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Maria7 - Saturday Mar 10, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

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

 

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Still at 155 today, which is 'ok'.  So I have a 'new' goal.  It is 150.  That is just five away.  I have reassessed my weight goal and I think 150 would be fine.  I've been doing well this winter at holding off 10 pounds I lost last year.  So now it is time to get to 150 and hold to that for a while.  I think it is very doable.  I plan, Lord willing, to drink more water.  That is the first step albeit a small one.  I want to make more homemade soups, protein and vegetable-based with a lot of liquid in them.  I'm still doing the 100 cals fudgecicles and popcorn, which have helped me to maintain 155 that I currently weigh.  Today I wanted (again) to buy an 8 pack of cinnamon-iced buns in a container but told myself no to that (again) when I saw it in the grocery store (why do I go look at it???).  Why I have been craving that, I do not know.  But I do know that when I used to have that, it was definitely a weight-adder because I could eat 4 of those 250 cals each cinnamon buns at one sitting.  They tasted so good, especially the very fresh ones.  I will be sticking with what I know works for snacks instead.  I also still crave potato chips but they are definitely a no-no.  I always loved the high-fat kind and could eat half of a big bag easily at nite while watching tv or reading which meant adding 1000 calories quickly just for that snack.  No thanks.  The fat-free popcorn and fudgecicles are doing well now and I thank you all for your suggestions.  Btw, if any of you have any suggestions to help me get to my new 150 goal, please let me know them.  Your suggestions are very appreciated.  Congrats to all of you on your weight losses.  I see that there are quite a few of you celebrating losses recently as well as those who lost, then regained (been there, done that) but have worked to get rid of a lot that was regained.  Congratulations to you!  And to those who are maintaining where you are, hang in there!

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

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

Donkey on 03/11/2018:
I highly recommend drinking more water, as you already have planned. Also, I would encourage you not to dwell over the unhealthy foods... naught be nice to think about but for me it just reinforces a can't-have-that mentality, which can lead to frustration or worse.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/11/2018:
instead of the pack of cinnamon buns, you can make something at home, with cinnamon, but healthier??? like toast with spray butter and cinnamon? and an egg? that's VERY healthy....toast even with regular butter, cinnamon, and egg whites even...or an egg...

i agree with donkey...something i need to do right now - is to not keep thinking about unhealthy foods...


graindart on 03/12/2018:
Every time we go out of town my mind goes directly to all of my food cravings. I think part of it has to do with road trips requiring me to go into gas stations that are filled with the foods I'd like to eat, but should avoid. When I'm around town I'me eating at home and when I need gas I just pay at the pump to avoid any temptations. Grocery shopping happens once per week, but I rarely need to go down the aisles that would be my biggest temptations. I guess I don't usually obsess over food unless I see it.

Low calorie substitutions seem to work for some people, but for me it rarely works. If I get a craving and try making a healthy alternative it seems to make me crave the real thing even more. That usually means that I end up eating the healthy alternative and also end up eating the real thing I was craving. Why can't I be the one person in the world who craves water & celery?


trishpiglet3 on 03/12/2018:
I love that you're thinking of us even as you tell us how you're doing. Thanks Maria! :)



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 07, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Hello to you...

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Still holding on to 155.  Still enjoying reading your posts.

 

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/07/2018:
Have a nice evening Maria...glad you are here!

Maria7 on 03/07/2018:
Thank you. Glad you are here, too.


trishpiglet3 on 03/07/2018:
Hello Maria. I love your little pictures. You've done amazingly and inspiringly well and I look forward to reading back through your posts :)

Maria7 on 03/09/2018:
Thank you. That is quite a compliment. My journal goes back to the year 2000. :-)


horn_of_plenty on 03/08/2018:
Better to maintain than gain. I have def used up my "maintenance" days and now looking once again to lose a few lbs.

Maria7 on 03/09/2018:
I've always said that 'not gaining IS progress'. :-)


Donkey on 03/08/2018:
God bless -- keep on maintaining! You're doing great! You really are!

Maria7 on 03/09/2018:
Thank you.


horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
It is def progress bc you stop the weight gain from creeping up...it's exactly what i just did these couple weeks :)



Maria7 - Thursday Mar 01, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you.   I am on my second mug of coffee over here.  Have some coffee?...

 I did go to the grocery store the other day and got my low cal, low fat snacks and I am back on track. 

It is a rainy day today and was yesterday, too.  But the temps are pleasant.  It was 59F degrees early this morning.  I walked around the yard, looking at the flowers, the yellow Jessamine, blooming on the fences.  The peach trees are covered in beautiful pink blossoms and the plum tree is covered in white blossoms.  Hope we don't get a big freeze like we did last year that killed the peach trees' blossoms and also a couple of little peaches that were already on them.  The apple trees don't have blooms on them yet and I am glad of that since winter is not over yet officially that is, which means won't know til sometime this month or next that the possibility of a big freeze is most likely over.  The day lilies are coming up and are about half a foot tall now. I really love the orange tiger-striped ones.  A couple of the rose bushes have new leaves on them.  Spring is on the way!

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Hope you are having a good day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2018:
I've been feeling a slight warm-up here too - must be Spring coming!

With all the changes in my job locations all Winter, this Winter season overall passed quickly and i notice being able to start going outside and doing more walking! I'm thankful it's not as cold these days.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2018:
When you have the healthier options, it's MUCH easier to stay on track :) that's how i do it!


Donkey on 03/03/2018:
I've been looking for signs of spring on my lunchtime walks. Not seeing coming up yet, but we're still quite a bit cooler than you are. I was just thinking yesterday, though, that the sprouting will begin before we know it, as it s-l-o-w-l-y stays lighter out with each passing day.


bearcountrygg on 03/03/2018:
Having the right snacks makes a really big difference.



Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you.   I am having coffee after breakfast over here.

 I let myself run out of low calories snacks and my weight is going up.  I ran out of my 100 calories chocolate fudcicles ice cream and replaced them with Hubby's high-cal, high-fat little chocolate snack cakes, which btw, are so non-filling.  You can eat 6 of the little cakes and not feel you have eaten anything and they do nothing for sugar craving. 

I let myself run out of my 60 cals tootsie roll pops, too.  Finally I let myself run out of 100 cals popcorn.  I have gone back to pancakes fried in oil with lots of high-cals syrup.  I think I need to go to the store.

Top it off, instead of going to bed early like I had been doing I am finding myself staying awake til midnite or later, watching tv, reading online and continuously snacking....the ole-time nite-time food-party habit has returned.  All of this just within the past few days.

So these are my confessions and I hope I get 'woke-up' out of this going backwards-behaviour cause I am now wearing some of my vintage 100% cotton Levis jeans, size 12, and won't be for long at this rate.

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Hope you are having a good day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/27/2018:
It's a food fit....It's hard to eat right when the wrong stuff is in the house...time for a shopping trip for you favorite right things.....you can do it.....think about those pants.....we have all done what you have done....you definitely are not alone.

Maria7 on 02/27/2018:
A food fit...what a rightful descriptive name for the sabotaging behavior...thank you..I will keep those words, 'food fit' in my mind and I know it will definitely help me to stop this counter-productive behaviour of eating high-cals, high-fat foods and not being satiated and continuing into the late nite with it, too. Yes, I was going to go to the store tomorrow but have already begun the food fit this morning so I guess I need to go today. Thanks again. :-)


Donkey on 02/27/2018:
Oh my, that late-night eating is EXACTLY how I happened to gain these 55 pounds the time before my last weight gain. I would stay up watching TV until about 1:00am eating Tostitos with giardinara. All the good TV starts after 10pm - LOL!

I hope you were able to restock today on your safety net foods. Sometimes that's motivation enough, to know that you're going to be able to do it.


horn_of_plenty on 02/28/2018:
lol yes, go back and get your savior foods! so that you have some better options less damaging to waistline. thanks for the kind words on my entry.


horn_of_plenty on 02/28/2018:
i'm also getting back to basics, starting to lower my calories again. they also got too high.



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 22, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon.

Just got home a little while ago from spending some time with MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home today.  I took her to the bathroom in her wheel chair and I washed and rolled her hair at he bathroom sink, then I made up her bed with fresh linens.  I took her some of her favorite treats.  We had a good visit, then I came home.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2018:
Sounds like you had a good time with your Mom....Have a great afternoon.


horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2018:
you are so good to your mom!


Donkey on 02/24/2018:
Sounds like a wonderful visit. I hope your mom is doing well.


Donkey on 02/24/2018:
And congratulations on 154!



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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

 

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Hello, Everyone! Have a mug of coffee with me?  Already on my second one this morning...

 

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Have now rowed back to the island of '154'...

 

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Hubby and Daughter have just left for work a little while ago and I am fixing to get ready to go check on Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567

at the nursing home and go to the grocery store for a few things.

 

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2018:
Congrats on reaching Island 54!


bearcountrygg on 02/21/2018:
Congrats on the wt loss!



Maria7 - Monday Feb 19, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy afternoon to each of you.   I enjoy reading your posts.  Cheering you on, too.

 I am still holding at 155.  The 100 cals popcorn has helped me a lot that were suggested a while back.  Very filling and no fat.  Good for fiber.  A healthy snack.  I have also discovered recently that I can buy a bag of loose kernels popcorn and simply pour about 3 tbs. into a plastic bowl and put the lid on top and microwave about 3 mins or so and wa-la!  Real good popcorn!  Much cheaper than the prebagged kinds in boxes and I have now bought some brown bags that are usually for carrying lunches in and intend to use them instead to put popcorn kernels in and fold at the top of the bags and microwave the popcorn in them and have popcorn in a big bag too, thus saving money on popcorn.

Tootsie roll pops are 60 cals each and they are really good for a sweet snack...a couple of them satisfies that sweets craving and only a little over 100 cals. for two of them.   

For breakfast, turkey sausage at 40 cals per link or 60 cals per patty is really good.  I fry it in a little oil, not much, though, because I like the 'crispy' of fried.

I seem to have finally gotten to the place where I can eat and be full and satisfied and not gain weight, which is a new thing for this Maria.  Used to be the only way I could eat and feel full was to keep gaining weight.

Not staying up too late at night eliminates some of the junk-food nitely cravings.

I know I want to at least lose another 5 or 6 pounds but I am in no big hurry right now. 

I thank you all for your suggestions for good low-cal substitutions when I was on a high-fat popcorn binge and eating ice cream by the tubs not too long ago.  Your suggestions really helped a lot.

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Have a blessed day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2018:
Lotsa of good ideas and reminders here....you have this figured out...great job!


horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
All your snacks and treats that you listed above are excellent ! I had a friend who enjoyed tootsie roll pops and I used to have some of hers - and now I realize I still have them at home :) and they are great bcc it takes awhile to finish sucking candy bc you aren't chewing itbut sucking for a longer time :)

I may look into making my own popcorn too!!!!!! Good idea and then I can start to flavor it how I want to

I also do the turkey sausages and chicken sausage bc they are good protein, flavorful, and small portions not like eating a huge hamburger 1/4 pounder


Donkey on 02/19/2018:
Oh my Tootsie Rolls - the small ones -- are such a GOOD idea! They are chocolately without much damage and can last in your mouth longer than just a regular piece of chocolate.


happy-1 on 02/20/2018:
I've been there. I laughed at your popcorn binge struggle. I talked the lady I went to the movies with out of the popcorn at the theatre. She's diabetic, 300lbs, and just starting to swap out foods. It's palm oil and cotton seed oil. Popcorn at home is waaay better and popped in a bag is a gr8 idea!


bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
One good way to stay away from movie theatre popcorn is to consider the fact that mice run around in the popper at night...and the big bags of kernals they use are fair game too....that used to be my aunts job...to remove all of the mouse droppings "SHE COULD FIND!"



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 14, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Happy Valentine's Day to you!  When I think of LOVE, I think of GOD.  I think of His great LOVE for you and for me.  I think of His gift of eternal life available to everyone, through His Son, Jesus Christ.  And I am so thankful to Him.

I have been reading your journals and I see that a lot of you are really doing fantastic in getting to your goals.  Congratulations to you!  Happy for you!

As for me, looks like I have found my 'comfy weight' for this winter.  A long time ago, when I weighed 205, my first goal was to weigh between 150 to 160, so I guess I can tell myself I am at least at that goal.  I am also at the same weight I weighed when I first keyed an entry on DD in December of 2000.  Long time ago, eh?  I am very thankful to the Lord as well as the DD webmasters who have kept this site going.  I have enjoyed it through the years, making a lot of friends on this site and we all sharing in our journeys and accomplishments with each other.  You may ask me, "Well, what have you accomplished, since you weigh the same amount you weighed when you first began at DD?"  My answer would be that I have gained the friendship of all of you, for which I am thankful, and have very much been enjoying journaling my experience as well as reading about yours, here.  My answer would be that through your many encouragements, I have not regained the original 50 pounds that I had lost 2 years before coming to DD.  And why do I write this?  Because I thank you all.  Not that I have 'arrived' by any means, but because I feel so blessed and because I am so thankful, to the Lord for each of you.

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Have a blessed day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2018:
Thankful to have you here too Maria....Happy Valentines day and Congratulations on maintaining...that's not an easy endeavor sometimes.


horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2018:
i'm at my comfy weight too...and it's increasing to something a bit tooooo comfortable...having to watch myself bc my treats are getting bigger (extra, extra chocolates), and also the treats are becoming too regular...habits.


Donkey on 02/17/2018:
What a great post! I am very grateful for all of my DD members for their contributions and for the DD Webmaster for maintaining this site. :-)



Maria7 - Tuesday Feb 06, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you!

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It is cold outside (31F) and warm in this house and I'm on my second coffee...have a cup?...

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Supposed to get up to around 68F degrees here today.  Sunny.  Will be like springtime.

Altho I am currently not where I would like to be weightwise (and size-wise), and am not pushing it right now during this winter season, I am still lower than I was on the first of last year, so that is better than having gained weight.  My calories have been too high to lose for weeks now.  I have been averaging around 2000 calories or so, daily.  Wayyyy too much for this girl to be losing, ha.  May get back on board next month...as for now, I am just 'hanging in there'....

 

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
2000 cal a day is also not out of range...like it's not binging. good job.

like you, i'm trying to make it thru winter without any gains and just to try to keep a regular schedule activity-wise.

Winter does require more rest i think.


bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
I'm on second cup too....but you have a beautiful day ahead...while mine is beautiful...there will still be lots of snow on the ground. Maybe today is the beginning of a new movement here....Do what we want...and just be happy with ourselves. If you aren't gaining and you are content..then I'm happy for you....Enjoy your beautiful day!


horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
oh, nice and warm by you...we've got typical Winter weather in NYC....low 30's today.


horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
but Saturday close to 50, so i may try to practice a running test outside :)


happy-1 on 02/06/2018:
Getting real Starbucks today. A big treat and I need the internet.


Donkey on 02/08/2018:
I agree with you in your approach: maintain during the winter, we'll get back on board in the warmer weather :-)

That's my plan too.



Maria7 - Friday Feb 02, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good afternoon.

Just got home a little while ago from spending some time with MamaIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home.  Since we have both been a little under the weather, she took my hand and prayed and asked the Lord for healing for us both.  I took her a new sketch pad...she loves to draw...and package of colored pencils, her favorite brand, and also her favorite magazine and her favorite treats, too.  We had a good visit.

I am still enjoying the 100 calories chocolate fudgecycles, having replaced the (tubbed high-fat) ice cream with them as well as also enjoying the 100 calories per bag of popcorn, too.  Really takes care of snack cravings and much more manageable calories.

 

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Hope you are having a good day...

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

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/02/2018:
Sounds like you made your Mom very happy today.....so nice for both of you.....have a great evening.


Donkey on 02/03/2018:
I hope you and your momma feel better soon. Being sick is no fun - and this year, especially. Still, it sounds like it was a very nice visit.

I'm wondering if I should check out those Fudgecicles at the market today. The popcorn packets have really helped.


horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2018:
So proud of you with making the swaps from high cal to low cal...this should help you SO MUCH!



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