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BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Looks like storms will be rolling in soon...so most likely an indoor day.....opened the fridge this morning and noticed a big quantity of leftovers......maybe I should just eat what is in there today....guess I had better count calories as I go.....I think it will be things with more calories.........sometimes I like having leftovers....sometimes they bug me because I can't seem to throw them out unless they are truly spoiled...old bad habit of mine which has led to the human trash can syndrome......LOL...

YUP.....eating leftovers no matter what they are today.

And to start off on the make do today...I messed up and apparently put a hot chocolate  k cup in the machine today instead of coffee...and I'm sure it has calories......so I guess I will start with that.  UGH

hot chocolate = 103

coffee = 5

Mystery leftover number one turned out to be about 2 cups of prepared ( from a box) three days ago....macaroni and cheese......I decided to go for it...so that along with some spray butter became my breakfast....( I still need to figure out the calories)....and i realized that this could be a good way for me to stop the food storage problem.....( storing food in great quantities is an issue that needs to stop for several reasons, 1 being that things expire, another that this stuff isn't very healthy and thirdly, it takes up room and money)....I'm sure that this will help remind me that when i pull something off the grocery store shelf....that it is something that I will HAVE TO EAT rather it's good for me at all......for us, at all.

I can only guess what the next unknow tin foil pkg will be.......whatever it is...I will eat it.....like punishment for hoarding too much food here. 

Well...shocker...I just looked up the cals on fitday for the mac and cheese...and it was 800 calories for 2 cups.....added spray butter was 0 so, so far this day I've eaten 908 calories...........if the next mystery package isn't veggies....I may have to stop this for today........not that many calories left......well..that was a wake up call.

I'm thinking this whole thing could be expanded to clear out freezers and boxes of canned, boxed and bagged foods.......Since I've been a food hoarder since about 1999.....I can see where this could help control that.  This may just be a lesson that I can wrap my head around.

The sun never rose this morning ( or it's behind the storm clouds)...it's as dark as night here at 8:15....lights on, tv reception out........and I skipped my regular morning bath because being in water during lightening isn't wise.....I've already eaten 2/3 of my calories for the day.........interesting...and different.

sooo....used 908 cals already

lunch was 

mixed lettuce 2 cups = 14

2 T ranch = 148

1 cup cooked tomatoes = 46

3 ounces beef = 215





1,331 cals so far...so it's still good......thinking mayb just yogurt tonight...and all should be well....I have to say....veggies to the rescue!!!


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/25/2018:
I see you are getting the rain we had here in Chicagoland yesterday... It was very windy too... and chilly at below 70. Hard to believe it's going to be 90 degrees tomorrow... *sigh*

Ya know, I've had your breakfast scenario happen to me as well -- where I have a heavier start to the day. I would encourage you to still have the other meals -- don't punish yourself -- but maybe just make them lighter or smaller, perhaps. OR just chalk it up to a day with more calories. These things happen; be kind to yourself.

When my son was gone, my husband had to make a serious readjustment regarding food: groceries, meals, etc. It's a process. You can do this :)

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Veggies saved it...I'm full from lunch...and it does help point out to my thick skull that veggies are very low cal!!! We had kids in the house for 30 years....and I do have to say...it was very difficult for me to ever adjust to cooking smaller quantities...I still struggle with that today>

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
yep, mac and cheese is some high cal stuff being that noodles are high cal / dense and so is liquid cheese! i'm sure it was great though.

if mac and cheese were healthier, lower cal i mean, i'm sure i'd be eating it more often too! they should come out with macaroni fully made from cauliflower lol....they are almost there, but the calories are still high. its made from cauliflower and pea protein i think and the calories are the same as regular macaroni! dumb!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Yes...cauliflower macaroni would be terrific!!!!! the pea protein pasta is possibly made with people who are gluten free in mind?

jasmine on 08/25/2018:
There is nothing wrong with more vegetables. ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Maybe that is when I will like them....when they are the only thing within calories...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
OMG, Jassy and I seem to be on the same page regarding VEGGIES hahahaha :) I like her already!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
You two can trade kale recipes...LOL

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Not sure what I will be doing today....no plans yet.....but started out hungry....not a usual start to the day for me.....so as usual....3... 400 to 500 cal meals.


coffee/creamer and scones = 480

Having a late lunch so snacked a bit on raisins and cashews

Lunch = beef patty, tomato and carrots

iced tea

a few crackerrs with low fat cheese and pb

diet pop


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/24/2018:
I apologize that I didn't comment on your le number! Woot!

Hungry days are challenges to your resolve to stay on plan. You can do this! It would be a good day to lead up on vegetables ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
Yes...wanting veggies today.....I can go days not wanting them.....and then..suddenly..I'm craving them...it's definitely going to be a veggie day!!!

graindart on 08/24/2018:
Hungry days aren't much fun. I try to remind myself that I've got plenty of fat still and the body will be forced to get its fuel from those areas if I stick with my normal eating plan. So basically I try to remember with each hunger pang that I'm hopefully losing a little more fat.

Of course it's little comfort when I know that my hunger could go away immediately with just one little donut :)

But then again if I could eat just "ONE" little donut, I wouldn't be overweight in the first place......

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
So true....I remember Oprah many years ago saying that she was shocked to find out that after 7 at night...hunger meant that her body was burning fat and that if she didn't eat, that would account for her weight losses. We have been so used to feeding our hunger, it can be hard to switch gears but it needs to be done.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2018:
hungry days may come yes! nice, a scone! i bet you enjoyed it!

also, like donkey said, congrats on your number! look how good you are doing!!!!! keep on! wonderful!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
Thank you....and the scone was good...but high cal....so no more of those.

Maria7 on 08/24/2018:
You are doing really well and are an inspiration to us all!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
aww...thank you ...I really enjoy this group.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Just going with the flow today.....early morning shopping trip ( 2 stores)...and then just having an easy day otherwise....eating is kind of whatever I can russle up today....it's been staying between 1,200 and 1,500 cals...so naturally....that it usually works out to 3 meals between 400 and 500 cals each...and zero cal drinks....fall must be on it's way...a few leaves are turning...and it was in the 50's in the car this morning. 

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2018:
i love a trip to the stores when there are no lines and you have the place more or less to yourself :)

good idea with your eating and drinking...very nice BCGG. always keep on...

it was a nice day here too. in the morning, i was grateful i had a sweater with me. and then coming home, there was practically a cool breeze. it was upper 70's, sunny and beautiful today! like a beautiful FALL Day!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
Yes...turned out very nice here too....and the store was empty...only 3 cars in the lot.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Mountain of laundry day...........scales were good.......I've been holding onto water...and it finally resolved itself with all of yesterdays iced tea....that stuff is like magic for me....it will be another iced tea day for me.


leftover birthday cake

2 bananas and 2 egg microwave souffle

iced tea

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2018:
I have reserved my Saturday for Mountain of Laundry Day :) i'll do it all before the wedding :)...so that Sunday can be used for other more fun things.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
Wednesday has become my official laundry day somehow....it works out best once a week for us...daily means a lot more loads of mixing colors...LOL

graindart on 08/23/2018:
Less than 10 lbs away from your weight starting with the number "one" again. Good job.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
I'm looking forward to that.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

It's a rainy day here...and rainy days energize me....so I'm cleaning out closets and cupboards....always looking for ways to downsize.......It's D's birthday....I'm cooking him a nice NY strip steak.....and I will make him a cake later..........going to be a quiet one...downpours in the immediate future.

2 coffee


smoked sausage


cranberry scone with spray butter

iced tea

birthday cake

done eating for the day

zero cal. liquids only if needed


Sorry...but the kale made me do it........................

Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 08/21/2018:
It's cold and wet here. A week or so ago we were hitting 100+ degrees. Yesterday the high was 63 degrees and it's 42 degrees at 7am this morning. All I want to do is crawl back into bed.....

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
Raining and cooling things off here too......

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
so coconut oil prevents sticking? or maybe it just tastes even worse!? lol...

here, it's been cooler and rainy :) i don't mind the cooler weather (mid 70's the past two days)

it's been a very overall calm summer. weatherwise too. just a bit of rain, perfect if you work & want laid back weekends.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
Stole it from FB......just a commentary on kale...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
happy bday to D!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
He says Thank you!

happy-1 on 08/21/2018:
Oh I would love cool rain. So dry and hot here.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
we do have the fill 4 seasons.......it's been hot....but we have a few leaves turning already.....

legcramps on 08/21/2018:
Love to sort through things and downsize when I have time... I haven't had that kind of time for awhile now :(

Enjoy your day!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
TY...got a lot done today...I love sorting too.

Donkey on 08/22/2018:
Happy birthday D! You did quite well! I love how you wrote: "done eating for the day." Something about just stating that is very powerful.

BearCountryGG on 08/22/2018:
D says thank you...and yes...self talk does work for me......I can get kinda bossy with myself...LOL

BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 20, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

 Spent the last hour emptying, scrubbing and cleaning out the fridge.

Threw out a lot

Found some things..>LOL

Decided since yesterday was a very low cal day...with lots of fresh produce......I would do that again....it went well......and this stuff needs to be used up....I also found lots of pickled types of things that need to be used........so....I guess I will be making up for all of the veggies i didn't eat in the past.

2 coffee


1/4 cup milk

pickled veggies

muscle milk

a starbucks juice drink

smoked sausage




ranch dressing

1/2 serving of noodles w/sauce


Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/20/2018:
Good job!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:

happy-1 on 08/20/2018:
Good job!!!!!

legcramps on 08/20/2018:
LOL, nice

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
Hey...look at me eating veggies...LOL

Maria7 on 08/20/2018:
Good on eating fresh veggies. I've got fresh fruit I need to eat today. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
It's the time for it...soon it will be fall.

Donkey on 08/21/2018:
Eat the fresh vegetables now while they're available. Not easy to do in the winter. I struggle so in the winter with this.

Donkey on 08/21/2018:
... struggle with the lack of tasty fresh vegetables, in the winter, that is... Didn't finish my thought!

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
enjoy all the veggies and fresh tasting produce.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 19, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

 Allergies are really kicking in today..........but planning on counting and staying active anyway...........some days I count...some days I don't but doing that periodically helps make sure i'm staying on track.  Shooting for 1,200 to 1,500  with 1,500 being maintenance ( for me)


2 coffee 9 according to Fitday

yogurt = 140


149 for breakfast

Cleaning up TV room...and tossing a bunch of papers..........


1/2 cup cucumber

cole slaw 1 cup

toasted bagel with spray butter

tuna pouch ( lemon pepper)

diet root beer



LaCroix water


829 for the day.....I'm quite surprised.......I'm full right now...and have no desire to eat more.......

Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/19/2018:
I had watermelon for lunch and wow, was I full afterwards -- and it didn't take much! Pair that up with the carbonation and that could be why you're feeling satisfied :)

I am particular about tuna, but I *LOVE the lemon pepper tuna packets -- and so effortless!

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2018:
Low cal and so easy...I love tuna that doesn't have to be drained...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2018:
great job today!

i had tuna today too...i will probably be eating it at least 1x a week for a few weeks :)

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
So easy!!!!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 18, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

Another fast trip to the grocery store and I spoke too soon about their fly control...NOPE...still flys.  Just picked up a few small things....and right back out of there....I have had a lot of people ask me why I don't just shop once a month...and go to that Major store/stores...over an hour away............I may just have to start doing that.......I randomly glanced at the expiration date on D's favorite crackers...and it was only a month and a half away...that isn't acceptable for something like crackers. D's sisters up further north from us...have a store with a BIG sign on the fromnt that says "There is NOTHING wrong with past dated food"...LOL....kind of a little insight into what you will find there.  I don't mind eating past dated food myself...if it got that way in my own house......I really do not intend to buy it that way though.



Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/18/2018:
I expect more out of grocery stores, too. It is different eating out of date food that you have stored yourself, versus buying out of date in a store. I do sometimes buy close to out of date, tho.

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2018:
It's frustrating...I'm wondering if the manufacturers are doing that just to get us to buy more often.

Donkey on 08/18/2018:
"Past-dated food" --- I take my chances. You do NOT want to know. (LOL)

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2018:
I take my chances too....but I don't buy it that way...LOL

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 17, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

 Scale going well...pulled it out...got on...and put it back away again.

Yesterday was a shopping day....free white bread...( I don't know rather to be happy it was free...or sad that it was white bread.)...actually I haven't eaten that in many years......D looked at it...and turned the writing on the wrapper to the wall...LOL

At least the store has seemed to conquer it's dive bombing fly problem!!!

Friends give us watermelon and cucumbers from their garden.....looks like I will have to eat a vegetable....

Why aren't muffins vegetables...I had too many muffins for breakfast.....upside is...that they are gone now! ( but they were tiny)

baked beans, pasta, cheese, broccoli, cucumber, jello, diet root beer

pb and j, small ice cream


Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2018:
believe it or not, there are frozen brands that include veggies / squash in their muffins...then you also have those Vitamuffins lol

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2018:
I'm not sure I want to hear that...LOL

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2018:
Actually they did have blueberries....

Maria7 on 08/17/2018:
Wow, congratulations to you on your new much lower number! :-) Happy for you. Nice to have fresh watermelonn and cucumbers...good friends indeed.

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2018:
Yes they are...they think we need veggies too...LOL

Donkey on 08/18/2018:
What a nice new number! Enjoy the fresh produce - tastes so much better than the stuff we get in the stores in the winter.

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2018:
I love how the home grown stuff is so randomly sized and shaped...nothing like the things in the grocery store.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 15, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

Well...it's laundry day....and that's an all day job....so I don't plan much on laundry days.......

Got most of the kitchen food areas sorted....just 2 small ones to do today.......need to use up some lasagna noodles...so today will be lasagna....I like oven meals...so handy on busy days.

Working on emptying the freezers too...so ground beef and sausage ( never used sausage for this before)... and cheese came out of there...plus some noodles.  

Not a diet meal but small portions will make it one.


2 cups coffee

a Hormel complete thing...breakfast.........apparently eggs, bacon, potatoes......it looked disgusting but actually tasted ok....thankfully it is the only one here and glad of it...note to self....DON'T buy those.

noon = crackers, ginger ale

3:00 lasagna, blueberry muffin

Gigantic thinder storm with hail......flooding around the barn...good thing we didn't need to go out there today........I love a good thinderstorm...the ,ore lightening and thunder the better....bring it on.

Not going to need any more food tonight...still very full....lasagna sticks with me.

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2018:
Oven meals are very tasty :)

Laundry day for me is also some time set aside...i prefer not to be so busy all day during a laundry day!

you can add veggies to your lasagna but perhaps you are happy as it is! let us know how it turns out! and portions are everything! you can have it with a side salad :) if you want!

lol, see, here go the comments on how to add veggies....hehehehe, you are right, you do get comments from the peanut gallery when you list your foods!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2018:
Well...veggies...BLECH...LoL....D wants his lasagna like he always knew it....so no veggies other than the tomato/marinara sauce ( actually that's a fruit I guess). Yup....putting myself out there to get scared of the veggie people...LOL

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2018:
Yup...veggies need to stay in their place.....like soup...or other casseroles...or salads.....the only reason I open cans of them is because they are a quick easy side...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2018:
yes, and the tomato sauce is def a great veggie so that is good as it is!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2018:

legcramps on 08/15/2018:
Enjoy your laundry day!

I have no comments about how to add veggies LOL, since I probably wouldn't add any right now either ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2018:

Donkey on 08/16/2018:
Sounds like the weather has cooled off a little if you can run the oven? Still too warm and way too humid to bake here.

I'm with D: don't ruin a good lasagna with vegetables in it. Extra vegetables for side dishes...

BearCountryGG on 08/16/2018:
Yup...he's happy with his lasagna just the way it is...LOL.......It's always winter in this house...D keeps the AC so low I wear winter clothes year round in here...he is definitely warm blooded...and sweats if it's over 68.......man keeps a wash cloth by his chair just to wipe the sweat off his bald head...LOL

Maria7 on 08/16/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. Also plenty of laundry to do ongoing. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2018:
That's one thing...laundry never seems to be done...just like dirty dishes...LOL

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