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BearCountryGG - Monday Apr 30, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.0

Today is an organizing day around  here.....the rest of the week is full of pt and medical appointments... so I will be starting with the food storage area...need to move some things to the kitchen...and organize things by dates a bit better.......also a mountain of laundry....it will keep me plenty busy......

Meal #1

Not hungry...but had coffee and and 15 grain bread toasted with spray butter

Meal #2

corn, peppers, quinoa, pork, mac and cheese, dessert

Meal #3

cheese, crackers, chips...and lots of water

Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 98 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2018:
have a good day, you sound productive and off to a great start!

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2018:
Days are flying by.....got some things done today......rest of the week is appointments...

BearCountryGG - Sunday Apr 29, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.4

Forgot to get on the scales today.......

Busy day around here...lots to do....so made a quick breakfast and getting busy.

All 3 meals between 400 and 500 calories

Meal #1

scrambled eggs with cheese and toast and coffee  


casserole that containes pork, pasta, peppers. Roll, dessert 

Meal #3

Cliff bar and 2 fruit rollups...not hungry...this may be it for the day

D has been going with me out to the kennels for the last 2 days...and today he also went to the barn...the dogs are quieter when he is there and that's a good thing.......he misses his old chores...and I will be VERY HAPPY to turn them back over to him in the future...he helps a little...but I still do most of the work.........he is doing better and better...and he just hates his therapist...she is rude and obnoxious...and loud and degrading...but she is getting him to accomplish things he didn't think he was ready for at this point......so she may have a point...but unfortunately she has no manners......and I think she is breaking the hippa laws but she obviouly hates men...she is nice to the women...she has issues!!!!

Progress as of today: 9.4 lbs lost so far, only 98.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/29/2018:
It's kind of nice to be so busy that you forget to weigh in. At least I like it when that happens. Hope your busy day is productive and happy :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
I had put the scales away because I was afraid D would trip over them...so I forget now..LOL

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Those cliff bars pack a big punch and high in calories but def great before or after my exercise ! Have you tried the apricot flavor - it's so sweet and soft and tasty ! I had a couple fresh ones this weekend !

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
No...Haven't seen the apricot ones here. Sounds good though.

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Sorry the therapist sucks !

Yes there's a big personality factor when doing a job that requires socialization and patient care - I am sorry D got hooked up with a bad one - if it's an office of multiple therapists he can try to switch.

I remember going to PT and it can really hurt after an operation like what D had so perhaps she is good for him....I am not there so obv I am not sure either way :). But he should learn what he has to and make sure to practice those exercises even after PT is done :)

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
As rude and obnoxious as she is...she is pushing him to move more...and that's positive...but as a person...she is just vile.....oh well...I do think he is doing well...but he is getting a real resentment towards her...she yells across the whole building at the men and she is embarrassing all of them....oh well....it isn't forever...this too shall pass....I just hope he doesn't quit her before the time is up.

graindart on 04/29/2018:
It may be what the therapist has found what she believes works best for men in general. I know personally that I'd prefer a drill instructor type just telling me exactly what I have to do so that I can get done with it and move on with my life. With something like that, I have no desire to chit-chat or make friends.

Either that, or maybe she does just hate men.....

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
I've wondered the same thing...but she made a big scene the last time because he walked in there with his walker...and she never told him not too.....she never gives him any clue on anything and them berates him for it.....so I took it to the car....but he didn't bring a cane...so they had one there to use..but the hospital told him to use the walker for 3 weeks...and she took it way at 10 days...I think she enjoys bossing the guys around and making fun of them....I will say...so far it's made him mad but it's also made him work...LOL

BearCountryGG - Saturday Apr 28, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.4

Yesterday flew by and I stayed very busy.....I love those kinds of days.  Although I guess I wouldn't like them if they went on too long.  D is transitioning to the cane...and using the walker only very little......It's been a rough week and a half...but it's getting better.  Only spots of snow here now...and he is talking about wanting to get outside........me too.  Giving some thought to todays meals........

Meal #1


raisin date oatmeal

luna bar

dried apples


----------------------------------------492 calories


Meal #2

Beer brat, quinoa and 7 other grains side dish. corn, peppers, dessert = 515


D came out to the dog kennels with me today..and he only used the cane...and he did not even have to sit down on the chair I brought out for him....it was a much quieter feeding with him there....they behave better for him......and then while I went to the rd to get the mail...he walked around in the sun in front of the garage....I'm so happy that he is bouncing back so quickly...his PT is really tough on him...and very rude and odnoxious...but she does push him to get results....he loved being outside.  



Meal #3

Teriyaki chicken, vegetable juice, cheese crackers, cookies = 489

Progress as of today: 9.4 lbs lost so far, only 98.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/28/2018:
Breakfast sounds delicious!

Very good to see D's progress. We now have 2 walkers (one for the upstairs, one for the main level) and a raised toilet seat in storage. The walkers we got for free and I paid good money for the toilet seat. Am I silly for holding on to these, in anticipation of needing them in the future?

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2018:
NO ...keep them!!!!! We had the walker and the crutches from my parents...( I did have to order the front wheels and the tennis balls for the back).....the crutches are still being used to go up the stairs.....he already had a couple of canes here...and we have 2 bathrooms...1 with a naturally high toilet.....BUT...do not get rid of any of it...he is still using the walker to get in and out of the shower with..but who likes to buy any of that stuff???? And I get it...who wants to have it around when we don't need it? Personally...that stuff is a drag...but when you need it...YOU NEED IT!!! Keep it!!

Donkey on 04/28/2018:
Lunch sounds delicious too!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2018:
Just as I was finished fixing it his sister called...so it sat there for an hour....thought we were never going to be able to eat...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Sorry to bombard your last entry lol and I appreciate how you answered :) nothing should be the end of the world !!!! Feeling a bit better from Friday :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
That''s good

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
D sounds like he's improving steadily - I am so happy about that :-) bless you and him !!!! Cheers to progress as D feeling much better!

Lately I'm busier like you which does feel good every now and then keeps you up and active experiencing more ...

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
Yes...he's doing well...thanks.

BearCountryGG - Friday Apr 27, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.4

Very busy day around here today.....first taking D to physical therapy...then dropping him off at home and I will be going shopping....then home for dog chores and household chores....and then it will be time for bed....LOL...I'm tired just thinking about it.........

Continuing on with the 3 meal a day, no snack plan....it's working like a charm and I feel like I'm finally in control....I just remembered how my days used to go....always planning to START tomorrow so that day was a free for all......I'm happy that it seems like it is finally behind me.  

I'm even getting the feeling for guessing a meals calories....and when I do figure them...they are usually very close...I like that too........My hope for this is to just be able to do this in a natural way where I don't even feel like I'm dieting.....I have come to learn that I am happy and full with 1,500 cals a day...and the weight will go....slowly...but it will go.  

Doing all of D's chores has toughened me up.......it has forced me to move more...and do things that I hadn't been doing.  The ice around the walking areas here has gone...and I feel a lot better about walking around here now.

Time for me to begin the downsizing and spring cleaning........my personal truth is while I have a lot of clothes in all kinds of sizes......I will be 69 this year...and I do not think that many of them will even be appropriate for me to ever wear now.........and many are seriously out of style...they need to go......and I want the room in my closet....there is much to do...and this is the time to do it.........need to get started on that.

Age is just a number it's true....but age also very cruelly points out that less is more...and who wants to live amongst a ton of stuff?  I've realized...that i don't....time to get serious with the downsizing.

Breakfast was a quick bagel and coffee


Lunch was a big sandwich that covered all of the food groups




Progress as of today: 9.4 lbs lost so far, only 98.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2018:
i also find a good overnight fast is a wonderful thing..i usually get almost that on weekends here and there which makes me feel good! like you, i enjoy giving my body a period of fast without eating for a lengthy period of time.

also, like you, i do not go to bed hungry :) bc i will not sleep well if i do!

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
I get reflux and that is no fun!

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2018:
being busier has helped me lose in the past and lately, similar to you, my activity level of things i'm doing lately will increase over the next 1.5 months. I hope for it to help me lose...i hope the same for you.

I just wanna lose at most up to 5 lbs. No more at all.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
You can do it!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2018:
so, i'm lonely here at work, nobody around and 5:20. If i leave, nowhere to go till 7pm - i don't need 1.5hrs to get there...i'll probably go and buy a drink at a bar and drink it there...i wish i had more available friends right now...

and not ones that are so stuck in their ways that i regret hanging out with them....

i like the friends that i see as a group but it seems the individual friends i make - that prefer just hanging out one on one - it always ends badly, unfortunately...not sure what i want in life right now, but i'm not settled yet.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2018:
****, the comment above, i meant to put it on my entry. but yeah, that is how i'm feeling now. always best to go out with someone rather than alone, but i seem not to have a choice lately as some of the things i want to do, i can't get anyone to join me :(

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
Maybe you will meet some new friends.

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
Think of it as editing... you only want things around you that make you feel great. I am sticking any piece of clothing that doesn't feel great in a bag and seeing what I end up with. I might save some of it in each size specifically for emergencies, like if someone needs to crash and doesn't have clothes or work clothes when there's an earthquake and we can't do laundry... but that's it.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
I'm purging clothes here too.....I guess you can purge people too....

Donkey on 04/27/2018:
My church (before I had this disagreement with them about a certain presidential candidate) is having a clothing drive this weekend. I had my son do a purge before he left. I had half a bag -- so now I'm up to 2 bags. I asked daughter to do hers, but she hasn't. I could probably purge more, in fact.

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2018:
A certain presidential candidate made me purge some distant family members from facebook myself....LOL...I take mine to a couple of places that sell stuff here in this small town....one church..one just a store....but not on consignment....I just donate....when I decide to get rid of something...it's GONE....LOL

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
I wasn't going to purge people but maybe... like purge my Facebook

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2018:
I did that...caused some uproar from FAMILY...LOL.....personally ...I have some distant relatives that were a real drag......I'm happier without them in my facebook life.....now I only want people on there that I can be happy around.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 26, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.4

Got up later today...because I stayed up later last night...possibly not a good idea because i got hungry...seriously hungry....and ended up eating later at night.... when I had planned to have 3 meals instead of 4....need to get to bed earlier to avoid that in the future...no real damage done....just the beginnings of a possible bad habit...and I do not want to be eating 4 times a day.....note to self....STOP THAT!

Meal #1

toast w/spray butter = 130

omelette with cheese and salsa = 296

coffee = 9


435 cals

Meal #2

chicken, potatoes, corn, peppers, 2 mini doughnuts = 497

I do believe that I am getting physically stronger feeding the dogs....It's been 9 days now...and climbing up and down the outside steps...hauling a large water jug and pail of dog food...and shoveling..and just walking out there and back .is making me stronger.....the dogs are being good ( except for excited barking...which it appera I can't stop)...while they are waiting for their food to be dished out ( they don't do that with D but he has them trained not to...and they mind him better)...and I like the feeling of more strength.  I'm really tempted to start spring cleaning now....I seriously would like to go through every drawer, closet...and hiding place...LOL...and I really want to get down and scrub baseboards, corners...etc......I think it may just be a little easier now....

Meal #3

chili, mozzarella and cookies 510 cals

This last meal of the day is heavy on the protein and included dessert so that I hopefully will not have a repeat of last nights 4th meal...do not want to start that.


Progress as of today: 9.4 lbs lost so far, only 98.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2018:
that's what i like about sleeping well and more also - i also eat less when getting good sleep :)

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2018:
I should have just gone to bed...but my stomach was growling...and blood sugar can be a problem when I'm sleeping..so I ate....I also had an early dinner which didn't help....Lesson learned...LOL

Maria7 on 04/26/2018:
We're none of us are perfect. We just have to make sure our little eating indulgences don't become habits. Not saying yours was...sounded like you were genuinely in need of some food. Hope you are having a good day and your Hubby getting better, too. Take care.

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2018:
I don't want that to become a habit.....and that could happen very easily...so I will have my 3rd meal a little later today....hopefully to counteract that...and Hubby ...while still in pain...is improving....I do notice that he is talking about other things more now...so he isn't as focused on pain as much as he was.

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2018:
i do eat at night also when i'm hungry before bed....and i do some fast carbs usually.

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2018:
I would like to eliminate all evening eating...because I like the idea of a 12 hour fast......but a growling stomach...or low blood sugar are sometimes getting in the way of that.....I need to have my 3rd meal a little later..than I have been having it.

Donkey on 04/26/2018:
I've had those days where the hunger wakes me up. I call those hungry days. Just some days, I'm more hungry.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
Me too.....

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 25, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.4

 Since I recently put a lot of wt back on quickly...I figured it would come back off fairly easily.....and it is...trying to remember to weigh in daily is showing daily losses...small but measurable on the scales...I'm feeling the difference....and 100% into this plan.  Not missing the snacks at all as long as I can incorporate snacks and sweets into meals as desired.  Finally learning to delay gratification when it comes to food this late in life is interesting but I wish I had been able to do it much younger...I could have avoided a lot of years with miserable dieting.

Meal #1

coffee = 9

Quaker raisin spice oatmeal pkt = 150

15 grain bread toasted = 130

spray butter = 0

peanut butter = 250


529 calories


Meal #2

Chili = 125

lettuce, avocado, radishes, ff ranch = 180

fresh pineapple = 82


387 calories


Meal #3

blueberry bagel = 230

spray butter = 0

cream cheese = 60

peanuts = 260

veggie straws = 130


680 calories

total calories for day = 1,596

Ended up having a 4th meal because I stayed up so late...and it had been so many hours since the 3rd mael...that took me out of weight loss calories...and ut me into maintenance cals.....but it was needed

Progress as of today: 9.4 lbs lost so far, only 98.4 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/25/2018:
Keep on with the daily plan. If you're like me, you'll see an occasional blip up of the weight on the scale when weighing daily, but the overall trend should still be lower by the week / month.

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2018:
So far so good.....I used to be a scale avoider...but now...even a 2/10ths of a loss makes me happy on a daily weigh in.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2018:
looks great so ar!

i stepped on the scale myself and was happy to see it was LOWER than the past week or two overall...means i'm headed in the correct direction.

I'd like to lose the pounds I gained by like end of June.

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2018:
You CAN do it!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2018:
stick with it, and you'll be good :)

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2018:
This one is a winning plan for me...and I LIKE IT!!! Which is probably the most important part for me.....I actually look forward to it. daily!

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2018:
now that you have less stress about your hubby and just now busy with PT, i think it's way better for you.

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2018:

graindart on 04/25/2018:
I hear you on any progress being an emotional pickup. I stepped on the scale today and watched the digital numbers changing. Landed on 173.9 for a couple seconds and changed to 173.8 at the last second to record a loss from yesterday of 0.1 lb. Logically I know that 0.1 lb can be due to anything (including scale error), but emotionally it's a victory that pushes me on.

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2018:

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Apr 24, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 244.6

Hoping to be able to have an at home day today....but grab bar supplies may need to be picked up...will find out later  about that.  Need to do a good houscleaning today ...........stuff just seems to be laying around..out of place...we got up before 5....I may need a morning nap.

Meal #1

Big high protein meal that covered all of the food groups

2 egg cheese omelette with salsa = 303

15 grain bread toasted with spray butter = 100

sausage patty = 170

coffee = 18


calories = 591 


Meal #2

lettuce, avocado, radish , olive and ff ranch salad = 163

chili = 250


413 calories


Meal #3

leftover ground beef patty = 199

banana = 105

quest bar = 170


calories - 474


total for day = 1,478

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

horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2018:
breakfast sounds really tasty and enjoy your nap if you take it!

bearcountrygg on 04/24/2018:
I did enjoy it...and I think I need an afternoon nap too...LOL

graindart on 04/24/2018:
3 meal plan of attack on track..... good job

bearcountrygg on 04/24/2018:
Thanks....it's become a habit very quickly!

Donkey on 04/24/2018:
Very nicely done today! Keep posting your menus! I never get tired of saying "good job!" :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/24/2018:

BearCountryGG - Monday Apr 23, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.2

D has an early physical therapy appt this morning so I will be having a late breakfast .......3 meals a day is working perfectly for me....I can live with this.......not taking any foods out of my diet...just managing them....and preventing overreating them....I would rather have them in my life in small quantities than not at all.  I thought for a couple of days that going to bed on an empty stomach was going to be an issue...with reflux...but that seems to have settled down when I drank a large glass of water before bed.....I can already see a tempting food in the kitchen...and want it...and tell myself that I can have it with my lunch or dinner...or tomorrow....and not just lose control and stuff myself in the moment.....I am finally feeling comfortable with the idea that I can control food...instead of food controling me.........since food is the only area of my life that I have ever had this issue with...it does make me feel more in control than ever.......when it came to food in the past...delaying gratification was not in my vocabulary...now it feels good to be able to do that.

Meal #1

On the go

muffin = 190

luna bar = 200

coffee = 9


calories = 399


Meal #2

hamburger/ bun/relish/aioli  = 440

rice a roni = 250

coffee = 9


calories = 699


Meal #3

Not exactly a meal...but a mixture of stuff....wild day

rice cake =40

vegetable juice = 30

banana = 105

figs =137


calories 312

total calories for day = 1,410

A couple of weeks ago prepping for post surgery...D had to go get a grab bar for his shower....he came home with one that attached with suction cups......I was VERY unhappy.....I thought that was dangerous...personally...I have never had anything in my life that had suction cups that actually worked.......welll.......this morning the grab rail failed...I heard a huge crash...ran in there to find that it had failed....he stopped himself from falling but said that he had gotten hurt...( was ok while later thankfully)...but hand rail was on the shower floor......so now...it has to be done right...( should have been done right the first time)...so we have been a bit testy with each other today....NOT our finest day!!!!!!!  So I had to go buy the right things,....but no one has the right fasteners......so....I give up for today...we are hoping our plumber calls back soon and knows what to do....or maybe he will just have to go showerless.....UGH ( D ...not the plumber...LOL)

I am happy though that while I ate kind of wonky today...I still didn't give into a binge...not even tempted....in fact I took comfort in the idea that I had a system that was in place.......and I'm within calories easily.......tomorrow...more veggies....I gave mine to him today.  The funny for the day was when he had something funny to tell me...he walked into the living room and was talking when he all of a sudden went...WAIT>>>>WHAT.....I just walked in here without the walker...then he panicked...LOL....I think things are improving.

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 100.2 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/23/2018:
Good job. There are tons of diet plans out there that all claim to work great. In reality, the only plan that will work for you is the one you stick with. If you've found something that works for you, stick with. After you've stuck with it for a certain period of time you can re-evaluate if something small needs tweaking to further continue towards your goal.

bearcountrygg on 04/23/2018:
Agree completely!

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2018:
with a few more obligations, or a lot more right now with D, I am sure you can make it work out well for you. Keep up the good work - we are all proud of you here on DD!

bearcountrygg on 04/23/2018:
Thank you...That is sweet.

Donkey on 04/23/2018:
You did very well today. Oh how I hate those testy days, but I supposed that's part of being human... and being married ;-)

Yes, very proud of you!

bearcountrygg on 04/23/2018:
Thank you Donkey...yup...not a fun day...but it happens sometimes...it too shall pass.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Apr 22, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.2

 Everything still covered with snow...with mud around the fringes.......today the high is in the 60's...maybe we will just have nothing but mud by the end of the day....I never thought I would be happy with mud....silly me.  Wt is dropping but very slowly.....and that is ok.....how quickly things can go wrong as I have seen in the recent month or so........counting is necessary...no matter what the situation....and it sure isn't coming off as fast as it once did.  I definately am moving around more than before...I have a lot of new responsibilities...and to add to that....while putting D's support hose on him yesterday...I decided that maybe it would be easier while sitting on a little old stool ( kind of like a milking stool)...and promptly tipped over backwards and landed on my butt..luckily the couch was there and at least kept me upright......D and I just both froze and stared big eyed at each other.  Sore today.

Meal #1

12 grain bread toast = 100

spray butter = 0

1 egg = 128

1 banana = 105

 1 cup v8 fusion pomegranate blueberry juice = 100

coffee = 9


442 calories


Meal #2

yesterdays leftovers

chicken with peppers = 150

chicken broth 1/2 cup = 7

oven fries = 90

doughnut = 270


517 calories


Meal #3

pasta with tomato and meat sauce = 320

spicy vegetable juice = 30

veggie straws = 130


480 calories

Calories for day = 1,439

only zero cal beverages for the rest of the day

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 100.2 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/22/2018:
We finally are done with snow sticking to the ground I think. I'm sure we'll have another snow storm or two, however I doubt it will stick to the ground throughout a full 24 hours. After such a long winter with so much snow, this past week in the 50s and 60s has been great.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2018:
I'm looking forward to that here in Michigan....

Donkey on 04/22/2018:
Oh I hope you are OK with falling off the stool. Paired with the hip pain & sciatica earlier this week... Please be careful!

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2018:
Just sore.......but OK

Maria7 on 04/22/2018:
Glad you were not hurt. You have a lot of extra chores to do but as you say, it requires a lot more moving, so may be a good thing (as long as you don't overdo it).

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2018:
It is a good thing...and it's getting easier each day...the dogs are being good.....D is doing his exercises with my help 3 times a day...and I'm having to carry a lot of things like glasses and cups for him...because he is still using the walker...and I'm getting the mail at the road...so I am moving more...and that's a good thing.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Apr 21, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

Brought back an old family tradition of ours back when we had a housefull of kids.......the big weekend breakfast.....the kids still talk about it...D mentions it occassionally and miracle of miracles...we were slim then regardless, and because I am once again needing to work on getting him to eat health giving foods ( we have been eating some more convenience type foods) while we get back to real life...so I made a big weekend breakfast......and it was healthy...and he ate all of his...so I'm happy and so is he....he is working hard here...and I'm picking up the slack...we both need the exercise......it is definately making me more active and that is a good thing.  

1 slice 12 grain bread toasted = 100

spray butter = 0

coffee = 18

omelette with 2 eggs, shredded chedder, red and orange peppers and salsa = 286


breakfast calories - 404

Could be a good start to 3 meals a day averaging 400-500 each

I really liked it a couple of weeks ago when I was eating 3 meals a day at about 500 cals each...that worked really well to keep me from snacking between meals...and it also forced me to include  any snacky type things into a meal..which helps me control the quantities of those while still allowing them.  Another thing I liked with that was a  planned dessert for lunch or dinner or both.....that satisfies my desire for sweets yet helps me control quantity.  When I have dessert type foods between meals or in the evening...I would over eat them...and while I am not necessarily one for dessert after dinner.....now if I do want sweets and make it after a meal only....I won't feel deprived.  Writing things out here really has helped me clarify for myself...exactly why and how I have been reacting to things....I see patterns...I see what satisfies me......I like 3 meals a day...and no snacks...it helps me contain food quantities.

Meal #2

chicken breast and peppers cooked in olive oil= 150

lettuce, cucumbers and fat free ranch = 43

12 baked french fries = 90

ice cream sandwich = 180


meal 2 calories = 463


Meal #3

Chicken alfredo = 310

banana = 105

Quest protein bar = 170


meal # 3 = 585

Total calories for day =1,452

Done eating for the day.......may have calorie free sparkling water, coffee or tea if desired

I believe this is the eating style I have to stick with...I can do this for life...It pushes me to eat more complete meals that include protein, fruit/veg and carbs and allows for treats or sweets at the end of meals 2 and 3.  It keeps me satisfied and full......it keeps me from grazing on junk all day...but still allows for junk during a meal if I want it....I'm accepting that my eating for the day is done after the 3rd meal...but that I can have zero cal beverages in the evening if desired.  

My daily calorie goal is between 1,200 and 1,500

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 100.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/21/2018:
I also seem to do better when I have planned eating times. It's much easier for me to regulate my food intake. When I snack all day long I don't tend to realize how much I actually ate by the end of the day.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
With 3 meals a day...I seem to be able to tell myself that even though I may be hungry between meals...I only have to wait for an hour or so..then I can eat....snacking is a problem for me because I would graze all day and never actually sit down to a real meal.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2018:
i also enjoy snack type foods after meals :)

omelette sounds wonderful!

i think that D would join you in the healthier eating as it will help him possibly lose weight and getting used to the new metal will be easier.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
Yes...he loves salads and a lot of veggies......I think he is missing some sweets...but he is diabetic...sooo....he eats those sparingly anyway.

Donkey on 04/21/2018:
I agree with your assessment: you seemed to do very well with the 500 calorie meals, 3 times a day.

Oh - and I 100% about a dessert. Otherwise it doesn't feel complete - ? Or not quite satisfied? And this way, you know that your next treat is just a few hours away...

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
Exactly!!!! Right On!!!!

happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Mmmm big weekend breakfast.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
Sticks to the ribs...LOL

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