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Maria7 - Saturday Aug 31, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

 

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Hello to you and hope you are having a blessed day.

Weight today is 150 again...  Glad of that.  I think I could easily stand to lose 5 more pounds but am satisfied with this progress.  Happy I am holding to goal. 

It has been very warm today in the lower 90's.  Hurricane Dorian has changed course from what weather people thought it would be and looks like we will surely be getting some of it as it heads up this way.  No plans, so far, to evacuate as we did in Hurricane Florence.  So much more comfortable to stay home, altho we are under almost 100 feet tall trees.  No worries so far.  Thank you for your prayers for everyone who may be affected by the storm.  God is in control.

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Please take good care of yourself.  Remember...every day with the LORD is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

happy-1 on 08/31/2019:
Hugs. Don’t watch Crawl!!!!


Donkey on 08/31/2019:
I hope Dorian doesn't land too hard. (((hugs)))



Maria7 - Friday Aug 30, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

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Hello to all of you. 

Scale weighed me at exactly 150.0 this morning.  So doing well at maintaining and considering going lower.  My energy level has been lacking a little however, so will not attempt to go lower yet.  Still, happy at this lower weight and smaller size.

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2019:
My energy level dropped today too....just resting around here now.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
sometimes that's a reason my calories go up...energy levels. certainly the changes in what we eat affect our energy levels, amongst other variables like sleep / stress!


Donkey on 08/31/2019:
Well done! Very smart to give yourself time to adjust and readjust.

I concur with Horn, that I eat more when my energy levels are lower, BUT sometimes it's not calories that I need but something else - sleep, water, sunshine, etc.



Maria7 - Thursday Aug 29, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

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Good morning to you and hoping you are having a pleasant morning. 

Yours truly is doing well today.  Weighed on the scale.  Happy with holding at 150 today. 

I have been busy this morning...roasted some chicken and fresh veggies in the oven...squash, potatoes, onion, and okra...  Also baked 2 apple pies (put one of them into the freezer to have for another time)...

We need to all be praying for Florida as Hurricane Dorian approaches them this weekend...may be a 2 or a 3 by the time it gets to them, if it doesn't change course and come up this way...  We may get some rain off of it here in SC, as we are in the 'cone' so far.

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
I roasted chicken here yesterday too....so many things that can be done with it.....for days! Hoping and praying that you will not get rained on too much....hurricane season is pretty scary.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
I made enough to put up a plate for one of us in the freezer. Nice to not have to cook every day. Yes, I hope we don't get too much rain from it, too. Sometimes we get flooded from those tropical weather systems. Can't wash clothes, have to take quick showers, etc. during those times or the septic tank will start presenting its contents up through the house drains...not a pleasant sight and not a pleasant smell and what a mess (literally) to clean up.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
roasted veggies sound so tasty. as do the pies! what a great idea to bake them and then set them for later ;)

keep us updated on the weather front. wishing you the best.

Maria7 on 08/30/2019:
Thank you, HOP.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2019:
Have a coffee with me today!?

Maria7 on 08/30/2019:
Yes, would love to!



Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 28, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

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Hello to you. 

 Have been reading your posts most days over the past ten days when I have not been posting.  Even though most of you are dealing with life-challenges, I have noticed that overall, everyone is doing quite well in their determination and work to get to their goals.  As for yours truly, I have been doing well maintaining daily calories at around 1600 to 1700 a day average.  I do not limit myself on anything I really want to eat (except sodium) as long as I stay under 1700 calories a day.  I would like to lose another five to ten pounds after I am feeling established at this weight in being comfortable and still feeling strong at this new weight.  I have found that at this weight I do not seem quite as energetic as I was at a higher weight.  So, I am giving myself some adjustment time before attempting to go lower.  A loss of nine pounds in 2 and a half months is easy for a lot of folks but not for this girl.  So, I will simply be happy with 'holding steady' for the time being.

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

happy-1 on 08/28/2019:
It's a self-fulfilling dynamic... The more I post the better I do. It's one of the anchors in a day that helps me pull myself forward. The occupational therapist just had me set aside a chunk of time for it.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Yes, good therapy here, knowing you are loved and cared about and we all enjoy reading each other's posts, too. Have a blessed day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
i also like to "get to know" and establish myself at a weight that i reach before going lower. i also need adjustment periods just like you do. that sounds normal and a better approach that will cause a lasting weightloss and not just a roller coaster of ups and downs.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Thank you. I didn't know I wasn't the only one that felt this way about it but glad to know someone else feels the same way.


Donkey on 08/29/2019:
I applaud your approach, to pause before you proceed. It will help avoid crazy up-down swings, which can lead to discouragement and false results. We truly do need to respect our physical selves.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Yes, 'cause if we don't, then how can we enjoy arriving at goal? Better to be feeling stronger, even if it means weighing more than what we feel is ideal for us than to lose to a goal that is not sustainable for our energy levels.


legcramps on 08/29/2019:
Great job Maria

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Thank you very much! Have a blessed day!



Maria7 - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 

Hello to you. 

 Scale read 150 again this morning...smiling!  Now for maintenance, which I hope to be doing much better this go round.  Hubby and I ate buffet today after we left from visiting Mama at the nursing home (she doing good) and I was good...big raw veggies salad, not overdo dressing...a taste of this, a taste of that (but not a whole serving of anything)...pecans off the top of small piece of pecan pie (wasteful, I know, but slimming)...half and half water and iced sweet tea...I was full when we left but still had a 100 cals fudgecycle ice cream this afternoon and still under calories to maintain for today....had egg and plain toast this morming for bk...so I am now at 1300 calories and very full and happy for today...could have more calories even up to 1700 and be okay but won't if I do not really feel hungry...that is the gist of it...eating healthy, staying full, and not gaining weight...balance and being happy at the same time...I do not really feel like I am missing out on anything...I do not miss potato chips, which I no longer eat (high sodium as well as not a healthy snack, high fat, etc.)...I do not miss candy (I seem to have lost my taste for candy and haven't wanted any in a long time)...I do not miss tubs of ice cream (only allow occasional single serving size already wrapped and around 150 calories or less)...I eat unsalted nuts sometimes but do not allow myself to have as many as I used to eat...only a few... With sandwiches, I usually do with out condiments such as mayo unless it is a very low calories kind and then only enough to wet the bread slightly...With these changes, I am eating well and staying full and having a lot less calories.  If I have what I feel is a hungry day, I eat just so many calories of my allotted daily calories and then pray and ask the Lord to not let me eat over a small certain amount more for the rest of the day until the next morning, in order to stay within my allotted amount of calories for the day, which He always helps me.  Smile!

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
Well done! Keep it up! :)


Donkey on 08/18/2019:
Well done, Maria! You are so right, you do not have to have a lot of anything to enjoy the taste of it.

Another good tool you are using is to have single serve items of treats like ice cream, so that you know how much of something you're getting. And when you're done, you're done.


BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
Great success for you Maria. You have this under control......good job!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
i practice a lot of the same tricks and tips as you have written about in your entry. it's the size of portions that matters most. good job with only the pecans off the pie. really a big savings.

i also do not love very sweet candies - like gummy candies. i do like the taste but the waste of calories really makes me not very interested in them. i still love my chocolate and found some that is lower calories.

like you did, what i generally do when out to eat is eat a lot of veggies before i start eating everything else. then, i eat what i want to of the real meal and bring any home that i don't finish. veggies have been a real help for me when eating out. i usually look carefully at the menu to find them and order them on the side when i can!


happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
Good self care! Good care of others! Good job!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 17, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

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

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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 

Hello to you. 

 Scale read 150 this morning...finally at goal weight!

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
CONGRATS!!!! Meeting goal is so GREAT!!!

Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
Thank you, BC...Now for maintenance, which I think is the hardest...and also seeing how I am at this weight and if I want to go lower but I will have patience and not rush into going lower, not on purpose, that is..cause, eating healthier may cause me to naturally go lower, as I have begun a low-sodium diet, too.


Donkey on 08/17/2019:
WHOOT!!!!!!! You did it!!!!!

Bless you on your low-sodium diet! That is HARD. Well, I found it hard, for myself, to do. But it's a very good thing to do, for your liver and kidneys. Your body will thank you for it, truly.

Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Thank you. Yes, I am learning as I go and I also have Morton's lite salt, which I use very sparingly if at all.


grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
Well done on reaching goal!

Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Thank you, Annie!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
and you did it! good job sticking to your goals! i'd be delighted as well if i was in your situation!

Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Thank you, HOP!


happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Congratulations!!!!!!!!



Maria7 - Friday Aug 16, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 151.0

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

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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 

Good morning to you. 

 Scale is at 151 again this morning...I was disappointed I was not at goal weight of 150...really thought it would weigh me at that this morning...had lower calories yesterday, too.  Oh, well.  Maybe tomorrow...

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/16/2019:
Hang in there. You'll get there. Have a great weekend, Maria.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
i second what Annie says!



Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 14, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 151.0

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

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coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 

Good morning to you. 

 Scale at 151 again this morning...  I decided that my current goal weight of 150 is, after all, 'doable'....  Had just a few of the unsalted almonds last nite and stopped instead of a repeat as the other nite when ate quite a few and was not hungry while eating them as I was watching tv.  Was 'mindful' in eating yesterday...Stayed feeling full, too.  Stayed busy yesterday and didn't focus much on food other than pacing myself and staying within a certain amount of calories...

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
Looking good! I'm going to add 20g of nuts in the evening because I'm finding it too difficult not to have something. 120 calories.

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Good plan! And unsalted almonds helps in not retaining sodium, which is what I have. Nuts are filling, too.


Donkey on 08/14/2019:
Sounds like a lovely day -- and it paid off too!

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Yes, been lovely here, too...sunny, with temp of 97F and heat index 107 this afternoon...but still a good day!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
nice job with staying moderate. i love that feeling too when everything is working right, and my body feels good based on what i'm feeding it too.

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Thank you. I am not feeling deprived...altho I am going through temptations, such as the ice cream at the grocery store this morning...oh, it looked soooooo good! But..not 'that' good!


legcramps on 08/14/2019:
Have a nice day!

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Thank you and I hope you have a good day, too!



Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

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

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Good morning to you and hoping you are having a pleasant morning.  Having a cup of coffee...coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567  Have one with me?

 

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 So happy the scale read 152 again this morning...I had a little extra calories in unsalted almonds last nite while watching tv...See how easy it is to slip back into old habits???  And I was NOT HUNGRY!!!  Yes, at least it was good protein but still it was slightly over my day's maintain calories...  So, today I will surely be 'on guard' against a repeat, ha!  When I am at or near my allotted calories for today, I will pray and ask the Lord for his help that I don't overeat today.  He always helps me and prayer is more important to me than counting calories.

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Hoping you are having a good day...Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

happy-1 on 08/13/2019:
Good job on maintenance!


Donkey on 08/13/2019:
It's the eating-while-not-hungry trap that I fall into far too easily as well. My wish would be for more mindful eating, so as to be intentional, and not eating just because.

Your post is a good reminder that this mindfulness is something I want to work on.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
oh yes, drinking coffee now with you!



Maria7 - Monday Aug 12, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

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

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Houseandcanoeoncreekinmtnsanimgif081010.gif image by autumn1234567 

Good afternoon to you.

 

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 So...the question is:  HOW MUCH do we want to acheive our goal weight???  How important is it to us?  Is it okay to have a goal but only work at it 'off and on', hoping that somehow we will eventually arrive at it...Is it okay to gain weight in the meantime?  Which I have done so many times...  Do we 'THINK' we can get to our goal weights???  Are we too busy enjoying eating what we want 'mostly' and only discipline ourselves 'sometimes'???  Do we think it is 'too hard' to reach our goals?  Do we sometimes just give up and eat all we want and all we don't want, even when not hungry?

I have been SO LAX many times...Somehow, it seemed I 'lost my way'...even though I have acheived my most wanted goal weight of 140 time and time again, only to let it 'slip away' in favor of 'flavors' of different foods, may as well say...or 'cravings' for fattening foods...and REGAIN weight that was lost...THEN...it became all the more difficult to reach goal weight again since I did NOT simply MAINTAIN my goal weight that I had worked so very hard to finally reach...  

It is the SUMMER here...HOT SUMMER at that (I'm in the south)...no reason to not at least 'sweat' some of the extra weight off...Hubby and I do go for little walks early in the mornings and I am very active in doing lots of other things...so I have lost some lately and thankful for that...have lost 7 pounds since 2 months ago, June 12th...including 5 within the past month...

So...altho my goal weight says '150'...I will be happy with that but might even be happier with my former goal weight of 140...we'll see...if I get to it and if I feel good getting lower cause it is no good to get to a lower weight if a person feels weak or not at their best at that lower weight and health is so much more important that what we 'think' we should or want to weigh...

Wishing all of you a happy day!

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Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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

grannyannie on 08/12/2019:
I understand. I'm always promising myself when I reach goal that I'll stay there. And I don't.

Maria7 on 08/12/2019:
Let's stick with it this time! Getting to it is one thing but sticking to it is a whole different thing but if we are really committed, which I know that you and I are (as many times as we have done this), we can get to our goals and STAY THERE and not keep having to do the work all over again to get to them.


innerpeace on 08/12/2019:
Wow this post! I completely agree I have dreams and goals of the perfect weight, but I hardly do anything to actually work towards it. I think it will just simply disappear because I want it to and I know that isn't the case. It's a mental block or something. All the sweet, fattening foods taste better right this minute than any ounce of exercise might benefit me. I am constantly trying to change my mind set. Alas, I will have to continue to work on it. Thanks for your post and good luck on your continued weight loss journey.

Maria7 on 08/12/2019:
Thanks. It just mainly is about replacing old unhealthy habits with new, healthy habits. Really simple.. But so easy to give in to fattening foods... If we work hard and really stick to it, we can achieve our goals. Like you said it is all about our mind set.


BearCountryGG on 08/12/2019:
I deal with this daily...and wonder if my goal is unattainable.......I also don't want to make dieting my lifes career...LOL.......You are doing great......you have obviously leared portion control and I suspect that it is the main goal over all.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
yes, we must strive to find our "happy mediums" which are sometimes quite the challenge to find!

also, when we reach our goal weights, we are so happy we sometimes forget what it took to get there. and each time we gain, it becomes even harder to lose...we know the struggle, how much we had to work to get there....and we wonder if we want to do it again....


Donkey on 08/13/2019:
I loved reading this! And it coincided with thoughts I was having at the same time. You see, there are people in my life (boss, husband, me), that need/want to lose weight. The problem is that results aren't immediate. The suffering is immediate, but results - you may not see anything for a few weeks! And I think that's why it's so hard.

One thing that has been self-sabotaging in my journey is that every time I reach a "goal", I move the goal a little lower... so I never succeed, I'm never satisfied. (I guess one could say that weight-loss is a never-ending task, which is true.) That is why I had to change my goal to something of more self-acceptance. Hence, maintenance... at least for now.



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