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Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 04, 2010

Weight: 0.0

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 to you!

I was going to put up a pretty picture on this entry this morning but I found something better I want to share with you.  Below is something I came across, not expecting to, and read this morning while surfing the internet and it may NOT apply to you nor anyone you know and if not, please disregard.  However it may apply to you or someone you know and I think it is good information:

Eating Disorder or Diet?

The web address is: http://www.something-fishy.org/whatarethey/edordiet.php



The most common element surrounding ALL Eating Disorders is the inherent presence of a low self esteem .

Having an Eating Disorder is much more than just being on a diet. An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of each sufferer's life, is caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences, and has profound effects on the people suffering and their loved ones.

Dieting is about losing a little bit of weight in a healthy way.

Eating Disorders are about trying to make your whole life better through food and eating (or lack of).

Dieting is about doing something healthy for yourself.

Eating Disorders are about seeking approval and acceptance from everyone through negative attention.

Dieting is about losing a bit of weight and doing it healthfully.

Eating Disorders are about how life won't be good until a bit (or a lot) of weight is lost, and there's no concern for what kind of damage you do to yourself to get there.

Dieting is about losing some weight in a healthy way so how you feel on the outside will match how good you already feel on the inside.

Eating Disorders are about being convinced that your whole self-esteem is hinged on what you weigh and how you look.

Dieting is about attempting to control your weight a bit better.

Eating Disorders are about attempting to control your life and emotions through food/lack of food -- and are a huge neon sign saying "look how out of control I really feel"

Dieting is about losing some weight.

Eating Disorders are about everything going on in life -- stress, coping, pain, anger, acceptance, validation, confusion, fear -- cleverly (or not so cleverly) hidden behind phrases like "I'm just on a diet".


Update:  Visited Mom and stayed with her during her doctor visit this afternoon. Daughter came by for a little visit this evening.  She brought me a pint of my fav ice cream.   But I am not planning on eating it today as I've already had ice cream (and candy).  :-)

Today's Food:

pancake, 2 eggs 400

1 diet bread, 2 ff cheeses 100

 ice cream 210

2 small pcs candy 60

chocolate covered peanuts 200

 more chocolate covered peanuts 250

2 more small candies 60

Total est cals for today:  1280


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love,  Maria


selina on 08/04/2010:
Hi Maria, happy to be back! Thanks for posting the above - very thoughtful of you!

just42day on 08/04/2010:
Thanks for the thoughtful entry/info. Hope your day is fabulous!

V on 08/04/2010:
Really good post! I am sure it will help someone, so sweet and kind of you :)

tangalyn on 08/04/2010:
good post! hope ur having a great day!

just42day on 08/04/2010:
thanks for your support and encouragement. The journey continues but I feel like I have a decent start..:)

sweetpea1977 on 08/04/2010:
Thank you for posting the E.D. vs Dieting info.

Im very impressed with your calorie intake and being able to fit in chocolate covered peanuts and ice cream into your calorie budget. Awesome! :)

Hope you have a wonderful evening!!

moogy on 08/04/2010:
Liked the information, I am still trying to comfort the damaged child inside me, there is no comforting her - she just wants food!! Sometimes I feed her sometimes not. Somethings cannot be fixed, just managed. Hope you have a wonderful day, what a lovely daughter, I would love it if mine popped up with ice cream. She wouldn't, we share a lot but never never, ice cream or chocolate. I will buy her some of her own, but I am not sharing mine!!!LOL

selina on 08/05/2010:
Hi Maria! Glad you like my practice paintings, thank you! Sweet daughter, you have!

cleaneating on 08/05/2010:
Hi,my tomatoes on toast I spread a small bit of low cal spread on it sometimes,but really with the tomatoes you don't have to as the tomatoes make it not too dry. Have a good day :)

Maria7 - Tuesday Aug 03, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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 to you!

Food today:

Breakfast:  egg 72, 2 diet breads 80, tsp. oil 40 (fried egg s/w) (192 according to caloriecount.com, but had put in a little higher) 200

  Birthday buffet lunch:  1 cupful mixture of rice, white lima beans, celery, carrot, corn, ti dsg 250, a little chicken 100, sweet potato filling 200, pecans and peaches 350, ice cream 100

Lunch was a  birthday lunch, treated by a friend. 

 Popcorn 100

lf bologna s/w 115

popcorn 100

fudgesicle 110


Today's total est. calories 1625


 Update:  Visited Mom at the nursing home, who said she'd had a good nap this afternoon.  Went and got her some fruit (bananas and grapes) and a pitcher of iced water and brought it back to her and turned on her fan that she wanted turned on. Now back home again and relaxing with Hubby. 



Hope you're having a nice day!

Love,  Maria


2luvself on 08/03/2010:
have a good one.

Umpqua on 08/03/2010:
What are the diet breads you eat? I'm always interested in alternative breads that are lower in carbs/calories. Hope you have a great day?

skinnygrlwithin on 08/03/2010:
Have a really great day!!!

nosetwitch on 08/03/2010:
St John's Worst is a natural antidepressant. :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/03/2010:
Good for you on avoiding that cake yesterday. Cake is a weakness of mine, so I always find a way to eat it if its in the house. :)

just42day on 08/03/2010:
Hope your day is a wonderful as you are! :)

Umpqua on 08/03/2010:
Thanks for all the info! I will check out the bread the next time I go grocery shopping!

KathyBlue on 08/03/2010:
I would count 500 kcal for that breakfast of yours but I'm always overestimating calories... :( Hate to do the countings :)

KathyBlue on 08/03/2010:
yeah, you're right! As I said, I always do the overestimation... it's stupid but I don't go to the sites to check because I rarely plan what to eat.. I just grab something I like at the heat of the moment and I estimate a value... I check on the Internet of course, but they always say the value for 100 gramms and I never have the scale to measure...

CoverGirl on 08/03/2010:
Hope you are having a wonderful day :)

cleaneating on 08/03/2010:
Sounds and looks like a good day!

Moody3 on 08/03/2010:
Looks like a really sweet day Maria~Hope you're enjoying the afternoon and evening with your husband!!

hollybelle on 08/03/2010:
Good day Maria!

moogy on 08/03/2010:
Keep going Maria, you know what you doing. You are a wonderful daughter, I bet your mom was a wonderful mom as well. What goes around comes around.

V on 08/03/2010:
Maria, love the house on the lake. Lunch sounds yummers :)

Bikiniwax85 on 08/03/2010:
Thanks for your prayers Dear! that means a lot to me and my family. thanks again.. You have a nice day now. Take care and much love! xoxo

Maria7 - Monday Aug 02, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

Pretty, sunny, warm, summer morning.  Hope you're having a nice day.

Food today:

s/w of 2 diet breads, 1 lf bologna, 1 ff cheese  135

1/2 cupful scuponong grapes 50

  chocolate lf fudgesicle 110

 s/w of 2 diet breads, lettuce, lf mayo 175

chocolate lf fudgesicle 110

 tuna, 2 diet breads,  lf popcorn 280

s/w of 2 diet breads, lf bologna, ff cheese 135

 lf popcorn 100

Total est cals:  865 

(I 'ain't' hungry for the above 2 items, so not eating them just for calories.  I almost gave in to cake.....NOT!!!!!!!)

1 cupful scuponong grapes 100

New total est cals for today:  965


Afternoon update:  Visited Mom, took her a red rose from the flower garden in a green vase, cleaned her dentures, etc.   She was doing well and in a happy talkative mood.   Back home now and fixing to make and bake a batch of homemade country ham biscuits for Hubby's work breakfasts.  We freeze them and take out a package of 2 from the freezer and put in the refrigerator overnite and Hubby takes them with him to work the next morning to be microwaved for his breakfast.



Have a good evening!

Love,  Maria


hollybelle on 08/02/2010:
Thanks for the encouraging comment. It WAS a good day yesterday and a weekend, too! You have lots of FF food to eat this week so those jeans should be a reality soon!

Umpqua on 08/02/2010:
I hope you have an excellent afternoon!

just42day on 08/02/2010:
Fudgesicle -yum! That's one of my absolute childhood favorites. Can't remember the last time I had one! Have a great rest of the day!

liza36 on 08/02/2010:
Have a great day!

CoverGirl on 08/02/2010:
Have a lovely day :)

moogy on 08/02/2010:
Good work in keeping those calories down Maria.

V on 08/02/2010:
Hello Maria! Have a great evening

Moody3 on 08/02/2010:
Looks like a great day Maria!!!

Moody3 on 08/02/2010:
I just saw your comments you left me and wanted to come back here and give you a big hug (((((((((((((((Maria)))))))))))))~you are such a blessing!!!!!

just42day on 08/02/2010:
Boy, you've got the system down pat for your hubby's b'fast!

thinnside40 on 08/02/2010:
Thank You!

Bikiniwax85 on 08/03/2010:
I love the verse that you share. That really remind me of my Bible class once a upon a time a go. Hope you'll have a good day!

WI3 on 08/03/2010:
Way to go on not eating just to eat!!

Maria7 - Sunday Aug 01, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

 Back home after church to eat a little lunch.  In a little while,  to leave to go visit Mom at the nursing home.


Today's food: 

Breakfast: 2 toasts w marg 200

Lunch: tuna, 1 bread 270

 Snack: 2 little maryjane pb candies 64

Supper:  s/w of 2 diet bread (80), 1 lf om bologna (25), 1 ff cheese (30), mustard (1 tbs=11, just found out today, thought it was FREE of cals!), 1/2 cup scuponong grapes 196

Snack:  microwave pk lf popcorn, 1/2 cupful scuponong grapes  150

Today's est cals: 880

Afternoon Update:

YES!  I know 880 cals for today is mighty low...but you should have seen the SHOW a little while ago...my trying on my skinny all-cotton, no-stretch size 8 jeans...what a hilarious show (NOT!!!!!!)...I can wear some of them comfy but the others are TITE!!!!  :-(  TIME FOR ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I went to the grocery store and INSTEAD of buying my USUAL 960 cals chunk of hi-fat cheddar cheese, which I usually consume within a couple of days (THIS HAS BECOME A HABIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I bought fatfree pkg. 30 cals each cheese.  I also bought pkg. 25 cals 98% fatfree Oscar Myer bologna.  I bought my usual diet bread, 40 cals/ piece (I'd been eating Hubby's hi-sugar 70 cals extra delicious bread).  I didn't work this hard to get to goal to give it up!  I am A FEW POUNDS over goal, around mid-140's.  Which at this weight, I can still WEAR my skinny jeans, just not all of them COMFY!  WHO WANTS TO WEAR SKINNY JEANS TITE????????????????  Not me!

I did visit Mom about an hour and a half.  She was talking and smiling.  She made another good friend there and I noticed Mom had given her friend a little of her costume jewelry, which her friend had on.  A ring and a bracelet.  I made mention of it and Mom told me.  Mom and I both LOVE to do this.  Give little gifts to others.  It makes us happy.   I get it honestly, hehehe!  Mom has always been very freehearted and she taught me to be the same way.  She loves giving with others.


  Hope you're having a blessed day!

 Love, Maria







WI3 on 08/01/2010:
Just got in from church myself, great service! Have a wonderful visit with your mom and a great rest of the day!

moogy on 08/01/2010:
Now, this sounds like a determined woman. I can just picture you trying to pull those jeans up - you could have videoed it for us!!LOL So what is happening? Are you now happy with the weight you settle on to maintain? Do you want to lose some more? Have you put on weight since you hit goal? That is the end of the questioning for today!!!LOL

hollybelle on 08/01/2010:
Hey, Maria. Get into those jeans! You can do it. I made the upside down cake a PEACH one, by the way. It was good.

just42day on 08/01/2010:
That's so sweet of your mom to give jewelry to her new friend. :) Yes, I love, love, love cheese too. I really want to make mac and cheese but I have absolutely no control over portions w/ that so I'm going to hold out for awhile. I buy low fat mozzarella to make mini pizzas and find it very satisfying. I'm sure you'll feel comfortable in your skinny jeans soon!

sweetpea1977 on 08/01/2010:
I LOVE cheese, especially the big blocks of cheese that you can cut big hunks off of! I don't buy them anymore since I know I can't control myself around them. I now satisfy my cravings for cheese with deli slices, low calorie individually wrapped string cheese, and those 100 calorie packs of cheese cubes.

CoverGirl on 08/01/2010:
:) Thank you :) And I pretty much had to fight with his dad just to get to name him that

sweetpea1977 on 08/01/2010:
I've seen them at Walmart in the pre-packaged sliced cheese section. The little packets come in a bag of 5 or so made by Kraft, I think. They come as cheddar and a mix of monterey jack and cheddar. Its the real deal, but portioned control. I found that is the perfect amount for an personal sized omelet! :)

Maria7 - Saturday Jul 31, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

Today has felt almost like Christmas!

Hubby  was off work today and while I slept late, something I don't usually do but for some reason I felt extra relaxed this morning, so didn't get up until around 9 a.m., Hubby was at work raking in the back yard this morning. 

We went to the flea market in the next town over and got him 2 real nice shirts.  My Sister had sent me some money for my bdp, and I bought a pocket book with part of it there.  After we left the flea market, Hubby and I ate at one of our fav buffet restaurants.  (Did you know that just because you don't eat bread when you eat out, it doesn't mean you were automatically 'good'??? i.e. 900 calories...) Then afterward, we went to a store, and did a lot of walking and looking at floor tiles, stoves, flowers, etc.  After we left there, we went to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and I had a snack and Hubby had coffee.  Well, you all know me, how I just LOVE Christmas.  Their Christmas tree was up and LIT and their beautiful Christmas things were on display.  Christmasy, animated, musical items and toys, dishes, even t-shirts!  Well, Hubby let me pick out my fav thing they had which was an animated, musical church that is circled by people riding in horse-drawn sleighs, under glass in a curio cabinet with bells on top that plays 70 songs!  Half Christmas songs and the other half other songs.  He got that for me and even bought me a Christmas tie-dyed very bright colorful t-shirt with a pretty Christmasy scene of a log cabin, snow-men-people, and a Christmas tree on it.  :-) 

Food today:  I was NOT a good girl...although I was until I gave in to 2 cheese s/w's tonite...

Breakfast: 2 cheese toasts 350

Snack: 1/2 cupful scuponong grapes 50

Lunch: Buffet (a little of some of these) fried chicken,  veggies salad, rice, gravy, peaches, pecans, sweet potato pie filling and ice cream 900

Snack: 1 cupful scuponong grapes 100

Supper: ice cream sundae 300

Late nite snack:  2 plain cheese s/w's 500

Total est. cals today:  2200


Hope you're having or have had a blessed day!




SkinnyGrlWithin on 07/31/2010:
Hhhhmmm I love peanut butter as well... I could eat the entire the entire jar with just a spoon...but I've been pretty good. I stuck with just the two tablespoons tonight.

moogy on 07/31/2010:
Am I missing something, why on earth would a store have Christmas stuff out this time of year?? Sounds like a wonderful day out with your husband. Hey! you don't have to be good everyday, just most of the time!! Enjoy!

V on 07/31/2010:
Merry Christmas Maria! LOL

selina on 08/01/2010:
I see it's scuponong grapes season again, yum!

looks like you had a wonderful day! Hugs to you!

Maria7 - Friday Jul 30, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

Yesterday, I had hopes of seeing a lower number on the scale this morning. I was even anticipating putting it up on this morning's entry, knowing it would be just a little over my 140.0 goalweight... BUT, I just 'HAD' to get on the scale last nite to see if it looked like it might be going to be that way and for some reason, the scale was higher than the nite before even after I'd been EXTRA GOOD for 3 days in a row and I realized it was not going to be lower today, so late last nite I just fixed myself a BIG FAT cheese sandwich and ate that and then had a ice cream after that, too, so adding 500 more cals to yesterday makes est cals 2000 for yesterday instead of 1500.  Soooo that gave the scale REASON to ACT UGLY this morning, HUH! And it did!!!    :-(


I've been too easy to let my thoughts be ruled by silly things like the above and by PEOPLE who do not appreciate me nor the things I do for them.  The more I do for them or let them have their way, the more they want and they are NEVERRRRRRR satisfied....NEVER....  I have no control over other people or the situations in their lives.  I have to give it ALL to GOD and trust HIM to take care of it.  I can't.  I have tried.  I guess I thought that at least I had control over the scale but it has rebelled, too.  It's not that I am a controlling person.  If you met me in person, you would definitely think I was an easy-going person.  You'd probably never be asked anything by me.  I am usually the GIVING one in ALL my relationships.  EXCEPT HUBBY AND ME.  (And of course, the Lord, Who is the giving One to us all.)  The others are TAKERS.  And a lot of them are USERS.  I'm not afraid to say no.  It's just that to a certain extent, I ENJOY being the giver in my relationships with others.  UNTIL....................................................................................  I realize I'm being used or taken advantage of or manipulated.  Or until....I realize the person has no feelings for me at all but only for themselves...selfish.  


So....today....I think I'm just going to go to the next town over and get people off my mind and their problems off my mind and the scale off my mind.  I might just eat what I want (including donut holes at KK) and don't worry about it.  Then later today after Hubby comes home from work, I may kidnap him and take him on a weekend road trip.  :-)  But maybe not...  He's been taking cold meds and may need to rest instead.  BUT, even then, I may just spend the weekend working in the front yard and putting in a new flower garden......something I wanted to do in the spring but didn't.

Update:  I went to the local farmers' market and bought some green scuponong grapes for me and 2 large red apples the kind that Hubby likes for him.  Then went to a nearby KK and got 6 glazed donut holes (YUM!). Then I went ROLLER SKATING (been years  and was really a good skater as a teenager) and I didn't stay long but did skate a little out on the floor.  :-D  Also, visited Mom.  My Sister had come by earlier this morning and visited Mom, too,  so Mom was happy.  :-)  

Food today:

2 cheese toasts 350

1/2 cupful green scuponong grapes 50

6 KK glazed donut holes 300

McD's dbl cheeseburger 440 (ewww!)

1/2 cupful green scuponong grapes 50

homemade lowfat hotog 210 

Total est cals:  1400

Hubby and I took a long walk, about a mile together in our neighborhood this afternoon.  3 loose dogs of a neighbor's came after us like they were going to attack us.  One of them was extra large and he REALLY didn't like me!  Glad Hubby was with me!


Hope you're having a blessed day!




hollybelle on 07/30/2010:
I used to think others "stole" my joy, but actually I "gave it away". Sounds like you can relate to that. Takers can bum me out, too but I'd still rather be a giver than a taker, anyway! Hang in there.

loveray on 07/30/2010:
aww you are doing so well! i hope you are able to have a wonderful weekend with your husband. enjoy your time, those are precious moments!! xo

Umpqua on 07/30/2010:
Good for you for focusing on yourself a bit, we all have to do that! I like the idea of putting in a new garden, I'm a bit of a gardening nut as you know. Just take it easy in the heat if you do decide to work outside. I hope you have a great weekend!

cleaneating on 07/30/2010:
I hope you enjoy some of your time ,whatever you choose to do,and your hubby gets over his cold. I need to get out and some weeding myself this weekend,hey its all exercise :) Have a nice weeekend.

just42day on 07/30/2010:
Rolling skating! How wonderful and freeing. Enjoy the rest of weekend whatever you decide to do!

CoverGirl on 07/30/2010:
Hey there!! Todays weather was a lil cooler than usual, but humid*yuck!* LOL Your menu sounds yummy, even the naughty forbidden hamburger :) Hope you have a great day!!

Moody3 on 07/30/2010:
Awwww Maria~I can so relate to the first part of your entry!!! How many times have I done the exact same thing!

You really do SO much for others~and I understand that it's part of who YOU are, and you truly get joy out of helping others, but God doesn't want you to be anyones doormat!! When someone begins taking you for granted or taking advantage of your kindness and willingness to give, well then, all bets are OFF!! Do what makes YOU happy, and if that involved doing for others, continue doing so, but only for those who are going to appreciate YOU!

Sounds like you had a great day~got some Maria time~I hope that you and hubby have a wonderful evening~Great job getting a nice walk in together!!

hollybelle on 07/30/2010:
Glad you got a walk in with husband. Our weather was wonderful - finally. My husband took our dogs for a walk. I love to walk, but, I can cover more real estate on my bike. Any exercise at all is good exercise!

V on 07/30/2010:
Hi Maria! have a wonderful weekend

selina on 07/30/2010:
Hi Maria! Those walks seem to be so dangerous! I'm glad your hubby was with you!

So glad you had a nice visit with your mom and sister, roller skating sounds cool, too! Wow!

Have a great weekend!

WI3 on 07/31/2010:
Happy Belated Birthday!! I LOVE what you posted about giving these things over to God. I am going through a struggle right now myself as well and it always uplifts me to read your entries because they start with the good news! I also love your scale pic LOL!!! I hope you have a restful, relaxing and glorious weekend!

Maria7 - Thursday Jul 29, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

I got on the scale this morning in anticipation of what it was going to read, knowing that for 2 straight days, I've been an EXTRA GOOD GIRL......but the scale didn't think so!  I guess it's the extra sodium thing again.  I DID have extra sodium yesterday and not a little, so I will have to take what the scale read IN STRIDE (even though I've exercised real good and been very careful with calories).  I'm still at a good weight, still size 8, just not at the 140.0 goalweight I recently arrived at.  Decided the other day that time for ACTION is NOW after looking at some HEAVIER photos of myself.  There was even a BIG DIFFERENCE in when I was only 20 pounds heavier, nevermind 60 pounds heavier, looking at the photos.  DON'T WANT TO GO BACK THERE!  (Pun IS intended, if you get my drift, hehehe.)

Menu plan today:

Breakfast:  2 eggs scrambled w a little cheddar cheese, 1 bread 300

Lunch:  Large salad of veggies, fruit, a little cheese, sunflower seeds, a little ti dsg, a few ww captains wafers and candied yams 800

 Supper:  Homemade lowfat hotdog w onion, mustard, ketchup, and about a cupful of french fries 400  Had small salad w a very little piece of steak and 1 bread 400

Total est. cals: 1500

Update:  Visited Mom again today, she wanted some certain foods which I made sure she got...ice cream, grapes and "carrots cooked w butter" (margerine).  She was happy.  :-)

Hope you're having a blessed day!




Umpqua on 07/29/2010:
I know what you mean Maria. At my height, even 5 pounds makes a big difference in how I look. Good for you for being diligent. I hope you have a great day!

hollybelle on 07/29/2010:
"Back There" Ha-ha! I GET IT! Oh, the scales. I weighed two days in a row and I'm DONE with the scales for a long time! But my point is - there was 2 lbs difference in yesterday a.m. and today a.m. I know I didn't lose 2 lbs in one day - my body just doesn't work like that - it was a fluxuation due to "whatever". But since I was lower today I'll take that - LOL! Today I'm telling myself food is JUST food. Thanks for your comments on giving. Good, good words.

nutri_fitt on 07/29/2010:
Weight plateaus are frustrating. It makes one scratch their head. I'm a good Christian - Jesus is the only one I would give up sugar for! Appreciate your scripture references.

CoverGirl on 07/29/2010:
Hope you have a great day!! :)

sweetpea1977 on 07/29/2010:
I still have the photo that inspired me to lose weight. I kept it on my mirror during my first weightloss journey. It was a wonderful inspiration! I was 60-70lbs overweight when that photo was taken and I barely recognized myself. Not only did I see an obese girl, but I saw a horrible sadness in her eyes as if she was ashamed of who she had become. Now, the picture sits inside my jewelry box. Its out of plain view, but I do dig in that jewelry box at least once a week so I always have a constant reminder of who I was. I never want to see her again!

moogy on 07/29/2010:
I think you have a great plan. As soon as you notice a couple of pounds extra. Get rid of them. You know how to do it now. They can creep on so quickly. Salt does really cause us to hold on to water- I try not to have anything salty the day before weigh in. It adds at least 2 pounds to my weight. Have a wonderful day.

V on 07/29/2010:
Ha ha! Maria you always make me smile, thank you for that!

2luvself on 07/29/2010:
Thank you for telling me about your mom it means a lot to have real people say they have seen results then just watching an ad.

2luvself on 07/29/2010:
I say start measuring yourself. My scale has stayed the same even 1 pound up but I measured my waist and bust and they are 2 inches lost each so thats 4 inches total in 2 weeks. I think the smaller you get the harder it is to see the scale move thats when you gotta start measuring yourself to see improvement just in case the muscle mass starts messing with you.

selina on 07/30/2010:
Thank you for your comment and your support, as usual.

I remembered the times when you were so intent on weighing yourself that your husband threw away your scale and you had to go to the pharmacy to weigh yourself, lol. Maybe you would benefit from just forgetting about the scale for a couple of days or three? Hugs to you!

Maria7 - Wednesday Jul 28, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

We've been blessed with some rain here lately.  We've needed it and I thank the Lord for it.  It sure has helped cool the outside temperature down.  The heatwave is now gone and we are only in the high 80's to low 90's, which is definitely cooler.

Yesterday my calories were on the low side and I am aiming for the same again today.  I've had my 'party' here lately of overeating and it is time to get with the program.  I feel better when I don't overeat, as well.  More energy, peppier.

Food today: 

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled w a little cheddar cheese, 1 bread 300

Lunch: Homemade lowfat hotdog and about a cupful of fries 400

Snack:  corn on cob, plain 200

Snack: cheese 50

Supper:  another lowfat homemade hotdog 200

1150 est day's total.

Exercise:  (Lest we leave that out...)  Walked and ran on the treadmill.  (Preferr walking at the mall or with Hubby around the neighborhood when it is cool weather.)

Update:  Visited Mom at the nursing home and rearranged her clothes outfits in her side of the closet the way she wanted them.  Said she's been wearing the same certain set of clothes over and over cause they are the closest to the front, so I put some of the ones in the back to the front that she likes best and put the ones in the front that she's been wearing the most in the back.  It looks like they'd rotate the clothes near the front of the closets that they put on the residents the most, but it's hurry, hurry, hurry there and get the resident up, dressed, in their wheelchair (if they're able to get into a wheelchair) and wheel them to the dining room for breakfast and move to the next resident to do the same.  It's the way it is at lots if not most nursing homes.  They don't have a lot of help at them.  I looked through Mom's dresser drawers and in the top one, one of her new gowns had been stuffed, not folded and on taking it out, I saw that it still had old FOOD on it.  I took it straight to those in charge and reported it and asked that it be cleaned.  Nothing was said concerning why it had been put into her drawer in that dirty condition, and it was received to be sent to laundry.

 Hope you're having a blessed day!




V on 07/28/2010:
Good job keeping the calories low! have a great day Maria

KathyBlue on 07/28/2010:
now we have 107 F's here... BRRRR

hollybelle on 07/28/2010:
Hope the cooler weather is heading to KY. Shut the party down and maintain that goal weight, Maria. You deserve it!

Umpqua on 07/28/2010:
Looks good Maria. I hope you have a great day!

biscottibody59 on 07/28/2010:
Enjoy your day--good goals and food!

loveray on 07/28/2010:
good for you!! you can do it! happy day to you.

moogy on 07/28/2010:
A few days on low cal will get you back to a healthy steady way of eating. I can't imagine how hard it is just to maintain - but I am determined to find out!!!!

sweetpea1977 on 07/28/2010:
Foods and calories look good Maria. Keep it up!

just42day on 07/28/2010:
You're such a great daughter. I'm sure your mom appreciates everything you do for her. Good job with your calories. Glad you're feeling better and peppier! Thanks too for your kind words of support and encouragement!

nita51 on 07/28/2010:
Oh Happy Day! on your food choices. You're doing a wonderful job - Your weather is so cozy 80 & 90 sound pleasant. We are 104 to 111 most days. Send me some of those low temps. ( smile ) Hugs!

Moody3 on 07/28/2010:
Similar temps here in WV Maria~but no rain!

You're mom is so blessed to have you watching out for her as you do~=)

Keep up the great work~Menu looked super yummy and healthy today!!!

moogy on 07/28/2010:
Thank you sweetheart. I never think to pray for myself. My coughing has slowed down, so good job for looking after me. If you don't ask you don't get!!!!!

selina on 07/29/2010:
We had rain, yesterday, too! and our temps have been in the 50s and 60s for several days, now. I'm enjoying it a lot!

Thank you, Maria, I do have lots of friends (and family) in the US. So it's going to be great going back! Unlike you, I never moved much when I was little. On the other hand, I'm making up for the lost opportunity, now!

I'm glad to hear you got to see your mom yesterday, and I hope you'll sort out the nursing home issues soon.

Have a great day!

hollybelle on 07/29/2010:
You know, Maria - what you said in your comments to me - we are a blessed nation - struggleing to not overeat when there are so many struggling just to HAVE SOMETHING to eat is something that I think about frequently. I am thinking of a way to combine my weight loss with a donation to those that do not have enough to eat. Kind of a win-win situation. I save money through not paying for little treats so maybe I'll make a slush fund to donate to the local food bank.

Maria7 - Tuesday Jul 27, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

Today has been a resting, eat light day.  I have stayed home.  Just taking it easy....

 Hope you're having a blessed day!




Moody3 on 07/27/2010:
So glad to hear that you took it easy today~you SO deserve it!!! I hope you enjoyed every minute of it!!

moogy on 07/27/2010:
A take it easy day - enjoy! Meat pies are an Australian icon food, they are made with a shortcrust pastry with a meat and onion filling. I have made my own, not very often though. I stay away from pastry as much as possible. The ones I had in the freezer were shop bought for my grandsons (11 & 9) for after school food. They have afternoon tea with me everyday, pies are great for them on cold afternoons when they are 'starving'.

just42day on 07/27/2010:
Easy days are fabulous. Glad you enjoyed it!

V on 07/27/2010:
Hi Maria! :) enjoy your relaxing day

selina on 07/28/2010:
haha! nothing that I'll miss, they are not useful, beautiful or joyful anylonger: one month ago the truck from the salvation army took 30 boxes full of books, clothes, toys, etc. yesterday, I went to the table linen closet and got rid of 1/2 of what i had - had not used them in at least 3 years, so they are going! also, pots and pans, serving dishes, etc that I don't use anymore - there were lots of nice ones but i don't need them. today, i'll tackle a few closets and call the salvation army again. they are so nice to come to pick things up! All kitchen appliances that I've been using, expresso machine, microwave, everything, I shall leave to the people who are moving in (husband's replacement in the office.) I can only take 7200 lbs of stuff to the US, so I must lighten up.

Maria7 - Monday Jul 26, 2010
(Goalweight Maintenance)
Weight: 0.0

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!

Yesterday was good with calories 'UNTIL......................................................' last nite I got real hungry and had a tuna sandwich, plain and about a cupful of canteloupe.  So adding that to yesterday's calories, shouldn't be a lot extra...maybe 400, est total 1850 calories yesterday.

As for today's cals, here it is so far:

Breakfast:  egg w abt 1/2 cupful of plain grits 170

Lunch: BIG MAC 540 ...yes, I treated myself to this that I usually do NOT have, it's my birthday today :-)...

Other food later:

pecans, ice cream, chicken, cheese  1590

total est cals today:  2300


Fixing to go visit Mom for a while, and take her some fresh peaches that I prepared for her to be easy to eat out of a container,  will update later....

Update:  Did go visit Mom (who sang Happy Birthday to me....also, Sister, Friend, and Aunt sang Happy Birthday to me over the phone earlier today), then Hubby and I went out to eat supper, then he and I walked a while together,  and now we're back home again. 

 Hope you're having a blessed day!









Moody3 on 07/26/2010:
Happy Birthday Maria!!!!!!! Enjoy your treats!!!

Don't feel bad about eating last nights calories~You made really healthy choices!!!

Wishing you a beautiful, wonderful, happy birthday!!!

Umpqua on 07/26/2010:
Happy Birthday! I hope you have an excellent day!!

tangalyn on 07/26/2010:
Happy Happy Happy Birthday, have a great one!! :)

just42day on 07/26/2010:
Happy Birthday! Hope your day is great and that your entire year is even better! :)

moogy on 07/26/2010:
Have a wonderful birthday Maria, Isn't it funny that we think we have done a bad thing by eating A TUNA SANDWICH AND A PIECE OF FRUIT, it's just crazy. You still were under 2000 which is what an average woman needs to maintain.

biscottibody59 on 07/26/2010:
Happy Happy Birthday M! You're not getting older--you're getting better:-)

I hope today sets off a wonderful week for you!

V on 07/26/2010:
Happy Birthday Maria!!!!

selina on 07/27/2010:
Happy Birthday, Maria! It seems like you had a great one!

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