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Maria7 - Thursday Dec 21, 2000

Weight: 151.0

Hi, everybody. Well, I've overdone the low-carb thing. I am feeling very lightheaded when I stand up and weak. So, I am doing some starches today. I've lost 4 pounds in one week. I am going to lighten up some, cause I do have a tendency to overdo. It is very much more important to be healthy than slim. So I am eating today, but not overeating and I am eating some starches. Had cheese and crackers, cocoa,grapefruit juice for breakfast, mackeral patties (yum!) and grits for lunch with gingerale and tea. Red seedless grapes for morning snack and a couple of lemon cookies with tea for afternoon snack. I am taking it easy today. Hope you are all doing well and have a great day! Maria

pastagal on 12/21/2000:
Have heard that low carb can do that to you,,,be careful and hope today is a better day for ya,,,,

Well enjoy your day and hope adding some starches to your diet helps the lightheadedness:}

muggg on 12/24/2000:
Hope you are feeling better! I did the low carb diet with no ill effects.. guess I was one of the lucky ones! I feel much better eating low carb.. so I hope it works out for you! Have a Merry Christmas!

Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 20, 2000

Weight: 152.0

Hello everybody. Well, I am still at 152, maintaining. It was the processed, high sodium turkey bacon & vienna sausage yesterday and also eating too many of the day's calories at lunchtime that did it. I am not feeling too well today. My gums are hurting. My daughter bought me an electric toothbrush and went ahead and gave it to me the other day and I haven't gotten used to it yet. Also, I have a little headache. We didn't get any snow and that is the second time this season they said we most likely would and we didn't and now they (weather people) are saying we are going to get snow Friday....we'll see.... Anyway I hope all of you are doing well and feeling good today. So far, I've eaten: Breakfast: banana, cocoa, 2 oz. grapefruit juice. Snack: pack nekot cookies(200c),banana, gingerale 8 oz. Drank 2 glasses water, took vitamins, haven't eaten lunch. Since I don't feel good, I don't know what I will eat the rest of today, but I plan to stay around 1200 calories for day, no breads, no starches. Have a great day! Maria

pastagal on 12/20/2000:
Gosh i know what you mean abou the gums,,,i have had surgerys on my gums and finally completed all of them this past nov,,,took them from last april till now to complete,had to have the gums cut open and cleaned out so i could not lose my teeth,dentist said my teeth were in great shape,but my gums were in pitaful shape,so went through hell to make them all better,now i am getting my new bridge in the bottom front tomorrow morning,,,so wish me luck,,,,

I have a braun tooth brush,i like it,but same as you i got carried away and scratched my back gums last week and there just now healing up from that,,boy was it painful,,so be gentle,what i learned is don't push down hard with the electric one ,,just let it glide across the gums:}

Well hope your feeling better real soon,,,,oh ya,about the christmas thing,,,thats cute about the cb radio and someone saying santa is on his way,,,

I use to have to set my alarm cause my son would sit out a glass of milk and cookies on christmas eve,,so i would have to make sure i woke up and got up ,,,drank half the milk and ate part of the cookies,,lol,he would wake up and come running screaming at us,Santa came ,,he ate the cookies,,lol,kids can be so cute:}}}

jenny on 12/21/2000:
Hi Maria! I'm usually a regular here, but I've missed a few days in the madness of December. You sound like you're doing really well, especially considering it's the dreaded holidays! Wow, you lost 50 pounds in 1998! That's so awesome. I'd be interested in finding out more about that...like how long you were overweight, how you lost it, (how you gained it in the first place,) stuff like that! Anyway, welcome to the site!

Maria7 - Tuesday Dec 19, 2000

Weight: 152.0

Hello everybody! Well, we see that I didn't lose any for today...there is a reason for it...I was hungry last nite (as if that's the only time) and I ate an extra cup of lima beans and an extra pack of nekot cookies. So, I maintained. But I have been a good girl today to make up for it...good calorie wise, that is, but not Christmas-shopping-spending-money-for-presents-good. I spent $160.00 today and do not see anything much to show for it. I just had to go get some of the last few presents and a few groceries and I didn't realize I'd spent that much until I got home and counted how much I'd spent. So much for making out lists and taking them with you for all the good they do! We were predicted again to get snow and I went from store to store in search of affordable (what is that?) presents for picky people who are hard to please. We didn't get any snow, but we sure had ice cold rain. Snow is so rare here in the southeast. Anyway, here is what I ate today: Breakfast: Banana, 6 oz. grapefruit juice, mug of cocoa Snack: 2 peanut butter/cheese crackers Lunch: 3 vienna sausages, 3 strips turkey bacon cooked with vegetable spray, 1 eggwhite scrambled in vegetable spray, iced tea that I make that has 35 calories of sugar a glass. Snack: 1 pack nekot cookies and another banana. Supper: 3 oz. reheated baked turkey breast, small lettuce salad with 1 tablespoon fatfree dressing, 5 oz. ginger ale. Snack: Mug cocoa. Total: 1300 calories for today. Thank you all for your encouraging comments. My daughter just came and brought me a fruitcake, my greatest food weakness for the holidays. Maria

Soon2BThin on 12/19/2000:
Thanks for the comment, maria. I love fruitcake too. We must be the only 2 in the world, right? Enjoy!

Lagniappe on 12/20/2000:
Welcome Maria.

In answer to your question: It's hard to put the specific diet I'm on because it changes from day to day. I started off by eating sensibly and counting calories. About two weeks ago, I started Nutri System with my mom. It's really hard for me to keep on track. They want me to eat so many servings of fruit and milk (or yogurt), I just can't do it. I got tired of yogurt after a couple days. I noticed you have certain foods you eat every day. I admire your will power, I just couldn't handle it.

So, I don't know how long it's going to last. I try to follow the NutriSystem thing during the week and eat sensibly on the weekends. I only allow myself to eat out on Friday evenings as a treat. This has lasted a couple weeks now. The funny thing is, knowing me, this whole thing could change next week.

Good luck to you and your diet. I hope I this answers your question.

Take care, Lagni :)

Maria7 - Monday Dec 18, 2000

Weight: 152.0

Hello everybody. Sounds like all of you are very busy. As for myself, I skipped a Christmas goodies eating last night. It was SOOOO tempting. But I'm glad I did. Today I have eaten thus far: Breakfast: 1 banana and 6 oz. grapefruit juice. Morning snack: 1 mug cocoa. Lunch: 1 cup stringbeans with potatoes and 1 cup lima beans, tea. Snack: 1 pack nekot cookies (210 calories kind) and tea. Supper will be 3 or 4 oz. baked turkey and another cup lima beans, tea and mug of cocoa. Total for day anticipated: 1400 calories. As you can see, I am for now not eating bread. I LOVE bread. But it adds weight on me. Even the 40 calorie a slice diet wheat bread does. Also, rice, which I found out through the oriental brown rice diet adds weight, too. I am really pushing it with the small amount of potatoes I have eaten today and yesterday which equaled about 1/2 boiled potato each day. My Hubby asked me about what we are going to eat for Christmas, mentioning that since we have a 12 pound turkey in the freezer, am I going to fix that? I told him no and that Thanksgiving is the all-out cooking fiasco for me and that if it was okay with him, we might just go eat out somewhere Christmas or have a simple ham-based meal here at home. Every Thanksgiving, I have to do ALLLLLL the cooking, preparing and clean-up. (And the storing away and reheating, etc.) So guess what? This morning, I took that 12 pound turkey out, didn't even thaw it out,and have got it roasting in the oven right now! Ha, Ha, Ha! It's not going to be a Christmas turkey, it is going to be a this week turkey! Ha, Ha! Maria

pastagal on 12/18/2000:
So when hubby comes home,Surprise!! turkey dinner,you will have the poor guy so confused he will think its christmas,,lol,,sounds yummy tho,,,

You asked for my chili bean recipe,,its a real simple one,,,,,and everyone that has some of it loves it,,,they think i have cooked for hours,,when it actually only takes one hour total to cook,,,

Hambuger 2lbs, 1lb ground pork Garlic salt salt & pepper Stewed tomatoes,4-15oz cans 1can 15oz tomatoe sauce & one can water 4 large cans Pinto beans drained, onion 1/2 whole bell pepper chili powder

Brown Meat,w/bell pepper cut in small bite size peices,chop onion,,seasonings,,,except for chili powder,,,that goes in last,,,cook till meat is done ,,,Open tomatoes,,squash them up with clean hands in pot,,add beans to tomatoes,,before adding meat,,add chili powder to meat,i use for this recipe,at least 1/4 cup ,,,,but you can use what ever you want,some like alot ,some don't,,then add the meat to the beans in the pot,,,add the tomatoe sauce and water and bring to a full boil,,then turn down to med,stiring now and then,,,cook for about 45 mins,,,and there ready to eat,,,and sooooo good,,,,

Well let me know if you make some soon,,,i love them with corn bread ,,and if we have them for dinner,i usually fix coleslaw to go with them,,,,i use to have that when i was in grade school,,chili beans and coleslaw,,strange how eating something like this brings memories back from yrs ago,,,,


pastagal on 12/18/2000:
Almost forgot,,,,season with garlic salt and pepper to taste,,,enjoy:}

muggg on 12/18/2000:
Welcome to diet diaries, Maria

Thanks for your comments. Like you carbohydrates make me want to eat more and that spells weight gain. I did the Atkins diet this year and had really good results with it. I have a hard time doing it all the time, but plan to go back to it for the most part with breaks for holidays. I have lost a total of 28 pounds since I started the first of February. I am a slow loser... but that's all right.. as long as I eventually lose. I have only 12 pounds to go... what a wonderful number!

I love your turkey surprise dinner! And good for you realizing that you do all the work! Take care of yourself... my hubby sits on the couch while I do it all....No more... I just moved into my new place this week.

Keep coming back to diet diaries. I love the friends I have made here!

Soon2BThin on 12/18/2000:
Hey, I didn't know you could take a turkey & put it in the oven without thawing it, LOL. I learn something new everyday. Sounds like you're doing good on your diet plan, I couldn't live without bread though. Let us know how the turkey turns out.

herb on 12/18/2000:
I am not busy, but through the magic of creative writing I make it appear that way. As far as seeing my sister, even though she lives about 4 miles away there are months that go bye without me going over there. But we pick up the telephone every other day.

Read your journal for today, great, stick to it.

Maria7 - Sunday Dec 17, 2000

Weight: 153.0

Hello everybody! WOW, I really LOVE this site! And you all are such great guys and what an inspiration you all are for newcomers like me to achieve goals. We had a great church service this morning. Our pastor gave a message on 'For unto us a Child is born' in Isaiah 9:6,7. I only had cocoa for breakfast, was running late and in a hurry. Hubby was a good sport when I told him that I wanted to cook dinner for us instead of our usual buffet restaurant dinner after morning services on Sundays. So I have eaten a banana and drunk a mug of cocoa while I am fixing us barbequed baked chicken breasts and string beans with potatoes for dinner. Tonight, I will probably have a pack of peanut butter/cheese (200 calorie kind) crackers and soup for a total of 1200 calories for today. We are having a LOT of wind today and last nite it was thunder, lightning and rain. I hope you all have a great afternoon! Maria

herb on 12/17/2000:
Welcome to the group. I've found a great bunch of people here. All interested in your health and well being despite the fact that some have big problems of their own.

pastagal on 12/17/2000:
You sound like your doing great maria,,,,:}}} are you just counting calories?? Do you drink much water? well glad you like this site,its a great motivator and everyone here is super and so encourageing :}}

cutiecat on 12/18/2000:
Hi Maria!!

Welcome to our site. I've been doing these journal entries for about a month and love the site, too. Everyone is very supportive and nice. Not to mention we can all share diet tips and recipes. Sounds like you've got great variety in your diet and are eating very well with bananas, soup, and lots of protein. Good luck and welcome again!

Enjoy the Christmas season!! :)

Maria7 - Saturday Dec 16, 2000

Weight: 154.0

Hello out there...it is me again. Been a busy day today. Daughter and I went Christmas shopping...the mall is so packed, we both got claustrophobia...it was like a sea of people in there. Nevertheless, we got some shopping done. I ate today: Breakfast: 1 banana & 6 oz. grapefruit juice. Lunch: 6 oz. baked liver and a cup of cocoa. Afternoon snack: banana, pack of nekot cookies, soft drink. Supper: 3 oz broiled steak, banana, tea. Total: 1400 calories. Yes, I know I need to add some veggies in and I will. I do take vitamins every day. It is just that when I determine to lose weight, I have learned what works for me and what doesn't. I know that starches do not work, especially breads. I read a book about a brown rice diet...well forget it. I did it and it only added. I usually find that a low-carb diet works best for me plus counting calories. Well, here it is, December 16 and we are having thunder here in the south. How about that? Tomorrow is church and Hubby and I usually go out and eat buffet for lunch on Sundays. Last Sunday I tried eating low carb and counting calories, but maybe there was a lot of oil and salt in the foods because I still had gained when I got on the scale Monday morning. I try to be careful about fat and salt. Well, it is raining now and thunderstorms are predicted and we are now getting some sharp lightning, so guess this is all for tonight, folks. Thank you for your responses. Have a good night. Maria

pastagal on 12/16/2000:
HI Maria,,,,

Yes i am on ww123 and you are allowed anything you want as long as you stay in your point range,,its really easy to follow and stick with,,and i don't ever feel deprived,,some days i feel like i have eaten to much.

But one of the main keys is Water,,,the more you drink the less you want to eat,,,plus it makes you just feel so much better,,thank you for the kind words on my weight loss since sept,,i have lost almost 50lbs in a yr and for me that is a great acheivement,,cause i have not gained any back,,,and i really think i could do this for life,,,its that easy.I wish you the best on your journey,,,it is tough this time of yr,:}have a great day tomorrow,,,,,,nite

pastagal on 12/17/2000:
I forgot to answer a question you asked,,,i am from northern calif,,,just north of sacramento,,have live in this area all my life,,love it here:}

Maria7 - Friday Dec 15, 2000

Weight: 155.0

This is my first entry. I lost 50 pounds in 1998 that I have been struggling to maintain for the past 2 years. As you can see, I have put on a few over goalweight of 150. I have a new goalweight and it is 140. I have a tendency to be extreme sometimes. Like when I lost the weight in 1998, sometimes I only did 350 calories a day and ended up so sick I was hospitalized. Now I am more sensible. It has been a cloudy day here in the south. I love snow, but I see that the northwest is really getting a lot of cold and snow. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: 1 1/2 weiners and 8 oz grapefruit juice. (Sometimes I just eat whatever is on hand.) Lunch was 4 oz liver and 1 cup black-eyed peas. The liver was baked. Snacks were a banana about 10 am and another one about 3pm. Also I drank cocoa 2 times today. Supper was 2 oz. baked liver and 4 nekot cookies. I drank about 2 glasses tea. Total for day: 1400 calories.

pastagal on 12/16/2000:
Welcome aboard,,,,what type diet is this that your on?? You would do so much better if you would add some veggies and fruit to that,,,have you ever tried ww123,,its a great program and you get so much to eat ,it doesn't ever have you feeling deprived,,,just a suggestion,,,but i have to commend you on keeping 45 lbs off for two yrs,so you must be doing something right:} Will enjoy following your diet and reading your journals:}

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