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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Mar 27, 2018
(CEO of my life and calorie counting)
Weight: 227.4

Lotsof pre testing for D today...that's done for a few days...next week...more stuff.  Doing laundry and thinking nap now.  Dishwasher unloaded and reloaded and ran...besides those things...I'm just spendin some TV time.

coffee w/creamer

cheerios and milk

chicken strips and aioli

bubly 

corn

edemame

Vitamins

fresh pineapple

2 oatmeal cookies

dehydrated fruit about 1/3 cup

2 crackers

chips

Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 82.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/27/2018:
A good day. I remember when we had to do all that prep work for my husband. There's a lot that you have to do before the actual surgery. I don't think people realize that, LOL. I was not prepared for how much work it would be afterwards. The movement we take for granted every day becomes so difficult, painful, or impossible. But then the healing can begin and things get better.

bearcountrygg on 03/28/2018:
I've had surgeries before and it was no more than 1 hosp visit beforehand.....this is really different....his dr keeps stressing that it's elective surgery and he can die...UGH



BearCountryGG - Monday Mar 26, 2018
(CEO of my life and calorie counting)
Weight: 225.4

Feeling better and hip is responding to turmeric and fresh pineapple.....and these need to keep on showing up in my life.  We got the curtains hung yesterday with only one blowup.....he started hanging them with me in another part of the house and I freaked out ( did this in another house before and he hung them wrong...MEN).....after we both wished POX on the other we both settled down and got it done!!!!  

Snow and ice is going slowly...and it's cold.....spring can start acting right anytime.  

D has lots and lots of tests at the hospital tomorrow...I expect him to be on edge today....so I just need to breathe and ignore his attitude........I will be so happy when this is all over with...and hopefully he is healthy enough to do this.

vitamins

calories under 1,500

Breakfast

coffee, 1 with creamer

1 slice oatmeal toast with spray butter

scrambled egg with 1/2 slice american cheese

Lunch

hamburger on whole wheat with aioli

mac and cheese

pineapple

Dinner

Pineapple

cashews

peanuts

milk

Snacks

protein bar

cookies

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 80.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2018:
yes, after he's had the surgery and healed quite a bit, i am also sure he'll start to feel better as he adjusts to the new...hip? i went back in your entries a week and still cannot remember...

our snow and ice has been melting quicker than yours with temps reaching around 40F each day at their peak and sometimes even higher. :)

Do you put the tumeric on the pineapple???

wishing you a good day...and also a smooth day tomorrow at the hospital :) best of luck to your hubby!!!!

bearcountrygg on 03/26/2018:
Knee replacement surgery...that actually was scheduled 2 years ago but he got shingles...so it had to be cancelled...an since then he has put it off until it can't be put off any longer. We take turmeric capsules...and I do cook with it also...but nope...we eat the pineapple fresh...and plain.


happy-1 on 03/26/2018:
Mmmm pineapple. You could always whack his good knee :-p

bearcountrygg on 03/26/2018:
LOl...at this point he doesn't have a good knee...LOL



BearCountryGG - Sunday Mar 25, 2018
(CEO of my life and calorie counting)
Weight: 225.4

Up and feeling pretty good today...feel fat...but good.  

Hopefully we get curtains on the last 4 curtainless windows today..... neighbors dog wanders over at night...( he's a nice lab)...and they come over to get him...I really will be happy when these windows are all covered. 

Time for the bear to start roaming around at night too...I don't want them  watching me when it's dark out either...they might think I have enough meat on my bones to just be worth breaking out a window...LOL

I enjoyed the exercycle yesterday...but kept it to 10 minutes...I will up that today......( I had a heart attack when I was 29 during a simple surgery that caused heart damage...and arrythmia...so I have to do that slowly)...but I will add a couple of minutes today.

I think this will be a good productive day.

Calories under 1,500 a day

vitamins

Breakfast

coffee 1 with creamer

toasted oatmeal bread (2)

spray butter

banana

Lunch

chicken

rice with onions

peas

cookies

 

Dinner

dessert...but at least it had nuts and fruit in it...LOL

 

Snack

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 80.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/25/2018:
I am glad you are feeling good today. your plans so far on your day and menu look good!

my coworker who has a house upstate NY has been telling me bear stories too!

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
I have a feeling it's going to be a season of plenty of bear.


Donkey on 03/25/2018:
So glad you like your bike! You've got the right approach, start out with what's comfortable, and then try to increase your time by 5 minute intervals, as you progress. I would recommend aiming for 30 minutes, but you know what you need to do to feel good.

Also, if the idea of a 30 minute session doesn't seem workable, try to fit in another short session at a different time. So 10 minutes in the morning, and then maybe 10 minutes in the afternoon. That might even work better...

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
I stopped riding yesterday when I was just beginning to tire...I could have ridden longer....but since I'm not allowed to ever get on a treadmill again ( by Drs)...I figured I should take it slow. Today it will be a little longer, or like you said...maybe ride 2 or even 3 times today.


trishpiglet3 on 03/25/2018:
Having a heart attack during surgery sounds scary. Extra impressed with all you're doing given what you've been through.

I'm not so helpful with the exercise advice as others as I'm not as experienced or knowledgeable but wishing you luck :)

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
Thank you...I was 29...and 130 pounds or less....with a family to raise.......it was a shock but life went on and I rarely think about it...but the arrhythmia gets my attention...so I don't have any stamina...I do things in small bursts of energy...it all eventually gets done.


happy-1 on 03/25/2018:
Good on you for getting done what you can when you can and then getting back to it. I am learning how to do it. I need to learn to set more achievable goals and be consistent with breaks.

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
Little changes are helping...but you are doing great Hap!



BearCountryGG - Saturday Mar 24, 2018
(CEO of my life and calorie counting)
Weight: 225.4

Tons of things to do at home today...but the opperative word is home.....and the scales were up again...and this can't happen...so even if I have to get up in the middle of the night to post...that is what I'm going to do..... it's crazy how the scale is moving up...worse than I could ever imagine plus holding on to water right now is making it worse......but....I need to keep accountable...and this is the place to do that. Read an interesting brief article today about senior citizens and calories...they said that the less we eat in old age...the more we extend our lives...and for women that was 1,700 calories per day.  It is assumed that most women use about 2,000 calories a day just existing...I'm wondering if the 1,700 is taking into account the more sedentary old age life...or maybe seniors just use less to survive....at any rate...that's me...so 1,500 works for weight loss...and then going up to 1,700 should work for maintanance...( way too soon to think about that though).  

Back to the vitamins...when I go off the rails...everything stops....UGH

Exercise=10 minutes on bike

Max cals per day will be 1,500

Breakfast

2 cups coffee

1 banana

Lunch

1 baked chicken breast

rice

peas

bagel

spray butter

bubly sparkling water

Dinner

tuna salad

crackers

large orange

Snacks

freeze dried corn ( mini bag)

roasted edemame(mini bag)

quest protein bar

veggie sticks (mini bag)

--------------------------------------

1453 calories for the day

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 80.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/24/2018:
That's an interesting question: Is the lower calorie requirement due to less activity? or because the metabolism slows down as we age? I believe that there is research that says that our metabolism slows down as we get older. Menopause --- anything hormone related -- is another kick in the gut that makes it harder to lose weight.

I also thought that the more active one is, the more active the metabolism is. I could be wrong in my information.

IDK it seems such a shame to live so long only to not be able to eat whatever one wants. Kind of blows my "eat peanut M&M's all day long while watching TV once I'm 80" plan out the door... On the other hand, I'd love to be 80 and win 1st place in my age division in a running race because I'm the only one in my category LOL!

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
LOL.....I didn't really consider the metabolism part.......maybe that's it...and the menopause thing happened surgically for me 20 years ago...and I know that didn't help at all..you would think 10 years of hot flashes would be worth something wouldn't you???LOL And then there is the question for me...that is...DO I WANT to live 10 years longer...and do my Kids want me to live 10 years longer...LOL....but being the only runner in your category would be a winner!!!!!


Donkey on 03/24/2018:
This reminds me, I need to pick up more vitamins as well.

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
I was doing well with those...and as soon as I stopped posting..I quit taking them...UGH...I need DD...obviously! You guys keep me thinking!


Donkey on 03/24/2018:
Good job today!

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
TY



BearCountryGG - Friday Mar 23, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 223.0

I think I will have to find time to drop in here...maybe not daily.....but definately on some kind of basis.......I'm overeating out of stress...and the scales are showing it...clothes are tight but I refuse to buy a bigger size........I'm not even going there about today...it was pitiful....so tomorrow when I have time...I will be posting.... I seem to be searching out every sweet and potato item in the house.....so I need the accountablity.  

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 78 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/23/2018:
I'm there with you right now. Gained 6 lbs back

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
Stress eating is so dangerous...I know I need to find a new way to deal with things.


Donkey on 03/23/2018:
Ugh, I hate that tight clothes feeling. I never realized I had sensory issues until recently: baggy clothes, nail biting...

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
Yes...I hate my clothes...tight...and I equally hate them baggy!!! I'm not a picky dresser...I don't mind wearing old clothes...or faded clothes...but I want them to fit...no bagging...no tightness...I do draw the line at 2 different plaids or stripes and plaid at the same time...LOL.....makes me think of D's aunt and uncle who arrived at our front door in a total of 3 plaids and 1 print...I swear...when I opened the door my eyes couldn't focus...LOL



BearCountryGG - Friday Mar 23, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 221.0

Yesterday was interesting and frustrating.......spent part of the morning putting the exercycle together....sweet...love it.

Then the phone rang...and we were notified that even though surgery is just days away...and the preliminary stuff is starting...we were informed that the hospital and dr no longer take our insurance.... GASP!!!!  So instead of them taking our Humana......we are now out of network.............the rest of the day was spent on the phone with Humana, the drs office, the hospital and medicare.........what a bunch of turmoil.

The nearest dr taking our insurance is on the other side of the state.

We have decided to just get it done as planned but out of network...which means...they won't pay as much.

Switching to the dr on the other side of the state would mean another 3 plus  month wait if he is lucky....so...he's not doing that.

Stress is high.............................

 

 

Progress as of today: 34.4 lbs lost so far, only 76 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2018:
insurance all around problems it seems here on DD. i am so sorry. Donkey mentioned she doesn't have insurance now at all.

I am so sorry about this...i cannot believe it. too bad they cannot grandfather you in - since you had already planned the surgery and everything. honestly, you might try to see about this...

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
They say they will pay parts......it sounds like it will be sufficient...with us paying a bit more now.....the choices were cancel it and go across the state...or continue on...and it will cost a little more....it's easier this way....It's quicker and easier for us this way...but very frustrating.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
We checked into changing insurances ( this one is the only one the carpenters offers)...and Blue cross won't take us if we have current insurance...so we would have to cancel...go without for awhile and then they would take us...that's not an option either.....we will just go with what we have...and pay the bill....that gets the job done...and will be our new norm.....as long as we live in a remote area....If we moved back to the Detroit area...we wouldn't have this problem.....UGH


bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
Basically what happened is that 1 large hospital group is taking over all of northern Michigan...and their rules are all that counts now...and our Humana isn't in their network....apparently this has happened to a lot of people and they are taking a hard line on it...while they were nice...they were refusing to consider any other way. We will survive....it's just adding another stress.


horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2018:
yeah, i get it - they have a monopoly over the area...and can do a lot of what they want to do.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
unfortunately


happy-1 on 03/23/2018:
Hugs. I've been in that squeeze before. Big hugs.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
He's going through with it...we will just have to bite the bullet


Donkey on 03/23/2018:
Insurance... I don't even know what to say except that every day I think more and more that SOMETHING has GOT to change in this country about insurance and medical coverage. I'm glad you worked it out - although I realize that your "solution" was not ideal. I think you made the right decision, with the choices you were given. Yikes...

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
yup...just need to get it done and deal with whatever comes.



BearCountryGG - Tuesday Mar 20, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 221.0

Have a crummy cold.  Older son called last night and said that his phone rang......MOM popped up...and when he answered it...it was a call saying that they wanted him to get a credit card from them...darn hackers....they are still using my number...so  first...I ate more pizza!!!!!!    Then decided that changing my  number was the only thing I could do......so first thing this morning...I ate more pizza and cake and coffee!!!   Then I  changed my phone number.....I don't know how or when this happened...but now I have a new phone number ( so I have to call everyone in my contact list)...and I'm locked out of 2 of my email accts until april 15th...Hacker again!!!   This is getting tiresome.......

Lots of things to change online now too.........stress eating....  it's taken me over....what it hasn't affected...the cold has.....not caring right now...wasn't happy with the scales this morning either...but it's what I deserve.  Lots of tension around here...yoyoing likely....and with everything else that is going on with D's surgery preps...I basically don't care......not really in diet mode right now...too many other things happening.  

Swamped with email and phone number changes....and all of the surgery pre-ops start this week too........so I will be taking that time off that I spoke of before...( I'm glad i got back here for a little bit)...but now..there is much to do...and I'm fighting the cold on top of that...so I need to get busy and get things done here before it all piles up on me at the last minute.  I will return..........when we can put this stuff behind us!!!

Progress as of today: 34.4 lbs lost so far, only 76 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2018:
i am very bad with stress eating too before actually doing an assignment. it's hard for me too - that's why it's sometimes good to have healthier alternatives around to choose from...yeah...i know what you mean for sure!

keep on, stay happy, try to be moderate with your choices as much as you can :)

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Staying happy!


horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2018:
try to stay happy and care a little bit...look how nice your weight chart looks on the right!

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
I know...funny how it comes on so fast and goes off so slow.


Maria7 on 03/20/2018:
Bless your heart. No wonder you are not in 'diet mode' and had a 'food fit'! :-) You have a lot on your plate (no pun intended). Same here, Friend. I've been out of 'diet mode' myself, this winter. Oh, well. 'This, too, shall pass', regarding all the stress. You are still doing great, holding off over 34 pounds you have lost, no easy feat. I basically don't care, either, at times and just eat whatever I want. Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Thanks Maria....you are right...there is a lot on my plate...LOL


Donkey on 03/20/2018:
(((hugs))) I can completely understand where you are coming from. I guess my only recommendation is to try to find lower calorie or healthier choices.... although I can honestly say that, for example, eating a pound of nuts is NOT recommended. So I guess it may not matter whether the food is healthy or not.

What I would recommend is this: When you find yourself stress-eating, be kind to and be honest with yourself. "I am eating this cake because I'm having a hard time handling all this stress, and it's OK because I will see myself through this mess." I've done this with myself. Stressful times with stressful eating is NOT the time to be beating up on yourself. Be kind to yourself above all.

Hope that makes sense...

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Thank you!


Maria7 on 03/21/2018:
Hope you are feeling better today.



BearCountryGG - Monday Mar 19, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Woke up sleepy and stiff jointed.....not much energy but today was a hugge errand day...so I didn't have any choice...............

Had a cup of coffee and took a bath and left as soon as it was light out, got groceries, took a book to donate, and another bag of donations to another site,  Mailed a pkg back in the UPS drop off, picked up some new mailers, and went to buy the fake flowers for grave decorations in may....back home and made a bagel with butter and peaniut butter for a late breakfast and had 2 mini cakes.  Lunch was easy...not wanting to cook....we had pizza...and I only ate 1 square serving......then went to take a 2 plus hour nap.  I'm up again...and still feeling sleepy and stiff..so I unloaded and reloaded dishwasher and I'm finally on my 2nd cup of coffee......no energy....waiting for the exercycle to arrive...just got up haldf an hour ago and want to go back to bed.........BUT...I will not allow myself to sleep anymore or I  won't sleep tonight.... calories are actualy low for the day...not a good food day though....don't care......youngest son called to chat.......almost fell asleep...luckily he's a talker...because had nothing to say...LOL...........sorted the mail...geeze...everything is a chore...I think I will go do 1 load of laundry...maybe that will wake me up.............made myself go throw some apples out for the deer.....and weirdly put my pajamas on the bed for tonight....it's not even 5 yet.....clearly sleep is what I want...bike arrived and we are tootired to put it together now...hopefully tomorrow.  Just now noticing some back and lung discomfort...maybe that explains something, neck glands are swollen....thinking about more pizza.....yup...pizza and 2 chicken fingers and now a cough and runny nose.....I'm done for the day.....it's a cold....drinking lots of water and seltzer water........tv for the rest of the day.

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/19/2018:
Sounds like you are ill? I hope you feel better tomorrow (((hugs)))


happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Hugs. Feel better!


happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Saw this and thought of u. Big hugs!!!! https://www.instagram.com/p/BgggpCmASTO/


happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Saw this and thought of u. Big hugs!!!! https://www.instagram.com/p/BgggpCmASTO/



BearCountryGG - Sunday Mar 18, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Wrapping up lots of loose ends around here today......enough to keep me busy all day...exercycle didn't arrive like it was supposed to...don't know what is up with that.....but it sure won't arrive on Sunday....staying away from the grocery store for one more day....tomorrow.,,,,I will have no choice though...will be totally out of some necessities...but I'm happy to keep putting it off in the future until I'm desperate....good thing for me to learn....if I can't deal with grocery shopping without buying the stuff that tempts me then...just don't shop...LOL.

Breakfast

coffee

apple walnut cream of wheat 

A.M. Snack 

4 small pieces candy

Lunch

chicken and veggies on noodles, 4 fries, sweet potatoes...working on using up leftovers

Dinner

cheese, blueberry protein muffin, peanits

 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 03/18/2018:
That's about the only way that I can seem to do good on the food intake side of things lately...... I just have to keep it out of the house. The family has done a good job of keeping most of the normal temptations out of the house for me (candy, cookies, ice cream, etc). Unfortunately I'm now tempted by pretty much any type of carb. So now I've been getting derailed by bread / jam / peanut butter / cereal. Going to change up some of the wife and daughters food options to get rid of some of the temptations (no bread / jam / peanut butter / granola bars / cereal). They're not overjoyed about making a change, but I think they'll survive.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2018:
love your chart above!!!



BearCountryGG - Saturday Mar 17, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Breakfast

oatmeal

coffee 

Lunch

bagel with butter and almond butter

freeze dried fruit and berries

Dinner

Chicken and veggies on egg noodles

Evening

cheese and crackers

 

 

Finishing up taxes today and several phone calls...the day is flying by.

Frustrating day...email was hacked and now has been locked for the next month  and the camera card reader I ordered arrived wrong.....you would think they would have been able to read the number on it..and send the right one....UGH....frustrating but not lettingit get me down...I will have to go to the post office anyway on Monday or tuesday...might as well take one more pkg.

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/17/2018:
Hugs. Sounds like a hard day.



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