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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

 House cleaning day.........what can I say...boring but it has to be done.


coffee 9

1 sausage patty 88

1 fried egg 92

1 slice toasted oatmeal bread 86

spray butter 0



Nutrisystem sesame Ginger Chicken with rice and veggies 240

1 cup lettuce = 7

1 cup blueberries (from frozen) 79

Cinnamon applesauce ( 2 small containers) 194



Pacific organic red pepper and tomato soup 110

B4Y dried green beans 3 servings in bag and plan to eat whole bag 420



BAI cocofusion drink 10


Total for the day = 1,334

Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/27/2018:
Your day looks like it's off to a good start!

bearcountrygg on 02/27/2018:
Yes it is Donkey, protein/carb/fat meals keep my glucose stable...and take away my need for sugar to balance.....kinda like keeping the chickens in the hen house so I don't have to chase them all over the yard...LOL

Maria7 on 02/27/2018:
Do you have chickens? I am asking because I have been pondering getting some. We had them when I was growing up and it was nice to always have fresh eggs.

bearcountrygg on 02/27/2018:
Nope...no chickens...just a reference to dealing with my low blood sugar before it starts instead of trying to deal with it after it goes haywire. One son has chickens...and they love them though...so I do go visit my grandchickens sometimes...LOL

Donkey on 02/27/2018:
Seems to me that today turned out to be very well balanced :-)

bearcountrygg on 02/28/2018:
Yes it was.....and it went very well....looks like the new normal.

BearCountryGG - Monday Feb 26, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Well...the cold seemed to be getting better and then this morning it got worse again as if it started all over again, laryngitis, sneezing , coughing...not sure what is up with that.  

D heading for his orthopedic surgeons and I will keep busy around here.

Yesterday I worked on keeping glucose numbers up with a protein/carb/fat combo  for meals...and it worked.....no dips in numbers at all.......so apparently this is where I have been going wrong............

Technically...I'm not a large quantity eater...and have always been one to have very small meals in total...I don't believe that I have ever stretched my stomach out too much ................so bulking up meals has never been needed.....and many times...just having a salad has ended up being all I really wanted......I will now have to figure ot how to get that protein/carb/fat aspect into a meal and include fruits and veggies too at the same time.......

I will say it was really nice yesterday not having to down sugar and check glucose levels until they got into the safe zone...I'm hoping that this will take care of my issues with that.



1 egg

 1 toast


Planned Lunch

salad (very sm)(with a full fat dressing)





soup and crackers


Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/26/2018:
you don't go to the drs with D? he goes alone? i guess once he has his surgery you'll become tied up to him then....

love seeing blueberries!

fruit was on sale this week...and i recently discovered that the supermarket that's bigger with more selection also had HUGE sales compared to the smaller one closer to me...so i'm thinking i should make a habit of visiting the far one on the weekend! seriously the small grape (or cherry) tomatoes were $1 packages at the big store and like $2.99 at the small store...i was like...i just wasted so much money! but i wasn't going back to return them...(i went to the smaller store first and the bigger one second...)

i didn't want to waste time doing returns.

bearcountrygg on 02/26/2018:
No I don't usually go to the drs with him...but I will be going lots of places with him now....surgery scheduled for April 17th and I will be his chauffeur for a few weeks..... And the bigger stores buy more at a time so they pay less and you pay less......definitely go to the bigger stores when you can.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Feb 25, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

I got up this morning and had breakfast and went back to bed for another hour...and still can't wake up...so I guess it's going to be a sleepy day.  

D sees his orthopedic surgeon tomorrow to set up his knee replacement surgery....so there is that to think about this spring .  6 to 8 weeks recovery and physical therapy and that is his driving leg so my guess is that I will be his chaufeur.  And that also makes me the dog kennel caretaker.......looks like that will be our spring this year.

We were both super hungry this morning ( I actually forgot to eat one meal yesterday so I figure that is why for me)...so we had a big breakfast of toast, scrambled eggs with cheese and sausage.....( Blood sugar numbers are holding for both of us)....and I'm still full...so lunch will have to be a lot lighter for me....but I am drinking coconut milk...and loving that.

D informs me that his knee keeps wanting to bend backwards...so if I see him outside on the ground that is why........UGH!

Looks like the protein/carb/fat combo is helping the glucose numbers...and since it had been  over 6 hours since I had eaten...I decided to eat lunch even though I wasn't very hungry...so smaller servings.....since eating frequently can be a help too.  Not counting calories for now....currently working on stabilizing glucose.


coffee, toast,spray butter, scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage


lettuce and croutons with ranch, steak, mac and cheese and blueberries


coconut water


Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/25/2018:
I have 2 cans of coconut milk in the pantry... Is that the same thing? Probably not, I'm guessing.

Start making plans about the knee surgery now. One thing that surprised me was just how much work was involved in taking care of my husband after hip surgery. I did not realize it, because one doesn't necessarily think about all that we do on a daily basis -- that we take this for granted. Good to wait for Spring though, so that you're not dealing with nasty weather on top of everything else.

I've commented on your comment to me on my diary...

bearcountrygg on 02/25/2018:
I've been drinking BAI coconut drink.....and it's good...I also have some of the canned coconut things in the cupboard...that I'm going to try in coffee or on chicken I think. Spring is something we chose because of the roads.....he won't be driving for awhile and I don't like the ice..I figure I will be waiting on him for awhile.

horn_of_plenty on 02/26/2018:
Coconut milk or coconut water!?

Coconut milk is extremely high cal, coconut water is low cal like a potassium sports drink the coconut water is.

good luck with the knee sitution like Donkey says it sounds like a big deal but i have had a coworker get better after it...he does a lot of walking again now.

bearcountrygg on 02/26/2018:
BAI cocnut water...says it's an antioxidant...10 cals for bottle

BearCountryGG - Saturday Feb 24, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Well...it looks like everyone is up and HAPPY today!!!  ( Me included)......I'm really congested ( head and lungs)...but I'm feeling good regardless.......today is a cleaning out the fridge day!!!   So meals will be wonky!   I'm okay with that...I enjoy random eating!!

Breakfast was funny...I layed out a bunch of random things and leftovers from the fridge and  told D to choose what he wanted.....I wasn't even hungry at that time...so I waited......he chose biscuits...a little leftover sausage gravy and 3 fried eggs....he left the table  a happy guy.  Later...I pulled out the hash browns that he didn't want...and fixed those...and  a pkt of instant oatmeal along with my coffee....high carb and that is ok with me.

Last night I googled ( actually it was BING)...."Getting my life in order"......( looking for motivation to get off my butt actually) and for something to just look up and research....and printed out 2 lists....

1.  50 Ways To Get Your Life In Order........................( not all 50 apply to me)

2.  7 Little Habits That Can Change Your Life And How To Form Them

Since today will not be a cooking day but instead more of a heating up leftovers day.....I plan to read the new ideas that I printed out...and get busy working my way through the new motivational changes.

The fridge needs a good scrubbing...the kitchen cupboards need to be restocked from our prepper pantry....LOL...Kind of like living in a grocery store....by the way...the Prime Pantry free trial at Amazon ran out and I made good use of it right until the end....and their boxes are super nice...very strong and useful....and while we do run out of perishables....and need to shop for those in person...the canned and dry goods are plentiful here and Schwans keeps the freezer full...so I still do not have to go shopping...and that's good...I don't want to give anyone my germs and I sure don't need theirs.  I think I have enough laundry detergent, garbae bags, paper towels, kleenex and  TP to last a year...and I LOVE IT!!!!

Drinking coconut water and really enjoying it.....and had to get some quick sugar in...so there is that.  

I think it's time for me to do some research on keeping my glucose numbers level...maybe I need to eat some particular thing hourly or something....this sudden dropping is annoying to say the least.

Just realized I had missed lunch...LOL....after researching how to keep glucose steady....I did run ito something that I put to use this afternoon.....the suggestion was fat/carb/protein...so I had spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce...that was already in the fridge...and so far...so good.

Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/24/2018:
Our fridge is almost empty so today will be a shopping day. I find a full refrigerator to be a comfort to me. Not stuffed, but just full enough.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2018:
me too!

Donkey on 02/25/2018:
I was just thinking, after reading your update, that focusing on controlling hypoglycemia should/could/might be a higher priority than anything else. That is to say, get it under control and everything else with eating/exercise will fall into place?

bearcountrygg on 02/25/2018:
I think so too Donkey...I think it might have been you that mentioned protein before......and while protein does not raise my glucose ( seems that only sugar does that)...apparently eating protein and fat with a carb...will maintain it better....so we had a protein heavy, fat, bread breakfast and it's been really good....so protein is more about the maintaining. So far...no dips in glucose...

BearCountryGG - Friday Feb 23, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Still just a sheet of ice here...schoolss closed.......I am so looking forward to spring this year.......still feeling punky...cold is just hanging on.....not too interested in eating but doing it anyway.

breakfast, coffee, sausage, biscuit

Lunch,1/2 of a pork chop, potato, radishes, cookie

swedish fish candy. polar water 

coconut water, cliff bar, jalapeno cheetos,2 fun size candy bars

Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Feb 22, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Up and drinking coffee.........just appears to be a head/chest cold.......annoying but not life stopping today.....drippy, congested but still functioning.  Will still be able to function today thankfully ...2 boxes arriving today so will stay home anyway...so good day to get some sorting done.  We have a neighbor man who is literally trying to take us over...he is in his 70's and comes over and tells us what to do...he arrives with his tractor and sand and proceeds to do what he wants here...goes into the barn and moves things around...he actually gets a chair and tells Denny to sit down....he will take over...LOL...I don't know if he has alzheimers or if he has always been that way but we don't want to hurt his feelings yet...this IS OUR HOUSE....he drives by and stops at the driveway hoping to see one of us....I know he is lonely...but he has already pulled the same things on the neighbors...who have apparently told him he is crazy....(his words)...........I seriously don't know rather to feel sorry for him...or be afraid of him.

Goal to stay under 1,500 calories

coffee, biscuit and sausage gravy

cliff bar

Whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs/tomato sauce

swedish fish gummies


perrier water

V8 vegetable juice

tuna and crackers


Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/22/2018:
Sounds like he means well and is trying to be helpful in his own way. Hope you feel better soon.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2018:
He does like to give things away...but he will never let us give him anything....I do think he means well...but boy is he bossy....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2018:
that neighbor sounds nuts, maybe contact police no?

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2018:
I do think he has mental issues...but he hasn't threatened us in any way....just seems to want to run everyone on the street......he isn't healthy and says he is ready to die...his only child died of a heart attack less than 2 years ago...I do think there is depression at play....so far we are just tolerating him but D is getting mighty tired of being bossed around...LOL.....we actually avoid him when we can.....last summer D mentioned to him that I was getting a new car...he told D that I had to get silver...D said I wanted Blue...and the guy threw a fit ( I got blue and he didn't talk to us for 3 months...LOL)

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Lovely day...NOT.......Woke up sick with laryngitis and cold symptoms and that explains the swollen glands..hot flashes and chills.and flooding is a thing!

Furiously pumping water from the buildings...and the neighbors are doing the same....flooding on top of ice...interesting..........and now sick.............UGH!  

Going back to bed...somehow I don't thing staying within calories today will be a problem.

Still feeling crummy.....todays cals under 1,500

Just ate what sounded good


waffle with spray butter and syrup

cheese and crackers

100 calorie pack

 Hot chocolate

sparkling mineral water

lots of sleeping and sitting around

Flooding still an issue...we now have a pond that we never had before...and the next door neighbor keeps pumping the same water over and over again at his house.....he doesn't get it...in the spring we will all need to get some excavation done...so this doesn't happen again..had this place for 13 years and this is a first......


Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/21/2018:
Hope you feel better as the day goes along. Sorry to hear about the flooding. Rest and feel better.

bearcountrygg on 02/21/2018:
Looks like a problem bug .....flooding still going on.

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2018:
Get well soon BCGG - being sick is so stinky.

i'm trying to continue to feel well...big change again for me regarding work location which is definitely stressing me out. just a lot of change and my legs are beginning to burn and just my whole body feels tired...waiting to take a few days off in March and when April comes, i'll also take some days off then.

bearcountrygg on 02/21/2018:
Oh boy...another work move again eh? Maybe this one will be nicer. And right..being sick is a pain.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Feb 20, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

Well...everything here is covered with ice.....accidents all over and schools closed.......driveway is an ice covered hill...lovely...I can't wait for spring.  

Yesterday went very smoothly...and I left calories for an evening snack in case I needed it...and I did...so itall worked out well.


coffee = 9

1 egg = 91

2 cinnamon bread toasted = 160

spray butter = 0

schwans sausage patty = 180

A.M. SNACK = Kashi oatmeal cookie =130


Peas and carrots = 110

Parmesan crisps ( 100% parmesan) = 320

Pineapple = 76


Bagel= 220

butter = 71

beef tips = 125

peanut butter = 250

Pouring rain here all day....and the place is flooding....the house is ok...but the barn is only about an inch from flooding so we are pomping water to lower ground...neighbors garage is flooded and the septic tank truck they called for to pump out their garage...came here by mistake.....things could get messy here.........the rain keeps coming........lots of businesses sitting in water right now......really odd for February.

Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2018:
We only get that ice occasionally..not even every Winter. stay safe BCGG!

so nice to leave calories for eating like 2hrs before bed i like to do.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
Lucky you!!! I hate ice! Leaving calories for an evening snack worked really well...it prevented a binge...and if I wasn't hungry it could just have been forgotten.

happy-1 on 02/20/2018:
Ice is scary. Climbed a glacier once... very slowly.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
Yes it is...last winter I fell going down the front steps and smashed my face into the ice....the next day I saw bruises in places I didn't even know I hit.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
I can't even imagine climbing a glacier....amazing!

BearCountryGG - Monday Feb 19, 2018
(Non negotiable dieting rather I like it or not)
Weight: 222.2

I spent much of yesterday researching things that I find myself rebelling against.  I read a lot about doing things that I should do...but don't do.  I read about doing things that I DON'T WANT TO DO!  And why I let myself get away with it.  I'm clearly not holding myself accountable.  I say I want to weigh  a certain number...but I don't do what it takes to get there in any kind of a timely fashion.

And an extra special timely phone call came in......it cleared things up even further. .......I do believe in timely interventions that arrive when we most need them..........one son called and immediatly after I said hello......he blurted out something about healthy eating, his recent weight loss and his wifes glowing test results ( she has a serious life long condition called dermatomyositis)...and had a test a week ago assessing her stomach inflamation which is now gone.

Then I get up this morning and read how Happy is changing things...and HOP is looking for a change......and I think it may just be the boost I need to get my head on straight............


The time has arrived that I expect more from myself rather I like it or not, rather it is fun or comfortable or not...but because it is necessary and is non negotiable.  No more whining from me.....

I am now weighing and measuring my food...I'm also counting calories.....and will hold my calories per day to 1,500 max...with 1,400 being even better.  No more watching it all day and then falling apart at night and stuffing with junk....from now on I drink water, coffee, tea or a no calorie drink if I need something at night, and am still hungry.

Time to get tough with myself...and not likeing it doesn't  matter anymore.  Kicking myself in the butt and making it happen...then I can figure it all out when I get there, just need to get there first.  No bad foods...just a daily calorie allowance.



2 cups coffee = 9

yogurt = 90

1 schwans sausage patty = 180

Multiple vitamin


Extra C




1/2 cup rice  = 102

1/2 Cup Schwans beef tips in gravy = 125

2 cups pineapple = 152


1 ounce mixed vegetables = 18

1/3 cup mac and cheese = 130

raisin bread toasted = 142

banana = 109


3 Kashi oatmeal cookies = 390


                   1448 calories for day


                    1,058 calories for the day

Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/19/2018:
To your credit, you have lost 33 lbs and it has not even been a year yet. I think that is FANTASTIC!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2018:
Thank you Maria....I think I can do better though!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
With you - I think you are very set on wanting to be a certain number - I say forget about the number for now and start by enjoying the process it's going to take to get there - Igor me it has always taken well over a year to get results and learn to keep them. And you are right now is a critical time for me where I'm going to have to be a little more accountable than I've been so I don't continue to gain weight now -

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2018:
You are right!!!

Donkey on 02/19/2018:
I applaud your new endeavor. Sometimes you just have to get tough with yourself.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
Yup...had to kick my own butt.....LOL

happy-1 on 02/19/2018:
Here I'll post more later, but the idea of a habit tracker is that you make the habits that support your overall goal the things you track in a "don't break the chain" 30 day format. So you want to lose 2lbs in 30 days and you have smaller things you need to do every day to make that happen...

I drank a gallon of water today I kept all simple carbs eaten today smaller than my fist I ate 10% fewer calories than I burned Etc.

Each statement gets a line and 30 boxes as you add it to the sheet.

For each day a statement is true, you cross off a box on the calendar for that one line. As you find more things you need to do/ not do you add them to the tracker. Eventually you will get to the point where the habits you built one day at a time are your second nature and the goal you have achieved is the byproduct of your newer, stronger self.

When a habit becomes second nature it comes off the list. Like taking vyvanse and meds as soon as I woke up was a real struggle, so it was a habit it took me almost 6mos to build. When I stop forgetting, I will take it off my list. I have already taken off making my bed in the am and never coming home with less than half a tank ofgas.


bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
Sounds like an excellent idea!

happy-1 on 02/20/2018:
Btw... really glad your "kids" are healthier and validating your efforts at healthy eating. Sounds like a good dynamic and supportive effort on his part.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2018:
yes...he tries...LOL

BearCountryGG - Sunday Feb 18, 2018

Weight: 222.2

Bright sun shining on the snow today.....hoping that it melts the ice under it.......march is truly days away and I'm ready to get outside.  Getting lots done today.....making organizing a priority and keeping busy.  Combining so many households 3 years ago...brought lots of stuff in that needs some decisions made...the ever ready bag in the car is getting filled once again....and the next trip to town will include donations.....maybe I can get another 30 gallon bag filled by then...I'm hoping.  

Opened the freezer door yesterday and 2 things fell out on the garage floor..........that thing needs serious attention today too....along with the ongoing mountain of laundry.   



Progress as of today: 33.2 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 02/19/2018:
Good on you! Declutter and free your mind for new experiences and adventures!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
I am so happy the Winter is passing :) it's gone quite quickly this year !

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
I am so happy the Winter is passing :) it's gone quite quickly this year !

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