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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!



Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 30, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 148.0

 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....

Having coffee this morning...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 I was happy to see 148 on the scale this morning...lowest I have been in a long time, so in celebration, I changed my 150 DD goal I did have listed to 148.    

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Plan today, Lord willing, is stay on track with calories and eating wisely, also visit a grocery store nearby that is having closing out sales, among other things to do later.  I don't have to cook today because I cooked enough yesterday for 2 days...meatloaf, creamed potatoes, and small green peas.  I took Mama a plate of it yesterday and while she didn't care for the potatoes nor the peas, she ate all of the meatloaf, surprisingly, since she doesn't eat much usually. 

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I hope we all 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: 57 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/30/2019:
Congratulations! Consistency is key! It really is. We have cravings, we all have stress -- but do we stay on track and stick to our goals? Or do we go off the deep end and eat into abandonment? I've done both.

Dinner sounds yummy!

Maria7 on 10/30/2019:
Lol...SO TRUE!!! Thanks for the encouragement, too. I agree with you 100%! Have a nice day!


grannyannie on 10/30/2019:
You're doing great, Maria!


happy-1 on 11/03/2019:
Big hugs



Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 29, 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....

Having usual mug of hot coffee this morning...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me?...How do you like your coffee?... 

 I have a new goal weight but won't post it officially in the goal weight box above until I am further confident I can do it again...it is 140 by Christmas Eve.    

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Warning...RAVE is below...

How many times have I achieved 140 goal, only to throw it away just for tastes of flavors I thought I craved?  Because, personally I do not believe our being overweight has anything to do with craving to fill ourselves up with food...because that is not 'true hunger'...instead, for me, it has always been about 'flavors'...Does that make sense to you?  I would crave chocolate (flavor), so I end up eating 2 pints of chocolate ice cream?  How smart is that (not!)?  Who intentionally stuffs themselves with something they know is bad for them?  (ME!)  I lost close to 30 lbs one year and the next year after reaching my goal that I sweated, struggled, and yearned for, I quickly threw it away to be overweight again!  How smart was that??? 

It is a FIGHT, my dear Friends!  For this girl, it is usually a CRAVINGS FIGHT!  I want, I want, I want...No, YOU DON'T!!!  You just THINK you do!!!  There are many ways to quench a craving...it is called 'eat smart' of which we are all well aware of...so why do we do the opposite???  We expect to get to our goals by any other way?  We have to be smarter than our desires!  Some things are NOT GOOD for us!  Truly!  And I am not talking about only what we eat, either.  Stress is not good for us, yet some of us (ME!) must crave that, too 'cause I sure do endure a lot of it most days when I could simply trust the LORD to take care of whatever the stress usually is (Family) and live my life a whole lot happier and more stress-free!  Does stress cause us to eat unhealthy or overeat?  I would say yes at first glance, but upon further contemplation, I would say NO emphatically!  Because, dear Friends, stress is a 'bad influence' on getting to and staying at our goals but it is NOT a PREVENTER!  Instead, it is WE who are the preventers, as in yours truly here!  'I' have prevented myself from staying at my goal weight by cringing over things I had no control over and comforting myself with unhealthy foods in large amounts and sacrificing my hard-earned accomplishments in the meanwhile!  So, guess what???  I deserved what I got for my lack of discipline in not yielding to temptaions!  

So, dear Friends...Do I want to say that 'if' I get to my goal once again that I will stay at it?  Oh, you bet I do!  Dare I say it?  Dare I???      

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I thank the Lord for His help for all of us.

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Hope you are having a good day.  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 10/29/2019:
I LOVE this post, on so many levels! I may comment more on your insights, but I want to digest (no pun intended) what you have written a little longer. You are so SPOT ON with what you write here.

Maria7 on 10/29/2019:
Thank you, Donkey! I did get a little carrried away but I just felt like I really wanted to say all that I wrote for whomever might need it, which very much includes yours truly! I hope you are having a good day at work and don't get much snow to have to shovel. We are getting rain here today. Take care.


BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
I also love your post Maria.....it speaks volumes....I also get in my own way......I sometimes wonder that if I had learned sooner to delay gratification ( when it comes to food)...as well as I had learned it about general life...if I would have ever had a weight issue. I will say one thing........If it had ever crossed my mind that loose skin would be an issue after losing weight...I NEVER would have gained it in the first place... I think the loose skin sometimes triggers me to eat a few more calories...LOL

Maria7 on 10/29/2019:
Thank you, Linda. I think of the times I have reached goal weight and quickly thrown it away for food binges, which did little for comfort, nor for food entertainment eating while watching tv late at night, especially when I got on the scale the next morning.


legcramps on 10/29/2019:
I have so many opinions about intuitive eating / comfort eating / binging /willpower etc. but I agree with your post for the most part. It is certainly a struggle! You have done a fabulous job :)

Maria7 on 10/29/2019:
Thank you. Your discipline in workouts regularity as well as what they consist of, that you share with the rest of us is very inspiring to read.



Maria7 - Sunday Oct 27, 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

Hello to you... 

Hoping you are all doing well.

The autumn cool weather is finally here and I am loving it.  But we are still running the ac some off and on.  

Hope you are having a good day. 

Every day with our Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

Love, Maria     

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

grannyannie on 10/27/2019:
Nice to see you Maria! I see you are under your goal weight. Well done.

Maria7 on 10/27/2019:
Thank you, Annie!


Donkey on 10/27/2019:
Well done! You have managed to break through the 150 line. Welcome to the 140's!

All of the leaves are changing colors - beautiful reds and yellows. We are starting - just starting - to get leaves falling down.

Maria7 on 10/27/2019:
Thank you! It feels 'surreal' to be in the 140s! Been a long time. We've had lots of leaves falling, been raking and bagging them and taking them off, and in November looking forward to red and yellows here. So happy for you that you are enjoying them now. I love this time of year!


happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
Congrats!



Maria7 - Friday Oct 11, 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

Hello to you..Hoping you are doing well today. 

Back to 150 again this morning, so progress again to be back to where I was. 

I have been having a lot of responsibilities going on regarding family and am doing well to maintain where I am at today, so I am okay with that for now.

Hope you are having a good day. 

Every day with our Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

Love, Maria     

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
it's good for you to know that you can do those responsibilities and help others. that people have relied on you :) wonderful thing, although it may be stressful what you have been doing.

glad yo hear you are maintaining. i love maintaining as well.


Donkey on 10/12/2019:
Are you OK handling these responsibilities? Sometimes they can be very stressful. Do take a little time for yourself, even if it's a 5 minute pause, or using some nice lotion.


grannyannie on 10/13/2019:
Hope your weekend is going well, Maria.



Maria7 - Thursday Oct 10, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

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

Hello to you..Hoping you are doing well today. 

Scale weighed me at 152 this morning, so I am up a little. 

I have been indulging in ice cream and cake lately and having a few extra calories here and there, so now I have gained two pounds, naughty me!  Haven't been concentrating on getting to 148.  So, that is 'off the table' for now and I will just concentrate on getting back to 150.

Hope you are having a good day. 

Every day with our Lord and Saviour Jesus is a good day!

Love, Maria     

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Nice to see you back! 2 lbs isn't too bad with eating cake and ice cream!


BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
You can do it Maria....the weight that went on last comes off the fastest.....


legcramps on 10/10/2019:
Have a good day today


Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
i have also indulged some days, but, they were between days where my calories were lower, so nothing happened and i have even lost a pound lately due to losing appetite time to time...seems a good time of year for me is the fall in terms of weight.

sometimes, i try to "fit dessert in." - but not often, since i like to volume eat and dessert is generally not a "volume" food as it's more like a dense, rich type of thing....

but, i do indulge in chocolates frequently as they have a smaller serving size than things like cake, so it's easier to fit in small servings of something tasty than a big serving, as i am sure you totally understand. so, in general, when talking about sweets - i prefer individually wrapped things that go by a serving size...so i can even eat them after a meal at work and not at all feel like i messed up the whole day but indulging...more like it keeps me on track than off!



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