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Maria7 - Saturday Nov 07, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

   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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you...

  Back to 153 again. 

UPDATED NEXT DAY:  My calories for today are about 1850 approximately...had part of 2 peanut coated small candied apples as most of the apple parts of them were brown inside so didn't eat that part...also had some cheetos...650.....Also, turkey sausage patty, 1/2 small biscuit, 1 tater tot (250), pizza (600), baked plain sweet potato 150, and small honey bun (200).  

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                              Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/07/2020:
Sounds wonderful! I microwave sweet potatoes everyday for my parrots. Serve warm & sliced. They love it.

Maria7 on 11/07/2020:
My chickens also love them, too.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2020:
if i lived where people are behaving like that do near you, i'd probably have to start with 2 masks also. man that has got to be hard to breathe, but at least you will not catch it, pray to that!

you speak of a cheese fit...and what do you know, i had extra cheese today!!! not a lot, but, i tend to not have more than at most one slice of cheese per day. as you know from my diary, i don't list it much besides when i buy cream cheese. anyways, at parents house, there wasn't much meat to eat for lunch, so i used a piece of thick cheese on top of my soup. then at dinner, i was so hungry i just decided to have a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger, to make it a little more of a satisfying meal. cheese makes things hit the spot i guess...

sounds like a busy day yesterday with lots of healthy eats. that'll keep you healthy, too.

Maria7 on 11/08/2020:
Written 11/08/20...Yes, was definitely a cheese day for both of us! Smiles!


Donkey on 11/08/2020:
Thank you so much for the encouragement you have given me on my own diary.

Also, I LOVE those caramel apples with the chopped nuts on them! I've seen pictures of those gourmet covered-apples - all types of chocolate, nuts, pretzels, M & M's - but nothing beats the $2.99 pack of 3 of just the regular kind :-)

Maria7 on 11/08/2020:
Written 11/08/20: Yes, Hubby and I DID put up our Christmas lights on the front porch yesterday and we had them on for a while last nite, too. They were beautiful. I bet yours are, too. We do have ours on a timer. Nice to sit out there, drinking coffee and looking at the pretty lights. That is a good deal at 2.99 for a pack of 3 of the caramel apples with peanuts on them!


legcramps on 11/12/2020:
Yum, candy apples!

Maria7 on 11/13/2020:
They were good!



Maria7 - Friday Nov 06, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

   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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you...

I have been reading your posts and will get back to you later today...just want to say I had a 'cheese fit' that ended this morning...I think...What can we do to console ourselves when under stress?  Pray?  Yes, absolutely.  Eat what we are craving?  Yes.  I did real well yesterday...stayed with 1200 calories for the day and my reward was instead of being back down to my recent 153, where I was, to be weighing 154 again this morning (I will call it 'cheese sodium')...Oh, well. 

Visited Mama at her window again today...She is a trooper...Wants to come outside and visit with me as we used to do...alas...I hate telling her no for 8 months now...I sang songs to her til she was smiling...

Hubby and I went to two grocery stores this morning...I have so 'had it' with inconsiderate people NOT wearing masks...both store workers and customers...I wear '2' masks and keep my distance but still feel unsafe walking through their areas to get what I need to get...think...'cloud virus germs' hanging suspended in the air...I even put my hand over my masks in their territories...  Went to a grocery store in a town about 15 or 20 miles away because they were advertising Butterball turkeys on sale 99c each....well, it seemed to me to be a bait and switch cause when I asked where they were I was told they were sold out but said that instead they had the store brand turkeys for sale...went and looked at them as they are usually much cheaper than Butterballs and lo and behold, their price was 1.59/lb. only if you buy $30 worth of groceries....so, even higher than the Butterballs which had been on sale for 99c...which I left them there....Was gonna get peanut coated candied apples (really love them!)  and all they had were what I call 'naked' candied apples with no peanut coating on them for double the usual price!  Didn't get any.

Came home and cooked lunch for Hubby and me and we also have been doing a big clean on our kitchen cabinets today and reorganizing them...quite a feat...taking out all the dishes, cleaning the inside of the cabinets, etc. 

  My calories for today are about 1200....Food is 2 scrambled eggs with cheese, grits (500), baked salmon, baked sweet potato, squash, and onion (500), and small honey bun (200). 

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                              Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/06/2020:
Masks aren't mandatory there? I see some with masks below their noses, or they get too close.

Nice menu!

Maria7 on 11/06/2020:
No, masks are not mandatory here. Would be good if they were and if it was enforced. Thanks you about the menu. It was good.


Jacky82020 on 11/06/2020:
Here you can’t get into any store etc without a mask. Been that way since March. I do most of my shopping at Walmart, but once in a while I get fliers for better buys. Last time went to 2 stores and both were sold out! Very annoying! Guess I’ll stick to Walmart

Maria7 on 11/06/2020:
I should have called before we traveled that far to get a turkey and then it to look like a bait and switch. That way if they would have had a Butterball for 99c/lb. I could have asked them to hold one for me. Or if they had none, I would have known not to go there. What I get for just looking at the online store ad, ha.


Jacky82020 on 11/06/2020:
Yep. What I got for running out when those flyers came in the mail They send out a bundle every Tuesday from different stores Also send lots of 2 for 1 fast food coupons, my weakness.


Donkey on 11/07/2020:
I hear you on cheese. It is my salty comfort food, I think.

I'm not sure how your momma is set up at her facility, but they could not even wheel her outside to see you?

Don't even get me started on people who don't wear masks. Major brainwashed delusional people.



Maria7 - Thursday Nov 05, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

   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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you...

I got carried away last nite in eating and my calories were around 1900 yesterday...not conducive to weight loss....  I had some extra soup last nite while watching election news on tv...what a mess...

It has now been almost eight months since I was allowed to go inside the nursing home and visit with Mama, give her a hug...Who would have ever thought it?  But I am thankful she is still living (89) and doing as well as she is and I can see her through her window, at least, and talk to her over the phone.  The Covid 19 numbers of cases are still rising, even more than ever and if only people would wear masks!!!  I think that would help a lot.  I wear 2 masks in stores.  And gloves.  Lots of people around here wear NO masks at all, here in SC. 

I know there are people suffering more than I am over Mama, having lost their precious loved ones due to Covid 19...I think about GrannyAnnie who lost her Son to it and I think about my neighbor who lost her Husband to it (and almost herself), too and I feel like I shouldn't even be feeling bad about not being able to give Mama a hug and visit with her in her room in person.  Then I think also about this mess of an election going on over here in the US...which I think is caused partly by Covid 19, too, with such an overwhelming load of mail-in ballots to be counted and I think that our country could have been better prepared for this before it came to all of this for real.  And lastly, I just want to say this:  I love you all here on DD.  Even on the days that I do not post, I come here a lot and read your posts.  Because they are important to me.  You are important to me.  And I am thankful to whoever it is that keeps the DD website running, although I do not know who it is.  I have been here almost 20 years (will next month) and it has been a wonderful site to say hello to very supportive friends and be blessed to have some interaction in their lives and to know that whatever you write on your page, it is usually appreciated by someone and commented on.  That means a WHOLE LOT.  Thank you all.  No, I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon, just wanted you to know that I love and appreciate you all here at DD and I thank the Lord for all of you.

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Afternoon Update:  So today's calories (so far and hope this is all) approximately 1200...2 cheese toasts 350...grilled cheese 400 (yes, it has been a craving cheese day, ha)...kit kat candy 200...1/2 banana 50..and small honey bun 200.  I ate by cravings, not by nutrition today but I'm okay with it.  Plan is to try not to eat any more today and if I do, only allow a little of the (very low-cal) leftover soup from yesterday that is in the fridge or something else healthy and low-cal. 

Did visit Mama at her window this afternoon and she is doing well.  Thank you for your prayers for her.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                              Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/05/2020:
Love you too, Maria. Sorry you can’t hug your sweet mama.

Just read sad story in newspaper about how residents in nursing homes/assisted living are getting hit with Covid/PPE costs. The owners are passing it on to them. One man’s mom had a $900 fee added. He fought it and won . They said dentists are the worst on adding charges. The insurance is not yet covering them.

Maria7 on 11/05/2020:
Hubby and I have contributed to Mama's drug cost in the past (was not too much but she had to have brand name drug at that time that was not covered) and also, her nursing home does not cover her clothes and personal things she likes and not much in the way of snacks, etc. so every time I visit her (most days) I take her a bag of her favorite foods and the Lord has blessed Hubby and me to be able to keep her in clothes and her favorite kinds of personal items she uses (makeup, deoderant, hair rollers, art supplies (she draws folk art pictures and colors with crayola markers and is really good at it) and etc. Thankfully, she is covered with both Medicare and Medicaid insurance, which is a blessing, too.


grannyannie on 11/05/2020:
I read a lot of stories about people not being able to hug their loved on in a home. How hard for both of you.

I'm on a FB group for people who lost someone to Covid. You can't imagine a sadder place. About 6,000 members.

We all love you too, Maria. xx

Maria7 on 11/05/2020:
Thank you, Annie. I am so glad you have a grief support site that is specially for survivors of Covid 19 victims. Bless your heart. Although lots of people are going through different things, no one knows your pain but those who are enduring it, as you are. I love you, too.


Jacky82020 on 11/05/2020:
Sounds like your mom has the best daughter and SIL in the world! She is truly blessed.

Maria7 on 11/05/2020:
Bless your heart! Thank you, Jacky. That is SO SWEET! (Smiles)


innerpeace on 11/05/2020:
My best friend's mom is also in a nursing home. The staff there send her pictures and updates on how her mother is doing. My friend gets to porch visit - that is a plexiglass partitioned area on the porch but also no hugging or getting close. She is happy she is safe and being well taken care of. Addie's (the mom's) only complaint was that she hasn't had a perm in over a year. I saw a recent picture and the 38 years I've known her I have never seen her with straight hair.

Maria7 on 11/05/2020:
That is wonderful that your friend gets to visit her Mama on the porch. My Mama also used to get perms and her hair is straight now, too, but she curls her hair with rollers sometimes for it to be curly for a day or two. That is good that she (the Mom) has such a positive attitude. That goes a long way for all of us. Smiles.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2020:
despite saying you are getting carried away on calories, soup is prob the best thing to have. nice and light and filling. also a little salt i'm sure, which usually helps when i'm hungry.

here in NY, it's def mandatory and i'd say that compliance of mask wearing in supermarkets is prob at 90% at least. there are some people that are J*rks despite everyone else in compliance.

yeah, i'm sure Covid has royally contributed to the mess because of the abundance of mail in ballots. i, myself, did mail in. thank gosh, didn't have to wait on line.

i have been here long, but not as long as you. whomever the webmaster is, i hope they will keep this sight running for years to come because the people here are generally a lot nicer than any other site around...plus there's no gimmicks and sales!

Maria7 on 11/05/2020:
Yes, can't go wrong with soup but I didn't have any tonight after all. I do add just a very little half and half salt to my home-cooked soup. Masks should be mandatory everywhere, just my opinion. I don't know who the webmaster is, either but am very thankful to them, whoever they are, for keeping this site going. And like you say, a big added bonus to have no gimmicks nor sales.


KathyBlue on 11/06/2020:
I think soup is a very good choice. Calories... don't worry about them too much. Focus on healthy. :) I'm sorry about the rest, it's very difficult times nowadays...



Maria7 - Wednesday Nov 04, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

   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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you...How is your weather today?  It was 39F this morning here and it has been a lovely, sunny day.   The wood heater has been going and it is in the 80's in this house now, so we will be letting it go out now.  Smile!

It has been a 'cooking' day over here for sure!  Fixed a big breakfast for Hubby and me of grits, sausage, egg, and also added plain toast for him...We cleaned up the dishes together, after we finished eating at the kitchen table and listening to the radio commentators on the latest news going on...which, of course, is the election news.  Then...I started on a big pot of homemade hamburger-vegetable soup...made with hamburger meat, fresh onion, fresh tomatoes, fresh celery, frozen corn, and canned young lima beans (drained)...This cooked out nicely.  Then I baked squash, sweet potatoes, and onion in the oven and also reheated biscuits that I had cooked recently and frozen in the freezer.  Was a yummy 2nd meal (I don't cook 3 meals...we eat what is left over from lunch for supper if we decide to eat again, that is).  I had plenty to freeze  of the soup for another day's lunch.

Today's calories are approximately 1400 calories...1 turkey sausage, 1 egg, grits, orange juice 400c.......small caramel apple coated in peanuts 350...A few scupponong grapes and a small piece of celery with a little pimento cheese on it 100....Hamburger-vegetable soup, biscuit, baked squash, onion, and sweet potato 550...Always...most important is prayer. 

Update:  Had a few unsalted cashews and some kitkat candy 400...So I am revising today's calories number to approximately 1800 so far and may go higher than this.  Just felt hungry and gave in....

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                   Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/04/2020:
The soup sounds nice!

The news will be all about the election for weeks.

Maria7 on 11/04/2020:
Thank you! It did turn out pretty well. As for the news, you sure said it.


Jacky82020 on 11/04/2020:
Wonderful soup! We had an outdoor wood burning furnace at that old Victorian mansion, Got wood from the Amish. Saved a fortune on heating bills! The place was huge.

Maria7 on 11/04/2020:
Thank you. Yes, using one really does help with the heating bills. Thankful we have ours and Hubby worked hard, off and on, for about 2 years to get our woodshed filled with mainly oak wood to burn in our heater.


Jacky82020 on 11/04/2020:
Huge savings over the gas furnace But we used the gas a little in the spring and fall Lots of work stoking the big furnace!

Maria7 on 11/04/2020:
Yes, it is work to keep our wood heater going, in keeping it fed ongoing, but we enjoy it. We love sitting in front of it and watching the fire through the window on the front of the heater. We also have an electric heat and ac unit, too...we are here in SC. So, whatever amount we use the wood heater helps keep the electric bill down. Smiles!


Jacky82020 on 11/04/2020:
Joy!

Maria7 on 11/04/2020:
:-)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/04/2020:
whoa...those are cold temps in your neck of the woods!

by wood heater..i assume it's a fireplace? many homes in my parent's community have them...oh!...my parents have two fireplaces also. but the reason i forgot is because my parents do not use theirs. reason being they didn't grow up with them, and they never got accustomed to fireplaces.

your meals for today are so healthy....lately i am not even liking some of the unhealthy "snack food" i am buying...i hope when i go back to work to go back to slightly healthier options because i'll be up for more hours and i'm nervous i will simply be hungry all day!

Maria7 on 11/04/2020:
We have a fireplace but stopped using it as it was inefficient for heating...a gas fireplace...So what we have now is a stand-alone wood heater that sits in the middle of our house more or less, on a stage, so to speak, and it heats the whole house when we have it going...and it REALLY heats... Thanks for compliment on the meals today. Hope you have a good evening.


Donkey on 11/05/2020:
Our weather here in Chicagoland is warm this week. Wednesday was a high of 70 and it felt like it!

Your food sounds so yummy!



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 03, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you. 

Still at 153 on the scale this morning.   Felt like I'd lost weight but scale said not quite yet...maybe will show tomorrow...

Today's calories are approximately 1200 calories...1 turkey sausage, 1 egg, grits, extra orange juice 450c...hotdog fixed at home with onions 300....small caramel apple coated in peanuts 350...Small amount chocolate candy 100....Always...most important is prayer.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                   Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/03/2020:
Yep, that’s how it goes. I can eat next to nothing & the scale doesn’t move until a few days later. Guess it some kind of water retention or maybe I’m full of poop. Lol.

Maria7 on 11/03/2020:
Yes, I know you are right. Smiles!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/03/2020:
i find hotdogs to be very nice when they are BBQ cooked on the grill. with some tasty toppings, boy are they good. and they are rather a good size of meat...just a small, tasty serving is why i like them.

Maria7 on 11/03/2020:
Yes, they are...especially with tasty toppings, like you say...but these were not cooked on a grill today, but were still delicious. Something easy to fix for Hubby and me for lunch. Smile!


Donkey on 11/04/2020:
Well done on the calories and weigh in!



Maria7 - Monday Nov 02, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

 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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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 Hello to you. 

Still sitting on 153 on the scale this morning.  Not complaining but that small 'apple' that I just 'had' to have last nite made the difference of being at 152 today, I think.

Today's calories are approximately 1300 calories...1 turkey sausage, 1 egg, grits, orange juice 400c...rice with beef, onion, and gravy on top and microwaved plain broccoli and corn on the side, also 1/2 of a biscuit  550c...kit cat candy 350... Always...most important is prayer.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                   Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2020:
yeah, i second BCGG. if it's the difference between having an apple and not having an apple, you eat that apple! ha!

really, i think we would all agree that most weight gain is not from fruit and veggies ;) xoxo

Maria7 on 11/03/2020:
That sounds good to me! SMILE!


Donkey on 11/03/2020:
Your numbers are looking good! I'm not so sure it was the apple. Could be a water issue... bathroom... Try drinking more no calorie fluids today and see what happens. I like lemon water and herbal tea when I'm tired of just plain water.

Maria7 on 11/03/2020:
Sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks!



Maria7 - Sunday Nov 01, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

........................................................

 Hello to you. 

So....How is your day today?  I was quite happy with 153 on the scale this morning.

Today's calories to be approximately 1200 calories again and almost a repeat of yesterday in waht eaten:  grits, one egg, one turkey sausage patty 300c...candy 350 (kitkat again)...beef roast w medley of white potatoes, onion, sweet potatoes, broccoli, corn, a very little white rice and 1/2 biscuit 550.  Always...most important is prayer.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                    Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/01/2020:
Mmm....love grits but never get any.

Have a lovely day, Maria!

Maria7 on 11/01/2020:
My Mama loves grits, too. We grew up eating eggs and grits a lot.


Jacky82020 on 11/01/2020:
Love grits too! So do my pet parrots.

Maria7 on 11/02/2020:
Grits are so good...a comfort food.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2020:
oh, do you ever make the "slow grits" that take 20 min to make stovetop?

i watched the movie "My Cousin Vinny" and there's a big mention about grits in the movie, two times it comes up..!!

Maria7 on 11/02/2020:
Yes, sometimes. But I prefer the 5 minute ones that you cook on the stovetop. Quicker to make.


legcramps on 11/02/2020:
Have a great day today!

Maria7 on 11/02/2020:
Thank you and I hope you do, too.


Jacky82020 on 11/02/2020:
Vinny is one of my all time faves! That woman, Marisa Tomei (sp?) was terrific in The King of Staten Island



Maria7 - Saturday Oct 31, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

........................................................

 Hello to you. 

So....How is your day today?  It is quite chilly here, with 42 degrees (F) this morning...First day of the season that we fired the woodstove up.  Nice and toasty in here!  Got a beef roast and veggies (sweet potatoes, onion, and white potatoes) roasting in the oven..

Update:  Approximately 1200 calories today:  grits, one egg, one turkey sausage patty, and orange juice (with pulp) 400c...candy 350 (was craving kitkat)...beef roast w medley of white potatoes, onion, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and corn and a little white rice 450.  Most important is prayer.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                    Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/31/2020:
Oh yum, that dinner sounds great.

Temp is in the low 50's here, but it's raining and wind is howling. We're getting gusts up to 60mph and lots of spindrifts on the loch.

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
Sounds similar to what we went through the other day when we got some wind from the remnants of a hurricane passing through. We had lots of tree limbs down that Hubby got up.


Jacky82020 on 10/31/2020:
Down to 42 here. Brought all the plants on the deck inside. I have quite the amaryllis collection. Buy many half price or less after the holidays. They grew beautifully outdoors in Southern California. I dug up many and hauled them across the country.

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
I love the red amaryllis...so beautiful. I am hoping our roses are going to be okay outside. We have a lot of them in bloom.


grannyannie on 10/31/2020:
High winds and rain are a typical winter in my area of Scotland. Very occasional snow which melts by the next day. Other areas of Scotland get a lot of snow, but not us.

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
We do not get much snow, if any, either and like you, ours melts by the next day, too. I like watching it come down when we do get any.


Jacky82020 on 10/31/2020:
The roses should do fine. I see them all over NWPA blooming beautifully during their season. We get lots of snow.

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
We may go a year or two or more with no snow....so when we do get any, it is a big deal here. It is then usually gone by the next day.


Donkey on 11/01/2020:
It was supposed to be "warmer" here, but the winds were so wild that it felt a lot cooler. Today (Nov. 1st) IS cooler and it's still quite windy. Can you imagine the Illinois prairie winds before settlers came to the state?

Your roast dinner sounds so yummy! My folks used to have a wood-burning stove in their Wisconsin home. It really did keep the lower level warm!

Maria7 on 11/01/2020:
Thank you! I know you enjoyed their wood-burning stove. We really appreciate ours and it is fun building a fire each morning. Smile!


Donkey on 11/01/2020:
PS You're doing great with your calories!

Maria7 on 11/01/2020:
Thank you very much!



Maria7 - Friday Oct 30, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

........................................................

 Hello to you. 

So....scale announced 156 this morning and today began the 'official' diet to get to 140 by Friday (8 weeks from today) Christmas day.  Approximately 1200 calories today...grits and 2 scrambled eggs 250, 1/2 BK Whopper and small fries 700, broccoli 50, unsalted cashews 200.  That's it for today and I am full.  Walked for hours.  Prayed not to eat anymore today, too.

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                    Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2020:
I have never had a good honeybun. or really any honeybun that i remember! probably a more southern thing!

Below, in your entry, those are a HECK OF A LOT of requirements to get to 140! there should hopefully be some nice things to look forward to...and some breaks from time to time. :)

that whopper fries combo...it's calling my name. i think i'm going to buy fries tomorrow for halloween...OR, i can eat all the food that's in my fridge (wayyyy better idea!?) and maybe buy some discounted candy? or should i wait until november to get the candy??

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
If you can find discounted candy, that would be nice.


Donkey on 10/31/2020:
My scale is up today as well, but you have inspired me to tackle the numbers in November!!!

Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
Good!



Maria7 - Thursday Oct 29, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

........................................................

 Hello to you. 

So....the ice cream is gone...Hubby had the last of it last nite after I had the next to the last of it.   Goodbye, fattening friend (not friend, that is)...

The honeybuns are still around and I will have to simply 'deal with them' and resist them because I have to keep them to take some to Mama, as she loves them.  So I will just have to discipline myself concerning them.  Tomorrow is '8' weeks until Christmas.  If I were to lose 2 pounds per week for the 8 weeks, I could be at 140 on Christmas Day (my biggest goal that I have achieved before and was told by 2 different specialists that it was the right weight for me to be at that time...altho that was about 20 years ago...).  How hard would that be to get back to 140 again?  As long as I have 'something' to eat and stay active and stay around 1200 to 1300 calories per day, I think this might be achievable.  3 meals of 300 calories each and 3 snacks of 100 calories each (or 2 of 150 calories each or one of 300 calories) would be 1200 calories per day.  The meals will have to be low sodium, because high sodium makes me bloated and looks on the scale like I weigh more than I actually do, which discourages me to stay the course) which means no high-sodium frozen dinners at the grocery stores.  Which means I would have to make up the meals from homemade and freeze them til reheated to eat, or else cook low sodium meals each day.  Also, the meals would need to lean toward lower carb with very limited bread, if any, allowed.  Less starch.  Flour is not a friend to me for losing weight.  That is the main thing I have to avoid is bread. Prayer is most important of all. Stopping eating at about 5 or 6 pm each day and praying to not eat any more for the day is essential to me.   If I do these things, I 'might' have success!

Hope you are having a good day. 

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                                                                                 Love, Maria 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/29/2020:
I never could lose 2 pds a week, maybe 1 at best. But I know others who do. I think my metabolism is naturally on the slow side. Good luck!

Maria7 on 10/29/2020:
Yes, usually I, too, am doing well to lose 1 pound a week, but will see how it goes.


legcramps on 10/29/2020:
Ah, bread. The culprit behind so many issues LOL. Good luck with your goals!

Maria7 on 10/29/2020:
Thank you! And I LOVE bread!


Jacky82020 on 10/29/2020:
Used to have a wonderful double loaf bread machine, Smelled so yummy baking!

Maria7 on 10/30/2020:
Sounds wonderful!


grannyannie on 10/30/2020:
Yes, carbs are the enemy of us all! I have a bread machine and used to be make beautiful loaves of whole grain seeded bread and hubby would have toast every morning. Then discovered he has celiacs so more bread. He hates gluten free bread.

Maria7 on 10/30/2020:
Oh, wow! Whole grain seeded bread! YUM!!!!!!


Donkey on 10/30/2020:
Unfortunately, carb control seems to be the healthy way to go. And I feel - this is just my opinion, BUT - that this becomes harder in the winter time. So I try to lean towards "healthier" carbs like sweet potatoes, squashes, beans, which are all great, but at the end of the day, they are still carbs. Still, better those than eating 4 slices of bread.

Yes, some foods in our pantries we just have to learn to live with. I hear ya.

Maria7 on 10/30/2020:
That is an outstanding idea...to have healthier carbs like sweet potatoes, squashes, etc...yes, so much better than bread, which bread can be bloating. Thank you.



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