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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 19, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.0

Good morning, I'm up early and sipping the coffee...trying to decide what to have for breakfast....I plan to spend the day at home cleaning and tending flowers, also have a fountain type water feature to put together for the back deck, need to get at that before the summer is over...LOL...Need to get the chicken thighs out to defrost for later.  Now to wake up with the caffeine and watch a little world news....then breakfast.  Hope everyone has a great active low cal day!

Breakfast=coffee, toast with butter and peanut butter, and ham.....high protein breakfasts always stick with me longer and since it is a high calorie one too I plan to not snack at all this morning (unless there is a low blood sugar problem).

Lunch= baked chicken, salad with croutons and dressing, lf cottage chei protein breakfast worked...was never even tempted to snack this morning.

Evening= lettuce, cucumber and pepper strips, cheese crackers and 3 mini 1 bite cookies....lots of water today..quite salty day.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 107 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/19/2017:
Good Plan to clean up the fridge….i am always waiting so long before I scrub it….mine really doesn’t get too messy just usually some small messes from fruit / veg in the bins and once in awhile gets sticky from any prepared foods that I but into containers if I’m not careful….but I’m one person so the fridge doesn’t get so messy thankfully! Lol…back to you….you must have a packed fridge (like my parents) if you are finding those rotten things lol….it’s ok…you are cleanin’ it up! I’m the opposite, always runnin’ out of food like fruit & veg!

Wahoo to your scale dropping! How awesome!! That is a BIG encouragement for me, too. I am weighing extremely low some mornings lately – I think I’m actually losing muscle. I do not go to the gym as often & my clothes haven’t changed in the fit….it’s so weird!

Oh yeah, weightloss will def help with movement and being lighter and more agile on your feet as well as flexibility. Less fat around your legs (I am speaking from my experience) makes it also easier for me to sit & lie in more positions and cross my legs easier. All is GOOD!

BUT IF YOU WANT TO FEEL REALLY FULL, just eat more veg. Make VEGGIES the basis of your meal with smaller sides of the meat & carbs and always still a little fat at least some olive oil here and there and you’ll have the ability to FEEL FULL from the volume of the veggies but NOT gain weight. The fullness feeling will subside as you digest the big meal….of mostly cooked veggies is what I do….and the ONLY side affect that you may have to get used to if you adopt eating extra veggies like I do is some extra gas due to digestion of more fibrous / veggie type things….but I have learned to deal since I’m single it doesn’t bother me but I’m beginning to realize that I’d also deal with it and my partner would get used to it here and there if I were in a relationship. I wish to be in one lately…I’m 34.

Also ways to feel full include drinking flavored seltzers (I flavor mine extra with stevia) after meals…as well as having a lighter end coffee (with a lil milk but not too much sweetener if you add) with breakfast so you can fill your stomach after eating. Herbal teas work well too to help you feel full after a smaller portion.

I also like to have small sweet snacks here and there to raise my blood sugar especially if it’s before the gym – typical is a 150 cal snack of a granola type bar or cookies. 200 cal AT MOST & usually more around 100 cal – 150 cal… I love waking up with caffeine too…it’s such an addictive thing…I’m glad I do not consume as much as I used to…it was very unhealthy the way I’d consume whole bottles of Monster energy drinks (sugar free but ample caffeine and chemicals) before my workouts. I could never sleep. Now I do, even if I wake I can fall back to sleep after an evening of a workout…it’s so much better & took years for me to learn how not to have to rely on caffeine and how to get a better sleeping schedule – it still needs work but it’s better….)…

….yeah same here, I always need some protein in my breakfast or I’m hungry in an hour…but lately with more sleep, I am adapting….and my appetite has changed. It’s not as crazy as it used to be in the mornings. Or maybe I just have good snacks and sf candies that I’m used to and I’m used to my schedule / routine….and it’s easier now bc it’s become a routine.

Take care BCGG!

oh, great picture...i love your long blonde hair!!!!! is it blonde???

i would love long blonde hair but i tried it once and couldn't maintain that dyed color, so i chopped it into a pixie ;)

thinnside40 on 07/19/2017:
Going down in the number(s)....WHOOPWHOOP! (that's a good thing coming from me, not a whoopteedoo type comment :) ) I love flower gardening and tending to my yard. I live at my childhood home and it's a pleasure to be able to see things grow and come back year after year that my mom planted and tend to the same gardening space dad did. I miss them dearly, but am blessed by their surroundings.

BearCountryGG on 07/19/2017:
Horn of Plenty...lots of great tips there, thanks for the help...and about the hair...not blonde...GREY....A few years ago I had almost black hair....tried to keep it dyed dark...but as it grew in I had to keep dealing witth that grey stripe on the hop of my head...way too obvious....So I let it grow out and now it is completely carefree, should have just done that sooner. Thinside40....your parents must have planted perennials...how neat...I also miss my parents, lost my Dad 10 years ago and my Mom 2 years ago. I don't think missing them will ever go away...I keep some of their favorite things and also grandparents favorite things around where I can see them daily...it helps.

thinnside40 on 07/19/2017:
I will say I had to re-read your comment to me.... YOU DO NOT look 67! I too have long hair. It's down to my bum currently. This year I've let my bangs grow out as well. An adjustment after having short hair most of my life. My dad was a barber for 38 years. Mom always had short-short hair. After they passed in 2012, I've let it grow with maintenance trims. I feel way more feminine. Get a hankering to cut it all off from time to time, but know I'll regret it.

BearCountryGG on 07/19/2017:
Thank you for saying I don't look my age...I have to remember to tell my husband that...LOL....I too love long hair because it just seems more girly to me too...I have never been one to conform or go with the crowd...it's not against the law..LOL.I have friends that think I should cut it...I tell them to just not look at it if it bothers them so much..actually my hair grows so fast I have to cut it every other week if I want to keep it short and I can't be bothered,,

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 18, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.2

Well....Had a night full of really weird vivid dreams but I am finally awake today....todays plan is to empty things in the fridge and scrub it out..and replace those worth keeping...yesterday hubby found bad apples and lemons...so my guess is that is only the tip of the iceberg....also doing a really good cleaning of the bedroom and a few loads laundry.  Scales dropped a tad this morning so that was encouraging.

Breakfast = coffee, 1 hash brown patty and 1 sausage link

Got the fridge cleaned out...and tossed a lot.....then went shopping and replaced it with a lot of fresh stuff.......washing laundry moving right along too....making up for sleepy yesterday.  I've been working on eating smaller quantities for several days now...and I guess it kicked in yesterday...because today I don't want quantity either...in fact I can bend easier and just feel better....flash back to the old days when I was thin....didn't want a quantity of food then either....the last several years have been a binge fest..and I see where it got me............thick headed I guess.  Hopefully I can close that chapter and eat sparingly from now on.....guess there is no need to be stuffed 3 times a day eh?

Snack= needed to get some sugar I ( low glucose)...so had 4 or 5 bite size cookies, still working on A.M. coffee...found 2 bottles of juice in fridge ( diet cranberry and v8 green juice)...will be working on those all day too.

Lunch = 1 T. peanut butter and a mini bag of crackers

Dinner=ham, red pepper, cucumber and a toasted bagel with butter and whipped cream cheese

Evening snack=banana and grapes

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 107.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/18/2017:
Kick ass and take names! I like it. Did my measurements this morning. Your turn!

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 18, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.2

Thought I would add a picture so you ladies know who you are talking too!

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 107.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 16, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Well....now with the new known diet requirements in place for my hubby...I have become a short order cook.....LOL......I now prepare 2 different meals at 2 different times of the day for each of us..3 times a day..He;s getting newly purchased food for the most part and I'm eating basically what is in the pantry until it's gone...and then I will be eating whatever he has with my addition of added sugars to keep mine in check..  So yesterday and already this morning I am removing things from the kitchen that might tempt him....He is turning 69 next month and I want to keep him around for a long time.  It's odd how we both come from homes of diabetic parents, yet I'm just the opposite while he  got the bad genetics...........oh well....on with life...we both need to lose weight...so we are working together to figure it all out. 

Breakfast = quaker medley  oatmeal with peaches and almonds and coffee

Actually its a good thing that I'm using up the foods that have been stored..I've already found 2 leaking jars this morning........(straight to the garbage).

A.M. Snack=protein bar and zero cal drink powder in water

Lunch=lettuce, red peppers and cucumber salad w/dressing, pasta salad, smoked sausage, tea, chocolate

Dinner=cheese and crackers and lots of water

happy-1 on 07/17/2017:
I'm doing the same thing... i pulled out an underbed storage chest and put everything I need to use up in it... but it turned out to be an awful lot...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/17/2017:
Good Morning BCGG!

Good to hear that shortly you both will be eating more SIMILAR foods because that’s a lot easier sounding to what you are doing now, you Short Order Chef! Haha I have done so much research myself on what to eat and sugar substitutes like the leaf Stevia. I use the extract ALL THE TIME!

Lately I’m in love, on the weekends, with hot cereal for breakfast also. I love it – and love the extra sugars and all. It wakes me up and is so pleasant and sweet. I sweeten it with my stevia and sometimes honey. I make it with the light almond milk (like 30 cal per cup type) and sometimes add cinnamon and lately I make a very rich oatmeal by adding in two tablespoons of whipped peanut butter.

Are they glass jars? How are they leaking? They cracked? I’m intrigued to know how this happened? As I never heard of leaking jars!

Lunch is sounding so good! I love my veggies except for that “time of the month” when my body doesn’t prefer extra volume…lol. Glad that it’s over and I am back to eating my veggies this week! Have a great day!

BearCountryGG on 07/17/2017:
They were glass jars, 2 of them were in bins and had tipped over on their sides...the other 2 were standing upright....tossed all of them

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 15, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.4

After the last 2 days of shopping and other errands, I will finally get to have a full day at home, but I have an unusual task to accomplish today, I have to find some size small t shirts for my Grand DOG to wear backwards after his coming surgery.  That means I will be tearing a walk in closet apart and going through some very old clothes of mine...( I can tell you it has been at least 17 years since I wore size small)......I'm hoping to find plenty of them to mail off to my son so that he doesn't have to go shopping for some.........it will get 2 things accomplished because I do not know why I never got rid of them in the first place...it makes me think about how hanging on to TOO SMALL sizes may sabotage my weight loss at times.  Another thing has just cropped up for us is that my husband has just been diagnosed with diabetes and since we are preppers ( food storage) is also in that same closet and much of it now will not fit so neatly into his new diet...so I will be working on that stuff myself now...( I actually have LOW blood sugar )...so I will be eating that stuff up now and we will probably do less food storage now once what we have is gone.  We currently have at least 2 years worth of food here, most of it canned and boxed......we will stop doing that I think. 

Breakfast = coffee and apple oatmeal

A.M. Snack=found little cakes in closet...so I ate em.....................along with a zero cal drink mix ( in water).....old habits die hard...but then again they are gone now and won't plague me any more.  Hubby's new diabetic diet will definitely have a big impact on what we bring into the house for the rest of our lives........but using up what is already here will be my problem.  Since I have LOW blood sugar and testing is the only way for me to actually know when it's happening, since I NEVER have any symptoms at all, there will always have to be some form of sugar readily available here but it will probably just be a container of plain old sugar ( can be added to water)...so that said, sorting through our stored food is going to be interesting since I really cannot eat it all as I find it..LOL    I should say that LOW blood sugar is dangerous too so testing regularly is a habit for me but since I have been such a sweets eater, it was rather well contained...as time goes by and I'm not eating as many sweets or even none at all......it might get interesting.

Lunch= hamburger, potatoes, raw veggies

Dinner-deli meat, cheese and crackers


Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 107.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/15/2017:
I've had those moments too, where you find something in the pantry, so you eat it. Oh well, we all need a little cake in our lives.

I thanked you on my page but I wanted to thank you again for your kind words. Means a lot to me :-)

Quite interesting the role (not the right word) will play in your family's eating, since you and hubby are at opposite ends, it would seem. Hopefully, it won't be too much of an issue.

happy-1 on 07/17/2017:
I have a full outfit for cold and rain for my fat yellow senior pup.

BearCountryGG - Friday Jul 14, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.8

I'm ready for another day...and fruit and veggies sound good today.....just letting myself eat what I craved showed me yesterday that protein, dairy and grain were probably needed and those things don't even sound good this morning....but fruit and veggies do....so I'm going with that, still not going to count calories, just going with intuition.

Breakfast = coffee and banana

a.m. snack=coffee, green grapes, mixed nuts

Lunch= ham,potato and cheese casserole, cherries

Dinner=more of the casserole....but it's finally gone thank goodness...LOL

Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 107.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/14/2017:
Hello BCGG! You know, I almost named my new hamster “GG” short for Gym Girlie…but then I got a boy bc there were only boys…so I have a “GB” or Gym Boy! He’s so cute, doesn’t bite at all. He doesn’t make any noises either. Very well tempered Hamster. Cute as can be. Especially when he wakes up with his little cute nose sniffing around as his little black pearly eyes open up. Seriously, he just pees and poops too much and is a bit smelly – maybe I need to try a different pet bedding – YES! I’ll google better beddings that maybe absorb orders even better than this one does now…..i’m not too pleased with this brand….

Yes, when you crave protein or dairy or grains…your body does want them…make sure to have water too. During the time of the month, I NEVER want veggies and they just cause me gas and other uncomfortable digestive issues. I eat mostly protein and carbs (easy carbs) during the time of the month week lol….but the rest of the month, I’m a veggie girl. As for fruits, I do limit them bc they are high sugar and must make me hungry. But for today, instead of my typical fiber one snack or granola bar on the way home from work, I brought with me a nice gala apple – good to get in more natural foods…so yeah, just like you, I’ll be having semi veggie but mostly fruit day! I’ll skimp on veggies at work as I do not prefer gas all afternoon but at home I’ll prob enjoy the veggies. Wow…this sounds less like comments and more like I’m writing my own entry, sorry. I have a big tendency to go off on tangents about myself on other people’s diaries!

Fruit and veggies – all very low calories. So don’t worry. You can BINGE or just fully overeat the veggies and never worry. I like to eat them with protein for meals and end the meal with my carbs, when I’m already full, carbs just to boost my energy and mood…they really do.

Any questions, feel free. I love bananas too with my coffee! Bananas have potassium which is very important especially if you exercise for more rapid muscle repair and recovery.

Donkey on 07/14/2017:
Welcome to DD! I'm sorry my welcome was delayed as I have been out of town. I don't remember my password on any computer except the one I have at home.

Well done with today's menu!

BearCountryGG on 07/15/2017:
Thank you for the welcome, I'm ready to finally do this!!!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jul 13, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.8

I thought I wasn't going to be able to post here......Thank you for the help Horn of Plenty.....It worked this time.

My eating today was intuitive...not counting calories,  I will see how it goes, I do find that I crave certain things when I haven't had them recently and that was true for today especially....no idea how many cals...and I will work on a healthier day tomorrow.  Today was a shopping day and it was rainy so it was kind of a sleepy day here....


2 cups coffee, English muffin toasted with margarine, cheese, 1 egg and 1 slice ham



English muffin with margarine and peanut butter, ice cream and chocolate with coffee


casserole made with escalloped potatoes, cheese and ham , cucumber

Evening snack sandwich crackers and chocolate


 Looking at what I ate today tells me I was needing protein and dairy.


Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 107.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/13/2017:
Every day is a healthier tomorrow.

BearCountryGG on 07/15/2017:
I'm excited to find a group that likes to post daily journals, they are hard to find but it has always helped me in the past so I'm excited to be here.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 12, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 252.8

Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 107.8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/12/2017:
I was able to add my info but the writing area would not let me write.....I guess I need to figure out how this site works....I would like to add my foods.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2017:
on your browser, change your view or page settings to "compatability view" many people have had this problem, including myself!

google how to change the setting to compatability view on the web page.


BearCountryGG on 07/13/2017:
Okay...thanks for the help...I will try that.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2017:
yes, it should work, BCGG!

happy-1 on 07/13/2017:

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