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maria7 - Wednesday Feb 01, 2017
(Mindful Eating and Reduced Portions)
Weight: 158.0

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

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25&26

 

 

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Hello to you.

 

I am now back on Island 158.

Current bmi is 24.1.

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Don't give up!  Keep on keeping on!

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Hope you are having a good day... Remember...every day with the LORD is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2017:
I just read your comment back to me...very sweet and kind and compassionate you are. I feel the same. It is so sad that some people do not feel that everyone should be saved or trusted or given the same privledges that we are. anyways, i agree with you 100%, so well said!

I'm glad you are back on your "lower" island. i guess it's good when the island sinks? gets lower? or maybe it rises up bc it's lighter? lol...i'm being dumb now.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2017:
Thank you so much for writing me back on that question :-D


Horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2017:
Yes...never give up, keep on going is right! I am so glad i learned this!!


Donkey on 02/05/2017:
Love it! Sometimes it helps just to hear it again. Thank you!



maria7 - Tuesday Jan 31, 2017
(Mindful Eating and Reduced Portions)
Weight: 159.0

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

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  John 11:25&26

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Good morning, Friends.  

Having a mug of coffee over here...have some?

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It is a beautiful, sunny morning here in SC.....

The above Bible verses are some of my very favorites, which I wanted to share with you today.

In these sometimes troubled times we all live in, it is refreshing and soothing to know that we all have Someone who cares for us and His name is Jesus.

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Still at 159...  Recently, on my journey, I stopped by a little island called 'Sugar Island'.  Instead of pineapples, apples, and oranges, I had pies and candy at this island...Also, there were 'potato chips' hanging on the trees in the place of leaves...I felt I could not resist!  Then I realized that there has to be consequences if I remained there much longer so I've left Sugar Island and am again rowing toward island 158, the next island on the way to Island 140.

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Hope you're having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
Your writing is hilarious! It's like you are writing a wonderful Children's picture book! I could see it all...potato chips hanging on the trees.

Human beings find temptation hard to resist as i mentioned to JayHawk. It is simply human nature what you went through and we all do.

It's our ability to keep on though, after a setback, that determines the successful ones! You can do it!

As you believe in Jesus many of the churches feel that we should welcome the stranger and care for those without a home that are fleeing their own countries...do you believe this? or do you believe only Christians should be saved? Just asking. If you don't want to answer, i will understand. :-D

Maria7 on 02/01/2017:
HOP: I pray every day for everyone all over the world, for the lost to get saved, the grieving to be comforted, the sick to be healed, the hungry and thirsty to have good food and good water, and for the homeless to have good homes to live in. Read Matthew 25:31-46. Also regarding who should be saved, read the top 2 verses at the head of this page...'whosoever' means everyone. Jesus wants everyone to be saved and so do I.



maria7 - Thursday Jan 26, 2017
(Mindful Eating and Reduced Portions)
Weight: 159.0

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

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello, Everyone!

 

 

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Slowly making progress...

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
Slow progress is the best and lasting progress!

Cheers to keeping at it, not giving in and throwing out the towel...

real progress and maintenance only works with dedication and commitment to this diet (eating right) and exercise lifestyle :-D


Donkey on 01/26/2017:
Slow and steady wins the race -- but don't you wish sometimes it was a sprint?



maria7 - Saturday Jan 21, 2017
(Mindful Eating and Reduced Portions)
Weight: 160.0

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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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Hello to you...

Well, it has taken 3 weeks to get down -2 this year...

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I put my goal weight back to the one I usually have for goal weight...  Not sure I will keep it at 140, however.  As a person gets older, sometimes their goals change and that can be a good thing but for now I guess I am going to be 'rowing' for the next 20 islands....

Hope you all are having a good day.

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/21/2017:
Hi Maria I know what you mean by as we get older we have to change goals and that is a good thing. I am heading your way in about a week please make sure the weather is good for me.... lol Have a great evening Maria and good luck on your rowing.


grannyannie on 01/22/2017:
Agree with Fran. Goals need to change at our age. We just need to be a healthy weight.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
Losing 3 lbs in two weeks is quite excellent, congrats to you.

There's always time for you to adjust and modify your goals. I have done this too. I am in maintenance. No longer looking to loose weight but to maintain mostly. It feels nice and i'm getting more used to it.



maria7 - Friday Jan 06, 2017
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 161.0

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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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Hello to you...

We are currently under a winter storm watch.  May get a little snow and/or ice tomorrow....

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.........This morning, I've had grits w gravy, turkey sausage and oj for bk....

Snack has been 2 blueberry muffins (med size) that  I baked...

Drinking water now....

Thank you to each of you for your suggestions...

Hope you all have a good day. 

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2017:
sounds like good eating to me! how do you bake the muffins? is it a healthy recipe?

yep, we got a few storms here also. so far it's been really minor, thankfully!


grannyannie on 01/07/2017:
Hope the storm isn't bad.


Donkey on 01/07/2017:
I hope the storms are not bad. We're in a really bad cold snap here. Anything outside is brutal, so no walking for me :-(



maria7 - Thursday Jan 05, 2017
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 162.0

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 all...

Hope you are doing well.

It has been a beautiful, sunny, cool day here in S.C.

  I have fallen off the wagon and can't seem to get recommited.

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee?

 

I do SO WELL during the day...then nite-time it is binge-time...chips, sweets, the works.

Most of my calories are eaten at nite.

I'm mostly not hungry during the day.

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I just can't seem to 'get with it'....

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Hope you're having a good day....

 

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2017:
Maybe if you overeat at night it's because you need more during the day...


Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2017:
Also, try to have a big mug of tea or water before dinner, to curb how hungry you feel.

If you are home, you can binge big at dinner on veggies - extra cooked veggies to your dinner.

you can still eat a lot at night, but choose something different if possible :)


grannyannie on 01/05/2017:
Nightime snacking becomes a habit. I always want to snack when watching tv. It's a matter of making it something low cal and healthy.


puddles on 01/06/2017:
The curse of snacking while watching TV. You will find your balance.


innerpeace on 01/06/2017:
Solution! Don't go to bingo - save money, save calories. Have a great day!



maria7 - Monday Jan 02, 2017
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 161.0

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, Friends.   Having a cup of coffee...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567...have a cup?

It is a beautiful, rainy morning here in SC.....

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 Hubby has gone to take care of some business and thought I would update my weight number and say hello to you.  Hello!  (Smile!)

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Current bmi is 24.6.  Rowing to Island 150.

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Hope you're having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2017:
lately an energy drink...ugh....such a crazy habit.

anyways, let's keep on rowing and/or maintaining!


Duaa123. on 01/02/2017:
Very good ..keep going


hollybelle on 01/03/2017:
Read your last two posts. It is so much easier to put it on than take it off, isn't it? I feel like I was on a runaway train some days! No time like the present to get started on the right track - pun intended! So good to see you back on here!



maria7 - Sunday Jan 01, 2017
(Smart Choices)
Weight: 162.0

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!

Good to see all of you again.

I've taken a break for almost a year and now as you can see my current weight number, I've gained 17 pounds from my last post.  It wasn't hard to do....As I gained weight, I just gave myself 'excuses' for eating 'unmindfully' shall we say and continued to eat without regard for the consequences...

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Soooooo...here I am rowing toward goal weight island of 150...as I am not sure if I really want to get down to 140 as in the past, so we shall see how it goes...

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Hope you are having a blessed evening.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/02/2017:
Welcome back, Maria!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2017:
yes, as GrannyA said, welcome back!

I was reading how you aren't sure you want to go so low again - makes sense - I am the same. I no longer have any goals or desires to make my weight lower than the current avg because it's too hard for me to maintain. Same thing.



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.



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