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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 14, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

 Spent the morning cleaning out kitchen cabinets.........and I'm wondering if anyone uses canned or boxed foods past their date...according the the Doctors Program...they are safe as long as they aren't leaking or smell or look funny......my sister in laws say they draw the limit at 5 years past on canned goods......I've never had food poisoning...but D is picky...so I'm only leaving the things in the kitchen that haven't expired ( a couple of things from July this yr)...and I will eat the expired things.......it seems funny to me that only just a few years ago did they even start to date cans........personally I think it is to make people throw them away and buy more...just wondering what you guys do.

this morning I had

bagel with butter and peanut butter

2 boiled eggs with mayo

2 cups coffee

1 stale potato chip....just testing...LOL


pork chop


red/yellow peppers


red onion

La Croix water



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

happy-1 on 08/14/2018:
I don’t buy anything that doesn’t have at least 2 years on it. I’ll use things past the date is they are ok. It’s a best by date. If you look it up online you can find actual expiration dates for canned goods.

BearCountryGG on 08/14/2018:
One of the issues living in a tiny town......everything in the store is close to or past their dates.....many of the things are best by dates.......but D is starting to gripe about it...I've decided that I will just eat everything myself that is past...and get him fresh in small quantities......my fault that I bought ahead.

legcramps on 08/14/2018:
Nothing lasts past its expiry date in my house ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/14/2018:
That is what I aspire to!!!!

BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 13, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

Well.....what works works and what doesn't doesn't.......and I'm a junk food junky.....if I never saw another vegetable it would be too soon...sad but true.  You guys make me eat veggies...maybe not by force...but by example and by fear...LOL

I'm stuck at home today waiting for a delivery...so I thought I should make the best of it.

Woke up with a sinus infection but moving around will be the best thing for that....I've been using fabric softener and I suspect that is the culprit....need to rethink the downy.

Lots to do around here...every room needs something........so hour by hour I will report in.

5:30 - 7:30 = umpqua apple, cherry oats ( very good...impressed) and 2 cups coffee....watched the news...and a infomercial about total gym...and it made me want to take time today for the exercycle...........lots to do today around here.

7:30 to 8:30 = bath, make up, dressed, cleaned kitchen, living rm and dining area, made bed, picked up bd rm. Took some things to garage/car

8:30 - 9:30 = Reorganizing tv/computer room, changed printer ink and did some maintenance on the roomba....my hair is a continual challenge for it.......but it picks up hair super well....but mine is at least 2 feel long now...and wraps around and around the rollers.......but...it's easy to remove thankfully.

10:30 to 1:30 = lots of little odds and ends getting done........lunch was chicken breast with peppers, celery and onions....abd the last of the anniversary cake

The rest of the day will basically be dishes...and then relaxing

last meal of the day was a boiled egg and yogurt....stayed away from the pop today...and feel better for that.....



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

Donkey on 08/13/2018:
Hate those sinus infections!!! That's interesting that you mention Downey. I'm at the end of the bottle, and I've been debating whether to get more...

Keep working on those vegetables! It can take time to acquire the habit and love for them. One thing I found helpful to me: if I'm REALLY hungry, vegetables will sound good. If they don't, then I'm not truly hungry, just snacky or wanting to eat for other reasons.

That has helped me discern and make better decisions. Maybe it can help you.

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
That is a good idea.......if I waited until I wanted vegetables...I probably wouldn't eat for a few days...LOL......when I don't eat many...I do get a day where I crave them....LOL I see where you can use white vinegar as a fabric softener....I have an aunt that used white vinegar for a hair conditioner...so I tried it once...and I smelled vinegar all day at work...LOL I'm really suspecting the downy.....my nose has been running for days....I have been putting downy in the washer, and a dryer sheet plus 4 Lamby Balls in the dryer...so maybe it is overkill.

legcramps on 08/13/2018:
I'm not the best with getting in my vegetables either. I actually gave myself a one-month challenge a while back, with the goal to eat vegetables every day! It worked for the month, but then I fell off it once the month was over. I think it's because they sometimes make me feel crappy, but then so does ice cream and I still eat that!!

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
Yup...I understand completely!

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2018:
feel better today xoxoxo

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
Doing better...staying active helps...Thanks

Maria7 on 08/13/2018:
I sometimes struggle w getting in veggies, too...it is a win-win when Hubby and I go to a buffet...I hit the salad island first and load up...but at home, not so much...like you, I love junk-food, too. Sweets mainly. But today I had fried squash and onion cooked together, so that was my veggie today, about 2 cups full. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
I got mine in today too...something I guess we both have to work at.

happy-1 on 08/14/2018:
vinegar has fewer chemicals than softener. safer. kills bacteria softener covers up but you can add essential oils to a washcloth for the dryer and get the same effect. cheaper too. plus you have a more flexible supply for emergencies

happy-1 on 08/14/2018:
and you need to re-educate your palette to enjoy vegetables. i get the feeling when you eat them you aren’t working to make them delicious. why not marinate some zucchini in italian dressing, throw it in a grill pan next time you make it?

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2018:
Another good idea! I never think of things involving veggies...now meat....I do a lot of different things with that...but veggies...not so much.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 12, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

And they said it wouldn't last....52 years later.....here we are.

It seems like just yesterday that we met with the minister and he tried his darndest to talk us into waiting....and I can't say I blame him.....we were 16 and 17 that day....and we had  big plans to hurry up and get on with being adults...LOL

There were so many things we didn't know...like how to write a check..( we sat down together and figured it out line by line), we had a beat up old blue chevy and eventually acquired a beat up old red pick up that we paid $300 for ( and we had to actually finance that...)...it had holes in the floor  big enough for a baby to fall through...and a weird pipe rack in the truck bed that clanged and banged every time he drove it....but I knew 2 blocks away...that he was almost home.

It's been a wild ride....and I wish I could do it all over again!!!

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

Maria7 on 08/12/2018:
What a wonderful love story! Happy Anniversary! :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2018:
Thank you Maria

Donkey on 08/12/2018:
Happy anniversary!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2018:
Thank you Donk.

happy-1 on 08/12/2018:
Aaaaaaaaw. I'm turning this into a country western song. Congrats!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2018:
So good to hear you reflect so happily on your 52 years of marriage! congrats that is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
Thank you

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2018:
commented below also BCGG :) happy anniversary !

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:

legcramps on 08/13/2018:
Happy belated Anniversary! Many more to come!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 11, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

 I think it was about 6 days ago that I stopped recording what I ate...........no recording apparently equals  something that isn't healthy at all...and that is.......living on snacky types of foods...and avoiding meals all together.  I cook nice meals for D....and just enough for him....and then leave the room.

I've wracked my brain to try to remember if I have even eaten any fruits, vegetables or meat at all......and I have....but just minimally.

I have lost weight over these days....but I feel like crap honestly.  I'm retaining fluids in my legs,having daily headaches, my nose is running, I started having muscle cramps in my thigh this morning and my stomach is complaining and my eyes are burning.

I can look back and see that I have basically been living on various types of bars ( protein, high fiber, cereal) and diet pop and gummy candy......and just in the last 2 days...ice cream...in fact I headed straight to the ice cream this morning for breakfast.....but D had eggs and toast.

I had been staying away from diet pop for a long time...but the new coke flavors in the skinny cans drew me back in.......D wouldn't drink those...so I started getting him a Michigan pop called Vernors ( ginger ale)(diet)....he used to hate having diet pop around....and he never let me forget how unhealthy it was....and now he is hooked on his 2 can a day diet Vernors.  (pop always did make me feel crummy and it's doing it again)

I absolutely knew that when I was listing my daily foods here...that I was more conscious of eating vegetables....because I knew I would hear about it if I didn't eat them....so I ate them...( some days I craved them even).  But with no filter like this...I apparently avoid them like the plague.

This weekend we celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary....and in a week and a half we celebrate D's birthday......we always have cake on both occassions...and this year will be no different....in fact I apparently already started celebrating because there was ice cream in the house.

So since I feel so sick and crummy......I now have to reconsider posting daily food intake....I so wanted to get away from that....but I also felt better health wise then and ate a larger array of foods.  

Apparently I'm not adult enough to just eat right.....UUUGGGHHH!!!

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

Donkey on 08/11/2018:
I know Vernons! But I have not tried it. I guess I didn't realize it was ginger ale. I thought it had something to do with lemons, LOL...

I have to confess, as your diet buddy, cheerleader, and friend, that I have been surprised in the past when you have posted that you're drinking diet soda/pop, because you're one of the people I know who does suffer from the side effects of the aspertame. It doesn't affect me, but I have friends who get migraines, joint soreness, neurological reactions, tummy/bathroom problems, inflammation, etc.

I completely understand the temptation. I've substituted flavored carbonated water, but it's not the same thing as a diet Coke/Pepsi.

I think that "eating right" can be, for some (like me), that has to become an established habit, before it comes naturally. Therefore, I would say, use whatever tools you can that work for you to do this. However, maybe it wouldn't have to be even that complicated. Perhaps try something like a concerted effort to include 1 fruit and 1 vegetable in your meals. No brainer, just look at your plate and check.

Maybe something like that, so that you're not feeling chained or burdened? (((hugs)))

BearCountryGG on 08/11/2018:
You are absolutely right....pop and especially diet pop...is poison to me.....I felt crummy years ago when I drank it...and it's happening again......I had been drinking the seltzer waters.....and I think that actually led up to the pop again...because they just don't taste as good...Very good advise as always Donkey.........I had to chuckle though,.......because I don't think I have eaten a meal on a plate in days....I am such a snacky person.....and that is so unhealthy....I actually think I miss the listing...I didn't think I would....but I think I do.....it can be a pain....but I felt a lot healthier then...so that does sway me....I had been thinking of it as being restrictive...but now I see that it was healthier...and kept me on track a lot better...( even though I had plenty of goofy days.)...I did have more healthy eating days.....Thank you again!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2018:
Yes, we'd love to hear your foods...to make you feel better, diet pop ruins my skin on my face and always makes me feel horrible too...when i do drink it...sometimes !

BearCountryGG on 08/13/2018:
I guess I would live on granola bars forever.....UGH....I'm such a junk food junky! Pop = pain for me.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 216.0

Made a quick stop at the grocery store today and to begin with ...the last 3 times I've been there they have a fly problem...and it's grossing me out....but that isn't why I'm writing...I don't know if anyone has ever heard of bullet proof coffee...it is....the first thing in the morning...you make a cup of black coffee...and you add 1 T of Irish butter ( kerrygold)...and 1 T coconut oil....and it is supposed to keep you full for hours.....well..I've never made it because I haven't been able to find the Irish butter......so I get up to the cashier...and she asks me what I was going to do with that...so I told her about the Bullet Proof coffee.......and she tells me...she does that too...... she says...."every morning I have a cup of hot cocoa and I dip my buttered toast in it"....LOL....I thought the bagger was going to bust....and I just smiled.....she was totally serious.

And....this little cutie sitting on a broken tree limb......

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

happy-1 on 08/09/2018:
Aaaaaw. He'd be smelly up close but... adorable. What's in the tree that he's after?

BearCountryGG on 08/09/2018:
I don't know.....but he is a little one.....he's about 2 or 3 years old...and kind of a regular around here....just a small guy. About 60 to 8o pounds.

Donkey on 08/10/2018:
Nice new number! Keep doing what you're doing - it's obviously working for you!

Lol on your cashier!

BearCountryGG on 08/10/2018:
The less I think about food the less I eat......just being my quirky self I guess...LOL

legcramps on 08/10/2018:
Oh my gosh, how cute is that bear! Wow.

BearCountryGG on 08/10/2018:
He's just relaxing.............

horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2018:
OMG that bear looks cute on the tree!

lol about the bulletproof....lol totally if it includes bread LOL haha...

yeah, heard of it. you can also blend the coffee with everything you wrote up there and it is like a shake instead of coffee...maybe even do it iced to make a smoothie/slushie in morning!! hmmmm...nice ideas

BearCountryGG on 08/10/2018:
I never thought of putting it in the blender...great iead...that would incorporate the oils a lot better!!! Thanks for the idea.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 05, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 219.0

 The last couple days have been quite comtemplative for us.  And I'm writing this as a reminder to myself that every day is precious.  D turns 70 this month....and next month I turn 69....and we are reminded daily that anything could happen at any time.  He especially is not happy about this coming birthday!

If we died today...everyone would say that we had lived long lives.  My Mother in law passed at 69 and at that time......I can honestly look back and say that she seemed old to me at that time, and I was in my early 40's.  Well...now  we are there.

I can see a definate shift in my thinking....while being aware that our days are numbered.....any old age catastrophic illness or event could happen at any time and I'm very aware that if there is anything we want to do...then we need to do it now.

We had set many goals for our lives and made them happen and worked very hard at that and for that I am proud and grateful that we accomplished those things.  We are now reaping the rewards of those hard years where we worked long hours, did homework at 3 in the morning and got those degrees, raised our babies and took 8 more foster  babies into our lives, started careers and started and ran a business. We built 3 houses. We started traveling with our kids while they were still in diapers.  We have been blessed with full lives...very, very blessed.

Now is the time  that we need to wrap up some loose ends.......and just relax and enjoy what time we have left.  And that is where the shift in my thinking is coming into play.

Wonderful family and friends, peace of mind and a sense that we can kick back...and live out our lives in a way that is fun and relaxed is what we now need

Instead of counting calories...or exercising when I don't want to.....I plan to just stay busy and eat sparingly while mostly searching for the perfect bite.  I'm cooking in much smaller quantities, I'm working on NOT having so many leftovers around.  I'm working on quality, not quantity.....I'm working on happiness, not personal torture.  I'm working on downsizing and making our home as easy to take care of as possible.  I don't want to check out of this life dieting or denying myself anything that will make me personally happy.  I want to spend time with D doing the things we enjoy, eating the foods we enjoy and living the good life we worked so hard to create.

What was all of the past many years efforts for if we can't just be relaxed and happy that we can enjoy ourselves now. We have both accepted that a small serving of sumptuous, even decadent  food is a lot more enjoyable than a mountain of food that will just make us want to sit down and feel stuffed.  If we want a nice salad, we will have that...and on the other hand...if we want something truly decadent...we will also have that in small servings.

We have lived the years of schedules and lack of sleep and taking care of others....now it's our time...we earned it.  We finally made it to our golden years......and we truly want them to feel golden.  

No more counting calories, no more exercising on a schedule for me....no more writing down what I eat.

I have always been a person that woke up happy every day....no matter what my day was to bring...lately...that has not always been the case...lately I have felt like life was a bit of a chore and that I was not really having much fun......and that there was no need for us to be on any kind of a schedule anymore.....We are free birds now...and we need to have some fun...before we get too old to know what fun is.

All of you have been so supportive and helpful and fun to chat with....I will continue to read about how your lives are going.....I will post occasssionally and respond to your posts too....but I just wanted you to know that I'm switching things up a bit.....and concentrating on a different way of life.






Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2018:
thank you for writing a wonderful post for us to read! and congrats to you and D for getting to a point in your lives where you can sit back a little bit and be thankful and appreciate of your hard-earned efforts! :) you inspire us here to also reach for happiness and goals...keep on living your happy life!

BearCountryGG on 08/05/2018:
I will keep reading here...just not so many posts.....I don't want to miss what is going on ibn all of your lives!!!

Donkey on 08/05/2018:
YES - THIS! So well said and put! Your entry, along with what Gains replied to me on a comment I made to him (that's not too confusing, is it? LOL) -- this is changing how I'm looking at my journey as well.

I'm sorry to hear that you have found that you've been waking up feeling not so positive.

And what I REALLY **love** about this entry is how you're bringing the downsizing journey full circle, into eating and living. It doesn't have to be a whole cake, does it? No... after the third bite, it doesn't even really taste good any more. (This is advice you've given, so I know you know this - just using it to illustrate that I really *get* where you're coming from.)

I have a friend with whom I volunteer. When her father died last year, she went on a mission to downsize, declutter, and minimalize her lifestyle. Her mantra is to live in joy. So if she has an object in her house, it must meet a criteria of bringing her joy and being useful and being used. I want to ask her the next time if she has considered using this approach with food/dieting. She's had much success with WW in the past, but gained weight in the past 2 years. She's really sold me on the minimalist lifestyle. Ooo, I can't wait to talk to her about this!


BearCountryGG on 08/05/2018:
It's funny how losing parents makes us think about our own presence here on earth....dealing with all of their life long collections of "things" does put a lot into perspective.....and the more we own...the more we have to take care of....eating less, owning less apparently leads to worrying less and enjoying more....I'm ready...and I'm happy that you are finding your JOY TOO!!!!

happy-1 on 08/06/2018:
Hugs. A lot to process here. Food for thought and it is late but... a lot to think about.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2018:
i'm glad you are staying around the 'hood!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 04, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 219.0

 No excuses....neighbors just came by with at least 15 pounds of fresh veggies from their garden....they do keep us well supplied every summer....so kind of them......and they keep us eating what we should.

Yesterday went really well....and I can see that I'm staying within calories....but as evening wore on...I was feeling hungry...so I think I need to start going to bed earlier at night.....it's too tempting at night...and I hate to ruin a good day of eating that way...so earlier to bed for me from now on.......I'm tired of fighting that.

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/05/2018:
Nice neighbors to have!

BearCountryGG on 08/05/2018:
Yes they are.

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 03, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 219.0

I'm suspecting that my servings may be creaping up a little...no weight change I suspect...(scales still put away) ...so for today...and possibly longer...I will go into detail about what I eat today ( weighing, measuring, brands etc)...basically for my own record....since I feel like the losses have stalled again..... think it all needs tweeking.

2- k cups coffee = 9

1 asiago bakery bagel = 350 (toasted)

spray butter = 0

4 T cream cheese = 202

banana =109

small red potato =54

olive oil = 179 for 1 1/2 T

peas 1 1/2 C = 168

mini  peppers = 18

1 1/2 C zucchini = 43

fresh blueberries 1 1/2 cups = 122



Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/03/2018:
Love your motivation sign! Glad you are having a good day, too. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/03/2018:
Thank you...It's going very well.

Donkey on 08/04/2018:
Looks like it was a good day. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/04/2018:
Craving veggies...LOL

happy-1 on 08/05/2018:
Lots of veggies!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 02, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 219.0

Just a really lazy day here...up at 3 this morning and wide awake....but seriously sleepy all day.  Needing a nap I guess.


meat loaf





yellow pepper





Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
i want a few lazy days!

BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
When you get old....there will be a lot of them.

BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
When you get old....there will be a lot of them.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
LOL ;)

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 01, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 219.0

Well...our SATURDAY search for a plumber finally resulted in a call back...this morning WEDNESDAY...at 8:30 A.M....our number was left on several voice mails........HAHA.....I assumed that it was just another scam caller...and was quiet...until he asked if we had our kitchen sink leak fixed yet.....good thing it wasn't still pouring out water after 5 days...LOL ........

coffee 2



olive oil


kind bar

diet coke 2


Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/01/2018:
oh my, those plumbers sure took their time getting back to you!

Enjoy your day today! It's a new month!

BearCountryGG on 08/01/2018:
August is a big family celebration month...there will be cake!

Maria7 on 08/01/2018:
That is good that you and your Hubby were able to fix it yourselves and save doing that. I have noticed that you are making real good progress in your sticking to your new way of eating and congrats to you. You are an inspiration to all of us.

BearCountryGG on 08/01/2018:
Thank you!

Donkey on 08/02/2018:
A good food day for you - yay!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
it wasn't bad.

happy-1 on 08/02/2018:
Yeah don't hire that plumber

BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
he was the only one that di....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
lol, he got back to you so late!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/02/2018:
we would have floated away if we had waited for any of them......LOL

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