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BearCountryGG - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

It's a chilly mid summer day.......and washed bathroom rugs that actually fell apart in the washer!!!  What a mess...but tossed them...and was able to vaccuum out the mess......need to order new ones now today! 

Watched some Pahla B on you tube.........she really does have sound advise.......and found myself eating the absolute wrong things while watching!!!  Mindless eating is still with me some days...and the ironic part is I never feel good after eating that stuff..........YET...there I am..once again visiting the wrong aisles in the store.....and picking some little treats...UGH!!!!!  D has cut back a lot on those...has very good self control about 90% of the time when it's a bout food...me....I usually tell myself I will do better tomorrow...i KNOW that tomorrow never comes......and once I start,I put it off until the next tomorrow...................a couple of days of stomachaches....will usually do the trick!!!  It truly is such a rediculous thing to do...yet....here I am.  I deserve a good old/bad old stomachache!

Obviously not counting today.........

I know this is so wrong.....I should never have brought this up in a diet group......This is the pic that I gave HOP the recipe for.

 

Here is a can of sweetened condensed milk that has been boiled and turned into caramel........a friend does this......instructions online.....and this is a diet site.....I need a spanking....

Now I'm curious about how many calories are in this stuff...i have never really liked it and haven't bought it in years......now I'm tempted.

 

 

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Looks good! What are they?

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
They are 2 ingredient chocolate truffles.....Recipe in the comments on HOPS diary......Not a good idea to put this here really on a diet group though....my fault.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Although with only 2 ingredients they would be simple to count calories for.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Oh, I love good truffles! You’re a very bad Bear! Gonna have to make me some!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Yup...bad bear.....one caveat though...it doesn't make many...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Nice recipe. I love sweetened condensed milk. Used to drink a can now & then back in my skinny days (20’s to early 30’s). Not the whole can at once, It’s very filling.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I have a friend who literally puts the entire unopened can in a pan of water and boils it...and when you open it it is caramel...never tried that...I never figured out what keeps it from exploding...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
LOL..i've heard of rugs falling apart. my rugs have lasted a long time, they have rubber on the bottom. Got them at Costco only like 3 years ago. they're holding up quite well.

i'll have to read your recipe closely, prob when i'm home :)

lastly, i think treats are good. no treats = no happiness. those are fun food isles. ;)

thanks again for the recipe, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
You are welcome....that is what fell apart...the BACKING ALL CAME OFF IN THE WASHER...HAD TO VACUUM THE WASHER OUT...lol


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
my other ones got ruined in an accident; but not the same accident as yours! :)

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
My rugs were getting old...and that rubber backing eventually deteriorates.


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
my other ones got ruined in an accident; but not the same accident as yours! :)


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Wow! I’d be afraid to put a can of anything in boiling water!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Me too...I will look that up...it's an old thing....

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Well...it is all over out there...wonder about the can lining???..Apparently you simmer it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.....will put a pic on my diary....

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Pic up on my diary.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
The rubber bottom on my bath mats delaminate faster than I’d like. The husband takes two long showers a day, me one, but the main thing I use them to protect certain areas of the wall to wall carpets from the dogs, so they have to be washed frequently. The dogs have full run of a big fenced in yard.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Rubber just doesn't really hold up well...it happens to all of our bathroom rugs over time...I knew better than to wash them this time...all the signs were there...and it makes such a mess...but I vacuumed out the washer and that worked well.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Was that can boiled? That’s not how I remember it looking! Just a thick sweet milky almost syrupy consistency

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
yes...That is the brand and the can of the type we have here...called sweetened condensed milk...It is thick and almost needs to be spooned out of the can...i don't care for it. But now I'm tempted to try it again......It is different from evaporated milk in a can.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I posted a pic for you. Some other site said the milk is ~950 Calories a cup.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
WOW!!!!


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Cooked with it years ago. Love the taste

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I've never cared for it.....I had used it a little way back when...and I can't remember what i made with it...but back then I did a lot of cooking/baking........It's been years since I've bought it......I do still see it in the stores here though.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Lol. Can’t remember what I cooked either. Probably a pie or maybe fudge. Years ago

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I'll bet it was fudge too....I think there may have also been some kind of fruit type of salad....can't remember.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Think I may have added it to coffee years ago too

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I wasn't a coffee drinker back then...but i could see using it for that.


Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
It came back to me. I did use it for coffee & fudge. You’d think I’d remember better. It was like in my college days. Been a coffee drinker for ages, but never black. Can’t imagine SC Milk in my coffee now. 130 cal for 2 tablespoons! Bet that’s worse than cream.

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Luckily I like coffee black...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
condensed milk is high cal but it also means you will prob not need to add much sugar into the recipe as the sugar is already in the milk...like in pumpkin pie, when i use the condensed milk, i do not think i add any sugar...i will prob make a pump pie this weekend :) i have all the ingredients ready...maybe i'll even make it tonight really quick to eat tomorrow too!

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Sweetened condensed milk is sweet enough...and the cocoa isn't so it works out....no extra sugar needed. So your pumpkin pie recipe uses sweetened condensed milk too?


Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Oh my, those truffles....

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
yeah...thankfully it only makes 8...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
The truffles are to die for! Metaphorically speaking,

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Yup...like for real!!!


Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Sometimes, a person's just gotta eat what they are hungry for. Photo of the truffles looks good.


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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Got a good solid 7 hours of sleep last night...even after taking 3 naps yesterday...I do that every once in awhile...and yesterday was that day.........so I at least feel wide awake today. 

Beautiful day out...slightly cool...really funny for mid july.....But I like it.

Counting cals and points again...just to keep accountable......since finding some more pants in the closet that fit a few days ago.......I guess i've lost a little more.......but no weigh ins....I feel great...and working on staying busy...on my feet and off my butt......I guess that is paying off.

Waher and dryer are amazing...this is the actual first time in my life that a washer and dryer are on the same exact timing.....so efficient...in the past....going back 56 years...the dryer could never keep up with the washer......this is so nice....plus...I obviously knew that over the last year my washer and dryer were limping along working so poorly....that this is even more special. 

Sampson has begun to love his new expensive litter robot.....Thankfully....

Things are coming together.....keeping up with the cleaning and organizing has benefits.....less mind clutter for me and I LOVE it.  Less online time has made me so much more efficient.........I get online now only occassionally.......and I'm not having any withdrawl...thought I would....but the happy side of a clean and organized day is making up for it I guess.  I had been letting things slide.....and with all of the heavy lifting and shoving things around and climbing stairs......i haven't actually exercised but I feel it in the muscles that I haven't used for awhile...feels good to get accustomed to it again.

Looks like everyone here is doing well......glad to see that!

 

 

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Happy that you are enjoying your new washer and dryer set. We recently got a new refrigerator as our 24 years old one said good bye. Dryer will be next. Have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
I'm happy to hear that you were able to find one available...there are major issues with getting appliances right now...I'm suspecting that our fridge is betting ready to quit too....making funny noises....and was not a fancy one to begin with..I'm sure it is getting close to quitting too.....


Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Our very old dryer has gotten louder and louder but it is still drying clothes. You can hear it all over the house, real loud as it turns. I do not leave the house with it going. Prices of appliances are ridiculous! Yes, we were very blessed that we found the refrigerator we wanted in stock at a store in a nearby town. So we went and got it and with our good Lord's help, Hubby got it into the house after he got it off the truck and we are surely enjoying it. It is a little larger (18 cubic foot) than our other one (was 16.5) we were using.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
You were very lucky to find one that will work for you. Ordering and delivery right now is very difficult...we had 2 delivery dates before the final third one when it actually arrived...( but without the parts needed to hook them up)...they eventually found some parts in their truck that worked....thankfully. I don't know how you guys got it in the house yourself....I'm impressed.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Nice the cat likes the robo box. I couldn’t even get mine used to a covered box.

So glad the W&D worked out well!

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
It took him a few days...but he finally decided it was okay! The washer and dryer are great...i didn't realize how truly bad our old ones were...i had put up with them for a bout a year.....after they quit working right. Makes me appreciate these even more.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Awesome! My 3 cats are pretty good at kicking small poops out of the box. I’m pretty good at picking them up with paper towels. lol

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
LOL....Been there with past cats...this one has been good about keeping it all in the box....but he was tracking a,lot of litter all over....now this new litter robot seems to have cured that...no tracking right now.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Good kitty! I caught one on the cat cam spreading litter around with his paw. Made sure I swept the area well today.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
This one is doing that with his dry food....sometimes scratches in it with a paw....making a mess...and today he started pushing a rug around...3 different times...LOL....He doesn't want toys...refuses to play with thise....but he loves to lick plastic...LOL...I looked that up...it's a thing...never had any other cat do that...buthe can get quite obsessed with anything plastic....( but not toys...LOL)


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
My cats have almost never liked toys, Only things that interests them are the scratch pads

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
He loves his scratching post too.....I think because he was 9 when we got him , he was past that playful stage.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
My cats have almost never liked toys, Only things that interests them are the scratch pads


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
I figured you have been doing laundry 24/7 which is why you haven't been posting. Ha ha, just kidding, but I bet that it did take you a while to catch up on the laundry. I'm so happy that you have an efficient W/D system now. That's such a blessing.

STAY ACTIVE - it doesn't have to be a "workout". In fact, I'm wondering if your activity also exercises your brain a bit -- having to make decisions and designations (keep/toss/recycle along with where-does-this-go). (Actually, I know you don't have recycling as an option, but I thought I'd mention it, as an option to your readers who might have that opportunity.)

It's the activity that keeps a body and mind healthy.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I agree.....when i just go downstairs and exercise....i think about the work I'm not getting done...LOL....When I do the work i feel better...less on my mind. I agree.....I just need to stay active...I guess it's important at all ages. I have been keeping the washer and dryer hot...probably time to let that cool off...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I love the recumbent bike because I can easily sit on my butt and use the iPad. For hours literally, at least 5 a day. I’ve always been an avid reader & am into some social media. Does this count as social media?

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I think it does in a way...but in a different way...I figure anything that I put hours a day into is probably social media for me. I do limit my exercise bike because i don't want to wear my hips or knees out any quicker than I already have....it's good for muscles...but for me...kind of hard on the joints themselves.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Mostly I read newspapers & nonfiction books. Never was into daytime TV.

I’ve wondered about added wear & tear to joints & everything I’ve found says the exercise is good, it strengthens ligaments, tendons & muscles and takes pressure off the joints. I was DX’d young with OA.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
D had a knee replacement 3 years ago...from wear and tear....construction is really hard on the joints.....I decided then that I really never wanted that surgery....and would opt for a brace instead...it took him a full year to really get totally comfortable with that knee....and even now will kneel only on a cushion or something under it if he has to......He was muscular while working and all was well then...but when he retired and didn't use his legs in the same exact way then...he lost that muscle and the knee got bad. I agree...the muscles and tendons kept things good as long as he didn't stop building on them though.....but it would have to be something to go on and do forever.


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BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 17, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Just at home waiting today.........plenty to do...looks like sampson may have used his expensive new potty today........Thank goodness!!!   I was seriously NOT going to return that...!!!  I was determined that it was going to become a fixture around here!!  They say to stop cleaning their old litter box...permanently and when they get disgusted enough with that...they will turn to the litter robot......for a couple of days i placed his favorite treats on it.....he liked that...even went against my own rule and put him inside it ( took a chance there)...he jumped right back out.....but at least he now knows that i'm okay with him in there.....( darn thing sat straight out of the box in our living room for a few days ( no litter in it)...and he never got in it once...he was in and out of a few random boxes...but avoided the real thing like the plague....But he might be getting used to it finally......

I have cut my internet use way down...basically not posting on facebook anymore...keeping it because i need to stay in touch with a few relatives on there...but not posting.  So just really not online a lot........I'm committed to being on my feet more and on my butt less..........If i disappear  for a few here and there i will still be reading some days...and posting less most likely...trying to break some habits that i need to slow down a bit on..........I just need be more physically active.......and less time sitting down.  Not leaving...just pacing myself a bit more.

EDIT....I just cannot believe this.......The washer and dryer are here...but they didn't bring the parts I ordered to hook them up.....!!!!!!!!!!!!  They were supposed to all arrive here together.................................................................................................................I have no words...................

ANOTHER EDIT...They were still here when i wrote that....and were going to their truck.....and decided to look to see if they had something there that would work........and found some things...not the parts I ordered but they worked anyway........so after thinking that I would have to wait for them to deliver and set this stuff up later next week......I can use it now.....I'm content with that......i know things are not easy to get ahold of these days....so many things are just not available at all....so I'm thankfull they found some alternatives with them....even they didn't know they had......it all worked out in the end.  They were nice guys and i'm thankful that they found another way to deal with it all....it wasn't their fault....I'm just happy to put all of this behind me.

Donkey on 07/17/2021:
Good luck!!!! Yep, keep busy. You know what I mean and where I'm coming from.

That's good news about Sampson! No, you're not returning the new litter box - I completely agree with you on that. Do you have the new litter box situated near the old litter box? I know that switching boxes, changing locations -- all of that is a process and can take time. We've had to do that a few times... a few accidents...

Thank you for letting us know that you'll be cutting back on online time -- that way, I won't worry. :-)

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
Old litter box is right next to the new one.....they said to do that....I think he has the idea now...hopefully.....online right now looking at delivery...5 people ahead of us....fingers crossed nothing happens to that truck...LOL

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
I also want to mention about something that was discussed earlier about dementia/alzheimers/old age.......it is true that as the years go by....and we both noticed it here as well as friends and family are also noticing.....It hit us around the age of 70...but also others say did 60's.....is the inability to come up with a word.....sometimes it takes a while...it usually comes to mind shortly after...sometimes we have to cahnge the subject and that word pops up....it is really frustrating....and is actually just an old brain...they just aren't as quick as they used to be.....another thing is short term memory....often now we forget immediately after reading or hearing something...we are all doing it in our age group....while it can be dementia or alzheimers causing these things....it is more likely just old age.....we all walk differently now....we hang onto railings now because feet/ankles and knees are now not always trustworthy....we have to make different accomodations for many things we took for granted just 2 or 3 years ago....it's a wake up call.....and I can see where your boss is struggling with natural aging while also dealing with legal paperwork......I need total silence now to just sit down and write out checks or balance bank books.....I surely would not want to be working at this point in my life....I can imagine his heart attack was a painful reminder of his mortality.


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
(I do hope that you'll login to let us know about the washer & dryer, though. I kinda wanna hear the end of the story! Did we live happily ever after, or will there be a new chapter in this saga?)

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
I will...they are getting closer and closer...LOL

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
What a mess...see above!


Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
OMG. that is insane BEAR! i cannot believe that you still cannot use the washer and dryer! and if you ordered them; well that is just nonsense on them! omg! i honestly think you deserve more money back as a consolation!

yes, it is so important to be active. i'm going to work on being more active once i finish these classes (but i am also trying my best to increase some activity during summer while i have the opportunity during great weather._

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
Read above....They were going to leave when they decided to search their truck for something that might work...( not the things I ordered but some others)....luckily they did find some parts that worked and I can use it now instead of waiting for those things to be delivered next week......I'm content.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
OH FINALLY. i hope they will NOT charge you for those parts you ordered.

anyways, congrats on your new appliances! i think it's time for a huge celebration!

clean clothes will be coming (...everyday!) for you, until you finish washing all your things! ha! take as long as you need. don't rush!

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
It is going to take a long time to get this mountain done......but that's okay!!! Thanks...I haven't been able to wash a load of laundry in any kind of a normal way in about a year.....it will be nice to use working laundry machines for a change!


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
Oh my goodness, what an epic story -- thank goodness you have a functioning washer and dryer!!!!! I could not respond after you first updated, about the guys not having the installation parts!!!! So I was very happy to hear that the guys were able to hook up the appliances and get them working.

And you're right - the most important thing is that they work.

WHEW!!!!

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
Exactly........it never occurred to us that they wouldn't have the parts to hook them up......LOL......


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
Also, what you said about the naturally aging brain was very helpful. Some of it is that...

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
;)


Donkey on 07/18/2021:
^This should read that ALL of what you wrote was helpful - a true reality check. I think much of the Boss's problems are old-age related, but then... recently I saw an envelope that he was mailing out. He had a hard time getting the address written down legibly and put the stamps in the wrong corner. THAT is more than old age.


Jacky82020 on 07/19/2021:
Nice! Wonderful the W&D are up & running! YAY!


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BearCountryGG - Friday Jul 16, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like a nice dry day out...haven't had many of them lately....

Eating has been a bit wonky yet the scale showed a loss today...shaking things up always did the best for me......1,200 day after day just seems to cause a plateau........so many times in the past...a couple of eating randomly  days seemed to be the best for me...no idea why really...but I respond to that so well and were often my best losses.......shaking things up......possibly again today........if it doesn't work again today...then tomorrow is another day. 

Not going to list what I eat......technicalluy there is nothing that yells diet food...or at least much that does.  Makes me wonder why my body goes on strike at 1,200....and celebrates non diet foods.....with a loss.  Not complaining...just wondering why. 

So much to keep me busy....I swear it never ends......working on staying off my butt and on my feet.

Got my 4 hour time frame for the delivery tomorrow....now watch....someone will steal the truck...there will be a police chase...it will end up upside down in the ditch...I swear.....2 to 6 tomorrow cannot happen soon enough.........3rd time is a charm...hopefully!!!  or it it 3 times and you are out??????

 EDIT....so ups delivered our amazon and boxed orders  to the wrong house........waiting on them now..................................Luckily he found the house he left them at...LOL...got them!!  I think this is supposed to be telling me to stop ordering things...time to use up what it here and be happy with it!!!

 

Donkey on 07/16/2021:
I get so frustrated when I do everything right and don't lose or even gain a little bit. But I have a big bowl of ice cream, and the next weigh-in shows a loss. WTHeck, right???

Maybe your body just needs those higher calorie days, like I mentioned to you last week, to keep your metabolism guessing. It's kind of like what I'm trying to learn this time around -- rather than fight your body, just embrace what you're going through. I'm not sure I'm expressing what I'm trying to say.

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2021:
I totally understand......it doesn't make sense and then again it does...it goes against everything they preach...yet it works......I will forever have to "shake it up"....That is how I lose the best and I need to get over the perfection idea that I have to follow the book so to speak....I watched my Mom fight her glucose levels ( she was diabetic as is D)...and for both of them it worked too.....when it came to their blood levels.....I think the body is smarter than we give it credit for....nature seems to provide.


happy-1 on 07/16/2021:
Supposedly the higher calorie cheat days help your body know that there is not a famine or rationing and it's ok to burn fat stores / lose weight.

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2021:
Agreed...like a ...OH..so she isn't starving???...okay..back to normal....That is how I always lose...and in the past...some weeks it was several pounds....and I went on like that for months on end. Doing it again because it really works.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2021:
i also respond best to variable calories and not the same each day. i like it better that way, too. offers more variety and flexibility.

man, your deliveries just have lots of issues, don't they!?!?!??! so sorry!!!!

i'm glad you eventually got them! i just think it's bad luck and perhaps more people are ordering more at this time, by you. either way, sorry it happened to you!

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
I think the changes in cals are more natural.....somehow the counting and sticking with a low number seems to slow me right down.....body goes into starvation mode and starts restricting.........looks like todays delivery is on the truck...and not a moment too soon!!!...I'm actually afraid to hope!!!....Yesterdays was funny...apparently he delivered those next door.......had to go there and pick them up...just as neighbor was getting ready to bring them here....LOL....i just need to get todays over with...then all will be good for me.


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BearCountryGG - Thursday Jul 15, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

It's Thursday......It has rained/stormed all night........D's phone dinged to remind us that it is the day to wash bedding....haha...we laughed......The dirty laundry pile is actually climbing the wall like it has a life of it's own........If they cancel this saturdays delivery date again...I swear I will have to find a lake and learn how to wash laundry beach side with rocks and now I am remembering I use to have an old wash board hanging on the laundry room wall in our previous house...it was real...old...and was used for decoration.......LOL...jokes on me...I gave it away in the move.  Now I fear that if and when the new ones arrive...I will burn them out just getting caught up...LOL........will have to try to pace myself.  Enough on my laundry issues which did point me in the direction of my closet where I did find some more clothes that now fit and I didn't know it!!!!   Eureka...with every problem comes some new ways to solve it.  D  has just decided to wear dirty clothes each day....to each his own!!! 

Sampson is avoiding his very expensive new toilet!!!!  They say to stop cleaning out the old litterbox........so following that suggestion.....he is still using old one...they say to put treats on the steps into new expensive cat toilet.....started that yesterday....will continue that........I hope he doesn't hate it as much as he hates the new cushy soft bed I got him....( which he dragged around with his teeth to get it as far away from him as possible).....He is not appreciating the gifts i give him...LOL

Feeling good this morning...a good storm always clears the air.......and it is welcome today!

Food started out with coffee and oatmeal...and then went to garbage.........not sure i even want to count anything today and just have a cheat  food day....kind of want to just find some enjoyment today....and food is fun!!....for awhile...until the blubber shows up......LOl...I will get it together...just not today...and maybe not until Sunday....when i can unclench my fists and breathe again........

 

 

Donkey on 07/15/2021:
We had storms here overnight, too, and they woke me up! But the air is so nice and clean feeling, and temperatures dropped a little. Relief from all the humidity we've had here.

Oh I hope the appliances come today!!! I will be checking in throughout the day to see if there is an update. Fingers and toes crossed!

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2021:
OH Donkey...I only wish...they switched it to this coming Saturday.......They already have their $$...The ban statement has already arrived.......They kind of have us by the short hairs now.....but we have agreed...we will wait them out...i don't care if they arrive by bicycle...they just need to finish our deal!!! I'm looking at what clean clothes I have left.....a Christmas shirt and a pair of halloween socks might look funny...LOL...but life goes on........I just need to remember to breath and unclench my fists!!!! It's a process!!

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2021:
I think I need a vacation....Home Depot sent me a survey...LOL...WRONG PERSON TO SEND THAT TO.....question #1 was would you recommend HD to your friends and family....???? They didn't like my answer and I got a notice that my survey failed to compute...I'll bet it did!!!


horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2021:
Fingers crossed for your appliances delivery !!!!!

Always nice to start the day with a coffee !!!

You could always take a trip and drop off some clothes but of course best if you could wait abs wash them yourself

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2021:
I don't think our laundromat in town is open...many businesses here are closed.


happy-1 on 07/15/2021:
I’m surprised you don’t have an off grid option for washing clothes. Even I have a plunger with holes in it for washing clothes in a bucket.

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2021:
Actually when we had an apartment I had a crank washer.......but got rid of it when I moved into this place...LOL.....probably should have kept it...if I had known then what I know now...I would have kept it.....


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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 14, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

This was supposed to be the make up day for W asher and Dryer....but nope...without even telling me....they switched it again...to next saturday.....( found out when I went to their site to see the 4 hour delivery window)...Did eventually get a call later saysing they will deduct the charges for the take away of the old ones.....UGH...buit I'm sticking this out...I doubt it would be any better anywhere else...PLUS...they alrready charged my credit card!  Will have to go digging today for some old clothes I haven't worn in years.......running out of slacks.

Power stayed on all day through the storm....but wifi didn't....seems better today.

Awake half the night with a toothache......seems better this morning.....not good timing.

anyway....

Breakfast

coffee = 2 cals and 0 pts

2 cups green lentil soup = 378 cals and 10 points...( this will stick with me for hours)

 

 

 

 

Donkey on 07/14/2021:
I saw your update late yesterday about the washer and dryer, and just thought, Oh NO, not again... Will this ever happen? I agree with you - I *do* think that you're smart to just wait this out, an exercise in patience I suppose.

Just remember that eating/snacking won't make this happen any faster. This has all the makings of an emotional eating episode, but you won't go there, because you've got this.

And then a toothache?? Oh my :-(

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
I agree totally...it is the sort of thing to make me start snacking......and I do need to wait this delivery out....I don't really think it would be any easier with any other store...they are all struggling now. PLUS...they already have my $$....so...will wait for saturday .....found some pants that fit...so that's a plus....and settled me down a bit. The lentil soup was a good option for the tooth and the sense that it really sticks with me a long long time.......just trying to breathe...UGH!!!


Jacky82020 on 07/14/2021:
Well it’s good if they haul away the old ones free. That’s something. I suspect they may be messing with you & waiting for more deliveries nearby,

Lentil soup! Sounds good! Gonna crockpot me some soon.

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
That was super easy and delish....if found this container in the freezer....and the timing was right.....I will be making that more often. I'm not holding my breath about the haul away fee refund....they already got their money...will see if it shows up on my next statement.....I really just want the darn things here...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2021:
lol this delivery is just one hassle. at least you will be saving some costs due to all these delays.

i was thinking you'd have to go out to a laundomat to do your laundry but i'm reading that you're waiting it out :)

you will enjoy the clean clothes once you are able to use these bad boys!

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
It will take me days to get caught up...LOL....but hopefully it will be worth it...and I did find some more things in the closet i can be wearing so that is helping too.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2021:
oh, sorry about the toothache. i'm def having some real issues with my jaw. right side only. i hope it's nothing too difficult to fix with time. we shall see on Friday, my fingers are crossed.

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
I'm hoping you can get that taken care of easily.....


happy-1 on 07/15/2021:
Get that toothache taken care of before cold and flu season. You don’t want to get caught in need of an extraction in the next shut down.

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2021:
So true!! It seems to be settled down now...hopefully for a long time...



BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Raining pretty heavy here right now...internet is wonky since yesterday afternoon......phone is also lagging and not registering incoming calls.....not sure what is going on......

Yesterday we didn't have lunch and ended up having a meal between lunch and dinner...so really...only 2 meals yesterday and I forgot to take a pic...had been messing around with phone because it was acting up....and not registering calls......not sure what's up....and forgot the pic.

In case I cant post later today......The plan for the day is to use up some things in the fridge...

meat and roll along with coffee for breakfast..... yes

Leftover chili from the freezer...yes

Leftover lentils from the freezer Didn't eat these....saving for tomorrow?

some fruit..nope

??????  or maybe what is listed above will be enough....will see....

Storm is getting pretty intense...better get of computer....

Ended up with another beef and roll sandwich...about 1/4th of a potato and some vegetable soup and dessert

Probably done eating for the day.

 

Storm has been off and on all day...lots of water

The appliances were to be delivered tomorrow....I looked online to see what time and they have cancelled it again...now it's next saturday.....they say they only deliver to our areas on saturdays.....feeling like I'm either being pranked...or it's a real nightmare.  Things are surely NOT like they used to be.

Storm is kicking up again....will comment on other posts as much as I can.

 

 

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/13/2021:
Hope your power doesn’t go out! Hate it when that happens!

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2021:
Power stayed on...but wild storm.


Donkey on 07/13/2021:
Good luck today! No power means no AC? Although, with your cooler temps, I'm not sure if you even need AC. Wish we'd get rain - it's been VERY humid and just a "tease" of precipitation -- I wouldn't even call it a mist, that's how light it is.

If you're able to log on for even a minute, know that Donkey is cheering you on to your goal.

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2021:
Thank you Donk!


horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
here too, the whole month of July has proven to have lots of rain (which i do not mind much because i'm trying to study and on the weekend when it rains it becomes relaxing).

also, rain usually means less sun and heat. so better travels (less need to use car AC on high) by car to and from work (despite the flooding day!) i'm having beans and rice and the beans are cooked really well, like the taste of refried beans but they are not in paste form, they are still in bean form. so good.

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2021:
Sounds good!


Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
And sorry about another delay in the appliances! It will add to your gratitude when they are FINALLY delivered! omg!

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
I can hardly believe it......now it's 3 more days away....when they finally get here i will be so shocked~



BearCountryGG - Monday Jul 12, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was a breeze......need to keep that up and build a momentum..........under 1,200 though...not particularly optimal but okay.

The pics help me a lot!!!!   That accountability always did.......If I don't want to see a pic of it here...then that says more than words.  Stuck with the 3 meals yesterday...no snacking......As much as I'm not a big morning eater.....the psychology of eating breakfast does take away my desire to eat in the evening....where skipping breakfast seems to give me the okay to go ahead and snack at night......and I know that night time eating ( for me)...is like a license to hit the snacks...one after another.....eat enough of those things and it can easily equal over a thousand calories.  I'm better with 3 individual meals......and allowing myself to have a treat at lunch ( or dinner)...but actually lunch is better........because dinner can once again run onto the wrong treats in wrong quantities. 

Understanding what makes me tick..............

1.  Skipping breakfast sets me up for okaying a snack in the evening ( because I had ony 2 meals) enening  snacking is a problem for me...I can destroy a whole day by evening snacking....just don't do it...eat breakfast...have lunch and dinner...and then done.  Tea/coffee/water in the evening only.

2.  I basically feel driven to use up what is here......fine...do that...work it into the 3 meals and be done with it.  It may not be pretty....but just do that...and count it...and move on...this is likely something that I will have to work with, so make the best of it.....I hate throwing away food...and it's wasteful...so work it all into the 3 meals.

3.  Psychology just works with me....use it.  Keep it simple......make it do-able......and stop complicating things...The easier I make it....the easier it is for me to carry it out.  3 meals a day.....3 pics.....cals preferrably between 1,200 and 1,500.......if it turns out to be a little less than don't eat to eat...move on....tomorrow shoot for at least 1,200.

Breakfast

1 toasted english muffin with butter = 222 cals and 9 pts

banana = 105 cals and 0 pts

2 cups coffee = 4 cals and 0 pts

Lunch and dinner became 1 meal total....and i forgot to take a pic.......

Enough cals to cover the day....short of time now...but it was a hamburger. celery potatoes and dessert.....so done eating for the day....and got more cals in today which is good......

 

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/12/2021:
Under 1200 is excellent! I can rarely accomplish it, but compensate with 30K “steps” on my Fitbit. Bike, walking,

You are up early! I woke up at 5 myself. Been sleeping a little later last few days. Depends to some degree how late I watch TV.

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
Kind of common for me to eat under 1,200...although I prefer to at least eat that.....What often happens though is that I will do that for a few days and then end up eating a free for all.....that I need to stop. I assume it's my body figuring that I didn't eat enough.....and tries to make up for it...OR..it's my head figuring that I DESERVE IT!!! Actually not sure which....but I need to get off that merry go round. I am an early riser...usually between 4 and 5 A.M.


Jacky82020 on 07/12/2021:
Great breakfast! You drink your coffee black? Never could. Use chocolate protein drink & sometimes sugar free syrup.

I’d be really skinny if did 1200 cal a day & exercised as much as I do. But even so, never could lose more than a pound a week.

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
Yup...black coffee..every once in awhile I add something and really enjoy it...but always seem to go back to the black coffee...I did recognize about 20 years ago..when I lost 55 pounds...at Weight Watchers...that 2 things really seemed to stop my losses...they were bananas ( I was allergic to them then and basically avoided them anyway at that time)...and coffee creamer/powdered.....weeks that I had either of those...I would stay the same on the scales...so I did get a bad feeling about those.....I do eat bananas now ( no allergy symptoms anymore but I now eat them for the potassium)...and I do have some creamer here.....but rarely use it....and since I am avoiding the scales...I'm not sure how they affect me these days...but bottom line is that I enjoy black coffee so it's easy.


Jacky82020 on 07/12/2021:
Like bananas, a staple here. Still slicing & freezing & topping with sugar free syrup. I like the protein drink in coffee. Gives a nice mocha flavor & tamps down hunger.

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
I like bananas now too....used to blister my mouth...thankfully those days are over. I also freeze bananas when they get too ripe and I make smoothies out of them....I've never eaten them frozen...but that sounds good. I've had a protein drink in coffee and enjoyed it...I see it is popular at WW....I just rarely think of doing it....I really like the walden farms sf breakfast syrup...a lot of the walden Farms things are not good...like the peanut butter....( shudder) ...but that breakfast syrup is nice...I've had some Skinny and torrani syrups that taste funny to me...so I'm avoiding those now..( used them up finally)


Jacky82020 on 07/12/2021:
I use the Torani and DiVinci sugar free syrups. Taste the the same & great to me. The frozen banana slices, like frozen cakes are not all that rock hard by any means.

Was looking for a mayonnaise alternative & saw lots of very bad reviews on the Walden products. Picked up the Walmart generic low fat mayonnaise; it’s 1/3 of the regular calories. Will try to flavor it for my next chicken air fried sandwiches.

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
I'm not sure if I have tried the DiVinci syrups...I need to go look at the bottles online.....Walden farms things are hit and miss...the caramel sauce is really good....The peanut butter was like brown gelatin......JUST DISGUSTING...threw that right out....and I rarely throw things out...but there was no hope for that!!!! I've never tried the mayo....I think I have some of the jam here but not opened......I just use regular mayo here or Miracle whip...our brains are almost all fat...we still need some fat in our diets...I figure between mayo, miracle whip, butter, meat and olive oil...we are fine...and don't mind the cals for them.


Donkey on 07/12/2021:
I can completely understand the whole breakfast-snack rationalization connection... and then I also understand how an evening snack can cascade into a big snack fest.

If you have a few low calorie days, rather than going off the deep end when the hunger (?) catches up with you, perhaps make allowances for a 1500 calorie day (or whatever number would work for you) 1-2x a week.

One helpful tool I've used with respect to evening snacking is telling myself that if I still want it in the morning, I can have it then. I then proceed to have a big glass of water with Crystal Light or similar flavor packet. Most times this has worked.

Yep, my coffee creamer was completely derailing my efforts. When I started measuring and tracking, I discovered that I could use a lot less heavy whipping cream and still be satisfied. AND I've also started to drink some coffee WITHOUT creamer - usually my afternoon cup at work. It's all right.

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
Evening is my toughest time if I let it get out of hand....I really need to keep the kitchen closed after dinner..other than the keurig...LOL...That is a good idea to have a higher cal day on purpose...I LOVE THAT IDEA!!! That would probably solve my problem!!! I too have decided to have things for breakfast...just to turn my mind off about food in the evenings....I really don't know what it is about coffee creamer.....many years ago i remember a lady wondering why she had stopped losing at the meetings......and I told her about the creamer....she stopped that...and started losing again........it's a mystery...but there is something to it....I like black coffee...so it's not difficult for me....i don't think I have ever put heavy whipping cream in coffee...I bet it is delish....I'd better not start that...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
i will write more but i wanted to say your meals yesterday looked fabulous including the yogurt and pineapple topping mix! yum to your meals. i also prefer to add my own jelly to plain yogurts!!

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
That yogurt and pineapple topping was very good....totally covered up the sour yogurt.


horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
I like to use up food too and generally do it for my work lunches which are mixes of all different things too!

Your breakfast looks satisfying !

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2021:
I agree.....all meals don't need to look picture perfect....none of mine ever do. I like a variety anyway.



BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 11, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was a lesson..............The appliance truck broke down and was towed back to the store..........I have no control over that...it was a lesson...If I want to control something...it has to be something that I actually have control over...that only thing is ME!!!!!  They say they will be coming Wednesday now......OKAY!!!!  

I think I had an epiphany........The only thing I can control is myself!

I need to work on me........

I need to commit to the things that I want for myself.

I need to act on those commitment's.

I need to confirm to myself that I WILL  work towards my goals.

I am the only one that can do that.

I need to set up my life/schedule to achieve what I want.

I need to stop making excuses, stop doing other than what will get me to my goals, stop doing things that are counter productive, I need to stick with it even when I don't want to because I will eventually start to want to again.

I need to decide what I want...and then do whatever it takes to get there , within reason.

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What makes me stay the course?

What promotes the correct behavior in me?

What is my best chance of doing what I want to achieve?

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I know for myself...that when the house is neat and clean I achieve so much more.......( than clean the house daily....don't leave things undone, don't put off things until tomorrow or next Monday or until company is coming)....D also is a lot happier in general when things are not cluttered, messy or need cleaning which also helps my attitude....we both just respond better when things are neat and clean. Get it done daily...no excuses!!!!

When I take pictures of everything I eat/drink in a day and post them here...I eat better because sometimes I just don't want to take a picture...period....and it is just easier to not eat it than take the picture and post it.....it's a deterrant that I have used many times in the past few years......then do that...take pics of everything and post it, every day...all day.

Get back on a good solid schedule for everything........and do it...everyday......make it all such a habit that I do it without even thinking about it.....it is so much easier to take care of things/everything....( weight, housework, everything)...day by day...than it is to let it go and then have to clean up my act all at once..which then just gets put off to another day....and then I get more frustrated.

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What do I want?

I want to be healthy ( in mind, body and spirit)....eat more foods for health...less foods that are counterproductive for health

I want the house to be clean and neat at all times.......Move things that bug me to the basement so that I don't have to look at them all day, so that they aren't causing clutter which I find irritating and immobilizing...I work best in a clear/uncluttered /clean/and neat enviornment.

I want to be happy.........do the things I enjoy AFTER doing the things that need to be done....work before pleasure...pleasure that is earned first...is so much more rewarding/relaxing and worthwhile for me.

Be accountable for me and all of my actions and behaviors.........

Get on with it...right now...don't wait for another day...don't wait for monday....don't wait for anything...just DO IT!!!!

Breakfast was.....

2 cups black coffee = 4 cals and 0 pts

1 banana = 105 cals and 0 points

1 pkg Quaker Dinosaur eggs and brown sugar oatmeal = 190 cals and 0 pts

 

HAHA....looks like a ghost peeking out of the soup!!!! ( light fixture reflection)

Salad of lettuce, radish, red pepper, carrots, shredded cheese and olive garden italian dressing = 214 cals and 7 pts

Mrs Grass beef vegetable soup 1cup = 90 cals and 3 points

1 pkg of 6 Lorna Doone cookies = 210 cals and 8 pts

 Dinner =

1 peach = 58 cals and 0 pts

Fage 0% plain yogurt with Smuckers pineapple topping ( 2 T) = 230 cals and 8 pts

herbal tea = 0 cals and 0 pts

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1,101 cals for the day

33 WW pts

Done eating for the day.....a little light on cals but fine...close enough.

 

 

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Seems to me you are and have been achieving all your goals! You are highly motivated & disciplined.

The husband has oatmeal everyday for breakfast. Just the plain old fashioned Walmart generic with skim milk & real brown sugar.

Are you still using the air fryer? I did boneless skinless chicken breasts again. Saw recipe for salmon that uses canned salmon and mashed potatoes and spices to make burgers. Looked good. Bought the 14 oz can of salmon & will try soon.

Also did pollack, but decided I like cod better.

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I go along good for awhile...and then get derailed and stumble around for awhile...time for me to get to work again.....I had been using D's surgery and the appliance delivery as a reason to slack....but I need to stop that and just keep on...sometimes I need to give myself a pep talk....I haven't used the air fryer for a few days...I got potatoes to cook in it...but his glucose numbers are up...so I'm putting that off for awhile too...he has been avoiding carbs....and I don't want to temp him too much.


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Know what you mean. But you do great most of the time. Bummer you have to wait longer for the appliances!

Try the chicken & fish in the air fryer. Must be relatively low carb. There can’t be all that many in the breadcrumbs. Really crisp & tasty! I use boneless skinless to keep the fat low & the oil spray.

Saw the very same PowerXL AF I have at Walmart for $129. I got it on eBay for $60. Refurbished. Comes all brand new looking & packaged the same as new. Not a nick or scratch on it. Not sure how they get refurbished, but my 20 yr old red KitchenAid mixer & 10 yr old Dyson vac are still going strong, both refurbished.

And besides! As Matt pointed out, Walmart only had black ones and mine is purple!

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I'm trying to have a lot of salads and meat for him right now...If i make anything that he figures will be high carb...he avoids it...and then i have to eat all of it..>LOL


Donkey on 07/11/2021:
GREAT QUESTIONS that you ask yourself!!! And I've kind of had a similar epiphany today, that NOW is the time for action - even if it's the inaction of rest or meditation. It's NOW that we need to work on ourselves. All that we have is this time that we've been given.

Actually, I'm so glad that you wrote about this - and your comment to Jacky (above) about why you may have slacked off a bit. I'm almost at goal, and I was thinking yesterday about NOT letting myself gain back those 10 pounds AGAIN. Adversity and chaos is inevitable. How can we stay the steady course and not completely derail our efforts?

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
1 day at a time....commitment....walking the walk....doing the right thing......will get us there. You are knocking on the door of goal....amazing!!!...it's a lot of work and well worth it....it would be so nice to feel accomplished and get that 1 pound off I'm sure. Committing to the work......or whatever it takes to reach that goal feels amazing and makes the trip a lot easier.....all seems like a state of mind. I remember Dr Phil saying that when he came home from tennis he would enter the house through the kitchen door and look for something to eat.....until he realized that if he entered through a different door...he didn't go in search of food....so he changed his habit and it worked. We can do this....


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Be careful on the meat. Strong link to colorectal cancer. Just reading 14-18 ounces per week is ok. We are big on poultry & fish here. I cook one big steak every week for Matt. Lasts him 2 days. Don’t like beef, lamb, pork myself. Just the occasional small BK burger.

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I eat a lot less meat than he does.....we do eat a lot of chicken here. I was anemic back in the day...and had to add more meat to overcome that......but he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy...like so many....I'm pushing the fresh salads on him more now too....and he loves those thankfully.


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Good he likes salads unless he also likes the fatty dressings. They make a few ok fat free ones. The closest thing I eat to salad is raw spinach & a sliced hard boiled egg sometimes.

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
He avoids spinach because he has a kidney stone....so won't eat that anymore....but he is good with most other fresh veggies...( won't touch avacado though)...he likes ranch...low fat or reg...which ever I bring home.


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Love avocados! But too many Cals for me. My old man is pretty good about eating anything & everything. Only thing he dislikes is PB & nuts.

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I love avocado....but I often forget them and they go bad before I get them eaten...wish he liked them.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
like everyone mentinoned previously above, this is a great post and logic! I love to think like this too, and like you I enjoy my snacks and treats as well.

On a side note, your spoons have a really cool design and they look gold in the photo. i do see the ghost! and i love all the different designs of your bowls and plates.

your meals look delicious. and i love that brand of cookies too. nicely incorporated! :)

also nice to see you cooking more moderately and cooking foods that both you and D can eat and be healthier on. I am glad he's working on his food intake also.

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
The spoons are gold in color...i love them...they either belonged to my Mom or my Grandmother...not sure...but the are small...I like to use them...


Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
haha...that's a new kinda cat litter box i see! very interesting and most importantly glad it works! the skin removal sounds very uncomfortable for D. i wonder if he can take at least tylenol? i hope he feels better soon. i know he will. it's good he got it taken care of. it's nothing to fool around about.

keep us updated on your appliances. you've waited like over a year for these bad boys!

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I know the surgery is tugging on his scalp....they made quite a hole and really had to pull on the scalp to stitch it...there does seem to be a little tear that he keeps having me look at...but it should be sealed in a few days...still bleeding a little. He is taking tylenol so I'm sure that is taking the edge off.....He is usually very tough about these kinds of things but i do think this is bugging him a bit..especially after 3 days....The appliances...so frustrating...and the laundry is piling up...when they do get here it will take forever to get caught up...LOL



BearCountryGG - Saturday Jul 10, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Still cool here ...wearing my winter clothes...I'm glad that I didn't invest in much for summer.  New washer and dryer will be delivered today and not a moment too soon........old ones have limped along for almost a year now and I'm ready for this.  Put roomba out to vacuum and apparently the cat barfed in that room...and roomba had a great time spreading it around......UGH.  Got that cleaned up........lots of things moved to the basement this morning........cleaned out litter box.........caught sampson checking out the drip pan under our well pump that he had confused with a litter box...( I'm being nice here)...........I have it covered and so far so good......I'm not sure if he approves...but I'm the boss...so there is that. 

I don't actually think he has liked his old litter box too much.......it seems kind of small for him even though it is a XL sized one according to the ad......I'm not convinced.   After a lot of mulling it over...we ordered him a Litter Robot.....it was an INVESTMENT!!!!  The cats toilet cost more than ours!!!....I have heard a lot of good reports on them.......he is a tough one on the plastic litter liners in his old box...and continually ends up pulling the liner over the box......He's a guy....guys in the bathroom...UGH!!!  Anyway........he has his really expensive...really special new toilet/litter Box set up today.......he is strutting around  with a glazed look.....LOL...I'm not sure if he is impressed or terrified...but apparently his response so far is to throw up....in front of the roomba and spread that around.......I'm hopeful that he will like it...and use it.......and stop going in the well liner pan....GULP!  There is no sign that he is going anywhere else...so that's good.......

Haven't been counting for a couple of days....but feel great.......and working on staying on my feet more.  I don't think there has been much change if any.......clothes still fit...and that tells me more than the scale really anyway.........fruit and english muffin and coffee for breakfast...........probably should start counting again tomorrow when things calm down here.

D had is skin cancer surgery on Thursday......I couldn't go with him...so he made the trip alone.  It took several hours of a very slow process they call mohs...where they take the skin layer by layer and test inbetween times.  He ended up with 6 stitches.....I think he had more discomfort this time than before....spoke of it burning all night and couldn't get much sleep.......and of course it is right where his hat touhes it...so he only keeps it uncovered when he is inside.  I think there will be quite a scar but that's not important...there is definitely a big dent.  But glad that is done.

EDIT.....SUCCESS...Sampson likes his new bathroom!!!!...........I went to the basement to see if he had used it...and caught him looking inside big eyed........it waits 5 minutes after the cat gets out...and then it starts it's process of cleaning ( basically rolling and straining the litter and then  dumping and then righting itself...ready for "the next time".  Putting a little of the "contents" of his old litter box in there so that he would know what to do...worked..........and  since it takes a 5 pound or heavier cat to activate it...he had to have gotten in there.........he stopped acting nervous...and is now sleeping on the bed like the old man he is......worth it.

 

Edit.......I knew it was too good to be true....The delivery truck broke down and is being towed back to the store........now it will be next wednesday!!!   UGH!!!!!!!!!

 

Donkey on 07/10/2021:
Yay on the new washer & dryer!!!! Woo hoo! Are they a fancy color or basic white?

Oh yes, I only know too well those lovely piles that cats leave us with. There are several kinds. There's the hairball, which usually comes with a lot of saliva. There's liquid barf, and then there's solid bolt. Baby Kitty tends to have digestive issues... She's the cat that was very sick, and has some permanent damage. I'm not sure if her digestive issues are a result of that. Or if she's just stupid and eats too fast and brings it up.

Speaking of which, she no longer gets wet food because that comes right up and it is DISGUSTING to clean up.

I hope that Sampson enjoys his new litter box! That is super deluxe! Well, as long as there's enough room for him. Boys need a bigger box.

Nice Lady has had several skin cancers, and yes, the process is long, and afterwards the spots itch like crazy. I can't remember if she said they burn -- probably. Did they find cancerous cells? Very good that he got this done, regardless.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
Yes...his biopsy a few weeks ago showed cancer (basel cell)...so this was a positive and they had to remove a couple of layers beyond the biopsy spot....This is the largest one so far. He had a squamous cell on his nose a few years ago. This cat seems to either throw up liquid food....or what I call a hair cigar...LOL...we once had a cat that would throw up a dry...perfectly round and solid ball of hair...now that was a hair ball......that cat never seemed to throw up any thing messy which was nice.....LOL.....kind of made her own toys ( ball) to play with...LOL...of course I had to take them away from her...LOL

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
OOPS...forgot to answer the appliance color question...I have always had white....and this time I'm celebrating with something that is called Diamond gray......never seen it in person......but our laundry room is back by the bedrooms and we are mostly the only ones that see it.....at this point I wouldn't care if it was purple and orange...i just needs ones that work!!! I don't think I have ever been as excited for an appliance in my life...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
I use a dishpan for the litter box. It has taller sides than the kitty box. Actually have 2 boxes, the litter box & dishpan. Tried other covered ones, but they never adapted well. I have 3 adult cats now. All neutered males.

They wound up cutting a deep chunk from my mother’s arm from squamous. Big piece from grandma’s cheek. So I have always avoided the sun. That’s skin cancer on both side of the family.

That’s nice! Getting the new appliances!

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
Our cats in the past have all had regular litter boxes...and I even used a bin with lower sides for him at one point but it was hard for me to empty....i even know a couple who use a childs hard plastic swimming pool for their cats...but that would be impossible for me.....when he started using the well pan.....I knew we had a problem.....caught him eyeing it this morning when i was setting up his Litter robot....he really liked that...WE DID'T THOUGH!!!.....so hoping that this makes him happy....and it is plenty big...so as long as it's automatic dumoing stage doesn't scare him...it should make him happy.....just call him King Sampson now...LOL...I had to do a lot of thinking before ordering that.....seems crazy for a litter box....but what he was doing wasn't acceptable either....so if it works...it's worth it.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
DUMPING...I have no idea what dumoing is!!!

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
It is too bad that all those years of being outside thinking that it was healthy to get a tan was really dangerous....paying for that now. I'm sorry to hear about your Mom and Grandma....D and our boys are so pale...they always burned....I'm olive toned so the sun just makes me darker.....but i know people that are fair skinned do have it worse.


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Sounds interesting! Can you give me the name so I can google it?

Never heard of using a little pool! The dishpan & Walmart box are big enough. Seems like the hard pool would crack when you moved it outside to hose down.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
LITTER ROBOT..is what we got.....$500 at amazon...not cheap...but looks promising once you get past the cost. I will post a pic on my diary.


Donkey on 07/10/2021:
"Hair cigar" --- I know EXACTLY what you're talking about! We get them here, too!

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
Yucky!!!!


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
What’s that? When the cats puke up hair that looks like a turd?

The other day when it was storming, my Frenchie deposited a turd that looked like a cigar on the bedroom floor! LOL.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
A bit different..>LOL


Donkey on 07/10/2021:
Ooo, that is a NICE litter box set-up! :-) (LOL something only us cat people could get excited about.)

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
EXACTLY!!!! Cat ladies are special like that..>LOL....There is a drawer under the stairs...that pulls out and has a liner so he can't get to the liner in this one.....the litter area is bigger than it looks....it is shaded on one side...and there is a thing in the doorway to keep him from kicking litter out.....even has a night light...personally I think he would find it in the dark though...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Saw it! But since I have 3 cats living in their own Cat Room, I’ll stick to the old ways. Expensive enough! They do occasionally scratch and fling a poop out of the boxes. I pick it up with paper towels. Horrible stench!

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
If the litter boxes work I would stay with that too......we have always been fine with those...but this guy started behaving differently and using that well pump overflow tray and we can't let him do that.......I never have enjoyed cleaning out the boxes...this should make that easier......he also makes a mess around the regular box......and he has been tracking a lot of litter upstairs lately...I'm curious to see if that stops too. I definitely would stay with a regular box too as long as it's working.


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Meant to say your box is expensive, not mine.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
That is why it took me a few weeks of mulling it over when I found this one.....but decided that since it has been a daily issue...it would be worth it. Since we haven't traveled or even eaten out in the last year and a half...we decided to go for it.......of course a luxury bathroom for the cat is nothing like a vacation....but....LOL


innerpeace on 07/10/2021:
I did chuckle reading the cat puke and roomba incident. I know it was a mess to clean up but, not to mention the drain pan, it was funny to read. I hope Old Man likes his new toilet. And lots of fun times to be had with the new washer and dryer. Have a great weekend, I hope you continue to feel well.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
I've heard of dogs pooping on the floor and then roomba is set to clean before people get home and the mess.....Never thought it would happen when I was home...LOL...I usually hear him barfing...but not today. I hope he likes it too.....it's worth more than ours are...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Mine can make a mess around the boxes too. I keep a little whisk broom nearby. And paper towels for flung poops.

I am pretty good at justifying getting down on my knees to clean up after the cats & using the front load washing machine as exercise. I really need to do stretches, but have always been awful at it. Most of the PT routine they gave me ( muscle tear) were the same as in my warm up stretch books.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
I always have a broom and dust pan handy too......getting on my knees isn't that easy anymore...LOL..well...getting back up is the hard part.


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Didn’t George Takai say when he sits down at his age he needs a get up plan? LOL. He’s a funny guy. I read one of his books. Very smart & witty man.

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
I never know how to take him....LOL....But he is right.....back in the day...if I was down...i just got back up...now I need to think about how to do it...and it is never graceful! LOL


Donkey on 07/10/2021:
Oh my word, I'm sorry to hear about the washer and dryer. That just stinks.

Have you angered the laundry gods, or something???

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I'm wondering!!! I knew something was up when at 8AM they told me I was number 12 for the day...and they would be here between 2:30 and 6:30.....and at 3:00 I was number 11....something wasn't right...the poor guy felt bad when he called...I felt sorry for him...but agreed to Wednesday......life goes on!!!



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