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Maria7 - Saturday Jan 22, 2005
(Watching calories & staying active)
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Good evening to you! Thanks for your comments, Soon2BThin and SaneJane. Well, night before last, Baby came back home...I was soooo glad. Then yesterday, another thing happened. I had a fall (no I'm not old!!!!). I was going UP some steps, slipped and fell...long story short, after 5 hours doctor and hospital...I think I'll be all right...I believe the Lord had His angels watching out for me. Yes, I AM in pain and hope it's less in the morning so I can be in church to teach our Sunday School class AND play the piano....we'll see...I'm just trusting the Lord as always and may His Will be done.

Well, it's supposed to get VERY cold tonight and tomorrow...I think we might possibly get some ICE here..., calling for rain, though...but low supposed to be 28 fahrenheit in the morning with wind chill (supposed to be very windy) much lower...so I guess it's how the rain is timed with the temperature, so wait and see...the tv says north of here SNOW...LOTS of SNOW....stay warm, everyone!

Well, I'm going to read some entries....remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (Smile!)

Maria7 - Friday Jan 21, 2005
Weight: 0.0

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

Hello to all of you! Good news! Baby came back last night! Thank you, Jesus, and also, thanks to each of you that prayed, for your prayers! I had the back porch light on, hoping that if she was lost, she'd see it and come back. I'd called her off and on and finally, I decided I'd call her one more time last night and it was about 8:30 pm eastern standard time...I called out, "Babyyyyyyyyy!!!!!" a time or two and I heard something running through the woods at a very fast rate of speed...I'd never heard her run that fast before and I wondered if it was her headed in the direction of the back deck...But I just stood there and saw a familiar gray 'flash' run up the steps, onto the deck, straight to me...it was Baby! She seemed to be okay and VERY hungry...I fixed her some warm cream mixed with a little water (in case of dehydration) and opened a can of salmon (I usually feed her dry catfood that comes in a bag but I wanted to make sure she was okay and feed her the best I had to give her) and put some of that in the bowl with the cream and she 'wolfed' most of it down, she let me pet her a while, then she was ready to go out and when I tried to talk her into staying in, she insisted I let her back out, so I got a box and put an old sheet in it and set it on the back deck and beside that I set beside the box her bowl that still had some salmon left in it...I really didn't want to put her back out, but she has 'panic attacks' if I keep her in past her 'comfort level' (she doesn't like coming inside as her wild mother that abandoned her trained her to be afraid and she's only comfortable living in the woods). So, I was sooooooo relieved she's okay and I thank you for your prayers!

Well, it is sunny and cold (30's) today, supposed to get up into the 40's or maybe up to 50, according to the tv.

A special thank you to Umpqua and Stringbean for your encouraging comments about Baby.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile)

Soon2BThin on 01/21/2005:
I'm so glad you found Baby and she is safe. I hadn't read your earlier entry so didn't know about her. But I went back and read it and now I'm all caught up. It sounds like you're doing well with the weightloss. Have a good weekend.

SaneJane on 01/22/2005:
I'm so happy that you got your cat back! Lint, one of my four cats went for a little walk about in the fall for 10 days. She came back with so many burrs stuck in her long hair. She's one to leave for a few days on "mousing expeditions", but I admit I was a little worried after a few days. God does watch over lost cats! She's staying pretty close to hame these days because it's -40C out there!

Maria7 - Thursday Jan 20, 2005
Weight: 0.0

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... John 11:25, 26

Good evening to you! Hope you are having a blessed day!

I am now back to where I was weightwise Dec. 4th...when I was 'down 7'....then I stress-ate back up and now I'm back down to that weight again....I started to put the number in but I've decided to wait a little while longer....

Anyway today's news is I haven't seen 'my' cat for 2 days now...Actually she lives in the woods behind our home and comes 2 or 3 times a day for feeding and petting...but I've taken care of her for over a year now...a wild cat was her mother and abandoned her when she was a few months old...Her name is 'Baby'..Hubby and I named her and Hubby tamed her but she sort of became 'my' cat since I've been the one who takes care of her and pets her. I was actually brave enough to go into the woods behind our place hunting for her today...I thought I'd heard her way back there crying...so I braved possible spiders and snakes to try to find her...no go. It also looked like 3 'vultures' circling over the woods but I couldn't go but so far into the woods looking for her because of the thick brush....I really love her, so I ask all Christians to please pray for her, that I will find her and that she's okay.

This is all for now...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria

stringbean on 01/20/2005:
I hope your cat comes back soon!


Umpqua on 01/20/2005:
My thoughts are with you and your cat. We've had below freezing temps in the single digits here for the last few days. A few of the many stray cats here in the city like to camp out in our garage, so I left a blanket and some food and water for the past few days. I can't really afford to "adopt" these cats, but I couldn't very well turn my back on them during times like these. It was really uplifting to see them hanging around the garage today when I went out there. I hope you find your cat soon!

Maria7 - Sunday Jan 16, 2005
(Maintaining today.....smile!....)
Weight: 0.0

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

Thank you for your comment, Umpqua!

Well, I hoped that the 1700 cals yesterday would mean a 'maintain' today and it did! So, today is another maintain day...I figure weekends should be maintain days (eat more, hehehe!)

Today's food has been:

Breakfast: 1 plain brown bread toast, 1 banana, 1 decaf coffee with creamer only, and 1 caffeinated diet pepsi.

Lunch (buffet): (Approximate measures) 1 cup rice, 2 tbs. gravy, 1/4 cup beef, 1/2 cup candied sweet potatoes, 1 cup peaches, 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup fried chicken minus skin, 1/2 cup diced bell peppers and 1/2 cup diced tomatoes. 1 diet pepsi.

Snack: Decaf coffee with creamer only.

Total so far: About 1400 calories.

Supper: Lite pimento cheese sandwich with brown bread, 1 banana, 1 caffeinated diet pepsi.

Total for day: Aiming for around 1700 calories.

Exercise: Playing the piano in church and singing with our praise team for about 1/2 hour each of two services.

Have a great day and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Umpqua on 01/17/2005:
There are different approaches to pilates, but it mainly focuses on strength training and toning. You focus on keeping "your core" firm - deriving strength from the stomach area to allow your limbs to do the exercises. I really like it - I never got into aerobics with all the jumping around. Pilates incorporates a lot of basic yoga positions as well, it's great for improving your flexibility.

My favorite tapes/DVDs are from Jennifer Kries. You can get more info on her here: http://jenniferkries.com

Maria7 - Saturday Jan 15, 2005
(On the wagon.....)
Weight: 0.0

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

Got up this morning and scale read 'down 2'....wow...but I 'felt' it last night...have you ever done that?????... 'Felt' it before you saw confirmation on the scale the next day???? Weird, huh???

Anyway, today has been an 'ok' eating-wise day..although I DID go to BK and got Hubby and me a Whopper and small fries for him and small onion rings for me...but my total calories were 1700 (give or take) today which is mostly a 'maintain' for me...I've not given in to any snacks tonight, though popcorn and a candy bar are in the kitchen....

Hubby and I plan, Lord willing, to eat out buffet after church tomorrow, so I don't need a snack anyway, hehehe....

Hope you've had a great day today...it is COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! here in S.C....finally has changed from the 70's to high of about 50 or so...but tonight I think it's around 30 or so (fahrenheit)....COLD!!!

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (Smile!)

Umpqua on 01/16/2005:
I know what you mean about "feeling" the loss before actually seeing it on the scale. I can pretty much guess what the scale will say based on what I've eaten but also just on how my body feels on a particular morning. If my weight is down I do think I feel lighter all around. Congrats on your loss and good for you for showing restraint at BK! That place is my favorite of all the fast food joints, and I used to go there a minimum of once a week when I was at my peak weight. Even now I would have had to order my own meal, I don't think sharing would have been enough for me.

Maria7 - Friday Jan 14, 2005
(It must have been salt....)
Weight: 0.0

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

Okay....down 1 again...it must have been salt as for the 'up 2' yesterday on the scale, even though I was 'naughty', eating lots of fast food the day before and also yesterday...cause this morning, the scale read down 1...so I've been 'good' today...

This has been my menu: Breakfast: 1/2 cup coffee with creamer, 1 banana

Lunch: 1 poached-done egg, 1 brown bread toast plain, 1 diet pepsi

Snack: 1 20-calorie fatfree Oscar Meyer bologna, 1 teaspoon lowfat mayo, with 2 pieces brown bread, also 1/2 apple, 1 diet pepsi.

Snack: 2 cookies, 210 calories for both, 1 diet pepsi.

Supper: 3 baked chicken legs minus skin, 3/4 cup rice, 1 tablespoon chicken grease on the rice, and 3/4 cup green peas, 1 diet pepsi.

Water: 1 large glass water.

Total: about 1300 calories. Exercise: WENT TO THE GYM...yes, I did!!!, hehehe!!!...walked and worked out about 20 minutes.

That's not counting house-cleaning and running errands today.

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!) Thanks to Feeleebubs and Runner for your comments!

SaneJane on 01/15/2005:
You went to the gym! Good for you! I work out at home, myself. Everyday, everyday! Hey, did you know that Leslie Sansone has a walk away the lbs tape with Christian music? It's supposed to be pretty inspiring. Take care! Remember, your body is a temple!

Maria7 - Thursday Jan 13, 2005
(Fast Foods......)
Weight: 0.0

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

Well, today I gave in to fast foods temptation and not just today but yesterday as well and the 2 I was down, I have now found again....oh well...not gaining is progress. At least I had 2 days of 'down 1' each day to be back to where I started today....

How's everything with you? We've been having gorgeous warm sunny weather in the 70's for days here in S.C. and this afternoon it started raining and now Hubby announces to me that there are already 2 tornado warnings in S.C....so here we are, trusting the Lord as always to take care of us and He always has and always will, whether we are here in this world or in heaven with Him. We won't always be in this world anyway, so why worry about it? Our real home is with the Lord.

I was over in the next town over yesterday and it had been 2 or 3 hours since I'd eaten a light breakfast and I was hungry and all I'd brought with me was a banana and that was gone and here I went to Chick Filet and got a chicken sandwich and a brownie (yes, brownie!!!!!!!)...oh it was all so good...then I came home and ate even more...so the scale was up this morning...Then today I just 'had' to have ice cream and went to McD's and got a soft serve cone of vanilla ice cream AND>>>>>>> a chocolate sundae, too......and an apple pie.....yes I did. I've been eating lots of fruit to try to curtail the sweets cravings, but it's not working...today I had 2 bananas, an apple, 4 strawberries, and an orange and STILL craved sweets!!! It's like my appetite says 'oh yes, you WILL be this certain weight/size!' (But I'm still down about 45 pounds or so from my highest, so I'm glad it's not more.) Maybe one day I'll put my weight back in...maybe this month...

Anyway, hope you all have a nice night and I guess I will browse and read some. Remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

feeleebubs on 01/13/2005:
South Carolina sounds like such a beautiful place. I just went to N.C> over New Years weekend. It was so nice. Our weather here in Chicago leaves much to be desired. I've been craving sweets a lot lately...ice cream to be exact. I want Ice Cream 24/7. I can relate to your sweets binge at Mc Donalds. They make it too easy lol

Runner on 01/14/2005:
I think fruit only increases my sweet tooth. (Fruit still has a lot of sugar, even if it is natural).

I've learned that low-fat protein helps curb those cravings better than anything else. Do you eat enough protein? If you eat a lot of carbs, you will crave carbs...especially sugar carbs! I've learned that the hard way!

McD's hot fudge sundaes are one of my biggest tempations. I rarely order one, because they just set me off on a sugar-binge. If I do get one, I split it with my hubby.

Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 11, 2005
Weight: 0.0

Thanks for the encouragement, SaneJane and Soon to be Thin. From yesterday, I'm down 1 today...so that is encouraging and the tape measure confirmed what the scale said yesterday...you see...I don't always take the scale's 'word' for it, I measure, too.

So...today I'm standing and waiting in the grocery line with my bananas and grapes and my Hubby's sausage and I read that beans are high in protein and fill you up and good for you, too...so I go to the beans isle...I got Bush baked beans, the fatfree vegetarian kind (no I'm not only a vegetarian, I eat some meats)...came home and heated up some in the microwave...I'm on my second helping ( southern language)...I mean serving. It seems like I've been craving this. Very good and filling....we'll see.....high in fiber (6 grams/serve and protein 6 grams/serving also). I know...it has a little sweetener added...don't tell anybody! (hehehe!) Here's been my menu today so far: Breakfast: 1/2 banana and splenda sweetened coffee

Brunch: 1/2 banana, 1 poached done egg and 1 plain brown bread toast, also splenda-sweetened tea.

Snack: 1 large apple.

Snack: 2 servings Bush baked fatfree vegetarian beans, 10 grapes, 1/4 cup peas/carrots, nothing added, splenda-sweetened tea.

Total so far: About 900 calories.

I also walked about 30 minutes.

So...I'm trying.

Remember, today is the day of salvation, Jesus loves you, and if you're not saved, repent of your sins, ask His forgiveness, believe on He Who took your place on the cross and live your life for Him beginning today. Read the Bible and apply it to your daily living.

Have a great day!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Soon2BThin on 01/11/2005:
Great job! You're doing so well! Funny, I just used the Bush's Chili Magic and made chili for lunch. Yes, I'm a lazy cook. But it's really good. I only used a quarter pound of lean hamburger with it and it totally filled me up. All that fiber is great! If you haven't seen the Chili Magic, you only have to mix a can of tomatoes and ground beef with it and it's really good. I know I couldn't make it better from scratch. So, anyway, I'm working on it today too. Good luck to us, heh.

Runner on 01/11/2005:
OH, I LOVE baked beans! They're great...and good for you! I'm glad you're enjoying them, too!

Take care, my sister in Christ! :)

Maria7 - Monday Jan 10, 2005
Weight: 0.0

Okay...so maybe no one read this yesterday, since no comments...why do I write anyway????? I could just as well write an offline diary. But I think there may be some people who are not 'signed on' to DD, who come here just to browse and read...what if something I write is of help to them????? Oh, well.

Today, I did better........I think. Though the scale didn't agree this morning...but that was a result of yesterday's stress-eating. I did stress eat one time today...I ate a popsicle, 150 cals. I wasn't hungry for it, I was at someone's house, they were stressed and after listening to them, I got stressed, too and ate the offered popsicle. Back at home this afternoon, I found my stash of chocolate covered almonds...I'd already eaten most of the almonds and some of the chocolate last night...I finished the almonds and allowed myself a little of the chocolate and the rest went out...it's gone. I've done okay today, about 1200 cals, I guess. I'd planned to go to the gym, but instead did some chores for my Mother, so I guess that was just as good.

It has been unseasonably warm (not complaining) here in S.C., (70's fahrenheit and sunny) this week, so Hubby and I grilled out barbequed chicken this afternoon. It was so good...there is just something about the taste of 'cooked-outside' food...it tastes BETTER to us.

Well, this is all for now...gonna browse and read a while.

Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria

SaneJane on 01/10/2005:
Hi Maria! I actually didn't read yesterdays's entry until just now. I too like to crunch and munch. For some reason I love to absentmindedly eat foods with my fingers. Soooo... what I find helps me is being aware of everthing that I eat. I ask myself, "Will this food help or harm my body?". Because you're a Christian you might want to find some scripture to recite. I dunno.. something about the body being a temple or the sin of gluttony. Let me know if you can think of any that work! Take care!


Soon2BThin on 01/10/2005:
Sorry I missed your entry yesterday. Sometimes it's nice to know someone else is in the same boat. But you've always done so well. I'm sure you'll get through this. I just kept telling myself all day, over and over, it must be muscle weight, it HAS to be. Haha! But the day hasn't been too good on the food thing. Just what you said, stress eating! I hope we both have better days tomorrow.

Maria7 - Sunday Jan 09, 2005
Weight: 0.0

Happy New Year to everyone (belated greeting).

As for me...I continue to gain weight through stress eating....I think that's what it's called....even if I go work out at the gym, within a day or two, I make up for it through overeating...

Stress....you know...it just makes you want to first stuff yourself for comfort...ice cream, candy...high glycemic carbs...you know the deal...you just want to comfort yourself with the sugar overload from carbs...then...anger....you want to CRUNCH some food...nuts, popcorn...crunchy foods...and you crunch and crunch and crunch until the anger subsides for a while...so that's what I've been doing, I confess and I've been gaining weight doing this....so what do you think? hehehehe!

I do things to distract myself, but I always seem to come back to the comfort and crunchy foods and overeat them...so I've been 'fluffing back up'....(not funny)....

I think I don't speak my mind enough...'Miss Nice'....I think I'm taken for being passive...yep, that's it...'Miss Nice Passive'...WHY DO I DO THIS???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I believe in being assertive, but I worry over hurting other's feelings...so lots of times I want to say something and I say nothing....though 'they' (interpretation of this 'they' means the ones who I stress-eat concerning) REALLY do not care about how I feel!!!!!!!

So...what do I do???? I say nothing and I stress-eat....high carb, sweet, soft comfort foods AND salty, crunchy foods....now you may say...get some celery and have that for crunchy foods...(it is in the fridge UNTOUCHED)...and get some low calorie comfort foods....nope...doesn't work...only stuff like ice cream, candy, and nuts and popcorn....so...I've been gaining weight.

I need to get my RESOLVE back...MOTIVATED...where is it at???? Where did it go????

Love, Maria

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