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bearcountrygg - Saturday Dec 23, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Talking to sister in law yesterday ( her husband has cancer)....and while I know we all have some cancer in us at times, our immune system fights is off successfully.......BUT..........If you lose weight too quickly that can make the cancer grow and become full blown..........my brother in law lost 30 pounds between may and july this summer on purpose......in August he was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma mantel cell.................something to think about.


coffee = 0

egg whites = 0

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
Truly mind-blowing...

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
And scary....they were told that at the hospital!

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
BTW, I'm really enjoying your WW program with you, reading your food points, etc. It's also very educational for me, as someone who isn't counting points. For example, with the points, one can see how calorie-dense (?) stuffing can be. Just helps put foods into their proper perspective, I think.

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
I'm glad you are enjoying that...just seeing it on here helps me too make better choices too.

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
PS Thank you for your support this week, with my work problems. It's been a really rough week.

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
Try to breathe.......few things will be important a year from now...but they sure can ruin our lives temporarily.

ddwebmaster on 12/31/2017:

bearcountrygg - Friday Dec 22, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Snowing like crazy here...........we are over run with birds at the feeders and deer.....wildlife galore this winter and we are loving it.  Denny got some not so great news a few days ago...he has skin cancer on his nose...so will be going next month to have that removed. ( not the first time)........I've been nagging him about his ham and bacon eating...and he finally said " don't buy anymore..after what we have is gone".....we have plenty here in the freezer and pantry...so it will be awhile....but it was good to hear that he is finally ready to accept that it isn't healthy..  So many cancer diagnosises in the last few years in the family made him rethink some things .  We have lots of processed stuff here...we will eat it slowly....and incorporate more fruits and veggies.

23 daily points

16 weekly points left


coffee - 0

raw maple almond butter = 6

Aunt Millies brand 15 grain bread 1 slice = 4

egg =0


Goulash (beef, tomatoes,veggie pasta) =20

pickled onions = 0

Weight Watcher pumpkin pie = 0

2 toblerone chocolate minis = 5


apple = 0

Detour smart bar = 4

All points for the week used up.


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2017:
It's true to consider what we eat and how it can affect our health - me too with the processed foods. - I have also enjoyed my salami and sausage - def something to think about !! Meaning I should also work on it!

I also will work on my kombucha habit which may turn into a weekend or nighttime activity instead Of mornings - seems I am not awake enough to think about pooping?!

Maria7 on 12/22/2017:
Enjoy your snow...it must be VERY beautiful!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Dec 21, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Well...they say we are going to have a snowy Christmas........since our kids are a distance away 1 has said he's not comming...still waiting on other son and his wife's decision...( my guess is no)...grandsons out of the state great grandsons with parents....so Christmas dinner may be just Denny and I...and we are fine with that.....prepared either way.......On another note...I'm so looking forward to my weigh in on Saturday...clothes are looser, bending is easier and I'm just impressed with this program.........2 days ago I did't eat all of my necessary calories...but made up for it yesterday on purpose...and I still feel great.  

23 dailies

25 weeklies left


16 ounces coffee =0


Dried apple chips = 15

peanuts = 8

Chicken breast = 0

celery = 0

red and yellow peppers = 0

tomatoes = 0

Stovetop stuffing = 6

olive oil = 3

strawberries = 0

used all of my dailies

16 weeklies left

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/21/2017:
Kids...I'm kinda in the same boat, but prepared either way.

Congratulations on working that program, especially during this time of year.

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2017:
Thank you...with this program it's easy.......where has this been for the last many years....funny thing...apparently this was basically the program that never caught on called SIMPLY FILLING...few used it....I never did...I went with the main program like most people...and then stumbled around with it.....wish I had known. Heard from 2nd son...they won't be here because of the weather.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2017:
where do they usually keep the Zinc at the store!? for some reason, i couldn't find it with all the other vitamins, not that i really tried hard to find it....but i didn't see it! i did buy Vitamin D today :) and maybe i'll buy zinc on Amazon to avoid going back to the store that i have to go back to anyways bc the dr messed up my Rx, as usual! The Psych doctor always messes it up with insurance. I need to take 15mg...and instead of ordering me 10mg 30 tablets and 5 mg 30 tablets, he ordered me 45 10 mg....and that is no good because i have to actually pay double the amount that i would pay if he did 10's and 5's...and he should know this by now bc i used to take 15 a few months back and faced the same problem. i should have questioned it when he said what he was ordering, but i had forgotten if insurance would do it...blah blah!

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2017:
Zinc is with the vitamins...here they are usually in alphabetical order...so look at the end of the last vitamin shelf. They also keep brands together here..so see how many different vitamin brands they have and look at the end of each brand. Amazon works well too....you also might find that zinc is in a multiple vitamin...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2017:
aside from you being impressed with the new program you are following, i'm impressed with your healthier menu. it's so nice and healthy! and satisfying. i should also switch right now from pretzels to raspberries lol, but these nice butter pretzels are SO GOOD that i am chomping at this moment ;)

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2017:
For some reason my brain just finally made the switch....I guess I just didn't get it until I was READY to get it....I know you have been encouraging me so well for months and I greatly appreciate that...things finally fell into place and I'm loving it.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 20, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 I am so loving this ww freestyle plan....I know I'm eating a lot healthier now...and eating a lot less junk and that has to be good......today....icy and not going out.......yesterdays planned cleaning of bathrooms will be done today.......my least favorite household chore...

33 weekly points left

23 dailies


coffee = 0

1 egg = 0

ff plain yogurt = 0

blueberries = 0

Banana = 0

ground beef = 9

noodles with cheese =  7


red pepper =0

whole wheat bun = 4

hamburger = 6

catsup = 1

blueberries= 0

strawberries = 0

Detour bar = 4

It's funny...I didn't get anywhere near my needed points yesterday...so I have to get closer today...I'm enjoying the zero point ones too much.  

used all dailies today

25 weeklies left

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2017:
nice to see these healthy foods on your menu! Excellent, lady. This seems like a lot healthier from lots of packaged food. Keep up the good work, i love berries. They've been on sale, so i keep buying them....still experience but half that expensive price works for me!

Thank you for all your excellent comments...they are all taken on very good terms.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
I love berries too..........picked up a lot of them yesterday....they even seem to stabilize Dennys sugar...I think he is going to like this way of eating too...( of course we have things here that need t be used up)...but we are doing better...Thanks!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Dec 19, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Finally able to get out of the house today to get groceries......rds should be a bit better.......it's a good thing.....running out of a lot of things....also The dreaded bathroom cleaning day x2...........

Yesterday was a filling day...woke up and not hungry at all...so I'm going with that......

23 daily points

29 weekly points

16 ounces coffee = 0

No breakfast except a cup of coffee...left at 9:15....drove an hour to Walmart...shopped...and shopped and shopped...........and spent $400......and drove an hour back home....got here at 2:15.......That may be a record for cost and hours at Walmart for me.......but I'm stocked up for a long....long....time.  I had filled the cart like it was a puzzle...and figured that they would end up using a second cart...but  nope...got it all in.....by the time I had pushed that around for 3 hours, my foot hurt, my chest hurt ( lung I think...kinda of like pleurisy),  my hip hurt and I wanted a nap....not to mention that I never did eat until I got home.......so I made a quick meal and Denny is off to the tractor store to get a mirror repaired...and I may just take a nap.

banana = 0

Detour Smart Bar cookie dough = 4

chicken = 0

red and yellow peppers = 0

stovetop stuffing = 3

olive oil =  3

Raspberries = 0

blueberries = 0

Done eating for the day...still have 13 points left that I was supposed to use...but I'm hungry...so....4 will revert to weeklies tomorrow morning...and I lose the rest.....no problem.

Never did take a nap....I will sleep good tonight.


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/19/2017:
Good job! You will be all set to curl up with your LL Bean honey and eat healthy.

FYI Sams Club lets you order online for in-store pickup.

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2017:
I've been checking into that...I need to call that Walmart because online it says they don't offer that service...need to look into that...usually I'm fine...I see it as getting some walking in....but I think not eating contributed to the problems...and I usually don't spend 3 hours in there....I've been at home too much...not getting out and walking around beccause of ice and snow...I need to get on with some light exercises at home...never did enjoy exercising.....BUT>>>

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
Called my Walmart...no grocery pick up yet...but in the near future....and no Sams around here.

happy-1 on 12/19/2017:
When I was shopping there i just had the have-to-have items in the order then I'd go get the deli stuff. Mostly for budget.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
Good idea

bearcountrygg - Monday Dec 18, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 We just might get to 33 degrees here today...I can only hope...I really need to get groceries.....and the roads are slick.  It's a good thing I decided to unstuff the freezer....I can see lots of headway in there...and I'm finding things that I had forgotten about.......it will be a good way to restock it...instead of continually adding things and pushing other things to the back.  (kinda like opening a big ol cold gift...Lol)

Dailies = 23

Weeklies = 42


coffee =  0

mango = 0

cheribundi tart cherry juice = 7

Boom Chicka Pop cocoa Kettle Corn = 6

cauliflower, broccoli, carrots = 0

Knorr pesto parmesan pasta 1 cup = 8

More mango = 0

pork chop = 9

NuGo Bar =6

Used all of my daily points

Have 29 weekly points left


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/18/2017:
That freezer thing is a curse sometimes. That's what DH does, pushes things around and down and forgets its there. We have a whole farm of frozen chicken. I told him we are eating all of it before he buys anymore.

Good luck.

OH, I was sent a list of all the new free style 0 point foods. Let me know if you want a copy of it, I can send it to you.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2017:
I have the list...but thank you....it is a terrific program....the new zero point foods are making it much more do able than ever for me......they did lower our dailies...but not having to weigh and measure so many things now has made it actually simple...

happy-1 on 12/20/2017:
If you have a ton of frozen chicken and any of it is boneless / skinless... try making hot wing dip! Yummy and easy in the slow cooker. Goes well with celery and hot paleo biscuits.

bearcountrygg - Sunday Dec 17, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

Up early...and really looking forward to getting some grocery shopping done...but not today...rds still bad here......we won't starve...LOL....but the perishables are getting low......I'm loving this new WW.....it is so much easier and a lot more fun now...and it pushes me to eat healthier and that can be a chore for me....but it's coming along much easier than ever before.....cutting the points and giving us more free foods is genius  at least that works for me.

41 weekly points left

23 daily points



1 fried egg = 1

1 slice american cheese = 3

16 ounces coffee = 0




corn = 0


1/4 cup rice pilaf = 1




5 total so far



pork chop = 3

Knorr creamy pesto rotini  1/2 cup = 4

Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots = 0

mango = 0



12 dailies used so far, 11 left, 41 weeklies left

Evening snack

Special K mini popped delights( tiny bag) = 3

Nutri Grain lemon crumb cake = 7

1 daily left and won't use today...will probably move it to weeklies

41 weeklies left

Done for the night....I want a 12 hour fast for the night time.



Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/17/2017:
I didn't have the opportunity to comment on yesterday's entry, but this new WW plan sounds VERY friendly and easy to do, with promoting a sustainable lifestyle change -- while allowing for special occasions and foods.

Good luck - please try not to let the internet connection issue discourage you, although I *do* know how frustrating that can be. You can do this!!! (And I will enjoy reading your menus, too!)

bearcountrygg on 12/17/2017:
This WW program was made for me. The connection is already acting up......but when I keep at it I do finally get through.....as a back up I ordered the points calculator so that I can still figure things without the computer...it will also be handy at the store...so that's a win for me...it won't stop me this time...I will just enter everything when I can get on. Thank you for the support Donkey this plan is a keeper.

Donkey on 12/17/2017:
That's an excellent "Plan B"!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Dec 16, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 I have been hearing so much about the NEW Weight Watchers Freestyle program...it is the easiest, healthiest program they have ever had.  As I have said many times before......WW is how I lost 55 pounds in the past...but that was going to weekly meetings....here...that isn't an option because of evening meetings quite a distance away and for 6 months a year that would be driving in the dark on icy desolate snow covered roads....not going to happen....so after doing lots of checking you tube and other sites...I've decided to join and use their online program again....( in the past connection problems were there and they are still ongoing)....but I'm just going to work with it....persistance seems to be the key with their website and my computers...and I have the time to deal with that.......they now have so many zero point foods it's crazy and it makes the whole process so much easier, less weighing and measuring food, less counting, easier shopping than the past and this will also be a lot better for Denny too ( he's not joining but the food is going to suit him better now).  I had already eaten breakfast when I started this today so I haven't been able to enjoy any of the zero point foods yet other than coffee....I'm so ready to get busy......if nothing else this will get me eating a lot more veggies and fruits again...and a lot less carbs.

I get 23 daily points

I get 42 weekly points

The new rules are that I must eat at least 19 of my daily points and move the last 4 over to the next day if I want to...or I can eat all 23 each day, and as usual the weekly points are optional...I can use them or not...but they do not carry over to the next week, if I do not use them in a week I lose them.

Breakfast was eaten before joining so I started out with quite a few points used....that's ok

16 oz black coffee = 0

1 cup unsweetened vanilla silk almond milk = 1

Quaker overnight oats, raisin, walnut, honey flavor = 11


12 pts ( 11 points left)


Starkist tuna creations lemon pepper pouch = 1

corn = 0

Motts applesauce no sugar added = 0


1 pt (10 points left)

P.M. snack

Wild Garden snack box to go, sun dried tomato hummus and pita chips = 6

4 points left for day


baked chicken tenderloins = 0

peas = 0

Near East rice pilaf= 5



Used all of my daily points and 1 of my weeky points


This is absolutely the easiest WW plan I have ever been on.....they are steering you to the fruits and veggies and skinless poultry and fish..and they make it so easy now that you don't have to weigh or measure them...it's almost effortless.......will have to see how the weight goes on this....I do think that this is a way to lose that won't get to be burdensome like in the past.

 Eggs and plain no fat yogurt and beans are now free too......this is what will make this so much easier.

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg - Friday Dec 15, 2017
Weight: 237.8

Weird morning.......woke up to hearing Hubby talking on the phone to oldest son.........son had to vent about his job at 5:15 t this morning..................he is assistant manager at a major discount  department store ..............rant over after 45 minutes.....then Denny proceeds to  bump a little 3 legged stand and dumped his coffee all over everything.himself..chair, carpet, magazines, phone, 3 remotes, stand, pillow....just proves that the way you get out of bed ( to a agitated phone call)...is the way your day goes..........he mopped that mess up......and I ate breakfast with him......( I had stopped eating what he eats...WTH).....it is so easy to go back to the old crap....then I went to make my coffee...and ended up with a cup of hot chocolate instead.....mixed boxes of K cups are hard to read without glasses!!!!!!

So I had a cup of hot chocolate and a breakfast sandwich

waffle, 2 bites chocolate, Kind bar

On the funny side....yesterday morning I was looking at some old favorite you tubers....and went to see Sarahs weigh in.....she weighed in buttnekkid as she called it.....but in the past you saw the scales and everything was fine....but yesterday was different...she had the light on and while you only saw the scales...her reflection was clearly there in the glass scale......I shot her off a quick email...and she removed it.......she was embarassed,,,,and I got a shout out from her on her redone vid.......and a thank you email.........60 plus ladies should not be naked on the internet....they should barely be naked in the shower.........LOL...did my good deed for the year.....if any of you decide to get naked on the internet...I will surely be there to stop you!!!!!   LOL.

Now....on with my weird and crazy day...one never knows what might happen!

Lasagna and cookies and coffee


mixed nuts

Turned the back light on and found 3 deer eating under the feeder...snowing like crazy here and they all had snowy backs....soooo cute!

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/15/2017:
Wow...what a morning...for both of you! Smile!

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2017:
It was a day!

Donkey on 12/16/2017:
I can't remember the last time I had Doritos... *sigh*

Realized that I hadn't commented on your new weigh-in number - congratulations!!!!

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2017:
Thank you

bearcountrygg - Thursday Dec 14, 2017
Weight: 237.8

Well....the weather outside is FRIGHTFUL....( I think that's the beginning of a song! ) Anyway....school closings all around and SNOW................ Denny cranky...me crankier.....UGH!  Plenty to keep busy with here......I finished the book...The Manhattan Diet for the second or third time the other day....and always enjoyed it...this time was just as enjoyable........I can clearly see that New Yorkers...including HOP and the people in the book....eat many different foods than what Michiganders eat.......so many things I have never even heard of and are not available here...or are available but are known by a different name.  Always so much fun to read about.........I will say that when we were in Manhattan we ate basically at small restaurants  for lunch and we basically stuck to burgers and fries......because we didn't recognise some things on the menus.....( we stayed in our travel trailer in North Bergen New Jersey...and it was only a 15 minute drive back and forth each day which was handy...so we ate breakfast and dinner every day that I had prepared at the campground.  Denny is not an adventurous eater and I am only when I'm at home or friends or families homes....so we had burgers and fries basically every day...it worked...we were there for the sights more than the food anyway.  Anyway....I think NYC food is exciting and interesting....us Michiganders are are about hearty warming fare....that also means HEAVY food.......I'm so enjoying all of the food diaries...I grew up from farmer stock and so did Denny..............I had a Grandma that fed 9 people with flour, cornmeal , rice, sugar and an occassional chicken.....they lived on fried mush,  homemade noodles and had taffy pulls for fun...that's what happens when farmers kids move to the big city . We are French, German and English....( Denny is Scottish/Irish/English)......we are of a hearty stock...............we like heavy food...we are doomed...we need to learn to eat lighter....Denny and his bacon/ ham addiction will be comming to an end when the ham/ bacon runs out in the freezer...{..it causes stomach cancer..}..he is grumpy and angry...so be it...I would like to keep him around a while longer...or...maybe I need to retink that grumpiness...LOL

2 slices of 15 grain bread toasted with 1 pat of butter divided between the 2, 2 cups coffee, one with sweet and low packet I found in coffee cupboard.  {obviously leftover from some hotel visit downstate)

Having a super hungry day here...not sure if it is because I ate less the last 2 days...or because I started off today with toast.....could go either way.....concentrating on more filling foods today because I NEED THEM!

Chicken salad ( made from baked chicken breasts, mayo and pickled veggies)...




Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2017:
Good Morning BCGG!

Firstly, thank you so much for all your advice and support as of late! I have finally come to several conclusions and finally confronted all the changes moving forward. And moving forward, I feel better indeed now! THANK YOU!

It snowed here today also! But not like you, here it’s just a light coating! We almost would never have a school closing in early December! I bet your schools are closed often with the roads like I’ve seen in your photos! Boy do they look like a big challenge to plow! Wow!

YES, I am SURE based on reading your whole entry already above (it was weird I actually read the ending first!), but yes, I AM SURE that I eat TOTALLY different from you farm-raised Michigainers! LOL.

I am def NYC at heart (I was born on the outskirts on LONG ISLAND). And I don’t even compare to the wealthy NYers who eat tons of fish and eat all organic and fresh. However, I DO have all the options open to me, which is so different from your lifestyle! Like, my supermarkets have berries, plums, and other fruits now even if they are not in season. For that, I would say I am lucky. I doubt there’s so many places in the UNITED STATES like NYC and it’s surroundings, actually. Don’t you? Besides California and the other big cities, I doubt much of the entire land mass of USA is like NYC.

What a cool way to travel here, lady! Wow, I didn’t know you drove here in your trailer. Good idea to make your camp out on outskirts. And take the drive in…did you drive in? Or rather, did you take public transportation? That’s a lot cheaper than parking in NYC and I am sure there isn’t any place to park a trailer for cheap anyways!!!

Also, the food is so pricey here, I wouldn’t want to eat at the restaurants all week of a trip, either. Why waste so much $ right? I’m with you, for sure. If I could afford expensive, I’d have done it, otherwise it’s just a serious waste. You were smart on your trip. I am trying to learn to eat better for less $$$, aside from my kombucha habit, that is! I don’t want to give up the kombucha just yet.

You are smart to be Conservative with your cash. And I’d say NYC has definitely more to offer than food, like you said. Broadway Shows are worth seeing, I’d say. But if it’s a once in a lifetime trip, it’s important to see a GOOD show…with tons of scenery and stage-changes, a nice big cast, and a musical (with singing), not just a drama show with no chorus! There’s such a range of Broadway shows, I’ve actually seen some that weren’t that great on the big scale of what’s out there. So definitely, research should be done so that you can see a good one so you can see what is so special about those LIGHTS on BROADWAY! Yup.

And to just walk around, see the famous buildings, the sites, to take a tour, to go over brides, thru a tunnel, on the subway…this is the special part of NYC. To go to the different neighborhoods, see the architecture, walk thru the parks. Take a ferry (haven’t done that in forever like YEARS)…in the summer, the beaches which are also on the outskirts of NYC. That’s about it. I’d say you don’t even need to spend too much time in NYC because of the major expense? And of course it’s better to go when it’s not freezing or too hot…better in fall and spring. NYC is beautiful.

If those foods – the bacon and stuff in your freezer – cause stomach cancer and you do eat tons, it’s best you eat less as you are doing. You can simply replace those things with lighter alternatives. What about turkey bacon? It’s simply turkey in the shape of bacon? And what about frozen soy meats or turkey links and sausages? Right? But the soy stuff isn’t proven as great either, so I’d say just skip em’ if you aren’t accustomed to eating them.

With eggs, I recommend no more than one egg yolk, but you can fill up on those egg whites! Egg whites are low cal, don’t have a ton of nutrition though, but they fill you up. You can make a huge omelette with mostly the whites and vegetables. But the yolk has good nutrition, stick to one, but if you have cholesterol, than my advice for even one yolk might be too much per day??? But I highly recommend tuna, sardines, and egg whites as low calorie options. Oh, I keep forgetting I have chicken nuggets at home that I bought frozen from the supermarket! I have them and tator tots and I cannot wait to finally bake them tonight (never have baked a lot of frozen food before LOL). I am sure you have!

The reason I keep recommending protein to you is simple…it’ll cut down on your appetite.

When I eat grains, which of course I do!, I just notice that my appetite increases a LOT.

When I first started dieting years ago, I did it by eating much more greens and veggies than I even do now. I ate less calories than I do now. I’m actually better off now, I think, because my metabolism and muscle is MUCH higher than it was in my low to mid 20’s. Weightlifting has helped me! When dieting, you do NOT want to eat the lowest calories bc they body will get used to that, and then when you want to eat a little more, you’ll end of gaining weight easily as the metabolism slows with weight loss…really it’s best to lose weight over longer periods than drastically, of course as I know you already know.

And also, eating things in moderation is also better than just stopping any certain food group at all together. What I still do is overeat on the vegetables when I feel like overeating, but now I am able to enjoy everything as I know that our bodies DO REQUIRE food and all food groups. So yes, anything you need advice from, feel free to ask. I was not always as lean as I am now. And now I’m starting to think I may have to watch my calories more closely as I think they may start getting out of hand again and that they are partially too high…but then again, as long as my clothes fit, it’s good.

What is my point – it took me awhile to learn how to keep my weight as it is. It does still involve some thought…OK…so it might take you awhile to learn new habits, but yes, it’s possible. You will have to eat more frozen / canned veggies as they are not available all the time as you say in your supermarkets. …

You do need to adjust your eating as you are slightly, for your health. Instead of doing without the things you and Denny enjoy, make substitutions so you can KEEP THE HABIT, but make it better. Bacon turns to turkey bacon, for example. Eggs turn to egg whites, for example. White bread becomes whole wheat. Little by little, you can do this. White potatoes become sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes or SQUASH (all squash is LOW CALORIE). Squash can be eaten mostly instead of potatoes, it’ll save you loads of calories. Can you cook pumpkin, butternut, spaghetti, and acorn squashes? You can still have some chips or a snack after, as the calories in squash is NOTHING compared to potatoes! And later on, you can continue to make substitutions, that’s how I do it. I do not starve or not eat, I just eat things that are MORE SUSTAINING!

Sorry for the long entry, I have way too much time right now (the entire day is free for me at work – to close my mouth and sit at my desk without a budge, really!).

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2017:
Wow...you did have time today...I will answer paragraph by paragraph if I can...Yup...snow is a big problem here and schools have to close especially because of the back roads. NYC is totally unique....like a different world...a really COOL different world. We had what is called a fifth wheel trailer that we pulled with our truch...there was a campground in North Bergen N.J. called New Yorker Trailer city...right near the Lincoln Tunnel...so we camped there...and went through the tunnel with the truck..and parked I think in the Port Authority and took busses all day...fun...and lots of quarters later...we went all over Manhattan. There were no campgrounds anywhere near by...in fact I think they may have closed the one we used. We are using up what is onhand..of course we are food preppers so there is a lot of food here...actuallymay not be such a good thing now bwcause now we have to eat it all and it isn't necessarily the best stuff for us now...but too many $ invested to just get rid of it...so it has to work for us untill we clear it out. We didn't actually go to any shows...we saw the World Trade Centers ( oh my)...the Empire State bldg, statue of liberty, Ellis Island, Fraunces Tavern, Took a ride in a horse drawn carriage, FAO Schwartz, Hard Rock Cafe, Central Park, Zabars...( The deli guy was dripping sweat into the potato Salad...)...UGH...so we only bought a bag....LOL, we went to Canal street on a sunday and did some shopping and Rockafeller Center ( actually ate there) we had a blast...and we were exhausted but Happy! About the bacon and egg alternatives,,,tried the bacon, it gives us tummy problems and I can't have the soy because of Hashimotos Thyroid, and his eggs are I guess going to stay...he likes them boiled for hunting trips in the truck...so...he is on trygliceride meds and has good cholesterol now....he took hamburgers today...may not be any better but it is a change for him...he doesn't like any chnges in his food....he's a bug about that...so...I'm hoping he adjusts better than he has lately...LOL..I ', ok with the changes...egg whites are fine with me...and yup...we have a lot of frozen food...it makes country life do able. I agree...carbs make me hungry..especially bread...and it was full of nuts and seeds...but still...made me hungry...I'm far better off with NO BREAKFAST...until late morning or early afternoon. Morning eating sets me up for trouble. We love sweet potatoes...I like squash...he tolerates it once in a while....he is quite regimented in his eating and he gets grumpy when it changes...makes it kind of hard for me to change things...but I'm doing it anyway....he will have to like it or lump it...I will probably be asking some questions....stay tuned...

happy-1 on 12/14/2017:
When I think of NY food I think about black and white cookies, bagels, pizza, and deli pastrami. Yum! Heading out for a week in January to see the fam... Last time I forgot to pack hot sauce and just about lost my mind and was starving all the time even though I ate everything else normal. Nobody had the tray of varying ranges of death by fire. I never realized how much hot sauce I eat as a Californian... 5th food group. Probably about a cup a day.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2017:
WOW...on the hot sauce....And YES on the black and white cookies...love those...but we don't have them here...they come from New York only! H and H Bagels were delish too.

happy-1 on 12/14/2017:
Oh and on the egg thing... if you want to cut back on egg yolks but not crack the second egg to conserve, my camping trick is to use greek yogurt to extend the egg mix for more people. You can probably make your own at home when it warms up.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2017:
I used to make yogurt....sounds interesting adding it to an egg...never heard that before.

happy-1 on 12/14/2017:
Adding yogurt and some cornstarch or arrowroot powder also lets you freeze the leftovers for breakfast during the week. If you do them in a silicone muffin tray, you don't need to add oil.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2017:

Maria7 on 12/14/2017:
Hope you are having a good day.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2017:
Hungry but good!

happy-1 on 12/14/2017:
Shouldn't you be tapping some tree and then using a spigot to dispense maple syrup directly into your coffee? Leftover sweet and low packet indeed. Hmph. Disappointed.

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2017:
No maples here...LOL...well the amish neighbors have maples...but not us.

happy-1 on 12/14/2017:
Reading HOPs post... Have you ever made red flannel hash? you just chop up an onion, beets, sweet potatoes and then poach some eggs on top (then have a bloody mary or two... maybe).

This recipe is about right. Just use a cast iron dutch oven or something to get a nice brown crust on the bottom and a lid for quick cooking the eggs on top at the end. Augh. All those nice runny yolks over the hash...

And maybe some nitrite-free bacon ends for the cooking fat. ;-)


bearcountrygg on 12/15/2017:
Heard of red flannel hash but never knew what it was.

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