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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:}}}

Maria7 - Sunday Mar 04, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Hello, everyone. Bronchitis still going on over here. Also, it is a rainy, warm day here in South Carolina and strong storms forecasted for this afternoon. I guess it is a wait and see deal. Went to church this morning, but was not able to sing. My Mother (see yesterday's updated entry) is doing better and being released from the hospital today. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1/2 banana, fat-free bologna sandwich (using 40 calorie/slice diet wheat bread and mustard), decaf tea and decaf coffee. Lunch: 1 barbequed, roasted, no-skin chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Snack: 1/2 banana, 1 snackpack nekot peanut butter cookies, 8 ounces caffeine-free soft drink. Supper: 1 cup chicken noodle soup broth and 5 fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea and decaf coffee. Totals: 1100 calories, 18 fat grams, (14.72%fat). Walk on treadmill. I'm not getting in as much water as I have been, due to bronchitis. Hope you all have a good and safe day. :-)

BIGRED on 03/04/2001:

Jo on 03/04/2001:
What's the deal with bologna for breakfast around here?? Is there something I don't know about that I should be doing?? :o}

Kyrin on 03/04/2001:
Hi there, Maria! I'm glad that your mom is better. Those allergic reactions sure can be scary--especially the swelling of the mouth, tongue and throat!

I see that you are back to doing your low-cal thing after yesterday's stress fest. Hey, I might have too! {{hugs!}}

About the Crunchy Oatmeal Bread...and you will also (occasionally) see entries for 9-grain, Wheat Berry, Whole Wheat, and Sour Dough Breads. They are a hearty loaf of bread that is sold at my local bakery/thrift store. (We are soooo lucky to get to smell bread baking every day in our little downtown. LOL) The bread maker is Cobblestone Mills. I am not sure, but I think I used to use this brand when we lived in Raleigh, N.C. (early 90's) ...Can you get it where you are?

pastagal on 03/04/2001:
Boy maria,,hope you get over that broncitis soon,,altho it is one of the hardest illnesses to get over,,,so you get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids ok,,,,glad your mom is doing better and getting to go home,,,i am sure her being in the hospital put stress on you that makes being sick even worse,,you need to be sure and take care of you:{ ok;}} aww i see i started something,got you eating bologan sandwiches for breakfast to:}} i love them,,they just hit the spot with me,,,ok have a great night and get some rest,,,,see ya tomorrow:}

berry on 03/05/2001:
We'll have another storm here in SoCal. I don't know how much it rains in South Carolina, but I don't like it at all that it rains this much.

I did go to the beach today, but I was so mean to those seagulls I didn't throw my bagel out! But there are some open terrace restaurants, so I figured the nice people there might've already fed the birds. Those seagulls on the beach should be on a diet too!! Who wouldn't want to feed them when they're all looking cute and begging for the breads!

krispy on 03/05/2001:
Thank you for your response to my first entry on DD. This time I know I can do it and it is all down to people like you who take the time to encourage and support others. I think I'm going to like it here. Hope you soon feel better.

Kyrin on 03/05/2001:
Maria, the bread is about the size (per slice) of a good-sized pumpernickle or rye bread that you would find at the grocery store (half again the size of white bread). It is approximately 100 calories a slice, but is packed with all sorts of good stuff. The whole grain varieties have wheat berries, barley, nuts, all kinds of things. It's an interesting bread to eat in a sandwich, and wonderful toasted! I often have a half sandwich when I use this bread because it is filling...but since I've been boosting my calories, I've been enjoying two slices. {big grin}

sunny3 on 03/05/2001:
I am very glad to hear that your mom is doing better and is out of he hospital. It's such a scary thing when a loved one is ill.

Hopefully your bronchitis clears up soon!

Have a great day! Hugs! ~~Sunny~~

Maria7 - Saturday Mar 03, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Hello, everyone! It is a warm, rainy day here in South Carolina. It has been raining all day. I hope all of you are having a good weekend. The weather forecasters are saying we may get snow Monday and Tuesday...if so, that will be a first this season for my location. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1 banana, 2 large salmon patties, 1 cup grits, decaf tea and decaf coffee. Snack: 1 orange. Lunch: 2 cups vegetable soup, pack of cheese and peanut butter crackers, decaf tea. Snack: 1 banana or orange. Supper: Fruitplate and decaf coffee. Totals: 1200 calories, 20 fat grams (16%). Take care, all of you! :-) Update: It is 8:30pm. My Mother has been admitted to the hospital. I went up there and stayed a while with her even though I've got bronchitis and should not be around her and should be home...anyway, she is okay, she had a bad allergic reaction to something (they don't know what) and her tongue swoll so big, her mouth could not close over it. Before I came back home, she was drinking some juices, etc and her tongue was back to normal, but they are going to keep her and have admitted her. I don't do well under stress...I ended up eating a giant (500 calories) Snicker candy bar, a big bag of potato chips, a tootsie pop, and some peanuts. A little binge. Why did I do that? Thing is, I was doing well with today's menu, but I just impulsively decided to have a Snicker bar, was satisfied after 3 bites, but thought, oh, well, I've done it now, so eat it all...and I didn't even want anymore half way through it and still finished it. Then, with the sweet craving satisfied, I got an immediate salt craving and thought, oh, well, I've done it now, so there went the chips. The other was just a 'just as well' thing, but was not hungry for them, either. I was eating out of anger to punish myself for giving in to the first bite. I ate past full...why did I do that? Soccermom, I thought about emailing you for support, but didn't do it...I had already decided I was going to have that snickerbar at that moment. So, now I have confessed and I doubt if any of you even read this, since I wrote it at night. But if any of you do, thank you for listening. Maria :)

pastagal on 03/03/2001:
Hi maria,,,yes keeping my breakfast and lunch down today cause i want to enjoy dinner ,i love beans and they are so filling ,,,,but actually i get full on 1/2 tuna sandwich ,,dill pickles and wow chips ,,,,guess i am use to it i have eaten that way for so long,,,,a whole sandwich is just to much for me,,,,well your menu sounds great as usual,,you have a wonderful weekend ok:}}

breakaway on 03/03/2001:
Hi Maria...you must have gotten Pastagals rain!! She has been looking for that! Hope that rain doesn't get you too down. It is really sunny here and 45 degrees...I will send some sun your way ok. Let me know if it makes it! Have a really good day!!!

SoccerMom on 03/03/2001:
They're saying that we're supposed to get snow, too...but depending on which channel I watch, we're getting anywhere from a mix of snow/rain, to almost a foot of snow...so I hit the grocery store early this morning, to stock up on everything.

You have a wonderful weekend!

BIGRED on 03/03/2001:

Kyrin on 03/03/2001:
Hi Maria!

You asked about Kyrin's Kitchen... I always try to put the day's link up just before I go to bed at night. That way, I have ALL of the info for the day. Sometimes (like last night when it was thundering so bad), I don't get it up until the next day. The link will always be on the day that I ate. I think DVDMon puts his up the next day. Would that be less confusing for y'all if I did that? (put Saturday's kitchen link on Sunday's entry rather than on Saturday's dairy entry?)

Miss Piggy on 03/04/2001:
Hi Maria, hope you are feeling better today. Hope your mom is too. Don't worry too much about the candy and chips. We have all been there and done that. Just do more exercise or eat a little bit less for a few meals to make up for it. Or just consider it a free treat. Occasionally you are allowed a treat. Do you have Yahoo Messinger? When we are playing a game or something and you need to talk to someone now IM me at evil20001 and I will quit what I am doing and answer you. It makes chimes ring so I will know you are there. Hope you have a better day today. Hugs

Maria7 - Friday Mar 02, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good afternoon, everyone! It is warm (73 degrees fahrenheit presently) and sunny here in South Carolina today but the rain is expected to come in tonight and last 2 or 3 days. Got to go run errands again this afternoon. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 2 coffees. (Throat was sore and I didn't feel like eating breakfast.) Lunch: 2 large salmon patties, 1 cup grits, decaf tea. Afternoon snack: 1 banana and 1 snackpack of nekot peanut butter cookies, decaf tea. Supper: Grilled steak, baked french fries, salad and decaf tea. If still hungry, a cup of red seedless grapes. Today's totals: 1550 calories, 33 fat grams, (19.73% fat in menu.) Have a great day all of you and I will check back tonight to read and respond to your entries! :-)

berry on 03/02/2001:
Your menu is always sensible and healthy. Even when you have a steak for dinner, I can see the effort that you make the fried potatoes baked. And that's why I love reading your entries every day. Nice, very nice***

pastagal on 03/02/2001:
Oh boy maria,,,your weather is what i wish i had here,,,we have rain and its going to last till monday they say,,,i am ready for spring weather and then summer,,,,Your menu sounds good as usual:} enjoy your outting and be safe,,,,see ya tomorrow on here:}}

Kyrin on 03/02/2001:
I wondered where our sun went...evidently it wandered over the hills to South Carolina. Humph! We've been getting clobbered by torrential rains this evening, after being under a tornado alert all afternoon. Tell you what...tomorrow morning, how about giving it a shove up higher in the sky so that some of it reaches us. Heheheh! Quit hoggin' it. {grin}

Your calorie counts look better today, inspite of the coffees for breakfast. I was startin' to worry about your really low cals.


Miss Piggy on 03/02/2001:
Eggplant doesn't have much flavor by itself. It is beautiful though. You can grill it but the best is to make an egg and flour and milk batter which I put wheat bran and wheat germ in and fry it and it is soooo delicious. It is used in a lot of dishes from India too. I used to have some friends from India who looked all over Enid for eggplant when it was out of season and couldn't find it. Most of them are a very dark purple outer skin almost black. Inside they are kind of white and squashy with tiny seeds but genetically they are related to the tomato plant. Some of them are white or lighter purple but most of the ones you see at the supermarket are the dark purple kind. They don't keep well for a long time and are better if used while very fresh. They are a bit softer than squash. They go pretty well with battered mushrooms and battered and fried okra too. I know I shouldn't eat them that way but they are so good. Jordan and I found the health food store today and he decided he likes carob raisins and all natural root beer. He wishes I did not buy the red lentils though.

Maria7 - Thursday Mar 01, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! It is a sunny, chilly (45 degrees fahrenheit) morning here in South Carolina, with high forecasted to be 65. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1 cup canteloupe cubes and decaf coffee. Lunch: barbequed no-skin roasted chicken breast, 1 and 1/2 cups green peas, decaf tea. Afternoon snack: small snackpack of nekot peanut butter cookies, banana, decaf tea. Supper: 2 cups fat-free vegetable soup, 5 fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea. Today's Totals: 1000 calories, 15 fat grams, (13.5% fat in today's menu). I got back into my workout again yesterday, walking and jogging on the treadmill with ankle weights on (and listening to a good inspirational tape about the Bible with headphones on). Plan to do the same today unless Hubby wants to go walking with me outside. Have a great day, all of you! :-) P.S. I threw some bread out earlier and am now watching the bluejays get it. I love to watch them eat! :-)

Miss piggy on 03/01/2001:
Hi Maria. Rented some pretty good videos yesterday. One was called Left Behind and one was called Tribulation. I think you might enjoy them. Today I am going to rent one called Revelation which is along the same lines. And I am going to look and see if they have one in the store called Judgement. They are not all totally biblically accurate but they are pretty good movies. Nice to see something that isn't a cuss word every other word for a change. We have ran across some real stinkers lately. Hope you have a nice day. Hugs.

muggg on 03/01/2001:
I can't wait until it gets to 65� here! Enjoy your walk outdoors if you get to go!

pastagal on 03/01/2001:
Maria,,your menu sounds good today,but just doesnt' seem like enough food,you sure your eating enough:} I am getting lots of birds around my house now,,i have a bird feeder outside my mother in laws bedroom window for her and every morning the birds are covering it trying to eat,,,and the humming bird feeder is always got alot around it,,she use to enjoy them so much,,but her eye sight isn't good anymore and mind isnt good now either,,but i still keep them hanging out there,,well enjoy your day and hope hubby walks with you tonight;}}

berry on 03/01/2001:
Thanks for the quick comment on my entry today. And yes, I live 10 min away from nearby beaches. I'd love to live much closer to the beach, but I chose here because it only takes me three min to school.

I once threw some Gorditas from TacoBell out on the beach and let this seagul have it. But then he must have had too much of sourcream and he ended up thowing them all up. I feel so sorry for him and I've tried not to feed a bird with fattenning foods since then. ;(

Anita on 03/01/2001:
Hi Maria! I wish it was that "chilly" here! I live in Eastern Canada. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Thanks so much for your suggestion re: the encouragement letter. I think that not only will it push me forward as I go, but I think it'll be a real valuable thing to have when I have reached my goal!

Thanks again! Anita.

sparkymel on 03/01/2001:
I just love South Carolina! Enjoy! Have a great day!

sparkymel on 03/02/2001:
No, I don't live near you. I live in Texas. Keep up the workout. That always helps!! Have a great weekend

Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 28, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everybody! It is a cloudy, rainy morning here in South Carolina. It is 57 degrees fahrenheit. The rain is supposed to leave early afternoon, so I plan to grill out barbequed chicken breasts on the back deck about 3:00pm if it does quit raining. Menu for today is: Breakfast: fruit bowl of 1 cup cantaloupe, 1 cup seedless red grapes, 1/2 banana, 4 ounces grapefruit juice. Lunch: 2 salmon patties, 1 cup grits, decaf tea. Supper: grilled, no-skin, barbequed chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Day's totals: 1055 calories, 17 fat grams (15%). I haven't exercised in 3 days as I haven't felt up to it and also have been very busy. I hope you all have a wonderful day today. :)

Breann on 02/28/2001:
Your menu sounds great. Hopefully the weather will clear up so you can barbeque. I can't wait for the summer to do that! Have a great day today.


pastagal on 02/28/2001:
Well maria you have had good reason not to exersise,,,you haven't been feeling good,and you need to get over what you had before you start again,,and you will:}} have a great day and your menu sounds good by the way:}

Tabby on 03/01/2001:
Thanks for writing! I make my menu up as I go. Yours sounded wonderful. I love meats grilled on the grill and we hope to start being able to do that more often as Spring gets closer.I may copy some of you menus down to use as I go. Tabby

SoccerMom on 03/01/2001:
Our menus for today are very similar. I'm having cantaloupe and honeydew for breakfast, broiled salmon and steamed broccoli (with cheese melted on top) for lunch, and if the weather holds, we're grilling chicken for dinner (and having new potatoes, sliced tomatoes, a salad, and the rest of the melons, too)

Have a great day, and go exercise...you'll feel wonderful after you move a bit, promise!

Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 27, 2001
(High Fiber, Low Fat)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everybody! It is a beautiful, sunny, warm day here in South Carolina. Thank you for all your comments...I am doing better....I gargled with 100% hydrogen peroxide (ick!) and that got rid of the sore throat. I'm just about back up to par. Just a little cough every now and then. Well, today's menu is: Breakfast: 8 ounces grapefruit juice. Lunch: 1 cup lima beans, 1 cup brown rice, and decaf tea. Snack: 5 fat-free saltines, banana, and decaf tea. Supper: 1 cup lima beans, 1 cup brown rice, and decaf tea. Total calories: 1186, including 2 fat grams, totaling 2% fat. I know....this really looks like a boring menu, but I am presently cooking a big pot of lima beans and a pot of brown rice, and this is what I am hungry for, so.... Also, did not exercise yesterday or day before, was not up to it. This afternoon, I will be going to get my Mother and take her to her doctor, so when I get back I will probably still not get any exercise in, but that is the way it is, sometimes. Hope you all have a great day! :)

Miss Piggy on 02/27/2001:
I used to think I didn't like lima beans. Until one day when I was married and we had some friends of my husbands who had 5 children and they lived out in the country and didn't have any washer and dryer or much money so my husband told them they could do laundry at our house and they just took up there and were there for every meal etc. So I decided one day that I would have to stop feeding them so well if I wanted them to go away so I fixed a whopping big pot of Lima beans and cornbread for a meal one night and boy was I surprised at how well everyone liked it and I tasted them and they were the best lima beans I ever made, and the corn bread wasn't bad either. I have eaten them ever since. I haven't tried them with rice yet though. I guess I started cooking them too long now or something because when I fix them now they always slip their skins for some reason.

bas63 on 02/27/2001:
Glad you are feeling better. I have never had brown rice but have heard alot about it lately. This may be a silly question, but do you cook it just like regular rice and does it taste much different??

Breann on 02/27/2001:
Glad to hear you are feeling better. It is okay that you didn't exercise. Your body can use the rest. You will get back to it when you are ready!


berry on 02/27/2001:
I hear brown rice has more nutrition than white rice..although I always have white rice I get from my work.(coz it's free) But I guess I'll have some brown rice this weekend. sounds yummier than white rice. have a nice day:):):)

pastagal on 02/27/2001:
<font color=Red>Maria,,,,so glad to hear your feeling better,,,yuck tho with the stuff you gargled with,,,that would be hard for me to do :{,,and now and then your entitled to take a day off from exersising,,,especially for a family member,,and ESPECIALLY moms;}} so enjoy and hope this is just a routine checkup for her and nothing serious,,,,and your menu sounds yummy,,i LOVE beans,,anykind and rice,,,making me hungry now for some;}have a great day,,,take care.

Kyrin on 02/27/2001:
Hey, somedays it's more important to go with what you really want to eat rather than eating things you don't really want ...and then eating the things you do want as well. (I've been guilty of eating like that!)

Spring is here in Alabama. Our flowering trees and azaleas are all blooming. It's beautiful! Makes me wnat to go outside and breathe deep! :-)

Beth on 02/28/2001:
Boy, I'm getting sick of you always telling us how beautiful it is in South Carolina! Just kidding, what I'm really sick of is February in Michigan. Just one more day to go, and it will be March, my favorite! Enjoy your sunshine.

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