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Maria7 - Sunday May 23, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 153.0

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

Hello everybody...hope you're having a great day today!

It is sunny and very warm here in South Carolina. ______________________________________________________________________ Highest weight: 205 in 1998

Goalweight achieved: 150 in 1999 (within a year of highest weight)

Today's weight: 153.0 ______________________________________________________________________

We had a wonderful church service this morning! I hope each of you were in church, worshipping the Lord (Jesus Christ) also.

Menu today so far has been: Breakfast: 1/2 cup egg beater (egg white) and 2 diet breads

10 oz of diet caffeine-free pepsi

Snack: Water

Lunch: 1 small chicken/broccoli pot pie and more water.

Snack will probably be another sugar-free Koolaid cherry icy like yesterday's, about 20 cals.

Supper is also looking like a repeat of yesterday (steak, baked squash and okra.)

Going to read some entries now...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!)

fairytalegirl on 05/23/2004:
One thing I really like about this site is the unconditional and non-judgemental support we can give each other as women (mostly women anyway). But please remember, that even if we all have similar issues with weight, we are not all the same in other ways, such as nationality, race, religion, etc. Your comment of "I hope you were in church worshipping the Lord (Jesus Christ)", implies that we might all be Christian, when in fact I am sure there are many different faiths that people believe in here at diet diaries, Jewish, Pagan, atheist, whatever. I think its great that you enjoyed your own church service, theres absolutely nothing wrong with that, but not all of us choose to believe the same things you might. I really don't mean this as a negative comment, I just had to get that thought off my chest. I think you're doing great on your diet or "way of life", having maintained a weight loss for 3 or 4 years is great! Keep up the good work, and hopefully we can all continue to support each other despite of our differences.



Maria7 - Friday May 21, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 0.0

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

Hello to you!

How are you today???

Hubby and I just got back a little while ago from being out looking for him a truck...but they are all so high-priced. He has a truck that he drives, but we are hoping to get him a much nicer and newer one. While we were gone, we ate out lunch at a buffet restaurant, his favorite kind. I opted for a salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, spinach leaves, carrots and just a tiny little bit of thousand island dressing and yeast rolls. Neither of us had a dessert, didn't want one.

Still wearing size 10 jeans. Still going to the gym 3 times a week, to change to 4 times a week beginning this coming Monday, walking 1 and 1/2 miles to 2 miles each time and work out with weights each time, as have been doing.

Today is sunny and VERY WARM, around 90, here in S.C.

Hope you're having a nice day today...

Remember, Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (Here is you a smile :-D )


Maria7 - Tuesday May 18, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 0.0

Hope you're all having a nice day.


Maria7 - Saturday May 15, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 0.0

Roll Call!!!!!

Okay everybody...you know what tomorrow is...Sunday!!! And I encourage each and every one of you to get up early and get dressed and go to church tomorrow...a church that teaches about salvation through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and teaches the Bible....let's go and worship the Lord together!

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

Where do you plan to spend eternity??? This world is temporary. Heaven or hell is eternal. Have you made plans? Do you have a ticket to heaven (only through confessing your sins and asking forgiveness to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and acknowledging that He gave His life and shed His blood on the cross in our place so that we can have the gift of eternal life through Him). He is coming back again and it could be anytime, maybe even today. He is the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh to the Father but through Him. He says whosoever comes to Him, he will in no wise cast away...so what do you say...let's get up tomorrow morning and go to church and worship Him! He is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings! He's coming back again and I pray that you are READY. The time to be ready is TODAY. Behold, today is THE DAY of salvation! Ask Him into your life today.

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

Love, Maria (SMILE!)


Maria7 - Thursday May 13, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 153.5

High weight 1998: 205

Goalweight reached within a year: 150

Today's Weight: 153.5 Height: 5'8"

Doing Maintenance. Still working out at the gym three times a week.

Hello, everybody! Hope you're all doing well. It's a pretty sunny day here in South Carolina.

I bought some steaks to grill out but decided on ground turkey meatloaf for supper instead with mashed potatoes and green peas. Might do the steaks tomorrow.

It's a pretty day for walking outside but I've already done that at the gym this morning.

I thought about something...Sometimes when we go back into the kitchen to get that extra 'no-no' (i.e, cookie, other snack, extra helping of dinner), we need to ask ourselves:

(1) Am I REALLY hungry for this...or can I wait an hour or so to reappraise my appetite?

(2)How am I going to feel 30 minutes from now after spending 30 seconds to eat this...will I be glad I ate it or wish I'd had more restraint?

(3)Is this a healthy food for me or is there something I can substitute in its place that would be healthier?

(4)Am I eating out of habit or has it been 2 or 3 hours since I've eaten and therefore am really hungry?

(5)Is there something I can do to distract myself if it is not time to eat? (example: call a friend, work on a hobbie, visit someone and encourage them, do a chore, etc.)

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

Love, Maria (SMILE!)

geevee on 05/13/2004:
Those are good tips to keep in mind when snacks beckon. Thanks!


mistyrose on 05/14/2004:
Wow Maria congratulations on all the weight you have lost. It gives me hope that one day that will be me. I use my hobbies as a distraction many times.


feeleebubs on 05/14/2004:
I'll have to remember some of those questions when I am about to eat something goofy. THanks for posting and keep up the good work.


maryanng on 05/15/2004:
Thanks so much for your comment. Yes I am new my daughter told me about this. It really is great. I really do love the Lord but what is so amazing I realized that he loves me and it has broken that stronhold of rejection I have lived with so long...I know that through him I no longer have to hide behind these extra pounds....I live in Washington State...



Maria7 - Friday May 07, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight)
Weight: 153.5

High weight 1998: 205

Goalweight reached within a year: 150

Today's Weight: 153.5 Height: 5'8"

Doing Maintenance. Still working out at the gym three times a week.

Hi, everybody!

Hope you're all having a blessed day today!

I've been out, doing chores again. Just got in a little while ago.

It's a pretty day, warm and sunny, here in South Carolina.

Hubby and I grilled out barbequed chicken on the back deck yesterday afternoon when he got in from work. I fixed baked 'french fries' and also sweet peas to go with it. It was good and the chicken was so tender. We love to grill out.

Well, Mother's Day is coming up...got any plans? Hubby and I plan to be in church, as we usually do and enjoy being with other Christian believers as we worship the Lord together. Hubby and I teach an adult Sunday School class together and also I play the piano and sing. We love going to church and I encourage each of you to make plans to go, if you don't already, to a church that teaches about salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ and stands on God's Holy Word, the Bible.

Well, hope you have a good afternoon...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!!!)


Maria7 - Wednesday May 05, 2004
(Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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

Hello everybody! It's a beautiful day here in South Carolina, USA! Sunny and warm. How's everything your way?

I've been doing chores today, out buying groceries, etc.

I've also been cleaning some.

It's really a day that seems to be calling me to lay out on the back deck in the lounge chair and just enjoy God's creation, listening to the birds singing and watching the squirrels run about.

While grocery shopping, I bought a couple of steaks to grill out when Hubby gets home this afternoon.

I am so blessed. I have a wonderful husband.

Church is tonight.

Hope you're all having a blessed day.

I'm still doing maintenance.

High weight 1998: 205

Goalweight reached within a year after that: 150

Thought for today: You CAN have your cake and eat it, too! If you crave popcorn, select the low-fat kind...a bag is only 250 calories and very filling. If you crave chocolate, select a low-calorie bar. Enjoy! This way you don't feel deprived and remember...if your calories allowed each day are too low, your metabolism may get lower, too, so ENJOY!

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

Love, Maria (smile!)

Mari727 on 05/06/2004:
Thanks for your kind words. God Bless you and many congratulations on your success!

Mari727



Maria7 - Sunday May 02, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Do we put more importance on what we feed our bodies than on what we feed our minds? This is the question of the day. Today is a new beginning. God creates all things new. He prepared this day just for you...air to breathe, food to eat (in moderation) and His Word to read. Begin the day with prayer. Talk to God as you would your best friend...because, after all, He created you and He IS your best friend. Those who seek Him shall find Him. Seek and ye shall find. He cares about you.

When the urge to overeat comes (and it will), instead of reaching for food, reach for the REAL food, reach for the Bible and open it up and see what the Lord has for you to learn about today. Today can be your new beginning in reading God's Word and learning about His will for your life (if you haven't already begun).

Invite Jesus into your life today. A simple, sincere prayer will do..just tell him you are sorry for your sins (and sincerely mean it) and ask His forgiveness, acknowledging that you know He took your place on the cross and shed His blood and gave His life for yours so that you could have the gift of eternal life and salvation and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour today!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I! Love, Maria


Maria7 - Friday Apr 30, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Do we put more importance on what we feed our bodies than on what we feed our minds? This is the question of the day.

Today is a new beginning. God creates all things new. He prepared this day just for you...air to breathe, food to eat (in moderation) and His Word to read. Begin the day with prayer. Talk to God as you would your best friend...because, after all, He created you and He IS your best friend. Those who seek Him shall find Him. Seek and ye shall find. He cares about you.

When the urge to overeat comes (and it will), instead of reaching for food, reach for the REAL food, reach for the Bible and open it up and see what the Lord has for you to learn about today. Today can be your new beginning in reading God's Word and learning about His will for your life (if you haven't already begun).

Invite Jesus into your life today. A simple, sincere prayer will do..just tell him you are sorry for your sins (and sincerely mean it) and ask His forgiveness, acknowledging that you know He took your place on the cross and shed His blood and gave His life for yours so that you could have the gift of eternal life and salvation and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour today!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I! Love, Maria


Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 27, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Note: If someone comes to your house hysterical and you can't get them to calm down, and you're getting stressed out, 1st put on a pot of coffee and when you open your can (bag, etc) of coffee, take a deep breath of the aroma and imagine you're on a mountain where that wonderful scent of coffee is grown, then 2nd, take the person by the hand and pray for them, asking for God's help for them.

Currently maintaining goal weight. (Achieved 5 years, 3 months ago)

Today's deal: Brunch: 2 diet toast with 1 teaspoon margerine, 1 cup coffee, 1 orange Afternoon snack: 1 bag 250 calories 94% fatfree popcorn,2/3 candy bar, 2 oatmeal cookies Supper: 1 and 1/2 cups fatfree blackeye peas, 1 small onion, 1/5 tomato Desert: 1 cup peaches Total calories for day: About 1300 Exercise: Played piano about 1 hour.

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE)

Cynt on 04/28/2004:
Hey South Carolina Girlfriend!

Your opening was calming and refreshing. Calming down and focusing on God doesn't immediately solve problems or take all of one's burdens away but, it certainly does provide you with a renewed mind to "deal" with and accept God's will for our lives. It's also good to have someone you can go to and share those burdens with.

Congratulations to you on MAINTAINING!!!! That has got to be the greater challenge of altering one's lifestyle. I know you must have had God's help along the way. I hear it in your expressions!!!! Honey, pray I can do what I OUGHT TO DO to be what I ought to be!!!! Love you Missy!!! Cynthia



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