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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 25, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 246.2

Okay.....I think I'm ready now to get it together.......or else someone just needs to slap me.  Monday always was my WW weigh in day back in the day...and it worked for me...meetings were Mondays and I also co sponsored a yahoo email ww group and it worked very well then...I am going to use the same principles myself in this group now....I need that personal accountability.  So I will be posting my weight every Monday...my daily points and my anytime points for the week.  In several ways the ww program is quite different...( they change it every year or two)...back in the day we used a cardboard slider to figure our points...now...since I am more than an hour away from meetings I am doing this with ww online...so I figure my points there.  It has been a little harder for me to stick with ( mainly because they really zing us with the points now in a way to get us to eat more fruits and veggies)...it is healthier for sure...and harder to get in those other foods...and that makes the cravings worse now...but...it has to be done.

Monday daily points (must use) 30

Weekly anytime points ( can use or not) 42

Coffee 16 ounces = 0 points

1 boiled egg 2 pts

1 large asiago bagel 10 pts

1 T butter 5pts

mandarin orange 0 pts

10 mini tomatoes 0 pts

1 corn on the cob 3 pts

10 sheets sesame seaweed 1 pt

fresh strawberries 0 pts

beets 0 pts

1/8th pkg kraft mac and cheese prepared 5 pts

apple 0 pts

1 T almond butter 3 pts

2 kims deli pop wheat/rice/barley things (like a little rice cake) 1 pt

That's my 30  points for the day...had to work to find something to use up that last point.

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 116.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
I would love to help you with accountability, if you like.

Raw vegetables and fruits have been key for me. Unfortunately, it gets harder to do/use when the weather gets colder and the produce isn't as fresh.

Make sure you're drinking enough water. That's been another hey, for me, any way...

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
The fruits and veggies are mostly all free now on ww..so that is better...we used to have to count most of them...so that is nice...I just went shopping for some fresh produce this morning so we have plenty on hand now...and I always have a glass of water by me at home..and I LOVE plain water...so that was then and is still a goodway to stay full. Sure I woud love yu you and anyone else to keep me accountable...I do get lazy about the veggies.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:

Thanks for all your positive notes and comments while I was away these past few days. The trip went so fast. I’m glad we slept enough during it. I’m glad you enjoyed my photos and posts. It was a trip to remember for a lifetime. It reminded me how different Colombian’s lives are from mine…how much more difficult it is for them even to walk a block on the mountainous terrain…It makes life here in NYC seem simple – especially my own life. It reminds me of everything I have taken for granted! And reminds me to be thankful for all I do have. It was an eye-opening moment.

I like the change in WW with the points where they emphasize the vegetables. LOL. But I really do. It’s the only way I really enjoy using to maintain my weight.

If you are craving a lot, you are probably missing something nutritionally. If you are craving chips, maybe you are missing salt. Or if you are craving sweets, maybe you are just thirsty. Meat – maybe you are low on iron. Try to figure out what the craving is and look online to see why. Maybe it’s as simple as eating more beans??

Good idea to use the same WW strategies at home and here. That will definitely keep you accountable! And of course you will progress.

Oh, with the coffee, you can do half decaf if you are worried about caffeine you can start switching slowly to decaf.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
I knew you would get a kick out the veggies...LOL....I went out and picked up a lot today...so they will be showing up even more. Part of my craving problem is the low blood sugar...it really gets in the way sometimes...and chocolate seems to be the best way to bring it back up...and that can be an issue sometimes...I will admit...I waited until Denny went to bed last night before I ate that last piece of pizza...Ugh....now I'm sneaking food...GRRRR. I will check amazon to see if they have decaf k cups...I have never seen them at our store...but that's a good idea...because I do know that coffee makes me hungrier.....you guys have lots of good advice.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
yes - caffeine / coffee makes me hungrier too.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
so decaf will help

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
I used to love those seaweed sheets...they do have some sodium so be careful....i should totally go back to eating them... :) They are so tasty and low calorie!!!!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
They are also a good source of iodine...I have hashimotos thyroiditis and need the iodine..and because I basically NEVER salt anything...it is a good way to get it.

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
Checking in... a day well done, as long as there's no late night snacking ;-)

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2017:
No Late night snacking at all...actually I was stuffed with veggies...LOL

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 24, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

I can see myself getting pretty sloppy with the food choices and will today start paying more attention to good choices........I will be measuring and possibly even posting ww points for things...to keep myself on track better. 

2 bananas 0 points

coffee 0 points

100% whole wheat bun 2 points

small ground beef patty 4 points

1 T mayonnaise 3 points

1/3 rd of a digiorno supreme pizza 23 points

Late night got crazy and had another slice pizza and candy....should have just gone to bed....UGH!

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
Sometimes, going to bed is the best weight loss tool. Ah well, it's all part of the journey...

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
You know...I was thinking about that this morning...sneaking food when I'm the only one awake is just plain crazy...I'm to old for this crap...LOL

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 23, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

It's  going to be an at home day today....need to make up for yesterdays lack of fruits and veggies.

Breakfast = coffee, banana and the other half of last nights pasty (meat/potato pie)

Lunch will be hamburger on whole wheat bun, a 1/2 ear ear of corn and tomatoes, and cucumbers, potato chips and candy

evening = strawberries and tea, chocolate and dole almond clusters

Needing to get ahold of the snacking on high cal stuff.....no more picking something up and just going for it....I will be breaking down candy, bars, and mini packs into even smaller servings...I was shocked to find out too late that the dole almond nut cluster mini packs were 2 servings per mini pk....UGH


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg - Friday Sep 22, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Well the blood pressure monitor I ordered from amazon got sent back today...that was NOT working at all.....and so I had a cup of coffee and headed for Walmart early....about 7 something....back before noon and the new one from Walmart is great.  But I was starving..after no breakfast...but resisted the urge to stop at mickeyds...and came home to eat lunch.

Breakfast = coffee

Lunch= ham sandwich, chips and cookies

 Dinner = 1/2 serving meat and potato pie and k cup snapple

Evening...got into the candy...need to think veggies and fruit tomorrow

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 09/22/2017:
Great victory...not stopping at MickeyD's! DH and I used to eat out at least two times a week, but haven't been out since we started eating better. I don't see the savings, but I guess I will soon. At least I hope I do before I just throw in the towel. Have a great weekend!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2017:
IP....You are getting in so many veggies and your dinners always look super healthy and low cal...Have you had your thyroid tested lately....I have hashimotos and it really does slow down metabolism

bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 21, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Up early......new blood pressure monitor arrived yesterday and it doesn't work...so will be repackaging that later to send back...what a hassle...will buy one in person somewhere next time....have to stay home today and wait for a call...and ups...so tomorrow...I will be shopping...today no. 

Breakfast = coffee , cake and kielbasa

Lunch= beets, ham and mac and cheese

Snack = candy and small granola bar

dinner= ham sandwich and apple with almond butter


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2017:
Wow do I see sausage for breakfast? I had some today too so good!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2017:
Can't do any better than sausage...unless it's bacon...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Well...well.....I am now 68 years old....and I'm down to my deadline setting.....I am giving myself exactly 2 years to get down to a weight that is correct for my height...lived at that weight for many years...and I'm determined to get there again....and I'm making a promise to myself right here and now to make it happen.   The second promise to myself is to use up every bit of food on hand and to stop adding foods that are not healthy or life giving.....we have a lot of food here...and we will use it up eating smaller servings...in the proper quantities...all food can become diet food...I lost 55 pounds that way once....and put it right back on again plus some...by raising the quantities....not happening anymore!   The only food coming into this house now will be perishables...and they will all be health giving...not health taking away.  So that being said.....you will see many inappropriate foods in my daily diary...but the quantities will be small...Thank you HOP for reminding me that I only need to eat 1 of something....  Weight Watchers will keep my portions in line and that is 1 thing I have always loved about WW.is the ability to work in what ever is on hand...it's a quantity thing.

And on a super happy note...The trial for today was cancelled...so NO JURY DUTY TODAY!!!!

The next trial is in 2 weeks.....so I can forget about it for awhile.

Breakfast = coffee and biscuit and sausage gravy...that's finally gone!

Snack - grapefruit juice and chocolate

Lunch = tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and lettuce and kielbasa, cake

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2017:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY you share it with my sister!

68 years young you are!

i love your goals and i guarantee you will be successful if you stick with them!

WW is excellent yes for portion control :) i also need to remind myself to eat ONE of things too as i also tend to increase servings for no good reason. especially with chips and my favorite light ice creams!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2017:
Happy Birthday to your sister HOP...and thank you for my birthday wishes too. I'm busy in the food storage area today separating the healthier stuff from the not so healthy..and making sure it is out of eyesight...treat can come from that area as needed but not everyday.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Up  early and feeling great........we had a doe and her 3 fawns in the front yard yesterday....beautiful creatures they are......and triplets are a bonus for sure.....1 bear down yesterday..a friend got it (only friend with a license this year..).....licenses are not available to everyone every  year...in fact chances are every 4 to 7 years.....we actually have a bear right here near us still running......my husband does not actually hunt them.....he hates bear meat so he just trains and runs dogs...( He does love that)...and I must say..he has some excellent bear hunting dogs...just never going to be bear in our freezer and that is fine with me.  I'm looking forward to being able to call about tomorrows jury duty tonight.......I'm hoping it's cancelled...but that is probably too much to hope for.....I'm really not looking forward to spending my birthday in the courthouse....

Breakfast = orange juice and coffee

Snack = hot chocolate with an added creamer

Beef broth and Snapple


I ate a biscuit and sausage gravy for dinner...LOL...First solid food since yesterday mornings banana and yogurt

These liquid days are a bit of a drag in some ways and in others they are kind of invigorating...Irritable bowel syndrome is a drag...pure and simple...But...I gotta do what I gotta do....5 o clock can't come fast enough for me...I am so looking forward to that courthouse call tonight.....Solid food only if I don't have jury duty tomorrow...If I do...than liquids it will be.....and now I have that points challenge from weight watchers....trying to get some calories in to stay in line with that too.


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to be TOMORROW BCGG! I was up early too…even cleaned the hamster cage before work this AM! Nice to be productive in the AM. Do your neighbors eat bear meat? Have you ever tasted it? Is it tough?

Fingers crossed your JD is cancelled for tomorrow!

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Thank you for the early birthday wishes....Neighbors don't want the meat and hubby doesn't want to hunt one...his fun is in training and working with his dogs...I've never tasted bear...He has...didn't mention it being tough...he just didn't like the flavor...he has had it cooked by 2 different people and he didn't want anymore....So he just gets a dog running license...I'm good with that. We have had plenty of venison over the years and a little of that goes a long way with me too...but he loves that...but our deer from last night are safe..

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
JD Cancelled Yipee

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
JD Cancelled Yipee

innerpeace on 09/19/2017:
Happy birthday! I hope your jury duty is cancelled...if not ensure you have something to keep you entertained. I sat in the room with hundreds of other people while the judge called off the cases and then about 20-30 people would leave to be a jury pool for that case.

She may have called at least 20 cases. I was still waiting and they sent me and the others who were left over to the juvenile court and then they did the same thing there. Luckily they were all out of cases before I was sent to a jury pool. I really don't think I would be good at that kind of thing.

I wouldn't like dealing with IBS drama. I've worked with a few people and I know it's not pleasant. Good luck in both cases...pun intended.

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Thank you for the birthday wishes....I do keep a puzzle book with me just in case....this whole thing is a drag...I do so hope it's cancelled. Round 2 out of 5...and it goes on and on. And Boo to IBS...it's a drag too..LOL

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 18, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Well...It's the first day of bear hunting season...and the race is on.......lots of gunfire in the woods yesterday from the target shooters.  I will carefully walk to the mailbox today but other than that will stay inside...plenty to do in here anyway.  Hunting does control the bear population and is necessary otherwise they get way out of control and start breaking into houses...we have had them in the yard and they tear down the bird feeders if we don't stop putting seed in them early enough...so this next few days make living here a lot safer for the rest of the year.  Jury duty day number 2 is Wednesday...here we go again....UGH.

Breakfast = banana and yogurt and a cup of coffee

Lunch= lots of veggies, strawberries and ice cream

snack= Snapple and a cup of hot tea

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
i wrote a small comment on friday and saturday writing a comment now ;)

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Read about the fruit infused water post...I think the gross part for me is the difficulty I have finding non moldy and shriveled fruit here...we are so off the beaten track that the store only gets 1 delivery a week...and they end up actually taking moldy and shriveled food from the back and putting it out for customers...totally gross... thinking about that in the water....LOL...funny ...about a month ago they got a truly gigantic delivery of avocados...now there were more avocadoes than we have people living in this town...LOL...and on the very tip top of the pile...which no one could even reach...I'm sure they piled them while standing on a ladder..was a truly disgusting rotten and moldy avocado...LOL...they are so used to putting moldy and shriveled produce out...that even with a ton of actually nice looking avocados..they could not resist putting that one ...lone disgusting one...right on the top.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
Wow such interesting entry! Stay outta the gunfire! yes...!

Next, good luck Wednesday, please write about it!

I may be slow to comment (until i get back Sunday night at midnight) as Wednesday is my last and final day of work before Colombia!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Can't keep bullets from coming through the windows...but after awhile you do get used to it all...as safe here as I can be...and rearranging and deep cleaning 2 rooms today...and they day is flying by so far.

happy-1 on 09/18/2017:
Wear a lot of orange!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
exactly!!!!! Actually I'm wearing neon pick...so that will have to do for today...tomorrow is neon green...LOL

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
that should have said neon PINK!

innerpeace on 09/18/2017:
Wear a safety vest going to the mailbox. That is scary just thinking about it. Good luck!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Good idea...I need one of those.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
that is so gross with the moldy produce! that is not seen much around these parts! eww!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
damaged goods, yes. but moldy doesn't stay long on the shelf. once and awhile strawberries have a bad fuzzy berry and stuff - it does happen, but not so much that i don't wanna buy fruit. ewwwww!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 17, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Wonderful news yesterday, a nephews  wife who had  a practically zero chance of getting pregnant gave birth to Samantha Leigh and all is well....they are beyond thrilled. Our small town is really busy today, lots going on here and I think every one who came here for the next week of activities is right now riding their motorcycles, atvs and anything else with wheels down our road at about 100 miles an hour.  River rafting, hunting and lots of public activities began Friday with a deadly head on car accident with 2 dead at scene and 4 airlifted out.  Good time to stay at home...it's crazy out there.

Breakfast= biscuit with a little sausage gravy

Snack= hubby found 2 sweet rolls in the freezer and wanted them this morning so we went for it...then I looked up the calories and was shocked...470 calories...WOW

Lunch will be corn on the cob half an ear, leftover Asian stir fry veggies , beef patty and pickle

Evening= coffee, chocolate cookie

We are taking a shopping sabbatical around here and working on using up what we have and replacing only perishables...so it's a good thing those sweet rolls are gone now...but the big freezer is packed tight, as is the ref/freezer...and we have about a years worth of pantry food at least.,not to mention the long term storage that is packed for emergencies (with oxygen absorbers) and will last from 15 to 35 years and purchased to keep and use only in emergencies. (about maybe 3 weeks worth)  We are committed to using up what we have...and we aren't sure if we will restock that way when it's gone or not...we decided that we are old...if there was a long term emergency situation....as in many months or years....we probably would not even want to survive it at this time in our lives.  The good thing is we would be able to share with others if we have it ( shelf stable things anyway...because freezer stuff will spoil.)...There was a time back possibly in the late 80;s or the 90's when the power grid went down across 4 states...and my son took my Dad to buy a generator for my parents house...they drove for hours and finally found 1.....the stores were running out of anything that was canned and ready to eat....it lasted for several days and finally came back on...we were in an ice storm for 1 week when the boys were little too...without heat or power...we hung a blanket over the living room doorway and heated that room with the fireplace and slept on the floor....but the times are different now and anything could happen to clear the store shelves...anyway..........we could live on what is here for a very long time.....and we need to move this stuff along...when it's finally cleared out..I will be purchasing much healthier fare...


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
sounds like fun times in your town except for the accident. Do accident occur often because of the dangerous roads?

I hope they slow down on their bikes! Have a relaxing weekend!!

bearcountrygg on 09/17/2017:
Yes...there seems to be a lot of accidents here because so many people come up from the cities and like to race around in the country roads without people and cops getting in their way....there are a lot of motorcycle, snowmobile and atvs losing control and hitting trees. There are several deaths a year that way. Our road is absolutely straight buts it's up and down kind of like ripples...so visibility is hard sometimes..our main driveway is a blind drive...and we have almost been hit a few times pulling out...so now we have 2 driveways..the new one is in a safer place. Most of the people that live here full time are ok...it's the ones that come up from downstate for a few days that are really crazy drivers...they just see a place to speed. I stay home on days like this if at all possible.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 16, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Following hubby to the mechanic today so they can raise the truck up a bit so that it can go through even deeper wild country...personally I think he will need a ladder to get into it...but...that's not for me to say...well actually I made a joke out of it...he laughed...this could get interesting.

Breakfast = egg, bacon, toast with butter

Snack = banana

Lunch = egg roll and chili sauce and oriental veggie stir fry

Dinner= banana and yogurt

Evening = coffee

Stopped on the way home at the grocery store and the amish farmers market....cucumber, tomatoes and corn were from there......today there were a bunch of little amish girls playing in their long dresses and bonnets...cuteness overload...and the trees are turning here...fall is on us...the reds, yellows and orange shades are coming in.

The difference in the amish children is so sweet...they play like we did when I was a kid...they make up games and find fun in pieces of string and straw...they are a refreshing change from so many kids now with their noses in cell phones...they were giggling and happy......oh to be a kid again.

Just got back from picking the truck up...and he still doesn't think it's high enough...aye yey yey.

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
Yes, that culture is wayyyy more creative and less spoiled by today's tv / technology. we had some Amish near me growing up, small group but they were in the elementary school system before deciding to be home schooled from 7th grade thru high school. smart kids, hard working. It wasn't in the city, it was a suburb on Long Island. Totally not here in Queens.

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