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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 28, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

We woke up all fevers and sore throats and coughing around here today........ so looks like a napping day......Yesterday youngest son said he was sick ( on the phone)....and this morning oldest son texted that he has strep throat........we all have the same symptoms.......I'm going back to bed.....so much for family togetherness.

Donkey on 11/28/2018:
I hope you feel better soon! Maybe more sleeping means less eating - LOL!

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
Not hungry and very sleepy did help.


innerpeace on 11/28/2018:
Yuck...get well soon. Last night I had that old familiar tickle in the back of my throat, I just knew I was going to wake up with a sore throat, so thankful I didn't.

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
Lucky you!!!! It's somewhat improved today.


horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2018:
awwwww sorry you are sicky...get well soon!!!!!!!!!!! :) xo

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
Doing a bit better today.



BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 27, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Hopefully things work today..................

Breakfast = 3 Kodiak protein pancakes, spray butter, Mrs butterworths lite syrup ( 1/2T), 1 egg, 2 cups coffee = 6 points and 286 calories

Lunch = Calzone and sauteed cabbage, carrots and onions, perrier water = 500 cals and 14 points

Dinner = Orange NuGo bar and Motts organic applesauce and propel water = 220 cals and 6 points

Total cals for the day = 1,006 and 26 WW points

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
YUM YUM YUM...looks so perfect with a coffee!

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
Its become a standard breakfast at least once a week now...and it's so fast and easy.


innerpeace on 11/27/2018:
I was taking pictures of my meals once before. I may start doing that again. It sure made me aware of my portion sizes. You are doing great! Very proud of your efforts.

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
Thank you......I would love to see pics!


graindart on 11/27/2018:
Breakfast looks good, love pancakes. But unfortunately they're something I have a problem with portion sizes on (and I love them with butter, chocolate chips, powdered sugar).

Lunch looks good to me and like something I could enjoy and not feel deprived with the portion size.

Good job getting back on-track.

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
It seems like when I fall off the wagon now it is for a hour or so...and then I'm ready to get to work again......now at least it doesn't go on for days or weeks like the old days....the pictures are still the thing that makes me look closer at what I do eat....I also love butter....it's here...but it seems that as long as I have my spray bottle of butter spray...it keeps me away from the real stuff...I think I would have a more difficult time without it...I know it doesn't compare to the real thing...but i think it is more of a mind game for me......spray the butter..ok...that step is done.....apparently it isn't too diffucult to trick my brain...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
I agree with gains,.....your lunch looks amazing. i could go for that cabbage :) you did a nice job and i hope you are enjoying it still...very nice balance with the calzone. that's a meal i'd choose too....something light to balance out something heavier (cabbage vs. calzone...nice to see that mix!)

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
It was a good day.......no hunger.....probably too low on cals....but i feel fine.



BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

For some reason I was just so hungry yesterday.......and in the evening...I just lost it.....for me...the evening is the worst..........I can see that starting to eat earlier than necessary in the morning is leading to an early lunch and an early dinner...and then the evening is miserable.......so I'm working today to delay all 3 meals...so that the 3rd meal is later in the day.........no fun to admit here that...last evening started with some mixed nuts...and that would have been ok....but then it was followed with a strawberry apple bar....and then chocolate...and then little Debbie made an appearance.....enough of that..........it's a new day.

Really....all that junk last night stuck with me......and I delayed breakfast for over 2 hours later than usual......so will see how this goes.

Breakfast = 0% plain yogurt = 120 and 0 points and a tiny sad pear added for flavor = 52 calories and 0 points and 2 cups coffee = 9 calories and 0 points

Breakfast = 172 calories and 0 points

I don't know what is going on with our WIFI today.......It rained all night and today we have a lot of ice....possibly something going on with that....todays lunch will look very much like yesterdays if I can't get the picture on here.......don't know what is for dinner yet.....okay...the phones aren't working well right now either.....probably weather related......( the sky is very gray)........but we knew we would have to live with some inconveniences if were were going to live among the National and State Forests......it comes with the territory......so.....hope this gets posted..........wifi is very spotty.......

Evening edit..................wifi is all out of sorts!!!   The phones aren't much better.  I'm wondering how long it will last this time.

 

graindart on 11/26/2018:
We must be twins, because nights are definitely the hardest for me. I can be sooooo good the entire day and then throw it all away with a snowball effect at the end of the night. Look at my day and reward myself with some little treat, then another, then another, then decide to eat whatever I want because I've already screwed up.......

And it doesn't take much for me to swing 180 degrees from being fully committed to my eating plan to just chain-shoveling stuff into my mouth.....

Glad that 3 meals seems to work for you. For me, I have to put off my first meal of the day as long as possible. I usually don't eat anything until 11am-noon each day. Ideally it would be best if I could hold off eating anything until dinner time, but that rarely happens.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
YUP...I too have noticed how we have very similar bad habits......It's frustrating how we are so willing after working all day to stay on program...and are willing to throw it all away at the last minute. UGH


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
hey, but if you are hungry earlier, another option is a small snack inbetween lunch and dinner....or to allow a snack in evening.

remember, as long as you don't totally go off the wall, you can probably figure in a smaller snack, like a yogurt or fruit or something to hold you over....you do not have to "STARVE" between meals if your body is seriously hungry.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
I really want to get away from the snacking mode......but I may have to switch it up a bit....


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
snacking for reasons of being hungry is a good thing. the snack tho shouldn't be the size of a meal!

you can snack close to the meal, if you want to dampen your appetite?

or consdier also herbal teas..

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
I'm better off if I don't start though


legcramps on 11/26/2018:
I think I would really enjoy living where you live...once I get past my fear of wild animals, all the preparations that are required for winter, and the lack of internet LOL. That last one might create a little demon in me haha.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
I do get tired of trees...they are everywhere....i'm not too afraid of the animals...the internet and phones are a HUGE issue....I write things on here and the wifi goes out and I have to start over again...LOL


happy-1 on 11/26/2018:
Try larger servings of greens? 4 cups of broccoli have a lot of staying power!

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
Good ideas!



BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Just putting this here because it way too cute to keep to myself......

Donkey on 11/25/2018:
Too cute!

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
I thought so


Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
OMG. you may have given me an idea for the office.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
Wouldn't take long to put together just before serving.


graindart on 11/25/2018:
Wonder how quickly the bananas turn color when sitting out?

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
You can put lemon juice on them to hold off the browning...otherwise....they coupld be assembled pretty quickly if everything else was ready



BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

 

Rain on top of the snow created the most awesome ice rink........Hmmm.......and today we have to drop the truck off for repairs tomorrow.........will do that later............

Breakfast

Happy Inside cereal = 210 calories and 8 points, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk = 13 calories and 0 points, 2 cups coffee = 9 calories and 0 points

Dropped the truck off early...rained on the way there...and snowed on the way home.....the breakfast did not stick with me...but I'm waiting the hour plus before lunch....D isn't waitng...he's eating again.......but I do remember liking the feeling of hunger......of course hunger when a person has no food around...is very different than having hunger when there is food...........but I'm just making myself wait.......as one group I belong to says.......delay....don't deny!

Lunch = 671 cals and 5 points

The leftover turkey didn't sound too bad to me today..I was going to have a meatless lunch but then again...it is zero points and I need to stay full until my last meal of the day...so I added some .

Turkey = 418 cals and 0 points, 1 ounce cheese = 100 cals and 4 points, apple = 53 cals and 0 points , dasani water = 0 cals and 0 points...and my new fave...cabbage, carrots and onions sauted in a small amt olive oil...and some seasonings = 61 cals for the veggies and 0 points and 39 cals for the olive oil and 1 point

Dinner = 582 cals and 10 points

Starkist tuna salad pouch  = 100 cals and 2 points, 2 slices Aunt Millies 80 calorie bread= 160 calories and 5 points, small apple = 53 cals and 0 points, banana = 109 calories and 0 points, Chocolate Muscle Milk = 160 cals and 3 points

Total Cals for day = 1,485 and total points for day = 23

I definately did not need the muscle milk........over full and 160 cals that I didn't need.  Hindsight tells me that if I was going to drink that...I should have waitied an hour or 2 first...but since I don't want to get back into the habit again of having calories between meals...I drank it with the meal...way too much food....

 

 

 

Donkey on 11/25/2018:
It has just starting raining here, but I think it's freezing rain, because it's quite loud.

I find that delaying is a good tool to use as well. It's a little different than that icky feeling when one's blood sugar level has gotten too low. Anyway, maybe breakfast needed a little more protein with it? Maybe...?

Glad you're posting photos again :)

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2018:
You are getting that weather that is heading for us...we have had a taste so far this morning of the sprinkling and the light snow ( rained all night).....It's supposed to really get going here about 2 A.M...amazingly to me...I'm not having much trouble with blood sugar...as long as I keep eating fruit....that seems to help a lot...when mine is low...I get a headache and I find myself unable to walk a straight line....I do a lot of bumping the walls when I walk down the hall....and that has been a really good sign that I'm getting away from that....I do suspect that when I do get cravings for sweets...it does signal a dip in glucose...but fruit seems to fix it.......and yes...breakfast was definately missing protein.....so I added the turkey and cheese to lunch.....


graindart on 11/25/2018:
I sometimes like the tummy having that empty hungry feeling, especially when I'm being active. But it rarely stays that way long. I usually walk around with that more uncomfortable fuller feeling. Even though I'm eating a lot less calories, I still eat a fair amount of bulk (popcorn, shirataki noodles, vegetables, tons of zero calorie drinks, etc).

So I guess it confuses me. I think I enjoy the empty feeling at times, but usually choose to get out of it pretty quickly too......

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2018:
I do have to say...when i am just grazing and eating what I want...I rarely felt hunger...because I basically didn't stop eating long enough for it to be an issue.....but I do believe that it's true....that hunger equals burning calories...so I do now take advantage of that.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
are you trying to make me jealous of your food!?

it looks fabulous, the veggies are calling my name...and the cereal looks so good! i'd love it with some almond milk! yum!

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
First time trying that cereal and I really liked it...and it only took 1/2 cup of almond milk.



BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Happy surprise for me that what I thought was a little gain in wt the other day turned out to just be water weight....now gone...clothes are looser again......I did a little figuring this morning...and I think I will be at a place where I will want to stay...in the next 2 or 3 months if I keep losing at the rate I am.........I see I only have another size clothing left to fit into...and a few things that are larger according to the labels but ran smaller..............I purposely don't look into the bins before necessary because I enjoy being surprised usually...LOL....I truly hope it isn't a bunch of medical scrubs....LOL...I did have a lot of them in that size...but sold most on ebay....so......I'm looking forward to getting into those bins....but not yet.....need to wear my current size a while longer......

I think I will skip the pics for a few days...no need to keep repeating Thanksgiving food pics over and over again.....I think we will be eating these leftovers through Monday.....

As of yesterday....we have all of our winter food stores in the pantry and freezers....we are set for the whole winter now.....but will need to pick up eggs mainly...as needed..( started buying 4 dozen at a time and that is working)......cleaning supplies as well as paper products will all be here on Monday.................

This year I can see a lot more soups for meals...........We have a lot of vegetables on hand.....and i even found some lentil pasta ( it says it contains only lentils)...sounds interesting but haven't tried it yet.

Spending the weekend doing some deep cleaning around here...and seriously settling in for the winter....now if the snow plow would just come down our road....everything would be just perfect.

Loving the exercycle...and using the other odds and ends of exercise stuff we kept........lots of books on hand for down times.........I'm ready for a nice quiet winter.

 

 

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2018:
Ok, we look forward to pics when you start up again! :)

great job with thanksgiving, your plate is seriously healthier than any plates i have seen !!!!!! in the below pics.

very nice lady.

looking at your scale chart, i am inspired by YOU!

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
We decided we are getting burned out on that food...so I may just freeze whatever is leftover after tonight...so tomorrow will most likely be something different...but today...more of the same...


Donkey on 11/24/2018:
Unless you'd rather not, I say keep posting pictures, even if YOU feel that it's the same meal over and over. You can rotate the plate so that the beets aren't always at the bottom of the plate ;) Plus, you can keep changing the cup/mug and placemat. IDK, I think there's something to learn or gain from taking photos of a similar subject over and over. Something very Zen about that... contemplative or meditative... something like that.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
Yeah...I could make a smiley face out of it all....LOL...A couple of beet eyes and some sweet potato hair....LOL

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
We will freeze what is left after today...we are getting burned out on it...LOL......I will take pics tomorrow.



BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Today I recommit to doing what works...and that is counting calories, counting WW points and posting pictures of everything I eat here.  My ultimate weight goal is to weigh between 130 and 145 by the end of 2019......................WW no longer pushes weigh ins...and I believe that for me...that is a good thing........I handle how my clothes fit much more successfully than I do watching the scale....so basically no weigh ins for me here unless I believe I am at or near goal.  The power of the picture has become a huge motivator to actually think about where my calories are coming from and to put together a healhier more balanced plate.  The calorie counting points out to me that 1,500 cals is maintenance for me ( not pleasant..but it's reality)...the WW points keep me eating the healthier WW friendly foods...and of course DD is what is allowing me to put all of this together in one place with alot of supportive caring people...you guys are the greatest.

Meal #1

1 cup 0% plain greek yogurt = 110 calories and 0 WW points

1/2 cup mixed berries from frozen = 35 calories and 0 WW points

2 cups coffee = 9 calories and 0 WW points

Meal #2 It's all about the leftovers

Turkey = 418 calories and o WW points

Plain small sweet potato = 183 cals and 7 WW points

Beets = 118 cals and 0 points

Green bean casserole = 112 cals and 4 points

Cranberry Jel = 110 cals and 6 points

Propel water = 0 cals and 0 points

Meal #3

banana = 109 calories and 0 points

mixed berries = 70 calories and 0 points

Calories for the day = 1,274

Points for the day = 17...actually 6 dailies left...4 will be moved to weeklies and I will lose 2....but the calories are right on...so I won't use the last points.

Done eating for the day except for zero cal beverages...basically water.

 

Donkey on 11/23/2018:
Beautiful photos!

You may want to reconsider weigh-ins, at least once a month, as it can be extremely rewarding to see the DD graph. You might not want to see it now, but someday, you may want to see a visual representation of your journey.

I've lost 50-60 pounds, what, 4 times? maybe 5? And each time I wish I had taken pictures of myself to show my progress. I have a couple of photos of when maybe I was near my highest, but I kick myself for not having done at least a monthly progression of my hard work.

Anyway, just food for thought. Learn from my regrets.

BearCountryGG on 11/23/2018:
We do just take photos around here on a general basis......so I do have some...but I will probably not post them online...I'm wondering when WW is going to ask me to post weights...I had originally hooked the scales up with my WW page...and then D got on them for a few days in a row..as did I....and it got sent to WW.(his and mine).....LOL...we got a good laugh out of that...and then I had to go onsite and change things around.......since then....I'm avoiding them....and I figure I will eventually...but really...I'm better off without it.....clothes seem to be my best gauge......I do enjoy digging out smaller sizes and donating the big ones.....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2018:
So healthy that you like and eat beets. for some reason, i dislike the taste of them very much!

also, all your berries are tempting me! this year, i completely forgot to buy cranberries. every fall and winter for many years as long as i can remember including last year, i would make sugar free cranberry preserves simply by microwaving cranberries and stirring a bit, always covering the big bowl so they don't splatter, then i'd just add some liquid stevia and mix well! and i'd have cranberry preserves. once refrigerated, they'd harden into preserves. ahhh, i cannot believe i haven't bought any this year! must maybe do this soon....i am NOT motivated to leave my apt today! (although i have a ton of errands still to do - including picking up a dress i got dry cleaned 2 weeks ago, oops!)

your meals look FANTASTIC! healthy! tasty :) and turkey is a very healthy low cal meat! wow...proud of you!

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
We LOVE beets.....no problem eating those. Your cranberry idea sounds perfect!! I need to try that.


graindart on 11/24/2018:
Love pickled beets. Hate non-pickled beets. The wife is the same way. Whenever we go out to eat and the salad bar has some sitting there, one of us is the guinea pig to find out if it's pickled or not.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
We love beets....pickles, canned, any way they are served...they are supposed to be full of iron...



BearCountryGG - Thursday Nov 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

..............Looking forward to being back and counting again.....Counting and Posting pics has really become a big part of my life............No counting for me today though....I plan to just enjoy the holiday today and then back to the pics and counting tomorrow.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!

 

I can see that I am definately not ready to go on any kind of maintenance on my own yet.  

 

For the last 3 days or so...I haven't been counting anything at all......in fact...I haven't even been eating actual meals......I've been eating all of the things that I had basically left behind when I started posting pictures.  I've been preparing meals...for D........and then basically grazing, myself.

The result was that I'm sure I added a couple of pounds in those few days...because my pants are tighter.....still wearing my favorite baggy shirts...so little difference there.... while I thought I could just trust myself to maintain from Thanksgiving until the first of the year....I can see that it will not happen.......counting...and pictures make me behave when it comes to food...so tomorrows leftovers will probably look very much like todays Thanksgiving dinner...and so be it.......my quest to lose while eating everything will continue......and am ready to make my new years resolution for 2019...and that will be to reach my goal weight ( somewhere between 130 and 145).....at some point in 2019.  Then maintain while weighing in daily and dieting or not dieting that day according to what the scales say daily.  I also need to work on eating 3 meals a day....no snacks......and including trigger foods into meals so that they do not replace a meal completely and so that I learn to eat them in smaller quantities. 

 

 

 

 

 

Donkey on 11/22/2018:
Happy Thanksgiving! Oh I look forward to seeing your pictures of today's feast tomorrow -- nothing wrong with leftovers! :)

I think maintenance is a test of habit more than anything else. In maintenance, you carry on healthy habits that you accumulated during weight-loss. If the habits aren't established, then it's not yet maintenance. At least that has been my experience this time around. (And I don't mean "you" you, just speaking in general to anyone trying to tackle this.)

BearCountryGG on 11/22/2018:
I think you are right Donkey! I am not ready to trust myself yet......and I need to keep losing anyway...so I need to keep vigilant.


graindart on 11/22/2018:
I'm in the same boat. When I'm "on", I'm successful and it doesn't take that much daily effort. So that leads me to think that I've finally conquered this multi-decade food problem and I can just "maintain" without any rules. It always ends badly for me and usually doesn't take much time to derail and start gaining. That's why I think to successfully maintain this time, I'm going to have to continue to weigh daily.

I of course dream of the day when I no longer need the scale to keep myself under control, but unfortunately don't think that will be anytime soon. My thought process for getting there: 1. hopefully make goal by January 2019 and start "maintenance" 2. weigh daily throughout 2019 and successfully maintain 3. January 1st 2020 - transition to a weekly or monthly weigh-in

BearCountryGG on 11/22/2018:
WE may just be programmed that way....maybe we will always have to be careful and monitor constantly...I hope not...but then again..there are worse things.......we can just take it day by day...I belong to another group that repeatedly says...."delay, don't deny"....and while I taking the pictures...i found that easy to do.....but go off program...and I went immediatly back to the old destructive eating.....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2018:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU TOO!!!!!!!!

I'LL BE BACK LATER TO WRITE MORE TONIGHT...OFF TO GYM :)



BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 19, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

 Things are super busy around here beginning today......some appointments and then Thanksgiving preps.....My concentration is now as of today shifting to not counting calories or points or anything...but just maintaining where I am through the end of the year....and then nose back to the grindstone.

SO...I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.......

Donkey on 11/19/2018:
Thinking of you! Enjoy the holiday week!

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
TY


horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2018:
Me too, maintenance will be just fine :)

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
I think so!


graindart on 11/19/2018:
The thought of entering maintenance mode right now has also crossed my mind. I'm tired of the diet game right now and would like to be done.

Part of me wants to put losing the final 15 lbs off until January, but the other part of me also just wants to get that final 15 lbs gone asap. Don't know which part of me will prevail.....

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
I decided not to struggle through the holidays. There will be plenty of time after.....and I'm not unhappy with where I am right now anyway...



BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 18, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Breakfast = 2 Kodiak pancakes, spray butter, a little less than 1 T Aunt Jemima Lite, 1 egg, 1 sausage, 2 cups coffee

477 Calories and 13 WW points

As I was typing out Aunt Jemima Lite....an old memory came back...when I was 10...I was given a locket....they told me I could put a picture in it...so I went to the kitchen and cut a little picture of Aunt Jemima from the box and put it in my locket.  I guess I was destined to love pancakes.....but in reality...I think it was the only picture I could find that was small enough to fit and I would never have cut out anything from a photograph.....but Aunt Jemima stayed in my locket until I lost it....I'll bet whomever found it was surprised...LOL

A little bit of a rant here.....this time of year...I start looking for toys to send the 2 Great Grandsons for Christmas...I raised boys and had grandsons too...but times have changed and these 2 little Great Grandsons are living too far away to really know well...so I used to rely on just Googling toys for boys in their age groups (Justin is 6 and Carson is 4)...and this PC  thing has gone too far........to find a list or group of boys toys now involves sifting through princess dresses , teething toys and make up kits for kids who want to look PRETTY!  These 2 boys are BOYS who like being BOYS....finding a group of toys that are appropriate for boys their age is impossible now because calling them boys toys might offend a girl that likes them...I'm all for kids playing with any toy they want to play with...boys playing with dolls, fine......girls playing with trucks...fine...but when I'm shopping online for kids that I don't know well because they live so far away.......I can't isolate age approriate, boys toys for boys that want to play with boys toys....Maybe we will just send them checks this year and let their parents take them shopping.....but on the other hand...if you have a boy that wants a princess dress and makeup...then you will find shopping online easy this year.

Lunch

Beef stew, pear, dasani water = 582 calories and 16 WW points

Dinner....must be the cold weather...I was craving warm filling meals today....but need to stop letting the snow dictate what I eat.........

2 Beef/bean burritos and an orange = 689 calories and 20 WW points

1,748 calories and 49 WW points for the day

Donkey on 11/18/2018:
Oh my goodness, that story about Aunt Jemima is SO CUTE!

Regarding your rant, as an aunt to a set of twins (boy/girl) and a set of triplets (boys) in the same family, who live far away, I gently suggest that you either ask Mom and Dad what they think would be appropriate - especially since you don't know them well -- or go with gift cards or money. I've always given my niece/nephews gift cards or a check (made payable to the parents), mainly because of the distance, but also because they get SO many toys from everyone else -- and in multiples, because everyone has to have something. For example, you'd have to give 3 Nerfs to the triplets so that each one has his own. (Insert eye roll here.)

They just moved to a larger house and they have SO. MUCH. STUFF. I was quite pleased that last year, my older nephew bought books with my money gift.

I get what you're saying about the shopping though. Way too many choices. It does not play well for my OCD or whatever it is. I get so overwhelmed and finally just say forget about it. I have a hard enough time shopping through options for myself. (LOL)

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2018:
Checks it will be...then the parents can get what is needed or wanted. I do love to shop...probably way too much...LOL

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2018:
And WOW...twins and triplets in the same family????? I can't even imagine...


Donkey on 11/18/2018:
Love the blue placemat -- lunch looks delicious!

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2018:
I'm hoping the 2 big meals will stick with me today.....yesterday I thought way too much about dessert and candy!!!! LOL


Donkey on 11/18/2018:
That "craving" you talk about -- that was me all last week, so I know what you're dealing with. It must be the weather -- or maybe it's the decreased sunlight. Wow, I hadn't even considered that as a contributor.

I meant to comment yesterday on your entry that I too have been adding spice to my meals. My choice is red pepper flakes. I think it's helped a lot. I love the flavor, the extra flavor, I eat slower, and I drink more water.

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2018:
Yes...spicy things are appealing now...and I guess that is a good thing......it does slow me down....and it is supposed to help with weight loss...so win...win.


graindart on 11/19/2018:
Have always like the spicy. And it definitely comes in handy when on a diet. Much of my food intake right now is rather bland. Adding the different flavors helps to brake up some of the monotony. The hotter spices also help to slow down how fast I eat the food too.

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
The spicy stuff has become a habit now....funny how it never was before.


horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2018:
did you make the burritos by putting your beef stew in them? are they lower calorie burritos?

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
Nope...they were just something I "found" in the freezer.


horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2018:
so why not send amazon gift cards to the parents to choose appropriate toys!?

BearCountryGG on 11/19/2018:
That would work too.



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