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Maria7 - Sunday Feb 18, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Hello, everyone! Hope you are all doing well. It is sunny and cold here in South Carolina. At church this morning, two missionaries (husband and wife) from Africa were there to visit. The husband gave the message. He told about the great need for food in Africa and said that the unemployment rate is high and people (a lot of whom are sick) send their children out begging bread and will not let them return home without food or money to get food. He told about the AIDS epidemic and said 2000 AIDS victims die each week in Africa. He talked about a little 4 year old boy, who spoke English well, asking him for something to eat and drink, saying he wasn't allowed to go back home unless he brought food or money back with him. While I listened, I thought about how rich our country is and how we struggle day to day to not OVEREAT while other countries and even some in our country, too, struggle each day just to have SOMETHING to eat. We, who have more are to reach out and share what we have with those who are in need. Jesus said, "As you do it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you do it unto me." So, if we see an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else's life, to help them, let us gladly do it. There are many opportunities. Hubby and I walked again yesterday, the usual little over a mile. We're not walking more yet, but I notice that we are walking faster. I read a book last night about a very low-fat, vegetarian diet and am thinking about it, though I don't know if I would do a totally veggie one. There was so much said about hormones, antibiotics, mad cow disease and others. My Hubby just has the attitude of 'Don't get picky. It's always one thing after another, anyway. Eat and don't worry.' But I think I am going to try doing a more low-fat, carby diet for a few days and see how it goes...so today's menu is: Breakfast: small pancake, 1/4 cup lite fat-free syrup, sliced banana on top, decaf tea and coffee. Lunch: bowl of fat-free vegetable soup and dozen fat-free saltines, tea. Afternoon snack: banana and 4 cups air-popped popcorn. Supper: String beans with potatoes, fat-free cornbread, and tea. Add to this at least 64 ounces water and walking. Have a great day! :)

miss piggy on 02/18/2001:
It is sad I know. Whole families in some countries could live on our leftovers. Some people even here in the United States are not far different. Here in Oklahoma there are lots of Mexican families who are here illegally and live many families in the same house and are afraid to go to a food bank to ask for food because they don't want to be deported. Our churches used to look out after them but now we have a "new-improved" (not) system whereby we have one large food pantry and all the pastors refer people to it but there you have it-they all get checked out by the police. Only the Catholic cuurch still provides food to them regardless. Even then it is risky for them. My ex boyfriend and I used to feed transients we picked up off of the road. We moved into an indian house and were blessed by the owner of the house because she left the whole outside closet full of indian commodities for us and said to make good use of them and we lived for over a year on those foods and a few deer that my ex and a friend of his ran over (accidently) on the highway. I never got so tired of deer meat in all my life, but it was all we had. And we had sooo many dogs and cats and that is what kept them alive too. I was grateful for the deers and the indian commodities. My boyfriend had a job driving a mail van but it didn't pay much. We tried to grow a garden but Grady nearly worked himself to death trying to do it by hand because we didn't have the right kind of equipment to work the ground. I didn't have a washer and dryer then either and I had to do big mountains of laundry in the bathtub and the boys had to go out and rinse it in the stock tank and wring it all out by hand and hang it all out on the line to dry. Mama used to accuse me of starving the kids to death but I don't remember anyone losing a pound then. We didn't always like what we ate, but we always had plenty. We were blessed with plenty.


breakaway on 02/18/2001:
Hi Maria,

You are so right about your entry! I bet a lot of people don't even realize how poor other folk's could possibly be. Your meals for today sound's wonderful! And with the water and walking you should be heading in the right direction fast! Good luck today and have a wonderful day!!


pastagal on 02/18/2001:
Boy that really is something to think about maria,,,how we here in the United states are always trying to lose weight from consuming way to much food and like you said,others from other countries are starving with out knowing from day to day if they will even have food to eat;{{ very sad,,well your menu today sounds great,,,,i have been doing alot of reading on low carb and been thinking of trying something different myself ,,especially since i don't have that much more to lose,,,just for a change,,but will research more first,,,,well have a wonderful day and keep up that walking,your doing super:}}


Kyrin on 02/18/2001:
Maria, how about using some whole grain carbs that will fill you up without wreaking havoc on your calorie count...like legumes, oatmeal, brown rice or brown rice and wild rice medley, carrots, green pepper, celery, onions, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, pears, melon, millet, quinoa, wheat berries, barley, etc. ...The variety is practically endless and more fun than pancakes or saltines. Lots of fiber and good-for-you nutrients too.

I can hardly believe all of the things I can have and still have trouble getting up to my goal calorie range.


Kyrin on 02/18/2001:
Hi Thanks for the comment...to answer your question, I don't use a bread maker. Jim offered to buy me one, but I really like kneading the dough. My sister-in-law has a bread maker that she loves, but it always seemed like I'd be "cheating" myself. LOL

I can post a couple of recipes. Mostly the maindishes that I make are "toss-togethers" that vary the ingredients based on who is eating and what 's in the 'fridge. ...like the millet-vegetable-legume salad that I had today. I assembled it yesterday and let the flavors blend over night. It was too good! :-)


Kyrin on 02/18/2001:
Wow! It sounds like you had fun at the grocery store. :-)

Like you, I am wary of the wrong kinds of carbs. I really don't eat that many breads, cookies, crackers, chips, etc. I eat breads that I make for the guys, because they're homemade and smell too good to resist.

I've found that I can really eat as much of the whole grains, fruits, and vegetables as I want and still do okay with my calorie counts. I have been relying on Dietwatch for making sure I get enough , but not too much, of the nutrients I need.(Cyberdiet was recently acquired by DW and also has that good database for tracking your nutritional intake.) You can check them out at <a href="www.dietwatch.com">www.dietwatch.com</a> or <a href="www.cyberdiet.com">www.cyberdiet.com</a>.

I'll be standing here in your corner cheering for you. Let me know if I can do anything to help.

{{hugs}}



Maria7 - Saturday Feb 17, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Good morning, everyone! Today is another lovely, sunny, warm (though breezy) day in South Carolina. I awakened at 3:30 a.m. this morning to very loud, crashing sounds of thunder. The bedroom would light up with each sharp lightning flash and then there would be the loud thunder. It was a dry thunderstorm. Finally I drifted back to sleep, only to be awakened a second time by a fierce windstorm at 5:30 a.m. This storm had rain and light debris was blowing against the back of our house. I fell back asleep again. When I awoke the third time, it was about 7:00 a.m., and the sun was shining and the storms and rain were gone. So, it turned out to be a beautiful day after all. Hubby and I went to the flew market this morning. I bought about a dozen or more diet books at a used-books store there. All for $21.00. Hubby wanted to eat out buffet for lunch, his favorite, so we did. Menu for today is/was: Breakfast: coffee only, saving calories for buffet lunch. Lunch: ate all of today's calories at this lunch, about 1500 calories...I had: decaf sugared soft drink, because they didn't have anything decaf there, so I took my own drink, fried chicken breast WITH skin, half serving rice&gravy, half serving corn, less than half serving macaroni and cheese, half serving peas, half serving greens, 2 large servings peach cobbler, (but only ate the peaches), 1/2 slice sweet potato pie, a slice of coconut pie, but not the bread and crust, half serving banana pudding, but only ate the bananas out of it. Supper: none because ate all my calories for today at lunch. I've already drunk half of my water for today, aiming for 100 ounces of water. Exercise: walk fast 2 miles. I remember in 1998, weighing 205 pounds and wearing size 22 jeans, I barely could do 5 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Even going to the library, I had to PULL myself up the steps by the rails. But now, wearing size 8 jeans, weighing 145 and exercising almost every day, there is an added bonus besides losing the weight, it is the bonus of added STRENGTH. Now walking and even toting something while I walk is easy. Climbing the steps at the library is something done quickly and easily. Exercise makes a BIG difference! All of you have a great day and I love reading your journals! :)

Kyrin on 02/17/2001:
Wow! You certainly feasted at the buffet. :-) Sounds as if you two had a grand time at the flea market.



Maria7 - Friday Feb 16, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Good morning, everyone! Bright, sunny, warm day here in South Carolina. It is currently 64 degrees fahrenheit and forecasted high is 80 for today. I've already thrown some bread out for the birds and the squirrels, but don't see any takers yet. Maybe they're sleeping in. Hubby and I had another good walk last night. I asked him about us walking double our distance, but he didn't want to, so we walked our usual little over a mile distance. It was a beautiful night for walking. We always walk holding hands. It was a clear starlit night. Crickets were chirping as we walked along and you could hear dogs barking in the distance. You could also hear traffic on a highway not too far from where we live. When we got back home, we walked out on the back deck and as I looked up at the nightsky, I saw what may have been an asteroid for about 3 seconds, a bright white light with a little tail and then it vanished. I reclined in a lounge chair on the back deck and looked up at the sky and all the beautiful stars overhead. My Hubby was out there with me and we heard something, a sound coming from the woods behind our house. It was a hoot owl. What a loud, low sound it made. "Whoo! who-who-Whoo!" That is the sound it made and it was almost like the owl was singing it. My menu for yesterday was updated last night on yesterday's journal entry. Menu for today is: Breakfast: lettuce and mayonaise sandwich, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Snack: banana. Lunch: 2 mackerel patties, grits, tea. Snack: popcorn and tea or small pack nekot cookies, banana, and tea. Supper: Grilled out barbequed chicken, string beans and tea. Lots of water and walk again. May work out on home gym as well. I hope all of you have a wonderful day and I will enjoy reading your journals! :)

sunny3 on 02/16/2001:
You evening sounded lovely! I wish the weather here was as nice so we could enjoy some outdoor time!

Your menu sounds great! You are really doing so awesome! Keep it up!

Hugs! ~~Sunny~~


Breann on 02/16/2001:
I wish the weather would be that nice in NY. The high for today is 41 degrees. Your walk sounded very nice. Keep up the good work. You are doing great! Have a great weekend!

Breann


lauren on 02/16/2001:
I am also enjoying this great SC weather! I plan to exercise later today when I get off. I am fairly new to this site and I just looked over some of your past entries. You are doing really good!!


ataloss on 02/16/2001:
i love your journal entries-i too am a nature lover-love taking walks and listening and seeing nature-you just have a way of expressing what you see and hear that's beautiful. take care andria


pastagal on 02/16/2001:
Lettuce and mayo sandwich,,,,,,where the heck was the meat,,lol,,and i thought i ate weird things,,,LOL;}}} aww sounds like a wonderful evening spent with you hubby,you both sound like such happy people,,,,,its great he walks with you every night:} Well your menu sounded good,,but i would of had to of had some meat on my sandwich;} have a wonderful day maria and weekend:}}}


Kyrin on 02/16/2001:
Mmmmmmm. Holding hands with your fella. That's so nice. :-)


Soon2BThin on 02/16/2001:
Your life in SC sounds idyllic. It's about 40 here with rain--again. But in a few more days I will be moving to a better warmer climate, thank goodness, then I will have no excuse for not getting out & exercising & enjoying it. Our new area is supposed to have "pygmy owls" which are an endangered species. I look forward to maybe spotting one or two. First time I've heard of a "lettuce & mayonaise sandwich", LOL. You're doing great!


muggg on 02/16/2001:
I can't wait for pretty days and nights!!! I'm sure enjoying hearing about yours! Give your husband some time, I'll bet he'll be willing to bump up that distance in a bit.


SoccerMom on 02/16/2001:
We had the big hoot owls in our woods a few years ago. They would start hooting about midnight. Our youngest (then about 4 yrs. old) ran into my room one night saying "something is <i>out there</i>. So I carried her out onto the screened porch and started calling back to the owls. All of a sudden, one answered from what sounded VERY close by...and my little one jumped, and said "can we go in now?"

Sounds like you're doing great! Have a wonderful weekend.


poundcake on 02/16/2001:
Hi there..Sounds beautiful where you live..I can just picture it. I just noticed the butterflies on my geraniums yesterday..I was so excited. This is my favorite time of year..things are popping up out of the ground, birds are singing....spring is coming! you are doing great on the weightloss keep it up...poundcake


mylilsista on 02/17/2001:
Wow, I wish I had your weather; it's snowing here (brrrrr). I love to get out and walk with my hubby in the spring and summer. But it's just too darn cold now! Sounds like you're doing great. Your dinner sounded yummy! Keep up the good work and tell your hubby to walk just a little bit further with you. My hubby and I were walking 2 miles a day, then, gradually increased that to 4 miles. We really looked forward to that time together and the exercise was great!

Lisa



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 15, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Good morning, everyone! Beautiful, sunny day here in South Carolina! Currently 62 degrees fahrenheit, forecasted high is 75-80. I think springtime has arrived early! I looked out the window and 3 squirrels were having breakfast from the bread I threw out earlier. I also threw out some birdseed for the birds. This will be a short one because I have lots to do today, but I will be checking back in off and on and reading your journals. You are all doing so well! Have a great day! :)

Update.....7:20pm: Menu for today was: Breakfast: banana, 1/2 cup mixed nuts, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Lunch: tuna/egg salad, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Afternoon snack: small box raisins. Supper: Banana, more mixed nuts, sliced peaches, decaf coffee. I didn't get in as much water today but Hubby and I took our walk (a little over a mile) tonight and the stars overhead were lovely as we walked, holding hands (we always do), and you could hear the crickets chirping as we walked along. It was nice, the weather warm, clear starlit nightsky.

Kyrin on 02/15/2001:
Good Morning to you too! I always like stopping in here first thing. You have such great "scenery" and that wonderfully cheerful attitude. {grin}


miss piggy on 02/15/2001:
Good morning Maria. Hope you have a great day today and accomplish much. Hugs


pastagal on 02/15/2001:
Aww sounds like your having such nice weather,,,you enjoy it and have a wonderful day today maria:}}


muggg on 02/15/2001:
I'm jealous as all "heck"... of your beautiful day.. get out and take a walk for me? We had ice and fog this morning with ice in the future. Spring will surely be back, won't it?


SoccerMom on 02/15/2001:
The squirrels were running around my yard today, too....till they saw my 18 pound cat on the porch. (He likes to remind them who rules the roost, and gives them a good chase.) I love the way you talk about the critters in your yard. I can tell you appreciate God's handiwork!

Have a SON-shiney day!



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 14, 2001

Weight: 145.0

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYBODY!!!!!Cloudy, warm day here in South Carolina this morning. The happiest thing about Valentine's Day to me is that when I think about love, I think about the love that Jesus has for each of us, so much that He gave His life and shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins so that all who believe in Him are given the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). What a precious gift of love He gives to all who receive Him and invite Him into their hearts. The gift of salvation. I thank Him for saving me. I walked to the mailbox and the birds were singing overhead in the trees. What beautiful sounds they make! All sorts of different sounds and all in harmony! And God created them all! :) Well, I didn't do too bad with yesterday's menu. I went to a supper at a meeting last night and while I watched others eat plates full of rich foods and cherry cobbler ice cream deserts and chocolate pudding with whipped cream deserts, I only had a fried chicken leg and wing (without skin), a small salad, string beans, and a thin small slice of ham. I thought about those deserts....but I also thought about my size 8 jeans, ha, ha! :) And, I guess you know which one won. So I just sat there, enjoying my low-carb, low calorie supper and watched others eat lots of food that looked very tempting. My reward was I am the same weight, 145, this morning when I got on the scale. Yesterday for breakfast I had a bowl of turkey vegetable soup, also had the same for lunch, followed by an afternoon snack of a small pack of nekot cookies and a banana. So, I had plenty to eat, it's just so tempting when you see others eating lots of fancy goodies and you know you could, too, but you DON'T. I've been reading your journals and you all are doing so great! Have a happy day, all of you! :)

Kyrin on 02/14/2001:
Hooray for those size 8 jeans! You fought the food and the jeans won... heheheh!

<font color=red>Happy Valentine's Day!</font>


SoccerMom on 02/14/2001:
The SON shines brightly, even when it's raining (like it is doing here this morning). You sound like you're doing so well with the food choices. Good for you, for avoiding all that sugary stuff!

Have a Happy Valentines' Day.


Breann on 02/14/2001:
You should be very proud of yourself for making those food choices last night. You must feel great today about it! Have a great day.

Breann


muggg on 02/14/2001:
You did so well and I am very proud of you! I'd bet you felt better when you got in bed last night... I get so stuffed eating that way any more!

Those size 8 jeans are on their way!!!


pastagal on 02/14/2001:
<font color=red><b>Happy Valentines Day Maria!!! i sure love to read your entrys,,,they are so UPlifting:}}} and congrats to you for sticking to your plan when you went out to eat,,,,that is will power and you did super:}}You have a wonderful day today and remember,,,ONE day at a time:}}


muggg on 02/14/2001:
I forgot to look at how tall you are! At 145, you're almost to your goal and in size 8 jeans now! Awesome!


miss piggy on 02/14/2001:
You go girl! I always love reading your entries. You must have such a beautiful soul because it just shines through in your writings. I always get such a feeling of peace when I read your entries. It is like being transported into a painting. I used to feed birds too but I don't get a chance to or to watch them anymore. I hope you have a beautiful valentines day today/


mostlyidle on 02/14/2001:
Congrats on being true to yourself last night. Meals out and at other's homes are the worst tests. The absolute worst is eating at grandma's house. She's 94 and I sometime's wonder if she's ever heard of the words "low fat meal" lol. And believe me, it's awfully hard to refuse a piece of cake from your 94 year old grandmother when she's pushing it on you.

And contrats on the 10lb loss!



Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 13, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Good morning, everybody! It is a cloudy, cold morning here in South Carolina. I threw some bread out for the birds and sitting here at the computer, I look out the window and there are 3 bluebirds eating it. They fly from the woods to the tree limbs over the bread on the ground, they each pick up a little piece of bread and fly back to the woods...I guess maybe they are taking it to their nests or their babies. Usually they pick it up and fly back to the tree limbs and eat it there while I watch them, but not this morning. Here comes another one...he just flew to the tree limbs, down to get a piece of bread and away he went. In the meantime, a squirrel is slowly making his way to the bread. I love to watch birds and squirrels (and rabbits, too, though they seldom come out of the woods). Well, Hubby and I didn't get to walk together last night because it was still raining and cold, so I walked on the treadmill...not as much fun, but gets the job done... I'm not sure about today's menu....a bluebird without the plummage on top of its head just arrived, got bread and flew back to the woods...I think this was a female... as I was saying, I'm not sure about today's menu because of a meeting tonight that serves supper and I am going to try to conserve calories for that...so I will be eating light today. The soup I made yesterday is 'Low Carb, Low Fat Turkey Vegetable Soup'...I listed it in our recipes here at DD. It was real good and I ate 3 bowls of it last night. YUM! I will probably be finishing it this morning (another bowl or two is left.) I hope you all have a great day and I will look forward to reading each of your journals!

SoccerMom on 02/13/2001:
The soup sounds really good...and since I'm also doing the low-carb thing, I'm gonna have to go copy it down. Thanks for sharing it.

I was watching my birds at the feeders this morning, too. We've got lots of squirrels, bunnies, and the occasional raccoon (it likes to come up on the porch and make faces at our dog through the glass door at 2am....really stirs her up, and wakes up the rest of us! LOL)

Hope you enjoy the dinner tonight. Have a great day!


sunny3 on 02/13/2001:
Maria I would love to live in the country again where all the prettiest birds seem to flock in. We used to have a beautiful blue jay that used to land on our viranda for a few years, when we first moved here, I would see him but I haven't seen once in many years it seems. We have lots of squirrels that love to play on the neighbours lawns across the road. There are two huge trees on their front lawn and the squirrels frolick up one down and across the grass to the other. They play for hours like that. The kids love to watch them, as do I. We do get lots of robbins and I throw bread out to them as well as the squirrels. We get little wee birds in our pine tree out front of our home and I sit many afternoons and listen to them talk back and forth. I just wish I lived in the country again! So much more to see.

You sound like you are doing great! That soup must be wonderful. I love soup too but never get around to making it from scratch. Just from a can usually. Lol.

Hope your day is going great! Hugs! ~~Sunny~~


breakaway on 02/13/2001:
Hi Maria,

Sounds like you have a lot of fun watching the animals. You sound a lot like me. The neighbors will trap and kill the chipmunks and squirrel's and I will get so mad. They are causing some damagage to there garage but there only trying to survive. I would trap them and let them go in the woods somewhere.lol Even if we would ever find a mouse in our house (which has never happened with all the cats we usually have) I would trap it and let it go. I know...sounds sick but I can't stand to kill anything. Your menu sounds really good today...and I'm sure you will do fine at the party...and its ok to have a few goodies once in a while anyhow...as long as it's not daily. Well, have a wonderful day today. Have fun at the party!


pastagal on 02/13/2001:
<font color=Blue><b>Aww Maria,,,sounds like fun to sit and be able to throw bread to the birds while typeing,,,:}} and your probley right,there probley taking it back to there nest for the lil ones;}

Well you sure have been consistent with your walking,,thats great,,,,and your turkey soup sounds good,,will have to go take a look at your recipe today:} i love soups,,,,all kinds,,,,well have a great day and remember,,<font color=RED><b>ONE day at a time;}}


muggg on 02/13/2001:
I'll be checking your soup recipe out... I've been making large batches of soup, etc. and freezing it to take for lunch. I'm getting a good assortment.

I'd love to sit and watch the birds.. but my boss probably wouldn't like it.. so you enjoy for me! (LOL)

You're doing great on the treadmill.. not sure I'd be so consistant!


sparkymel on 02/13/2001:
Hi! Thanks for the comment! I love these supplements that I am taking, the stuff is just awesome. There's no way I would by in the store after using these products, but thanks for the tip. You sound like you had a wonderful and relaxing day. I wish I could enjoy nature like that. It just seems like I never have the time. Or should I say, "Make the time". Anyway, have a wonderful day!


miss piggy on 02/13/2001:
Wishing you a fun and romantic valentines day tomorrow.


mostlyidle on 02/14/2001:
The soup sounds yummy. I'll have to try it out soon. Breakaway wasn't kidding about her and animals. At one point we had two dogs, two cats fish and then more little animals yet. We're down to a dog a cat and a hamster now.

She even picked up a dust-buster so she could suck up the lady bugs this fall (we had a swarm of them) and put them back outside. Ok, I have to admit I'm pretty soft-hearted about the animals too, but I think that's why she married me.

I know what you mean about the treadmill not being as fun. Ours faces a wall and is downright boring!



Maria7 - Monday Feb 12, 2001

Weight: 145.0

Good Monday morning, everybody! Rainy, cold day here in South Carolina. Also we are currently under a weather advisery that we may get ice! YES! Winter Wonderland! I LOVE icicles! I love to see them hanging from the trees! But, I do NOT like to go outside when it ices...I'd rather stay inside. Anyway, where I am, we've not had any snow or ice this season. So, presently it is raining and coooolllldddd! (35 degrees farenheit). Well, take a look to left...another drop (though not a lot) this morning. I think the sugared soft drinks were holding me back. So, they are gone bye-bye now and I am only drinking water, decaf tea, and decaf coffee. It's making a difference. Hubby and I walked again last night before we went to church. It was cold and he was not enthused about walking, but we went anyway and it was a nice walk. Funny, how you notice things you never paid any attention to before when you are walking in your neighborhood, like mailboxes and....dogs. Only one loose last night and he looked like a big, tired old hound dog...he had big,long, floppy ears and droopy eyes and came walking up right behind me. I just looked at him and said, "Hello, Droopy!" and kept walking. He just stopped in his tracks and stared. Hubby and I were also looking up at birds (doves) perched on the lines over us as we walked, too. So much to see. We walked fast, a little over a mile. I see I'm not the only one who likes to grill out. A neighbor was putting steaks (big ones) on her grill. We saw a lot of neighbors that we waved and spoke to as we walked. Well, on this rainy, cold day, menu is: Breakfast: pack nekot cookies, coffee, tea, 1/2 banana. Lunch: 2 grilled, skinless barbequed chicken legs and 1 cup string beans, tea. Supper: Homemade soup, tea, coffee. Yes, Pastagal and MostlyIdle and Breakaway, you've all got me into the soup mood, with your recipes and talking about soup! YUM! I will probably be doing treadmill today unless the rain stops long enough for Hubby and me to walk together again. Lots of water! Have a great day, all of you! :)

pastagal on 02/12/2001:
<font color=BLUE><b>I think that is terrific your able to get out and walk like that and have your hubby go with you,,i wish i could do that,,but in order for me and hubby to do it i would have to have someone come and sit with mother inlaw and its just a hassle,,but he would walk with me,,,

And congrats on the 1/2 lb,thats great that your losing alittle more each day:} Yes i am sure the diet soda does make a difference,,ya know i still pop the top on one every morning,,,but drink maybe half if that,,,,so i have really in the past yr come a long way,,from 6-8 a day to 1/2 in morning and night,not bad i think,,,,

well maria,,,your pretty consistent on your meals,i think your doing so good because your eating so much chicken,never hear you say anything about other types of meat,,is chicken your main item,,,,? and do you not eat salad ever,,i notice alot of string beans,,,well keep it up ,cause its working for you:}}} have a great monday ok.


SoccerMom on 02/12/2001:
I love the way you notice everything around you while you're outside. I can tell you enjoy life!

Have a wonderful day.


Kyrin on 02/12/2001:
I think the best part of walking around your neighborhood is the greetings that you get from neighbors you don't usually see.

My parents will sometimes sit on their front porch after dinner (good weather). I was surprised at the number of couples and families that use that time to go walking. Of course, my dad is vocal and cheers people on and asks after others that live near to the walkers.

I miss that part of being in a neighborhood. We live in an apartment complex and although we have been here for almost five years, everyone else comes and goes so quickly.

Keep on walking and greeting your neighbors. You are a lucky woman indeed.


muggg on 02/12/2001:
I'm glad you enjoyed your walk... there is a lot to see ... I can't wait ... of course, I'm always looking at peoples gardens and flowers!

Congrats on the 1/2 pound... it all adds up!


breakaway on 02/12/2001:
Hi Maria...GREAT LOSS!! Congrats! I am so proud of you! Sounds like your menu is really good. We finished off our soup yesterday already and now it's time to make some more. It was really good! You will enjoy having soup around. Once you make it it is so easy to warm up in the microwave. That's the good part. Good job on the exercise...I finally broke down and did some today too. It felt really good. Keep up your great work! OH one more thing...how often and how long do you usually walk?


morganlee on 02/12/2001:
Hi Maria7. Congrats on the two pounds you lost while I was away. Thats so wonderful. I'm very proud of you!! :o) I know what you mean about the weather. Its was hot here when I left and now that I'm back it is 40. But I like the cold. Oh and the Place we went is sorta near south Carolina, It was Helen, Georgia. It is about 100 miles north of Atlanta. But only about a forty min. drive to North carolina. It was an amazing place and we have decided to go back for out family's summer vacation. Well keep up the great work and enjoy your walks. bye morgan


mostlyidle on 02/12/2001:
Hehe.. soup is a great diet food (at least most of them.) What kind did you have? I have to say one thing about soda. I've been drinking my water and haven't been thirsty enough to drink soda the past few days AND I have noticed that I haven't been having energy "dips" lately. A couple of times a day, I'd feel just exhausted and ready to take a nap. I used to think it was after meals, but I think it was more sugar related (from the pop.)

We got the treadmill working today and both of us walked a mile. Hopefully it won't be too long and we'll have to increase the distance in order to get enough time in. I know when we first got the treadmill, it was only a few weeks before we were up to nearly jogging speed in order to keep our heartrate up. I'm nowhere near that now though.



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 11, 2001

Weight: 145.5

Good morning, everybody! It's SUNDAY! Yeaaa! Get to go to church! :) I am fixing to get ready to go to Sunday School and Preaching. This is the best news of the day. Also, some more good news.....look at the number to the left.....:)....plateau is gone again....the scale moved. :) I got off and on the scale three times to make sure it was true and it is. Hubby and I had another great walk last night. Thanks for your advice about the loose dogs...there were 5 loose last night and I had on my boots instead of walking shoes. (More coverage.) And sure enough, one was yipping at my heels as we walked by his place. Well, it is a beautiful morning here in South Carolina...sunny and cool. Menu for today is: Breakfast: coffee, 1/2 banana, pack nekot cookies, tea. (Trying to say bye-bye to the sugared soft drinks and already seeing a difference.) Lunch: Barbequed grilled chicken (I grilled out enough yesterday for today, too), string beans, iced tea. Supper: Barbequed grilled chicken, string beans, iced tea. (Yes, repeat of lunch.) Lots of water and walking. Have a great day!

mylilsista on 02/11/2001:
Wow! Congratulations on breaking that evil plateau! Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job. I bet you're looking great! Keep up the good work and pat yourself on the back for how far you've come!

Lisa


Kyrin on 02/11/2001:
Hey, good goin'! Must be that walking with hubby after dinner. ...and I noticed that you've cut the cookies down to once today. ...Addictions are hard to break, aren't they.

You get a pat on the back from me too.


Bunny on 02/11/2001:
Way to go girlfriend!!!! Your gaining on me lol. I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work!!! Have a healthy happy day!


pastagal on 02/11/2001:
<font color=red><b>MARIA,,,you are doing SUPER girlfriend,,,keep it up,,,you must really be feeling great a about yourself:}} its really coming through your entrys:}

Your menu sounds great,and no wonder your loseing so well if that is all your eating,,guess those small amounts of cookies you eat daily are not hurting you in one bit,and about the soda,yes after awhile it just doesn't taste as good as it once did,,i have at the most 2 diet pepsi a day and Never drink all of either can i open,,so i know if i can stop drinking them like i use to anyone can,,cause i hated water and thought diet pepsi was the only thing worth drinking,well not anymore;} well you have a WONDERFUL sunday ok,,,take things,,,,ONE DAY AT A TIME:}}


breakaway on 02/11/2001:
Hi Maria,

Sounds like you have some bad doggy's in your neighborhood. I love animals! So when I see bad dogs I will usually try to pet them anyhow...(probablly a mistake) But I haven't gotten bitten yet. Usually they will get used to me and know that I am there friend and I don't want to hurt them. After a while they should get used to you I would hope. The thing that works the best is get some of those nice soft treats for the store and when they come barking throw them one of those. They will love you in no time at all! GREAT job on the weight loss!! Must feel good to break that plateau. I don't look forward to my first one. It will drive me nuts! Well anyway have a terrific day and stay warm!


SoccerMom on 02/11/2001:
<font color=blue>Wooo-hoooo!! You're down a pound and a half! CONGRATULATIONS!!</font color>

You're doing GREAT!



Maria7 - Saturday Feb 10, 2001

Weight: 147.0

Hello, everybody! Hope you are all having a great Saturday! The weather here in South Carolina today is warm, 64 degrees farenheit, and sunny, though it was cloudy this morning and drizzled light rain for a little while. I threw some bread and birdseed out for the squirrels and birds earlier and watched through the window as they came and ate. I'm still at 147 weightwise, but working on eliminating some of the sugared soft drinks I've been drinking, although I did drink about 8 ounces of one at breakfast this morning. So, today's menu is: Breakfast: 1/2 banana, 1 pack of nekot cookies (working on them, too, not to eat as many), 8 ounces caffeine-free sugared soft drink. Lunch: decaf tea and something light. Supper: grilled barbequed chicken, string beans, tea, coffee. Hubby and I had another good walk together last night after supper. We walked over a mile. It felt so great to be outside and as we were walking, it got dark and you could see the stars overhead, so beautiful. I see some neighbors have got some new dogs and are letting them run loose and they protected their turf real well as we walked by them. They like to come up behind your feet and legs as you walk, snarling and growling while they are barking, but we just keep on walking along. Well, looks like another lovely afternoon to grill out on the back deck. Remember your water today. I do my best to get in at least 64 ounces per day and more if I can. Well, it is time for a coffee break and read your journals! Have a great day! :)

pastagal on 02/10/2001:
<font color=blue><b> Aww maria your doing so great,you will see a big loss soon,you have been very consistent for some time now:}} Thats a bit scary that those dogs come up behind you like that,,here in calif we have a leach law and you can't let you dogs run loose,which i love,i am scared of Big dogs ,,,when i use to walk daily outside i would take a big stick with me,,now not sure what i was planning on that doing,i think the dog would win over the stick,don't you:} But thought it would scare them off if they tried anything,,,,,so please be careful,glad your hubby goes with you at night;} Have a great saturday,,and keep up the great progress :}}


sunny3 on 02/10/2001:
Wow I wish that our weather was like yours! So nice! Its wonderful that you and your husband walk together. Helps when you have someone to excersize with, thats for sure!

You are really doing great! Have a wonderful day! Hugs! ~~Sunny~~


miss piggy on 02/10/2001:
Carry a can of pepper with you when you walk. It doesn't hurt the dog but he can't bite you when he is sneezing either.


Kyrin on 02/10/2001:
Ohhhh, I'm with Pasta! I feel safer walking in my parents' subdivision with a BIG stick. They have a leash law too, but the dogs don't always act like they know about it when they are circling the walkers. LOL

I love that you feed the birds. I've considered putting a bird feeder in the woods behind our kitchen, but I know how fast those suckers can empty a feeder. That's quite a commitment. ...Jim thinks I just want to do it to drive our two cats nuts. (Well, yeah, that too.)



Maria7 - Friday Feb 09, 2001

Weight: 147.0

Hello, everybody! Another beautiful, very warm, sunny day here in South Carolina! I've been pretty busy this morning, doing some extra studying in the Bible. So many things to learn in God's Word. So many comforting passages there, too. I really love Psalms 91 and Psalms 46. This afternoon I will be out paying bills. The cookies that I was asked about that I like to eat are nekot peanut butter cookies, about 200 calories a little snack pack of 6. They are sooooo good, only thing is, I think I am eating too many of them as to why I'm on another plateau. Mugg really gave a great formula yesterday about how to get to goalweight. She has really got her mathematics down pat. Her formula makes a lot of sense. While I am out paying bills, think I will do some visiting, too. I love visiting people. Menu for today: Breakfast: tuna/egg salad mixed with lettuce, celery, onions, and a teaspoon of ff 10cal mayonaise. 8 ounces decaf soft drink. (Another thing I am going to try to reduce is soft drinks. I don't drink diet soft drinks anymore because of what I've read on the internet, so I am wasting food calories drinking sugared soft drinks.) Lunch: Coffee, tea, and maybe soup and crackers. Supper: Grilled out (you all know where to find me....on the back deck grilling out! :))turkeyburger patty (no buns), ketchup, mustard, onions, and green string beans, iced tea. Hubby and I had a good walk last night, we walked a little over a mile and I am going to ask him to walk with me again tonight. Also, I may do treadmill, too, with weights. Lots of water! All of you have a great day!

muggg on 02/09/2001:
Here is how I fix my asparagus... buy the smallest ( not much thicker than a pencil ) shoots you can (fresh) then when you are ready to prepare it, rinse well, then break off the tough ends. It will naturally snap at the tender part. Throw away the tough ends. If you buy very tender asparagus.. you won't need to peel it.

Steam it OVER boiling water just until tender ( it will keep it's beautiful green color this way.) Remove it to a plate and then using the smallest piece of butter...(you only need a teaspoon) coat the asparagus. (Yes, real butter) I'm a believer in that we need a certain amount of fat to be healthy and to burn calories. Butter is far better for you than margarine. I agree with the theory that we Americans are overweight because our food is full of empty calories and our bodies are craving the nutrition it needs.


breakaway on 02/09/2001:
Hi Maria...great attitude to have. Get that water in and slow down on the cookies if you feel your getting to much! Then the weight will start downward again. It's good that hubby walks with you. I have to work on that one! If we both walk I'm sure we will increase our weightloss by a lot. Have a wonderful day and Keep the water flowing!


pastagal on 02/09/2001:
As normal maria,you are doing great with your progress:}} and your menu sounds good today to:} Well have a wonderful friday and keep up what your doing,,,ONE day at a time:}}


Beth on 02/09/2001:
Maria, my husband has smoked for years, and even though I still have a few smokes a day, it makes me sick when he lights one up first thing in the morning. I know how you feel. Also, I gave up drinking pop a few months ago, and I don't have cravings for soda anymore. The first few weeks were hard, but I honestly can't see myself ever drinking it like I used to. Turkey burgers! My favorite!!! I think I'll stop at the store and get some ground turkey and fresh veggies. Thanks for the idea!


miss piggy on 02/09/2001:
I am glad you enjoyed your walk with your hubby. I wish my feet would stop swelling so I could walk some. I had to give up a breeding pair of boston terriers because I got to where I couldn't walk them around the block to use the bathroom. Soon maybe. Can I join you for supper? Sounds great.


SoccerMom on 02/09/2001:
I find a lot of inspiration in some of the passages. I feel much more able to accomplish this task, knowing that I've put it in His hands, and am trusting Him to help me through the rough spots (cravings and binges!) Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful SONshiney day!



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