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Maria7 - Saturday Dec 28, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello to you...

 150 on the scale this morning...  I was up slightly from this over Christmas, but quickly back on track again...Enjoyed lots of good food and treats..But now...back to business...

Mama is out of the hospital and back in the nursing home and thank you for your prayers for her...She is very weak, though and lost a lot of weight while in the hospital for a week.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2019:
So happy to hear that your Mom is out of the hospital!!! Great scale today!!

Maria7 on 12/28/2019:
Thank you, BC!


Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2019:
Continuing to wish your mom well! GREAT MAINTENANCE!


Donkey on 12/30/2019:
You've done so well under stressful circumstances. That's wonderful news about your mom!



Maria7 - Monday Dec 23, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello to you...

 150 on the scale again this morning...Guess I am maintaining this weight, which so far has been pretty easy to do...maybe this is the best weight for me...I'm not what I'd like to weigh (140 to 145) but I don't feel overweight, so I am comfortable with that.

Thank you for your prayers for Mama, who is stil in the hospital...Hubby and I spend time with her daily....her Doctor said he believes she is improving...Big Smile!

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Hope you are having a blessed day and have a blessed Christmas!

Remember...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

                                                                           Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2019:
Good news that the doctor feels your Mom is improving......good job maintaining.....that may very well be where your body likes to be!!! Merry Christmas!

Maria7 on 12/24/2019:
Thank you for your prayers for Mama...Doctor says he is going to keep her on IV antibiotics a couple more days or so and then send her back to the nursing home.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2019:
glad to hear your mom is doing a bit better that is great to hear! always good to feel comfortable at a certain weight, i am too!


Donkey on 12/24/2019:
I'm glad to hear that your momma is doing better. I'm so glad that you are able to visit her.



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 22, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello to you...

 150 on the scale this morning...Was happy about that.  Although it looks like I'm not getting closer to goal, I can deal with this.  Smile.  Just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Please keep my Mama in your prayers.  She is very sick in the hospital.  Hubby and I have been going back and forth spending time with her.  She is 88 years old.

Hope you are having a good day....

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/22/2019:
Right now, it might be best to stay where you're at until after the holidays. I'm so sorry to hear about your momma. Of course, if she is ill, the hospital is exactly where she needs to be, but I'm sorry to hear that she is very sick and not feeling well... I will pray for her.

Maria7 on 12/22/2019:
Thank you for your prayers for her. I'm sure she'd say thank you, also. Yes, she very sick. But God is our Healer. Yes, I agree, might be better to try to just stay where I'm at for the holidays and no dieting during this time, especially with the added stress about Mama and going back and forth to see her at a hospital in another town.


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2019:
Praying for your Mom Maria, hoping that she is comfortable. You are such a good daughter. I'm sure that your Mom appreciates that..

Maria7 on 12/24/2019:
Thank you for your prayers.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2019:
I was wish good thoughts for you Mom.

Also, i want to say good job to you on maintaining your weight so well this year! Happy Holidays to you, too!

Maria7 on 12/24/2019:
Thank you, HOP.


happy-1 on 12/27/2019:
Hugs. Keeping good thoughts and prayers for your mom.



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 07, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello to you...

 150 on the scale this morning...so up a little, but still okay for now with it.  How can I not be up on the scale?  I have been indulging in my enemy, ice cream, almost daily and not the low-calories kind.  I do include it in my counting of calories, though I go overboard in maintain calories just a little some days, so therefore the increase in weight.  It really is all about calories numbers, isn't it?      

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Years ago, when my goalweight was 150, I decided to reward myself when I reached that goal with a beautiful Christmas sweater (it was the Christmas season at that time) that was at Cracker Barrel that year (yes, still have it and still wear it during Christmas season).  So, today, while out and about I found a matching coffee mug to my old sweater.  Sort of a like a re-celebration of achieving 150 again 'this go round'.  So, now I have a matching set, in Christmas sweater and mug, ha.

Why do some of us reach our goalweights and then throw it away and regain weight we literally fought off daily for months?  Why do we sabotage our weight losses?  Why do we get lax and complacent?  Why do I get so close to my 'real' goalweight (140 currently) and then apparently back off and give in to things like ice cream which I know causes weight gain on me?  I 'know' what to do...why don't I simply do it?  I 'know' what to eat and what not to eat to get to my goalweight...so why haven't I done it?  

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I hope you have a good day.

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2019:
That is the same question I have asked myself for years Maria.....and I still don't know the answer...one thing though...the closer we get...the harder it is to take off.....but it is possible....We aren't alone...I know a lot people in the same boat. I suspect we hit that plateau because our bodies are protecting us....maybe our expectations are too high also....maybe we are healthier just where we are.....Frustrating though.

Maria7 on 12/07/2019:
Frustrating is the word. Hard to know what is best sometimes. No good to reach goal if we be less healthy than we are with a little more weight on us, is it? If we knew the ideal weight we should be, that would help but I believe it is different for each person, don't you?


BearCountryGG on 12/08/2019:
I agree...maybe we want something that is an artificial goal...and not our body's goal.....I often wonder if I just want to get to that number just to make myself happy...and then I will just add a few back on again because I can...makes me wonder if it is even a smart thing to do.


Donkey on 12/08/2019:
That's too cute, having a coffee mug that matches your Christmas sweater. I love it!!!

For me, I still see food as a reward. That's part of the reason why I struggle.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
anyone that argues that weight gain is not calories in vs calories out bothers me ...lol not you as you didn't argue it's NOT that way...

but it is. and some people think it's due to a medicine....well, it's not! the medicine may increase appetite, yes, but it's not DUE TO MEDICINE, it's due to eating more in the end. so if someone takes a medicine, they need to learn how to gauge their appettite with lower cal foods....anyways, that's my rant that agrees with what you said!


happy-1 on 12/08/2019:
Nutritionist said it's not just about calories, it's about hormones and nutrients. Slashing calories actually makes it harder to lose weight because it makes your body go haywire. You need to be at just a slight deficit to kick things back in line... one of the reasons I'm using a Garmin watch and a scale (which seems more accurate as a brand than a Fitbit)... You can't just do it by height and weight... How much you move, how cold you are, muscle vs fat, age, overall health all change the magic calorie deficit ratio. Also your nutrients can affect your weight loss as well... so I'm using Cronometer to track the micronutrients.

Science here: https://www.openfit.com/how-to-lose-the-last-few-pounds



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 26, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 149.0

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

 

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Good morning to you...chilly morning at 35F here to warm to about 65F this afternoon....

Having mug of hot coffee this morning...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have one

with me? 

 149 on the scale again this morning...so basically still maintaining for now while ignoring 'signals' to eat at nite while watching tv.    

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Signals...Like...'You'll enjoy this movie more with snacks'...Signals like when shopping in the grocery store, I take a look at the many different, delicious-looking tubs of ice cream, which seem to be calling me to put one of them into the cart and I keep pushing the cart without getting any...Signals like feeling very stressed out at times and wanting to console myself with junk foods, which always results in more stress from the 'look' on the scale the next morning...Do we control signals or let signals control us?  How dedicated are we to getting to our goals?  It is so easy to give in today and tell ourselves we will be back on track tomorrow (and the day after and after and after)...Well, why wait until tomorrow to be on track?  We can stay on track today and feeling better about ourselves as we are working toward our goals...and as we enter the holiday season (actually are already in them), let us be aware of the many signals all around us...The tempting smell of pretty-decorated cookies we pass by while shopping at the malls...That extra dessert when we have our meals...so many 'signals' calling to us...will we give in or will we resist?

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I hope you have a good day.

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/26/2019:
Congratulations on maintaining!!! So proud of you!!!

These are wise words. I feel like I should print these out and put them on the refrigerator or on the pantry door. My problem is that these Snack Thoughts enter into my head without me even realizing it. Yes, I've had prolonged battle of wills - like last night. But often, it's just that careless reach for nuts, which then leads to more nuts, which then leads to other things...

Good news is that when I do snack at night, it's *usually* nutritious food. But as it is completely unnecessary in calories, then that's not such a good thing.

Maria7 on 11/26/2019:
Yes, just like an orange at 100 calories is still 100 calories added onto us if we have had our limit of maintain calories for the day and simply a nutritious food like an orange at 100 calories per day becomes over a year, 5200 calories and we will have gained almost 2 pounds from having that nutritious snack if we have already ingested our maintain calories for each day. Like you, I too, have found myself reaching for unsalted almonds at nite, telling myself that its just a few nuts and what can that hurt? A lot if eaten every day after having had the amount of calories for maintenance.


BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:
Once you broke through into the 140's you seem to have conquered that plateau.......I'm sure you are relieved. "Little Debbie" calls me....we are on speed dial basically....she is always coming out with something new...seasonally and she always wants me to know!!! UGH!

Maria7 on 11/26/2019:
Well, tell Little Debbie that she can't call every day, just sometimes, as you have other plans more important than listening to her latest temptations of new little cakes. And if she is persistent, you be persistent MORE. Said in love and wishing you a happy and warm night. Smile! As for conquering a plateau, it is merely a temporary illusion because after we conquer that illusion, we have another plateau awaiting us on our journey, ha!


BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:
So true....I bet you already have a new goal in mind....!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2019:
do you have alternatives to eat for those signals? i remember in the past you were eating some fudge ices or something that were lighter. that's how i work it. i just bought lighter ice cream and also this new thing i never saw before in a different type of grocery store: an alternative to cheese cake!!! it's light and made with greek yogurt! i cannot wait to try it! and, i can always sweeten it more with stevia if i have to, at home. cannot wait - should have brought one to have with my breakfast here at my parents' house, but, i guess i'll enjoy trying it when i get home on the weekend :)

the only way i survive and am happy is with alternatives, like my sugar free stevia sweetened gummies and things. just to make me happy...that's why i am eager to go back to baking some dessert, but lower sugar. i'm thinking a cheesecake type of thing. i did that once and it came out great. maybe i'll just make the inside of it this time, not the crust - and have it like a pudding :)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2019:
do you have alternatives to eat for those signals? i remember in the past you were eating some fudge ices or something that were lighter. that's how i work it. i just bought lighter ice cream and also this new thing i never saw before in a different type of grocery store: an alternative to cheese cake!!! it's light and made with greek yogurt! i cannot wait to try it! and, i can always sweeten it more with stevia if i have to, at home. cannot wait - should have brought one to have with my breakfast here at my parents' house, but, i guess i'll enjoy trying it when i get home on the weekend :)

the only way i survive and am happy is with alternatives, like my sugar free stevia sweetened gummies and things. just to make me happy...that's why i am eager to go back to baking some dessert, but lower sugar. i'm thinking a cheesecake type of thing. i did that once and it came out great. maybe i'll just make the inside of it this time, not the crust - and have it like a pudding :)


Donkey on 11/28/2019:
I hope you are having a happy Thanksgiving!


happy-1 on 11/30/2019:
I have the tempting triggers too. I'm not doing a good job of resisting right now.



Maria7 - Friday Nov 22, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 149.0

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

 

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Good Morning to you...

Scale weighed me at 149 this morning...

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 Today is Friday, which to us means that when Hubby gets off work this afternoon, it is the beginning of the weekend for us to spend together...Yayyyyy!!!  We plan, Lord willing, on going to a local restaurant this evening for supper...They have many things on their menu but are known for their fish, which I plan to order fried flounder, slaw, baked sweet potato, and hush puppies (which come with the meal) and Hubby will probably order the big seafood platter and sub french fries for the baked sweet potato...  

 

 

Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 has only 13 more days to work after today and then he will be retired again!  Smile!

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/22/2019:
You are doing so well with maintaining and then inching downwards towards goal. Slow and steady wins the race.

I want to go out to dinner too, but I've got a couple of rib houses on my mind. However, I'm not sure we'll make it. I sure don't want hot dogs for dinner, though...


Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2019:
When i was initially reading that hubby was working still, i was asking myself if he would be retiring soon and then further read how soon! the end is near!

your dinners sound delicious - it's great to have a fish restaurant locally as many times you never know how good the fish will be at many restaurants. flounder is healthy. i'd like to start eating more salmon, actually. i think i want to buy an AIR FRYER to make it.



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 21, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 149.0

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

 

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Hello to you...Hoping you are having a good day... 

 I am glad I am maintaining at this weight but still slowly working on getting a little lower...  

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Plan today, Lord willing, is prayer and counting calories to stay on track because sometimes there is temptation at night to snack.   I am doing my best to keep away from treats like ice cream.  I no longer eat snacks like potato chips, either.  There are much healthier choices than that.

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/22/2019:
I'm so glad you posted this. (I'm only sorry I did not have the opportunity to comment on this yesterday.) First of all, you're doing so well. Second of all, your comment about snacking and eating at night REALLY made me stop and think about this. YES, there ARE alternatives - to both choices and actions. THANK YOU!



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 16, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you.

We visited MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home this afternoon.  I bought look-alike shirts for her and me, which she is happy about.   Took her some healthy snacks.  She not doing too well.  Appreciate your prayers for her.

Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567only has 4 more weeks to work and we happy about that.

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/16/2019:
Praying for your Mom Maria....nice that she enjoyed the things you took for her.


happy-1 on 11/17/2019:
Hugs. It is nice to be able to visit her there. The staff is doing the heavy lifting and it frees you up to just be there with her.


Donkey on 11/17/2019:
I'm sorry to hear that your mom is not doing well. I will keep her in my prayers. It is good that you are able to visit her, and spend time with her. I'm sure that is a comfort to her.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/17/2019:
I'm sorry about your mom especially because just the other day she was doing alright...she appreciates your visits.



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 12, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 151.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you.

Have been at Mama'sIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home this morning, visiting her.  Took her some things she needed and some snacks.  She seemed to be doing pretty well.

Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567only has 4 more weeks to work after this week and it will be the third time he has retired.  We are hoping he will not be going back to work anymore after this.  The second time he went back to work (same company), it was to get some debt off of us.  This third time was to pay for things we wanted...I wanted a big chicken house and chickens, which I got and he wanted underground electrical installed with overhead service poles removed, a nice camper trailer and a new storage building built to replace one that was destroyed by a hurricane, which he got.  So as long as we live within our means and do not get greedy in wanting 'things' again, we should, Lord willing, be fine.   Although it is nice to have fresh eggs that do not have a lot of things 'added' to them, it is a LOT of work tending chickens and keeping coop cleaned, work I never knew existed, ha, as well as it costs more to feed them than to simply buy eggs in the stores.  Hubby installed the camper in the side of our front yard for a tiny house for us (or guests) to use, so we are not using it to travel with.  He just finished building his very nice storage building, larger than the one it replaced and also built out of stronger materials.  So now we are happily counting down the weeks (including days) until he retires again. 

As for my weight, I am having a little difficulty steering clear of needless snacking, especially at night, even eating when not hungry, a big no-no.   

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/12/2019:
So glad to hear that your mom is doing well and that you are able to visit her.

The snacking part gets me too. Every time.

Let the (third) retirement countdown begin! Good for him - and for you, too, and for you both, together.

That's very interesting to read your insights on raising your own chickens. I do bet it is a LOT of work. No doubt there.

Maria7 on 11/15/2019:
It is a lot of work, nasty work at that but it is also rewarding...nice fresh eggs...did you know store bought eggs can be 2 months old when you buy them? Farmers are given 30 days to get them to the stores and and stores are given 30 days to sell them.


horn_of_Plenty on 11/14/2019:
Wow 3 retirements !!!!!!! Congrats to your hubby!!!!!!

How long do you think you’ll be keeping chickens ?

I’d been indulging too but more due to the food available to eat while I was in the hospital ..... I like big quantities so I ate like I usually do but the foods were heavier choices and I overate calories several times over the last few weeks :(. Life is still good though.

Maria7 on 11/15/2019:
Hubby says we will be, Lord willing, keeping the girls til they are gone. They are really like pets. But at the same time, he said we will be getting no more chickens (we have 8 girls) nor cats (we have 3 toms).



Maria7 - Saturday Nov 09, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon.

Have been at Mama'sIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home this morning, visiting her.  She's doing pretty well for 88 years old.

Hubby is working on building a storage building outside.  He is very excited about it.  It is to replace one destroyed by a hurricane last year. 

My weight is okay for now but still working on it when I am not overindulging.  It surely is a balancing act, isn't it?

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/09/2019:
Hugs!!!! Very productive!!!!

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
Thank you.


BearCountryGG on 11/09/2019:
It is a full time job for sure. I guess we wouldn't be in a diet group if it wasn't...LOL I wish I could look at a carrot in the same way I look at all of the Little Debbie cakes...LOL

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
It would be a lot less temptation, wouldn't it?


Donkey on 11/10/2019:
Well done on maintaining, Maria!

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
Thank you.


horn_of_Plenty on 11/14/2019:
Nice to hear your mom is doing well. weight sure is a balancing act - I’m glad mine was lower previously around a month ago because I have been eating very high calories over the past few weeks and would have gained too much and only didn’t because I had a few days of very low calls leading into this month if that makes sense!



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