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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Dec 24, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Up and ready to get started again today.........balance is off yet blood sugars are good....ears are both plugged so that is the cause......press on anyway....things to do and no reason to use this as an excuse to get lazy. 

Coffee so far and not hungry.  Working hard to break some very old bad habits......technically...habits are not really that hard to break....I just have to replace them with something else....something like actually DOING the thing I'm avoiding!!!! 

Maria7 on 12/24/2019:
Love your outlook on breaking old habits...and like you say, habits are not really so difficult to break if we have substitutes to replace them with. Old habits were what got me into trouble each time I would reach my goalweight in the past...yielding to the same temptations that had added weight to me before...eating at nite...comfort foods for stress...I have managed to finally eliminate some bad habits (a big one was totally eliminating potato chips and other salty snack foods like them from diet that were high-fat, too)...I still am working on ice cream and give in to that sometimes...Bread is a big temptation that I have managed to lower consumption of but still have a little bread some days...What are some habits that you are working on replacing? Btw, happy Christmas Eve.

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2019:
You are doing great Maria!!!! You are absolutely correct...we can't change by doing the same things that got us into trouble. I have some bad habits that just come too easy to me...like thinking I will restart tomorrow, laying things down with the idea I will take care of it later, fighting any kind of a schedule ( in the past...scheduling motivated me...in the later years...I have rebelled against it, Putting too much food on my plate and just eating it because it's there...I have a lot to work on!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2019:
what!? what are you avoiding? i thought you weren't avoiding anything!?

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2019:
I can easily put things off when I should have just done them and gotten them over with.....any chores that I don't like......

Donkey on 12/24/2019:
I understand where you're coming from. Hope you have a good day!

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2019:
Thanks............just little things but little things pile up.

BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 23, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Sleep was spotty last night....got up at 5 and went back to bed an hour later.......sleepy again  so an afternoon nap will happen too...otherwise...feeling great.....getting things done and staying busy....still coming up with ideas for 2020.....will probably be adding a gratitude journal and self care times.......I'm thinking that pics will probably happen on the daily rather I get tired of doing them or not....so quitting won't be an option.  I also need to use up what we have around here and make it work.........probably won't be pretty pics...LOL....but I guess that isn't a prerequisite.  I will definately be counting calories as well as points...and will keep a running notebook of those.  I will also plan on a spending moratorium.......will buy food for D as well as perishables for both of us.....I plan to not buy any new clothes for myself....No need to buy something that I don't plan on wearing very long......I will use what is already on hand.  Will still buy for D as he needs.  I feel ready right now And I'm looking forward to January 1st. 

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2019:
You sound so good, BCGG!

I love food pics, even if you are using up your food, i like to see what you are up to and eating :)

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2019:
I see 2020 as the year to expect more of myself......I'm looking forward to it! I love it when others post pics too!

Maria7 on 12/23/2019:
Good plan! Good goals! Wishing you and your Hubby a Merry Christmas and happy new year!

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2019:
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

Donkey on 12/24/2019:
A gratitude journal - I like that :-)

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2019:
I've never done that before....and really don't know why.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Dec 22, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Looks like it will be a quiet Sunday.........Getting out a notebook and making a list of potential plans that can be incorporated in the new year.  I think I will possibly do things in stages....setsome goals...make a promise to myself that I do not have to enjoy it but I do need to do it anyway.  Anything worth doing is worth doing well so i need to work my way in to doing things automatically and then they will become habit.

I have never really set specific things to do at specific times with specific goals.......I have a planner waiting for January first and i will use it as a guidline for the year........no excuses, no changing plans...just following what i set out to do.

horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2019:
Once you start using the planner, you’ll have to share more about it with us :)

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2019:
I will....I'm counting on that to keep me in line!

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2019:
I ordered a new one that is hourly from Michaels...and I like the looks of it...I will also just keep a notebook for foods.....I'm looking forward to using it.

Donkey on 12/22/2019:
Key words "no changing plans" -- this is where I fall short.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2019:
Me too....I give up on plans too quickly....that needs to stop for me.

Maria7 on 12/22/2019:
Like they say...'The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step'...

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2019:
Yes it does.......I will be giving more time to sticking with a plan next year...and less time looking for a new one.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Dec 21, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Up early again...the older I get...the happier I am to get up at 4:00 A.M. because I rarely go back to sleep again at that time.  We both had a cup of coffee and D had his breakfast and then we moved 4 pieces of furniture upstairs from the basement and I'm stoked.  I have been wanting these up here for a long time.  Luckily they all fit really well.  In moving 1 piece i found a lot of tablecloths that had belonged to my parentss...had no idea they were in there and of course only a month after I ordered a new one because I don't ave any big enough to fit our ddining room table.  Just another reason to begin focusing on the basement after the holidays.  I also found a really old world war 1 photo of my Grandfathers....that needs to find a home on a wall up here too. 

Not hungry yet but I think it will be some dinner lftovers....I never have a problem with eating dinner food for breakfast...in fact I think I just may like it better than breakfast foods that i find kind of bland. 

Not counting now until Jan 1st..........and then thinking that I need to get a lot more serious about what I eat........I need to decide and just stick with it...like it or not..........

I had a couple of very long phone calls with family yesterday....youngest son hasn't been feeling well.....and trying to get him to go to the doctor is about as hard as getting myself to go.........and now we worry about him and his wife that is already fighting a form of muscular dystrophy.  The other call was from one of D's sisters who is almost blind, an amputee and other serious health problems who is widowed and living alone and 2 years younger than me.  We had a good heart to heart and both came away feeling like we had a very good meaningful conversation.  But I came away with new worries that make me feel today like I need to keep busy and get things in order....which is what I do when i'm feeling helpless.....so be it.

I'm giving a lot of thought to what I want to achieve in 2020 and I noticed that my first thought was "can I do it?"....and then realized WHY I was questioning my abilities!  By questioning myself before even starting...I was giving myself an out and why would I want to do that? 

What if I set a program in place and then MADE myself do it????   Why is that such a difficult idea for me to process?  What if I did it rather I wanted to or not?  What if it became so routine that i did it without thinking and did not give myself any slack or even a choice for that matter.

My mindset makes me or breaks me........I need to make myself push on, when it's  difficult, when I don't want to anymore......I need to look at it as something I have to do...like it or not. 

I need to stay in my own lane and end up somewhere between 115 and 130 pounds by December 31, 2020

Edit...Happily surprised...Son called to say that he went to the walk in clinic this afternoon and they started him on antibiotics....so that makes us happy.......he missed a small Christmas party but didn't feel that he should expose anyone else to his germs either...so it worked out well....he just has had ear infections one after the other since birth and has been a tough bug to keep away for very long........we are happy he went...so sigh of relief here.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2019:
how nice to discover old memories!!!

i read a story about someone who always had dinner for breakfast stating it had more nutrition and filled her up...

you are doing good, staying active!

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2019:
I'm feeling great!

Donkey on 12/21/2019:
While it's hard for me to get out of bed that early, I *do* love it when I get up early like that. For me it's 4:30am - I have more time for me in the mornings, and I love the peace of the early morning. So once I'm out of bed, it's great.

I love the idea of bringing items out to add to your decor, whether it's pictures or furniture. That's great!

It was brought to my attention that perhaps now is a good time to start thinking of 2020 goals. I confess that this hadn't even occurred to me to do yet. You ask a really good question that got me to thinking. Why do I not stick to a program or plan? Why do I let myself do that? I realize that's not exactly what your question was, but that is the question I have for myself.

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2019:
I think that between 4 and 5 A.M. in the morning and between 4 and 5 in the P.M. may be my 2 hours with the most energy...I seem to be driven during those times...huh...never realized that before....exactly 12 hours apart. I love to add new things that have a meaning...makes the house so much more personal.....I do think your thought was my question to myself....I start too often and then let myself slack off...I need to be tougher with myself and keep on until I reach a goal. I do get really wishy washy sometimes...I need to press on like it or not.....we are coming up to a good restart point....

Donkey on 12/21/2019:
And I'll start thinking of some 2020 goals for myself. :)

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2019:
Looking forward to hearing about your new year goals....great time to set some...!!!

BearCountryGG - Friday Dec 20, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Just feeling really good here lately......up at 4:00 A.M. and after my coffee got really productive and emptied a cabinet, washed down and replaced some of it...........I'm  liking the way it's all turning out.  Thankfully the 1 bedroom closet is picking up the slack...pretty unconventional to have a pantry in the bedroom...but I've gotta do what I gotta do.  It works and that is all I care about right now.

The bedroom pantry will need an overhaul now...LOL

Eating just is so less important to me when I stay busy all day........I guess that is how I had so many slim years....

No need to count anything right now so not doing that....although i will probably start again after the holidays justt for the fun of it.....fun may not be the right word...LOL

I would really like to be between  115 and 130 in 2020......will see how that goes.

Donkey on 12/20/2019:
I had a chuckle over your comment about the bedroom pantry needing to be cleaned out now, lol. Were you able to get rid of stuff in your kitchen as you were reorganizing?

It might be a good idea to track food every once in a while. I wish I had a food scale so that, from time to time, I could measure portions of certain foods.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2019:
I did find a few things to toss....found a few things I forgot about...a few small appliances to test out to see if they still work...and some will get donated once I get that done.....found a lot of outdated food which I will concentrate on using up in the new year.......ALL of the top shelves are now empty.....and they will stay that way...how is it that cabinets with doors still let grease cling to everything in a kitchen and inside of cupboards??? UGH

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2019:
yes, working hard and being focused with tasks def keeps the mind off food, especially if you are self-motivated on those tasks and 100% focused! i agree! also, taking care of kids uses SO MUCH ENERGY...i see my sister in the best shape of her life taking care of her 1 year old. she's constantly moving around and taking care of this boy and it keeps her mind off food.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2019:
Busy is definately best!!! For sure.

innerpeace on 12/20/2019:
Cleaning out the pantry is a great idea. I found some sweetened condensed milk in my cabinet that expired in 2017. It didn't look quite right and I through this all away.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2019:
Funny how we always find surprises when we clean out all that stuff that makes it's way to the back......My shopping is definatly going tom slow down until this stuff is gone...tiem to get creative.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Dec 19, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Rearranging my time has made a huge difference for me.  Putting my time where it makes the best impact on my happiness and life makes a lot more sense than wasting it on things that really have no impact on my happiness has been a good lesson.

I spent a big part of yesterday rearranging the kitchen to just work better ( it had mainly been the same as D had set it up for a hunting camp years ago and never has worked well for me)..............but I cook differently than he does.....he can reach higher shelves than I can......he cooks with cast iron pans and they are way too heavy for me.   This kitchen is small....so small appliances are moving to a closet out of the kitchen.......right now i can't reach them without a 4 step ladder........taking them out of the room and putting them somewhere that I can easily reach will make using them a lot easier for me. 

I had no imput in how this kitchen was designed and I'm uncomfortable with it.....not a kitchen built for ease of cooking but that doesn't mean that I can't make it better without a total rip out and redo......I'm on a mission.

I admit to being a bit snippy with D right now.......frustration is in the air....but it will pass when I get this done......hopefully today.  I'm  really now realizing how posessive I have been over the last 53 years when it comes to my kitchens........I had always been in control of that part of the house and had never had any opposition on how it was run.......and I'm now on a mission. 

Breakfast for me was toasted bagel and PB with coffee....D had his usual breakfast cooked in cast iron...he truly is a creature of habit and his cast iron cookware will stay where it is for his convenience....and now back to work.

Emptying cabinets, scrubbing them out and refilling in a different way and I like it.


Donkey on 12/19/2019:
My kitchen was designed by someone tall, too. I understand your frustration. I bet it's kind of fun to reorganize. It's like getting a new kitchen without having to go through the mess and cost of remodeling.

Glad you have time to drop in here. I missed your insights and updates last week.

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
I'm having a lot of fun...and contemplating just leaving the 2 top shelves empty........things just never get used up there......AND THANK you for the error I made in the old house made new again addy yesterday....you were exactly right....I fixed it...it didn't turn blue but now you can copy and past into the addy bar and it goes right to it.......Thank you for noticing my error.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
rearranging things also makes me smile, especially if i gain extra space from it or throw out unnecessary things :)

you will smile when the cabinets are cleaned!

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
I am already smiling...I'm loving the change...not to mention emptying a cabinet and scrubbing it down just makes me so happy...boy and I simple...LOL

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Dec 18, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

After taking an internet break of sorts ( just a limited amount each day)......and creating some new habits over the last 6 days I'm feeling energized and feeling a lot more productive.  Sitting at the computer was consuming my days and becoming a habit that I was having trouble breaking. 

I cut back on Facebook posts but scanned it daily.  I read here daily to keep up with everyone..........and made some changes that get me off my butt and on my feet more.  Email is an ongoing thing so had to keep up with that...as well as a few other necessities....but I made a lot of cuts and I'm fine with it.

I had cancelled my Weight Watchers subscription ( this has happened many times over the last few years)......and D finally voiced his opinion about that....he suggested that I just plan on being a WW member forever.....he was totally onboard...he didn't care if I followed the plan day to day or not but he did feel that rather I was actually doing the program or not that I got a lot of enjoyment from it here and there so I should just keep it up and use it  when I wanted to......so I once again for the millionth time...joined and it will just be there in the background off and on and I will use it at will...he felt that it was $20.00 a month well spent......I thought I was saving money by quitting but he pointed out that he gets lots of magazine subscriptions and I don't...so he felt I got something out of it....so be  it....there it is...some days I count points...some days I don't...but it also gives calories so I guess it's a win/win. 

I do feel like I am making better use of my time now.  I'm not letting so much of it slip away doing things that really don't matter in the whole scheme of things......I've set some personal standards that I'm enjoying a lot. 

I often get into ruts that seem to lead me to more ruts....LOL......BUT...digging myself out of them is fun too.....and I'm having fun right now digging out. 

Recently we found out that the house we built 40 years ago and had lived in for 32 years....had been remodeled over the last year and was sold in October.  He bought it as a single guy and he is still single...and while living in it for 8 years he decided to bring it up to date and what an amazing redo he did.  D and I have been pouring over the pictures of what he has done with it......what fun we have had reminising over that for the last few hours......he did an amazing job with it......I will see if I can get a addy for that and post it if I can...in case anyone is interested.


I think I need a lesson on how to copy and paste here....it wouldn't let me so I typed it in.

But I will say that we are super impressed with what our buyer did with it.




innerpeace on 12/18/2019:
I couldn't get your link to work. I am glad to see you're back, but I understand trying to limit screen time. In November I quit playing Candy Crush and I know I have saved at least two hours a day.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2019:
I couldn't get copy and paste to work here.....so it wouldn't highlight......but when I copy and paste what I typed in it takes me to a site to click.......I needed to be away from the computer lately....it has become quite an obsession of mine and getting other things done was getting put aside.....I will keep trying to get it to highlight.

happy-1 on 12/18/2019:
Missed you!!!! I think he is right and you should just plan to keep doing it. Self care makes a big difference in what you can do for both of you.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2019:
I missed you guys too...but I read what you guess were up to those days.

Donkey on 12/19/2019:
Maybe the link didn't work because you have a comma after the WWW instead of a dot.

I guess it would be fun to see the changes made to your old house. Memories!

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
DONKEY>>>THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.........It didn't turn blue but if you copy and paste into the address line now it does take you right to it!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
my parents had a house for many years...like around 20-25 years they lived in this particular one. and the buyers totally changed the outside and it, too, looks so beautiful now. it's interesting to see the positive changes people make to their homes.

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
It is fun...we built it in 1977 and it was a total 70's house...orange counter tops... fake stained glass light fixtures.....blue, yellow and brown bathroom fixtures....sooo 70's...and we never did remodel it.....but the new guy really did a beautiful job on it...he knocked out some walls, the kitchen now is a lot smaller and he took a big part of what was our whole kitchen and turned it into a snack bar, and coolers etc......he knocked down the wall between the laundry room and the master bath and made it into one room.....very interesting...D and I agree...he is a lot more creative then we would ever have been and we love what he did. The guy is still single and it was too big for him and we all talked about that at the time but I think he had already planned to update it then....but we have had fun seeing what he did with it for sure. I'm sure your family did too.

innerpeace on 12/19/2019:
Link works. What a stunning, stunning home! It is beautiful. I would just want an exhaust somehow over the kitchen stove and I always say if I redo my bathroom I am installing a bidet! Thanks for sharing.

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
I agree...there are a few things he didn't think about being a single guy like bathroom cabinets with doors...and you are right...no exhaust fan in kitchen....he took risks and made choices that D and I would never have thought of......it really did surprise us though!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Dec 12, 2019
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Weight: 0.0

Well.....I've proven to myself that at 1,200 calories I just maintain.......I do have hashimotos that slows down metabolism as does my past dieting history.  I have also learned how to stay at that without counting until I'm done eating in the evening.  So, I'm accepting that I am apparently where I should be rather I'm happy with that or not.  I'm accepting that as meeting a goal of sorts because I'm not a fan of counting food all day for myself. 

In anticipation of the new year.....I plan to cut back my online time........Over  the last few years it has replaced my time reading and doing other things that I really want to get back to doing again.  Of course I will never give up the internet totally....but I do want to cut back on it. 

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and a happier new year. 




Donkey on 12/12/2019:
I really liked this post, all the way around.

I'm surprised to read that you do not like counting calories, I guess because you do it so well?

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Counting cals makes me think too much about food...I am really far better off if I just eat when I'm hungry and eat what I'm craving...it is so much less of a hassle.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
If cutting your time online is makes you happy as does not counting calories and you can maintain, then that is exactly what you should do :) You are the boss of you! LOL

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
I enjoy being online but it does encourage me to sit around a little too long during the day..

happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
I feel you. I definitely need to limit online time. Just not this site.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2019:
I still read here...but online time is so much less now and I like it.

innerpeace on 12/17/2019:
Oh I thought you were going to start limiting for the new year...not leading up to it! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2019:
Test run...LOL I liked it.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Dec 11, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Bright sun and bitter cold....D at the dentist...and I'm home trying to figure out why the printer prints pictures and no text......

Still eating the things that need to be used up........apparently i've learned the fine art of maintenence...scales haven't moved in apparently a long time.  I heard last night that we burn 1 calorie per minute when we are sitting down......that is 1,440 calories burned per day just existing in a chair or bed..........................



Donkey on 12/11/2019:
Very cold here too. Burns more calories? But I seem to be eating extra to make up for that.

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Bitter here today...even colder than yesterday....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/11/2019:
Maintenance is DEF NOT A BAD THING ! :) at least you've learned what you need to remain the same. the hardest is making further changes!

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Yup....I can decide to pursue it longer but not sure i want to....I'm not a fan of counting but can now just stay at around 1,200 to 1,300 without counting.

BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 09, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Spent some time this weekend looking at expiration dates on groceries on hand and found a lot of foods that are either out of date ( they don't scare me)...or the dates are getting close...so I need to concentrate on using these things up...I also have a lot of prepared leftovers in the freezer, some identifiable and some mystery packages.  This stuff just needs to be used up.....since I am now counting calories I think I can figure out calories on all of it one way or another.  It's been a year since I cleaned out the freezer so basically it is mainly 1 year old or less......and the things in the house closet just need to be used up......so today I think I will just start using what needs to be used up......I've decided to just use whatever needs to be used the most first.....( guess I should take vitamins)

OPERATION....USE THIS JUNK UP...With pictures and calories

Breakfast 7:00

1 cup coffee = 2 cals, 1 cup decaf coffee = 5 cals, 1/2 cup liquid egg whites ( need to be used up because the carton is open = 67 cals), 1 expired container yogurt = 130 cals

7:40 Multi vitamin, extra C, extra D, Extra omegas, B12, turmeric

Full of energy again today and feeling really good......some sorting of boxes going on today and I think plenty will end up in the trash......where, in the past I had brought a lot of things up to sort...and then just got overwhelmed by it...so now the sorting will happen today....I am really happier without all of the clutter.... also a pile of shirts that need buttons sewn back on has taken over the dresser...I'm tired of looking at that pile grow...today....I sew on buttons or mend those.  I'm also going to isolate some bottles of perfume, lotions, oils etc including make up....and work on tossing or using those up....and putting the newer things away for later.  Less shopping, more using things up.......clutter makes me uncomfortable.



Donkey on 12/09/2019:
When I initially read your entry this morning, I asked myself, Why on earth would you put egg whites into a cup of coffee? After reading all of the crazy stuff other folks put in their coffee, hey, why not egg whites? (You'd be surprised.) This photo looks much better than egg white coffee, LOL...

It depends on what the food is, but I too have a lot of leeway with expiration dates.

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2019:
LOL....just poured the egg whites in a storage container and microwaved ...that sure is easy...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2019:
my vitamins were used up, so this time i ordered some gummies as a change of pace lol....i'm not afraid of expired yogurts either and NEVER have seen a watermelon yogurt! that's new to me!

how did you get the eggwhites in a perfect square? microwave?

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2019:
Microwaved them in a little storage container...and it worked so well.

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