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BearCountryGG - Saturday Oct 27, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Wifi is back thankfully...YEAHHHHH.....I was totally lost without it......using the iphone is just not the same, not to mention we don't have many gigs on that...so it was very limited use.  

We had an idea that wifi and house phone may be back last night by the number of frontier trucks around here........people must have really been putting up a howl...LOL.........gotta keep these people in the boonies hooked up...we are so uncivilized you know..............!!

Just eating on program......and getting in plenty of veggies............and hoping the wifi stays on because it's raining again...... 

I think this is one of the best fruit/veg nutrition pics I've seen.

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

BearCountryGG - Friday Oct 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Phone company/WiFi says big problems throughout Michigan so they say if it’s not back on by next tuesday call them back. Having computer withdrawal. LOL

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

horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
I'd have computer withdrawal too...how unfortunate...well, it's really WEB Withdrawal...how sad for you! and us...we miss you!

BearCountryGG on 10/27/2018:
I did not adjust well to that...LOL

graindart on 10/27/2018:
Our internet for most of the state was down a month or so ago for a couple days. It was a real eye-opener how much I depend on the internet. I really don't have a job without it and much of my free-time activities are dependent on it. The free-time transition wasn't difficult without the internet, but I spent a lot of time getting backup internet things in place so that I could still do my job for those couple days.

BearCountryGG on 10/27/2018:
I must have sat down here at least 4 times each day...just out of habit.....D wanted me to order him something...NOPE....I wanted to get on WW...nope....wanted some info quickly...NOPE.....wanted to visit on DD...nope.

Donkey on 10/27/2018:
Oh my, I'm so sorry. How frustrating!

BearCountryGG on 10/27/2018:
VERY frustrating...…...withdrawl stinks..LOL

BearCountryGG - Thursday Oct 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Lost WiFi this afternoon so only have phone and posting on this is awkward and our gigs are low so will know more tomorrow about when it will be back on and will be back then

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

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
awwww, sorry....i also prefer to post on the laptop / computer than my phone too :) lol too bad this site isn't phone friendly....but don't worry, DDWebmaster, i love this site anyways! <3 hahaha

Donkey on 10/26/2018:
I hope your day was good anyway... That stinks about the WiFi. Any kind of computer-related problems = not good.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Oct 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

 Planning an on point day......plenty of produce here..........heading to the basement to open lots of bins with  forgotten things in them..............I've put this off long enough.

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

horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2018:
What kinda produce did you order??

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
I got this stuff from the grocery store myself on Monday and it is pears, grapes, bananas, lettuce, red peppers, onions , cucumbers and cabbage....usually ( but not this time)...I get blueberries, pineapple, corn, peas, green beans and brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes from schwans…...there are plenty of things here now...LOL

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
forgot to mention we already had broccoli and cauliflower....

Donkey on 10/25/2018:
Good for you, for focusing on produce. I'm thinking especially of the fresh produce you bought. :) Got to eat it while it's fresh!

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
Yes......found some really juicy pears...they didn't look like they were...but D was struggling with one last night....LOL...probably need to be wearing short sleeves to eat those...LOL

graindart on 10/25/2018:
I've been eating a decent amount of asparagus lately. Keep forgetting about cabbage and keep reading it on your and HOP's entries, so finally remembered to list it on my grocery list for next time.

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
I'm thinking of cooking the cabbage....I don't think I have ever done that before....HOP made it sound good!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2018:
wowwwwww nice produce.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Oct 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

 Staying away from the scales...clothes still fit.

Planning a low point day and shaking up the ww program......I find that more fun and keeps my interest.  I HATE dieting.....playing with the program keeps me interested.

58 points left for the week

2 cups coffee = 0

non fat plain yogurt = 0

1t. maple syrup = 1  I never knew how delicious 1 teaspoon of real maple syrup on that zero fat plain yogurt could be.....

banana = 0

Deliveries today....so hanging out at home....plan to get some exercise in this morning.

Todays foods are planned and portioned out to use some things up and make the most of the points....so over the course of the day I will be having soup, salad with a mixture of fresh veggies and some form of dessert that isn't too high in points...still debating on that...but otherwise it will be within the leftover points......off to ride the exercycle now.

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

graindart on 10/24/2018:
You need to stay off the scales for about a month......so that I can catch up to you, on paper.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2018:
I'm in no hurry to meet the scales again...…..clothes pretty much tell me when to weigh in. It wuill be a while I'm sure..

happy-1 on 10/24/2018:
That food log is dangerously close to an unprocessed whole food diet... come over to the dark side. We have better cookies.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2018:
LOL...today yes....but I have a whole closet full of the colorful hgighly processed stuff,...….trying to ignore that though ( glad the cake is gone now)

happy-1 on 10/25/2018:
mmm cake

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
yup...thankfully gone now.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2018:
such a good idea to make the yogurt yourself with your own maple topping! :)

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2018:
surprised to find that 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup was so satisfying.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Oct 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Slept in a little bit this morning.....kind of nice for a change....so many years of getting up at 4:30 has been hard to break.....but now I find if I just stay in bed I do eventually fall asleep again....hmmmm.

Excavating crew on their way to reroute water from the barn entrances this morning.......and I restarted Schwans food delivery service this week...at least for the winter...they do have some very good quality fruits and vegetables...as well as meats, fish and poultry...so I will see how they do rhis season... had some issues with messed up orders last year...........will keep my order list with me at delivery this time to make sure they leave the right things......because I do miss their quality....they are a bit pricey....but they also help keep me off these rolling icy roads during the winter so it's worth it. And if I'm going to the store less often then I'm not going to be so tempted to buy the wrong things...( there are enough of those here right now) So they are coming today as well.

Weight isn't changing.....and I am following the WW freestyle program where you do not have to weigh in....and I'm actually happy where I am for now......I don't have any great desire to really work hard at it right now...so coasting where I am is fine with me...I feel great...and I'm quite happy regardless....so I will stay away from the scales until I'm sure that I have lost...I will know when my clothes get too big again........I'm not about stressing right now.........so maintenence right here is good for now.....I figure I will know when it's time to start heading down again..........luckily the scale isn't moving up...so I'm fine.  Still working on the prepper stockpile....too many things are expiring...so we are working to use them ( although I don't have a problem with past dated food...D does....so I don't mind eating it but I can't serve it to him for meals)....so...when this stuff is finally gone it will be replaced with better foods....it will be awhile before that happens.....

2 cups coffee 

leftover Knorr terriyaki rice mix 

Way back around 1999....on one of the old WW programs...I lost 55 pounds.....back then...the only free foods were mustard, vinegar, lettuce and a few other vegetables......like tomatoes, onions, celery, along with black coffee and tea.

I had lost a lot...and then  my weight stalled a bit.....and I had a very hungry week...and I used up all of my points in 5 days.......so I did the only thing I could think of to do...and that was to have a saturday and sunday with zero point foods only.....and on Monday...I had a nice loss again....that became my new go to...way of reaching my 55 pound total loss........it worked.....and then i quit...and started eventuiially going back to old eating habits...the rest is history.....another thing I used to do...was to use up all of my weekly points early in the week........and spend 4 or 5 days...with only the dailies............that also worked well...as long as I went to class weigh ins.......others never used their weeklies.....and lost.......( that wasn't me...LOL)......but I do believe for me..that having a high point day and low point days...does keep my body guessing...it keeps me satisfied and relieves the boredom of the same day in and day out.  So I've decided to use up my weeklies early this  week...and then stick with dailies and free..for the rest of the week.  And in the future...i will play with it further by using ALL dailies and Weeklies up ahead of time and live on zero point foods for the rest of the week......and see how that goes.........it used to really be a big help.  At the time there was something going around among the ww community called the Wendy plan...and WW warned us to not do it.....of course they didn't want anyone messing with their plan...well...it turned out to be exactly what I was doing and not telling anyone......I thought it was funny that it had been working for me before that...I guess I wasn't the only one playing with the points system.  LOL......................at any rate....I plan to stay away from the scales..........no matter what happens....clothes will let me know all I need to know....so my weight numbers will not be changing.....until I decide to get that scale out again...I'm kind of relieved to be free of that for awhile.....right now..it's stuck.....and it will move again when it's ready....and i'm OKAY with that because I feel good.

Chicken breast patty on a bun 


Excavators done and gone and still waiting for schwans delivery......kind of keeping me quiet and near a window....I can deal with that.......

Got bored waiting for Schwans...and decided to play with the WW program like the old days.......so  I went ahead and used up all of todays and the weeks and 5 points into the next 5 days.........so I have 110 points left from this moment until Monday morning.......


green beans 

1/8 cup leftover chili 



1 can diet cola 







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

Donkey on 10/23/2018:
My mom uses Schwann's. It IS a little pricey but overall, the quality is consistently very good. Schwann's has been helpful to mom in her weight loss (and now weight maintenance) journey. Especially after my step-father's passing away, Schwann's foods are perfect for a smaller household.

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2018:
They are...…...I especially love the blueberries.....nothing like the frozen ones in the stores....and D loves the BBQ chicken wings ( but not the seasoning packet)...and I have never been able to find anything that compares to them for him.....I've tried....for months.....so hwe will get his chicken wing addiction satisfied......it could be worse.

graindart on 10/23/2018:
Have seen Schwanns, but don't think I've ever tried them before. Glad to see you're not freaking out about a scale stall. Hate when it happens, although I know that it's temporary as long as I stay on-track.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2018:
lol my mom will eat slightly wilted / dated food, but my dad will refuse it also! sounds like my folks!

sounds like Schwanns is the convenient way to get thru winter..

also, your weightloss is quite EXCELLENT and there's nothing wrong with coasting at where you are at for now, which is already REALLY impressive!!!! congrats!

in the past, in my weightloss years, i have coasted for YEARS before deciding to drop more :) ...it took my sister getting married for me to drop the last bit...and that's a serious event! and i've kept it off the 2.5 years since...

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2018:
Good Job HOP...…..coasting for me right now is what I will be doing......I'm shaking things up a bit for my own boredom problems.....but I'm happy where I am for now.

BearCountryGG - Monday Oct 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Wifi seems to be doing better this morning so I will test it here and see if it throws me offline before I get this post done.  

It will be a shopping day and then I will be coming home to do some furniture moving....time for some deep cleaning....dust allergies are bothering both of us.  

Plan on getting some exercise in today.......definately the exercycle and then will also be adding something else....haven't decided that yet though.......hoping the weather settles down even more...the winds have been tough on the trees here this fall.....and while it has snowed several times....it never stayed more than a few hours...but any day it will be sticking around for the rest of the winter...and I still have a few things to do outside before that happens.  Wt is not budging right now........WW freestyle is a challenge but it is healthier eating so I'm not bothered too much...but the first weeks great loss seems to be the main result so far........I'm committed to this until next spring...weight loss or not.....I need to make it work for me....I will figure it out.  Actually I'm quite comfortable right now...and don't mind if I don't lose much...I'm content staying at this weight for awhile...as long as I don't gain.


Weeklies left =  42

dailies = 23


2 cups coffee


sandwich on a whole grain bun = 11 ( bun, beef, BBQ sauce, light mayo)


1 cup peas and carrots = 0

1 sm corn muffin = 6

1 cup kraft mac and cheese  7

cucumber = 0

diet cola = 0


used all dailies and 1 weekly


cake = 23


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

Donkey on 10/22/2018:
I too am starting to count down the days until no more outdoor maintenance can be done. Our garbage pick-up service stops picking up yard waste some time in November, and I came home to many branches in our backyard after awful weather on Friday (high winds, rain/hail, snow). I've got to get those broken up for yard waste pick-up. Kids didn't do it while we were gone because the weather was still bad. Today is lovely, so I might try to do a little of that this morning.

Have you thought about not weighing in for a longer period of time? I did that once, as a challenge to myself, on my first adult weight loss journey when I lost about 25 pounds. I think I didn't weigh in for 6 months, deciding that if I did the "right" things in living a healthy lifestyle, the weight would take care of itself - and it did!

For your other exercise, can you take a brief walk outside? That is what I would do. Here I am scrutinized by the neighbors; you have the luxury of privacy - and lovely surroundings too :)

BearCountryGG on 10/22/2018:
Yes...I will be waiting longer to weigh in...I'm feeling really good...and wouldn't mind staying at this weight for awhile.....I'm not feeling the need to rush this anymore. Walking is good.....but the wild animals are out roaming right now ( bears, deer etc)...but it is 28 out and nice walking temp...so that is a possibility today. I need to go out there and bring in some flower pots anyway....good day for that.

legcramps on 10/22/2018:
Waiting longer to weigh in sounds like a good idea...especially if you are feeling good and you know what you need to do to stay where you are :)

Have fun cleaning up before the cold sets in; I know I have some branches and deadfall I need to clean up too, but i'm not too sure it's going to get done in time :0

BearCountryGG on 10/22/2018:
I'm quite happing maintaining right now.....not adding anymore pressure at the moment....maybe I'm just practicing maintaining...LOL

BearCountryGG - Thursday Oct 18, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

 The weather is affecting my internet connections......and wifi is spotty.  We have had thunder storms almost daily now for 2 weeks and yesterday the wind and snow were difficult....snow actually stayed around.....but was gone by bedtime....deck was icy......and it's now time for me to nest for winter....This time of year I don't get the flu shot ( my Mom died hours after getting hers almost 4 years ago.).....so I will no longer get them.......but because I am prone to pneumonia...I will be staying home most of the time for the next few months......I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR...and love to nest...so not too much of a problem.....I plan to change the way I'm posting because it's getting hard to keep the wifi signal.....so I will likely make just 1 post a week.......combining all days.  

EDIT....Another issue we are dealing with right now is that we are having people parking in front of our house to use OUR signal......they are obvious, they back up...and go forward...and continue doing that when they lose it.......they are using iphones, and ipads and laptops.....when they are out there...we have trouble using it ourselves.  Jerks!!!!!  Instead of buying it for themselves...they just use ours....and that is stopping as of today...because we are only going to plug our router in when we are using it.  I have walked out to the mailbox far too many times to find a truck parked at the end of our driveway...now that scares me just as much as a bear would....and maybe more....When they see me..they always get flustered and take off....right now we have several doing this ( word must have gotten out)...so that stops as of today....there are far too many takers in this country right now...and I'm tired of supplying them with what we worked hard for.  They need to support themselves like we did....we are just super tired of the beggers.

Son T's big poodle passed away today...we will miss Jester.


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

Donkey on 10/18/2018:

BearCountryGG on 10/18/2018:
Hi.....We do have a password...but it is the one that they gave us when we got WIFI.....they never said anything about changing it.....I will look into this...thank you! We always had dial up or ethernet in the past...wifi is new to us.

happy-1 on 10/18/2018:
Yeah... also password protect it with a generated key that can’ be hacked easily. All the information you transmit on your wifi signal... sites, emails etc is open to everyone

BearCountryGG on 10/18/2018:
I will be doing that

Maria7 on 10/18/2018:
I know what you mean about the vaccines...I had an extremely bad reaction to the pneumonia shot last year. Don't think I will be getting ANY vaccines since that painful, terrible experience.

BearCountryGG on 10/18/2018:
That is too bad...….,there can be scary reactions.....I've had them to penicillen and sulfa drugs......now one son and one grandson also have had the same problem......looks like it may be genetic......

Maria7 on 10/18/2018:
PS...Can usually change your router wifi password easily. That will take care of the problem.

BearCountryGG on 10/18/2018:
Tomorrow I will get on that...I looked up the info on it today.

horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2018:
You can even call them...and get assistance for changing the password...good luck!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2018:
so sorry about the bad internet connection...don't go because you'll be too missed here! i'll look forward to your posts even if they are 1x a week :)

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Feeling better today....blood sugar is stable right now....no matter what happens with that today....I plan to eat 3 good solid meals and keep the snacking at bay.  It's funny how yesterday must have happened for a reason...I was ready to learn that my  years of snacking instead of regular meals was triggered by low blood sugar....which then just threw me into another downward sugar spiral.......it was a never ending battle.....I finally get it.....!!!!  That took long enough.


2 coffee = 0

banana = 0

nonfat plain yogurt = 0 

Planned lunch

Campbells Organic garden vegetable soup......8  ( I could have made this myself for zero points...but I have this here and need to use it up)...it also uses enough points for the day that it will keep me out of trouble...LOL

  grapes = 0

tea ( I found a box of tea here made by Tetley that says it is for metabolism, contains B6 = 0


1/2 cup corn casserole....12!!!!   Its a leftover and it only contains corn, egg and milk ( the corn and egg are free)...but they are zinging me on this because it is a mixture of things...I'm getting the distinct impression that WW wants recipes that contain ONLY zero point foods.....otherwise...they are super high points.  That is OK.......it again will keep me from using those points on something that isn't as healthy

Starkist chunk Light tuna pouch = 0


20 points

I may add some more zero point foods as I go through the day...or maybe not......and I really do not want to use my last 3 dailies today...I want them to roll over into weeklies tomorrow.  After yesterdays junk fest.....I want to day to be super good.

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

Donkey on 10/17/2018:
I think you handled yesterday pretty well. Not all days are going to be ideal. I truly believe that success comes from "rolling with the punches".

I'm all for real food versus junky, processed food ;)

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
Today I planned out my meals...it should be better hopefully....I swear...I could live on bars and 100 calorie packs....and that isn't good...LOL

happy-1 on 10/17/2018:
That's A LOT of grapes if you are watching sugar.

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
I adjusted the amt...thanks for the heads up.....although my sugar is low again today...so I will add more of those if I need them

happy-1 on 10/17/2018:
But welcome to the whole-foods-only band wagon. We have better snacks.

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
healthier anyway....LOL...I'm not sure you can beat Cheetos...LOL

happy-1 on 10/17/2018:
Actually, once you stop eating processed food for a while you can actually taste what's in them if you have them again... and they taste terrible. Kind of like quitting smoking. Actually, literally like quitting smoking because having them restarts that addiction cycle.

What would happen if you had fewer grapes, but added cheese and a slower carb source like brown rice, wheat berries, sweet potatoes, etc?

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
cheese equals lactose intolerance and is ww points , brown rice and wheat berries are higher points....grapes are zero....they push those.

horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2018:
i have the low blood sugar issue too and deal with it by snacking...or i am ravenous at meals!

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
It is a pain...that is true....sometimes I have to snack.....and it seems when my sugar is low....I don't eat meals...basically just snacks to raise it.....I'm working on trying to eat 3 meals a day again....and making sure I get something sweet like fruit in there.....that does help me.....I'm doing ok right now....I think the grapes for lunch worked well to bring my levels up.....D and I are such a contrast...he needs to lower his blood sugar and I need to raise mine...….what a mess...LOL

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 183.8

Spent the day cleaning out cupboards and hauling things up from the basement...... I found 8 diabetes testing meters from my Mom...( obsolete now)....a lot of their pens and paperclips, leaking batteries and some things that can be used....it's 3:00 and I'm worn out so that is it for the day...........good thing the garbage man comes tomorrow.  Hopefully burned some extra calories today.



bagel with butter and peanut butter

1 cookie


1 cup chili

iced tea

5 mini chocolates.......low blood sugar.......more activitity than usual

diet squirt

cliff bar

almond butter bar

swedish fish


mini bag chips

mini bag flaming hot baked cheetos

This has been a strange day...............ate weird, blood sugar was going up and down and I kept getting things done around here anyway...I do believe that when my sugar is low...I get munchy and am not interested in real meals........I never actually noticed that before...or rather I never put 2 and 2 together before...I guess I should be happy that it now makes more sense.....after years of snacking all day....I now get it.  Regardless...tomorrow I need more real meals and less junky stuff


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

Maria7 on 10/16/2018:
Today has been a snacky carb day for me but mainly leftovers from yesterday's luncheon. Sounds like you got a lot accomplished today. Good plan for tomorrow's menu.

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
I did...bad eating but a lot did get completed around here.

happy-1 on 10/16/2018:
Good job clearing the clutter. I’m doing the same. Fall is a better time to clean than spring. I feel more nesty.

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
I get nesty in the fall too....and the basement is going to take me awhile...but I felt good finding some things yesterday to toss......

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2018:
I'm quite positive that you burned extra cals.

BearCountryGG on 10/17/2018:
I'm sure I did...I moved around all morning...rested a bit...and did a lot in the afternoon too...once I get started doing that kind of thing...I have a difficult time stopping...LOL

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