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BearCountryGG - Friday Apr 20, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

Up at 5....and had breakfast

coffee = 9

toast with spray butter= 120

1 egg = 95


I feel like I'm losing weight...( at least part of the weight I recently put back on).....I had moved the scales out of the master bath to make room for D's walker.....so this morning I grabbed them and was going to weigh in...and now apparently the battery is dead...so I have no idea what I weigh right now.....will have to look around and see if we have any replacement batteries that size here.

My usual hip pain has now gotten sciatica as a new partner.......thank goodness for arthritis strength tylenol.

Got out to the kennels yesterday and found the same 2 male dogs in the same pen again...this time I see how they are doing that........moved him to a kennel further down the line...so that will not be possible anymore.  Getting the hang of this...I'm exhausted....but the days fly by...and I'm not sitting around as much...or even thinking about food at all.....and that's a good thing.  

D's therapist is a tough lady....she made him squeal yesterday...and also gave me a list of exercises to MAKE him do.....(I have another new job)........

doughnut = 270

red pepper = 10

chicken pot pie = 860

crackers with cream cheese = 400

potato chips = 300

spicy vegetable juice =30


calories = 2,103

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

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
with a lot of new responsibilities and chores, i am sure you will have lots more to think about for awhile than food...i'm also working on a shift of focus, realizing that i do have quite the food obsession and do think a TON about it especially when bored or emotional..it's a habit...and i'm working to try to eat smaller portions at times and not stuff myself is my challenge to undertake a little better..

yes, i think the therapy will hurt more at first...i think that if he doesn't move it enough at the beginning, things can go wrong fast...i believe the beginning of therapy may be the hardest but extremely important.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
Yup...painful...she keeps calling him FRESH MEAT....LOL...no kidding....he just met his match,....a woman that calls the shots...That's new to him...LOL....don't get me wrong...he was a commercial carpenter for 32 years in Detroit....he had muscles on his muscles...and he wore his body out...he walked girders several stories up...and shored up 40 foot deep pits.....and was a superintendant and ran multimillion jobs like hospitals and schools and auto plants...he was tough......but age creeps in rather we like it or not...and basically makes lambs out of us. I think he was afraid of damaging the implant...but she convinced him that he has to work through the pain...or scar tissue takes over and he will have no knee motion at all.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
I know a focus on food too much is a downfall for me.......right now....he isn't expecting our old usual meals.....and has wanted soup, was happy yesterday with subway....etc. Today it may be pot pies...but I do have a lot of salad ingredients...so I may make salads to go with them....we have been eating a lot of pineapple because fresh pineapple helps healing and is also good for digestion....so...up until now...cooking hasn't come up much...but....I think of eating very little when I'm busy...and that's a good thing.

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
the implants are i believe much stronger than the bone! hard to damage! :) she knows ;)

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
yes.... agreed

Donkey on 04/20/2018:
Taking care of a post-surgical spouse IS a full-time job! I don't know how I would have done it if it weren't for my kids, who were older but still at home to manage. I would have had to have taken time off from work. It's amazing the things that we do everyday that we take for granted that suddenly can't be done any more!

I think a tough therapist can be a good thing, because the healing comes from the WORK. And when in pain, I think too many people start with, "I can't." The nurses were upset after my husband's surgery because he took a little longer to get to his room after the surgery and it was almost 4 hours since being closed up and he hadn't gotten out of bed to walk yet!

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
Agreed....he needs things done for him now that he can't possibly do himself....putting on socks, tying shoes, carrying glasses and cups of liquids, he is trying more new things today...he is definitely back to his old self personality wise though...but he is doing a lot of his exercises on his own....but today I have hauled a desk chair up from the basement and cleaned it up so he can do some of the exercises, brought bird seed up for the wild critters...( will feed them later, )...washed the chair....need to hem pajama pants...took him coffee 3 times...and breakfast....dug around the basement for some gloves because he's getting sore hands from the walker...( he used to have calloused hands...but no more)...found the tape measuer and measured out his 20 feet of the walking test....and it's not even 10 o clock yet....big day ahead......

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
They do start the walking fast.....from what I understand the scar tissue starts growing immediately and that needs to be counteracted...

happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Lol... and is he letting you make him do them? Are you doing them too? Bound to be toning!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 19, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

Things just got very busy here...LOL...........He needs help doing everything.....I'm used to dressing babies...but a 200 pound guy is something else...and this one has an opinion!!!!  LOL

Got him dressed and made his breakfast...headed to the drug store and the grocery store.....phone ringing in my pocket continually...( son and sister in law)....found time for a quick cup of coffee...but no breakfast.....we have to leave in a few minutes for his physical therapy and then get home, make lunch and feed the dogs....had a bit of a dog catastrophy yesterday......these are some big strong dogs here ( they chase bear).....and when I got out there yesterday...2 males were in the same dog run...not good...they each have their own....so I had to get one out and move him to another run...and he got away...yanked me around for awhile...but didn't knock me down...luckily...WE DO NOT NEED THAT RIGHT NOW!!!!!.....so got him in another pen and got the chores and feeding done......this all happened on snow.....thank goodness for the TRAX that D put on my shoes.....but they all are confused I can imagine...and wondering where he is...and why I'm there...LOL....but they were all nice and friendly....just BIG rough tough dogs....luckily I'm the treat lady and they like me.....today....more of the same...but less the escape...hopefully

Brother in law just went into have his first stem cell transpant a few minutes ago.......what a day......I'm sure D's sister is beside herself with her husband...and her brother...she worries about everyone.


Breakfast = coffee..not time for anything else

off to therapy now, will have lunch when we get home

That therapy was brutal...had him yelling....and the therapist loved it...I think she's a sadist...LOL

Stopped at subway to pick up a quick lunch

2:00 ....12 inch subway sandwwich....that covered all of the food groups..I'mfull now...and it's all I've had all day other than a cup of coffee

6:00 a bowl of fresh pineapple and a cup of decaf

Calories for day = 1,131


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

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
i'd be scared for my life with a dog yanking me like that...in general i can be fearful of animals...you are one strong lady!!!!

good job on everything...as D feels better he'll once again be able to fend for himself i am sure even in a few months all will be back to routine and even better than how it was before the surgery.

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
I know they wouldn't attack me...they like me....and they are not viscious...but they are super strong...and just take off on a run..and I can't hold onto the leash with all that power they have. I love animals...and I never fear any of them really...but I know they can pull me off my feet very easily..and I don't bounce well anymore..LOL...and he is looking forward to the day he can back to the things he loves to do.

Maria7 on 04/19/2018:
Wow, you sure have had a very busy day today. Good thing that therapist lady is not a man or she might have gotten 'punched', ha. Have you thought of maybe adding a wheel chair ramp to your home, not that you necessarily need it now, though? Last year, my Hubby and Brother built a ramp onto our back deck for our Mother to have access to get into our home and she spent Christmas day with us and ate with us. Anyway, glad you had a good day today and thank you for what you wrote about me the other day. That was sweet. Hope you guys have a good nite. :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
We have talked about a ramp...and we know how we would set it up when the time comes.....he did have a better time with the steps yesterday when he remembered there were crutches in the basement...so I went and got those...and he had an easier time with those on the steps. So between the walker, cane and crutches he is making it work. And this should be temporary....but I can definitely see the value of a ramp.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 18, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

We got home this afternoon....and while he is in a great deal of pain.....he is happy to be back here.  Thank you for all of  the thoughts and prayers.......it all went well and according to plan....BUT we are now wondering why we built this house with steps....that was a struggle just getting him in here...and he will be going to physical therapy tomorrow...so that will be another adventure.


Got to the cafeteria at about 9...and had a egg salad sandwich..that hit the spot

When we got home I found a baked chicken breast in the fridge....and that's been it so far....


Bowl of pineapple

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

Maria7 on 04/18/2018:
Happy for both of you that you are back home recouperating. Get plenty of rest. Glad that everything went well. Thank the Lord. :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
Thank you.....Maria.

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
Thank you.....Maria.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2018:
so glad you are back home!!!! you did great to support your Hubby, BCGG!!!! good job to you both!

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
Thank you HOP

Donkey on 04/18/2018:
Glad you are home!!! That's funny what you said about the stairs, because we're went through that too. If it helps, now we don't give it a second thought.

The first day of therapy is the hardest, and he will get through it. With every day comes more healing.

PS maybe hospital cafeteria eating is the first plan to follow, lol.

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
That hospital food was a very good mixture of healthy and things people like but a healthy version...salad bar, yogurt and sandwiches with a protein and veggies. (they did have small amts of candy muffins and cookies...)....but the main thing was a salad bar...so props to them for that...there must have been 50 choices on there including meats. I'm sure his first out of hosp therapy today will be rough....right now he is keeping me hopping...I think he will be a full time job...LOL

happy-1 on 04/19/2018:
Hugs! Glad he is ok!

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
Thank you Hap

graindart on 04/19/2018:
Initially having the stairs will probably be a pain, but may end up being a benefit in the end. As long as he doesn't overdo it, being forced to move up/down them will probably be beneficial in the long run. I know my father-in-law has been steadily going downhill with his mobility and most of it is due to not using his muscles enough. The house is all on one level and he just transitions from bed to his chair in front of the tv in the morning. Then back from the chair to bed at night, with a couple bathroom breaks throughout the day.

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
D wanted the steps because he always said if we stop climbing we will lose the ability....my parents house didn't have 1 step in it...not even from the garage...and they both had trouble at our house...just getting inside.....I agree...right now...it's really a problem...but I think shortly it will be less of a problem.....

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Apr 17, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

Surgery went well. Spending the night at the hospital with him. Good calorie day. Salad. Turkey wrap, coffee and waffle

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

Donkey on 04/17/2018:
SO GLAD IT'S OVER!!! I'm glad that you are staying overnight. I thought of you & D all day. We're expecting a messy snow tomorrow -- I heard that and hoped that your weather today (this morning) wasn't too bad... (((hugs)))

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
So are we........thank you for thinking of us

graindart on 04/17/2018:
Good job on keeping the calories under control. With the stress and atypical schedule the surgery causes, I'd be tempted to just go crazy with my food.

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
Funny....I didn't think much about food.

Maria7 on 04/17/2018:
Prayed for you and your Hubby this morning (and last nite) and thanking the Lord that all is going well. Hopefully you two will soon be back home and comfy and recovering (both of you because you have gone through this with him). Have a good nite and a safe trip back home and try not to worry about anything.

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
We are home...thanks for the prayers.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2018:
Congrats on the successful surgery! G-d bless!

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
Thank you HOP

BearCountryGG - Monday Apr 16, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 245.6

Just wrote an entry and got an error message and lost it..... 

So......not going to risk that again............lost some water weight over night.

Weather pretty nasty....schools staying closed and roads icy.  Waiting for this afternoons call to see if everything is a go......

We would normally take the truck in weather like this...but since I would have to drive it home tomorrow and the parking there is cramped and tight....we will take the car.....not such a great thing in this weather ....but I'm not driving that 4 wheel drive with the huge dog boxes in the back....I can't see anything in it...and i'm sure I would be a danger on the road.....so the car it will be.  

Ate very little yesterday and I guess that is the way it will have to be.....

4  cups coffee = 18

1 cup chicken broth = 15

green beans = 25

baked chicken breast = 172

whole wheat roll = 150

aioli = 90

german potato salad = 240


620 cals for day

WELL..we have a plan.....If dr and hosp says they are going through with this tomorrow...then......the dogs will get fed 2 times today.......( usually only get fed once)...... and I've packed a bag for myself....and if it looks like it will be too dangerous for me to drive home tomorrow...I will stay in a hotel a couple miles from the hosp...for tuesday night.....and I will have to come home on wednesday no matter what to feed them...and then back to the Hosp....but with some luck there will be some road improvements by then.  There is a small chance they may even release him on wednesday...( not likely with a diabetic who is 69)...but a possibility...that would be the best possible outcome....but...from wednesday on...I will do whatever I have to do...but must be home to feed dogs daily...in the end...they get the same number of feedings....but miss one day...they will be fine doing that.  I feel better after making this decision.....he will drive in the morning.....after that...it's all up to me.  

Got the call...it's on...even though our county doesn't want anyone on the roads....

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

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
I am guessing they will keep the surgery..you can always stay somewhere even the night before like tonight if you have to!

Have a pleasant day...i have to lose my entries also...it happens sometimes when i press a wrong key.

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
Problem is the dogs need to be fed.....neighbors too old and sick to help with that........it's a problem...it's snowing like crazy right now....and everything is up in the air......Looks like we are getting 6 more inches of snow...it's heavy and pulling tree limbs down.....Problem is...while he will be staying in the hosp....I will have to turn around later tomorrow and get home some how....or the dogs will miss food for a day....they would live through it....but...

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
I mentioned to him that we could leave tonight...but he didn't think he would be able to sleep in a hotel.....guess he wants his own bed tonight.....but we now have a plan at least.

Maria7 on 04/16/2018:
Please be careful...driving in those conditions as well as when you are walking on the ice to feed the dogs. I know you will be happy when all this is behind you. Praying for you and your Hubby to have a safe trip and that all goes well.

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
Thank you Maria......D fixed me up with some ice walking gripper things on my old high tops....so I will wear those to go to the kennels....and the mailbox. Thank you...we are looking forward to having it behind us too.

Donkey on 04/16/2018:
Thinking of you!!!!! Drive safely and slowly! ((((hugs))))

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2018:
yes, i keep forgetting you have dogs to take care of!

best wishes today!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Apr 15, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 247.2

Still mid storm....just plain nasty here...a foot of snow...and high winds and sleet and rain......they say today and tomorrow it will continue.  

It wouldn't surprise me if the hospital cancels tuesdays surgery...but we won't know until tomorrow

I've decided to count calories when I can because my clothes are getting snug again...Got on the scales and was so shocked I had to do it over again......I have gone horribly backwards....and basically starting over again.  Not hungry so it's a good time to just eat lightly today.  Boy have I wasted time...and stress eating is what I did.


V8 fusion pomegranate blueberry juice , 2 cups= 200

coffee 2 cups = 9

mixed vegetables = 60

banana = 105



Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 102.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2018:
my clothes are snug too...it's good to put the extra effort in to do better :)

also, my fingers are still crossed for your hubby!

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2018:
Thank you....And I put it right back on so fast it's scary......I knew my clothes were getting tight...but not that tight...LOL...basically...I'm starting over again....

Donkey on 04/15/2018:
Depending on what you ate yesterday, today's weigh in is probably mostly bloat from carbs, salt, etc. Give it a week to even out.

It may very well be that the post-pone the surgery due to weather. Yuck :-/

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2018:
I'm thinking the same thing...I was eating crackers a lot..... We are wondering the same thing about surgery........we are hoping it doesn't get cancelled...we really want it over with...but getting there is sounding like a problem...they still don't want anyone on the roads...and the town is closed down for the second day.....this would be easier if we were in the city...but we are so rural....with miles in between houses.......we should know tomorrow evening.

Donkey on 04/15/2018:
I hope you managed to have a good day in spite of the weather.

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
Inside...no TV....ate good.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Apr 14, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 236.2

Woke up to no TV or computer this morning........brushing off the 2 dishes...we did get the computer back...but still no TV.  

I definately feel the need today to rip into the house and chores and get things done......I'm obviously feeling like I need to get my ducks in a row.  Looks like a good day for some deep cleaning.

Yesterdays ice storm left us with a hefty layer of ice on everything....and then the thunder snow started...and hasn't stopped...the sleet came and went...the rain stepped in off and on...all and all...right now as it's getting light out....it looks like a typical January or February day.   

I'm so looking forward to late next week when everything is behind us...and I can get back to the norm.  Of course it won't be exactly norm for a few weeks...but close enough.  


After a breakfast of whole grain toast (2) with butter and peanut butter, a banana and coffee......I just found myself mindlessly eating....cookies, fruit rollups ( and I hid a fruit roll up when I saw D in the doorway)...and coconut chips...this is a behaviour I am not happy about.......he wasn't judging me...and he didn't say anything.....I'm not sure if I didn't want him to see me eating the roll up...or if I didn't want to share it with him ( he most likely would have turned it down  anyway)....but it is a behavior that I'm finding quite upsetting.  I've turned into one sneaky eater.............I don't want to be judged by him...which actually makes me worse...the more critical others get  the worse i get (stress?...or defiance?)...not sure...possibly both?  As a kid...my Mom was pushing food at me because I wasn't a big eater...then when I did start gaining weight basically in my 40's....I was critisized for that...by  my parents and D.....at one time when I was thin and aunt asked if I was anorexic.....then in my 50's-60's my Mom said I ate too fast....I'm thinking what it all comes down to is that I basically have an eating disorder.........I have the prepper food. ( A LOT OF IT)..which started with the year 2000 food storage idea...and has never stopped.....We call it prepping...but maybe it's food hoarding!  Maybe I need to look at it for what it most likely is.....................anorexia to morbid obesity and food hoarding...maybe I need to start doing some research on all of these including closet eating.  For my entire adulthood...I have read about healthy food choices...I have a bookcase full of books about healthy eating...I know what it is...I made sure to feed my kids that way and I ate that too....and stayed skinny.....I never have eaten anything in any large quantities......but there have been binges where I ate a lot of different bad choices....at one time...kind of like a kid left alone in the candy store...just sampling many different things.........that happened this morning.  It's time to face my problem.......

HI My name is LINDA...and I have an eating disorder!


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

jayhawkjen on 04/14/2018:
I just picked up a book called “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink. You might like it, it’s pretty interesting and has some good ideas about reengineering your environment to your advantage. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
Thank you...I will definitely get the book and read it. I can follow the trail throughout my life....there have always been food issues from early childhood.....they just seem to go from one extreme to another....I'm kind of relieved to finally accept that it is a problem. I've always tried to fight it with books on healthy eating...and books and tapes on exercise...but never really getting to the bottom of the real problem...I guess finally accepting that it is a problem and reading about what it really is...will be more help...Thank you for recommending the book....I will go order it right now.

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
got it!

Donkey on 04/14/2018:
"Sneaky eating" is a behavior that really bothers me for myself. I've always tried to live by this: To thine own self be true... (Shakespeare) And so I guess I interpret sneak-eating as lying to myself, although it really isn't. Eating is eating.

Please don't beat yourself up over this. I would suggest that if you catch yourself sneak-eating or mindless-eating, stop yourself and fix a real meal or a real snack. Sit and enjoy. It's OK.

Having been through a spouse's surgery recently, I know that the weekend before the surgery is very anxiety-filled. Do what you have to do to get yourself through it. I'm sure all that rotten winter weather isn't helping much either, on many levels.

Speaking of which, LOL at your weatherman in yesterday's entry. I'm sure he's just bursting with excitement at all the weather action!

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
YES...Our weatherman is having the time of his life.....finally...some excitement for him!!! And yes...the tension is high here.....it seems to be more on the weather right now...just GETTING there...is a question....I know he is on edge......odd how between us we have had several surgeries...but they were always much less fuss...and not much time to think about it beforehand...this has been grueling...there have been several things that had to be done beforehand....that never were before...I think I like the old way better.

happy-1 on 04/14/2018:
I get that you guys stockpiled food before your health changes and so the food stockpile doesn't fit your current needs... but isn't it more expensive to aggravate health conditions than to buy bulk healthier foods? Wouldn't you get a tax credit if you donate to a food bank? Or if you and a neighbor go in on a pig, couldn't you feed it that stuff and get some pork out of it? It just seems to me that the sneaky eating and beating yourself up about food is mostly coming from a core alignment issue between your current actions and your real needs and goals... increasing and aggravating your anxiety as you also worry about the upcoming surgery.

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
Good ideas...and something to think about.......Our local food bank closed...and there are no others around here that I know of. I' will give these ideas some thought...Thanks

Maria7 on 04/14/2018:
Hello, my name's Maria and I have an eating disorder, also! Girl, I think you are acting out with your 'eating fit' from anxiety over feeling overwhelmed with the icy weather and your upcoming travel. If it wasn't for the ice and snow and all, I think you would feel a lot less anxious, understandably. As for the prepping, I think you are very smart to store food. Better to have it and not need it than vice versa! :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
It is nice to have it...even for times like this when we are basically snowed in...our town has totally shut down and the police dept says stay off the roads...but then again...having so much can make it hard to be moderate...it's a blessing and a curse...LOL

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.

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