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Maria7 - Friday May 14, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 155 again this morning. 

Still here at home.  Just not ready to start rowing to the islands yet.  Got to be committed, of which I am not very much presently.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord. 

 Love, Maria

 

 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
Same here.


Donkey on 05/15/2021:
I think I'm in the same canoe. You're right -- the commitment has GOT to be there, or it doesn't work. Now, I'm a firm believer in the "fake it until you make it" approach. But that usually works once you're in an established mode. It doesn't do so well for just starting off.

Sometimes it's just fine to maintain until you're truly 100% ready and committed to start losing again. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever! :-)


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Maria7 - Thursday May 13, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 155 again this morning. 

Still here at home.  Not ready to resume traveling to the islands yet.  Baked chocolate walnut muffins and indulged.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord. 

 Love, Maria

 

 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/13/2021:
The struggle is real!!!

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
You said it.


Donkey on 05/13/2021:
^ Oh yes, Bear is so right about about that!

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
Amen.


Donkey on 05/13/2021:
Ya know... I think that's been my major problem lately. I'm just not in the right mindset to really buckle down and drop these last 10 pounds.

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
Gotta be in 'the right mindset' to do this. Forget it, otherwise. We'd only be fooling ourselves.


happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Chocolate walnut muffins? OMG.

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
I know...BUT...I refrained from putting icing on them...

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
I know...BUT...I refrained from putting icing on them...


happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Chocolate walnut muffins? OMG.

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
No icing on them...


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
I hope you are enjoying family from out of state with you! and yes, i'm drinking a coffee now with you!

chocolate walnut muffins sound nice.

i found microwavable frozen veggie muffins. they have some veggie in them, zucchini?, but you'd never know. light, 100 cal dbl choco muffins to enjoy at work warmed up!

Maria7 on 05/14/2021:
I didn't put icing on them this time and they are not real big muffins...


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Maria7 - Wednesday May 12, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

........................................................

 

Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 155 this morning.   

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

We had company (Family) from out of state, so I left the islands and came back home.  

I have been reading your journals and see that you are all doing well.   

So happy for you!

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord. 

 Love, Maria

 


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

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I'm having an eating day.......not happy about it really but seem to be doing that anyway...it happens...and i have to say..I never feel good after...yet...here I am...doing that again!

Maria7 on 05/13/2021:
I, too, have been having eating days. You are not alone.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Hi Maria, how’s your mom doing?

Maria7 on 05/13/2021:
She is about the same. Thank you for asking. Hope you and your family are doing well.


Donkey on 05/13/2021:
155 is very good after a family visit. I know it's higher than you'd like but still quite manageable.

I too hope your mama is doing well.

Maria7 on 05/13/2021:
Thank you. Yes, it is higher than I would like but I have eaten more lately. Mama is about the same. Thank you for thinking about her. I hope you and your family are doing well.


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Maria7 - Thursday Apr 29, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 152.0

 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

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

 

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Hello to you.  

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Well, after rowing almost all day long yesterday, I finally landed here on Island 152 this morning.  

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

Had about 1100 calories yesterday.  Still doing IF. 

Today's  calories are about the same as yesterday.  Being a 'good girl' currently and keeping my mind on rowing this canoe to Island 151 next.  But if I don't make it to Island 151 tomorrow, as long as I am holding at 152 again, I will be happy.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Good work Maria...you are doing great.


horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2021:
After you reach goal, try to keep moderate for longer so any weight lost doesn't come back too quickly....

very proud of you.


horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2021:
what i meant above is that some of the weight, like 25% you lost, may just be water weight, so please keep on a bit longer so that you stay at your goal ....it may bounce back a hair after you eat a higher cal day...but you have done AWESOME


Donkey on 04/30/2021:
You're doing great! I really admire your tenacity. IF is NOT easy at the beginning. I'm not sure it ever gets easy, but maybe it gets "easier".

I love Horn's advice!


Jacky82020 on 04/30/2021:
Yep, whatever HOP says is all good!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2021:
look how great your weight chart looks! A decline over 6 months!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2021:
look how great your weight chart looks! A decline over 6 months!



Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 28, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello to you.  

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 153 again this morning.  So, I am still here at this island.  

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

Had about 1500 calories yesterday.  I let myself get detoured by a small cupcake of 300 calories...I was rowing toward Island 152 and stopped to cool off a while at a tiny island along the way and ended up having a small free cupcake they were offering.  I will do better today.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
153 is GREAT.....Keep rowing!!

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
Been rowing all day. Tired. Smile. And, thank you.


Donkey on 04/29/2021:
Well.... these things happen. I agree with Bear: 153 is great. AND you had only 1 cupcake. The difficulty comes when we start having 2-3 on a regular basis.

It's OK, and remember, you don't have to have a cupcake today. Let's see how it goes.

Maria7 on 04/29/2021:
Yeah, you are right. I don't have to have a cupcake every day...but I do 'some' days. SMILE!


legcramps on 04/29/2021:
Everything in moderation! You're doing great!

Maria7 on 04/29/2021:
Thank you and you are right. Moderation.


horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
you are extremely driven and inspired to reach every single island!

Maria7 on 04/29/2021:
Doing my best! Not easy, though.



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 27, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

........................................................

 

Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

I'm sitting out on the back deck writing this and it is sunny and very warm out here. 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 153 this morning.  So, I am back at this island.  Had to row past alligators to get here, dodging them.  They came towards my canoe from all sides!  There were also rapids I had to navigate...but finally made it here to Island 153..

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

Had about 1250 calories yesterday.  Intermittent fasting is not easy but is helping.  Didn't eat anymore after I had that many calories and actually went over by about 50 calories of what I was allowing for the day.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

Jacky82020 on 04/27/2021:
Hoping you and yours are doing great!

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
Thank you and I hope you and yours are, also.


bearcountrygg on 04/27/2021:
Good job Maria.....

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
Thank you.


coffee&calories on 04/27/2021:
I love how you just cut yourself off when you’ve hit your limit. I tell myself to do that, but since I’m the cook and feed everyone, it feels impossible to not nibble while I’m preparing the family’s food. Great job!

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
It is not easy but it can be done.


horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2021:
Having my second coffee with you as i write this...

the scale is working as you make these hard decisions and navigate those choppy waters! :)

i cannot do the intermittent bc i feel very sick when my blood sugar drops.

it's good you can do it, it is very hard, the IF. Nicely done - i know some people are successful with it.

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
I do not intend to keep this IF up for very much longer. 17 hours this time as of this morning. I am doing it again today, though. I do not think it is the healthiest way to lose weight but it works for me if I do it for a few days and quit with it for a good while. Smile.



Maria7 - Monday Apr 26, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

........................................................

 

Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

The scale read 154 this morning.  So, I am back at this island again.  Nice Island 154.  When I was rowing back to it, I passed familiar looking tiny islands with their signs up, announcing 'Come have toast and tea with us!  We also have honey buns and candy here.  Have a cone of ice cream for free!'  Just a tourist sign, I told myself as I rowed on to Island 154.

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

I am doing intermittent fasting now, along with reduced calories and also reduced portion sizes.  Most of all, PRAYER.  Can I get to Island 150?  Why does it seem so far away?  It's actually only 4 miles away from here.  There are some churns and rapids and alligators along the way, though.  Forgot to mention that.  But, I've gotten this far okay.  One day at a time.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2021:
Sounds like a good new plan......seriously...stay away from those alligators!

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Thanks. Yes, I am doing my best to. Smile.


coffee&calories on 04/26/2021:
Hi Maria! I love the images you include in your post, I need to figure out how to do (espiecally that little coffee cup:)). Which intermittent fasting method are you doing?

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
It is called eat the amount of calories you allow yourself during the day and when you are done, you are done, whether it is 12 noon or 2 pm or 5 pm and no more food until you get up and fix breakfast the next morning (usually 8 or 9 am). So, doing the IF, I am averaging fasting food for about 15 hours or so (5 pm to 8 am). But it sometimes is working out to longer than this if I have had all of my allowed calories for the day before 5 pm. And, PRAYER, most of all. So, I do not know what method this is, but it is what I am doing. Hope you are having a happy day. Smiles.

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
PS...I am allowing myself 1200 calories today and I've already had 350 this morning at breakfast. It is 10:45 am here in South Carolina.


Jacky82020 on 04/26/2021:
That’s terrific you’re able to fast between 5pm-8am. I do 10pm to 4-5pm on my best days. Much faltering along the way.

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
Thank you. Hope you are having a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
with all the rowing you are doing, i can see clearly island 150!

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
I hope so. Smile!


horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
the one thing that doesn't have to be reduced too much is cooked veggies...add them in when you are hungry for volume :)...i have to do this often, very often.

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
What kind do you eat?


Donkey on 04/27/2021:
Yes, you can reach 150 -- keep rowing!

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
Thanks!



Maria7 - Sunday Apr 25, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
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. John 3:16

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

 

........................................................

 

 

 

Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567seems to be doing better, somewhat, though still fighting a battle.  I am doing everything I know of to encourage her to eat.  Took her some of her favorite candy today and before I left her window, she was fixing to eat a piece of the candy...Three Musketeers minis, the kind that come 6 to the package.  Took her some of her favorite makeup, including red lipstick that she loves and she even put on some lipstick as I watched her through her window.  She and I did not get to talk over our phones today at the window, as her phone was in need of charging and the charger had to be found, which it was.  Thank you for your continued prayers for her.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I have rowed back to  Island 155.  It feels like I am rowing in circles.  Each time I make some progress, I find myself back where I formerly was.  So, I have decided to try intermittent fasting as well as limiting calories and above all, PRAYER.  

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

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

Jacky82020 on 04/25/2021:
Your mother is blessed to have such a loving daughter! Glad she likes those little candy bars. I do too!

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Thank you. So sweet of you to say that. I hope you are having a happy day.


bearcountrygg on 04/25/2021:
Sounds like your Mom is getting back to being comfy in her own space.......you are so sweet to take her the things you know she loves.

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Yes, I am just so happy she is out of the isolated Covid Unit, all alone with the door kept closed.


horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
I’m so glad your mom is enjoying her red lipstick and 3 musketeers:-)

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Thank you. She is a 'Girlie Girl'. Smile!


happy-1 on 04/25/2021:
Hugs. I know what it is to try and get a mom to eat and the mental hoops and struggle involved. You are a strong, steady beat.

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Thank you. Hugs to you, too. It is a struggle. Mama has Parkinson's Disease. She just got out of the Covid Unit where I think she lost a lot more weight from refusing food, water, and her meds some days.


Donkey on 04/26/2021:
That's such a sweet story about your visit with mom. I'm sorry that her phone needed charging. Many are the times I'm waiting for my Fitbit to charge.

It would be interesting to see if IF works for you. (((hugs)))

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
Yes, it seems everything constantly needs recharging. Computer battery, phones, etc.



Maria7 - Saturday Apr 24, 2021
(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. John 3:16

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

 

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Yesterday, I bought Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a phone and took to her.  She said, "I LOVE it!!!"  She talked with me over it as I stood on the other side of her window, talking to her over my phone.  Oh, happy day!!!

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I am still here on Island 154.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

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

Jacky82020 on 04/24/2021:
Hallelujah! Terrific on that phone!!!!! Many good times to come with it!

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 04/25/2021:
So happy that she loved the phone you got her......That will be a nice "pick me up for her".

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Yes, I hope so. Thank you.


Donkey on 04/25/2021:
Wonderful news!! Looks like you picked the right phone for her. That will be so nice for your phone calls in the future, until you can visit in person again.

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Yes, you are right. This way, we will not have to hope we can talk over the nursing home phone if it is available as she now has her own. Thank you.


Donkey on 04/25/2021:
Oh, and 154 is nice!

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Friday Apr 23, 2021
(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. John 3:16

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

 

........................................................

 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I arrived back on Island 154 this morning. 

I promised Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a telephone that she was asking for when she was all alone in the Covid Unit of the nursing home, so last nite I spent a lot of time researching online an affordable phone for her and of course everything these days is all about bells and whistles she'd never use as she only would be using a phone for calling and receiving calls.  She needs a phone with big keys as she can't see well and one with a speakerphone as she can't hear well.  I looked at a landline phone for her but that is high and then the installation and all.  Finally I found a little flipfone and it takes phone cards with unlimited calls and text and 1 gb for $20 a month.  This is the most affordable, so I am going to get her that...I think...today.  They have one here in my town for sale that I saw yesterday.  She said she wants it to be red.  Well, most phones are not red.  Unless you want to pay for something she'll not use, such as they come with a lot of data memory, etc.  I want to make her happy but I don't think she is going to like this phone.  Trying, anyway....She has had phones before and they ended up falling on the floor and were broken.  But, I promised her, so I am going to get this one today...I think....When I take it to them at the nursing home to give to her, it has to be in isolation for 24 hours and everything else I take to her, so if I get it and set it up and take it to her today, she will get it tomorrow.  She won't know how to work it and someone will have to show her.  She probably still won't understand how to work it but at least she will have one and she can always ask someone to call whoever she wants to talk to on it and hand it back to her to talk.  Then all she has to do when finished talking, is close it...I think.  They are not having visitation right now due to Covid cases...one resident (Mama) and 2 employees.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

KathyBlue on 04/23/2021:
Red, hehe, that's a funny request! I was actually Google-ing if there was an easy way to paint the mobile phone but no... it seems like a whole project, or them websites make us look like so!

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
How sweet of you, Kathy! Thank you. Hope you are having a good day.


Donkey on 04/24/2021:
I hope the new phone works out for your mom. Nothing wrong with larger buttons, I say.

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
Yes, she loved it!



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