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Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 13, 2021

Weight: 151.0

  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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Good morning to you!  Have some coffee with me?  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 

Scale says 151 this morning. 

Wishing Y'all a good day!

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/13/2021:
Yay! I would love to join you. I'm having a reheat of some pretty strong coffee that my Husband made yesterday. That'll wake me up, lol... Keep up the good work!

Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
Thank you and yes, coffee is good, anytime!


bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
Your body just loves that number...That says a lot!!!

Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
Yes, I am happy around 150 or so. I think it is better for me, too.


PlayingQuietly on 10/13/2021:
yes please, more coffee

Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
Of course!


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2021:
Hi, Maria! Hope you & your husband are moving along on the covid recovery

Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
Thank you and we are. We're still walking.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2021:
Yay!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2021:
sounds like you are doing well, watching your indulgences, and being moderate! way to go. it feels good to maintain and feel good about ourselves daily!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2021:
it's good you and hubby (retired) can move at your own pace for now.

Maria7 on 10/19/2021:
Yes, thankful for that.


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Maria7 - Sunday Oct 10, 2021

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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Aren't we HAPPY that our very loved BearCountryGG came back!!!  YAYYY!!!  HAPPY DANCE!!! Welcome back, BearCountryGG!!! We missed you!!!  SMILES!!!

Scale says 152 this morning.  As long as it is between 148 to 152, I'm 'pretty good' with that but 153 and up I am not.  Why?  Because, once I hit that weight it is fly on up the mountain and be back to where I was before Covid!  As you can see,  I've been overeating again.  My usual downfall was nite-time snacking.  It is not good to eat while watching your favorite shows on tv at nite, unless it happens to be your supper,  but it sure is ENJOYABLE!!!  But, SAD when you get on the scale the next morning!  So, Hubby and I are still doing our walking each day and now we have a new routine added daily to not eat after 6 pm!  Drink anything we want but not eat after that time.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

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

PlayingQuietly on 10/10/2021:
good luck with all your meals today Maria

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 10/10/2021:
I just can't be away from you guys....LOL....Why is eating so much fun...it's just not fair!!!! I think nighttime snacking is the most difficult.....but drinking something is a good way to deal with that......I like tea in the evening sometimes...and always water.....ever since i heard that drinking water before bed is good for your heart...that has become a habit...I figured I would be up heading for the bathroom every night...but usually not which tells me I must have been dehydrated....I'm glad you are feeling better Maria.

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Thank you. So happy you came back! Means a LOT to all of us!!!


Donkey on 10/10/2021:
Oh I hear you only too well on the nighttime snacking issue!!! Curses!

Maria7 on 10/13/2021:
Have to watch out for nighttime snacking!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2021:
yes, re walking - whenever i have a good walking week, i find myself able to go to the bathroom sometimes without needing to wait until the weekend during a 5-day workweek. i think last week was just too busy...hence the extra crazy bathroom issues. it's all resolved now, since it's the weekend ;)

Yes, nice to have Bear back!

well, i'm sure you enjoyed some indulgences as you were a lower weight, so you prob felt the urge to enjoy some of the things you love ;)

Maria7 on 10/13/2021:
Yes, but time for too many indulgences to end or either watch weight go up.


happy-1 on 10/10/2021:
Hugs on your dad's birthday.

Glad you and your hubby are feeling better.

Maria7 on 10/13/2021:
Thank you for the hugs. Yes, we are still improving, thank the Lord. I hope you are having a good day. You do real well with your Daddy.


KathyBlue on 10/11/2021:
Yessss we are happy that she's back! YAYYY!!! :) Actually I am not looking at the scale anymore. I am trying to focus on my feelings and intuitive weight control. Everything is in my head, trying to be conscious about my body and how do I feel overall. Of course, the hormones play a big part in our feelings, plus the stress, but... OVERALL, it's possible to manage. On a physical level, I watch out if my clothes are getting tighter or more lose. I look at the mirror (although I hate mirrors and I hate to see my own self in the mirror - this is something I really need to work on but I don't know how...) ... I try to progress at the gym too in terms of flexibility and endurance / athletic level, my fitness watch helps loads in this... And that's it. I decided to ditch the numbers. If I ever went back to numbers, I would go for the perimeters... waist, bicep, triceps, hamstrings... things like that.. oh well gotta work... have a nice day and week, girl! :)

Maria7 on 10/13/2021:
Yes, perimeters really tell it all!



Maria7 - Monday Oct 04, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale says 150 this morning.  I am now really into the 'maintaining phase' cause it is easy to overeat and go up instead of staying the same...so I have to carefully watch any nitetime snacking and minimize that a lot. 

Have been reading your posts even when I do not post.  Hubby and I are still recovering.  He was back at urgent care last week and we were told that his symptoms are still associated with Covid 19 recovery and the doctor advised us to do some walking every day.  So we started walking in our neighborhood together in the mornings.  We have tall sticks we carry with us in case of any loose dogs in the neighborhood and they also help us with the walking.  We can now walk half a mile without getting winded.  The first walk, I was very short of breath.  The doctor at urgent care told us that it took her 5 months to get back to pre-covid normal (she had Covid 19 last year, she said) and to get her taste and smell back fully.  I told her about my ongoing feeling of tiredness and she said she had that, too.  So, the walking is helping us.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/04/2021:
I well remember a lady who said that with covid...even though you do not want to walk....do it anyway...The lungs are struggling and need to be used as much as possible.....My oldest son had a very bad reaction to multiple supplements from the vitamin store, ended up in the hospital with damaged lungs and dehydration.....he corrected the damage by taking in a big breath and holding it....and lots of walking......today he is much better....lung damage is debilitating if not addressed....I'm glad to hear that walking is helping you as well....

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Glad your oldest son is better and I keep thinking about your having said walk even if you do not want to walk and that helps me stay on track!


innerpeace on 10/04/2021:
YES, always move. I had to force my husband up and walking or else he would have sat in his recliner and died. He hated the first week, but I made him do it. He is so much better now, but he still has hacking fits of coughing and it has been over a year since we had it. I hope you continue to improve and enjoy your walks.

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Wow! A lot to be said for daily walking! Thanks for sharing this with me and I am glad your husband got up and was walking. What a good wife he has to encourage him to do that! I will keep in mind to not simply walk but to enjoy walking, too. I love your scenery photos that you take when you are walking. Beautiful places!


Jacky82020 on 10/04/2021:
Hey, walking 1/2 mile is excellent covid recovery or not!

Hope your days go well. HUGS

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Thank you! HUGS! Hope you are having a good day as well.


KathyBlue on 10/04/2021:
Yes, fight that thing off, whatever time it takes! My childhood friend has 5 kids, the oldest, Anna (11y old) had covid and took her months to recover from it. She had random incidents of not being able to get out of bed (no energy, out of breath)...

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
It is a terrible thing for a lot of people struggling to recovery completely. Hubby and I are still dealing with shortness of breath off and on and tiredness, too although we are surely better than what we were 2 and a half months ago!


horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2021:
I assume your appetite is back moreso now!

cardio and walking is very important...glad you are starting to do that. lately, some days i do almost no cardio and then i feel my digestion is worse too....and i become constipated more easily! hope to at least ride a bike tonight!

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Walking and high fiber diet are both good for constipation. Yes, our appetites are back even though we are still dealing with some, but not all foods, not tasting good (or like they did).


Donkey on 10/05/2021:
(((hugs))) I hope the walking helps. As others above have mentioned, it's good to have a walking exercise "routine" (meaning doing it) anyway. Do what the doctor says, do what you need to do. Continued prayers and well-wishes coming your way.

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Thank you for your prayers and hugs to you, too! Yes, our best time for walking is early in the morning after breakfast. So far, we are sticking with about half a mile walk.



Maria7 - Friday Sep 24, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale says 149 this morning.  I'm fine with this in maintaining 150 goal weight, even if it goes down 2 or up 2, I think that is still called maintaining.

I tried doing a simple yoga stretch class that was on tv early this morning and lasted about a minute and it was very slow and simple.  But I had been doing some cleaning in the house, so maybe that is why I didn't last longer.  I think I would love yoga exercise and have never done it before.  I also would like to get back to playing the flute again.  I love the slow, soothing sounds of flute music.  I learned some flute in school but didn't stick with it.  I do play piano and played it for years in churches, although I haven't been playing piano for a while here at the house.  Still getting better post covid,  but something funny I want to share.  I had a little baked hamburger steak the other day and thought I would again try some ketchup and mustard with it as that is how I used to eat it before Covid 19 changed my taste.  Dipped a bite of hamburger in ketchup...no way...tasted awful...then tried mustard...even worse!  So, I ate it plain and enjoyed it that way.  Still not eating bread, which tastes extremely sweet like over-sweet cake.  My taste has come back for some things and not for others.  I am in no big hurry, though.  Oh!  My taste has come back for barbecue sauce that I used to like to have on my baked chicken, so happy about that.  

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2021:
Great weigh in again today......so interesting about your new taste changes...Hopefully they will eventually all get back to normal...I used to play the piano too and also miss it.....You sound like you are quite talented to be playing for your church!!!

Maria7 on 09/25/2021:
Thank you. Yes, one day at a time. I miss being in church, too but maybe one day after this pandemic is over, can go back.


Jacky82020 on 09/24/2021:
So strange how covid affects taste buds! Has your sense of smelling changed? I remember them saying that’s a symptom.

Maria7 on 09/25/2021:
I can smell things okay, just taste has not all come back yet.


Donkey on 09/24/2021:
I can completely understand the temptation to see if familiar favorites, like ketchup or mustard, would taste good for you again, but part of me thinks that it's better to keep it simple. The less complicated the food, the better. (Although I admit that one cannot get more simple than bread, and for you right now, that's no good.)

Maria7 on 09/25/2021:
I am thinking that the way my taste has been being, it may be a blessing to not be able to taste everything as they used to taste. Bread for me was fattening anyway and ketchup and mustard are just condiments and extra cals (ketchup, that is). I do think I'll get my taste back for everything that I was eating prior to covid, though, eventually.


Jacky82020 on 09/25/2021:
It will return, these things can take a while I’m hearing.


innerpeace on 09/25/2021:
Yes, I can relate, my taste is still wonky...still hoping it returns. I have a taste for salsa now, never before COVID. I am a fan of music and find it soothing, inspirational and motivational. Have a great day.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2021:
the new "Green Cola" i tried that is a little better ingredients, no cals, from diet coke, was very nice!

i didn't know you are musical. i am too, but i am a very poor singer, i get nervous and do not sing well on pitch bc i never ever practice! LOL. but i was a good musician playing french horn.

that's great you have these hobbies to delve into when you have time.

who knows, your tastes may be altered for a long time. it may help you in changing some of your eating habits for the long run, where you prefer things differently than in the past and don't tolerate as much quantitiy of the foods that taste so sweet now. good deal i'd say!?


KathyBlue on 10/03/2021:
Mariaaaa, I miss you girl :) Yoga is awesome, don't give up! Online classes are cool but if you're a full beginner, then maybe look up a local class if you have time and feel okay with that! Pilates is also a good thing, very similar to Yoga. Actually, the Animal Flow I've been doing is yoga, too. It's a form of dynamic stretching.



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 16, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale says 150 this morning.  I'm fine with this one pound gain cause it is my goal weight.

I am still doing easy, non-strenuous exercises, and now Hubby is joining me as well.   These little simple exercises would probably make you laugh (think school) but it is helping me, I can tell, even though I can only do them for a few minutes.

I am now able to taste a few more foods for how they really tasted before Covid's effect of changing foods' tastes to very distasteful, shall we say.  Happy about this  Still, some foods do not taste right...mostly they taste too sweet or either sour like they have spoiled.  But I'm improving and so is Hubby's sense of taste, and we are happy about it, knowing that we will probably eventually get all of our sense of taste back and foods we ate before Covid will taste like they did then.  Smile.  As for sodas, I don't care if we ever like them again.  I do not think they are healthy, anyway.  We've continued to drink water, coffee (I drink mine black), gatorade for him and pedialyte and orange juice for me, so we are happy with this.  When we first got sick with Covid, food and water both were intolerable.  Terrible, awful tastes!  So difficult to try to get anything down!  Straws helped (thanks, BearCountryGG).  So, today I am thanking the Lord for our continued healing and improvements and also I thank you for your prayers that you prayed for us when we were very sick.  

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 09/16/2021:
Wonderful news! I'm glad you are feeling better and are able to more. Prayer for your continued healing.

Maria7 on 09/16/2021:
Thank you very much! Smile! Appreciate the prayers! Yes, I am disciplining myself to stick with the exercises, which I do nightly around bedtime. Helps me sleep better as well as increases strength, I believe. Thank you for your comment.


bearcountrygg on 09/16/2021:
So happy that you guys are doing better and better.....

Maria7 on 09/16/2021:
So am I! A big blessing from the Lord. It has been tough! But He has been bringing us through! We are getting stronger. Smile!


Jacky82020 on 09/16/2021:
Wonderful your road to recovery moves along. Yay, you go, girl.

Maria7 on 09/16/2021:
Thanks! Some days are better than others. More energy some days and others just have to spend the day taking it easy and mostly resting but we are thanking the Lord we are getting better!


Jacky82020 on 09/16/2021:
Yes, it’s a long road, but you’re moving in the right direction.

Maria7 on 09/17/2021:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/16/2021:
good to hear you & hubs are getting your sense of taste back! yeah, it certainly means everything is improving. :) i drink lots of lightly flavored no cal seltzer with stevia that i add in.

there's this new cola that came out on the market, called "green cola" because it's "green" as in healthier ingredients, not color. i look forward to trying. i think it's made with stevia - no sugar. i look foward to trying it whenever it is delivered!

Maria7 on 09/17/2021:
Hubby was given a can of coke with coffee in it for free from a grocery store giving them out the other day. We weren't interested in it but we gave it to someone else. Smile.


Donkey on 09/17/2021:
Such a positive post - I love it! Small gains, big gains, even holding steady is a win in my book.

My former yoga teacher has COVID. Her little daughter brought it home from school. The daughter (7 yrs old) is only mildly affected, but my friend has been hit HARD. I'm quite concerned for her, but I am SO happy that you and the Hubs are doing better. Thank you, Lord, amen.

I was thinking of you yesterday during yoga, about the exercising you're doing. Even if it's stretching and rotating your joints (arms, shoulders, etc.), there are many, many benefits to these types of rudimentary exercises for health and overall well-being. Keep up the good work - you're doing quite well!

Maria7 on 09/17/2021:
Thank you very much for your prayer. Very appreciated. I sure do hope your teacher friend will be okay. Never do know how Covid will affect each individual. Hopefully her daughter is okay, too. Yes, I believe that the exercises are helping Hubby and me although they are very simple ones and we are only able to do them a few minutes. Thank you for all you wrote. Very encouraging! Smile!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2021:
i have heard of those coffee/cokes. haven't had a chance to try - not too interested either. glad someone else got to try it because of you! ;)



Maria7 - Friday Sep 10, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale says 149 again this morning. 

Continuing nightly exercises, nothing strenuous.   But, something is better than nothing, I believe, when it comes to exercise, that is.

 Today, have had:  grits with cheese, orange juice, black coffee, water, baked small beef steak, baked broccoli, okra, onion, sweet potato pieces, apple pieces, ear fresh corn on the cob (plain, a little salt), a few very small cheese-it crackers, a few unsalted cashews, water, and Pedialyte.  Currently I am at 1400 calories at almost 6 pm.  The rest of the day may or may not include a little light ice cream or unsalted cashews, depending on if hungry or not.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/11/2021:
Yes, something is better than nothing -- but I think you're discounting your efforts too much. I give you a lot of credit for starting up and keeping up with it. It doesn't have to be strenuous to be effective :-) That's one lesson I've learned from my training.

Has your sense (or your husband's sense) of taste been affected by COVID? I mean, currently. I remember (I think- LOL) that you had posted for a while, that nothing tasted good at all, so it was really hard to eat or drink anything.

Maria7 on 09/11/2021:
Yes, in answer to your question about sense of taste with Covid, Hubby and I are still not back to where we were taste-wise of foods before we got Covid. He seems to be a little better than I am, as he can eat bread and as for me, bread tastes like super-sweet cake now, as I've tried it about 3 times and do not like the taste. Even tried toasting it and it still tastes super-sweet. Don't like flavors like chocolate anymore and candy is certainly no temptation as it once was, ha. No desire for it at all. Other day I tried ketchup and mustard with my baked hamburger...no way! Tasted weird! So, ate my hamburger patty plain, as I usually do, ha. Also, neither of us can tolerate the taste of Diet Cokes (was our favorite drink before Covid) anymore, so he drinks Gatorade, water and coffee and I drink Pedialyte, orange juice, coffee (black only), and water. I have drunk part of a gingerale one day but not really enjoy it. He thinks that our taste will eventually get back to normal...I don't know. I am happy for what I can taste that tastes familiar, because weeks ago, nothing tasted familiar and everything tasted nasty for real. But, gradually, I've been able to re-accustom myself to eating things I was familiar with before...some has come about naturally, as in I had a 'lightbulb' moment when I tasted baked steak and it tasted good like I remembered it had tasted before Covid...I was thrilled to know here was something I could eat and even enjoy! We'd been trying to force little bits of this and that down cause we lost a lot of weight (I actually regained some of what I lost before posting here at 149). Hubby lost more than I did. It has really been an experience. Not one I would wish on anyone, ever. But we are still recovering and much better than we were. We both ended up at the hospital, btw...they kept me a several hours...but kept Hubby a couple of days...He had Covid Pneumonia...they had to get a transport to take me back home as I was not able to drive and still haven't gotten back to that yet, ha. But, thank our dear Lord, Hubby and I are getting stronger now. And we are much, much better than we were, and thank you all for your prayers for us very much. Love Ya!


bearcountrygg on 09/11/2021:
You are on a roll maria.....i wouldn't change a thing.

Maria7 on 09/11/2021:
Thank you. So sweet of you to say that. Very appreciated!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2021:
GREAT eats yesterday and today. love seeing all the veggies. i like okra, especially as prepared an indian way; but also southern cooking is wonderful. (especially collard greens, when done right!)

currently have a small container of cheeze-its in my apt. they are a fun snack or supplement to a meal.

Maria7 on 09/11/2021:
I like the ones called BIG altho they are still very small little crackers. As for the okra, I baked it and eat it as it is or maybe with a slight salt sprinkle (sometimes).


KathyBlue on 09/12/2021:
About that taste buds and covid topic, my friend lost her taste for 6 months or more. It will come back eventually... Night exercises sound kinky, he he he!!!! Just kidding :) What are you doing as night exercise? Walking? Or bodyweight? Oh this again sounds kinky... hahaha...

Maria7 on 09/12/2021:
Smile. Thanks for the encouraging info on your friend. I've been wondering if my taste will come back totally or not because it hasn't yet. Glad you wrote this to me. Oh...regarding my night exercises...haha...just I do my little exercises at night time is all when I am getting ready to go to bed...just very simply, basic exercises I learned when I was going to school in gym classes many years ago...such as leg bends, squats (holding on to the bed for support and pull back up and sometimes not a complete squat depending on how strong I am feeling), rolling arms while holding the out, nothing too strenuous...although there were more strenuous exercises I remember in gym class but cannot do those yet. No weights or anything and nothing (haha) kinky for real. Just working on getting stronger each day. Take care. Love, Maria


KathyBlue on 09/12/2021:
that's a perfect goal, getting stronger each day!!! I live by that, too! Some days will be better than others, but don't they say "life is a rollercoaster"? :)

Maria7 on 09/16/2021:
Hope you are having a good day. Smile.



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 09, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale says 149 again this morning.  Good with that.  Doing my nightly exercises has improved my daily energy levels and strength.  Eating according to plan.  So far today, I have had:  grits with cheese, orange juice, black coffee, water, baked hamburger patty, baked broccoli, okra, onion, sweet potato pieces, apple pieces, 1/2 ear fresh corn on the cob (plain, a little salt), a few very small cheese it crackers, vanilla light ice cream, and Pedialyte.  Currently I am at 1300 calories at 2 pm.  The rest of the day may or may not include unsalted cashews and small box of raisins, depending on if hungry or not.  But I do plan for more water and maybe a little more orange juice, regardless.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/09/2021:
Good choices, looks like maintenance mode!!!

Maria7 on 09/09/2021:
Big SMILE!!! Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 09/09/2021:
You’re doing all the right things, yay!

Maria7 on 09/10/2021:
Thank you. Hope you are having a nice day.


Donkey on 09/10/2021:
You're on a healthy path - this is so nice to read after you were so sick.

Maria7 on 09/10/2021:
Thank you so much and thank you for your prayers. Hope all is going well for you today.



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 08, 2021

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

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

 

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Happy morning to you.   We were at about 73 F degrees early this morning and Hubby and I had our usual coffee, devotional, and prayer out on the front porch.  A little humid, but mild.  Enjoyed the much cooler mornings we had a couple of days ago but that is coming again with FALL on the way!  SMILE.

I am concentrating on what I call 'clean eating' as well as moderation, mindfulness, and awareness of calories intake each day,  now that I am at goal weight.  Like Bear was talking about in her entry today, when maintaining, it is good to know what works for you and what doesn't so you have peace of mind and yet do not feel deprived of anything at the same time.  I believe she has achieved that with her entry today.  Go, Girl!!!  Smile.  As for myself, I reached goalweight through experiencing severe symptoms of Covid 19 and hope and pray that Hubby (who also lost weight during our sickness) and I never go through that again, with our good Lord's help.  BUT!  Now that I am the weight I had wanted to be, I may as well hold on to where I am and enjoy the benefit of it.  My bp is now very good, when before, I was sort of borderline sometimes of it being a little high off and on.  So this is a really big relief.  My concentration now, Loved Ones, is not on getting to goal but on FIRMING UP and becoming STRONGER through exercises that are not strenuous for me as I am still recovering but am so much better now.  So, I am daily doing simple exercises that are helping me to get stronger...not using any bikes or machines, etc...more like simple exercises I recall that I did in gym class in school, ha!  And I am seeing a difference in my strength and am happy about this!

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/08/2021:
I love your post Maria.......I so agree with everything you are saying. Health is such a good goal to maintain now....Your plans and outlook are so good.....I'm glad to hear that you are doing better with the healing....we were all so worried about you and your husband. Gentle exercise sounds good to me too and it is what I've been doing as well. GREAT GOALS......

Maria7 on 09/09/2021:
Thank you very much!


Jacky82020 on 09/08/2021:
Yay! You go, girl!

Maria7 on 09/09/2021:
Thank you!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2021:
I'm glad you are doing well enough to start some exercises and strengthen yourself. it's true, it can take so long for people to fully recover from Covid.

nice job being at goal. strengthening up can help you maintain there!

i am in a full circle with you and bear that the idea of maintenance is to be content with it; including food choices and lifestyle that come with it.

Maria7 on 09/09/2021:
Thank you!


Donkey on 09/09/2021:
Have you seen the commercial where they show an old man lifting a heavy weight in a particular way, day after day. It shows his neighbors reactions to his training. At the end of the commercial, it shows that he was training so that he could lift his wife's wheelchair out of the car trunk (or something like that). Your entry made me think of that commercial -- functional fitness with optimal nutrition. LOVE IT. And love where you're at, right now. (((hugs)))

Maria7 on 09/09/2021:
Love this analogy! Thank you!



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 05, 2021

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

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

 

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Happy Sunday to you. 

I was happy to see 149 on the scale again this morning.  Doing my best to maintain.  Since my appetite is still not all the way back, it has been pretty easy to maintain.  Just basically eat mainly the same foods and amounts, counting calories each day is working for me.  Grits with cheese and iced orange juice diluted with water and hot black coffee in the mornings.  Small amount of boiled or baked meat with lots of veggies at lunch.  Simple.  Then after this, off and on during the afternoon, a few nuts, raisins, a few extra small cheese crackers, watching amounts and calories, so no real 'supper'.  I may or may not have a small amount of lite ice cream, vanilla is only flavor tolerated right now, ha.  I stay full with this ongoing menu and it agrees with me.  Also, sometimes I am still drinking Pedialyte, which contains lots of vitamins and minerals.  Making sure I drink a lot of water, too.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/05/2021:
It sounds like you have found the right path for eating...and covering all of the nutrition bases.......It is nice to hear that right now you are doing well.......Good Job Maria!!

Maria7 on 09/08/2021:
Thank you.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2021:
your diet sounds good for maintenance and glad to hear you've improved lots and continue to maintain :)

good idea with iced orange juice and a little diluted. great idea. i was craving juice this AM but i do not buy juice. lol, i only have low cal beer, fruit beer, and wine. knowing i was tired already,i stayed away from the drinks...luckily i killed the craving for pure juice iwth some clementines that def need eating as i bought them a few weeks back and kept eating fresher fruit like plums instead of the clementines. so now, i will not buy more fruit until i finish the clementines! :) haha.

keep up the great work!

Maria7 on 09/08/2021:
Thanks!


Donkey on 09/05/2021:
I agree with the others - this sounds like a well-rounded, balanced, lighter meal plan, and it seems to be helping you heal.

I do not buy/drink juice for myself, BUT my daughter likes it, and when she had COVID, it helped her a lot to stay hydrated. And I admit that in the winter, when the upper respiratory colds start happening, juice is very refreshing. My favorites are orange (with pulp, when I'm sick) and tomato (V8 is fine too, sick or healthy). In fact, tomato juice is very comforting to drink on those rare occasions that I take a plane. Helps settle my stomach just fine, and the vitamins A & C help fight off infections :-)

Maria7 on 09/08/2021:
Thanks!


Jacky82020 on 09/06/2021:
Sounds like you’re doing much better! Yay! Carry it on.

Maria7 on 09/08/2021:
Thank you.


Jacky82020 on 09/08/2021:
Thumbs up emoji!



Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 31, 2021

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

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

 

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Hello to you. 

Still getting better, both Hubby and me, thank the Lord.  Thanks again for your prayers.  We are eating better and feeling better.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/01/2021:
Oh, I'm so happy to read you guys are getting better! Keep up the good work and stay hydrated! :)

Maria7 on 09/02/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 09/01/2021:
(((hugs))) thank you for checking in. I'm so glad to hear that both of you are continuing to heal.

Maria7 on 09/02/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 09/01/2021:
You guys have had an awfully long bout of this....((HUGS))...

Maria7 on 09/02/2021:
Hugs back to you, too. Thank you for your prayers.


horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2021:
it's so GREAT to hear you are both improving more!!!!!! way to go!

Maria7 on 09/02/2021:
Thank you.



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