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Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 28, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 153.0

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

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

 

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Hello to you.  

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

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

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

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

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 27, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 153.0

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

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

 

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

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

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

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

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

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

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

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

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


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

Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
Thank you.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Maria7 - Monday Apr 26, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 154.0

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

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

 

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

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

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

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

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

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
Thanks!



Maria7 - Sunday Apr 25, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 155.0

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

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

 

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

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

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

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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



Maria7 - Saturday Apr 24, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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

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

 

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

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I am still here on Island 154.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

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

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

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.


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

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


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

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


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

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Friday Apr 23, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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

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

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I arrived back on Island 154 this morning. 

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

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

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

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


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

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



Maria7 - Thursday Apr 22, 2021
(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

 

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

 

 

 

Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is back in her old, familiar room at the nursing home, having completed 10 days in isolation in the Covid Unit and so was moved back this morning.  I visited her at her window, as I do most days, and she seemed better.  Thank you for your prayers.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I arrived back on Island 155 this morning.  I was surprised and happy.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Hopefully that’ll make her feel better & eat more & take her meds

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you. I sure do hope so. She seemed better today. Smile!


bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I'm sure you are both relieved that she is back in her room....it must be awfully confusing for her...hopefully now she will eat.

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
She felt completely lost, abandoned, and scared in that huge room all alone, except for the workers in and out sometimes, for 10 days. Lost her appetite, got extremely depressed. Thanks to the Lord, she made it through that. She still seems not quite sure she is really back in her old room and today as I stood outside her window, looking through the glass at her and talking with her over the phone, I pointed out familiar things in her side of the room, to try to reassure her of where she was, telling her she was "back home" again.


Donkey on 04/23/2021:
I'm so glad to hear that your mom is back in her room. That's really good news!

Maria7 on 04/23/2021:
Yes, it is. Thank the Lord. Hoping you are having a good day. Smiles.



Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 21, 2021
(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

 

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

 

 

 

Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is still in an isolation Covid unit at the nursing home. Maybe tomorrow she gets to go back to her regular room.  She's been refusing meds again.  Thank you for your continued prayers for her.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I am still here on Island 156.  I want to do better, but so much stress going on, I am doing well to be maintaining for now.

 

 

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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!

Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Too bad your mom’s refusing meds. Can they mix them with her food? Or bribe her someway?

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Doubt it as she not eating much but good idea.


bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
You are doing well maintaining will all of the stress......Hopefully they will move your Mom back to her regular room so she will be happier.


Donkey on 04/22/2021:
Please let us know if your mom is able to go back to her room. (((hugs)))

Yep, sometimes when life gets too stressful, it's best just to maintain for a while. You wouldn't take your canoe on rough waters, right?

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Yes, she was put in her old room this morning. Thanks! Have a blessed day.


KathyBlue on 04/22/2021:
Hey Maria, oh stressful times... I hope it gets better for you very soon, I have you and your mom in my thoughts. Jacky's suggestion sounds valid, how about mixing the meds with her food or something. It's difficult to force adults (even children!) to do these things.

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you, Kathy. She seems better today. Hope you are having a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2021:
Great job on your maintenance despite the stresses about your mom. Wishing her continued strength <3

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Depending on the medication, they may have long acting injectables as a last resort Just discussed that with a doctor this morning



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 20, 2021
(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

 

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

 

 

 

Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is still in an isolation Covid unit at the nursing home.  I have been visiting her at her window most days.  She went through a rough couple or 3 days, got down to her refusing all meds, food, even water...But the Lord helped her and she got better.  I did get to see her from a distance (her bed is 3 beds away from the window) on her 90th birthday this past Friday and sang happy birthday to her but the phone was not allowed for her to use that day so we could talk over it.  She has had no fever but I think she has lost more weight during her isolation with her having very little she has eaten.  They have been keeping the door closed and she is alone in that big room and wants to go back to her regular room...hopefully they will let her tomorrow.  Thank you for your continued prayers for her.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I have been rowing back to islands I passed and now I am back at Island 156.  Hubby took me to Urgent Care this morning...sinuses and ear symptoms.

 

 

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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!

Jacky82020 on 04/20/2021:
Hope you and yours are having a terrific day!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
I'm so happy to hear that your Mom is doing better ...but sad to hear you aren't feeling your best...hope you feel better soon Maria.

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 04/21/2021:
I've been thinking about your mom for the past several days, wondering how she has been doing. I'm so glad that you posted an update. I'm happy to hear that she has improved somewhat, even if she remains in isolation for now.

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Thank you.


horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
sometimes the elderly kind of know when they want to stop / refuse food and we do not understand...it's as if their body just knows. not really what i should write to you, but, i have had experience when both my grandparents who lived to 96/97 yrs old on my dad's side just didn't want to eat much anymore. it is a struggle for us, their family, to see the process happen.

my grandma had a feeding tube put in, which lasted her a long time, gave her many years of life but unfortunately - her mental capacity went downhill and it's a debate many times what to do with elderly who do not want to eat - and what their Will says on how they'd like to live out their former years.

i am not at all judging your mom / care - i am just relaying an experience in my family.

of course, i wish for your mom to feel better and get stronger...god decides! :)

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Thank you so much for sharing that. It helps a lot, HOP.



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 13, 2021
(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

 

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

 

 

 

Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is currently in an isolation unit at the nursing home after testing positive twice for Covid yesterday.  Please pray for her.  Her 90th birthday is Friday.  

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I rowed myself back to Island 155.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

Jacky82020 on 04/13/2021:
Maria, hope you and yours are doing great!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 04/14/2021:
Praying for your momma. Is she feeling OK ? I'm guessing she has some symptoms, if they've tested her?

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Loss of appetite mainly. Thank you for your prayers for her.


horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2021:
Do you know if there was a recent uptick in cases in the nursing home? I am very sorry your mama has tested positive. She's lucky to have you, always checking in on her.

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Yes...2 employees tested positive, too. And thank you for the compliment. Hope you are having a good day.


bearcountrygg on 04/15/2021:
Prayers and blessings to you and your mama Maria....Hope she is doing okay!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.



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