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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 13, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Up  and at em this morning......I got hungry last eveing just before bed and IGNORED IT!!!!!!  A few more nights like that and the urge will go away.  The cool thing about yesterday was that each of my 3 mini meals were small....and I never felt over full for that reason....and I like that feeling....Comparing yesterday to the past few years was so much more comfortable for me.....I don't like the stuffed feeling.

6:00 coffee 

10:15 Breakfast = oatmeal and a nature valley granola bar, tea

10:30  confession time.....while I was getting snacks for Denny to put in his truck...I actually forgot what I was doing and an old habit snuck in...and before I knew it I had eaten a brownie and a mini bag of crunchy cheetos.............when I realized what I had done I was so mad at myself...but decided that it wasn't worth the effort it took and since I didn't want to derail everything I took it as a throw back to old behavior that needs to be watched,.....I had just eaten breakfast...I wasn't hungry....I was eating for no reason other than it was an old habit....there is a lesson here for me!  The fact that it was sweet and salty snacks puts up red flags for me.

 3:30 lasagna and a pure organic blueberry bar

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

horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2017:
Proud of you - yes, listen to your body. don't eat all because Denny is...this seems like an excellent approach and good for you - as you stated it's what you used to do...and if that's the case, it could work for you!

bearcountrygg on 12/13/2017:
TY....I'm already feeling like my old familiar self.......this is truly why I stayed slim for so many years.....I was so busy feeding everyone else...I didn't think about eating. I have to keep in mind that between our boys and 8 foster children...over many years I spent much of my time at the table feeding babies and tending to toddlers......at mealtimes we often ( with foster kids) had so many the same age we had 3 highchairs..and a booster seat filled with diapered butts..feeding myself was hit and miss.

horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2017:
You certainly led a courageous, strong and helping life! Rockstar is what you were / are!

bearcountrygg on 12/13/2017:
AW...thanks ....but I think I got more out of it than anybody...babies were my thing...the more the merrier.

horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2017:
It's amazing how you took care of so many !!!

Maria7 on 12/13/2017:
Easy to fall back into old ways...eating cause we want the 'taste' more than anything else, not cause of 'true hunger'...I do it a LOT, myself.

bearcountrygg on 12/13/2017:
It seemed like a reflex...just did it...and then thought.....oh well...wasn't too many cals.....and I counted it as a meal....no more food for me today. This is a process!

happy-1 on 12/13/2017:
Hot ginger water when you are hungry before bed. Soothes tummy and rehydrates you.

bearcountrygg on 12/13/2017:

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2017:
I realized tonight at the gym that enough is enough and that i do NOT need to volunteer for the Auxiliary while i am trying to keep my fitness up and better it for the Court Officer position so I do not flunk out again.

No volunteering now :) No time left.

bearcountrygg on 12/13/2017:
Thumbs up!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Dec 12, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Chatting with HOP yesterday made me remember that I eat on Dennys schedule...and not my own ....just because I fix him a meal does not mean I have to eat then too.......I'm trying something today and eating what I want, when I want...he agrees....it's worth a try...( of course I will continue to fix his kind of meals when he wants them like I always have...it's not his weight problem...it's mine).....so....made his breakfast...and I'm sitting down with my coffee...and I'll eat when I feel like it...so far...not hungry (typical).  I will say....I've done this before and fell back into eating with him...out of that old habit since he retired.  I'm curious to see how it goes...I'm also going to journal in a different way today and just let things happen.

5:30  coffee w/ 1 pkt sugar...because I wanted it!  LOL

6:00 Made Dennys breakfast but not mine....watched the news and drank coffee

7:30 Denny heads for the vets office to pick up Nelly, I make my second cup of coffee and unload and reload dishwasher and will nurse this cup over the next couple of hours.

7:45 start doing housework for the day ( making bed, picking up and putting things away) took vitamins

 8:45 bath, hair, make up dress

9:05 back to housework and 1 load in washer

9:35 Going to take a break and watch for mail lady...need to mail christmas cards, give her, her christmas tip and Dennys pants should be delivered...hopefully she comes to the door and the pants don't fit in the mailbox...I'm, really happy with what I accomplished this morning...found things to donate, toss out and to go to the basement, also found my missing glove. and lit a candle for the first time in a long time.  Still not wanting breakfast...no wonder I got fat....I was eating when I wasn't needing too....just because Denny was!

 11:00  Still waiting for mail lady...Denny brought Nelly home and put her in her kennel to rest and took the rest of his dogs to look for coyote tracks....house is nice and quiet...and I decided I wanted to finally eat something.

1st meal of day = a delicious spoonfull of raw maple cashew butter and a bowl of mixed berries and sliced banana...throughly enjoying that...a lot more than past times when I would have already had a breakfast and a snack by now.  This way of looking at things is looking promising...I enjoyed the food more this way because I chose it because it appealed to me when I was hungry.

 Mail lady came and put the package in the mail box....and messed up my plans...LOL...on to plan B.....will put her card in mailbox tomorrow and will make a trip to PO to mail cards....hoping the roads are passable tomorrow. and not slick.

Currently reading  The Manhattan Diet......and enjoying it.....but fell asleep in the chair.

 Denny got home at 1 and I made his lunch.....I will eat later if desired.  

Folded todays laundry and put away.....and loving the way the place looks......I definately do much better eating when the house is neat and clean.  I  once read the book...Does This Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat?  and loved it....but don't have it anymore.  I guess it does!!!

2:30 2nd mini meal = tuna salad on 6 crackers

Finished reading the Manhattan Diet...started reading Dr Phils bk The 20/20 Diet

5:00  3rd mini meal = ww hummus and protein cracker snack pack,  2 pk nature valley granola bars, green tea

Done eating for the day...settling in for the evening

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

jayhawkjen on 12/12/2017:
This sounds a lot like my plan (Naturally Slim)

bearcountrygg on 12/12/2017:
Rooting you on today! We got this!

bearcountrygg on 12/12/2017:
I just went and looked up your naturally slim program jayhawkjen...interesting....my insurance won't cover the cost...looks like it's between $400 and $600...I did watch their sample videos and i like what they teach...sound like a good learning tool. I like that you can eat anything and skipping meals is encouraged.

innerpeace on 12/12/2017:
Yesterday at dinner DH said he wasn't hungry but ate anyway. I ask him why, he said because I was...what the hell!! He does this often. Now that he works third shift I keep telling him, he eats 24 hours a day.

I would give Denny some cooking lessons, can he not make himself something? Unless of course that 's just what you like to do.

Our snow is finally here, I guess I really just want to look at it from afar.

bearcountrygg on 12/12/2017:
Hi IP...I guess it's just easy to eat when someone else is....I see it hasn't done well by me....maybe the light just turned on for me...wish it hadn't taken so long...somehow talking things out here does make them clearer for me. I get why your Hubby does it. Denny actually is a good cook...but I like to cook for him...no problem there....I like to wait on him and he likes me to wait on him...LOL Snow here too......looks like winter...BRRRR

horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2017:
Sounds like you have a good eating plan to try out and see if it works for you.

Nice you found the missing glove. I think i also have to search for a missing pair, so that i can throw out the nice glove i have that i lost the pair to, and so i can use the old pair in my house. and not wear mismatched gloves...confusing, i know!

bearcountrygg on 12/12/2017:
Happy so far...I've eaten a lot less today than usual

happy-1 on 12/13/2017:

bearcountrygg - Monday Dec 11, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Snow all around here....spending the day making up christmas cards and doing some housework...1 dog going to vet to be spayed today.......looks like a full day.

Breakfast = coffee, english muffin 1 egg and 1 bacon

Snacks....got snacky here..because Denny isn't home yet for lunch yet...most was healthy though

Lunch/dinner  will be baked chicken, rice, corn and berries

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

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
i had to actually look up the accurate answer to your question about lox. It's just cured in a brine / salt/sugar rub....and then there's a similar looking prep that's actually cold smoked - called Nova that looks exactly like lox (salmon). so i guess it's not cooked - just cured...but i also i think eat the nova...which is cold smoked after being cured.

but it's definitely not cooked hot, it does look raw on the plate. very tasty. but it is prepared - very salty. very tasty.

bearcountrygg on 12/11/2017:
I don't think I could eat raw fish.....I like the veg sushi but never tried the sea food ones...I can't even eat beef unless it's cooked well....in fact jerky makes me gag....I guess I had,t better try lox then...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
LOL, i guess lox and nova are NOT for you :) might as well save your $$$$....they are pricey too!

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
baked chicken is nice! good job! i've been enjoying rice more these days...very filling when i eat it with my food, especially brown rice or wild rice...i am able to still eat a bit more than i'd like when it's white rice!

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
yes, i now have 2 gloves that don't match but that work on each hand ;)....i have to really clean my gloves out to see what i have...would def be better to have something matching that is also warm!

bearcountrygg on 12/11/2017:
LOL...it would be better....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
and your breakfast sounds satisfying...

if i were home like you all day, i'd eat more watery things at breakfast...like oatmeal and i'd make it somehow extra big...add egg whites...and sweeten it with stevia...like i used to...and cinnamon....and add a little fruit...i'd make something big but low cal and it'd take awhile for me to eat...then once i finsihed the oatmeal, i'd have coffee...and after that some small snack of a handful of nuts and then by the time you finish them, it's lunch....and you can fill up on cooked cabbage soup with loads of veggies, some meat, some chips for dessert for me..and more fruit if i wanted....endless.

i'd be eating all day at home haha.

bearcountrygg on 12/11/2017:
Most days I'm okay until lunch but Denny didn't get home until after 3...so I guess that's why I got snacky...it was our usual lunch time.......I don't get hungry too often actually...I never have...technically...I can wait until 1 or even 2 in the afternoon to even start eating...usually my eating is lead by Denny....LOL

bearcountrygg on 12/11/2017:
Yeah...That's the ticket...it's all his fault...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2017:
that's cool you can wait till 1 to eat. there's good things about that - being able to fast with just coffee...as long as you don't overdo the afternoon lol...

bearcountrygg on 12/11/2017:
That can be the catch......it's easy to tell myself that I skipped a meal and it's okay....but for me the bottom line is I eat out of habit...and because denny wants meals served at normal eating times....If I waited to get hungry...I would probably eat once a day out of hunger...I've been that way my whole life...I didn't get the hunger chip...LOL

bearcountrygg - Sunday Dec 10, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Accepting that I have a food addiction and am self sabotaging.  After lots of time spent over the last 2 days  I've decided to push on and work on it.  I need to find a healthy way of eating that still lets me eat foods I enjoy but in a way that I'm not bingeng on them.  For years at 104 pounds I had people ask if I was anorexic....I didn't think I was...I had never been a hungry person in general...but I will say...I was very thin for years...I don't thnk I was anorexic....there was no kind of obsession then...no food rationing or obsessive exercising...I was just a thin undereater by nature....but it does now point out to me that I am now the exact opposite.....maybe there is something there...and I'm accepting that......anyway....back to the food diary.


english muffin with 1 strip bacon and 1 egg with coffee

Mid morning snack 

2 cookies


Garden salad with cheese, croutons and ranch, and spaghetti and meatballs

 Dinner = small bowl mixed berries with banana and a cup of tea

Evening = 1 cup tea, meatballs and 2 almond bars

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

Donkey on 12/10/2017:
I love your food diaries, so I'm glad that you're posting them again, as long as posting doesn't cause you any grief.

Maybe incorporating regular exercise is where you need to focus right now? Build up more muscle to speed up the metabolism? IDK... just thinking out loud -- as if *I* had any answers to the weight-loss puzzle, right? If you figure it out, please let me know!

In the meantime, I encourage you in all ways to take care of yourself and be kind & patient to your body.

bearcountrygg on 12/10/2017:
Thank you Donkey! You are always so encouraging. I do need more exercise for sure...I wear out easily but age and joint issues cause me problems...but easing into it has to be easier than expecting too much of myself all at once...I'm sure it will be easier after awhile.

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....

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