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Maria7 - Sunday Dec 16, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 Luke 2:11-14 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

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Hello to you...

Hoping you are each enjoying this beautiful Christmas season.  Eating is going well...not denying treats but not going overboard, either.  If I think I might give in to the old habit, 'nite-time snack-binging', I quickly pray a prayer and ask the Lord to help me not to eat anymore for the rest of the day and He does.  This works well for me.  I still have beverages, water, or juice but do not eat anymore til the next day.  I am not losing any but I do not want to find any, either, ha!  Sometimes we just have to find a place where we can be at ease with our accomplishments, even though this does not mean we have reached the goals we have set for ourselves at present, but this means we are going to enjoy life and be thankful for where we are at.  Many of you have lost a lot more weight than I have and are sailing along on your path to your goal weight and I congratulate you on your success you have thus far acheived as well as everyone else here who has put forth an effort toward their goal weights.  To lose one pound is to deny ourselves 3500 calories through lesser daily food or more physical activity or a combination of both, so it is no easy job to do!  I orginally lost 50 pounds in one year in 1998, from 205 down to 155.  I did not do it wisely and paid for it but I learned my lesson to not starve myself, ha.   

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

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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 12/16/2018:
You're doing so well! I'm very proud of you!!!!

I'm looking forward to Christmas with my little family.

Maria7 on 12/16/2018:
Congrats to you, too and hoping you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. I am telling myself, just enjoy the beautiful Christmas season and trust the Lord to take care of what we can't take care of! Smile! Have a beautiful, happy day!


BearCountryGG on 12/16/2018:
You are so right Maria........This is OUR LIFE...we can never forget that while we are working on something...we are still supposed to live our lives......You have learned how to handle things and I commend you for that......Have a Merry Christmas!

Maria7 on 12/16/2018:
Thank you and I am still learning, as we all are. Every day is a blessing. Hoping you have a merry Christmas, too! :-)


graindart on 12/16/2018:
Hoping that I can transition to maintenance soon and maintain as well as you, HOP, and Donkey have. Gaining the weight is easy. Losing the weight is miserable, but I can usually get in a groove and do it somewhat successfully. Maintaining........I've never really done it. Think I have a plan for it this time. Otherwise I'll be stuck in this gain/lose cycle forever (and the gain side of the cycle seems to win more often than not).


Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2018:
yep, i am so glad grains read your entry :) it's true, life is meant to be mostly livable, rather than suffering as in starving oneself...unless you aren't bothered by it. Me, i cannot do the fasting thing as i feel totally horrible when i do...i prefer to stretch out my foods throughout the day.

like you, i have also experimenting with less than healthy ways of weightloss...maintenance is the best way, once you get there :) it's the most fun and easiest for me and on my mind!


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Maria7 - Sunday Dec 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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Hello to you...

Is it cold enough for you?  It is a cold, rainy day here in SC and there is snow north of us across the state line.

It is getting closer to Christmas.  Do you have all of your Christmas plans made?  I baked an apple pie, sweet potato pie with raisins, and peach cobbler that are in the freezer awaiting to be part of Christmas dinner and plan, Lord willing, on bringing Mama (from the nursing home) over here on Christmas day.  I also baked Christmas gingerbread cupcakes with icing and colorful sprinkles...but with the neighbors' help, they are all 20 of them gone. 

Still holding about the same.  Would have liked to have lost a little more this year but decided I enjoy food more than being a certain size apparently, ha.  So, still maintaining and thankful for that.  We are more than a number.  Eating well but not overeating...

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

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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 12/09/2018:
Sounds like you will have a Merry Christmas.......Hope your Mom can go and spend it with you.


Donkey on 12/10/2018:
Well, I had plans, but from the sound of your menu, I think I'll change my plans and come have dessert with you! (LOL) I hope that your mom can make it out to your house for the holiday. I hope she's doing well.

You've done quite well for yourself to find a "happy place" on the scale this year. Looking at your "Progess as of today" above, I might contemplate whether those last "5 lbs to go!" are worth the struggle. Well, 2019 still needs goals :)


horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2018:
Lately i also have a craving for the gingerbread flavor. I had a light ice cream by Halo Top with Gingerbread flavoring! so good!

yes, it's downright cold here too. In the 30's and that's unseasonably cold for NYC.

your pies all sound amazing. I've been enjoying baking on weekends & plan to continue with the baking fun. my recipes turn all sugared baking ideas into sugar free baked goods. yum. and they taste just the same!

aren't you glad you aren't overeating much or at all anymore? me too...i've gotten so good at maintenance!..and it's good to be able to enjoy more food!


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Maria7 - Friday Nov 16, 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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Good evening...

Is it cold enough for you?  It is even chilly here in SC, but nice.

Scale at 154 when I weighed today. 

I may not post every day but most days I come here and read your posts.  You are all doing FANTASTIC!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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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 9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/17/2018:
Happy Thanksgiving !


graindart on 11/17/2018:
5 degrees real temperature here as I type and I have to leave to pickup the youngest daughter in a few minutes...... Definitely not looking forward to that. Happy Thanksgiving.


Donkey on 11/17/2018:
Thank you for posting - and for cheering me on!!! (and the rest of us too) ;)

Happy Thanksgiving - there is much to be grateful for...


horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2018:
Happy early Thanksgiving to you too! I hope you have been well!

I would agree that all the DDers at this time have gotten darn good at maintenance....we are all learning so much!

Yes, it's cold enough for me!



Maria7 - Thursday Oct 18, 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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello, Friends...

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 Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567and I are celebrating 29 years of marraige today.  He is quite a wonderful, sweet Guy and I love him!

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Scale is still at 154 today which is good.

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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 9 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/18/2018:
Aaaaaw you guys are adorable. Happy anniversary!


horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2018:
Yes, Happy Anniversary what a huge accomplishment!



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 16, 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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello, Friends...

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 Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567and I had a lunch party here at the house yesterday and we invited some of our family, including Mom,IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567who we brought here and we all had a wonderful time.

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Scale is still at 154 today, which is good but I was expecting it to be 153, ha.  To think about it, each pound we lose toward our goal is 3500 calories we are not 'wearing'...  and for those who are maintaining, think about you are holding off x number of pounds (that you have lost), which is actually that number times 3500 calories and that amount of calories are no longer 'hanging around'...ha!  Helps one to keep in perspective how each little calorie we resist counts!

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Evening Update:  Another thought...

Imagine wearing padded clothes everyday, be it summer or winter and constantly wearing them inside and outside, wherever you are, always wearing them...  Imagine not only the larger size they would make you appear to be physically, but also imagine how warm or how cool you would feel constantly wearing them...like having on a bulky jacket or coat you never take off...  This is what being overweight is.  One never gets to actually enjoy being the size one is more comfortable being because the unwanted added weight is not just a number on a scale...it is not just a higher number that we are seeking to lower just so we know we are weighing what we want to weigh....  No, the added weight of being overweight is a continual reminder of how much more comfortable we could be if we only realize this and take action to get rid of it (the added bulk we constantly wear when we are overweight).

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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 9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2018:
That is a good way to think about it...back in the day when I gained or lost 5 pounds...I would go hold a 5 pound bag of sugar at the store...to remind myself what 5 pounds was.

Maria7 on 10/16/2018:
Isn't it amazing? That really puts it all in perspective, doesn't it? And I have also done the same thing and really felt good about it.


BearCountryGG on 10/16/2018:
Today I spilled a basket full of paper clips...all over under my desk...…..I dreaded getting down on the floor to pick them up...I did it....but all the while thinking about how difficult it was to not only get down there...but also getting back up.....at my age ( 69)...age makes it bad enough...then add extra weight and it is really hard.

Maria7 on 10/16/2018:
Ha..I know what you mean...as we get older we have to 'move smarter'...ha...mentally calculating the risk of strain before we do some things we don't do daily. Easier to get down than to get up. Smile. But you have really done outstandingly fantastic in your progress and your being able to do this today proves it showing how much better physical shape you are now in than you were when you first began your journey. Look at how far you have come. I am amazed lots of times when you go into a 'lose weight mode' at how quickly you lose and how extremely disciplined you are, sticking with it. Congrats to you for real. Smile!


happy-1 on 10/16/2018:
Ha. I know exactly what you mean about always being uncomfortable. I feel like I am wearing winter clothes all the time.


happy-1 on 10/16/2018:
I read somewhere that 20 extra pounds = 1 complete winter layer.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2018:
but one issue....i wish for a better heating system now that i'm lean bc i freeze my booty off at work daily. it's horrible how cold they keep it...sometimes, i have to wear THREE layers. heavy ones...i've lost my layers but my fat percentage is totally within normal range, just a low blood pressure.


Donkey on 10/17/2018:
154 - bravo! That's a very good analogy regarding the heavy clothing. I agree with that this is a pretty good description of what it feels like to carry around the extra weight.

You're doing great!



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 13, 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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello, Friends...

Glad to read that you are all doing well.

We are finally getting some much-desired, cooler fall weather after the passing of our second big storm this season, Hurricane Michael, which we stayed home this go round, didn't evacuate as in Hurricane Florence recently.  My Hubby's storage building is destroyed and we have a little exterior home-damage, but nothing serious, thank the Lord.  Thanking the Lord for keeping us safe through the storm.

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Hope you have been having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/14/2018:
I'm glad to hear that you survived the winds of Michael. For a long time, they kept saying Level 2 hurricane, and then at the last minute - when it was too late to evacuate - it upgraded quickly to Level 4! Yikes!

I *am* sorry to hear that you suffered some property loss. Will you rebuild the storage building?


Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2018:
Yes, sorry to hear that the storms have damaged your properties!

I hope you a fast recovery and glad that for the most part you guys are safe and uninjured.


happy-1 on 10/14/2018:
Glad you are ok!!! Sounds like a big project to clean up. Expensive?



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 06, 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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello, Friends...

 Scale read 154.0 this morning...yayyyyy.

I have a new hobby.  We are raising chickens from biddies and just finished a 2 week project of building a large chicken house.  We are raising them for fresh eggs altho they won't start laying until late winter/early spring of next year and we have 8 lovely ladies.  It is much more work than I ever imagined, ha. 

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Hope you have been having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 10/06/2018:
Chickens climb like crazy! Tiny dinosaurs



Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 03, 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. John 3:16

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

 

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Hello, Friends...

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 Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567and I visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 at the nursing home today and took her some new tops bought at J C Penneys to wear, which she liked, and also we took her favorite snacks to her as well. She is doing well for her 87 years, thank the Lord.  We visit her frequently each week and enjoy her company and love her very, very much.  She is a Sweetheart. 

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Scale is at 155 this morning (finally!).    This is what I weighed when I joined DD almost 18 years ago.

Hubby bought a pumpkin for me at our local farmers market this afternoon.  It looks so 'Octobery' on the front porch, so glad that fall has finally arrived!

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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!

horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2018:
Mom i am sure has enjoyed your visit and company so so so much!

and Congrats on 18 years of "maintenance" ....with ups and downs but overall Maintenance!

i love to eat pumpkin...Spanish pumpkin is sold in stores by us - it's called Calabaza.

Maria7 on 10/03/2018:
Thank you.


BearCountryGG on 10/03/2018:
Looks like things are going very well for you Maria...….scales look great!!

Maria7 on 10/03/2018:
Thank you.


graindart on 10/03/2018:
Have always purchased pumpkins for carving with the daughters. Had a roasted pumpkin dish on the cruise this year and wondered why I didn't buy them to eat. Bought one along with a butternut squash. Opened both up and realized why I don't buy pumpkins for eating. The squash was mostly edible with a little amount of seeds. The pumpkin had much less edible with a larger quantity of seeds. I suppose if you like toasting the seeds, the pumpkin would be ok. Since I don't, I'll be sticking with various types of squash instead.

Good job on getting back to 155....

Maria7 on 10/03/2018:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 27, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

 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, Friends...

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Loving this beautiful fall weather.  Our local farmers market is having a fall festival next week's weekend and we are hoping to go to it.  Bought some fresh veggies there today and yesterday...

Still at 156 this morning.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
it's always fun to walk around a good Farmer's Market! I'm enjoying fall temps too!


BearCountryGG on 09/27/2018:
Good job staying where you are!


Donkey on 09/28/2018:
This might be your magic number...


happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
Good job maintaining!


happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
And thanks for reminders of all the things that are more important than guy drama. I just re-read some of your logs. Your focus on priorities is awesome.



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 16, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

 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, Friends...

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We are back after having evacuated our home due to Hurricane Florence.  The slow-moving storm is still 'sitting' on us here in SC, but has weakened now.  We are so happy to be back home.  We thank you all for your prayers for us.

Scale says 156 this morning.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/16/2018:
Glad you and the family are safe and back home now.

Maria7 on 09/16/2018:
Thank you.


Donkey on 09/16/2018:
I'm glad you're OK. Good job maintaining throughout what must have been a very stressful situation. Is your mom OK too?

Maria7 on 09/16/2018:
Yes she is, thank you.


BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
I'm relieved to hear that you are back home...you have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since that started......good maintaining during a rough time!

Maria7 on 09/16/2018:
Thank you.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
How long were you evacuated for and where did you stay?

glad you are back home!

Maria7 on 09/18/2018:
Just a few days...a motel...thank you.


happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
Glad you are home again! Hugs! How much damage are you facing? How is your mom?

Maria7 on 09/18/2018:
Many small limbs and trees debris but no real damage, thank the Lord. She's good, thank you.


happy-1 on 09/19/2018:
Hugs! Good to hear!



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