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BearCountryGG - Friday Apr 13, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Ice storm on it's way...........................

They are already mobilizing for emergeny power outages and even red cross was mentioned.

I must have misunderstood.........I thought it was spring.

It is Friday the 13th

We have to be 2 towns away(45 minutes in good weather) by 4:00 A.M. Tuesday....at the hospital...and they are already talking about hospitals and power outages that may happen....that is assuming we can drive on the ice and  actually make it there...............and dodge the downed trees.  Our weather man is so excited he was practically hyperventilating....

I have 4 huge dogs in the kennel to feed , water and shovel up after everyday...including Tuesday afternoon

Monday we are scheduled to be getting up to 20 inches of snow on top of it all...some reports say 3 inches.....but it may also just be raining on top of the ice.




Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
I'm sorry about your ice storm!

We are getting extra warm weather...warming up today from around high 50's this morning to 75 this afternoon!!!!! and tomorrow it will be another warm one up to around the same 75...then back down to 50's!

Spring will eventually have to come to you!

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
Later next week they are talking 50's......We can only hope. If I get trapped out of town because of ice....there thankfully is a hotel in that town..but that doesn't get the dogs fed.......

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
I'm glad you are getting some nice weather though.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
i guess you'll have to leave some extra food for dogs? craziness!

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
They will gobble it up right away......it's going to be interesting....bad thing about what we feed is that it's concentrated and when they drink water it hydrates the food. Switching their food now would make them sick...so I will just wing it and hope for the best.

Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Could you not postpone til safe to travel?

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
I don't think so unless the doctor or hospital cancels it...it's been set up for 2 months now...dr only does 2 of them a week.

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
The reason we took april 17th is because we are usually having good weather by this time...that backfired.

Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Bless your hearts...Will surely be praying for safe travel for you. Thanks for sharing about your Mom. I, too, am a retired secretary.

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
Thank you......I loved being a medical secretary....I did a lot of climbing too at that time...we had files to the ceiling...and rolling ladders.....I can't imagine it's like that anymore.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 12, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Woke up to rain on top of snow which quickly turned into ice......some things closed.   Between now and Tuesday ( D's operation day)....the weather includes ice and a snow storm..the hospital is at least 45 minutes away and the drive is through forrest and quite a desolate area......this could get very interesting.......starting today I'm not giving much thought to calories.....when this is all behind us and he is home again I will get back on track.......still no return call from the dealership...we are now assuming that they called us in error...and don't feel the need to call and explain or appologise for  messing up...they just lost us as customers.  I wonder if I can remove that 5 star rating I gave them!  


Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/12/2018:
Just try to get through the surgery in one piece. The anxiety beforehand can be difficult to manage. Been there, done that.

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
I know...you are the model I need to follow through this...personally...I'm sure it was worse for you and your husband because his surgery was even harder to deal with. This too shall pass.

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
Hello BCGG!

Wow is the weather a BEAST by you! I shouldn’t be surprised! Yes, they most probably called you on error and may not even know who they called by accident, making it even harder for them to call you back to apologize, you know. Wishing you a good day and fingers crossed the weather calms a little bit before D’s surgery!

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Right now they are ramping the weather up more.....but unfortunately I can't control the weather...If I have to stay in a hotel there then that's what I will do. When I called them back to say I found the papers....I gave them my new number...I also told them my name....I do think he made a mistake...but he didn't make us very confident in his abilities...with how he handled that. oh well....there is more than 2 yrs left on this lease...so it will be awhile before we need a new one.

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
did you know that you and happy weigh similar weights?

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Yes...and she is losing much better than I am...in fact I put some back on.....SHE ROCKS!!!

Maria7 on 04/12/2018:
Hoping you have a safe trip. I wouldn't worry about calories, either with all you are going through right now. Take care of yourself and try not to worry about anything.

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Thank you

happy-1 on 04/12/2018:

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Thank you

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 11, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

More nasty weather on the way for us...and we still have lots of snow.... so no outside walking for me......so I will definately be riding the exercise bike today.  Yesterdays rant and the food fit following it will be under better control today....still have not heard from the car salesman...and I don't plan to call him back again...if he can't return calls that he originally initiated...that's his problem.  Even with my wonky food choices yesterday ( basically protein and crunchy)...I still was well under what fitday says I burn in a day...so it's okay.  I can see by my angry choices exactly what i want to eat when i'm mad...LOL....weird...I seriously do not like jerky...but yesteray i tore into that stuff like a virtual cavewoman. Laughing at myself today.  


coffee = 9

banana = 105

hot multigrain cereal with quinoa, cranberries and almonds = 190




Was staying away from snacking...but apparently I still am a bit agitated...and was wanting crunchy food....funny how I have never noticed this  before...although...I'm rarely an angry person...but I remember years ago the discussions about angry crunchy food fixes.at weight watchers..it just never applied to me...basically I saw it as a craving more for the salt for mysef...but not an angry thing.  BUT.....guess I'm still a bit angry...because I grabbed the bags of pretzels and veggie chips and didn't count the amounts....but that's over...and I have no idea of the calories...oh well...not the end of the world.  It may have been well worth it actually...it did force me to understand why.


whole wheat bun = 150

hamburger patty = 145

lettuce, cucumber, radishes = 24

poppy seed dressing, skinny girl brand = 10

 mustard =3

fresh pineapple = 28




cashews = 200

peanut butter = 125

banana = 105



total for day = 1,094...plus what ever the pretzels and veggie chips were



Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
You sound happier and care free today.

I agree about the salesman. No need, at all, to go out of your way after your first attempt to reach him - let him reach out to you again.

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Just seems weird that after all these months he wants info....after having to change my phone number a few days ago...and having my 2 email accts hacked and closed for a month ( still don't have access to those)...I am really leery of people. There are a lot of shady people out there just waiting to pounce. But I am happier today...had to sleep it off I guess.

horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
i agree with you, no need to contact him again.

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Waited all day today...nada...at this point we are thinking he called the wrong customers...and that DOES NOT make us trust him for the future. If he made a mistake...he should have at least called back and explained and apologized.

graindart on 04/11/2018:
It's been a long snowy winter here also. Finally warmed up for enough days in a row that we've had our first week of almost no snow on the ground since Thanksgiving. Friday has some snow forecast, but followed by a high of 50 on Saturday means that it won't stick around. Hopefully your snow will be gone soon too......

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Unfortunately we have more on the way.....I'm glad to hear it's going away in other places though.

happy-1 on 04/11/2018:
Hugs!!! Sounds very difficult! What did weight watchers say about cookies and ice cream?

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Not really......on WW you can have anything...you just have to count it.

Maria7 on 04/11/2018:
Glad you are having a better day today.

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
After my ugly fit yesterday...anything is better...Lol

Donkey on 04/11/2018:
So we eat crunchy foods when we're angry? Wow, I haven't seen the correlation, but I guess that's right -- is that why I eat raw vegetables in the afternoon at work? Could be!

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Possibly...it never seemed true to me until yesterday.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Apr 10, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Had problems with the DD board yesterday...not sure if it was my computer, my internet or DD....my computer is still limping along....my back country internet can be spotty at times...so it can easily be any of the above.

Final drs clearance for D today...and desperate for a grocery shopping trip too.......not at all hungry so not sure how to play this today....on top of that the scale isn't moving after some lower cal days.......I may need to drop it further......i do have a slow metabolism ( thyroid and past crash dieting with a diet company)....so I need to do some thinking about it all.........more recently in the last 8 or 9 months I did find that all liquid days did move the scale down...and I'm toying with working that in on some kind of schedule... I feel better and respond well to that...just not sure if I want to make that part of my life on a regular basis.  I'm aware that a couple of friends my age are now doing something similar themselves..........decisions, decisions

I will say...the first time I did a liquid day...it was tough...after that it did get a lot easier......since then...I have had many liquid days.....and it was much easier...but just no specific pattern with them.  I always felt great after them....and now I could use protein shakes....and blender shakes...and possibly even smoothies...to tweek them a bit...one other thing I did learn with those days was that I really enjoyed drinking broth....and there are lots of nice canned and boxed broths now.....I have checked the nutrition on some of the liquid days and found that it was very good...and so I'm not concerned about that....with my IBS...I think it may be a positive thing to give it a rest...I doubt if I had not tested it out back in the fall for jury duty...I may never have discovered it.....now with so much coming up again it would be easy to do and would keep me away from fast food, which is basically what I would be eating......( I know for a fact that next weeks meals will be seriously wonky otherwise)...........

BREAKFAST LATE After shopping

bagel = 220

baby Bel cheese round = 70

strawberry cream cheese = 60

coffee = 9


359 cals

Got a call from the car dealership that we leased our car from last August...they HAVE TO SEE the lease agreement from our PREVIOUS car....OMG...that was 8 months ago!!!!  The dealership is 2 towns away....dug up the paperwork...called them back and left a message for them to call me now.......nothing yet....What is going on????   Ate lunch with out even thinking....and I admit I attacked the food....just now am I realizing how anger/frustration....can make me eat my feelings.  So out of the ordinary for me but right now I would like to punch something.


2 pkgs cheese and crackers = 400

P3 portable protein pack which contained beef jerky, chipolte peanuts and sunflower kernels = 230

Mixed fruit sauce = 80


710 cals





more cheese and crackers




Car dealership still has not called us back...after they called and wanted info on car lease that they had not set up with us......Spent an hour turning files and bins upside down looking for said lease info......they are lucky I even still had it.....now they aren't calling back......I have no idea why they even need it...D took the original call....so I'm at a loss........but something is fishy with this dealership...and I have no idea what.

Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2018:
Personally, i cannot do the liquid days. Liquids pass right through me...that's why i took a liking to veggies so much.

Liquids may make the scale move down quickly, but as soon as you eat food, it will go up. They may be a quick fix, but lifestyle wise i have found liquid diets to be unfullfilling. Remember the days of the Slimfast commercials? Slimfast was popular, only shakes all day, they were sugary and def didn't have much sustenance. Personally the all day liquid diets don't work with me...

I do not think you need any fast fixes...more just keep with your lifestyle...of course, this is only my opinion. lately i'm very opinionated, lol, to everyone!

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
They go right through me too...but they do help the IBS a lot! I like the feeling of not being bogged down....I have some of the newer slim fast shakes...and they really do agree with me......I will see...I'm not giving up solid foods at all...just figuring I feel better when I have some all liquid days.

Donkey on 04/10/2018:
There were some issues with DD yesterday.

I'm not a liquid day person either, but it might work for you as a "detox day" thing occasionally (once a week?)... I would recommend using that day to focus on calm and depression and restoration, internally and externally.

I would also recommend having a plan ahead of time, in case you start a liquid day and find that you need to eat.

I think it could work, for you...

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
It works well with my IBS.....I think I sometimes just need to rest the innards...LOL

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
So the DD problems weren't my computer...good to know.

Maria7 on 04/10/2018:
Re: Liquid diet....My Mother did the Slimfast diet many years ago and lost about a hundred pounds in a year by replacing one or 2 meals with them each day, if I've got it right. It worked for her. She had weighed 315 when she went on diet. She has kept it off, too and lost even more and I think she weighs about 172 now. Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
I have used slim fast off and on for years...not usually as a weight loss thing but more for a shake thing....I do they have improved the formula a lot.....I love the new bottled ones that don't have any dairy...all in all...I think they do well for me..........that's wonderful about your Mom....and she has kept it off...that's not easy at all.

horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2018:
putting myself in your boat, if i were retired and home - i would probably want some days diff from the others...like by having a liquid day.

i do understand the feeling of wanting to feel "free" on the insides...yes, i like this too every now & then.

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
I've figured the nutrition...it's there......just looks like funny eating.

happy-1 on 04/10/2018:
Hugs! Feel better... just a thought that all those processed foods make IBS worse.

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
Agreed....but basically everything bothers my digestion....even the fresh stuff.....liquids just give it a break.

Donkey on 04/10/2018:
Ugh, I hate that when that happens. I'm surprised they didn't call you on a Friday afternoon before a 3-day weekend, right? Those sorts of things "eat" away at me too. I hope the issue gets resolved quickly.

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
The funny part is we didn't lease that car from them....we turned it in there...on time...and got a new one from them...we heard from the finance company that everything was done...and the car was resold....all clear...all the way around....and now this 8 or 9 months later....and now...he's not calling me back...and he started it. ugh

BearCountryGG - Monday Apr 09, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Woke up easily and feeling okay.....D has a pre op conference call today...so we will be home...probably will be doing the grocery shopping tomorrow.  3 meals a day...keeping it under 1,500 and no snacking seems to be a good fit for me...it keeps me from grazing all day...it keeps me from eating too many sweets but can allow a dessert after dinner or with dinner.  And the best thing for me is that I know when the next meal will be and if I get hungry it does force me to wait....so .....I'm thinking this is probably my best bet for using self control with food......I've seen that meals with low or no protein and fat do not stick with me well...so each meal needs that and I'm working on keeping them between 400 and 500 cals per meal if possible...less is fine for a high protein meal.


1 fried egg = 91

Sausage gravy = 139

coffee = 9


239 cals 

LUNCH = spaghetti and meatballs

Pasta 1 cup = 180

6 meatballs = 230

1/2 cup spaghetti sauce = 70

propel water = 0


480 cals

Tuna = 70

bagel = 220

cream cheese = 160

sesame seaweed = 30

veggie straws = 130

dried fruit = 40

nutrigrain bar = 140


 1,509 for the day

Worked out well...no desire to eat between meals


Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
i'm noticing a lot of healthy items below on your food lists!

great eating - i also love sesame seaweed. it's fun to munch on and no calorie issues. me too - i do better with meals around 500 cal. lately my lunches are over that amount, but when my actual meals are a tad lower, the calorie counting becomes a bit easier...something for me to consider too! you see, i've gotten used to more wholesome meals especially for work lunches.

what i'd like to do, honestly, is get stronger so i can continue eating higher cals and actually lose weight :)

keep on, keep your exercise up...and agreed - you need protein and fat. i have the same big issue. carb meals don't stick with me at all.

lately, i've noticed i'm prob not eating enough fats. i may pick up an avocado or two on my way home today..

bearcountrygg on 04/09/2018:
I think fat is important....WW had it on their program ever since I can remember.

Maria7 on 04/09/2018:
Yes, protein is very important and helps in feeling full. Good food plan going. Hope you have a good day. :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/09/2018:
Thank you

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
YES, fat is one thing i do not emphasize but i know i should...my mom always cooked really low fat bc it was the 90's...and that was the fad at the time...meaning she didn't add much fat to the food. def no avocado! it just wasn't the thing in the 90's. all yogurts, fat free, milk, fat free back then!

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
That was the era.......my Dad had a triple heart bypass and they banned him from eggs...( he ate lots of them)......and now eggs are heros....

BearCountryGG - Sunday Apr 08, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Slept well last night.......Still cold and snowy here....D gone for the day again....friends of his are up here tracking...so I wil have the house to myself today.  Doing some organizing and decluttering......and other odds and ends...also need to make up a shopping list for this coming week.  

I critiqued my day yesterday at the end of the day...and I think that may be a new way for me to look back and actually internalize what I had done...right and wrong.  

I know that was the first thing that came to mind this morning when I was deciding what to have for breakfast.


coffee = 9

15 grain bread toasted (1) = 130

1 T butter = 102

1T almond butter = 95

1 wrapped baby bel cheese reg = 70

Polar frost water = 0


406..................number wise this is exactly where I want to be......3 meals per day with between 400 and 500 calories per meal...I would prefer to get away from any snacking between meals at all...that seems to be my downfall...I don't mind filling in with something in the evening...to bring the numbers up a bit...but I do want to stop eating between meals.  Shooting for a 1,500 cal or below day.


Fish = 90

Edamame = 80

Sesame seaweed = 30

Green bean casserole = 296 


496 cals........................breakfast was perfect...no between meal hunger at all...lunch was lots of food and still stayed below 500..lots of veggies and a protein.....seaweed contains iodine which is great for low thyroid...so it was time to get eating that again.  


Chicken = 188

Corn bake = 60

green bean casserole = 75

oatmeal cookies = 260



Total for the day was 1,485........

Just now this evening I'm getting in my second cup of coffee for the day......calories were easy...lots of veggies......no eating between meals...which actually works the best for me......when I start snacking it ends in grazing and doesn't stop........after lunch I did get a bit hungry but looked at the clock and basically knew how long I had to wait...it worked...I waited for dinner and it went by quickly.  protein at every meal...and ending my eating day with a dessert.  It's working well.


Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/08/2018:
I praise your menu evaluation to see where you could have done better, what you did right, etc. You may find that process to be helpful in establishing better food choices/habits rather than the trial & error process we've shared together, LOL...

I noticed on Saturday, there were quite a few processed foods in your menu, rather than fresh or fresh-made. Not a criticism, but wondering if the processed food truly satisfies your hunger, taste-wise -- maybe on other levels too?

I never noticed this before, but I notice that your breakfasts are always varied. I usually have 1 of 2 options unless there is a special occasion, e.g. brunch, illness, etc. No judgment, just an observation. I never really thought about mixing it up too much. Hmm...

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
I guess basically I eat what is on hand....I am a human garbage can basically...I love to use things up...I love to make them disappear...LOL...even if that means eating them...LOL....that is true...there are a lot of processed foods....we are working on clearing out our food on hand...and most of it is shelf stable foods.....we need to use them if possible before the exp. dates...so that's what I have been doing. We are out of the fresh stuff....need to go shopping this week. Yup...I'm kind of all over the place when it comes to food...that is true.

Maria7 on 04/08/2018:
I hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Thank you

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
you did awesome today...i am sure you like your time at home too? i certainly like to be home, relaxing :)

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Yes...I definetly enjoy my alone time!!!

Donkey on 04/08/2018:
Good day - well done! (applause)

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Thank you...it felt right.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Apr 07, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

 Up and ready to get moving around today...lots of things to get done...and D will be gone for the day ( he loaded the dogs up and they get to sniff the country air, and he is looking for bear tracks)...so it's a good time for me to be productive....awful hip pain last night which I think may have been caused by too much sitting down yesterday ( and that old habit of sitting with that leg underneath me)....it's a hard habit to break, so I will make it impossible to happen by staying on my feet......today.

Multi Vit, extra c, zinc,turmeric, omegas


coffee (2) =9

Kodiak Cakes, minute muffin, blueberry = 260

Del Monte fruit burst squeezers blueberry = 80


Part of a multi grain roll = 90

polar frost water = 0


ground beef patty = 240

fried rice = 290

beets = 35

pop tarts = 380

P.M. Snack

Cliff Bar = 230


baked chicken breast = 188

green bean casserole= 161

Baked corn dish = 128

--2091 cals---------------------------------not a low cal day...probably a maintain type of day calorie wise.....was just very hungry today

EDIT.......Figuring out why....................  I think my carb/fruit sauce was a bad start...there should have been protein there in the morning.  meat, egg,or cheese would have stuck with me longer.  The pop tarts should never have happened...., the cliff bar was unnecessary but dinner had been cooking for 2 hours.....the house smelled great...and D wasn't home yet...then after the cliff bar...when he did get home...I really wasn't hungry but ate anyway. Lots of mistakes today...I knew better but gave in to the temptaions too easily.  


Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 04/07/2018:
Good luck with today and sorry to hear about the hip pain

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
Thank you....hip has improved today some....I do not know what I did to it yesterday...I wish Iknew for sure..because I would never do that again! And in the meantime..I'm keeping both feet on the floor...LOL

Donkey on 04/07/2018:
Since reading your post, I've caught myself several times today sitting with one leg under the other. Not good, I know!

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
It took a lot of years for it to catch up with me......but now it's a horrible habit and very painful...I still do it automatically...

happy-1 on 04/08/2018:
Pop tarts are evil and delicious

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Yes they are....I hope I never find anymore around here...but I'm not holding my breath...I think they are hidden...UGH

BearCountryGG - Friday Apr 06, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

 OMG........All of this eating out is doing a number on me....the scales are flat out scaring me...and I already donated the clothes that should fit at this weight.  I would be remiss if I let this go any longer.....as much as I hate counting....apparently it will be a necessity.....

Yesterdays class was great and enlightening...and he is ready and counting the days and looking forward to it.  That is what I needed to hear...so I can relax a bit now ( he had been saying he might cancel it....NO!!!!!)......so it's a go now...( as long as our  family dr. oks it).......people keep calling with more appointments..........neither one of us has ever had this kind of pre surgery stuff.......flat out weird.....but...I guess this is how it is now. This is just life now for the next 3 or 4 months ....so no more waiting...or I will be over my original starting weight in no time.

It's funny how I haven't been eating quantities....but eating out is NOT a good thing for me...some days it was basically just one meal out and a snack and coffee....yet......the scales climbed.......and some days were fast food but little else for the rest of the day...and the scales climbed...........what do they put in that stuff????????

So...because I do not ever want to see anything over 236.2 on the scales again....and because I know since it is new weight ( again)...I can get rid of it fairly quickly......I'm counting again....1,500 cals a day or less...that is easily doable for me with at home eating and counting.

No more gripeing or complaining from me...I tried it...and it didn't work...it doesn't matter where I am or what stress is in my life...I will apparently have to count forever.

So.......I am forever walking the fine line between happiness and health....and eating 1,500 cals a day or less...there are no bad foods...but food eaten in moderation.


coffee (2 cups) 9

Special K nourish with cranberries and almond hot cereal 190


Quest protein bar, strawberry cheese cake flavor = 170


small boneless pork chop = 113

Knorr asian sides chicken fried rice , 1 cup = 290

1/2 cup canned beets = 35

Polar water, frost grapefruit = 0


Bumble Bee chicken salad   snack  on the run ( chicken salad and crackers) = 220

Sensible Foods sweet corn dried snacks pouch = 40

Sensible Foods roasted Edamame crunch dried pouch = 80


3 birthday oreos = 225


                                                 1,372 calories


Progress as of today: 16.6 lbs lost so far, only 91.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
yes, in order to lose weight you have to actively do something. i'm in the same boat as you - making some changes. they are minor, but will work over time.

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
Minor is better because it is manageable.

Donkey on 04/06/2018:
I agree -- I have to be pro-active to lose weight. I will never be able to relax for more than a meal. And I will never have the thin legs I want, because of the way my muscles and joints (knees) are shaped.

If you've been eating out a bit, the weight is probably salt -- it is AMAZING how much salt is in restaurant food. Even steamed vegetables have something in them, because they sure don't taste like that when I cook 'em at home!

I'm glad that the classes have helped you and D have peace of mind. When my husband and daughter took the class, there was only 1 or 2 knee patients. The rest were hips, but hubby was the only one having a double-hip replacement. The others must have had GOOD insurance... :-/

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
I can honestly say Donkey...that I have the utmost admiration for your husband.....After what we heard yesterday about the hip replacement...( and his being double)...is that that is a tough one!!!! Much worse than the knee. I'm happy for mr. Donkey that his danger zone is behind him!!!! He must have gone through something akin to pure and plain misery! The class was good in easing our worries...of course it won't be a walk in the park...but it did teach us that we DO NOT want hip replacement....so we will take better care of our hips from now on.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
yes, major changes i have not been successful with...ever. just minor ones that i keep adjusting after i get to them :)

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
It's easy to change plans and let ourselves off easier.

Maria7 on 04/06/2018:
It is so easy to pile back on pounds we struggled to lose when we are undergoing stress and you certainly are going through alot of that these days but things will settle down eventually and you will have time to concentrate on you and your weight loss journey again. With all the traveling you are doing (and necessary eating out) maybe try to stay same for now if that works for you. Hard to lose weight when you need the energy from eating at least maintain calories to get very important things done in caregiving others. Take care of yourself.

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
Difficult time...but I guess I need to learn to roll with the punches...and not use them to slack off....

graindart on 04/06/2018:
For me, eating out packs on the pounds quickly. It was probably the biggest reason for my weighing as much as I did (up to 283 lbs). We used to eat out 6 or more times per week. For the past year, my wife and I only go out 1 time per week for "date night" and what I order still has to fit into my daily calorie budget.

Being on the road always brings additional challenges. That's when I used to stuff my face the most. It was mostly to pass the boring drive time and I also told myself it was to help keep myself awake. I now usually pack a small cooler with several different zero calorie drinks and maybe a sack lunch. It keeps me on track and also keeps me away from the restaurants. An added bonus is that I drink enough on the trip that I'm kept wide awake doing the "pee pee dance" between stops.

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
I guess it's necessary to find our own new ways.....

happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
Prepared foods pack it on...

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
Yup....but we are working our way through the food storage stuff...so I'm using it for now until it's gone...when we replace it...I will do it differently.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 05, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 232.0

Well...here we are......spring.....and the town we are heading to today has a temperature of -1.

We will be heading out of town for D's pre op class...which basically takes a chunk out of the middle of the day...while the drs office cancelled yesterdays apt...and set it up for next week....the class coordinator called to see if we would be there today....and she was surprised to hear that we would,...my guess is that many won't show...fine with us.....the quicker we can get that done the better.  

We hear that the main roads are fine...but the back roads and parking lots are a mass of ice chunks....we will see.

Not used to getting up so early...and dealing with wet hair...LOL...it's been quite a few years since I had to leave the house by 6:30......the fact that I have hair that is 2 feel long doesn't help...LOL


I'm not happy with the scales this afternoon...and I think we are a lot more at ease after the class...so I'm going to count cals again starting tomorrow.....winging it...is turning out to be unreliable.....If I don't start  counting again I will apparently put it all back on and I do NOT want to go there!  

So.........back to calorie counting tomorrow.


Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
Let us know how it goes :) good luck to you and hubby. here it was also pretty cold, 34 degrees and very windy when i left for work. -1 sounds downright brutal.

bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
It was bitter walking in there....class was interesting and educational....there were 2 there for knees and 2 for hips...I swear...the knee surgery sounds less daunting...the hip surgery sounds worse...I think D came out of there relieved his was a knee...

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
good...and it seems the class was pretty individualized with lots of personal attention since only 2 attendees for each :)

bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
Yeah...they were great..there were 4 speakers and they were all very nice and invited questions...he is a lot more relaxed about it now...and so am I.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 230.0

 D's surgery clearance family dr visit today....and the tv is telling everyone to stay home...schools closed....and multiple accidents.....but it has to be done.  Class is tomorrow.....at least the hosp is only 25 miles away....so we will just get an early start... EDIT>>>>>.Dr just called and cancelled todays appt....and rescheduled for next week...but tomorrows class is still on.

8 inches added to what we got yesterday...but I will say one thing...the snow is beautiful....and the wildlife is having a great time in it...

Wt up a bit...and I'm looking forward to getting back on track in a couple of weeks.  Not eating badly...just not formally counting....and I think counting is really needed to keep me from evening snacking on the wrong things....not concerned at all...life happens.

Physical therapist called and set up his first appointment...things aremoving along!


Progress as of today: 22.8 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
wow! talk about a lot of snow - good luck with your trip with D to the Hospital, drive carefully and slow!

bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Yup...will do.

Donkey on 04/04/2018:
I guess I won't complain (too much) about the light snow we got overnight, although we're expected to get more tomorrow (Thursday)...

You gotta make the appointment, so just drive slow, I guess...

I'm surprised you weighed in, but I understand. You're doing fine for what you're undertaking right now.

bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
I did get the scales out because my pants were tighter this morning....and I was definitely up....and wasn't surprised. We have had to eat out more lately...and that will continue for the next 2 weeks. If it hadn't been for the tight pants I probably wouldn't have. The snow keeps coming.....and it had been looking up there for a couple of days.

graindart on 04/04/2018:
We got a decent amount of snow recently also, but now it's only hanging around for a few days at a time instead of the months at a time this winter brought.

bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
I'm hoping ours disappears quickly.

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