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maria7 - Saturday Feb 13, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 145.0

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

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

 

Good morning...

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Having a mug of coffee...have a mug of coffee with me?

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I've been thinking about what it means to be rowing to the Island of Goal Weight and here are some things that have come to my mind...

Being on a diet is something some of us may do when we get in a mood to do it but it may not last.  We may be 'on a diet' for a day or two or  a few days or longer...but then lots of times if we don't see fast results, we give up and throw in the towel, only to regain anything we've lost and add to it, being discouraged.

Changing our eating habits is a whole different thing from a diet.  Lots of us love grazing, especially at nite and even if we are not particularly hungry...it helps us feel de-stressed and comforted...but that is an ILLUSION....especially when we see what it costs us when we get on the scale or try to get into our jeans...

Yes, it's 'tough' getting to goal weight...You constantly are weighing options...Can I have this and still lose weight? (You can have anything you want just not as much of it as you want, within reason...and I find that I lose easier eating foods that have lower carbs...)   If I don't exercise will I still lose weight?  (Yes, but you may not go down to the size you want to be as quickly as you would if you exercised.)

Just some thoughts for today...to help me and maybe you, too...

 

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Hope you are having a good day. Every day with Jesus is a GOOD day!

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/13/2016:
Have a lovely weekend.


Donkey on 02/13/2016:
I like this!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/13/2016:
Yes, I share your thoughts. At times it becomes easy to be discouraged. But in the same sense, at times it becomes so easy to keep momentum. I'm on full momentum this winter & it feels so good. I feel so happy. I am in control because of a wedding coming & I have this goal that I just want to look my absolute best for it. Nothing is getting in my way :)

Oh Maria, the feeling is like a high. But, I do realize, I have had to put my friends on hold (more bc I had a ton of family plans this winter bc of wedding)....but I hope to be able to keep my weight lower after the wedding - having learned exactly what it takes this time around !! I'm learning maintenance better now, at 33yrs old, than I have ever experienced what it takes before - especially when I was younger.


biscottibody59 on 02/14/2016:
Good to see you again:-)



maria7 - Friday Feb 12, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 145.0

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

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

 

Good morning to you! ...

Another beautiful, cold morning here in SC.

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Still here at Island 145 this morning, working on getting to Island 140 goal weight.  Clothes have been fitting looser and looser.  I can now wear size 8 100% cotton non-stretch in some of my jeans and I am happy about that although I want to be able to wear ALLLLL of them very comfortably...which requires more work!

I've already had my morning workout and breakfast and thought I would say hello to all of you.

I am so happy we all have this site that we can communicate and be a support with each other on.  Thanks to our Diet Diaries Webmaster for maintaining it so well and keeping it going...THANK YOU!  Missing Umpqua...Missing SoonToBeThin...Missing Thinside40...Missing Hollybelle...Missing Biscottibody59...Missing Greengirl...and others...Where are you?

 

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Hope you are having a good day. Every day with Jesus is a GOOD day!

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/12/2016:
Good job! Yes, many are missing!


puddles on 02/12/2016:
Good work you are doing well. Yes a wonderful feeling to feel comfortable in our clothes. Have a great day.


liza36 on 02/12/2016:
You are doing great! I miss all of the others too!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/12/2016:
I feel like you & the others on here that are having success right now are really helping me keep up my winter motivation as well. It’s so nice to hear that you are doing so well, feeling so good & motivated to keep going. I share your thoughts and desires. Glad to hear you had a nice workout. I plan to maybe take a short stroll tonight after my haircut just quick to get the blood flowing before I relax on the couch tonight. It’s not healthy to sit so long. I might even leave the office quick now for a stroll around the block, literally, actually. It’s just so unhealthy to sit so long…everyday… I am missing all of them too! So sad when we lose long-standing members. I’m always so happy to hear from them when they do come back. I’ll be here for as long as the webmaster keeps this site on the net. It’s the best & most personal support group there is.



maria7 - Thursday Feb 11, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 145.0

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

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3: 19-21

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

 

Good morning to you! ...

Beautiful, sunny, cold morning here in SC.

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I reached Island 145 this morning, getting closer to Island 140 goal weight.

 

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Hope you are having a good day. Every day with Jesus is a GOOD day!

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/12/2016:
Congrats, Maria! Well done.



maria7 - Tuesday Feb 09, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 146.0

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

 

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Hello to you.

I am now at Island 146.

 

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Row, Row, Row your boat!

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/09/2016:
Congrats!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/10/2016:
Oh nice Maria! I am sure you are feeling very proud of yourself. You are motivating me & making me feel more capable of my own goals.



maria7 - Monday Feb 08, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 147.0

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

 

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Good morning to you.

I made it back to Island 147.

BMI 22.4.  Measurements with the tape measure also are down. 

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I am doing this!  I am doing this!  I am doing this!

Row, Row, Row your boat!  I am on my way to Island 140.0.

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Remember...Jesus loves you and gave His life for you.  Will you make Him your Lord and Saviour today?

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/08/2016:
Well done Maria!


puddles on 02/08/2016:
Great news on the measurements Maria. Have a great day.


Awesome50 on 02/08/2016:
That's good news. Good for you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/09/2016:
Nice job Maria! Be proud of yourself. Weightloss & maintenance is never easy. At least not for me! I enjoy my progress, too.

Everyone here on DD for the most part is doing well right now!



maria7 - Saturday Feb 06, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 148.0

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

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Good evening, everyone!

Hope you are doing well.

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Having a cup of coffee...have a cup?

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I am still at 148 but I think I'll very soon be at 147.  In August, 2013, I lost 7 pounds in 5 days.  I did it with averaging about 1400 calories or so per day and mostly low carb except for bananas or grapes (which are high carb but also high fiber).  No bread was allowed.  No rice, no potatoes while on this diet and no processed food, so low sodium.  I got a good start with 2 scrambed eggs cooked w cheese and diced onion for breakfasts, then lunch was a fruit and maybe a small serving of low carb vegetable or salad...then supper was a medium sized baked chuck steak or hamburger patty with a cup or 2 of low carb vegetables...  I drank lots of sweet (not too much sugar)tea and coffee, which helped me stay feeling full.  I even cheated one of the days and had a few small cookies.  It worked for me.  I was down from 157 to 150 in 5 days.  It is an extreme diet and not one to stay on long but it worked for me.  And I actually felt good while doing that diet.  Fast forward to now....I am only 8 pounds from goal.  So close.  I lost about 27 pounds last year and at the end of last year, found a few back, but I still ended the year with being down over 20 pounds from January of last year and I've been wearing size 10 comfortably.  So this year, I've been working on losing the rest to get me to 140 goal.  As an incentive, I ordered a pair of jeans that will fit me well at that size (size 8 long,  non-stretch 100% cotton Levis jeans).  They arrived in the mail today and I tried them on.  Although I can get them on, zipped, and fastened and they look good, I know they are a little too snug to wear yet to be comfortable...  So after Hubby returns to work Monday from his week-long 'staycation' here at the house this week, I plan to do that diet again that I did in 2013 and it may be that I get to goal or close to it by the end of next week or the week after....I know I can do this...I've just been lazy...being comfortable in having lost the weight I lost last year and not wanting to 'do the work'  (having less calories each day for a while) to get to goal weight.  But now I have renewed enthusiasm with the arrival of those nice jeans today.  Though they are vintage (very old), they are 'new' with tags still on them and I can tell they've not been worn.

Hubby has done a lot of work this week, as we've both been working in the yards and he has been working with his chain saw and truck, taking off debris from trees we had taken down late last year and keeping when he can for the woodstove.  But he and I have been having a good time, too...spending time together.  I love that man!  It has been so nice having him home with me.  We are both hoping to retire later this year. 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/05/2016:
Hi Maria yes it is a little chilly outside. I think you are probably about 70 miles from me and yes it will be close to 50 but the breeze is the killer. Have a great day.


grannyannie on 02/06/2016:
Have a lovely weekend, Maria.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2016:
With hubby at work i'm sure you'll be able to start up your diet plans. I find it easier to eat "my way" when i'm by myself!...

When you did that diet and lost a lot of weight in one week, i'm guessing some of it had to be water weight. So that comes back on once you eat the other foods again that were restricted. but i'm sure you also lost a pound or two in actual weight that week.

You must be proud of yourself to be maintaining so well.

Like you, my hugest obstacle seems to be lowering calories. that is the key as you know to weight loss. It's been a struggle for me, too.

I'm getting better at it though. As i'm learning what it takes to maintain my lower weight.



maria7 - Friday Jan 22, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 149.0

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

 

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Hello, Everyone.  Hope you are all doing well today.

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Today I arrived at Island 149...again..I remember this island that I was on last year!

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/22/2016:
Congrats on the 149 island. Have a great day Maria.


grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
Congrats, Maria!


cybermom4 on 01/23/2016:
I'd love to know how you get the little people in your posts!! Very fun!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2016:
Awesome Maria, welcome back to the 140's green island!



maria7 - Thursday Jan 21, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello, Everyone.

Still here at Island 150 and although I've regained some of the weight I've recently lost, I am still down from 172.2 that I was at around this time last year.

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So...

I am back on track and headed toward Island 140 again...

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
Well done Maria! I know you'll get there!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2016:
Hi Maria :) and that is a major success to be down around 20lbs from this time last year. I like how you always think in such positive ways about weightloss.



maria7 - Wednesday Jan 13, 2016
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Good morning to you.

I hope you are having a good day.

I've been away for a little while...fell off the wagon...AGAIN.

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New year...beginning anew.

Today...150...Rowing toward Island 140...

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Hope you have a blessed day.

Remember...every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2016:
Morning Maria! Glad to see you back here, continuing on your journey! It’s been awhile since your last post. Nice to have the old-timers back!! I like how you say you are rowing to Island 140. I like the analogy bc rowing is a repetitive process – similar to what needs to be done continuously in order to be successful losing weight. We must continuously forge ahead, repeating the process to reach our goal weights.


puddles on 01/13/2016:
Hi Maria I am in your neck of the woods for Winter Myrtle Beach. What a beautiful Winter it is turning out to be no rain or very little and clear blue skies. Good to have you back missed you. Have a great day.


H82BFat on 01/13/2016:
Hi Maria!! I fell off the wagon (YEARS ago), too!! But now.... we got this!!


grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
Hi Maria! You'll get back on track. I have faith in you. :)


liza36 on 01/19/2016:
I hear your sister! I'm constantly falling off the wagon. It's all about getting up after falling and keep moving forward. I love the picture you posted!



maria7 - Thursday Nov 19, 2015
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 144.0

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

 

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Good morning to you!

I arrived at Island 144 this morning! The scale read 144.

 

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 I think I see Island 143 up ahead!

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Hope you have a blessed day!

Remember...every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/19/2015:
congrats Maria Wishing you another great day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/19/2015:
you've been doing amazing things lately!!!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/21/2015:
I am looking at your weight chart on the side & you've been such great progress these past several months!


biscottibody59 on 11/25/2015:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep up the good work!



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