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Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 31, 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 to all of you. Hope you are having a good day.

Oh, joy!  The scale weighed me at 155 this morning, so I know I am back on my way to Island 150...It was not easy getting here to Island 155...But with our good Lord's help, I did.

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Thank you for your prayers for Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567...Looks like it will only be window visits for a while as I had a second appointment for us to visit inside tomorrow but she asked me to cancel it when I visited her at the window this morning as she does not feel well enough to be moved out of her bed and taken in wheel chair to visitation room for us to visit.  So, I made another appointment for us to visit later next week.  I would rather wait and her be feeling cheerful and much better than to have a visit right now.  She has lost more weight, only weighs 143, an extremely low weight for her.  I take her food each day I visit her and she also get 3 meals a day but she just doesn't be hungry much, apparently.  She will be 90 next month in April.   

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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 03/31/2021:
Congrats on the new lower number!

Maria7 on 04/01/2021:
Thank you!


Donkey on 04/01/2021:
I'm sorry that you are still unable to visit in person with your mom. You're right, if she's not up to it, then probably better to wait and try again. Keep trying!

Glad to hear that you are rowing away from the Honey Bun Island!

Happy Holy Thursday! In the past, I've always found comfort and hope in Maundy Thursday services. (I'm usually an emotional wreck on Good Fridays.)

Maria7 on 04/01/2021:
Happy Holy Thursday to you, too!



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 30, 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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Hello to all of you. Hope you are having a good day.

Well, scale weighed me at 156 this morning, so I think I am back on my way to Island 150 again...and I know that there will be temptations but I am hoping to not give in again as I did when I stopped by Honey Bun Island and stayed there for a while...

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I visit Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at her window at the nursing home most days, and today is to be different.  There have been no positive cases of Covid there at her nursing home for over 2 weeks and I am being allowed inside to visit Mama for 30 minutes this afternoon (have an appointment) in a visitation room and with us both wearing masks and 6 feet apart and no hugging, no touching allowed as we will be WATCHED by an employee in the same room with us during our little visit.  This will be the FIRST time in over a year that I have been in the same room with my Mama.  Been only window visits for over a year, looking in through the window glass with her lying in bed nearby.  So, at least I will get to see and talk with her in person.  Very happy about this!

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Update:  Didn't get to visit her inside the nursing home today as she was too sick to be put into a wheel chair and taken to the visitation room, so I visited her at her window where I could see her in her bed nearby.  Maybe another time...Please keep her in your prayers and we thank you very much.

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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!

innerpeace on 03/30/2021:
Fantastic News!! I'm so happy to hear about your in person visit - hopefully hugging will come soon. Have a great day! I hope your mom is happy to see you in person as well, I know this last year has been aggravating to us all.

Maria7 on 03/30/2021:
Yes, it is fantastic news to both of us! Mama was smiling when I told her yesterday. She has been hoping for this for a very long time and has kept on asking me when can I come inside to visit her and I had no answer for her as to when. Smile! Yes, this past year has been quite challenging, although it has had its good moments, too. But I will be so glad to see the virus go away completely. I hope you have a very good day today, too!


bearcountrygg on 03/30/2021:
Have a wonderful visit with your Mom.....you have waited so long for this!!!

Maria7 on 03/30/2021:
Not to be today...maybe another day (see update). Hope you have been having a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2021:
HOW AMAZING! your mom is going to love being in the same room as you.

Maria7 on 03/30/2021:
Maybe another day (see update). Hope you have been having a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2021:
maybe plan a day to have specific treat(s) so that you know when it's coming and can promise yourself to stay on track till then?

Maria7 on 03/30/2021:
Good idea!


bearcountrygg on 03/30/2021:
Praying for your Mom to get well so that you can see her inside......

Maria7 on 03/31/2021:
Thank you very much!


Donkey on 03/31/2021:
I'm sorry to hear that your visit with Momma didn't go as planned, but it's good to know that you have the possibility of an in-person visit -- soon, let's hope!!!

Good for you for holding back. The weight will come down. Stay the steady course!

Maria7 on 03/31/2021:
Thank you very much!


horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2021:
I'll keep her in my thoughts...i hope you go see her soon...can't they possibly wheel her bed out to the visitation room? ah or perhaps an exception that you can be in the hallway and speak to her from her doorway??

Maria7 on 03/31/2021:
They have to wheel her to a designated visitation room or else it is just window visits.



Maria7 - Monday Mar 29, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 158.0

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

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

 

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Hello Everyone. 

Scale read 158 this morning.  I left Honey Bun Island and am doing my best to find my way back on my route to 150 again.  I think I will be extra cautious not to 'veer off course' this time, no matter what the temptation is.  I can do this through PRAYER.  

Btw, yesterday was Palm Sunday and this coming Sunday is Easter.  Happy Easter to you!

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

Love, Maria

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

bearcountrygg on 03/29/2021:
Yes...stay the course.....you an do it....!!!


Jacky82020 on 03/29/2021:
Hi Maria! Hope you and your mother are doing well today.


Donkey on 03/30/2021:
Donkey is cheering you on!



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 158.0

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

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

 

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Hello to all of you. Hope you are having a good day.

Well, well guess where I am?  That's right....'HONEY BUN ISLAND'...

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Why am I doing this to myself?  I got up this morning thinking I've got this...I will have very simple low-cal meals and get back to 154 where I was before I regained 4 of the 8 pounds I just lost a couple of weeks or so ago...and I had an egg and a plain toast for breakfast.  From there I had a late lunch of turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato toasted sandwich.  My afternoon snack was a banana and about 4 cups of popped in oil popcorn.  Well, had I stopped here it would not have been so much...about 1400 calories...Then I decided to have a bbq'd turkey sandwich, a big one...That put me at about 1700 calories, which are my maintain calories...but then for some reason, I decided to eat mini-donuts 300 calories, and a piece of candy for 50 calories which made it go up to 2050.  Well...you may say...that's nothing!  Right.  But yesterday, I had 3000 calories.  I cannot seem to get a grip on this excessive eating. 

So...my teepee is 'parked' here on Honey Bun Island.

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I visited Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at her window at the nursing home today, as I usually do every day and she is doing so-so but looks so frail.  She has lost a LOT of weight during this pandemic.  Next month is her 90th birthday.  She keeps asking me how much longer before we can visit in person?  Her nursing home is exceptionally strict (which is a good thing for safety from Covid but bad in isolation that the residents and their families are forced to endure).  I tell her I do not think it will be much longer, as the virus seems to be going away, but she has heard this from me before and she just looks very sad that I am not coming in NOW to sit with her, hold her hand, give her a big hug, and tell her in person how much I love her.  I have not given my Mama a hug nor even been in the same room with her for over a year.  This HURTS!!!

Meanwhile, her very best Friend who was also her Sister in Law, passed 2 months ago but I can't tell her as it would extremely depress her and she would not take it well.  They were only six months in age difference with Mama being the older one.  Thank you for your prayers for her (and for me).

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

Jacky82020 on 03/24/2021:
Hope you can visit your mom soon. It must be so difficult for you both.

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
Thank you. Yes, it is but the Lord helps us and I am thankful to visit her at her window but sure do miss hugging her!


bearcountrygg on 03/24/2021:
We have all had the food fits......it will pass...try not to stress about it too much......It is sad that you can't see your mom other than through a window.....(( HUGS ))

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
Yes, but I am thankful to at least have visits with her this way. Better than nothing and thanking the Lord I can see her and talk with her through the window glass. HUGS.


Donkey on 03/25/2021:
I completely understand how your eating day evolved (or de-evolved? dissolved?). I've had those days too, where it's going fine and then things start to cascade into calamity.

I was thinking about you last night, as I struggled with late time eating. I'll write about it more in my own entry. Fortunately for me, it was later at night, right before bedtime, so I solved my problem by just going to bed.

Very heartfelt to read about your momma. I'm so sorry. This must be so difficult for her and the other residents. Of course it's very difficult for you and others' families too. Is your state overall more restrictive with COVID precautions or mainly this facility specifically?

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
I think it is both. But at least Mama hasn't gotten the virus, of which I am so thankful to the Lord.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/25/2021:
maybe you are restricting too much. that's when i had my excessive calorie days too...i was too hard on myself and found it very hard in the days after to keep cutting...

i hear in person visiting is coming back now....won't it be very soon before you can visit her in person?

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
They have a LOT of rules, so looks like it will be window visits for the time being.


legcramps on 03/29/2021:
I am so sorry about your mother [hugs]

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
Thank you so much. It helps me to know I have caring friends like you. Hugs.



Maria7 - Saturday Mar 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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Hello Everyone. 

Scale read 156 again this morning.  At least I am still 6 pounds lighter that I was recently before I lost 8 pounds in 7 days.  So, I regained 2 that I lost.  That is still a win, I think.  I am just lately not in a mood to do any more serious dieting, such as I put myself through earlier this month.  So, I will be happy with this weight.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

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

Donkey on 03/20/2021:
I really like your mindset. I'm almost at that point too, seeing as I have no problem maintaining at around 145-147.

Maria7 on 03/21/2021:
We have to take into consideration that muscle weighs more than fat, so only relying on what the scale reads can be deceptive to how we are truly doing. We could have more fat on our bodies and weigh less and we could have more muscle on our bodies and weigh a little more. So, if we are very active, we are probably carrying more muscle weight, so we should not be discouraged if the scale shows we weigh a little more than we would like to weigh.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2021:
LOL, just like you, i do NOT even think to do any serious dieting ever. I just can't...the reason is because i did do those types of serious dieting back in my later college years and also in both my early 20's and then mid 20's and my body / mind will not take it again...i wouldn't be able to do it.

congrats on staying moderate and in line! woohoo!

Maria7 on 03/21/2021:
It seems I remember reading about some of those days you went through on DD. I remember you would eat a LOT of calories and then later on, you would suddenly go through a phase that you would pretty quickly get to your goal weight. After what I went through recently to lose 8 pounds in 7 days, I find myself getting LAX. I hope I do not regain what I lost but I am having extra sweets and that is NOT good.


legcramps on 03/22/2021:
Have a great day Maria.

Maria7 on 03/22/2021:
Thank you! Hope you have had a good day, also!



Maria7 - Friday Mar 19, 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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Hello Everyone. 

Today the scale reads 156 again, so no 155, such as I was hoping for, even though I had very reduced calories yesterday.

So I am still rowing in my canoe toward Island 155. 

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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!

innerpeace on 03/19/2021:
Hope you enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

Maria7 on 03/20/2021:
Thank you. I hope you enjoy your walks, if you do some more over the weekend. Have a good weekend, too.


Donkey on 03/20/2021:
Stay consistent with your efforts! I know that is so tough to do, when one is reducing calories and yet does not see the results on the scale. Believe me, I KNOW.

Maria7 on 03/20/2021:
I am doing my best...well my next to my best, cause I am eating a few sweets here and there. Have a good day.



Maria7 - Thursday Mar 18, 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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Hello Darlings. 

So, today I weigh 156 and I am rowing in my canoe toward Island 155. 

Was good with calories yesterday and plan on being good today, too.

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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 03/18/2021:
You’re doing great, Maria! Have a wonderful day!

Maria7 on 03/19/2021:
Thank you. Hope you have a very good day, also!


horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2021:
Keep this up so you stay awhile on these spectacular islands !!

Maria7 on 03/19/2021:
These islands seem to be my downfall in getting to goal, although they are very pleasant to visit!


Donkey on 03/19/2021:
You got this, Maria. Keep on rowing forward!

Maria7 on 03/19/2021:
I still rowing. Hopefully in the right direction.



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 17, 2021
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 157.0

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

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

 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you.  From someone who is part Irish and has green eyes.

So...I weigh 157 today.  I think I must be rowing backwards.  Actually I am not rowing at all!  I am still here at Honey Bun Island!  

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

  

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

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2021:
Happy St Patricks Day......Irish Lass!

Maria7 on 03/18/2021:
Thank you and Happy St Patrick's Day to you, too!


horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2021:
Ohhh light eyes are awesome to have ! I have green also !

Happy St Patrick’s ! Are you having corned beef and cabbage ?!

Maria7 on 03/18/2021:
No, didn't hae corned beef and cabbage but sure sounds good! So, you have green eyes, too! :-)


Donkey on 03/18/2021:
I had to chuckle at rowing backwards. I've been feeling like that lately, too. The time will come when you're ready to leave Honey Bun Island and move forward.

Maria7 on 03/18/2021:
I am hoping that now is that time. Hoping you are having a good day.



Maria7 - Monday Mar 15, 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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Hello to all of you.

So...I just have to make myself be happy with 156, which is what I weigh today.  So, I have REGAINED two pounds of the 8 that I lost in a week.  Big deal (I tell myself).  Just so I do not gain anymore and just so I have not given up on the goal.  Maybe I will do better today...but if I don't, maybe at least I can maintain where I am for the time being until I can do better to start rowing toward goal again.

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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!

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2021:
One thing is sure...you will work on it when you choose to...doing that when the time isn't right is misery. When you set your goal a few days ago you had a motive...because company was coming......that sounds like you work well with a strong motive.....might be something to consider.

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Never thought of it that way before but you sure are right. A strong motive always helps me keep rowing. If I don't get back to work, I am liable to keep regaining what I worked extremely hard to lose! I MUST do this. Thank you for your very needed comment. Smile!

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
And also, I just lowered my goal to 150 instead of 152.


bearcountrygg on 03/15/2021:
Good idea lowering your goal......I'm going to be working hard to reach my lower goal too.....we can do this!!!

Maria7 on 03/17/2021:
Yes, after I get back into the canoe and start rowing again.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2021:
in life, we can never just lose...so, enjoy the islands as you go!

Maria7 on 03/17/2021:
You said it.


Donkey on 03/16/2021:
I enjoyed reading about your trip to Honey Bun Island!

Maria7 on 03/17/2021:
Thank you!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2021:
keep being moderate, you are doing great! :)

Maria7 on 03/17/2021:
Thank you.



Maria7 - Sunday Mar 14, 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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Hello to all of you.

Well, while rowing toward Island 153 the other day, I came upon a very innocent-looing, tiny island as I was rowing and it had a big sign in front of it near the little beach, that read 'HONEY BUN ISLAND'....

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So, there were pictures of honey buns, candy and other sweets on the sign and I thought it wouldn't hurt to row over there, which was just a little ways from my route I was on toward Island 153..and take a little sweets break...I told myself that a little of the sweets would not hurt...I saw pretty tropical trees swaying in the breeze near the beach, and they had honey buns and candy hanging from the branches with a sign in front of the trees saying to take all you can eat and it was free and so I had 2 honey buns and some candy and other treats...and the more I ate, the more I wanted to eat...it was not that I was particularly hungry for it, I was simply enjoying the freedom to eat what I wanted to eat, regardless...but like I said, I didn't particularly enjoy all those sweets I ate.  So, I pitched my teepee Teepeeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567  and stayed the nite and got up the next day, weighing 155 and helped myself to those 'sweets trees' again...stayed a second nite on Honey Bun Island and left the next day...Now I weigh 156 and it is all my fault...what more can I say???

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I visited Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at her window at the nursing home today, as I usually do every day and she is doing pretty well.  Thank you for your prayers for her.

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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 4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 03/14/2021:
I need a map to your secret Islands!!!!

Glad your mother is doing well! Yay!!!

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Thank you. I am so happy she is, too.


innerpeace on 03/15/2021:
It happens! At the time it tasted good and you enjoyed it. Get back in your boat and row away and hope the current doesn't draw you back. I'm glad your mother is doing well. Have a great day!

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Thank you very much. Yes, you are right. I just need to leave this island. Too many temptations! Thanks about Mama. I am so glad she is doing well, too.


horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2021:
Well, well! I hope you enjoyed your brief stay at Honey Bun Island! I'm glad it was brief and didn't derail you from your mainstay!

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Thank you! It was fun but it was not 'free'.


legcramps on 03/15/2021:
You'll get back on track!

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Thank you. Hopefully so.



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