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BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 17, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 242.0

Well....I've spent the last 4 days clearing this computer out....changing all of our passwords....closing down amazon, walmart, boxed and weight watchers sites.....attempting to remove all signs of credit card use everywhere.....it turns  out I learned a few things.....amazon......as much as we will miss it...is a very dangerous place to be...and NEVER order magazine subscriptions from them.....both amazon and walmart sites were taken over by hackers who boldly took over my email...and changed them to new ones...I have no idea why at walmart....but amazons was apparently taken to put glowing remarks on some peoples sites in my name.....they are selling shoddy merchandise and had a lot of poor ratings and reviews....now it looks like I just love their junk!!!!!....Walmart was helpful and closed the account...amazon on the other hand was not......they acknowlege they have plenty of hacking going on but they do leave you to twist in the wind.....luckily...no one got to our credit cards...but as of now...they have been reported as lost and we are getting new cards and numbers,....I had been remiss in the past and had used the same passwords over and over....never again...they are all changed...and they are going to be very hard to decipher. .  I will keep facebook and I will still post here.....but basically....that is about the limit...other than email.  The company that took over my email in march appear to be involved in "shipping from country to country"....but thaat seems to have stopped...I'm keeping a close eye on that and it seems okay now...with a new password...........still being careful with that one.

So now that I once again do not have weight watchers....( they were taking their payments through a credit card...)and it has been cancelled.......so back to calorie counting.....and I'm fine with that.

The tick was sent to be tested.....and it was determined that it was a american dog tick...was an adult female and still had my blood in her...and was alive when she arrived....but they no longer test them for disease....so i will still have to wait 21 more days to see if I get sick.....but so far...so good....the red area is now gone and I only have a scab where she removed skin....so I'm content with that.

I have not been counting calories.......but the scale dropped...probably because I just wasn't as interested in food.....we are determined to use up everything here that is on hand...more than ever before...we really are turned off with making our electronic footprint any bigger now.....so a lot less shopping......and always in person......but we do feel a lot more secure now...and the computer is running better than it has in a long time.

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/18/2018:
Honestly, I don’t think you did wrong by using all those other sites. I just think you had a big wash of bad luck come thru. I’m just glad they didn’t use your cards. I’ve had my cards used a bunch of times and had to replace them. Probably around 5 times in the past few years. It’s just the luck of the draw sometimes with the bad luck you got. You are one of many it happens to – so don’t let it scare you to use the internet in general, you know?

Also, you could always call WW if you want to still use them…also did you cancel your WW account or just the card? I’m sure the account you use has days left and when you get your new card they’d take it? Or is the reason that you don’t like WW new points system?

So they used to test ticks for the lyme disease and not anymore? That’s odd. Maybe it’s because they didn’t always pass the disease to people and it got people anxious and nervous for many times no good reason would be my guess…??

It’s good to hear that your computer is running better & the weather is perfect for you to shop locally …def no snow for a few months ;) keep on with your healthy choices.

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
Luckily we have so much stuff around here...we really need to stop shopping...LOLI did cancel the ww..there wasn't many days left....and I'm so familiar with the program now..I really don't need it....They used to test ticks....but didn't say why they stopped....but...I'm feeling good...so I think I got lucky...and the type of tick that bit me...usually doesn't carry lyme...but does carry rocky mountain spotted fever and tularemia....which aren't as dangerous.

horn_of_plenty on 06/18/2018:
i'm glad you are OK!

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
Yup...just a scab....when D pulled her out...she had a big old patch of skin with her…...LOL

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jun 14, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

 Looks like a nice day........lots of activity around here today......people expected.....and some hired help to deal with dead trees and such.  

Major Amazon problems...someone is making glowing comments on their own stuff...under my name...and yesterday changed my old email address ( on amazon) to one in Russia....and amazon is a hard place to get ahold of...they send me emails...and then I can't respond to them...so I guess we will be just shutting down all amazon shopping as soon as we can...( we have been using another email address)....and I checked my old email address spam forder...and someone in spain is sending a bunch od shifty stuff to lots of people under my name........I changed my phone number....then my email...and it continues.  I've been called GREGG.., Max, fellipe, maia, maria...and on and on.I have been informed that I need to take order of my new cadillac.  I didn't buy one.....what a bunch of garbage...at least they have never touched our credit cards......frustrating.............once I change everything again...I may just have to take a computer break.........closing credit cards will be next. We are really going to miss amazon...but...that's the way it is........shopping online is needed here...but we may just have to trade that in for the long shopping drives.......UGH   

I'm kind of getting computer shy now.........I should probably just put this laptop away for awhile after closing everything....will see


coffee = 0

banana =0


D and I have decided to just lay low with the computer for awhile..........we need to get some business done here that just needs to be rectified before this hacking problem gets worse...................in fact we may just lose the internet temporarily because we are cancelling out credit cards and that comes out directly....LOL......whatever happens...happens....life goes on....there was life before the computer...I REMEMBER IT...and it was just fine!!!!!   So I' will be signing off for  awhile..........I will really miss you guys!!!!!!!   And I fully intend to return.


Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2018:
I need to still do more research on both salt lamps and the daylight alarm clock type lamps...in the winter it would be so helpful to wakeup with a "daylight lamp" rather than have only an alarm clock go off in the dark! I feel it would help me a ton in how i feel when waking up in the morning...

Why oh why does everyone get your info!? just awhile ago you had issues with your phone numbers? Or just the calls? so crazy and now amazon! too much ! I hope things get fixed up and that it isn't ongoing forever...

don't you get computer shy with us on DD now!!!!!!!!!! you'll be too missed, BCGG :-))))

bearcountrygg on 06/14/2018:
This is ongoing from March...we switched the phone number and now get calls from the new phone numbers previous creditors...( we can't win...we don't have any creditors)...this appears to all have started when I took the 30 day free trial at amazon Prime...HUGE mistake...….thankfully no one is using our credit cards...but over the next few days....I will have new cards/numbers. Amazon is impossible to deal with......so goodbye to them. I will miss amazon...but it isn't worth it.....it isn't really everyone...just amazon...and fraud through that acct....now scammers are posting glowing reviews and pretending to be me. It's people out of the US.... We actually have to be careful what we post here too...anyone on the internet can read EVERYTHING WE WRITE HERE...and they don't even need to sign in.

horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2018:
yeah in the past i changed my name here bc i was nervous people finding me...but now...i just enjoy this site too much to leave and take the risks as i feel the site is pretty dull looking and most people don't find it as interesting as we do.

bearcountrygg on 06/14/2018:
It's just hard to know who might be lurking.....

innerpeace on 06/14/2018:
I noticed a big decline in Amazon stuff when I ordered things from Christmas. I was not pleased with anything I purchased, it all seemed to be knock off stuff.

I hope you get it all figured out, I know back in 2003-2004 I had to deal with identity theft and it is not an easy fix, it took almost two full years to get everyone off my credit report that I didn't put there. Cell phones, department stores and utilities were all opened with my SSn and name. It was a huge hassle, not to mention all the checks that were stolen and written around town. No more checks for me...ever!

bearcountrygg on 06/14/2018:
It has been a long haul......actually we had a bit of a problem starting in January...and it snowballed in March...that Prime free trial...really caused a problem....It's especially frustrating when you don't know who is exactly doing it...these people are in Russia, Poland And Spain....so....ugh

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
Thats a good point. Might print out old logs and then delete this account and start fresh.

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
I kept this account.....I don't think there is an issue here.

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
Hugs! Don't be gone long. I need your positivity!

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:

Maria7 on 06/15/2018:
Well, we are all surely going to miss you a lot while you are away. Hope you get all straightened out. I know you will. Hope you are back REAL SOON and hope you are doing okay since the tick bite.

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
Still a few weeks to see if the bite caused a real problem...….I'm back

Donkey on 06/15/2018:
My husband, who knows more about computers than I do, says that you've been hacked by Russian malware. Yes, it was most likely the Amazon free offer -- well known and notorious for carrying Russian malware. Good luck... I do not envy you on this.

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
Free trial...and amazon magazine subscriptions...are pure evil....sad to not use amazon again.....but it isn't worth it.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
What's up with this Russian shiznat!? ugh!...in response to Donkey :(

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jun 13, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Looks like it will be a beautiful day here today.........we got some shopping done for D...he needed new hiking boots......he is walking daily now...but the mosquitos  have been eating him up...even with his Deep Woods Off..............need to find something that works better.  I plan to start walking with him soon....I have good shoes for that....I need to wait for the allergies to settle down...and then I will walk too.  In the meantime...we are both making good use of the exercise bike.  It's no fun walkin with Wheezy Me!!!   LOL

23 daily ww points

42 weekly ww points

Multi vit, extra c, zinc,turmeric, omegas, 2 baby aspirin


omelette made with 2 eggs , broccoli, cauliflower and salsa = 0

Aunt Millies light potato bread toasted (1 slice) = 1

I Can't believe it's not butter spray = 0

2 cups  coffee = 0


1 pt

Well...what started out being a prretty day ended up being a rainy windy day....so we went into our little town...and got the car washed...and went to the verizon store and ordered 2 new phones...and then we went to the restaurant...and I put all thoughts of ww out of my mind......and used up all of my points on a reuben and fries.......not a problem really.......had the points....and this will stick with me for hours.  


Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/13/2018:
I eat Aunt Millie's light breads too! I love the sourdough and Italian. The next loaf we have is just white. I don't care for the whole wheat, but fortunately, there are other choices. YUM!

LOL - Wheezy Me :-)

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
I think this is just white bread...but 3 points less that our usual 15 grain bread,,,which I'm sure is healthier...but high point...actually...I prefer...a hearty chewy bread...and basically can eat any bread...shoot..I can eat any CARB...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 06/13/2018:
do you take over the counter allergy medicine??? or was it you who said you don't want to take any more pills?

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
Nope...don't take anything...don't like meds...I was on inhalers for years....and weaned myself off them...I learned that the asthma can be controlled with coffee...almost 100% of the time...I have emergency meds here...just in case the coffee doesn't work..and haven't had to use that in over a year. Actually the salt lamps work well....but we only have 2 plugged in right now..actually...I need to get the other two going. Thanks for the reminder...LOL

happy-1 on 06/13/2018:
Oh I haven't had a rueben in forever... Now I'm hungry.

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
I've had 2 lately...….I think they have taken over from hamburgers....at least there was a lot of sauerkraut in it.

Donkey on 06/13/2018:
LOVE Reubens -- and you're right, they stick with you for the rest of the day. Well done!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
I can't let them become a habit though...LOL...back to the grind tomorrow...

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jun 12, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

 Scales dropped nicely apparently I was holding a lot of water.......up all night heading for the bathroom....it was worth it.

The new setup is great...it suits me perfectly...last night in the evening I was thinking of snacking.....but the idea that I had to sit at the table to do it was such a turnoff that I forgot about food totally....proves to me that I wasn't really hungry.

Leaving beverages at the table was perfect too...it kept me from sinking into that cozy lazyboy chair...and kept me from getting lazy.

7 A.M. to 3 P.M. worked out perfectly ( coincidentally...those were my working hours when I was a secretary)

Also...Monday ww weigh ins also were my most successful ww group/loss...so on ww it's Monday...but I will probably continue weighing in daily or every few days...that may change and just become mondays only.

I got so much done yesterday that I'm excited to get on with it today..............I may not be a big exerciser...but I can keep moving.....today I do plan to get on the exercise bike though ( D is making really good use of that himself...it was a good purchase)

It's true for me I see...that I can't lose doing the same things that made me gain......flipping the script...looks very promising.....but I think the key for me is that I ENJOY this!!!


coffee 2 cups=    0 points       9 cals

1/2 cup fage 0% yogurt = 0 points     60 cals

2 scrambled eggs = 0 points   149 cals

5 naan minis = 5 points      150 calories

spray butter = 0 points     0 cals


5 points          368 cals


hamburger, potatoes, lettuce, tomato, funyums

snack later will be combos and a almond butter bar.....

heading to on a shopping run....will be gone through dinner so we are just taking snacks



Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2018:
for me, lately, the scale is seriously up and down 2-3 lbs each day i weigh myself...it's so hysterical!

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2018:
well...apparently 4 pounds in either direction is normal.....guess we can't really control that.

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
Good job!!!! Exciting!!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2018:
yeah, i'd just like my four lb range to be lower..like the bottom number now i'd like to be my highest weight...i just want a slightly lower range. not, much, just couple lbs lol...i'm pretty happy, just at the top of my range. lol. maintenance.

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
You have muscle and that weighs more than fat. Besides...if you lose too much and you don't have the fat to lose...you start losing heart and other organs...you do not want to go there just for a number on the scale....you may be better off going for inches lost...or muscle definition. You don't appear to have any body fat.....or at least very low.

Donkey on 06/12/2018:
No point count for lunch? Sounds yummy!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
We were running out the door...no time to post that.

BearCountryGG - Monday Jun 11, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 245.8

Well.... let me start by saying I guess I have been fooling myself (not really...I knew better).....and getting no where..................I overheard D telling someone on the phone last night about a fool being someone who keeps doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome...( he was talking about sometthing else but it applies to me)...I think I was meant to over hear that...and it made an impact....and while I was hearing that...I was filling my face with cheetos...and actually hiding the mini bags in the chair next to me...UGH!!!!!! ( in another room from where he was........hiding food...hiding eating....I can be good all day...and then sneak to eat in the evening and undo the entire day.  SOOOOOO............................

I have to do something different to get a differrent result.

I gave it a lot of thought.

The scales were seriously ugly today and I deserved it...and I just remembered...I had cookies last night too...no wonder.

So...I have made some new rules for myself...and I told him about them...so he knows.

I also watched some videos on the ww freestyle and how people are having problems with the 200 zero point foods...and so they have new ways of dealing with those...and I will too....a seriously good point was made by one who used the new recipe for a 4 point cheesecake..( the whole cheesecake????).......it may be 0 points for a piece...and 4 points for the whole thing....but the whole thing adds up to over 1,000 calories.....no wonder people are gaining on it.

SOOOO......my new self imposed rules are

1.  Eat and drink ONLY at the table in full view of the world when at home ( will stop food sneaking)

2.  Use fitday to count calories at the same time so that I do not over use the free foods

3.  Computer, and tv will stay off until evening...only daytime  computer use will be regarding fitday, ww and DD...until evening

4.  No daytime reading

5.  No naps...they just waste time I could be accomplishing things...and they can affect my night time sleep sometimes

6.  I have so many thngs that need to be done that I keep putting off...now I have all day to accomplish those and the extra activity will  burn calories too.

7.  Keep a record of what I weigh, eat, accomplish and learn everyday 

8.  Retrain myself to do what will get me where I want to go in regards to everything...and leave all old bad habits behind so that I can learn new habits.

Got up and sat down with my first cup of coffee to chat with D and watch the news....and realized...that this was supposed to be a day of new habits.  So I had him remove all of his "stuff" from the dining room table...I put down a tablecloth...and made our breakfasts....I LOVED eating at the table....and I told him my new plans.


2 boiled eggs                                                                                           points = 0        calories = 154

1 cup coffee and poured the second cup and leaving it on the table      points = 0        calories = 9

5 cherry tomatoes                                                                                   points = 0        calories = 18

1/2 cup sliced peaches from frozen                                                        points = 0         calories =  118

1/2 cup fage 0% yogurt                                                                           points = 0         calories = 60


359 cals

                                                                                                                             0   points



12 inch turkey and vegetable subway sandwich

537 calories                                                                                                          12 points


Spent the morning doing laundry and finding the health department in town...that took awhile......got the tick kit..and came home and bundled him all up....and went back to town and mailed him off to Michigan State Lab...along with a bill for D's physical therapy...stopped and bought groceries...and picked up subway for lunch.  Youngest son called...he and daughter in law got home from their trip to Wyoming at 4 this morning...so all is well there.....and now time for me to get back to work on the laundry and lookng  for some other chores to get done....this keeping the TV, and comuter off isn't bad at all...still have the urge to sit down a read...but resisting that...will do that tonight.  

Vitamin, extra C, zinc, omegas, turmeric and 2 baby aspirin

I got a lot done today...including finding a sock behind the dresser, the small pillow under the bed and my missing slipper behind the dryer...but in the process...I broke the dryer vent connection...so D is at the harware getting another one...but I did get to vaccum up dustbunnies from under it and the washer...so that was cool!!!!  Got all of the winter bedding stashed away with D's help.....I love wool dryer balls called lamby balls....and somehow I have lost 2 ......never did find those today...I was hoping they were behind the dryer...but nope!!!  I know they didn't just walk ( roll) away........tomorrow is another day......I've been on my feet and accomplishing things for 8 hour now...so I decided that 3:00 would be a good stop time.....so now the rest of the day is mine...I LOVED this!!!!  I got so many things done that I havve been putting off.......I feel productive today!!!!!  And sitting down for a drink of water at the table kept me from sitting in my lazy boy chair all day...haven't sat there once......maybe it is true...that  doing everything different changes everythingg...it sure changed my day......I'm actually looking forward to tomorrrow....I must be crazy...LOL


2 boiled eggs                  154 cals                                                      0 points

Bumble Bee tunasalad cracker kit 300 cals                                       10 points


cals for day  = 1,350                                     points for day = 22




Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 100.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I bought a bath soak thing for sore muscles from the dollar store. Trying a bath at night instead of a shower to find a different way to feel good at night instead of eating. Maybe it will hep me with the midnight munchies.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
That is a good idea...I like Epsom salt baths sometimes....that evening snacking has been a real issue for me...I can be good all day....but at night...I'm awful.

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
1. try not to be too hard on yourself. if i were retired at home, i realize the temptations might be greater than now when i'm at work...comparing my situation to yours ;)

2. a coworker suggested that the new WW is not really helpful towards weight loss but a marketing tactic...to get new customers on WW...to make people try another diet again..i agree...even though the new approach is to eat healthier, calories are what make weight go down. ... maybe stick to treats like 3 days a week instead of everyday?? or, limit the size of the treat.

3. try to also give yourself something rewarding, even if it's not food form. try not to give yourself so many rules that all you want to do is revolt!....i tend to revolt when i'm too harsh on myself. when i used to eat very low cal, i'd have serious bingeing problems...like way worse than yours...just terrible...

4. why do you have to drink only at the table? i'd think taking some water or selzter or flavored water (with lime or lemon) around your house and on errands will be helpful. when i am driving doing errands, i love drinking low sugar or light drinks along the way...

5. what do you think of donkey's treat? the decaf coffee with chocolate light sweetener? i thought that was a great idea for evenings.

6. maybe come up with new treats that are lighter...would you ever consider the light ice creams that i eat?? halo top and enlightened are the brands. very light. enlightened may give a little gas but really that's if you eat a pint of it. lol.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I kind of think I need to get harder on myself...I have totally let it all go since retiring...and lost my sense of responsibility...I used to be so much more organized in general...and I miss it. WW does make changes every year or 2...and I think this is the worst...so I'm counting calories too...just to keep it in check. Drinking at the table is a reminder more than anything...to only eat at the table...that may ease up once it's a habit. Donkeys evening treat could work...I agree. I've tried the ice creams...and they are ok...but to me...I didn't like the cost for what I was getting....and the laxative affect was not a positive thing for me...LOL....but you are right...lots of great ideas there...Thank you!!!

innerpeace on 06/11/2018:
I hope you plan works. I hope you find something that works for you.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I'm enjoying it today...and I'm worn out...LOL

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Have you ever played games online? You could find one you like that is cooperative and spend time playing with friends at night... you are socially isolated right now. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I do play words with friends...I really enjoy that one...and I used to have quite a yoville set up.....but I'm not sure I can even access that one anymore......I will look up what you listed above. I have a friend that really wants me to get into some life game thing...she dates people ther...and it gets pretty wild...she's single...so that's fine for her...but I would not want to plaqy something like that..>LOL

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
yes those ice creams are a pretty penny indeed quite expensive...and yes...the laxative effect. got you completely on both !

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Sounds like second life. That's what my ex in San Diego is addicted to. That kind of stuff is actually really life-robbing... I can't compete with the real-virtual women he is involved with there. Co-op games are different. You play with friends to complete a mission and it's like a couple of hours a week and you are all talking and doing it at the same time.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
yup...that's it!!! Second Life!!!! It's funny...in real life she is a fat, gray haired lady with all kinds of problems...but you should see her on there...LOL....the guys would be shocked!!!!! She can get pretty rowdy...she was a bar maid for 30 years.....so those guys have no clue...….guess the joke is on them!!! No one can compete with virtual women.....I have a nephew...who weighs 110 pounds soaking wet and is 5 foot 3....but he is happy to tell everyone that he will kick their butt on the internet...LOL...I will check out your other game....but I really love words with friends on facebook...

Donkey on 06/11/2018:
My husband is currently addicted to some gin rummy game on his phone, LOL...

Oh I hate sneaky eating -- I mean to say, when *I* do sneaky eating. I don't judge others for it, but it really bothers me when I do it. (Hope that makes sense...)

If you can handle counting the calories and WW points, I say do it. It's kind of ironic: I don't count the vegetables I eat. BUT if I have dip or salad dressing or cheese, then that I DO measure or monitor. So I think in theory, the new WW approach SHOULD work. But your example of that 4-point dessert having 1600 calories shows that there's ways around it.

Like I said, I've had higher weigh-ins after eating too much fresh fruit!

I hope tomorrow goes as well as today -- keep up the good work!

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2018:
It went great….very comfortable for me.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 10, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 240.8

Sounds about right!!!!!!


toast with peanut butter

boiled egg

half serving of annies mac and cheese

garden salad with ranch

cranberry, nut bar




Made a new plan to make myself accountable........................

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 95.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/10/2018:
LOL thanks for the morning giggle! I'm having peanut butter toast this morning as well... as soon as I get up off my butt to make it. My weekend treat!

bearcountrygg on 06/10/2018:
Good source of protein!

Donkey on 06/10/2018:
Looks like a very good food day for you - WTG!

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
Messed it up in the evening

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
loved that joke, you made me chuckle!

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
and good mix of foods, love seeing some veggies and fruit mixed into your day :)

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I was ready for those!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Ha!!!! Me too

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jun 09, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 240.8

 Good scale drop today.........................and it looks like a busy weekend.  

toast with peanut butter

lara fruit/veg bar


hamburger in wheat bun




EDIT....well something just cropped up....as I was getting dressed this morning...D saw a tick on my shoulder...it was imbedded...and filling with blood......according to him...it must have been there for a few days....he removed it...but we can't identify it...and the health dept isn't open until Monday...................he wants me to go start the antibiotic shots...but problem is...I'm allergic to penicillen and it's related drugs...as well as the sulfa drugs......so I avoid anibiotics with a vengence...( cipro so far is the only option and it's not a major antibiotic for this type of thing)...and I need to not overuse that......so.....I've just decided to watch it for the bullseye rash...and deal with it then..................UGH!  If it isn't one thing...it's another.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 95.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/09/2018:

(So close to a new set of numbers... just sayin'...)

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Happy Dance for both of us!!

Maria7 on 06/09/2018:
I am praying for you about the tick. Good plan to watch the area for now. Antibiotics can create more problems than they solve. Take care and congrats on your new lower number.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Thank you Maria.

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
OH NO!!!! Yikes, that is serious. I've had 2 friends who have suffered the effects from tick bites. One had Lyme for sure; the other was unwell for quite some time. My son had a tick bite when he was about 5 or 6. It had become the size of a plump raisin. He wasn't sick afterwards, but sometimes I wonder if maybe he wasn't affected somehow.

PLEASE take care -- do whatever it is that you need to do to be well. (((hugs))) Please keep us updated!!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
We have friends with lyme too...it is awful...but most don't get it....ticks also carry rocky mountain spotted fever and meningitis...too...D put him between 2 pieces of tape...and then I read online to put them in a coered jar with a wet paper towel...so we just dropped the tape in there...good thing we did that...he got out of the tape, he's now wandering around in the jar like he lives there...HA...I finally got a pet and he bit me...LOL

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
That's a lot of blood it got from your son...scary.....We had a dog downstate that I noticed several gray balloon type things on her head...D removed them....this one was sucking blood...and was swelling up.....I'm lucky he saw it...because I never felt it.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
i'm glad that D noticed it and like donkey says, please be on alert as Lyme Disease is quite debilitating!

i also know someone who was sick around a full year due to a bad case and her mom also had a very bad case of it.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
yup...I think there is more lyme disease out there then they are reporting...it seems we all know people with it.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
i'm now craving the veggies you ate today....lately i'm craving veggies again! thank gosh.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Me too....and that's a good thing!!!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Hugs on the tick bite. That's scary. I'd probably snack out of anxiety for weeks.

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Hugs on the tick bite. That's scary. I'd probably snack out of anxiety for weeks.

BearCountryGG - Friday Jun 08, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Up and heading for the post office early today........ and then lots to do around here today....lots of visitors dropped in yesterday...so I'm a bit behind chores....but we had fun chatting with them.  

I had ordered something that looked interesting to me from boxed that I tried today....It's called joibol and is basically a strawberry smoothie in a bowl with almonds and quinoa....over 200 cals...and a whopping 9 ww points....and it wasn't cheap....but it's self contained....a covered bowl...that comes with a large spoon and all you do is add cold water to it......so handy....I think they would be especially good for keeping in a desk, or the car...or camping trips...and it has 11 grams protein....I tried one this morning and I loved it........took a huge chunk of my points...but I think it was worth it.  Yesterdays paralell points vs calories was interesting........I will just stick with the points...it is easier......at this time.........also going back to weekly weigh ins.....also just easier.  I think I will make monday weigh in day...it has always been easiest for me to remember.



potato salad ( leftover) had a lot of boiled eggs in it

nut and cranberry bar 

dark chocolate 

cheetos jalapeno 

peppers and celery


pb and j

In the past I havent been much on hot sauce types of things.....as my mom got older she liked it....and now I'm finding that I like it......apparently that helps weight loss...so I'm going to be adding some of that to many things......will see how that goes....one thing I did find out recently was that I apparently can not lose weight on 1,500 calories.......over the years...so much dieting has totally (along with thyroid)...messed up my metabolism....an old boss to me I was doing that back in the 80's ( when I wasn't over weight....because I wasn't eating enough...apparently he was right.

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2018:
as long as you stick with one thing...i agree sticking with points would be beneficial to you since you do like using WW and did well with it in the past despite the changes made to WW now....good job...chores can wait if visitors were fun, agreed there!

joibol sounds cool, will look that up.

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
Sticking with ww…..as long as the web site is working now...it's easy.

Joi bol has a website...it's new....I got mine from boxed.... and it will be in some other stores soon......very tasty and It was definitely smoothie consistency....so handy and portable with it's spoon.....all you need is water....

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
Interesting product!

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
Yes it is.......would be good for your camping...only needs a little water.

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
LOL... I just looked at the nutrition... NO IT WOULD NOT... 65mg of sodium, 15 grams of sugar, 5 g of saturated fat per bowl... Soy, canola oil, palm oil, syrups, wheat flour... It's fake healthy food from Kelloggs.


I'll stick with making up 60 snack bags of protein powder, oats, nuts, berries, and seeds... then adding coconut oil for the MCTs. It's only 20 minutes and like $.40 a serving. Plus I reuse the snack bags for a lower carbon footprint. Just pour one in a bowl and add water and oil. Eat in the AM. No heat needed.

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
Actually, if I used rolled oats, it would be ready in like 20 min.

Donkey on 06/08/2018:
Good idea on the hot sauce! I was using red pepper flakes recently, until I ran out. I need to buy more. My daughter and the boyfriend bought me an interesting hot sauce from Minnesota. It's different, sweeter/citrus with a delayed burn.

I think the real key is to find the hot sauce that's right for you. But I agree -- it definitely has helped me in the past. I'm going to bring out some bottles for the dinner table -- if I can remember -- because this is a GREAT idea.

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
I should get red pepper flakes too...good idea!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jun 07, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Internet working now so I'm taking advantage of it...but have nothing to say...LOL  I'll be back when it lets me.  Today I''m comparing calories to ww points.


Coffee = 0 ww points (9 fitday calories)

Quaker maple brown sugar oatmeal ( container) = 7 ww points (180 fit day calories)

multi vit, extra c, zinc,turmeric,omegas, baby aspirin(1)

banana =0 points , (109 calories)

2 boiled eggs = 0 points, (154 calories)

potato salad 1/2 cup = 6 ww points (137 calories)

1 slice meat loaf = 8 points, (306 calories)

1 Cup lettuce = 0  points (7 calories)

1/2 cup cucumber = 0 points ( 7 calories)

1T ranch dressing= 2 points (74 calories)

Deer laying outside my window this morning...enjoying the heat from the dryer vent.


Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
if you find anything interesting while comparing cals to points, let us all know.

seeing your vitamins, i'm starting to think i really need to take iron. i plan to go to the dr so get a full medical checkup to see if there's anything recommended. i'll prob go to dr in later summer or early september for that.

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
There is iron in red meat and beets....( iron tablets can be constipating)……..actually I don't remember seeing you ever list red meat...so maybe you avoid it...but beets are a good source of that.

Donkey on 06/07/2018:
ROFL! Well, your menus are always exciting to me :-) I'm glad you're able to log on a least a little! Darn those trees (LOL)...

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
So far so good today...I do notice the reception problem being worse on windy days...we rely on a couple of dish satellites in the yard.....but the trees get in the way...we have trees right up to the house...and no lawn at all......it's our fault...LOL

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
So far so good today...I do notice the reception problem being worse on windy days...we rely on a couple of dish satellites in the yard.....but the trees get in the way...we have trees right up to the house...and no lawn at all......it's our fault...LOL

innerpeace on 06/07/2018:
I would love to have nature so close. The closest I have is field mice and a nasty city skunk that sprays my dog at least once a summer. Enjoy your cozy, reserve in the woods!

My coworker showed me a picture of a fawn that was caught in a fence that he untangled and set free. Have a good day!

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
We had our years in the city...a northern Detroit suburb......this was the retirement dream.

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
yes, i don't eat red meat often. beautiful deer.

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
the window screen doesn't help...LOL She looked right at us....she liked the dryer vent...LOL

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jun 06, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Well...the foliage on the trees is blocking our TV, Phone and internet receptions......Problems of living in the forrest....I start typing and then lose it and have to start over when the reception comes back......this year the leaves are thicker than I have ever seen them.......our sons are complaining that they call us and we don't call back...( because the call never went through) ...it scares them....and we feel bad about that.....but don't know they called......so now we are checking in with them when we get a signal...................but I start typing here...and get bounced offf and lose it all......so not sure how often I will be able to be online....for some time....will get in here when I can.

scale good today

2 eggs = 0

toast = 4

spray butter = 0

coffee = 0

banana = 0



mixed fresh vegetables


Edit...lights on the reciever started flashing so I got in here quickly...LOL

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
EXCELLENT food choices...loving your menu, good mix. i love a cookie with a coffee.

that's nuts with the trees blocking the wire connections...does the town offer to do anything to fix it? cut down specific tree or is it just all of them! how nuts!

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
They are ours…..it's a forrest….the town doesn't offer anything in the boonies...life in the forrest.

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