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Maria7 - Monday Mar 14, 2005

Weight: 0.0

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

Good evening to you! Hope you've had a terrific day today! The weather has changed here in S.C......rainy and cold (50's). But thank the Lord for it! He always knows what's best, that I am SURE of!

Well, today has NOT been a good eating day. I've been a naughty girl! Dare I tell????? Well, why not?

I started off well, having an egg scrambled in water instead of oil to save calories and a dry, plain diet bread toast, just 1. That was breakfast with a few cups of decaf coffee with only creamer.

Well....My Hubby had a german chocolate cake (the half he didn't eat yesterday, that is) sitting on the kitchen table. I somehow thought that my chocolate-addicted self could have a very small piece of it and then leave it alone..........NOT!!!

Off and on today, I consumed not 1, not 2, not 3......no......... how about 6? 'small' pieces of it before I finally realized I was nauseated and got a tummyache, hehehe.

I tried to 'right' everything by cooking a very nutritious 'stew' of brown rice, tomatoes, and salmon and having a little of that for supper, but I only ate about 1/2 cup full of that, being still full of the 'CAKE'!!!!!

So that's been my menu today. 'CAKE!' I still think I did my 1700 daily calories today, but I don't know for sure with all that icing and coconut and nuts!

Anyway, I've confessed now and I hope you had a better eating day that I did, hehehe!

Think I'll go read some entries...have a good night and remember....Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Brenda Kay on 03/14/2005:
Maria ~

I'll confess that I wouldn't have been able to leave cake alone either. It's taken years of nagging but it's gotten to the point that my poor husband has to keep his "Treats" in the car (and not tell me about them). For his birthday someone gave him a cheesecake and he stored it at work! I've been at this for so long (2 1/2years) but I STILL can't count on "willpower" to get me pass a cake sitting on the counter!


Runner on 03/14/2005:
I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has eaten 6 pieces of cake at one time! I managed to consume 4 small pieces of the cake I'd made Sunday night before shoving the rest of it in the freezer.

It's an easy, delicious cake...just add 1 can of apple pie filling to a white cake mix, along with 3 eggs. (Skip the water and oil). Mix it all together and bake it for 35-40 minutes. When it comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top and pour condensed milk and/or caramel syrup on it. Then stick it in the fridge. It tastes like a caramel apple cake! But I caution you---it's really easy to eat more than one piece! (I'm speaking from experience!)


Umpqua on 03/15/2005:
I would have attacked that cake too! I recently made a supposedly "fat free" chocolate cake. We had a few pieces without icing and it wasn't that great so I've put it in the freezer. I know if I had left it out it would be long gone by now (same goes for chocolate cookies, pies, and pretty much anything chocolate and in the dessert family). Even though you ate a lot of cake you didn't eat that much overall, and you can always make up for it now!



Maria7 - Sunday Mar 13, 2005

Weight: 0.0

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

Good afternoon to you! Hope you're having a blessed day! It is sunny and warm (70's) here in South Carolina today! Hubby and I just got back a little while ago from eating out buffet (his favorite)after church. The following is what I had:

1 cup Salad of spinach leaves, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, peach, sunflower seeds, green peas, and fat free thousand island dressing. Deck of cards-sized well done steak. 1 yeast roll with about 1 teaspoon of honey butter and 1 very small hushpuppy. 1 Baked sweet potato, plain. About 1/2 cup steamed brocolli. Diet coke and a large glass of water.

That's it. No desert and no second helpings! (I've come a l-o-n-g way, Baby!)

Just don't ask me what I had for breakfast. Our Lighthouse Sunday School Class celebrated our 2nd year anniversary with a large breakfast (but I was 'mostly' good).

No supper for me. If I want anything else other than WATER today, it will be only decaf coffee with creamer only.

With this menu for today, I think I've done my 'maintain' daily 1700 calories.

Hope you have a wonderful afternoon and remember....Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

geevee on 03/13/2005:
Thanks, Maria. The salad you had encourages me tojust get started and cut up the stuff for one of those salads I love! I'm so lazy!


Runner on 03/13/2005:
Wow! I'm so impressed at your choices at the buffet! Way to go!!!

When I lived in the States, church functions almost always revolved around food...and there were far too many times when I pigged out on potlucks!! As much as I loved church, I sometimes got weary of all the food. I just wanted to have a Sunday where we feasted only on God's "daily bread!" :)

There were just way too many good cooks at my church!



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 08, 2005

Weight: 0.0

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

Good afternoon to you! Hope you're having a blessed day!

Yesterday, Hubby and I grilled out hamburgers on the back deck after he got home from work....The weather was sunny and warm, around 70 degrees fahrenheit, and they turned out soooooo YUMMY!!! I only had one bun and made mine a double hamburger! I fixed some slaw with cabbage and reduced fat mayo and baked Hubby some 'french fried potatoes'...and it was all so delicious! I find that food grilled out tastes so much better than food roasted or baked in the oven!

Well...soon it will be time to go to church for our weekly praise team practice (I play the piano)...We are to practice 2 weeks worth tonight...about 25 or more songs....

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

Love, Maria (smile!)

cynthia on 03/08/2005:
One of my biggest regrets in life is not having paid attention when I was taking piano lessons. I would love to be able to play now. Have a good rehearsal. Cynthia


Umpqua on 03/08/2005:
I am so jealous that you're able to grill outside. We're having a snowstorm here today! I completely agree with you about grilled food, there's something about a burger or steak or basically anything cooked on a grill that sets it apart! I hope you're enjoying your evening, and I will look forward to the time when we'll be able to use our snow covered grill :)



Maria7 - Saturday Mar 05, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 147.0

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! I'm late today making this entry, but thought I would, anyway! Hope you've had a nice day! It was beautiful and sunny again here in South Carolina, even got up to 69 degrees fahrenheit! Short-sleeve weather again! I picked up my Mom and took her to a flea market and also got her a cone of ice cream. Then I brought her over here a while and she took a long (3 hours) nap on the sofa while I got some study done concerning the Sunday School class (but not the lesson, I already had that prepared for tomorrow morning). We have an outstanding Sunday School class...We have a free breakfast every Sunday morning and we eat whatever breakfast is (usually biscuits, sweets, etc.) and drink coffee, sodas, etc while we have a 'discussion-type' Sunday School lesson as we all sit around 3 long tables put together. It is fun and we all learn a lot. I am the Sunday School teacher and Hubby is assistant and we love teaching! Everybody is welcome to comment and those who preferr to be quiet are not pressured to if they don't want to comment, but usually everyone has something to say pertaining to our lesson as we go along. If you don't go or belong to a Sunday School class, I strongly urge you to find one that teaches the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ and and go cause you're missing out big-time! You will love it!

Current stats:

Highest weight/size 1998: 205, size 20 and 22

Goal weight achieved 1999: 150

Current weight/size: 147, size 8

Height: 5'8"

BMI: 22.3

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

Love, Maria (smile!)

cynthia on 03/07/2005:
Maria, have a great day! Cynthia



Maria7 - Friday Mar 04, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 147.0

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 a beautiful, warm day here in South Carolina! Short sleeves weather this afternoon!

Current stats:

Highest weight/size 1998: 205, size 20 and 22

Current weight/size: 147, size 8

Height: 5'8"

BMI: 22.3

Hope you all have a blessed day...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

cynthia on 03/04/2005:
The weather sounds awesome ... congratulations on your weight loss efforts. You have done very well. Cynthia


geevee on 03/04/2005:
Hi Maria,

Thanks for your comment. I'm a shortie at 5'2". My BMI measured with calipers at my fitness club was 17. Using the formula on the web, it was something like 21, maybe 22, but according to Biscotti, the measurement with calipers is more accurate.

Well, you sure have done well! That's quite an achievement to have lost so much weight and kept it off. That's the only thing that has kept me going and not totally discouraged.

I had heard about leek soup but had never tried it until I saw some at the "rick hadies' store" - 3 big, beautiful fresh leeks for $3, so I thought I'd go for it. I couldn't believe how tasty it is! You don't need any seasoning at all, including salt. Leeks look like giant scallions. I made it again today using 2 medium potatoes and one leek with 4-5 cups of water. Cut the leeks crosswise in half inch cuts. Go a couple of inches into the dark green part and stop when the leaves are too rough and tough. You only need to cook it 15-20 min. Then, your choice is to have it like it is, which is delicious or put it in a blender. Then I add a couple of dollops of either NF sour cream or NF yogurt. They both work. What I did today was have half blended and the other half "as is" with the pieces of leek and potatoes. It's so nutritious and lo cal.

The next item on my agenda to try is BElgian endive. Cost ($3.99lb.) is the only reason I haven't tried it. I suppose I'm waiting in vain for a sale because I don't remember ever seeing it on sale, but who knows. I might end up paying full price. If it's as good as it's said to be, then it would be worth it.


slimb4 on 03/05/2005:
Dear Maria, Thanks for the loving support and welcome back. Enjoy your beautiful day. You are a shining example of what can be done with faith and confidence. D



Maria7 - Monday Feb 28, 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

cynthia on 03/02/2005:
Good morning and thanks for the devotional. God's continued blessings upon your life. Congratulations on your 2 pound loss and many more losses to you! xoxo Cynthia



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 27, 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


Maria7 - Saturday Feb 26, 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 has been a sunny, mostly cold day here in S.C. with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Here's the latest stats:

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!)


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!



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