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BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 17, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Breakfast = Nature Valley Granola bars, and Snack Factory dried apples, 2 cups coffee

259 Calories and 10 WW points

Lunch = Tuna salad sandwich, sesame seaweed, 3 bean salad

440 calories and 12 points

 Dinner was early...I was starving...and thinking way too much about having some dessert...so I decided to eat an early dinner....all zero points ( not zero calories though...ugh)...so I fixed a huge meal for myself...and could only eat part of it...so the apples will be nibbled on over the next couple of hours....my eyes were bigger than my stomach I guess...but it was all healthy so no harm....BUT...more calories than I have had for awhile

2 small roasted chicken breasts, 1 T Of Vietnamese chili/garlic sauce, Fage 0% yogurt, 2 small/medium apples, diet vernors

902 calories and 0 WW points

I have had the chili/garlic sauce for awhile but had never opened it...it's hot alone...but not as hot when it is on the chicken.....I'm not sure why but as I get older...I'm liking hot/spicy foods more...my Mother did too...maybe it is because flavors are not as intense in old age..taste buds do chnge..........but as I hear that spicy foods help burn calories......I will be using it more.

Calories for the day = 1,601...WOW that is a lot for me....and WW points = 22

graindart on 11/17/2018:
I think I could live on granola bars, peanut butter, and bacon......

Never been a huge fan of dried fruit, although occasionally I do get a craving for some dried banana chips or dried apricots (usually on road trips).

BearCountryGG on 11/17/2018:
Me too!!!!!!! I can deal with dried fruit......actually this was 3 WW points and a real apple ( which we have) was zero.......but I am working on clearing out the pantry...and I was too lazy to want to do anything this morning...LOL

Donkey on 11/17/2018:
Sesame seaweed... sounds interesting actually. Does it taste like kale?

BearCountryGG on 11/17/2018:
A little.....it is very thin sheets and 10 are a serving...it is crunchy

horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2018:
regarding the scale, i don't give it much power at all. i know it's my own choices, not the scale, that control my weight :)

where'd you get the sesame seaweed, looks good...which reminds me, i'm going to start making my own seaweed salads perhaps...cheap way to do it - and with stevia.

BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 16, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

One thing I noticed over the last couple of days was that I missed taking the meal pictures.  I also missed not counting calories or WW points.  The new WW has made me look at things in a different way....and that is...you don't need to watch the scales if you just do the right things...the scales will adjust themselves.  I like the theory  because happiness and health are the ultimate for me...so I removed my weight and weight goal because actually I feel pretty good right now...there is still weight to lose and I'm positive that it will continue to go as it has been......but the best bonus for me has  been that I have been feeling really good.  I know well that the natural fluctuations in weight can make or break a day and I'm not giving that piece of metal control of my life.  I will know when I am most happy, healthy and comfortable.......I'm likeing WW and I'm likeing posting meal pics here and as long as those things make me happy I will do them...when it  stops being a positive thing then I will stop.

multi vitamin, extra C, omegas, Zinc, turmeric and 2 baby aspirin

Breakfast = 2 cups coffee and a container of Real Medleys Blueberry Hazelnut Oatmeal

279 calories and 9 points

Lunch = 1 cup chili, 1 pkg of Off The Eaten Path Crisps, pear, perrier water

563 calories and 10 WW points

Dinner = Fage 0% yogurt, organic unsweetened applesauce and Planters Drizzle ( almonds with dark chocolate drizzled on them) ( you get 20 for 160 calories ) and we tried them for the first time today and we really love them.

390 calories and 5 WW points

Calories for the day = 1,232 and 2 WW points

Water for the rest of the day



Donkey on 11/16/2018:
Good approach - and, if I may, I'm selfishly glad that you haven't given up taking photos yet. I really do enjoy them. Look at that pretty coffee mug in your breakfast photo!

But I wholeheartedly agree that you have to do what works for you, both physically and mentally. I bet you find yourself weighing in from time to time, perhaps out of curiosity, but not on a set schedule or anything. ;)

BearCountryGG on 11/16/2018:
The pictures are fun for me...and they make me stop and think before eating anything at all. Getting on the scales now seems be be secondary....I know I'm losing inches...it's obvious....clothes fit differently...it's kind of nice that WW does not require weighing in online anymore....they don't remind me or anything....but I'm feeling great....and right now...that makes me want to continue.....I love the new WW program...I know it isn't popular with everyone because some are overeating the zero point foods...but so far...that hasn't been a problem for me........I'm over concentrating on a specific weight because it may or may not be what is right for me.

graindart on 11/16/2018:
Use whatever works for as long as it works.

Personally I need the constant daily reminder that the scale gives me to stay on track. If I could stay on-track without it, I'd probably be happier without the daily roller-coaster of emotions that the scale can bring.

Right now the scale is a necessary evil for me. My hope once making it to goal is that the scale will then become a daily reminder that I've finally conquered this part of my life.

Like Donkey, I selfishly hope you continue to post the meal photos......

BearCountryGG on 11/16/2018:
We truly have to do what we respond to.....the wrong fit won't work....It's like trying on shoes...when we find the right fit we know it.....I do feel that when I get to a weight I am planning on staying with for ever...then I will weigh in daily to stay there (I'm not there yet)...because I do not intent to pay WW $20 a month for the rest of my life. LOL........but whatever you choose to do will be alright...you have done really well and you will get where you want to be.

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2018:
I'm in total agreement.

I do not watch my scales.

I only watch the scale to prove that i'm in the "green zone"

Whenever i am feeling like i have gained or a little bloated is the time i stay away from the scale because i know what to do...the scale is only a "validator"

BearCountryGG on 11/16/2018:
I don't want to give too much power to the scale when it really doesn't have anything to do with my own happiness or health. It can vary from day to day with no known reason....yet it wields so much power when we let it.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 14, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 0.0

Weeklies = 17

Dailies = 23

Breakfast = 3 Kodiak pancakes,  Spray butter, 1T lite aunt jemima syrup, 1 egg, 1 sausage patty, 2 C coffee = 477 calories and 13 WW points

Also...I made a 100 calorie mistake on last nights snack...but didn't want to bring yesterdays post back up to the top of the page so I corrected it in the comments.  Yesterdays calories were 1,282 ( which is exactly where I want it to be).

1 T of syrup is still getting on the plate.........I need to consider even less....funny how according to the bottle 1/4 Cup is a serving.

Well........I guess I won't be posting anymore pictures for a few........Friends are coming up and I don't want to be taking pictures in front of other people...LOL.......My holidays apparently just got started earlier than I figured.....Starting today....I guess I will be weighing in daily and just working on maintaining until the new year......luckliy I'm happy with the weight I am right now.....so no problems probably.  They eat very healthfully....( they are the ones that provided so much watermelon and so many cucmbers last summer, which we really enjoyed.)....anyway.......I will get back when I can......and hope to maintain until january 1st.


graindart on 11/14/2018:
Breakfast photo looks good. I miss pancakes, will add them back in once I'm to maintenance. Have always loved traditional breakfast foods, but rarely take the time to make breakfast, especially while trying to lose weight.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
It seems that I can lose by staying in the 1,200 to 1,300 calorie range...regardless of what I eat.....I did it that way before and it still seems to work for me.....but I know not everyone gets away with that.

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
i had myself a complete breakfast too. so good. very "extra" on the scambled egg whites, since it's an option at the buffet by me...and quite a filler. but then completed the breakfast with all food groups :)

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Love a meal with all food groups!!!!!

Donkey on 11/14/2018:
That egg looks SO yummy!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
And zero WW points...so WW is pushing them.....I feel sorry for my Dad now...back about 30 years ago...my Dad was BIG egg eater...then he had to have a triple heart bypass...and they told him no more eggs.....he missed them until his death at 83...now eggs are good for us......hurrrrrumph! To point out how many he ate though....I was probably the only kid in the country that thought you were supposed to leave Santa a fried egg and then go right to bed....LOL...never caught Dad eating that egg though...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
keep up the great work...your success is your own doing!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Dieting with support is always the most successful......this group is fantastic when it comes to help and feedback.......I don't think I would have done it without all of you! Thanks to everyone!!!

graindart on 11/14/2018:
Your comment about leaving a fried egg for santa caught me off guard and caused me to laugh. If we did that sort of thing, I would've had my daughters leave out a thing of Mtn Dew.....

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Not to mention that the Easter Bunny used to bring me only certain colors of jelly beans...LOL....Suspicious...very suspicious.....

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

25 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 1 container Umpqua oats and 2 cups coffee = 301 calories 10 ww points

Lunch = deli ham and mustard on 2 slices 80 cal bread, pepper strips , grapes and diet vernors

552 calories and 9 WW points

 Dinner = Fage % yogurt and an orange, = 179 calories and 0 WW points


Total calories for the day = 932

Did get hungry in the evening and thought about how low todays calories were...and because I know what too low can do to metabolism...I decided to go ahead and eat more  although I have been working on not snacking...I will make more effort to get my calories and points in during the 3 meals......in the future......

Evening snack was 1 pkt of Quaker sandwich mini's Peanut Butter, and 1 pkg of Nature Vally oats and Honey granola bars

250 calories and 12 WW points


totals for the day are now 1,182 calories and 31 WW points = a safer calorie range


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
Looking good! Hot cereals (when I was eating them) have very nice "staying power" in the morning.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
Yes they do.....and no dishes...or pans....LOL I think right now they are also keeping the sweet tooth satisfied...I'm not craving desserts much...so the things like this...and the fruit...are taking over right now.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
Yes they do.....and no dishes...or pans....LOL I think right now they are also keeping the sweet tooth satisfied...I'm not craving desserts much...so the things like this...and the fruit...are taking over right now.

graindart on 11/13/2018:
I've been eating a packet of instant apple/cinnamon oatmeal daily. With the weather cold, the warm bulk of it really hits the spot. It makes a mess of a bowl, but the oldest daughter is in charge of the daily dishes, so I use as many bowls as I wish.......

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
I think the packets are less calories....

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
I agree that it's better to eat a little more and be in control than to try to resist and then end up with either a low blood sugar crash or out-of-control munchies.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
Yes...it took the hunger away and all was well.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
your meals = yum! i remember you used to snack on a lot of carbs (i'm generalizing) throughout the day or your meals (i think it was you!) used to include double items...do you remember this?

i think you eating is great now! healthy mixes.

are those the mini sweet yellow peppers? i like the mini peppers too!

also, i'm googling Umpqua oats and the quaker sandwich thins - i don't seem either of them yet by me!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
I remember you mentioning that I was eating 2 apples and could eat just 1. Yes...they are the mini peppers...we enjoy those a lot. Boxed is where we got the umpqua oats and the Quaker sandwich things...I see the sandwich things in our local store now.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2018:
I'm seeing a math mistake yesterday....my evening snack should have been 350 cals to make a daily total of 1,282.......I won't correct it on the post because that would make it go back up to the top of the page....just wanted to correct it.

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
i'm going to google the two items now :)

BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 12, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

33 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 2 cups coffee, Fage 0% yogurt, blueberries from frozen

168 calories and 0 WW points

Lunch was full of nutrition and full of calories and ww points...this is why I had a zero breakfast...I knew lunch was going to be high.  Loads of veggies and good fats....so I'm happy.

1 johnsonville brat, 1 whole avocado, 1 sweet potato, spray butter, leftover cabbage, carrot, onion and red pepper saute, a few peas, diet vernors

833 calories, 31 WW points

Lunch is still sticking with me...and it was a lot of calories...so since I'm not hungry then I'm not going to eat just because it's dinner time.....


1,201 calories and 31 WW points

Kinda missing not taking that 3rd picture.....I even considered eating an orange so there would be a 3rd picture.........now that is CRAZY......I'm not hungry.......still drinking the vernors and still sipping water.....settling in for some TV now.



Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/12/2018:
Breakfast looks good. I'd be tempted to sprinkle a little granola on top for some crunch / texture.

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
Yes...that would be tempting......after the last 2 mornings breakfasts being high point though...I wanted a low point meal...I'm a little afraid that the big breakfasts could get to be a habit......this one ended up being no points and low cal......and I have to say that it took awhile...but that FAGE 0% yogurt isn't as disgusting as it used to be.

Donkey on 11/12/2018:
LOL I love Fage! The blueberries make it look so pretty :)

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
It truly is a good, healthy solid food that keeps me full...and NO COOKING YAYYYYYY!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
breakfast looking great...Fage is my favorite also.

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
I use the 0% only because it is zero points......and fruit or maple syrup definately are game changers.....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
OMG.....your lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so good!

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
LOL a whole avocado is a lot at one time...especially calorie wise...but it was on it's way out...I don't think it would have lasted another day ( it was hiding in the fridge) LOL

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
yummy! and super happy to see fewer processed foods

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
Processed seems to be higher points!

happy-1 on 11/13/2018:
Lol... That youtube video made you nervous? Why? She's just doing modern interpretive dance to a good song illustrating an internal struggle of will vs. emotion.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 11, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weekly points = 31

Daily points = 23

Breakfast = omelette with shredded colby cheese, red onion and red and yellow peppers, toasted multi grain english muffin with spray butter and 1 schwans sausage patty, 2 cups coffee

474 calories and 11 WW points

Lunch was hot dog, sauteed cabbage, carrots, onion and peppers, peas, blueberries from frozen and diet vernors, olive oil

532 calories and 10 points

Dinner....Not hungry but I knew if I didn't eat something right now then I would be hungry by bedtime and I didn't want to do that.......

1 orange and a Premier Protein drink = 229 calories and 2 points

Calories for the day = 1,235 and points for the day = 23 WW points


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/11/2018:
Your food photos always look good.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Thanks....I feel like I'm repeating the same foods a lot though.

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
Delicious looking photos!

Going into winter, it may be that you're repeating many of the foods. Or maybe that's just part of losing weight? I suggest that because I find myself doing that too. With the colder weather, I've branched out into the gourds (butternut, acorn, spaghetti squashes). Breakfast is almost always the same for me. I find myself eating salad at almost dinner, which will continue until around January, when the stores switch to hydroponic produce, which I'm sorry, but I would rather go out than endure the stale taste of produce grown like this.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
I don't like to waste leftovers either...so I end up eating things sometimes that were there for a few days so as not to throw them out...that old human garbage can syndrome...

graindart on 11/11/2018:
I'm just eating the same stuff over and over right now. Have my daily popcorn (2 or 3 of the 100 cal microwave bags), daily instant apple/cinnamon oatmeal. Usually have a piece of cheese, sugarfree jello, and several diet drinks. Quite often I have a piece of cod or other seafood substitute. On other days it's often times a small serving of chicken breast, ham, or beef. And now that grapefruit are starting to be back in-season, I'm having one of those every day or so too. Usually swap up the veggie of choice each week, but buy enough that I end up eating it several times throughout the week.

My menu is pretty boring and repetitive right now. Wish it wasn't, but it just makes it easier for me to stay on track in this phase of trying to drop weight. Since I'm eating the same basic stuff over and over, I have a lot less desire to overeat any of it.

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Right...the boring factor does serve a purpose....as long as we keep going.....I had a WW leader once that ate the same thing 3 meals a day...day after day...that is how she maintained.

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
Loving all the whole foods

BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 10, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

It is now Boots weather here.......and shoes with ice clamps on them........and slippery roads.

I'm loving what I am calling my 4 point system.

1.  Post pics of everything I eat on DD ( and sticking to eating three times a day only ...no snacking)

2.  Follow the WW program and work on leaving some points unused at the end of the week, the zero point foods are pushing me to eat more healthy foods

3.  Counting calories using fitday, packages and the internet when necessary....and I know that 1,500 cals = maintenence for me...so I need to stay below that to lose

4.  Writing everything in a notebook so I can see at a glance where I stand on any day in the past

I purposely kept my junky trigger foods at a minimum over the last 8 or 9 days....and it wasn't as difficult as I expected......in the past...I had substituted junk foods for meals.......and I also grazed throughout the day...these last 8 days got me on a better track......I do just fine on 3 meals a day...so I personally do not need any snacks between meals.......today I am starting to add ...some of my trigger foods back in ..for 2 reasons.....1. I need to learn to eat them in small quantities and 2. I just like to be happy.....if weight loss is misery and maintenance is misery...then I would rather be fat....bottom line.  Since I am by nature a glass half full person...who wakes up happy most days....I am not willing to risk that because of food.  I am interested now in finding out what it is like to have ONLY ONE mini candy bar........( I actually doubt that I have ever had only one at a time..EVER).............SO...because I want to weigh a healthy weight...and because I do not want to give up any food.....then I HAVE to learn to eat everything in moderation....and learn what a real serving size is for all foods.......so this week will be a test of another kind...if it works...wonderful....if it becomaes a problem...then I will tweek it again........

37 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = 3 Kodiak protein pancakes, 1 egg, spray butter, 1 T. lite syrup ( just right), 2 cups coffee and 1 pkg of Quaker pomegranate and peanut butter sandwich minis( which are actually a pretty good source of protein)

463 calories and 12 points

Lunch = 2 mini naans, mustard, lettuce and deli ham, 1 light mozzarella stick and an orange and diet vernors = 513 calories and 17 WW points

Boring dinner but needed to eat something so picked the easiest thing= Fage 0% yogurt and 2 bananas = 0 points

Done for the day

Used 1,314 calories and 29 WW points


Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/10/2018:
I especially LOVE #2 in your 4-Point Plan.

A helpful (?) suggestion for working with trigger foods: ENJOY them; relish every bite. And drink water while you indulge. It will fill you up and stretch out the time you are enjoying your treat. The key, for me, at least, is to set up non-negotiable limits. It's ONE (or whatever) and then THAT IS IT. If you're feeling like you want more, walk away. Do something else, drink water, leave the room. HAVE A PLAN FOR THIS.

Let us know how it goes!

PS It does seem, from your photo, that 1 TBSP of syrup works. I too do not like my eggs to have syrup on them... (you know what I mean?)

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
I agree 100%.......I'm on a quest to find out what real servings are...no more grabbing a hand full of of snacks and then going back for more....I know I used to just inhale them...and I also am making sure I'm drinking something with them too.....this mornings little packet was totally satisfying...in the past...I would have wanted 2 or even more.....and I really dislike syrup on eggs...that was the big problem....1 T for me...is plenty.

graindart on 11/10/2018:
I can take or leave syrup. But my pancakes need to have a ton of butter on them.......

Have been discussing with my sister whether all of this weightloss work is worth it or not. We've both been questioning whether we're 'happier' when we're eating whatever whenever, even though we're fat at those times.

When I weighed 283, it didn't stop me from doing most things I liked (dirtbiking and other things). And I enjoyed eating all types of stuff all of the time. But, I see the after effects of a lifetime of obesity in some older people. The negative health effects, limited mobility, staggering amounts of medication, etc. So even though the extra weight might not affect me all that much at present, I do see it as having a compounding effect on my future. So for that reason, I'll continue on my weightloss plan for now......

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
It is absolutely worth it for you......my guess is that you may even be younger than my kids (49 and 51)....and the one that was born looking like a linebacker has always struggled with his weight...the one that was born slim and trim ( yet they were only 1 1/2 ounces different in birth weight)...is now at 49...working on losing and maintaining constantly. But...this is the time for you get where you need to be on the scale...it will be so much better for your general health in the future......at your age...I lost most of my weight...and then actually watched as it all came back plus a lot more.....I wish I had never done that.....it actually makes me mad to think about it because it was so stupid...my thought process was..."well...I lost it...and I'll just put it back on and lose it again"....I can tell you that this is the absolute last time...I am never doing this again....and the thing is...it's got more difficult to lose after all of the yoyoing........you are doing the right thing......we know we used to eat too much...we need to put that behind us...and enjoy smaller portions...and lower calorie foods......but doing this over and over again is a huge mistake health wise...for all of us.

BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weeklies = 42

Dailies = 23

Breakfast = 2 sm bananas, 2 cups coffee, JoyBol

Calories = 487 and 9 WW points

Cleaned out the fridge and was determined to make my lunch from that stuff...worked out fine...but was way too much food...so what you see here was for lunch and then the leftovers went back in the fridge and I will have those for dinner...so only 2 pics for today unless I add something more...but probably not.

Lunch/dinner = tater tots,mixed lettuce, beets, ground beef with BBQ sauce and a diet vernors

Calories for the day = 1,399 and ww points for the day = 28

Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
Oh my, I feel so stupid, but what is joy bol?!?

Breakfast looks delicious!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
They sell them at BOXED.COM...and I believe on Amazon also.......it is a grain and fruit bowl that comes with it's own spoon....you just add cold water and it ends up as a tasty runny type of cereal....I like them.....260 calories....they are totally self contained except for the water...so they are good to just keep in a desk or car....

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
That's cool!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
your salad last night = AWESOME!

omg such a good lunch...mine was similar with good side...jalepeno kettle cooked potato chips! just yum!!!!

i ALWAYS enjoy mixing the "less healthy" or "more satisfying" with health...i like a mix.

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I need to branch out a bit and mix it up.......so far...veggies and fruit are ok...but I know that I will tire of them....

BearCountryGG - Thursday Nov 08, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

WW points, Fitday Calories, journal keeping and picture posting on DD has made a wonderful difference for me...It is time consuming, but it has  been well worth it because this morning my clothes just finally quit working for me......so today they get washed, and put in the car to take to the church store...........lots of favorites in there...but I never want to be that size again...so they go.  Decided to get on the scale and was super happy to see a 5.9 loss in the last week.....that is more than I really am thinking is healthy....but I feel great...I've been eating a lot of fresh produce  as well as frozen and canned fruit and veg........so I will keep this up and see what happens ...I know losing too quickly can cause gall bladder problems...so I'm keeping that in mind but so far so good.......feeling great and full of energy...all of the fruit is keeping my blood sugar numbers in a really good area...and no low drops this week at all.....so fruit is my best option to keep it in normal range....certainly better than the light headed dashes for candy....also today is the day I lose any unused ww points...........I do not think ever in my WW history I have ever left a point unused.....I think today will be the first........I will use my dailies...and maybe a few of the weeklies...but there will be some left to go away at midnight...because I'm really not interested in using them up this week......

33 weeklies left

23 dailies

Breakfast was oatmeal with berries and 2 small bananas, 2 cups coffee

250 calories and 9 WW points

Lunch = diet vernors and beef stew

450 calories and 16 points

Dinner = lettuce, cucumbers, salmon, pear and perrier water

Total calories for the day = 1,094 and 26 WW points

I will lose 30 weekly points tonight...and I'm happy to lose them.....another breakthrough....no need to use up points just because they are there.

Donkey on 11/08/2018:
OK, I confess that my first thought when I logged in earlier was "I can't wait for Bear to post her breakfast photo!" When I saw you hadn't posted yet, my second thought was, "Oh, she must be sleeping in today..." LOL! I'm a photo fan of yours, I'm afraid :D

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW NUMBERS!!!! I know what you are saying about losing weight too quickly, but overall, it's been a steady journey for you. Remember, you are not weighing in as often, so your numbers may change significantly for a while.

Finally, I want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. You mention that it's a lot of work with the various ways you track. THIS WILL PAY OFF FOR YOU! I think a little more time devoted to tracking now will actually help you save time in the long run, because you are establishing habits. As the habits become established, you may find that you can drop methods of tracking along the way.

However, and I'm not just saying this because I look forward to your photos, I think that taking pictures of your meals is probably the quickest, easiest, and most effective tracking method. This may be something you do through maintenance.

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2018:
Thank you...I'm glad you enjoy the pics....they are a really big help to me......Right now...it really is taking all of it to keep it together....and it keeps me interested. I was just thinking this morning that since I am signed up for WW until or into april…..I will just continue with that....the pics are working well....and the fitday is alreaded on the computer.....if and when I drop anything...it would probably be ww in the spring......this time...figuring the calories as well as the points...does prove to me that I am eating basically in the 1,200 to 1,300 range ...give or take a little...so dropping ww wouldn't be a huge change...but the thing about that is they push the fruit and veg and 0% yogurt and eggs...along with chicken, turkey and fish. I do think by spring....the fruit will be a major habit because I feel so good but then there is the concern of mine that if I change anything at all I may mess up the whole process.....plenty of time to think about it though.....guess it does TAKE A VILLAGE...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
so these food photos are amazing...i agree with Donkey....everything looks so tasty, so filling and just great! i wanna be on this diet haha.

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2018:

graindart on 11/09/2018:
My take on losing weight quickly for myself: 1. it's supposedly unhealthy to lose weight quickly 2. it's supposedly unhealthy to weigh what I weigh

So if I lose slowly, I'm in an unhealthy range. And if I lose quickly, that act is unhealthy. Stay at the same weight, lose slowly, or lose quickly. Any and all are considered unhealthy by some metric.

Wish I could lose quickly, like I did at the beginning of my weightloss last year. But right now it seems like I'm fighting for a lb or two here or there...... The thought has even crossed my mind to stop eating for a few days just to jumpstart the downward motion of the scale.

Glad your scale is cooperating with you.....

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I guess what I'm trying to avoid is gallbladder surgery...my Dad had it.....so I'm trying to keep that in mind. I agree though..being over weight is bad, losing too fast is bad...not losing at all is bad...surgery is bad.......just trying to keep all of the things in proportion...it isn't always easy.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining again............getting a little tired of being inside now, but will try to get out between sprinkles....it's a cold rain....so I will see about that.

Pictures are key for me......the snacking habit has stopped.....I still get hungry, especially in the evening...but not hungry enough to take a picture...so it works.  If that is all of the deterrant I need...then that is what will happen.

Clothes are getting too big again.......I'm rolling up sleeves more than ever......and some pants are just plain baggy....but the waist still fits so I'm going to continue wearing them until the waist is too big...I hate baggy pants!!!  I have no problem with big shirts/tops....but I like my pants to fit.... that means hauling out bins and sorting......probably in a few days....even my shoes are getting looser...LOL...will think about getting the scale out soon....but not yet.

Just remembered that the next round of clothes will be a sea of light blue and aqua...UGH....hoping at least there will be some black and jeans in there....I remember buying those.......Value City ( a store like Marshalls and TJ Maxx)...and while they were all designer brands...my size was basically all light blue and aqua...and I decided not to let it bother me too much because they were excellent quality...which explains why they are still in like new condition...they will never wear out!!!  This should be an excellent reason to move through that size quickly!!!!!!!...incentives...I LOVE incentives!!!  In the meantime...I will wear my baggy pants for a few more days....at least they are jeans and black and navy.

42 weeklies left until friday

23 dailies


2 scrambled eggs, 1 sausage, 1 piece of Aunt Millies 15 grain bread toasted, spray butter and 2 cups coffee

469 calories and 10 points


Lunch was deli roast beef on mini naan bread with brown mustard, light mozzarella stick and a mini red pepper, banana and grapes

484 calories and 9 ww points

42 weekly points and 4 daily points left for the day


1 slice of multigrain bread, sloppy joe mixture in bread, 1 serving of Betty Crocker Julienne potatoes, mixed lettuce, cucumber, diet vernors

Dinner calories = 427, dinner points = 14

Total calories for day = 1,380  Total points for day = 33


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/07/2018:
Tracking is a great way to hold oneself accountable, and you've proved it! I like how you said you were too tired to take a picture of your snack, so you didn't have the snack. That rocks!!!!

While I read your food menus, I confess that I do enjoy seeing the pictures!

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
Pictures are so out there!!! All my odd mixture of dishes and silverware....placemats that have seen better days.....LOL.......while I used to just grab something....now..I have to wait...get it together...go find my phone.....D is usually done eating now before I even start...but he is good natured about it...he likes the results...I had lost interest in dieting...it was a daily battle to keep doing it......this has peeked my interest again....warts and all.

legcramps on 11/07/2018:
I think it's fantastic that you've found a little inspiration again in your healthy lifestyle :)

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
I'm relieved that this has renewed my interest again...I still have quite a ways to go....I need that kick in the rear.

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