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Maria7 - Friday Apr 30, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Do we put more importance on what we feed our bodies than on what we feed our minds? This is the question of the day.

Today is a new beginning. God creates all things new. He prepared this day just for you...air to breathe, food to eat (in moderation) and His Word to read. Begin the day with prayer. Talk to God as you would your best friend...because, after all, He created you and He IS your best friend. Those who seek Him shall find Him. Seek and ye shall find. He cares about you.

When the urge to overeat comes (and it will), instead of reaching for food, reach for the REAL food, reach for the Bible and open it up and see what the Lord has for you to learn about today. Today can be your new beginning in reading God's Word and learning about His will for your life (if you haven't already begun).

Invite Jesus into your life today. A simple, sincere prayer will do..just tell him you are sorry for your sins (and sincerely mean it) and ask His forgiveness, acknowledging that you know He took your place on the cross and shed His blood and gave His life for yours so that you could have the gift of eternal life and salvation and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour today!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I! Love, Maria

Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 27, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Note: If someone comes to your house hysterical and you can't get them to calm down, and you're getting stressed out, 1st put on a pot of coffee and when you open your can (bag, etc) of coffee, take a deep breath of the aroma and imagine you're on a mountain where that wonderful scent of coffee is grown, then 2nd, take the person by the hand and pray for them, asking for God's help for them.

Currently maintaining goal weight. (Achieved 5 years, 3 months ago)

Today's deal: Brunch: 2 diet toast with 1 teaspoon margerine, 1 cup coffee, 1 orange Afternoon snack: 1 bag 250 calories 94% fatfree popcorn,2/3 candy bar, 2 oatmeal cookies Supper: 1 and 1/2 cups fatfree blackeye peas, 1 small onion, 1/5 tomato Desert: 1 cup peaches Total calories for day: About 1300 Exercise: Played piano about 1 hour.

Have a good night and remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE)

Cynt on 04/28/2004:
Hey South Carolina Girlfriend!

Your opening was calming and refreshing. Calming down and focusing on God doesn't immediately solve problems or take all of one's burdens away but, it certainly does provide you with a renewed mind to "deal" with and accept God's will for our lives. It's also good to have someone you can go to and share those burdens with.

Congratulations to you on MAINTAINING!!!! That has got to be the greater challenge of altering one's lifestyle. I know you must have had God's help along the way. I hear it in your expressions!!!! Honey, pray I can do what I OUGHT TO DO to be what I ought to be!!!! Love you Missy!!! Cynthia

Maria7 - Monday Apr 26, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Howdy, everybody! Those of you still up tonight, that is!

Hope you've all had a great day! (And it is if it starts with the Lord! Pray to Him every day and night and off/on during the day!)

Today was a nice day here in S.C....I went to the gym and walked and did some other exercises and later I walked some more and did some more exercises. The latter was CHORES that I did for my Mother, laundering her clothes, etc. So that was today concerning exercises, about 2 hours worth.

As for eating, I had a large salad for brunch, banana for afternoon snack and some fat-free candy (oops!) and for supper a small piece of roasted steak with onions, squash and potatoes and a few cookies (oops!) and small piece of 7 layer chocolate cake (oops!) for desert. (I love sweets!) BUT I didn't have my usual afternoon bag of 94% fatfree popcorn, thus saving 250 calories there! So how'd I do??? Total cals for today: about 1600 calories. Total exercise: About 2 hours.

Have a good night! Remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE!)

Maria7 - Saturday Apr 24, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Good evening, everyone! It is Saturday night here in South Carolina and it has been a SUNNY, WARM day here...Hubby and I grilled out barbequed chicken and corn on the cob on the back deck when he got home from work. I also fixed some 'french fries' for him, but they were not fried cause I peeled some potatoes and made them into strips and put them onto a baking pan and drizzled about 1 tablespoon of oil over them and salted them and baked them on low and they came out soft with a little crispy outside, just like they'd been fried but very much tastier (cause they were not grease-soaked) and healthier, too. I also fixed some green string beans to go with all this and we each had a little piece of watermelon for desert.

I went to a flea market sale this morning and found some good deals...stationary for 25 cents...A prayer journal book with poems by Helen Steiner Rice and Bible scriptures on each page for 25 cents and some cute stickers, 2 sheets for 25 cents.

I made a strawberry smoothie today and it was pretty good (just ice that was converted into powder form via the blender and a few strawberries)...I ate it using a spoon while laying out on the deck in the lounge chair...it was sort of like a snowcone.

What have you been doing today????

Balance? Some may ask what is this 'balance' that I have for the 'current diet'...Balance is maintaining.... balance is not overdoing carbs OR protein, but allowing some of each...it is sometimes overdoing daily allowed calories, but making up for it other days...it is not overdoing sweets, but allowing them in daily diet within reason if they are at least semi-nutritional...that is balance...it is also adding in a little extra exercise and bringing back into BALANCE the weight the scale says if it needs be. So that is the current diet. As for exercise, that goes with balance. I don't go to the gym EVERY day, but I go as often as I can and when I don't, I try to make up for it by getting extra walking done that day. This is what helps me to wear size 10 jeans, down from size 22 jeans in January of 1998.

Hope each of you has a good night tonight...remember...get up early and go to church where the Bible is taught tomorrow morning...where it is taught that Jesus Christ ALONE is our Saviour and the only way to be saved, cause this is the truth.

Remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE)

Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 13, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
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

Hi, Everybody!

High Weight: 205 (January 1998) Goal Weight: 150 (Attained within one year after January 1998) Today's Weight: 153.0 (Doing Maintenance)

It is actually right after midnite that I am writing this, but at least this will give me an entry for the day, right? I also wrote an entry a few hours ago if anyone wants to read it.

I hope each of you have a wonderful day today...remember...a little exercise is better than none...and fruit is better than sweets for you but we women DO have to have our chocolate sometimes, right? Remember to take time to pray to the Lord Jesus and thank Him for the day and creating you to be alive to enjoy this day today. Thank Him for saving your soul (if you've repented of your sins and asked His forgiveness and made Him Lord of your life) and then...REJOICE! For this is the day that the Lord has made...we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Take time to smell the roses! Okay..if they're not in bloom yet, (and mine aren't), take time to smell the coffee! Don't like coffee? Got any scented candles? (hehe!) You know what I mean! A lot of people RACE through life, not taking the time to enjoy life. Life is a precious gift from God. Eternal life through Jesus Christ is a precious gift from God also. He is the ONLY way (Jesus) to be saved...to have eternal life.

I hope you have a very special, blessed day today...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!....and mean it!)

inmorning on 04/13/2004:
The racing through life statement reminded me of a saying I heard, Life is short until you marry the wrong person, then it gets mighty long. God bless you and keep you. annastasia

roxy321 on 04/13/2004:
You are so motovating! but also.. very relaxing.. haha made me really sit back and think about my life. Thanks! well God bless! and much love!

pinkuspettuty on 04/13/2004:
Hi MAria. Life sounds good for you. Take care, Pam

Kanga on 04/13/2004:
Almost at your goal weight that is wonderful!

Maria7 - Monday Apr 12, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
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

Hi, Everybody!

High Weight: 205 (January 1998) Goal Weight: 150 (Attained within one year after January 1998) Today's Weight: 153.0 (Doing Maintenance)

It has been a rainy day here in South Carolina. The azaleas surrounding our house are all awakening in brilliant colors of red and varying shades of pink. I saw some beautiful hydrogeas (mispelled) in the store the other day, blue ones and pink ones that I'm thinking about getting to set out...also a flower show is coming up this weekend at our local farmers market.

I bought my Mother some colorful tulips in a pot for her Easter gift and a pretty card. The tulips were yellow, red, and orange. She is doing better now, recouperating from a fractured hip and surgery for it. She is able to walk on her own with her walker. I am so happy for her and today she told me when I went to visit her after going by the store to get her some things she needed that she had actually walked a few steps without her walker! Thank you, Jesus, and thank you, fellow Christians for praying for my Mother's healing! May the Lord bless you!

So, I'm having some extra time to do needed (and un-needed) things around home here, since she has become more mobile, but I am still going over to her place a lot, back and forth, checking on her and making sure she has what she needs and I even coaxed her the other day to try to walk with her walker to the car outside and she managed to get in without my lifting her or helping her in, and away we went to a drive through restuarant and we parked in the parking lot of it and had lunch together, her first 'outing' since arriving home March 31st.

I've been 'busy as a bee' today, doing housecleaning and washing clothes, etc, and seeing about her, also. I even rearranged the dining room and am now keying on a desk by the dining room window, hehe! I had to turn the long dining room table (heavy) to the total opposite direction in order to fit this little desk (which also serves as a food counter when dining with friends) by the window (which is in front of our house and I can see all traffic, etc. going by as I key in the daytime).

The weird thing is I was just given the other day, a very nice, large computer desk, which was put (toted by 2 very strong people) into the music/gym room and I've had no motivation to get set up in there...I think it's cause I want to be able to look out one of the front windows as I key in the daytime.

Yes, I'm maintaining (albeit up a little) but I've learned a few things in the past 5 years since reaching goal. Don't be obsessive about the scale but be 'mindful' (which means a much lighter regard for a number)...Do get in exercise, even if only a little can be managed at times, cause it does help....Do measure yourself with a tape measure and keep tabs on that every week or two...Do not deprive yourself, it can send you into a binge (if you want popcorn, have a whole bag of the 94% fatfree, only about 250-300 calories and high fiber...or if you want a candy bar, have one, with nuts...or if you want bread, have bread with a low glycemic salad or meat or both and low carb veggies all at the same meal to lower the glucose count...)...Do NOT expect perfection or you may become obsessive-compulsive about dieting which can lead to eating disorders... Do go by how you FEEL at a certain weight/size before deciding to do maintenance at that weight/size (I actually went lower than my goalweight and found that I did not feel good at the lower weight/size...what's the use of being a size 6 and weighing 132 and feeling MISERABLE???? So, DO use COMMON SENSE. Try to eat lowfat, high fiber when possible, not overdoing meats or underdoing veggies and fruits. Breads and starches should be done in moderation but not eliminated...and when possible, eat whole grain breads, though I know none of us do the 'ideal?' at all times when it comes to eating what is best for us.

Well, I guess this is enough for tonight...not that I'm expecting many, if any to read this...so have a good night and remember...... Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

Soon2BThin on 04/12/2004:
Good to hear from you here at the DD, Maria! It sounds like life is being good to you. I like the way you said "don't be obsessive about the scale, just be "mindful". That's just what I try to do now. I hope you have a good week.

inmorning on 04/12/2004:
Good advice from someone that has been where I am. Thanks.

Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 07, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
Weight: 152.5

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

Hi, Everybody!

High Weight: 205 (January 1998) Goal Weight: 150 (Attained within one year after January 1998) Today's Weight: 152.5 (Doing Maintenance)

Hope you're all doing well. Pretty, sunny, warm day today here in the south. Managed to get in a good workout and powerwalk at the gym today. Eating high fiber, low fat diet, watching calories.

How are things with you all?

Remember, Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE)

inmorning on 04/07/2004:
good to see you :~)

geevee on 04/07/2004:
Six years of maintenance? WOW! You deserve a medal!

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 30, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
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

Hi, Everybody!

High Weight: 205 (January 1998) Goal Weight: 150 (Attained within one year after January 1998) Today's Weight: 153 (Doing Maintenance)

Hope you're all doing well. I haven't been on here for a while... My Mother fell and broke her hip 5 weeks ago and has been in the hospital ever since. She was operated on (her hip) the day after her fall. Tomorrow, I go get her and take her home. She is so excited about going home.

Anyway, I've been eating a lot for energy, as I've been doing a lot of going back and forth spending time with her. I'm still within 'normal' (according to doctor) weight range for my height (5'8") but at the top end. I don't care. It's called "keep the fuel going"... She is not walking (on her own) yet and so uses a wheelchair for now, but hopefully, she will walk again on her own. I have to be careful to not overdo for her, cause I'm easy to be a caregiver-type person which could be a hindrance in her recovery if I encourage her to be dependant on me to do for her what she needs to do for herself. (I've come a long way regarding this.)

Please pray for her healing and recovery, fellow Christians.

Well this is all for now. Take care, all of you and remember... Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (SMILE!)

Maria7 - Saturday Feb 14, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
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

Hello, all!

I've been reading some of you...It is nighttime here (Valentine's Eve) and I know it is not a good time to write at night, because probably not many if any will read what you've written, much less respond, but here goes anyway.

Today has been sunny with high around 57 or 58 degrees fahrenheit and almost like springtime day...the birds were even singing in the trees this morning and later, I saw a redbird (my favorite is the cardinal)...

Today, thank you, Jesus, the income tax refund came and we (Hubby and I) paid off the vehicle we drive (actually I drive it primarily because he drives another vehicle to work, but he drives this when we are together)...so, halleluyah, I thank you, Jesus! No more high monthly payments to make on it.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I know it's tomorrow, but I thought I'd say it early!

So...what are you planning for Valentine's Day? What are you getting for Valentine's Day? What are you getting yourself for Valentine's Day??? (hehehe.) (I've got a little chocolate stash, hehehe.)

I'm going to take my sweet Hubby out to his favorite restaurant tomorrow. My Honey works hard for our money and I love to make him happy. (hehehe!)

I think I'm in a goofy mood, hehehe!

What do you want for Valentine's Day????

I'd sure love to hear what you'd say to all these questions if you want to respond to them.

I still remember when Hubby proposed almost 15 years ago...bouquet of red roses in his hand as he walked over to me, gave them to me, and then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him...WHEW!!!...(and I'd thought we were going to just be friends when I'd first met him)...what a sweet guy (and he still is!)...we were married after only 7 weeks of dating...we get along real well together and we thank God for each other.

We're going to try to take a weekend trip to the beach next month when Spring comes in, around the end of March. We love to stroll along the beach, hand in hand..we are quite the romantics. We alway rent an efficiency apartment right on the beach, with balcony overlooking the ocean...we love to sit out on the balcony and drink mugs of coffee together and talk and enjoy listening to the surf as the waves of the ocean roll in. We usually eat a lot on our beach weekends, but we walk it off (hand in hand).

Well, this has been a long entry, so hope to hear from you!

Remember, Jesus loves ya and so do I! Love, Maria (SMILE!)

feeleebubs on 02/14/2004:
First off I'm terribly jealous of your beautiful weather. Next week they're forcasting 40 degrees in my neck of the woods and I was getting all excited about that lol

I actually have school this Valentines day and after that I'm off to help my mom pack because she's moving on the 25th of this month.

I got a big gift balloon with a stuffed frog in it from my friend for V-Day. It's adorable but it has reeses peanut butter cups in the bottom. I'm lucky the whole thing is so darned cute because if it weren't, I'd pop it in a heatbeat and scarf down those peanut butter cups so fast they wouldn't know what hit them.

Soon2BThin on 02/15/2004:
Sunday, Feb. 15 I just finally read your entry. It's been a busy weekend for me. You sound like things are going really well for you. I'm glad to see you show up here once in awhile. So take care and I'll see you again soon, I hope.

Maria7 - Monday Feb 02, 2004
(Balance and Exercise)
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

Hello everybody!

Hope you've all had a good day today!

Here are a few tips I'd like to share:

1. Eat at the HIGH end of your alloted calories/points. Why? Think of a fire burning in a fireplace...keeping enough wood in it and not letting it get too low keeps the fire going real well...also, eating at the high end of how much you're allowed to eat keeps your metabolism reved up, you don't feel deprived and hungry, and it's easier to get to your goal, whereas not eating enough can cause low metabolism, low blood sugar (and thus, cravings, not feeling good, etc.), and PLATEAUS.

2. Eat low carbs WITH high carbs. This helps keep blood sugar lower than it would be without low carbs, which means easier to get to your goal, too. If you're having a half cup of ice cream, have a half cup of fresh strawberries, too. (Strawberries are low carb.) If you crave a candy bar and decide to have one, pick one with nuts (nuts are low carb.)

3. For snacks, choose low carb ones or at least, lower carb ones sometimes. No, I do NOT advocate a strictly low carb diet, (been in the hospital for that one before), but a BALANCE of low carbs and high carbs and I'm not sure what that ratio is but I think there may be one.

Going to read some entries now...remember...Jesus loves ya and so do I!

Love, Maria (smile!)

breakaway on 02/02/2004:
Great tips Maria! I will take action on those. Seems you are doing real well and it's so nice to see your entry here today. I hope this finds you well and keep up the great work!

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