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Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 18, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 145.6

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!

Today I am invited out to lunch and that is a good thing, as I've mainly, except for visiting Mom at the nursing home daily, been sitting here at the house since Sunday, but I'm just not in the mood for lunch with a friend.  I don't think I'd be very good cheerful company.  I feel very sad.  Sad that Mom keeps hoping SOMEONE other than me of her family and friends might show up to visit her and they don't.  I've even contacted them and they have their excuses. Mom asked me yesterday if I've seen her best friend (they've been best friends since high school) lately and I said no and Mom said she thought maybe I'd seen her at a store, which occassionally I have in the past but not for a long while now.  I've called her friend in the past and talked with her about Mom wanting to see her.  Mom holds on to a card that was sent to her about a year ago by a very close relative in the family and reads it to me as if she just recently received it.  It is so sad.  I have asked family for their help and told them that I really need their help regarding Mom, but it's always excuses why they can't help by even visiting her, and yet they find time to do anything else that suits them.  Yes, I can hear you now...I should go out to lunch with my Friend.  Maybe it will get my mind off this at least for a little while.  Maybe I will...and maybe I won't...Why do some people (not all) ignore their family and friends who move into nursing homes?  I've noticed at the nursing home where Mom is, that not many there have visitors often, if at all.  The ones who are not bed-ridden and are able to be put into their wheelchairs line the halls, watching the nurses go about their business and they look at you as you pass by, hoping for a word, anything, from the outside world to brighten their day.  One woman in a wheelchair was cold one day and told me as I said hello to her passing by on my way to Mom's room, and I put a wrap around her shoulders and back and she thanked me.  A few days later, she called me to her and happily told me that when I did that for her, it made her feel like her Mama was doing that for her.  Recently I took a few things I was going to put in a sale (earrings, pocketbooks, new fleece socks) with me to the nursing home dining room and held the items up one by one and asked if anyone would like to have them?  Very quickly different ones spoke up that they would like to have whatever I held up and they were very, very happy over the items I gave them, which were either new or in like-new condition, and told me how glad they were to receive them.  That was a blessing to me to help someone else be happy.  That made me feel happy, too.  I'm not writing this to get attention for anything I've done, as the Lord knows, but because I want to encourage others to visit those in the nursing homes, even if you don't have any family or friends there, and especially if you do.  Even a few minutes of your time means SO MUCH to them!  :-)

Update Re:  Eating lunch with Friend:  Friend cancelled. 


Food today:

Breakfast:  Coffee w creamer (10) and a banana (100)  110

Lunch:  Steak, lettuce, low-cal mayo s/w w 2 diet breads  490

Well...guess what???  I just now read that meat tenderizer has a LOT of SODIUM in it!!!  Oooops!!!  I put it on my steak before cooking it without really thinking about it.  I should have READ the label FIRST!  :-)

Snack:  cupful of scuppernong grapes 100

Snack:  cone of soft-serve vanilla ice cream 300

Snack:  pack of peanut butter/cheese crackers 220

Supper:  s/w of 2 diet toast w 1 tsp low-cal mayo, a few onion pieces, and 1 lf bologna  150

Today's est cals total:  1370



I made Mom another fruit salad..strawberries/pineapple/banana mixture and fixing to take it to her...will update later...

Update:  Mom was in her wheelchair in the dining room at her nursing home, sitting at a table with one of her friends. They were eating fruit and  were listening to recorded music being played over the large-screen tv.  I didn't stay long.  Mom appeared to be doing well.  I'd already gone and put the fruit salad I fixed for her (in its sealed container w a fork wrapped in a napkin beside it) on her mobile tray table by her bed that she would have for a snack if she desired when she returned to her room and I told her about it when I saw her.  I sat with her and her friend at their table and listened to music with them while they were eating for a little while before I left.

Nitetime update:  Someone in our family visited Hubby and me tonite and said they visited Mom about 2 hours this afternoon (after I had left the nursing home).  She was happy over her visit with Mom, which from talking with her, and what she said, was a wonderful visit.  I am SOOO HAPPY over this!  :-D  Hubby and I really enjoyed this family member visiting us, too.  She is very special.  Although she is up some in age (older than Mom), she does the very best she can (she still lives at her home)  and she still drives.  :-)  We dearly love and appreciate her!  She is a big blessing.  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 59.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/18/2010:
Well, maybe it wouldn't have been a good day for lunch, anyway. Great point about the nursing homes! We all need to remember the folks in our nursing homes-could be us some day. Not to be morbid at all - just facts :O) Thanks for your comments - I believe I'll leave those nutter butters and fritos ALONE, though!

just42day on 08/18/2010:
As always, you've made a thoughtful entry. I'm so sorry other family members aren't more attentive. While my mother still lives in her own house, I know how very appreciative she is of my calls, visits, etc. It takes so very little to make her happy. Before my grandmother passed, she lived in a nursing home. She loved my cat. The home allowed me to bring in my cat and I remember how delighted residents were to have a furry critter to watch and/or cuddle. (That cat walked on a lease so besides being insanely friendly, he was always "under control".) I hope you have a good day regardless of how you choose to spend it. :)

Umpqua on 08/18/2010:
That is so nice of you to give away your items at the nursing home. I bet you made a lot of folks' days! I'm sorry you are having a down day, but you can feel good about what you have done at least. Oh and your gardens sound wonderful. I don't think I can grow lantana here (maybe as an annual but I don't think it would come back for me). I envy you folks in the south who have such a longer gardening season than we do here!

moogy on 08/18/2010:
It was good to read that your mom was up and socializing. I used to be a volunteer visitor at a nursing home so I know what it is like in those places. I don't know why people don't visit their old friends or loved ones apart from I think that people feel really really uncomfortable seeing so many old sick, lost people and don't like seeing into the future. I also think that people think that their friends or family members have somehow changed and if indeed they have lost some of their mental ability the visitor feels lost and doesn't know what is expected of them. It is not excuse for not visiting but I understand the reluctance. I once knew a woman who was stuck in a loop of just losing her daughter six weeks previously and everytime I visited she would be trapped in the memory and feelings of that loss - absolutely heartbreaking. I send you strength and calmness, so that you can continue your good care of your mom without the feelings of pain and frustration with others. Hugs.XX

biscottibody59 on 08/18/2010:
Sounds like the day turned out fairly nice for you all!

I didn't know that about meat tenderizer; I don't use it often. I like my steak with a little salt/pepper and a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce.

Maybe it's just best to get out of the house for a few minutes when you feel that urge to eat. It's different for every one--but I think you can find something to divert your attention at those times. Just keep plugging!

thinnside40 on 08/18/2010:
As we go to the nursing home every 2-3 days to visit my g'ma, we make sure to acknowledge & speak to others we pass on the way to her room.... Just a notice of most of them make them smile ear to ear.... I cannot imagine NOT going to see my loved one(s) whether they be sick or well...... Everyone has their reasons for doing or not doing...Coping mechanisms are different too..... We just have to make sure we do what we feel we should and are being led to.....

Take care & try to not let others actions detour you from your own hapiness...

Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 17, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 145.2

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





Good morning, Friends!

Here I sit keying to you, drinking coffee this morning.    Updated yesterday's entry, in which I got hungry later and went over on calories...so...weight is up this morning, but it's mostly a SODIUM gain (fake-gain), so I'll take it with a grain of salt!  :-)


Hubby and I ate  lunch at his favorite buffet twice over this past weekend and i was good with calories.

Will update more later...


Food today:

Breakfast:  coffee, tsp low-cal creamer, 1/2 banana 60

Lunch:  salad of carefully measured 1 cupful mixture of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, onion (50), peach/pear/pineapple (70), 1/3 cupful strawberries 15,  1 tbs ti dsg (55) and sunflower seeds (60), water (0)  250

Snack:  s/w of 2 diet toasts (80), 1 tsp lowcal mayo (25), 2 lf bolognas (50), mustard (5), 1/4 cupful onion (15) 185

 Subtotal est cals:  495

Snack:  chocolate fudge sundae (300) and candy (500)

Today's est cals: 1295

Supper:  small salad veggies/fruits/sunflower seeds w ti dsg (200) and bologna s/w (185)  385

Total est cals today:  1680



Afternoon update:  I visited Mom this afternoon and took her a fruit salad I made for her of mixed strawberries/banana/pear/peach/pineapple pieces with the juice.  It was about 2 cupfuls.  She ate most of it while I was there with her.  We watched  tv a little while together.  Her CNA came in and said to me in front of Mom that  she was not able to get Mom up today.  Mom said her left leg has been hurting her (was why).  There was a pillow under her leg to elevate it.  I went to BK after I left the nursing home and had a chocolate fudge sundae and then went by the store and bought chocolate candy before coming back home.  :-(  I just ate candy before updating this entry.   I shouldn't let things affect me like this and I do it automatically, without even thinking about why until afterwards and then I realize I was trying to console away sadness/stress/worry which is NO REASON!!!


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 59.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/17/2010:
I'm hoping my gain is mostly sodium related as well. I hope you have an excellent day!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/17/2010:
I'm sure it's just sodium as you thought... it will drop!!

hollybelle on 08/17/2010:
Maria! I didn't account for my grapes yesterday! I are about 2 cups so my cals weren't as low as I thought! Ha! That's OK though. I did fine. I won't update my diary, but I didn't think of it until I thought of you!

just42day on 08/17/2010:
I haven't added salt to anything in months which is a major change for me. I love, love, love salt. Even w/out adding salt to my food, I know there's ample sodium in so many things (tomato sauce, tuna, blah, blah). I swear, I'd have a salt block in the house if I could have my way.... Let's both hope the sodium weight goes away quickly! :)

V on 08/17/2010:
hey Maria!! I hope all is well with you! :)

nita51 on 08/17/2010:
Happy Tuesday to you. When you can eat twice a week at your favorite Buffet and maintain GOOD calorie control,,,You've won the battle. :) :) LOOK AT YOU, ONLY 5.2 pounds to go! Praise The Lord! Have a Blessed Day. Hugs

moogy on 08/17/2010:
I hope you have a healthy eating day Maria.

Maria7 - Monday Aug 16, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 144.6

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





Good morning, Friends!

  Have had my coffee...    ...actually had two.... ...hehehe!!!

Such a beautiful, sunny, warm August day here!  I think about the verse in the Bible that says 'This is the day that the Lord hath made.  We will REJOICE and be GLAD in it.'...and to that I say...AMEN!  :-)


 Getting some clothes washed this morning...



Food today:

2 coffees, 2 tsp lowcal creamer, 20

Brunch:  spegetti w meatballs (200) 1 diet bread (40) and veggies/sunflower seeds/ti dsg salad (300)  540

1/2 cupful black eye peas and a little onion 140

cone soft serve vanilla ice cream 200

large salad of mixture of some of the following:   lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber,  bell pepper, onion,  banana, strawberry (160), peaches, pears, pineapple (140), sunflower seeds (150), ti dsg (150)  600

 Today's est cals:  1500

Was hungry later, so had a very hi-sodium speghetti and meatballs, w 1 reg white bread, and a small microwaved apple w cinnamon and a little margerine and sugar 700

Total est cals:  2200


 Update:  Visited Mom this afternoon and took her a container with black eye peas in it, also in a sandwich bag, a little onion in tiny pieces to mix in, and in another sandwich bag, a regular piece of bread.  The staff at the nursing home had her up out of her bed and  sitting in her wheelchair.  Mom and one of her friends, who was also sitting in her wheelchair, were sitting together at the table they eat meals at and talking to each other.  I didn't stay long and I told Mom I would set the food on her mobile tray table by her bed.  She appeared to be doing much better.  Thank you for your prayers!  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/16/2010:
have a great day :)

2luvself on 08/16/2010:
Hope you are well!

cleaneating on 08/16/2010:
Your little icons are so sweet :) Enjoy your day.

just42day on 08/16/2010:
Yes, I always enjoy your animations as well. Always puts a smile on my face. Thank you!

Moody3 on 08/16/2010:
Sounds like a beautiful day in SC!! It's a little cooler and not quite so humid up here in WV!!

Hope you're having a beautiuful day Maria!

moogy on 08/16/2010:
Enjoy your day Maria, I hope it goes well for you.

hollybelle on 08/16/2010:
Aw - so glad your mom is doing better. Bless her heart! Looks like you had a good day. Me, too!!

Maria7 - Sunday Aug 15, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 143.4

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!

 Hubby and I went to church, then out to eat at his fav buffet restaurant again, and then we visited Mom at the nursing home, and took her a baked sweet potato with a little honey butter on it,  pulled (in very tiny pieces) roast beef with gravy, and a yeast roll with honey butter on it.  She ate some of it while we were there and said she'd already eaten lunch earlier that they'd brought to her and she decided to save the other for later today.


Yesterday's food entry is updated.

Today's food: 

 coffee w tsp low cal creamer, and a mint 40

 large veggies, fruits, and sunflower seeds salad w ti dsg, tiny amount steak, small piece cheese pizza, and ice cream with icing  900

3 small pieces orange candy 75

 1/2 cupful rice, 2 small boiled chicken gizzards, 1/3 cupful onion, 2 cupfuls black eye peas 600

 Total est cals:  1615


 Thanks for your encouraging comments.  What wonderful friends you are!  :-)


  Hope you're having a blessed day!

 Love, Maria







Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/15/2010:
Good evening Maria, it sounds like you had a lovely day with your husband and mom. I hope tomorrow is a good day for you as well. Thank you for your supportive comments.

just42day on 08/15/2010:
Your Sunday sounds very full and enjoyable. Hope your week starts off with more of the same! :O)

V on 08/15/2010:
I am glad you had a relaxing Sunday! I hope you have a great day!

Maria7 - Saturday Aug 14, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 143.4

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





Good morning, Friends!

Hubby is off work today.  We're up early this morning,  drinking our coffees.    Not sure my weight this morning, usually weigh a little later before eating or drinking anything, but only had 1100 cals yesterday, which is under maintenance cals, so will leave it the same as yesterday, though may be lower. 


Hubby and I plan to eat lunch at his favorite buffet restaurant in the next larger town over today.

Will update more later...


Food today:

Breakfast:  coffee, tsp low-cal creamer, diet toast w 1/2 tsp low-cal marg 60

Buffet lunch w Hubby:  large salad of veggies, fruit, seeds, etc. and a little t i dsg...small piece of cheese pizza, 1/2 yeast roll, 1 little piece of  fried chicken liver...600

Snack:  almost 1/2 banana 40

Snack:  candy (was given) 100

Snack:  lettuce w a tsp low-cal mayo on 1 plain diet toast 100

Supper:  cupful  rice w onion cooked in it, cupful black eye peas, 2 boiled chicken gizzards (I cooked the chicken gizzards, onion, and rice together and the black eye peas from dry peas separate)  450

Snack:  candy 100

Total est cals:  1450

Snack:  cupful black eye peas w rice and onion and 1 diet bread 250

Total est cals:  1700




Afternoon update:  Hubby and I walked after we ate lunch at his fav buffet restaurant, then we visited Mom and took her a hamburger (which I fixed like yesterday for her and she ate it all)...she still in her bed at the nursing home.


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/14/2010:
love the water pic today :) enjoy ur time with hubby if u go out, have a great day :D

Umpqua on 08/14/2010:
I hope you have a great day!

cleaneating on 08/14/2010:
Have a lovely day :)

Moody3 on 08/14/2010:
Wishing you and hubby a beautiful day together~=)

hollybelle on 08/14/2010:
Sounds like a great day. I did get some more grapes, but I ate them all yesterday while I was mopping and waxing wood floors!!

moogy on 08/14/2010:
I wish you a lovely weekend Maria.

V on 08/14/2010:
Hi Maria! Sounds like a nice chill day you had and your menu looks great!

Maria7 - Friday Aug 13, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 143.4

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





Good morning, Friends!

Pretty, sunny morning here.   Decided to have a morning cup of coffee, something I haven't had in weeks.    Tastes pretty good. 

 Getting some clothes washed this morning...


Food today:

coffee, tsp lowcal creamer, 1/2 cupful microwaved grits, tsp lowcal margerine, 2/3 microwaved egg, 1/2 banana  250

1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes 50

BK whopper jr and chocolate fudge sundae 700 (YUM!)

cupful scuppernong grapes 100

 Today's est cals:  1100 

Not hungry so not going to 'make' myself eat supper...later tonite, decided to have a snack, tho not really hungry, and had grapes....


Visited Mom this afternoon...took her another BK hamburger of which I had taken the hamburger meat and put it into very little pieces that were small easy to eat pieces in the burger and added extra ketchup to make it easier for her to eat it...SHE ATE ALMOST ALL OF IT!  ...Said she'd not eaten her lunch...didn't like whatever it was they served her....She and I talked and watched tv together for a while in her room with me sitting in a chair beside her in her bed.  She told me "My Preacher visited me".  L She was happy about that.


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 61.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/13/2010:
i had my 1st couple of coffee in a while yesterday too, was very yummy, ill probably go back to drinking it more regularly, hope u have a great day :D

tangalyn on 08/13/2010:
yes, yes i love grapes :D

hollybelle on 08/13/2010:
I haven't had any grapes in 2-3 days - I gonna get some at lunch!!

Donkey on 08/13/2010:
Life's too short to give up coffee... ;-)

liza36 on 08/13/2010:
Did you find you missed the coffee, or caffeine? Have a great weekend.

selina on 08/13/2010:
hi Maria, thank you, it's been an energizing day!

yes, tartine is the grey/white cat. I'm bringing the black cats with me to the US. they are so lovely and can't leave them behind, although I know they'll hate the trip! these are young cats that i got here in Switzerland - this is the first time they travel. I did take my cat (Kitty) I had before to tokyo. She even traveled to Hawaii with us, hehe. She hated it, we didn't do it on purpose, though- that's when we were moving from one place to another....

I got a lot of grapes (Italian grapes) today at the store - they are the best! Yum!

nita51 on 08/13/2010:
SO CUTE! love the laundry girl! Have a good weekend1! xoxo

moogy on 08/13/2010:
good evening Maria, so good that your mom has an appetite, have you got anything special planned for the weekend?

Maria7 - Thursday Aug 12, 2010
(BACK to Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 144.4

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





Good morning, Friends!

Well, I went back to the little island I was on 4 days ago this morning (when I stepped on the scale and saw that I'm the same weight I was 4 days ago)...but I've set sail again and am on my way to island 140 again.  I also updated my yesterday's entry, which shows that my 'mini-binge' ended up being over 1000 calories last nite.  I will from now on be very guarded in letting what anyone says to me affect me negatively.  With all I've been going through regarding Mom and my Hubby being sick, I've allowed myself to easily become discouraged here lately.  Not good.  With the Lord's help, I will do better.  :-)


Food today:

Banana 100

small serving of stew beef, onion, potato, yellow rice 150

ditto above 150

cupful of scuppernong grapes 100

small serving of stew beef, onion, potato, yellow rice 150

ditto above 150

cupful of scuppernong grapes 100

Total est cals:  900


Visited Mom at her nursing home today.  She still in bed.  I took her more bananas and a big pretty book with houses decorated festively in it to look at, which she liked a lot and we looked at some of the pages in it together.  She wanted ice cream and I went and got some and brought it back to her.  She was happily eating ice cream when I left.


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




Progress as of today: 60.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/12/2010:
You have done an amazing job! Look at all the weight you have done.. I would not let anything negative that anyone says affect you... I normally think that when someone says evil negative things it is because they are jealous... I am sorry about all the bad things with your mom and husband, and while you should go easy on yourself in these times we must all try and not use food as a crutch and I think you are doing an amazing job... your weight loss shows that!

cleaneating on 08/12/2010:
I am sending you postive and happy vibes to try and make you feel a bit more happier. You really have come so far,please try and not forget that.

Umpqua on 08/12/2010:
I know what you mean about letting outside people and circumstances affect you. We are stronger than that! I hope you have a nice evening.

moogy on 08/12/2010:
I hope you have a wonderful day of healthy eating Maria.

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2010:
Hang in there with the stressful times--they will pass. Yes it's a challenge to make the best choices during these times--don't be hard on yourself either!

Hope your mom and hubby get to feeling better soon!

V on 08/12/2010:
You are such a positive person and those negative people try to bring you down but don't let them girl! I can't stand people like!

just42day on 08/12/2010:
V's right. You are positive. At times, it's hard not to let outside influences affect our moods. But that is something we can change. I hope your outlook continues to be a bright one! :)

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2010:
I so appreciate your thoughtful and kind comments:-)

I have to take comments about my age with a grain of salt--someone was still thinking I looked 28 when I was about 43--I just think c'mon, you must be joking--though I took it as a compliment! (Definitely a double-edged sword!) I figure it's best to take the compliments with grace when they come--they may not be there tomorrow:-)

I of course see jowls and the beginning of sagging when I look at myself in the mirror lately--it's really best to just look myself in the eye and move on when I pass by one! Oh and I agree with the calorie counting--it's the best for me too. I just slacked off because my food habits had changed so over the last few months. I'm gradually feeling a little more adventurous, so I will be starting the counting eventually.

As for your mom, I hope her toe is healing okay. When you said she was in bed, that's what I wondered about.

thinnside40 on 08/12/2010:
Take care of yourself in the midst of all the business of the days.....Let go of what things people say that effect negatively and hang tight to the positive.....

nita51 on 08/12/2010:
How wonderful it feels, to hear that you liked my entry. Thank you. Your entries always lighten my atmosphere. Praying for your hubby & mom. Everything will get better, I just know it will. Keep doing the best you can, all your efforts will greatly pay off,,,Remember,, "One day at a time" enjoy your travels. Peace & Love

Selina on 08/13/2010:
I hope you have a wonderful day, Maria! Thank you for stopping by my entry!

Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 11, 2010
(Diet?...What Diet?)
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





Good morning, Friends!

I decided to put the goal weight bar back in since I left goal weight after I arrived at it in June and am working on getting back to it again.


Food today:

one glazed donut 200

1/2 banana 50

other tbd....a Friend is treating me to lunch and I don't know where we'll be going...but I gotta be good!!!  I'm almost back at goal again!

cinnamon muffin (not ordered, was brought by the waitress cause lunch was late, to eat while we waited on lunch to come), a small amount of cheese pizza and a veggies salad w a little t i dsg  1000

scuppernong grapes 75

Nite-time mini-binge...lf bologna, lf mayo, onion, and lettuce on plain diet toast...also another donut, 1/2 banana, and also a pack of m n m's plain chocolate candy...later also 1/2 ear of corn on cob, a little sweet potato with sugar and cinnamon, and sunflower seeds... 1015

Today's est total:  1325   2340 (ewwww!)  Nite time update after mini-binge:  Did over a mile on the treadmill on uphill-incline tonite to try to counter these added cals from the mini-binge a little earlier......



Update:  Friend and I had a nice outing...She treated me to lunch at a nice restaurant that I didn't know about in a nearby town...then afterward we visited a thrift store in the same town. 

Later this afternoon,  I got Mom a hamburger with tomato and lettuce on it and also some bananas and took them to her...I made sure the beef was in tiny pieces before she ate it and she ate about 1/2 of the hamburger and 2 bananas...She was still in bed,  and she  said she's still not feeling good...

Hubby is feeling better....Again thank you for your prayers!  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




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

Umpqua on 08/11/2010:
Thanks for your support Maria, I really appreciate it!

hollybelle on 08/11/2010:
Have fun with lunch and make a good food memory by choosing WELL!

liza36 on 08/11/2010:
You'll get back to your goal weight soon, I know it! You don't have far to go.

geevee on 08/11/2010:
One glazed KK donut is SO much better than yesterday's TWO! I thought of that last night as I wrestled with having a second square of dark Lindt chocolate worth about50 cals. The first was just so good. I was really dying for more but talked myself out of it thinking that after two I might throw in the towel and have even more.

just42day on 08/11/2010:
How nice of your friend to treat you. Enjoy!

V on 08/11/2010:
Maria I hope that your mom feels better!I am staying vigilant with my prayers

moogy on 08/11/2010:
Good evening Maria, I hope you have had a lovely day and that you are having success in reaching your goal for this week.

Donkey on 08/11/2010:
I think you did well. You are right about being very careful about criticizing someone's food choices when choices are limited. I will be very mindful of that in the future :-)

hollybelle on 08/11/2010:
It cooled off here and I was able to ride my bike tonight, Maria! I hope it did there, too. Glad husband is feeling better. At least one of your "patients" is feeling better.

thinnside40 on 08/12/2010:
I visited my g'ma at the nursing home tonight.... She is recoevering from her stroke against the belief of the hospital docs 3 weeks go.... Our God is good!!!!! He would of still been good had he chosen to take her home, but to hear her say my name & talk, etc...Well, just makes me so thankful He allows her as many days as He chooses on this earth to spend with her....

Sounds like you had a nice outing with your friend....Life is much better with a friend sometimes..... :-)

KathyBlue on 08/12/2010:
you're soooo close to your goal, it must give you a boost of motivation! Good to know your husband is getting better! :-) Our prayers have been heard!

Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 10, 2010

Weight: 144.4

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





Good morning, Friends!

Back to day before yesterday's weight again.  You know....before the 760 ice cream I had for a little nitetime mini-binge.  Haha!  It's a beautiful, sunny, warm morning here.  We're getting into the mid 90's (fahrenheit)  for highs now.  Also had similar for July, which is the usual for this time of year here in South Carolina, USA.


Food today:

fried egg w a little onion and plain diet toast 135 (wanna change to something different for breakfast)

 2 KK donuts 400 (double yum!)

1 banana 100 (okay)

BK Whopper, Jr. burger 400 (very yummy!)

Small sweet potato w a tsp lowcal margerine, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon 175 (yum)

1 medium white potato w a tbs ketchup 165 (okay) 

 Today's est cals: 1275 (so-so)


Visited Mom again today....When I left, she was sitting up in her wheelchair and appeared to be feeling better.  Thank you for your prayers!  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




liza36 on 08/10/2010:
I hope your mom is feeling better. Have a great day!

tangalyn on 08/10/2010:
hope u can keep urself cool.. have a great day :)

just42day on 08/10/2010:
Hope your day is a great one!

hollybelle on 08/10/2010:
Hi Maria! Yes, evidently it gets hotter here in KY than SC and GA - at least today. I am not in the mountains. They are mostly in the eastern part of the state. There is some beautiful country there, and I like to go hike there and to state parks, but it's not a very good area to live in. No jobs, poor counties and low achieving schools. I live in Lexington. I-75 pretty much divides the state in half and if you were to make another horizontal line crossing I-75 Lexington is a little above the center line just barely to the east of I-75 (if that makes sense). It's like a big small town. You know I've invited you to KY before and the invitation still stands - if you ever want to come back and visit! On to diet matters - the bread I like is Nature's Own brand and they have a couple of varieties that have 50 cals each slice - the double fiber and some multi-grain or whole wheat type. I usually get one of the other and it's good. It's regular size and doesn't seem like "diet" bread. I don't like the Lifestyle 35 or some others I've tried. Our Walmart carries the Nature's Own. I need scuppernongs today!

Umpqua on 08/10/2010:
Good to know the ice cream didn't do any lasting damage. Hope you have a great one!

thinnside40 on 08/10/2010:
Have a wonderful day.........

cleaneating on 08/10/2010:
I hope you have a good day :)

loveray on 08/10/2010:
hope you have a great day!! i hope also that you can make it to the DD retreat this fall since you are so close to GA!! if you are interested, read the post on the forum. sending lots of love.

moogy on 08/10/2010:
I bet you will be glad when the weather gets a little cooler Maria. Have a wonderful day.

V on 08/10/2010:
Hi Maria! I am keeping you in my prayers! I am so happy that your mom is doing well

just42day on 08/10/2010:
Glad mom's feeling better? How's patient Hubby?

moogy on 08/10/2010:
You are perfectly right Maria, it is 10.53 am Wednesday here as i am typing, amazing isn't it?

sweetpea1977 on 08/10/2010:
Glad to hear your mom is doing better. :)

If its a girl, we know exactly what her name will be. However, if its a boy, we'll have our work cut out for us. We know what his middle name will be, but we're stuck on coming up with a good first name to go with it. At any rate, we've decided to keep the names secret until the baby is born. :)

Maria7 - Monday Aug 09, 2010

Weight: 144.8

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





Good morning, Friends!

Last nite, I got to really worrying about Mom not feeling well and I resorted to negative behaviour I resorted to in the past when under a lot of stress and instead of simply trusting the Lord to heal Mom, I took it on myself to be fearful, and to comfort myself, I remembered the pint of 760 cals ice cream my Daughter brought me last week and ate it to try to soothe my worries away.  Thing is, I was not even really hungry!  So there's the confession of your hypocrite this morning.  Had I simply trusted the Lord to take care of Mom and not let fear take over me, the scale wouldn't have been UP this morning and I could have had the PEACE the Lord wants me to have without eating that pint of ice cream and feeling VERY NAUSEATED  and having an upset stomach afterwards.   I am a Christian and as i look back over the past years of my life, i see this pattern of behaviour, not just of giving in to overeating to try to comfort myself after allowing myself to become fearful, but I also see that God always came through and I let myself suffer needlessly when I could have been joyful while waiting on the manifestation of God's help.  So many days I could have been joyful and peaceful and I let fear rule.  What kind of Christian is that?  Not trusting God for His Help.  Lord, please help me be a better Christian, I pray.


Food today:

fried egg and plain diet toast 130

 scuppernong grapes 100

mashed potatoes, plain green peas, baked chicken 400

mashed potatoes, baked chicken 350

1/2 ear of corn on cob 100

Est cals today:  1080


Update:  Visited Mom a couple of hours and took her some mashed potatoes, chicken noodle soup, canteloupe, peaches, and gatorade which has electrolytes in it  (to drink over ice).  She ate some of the food and drank some gatorade.  I polished her fingernails at her request.  I talked with her nurse and her nurse talked with the supervisor nurse, who checked Mom over while I was there.  The supervisor nurse ordered some more medicine for Mom, which I believe and hope will help her.  Thank you for your prayers.  Though still in the bed, Mom seemed better today than yesterday.  :-)


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria




KathyBlue on 08/09/2010:
There's no problem with your faith Maria... we're like this, searching for comforts in food and then we're not able to stop at a reasonable level... then we feel crappy and fat, and stomach aches... but as we say, tomorrow is an other day. Get well, I wish the best for your family too.

hollybelle on 08/09/2010:
KathyBlue is right, Maria. I know you know this one already, but it's good for a time like this and has been my "life verse" for over 3 years now: For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 That doesn't mean we always operate in that spirit of power, love and self-control - we are human and without our weakness we would have no need for a relationship with our Wonderful Conselor! God bless you this week as you learn to let go of fear and trust God in all things. Love, Holly

biscottibody59 on 08/09/2010:
Hope today is better--enjoy yourself!

Umpqua on 08/09/2010:
You recognize the pattern of this behavior so you're already ahead of the game. We all have these moments of doubt and fear and I think all of us on here have turned to food to try to find comfort. And we all know that is not where comfort is to be found! I'm glad your Mom is eating and I hope she will respond to the new medicine. I hope you have a calm and peaceful day today!

liza36 on 08/09/2010:
Familiar patterns are hard to break. Take comfort in your faith in God. Hope today is a better day.

V on 08/09/2010:
Wow I really needed to read your entry! All of you girls are awesome!

moogy on 08/09/2010:
You know Maria, having faith doesn't mean we don't have doubt's, it is part of the human condition. We doubt not because we don't have faith but because we don't know what the outcome of situations will be. God does not stop suffering, nor stop illness or death. All these things are part of life and part of our opportunity to show faith by our consistency in trusting in Him and in the ultimate promises He has made to those who believe and trust. I think that you hope if you show enough faith you can sustain your mother - but all of us have to let go of our parents. My mother died 20 years ago, when she was 59, my father died about 5 years ago. This is the way things are and no amount of praying will put off the natural process. There is still no need to fear you know where your mother is going and you know that you will be reunited with her, please enjoy her while she is here, you are a wonderful daughter and she must be a great mom to have so much love in her life.

thinnside40 on 08/09/2010:
The Lord is faithful and just for & to His children........... We all stumble and let life situations overtake the best of us. That is what makes us grow stronger in the Lord is to look back on the time we fumbled and see that He was still there for us.. Just think of how sweet it will be the next time we DON'T forget to rely upon Him while facing another seasonof whatever He chooses for our life....

V on 08/09/2010:
So glad your mom is doing better! Good that her appetite is back! I want to thank you again for you words of support! At least i know that I am not alone!

Bikiniwax85 on 08/09/2010:
Hope you mother will get better and glad that there is an improvement. I pray for you and your mum. take care! xoxo

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