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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 14, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weeklies = 17

Dailies = 23

Breakfast = 3 Kodiak pancakes,  Spray butter, 1T lite aunt jemima syrup, 1 egg, 1 sausage patty, 2 C coffee = 477 calories and 13 WW points

Also...I made a 100 calorie mistake on last nights snack...but didn't want to bring yesterdays post back up to the top of the page so I corrected it in the comments.  Yesterdays calories were 1,282 ( which is exactly where I want it to be).

1 T of syrup is still getting on the plate.........I need to consider even less....funny how according to the bottle 1/4 Cup is a serving.

Well........I guess I won't be posting anymore pictures for a few........Friends are coming up and I don't want to be taking pictures in front of other people...LOL.......My holidays apparently just got started earlier than I figured.....Starting today....I guess I will be weighing in daily and just working on maintaining until the new year......luckliy I'm happy with the weight I am right now.....so no problems probably.  They eat very healthfully....( they are the ones that provided so much watermelon and so many cucmbers last summer, which we really enjoyed.)....anyway.......I will get back when I can......and hope to maintain until january 1st.


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/14/2018:
Breakfast photo looks good. I miss pancakes, will add them back in once I'm to maintenance. Have always loved traditional breakfast foods, but rarely take the time to make breakfast, especially while trying to lose weight.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
It seems that I can lose by staying in the 1,200 to 1,300 calorie range...regardless of what I eat.....I did it that way before and it still seems to work for me.....but I know not everyone gets away with that.

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
i had myself a complete breakfast too. so good. very "extra" on the scambled egg whites, since it's an option at the buffet by me...and quite a filler. but then completed the breakfast with all food groups :)

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Love a meal with all food groups!!!!!

Donkey on 11/14/2018:
That egg looks SO yummy!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
And zero WW points...so WW is pushing them.....I feel sorry for my Dad now...back about 30 years ago...my Dad was BIG egg eater...then he had to have a triple heart bypass...and they told him no more eggs.....he missed them until his death at 83...now eggs are good for us......hurrrrrumph! To point out how many he ate though....I was probably the only kid in the country that thought you were supposed to leave Santa a fried egg and then go right to bed....LOL...never caught Dad eating that egg though...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
keep up the great work...your success is your own doing!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Dieting with support is always the most successful......this group is fantastic when it comes to help and feedback.......I don't think I would have done it without all of you! Thanks to everyone!!!

graindart on 11/14/2018:
Your comment about leaving a fried egg for santa caught me off guard and caused me to laugh. If we did that sort of thing, I would've had my daughters leave out a thing of Mtn Dew.....

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Not to mention that the Easter Bunny used to bring me only certain colors of jelly beans...LOL....Suspicious...very suspicious.....

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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

25 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 1 container Umpqua oats and 2 cups coffee = 301 calories 10 ww points

Lunch = deli ham and mustard on 2 slices 80 cal bread, pepper strips , grapes and diet vernors

552 calories and 9 WW points

 Dinner = Fage % yogurt and an orange, = 179 calories and 0 WW points


Total calories for the day = 932

Did get hungry in the evening and thought about how low todays calories were...and because I know what too low can do to metabolism...I decided to go ahead and eat more  although I have been working on not snacking...I will make more effort to get my calories and points in during the 3 meals......in the future......

Evening snack was 1 pkt of Quaker sandwich mini's Peanut Butter, and 1 pkg of Nature Vally oats and Honey granola bars

250 calories and 12 WW points


totals for the day are now 1,182 calories and 31 WW points = a safer calorie range


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
Looking good! Hot cereals (when I was eating them) have very nice "staying power" in the morning.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
Yes they do.....and no dishes...or pans....LOL I think right now they are also keeping the sweet tooth satisfied...I'm not craving desserts much...so the things like this...and the fruit...are taking over right now.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
Yes they do.....and no dishes...or pans....LOL I think right now they are also keeping the sweet tooth satisfied...I'm not craving desserts much...so the things like this...and the fruit...are taking over right now.

graindart on 11/13/2018:
I've been eating a packet of instant apple/cinnamon oatmeal daily. With the weather cold, the warm bulk of it really hits the spot. It makes a mess of a bowl, but the oldest daughter is in charge of the daily dishes, so I use as many bowls as I wish.......

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
I think the packets are less calories....

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
I agree that it's better to eat a little more and be in control than to try to resist and then end up with either a low blood sugar crash or out-of-control munchies.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Yes...it took the hunger away and all was well.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
your meals = yum! i remember you used to snack on a lot of carbs (i'm generalizing) throughout the day or your meals (i think it was you!) used to include double items...do you remember this?

i think you eating is great now! healthy mixes.

are those the mini sweet yellow peppers? i like the mini peppers too!

also, i'm googling Umpqua oats and the quaker sandwich thins - i don't seem either of them yet by me!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
I remember you mentioning that I was eating 2 apples and could eat just 1. Yes...they are the mini peppers...we enjoy those a lot. Boxed is where we got the umpqua oats and the Quaker sandwich things...I see the sandwich things in our local store now.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
I'm seeing a math mistake yesterday....my evening snack should have been 350 cals to make a daily total of 1,282.......I won't correct it on the post because that would make it go back up to the top of the page....just wanted to correct it.

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
i'm going to google the two items now :)

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BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 12, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

33 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 2 cups coffee, Fage 0% yogurt, blueberries from frozen

168 calories and 0 WW points

Lunch was full of nutrition and full of calories and ww points...this is why I had a zero breakfast...I knew lunch was going to be high.  Loads of veggies and good fats....so I'm happy.

1 johnsonville brat, 1 whole avocado, 1 sweet potato, spray butter, leftover cabbage, carrot, onion and red pepper saute, a few peas, diet vernors

833 calories, 31 WW points

Lunch is still sticking with me...and it was a lot of calories...so since I'm not hungry then I'm not going to eat just because it's dinner time.....


1,201 calories and 31 WW points

Kinda missing not taking that 3rd picture.....I even considered eating an orange so there would be a 3rd picture.........now that is CRAZY......I'm not hungry.......still drinking the vernors and still sipping water.....settling in for some TV now.



Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/12/2018:
Breakfast looks good. I'd be tempted to sprinkle a little granola on top for some crunch / texture.

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
Yes...that would be tempting......after the last 2 mornings breakfasts being high point though...I wanted a low point meal...I'm a little afraid that the big breakfasts could get to be a habit......this one ended up being no points and low cal......and I have to say that it took awhile...but that FAGE 0% yogurt isn't as disgusting as it used to be.

Donkey on 11/12/2018:
LOL I love Fage! The blueberries make it look so pretty :)

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
It truly is a good, healthy solid food that keeps me full...and NO COOKING YAYYYYYY!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
breakfast looking great...Fage is my favorite also.

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
I use the 0% only because it is zero points......and fruit or maple syrup definately are game changers.....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
OMG.....your lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so good!

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
LOL a whole avocado is a lot at one time...especially calorie wise...but it was on it's way out...I don't think it would have lasted another day ( it was hiding in the fridge) LOL

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
yummy! and super happy to see fewer processed foods

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
Processed seems to be higher points!

happy-1 on 11/13/2018:
Lol... That youtube video made you nervous? Why? She's just doing modern interpretive dance to a good song illustrating an internal struggle of will vs. emotion.

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BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 11, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weekly points = 31

Daily points = 23

Breakfast = omelette with shredded colby cheese, red onion and red and yellow peppers, toasted multi grain english muffin with spray butter and 1 schwans sausage patty, 2 cups coffee

474 calories and 11 WW points

Lunch was hot dog, sauteed cabbage, carrots, onion and peppers, peas, blueberries from frozen and diet vernors, olive oil

532 calories and 10 points

Dinner....Not hungry but I knew if I didn't eat something right now then I would be hungry by bedtime and I didn't want to do that.......

1 orange and a Premier Protein drink = 229 calories and 2 points

Calories for the day = 1,235 and points for the day = 23 WW points


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/11/2018:
Your food photos always look good.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Thanks....I feel like I'm repeating the same foods a lot though.

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
Delicious looking photos!

Going into winter, it may be that you're repeating many of the foods. Or maybe that's just part of losing weight? I suggest that because I find myself doing that too. With the colder weather, I've branched out into the gourds (butternut, acorn, spaghetti squashes). Breakfast is almost always the same for me. I find myself eating salad at almost dinner, which will continue until around January, when the stores switch to hydroponic produce, which I'm sorry, but I would rather go out than endure the stale taste of produce grown like this.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
I don't like to waste leftovers either...so I end up eating things sometimes that were there for a few days so as not to throw them out...that old human garbage can syndrome...

graindart on 11/11/2018:
I'm just eating the same stuff over and over right now. Have my daily popcorn (2 or 3 of the 100 cal microwave bags), daily instant apple/cinnamon oatmeal. Usually have a piece of cheese, sugarfree jello, and several diet drinks. Quite often I have a piece of cod or other seafood substitute. On other days it's often times a small serving of chicken breast, ham, or beef. And now that grapefruit are starting to be back in-season, I'm having one of those every day or so too. Usually swap up the veggie of choice each week, but buy enough that I end up eating it several times throughout the week.

My menu is pretty boring and repetitive right now. Wish it wasn't, but it just makes it easier for me to stay on track in this phase of trying to drop weight. Since I'm eating the same basic stuff over and over, I have a lot less desire to overeat any of it.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Right...the boring factor does serve a purpose....as long as we keep going.....I had a WW leader once that ate the same thing 3 meals a day...day after day...that is how she maintained.

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
Loving all the whole foods

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BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 10, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

It is now Boots weather here.......and shoes with ice clamps on them........and slippery roads.

I'm loving what I am calling my 4 point system.

1.  Post pics of everything I eat on DD ( and sticking to eating three times a day only ...no snacking)

2.  Follow the WW program and work on leaving some points unused at the end of the week, the zero point foods are pushing me to eat more healthy foods

3.  Counting calories using fitday, packages and the internet when necessary....and I know that 1,500 cals = maintenence for me...so I need to stay below that to lose

4.  Writing everything in a notebook so I can see at a glance where I stand on any day in the past

I purposely kept my junky trigger foods at a minimum over the last 8 or 9 days....and it wasn't as difficult as I expected......in the past...I had substituted junk foods for meals.......and I also grazed throughout the day...these last 8 days got me on a better track......I do just fine on 3 meals a day...so I personally do not need any snacks between meals.......today I am starting to add ...some of my trigger foods back in ..for 2 reasons.....1. I need to learn to eat them in small quantities and 2. I just like to be happy.....if weight loss is misery and maintenance is misery...then I would rather be fat....bottom line.  Since I am by nature a glass half full person...who wakes up happy most days....I am not willing to risk that because of food.  I am interested now in finding out what it is like to have ONLY ONE mini candy bar........( I actually doubt that I have ever had only one at a time..EVER).............SO...because I want to weigh a healthy weight...and because I do not want to give up any food.....then I HAVE to learn to eat everything in moderation....and learn what a real serving size is for all foods.......so this week will be a test of another kind...if it works...wonderful....if it becomaes a problem...then I will tweek it again........

37 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 3 Kodiak protein pancakes, 1 egg, spray butter, 1 T. lite syrup ( just right), 2 cups coffee and 1 pkg of Quaker pomegranate and peanut butter sandwich minis( which are actually a pretty good source of protein)

463 calories and 12 points

Lunch = 2 mini naans, mustard, lettuce and deli ham, 1 light mozzarella stick and an orange and diet vernors = 513 calories and 17 WW points

Boring dinner but needed to eat something so picked the easiest thing= Fage 0% yogurt and 2 bananas = 0 points

Done for the day

Used 1,314 calories and 29 WW points


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/10/2018:
I especially LOVE #2 in your 4-Point Plan.

A helpful (?) suggestion for working with trigger foods: ENJOY them; relish every bite. And drink water while you indulge. It will fill you up and stretch out the time you are enjoying your treat. The key, for me, at least, is to set up non-negotiable limits. It's ONE (or whatever) and then THAT IS IT. If you're feeling like you want more, walk away. Do something else, drink water, leave the room. HAVE A PLAN FOR THIS.

Let us know how it goes!

PS It does seem, from your photo, that 1 TBSP of syrup works. I too do not like my eggs to have syrup on them... (you know what I mean?)

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
I agree 100%.......I'm on a quest to find out what real servings are...no more grabbing a hand full of of snacks and then going back for more....I know I used to just inhale them...and I also am making sure I'm drinking something with them too.....this mornings little packet was totally satisfying...in the past...I would have wanted 2 or even more.....and I really dislike syrup on eggs...that was the big problem....1 T for me...is plenty.

graindart on 11/10/2018:
I can take or leave syrup. But my pancakes need to have a ton of butter on them.......

Have been discussing with my sister whether all of this weightloss work is worth it or not. We've both been questioning whether we're 'happier' when we're eating whatever whenever, even though we're fat at those times.

When I weighed 283, it didn't stop me from doing most things I liked (dirtbiking and other things). And I enjoyed eating all types of stuff all of the time. But, I see the after effects of a lifetime of obesity in some older people. The negative health effects, limited mobility, staggering amounts of medication, etc. So even though the extra weight might not affect me all that much at present, I do see it as having a compounding effect on my future. So for that reason, I'll continue on my weightloss plan for now......

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
It is absolutely worth it for you......my guess is that you may even be younger than my kids (49 and 51)....and the one that was born looking like a linebacker has always struggled with his weight...the one that was born slim and trim ( yet they were only 1 1/2 ounces different in birth weight)...is now at 49...working on losing and maintaining constantly. But...this is the time for you get where you need to be on the scale...it will be so much better for your general health in the future......at your age...I lost most of my weight...and then actually watched as it all came back plus a lot more.....I wish I had never done that.....it actually makes me mad to think about it because it was so stupid...my thought process was..."well...I lost it...and I'll just put it back on and lose it again"....I can tell you that this is the absolute last time...I am never doing this again....and the thing is...it's got more difficult to lose after all of the yoyoing........you are doing the right thing......we know we used to eat too much...we need to put that behind us...and enjoy smaller portions...and lower calorie foods......but doing this over and over again is a huge mistake health wise...for all of us.

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BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weeklies = 42

Dailies = 23

Breakfast = 2 sm bananas, 2 cups coffee, JoyBol

Calories = 487 and 9 WW points

Cleaned out the fridge and was determined to make my lunch from that stuff...worked out fine...but was way too much food...so what you see here was for lunch and then the leftovers went back in the fridge and I will have those for dinner...so only 2 pics for today unless I add something more...but probably not.

Lunch/dinner = tater tots,mixed lettuce, beets, ground beef with BBQ sauce and a diet vernors

Calories for the day = 1,399 and ww points for the day = 28

Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
Oh my, I feel so stupid, but what is joy bol?!?

Breakfast looks delicious!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
They sell them at BOXED.COM...and I believe on Amazon also.......it is a grain and fruit bowl that comes with it's own spoon....you just add cold water and it ends up as a tasty runny type of cereal....I like them.....260 calories....they are totally self contained except for the water...so they are good to just keep in a desk or car....

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
That's cool!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
your salad last night = AWESOME!

omg such a good lunch...mine was similar with good side...jalepeno kettle cooked potato chips! just yum!!!!

i ALWAYS enjoy mixing the "less healthy" or "more satisfying" with health...i like a mix.

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I need to branch out a bit and mix it up.......so far...veggies and fruit are ok...but I know that I will tire of them....

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BearCountryGG - Thursday Nov 08, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

WW points, Fitday Calories, journal keeping and picture posting on DD has made a wonderful difference for me...It is time consuming, but it has  been well worth it because this morning my clothes just finally quit working for me......so today they get washed, and put in the car to take to the church store...........lots of favorites in there...but I never want to be that size again...so they go.  Decided to get on the scale and was super happy to see a 5.9 loss in the last week.....that is more than I really am thinking is healthy....but I feel great...I've been eating a lot of fresh produce  as well as frozen and canned fruit and veg........so I will keep this up and see what happens ...I know losing too quickly can cause gall bladder problems...so I'm keeping that in mind but so far so good.......feeling great and full of energy...all of the fruit is keeping my blood sugar numbers in a really good area...and no low drops this week at all.....so fruit is my best option to keep it in normal range....certainly better than the light headed dashes for candy....also today is the day I lose any unused ww points...........I do not think ever in my WW history I have ever left a point unused.....I think today will be the first........I will use my dailies...and maybe a few of the weeklies...but there will be some left to go away at midnight...because I'm really not interested in using them up this week......

33 weeklies left

23 dailies

Breakfast was oatmeal with berries and 2 small bananas, 2 cups coffee

250 calories and 9 WW points

Lunch = diet vernors and beef stew

450 calories and 16 points

Dinner = lettuce, cucumbers, salmon, pear and perrier water

Total calories for the day = 1,094 and 26 WW points

I will lose 30 weekly points tonight...and I'm happy to lose them.....another breakthrough....no need to use up points just because they are there.

Donkey on 11/08/2018:
OK, I confess that my first thought when I logged in earlier was "I can't wait for Bear to post her breakfast photo!" When I saw you hadn't posted yet, my second thought was, "Oh, she must be sleeping in today..." LOL! I'm a photo fan of yours, I'm afraid :D

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW NUMBERS!!!! I know what you are saying about losing weight too quickly, but overall, it's been a steady journey for you. Remember, you are not weighing in as often, so your numbers may change significantly for a while.

Finally, I want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. You mention that it's a lot of work with the various ways you track. THIS WILL PAY OFF FOR YOU! I think a little more time devoted to tracking now will actually help you save time in the long run, because you are establishing habits. As the habits become established, you may find that you can drop methods of tracking along the way.

However, and I'm not just saying this because I look forward to your photos, I think that taking pictures of your meals is probably the quickest, easiest, and most effective tracking method. This may be something you do through maintenance.

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2018:
Thank you...I'm glad you enjoy the pics....they are a really big help to me......Right now...it really is taking all of it to keep it together....and it keeps me interested. I was just thinking this morning that since I am signed up for WW until or into april…..I will just continue with that....the pics are working well....and the fitday is alreaded on the computer.....if and when I drop anything...it would probably be ww in the spring......this time...figuring the calories as well as the points...does prove to me that I am eating basically in the 1,200 to 1,300 range ...give or take a little...so dropping ww wouldn't be a huge change...but the thing about that is they push the fruit and veg and 0% yogurt and eggs...along with chicken, turkey and fish. I do think by spring....the fruit will be a major habit because I feel so good but then there is the concern of mine that if I change anything at all I may mess up the whole process.....plenty of time to think about it though.....guess it does TAKE A VILLAGE...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
so these food photos are amazing...i agree with Donkey....everything looks so tasty, so filling and just great! i wanna be on this diet haha.

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2018:

graindart on 11/09/2018:
My take on losing weight quickly for myself: 1. it's supposedly unhealthy to lose weight quickly 2. it's supposedly unhealthy to weigh what I weigh

So if I lose slowly, I'm in an unhealthy range. And if I lose quickly, that act is unhealthy. Stay at the same weight, lose slowly, or lose quickly. Any and all are considered unhealthy by some metric.

Wish I could lose quickly, like I did at the beginning of my weightloss last year. But right now it seems like I'm fighting for a lb or two here or there...... The thought has even crossed my mind to stop eating for a few days just to jumpstart the downward motion of the scale.

Glad your scale is cooperating with you.....

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I guess what I'm trying to avoid is gallbladder surgery...my Dad had it.....so I'm trying to keep that in mind. I agree though..being over weight is bad, losing too fast is bad...not losing at all is bad...surgery is bad.......just trying to keep all of the things in proportion...it isn't always easy.

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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining again............getting a little tired of being inside now, but will try to get out between sprinkles....it's a cold rain....so I will see about that.

Pictures are key for me......the snacking habit has stopped.....I still get hungry, especially in the evening...but not hungry enough to take a picture...so it works.  If that is all of the deterrant I need...then that is what will happen.

Clothes are getting too big again.......I'm rolling up sleeves more than ever......and some pants are just plain baggy....but the waist still fits so I'm going to continue wearing them until the waist is too big...I hate baggy pants!!!  I have no problem with big shirts/tops....but I like my pants to fit.... that means hauling out bins and sorting......probably in a few days....even my shoes are getting looser...LOL...will think about getting the scale out soon....but not yet.

Just remembered that the next round of clothes will be a sea of light blue and aqua...UGH....hoping at least there will be some black and jeans in there....I remember buying those.......Value City ( a store like Marshalls and TJ Maxx)...and while they were all designer brands...my size was basically all light blue and aqua...and I decided not to let it bother me too much because they were excellent quality...which explains why they are still in like new condition...they will never wear out!!!  This should be an excellent reason to move through that size quickly!!!!!!!...incentives...I LOVE incentives!!!  In the meantime...I will wear my baggy pants for a few more days....at least they are jeans and black and navy.

42 weeklies left until friday

23 dailies


2 scrambled eggs, 1 sausage, 1 piece of Aunt Millies 15 grain bread toasted, spray butter and 2 cups coffee

469 calories and 10 points


Lunch was deli roast beef on mini naan bread with brown mustard, light mozzarella stick and a mini red pepper, banana and grapes

484 calories and 9 ww points

42 weekly points and 4 daily points left for the day


1 slice of multigrain bread, sloppy joe mixture in bread, 1 serving of Betty Crocker Julienne potatoes, mixed lettuce, cucumber, diet vernors

Dinner calories = 427, dinner points = 14

Total calories for day = 1,380  Total points for day = 33


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/07/2018:
Tracking is a great way to hold oneself accountable, and you've proved it! I like how you said you were too tired to take a picture of your snack, so you didn't have the snack. That rocks!!!!

While I read your food menus, I confess that I do enjoy seeing the pictures!

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
Pictures are so out there!!! All my odd mixture of dishes and silverware....placemats that have seen better days.....LOL.......while I used to just grab something....now..I have to wait...get it together...go find my phone.....D is usually done eating now before I even start...but he is good natured about it...he likes the results...I had lost interest in dieting...it was a daily battle to keep doing it......this has peeked my interest again....warts and all.

legcramps on 11/07/2018:
I think it's fantastic that you've found a little inspiration again in your healthy lifestyle :)

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
I'm relieved that this has renewed my interest again...I still have quite a ways to go....I need that kick in the rear.

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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 06, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining all day again...and today...added wind......already voted so I'm glad we don't have to go out to do that.

Yesterday one of our bear hounds was bitten several times by a bear....so D was going to be staying home today anyway........Just letting the dog rest and start healing...he's a tough dog who lives to chase bear up trees....will see how this affects his desire to keep chasing bear....He got his penicillen shot and  wound treatment so he will rest today.

Since D is home...I made a BIG breakfast....it's a test for me as well and a treat for D....and the points/calories on 1 scwhans sausage patty was shocking to me.......180 calories and 6 ww points...I do not think I will be purchasing those again....although we do have lots of them left.

49 weeklies

23 dailies


3 Kodiak protein pancakes, 1/8 C Mrs Buttersworth syrup ( still more than I need), spray butter, 1 egg fried in PAM, 1 Schwans sausage patty, 2 cups coffee


1 chicken wing, 5 tater tots, beets, mixed lettuce, cucumber, diet vernors

306 calories and 7 points

49 weeklies left

2 dailies left


1 mini naan with brown mustard and 1 ounce deli roast beef, mini tomatoes and 1 stick light moozarella, banana, grapes and perrier water

466 cals for meal

9 points for meal

calories eaten today = 1,262

points used today = 30



Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/06/2018:
A gentle suggestion: perhaps use TBSP to measure the syrup. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I have been using a T for the pure maple syrup that I've been putting on my yogurt...but for the pancakes I've been using the lite mrs Buttersworth....I will definately go with a T for both in the future...I can't believe how I just used to pour it on....it's definately NOT needed.......it does help with my glucose levels...so I want to keep it in regular use ( along with fruit)

graindart on 11/06/2018:
I bought several of those 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoon) measuring cups. One of most other size cups, but about 5 of the 1/8 cup since I use them so often. 2 Tablespoons seems to be the sweet spot for portion sizes of a lot of the stuff I measure.

Love all types of sausage, but always dislike the amount of calories associated with most of them. Summer sausage, Jimmy Dean original, various hotdog type sausages, etc. Have tried some lower calorie chicken / turkey ones, but they just don't taste anywhere near as good to me.

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I did look up how many T are in a quarter cup the other day and the answer was 3T.......it's funny how easy it used to be to just eat...now...it is eye opening....I also have several sets of measuring spoons and cups....the dishwasher is full of the daily now.....and my months of guessing are done..... Problem is we have more of these in the freezer...but...if I don't get hungry until the next meal...I guess it will be worth it.

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
EDIT...I was wrong above..there are 4 Tablespoons in 1/4th cup!!!!!!'.......There are 3 teaspoons in 1 Tablespoon

graindart on 11/06/2018:
1 wing and 5 tots......now that's portion control. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I'm learning...LOL

legcramps on 11/06/2018:
That is one heck of a delicious-looking breakfast :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
It did stick with me until lunch with all that protein!

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
your food looks amazing...let me say, you could always try for one pancake less...since you fill up with coffee after breakfast anyways?....overall tho, without any more criticism your food looks FANTASTIC!

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
It held me until lunch with no problem...lots of protein...and I will cut the syrup in half again...I see it still ended up on the egg...which I actually don't care for.

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BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 05, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining all night...and into tomorrow night..so it will be a in the house day...plenty to keep me busy around here.

50 weeklies remaining until friday

23 dailies


2 cups coffee, 1 Premier protein vanilla drink, banana, Nature Valley Granola bars

468 Calories and 9 points

 Lunch was A Nutrisystem Chicken Alfredo, 10 sheets of Sesame seaweed, 1 snack sized organic unsweetened applesauce, freeze dried sweet corn , mixed nuts and diet vernors

550 calories

12 WW points

1,018 calories used so far and 21 points used


Fage 0% yogurt, 1 T. maple syrup, grapes, Dasani water

286 calories and 24 points

For the day

1,304 calories and 24 points


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Supposed to get colder and wetter here as the day progresses. Not really looking forward to it, but it did prompt me to start the installation of my heated seats in the truck.

Love all types of granola bars and I can easily lose track of how many I've eaten if not careful. Purposely don't buy them right now, but the wife bought a box for the kids and it caught my eye last night while I was searching for another snack. Ate one and it was delicious. Instead of feeling satisfied, it just made me want to eat another one......

Like seeing your photos. Have been considering starting to take photos of my food also, as I think it would make me more mindful of what I'm eating.

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
Taking pics of ALL of it has been a wonderful move in the right direction for me...and it really does make me stop and think before just grabbing something and mindlessly eating and then feeling guilty. Like you...I just have trouble telling myself no when I want to snack...I could live on snacks...and basically have in the past at times...and it did nothing but make me weigh 250 pounds. I also have had problems with just grabbing several snacks at a time......without actually being hungry or without actually waiting to see if I was still hungry.......food apparently is something other than fuel for me...when I'm at my worst. All I can add is that with the pictures ( weird dishes and place mats aside, not to mention bad lighting...LOL)....I am putting more thought into what I eat...and what I'm avoiding...because pictures tell it like it is. And I sure don't want the world to see that I'm eating 15 cookies, a can of pringles and half a cake because if I do...I will surely have to post the picture...and I do NOT want to go there.

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
And I will add...that if I ever stop posting pictures of all of it( I am working on making my pictures a little smaller though just to help in loading this page for everyone else)..I will go back to the old habits ( or already have)....so this is a commitment for me...until I reach my goal...and then when at goal, I plan to post on any days I'm over goal.....so I guess it's my new way of life now.

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Had to laugh when I read the last bit of your response above.

Instantly pictured myself laying on the couch in the living room staring at the TV while wearing a old pair of sweats. Surrounded by a bag of Chips Ahoy, big thing of Mtn Dew, bag of Lays chips on the coffee table, and leftover wrappers from everything else I'd eaten.

Then imagined what it would be like if someone snapped a photo of that and how embarrassed I'd feel.

Like you mentioned, I could easily live on snacks. My problem in the past when doing that was compounded by the fact that even when I was totally stuffed from snacking, I'd still somehow make room to eat the normally scheduled meals too!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
YUP!!! I wondered this morning if having a granola bar would get me back into old habits.....but it didn't......it's as if...by planning the meal, snapping the picture, eating the food and posting the picture...it turns that switch in my head off......it tells me 1 meal down...2 to go...later...not now. Your description of a binge or food fit sounds easy to picture....and very familiar....a brother in laws ex used to go grocery shopping and eat a whole pkg of cookies on the way home...he would always find the empty pkg....hidden in the car or grocery bags.....bad habits got us here...good habits will get us where we want to go...we actually do know what to do....it's just getting into a new routine that makes us WANT to keep doing it!

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
I eat those Nature Valley granola bars all the time, love them and they even satisfy my sweet tooth (I have more of a salt tooth than a sweet tooth though). But I know one can lead to two very easily for me also, darn things! And I can also picture myself (from the other night) laying on the couch with chips and freezies and peanut butter sandwich all around me. Oh the horror!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
Yeah.......guess most if not all of us have been there.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
i love those granola bars. they don't keep me satisfied but are great for providing energy for, say, exercise! they are so good...and overall a good amount of carbs to just have one package!

those are very tasty as a nice treat for breakfast indeed!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
They are handy for days that I'm not interested in cooking that is for sure...I think they are the first granola bar I remember...the first of many...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
your lunch is soooo tasty, nutritious and fun!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
I will be so glad when all of that nuti system stuff is gone...

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
What is Vernors?

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
It is a pop (soda)...made in Michigan...it's ginger ale.

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