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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 02, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

Welll...had a very busy few days....computer still not back to perfect but ordered a fan system for it..and hoping to get a few more months from it...also have a very old one that I may be able to reuse...not sure...anyway....back to posting

Todays foods=


boiled egg


tiny bit of chicken


green beans

ice cream




It's good to be accountable again.....

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/03/2017:
Hello BCGG!

Yes, if it’s overheating, at least put a fan below it. I did that once, also.

Eating today looks pretty good!...as long as you didn’t eat a whole pint of ice cream…maybe you did! If so, better attempts for tomorrow !

Instead of fries and cheese its, try for some heavy things during the day, but not all heavy things. I like that I read green beans on your entry – good job!!!

I like to mix light foods with heavy foods…like with the braunswager (if you mean a sausage!?) you prob mean a beer…but my example is to mix sausage with cabbage. Heavy and light, but filling.

Enjoy your day!

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
Branswager was deli meat...no beer for me. Just a little ice cream, fries but no cheese..I did have cheezits crackers later.

happy-1 on 08/03/2017:
Good job! Accountable how?

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
I started Weight watchers again...they work for me...so since I lost 55 pounds with them in the past, I;m doing that again.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 29, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

Computer seems to be working just fine now...I'm happy, I sure didn't want to replace it right now.  Planning on a busy day just doing lots of housework today.  I set up  my old FitDay disc this morning and even with all of the scratches...it still works...actually I LOVE it...it keeps track of carbs, nutrients as well as weight and exercise....that was the best $35 I have ever spent I think......so no more winging it for me...today I start counting....My plan is to keep my calories around 1500.

Breakfast = coffee and apple oatmeal

Lunch = oui French yogurt

Dinner will be sloppy joes, fried potatoes and garden salad

Had a low blood sugar episode so quickly ate some chocolate and it straightened itself out quickly

Cheezits in the evening because there would have been too many hours without eating

ended the day with a little over 1,800 cals

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/29/2017:
I feel your pain. Every time I start up my laptop, I'm praying that this won't be the time it decides to die, LOL.

I can't wait to hear how the FitDay works for you. The right tool can make all of the difference in the world. So glad the disc still works!

BearCountryGG on 07/29/2017:
I actually really enjoy watching it figure out my carbs and nutrients every day...it does make me see where I am lacking in vitamins

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/02/2017:
Hi BCGG! I love that you end in GG even though it means Great Grandma, it was supposed to be my hamster’s name if it were a female it was to be Gym Girlie and to be called the nickname GG….I love being able to call SOMEBODY a GG! Even if you are NOT a female hamster! Hahaha

Yep good thing you didn’t have to replace a computer as with all the antivirus and other software they can cost at least approx. 1K!

I agree a fitbit or any real, complete and HONEST tracking method is the best method. That’s why I track calories – otherwise, I’d totally keep eating to the point of no return everyday. I love to eat. But by counting calories, I only try to eat within limits so that I can stay pretty lean but enjoy eating as much as I can without getting heavy ! LOL.

I love your pairing of caffeine and carbs. My favorite way to have caffeine is like that – with sugar or carbs. I used to pair my granola bar or cookie before the gym with caffeine too…but now I stick to sf drinks without caffeine in the afternoon before gym bc it was affecting my sleep too much by drinking caffeine in the afternoons after work….ah well!

I’d love that dinner….nice to have a bit of sloppy joe and fried potato on the fork with a tomato or piece of lettuce! That’s a GOOOOOO DMIXXXX!

I tend to get low blood sugar too…I can tell and also eating some carbs always helps me too.

Excellent calories if they were 1800 you don’t gain weight! And depending on your weight, it might even mean weight loss.

BearCountryGG - Friday Jul 28, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

Okay...so far so good....no flames yet...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this thing is working again.

What I ate today.......

chicken with mushrooms, zucchini, celery, onions and olive oil

high protein bar


ice cream

1/2 small bagel with margarine


Ran errands this morning...took a long nap...did a little reading....cleaned fresh veggies and pkged for fridge and freezer, laundry and running the dishwasher now....now for some TV time 

I'm thinking about starting to count calories tomorrow...I have an old fitday cd that amazingly still works and is super easy to use..so I will use that to keep track...but will still post here. 

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 26, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

Well....My computer has been overheating lately and today it started shutting itself off after 5 minutes online...so I guess I had better find someone to repair it.....since at this point I'm afraid it may become a fire hazard...so will be gone until it's fixed.

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2017:
Oh no...hopefully it can be fixed and you do NOT need a new one! Computers / laptops / electronics are all so expensive!!!

BearCountryGG on 07/28/2017:
Apparently just dust in there...all fixed now.

jabockov on 07/26/2017:
My computer used to do the same thing. Try taking the cover off and blowing out the dust using the canned stuff for computers. Don't use a regular vacuum to suck it out because if you touch any of the components it may short them out. Unplug everything! I marked the plugs and where they go with a number system so I could easily get everything plugged back in where they came out. You should be able to easily see a couple of screws that hold the outer skin on the computer. It's usually a side panel. Remove the screws then slide the panel sideways. This should give you clear access to the inside. If you have a laptop, you may have to ask around how to do those. Good luck!

BearCountryGG on 07/28/2017:
Just dust I there...it's working again...it is a laptop.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/28/2017:

nobody's been on to journal except for myself and happy....all week this site has been a ghost town!

the last entry of anyone was Donkey all the way on 7/23!

BearCountryGG on 07/28/2017:
I missed you guys.......but it's working again...

BearCountryGG on 07/28/2017:
I missed you guys.......but it's working again...

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 26, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

House cleaning day around here, trying the new French yogurt OUI...it comes in the cutest little glass jar. Then the rest of the day will be leftovers...they are piling up in the fridge.

Breakfast-coffee and OUI yogurt....IT IS DELICIOUS...light and delicate, today I'm having the vanilla...I love the glass it comes in.  At 170 calories it's higher than what I usually have but soooo worth it.

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2017:
BCGG I'm missing reading some of your comments back to me when you reply to my comments...to make sure we don't miss your comments, try to write your comments by pressing on the button that says "reply to horn of plenty" or "reply to "...." " whoever you are replying to....i hate missing whatever it was you wanted me to read :)

I've never tried this type of yogurt..is it a thick one like Greek? anything greek i try...or Icelandic Skyr....ever try this one? it's GREAT. lately i do not eat yogurt anymore....i like it though...but never seem to fit it into my day and i was buying and throwing away ....so now i try not to buy often haha....

i also buy a few clothes and tags never come off either, it's pretty funny. not too often anymore, but it used to happen more frequently when i shopped more and had extra money to do so. lol.

Yes, i'm sure it's not Greek...def doesn't sound Greek when you say light and delicate! haha.

have nice morning!

Most of the time, you know how YOU say it was worth it? lately, for me most of the time, i find it's not worth it because the food doesn't last in my mouth long...and then the wonderful feeling is good as fast as i thought to eat it...i wonder now how much is worth it and how much is NOT! !?!? i had two chocolate covered strawberries last friday at work bc there was a little party....and they tasted good...for a second! and then the wonderful tastes were gone :-/ so i thought to myself....were both of them worth it!?

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 25, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8

Going to hit the road and get some errands done today, looks like a beautiful day out.  Amazon pkg coming today but deliveries are always in the afternoon here so leaving here early'.

Breakfast = coffee

Lunch= ham sandwich and ice cream

Dinner will be a small portion of shepherds pie and a garden salad

Snacks - potato salad and ice cream

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 104.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/25/2017:
Hugs! Sounds like a recipe for a happy day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/25/2017:
the pie mixed iwth salad sounds good...if i had it, i'd probably sorta eat the two together, like some pie on my fork and then a bit of salad also....my way of filling up!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/25/2017:
yeah, i do keep some skinny clothes but some just goes outta style or the quality falls apart lol, on mine....i tend to not wear them even though i save them...i'm weird. but most are now at my parent's house and not even at my apt.

BearCountryGG on 07/25/2017:
The salads were huge...we were both so filled up with those ( I didn't even put dressing on mine)...they we ate very little of the shepherds pie....

BearCountryGG on 07/25/2017:
Yup....a lot of mine will be way out of style, but a lot are pretty basic and will see me through to the end...some even still have the tags on them.

BearCountryGG on 07/25/2017:
Happy...It was a good day!

BearCountryGG - Monday Jul 24, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 251.6

Starting out this Monday with a bit of rain again...I have some heavy metal lawn furniture that's been needing a fresh coat of paint before it comes up on the back deck....at this rate the summer will be over by the time I get it painted...it's been waiting out by the barn for a long time now....I was looking forward to some outdoor meals....but none yet this summer.  Tomorrow is another day..keeping my fingers crossed.  Scales went down a tad again this morning....I'm dropping by the 10ths of pounds and for me that works best....so I'll take it.

Breakfast =  coffee, cereal and almond milk

It's very quiet here, just the breeze rustling through the trees and an occasional bird (sometimes the birds and I talk to each other..I  mean I whistle at them and they whistle back at me...I have no idea what we are saying though...LOL)...and I took a bath and washed my hair and started thinking about when I gained and when I lost...( gained 2 times and lost 1)...and it suddenly made sense...( I guess I knew all the time but never really internalized it like I did today.  I gained big while dealing with the difficult foster daughter and then after she returned home to her birth mom I lost the weight...then...I was fine until My parents both got sick and I worried about them for 3 years and then cared for one or both of them for 7 and a half years.  And now I am where I am...trying to lose it again...what made me actually visualize it all was because I have a bunch of scrubs that I wore to work that are still hanging in a closet and when I looked at them this morning I realized they went from size small to size x large...that happened in the 3 years my parents were beginning to get seriously ill......and it began the morning I arrived at work and as I entered the door to my office I was bombarded by coworkers telling me my parents were in the urgent care room just a few feet away.......and so it began....they were sicker than any of us knew and things only got worse from there...and apparently while worrying about them, I ate to cope.  I feel like a light bulb just went on and I really finally get it.  Now to fix it!

The other thing is what actually started all this today...and that is...DID YOU KEEP YOUR SKINNY CLOTHES?????  I did....I have sizes small all the way up to size 3x (currently wearing 2x and 3x tops and large pants)....so I have a lot of stuff to wear as I lose this weight and I do not plan to add to it until I reach a weight where I want to stay...then everything that doesn't fit and anything I don't like will go get donated.  I think I will dig out a couple of things that I really like to spur me on.

Mid morning snack=Bai antioxidant infusion mango drink and cheezits

Lunch= small amt baked chicken and potato salad( I load it with celery, peppers, cucumber and onion too)

Evening=apple and pop tarts


Progress as of today: 2.4 lbs lost so far, only 106.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2017:
A friend down the road just dropped off fresh green beans, green onions and red potatoes from his garden...they still have the dirt on them...can't get any fresher than that...reminds me of when my youngest son was selling his beets at the farmers market...people asked why they were wet and he said he had just picked them and squirted them off so they would be cleaner for people to see...and the people started throwing money in the cab of his truck and grabbing beets faster than he could keep up with...he had sold a truck bed full of beets in 30 minutes.

happy-1 on 07/24/2017:
I kept skinny clothes that were in really good condition that I thought I would wear again.

happy-1 on 07/24/2017:
Donate plus size clothes to a foster care agency if you can.

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2017:
Basically I kept everything, so there will be a lot of stuff I won't wear again even if it does fit...I love to donate stuff...I keep a donation bag in y car all the time and add things as I find them.

Maria7 on 07/24/2017:
How much did you weigh when you were at your goal weight before?

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2017:
130 is where I was most comfortable......and stayed there for many years.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 23, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 251.6

Rainy sunday here...looks like an inside day.

Breakfast - coffee, cereal, almond milk

Lunch= fresh salad with dressing and croutons and cottage cheese, chili and 1/2 of a med. bagel with oleo

Snack= chocolate, cheezits

Evening=iced tea and a pkg of 2 whole wheat fig bars

Progress as of today: 2.4 lbs lost so far, only 106.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/23/2017:
Love almond milk -- unsweetened, original, vanilla, chocolate - it's all so good!

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2017:
I'm using the unsweetened almond milk but I love all of them too...the cashew milk was good for a minute but then got an aftertaste.....so don't get that anymore...the combo almond and cocnut is good though.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2017:
Thanks for all your sweet comments, i've been reading them ...and for explaining to me the BCGG name and where it's come from! I love it that it's partial where you live and that you are a great grandma! oh, how my own father would love to be a grandfather already! Lol - it's all up to my sister as i'm not the married or dating one! not yet anyways!!

I am sorry so your adopted daughter was a drug baby? so sorry. Yes, you must have learned thru her as you say you learned patience. Kids are not simple...not like a hamster like i have LOL...i'm joking you know...but it's true that raising children is definitely a big project. And especially one that needs extra, like the daughter who is 34 that you speak of. That's how old I am, btw. I'm 34 also.

It's good you can connect to her via facebook..

It rained a bit here, too. But it was worth it as it cooled down a TON after the rain. Tomorrow it will be a cool summer day in the mid 70's...how nice for a change!

In general, I do love the summer. It's SO MUCH EASIER than getting around in full up coats and all those layers in the winter!

fig bars must have been nice...you can always do a low calorie iced tea with them...

what i like to do is this: pair somethign real sugar with something sugar free or very low sugar so I still get in the sugar, but less of it...

you remind me of what i need to buy - almond milk! I finally used up my quart of it that i had for at least one whole month if not more like 2 months! It takes so long for me to drink it bc i only use it in cereal which i only eat on weekends! and not everyday of the weekends either! haha.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2017:
do you like veggies ??? i see you don't always eat them? just asking :)....

i do not like fresh veggies too much...i prefer my veggies cooked...as they are easier to digest i guess...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2017:
oh....i hope your drain was unclogged without too much hassle!

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2017:
Drain got unplugged....hubby called me in to pull all of my long hair out of it...LOL...right now more salads...will use more canned and frozen veggies in the cooler months...I am a carrb lover...no denying that...I could actually live on snack food...well...guess that is what got me here...LOL. Tea and the whole wheat fig bars worked well together tonight.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 22, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 251.6

Started our Saturday off with a plugged up drain.....working on that...currently I'm staying out of his way..LOL 

Breakfast=coffee and oatmeal

Lunch=bacon, red beans and rice and carrots, cookies


Evening=pork eggroll, salami chunk, dried apple chips


Progress as of today: 2.4 lbs lost so far, only 106.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Friday Jul 21, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 251.6

Up early....1 more delivery today....we get most of our frozen food from Schwans delivery....it arrives by truck every 2 weeks....the quality is great....and we have some things that we get every time...and usually try something new most times too....they have awesome meat and fruit and veggies.....so our freezer is usually well stocked.....that is a big help in the summer because our stores are so far away things defrost on the way home.......and in the winter here I don't drive much because of the snow and because we are in the woods....and some areas have few year around homes so it can be quite desolate....and the phone doesn't always work in some areas.

I suppose I should tell you all a little bit about myself......I am 67, married almost 51 years.....yes...we were kids when we got married......we have 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 2 great grandsons.......we were foster parents to 8 children from abuse and neglect situations....the youngest arrived at the age of 5 weeks. There were times when we had 4 babies at once, and I can truly say I was in heaven,  after being an only child I loved having a house full of children.   Over the years, I sold real estate, and was a medical secretary.  I really am a home body and while I love the city...I also love the country and so this suits me just fine.  I am an avid reader and could watch Dr Phil all day if I allowed myself to.....while raising our kids after my husband graduated from college, I began my college career and I majored in sociology and psychology.  So reality tv is basically what I watch.  I definately am slowing down and while I had my weight under control for many years.....in my 40's while caring for a foster child that was an extreme case of stress for us, I began to put on weight and it was out of control for a few years, eventually the child was moved back to her Mother and I was able to lose 55 pounds with weight watchers and a online support group.  I went to work as a medical secretary and we closed the group.....the weight came back with a vengeance...then I cared for my elderly parents from 2007 until 2014...and here I am....again.....needing desperately to get down to a healthy weight....I'm sure there is going to be a LOT of loose skin......and that actually has stopped me from losing much at times....but as my husband said....better to be thin with loose skin then carrying all those pounds around....and he is right...skin doesn't weigh much...fat does......so here I am..thankful to have found all of you.....I plan to see this through to the end...and then maintain here too.....thank you to all of you!!!!

Breakfast-coffee, almond milk, cereal and a banana

Lunch=toasted med bagel with butter and peanut butter, and coconut strips

Dinner will be ...pork egg rolls, cottage cheese, green beans, cookies


Progress as of today: 2.4 lbs lost so far, only 106.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/21/2017:
Hello there our BCGG of DD (Diet Diaries)!

I’m gonna look up Schwans because I’m intrigued to see how that service works :-P… It’s so great you have the convenience of this service…I enjoy convenience more and more too. Nothing wrong with that!

WOW…….! You seriously have been married like YOUR WHOLE LIFE! How cool is that!? My dad will be 65 this October 8th so you’re close in age to him! That’s SO AMAZING that you have GREAT GREATSONS on top of sons and grandsons! My dad only has his two daughters (myself and my sister) but I am thinking he’ll soon be a grandfather between 2-3 years from now because of my sister who’s married (I’m not and I do not date very often but do have male friends and go out with them here and there).

I am sorry for the hardships you had in the past. But one thing is always the truth – with life’s hardships you do become a stronger person. You become a mentally stronger person and sometimes even emotionally. Getting thru pain and tough times is what makes you better and facing all of life’s other smaller challenges. I am sorry you had to experience them – but they have seriously shaped you into who you are today. Even myself – I’ve been thru certain challenges and they’ve in the end helped me to face other challenges in a better way. I’ve also learned from **some** of my past mistakes…although sometimes I revert to still making poor decisions I’d like to say I also make better ones because of my experiences now in general.

I’m thankful you are here as the more good people in this group, the more helpful and wonderful it is!!! The more support, the better it gets and the more exciting!

I agree with your husband, the less weight you carry, the better it is for your health!

BearCountryGG on 07/21/2017:
HOP...you are so sweet...I agree...our life experiences mold us into who we are....I am a person that wakes up happy every day...I love morning...a fresh new start every day....tough times made me stronger and a child ( foster daughter) in our home that was actually a physical danger to us and others did make me more aware that everyone has different problems that they deal with....( she had been a drug baby)....so...times change...people go on and do what they do..that girl is a facebook friend of mine now...she is 34 and living a life that is not what we would have chosen for her...but it's her life...so we can only hope that we made some kind of impact on her life ( she says we did)....looking back now for those years we had her she taught us some things too....so...if nothing more...she taught me patience...even though I was eating like there was no tomorrow...I do believe that everything happens for a reason....and finding this group is exactly what I know I need right now and if I can help anyone else along the way...I would love that.

innerpeace on 07/21/2017:
I'm amazed by foster parents. I but you touched the lives of many. I can only imagine how stress that is caring and becoming attached to babies, just to see them have to leave. Tears my hear up just thinking about it.

I also can't imagine living in a place that could be almost unreachable at times. snowed in in the forest...! But I love alone time and miss it sometimes.

Good luck with your journey, I hope you find what you need here.

BearCountryGG on 07/21/2017:
Innerpeace...we loved having the kids with us...and it was so sad when they left...I believe we gained from them too and babies are just my thing...we would have had several more ourselves if we had been able. The winter here is interesting to day the least but do able. I'm sure this group will be of great help to me...and I hope I can help others reach their own goals...

Maria7 on 07/21/2017:
Wow, your posts are so interesting. Sounds like you are pretty content, just trying to get to a healthier weight like most of us here. Thanks for sharing with us all here. As for loose skin, if you are able to do any physical exercise, that will help keep that away. I am trying to get more walking in when I can. My Hubby and I both retired last year. We are back and forth to the nursing home most days, where my 86 year old Mother lives. Like you, I love early mornings (fresh air!), too. Hope you have a happy evening.

BearCountryGG on 07/22/2017:
I didn't know about the exercise affecting loose skin....VERY INTERESTING...that may just get me exercising....thanks for the heads up!

thinnside40 on 07/21/2017:
I love Schwans!!!!! We used to have them stop ny once a month when I had an in-home daycare. They're a bit pricey, but the quality is good. Let alone it's delivered to your door. I'd place an order online. Sometimes if not, by our turn of the day, they'd be out of what we wanted.

BearCountryGG on 07/22/2017:
Thinside...I always place my order online...and the quality is very good...we figure that by saving the gas...and not going to the store as much......we don't buy as many impulse items...and you are right...the quality is very good. Right now we are filling the freezer with a lot of their veggies...and I need to get using them....but there are enough fresh things in the fridge that seem to need to be used up first...the freezer has to wait...LOL...their blueberries are AMAZING...nothing like the frozen ones in the store...and we reallyike their hamburger patties....they are so handy.

Donkey on 07/22/2017:
Wish we could afford Schwann's. My folks ordered from them religiously until they moved a couple of weeks ago. I should ask my mom if she plans to renew their service. They are the BEST for frozen vegetables.

Thank you for posting your picture - very pretty! :-D Sorry that it's difficult for me to post during the week, or I would have commented on that day's entry.

What an amazing journey you have had! Thank you for fostering - what a heroic and selfless endeavor you and your husband have done -- multiple times!

BearCountryGG on 07/22/2017:
Donkey..you are sweet..and those frozen veggies are a bit pricier...but they are of very good quality.

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