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Maria7 - Saturday Aug 04, 2018
(Prayer and 1700 to 1800 daily calories)
Weight: 157.0

 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, Everyone.

 

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Staying busy, working outside in the yards...pulling weeds, setting out new plants, putting in new mulch... In this heat, a real workout.

Staying on track with prayer to not overeat past allowed calories.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/05/2018:
Good job gardening! What did you plant?


Donkey on 08/05/2018:
Staying busy and active are two good things. Isn't this heat unreal?


Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2018:
i'm guessing that your planting will look beautiful and a lot for you to be proud of as you did it when you are finished!



Maria7 - Friday Aug 03, 2018
(Prayer and 1700 to 1800 daily calories)
Weight: 157.0

 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, Everyone.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.  I am back on track with prayer and counting calories.  I am happy you all are doing so well, too.

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/03/2018:
Happy to hear you are back on track!


Donkey on 08/04/2018:
For the first time in a LONG time, my weight has not fluctuated from last weigh-in to today's weigh-in. I instantly thought of you and how stable your numbers are :-)



Maria7 - Thursday Aug 02, 2018
(Prayer and 1700 to 1800 daily calories)
Weight: 157.0

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, Everyone.

I thank each of you for your encouraging comments to my post yesterday.  The support here at DD is wonderful.

 

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I am hopefully back on course (prayer and not over 1700 to 1800 calories daily) and rowing again toward island 150.  I see that you are making progress, too, having read posts today.  Happy for you!

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
We are all rowing beside you on our journeys of maintenance and loss to our comfortable islands :)


BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
We will all get there!!!



Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 01, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 158.0

 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, Everyone.

I have been enjoying reading your posts.

 

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I have been overeating again.  Didn't want to post my new higher number but I am doing it anyway.  I know that to maintain, my calories need to not be higher than 1700 to 1800 per day and I have been having 2000 to 2500 calories per day lately.  The only thing that I have found for me that works is to simply pray and ask the Lord to help me not eat anymore for the day after I have had my allowed daily cals and I have not always been doing that lately, thus allowing myself to pig out in front of the tv at nite.  So, there is my confession.  Like some of you have said in your posts, I, too, have no enjoyment in eating lots of doritas and ice cream and donuts.   After having 'one' donut, I am quite happy and that is only 200 calories but I go on to have 3!  Same with ice creams.  Forget doritas.  Once I start on them, I don't seem to realize how much of them I have consumed until I can't eat any more of them.

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So much for island 150...   I seem to have lost my 'resolve' again to discipline myself to get to that goal.   I keep telling myself I am going to 'start anew' but haven't been following through.  So, I am going to try again.  Do what I know works for me...which is PRAYER.

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/01/2018:
You can do it Maria!!


Donkey on 08/02/2018:
I agree, you can do this!

What is it with eating and tv at night that we find so comforting? I also have that problem with "just one". Maybe it would help to divide 1 into 3 parts. That way you feel like you get 3.


graindart on 08/02/2018:
I have the same problem. The first tastes decent and each subsequent one tastes less and less good, but I don't stop eating until the food is gone or I'm so full that I feel like I'll burst. Chocolate chip cookies and donuts have been my biggest problem lately.

After not posting for a couple weeks, I also really didn't want to post my new weight number yesterday.


happy-1 on 08/02/2018:
I had to put an outdoor timer on the tv so it turns off automatically. It's also helping with the late night snacking. Eating in front of the TV after dinner is actually a sign of sleep deprivation according to the OT. You might be sleeping enough hours but not getting enough REM. she had me set the timer to turn it off at 8 so I get an hour of no screens before bed to get to REM faster.


horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
Sorry to hear of a recent overeating derailment. I have had the same for 1.5 weeks. sometimes it's just hormones. i'm also getting back on track!!!!!!!



Maria7 - Thursday Jul 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

 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 Everyone...

Just checking in...  How are you today?

Still staying about the same weightwise.  Trying to not go over 1700-1800 calories per day more or less and I eat anything I want but trying to watch out for sodium while drinking plenty of water...

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Still rowing...

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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: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/19/2018:
I'm doing alright -- my maintenance range is definitely wider than yours!

Isn't it funny how it's easier for you to maintain at 156 than say 155 or 157?


horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2018:
LOL to donkey's comment about resting on #156 rather than the other two...haha

keep on maintaining...maintenance is wonderful. sometimes we forget how far we have come when we are resting in maintenance :) don't forget, always keep on!

Good cal range also.

good idea to watch salt if you need to - i currently don't watch it much bc i do drink a lot of water and feel i'm mostly in balance & that a lot of the salt i eat i think i need.


bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:
Maintaining is a good thing!


happy-1 on 07/27/2018:
Maintaining takes willpower!



Maria7 - Sunday Jul 08, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

 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 Everyone...

Thought I would 'check in' with a post altho I usually read you every day and enjoy reading your posts. 

Not much new here except I am up a little on the scale.  I know better than to give in to potato chips and candy, but I do it anyway, deriving very little pleasure from the tastes, actually.  So why do I even do it?  Seems it is just a habit when watching tv or reading.

Anyway, what is helping me the most is to simply pray each afternoon, thanking our Lord for the food He provides and at the same time, asking Him to help me not to eat (does not include any drinks) anymore for the rest of the day and He always does.  This is what helps me the very most of all.

I just usually will have already eaten chips or snacks, etc. first, knowing that I won't get to enjoy any for the rest of the day, ha ha.

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Still rowing...

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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: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/08/2018:
No more snacks after the snacks...… ;>)

Maria7 on 07/09/2018:
No, no more snacks after the snacks (unless they are in drink-form, haha!)...which includes orange juice, etc.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2018:
yup, lately especially this weekend / week i KNOW i can do better...so much that i'm bringing my lunch tomorrow. had enough with getting free lunch and overeating. tomorrow i'll try to eat my own snacks / lunch with little extras.


Donkey on 07/11/2018:
You just named my most favorite things to munch to! Very hard to fall into eating too much, mindlessly.

Very well done on maintenance! I predict that you will be back to 155 very soon.



Maria7 - Friday Jun 15, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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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Happy Friday to you...

Scale still says 155.  Okay with that.

Been working in yards in heat off and on.  It's been quite warm here in the 90's and heat index around 100.

How is the weather your way?

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

 photo IndianWomanWaving.gif

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/15/2018:
I am amazed at your ability to maintain. And not just maintain within a range but to really maintain at one number.

It is very humid here in Chicagoland. The air is very thick, which makes it feel much hotter than it really is. Tomorrow through Monday is supposed to be really humid AND actually hot. I am trying to wait to turn on the air conditioning. If not tonight, then definitely tomorrow morning.


Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
Our weather is NOT as hot as yours. Although, today it should reach a sunny 90! I may go take my own lawn chair to the park and read...or, i keep forgetting, might as well make some use of my balcony. no sunblock and just head out for 10 minutes for some color :)

i'm loving the warm weather. it's such a nice change from a cold work office...to go out at lunch just to warm up!

i know u used to be always looking for another number, in weight, so it's nice to see you are happy here...or at least you are content right now. i was content when my weight was a hair lower, now i'm nervous it'll keep creaping up bc i'm eating the higher cals again.! as you know!



Maria7 - Saturday Jun 09, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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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Happy Saturday to you...

Still holding at 155...okay with this weight.  Have gotten used to it.

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Still rowing...Counting calories daily.  Trying to stay around 1700 calories daily average and if go over a day or two, try to have less to make up for it for a day or two after.  On days I work in the yards, especially in the heat, I allow extra calories.

Summer is almost here...got any special plans, anyone?

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

 photo IndianWomanWaving.gif

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
You seem to be working maintenance very well!

I just realized that I can't really have summer plans because my job revolves around real estate... My co-workers don't let this stop them from taking vacations, but since I'm at the beginning of the process for sales & purchases - which are time-sensitive - it's really hard to be away right now.

But I should think up some little gem for myself, I think, for this summer. Maybe not plans, but something nice for myself :-)


bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
You've got this....sounds like the perfect maintenance pan!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
yes, for this month, i have plans most every weekend until July! Just local plans, most pretty exciting like free local concerts, dinners, father's day, a bridal shower....celebrate a friend's bday. it happens to be an exciting month on my end!

Good calorie range - 1700 to stick with...it's not too low and also not high.

I am sorta also eager to go to July...or to have a weekend that is still free and yet to have a plan...yet. I am seriously with a plan on every weekend until July ;) but it's better than being home with nothing to do, for sure!


happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I am not really making plans right now other than Class Pass and biking. I want to buckle down and lose 6lbs, start making fitness gains. I don't want to do anything that throws me off schedule.


happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I am not really making plans right now other than Class Pass and biking. I want to buckle down and lose 6lbs, start making fitness gains. I don't want to do anything that throws me off schedule.



Maria7 - Saturday May 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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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Happy Saturday to you...

Still holding at 155...not complaining...I may as well be okay with this weight as it appears this is the easiest and most comfortable for me to be even tho it is not my current goal weight.   When I weighed 205 twenty years ago, my first goal was to weight between 150 and 160 pounds.  I lost 50 pounds in 1998.  That put me at 155, which I currently still weigh today.  I also weighed 155 when I first came to DD.  I guess  I should be happy that I have not regained to my former higher weight.  I have changed my goal weights many times over the years, wanting to be a certain size which required I be thinner.  I then over the years, reached new lower goal weight of 150, then changed that goal weight to 140 and reached 140 more than one time but didn't hold it for very long each time.  It seems I always bounce back to 155.  Maybe this is what I should weigh.

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

 photo IndianWomanWaving.gif

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/19/2018:
Your body really likes it there...there is a lot of comfort in that...if you feel good and are healthy...that is probably where you should be. You are doing really well maintaining that!!!

Maria7 on 05/19/2018:
Thank you very much.


graindart on 05/19/2018:
Really depends on what you want. There's definitely something to be said for easy and comfortable.

I weighed 250-260 for years (over a decade). My body was fine with just sitting there based on what I chose to eat. It was extremely easy. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I knew I was obese, but I was fine with that at the time.

I've been mostly 175-185 for the past 6 or 7 months. My body seems fine with just sitting here based on what I currently choose to eat. It's relatively easy and I feel mostly comfortable at this weight. I think I look 'average' at this weight, neither thin / fit, nor overweight. I could comfortably sit here and not feel too bad about myself.

At this particular point in my life, I'd like to progress from average chub to a bit lower bodyfat percent. And once getting there I'd like to try to maintain. At that point I can chose whether the work involved in maintaining is worth it or not. It may or may not be. If it's not, I can see myself sitting 175+- quite happily for the foreseeable future.


Donkey on 05/19/2018:
I agree with all that has been said above. You are very stable at this number. Your weight doesn't even really fluctuate that much. It would seem to me that this is where you are meant to be, unless you undertake a major change.


Donkey on 05/19/2018:
It really depends on what you want. :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2018:
yes agreed and if you are happy now??? sometimes i want to keep improving and sometimes i realize how happy i am right now :) the great thing for you is the ability to maintain for a long period of time....personally, i love maintenance and hate fluctuations!


happy-1 on 05/28/2018:
We miss u!



Maria7 - Saturday May 12, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

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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Happy Saturday to you...

I was thinking about something earlier today...And that is that sometimes it is to easy to get overly focused on arriving at our goalweights when we really should be CELEBRATING the progress we have thus far made.  All of us have lost weight in varying amounts.  We struggle and sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, in our ongoing work to reach goalweights and some of us do succeed in achieving that, which is good, but more importantly, why not be HAPPY TODAY at the success we have made so far, from our top weights?  Celebrate today!  Be happy with where we are now.  Even tho we may not be where we think we will be happier at in our weightloss journey, we can celebrate all the sacrifices, all the struggles, all the work we have done in the past to reach the success of where we are today. 

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Still rowing...

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

 photo IndianWomanWaving.gif

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Agree completely....life goes by quickly...it's not meant to be spent unhappy. :)


Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I too agree, although it may not sound like it so much in my diary entries. I was thinking about this the last time I walked at work. At least for me, it's not so much about the numbers for me any more -- although I confess it's still so nice to be rewarded by the scale.

I hang out with another dieting group on Facebook, and this lady has almost reached her goal weight short of 5 pounds and ran a 5K. She looked fantastic and so happy in her photo. That's when I realized, I need to find something for ME to strive for beyond the numbers on the scale.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
I agree as well! We have all been successful and all of us i think lower than we ever weighed at our highest! I'll celebrate our diligence and commitment to our commitment to our health both inside and outside appearance-wise i feel is important too for confidence!

Thank you for reminding the group as a whole that we have a lot to be happy about!!!

I, for one, am so glad i did begin this journey because i am def a lot happier when i am working on my body and myself...it's def a big habit and hobby for me! and i enjoy the support of everyone here - it makes it so much more enjoyable to have feedback and gain ideas from others in this group!


happy-1 on 05/14/2018:
At my highest I was physically miserable and a mess. I was in a terrible relationship. I was spending tons of money trying to fix things and get out of the cycle and nothing was working. The 92 lbs I have lost isn't just weight but an entire version of myself I didn't like.



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