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Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 02, 2001

Weight: 151.0

Hello, everybody...well, I am still at 151...It sure is a big help to know all of you are out there...a big encouragement. Today is a sunny, cold day, here in S.C....pretty, but cold. So I am inside. I miss seeing the roses (red, yellow, pink) in bloom in the back yard, hearing the birds (we have lots of redbirds (cardinals) and blue-jays)singing in the trees, I miss being outside, lounging out on the deck and grilling out on the barbeque grill....but I appreciate each season the Lord gives to us. Winter, to me, is a time for reflection...a time to really think about a lot of things....Like where we are in life and where we want to be....what we are doing and what we want to do...things like that. I want to do more to help others and be less of a selfish person this year....I want to reach out more to others, be more available to helping others and showing them I care. Please excuse me if I sound redundant, but life is more than a scale. Speaking of which, today's menu is/has been: breakfast: banana, cocoa, grapefruit juice. Snack: 1/2 cup red grapes, another mug of cocoa (love that cocoa!). Lunch: 1 cup of left-over reheated black-eyed peas,1/4 onion, small fat-free cornbread fritter. Snack: another mug of....cocoa. Supper anticipated and thawing out: broiled barbequed chicken breast without skin and another cup of black-eyed peas and tea. Total calories for today: 1500cals. Hope all of you have a great day! I love reading your journals! Maria

muggg on 01/02/2001:
I miss all those things too, Maria...and you'll be seeing them a lot sooner than we will (LOL) so we'll enjoy hearing about them when you see them again!

Our ground is snow covered and the air is so crisp at 0�.... but we had a heavy fog this morning and when it lifted.. everything was covered with a white hoary frost.. it was so beautiful! Even in our industrial area.. the trees were spectacular!

Every season is beautiful in its own way and thinking of winter as a time for reflection and rest is a wonderful attitude!

I appreciated reading your resolutions. It is a very thoughtful way to begin the year. I want to grow more as a person and partake in life more. The more unhappy I am.. I tend to withdraw. I'm looking forward to a very rewarding year! I wish the same for you!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 01, 2001

Weight: 151.0

Happy New Year, everybody! Hope each of you are having a great day today! We had a fantastic church service last night! Followed by beautiful, colorful fireworks and a big country breakfast! (I didn't overdo.) We (Hubby and I) came home about 1:30 am and thought we were going to get some sleep....NOT! Next door neighbor was up after 2am exploding what sounded like bombs instead of fireworks. Finally he winded down before 3am. Got up today and finished cooking dinner that was started yesterday and we ate potato salad, collards, black-eyed peas, and porkchops (I broiled mine but Hubby wanted his fried.) Now Hubby is on the sofa for his long, winter's nap and here I am keying away. I look forward to reading each of your journals today. Maria

herb on 01/01/2001:
I just want to wish you a great New Year. Hope you continue journalling and losing weight. Stay with it. Stay with us.


The Bug on 01/02/2001:
Sounds like you had a nice New Years Eve. Keep up with the great work on the treadmill! Do some miles for me, please.



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 31, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody! I hope all of you are doing well, and I hope you are feeling better, Pastagal and Herb. Today is a pretty, though cold, sunny day here in South Carolina. I hear that New York got about 2 feet of snow in some places. (Send some down here!) Busy day going on today...church this morning and tonight, we (Hubby and I) will be going back for New Year's Eve church service which will begin at 9:00pm and last til after 12:00am...there will be lots of singing and right after 12:00am there is to be a huge fireworks display followed by a large free breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, biscuits, muffins, etc. Presently I am cooking part of tomorrow's dinner...black-eyed peas, collards, potato salad, and porkchops. I am cooking the peas and collards today so will only have the potato salad and chops to do tomorrow. Busy, busy. I have eaten today: Breakfast: 1 glass grapefruit juice, 1 mug of cocoa. Lunch: 1 cup of tuna salad (without bread), tea, and cocoa. I will probably only have an orange and another mug of cocoa before church at 9:00pm to prepare for the giant breakfast at church, which I will be careful to not overdo. I am still at 151, weightwise. Also, I forgot to say I have been doing about a mile on the treadmill at night for a couple of nights now. I hope all of you have a GREAT day and a happy, happy New Year! Maria


Maria7 - Saturday Dec 30, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody! Looks like the northeast is really getting some snow today. Well, today makes 4 times this season, here in eastern South Carolina that snow was predicted and then a couple of days later they (weather channel on tv) changed their minds.... We were not to get any snow today, but it was predicted for Tuesday and now they've changed it to just 'cloudy' for Tuesday...oh, well, guess that is just the way it goes. Anyway, I haven't seen any snowbirds, which usually arrive a day or two preceding any rare snows we get, so guess I will go by that from here on instead of tv. I have been doing well with my eating although was not very successful with the 'liquid diet'...so now I am just doing low-calorie, lots of liquids, low starch diet and it is working out GREAT. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: grapefruit juice, hot cocoa, 1/3 canteloupe, 2 strawberries, 1/2 cup black-eyed peas with a little onion, 1 banana. Lunch was 3/4 cup tuna salad, no bread, 1 cup ginger ale. Supper will probably be an orange or tangerine, tea, cocoa, possibly 1/2 cup tomato soup. Calories for today: 1000 or 1100 calories total. It is a cloudy day here today....Don't see any snowbirds.... Maria

pastagal on 12/30/2000:
Hi Maria,,,,,been napping most of the day here,,just not feeling at all good,,,,your menu for the day sounds good tho,,i layed out some HB meat so tonight i am going to fix my recipe of Spanish Rice,,,its my homemade spaghetti sauce over Rice,,yummy:} and for some reason i am craving it,so thought why not:} since i havent eaten much this week,,,well take care and sounds like your diet is coming along good for you:}


muggg on 12/30/2000:
Your menu sounds yummy! Keep up what works for you!!!



Maria7 - Friday Dec 29, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody! Hope you are all doing well.... Well, I'm not sticking strictly to liquids diet...I ate a little tuna yesterday and some brazil nuts. Today I am cooking a pot of black-eyed peas and have eaten some of that for lunch. Sunny, cold day here today and I hear on the weather channel that a nor-easter is predicted for tomorrow. Lots of snow...but still none here in the southeast. Gotta go pay bills this afternoon.... Have a great day, all of you! .... Maria ...................... Later...I'm back...got the bills paid (cable & car insurance) and went to the grocery store...Took a list...but for what??? Still overspend in there...but I did get a good bit of fruit and fresh veggies. Christmas candy is on sale...no way! Maria

pastagal on 12/29/2000:
Maria,,,have you ever tried ww123,,,its really a great program,,,and the new one there coming out with now looks even better,,just a thought:}

Have a great day,i am still feeling yucky:{{ but hopefully i will get back all better soon,,,,,have a great day:}}}


muggg on 12/29/2000:
Good girl on that candy!!! I can remember when I'd really stock up! I know what you mean about overspending at the grocery store. I plan on having a budget and really trying to stick to it. I want to be able to save a little now. I can do it. It is amazing how much spending is really not necessary. Magazines are so tempting to me.. and really... with a little effort.. I can find it on the internet!



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 28, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody! Well, it is still a rainy day here in the southeast but not as cold as yesterday. I have been busy cleaning the house yesterday and will be today, too, putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning out a big closet. I hope all of you have a great day! Maria

muggg on 12/28/2000:
We always put our tree up on Thanksgiving when both of our children are home to help and then we usually take our Christmas picture. Then we don't take it down till New Year's Day.. I have to admit it looks so "naked" with the gifts gone! It is funny how everyone's traditions are a little bit different.

My step-daughter and my son will be with us until New Year's day... so we will probably watch a movie and play cards and have our own mini New Year's party. It will be interesting to hear what everyone else is doing.

I would change diets for sure since you don't feel well with the low carb diet. We really need to be in tune with our own bodies... The fruit juice diet would do me in... I'd have the munchies for sure...!!!


pastagal on 12/28/2000:
Sounds like your busy busy,,,i normally take this week to put things away and get all the christmas stuff down,,,but since i came down so darn sick monday night,,,i just havent been able to do anything,,

Hope you get that closet cleaned out :} isnt it a great feeling when you get something such as that acomplished:} have a great day maria,,,


jenny on 12/28/2000:
Boy-oh-boy, am I jealous! Someone out there is actually cleaning and getting rid of all the Christmas stuff. Such a big job, and it's all ahead of me.


jenny on 12/28/2000:
Boy-oh-boy, am I jealous! Someone out there is actually cleaning and getting rid of all the Christmas stuff. Such a big job, and it's all ahead of me.



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 27, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hello, everybody! I just took my Christmas tree down! Hope you all had/are having a great Christmas! My neighbor leaves her tree up till way past the New Year and she doesn't put it up until about a week before Christmas. So everybody does it different, I guess and there is nothing wrong with that. I am considering going on a juice-and-other-liquids diet for a few days to compensate for overeating during these holidays. It is very cloudy, cold and rainy here in the south today. Maria

pastagal on 12/27/2000:
Hi maria,,,,

Sounds like your doing fine,,,so your going to do a juice diet for a few days huh,,i have tried that before ,but never worked for me,,i always gave in ,,this yr i came down sick,so looks like i am going to lose a bit from that,,tho i would rather do it the other way,,,

well take care and have a wonderful day,,stay in where its warm:}}


jenny on 12/27/2000:
Eeeew, now that's a job I absolutely HATE, taking down the tree. Don't much like putting it up either, but at least then I have help and the excitement of the holidays approaching. Oh well, since we have a real tree, I'm really forced to take it down pretty soon. It's been up since just after Thanksgiving. I know what you mean about the liquid diet. I'm getting to the part of the year in which I really feel an urge to lose weight. And good thing, too...I haven't felt that particular urge for some time now. I just haven't committed yet. Your Christmas dinner was wonderful, I assume, and so very Southern. Did you remember the grits??? Well, live it up this week, New Year's Resolution-time is a-coming.



Maria7 - Monday Dec 25, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope all of you are doing well and having a great day today! I am presently cooking Christmas dinner...ham, potato salad, candied yams, collards with fatback, corn on the cob and buttered rolls. Yes, I am going to eat some of ALLLLL of it, ha, ha! Maria

pastagal on 12/25/2000:
MMM your menu today sounds great,,,,we had our christmas last night,,,,i fixed a Ham,scalloped potatoes,,fresh green beans,,,asparagus,,green salad,,relish tray,,and i ate some of all ,,oh and rolls to,,,,was so good,,but today i feel like i ate the whole thing,,,,lol,,,,after today i am getting rid of all the candy,,,all the food that i can't eat just alittle of and back on track for me,,,time to get serious again:}}} Well have a wonderful day today maria with your family,,,today here is rest and clean up day:}}see ya tomorrow on here;}


muggg on 12/26/2000:
Sounds yummy Maria,

We had Grilled turkey, dressing, green beans, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs (for my husband) black olives for the rest of us (something we only got once a year as kids - so it is a big tradition to have them on all the holidays!) and English trifle. It was sooooo... yummy! I was so bad.. I had two helpings of the trifle and then some for breakfast!



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 23, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hello everybody. I am recovering from not enough starches. I am eating starches. I was sick yesterday and Thursday. Weak, lightheaded, guess I overdid the low-carb thing. It is a pretty, sunny, COLD day here. Still no snow...oh, well. In case I don't update before Christmas, I wish you all a very merry Christmas! Maria

pastagal on 12/23/2000:
Maria,,have you tried ww123,,,,i have been on it since jan 18th of this yr,,been almost one yr now,,and i love it,,its been slow ,,,but what i love most if being able to have Anything i want as long as its counted in the pt range,,,and so far i have never felt deprived,

i have heard and read that low carb has to be gradually introduced ,or it can make you ill and feel bad,,,,

well the next couple of days no dieting for me,going to enjoy things and not count pts or worry what i am eating,,i will buckle down and start fresh in few days:} Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas:}}


herb on 12/23/2000:
I guess I didn't mean boiled, I'll assume I meant grilled. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas. See you next week


dvdmon on 12/24/2000:
Hi Maria,

I've been doing low-carb for a few months now so I wanted to comment. I looked back a few days and from some of the things you mentioned eating, I'm not sure that you are doing a really low-carb diet. Do you know how many grams of carbs you are eating per day? Generally the various low-carb diets out there suggest 20-30 (sometimes even less) grams of carbs per day. I think a banana has 20 grams of carbs just alone! Even on the maintenance plans (once you have reached your goal weight) they do not go much above 100 grams of carbs per day. Anyway, some of the symptoms you are describing are consistant when switching from a diet high in carbs to one low in carbs. Everyone goes through a transition period of a week or two where they may not feel great. Some people feel downright bad. You can't really avoid this transition because your body is changing it's metabolism, but you can at least moderate some of the symptoms and one big way to do this is by at least taking a potassium supplement. High-carb diets make you retain water, whereas low-carb diets do not, so your fluids are being passed through your system much faster and because of this they tend to flush out sodium and potassium. Taking a potassium supplement is supposed to alleviate the dizzyness and lack of energy that many folks feel in the first days of this type of diet. For similar reasons its very important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 64 oz's of water each day, but prefferably more. I'm pretty bad about this myself, but because your body isn't holding onto water as much as before, you have to replenish it more often. I didn't have it too bad myself as far as the transition period, but I will tell you that after two or three weeks, and up through right now, I have had ten times more energy on this diet than I've had in my 6 years of alternating between a low-fat/high-carb diet and no diet at all...

You might find it useful to check out a couple of bulletin boards devoted to low-carb dieting with very helpful and knowledgable people on them. One is lowcarbfriends.com, which is a general board for many different low-carb diets, but possibly a slight leaning towards Atkins. Eatprotein.com is a board devoted to the low-carb diet described in the books "Protein Power" and "Protein Power LifePlan." Hope this helps!

P.S., looking back on some of your diary entries, I noticed that you get stuck on something that many of us do - trying to find reasoning in why there's a gain one day or a loss another when logic should suggest otherwise. I weigh myself every day as well, more out of habit and wanting to get a daily record, but I have learned that you can't guarentee weight loss from one day to the next unless you do something extreme like eat under 1000 calories and then go to the gym and work out for three hours! Our bodies have minds of their own, and their not our mind! Weight fluctuates for so many different reasons. There are so many variables that I have found it futile to try to assign reason to why my weight goes up when I think it should go down and visa versa. If over time (like over several weeks) you see a trend down or up, that is what you should look at, not daily weight, because simply drinking a lot of water one day, and then none the next may have a big effect. But stuff like water weight should now matter, right? It is more in how you feel, how you look to yourself,your measurements, how much better cloting is fitting, etc. I've only lost about 5 lbs in a few months on this diet, but I've also been lifting weights, so I know, that a lot of the muscle mass I've gained must have REPLACED fat. If I had simply gained muscle on TOP of the fat, I would actually have a net GAIN, not loss. I know how tough it is, but please don't be so fixated on the little numbers on the scale - they don't mean as much as you think.



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 21, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody. Well, I've overdone the low-carb thing. I am feeling very lightheaded when I stand up and weak. So, I am doing some starches today. I've lost 4 pounds in one week. I am going to lighten up some, cause I do have a tendency to overdo. It is very much more important to be healthy than slim. So I am eating today, but not overeating and I am eating some starches. Had cheese and crackers, cocoa,grapefruit juice for breakfast, mackeral patties (yum!) and grits for lunch with gingerale and tea. Red seedless grapes for morning snack and a couple of lemon cookies with tea for afternoon snack. I am taking it easy today. Hope you are all doing well and have a great day! Maria

pastagal on 12/21/2000:
Have heard that low carb can do that to you,,,be careful and hope today is a better day for ya,,,,

Well enjoy your day and hope adding some starches to your diet helps the lightheadedness:}


muggg on 12/24/2000:
Hope you are feeling better! I did the low carb diet with no ill effects.. guess I was one of the lucky ones! I feel much better eating low carb.. so I hope it works out for you! Have a Merry Christmas!



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