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BearCountryGG - Monday Oct 01, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 191.8

Well...I had an entry written for today and bumped a key and lost it all........not going to rewrite it right now........

 2  coffee


almond milk


cheese bread sticks 3


chili for dinner

green beans

toasted small bagel with butter

diet vernors

perrier water


Progress as of today: 64 lbs lost so far, only 46.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 10/01/2018:
Another day, another lower weight number. I'll admit it, I'm a little jealous when I see your number dropping every few days. Jealous and motivated at the same time.

I'm so tired of dieting and can't wait to transition to maintaining. I keep telling myself that this time will be different and I'll be able to learn how to maintain a normal healthy weight. Of course every time in the past once I've met my goal, I've reverted right back to my old eating habits. Then I'm always surprised when I'm "suddenly" up 20+ lbs and depressed with the thought of having to diet again to try to get to goal again.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2018:
Well.....I do get in a losing mode...but I think for myself...I have to switch things up continually...if I eat the same foods over and over again...I seem to just stand still......so I add carbs and sweets sometimes...it seems to keep the scales moving downward...but keep in mind...my days rarely go over 1,500 cals...and some days are under 1,200

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2018:
You are also a lot closer to your goal weight than I am......it gets more difficult as you get closer to that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2018:
I am craving carbs today ...might even have breadsticks too, i have some in the freezer. sounds like a good dinner maybe! It's from the frozen Celeste pizza brand :) i used to love that brand as a kid...and calories are decent, i bought some at the store a couple weeks ago!

your food choices look good...

i hate when my entries get deleted by accident :) fingers crossed it's been awhile ;)

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2018:
Yup.....had a bit of time in that post....but oh well. Our breadsticks were frozen too....and were topped with cheese....tasty.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2018:
yup i also had cheesy breadsticks :) very good.

Donkey on 10/01/2018:
Well done!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2018:

BearCountryGG - Sunday Sep 30, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 193.2

 Just having a nice sunday here...not counting.....actually I would like to just have a day to do what I want...eat what I want......and not think...LOL

Progress as of today: 62.6 lbs lost so far, only 48.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/30/2018:
That is so nice - I hope you have a wonderful day!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2018:
So far...so good...just a lazy day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2018:
At first i thought you wrote a "nice, sunny day!"

well, right now, this is what we are having at 4pm it feels like end of summer sun and touch of warmth!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Sep 29, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 193.2

 Woke up today feeling great and full of energy.........my nails and hair are growing crazy fast...and I realized this morning that my grey hair has actually reached my waist........and I'm wondering if that should signal a haircut...or a challenge to let it grow..............I have never been a conformist...I really have never cared to run with the crowd or conform to current trends...I've been my own person and have dressed and worn my hair any way I wanted....I'm basically a free spirit and proud of it.  That said...is it time to turn into an old lady...or do I continue on my own path.....next year I will be 70.......I'm committed to weighing no more than 145 pounds by then..(130 would be even better).and I'm absolutely postitive that I can do it......but do I do it just to turn into a shriveled old lady in a flowered dress....or do i do it...the same way I have lived my life.....as someone who dares to go against the norm and wear whatever I want and have hair that looks like a contradiction....( I have had numerous people ask me if my hair is blonde or grey... it came in this color as grey...my hair was naturally very dark brown).

At any rate......I'm absolutely full of energy and ready to get going today.........scales were good...and dropped 2.6....so I'm happy.......it had been a week and a half I think so it was time.

Clothes continue to make their way to the donation bag and the rag bag.......loving sorting through the old stuff...and finding lots of things I had actually forgotten about and many still with tags.  

Maybe it's all of the vitamins I'm taking......I certainly do eat plenty of processed foods...and yet they don't seem to be hurting me at all......weights coming off.....hair and nails are growing like crazy.......I'm feeling healthy and energetic.......still I will consider cutting the hair......need to think about that.

Multi vitamin

extra c




2 baby aspirin

2 cups coffee

3 ounces battered chicken strips ( from frozen) = 190

1 whole grain roll = 150

1 T light mayo = 50

Today is ending up to be a huge errand day........since it will begin snowing here in October and since October starts Monday....we decided to start our winter preps here...and so far this morning I was in 2 different towns getting the necessities in........on the way out...a HUGE deer ran in front of the car...right between an ambulance going the other way...and me...came out of the woods...ran across the road and right into the trees on the other side...it's timing was amazing and scary for all of us.  Then on the way home in a 65 mile an hour area of blacktop.......a group of people on motorcycles were stopped on the shoulder talking...I saw them and slowed a bit but my lane was clear.and so was the oncomming lane.......and suddenly without looking...one woman broke away from the group and pulled into my lane....luckily I was able to slow down enough to prevent a collision....65 to 20 was a bit of a shock for both of us...but I avoided hitting her...she never even looked......but because it is a forrest area...she obviously got sloppy ...........my guess is she won't do that again......If I had hit her it would have been horrible.

Any way.......it will be a fast food day...so not even going to try to count...but definately less than 2000

Progress as of today: 62.6 lbs lost so far, only 48.2 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/29/2018:
Congrats on the continued losses. Glad you're feeling upbeat and full of energy. It makes it much easier to stay on track when you're feeling good about the process and results.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2018:
Thank you...yes it does. I am the type that does wake up happy almost every day...sometimes something will drag me down mid day....but I tend to start out very positive.

Donkey on 09/29/2018:
Way to go! I love those days when I'm energy-charged. It might be the vitamins - I'm sure that DOES help (I take 'em too!).

PLEASE - I urge you to fight the slide into "old" mentality. That doesn't mean I'm against aging gracefully. However, we have clients who say, "I'm old, I can't handle this buying/selling" -- OK, how old are you? "I'm 62" -- WHAT?? My boss is 69 and my Male Co-Worker is 64 and they are not "old" - at least mentally.

I guess what I'm saying is that you can be older and still "with it", or you can choose to feel "old" (at any age) and helpless, weak, not taking responsibility for your words & actions because you're "old".

So maybe go for a haircut trim, and see how it feels; never hurts to trim the ends to keep your hair healthy. I DO NOT buy into that thought that, Well, I'm over 60, so I must have short hair, because I'm old. Old women don't do this, Old women don't do that... Be who YOU are - which is fabulous, of course.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2018:
It's funny...my head says 18...and then I look in the mirror....and my hair does need a trim for sure. D wants me to keep the long hair.....and I haven't had short hair in at least 11 years......I still wear jeans and they aren't going anywhere...and I love the longer tops right now......I have decided to just trim off a couple of inches to get things evened up again....

Donkey on 09/29/2018:
Go onto Facebook and search "Fashion over 50" --- that's what I'm talking about. You're only as old as you feel <-- which is what I think I was trying to say with my first remarks.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2018:
Thanks...I will look that up!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2018:
I agree with Donkey...keep your ways...do not slide into the old lady in a flowered dress for this is sooo not you! keep on ! keep your hair! if you hair is what you love and you enjoy it long, keep it that way! do not conform unless you want to and would enjoy conforming!

for instance, i felt i had to cut my hair because i didn't enjoy it long! even though i like long hair, it drove me crazy to do and was getting totally destroyed with my workouts...i didn't conform or cut my hair shorter just to be like someone else, but did what works for me!

you be you! and keep feeling good. you are so young at heart and in your thinking. keep doing what makes you feel good. and you are doing so well with the scales and how you feel, keep on with your own spirit.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2018:
Yup...decision was made to keep the hair...and give it a trim like Donkey suggested...….It is a lot of work...but I feel so funny when it's short...since it has only been short for a couple of times sin my life....although this is a record...it has never been waist length before.

graindart on 09/30/2018:
Just had our first snowfall of the season last night. Enough to coat the tops of our vehicles, but the ground is still to warm to stick there. Thankfully we got everything winterized a week or two ago, so now don't have to make a mad dash for anything. After the snow last night, I'm guessing the local stores are going to be pretty busy today with people scurrying to get things winterized. Will probably get an early snow with some sticking to the ground within the next couple of weeks here. I'm not looking forward to it at all.....

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2018:
You win....no snow here yet...but we have had some ice...yesterday it was 48 degrees......so we need to drop a but lower temp wise...…..I suspect we still have 2 or 3 weeks to go......but it's definitely time to get ready for that.

happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
Flashback!!! You must have a better screen door than I do. When I had it that long I kept getting my braid caught on the little latch and slid down the stairs.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Sep 27, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Beautiful chilly fall day here in the woods...........lots to get done today around here.


cereal and almond milk


perrier water

1 cheddar biscuitDinner




diet vernors


Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
it's getting chilly here too! :)

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
i had chilli beans today too!

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2018:
Love those.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
I think it was mostly kidney beans cooked a lot so almost refried :)

Donkey on 09/28/2018:
We've got some lovely lower temperatures here, now, but they are threatening low 80s on Monday and Tuesday. Nooo! (Lol)

Now if the mosquitoes would just die off, being outside would be possible.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Sep 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Holding water again...so I'm not going anywhere near the scales for awhile.......so will just keep...keeping on.

Boy as I mad at myself this morning...went to make coffee as usual with the keurig...reached into k cup drawer and pulled 2 pods out....made the first cup...and it turned out to be hot chocolate.......for a minute...I considered dumping it out...bur decided against that......and then the second cup was coffee..........I guess I ned to keep a pair of reading glasses in the kitchen because i am definately having trouble reading directions and labels...too much kitchen guessing going on lately...........I have my reading glasses everywhere else around here......why not.


1 cup hot chocolate

1 cup coffee

5 mini nans

the last of the 4 layer dip ( refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and a tiny bit of cheddar)


Peas and carrots

2 cheese biscuits

dressing with a little gravy

Diet vernors ( pop)


ice cream and chocolate....not the best choice but it hit the spot.

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
lol, it's hard to throw out a fresh cup of hot chocolate when you personally have bought it....i'd have the same problem yup!

i'm so glad i have extra veggies around :) biggggg appetite this week for me. the 4 layer dip i've seen, sounds good!

nice mix of food...love the peas and carrots. you can add a little oil and seasoning to it for flavor. i have something similar at home, bought it precooked but cheaper...frozen veggies cooked with spices and a little oil...better flavor than just steamed.

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2018:
I'm not sure I would buy the 4 layer dip again...but it was ok. Ended up with too much sugar today!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
yes the dip is filling and high cal. the good part is the fiber from the beans...but it's high cal with cheese, etc.

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2018:
the cheese in top was quite minimal...and the sour cream was tasteless...not sure what that really was....but there were a lot of beans a guac.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Sep 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

Happy to be up...feeling good and ready for the day.............

Yesterdays 2 cups of chili pointed out to me that quantity of food is not my friend.....I was miserable...that is way too much food for me at 1 time .....it stuck with me for many hours....and took away any hunger...but I was not a happy camper.......small servings suit me much better.......eating in a different way today.  I'm not measuring....but I am using small dishes.....

Small dishes are something that I forgot about doing in the past...but it was very effective.......so today I dug out my new cereal bowl...it's tiny......and easy to stop filling at an appropriate point.....next...small plates and small glases..in fact I even have a tiny spoon...( not using that yet...but it's a possibility).

I'm hearing that Weight Watchers is rolling out a whole new look....they will be focusing on health in general...not just weight ( the latest program has a lot of unhappy people...some are gaining....since there is little structure and a lot of unlimited foods)...so I guess if they change to a focus on healthy eating but not weight loss that will affect their subscribers...this will be interesting.  Not on WW now...but I  have been on many of their programs in the past..where I did lose well...but I always put it back on plus some after getting off prograam......if they push healthy eating and it becomes a habit it will be a positive...but i personally think that weight loss may not be an outcome necessarily ..............My guess is that they will lose a lot of their customers that have joined to lose weight because they were a weight loss program.  I will be watching that with interest.


2 cups coffee

small bowl cereal ( blueberry tiny toast cereal)

enough almond milk ( a lot less than I used to use)

Done until lunch.................................................................................................................................

Computer will be off for the rest of the day....but meals planned and should go okay!!!


Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
yes, i heard that also about WW. a coworker's wife works for them, so, he knew about it the whole time and was teasing one of my coworkers because she wanted to know the changes, but he wouldn't tell her until it came out publicly lol...

good ideas with the smaller servings. i knew someone who lived till late 90's and she ate that way. she would use small dishes always.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
yes, i heard that also about WW. a coworker's wife works for them, so, he knew about it the whole time and was teasing one of my coworkers because she wanted to know the changes, but he wouldn't tell her until it came out publicly lol...

good ideas with the smaller servings. i knew someone who lived till late 90's and she ate that way. she would use small dishes always.

BearCountryGG - Monday Sep 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Up early as usual and ready to get busy around here...started with coffee.....

coffee (2) = 9

overnight oats ( quaker raisin, walnut,honey)...I make it with water in the microwave in the morning = 300

Now that the freezers, ref and food storage areas are all cleaned and organized I am on a mission to use all of this stuff up......and continue losing doing that.  

No unnecessary grocery shopping, buy only necessities as needed.....

This also goes for all other necessities = toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies etc.

Cut the number of "things" around here...use what we have...stop shopping for entertainment

Do exercise of some kind every day.........

8 cups of water daily 

Wt seems stuck again...so time to get seriously organized and pass this new plateau......


I've decided to further control my shopping...I will work towards saving $$$$...because why not?  That will put the emphasis on a positive instead of what I can't do.  So now instead of NOT SHOPPING...I will be Saving $ and making do with what is onhand!!  Win...Win!

Planned meals for rest of the day =

1 beef hot dog = 193

whole wheat bun = 117

knorr pasta/rice mix 1 cup = 310

2 cups canned chili no beans = 387

red pepper = 4

perrier flavored water = 0


for the day 1,020 cals

Lettuce was bad...so substituted a small rd pepper...and had less chili than planned...really need to try and work in a few more cals.....but not if I'm not hungry...........

Did get in another 300 cals in the late afternoon.....so cals are good for the day

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/24/2018:
Great plan all the way around! Saving can be fun - make a game out of it. Challenge yourself :)

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
I actually love to save....for a year in the past...I focused on paying off every credit card...and I kept a detailed notebook...and had a great time..loved the challenge......that does work for me.

legcramps on 09/24/2018:
Nice plan! I try to save money, but I can't do it long term unless I put it somewhere I can't get it (like into an investment)

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
That works too.

BearCountryGG on 09/25/2018:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2018:
your overnight oats sound delish. a couple weeks ago or maybe last week i bought a starbucks oatmeal...it had some nuts to put in as well as dried fruit...it was soooo not satisfying...i was starving shortly after eating it! lol. too much sugar it had and caused me to crash....because i'm so used to eating more protein in the morning..seems lately i have to watch my sugar MORE because i notice what happens when i have too much or not enough.

sorry your lettuce was bad...i hate it when i have to throw things out because i didn't preparee them in time! ugh!

good job to you...excellent progress, lady!

BearCountryGG on 09/25/2018:

BearCountryGG - Sunday Sep 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Finished up cleaning out the big freezer and also did the ref/freezer this morning...the garbage man is going to hate us this week.........freezer burn and mini packages of unidentified leftovers are all gone.....I found all of my missing storage containers.  Now that I know exactly what is in there and it's all organized...that will cut my shopping down for quite some time.........

Ate a lot early yesterday but it stuck with me all day and I ended up at 1,444 cals......right now I can say that I just may have broken my tendency to eat in the evening........I'm drinking water then...and it seems to be enough...so i'm keeping my fingers crossed.

SO...no more freezing small bits of leftovers......I don't want to have that kind of stuff hiding the good stuff...and then have the good stuff get freezer burn....we lost a huge box of fish fillets..and several steaks and hamburger..so lesson learned.

Not   bothering to count today...........meals are planned and are all within reason.


Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/23/2018:
You've inspired me to take out a container in my outside freezer, which I have no idea what it contains. I also still need to throw out that Oreo dessert thing.

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2018:
Thumbs Up!

graindart on 09/23/2018:
Got rid of our large separate deep freezer a couple years ago. Now try to shop on Sunday night for only what we'll use during that week. By Saturday each week our pantry and fridge/freezer are usually looking pretty sparse. Since we live in town, not overly worried about food shortages at the local stores any time soon.

Good job staying on plan. Keep it up and it's looking like you'll dip into the 180's before Halloween.

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2018:
That's my plan with the freezers too.....freezer burned food is a huge waste of money. I think so too with the wt.....looking forward to that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2018:
good job organizing so that you can use what you have ... it does help every once in awhile to check what's been shoved into the back of the freezer!

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
Yes it does...I saw some things in there I didn't even remember buying...

BearCountryGG - Saturday Sep 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Errands were piling up...so this morning I had a cup of coffee and headed out.......got groceries, post office, bank, drug store, gas station done...and also made a thank you call...for .the card and lottery tickets from youngest son and daughter in law.....she is sick and great grandson #2 has pneumonia...so no visiting.  So I ate the rest of the cake...and had 2 brats and saurkraut...and a diet cola..........yeah...I know that is messed up....but the cake is now gone....thankfully!  I't only just a little adter 10...so I got a lot done so far...next on the list is emptying the big freezer in the garage and cleaning that out and reorganizing it.......so I got a good start on the day so far...need to keep that pace up.......things keep falling out of the freezer when we open the door......not good.

1 coffee

last of b day cake

2 brats


diet cola

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
Nothing wrong with starting your day off with a larger meal, as long as things balance out. OR perhaps it's just a day with more eating. I have those from time to time. And you've been busy/active, too.

The little refrigerator we have at work has so much ice/frost built up that I can no longer fit my small-sized creamer on the shelf (too tall, because the ice looms so low). What upsets me more is the 2 patches of MOLD growing on the ice block though. I should probably not keep ANYTHING in that refrigerator!!!

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
No......mold isn't good......I recently tossed out a bag of forgotten apples and when I put the bag in the trash...a puff of moldy air came out...….and smelled it immediately...….allergy time.

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
PS Commented on your last entry.

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
they were leftovers that either needed to be eaten that day or tossed...it was a good time for me to learn to leave something on my plate and toss it...instead of just eating them to make them disappear.....LOL

happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
Hugs! A little organizing and tossing is good for the soul

BearCountryGG - Friday Sep 21, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Another rainy day....yesterday I spent 5 hours on the phone....that must be a new personal record.......fell asleep in the lazy boy twice...and in bed by 9:30....slept all night....yesterday there was cake.....so today there is leftover cake....nuff said.



2 coffees


sm pork chop

some mixed noodles with sauce and I must say that when I was full......I actually LEFT A LOT OF THEM ON MY PLATE AND THREW THEM IN THE GARBAGE.........That felt awesome!!!!!

6 mini chocolates.........I need to get thiss under control though

1 diet cola

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2018:
five hours!? with who!? your son!?

congrats on throwing out some leftovers, that sure it difficult for me, too!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2018:
3 hours with 1 sister in law, 1 hr with other sister in law and 1 with oldest son

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
I think the cooler temps bring out the sleepiness in a lot of us (raising my hand high). Wow, it was hard to get out of bed this morning at temps at 46F. I will be switching to my winter jammies tonight.

Well done (?) with the noodles. I don't normally advocate throwing away food, but I confess that I had a spell where I was leaving food on my plate when I was full, until I adjusted my portion sizes accordingly. (I still struggle with taking second helpings though... *sigh*) You did very well for yourself!

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
They were leftovers that needed to be eaten or thrown out that day...in the past I would have just shoveled them in....but learning to leave food on my plate is something I need to give myself an ok to do.

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
^I hope you understand where I'm coming from regarding throwing away stuff. It's not a criticism towards you at all; please do not take it that way.

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
It was eat them or toss those leftovers....

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