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BearCountryGG - Saturday Dec 09, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Well yeah...here I am again but not with a list of foods i ate or didn't eat...but with the realization that food is a symptom of a problem....when I feel better I treat my body better.  I watched an old rerun of a Dr Oz prograqm yesterday....and Jenna Wolfe was on....I'd seen that program before but watched in hopes that while I know how and what to eat.....I don't eat like that.......and  I had hopes that they would persuade me to eat like that........and I learned something totally different...that I didn't expect to learn.  

Jenna Wolfe is obsessed with eating the right foods and fitness...that is how she lives every moment of her day, she chugs 20 gulps of water before getting out of bed, diet and fitness are what she lives for, but that isn't me...and I will never be able to live that way because i don't want to.  I don't want to have abs or lift weights or do handstands that magically turn into belly drops and then hop back onto my feet 50 times a day. 

I've learned what I should eat and how I should eat over and over again for the last many years....I know what I should do by the book...what I am doing subconsciously and putting into practice is basically thumbing my nose at the usual dieting procedure....it's not that I don't know how to eat healthfully....it's deeper than that...it is self sabotage.  

I need to be working on me....not what I eat, my fat is a wall around me that keeps people at a distance.  That is what I need to work on.......not food.  

Food has become my friend ( enemy in disquise).....food is fun, tasty, makes me momentarily happy ( certain foods that is)...other foods are for nutrition.....but a nice plate of chicken and salad are not what makes my world go around...veggies are okay...but they don't make me love them......and if I had to survive on them for the rest of my life because that was all that was available I would be grateful for them...but that isn't the case....the store is full of other things that bring me much more happiness when I'm hungry.

I'm going for that momentary happiness instead of mixing some nutrition and happiness in a way that is just healthier all around... I know what to do, I know what to eat....it's just resisting that momentary desire to stuff my face with the goodies (binge)......

I need a happy medium...that will only be found in my own mind....I already know what is good and what is bad food wise....I'm not willing to live on veggies and I am no longer willing to live on junk food just because it is basically junk....and unhealthy......

I'm also unwilling to do things for the rest of my life to stay thi. n once I get there...food makes me happy....I want to live in happiness.

Denny has always told me that diets don't work...because they imply getting it over with and getting off them...well...I don't want to be on a diet for the rest of my life...I know it has to be a lifestyle...but I don't want to live on veggies....( sounding like a broken record here).

I need to find a balance with food....I need to figure out why I keep this fat wall up, I am a solitary person ( only children are often like that).....I'm seeing my food addiction as a real addiction....and while I have never had other types of addiction, my parents were addicted to gambling in their later years from 60 to 80..........and I'm in those years now too.......maybe I need to be learing more about addiction than dieting because it's looking like that may be my main problem.  Jounaling here from time to time will be a help as I work my way through this.....


Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Friday Dec 08, 2017
Weight: 243.2


I'm fighting the fact that I am obsessing about food.  Denny has been telling me that and I'm accepting his opinion  right now.  

The fact is that all of the years I was thin.......my only thought was feeding Denny and the kids nutritious food. I didn't think about my own weight....and now that I gained over a stressful time in my life...I'm obsessed with losing it.....maybe I just need to give myself a pass and forget it....forget food period...just live and use what I know about nutrition and shop accordingly...because obsessing about it all is making me crave carbs...and then I eat them...and then I get mad at myself for eating them and that stress makes me want to eat more...it's a vicious cycle that I think I need to get out of.....I don't need stress...I really need to destress.

 Back a few years ago I lost 55 pounds with WW,,,,,,and then put it back on plus more....I don't think putting pressure on myself is a good thing right now...because I have become obsessed with food.  That has to stop....I'm taking some time off from all of the pressures I have been putting on myself.  

I'm going to take some time off and just be....I will drop in from time to time and visit you guys....I hope all of you find what you are looking for ....you have been a great deal of support to me.....but I need to figure out what I really want and what I am willing to do to get it or if I just want to  accept things the way they are and let myself off the hook about the weight all together.  I am probably eating worse than I have ever eaten in my life...the more I tell myself to eat healthy...the more I reach for the UNHEALTHY......can old people go through the teenage rebellion stage again????  LOL...because that is exactly how I am reacting right now.....maybe it's more like the terrible two's!!!!   Anyway , thank you to all for your unfailing support,  I wish you all the happiest of holidays.  

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2017:
Regarding 2 nights ago eating during the power failure, try to have some healthy options ready maybe? the selzter? and limit yourself to ONE snack of your choice. you can have crackers or a cookie, but make it one serving, then fill up on vegetables or just water....allow yourself the treat, and you don't have to make it a binge :)

horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2017:
Yes, I agree with your thought process regarding weight loss. It shouldn't be stressful - because if you do that it makes the weight loss hard to maintain.

What you do to lose should be a routine that you can actually stick with for the long run. It cannot be a diet - but a lifestyle.

It's small changes over time. Make just one change now - like one cookie instead of 2. or one cookie and one orange...or one orange and a cookie later instead of 2 cookies later.

It's small steps to change. Not a big change at once.

This is how i personally lost the last 10 lbs - for the last 10 lbs, they took me a FULL YEAR to lose.

Now, i've kept them off for almost 2 years..2 in April!

And still i keep track of what i eat, mindful (but yes i'm a calorie counter - but you don't have to be)...

realize as you go through your weight loss journey that nothing is off limits, nothing is bad...that the choices you make one day can be different the next. nothing is off limits. just balance.

the good thing about not being on a diet is that it's your lifestyle - that nothing is black and white, that you can just try your best and try again the next day.

you don't need to work towards that end goal, just keep working and getting better each day...and whenever you reach certain goals, is great! but it shouldn't be a stressor bc yes that's unhealthy and not a lasting type of thing.

your diet doesn't have to be all good or all bad. or the lowest calories possible. moderate is better, moderate is what is maintainable.

horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2017:
You are retired and living comfortably with your husband, don't pressure yourself. Do it as you can. You'll be happier that way - and actually be able to maintain your loss.

I have tried both ways - now, for once in my life, it's been easier to maintain. Partially bc my exercise is up (actually that's a lot why - and i'm not injured anymore so i can actually keep the exercise) and partially bc i am being more moderate and allowing more carbs especially so i feel good and not deprived. I eat more balanced. Not crazy low fat like i did in college and my skin and hair got really ratty when i didn't eat enough fat those couple years. and not low carb like i did especially 5 years ago and caused a bit of depression.

now it's more moderate. and it seems to work better. i binge less when i make sure to get in the carbs more. the more i give myself, the less i feel deprived. it took me many years to learn though. many years.

it may take you 5 years to reach your ultimate, losing a bit each year.

Even losing 10lbs in a year is HUGE! That would be wonderful.you'd be down a size at least.

bearcountrygg on 12/08/2017:
Lots of great advise there HOP...I will read and reread it....just kicking back for awhile and taking my time to not stress about it...thanks for the support.

horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2017:
Yeah don't stress and don't stress over my over-the-top comments at times ;) <3 hugs and kisses!

Donkey on 12/09/2017:
I'm in a similar spot, which I will write about today. If you pop on in, I'd appreciate any feedback or insight from your thoughts.

Horn has some good insights. It has to be a lifestyle, otherwise, you end up stressing out and it can backfire into binging, etc.

Nothing wrong about maintaining and trying to find a peace with one's weight -- self-acceptance, rather than dieting. That could be your focus for now?

BearCountryGG - Thursday Dec 07, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Luckily power stayed on all night....Today our new dining room table and chairs arrives......so we will be home waiting for that......we have looked for that for the last 2 years and had finally found the right one......so a long awaited arrival finally.  Now to take the old set to basement...that should be interesting....LOL  Hope no one takes the fast slide down...we don't move like we used to...LOL

 Not happy that I let last nights power outage and staying up until it came back on gave me an excuse to eat....it could have been worse...but I could have made better choices too.....but when power came back on and we did get to bed...I slept very well...so not a total loss....I do know that I'm relying on going to bed earlier sometimes to keep from eating.....and I'm recognising that there is a big difference between just wanting to eat...and needing to eat to prevent reflux.......it's the food choice that makes the difference.....need to keep that in mind in the future, but what I ate was quick and handy.......good reason to start keeping cleaned and ready fruits anfd veggies in the fridge.


1 egg fried in pam = 91

1 sliced Aunt Millies 15 grain bread toasted = 130

1 slice bacon = 29

16 ounces coffee = 9

Took vitamins

Got too hungry waiting for the furniture delivery and got snacky but points are still fine...we have decided to use up all food here and restock...so it all needs to be used anyway...I will only be buying things like milk, eggs and produce now until we are emptied out....when replacing we will have to be a lot more careful what we bring in here....unfortunately He can't eat some of this stuff so I will have to work it in when i can...one thing with calorie counting...it's doable.


gogo squeeze strawberry yogurt = 90

Belgian Boys De Liege Wafel = 249

Utz regpotato chips mini bag = 150


Rotini and meatballs w/sauce = 270

Banana = 109

Dinner was a mixture of stuff...no time right now to write it all out....but fit day still shows that I burned more than I ate today...so all is well.

Good day over all


Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Dec 06, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Snowy day here...plan an inside day for the most part...still need to bring 3 planters in though.  Todays plan is to organize the master bd room better and get it picked up...it seems to be the place too many things land...just to get them out of the way.   I made a NO SHOPPING sign and hung it above my computer...my internet stores are going to miss me!!!

Vitamins taken


Multi grain english muffin = 130

1 egg fried in PAM = 91

1 1/2 strips bacon = 43

16 ounces coffee = 9




Banana = 109

Town House Pita Crackers and Hummus snack box = 240




lettuce = 13

pickled beets=16

pork roast=496


olive oil=60

braggs ginger sesame dressing=135

cool whip =75


Late night snack waiting for power to come back on 

1 pk no frosting pop tarts =420

1 2pk of Nature Vally granola cups PB = 200





1.  Cals allowed 1,593?  Used 2,120

2.  Nutrients? good plus vitamins

3.  Planned Exercise? Used stretchy band for arm exercises

4.  House company ready %? 80%

5.  Clean 1 storage area? Redid laundry room closet and found some holiday things

6.  Shop out of necessity only?  No shopping for me...my sign says NO!!!

7.  How did I handle this day? % 80% never did get to straightening bd rm, other things filled the day and took up more time than expected

8.  What could I have done better? Could have worked in evening cleaning bd rm but

decided not to


Power went out at bedtime...and since I got an immediate text from power company about restoration time we stayed up........unfortunately that meant I felt hungry....and then ate a pkg pop tarts and a mini pk of 2 Nature Valley granola cups...but didn't want reflux in the middle of the night...plus the hunger was nagging at me....so I fell for it....I could have handled that differently.....but didn't...Hope I learned from it.....so now the daily calories were 2,120

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Hugs!!! Get at em!

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Thanks....up and at em!!!!

Maria7 on 12/06/2017:
Same here...Master bedroom easy to get cluttered...I did accomplish clearing off my desk in the library yesterday, tho. Your breakfast looks good. I gotta get some Pam spray. I had 2 scrambled eggs in oil (extra cals) and 1 plain toast, a tangerine and coffee with creamer and sugar this morning with a total of 400 cals. I was hungry, ha. Have a wonderful day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Pam spray is great...I love it. Your breakfast sounds good too....Doesn't it make you feel good when you clear a surface of things that don't belong there?

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Silicon muffin tins and pans are better than Pam spray... eggs don't stick and you can just bake them in the oven then pop them out no added oil.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Sounds interesting....I'seen them, but never had any.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Also- Saw your comment on legcramps' post... I use melatonin. Chewable seems to work the best. I take like 6.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
I'll look melatonin up and see if that will help...thanx for the heads up.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Dec 05, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Up extra early....hubby has an early Dr appt....so we got a very early start....super high winds.....stuff falling on the metal roof......power already has been out and back on...waiting for daylight to look for roof damage.......Feeling pretty good today.....ready to get on with it all...........did a biopsy on his nose.


1 egg fried in PAM = 91

1 1/2 slices bacon  = 43

1 Multi grain english muffin =130

16 ounces coffee = 9......funny that fitday counts coffee calories....but that's okay




Took all vitamins and supplements 



Pork roast = 311

Baked potato = 136

olive oil = 119

butter = 54

red and orange peppers = 20







Green Bean casserole 1 cup or less = 135

Bumble Bee Chicken Salad = 140

Bumble Bee 6 crackers = 80

Cheri Bundi tart cherry juice = 130









1.  Under 1593 calories?  1,399 calories

2.  Did I meet all of my daily nutrients?  most with food and yes with vitamins

3.  Any kind of intentional exercise? No, still have hip issues but today was a lot better

4.  House company ready %? 80%

5.  Clean 1 storage area? yes....cleared out more paperwork and found a 2 way radio license that had  never gotten renewed....we both missed that...UGH!  Got rid of a big pile of papers though

6.  Shop out of necessity only? no shopping today...but did order a pair of pants for Denny at his request

7.  How do I feel I handled today? Pretty well but I need to incorporate exercise tomorrow

8.  What could I have done better?  should have made a salad today...forgot I had that...tomorrow 

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2017:
I love your questions for daily recap! very very insightful and efficient thing to do! And doing it everyday will help you ingrain good behaviors as well as find the habits that do not support weightloss or that are unhealthy! nicely done, BCGG. Impressed i am!

Also, i guess everything but water and ice has calories...lol to your coffee calories! you know, coffee is ok in moderation anyways!

bearcountrygg on 12/05/2017:
The questions do make me think....I feel more accountable. Funny....fitday is the only place I have ever seen coffee with calories...but thankfully they are few.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
How did the biopsy go?

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Won't know for up to 2 weeks...he has had a couple of other skin cancers in the past....this thing is on his nose....so we have a bit of a wait ahead.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:

BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 04, 2017
Weight: 243.6

 I've made up my life plan for the next year starting today...instead of waiting for the new year.

I'm committing to losing 98 pounds by December 4, 2018

After spending the last week just not feeling well, I'm accepting the fact that I just have to get serious and be more proactive about getting this done.

I dug out the old Fit Day program that I have always enjoyed using, because it not only counts calories and tracks weight, it also keeps track of carbs and nutrients etc.

So today I got on the scales and I'm back at 243.6 pounds

I ran the program and found that.....

1.  My BMI is 41.81 and is in the extreme obesity category OMG

2.  The healthy weight range for me (5 ft 4 in) is 107.78 to 145.64.   I have weighed 104 to 130 in the past for many years, but for now I'm shooting for 145 by December 4, 2018

3.  According to Fit Day I'm 97.96 pounds above that weight..

4.  According to Fit Day I am allowed 1,593 calories per day ( I will stay there or below) and at that rate I can lose 98 pounds in a year.

5.  I'm also adding a list of daily vitamins and supplements ie multiple, extra c, B-12, zinc, and turmeric

6.  I'm also adding some other things on a homemaking/housekeeping note that I have been letting slide...time to get back to moving around more.

A) Have the house company ready 100% of the time.  Keep things up on a moment to moment basis...no more laying something down where it doesn't belong.

B)  Every day pick 1 storage area ( drawer, closet, bin, file etc) and  clean it out, organize, purge, donate, neaten etc.

C)  Use up what is on hand and buy out of necessity only....the more we have, the more we have to take care of.

Vitamins taken


1 egg fried in pam spray = 91

3/4 cup potatoes fried in olive oil = 201

1 1/2 slices bacon =43

16 ounces coffee = 9


Breakfast =344



1 1/2 cups chili ( homemade) = 481


Lunch = 481


Dinner --since lunch is usually our main meal, dinner can be anything.

Quaker summer berry oatmeal = 250

GoGo squeeze yogurt with strawberries = 90

Cheribundi tart cherry juice = 130

sugar free jello = 5


Dinner - 475

Calories for the day = 1,300 exactly




Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/04/2017:
I signed in to say that I TRULY LOVE this post! I can feel your energy and determination as well as commitment and it has renewed my determination work on my goal as well. I also love your 'house-company ready 100% of the time', too. I know you can do this. Yayyyy! So happy for you! You have good plans about cleaning out storage areas, too (my weakness). Your 'C'..use up what is on hand and buy only out of necessity REALLY says it all! Have a blessed day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thanks for the encouragement Maria.......I think I'm finally ready to do this for real....I guess I just needed a distinct goal with an end date....I'm actually enjoying this today.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2017:
Hi there BCGG! I like your big goal and deadline. Remember that to get to that goal, you will need to commit to the PROCESS…you will learn to enjoy the feeling of not getting there right away, but learn to enjoy the process of getting there. And once you are there, I hope you will feel the ability and power that you can maintain your progress. That’s a wonderful goal, I back you up on it!

For myself, I have been a calorie counter for almost 15 years. It’s the way I go, it works for me (along with knowing I can indulge in veggies all I like because they are low in calories and help to keep me satisfied (I could never weigh what I weigh now if I were a big pasta junkie – it doesn’t satisfy me enough!...but I gotta say, the whole wheat and high fiber pastas and higher protein ones are getting interesting! I tasted one, and noticed right away the high fiber content and noticed it was more filling…

1. Even though it’s telling you that your BMI is high and you are in that category, realize that this is your situation now and do NOT beat yourself too much about it. You do already know that you want to change and I know that you will..so don’t hate yourself over the numbers, just be happy you are making the positive changes and that you have already joined a site like this one bc you are being proactive in learning and inspiring yourself to continue re-learning about yourself and how you will go about losing weight – which you will. One thing is for sure, calories in need to be lower than calories out…. 2. I think your goal is a good one…like I was saying! Let’s see what it means, though: 98 pounds in 12 months = 8 lbs a month. This is a big goal as most healthy weight loss programs say a good amount of weight loss is 2 lbs a week, which is what you are shooting for, for one year. In all honesty, even if you lose half of the 98, around 49 lbs or 50 we can say in a year, that would still be a MAJOR accomplishment. Be kind to yourself and patient. The longer it takes to lose weight, the longer you will usually keep it off, because you get used to knowing what you need to do in order to maintain the loss – bc you become used to maintaining.

3. 50 lbs a month – in 12 months is also a MAJORLY excellent goal, at 6 pounds per month.

4. Even losing 25 lbs in ONE year is AMAZING. Remember that it’s the JOURNEY. Everyday, try to make good choices that will get you to your goal…even if it’s 1 pound some weeks. This is my advice based on my own weightloss experience.

5. I like how you see how many calories you need per day….some days will be higher and some lower, never exact. If I were you, I’d try to do most days that way, but prepare yourself that not everyday will be perfect.

6. I know from experience that you will be able to experience weight loss even if you eat 1700 cals per day. Sometimes it’s good to have up and low calorie days so that your body doesn’t think it’s starving and start to slow your metabolism…in my opinion also I agree with it.

7. Yes, add the supplements…ginger is good too, good for health and assisting any inflammation. Tumeric is GREAT. Good job.

8. I like your choices and ideas and I support you, no matter however long it takes.

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thanks for the support HOP.....I'll take what I can get as far as the numbers go....I also know that low thyroid lowers metabolism so...what ever it takes...I'm ready. It won't be easy I know...and I will take it slower if my health begins to suffer....but...I'm ready...That BMI was shocking.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2017:
I like your comment back to me :)

I have your back, sister. I want to see you succeed!

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:

Donkey on 12/04/2017:
Glad you're back! I was afraid maybe you had given up... or that your computer died. I'm so excited for you and your goal!! Good for you for starting NOW and not waiting until next year in 27/28 days. That is EXACTLY what it takes to succeed!

I so envy the "company 100%" goal -- that is what I want for myself, but alas, right now, that's just not going to happen. HOWEVER, I WILL incorporate this in our next living space. I'm still inspired by you to continue to declutter and clean though!

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thank you.....I missed the group...just wasn't feeling good for the last week....but it reminded me that I need to do this more than ever. Decluttering can get to be fun after awhile....My Mom used to say that her stuff is what kept her house from floating away...LOl....I always told her I believed in gravity....

BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 27, 2017

Weight: 236.0

 Kept the clock unplugged and slept later again.....it's a keeper...no clock in the bedroom.  Phone is right there if I care to know the time.  Today I will stay busy all day.....basically picking up everything that is out of place and putting it away.....getting all laundry done....hanging pictures that have been waiting for far too long to be hung, and anything else that has been bugging me.....working 9 to 5 like its a job....no computer during that time...computer time is now between 5 at night and 9 in the morning...same rules for tv also...

Breakfast = coffee, 1 egg, 1 toast with 1 pat butter, 1 and a half slices bacon

Well  We got a lot done but I also found out that I have no where near the stamina to work for 8 hours anymore...we did get tons done this morning....but I took a 1 1/2 hour nap after lunch and I'm working as I can until 5....but 8 hours right now is not even close to a possibility.  This points out to me that it's even more important for me to downsize {"stuff").....and keep maintenance of the house simple.  We brought up 5 pictures to hang this morning and we like them up....picked up all odds and ends in tv room and got them out of there...and still working on laundry.  I'm happy.....the tv room looks nice and much neater now......tomorrow the bedroom......

Snack was 2 pieces chocolate and cheetos

Lunch was ( for me)...things leftover from Thanksgiving......sweet potatoes with walnuts and cranberries

Dinner = apple butter and peanut butter sandwich and chocolate.......

Weird here...denny at vet with dog...and a woodcutter came to cut trees...I hate that D wasn't here........but the guy is gone now thankfully...it's dark...about time he left a couple of minutes ago........I think he is cutting too close to the property line...but I'm not telling him......that's up to Denny.  Denny finally on his way home......but it will be awhile.......not too fond of being alone out here at night...UGH

Snack = rice krispies treat

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2017:
cheers to no alarm clock :)

i bought apple butter recently :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2017:
love rice krispie treats!

Donkey on 11/29/2017:
As long as you feel that your day was productive, I say it's a day well done. I would personally rather work 2 part-time jobs than one full-time job, but that's not really practical. The sweet potatoes sound delicious!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 26, 2017

Weight: 236.0

 Got up a little later today and I think it may have been because Denny unplugged the clock and I wasn't distracted by it....Possibley in the future I will turn it around so I can't see it from bed......I haven't woken up after 6 in years.....funny how much little things can change bigger things.........so...lots of energy today and I'm busy planning the way things are going to be starting tomorrow.....clearing out my desk and going to make it function in a more productive way now.

Breakfast = puffed spelt ( from the amish store) almond milk, and 2 little packets of sugar, orange juice and coffee

Got the vitamins out and decided to start a daily regimine of those again.

The trip to visit Dennys family was bitter sweet yesterday, a beautiful new baby and a brother in law with cancer that is more widespread than previously thought...while sad, he was in good spirits and we all had a nice visit.  And then Denny and him had their usual political disagreements...some things never change.  

Lunch = turkey sandwich

snack chocolate

Dinner = chicken salad, 6 crackers, banana and cookies



Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2017:
breakfast sounds nice and light and tasty. if you are hungry mid morning, have a nice snack. do you like almonds or any roasted nuts?

and how good it is to sleep in!

i've been getting so much rest, it's been a really wonderful 4 days off and home!

i am so sorry about the brother in law with cancer. it's way to prevalent. i'm glad that you all had a good time especially with the baby...they are soooooo adorable, those tiny little people!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2017:
Yup...eat nuts from time to time...allergic to some but I get away with eating them anyway....no serious reactions.

Donkey on 11/26/2017:
I'm glad to hear you had a nice visit. Politics was off-limits at our family get-together, except for Obamacare, which I mentioned at one point, since it's one of the things affecting me/us directly.

I continue to pray for your BIL, and other members affected by cancer. If prayer is not your thing, think of it as positive energy -- we can all use more of that in our lives. (((hugs)))

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2017:
Thank you for the prayers...we are all praying for him, so sudden and so sad for all of us...we just lost a brother in law to cancer 1 year ago...and here we go again...it feels like a bad movie. And when it comes to politics between these 2 ...it will always be a thing....I think they bond by disagreeing with each other...otherwise...they are buds.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 25, 2017

Weight: 236.0

Woke up with lots of energy today.....stripped the bed and the washer is going.......heading north today to visit family, meeting a new great niece for the first time........and going to do some housework before we go.

Breakfast...not too hungry - coffee, banana

Snack = pop tarts

Lunch = lasagna

Dinner peanut butter on whole grain bread

I've been toying with the idea for several months of putting myself on a daily hour by hour schedule.....( I'm afraid laziness has taken over my golden years...LOL).......and I don't think that that idleness serves me too well.....I need to move around more and watch tv less........so tomorrow is designated make a schedule day...that will then start monday....( I've tested it before and found out that I didn't want to get out of bed when I had a full day scheduled....LOl....that old brain doesn't want to be told what to do...even if it's me, telling me) .  It's funny how over the years when I had a boss...I had no problem doing what I ws told or what was expected.....but when it's me making the rules...I don't have the same compulsion to do what i know is right....so......I'm setting some rules that are non negotiable for myself.  I will look at it as as if it is a job and i have no choice.....I do know one thing...when I work from a desk and have a dedicated work station and files, and daily planner I do better....I like to work with a timer also...so tomorrow I will be getting things together and setting up my current desk as my organization work station.  I still plan to just maintain my weight through the holidays...and then start losing again in the new year.  

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/25/2017:
Great idea! I have a friend who works from home. When she was making the transition, she found it very helpful to prepare as though she were going to an office. So she does her hair, gets dressed -- might be a little more casual, but not pajamas or sweats --, and when she's in her home office, she is at work.

I am not a morning person, but I find that if I can get my contact lenses in, I'm usually more productive sooner :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2017:
Great ideas...I'm so productive when I have job limits......I'm adding that to my list for tomorrow...thanx

BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 24, 2017
(none...just being careful)
Weight: 236.0

I've been so concerned with encouraging others to eat sugar...I really don't want to trigger anyone...but it sounds like you all aren't too bothered by me...LOL.........If my menus ( or grazing items bother anyone just let me know) ......My plan is to just maintain until after the holidays....On new years day I plan to make some serious demands on myself....food wise, weight wise and otherwise....until then......I will continue to post foods.  I just don't want to bug anyone......


Thanksgiving day was quite traditional with turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, stuffing , rolls and pie. The breakfast was our usual. And candy as a snack


Today...since I made Denny the last 2 eggs left in the house I had to eat pie for breakfast...I think I got the best deal and of course coffee

Lunch was turkey on rolls ( 2), green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries and sweet potatoes and coffee

Did a little shopping for groceries in 2 stores this morning...no black friday in this tiny town...so it wasn't too busy.

Gun shots all aroung right now...maybe I shouldn't be sitting in front of a wiindow.......

Planning a little side trip to visit some of Dennys family tomorrow....looking forward to that.

Dinner was chicken salad, 2 small rolls, apple juice, 6  crackers and cake in a cup

Evening before bed snack.....mixed nuts and a kashi bar.....starving!!!!

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

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