- Sunday Feb 18, 2001
Hello, everyone! Hope you are all doing well. It is sunny and cold here in South Carolina. At church this morning, two missionaries (husband and wife) from Africa were there to visit. The husband gave the message. He told about the great need for food in Africa and said that the unemployment rate is high and people (a lot of whom are sick) send their children out begging bread and will not let them return home without food or money to get food. He told about the AIDS epidemic and said 2000 AIDS victims die each week in Africa. He talked about a little 4 year old boy, who spoke English well, asking him for something to eat and drink, saying he wasn't allowed to go back home unless he brought food or money back with him. While I listened, I thought about how rich our country is and how we struggle day to day to not OVEREAT while other countries and even some in our country, too, struggle each day just to have SOMETHING to eat. We, who have more are to reach out and share what we have with those who are in need. Jesus said, "As you do it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you do it unto me." So, if we see an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else's life, to help them, let us gladly do it. There are many opportunities. Hubby and I walked again yesterday, the usual little over a mile. We're not walking more yet, but I notice that we are walking faster. I read a book last night about a very low-fat, vegetarian diet and am thinking about it, though I don't know if I would do a totally veggie one. There was so much said about hormones, antibiotics, mad cow disease and others. My Hubby just has the attitude of 'Don't get picky. It's always one thing after another, anyway. Eat and don't worry.' But I think I am going to try doing a more low-fat, carby diet for a few days and see how it goes...so today's menu is: Breakfast: small pancake, 1/4 cup lite fat-free syrup, sliced banana on top, decaf tea and coffee. Lunch: bowl of fat-free vegetable soup and dozen fat-free saltines, tea. Afternoon snack: banana and 4 cups air-popped popcorn. Supper: String beans with potatoes, fat-free cornbread, and tea. Add to this at least 64 ounces water and walking. Have a great day! :)
- Saturday Feb 17, 2001
Good morning, everyone! Today is another lovely, sunny, warm (though breezy) day in South Carolina. I awakened at 3:30 a.m. this morning to very loud, crashing sounds of thunder. The bedroom would light up with each sharp lightning flash and then there would be the loud thunder. It was a dry thunderstorm. Finally I drifted back to sleep, only to be awakened a second time by a fierce windstorm at 5:30 a.m. This storm had rain and light debris was blowing against the back of our house. I fell back asleep again. When I awoke the third time, it was about 7:00 a.m., and the sun was shining and the storms and rain were gone. So, it turned out to be a beautiful day after all. Hubby and I went to the flew market this morning. I bought about a dozen or more diet books at a used-books store there. All for $21.00. Hubby wanted to eat out buffet for lunch, his favorite, so we did. Menu for today is/was: Breakfast: coffee only, saving calories for buffet lunch. Lunch: ate all of today's calories at this lunch, about 1500 calories...I had: decaf sugared soft drink, because they didn't have anything decaf there, so I took my own drink, fried chicken breast WITH skin, half serving rice&gravy, half serving corn, less than half serving macaroni and cheese, half serving peas, half serving greens, 2 large servings peach cobbler, (but only ate the peaches), 1/2 slice sweet potato pie, a slice of coconut pie, but not the bread and crust, half serving banana pudding, but only ate the bananas out of it. Supper: none because ate all my calories for today at lunch. I've already drunk half of my water for today, aiming for 100 ounces of water. Exercise: walk fast 2 miles. I remember in 1998, weighing 205 pounds and wearing size 22 jeans, I barely could do 5 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Even going to the library, I had to PULL myself up the steps by the rails. But now, wearing size 8 jeans, weighing 145 and exercising almost every day, there is an added bonus besides losing the weight, it is the bonus of added STRENGTH. Now walking and even toting something while I walk is easy. Climbing the steps at the library is something done quickly and easily. Exercise makes a BIG difference! All of you have a great day and I love reading your journals! :)
- Friday Feb 16, 2001
Good morning, everyone! Bright, sunny, warm day here in South Carolina. It is currently 64 degrees fahrenheit and forecasted high is 80 for today. I've already thrown some bread out for the birds and the squirrels, but don't see any takers yet. Maybe they're sleeping in. Hubby and I had another good walk last night. I asked him about us walking double our distance, but he didn't want to, so we walked our usual little over a mile distance. It was a beautiful night for walking. We always walk holding hands. It was a clear starlit night. Crickets were chirping as we walked along and you could hear dogs barking in the distance. You could also hear traffic on a highway not too far from where we live. When we got back home, we walked out on the back deck and as I looked up at the nightsky, I saw what may have been an asteroid for about 3 seconds, a bright white light with a little tail and then it vanished. I reclined in a lounge chair on the back deck and looked up at the sky and all the beautiful stars overhead. My Hubby was out there with me and we heard something, a sound coming from the woods behind our house. It was a hoot owl. What a loud, low sound it made. "Whoo! who-who-Whoo!" That is the sound it made and it was almost like the owl was singing it. My menu for yesterday was updated last night on yesterday's journal entry. Menu for today is: Breakfast: lettuce and mayonaise sandwich, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Snack: banana. Lunch: 2 mackerel patties, grits, tea. Snack: popcorn and tea or small pack nekot cookies, banana, and tea. Supper: Grilled out barbequed chicken, string beans and tea. Lots of water and walk again. May work out on home gym as well. I hope all of you have a wonderful day and I will enjoy reading your journals! :)
- Thursday Feb 15, 2001
Good morning, everyone! Beautiful, sunny day here in South Carolina! Currently 62 degrees fahrenheit, forecasted high is 75-80. I think springtime has arrived early! I looked out the window and 3 squirrels were having breakfast from the bread I threw out earlier. I also threw out some birdseed for the birds. This will be a short one because I have lots to do today, but I will be checking back in off and on and reading your journals. You are all doing so well! Have a great day! :)
Update.....7:20pm: Menu for today was: Breakfast: banana, 1/2 cup mixed nuts, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Lunch: tuna/egg salad, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Afternoon snack: small box raisins. Supper: Banana, more mixed nuts, sliced peaches, decaf coffee. I didn't get in as much water today but Hubby and I took our walk (a little over a mile) tonight and the stars overhead were lovely as we walked, holding hands (we always do), and you could hear the crickets chirping as we walked along. It was nice, the weather warm, clear starlit nightsky.
- Wednesday Feb 14, 2001
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYBODY!!!!!Cloudy, warm day here in South Carolina this morning. The happiest thing about Valentine's Day to me is that when I think about love, I think about the love that Jesus has for each of us, so much that He gave His life and shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins so that all who believe in Him are given the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). What a precious gift of love He gives to all who receive Him and invite Him into their hearts. The gift of salvation. I thank Him for saving me. I walked to the mailbox and the birds were singing overhead in the trees. What beautiful sounds they make! All sorts of different sounds and all in harmony! And God created them all! :) Well, I didn't do too bad with yesterday's menu. I went to a supper at a meeting last night and while I watched others eat plates full of rich foods and cherry cobbler ice cream deserts and chocolate pudding with whipped cream deserts, I only had a fried chicken leg and wing (without skin), a small salad, string beans, and a thin small slice of ham. I thought about those deserts....but I also thought about my size 8 jeans, ha, ha! :) And, I guess you know which one won. So I just sat there, enjoying my low-carb, low calorie supper and watched others eat lots of food that looked very tempting. My reward was I am the same weight, 145, this morning when I got on the scale. Yesterday for breakfast I had a bowl of turkey vegetable soup, also had the same for lunch, followed by an afternoon snack of a small pack of nekot cookies and a banana. So, I had plenty to eat, it's just so tempting when you see others eating lots of fancy goodies and you know you could, too, but you DON'T. I've been reading your journals and you all are doing so great! Have a happy day, all of you! :)
- Tuesday Feb 13, 2001
Good morning, everybody! It is a cloudy, cold morning here in South Carolina. I threw some bread out for the birds and sitting here at the computer, I look out the window and there are 3 bluebirds eating it. They fly from the woods to the tree limbs over the bread on the ground, they each pick up a little piece of bread and fly back to the woods...I guess maybe they are taking it to their nests or their babies. Usually they pick it up and fly back to the tree limbs and eat it there while I watch them, but not this morning. Here comes another one...he just flew to the tree limbs, down to get a piece of bread and away he went. In the meantime, a squirrel is slowly making his way to the bread. I love to watch birds and squirrels (and rabbits, too, though they seldom come out of the woods). Well, Hubby and I didn't get to walk together last night because it was still raining and cold, so I walked on the treadmill...not as much fun, but gets the job done... I'm not sure about today's menu....a bluebird without the plummage on top of its head just arrived, got bread and flew back to the woods...I think this was a female... as I was saying, I'm not sure about today's menu because of a meeting tonight that serves supper and I am going to try to conserve calories for that...so I will be eating light today. The soup I made yesterday is 'Low Carb, Low Fat Turkey Vegetable Soup'...I listed it in our recipes here at DD. It was real good and I ate 3 bowls of it last night. YUM! I will probably be finishing it this morning (another bowl or two is left.) I hope you all have a great day and I will look forward to reading each of your journals!
- Monday Feb 12, 2001
Good Monday morning, everybody! Rainy, cold day here in South Carolina. Also we are currently under a weather advisery that we may get ice! YES! Winter Wonderland! I LOVE icicles! I love to see them hanging from the trees! But, I do NOT like to go outside when it ices...I'd rather stay inside. Anyway, where I am, we've not had any snow or ice this season. So, presently it is raining and coooolllldddd! (35 degrees farenheit). Well, take a look to left...another drop (though not a lot) this morning. I think the sugared soft drinks were holding me back. So, they are gone bye-bye now and I am only drinking water, decaf tea, and decaf coffee. It's making a difference. Hubby and I walked again last night before we went to church. It was cold and he was not enthused about walking, but we went anyway and it was a nice walk. Funny, how you notice things you never paid any attention to before when you are walking in your neighborhood, like mailboxes and....dogs. Only one loose last night and he looked like a big, tired old hound dog...he had big,long, floppy ears and droopy eyes and came walking up right behind me. I just looked at him and said, "Hello, Droopy!" and kept walking. He just stopped in his tracks and stared. Hubby and I were also looking up at birds (doves) perched on the lines over us as we walked, too. So much to see. We walked fast, a little over a mile. I see I'm not the only one who likes to grill out. A neighbor was putting steaks (big ones) on her grill. We saw a lot of neighbors that we waved and spoke to as we walked. Well, on this rainy, cold day, menu is: Breakfast: pack nekot cookies, coffee, tea, 1/2 banana. Lunch: 2 grilled, skinless barbequed chicken legs and 1 cup string beans, tea. Supper: Homemade soup, tea, coffee. Yes, Pastagal and MostlyIdle and Breakaway, you've all got me into the soup mood, with your recipes and talking about soup! YUM! I will probably be doing treadmill today unless the rain stops long enough for Hubby and me to walk together again. Lots of water! Have a great day, all of you! :)
- Sunday Feb 11, 2001
Good morning, everybody! It's SUNDAY! Yeaaa! Get to go to church! :) I am fixing to get ready to go to Sunday School and Preaching. This is the best news of the day. Also, some more good news.....look at the number to the left.....:)....plateau is gone again....the scale moved. :) I got off and on the scale three times to make sure it was true and it is. Hubby and I had another great walk last night. Thanks for your advice about the loose dogs...there were 5 loose last night and I had on my boots instead of walking shoes. (More coverage.) And sure enough, one was yipping at my heels as we walked by his place. Well, it is a beautiful morning here in South Carolina...sunny and cool. Menu for today is: Breakfast: coffee, 1/2 banana, pack nekot cookies, tea. (Trying to say bye-bye to the sugared soft drinks and already seeing a difference.) Lunch: Barbequed grilled chicken (I grilled out enough yesterday for today, too), string beans, iced tea. Supper: Barbequed grilled chicken, string beans, iced tea. (Yes, repeat of lunch.) Lots of water and walking. Have a great day!
- Saturday Feb 10, 2001
Hello, everybody! Hope you are all having a great Saturday! The weather here in South Carolina today is warm, 64 degrees farenheit, and sunny, though it was cloudy this morning and drizzled light rain for a little while. I threw some bread and birdseed out for the squirrels and birds earlier and watched through the window as they came and ate. I'm still at 147 weightwise, but working on eliminating some of the sugared soft drinks I've been drinking, although I did drink about 8 ounces of one at breakfast this morning. So, today's menu is: Breakfast: 1/2 banana, 1 pack of nekot cookies (working on them, too, not to eat as many), 8 ounces caffeine-free sugared soft drink. Lunch: decaf tea and something light. Supper: grilled barbequed chicken, string beans, tea, coffee. Hubby and I had another good walk together last night after supper. We walked over a mile. It felt so great to be outside and as we were walking, it got dark and you could see the stars overhead, so beautiful. I see some neighbors have got some new dogs and are letting them run loose and they protected their turf real well as we walked by them. They like to come up behind your feet and legs as you walk, snarling and growling while they are barking, but we just keep on walking along. Well, looks like another lovely afternoon to grill out on the back deck. Remember your water today. I do my best to get in at least 64 ounces per day and more if I can. Well, it is time for a coffee break and read your journals! Have a great day! :)
- Friday Feb 09, 2001
Hello, everybody! Another beautiful, very warm, sunny day here in South Carolina! I've been pretty busy this morning, doing some extra studying in the Bible. So many things to learn in God's Word. So many comforting passages there, too. I really love Psalms 91 and Psalms 46. This afternoon I will be out paying bills. The cookies that I was asked about that I like to eat are nekot peanut butter cookies, about 200 calories a little snack pack of 6. They are sooooo good, only thing is, I think I am eating too many of them as to why I'm on another plateau. Mugg really gave a great formula yesterday about how to get to goalweight. She has really got her mathematics down pat. Her formula makes a lot of sense. While I am out paying bills, think I will do some visiting, too. I love visiting people. Menu for today: Breakfast: tuna/egg salad mixed with lettuce, celery, onions, and a teaspoon of ff 10cal mayonaise. 8 ounces decaf soft drink. (Another thing I am going to try to reduce is soft drinks. I don't drink diet soft drinks anymore because of what I've read on the internet, so I am wasting food calories drinking sugared soft drinks.) Lunch: Coffee, tea, and maybe soup and crackers. Supper: Grilled out (you all know where to find me....on the back deck grilling out! :))turkeyburger patty (no buns), ketchup, mustard, onions, and green string beans, iced tea. Hubby and I had a good walk last night, we walked a little over a mile and I am going to ask him to walk with me again tonight. Also, I may do treadmill, too, with weights. Lots of water! All of you have a great day!