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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Aug 16, 2017
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 250.6

It seems like I have been gone forever...but computer is finally working.....and Things have changed around here.  Got a letter a couple of days ago that I would be on jury duty September, October and November!  Now I have irritable bowel syndrome and I have been basically ignoring it since I'm home most of the time anyway....BUT......now I am forced to start eating to manage it...since I'm sure they will not just hold up the trial every time I need to visit the ladies room...UGH......when I worked I managed it out off necessity....but being home has completely turned me into someone who just wanted to eat what she wanted....UGH again....the bad thing is the foods that manage it are full of white flour...but I can't do anything about that...the good thing is it does force me to eat tiny or small meals and those white flour foods do control my low blood sugar too...so maybe it's a better thing over all.  My daily list of foods will seem very weird for a diet post....but it is what it is...actually the scales went down this morning so tiny portions will have to be how it goes.  I had to stop weight watchers, my new normal is totally contrary to their thinking...so....I'm now whipping my gut into shape for the coming trials (I'm set up to serve on 5 max).  Since I have had this for many years along with diverticular disease...I do know mainly what sets me off and what calms me down...so that is where I'm starting from.  Apparently coffee was not my friend!!!!!  But no headaches so YEAH!

Breakfast = banana

Mid morning snack= 2 pop tarts

Lunch= white rice and 1 Tablespoon of a chicken,veg, mushroom stirfry

Evening= NO DINNER but did have 2 cups coffee...testing testing...I really miss my coffee

Nutrition wise this is not good...but keeping in mind I am overweight to begin with so I really don't think I need to worry just yet...I'm keeping a notebook of my reactions so I think I can figure it all out...in the long run this will make my entire life so much more functional....I had gotten in the rut of basically just staying home...and when I had to go out I would white knuckle it....if I make this a way of life like I really should have done a long time ago..then I probably would never have put on all the eight.  I can say that the last time I worked was in 2002...I was a medical secretary and I weighed under 200 pounds then...in fact in 1999 I had gotten my weight down to 167...so a lot of weight went on between 1999 and 2002.  After I quit working it got even worse...but was obviously already out of control right after I got down to 167 on weight watchers...when I stopped going to meetings it jumped right back up and kept going higher than ever before...so now here I am...about 5 pounds under my highest ever..255. ..as much as I truly hate the idea of 3 months of jury duty...I'm having to now look at it as a hidden blessing...it got me back to thinking about fixing myself once and for all.  I'm not missing the food at all...I guess I finally found a reason BIG enough to make me want this more than I want the food.

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 120.6 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 08/16/2017:
I had a few pop tarts last week and I had the worst bowel movements ever. I blame the pop tarts because that was the only thing I ate differently.

Good luck.

bearcountrygg on 08/16/2017:
I'm also allergic to several foods and have lactose intolerance....my problem is spending too much time in the bathroom so I have to use counter measures....LOL..pop tarts have always been something that helps...but the calories....WOW.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2017:
Hello BCGG!

Why are you going to be on Jury Duty for three months? Really? Around here you get a letter for one day…and you show up and hope not to be actually chosen for a case! Wow…3 months!? Why!?

I hear you with managing of diet. I also eat more of what I want to when I am home – same as you – but when I work I manage it better for the same reasons – it’s not really fun to be bloated and full of gas at work lol. I know, TMI! You’ll have to mix the fibrous veg with the lower fiber. This is exactly what I do. I usually have some kinda grain / chip with every meal at work for this reason as well as bc I do feel more energy but eating grains with lunch and not only veg and protein…I find myself otherwise (without the grains) craving caffeine which was good when I was just concentrating on calories but the overloading of caffeine ended up causing me other poor side effects. So I ditched it mostly and kept the grains instead!

I’d say we all have a unique variety of food we eat and do not feel bad. Coffee really isn’t my friend either…I really do not need more than 1 cup per day (which is a lot anyways!)

bearcountrygg on 08/16/2017:
In more populated counties in my state the usual jury duty time is 1 trial...but because we are in a rural area...we have to be available for 5 trials ( I will have to call the evening before each one to see if they want me to show up the next day). I'm hoping they don't choose me for any of them but I have to be available for all of them...I really do dread it. So Between my food allergies and lactose intolerance I have to really be careful from now through the middle of November...I'm trying to look at it as an opportunity to finally really clean up my act and start eating what works for my gut instead of what I want...and hope for weight loss out of boredom...LOL

Donkey on 08/16/2017:
So glad you're back! I ended up having to get a new computer to resolve my problem :-(

bearcountrygg on 08/17/2017:
Oh bummer...but ne computers are always nice too.

Donkey on 08/16/2017:
PS Both my husband and a co-worker struggle with IBS. But jury duty is cool!

bearcountrygg on 08/17/2017:
Once I get rid off my main bathroom worry I think I will enjoy it too. And IBS is awful...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2017:
Yes, i think that the jury duty is not the worst thing in the world and now i see how different the service works when in a rural area! I had no idea!

But yes, work with it and your eating....

talk more soon!

bearcountrygg on 08/17/2017:
I'm already doing better....gives me hope.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2017:
I think only Donkey thinks JD is cool! haha...but you can learn a lot, sometimes.

bearcountrygg on 08/17/2017:
LOL.....Jury duty is beyond my control so I'm just preparing to go with it and do what I have to do. In the past they called me or JD but we were an emergency home for abused and neglected babies in our county and since foster care here is government run they let me off. Got me good this time though.

bearcountrygg - Sunday Aug 06, 2017
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 253.2

Well...this thing is overheating again...so not sure if or when I will be back.

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 123.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/07/2017:
So sorry about your computer / laptop was it? Electronics can be so finicky and seem to break and we never know what is wrong! sorry to hear! I get nervous about my laptop too. it's not overheating, but i had one in the past that did. i also got a fan for under it. worked for a few more months maybe even a year. i must have had dust too.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/07/2017:
i hope you are using canned air to blow out some dust? i should do this too!

happy-1 on 08/08/2017:
Missed your posts yesterday. Come back soon!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Aug 05, 2017
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 253.2

Still within points but made the mistake of eating too early because hubby woke me up at 5......so...



guacamole tortilla chips

ciabata roll





chocolate ( low blood sugar again)

Cheezit crackers

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 123.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2017:
If WW worked for you in the past, it'll work for you again now! :)

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2017:
I think so too...I know my habits ( good and bad) and I really just need to follow what I do know about myself.....and ww gives me guidelines.

bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 04, 2017
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 253.2

Good Morning!

Big thunderstorms here last night...knocked out the tv and everything....but it's a nice morning so I'm hoping it's a better day.

I made a decision to go back to weight watchers last night...not meetings because they are more than an hour away...but online...so I'm starting this morning.  Weight watchers is how I lost over 55 pounds several years ago...and it is even healthier now since they change the program to fit the times every couple of years or so...it is probably the healthiest program now that I have ever seen....it used to be easy to work in a good bit of junk food...it is not that way any more...you can still have it but they really zing you on the points for it now...and that is what I need right now...I truly am a junk food junky these days.

So...right now I get 32 points per day plus 42 anytime points per week

Breakfast = coffee and banana = 0

Lunch = light and fit yogurt = 2

Dinner  = hot dog on a whole wheat bun with mustard and catsup, and 1 cup of homemade coleslaw and cantalope = 19

 Evening snack and necessity to get all of my daily points in...a Kodiak Cakes double chocolate muffin was the perfect points = 11

Happy today went so easily..it works so much better for me to have a very small breakfast..or even none at all...it does make it easier for me to stay on points because I do like to eat something in the evening ,so having points left is perfect.

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 123.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/04/2017:
We got thunder and rain also this AM! Seems we all shared it - me, you, and IP!

I know weight watchers has helped MANY. It's easy to see how the foods = points and to keep track. I prefer keeping track of calories as i have been counting them well over 10 years and more closer to 15 years of my life, almost all 365 days of the year.

well, you can eat WW junk food which tends to be in pretty small packages, as long as you only stick to one snack! haha.

coleslaw is healthy! where'd you get it homemade!? yum!

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
I made the homemade coleslaw myself

Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2017:
ahhh nice!!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2017:
Neighbor brings over his garden bounty on a regular basis all summer.

Donkey on 08/05/2017:
I say use whatever tool will help you achieve your goals (as long as it's not harmful, LOL)! I look forward to reading more of your WW menus :-)

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2017:
It's worked for me in the past so I know it's worth a try.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Aug 03, 2017
(intuitive eating, and or calorie counting)
Weight: 249.8




bagel with butter and peanut butter

ice cream


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

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!?

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