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Maria7 - Saturday Feb 19, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 150.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you!

It is sunny and cool here in S.C. today.

I was thinking about something I want to share with you: I've heard people complain about how difficult it is to lose weight. Well, it's not. That's a myth. It's actually very easy to lose weight and it is WORK to gain weight.

What? you might say. Here's the reason why:

To gain weight, you have to go find the food you want, either to the grocery store, or the refrigerator in most cases, but there are some people who don't have it that easy and they have to actually go hunt their food and either kill it if it is an animal or fish or dig it up or pull it if it is a vegetable or fruit, etc. You may say, I don't have to do that, mine's in the kitchen. Okay...you still had to 'find' it (at a store) and you also had to PAY for it right??? (Which usually means you, or someone else worked to pay for it, right?)...So...you get it home and next you've got to PREPARE it to eat (unless it's already prepared) and that is work. Finally, you have to EAT IT. More work...you have to feed yourself. So...you see, it requires WORK to gain weight! Now let's look at losing weight. You really don't have to do ANYTHING to lose weight. Just don't eat. You don't even have to exercise to lose weight. There is NO WORK required in losing weight but there is a LOT OF WORK required to gain weight. I do want to add, that the way I wrote the latter is extreme, for we all most eat to live, but we don't have to live to eat. Right?

Today's stats:

BMI: 22.8

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 150.0

Today's menu: This is a low-carb menu and not a maintain menu (about 1700 calories are maintain for my weight). I sometimes do low-carb a day or two, then back to regular diet with carbs. (Note: I may or may not eat all of this, as I'm 'banking calories' for buffet eating with Hubby tomorrow, Lord willing.)

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee with 1 teaspoon fatfree creamer and 1 small packet of splenda, 1 egg cooked in a light coating of vegetable spray, 1 plain diet wheat bread toast. Total:200 calories.

Snack: 1 cup sugar-free jello topped with 5 tablespoons fatfree cool-whip and 1 glass of tea sweetened with splenda. Total: 95 calories.

Lunch: 2 roasted, no skin chicken thighs, 1 cup microwaved plain okra, no sodium, and 1 glass tea sweetened with splenda. Total: 450 calories.

Snack: 1 cup of sugarfree jello topped with 5 tablespoons fatfree coolwhip and 1 glass tea sweetened with splenda. Total: 95 calories.

Supper (some call it dinner): 2 pieces of baked whiting fish (they're large and only 100 calories each, very filling), 1 cup baked okra (plain), 1 cup slaw (made with cabbage and 1 tablespoon lowfat mayo), and 1 glass tea sweetened with splenda. Total: 350 calories.

Snack: 1 mug coffee with 1 teaspoon fatfree creamer and sweetened with splenda. Total: 10 calories.

Total: 1200 calories.

Have a great day and remember..Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

SaneJane on 02/19/2005:
Hi Maria! Good to see you again. That's a great way of looking at weight loss. But you forgot about the dreaded pizza delivery man!!!! hee!


Penguin_14 on 02/19/2005:
Thank you for your kind comments. I usually don't discuss my religious beliefs, but my faith was tested when my mother died. It's a long story. I still believe in God and that he has a plan for my life. I have never truly been able to turn my life over to God since that time. Thank you for thinking of me though.


Runner on 02/19/2005:
That's a really interesting way to look at weight loss! I enjoyed the fresh perspective. However, I think exercise plays a part in the equation, and that is often viewed as "work" by a lot of people! (except me...I love to exercise!) :)


breakaway on 02/19/2005:
Very interesting entry today :) I wanted to thank you for your comment! Your doing very well, hang in there :)


~*natalie*~ on 02/21/2005:
I'm also 5'8. My 6th grade pants are from about 4 or 5 years ago, so it's pretty much the same difference. Good luck in your goals!



Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 08, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you all!

It has been like springtime here in South Carolina today! It was actually warm enough for short sleeves and that's what I wore!

I've noticed something....when I eat something high in sodium, the next day the scale is up...I guess it's water weight from the salt. It's a good thing to read the labels on what we eat that's not prepared at home, though, so we'll not be discouraged when this happens and realize that when the salt (water retention) leaves, which is usually only a day or two, the scale will reflect the 'true' number we weigh. Even measurments are affected by eating something high in sodium...your waist may be 1/2 inch larger or more the next day...so remember this so you won't be discouraged.

I bought a roasted chicken today instead of just buying a chicken and roasting it at home and was told it was "plain" with "nothing on it"...but when I got it home and ate some, it tasted salty and like it had some sort of sauce it had been basted with...sure enough...I found the ingredients on the wrapper in very small writing...'CORN SYRUP' and other ingredients, including a number that reflected HIGH SODIUM...so much for nothing being added to the "plain" roasted chicken....hum...I'll know better next time...just go ahead and buy a raw chicken and roast it at home...that way I'll know it's really "plain" and low sodium!

I've been doing a lot of 'running' (traveling kind) lately and haven't been exercising...this is a no-no, I know.

Springtime is just around the corner...time to get to work!

Have a good evening and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

breakaway on 02/08/2005:
YOur so right about the salt, I have noticed the same thing. I did so well yesterday but the scale was reading 2 lbs over the usual and I think it's because I ate F/F chips. There is still a lot of salt in it so it was probablly not a great choice so I have learned my lesson and will have something different next time. Your doing awesome, keep up the good work!



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 06, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you all!

I was thinking about something. Something to help motivate us all to get to our goals.

When that craving comes (and it will) and you've already consumed the amount of calories you've alloted yourself for the day, ask yourself: Do I choose to be a size 8 (or other size you like) and NOT eat this that I crave right now as it will put me over my alloted daily calories to get to (or maintain) the size I want to be (or am)....OR.... do I choose to be a size 12 (or other larger size) and overeat and enjoy the sensation of this food for a few minutes only to be heavier (and larger) tomorrow?

Because when we overeat, we WEAR what we overeat. I've noticed there are people who look like they are wearing what they overate last year!

I used to be a heavy person....I'd get a BOX of sugar smacks and eat them...I mean a very large box...and ice cream by the box, too... but I've learned that even these foods are okay in MODERATION...which means counting them in among our alloted daily calories...a 150 calorie ice cream is okay if it is not in ADDITION but is INCLUDED in our daily calorie counts.

I've learned that exercise speeds up metabolism, but too much will surely cause the scale NOT to move downward! Exercise is good, but in moderation, just like foods!

I sit here in a SNUG size 8 100% cotton levi jeans (not stretch kind) and I'm still working on fitting into them comfortably because I am modest and will not wear them snug-fitting. I am a LADY and I want to look it, too...so I will continue to work on fitting into these 8's not snugly, but comfortably and loose enough to look lady-like when I wear them...which requires saying NO!!! to the ice cream I CRAVE tonight!!! It means EXERCISE tomorrow (but don't overdo it)! Now, I could have had the ice cream I crave tonight, as it's only 150 calories, but I will have overeaten cause I've already consumed my alloted calories for today...then the scale would probably be up in the morning and these size 8 jeans would be fitting tighter instead of looser! Well, you may say, have the ice cream and do without 150 calories tomorrow...nope...that will just make it harder to get to 'goal' of fitting into these 8's comfortably....so...I hope I've said something that has helped someone.

I drew a picture and have it on my desk. There is a pair of size 8 levi jeans (not stretch kind) on one side of the picture and then the word 'OR' and then there is a picture of a bigger pair of levi jeans, size 12 on the other side and I also drew ice cream, potato chips, candy, etc on the other side with the larger jeans and with the 8's I wrote 1700 daily calories of lean meats, veggies, salads, fruits, and occassional sweets, etc. included in the calories allotted. The 1700 is a maintain number...I know that most of us have to go lower than that to get 'to' goal.

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

breakaway on 02/07/2005:
You said it! I really liked your entry today :) Your doing awesome and yes, you did help someone today with your wise words. Have a wonderful day today



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 02, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 150.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you! Hope you're having a happy, blessed day today! It's still cold here in S.C...(40's) and cloudy now with rain expected by tonight, though it was sunny a little earlier.

Well, after a six day plateau, scale read a new number today, so today's stats are:

BMI: 22.8

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 150.0

Have a great day and remember..Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

squiggly on 02/02/2005:
Congratulations on losing the two pounds. You are doing very well.


Umpqua on 02/02/2005:
Congratulations on getting back to your goal weight! You have really set a great example - it would have been easy to just give up once you gained a few pounds but you saw the problem and tackled it and now you can be proud!


Soon2BThin on 02/02/2005:
Good for you! You're doing great! And it feels good too, doesn't it? Those plateaus are not fun, are they? I just can't seem to get out of the 160's. Have a good day tomorrow.


Runner on 02/03/2005:
Praise the Lord! You'll be in the 140's before you know it! :) Great job!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 31, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 152.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25,26

Good afternoon to you!

It is sunny and cold (40's) here in S.C. today.

I just got back a little while ago from the gym...walked and worked out with weights. I've been on a plateau for 5 days. Thought I'd go ahead and put weight in today.

BMI: 23.1

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 152.0

Here is an address to find your BMI: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Just key in your height and weight and click and this calculator will let you know your number. It also has a guide to understanding what your number means.

Going to read some entries now...have a great day!

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

Love, Maria (smile!)


Maria7 - Thursday Jan 27, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you all!

It is COLD here in S.C....(40's) but I guess it is even colder up north, so I'm glad it's not colder....

Walked at the gym again today, didn't work out with weights this time...been VERY careful with calories, also...scales have had 'friendly' readings over the past 3 weeks, (down 8) and down 9 for this month so far....working on it...today I didn't feel as hungry as I usually feel....Sister gave me a large piece of lemon iced-lemon cake she baked and I had what would equal about 150 calories of it, (about 1/4th of a regular-sized piece) and I was very satisfied with that, having gotten a good 'taste' of it and out the rest of it went to avoid any possibility of temptation later. She also got me a Snicker candy bar today (one of my favs) saying she'd noticed I've lost weight and she wants to refatten me some (NOT!!!). She walked with me today also, she has lost about 35 pounds and is being careful of how much she eats, herself...but I was considerate to her...we were out and about yesterday and I bought her (and me) each a chicken breast for our supper and that was all...even though the 'taters' were loudly calling for me to get them, too...(but I didn't!). I've been working on getting back to my original goal (150) and after I do, I may be working on getting back into my size 8 levi jeans, which I can do now, but not 'comfortably' and to me it doesn't count if it is real snug-fitting! (Uncomfortably, that is!)

Well, this is all for now...stay warm, all of you, and remember, Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)


Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Good evening to you! Hope you've had a wonderful day! Today it was just like SPRINGTIME!!! It got up to about 65 or so and the weather was sunny and warm and I was out and about with short sleeves on!

Well...gonna read some entries...have a good night and remember...Jesus loves you!!!...and I do, too!

Love, Maria (Smile!)


Maria7 - Monday Jan 24, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you all!

Soonie, don't forget to include Stellastar on your list of 'oldie-goldies' that we miss....btw, it is good to see Garlic back on here...she is truly an inspiration....

It has been COLD here today, not as cold as yesterday, however...anyway...tv says 65 degrees on Wed...springtime early, hehehe!

I saw yellow daffodils and pink tulips in the grocery store the other day...they were so pretty!

Have a good evening and remember...Jesus loves you (and gave His life for your salvation)...and I love ya, too!

Love, Maria (smile!)


Maria7 - Sunday Jan 23, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Hello to you! I hope you're having a good day in the Lord today 'cause if you've got the Lord in your life,then EVERY day is a good day!

It is sunny and COLD (20's and 30's) here today...I had thought we might get ice, but instead we got sunshine! I threw out some bread for the birds...we have bluejays and cardinals here.

I am still hurting from that fall, but not quite as bad...Hubby and I went to church this morning and I taught our Sunday School class and we had much class participation and thoughts presented and it was a wonderful class...we all enjoy it so much...then I played the piano and sung in the worship part of service and we left afterwards.

As for weight...I'm still holding on to Thursday's number, remembering 'Not Gaining Is Progress'...so I'm currently maintaining where I'm at and I'm okay with it for now.

Well, going to read entries...take care and remember...Jesus loves ya and gave His Life and shed His Blood for you so that you could have the gift of eternal life through Him when you repent of your sins, ask His forgiveness, and believe in Him...and if we believe in Him, we will LIVE for Him! According to God's Holy Word, the Bible!........and I love ya, too!

Love, Maria (smile!)


Maria7 - Saturday Jan 22, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Good evening to you! Thanks for your comments, Soon2BThin and SaneJane. Well, night before last, Baby came back home...I was soooo glad. Then yesterday, another thing happened. I had a fall (no I'm not old!!!!). I was going UP some steps, slipped and fell...long story short, after 5 hours doctor and hospital...I think I'll be all right...I believe the Lord had His angels watching out for me. Yes, I AM in pain and hope it's less in the morning so I can be in church to teach our Sunday School class AND play the piano....we'll see...I'm just trusting the Lord as always and may His Will be done.

Well, it's supposed to get VERY cold tonight and tomorrow...I think we might possibly get some ICE here..., calling for rain, though...but low supposed to be 28 fahrenheit in the morning with wind chill (supposed to be very windy) much lower...so I guess it's how the rain is timed with the temperature, so wait and see...the tv says north of here SNOW...LOTS of SNOW....stay warm, everyone!

Well, I'm going to read some entries....remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (Smile!)


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