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maria7 - Friday Jun 15, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Friday to you...

Scale still says 155.  Okay with that.

Been working in yards in heat off and on.  It's been quite warm here in the 90's and heat index around 100.

How is the weather your way?

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/15/2018:
I am amazed at your ability to maintain. And not just maintain within a range but to really maintain at one number.

It is very humid here in Chicagoland. The air is very thick, which makes it feel much hotter than it really is. Tomorrow through Monday is supposed to be really humid AND actually hot. I am trying to wait to turn on the air conditioning. If not tonight, then definitely tomorrow morning.


Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
Our weather is NOT as hot as yours. Although, today it should reach a sunny 90! I may go take my own lawn chair to the park and read...or, i keep forgetting, might as well make some use of my balcony. no sunblock and just head out for 10 minutes for some color :)

i'm loving the warm weather. it's such a nice change from a cold work office...to go out at lunch just to warm up!

i know u used to be always looking for another number, in weight, so it's nice to see you are happy here...or at least you are content right now. i was content when my weight was a hair lower, now i'm nervous it'll keep creaping up bc i'm eating the higher cals again.! as you know!


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maria7 - Saturday Jun 09, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Saturday to you...

Still holding at 155...okay with this weight.  Have gotten used to it.

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Still rowing...Counting calories daily.  Trying to stay around 1700 calories daily average and if go over a day or two, try to have less to make up for it for a day or two after.  On days I work in the yards, especially in the heat, I allow extra calories.

Summer is almost here...got any special plans, anyone?

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
You seem to be working maintenance very well!

I just realized that I can't really have summer plans because my job revolves around real estate... My co-workers don't let this stop them from taking vacations, but since I'm at the beginning of the process for sales & purchases - which are time-sensitive - it's really hard to be away right now.

But I should think up some little gem for myself, I think, for this summer. Maybe not plans, but something nice for myself :-)


bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
You've got this....sounds like the perfect maintenance pan!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
yes, for this month, i have plans most every weekend until July! Just local plans, most pretty exciting like free local concerts, dinners, father's day, a bridal shower....celebrate a friend's bday. it happens to be an exciting month on my end!

Good calorie range - 1700 to stick with...it's not too low and also not high.

I am sorta also eager to go to July...or to have a weekend that is still free and yet to have a plan...yet. I am seriously with a plan on every weekend until July ;) but it's better than being home with nothing to do, for sure!


happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I am not really making plans right now other than Class Pass and biking. I want to buckle down and lose 6lbs, start making fitness gains. I don't want to do anything that throws me off schedule.


happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I am not really making plans right now other than Class Pass and biking. I want to buckle down and lose 6lbs, start making fitness gains. I don't want to do anything that throws me off schedule.



maria7 - Saturday May 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Saturday to you...

Still holding at 155...not complaining...I may as well be okay with this weight as it appears this is the easiest and most comfortable for me to be even tho it is not my current goal weight.   When I weighed 205 twenty years ago, my first goal was to weight between 150 and 160 pounds.  I lost 50 pounds in 1998.  That put me at 155, which I currently still weigh today.  I also weighed 155 when I first came to DD.  I guess  I should be happy that I have not regained to my former higher weight.  I have changed my goal weights many times over the years, wanting to be a certain size which required I be thinner.  I then over the years, reached new lower goal weight of 150, then changed that goal weight to 140 and reached 140 more than one time but didn't hold it for very long each time.  It seems I always bounce back to 155.  Maybe this is what I should weigh.

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/19/2018:
Your body really likes it there...there is a lot of comfort in that...if you feel good and are healthy...that is probably where you should be. You are doing really well maintaining that!!!

Maria7 on 05/19/2018:
Thank you very much.


graindart on 05/19/2018:
Really depends on what you want. There's definitely something to be said for easy and comfortable.

I weighed 250-260 for years (over a decade). My body was fine with just sitting there based on what I chose to eat. It was extremely easy. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I knew I was obese, but I was fine with that at the time.

I've been mostly 175-185 for the past 6 or 7 months. My body seems fine with just sitting here based on what I currently choose to eat. It's relatively easy and I feel mostly comfortable at this weight. I think I look 'average' at this weight, neither thin / fit, nor overweight. I could comfortably sit here and not feel too bad about myself.

At this particular point in my life, I'd like to progress from average chub to a bit lower bodyfat percent. And once getting there I'd like to try to maintain. At that point I can chose whether the work involved in maintaining is worth it or not. It may or may not be. If it's not, I can see myself sitting 175+- quite happily for the foreseeable future.


Donkey on 05/19/2018:
I agree with all that has been said above. You are very stable at this number. Your weight doesn't even really fluctuate that much. It would seem to me that this is where you are meant to be, unless you undertake a major change.


Donkey on 05/19/2018:
It really depends on what you want. :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2018:
yes agreed and if you are happy now??? sometimes i want to keep improving and sometimes i realize how happy i am right now :) the great thing for you is the ability to maintain for a long period of time....personally, i love maintenance and hate fluctuations!


happy-1 on 05/28/2018:
We miss u!



maria7 - Saturday May 12, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Saturday to you...

I was thinking about something earlier today...And that is that sometimes it is to easy to get overly focused on arriving at our goalweights when we really should be CELEBRATING the progress we have thus far made.  All of us have lost weight in varying amounts.  We struggle and sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, in our ongoing work to reach goalweights and some of us do succeed in achieving that, which is good, but more importantly, why not be HAPPY TODAY at the success we have made so far, from our top weights?  Celebrate today!  Be happy with where we are now.  Even tho we may not be where we think we will be happier at in our weightloss journey, we can celebrate all the sacrifices, all the struggles, all the work we have done in the past to reach the success of where we are today. 

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Agree completely....life goes by quickly...it's not meant to be spent unhappy. :)


Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I too agree, although it may not sound like it so much in my diary entries. I was thinking about this the last time I walked at work. At least for me, it's not so much about the numbers for me any more -- although I confess it's still so nice to be rewarded by the scale.

I hang out with another dieting group on Facebook, and this lady has almost reached her goal weight short of 5 pounds and ran a 5K. She looked fantastic and so happy in her photo. That's when I realized, I need to find something for ME to strive for beyond the numbers on the scale.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
I agree as well! We have all been successful and all of us i think lower than we ever weighed at our highest! I'll celebrate our diligence and commitment to our commitment to our health both inside and outside appearance-wise i feel is important too for confidence!

Thank you for reminding the group as a whole that we have a lot to be happy about!!!

I, for one, am so glad i did begin this journey because i am def a lot happier when i am working on my body and myself...it's def a big habit and hobby for me! and i enjoy the support of everyone here - it makes it so much more enjoyable to have feedback and gain ideas from others in this group!


happy-1 on 05/14/2018:
At my highest I was physically miserable and a mess. I was in a terrible relationship. I was spending tons of money trying to fix things and get out of the cycle and nothing was working. The 92 lbs I have lost isn't just weight but an entire version of myself I didn't like.



maria7 - Saturday May 05, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Saturday to you...

You all sure do keep me encouraged to keep rowing the canoe toward goal... 

Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567and I went to the flea market this morning in one town over, and then went out to eat at a buffet restaurant...I mostly had salad.  At one time, years ago, I never ate salads, didn't care fo them, but now I enjoy them a lot.

 

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
I've grown accustomed to salads too.....never had them when I was growing up.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
my mom served either salad or soup before dinner every single night growing up!

then i was in a big habit, eating salads always, then got very sick of them, until now----i miss eating salads a little bit! i find salads so tasty, crispy and crunchy...they are good with a warm tea after!


Donkey on 05/06/2018:
I love salads. Lately, hubby is serving salad with every meal. I know they are his "go-to" when he tries to get back on track.



maria7 - Friday May 04, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you...

Hope you are having a good day...

So, MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567ate lunch with Hubby, Brother, and me over here at the house yesterday after we went and picked her up.  It was a wonderful, happy, family time for all of us and she ate very well and even had seconds.

My wonderful Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567has now retired the second time but we haven't started on my 'honey-do' list yet as I want him to get rested first as his job was very physically demanding.

 

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Making a little progress...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
Hugs! Have a good day! You are sweet to hold off on the honey do list!

Maria7 on 05/04/2018:
Thank you. I hope you have a good day also. :-)


bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
Sounds like a nice day....there will be plenty of time to get to the list...he will get to the point where he is looking for things to do.

Maria7 on 05/04/2018:
He has plenty to keep him busy, including doing for others. He mowed someone's grass today, for example.


Donkey on 05/04/2018:
Your lunch with family sounds so nice -- I'm glad you had the opportunity to be together and share in a meal. What a lovely memory...

I have a lot of friends who say they are busier in retirement than they ever were while working, LOL :-)

Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
Thank you. We were so blessed that at age 87, Mama was able to come over and have lunch with us. Yes, retirement is a busy time. :-)

Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
Thank you. We were so blessed that at age 87, Mama was able to come over and have lunch with us. Yes, retirement is a busy time. :-)



maria7 - Thursday Apr 26, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you...

Hope you are having a good day... 

So, Mama, at 87 years oldIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567tells me her secret to weight loss and maintenance.  "Only eat when you are really hungry and only eat what you are really hungry for."  Works for her.  She once weighed 315 and has been holding steady for about a year now at 169.   She loves her sweets and doesn't deprive herself of what she loves to eat best.  Maybe I should do the same.  I've always been a 'try to eat right' kind of person...mostly, that is....  You know...balance of proteins, carbs, fats...you know how it goes...  But...WHO makes those rules?  I know and you know.  But how do we know they are made for our best interests and not to fatten their pockets???

My wonderful Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567has one more day to work and tomorrow afternoon when he comes home from work, he will be retired the 2nd time and home with me again.  Yayyyy!  (Honey-do list is awaiting, hahaha!)

 

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So much to be thankful for...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2018:
but, you weigh less than your mama right now! so you must know quite a lot also about weight loss :-)

2nd congrats to your hubby! you must be thrilled to have him with you!


bearcountrygg on 04/26/2018:
Your Mom sounds like a smart lady!!!! Your life of true leisure is really about to begin....no more alarm clocks!!!!


Donkey on 04/26/2018:
I think your mom is on to something there... That was my lesson learned today.

Oh congratulations on hubby's 2nd retirement!



maria7 - Sunday Apr 22, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Sunday to you ...

I came here to DD in December of 2000, which was my first enty.  I weighed 155 at that time, having lost 50 pounds before I came here.  My goal was 140 at that time, which I reached and eventually regained several times over the years.  I always seem to restabilize at 155, which is my weight today.  Maybe I should just accept this weight of 155 and be satisfied.  I've had 17 years to maintain 140 goalweight that I reached shortly after I first arrived here and I have not been successful in doing that, altho, off and on, I have tried.  The reason is because in order to maintain that weight, once I get to it, I really have to be 'diligent' in disciplining myself to stay at a certain amount of daily calories, with very little straying and with very strict adherence.  As I have gotten older, I don't seem to desire being a certain goalweight more than I desire daily treats that put me over my daily maintain or lose calories, ha.  I am currently a size 12 at 155 instead of size 8 that is my size when I weigh 140. 

We all must ask ourselves the question:  How important is it to reach and maintain our goalweights?  Is it more important than this piece of pie or piece of cake or these 2 large cookies or another helping of dinner?  Because we answer this question, either consciously or unconsciously, by our actions.  When we say, "I can have this food or these foods or this amount of food at the expense of not maintaining my weight or at the expense of not reaching my goalweight" we are really saying that it is not as important to reach and maintain our goalweights as it is to satisfy that very human desire we all have to EAT MORE.

 

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Still rowing and and hoping to get moving again..

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Hope you are having a good day...

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2018:
Maria...you may just need to be at 155..apparently your body likes it there...and there is nothing wrong with a size 12....that is a very common size...in fact possibly the MOST common size for women.....it's wonderful to be healthy...and it sounds like you are.....it's also one of lifes joys to enjoy food....it makes more sense to me that as long as a person is not obese...and they are healthy....that they should be able to enjoy life...and that includes eating.....if you are miserable denying yourself certain things...then what quality of life is that?


graindart on 04/22/2018:
We were heading out of town to go hiking as a family. Stopped for gas. Large signs with $0.49 fountain pop and 2 large cookies for $2. Pop and cookies, 2 things I love. Today I decided my goal was more important. Unfortunately doesn't happen every time for me.


horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2018:
idk...but i do know that 1 cookie turns to 2 and 2 turns to 3...for me! i always need lower cal alternatives.


Donkey on 04/23/2018:
I have to confess that every time I've thought about eating something not so healthy today, I've asked myself, "How important is that <insert food here> to you today?" LOL... It worked for the most part!


horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2018:
WOW...you've also been here longer than me! I think i joined, first time under a diff name, in Spring 2003 or 2004...probably 2004. gotta check it.


horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2018:
wow, i was very wrong...seems i joined in 2006.



maria7 - Saturday Apr 21, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello ...

So...the 'new weight' has been inputted.  Not that I am happy about it.  Got sick, lost down to 153 and now back to 155.  My appetite has 'settled down some' after I've refattened to my weight I was at before I got sick, ha.  I don't feel as hungry as I did a couple days ago, tho.  The ice cream really did it with the extra calories.  Also I was eating more calories as I recovered from the head cold caused by pollen allergies, in other foods as well as eating things I had not been allowing (popcorn popped in oil).  So now I'm back to where I was...

 

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Still rowing and and hoping to get moving again..

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Hope you are having a good day...

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
That may be a set point..or a plateau....just some place where your body is comfy.


Donkey on 04/21/2018:
I gotta agree with Bear -- you seem to vascillate around 153 +/- 2 pounds... Maintenance at it's best!


happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Switch to frozen yogurt. It is cheap and at least probiotics to boost your immune system. Or do protein ice cream. Expensive but at least it doesn't make you fat. Smart Cow vanilla bean is fantastic.


happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
And glad you are feeling better!


happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
And glad you are feeling better!



maria7 - Thursday Apr 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello ...

Okay...the ice cream fit is now under control.  There is none in the house.  I don't even want any.  This is after I also finished off 3 ice cream sandwiches that were in the freezer yesterday.  I think I am back on track again.  But my weight is still up a little and coming down and I will see if I get back to 153 over the next couple days before I change it if it doesn't.

 

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Still rowing and and hoping to get moving again..

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Hope you are having a good day...

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
me too...back on track, but i have to stay back on track to lower my weight some more :) i can always tell when i'm back on track and not gaining anymore...just takes longer to actually lose.


bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
You got over it most likely.....perfectly normal in my book.


Donkey on 04/20/2018:
Keep on rowing! I really like how you give yourself a couple of days to see if the weight "sticks" before changing your stats. Nice approach!



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