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BearCountryGG - Sunday Sep 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 201.0

 Wow...fall is in the air here...chilly night...and woke up to the leaves seriously turning and some already on the ground.  Super happy today because I knew the minute I climbed out of bed...that my weight had dropped a lot since last being on the scales....I had noticed last night that my pajamas were extra loose...and this morning even more so.  So It was scale time...and I finally broke the plateau....and a lot of my jeans and slacks will be going into the donation bag today..................I need to do some serious digging for a smaller size in my closet.  ( too small clothes stay in bins until they fit....it's always like Christmas around here when my sizes drop)...so I'm having a happy morning.

I think it's a good day to go through the kitchen cabinets and drawers today...I noticed that I have 5 cooling racks that I used for many years to cool cookies on...I haven't made cookies in at least 5 years...so they can go....I'm sure I will find more unnecessary things...I love downsizing......it is so freeing.  

Progress as of today: 51.8 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
We've got the chill here too!

Last week early on it was in the 90's...and today!? in the 60's!

Congrats on your weight loss! nice job! look at your chart....you are doing quite fabulous! i am so proud of you!

downsizing and throwing out trash is wayyyy better than letting it clutter up, go you!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
I have a tendency to hold onto water bad...so a lot of the really good weigh ins were after unloading a lot of that...but fat is going too...so I'm happy.....

Donkey on 09/09/2018:
WOW you at you!!!! Whatever you have been doing, keep doing it!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
Drinking LOTS of water!!!!

graindart on 09/09/2018:
Congratulations. So close to your weight starting with a "1" again.

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
yes...I can't wait for that next weigh in....but it will be awhile...I don't want to jinx it...LOL

BearCountryGG - Thursday Sep 06, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

So far, so good,.....more doing and less talking about it works best for me.  The good habits are being worked on and I'm spending more time being active around here and when I'm away I am making more effort to do extra walking.  

Things are going well right now. 

As long as I remember that food is only body fuel

As long as I only eat when I am actually feeling hunger 

As long as I only eat enough to satisfy the hunger and no more

As long as I eat a variety of foods and take vitamins and supplements to cover anything missed

As long as I remember to eat slowly because it takes 20 minutes from mouth to belly

As long as I remember that my stomach is the size of my fist...and I have to always make sure that I NEVER eat more food than the size of my fist or I will stretch my stomach out

As long as I remember that I am not a cave woman who needs to fill up on that roasted animal because I may not be able to eat again for days

As long as I remember that food will always be there, that , I will not miss anything because it will disappear and I will never get to eat it again.

Just as I tell a child that wants a new expensive toy RIGHT NOW...that I will write that down and keep that note so that for Christmas or a birthday I will remember to ask that child if they still want that toy as a GIFT then........I can look at a recipe or a special food that really is tempting me...and I am not hungry or it is not appropriate at that time....I can write that food name down, or take that recipe and fold that paper up...and drop it in a box/jar/bag that I am naming the TEMPTING FOOD OPTIONS FOR LATER storage place....( without ever looking through those papers until I am at goal weight....)...but remembering that any food is okay right now as long as I eat it in appropriate amounts...this technique is only for things I feel will mess up my weight loss by eating it out of control now.

As long as I remember that waiting for the payoff is a good thing.  That self control is a good thing.  That keeping my eye on the prize is a good thing that is achieved with hard work and determination.


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
One thing...you will not always remember, so proper planning and other ways of lifestyle maintenance are necessary. i do it with veggies. i cannot always do proper portions, etc., so i make it work using my own methods...keep on.. just be good 80% of the time, not 100% as nobody is perfect. give yourself leeway.

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
Yes...we all need to do what speaks to us as doable......if filling up on veggies works for you..then you should do exactly that. Eating less these last couple of days has made me notice that I feel better with less food in my stomach...I like that.

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
sometimes i yearn for a break from the volume too...and i'm happy also feeling less volume!

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
I am quite uncomfortable with a full stomach...I never have been able to eat the quantities that others eat...my problem was grazing too often...LOL

happy-1 on 09/08/2018:
Nutritionist said that if I am obsessively thinking about a food that I am really craving like orange chicken, I should just have it and get it over with, but to stop and toss the rest when I’m satisfied. I can’t seem to waste food though. I am doing a lot better this week with the chocolate protein powder. If I am craving chocolate, I’m supposed to have the protein shake first.

Maria7 on 09/08/2018:
Good plan!

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Sep 05, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Yesterday went really really well.....actually very little food....I know I can't keep up eating under 600 calories a day...but it made a great start....I'm in the mode and now it will be easier after getting through the first day....today will still be very low cal.......I am planning to stay away from the scales until my clothes get too big...then I will know for sure it will be safe to weigh in.

Nice weather today....and I have to go to the grocery store for a few things.......

Need to start taking my vitamins and supplements again today to fill in where I am short .

Working on more just plain tap water.......the sodium in the other zero things is making me hold a lot of water.

Excited to have had a successful day one.

coffee 2 = 9

It's 8:45 a.m. and the shopping is done........I cruised right past all the tempting stuff....got a couple of things for D that do not tempt me so I'm good there.....got plenty of fruit, veg, eggs and meat...........so I'm good here for awhile.  

Came home and had oikos toasted cocnut vanilla yogurt = 160


breakfast 169 cals


2 cups mixed lettuce = 26

2T ranch = 148

1 1/2 cups diced chicken breast = 396

cooked peppers = 14


so far today = 757 cals

Dinner = 409

Mentally into this..it doesn't happen very often...usually it's a struggle.....I love when the need and the ability work together in harmony.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/05/2018:
Well done yesterday! And a good plan of attack for today and the remainder of the week... or at least until your clothes start to feel looser.

Enjoy the weather! For me, the cooldown is coming tonight. Oh I can only hope!

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
Thank you...and it is a bit muggy here today....but cooler air is on it's way YAHHHH!!

graindart on 09/05/2018:
Good job. Keep on-plan and the plateau will be broken.

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
It's going really well...thanks!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
and sometimes those zero cal things just make you crave more food no!? does to me!!

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
Nutritionist has been on me for the flavored yogurts and the hidden added sugar. I have been off them for a couple of weeks and my appetite is easier to control.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Sep 04, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Another rain day...so lots will get done indoors.  I'm kicking the plateau busting into gear today.......the plan is to post what I eat in detail...so that I can go back and look at brands, foods and portions to see what is most effective.  I remember this wt range being a really tough one in the past to break...so I kind of expect it to take awhile....but I will do whatever it takes short of surgery or diet pills.  I do remember in the past having to drink a lot of water to get past it...so that part is easy.....funny how it took D a long time to get past this group of numbers too...but he did it....and now he weighs less than I do...and that can't happen for long...LOL...makes for great motivation.  My food scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons are ready and waiting........onward and downward......and no food is forbidden......for me forbidding food is a binge maker.......all things in moderation is key for me.


16 ounces coffee = 9

yoplait girl scout caramel coconut yogurt  = 160


1 cup homemade chili =321  ( ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, spices)


28 green grapes = 99


590 cals

5 cups water not counting coffee


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/04/2018:
You can do it! A couple of ideas that may or may not work: 1. Drink more water, before, during, and after you eat 2. Remember the "3 bite" rule for moderation. (Taste payoff decreases after the 3rd bite.) 3. Take a more thoughtful approach: are you really hungry or is it something else? 4. Savor and enjoy every bite and sip :)

Finally, this is just to break through the plateau and not a life sentence.

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Thank you Donkey for the reminders....they work and are well worth doing!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
i also find it easier to bust thru plateaus doing what you are doing, exactly. moderation. but not total deprivation.

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Learning to eat a favorite in moderation is tough sometimes...but a necessity...otherwise I will be doing this over and over and over again!

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
i have had to diet and lose weight 2x in my life...it seems like enough....i would hate to do it over and over and over...it's like a very cruel mind game.

happy-1 on 09/04/2018:
good job!

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:

BearCountryGG - Monday Sep 03, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 It's been a nice holiday and eating was quite okay........didn't count....but did get in plenty of meat, veggies and fruit..........

Tomorrow...I will be on a plan to bust the plateau I've been on for awhile.....scale is not moving like I want it to...so I got out the scale, and measuring cups and spoons and made them easy access.....I was thinking back to past years plateaus......I can remember 7.......104, 130, 169, 209-211, 236, 246, 250....funny how it seems lik my body just picks these little niches....and fights to stay there....I have always had to do something different to shake things up to get out of them..................

I've been eyeballing sizes and meausrements of food alot..........so now I start measuring again....I will also keep busier during the day......also exercise will be a daily thing as well as vitamins and supplements.

I WILL BUST THIS PLATEAU.....no matter what it takes.

Starting tomorrow...things will get serious.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/03/2018:
My body has had numbers it sets at, comfortably, too. Isn't that odd? :) You can do this, Bear, I know you got this!

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
for now, i'm happy to maintain my current weight like FOREVER lol...but even this plateau needs maintenance mode...it's always easier for me to bust a plateau with an increase in some cardio...perhaps an extra walk or two every week for you!?

yes, measuring should help too.

your goal is good with your plans.

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
break it like a wall!!!!

BearCountryGG - Saturday Sep 01, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Well...it all seems to be working again...and I have to wonder how long it will last......I can imagine this is all just what we signed up for when we moved up here...I guess I'm just having a little trouble adjusting , life in the Detroit suburbs was so different than this......in good ways and bad.......Being born in the inner city and raised with that...and then spending the next 40 plus years in a Detroit suburb was a completely different world.

Here we can expect bears on the porch, deer running in front of the car in multiples ( 6 on Wednesday)...tick bites, outages of all types, nothing happens quickly or easily here.....and I am doing my best to embrace that.....still have some work to do on that.....and I do wonder why i am always so surprised at the slowness of life here.....I need to seriously wrap my head around this and accept it as it is.

Scales are staying right where they are......I need to step up my game because I do remember being stuck at this point for a long time many years ago....so a plateau is what I am currently looking at.

Not hungry so sticking with 2 cups coffee so far.

Things just changed for this holiday weekend, 3 of D's siblings and families will be up here at their cabins so we will be together until Tuesday......I probably won't be counting but they are all diabetics so the food should be basically ok.........anyway.........Tuesday I will be back at working on the plateau...and I also want to set up some kind of day planning that involves blocks of time...or something like that....it will make me be a little more active throughout the day........and keep me from relaxing too much....so......Planning on some good visits and some healthy meals.....and tuesday will be a new start on that plateau.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
LOL - "I have to wonder how long it will last" -- so glad it's back! Country living is different. My folks had to deal with a lot of these issues when they lived in the middle of Wisconsin. It has pros and cons, as I see it, but it is nice to get away and join a more natural setting. My husband MUST have reliable high speed internet, so that right there kind of defines where we can live. *sigh* It is what it is, so no sense in debating it any further.

I was remembering fondly, earlier this week, the summer family reunions my folks would host in Wisconsin. I'm kind of wanting that for this weekend, but mom lives in Vegas now, so... Please enjoy your family visiting for me :)

PS I really like your plan to attach your plateau!

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
I need to get into action mode...LOL

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Sorry, that should be "attack" not "attach" -- unless I meant "detach" from your plateau, LOL....

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:

graindart on 09/01/2018:
There are several things I'd enjoy about country living, but there are also a few that I'd definitely miss. Tops on my list of things I'd miss would probably be fast internet.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
Lately I've been missing any kind of internet.....and then here comes winter with our long rolling desolate roads.....it has it's drawbacks.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
i've had life moves too...where i am living now the past 6 years or so is DEF not how i was raised. now i'm practically in a city and before it was suburban. just different. little more packed and crowded. some good things are that you can do all the shopping you need with stores relatively closer than they were growing up...anyways, sometimes, you just miss what you first had! those were your first memories!

glad you are back on the internet! glad you are eating well. sometimes it's good to take a break from inhaling food when you aren't hungry...i agree. but then when you are, i find it useful to either eat many veggies or fruits...to fill up your stomach...so you don't it everything...i had a good solution myself this morning!

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Welll house home and WiFi are out again. Apparently it’s a power outage somewhere else. So back to using iphone again so that doesn’t work well for me we are low on gigs so will be back when I can

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/31/2018:
(((hugs))) Now, no stress eating, you hear? ;)

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
I was good...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
laughing bc of Donkey's comment..love it!

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Back in business again and it's about time because it didn't take me long to throw caution to the wind and stress eat.......I seriously hate how quickly that happens....but in the afternoon the phone and wifi came back on and I can put that behind me...but oddly....in the middle of the night 12:30 to be exact.....THE PHONE RANG...telling me that everything was repaired!!!!!  IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!  Do they not realize that other people live in different time zones????  Unbelieveable!!!

Okay...enough of that...I'm counting calories to day just to make sure I'm going to behave myself.

2 cups coffee = 9 

Sandwich = 255

beef and broccoli, mushroom, green bean stir fry = 302


kind bar

probably enough for the day

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/31/2018:
How bad was the stress eating?

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
I get into the granola type bars when I get stressed...very old bad habit...and they add up fast.

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Probably added a couple hundred cals per day for 2 days.

legcramps on 08/31/2018:
Dang, people are inconsiderate!

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Amazingly so!

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 30, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

May be getting WiFi and house phone back on soon. Just got a recorded message that they found a problem. Hoping today is the day. All I got yesterday from them was excuses a lie about them leaving a voice mail. They didn’t . I really don’t like using the phone. Not many gigs left on that.

Finally everything is working again.......I almost wondered if it was going to be another day....must have been a problem somewhere away from here...because they never came to this house.......originally we were the only one out.....but by this morning others had reported it too.

Not the best eating these 2 days.....never counted....it sure doesn't take much to start stress eating...........need to be a lot more careful tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2018:
well, i hope they get around to fixing it for you today!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2018:
Done this afternoon.

Donkey on 08/30/2018:
I'm so glad you're back! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Me too.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 29, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Lost the WiFi in last nights storm and they haven’t fixed it yet not used to doing this site on my phone so will be back when WiFi is restored

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2018:
YOU GUYS ARE SO SLOW OVER THERE...the workers really need to get back on that....so they can restore your service to DD!!!!!!!!!

Wishing it gets fixed soon :)

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
It’s crazy and frustrating

Donkey on 08/30/2018:
Hope your technology gets fixed soon. I find myself posting through my phone more and more. I hate doing that, but I almost never get to my laptop anymore...

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
The laptop is my go to place for internet. Phone is just a back up for me

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