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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jun 12, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

 Scales dropped nicely apparently I was holding a lot of water.......up all night heading for the bathroom....it was worth it.

The new setup is great...it suits me perfectly...last night in the evening I was thinking of snacking.....but the idea that I had to sit at the table to do it was such a turnoff that I forgot about food totally....proves to me that I wasn't really hungry.

Leaving beverages at the table was perfect too...it kept me from sinking into that cozy lazyboy chair...and kept me from getting lazy.

7 A.M. to 3 P.M. worked out perfectly ( coincidentally...those were my working hours when I was a secretary)

Also...Monday ww weigh ins also were my most successful ww group/loss...so on ww it's Monday...but I will probably continue weighing in daily or every few days...that may change and just become mondays only.

I got so much done yesterday that I'm excited to get on with it today..............I may not be a big exerciser...but I can keep moving.....today I do plan to get on the exercise bike though ( D is making really good use of that himself...it was a good purchase)

It's true for me I see...that I can't lose doing the same things that made me gain......flipping the script...looks very promising.....but I think the key for me is that I ENJOY this!!!


coffee 2 cups=    0 points       9 cals

1/2 cup fage 0% yogurt = 0 points     60 cals

2 scrambled eggs = 0 points   149 cals

5 naan minis = 5 points      150 calories

spray butter = 0 points     0 cals


5 points          368 cals


hamburger, potatoes, lettuce, tomato, funyums

snack later will be combos and a almond butter bar.....

heading to on a shopping run....will be gone through dinner so we are just taking snacks



Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2018:
for me, lately, the scale is seriously up and down 2-3 lbs each day i weigh myself...it's so hysterical!

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2018:
well...apparently 4 pounds in either direction is normal.....guess we can't really control that.

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
Good job!!!! Exciting!!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2018:
yeah, i'd just like my four lb range to be lower..like the bottom number now i'd like to be my highest weight...i just want a slightly lower range. not, much, just couple lbs lol...i'm pretty happy, just at the top of my range. lol. maintenance.

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
You have muscle and that weighs more than fat. Besides...if you lose too much and you don't have the fat to lose...you start losing heart and other organs...you do not want to go there just for a number on the scale....you may be better off going for inches lost...or muscle definition. You don't appear to have any body fat.....or at least very low.

Donkey on 06/12/2018:
No point count for lunch? Sounds yummy!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
We were running out the door...no time to post that.

BearCountryGG - Monday Jun 11, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 245.8

Well.... let me start by saying I guess I have been fooling myself (not really...I knew better).....and getting no where..................I overheard D telling someone on the phone last night about a fool being someone who keeps doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome...( he was talking about sometthing else but it applies to me)...I think I was meant to over hear that...and it made an impact....and while I was hearing that...I was filling my face with cheetos...and actually hiding the mini bags in the chair next to me...UGH!!!!!! ( in another room from where he was........hiding food...hiding eating....I can be good all day...and then sneak to eat in the evening and undo the entire day.  SOOOOOO............................

I have to do something different to get a differrent result.

I gave it a lot of thought.

The scales were seriously ugly today and I deserved it...and I just remembered...I had cookies last night too...no wonder.

So...I have made some new rules for myself...and I told him about them...so he knows.

I also watched some videos on the ww freestyle and how people are having problems with the 200 zero point foods...and so they have new ways of dealing with those...and I will too....a seriously good point was made by one who used the new recipe for a 4 point cheesecake..( the whole cheesecake????).......it may be 0 points for a piece...and 4 points for the whole thing....but the whole thing adds up to over 1,000 calories.....no wonder people are gaining on it.

SOOOO......my new self imposed rules are

1.  Eat and drink ONLY at the table in full view of the world when at home ( will stop food sneaking)

2.  Use fitday to count calories at the same time so that I do not over use the free foods

3.  Computer, and tv will stay off until evening...only daytime  computer use will be regarding fitday, ww and DD...until evening

4.  No daytime reading

5.  No naps...they just waste time I could be accomplishing things...and they can affect my night time sleep sometimes

6.  I have so many thngs that need to be done that I keep putting off...now I have all day to accomplish those and the extra activity will  burn calories too.

7.  Keep a record of what I weigh, eat, accomplish and learn everyday 

8.  Retrain myself to do what will get me where I want to go in regards to everything...and leave all old bad habits behind so that I can learn new habits.

Got up and sat down with my first cup of coffee to chat with D and watch the news....and realized...that this was supposed to be a day of new habits.  So I had him remove all of his "stuff" from the dining room table...I put down a tablecloth...and made our breakfasts....I LOVED eating at the table....and I told him my new plans.


2 boiled eggs                                                                                           points = 0        calories = 154

1 cup coffee and poured the second cup and leaving it on the table      points = 0        calories = 9

5 cherry tomatoes                                                                                   points = 0        calories = 18

1/2 cup sliced peaches from frozen                                                        points = 0         calories =  118

1/2 cup fage 0% yogurt                                                                           points = 0         calories = 60


359 cals

                                                                                                                             0   points



12 inch turkey and vegetable subway sandwich

537 calories                                                                                                          12 points


Spent the morning doing laundry and finding the health department in town...that took awhile......got the tick kit..and came home and bundled him all up....and went back to town and mailed him off to Michigan State Lab...along with a bill for D's physical therapy...stopped and bought groceries...and picked up subway for lunch.  Youngest son called...he and daughter in law got home from their trip to Wyoming at 4 this morning...so all is well there.....and now time for me to get back to work on the laundry and lookng  for some other chores to get done....this keeping the TV, and comuter off isn't bad at all...still have the urge to sit down a read...but resisting that...will do that tonight.  

Vitamin, extra C, zinc, omegas, turmeric and 2 baby aspirin

I got a lot done today...including finding a sock behind the dresser, the small pillow under the bed and my missing slipper behind the dryer...but in the process...I broke the dryer vent connection...so D is at the harware getting another one...but I did get to vaccum up dustbunnies from under it and the washer...so that was cool!!!!  Got all of the winter bedding stashed away with D's help.....I love wool dryer balls called lamby balls....and somehow I have lost 2 ......never did find those today...I was hoping they were behind the dryer...but nope!!!  I know they didn't just walk ( roll) away........tomorrow is another day......I've been on my feet and accomplishing things for 8 hour now...so I decided that 3:00 would be a good stop time.....so now the rest of the day is mine...I LOVED this!!!!  I got so many things done that I havve been putting off.......I feel productive today!!!!!  And sitting down for a drink of water at the table kept me from sitting in my lazy boy chair all day...haven't sat there once......maybe it is true...that  doing everything different changes everythingg...it sure changed my day......I'm actually looking forward to tomorrrow....I must be crazy...LOL


2 boiled eggs                  154 cals                                                      0 points

Bumble Bee tunasalad cracker kit 300 cals                                       10 points


cals for day  = 1,350                                     points for day = 22




Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 100.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I bought a bath soak thing for sore muscles from the dollar store. Trying a bath at night instead of a shower to find a different way to feel good at night instead of eating. Maybe it will hep me with the midnight munchies.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
That is a good idea...I like Epsom salt baths sometimes....that evening snacking has been a real issue for me...I can be good all day....but at night...I'm awful.

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
1. try not to be too hard on yourself. if i were retired at home, i realize the temptations might be greater than now when i'm at work...comparing my situation to yours ;)

2. a coworker suggested that the new WW is not really helpful towards weight loss but a marketing tactic...to get new customers on WW...to make people try another diet again..i agree...even though the new approach is to eat healthier, calories are what make weight go down. ... maybe stick to treats like 3 days a week instead of everyday?? or, limit the size of the treat.

3. try to also give yourself something rewarding, even if it's not food form. try not to give yourself so many rules that all you want to do is revolt!....i tend to revolt when i'm too harsh on myself. when i used to eat very low cal, i'd have serious bingeing problems...like way worse than yours...just terrible...

4. why do you have to drink only at the table? i'd think taking some water or selzter or flavored water (with lime or lemon) around your house and on errands will be helpful. when i am driving doing errands, i love drinking low sugar or light drinks along the way...

5. what do you think of donkey's treat? the decaf coffee with chocolate light sweetener? i thought that was a great idea for evenings.

6. maybe come up with new treats that are lighter...would you ever consider the light ice creams that i eat?? halo top and enlightened are the brands. very light. enlightened may give a little gas but really that's if you eat a pint of it. lol.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I kind of think I need to get harder on myself...I have totally let it all go since retiring...and lost my sense of responsibility...I used to be so much more organized in general...and I miss it. WW does make changes every year or 2...and I think this is the worst...so I'm counting calories too...just to keep it in check. Drinking at the table is a reminder more than anything...to only eat at the table...that may ease up once it's a habit. Donkeys evening treat could work...I agree. I've tried the ice creams...and they are ok...but to me...I didn't like the cost for what I was getting....and the laxative affect was not a positive thing for me...LOL....but you are right...lots of great ideas there...Thank you!!!

innerpeace on 06/11/2018:
I hope you plan works. I hope you find something that works for you.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I'm enjoying it today...and I'm worn out...LOL

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Have you ever played games online? You could find one you like that is cooperative and spend time playing with friends at night... you are socially isolated right now. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortnite

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I do play words with friends...I really enjoy that one...and I used to have quite a yoville set up.....but I'm not sure I can even access that one anymore......I will look up what you listed above. I have a friend that really wants me to get into some life game thing...she dates people ther...and it gets pretty wild...she's single...so that's fine for her...but I would not want to plaqy something like that..>LOL

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
yes those ice creams are a pretty penny indeed quite expensive...and yes...the laxative effect. got you completely on both !

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Sounds like second life. That's what my ex in San Diego is addicted to. That kind of stuff is actually really life-robbing... I can't compete with the real-virtual women he is involved with there. Co-op games are different. You play with friends to complete a mission and it's like a couple of hours a week and you are all talking and doing it at the same time.

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
yup...that's it!!! Second Life!!!! It's funny...in real life she is a fat, gray haired lady with all kinds of problems...but you should see her on there...LOL....the guys would be shocked!!!!! She can get pretty rowdy...she was a bar maid for 30 years.....so those guys have no clue...….guess the joke is on them!!! No one can compete with virtual women.....I have a nephew...who weighs 110 pounds soaking wet and is 5 foot 3....but he is happy to tell everyone that he will kick their butt on the internet...LOL...I will check out your other game....but I really love words with friends on facebook...

Donkey on 06/11/2018:
My husband is currently addicted to some gin rummy game on his phone, LOL...

Oh I hate sneaky eating -- I mean to say, when *I* do sneaky eating. I don't judge others for it, but it really bothers me when I do it. (Hope that makes sense...)

If you can handle counting the calories and WW points, I say do it. It's kind of ironic: I don't count the vegetables I eat. BUT if I have dip or salad dressing or cheese, then that I DO measure or monitor. So I think in theory, the new WW approach SHOULD work. But your example of that 4-point dessert having 1600 calories shows that there's ways around it.

Like I said, I've had higher weigh-ins after eating too much fresh fruit!

I hope tomorrow goes as well as today -- keep up the good work!

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2018:
It went great….very comfortable for me.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 10, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 240.8

Sounds about right!!!!!!


toast with peanut butter

boiled egg

half serving of annies mac and cheese

garden salad with ranch

cranberry, nut bar




Made a new plan to make myself accountable........................

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 95.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/10/2018:
LOL thanks for the morning giggle! I'm having peanut butter toast this morning as well... as soon as I get up off my butt to make it. My weekend treat!

bearcountrygg on 06/10/2018:
Good source of protein!

Donkey on 06/10/2018:
Looks like a very good food day for you - WTG!

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
Messed it up in the evening

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
loved that joke, you made me chuckle!

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
and good mix of foods, love seeing some veggies and fruit mixed into your day :)

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
I was ready for those!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Ha!!!! Me too

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jun 09, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 240.8

 Good scale drop today.........................and it looks like a busy weekend.  

toast with peanut butter

lara fruit/veg bar


hamburger in wheat bun




EDIT....well something just cropped up....as I was getting dressed this morning...D saw a tick on my shoulder...it was imbedded...and filling with blood......according to him...it must have been there for a few days....he removed it...but we can't identify it...and the health dept isn't open until Monday...................he wants me to go start the antibiotic shots...but problem is...I'm allergic to penicillen and it's related drugs...as well as the sulfa drugs......so I avoid anibiotics with a vengence...( cipro so far is the only option and it's not a major antibiotic for this type of thing)...and I need to not overuse that......so.....I've just decided to watch it for the bullseye rash...and deal with it then..................UGH!  If it isn't one thing...it's another.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 95.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/09/2018:

(So close to a new set of numbers... just sayin'...)

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Happy Dance for both of us!!

Maria7 on 06/09/2018:
I am praying for you about the tick. Good plan to watch the area for now. Antibiotics can create more problems than they solve. Take care and congrats on your new lower number.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Thank you Maria.

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
OH NO!!!! Yikes, that is serious. I've had 2 friends who have suffered the effects from tick bites. One had Lyme for sure; the other was unwell for quite some time. My son had a tick bite when he was about 5 or 6. It had become the size of a plump raisin. He wasn't sick afterwards, but sometimes I wonder if maybe he wasn't affected somehow.

PLEASE take care -- do whatever it is that you need to do to be well. (((hugs))) Please keep us updated!!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
We have friends with lyme too...it is awful...but most don't get it....ticks also carry rocky mountain spotted fever and meningitis...too...D put him between 2 pieces of tape...and then I read online to put them in a coered jar with a wet paper towel...so we just dropped the tape in there...good thing we did that...he got out of the tape, he's now wandering around in the jar like he lives there...HA...I finally got a pet and he bit me...LOL

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
That's a lot of blood it got from your son...scary.....We had a dog downstate that I noticed several gray balloon type things on her head...D removed them....this one was sucking blood...and was swelling up.....I'm lucky he saw it...because I never felt it.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
i'm glad that D noticed it and like donkey says, please be on alert as Lyme Disease is quite debilitating!

i also know someone who was sick around a full year due to a bad case and her mom also had a very bad case of it.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
yup...I think there is more lyme disease out there then they are reporting...it seems we all know people with it.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
i'm now craving the veggies you ate today....lately i'm craving veggies again! thank gosh.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Me too....and that's a good thing!!!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Hugs on the tick bite. That's scary. I'd probably snack out of anxiety for weeks.

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Hugs on the tick bite. That's scary. I'd probably snack out of anxiety for weeks.

BearCountryGG - Friday Jun 08, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Up and heading for the post office early today........ and then lots to do around here today....lots of visitors dropped in yesterday...so I'm a bit behind chores....but we had fun chatting with them.  

I had ordered something that looked interesting to me from boxed that I tried today....It's called joibol and is basically a strawberry smoothie in a bowl with almonds and quinoa....over 200 cals...and a whopping 9 ww points....and it wasn't cheap....but it's self contained....a covered bowl...that comes with a large spoon and all you do is add cold water to it......so handy....I think they would be especially good for keeping in a desk, or the car...or camping trips...and it has 11 grams protein....I tried one this morning and I loved it........took a huge chunk of my points...but I think it was worth it.  Yesterdays paralell points vs calories was interesting........I will just stick with the points...it is easier......at this time.........also going back to weekly weigh ins.....also just easier.  I think I will make monday weigh in day...it has always been easiest for me to remember.



potato salad ( leftover) had a lot of boiled eggs in it

nut and cranberry bar 

dark chocolate 

cheetos jalapeno 

peppers and celery


pb and j

In the past I havent been much on hot sauce types of things.....as my mom got older she liked it....and now I'm finding that I like it......apparently that helps weight loss...so I'm going to be adding some of that to many things......will see how that goes....one thing I did find out recently was that I apparently can not lose weight on 1,500 calories.......over the years...so much dieting has totally (along with thyroid)...messed up my metabolism....an old boss to me I was doing that back in the 80's ( when I wasn't over weight....because I wasn't eating enough...apparently he was right.

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2018:
as long as you stick with one thing...i agree sticking with points would be beneficial to you since you do like using WW and did well with it in the past despite the changes made to WW now....good job...chores can wait if visitors were fun, agreed there!

joibol sounds cool, will look that up.

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
Sticking with ww…..as long as the web site is working now...it's easy.

Joi bol has a website...it's new....I got mine from boxed.... and it will be in some other stores soon......very tasty and It was definitely smoothie consistency....so handy and portable with it's spoon.....all you need is water....

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
Interesting product!

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
Yes it is.......would be good for your camping...only needs a little water.

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
LOL... I just looked at the nutrition... NO IT WOULD NOT... 65mg of sodium, 15 grams of sugar, 5 g of saturated fat per bowl... Soy, canola oil, palm oil, syrups, wheat flour... It's fake healthy food from Kelloggs.


I'll stick with making up 60 snack bags of protein powder, oats, nuts, berries, and seeds... then adding coconut oil for the MCTs. It's only 20 minutes and like $.40 a serving. Plus I reuse the snack bags for a lower carbon footprint. Just pour one in a bowl and add water and oil. Eat in the AM. No heat needed.

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
Actually, if I used rolled oats, it would be ready in like 20 min.

Donkey on 06/08/2018:
Good idea on the hot sauce! I was using red pepper flakes recently, until I ran out. I need to buy more. My daughter and the boyfriend bought me an interesting hot sauce from Minnesota. It's different, sweeter/citrus with a delayed burn.

I think the real key is to find the hot sauce that's right for you. But I agree -- it definitely has helped me in the past. I'm going to bring out some bottles for the dinner table -- if I can remember -- because this is a GREAT idea.

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
I should get red pepper flakes too...good idea!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jun 07, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Internet working now so I'm taking advantage of it...but have nothing to say...LOL  I'll be back when it lets me.  Today I''m comparing calories to ww points.


Coffee = 0 ww points (9 fitday calories)

Quaker maple brown sugar oatmeal ( container) = 7 ww points (180 fit day calories)

multi vit, extra c, zinc,turmeric,omegas, baby aspirin(1)

banana =0 points , (109 calories)

2 boiled eggs = 0 points, (154 calories)

potato salad 1/2 cup = 6 ww points (137 calories)

1 slice meat loaf = 8 points, (306 calories)

1 Cup lettuce = 0  points (7 calories)

1/2 cup cucumber = 0 points ( 7 calories)

1T ranch dressing= 2 points (74 calories)

Deer laying outside my window this morning...enjoying the heat from the dryer vent.


Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
if you find anything interesting while comparing cals to points, let us all know.

seeing your vitamins, i'm starting to think i really need to take iron. i plan to go to the dr so get a full medical checkup to see if there's anything recommended. i'll prob go to dr in later summer or early september for that.

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
There is iron in red meat and beets....( iron tablets can be constipating)……..actually I don't remember seeing you ever list red meat...so maybe you avoid it...but beets are a good source of that.

Donkey on 06/07/2018:
ROFL! Well, your menus are always exciting to me :-) I'm glad you're able to log on a least a little! Darn those trees (LOL)...

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
So far so good today...I do notice the reception problem being worse on windy days...we rely on a couple of dish satellites in the yard.....but the trees get in the way...we have trees right up to the house...and no lawn at all......it's our fault...LOL

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
So far so good today...I do notice the reception problem being worse on windy days...we rely on a couple of dish satellites in the yard.....but the trees get in the way...we have trees right up to the house...and no lawn at all......it's our fault...LOL

innerpeace on 06/07/2018:
I would love to have nature so close. The closest I have is field mice and a nasty city skunk that sprays my dog at least once a summer. Enjoy your cozy, reserve in the woods!

My coworker showed me a picture of a fawn that was caught in a fence that he untangled and set free. Have a good day!

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
We had our years in the city...a northern Detroit suburb......this was the retirement dream.

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
yes, i don't eat red meat often. beautiful deer.

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
the window screen doesn't help...LOL She looked right at us....she liked the dryer vent...LOL

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jun 06, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Well...the foliage on the trees is blocking our TV, Phone and internet receptions......Problems of living in the forrest....I start typing and then lose it and have to start over when the reception comes back......this year the leaves are thicker than I have ever seen them.......our sons are complaining that they call us and we don't call back...( because the call never went through) ...it scares them....and we feel bad about that.....but don't know they called......so now we are checking in with them when we get a signal...................but I start typing here...and get bounced offf and lose it all......so not sure how often I will be able to be online....for some time....will get in here when I can.

scale good today

2 eggs = 0

toast = 4

spray butter = 0

coffee = 0

banana = 0



mixed fresh vegetables


Edit...lights on the reciever started flashing so I got in here quickly...LOL

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2018:
EXCELLENT food choices...loving your menu, good mix. i love a cookie with a coffee.

that's nuts with the trees blocking the wire connections...does the town offer to do anything to fix it? cut down specific tree or is it just all of them! how nuts!

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
They are ours…..it's a forrest….the town doesn't offer anything in the boonies...life in the forrest.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jun 05, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 243.6

Up and happy that the scales dropped a bit....continuing to weigh in daily...it helps keep me aware....I was so hungry last evening...but resisted and lived through it.......and got the payoff at the scales this morning. and it was worth it.  As numbing as it is to see an unhappy reading of the scales.....I will continue with it for now at least....otherwise...I get sloppy and figure I will start again the next day and too many days like that become years...I've been there...so....onward and downward.  Went out and got groceries, and D has a dermatologist appt this afternoon....I see a nap in my future.  

Coffee = 0

banana = 0

dried fruit and nut bar = 7

Pizza = 21

banana = 0

Chicken = 0

beets = 0

taco rice = 9

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 06/05/2018:
Hope you are doing well today. ongrats on your progress. Altho I have not posted in a while, I still come here to DD and read entries almost daily of what is posted. I've been reading some of your older entries today and I had commented to you and you back to me on one you had written in March of this year: At that time you had lost 34 pounds in about 2.5 months. I write this to encourage you that you did it then and you can do it again. I think you got stressed out at that time and it sidelined your progress (as I have encountered myself, also) but I was thinking that maybe if you repeated what you ate, that you wrote down in your posts, during that time period, maybe that would help you now since you saw such progress during that period of time. Anyway, this is what I had written to one of your posts and your reply back to me:

Maria7 on 03/20/2018: Bless your heart. No wonder you are not in 'diet mode' and had a 'food fit'! :-) You have a lot on your plate (no pun intended). Same here, Friend. I've been out of 'diet mode' myself, this winter. Oh, well. 'This, too, shall pass', regarding all the stress. You are still doing great, holding off over 34 pounds you have lost, no easy feat. I basically don't care, either, at times and just eat whatever I want. Hope you have a good day. :-)

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018: Thanks Maria....you are right...there is a lot on my plate...LOL

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2018:
Good Idea Maria...I will go back and look those over.....Thanks for the reminder.

Donkey on 06/05/2018:
Maria has very good insight on this! :-)

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2018:
Yes she does.…..I will go back and read those if I can....our internet is acting up so I will when i can.

Donkey on 06/05/2018:
PS What kind of pizza? Living vicariously through you ;-)

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2018:
Digiorno….supreme...1/3rd of pie

horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2018:
the scale will def shift in your favor after a week or two of persistence! way to go so far. loving the healthy food you list. yesterday i ate roasted cauliflower "rice" (you know, riced cauliflower). i didn't use ANY oil to roast but flavored it with salt, pepper, and garlic and ate it with something similar to creamed spinach but an indian version. so good and filling to have the roasted (till some is crispy) califlower topped with a creamy spinach...all veg. i did have some grains after though...since i am not a low carb type person and enjoy grains...lol....veggies help. i was surprised the cauliflower tasted good to roast even without oil, just a little on the baking tin foil so it didn't stick so badly.

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2018:
Sounds good!

horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2018:
you are on a steady roll, someone in my office is also on weight watchers i don't know if she's liking the flex points like all the zero points...she knows also it's about calories!

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2018:
Yup...with this one we are more on our own than ever.

BearCountryGG - Monday Jun 04, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 244.0

 The scales surprised me today...back at saturdays 244.....but need to see a drop better than that...but after yesterdays weird eating....I need to get back to  more normal foods and less snacky stuff.....any way....I was holding water...and oddly even after salty stuff yesteray....that went away.  Still within the weeks ww points so all is well.


coffee = 0

1 egg = 0

15 grain bread toasted = 4

1/2 t. buter and spray butter = 1


Breakfast = 5



chicken breast = 0

beets = 0

lettuce, croutons, ranch = 9

taco rice = 8

1 stick light mozzarella cheese = 1

watermelon = 0


lunch = 9


2 scrambled eggs = 0

3 cups watermelon = 0



used all 23 points and done for the day other than zero al drinks


Progress as of today: 8.8 lbs lost so far, only 99 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2018:
keep up the great work, BCGG! you are on a roll...keep on and don't give up or give in please!!! :)

i love a piece of bread with butter too. and good job adding protein to the meal and coffee makes it filling :)

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
Starting the morning with what I consider snacky stuff just keeps me wanting that all day......yesterdays quest bar for breakfast was not a good thing for me.....Thanks for the encouragement HOP...I appreciate it!

horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2018:
i'm always here to encourage, never to criticize or offend or anything else lady BCGG!

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
I know...I LOVE your posts!!!! :)

Donkey on 06/04/2018:
Beets are zero points?? Wow, that's great! I have a whole can of them for my "just in case" stash at work. I am surprised because, as a vegetable (or whatever), they are supposed to be higher in sugar. Still, every once in a while, I get a real taste for them... and they turn my tongue bright red - WIN-WIN!

Keep up the good work. The points will pay off for you. Persistence!

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
Beets I believe contain iron too....and now they are selling powdered beets on TV...and apparently it gives energy. The plain ones are 0....pickled are more. I once had a drs wife ( neighbor) ask me why I was feeding the baby beets....she thought they were just sugar and never fed them to her kids....wonder how she feels now...and now she's a dr too...lol

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 03, 2018
(Weight Watchers Online)
Weight: 244.6

This weighing in every day is tough......up point 6 today ....but as much of  a bummer as it is...it helps me see what I'm doing wrong.  The ww freestyle is a tough one...the freedom is hard to figure..........since there are no points for so many things...you really don't know how many points/calories you are eating....I'm thinking today that I may try using the fit day program ( on a CD)...to count calories in paralell so I know where I stand.  In fact I think I will go back and count yesterdays calories...to see what I did.

Using 2 programs together is not an unusual thing for a lot of people on WW right now....I know a few that are doing keto and ww at the same time now.

It's all a learning experience.


Went and figured yesterdays points against the fitday program...and it shows that I ate 1,615 calories...not terrible at all when you consider that my body burns over 2,000 a day...soi will just do ww today...(no fitday)...and see how tomorrows weigh in is.


2 cups black coffee = 0

strawberry quest bar = 3

premier vanilla protein drink = 2

stretch island fruit leather = 2

watermelon = 0

chicken,vegetable rice dish = 7

dried sweet corn = 2

Deep River jalapeno chips =8

bag animal crackers =6

brownie = 14

2 cuties = 0

pretzels and cheese = 12

veggie straws = 4


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Doing things differently today and starting with points foods......

Today was a lot junkier than spending most of the day on zero point foods.......but it's the junk that uses the points up....the healthy stuff is basically zero and doesn't get the points used as I'm supposed to.....and once I started eating the junk I wanted more and more........it's a vicious cycle.  But all in all...I'm sure I took in less calories today than yesterday.

Trying to wait a few more days before going grocery shopping...we need to use up more stuff around here before adding to it.





Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 99.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/03/2018:
A couple of observations and then some encouragement:

A couple of months ago, the title company brought in a bunch of goodies, including 3 big bowls of fresh fruit, watermelon being one of them. I completely indulged in the fresh fruit, "gained" a pound or 2, and my skin broke out. Next week, all was reconciled, including my skin.

The sausage and Slim Jim are high in sodium... but still worth every bite in my book. Better to have those than, say, chips.

So my point is: don't get discouraged!!! Especially since you checked your calories with FitDay. This is a blip. Your food choices were spot on.

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2018:
I agree...and I thought about what you asked the other day about having to eat the zero foods....so today...I'm eating points first an will use the zero things later.....I think it will even out too....I do hold onto water pretty bad in my legs and fingers...I'm not worried...I'mactually finding it kind of fun to see how things go on a day to day basis.....I realized...that I have to make a game out of it...or I lose interest....I agree with every thing you said completely!!!! You are right on the mark!

innerpeace on 06/03/2018:
My body is rediculous with the weighing everyday and the swelling of the feet. I could gain 2 pounds over night. Don't get discouraged.

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2018:
I m not....I swell too...but we need salt...so...UGH

Donkey on 06/03/2018:
That's an interesting idea, to eat your points first and then focus on zero point foods as the day progresses. I'd be interested to hear your evaluation on that approach.

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2018:
Not good...all I did all day was crave junk food...and I caved way too much....need to go back to the zero stuff...but need to add more veggies and less fruit

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2018:
i used to live on those quest bars, especially the chocolate one that i'd microwave i think 10 seconds and eat like a brownie. they are def great with a coffee like i think you did! they have the fiber so with liquid alongside them, they are satisfying. you make me want to buy them again!

good food choices and variety and i do think it's smart to use both programs, and not give up on yourself or the programs as you are doing great!

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
They are too good maybe......for me

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2018:
and like donkey said, litttle losses add up...it doesn't have to be all downhill losses all the time, but you'll lose, maintain, lose, maintain...over time!

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
the dangers of daily weigh ins...LOL

happy-1 on 06/03/2018:
You are doing great! don't get discouraged.

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
back on track hopefully today

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