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Maria7 - Sunday Apr 03, 2011
(Lots of Vegetables and Lots of Walking)
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



  Good afternoon to you.

We went to church this morning, and our Pastor preached another outstanding message on FAITH.  Our faith in God helps us every day.  I don't know how people make it who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Who do they turn to?  After church service, 

Hubby and I went to a restaurant and had lunch together.  Then Hubby and I visited Mom at the nursing home after lunch.  We took her some bananas and a bag of prunes. She'd just finished eating part of her lunch that had been brought to her on a tray and was resting in her bed.


I am looking forward to our evening church service today.  We will be beginning another revival that will last 3 nites.  I hope we have an outstanding attendance and people get saved at the services.    There is NO TIME to get right with the Lord like TODAY.  There are so many people who are lost.  Some of them don't realize that unless they get saved, they are going to be facing eternity lost and without GOD.  I pray for them that they will get saved while there is still time to do so (today).



Hope you're having a good day.  (Every day with the Lord is a good day.)

 Love, Maria





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

tangalyn on 04/03/2011:
hello :) hope u enjoyed ur church service and r having a great night

loveray on 04/03/2011:
hope you had a great weekend!

biscottibody59 on 04/04/2011:
Hope today's a good one for ya'!

greengirl on 04/05/2011:
Just calling by to say Hi Maria. Hope you enjoyed your evening service :-)

mcwoo40 on 04/05/2011:
Just passing to say hello,hope things are fine your end :)

Maria7 - Friday Apr 01, 2011
(Lots of Salads and Lots of Walking)
Weight: 147.6

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




Hello, Friends...

I'm having my morning coffee...would you like to have a cup with me?


Well, here I am sailing along...trying to not overeat each day (and so far, so good).  I'm at a good weight where I am now, just not at 'goal weight'.  Clothes still fit fine, although slightly snugger, but still comfortable.  If I stayed at the weight I am at now, it would be good.  At one time, my goalweight was 148.0.  At other times, years ago, my goalweight was higher than that.  When I was at my highest weight (205), my first original goal weight was 150-160 tops.  Also, there have been times years ago that my goal weight was 156, size 12.  At the weight I now am at, I have MORE ENERGY than when I was at 140.0 goal weight recently. 



I've invited a friend out to lunch today, my treat and she accepted.  When she and I went out to lunch the other day, her treat, I had a big salad.   


Also today or tomorrow (or both), I want to do some shopping for my Mom's upcoming birthday.  I'm giving her a birthday party and I want to buy her something very special that I know she will love to wear at her party, something extra special (probably a glittery outfit with matching jewelry) that she will be happy wearing at her party while with her friends and family.  So I'll have to give her that birthday present early before the party.  I will still give her a nice gift at her party also (maybe a matching handbag).  I'm sending out invitation and have been calling her special friends that she doesn't see very often and inviting them to come to her party. 


We've been getting a LOT of rain this week and this morning the sun is shining brightly and it is supposed (according to tv weather channel) to be warm, around mid-60's today!  Guess I'll be wearing my shades when I go pick up my friend to go out to lunch.    



Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



Progress as of today: 57.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

loveray on 04/01/2011:
morning!! i would love to share a cup of joe with you:) hope you have a wonderful friday and looking forward to some sun this weekend!

Umpqua on 04/01/2011:
I hope you have a great day with your friend, sounds fun! Maybe you should consider revising your goal if you are feeling good and energetic at your current rate. Or you could come up with a goal range of 5 to 10 pounds, that's what I'm going to do. Have a good one!

biscottibody59 on 04/01/2011:
Sounds like a good day--keep up the good work!

Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 30, 2011
(Seefood Diet)
Weight: 147.6

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




Hello, Friends...

Have a cup of coffee with me?


Well, some improvement overnite as you can see...147.6 this morning and since I've had a high sodium diet over the past few days, I am hoping to see further improvement this week as I stay vigilant to avoid nitetime food binges and try to not overdo sodium.

Would you like to see the island I was on when I was at goalweight, 140.0?  Here it is below:

And there am I in my boat, passing other boats just arriving, leaving the island in the distance, sailing away.



A friend called yesterday and invited me to come get her and we go out and have lunch at a restaurant today.  From looking at the radar report on tv, it looks like we have heavy rain and thunderstorms coming in on us around lunchtime if not before.  I'm not one that likes to get out in rain, much less thunderstorms, but I'm not one to let it stop me, either. 





Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



Progress as of today: 57.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/30/2011:
The scale is already moving for you, great! I hope you have a nice lunch and drive safely in the rain and storms.

liza36 on 03/30/2011:
I got a kick out of your "Seefood Diet". I can relate!

Enjoy your lunch out - stay dry!

tangalyn on 03/30/2011:
hope u have a good day

lifestylechange on 03/30/2011:
Beautiful entry:) You are doing great, have a great day!

loveray on 03/30/2011:
:) yea i have been 4 times since i received my yoga teaching licsence. i pretty much get to have free resort vacations because i teach while im there - its great!! mexico gets a bad rap a lot of times, but i love it and its gorgeous. hope you have a great day!

greengirl on 03/30/2011:
Hey Maria, great to *see* you again. I love your pretty posts, always so optimistic. Have a lovely lunch with your friend :-)

V on 03/30/2011:
Great job Maria!!! That's the spirit!! You never let this get you down!! Love it!!!

selina on 03/31/2011:
Great job, Maria! Enjoy your day with your friend!

hopingforhealth on 03/31/2011:
I hope you had a wonderful lunch despite the storminess. :)

belly on 03/31/2011:
Hi Maria! It's been awhile since I've been on, but still thinking of you and grateful for your kind words. Have a Blessed day!

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 29, 2011
(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




 'Home Sweet Home'

Hello, Friends...

Yep, I'm up even a little more.  So much for 'staying at goal'.  I've given in to too many nite-time food binges.  It's mainly about trying to comfort my anxieties with food again.   (As you can see, I'm back out on the water again, as they don't let you stay on 'Island 140' when you weigh 148.4.)


Hubby is doing well and working a lot.

  He and I are hoping to take a daytrip to the beach sometime next month. 


Today has been a pretty, sunny, warm (around 60ish F) day here in SC.


'Mom's Nursing Home'

  I visited Mom at the nursing home this afternoon and we talked about her birthday party I am planning to give her week after next.    Mom is doing pretty well and was up a little while in her wheelchair in the dining room today, although she mostly stays in her bed.  I visit her frequently and sit and talk with her when I visit her.  She has decided she wants a yellow cake with chocolate icing for her birthday party, along with chocolate/vanilla/strawberry ice cream. 


Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



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

V on 03/29/2011:
Hi Maria!!! I have missed you :) So good to hear from you and that your mom is doing well :) I am sure you will make her birthday extra special! I am sorry that you are struggling with the binges, I am sure you can turn it all around!!! Love you!!

V on 03/29/2011:
Starbucks is 5 blocks from my house :) LOL Yes I am doing pretty well with keeping the workouts challenging and keeping my intake on the cleaner side...I am determined to keep this off for good so whatever it takes, I am all over it!!

hopingforhealth on 03/29/2011:
It's ok. It's so hard to maintain when you aren't posting (or at least I'd assume.... I'm not near maintaining weight yet, but I know that when I don't post, I don't do as well). Don't be too hard on yourself. I know you can drop the extra. :)

moogy on 03/29/2011:
Lovely to see a post from you. I am so sorry that you have rowed away from the island and are anchored a little way off. It is good that you are back to share your determination to row back to the beach. Love you! I have missed you:)

Umpqua on 03/29/2011:
Good to see an entry from you! Your Mom's birthday plans sound great :) Maintenance is the hardest part, I'm trying to come to grips with that. I know you can turn this around, you are so determined!

loveray on 03/29/2011:
glad you are back!! we missed you. i understand that you have been super stressed and i know you will be back on track in no time!! at least we are some of the blessed few who have an OVER abundance of food in our lives, right?! ;) xo

nita51 on 03/30/2011:
Nice hearing from you,,,Have a good Wednesday! :)

liza36 on 03/30/2011:
While I have never been at a point of maintenance, I know it must be just as hard, maybe even harder, to maintain than to lose. I have every confidence that you'll get back to where you want to be.

Sounds like very nice plans for your mother's birthday.

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 08, 2011

Weight: 146.0

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, Friends...

Yep, you're right.  We all need to be accountable to stay on track and I am thankful I have you all to help me be so.  I am back on track and monitoring calories carefully.  As a matter of fact, I went out to lunch with a friend today and was very good (had fish).  But the time I am most tempted is at nite.  That's when the cravings come for food...usually junk food.  So, guess what???  I prepared for that today by telling myself I'd allow 400 calories for my nitetime food craving and guess what I'm craving?  (Don't laugh!)  LIMA BEANS of all things!  So, I've put on a pot of dry large white lima beans and they are cooking as I key! 


Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



starfish on 03/08/2011:
Good idea on planning for it. Lima beans!! I'm craving chocolate and jelly beans. It's because of all the early ads for Easter candy :-)

Umpqua on 03/08/2011:
Good job and yay for lima beans haha!

hopingforhealth on 03/08/2011:
ha ha. That is the perfect kind of craving! Too funny.

Runforfun on 03/08/2011:
Good for you on getting back on track!! :) Lol at lima beans haaha. :) I hope you have a great night!

V on 03/08/2011:
I love lima beans :)

biscottibody59 on 03/08/2011:
Well if you have to fill a craving, lima beans aren't too bad. I was craving some fresh carrot juice the other day, which surprised me. However, I didn't make any to fill the craving.

Glad to see you getting back in the groove!

I know you know I've mentioned it all over here, but do keep in mind the book "Overcoming Overeating" authors Munter/Hirschmann. Website of the same name--it really helped me think differently about food and that helped with the nighttime eating. It might be worth a look.

selina on 03/09/2011:
Lima beans are awesome!

I also like Overcoming Overeating very much - I checked out from the local library and read it, it's very helpful.

The cats are doing fine, thanks for asking!

liza36 on 03/09/2011:
Awesome choice for night time snacking! I love lima beans. It's interesting how our palates change, isn't it? Sure, we still want sweets sometimes, but I think it's a real victory when lima beans is just as satisfying. Enjoy them.

geevee on 03/09/2011:
I wish the Fordhook Limas were available all year, but they're not. Darn! Nothing better than a pot of limas.

moogy on 03/09/2011:
I think that your allowing a nighttime allowance is a brilliant idea. It always has been a dodgy time of day for you so preparing for it is good. Keep up the good work Maria!!

biscottibody59 on 03/13/2011:
Where are you?

moogy on 03/16/2011:
Hello, I am missing you. I hope that all is well in your world. Hugs!!

V on 03/16/2011:
Hello Maria!!! I hope all is well :)

selina on 03/17/2011:
Hi Maria, Thanks for your comment! Inky is also a girl, I have two female cats now. Tartine was a boy, but as you know I left him back in Switzerland. The last I heard of him is that he is not living in the old house (the new tenants have a big dog, I don't blame him) but frequents the home of our old next door neighbor who recently lost their own cat.

I hope you are you mom are doing well. Hugs to you!

biscottibody59 on 03/17/2011:
Good to hear from you--take care!

greengirl on 03/18/2011:
Hi Maria. It was lovely to hear from you. I was beginning to wonder where you were :-)

Maria7 - Monday Mar 07, 2011

Weight: 146.0

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







Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



Runforfun on 03/07/2011:
I love your pictures and quotes :) Have a wonnnderful day!

chidogs on 03/07/2011:
Hi Maria! Hope your day is a great one too. Take care.

hopingforhealth on 03/07/2011:
Hey girl! I hope things are going well. :)

Umpqua on 03/07/2011:
Thanks for your support Maria! And I understand you are up but you're here reporting it and you know what you need to do to get back down. I'm actually very nervous right now as I skirt around my goal area. I'm giving myself a 5-pound range because I know I tend to fluctuate several pounds throughout the course of a week. Even at that, I'm not sure exactly what my range should be.

I think the most important thing is that you're hanging around here and staying accountable, so you will get right back to goal. I find when I get too cocky and think I can go it alone that I run into trouble. A support network is very helpful on this journey. I hope you have a great night!

V on 03/07/2011:
I know that you will knock the lbs back to your goal weight...For me there is no turning back!! I am always searching for ways to stay where I am which is why I only veer from my normal eating plan maybe once a week...Usually it is not an all day thing, just that one thing that I am feeling at the moment, last week it was a flourless, sugarfree, dairy free carrot cupcake...I ate 1/2 in the afternoon and the other 1/2 with dinner and subtracted that from my normal intake(smaller portions) With proper workouts and not overdoing it, you can treat yourself on occasion,but everyday might be a slow gain in weight and we all know how easy it is to creep up...You have this Maria :)

V on 03/08/2011:
Please say hello to your Mom for me and give her a kiss for V :)

selina on 03/08/2011:
ooops, I hope all is well with you and your family!

Thank you for stopping by my diary, I appreciate it!

geevee on 03/08/2011:
I LIKE your "Oops!" comment about that pound. That's exactly how we have to be about each and every one.

biscottibody59 on 03/08/2011:
It is difficult to hold that goal number, but getting back on track ASAP is very much in order!

Keep going!

Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 01, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
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





Hello, Friends,

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.    I am home, resting today as I've been very busy over the past few days (a lot of going and a lot of working outside).  Everything is going pretty well, but for some reason I am having a fight at nite with wanting to eat unnecessarily....like last nite, we were under a severe thunderstorm warning (and thank the Lord, we only got a little needed rain and a little wind) and I decided to have 2 pb sw's and a 100 cals bag of lf popcorn (700 calories total), which made my daily total go about 500 calories over maintain calories.  The nite before, it was the same deal for feeling stressed with calls that I gave in to the nitetime food binge.  It's like I'm trying to 'anesthetize' myself from stress with nitetime binges again, only I'm not doing the food binges as bad (eating as much) as I once did but it is enough to make my weight increase a little from the off and on giving in to it.  Why do I give in?  Well, let's see.  I'm still wearing the size jeans I like to wear and comfortably.  Since I've been doing a LOT of extra yardwork, mainly raking leaves and cleaning out flower beds and walking more than I usually do, I can very comfortably wear my size 8's jeans, which is good but it is like I am thinking I can continue to do so while giving in to the old bad habit of eating at nite for comfort from stress.    I have done this before...(reached goal weight and threw it away)...and it feels like I've reached a place that I'm not comprehending what I'm doing when I give in to that old bad habit of a little extra food at nite.  At nite, I'm mainly focused on the 'now' of wanting to feel comforted and soothed instead of realizing that little by little I am undoing the work I have done to get to this size.  I'm up a little over 140.0 but I know I can get it back down by letting go some sweets and not giving in to nitetime food binging.  Anyway, I will be looking forward to hearing from you about this. 


Hope you're having a good day.

Love, Maria 



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

Umpqua on 03/01/2011:
Good for you for nipping the snacking problem in the bud before it becomes a real problem! This is one of my big fears with hitting goal, as I know I have done similar things in the past. I think snacking is just fine once in a while, especially if you are truly hungry or have a serious craving for something (I think giving into cravings once in a while is OK, we're all only human!) But if you're doing it for emotional reasons then it's becoming a bad habit and so I think you need to break it. But you're already ahead of the game in recognizing that.

Another thought - you said you were more active now with walking and gardening. Maybe your body needs some more calories during the day? Maybe you could try upping them a bit by adding a healthy snack during the day that you'll burn off with exercise and that will do the trick.

So jealous of your gardening! I just seeded a bunch of new stuff in the basement and my winter plants have gotten big and are waiting to be planted. The snow just has to melt first ;) Have a good one!

waydesmommy on 03/01/2011:
Well, I can relate to the night time snacking. Maybe you could try eating veggies or fruit instead of the snack stuff. Your body will adjust to the fruits and veggies after about a week or so instead of the snacks. Also, you can pretty much eat whatever you want of the fruits and veggies and feel guilt free because they are so nutritious and good for you. I do believe that the body uses calories to burn calories, fruits and veggies are perfect for this because they don't contain a lot of cals but your body works harder to burn them so therefor...your body burns more calories...to find out more look up the negitive calorie diet. I do not suggest you eat nothing but fruits and veggies all day every day nor do I suggest you follow the negitive calorie diet, but use it to your advantage when you have to. Take care!

V on 03/01/2011:
well at least you have taken a step back and realized your downfall! We all know that eating like that will lead to a gain so we must be mindful...So far on this end I am doing really well still following my planned meals and upping the intake slightly, it truly is a work in progress...I was just reading an article in Oxygen(a fitness magazine, not Oprah's mag btw) Anyways it addresses exaactly what you are talking about...It is in the January's issue but i will see if I can go online and copy it for you....Have a wonderful day and it is really good to hear from you :)

moogy on 03/01/2011:
So lovely to see a post from you Maria. I know that you are vigilant in watching your intake and don't want to battle with lots of pounds again. Your awareness will keep you honest with yourself and your desire will help you say no! I believe you will stay in control of that snacking, especially if you know what is causing it! Anxiety of any kind always triggers eating in me. Stay strong and slim Maria. Don't leave you island!

biscottibody59 on 03/02/2011:
Good going with the maintenance, though it's not easy!

Have a good day!

starfish on 03/02/2011:
I'm thinking that maybe since you are getting extra exercise that your body wants a little more food. Maybe you can take the amount of calories you have been having at night and divide that by half and allow yourself to have that amount for a while without guilt? Is there something bothering you that you are not being honest with yourself about? Sometimes I will journal and ask myself a question like "What is bothering me?" and then I just let myself write and write and sometimes there ends up being something in there I hadn't realized.

moogy on 03/02/2011:
Thank you for your concern and support Maria. I am doing OK, I will be better when they can diagnose what is wrong with me. Unfortunately, there has to be damage to my brain to see before they can decide what meds I need!! Look after yourself!

Maria7 - Thursday Feb 24, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
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





Hello, Friends,

It's been a nice. sunny, warm day (70's) here in South Carolina.  How's the weather your way?



This week, I've been busy cleaning leaves out of the flower gardens and buying new additions of beautiful flowers to plant in them alongside the ones already coming up that were planted in previous years.  The daylilies are already up about 4 inches.  The red camelia tree is loaded with buds getting ready to open.  I've set out some yellow narcissus this week nearby the front steps which brighten up the pathway.  I've also spent hours raking leaves this week (we have lots of trees).  Lots more work to do but as we are expecting rain tomorrow, it will probably have to wait until next week.  


'Do Calories Count?  Yes, Every One!'

I've been getting in a lot of exercise with raking leaves and setting out flowers and also I've been getting in extra walking this week, too.  I'm trying to be 'mindful' about calories and today I was reaching for a little bag of nuts to buy in a store but when I read the amount of calories in them, I put them back.  Even though nuts are good for you, they are only good for you in moderation and also in not increasing your daily amount of maintain calories.  Even having something extra like a 100 calories well-meaning fruit extra a day, if over your maintain calories will add over 11 pounds a year.  100 calories x 30 days = 3000 calories, x 12 months = 36,000 calories divided by 3500 calories per pound.  Yes, EVERY CALORIE COUNTS.  Even if you are in the middle of a late-nite food binge and you come to your senses long enough to STOP the overeating, the amount you do NOT continue eating would add up to a lot of extra weight gained over a period of time had you not stopped (and that's not counting the amount you may have already eaten, which will also add).  What I sometimes do when I feel hungry late at nite and can't sleep because of it, is get up, drink a couple of glasses of cold tap water and eat a small to medium sized apple.  If it is within my maintain calories, good.  If not, I try to make up for the calories in it within the next day or 2, cause at least that is better than having a food binge or eating something less nutritious and more calories-dense.  I then go back to bed and it tides me over til breakfast the next morning.  


Hope you're having a good evening.

Love, Maria 



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

moogy on 02/25/2011:
I always keep in mind the information you give us about maintenance because it invariably is useful information for losing weight. I am sure that your garden is going to be beautiful in Spring. Our weather is still too warm, but this is the last weekend of summer and I am hoping against hope that Autumn will really start next week, this is probably futile, but one can always pretend that the heat has gone. I is lovely to know that you come and read my diary. I think that I am learning more than losing but it is all part of the eventual success of the journey I think. I hope that you are well.:)

Umpqua on 02/25/2011:
Good info Maria! I love to read about what's up in your gardens. We are getting our "melt" here (fingers crossed). Mixture of rain and sleet today, but our snowpack is finally melting and I have hopes we will see the ground in a week or 2 of this keeps up. By mid March we should see our crocus and daffodils pop up, can't wait :) Have a good one!

chidogs on 02/25/2011:
Your flowers sound beautiful. And so does having a lot of trees around your house! We had one tree in our front yard when we bought our house, and it died. Now we have a "dwarf" orange tree in the back yard that grew to be 30 feet tall and takes up one whole corner of the back. Hee. Anyway you sound like you are having a good time doing gardening work, and that is fantastic. Take care.

legcramps on 02/25/2011:
Yay for gardening!

geevee on 02/25/2011:
I will remember your words the next time I have a late night binge of nuts w/raisins or whatever. Yes! Each and every calorie counts!

Maria7 - Sunday Feb 20, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
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 afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning, and our Pastor preached an outstanding message on FAITH.  Our faith in God helps us every day.  I don't know how people make it who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Who do they turn to?  After church service, 

Hubby and I went to a restaurant and had lunch together BUFFET.  I have LEARNED....SALADS are my FRIEND.  SALADS are my FRIEND.  So, I head straight for the salad buffet first thing when we get our food.  Most of what I eat are FRESH VEGETABLES when we eat out....and very little salad dressing. 


Yesterday, Hubby was working so I went to the flea market in the next town over by myself and bought a pair of Levi's jeans (my favorite brand) 100% cotton, non-stretch, size 8, almost like new, for only $2.00.  Brought them home, washed and dried them and tried them on today...really COMFY fit.  Thought about wearing them to church for tonite's service and still might but probably not. 


Hubby and I visited Mom at the nursing home after we ate lunch today.  I took her some watermelon chunks, which she ate some as she'd just finished eating part of her lunch that had been brought to her on a tray (she had been resting in bed today).  She is purposely eating less to try to lose some weight as she has really put some on recently.


Also, I want to say that once you get to your goal weight, you don't ALWAYS stay that EXACT weight...you may go up or down a little and if you don't keep up with your exercise, even staying at the same goal weight you can actually get larger and your new size not fit as comfy as it did when you were exercising.  I've begun working out at the gym again and can tell it in the fit of my size 8's I wear.  VERY COMFY.  If I get slack in exercise, I find they fit a little snug around the waist.  So, I am on track with exercise...yayyyy!



Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria





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

moogy on 02/20/2011:
Sounds like you have everything under control this time round Maria. I am so pleased for you. We must be in synch, I taught a lesson on Faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday to our womens group. It went well, so I was happy with that, it is always a little daunting to teach in front of a group. I hope you have a good week and thank you for my Monday morning welcome. I always love to see your entries.:)

chidogs on 02/20/2011:
Nice to see you Maria. I'm glad your Mom is doing well. And great find on those jeans! Take care.

V on 02/20/2011:
Maria i am happy that all is going so well for you too! Sounds like you had a wonderful day with church, hubby and Mom :) Have a wonderful evening ;)

Umpqua on 02/20/2011:
I always admire your restraint at the buffet! It must be great to know your will fit into your size no matter what, that's what I'm aiming for at this point. I get into about half of my size 4s, and the other half are too tight in the tummy. Once I can fit comfortably into all of them, I think I will be satisfied and use that as a gauge for maintenance. It sounds like you had a wonderful day, I hope you are having a great evening too!

liza36 on 02/22/2011:
Faith is so important! I was talking to a colleague of mine recently, and she is not really religious. I asked if she believed in God, and she didn't really say, but said she had faith. I asked, faith in whom, or what? Faith in nothing is just that, nothing! Faith in God is where it's at.

Sounds like you are doing great - exercise and salads at the buffet - a perfect combination. Keep it up.

starfish on 02/22/2011:
Great deal on the jeans!

nita51 on 02/22/2011:
Hi Maria, "Faith is the substance if things hoped for and the evidence of thing unseen." With out faith, I'd become void and useless. I'm afraid I would have never lasted this long, had it not been for my faith and love for Jesus Christ. Happy to hear that your precious mom is doing well. Take care & God Bless.

moogy on 02/22/2011:
The recipe for the chicken coating is: 1 cup desicatted coconut, finely ground, 1/2 cup ground almonds, 1tsp chilli powder, 1tsp ground thyme leaves, 1tsp salt, 1/2tsp black pepper. It is really delicious.:) I put it on thinly sliced chciken breast and shallow fried them and drained them on paper. Hope things are going well for you and that your husband and mom are both well. Thank you for your continued support and encouragemtnt, I appreciate you very much.:)

V on 02/22/2011:
Hi Maria!!! :)

Maria7 - Friday Feb 11, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
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!

Have prayed and had my Bible study and been having my morning coffee! 

Won't you have a cup of coffee with me? 


'Flower Garden'

The sun is shining and it's cold outside.  But it is to start warming up here beginning today and going into the 60's (and some say 70's) early next week...yayyyy!  I want to start on a new flower garden come springtime weather.  I want to get some new daylilies and maybe new rosebushes, too.    I would try to have a veggie garden but each time I do, the squirrels get to the veggies before they are large enough for me to pick and take them in so they can finish ripening.  Sometimes, the squirrels dig up the flowers I set out by the roots (only the new ones that are still tender) and I have to reset them out.  We have lots of trees and lots of squirrels here.



Hubby is at work and he is happy that we are beginning to have warm, sunny weather as he works outside a lot.  He loves the springtime and summer. 



I am having nitetime temptations to binge on food but I am doing my best to limit the temptations by allowing a 100 calories bag of lf popcorn, a few nuts and a healthy s/w at nite, usually something like healthy crunchy peanut butter on 2 low-cal breads or something similar.  I have to be very mindful during the day of what I allow myself to eat so I'll have room to partially satisfy the expected nitetime food craving.  (And then after allowing the above, sometimes my tummy still growls for more food!)  I'm still wearing size 8's jeans comfortably.  When you get to your goal, it is almost the same as working to get there, cause then you have to work to STAY there.    It's not easy street once you arrive there.  It takes constant monitoring, constant vigilence to stay at your goal.  It takes restraint and patience.  It takes not giving up if you overeat a day or two and it takes determination to not go back to where you were when you were fighting to get to your goal.  I'd rather fight to stay at goal than fight to get to goal, that's for sure, cause at least that way you've got a prize you've won for your reward.  The other way, you can imagine, you can in the distance 'see' your reward but you don't have it yet but you know you will get it with perseverance.  I remember trying on my 8's jeans and either they wouldn't pull up or they'd lack 4 to 6 inches of fastening if I could get them on.  I remember how I thought that once I got back to goal again, I'd NEVER NEVER NEVER let it go!  But I think I FORGOT what a CHALLENGE it was to stay there, having arrived at goal before and let it get away.  So, that's where I'm at today.  FIGHTING to stay at goal.  (But it's WORTH IT!) 


Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria



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

Umpqua on 02/11/2011:
Good job allowing for some snacking while working hard to stay at your goal! And you're speaking my language with talk of gardening, I CAN'T WAIT! Of course, the several feet of snow we have piled up will have to melt first. I have a small basement garden with some perennials I started from seed that I'll plant out in the spring. I actually have a red coreopsis in bloom, that really brightens these short winter days. Have a good one!

selina on 02/11/2011:
Those darn squirels, haha! Enjoy the warm weather and the weekend. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my diary! Hugs to you!

shams on 02/11/2011:
For me it is such a treat to have a nice garden. . i also like your saying " I'd rather fight to stay at goal than fight to get to goal" so true. keep it happening and have a nice day

nemogirl on 02/11/2011:
I'd like to hear more about what it takes for you to maintain! I'm getting closer and closer to my goal, and I'm wondering how hard it will be to stay there. I'm definitely going to peruse your posts for insight.

moogy on 02/11/2011:
Staying in those jean is worth it all Maria. Plus, you always have like your nightime snacks so it does sound like a good idea to plan to leave some maneuvering room for snacks. I am enjoying sitting in a wonderful cool breeze - absolutely wonderful!! Have a wonderful weekend Maria.:)

hopingforhealth on 02/11/2011:
Keep fighting to stay at it! You're doing great. I struggle with those late night snacks too; I think you are doing well by keeping it healthy. :)

No, I have never been to Isreal. I just saw it on a design website and fell in love with the design.

V on 02/11/2011:
Yes maam i would loooove a hot cup of coffee with you :) You are doing such a wonderful job and yes we will keep fighting the good fight to stay at our goals...Love you!

biscottibody59 on 02/11/2011:
Thanks for your comments yesterday--I appreciate your words:-)

Have a nice evening--wise words on maintaining--keep up the good work!

biscottibody59 on 02/11/2011:
Just saw your comment, the soup was ridiculously easy and keeps well for the time it would take to have 1-2 svgs/day. I wasn't looking forward to the corn in it, my mother rarely if ever put corn in her soups, but it was perfect. I thought it would make it sweet, but it was just right.

lifestylechange on 02/11/2011:
Beautiful entry...... :) Have a lovely weekend!

chubbygirl on 02/12/2011:
Lovely blog entry! love the pictures too! I was looking at your chart for weight loss on the side >>>>> and i see that it has taken you 4 months to lose your last 5 lbs? is that correct? if so, i salute you! So many times i have given up on my diets because i haven't seen results, but you must have the persistence of a saint! good on you to keep going and to have gotten to your goal : )

selina on 02/12/2011:
Good morning Maria! Good job on maintaining! I've gained but I'll not let that stop me from going down again... Have a great weekend!

geevee on 02/12/2011:
"Eat what you like and don't worry about it". I followed your husband's advice from Thanksgiving til New Year's and am still paying the price! Doing that, I packed on EIGHT unwanted pounds, now down to FOUR.

geevee on 02/12/2011:
Your entry today was chock full of good stuff.

I swear, losing the weight was easier for me than maintaining my loss. I was so arrogant to think I had conquered the problem when I had stayed within 5 lbs. of goal for over a year. How foolish of me. No, the battle continues at goal. I remember noticing when you were 5lbs. over goal andtold you to be careful, and today I see that you got rid of them! YIPPEE!

We must have similar eating habits because I, too, have to arrange my eating to include the inevitable evening cravings. Andyest. Those 100 cal. bags of popcorn are one of my favorites.

Beth201P on 02/14/2011:
Thank you for the early Birthday wish. Hugs. Hope you are having a great Valentine's day. Hugs

legcramps on 02/14/2011:
Fight the good fight! Happy Valentine's Day!

selina on 02/15/2011:
Thanks, Maria! I hope you had a great Valentines's day!

starfish on 02/15/2011:
Thank you very much for your comments and encouragement. I will make this commitment.

nita51 on 02/15/2011:
Happy to receive your comment. I've been a little under the weather, but I'm doing better now. Please don't worry too much about staying at your goal. With Christ all things are possible. Hugs

V on 02/17/2011:
Well if it isn't the lovely and talented Maria!!! How are you?? How is your mom??? We are having really nice weather here too! It was 76 today :) Love you!!!

Runforfun on 02/17/2011:
I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration!

Runforfun on 02/17/2011:
I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration!

nita51 on 02/18/2011:
Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2011:
Thanks girlie! Have a lovely weekend!

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
Take care. I'm going through a few things right now, If you don't mind, please lift me up in your prayers. Thank You & Hugs

selina on 02/19/2011:
It felt like spring yesterday and couldn't help but doing some gardening, haha! Have a great weekend!

Umpqua on 02/19/2011:
I hope you are doing well, thanks for all your comments and support!

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