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BearCountryGG - Sunday Sep 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

It is bright and beautiful here today.....but very busy around us......since this is a vacation spot for so many downstaters......labor day weekend is a time to stay home for people that live here..........D did have to go out yesterday and came upon a horrible ATV accident........the person laid there lifeless.....people just get crazy when they come up here.......and people die every year here because of that.........They think because they are in the forrest that stop signs don't count...and they end up is the most horrible accidents..... 

I have firmly come to the realization that I really should not be trying to accomplish dieting or heavy duty cleaning anymore, it is stressful and because I am a stress eater is is actually affecting me in a negative way........yestrerday i didn't count or write anything at all and I ate less......so that is the way it will be from now on.  I took a break yesterday from cleaning closets so now I have a mess that does have to be cleaned up....but the wort of it is done........having things in their permanent places will be all worth it in the end.,..and it's allowing me to get rid of plenty. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that I'm accepting the fact that I just cannot do what i used to do anymore....age has caught up with me, I've seen it happen to my family members and friends, D started making things easier for himself a couple of years ago.....and now I get it.......I will be 70 in 3 weeks......and there is no denying the fact that I cannot do what i used to do......so...no more dieting or scchedules for me.......I will wing it day to day....I won't count or record anything......i will just do what I do and work on making better choices.......Luckily I take ZERO medications...I weaned myself off everyone I was on (2 asthma inhalers, a thyroid med, blood pressure med and cholesteral med)....back at least 17 years ago because the side affects were worse than the actual issue.  Since I was in a position to see drug reps talking up their new drugs to doctors on a daily basis and rewarding the doctors with vacations etc by the number of prescriptions they wrote for them...I decided that I would be better off taking nothing and dealing with my health issues on my own....and my asthma is no better or worse now...but I have saved myself from 17 years of steroids by dropping the inhalers. 

I'm ready to take what comes, I'm eating consciously and doing things when it feels right to do them....less stress is just healthier for me.......


Donkey on 09/01/2019:
I've been meaning to mention this for a few days: when you brought up the topic of out-of-towners coming in for the holiday weekend, it reminded me of my folks' home in the woods in Wisconsin. They had property on a lake, and when I would take the kids up there to visit, we would watch all the party-goers on the lake, and then in their backyards, whooping it up. My mom would get annoyed, but she realized that this was just part of living in the country. Funny how city folks going up there thought it was something special, when my mom and step-father lived it ever day.

My mom recently told me that she has hired a monthly cleaning service to do deep cleanings, for the same reason you mentioned. I think she felt kind of guilty about it, perhaps because it's only her and no pets. But I'm glad she did it. We had the house deep-cleaned and then switched to a monthly maintenance. With my husband's mobility issues, he ... well, frankly, he spills and drops things, but cannot bend down to clean or pick up. So there's that. My daughter is not the neatest person either, nor was my son when he was home. I cannot keep up with my own mess, plus theirs plus 2 cats. I do daily cleaning up but it's so worth it to my own happiness to know that a crew comes to our house to actually make sure things get cleaned. I say it's worth it.

I'm sorry that your goals/ambitions/tasks kind of backfired on you. As far as "dieting" goes, I would encourage you to just stay focused on the day you're living: try to make the better nutritional choice, do some activity to keep yourself active (stretching, short walks, etc.) that you enjoy. I'm learning more and more that as we age, especially as women, it can take some trial and error to find what works.

Donkey on 09/01/2019:
I too do not like to take medications. On the other hand, my husband takes so many medications! One thing I learned from his doctor's appointment this week, is that they are working for him. We talked about reducing one of his meds, and the rheumatologist said that she doesn't like to reduce meds going into the winter, because winter is hard for arthritis anyway, I guess -- although hot and humid weather isn't great for arthritis either, my husband will tell you!

I also thought of you this morning, I was reading on a weight training group for women, someone posted how she's doing all the right things and was recently diagnosed with having oesteoporosis. So see, we can still do all that we can do and still be dealt a hard hand.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2019:
I agree with you 100% Donkey!!!

A point does come whenyou just can't fight it anymore and you have to just do the best you can.....I realized that Ive reached that point....it will just be 1 day at a time now...do what I can....but I definately do not want to regain anything that I already lost.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2019:
sorry to hear the D even was witness to someone who probably lost their life!

i hope you yourself and D are otherwise enjoying the holiday. it's a wonderful thing you do not have to take medicine if your body doesn't need it. you also save money that way! :) and intuitive eating is the best way.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2019:
Yes...it was the first thing he told me when he got home...made him so sad. It's funny how I eat less when I don't record it....probably because I'm not thinking about food as much....it will all work out.

Maria7 on 09/01/2019:
Like you, I saw the same thing with the drug reps and the freebies for doctors' rewards for prescribing patients their latest drugs they were pushing (I mean showing the doctors what they had and hoping the doctors would prescribe that for their patients)...Sure enough, as a secretary, part of my work was files, and I would see the results of the drug reps' hard work showing up in the files with patients being prescribed the new concoctions (I mean drugs) by the doctors. I think it is wonderful that you do not take any prescribed medications...what a huge blessing. So far, neither do I nor my Hubby, either, thank the Lord. So many side effects, like you say. Yes, concerning the heavy work, like you say, we have to realize our limitations once we start getting older and not overdo it. Hope you have a happy day, BC.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2019:
I didn't know you were a medical secretary too Maria. Working in a medical office is eye opening. I heard all of the offers to the Drs........box seats at a Tigers game, ski trips for the doctors entire family....just as long as they prescribe enough of that new drug...one doctor never had to buy formula for his baby...it was automatically delivered to his home..just as long as he kept telling parents to use emfamil formula.....there were also gift boxes of smaples ( enfamil, a bib, a rattle, etc)...that were supposed to be handed out to new parents....they all went home with him too. Drug reps brought lunches for 40 regularly...at about $400 a day.........those pharmaceutical companies paid big money...but the made big money in our office. It is all a different thing when you see it all in action.

happy-1 on 09/01/2019:
Sorry D had to find the ATV accident victim. That's a hard day. Luckily he has you to come home to and get a hug.

Good job on weaning yourself off medications! That takes a lot of will power to change habits!

BearCountryGG on 09/02/2019:
No side affects is really nice.

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 30, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like it will be  a nice day...a little cool and fall like.  Even with the cookie incident yesterday...cals still ended up at about 1,700...so not the 1,200 i aim for...but okay...still under what I actually burned.

Today....still working on my closet and laundry room closet......made a huge mess...so I need to wrap these up before I head back to the basement.  I actually have more clothes that fit than I thought I did.......that will make me happier.

Trying to decide rather I want to run out and do errands today with the holiday travelers here...but that will only get worse.....and D has  quite  a rough drs test on tuesday........Talked myself into going......LOL.....big trucks are rolling by pretty heavily already today..........hope I still have wifi when today is through.....it will be a long 3 days if not.

Breakfast was 2 cups coffee, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, dole red grapefruit cup and a mini box of apple jacks...= 200 cals

Throwing some clothes on and heading to town before the campers get there...LOL

Lunch was chicken, macaroni and cheese...and chocolate left over from Easter......

I've come to a realization today......D, and several friends along with both of my parents all said that at a certain age...they just wore out...and after getting such heavy work done around here lately...I have realied that I've reached that point...i've had a backache for a couple of days.....all I want to do is sleep today....and I hurt all over.  Just before turning 70...a friend said...that she just could not clean her house anymore....( it was only her and a dog there)...she stopped traveling by plane because her suitcases were too much to handle...and she said for her 70th birthday she was giving herself a once a week cleaning service and one of those life alert buttons to wear around her neck.  Recently we lost a 67 year old sister in law to breast cancer, and 2 others...all younger than us...I came today to realize that I need to stop stressing about things...weight...reorganizing the house etc.......cleaning, diets, schedules, and anything else that "just has to get done".  1 son will be losing his job in December because the business is closing.........I think I just need to settle down for awhile and stop pushing myself to do anything..........maybe just living will be better for me......because i just got up from my second nap of the day and all I can think of is taking another nap.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2019:
i had a problem writing a comment earlier....i think DD was down.

where are you getting all the small single servings of cereal?

nice job getting out early.

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2019:
They sell 8 packs of them at a larger grocery store.....we have Family Fare, or Walmart or Meijers.

Maria7 on 08/30/2019:
I know you've heard 'don't sweat the small stuff'...and that is what your post today reminded me of. How much emphasis we all place on daily things that are not going exactly as we would like them to...when we should simply slow down and be thankful to the Lord for His blessings on us for real. Every day is a gift from Him to us.

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2019:
Yes....with 3 deaths affecting our family in the last month or so...and with all of them youger than us.....we are reassessing what we have been expecting from ourselves...at our house...we need to step back a little.

Donkey on 08/31/2019:
Nothing wrong with resting. Downsizing, decluttering -- ambitious, but exhausting (both mentally and physically).

My boss has recently said that by 3pm he is exhausted. Male Co-Worker and I both encouraged him to get his medication levels checked, since they may need to be adjusted. However, I think some of it is just not having the stamina, and that's fine for where he's at.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2019:
I'm not on any meds at all....for me...it's age related I'm sure...the stmaina just isn't there anymore.

happy-1 on 09/02/2019:
I think you do a good job of keeping yourself going... Maybe you need a body battery!!!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 29, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

First thing this AM...no internet....reset...and it's back.  Well....good to know...I will try resetting it in the future instead of waiting for it to come back by itself......

Electronics rule my life.....I come from the generation with phones teathered to the wall and party lines with 4 different families phones ringing into my house..........

Starting with 2 cups coffee with 0 cal caramel (walden farms chemicals)...LOL...tasty...found it in the cupboard  and probably should not ever buy it again...but it's here so it is fair game...and will use it up....looking at a lot of food in the pantry and wondering what posessed me to buy it in the first place......but will be using it.

Breakfast was 2 cups coffee, walden farms zero caramel,  1 mini box of kelloggs frosted mini wheats. 1/3 cup silk unsweetened almond milk, mini cup dole ruby red grapefruit = 213 cals

Changing it up a little today and cleaning everything out of my Bd Rm closet that no longer fits...bad habits have been created by my not wanting to even go in there right now...too many clean clothes have been living on a chair lately....so everything that doesn't fit comes out and will be dealt with one way or another and ONLY clothess that fit will go back in.also...shoes that I never wear...need to go..   Also will be tackling the laundry room closet......discovered that we have enough TP, garbage bags ,cleaning supplies and kleenex for the next year...good to know...but not a good way to use that closet space. Back to work!

New rules for my clothes closet......only clothes that fit.  I must wear EVERYTHING in a rotation to begin with...and anything that i do not like, doesn't fit right or is seriously out of style and I won't wear...must GO>  I just found a huge stash of medical scrubs......all in perfect condition....except I just unearthed a pair of elastic waist scrub pants with the elastic shot because of unuse.....someone could have made use of those but not now.....i will never work in a medical office again...i think I kept them all to be used as lounging pajamas......well....NOW I have to wear them all or else out they go........plus...i have shrunk 2 inches in height in the last few years..( totally typical I hear).....and now many of my pants are too long.......only the petite lengths really fit now.............wearing EVERYTHING  will prove it all.

D will be late getting home for lunch...and I just caught myself mindlessly eating cookies because lunch is more than an hour late....wow...how quickly and easily that happened Obviously no pics of that....the good thing is that they are gone now though...back to my old trick of making food disappear..........wow

Well...I guess the cookies ended up being lunch...and we had dinner instead of lunch today......chicken, peas and pasta.....no pics...D came home and put a bunch of stuff on the table....and totally blocked where I take pics....UGH....and since apparently the holiday has begun....we are bombarded with people comming to the forrest for the last summer holiday.....so wifi is again wonky......and the dust is rolling down the road.........happy labor day weekend!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
i'm really enjoying the fact that EVERYONE is showing a strong vocabulary. lately, i'm reading the word "tether" also in a book i am reading. so you reminded me of it when you wrote it here ;)

your breakfast looks very tasty. i enjoy that type of breakfast especially when waking up late and lunch is soon after on the weekends. very tasty indeed. lately i'm eating much more sweets and carbs, tasty at the moment when i eat them too and i have a corn muffin to enjoy later tonight or tomorrow :)

wishing you a productive cleanup!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Did we all get out our thesaurus? Back in college I was taking a graphic design class ( no idea why...I was a psych/soc major)...and I had learned a word there...that was used in class...and a while later I ran into the word in the newspaper and was quite impressed with myself...LOL....wish I could remember what the word was.......LOL

Donkey on 08/29/2019:
Pretty picture - good for you for using up the pantry food!

I found that I am slowly getting rid of my fat clothes. I still have a couple of favorites left. I admire your determination to get it done!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Wearing myself out...and not eating as much work...LOL Still using my Christmas cup...I should probably clean out kitchen cupboards too. They are really Campbell's soup mugs....but the name you know......suddenly we had a cupboard full of them when they went on sale.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
and yes, good for you finding food to use...i have SO MUCH pantry food and you've reminded me to *possibly* cook up some noodles and other things on the weekend.

i have my keto brownie mix to try.....i cannot wait!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
I'm staying away from the store.....things are getting close to expiring...or already have...so it's time here.

legcramps on 08/29/2019:
I remember those party lines...I used to sit at Grandma's house with the phone glued to my ear just listening to everyone else's conversations :0 I can't believe how commonplace it was back then, and how that would be such a breach of privacy now!

How did the basement cleanup go?

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Party lines were so accepted....My mom wouldn't let me listen...but I was always curious who those people were...I wanted to know that so bad. She said they were neighbors...but I don't think so.....and at our house we had to keep calls very short....didn't want to bother anyone...LOL...a couple of times I was asked by someone who wanted to make a call to hang up so they could use it.....

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Basement is coming along nicely...but wanted to take a break from tht today...just a little change of pace.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Actually, BC, I think you are VERY SMART to have prepped with a lot of food storage and I think that would be a smart thing for everybody to do...to have some food storage built up...Who knows what prices of food might be (or what may be available) in the future? Yes, Sister, I need to also go through my closets (when I can get the time synced with the energy-level to do so), too. Hoping you have a blessed day. Yes, I remember those eavesdropping days of the phone connected by the little short cord to the wall and sharing party lines, ha!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
I'm quite surprised at some of the things I saved as far as clothing goes...LOL....i really doubt in fact I KNOW...I will NEVER be wearing these things again...What was I Thinking...LOL? I'm sure there are so many young people that have NO IDEA what life was like in our younger years....Baby boomers have seen it all....!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
I do think that i will prep the pantry in a different way the next time...there are some companies that sell foods that are pkged for 25 years storage...and D really wants to try.....army rations...LO...I do not think he will be happy with those...but I will get hom some.....the foods we have stored are expiring...so now...we have to use them up.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
I have a big stainless steel can of self-rising flour that sets in the kitchen, that I have used for years...keep adding and subtracting from it, ha. Holds probably 30 lbs of flour at least. I like to bake biscuits and cornbread sometimes, also make pies, etc. with the flour.

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
There are so many things that can be done with self rising flour in an emergency...a few years ago D had heard about fry bread on a western...and we had to try it....it wasn't half bad....and would definately be something to sustain life in an emergency....as I recall...it was only the flour mixed into a dough with water...and then fried...so simple.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Yes, I have made my pancakes (we call it 'fried bread') many times using only the flour mixed with water and fried in oil...yummy! Sometimes I simply make fried bread to go with scrambled eggs with or without grits...it's very good and tasty. Oh, and Sister...We MUST resist the cookies if it means WEARING them...but you did real good, deciding for them to be your lunch. Smart thinking.

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Thankfully the cookies are gone now.....no snacks tonight either........need to make it all total correctly....UGH

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2019:
good idea on wearing everything. i also had a HUGE amount of medical white scrub pants and blue collar shirts from a stint in the medical field that i did. they should be donated.i have a lot of clothes i can prob get rid of, again, soon.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 28, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Big downpour last night.......looks like it might be a nice day though.  The wifi has been going off and on and sometimes I'm lucky enough to use it a little.  Continuing on with the plan of the last couple of days......working well so far.  Phone is just too difficult to use here...so will be back when i can.  Hoping the logging trucks finish up here soon.


Donkey on 08/28/2019:
I agree -- this site is not phone-user friendly! I hope you have a good day!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Yup......better to wait until I can use computer again.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
i hope it's a nice day for you too.

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
It was very nice.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
yes, not phone user friendly. lol

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:

legcramps on 08/28/2019:
Have a nice day today! We've had some rain in the last couple of days too, but the sun comes out afterwards and it's quite pretty!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
More rain here for us tonight...thursday....but i like it...cools things off a bit.

Maria7 on 08/28/2019:
Looks like your plan is working very well for you, with sharing photos of your food plates which helps stay on track as well as we all like to look at them, too. You have a lot of work to do in your basement. I have work to do in my closets, cleaning them out. Hopefully if we keep doing some along and along we will get them accomplished.

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
I am frustrated about the quantity of stuff.......I like shopping too much....LOL

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 27, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

It all came together yesterday for the first time in a long time........fitday/posting pics on DD/posting just before I go to bed/staying busy most of the day ....it all came together to make the perfect day for me.........no shopping......the day was a breeze to get through and no desire to snack last night.........I think this may just be the combo that counters my weak spots and strengthens everything else.  Just sipping my coffee for the moment...and planning a day exactly like yesterday.

Breakfast was coffee with 0 cal caramel syrup, joy bol cereal, banana, grapes =444 cals

Lunch was a salad of lettuce, cucumber, cheese, light ranch and everything but the bagel seasonong =236 cals

Wifi is being unpredictable today...but dinner will be like last night......

Donkey on 08/27/2019:
Key words "no shopping" - can be hard for me, too. Lovely colorful breakfast!

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
Eating and shopping are just so darn easy and fun...LOL

grannyannie on 08/27/2019:
Good job! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
Thanks Annie!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2019:
joy bol cereal looks good!

enjoy your day love looking at the fruit.

i love a nice, productive day also.

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
I do like the joy bol...but it's pricy and I think is the last one here.....not sure if I would ever buy it again...but it's tasty.

happy-1 on 08/27/2019:
You could sign up for a CSA for fresh produce, meat and bread... no more shopping unless you want to go...

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
I wish I could...they don 't offer that in our area.....I've checked all of them...it would really be nice.

happy-1 on 08/27/2019:
Aaaaw. Hugs. To the grocers for you then!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
yeah.......lots of driving...but doable.

BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 26, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Up and ready to get super serious today........did snack a bit last night but I will admit that here because i don't want to bring yesterdays post to the top......didn't count the cals.......but today is another thing!!!


I'm just so ready to spend about 6 to 7 hours in the basement today......I want to make that space more usable and get the "stuff" under control.  I'm also committing to calories in the 1,200 range today...taking this one day at a time...making the commitment 1 day at a time.  Life happens and because I am one of those people that think if I mess up,....I have to quit and restart again....UGH....such a restricting mind set......I know the first step is acknowleging it....so there is that. I am also recognizing that I have some OCD..........so the restarts will be daily....if I can't lick it...I will join it.

I am also watching macros......that is something that I have always had fun manipulating and it leads to better nutrition for me...more well rounded and just plain fun in my book. 

I am committing to using what is on hand........I will not be doing any shopping today of any kind.

I guess that recommitting myself daily will be something that satisfies my OCD brain...because I KNOWt that I can do anything for 1 day.


2 boiled eggs = 162 cals, 2 cups coffee = 5 cals, 2/3rds cup light plain yogurt = 90 cals

My WW subscription has ended and I am now using the FITDAY  classic which is free online.

Also adding another commitment...I will be back here tonight before bed...to post as a way of curtailing my evening snacking....and at the very least...a photo of the transgression...that should stop it.


Lunch was beef strips with tomatoes, onion and peppers, lite mozarella stick, banana, lots of grapes, lettuce  = 425 cals

The basement cleaning went very well this morning...got a lot done...and heading back down there again here in a couple of minutes.

Dinner was lettuce, cucumbers , baked beans, pulled pork mixed into beans = 550

Total cals for the day = 1,232

Just planning on drinking water for the rest of the day....and will check back in just before bedtime to confirm.

Basement is coming along really well...not nearly done...but getting there.

10 PM...heading to bed now...no evening eating.......so it was a sucessful day.


grannyannie on 08/26/2019:
Good plans for today.

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
Thanx Annie.....I'm working on it!

Donkey on 08/26/2019:
If you feel like quitting, tell yourself that this is your job assignment today, as if you worked for a temp agency.

I can completely understand why people hire out organizational consultants. It can be so overwhelming. Heck, I can't even get to my pantry, and that should be easy!

So give yourself a lunch, and a 15 minute break, as if you worked in an office or for a boss. And at the end of the day, give yourself some praise :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
Very good ideas Donkey......I loved working and looking at this like a job will be a big help.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/26/2019:
i like how you put seasoning on your eggs...! now that i've been using my "everything bagel" mixed seasoning on eggs, i fear having to eat them plain!!!!!! i'm too used to the extra flavor now and eating a plain boiled egg doesn't appeal much anymore to me!

donkey's suggestions are quite good.!

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
I have the everything but the bagel...never thought of that on eggs....will definately try...thanx for the suggestion HOP

happy-1 on 08/26/2019:
I tried to go through my mom’s papers last night. I looked at 2 envelopes and just couldn’t think my way through it. It was so much easier to toss stuff when she was alive. Now it just breaks my heart. Professional organizer might help me. If you’re able to open the boxes and toss or donate stuff, you are a hero.

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
It is hard....since the stuff I brought here is the stuff i wasn't letting go of easily......I had to make super fast choices right after she passed.....D was 4 hours away...I was staying in their house, I needed to totally empty it and get it listed......it took me 3 months. Salvation army brought a huge truck and alot was taken away.....a dumpster , many loads to goodwill and salvation army in my car....some was given away to those who wanted it.....and this stuff came here because I felt it held the most memories....or would be useful to us. I am having trouble tossing these things....what I am doing is using alot...there are also things from all of my grandparents....my kids are not going to want most of this and will not have the memories that bind me to these things.....almost 5 years for my Mom and 12 years for my Dad.....it is still hard....I actually am finding it easier to just use a lot of it...then if it breaks or wears out...throwing it away will be easy. i spoke to a childhood frind the other day who said her and her brother just threw all of the photos away in a mad dash to settle her Moms estate.......i can't do that....in fact I am sending photos to an aunt and many cousins.....and it's only barely putting a dent in things....I do think that while i'm so far unable to donate much...I do think the more I handle these things the easier it will get.....I find it so much easier to get rid of my own things...than I do others.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2019:
your meals look nice and filling! tons of veggies here and healthy eats.

happy-1 on 08/28/2019:
I can't even imagine throwing away photos

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 25, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Actually had leftovers from yesterdays dinner for breakfast this morning..( chicken, pork, mixed veggies , rice in a teriyaki sauce)...equaled a cup......plus a cup of coffee = 410 cals

I've been eating approx 1,300 cals a day...sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less.......and I feel like the losses have stalled......so I'm going to try to keep under 1,300 today and see how that goes.......1,200 is what i'm shooting for. 

Staying around the house and doing some odds and ends around here......tomorrow I start working on the basement again and I plan on being down there all day.....i really need to wrap that up....plus there are a few things I've been looking for and hopefully they will show up.

 Lunch was tomatoes, peppers, onions and beef...and a mini single serve pretzel/pb granola bite thing

Cereal and almond milk will round out the day.........and lots and lots of water.


happy-1 on 08/25/2019:
Good, strong mindset today. You go get that basement, girl. You are a force of nature and nothing will stop you.

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Keeping busy!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Kicking my own butt into gear!!!

Donkey on 08/25/2019:
Nothing wrong with leftovers for breakfast!

Make sure that your reduction in calories doesn't set you up for going overboard.

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
I know...this is not going to be easy...but if i can keep my head in the right place it will work....keeping busy is a big part of that for me.

Donkey on 08/25/2019:
^^^oh but I am cheering you on. Please don't think I was trying to discourage you!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Oh I know.......it's a slippery slope....

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Funny...how I said slippery slope and then I went down and read a comment you made to someone else....and you also said slippery slope.....we are thinking a lot alike today!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
breakfast and lunch sound nice.

keep on don't quit. and keep finding what works for you.

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Keeping busy doing other things is really what I need to do!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
good job on a good size breakfast portion.

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Kept me full!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 24, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Breakfast was cereal, almond milk, banana and blueberries.......headed to the basement...and it is still overwhelming....I opened a few bins that have been closed for almost 5 years...things from my parents house that had been packed before moving them up here........things that meant so much to them and hold so many memories for me.......yet one day...my kids will have to deal with.......I  donated so much to Salvation army and goodwill while I was emptying their house....( my Mom had at one point before her passing say  that I "Had better not throw her stuff away".......well...some did get thrown away...family took some.....I took some.....and the rest got donated........it was impossible to keep all of it and I think it was unfair to expect me to keep all of it.....yet she did expect that........I'm not feeling guilty for doing what I did....but the things I brought here for me to keep is still alot.....I will try to pack it a bit tighter...I'm also displaying some....but I'm not  sure if that is totally healthy either........This house is only half the size of our old one....and the same size as the house my parents had.........thank goodness for the basement we have ,yet I can almost say that I dread going down there too.  It needs to be done and I've had enough of that for today.....it is truly overwhelming and I find I take the smallest excuse to escape it.......so much has already been done...yet there is even more than that to do.......I can picture how I want the basement to look....and this is sure NOT IT!!!   I'm kind of thinking that Monday I should just get serious about it......and keep at it until finished......what has been done so far was done in a similar way.....but what a mess........I came back upstairs telling D how overwhelming it was....he had to agree....i think a lot of stress will be taken off my shoulders when i finally get this finished....monday....it's game on....it will take days if not weeks...but it will be worth it in the end. 

happy-1 on 08/24/2019:
I feel drowned and overwhelmed in all my parents stuff too. Hugs.

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2019:
Yeah...it's a lot. I'm sure you do understand!

happy-1 on 08/24/2019:
You just inspired me to follow up on the professional organizers I contacted on yelp.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
yes, i could totally throw out much more and clean up so much more around here...but not now. haha

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 23, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Fall is definately in the air...trees beginning to turn and the ferns are all dying...a sure sign that fall is pretty much here.  Bath done, hair washed and ready to start the day.......breakfast was all protein.........funny...I had just watched a youtube video about OMAD carnivores....LOL...and went straight to the kitchen and had an all protein meal...and coffee...LOL...the power of suggestion!   Apprently I am easily led. 


Donkey on 08/23/2019:
LOL! Oh the power of suggestion -- very applicable to eating, not so much to cleaning or budgeting, at least for me. I have to work up to those.

Fall has arrived here as well. Cooler temps, although we're supposed to have one more burst of summer-like temps on Monday, perhaps, if things go as they are forecasted to go. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I praise the relief from the summer - and from the summer real estate - but find myself not quite ready for the decrease in sunlight.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
The days are getting shorter....I'm not looking forward to the ice.....that just lasts too long.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
well, i guess it satisfied your appetite even just watching it on tv :) it must have looked really good and tempting for you to get up and enjoy the same thing!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
I guess so....just seemed like the thing to do...LOL

grannyannie on 08/23/2019:
Enjoy the rest of your day!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
It was a good one!

happy-1 on 08/23/2019:
Still summer here. All my plants are dying.

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2019:
I didn't even put out flowers this summer......I resented having to water them last year....it's perennials for me now...they take care of themselves.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

So it's D's 71st birthday today...and his meal picks are anything but diet food.....so today....no dieting for me...although I will use some care in serving sizes.....he can mainly eat up leftovers after today...so it's fine.    The morning will be spent prepping his potato salad and cole slaw...so that will keep me busy for awhile.........They state forrestry is doing burns up here for the last 2 days...so we will be in a smoke /fog situation..........He will be taking his hounds out to do some training......most likely....so it will be a quiet day....( his phone has been ringing from his siblings all day yesterday.......and already today.....everybody knows he is up way before dawn.........He has gotten cards and lottery tickets to scratch...we really don't give each other gifts anymore because we just get what we want when we want it....it does take the shopping out of the holidays......and we give our kids/and grandkids checks...so celebrating is a bit different from the old days...and a lot more relaxed........and we like it that way.....so today will be about his favorite meal...and then doing whatever he wants......

I will be cooking...LOL

Salads are made......just waiting for him to get home from training the hounds........having a nice little break right now.....I used to really love cooking when there were so many in the house....but for just the 2 of us....i just don't do it as often...took me 2 hours to get the potato salad and cole slaw made and run the dishwasher........glad for the little rest now.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
yay!!! Happy 71 to D! He's going to be very happy later when he eats his bday dinner made by YOU! enjoy your day and birthday celebrations. You guys are doing things right!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Salads are made and waiting...glad to have that part finished.

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Hope you both enjoy hubby's birthday! Diet food on birthdays is a no go!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
definately not dieting today....LOL

Donkey on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday D!! Let us know if he wins the lottery (lol).

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Nope...no wins......One son insists on sending lottery tickets for holidays...we tell them we don't need or want anything but they won't stop...LOL As parents we are something else aren't we.......having kids is like having your heart walk around outside of your body.....it really doesn't matter how old they get...they are still our babies...LOL...funny how we would give them anything..but we don't want them spending any of their money on us......

innerpeace on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday to D! Enjoy your do diet day!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
We will...thanks!

legcramps on 08/21/2019:
Happy Birthday D! Hope he enjoys his day!!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
So far so good.......Dinner was nice and now I think he is going to take a nap......LOL

Donkey on 08/22/2019:
Um... picture of the cake?

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Happy Birthday to your hubby! I like the idea of lotto tickets for a birthday

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