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BearCountryGG - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(Calorie Deficit)
Weight: 130.0

 Slept like a log for 7 1/2 hours....and woke up feeling like my old self....headache is gone finally....the bug seems to be over with......it's about time and I'm happy about it......D says his was over yesterday.  

Sampson LOVES his hated bed as long as it's covered with his beloved throw........not sure why I didn't try that before.......but happy that he is so in love with it now.

I'm full of energy this morning........BP is back to where it needs to be......haven't checked glucose yet but may skip that today as long as I feel good.

Counting calories now with a new goal of 115...or at least less than 130........130 is my plateau place so it will be slow......my body gets stuck there and doesn't want to leave.....so will have to be patient and do different things again to get below that...once I start heading down it will be easier hopefully........but with the bug that is out there right now.......getting to a lower number will probably be the healthiest way to go........up for the challenge.

Plenty of things to do around here and I can't wait to get started......nothing like coming off some sick time for me to want to make up for lost time and tackle some things.

Coffee and some news and a chat with D...........

Then getting some things done..........skipping the notebook today and listing them here...gives me a minute to sit down here and there today....getting a lot of little things done today....and NOT keeping a list in my head.

Today I.....made the bed, emptied the kitchen trash, did some unboxing and putting away, some organizing in 1 room, Unloaded dish washer , reloaded and ran it, took garbage and a bunch of boxes to the garage, Cleaned out the cats food storage container, lots of paperwork, including the christmas card list for next year.   Picked up bedroom, neaten the area in garage by door, bag up some small things, Put some laundry and cleaning supplies in closet....Son T called...talked a long time.  

 

 

 

 

 

 Spent the night in his bed....and  followed me to the living room for awhile and then right back in that bed he hated..........His beloved throw on top of it made the difference.  Funny how changing things up can make such a huge difference in things........Life isn't really that complicated.......it's a puzzle, and when I find the  missing piece it all falls together........everything is do-able......just find the missing piece,,,,doing the same thing over and over and expecting a diferent result doesn't work.........I need to remind myself that switching things up constantly gives me the best result and when it's right , it's right and when it fails...switch it up until it's right......

 

Today I ate

coffee = 2

3/4 C Fage 0% greek yogurt = 90

2T Walden Farms Breakfast Syrup = 0

Small apple = 77

Homemade whole wheat bread (toasted)= 81

I can't believe it's not butter spray (15) = 12

Lasagna  = 788

3 Heavenly Hunks ( oatmeal and dark choc) = 330

cheese biscuits and spray butter = 490

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Wouldn’t you want a cover over the new bed for easier laundering? I keep baby blankets on all mine.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
The one I bought goes right into the washer...he didn't like the texture I guess......I will be throwing the bed and the throw into the washer and dryer on the regular.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Unzipping & washing original bed covering is a PITA for me

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I will toss it in the washer and dryer...no zipper on this one.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
That's so funny about the throw. Well, it means you'll keep the bed after all! We have one like that but in gray. The Boss' cat has one, too, in gray. I brought it home to wash and left it on the top of the dryer to air dry overnight. Next morning, I came downstairs to find my own Boy Cat sitting in the bed! So we got him one too! He and Baby switch off using it.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
He has always loved that throw and it was constantly in the washer so it might as well be his alone now...I think he has taken full possession of it. That is so cute.....we had never had a cat bed before...we have had dog beds that were loved by the dog ...but the cats always just had special places they liked so I left it at that. This one washes and dries really well......guess he didn't like how it felt.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
So glad to hear that you both are feeling much better! Now you can crunch out those goals today!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Full of energy today......looks like a productive one. Kind of mossed that feeling.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
^^^^ MISSED^^^^^


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
All those little puzzle pieces! I'm glad he is enjoying his bed now :)

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Tons of little pieces...UGH.......Me too...he loves it.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Love the photo of Sampson. He looks quite content on his new bed. Cats love what is familiar to them. The throw was just the thing he needed. Glad you and D are feeling better. You have inspired me this morning to begin working on the linen closet. I have it almost emptied out and going through items I had stored in it. Came across something my Mama had given me a few years ago that I had forgotten about. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
He has loved that throw since he came here 3 years ago......guess he couldn't resist...even if that hated bed is underneath...LOL....I am still getting things done........it's been a good day.....Awww....Isn't it nice to find a special something from your Mom.....when you least expect it........I do that too and love it.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Pretty kitty!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
HE sure thinks he's cute...LOL


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
What a work out with the linen closet! Spent a very long time working on it today. No procrastinating with it. Now it looks very tidy after taking the many items out and restructuring what goes on each of the shelves. So much better organized. Thank you for the inspiration or I would still not have tackled it yet. Next...I've got to make myself tackle one of the cabinets under a bathroom sink that is totally filled up and very over-cluttered. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Isn't it nice to have a nice neat closet???? I love finding things I had forgotten about and then it so easy to find things again once it's done!!! The cabinets under bathroom sinks need a redo too!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
Glad you are doing better :) Sampson is an adorable little cat and looks like king of his castle in the photo! how sweet!

like i said the other day, i love your goal to break thru your plateau to under 130. i KNOW it's doable for you.

of course, coffee here too!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
It is nice to feel good again...yup...Sampson is the boss around here.......Losing more is do-able......it will be painfully slow though I'm sure.....hoping to get there by the end of the year.


happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Mama Cat says she'd snuggle up with him in that throw! Now I know how she had so many kittens!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I keep asking him if he is a Daddy but he won't tell me!!! He says tell Mama to come on over...he will make room for her at his crib!!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
For some reason, I've not been successful in uploading personal photos from my computer to here as I used to do long ago. I wonder what I am doing wrong? Maybe I'm keying in the wrong code. I looked up the old code that I used here years ago and tried that and no go.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
In your edit area...click on the little photo....choode upload, choose file...find your picture, open it...send it to server.......a box pops up saying ...( your file has been successfully loaded)...click OK......after the word WIDTH...remove those numbers and change it to 300 or 400...the height will fill itself in automatically...press OK and the pic will appear on your page.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Anyway, my Snowball says to tell Sampson hello.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Sampson says Hi to Snowball...He loves company....I hope you can get a pic to load...would love to meet snowball.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
those heavenly chunks sound good. is that what they are called?

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Yes...I ordered them to be delivered by Walmart...quite expensive but I had heard so much about them...Thay are good...a little smaller than I expected...Basically it will be a good thing when they are gone because they call my name too much.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! It worked! I had forgotten how to do it and seems I did it differently years ago...can't remember. But anyway, hugs to you! How do you like Snowball?

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
You are very welcome...SNOWBALL is BEAUTIFUL!!!!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you! So is Sampson!


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BearCountryGG - Sunday Jan 16, 2022

Weight: 131.0

 It's 5 degrees here now and feels like 2 below at 10:30 A.M.

Cleaned out and organized a few drawers here this morning.  Taking a break right now and doing a little laundry......cat totally hates the bed I got him.....it actually makes him mad....he grabs it with his teeth and drags it as far away from him as he can...I have been putting a few of his treats in it to encourage him to like it better......so now he just thinks it a giant serving bowl....probably should wash that...but not sure why...D says to throw it out...but...I'm a virgo...I'm on a misson now!!!!   I am determined that he will like it...Virgos are like that....( probably not a great trait)  LOL

Eating leftovers today.........nothing special............Bp is coming down...day by day......forcing myself to do what it takes...and it's working.......

Boy those are the most "patient" animals ever....the dog is hooked up to a toy IV bag and the cat is letting her poke it in the face...(1 eye squinting)....

 

I guess it didn't take as long as I expected for him to learn to love the cat  bed he detested......I tossed a throw that he loves on top of it and he settled right in....should have done that sooner...glad I didn't throw it away........I was ready to go put that pet bed in the washer when Donkey thought he might not like the way it smelled.......figured I would toss the throw on it for a few minutes first........when I went to get it to wash...he was already sleeping in it........I think we have a winner...and now the throw belongs to him too....I can live with that.

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Stick with the bed -- my cats didn't always like their beds (we have 4, as 2 of them were free), but over the months/years/seasons, each cat has taken to taking naps in all of them. They seem to rotate. One cat will like one bed for a while, and then not use it for a while (sometimes a long while). If your guy likes to take naps in the sun, perhaps put the bed in a sunny or semi-sunny spot. Maybe he doesn't like the way it smells...

I'm so glad to hear that your BP is coming down. GOOD!!!

Cute picture - that cat is a good sport. Dogs are almost always good sports, but it's like you can almost read that cat's thoughts by the expression on his face, LOL...

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I keep thinking about the old song..."I'm going to make you love me...yes I will....Yes I will!!!!...insert the cat bed in there and I'm determined......I'm going to put it in the washer and see if that helps.....it really seems to make him mad........


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
What good sports those animals are! That's nice you got some drawers cleaned out. I have been procrastinating decluttering the linen closet. Just gotta make myself do it!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Once I get started I don't want to stop...I enjoy that kind of thing.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
I suspect photoshop

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Looks real to me.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
That kid needs a swift kick in the ass for animal abuse, but sure Happy is correct

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
? Just looks to me like the animals love her attention.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
No, pic by some attention seeking fool who could care less about animal welfare & wanted a picture some may consider cute. But most likely as happy says. Fake See it all the time on Twitter & worse.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
I think it was just that two pets were in the same space at different times and they spliced it together.


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Jan 15, 2022

Weight: 131.0

Changes...Changes !!!!!

 

 

I'm pretty sure we have the Imicron...or how ever you spell it.........D must have picked it up at the tire store.  The town is flooded with it.   I will say it's like a mild cold.......he just mostly has the stuffy nose..that turns into a drippy nose that turns into a very dry nose...alternately over very short periods of time...he also has the itchy eyes.......I have the nose, eyes,sudden sweats that stop quickly( but no fever).....a little congestion...headache....neck ache and swollen neck gland...and probably unrelated low blood sugar and high blood pressure....... I will say that I have had colds in the past that were much worse....this is really quite mild to moderate........and life goes on......I've ordered some home tests but this will likely be over by the time they arrive....but will be good to have them on hand anyway.......They aren't 100% accurate .....so.....there is that.  We are staying away from everyone as we should.

I can see that there are some things I really need to do.........and I'm right now committed to doing those things......I have never been a scheduled person ( when it came to work/jobs...I was...but not at home.)  I had some habits and routines that seemed to happen naturally...but scheduled days were not my thing.......but I think I will start scheduling my days a little more so that I can forget some chores instead of carrying them around in my head.......nagging me to do them and then not actually doing them...that just causes me stress which in turn raises my blood pressure......so if I work from a schedule daily I will just do what is on the list...and possibly do things that I WANT to do that aren't.  No more carrying around the to do list in my head...work off the schedule......plus anything I want to do.

I have put my bottle of Tylenol away...THANK YOU MARIA!!!!!!    We are replacing our Blood pressure monitors...THANK YOU JACKY!!!!.....DONKEY for reminding me about sodium first thing yesterday morning!!!!...Thank you to everyone that gave me things to think about and change yesterday...I so appreciate all of you......I think I will get things in line now that will help......My aim is to remain med free and I believe that I can do that with the right behavior changes.

New personal goals

1.  Keep losing weight ( lowered my goal weight yesterday)

2.  Keep an eye on my glucose and BP levels daily now

3.  Remain calm, don't carry to do's around in my head...just walk the walk...follow the schedule.  It will all get done without the mental list.

4.  Stay calm/relax......just enjoy every day and live in the moment because the moment is really all any of us have.  If it causes stress then fix it or walk away from it.......but don't let it rent space in my head.

Started the day with BP at 155/80...which is a lot better than yesterday and glucose at 77 which is worse than yesterday ( need to get that into the 90's)

 

coffee 

3/4 Fage 0% greek yogurt 

Walden farms SF breakfast syrup less than a serving

2 cheese biscuits

navy bean soup (1 cup)

lasagna

 

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
You may very well have Omicron. Reading it’s so highly contagious it’s expected almost everyone in the US & nearly every other place will get it. The vaxxed & boosted will be asymptomatic or have mild cases. Donglad we got double vaxxed & boosted ASAP for our age group.

Matt ordered a rapid response test from Amazon a few weeks ago, $18 for two tests. I never did get around to researching reliability compared to the PCR test.

Just reading in newspaper every household will be able to order 4 tests from the Feds beginning next Wednesday. On national news last night & in the works for a while.

More & more complaining about how unvaxxed are crowding ERs & taking up hospital beds. Nurses & doctors getting sick, some died from Delta.

This was the first Friday that we didn’t go into Walmart, did pickup only & skipped BK drive through, even though Matt is convinced that’s safe.

We decided not to do anything because of Omicron for a while & then I went & found the commercial quality $3.5K used recumbent bike & got the guy down from $850 to $650, so Matt has to pick it up at ten today. Told the guy we are afraid of Omicron & wanted the bike our front in his driveway for a quick lift into our trailer. Matt always wears the best N95 mask available. Bought them last year from a medical supply business in Texas.

I think Omron is one of the best home BP monitors, many models on Amazon & pretty sure it’s the brand I see up front at the Walmart pharmacy. Funny how I just threw all the other monitors away. They were making my guest bedroom look like a damn hospital & I hate those!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
Our old one is omron...but VERY old....our last one just says CVS Pharmacy.......we are using that now and will be replacing that soon.....BP started better today and glucose started a lot worse..... We are double vaxed and not time for the boosters..... I think we do have it....it's not that bad really...I have had worse with nasty colds in the past that turned into pneumonia......pneumonia and asthma have been an issue for me since early childhood and still can be....but I always get through it.....it takes me about 5 weeks to deal with pneumonia ....I'm allergic to all penicillen and sufa related drugs...( so is oldest son and oldest grandson)....for there appears to be genetic issue there.....so I handle it on my own...so far so good....I monitor my own oxygen levels and they are atually really good today. I haven't been inside any business or other house in a very long time now.....I would say a month and a half probably......D still does what he wants buts limits it...for him...it's hardware store, tire store, mechanic shop etc.....he only wears masks if they are...if not...he doesn't...I'm not in aagreement with that but I'm not his Mommy or his boss....so he is a grown man and he decides....BUT...It does appear that he is the one that brought this home...Just saying...


Donkey on 01/15/2022:
Are you still able to smell and taste? Best to stay isolated, and I'm glad that you did order at-home tests. I hope you both feel better very soon.

A schedule can be helpful! But on the flipside, I hope you won't rebel against the structure of a schedule. I'm not sure that I have one at work per se. I do know that I need to look at time-sensitive tasks no later than 1pm or it gets very difficult, especially if I have a lot of tasks to do. (Recently, I haven't had hardly any tasks, so I just focus more on emails as they come in.)

What I really liked best about what you wrote today - or what really caught my attention - was to stop carrying around the "to-do's" in your head. I think I do that a lot.

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
My sense of taste and smell actually lessened a few years ago and I believe began with a sinus infection so they weren't very good to start with...but they are there mildly which is kind of typical for me. I have definitely rebelled against schedules in the past....This one will be rather loosely set up....and something I can add to daily of I want to....no specific times or anything...just a daily list of things to do and not too many per day....I figure I won't fight that too much....I'm also reminding myself quite often that it will be healthier...and that seems to make me want to do the things......Yes..no more things to do on my mind...now they get written down and crossed off.....We are staying isolated now...wouldn't want to pass this bug to anyone else.


Maria7 on 01/15/2022:
Oh, no!!! So sorry if you have covid. If you do, hopefully you have a milder case and over it quickly. I will be praying for you and D. Hugs sent to you. Get plenty of rest!!! Love you, Maria

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
Thank you Maria......It appears to be the easy one....we don't feel too bad........


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
Hi Bear :)

I see you have decided to change your weight goal. you can see how it goes. I am sure you can reasonably lose the first (next) 5 lbs...i'd take it small steps and see how you do. At 130, it was always not a great weight for me as i'm also decently small boned, little muscle on my lower body, so it was fat and not comfortable weight for me. Walking around, it felt better to me once i lost weight below 130, especially on my weaker leg/ankle. Honestly, i was good in mid 120's, but happiest here. but even a little weight in your case may help you positively, rather than thinking of the whole 15lbs now. step by step.

good on trying to get the home tests.

I do hope you and D feel better soon, and i'm glad it's nothing too crazy for you both going on.

very good goals and plans you have. scheduling helps me feel more accomplished, especially when i can say i did what i set out to do. some days i need a break from a schedule too.

take care and keep us updated on how you are doing!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
I will tackle the weight verrry slowly...Not interested at this time in doing any drastic losses...which would probably be next to impossible anyway......so it is something to work on.


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
^A slower weight loss may benefit you in the long run. It's easier on the body, too.

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Yes...I'm figuring it will be very slow.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I hope you and your Hubby are feeling better this morning. Prayers for Y'all.

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I think we both are on the mend......he feels pretty good today...I'm just down to the headach, runny nose and sweating/chills....better than the last few days.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I know that's not any fun. Praying for Y'all.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Thank you...much better today (Monday)


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Hugs. Praying for your swift recovery!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Thank you...Today (Monday is a lot better)


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BearCountryGG - Friday Jan 14, 2022

Weight: 131.0

 Decided this morning to change my goal to 115...not sure if I will ever reach it....but my blood pressure has been rising lately and I think that losing a little more will probably help that.........since I am prescription free I would like to stay that way.....and at 5'2" and a small bone structure it is probably optimal........since 130 has always been a plateau spot for me over many years......I'm guessing there will be some natural resistance......but will just see how it goes.

Also putting more effort into eating a balanced diet.........over the course of the day.

Calorie counting will be off and on as needed....I will decide each day about that.

So back in weight loss mode....can't say I'm thrilled about it...but I'm curious to see how it affects my BP.

Also for the BP I am concentrating on just being more calm.......D and I spoke about it at length last night and we both agreed we were going to take it a little easier...and deal with things in a calmer way.  Life is so ridiculously crazy now and there is nothing we can do about it but prepare the best we can...we have done that.....and now it's time to relax a little and take a breather........and life will happen how ever it happens.

Haven't checked glucose in ages....84...no wonder I feel crummy....I belong in the 90's......But don't want to eat sugar to raise it right now.....hoping the oatmeal does..

EDIT...Son T just called and said his next door neighbor is on a vent with covid and not doing well at all.......she just took him a lot of homemade Christmas cookies  3 weeks ago!!!!  He is shocked......she was fine then.

coffee = 2 cals

Oatmeal = 200 cals ( made with water and no sweetener)

 orange pepper

navy bean soup

cheese

cheddar biscuit x2

Oatmeal cookies

Just mostly relaxing today...not too much of an appetite....glucose is low.....so the cookies finally helped that.

 

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/14/2022:
I'm sorry to hear about your blood pressure. I am just thinking aloud here, but perhaps monitor the amount of sodium you eat?

You may find some great improvement even at 120. I myself have felt better with each 10 pound increments I've lost. However, I am cheering you on to your new goal!

I may be in a similar boat, btw. If it turns out that I have a thyroid problem, I'm going to start with your approach - holistically - before I agree to take any meds.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
It is worth a try to deal with health problems in ways other than prescriptions......all of the prescriptions have side effects and then that adds new problems.......You can always take them if you really need to.....


Maria7 on 01/14/2022:
There are many things that can contribute to high bp...for me, I found that I had been taking too many tylenols each day, because I looked it up and found out that can cause high bp in women (not men...???...) so I greatly reduced how much tylenol I was taking (some days none now and some days one or two) and saw a big difference in lower bp. Also, reducing my weight did help some, as well as reduced caffeine and lastly, sodium reduction and drinking more water. I think that you and I are about the same bmi of 24. I am 5'8". Won't hurt either of us to get lower. Smile! Have a happy day. Peace!

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
WOW...Thanks for that info...I had never heard that....I also take tylenol for a few reasons....and of course my morning coffee.....I stayed away from the sodium today but I guess I already failed with the coffee and tylenol....UGH! I'm sure losing some will help.....I also need to keep better track of my glucose...it's been many weeks since I checked that too....I will also check my BMI


Maria7 on 01/14/2022:
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
I checked it ....it's in the healthy range but I definitely can go lower.


Maria7 on 01/14/2022:
https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna8961817

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
WOW...GREAT article...and now since I have already taken my usual 2 for a headache...( which likely was caused by low glucose).....I will put those things away....and save them for only rare occassions....I had taken 4 yesterday...of the extra strength......we both have "cold" symptoms.......and I've had a headache for a few days....so I've taken tylenol daily for those days... ( all along it may have just been low blood sugar all along)......Thank you Maria for giving me that info.....I had no idea tylenol could do that...


legcramps on 01/14/2022:
Interesting about the tylenol! I didn't know that either!

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
I put mine away so that it isn't so handy!!! I'm so glad Maria mentioned that.


jacky82020 on 01/14/2022:
Best way for the average person to control BP is weight control, low sodium, <1500 mg daily & exercise. But I do all that & more & need 3 HPB meds or by butt winds up in the ER. Numerous benefits from low weight & exercise besides BP, so it’s all good.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
I need to just work on all of it....and cover all the bases. My Mom was on several BP meds......I was 20 years ago and weaned myself off of them.....and I guess I should really be tracking it these days....haven't checked it in a long time...until a few days ago.


jacky82020 on 01/14/2022:
How high is it? Were you heavy 20 ago? Looks like you’ve lost half your all time high weight of ~250. A remarkable feat! Major congrats! Most, but not all, heavy people have HBP. My fat cousin never did, but died from covid while in her 50s. They’ve said from the get go obesity is #1 covid risk factor for <60. Must not help >60 either.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
It hit 220 over 84 last night but is down to 74 over 64 now......still not good.....20 years ago I weighed in the 150-160's....that is when I got off all meds....and then put on a lot in the next several years up to 254.....basically grazed all day for way too long. Took it all off while on DD.....I would lose several pounds and coast for a while...and then do it again.........lose several all in a bunch and then stay there.....it seemed like a easy way to do it.....fasted, liquids only...not necessarily healthy but effective....


jacky82020 on 01/14/2022:
Wow! 220 is bad. That’s systolic hypertension, the most common type, what I have, but never anything approaching that number which may be inaccurate. I’ve had lots of experience with blood monitor cuffs. Some are unreliable & even with a good one you can get “off” numbers. A single reading is basically meaningless.

What you need to do is carefully monitor your BP by taking it a few times a day, at the same times, & keeping a log. Better yet, call your PCP. & go in so they can get an accurate reading if you see that number again or anything remotely close. It’s a very dangerous number. Don’t think I ever surpassed 166.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
I do suspect that our monitor may not be working right.....it has been all over the place for the last 2 days......I'm just working on keeping calmer.....we actually do have 2...and they are both acting the same way....but it is getting lower and lower regularly......as time goes by. I am feeling better than Last night and this morning.....


jacky82020 on 01/14/2022:
My best cuff is the Omron BP785N, but I’m not seeing it on Amazon now. The one I posted appears to be a similar device. I’ve kept logs recording my BP up to 5X a day while meds are adjusted. Now once or twice a day is enough.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
D just said to order a new one...so I will go look at them on amazon and walmart......right now it;s up and down and all over the place...hopefully it's the machine.......and replacing it will help....I gave up on the older one last night and don't plan on using that anymore....Thanks for the suggestions.


jacky82020 on 01/14/2022:
I think Walmart has the brand I prefer. Threw 5 cuffs in the trash not all that long ago, including this expensive Panasonic that you shove your arm in, kinda like the ones you see at Walmart & big pharmacies. Just not reliable. I sometimes have Matt test the reliability Of mine by using a cuff before or after I do. He is always super low, comes from decades of dedicated exercise. He runs really really fast on the treadmill. I just walk fast these days. He uses the spinner when my ass is on a recumbent all day. Not to mention all the heavy weight lifting he does.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2022:
We have an omron one...it is older....was the only one we used for years....I will see what I can find...I'm sure there will be something out there to replace these with...Thanks for the info.


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BearCountryGG - Thursday Jan 13, 2022

Weight: 131.0

 Where is the time going????   Here we are already in the middle of January and I feel like only a couple of days have passed.

Today is a diet day......cleaning and organizing the food on hand can be a sticky wicket........suddenly things show up that I didn't even know we still had........and then I have to taste test....and overdid that I guess...LOL

As I was locking the house up last evening.....I opened the door to the garage and was going to go out and check the outside door there.....and noticed a little very dark thing running towards me.........it almost got in the house...I screamed and slammed the door.......so D went out and went into the garage from the outside......it was a small shrew...( they look just like mice).....D had noticed tiny footprints in the snow around the garage an hour earlier so it apparently went in the garage when he had the door open.......now....The garage that I freely walked barefoot in for the last 5 years has become a place I am afraid to go into .......I seriously do not enjoy being chased!!!!!!  Boy was he fast!!!!   Boy was I petrified!!!!   Boy am I avoiding the garage now!!!!

 

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/13/2022:
Sounds like you just did shut that door in time!!! Ugh! Glad you were safe! Also, glad we got Hubbies to take care of things like that. Before we found a new home for our chickens (when we were very sick with Covid), snakes had started taking over our biggest hen house. I stepped inside one evening to feed them when we had come home late and it was just twilight, barely could see in the dark hen house, and I noticed that something didn't quite appear right beside my leg among the hens that had gathered around me, because this 'hen' was so much taller than the others...and lo, and behold, it was a big, long SNAKE right beside my leg, with its head raised up high! I jumped out the door immediately and slammed shut the door and hollered for Mike, my Hubby, who was in the backyard and he hurried and took care of it. Another time, my Hubby and I were gathering eggs and we went to that coop (we had 4) and he raised up the outside nest lid to reach in and gather the eggs and there was a big snake in the nest!!! Glad it wasn't me who did that, cause I was used to raising the nest lids and reaching inside almost simultaneously to gather eggs!!! It didn't get Hubby, but Hubby got it!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
Wow...That is scary!!!! I don't like snakes either...years ago when I was in the yard a huge snake ( a blue racer)...chased me up on the porch....I wonder if that snake was getting ready to strike you. D said when he went into the garage to look for the shrew it was right there running around his feet......had no fear of us at all in fact it wanted to come at us......( he won't be in the garage again either)......Can't let them have free run of the place.....


Maria7 on 01/13/2022:
Brave Husbands!

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
Thankfully....I could never deal with that.


jacky82020 on 01/13/2022:
Never saw a shrew! Lots of squirrels about now. I feed them peanuts etc.

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
They look like a mouse but they have a long nose......I thought it was a mouse but the moment I saw it ...it was a couple of feet away from me...and it started running towards me...I slammed the door so it couldn't get in the house...I'm just glad I didn't shut it in the door....I didn't know I could scream like that...LOL


jacky82020 on 01/13/2022:
Yes, I’ve seen them many times in nature shows etc, but never IRL.


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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jan 12, 2022

Weight: 130.0

Back in the pantry again today........and will finish if it takes me all night......although...I slept well last night and had breakfast and coffee......I  worked in the pantry until I got really hot....( we both have the sniffles.....UGH).......sat down to cool off and realized I needed a nap......that's done....while I was sleeping the computer updated.......OH JOY...that usually means things and not usually good things!!!!!  Any way......Feeling a bit punky but there is work to be done.....and I want to get it finished. 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/12/2022:
What you are doing is something we need to do but have been putting off doing.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
I was putting it off too.....and am getting a late start. But It will be done today and long as the phone doesn't ring...LOL....


Maria7 on 01/12/2022:
Smile. It is on my to-do list for sure.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
I kept putting it off until I realized that it was the middle of January......and it was something that I would normally do in the last week of december.


Maria7 on 01/12/2022:
Sometimes I just procrastinate.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
Me too!


happy-1 on 01/13/2022:
Good job!

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
Getting that done was number one right now. THNX


Maria7 on 01/13/2022:
Wishing you a happy morning!

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
Thank you.


Donkey on 01/13/2022:
My phone has been updating a couple of times - oh how I dread that. Sure enough, the last update changed where to find the emojis. There is another update scheduled for tonight.

Our database program at work is set to update. Mine needs a password to update, but New Gal's updated automatically --- She was then unable to search for files in our usual manner. She found a way around it (with my help) but who wants that?

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2022:
It always means trouble around here for sure........


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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jan 11, 2022

Weight: 130.0

 Working in the pantry today........dating cans and pkgs and separating by month on shelves....it has been like with like...and I found out I like it better by expiration dates....so it's a do over.

Scale says I can eat what I want today.........apparently firmly in a plateau and I'm happy about that....I suspect that after awhile I will try to drop a little lower....D not really in favor of that so will decided later.

I'm noticing that since we set up the Berkey water filter that we are drinking more water....I never thought that our well water had any flavor to it...but the Berkey has proven that it did  ....now the filtered Berkey water tastes just like the water at our old house that had a reverse osmosis filter........in the kitchen.  Guess that proves that it's working ....and now that we are using it in the coffee makers they are staying cleaner...It was a good investment for our health.

This morning looking back at what I did eat yesterday convinces me that the less I count, the less I write and the less I think about food the better....knew it before and this once again proves it...I eat less the less I think about it.....As long as there is no big stress...then all bets are off.  It's my job to cut and handle my stress...and I will just do what I have to do with that.....

Back to the pantry now ....looks like an all day project.

Ended up making good headway in the pantry but Son T called and a friend called 3 times today....which made for some really nice breaks...but didn't get it finished....back at it again tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/11/2022:
Have fun with your pantry project -- actually, that does sound kind of fun to me too. I wish I could come over and help you :-)

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2022:
I wish you could too...That sounds like fun!


Jacky82020 on 01/11/2022:
Sounds like you’re doing A-OK all around! Go Bear!

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2022:
Feeling really good......in the groove right now....it sure makes everything easier. I've kind of accepted that I rarely can eat more than 1,200 cals a day.....beyond that for a daily basis....is just not do able.......even in my heaviest days I apparently didn't stretch my stomach out...which really surprises me.....but I was eating more high cal foods then and way too many cals in candy, pop and desserts.....not doing that now so as long as I stick to the healthier stuff all is well.


Jacky82020 on 01/11/2022:
That’s great. I probably net 1200 a day as well, but often consume more & burn it off exercising. On bike right now. Off & on since 4:40 AM. Lots of laundry to do & working on photo albums for friends & fam. Never did get my printer back up, worked fine yesterday, so working on getting images from iPad to flash drive to print at Walmart. Saw it is indeed 9 cents per 4x6 in the store & 15 cents for mail order. Never got to shipment costs, but has to be their typical $35 minimum for free shipping. I’ll never get there with small prints. They had a bunch of expensive stuff like printing on clothing & wall canvasses etc etc

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2022:
I use shutterfly for photos......mostly of the great grandsons and D takes a lot of dog pics.......They usually turn out fine.


legcramps on 01/11/2022:
Can you come clean my pantry when you're finished with yours?! LOL

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2022:
Sure.....!!!! I might need a passport though...LOL


Jacky82020 on 01/11/2022:
Have no idea what Shutterfly is, but sounds familiar. Do you get paper prints?

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
yes


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2022:
Yep, I googled them. Looked same as Walmart.com photo services, same 15 cents per 4x6 print. Will go in store & pay 9 cents. You can select 1 hour service or DIY at the machines. Girl said they often can get them out in well under an hour while people shop. I’m doing four sets of 40 each, so this will save me over $10, plus whatever shipping they may have required for orders <$35.

Still dong my usual Friday AM pickup & always go into store. Love checking the clearance aisle. The GNC protein bars were excellent, but too pricey at regular cost. Same nutrition as Pure Protein, but better flavors. Thing like a candy bar. Maybe it’s just as well I avoid them.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
Sometimes it's better not to like them so much


horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2022:
just love cleaning up my pantry, reorganizing, using up meat and things...saving money!

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2022:
agreed!


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BearCountryGG - Monday Jan 10, 2022

Weight: 130.0

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Frozen, sculpted sand along the Lake Michigan shoreline in St. Joseph. The shapes emerge when strong winds erode the frozen sand. Photos taken on January 8, 2022.
Such a beautiful natural occurrance.
 Self controlled blood pressure is a thing......back to the old me. Live long enough and you get to know yourself so well that you can be your own puppetmaster. Old age stinks but the knowlege that is learned by trial and error over the years is priceless.
 
Decided I don't need to count cals as long as I eat within reason......for a few days I hovered around 1,200....then there was the crazy day...which didn't hurt a thing really weight wise and in fact evened things out again...........so sticking at goal......weighing daily now to stay on track.......may list foods just for the fun of it but not needed to count now. So many years ago a friend told me how she kept her weight in check....every morning she got on the scale.....if she was up then she dieted for that day only....if she was on or below the preferred weight she ate anything she wanted without any rules..........it works........So I'm going to be following her rules now...daily weigh in....above goal then diet for the day...on or below goal then eat what I want for the day with no restriction.......it worked for her for her entire adulthood.....while I was yo- yoing the entire time........Right now I'm sticking at goal within a pound or 2......so looks like this is how it will be for the duration....I wish I had listened to her and actually did what she did way back about 50 years ago........Live and learn........fact is...her diets were only 1 day long.......mine lasted for many years.

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/10/2022:
Natural? Wow! Never saw anything like that, awesome. Looked like a wind blown chess board upon first glance.

bearcountrygg on 01/10/2022:
It is gorgeous and to think that nature made it.


Donkey on 01/10/2022:
That's a really cool picture!

I don't think you need to count calories either, if you are content with where you're at. I actually thought that you had given that up, and were returning to it only once in a while as more of a "menu sharing" than anything else.

Now that I think back, I don't count calories either, but sometimes I do weigh certain foods, e.g. peanut butter, for portion control -- BUT when I decided to drop the 10 pound COVID pounds, I was tracking religiously and strictly for a month. Once I reached goal, then I stopped tracking, for the most part.

So if you're good with where you're at - and it seems to me that you are (which is great!) - then why put yourself under the pressure of counting? :-)

bearcountrygg on 01/10/2022:
I'm ready to stop counting...now to just get into the morning weigh in habit....


innerpeace on 01/10/2022:
That is very cool! weather can do amazing things! I remember that menu and just soon after they added the .99 cent happy meal that I begged my mother to eat every night!

bearcountrygg on 01/10/2022:
What a deal eh??? Did they have toys in them?


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BearCountryGG - Sunday Jan 09, 2022

Weight: 130.0

 This morning I layed in bed...slowly waking up......and became aware of my heart beating in my ears.........I know what that means......blood pressure is going up.....I left the blood pressure meds behind 20 years ago.....and don't plan to go back to them......but I also  know that it is up to me to lower it naturally....so I have to work on that.......

Last night D was upset about something.....and in turn it got me going ( not relating to me but I got drawn in)........and we both got angry.....I slammed a door.....I do believe that is the first door I have slammed in anger in the last 30 or 40 years..........I then proceeded to eat 3 mini bags of cheddar rice cakes...a package of 2 granola bars....a bowl of sugared pecans and 3 mini stroopwaffles!!!!...There ...THAT OUGHT TO FIX THE SITUATION!!!!   NOT!!!!!!

The bottom line is that it was HIS situation.....it had nothing to do with me........I should have minded my own business and let him figure it out........But instead I "tried to help"......me trying to help...looked like me " butting in" to him...............and it ended up with ME MAD at him and him mad at me.........with my blood pressure rising and me doing what I used to do and that was stuffing my face with anything that looked like a treat..........if that wasn't a lesson than I don't know what is.  I stayed mad...he didn't and he went on to deal with the original issue......BUT......In the end...I paid the price with my health.........I need to really work on that.

This morning I concentrated on having a good breakfast......and my head is still pounding.....This may take awhile.

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/09/2022:
That’s all too bad, I’m sorry. Do you monitor your BP? As I was just mentioning in my post, I’ve done so for years, beginning early on because Matt is a serious fitness buff & that’s one thing they do. His heart rate & bp are really low, but typical for runners etc.

I keep a log of my bp because it occasionally fluctuates & I’m on 3 bp meds, low doses of 2 & a higher dose of one targeting my SVT, a cardiac arrhythmia that has landed me in the ER more than once. Four hour (at least) IV of meds to drop HR. Then insult is added to injury with big-assed medical bills, usually $1000. And we have insurance!

Sodium reduction, under 1500 mg per day & exercise & weight control are the only ways I know of to naturally lower bp. Fails for me because I do all that, but have a genetic predisposition to high bp. We have literally not kept salt in the house for decades. Hard enough to keep intake low because it’s in everything.

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2022:
I haven't checked it today......and it's been a couple of years since I have......but i can lower mine by just calming down...should have minded my own business and let him deal with that......We have had another guys dog here for many months.....and now the guy is saying he will take it back specific days...and he doesn't show up...it's happened several times now and last night was the most recent.....The dog is fine here but it gets pretty tiring waiting for him to show up......the other option would be for D to deliver it to him except he probably wouldn't be there if D tried that....lesson learned with this guy.....never help him out again........But I should have kept my opinion to myself....( D was worn out from shoveling snow, I told him to stop waiting for that guy and come in the house)...I was wanting D to settle down and relax instead of working in the cold waiting.......UGH


Donkey on 01/09/2022:
Aww, that stinks. It's not fun when that happens. And I'm willing to bet that you didn't sleep well either, because that's what happens to me when I go to bed upset.

Right now, your focus should be getting that BP down. Nothing else matters in the immediate; that is to say, everything else can wait.

That's very interesting that your "trying to help" was interpreted as "butting in". I say this because I often "try to help", but it never occurred to me that I might be seen as butting in. Also, I know that Husband "tries to help" - especially with my work dramas - but it's never really helpful, and sometimes just downright discouraging.

Just think of the world problems you and I could solve if eating cured it all...

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2022:
I'm working on the BP today....just doing things that I enjoy..........That is the 2nd time in the last 3 days that his frustration over a dog matter ( see my explanation to Jacky above)....has made him feel like I was butting in.....I really should have learned the first time but didn't.)...took me a second time I guess...lesson learned......Really I was most concerned with him outside waiting shoveling while he waited for the guy who never showed up AGAIN!!!....Usually he wants my opinion...but not on this matter so.....I will keep my mouth shut now......I'm beginning to wonder if the guy will ever pick his dog up.....she is safe here......it's more about not showing up when he says he will.....Yeah food.......what a pain it can be sometimes.


Jacky82020 on 01/09/2022:
Sounds like you don’t have hypertension at all. Wonderful! Everyone on my father’s side has it.

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2022:
I have spent a lot of years working on it.....I was on blood pressure meds 20 years ago.....I also have an arrythmia......I just decided to go prescription free 21 years ago...and weaned myself off all of it slowly.....I was on meds for BP, cholesterol, hashimotos thyroiditis and asthma.....turned down the meds for the arrythmia because they would have made me sleepy all of the time ( my heart races 24/7.....)..my arrythmia involves a bundle branch block that causes it......


Jacky82020 on 01/09/2022:
Whatever works for you! The less meds the better when possible.

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2022:
I'm just as good without the prescriptions as I was on them.......


Horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2022:
i hope you are feeling better now and that most of the argument and stress is resolved on your end <3

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2022:
It is...........The guy finally called and told D to deliver the dog to him.....so he is on his way there right now.........That is better than waiting for that guy to show up so D can relax about that later today..... I'm fine now....no more pounding head......thankfully. Now that this situation is over it will lower the stress around here a lot........The dog has been here for months and was a barker...which we did work on with her...but still....she had never had any kind of training before coming here.....


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Jan 08, 2022

Weight: 130.0

1 degree outside...another inside day

Still working on the kitchen and pantry...........not in any hurry at this point ........I have all winter.  Finished a very old book from The Jenny Craig weight loss company........Didn't learn anything new...but will keep it as a reminder.  Need to choose something else to read......I have a Jillian Michaels book titled Master Your Metabolism.....that may be next. 

Feeling great and full of energy...........working on covering all food groups daily....not necessarily in appropriate quantities especially vegetables.......but like today....after a couple  ( a few?) days of low vegetables....today I am craving them....so I guess my body just equalizes things if I allow it to ....so today will be a lot heavier on those..........Intuitive eating is my best  barometer.  Trying to cover most if not all food groups in each meal so that the nutrition is spread out over the day.

The coffee bar is a HUGE hit...D fell right in line with it......the Berkey water filter is there so adding water that has been filtered is super easy......I added a couple of glass canisters for coffee pods ( his and mine).....D has always had his own snack cupboard but now he also has his own drawer with his straws( for drinking apple cider vinegar), the electric knife that he slices the bread with, his sandwich bags for the truck snacks etc......That made him so happy this morning.......I might add his favorite spatulas there too.....it's the little things......

Multi vitamin, omegas, D3, Zinc, probiotic and 2 elderberry gummies

coffee = 2

1 boiled egg = 72

1 C Fage 0% greek yogurt = 210

Walden Farms SF syrup = 0

1/2 c orange pepper = 20

Ham and cheese sandwich = 355

potato chips = 240

banana = 105

lettuce and spinach = 7

Cauliflower and potato soup = 110

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1,141 cals for the day

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/08/2022:
I like the idea of having a cupboard or drawer with one's own stuff that is used often in the kitchen. That's a very good idea!

If you do start the Jillian Michaels book, I'd be interested in any insights you might have.

It's nice to hear that you're having a great start to the day! We have sun here, but it is VERY cold here too. We are expecting a chance of unpleasant weather this afternoon, so this morning is the time to do anything outside.

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2022:
I never really have set this kitchen up right in the past.....D was here while I was downstate taking care of my parents for 7 years and when I came up here to stay...I didn't want to really change things from the way he was using it......but it was time to make the switch.....and I should have done it sooner....but I came up here and added a lot of our stored things to the mix and it was overfull and just cluttered....This kitchen is about 1/8th the size of our last one and it is hard here to have both of us in here at the same time......it's been long overdue...and he loves to have his own drawer now.....so it should save some frustration for both of us.....he likes to be in the kitchen at the same time...me not so much...LOL....so I REALLY REALLY like it..LOL


Donkey on 01/08/2022:
That sun I just wrote about, is now gone. Gray cloud bleah...

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2022:
It's cloudy here right now too.....and cold....Time to watch a movie or read a book wrapped in a blanket!!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2022:
OUCH. so so cold by you! we haven't had those types of temps here in NYC i think for 3 years now. I remember it was around 3 years ago; when i went on a long vaca to Florida to visit my friend, that it was so cold. The year before the Pandemic started!

i also crave veggies after a few days of them low.

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2022:
Veggies are the thing that I rarely snack on......so they usually show up in meals,,,,tonight it will be all veggies most likely.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2022:
PB&j yesterday sounds soooo good! i would like it warmed up, too!

i LOVE the meme below. it's so true. we cannot control other's actions; but we CAN control our responses. the highest exec i work with is usually very calm with responses as well as a man that comes into the trailer around 1 time every two weeks. he may be paid even more than the exec with a higher title, like a Vice President i think it is on his email. anyways, he is even calmer than the exec. almonst nothing phases him. he doesn't show reactions. a cool cumcumber. he even talks quietly. he doesn't provoke, people needto be quiet to hear him....

i do like seeing a good assortment of food in your past few entries, as well as fruit here and a pepper there! :) and also foods seem very balanced.

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2022:
I also like people who are calm.......keeps every ones blood pressure down I think. It also gives people a chance to think before they speak...and that is a good thing....I'm working on food balance more now.



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