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Maria7 - Sunday Oct 18, 2020
(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 my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.  I do come here and read your posts most days, even if I don't do a post for the day.  Looks like all of you are doing quite well.   Happy for you!

Today is Hubby's and my 31st wedding anniversary.  So thankful to the Lord.    My Hubby is wonderful!  I am blessed. 

I visited Mama at her window today, as I usually do most every day.  She is doing pretty well and thank you for your prayers for her. 

I have within the past few days, regained some weight I had lost, due to heavy nite-time snacking.  So, I am trying to get that turned back around and get back to where I was recently at 152.  I so enjoy eating at night while watching tv but the next morning, the scale is not agreeable.  Smile.  So, time to change that bad habit...again...and not give in anymore.  I was totally thrilled with my recent '152' and only to throw it away for nite-time snacking...called 'NOT SMART'!!!!!  There is something called 'Eating Smart' and then there is something called 'NOT SMART'...and I've got to reverse course and get back to where I was with the 152 recently....it was not my goal weight, but I was happy that I was getting closer to goal...So, a little ice cream here and a honey bun there and some extra cashew nuts here and a little chocolate candy there and within a 'VERY FEW' days...there on the scale, is the 'unreward'!!!!

Hope you all have a good day. 

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

                                                              Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
Night time snacking is tough to quit doing!

Maria7 on 10/18/2020:
I always let night time snacking draw me back in again...nevermind the consequences..I throw away my newfound joy about having reached a certain weight on the scale, for what amounts to maybe 30 minutes total of eating lots of sweets at night...I've got to do better than this.


bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
It is a super hard habit to break........Most of the time I can hold evening eating off with a cup of tea or 2....and then going to bed early....but then...other times...I just go fo it and get it out of my system...then get back to the cup of tea the next night......Stressful times now and ahead.....But we can do this!!! Glad to hear you Mom is doing okay!!

Maria7 on 10/18/2020:
Yes...re:stress...I let that 'trigger' me every time that I give in to night time snacking....


bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
You aren't alone.....right now...it's super hard.


Jacky82020 on 10/18/2020:
I wish I could give up nite time eating, but I can’t. I’ve read good studies that say ppl who eat same number of calories as nite eaters lose more weight. I try to starve all day to compensate for nocturnal eating.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Old habits are hard to break but it can be done. I'm not 'there' yet, but working on it. Smile.


Donkey on 10/18/2020:
Oh that late night eating!!! And it doesn't even have to be that "late"! This is something that I struggle with A LOT. Having decaf coffee was helping for a while, but it's not a solution, frankly. I guess, go to bed right after dinner, LOL. However, I love to eat and watch TV in bed, so I guess that wouldn't stop me. Something comforting in this, and now that the days are getting shorter and colder, the struggle seems to be more intense.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
It is an ongoing battle, struggling to not give in to nite-time eating. Snacking is so comforting!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2020:
Happy 31st to you and Hubby! that's a wonderful achievement!

haha, well, at least your snacks were of the BEST taking kinds and that you enjoyed them before cutting back a bit :)

good to hear from you!

i have been eating sorta poorly lately...just not into the veggies. I will turn that around though, soon.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Thank you, HOP! Maybe you could try fixing veggies a different way than what you are used to...just an idea...


legcramps on 10/21/2020:
Happy Wedding Anniversary and congrats to you both!

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Thank you very much and wishing you a happy day.


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2020:
Happy Anniversary! Many more to come.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Thank you, Jacky! Hope you are having a happy day.


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Maria7 - Monday Oct 05, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
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 my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.

152 on scale on scale again this morning...YAY!!!...

It is a beautiful, sunny morning here in SC.  To be in the 70's again today.  Nice. 

I have been a busy bee this morning, cooking and cleaning the house and doing laundry.  For breakfast, I cooked sausage, egg, grits and plain toast for Hubby and an egg, wheat toast, and grits for me and I had orange juice to drink and we sat at our kitchen table eating and listening to the radio together, as we usually do.  We have it set on a talk show channel that discusses the latest news and the ones talking have lots of comments.  Pretty interesting...sometimes, that is. 

My goal today is to finish getting the house cleaned and go visit Mama at her window at the nursing home.

Hope you all have a good day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
Good morning Maria!

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Good morning! Hope you are having a good day.


bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Sounds like a nice morning.....Have a nice visit with your Mom...I'm praying for her!

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Thank you very much. Yes, a very busy morning.


grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
Oh, that breakfast sounds yummy! I love grits.

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
I love grits, too. Eat them almost every morning.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
the grits sound amazing!!!! :) i have never had real southern grits!

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
I buy the kind that cooks in 5 minutes in the pot but you can also get the kind that comes in packs in a box and microwave them, too. They are better if you eat something with them, whether butter or margerine, eggs, or sausage. They are sort of a breakfast comfort food but nutritious and delicious!


Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Good job! Breakfast with husband sounds like a lovely ritual.

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
Thank you. We really enjoy it.


happy-1 on 10/11/2020:
Aw, what a nice vignette of happiness during uncertain times. Love your strong, positive outlook.



Maria7 - Sunday Oct 04, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
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 my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.

Saw the '152' on the scale this morning...YAY!!!...

Just got back home a little while ago from taking Mama her bag of food treats and other items that I usually take to her almost daily, and visiting and talking with her over phone on the other side of her glass window where we can see each other from her being in her bed.  She's not feeling too well, but making the best of it.  Thank you for your prayers for her. 

It is a nice, cool, autumn day here in SC.  My favorite season.  Leaves are falling but we don't get our 'natural Christmas trees' as I call them, when leaves change colors on the trees, until November, next month.

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
Well done. Hope your mama feels better soon.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Thank you, Annie. I hope you are having a good day.


bearcountrygg on 10/04/2020:
Prayers for your Mom Maria.....GREAT SCALE!!!

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Thank you. Hope you are having a good day.


Donkey on 10/04/2020:
I'm glad that you are back to visiting your mom regularly. I'm sure your visits help your mom feel better. I would find them to be a great comfort to me, if I were feeling poorly.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Yes, I have been visiting her almost daily, regularly, outside at her window during this pandemic, just as I did inside her room before the pandemic. The only thing that changed was not being allowed inside the nursing home for almost 7 months now. Glad you are doing well.


thinkpositive on 10/05/2020:
Hope you can visit with your mother in person soon.

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Thank you, but not looking like it anytime soon here in SC.


Coffee&Calories on 10/05/2020:
Is your mom in a nursing home? If so, I understand how heart wrenching that is. My dad had to be in one as well. I am so happy you can visit her. It means the world to her for sure.

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Yes, she is. Yes, it means a lot to both of us to at least see each other through her window that is nearby her bed and talk to each other on the phone while looking at each other. Smile.



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 03, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.

Okay with 153.  Have been eating ice cream almost daily, though.  Smile.

Happy Fall, Y'all!  We are  beginning to get some cool mornings here in SC...in the 50's, that is and highs in 70's and 80's.  Nice.

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 10/03/2020:
Maria :)

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
:)


bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
You are sticking well at 153 even with the ice cream...good job.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Thanks but in order to get to 'goal' I've gotta have more discipline.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
Finally, i have been having a sweet tooth and craving either plain ice cream or cheesecake....hope to have one or the other ...or maybe make a cheesecake.

then again, i have frozen streudel in my freezer. that sounds good for tomorrow possibly! :)

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Yes! Sounds delicious!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
it's def nice to maintain / indulge a little bit.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
:-)


coffee&calories on 10/04/2020:
I have dessert everyday too :)

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Gotta have something sweet!


grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
Hi Maria! Missed you!

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
I missed you, too, Annie. I do read here a lot, even though I may not be posting, I keep up with Y'all. Smile!


grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
You should be whatever weight you are comfy at.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
I agree. :-)


Donkey on 10/04/2020:
I have to say, if you are comfortable in your body and in your clothes, AND you can have ice cream every day, it's worth it. Stay here. Be happy. Enjoy the ice cream. That's what I would do.

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Thanks. Good advice! :-)



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 13, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

          For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.

Scale says 153 today.  Okay with this. 

Currently, I am dealing with grief.  Our Daugther moved out a couple months ago, to another county a long ways from here, after she had lived with us for six years.  I can still only visit Mama at the window of her nursing home room as I stand outside looking in at her as she lies on her bed in the room, barely able to see me at the window and we talk on the phone to each other that they usually, but not always, bring to her.  Hubby and I cannot take a vacation and we've not had one in 5 years.  Might as well get it all out.  I am also grieving over not going to church during this pandemic, as Hubby and I do not feel it is safe to do so.  It feels like a lot of things I took for granted before the pandemic, are no longer available and it has been over 6 months since I have been inside Mama's room to visit with her and give her a hug.  I know I am not the only one grieving.  Hubby and I used to enjoy going out to eat inside a restaurant and we have not done that in months, either, as we do not feel safe to.  Some of you are grieving way more than I am and with good reason.  Maybe I am just feeling sorry for myself when I should be thankful that this is all I am sad about.  Smile.  So, now I have let this out and maybe I can begin to feel better.  Thank you for bearing with me.

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/13/2020:
You are dealing with a lot Maria....so many things to miss. I know your Mom and your daughter are very important to you and having them at a distance is hard........Who would have ever known how life as we knew it would change.........having to stay away from people that we were used to being close to is difficult...I think we are all feeling these things and trying to imagine when we can get our old lives back or at least some semblance of our old lives. It's good that you can let it out...keeping it in isn't good. (((HUGS)))

Maria7 on 09/13/2020:
Thank you. I needed to read what you wrote to me. Smile.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
I totally understand that this "new COVID life" is very isolating.

With church, can you go to sit in the pews when there isn't a service? So less people or extremely small amount are there and you can pray without all the bodies and extra germs / everyone breathing on you? or is it closed?

maybe, instead of church, there is something you can watch on tv...services that are broadcasted? like the ones in Salt Lake City...?

just wondering, maybe you have already tried these alternatives and do not like them!

maybe there is something special you can do at home for now, with hubby too, prayers together?

Maria7 on 09/14/2020:
HOP, I think what I am missing most in church is the fellowship of being with other believers in a family-type atmosphere, worshiping the Lord together, listening to the sermon being preached together, planning meals to eat together, planning Christmas parties, etc. Mainly the 'togetherness', I think. Hubby and I do pray together daily and I have my morning devotionals and prayer after I get up in the mornings, but for many years, my life was all about being involved in church in different capacities...teaching Sunday School, playing the piano and singing, etc. I keep hearing that the Covid 19 could linger for years and I wonder will things ever be back to the old normal? Thank you for your suggestions. They mean a lot to me, HOP.


Donkey on 09/14/2020:
Funny that you wrote this yesterday, because I was feeling quite a similar way. Most of the time, I'm ok with the "new normal" but yesterday I really felt.... sad? Uncomfortable? Frustrated?

Hard to explain, but your post really did hit home for me. Felt it in my heart.

Maria7 on 09/14/2020:
Thank you, Donkey for your comment to me. Just knowing that I am not alone in this feeling of grieving helps, although I am sad that so many others, including you, are grieving, too. I do thank the Lord for taking care of us all and I do have faith that He is always near and that He knows what is best for all of us. Thanks again. (Smile.)


happy-1 on 09/19/2020:
HUGS!!!! Social isolation, no eating out which is "date time" for connection, watching your mom not always get a phone which is vital to happiness and communication between family members, a daughter deciding to move out of reach during very uncertain times... You've got a few things going. Sharing invites love in. Big hugs.



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 08, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

          For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 Hello to you.

Holding at plateau 153.  I'm actually okay with this for now because I always believe that 'Not gaining IS progress' when on a little plateau.

Today, I went to the Dollar Tree to get a few items and I noticed that their rice which had been 2 pounds for one dollar was sold out and the shelf empty where it had been located.  So, I decided to buy 5 large cans of apple pie filling.  Not to use now but to save in preparedness. You may ask what good are 5 cans of apple pie filling?  Well, those five cans could one day make the difference in your having something to eat or not for a few days, especially if you store white self-rising flour and some cooking oil, too, in which case you could make apple pies and bake in the oven or even you could make apple fritters that you cook on the stove top and enjoy the canned apples even more.  A little sugar and cinnamon go a long way, too in making them even more delicious.  So many people only keep enough to eat for two or three days in their homes.  If for whatever reason they were unable to obtain foods from their local grocery stores for say, a period of weeks or even months, what would they do?  What would YOU do?  Would you go to your neighbors and hope they would have extra to feed you until you could get food?  What if there was a lockdown and they refused to answer their doors?  So many people are totally dependant on grocery stores staying stocked with food.  Trusting that nothing could ever happen to prevent them from their almost daily excursions to the grocery stores to purchase what they have decided they are currently hungry to eat on any given day.  Is this wise?  Think about it.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Here is a link for newbies to advise in getting prepared:  https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/emergency-foods 

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/08/2020:
I 100% agree with your mindset maria!!! What would people do? Is it someone else's responsibility to feed others who haven't prepared? If anyone can not afford to purchase some extra shelf stable food right now then look for local food pantries that can help......right now some require proof of need..and a lot only require proof that you live in that county...and others give food to anyone who shows up to get it...it keeps it out of the dump and rotting in a storehouse somewhere. That would also free you up to spend the money that you would have used to eat that week and put it into pantry staples......We just got another warning on Sept 3rd ( who has not spoken since 2018)...from the Department of Homeland Security...that they are working hard to handle threats to our electrical grid....EMP disasters are sudden and would take down everything electrical......think no lights, no water, no cars with computers, no phones, TV's , home computers, no way to pump gas, and most importantly no way to get food or water...if the electrical grid goes down everything will be closed...then...you survive with what you have. Maria gave a great website....we aren't just trying to scare anyone...we really want everyone to be able to survive that challenge if it happens...and if it doesn't happen...you have some food that can be used at any time. BUT......Maria...I am glad that you continue to prepare for emergencies....I continue also.....I really would hate to think that friends were not also getting some supplies in the house for the same reason....and as moms...we worry about others....(it's our lot in life)...we care about all of our friends and we never want anyone to suffer unnecessarily.....we are always here for each other on the daily ....but unfortunately we can't hand friends food over the computer...so we all need to do that for ourselves.....don't forget..if money is tight...then there are free food pantries to help in almost all communities.....if need be. That food is there to help and much of it will be thrown away if no one takes it.....please take care of yourself guys...and thanks again Maria for the info!!!!!!

Maria7 on 09/09/2020:
You are welcome, BC. But for some people (not any I know on here), the old saying goes that 'You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink'. Smile.


thinkpositive on 09/08/2020:
I find myself keeping a full pantry- lots of soup, pasta, sauce- just in case we get locked down again.

Maria7 on 09/09/2020:
Very smart and wise.


Donkey on 09/09/2020:
My problem is that if I have a full pantry, I end up binge eating out of it. Still, your advice is good. I'll keep trying.

My problem isn't with a full pantry, is it?

Maria7 on 09/09/2020:
Maybe stock items you are not currently tempted to eat.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2020:
nice job thinking about being prepared! lately my fridge is not very full because i'm saving cash...not wanting to spend lots right now!...but you did good as it's the dollar tree! that's the right place to bulk up!

Maria7 on 09/09/2020:
Happy Birthday to you, HOP!


legcramps on 09/09/2020:
My fridge is never full, but I do keep a full pantry of canned items!

Maria7 on 09/09/2020:
Very good. Smart to be prepared.



Maria7 - Monday Sep 07, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

          For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 

Hello to you...

Hoping that you all are well and have been having a nice day. 

I did some figuring and found out that I am currently maintaining 153 by averaging 1500 calories per day..

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/07/2020:
1,500 is maintenance for me too.....and has been for many years....I know I slowed my metabolism many years ago with a 400 calorie a day diet that was actually run by a diet center..


bearcountrygg on 09/08/2020:
The kicker was that looking back now I see that I didn't even need to lose weight...yet they were happy to take my money because I BELIEVED I needed to lose.....it all was more damaging in the long run.

Maria7 on 09/08/2020:
I mistakenly put my comment to your comment below instead of in this box. Smile.


Maria7 on 09/08/2020:
Whether encouragement and support or not from outside sources (but not including DD, of course), ultimately, it is our decision as to whether we stick with it or not, getting to our goals. These days, I have been quite sluggish in getting to mine and I do good to be maintaining 1500 calories per day. Smile.



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 01, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

         For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 

Hello to you...

Hoping that you all are well and have been having a nice day. 

I had a little more yesterday...so weight is slightly up today, but I didn't give in to overeating today.  One day at a time.

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/02/2020:
Sounds like you had a nice day!

Maria7 on 09/02/2020:
Yes, thank you.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/02/2020:
Lately i'm having more in the evenings. not sure why? maybe bc i'm doing these assignments...

anyways, i'm just having more but not excessive either! we are doing good!

Maria7 on 09/02/2020:
Yes. Smile.


legcramps on 09/02/2020:
Have a great week Maria!

Maria7 on 09/02/2020:
Thank you and you, also!


Donkey on 09/02/2020:
Hang in there, Maria!!!



Maria7 - Monday Aug 31, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
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 my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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

 

Hello to you...

Hoping that you all are well and having a nice day. 

It is usually around this weight that I start putting back on what I've lost but I am 'batting down the hatches' and not giving in this time.  It is hard enough to lose weight in the first place and to sabatage progress made makes no sense.  So, yesterday, I had a few more calories than I had been having and that was enough to not see the scale number go down today but at least I am holding steady, so that is good.  Sometimes, "Not gaining IS progress".  Not always, but sometimes....  So, if I just maintain here for a little while, I'll be doing well for the time being.

Have a blessed day. 

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

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2020:
Yes, keep your flow!

that's what holds me to maintain too for long periods...i just HATE having to do it all over again and being at a place where my weight is higher and i'm so uncomfortable!

it's worked for 4 years, this maintenance thing....i hope that with all the life changes, i can keep doing it...like you do!...and continue to lead a maintenance type of lifestyle in the future.

Maria7 on 09/01/2020:
You have really done exceptionally well, as I remember years ago when your weight was higher and yet you managed to get it under control and leveled off and have maintained beautifully.


bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
You are right Maria.......hold on there and make that your new temporary plateau....then...drop some more!!! Good Job!

Maria7 on 09/01/2020:
Yes, I like that phrase...'temporary plateau'...that is where I am currently...You really have to be in the right frame of mind to lose weight. If you deprive yourself too much, you set yourself up for a downfall.


Donkey on 09/01/2020:
Stay strong in your conviction! You're smart to recognize that you're at a vulnerable point. It will serve yourself well to stop any upward incline in numbers NOW.

Maria7 on 09/01/2020:
Yes, Donkey, I surely needed to hear that word 'NOW'...to stop any upward incline in numbers NOW. Amen! Thank you!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 29, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

        For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...

Hoping that you all are well.  I am at 153.0 again today.  Smile. 

I visited Mama at her window today and it was a happy visit.  I got to talk to her over the phone as we looked at each other through the window.  I took her her 'robot cat', that I've been keeping for her for months that she'd grown tired of and sent it home w me before the pandemic.  Now she missed it and told me to bring it back, so I did.  It runs on batteries and it is white and long haired and it does different things, like it purrs, meows, etc.   I also took her an old photo that she'd given to me last year and then she decided she wanted it back.  Picures of her Daddy, her Mama, and herself with her 3 children after our Daddy had passed.  All three photos were in the same little frame, so she was happy to get that, too.  I also took her her usual bag of food that I take to her, too. 

After this, I went to the grocery store with my N95 mask on and plastic gloves, as usual and got a few groceries.   The canned vegetales were pretty sparse and some of them quite high-priced.  Not much rice in the grocery store and what they did have was extra-high-priced.  I bought 25 pounds of self-rising white flour to store.  Good to be able to have bread that you cook at home if for whatever reason you can't get any at the grocery store.  I left the flour in the 5 pound bags they were in, and after got home, I put them in a Home Depot orange bucket to store.  Will be good for years.  Hubby stayed inside the truck and after we got home, he brought the groceries in and I cleaned them and put them away.  I left the flour in each bag it came in and didn't clean the outside as the flour is in paper bags, so I just put the five bags, which total 25 pounds in bucket, left in their bags with tight lid over them.

Some people choose not to be prepared but Hubby and I are not among them.  You never know, especially these days with the pandemic going on and lots of stores closing including grocery stores, prices going up, people becoming unemployed by the millions...I think the news says about 58 million people are unemployed now after another million filed for first time unemployment claims this past week.  Better to be prepared than not prepared.  A little food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and first aid stored is better than nothing.  Try to build your pantry up while you can.  You will never regret it.

Have a blessed day. 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
You know how I agree about the preparing...i am so on board with that.....even if things turn out okay..we can still use that stuff. I'm glad that your Moms visit was better today.....both of you need that connection. Sounds like her robot cat and pictures will help keep her company too. You are a sweetheart maria...I know your Mom appreciates your visits. Is she feeling better now?

Maria7 on 08/29/2020:
Thanks for asking about Mama. No, she was not feeling too good today but she was happy to see me and I to see her, too. Smile.


Donkey on 08/30/2020:
I'm glad that you got to see your mom, but I'm sorry to hear that she wasn't feeling too well. I'm sure that seeing you, though, helped her.

We seem to have a recent shortage of paper towels and cleaning solutions (e.g. Mr. Clean).

Maria7 on 08/30/2020:
In lots of stores around here, there are shortages of cleaning supplies and toiletries, and some foods, too.



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