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Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 13, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Beautiful, bright morning over here in South Carolina, currently 63 degrees fahrenheit, with highs expected in the mid-70's. Looks like a great day to grill out on the back deck if we don't get more rain later on today. Today's menu is: Breakfast: Toasted pimento cheese sandwich, using lite pimento cheese and diet wheat bread, decaf coffee. Lunch: Hotdog with chili, 1 cup baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: 1 cup vegetable soup, fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea. If grill out, supper will be changed to barbequed no-skin chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Total calories: 1200. Workout on treadmill or walk outside and lots of water. I watched some videos last night of when I was at my heaviest weight. What an incentive to stay on track! Have a great day, all of you! :)

Miss Piggy on 03/13/2001:
Good morning Maria. Sounds like you have a great day planned. Hope so. I always manage to be the one holding the camera and camcorder so fortunately I don't have too many videos of myself to look at. I can't stand seeing myself or hearing my voice on cassette or video. I sound like such a hilbilly. Too much information. Hope you get to grill out. Sounds good

kyrin on 03/13/2001:
Good Morning! I noticed in your entries that the bronchitis and sore throat have disappeared. Yea! I'm glad that you're feeling better again.

Keep drinking that water. I'll be thinking of you while I'm trying to get my ounces in too.

Beth on 03/13/2001:
I noticed that when I see a picture of myself NOW, and how much better I look, that is also great incentive! Those baked french fries sound yummy, do you make them yourself? I'm getting hungry looking at your entry, so I'd better go! Have a wonderful day.

dvdmon on 03/13/2001:
Hey Maria, just checked in and was glad to see you seem to be doing real well. I'm hoping the mid-70's temp there means it will be in the 60's here in Northern VA. It was nice yesterday, but still a little on the chilly side. I just think it's funny too how you give us a weather report each day - when will you start doing local sports too? ;-) Have a great day!

Krispy on 03/13/2001:
Weather sounds great where you are, make's such a difference!!

Seeing film footage of yourself is certainly an incentive to stay on track, we don't have a video camera!!!

Hope you get to grill outside, take care!!!!

berry on 03/13/2001:
It feels so great when the sun is shinning when you wake up doesn't it? I have this picture of where you live- you wake up in the morning with the bluejays' singing out the window like the beggining scene in Cinderella (I'm very romantic. I'm 25 but I still love watching disney's videos about princesses.)

It'll be a nice day here in SoCal too. I'll be working only for dinner, so I will go out to the beach again with a cinnamon raison bagel for me and a plain one for those seagulls.

Have a wonderful day*

breakaway on 03/13/2001:
I am SOO jealous of your weather...but, I don't like really warm weather like 80 or above! I would rather have it between 60 and 70 degrees. As soon as it hits like 75 the air conditioning goes on. lol Your menu is great! Hope your able to grill out tonight. Can't wait! We have too much snow to grill out yet...especially after yesterdays storm. Your doing great on the exercise and water it sounds like!! GOod for you!! Have a wonderful sunny day!

Soon2BThin on 03/13/2001:
Looks like a great day here too, high of about 70 & the sun is shining brightly. Hubby & I were already out for a nice walk & that sun was mighty warm. That grilling out sounds good, we still have to go buy a new bbq. Hope you have a great day, Maria!

SoccerMom on 03/13/2001:
You're doing great! Yes...seeing pics of ourselves at our worst is a terrific incentive to not fall back into those bad food habits.

Have a wonderful day!

pastagal on 03/13/2001:
Sounds like your day is going good again,,and nice weather,,thats great,,,,it is nice here today again;}} love it:} Well your menu sounds good,,i love chili dogs,mmmm haven't had any in long time,,,well maria you have a great day and enjoy it:}

ABrown6794 on 03/13/2001:
Hi, A cookout sounds great! We aren't quite there weather wise yet. I'm in the Pac. Northwest myself. Your menu sounds yummy too.

halley on 03/13/2001:
A cookout sounds great! I'd like to do that and grill a bunch of chicken than ust keep it in thefridge/freezer. Keep those videos close by - it does motivate!

herb on 03/14/2001:
Excellent eating plan. As far as what is safe to eat, there is a sect of people called Breatharians who believe they can get all their nutrients from the air. Dont ask me about it, sounded so ridiculous I didn't bother to check it out.

I think the way to get away from bad foods is to do it incrementally. Say you start with pigs, find the vegetarian hot dogs made of soy, instead of Bacon substitute Baco's in your omelettes, and so on. Once thats accomplished move on to beef, substitute turkey burgers, or boca burgers for hamburgers. We must educate ourselves. Hang in there we'll get it bsolved. Were United in this.

Maria7 - Monday Mar 12, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Cloudy, warm day here in South Carolina, with rain and storms forecasted for today and tonight. I threw out some bread earlier and watched a squirrel come get his breakfast. Haven't seen any bluejays this morning...maybe they are sleeping late. I think I know how to get off of this 143 plateau...it just takes a little discipline...which I surely do not have this morning.... Hubby and Daughter ordered a pizza last night and though I resisted it last night, I just finished a slice of it for breakfast....for some reason, I can usually get away with eating something like that in the mornings, but never at night...metabolism? Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1 slice pepperoni-cheese pizza, one banana, 4 ounces decaf sugared soft drink, decaf coffee. Lunch: hotdog with chili, baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: barbequed no-skin chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Total: 1350 calories. Doing great with treadmill workouts every day. Clothes are fitting loose. I'm still working on the 64 ounces water per day, some days yes, some no. Have a great day, all of you! :)

pastagal on 03/12/2001:
Maria,your menus sound great and you will see the numbers move soon,,and as you stated,your feeling your clothes fitting looser and that is really what counts;}} just stay consistant and keep doing what your doing,,:}}}

Krispy on 03/12/2001:
If your clothes are feeling looser, then the scales will soon follow!!! What is it about cold pizza, you wouldn't think it was that appetising would you, but you seem to get drawn towards it!!

Your menu sounds great, keep up with the water and the treadmill. Be good!!!

Jo on 03/12/2001:
Hey, who can resist cold pizza when you wake up feeling hundgry?!! No me. Keep up the great work with the treadmill, and trust how you are feeling more than what that old scale shows (easier said than done I know!!). Hope you had a terrific day.


halley on 03/12/2001:
Loose clothes are a good thing!! Pizza in the morning is sure better than pizza at night!!! -Halley

Tabby on 03/12/2001:
I can understand about the water issue. Some days I do really well and others I just never make it,and I like to drink water and I do better after walking or when the weather warms up. I big down fall is soda "Dr. Pepper" and I do like the Diet Dr. Pepper also but nothing to compare to the real deal. Your menu sounds great! I am glad to hear your exercising in going so well. Keep up the hard work. Later, Tabby

herb on 03/12/2001:
I'm glad of your response to the information on PeTA, most people think that its monolithic, going around with spray cans, and doing sit-ins at fashion designers office. Unfortunately in our society organizations like this, and Greenpeace have to stage this "Street Theatre" to get the medias attention. Television, newspapers, magazines are lazy. They want their stories all prepared and served up to them, just like a Big Macs. Once you get backstage of the theatre and start reading the literature its starts to make sense.

breakaway on 03/13/2001:
Hi Maria...thanks for your comment tonight! Your doing just fine and if 1 slice of pizza is all you had I am proud!! I could never just have 1 piece. I call that disipline! Your doing just wonderful and you will get off that plautea real soon! Have a wonderful day!

Maria7 - Sunday Mar 11, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Bright, sunny, cool day here in South Carolina! The highs are forecasted to be in middle to high 60's (fahrenheit). I threw out birdseed and bread earlier and have been watching the birds enjoy their breakfast. I'm fixing to get ready to go to Sunday School and Preaching. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1/2 bologna sanwich, 1 banana, decaf coffee. Lunch: Barbequed no-skin chicken breast, string beans, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: Vegetable soup, fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea. Calories: 1200. Treadmill workout as usual. I did 2 treadmill workouts yesterday because of eating out buffet. I hope you all have a great day today! :)

SoccerMom on 03/11/2001:
Hope you have a great day, too!

halley on 03/11/2001:
How was the buffet? Have a good day?

pastagal on 03/11/2001:
Does that 1/2 bologna sandwich hit the spot with you in the mornings like it does me maria,,i have gotten hooked on that,,i use to eat alot of tuna sandwiches in the mornings and scrambled egg is another of my favorites,i love bread,and anytime i get even one slice i feel satisfied,,,,:}} well your menu sounds good,,i am making another pot of soup today for the week,,i lose better when i eat alot of soup,,,have awonderful sunday:}}}

breakaway on 03/11/2001:
Do you teach sunday school? Hope you have a great day today!! I see you eat bologna for breakfast too. I just got done asking pasta about that. She eats it for breakfast too. Is there anything special about eating bologna for breakfast? I am really getting tempted to try it lol.

Krispy on 03/11/2001:
You sound just like Pastagal with your breakfast. There is no way I could face anything like that at that time in the morning. But if it works for you, go for it!

Sounds like it was going to be bright and sunny where you are, you don't want to swap it for England's dark and rainy days do you?

Your menu sounds great and well done on the treadmill - was the buffet good?

Soon2BThin on 03/11/2001:
We have quail, doves & bunny rabbits in our front yard here. I haven't had time yet to buy some bird seed & get out to feed them (bread for the bunnies) but I look forward to that. Sounds like you really enjoy that there. Hope you had a great day.

herb on 03/11/2001:
As far as the Newsweek story on Mad Cow, I don't want to appear as an alarmist, but I'm speaking from my personal perspective. I truly want to get away from meats. My suggestion is to get in touch with (PETA) Peoples Ethical Treatment of Animals. Address is 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. Phone (757) 622-Peta, or their web sites www.peta-online.org or www.GoVeg.com. Ask for their "Vegetarian Starter Kit" which is for free, what I like, unlike so many others is that they tell you the substitutes you can use for fish, meat, ice cream, etc..

Maria7 - Saturday Mar 10, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Beautiful, sunny, cool day here in South Carolina! The birds are singing in the trees over here! As usual, I threw out some bread for them earlier. I am looking through the window beside the computer at a bluejay perched on a treelimb. He is singing away as I key this. I love birds and all other animals, too. I am presently holding at 143. Hubby is home today and I plan to take him out to his favorite buffet this afternoon about 4pm. He loves the seafood there. I know I will pig out, so I'm only having coffee and an orange before then. Then I will probably consume 1500 calories there. I do not like to go eat out and restrict if it is buffet. I'd rather restrict before and after buffet eating that day. Since it is pretty out, if it is warm enough, Hubby and I may get some walking done outside, but if not, it will be the treadmill as usual. Water is increasing, I think I managed to get in about 64 ounces yesterday. Sore throat and bronchitis are gone. Hope you all are feeling well. Have a great day! :)

pastagal on 03/10/2001:
Maria,,,,you have been doing great on your eating,,so take this day and go out and enjoy,,,you deserve it especially after being sick for so long,,,,One time eating out now and then without restrictions isn't going to hurt you,and i bet you don't over eat that much anyway,,:}}} just enjoy it and stop when your full,,,well have a wonderful sat ok,,,,,:}

berry on 03/10/2001:
Go Girl! Eat all you want! You've probably noticed that I do that the same when I know I have to pig out for dinner. I just HATE restricting what I eat at a buffet or all-you-can-eat. And you know what, if you didn't eat much before you planed to pig out, you actualy could not eat as much as you thought you'd.

I'm finding the way you eat and mine are kind of the same, only you do much better than I do.

I'm glad your sore throat and bronchitis are gone before the beautiful sunny day like you're having right now so that you could even have a lunch with those bluejays outside.

Where you live must be beautiful. I wish I could throw some bread out from the window in my room. I can hear the birds singing but they're too high on those palm trees and I can't see'em! That's why I have to go out to the beach to spend time with them;(

Have fun at the buffet:):):)

Miss Piggy on 03/10/2001:
Hi Maria. I think I would b the same way if I was going out to eat buffet. Sounds like a good plan to me. I hope you have a good time there. Jordan and I went out to eat buffet a few days ago and they had the best pineapple-cream cheese danish there. I had to have a second one. They were about an inch or so square. The rest of the food was not that great for some reason. Jordan thinks his stomach has shrunk because he used to be able to put away a couple of big plates of food when he went to eat at a buffet and he could barely get through one this time and felt like he was stuffed and miserable afterwards. Hope you get to go out for that walk. Thank you for telling me how to make the fries. I am making some of those baked fries for supper. Good work on the water intake. Really glad to hear the sore throat is better. Be safe and healthy and happy today. God bless

breakaway on 03/10/2001:
Glad to hear your feeling better! And that your getting in that water. Hope you have a great time going out to eat. Your doing the right thing eating small before and after. That way you will be just fine! Have a wonderful day today!

Jo on 03/10/2001:
So glad to hear you're feeling better. You have so much willpower, and I'm proud of you! Believe me, it helps me stick with this "impossible" dream that I have to be thin and fit once again lol. Enjoy the buffet, and maybe hit the treadmill for a few extra mins. if you indulged a bit. Take care!! Jo

halley on 03/10/2001:
You really should enjoy yourself. No reason to deprive yourself all the time! Good luck!

Krispy on 03/10/2001:
Sounds like you have a beautiful day there. Hope you enjoyed your meal out with your hubby! You deserve to indulge yourself once in a while as long as you don't go overboard. Hope it was nice enough for your walk, certainly wasn't here in England, its been raining most of the day.

Pleased to hear you are better, have a great day!!

mostlyidle on 03/11/2001:
Hope you had a great time at the buffet and didn't hold back too much. Since you're being so good before and after, no reason you can't have some extra calories while you're there. Especially since it's not like it's an every day thing. Besides, since you're recovering from being sick, your body could probably use some extra fuel to fix things anyhow.

Thanks for mentioning baked frech fries. Fries are one of the things that I have missed lately. I didn't even think of baking them for some reason, even though we've done that before we were working on losing weight.

Congratulations on holding your weight. That probably means you didn't lose muscle while being sick. We wouldn't want that!

I'd be interested to know a little about your exercise routine on the treadmill. (How long, fast, etc.) Just to get a sense of what others are doing.

Maria7 - Friday Mar 09, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Cloudy, cool morning here in South Carolina. It rained a little earlier. Hope you are all doing well today. I threw out some bread earlier for the birds. A pretty bluejay was singing in a tree. I think he was telling me he was ready for breakfast, ha, ha. We are having some cold nights, too cold for Hubby and me to walk together, so I have been walking on the treadmill, not nearly as much fun and seems to take longer. I'm starting to get in more water, but not 64 ounces a day yet. Working on it. That's all any of us can do, right? Don't give up, keep working on it. Fall off the wagon? Get back on track. Keep going. Right. Keep coming back here. Helps to stay on track, doesn't it? We're not alone. We're all working towards our goals. And that takes work, right? Discipline? Telling ourselves, "This is the way it's gonna be!" Breaking old habits. (That's a tough one.) It is true, old habits are hard to break. We didn't get overweight from eating correctly and exercising. No...a lot of us got overweight from trying to console and comfort ourselves with food. What did that do? Did it do any good? no. So, here we are, every day, coming here, consoling and comforting one another and helping each other stay on track and get to goalweights. We're gonna do it! YES? Menu for today: Breakfast: 1 banana, 1 lite pimento cheese toasted sandwich using diet wheat bread, decaf coffee, decaf tea. Lunch: 1 hotdog with chili, 1 cup baked french fries, decaf tea. snack: orange. Supper: 1 cup vegetable soup and pack of peanut butter and cheese crackers, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Total calories: 1300. Exercise: Treadmill walking and jogging. Water: As much as can tolerate, (working on it). Have a great day, all of you! :)

pastagal on 03/09/2001:
Maria,,,,,who is it your trying to convince:}} us or yourself,,,,,:}}} But the answer to all the above,,,,YES,,:}}I hope you have a good day,how's the broncitis doing today,my throat is still sore and my sinuses are a mess ,,but i think it is allergies acting up with me right now with this one day nice ,one day not nice outside,,

Your menu sounds good,,about the water,,your doing good,64 oz is a good amount,,try useing a straw,,really helps to get it down quicker:} well have a wonderful friday and see ya here tomorrow,:}}}

Miss Piggy on 03/09/2001:
You are doing great Maria. Thank you for feeding those birds. I sure do miss my birdfeeder and the birds and squrriels I used to feed. I believe God will bless you for it. I mean over and above the blessing you get just from having them around to enjoy. Does it take long for your baked french fries to cook? Do you bake them in the oven or the microwave? My microwaved potato salad didn't turn out very well because I didn't get the potatoes cooked long enough. I guess I was in too big of a hurry that night. Good luck on that water. Keep up the good work.

breakaway on 03/09/2001:
Your entry hit the nail right on the head! I never really thought of it as counseling but your right. And the best part is it's FREE!! I have never had counseling before but I've heard it's not cheap. Good entry and great menu planned for today! Have a wonderful day today!!

Jo on 03/09/2001:
Maria - Hope you had a great day. It sounds like a terrific menu, within cals but still good tasting food. Yeah, keep drinking that water. Do you think it's really important that I count the oz. I'm drinking or should I just drink it as much as I can?? I take a liter of water to work every day and drink it all by mid-morning. Then, at lunch I have a half-liter. When I get home I have at least 2 more liters. Doesn't that seem like enough....

You are so on the money. I definitely have used food to help take care of the hurts in life. And unfortunately, hurts continue to arise daily for all of us so this is not a good method. I get so much comfort and support from communicating with you all. This is a great site for us!! :) Jo

Krispy on 03/10/2001:
You are doing really well on the water! Keep it up. I just have to agree with you on how great I think this place is. Its a bit like a hugh slimming club but with a difference, we can all have a moan and winge and we have the support of each other when we feel down. I just wish I had found you guys earlier!

Your menu sounds great and well done on the treadmill and jogging. Roll on the spring and you can get back outside again! Have a great one!!

Maria7 - Thursday Mar 08, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! It is a crisp, sunny, cool day here in South Carolina. Beautiful bright blue sky overhead. I think spring is waking up. I hope all of you are doing well this morning. My mother is much better, thank you all for your comments about her. As for me, I've still got the sore throat, but bronchitis is better. It isn't easy getting a lot of water in with a sore throat. I have been drinking a lot of decaf coffee however, and that helps. Hubby and I were going to take our usual stroll last night, but it felt much colder than we'd anticipated once we began, so we came back and I walked on the treadmill...seemed so much longer, walking on the treadmill instead of walking with Hubby. Today's menu is: Breakfast: lite pimento cheese toasted sandwich using diet wheat bread, decaf tea, decaf coffee. Lunch: hotdog with chili, 1 cup baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack, if have one: banana and pack of nekot peanut butter cookies, decaf tea. Supper: 1 cup vegetable soup, pack of peanut butter cheese crackers, decaf tea. Total calories: 1400. Exercise: treadmill (until it warms up outside again for Hubby and me to walk together). Have a great day, all of you. :)

Kyrin on 03/08/2001:
Hi Maria! I'm glad that your mom is doing so much better. Now, if we could just get <i>you</i> well! {hugs}

I saw on the weather report that your corner of South Carolina was supposed to get hit with a hard freeze last night. Hope your lovely plants and flowering trees did all right.

pastagal on 03/08/2001:
Gosh maria your sickness is really hanging on isn't it:{ wish you could get to feeling better soon,,,,i have got another sore throat,,could be caused from allergies,,,not sure,,i don't feel bad,just throat hurts to swallow,,,anyway,you take time for you and get some rest,,,your doing great on your program:}

Krispy on 03/08/2001:
I know what you mean, going for a stroll with hubby doesn't feel like exercise - roll on warmer weather. It wasn't too cold here today but it was wet but I still went for a walk, fortunately it was only drizzling!!

My little girl Alice was 4 last Friday and she is a real cutie. Typical little English girl, very long blond hair and blue eyes with a fair complexion. I think my kids are at a wonderful age now (4&5) it really is a pleasure having them around and they do get on so well together!

Keep up the good work and I hope it warms up soon!!

berry on 03/08/2001:
oyyy.. hope your bronchitis and sore throat will be all better soon. I also hope you will be able to take a long walk under the sun when it gets much warmer there. It's a nice day here in SoCal too, but it's kind of chilly for a walk on the beach, so I'll skip that for today. Have a very nice day******

muggg on 03/08/2001:
Hope you get to feeling better soon. The germs are especially bad this year. Take care!

Miss Piggy on 03/08/2001:
Hi Maria, goodnes gracious. Hope you get to feeling better soon. The treadmill doesn't sound like a good substitute for a walk with yuor husband. Better than no exercise but not nearly as much fun. Hope it warms up there for you soon. Have a marvellous day and take care of yourself. God bless you. (Oh I almost forgot-there is yet another movie or two in that left behind series. I think one of them is called apocalypse.) Hugs.

breakaway on 03/08/2001:
good menu today!! And I'm glad you got that walk in anyhow. It sure does seem a lot longer doesn't it? I think I will move my tv in our bedroom (where our treadmill is) that way it will go by faster. Have a wonderful day today!!

Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 07, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! It is a beautiful, sunny, cool morning here in South Carolina. I went outside earlier and was looking at the new shoots on the rosebuses...they are all doing very well. I did pretty well calorie-wise yesterday, 1500 calories, but did not get any exercise in as planned, so I will try to make up for that today. Just so much going on. My Mother has been staying with us this week and I have been looking after her since she was released from the hospital Sunday. Pastagal, thank you so much for all the info on Weight Watchers. Yesterday's menu was: Breakfast: 2 decaf coffees. Lunch: 2 salmon patties, 1 cup grits, 1 cup boxed kind macaroni and cheese. Snack: 1 banana and 1 pack nekot peanut butter cookies. Another snack: 1 orange. Supper: Barbequed no-skin chicken leg and thigh, 1 cup string beans, decaf tea. 1500 calories. Today's menu: Breakfast: Lite pimento cheese sandwich on diet wheat bread, decaf coffee, decaf tea. Lunch: 1 hamburger, 1 cup baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack, if have one: 1 pack of nekot peanut butter cookies, 1 banana, decaf tea. Supper: 1 cup vegetable soup, 1 pack peanut butter and cheese crackers. Total calories: 1500. I am going to try to get an hour walking on the treadmill done today and more water in. Have a good day, all of you. :)

pastagal on 03/07/2001:
Your welcome maria,,,well looks like your doing good today and your menu sounds great,,you have a wonderful day,,its beautiful here in northern calif today:}}}

Krispy on 03/07/2001:
Stick with it, you ar edoing really well. If you fancy try Weight Watchers I'd give it a go, sometimes it does you good to be able to focus on your diet in a different way. I am a great believer in not starting a diet that you cannot envisage staying on for the rest of your life! Have a good day, sounds like its really nice there.

sunny3 on 03/07/2001:
You are doing great as usual! Hope you have a nice visit with your mom as she gets better!

Have a wonderful day! Hugs! ~~Sunny~~

Miss Piggy on 03/07/2001:
Hi Maria, Hope things are going better for you now. Sounds like they are. Things are going better around here. Jordan has been aproved for his SSI so that should help the finances around here. I won't know about my SSI until around next month some time. Keeping my fingers crossed. I tried to send that donkey story but I couldn't get it attached. I will either have Jordan help me attach it or I will copy it into my next journal entry...I am praying for you. Hugs. Gayle.

Jo on 03/07/2001:
Great menus, and I hope that your mother is doing better soon. Good luck!

Tabby on 03/07/2001:
Your menu sounds great! You seem to be doing well on getting your calories. I haven't really ever tried just counting calories. Does that help you alot? I also walk on a treadmill when I exercise and if I do it at work with other people I do okay, but if I have to do it when I am alone I just can't seem to stay with it as long. Keep up the great work and I will check back real soon. Tabby

herb on 03/07/2001:
We got about a foot of snow, but they are very good about plowing up here. I'm thinking of going on Weight Watchers also. It looks by your journal that you're being good. Carry On.

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 06, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone. It is a very windy, sunny, cold day here in South Carolina. Hope you are all doing well. Thanks, Jo and Kyrin for the encouragement you responded with to yesterday's update. Well, back on the diet wagon again. No more mini-binges. Hubby and I walked last night. Had a good walk under a clear, starlit sky. I think the March wind has finally arrived. I don't know what menu will be today, due to not feeling too good from bronchitis and overeating yesterday. Presently am having coffee and juice. Hope you all have a good and safe day today. :)

berry on 03/06/2001:
Good Morning. I commented on your last entry, but it seems like you don't have to read it any more because you're already back on track!!! Your husband seems very supportive about your diet-good for you, and that's my dream-hubby!(I don't even have a decent bf right now!!) haha

it's shinning here in Southern California. I'll work for dinner tonite, but I'm willing to do a lot of healthy things before!!!

hope you have a wonderful day***

pastagal on 03/06/2001:
Aww maria,,you sound so down,,,,listen you get yourself to the doctor girl and get some meds,,broncitics can really play havic on the body,,its time you get to feeling better,,,as for the over eating,don't beat yourself up over that ok,,you have been doing so great,just pick up and start fresh and you can do it;}}} hope you get better soon,,i know what it like to have what you have,,,had that twice this yr already,,and i now have another sore throat coming on today:{{{ oh well we all need Spring to get here bad,,,have a good day,or try anyway,,,:}

muggg on 03/06/2001:
Thank you for your comment Maria. You are a good inspiration. I know what you mean about gaining it all back and it CAN happen. We have to stop this nonsense. I think the idea of having a list of things to do before reaching for that snack is a great idea.

I think I have been too rigid in my food choices. I am probably getting bored with them. I am such a good cook (and modest too :-) ) that it is a shame to not be cooking.

I think I'm going to try eating the foods I want, NO snacking and exercise more. I can get by with a nice salad for supper with my (MUST HAVE) frozen yogurt, 1/2 banana and 1 Tablespoon of Chocolate sauce. That gives me a 500 calorie supper with 1000 to spare for all day long. 1500 calories seems like a resonable intake for what I weigh. Then I'm going to try to exercise 1 hour total or more each day. Easy when it's pretty out!

We'll be consistant and we'll get results. But we must not ever forget we came from... fat city!

Hang in there girlfriend.. I'm not giving up either!

Krispy on 03/06/2001:
Good on you for getting straight back on the diet wagon, it is so easy to fall off and not get back on for several days and then you have undone all your hard work! Keep doing the walking, especially under a starlit sky - very romantic! Keep being good!

breakaway on 03/06/2001:
Hi Maria...Sounds like you got our wind. It was so windy here yesterday and soo cold. Your walk sounded so peaceful!! Glad you got that in. YOu are doing fantastic...have a wonderful day today!

pastagal on 03/06/2001:
<font color=blue>Maria,,weight watchers is based on a point system,all foods have point values ,How many points depend on the serving size and the number of calories ,fat ,and fiber in the food,they give us a list of foods that are already figured for you and so when you first start off on this program it doesn't take anytime to get familar with the point system of each food you eat,once you get the basics down,,,example,if an peice of fruit is considered 1 pt,,two peices would be 2 pts and so forth,,your allowed so many points per day for your weight range,,i can have between 22 and 27 per day and be ok,as you eat your meals,you add your points up,and with weight watchers,if you eat at the high end of points you seem to lose better,at least for me ,,and really get alot of food,like Veggies are 0 pts,,,only a few are counted ,,,so at dinner i try to have at least two veggies and sometimes three,certain foods cost you alot of points,but if you decided on certain foods then you just work that in for the day,,,My worst times are at night,i love dinner and so i try to keep most of my points for that meal and make sure i have some for snacks,and there are so many snacks that are only 1 point,,,you can get the at home version of weight watchers and you get everything they offer at the meetings,just don't get to go to a meeting,but i have found its so easy to follow i don't need the meetings ,especailly since i have so much support here,,been doing it a yr and its just become a way of life for me now,at first it was abit confusing to figure out,,but once i did and with the help of others on weight watchers ,i just dearly love it now,,and whats so great is,,i can have ANYTHING like i use to ,,i just can't eat it all at one setting:} You have seen my menus and i eat,,trust me,,eat very good in fact,,,i have just learned the lower points foods that i enjoy the most and can have the most of,,,anyway,if you need more information just yell ok,:}} There is a great site on here that gives list of foods already calculated for you with there point value,,,'Dottiesweightlosszone" its a great site,she lost a ton of weight on it,,:}} But i have found,even tho its based on a point system,,it actually is just a way of teaching portion control,because you get anything you want,its just kept at certain point range so you Can't go over a certain amount in one day,,:}}

SoccerMom on 03/06/2001:
Hope that bronchitis clears up soon...take care of yourself!

Jo on 03/06/2001:
I hope you're feeling better. Glad to have you back from the mini-binge. Isn't exercise nicest when you're with the one you love? Take care. Jo

pastagal on 03/06/2001:
Maria they don't sell a book on the point system at the book stores,,in the weight watchers new cook book i think it shows alittle about the point system,,not sure tho,,,,,you can order the at Home program and they send you the complete set of stuff you need to get started,,,,but it cost around 89.00 in most areas,,,its worth it tho,,,but to get it from your local weight watchers place in your area,you have to join to get the material and go weekly,,,they give you each book week by week,thats the one thing i liked about the at home version,you get it all at once,,,,:}

mmc on 03/07/2001:
You can do it i know you can keep up your hard work!


Maria7 - Monday Mar 05, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Update: This is in addition to my entry earlier today...I got stressed out again and turned to chocolate candy...this time it was a 500 calorie bag of M&M's peanuts...did I stop there? Of course not! I had a 250 calorie sugared soft drink and a 250 calorie big bag of chips. This is now 3 nights in a row. I get stressed, then feel a compelling craving and gotta hurry to the store! Gotta get some candy, drink, and chips! If I don't stop, I'm probably fixing to see a gain...then I wouldn't be on plateau island, I'd soon be back into 'fat land'! The land I used to be where regular clothes in stores didn't fit...I was sometimes called 'fat names'...I wore size 22 instead of 6 and 8. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??????? HELP!!!!!!

Jo on 03/05/2001:
Hey. Hang in there. You can stop this behavior because you know what you really want to accomplish. Pastagal gave me a great suggestion for this problem. Write a list of all the things you can do INSTEAD of eating when the craving hits. Post this list on your fridge or cupboard. Then, do any of those things instead of eating. When you've done those things, if you're still craving focus on a healthy alternative. I eat those raw baby carrots (all ready to eat, no prep)with fat free ranch dressing. Believe me, sometimes I eat a whole bag of carrots (then feel a bit uncomfortable) but at least it wasn't chips or candy. And get rid of the soda. Period. It's liquid fat. Maybe also put a photo of yourself as you were at size 22 to help you stop. Remember, we're here to help. Keep the faith, and start again now. Don't worry about the past 3 days. They're over. Jo

Kyrin on 03/06/2001:
You've been fairly restrictive with your calorie intake lately. I hadn't noticed...but have you been avoiding chocolate and some of the other things that you love? If you have, stop doing that! :-) Make a deal with yourself that EVERYTHING you desire is allowed in serving-sized portions...and then fit that into your daily nutrient and calorie requirements. You can have anything you want, Maria. Anything.

Breathe...and drink you water. Everything will be okay. E-mail me again if you need to chat. Or e-mail me a phone number and I'll call you.

You'll be fine...and you won't be resorting to those size 22s again. I promise! ...I like Jo's suggestions too.


berry on 03/06/2001:
Hi. Maria. How I wish I could go to the beach with you and walk to the pier instead of pigging out:( I've been having the same problem lately, I'm in the mood of eating on and off. I just had a healthiest day yesterday, but then today I'm snacking those cookies at work.

As Jo suggested earlier, I think the PastaGal's idea would be worth a try. I"ll list things I can do FIRST before I eat then see how it affects my appetite.

One more thing- I've been bad on water intake lately, and I really that's part of the probs.

We can do this, Maria. I'll try to go to the beach before I start thinking about eating!!

Hope you have a wonderful healthy day today:):):)

Miss Piggy on 03/06/2001:
Oh Maria, I am so sorry I was not there yesterday for you. Please forgive me. I will be praying for you. I am so glad you Emailed me. I've been pretty much pigging out this week but I have done it on purpose before I have to see that doctor on the 14th. Then I'll have to buckle down and get busy again. Don't worry. First we have to do something about the stress. I know that is a lot easier to say than to do. Believe me how well I know that. Oh, I have a neat donkey story to send you but I will probably have to Email it to you. I think you'll like it. Next, I guess we'll have to put the past behind us. Start all over and take the next step. Please hang in there. You know all our prayers and best wishes go with you. I will try to do better about reading and writing to everyone. I had to go to Sayre 3 times yesterday. The bus didn't stay to pick Chris up and when I went back to pick him up the first time I couldn't find him and I had to drive all the way back a third time to find him and bring him home. Some one is at the door right now but I will get back to you. God bless you and good luck.

Maria7 - Monday Mar 05, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! It is a bright, sunny, with brilliant blue sky morning here in South Carolina! It is currently at 10:30am 52 degrees fahrenheit, with high forecasted at 57. I threw out some bread earlier for the bluejays and squirrels. The bluejays have been singing their springtime song this morning! I love to hear them! It is a little breezy also. Big white marshmellow-puff clouds are floating by overhead, but only a few of them. I sound better than I feel. Bronchitis is still going on and I am trying to not go to the doctor for it. I don't like to take antibiotics. I have decided to up my calories today because I had another little 'mini-binge' last night which consisted of popcorn, nuts, pancake with syrup, and another bologna sandwich. Only 800 extra calories, but enough to keep me on 'plateau island'. So, I think I may need to up my calories a little (like you did, Kyrin) and see if that helps prevent the urge for a little food binge at night and to get off this plateau island I've been on for a while. I know that sometimes not having enough calories lowers our metabolisms and puts out bodies into starvation modes and therefore, we don't lose, we are just consuming fewer calories and it doesn't pay off. Also, I have not been drinking my usual 100 ounces of water that I was drinking each day. For the past couple of days I haven't even consumed 64 ounces a day of water. Thank you, Pastagal, Kyrin, Sunny, Berry, Jo, Krispy, all of you who commented about my Mother...she is out of the hospital now and doing very well. She springs back fast. Menu for today is: Breakfast: bologna sandwich (made with fat-free bologna, 1 tablespoon real mayo, mustard, 2 wheat diet bread), fat-free pancake with 1 tablespoon light syrup, banana, and 3 decaf coffees (for sore throat). Lunch: hotdog with onions, chili, mustard and baked french fries, decaf tea. Supper: Homemade chili beans (Pastagal, yours sounded so good that I am going to make a big pot of chili beans this afternoon), decaf tea. Totals: 1600 calories and 21 fat grams (13% fat). All of you have a great day! :-)

Kyrin on 03/05/2001:
Yea, ma'am! Increase those calories. Add in some more fruits and veggies. Lots of color and textures. I can't wait to see what it does for you! {big grin}


SoccerMom on 03/05/2001:
Glad to hear that your mom is doing better. I think I hit that "too little calories plateau" too. I had several days when I didn't eat enough, then also burned over 400 at the gym....and I think my body went into the "hoarding mode". hahaha...I believe it'll get over it, now that I had pizza yesterday.

Wish I had your weather!

Have a great day.

pastagal on 03/05/2001:
Gosh maria,,,you sure you should not give in and go get some antibiotics for that broncitis,,,i think that is the one thing when i have it i have to have help with,,i just can't get over that with some meds from the doctor,otherwise i am sick forever,,hope you get well from that soon,,really takes a lot out of the body:{

Your menu sounds great,yes i agree,up your calories a bit,,you must not be getting enough to want that much at night after your day,,and yes,i made my chili beans yesterday and they turned out so good,had them for dinner and will have a cup today for lunch,,,,well take care and keep moving forward and be consistent:}}}

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