAR OUT!!! (hehehe!)...and I also saw some white bell-bottomed jeans with some silver decorations on the sides. These were WIDE bell-bottomed jeans...I mean...is there ANY OTHER KIND???? When I was a teenager, I MADE my bell-bottoms a lot...I would sometimes take flared jeans and ADD material at the bottoms to make them EXTRA-WIDE bell-bottomed. I wanted to be COOL! My younger brother and I really thought we were COOL....in his room, he had a shelf on his wall with many different varieties of coffee....and in my room, I painted my closet psychedellic (which at that time meant an abstract of different bright, wild colors)...orange, red, purple swirls, etc. The closet was the main attraction of my bedroom and really meant I was 'COOL'!!!! I'm 2 years older than my brother and he would sometimes come to my room to ask for a drink from my 'ironing-board bar' (another COOL thing I had in my room)...and it was exactly as said, except I think I had a cloth hanging over it to disguise it being an ironing board...and I would ask him whether he wanted scotch or rye or what and he'd answer one of them and it really didn't matter, cause he was getting pepsi mixed with coolaid anyway....(and he drank it, too)....

Have I bored you yet??? Hehehe! Have a great 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!


Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 07, 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 everybody! Thank you all for your responses to my question about jeans. It made me feel SO much better to read what y'all wrote...now I don't feel so 'out of style', hehehe...as for me I wore bell bottoms as a teenager and into my twenties, I even remember that after I had my daughter, I was wearing some cool white bell bottoms with decorations on the sides of them near the bottoms,...but then when the 'tapered' jeans came into style, I think I was one of the LAST to give up my bell bottoms...and finally I began wearing them, though I remember at that time thinking that they made people look larger in the hips ( I don't think that now)...so I have a lot of the tapered/straight-legged jeans and just recently bought a pair of stretch size 14 flared/bell bottomed jeans. It really takes some getting used to to wear them, though. I am just starting to wear jeans again...I've been mostly wearing elastic-waisted pants for months now...including capris. Jeans are not as comfortable as elastic waisted capris so usually when I get home, I change into my 'comfy's', hehehe. Thank you all so much again for your answers!

That's another thing...when capris came into style, I thought I would NEVER wear those 'high-water pants'...but I finally, probably one of the last ones to, bought some and started enjoying wearing them. Now I wear them the MOST, hehehe~! Comfy!

Well, I guess this is enough for now...gonna read entries...have a great day 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!

monet0239 on 03/07/2006:
HIya sweetie.. :O)..I work at a used car lot.. My husband is the head mechanic there.. and we just live on the other side of the fence.. so great.. saves on that high priced gas... :O)..The boss knew I was a stay at home mom.. and when my youngest started going to school all day, he asked if I wanted to work a few days a week.. so sure.. :O) It's not much.. but it gives me some spending money.. lol..

I love the comfy pants as well.. eheeh.. hugs


vvvzena29 on 03/07/2006:
I still keep a few pairs of bigger stretch jeans just to relax around the house in. I'm short, and it's hard to find pants that fit me. lol Renee


liza36 on 03/08/2006:
I was the same way with capris. I was probably the last one to start wearing them too, but now I love them! So cute and comfy. As for jeans, I rarly wear them because I don't think they are all that comfortable. Probably when I lose some of this weight I may go back to jeans on the weekends. I have to dress up for work during the week.

Have a great day. Glad to see you back at DD!


BigLoser on 03/08/2006:
Hi Maria. LOL you sound like me in the resisting-the-styles department. I also remember still hanging onto my flared jeans when the tapered legs came into style. A friend who was more stylish than me finally staged an "intervention" to make me get with the times. LOL Same thing with capris, except this time it was because of bad memories of being teased about high water pants as a kid. I do own 5 pairs of capris that I love now though, so I did get over it. LOL

You asked me how tall I am... 5'11" (sort of explains the high water pants phobia doesn't it - LOL).

Have a great day.



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