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Maria7 - Monday Mar 07, 2011

Weight: 146.0

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







Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



Runforfun on 03/07/2011:
I love your pictures and quotes :) Have a wonnnderful day!

chidogs on 03/07/2011:
Hi Maria! Hope your day is a great one too. Take care.

hopingforhealth on 03/07/2011:
Hey girl! I hope things are going well. :)

Umpqua on 03/07/2011:
Thanks for your support Maria! And I understand you are up but you're here reporting it and you know what you need to do to get back down. I'm actually very nervous right now as I skirt around my goal area. I'm giving myself a 5-pound range because I know I tend to fluctuate several pounds throughout the course of a week. Even at that, I'm not sure exactly what my range should be.

I think the most important thing is that you're hanging around here and staying accountable, so you will get right back to goal. I find when I get too cocky and think I can go it alone that I run into trouble. A support network is very helpful on this journey. I hope you have a great night!

V on 03/07/2011:
I know that you will knock the lbs back to your goal weight...For me there is no turning back!! I am always searching for ways to stay where I am which is why I only veer from my normal eating plan maybe once a week...Usually it is not an all day thing, just that one thing that I am feeling at the moment, last week it was a flourless, sugarfree, dairy free carrot cupcake...I ate 1/2 in the afternoon and the other 1/2 with dinner and subtracted that from my normal intake(smaller portions) With proper workouts and not overdoing it, you can treat yourself on occasion,but everyday might be a slow gain in weight and we all know how easy it is to creep up...You have this Maria :)

V on 03/08/2011:
Please say hello to your Mom for me and give her a kiss for V :)

selina on 03/08/2011:
ooops, I hope all is well with you and your family!

Thank you for stopping by my diary, I appreciate it!

geevee on 03/08/2011:
I LIKE your "Oops!" comment about that pound. That's exactly how we have to be about each and every one.

biscottibody59 on 03/08/2011:
It is difficult to hold that goal number, but getting back on track ASAP is very much in order!

Keep going!

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 01, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends,

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.    I am home, resting today as I've been very busy over the past few days (a lot of going and a lot of working outside).  Everything is going pretty well, but for some reason I am having a fight at nite with wanting to eat unnecessarily....like last nite, we were under a severe thunderstorm warning (and thank the Lord, we only got a little needed rain and a little wind) and I decided to have 2 pb sw's and a 100 cals bag of lf popcorn (700 calories total), which made my daily total go about 500 calories over maintain calories.  The nite before, it was the same deal for feeling stressed with calls that I gave in to the nitetime food binge.  It's like I'm trying to 'anesthetize' myself from stress with nitetime binges again, only I'm not doing the food binges as bad (eating as much) as I once did but it is enough to make my weight increase a little from the off and on giving in to it.  Why do I give in?  Well, let's see.  I'm still wearing the size jeans I like to wear and comfortably.  Since I've been doing a LOT of extra yardwork, mainly raking leaves and cleaning out flower beds and walking more than I usually do, I can very comfortably wear my size 8's jeans, which is good but it is like I am thinking I can continue to do so while giving in to the old bad habit of eating at nite for comfort from stress.    I have done this before...(reached goal weight and threw it away)...and it feels like I've reached a place that I'm not comprehending what I'm doing when I give in to that old bad habit of a little extra food at nite.  At nite, I'm mainly focused on the 'now' of wanting to feel comforted and soothed instead of realizing that little by little I am undoing the work I have done to get to this size.  I'm up a little over 140.0 but I know I can get it back down by letting go some sweets and not giving in to nitetime food binging.  Anyway, I will be looking forward to hearing from you about this. 


Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/01/2011:
Good for you for nipping the snacking problem in the bud before it becomes a real problem! This is one of my big fears with hitting goal, as I know I have done similar things in the past. I think snacking is just fine once in a while, especially if you are truly hungry or have a serious craving for something (I think giving into cravings once in a while is OK, we're all only human!) But if you're doing it for emotional reasons then it's becoming a bad habit and so I think you need to break it. But you're already ahead of the game in recognizing that.

Another thought - you said you were more active now with walking and gardening. Maybe your body needs some more calories during the day? Maybe you could try upping them a bit by adding a healthy snack during the day that you'll burn off with exercise and that will do the trick.

So jealous of your gardening! I just seeded a bunch of new stuff in the basement and my winter plants have gotten big and are waiting to be planted. The snow just has to melt first ;) Have a good one!

waydesmommy on 03/01/2011:
Well, I can relate to the night time snacking. Maybe you could try eating veggies or fruit instead of the snack stuff. Your body will adjust to the fruits and veggies after about a week or so instead of the snacks. Also, you can pretty much eat whatever you want of the fruits and veggies and feel guilt free because they are so nutritious and good for you. I do believe that the body uses calories to burn calories, fruits and veggies are perfect for this because they don't contain a lot of cals but your body works harder to burn them so therefor...your body burns more calories...to find out more look up the negitive calorie diet. I do not suggest you eat nothing but fruits and veggies all day every day nor do I suggest you follow the negitive calorie diet, but use it to your advantage when you have to. Take care!

V on 03/01/2011:
well at least you have taken a step back and realized your downfall! We all know that eating like that will lead to a gain so we must be mindful...So far on this end I am doing really well still following my planned meals and upping the intake slightly, it truly is a work in progress...I was just reading an article in Oxygen(a fitness magazine, not Oprah's mag btw) Anyways it addresses exaactly what you are talking about...It is in the January's issue but i will see if I can go online and copy it for you....Have a wonderful day and it is really good to hear from you :)

moogy on 03/01/2011:
So lovely to see a post from you Maria. I know that you are vigilant in watching your intake and don't want to battle with lots of pounds again. Your awareness will keep you honest with yourself and your desire will help you say no! I believe you will stay in control of that snacking, especially if you know what is causing it! Anxiety of any kind always triggers eating in me. Stay strong and slim Maria. Don't leave you island!

biscottibody59 on 03/02/2011:
Good going with the maintenance, though it's not easy!

Have a good day!

starfish on 03/02/2011:
I'm thinking that maybe since you are getting extra exercise that your body wants a little more food. Maybe you can take the amount of calories you have been having at night and divide that by half and allow yourself to have that amount for a while without guilt? Is there something bothering you that you are not being honest with yourself about? Sometimes I will journal and ask myself a question like "What is bothering me?" and then I just let myself write and write and sometimes there ends up being something in there I hadn't realized.

moogy on 03/02/2011:
Thank you for your concern and support Maria. I am doing OK, I will be better when they can diagnose what is wrong with me. Unfortunately, there has to be damage to my brain to see before they can decide what meds I need!! Look after yourself!

Maria7 - Thursday Feb 24, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends,

It's been a nice. sunny, warm day (70's) here in South Carolina.  How's the weather your way?



This week, I've been busy cleaning leaves out of the flower gardens and buying new additions of beautiful flowers to plant in them alongside the ones already coming up that were planted in previous years.  The daylilies are already up about 4 inches.  The red camelia tree is loaded with buds getting ready to open.  I've set out some yellow narcissus this week nearby the front steps which brighten up the pathway.  I've also spent hours raking leaves this week (we have lots of trees).  Lots more work to do but as we are expecting rain tomorrow, it will probably have to wait until next week.  


'Do Calories Count?  Yes, Every One!'

I've been getting in a lot of exercise with raking leaves and setting out flowers and also I've been getting in extra walking this week, too.  I'm trying to be 'mindful' about calories and today I was reaching for a little bag of nuts to buy in a store but when I read the amount of calories in them, I put them back.  Even though nuts are good for you, they are only good for you in moderation and also in not increasing your daily amount of maintain calories.  Even having something extra like a 100 calories well-meaning fruit extra a day, if over your maintain calories will add over 11 pounds a year.  100 calories x 30 days = 3000 calories, x 12 months = 36,000 calories divided by 3500 calories per pound.  Yes, EVERY CALORIE COUNTS.  Even if you are in the middle of a late-nite food binge and you come to your senses long enough to STOP the overeating, the amount you do NOT continue eating would add up to a lot of extra weight gained over a period of time had you not stopped (and that's not counting the amount you may have already eaten, which will also add).  What I sometimes do when I feel hungry late at nite and can't sleep because of it, is get up, drink a couple of glasses of cold tap water and eat a small to medium sized apple.  If it is within my maintain calories, good.  If not, I try to make up for the calories in it within the next day or 2, cause at least that is better than having a food binge or eating something less nutritious and more calories-dense.  I then go back to bed and it tides me over til breakfast the next morning.  


Hope you're having a good evening.

Love, Maria 



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 02/25/2011:
I always keep in mind the information you give us about maintenance because it invariably is useful information for losing weight. I am sure that your garden is going to be beautiful in Spring. Our weather is still too warm, but this is the last weekend of summer and I am hoping against hope that Autumn will really start next week, this is probably futile, but one can always pretend that the heat has gone. I is lovely to know that you come and read my diary. I think that I am learning more than losing but it is all part of the eventual success of the journey I think. I hope that you are well.:)

Umpqua on 02/25/2011:
Good info Maria! I love to read about what's up in your gardens. We are getting our "melt" here (fingers crossed). Mixture of rain and sleet today, but our snowpack is finally melting and I have hopes we will see the ground in a week or 2 of this keeps up. By mid March we should see our crocus and daffodils pop up, can't wait :) Have a good one!

chidogs on 02/25/2011:
Your flowers sound beautiful. And so does having a lot of trees around your house! We had one tree in our front yard when we bought our house, and it died. Now we have a "dwarf" orange tree in the back yard that grew to be 30 feet tall and takes up one whole corner of the back. Hee. Anyway you sound like you are having a good time doing gardening work, and that is fantastic. Take care.

legcramps on 02/25/2011:
Yay for gardening!

geevee on 02/25/2011:
I will remember your words the next time I have a late night binge of nuts w/raisins or whatever. Yes! Each and every calorie counts!

Maria7 - Sunday Feb 20, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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



  Good afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning, and our Pastor preached an outstanding message on FAITH.  Our faith in God helps us every day.  I don't know how people make it who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Who do they turn to?  After church service, 

Hubby and I went to a restaurant and had lunch together BUFFET.  I have LEARNED....SALADS are my FRIEND.  SALADS are my FRIEND.  So, I head straight for the salad buffet first thing when we get our food.  Most of what I eat are FRESH VEGETABLES when we eat out....and very little salad dressing. 


Yesterday, Hubby was working so I went to the flea market in the next town over by myself and bought a pair of Levi's jeans (my favorite brand) 100% cotton, non-stretch, size 8, almost like new, for only $2.00.  Brought them home, washed and dried them and tried them on today...really COMFY fit.  Thought about wearing them to church for tonite's service and still might but probably not. 


Hubby and I visited Mom at the nursing home after we ate lunch today.  I took her some watermelon chunks, which she ate some as she'd just finished eating part of her lunch that had been brought to her on a tray (she had been resting in bed today).  She is purposely eating less to try to lose some weight as she has really put some on recently.


Also, I want to say that once you get to your goal weight, you don't ALWAYS stay that EXACT weight...you may go up or down a little and if you don't keep up with your exercise, even staying at the same goal weight you can actually get larger and your new size not fit as comfy as it did when you were exercising.  I've begun working out at the gym again and can tell it in the fit of my size 8's I wear.  VERY COMFY.  If I get slack in exercise, I find they fit a little snug around the waist.  So, I am on track with exercise...yayyyy!



Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria





Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 02/20/2011:
Sounds like you have everything under control this time round Maria. I am so pleased for you. We must be in synch, I taught a lesson on Faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday to our womens group. It went well, so I was happy with that, it is always a little daunting to teach in front of a group. I hope you have a good week and thank you for my Monday morning welcome. I always love to see your entries.:)

chidogs on 02/20/2011:
Nice to see you Maria. I'm glad your Mom is doing well. And great find on those jeans! Take care.

V on 02/20/2011:
Maria i am happy that all is going so well for you too! Sounds like you had a wonderful day with church, hubby and Mom :) Have a wonderful evening ;)

Umpqua on 02/20/2011:
I always admire your restraint at the buffet! It must be great to know your will fit into your size no matter what, that's what I'm aiming for at this point. I get into about half of my size 4s, and the other half are too tight in the tummy. Once I can fit comfortably into all of them, I think I will be satisfied and use that as a gauge for maintenance. It sounds like you had a wonderful day, I hope you are having a great evening too!

liza36 on 02/22/2011:
Faith is so important! I was talking to a colleague of mine recently, and she is not really religious. I asked if she believed in God, and she didn't really say, but said she had faith. I asked, faith in whom, or what? Faith in nothing is just that, nothing! Faith in God is where it's at.

Sounds like you are doing great - exercise and salads at the buffet - a perfect combination. Keep it up.

starfish on 02/22/2011:
Great deal on the jeans!

nita51 on 02/22/2011:
Hi Maria, "Faith is the substance if things hoped for and the evidence of thing unseen." With out faith, I'd become void and useless. I'm afraid I would have never lasted this long, had it not been for my faith and love for Jesus Christ. Happy to hear that your precious mom is doing well. Take care & God Bless.

moogy on 02/22/2011:
The recipe for the chicken coating is: 1 cup desicatted coconut, finely ground, 1/2 cup ground almonds, 1tsp chilli powder, 1tsp ground thyme leaves, 1tsp salt, 1/2tsp black pepper. It is really delicious.:) I put it on thinly sliced chciken breast and shallow fried them and drained them on paper. Hope things are going well for you and that your husband and mom are both well. Thank you for your continued support and encouragemtnt, I appreciate you very much.:)

V on 02/22/2011:
Hi Maria!!! :)

Maria7 - Friday Feb 11, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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





Good morning, Friends!

Have prayed and had my Bible study and been having my morning coffee! 

Won't you have a cup of coffee with me? 


'Flower Garden'

The sun is shining and it's cold outside.  But it is to start warming up here beginning today and going into the 60's (and some say 70's) early next week...yayyyy!  I want to start on a new flower garden come springtime weather.  I want to get some new daylilies and maybe new rosebushes, too.    I would try to have a veggie garden but each time I do, the squirrels get to the veggies before they are large enough for me to pick and take them in so they can finish ripening.  Sometimes, the squirrels dig up the flowers I set out by the roots (only the new ones that are still tender) and I have to reset them out.  We have lots of trees and lots of squirrels here.



Hubby is at work and he is happy that we are beginning to have warm, sunny weather as he works outside a lot.  He loves the springtime and summer. 



I am having nitetime temptations to binge on food but I am doing my best to limit the temptations by allowing a 100 calories bag of lf popcorn, a few nuts and a healthy s/w at nite, usually something like healthy crunchy peanut butter on 2 low-cal breads or something similar.  I have to be very mindful during the day of what I allow myself to eat so I'll have room to partially satisfy the expected nitetime food craving.  (And then after allowing the above, sometimes my tummy still growls for more food!)  I'm still wearing size 8's jeans comfortably.  When you get to your goal, it is almost the same as working to get there, cause then you have to work to STAY there.    It's not easy street once you arrive there.  It takes constant monitoring, constant vigilence to stay at your goal.  It takes restraint and patience.  It takes not giving up if you overeat a day or two and it takes determination to not go back to where you were when you were fighting to get to your goal.  I'd rather fight to stay at goal than fight to get to goal, that's for sure, cause at least that way you've got a prize you've won for your reward.  The other way, you can imagine, you can in the distance 'see' your reward but you don't have it yet but you know you will get it with perseverance.  I remember trying on my 8's jeans and either they wouldn't pull up or they'd lack 4 to 6 inches of fastening if I could get them on.  I remember how I thought that once I got back to goal again, I'd NEVER NEVER NEVER let it go!  But I think I FORGOT what a CHALLENGE it was to stay there, having arrived at goal before and let it get away.  So, that's where I'm at today.  FIGHTING to stay at goal.  (But it's WORTH IT!) 


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/11/2011:
Good job allowing for some snacking while working hard to stay at your goal! And you're speaking my language with talk of gardening, I CAN'T WAIT! Of course, the several feet of snow we have piled up will have to melt first. I have a small basement garden with some perennials I started from seed that I'll plant out in the spring. I actually have a red coreopsis in bloom, that really brightens these short winter days. Have a good one!

selina on 02/11/2011:
Those darn squirels, haha! Enjoy the warm weather and the weekend. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my diary! Hugs to you!

shams on 02/11/2011:
For me it is such a treat to have a nice garden. . i also like your saying " I'd rather fight to stay at goal than fight to get to goal" so true. keep it happening and have a nice day

nemogirl on 02/11/2011:
I'd like to hear more about what it takes for you to maintain! I'm getting closer and closer to my goal, and I'm wondering how hard it will be to stay there. I'm definitely going to peruse your posts for insight.

moogy on 02/11/2011:
Staying in those jean is worth it all Maria. Plus, you always have like your nightime snacks so it does sound like a good idea to plan to leave some maneuvering room for snacks. I am enjoying sitting in a wonderful cool breeze - absolutely wonderful!! Have a wonderful weekend Maria.:)

hopingforhealth on 02/11/2011:
Keep fighting to stay at it! You're doing great. I struggle with those late night snacks too; I think you are doing well by keeping it healthy. :)

No, I have never been to Isreal. I just saw it on a design website and fell in love with the design.

V on 02/11/2011:
Yes maam i would loooove a hot cup of coffee with you :) You are doing such a wonderful job and yes we will keep fighting the good fight to stay at our goals...Love you!

biscottibody59 on 02/11/2011:
Thanks for your comments yesterday--I appreciate your words:-)

Have a nice evening--wise words on maintaining--keep up the good work!

biscottibody59 on 02/11/2011:
Just saw your comment, the soup was ridiculously easy and keeps well for the time it would take to have 1-2 svgs/day. I wasn't looking forward to the corn in it, my mother rarely if ever put corn in her soups, but it was perfect. I thought it would make it sweet, but it was just right.

lifestylechange on 02/11/2011:
Beautiful entry...... :) Have a lovely weekend!

chubbygirl on 02/12/2011:
Lovely blog entry! love the pictures too! I was looking at your chart for weight loss on the side >>>>> and i see that it has taken you 4 months to lose your last 5 lbs? is that correct? if so, i salute you! So many times i have given up on my diets because i haven't seen results, but you must have the persistence of a saint! good on you to keep going and to have gotten to your goal : )

selina on 02/12/2011:
Good morning Maria! Good job on maintaining! I've gained but I'll not let that stop me from going down again... Have a great weekend!

geevee on 02/12/2011:
"Eat what you like and don't worry about it". I followed your husband's advice from Thanksgiving til New Year's and am still paying the price! Doing that, I packed on EIGHT unwanted pounds, now down to FOUR.

geevee on 02/12/2011:
Your entry today was chock full of good stuff.

I swear, losing the weight was easier for me than maintaining my loss. I was so arrogant to think I had conquered the problem when I had stayed within 5 lbs. of goal for over a year. How foolish of me. No, the battle continues at goal. I remember noticing when you were 5lbs. over goal andtold you to be careful, and today I see that you got rid of them! YIPPEE!

We must have similar eating habits because I, too, have to arrange my eating to include the inevitable evening cravings. Andyest. Those 100 cal. bags of popcorn are one of my favorites.

Beth201P on 02/14/2011:
Thank you for the early Birthday wish. Hugs. Hope you are having a great Valentine's day. Hugs

legcramps on 02/14/2011:
Fight the good fight! Happy Valentine's Day!

selina on 02/15/2011:
Thanks, Maria! I hope you had a great Valentines's day!

starfish on 02/15/2011:
Thank you very much for your comments and encouragement. I will make this commitment.

nita51 on 02/15/2011:
Happy to receive your comment. I've been a little under the weather, but I'm doing better now. Please don't worry too much about staying at your goal. With Christ all things are possible. Hugs

V on 02/17/2011:
Well if it isn't the lovely and talented Maria!!! How are you?? How is your mom??? We are having really nice weather here too! It was 76 today :) Love you!!!

Runforfun on 02/17/2011:
I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration!

Runforfun on 02/17/2011:
I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration!

nita51 on 02/18/2011:
Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2011:
Thanks girlie! Have a lovely weekend!

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
Take care. I'm going through a few things right now, If you don't mind, please lift me up in your prayers. Thank You & Hugs

selina on 02/19/2011:
It felt like spring yesterday and couldn't help but doing some gardening, haha! Have a great weekend!

Umpqua on 02/19/2011:
I hope you are doing well, thanks for all your comments and support!

Maria7 - Thursday Feb 10, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends!

I visited and sat with Mom at the nursing home a while yesterday, been going up there every day for a long time now.  She seems much better now that she has a new roommate.  Mom lost another friend within the past few days, who was not living in the nursing home, that I was pondering whether to tell her or not, and yesterday, Mom asked me to read in the weekly newspaper she gets, her friend's obit, which I did, so she'd found out that way.  Mom told me she was not upset about it, that her friend was 77 years old and that everyone has to go sometime.  I was surprised and relieved at her positive outlook about it, especially her having just lost 3 roommates in a row.

  Hubby is doing good and at work today.

  Last nite, I played the piano at church and we sang three songs before the message. 


Hope you're having a blessed day or evening.

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/10/2011:
I'm glad to hear your Mom is going well. I hope you're doing well too!

moogy on 02/10/2011:
I suppose you reach a certain age when you expect people you know to be dying. I am fortunate in one way, I don't have too many people that I really care about. I have learned love = pain and am attempting to limit future pain. I have had quite enough of it already and life has already got some more lined up for me without seeking out opportunities for more. I am so glad that your mom has a roommate she can relate to and get on well with, that is wonderful. It sounds like you enjoy Church last night. Have a wonderful day Maria.

V on 02/10/2011:
I am always waiting to hear your mom stories and I am so happt for her, it seems that things are looking up! Great job of maintaining :) Love you! And sending love to MOM too ;)

hopingforhealth on 02/10/2011:
I'm glad telling her went well. I think Moogy is right... there comes a time when perhaps it's more expected. I'm glad you are doing well :)

legcramps on 02/11/2011:
I don't think it makes it any less difficult to lose someone even though they are at a certain age, but I agree that it might be easier knowing that it's their time because of their age.

I'm glad your Mom is doing so well :)

Maria7 - Saturday Feb 05, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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, Friends!

This is written at nite.  Hope you've had or are having a good day.  I haven't done an entry update since Wednesday, so thought I'd write a few lines.  Yesterday, I almost bought a pack of 6 cinnamon buns...I had them in my hands and they looked soooo tempting but I put them back and bought a bag of apples instead.  I mean, how valuable are cinnamon buns, anyway?  You taste one for 60 seconds and it is gone and adds 200 unhealthy calories...but really more than that, cause we know I wouldn't have stopped at only one, don't we?  That's assuming Hubby might eat 2, so that would have left 4 which would have been 800 calories of starch and sugar.    Tonite, Hubby and I had a 'date nite' and we ate out buffet (our usual when it comes to restaurants) and as usual, I was good...I had a large veggies salad with very little salad dressing, a little steak (don't eat much red meat) and a little yeast roll.  About 500 calories max.  My total calories for today are around 1200.  Sometimes I feel like I start to get comfortable, being this size, almost like getting used to it, but I realize that for a former food addict I must stay vigilant.  I say food addict cause that's how I gained to over 200 pounds and wore size 20 and 22.  My size 8's I wear are loose now and today I actually got pretty comfortably into my size 6 levis jeans that I bought when Hubby and I went to the mountains last year on vacation.  (They were tight then when I tried them on.)  At the thrift store the other day, I found a pretty pair of size 7 black levis bell bottoms 100% cotton (I don't like to wear stretch jeans, only non-stretch 100% cotton).  You should have seen me tonite.  You would have laughed as I was determined to get them zipped up after I got them on.  I laid on the bed and asked Hubby to help me get them zipped.  With some effort, He finally got them zipped up.  They are sort of tite right now, which shows I need to walk more.  The size 6's are actually larger than the size 7's cause the 6's are women's size and the 7's are junior size (extra slim fit).

 I'm looking forward to playing the piano tomorrow morning in church.  I feel so blessed to be our church's pianist.  I have been for years.   It is actually a calling, the music ministry.  I love to sing and play the piano.  Mom bought me a piano and taught me how to play by ear when I was growing up, then she sent me to a piano teacher after school for formal lessons to learn how to read music and play out of music books.  I am part of a praise team (sort of like a choir) at our church that leads the congregation in singing as I play the piano.  We all have a wonderful time worshiping the Lord together! 

I visited Mom this afternoon, who is doing well.  I took her picture and videod her and her roommate talking to each other.  Mom was in her bed and smiling and talkative.  Her roommate stays in her wheelchair a lot and wheels herself over to Mom's bed and sits nearby where they can hear each other better and they talk and talk, like teenagers. 


Hope you're having a blessed day or evening.

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 02/05/2011:
I had to smile at you lying on the bed struggling to get into little jeans, I think we have all done that little exercise. I am so happy that your mom has a good roommate and the video will become priceless to you. Well done on your eating, it really does seem that maintaining is just as hard as losing. You are winning the battle Maria, love to you!!

Beth201P on 02/05/2011:
Way to go on passing up those cinnamon buns. Great job. Keep up the great work. Have fun in church tomorrow. Hugs.

shadetree on 02/06/2011:
I know that personal argument well - to get the cinnamon buns/donuts/cake/insert-whichever-not-so-good-food-here or not. I have finally admitted that I am the only one who eats these things in our house, so if I buy them, I'm going to end up eating them. So I try to refrain, no matter how difficult it may seem! It does my heart good to hear that your mother is doing well with her friend rooming with her! It's got to be good for her health to have that positive energy flowing. Have a great day today!

V on 02/06/2011:
I can picture you zipping up the snug jeans! LOL Maria you are so funny ;) Hey good job on your decision not to get the buns, You are doing great! I bet you are feeling wonderful, now that your mom has her friend to keep her company :) I am sure they chat away til the middle of night! Have a good day, it is still raining here :(

biscottibody59 on 02/06/2011:
Glad your mom's place finally saw the light and placed a proper roommate with her--must be a load lifted off for you!

Have a great day!

RYC: You said it girlie--little did I know that staying around DDs would help me keep my weight off (for the most part). I mean I got back to 170 once--169 twice or 3 times--but for the most part I've kept up with my exercise and "food vigilance" over the years.

And I'm still getting there--anything beats how I felt at 189!

Runforfun on 02/06/2011:
You have lost a lot!! :) Wowww you are inspiring! I bet your hubby is very proud :) I'm glad your mom is happy and that you enjoy your work! Sounds like your life is full of happiness! Have a great day today!

Soon2BThin on 02/06/2011:
Hey, Maria, good to see you are doing well and your Mom too. You know, I don't think I will ever be able to say "My size 8's are getting loose". You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work. And thanks for you comments.

chidogs on 02/06/2011:
Ah! Love the lie on the bed to fasten the jeans thing. I remember it well. Right now, jeans are a distant dream of mine. Oh, and usually I reserve the mall walk for summer when it is well over 100 outside, then we do that. Winter here is good walking weather! Now that I have my ipod working, I won't mind the mall noise so much this summer. Take care. Oh, and great news on your Mom and her friend/room mate.

moogy on 02/06/2011:
Thank you for my Monday welcome Maria, I hope you enjoyed yourself at church, always a good way to feel refreshed, renewed and ready for a new week.

legcramps on 02/07/2011:
Glad you made it through the cinammin bun fiasco! I don't think I would have fared that well if I had been faced with it this weekend. Sounds like your Mom and her roommate are getting along really well - that's awesome! It's nice to find a friend in the world, huh?! Have a great day today :)

selina on 02/08/2011:
You are so good with self control! I love cinamon buns! Have a great day!

moogy on 02/09/2011:
Hi Maria, I am just doing my usual drop by to make sure that you are doing OK and that you are enjoying you life. Love you:)

V on 02/10/2011:
:) Hi!!! I hope this means you are going to post today! I missed you :)

selina on 02/10/2011:
Thanks, Maria! My sister will be here in March.... I hope all is well with you!

Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 02, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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





Good morning, Friends!

Been having my morning coffee! 


The sun is shining and the birds are singing outside.  It is warm here, in the mid-60's and I saw a red bird (cardinal) in the back yard earlier.  A squirrel was on the back deck banister and I threw out some bread for him/her.


I will be finishing studying today in preparation to teach again in church tonite at our midweek service.  I enjoy teaching.  I will be teaching about Someone you can always count on...the Lord and about keeping our faith in Him and trusting Him to take care of us.


I usually gain weight in the winter and lose it quickly in the summer and it has been hard to change that this season to not gaining in the winter.  Holding onto goal once you reach it is just as much a struggle as getting there.  I'm happy I'm still wearing my size 8 non-stretch jeans that I wore years ago when I was at goal (and eventually let goal slip away and put on weight til I could no longer wear size 8).  I eat LOTS of vegetable (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, bell pepper, broccoli, carrots) salads with very little salad dressing on them.  Salads are healthy and very filling and very low calories.  I eat very LITTLE meat, especially red meat.  I do enjoy fish and chicken, though.  (No pork.)   I am careful with white carbs (white rice, white potatoes, white breads, etc.) although I eat a LITTLE of them in moderation.  I eat baked sweet potatoes pretty regularly and if you get away from eating processed sweets, eventually naturally sweet things like sweet potatoes and fruits actually taste really sweet and good and much better than white-sugar sweets.


Hubby is at work and he is happy that we are having warm, sunny weather today as he works outside a lot.   When he came home from work yesterday, he had my Valentine's Day gift, a very nice, new laptop computer!    He didn't have to pay money for it, as he earned points at his work (a safety program for employees) and saved them up for a very long time til he had enough to order it.  I told him I will be fixing him steak and potatoes for his supper tonite.   I also bought him his favorite desert, an apple pie.  He asked me to FRY his potatoes (not bake them) and I told him I will.  He likes just about everything FRIED but I usually do NOT give in and I bake a LOT of food versus what I call 'boiling food in fat' (frying). 


Mom is doing well.  I visit her just about every day.  She is very happy that her best friend at the nursing home was allowed to become her new roommate.  They get along real well together and Mom has someone to talk to.  I am so relieved.  (Mom had lost 3 roommates in a row over the past few months.)  Mom had me to bring some of her clothes including a jacket for Mom to give her new roommate (I think her roommate didn't have a jacket), so I took a black leather jacket I'd given Mom years ago and a couple of Mom's nice sweaters and another top and Mom gave them to her roommate, who was so happy to get them that she had me to spread them all out on her bed (she was in her wheelchair) so she could sit and look at them and admire them.    Later, with her permission, I took the items and asked that the new roommate's name be put into them, which was done, and then I brought them back to Mom's friend and per her request, hung them in her side of the little closet in their room.



Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

liza36 on 02/02/2011:
Your strategy for hanging on to your goal weight during this winter seems to be working for you, and I always appreciate knowing what people eat to either lose or maintain their weight. It's so nice to hear that your mom is doing well and is happy with her new roommate. Have a greay day enjoying the sunshine.

chidogs on 02/02/2011:
It sounds like you are doing well. You have a sweet hubby, and making him a special dinner was so perfect! That is lovely that your Mom has a room mate who is already her friend. And giving her some nice things was also very sweet! You have a wonderful day!

shadetree on 02/02/2011:
So good to read your post today, Maria. Beautiful weather, lovely gift from the hubby, Mom doing well with a new roommate...We have a cardinal pair that has been coming to our feeder for about two years now. We call them Burt & Edna (even the grandchildren will yell out "Burt's here!" when he makes an appearance at the feeder...) Glad you are doing well! Enjoy that sunshine!

shadetree on 02/02/2011:
Hahaha! Burt just showed up, and is playing in the snow on the ground under the feeder!

hollybelle on 02/02/2011:
Your weather sounds heavenly! So happy you haven't gained the usual pounds this season, Maria - that's progress! I'm very happy to hear about yur Mom's roomate situation!

moogy on 02/02/2011:
Well, good news all round, you in your size 8's working hard to stay at maintenance, good for you!! Wonderful Valentines's Day present from your husband, so lovely of him, of course, reciprocated by a lovely wife cooking him food he loves. I was so happy that your mom got to have a good friend as her roommate, lets hope she stays a long while. Have a good evening Maria:)

V on 02/02/2011:
I don't know how I missed your post today :( I am sorry it took so long to say hello :) I am so happy for your mother :) It sounds like You are doing really good in your maintanence :) Congrats on your new laptop :) Have a good one! Love you

nita51 on 02/02/2011:
Glad you liked my mug shots :D Just kidding. I'd put some weight back on. I just refuse to adjust the weight chart until I lose the extra pounds I gained. Still I have a lot to be thankful for, because I no longer weigh 360. It has been a real battle to lose, but it is a battle, that one day, ( with the Lord's help ) I know I will one day - WIN! I agree with you that once you stop the sugars and most starches, the sweet potato and fruits become a real treat! Isn't it great? How wonderful it is to enjoy the natural taste of these foods. I personally can live without the junk in my life. Praise God!!!!! Love Ya Maria - Take Care

nita51 on 02/02/2011:
Don't think I've ever told you,,,but I am SO impressed by the weight you've lost. You are yet another one of DD's shinning stars. xoxo

biscottibody59 on 02/03/2011:
Good job maintaining!

Umpqua on 02/03/2011:
I'm glad to hear your Mom has a new roommate and is doing well! Thanks for outlining the specifics of how you maintain, I think it's so helpful and important for all of us to hear about it. Have a good one!

moogy on 02/03/2011:
Thanks for the support Maria. I am figuring out that if I win enough little battles I will win the battle. I don't have to be perfect all the time, just almost all the time. I am feeling a little less anxious about the whole thing. I had read an article in the forum about saying goodbye. I realised that I can have what I really want (usually chocolate) anytime I want. I don't have to try and eat it all now, it will still be there next week if I decide to have some. Phew!! In fact when we were out shopping today my daughter and I spotted a new confectionery line, which of course we had to try. (Soft caramel wrapped in dark chocolate - I mean, come on, who could resist that!!) anyway I purchased one and found out it had 250 calories and it was my treat. It was delicious and I enjoyed eating it slowly and savouring each little bit. And, guess what, if I want another one next week for my treat, I can have one. It is like a light bulb has gone off in my brain. Why on earth did I think I had to eat all the chocolate in the world before I dieted and then couldn't have any until I was slim. Duhh!! Sorry for the ramble but I know that you would understand. Love to you Maria.:)

Umpqua on 02/04/2011:
The boys are only in preschool, but I do feel like they're growing up so fast. They're 2 1/2 and 4 now and my little guy is almost fully potty trained. How time flies!

selina on 02/04/2011:
Great entry, Maria! I enjoyed reading it! Have a great day!

nita51 on 02/04/2011:
Look at you!!!! a new laptop! Enjoy! and have a nice weekend. :)

moogy on 02/05/2011:
No, our Autumn starts Mar 1st, Winter 1st Jun, Spring 1st September, Summer 1st December, Nice and easy to remember! Thank you for popping by and offering you support. I hope all is well with you and those you love.:)

Maria7 - Thursday Jan 27, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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




Trust in the Lord.  He is the One Who takes care of you.




Hello, Friends!

It's been pretty, sunny, and almost warm (50's F) here today.  My Friend and I went out to lunch together.  We went to Red Lobster in a nearby town and we each ordered seafood.  The food was so good.  I ate half of mine and brought the other home for my lunch tomorrow.  I've learned portion control in maintaining my weight.  You 'learn' to feel full on less.  Used to be I could have easily eaten all of my food I was served at lunch today at one sitting, and even more, when I was overweight before I got to goal weight.  But I've learned 'mindful eating'.  It's okay to enjoy my food and have pretty much anything I want to eat, but just not so much of it, especially at one sitting.  After lunch, we went to a thrift store and she bought a nice overstuffed blue recliner for her Hubby for only about $25 and also a few clothes for herself and I found a nice skirt and matching jacket to wear to church and I got that.  We had a nice outing.  After taking her home, I visited Mom at the nursing home, who was in bed.  I sat with her an hour and we talked and watched Paula Deen on the tv in Mom's room, and Paula Deen was baking a green tomatoes with raisins pie, among other foods she was cooking on her tv show, and Mom and I were laughing and talking about that while watching the show together and I gave Mom a pretty poster with a Bible verse and a kitten on it (Mom LOVES cats) that my Friend sent to Mom, which Mom was happy over and I put it up near Mom's bed where Mom asked me to put it so she could see it well. 

Hubby was home from work when I got home and I had stopped and bought him some supper on my way home after visiting Mom.

I hope you have had/are having a good day.

Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

nita51 on 01/27/2011:
The peace that our Lord Jesus gives, is what keeps me holding on. Your gif pictures are very inspirational. God uses us in many ways. How beautiful it is, to see one of the ways that he uses you. Hugs and Thanks for your visit.

moogy on 01/27/2011:
Sounds like you had a lovely day Maria. I am so grateful for your handy hints on maintaining weight, I find them useful in losing weight, mindful eating, portion control. Have a good evening:)

V on 01/28/2011:
Sounds like you are maintaining really well!! I am so happy your mom is doing great! Oh my power was out for almost 24 hrs...So glad to have it back! Have a wonderful day, love you :)

Umpqua on 01/28/2011:
Great job enjoying foods you love and practicing portion control! That's what hubby and I did for our Mexican dinner date last week. There was a time when we would have devoured everything on the table plus more, and we were full after 1/2 of it. I hope you have a great weekend!

moogy on 02/01/2011:
Hi Maria, How are you doing? I am hoping that everything in your world is OK. I hope to hear from you soon.:)

Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

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




Trust in the Lord.  He is the One Who takes care of you.


Hello, Friends!

Hubby is at work and I am at home.  I hope you are doing well.  I sat with Mom at the nursing home a while yesterday, who was not feeling well.  I peeled 3 fresh peaches and put them into little pieces and took to her, which she ate.


I just want to say, regarding the animated gif picture above that sometimes it is so easy to feel overwhelmed if we let ourselves, but God is in control of every situation, no matter what, so try to hold on to the peace that Jesus gives.  Don't allow it to be taken from you.

Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/26/2011:
I love that picture. Have a good one!

geevee on 01/26/2011:
Ditto! It's so upbeat.

chidogs on 01/26/2011:
Beautiful picture, Maria. Thank you for the uplift! You take care as well.

panda22 on 01/26/2011:
Your words are so true, love your entry. Your mom is lucky to have such a wonderful daughter =). Hope you have a nice rest of your day!

moogy on 01/26/2011:
It is a good reminder Maria. All will be well, we don't stop getting challenges and difficulties but they are made easier through faith and trust in the Lord.

moogy on 01/26/2011:
No Maria I didn't receive an e-mail from you. Could you send it again? I feel as if I have missed out on something important now!!

just42day on 01/26/2011:
Love the pic and its message. A much needed reminder. Hope your mom is feeling better. :)

moogy on 01/26/2011:
Are you writing about the one where I was 'up in my perch' overlooking the school. Your advice was to get out and about. If that was the comment, I obviously got it!! LOL I appreciate your wonderful suggestions and the intentions of love behind them. However, since I have now had two seizures it is no longer safe for me to be let out alone, wandering the neighbourhood. I used to walk in the mornings regularly and enjoyed it. I am afraid that I only get to drive 10 mins from home, just enough to get to the shops. My daughter has to go with me anywhere else I need go. I hate being dependent and confined forcibly, fortunately I am a bit of a hermit and enjoy my own company. I suppose that is why I love DD's so much. Thank you for your love and support, it is going to be a little cooler tomorrow and I am going to get on the treadmill. Promise!!

moogy on 01/26/2011:
I am sorry I missed it Maria. If you would like to e-mail me my address is sheronejoy@hotmail.com. I would love to hear from you.

V on 01/27/2011:
I just wanted to say i am thinking of you and i will catch you later when my power is restored! Love you

V on 01/27/2011:
She's baaaccK ;) I missed you and your beautiful posts!

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