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BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 23, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Fall is definately in the air...trees beginning to turn and the ferns are all dying...a sure sign that fall is pretty much here.  Bath done, hair washed and ready to start the day.......breakfast was all protein.........funny...I had just watched a youtube video about OMAD carnivores....LOL...and went straight to the kitchen and had an all protein meal...and coffee...LOL...the power of suggestion!   Apprently I am easily led. 

 

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
LOL! Oh the power of suggestion -- very applicable to eating, not so much to cleaning or budgeting, at least for me. I have to work up to those.

Fall has arrived here as well. Cooler temps, although we're supposed to have one more burst of summer-like temps on Monday, perhaps, if things go as they are forecasted to go. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I praise the relief from the summer - and from the summer real estate - but find myself not quite ready for the decrease in sunlight.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
The days are getting shorter....I'm not looking forward to the ice.....that just lasts too long.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
well, i guess it satisfied your appetite even just watching it on tv :) it must have looked really good and tempting for you to get up and enjoy the same thing!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
I guess so....just seemed like the thing to do...LOL


grannyannie on 08/23/2019:
Enjoy the rest of your day!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
It was a good one!


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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

So it's D's 71st birthday today...and his meal picks are anything but diet food.....so today....no dieting for me...although I will use some care in serving sizes.....he can mainly eat up leftovers after today...so it's fine.    The morning will be spent prepping his potato salad and cole slaw...so that will keep me busy for awhile.........They state forrestry is doing burns up here for the last 2 days...so we will be in a smoke /fog situation..........He will be taking his hounds out to do some training......most likely....so it will be a quiet day....( his phone has been ringing from his siblings all day yesterday.......and already today.....everybody knows he is up way before dawn.........He has gotten cards and lottery tickets to scratch...we really don't give each other gifts anymore because we just get what we want when we want it....it does take the shopping out of the holidays......and we give our kids/and grandkids checks...so celebrating is a bit different from the old days...and a lot more relaxed........and we like it that way.....so today will be about his favorite meal...and then doing whatever he wants......

I will be cooking...LOL

Salads are made......just waiting for him to get home from training the hounds........having a nice little break right now.....I used to really love cooking when there were so many in the house....but for just the 2 of us....i just don't do it as often...took me 2 hours to get the potato salad and cole slaw made and run the dishwasher........glad for the little rest now.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
yay!!! Happy 71 to D! He's going to be very happy later when he eats his bday dinner made by YOU! enjoy your day and birthday celebrations. You guys are doing things right!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Salads are made and waiting...glad to have that part finished.


grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Hope you both enjoy hubby's birthday! Diet food on birthdays is a no go!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
definately not dieting today....LOL


Donkey on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday D!! Let us know if he wins the lottery (lol).

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Nope...no wins......One son insists on sending lottery tickets for holidays...we tell them we don't need or want anything but they won't stop...LOL As parents we are something else aren't we.......having kids is like having your heart walk around outside of your body.....it really doesn't matter how old they get...they are still our babies...LOL...funny how we would give them anything..but we don't want them spending any of their money on us......


innerpeace on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday to D! Enjoy your do diet day!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
We will...thanks!


legcramps on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday D! Hope he enjoys his day!!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
So far so good.......Dinner was nice and now I think he is going to take a nap......LOL


Donkey on 08/22/2019:
Um... picture of the cake?


happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Happy Birthday to your hubby! I like the idea of lotto tickets for a birthday


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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Heading out to the grocery store this morning bright and early.....tomorrow is D's 71st birthday and I will pick up some of his favorites......I do feel like I may be getting over the "stocking up" thing....and I look at that now as kind of a stress reliever........I'm working on less automatic reactions...and instead dealing with things as they come up...instead of putting up that panic wall.....I did the math today...I see the food stockpiling coinsides with the earlier times of huge stress...................so it wasn't prepping for disaster as much as it was blocking my emotions about yesterdays topic I wrote about.  What started out as food stockpiling really was masking my need to avert diaster that really had nothing to do with what it looked like........I was laying in a ton of food to eat my problems away...and in that sense...it worked....I ate and ate........now.....finally seeing why.....and what the real cause was... I was just trying to cope with the overwhelming need to deal with my emotions and the realization that I couldn't change her and the necessity of removing her from our house for our own safety.........( we turned her back into the court system and they placed her back with her birth mother because they couldn't find anyone else within the foster care system that would take her).........that didn't last...she just ran away.....and got emancipated...so that ended all of everyones responsibility across the board. 

So.......while I was telling myself to stockpile to avert disaster.......I was just drowning my sorrows in food....well...look how that worked out!!! 

Now......I still deal with the stockpile......the good and healthy...and the bad and just plain unhealthy yet tempting.........LOL.....I can do this...because now I truly KNOW WHY.......

EDIT

Went to a store almost an hour away to get groceries for D's birthday tomorrow.

Leaving the forrest is always an adventure........gas tank filled?  Tires ok?  Phone charged.......bathroom first.......I saw two homes on the way there that I was determined to get pictures of on my way back...and then I couldn'r find them again.... Next time!!!

1 had signs all acrossed the front yard telling specific people where to park.....LOL...apparently someone keeps blocking Dad in....LOL

The other one had a sign out front proclaining it KOSY KOTTAGE.......and there was STUFF EVERYWHERE!!!!  Stuff covered the entire yard....decorative stuff....stuff hanging from trees. faded stuff....car parts....I have no idea how they manage to mow the few grass patches.......but it is their KOSY KOTTAGE and I want a picture to remember it by...it reminds me of a place down state that has covered their entire front yard with mirrors...all standing up or hanging from trees.......somehow when you look at it you feel like you have traveled to another dimension.....I want pictures!!!   Next time for sure!

The shopping trip was a success...much bigger store than we have here...and I was able to get 2 single serving little cakes...perfect.......and the other favorites for the dinner......and they had there there...i had seen them online but never in our store...well...i guess i have to out of the forrest to get this stuff......

They are sweet and delicious.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Happy birthday to your hubby. Mine will be 71 in Nov.

I am a stress eater as well. All I can do is make sure there are no 'cheat' foods in the house. Doesn't always work because husband is a beer drinker (and brewer) so that temptation is always around.

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
I swear I have enough junk here to last 3 years......I will NEVER do this again...no more bulk shopping for me!!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
Hubby thanks you for the birthday wishes.......71 year old guys are still pretty cool aren't they!!!


grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Yea, I think so! Mine is still very fit as well. :)

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
Gotta keep them active!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
when it's Winter i am sure you may find the urge to "stock up" again but now that it's the warmer months still, i guess it's easier for you to leave the house and make it out to the supermarket and also the fact that i continued reading to see you meant stocking up as a personal habit rather than for a need because of nature...got you.

I hope next time to see photos of these unique homes!

those grapes are cute, i don't see such narrow ones in our supermarkets.

Happy birthday to D! what are you eating!?

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
I'm pretty sure now I was stress shopping and stress eating....Now that i know what I was doing...I can deal with it. His choices are NY strip steak, potato salad, cole slaw, cheese bread, cake and ice cream...nothing diet about it...LOL


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
Well doesn't he have good taste ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Pretty traditional midwest summer foods...LOL


happy-1 on 08/20/2019:
I do the exact same thing when I am stressed... I buy too much food. It’s a poor choice and a constant burden. Working on going through stuff that my mom had and tossing anything with fake sugar as a start. I always said to her “that stuff probably causes cancer” and then...

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Yeah,........shopping...just another addiction.....as well as sugar...another addiction.


happy-1 on 08/20/2019:
I will say though that now that I use Sams Club and can just order the fresh produce only, we are making our way through stuff. It really helps to be a more organized shopper.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Yes it does...I am so guilty of ordering things I do not need...Just because they LOOK good.......now....I need to use it all up....UGH!


happy-1 on 08/20/2019:
And his birthday dinner pick sounds awesome!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Yes theydo....not dieting happening around here today....


Donkey on 08/21/2019:
I've had that kind of grapes before - it's like candy, they're so yummy!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
They are very sweet...you are right...just like candy!


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BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 19, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Fall is in the air and i'm loving it.....it's my favorite time of year!!   I hear that WW is once again changing it's program...apparently they are getting a lot of competition from a program called I TRACK BITES......with our wifi being so wonky it has definately made WW less accessable........and i figured that I would just cancel it until the wifi gets more dependable...besides...counting calories is easy enough...and...I have conditioned myself to eat around 1,200 to 1,500 cals a day anyway even without counting.....so there is that.......I have cut my online grocery shopping way back lately...( mainly used Boxed and Amazon) but also some Rite Aid and Doller General for things like Atkins bars for D........and a few other things........we really need to use what we have before buying more...shelf life for somethings is already past their dates ( They are still very safe.....as long as things look and smell okay...i'm okay with them...d not always...but for me...I don't have a problem with them.

I just had breakfast and realized I didn't take a pic...so I guess that just happened........looks like a busy no counting day, and 99% of the time i still stay in line when i go back the next day and figure it.......in my idea of a perfect world....I would never have to count again.......and I can actually see that happening.......no bingeing, no points or cals to worry about....just eating...in a healthy way physically and mentally. Eating all foods...where there are no banned or bad foods...just food..eaten in a way that is healthy and non obsessive.   More than half of my life has been that way........and I think that memory pattern is getting closer to happening again.......It really is not the foods fault...the fault lies with what I do to deal with life......and apparently eating isn't a healthy way to do that.....first of all...when I was in my forties food became a way to deal with an extremely dangerous and difficult foster/adopted daughter......and has been a problem since......before that...food was just a source of fuel/nutrition/ a way to celebrate family and friends around the table....then...it became poison and a way to cope with her........but she is grown now.....and still leading her dangerous life......we were facebook friends for years....and recently D reminded me that while she is not a threat to us....she is still a threat to herself and maybe I should just stop reading about her life messes on facebook.........and he was right.......the stress just drained away and I headed back to being the old me...before we brought her into our home....before police at the door, court cases, juvenile detention centers, B and E's and thefts from stores, and blocking our bedroom door at night..........she is her own worst enemy and acts exactly like her birth parents and other relatives.......over 15 years...we had some impact...even she says so...yet she fights the demons that genetics caused her...and we can't and couldn't do anything about that.....evrey family member of hers online is almost an exact copy...sad but true...we tried.....for a long long time....and it had a bad affect on my eating.....but it doesn't need to be that way anymore.....I'm free of dealing with her...and recently I am also free of reading about her sordid escapades and how she is one more blight on society......I can't fix her...I (we) tried..........she is cut from the same cookie cutter as her ancestors and I'm finally free of her daily forays into the seemy life...she has now lost custody of both of her children......and I don't want to know anymore about her life because it is affecting mine too much.......now...i need to just do what i I need to do and that is to put her in my past...accept that I couldn't "fix her"....and move on...and already this morning.....i'm just so much more relaxed...and even forgot to record breakfast....and it was fine...and such a relief.......I think i have won a battle...at least that is what it feels like.....

We ALL make mistakes.......we were told by the school that they felt she was a demon.....twice.2 different school systems......if I have ever wondered if that was possible...she made me think about it............I'm still not sure......BUTwhile i KNOW that we all make mistakes...and hopefully learn from them........we are fine......some people..are just driven to be more than that......the things she does are not mistakes...they are coming from a really bad place...and it's scary......okay....got that out of my system...now I need to go get over my mistakes...and start just being a happier person again.......the imperfect me is finally heading in the correct direction.....

For all of the mistakes I have made in life.....and for all of the times I have made decisions that didn't work out.........today...I'm no longer letting them rule my world....I'm embracing my warrior.

 

innerpeace on 08/19/2019:
You should be proud of your success with the battle of food and emotional eating. That is very hard to overcome. I heard NOON was giving WW some competition as well with the younger people. I have never heard of Track Bites, may have to go and read about that.

I have family members that fit that cookie cutter mold and right now I am trying to deal with how this lot takes advantage of my mother and I hate hearing about how my mother supports their lifestyles and keeps them all clothed, housed, cars gassed up and all their utilities on for at least two, maybe three, households. When I lived in Oklahoma I would always tell her they need to take care of themselves. I asked her, what will happen when you are no longer around mom? She said...I just hope they make it. She is always stress and worrying. I am glad to be away from it, and I just hope my mom doesn't die from it.

Anyway, I'm glad you were able to break free from it. Have a great day!

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
While I'm sorry that your family is dealing with similar problems...i know that it all takes such a toll on others...I actually did try noom...and while I read all of the lessons and it apparently has helped some...the group I was in acctually just ceased to exist...everyone quit doing the exercises...so the last few weeks of my subscription were basically non existant......I think the I TRACK BITES is an iphone app....I don't know if they are online or not but I'm sure you can google it. I feel bad for you and your Mom......it is so easy to get emotionally involved especially when it's family and it takes it's toll on everyone.


grannyannie on 08/19/2019:
None of us is anywhere near perfect. All we can do is the best we can.

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
Agreed.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
i also have periods of online spending followed by periods of actually using the stuff up!

I am sorry that you tried to do right and fix someone / help them, and it didn't hold. in the end, we do what we try for kids, but, once they become adults it is up to them to make the right choices. you tried and did your best. you have better relations with your other family thankfully. there are lots of problems in society and some people need meds and help that they don't get. we'll never know why there needs to be so much negativity out there, but it is best to stay away from it now if you can. I follow your thoughts completely and though i haven't faced any of this myself, i can understand where your thoughts and feelings are coming from <3

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
Thanks HOP.....I have to admit that no longer seeing her facebook posts has helped a lot....


Donkey on 08/19/2019:
One really valuable lesson I've learned from my boss is not to dwell on the mistakes of the past but to work on the present for a solution or a plan.

Having said that, believe me, I have made some really bad choices/mistakes, and every so often, they do come back to weigh very heavily on my shoulders. I cry and blame myself as though they were made just yesterday.

But nothing can change the past. I did the best that I could, and unfortunately, that fell way short of acceptable. I try to move forward and be a better person, to learn from my mistakes. Most of the time, I think I'm doing OK. But then, it will creep up again.

Just something I have to live with now.

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
Well...we all have to live with our mistakes and truly...they make us the people that we are today....as long as we learn something from them.....way more often than I want...I revisit mess ups...and regrets....but...moving on from them and looking at them as a character building does help......


Donkey on 08/19/2019:
(Responded to your previous entry too, about the yogurt for breakfast)

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
I read that......the syrup needs to be used up.....and I haven't had pancakes for quite awhile...but I like it in plain yogurt....messed up this time in a couple of ways though...i didn't get greek yogurt...and that was way more syrup than was needed...


happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Hugs, you were brave to adopt. I’m so sorry it was a nightmare. Big hugs to you. I wish I could send you a real one.

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
Thanx happy......We tried....


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BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was so productive...not perfect...but definately more productive than my nonstop electronic life has become..........funny how putting limits on it has been too horrifying to even think about before....but i will say that after yesterday with it's electronic limits...i am just happier....as wonderful as the contacts I have made online with old friends, classmates, rarely seem family and lots of new friends has been......unplugging...or at least a lot less electronics ( including TV).......pushed me to do things......get things done that i have putting off for so long..........and I can see that balance is my problem....across the board.....balance in what I choose to eat...and how I choose to spend my time.........today...i will do the same.......and hopefully even better............yesterday i did briefly get online fromtime to time......guilty there......but in a much less time consuming manner.  i placed a couple of orders...and I see my hubby wants to place another order for him today.....and that will be okay.....I'm learning and that is all i ask of myself right now...baby steps.......balance.

Be back later with todays food pics...........................

Breakfast was regular yogurt with Aunt Gemima lite... , coconut water and coffee

Actually that looks kind of scary...not greek yogurt...and swimming in lite syrup...not attractive...LOL  Kind of looks like "this is your brain on syrup"

Lunch = 2  sausages with chili ( no beans), lettuce, 2 mini peppers , kensington dressing, riced cauliflower, peas, polar frost zero cal

Evening, a pita/hummus boxed thing

And I had 2 snacks that I forgot to photograph.....

And here is proof that FALL HAS COME TO Michigans upper east side of the lower penninsula........I was moving a stained glass window  from the master bath to the laundry room window and when I took it down...this came into view....the picture does not do it justice...it is BRIGHT RED!!!

We got a lot done today.....a beautiful wooden towel rack with a shelf that D had made for me about 30 years ago....has been sitting in the basement since we moved here....today it is on the wall where it belongs.....lots of laundry got done, vaccumming and dusting of a ceiling fan...plus a lot more.......i still need to work on the food and the electronics hours even more...baby steps...but i'm finding that I'm happier when I get things done......and limiting the time waster you tube videos..or just flicking on the tv and watching something that I don't even enjoy........it's making me a happier person to be more active.......onward and downward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
Well done! Enjoy your Sunday.

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
It was a nice day!


Donkey on 08/18/2019:
Wow, I am impressed! It's funny that you are mentioning this thing with media and electronics. At the legal clinic, the 2 other ladies were lamenting over the time they waste on the internet with their "guilty pleasures". One wasted a few hours watching "TV news bloopers" on YouTube, which prompted the other to confess that she watches "people's reactions when they are sentenced in court". There's no balance there - just time wasted, LOL.

I look forward to your food pictures, if you get the chance. I guess DD would be MY online guilty pleasure :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
It is easy for me to get caught up in that...but now I can't stand to sit here for long...and it's only the second day...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
ahhh balance...i also strive for balance in life and i will def say my personality is def one guilty of indulgence / compulsiveness / impulsiveness!..so knowing this i do strive to work on things and tend to have to plan a lot to redirect myself!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
These last 2 days have proven to me that i am happier when I get things done...thinking about them adnausem is actually exhausting.


Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Yes, I agree...balance is very important...not always easy, but doable...

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
Yes...it's all coming back to me now.......and I like it!


happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
You get so much done I bet you do 10x the work on an off day other people do in a month.

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
When I get started I move fast......when I sit down...I'm there for the duration...>LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
omg fall already!?!? ahhhh!

i'm also loving your food photos.

it's ok if the photo isn't beautiful, as long as you enjoyed your breakfast!

the snacks look very tasty.

you are doing a good job talking about balance..lol, speaking of which, i need to clean the bathroom and hamster cage tonight! and get off here!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
I cleaned a bathroom yesterday and I just stood there and gazed at it....shows how messy it apparently had been...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
what is kensignton dressing?

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
It's the first time we tried it...got it from boxed...apparently it is pizza flavored.....pretty good actually...but high in cals at 170 ...and while I was writing this our power went out....this will beinteresting..it's never happened like this before.


Donkey on 08/19/2019:
Someone had a container of yogurt like that in the fridge at work. I almost threw it out because I thought the yogurt had gone bad. Then I put it back, because it wasn't mine. (I thought it had been mine, and then realized, my container of yogurt was in the upstairs mini-fridge).

So I guess other folks add maple syrup to their yogurt! I'd never heard of doing this before.

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
I actually like it....and at the moment i'm tryinmg to use this big bottle up....but it helps make the plain yogurt palatable.


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 17, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Trying something new today...I've been increasing my social media/computer/tv use way too much...which means too much sitting down, so today I'm planning on getting active earlier and staying active later.  This should also help with burning calories.  I'm also planning food pics again......lately I've returned to my snacking instead of meals and that also needs to stop....pics help keep me eating meals instead of grazing.  Full day planned here and also cutting out that darned napping habit...slept well last night but I still have trouble staying in bed for a full 7 or 8 hours.........( bathroom breaks are okay).....but I still have a tendency to want to really sleep just for 5 hours at night or so.....and then nap during the day....I really want to just sleep at night again.........so......from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. will be my no electronics time today,.......Will post all tonight.

Today was super productive...I got so much done that I had been putting off and I feel good about that..........

Breakfast was 2 eggs, 2 turkey sausage, 1 banana, 1 coffee and a Polar frost

Meal #2 was 2 pieces of schwans chicken breast, 2 mini peppers, lettuce, tomato, crouton and dressing

All in a very good productive day........

grannyannie on 08/17/2019:
I'm also guilty of too much online time. I do feel better when I'm active. Good job!

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
Had a great day!


Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
Good plan!

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
It worked really well.


Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
LOVE your food pics!!! I make them larger where I can see them good in detail! Very healthy looking food! Hope you are having a wonderful evening.

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
I've tried to make my pics larger but they seem to be slow loading...I didn't want to make people here upset...LOL....I will try making them bigger next time to test it again.


Donkey on 08/17/2019:
Those eggs are perfection!

You are very wise to cut out the electronics and media. I was out this morning, and inadvertently left my cell phone at home. While this was not smart (in case of road emergencies!) or intended, it was quite liberating and felt very free.

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
I feel naked when I forget my phone...it really wasn't that many years ago that we only had a phone teathered to the wall...how quickly we forget...LOL


Donkey on 08/17/2019:
What's wrong with having a short sleep overnight and then a nap later on? If I were retired, that's probably what I would do.

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
Napping is so easy when you are home all day....but I end up laying in bed for so long during the 2 to 4 o clock hours.....we get up early here....I really like to wake up...and get up within 5 minutes or so.....


Donkey on 08/17/2019:
Last comment I promise! Let me know how cutting out the electronics before bedtime has worked (or not worked) for you --- If it works for you, I confess that I might give it a try. Oh that would be very hard to do... so let me know, please!

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
I usually read for awhile before bed....so I'm usually away from the computer and phone for at least 30 minutes to an hour.......I really got a lot done today...and wasted so much less time just on the computer...I swear it's a crutch for me...i do that instead of doing what I really need to do....


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
lovely food photos...is the white the dressing that is in with the lettuce/tomatoes? i thought it might be cheese at first glance!


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BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 15, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Slept like a log last night....but got up early....and eventually laid back down to snooze for another hour.....wide awake now!!!   I guess I'm having a no counting day...leftover pizza from last night was calling me..and coffee of course....actually yesterday was a no counting day too.......got lazy here apparently. 

Full of energy today and since there is never a day where there is nothing to do...then I will just have to get busy and get things done............

dinner will be burgers, and veggies.......  wifi stayed on all day yesterday........I was surprised...maybe this on off business will level out...I can only hope. 

Looking forward to the trees turning this year........The coolness is in the air here and fall can't be too far behind.

grannyannie on 08/15/2019:
Good to take advantage of being full of energy. If you have excess, send me some! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
There is nothing like a good nights sleep!!!


legcramps on 08/15/2019:
It's starting to cool off here as well now. I really enjoy summer, but the cool Fall air is crisp and fresh and I love that too!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
Yes...since we are both in northern areas...we are feeling it a little earlier than some years...but it is so welcome.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
i slept like a log too, until my alarm, which i really wished to go off much later! LOL...

good sleep is def the best!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
Lots of sleeping going on around here...LOL


Maria7 on 08/16/2019:
I love autumn, too, BC...my favorite season with the cool, crisp autumn air...yes! And the very beautiful fall-colored leaves on the trees! Hope you are having a good day up there! We in the south don't get our beautiful autumn leaves on the trees until November, but we usually get the wonderful cool air coming in in October that I LOVE.... Take care...


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BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 12, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Just such a beautiful day here today.........weather is perfect...up at dawn and out to pick up a few groceries and fill the gas tank up...........prepping soon for our anniversary meal...looking forward to that........t bone steaks courtesy of some good friends....and I picked up a few things to go along with them to celebrate....well on the way to the store I found out what time all of the amish around here head for work...LOL...buggies, bikes and walkers all around.......it sure is an interesting place to live.

With our approaching birthdays...D in a few days and me next month.....( he will be 71 and I will hit the ginormous 70!!! OMG).....I am struck with the desire...and ultimate serious need to simplify....the tendency has been approaching for a couple of years........but....it is stronger than ever right now......time waits for no one........I want my life to get easier and easier.....I find myself craving less actual  housework and responsibility....and more just relaxing and having fun time.....I never want to stop learning........I guess that is why I read nonfiction.......( speaking of reading I need to get some stronger reading glasses.....LOL).....all I can say is enjoy your youth while you have it......because it is way too true.......with age comes dim vision, poor hearing, bad balance, warts, moles, skintags, and other unknow weird things...like wrinkles in places that you didn't even know you had.....and OH YEAH.....short term memory loss.........now that is a real pain...you can remeber what you had for breakfast on that vacation 20 years ago...but what you had this morning just escapes you...not to mention...you repeat yourself..... alot.......we keep telling each other the same things over and over and denying the other one ever told them.....believe me...it gets old!!!! 

Yesterday...apparently I pushed the wrong button on the living room TV....and tried to fix it by pushing the wrong button on the sound bar...and it got worse...well...it only went down hill from there...D thought it was ruined......i figured it wasn't but I was the one that wrecked it so what do I know...........so after some anger issues...and some grumbling...and some woe is me from D.....LOL...he calls son T...who knows all about tvs and sound bars......and I keep hearing...YOUR MOTHER...YOUR MOTHER.....so I guess it was all my fault...LOL.......so T walks his Dad through resetting it all up again. by phone..and it works better than ever!!!!   LOL...so maybe my mess up wasn't so bad after all.....if I hear one more word about How I wrecked the sound bar I will remind him of that........

Maria7 on 08/12/2019:
Is your anniversary next month, too? Our anniversary is in October, along w Hubby's and Daughter's bd's...

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2019:
Maria...Our 53rd anniversary is today...D's birthday is this month and mine is in September.


grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
Happy anniversary!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2019:
Thank You...It was a very nice day!


grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
Pre happy 70th! It's harder to lose the older we get. I'm 67. Husband will be 71 in Nov (but all he has is a bit of a belly).

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2019:
It is definateely harder...and the skin that doesn't snap back is quite frustrating too.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
lol i am SURE that your TV and sound bar will get fixed...after all, you just pushed a few buttons ;)

my bday is next month, too! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2019:
It's better than ever now that T walked D through the reinstall process...LOL


Maria7 on 08/13/2019:
Wish you and your Hubby a belated Happy Anniversary! Wow...53 years! Y'all must have been very young when you married. Have a good day!

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2019:
We were 16 and 17.......very very young!


Donkey on 08/13/2019:
Oh my goodness, your story about the TV sounds JUST LIKE something that would happen between my husband and me. Way too familiar! Ha ha!

I find your words about aging to be spot on. I'm getting ready to enter my next decade, and I can definitely see the changes that are coming. When I was in my early 40's, I didn't notice these signs so much. Now that I'm towards the end, it becomes more and more evident. It's just so obvious -- why is the print so small? Why is the room too dark to read this label?


Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Hope you are having a good day!



BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 11, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Well...the last 2 days have been spent in the bathroom.........ached all over...even my eyelids!  Imodium saved the day yesterday because D had an apointment for truck repairs and he needed to be picked up and dropped off later.  Spent the day miserable, sleeping, eating only a banana and toasted english muffins and lots of liquids to combat dehydration........slept all night even with all of the naps...and woke up feeling great!!!  I have no idea how I could feel so good today after all of that...but I will take it.

coffee, cereal and almond milk for breakfast......not counting today....it seems like rather I count or not...I just rarely go over 1,500 cals.......so...just winging it now.

Started out the morning ordering D another silicone ring.....in a smaller size.....his has gotten too big ( they need to be replaced periodically anyway, they don't last forever).....but are a lot safer for him than his actual wedding ring.  Tomorrow will be our 53 rd wedding anniversary.................This morning we mulled over rather or not we want to go out for dinner tomorrow......or cook up some huge T Bone steaks, friends gave us last week.......and decided on the steaks........so.....looks like the next couple of days are covered........and i'm full of energy today so i plan to get a lot done as long as this energy holds out.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2019:
Happy Anniversary that's a LOT of well spent loving years together!!!! :) i'm glad you are feeling better!

BearCountryGG on 08/11/2019:
Feeling a lot better...and the 53 years have just flown by.....


Donkey on 08/11/2019:
Happy Anniversary!!

Sorry to hear about the bathroom problems. Mine are usually the opposite. You are doing right though with bananas and bread, rest and sleep.

That's very interesting to hear about the silicone rings. I did not know that they needed replacement every so often, but thinking about it, that makes sense. We were thinking of getting one for Hubby, because his condition with swelling and inflammation (and weight gain), he can no longer wear his gold band.

BearCountryGG on 08/11/2019:
D loves the silicone bands...they are safe...and very inexpensice......I think his brand is safteez...or something like that.....they are about 20.00....well worth it. They come in lots of colors and metal tones..... Thanks for the anniversary wishes.......and I'm feeling a lot better today...thanks.


legcramps on 08/12/2019:
Congratulations on 53 years together! That's amazing :)

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2019:
Thank you!


innerpeace on 08/12/2019:
Wow 53 years!! That's amazing - congratulations. I'm glad you are feeling better. I'm going to look into the silicone rings, I'm sure this would be safer for my DH to wear to work in his factory as well. Have a great day.

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2019:
Thank you...and definately look into the rings...they are so inexpensive and so much safer.....they also are for women if that appeales to you too....I know I have gotten caught by my ring before...but not bad enough to do any damage to my finger other than a bruise.



BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 08, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Wifi is on...so taking advantage of that right now................After so many years of a scheduled life ( work, kids, school, packing lunches., running a business..etc).......and then so many years of retirement which was not at all scheduled....I have decided to return to scheduling my life again,,,,i don't like living on a schedule...but i got a lot done....now...not so much and I feel like a slug...so back to a completely scheduled day and will get some things done around here.

Went to bed (between 11 and 12 last night) and set the alarm for 6....worked out very well......I actually woke up at 5:30...and waited for the alarm...and found myself pulling that old trick from days gone by...as I noticed that the alarm was going to go off in a few minutes...i actually wanted to go back to sleep....boy.....that is an old memory...just cram a couple of minutes more of sleep in....LOL

Up and ready to roll....today...my plan is to eat from the fridge...there is plenty in there that needs to be used up and that is what I will do....I will be going through the food that is here that way...before buying more ( I will be getting things for D  and the cat as needed)..........

I am actually excited to have some structure again...go figure.

Breakfast was interesting...I had a thing that is a microwave egg cooker that Weight Watchers had sent me.......so I tried it out this morning.....LOL....had planned to have 2 eggs...sprayed it..dropped raw eggs in....and walked away for a minute...big mistake...the next thing I heard was an explosion...LOL.....big microwave mess....cleaned that out...salvaged 1 egg and it was good...need to work on that technique another time.....tossed the egg that was hovering in the corner of the micro....that little egg blew the cover off the egg thingy....lesson learned.....todays food courtesy of fridge leftovers...( except the coffee and banana).

coffee = 8 cals and 0 points

lemon juice in water = 8 cals and 0 points

1 egg = 72 cals and 0 points

mini yellow potatoes roasted in olive oil = 175 cals and 5 points

banana = 105 cals and 0 points

 

On the agenda..already got the microwave mess cleaned up....starting with paperwork, mailing things and balancing some bank books.....Money management has always been our 1st concern...as far as home management goes.....and i gravitated right to that again.....( right after the microwave mess).......funny how the old habits fell right back into place........lately things had a tendency to sit on the desk and get ignored for days.........today...it was number one on my to do list...just like the old days.......it feels good to get back in the swing of things..........I can't stress enough the importance of money management on your future.....enjoy today...but save/earn/plan for tomorrow.......I can say that one of my kids got it...and is a super money manager...the other one....not so much......raised in the same household with the same standards.....and so so different..... on to the paperwork.

Paperwork is done...and now working on laundry...also got the garbage can from the road....going to sit down a bit with the lemon water and relax a little.........

Lunch was

2 apples = 188 cals and 0 points

1/2 cup mac and cheese = 110 cals and 4 points

1 cup canned mixed vegetables = 80 cals and 0 points

1 light mozzarella stick = 50 cals and 1 point

 

 

Horn_of_plenty on 08/08/2019:
perhaps as part of your schedule, you can schedule in time to relax! you are definitely allowed to relax, Bear!

makes sense you want some structure after a break from it for a few days. for me, structure feels good and i feel accomplished. but i also do love a LOT of relaxing... hahahaha (i'm laughing at myself!)

BearCountryGG on 08/08/2019:
I did sit around and watch youtube this morning while i sipped my coffee.....that hour flew by....ready to get moving now......but I will take breaks...but it's funny...when i'm in this mode....I just power through and get a lot done...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/08/2019:
maybe that's what works for you...then again, everyone has their own method! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/08/2019:
True.....Worked really well for us though.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/08/2019:
breakfast loooks awesome, those potatoes are fabulous looking!

BearCountryGG on 08/08/2019:
They are so simple...I have no idea why I haven't been roasting them all along....one thing I did find out though..is that I read that potatoes should be peeled if a person has a kidney stone issue...so I will have to alter the way i do those for D.....spinach, beets, sweet potatoes are all stone makers......it's going to change our eating now.


legcramps on 08/08/2019:
I agree with you about working on a schedule...I always seem to get much more done when i've got a schedule to work from. On the balance side, I also like to sit around and do absolutely nothing sometimes too ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/08/2019:
Me too......but now I'm making myself earn it first...LOL I need one of those chore sheets like I had for kids....LOL


Maria7 on 08/09/2019:
I find that sometimes, schedules are good and other days, not so much. For me, anyway. Wishing you a happy day!

BearCountryGG on 08/09/2019:
I agree completely Maria



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