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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Dec 06, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Snowy day here...plan an inside day for the most part...still need to bring 3 planters in though.  Todays plan is to organize the master bd room better and get it picked up...it seems to be the place too many things land...just to get them out of the way.   I made a NO SHOPPING sign and hung it above my computer...my internet stores are going to miss me!!!

Vitamins taken


Multi grain english muffin = 130

1 egg fried in PAM = 91

1 1/2 strips bacon = 43

16 ounces coffee = 9




Banana = 109

Town House Pita Crackers and Hummus snack box = 240




lettuce = 13

pickled beets=16

pork roast=496


olive oil=60

braggs ginger sesame dressing=135

cool whip =75


Late night snack waiting for power to come back on 

1 pk no frosting pop tarts =420

1 2pk of Nature Vally granola cups PB = 200





1.  Cals allowed 1,593?  Used 2,120

2.  Nutrients? good plus vitamins

3.  Planned Exercise? Used stretchy band for arm exercises

4.  House company ready %? 80%

5.  Clean 1 storage area? Redid laundry room closet and found some holiday things

6.  Shop out of necessity only?  No shopping for me...my sign says NO!!!

7.  How did I handle this day? % 80% never did get to straightening bd rm, other things filled the day and took up more time than expected

8.  What could I have done better? Could have worked in evening cleaning bd rm but

decided not to


Power went out at bedtime...and since I got an immediate text from power company about restoration time we stayed up........unfortunately that meant I felt hungry....and then ate a pkg pop tarts and a mini pk of 2 Nature Valley granola cups...but didn't want reflux in the middle of the night...plus the hunger was nagging at me....so I fell for it....I could have handled that differently.....but didn't...Hope I learned from it.....so now the daily calories were 2,120

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Hugs!!! Get at em!

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Thanks....up and at em!!!!

Maria7 on 12/06/2017:
Same here...Master bedroom easy to get cluttered...I did accomplish clearing off my desk in the library yesterday, tho. Your breakfast looks good. I gotta get some Pam spray. I had 2 scrambled eggs in oil (extra cals) and 1 plain toast, a tangerine and coffee with creamer and sugar this morning with a total of 400 cals. I was hungry, ha. Have a wonderful day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Pam spray is great...I love it. Your breakfast sounds good too....Doesn't it make you feel good when you clear a surface of things that don't belong there?

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Silicon muffin tins and pans are better than Pam spray... eggs don't stick and you can just bake them in the oven then pop them out no added oil.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Sounds interesting....I'seen them, but never had any.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Also- Saw your comment on legcramps' post... I use melatonin. Chewable seems to work the best. I take like 6.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
I'll look melatonin up and see if that will help...thanx for the heads up.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Dec 05, 2017
Weight: 243.2

Up extra early....hubby has an early Dr appt....so we got a very early start....super high winds.....stuff falling on the metal roof......power already has been out and back on...waiting for daylight to look for roof damage.......Feeling pretty good today.....ready to get on with it all...........did a biopsy on his nose.


1 egg fried in PAM = 91

1 1/2 slices bacon  = 43

1 Multi grain english muffin =130

16 ounces coffee = 9......funny that fitday counts coffee calories....but that's okay




Took all vitamins and supplements 



Pork roast = 311

Baked potato = 136

olive oil = 119

butter = 54

red and orange peppers = 20







Green Bean casserole 1 cup or less = 135

Bumble Bee Chicken Salad = 140

Bumble Bee 6 crackers = 80

Cheri Bundi tart cherry juice = 130









1.  Under 1593 calories?  1,399 calories

2.  Did I meet all of my daily nutrients?  most with food and yes with vitamins

3.  Any kind of intentional exercise? No, still have hip issues but today was a lot better

4.  House company ready %? 80%

5.  Clean 1 storage area? yes....cleared out more paperwork and found a 2 way radio license that had  never gotten renewed....we both missed that...UGH!  Got rid of a big pile of papers though

6.  Shop out of necessity only? no shopping today...but did order a pair of pants for Denny at his request

7.  How do I feel I handled today? Pretty well but I need to incorporate exercise tomorrow

8.  What could I have done better?  should have made a salad today...forgot I had that...tomorrow 

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2017:
I love your questions for daily recap! very very insightful and efficient thing to do! And doing it everyday will help you ingrain good behaviors as well as find the habits that do not support weightloss or that are unhealthy! nicely done, BCGG. Impressed i am!

Also, i guess everything but water and ice has calories...lol to your coffee calories! you know, coffee is ok in moderation anyways!

bearcountrygg on 12/05/2017:
The questions do make me think....I feel more accountable. Funny....fitday is the only place I have ever seen coffee with calories...but thankfully they are few.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
How did the biopsy go?

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2017:
Won't know for up to 2 weeks...he has had a couple of other skin cancers in the past....this thing is on his nose....so we have a bit of a wait ahead.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:

BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 04, 2017
Weight: 243.6

 I've made up my life plan for the next year starting today...instead of waiting for the new year.

I'm committing to losing 98 pounds by December 4, 2018

After spending the last week just not feeling well, I'm accepting the fact that I just have to get serious and be more proactive about getting this done.

I dug out the old Fit Day program that I have always enjoyed using, because it not only counts calories and tracks weight, it also keeps track of carbs and nutrients etc.

So today I got on the scales and I'm back at 243.6 pounds

I ran the program and found that.....

1.  My BMI is 41.81 and is in the extreme obesity category OMG

2.  The healthy weight range for me (5 ft 4 in) is 107.78 to 145.64.   I have weighed 104 to 130 in the past for many years, but for now I'm shooting for 145 by December 4, 2018

3.  According to Fit Day I'm 97.96 pounds above that weight..

4.  According to Fit Day I am allowed 1,593 calories per day ( I will stay there or below) and at that rate I can lose 98 pounds in a year.

5.  I'm also adding a list of daily vitamins and supplements ie multiple, extra c, B-12, zinc, and turmeric

6.  I'm also adding some other things on a homemaking/housekeeping note that I have been letting slide...time to get back to moving around more.

A) Have the house company ready 100% of the time.  Keep things up on a moment to moment basis...no more laying something down where it doesn't belong.

B)  Every day pick 1 storage area ( drawer, closet, bin, file etc) and  clean it out, organize, purge, donate, neaten etc.

C)  Use up what is on hand and buy out of necessity only....the more we have, the more we have to take care of.

Vitamins taken


1 egg fried in pam spray = 91

3/4 cup potatoes fried in olive oil = 201

1 1/2 slices bacon =43

16 ounces coffee = 9


Breakfast =344



1 1/2 cups chili ( homemade) = 481


Lunch = 481


Dinner --since lunch is usually our main meal, dinner can be anything.

Quaker summer berry oatmeal = 250

GoGo squeeze yogurt with strawberries = 90

Cheribundi tart cherry juice = 130

sugar free jello = 5


Dinner - 475

Calories for the day = 1,300 exactly




Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 98.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/04/2017:
I signed in to say that I TRULY LOVE this post! I can feel your energy and determination as well as commitment and it has renewed my determination work on my goal as well. I also love your 'house-company ready 100% of the time', too. I know you can do this. Yayyyy! So happy for you! You have good plans about cleaning out storage areas, too (my weakness). Your 'C'..use up what is on hand and buy only out of necessity REALLY says it all! Have a blessed day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thanks for the encouragement Maria.......I think I'm finally ready to do this for real....I guess I just needed a distinct goal with an end date....I'm actually enjoying this today.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2017:
Hi there BCGG! I like your big goal and deadline. Remember that to get to that goal, you will need to commit to the PROCESS…you will learn to enjoy the feeling of not getting there right away, but learn to enjoy the process of getting there. And once you are there, I hope you will feel the ability and power that you can maintain your progress. That’s a wonderful goal, I back you up on it!

For myself, I have been a calorie counter for almost 15 years. It’s the way I go, it works for me (along with knowing I can indulge in veggies all I like because they are low in calories and help to keep me satisfied (I could never weigh what I weigh now if I were a big pasta junkie – it doesn’t satisfy me enough!...but I gotta say, the whole wheat and high fiber pastas and higher protein ones are getting interesting! I tasted one, and noticed right away the high fiber content and noticed it was more filling…

1. Even though it’s telling you that your BMI is high and you are in that category, realize that this is your situation now and do NOT beat yourself too much about it. You do already know that you want to change and I know that you will..so don’t hate yourself over the numbers, just be happy you are making the positive changes and that you have already joined a site like this one bc you are being proactive in learning and inspiring yourself to continue re-learning about yourself and how you will go about losing weight – which you will. One thing is for sure, calories in need to be lower than calories out…. 2. I think your goal is a good one…like I was saying! Let’s see what it means, though: 98 pounds in 12 months = 8 lbs a month. This is a big goal as most healthy weight loss programs say a good amount of weight loss is 2 lbs a week, which is what you are shooting for, for one year. In all honesty, even if you lose half of the 98, around 49 lbs or 50 we can say in a year, that would still be a MAJOR accomplishment. Be kind to yourself and patient. The longer it takes to lose weight, the longer you will usually keep it off, because you get used to knowing what you need to do in order to maintain the loss – bc you become used to maintaining.

3. 50 lbs a month – in 12 months is also a MAJORLY excellent goal, at 6 pounds per month.

4. Even losing 25 lbs in ONE year is AMAZING. Remember that it’s the JOURNEY. Everyday, try to make good choices that will get you to your goal…even if it’s 1 pound some weeks. This is my advice based on my own weightloss experience.

5. I like how you see how many calories you need per day….some days will be higher and some lower, never exact. If I were you, I’d try to do most days that way, but prepare yourself that not everyday will be perfect.

6. I know from experience that you will be able to experience weight loss even if you eat 1700 cals per day. Sometimes it’s good to have up and low calorie days so that your body doesn’t think it’s starving and start to slow your metabolism…in my opinion also I agree with it.

7. Yes, add the supplements…ginger is good too, good for health and assisting any inflammation. Tumeric is GREAT. Good job.

8. I like your choices and ideas and I support you, no matter however long it takes.

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thanks for the support HOP.....I'll take what I can get as far as the numbers go....I also know that low thyroid lowers metabolism so...what ever it takes...I'm ready. It won't be easy I know...and I will take it slower if my health begins to suffer....but...I'm ready...That BMI was shocking.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2017:
I like your comment back to me :)

I have your back, sister. I want to see you succeed!

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:

Donkey on 12/04/2017:
Glad you're back! I was afraid maybe you had given up... or that your computer died. I'm so excited for you and your goal!! Good for you for starting NOW and not waiting until next year in 27/28 days. That is EXACTLY what it takes to succeed!

I so envy the "company 100%" goal -- that is what I want for myself, but alas, right now, that's just not going to happen. HOWEVER, I WILL incorporate this in our next living space. I'm still inspired by you to continue to declutter and clean though!

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2017:
Thank you.....I missed the group...just wasn't feeling good for the last week....but it reminded me that I need to do this more than ever. Decluttering can get to be fun after awhile....My Mom used to say that her stuff is what kept her house from floating away...LOl....I always told her I believed in gravity....

BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 27, 2017

Weight: 236.0

 Kept the clock unplugged and slept later again.....it's a keeper...no clock in the bedroom.  Phone is right there if I care to know the time.  Today I will stay busy all day.....basically picking up everything that is out of place and putting it away.....getting all laundry done....hanging pictures that have been waiting for far too long to be hung, and anything else that has been bugging me.....working 9 to 5 like its a job....no computer during that time...computer time is now between 5 at night and 9 in the morning...same rules for tv also...

Breakfast = coffee, 1 egg, 1 toast with 1 pat butter, 1 and a half slices bacon

Well  We got a lot done but I also found out that I have no where near the stamina to work for 8 hours anymore...we did get tons done this morning....but I took a 1 1/2 hour nap after lunch and I'm working as I can until 5....but 8 hours right now is not even close to a possibility.  This points out to me that it's even more important for me to downsize {"stuff").....and keep maintenance of the house simple.  We brought up 5 pictures to hang this morning and we like them up....picked up all odds and ends in tv room and got them out of there...and still working on laundry.  I'm happy.....the tv room looks nice and much neater now......tomorrow the bedroom......

Snack was 2 pieces chocolate and cheetos

Lunch was ( for me)...things leftover from Thanksgiving......sweet potatoes with walnuts and cranberries

Dinner = apple butter and peanut butter sandwich and chocolate.......

Weird here...denny at vet with dog...and a woodcutter came to cut trees...I hate that D wasn't here........but the guy is gone now thankfully...it's dark...about time he left a couple of minutes ago........I think he is cutting too close to the property line...but I'm not telling him......that's up to Denny.  Denny finally on his way home......but it will be awhile.......not too fond of being alone out here at night...UGH

Snack = rice krispies treat

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2017:
cheers to no alarm clock :)

i bought apple butter recently :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2017:
love rice krispie treats!

Donkey on 11/29/2017:
As long as you feel that your day was productive, I say it's a day well done. I would personally rather work 2 part-time jobs than one full-time job, but that's not really practical. The sweet potatoes sound delicious!

BearCountryGG - Sunday Nov 26, 2017

Weight: 236.0

 Got up a little later today and I think it may have been because Denny unplugged the clock and I wasn't distracted by it....Possibley in the future I will turn it around so I can't see it from bed......I haven't woken up after 6 in years.....funny how much little things can change bigger things.........so...lots of energy today and I'm busy planning the way things are going to be starting tomorrow.....clearing out my desk and going to make it function in a more productive way now.

Breakfast = puffed spelt ( from the amish store) almond milk, and 2 little packets of sugar, orange juice and coffee

Got the vitamins out and decided to start a daily regimine of those again.

The trip to visit Dennys family was bitter sweet yesterday, a beautiful new baby and a brother in law with cancer that is more widespread than previously thought...while sad, he was in good spirits and we all had a nice visit.  And then Denny and him had their usual political disagreements...some things never change.  

Lunch = turkey sandwich

snack chocolate

Dinner = chicken salad, 6 crackers, banana and cookies



Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2017:
breakfast sounds nice and light and tasty. if you are hungry mid morning, have a nice snack. do you like almonds or any roasted nuts?

and how good it is to sleep in!

i've been getting so much rest, it's been a really wonderful 4 days off and home!

i am so sorry about the brother in law with cancer. it's way to prevalent. i'm glad that you all had a good time especially with the baby...they are soooooo adorable, those tiny little people!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2017:
Yup...eat nuts from time to time...allergic to some but I get away with eating them anyway....no serious reactions.

Donkey on 11/26/2017:
I'm glad to hear you had a nice visit. Politics was off-limits at our family get-together, except for Obamacare, which I mentioned at one point, since it's one of the things affecting me/us directly.

I continue to pray for your BIL, and other members affected by cancer. If prayer is not your thing, think of it as positive energy -- we can all use more of that in our lives. (((hugs)))

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2017:
Thank you for the prayers...we are all praying for him, so sudden and so sad for all of us...we just lost a brother in law to cancer 1 year ago...and here we go again...it feels like a bad movie. And when it comes to politics between these 2 ...it will always be a thing....I think they bond by disagreeing with each other...otherwise...they are buds.

BearCountryGG - Saturday Nov 25, 2017

Weight: 236.0

Woke up with lots of energy today.....stripped the bed and the washer is going.......heading north today to visit family, meeting a new great niece for the first time........and going to do some housework before we go.

Breakfast...not too hungry - coffee, banana

Snack = pop tarts

Lunch = lasagna

Dinner peanut butter on whole grain bread

I've been toying with the idea for several months of putting myself on a daily hour by hour schedule.....( I'm afraid laziness has taken over my golden years...LOL).......and I don't think that that idleness serves me too well.....I need to move around more and watch tv less........so tomorrow is designated make a schedule day...that will then start monday....( I've tested it before and found out that I didn't want to get out of bed when I had a full day scheduled....LOl....that old brain doesn't want to be told what to do...even if it's me, telling me) .  It's funny how over the years when I had a boss...I had no problem doing what I ws told or what was expected.....but when it's me making the rules...I don't have the same compulsion to do what i know is right....so......I'm setting some rules that are non negotiable for myself.  I will look at it as as if it is a job and i have no choice.....I do know one thing...when I work from a desk and have a dedicated work station and files, and daily planner I do better....I like to work with a timer also...so tomorrow I will be getting things together and setting up my current desk as my organization work station.  I still plan to just maintain my weight through the holidays...and then start losing again in the new year.  

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/25/2017:
Great idea! I have a friend who works from home. When she was making the transition, she found it very helpful to prepare as though she were going to an office. So she does her hair, gets dressed -- might be a little more casual, but not pajamas or sweats --, and when she's in her home office, she is at work.

I am not a morning person, but I find that if I can get my contact lenses in, I'm usually more productive sooner :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2017:
Great ideas...I'm so productive when I have job limits......I'm adding that to my list for tomorrow...thanx

BearCountryGG - Friday Nov 24, 2017
(none...just being careful)
Weight: 236.0

I've been so concerned with encouraging others to eat sugar...I really don't want to trigger anyone...but it sounds like you all aren't too bothered by me...LOL.........If my menus ( or grazing items bother anyone just let me know) ......My plan is to just maintain until after the holidays....On new years day I plan to make some serious demands on myself....food wise, weight wise and otherwise....until then......I will continue to post foods.  I just don't want to bug anyone......


Thanksgiving day was quite traditional with turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, stuffing , rolls and pie. The breakfast was our usual. And candy as a snack


Today...since I made Denny the last 2 eggs left in the house I had to eat pie for breakfast...I think I got the best deal and of course coffee

Lunch was turkey on rolls ( 2), green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries and sweet potatoes and coffee

Did a little shopping for groceries in 2 stores this morning...no black friday in this tiny town...so it wasn't too busy.

Gun shots all aroung right now...maybe I shouldn't be sitting in front of a wiindow.......

Planning a little side trip to visit some of Dennys family tomorrow....looking forward to that.

Dinner was chicken salad, 2 small rolls, apple juice, 6  crackers and cake in a cup

Evening before bed snack.....mixed nuts and a kashi bar.....starving!!!!

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
(none...just being careful)
Weight: 236.0

 HOP made  me start thinking about New Years Resolutions.......and starting to make my list.  Lots of little things to do around here today.........tomorrows dinner is all planned and the ingredients bought...it will just be us this year but it will be traditional for the most part....from here on, begins the typical holiday season and it's foods.....I'm not technically planning on dieting now for the remainder of the year...holding at this weight will be my goal through the rest of november and through december.  I think that I will probably not list my foods for the rest of the year...I'm afraid I may have triggered others in the past to eat more sugar ( that is something I will always eat because of my hypoglycemia)...and it's the only thing that really raises my sugar levels quickly because it really drops dangerously low quickly.....anyway.....I am here...I'll post and comment....but not list foods after today.

Breakfast = coffee, 1 egg, ham, toast

Snack = candy corn and mixed nuts

Lunch = big green salad and chop suey 

Dinner = baked beans, pulled pork, pumpkin bar, cookies

Evening = tea

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/22/2017:
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2017:
Thank you....Hope you have a nice say too!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2017:
LOL...well, I am so glad i had a positive effect on you despite my other recent failures (i know it's only some things failed, not everything - no worries!)...!

If not dieting, which is prob smart, planning to maintain is a GREAT idea for holiday season when so many are gaining weight. I actually have the same goal of maintaining thru Wintertime into Spring (my goal). My own reason is bc i am very content at my current weight & i have more important goal (fitness-wise) which is to increase muscle. Basically, my weight is not the most important thing, as long as it's maintained & my goals have FINALLY, after over TEN YEARS, shifted from weightloss to finally weight maintanance.

i love to read what people it, but we'll still enjoy your presence here even if it's without listing your food! :)

Did you cook the chop suey? i love to order it an chinese restaurants! :) Full of cabbage and veggies.

also, the pumpkin bar! where's it from ? what brand?

you don't have to ever worry about listing foods and triggering anyone. but whatever you want is obviously ok with all of us here!

I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!?

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2017:
Hi Hop...The pupkin bar was nutrigrain...and the chop suey was made at home...no chinese restaurants around here.....just country cooking types...log cabin buildings...would love a chinese restaurant though..I miss those from down state.

Donkey on 11/24/2017:
I agree with Horn, I don't think you have to worry about posting your foods. In fact, even though I'm carb counting, I enjoy reading your menus.

I'm focusing on all things maintaining until the new year as well and would love a DD buddy (you) to come along for the ride...

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2017:
Ok....as long as I'm not triggering sugar binges...LOL

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Nov 21, 2017
(none...just being careful)
Weight: 236.0

Started the morning watching the  Kilchers having Thanksgiving around their homestead , interesting family.  Time to get the turkey out of the freezer.....I think it will be just us this year.....one son who is an assistant manager of a department store...will be working a double shift on Thanksgiving and Black friday...other son and daughter in law eat only organic ( both) and glutin free (her)....are getting harder and harder to cook for and they seem to rather just eat at home instead of taking the chance of making her sick.....and we are quite a distance apart anyway...so roads can be bad this time of year......got a letter from an aunt yesterday who is 90....she says there are 2 more cases of breast cancer in family now...one on chemo, one getting radiation.....sad.  brother in law getting chemo too...all 3 going to the same cancer treatment place currently.  2 in their 60's and one in her 40's.........Enjoy every day....and as my Mom said at my dads funeral...."enjoy them while you have them."  

Breakfast = 1 egg, 1 ounce ham, whole grain toast, coffee

Snack = mixed nuts, mini beef sticks, something called  chocolate leather...like fruit leather but chocolate...interesting     

Lunch = leftover lasagna

Evening = kashi bar and cheese and crackers


Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/21/2017:
Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2017:
Thank you!

Donkey on 11/21/2017:
Look at you losing 2 pounds!

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2017:
Surprised me too...LOl!

horn_of_plenty on 11/22/2017:
Enjoy thanksgiving just the two of you - i prefer small gatherings or no gatherings myself. it sounds good...and i know you will enjoy the dinner with your hubby.

and i second Donkey, congrats on 2 lb loss, that's wonderful!

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2017:
Thank you!

happy-1 on 11/22/2017:
Again... straight out of the LL bean boyfriend blog. "Denny threw the wild turkey on the table for me to pluck and cook for dinner. He leaned in close and said 'Looks like I get you all to myself this year."

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2017:
LOL....You are so funny! Loved it!

BearCountryGG - Monday Nov 20, 2017
(none...just being careful)
Weight: 238.0

Supposed to get into the 40's today....snow still on the ground here........after yesterdays day of sleeping...I'm finally caught up and raring to go today.....need to take these days when I get them and accomplish things.

Hearty breakfast of egg, ham and cheese scramble and fried potatoes with mocha coffee 

Snack = low blood sugar so had a little chocolate

Lunch = homemade lasagna

We are in the midst of a power outage right now...but we have a generac so it started itself up like a charm....reported it...1,200 homes out...and they don't know why...it's a beautiful clear sunny day here.........well their power back on time went by....and now the new time is 6:30....got into the sugar and turned into a pig....so

snack = candy and cookies....guess it's stress.........oh well

Progress as of today: 17.4 lbs lost so far, only 108 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2017:
Do you put chocolate in your coffee? if so, you can add cocoa powder for VERY LITTLE CALORIES :)

I'll try to propose to you substitutes that would be lower cal :) unless you tell me not to! It's fun for me...

Our weather has been in 50's which is wonderful. Yesterday is was VERY windy things blowing EVERYHWERE, but it wasn't a struggle bc it was around 50, not like 30 degrees.

enjoy your more productive day :)

yes, thank you for the support, i'll be taking the class as soon as it is available. and i'll be continuing my exercise because it's major enjoyment.

i've been very injured in the past due to overdoing, so, i know that when i'm involved in too much, not sleeping enough, etc., it will inhibit the exercise.

So, i'll try to make it all work...

kudos to you doing so much when your kids were young. it'd have made me sick...you are a strong woman.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
Sure...I would love to have you tell me of some substitutes....... When my kids were young I loved to have my days jam packed......and as the boys got older that is a big part of why we took foster children...we often had 3 in diapers and bottles at that time...and I LOVED IT! We had a twin stroller and I put one in a pack that I wore...and off we went. It's funny because when I was a kid playing with dolls...I always played with several baby dolls at a time...never just one...and I can say I really did not like my Barbie much at all......baby dolls were my thing...so the babies were better for me in multiples. So....A full day suited me then...now...I'm basically just worn out...LOL...could not do it now.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
Oh...and I havent tried cocoa in my coffee...I'll try that....do you add sugar too?

horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2017:
if i were to do it - i would use liquid stevia, it's calorie free. it's the extract from a plant and my preferred calorie-free sweetener. you can find it on amazon for around $12 a bottle that'll last over a month for sure. buy the alcohol free one, i can send you a link if you are interested.

i use stevia to sweeten both food and drinks. i love it. i sweeten my seltzers with it to make them taste like soda..much sweeter than a flavored seltzer, no sugar.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
I have agave nectar and truvia crystals...I'll try those....better use them up first. Thanx

horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2017:
yes, the truvia is good. no cals.

Agave has cals, but is healthy.

i currently do also use honey, because it has lots of antioxidants and has dimished my allergy symptoms in the Springtime. so even tho there's some cals in honey, it's benefits outweigh the calorie "burden."

good also using truvia.

when you are done with the truvia, i have scoured Amazon to find the best Stevia product for the lowest price i could find.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
Ok...thanks...I will keep that in mind......OH....The power just came back on...finally!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2017:
i am now assuming bc you are in the woods that when there are storms, you might get a lot of outages?

In the summertime, where i lived growing up, the lightning (and thunderstorms) were a big problem causing a few outages each summer!

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
This one was kind of random...but we do get a couple each year....trees falling on wires...etc..thank goodness for generators.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2017:
i hadn't heard of a shrimp burger either and that's why i ordered it. a friend had a massive gift certificate for dinner and many i think just ordered small items (there were 9 of us!)...the bill was practically paid for and we only owed $6 each. some ordered a bunch of things but drinks and some appetizers were ordered ahead of time. either way, for me it was a cheap meal ($10 beer and $6 meal). she had some kinda gift certificate both to the restaurant and also a discount on broadway show tickets.

anyways, the shrimp burger wasn't really a patty, well it looked like a patty though - but it was really just a bunch of shrimp like pushed into a patty and grilled. it tasted good but wasn't very unique. very healthy though!

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2017:
Interesting...I assumed it had been ground and formed into a patty...basically it would be easy to place shrimp on a bun then...it would be healthy!

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