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BearCountryGG - Saturday Mar 24, 2018
(CEO of my life and calorie counting)
Weight: 225.4

Tons of things to do at home today...but the opperative word is home.....and the scales were up again...and this can't happen...so even if I have to get up in the middle of the night to post...that is what I'm going to do..... it's crazy how the scale is moving up...worse than I could ever imagine plus holding on to water right now is making it worse......but....I need to keep accountable...and this is the place to do that. Read an interesting brief article today about senior citizens and calories...they said that the less we eat in old age...the more we extend our lives...and for women that was 1,700 calories per day.  It is assumed that most women use about 2,000 calories a day just existing...I'm wondering if the 1,700 is taking into account the more sedentary old age life...or maybe seniors just use less to survive....at any rate...that's me...so 1,500 works for weight loss...and then going up to 1,700 should work for maintanance...( way too soon to think about that though).  

Back to the vitamins...when I go off the rails...everything stops....UGH

Exercise=10 minutes on bike

Max cals per day will be 1,500


2 cups coffee

1 banana


1 baked chicken breast




spray butter

bubly sparkling water


tuna salad


large orange


freeze dried corn ( mini bag)

roasted edemame(mini bag)

quest protein bar

veggie sticks (mini bag)


1453 calories for the day

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 80.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/24/2018:
That's an interesting question: Is the lower calorie requirement due to less activity? or because the metabolism slows down as we age? I believe that there is research that says that our metabolism slows down as we get older. Menopause --- anything hormone related -- is another kick in the gut that makes it harder to lose weight.

I also thought that the more active one is, the more active the metabolism is. I could be wrong in my information.

IDK it seems such a shame to live so long only to not be able to eat whatever one wants. Kind of blows my "eat peanut M&M's all day long while watching TV once I'm 80" plan out the door... On the other hand, I'd love to be 80 and win 1st place in my age division in a running race because I'm the only one in my category LOL!

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
LOL.....I didn't really consider the metabolism part.......maybe that's it...and the menopause thing happened surgically for me 20 years ago...and I know that didn't help at all..you would think 10 years of hot flashes would be worth something wouldn't you???LOL And then there is the question for me...that is...DO I WANT to live 10 years longer...and do my Kids want me to live 10 years longer...LOL....but being the only runner in your category would be a winner!!!!!

Donkey on 03/24/2018:
This reminds me, I need to pick up more vitamins as well.

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
I was doing well with those...and as soon as I stopped posting..I quit taking them...UGH...I need DD...obviously! You guys keep me thinking!

Donkey on 03/24/2018:
Good job today!

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:

BearCountryGG - Friday Mar 23, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 223.0

I think I will have to find time to drop in here...maybe not daily.....but definately on some kind of basis.......I'm overeating out of stress...and the scales are showing it...clothes are tight but I refuse to buy a bigger size........I'm not even going there about today...it was pitiful....so tomorrow when I have time...I will be posting.... I seem to be searching out every sweet and potato item in the house.....so I need the accountablity.  

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 78 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/23/2018:
I'm there with you right now. Gained 6 lbs back

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
Stress eating is so dangerous...I know I need to find a new way to deal with things.

Donkey on 03/23/2018:
Ugh, I hate that tight clothes feeling. I never realized I had sensory issues until recently: baggy clothes, nail biting...

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
Yes...I hate my clothes...tight...and I equally hate them baggy!!! I'm not a picky dresser...I don't mind wearing old clothes...or faded clothes...but I want them to fit...no bagging...no tightness...I do draw the line at 2 different plaids or stripes and plaid at the same time...LOL.....makes me think of D's aunt and uncle who arrived at our front door in a total of 3 plaids and 1 print...I swear...when I opened the door my eyes couldn't focus...LOL

BearCountryGG - Friday Mar 23, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 221.0

Yesterday was interesting and frustrating.......spent part of the morning putting the exercycle together....sweet...love it.

Then the phone rang...and we were notified that even though surgery is just days away...and the preliminary stuff is starting...we were informed that the hospital and dr no longer take our insurance.... GASP!!!!  So instead of them taking our Humana......we are now out of network.............the rest of the day was spent on the phone with Humana, the drs office, the hospital and medicare.........what a bunch of turmoil.

The nearest dr taking our insurance is on the other side of the state.

We have decided to just get it done as planned but out of network...which means...they won't pay as much.

Switching to the dr on the other side of the state would mean another 3 plus  month wait if he is lucky....so...he's not doing that.

Stress is high.............................



Progress as of today: 34.4 lbs lost so far, only 76 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2018:
insurance all around problems it seems here on DD. i am so sorry. Donkey mentioned she doesn't have insurance now at all.

I am so sorry about this...i cannot believe it. too bad they cannot grandfather you in - since you had already planned the surgery and everything. honestly, you might try to see about this...

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
They say they will pay parts......it sounds like it will be sufficient...with us paying a bit more now.....the choices were cancel it and go across the state...or continue on...and it will cost a little more....it's easier this way....It's quicker and easier for us this way...but very frustrating.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
We checked into changing insurances ( this one is the only one the carpenters offers)...and Blue cross won't take us if we have current insurance...so we would have to cancel...go without for awhile and then they would take us...that's not an option either.....we will just go with what we have...and pay the bill....that gets the job done...and will be our new norm.....as long as we live in a remote area....If we moved back to the Detroit area...we wouldn't have this problem.....UGH

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
Basically what happened is that 1 large hospital group is taking over all of northern Michigan...and their rules are all that counts now...and our Humana isn't in their network....apparently this has happened to a lot of people and they are taking a hard line on it...while they were nice...they were refusing to consider any other way. We will survive....it's just adding another stress.

horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2018:
yeah, i get it - they have a monopoly over the area...and can do a lot of what they want to do.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:

happy-1 on 03/23/2018:
Hugs. I've been in that squeeze before. Big hugs.

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2018:
He's going through with it...we will just have to bite the bullet

Donkey on 03/23/2018:
Insurance... I don't even know what to say except that every day I think more and more that SOMETHING has GOT to change in this country about insurance and medical coverage. I'm glad you worked it out - although I realize that your "solution" was not ideal. I think you made the right decision, with the choices you were given. Yikes...

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2018:
yup...just need to get it done and deal with whatever comes.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Mar 20, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 221.0

Have a crummy cold.  Older son called last night and said that his phone rang......MOM popped up...and when he answered it...it was a call saying that they wanted him to get a credit card from them...darn hackers....they are still using my number...so  first...I ate more pizza!!!!!!    Then decided that changing my  number was the only thing I could do......so first thing this morning...I ate more pizza and cake and coffee!!!   Then I  changed my phone number.....I don't know how or when this happened...but now I have a new phone number ( so I have to call everyone in my contact list)...and I'm locked out of 2 of my email accts until april 15th...Hacker again!!!   This is getting tiresome.......

Lots of things to change online now too.........stress eating....  it's taken me over....what it hasn't affected...the cold has.....not caring right now...wasn't happy with the scales this morning either...but it's what I deserve.  Lots of tension around here...yoyoing likely....and with everything else that is going on with D's surgery preps...I basically don't care......not really in diet mode right now...too many other things happening.  

Swamped with email and phone number changes....and all of the surgery pre-ops start this week too........so I will be taking that time off that I spoke of before...( I'm glad i got back here for a little bit)...but now..there is much to do...and I'm fighting the cold on top of that...so I need to get busy and get things done here before it all piles up on me at the last minute.  I will return..........when we can put this stuff behind us!!!

Progress as of today: 34.4 lbs lost so far, only 76 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2018:
i am very bad with stress eating too before actually doing an assignment. it's hard for me too - that's why it's sometimes good to have healthier alternatives around to choose from...yeah...i know what you mean for sure!

keep on, stay happy, try to be moderate with your choices as much as you can :)

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Staying happy!

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2018:
try to stay happy and care a little bit...look how nice your weight chart looks on the right!

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
I know...funny how it comes on so fast and goes off so slow.

Maria7 on 03/20/2018:
Bless your heart. No wonder you are not in 'diet mode' and had a 'food fit'! :-) You have a lot on your plate (no pun intended). Same here, Friend. I've been out of 'diet mode' myself, this winter. Oh, well. 'This, too, shall pass', regarding all the stress. You are still doing great, holding off over 34 pounds you have lost, no easy feat. I basically don't care, either, at times and just eat whatever I want. Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Thanks Maria....you are right...there is a lot on my plate...LOL

Donkey on 03/20/2018:
(((hugs))) I can completely understand where you are coming from. I guess my only recommendation is to try to find lower calorie or healthier choices.... although I can honestly say that, for example, eating a pound of nuts is NOT recommended. So I guess it may not matter whether the food is healthy or not.

What I would recommend is this: When you find yourself stress-eating, be kind to and be honest with yourself. "I am eating this cake because I'm having a hard time handling all this stress, and it's OK because I will see myself through this mess." I've done this with myself. Stressful times with stressful eating is NOT the time to be beating up on yourself. Be kind to yourself above all.

Hope that makes sense...

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2018:
Thank you!

Maria7 on 03/21/2018:
Hope you are feeling better today.

BearCountryGG - Monday Mar 19, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Woke up sleepy and stiff jointed.....not much energy but today was a hugge errand day...so I didn't have any choice...............

Had a cup of coffee and took a bath and left as soon as it was light out, got groceries, took a book to donate, and another bag of donations to another site,  Mailed a pkg back in the UPS drop off, picked up some new mailers, and went to buy the fake flowers for grave decorations in may....back home and made a bagel with butter and peaniut butter for a late breakfast and had 2 mini cakes.  Lunch was easy...not wanting to cook....we had pizza...and I only ate 1 square serving......then went to take a 2 plus hour nap.  I'm up again...and still feeling sleepy and stiff..so I unloaded and reloaded dishwasher and I'm finally on my 2nd cup of coffee......no energy....waiting for the exercycle to arrive...just got up haldf an hour ago and want to go back to bed.........BUT...I will not allow myself to sleep anymore or I  won't sleep tonight.... calories are actualy low for the day...not a good food day though....don't care......youngest son called to chat.......almost fell asleep...luckily he's a talker...because had nothing to say...LOL...........sorted the mail...geeze...everything is a chore...I think I will go do 1 load of laundry...maybe that will wake me up.............made myself go throw some apples out for the deer.....and weirdly put my pajamas on the bed for tonight....it's not even 5 yet.....clearly sleep is what I want...bike arrived and we are tootired to put it together now...hopefully tomorrow.  Just now noticing some back and lung discomfort...maybe that explains something, neck glands are swollen....thinking about more pizza.....yup...pizza and 2 chicken fingers and now a cough and runny nose.....I'm done for the day.....it's a cold....drinking lots of water and seltzer water........tv for the rest of the day.

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/19/2018:
Sounds like you are ill? I hope you feel better tomorrow (((hugs)))

happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Hugs. Feel better!

happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Saw this and thought of u. Big hugs!!!! https://www.instagram.com/p/BgggpCmASTO/

happy-1 on 03/19/2018:
Saw this and thought of u. Big hugs!!!! https://www.instagram.com/p/BgggpCmASTO/

BearCountryGG - Sunday Mar 18, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Wrapping up lots of loose ends around here today......enough to keep me busy all day...exercycle didn't arrive like it was supposed to...don't know what is up with that.....but it sure won't arrive on Sunday....staying away from the grocery store for one more day....tomorrow.,,,,I will have no choice though...will be totally out of some necessities...but I'm happy to keep putting it off in the future until I'm desperate....good thing for me to learn....if I can't deal with grocery shopping without buying the stuff that tempts me then...just don't shop...LOL.



apple walnut cream of wheat 

A.M. Snack 

4 small pieces candy


chicken and veggies on noodles, 4 fries, sweet potatoes...working on using up leftovers


cheese, blueberry protein muffin, peanits


Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 03/18/2018:
That's about the only way that I can seem to do good on the food intake side of things lately...... I just have to keep it out of the house. The family has done a good job of keeping most of the normal temptations out of the house for me (candy, cookies, ice cream, etc). Unfortunately I'm now tempted by pretty much any type of carb. So now I've been getting derailed by bread / jam / peanut butter / cereal. Going to change up some of the wife and daughters food options to get rid of some of the temptations (no bread / jam / peanut butter / granola bars / cereal). They're not overjoyed about making a change, but I think they'll survive.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2018:
love your chart above!!!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Mar 17, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6





bagel with butter and almond butter

freeze dried fruit and berries


Chicken and veggies on egg noodles


cheese and crackers



Finishing up taxes today and several phone calls...the day is flying by.

Frustrating day...email was hacked and now has been locked for the next month  and the camera card reader I ordered arrived wrong.....you would think they would have been able to read the number on it..and send the right one....UGH....frustrating but not lettingit get me down...I will have to go to the post office anyway on Monday or tuesday...might as well take one more pkg.

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/17/2018:
Hugs. Sounds like a hard day.

BearCountryGG - Friday Mar 16, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Another at home day....taxes are well along but not finished so I'm taking another day to finish those up......still not shopping...we can get by another day.  

Out of curiosity I took my glucose test as I was getting into bed last night and it was 91 and perfect...I hadn't eaten since dinner....( I was tempted but refused to fall prey to that)...and the numbers were great....protein/fat/carbs combos have changed my life...I haven't had to eat sugar to bring my numbers up in several days now.  In fact I havent tested yet today...so maybe I will go do that right now...so far I've only had coffee since yesterday afternoon........sooo...even after fasting for so many hours it was 96,   again perfect!!!!!  So my days of managing it by downing sugar during dips is over.....protein/carb/fat 3 times a day is the answer  ( and then adding other things after the fact to round out the meals).  I'm happy and relieved.


Busy morning so far...phone ringing repeatedly and kitchen sinks backed up...no overflowing yet...and the dishwasher is still running ( don't want to stop that mid cycle...always an issue when I do that)...so at least I got my bath done and got dressed...otherwise.....no taxes yet...UGH!


7:30 coffee, oatmeal and a slim fast protein drink

12:00  1 serving container of chicken rice a roni, peanuts, applesauce. propel water

5:00  Chicken, corn, peppers, potatoes, chips


Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Mar 15, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 216.6

Having some at home alone time today....D is taking all of the hounds out for a ride around the federal forrest...they LOVE TO SMELL THE AIR!!!!   LOL

So it's a little after 7 A.M. and I have the dishwasher going, the washing machine going, I'm going to go make the bed and then get busy on our Income taxes....had a little problem with the printer the other day but that is resolved and I can use that again.  Ordered some walking shoes yesterday and 4 new clothing items...they will fit better now...since we order almost everything online except perishables.....we have been getting a lot of deliveries ...and  now with yesterday...there will be a few more...but I think we are good for now...so....I'm avoiding the grocery store as long as I possibley can...I think we can get by for a few more days until the milk and eggs run out...and we are eating up whats in the fridge and freezer.  I ended up cancelling Schwans frozen food deliveries...we have had 4 packages lately where the seams on their packaging have just opened up on the bottom and the contents fell on the floor...they are having major problems with their company...the last delivery.....the driver had no idea what we had ordered...then filled the order...and made 2 mistakes.......3rd time that has happened in the last few months too....they need to work on their system..........and we need to use up what we have around here...so all is well.  Time to stop spending money...and get creative with what is on hand.............

My hypoglycemia is under control with prevention instead of waiting for it to go low and then feeding it sugar...so the headaches and foggy vision are gone and now I'm working on eating for that while trying to contain the calories...so far...so good...Just keeping quantities lower....No bingeing issues at all...so as long as that lasts...I'm fine....today down 1.4 pounds...seriously need to take the time to dig out some old clothes that will now fit...no time for that today though.........will have to wear the baggies for a couple more days.

6:00 A.M. oatmeal, milk, sausage, coffee

12:00 .broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes...and cheese and crackers

5:00  chicken breast with peppers and onions, mexican corn, hash browns 


Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 71.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2018:
congrats on being productive and also on working to eat right!

good luck on your taxes :) i'm so glad i did mine so EARLY this year.!

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2018:
It's a BIG veggie day for sure.....Leftovers!!!! I don't think we have ever gotten our taxes done before March....even back when we got refunds!! But since retirement...we end up paying every year....oh well....like D always says...never regret paying income taxes...it means we have an income...LOL

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Mar 14, 2018
(CEO of my life)
Weight: 218.0

Just stopped in for a moment...I have had time to read most days......

Very busy around here getting things set up for D's surgery next month...all equipment has arrived.

We ordered a exercycle today it's on the  HSN website right now...for $200...it folds up and can be used upright and as a recumbant...so I think that will be good for both of us....

It's our third one...the sons each took our other ones home with them...that was one piece of exercise equipment I really do miss not having around, so I think this one will get lots of use.

He still has several appointments between now and the surgery...and I have a lot to learn about these dogs in the kennel...they think of me right now as the treat lady and they go nuts when they see me...somehow I have to impress on them that I will be their boss for awhile...I'm not sure they will be able to understand that........In the past...when we had ground level kennels I was able to handle them ( actually different dogs, not these)...but these are raised kennels which lets them basically stand over me....and I'm not as young as I used to be...I'm not afraid of them....( they like the treat lady)...but they are very powerful animals...(bear dogs have a lot of strength and guts)...so....it will be the 5 of them against the treat lady...LOL.

Just found out an old childhood friend fell on the ice this morning, hit her head and died...sadly her husband died last August............

D's sister is having surgery today.........

Brother in law starts his stem cell replacement therapy in a couple of weeks and will be in the hospital for at least a month in Detroit but his chemo and experimental treatments are done...so we are praying that the stem cell replacement works...because it is his last hope.

It's all a bit overwhelming....but I have to say that it's good to be able to write it out here.

I just noticed that I have not been writing down in my notebook what I have been eating since I stopped posting.....that's not good....WOW...how quickly I forgot that....NOT GOOD!

Progress as of today: 37.4 lbs lost so far, only 73 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2018:
good luck to hubby....

and also sorry to hear about your childhood friend and her husband..

and good luck to your hubby's sister.

yes, you have a lot going on...

but the good news is that your health is quite good!!!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2018:
Yes HOP...I'm feeling great...thank you...all went well with his sisters surgery...and she will be better now...she's a diabetic, amputee that was blind....I think they just gave her back a little sight...won't know for a couple of days but they are hopeful and that is all we can ask....she is a widow living alone and she has to see to stay at home...there are way too many people D and my ages that are in serious health trouble and dying....makes us think we need to get out butts in order and fast....! People in their 60's are old...but not THAT old!!!

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