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BearCountryGG - Thursday Sep 28, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 244.2

Up  really early today 4:30 instead of 5 or 6...but I got to bed earlier and slept well...so it was time.  I had no desire to eat last evening and that was a nice change.I feel like ww is going to be just fine...with the addition of this group it seems absolutely do able.  Looking at what has been sitting in our feezer and pantry..it is becoming clearer and clearer why we were putting on weight....we will use this stuff up and not replace it again.......this newer way that ww is counting points really does make poor food choices clearer.



leftover chicken and vegetable pot pie






boiled egg

almond butter



yellow pepper

Progress as of today: 11.2 lbs lost so far, only 114.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2017:
I'm glad the WW has made improvements for the benefit of it's clients :)

And also glad we are of help to you!!!!!!! woohoo!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2017:
Happy to have found DD

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 244.2

Well...those hot days are finally over and fall has returned again...and I love it...Fall and winter are my favorites...don't like the ice...but snow is just fine.

Spent a lot of time already today on the phone with oldest son who is having computer problems...sent him our tablet and he's trying to get that set up just to find apparently it is obsolete now....UGH..looks like a new computer is in his future.

The day is slipping away...bill paying and out to the mailbox..and bath/hairwashing done and that's about it...need to get bed made, some laundry put away and some picking up over with..then I plan to relax for the rest of the day...I'm looking forward to that.  Also got a notice from the bank that my rewards credit cards have lots of points that need to be used..I forget about those....ended up ordering $250 in free gas gift cards, $25 in Amazon and $20 at drug store...How could I ever forget those...that's like money in the bank..

Large asiago bagel = 10

1T butter = 5

banana =0

coffee =0

Red pepper tomato soup =5

Lays Stax chips = 10

pickled peppers =0

Chicken vegetable  pot pie =26


Progress as of today: 11.2 lbs lost so far, only 114.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
wow...marrying at 16 or 17 is unheard of around my parts!!!!!! amazing!!!!! haha no i didn't know!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
We were just so ready to grow up and get on with our lives...He had just graduated from High school and I had just finished 11th grade and only needed 3 classes to graduate so I did that in night school very quickly...he went on to work days and college nights, when he finished college I started and finished....Like he said the other day...It seems like we have been together forever...LOL basically we have. Luckily it works.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
you really don't get hungry do you? no meat ???

anyways, you rock...good mix of food - and not overdone!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
Just got some meat in (chicken)...but boy was it a high point food...not sure that and the chips were worth it today....got way into y anytime points....

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
turkey will be a few less points and fish like tuna even less...especially those tuna packets. also egg whites will be very low points....i am surprised the chicken was so high in points though!

Maybe WW is more carb-oriented...but the proteins will keep you fuller longer....just a little goes a long way!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
It was a frozen meal that I got sometime back.....anything that comes in the house now is lower in points...but we are using things up that are in the freezer...this one will not be purchased again....and those stax chips.....10 points and not even very good...I'm hoping that was the last package of those too...LOL I have some turkey deli meat...I will have some of that tomorrow...but chicken in itself is okay...it was just that frozen meal thing that is full of cals...

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
Seems you both are perfect for each other and made plenty of great choices especialyl going to college and working right off the bat!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
we just grew up really fast....I'm not saying it was a good thing...but it happened and worked out......we were in the same biology class and we had to poke our finger for blood tests...I couldn't get up the nerve to poke myself and he came over and volunteered to stick me with the lancet...LOL....that's how we met...LOL

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Sep 26, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 246.2

Yesterday went really well...I got a ton of produce in..and made a conscious effort to stop eating early...I watched a Dr Oz program yesterday that reminded me that we really do need that 12 hour fast between dinner and breakfast to burn off the glycogen and start burning the fat....and since I knew a few people here are watching....I behaved...LOL...also....Denny is working on losing too and I now weigh 47 pounds MORE than my husband....NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!  Of course he is on a diabetes pill that helps him lose weight...but that is no excuse for me Not to lose...After a successful day yesterday, I'm looking forward to repeating that today.....It's a huge laundry and cleaning day...so that will keep me moving.

Daily must use points = 30

weekly anytime points optional = 42

Coffee =0


mandarin orange=0

large asiago bagel =10

butter =5

ground beef patty =4

100% whole wheat bun = 4

catsup = 1

sweet relish = 1

lettuce = 0

yellow and orange peppers = 0

rice pilaf = 5

sesame seaweed = 1

starkist tuna pouch = 0

banana = 0

1 kims mini multigrain rice cake=0

Used all of my 30 daily and 1 of my anytime points.


Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 116.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2017:
Awwww glad to hear you are doing well, BCGG! And it's good to hear that Denny is doing this with you.

Yes, I'm happy to hear of your produce and if you do the 12 hour fast, I have a feeling you'll feel good at breakfast and be satisfied easy than if you were eating and keeping your stomach full, where it forgets what empty feels like and never seems to shrink and then you never feel full except by eating too much!

LOL, on my trip, my stomach shrunk a bit bc we never overate & the portions were rather small! When i started eating veg here at work yesterday for lunch, my stomach hurt so badly after! LOL.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2017:
I really do like the feeling of being hungry...I always have...and I don't really eat out of actual hunger...I basically eat for 2 reasons...because my mouth wants something as in (sweets or chips)...OR...get this.....there is something in the fridge that needs to be used up....I'm wondering if the using things up is a consequence to being raised by parents that grew up in the depression...I have vivid memories of my dad drinking glass after glass of milk that was spoiling...because it was going to get thrown out.....I had grandparents that were so poor the food in their kitchen consisted of cornmeal, flour, rice, sugar and oil...my grandmother could make 1 chicken feed 9 people for 3 days...day one was always homemade noodles in chicken broth. So not throwing things out was a way of life for my parents too..even though they didn't have to struggle...and neither do we now...but those old habits apparently die hard.

Donkey on 09/26/2017:
"I always feel like... somebody's watchin' me..." (you know it! LOL)

Another very good day. Hey, I didn't know that Starkist Tuna packets have zero points - WOW! I could see that being a helpful tool in snacking... Power-packed and delicious with vegetables!

You are making excellent choices! I have a question: MUST you (anyone) use ALL of your anytime points?

Keep up the good work!

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2017:
The anytime points are there to use if you want to...they expire every 7 days if you don't use them...if you do use them...you get new ones on weigh in day...but the dailies are supposed to be used so that you get enough calories per day. You just felt that song coming on...didn't ya? The tuna pouches are really good too...and are not fishy at all.....I do enjoy those later in the day because of the protein.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
Good Morning BCGG!

Ah, it’s ok if your husband is losing faster. In general, men also have more muscle which means they burn more calories just bc their body compositions are different than our own (like they USUALLY do nothave as much chest fat (boobs) as we do…they have more muscle) and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn and the more weight you’ll lose. So, it’s basic nature that he’d lose more than you. And the pill could be also helping, yes indeed.

I did the fast of 12 hours basically each day I was in Colombia bc we didn’t have food in the apt and it’s true – breakfast filled me up easily and was much harder to overeat bc I got full faster after not eating for like 12 hours. I agree with what you wrote & agree with Dr. Oz. Thanks for sharing his coffee talk with me also!

Later, you may not need to write the condiments you eat….especially if they are no points! It may be easier to add only the points but I realize it’s nice to write bc even I am visualizing it now….that eating these no point condiments, drinks & no cal foods like veggies is amazing bc they are fullness, satisfaction and taste without expanding your waistline! Good Job to you!

Keep going, BCGG! You are doing really well and you have to keep this momentum going bc that’s the only way to keep on track and not backslide so soon into your new lifestyle!

But how is the banana 0 !? it rocks your sugar up and makes you hungry in an hour!

And yes, the tuna pouches are amazing….very low cal with lots of protein. Satisfying!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
Bananas today are free...old day...points....it's a thing that people griped about for years...and few actually ate bananas because they weren't free...so...now we can have them...they are a good source of potassium.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
I feel bad wasting food also :) And yes it is a habit of your upbringing for sure.... :( ...not a bad thing... but funny realizing that's a reason you eat!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2017:
After my parents had both passed and in emptying their house...I found so many really old things that had been expired for so many years, ( I don't mind expired canned or boxed foods basically if they are undamaged)...but aspirin, and other things in their medicine cabinet that were from my childhood 50 years ago and more...my parents were savers..even things that no longer worked...they didn't believe in being wasteful...it stuck with me I guess. Even though my parents could afford better foods...we still had fried lunchmeat and boiled potatoes for dinner at least 3 or 4 times a week...my first recollection of sitting at the table and staring at my plate was( not touching it)...until my dad would ask if I was going to eat that...I always said no...and he would eat it...I knew I was home free then..I could leave the table. That went right up to age 16...when I got married....LOL....you didn't know we got married at 16 and 17...did you?

BearCountryGG - Monday Sep 25, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 246.2

Okay.....I think I'm ready now to get it together.......or else someone just needs to slap me.  Monday always was my WW weigh in day back in the day...and it worked for me...meetings were Mondays and I also co sponsored a yahoo email ww group and it worked very well then...I am going to use the same principles myself in this group now....I need that personal accountability.  So I will be posting my weight every Monday...my daily points and my anytime points for the week.  In several ways the ww program is quite different...( they change it every year or two)...back in the day we used a cardboard slider to figure our points...now...since I am more than an hour away from meetings I am doing this with ww online...so I figure my points there.  It has been a little harder for me to stick with ( mainly because they really zing us with the points now in a way to get us to eat more fruits and veggies)...it is healthier for sure...and harder to get in those other foods...and that makes the cravings worse now...but...it has to be done.

Monday daily points (must use) 30

Weekly anytime points ( can use or not) 42

Coffee 16 ounces = 0 points

1 boiled egg 2 pts

1 large asiago bagel 10 pts

1 T butter 5pts

mandarin orange 0 pts

10 mini tomatoes 0 pts

1 corn on the cob 3 pts

10 sheets sesame seaweed 1 pt

fresh strawberries 0 pts

beets 0 pts

1/8th pkg kraft mac and cheese prepared 5 pts

apple 0 pts

1 T almond butter 3 pts

2 kims deli pop wheat/rice/barley things (like a little rice cake) 1 pt

That's my 30  points for the day...had to work to find something to use up that last point.

Progress as of today: 9.2 lbs lost so far, only 116.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
I would love to help you with accountability, if you like.

Raw vegetables and fruits have been key for me. Unfortunately, it gets harder to do/use when the weather gets colder and the produce isn't as fresh.

Make sure you're drinking enough water. That's been another hey, for me, any way...

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
The fruits and veggies are mostly all free now on ww..so that is better...we used to have to count most of them...so that is nice...I just went shopping for some fresh produce this morning so we have plenty on hand now...and I always have a glass of water by me at home..and I LOVE plain water...so that was then and is still a goodway to stay full. Sure I woud love yu you and anyone else to keep me accountable...I do get lazy about the veggies.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:

Thanks for all your positive notes and comments while I was away these past few days. The trip went so fast. I’m glad we slept enough during it. I’m glad you enjoyed my photos and posts. It was a trip to remember for a lifetime. It reminded me how different Colombian’s lives are from mine…how much more difficult it is for them even to walk a block on the mountainous terrain…It makes life here in NYC seem simple – especially my own life. It reminds me of everything I have taken for granted! And reminds me to be thankful for all I do have. It was an eye-opening moment.

I like the change in WW with the points where they emphasize the vegetables. LOL. But I really do. It’s the only way I really enjoy using to maintain my weight.

If you are craving a lot, you are probably missing something nutritionally. If you are craving chips, maybe you are missing salt. Or if you are craving sweets, maybe you are just thirsty. Meat – maybe you are low on iron. Try to figure out what the craving is and look online to see why. Maybe it’s as simple as eating more beans??

Good idea to use the same WW strategies at home and here. That will definitely keep you accountable! And of course you will progress.

Oh, with the coffee, you can do half decaf if you are worried about caffeine you can start switching slowly to decaf.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
I knew you would get a kick out the veggies...LOL....I went out and picked up a lot today...so they will be showing up even more. Part of my craving problem is the low blood sugar...it really gets in the way sometimes...and chocolate seems to be the best way to bring it back up...and that can be an issue sometimes...I will admit...I waited until Denny went to bed last night before I ate that last piece of pizza...Ugh....now I'm sneaking food...GRRRR. I will check amazon to see if they have decaf k cups...I have never seen them at our store...but that's a good idea...because I do know that coffee makes me hungrier.....you guys have lots of good advice.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
yes - caffeine / coffee makes me hungrier too.

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
so decaf will help

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
I used to love those seaweed sheets...they do have some sodium so be careful....i should totally go back to eating them... :) They are so tasty and low calorie!!!!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
They are also a good source of iodine...I have hashimotos thyroiditis and need the iodine..and because I basically NEVER salt anything...it is a good way to get it.

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
Checking in... a day well done, as long as there's no late night snacking ;-)

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2017:
No Late night snacking at all...actually I was stuffed with veggies...LOL

BearCountryGG - Sunday Sep 24, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

I can see myself getting pretty sloppy with the food choices and will today start paying more attention to good choices........I will be measuring and possibly even posting ww points for things...to keep myself on track better. 

2 bananas 0 points

coffee 0 points

100% whole wheat bun 2 points

small ground beef patty 4 points

1 T mayonnaise 3 points

1/3 rd of a digiorno supreme pizza 23 points

Late night got crazy and had another slice pizza and candy....should have just gone to bed....UGH!

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2017:
Sometimes, going to bed is the best weight loss tool. Ah well, it's all part of the journey...

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2017:
You know...I was thinking about that this morning...sneaking food when I'm the only one awake is just plain crazy...I'm to old for this crap...LOL

BearCountryGG - Saturday Sep 23, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

It's  going to be an at home day today....need to make up for yesterdays lack of fruits and veggies.

Breakfast = coffee, banana and the other half of last nights pasty (meat/potato pie)

Lunch will be hamburger on whole wheat bun, a 1/2 ear ear of corn and tomatoes, and cucumbers, potato chips and candy

evening = strawberries and tea, chocolate and dole almond clusters

Needing to get ahold of the snacking on high cal stuff.....no more picking something up and just going for it....I will be breaking down candy, bars, and mini packs into even smaller servings...I was shocked to find out too late that the dole almond nut cluster mini packs were 2 servings per mini pk....UGH


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG - Friday Sep 22, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Well the blood pressure monitor I ordered from amazon got sent back today...that was NOT working at all.....and so I had a cup of coffee and headed for Walmart early....about 7 something....back before noon and the new one from Walmart is great.  But I was starving..after no breakfast...but resisted the urge to stop at mickeyds...and came home to eat lunch.

Breakfast = coffee

Lunch= ham sandwich, chips and cookies

 Dinner = 1/2 serving meat and potato pie and k cup snapple

Evening...got into the candy...need to think veggies and fruit tomorrow

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 09/22/2017:
Great victory...not stopping at MickeyD's! DH and I used to eat out at least two times a week, but haven't been out since we started eating better. I don't see the savings, but I guess I will soon. At least I hope I do before I just throw in the towel. Have a great weekend!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2017:
IP....You are getting in so many veggies and your dinners always look super healthy and low cal...Have you had your thyroid tested lately....I have hashimotos and it really does slow down metabolism

BearCountryGG - Thursday Sep 21, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Up early......new blood pressure monitor arrived yesterday and it doesn't work...so will be repackaging that later to send back...what a hassle...will buy one in person somewhere next time....have to stay home today and wait for a call...and ups...so tomorrow...I will be shopping...today no. 

Breakfast = coffee , cake and kielbasa

Lunch= beets, ham and mac and cheese

Snack = candy and small granola bar

dinner= ham sandwich and apple with almond butter


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2017:
Wow do I see sausage for breakfast? I had some today too so good!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2017:
Can't do any better than sausage...unless it's bacon...LOL

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Well...well.....I am now 68 years old....and I'm down to my deadline setting.....I am giving myself exactly 2 years to get down to a weight that is correct for my height...lived at that weight for many years...and I'm determined to get there again....and I'm making a promise to myself right here and now to make it happen.   The second promise to myself is to use up every bit of food on hand and to stop adding foods that are not healthy or life giving.....we have a lot of food here...and we will use it up eating smaller servings...in the proper quantities...all food can become diet food...I lost 55 pounds that way once....and put it right back on again plus some...by raising the quantities....not happening anymore!   The only food coming into this house now will be perishables...and they will all be health giving...not health taking away.  So that being said.....you will see many inappropriate foods in my daily diary...but the quantities will be small...Thank you HOP for reminding me that I only need to eat 1 of something....  Weight Watchers will keep my portions in line and that is 1 thing I have always loved about WW.is the ability to work in what ever is on hand...it's a quantity thing.

And on a super happy note...The trial for today was cancelled...so NO JURY DUTY TODAY!!!!

The next trial is in 2 weeks.....so I can forget about it for awhile.

Breakfast = coffee and biscuit and sausage gravy...that's finally gone!

Snack - grapefruit juice and chocolate

Lunch = tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and lettuce and kielbasa, cake

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2017:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY you share it with my sister!

68 years young you are!

i love your goals and i guarantee you will be successful if you stick with them!

WW is excellent yes for portion control :) i also need to remind myself to eat ONE of things too as i also tend to increase servings for no good reason. especially with chips and my favorite light ice creams!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2017:
Happy Birthday to your sister HOP...and thank you for my birthday wishes too. I'm busy in the food storage area today separating the healthier stuff from the not so healthy..and making sure it is out of eyesight...treat can come from that area as needed but not everyday.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 240.0

Up  early and feeling great........we had a doe and her 3 fawns in the front yard yesterday....beautiful creatures they are......and triplets are a bonus for sure.....1 bear down yesterday..a friend got it (only friend with a license this year..).....licenses are not available to everyone every  year...in fact chances are every 4 to 7 years.....we actually have a bear right here near us still running......my husband does not actually hunt them.....he hates bear meat so he just trains and runs dogs...( He does love that)...and I must say..he has some excellent bear hunting dogs...just never going to be bear in our freezer and that is fine with me.  I'm looking forward to being able to call about tomorrows jury duty tonight.......I'm hoping it's cancelled...but that is probably too much to hope for.....I'm really not looking forward to spending my birthday in the courthouse....

Breakfast = orange juice and coffee

Snack = hot chocolate with an added creamer

Beef broth and Snapple


I ate a biscuit and sausage gravy for dinner...LOL...First solid food since yesterday mornings banana and yogurt

These liquid days are a bit of a drag in some ways and in others they are kind of invigorating...Irritable bowel syndrome is a drag...pure and simple...But...I gotta do what I gotta do....5 o clock can't come fast enough for me...I am so looking forward to that courthouse call tonight.....Solid food only if I don't have jury duty tomorrow...If I do...than liquids it will be.....and now I have that points challenge from weight watchers....trying to get some calories in to stay in line with that too.


Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to be TOMORROW BCGG! I was up early too…even cleaned the hamster cage before work this AM! Nice to be productive in the AM. Do your neighbors eat bear meat? Have you ever tasted it? Is it tough?

Fingers crossed your JD is cancelled for tomorrow!

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Thank you for the early birthday wishes....Neighbors don't want the meat and hubby doesn't want to hunt one...his fun is in training and working with his dogs...I've never tasted bear...He has...didn't mention it being tough...he just didn't like the flavor...he has had it cooked by 2 different people and he didn't want anymore....So he just gets a dog running license...I'm good with that. We have had plenty of venison over the years and a little of that goes a long way with me too...but he loves that...but our deer from last night are safe..

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
JD Cancelled Yipee

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
JD Cancelled Yipee

innerpeace on 09/19/2017:
Happy birthday! I hope your jury duty is cancelled...if not ensure you have something to keep you entertained. I sat in the room with hundreds of other people while the judge called off the cases and then about 20-30 people would leave to be a jury pool for that case.

She may have called at least 20 cases. I was still waiting and they sent me and the others who were left over to the juvenile court and then they did the same thing there. Luckily they were all out of cases before I was sent to a jury pool. I really don't think I would be good at that kind of thing.

I wouldn't like dealing with IBS drama. I've worked with a few people and I know it's not pleasant. Good luck in both cases...pun intended.

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Thank you for the birthday wishes....I do keep a puzzle book with me just in case....this whole thing is a drag...I do so hope it's cancelled. Round 2 out of 5...and it goes on and on. And Boo to IBS...it's a drag too..LOL

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