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Maria7 - Saturday Apr 24, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

 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

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Yesterday, I bought Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a phone and took to her.  She said, "I LOVE it!!!"  She talked with me over it as I stood on the other side of her window, talking to her over my phone.  Oh, happy day!!!

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I am still here on Island 154.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/24/2021:
Hallelujah! Terrific on that phone!!!!! Many good times to come with it!

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 04/25/2021:
So happy that she loved the phone you got her......That will be a nice "pick me up for her".

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Yes, I hope so. Thank you.


Donkey on 04/25/2021:
Wonderful news!! Looks like you picked the right phone for her. That will be so nice for your phone calls in the future, until you can visit in person again.

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Yes, you are right. This way, we will not have to hope we can talk over the nursing home phone if it is available as she now has her own. Thank you.


Donkey on 04/25/2021:
Oh, and 154 is nice!

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Friday Apr 23, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

  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

.If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

I arrived back on Island 154 this morning. 

I promised Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a telephone that she was asking for when she was all alone in the Covid Unit of the nursing home, so last nite I spent a lot of time researching online an affordable phone for her and of course everything these days is all about bells and whistles she'd never use as she only would be using a phone for calling and receiving calls.  She needs a phone with big keys as she can't see well and one with a speakerphone as she can't hear well.  I looked at a landline phone for her but that is high and then the installation and all.  Finally I found a little flipfone and it takes phone cards with unlimited calls and text and 1 gb for $20 a month.  This is the most affordable, so I am going to get her that...I think...today.  They have one here in my town for sale that I saw yesterday.  She said she wants it to be red.  Well, most phones are not red.  Unless you want to pay for something she'll not use, such as they come with a lot of data memory, etc.  I want to make her happy but I don't think she is going to like this phone.  Trying, anyway....She has had phones before and they ended up falling on the floor and were broken.  But, I promised her, so I am going to get this one today...I think....When I take it to them at the nursing home to give to her, it has to be in isolation for 24 hours and everything else I take to her, so if I get it and set it up and take it to her today, she will get it tomorrow.  She won't know how to work it and someone will have to show her.  She probably still won't understand how to work it but at least she will have one and she can always ask someone to call whoever she wants to talk to on it and hand it back to her to talk.  Then all she has to do when finished talking, is close it...I think.  They are not having visitation right now due to Covid cases...one resident (Mama) and 2 employees.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 04/23/2021:
Red, hehe, that's a funny request! I was actually Google-ing if there was an easy way to paint the mobile phone but no... it seems like a whole project, or them websites make us look like so!

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
How sweet of you, Kathy! Thank you. Hope you are having a good day.


Donkey on 04/24/2021:
I hope the new phone works out for your mom. Nothing wrong with larger buttons, I say.

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
Yes, she loved it!



Maria7 - Thursday Apr 22, 2021
(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. John 3:16

.If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is back in her old, familiar room at the nursing home, having completed 10 days in isolation in the Covid Unit and so was moved back this morning.  I visited her at her window, as I do most days, and she seemed better.  Thank you for your prayers.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I arrived back on Island 155 this morning.  I was surprised and happy.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Hopefully that’ll make her feel better & eat more & take her meds

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you. I sure do hope so. She seemed better today. Smile!


bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I'm sure you are both relieved that she is back in her room....it must be awfully confusing for her...hopefully now she will eat.

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
She felt completely lost, abandoned, and scared in that huge room all alone, except for the workers in and out sometimes, for 10 days. Lost her appetite, got extremely depressed. Thanks to the Lord, she made it through that. She still seems not quite sure she is really back in her old room and today as I stood outside her window, looking through the glass at her and talking with her over the phone, I pointed out familiar things in her side of the room, to try to reassure her of where she was, telling her she was "back home" again.


Donkey on 04/23/2021:
I'm so glad to hear that your mom is back in her room. That's really good news!

Maria7 on 04/23/2021:
Yes, it is. Thank the Lord. Hoping you are having a good day. Smiles.



Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 21, 2021
(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. John 3:16

.If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is still in an isolation Covid unit at the nursing home. Maybe tomorrow she gets to go back to her regular room.  She's been refusing meds again.  Thank you for your continued prayers for her.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I am still here on Island 156.  I want to do better, but so much stress going on, I am doing well to be maintaining for now.

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Too bad your mom’s refusing meds. Can they mix them with her food? Or bribe her someway?

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Doubt it as she not eating much but good idea.


bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
You are doing well maintaining will all of the stress......Hopefully they will move your Mom back to her regular room so she will be happier.


Donkey on 04/22/2021:
Please let us know if your mom is able to go back to her room. (((hugs)))

Yep, sometimes when life gets too stressful, it's best just to maintain for a while. You wouldn't take your canoe on rough waters, right?

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Yes, she was put in her old room this morning. Thanks! Have a blessed day.


KathyBlue on 04/22/2021:
Hey Maria, oh stressful times... I hope it gets better for you very soon, I have you and your mom in my thoughts. Jacky's suggestion sounds valid, how about mixing the meds with her food or something. It's difficult to force adults (even children!) to do these things.

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you, Kathy. She seems better today. Hope you are having a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2021:
Great job on your maintenance despite the stresses about your mom. Wishing her continued strength <3

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Depending on the medication, they may have long acting injectables as a last resort Just discussed that with a doctor this morning



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 20, 2021
(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. John 3:16

.If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is still in an isolation Covid unit at the nursing home.  I have been visiting her at her window most days.  She went through a rough couple or 3 days, got down to her refusing all meds, food, even water...But the Lord helped her and she got better.  I did get to see her from a distance (her bed is 3 beds away from the window) on her 90th birthday this past Friday and sang happy birthday to her but the phone was not allowed for her to use that day so we could talk over it.  She has had no fever but I think she has lost more weight during her isolation with her having very little she has eaten.  They have been keeping the door closed and she is alone in that big room and wants to go back to her regular room...hopefully they will let her tomorrow.  Thank you for your continued prayers for her.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I have been rowing back to islands I passed and now I am back at Island 156.  Hubby took me to Urgent Care this morning...sinuses and ear symptoms.

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/20/2021:
Hope you and yours are having a terrific day!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
I'm so happy to hear that your Mom is doing better ...but sad to hear you aren't feeling your best...hope you feel better soon Maria.

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 04/21/2021:
I've been thinking about your mom for the past several days, wondering how she has been doing. I'm so glad that you posted an update. I'm happy to hear that she has improved somewhat, even if she remains in isolation for now.

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Thank you.


horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
sometimes the elderly kind of know when they want to stop / refuse food and we do not understand...it's as if their body just knows. not really what i should write to you, but, i have had experience when both my grandparents who lived to 96/97 yrs old on my dad's side just didn't want to eat much anymore. it is a struggle for us, their family, to see the process happen.

my grandma had a feeding tube put in, which lasted her a long time, gave her many years of life but unfortunately - her mental capacity went downhill and it's a debate many times what to do with elderly who do not want to eat - and what their Will says on how they'd like to live out their former years.

i am not at all judging your mom / care - i am just relaying an experience in my family.

of course, i wish for your mom to feel better and get stronger...god decides! :)

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Thank you so much for sharing that. It helps a lot, HOP.



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 13, 2021
(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. John 3:16

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is currently in an isolation unit at the nursing home after testing positive twice for Covid yesterday.  Please pray for her.  Her 90th birthday is Friday.  

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

I rowed myself back to Island 155.

 

Islandbluehuephoto.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

Jacky82020 on 04/13/2021:
Maria, hope you and yours are doing great!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 04/14/2021:
Praying for your momma. Is she feeling OK ? I'm guessing she has some symptoms, if they've tested her?

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Loss of appetite mainly. Thank you for your prayers for her.


horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2021:
Do you know if there was a recent uptick in cases in the nursing home? I am very sorry your mama has tested positive. She's lucky to have you, always checking in on her.

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Yes...2 employees tested positive, too. And thank you for the compliment. Hope you are having a good day.


bearcountrygg on 04/15/2021:
Prayers and blessings to you and your mama Maria....Hope she is doing okay!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 07, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

 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

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello to you.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Have some coffee with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Well, the scale read 153 this morning.  I am so happy.  I will try to 'hold' here at Island 153 for a while before rowing again.  

Island5.jpg image by autumn1234567

I rowed hard and long for this Island and went straight past Island 154.  You should have seen them on Island 154 when I passed by.  I heard someone shouting to me, "Aren't you going to stop here for a little while?"  I said, "No, but have a good day" and I kept on rowing.  It looked like rain was coming in and I rowed faster and harder.  I saw a little island nearby that I could have taken refuge at...the name of it was 'Strawberry Ice Cream Island' and it was not a great temptation, as my favorite is not strawberry, although I do like it somewhat.  So, I rowed onward, not stopping there, and saw another little island as there were drops of rain coming down and the name of that island was 'Island of NUTS'....There were nut trees everywhere...walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts...my favorite kinds...I thought it might be innocent to stop there, especially with it dropping rain,  but then I remembered that nuts have many calories in them and it really doesn't matter what you eat, even if it is healthy foods, because a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.  So I did not stop there, either.  Finally I made it here to Island 153.  Think I will stay here a while and plant a flower garden before I leave.  It is a place of beautiful, colorful flowers and they encourage you to plant your own flower garden to contribute to the island's pretty scenery,  so I will be very busy today.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2021:
Good idea...plan on camping out on that island for awhile!!! besides...vegetable gardens are low call.....oh...and some flowers would be nice to watch bloom too......Then it will be time for another trip...GREAT TRAVELS MARIA!!!

Maria7 on 04/07/2021:
Yes, I think I will plan to camp out here for a couple days at least. Got to recuperate from that journey! Thanks!


bearcountrygg on 04/07/2021:
LOW CAL!

Maria7 on 04/07/2021:
Yes, you are right and I planted squash recently and may plant some lettuce today, along with some flowers.


Donkey on 04/08/2021:
Oh those nuts can be dangerous! I'm picturing you in your canoe, in the water rapids, but instead of huge rocks in the water, it's giant nuts.

You're doing quite well!

Maria7 on 04/08/2021:
Thank you! Yes, I love nuts, too. But they are so calorie-dense!


Jacky82020 on 04/08/2021:
Sounds good, Maria. Hope you and your mom are doing well.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2021:
I always have a coffee with you! every morning in fact!

wowwww....153! you are doing great lady!

haha...that's why i love my small treats!

when a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, for the most part i better enjoy those calories!!!!! hahaha! funny entry! :)


KathyBlue on 04/10/2021:
You're doing awesome! I like how motivated you are! I have like 6-8 coffees a day, haha. Actually first thing in the morning is still coffee and breakfast, I am not operational until I had those, although I'm definitely what one would call a "morning person". :-)



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 06, 2021
(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. John 3:16

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello Everyone.  coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567Having a cup of coffee.  Have one with me? 

 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Scale read 155 again this morning.  Working on the next island.  I DID get sidetracked.  I was rowing and what did I see?  Chocolate-iced chocolate with walnuts cupcakes sign at a small island I was nearing...said try one for free.  Well, I just 'had' to.  Or so I thought.  Turned into 5.  This delayed my progress.  But I'm back to rowing again and determined not to give in, even passed by famous 'Ice Cream Island'...just kept rowing and did not stop.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Love, Maria

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

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2021:
Well...you maintained so the dessert didn't hurt...good job!

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Thank you!


legcramps on 04/06/2021:
There is a storm coming and only the islands of bad choices will be flooded. So, no more bad choices for you!!! [hugs]

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Smile! Made me laugh! Have a blessed day!


Donkey on 04/07/2021:
Ohhhh chocolate and nuts - a dangerous combo!! But you're right, it's just a delay in your journey.

This is actually quite powerful imagery, which I think I'll be using in my future!

Maria7 on 04/07/2021:
Glad you like it. I will have to come up with something else shortly. Have a blessed day!



Maria7 - Friday Apr 02, 2021
(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


Today is Good Friday, the day we Christians think about what our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ did for us in giving His life for us on the cross, shedding His precious blood for the forgiveness of our sins so that through Him and only through Him, we have the gift of eternal life.  To get saved and become a Christian, a person repents of their sins, asks Jesus' forgiveness, believes on Jesus and lives for Him according to His Holy Word, the Bible.  I thank Him for saving me, for forgiving me of all my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life through Him.  Thank You, Jesus!  We love You!  We praise You!  We adore You!

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Good morning, Friends. Having a cup of coffee coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567over here. Have some?

It is a sunny morning here in South Carolina and was cold at 32 F degrees this morning.

I weighed 155 on the scale this morning, so holding where I am currently.

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Remember... Every day with the Lord is a GOOD day and Jesus is coming back again...it could even be today...are you ready?

 

Love, Maria

 

 

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

horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2021:
YES! so collllldddd today! it was 28 this AM on my way to work and i just wore a spring jacket!

tomorrow will be far better!

i wrote you back for yesterday's entry on your page too!

Maria7 on 04/02/2021:
Yes, a jacket surely needed! Stay warm, HOP!


bearcountrygg on 04/02/2021:
Good work holding at 155...coffee is done but I will sip on some lemon water with you...Have a nice day.

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Thank you. Hope you have a good day, too.


Jacky82020 on 04/02/2021:
Happy Easter to you and yours, Maria! HUGS

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Thank you and happy Easter to you and yours, too! HUGS


Donkey on 04/03/2021:
Happy Holy Saturday!

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Thank you!


Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2021:
Happy Easter, Maria!

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Thank you and happy Easter to you, too!



Maria7 - Thursday Apr 01, 2021
(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. John 3:16

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hello Everyone. 

Scale read 155 again this morning.  Was hoping for lower but just holding for now.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Love, Maria

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

Jacky82020 on 04/01/2021:
Hi, Maria. Hope you’re doing well and get to hug your mom soon

Maria7 on 04/01/2021:
Thank you.


Jacky82020 on 04/01/2021:
HUGS to you both!

Maria7 on 04/02/2021:
Thank you.


Donkey on 04/02/2021:
Stay steady! It will drop again soon. I notice this as a pattern with your numbers. You tend to lose, then stay steady, then drop a little more, etc.

Maria7 on 04/02/2021:
You are SO right! Smile!


horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2021:
i hope you mom gains some strength so that she can feel better for an indoor visit :)

great scale reading nonetheless!

Maria7 on 04/02/2021:
Thank you. I hope so, too.



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