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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Feb 13, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 224.4

Up early as usual...feeling really good......got a lot of stuff done yesterday and hope to get the same done again today.........Denny had a hunting dog take off yesterday and then couldn't find her.......will be out looking again today....hoping that Nellie will be found ok.  

Breakfast = egg, sausage, toast, coffee, lime in water 

Lunch = mixed nuts, ice cream

Definately craving protein again....and while ice cream is an occasional thing for me....I'm thinking it was about the calcium, still going with the cravings, and I have to say, I'm not overeating and I'm stopping when I'm satisified with the food....the lime cravings are really making me wonder...possibly vitamin c.

Dinner = fish, beets, crackers, banana

D found Nellie thankfully...she was walking down the road about 6 miles away...heading in the wrong direction

Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 79.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2018:
i hope you find the doggie....!

enjoyed an egg and cheese on a really light wrap for breakfast this morning too...toasted up nice in toaster oven = highly recommend this!

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
Sounds delish! No Nellie yet...(sad)

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
Maybe Nellie will return with steaks, lol. My dog got out the other day and knocked on the front door when I had her dinner ready. Psychic connection. I didn't even know she was gone. Feisty for 18!!!

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
An 18 year old dog is almost unheard of....I'm telling you if putting a steak out for Nellie would work I'd put several of them out...She is wearing a tracking collar and she is deep in the woods...or at least her tracking collar is...she is a bear hound and it's so deep in the woods and the snow is so deep...D doesn't think he can walk in himself. She was tracking a bobcat when she got lost.......we are just hoping she didn't get caught in a trap.

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
OHHH...you meant maybe she would bring us bear steaks...LOL

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
or bob cat steaks....?

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2018:
yeah, i'm going with my cravings too!

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
I actually think about food a lot less if I just go with the cravings...it always ends up evening out over several days...and I feel good...and I sleep good....and once I eat my craving...I usually forget it....if I don't forget it...I have it until I do. If I crave something I don't have in the house....so far...I have not made a special trip to the store for it.....but I do write it on the shopping list...sometimes by shopping day I don't care about it any more...and sometimes I have found a substitute here that satisfies it.

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
Oh man... that's a hard spot for your dog to be in... Any neighbor teens that might go for $50?

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
He just found her...she was walking down the road....

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
OMG!!!! Good doggie. I'd be out of my mind searching for her. Did she lose her collar?

bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018:
Nope...had it on....she was happy to see him...LOL......

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
Yeah... Master, a hot meal, a fire, and your bed. I just looked up "bear hound" that's a short coat to be out in the snow!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2018:
yes it is...all night....hope she learned not to do that again.

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
"bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018: OHHH...you meant maybe she would bring us bear steaks...LOL bearcountrygg on 02/13/2018: or bob cat steaks....?"

Yes, exactly... Hey mom n dad... where were you? I brought dinner!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2018:

BearCountryGG - Monday Feb 12, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 224.4

 Woke up feeling great.......lots of energy and planning on getting a bunch of things done today.  

Decided to not stay with the Amazon prime as our trial time is ending.......wifi here is sketchy and I would have to purchase a kindle or Fire to read the books.....probably not worth the hassle....Daughter in law loves it on her kindle...but son still reads books anyway...and I guess he is taking after us...we all like holding those books and turning the pages ourselves....we are abunch of book lovers here.


coffee, 2 slices raisin bread toasted with spray butter, 1 sausage and 1 fried egg, lime juice in water


peanut candy, cookies


chicken with peppers and onions, quinoa and brown rice, 1/2 bagel with butter, brownie


will be yogurt and strawberries 


Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 79.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2018:
no - the kombucha doesn't taste vinegary. the process of fermentation that the kombucha undergoes leaves it with a little sweetness - it does have sugar and just like all the flavored yogurts on the market, kombucha is sold in MANY MANY flavors and i usually opt for flavored. much less sugar than in the yogurts tho!

so it's an addictive taste that i like, sweetness and the brand i drink now (bc it's so much cheaper than the rest so i'd be stupid to buy the other brands!) also has caffeine - so i realize that when i get to work, i shouldn't also have caffeine if i just had it also at home in morning an hour earlier!

anyways, no, if you buy a nice flavor, it's more of a beer taste than vinegary. it is an acquired taste...but carbonated and nice and settling and like coffee, it's quite "relaxing and fun" for me to drink in the morning relaxing before work or at home on weekend. it's not enjoyable to gulp it down - you being retired, it might be nice to drink in the mornings or afternoons - like i said, it helps you poop. if you don't need much help, you don't prob need more than a cup which is the serving size...

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2018:
I'm so curious and I have never found it here....but I definitely DO OT need the laxative effect....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2018:
Amazon prime is worth it really if it's the only place you are buying from online - which is usually what i'm doing...but you have your other regular shipments too...

..however, i must say that prime also has a nice food shipping service called prime pantry and i can never use it bc i don't order enough food - but the food on prime pantry is so cheap, you should look into this...

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2018:
I did use the prime pantry during our free trial...and I do LOVE IT!!!! And If I could just get prime pantry for $6 a month I would keep that,,,,but the $100 a year for all of the things that we will never use kinda bugs me...D says if I enjoy it then keep it....but we don't use the music, movies or books so it seems like a waste....We have always done a lot of shopping on Amazon....but we always end up with free shipping anyway because we make sure the total order is over their free shipping number ( I usually fill it in with K cups of coffee)...I will miss the prime pantry though.....LOL...but we are well stocked here with paper and food and household items now...I made sure of that...I swear...we probably have enough TP and Kleenex and household cleaners for the next year...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2018:
100 a year is not too much more than $6 a month! it's just $8.33 a month! then again, i think prime is now around 120 a year? so thats $10 a month.

yeah i heard that sometimes prime doesn't even work out for your benefit and it's almost like you are paying to be part of a "club" prime with no real benefits other than to say you are part of the club...i just like it bc i tend to order less than the free shipping amount and when i choose prime, i know i'm getting the item usually in 2 days and free shipping..

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2018:
I was surprised to find that the prime pantry was $6 a month on top of the yearly price...I did hear that they raised it this year for those that pay monthly. We will revisit the idea in a few months when we are in need of a few things again...Amazon is working it's way to becoming a monopoly...and that scares us....the in home listening devices like Alexa...and the UPS device that lets them into your house for deliveries...sounds pretty intrusive.....We love Amazon...and have used them for years...many times a year..and never more than since we moved here...funny thing I noticed is that the prime pantry does not arrive in 2 days...it seems to take a week...but Boxed does arrive in 2 days....but...boxed has limited items...and everything is in HUGE packages...nice thing about amazon is the regular sized things. Amazon canned items are never dented either...and when ordering canned from Boxed, Jet and Walmart...there are dents in them usually ( shipping I think)...amazon packages things very well.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2018:
yeah, i know they are definitely becoming a monopoly i remember they were wanting to also sell rx drugs - attempting to try to get into that market i think they were denied rights by gov't...

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2018:
They now own Whole Foods, Have you seen the video about the lady asking alexa if she was the cia....? It wouldn't answer...and it turned off.

happy-1 on 02/12/2018:
I could swear there was offline synch for kindle

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2018:
I did download a kindle app...but it didn't work....I may just not be be tech savy enough for that...LOL

BearCountryGG - Saturday Feb 10, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 224.4

 Yesterday was youngest sons birthday, today is  mother in laws birthday, tomorrow is oldest sons birthday.

At the time of the boys births you can imagine that I  got plenty of teasing for missing the mother in laws birthday like that, I don't think she ever forgave me..LOL

Mother in law has passed on and sons live a distance away so we send cards now....but we both had a chuckle last night when we talked about exactly 49 years ago on that date we had a new baby.  It just never matters how old your babies are...they will always be your babies.  Had a nice visit with him on the phone...tomorrow it will be with the other guy...I have to say..I am blessed.  

Typing all of that yesterday was a bit trying....things kept moving around funny....so I was relieved when that was done last night...not doing that again.

After having high carb craving days and yesterday was really mostly about fruit and some veg...now today is all about protein.........really didn't get enough calories yesterday and today may be the same...I'm going with it anyway and enjoying the ride.  

The process

1.  Wait for hunger

2.  what am I craving?  if I don't know...then I wait...until I know

3.  Eat a small amt of craving...and then decide if I'm satisfied...or eat a little more if I'm not

4.  Stop when satisfied, don't worry about balancing food intake with food groups

5.  Over a few days it always seems to balance out

6.  The benefits seem to be less stress, no day after day of craving something and eating other things that dont get rid of the craving

7 the negatives seem to be that I do need to have an array of things available and I am cooking some small amts of food for me and something different for D, but he's ok with it so that makes it easier and it does allow him to choose more often what he wants too so that can also be a plus.

Protein cravings so far today have been, egg, sausage, chicken and peanuts and of course my coffee

About 2:30...fruit started sounding good...so I added lime juice to my water....and will have some other fruit in awhile.


Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 79.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Friday Feb 09, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 224.4

My fitday and DD are apparently just not compatable so I am going to do something today a little differently.

Since for myself...intuitive eating is the key, and eating cravings in small quantities keeps me happy and losing weight, and because I like to follow the nutrition of each food and because I can't just copy and paste from fitday to DD...I'm going to type it in today ( rather I continue other days depends on how time consuming it is).

Scales showed another loss today....usually I would rather wait for my clothes to fit loser to get on the scales....but curiosity got the best of me this morning because of yesterdays carbs.  I was actually surprised to show a loss...I figured I would stay the same...or gain.....got lucky I guess.

Food                 Quanity         Calories       Carbs      Protein (Grams)  Fat Grams


coffee             16 oz                    9                2                0                           0                                                  

biscuit            1/2 med                93              12                2                          4                                     

Sausage gravy  .60 cup            235              10                10                       17

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Breakfast total 337 calories

Why I ate what I did........coffee as usual wakes me up and the caffeine gives me energy....lately my first cup is regular coffee and the second cup is decaf...happy with this combo.

1/2 of a biscuit and sausage gravy.....The biscuit and flour in gravy is just my need for carbs is my guess...the sausage gravy provided  protein, calcium and a healthy fat from the olive oil ( the sausge was drained but had very little fat)...my hair and nails are growing super fast and are very healthy so I'm staying with the healthy fat....all in all a filling small breakfast serving.

Food                         Quantity            Calories        Carbs          ProteinG          FatG


Red peppers             1/2 C                    25               6                      1                    0

Lettuce                      1C                        7                 25                     1                   0

strawberries               1C                      46                11                     1                    1

Blackberries              1/4C                    19                 5                      0                    0

Banana                       1                        109               28                    1                    1

Apple                          1                         81                21                     0                    0

doughnut                  1                          221              25                      4                   12


                   401 calories for lunch   total for day so far = 844

After breakfast started craving fruit and vegetables.......the doughnut thankfully was the last one.....and it was calling me....I needed the calories anyway so that happened.        


1 chicken wing         1                      81               0                         7                     5

yogurt                       1                      90               15                       4                      2


1,015 calories for day




Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 79.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/10/2018:
Have I ever told you the story of when I became so frustrated with myself for my love of doughnuts that I decided I would have a day where I ate nothing but doughnuts. Certainly a prime example of "too much of a good thing". A very donkey thing to do, but ah, such is youth...

bearcountrygg on 02/10/2018:
Actually that makes a lot of sence to me.......that sounds like a good way to finally think of them in a yucky way.......I kinda did that with chocolate...but it didn't work...LOL

happy-1 on 02/13/2018:
switch to dark chocolate for the health benefits then. or cacao nibs.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Feb 08, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 226.8

Up and feeling good...yesterday was a bunch of errands......today is basically cleaning house......very cold and snowy here......and quiet and peaceful......the sqirrels are reminding us to fill the bird feeders....what a hoot...we have some giant woodpeckers that are over a foot tall...and they clean house on the feeders and suet cakes daily...who needs house pets???  The wildlife is eating us out of house and home. 

Big carb day yesterday...but I felt good...and will probably have a high carb day today...the scale was good this morning so I don't think it will hurt anything...from the past I know that I will then crave fruit and veggies for a few days...it all balances out...and I know from the past I can lose ,eating carbs...as long as I keep the calories in check....

I wish I could post a pic of the fitday food and nutrient list daily...but for some reason I can't post it...it says my security is preventing it.....so I changed my security settings and it still wouldn't ....the neat thing about it is that you can look at your nutrients, calories, carbs etc...by the day, week, or month and more...it does let me see that it all evens out in the end.

All in all...i am in a good mood, so I want to keep that going.


pizza ( 2 squares) with lots of veggies on it

1 doughnut




red and yellow peppers, raw


brownie bites

Ended up having to have a very late lunch and snacked on chips and brownie bites....need to keep that in better control in the future

Todays calories are just under what fitday says I burn in a day..  There is a lesson here for me.



Progress as of today: 28.6 lbs lost so far, only 81.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2018:
I think carbs are fine :)

I used to get SO DEPRESSED eating low carb - like no grains at lunch, only veggies and protein. then i'd drink a caffeine energy drink or coffee to feel energetic after a no carb lunch - my skin was HORRIBLE and i slept so poorly.

carbs have been good for me - just try to moderate them so my blood sugar isn't constantly spiking and falling.

bearcountrygg on 02/08/2018:
The 2 main reactions that are negative to a low carb diet are bad mood and constipation...I know several people and it was always their complaint.....carbs make me happy....I just feel better in general...and I have a lot more energy....that said....if someone can stick to a low carb diet for life I do have respect for their ability to do that...but it's not for me. I've had a lot of carbs in the last 24 hours...and I'm finding myself thinking about lettuce, green peppers and fruit now...so that will probably be what I have for the rest of the day.....Iswear...my body does let me know what it needs....the scales dropped even with the carbs...so I'm going with that.

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2018:
the pizza in nyc is rather huge slices, not the size of your hand, more like 12" long so it's hard to me to calculate. ...it's just so not worth it to me....and i've lost my taste for eating tons of cheese...(since i used to also not want to calculate the cheese lol since it adds up in calories so quickly...)

alright enough of my nonsense for today talking about fooooooood!

bearcountrygg on 02/08/2018:
LOL...I know the NYC pizza...and it's amazing! I used to actually order it from a place in NYC called NYC FLYING PIZZA....Sitting in Michigan eating NY pizza...amazing!

Donkey on 02/08/2018:
Are you speaking in my direction when you refer to low carb eating?

I can always tell when I do not have enough carbs with a meal, because I leave feeling dissatisfied, almost still hungry, even though I've had enough to eat. I think it must be a drop in sugar levels.

So I usually try to make my choice a healthy one, whether it be a sweet potato, a regular potato, corn, Fiber One bars, oatmeal, etc. Just my thing.

bearcountrygg on 02/09/2018:
Not speaking to anyone specifically when talking low carb...I also belong to 2 other groups and they have a lot of low carb eaters there too...and some keto, and paleo. For myself...but maybe not others, food is one of the joys of life and because I do better following cravings ( because I'm convinced my body tells me what it needs nutrition wise)...trying to follow someone elses diet plan ends up making me feel miserable and diets have been something in the past that made me gain instead of lose, depending on the diet, while keeping me craving something that wasn't allowed on the diet. That is why I had previously lost on WW...because everything was allowed. After losing...I stopped listening to my cravings...and started eating 1 or 2 meals at work per day that were provided by drug reps. Doing that 5 or 6 days a week got me away from my natural instincts ( stress eating is what originally made me gain years before)..all in all I do best with intuitive eating...and even unhealthy things have apparently a weight loss affect with me....possibly because I eat them in small quantities...I ususally have high carb total days...and then have some very low carb days...I just do better with that.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Feb 07, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 228.0

Up early and had a eventful one so far...the toaster oven went up in smoke....YEAH>>>...I've been wanting to get rid of that thing for 3 years......luckily there were no flames and it's didn't ruin the countertop.  And the trash goes out today.....glad to see that thing go. 


coffee= 9

WW Smart Ones frozen breakfast Ham and Cheese Scramble = 180


2 doughnuts =442


bagel = 157

butter = 102

peanut butter = 190


pizza = 760


1,840 calories

Not a good food day but I'm full and just will drink wate for the rest of the day I think.

I'm still well under the calories I burn per day...so I'm fine with it..

I had planned berries with dinner...but we were full.


Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2018:
a new toaster on the way???

bearcountrygg on 02/07/2018:
I missed spelled it....it was a toaster oven...and NOPE....going to get my old toaster back out of storage...I have really missed it...LOL....The toaster oven was something that D had bought for the hunting camp...and he LOVED it....so I was kind of stuck...BUT...he agreed...time to trash it...HEHEHE.

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2018:
it's good you already have an extra one in storage! lol never thought of that kinda solution!

bearcountrygg on 02/07/2018:
I have lots of stuff in bins...we had 2 houses and a travel trailer plus so much stuff from my parents house and their cabin and motor home..truck loads were donated, dumpsters were filled...and we still have a ton...my kids took what they wanted and we still have way too much...LOL...there are probably 2 or 3 toasters in the bins..LOL

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Feb 06, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation, calorie counting)
Weight: 228.0


Up and prepping for the day.....dug out the box of Nutrisystem foods that I had ordered over a year ago....looking at the exp dates on them made me decide to use them again but not on their schedule.  That stuff has WAAAAy too much fiber for me...LOL.........I was happy to give it a try at the time ( some is available in stores and the rest was purchased straight from the company).....but after giving it a go for 2 days......the fiber meant that I was basically going to live my life in the bathroom...and that didn;t seem like much fun...and I'm sure no one would want to be around me......so I stashed it in the back of the closet.....and found it yesterday.

That said..........there is plenty of prepackaged food around here........nutrisystem, a years worth of prepping foods, basically all individually pkgd, schwans delivery stuff.....and lots of odds and ends......have to stay away from cruciferous and soy because of health issues....and since I have all of this onhand and because I'm just tired of pushing all this stuff around.....and it's time to use it up and half the work is already done for me.......I'm going to use it...and keep track of calories and nutrients on Fitday and I will see tonight if I can copy and paste todays efforts here...if not...I will just post it all.  Since I have determined that I can't go low carb, I can't fill up with broccoli and cauliflower, can't do WW online or in person....can't stay away away from sugars and carbs....in the words of Donkey...I JUST GOTTA BE ME.......so here goes.....I will be eating unhealthy things...I will be eating prepackaged things...I will be eating things that will look and will probably be pretty disjointed....but I'm just doing what suits me and my life....I guess I can't conform to todays professed eating styles....I've lived this long with my eating quirks......it hasn't killed me yet...so here goes.....The just being me diet.....LOL

Copy and paste won't work apparently because of my security settings...so typing it in.

According to fitday I burn 2,317 calories per day

Today I ate

coffee = 9

strawberry yogurt = 180

fruit from frozen =77

hash browns = 140

olive oil = 119

nutrisystem pizza  = 250

herbal tea =2

mashed potatoes = 150

schwans beef tips and gravy =288

green beans = 83

apple = 81


calories = 1,381

carbs = 141 and carbs minus fiber =126


Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/06/2018:
Your prep foods may be good way past their best-by dates (even years). Yes, I agree, we all need to do what is right for us. Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
They are fine I'm sure....I'm not afraid of past dated packaged food at all....some are already well past their dates.....I give them all the smell and sight test first...I'm looking forward to using this stuff up.

horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2018:
be you!

nobody can be happy on veggies alone.

the more i eat a little of everything, the easier it's been to maintain my weight - which is why i think having bites of pizza and cake is better than deciding on a "none at all" approach here at work.

my metabolism is high enough that treats in moderation are ok. so is yours....

it's just the portion sizes that we have to watch.

bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
Totally agree to everything you just said. I could never cut whole food groups from my life to lose or maintain weight....for me...happiness is more important than weight. GO US!!!

happy-1 on 02/06/2018:
You do you. The exp date is the best by date, not a toss date

bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
I agree.......still usable...as long as it's not moldy or leaking or smells funny!

BearCountryGG - Monday Feb 05, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation)
Weight: 228.0

I've been using the old fitday software for a few days...I love it because it moniters nutrients along with calories...tells you when you have reached the days limits for carbs  etc. plus keeps track of weight, BMI and has an area for daily diaries and moods.  It's 13 years old and has a crack and many scratches....I will miss it when it finally bites the dust.....but it tells me some important things about myself....after spending 2 low carb days I just want to sleep and my sugar is low and if it gets near the danger zone...I will have to do something fast but I'm waiting it out a bit.

I got out my hashimotos books and have been reading online...and low carb diets and low thyroid do not mix and in fact there are dangers.  Cruciferous vegetables and soy are not good for low thyroid..and must be eaten sparingly if at all because they lower the thyroid even further

Hypoglycemia basically has no treatment other than food.....protein works for some,,,but doesn't work for me...it's too slow...sugar is the only thing that brings mine back up quickly.....hypoglycemia can case a coma if allowed to go too low, it isn't worth it to me to take that chance since mine is so erratic.

So I guess what I am saying is that I have to take these things into account when dieting...I know i eat a lot of carbs and sugar...but that is the only way I can keep my numbers in check.  I lost 55 pounds in the past eating carbs and sugar....I've lost 27 pounds  over the last few months eating them.......and after 2 days of low carbs and sugars all I want to do is sleep....my nutrient numbers are wonderful for those days...but I don't want to sleep my life away.  

I have to go back to my old way of eating....I know it's not great for quick weight loss and I'm okay with that....I know it is not in line with todays ways of thinking about foods...but this sleepy brain fog fatigue is kicking my butt. on this second day...yesterday was good...but today stinks.


Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2018:
like you, i do NOT do well without carbs.

i also find myself sleeping tons - especially if eating low calories also.

girl - you are doing a LOT better than i am lately. too many treats in the office is unreal and hard to eat healthy...though it's getting old now, i think!

bearcountrygg on 02/05/2018:
Junk food can get boring...sometimes you just need to ride it out...but having it around makes it harder for sure. I just woke up from my second nap of the day...I've been fighting sleep for 2 days,......going back to the carbs is necessary for me I know....I would never be able to live on a low carb diet...and the people I know that lost wt on them, put weight on now when they do eat carbs. Guess it's a life long commitment...that I will never be able to make....also keto....you can lose weight on it...but peoples cholesterol soars on it....ketosis is not something to mess with...that can be deadly too.....for me...I'll eat it all...just in moderation.

Donkey on 02/05/2018:
You gotta do what works for YOU. Cutting carbs isn't for everyone. Heck, my method of "limiting" is hard enough. Sorry, but life is too short; sometimes you just want a sandwich. Right?

Plus, losing weight ain't nothing if you're miserable. Trust me on this one. BTDT.

Finally, not this last time, but the time before last that I re-gained my 55+ pounds was after doing South Beach. Husband too -- we gained everything we lost. It got too hard to do in the winter, and then life/stress/illness took over from there.

So I feel, from what you write, that you're really on the right track for your journey. I hope you feel that way too.

bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
Back to being me.....LOL

biscottibody59 on 02/05/2018:
You might want to check on the side effects from any prescriptions you're taking. Low blood sugar is a definite side effect of certain ones. Maybe adjust dose or time of day you take it.

bearcountrygg on 02/06/2018:
I'm not on any prescriptions at all....Back in 2001...I began weaning my self off ALL prescriptions...I was on levoxyl for thyroid, cholesterol med, blood pressure med, and steroids for asthma...I was working for a large medical office...and I lost confidence in meds...after seeing how HUMAN the doctors were...( it was a shock that they were not gods of some sort)....I saw them do and say stupid things....I knew I was allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs...and I just decided that I was going off all meds...VERRRRRRY slowly...it took 8 months to wean myself off and I have been presc free since...so no drugs for me.....and I am no less healthy now than I was then.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Feb 04, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation)
Weight: 228.0

Reinstalled the old fitday software today.....just to see how many carbs I'm eating and to track nutrients and calories a bit .  Feeling good and plenty of energy.  BIG snow today....reintroducing myself to the exercise equiptment...I see that Marie Osmand is advertising a bar with rubber bands attached and it's black......the funny thing is I have the exact same thing bought many years ago...and it's white...and it was advertised by an old time fitness guru...I guess everything old is new again.  They even both have pictures along the bar showing different ways to use it......

Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/04/2018:
Of course I had to do a Google of Marie's contraption. If you have sufficient internet, you might be able to find workouts on YouTube to follow along with :-)

We have snow and cold all day today. Just got in from shoveling, even though it's still snowing significantly, and probably will all day. Usually, when it's snowing, it is a little warmer out than it felt today. The wind really seemed to cut hard, which makes a difference in how cold it "feels".

I keep telling myself it's great exercise. In reality, it's a reminder that this property is too much for me to handle myself.

But my major complaint is that the snow and cold makes me feel like eating -- all the time.

bearcountrygg on 02/04/2018:
When I was taking care of my Mom at her house we did a lot of shoveling snow and raking leaves....good exercise...but I can't say that I miss it...LOL....D was out on the tractor blowing snow around for a couple of hours this morning...and he shoveled the front porch...the back deck will get done this afternoon...I just keep my mouth shut and let him...LOL...I really do not want to be asked to help...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2018:
keep on, do not quit...thanks for all kind comments on the guinea pigs. so appreciated. they weren't a good fit, as previously thought before trying them out. now i'm left with TONS of equipment.

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2018:
funny how your old equipment is the "new equipment" - seems that you can only advertise and come up with so many different ways to exercise that even the old designs come back as new...similar to clothes lol

BearCountryGG - Saturday Feb 03, 2018
(Intuitive eating in moderation)
Weight: 228.0

Need to get both sons birthday cards in the mail today...I can hardly believe that they will be turning 51 and 49 this coming week .....it seems like they were just babies yesterday......I guess a parent always sees their children as babies.....I notice that D...is the same.  Youngest son called yesterday and they are both fighting the flu....apparently it's hanging on for days.......we didn't get the shots...so we are staying out of the public as much as possible....3 years ago my Mom died just hours after we went to get the flu shots....I haven't had the shot since.  Schools here have been closed for days...and now the churches are closing......Home sweet Home!!!!

Didn't eatmuch yesterday...but I woke up super hungry this morning......that seems to be the way it's going lately...1 hungry day...and then 1 day of little interest in food......intuitive eating is interesting....I'm learning a lot and having very small portions ...........feeling good today!

Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/03/2018:
Sounds like today is gonna be a winner! We're expecting significant snow here this weekend, so I'm running errands this morning and then staying inside.

I don't do flu shots either, but my husband does because of his auto-immune issues. The doctors convince him to have the shot every year...

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2018:
A pretty snow is with us here today, laying on the pine branches and really quite beautiful.....They said this morning that the shot is only 20% effective this year...and that there are more than one strain of the flu.....lovely......I'm just staying away from everyone...LOL....It's funny that back a few years ago when I worked in a very large doctors office...I never caught the flu..even though the waiting room was full of patients and my desk was just a few feet from them. For wsome reason while D and I have actual ongoing health problems..we rarely catch what is going around...we get minor colds...and I do get pneumonia every few years....but haven't had the real bad flu in 20 years.

Donkey on 02/03/2018:
PS I hear you on the Chex Mix thing from Thursday night. Remember my little episode after Christmas? Chex Mix was also involved. That stuff is dangerous!

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2018:

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