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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 222.0

Getting a lot of housework done around here already this morning...in between playing games ( words with friends) ....funny how that can make me get moving FAST!!!!

I'm challenging myself to a day of 1,300 calories.........(one day at a time)...and took all of my vitamins for good measure.

1 cup black coffee = 5

1 cup chai latte =70

oatmeal with raisins = 135

Chicken = 140

carrots= 8

dressing = 180

beef= 100

potato = 100

date nut bar = 200

muffin= 208



D found this 180 pound black bear peeking at him through the trees yesterday......

Progress as of today: 30.8 lbs lost so far, only 77 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/24/2018:
Welcome back! Hope you love your new laptop :-)

Good luck with today's challenge - I love reading your menus!

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2018:
Love the new one...still getting to know it......but happy to be able to not worry about it catching fire anymore!

innerpeace on 07/24/2018:
Incredible picture. My husband plays word with frees ALL THE TIME!! My mom too, if you want someone to play with or need more games, I will give you their screen names.

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2018:
Sounds good...I love that game.

horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2018:
good challenge, scary bear, food looks awesome!

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2018:
1 day at a time is do-able

happy-1 on 07/24/2018:
Was he looking to share your picnic basket?

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2018:
LOL...Maybe D had jerky breath????

BearCountryGG - Monday Jul 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 222.0

Setting up the new computer but it won't let me add to the diary I started this morning so I started a new one...........will end the day within  1,300 cals

quinoa/brown rice


roasted chicken




RX bar

a  few jelly beans

Progress as of today: 30.8 lbs lost so far, only 77 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Monday Jul 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 222.0

Quick post...they say the new computer will arrive today...I sure hope so!!!

I'm challenging myself to a day of no more than 1,300 calories....game on!!

2 coffee = 9 ( according to fitday) 

quinoa/brown rice = 350

pork = 336



Friends gave us one of their gigantic roasting chickens....so that is in the oven already...no idea how long that will take to cook...but it will be  part of an easy dinner/lunch.  Went out and did the grocery shopping......and got a call from youngest son "B"......looks like he inherited his dad's knees  :(

Progress as of today: 30.8 lbs lost so far, only 77 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2018:
yayyyy on the upcoming laptop! great cal goals! good job and i'm loving my coffee today, too!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 222.0

Gotta be quick....or this thing gets hot and turns itself off............

Having good luck with some self talk

The first thing I do these days is get out of bed and tell myself that I need to eat to lose....and if there is anything else that needs to be done...then I go over that then too.......seems to set the mood for my day......scales good today too...still out...but will probably put them away again soon.......getting into the old clothes......somethings I had forgotten about...kinda like Christmas...LOL

Progress as of today: 30.8 lbs lost so far, only 77 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/24/2018:
Good job with a positive outlook and positive self talk! Only way to move forward.

BearCountryGG - Friday Jul 20, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 224.2

This computer gets so hot the special computer fan doesn't even take care of it anymore....so broke down and ordered  a new one ...we don't need a fire in this house....it will be a few days before it arrives and I get it set up.....thinking of everyone.

Progress as of today: 28.6 lbs lost so far, only 79.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2018:
yayyyy...a laptop or computer? same monitor?

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:
Another lap top.....we started with desk tops...and our last 2 have been laptops...and they travel so well.....we went with another one.

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:
I've been babying this one along for so many months now....I really shouldn't complain.....but I'm finally looking forward to a new one ….this one gets dangerously hot...and it turns itself off...and for the last 2 days...the page keeps jumping all over...so it didn't leave me any choice.

happy-1 on 07/20/2018:
Hugs. Good choice

Donkey on 07/21/2018:
I hope you'll be back online soon. You made the right decision to get a new laptop.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2018:
well, now you will not have problems for a long time :) with your new purchase. i use laptops too and use my laptop on my lap of course, on my couch basically always :) so much more convenient than a desktop!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jul 19, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 224.2

 Just had to get the scales back out this morning...yesterdays pants just kept having to be pulled back up.......and there was a nice loss...so I'm happy....pants hit the trash ( they were worn out anyway)...and now I'm wondering how many pairs I will have to try on this morning before I find some that actually fit........pajama pants are too big to...LOL...time to dig deeper in my closet I guess....Funny how I don't mind big shirts...( for awhile at least....but pants have to go when they get too baggy).  

My DD issues yesterday were my computer...not DD........it acted up all day and over heated....D says get a new one...I'm dragging my feet for some unknown reason...this computer and I have bonded apparently in some weird way...LOL...I just don't want to give up on it....LOL

I'm kind of suprised that the scales were good...since I have been eating plenty of carbs....although the quantities have been very small each time........I have always lost eating carbs in the past...( I think it slows things down a bit)....bu tI'm on a mission to use up every morsel of food in this house...downsizing is keeping me motivated.....D tells me what he wants me to get him at the store.....and he now has his own cupboard for his favorites...and that has always worked well for us.......but there is plenty of things in the food storage closet that satisfy me when the junky mood hits.....so all is well....I'm really getting into the less is more frame of mind...I have been for awhile...but it's picked up even more this summer.

The more you have, the more you have to take care of.......and that means more to me right now than ever in my life......

At night when I go back over my foods for the day...they never go over 1,500 cals...and sometimes are around 1,200 or even less 1 day......portion sizes matter...I have found that I can eat any decadent thing I desire......by just having a tiny portion......I can live with that very happily....large quantities of food have never been my thing anyway....I don't think I have ever stretched my stomach out........what I have to watch out for is small portions frequently...now that can do me in very easily. 

From my earliest childhood I remember well a singer named Dinah Shore...and she said something I have never forgotten...and that was a single taste of everything will keep your weight under control.....the TV cook  Jada DiLaurentis does the same thing...and she is very thin......That is how I lost weight as a teenager....it works.....it's the first bite that is the tastiest and most satisfying.....( I usually eat a little more than that)...and every bite after that is basically just getting shoveled in............so....the things on my list are not being over eaten...unless of course they appeqar several times in one day...LOL...in that case...all bets are off and tomorrow is another day...LOL



2 coffee

corned beef hash

cake in a cup


Lunch will be something that they gave out for free at the grocery store and D refuses to eat it....so that will be my lunch today...it's a 1 serving container of cottage cheese with peaches and pecans.....not sure how I feel about that...but ai will find out...and maybe  avocado

Dinner will be by D's request...brats, quinoa and baked beans

Computers getting hot so will possibly be back laer.



Progress as of today: 28.6 lbs lost so far, only 79.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/19/2018:
Time for a new laptop. I know where you're coming from, getting attached to certain objects. I was like that with my old laptop --- until it died, and then I was without a computer -- for a few days because a replacement wasn't as quick as <snap>...

Very well done with the weigh-ins :-) You seem to be in your groove -- as long as it works for you (and isn't unhealthy), go for it!

And I do agree with the "one-bite" rule - it's true!

bearcountrygg on 07/19/2018:
It's funny...I do have another laptop....but I don't like it.....I guess it's time for me to send all of the photos to Shutterfly...before I can't access them...hmmmmm….. Scales are happy.....closet is getting happier......Thank you!

happy-1 on 07/19/2018:
Good job!

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2018:
we all need carbs, i do not think they slow loss...but it's easier to overeat on processed junk food carbs bc those type of foods tend to have higher calories than let's say cabbage, for example!

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:
Our brains run on carbs and fat......and I've always lost eating them...I know I couldn't give them up for life...so I eat them....

Maria7 on 07/19/2018:
Wow, look at you! Making real good progress! Congratulations!

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2018:
Thank you!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jul 18, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 228.0

The site is acting kind of funny today....or maybe it's my wifi...not sure.

Stomach started growling so loudly last evening that it was actually getting kind of funny....didn't eat...really nothing sounded tempting.......so it's still growling this morning......will have to feed it something I guess....LOL

D has gone out looking for bear tracks with the dogs....and I have the house to myself for a few hours...can't say I mind that too much.....peace and quiet.

Starting with 2 cups coffee 

Leftover garlic couscous....didn't care for it when freshly made...but after a couple of days in the fridge...it was actually good.

little pk of granola bites

small slice pizza

kind bar

dried apples

diet orange coke

beef stroganoff


fiber one brownie



Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2018:
i love a little alone quiet time!

site has been fine on my end!

bearcountrygg on 07/18/2018:
My comuter has been acting up all day...and now it's hot...so it must be me.

horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2018:
fiber 1 foods taste SO GOOD.

bearcountrygg on 07/18/2018:
yup...maybe too good!

happy-1 on 07/19/2018:
Look at you, down 10+lbs since the beginning of the year!

bearcountrygg on 07/19/2018:
Should be more....but I'll take it.....

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 17, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 228.0

I think we are finally wrapping up all of the maintenace type of things around here today...hope this generac guy shows up...changes the generator oil and gets this job done.. ...then that's it for the yr.  D thought bunching all of this stuff up during his recoueration time would be a good thing,,,,but it's been a bit overwhelming.....anyway...today just may be the last appt. 

coffee 2

Sandwich about 4 hours after getting up

small piece pizza

diet orange coke

fiber one bar


diet ginger ale

Food quantities very small today

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/17/2018:
Having gone through a little bit of inconvenience with home maintenance myself, I am sure this will be a HUGE relief to have everything wrapped up.

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2018:
Yes.....he's here now...and it's the last of it all...!!!

horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2018:
Maintenance all around is a goo dthing!

i'm so glad to hear D is finishing up with his appts.

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2018:
All done after today.....

BearCountryGG - Monday Jul 16, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 228.0

Well...yesterday was very weird......had 2 english muffins toasted with butter and peanut butter...and coffee....and proceeded to basically sleep the day away....woke up once and had a can of diet pop, cashews and chocolate covered raisins...and went back to sleep....woke up later....and had another can of diet pop and cookies.......and that's the way it was.......just plain sleepy....and junky.

BUT..slept well all night...and got up ready to go today...congested and sneezing alot ( allergies or cold?)....awake and ready for the day....and craving dinner......5:30 in the morning...I'm making dinner....but I guess that just reaffirms to me...that my body will tell me what it needs...if I just listen.....so I made dinner for breakfast today.   No idea of the calories...but it was very healthy....so...I went with that.  Still staying away from the scales..........indefinately.  

This just pointed out to me again.....that my body will tell me...if I just listen........sometimes it's hard to put aside all of the dieting rules......all of the expectations, all of the points and calories......( although I can eat within the calories...as long as I eat what I crave).  

It's interesting to me that 50 years ago...pregnancy told me VERY CLEARLY...what I needed to eat for the baby........tuna fish, grapefruit and blueberry ice cream ( that was at a store nearby)...I've never seen that ice cream since.....but it was there when I needed it.

I do believe in fate...I do believe in karma...I do believe that things happen for a reason. I do know...that diets make me fat...................listening to my body and eating what it's craving normalizes my weight.....This whole process has made itself very clear to me many times over the years...yet...I so often thumbed my nose at it...and tried to follow..usual dieting rules.....and ended up rebelling...and bingeing.   But when I eat what I crave...I don't binge...I'm satisfied.........I'm going with that.  End of my story!!

My weird breakfast...hit the spot...and I'm satisfied.

2 cups black coffee

chicken breast and red and yellow peppers cooked in olive oil

pesto pasta ( knorr mix)

canned carrots

Getting a lot done today...loads of laundry, some paperwork and a birthday letter to a 91 year old aunt......no desire to sleep today.....and that dinner/breakfast is really sticking with me......



cheese and broccoli on noodles

diet orange coke


mixed fruit/veg sauce


seltzer water (bubly)

diet vernors, 




Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2018:
I'm also still in that kinda sleep mode cycle. sometimes i think it just helps the body with stress and all...i think it's ok to get in these sleep phases every now and again.

loving those peppers and chicken breast.

everything sounds good..good job and everything. wow a letter...can she read it no problem!?

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2018:
Oh yes...she still drives...and lives in an apartment by herself....she does well.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2018:
that's great for her!!!

good menu for you!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jul 15, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 228.0

Having a very sleepy day here....zero energy... not much interest in food........just would like to nap the entire day away I think....luckily there was plenty of leftovers for D...so he had a good lunch.  


Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2018:
One thing i have learned about sleepy days: rest and enjoy a nap!

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2018:
All day...and all night.....I'm awake today!! LOL

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