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Maria7 - Sunday Aug 19, 2012
Weight: 147.8

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 and happy Sunday to you!

Beautiful day here.   We got some more rain today. 

Hubby is doing well and is off for the weekend...yayyyy.

He and I visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567together at the nursing home, who appears to be doing better. Thank you for your prayers.


The scale weighed me at 147.8 this morning.


Thank you, each and every one for your comments....well...I'm fixing to reply!




Hope you are having a good day. Every day with the Lord IS a good day. Is He your Lord and Saviour? I hope so, cause He sure is mine! If He's not your Lord and Saviour, today is the day of salvation and there is NO TIME like today to get right with the Lord, Jesus Christ. Believe on Him, repent of your sins and ask His forgiveness. It is that simple. We are living in the last days and many will wish one day that they had chosen to live for Him while they were here on earth to do so!


Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 57.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/19/2012:
Missed you Maria! Hope all is well with you and your family.

hollybelle on 08/19/2012:
HI Maria!

grannyannie on 08/19/2012:
Everything's fine in Scotland. Yea, I'm still trying to get back to goal weight which I was at before our trip to the US in May!

V on 08/19/2012:
Hi Maria!! I am so happy to hear that your Mom is doing well <3 You have def been missed here! We have been getting rain here almost every day here..It still is really hot though.. Have a wonderful week :)

hollybelle on 08/19/2012:
You are SO right, Maria. I am GLAD to have a dishwasher. I'm sorry that didn't come though on my post. I don't take for granted that I am blessed with many conveniences. I haven't always had a dishwasher and I still prefer to do my pots and pans and certain things by hand. I am thankful for the fact that we live comfortably and that I have a job, still!

liza36 on 08/20/2012:
Glad to know your mom is doing better! Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 08/20/2012:
Nice to see an update and that you're holding steady--woo-hoo! Good to know you're all doing pretty well there too.

RYC: glad you got a kick out of that stuff:-)

Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

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.  I hope you are all doing real well.  Although I haven't done an entry in a while, I still have come here off and on, reading.  I am doing much better and thank you for your prayers.

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I am still rowing toward goal.  This morning I weighed 148.4.   I've been doing a lot of extra walking and find this helps a LOT.


Hubby  LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567is doing well.  He and I are looking forward to our Lord-willing, upcoming 23rd anniversary in October and hopefully a long weekend vacation to the North Carolina mountains.



 MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is doing about the same...please keep her in your prayers...she has another Doctor Specialist appointment later this month to try to determine the cause of her pain and hopefully help her to not be hurting anymore.  In the meanwhile, her regular Doctor who takes care of her at the nursing home, has increased her daily pain medication.


Hope you are having a good day.


Love, Maria


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

glycrina on 08/08/2012:
Glad you are doing well. Good to see you are still checking in!

hollybelle on 08/08/2012:
Hey there! Meant to message you on Saturday - I got the first Scuppernongs at the Produce Stand Saturday. They were great!

grannyannie on 08/08/2012:
Have a great time in the mountains! I love NC.

grannyannie on 08/08/2012:
Thanks. Sometimes I ride alone and sometimes with my hubby. Yesterday and today I rode alone.

Umpqua on 08/08/2012:
It's good to see a post from you and your upcoming trip to the mountains sounds wonderful!

V on 08/08/2012:
Welcome back! I missed ya <3 The past few weeks have been rain free for the most part.It is just so hot here and i can't wait for August to be gone! LOL Have a good one Maria

liza36 on 08/09/2012:
I've been thinking about you and so was glad to see you post. Nice job on all the walking. I'll keep you mom in my prayers.

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2012:
Good going on your walking--hope you're having a good day there!

thinkpositive on 08/16/2012:
It must be frustrating to not be able to know what is causing your mother's pain. take care,

Maria7 - Tuesday Jul 17, 2012
Weight: 148.2

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, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, warm day here in SC...


Hubby has been doing pretty well.  July and August are usually our warmest months here in SC and he works outside mostly but the Lord has been protecting him.

Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567is still doing about the same.  Although I didn't see her today, I talked with her over the phone and she seemed to be doing okay.  Thank you for your prayers for her, too.

I've been under the weather lately and ask you to please be remembering me in prayer as well as Mom.


Weight today was 148.2




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Hope you are having a good day in the Lord.  Every day with the Lord IS a good day!


Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 56.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/17/2012:
Hi Maria! Sorry your haven't been feeling well. I pray you will be better. Thanks for kind words about future SIL. It is wonderful that he is a christian. That is so important in marriage. They attend church most every Sun and a bible study group on Tue nights. They read bible based books on life and marriage and appear to want to put God in charge of their household. Doesn't get any better-and at the risk of sounding like an old fogy - in this day and age! He was raised catholic and began attending Baptist church with a friend in college and was actually baptized into the baptist church in Sept of 2010-we were invited.

V on 07/17/2012:
Hi Maria :) I hope that you feel better soon, you and your Mom are always in my thoughts and prayers <3

moogy on 07/17/2012:
Hello Maria, I really hope that life gets easier for you. It seems as if you have been struggling with one thing or another for several months now. I am glad that your mom sounded well today and yes I will remember you in my prayers:)

Umpqua on 07/18/2012:
Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, I hope you are feeling better soon! RE my flowers, they are actually putting on a great show right now. I have a bunch of recent pictures but I haven't had time to update my blog haha. Right now I have asiatic lilies and daylilies in bloom as well as coneflower, black-eyed susans and bee balm. And a few assorted other things too!

supercheese on 07/18/2012:
feel better soon maria!

selina on 07/18/2012:
Get well soon Maria! Glad to hear your hubby is doing well and your mom is doing ok. Stay well and cheers to you!

LeakingLife on 07/18/2012:
I hope you're feeling better by now!

Keep taking good care of yourself, maybe let your husband take up the slack or let you know to let things slide while you tend to yourself! Hang in there!

liza36 on 07/19/2012:
I'm sorry you've been under the weather...adding you to my prayers!

moogy on 07/19/2012:
Thanks for the hair tip Maria. We always put lots of conditioner on the girls hair (on the bottom) and leave it in. I have had so much practice lately I am becoming a real whizz at it:) I had to remind them that I used to brush their mommy's hair, they thought that was funny:)

biscottibody59 on 08/03/2012:
Where are you? Hope you got over what was ailing you earlier!

Maria7 - Friday Jun 29, 2012
Weight: 149.4

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 all...been a while since I've done an entry here.  Thanks for all your sweet comments.   Good to know I'm thought about even when I'm away.

We are having a heatwave here in SC.   Hubby works out in the heat mostly.   But he is used to it and knows to stay hydrated and take care of himself (with the good Lord's help, of course).



Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 is still having a lot of pain.  When one thing lets up a little, another thing acts up with her, it seems.   Sometimes it is more than one thing with her being in pain.  I do the best I can for her and it is extremely stressful, cause I nor apparently they at the nursing home can 'fix her'.  A recent test she had done did not reveal anything.  She always wants me to stay at her side and not leave her.    I do the best I can do, being so limited and I PRAY.


Weight this morning was 149.4.




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Hope you are doing well and hope you are having a good day in the Lord.



Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 55.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 06/29/2012:
I'll keep your mother in my prayers. It's must be frustrating to not be able to help her other than to be there for her.

hollybelle on 06/29/2012:
Hi Maria! Yes, we are indeed having HOT weather here in KY, too. 102 today and index as much as 106. I don't remember ever seeing anything like it, although the weather report says it's near record temps for this early in the year. I am hoping it lets up. We are in drought, too. Last summer was SO MILD. It was wonderful. And our winter was very mild, as well. The grass stayed bright green all summer and all winter! Unbelievable. I really got spoiled! This year the grass is hard and crunchy and everything is parched. So glad to see a post from you. Sorry your mom is still feeling so poorly. Keep the faith, dear one. Love, Holly

Umpqua on 06/29/2012:
So good to see a post from you Maria. I won't complain about our 90 degrees here, that's balmy compared to your weather down South. I'm sorry your Mom is still struggling, I'll be thinking of you both xo

grannyannie on 06/29/2012:
Hope your mom can get relief from pain. Everybody is complaining about the heat but I'm complaining about the 60ish and rainy weather! Although I wouldn't trade places with anyone getting 90's and up.

thenewMLE on 06/29/2012:
I was thinking about you yesterday and hoping everything was OK. Sorry your Mom is still in pain. And yes, the heat is unbelievable! We hit 102 with heat indexes of 114 on Tuesday I think it was. It broke a record by 3 degrees!! take care and keep strong with your faith!

V on 06/29/2012:
Welcome back Maria! I missed you..You and your Mom are always in my thoughts <3

moogy on 07/01/2012:
I am glad to see a post from you. You and your mom are often in my mind. I am so sorry that she is in pain, sometimes the elderly seem to feel pain more strongly than they normally would have. I think it has a lot to do with their lack of personal control and being afraid of what is going to happen next:( You can only do so much to help her and you certainly are caring for her as much as you can. Give your cares to the Lord and be at peace, it is at times of our exteme need that our faith really shows. Fear not Maria, grace and wisdom will be your support at this time:)

LeakingLife on 07/02/2012:
Good to see you're hanging in there! No, I don't know the whereabouts of either Kyrin or muggy (muggs/muggg), or pastagal for that matter. Sure do wish they and the others would pop in from time to time.

aka biscottibody59

selina on 07/02/2012:
great to hear from you Maria! I hope things get better for you and your mom, soon. The heat is awful here, too. Stay well and stay hydrated!

liza36 on 07/02/2012:
Good to hear from you. Always thinking about you and your mom. I sure hope your mom feels better, and you are so terrific to care for her and visit as you do. Have a good week.

moogy on 07/09/2012:
Hello Maria, just stopping by to see how you and your family are doing. I am thinking that you are still struggling with life. If so I am sending you love:)

hollybelle on 07/10/2012:
Hey Maria - just wanted to say hello. The market on the corner near my house opened this week and I already picked up peaches and thought of you because soon it will be scuppernong time! Do you have any there yet?

V on 07/10/2012:
Hi Maria :)

LeakingLife on 07/11/2012:
Good to hear from you:-)

selina on 07/13/2012:
Stay well and stay hydrated Maria. I hope you mom can get some relief soon.

greengirl on 07/15/2012:
Hi Maria, I hope things are good with you and your mother is getting some respite for her pain :-) x

hollybelle on 07/15/2012:
I think the elliptical is pretty easy on the knees. You'd want to take it easy at first and put it on an easy (low resistance) setting and see how it does, but I have knee problems from time to time and it's OK for me. It kind of makes my knees uncomfortable after about 20 minutes, but not bad pain and it stops as soon as I get off the machine. If you try one - let me know what you think....

V on 07/15/2012:
Hello Maria :) I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

LeakingLIfe on 07/15/2012:
Have a good week girlie!:-)

Maria7 - Saturday May 26, 2012
Weight: 148.4

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 to you...

It has been a beautiful, sunny, warm (80's F) day here today.  Hubby and I got out and about a while this morning, ...we went to the flea market in the next town over...got a few deals there...I bought a large antique-looking gorgeous flower vase for a dollar (it needed a good cleaning, which it got after I brought it home)...also a pedestal glass cake plate set for 3 dollars (the plate was chipped but I have another set that the dome is chipped and so now have an 'unchipped set' and a 'chipped set' as the four pieces intermatch)...  We had stopped at Bojangle's on the way over there and got breakfast.  When we got back home, he and I worked for hours in the yards, raking and bagging leaves, putting out pesticides for fire ants at a few places and mowing the lawn.  What an improvement in how the yards look.  There are still more leaves to bag and take off  and tree-trimming to do but maybe we can get to that next week, Lord willing. 

Yesterday, he and I did some grocery shopping together...Have you ever noticed how differently men and women shop for groceries???  I'm more into buying fresh fruits and veggies while he is more into buying meats but he does a good job of what he chooses to buy.


The other day, with the nursing home's permission, I took Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567  on an outing (visiting)  for about an hour.  She told me she was very happy afterward (when I took her back to the nursing home to her room) and that she'd been feeling depressed before the outing.  I was glad she was able to go.  She stayed in the vehicle the entire time but still it was fun for us to be together for a while being out and about.  







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 Hope you are doing well and hope you are having a good day in the Lord.



Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/27/2012:
How lovely! Glad your mom enjoyed herself. Don't you love finding some bargains at a flea market? You have lovely weather as well. For us it's so rare that we REALLY appreciate it. It's like paradise here when it's sunny and warm.

V on 05/27/2012:
Hey Maria :) Although we are not anticipating any of the rain from Beryl, we have a few storms brewing in the gulf, not as severe as what is going on in the Atlantic...LOL as soon as I said this it started raining and it is really dark..It looks like 8pm instead of am..Postponing my trip to the store til this passes, hopefully it will be quick.. Anyhoo have a wonderful Sunday <3

LeakingLife on 05/27/2012:
Good to know your mom is still able to make it out with you--I'm sure that makes all the difference in the world to her!

Glad to hear you were able to "hide" even for a short while:-) Enjoy your Sunday there!

nunnermack on 05/27/2012:
Yes, my ex used to eat Hamburger Helper. YUCK!!! So, he would eat differently then I did. Whenever I made a vegetarian meal he would say, "This would be good...if you threw a little meat in it." Whatever!!

So nice that you took your Mom out. I used to take my Grandma out (she actually lived in her own apartment but did not have a car) and she loved when I'd take her shopping or out to lunch. It does brighen their spirits.

Have a glorious Sunday!!

V on 05/27/2012:
Hello again :) The rain didn't last very long here, it is pounding the East coast, how are you holding up there? Getting rain from Beryl yet?

nunnermack on 05/27/2012:
Hi Maria Yup, I'm 5'8" too. I USED to be an inch taller only a couple years ago. WHERE DID IT GO???? Was hoping it would be easier for me to find close being an inch shorter but...no such luck!! (Let's not even talk about shoes and my large feet!!)

No, the 'big' birthday is not until July. So, still doing all the planning and thinking.

thinkpositive on 05/28/2012:
My mother is in an assisted living home and they have monthly country drives and she enjoys getting out & then they stop for ice cream. glad your mother is feeling well enough to go out. You were busy with your yardwork!

hollybelle on 05/28/2012:
Hi Maria! Great news about getting your Mom out. So glad she enjoyed it! Must be a Mother-news weekend because my mother actually came to the picnic at my house yesterday! She only stayed about an hour, but she came and ate a little and went back home! It's my husband's family picnic we have every Memorial Day weekend on Sunday and his cousin's come from out of town and Mom is always invited (and Dad) but neither one of the ever come. But she did yesterday! She acted like she had an OK time. Have a nice Monday!

Umpqua on 05/29/2012:
Good deal on your cake set and on your Mom getting out for a visit. I'm sure that made her day! My flowers are doing great - I have pictures but haven't synched them up to my laptop yet. I'm behind on blogging ;P but I will get to it soon, hopefully this week. I hope you had a nice weekend!

moogy on 05/29/2012:
I am so glad you where able to get your mom out in the fresh air, I am sure that helped her mental outlook a lot:) My husband was always throwing in expensive items in the trolly that I didn't notice until we where at the checkout:) I would give anything for that to happen again. So glad to know that this life is only a brief test and that the best is yet to come;)

Umpqua on 06/18/2012:
I got to spend some time in the garden today and thought of you. I hope you're having a nice summer and I hope all is going well with you and your Mom!

V on 06/20/2012:
Just checking in to see how you and your Mom are <3

Maria7 - Sunday May 20, 2012
Weight: 148.4

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 and happy Sunday to you!

Beautiful day here.  Hubby and I went to church this morning and enjoyed a wonderful Sunday School lesson taught by the Sunday School Teacher, followed by a wonderful sermon preached by the Pastor. 

This afternoon we visited MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567at the nursing home, who appears to be doing better.  Thank you for your prayers.


The scale weighed me at 148.4 this morning, so I'm okay with it there for the time being.  Clothes fit fine.  I've been on the go a lot lately (when am I not?) and this has helped me as far as keeping weight at an acceptable (though not goal) weight is concerned.




Hope you are having a good day. Every day with the Lord IS a good day.  Is He your Lord and Saviour?   I hope so, cause He sure is mine!  If He's not your Lord and Saviour, today is the day of salvation and there is NO TIME like today to get right with the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Believe on Him, repent of your sins and ask His forgiveness.  It is that simple.  We are living in the last days and many will wish one day that they had chosen to live for Him while they were here on earth to do so!


Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/20/2012:
Hi Maria. Glad your mom is doing better. Also happy you get such joy and comfort from your religion. My choice, however, is to try to practice Buddhism more consistently.

Have a good week.

hollybelle on 05/20/2012:
Good to see post from you. Glad Mom is doing some better. it is beautiful here, too, but H.O.T. Hot, Hot, Hot!

LeakingLife on 05/20/2012:
Keep on keepin' on and don't let the ones who aren't interested in helping you get you down! Do remember it the next time they need your help. Maybe not the most charitable attitude, but you have to take care of YOURSELF first and that's hard to do when you're intensely involved with overseeing your mother's care!

Let yourself off the hook whenever you can and just live! I know, easier said than done!

selina on 05/21/2012:
Thank you Maria, I'm happy you like the photo. Sounds like you are well and happy! Cheers and have a great week!

Umpqua on 05/21/2012:
Awesome news on your Mom doing better Maria, I'm sure that just made your day!!

V on 05/21/2012:
Hello Maria :) So happy to hear that your Mom is doing well <3 Oh and RYC we didn't get any rain from Alberto..We could certainly use it!

moogy on 05/21/2012:
Love the way you are so open with your testimony Maria, it is a great example to me:) Glad that your mom is doing better at the moment:)

thinkpositive on 05/22/2012:
Glad to hear that your mother is doing better, it must make your life easier.

Maria7 - Wednesday May 16, 2012
Weight: 148.4

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 to you...

Thank you to those of you who have remembered me in my absence lately with your sweet comments you wrote to my last entry.  I've been very busy with going back and forth to the nursing home, seeing about Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 who has had visits with Specialist Doctors that I've also accompanied her at, to try to relieve her pain and suffering.  Little has helped, it appears.  Once she is treated for her ailments, she seems to have renewals of pain quickly afterwards.  I don't know what the answer is other than trusting in the good Lord, who is our Creator, which I do. 

My weight has been fluctuating and I am still wearing the same size 8 comfortably.  Since I am so much on the go and therefore do not rest much, I think I have gained muscle and am fitting into my clothes more comfortably than I have in a while.




Hubby is doing well.  His hours at work have been greatly reduced this year but we are thankful to the Lord he still has his job.  Also, he and I have still been visiting other churches since we left the one we were a part of for about 17 years where I was pianist and teacher and he had been Men's Ministries Director and Sound Director for a while.  We seem to have narrowed it down to 2 churches we attend now. 



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As for me, I am very tired.  Let it be said that mental exhaustion is just as tiring as physical exhaustion because it makes you physically exhausted.  When I think I can get a little rest, a nurse from Mom's nursing home calls me to come up there for one reason or another, regarding Mom, immediately.  I have no choice but to run.  My siblings are indifferent and offer little help and in the meantime, Hubby and I are expected to keep up with Mom's support, whatever it may be, whether physically being available at all times or financially, without their help.  I do sometimes walk outside and look at the flowers but I have no extra energy to get back into flower gardening overall.  

Anyway, thought I would say hello.  Hope you are doing well  and hope you are having a good day in the Lord.



Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 05/16/2012:
I am sorry that life is really testing you at this time Maria. I am glad however, that you are recognising that we must leave things outside our control in the Lord's hands. I hope you find peace in your heart during this stressful time:) Sometimes no matter how hard we try and how much we work our trials are not lifted, but it is during those times that our steadfastness and faith are tested:) I am confident you will pass this time of trial:)

hollybelle on 05/16/2012:
Maria-So sorry things are so hard. You are a wonderful daughter. I echo Moogy's prayer for peace in your heart today and always. Thanks for taking the time to let us hear from you. You are never far from support here on dds - God bless!

thinkpositive on 05/16/2012:
Sorry to hear that you are drained of energy from all of your stress. It sounds like a very difficult time and not being able to solve your mother's pain problems must be frustrating. On the bright side- you are able to keep your weight in control.Hope things get better for your mother.

V on 05/16/2012:
Sorry that you are having a tough go at it Maria <3

Umpqua on 05/16/2012:
I'm sure you are extremely mentally drained Maria. Keep walking around and soaking up the fresh air and looking at those flowers, it will surely lift your spirits a little. Please take care of yourself and keep us posted on your life!

supercheese on 05/16/2012:
Sorry to here your tired!!! Im sure its a lot to go through! keep your spirits up! :)

LeakingLife on 05/16/2012:
Hang in there--hope you get some respite soon. If not, you may just have to hide for awhile--within reason of course. I know you can't totally get away from it all!

aka biscottibody59

Maria7 - Friday Apr 27, 2012
Weight: 148.4

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 to you...

The sun is shining here today (been getting some rain over the past few days, which we thank the Lord for).  According to the tv weather channel, supposed to get up to around 80 here later this afternoon.

I've been real busy with Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 this week...going with her to her doctor...she saw a specialist and we are waiting for test results which may or may not reveal the cause of her pain...Also she and I had a quarterly care-planning meeting at her nursing home yesterday...I've been spending a lot of time with her, sitting with her, keeping her company, as well as trying to be helpful in any way I can and try to keep her cheered up.  She has been going through a lot of pain but she finally seems slightly better these past couple of days.  We thank you for your prayers.


Weight was 148.4 this morning on the scale, up a little but at least I can still wear the same size clothes I've been wearing.




Hubby has been under the weather but is getting better, thank the Lord.



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I've got a sinus headache this morning and have taken tylenol for relief...I've also been sneezing.  I am so tired and want to get some more things done in this house (been spring-cleaning)...


Hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord.  Take care.


Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 56.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/27/2012:
Oh no! All of you! Hope you all get better soon and that mom's pain eases. Have a great weekend!

V on 04/27/2012:
:( I hope your sinuses clear up for you, as always sending some prayers for your family <3

TheMother on 04/27/2012:
Funny thing you mention about having a headache - I too have been having a mild headache for the past few days. I think it must be pollen in the air or the FL warmth (high 80s). Still trying to adjust to living in Central Florida after living in NJ all of my life. Hope you feel better. Enjoy the day and weekend.

moogy on 04/30/2012:
I am anxious to get the results from your mom's tests. I hope you let us know as soon as you do. Glad you are still fitting into the same size clothes during this stressful time. I hope you are taking time for yourself to recharge yourself to care for those who need you:)

Umpqua on 05/09/2012:
Thank you Maria! I hope all is well with you and your Mom, please give us an update soon!

selina on 05/14/2012:
Hi Maria! Hope all is well with you and your family! Stay well!

hollybelle on 05/14/2012:
Hey, Maria - thought of you especially on Mother's Day - Miss you!

Maria7 - Monday Apr 23, 2012
Weight: 148.0

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, Friends. 

I've been off-track the past few days so I am back on track as of yesterday and rowing toward goal again.



Hope you are doing well this morning.


Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

V on 04/23/2012:
Good Morning Maria :) I hope you have a good day!

thenewMLE on 04/23/2012:
Good Morning Maria!! Your pictures are always so comforting. I hope you have a great day!

Umpqua on 04/23/2012:
Gorgeous picture Maria, take care!

liza36 on 04/23/2012:
Glad you're rowing in the rigth direction!

supercheese on 04/23/2012:
Havre a good day!!!

selina on 04/23/2012:
Beautiful photo, Maria! Keep rowing in the right direction, I'm with you!!

Em17 on 04/23/2012:
Have a great day!

moogy on 04/24/2012:
How I would love to sit in that picture and just breath! So serene, just the thing we need for stressful times:)

Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 18, 2012
Weight: 148.0

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 to you...

It has been a mostly rainy day here in SC...We needed the rain and thank the Lord for it.

I sat with Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 at the nursing home this afternoon, who was quite confused and also was upset with a caregiver as well for making her get up out of her bed yesterday and stay up for a while in her wheelchair.  Mom preferrs to LIVE in her bed and detests leaving her bed.  She has now lost her appetite and is not eating much at all.  She just simply seems to not be hungry.  She has lost a little weight, which she needed to do, but she is just not eating much.  I have seen her like this before and it was when she had a bone infection in her foot and her foot and part of her leg almost had to be amputated but thank the Lord, He healed her.  I really think that the specialist she is going to see next week will reveal that she has an infection that has been causing her pain. 

I am  still exhausted from going back and forth so much but I did stay home yesterday and rested although I felt very guilty for doing so.  I didn't want Mom to feel I'd abandoned her while she was in pain and yet at the same time I needed to rest as I wasn't feeling well at all yesterday. 

Weight was 148.0 this morning on scale. I did well with calories yesterday, about 1350, I think.




Hubby and I went grocery shopping later this evening, something we rarely do together (usually I do it myself).  It was fun and I think we did real well together.  Thing is, when we got home and got the groceries put up, I figured out that we could have eaten out at restaurants for cheaper than we paid to buy the food to cook to make meals.  When I mentioned this to Hubby, he thoughtfully said that we might not feel like eating out every day (which we surely do not do as I  cook the majority of our meals) and he said it is good to have food at home we can eat anyway, which he is right.  Why is my mind always like a calculator?  I am so used to figuring which is the cheapest way to do things.   Speaking of cheap, I thoroughly enjoy wearing used clothing that I buy at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores and as for Hubby, he could care less about clothes as long as I don't buy something that is not his style for him to wear.  (I think tropical-looking shirts I've bought for him in the past are SO CUTE on him when he has tried them on at home but I learned long ago that he is so NOT going to wear them out anywhere!)



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Anyway, hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord. Every day with Jesus is a GOOD DAY!


Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

moogy on 04/18/2012:
I am glad that you had a lovely afternoon with your husband. Doing things together is always better than doing them alone. I am sitting listening to the music from school as I type, the children aren't back until next week, however the teachers are back. The music this year is cover versions of The Beatles 'Let It Be' for the end of lunchtime and 'All You Need Is Love' in the afternoon recess. It is lovely and I am a very blessed woman:)I hope that life becomes less stressful for you and if not that you have the wisdom and peace that will help you to manage whatever it throws at you:)

selina on 04/19/2012:
Sound like a great day with hubby at the super market - in my opinion, home cooked meals are always cheaper than eating out! At least, it is for me. Also, you know exactly what you put in it... I hope your mom feels better soon. Stay well!

Em17 on 04/19/2012:
Hope she feels better! Have a good day!

Umpqua on 04/19/2012:
I think with cooking at home versus eating out it's a matter of quality. Sure, some restaurant food may be cheaper, but what is the real cost? I always wonder how they are preparing the food and what type of ingredients they are using, and I can almost guarantee they're not using the same quality ingredients that I keep at home. Restaurants don't care about the health of their customers, they're out to make money, same as the food manufacturers. So even though the numbers may look better on paper, in the long run they're not! (my 2 cents, pun intended ;)

V on 04/19/2012:
Good Morning Maria <3 I am hoping that the doc can resolve your Mom's pain..You are always in my thoughts :)

liza36 on 04/19/2012:
I'm glad you got some well-needed rest. Don't feel guilty about it. You needed it.

I think home cooked meals are preferable, although I don't do much of that myself. Sometimes it seems not worth if for one person.

grannyannie on 04/19/2012:
Hope your mom begins to feel better and get her appetite back. Agree that it's better to cook your own meals as you 'know' what is in them and can control the fat, sugar, etc.

hollybelle on 04/21/2012:
I know what you mean about groceries vs eating out. I like the control I have at home and it's healthier. It's so hard to plan every meal, though. I often say if someone will just tell me WHAT to cook I will cook ANYTHING I don't have to decide upon! LOL! Hope your Mom's issues get figured out. Sorry she is having such a hard time. How old is your mom? Mine is only 77. She has lost a lot of weight since Dad passed in January. I'd say about 40 lbs. She really needed to. I notice she is moving SO much better! She wants to have cataract surgery soon and needs to lose weight and get her BP down so she will be approved to have the surgery. I hope she can because her quality of life will be even better if she can see well! I worry about her driving and stuff. I can't see making her quit driving just yet. I ride with her from time to time and she does OK and only goes during non-peak traffic hours to places she knows really well. God bless, Maria. Thinking of you! It's raining her today. All day - gentle soaking rain!

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