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Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 02, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 145.4

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, Friends!

It is another chilly but sunny morning here in S.C.   I thank the Lord, it is warm in this house.

I got on the scale this morning and it registered 145.4, yayyyy!   

I'm fixing to be leaving to go tend to some business in town   ...be back a little later....


Update:  Took one of my other friends out to lunch today.  We also did a little shopping at the thrift store.  She found some things she liked and got and I bought a used NICE very heavy wood desk ( I think it's mahogany wood) for the new office I've been working on fixing up.  Hubby and I went and got it after he got home from work.  Can you believe it was reduced from $25.25 to $15.25 to just $10.25?  Someone who didn't work at the thrift store helped Hubby and I gave him some money for helping which at first he seemed to refuse but then accepted it.  (Some people who shop at thrift stores can use some extra money.)  The desk had a lock and no key, so before we came home, we stopped by a security place and a set of new keys was made for the lock ( the middle drawer lock causes the other drawers to be locked, too, when it is closed or locked).  The keys were only $10.00.  We came home and our sweet STRONG neighbor friend came over and helped Hubby get the very heavy desk into the house.  The front door had to come off as well as the office room door to get it in (it's quite large) and then Hubby and I put the doors back on together after we thanked our neighbor friend for helping Hubby get the desk off the back of Hubby's pickup truck and into the house and into the new office room and we told him we could finish putting the doors back up after he offered to stay to help with that, too.    What a wonderful  friend!

Est cals today:  1100  (i've been REAL, REAL GOOD)



Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 59.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 11/02/2010:
LOL, I love the bird on the scale. Must be the Xmas turkey, poor dude... :) Congrats on the loss! How was Halloween? Tricks or treats? :)

just42day on 11/02/2010:
You're doing so well! Good for you! :)

legcramps on 11/02/2010:
Have a good day!

chidogs on 11/02/2010:
Good for you! Hope your day is a grand one.

Soon2BThin on 11/02/2010:
Good to see you're doing well! I will go read some of your past entries to catch up. Hope you're having a great day!

V on 11/02/2010:
Don't look now we are the same exact weigh almost!!!! LOl It would be a hoot if we get to 140 the same day? Gotta workout now talk to you later :)

moogy on 11/02/2010:
Thank you for the support and love Maria, well done with the loss.

V on 11/02/2010:
very nice find Maria!!! Yes we will keep rowing along together!

Sofia on 11/02/2010:
That's a really nice desk, what a find! I love thrift stores, especially the ones close to the really nice neighborhoods where the rich people like to donate.

selina on 11/03/2010:
What a beautiful desk you got! Congrats!

Congrats on being good, too! Yay! Have a great day!

Maria7 - Monday Nov 01, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.4

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, Friends!

It is a chilly morning here in S.C. but thank the Lord, it is warm in this house.

I started not to put my weight in this morning cause I didn't want to see the monthly average go up YET AGAIN...but I put the number in anyway.  146.4 isn't 140.0 goalweight, but it's still pretty okay, I think. 

Calories were up a little yesterday, so I averaged est. 1850 calories for each day Saturday and Sunday which isn't too bad considering it was the weekend and Hubby and I ate out buffet both days.

Update:  Took Friend out to lunch (the one who visited Mom while we were on vacation) today at Cracker Barrel.  Then we went to a thrift store.  After this, we went to a KK where we got donut holes.  We had a very nice outing.  After I took her home, I visited Mom a while, who was doing pretty well. and sat with Mom in her room and we talked and watched tv together...was a nice visit! 

Est total cals today:  1450


Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 11/01/2010:
very cute pics today :) have a good one!!

Umpqua on 11/01/2010:
I love the fireplace picture. Hope you have a great day!

just42day on 11/01/2010:
Great pics as always. Yes, the cream of potato soup is quite good. It's powdered mix but I add all the veggies so it's really quite filling. Love soup for fall and winter! So comforting.

chidogs on 11/01/2010:
Hi there Maria. That is not bad at all considering you ate at a buffet, which to me is death to willpower. And I love your fireplace picture too. Give me a nice book and I would camp in that chair for hours. :)

legcramps on 11/01/2010:
Have a wonderful day today!

V on 11/01/2010:
Love the turkey!!!LOL i wonder what he weighs???

hopingforhealth on 11/01/2010:
That turkey is adorable!

I think you did pretty good considering the buffet. I would have such trouble eating as well as you do at them!

V on 11/01/2010:
Glad to hear your mom is doing well!!!

V on 11/01/2010:
LOl yes we are....i am going back to Marshall's in hopes of the size 8 jeans are still there,i should have purchased them yesterday but I feel the pants will serve as a motivator to getting down to a comfy 140 ;) They look really nice on me and yes i can't believe i am in 8s again!!!! Yayyyyyy

V on 11/01/2010:
i talked to Moogy via email today,the family is good,i was hoping she would post this evening so i am on the lookout for her! I will tell her you asked about her if she doesn't post 2night :)

selina on 11/02/2010:
Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Stay well!

Maria7 - Sunday Oct 31, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.2

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




Hello Friends!

Hubby and I went to church this morning, then we went out to eat lunch.   After this, Hubby and I visited Mom and she was sitting in her wheelchair in her nursing home room watching tv, not wanting to go mingle with the other residents in the dining room and wanting to be put in her bed.  She couldn't get a CNA to take her to the bathroom, she told me, and her call button was tangled up laying on the floor out of Mom's reach and when I went to (family/friends are not allowed to help a resident move from their bed or wheelchair) get help for her, the CNA came, untangled Mom's out of reach call button on the floor, then left, saying she had to find another CNA to help her with Mom, and didn't come back.  When Mom and I called on the call button for help again, the person at the call button end told Mom over Mom's room intercom to use the bathroom in her brief and that no one was available to take her to the bathroom.  I objected, telling that person that Mom recently got well of a UTI and I was told to go talk to Mom's nurse, which I did after standing and waiting for the nurse to get off the phone.  After telling Mom's nurse what was said, the nurse came to Mom's room and took Mom to the bathroom and scolded Mom for not going to the dining room with the other residents.  Mom begged to go to her bed and wasn't allowed, being told she has to sit up some to not develop bed sores.  Mom still objected.  So stressful!   


  Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria



Progress as of today: 58.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

V on 10/31/2010:

nita51 on 11/01/2010:
Hi Maria, Hope all is well with you. Keep taking good care of mom. God Bless :) :) :)

selina on 11/01/2010:
how stressful!

loveray on 11/01/2010:
hope you had an ok weekend - take care of yourself:)

Bikiniwax85 on 11/01/2010:
Oh dear... Hope everything will be fine soon

Maria7 - Saturday Oct 30, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 146.4

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, Friends!

Hubby and I went to the farmers market today where we bought lots of veggies...green string beans, yellow squash, red tomato, green cucumber, banana.  We also went to the flea market.  Hubby bought me some of my fav honey coated almonds/pecans and I ate a few and came home and put the rest up in the freezer to save for a later time when I'm at goalweight to have a little at a time in moderation.  Frozen honey-coated almonds/pecans are not as big a temptation to me.

This afternoon, we visited Mom at the nursing home and I redid her closet, taking home her hot weather things and putting her cooler weather things in their place.  She was so happy cause she'd forgotten about some things she had for cooler weather and seeing them again, she said happily, she felt like she was "in a store!"    It was a job, converting her closet, but it is done now.

For supper, Hubby and I ate out at a buffet restaurant but I was a GOOD GIRL.  I'm also back to my prevacation weight today, yayyyy!

This evening, he and I visited another couple we've known for years, who are some dear friends that we think a lot of and love very much, but they and we don't see each other very often. 


Today's food:

egg and cheese biscuit 370

honey-coated almonds/pecans 400

fried chicken, veggie salad, peaches, icing and ice cream 600

Total est. cals today:  1370 


Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

V on 10/30/2010:
Menu looks great today Maria! Project Sunflower seed is still great! So far no mishaps! LOl Hey I have something very special for you my dear :)

hopingforhealth on 10/31/2010:
Good job getting back to pre-vacation weight!

just42day on 10/31/2010:
I knew you'd reach your pre-vacation weight soon! Good for you! :)

Maria7 - Thursday Oct 28, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 148.4

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





Hello, Friends!

Well...I am disgusted.  I pigged out last nite...why?  Cause I was watching tv and I felt hungry and the snacks tasted good, so I just kept on eating til I felt real full.  That is the silly reasons.  So today I am up to 148.4.   Time for ACTION!!!  For motivation, I've orderd a pair of size 8 100% cotton Levis jeans from Ebay.  They do not stretch.  That should do the trick for motivation.  I'm still fitting real well in my 8's.  But if I keep gaining weight, I'll be saying goodbye to size 8.  I just recently bought a pair of size 6 Levis jeans  when Hubby and I were in the mountains on vacation.  I was able to get them on (they do not stretch, either) and zip and fasten them but they were too snug to wear yet.   I have fallen back into nitetime food binging.  Uhhh!  (Though I'd kicked that old habit but I began it again right before we left on vacation!)

Today is Hubby's birthday. Happy birthday, Honey!     I am taking him out to his fav buffet restaurant (Golden Corral) tonite.  This girl will be doing a big salad with not many sunflower seeds or dressing on the veggies.  I may allow a little something else but I will be closely monitoring my calories.


Today's menu:

bk:  2 turkey sausages and 1/2 cup grits, no marg, coffee w ff cr & splenda 200

lunch:  fresh green string beans (cooked) and ground beef w tomato sauce 200

Hubby's Golden Corral birthday supper:  2 medium yeast rolls w a little honey butter, salad, a little turkey, icing and ice cream 800

Total est cals:  1200


Hope you're all having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


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

selina on 10/28/2010:
Happy Birthday to your hubby! Enjoy the celebrations! I know you are going to be fine for you always have this wonderful will-power to get right back to your goal weight. Stay well!

Inky and Selina look almost the same, the only difference is that Selina has a white diamond mark on her chest....

last, but not least, thank you so much for the calorie count website. I shall be using it since it seems like it's a favorite around here. Have a great day!

hollybelle on 10/28/2010:
Happy birthday to husband! Watch out, Maria - those buffets! You will nip that pound or two in the bud in no time if you stay mindful. Hope you had a good day with your friend yesterday.

legcramps on 10/28/2010:
Have a great day today with hubby!

just42day on 10/28/2010:
Happy B'day to your hubby! I totally understand the night time eating as I fall into that soooo easily, too. I'm confident you can nip that in the bud and feel comfortable in your new jeans soon. I'm cheering for you! :)

starfish on 10/28/2010:
You can do it!!

Umpqua on 10/28/2010:
I hope your hubby has a great birthday and thanks so much for your prayers, it means a lot to me!

moogy on 10/28/2010:
It is good to catch yourself early Maria. Well done, I am sure you will be back under control. You know your weaknesses and how to avoid those tricky situations. Give your hubby a hug from me, have a lovely evening.

V on 10/28/2010:
LOL I bought the smallest jar of roasted sunflower seeds for my salad tonight...This is item #1 in my bare cabinet...Maria it is so funny you are having the same in your salad...I think i will be fine but if i have the slightest temptation to have more than my allotted 1 oz portion, it's out of the house!!!! I will keep you posted...I found something very very cute for you the other day,i was hoping that you would fall for xmas card story, I didn't want to ruin the surprise but now the cat's out the bag! Have a great evening :)

hopingforhealth on 10/28/2010:
Yea, I don't think I will be eating pre workout again! I was famished! It's so hard to avoid the late night snacking. Obviously I sympathize! Those jeans sound like great motivation. I fear the no-stretch jeans, in any size!

Happy birthday to the hubby!

V on 10/28/2010:
10:30 pm and all is well, so far the jar has not tempted me! LOL i will let you know how it all went in the morning, so far so good :)

biscottibody59 on 10/28/2010:
Hope you bounce back from the nighttime eating.

RYC: Oh yeah, I'll tell it all good or bad. It's going to be awhile though.

Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 27, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
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!

Today has been finish getting things settled from vacation (putting things where they go, etc.) and the usual tidy house deal.

I've been getting calls from my friends since we've gotten back home, want me to do this and that... two of them who did not even visit Mom in the nursing home one time while we were away and didn't know I'd hired someone to do it and knows how important Mom is to me...guess what???  I'm so not in the mood.  I DID bring them back gifts and took to them but I am so not in the mood for listening to talk about their world.

My  friend who was really 'there' for me (and for Mom) while we were away is the one I plan on spending more time with...(the one who was willing to visit Mom every day for free but I insisted on paying her and finally got her to take the money before we left) and she even visited Mom an extra day over what I'd asked her to...she is the one I plan on having lunch with....after I get renewed energy to get out and about again.

Today's menu:

2 turkey sausages 120

2/3 cup grits w a little low cal marg 180

2 turkey sausages 120

2 diet breads 80

ground beef w tomato sauce, slaw w low cal mayo, tomato, cucumber  800

whole grain/cheddar cheese crackers 510

apple 80

mixed fruit 90

Total est cals:  1980


Hope you're all having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


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

hollybelle on 10/27/2010:
YAY for good friends! This one sounds like to sparkling jewel!

hollybelle on 10/27/2010:
YAY for good friends! This one sounds like to sparkling jewel!

moogy on 10/27/2010:
Sounds like you have sort out the weeds from the chaff over there and know who your real friends are. It is 8 am and although I did sleep in a little, I think you may have forgotten about daylight saving. Have a great day Maria.

moogy on 10/27/2010:
It's OK Maria, I knew you were teasing. I like to wake up to your good morning's. It's lovely!!

V on 10/27/2010:
Hi Maria :) I was wondering if you would email me your address so I can put you on my xmas card list i know how much you love the season ;) My email info is on my profile...have a good one :)

hopingforhealth on 10/27/2010:
It sounds like you have one rare and wonderful friend! Sometimes its hard for people to see past their own stuff and be caring about everyone else's.

Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 26, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
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!

It is SOOOO good to be back home!  Missed you, Friends! 

Hubby and I had a wonderful time on our mountain vacation!  We did a lot of hiking.  There was one almost vertical hill he really had to help me get up.  Hubby is very big and very strong!

As usual, I overpacked so much, there was hardly enough space in the back seat of the pickup truck to bring back what we bought while there.   I could have very easily packed us 2 outfits each plus our usual personal stuff and fitted it all in one suitcase and that would have done us easily, including the 3rd outfit we wore to the mountains!  Instead, I packed a duffle bag full of snacks (not needed), and a medium suitcase for Hubby's things and another one for my things and a vanity case for personals, thinking I was doing well...NOT!/    We were lugging that stuff up and down steep stairs 3 floors up at one resort that had no elevator. 

But...we did have a wonderful time.  The reds, yellows, oranges, burgundies, and golds in the mountains were very bright and vivid and exhilarating to be in!    We stayed at a waterfront room surrounded by mountains with the best view at two different locations!

As for weight...I actually gained only one pound while we were gone 6 days and 6 nights on our vacation, which I think is just fine.   I averaged about 2500 calories per day which was very much needed for the amount of hiking Hubby and I did, which was a lot.  My size 8 clothes fit me very well, which I happily wore, and still do.  I also bought a pair of size 6 Levis jeans while in the mountains, which though snug, I can get them on and fasten them and they are 100% cotton, no stretch! 

I thank our DD webmaster for all he went through in getting this site back up and going again as well as his maintaining this site, as well as I know you ladies thank him as well.  It doesn't look like an easy job to keep up with and he doesn't even charge us, either!  What a wonderful person to do that for us!  Thank you, DD webmaster!   


Hope you're all having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


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

Umpqua on 10/26/2010:
Your vacation sounds incredible, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great job with the calories and hiking! And good to see you back on here!

moogy on 10/26/2010:
Well done on only gaining a pound Maria, it must of been lugging all that luggage. Also a big well done for the jeans, no stretch, I mean that really is good going, Levi's are pretty unforgiving in the tush department. So glad you had a lovely time, it sounds like the colours of the mountains were wonderful. Lovely to be back with you.

hopingforhealth on 10/26/2010:
I'm so glad to "see" everyone again! It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. Only gaining a pound is fantastic! (Better than I did on mine)

V on 10/26/2010:
Maria!!!! It seems like ages, i really missed you! Well you ask about tips on staying motivated and I plan to post maybe something on the forum about it, but for me i think the saving grace for me and i know you will totally relate is clearing the fridge and pantry of EVERYTHING that was not on my plan...The pantry is still bare but my fridge is always loaded with healthy fresh fruits veggies and lean meats,water and celsius, My poor freezer has but mere ice cubes...Until my trip home to Chicago in August, i allowed no "cheat days" and since binging was never an issue with me no prob in that department..Oh and finally I know my success mainly comes from the structure of having a set menu for the week that i prepare,weigh and bag every Monday...Now does this work for everyone? I don't know but I know it works for me...i hope i didn't bore you LOL

Sofia on 10/26/2010:
That one pound may very well be muscle, hiking takes a lot out of you!

V on 10/26/2010:
Where are my manners how is your mom doing? I hope all is well :)

V on 10/26/2010:
Lol you are not being nosey! isn't this what this site is all about..LOl I am currently designing my own maintainance program but for now i stick with 12 ozs of lean proteins and 3-4 servings of fresh veggies and fruit 1 serving= 1cup raw veggies, 1/2 cup if steamed or sauteed..I thought of you Sunday when I had a salad with seeds and various nuts and it was deelish...Oh and the Sunday before I even indulged in a half piece of coconut cake?? It was good but I felt so guilty afterwards...I guess that i have to reprogram to allow a few indulgences every now and then.. i still plan on preparing my meals for the week on Monday and make Sunday my day to have something I normally wouldn't drink or eat, in moderate portions of course

nita51 on 10/27/2010:
Missed you! oxox

KathyBlue on 10/27/2010:
Missed you, Maria! :) I do overpack myself every time :)! :) That 1 pound is nothing, you'll drop it, and congrats on the great maintaining work! :)

just42day on 10/27/2010:
Glad your vacation was so nice! Gaining only 1 lb on a vacation is nothing. You did great! Good for you! :)

biscottibody59 on 10/27/2010:
Thanks for the comment! Sounds like you had a truly great trip--sounds like you enjoyed yourselves!

Have a good day!

selina on 10/27/2010:
Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation and missed the DD meltdown. Yay, for gaining only one pound!

legcramps on 10/27/2010:
So glad you had such an amazing vacation! Good for you!

selina on 10/27/2010:
I'd send you a whole bunch if I could!!! hugs to you!

hollybelle on 10/27/2010:
Hi Maria - it's been so long! I missed you! The hiking sounds wonderful! That pound will be gone soon. Where did you all go? Sorry I missed it if you said. I'm so behind! My h and I love to hike and the mountains are so nice this time of year. Had to laugh at the packing comments - I always take too much, too because I want CHOICES! Too funny!

Maria7 - Wednesday Oct 13, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.2

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





Hello, Friends!

I stayed up very late last nite, watching the first Chile miners come up after being trapped for over 2 months.  They are still being rescued.  I thank the Lord for their rescue.  Here is a link if you want to watch their rescue live over the internet:   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/watch-live-video-6046305?tab=9482931&section=6087493&playlist=&page=1

After clicking on the above, you have to scroll down the page to 'watch live event' and click on that and then wait during a little commercial before viewing it. 


Hubby told me this morning he wants me to have the biggest suitcases packed so he can load his truck by Friday afternoon so he doesn't have to do it Saturday  morning before we leave.  I've come a LONG WAY in packing for vacations.  When we first went on a vacation close to 20 years ago, I think I packed '9' trunks and large suitcases that we took to stay 9 days at the beach.  No, that didn't include the kitchen sink, hahahaha!  Needless to say we didn't use most of it and there was NO ELEVATOR where we stayed (and lugged that stuff up 3 floors, I think it was).    Then as the years went by, I got better about how much I packed for us to carry and got it down to about half of that (hahaha) for a trip we took to Kentucky in 2004 (no elevator where we stayed).  The largest suitcase was so stuffed, the handle broke off of it!  We had to go to a store to find a replacement suitcase (expensive) to put the stuff in it, that was in the broken-handle suitcase.  This time I am going to 'TRY' to limit the packing to 1 medium suitcase each, a small suitcase or duffle bag (gotta have for snacks, etc.), and a vanity case (shampoo, toothpaste, other personal items,etc.).  And I may take my laptop, too.  So, between now and tomorrow, I've got to bake my Daughter her birthday cake (her birthday is Friday) and decide what to give her for her birthday and get that taken care of, and also between now and Friday afternoon, I've got to get the packing done to go on vacation and between now and Friday, I've got to tell Mom we are going on vacation! 

Update:  Silly me wasn't looking where I was going when I was hurriedly walking from the mailbox back to the house a little while ago, and tripped over a tree root and went flying through the air.  Had a hard landing and now taking aspirin for back, hip, and leg pain (skinned up my knee and hurt my hand, too)...did I tell you we are fixing to be hiking in the mountains???? 

Update again:  Finished baking birthday cake (4 layer pineapple) for Daughter.  Got her card and  gift (money) ready to give to her Friday (her birthday).   Now to pack... 



 Today's food:

  2 coffees w creamer and splenda, 1/2 cupful grits w low cal marg, and 1 microwaved egg 200

whole wheat turkey sub s/w w lots veggies 300

bbq lf potato chips 140

bk chocolate ice cream sundae 400

another bk chocolate ice cream sundae 400

small pineapple cupcake (made Hubby a big pineapple cupcake) 100

2 diet breads, chicken salad 160

popcorn 100

1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes 50

total est cals:  1850


Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/13/2010:
Whew! It's going to be a busy week, isn't it?!

chidogs on 10/13/2010:
Busy stuff, but vacation packing is fun! I spent 3 months in Europe way back when I was young. Took one suitcase,within a week I sent everything back but 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 2 tops, coat, shoes and socks. One learns that what you take you carry! Sounds like you have it under control. :)

liza36 on 10/13/2010:
Oh my goodness Maria, I hope the fly through the air doesn't impact your ability to hike this weekend. Feel better!

Umpqua on 10/13/2010:
Sorry to hear you fell, hope you get to feeling better soon!

selina on 10/13/2010:
Yikes, Maria. I hope you didn't brake anything! But seriously, I hope this will not spoil your weekend. Stay well!

Before lasik I couldn't see a thing, unless I wore contacts or glasses. After the surgery I had 20/20 vision for 10 years, Now I have 20/25 with both eyes open. When I close one, the right eye is 20/40 and the other one is better... I heard that it is possible to have another lasik if the first didn't work so well. Mine was perfect the first time around.

nita51 on 10/13/2010:
OUCHIE! Sorry to hear about your accident. Please get some rest, so you can feel better. Thanks for the link on the miners. I am so happy for them! They should become Evangelist, because they have a testimony that could help change the world. Love you

selina on 10/13/2010:
I watched the rescue, too. Only the first one, then I went to bed...

moogy on 10/13/2010:
Ouch! I hope you are OK. Your husband may have to either slow down with his hiking or go by himself. I understand the need to take everything but the kitchen sink, it is just in case you need the particular thing you are packing. Maybe you could just buy stuff that you didn't pack if you have had to leave it behind. Now, you wouldn't mind that too much, would you?

breakaway on 10/13/2010:
Sure hope everything is ok! Have a great day. I have to watch the miners (reruns)...I was at work when the first ones come up.

just42day on 10/13/2010:
Packing tip. Pack everything you think you need. Then take out 2-3 outfits because you WON'T need them. Plus, you MUST have space for items purchased while on vacation... :) Sorry about your fall! Hope you're ok.

V on 10/13/2010:
LOl!!! I am a horrible packer as well...I will not post how many bags I packed for college the first time,let's just say it was supermodel worthy...My goal for my xmas trip home....1 suitcase???? LOL

SusieQueue on 10/13/2010:
I used to be like that too. Now I pack one medium bag and if i need something, I buy it.

hopingforhealth on 10/13/2010:
Isn't that amazing, that the miners could be rescued? The whole thing is just crazy.

Enjoy your vacation!

V on 10/13/2010:
:( How is your knee and hand??? Your cake sounds deelish :P

skinnygrlwithin on 10/13/2010:
Of course I don't mind =) I'm just about 5'1" tall... and you should definitely try the soup...it's so yummy but it does get a little salty

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2010:
Your cake sounds lovely! Hope the body mends well by the time of your trip--maybe take it a little easier 'til then!

chidogs on 10/13/2010:
Oh be careful! That fall sounds painful. Why does stuff like this always happen right before vacation?! No more accidents so you can really enjoy yourself. Take care.

just42day on 10/26/2010:
Looking forward to getting caught up w/you now that the site is back! :)

Maria7 - Tuesday Oct 12, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
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





Hello, Friends!

Sitting here, watching 'Christmas Shoppe' on QVC channel.  Such pretty Christmas lights and trees!

My weight is up and although I know it is mostly high-sodium, I decided to put it in anyway.  I'm hoping to stay between goal 140.0 and 145.0 this week anyway, since planning on leaving on vacation with Hubby Saturday morning, Lord willing.  I hired someone to sit with Mom for about an hour in the afternoons while we are away.  She is a good friend and didn't want to take any money for helping me but I insisted as she is a widow with 3 children she has been raising as a single Mom after her Hubby passed a couple or so years ago and Christmas is coming up soon, too and I know she can use the money.  So she finally said okay she would let me pay her when I told her I insisted.  She is a very sweet person and Mom knows and likes her and will be comfortable with her spending time with her.   


Hubby and I are excitedly 'counting down the days' til we leave!  (Heading for the mountains!)


I got over half of the work done in the back room yesterday (converting it from a storage room to an office room) and hope to finish it today!  Yayyyy!

Update:  Regarding above statement....Got the room and the matching closet to the room FINISHED!  YAYYY!  (Now to find a desk for that room.)  No more using that room for storage.  Cleaned it out real good and vacumned it and have stuff to donate to the thrift store in the back of my vehicle.  Plenty of space to make it into a nice office now.   


Evening update:  Visited Mom this afternoon.  I took her a baked sweet potato with cinnamon, a little sugar, and a very little low cal margerine on it and she ate it and enjoyed it.  Had a nice, talkative long visit almost 2 hours.  She said she didn't want to eat all of her potato salad that was on her plate at supper and was going to leave some of it and said of the remainder of the portion she was not going to eat, "That's probably 1/8 of a pound" (of a gain that she could avoid if she didn't eat it, hahaha!)



 Today's food:

  2 coffees w creamer and splenda, 1 diet bread toast w low cal marg 100

1/2 homemade hamburger 200

fish s/w 400

bk chocolate ice cream sundae 400

cup of scuppernong grapes 100

baked cinnamon apple 100

butterscotch candies 100

whole grain cheddar cheese crackers 180

  Today's total est cals:  1580


Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


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

biscottibody59 on 10/12/2010:
Good going on the housework--have a good Tuesday!

just42day on 10/12/2010:
I'm glad you found a companion for your mom while you're on vacation. I'm very sure your friend appreciates your generosity by paying her. (sign of a great friend who DOESN't want/expect to be paid.) It's friends that like who make you really want to pay them, doesn't it? :)

KathyBlue on 10/12/2010:
Ahhhh, good, I'm happy you were able to resolve the issue :)

chidogs on 10/12/2010:
That is a perfect solution in all ways! Your friend is someone who knows you and your Mom, and you are helping her out financially. See it all has worked out and now you can enjoy your vacation!! :)

legcramps on 10/12/2010:
Sounds great! Have a wonderful time on the getaway!

V on 10/12/2010:
You are such a sweetheart :) I think God brings people together for just that reason...Sometimes i have to stop and think of all of the things i sometimes take for granted and thank the Big Guy for all of the blessings he has bestowed to me :) Blessings to you Maria!

liza36 on 10/12/2010:
I'm so glad you worked out finding someone to sit with your mom. I hope now you can go on your vacation and not worry so much about her - I'm sure she will be fine.

hollybelle on 10/12/2010:
The arrangement for your mom and the family friend sounds like it worked out great. How nice that you can help her, she can help you! I am so excited for you cleaning out the back room! Way to go! I need to clean out so much at my house - it's not terrible, but I know it would simplify my life somewhat!! Have a wonderful day and God bless!

moogy on 10/12/2010:
It was a very productive day, it will be good to have a real office. I am releived that you have found someone you trust to sit with your mom. It means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Yay!!!!

V on 10/12/2010:
Alright for getting organized and satisfying your sweet tooth without going over your calories :) I am happy you had a great visit with your mom :)

nita51 on 10/13/2010:
Hard to believe Christmas is almost here! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. Baked cinnamon apples are my favorite. xoxo

selina on 10/13/2010:
Sounds like your mom is doing well, yay! Your vacation in the mountains sounds GREAT! The turning leaves will be perfect to view!

Umpqua on 10/13/2010:
Sounds like you had a great day yesterday, and I'm glad you're looking forward to your vacation. I hope you have an excellent one today!!

Maria7 - Monday Oct 11, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 142.8

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





Hello, Friends!

I'm up a little over newest 'low' but I think it is mostly due to high-sodium foods over the weekend so will leave it be for now.  I was doing SO WELL last nite and NOT HUNGRY around 6 pm so was planning on no supper when I decided to look at a channel on tv that had food on it...why did I do that????  I got hungry and ended up OVEREATING! 

This week will be getting ready for Daughter's birthday (baking her birthday cake and getting her gift ready to give to her on Friday) as well as an outing she has invited me to tomorrow in the park spending time together, talking and eating cheeseburgers she is going to bring.  Also packing for Hubby's and my upcoming (Lord willing) vacation!  ...AND trying to figure out when will be the 'BEST' time to tell Mom we are going to be gone on vacation for about a week or so!  There is NO best time to tell her that!  She usually does NOT NOT NOT take it well and I just hope I don't let what she says upset me like I've done before (and came back early to be there for her cause I was so worried about her and no one would help me by filling in for me while we were gone and I didn't spend much time with Hubby)!  If I tell her too early, she may act okay a couple days and then the nearer it gets time for us to leave, completely change her attitude to ANGER!...(Then will come the guilt trip).  She does NOT like for me to leave her or be away from her for days or not be available all hours.  If you have family members that help you in taking care of or even spending time with your parents, you are VERY BLESSED!!!  My family ALL have EXCUSES why they can't help me with Mom!  Maybe I can find someone reliable to hire to sit with Mom an hour or 2 a day...  That would help her feel better I think and me as well!  Also, I'm trying to finish clearing out a back room that has been used for storage so it can be used for an office room instead.  I am going to try to stay away from any unnecessary shopping this week...so much for shopping therapy! 





 Today's food:

  coffee w creamer and splenda 10

sandwich relish sandwich w 2 tbs relish, 2 white breads 280

homemade w 2 white breads, ketchip, mustard, hamburger 350

baked 'french fries' 100

baked 'french fries' again 100

3 chicken viennas 120

1 bread 70

ear of corn (microwaved w  a little salt on it only) 200

cupful scuppernong grapes 100

 Total est cals:  1330

UPDATE:  Why??????  I just finished off the jar of sunflower seeds, proving to myself that I can NOT have any trigger foods in the house after all!  500 extra calories...bringing today's total to 1830!    I'll just name it Stress...yeah right...it was stress...yeah, like it is EVERY DAY almost and I don't have mini-binges every day! 



Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria


Progress as of today: 62.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/11/2010:
I HATE when that happens... i did that to myself with the show "best thing I ever ate...cheese" and "best thing I ever ate...burgers" It WAS TERRIBLE!!! It happens to us all though so don't be too down on yourself

chidogs on 10/11/2010:
Do not let what your Mom says or does bring you down. You know that deep in her heart she would not want to be a burdon to you, and would want you to be happy and enjoy your vacation. Is there someone in the facility that she likes who could spend time with her off and on? Could you leave some little gifts, so every other day or so someone could give her one from you to cheer her? You musn't cut your trip short. It is important to you, for your own health, to be away for awhile. She will survive it. Take care.

V on 10/11/2010:
Hi Maria!!!!

liza36 on 10/11/2010:
I'm sorry your mom gets so upset when you leave. Everyone should enjoy a vacation. I hope she takes the news a little better. I like Chidogs' suggestions, especially the little gifts, or maybe you could mail her a postcard every day. Have a good day!

Umpqua on 10/11/2010:
I like the idea of finding someone to visit with your Mom while you are gone. I wonder if a student would be willing to do it on a volunteer basis (maybe in exchange for getting extra credits at school) or for a very small fee. That would make you and your Mom feel at ease so you can enjoy your vacation some more. It's too bad no one else is willing to pick up the slack for you while you're on vacation. I have no siblings so I know I will be in your situation when my parents are older. Hugs to you - but realize your vacation is important and you and hubby need that time away! Are you going to the beach?

As far as food shows, I have one I love - No Reservations on the Travel Channel. The ONLY time I will watch it is during my workout! My mouth gets watering sometimes but I know I'm working out and that food is off limits during that time. I don't think I'd be able to watch it at night!

KathyBlue on 10/11/2010:
i agree w Umpqua, it's a good idea to "hire" a student or sg... Do you have any brothers or sisters? You need vacation, take it as a medical prescription! :)

just42day on 10/11/2010:
Does your mother like animals? I know lots of places have "therapy animals" who visit hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Maybe you could arrange for a furry visitor in your absence? Though nothing could take your place, it might be a temporary distraction. Enjoy the time with your daughter! :)

moogy on 10/11/2010:
I understand the bond and the responsibility you feel with your mom. However, you and your husband have a life to lead, you have a right to enjoy yourselves and even a responsibility to your husband to spend time with him exclusively. I don't believe that your mother will miss you as much as she indicates. Old frail people really do seem to turn childlike again in their reactions. It may do you mom some good to have to extend her support circle to her 'friends' at the home. You deserve to enjoy yourself - you have worked hard for it!! You need to relax, replenish and restore your balance so that you can do all the things that you are responsible for when you return. :)

hopingforhealth on 10/11/2010:
I'm sorry you are dreading telling your mom about vacation. I don't blame you. But you are such a wonderful daughter to her and you deserve to get a little break every now and then. Sometimes older and sicker people aren't always rational about what upsets them. I'm sure she will miss you, but I think you should do the best you can not to let her missing you ruin your vacation. When you do so much for other people, you have to remember to do nice things for yourself too!

I hear you with the food shows. I love them and sometimes it is no good. Yesterday I watched cupcake wars and it made me want sweets or baked goods like nobody's business. I was lucky I didn't have any in the house!

moogy on 10/11/2010:
I am the opposite, if I can't eat food then I want to watch it, read about it and generally wallow in all forms of entertainment around food. Just as well that we are not all the same. :)

V on 10/11/2010:
Good luck with your talk with your mom :( I am sorry you don't have anyone from your family to help you out! As far as that food network...i never watch it it always makes me hungry

moogy on 10/11/2010:
You were living on the edge a bit with the cake show Maria. Although I don't think I have ever noticed that you eat cake, it is just as well that it wasn't a popcorn machine demonstration - now that would have sent you screaming to the cupboards!!!!:)

V on 10/11/2010:
Yes I got my Starbucks and if only they delivered....LOL

moogy on 10/11/2010:
Not a writer but an ace student in English, my daughter is the writer of the family - but it's a nice compliment, thank you!:)

breakaway on 10/11/2010:
God bless u Maria...your so good with ur mom but it's a shame ur family can't help out just so u can enjoy ur vacation:(. Just enjoy yourself and don't worry...ur mom will be ok. U deserve this :)

V on 10/11/2010:
You got that right Maria!!! If i had a can of those planters mixed nuts I could do some major damage which is why my cabinets are bare and my fridge is stocked with only fresh healthy foods :)

moogy on 10/11/2010:
Handing in two essays is a little excessive Maria. I never went to that extreme but I really loved English it was my equal top subject with Ancient History, which I loved as well.

V on 10/11/2010:
Unfortunately salty crunchy foods are a no no for me but maybe pretzels(low sodium) would satisfy your crunch craving or even some of those low cal cheez its or make your own low cal trail mix with unsalted nuts...I think Holly has a post for a low fat trail mix

V on 10/11/2010:
Oh and I love to taste the full flavor of coffee so no cream sugar or additives for this girl :) Just caffeine :)

selina on 10/12/2010:
Good morning! I hope you'll have a great day!

I hope your mom will not get too upset this time around, you deserve a vacation! We all do!

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