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BearCountryGG - Monday May 18, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Raining downpour mode all night and now.....love the rain......but it makes me sleepy.......got up...watched some news, had some breakfast and went back to bed for another half hour........sounds are carrying in this rain...and the parade of loaded logging trucks are LOUDDDDD......woke me up....so I'm up...and still sleepy.......but will deal with it.  Yesterdays eating was wonky....shopping days usually are......( apparently I can't leave the store without pizza, ice cream and bagels) somebody needs to stop me.......probably should be me!!!  LOL..........but...the pizza is gone now...so that was the main problem...so......problrm solved for now............I'n looking forward to lunch with a salad...sot here is that.  Other than being sleepy...I feel great.

A mountain of laundry is sorted and started......the WW virtual meetings are getting to be a drag.......I don't like to be asked questions, I don't like to be forced to talk when I don't want to............we all have the option to keep our video off...yet they hound those that do to turn it on because they want to see us....there is some fear among the leaders that they are being observed by the organization..........and they are now kind of paranoid......I am ablle to watch/participate in...as many virtual meetings as I want per week.......they all had the same theme...yet each one took it in a different direction...funny...I thought they all had a basic script...yet.....no 2 were alike last week.........that does leave a lot of room for opinion...which is fine with me...because we should all be free thinkers....but I THOUGHT THEY ALL HAD A SCRIPT!!!   apparently my mistake.  This weeks theme is "Things we add to beverages that add caloires......."...........UGH....no kidding.......I think they have run out of ideas...LOL...actually...it's all old news....rehashing all of the things......nothing new under the sun.....nothing to see here.....I'm bored...could be watching/hiding/right now but I can't make my fingers push the buttons to go there...so I will pass.....I have all week to avoid it....LOL.

Taking some things out of my clothes closet and putting some different things in.....( not clothes)...other stuff.....I'm liking my favorites in drawers better lately.....so going with that. 

I'm looking for ways to make things easier around here..........I'm getting tired of making more work for myself........it's time to just go with easy.  Friends and family are doing the same...we are all getting old together and we are just all feeling it.......quite a quandry....the desire to fight it is stillthere...funny about old age...the brain still thinks we are 18...but the body says..NOPE....

Maria7 on 05/18/2020:
Wow...the online meeting sounds quite 'lackluster' with talking of adding things to beverages...I guess they may be talking about coffees...I would not want to be 'seen', either. Yes, we all think we are 18...until we have a 'good' look in the mirror (before we are all fixed up, that is)...The mirror doesn't lie...Sagging is inevitable...Smile.

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2020:
Very true......


Donkey on 05/18/2020:
I think that a lot of people, especially those new to weight loss, aren't aware of the amount of calories they add to a drink. You and I are aware, but others may be oblivious.

For example, Male Co-Worker adds SO much flavored Coffee Mate to his coffee - easily 1/2 cup. My son is quite liberal with creamer too.

My husband likes his tea VERY sweet. I hear that sweet tea (iced) is very popular in the South. Lots of sugar!

Then, there's the conversation that flavored water, like Crystal Light, doesn't add calories but can trigger binge eating.

Also, havin' a big ol' glass of Crystal Light does no good if you eat half a bag of Doritos with it. (LOL)

So just saying that I can see a conversation coming from that.

Finally, for me, I stopped using saccharine in my coffee by telling myself that it was like adding a spoonful of antifreeze. Not really, but if it causes cancer, then it's not a good thing.

bearcountrygg on 05/19/2020:
I'm finding the virtual meetings too boring........I've read so much over the years....there just isn't anything new to hold my attention......I'm finding it a waste of my time.....I looked at the schedule yesterday...decided to maybe watch a 5:30 one...and then never thought of it again until just now.......I guess that says maore to me than anything......i got the notice a couple of days ago that as of June 8th they will be charging my credit card more than $50 a month....so i went and cancelled it.........I'm definately Not getting $50 plus dollars worth per month.


Donkey on 05/18/2020:
^ I should have been in on the WW meetings. Seems like I had a lot to say about beverages!

bearcountrygg on 05/19/2020:
LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
I got sleepy after breakfast today and went right back to bed also!

Like you I’m loving salads lately (you mentioned salad not sure you love em) and lately just with olive oil, salt, pepper :)



BearCountryGG - Sunday May 17, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Got up and once again was wanting salad......well...since the last shopping trip when I soaked the lettuce in vinegar water and rinsed it...and was unusable when i went to prepare it a couple of days later......the desire for lettuce hasn't left....so I went to the local store today...plus 2 Dollar Generals and the gas station........it sure was nice to get out....now I have the gas tank full......, D has his snacks and i got ( for the first time)....a couple of thos bagged mixed salads...wiped everything down with clorox water and  decided it was good enough......I went through 3 masks ( paper ones).....D said I should have reuswd the first one.......our store was out of a lot of things...no TP...clorox cleaning wipes, shower cleaner etc........and many areas were bare......a lot of meat that had stickers on it saying "previously frozen"...but now thawed NO THANKS.......some oddly BROWN meat...no thanks to that too.......but did find a couple of packages that were okay.......Dollar Generals both had TP............came home tired.......doesn't take much to wear me out these days.........but all is well.......need a nap today...yet I slept all night without getting up.......but....naptime anyway.

Making lunch now and then plan to just relax today.....usually sundays are like that.  Late this morning...with the cat on my lap...I fell asleep briefly to wake up with the d=cat in my face...looking at me like There was something wrong...LOL

After lunch...another nap...up now and still sleepy......raining........too tired to do much...loaded the dishwasher......set out clean sheets for bed.......and just being lazy.

 

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
I find that a lot of the "supply" just depends on what store you hit at what time. I'm not sure how I feel about the "previously frozen" meat -- I think I'd be OK with that if I were going to cook it right away. It just means you can't refreeze it, I guess. However, I respect your trepidation. If faced with the same situation, I might pass on that as well.

It is cooler and rainy here today, so it's kind of a "relax" day by design. We'll be all rested up for Monday, right? (lol)

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2020:
I was buying meat for the freezer...so i wasn't happy with most of what they had....did find a couple of packages though.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
Running errands has always made me tired lol

I’m so glad you found some meat you liked enough to buy. I always like to get in some meat during the week as well.

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2020:
We make sure to eat some protein every day....I would be fine with eggs only...but D expects meat.poultry or fish for lunch everyday.



BearCountryGG - Saturday May 16, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like a beautiful day here today.........just going to stay busy with whatever happens...no set schedule.  Puppy is adorable.6 weeks old ..and full of round worms...so went to the vet within his first hour here......eats like a horse to the point of stuffing himself.....and at times looks like a roly poly........will have to take the self feeder away...and feed him on a schedule.......he is a binge eater for real.  Multiple meds for him for a few days.......so this will be fun........but he's worth it.

Planning to spend more outdoor time......since it is so nice.

Breakfast was coffee, eggs and toast

lunch will be chili dogs, corn and noodles, chocolate

evening will be apple....and what ever else sounds good.

Found 2 pkgs of meat in the freezer that had to be thrown out last night...Not happy with that......need to concentrate on using up what is here again...throwing out  bad food is such a waste........it is so easy to bring new stuff in and plavce it on top of the older stuff......rotation has not been a strong point for me...need to get on that.......

 

 

 

Donkey on 05/16/2020:
Glad you're having some nice weather! I take it all your snow is gone :-)

Puppy sounds so cute. I've had dogs and I've had cats. I think dogs do better with scheduled eating, rather than the free range system I have set up for the cats. Roundworm is no fun though - ugh.

It pains me to throw out any meat. I'm sorry that happened to you too.

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2020:
Snow is gone now. Yup..pup food wjill have to be rationed....once i told B to take a large paper grocery bag of 100% meat to the basement and I would put it in the freezer...and forgot...for 2 days.....that was about 35 years ago...i swear I will never forget it....$100 worth of meat..in the garbage....still makes me sick to think about it...but it was in the days when there were not enough hours in the day.....and slipped my mind.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
When puppy is better I hope you’ll post him for us to see :)



BearCountryGG - Friday May 15, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Wet and foggy here today.........D is excited about picking up 2 puppies today...one for us and 1 for a friend....who will pick her up later today....the friend is a wounded warrior...a young fellow that was wounded in Iraq.......he can't wait either....kind of nice to have something to look forward to in these times..........our puppy will be stuck with us 2 old foggies...LOL...the little girl pup is going to a new home with 3 little girls under 6...I'm sure they will all have a ball.....but first...D will be crossing the mackinac bridge in the fog and rain....always a dicey 5 mile drive in bad weather each way......this morning.....so he will be gone for a few hours.......probably the longest break we will have from each other in months...LOL....I think we are both okay with that...LOL

I have a lot to do around here while he is gone...and I plan to make good use of that time......I always get a lot more done when I'm here alone....................

So far....just black coffee..............

D made himself 2 hanburgers to take on his road trip today....and they smelled sooo good.....whe he left...I made that for my breakfast....so

Multi vit, extra c, extra d, extra zinc, omegas, turmeric, elderberry gummy

coffee

2 slices 12 grain bread

beef

cheese

mayochup

I'm full and it should hold me for several hours...and if I begin to tell myself I'm hungry again...I'm lying...so don't pay attention to that!!!  I can wait for lunch!

Donkey on 05/15/2020:
Congratulations on the new puppy. I hope the cat is ok with it.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
I hope so too...LOL


innerpeace on 05/15/2020:
New puppy! How exciting. Thank you for the pie pan advice with the puzzle pieces. Brilliant ideal I would have never thought of. I hope you husband stays safe driving over the bridge. Have a great day.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
I'm hoping that the fog clears up there before he gets there. The beauty of the pie pans is...no more knocking pieces on the floor...and it makes narrowing down the choices so easy....I thought she had a brilliant idea too!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2020:
Soooo jealous of you me new puppy ! I’d love one but cannot manage it once I go back to work :(

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2020:
It's hard to have a dog in an apartment.......we have had a blind cat in one and and that was bad enough....the cat would howl sometimes and bother the upstairs neighbor......a dog barking wouldn't be a good thing for sure. Your little buddies are a lot better in an apartment.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
Yeah I agree. And I want to spend time with a dog when I do get one - now is not the time :(



BearCountryGG - Thursday May 14, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Things going really well here.........

I've been following so many avenues of this pandemic.......I'm not a doctor...and I don't  play one on TV either....but...I'm convinced of a few things.

This virus was here in Michigan..( especially northern Michigan)...as far back as late october...but definately since November.

My daugter in law got it...and gave it to my son B.....they were both very sick.....headaches for months...fever, body aches....some delirium from the fever....My daughter in law caught it at the school she works at....where she said...kids were sick...not going to school...and some even passed out at school.

Schools in northern Michigan were closed here for several days....not enough teachers to teach small classes.

So many went to hospitals and drs...and yet when they were tested for the regular flu...it was negative..so people were told they either had a virus ot pneumonia...........The general consecious now is that it was covid-19

The interesting thing is no one was put on a ventilator......

People now are not dying of covid...they are dying or Cytokine storm...which is a condition where a previously sick body with a poor immune system...gets covid-19...and they are so sick anyway...that their bodies just quit......that is Cytokine storm.  As always...the elderly die of multiple health issues and are especially vulnerable...so those who were elderly and unwell...have been dying of Cytokine storm/previous health issues with covid-19 in their system....no one questioned it last fall...because the people were already old and sick.

My answer to all of this is....and IT'S JUST MY OPINION.........is that the best thing we can do...is of course wash hands well and frequently........avoid sick people..........AND DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO TO BUILD UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM........Eat well........take vitamins......we have added zinc. elderberry and extra vitamin c and d along with our multiple vitamin. We are also eating the real form of black licorice.

Wear a mask in public as needed...BUT NEVER DRIVE WITH A MASK ...if you are alone or with others from your household........wearing a mask too long can cause hypoxia...you can pass out...especially when driving.

Don't be fearful.......fear  LOWERS the immune system

Be proactive....take precautions......but don't get scared.  Just take the needed precautions.  Stay out of crowds unnecessarily.

People are wearing gloves all wrong..probably better to not wear gloves and just wash hands and use sanitizer after leaving a public place....use it on the steering wheel  too.

Do things that make you happy.......that raises the immune system.......eat well...take vitamins and build your immune system........get good sleep.......between 10 PM and 2AM....the body builds the best immune response.......try to spend the hour before sleep ( lets say 9PM until a 10PM bedtime)...relax...turn off electronics, take a bath or just relax and wind down....prepare for sleep....( if you have kids...then you know how to calm kids before bedtime....do that with yourself).......

This isn't a death sentence...this is promoting good health and a strong immune system..............Do things that make you happy...eat well.....take vitamins......wash hands...get good sleep...stay active..relax and just do what you can......remember...soap and water and laundry detergent kill this virus...it's actually very weak...........we can run it out of town will a little effort.

A healthy, strong immune system with a few precautions like any flu season actually will make a huge difference.

Beacuse I need to remind myself to follow my own healthy habits......today...I will record what I do and what I eat.

Multiple vitamin, extra C, extra D, extra omegas, extra zinc, elderberry gummy, turmeric

Breakfast = black coffee and 2 boiled eggs

In the AM we looked for things in the basement that we will need for a new puppy that D is picking up tomorrow....also picking up another one for his friend   who will get his from us tomorrow as well...in between I did a lot of laundry, paid a bill and took it to the mailbox and drug the garbage can back to the house.  Took 2 days frozen meat from the freezer ...fought back the avalanche of things that wanted to fall out of the freezer...( I swear...I want my old chest freezer back again...this upright is a problem) and chatted with son T. on the phone

Lunch = a beer brat, peas, mashed potatoes and gravy and a sf drink mix in a big glass of water.

thinking I will relax this afternoon and watch some youtube.............and continue with the laundry.

Afternoon = cookies...( made me happy  LOL)

 

 

 

innerpeace on 05/14/2020:
Great advice! I find myself on the end of the scared stick. I only have went to work where I'm enclosed in a six foot square plexiglass box and home. I have rode around in the vehicle and sat outside, but I haven't wondered into a store with people since the beginning of March.

And I saw a meme that read...this virus is so smart it knows the difference between a grocery store and a salon. For real though...I don't think it matters where you go if you get up in the face of someone who is infected you are more than likely catch it...

I'll just stay home...and take my precautions...do the things!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2020:
Try not to be scared IP....you are taking the precautions.....you eat a variety of foods....so that is great....I do think that the governors ( at least ours)...is taking it too far....but we have to live with that. I think pumping up the immune system is the best thing we can do...so that if we do catch it...we will have a milder reaction to it......you are doing things right!!


Maria7 on 05/14/2020:
Wow, amazing post! Thank you for sharing all of this with us. Very good advice. Encouraging, too. I'm still visiting my Mama outside her window. Saw her today and her nurse let Mama talk on her phone to me on my phone while I was on other side of the glass. Mama in her bed, but she could see me. I am happy to hear that you and your Family are all well now. Have a blessed evening.

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2020:
I'm so happy to hear that you can visit your Mom!! So nice for both of you......!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2020:
I agree with you that we just have to do what we can and not stress too much beyond what we can’t do. I agree with the multivitamin and staying healthy overall.

Hopefully we will be getting past the point we are at to a normal we are more used to and something more similar to the past ..

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
If we are healthy...then we will have the flu and it will pass......it's the flu....the flu comes around every winter....we can do this.


Sunny2020 on 05/14/2020:
Thank you for this piece! Very interesting, and I will follow your experience.

Thank you! Sunny2020

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
Welcome Sunny!


Donkey on 05/15/2020:
Folks want freedom but then refuse to wear a mask when out and about. The stupidity is maddening.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
I don't want to go in any building without one......if nothing more than to keep my hands off my face......there always seem to be the ones tempting fate....not me...I'm playing it safe.



BearCountryGG - Monday May 11, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Snowing again...5 days straight................winter is still here and it's almost summer.......guess no spring this year.

Went to an online WW meeting yesterday....nice to have face to face contact with people......I will continue to attend those as long as they last.  Topic was sleep and cortisol.......Because I have read a lot over the years about dieting and health and never really knowing if what I was reading was correct...besides...opinions keep changing).....I can't say that I have ever really learned much from the meetings in person.....but it was nice to be in a group of people with the same goals.  Yesterdays group was small........and instead of teaching....it was more of the leader asking us questions...with a tiny amount of actual class. Just nice to chat with people again.........contact by phone with family yesterday...but nothing replaces face to face.  :) 

Figured my cals at the end of the day yesterday and it was right at 1,200..........so automatic now....I know that 1 slip could send that in the wrong direction........working treats in...so that doesn't happen.  It's a real downer though to have to accept that 1,200 should be a loss...but for me...it's maintainance.  There was a time not that long ago that 1,500 was maintain time.....but no longer...or at least not right now. 

Today

coffee

yogurt

cheese stick

2 boiled eggs

1 cup goulash

sf water enhacer (propel)

chicken salad on crackers

freeze dried fruit

 

horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2020:
I’m thankful also for technology and how we aren’t totally “alone” during this pandemic

bearcountrygg on 05/11/2020:
It does help!


legcramps on 05/12/2020:
It does help to be able to still see other people. I work almost every day, so I always see people LOL, but I do find that when I video chat with friends/family, I miss them just a little bit more :(



BearCountryGG - Sunday May 10, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL OF THE MOMS OUT THERE!!!!!

Today would have been my Dad's 97th birthday.

Youngest son sent a mothers day card a few days ago...with a phone call warning not to open it for 3 days...for fear that it might contain germs........never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined I would hear such a thing.

We woke up to snow on the ground for the 4th day in a row...........

Still have that WW subscription and found out that since the pandemic...not only can I see Michigan meetings online....I can see meetings all over the country online......any day of the week...multiple times a day....and I'm loving it.......a new and different hobby.......also....I can get macros right on their website .........lots of new ways to do old things.  While at times...journaling food makes me think too much about food.....the last couple of days it has been driving me to more veggies..........apparently my desire to stay out of ruts and my internal fight against routines that are counterproductive....is once again trying to lead me to where i belong.  Staying at home....despite urges to go out in public.....and accepting that this will be the way it is for us because of our ages.....is sinking in.....and I'm working hard to keep things interesting and fun........no vaccinations for us...my Mom died 19 hours after a flu shot 5 years ago.......we don't trust vaccinations anymore...so we will take our own precautions......being vulnerable is scary......but that's the way it is....shoot...being 70 and 71 is scary!!!   LOL...for all reasons.

A few days ago...we picked up a little fresh produce ( against our prior opinions)wore a mask.....and soaked it all in a mixture of vinegar and water...rinsed and bagged it.......most of it had to be thrown away within a couple of days.......probably won't be doing that again......too wasteful.  Back to the canned and frozen veggies that I can at least disinfect before putting it away.

I keep playing musical chairs so to speak with the furniture...LOL......moving it around is a hobby! 

Figured out by going back a few days that I still basically eat between 1,200 and 1,500 cals per day...automatically and that at the end of about 4 days...the macros just automatically even out......cravings are king for me.....my body is sensitive to that as long as I take the time to listen.....it's like magic.......I'm not talking about wanting a sugar fix..that would be something totally different...I mean really listening...waiting for hunger...and waiting longer to determine exactly what it is I am wanting....the body knows..at least mine does.  I'm finding it interesting to actually let the process happen and see that we truly can be healthier and eat what is needed...and not what just satisfies a whim...food as fuel, small quantities take care of the nutrition needed and as long as I follow what my body tells me...the better I feel and the healthier I get......right now...full of energy....and still fighting seasonal allergies as well as long held health issues that I can't change...but still......happy and healthy regardless. 

Coffee so far...and thinking boiled eggs for breakfast.......( still lisstening to the craving...and it isn't changing)

Ended up eating over the course of the day

1 cup coffee

1 cup tea

1 sf packet of propel in my water

2 boiled eggs

2 chocolate muffins

2 chicken tenders

1 cup brown rice

1 apple

2 cups of celery sticks

Since it's 6:30 no more eating for the day...just water

 

 

 

 

Donkey on 05/10/2020:
Happy Mother's Day! It feels more like winter than May, doesn't it? This one is a cold and dreary one here.

I had not heard of soaking fresh produce in vinegar & water, and that is not something that I plan to do. If I'm going to soak vegetables in vinegar, might as well eat them out of the can. I don't mind them canned, myself.

That's so cool about the online WW community you found! Sounds like it would be helpful - and interesting!

I have never subscribed to the need to get a flu shot. My husband gets them, my boss gets them. I do not. However, would I get a vaccine for COVID? This question made me re-examine my actions on not getting a flu shot. Am I part of the problem or am I part of the solution?

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2020:
I personally don't believe the covid vaccinations are about anything but control and big money......and all of the talk about being able to track people after...scary.


Donkey on 05/10/2020:
*JUST* started snowing here... UGH.

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2020:
Thankfully it melts quick...but then..overnight..it happens again...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2020:
Whoa a 4th day of snow! No! But A very Happy Mother’s Day to you despite it!

In terms Of fresh veggies, at least the frozen ones are quite “fresh!”

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2020:
I'm working on the salvageable ones...apples and celery and carrots are still partially edible...but lettuce didn't do well at all.....



BearCountryGG - Friday May 08, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

In the midst of a may snow storm....weird.

I found a great web site yesterday  with all kinds of health calculators

www.calculator.net/fitness-and-health-calculator.html

I will be making good use of that.

I'm not dieting per-se......but monitoring what I'm eating...and only eating cravings........and making sure the servings are small...only because I feel better if I don't over eat.

I woke up craving boiled eggs this morning...so that was what I had...then craved yofurt.......so I'm figuring protein and calcium are what is needed.

I will say one thing.......eating cravings does not make a pretty plate.....it can look very disjointed......and I'm finding humor in that. 

Feeling good except my spring wheezing has returned with a vengence......trees are budded....and now the snow...so that will tame it down for a couple of days.

Asthma and allergies are a nasty combination.....thank goodness for mucus relief/ type over the counter meds.......living on that stuff right now.........not a good time to be having breathing problems.

Not covid...just me and my crummy lungs.........

 

Donkey on 05/08/2020:
I don't have allergies but I've been experiencing coughing, etc. I feel like a walking death trap, spreading germs everywhere. I don't have a fever and my sense of taste has never been better, so I'm sure it's not COVID, too.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2020:
I think we are all hyper aware now...and find ourselves monitoring constantly for the dreaded one......I think fever is the main clue.....I know at our house...cough, runny nose, wheezing, and red eyes...are just life....we do have allergies and asthma....but your cough is probably just seasonal.....but it does make coughing in public quite alarming now..how quickly things can change and be something we never could have imagined.....but we will get through this!!1


Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
I have allergies too right now but I’m only being affected for now with sneezing and itchy eyes ! When I was very young I would also have the wheezing ! Sorry for your discomfort ! It too shall pass :)

Like you eggs have been my go-to bc they last long in the fridge, are a protein, and affordable :) and easy to make and clean up after ! And taste good !

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2020:
Boiled eggs are a win all the way around...Love them!


Maria7 on 05/09/2020:
I think it is good that you are eating in a more peaceful way that helps control cravings.

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2020:
There are enough things to stress about.....much more peaceful like this.



BearCountryGG - Thursday May 07, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The last few days have been enlightening and very peaceful......and confirmed to me that for  my own happiness...I need to follow my own path. 

Craving led eating as always...has a much better result for me..........now portion control is a lot easier......and something I am looking into............today I will be searching for any web sites that give me info on macros and balance so that while I'm following cravings I do make sure I am getting some sort of nutritional balance just for the health of it.

I'm also going to check on BMI and where I need to be with that to confirm where I am.

Doing some deep cleaning of the house and then daily checking everything and doing what is needed so that things don't get out of hand....I'm finding it a lot easier to maintain the house as well as the weight,than it was to suddenly having to do drastic things to make them right... I never  want to go back to those again.....I'm finding maintenance is a lot easier than the fight to get things under control.....When my life gets out of hand I'm just not happy....but when it is in control I am a lot more relaxed....tired...but relaxed.

I'm learning a lot about stress and it's effect on health........and I'm now working on cultivatiing a less stressful life.  Keeping up with things, eating cravings and just taking plenty of time to do things that I enjoy are working really well.  I'm working on peacefullness............meditation........and getting enough solid sleep. 

Anyway...........I'm putting things in perspective......and learning what I need to know to stay healthy and active ( back to the home gym again....I keep wandering away  from that)......but I do feel better when I take the time to use it.

Some things I know....eating a normal to large serving of anything makes me uncomfortable and sleepy.....very small portions energize me.  Exercise is hard for me to get started doing but I always feel better afterwards.  When the house is clean and in order...i am just alot happier.  Letting things go and thinking about what I need to do...is exhausting mentally.....now I just do it....( 1 2 3 4 5   and get up and get it over with).....works like a charm. 

Going to learn about macros and BMI and work towards balance with those......looks like a new hobby....LOL

 

 

 

 

Donkey on 05/08/2020:
I'm glad to read that you're ok! And enjoying the peace, quiet... of your item making, sounds lovely.

I'd be interested in hearing your opinion on macros. It's a different approach to counting calories, and I'd like to know your thoughts! :-)

I know a little bit about macros having done keto, since the ratios are skewed to fats. But I confess, I don't know a lot.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2020:
Yup...just fine here.....Macros are interesting.......since I'm looking at macros for balance and not weight loss.....I'm looking forward to seeing if cravings equal a balanced diet.....I think it will...but over time.....I'm interested in seeing how it plays out. As interesting as keto looks......I don't think I will be doing that. Technically I guess I was doing keto back about 40 years ago....I joined a place simply called Weight Loss Clinic.....and they were testing ketones...so looking back....it was keto......I did lose....but it messed with my metabolism....so I will be just tracking nutrients.....from what I can tell.....my cravings are spot on.......but time will tell.....kind of a new hobby...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
Same here - I find maintenance is much easier at this time than fighting for over control of things or fighting for perfection. I just know my limits at this time and I guess from the past I know to just fly with this .....

Like you, although my menu is not at all perfect, I do try for some balance so I get some satisfaction from my meals :)



BearCountryGG - Friday May 01, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like it might b a really nice day here today so I plan to spend some time outside.

Since over the last few days...I've been tempted to start counting calories......although basically...my weight has dropped....I had gotten into the idea that I NEEDED to keep track of what I was eating....the scales actually are better when I don't........So for me.....I think counting anything food wise just makes me think more about food and that isn't good for me.  I just do better when I don't count.....I eat less.....I guess dieting did make me fat......and not dieting means i eat what I want...when I want...when I'm hungry...and my weight  stabilizes itself.  Scales this morning are right where I want to be.....so I'm going to stop "dieting".......to think that my dieting days began when i was actually at the right healthy weight for me...is just sad.......and it got out of hand because I "thought" i should diet...because it was a thing....if I had followed along with what I was doing...I probably would not have ever gained the weight........going to WW back when I weighed 130 pounds was crazy ...and now I see that myself...everyone told me....but i didn't listen....dieting made me fat.  I used to read Prevention magazine...plus all of the old womens magazines...that constantly promoted weight loss diets and healthy food eating......and i bought into it........while i was slim and healthy.............and I messed that up by being diet obsessed.........

Now...I'm back to doing what I did before I bought into all of that....I'm eating what I crave...when I'm hungry....and my weight...just automatically returns to where it belongs....I feel better...my attitude is happier and I have more energy.

Just a couple of days ago...I was planning to count again....but then i got on the scales...( I very rarely do that)......and I realized....I don't need any kind of a diet...I don't even need any kind of food pyramid or magazine or diet book...to tell me what to eat........I lost a lot of weight.....and I can manage that on my own....by just listening to my cravings....because i may have one day of a lot of one kind of food...and then it balances out...not in a day...but over a few days.....I've always been like that......but then "diets and balancing food groups" got in the way...and I started doubting myself.   I'm just better off if I get off the diet train.......my body knows what it needs.......I like my weight right where it is.......so I need to stop thinking about it.......and just be.......I think the scales need to be put away again.....I don't need them or diets...or thinking about food constantly.......my body tells me what it needs when it needs it. 

No more counting or weighting or diets for me........I'm back to where I was when I first started WW so many years ago......and I'm going to try to get over the idea that I need  to monitor food for any reason.

Donkey on 05/01/2020:
Welcome to the world of maintenance! I encourage you to stay here and discard thoughts that you need to lose more.


Donkey on 05/01/2020:
Oops, I just realized that my comment to your entry yesterday might be better applied to today, since you mentioned spending some time outdoors.

I love rain but after a few days, it's nice to see the sun.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2020:
Congrats at reaching a happy place :) for me I’ll (I think) always want to count what I eat or at least think about it more than most folks.

I can’t wait to be outside tomorrow the weather is going to be amazing !



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