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Maria7 - Thursday Dec 02, 2004
Weight: 0.0

Ok....the 3 the scale 'laughed' about yesterday morning are gone today...Measurements are down a little, too.

Today was about 1000 cals. Bk: 3/4 chicken corndog, 1 mug decaf coffee with creamer and splenda

Lun: 1 pk reduced fat cheese/peanut butter crackers, 1 caf diet pepsi


Sup: Grilled double cheese sandwich with brown bread, with margerine 2 mugs 35 cal. with marshmellow hot cocoa

Also: 16 oz water and 1.5 diet pepsi today.

So that's it...about 1000 cals for today. Not good choices...(where's the veggies????)


Hubby and I were awakened after 1 a.m. this morning with the phone ringing over and over only to be verbally attacked by an intoxicated person. We let the Lord handle it and turned off the ringers afterwards.

There was another call hours later from someone crying and very, very upset, not related to the earlier calls.

I spent part of this afternoon taking a family member to the ER.

When I got in, there were other calls from other people. Thank the Lord for His help.

Yes, I DID eat a snicker bar today...most of one anyway...and no exercise.

Love, Maria

Soon2BThin on 12/03/2004:
Good for you, Maria! You're doing great! Hey, we all need some candy once in awhile. I hope those phone calls stop for you. Hang in there!

Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 01, 2004
Weight: 0.0

A lot of good it did me to throw out the cookies yesterday...There I was last night, up late, eating.....

I fixed a grilled double-cheese sandwich cooked in margerine and that didn't make me feel 'full'...so I was back in the kitchen eating other foods after that...not sugar, though, but it didn't matter to the scale when I got up and weighed this morning...it grinned and said I was up 3 from yesterday! Now I want to blame innocent Hubby, who came to me last night before bed stating that he was hungry but he didn't know what he was hungry for and say that triggered me into the midnight food binge, having really gotten food on my mind, but that would be unfair (and he didn't even eat after supper)...cause it was me who did it, not him, so I have to blame myself.

For inspiration and to see how far I am from them fitting, I tried on a favorite pair of my size 8 levi jeans, 100% cotton (not the stretch kind such as I wear now)...and I can get them on and zipped, but they are tight and not wearable for looks and comfort's sake.

So...today I did Atkins...(not wise since I was hospitalized for doing a severely STRICT-low-calorie-low-carb diet in 1998)...I don't know if I've gotten in 1000 cals today, but I know I got in probably around 2500 to 3000 cals yesterday, so....

Anyway, today, I had only coffee with creamer and splenda for breakfast (who needed breakfast with the midnight binge???)...and a Wendy's burger minus the buns for lunch and a big cabbage salad with a little lite mayo and a roasted chicken breast minus the skin for supper and another coffee with creamer and splenda and 1/2 can diet pepsi and about 32 ounces water. That was it for today. I walked about 2 hours in stores, paying bills, buying groceries, etc....that was the exercise for today.

A couple of hours ago when Hubby and I were having coffee together, I asked him not to mention food to me at night after supper and he said okay.

Now Hubby has come to me tonight and asked...."Is that tangerines you bought that are in the refrigerator????" (He likes navel oranges but I didn't get him any this time cause he got bored with them before and they just sat there in the fridge.) "GRRRRRRR!"

Okay...have a nice night and stay away from the cookies....

Love, Maria (smile!)

Maria7 - Monday Nov 29, 2004
(Maintaining where I'm at ????)
Weight: 0.0

I'm at a place now where I have to repeatedly tell myself:

Not gaining is progress. Not gaining is progress. Not gaining is progress.

Cause I've gained a little over goal and even though I went down from where I was, I'm still over goal...I know...not a big deal...but I really have to watch it...cause I keep reminding myself that I'm wearing a larger size now and remember what size I started from 6 years ago...

I made a batch of homemade chocolate chip and pecan cookies this afternoon and have already eaten half of them...hum. No I do NOT feel better...my tummy objects! ICK!

At Thanksgiving (and I hope you all had a real good Thanksgiving), I made a nutcake and ate MOST of that! Hum.

So, I have confessed.

I'd like to wear some of my old levi jeans that used to fit real well, only if I feel good at that size again...

Oh well. Thought I'd check in and say hello to all of you! HELLOOOOOOOO!!!

Love, Maria (SMILE!)

Later...2nd entry of the day... I think I need to quit sugar and white flour...I usually do very well avoiding both of them...After all, for example the chocolate I craved today...I could have drank a couple of mugs of 25 calorie hot cocoa and as for the pecans, I could have had a few nuts and I'd have done real well today..well now it suppertime and I'm not really hungry, but Hubby is coming in from work and I've fixed us barbequed roasted chicken and green string beans...well...that's better that home-fried potatoes and homemade hotdogs, which was supper last night, hum? Hubby's gained some weight, too...I think he and I need to walk more, but now it's cold outside....hum....

Soon2BThin on 11/29/2004:
Welcome back, Maria! I wondered where you were. I'm sure you're doing just fine, even with the cookies. But, you're right, you really have to watch it. Somehow, I ended up gaining 15 pounds---OVERNIGHT! Haha! No, I think I just stayed off the scale for quite a while so I didn't know it was sneaking up on me. But I'm back to working on it now. I hope things go well for you. Take care.

Runner on 11/29/2004:
Sugar and white flour are definitely temptations for me too, and when I bake, I often eat much more than what I need. So I understand where you're at. Sometimes I have to physically just get out of the kitchen...and tell my husband that I'm NOT baking unless he's around to make sure I don't overeat.

I think walking more is a good idea! Even though you want to simply maintain your weight, go ahead and exercise! It will clear your mind and keep you from the kitchen.

Becca27 on 11/30/2004:
Hi Maria,

It is easy to slip away from our goals by easing up on our restrictions. It sounds like you're catching it quickly, though. Sugar is my biggest weakness. I love it in every shape and size. Last year, h and I fasted from sugar for 3 months. It did a lot for me. I should have included flour with that committment, because I did end up loading up on breads every day. Perhaps in January I will begin a new fast of both. I hope you find some time to walk with hubby. If you dress warm and walk quickly, it won't seem that cold after a few minutes. Have a great day!!

Maria7 - Sunday Nov 21, 2004
(Back on the Wagon)
Weight: 0.0

Howdy, everybody!

Well...how are you doing today?

I'm still working on the 'fat' from stress-eating these past few weeks. I'm 3 down within a week...so that's pretty good. I've been walking more but haven't been back to the gym yet.

Thanksgiving is coming up...after what we went through with our family not showing up last year, we invited our friends for a Thanksgiving supper and they said they'd come...."You can count on us...we'll be there!" one couple said. Another said "We'll bring ham and dressing to go with your turkey and trimmings!" Another said, "We're going to bring desert!" (3 couples.) So....DUHHHHHH!!!...I go and buy a 22 pound turkey and all the trimmings...Hubby had wanted to go out and eat, but I wanted to cook and have company on Thanksgiving, and put up the Christmas tree Thanksgiving night as we usually do (tradition)....Well, I tell our friends about the turkey and trimmings and that we'll be looking for them to come and now it's changed to "We don't know what we're going to do concerning Thanksgiving...it depends on what our family wants to do......" (That was the ham and dressing couple.) "We're going to spend Thanksgiving with my sister but we'll TRY to come if we can..." (That was the one that ASSURED us they'd come if we'd cook and invite them over.) "We're having our family over...." (The desert one.) I'm thinking about taking back the huge turkey and trimmings and getting the money back and Hubby and I going to eat out...what do you think???? I called our friends and said to them...."Since y'all have plans, we've decided we're going to do something different on Thanksgiving..." Well now we're getting the "We're going to TRY to come if we can!" (Nothing definite.) So...what do y'all think???

Love, Maria

yoyo on 11/21/2004:
Hi. I've never commented to you before but this one kind of called out to me. My husband is the kind that never wants to commit to going anywhere..to relatives or whatever, so I NEVER say for sure if we'll be there when invited..but I hate that..its not fair to the inviters or me. So, I say return the food and go out with your husband for a lot less stress..and probably cheaper. Have a happy holiday whatever you end up doing.

Maria7 - Monday Nov 15, 2004
(Grazing and Overeating)
Weight: 0.0

Okay...I'm back again. I was advised to try to be on here daily for encouragement, so here I am....I did a little better today, calorie talking, that is, but not as well as I could have...I gave in to 3 chocolate chip cookies and a bag of popcorn. You may say that's no big deal, but I've REALLY been having lots and lots of junk food snacks for quite a while...comfort food.

Hubby was off work today and he and I walked to our church, about a mile from here, to decorate our Sunday School classroom for Christmas...yes, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet...anyway, we were offered a ride but declined the offer and walked back also...so, I feel good that we got the exercise in today.

Other foods today were a 'diet bologna sandwich' for breakfast, about 150 cals, and for supper, 2 hotdogs and fries, about 800 cals. Yes, I've been eating fried foods lately, too. Anyway, I was tempted to bake a german chocolate cake this afternoon, but I resisted and didn't do it...I knew I'd eat most of it.

Thanksgiving is next week. I haven't decided if it's going to be stay home and cook or eat out. I'm leaning toward eat out...thus will be the temptation gone to GRAZE FOR DAYS on the Thanksgiving leftovers!

Love, Maria

Runner on 11/15/2004:
Baking is one of my worst downfalls...when I am tempted to bake, it is usually because I want to eat about 1/2 of what I make. So sometimes I really have to resist the temptation and just get out of the kitchen! I know my weaknesses, and homemade brownies are at the top of the list!

By the way, I'm 5'4", but I have a very small frame. (I'm small boned). SO I don't look too skinny at my weight...I think I look rather "normal." I used to weigh 150 pounds, and I just looked too chunky!

Do you eat enough fruits and veggies?

Becca27 on 11/16/2004:
Hi Maria, I'm a grazer, too. I could eat all day. Try to grab healthy veggies and fruit to eat and definitely back off of the hot dogs and french fries. I think that eating only 3 choc. chip cookies shows incredible retraint. They're one of my downfalls. Instead of french fries, bake up some sweet potatoes, or even regular potatoes. For protein, cook up some chicken breasts. Actually, one thing I've done recently is bake whole tky breasts and eat the leftovers for lunches - it's very healthy and a great source of protein. You should be congratulated on resisting the temptation to bake. If you like to bake, try a low-fat recipe or make something and give it to a skinny friend. I hope you have a great day and have a chance to go on another walk.

Maria7 - Sunday Nov 14, 2004
(Grazing and Overeating)
Weight: 0.0

Okay...here goes...I've been stress-eating. I've let my feelings about what people have said have control over my eating and I've gained weight. Also, Hubby and I took a vacation and I put on a little with that, too. But mostly I've been stress-eating...GRAZING....I'll feel anxious or angry about a situation and then soon after, I'll feel hungry and then there you have it...overeating. So, I've admitted it and ....I hope there is a response of encouragement...Love, Maria

Runner on 11/14/2004:
I think a lot of us deal with stress-eating...I sure do! And vacations are always hard. Probably all of us can relate to overeating, too! I hope you continue to post diary entries...we're here to encourage, give advice, listen, and just let you know that you're not alone!!!

Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 14, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight (Balance))
Weight: 149.0

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

Good evening to you...hope you are doing well...today has been 'chicken soup day' here...drinking the broth from 3 large cans of chicken noodle soup off/on today...allergies...

We've been being blessed with lots of tropical rain here lately...looks like two additional systems are getting closer, too, (Ivan and Jeanne) but the Lord has protected us from the others and I know He will protect us from these and any and all others, too.

Anyway, thanks to the Lord for the rain, the air outside is now cool instead of hot and the cool breezes are nice, too. Autumn is due to arrive in a few more days...my favorite time of the year! Our colorful autumn here is usually in early November...when the trees look like natural Christmas trees with all the pretty colorful leaves on them...red, gold, burgundy, yellow, brown, and in-between shades and variations of these and other colors, too...

Well...hope you have a good night...remember...

Jesus loves you!!!!!

...and so do I!

Love, Maria, (Smile!)

Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 08, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight (Balance))
Weight: 149.0

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

Good evening to you! The Lord has kept us safe through all these hurricanes and tropical storms...we've had one after another within this past month. Thank you, fellow Christians, for all your prayers!

This month is the month autumn begins and I love the changing colors of the leaves on the trees and the cool, crisp air outside!

Well...how are you doing today????? Think I'll go read some entries....remember....

Jesus loves ya!!!

....and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!!!)

Maria7 - Saturday Sep 04, 2004
(Maintaining Goalweight (Balance))
Weight: 149.0

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


Highest Weight 1998: 205.0

Goalweight attained within 1 year: 150.0

Today's weight: 149.0



Jesus loves ya!!!

...and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!!!)

cinygirl2004 on 09/05/2004:
Thats great , I weigh more then your starting weight ,,but my goal weight is the same .. I am very happy for you:) I hope I will get there too:) (((hugs)))

Maria7 - Saturday Aug 28, 2004
Weight: 147.0

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

Good evening to you! I've tried and tried to get on here and finally after signing on and off many times, I ran scandisk and I think everything is okay again with this computer. Seems I'd deleted some valuable files or at least they were valuable to this computer working properly.

Well, looks like we have another tropical system coming into South Carolina by the name of 'Tropical Storm Gaston'. I think this makes 4 or 5 this season...MORE RAIN and maybe wind, too. So...Hubby and I grilled out hamburgers for supper and after eating and cleaning everything up, I put on a very big pot of chicken gumbo...or chicken goolosh, as some people call it...really it's just chicken and rice with a lot of extra things cooked in with it...I added onion, creamed corn, green peas, and salt, pepper, and margerine...So this will probably be Sunday dinner and supper...cause who wants to go eat out in a tropical storm anyway??? (We usually eat out on Sundays after church.) I had a little bowl of it tonight after it finally got done. (Ya'll come!) Just kidding...who would want to come to lunch during a tropical storm??? Okay....the tropical storm would, hehehehe! I think I'm getting sleeeeeepy, can you tell????? Or is it just that I've been trying to get on here so long???? (Hours.)

I had a real big chocolate craving today and I ate (off and on this afternoon and tonight) 4 (yes, 4!) small chocolate moonpies (180 calories each)...mind you, the calories fit into my daily budget for calories, but I know it isn't good to eat so much sweets...I had done real well earlier in the week...I think I went 3 days without a candy bar (but I had fruit!)...and I felt so much better...more energetic, too...then, Thursday I got back into eating sugared sweets again...what's a girl to do????? (hum.) I bought fruits, thinking I'd substitute them for candy bars, etc, but I find myself eating BOTH!

Well...it's getting late and so have a blessed night and remember...

Jesus loves ya!!!!

...and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)P.S. Don't forget to go to church and worship the Lord tomorrow! Love ya!

legcramps on 08/30/2004:
Great job! Keep it up!

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