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BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 15, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

53 degrees out...windows open to let it all in.......trying to figure out what t have for breakfast.......but starting with coffee..........and the news as usual.......UGH...the news!!! 

Just going to start doing things...and before I know it.....it's evening...it will be that kind of day. 

 

Well...I've had an out of control eating day....to the point of totally not eating a regular meal at all.......How quickly grazing on junk just takes over....so easy...................tomorrow is another day.

Donkey on 08/15/2022:
We're having cooler temps at night too. I actually like it. I'm starting to think about which plant(s) to bring in first for the winter. I bring some of my tropical plants into the garage at night.

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
It's feeling like fall today........not much summer here at all this year.


horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2022:
well, i'd have to agree that treats are OK! they are the only things that keep me sane with eating.

nice and cool by you!

yes, ugh to the bad news! lately and always there's always something bad. my news stations also show happy stories here and there...love those.

the hours do go by fast.

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
Too many treats going down here actually.......some around for the anniversary...some more coming up for D's birthday....and all of the summer fruits...we have been eating a lot of those lately.......I need tog et a handle on it all....or the scale will start showing it.........


Maria7 on 08/15/2022:
Your 53 degrees sounds delightful!!! Love it! It was cool in the mountains, around 60 in the mornings...felt like autumn...came back to SC...We are currently at 88 and heat index 97...got ac going...As for overeating, I do that sometimes, too. Like you say...tomorrow is another day...A day to do better...a day to not give in...That's what I tell myself, too.

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
I wouldn't mind a 88 degree day here...sounds like a good time to me....I don't mind hot weather.......Yup...tomorrow will be a better eating day......I usually crave healthy things the day after a messy eating day.


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BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 14, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Up and ready to start the day..........lots of things to keep busy with today....and getting an early start.

coffee

oatmeal

walnuts

banana

Nature Valley PB wafer bar

Baked chicken breast

mashed potatoes and brown onion gravy

peas

1 pkg of oreo cakesters

chocolate

Ate the last tiny piece of angel food cake....good thing it's gone now....UGH!

Donkey on 08/14/2022:
I am switching my breakfast back to oatmeal w 1 TBSP of peanut butter. I think it will hold me better at work and keep the morning snacking at bay -- or at least from spinning out of control, which it was doing last week.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2022:
I'm likeing oatmeal right now...I'm getting the staying power from thae walnuts I guess.....seems to be working quite well....PB also works well for me too....But I found the bag of walnuts in the freezer and I'm working on using those up.


Jacky82020 on 08/14/2022:
Good healthy breakfast! How do you take your coffee? I switched from chocolate protein drink in mine to unsweetened almond milk. Nothing to do with calories or nutrition, just bored with the old way & will probably return to it in the future.

Think I figured out why a reply to you earlier today didn’t go up. I noticed I had not replied to Maria, so I did & then hit post comment or whatever it’s called for her reply, but not on the one to you. Guess kinda a stupid thing to do & may account for other replies not posting.

As to the new post that vanished, I can’t explain it. Could very well be Donkey is correct, maybe the file was too big. But, I swear, I’ve seen IP post more & better quality pics than the 3 food related ones I had. But I can’t remember if her posts contained an equal amount of text.

Even so it’s not like the text was short novel. It was about sadness over losing my daughter & then onto to food.

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2022:
I drink coffee black...I usually drink the first half of the cup hot...and the rest cold...LOL.

I did find that I can't add any eemoj's with the emoji button...it wouldn't post the response when I did...so when I deleted the emoji...it posted.......there are definitely little quirky things posting here.....I would have been very interested in your post...I'm sorry I didn';t get to read it. ((HUGS))


Maria7 on 08/14/2022:
I love mashed potatoes and brown gravy...even had some today. So GOOD!

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
Yes it was.....comfort food.


horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2022:
i've seen those wafer bars...kinda new in the supermarket...but refrained from buying because sometimes the airy-ness of the wafers leaves me unsatisfied. So, how are they!?!? should i try them if there's a sale?

Overall, your menu is so healthy and tasty!

nice to get up early to get things done. it sure feels good to be productive early.

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
We love those bars...but you are right...they are not filling.......but as a treat...they are very handy......I'm enjoying too many treats though right now........somehow it is easy to convince myself that they are okay..since I also ate plenty of healthy things...LOL


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Chilly out here today.......just having a lazy day.

coffee

oatmeal with walnuts

Chicken chow mein

strawberry short cake 

hot sprouted almonds....(4)

tuna salad on crackers

oreo ...These things could be a problem

We got a new puppy yesterday......and he has gotten a lot of attention today.......

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
it is not chilly here yet. still warm in morning. today is low 80's...we are done with our 90's heat wave, but still feels pretty warm...def not your forest temps!

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2022:
Started out in the 40's....chilly...


Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Now that’s an idea! Maybe so.

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
;)


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Wow...fantastic menu!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
Maybe a little too much cake though.... but Not complaining .


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
yes, great eats. what's with these hot, sprouted almonds!?

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
They were a sample from BOXED....I think they must sell them there...tiny little pkg with 4 in it.


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 08/14/2022:
LOL, silly me! The post here was meant for donkey when she suggested maybe I lost my post because it contained too much data. Think I wasn’t paying attention in this case and my fault, not a DD glitch.

But you do have all kinds of great ideas HUGS

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2022:
I wondered what you meant,....LOL...Hence the smiley face.


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BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

 Today is our 56th anniversary.......Pretty good for a couple of 16 and 17 year olds...and they said it would never last!!!  HA HA ......fooled them!

We decided to not go out and eat....local restaurants are mainly closed because of lack of workers...so I decided to place a walmart order for pick up today instead.....( the resturants that are open are not our faves...so there is that)

Decided that I really didn't want to cook...so would actually pick up some easy things and eat at home.

Lately it is nice to be able to place a walmart order in the morning and actually pick it up the same morning....so that is what I did.

Dishes washing...laundry washing and drying...got an early start and hope to have most of it done before I get back home

Groceries will be a 2 to 3 hour trip......and lots of wooded country driving........pine trees galore.......maybe some wildlife to see....(usually turkeys, deer and if I''m lucky a bear...........don't mind at all today.....

Taking a couple of nature valley bars to call breakfast......for the trip.

Slept like a log on the new mattress...I have never slept on a memory foam mattress before and found it so comfy I didn't even want to move.....winner with this one.

Sitting on the edge of it to put my shoes on was a bit funny though....but got that done...I was so used to the old style mattress with firmer sides......this will take some getting used to ...plus it is 4 inches higher than the old mattress....so there is that too....but so far...so good....glad we got it.

Scale is good...feeling good.....all is well......now on with my day!

FUNNY.....Right after I posted this I went to my Facebook page and D's favorite restaurant posted that they will be going back to 7 days a week again....in late August...that will make him happy......( not my favorite restuarant though...mine is up for sale....boo hoo)

 

 

 

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yes, i have the problem where i wake up easily from an empty stomach / slight hunger. it's good it doesn't bother you bc it's helpful to be able to just sleep thru the night and deal with it in the AM! xx have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Food never crosses my mind during the night...and it takes me a couple of hours after waking up in the morning to even notice hunger......I think for most of my life......sitting down to eat was second to everything else........once I was married and had kids....I was thinking in terms of feeding them healthy foods for nutritions sake....I guess I have never really been too much about eating....so food as fuel seems to fit for me....don't get me wrong...I love dessert.....LOL

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
And I should say that I like almost all food......it was mainly about actually sitting down and eating that I never really enjoyed...LOL.....my poor parents...always trying to get me to eat something....but I just never seemed to have the time or desire to actually want a meal.......I guess that explains the skinny short kid I was.....56 years ago today...I weighed 104.......and stayed there for many many years.......Then eventually weighed 130 that was actually much healthier for me.....and where I am now happiest and healthiest....at 104...I was it seems always anemic.


Donkey on 08/12/2022:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

So glad that the new mattress has worked out! Ahh that sounds so nice!

I'm all for a nice, easy dinner at home too. IDK, I'm not too much into going to restaurants any more. It seems odd to me to eat in a room with a bunch of other strangers. I have no problem with take-out though. Enjoy your trip into town!

Circling back to my comment to you on yesterday's entry, regarding 16/8 IF, it never occurred to me that an early end to the day's eating eliminates the acid reflux at night - yes! And I need to take a lesson from this, because of my recent woes with chocolate cake at night. It really does benefit us to stop eating much earlier than most of us do.

I can't imagine being one of those folks that has dinner at 8pm.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Nope...I could never eat dinner that late...we have friends tha eat really late....Like 10.....not around here....we are sleeping half the time at 10....LOL......

Thanks .......we can hardly believe it's been 56 years.......


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Got an email from Walmart saying our regular 10-11 pickup has been delayed and to cancel if it inconveniences me, or wait. Never saw this before & I’ve used their pickup since long before covid. They were encouraging new users & gave a cash primo on your first order. So I set up two accounts, one for Matt and one for me. And they gave up very nice reusable grocery bags chock full of all kinds of good stuff.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
When I got there today....I wnt online and looked for my usual message...about substitutions....and all I got was a delay message...I was sitting there...the only one waiting....and a employee came out and said that the system was not working right...she took my name and said my order was ready......she went in and got it.......Then another car pulled in and apparently they got the bad message too....my gal went to talk to that person....and they got their order quickly as well.........I have gotten messages on a couple occassions that part of my order had to be picked up inside....and the person that brough mine out said...NOPE....She brought all of it to the car....It must be frustrating to have to deal with those mess ups...for the employees.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Thanks...we are having stouffers meatloaf for the first time....LOL...Lazy me today!


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
We should have been notified of substitutions around 9:40 for a 10-11 pickup & a bit later that the order was ready. They finally emailed -11:45 part of the order was ready & there was one substitution, but too late to reject it online. I wanted Thomas Multigrain English Muffins, my fave for years. 100 cal, 8 gms fiber & 5 gms protein. Price keeps going up.

Anyway last week they gave me a light wheat muffin instead last week and today tried to substitute a higher calorie wheat muffin. They had none of the ones I wanted inside.

Went to Amazon. Sold at crazy prices by third parties, insane, like $15 for the package that now runs about $3.60. Was $2.50 last year. So then I went to that boxed placed you once mentioned. They had no English muffins at all. I forgot all my login info & created a new account.

They sent a 20% off coupon on my first order, so I will go back in & see if they have something I can use. Maybe paper products. The only thing I ever ordered from them was Flex Protein Crisps, by the case. Still eat them. But have since discovered I can get them cheaper at Amazon.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I have slowed down my shopping on Boxed...I still order from them but a lot less.....they now have a LOT of things I have never heard of before and the prices are rediculous!!!! Today I spent 200 at walmart and didn't get very many bags......the prices are so high....and several bags only had 1 thing in them...not sure why they did that.......and as I too the watermelon ( in it's bag)...out of the car...it broke through the bag...hit the garage floor...rolled under the car...and right back out and srrived at my feet....LOL...I grabbed it quick before it decided to take another trip under the car...LOL...Luckily it didn't break open........Now that should have been double bagged.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I always also check the expiration dates on BOXED things.......( that is one thing I like about them)....Some of their better prices I think are under the BEST SELLERS button...and then you can also have them show up priced from low to high under a button on the right in each category....and sale buttons on top.........I think their best prices are under the Best Sellers button though...they seenm to remain fairly steady.


Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
I know you are enjoying your new memory foam mattress...matter of fact, it feels like that is what Hubby and I are sleeping on here in the mountains. Happy Anniversary! Wow 56! So happy for Y'all!!! YAyyyy!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
I will be taking a close look at Boxed since they sent the 20% off first order promo code. That may make certain items cheaper than Walmart & Amazon. All that popped up were a bunch of snack like sweets that’d I’d never eat anyway on their homepage.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Yeah.....I don't use them too much now.......They do carry a lot of snack things.


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BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 11, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Changed my IF eating window recently to 6 A.M. to 2 P.M. and I really like it.........Basically it allows me to get eating over with....Odd statement I know...but it is working......I discovered that even though I really never did enjoy eating early in the day...it actually agrees with me better than eating later in the day........Never did know that.  It also allows me to eat a larger breakfast...wait at least 6 hours and have a main meal...an possibly a snack which lately has been some junky things and the scale looks good and I'm getting in some favorites...that probably aren't that healthy but do make me happy......so I'm satisfied.......I'm finding it very easy to refuse eating after 2..........I do notice that I get a little tempted to eat around 7 or 8 in the evening....but it's easy to tell myself NO then......so it is all working well right now.  

I'm continuing to use things up that need to be used........ .......I'm trying to buy less food for right now so that I'm not tempted by it......( I still shop for D's favorites and he is happy with that)......and I'm the clean up crew which sounds funny but suits me perfectly........(I'm the second generation on that habit)...my parents were that way as well.......)

 

2 english muffins toasted with spray butter and apricot jam

coffee

Ground beef with BBQ sauce

beets

dressing w/gravy

chocolate

nuts,seeds and dried cranberries

 

 

We had a bed in need of a new mattress....but didn't want to drive for an hour and a half to the furniture store...so I ordered a memory foam mattress in a box from amazon.........for less than $300....and it arrived yesterday.........Looking forward to getting that bed all fixed up today....the new mattress looks amazing....I think it will be a winner...it had very good reviews...

I've also been ordering some clothes for myself on Amazon lately and they will be coming today.....looking forward to freshening up my wardrobe............as my weight came off...i was getting by with some older things that had been packed away.......and now they are looking quite "tired"...and I was getting bored with them...so looking forward to those things arrival.

Washing up bedding and dishes now.....and then on to the food storage room for some rotating and dating pkgs.......looks like a good day.

 

Mattress we got yesterday......attention IP

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
You are correct, getting your eating over with does indeed sound odd. Makes it sound like eating is a hardship & most find eating a pleasure. 70% of Americans are overweight, so no hardships there.

But you are making all the right moves to stay healthy & fit, so hip hip hurray!

New mattress & clothing sound terrific! Amazon has long been my favorite shopping center, good prices & easy returns if needed. We just got a 65” TV from them & a new fish tank filter & a part that will hopefully repair a filter I bought used. It worked for a few weeks & croaked.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
In fact....for the 1st 40 years of my life...eating was for fuel...and always looking at the nutrients...THEN....a big stress happened ( dangerous foster/adopt girl in our house)....and and I discovered grazing........bad deal....Then that became a habit....The bottom line it my natural instinct is to eat for fuel and having some treats as well....I found the best of both worlds for me I guess.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I will say....I don't really remember enjoying eating all that much.....It may have been before your time here...but my longest held opinions about food...other than nutrients...was making food disappear......I do have to say.....I find more enjoyment in making it disappear than I do in actually eating. Maybe OCD???? I have no idea.......I love to cook.......I love to shop for food........I love to use up the odds and ends......I would have to say that eating actual meals is way down the line for me....( I do love sweets though....LOL)


Donkey on 08/11/2022:
It's nice to hear that you're treating yourself to some new clothes, to help freshen up your wardrobe. I hope the new mattress is comfortable!

Remember the days when going to bed without supper was a punishment? During my crazy dieting days, I tried that - I was so ahead of my time with IF (lol) - but I felt like I was punishing myself by going to bed without dinner. I was hungry.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I'm looking forward to the new duds...nothing fancy...but fresh!!! One huge bonus of not eating after 2 P.M. has been there is no more reflux during the night...I am so happy about that.......and I just really end up drinking my water in the evenings....I don't feel like I'm punishing myself at this point....I just tell myself that I will eat in the morning....I think I have always looked at food differently than most......


innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
We are in need of a mattress too, thought about a blow up for guest, but I'm having issues with it being on the floor. Very leary of buying anything that isn't new because of the bed bugs we had.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
See pick above...very reasonably priced too.


innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
Thank you much!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
;)


Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
Very nice mattress at a great price! We liked how Amazon had UPS deliver the big TV to our house. Matt happened to be out front & he opened the garage door for the driver to carry it inside to near the utility room door that opens into the kitchen area. Very large, not all that heavy for a 65” TV. Our old smaller one weighed a lot more.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Amazon does carry some things that I never thought they would....and we are happy with ups....they have always done well by us.


Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
I'm so happy for you getting you some new clothes. I hope they are beautiful and you are very happy with them when they arrive. You have worked hard to lose weight, very hard and you deserve it! Smile!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
It's time....I've been wearing some old ones and they are about ready to toss them.....I'm looking forward to getting them.


horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
i don't like to get eating over wtih bc i find it hard to sleep if i do not eat within like 2.5hrs of bed or less....i get hungry easily before bed.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Some people can't sleep on an empty stomach......I'm a bit different...I like to go to bed with an empty stomach...and I don't think I have ever gotten u during the night and eaten anything....just water....so I don't mind it...I know D doesn't eat after 7 P.M.......so I guess it just became a habit for us.


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yes, i have the problem where i wake up easily from an empty stomach / slight hunger. it's good it doesn't bother you bc it's helpful to be able to just sleep thru the night and deal with it in the AM! xx have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
If you can't sleep when hungry then getting up to eat something makes a lot of sense......if it works for you...then do that for sure.....I would get reflux though.


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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 10, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Should run some errands today...but putting it off a little longer...there is enough here to keep me busy and the desire to go out in the world just isn't there. I have always been a homebody and I can see the desire to leave the house is lessening more and more.  I'm fine with that......I can see in this small town...that I'm not the only one......so many retirees here....and so few young families other than the amish ( there are lots of them).............This is a place where so many from downstate end up in retirement....we are surrounded by downstate retirees on our road.......and  we fit right in.  The older we get...and the crazier the country gets....the more we hunker down and find our pleasures in our own homes..........with short trips here and there and then back to home base to recharge..........thankfully I enjoy that.

Right now I am concentrating on zero waste as far as food is concerned, we are stocking up on everything and while I still use all appliances for convenience...we use them at off peak hours....turn off lights, prepay for propane to ensure we will be getting regular deliveries, and making sure we have back up for everything...including back ups to the back ups.  There is a lot of feelings of security knowing that if lockdowns happen ( or something else similar)....that we have everything we need for an extended period of time.....including security measures.  We have plenty of things to entertain us that do not require electricity......books, board games, exercise equipment, hobbies etc...........We would rather be prepared for the unknown than not prepared.......and there is a great feeling of calm that it fosters.  I know I'm not the only one here that is living the prepared lifestyle.....and it is something that I hope everyone can get through if and when it happens.....and if by chance this prep time is never really needed in any big sense of the word.......it sure is nice to know that there is plenty available any day...at any time...and we make use of it regularly...so for us it is about security.........and ease of life 100% of the time.  It also allows me to go out and shop when I want....not out of absolute necessity when I don't want to.

coffee

2 Nature Valley almond bars

1 pkg wheat pb crackers

chili

gummies

chocolate

chicken

stir fry veggies

1 hash brown patty

 

Donkey on 08/10/2022:
Oh I hear you -- I often get to a point where it starts to become difficult to step outside of my home, because I'm so comfortable at home.

It was a bit eye-opening yesterday, when we thought we wouldn't have internet for most of the day. I truly was worried about Husband and how he would cope. I mean, for a day, I'm sure he'd get by. If he's not on his computer, he likes to work on his model building but he listens to the radio (via Alexa) while he works. So without Alexa... well, I'm not even sure we have a regular, old-fashioned radio!

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
We are so accustomed to having what we want when we want it........and it is quite a shock when it's gone. I dug out an old boom box....(LOL)...it takes a bunch of D batteries to use....but I kept it....and added a smaller little radio that runs on A's as a back up.....Thanks for the reminder...I NEED TO BUY SOME D BATTERIES!!!!!! Talking about this stuff is a very good reminder of what would make our lives easier if necessary!!!! Being my age...I know well the days before paper towels, garbage bags, garbage cans with wheels, washing machines that that had a wringer on them....no DVD's or CD's, we had tape decks, and no seat belts, automatic car windows or locks......in fact cars had tail fins and a little vent window because air conditioning was unheard of.......My Dad worked at Pontiac motors and there was an entire room that heald a computer......D had a pager for work and had to drive to a pay phone...Then got a bag phone the size of a suitcase......my first cell phone was huge...and I had to screw the wntenna on....it rang once in line at a store and the lady behind me asked what it was.....I remember those days well....and I can see the possibility of going back to that.....but many people will be totally thrown off by it.....we are so spoiled...and it possibly has ruined us for tolerating less.......I don't know about anyone else...but I feel a lot safer at home....I had an apartment that I would go to while caring for my Mom....just to recharge my own mind as a geyt away as needed......I would walk in a courtyard in the center of all of the buildings....It was a round path......and it worked for me...but there were some strange things happening there and I got out after a year....and eventually found another apartment....but I feel a lot safer out here in these woods then I ever did in the city.....at least here....there aren't so many people.....


horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
my entry just got deleted...everything from Monday and Tuesday... :(

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
That happened to me a few days ago...it was there...then later it was gone.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
I go for zero waste too. Don’t get many leftovers. Will eat same meal 3 days in a row and if a little bit of a good for dogs thing is leftover, they get in mixed in with their regular meals.

The economy is looking better. I follow the stock market carefully & it’s way up today, up the last 3 weeks, so we may finally be on our way to a good month after such a lousy year. Many people have a 401k and this will help.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Hopefully...so many people are suffering.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
Some are, but it’s nothing like the real suffering that goes on in other nations. People literally starving to death & dying from easily treatable diseases. Too many people here live beyond their means and have to have everything new, when they want it. New expensive cars with fat monthly payments. Etc.

I learned a thing or two from my father, a highly frugal man. 6th grade education but self-taught & very smart. He’s worth over ten million. Mostly from real estate investments, he worked 4 jobs a week to save money to buy the first houses & apartment buildings.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
The life here is why we have so many immagrating here......otherwise they would have stayed where they were........but I think we got too big for our britches.....and have a rude awakening coming.....My parents were also frugal....both grew up inner city poor and vowed that wouldn't happen to them as adults......and they lived much better as adults. One thing is for sure......being an entrepreneur is how to make money.....working for someone else will give a living wage though....and a lot less headaches than owning your own business.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Being a business owner is a 24 hour a day job...we lived that.....although D also worked commercial construction for companies as well for many years......but having his own business as well was another way of life and the only one we could actually control ourselves........The phone rang all the time.....I took messages for him....did much of the paperwork....it was a full time job in itself.....and I worked in a large medical office as well........busy....but well worth it.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
That’s certainly one way to create wealth, working hard & owning a business. My father did it in real estate, & lucky for him he lived in a good location where real estate prices are astronomical.

The stock market had a great day. Gas prices, while still high, are steadily decreasing and inflation lower this month. Hoping things continue to move in this positive direction.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Here the prices continue to rise....way over the 8% that is being reported..........I have changed my shopping habits accordingly....it's a game for me.....that I enjoy......basically beating inflation at it's own game....but also using the things that I had purchased previously at a much lower price...some at half the price. I sold real estate back in the 80's........as well as working at the same time as running a business...we also built 3 houses ourselves.........back then....we had the energy and the physical strength....it worked well for us.........now....we are just enjoying retirement and happy to do that. No more moving or building for us......it's our time now to just enjoy and take it easy......no lawn......no yard upkeep other than to have people come in and cut down trees as needed and haul that away......There is a lot to be said for retirement.....


Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
Yeah, they are reporting average nationwide drops in gas & other items, so it would be higher or lower in some locations.

Matt loves mowing the lawn on his Deere. Never learned to operate it myself.

Enjoying retirement all depends. Matt will continue to exercise 2 hours a day & work on his project cars. He’s been rebuilding vintage cars for years. So he will enjoy retirement.

I became very involved in the stock market partially because I was bored after quitting teaching for 13 years. I’ve learned much & made some $$$. Bought a lot of Amazon maybe a month ago at $104 a share & it quickly soared to $140+


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BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 08, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

coffee

yogurt

walnuts 

Brat , bun, catsup, mustard

stir fry veggies

hash browns

graham crackers

watermelon

chocolate

Donkey on 08/08/2022:
I was about to have oatmeal with walnuts, until I noticed that the oatmeal container is new and unopened. So I'll wait until I'm ready to change up my breakfasts for the long-run, which I anticipate will happen next month, when the mornings get a little cooler.

But walnuts add such a nice crunch to things :-)

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
Since I'm cleaning out the freezers....I found a bag of them in there...so they will be on my menu for quite awhile.....they seem to work well with yogurt...but I will put them in oatmeal too...


Maria7 on 08/08/2022:
Good morning, Linda...Are you getting another cat? (re: yesterday's post)... We are down to 'one' animal..Snowball. Mike said he is the last animal we will have. He's doing well. How is D? Mike is still healing but almost all well now. Hope you are doing well. Maria

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
I really WANT another cat...but I'm kind of scared to get another one.....Sampson was sooo special.....( still have his scratching post sitting in the living room)....today it goes to the basement.....I still look at the cats at the shelter online....and they all tempt me.......but I just haven't gotten up the nerve to go get one.........we recently put a gate on the basement stairway for our own saftey....and that would prevent a cat from going to the basement ( litter box is there).........we have had a lot of cats over the years......Sampson was super fun ( big talker...LOL)...Jasmine was sweet and quiet..Shadow was mean...and the rest couldn't care lesss about any interaction....so I'm afraid I would end up with one that just "lived" here...and wouldn't be of any particular personality.....plus it would have to be an older one because of our ages.....so...no action on my part there yet. D is doing well...his knee still has a tennis ball sized mark on it from his accident...but isn't sore....I wonder if that is permanent now....I am doing well......keeping busy and still sassy....LOL

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
The cat was a cute meme that I found in my facebook .......


Maria7 on 08/08/2022:
Like you, I am a cat lover, too. (Also had dogs at different times in the past, so a dog lover, too...). But, as you say, at our ages, it is really something to consider taking on another animal. Not just the expense and the care they need constantly, but realizing that we are responsible for them every day. And like you say, different cats have different personalities. Some cats are more communicative...they seem more intelligent...than others, like your Samson. My Snowball was always quiet until lately he will sometimes talk a little (usually when he wants a special treat, ha)...I think that some animals are more 'people-loving' than others and that the others just consider that people are in their lives to feed and take care of them. Snowball is 4 years old. We just lost his almost-twin brother couple months ago. Glad the chickens are gone. They were a LOT of work and expensive to feed, too. Much cheaper to pay for overpriced eggs at the grocery store than what we paid each month for our 8 hens and 3 roosters. Smile!

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
I'm sure Snowball misses misses his little buddy....I can see where chickens would be a lot of work and expenxe....I wouldn't want to deal with that these days either....we do have hounds......and basically always have since we were first married...but D takes care of them ( in kennels)......have had a rabbit, quial, little hamsters and guinnea pig.....fish.....I'm not really wanting the upkeep anymore....the nice thing about cats though is that they don't have to go outside and be walked....LOL....Lazy me!!!


happy-1 on 08/08/2022:
Hugs

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
Thank you!


Maria7 on 08/08/2022:
What I was saying is your Samson, a good communicator was highly intelligent (as well as beautiful). I know you miss him.

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
He was the smartest cat we have ever had....and very attached to me.......he was a talker and he knew what he was saying....he said HELLO...and NO.....plus a lot of little noises....we had gotten him from the shelter and someone had spent a lot of time with him...I suspect it was an elderly person.


Maria7 on 08/08/2022:
Very smart cat. Snowball's Daddy can say HELLO and HOME. He comes to visit infrequently. Even our neighbor remarked on Pretty Boy saying hello to him one day, ha! That is really something about Samson saying HEllo and NO. So cool!!! Snowball only says MEOW. That is it. I am so glad you had Samson, even though it was a short time, I know he was very happy with you.

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
I'm glad we had him too. Awww...Snowballs Daddy could talk too...so cute...But I know you really enjoy Snowball....and Pretty Boy talking as well.....so cool that they want to do that.....


horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2022:
Nice menu, Bear. great assortment and food groups! tasty, too.

And also great eats for you on Sunday! I used to eat the Chocolate Quest bars so much that i unfortunately got very sick of Quest bars :( There was a time i'd eat two bars in a sitting, many years back.

Per your Saturday, along with your thoughts i mean, if i had an electric/water bill separate from my maintenance fees, i'd def use the electric/water on the off hours too.

i also agree that Momentum is first over motivation. it's the momentum, the habit, that helps drive motivation. it's the habit and individual's thoughts first that precedes motivation at any particular time. if habits are good and motivation not there, some habits may still take place despite a lack of motivation but at least regular adherence to habits, in my opinion...i agree with you.

bearcountrygg on 08/09/2022:
Building habits work...trater we enjoy them or not.....if we do them automatically then we don't even have to think about them.....still using what needs to be used up.....and not minding it at all.


horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2022:
ohhh, thanks for remniding me to continue also using what needs to be used up in my freezer & pantry.

bearcountrygg on 08/09/2022:
:)


horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2022:
i'm loving the using things up path as well....i have a LOT that i just have forgotten about (tuna, beans, lots of soups, etc)...i am eager to save money this way thru the rest of the summer & onward into Fall.

bearcountrygg on 08/09/2022:
We paid a lot less for things we already have......buying now is very pricey!


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 06, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

I had a post up here today...( had the pic of the cat on it.)..and now it has disappeared......Where did it go and how did it get there.....I did not take it down....It was just below Donkeys post today.......maybe it's an omen?   

 

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
I know you did, because I left you 2 comments, and you replied to both!

So you're not crazy or imagining things. I cannot find your entry either.

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2022:
It's gone...and I didn't delete it.......Hmmmm

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2022:
I just came back to add my lunch......weird.


happy-1 on 08/07/2022:
Hugs.



BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 31, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 127.6

I plan to work in the basement all day today............opening some bins and boxes and repacking them to store......I have things here from our parents and grandparents....... .....time to get those things in order and condensed.

There are plenty of leftovers in the fridge for dinner........

My breakfast will be oatmeal at 8:00

in the meantime....coffee

Apple cinnamon oatmeal

1 toasted english muffin with spray butter and peanut butter

Chicken sandwich

quest bar

cherries

2 mandarins

green beans

Candy to get my calories up a bit higher.

Done eating for the day by 3:00......an hour early......to get a little longer autophagy before 8 A.M. tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 127.2 lbs lost so far, only -2.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/31/2022:
I can see why you would prolong having breakfast. I thought about it too, but decided to eat before going to the gym.

What I really need to do is pack up a box of Son's stuff. Just one box, no sorting, just packing it up. I might aim to do that today, thanks to your "suggestion" :-)

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
I think that is a very good idea....to just pack a box.....you can sort it at a later date......I just came upstairs to eat breakfast and sit down for a couple of minutes. I headed to the basement while it was still quite dark out.....Got a lot done......and condenced like with like........It is a lot to do there but I don't think it will take as long as I had always thought. I will be nice to have some organization there again. I will be thinking of you as you pack some things up as well......


Donkey on 07/31/2022:
Scale numbers coming down :-)

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
Yup......it is always fine to see that.....( I do have a tendency to undereat some days).....I don't want to get below 125 though....."WRINKLES AND SAGGY SKIN" LOL One thing about fat...it does fill in those wrinkles!!!!!


happy-1 on 07/31/2022:
That’s awesome

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
:)


Jacky82020 on 07/31/2022:
Solid nutritional choices!

Unbelievable how expensive everything is getting. Good for you for having a nice huge stash.

We always buy the cheapest smallest BK burger, used to be $1. $1.59 today. We get the little fellows to reduce the salt , calories & fat.

Costs us $50 to put gas in our tiny Mini Cooper. About a ten gallon tank. Fortunately, we don’t do all that much driving. Must be real hard on commuters with those big SUVs & trucks.

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
I Am putting that pantry to good use right now......I don't even want to go to the store. The gas station is down right scary as well.


Jacky82020 on 07/31/2022:
Bear, someone told me last week they belonged to DD once & there were ads all over the place. I never saw any. When was this, if ever? The woman doesn’t remember much of anything.

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
I've been here since 2017...and I have never seen ads....but there are actually other things online also called diet diaries....I think maye she was at one of those...OR...It was before my time.


Jacky82020 on 07/31/2022:
Oh, that’s interesting. I always thought you were one of the 15-20 yr old timers like HoP etc

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
Nope.....been here 5 or 6 years.



BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 30, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 127.6

Digging in my heels

MOTIVATION isn't necessary.....Momentum is

Focusing on using up bits and pieces of mystery food from the freezers

Using up things in the fridge

Using up opened pkgs of things in the cupboards

Using up dented and past dated things in the pantry 

Not overeating things because they exist......eating things in appropriate portion sizes to prevent weight gain and to make what we have last longer...win...win.

Amazingly all of these things were purchased some time ago at approx half the cost tthat they are selling for right now

I am currently mainly purchasing only fresh produce and some meat...and anything we are low in stock on....

We have turned off our air conditioning and  we open windows when it's cool out to let that free cool air in.....no suffering so far...but we are in an area that is usually very comfortable so that is easy.

I am washing only full loads of laundry now...however long it takes to accumulate enough 

I am running Dishwasher/washer/dryer only during off peak hours.

I am relentlessly unplugging things that do not need to be plugged in...walking around the house in the dark at night pointed out an amazing number of little lights all over the place....

I am simultaneously stocking the house with all things we need as well as cutting costs on the electric usage........

I am working on cutting my driving now.....combining errands when possible and waiting until I have several things to do at one time......( I was already doing that...my car is 2 years old and only has 4,000 miles on it)...but I am focusing on it even more now.

WE are preparing for any situation we can think of............and it sure is nice to be able to just go to the pantry and grab something instead of havin to go to the store.

Just a reminder of something that you already know........have you looked at the miniscule interest that you are getting in your bank accounts??????...and at any time they can lock their doors and hold that account hostage?   Just a heads up...and have you  considered that if they do lock their doors...your credit cards will not work....and you won't be able to write checks and /or pay bills?

Do you pick up or order prescriptions as soon as they are available to you?  

Anyway...there is so much more...............but I will drop it for now.....

 

I am loving the IF 16/8...............it does allow 3 meals a day if I want them........yesterday I was only hungry for 2 meals...I loved the IF20/4.....but it did cause me to eat when I didn't want to and was often uncomfortable.......I am currently getting all of the same benefits with the 16/8 and it is so much more relaxed yet works so well.

 

Coffee

Kodiak pancake in a cup ( expired)

1 T. walden farms breakfast syrup SF

1toasted bagel thin

spray butter

Blueberry preserves ( used  it up)

Graham crackers

 frosting ( expired and used it up)

 BBQ chicken thighs

cauliflower

saurkraut

ice cream/carmel

tea

I can see that I will only be having 2 meals again today...not hungry enough to think of eating anything in the next half hour....so really....I'm doing 18/6 I guess for these 2 days....and it's fine....no problem waiting for tomorrow at 8 A.M. to eat again.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 127.2 lbs lost so far, only -2.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
I have thought about many of the things that you mention. Some we are prepared for, some we would be left wanting.

The energy conservation stuff we've been doing for quite some time. Oh yes, I will confess that there are rare exceptions. I am better at it than my Husband about conserving electricity, heat, etc. We've been talking about going solar.

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2022:
We have a few small solar things...but won't be investing in whole house....The cost after being spread over 30 years is too high...and would then need to be replaced anyway...of course 30 years for D and I isn't even an option...Brother in law invested in a windmill....and it didn't work...and now sits as a monument in the yard to the $15,000 that he threw away.

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2022:
The thing about solar energy is that you store it in batteries that will need to be replaced at a very high cost...same thing goes for electric cars......the batteries are super high priced...and require replacing......too many people forget that or don't realize it.


Maria7 on 07/30/2022:
Yep, my Hubby has been talking about the high cost of solar batteries...whether for home or an electric car....said they are very high-priced.

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2022:
Can be as much as $16,000 to replace the car batteries.......so many people that are now buying older used electric cars are getting quite upset over the fact that after they buy the used ones....they have to replace the batteries at that cost. From what we have heard......My brother in law just uses the batteries he bought for the windmill and charges them with a gas generator......it barely gives them what they need....and you can't flush the toilet when you go there......LOL......no air conditioning....Luckily it's their 2nd home up north here....but they resorted to that because their log cabit is so far from electric...at that time it was going to cost them $50,000 to hook into elec...so they went with the windmill and it failed to work.......looking back now...paying th $50,000 probably would have been the best choice.


Donkey on 07/30/2022:
There are other issues that come with having solar panels, which are holding us back a bit. So yes, I'm aware that there are some drawbacks.

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
Yes.....We have purchased a few very small solar things......but won't be adding to those.......my youngest son has 3 or 4 solar panels on posts in his yard....and in total they run his refrigerator only........and nothing more...they are a help....but it is very limited.



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