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BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 16, 2019
Weight: 0.0

Happy Fathers Day...a day to celebrate for sure. 

I asked D if he wanted to go out to dinner or if he wanted me to make him a T Bone steak.....he chose the steak....so that will make counting a lot easier for me today...I just know if we went to the restaurant I would not be as good points wise........Living away from the kids sure does change holidays......very different from when we all lived near to each other.  We have all spread out now and while we all live where we want....we have lost the closeness....always a phone call away...yet so far.  Asked D if he wanted me to make a dessert...and he said no...so that helps too.  

Breakfast =

Fage FF yogurt 0 points and 120 cals

Mrs Buttersworths lite syrup ( 1 T.) = 1 pt and 25 cals

orange = 0 points and 62 calories

2 cups coffee = 0 points and 16 cals

Won't bore everyone with anymore pics today...I'm making a nice Fathers day meal for D...but I'm eating leftovers because what he is having isn't really going to fit into my points........so......I plan to stay within points...and get a few more cals today though...yesterday was a bit short.




Horn_of_plenty on 06/16/2019:
Happy Father's Day to D!

Next, i just ordered a sugar free stevia type of maple syrup on amazon and i think for this week i'll buy regular / plain greek yogurts so i can use my syrup as a mix in!

breakfast looks light and tasty!

BearCountryGG on 06/16/2019:
Maple syrup is amazing on plain yogurt.....I just love it!!! You won't be disappointed!!!

BearCountryGG on 06/16/2019:
D says "Thank you"

Donkey on 06/16/2019:
I am having Greek yogurt for breakfast too!

So I think you would understand why I kind of want to stay here in Illinois to be with my daughter for as long as possible... It's already kind of surreal without my son around, although I'm extremely proud of him for moving forward in his life in a meaningful way.

BearCountryGG on 06/16/2019:
Yes definately....they grow up...and move around and while the phone calls are always there...not seeing them is just plain sad...once a Mom...always a Mom...when they spread out...we left the nest too........now we aare spread from Wyoming to Mihigan....miss all of them!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jun 15, 2019
Weight: 0.0

 Thankfully I've been able to stick with WW through all of the family ups and downs.........toyed with it a bit...and felt that maybe I should just play the game the way it is set up...........Toying with the process worked many years ago....but as the years go by ( mine)....and the ww program changes........I think this program works well without my own personal adjustments...........Personal coaching is nice....certainly much easier that dealing with meetings so far away.........all the coaches have been super so far......They all have gotten the fact that I know the program...and won't really have any questions....and that I am basically using them to keep me accountable.  I can use the same coach each week or try different ones...so far...I've chosen 3 different ones.....and was happy with all.  D's Drs appts and tests continue through this month....and still waiting for the ok for a specialist appt.  We will both be happy to have some answers and get this out of the way.  

Raining again today....so no outside things.........plenty to keep busy with inside....

So far over the last 16 days I've just counted ww points....but with so many zero point foods now ( 200 of them)....I think I would like to not only count points but calories at the same time.  I've gotten curious about how many calories I'm eating now.......zero point foods are all healthy...but they still have calories....and the old calories in/calories out is still the way it works.  

Clothes are still fitting loosely....and I can see that they will need to be donated in the near futrure....right now...I'm just enjoying the looser fit for summer.  Still putting off breakfast as long as possible...that just helps me soooo much.  Today I will be testing out the 2 cups of coffee in the morning again...lately I'm drinking the McDonalds pods for keurig...and likeing them so will see how this goes.   I miss my Fitday software.....disc broke and it's not replaceabble...so I'm just googling cals now..


2 cups coffee = 0 points and 16 cals

2 boiled eggs = 0 points and 154 cals

1 slice Aunt Millies 12 grain bread toasted = 3 points and 100 cals

20 sprays of I Can't believe it's not butter spray = 0 points and 0 cals

1 Heaping T. Walden Farms Grape Spread = 0 points and 0 cals

36 green grapes = 0 points and 72 cals


Breakfast = 3 points and 342 cals


Banana = 0 points and 105 cals

Salad = 2 points and 88 cals

Turkey sausage and peppers and onions cooked with 1t olive oil = 3 points and 169 cals


Flatout wrap with mustard, lettuce, tomato and 2 deli chicken breast slices = 2 points and 196 cals

2 lite mozarella sticks = 3 points and 100 cals

Built bar = 3 points and 110 cals

So far today 1,110 cals and 16 points..........Should add a few cals and a few points...will see how hungry I am later...may just leave it at this.  Almost 9 now...and not hungry...so this will be my day.....really could use some more points...but oh well...not going to eat when I'm not hungry....time to think beore I eat...LOL

Donkey on 06/15/2019:
Throughout my husband's various medical situations - whether it was the nerve transposition in his elbow, the never-ending back spasms, or the overall AS -- it was the "not knowing" that I found to be the most daunting and frustrating part. Once we knew what he was dealing with, then it became less frustrating, although trying treatments and then waiting for results (some not always successful) was no walk in the park. We never did find out why those back spasms wouldn't stop - we just had to wait.

I love that accountability aspect of WW.

I think a calorie vs. points comparison is helpful every so often. I don't know that I personally would do it every day - and I realize you're not saying you'd do it every day either. I must say, your breakfast looks mighty yummy and healthy this morning!

BearCountryGG on 06/15/2019:
I think that his problem is bladder/kidney stones...and hopefully that is all....it is the waiting that is so difficult.....and something that will probably be an issue from now on...my Dad hds them right up until the end....It's hard to know he is worried and in pain at times....he is also scheduled for a colonoscopy this month....those gifts that just keep on giving....never any fun. It is a bit of work figuring and photographing everything daily....it gts to be a chore...or a habit....will have to wait and see how that plays out in a few.... I know your hubby has really been through a lot too....you are a great support to him....I know it isn't always easy...but it is worthwhile!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2019:
those meals look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! especially the turkey sausage, onions and peppers! YUM!

i cannot believe there's 200 foods on the no points list! that's a TON!

i love the Flat Out brand wraps...speaking of wraps, i gotta buy some soon! i prefer wraps to bread.

BearCountryGG on 06/15/2019:
eggs, chicken breast, low fat turkey, most veggies and fruits ( not dried fruit)...makes it a lot easier...but those things have cals too....so I'm counting cals along with it....like the new program...some don't...but they are over eating the zero things....still need restraint with those too.

Donkey on 06/15/2019:
A lovely eating day! I really like your pictures, but can see that this can be time-consuming. It's like having a treat when you do post :)

BearCountryGG on 06/15/2019:
I enjoy it for awhile...then it gets a bit tedious...( just like a job...LOL)...I will say...it definately does keep me eating healthier though........I will keep it up until it's not fun anymore.

BearCountryGG - Monday Jun 10, 2019
Weight: 0.0

Probably won't be posting for awhile........sister in law passed away yesterday, another just got out of the hospital...and D has end to end drs visits and test for the rest of the month...so our days will be quite diferent......keeping on with the WW.......


legcramps on 06/10/2019:
So very sorry for your loss...hugs

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2019:
i'm sorry to hear of the struggles lately you and your family are going through. i hope to hear from you when everything settles back down :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2019:
my condolences regarding your sister in law.

Donkey on 06/10/2019:
I'm sorry for your loss. And your stressors. ((((hugs))))

Maria7 on 06/12/2019:
Sorry for all you are going through. Also, hoping your Hubby is better soon. You're doing better than I am sticking with the plan during stressful times...I've been gaining weight. Take care.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 09, 2019
Weight: 0.0

Testing....wrote a post and it wouldn't let me post it.

Ok...now all is well..........not going to rewrite it...but moved the bed room furniture around this morning...so deep cleaning going on in there...and lots of purging of storage areas.

Donkey on 06/09/2019:
I hate technological snags on this website. Well, any website, but when it happens here, I usually lose large chunks of text.

BearCountryGG on 06/09/2019:
It may have been my fault...I started writing it..and walked a way for awhile...then returned to finish it.....so maybe I took too long.....LOL....ended up gettting an orange page with lots of gobbeldy gook on it.....finally gave up....

Donkey on 06/09/2019:
^^ THIS has happened to me before. SO frustrating... yep, forget it. Once you're on the orange page, might as well start over.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
yup, it's happened to me too on DD!

i really, REALLY need to dust and clean all my floors...

....but before that, omg, i really, REALLY NEED TO CLEAN THE BATHROOM TUB/TILES gosh.!

maybe soon, maybe in a week or less!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Jun 08, 2019
Weight: 0.0

My plan for the next 6 days is to seriously limit what I eat for the next 6 days.....I tried something yesterday that I used to do so many years ago.....and that was to use most of my weeklies up on day one of the new week ( Friday is day one on WW for me this time).....and eat dailies only for the rest of the time....( that would be Saturday-Thursday this week)....so I'm looking forward to seeing how the next few days go...used to work super well..........basically what it comes down to in the real world is that you have 1 day a week where you eat plenty of cals....and then restrict the cals for the next 6 days.........my body likes that...and responds well....so will see how it goes this time....I know it used to be really effective.

Breakfast = coffee and banana

Morning snack = Built bar and a mini bag of Off The Eaten Path veggie puffs....kind of made up for the skimpy breakfast

Lunch = yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, smoked sausage, 3 bean salad, strawberries

Dinner= salami and mustard on bread and Halo Top chocolate almond crunch

Evening = coffee

Horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2019:
do what works for you within the guidelines of WW should be good :)

i also have my own "start of the week, day 1" which is always Saturdays :) similiar to yours, on purpose, as i like to start fresh on the weekends!

BearCountryGG on 06/08/2019:
Keeps the metabolism chugging along.......I've lost a lot in the past doing that...it is very affective.

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
Come to think of it, Saturdays are my day 1 for weight training. It's my "relax" day for eating, though. Hope this approach works for you!

BearCountryGG on 06/08/2019:
Sounds like a good day ahead for you...ENJOY!!!

BearCountryGG - Friday Jun 07, 2019
Weight: 0.0

I had my second w coaching call last night.......so far I've chosen 2 different ladies and they were both very nice.........I will keep on scheduling different coaches to keep my momentum up.......this does motivate me....no more being a wise eater all day and then messing it all up at night......this keeps me motivated to stop that....it is also keeping me exercising....because they ask about that...they actually want me to do less but I'm not doing anything for more than 15 minutes each...so we agreed it would be okay as long as I wanted to do that....I told them if I only ecxercised a few days a week then i would just keep making excuses to restart...so they understand that...and agree that small bursts of 2 or 3 different things ( currently, exercycle, resistance bands and lightest kettle bell).....will be okay...and especially spread out during the day....They both thought it was funny that I like recording and counting my foods.....LOL....they are shocked when I say it is my favorite thing.

Breakfast = banana, 1 coffee, cracklin oat bran and 2% milk

Lunch = mixed lettuce with vidalia onion dressing, smoked sausage with yellow peppers and tomatoes, toasted english muffin with butter, built bar, perrier water

Dinner = perrier water, Annies rice pasta with 1/2 pkt cheese, fruit and nut bar and a sweet and salty bar, dried apples, veggie straws


Horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2019:
i didn't even know that your fave thing is to record and count food! oh!

i had a banana too today! it's very settling on my stomach :)

lately i'm alllll about those sausages!

very nice assortment of food!

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
Is it OK to keep jumping from coach to coach?

BearCountryGG - Thursday Jun 06, 2019
Weight: 0.0

It's a beautiful day here in the Michigan State Forrest..........It will be peaceful until tomorrow when the motorcycles, quad runners and people who want to see how fast their cars can go arrive.....Monday thru Thursdays the amish move around freely with their horse and buggys........and silence is golden....not so much Fridays through sundays...when it gets crazy........Since we live near the AuSable River...the canoers arrive and fill the town area so weekends here are for the downstaters.....Monday thru thursdays are for the residents........LOL

2 of D's test results came back good...which is a relief in both cases.......2 more "invasive" tests to go later this month...and some drs appts......my guess is that the diagnosis will be kidney/bladder stones....but will have to wait and see........

WW is going really well...having the personal coach has turned out to be the answer.......not that she actually educates me on anything.....but that I am accountable to her...and I needed that....( D and I tried me being accountable to HIM back many years ago...and I got mad at HIM )  LOL.....he now cheers me on from affar...LOL.....

Currently riding the exercycle and using resistance bands......and knowing that the coach knows that fact...keeps me working towards getting that done....Got the exercise equipment back to the basement where I'm no longer using some of it for clothes hangers.......I will be adding some other things to that daily habit.  Nice to have the bedroom back without tripping over that stuff. I'm working on making an exercise area downstairs that will be a lot more inviting.

Breakfast was 1 cup coffee and a banana

mid morning = orange, built bar and nature Valley fruit and nut bar

Lunch = mixed greens salad, tomatoes, onion dressing and 2 lite mozzarella sticks, strawberries

Dinner = banana, multigrain sandwich thin, salami, mustard


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/06/2019:
beautiful road thanks for sharing...is that your highway!?

being accountable is really the whole thing...and staying on track with it!

BearCountryGG on 06/06/2019:
It' our road but this part is blacktop...we are on the gravel.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/06/2019:
and i'm glad D's test results are ok so far :) man my dad had a kidney stone and was NOT a happy camper!

BearCountryGG on 06/06/2019:
Very painful for sure.....so far they have ruled out bleeding and cancer for the kidneys and bladder...will see how the rest goes....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/06/2019:
proud of you for working out again.

BearCountryGG on 06/06/2019:
Feels good to get back at it...I have to say...I'm rarely glad to get started each day but I do feel better after!

happy-1 on 06/07/2019:
Good on you for pursuing coaching! A little splurge but big health savings! Gotta outrun those bears!

BearCountryGG on 06/07/2019:
I like it so far...it keeps me accountable and I've chosen 2 different coaches so far and both have been great...well worth it.

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
Beautiful picture!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Jun 05, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

It's been a rough couple of days since I posted my own diary last.........D has started having some health issues ( besides the hip)....that required a quick trip to a walk in clinic and resulted in a couple of tests..(4 more appts yet)..more to come this month...and a couple more different drs visits this month.......waiting on the specialist call......so far so good...so they will keep looking for a diagnosis......Also I did what i swore I would never do again.....I rejoined WW 7 days ago.........( weird I know...but way too many past restarts resulted in medical issues with other family members at the very moment ( within the first week)...where a huge roadblock was put before me by....My Mom passing, my father in law needing round the clock care in the hospital where they were not allowed to restrain him so family had to be there to control his behavior....and now D)  It's so weird.....but I'm not letting others health issues stop me this time...( and D is all for me rejoining WW....just a coincidence that he had a medical emergency)....I'm not attending meetings because they are so far away.......I'm going with the personal Coach this time and so far so good........these last pounds are always tough and I know this will help....and talking to the coach does give me someone to be accountable to........I accept it will be slow going....but determined to see this through........It is funny....they really can't give me any specific info because I am so familiar with the program.......so we just chat and they apparently can see my exercise....at least that is what my coach says....not sure about food and points and weight.....but I like that they will keep me on my toes.....Back in the day....the meetings kept me on point....and they are working that way again........

Donkey on 06/05/2019:
Whatever D is enduring, I hope the doctors can figure it out and help him. SOON! I'm sorry to hear this news.

If WW helps, go for it - no matter how many times! I love the idea of a personal coach. What a great idea! A one-on-one approach is sometimes more effective than a group.

Please keep us updated!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/05/2019:

I was wondering what happened to you ..I wish D a good recovery and that he feels better soon.

If you will feel accountable and like the idea of working with someone, this seems to be the right approach for you to go on your journey. Everyone has certain methods that work best individually for that person!

BearCountryGG - Monday Jun 03, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like a beautiful day out there...........Feeling good...clothes getting a little looser again so that always makes me happy....still very cold though.  37 degrees.....makes me wonder if I should even bother with flowers this year...weird for june.......

Breakfast = coffee and banana, leftover pizza

Headed out to do a little shopping a the small grocery store and drug store

Lunch was baked chicken, potato, spray butter, mushrooms, coleslaw and diet cola


horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2019:
wow so cold!

our weather cooled down like 10 degrees from yesterday's high of 81 to a nice 71. i cannot complain at all! loving this. i hope you get the warmth too. it makes everything so much easier when it's nice out to be out!

legcramps on 06/03/2019:
Sunday sounded like a day of reflection for you! I have days like that as well, as I age I keep thinking about the 'best' way to do it, to be ale to live my best life. There are no easy answers right?! I sure hope D doesn't put off the hip replacement... I have heard many good things about it, my grandma, and aunt have had - and, in my position in healthcare, I hear from a lot of people who have had or are looking forward to getting hip replacements done.

Maria7 on 06/03/2019:
Glad you are having a good day.

happy-1 on 06/03/2019:
Fun! A day out!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Jun 02, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Had to turn the heat on today....it's June isn't it?????   I thought so!!!!

D had a knee replacement a year ago....now he is talking about a hip replacement....UGH!!!   Most likely he will put it off....but old age stinks!!!   All of his years of abusing his knees and hips in construction are now coming back to haunt him!  For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  For 32 years he was muscular because of the daily work........when the work stops....you truly pay the price....the muscles are now gone and osteoarthritis is now king......it is really weird how the brain still says we are kids ( but with a lot more foresight).......but the body says heck no!!!   When my 83 year old Dad was told he had terminal cancer...he said..."it's too soon"....I get what he was saying!

I'm still fighting the good fight though.........the older I get...the stiffer my joints get....the worse my balance gets......the more weight I take off the looser my skin gets.......the longer I live the more age spots and weird marks I get.......yet....the brain says.......mirrors LIE!!!   Photos LIE!!!!   That can't be me!  In my Moms final year....we were talking about my I phone...and the amazing things it could do.......and because we were sitting in separate chairs next to each other...I turned slightly and took a selfie with her close by in the background......and handed her my phone to see the picture.........she recognised me and then said...but who is behind you??????  When I told her it was her...she was visably horrified....she was 89....but in her head...she was a lot younger......but life goes on and things change.......on the outside......but the inside says.....jump up there and reach that......get down there and grab that.......but what the head thinks...the body ignores......like a very old beagle we once had named Jack, did.....pretty well says it all......when he was happy...he would try to jump...but his feet no longer left the ground......his old muscles were trying to jump...but his ancient body said otherwise...but he didn't care..or apparently notice...he just knew that he was happy and when he was happy...his little beagle body jumped...all 4 feet at once...like he was on a spring........old age kept those 4 feet firmly planted...but he still tried.....and he still was happy none the less..........Because I am a glass half full kind of soul......I will keep on keeping on.....and avoid mirrors...LOL


Breakfast = 1 coffee, banana, orange

Lunch = 1 small slice pizza, 1 mini bag jalapeno kettle chips, diet cola, Halo top

Dinner =  sauteed red cabbage in olive oil, banana and a can of perrier water

Done eating for the day

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
the one good thing about bone recplacements is they usually, if you do the good rehab and you are persistant in your recovery process, is that they do tend to work very well and you can enjoy the same activities as previously thank gosh. just that whole recovery which is long and difficult.

def best to feel young and be young, even if you are older, it's def very important to remain young and heart and stay active.

yesterday at the beach, there was 2 families playing beach volleyball in the sand. most of the men appeared either in 50's or 70's!!! not kidding. these men were quite muscular / bulky (not small men, but some bellies,but quite fit looking for their older age!). i was so impressed with their agility in the sand and playing beach volleyball. they were moving like they were 20-30 years younger. i'm sure they are generally active. they were playing for a long period of time. and there was even a woman, also much older, playing with them. she was also very agile, despite being older. i was really impressed and inspired by them. they're proof that staying active is important as you grow older!

BearCountryGG on 06/02/2019:
After retirement he continued to do a lot of walking and working with the hounds....but it is definately a different kind of exercise than he had been doing......things just wear out and osteoporosis is the result. Construction is tough on the body....and he had done some damage playing baseball and football in his earlier years....so that all set the stage for the bone on bone joints...just basically worn out.....any repetetive movement for 8 hours a day does a lot of damage.

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
From what I've seen and heard, hip replacement is easier to go through than knee replacement. You may recall that my husband had double hip replacement surgery and came back from that pretty well and pretty quickly too. He says he would much rather have the hips replaced than a knee. If D is having one hip replaced (at a time?), then all the better because he'll have the use of his good hip.

I hear you so much on getting older. I turn 49 this year, but I am already getting into the mindset of being 50, because I feel that if I am not prepared, it will be hard for me to deal with. One thing that has really helped is following some "over 50" fitness groups on Facebook for reference, motivation, advice, and perspective from folks that are young at heart.

I remember as a young child, my grandma and nana (great-grandmother) in their early 60s and 80's (respectively). So we're talking 1977-1980's. They both lived to be in their 90's, but they seemed older. Granted, my perspective is warped, but in dress, mannerisms, health -- nana and grandma seemed so much older than how people in this age group are now.

I find myself getting frustrated with the encroaching limitations of age. Memory & eyesight constantly remind me that I'm getting older. As long as my body (back, mainly) stays healthy, I don't feel quite as old yet, but when I hurt my back last year -- wow, did I EVER feel OLD.

For now, I've stopped dying my hair because the chemicals are so harsh. I am thinking of trying a temporary bright color (red? purple?) on the gray patch I have, but haven't gone there yet. Also started to give some consideration to getting my nose pierced (yes!), but probably won't go there.

This was a recent topic of conversation at my workplace. The conclusion that we could all agree on is that we should try to remain as active as possible for as long as we can. Staying active is the secret to staying "young" -- which is another good reason to have hip replacement surgery - so that D can stay active for longer!

BearCountryGG on 06/02/2019:
It would be just 1 hip...the opposite side from the knee. It's good to know that your husband did well with recovery. I stopped dying my hair a few years ago because the contrast as it grew out was really bad.....I have just gone naturally gray now and it is a lot easier....my new issue is that my hair is growing dso fast that it is almost to my waist....My Mom had cut my hair for years...and inbetween I would cut it myself......and I just haven't done it for 4 years now....and it is super long......I really do need to get on that though....it is getting into everything......for awhile ther it was getting thinner.....but that has finally stopped....now...it is just growing a really fast rate...I would say about 2 inches a month....

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
(Sorry my comment was so long!)

BearCountryGG on 06/02/2019:
no problem...I enjoyed reading it......

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