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Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 20, 2001

Weight: 141.0

Work is coming along well on the boat. Soon I will be on my way again, destination is the big Island 140.

Good morning, everyone! Cold, windy, rainy day in South Carolina. Menu for today is Breakfast: Decaf coffee. Lunch: Chicken breast, slaw, roll, tea. Snack: banana. Supper: Soup, crackers, tea. Snack: orange. Total: 1200 calories. Treadmill workout again. Have a great day, all of you! :)

ABrown6794 on 03/20/2001:
You'll get to your destination soon I'm sure. Have a great day.

pinkus on 03/20/2001:
Thanks for your encouragement.I love your graphics. It's fun to look at your entries. Keep on woth the boat,SOunds like a great goal to help get you to your destination.

Krispy on 03/20/2001:
With all this work you are doing you are bound to be at Island 140 very soon. Keep up the great work and we will all be celebrating with you very shortly!!!!!!!!!

mostlyidle on 03/20/2001:
Any day now, you're going to wake up, weigh in, and find you made your goal! When you do, be sure to get yourself listed in the "Winner's Circle" here on DD... we really need to start seeing some names up there. :)

pastagal on 03/20/2001:
<font color=red>Hi maria,,,so rain in your area huh,its going to be hot here again,yesterday got to the 80's and not a good thing with the blackouts we are having in calif right now,,but hopefully they will get this all fixed before the really hot stuff arrives,,,,sounds like a good day for you tho,,,hope you have a super one;}}}

Kyrin on 03/20/2001:
What kind of work are you doing on that boat? Can I help you? Maybe you can describe the island when you get there, so I'll know what to look for when I'm in that part of the ocean. LOL


SoccerMom on 03/20/2001:
Wow! You're almost there! (hahaha...I'm a little slow, I'm afraid...I <i>just</i> figured out what "Island 140" was!)

Have a wonderful day!

breakaway on 03/20/2001:
Keep up the great work maria...you will get there!!! And when you do it will be a day of celebrations!!

bobik on 03/20/2001:
You are doing a good job and being really consistent. Just hang on and you will be losing that pound in no time!!!

halley on 03/20/2001:
Have fun with your workout! Make it count!

Maria7 - Monday Mar 19, 2001

Weight: 141.0

The fishing is great here on Island 141. But I must not allow myself to continue to be distracted...I've got to get back to work on the boat!

Good morning, everyone! Sunny and cool here in South Carolina. I only ate one time yesterday and that was at the buffet...I don't think I went over 1200 calories. Anyway, I've only got one more to go to be at goal. Hubby and I are planning on leaving Thursday afternoon for a long weekend at the beach. :) Supposed to be good weather this weekend at the beach, sunny and warm. Okay...menu for today: Breakfast: Banana and decaf coffee. Lunch: Turkey burger, baked fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: Soup, crackers, decaf tea, decaf coffee. 1200 calories. Lots of walking. Have a great day, all of you!

Kyrin on 03/19/2001:
Mmmmmmmm. The beach trip sounds lovely! It's still a bit chilly down at Gulf Shores, so we'll probably stay home for Jim's 50th birthday on Sunday. He's taking a long weekend off because we thought we might like to go to the beach--until we realized that some college students are still celebrating their spring break.

You have fun on your trip. We'll try to find some interesting things to do here in Auburn...but you know that I'll be thinking of you walking those beaches. {grin}

SweetChubs on 03/19/2001:
You wanted to know what cerael is 2 points? It is like Quaker Harvest Crunch except it is low fat. It is made by president's choice, a candian company. I couldn't posibly eat anymore than 1 third cup because it is so rich and filling. ta ta!

pastagal on 03/19/2001:
<font color=red>Aww maria,love your grafics today,,i gotta get on those sites and get a few to put on here,,,but at the moment just trying to get to feeling better,,i tell ya,,,i am so tired of constantly having something wrong with me,i Never use to be sick and now its seems like its every couple weeks i come down with something,,well your trip to the beach sounds like so much fun,,,,so you only have one more lb to go till your at goal,,,wow,,,Congrats!!! wish i did,,,,but i will soon,,,well have a great day,,its going to be a nice day here almost to 80 again,,love this weather:}

halley on 03/19/2001:
Good job on the walking! That can really be tough!

Krispy on 03/19/2001:
WOW, only one more lb til you reach goal, I didn't realise. You are so close, hopefully I will not be too far behind you, I have 8lbs til I reach goal.

Sounds like a great weekend planned - have fun and eat healthily, and do that walking, then you'll probably come back at goal, won't that be great!!!!!!!!!!

SoccerMom on 03/19/2001:
Wooo-hooo!! Good for you. Wish I was almost at goal...but I'm sure I will be soon.

Your beach trip sounds like a great idea. Enjoy!

Soon2BThin on 03/19/2001:
Maria, good to hear you're doing so well. Wow, only eating once all day! I wish I could do that. That buffet must have tasted great. Hope you had a great day.

Jo on 03/19/2001:
Hi Maria, I'm 5'8" also. But 140 lbs. for my body frame is overweight. You can determine your skeletal frame by measuring your wrist. Wrap your pointer (first) finger and thumb around the widest part of wrist. If they don't meet, you have a large skeletal frame. If they just touch, you are a medium-size frame. If they overlap, (like mine do) you have a small frame. I know that 20% of the population has a small frame but I'm not sure of the percentages of the other two. However, that measurement is very important when you decide how much weight is right for your body. 120 -125 is optimal for small frame, and I believe that 140-145 lbs is right for larger frames (check that out with your dr. or the AMA, I guess). I think you are doing really well, and I look forward to the day I am only a few lbs. away from my goal, too!! Great graphics, once again!! Hope this info. was helpful if you weren't already familiar with it. (And remember, losing too much is just as bad as being overweight -- I've been THERE too, unfortunately...) Jo

Miss Piggy on 03/19/2001:
I can't wait to see the boat when you are finished with it. I love your entries and the work you put into all of them. Pray for Olivia. I am worried about her.

Jinkster on 03/19/2001:
WOW, I love your image!! Walking around in circles is exactly what I feel like these past weeks!! <P>Great going -- keep it up :)<P>--Jinkster

muggg on 03/19/2001:
I love your graphics... Could you copy and paste your latest entry and email it to me? I could struggle for the longest time and figure it out... but that would be nuts! ( and just like me!)

You're doing great! 1200 calories per day would do me in! I don't know how you do it!

Maria7 - Sunday Mar 18, 2001

Weight: 141.0

Still here on Island 141, working on my boat. Hopefully, I will soon be on my way again. Lots of good fishing here.

Good morning, everyone! Partly sunny, with high 57 degrees fahrenheit today in South Carolina. Taking Hubby out to eat at his favorite buffet restaurant after church services. So, only coffee this morning for breakfast. Lunch will probably be 1200 calories at the buffet. Maybe an orange and more coffee tonight. Lots of walking, but faster than this kitty. Have a great day, all of you! :)

halley on 03/18/2001:
Sundays are great days for buffets and walking! have a wonderful time! Of course you know to make good decisions at the buffet!

breakaway on 03/18/2001:
I loved your kitty!!! He walks about as fast as my fat kitty! lol He is always under foot and too trusting! He expects us to walk over him or move him ourselves. Darned if he will move himself! ---> breakaway swims (which was very tiring by the way) to Maria's island and helps her work on her boat! I am helping you make your boat now so It should go MUCH faster!!! Have a great day...It's very warm on your island :-) BUT I HOPE I DON"T GET STUCK HERE TOO!! lol Geez I never thought of that!

Krispy on 03/18/2001:
Really love your entry, I am still trying to work it all out.

Hope you stuck to your guns and chose healthily at the buffet.

Take care

Miss Piggy on 03/18/2001:
You make me smile Maria. Have a great day today. Kitty is so cute. Keep up the good work. Excellent job on the postings too. I love it.

bobik on 03/18/2001:
Isn't your goal to get to 140????? So you are almost there!!!!!!!!! Wow! You go girl. So are you fitting into size 4 yet? :)

ABrown6794 on 03/18/2001:
Hey maria, I just read your bio. and it appears you're only 1lb away from your goal! Way to Go!

berry on 03/18/2001:
How cute is that? And I wonder how you import the picture in. I can't even figure out how to color the letters like yours.

Hello Kitty is my old favorite charactor. She's as almost same age as me....and her figures seems like mine too!!

Well, you're almost there to your goal!!! Those bluejays are celebrating your accomplishment too!

Kyrin on 03/18/2001:
Come on, Maria. Launch that boat...paddle, paddle, paddle. Island 140 is just over the horizon. We're all cheering for you!!! Can you hear us???

pastagal on 03/18/2001:
Beautiful day here in calif for fishing,now if only i liked doing that;}} sounds like your day is going well for you,,,i love your grafics today,i did't have time to look any up,gotta do that so i can start useing them,we are about to leave to go to the bbq birthday party,,well have a great sunday maria:}}}I really think this problem with my throat and glands being swelled today is probley infection that finally found its place to settle in,,,just last week i was fighting a bit of a sinus problem,so i will go have it checked out later today:}

Kyrin on 03/18/2001:
Hi Maria! You asked about resetting your goal... Well, I'm also 5'8", so I kind of have an idea of your dilemma. I looked good at 140, a bit thin at 135, and too thin at 130. ...but I really wanted to be out of the 140s when I finish...so I set my goal weight at 138. I have some photos from that weight. I looked healthy, but trim. ...and it had the bonus of being in the 130s. LOL

It doesn't matter what the scale says...how do you think you look and feel? The scale could say 150, but if you are happy there, that's good enough. ...or use another measurement tool. What does the tape measure say?

muggg on 03/18/2001:
I love the graphics! They are so cute!

The onions are doing fine... not too many of them.. but they are doing well just the same!

You are doing great!

Tabby on 03/18/2001:
Girl you are practically there!!!!!!!!!!!! I checked your bio to see what your goal weight was and I was shocked to find that you are knocking on the front door. You must feel so pleased and in control of yourself. I had one of those out of control days today and I am feeling ashamed and very,very FAT! Your happy news made me feel so much better.:) :) :) Later, Tabby

Jo on 03/18/2001:
Maria, how adorable that kitty is!! You're so talented. I'm impressed and entertained again :) Thanks for the encouragement. After my day today, that really helps. Have a terrific Monday on your beautiful island. Just remember, you're not stranded there, it's only a stop on your way to Island 135 YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Jo

motherduckling on 03/18/2001:
Hey Maria!! I love SC when we visited last year!!

Glad to hear you are enjoying the weather and walking a bit faster than that cute lil kitty! :)

Good luck with the diet this week! Stay focused and take one day at a time!


Maria7 - Saturday Mar 17, 2001

Weight: 141.0

I am having to repair my boat today, so I stopped by an island this morning, Island 141. These islands are so small, they have numbers instead of names. I also needed a fresh supply of food. This is all the food I had left in my boat. So, I guess I will look around and see what food I can find on this island to stock up before I am on my way again after I fix my boat.

Good morning, everyone! It is a very foggy morning here in South Carolina.

Supposed to be sunny and warm, with high forecasted at 65 degrees fahrenheit today. I was in the grocery store yesterday and there was a buy one, get one free deal on ice cream...Hubby LOVES ice cream...so, I reached into the freezer and picked out 2 cartons, 1 strawberry for Hubby and the other neapolitan, in case I might decide to have a little. Neapolitan has chocolate in it and I love chocolate. That way Hubby still got his favorite, strawberry, in the second ice cream, neapolitan, which has vanilla, strawberry, and my favorite, chocolate, too. I put both cartons in my buggy, with people standing in a line behind me, ready to get their ice cream deals. Then it occurred to me...."What am I doing??? I KNOW I'll eat at least one carton of this ice cream if I get this! Which will probably mean a gain!!!" I got the 2 cartons of ice cream out of the grocery buggy and put them back, with people still standing in line behind me. So, then I headed for the fresh produce and fruit department and got fresh fruit instead of the ice cream. Menu for today is: Breakfast: toasted pimento cheese sandwich, banana, decaf coffee. Lunch: Hotdog, baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: apple or orange. Supper: Soup, crackers, decaf tea. Total: 1200 calories. Workout and Water. Have a great Saturday, all of you! :)

ABrown6794 on 03/17/2001:
Good for you, putting the ice-cream back. That's a hard one to do. Love the graphics on your entries, they are so fun.

halley on 03/17/2001:
Good job on the fruit choice! That is hard when you feel like you are passing up a "bargain" but It was the right decision!

pastagal on 03/17/2001:
<font color=red>Maria,,,thank you again for showing me this,,tho like i didn't already spend so much time on here,lol,now i will spend time looking at grafic sites getting addresses for grafics to put in my entries;}}} but hey,,if you think about it,the more i do online,the less time to eat,right??? :}}}

Your menu sounds and looks great today,,you are doing good,,i went grocery shopping last night,,and got the hungrys for jello ,so back on jello again w/whip topping,,mmm ,,love that stuff,,,ok you have a great day and wonderful weekend,,,:}}}

Krispy on 03/17/2001:
What great willpower you have. When I started reading, I thought 'oh no, you are going to end up eating more than you think!, so you did the right thing!!! You have my admiration.

Also, how do you make your entry look so good. Could someone as ignorant about computers, like me be able to do it?

Have a great weekend and well done!!!

Kyrin on 03/17/2001:
Yee-haw! I'm back...and just in time to visit your Island Adventure, I see. Hmmmm. Really cool way to calebrate a few pounds lost. Congrats! That's 14 since December! Good goin', gal!

bobik on 03/17/2001:
Wow!!! Excellent job on bypassing those overly tempting ice-cream opportunities. :) I guess I didn't do the same and ate a Chicken caesar salad last night, with dressing and all, when we went out after playing bowling. And here are the results: 2 pounds gain. Yeeek. This really sucks, but I am not getting discouraged.<br> Yesterday was kinda fun. I haven't seen my best friend, who is a guy, for a few days and when he saw me -- 13 (now 11) pounds lighter, he was sitting there pinching my cheeks and saying that I have nothing to pinch anymore. I used to have really chubby cheeks, but it looks as though a lot of the fat has gone away and even mu chin looks much more pointed instead of round. So I am happy. <br>

Jo on 03/17/2001:
Maria, I am soooo proud of you!! You had temptation available in front of you, and you resisted! Way to go. Love those graphics!!!! You go, girl.............. Jo

herb on 03/17/2001:
You're getting carried away with the animations. I dont mind the graphics, but rocking beets, and spinning hot dogs. I bet your Mommy took away your Crayolas when you were little. Enjoy Yourself, I'm only kidding. I hope you noticed that the sun was cutting off your text.

Krispy on 03/17/2001:
Received your email and replied, forgive me if I appear 'a bit thick', but I am only just getting my head around all this jargon!!!

BIGRED on 03/17/2001:

Maria7 - Friday Mar 16, 2001

Weight: 141.0

Beautiful out here on the sea...The dolphins make their chatter to one another as they playfully leap in and out of the water. I passed another small island earlier this morning. It looked similar to Island 143. I rowed on past, as you can see to the left.

Good morning, everyone! Sunny and warm, with high forecasted at 78 degrees fahrenheit here in South Carolina today. It's time for a mug of coffee.Love that coffee in the morning! Today's menu is: Breakfast: banana, toasted pimento cheese sandwich, decaf coffee. Lunch: hotdog with chili, tossed salad, decaf tea. Snack: orange Supper: Soup, crackers, decaf tea. Total: 1200. Workout and Water. Btw, my Hubby says hello to all of you! Have a great day! :)

Krispy on 03/16/2001:
WOW, your entry looks brilliant, looks like you sorted out the problems you had with the graphics yesterday. It really cheered my up seeing your entry and WELL DONE on the weight loss you really are doing well. Perhaps I ought to build myself a little boat and go for a paddle!!!!!!!!!!

Tabby on 03/16/2001:
I love all of your pictures! That husband of your is looking mighty handsome:) Your menu sounds good. What kind of a workout are you doing?Keep up the great work.I will check in later. Tabby

suzy02130 on 03/16/2001:
Hi Maria. Thanks for your comments on my entry, I appreciate it. I see that you are making progress and I applaud you for that. Keep going strong...

You are worth it!

Talk to you soon.

Beth on 03/16/2001:
Awww...come on! You're just rowing right past me! Just kidding, good going on another pound lost! Your salad graphic makes me hungry. Have a great weekend out at sea!

pastagal on 03/16/2001:
Aww maria your grafics are so cute,,i love them,,,,but how the heck do you do them??? You said you were emailing me yesterday,,did you?? if you did i didn't get it,,just thought i would let you know that,,,well a big <font color=red><B>CONGRATS on the 2 lb weight loss ,,you go girl!!!!! keep it up,you are doing great!:}

Soon2BThin on 03/16/2001:
Love your graphics, Maria! Very entertaining. You're doing great, keep it up.

pastagal on 03/16/2001:
No email as of yet maria,,,did you send one to me again???

ABrown6794 on 03/16/2001:
Love the graphics! Congratulations on your weight loss.

SoccerMom on 03/16/2001:
Love your graphics! Gee, you're talented. We had mid-50's here today, and it started to rain a little this evening, but the weather gal promises that it'll be a nice weekend!

Hope your weekend is wonderful, too.

Miss Piggy on 03/16/2001:
OOHHHHH Maria it is spectacular. You are so creative. I love it. Have a great day.

bobik on 03/16/2001:
Your graphics are awesome. I should start putting some in my messages too. Awesome entry!!!

Maria7 - Thursday Mar 15, 2001

Weight: 142.0

Goodbye, 143! I'm on my way again! Spent most of yesterday building my boat (why didn't they do that on Gilligan's Island?). I've left behind the beautiful plateau Island 143. I knew those coconut trees were good for other things besides coconuts! Yes! I have a coconut tree boat that I am presently gliding along in. Took a lot of work to make it and get off the island. But it was worth it! It is beautiful out here on the ocean. I've already seen some dolphins. I brought along some of the island food with me.

Heavy rain in South Carolina. Storms predicted. Menu for today: Breakfast: banana, toasted pimento cheese sandwich, decaf coffee. Lunch: barbequed no-skin chicken breast sandwich, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: Soup and salad, decaf tea. Total: 1200. Water and Workout! Have a great day, all of you! :)

Miss Piggy on 03/15/2001:
Aloha Maria. Sail on little boat. Don't eat too much of that cocoanut now, ya hear. Glad for you. You are doing excellent work. Have a good one today and keep dry and warm.

Beth on 03/15/2001:
Yeah!!! Thanks for stopping by Island 154 to get me. Looks like we both left our plateau's. Hope I never go back! Have a great day.

breakaway on 03/15/2001:
Good job getting of that island!! Are there suppose to be pics in your entry today? They are broken! I would have liked to see what you put in them. Congrats at that lose!!! Have a wonderful day today!!

pastagal on 03/15/2001:
Congrats maria on the 1 lb loss,that is terrific,,,so glad you are seeing a numbers change,i know being stuck where you were for so long was very discouraging,,,but see,,,just stay consistant and on track and it will happen,,,hey whats the lil square blocks witht he x in the middle in your entrys today??? never seen these before,,,is this something new?,have a great day;}}

Krispy on 03/15/2001:
Wow I love your graphics!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on getting off the island, must have used a lot of calories building that boat!!!!

Menue sounds great - keep up the good work!!!

bobik on 03/15/2001:
Hi!!! excellent job on the HTML. I am not impressed :) Just kidding. I am a computer science najor. Congratulations on finally building that boat. By the way, could you tell me how do you count all the calories so precisely? I know I am eating healthy, but I am not sure how to count all the calories on the stuff which is not labeled such as fruits and veggies and chicken and stuff like that. Could you give me some suggestions on my diary? Thanks soooo much!!! Victoria

Jinkster on 03/15/2001:
<img src=http://momotaro.ne.mediaone.net/~pwalsh/images/kitty.gif align=left><font color=purple>HA! You got the pics to work! They look great, Maria :) Yahoo on the boat, workout, and good eatin'. Talk to you later!<P> Jinkster

pastagal on 03/15/2001:
Cute cute,,ok how the heck you doing that,,,i can see the girl in the boat,,,and the dolfin ,,but the last one did not open up,,,ok you gotta tell me how you do this;}}

SoccerMom on 03/15/2001:
Wow! Love the added graphics, and creative writing style...

Congrats on losing some weight!! You're back on your way.

Have a wonderful day!

Soon2BThin on 03/15/2001:
Congratulations, Maria!! You worked hard to get off that island, good job. Have a great day!

halley on 03/15/2001:
I'm glad you finally saw a loss! That must be a big relief for you!

Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 14, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Currently it is sunny and 50 degrees fahrenheit, with high forecasted at 74 for South Carolina today. I really was expecting a favorable change in the number to the left this morning, but, no go. Is there such a thing as drinking too much water? I had almost 100 ounces yesterday, thinking I was doing a good thing. I am wondering if drinking too much water can hold a person back. I do feel that I drink a lot of water...and it's not because I am thirsty, but because I think it will help...but I am still on this plateau. The island of 143...it is a nice island...there are palm trees here and it is usually sunny and warm on this island...seagulls keep me company and when I get bored, I go swimming in the ocean. There are lots of coconut trees here, too and I've created so many new recipes using coconuts....I also found a potato-like plant that grows on the other side of this island, along with an abundant supply of fresh berries and bananas from banana trees over there. I'm getting better at fishing and the fish are delicious! All I have to do is get a fire going, which takes a couple of hours and I roast the fish I catch over the fire after cleaning them. No, I haven't seen the movie Castaway, but maybe I should? I'm thinking more of Gilligan's Island. Anyway, here I am, marooned on 'Island 143' and have been here for about 3 weeks or so. My menu for today??? How about: Breakfast: Roasted fish, coconut dream pie, baked potatoes. Snack: Berries. Lunch: More roasted fish, coconut heaven, baked potatoes. Snack: banana. Supper: Fish and potato stew with wild onions on the side. How does that sound? But that's not my menu for today. The real one is: Breakfast: banana, toasted pimento cheese sandwich, water, decaf coffee. Lunch: Fish sandwich with lettuce (yes, I talked myself into it), baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: Soup,crackers, decaf tea. Total: 1200 calories. Treadmill workout or walk outside. Have a great day, all of you! :)

Beth on 03/14/2001:
I think I'm on "Island 154". If you get rescued, send someone out to get me, and I'll do the same for you! I won't be having fish, but I'm going to grind up a batch of pina colada's. At least we'll get our exercise out here! Ahhh...it feels good to imagine being on a tropical island. Have a good Wednesday!

dvdmon on 03/14/2001:
Hey Maria, I don't think there is such a thing as drinking too much water, and even if the water is holding the scale at that weight, you know that it is just water weight and not fat, so why sweat it? I know we all want to see the scale go down, but I would rather know that the weightloss I see on the scale is actual and not just dehydration. By the way 100 oz's of water is not all that much. I mean, it is very respectable, but I know people who drink the equivelent of 135-270 oz's per day! And these people are losing weight at a fairly good clip...

pastagal on 03/14/2001:
Maria,,,,try to have more salads and soup for awhile and see if that will get things moving foryou,,,i know for me,,if i eat soup more when i am at a stand still ,i start losing again,,and veggies to,,i try to eat at least two everynight and do you snack after dinner,,,try not to,,i have really found that to help me lately more than anything,,,,about the water,,NO i don't think you can drink to much,so don't let that stop you from drinking the water,,just change the menu around a bit and that should help some;}} your doing good,,,just keep being consistant ok;}

breakaway on 03/14/2001:
Boy that was a good story there! lol Don't worry you will get off your island soon!! Were here to help you! Stay motivated and Have a happy day!

sparkymel on 03/14/2001:
Remember, everyone hits a plateau. You're doing great and keep drinking that water!!

muggg on 03/14/2001:
If you have any questions about water, go to water.com They have a lot of interesting information!

Hang in there... you'll get off the plateau! I'm on one too... but I think I just not trying that hard right now. I'll get inspired soon.

Right now I'm just trying to maintain and not get into any more trouble!

Krispy on 03/14/2001:
Your island sure sounds idillic!!! I'm sure you will be on your way to an even better one soon!!!

Take care and stay motivated!!!

Halley on 03/14/2001:
You may want to do some research on plateaus, It sounds like you may not be eating enough calories. I mean you only eat 1200 and the amount you naturally burn should be around 1800-2000 plus your workout, the only explination is that either you are eating the wrong types of calories, or your body is refusing to burn more calories because it thinks that you are starving. Try cutting the carbs and increasing the protein.

herb on 03/14/2001:
Brilliant writing, thats what its all about, coloring outside the lines. In this case writing outside the lines. Great imagination, with entries like this you'll be pushing everybody to do better, instead of some of those itemized lists.

Old Business: You thanked me for some information, and a web site address. Help me, I cant seem to find this information on any of the responses I sent to you.

bobik on 03/14/2001:
Maria, thank you so much for replying to my very first message almost as soon as I posted it. I am really excited about DD!!!

Here's a nice article that I found on WebMD, a pretty trustworthy site. It says that unless you drink all this water at once, there is no harm at all. I also drink about 100 ounces a day and I enjoy it.

Here's the article: <a href="http://onhealth.webmd.com/fitness/columnist/item,49884.asp">http://onhealth.webmd.com/fitness/columnist/item,49884.asp</a>


Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 13, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Beautiful, bright morning over here in South Carolina, currently 63 degrees fahrenheit, with highs expected in the mid-70's. Looks like a great day to grill out on the back deck if we don't get more rain later on today. Today's menu is: Breakfast: Toasted pimento cheese sandwich, using lite pimento cheese and diet wheat bread, decaf coffee. Lunch: Hotdog with chili, 1 cup baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: 1 cup vegetable soup, fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea. If grill out, supper will be changed to barbequed no-skin chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Total calories: 1200. Workout on treadmill or walk outside and lots of water. I watched some videos last night of when I was at my heaviest weight. What an incentive to stay on track! Have a great day, all of you! :)

Miss Piggy on 03/13/2001:
Good morning Maria. Sounds like you have a great day planned. Hope so. I always manage to be the one holding the camera and camcorder so fortunately I don't have too many videos of myself to look at. I can't stand seeing myself or hearing my voice on cassette or video. I sound like such a hilbilly. Too much information. Hope you get to grill out. Sounds good

kyrin on 03/13/2001:
Good Morning! I noticed in your entries that the bronchitis and sore throat have disappeared. Yea! I'm glad that you're feeling better again.

Keep drinking that water. I'll be thinking of you while I'm trying to get my ounces in too.

Beth on 03/13/2001:
I noticed that when I see a picture of myself NOW, and how much better I look, that is also great incentive! Those baked french fries sound yummy, do you make them yourself? I'm getting hungry looking at your entry, so I'd better go! Have a wonderful day.

dvdmon on 03/13/2001:
Hey Maria, just checked in and was glad to see you seem to be doing real well. I'm hoping the mid-70's temp there means it will be in the 60's here in Northern VA. It was nice yesterday, but still a little on the chilly side. I just think it's funny too how you give us a weather report each day - when will you start doing local sports too? ;-) Have a great day!

Krispy on 03/13/2001:
Weather sounds great where you are, make's such a difference!!

Seeing film footage of yourself is certainly an incentive to stay on track, we don't have a video camera!!!

Hope you get to grill outside, take care!!!!

berry on 03/13/2001:
It feels so great when the sun is shinning when you wake up doesn't it? I have this picture of where you live- you wake up in the morning with the bluejays' singing out the window like the beggining scene in Cinderella (I'm very romantic. I'm 25 but I still love watching disney's videos about princesses.)

It'll be a nice day here in SoCal too. I'll be working only for dinner, so I will go out to the beach again with a cinnamon raison bagel for me and a plain one for those seagulls.

Have a wonderful day*

breakaway on 03/13/2001:
I am SOO jealous of your weather...but, I don't like really warm weather like 80 or above! I would rather have it between 60 and 70 degrees. As soon as it hits like 75 the air conditioning goes on. lol Your menu is great! Hope your able to grill out tonight. Can't wait! We have too much snow to grill out yet...especially after yesterdays storm. Your doing great on the exercise and water it sounds like!! GOod for you!! Have a wonderful sunny day!

Soon2BThin on 03/13/2001:
Looks like a great day here too, high of about 70 & the sun is shining brightly. Hubby & I were already out for a nice walk & that sun was mighty warm. That grilling out sounds good, we still have to go buy a new bbq. Hope you have a great day, Maria!

SoccerMom on 03/13/2001:
You're doing great! Yes...seeing pics of ourselves at our worst is a terrific incentive to not fall back into those bad food habits.

Have a wonderful day!

pastagal on 03/13/2001:
Sounds like your day is going good again,,and nice weather,,thats great,,,,it is nice here today again;}} love it:} Well your menu sounds good,,i love chili dogs,mmmm haven't had any in long time,,,well maria you have a great day and enjoy it:}

ABrown6794 on 03/13/2001:
Hi, A cookout sounds great! We aren't quite there weather wise yet. I'm in the Pac. Northwest myself. Your menu sounds yummy too.

halley on 03/13/2001:
A cookout sounds great! I'd like to do that and grill a bunch of chicken than ust keep it in thefridge/freezer. Keep those videos close by - it does motivate!

herb on 03/14/2001:
Excellent eating plan. As far as what is safe to eat, there is a sect of people called Breatharians who believe they can get all their nutrients from the air. Dont ask me about it, sounded so ridiculous I didn't bother to check it out.

I think the way to get away from bad foods is to do it incrementally. Say you start with pigs, find the vegetarian hot dogs made of soy, instead of Bacon substitute Baco's in your omelettes, and so on. Once thats accomplished move on to beef, substitute turkey burgers, or boca burgers for hamburgers. We must educate ourselves. Hang in there we'll get it bsolved. Were United in this.

Maria7 - Monday Mar 12, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Cloudy, warm day here in South Carolina, with rain and storms forecasted for today and tonight. I threw out some bread earlier and watched a squirrel come get his breakfast. Haven't seen any bluejays this morning...maybe they are sleeping late. I think I know how to get off of this 143 plateau...it just takes a little discipline...which I surely do not have this morning.... Hubby and Daughter ordered a pizza last night and though I resisted it last night, I just finished a slice of it for breakfast....for some reason, I can usually get away with eating something like that in the mornings, but never at night...metabolism? Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1 slice pepperoni-cheese pizza, one banana, 4 ounces decaf sugared soft drink, decaf coffee. Lunch: hotdog with chili, baked french fries, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: barbequed no-skin chicken breast, 1 cup green string beans, decaf tea. Total: 1350 calories. Doing great with treadmill workouts every day. Clothes are fitting loose. I'm still working on the 64 ounces water per day, some days yes, some no. Have a great day, all of you! :)

pastagal on 03/12/2001:
Maria,your menus sound great and you will see the numbers move soon,,and as you stated,your feeling your clothes fitting looser and that is really what counts;}} just stay consistant and keep doing what your doing,,:}}}

Krispy on 03/12/2001:
If your clothes are feeling looser, then the scales will soon follow!!! What is it about cold pizza, you wouldn't think it was that appetising would you, but you seem to get drawn towards it!!

Your menu sounds great, keep up with the water and the treadmill. Be good!!!

Jo on 03/12/2001:
Hey, who can resist cold pizza when you wake up feeling hundgry?!! No me. Keep up the great work with the treadmill, and trust how you are feeling more than what that old scale shows (easier said than done I know!!). Hope you had a terrific day.


halley on 03/12/2001:
Loose clothes are a good thing!! Pizza in the morning is sure better than pizza at night!!! -Halley

Tabby on 03/12/2001:
I can understand about the water issue. Some days I do really well and others I just never make it,and I like to drink water and I do better after walking or when the weather warms up. I big down fall is soda "Dr. Pepper" and I do like the Diet Dr. Pepper also but nothing to compare to the real deal. Your menu sounds great! I am glad to hear your exercising in going so well. Keep up the hard work. Later, Tabby

herb on 03/12/2001:
I'm glad of your response to the information on PeTA, most people think that its monolithic, going around with spray cans, and doing sit-ins at fashion designers office. Unfortunately in our society organizations like this, and Greenpeace have to stage this "Street Theatre" to get the medias attention. Television, newspapers, magazines are lazy. They want their stories all prepared and served up to them, just like a Big Macs. Once you get backstage of the theatre and start reading the literature its starts to make sense.

breakaway on 03/13/2001:
Hi Maria...thanks for your comment tonight! Your doing just fine and if 1 slice of pizza is all you had I am proud!! I could never just have 1 piece. I call that disipline! Your doing just wonderful and you will get off that plautea real soon! Have a wonderful day!

Maria7 - Sunday Mar 11, 2001

Weight: 143.0

Good morning, everyone! Bright, sunny, cool day here in South Carolina! The highs are forecasted to be in middle to high 60's (fahrenheit). I threw out birdseed and bread earlier and have been watching the birds enjoy their breakfast. I'm fixing to get ready to go to Sunday School and Preaching. Menu for today is: Breakfast: 1/2 bologna sanwich, 1 banana, decaf coffee. Lunch: Barbequed no-skin chicken breast, string beans, decaf tea. Snack: orange. Supper: Vegetable soup, fat-free saltine crackers, decaf tea. Calories: 1200. Treadmill workout as usual. I did 2 treadmill workouts yesterday because of eating out buffet. I hope you all have a great day today! :)

SoccerMom on 03/11/2001:
Hope you have a great day, too!

halley on 03/11/2001:
How was the buffet? Have a good day?

pastagal on 03/11/2001:
Does that 1/2 bologna sandwich hit the spot with you in the mornings like it does me maria,,i have gotten hooked on that,,i use to eat alot of tuna sandwiches in the mornings and scrambled egg is another of my favorites,i love bread,and anytime i get even one slice i feel satisfied,,,,:}} well your menu sounds good,,i am making another pot of soup today for the week,,i lose better when i eat alot of soup,,,have awonderful sunday:}}}

breakaway on 03/11/2001:
Do you teach sunday school? Hope you have a great day today!! I see you eat bologna for breakfast too. I just got done asking pasta about that. She eats it for breakfast too. Is there anything special about eating bologna for breakfast? I am really getting tempted to try it lol.

Krispy on 03/11/2001:
You sound just like Pastagal with your breakfast. There is no way I could face anything like that at that time in the morning. But if it works for you, go for it!

Sounds like it was going to be bright and sunny where you are, you don't want to swap it for England's dark and rainy days do you?

Your menu sounds great and well done on the treadmill - was the buffet good?

Soon2BThin on 03/11/2001:
We have quail, doves & bunny rabbits in our front yard here. I haven't had time yet to buy some bird seed & get out to feed them (bread for the bunnies) but I look forward to that. Sounds like you really enjoy that there. Hope you had a great day.

herb on 03/11/2001:
As far as the Newsweek story on Mad Cow, I don't want to appear as an alarmist, but I'm speaking from my personal perspective. I truly want to get away from meats. My suggestion is to get in touch with (PETA) Peoples Ethical Treatment of Animals. Address is 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. Phone (757) 622-Peta, or their web sites www.peta-online.org or www.GoVeg.com. Ask for their "Vegetarian Starter Kit" which is for free, what I like, unlike so many others is that they tell you the substitutes you can use for fish, meat, ice cream, etc..

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