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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 244.0

 Another bitter cold day here...and apparently most places....but the hermit in me doesn't mind all that much.....seeing a lot of police cars patroling around here...most likely looking for people that may have slid over embankments and have gone unnoticed....I was just happy to get home in one piece yesterday......took some pictures along my route but so far my phone hasn't let me upload them...will try again later....the scales surprised me this morning...after going up over the holidays so much...apparently some of that was water weight because today I was down 3.2 pounds since yesterday...so that had to be water...now it will get tougher.

Weekly points 46

daily points 23

multiple vitamin, extra c. zinc, turmeric and omegas


2 cups coffee = 0

Fage 0% plain yogurt with cinnamon =0

banana =0



chicken breast =0

Yesterdays trip home from the grocery store....and a picture of 2 of the reasons we live here...A doe and one of her fawns eating at our bird feeder,she has 2 fawns...but this one is always by her side...the other wanders around...but this one is always touching the mom.


lettuce = 0

ranch dressing = 5

Suddenly Salad tuscan grains inc the olive oil = 9

blackberries = 0

raspberries = 0

caramel flan = 7


tea = 0

Starkist tuna 70 cal pouch = 0

Deep River mesquite BBQ chips mini bag = 5

apple = 0

100 calorie pk walnuts and almonds = 3

Used all of my dailies and 6 of my weeklies

Good on program day


Progress as of today: 11.4 lbs lost so far, only 99 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
I also commented on your prev entry!

It's also quite cold in NYC compared to avg early January temps!

congrats on your quick loss of water weight...that's a GREAT start.

I also must start watching my calories due to FAR LESS exercise and being more homebound than i have been in a long time. I have to watch it, or i'll be gaining a couple pounds.

Always, maintenance includes action, not just complacency!

keep on!

and yes, i take a multi and also extra vitamin C now!...and fish oil too.

YES, i am actively working to rid myself of this cold....including no gym till the cold is out of my chest completely. i don't need on and off sickness all winter. it's better i knock the cold out now. fully...thanks BCGG!

innerpeace on 01/02/2018:
Looks so peaceful and beautiful. Like you I could do without the bitter cold. I was outside for a brief moment and it was so cold it made my face hurt.

I often wondered if shivering used calories.

Have a good day.

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
I think shivering does burn calories...keeping warm does...I've thought about wearing summer clothes in the winter but then reality set in and I realized I would be wrapped up in a blanket all day and would ruin the whole effect...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
nice to see really healthy things like tumeric, anti inflammatory. good for you!!! also i think ginger is good.

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
I like ginger too....and tart cherry juice...they all help a lot.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
oh, and beautiful snowy photos!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
The deer are so chubby...and their backs were covered with snow...LOVE feeding them!

Maria7 on 01/03/2018:
Love the photos. The deer are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Both are very pretty. Have a blessed day.

BearCountryGG on 01/03/2018:
Trying to stay warm....Have a great day Maria.

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Deer? Snow? Trees? I'm your new roommate.

BearCountryGG - Monday Jan 01, 2018
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 247.2

 Happy New Year and Happy new dedication to health!  After spending the last 8 days eating and enjoying the holiday food...I'm ready to get back to the Weight Watcher life.........No Regrets....I enjoyed every minute of it....but it's time to get back to healthy and this is the perfect day to begin working on health.  

Made a very cold and snowy trip to the grocery store for perishables....terrible produce to choose from...ended up with berries, celery,apples and bananas and a head of lettuce...everything else was moldy and shriveled...the place was basically empty so that was nice.....get out to the car and start loading the back end...and a truck comes up behind me and for a moment I thought he was going to crush me between my car and his...he stopped...and sat there..with the truck running...behind me while I unloaded my groceries and took the shopping cart to the cart corral...I get in and drive out of my spot and he pulls into my spot!!!!!!  The parking lot had 4 cars in it!...there were spots next to me...and all over the place...and it wasn't even the best spot in the lot....but he just had to have the spot I was in......anyway...glad to be home again....the older I get the less I want to be out in the public.  Guess I'm a hermit...and that is okay with me.

Daily Points = 23

Weekly Points Equal = 42



Multiple vitamin, extraC,turmeric, zinc, Omegas

16 0z. coffee = 0

Fage 0% plain yogurt  with added cinnamon = 0


(thin steak with mustard on a bagel thin, tomatoes, banana)

Banana = 0

10 cherry tomatoes = 0

1.5 ounce thin steak = 2

1 whole wheat bagel thin = 3

brown mustard = 0


(chicken breast, beets, Suddenly salad tuscan grains, berries)

chicken = 0

beets = 0

olive oil = 4

suddenly sald tuscan grains = 10

raspberries and blackberries = 0


daily total used = 19

4 will be moved to tomorrow

42 weekly left

Progress as of today: 8.2 lbs lost so far, only 102.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/01/2018:
Happy New Year! I agree, it's time to get back to healthy!

Maria7 on 01/01/2018:
Happy New Year!

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
Thank you for alerting me that the DD site is back....will comment more later...but wanted to stop by to say hello! and stay warm! !!

take care for now, sweet lady BCGG!

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
i guess everyone chooses to be a hermit with you over by you with only four cars in the lot!

Also, it's good you have some produce to eat...you gotta eat the veggies...even my hamster LOVES when i give him romaine :) ....whenever something fresh comes near him, he'll eat it up right away compared to giving him his regular hamster dry food!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
AWWWWWW...haven't seen Hammy in awhile!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Dec 31, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 0.0

I'm so excited to see DD back....I truly thought that it was gone forever....never the less...I looked for it everyday.  I'm so happy again...I missed everyone so much.  I will be back tomorrow with a food list.  I admit to celebrating the holidays with a plethora of goodies...and tomorrow it is back to the WW diet.  What a wonderful way to start the new year!!!!!! 

Donkey on 12/31/2017:
Thank you for alerting me that DD was back up and running!!! I was checking every morning.... and I think today I checked about 5 times, from morning through early afternoon.

Definitely a truly wonderful way to start 2018!

BearCountryGG on 12/31/2017:
Agreed...Happy New Year Donkey!

BearCountryGG on 12/31/2017:
Agreed...Happy New Year Donkey!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Dec 23, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Talking to sister in law yesterday ( her husband has cancer)....and while I know we all have some cancer in us at times, our immune system fights is off successfully.......BUT..........If you lose weight too quickly that can make the cancer grow and become full blown..........my brother in law lost 30 pounds between may and july this summer on purpose......in August he was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma mantel cell.................something to think about.


coffee = 0

egg whites = 0

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
Truly mind-blowing...

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
And scary....they were told that at the hospital!

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
BTW, I'm really enjoying your WW program with you, reading your food points, etc. It's also very educational for me, as someone who isn't counting points. For example, with the points, one can see how calorie-dense (?) stuffing can be. Just helps put foods into their proper perspective, I think.

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
I'm glad you are enjoying that...just seeing it on here helps me too make better choices too.

Donkey on 12/23/2017:
PS Thank you for your support this week, with my work problems. It's been a really rough week.

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2017:
Try to breathe.......few things will be important a year from now...but they sure can ruin our lives temporarily.

ddwebmaster on 12/31/2017:

BearCountryGG - Friday Dec 22, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Snowing like crazy here...........we are over run with birds at the feeders and deer.....wildlife galore this winter and we are loving it.  Denny got some not so great news a few days ago...he has skin cancer on his nose...so will be going next month to have that removed. ( not the first time)........I've been nagging him about his ham and bacon eating...and he finally said " don't buy anymore..after what we have is gone".....we have plenty here in the freezer and pantry...so it will be awhile....but it was good to hear that he is finally ready to accept that it isn't healthy..  So many cancer diagnosises in the last few years in the family made him rethink some things .  We have lots of processed stuff here...we will eat it slowly....and incorporate more fruits and veggies.

23 daily points

16 weekly points left


coffee - 0

raw maple almond butter = 6

Aunt Millies brand 15 grain bread 1 slice = 4

egg =0


Goulash (beef, tomatoes,veggie pasta) =20

pickled onions = 0

Weight Watcher pumpkin pie = 0

2 toblerone chocolate minis = 5


apple = 0

Detour smart bar = 4

All points for the week used up.


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2017:
It's true to consider what we eat and how it can affect our health - me too with the processed foods. - I have also enjoyed my salami and sausage - def something to think about !! Meaning I should also work on it!

I also will work on my kombucha habit which may turn into a weekend or nighttime activity instead Of mornings - seems I am not awake enough to think about pooping?!

Maria7 on 12/22/2017:
Enjoy your snow...it must be VERY beautiful!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Dec 21, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Well...they say we are going to have a snowy Christmas........since our kids are a distance away 1 has said he's not comming...still waiting on other son and his wife's decision...( my guess is no)...grandsons out of the state great grandsons with parents....so Christmas dinner may be just Denny and I...and we are fine with that.....prepared either way.......On another note...I'm so looking forward to my weigh in on Saturday...clothes are looser, bending is easier and I'm just impressed with this program.........2 days ago I did't eat all of my necessary calories...but made up for it yesterday on purpose...and I still feel great.  

23 dailies

25 weeklies left


16 ounces coffee =0


Dried apple chips = 15

peanuts = 8

Chicken breast = 0

celery = 0

red and yellow peppers = 0

tomatoes = 0

Stovetop stuffing = 6

olive oil = 3

strawberries = 0

used all of my dailies

16 weeklies left

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/21/2017:
Kids...I'm kinda in the same boat, but prepared either way.

Congratulations on working that program, especially during this time of year.

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2017:
Thank you...with this program it's easy.......where has this been for the last many years....funny thing...apparently this was basically the program that never caught on called SIMPLY FILLING...few used it....I never did...I went with the main program like most people...and then stumbled around with it.....wish I had known. Heard from 2nd son...they won't be here because of the weather.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2017:
where do they usually keep the Zinc at the store!? for some reason, i couldn't find it with all the other vitamins, not that i really tried hard to find it....but i didn't see it! i did buy Vitamin D today :) and maybe i'll buy zinc on Amazon to avoid going back to the store that i have to go back to anyways bc the dr messed up my Rx, as usual! The Psych doctor always messes it up with insurance. I need to take 15mg...and instead of ordering me 10mg 30 tablets and 5 mg 30 tablets, he ordered me 45 10 mg....and that is no good because i have to actually pay double the amount that i would pay if he did 10's and 5's...and he should know this by now bc i used to take 15 a few months back and faced the same problem. i should have questioned it when he said what he was ordering, but i had forgotten if insurance would do it...blah blah!

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2017:
Zinc is with the vitamins...here they are usually in alphabetical order...so look at the end of the last vitamin shelf. They also keep brands together here..so see how many different vitamin brands they have and look at the end of each brand. Amazon works well too....you also might find that zinc is in a multiple vitamin...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2017:
aside from you being impressed with the new program you are following, i'm impressed with your healthier menu. it's so nice and healthy! and satisfying. i should also switch right now from pretzels to raspberries lol, but these nice butter pretzels are SO GOOD that i am chomping at this moment ;)

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2017:
For some reason my brain just finally made the switch....I guess I just didn't get it until I was READY to get it....I know you have been encouraging me so well for months and I greatly appreciate that...things finally fell into place and I'm loving it.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Dec 20, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 I am so loving this ww freestyle plan....I know I'm eating a lot healthier now...and eating a lot less junk and that has to be good......today....icy and not going out.......yesterdays planned cleaning of bathrooms will be done today.......my least favorite household chore...

33 weekly points left

23 dailies


coffee = 0

1 egg = 0

ff plain yogurt = 0

blueberries = 0

Banana = 0

ground beef = 9

noodles with cheese =  7


red pepper =0

whole wheat bun = 4

hamburger = 6

catsup = 1

blueberries= 0

strawberries = 0

Detour bar = 4

It's funny...I didn't get anywhere near my needed points yesterday...so I have to get closer today...I'm enjoying the zero point ones too much.  

used all dailies today

25 weeklies left

Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2017:
nice to see these healthy foods on your menu! Excellent, lady. This seems like a lot healthier from lots of packaged food. Keep up the good work, i love berries. They've been on sale, so i keep buying them....still experience but half that expensive price works for me!

Thank you for all your excellent comments...they are all taken on very good terms.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
I love berries too..........picked up a lot of them yesterday....they even seem to stabilize Dennys sugar...I think he is going to like this way of eating too...( of course we have things here that need t be used up)...but we are doing better...Thanks!

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Dec 19, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 Finally able to get out of the house today to get groceries......rds should be a bit better.......it's a good thing.....running out of a lot of things....also The dreaded bathroom cleaning day x2...........

Yesterday was a filling day...woke up and not hungry at all...so I'm going with that......

23 daily points

29 weekly points

16 ounces coffee = 0

No breakfast except a cup of coffee...left at 9:15....drove an hour to Walmart...shopped...and shopped and shopped...........and spent $400......and drove an hour back home....got here at 2:15.......That may be a record for cost and hours at Walmart for me.......but I'm stocked up for a long....long....time.  I had filled the cart like it was a puzzle...and figured that they would end up using a second cart...but  nope...got it all in.....by the time I had pushed that around for 3 hours, my foot hurt, my chest hurt ( lung I think...kinda of like pleurisy),  my hip hurt and I wanted a nap....not to mention that I never did eat until I got home.......so I made a quick meal and Denny is off to the tractor store to get a mirror repaired...and I may just take a nap.

banana = 0

Detour Smart Bar cookie dough = 4

chicken = 0

red and yellow peppers = 0

stovetop stuffing = 3

olive oil =  3

Raspberries = 0

blueberries = 0

Done eating for the day...still have 13 points left that I was supposed to use...but I'm hungry...so....4 will revert to weeklies tomorrow morning...and I lose the rest.....no problem.

Never did take a nap....I will sleep good tonight.


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/19/2017:
Good job! You will be all set to curl up with your LL Bean honey and eat healthy.

FYI Sams Club lets you order online for in-store pickup.

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2017:
I've been checking into that...I need to call that Walmart because online it says they don't offer that service...need to look into that...usually I'm fine...I see it as getting some walking in....but I think not eating contributed to the problems...and I usually don't spend 3 hours in there....I've been at home too much...not getting out and walking around beccause of ice and snow...I need to get on with some light exercises at home...never did enjoy exercising.....BUT>>>

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
Called my Walmart...no grocery pick up yet...but in the near future....and no Sams around here.

happy-1 on 12/19/2017:
When I was shopping there i just had the have-to-have items in the order then I'd go get the deli stuff. Mostly for budget.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2017:
Good idea

BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 18, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

 We just might get to 33 degrees here today...I can only hope...I really need to get groceries.....and the roads are slick.  It's a good thing I decided to unstuff the freezer....I can see lots of headway in there...and I'm finding things that I had forgotten about.......it will be a good way to restock it...instead of continually adding things and pushing other things to the back.  (kinda like opening a big ol cold gift...Lol)

Dailies = 23

Weeklies = 42


coffee =  0

mango = 0

cheribundi tart cherry juice = 7

Boom Chicka Pop cocoa Kettle Corn = 6

cauliflower, broccoli, carrots = 0

Knorr pesto parmesan pasta 1 cup = 8

More mango = 0

pork chop = 9

NuGo Bar =6

Used all of my daily points

Have 29 weekly points left


Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/18/2017:
That freezer thing is a curse sometimes. That's what DH does, pushes things around and down and forgets its there. We have a whole farm of frozen chicken. I told him we are eating all of it before he buys anymore.

Good luck.

OH, I was sent a list of all the new free style 0 point foods. Let me know if you want a copy of it, I can send it to you.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2017:
I have the list...but thank you....it is a terrific program....the new zero point foods are making it much more do able than ever for me......they did lower our dailies...but not having to weigh and measure so many things now has made it actually simple...

happy-1 on 12/20/2017:
If you have a ton of frozen chicken and any of it is boneless / skinless... try making hot wing dip! Yummy and easy in the slow cooker. Goes well with celery and hot paleo biscuits.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Dec 17, 2017
(Weight Watchers Freestyle)
Weight: 237.8

Up early...and really looking forward to getting some grocery shopping done...but not today...rds still bad here......we won't starve...LOL....but the perishables are getting low......I'm loving this new WW.....it is so much easier and a lot more fun now...and it pushes me to eat healthier and that can be a chore for me....but it's coming along much easier than ever before.....cutting the points and giving us more free foods is genius  at least that works for me.

41 weekly points left

23 daily points



1 fried egg = 1

1 slice american cheese = 3

16 ounces coffee = 0




corn = 0


1/4 cup rice pilaf = 1




5 total so far



pork chop = 3

Knorr creamy pesto rotini  1/2 cup = 4

Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots = 0

mango = 0



12 dailies used so far, 11 left, 41 weeklies left

Evening snack

Special K mini popped delights( tiny bag) = 3

Nutri Grain lemon crumb cake = 7

1 daily left and won't use today...will probably move it to weeklies

41 weeklies left

Done for the night....I want a 12 hour fast for the night time.



Progress as of today: 17.6 lbs lost so far, only 92.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/17/2017:
I didn't have the opportunity to comment on yesterday's entry, but this new WW plan sounds VERY friendly and easy to do, with promoting a sustainable lifestyle change -- while allowing for special occasions and foods.

Good luck - please try not to let the internet connection issue discourage you, although I *do* know how frustrating that can be. You can do this!!! (And I will enjoy reading your menus, too!)

bearcountrygg on 12/17/2017:
This WW program was made for me. The connection is already acting up......but when I keep at it I do finally get through.....as a back up I ordered the points calculator so that I can still figure things without the computer...it will also be handy at the store...so that's a win for me...it won't stop me this time...I will just enter everything when I can get on. Thank you for the support Donkey this plan is a keeper.

Donkey on 12/17/2017:
That's an excellent "Plan B"!

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