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BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

Weeklies = 42

Dailies = 23

Breakfast = 2 sm bananas, 2 cups coffee, JoyBol

Calories = 487 and 9 WW points

Cleaned out the fridge and was determined to make my lunch from that stuff...worked out fine...but was way too much food...so what you see here was for lunch and then the leftovers went back in the fridge and I will have those for dinner...so only 2 pics for today unless I add something more...but probably not.

Lunch/dinner = tater tots,mixed lettuce, beets, ground beef with BBQ sauce and a diet vernors

Calories for the day = 1,399 and ww points for the day = 28

Progress as of today: 80.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
Oh my, I feel so stupid, but what is joy bol?!?

Breakfast looks delicious!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
They sell them at BOXED.COM...and I believe on Amazon also.......it is a grain and fruit bowl that comes with it's own spoon....you just add cold water and it ends up as a tasty runny type of cereal....I like them.....260 calories....they are totally self contained except for the water...so they are good to just keep in a desk or car....

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
That's cool!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
your salad last night = AWESOME!

omg such a good lunch...mine was similar with good side...jalepeno kettle cooked potato chips! just yum!!!!

i ALWAYS enjoy mixing the "less healthy" or "more satisfying" with health...i like a mix.

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I need to branch out a bit and mix it up.......so far...veggies and fruit are ok...but I know that I will tire of them....

BearCountryGG - Thursday Nov 08, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 174.9

WW points, Fitday Calories, journal keeping and picture posting on DD has made a wonderful difference for me...It is time consuming, but it has  been well worth it because this morning my clothes just finally quit working for me......so today they get washed, and put in the car to take to the church store...........lots of favorites in there...but I never want to be that size again...so they go.  Decided to get on the scale and was super happy to see a 5.9 loss in the last week.....that is more than I really am thinking is healthy....but I feel great...I've been eating a lot of fresh produce  as well as frozen and canned fruit and veg........so I will keep this up and see what happens ...I know losing too quickly can cause gall bladder problems...so I'm keeping that in mind but so far so good.......feeling great and full of energy...all of the fruit is keeping my blood sugar numbers in a really good area...and no low drops this week at all.....so fruit is my best option to keep it in normal range....certainly better than the light headed dashes for candy....also today is the day I lose any unused ww points...........I do not think ever in my WW history I have ever left a point unused.....I think today will be the first........I will use my dailies...and maybe a few of the weeklies...but there will be some left to go away at midnight...because I'm really not interested in using them up this week......

33 weeklies left

23 dailies

Breakfast was oatmeal with berries and 2 small bananas, 2 cups coffee

250 calories and 9 WW points

Lunch = diet vernors and beef stew

450 calories and 16 points

Dinner = lettuce, cucumbers, salmon, pear and perrier water

Total calories for the day = 1,094 and 26 WW points

I will lose 30 weekly points tonight...and I'm happy to lose them.....another breakthrough....no need to use up points just because they are there.

Donkey on 11/08/2018:
OK, I confess that my first thought when I logged in earlier was "I can't wait for Bear to post her breakfast photo!" When I saw you hadn't posted yet, my second thought was, "Oh, she must be sleeping in today..." LOL! I'm a photo fan of yours, I'm afraid :D

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW NUMBERS!!!! I know what you are saying about losing weight too quickly, but overall, it's been a steady journey for you. Remember, you are not weighing in as often, so your numbers may change significantly for a while.

Finally, I want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. You mention that it's a lot of work with the various ways you track. THIS WILL PAY OFF FOR YOU! I think a little more time devoted to tracking now will actually help you save time in the long run, because you are establishing habits. As the habits become established, you may find that you can drop methods of tracking along the way.

However, and I'm not just saying this because I look forward to your photos, I think that taking pictures of your meals is probably the quickest, easiest, and most effective tracking method. This may be something you do through maintenance.

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2018:
Thank you...I'm glad you enjoy the pics....they are a really big help to me......Right now...it really is taking all of it to keep it together....and it keeps me interested. I was just thinking this morning that since I am signed up for WW until or into april…..I will just continue with that....the pics are working well....and the fitday is alreaded on the computer.....if and when I drop anything...it would probably be ww in the spring......this time...figuring the calories as well as the points...does prove to me that I am eating basically in the 1,200 to 1,300 range ...give or take a little...so dropping ww wouldn't be a huge change...but the thing about that is they push the fruit and veg and 0% yogurt and eggs...along with chicken, turkey and fish. I do think by spring....the fruit will be a major habit because I feel so good but then there is the concern of mine that if I change anything at all I may mess up the whole process.....plenty of time to think about it though.....guess it does TAKE A VILLAGE...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
so these food photos are amazing...i agree with Donkey....everything looks so tasty, so filling and just great! i wanna be on this diet haha.

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2018:

graindart on 11/09/2018:
My take on losing weight quickly for myself: 1. it's supposedly unhealthy to lose weight quickly 2. it's supposedly unhealthy to weigh what I weigh

So if I lose slowly, I'm in an unhealthy range. And if I lose quickly, that act is unhealthy. Stay at the same weight, lose slowly, or lose quickly. Any and all are considered unhealthy by some metric.

Wish I could lose quickly, like I did at the beginning of my weightloss last year. But right now it seems like I'm fighting for a lb or two here or there...... The thought has even crossed my mind to stop eating for a few days just to jumpstart the downward motion of the scale.

Glad your scale is cooperating with you.....

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
I guess what I'm trying to avoid is gallbladder surgery...my Dad had it.....so I'm trying to keep that in mind. I agree though..being over weight is bad, losing too fast is bad...not losing at all is bad...surgery is bad.......just trying to keep all of the things in proportion...it isn't always easy.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining again............getting a little tired of being inside now, but will try to get out between sprinkles....it's a cold rain....so I will see about that.

Pictures are key for me......the snacking habit has stopped.....I still get hungry, especially in the evening...but not hungry enough to take a picture...so it works.  If that is all of the deterrant I need...then that is what will happen.

Clothes are getting too big again.......I'm rolling up sleeves more than ever......and some pants are just plain baggy....but the waist still fits so I'm going to continue wearing them until the waist is too big...I hate baggy pants!!!  I have no problem with big shirts/tops....but I like my pants to fit.... that means hauling out bins and sorting......probably in a few days....even my shoes are getting looser...LOL...will think about getting the scale out soon....but not yet.

Just remembered that the next round of clothes will be a sea of light blue and aqua...UGH....hoping at least there will be some black and jeans in there....I remember buying those.......Value City ( a store like Marshalls and TJ Maxx)...and while they were all designer brands...my size was basically all light blue and aqua...and I decided not to let it bother me too much because they were excellent quality...which explains why they are still in like new condition...they will never wear out!!!  This should be an excellent reason to move through that size quickly!!!!!!!...incentives...I LOVE incentives!!!  In the meantime...I will wear my baggy pants for a few more days....at least they are jeans and black and navy.

42 weeklies left until friday

23 dailies


2 scrambled eggs, 1 sausage, 1 piece of Aunt Millies 15 grain bread toasted, spray butter and 2 cups coffee

469 calories and 10 points


Lunch was deli roast beef on mini naan bread with brown mustard, light mozzarella stick and a mini red pepper, banana and grapes

484 calories and 9 ww points

42 weekly points and 4 daily points left for the day


1 slice of multigrain bread, sloppy joe mixture in bread, 1 serving of Betty Crocker Julienne potatoes, mixed lettuce, cucumber, diet vernors

Dinner calories = 427, dinner points = 14

Total calories for day = 1,380  Total points for day = 33


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/07/2018:
Tracking is a great way to hold oneself accountable, and you've proved it! I like how you said you were too tired to take a picture of your snack, so you didn't have the snack. That rocks!!!!

While I read your food menus, I confess that I do enjoy seeing the pictures!

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
Pictures are so out there!!! All my odd mixture of dishes and silverware....placemats that have seen better days.....LOL.......while I used to just grab something....now..I have to wait...get it together...go find my phone.....D is usually done eating now before I even start...but he is good natured about it...he likes the results...I had lost interest in dieting...it was a daily battle to keep doing it......this has peeked my interest again....warts and all.

legcramps on 11/07/2018:
I think it's fantastic that you've found a little inspiration again in your healthy lifestyle :)

BearCountryGG on 11/07/2018:
I'm relieved that this has renewed my interest again...I still have quite a ways to go....I need that kick in the rear.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 06, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining all day again...and today...added wind......already voted so I'm glad we don't have to go out to do that.

Yesterday one of our bear hounds was bitten several times by a bear....so D was going to be staying home today anyway........Just letting the dog rest and start healing...he's a tough dog who lives to chase bear up trees....will see how this affects his desire to keep chasing bear....He got his penicillen shot and  wound treatment so he will rest today.

Since D is home...I made a BIG breakfast....it's a test for me as well and a treat for D....and the points/calories on 1 scwhans sausage patty was shocking to me.......180 calories and 6 ww points...I do not think I will be purchasing those again....although we do have lots of them left.

49 weeklies

23 dailies


3 Kodiak protein pancakes, 1/8 C Mrs Buttersworth syrup ( still more than I need), spray butter, 1 egg fried in PAM, 1 Schwans sausage patty, 2 cups coffee


1 chicken wing, 5 tater tots, beets, mixed lettuce, cucumber, diet vernors

306 calories and 7 points

49 weeklies left

2 dailies left


1 mini naan with brown mustard and 1 ounce deli roast beef, mini tomatoes and 1 stick light moozarella, banana, grapes and perrier water

466 cals for meal

9 points for meal

calories eaten today = 1,262

points used today = 30



Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/06/2018:
A gentle suggestion: perhaps use TBSP to measure the syrup. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I have been using a T for the pure maple syrup that I've been putting on my yogurt...but for the pancakes I've been using the lite mrs Buttersworth....I will definately go with a T for both in the future...I can't believe how I just used to pour it on....it's definately NOT needed.......it does help with my glucose levels...so I want to keep it in regular use ( along with fruit)

graindart on 11/06/2018:
I bought several of those 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoon) measuring cups. One of most other size cups, but about 5 of the 1/8 cup since I use them so often. 2 Tablespoons seems to be the sweet spot for portion sizes of a lot of the stuff I measure.

Love all types of sausage, but always dislike the amount of calories associated with most of them. Summer sausage, Jimmy Dean original, various hotdog type sausages, etc. Have tried some lower calorie chicken / turkey ones, but they just don't taste anywhere near as good to me.

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I did look up how many T are in a quarter cup the other day and the answer was 3T.......it's funny how easy it used to be to just eat...now...it is eye opening....I also have several sets of measuring spoons and cups....the dishwasher is full of the daily now.....and my months of guessing are done..... Problem is we have more of these in the freezer...but...if I don't get hungry until the next meal...I guess it will be worth it.

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
EDIT...I was wrong above..there are 4 Tablespoons in 1/4th cup!!!!!!'.......There are 3 teaspoons in 1 Tablespoon

graindart on 11/06/2018:
1 wing and 5 tots......now that's portion control. :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
I'm learning...LOL

legcramps on 11/06/2018:
That is one heck of a delicious-looking breakfast :)

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
It did stick with me until lunch with all that protein!

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
your food looks amazing...let me say, you could always try for one pancake less...since you fill up with coffee after breakfast anyways?....overall tho, without any more criticism your food looks FANTASTIC!

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
It held me until lunch with no problem...lots of protein...and I will cut the syrup in half again...I see it still ended up on the egg...which I actually don't care for.

BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 05, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Raining all night...and into tomorrow night..so it will be a in the house day...plenty to keep me busy around here.

50 weeklies remaining until friday

23 dailies


2 cups coffee, 1 Premier protein vanilla drink, banana, Nature Valley Granola bars

468 Calories and 9 points

 Lunch was A Nutrisystem Chicken Alfredo, 10 sheets of Sesame seaweed, 1 snack sized organic unsweetened applesauce, freeze dried sweet corn , mixed nuts and diet vernors

550 calories

12 WW points

1,018 calories used so far and 21 points used


Fage 0% yogurt, 1 T. maple syrup, grapes, Dasani water

286 calories and 24 points

For the day

1,304 calories and 24 points


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Supposed to get colder and wetter here as the day progresses. Not really looking forward to it, but it did prompt me to start the installation of my heated seats in the truck.

Love all types of granola bars and I can easily lose track of how many I've eaten if not careful. Purposely don't buy them right now, but the wife bought a box for the kids and it caught my eye last night while I was searching for another snack. Ate one and it was delicious. Instead of feeling satisfied, it just made me want to eat another one......

Like seeing your photos. Have been considering starting to take photos of my food also, as I think it would make me more mindful of what I'm eating.

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
Taking pics of ALL of it has been a wonderful move in the right direction for me...and it really does make me stop and think before just grabbing something and mindlessly eating and then feeling guilty. Like you...I just have trouble telling myself no when I want to snack...I could live on snacks...and basically have in the past at times...and it did nothing but make me weigh 250 pounds. I also have had problems with just grabbing several snacks at a time......without actually being hungry or without actually waiting to see if I was still hungry.......food apparently is something other than fuel for me...when I'm at my worst. All I can add is that with the pictures ( weird dishes and place mats aside, not to mention bad lighting...LOL)....I am putting more thought into what I eat...and what I'm avoiding...because pictures tell it like it is. And I sure don't want the world to see that I'm eating 15 cookies, a can of pringles and half a cake because if I do...I will surely have to post the picture...and I do NOT want to go there.

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
And I will add...that if I ever stop posting pictures of all of it( I am working on making my pictures a little smaller though just to help in loading this page for everyone else)..I will go back to the old habits ( or already have)....so this is a commitment for me...until I reach my goal...and then when at goal, I plan to post on any days I'm over goal.....so I guess it's my new way of life now.

graindart on 11/05/2018:
Had to laugh when I read the last bit of your response above.

Instantly pictured myself laying on the couch in the living room staring at the TV while wearing a old pair of sweats. Surrounded by a bag of Chips Ahoy, big thing of Mtn Dew, bag of Lays chips on the coffee table, and leftover wrappers from everything else I'd eaten.

Then imagined what it would be like if someone snapped a photo of that and how embarrassed I'd feel.

Like you mentioned, I could easily live on snacks. My problem in the past when doing that was compounded by the fact that even when I was totally stuffed from snacking, I'd still somehow make room to eat the normally scheduled meals too!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
YUP!!! I wondered this morning if having a granola bar would get me back into old habits.....but it didn't......it's as if...by planning the meal, snapping the picture, eating the food and posting the picture...it turns that switch in my head off......it tells me 1 meal down...2 to go...later...not now. Your description of a binge or food fit sounds easy to picture....and very familiar....a brother in laws ex used to go grocery shopping and eat a whole pkg of cookies on the way home...he would always find the empty pkg....hidden in the car or grocery bags.....bad habits got us here...good habits will get us where we want to go...we actually do know what to do....it's just getting into a new routine that makes us WANT to keep doing it!

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
I eat those Nature Valley granola bars all the time, love them and they even satisfy my sweet tooth (I have more of a salt tooth than a sweet tooth though). But I know one can lead to two very easily for me also, darn things! And I can also picture myself (from the other night) laying on the couch with chips and freezies and peanut butter sandwich all around me. Oh the horror!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
Yeah.......guess most if not all of us have been there.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
i love those granola bars. they don't keep me satisfied but are great for providing energy for, say, exercise! they are so good...and overall a good amount of carbs to just have one package!

those are very tasty as a nice treat for breakfast indeed!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
They are handy for days that I'm not interested in cooking that is for sure...I think they are the first granola bar I remember...the first of many...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
your lunch is soooo tasty, nutritious and fun!

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
I will be so glad when all of that nuti system stuff is gone...

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
What is Vernors?

BearCountryGG on 11/05/2018:
It is a pop (soda)...made in Michigan...it's ginger ale.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 04, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Daylight Savings Time switch here this morning so that will take a few days to adjust to....lots of clocks to adjust this morning.  Yesterdays snow is gone so with more coming this week it definately feels like winter here.  Yesterdays shopping trip reloaded the fridge.....schwans coming on Tuesday will reload the freezer...and I've placed a few orders with Boxed that have filled in general household needs...so we are set for awhile ( will need to make a grocery store run before Thanksgiving though)......no flu shot means staying out of crowded places......yesterday I headed for the store before it was totally light out...there were 2 cars in the parking lot....but by the time I got out of there...the place was getting very busy...apparently I need to start before daylight, then all I need to deal with is shelf stockers....at any rate...in this rural, back road town......winter is quite desolate...so stocking up now with the winters needs is the way for me to do it. 

48 weeklies

23 dailies

Breakfast = Kix cereal, unsweetened almond milk , banana and coffee =253 calories and 5 points


1 container Nutrisystem chicken noodle soup, 1/2 an avocado, some mini tomatoes, mixed olives, diet vernors, raspberries and blackberries

Calories for lunch = 402 and 8 WW points


Calories so far today = 655

Points so far today = 13


Sub bun with brown mustard, deli ham, tomatoes and a light mozarella stick

Dinner calories = 480

Dinner points = 8


Calories used today = 1,135

points used today = 21











Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/04/2018:
Friend, who knows that I like banana pudding, dropped off a big box of Nilla Banana Pudding cereal that I guess is new this year. Ate a few pieces and loved the taste of it. Really thought it would taste extra good with some fresh banana cut on top. But I'm letting the girls eat it and avoiding the rest of the box personally.

You're doing awesome at portion control lately. For me, I really don't want to eat a normal sized portion. So I did the math on my size cereal portion..... 3 cups of cereal, 1.5 cups milk, and 1 banana = 615 calories. Way more than I'm willing to spend on my sized portion at this time. Maybe it'll still be around when I transition to maintenance mode.

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
I haven't seen that cereal here yet....it sounds good...unfortunately I like kids cereals too much...( we have some and they will show up here and I admit...it will be embarrasing...but pictures don't sugar coat anything)...LOL One nice thing about kix is that it is 1 and 1/4 cups for 110 calories...and the almond milk is 25 a cup....the banana is 109..so technically you could have 2 1/2 cups kix, 1 cup of unsweetend almond milk and a banana for 354 cals...which isn't too bad...no added sugar needed because the banana covers that.

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
Not to mention that since cereals are fortified with vitamins and there is other vitamins/minerals in the almond milk and banana....it's not bad.....The pictures have made me measure foods better now.....so that is a help too.

graindart on 11/04/2018:
I usually go grocery shopping for the week on Sunday night and it isn't too crowded. Apparently everyone else goes shopping Sunday afternoon, because the shelves are often pretty bare by the time I get there.

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
Around here..I have found that early on Monday mornings seems to be the best......unfortunately because of our remote area, they only get deliveries once a week...and they are freezing so many things...like breads and meats...and then later in the week they put them out frozen...which is kind of irritating....but it's what we have to work with....bare shelves are never fun to find.

Donkey on 11/04/2018:
I used to use breakfast cereal as a dessert (in limited quantities).

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
I can see doing that...it would be easier to limit than an actual dessert. Since posting pictures I have stopped all snacking ( so far)...................and have not had an actual dessert...I know that won't last...but cereal is a very good option.

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
your food choices in photo form are quite delicious!!!!!!!!

one thing - that's a big roll, but, it's not like you are carb heavy all day...so enjoy!

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
and lunch looks exquisite. so if no bread there, i see good reason to enjoy it later in a meal!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 03, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

46 weeklies

23 dailies


2 cups coffee, 1 container of yo yogurt (vanilla), a few raspberries, banana

263 calories and 4 points



Lunch was messy but tasty...wouldn't even stay together for the picture


Diet vernors, sub bun, 1 slice cheese,deli ham,light ranch,cucumber,tomato,yellow pepper,lettuce, half an avocado

551 calories and     16   points

Used so far today......814 calories and 20 points



 Another salad similar to yesterdays,

roasted chicken, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, peppers, light ranch and grapes

489 calories and 1 WW point


Done eating for the day and used 1,303 calories and 21 WW points



















Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
Love your pictures! Yesterday's lunch and dinner photographed so well!

I also meant to mention that your numbers are looking good! You are *almost* in a new set. Keep up the good work!

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
I'm excited....always love those new sets of numbers!!!...but I will try to stay away from the scales for awhile again....I like it when a few pounds disappear at a time...

graindart on 11/03/2018:
Loved eating fresh raspberries throughout the summer from my parent's backyard garden. Going to steal a few plants from them this spring and start my own in my backyard.

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
good idea.....we were just talking about how we miss our old rhubarb patch that we left at our previous house ( it took a lot of sugar though...to use that)….raspberries are so expensive to buy in the store.....it would be great to be able to grow them.

graindart on 11/03/2018:
For years I've heard people going on and on about how freshly grown stuff tastes sooooo much better than stuff you can buy in the grocery store. Never believed the hype and always thought they were just grocery snobs.

But now I'm a convert on a couple of things. Tomatoes and most types of berries. I've never been a fan of tomatoes or raspberries from the grocery store. And I've always added sugar to the strawberries from the store. Now that my wife has started growing tomatoes each year, I can't believe how good they taste and how much flavor they have. The same goes for raspberries and strawberries. My parents have a large garden with both in the backyard. This summer was the first time I've been raiding them and can't believe how strong the flavors are. I won't even buy raspberries from the store because they just don't have much flavor at all. After tasting the fresh ones at the beginning of summer, I started going over to my parent's house weekly to say "hi" and eat my fill throughout the summer.

BearCountryGG on 11/03/2018:
Store bought tomatoes lose their flavor because they are hot house grown...we miss our garden here....( sandy soil and lots of trees make it a bit difficult to have a garden although we have a neighbor that has worked on his garden for many years and has built it up to be very productive).....There are wild raspberries around here...but not a very big quantity...and you have to get them before the bear do...but they are tasty. It's great that you have a easy access to them...they are super healthy and low cal. And there is nothing like a homegrown tomato straight off the vine...like something you can never buy in the store.

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
My nutritionist had me check the sugar and protein for my packaged yogurt vs plain nonfat greek yogurt. It’s a big difference, even for vanilla.

BearCountryGG on 11/03/2018:
Yup....Todays yogurt was a free item from the grocery store......I've been using FADE 0% because it's free on WW ( todays was 4 points)...but I am best with some sugar because mine tends to run low and then I have to work on getting it back up....( it's stubborn....usually ONLY sugar will raise it.)

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
Wow! looked at your progress chart! You’ve really come a long way fast! Weren’t we the same weight a little while ago? Congratulations! Your progress is inspiring!

BearCountryGG on 11/03/2018:
I think we were close...I've been eating very small portions usually....while eating basically everything...that helps keep me in line.

horn_of_plenty on 11/04/2018:
Ahhhh your foods look great ! Lots of fruit !

Someone on fb mentioned how the family eats many servings of fruit and that since they have hardly any junk food in the house she considers the fruit ok to eat the extra servings :)

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
It help keep my blood sugar up without resorting to real sweets....

horn_of_plenty on 11/04/2018:
And your dinner looks exceptional :) lots of fiber and health!

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
Simple to make because I had roasted the chicken breast a couple of days before.

BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 02, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

I'm loving photographing my meals...it is definately making me think more about what I eat.

42 weekly points and 23 daily points


2 cups black coffee, 1 egg fried in PAM, 3 Kodiak protein pancakes , spray butter ( I can't believe it's not butter) and 1/4th cup Mrs Buttersworth lite syrup ( which was way more than I needed so will cut that down in the future) = 445 calories and 11 WW points.


Salad made with 1 1/2 cups lettuce, 2 mini peppers, 1 roasted chicken breast, 2 light mozzarella cheese sticks and 2T light ranch dressing and 1 can dasani sparkling lime water

528 calories and 5 points

total for day so far = 973 calories and 16 points


Black bean tortilla soup , 15 grapes

203 calories and 3 points


Ending the day with 1,176 calories and using 19 points

Done eating for the day and plan to go to bed earlier than usual if I am tempted to eat more.


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2018:
omg your food photos are AMAZINGLY good looking!!!!!!

wowwww....i may have to bake these also!!!!!!!!! they look sooo good !

nice use of black pepper on the egg...black pepper is good for inflammation i think! as well as digestion!

it just looks GOOD!

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2018:
I'm totally committed to photographing what I eat now...it works on so many levels. I work harder at trying to make it look good, no more snacking as I cook, no more just eating something mindlessly...now I plate it, take the pic and then sit down to eat...and it all takes the place of just stuffing food in. It's like it has flicked a switch in my brain that takes away the old bad habits.....and replaced them with something new that I enjoy more. I'm hoping to keep my eating to 3 meals a day ( actually 2 real meals and the 3rd is always just a snacky thing we do in the late afternoon or evening...we both just grab something individually that appeals to us)...so meal #3 could truly be ANYTHING!!!.....you will see some odd things...like kids cereal ( I love that).....and some Nutri system meals that need to be used up, and any sort of odd combos.....but I'm looking forward to posting all of them...some will definatly be good for a laugh...LOL

Donkey on 11/02/2018:
I especially like that you have a placemat for your photos. A meal should be a presentation! :) I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2018:
And keeps me from having to wash the tablecloth everyday....:>)...by the way...you also see some funny looking dishes and placemats...LOL

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
your meals look good enough for a food blog today!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Nov 01, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 180.8

Noticed a difference this morning  so I got on the scales and was quite surprised......down exactly 3 pounds.....

Lots of things have piled up around here so will have a busy at home day........took a pic of my breakfast again and will start posting all food daily and see how that goes.

42 weekly points

23 daily points

Breakfast 8:00 A.M.

2 cups coffee, 1 cup 0% plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, 1 small pear = 228 calories and 1 WW point

 Didn't take a picture of lunch but it was meatballs, potatoes, olive oil, tomatoes and cookies..........Tomorrow I will take pics of all meals


Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 35.8 lbs to go!

ddwebmaster on 11/01/2018:
Photo uploading is working in my tests the same way it used to. If you get some spare time, let me know exactly what happens or doesn't happen when trying to upload a photo. Here's my step-by-step of what I do to upload a photo:

1. click "+" to start a new entry - it loads entry stuff with New Blog Entry near the top of the window

2. Click on the Image Button icon - about 7th icon from left on the first row of icons directly below Show daily progress stats

3. Image Button popup appears and I click "Upload" tab to the right of Image Info tab

4. click "Choose File" button, which opens a file explorer window on my computer

5. choose an image (jpg,tif,bmp) and click "open" in that window

6. click "Send it to the Server" button on the DD Image Button popup

7. I get another popup window showing that it was uploaded to the site

8. It then shows the photo in the preview pane and I change the width to something manageable like 600 and click "OK" button on the Image Button popup

9. That places the photo back into the New Blog Entry window and I click "Post new blog entry" button - which completes a new entry with the photo in it

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Steps 1,2 and 3 are the same...my step 4 says Browse, 5 and 6 are the same but 7. I get this message.....This file uploader is disabled. Please check the "editor/file manager/connectors/php/config.php"file

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Pictures as you can see...are working now.....I adjusted a few things in my settings or maybe you fixed it...not sure...but it's working well.

ddwebmaster on 11/01/2018:
Well, that's weird. Works in Chrome and Opera browsers. Internet Explorer doesn't even load the right text editor. Microsoft Edge and Firefox both show the same error you mentioned. Will look into it when I get some time.

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
okay...thank you!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
It's working now.

happy-1 on 11/01/2018:
Congrats! And I admire your consistency.

graindart on 11/01/2018:
Congrats on the loss, getting so close to the 170's.

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Can't wait for that change! Thanks!

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2018:
3 pounds loss is very awesome! that's a ton! congrats!!!!!!!!!!

i want to seeeeee the photos!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Can't post them...maybe someday.

horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2018:
that meal looks darn great! yum!!!!!!!! you are giving me good ideas for at home eating!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Switched from I.E. to firefox and now I can post......no more continual refreshing the page...yipee......but today is a busy one...so no more time to post today......hopefully back tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 38.8 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/31/2018:
YAY!!! Hope today is a good one for you :)

Donkey on 11/01/2018:
My husband highly recommends stepping away from IE -- very bad, very vulnerable. We used to use Firefox for a long time - like it a lot - and I hope it works for you, too!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2018:
Firefox is working well...I used to use it...and was happy then...but when we got the new laptop somehow IE became the browser...I'm not sure why...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2018:
wow....so glad this change actually helped!

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