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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 28, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Up and just dealing with a cold/allergies?  Another rainy day but fine with me, I'm not making any plans other than sleeping and resting.  

coffee 2

crackilin oat bran dry cereal

chocolate almond milk 



ice cream

Took 3 naps today...makes me wonder how tonight will go...apparently a gigantic storm will hit us aroud 11....and go all night and into tomorrow morning...lots of damage to the west of us........intresting August.

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

Donkey on 08/28/2018:
The rain keeps missing my area! Woke up to lovely thunder, but nothing came of it. Maybe tonight...

Rest up and feel better!

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
We're getting a huge storm tonight...I'm wondering if you are getting that now?

graindart on 08/28/2018:
Started to get a stuffy nose myself. Hoping it goes away instead of progressing into anything else....

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
This too shall pass.

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2018:
does sound like a cold then. but a lot of people do get allergies this time of year indeed!

i am going to take some advantage of the long holiday weekend ahead, will have to rest more.

rest is good, in my opinion, for the body.

you make me want to get a decaf coffee...YES!

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
I still don't know which it is but it sure makes me want to sleep.

legcramps on 08/29/2018:
I hope you are feeling better soon! Stay safe from the storm.

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
No trees spun here. Just lost phone and internet

BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 27, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Another rain day here......and we both woke up with allergies or sick ( red itchy eyes, sore throat, plugged up ears, runny noses)....I got up and ate and then went back to bed and slept some more.   He seems like he's feeling better, I'm feeling worse.


iced tea




gravy with beef

ice cream


chocolate raisins


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

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
i forgot...did you say you do not take allergy medicine? for me, it helps tremendously...even the over the counter stuff has worked 100% for me these last few years..

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
I don't take allergy medicine but when I get a sinus infection I will take a couple of doses to get things running again. They basically all knock me out.....and benedryl is said to cause alzheimers….so we use that very sparingly too. I think this is a cold for me...and allergies for him...in fact mine might be strep throat.

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
as of late, sleep is my best friend too!

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
I see more naps in todays future for me...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
wow, you used to house folks on summer vaca? were they old friends of yours?

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
Back when I was downstate caring for my parents...Denny's hunting buddies stayed here...since I moved up here 3 years ago no......we don't have a guest room anymore...turned that into a TV/Den room. Basically it forced his hunting buddies to bring their trailers up...or buy a place of their own...but the trailers need water and they often get it here....and repairs to their (everything)...seem to be done here. Plus D seems to be the one that loans out electronic equipment as needed....( transmitters, antennas, chargers...etc)

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Rain just seems to be the story of the weekend...more on it's way today...I have been thinking of painting some more lawn furniture but it won't dry out long enough to do that.  Maybe  it will have to wait for next spring......got a very late start on that this year because D couldn't help me move it ( knee).  Friends seem to keep our  weekends and some weekdays busy anyway.  The woods sure does attract the city folk!  LOL......The problem is they come up here and tear around on motorcycles, quad runners, dirt bikes and bring their friends and their beer and then they go home and we have to live here.  We don't let them stay at our house any more, but they like to hang out here off and on...and the minute they need something, like tools, or water or help with a motor or a babysitter...they show up....and of course here we are....ready to help out..  Maybe we need to rethink that for next summer.  One has 2 dogs that are only housebroken on pee pads...they stand on the *&^% pad and pee on the floor...well NOT ON MY FLOOR!!!   Once our old dog passed away...there will be no more of that...she was only that way in her very old age so we dealt with it...oldest son is dealing with it now too with his very old large poodle and that dog is also near the end of it's life....what we will do for our pets......but guests that are too lazy to put their dogs outside and just let them go all over the house is something else completely.  Anyway...enough of my rant. 

Breakfast was toast with PB and J


Lunch will be a salad, beef and ?

Dinner will probably be yogurt or cereal and fruit

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

jasmine on 08/26/2018:
Hard to beat PBand J

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
yes it is.

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
I love PBJ toast!!!

When my folks lived in northern Wisconsin, they had to endure similar noise and chaos quite often. They lived on a lakefront, which most if the time was lovely, but every one in a while, the would be some obnoxious folks. Noisy, inconsiderate, ignorant of water etiquette...

But the folks would get even once a year with their huge family reunion, lol...

Food plans sound good. It's not too late for your furniture project!

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
It's funny how some people just get away from home and act like complete jerks.....just letting their hair down I guess.....up here they are known as flatlanders....( funny that just a few years ago we were flatlanders...LOl)

graindart on 08/26/2018:
Love PB&J sandwiches or toast too. Unfortunately I can't eat just one. The last time I decided to eat "1", I ended up eating 5 sandwiches in a row. Then the next day I finished off the PB jar with another few. Funny how that never happens for me with carrots.....

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Definitely one of my addictive foods too...and I'm allergic to peanut butter....so far...it hasn't been deadly...LOL......if it ever got to be a serious allergy...I would surely miss it.

happy-1 on 08/26/2018:
Oh no... a dog on pee pads is not a dog you take to visit friends.

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Unfortunately these people do...but the funny thing is the dog stands on the pad and totally misses it...and that is OK with them...LOL

Maria7 on 08/26/2018:
In my much younger days, I put up with a lot of inconsideration from 'friends'. Finally had enough and bid them farewell from destroying my home. Still speak and act loving when see them infrequently. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Yes...people are usually really ready to take advantage. Many years ago when our kids were little...friends came over with their son. The child proceeded to beat on our living room wall with a metal toy....D said.."we don't let our kids do that to the walls"....the boys dad said "we do"'''"we never tell him no." So D went and got their coats and basically said "Goodbye"......LOL

BearCountryGG - Saturday Aug 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Looks like storms will be rolling in soon...so most likely an indoor day.....opened the fridge this morning and noticed a big quantity of leftovers......maybe I should just eat what is in there today....guess I had better count calories as I go.....I think it will be things with more calories.........sometimes I like having leftovers....sometimes they bug me because I can't seem to throw them out unless they are truly spoiled...old bad habit of mine which has led to the human trash can syndrome......LOL...

YUP.....eating leftovers no matter what they are today.

And to start off on the make do today...I messed up and apparently put a hot chocolate  k cup in the machine today instead of coffee...and I'm sure it has calories......so I guess I will start with that.  UGH

hot chocolate = 103

coffee = 5

Mystery leftover number one turned out to be about 2 cups of prepared ( from a box) three days ago....macaroni and cheese......I decided to go for it...so that along with some spray butter became my breakfast....( I still need to figure out the calories)....and i realized that this could be a good way for me to stop the food storage problem.....( storing food in great quantities is an issue that needs to stop for several reasons, 1 being that things expire, another that this stuff isn't very healthy and thirdly, it takes up room and money)....I'm sure that this will help remind me that when i pull something off the grocery store shelf....that it is something that I will HAVE TO EAT rather it's good for me at all......for us, at all.

I can only guess what the next unknow tin foil pkg will be.......whatever it is...I will eat it.....like punishment for hoarding too much food here. 

Well...shocker...I just looked up the cals on fitday for the mac and cheese...and it was 800 calories for 2 cups.....added spray butter was 0 so, so far this day I've eaten 908 calories...........if the next mystery package isn't veggies....I may have to stop this for today........not that many calories left......well..that was a wake up call.

I'm thinking this whole thing could be expanded to clear out freezers and boxes of canned, boxed and bagged foods.......Since I've been a food hoarder since about 1999.....I can see where this could help control that.  This may just be a lesson that I can wrap my head around.

The sun never rose this morning ( or it's behind the storm clouds)...it's as dark as night here at 8:15....lights on, tv reception out........and I skipped my regular morning bath because being in water during lightening isn't wise.....I've already eaten 2/3 of my calories for the day.........interesting...and different.

sooo....used 908 cals already

lunch was 

mixed lettuce 2 cups = 14

2 T ranch = 148

1 cup cooked tomatoes = 46

3 ounces beef = 215





1,331 cals so far...so it's still good......thinking mayb just yogurt tonight...and all should be well....I have to say....veggies to the rescue!!!


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

Donkey on 08/25/2018:
I see you are getting the rain we had here in Chicagoland yesterday... It was very windy too... and chilly at below 70. Hard to believe it's going to be 90 degrees tomorrow... *sigh*

Ya know, I've had your breakfast scenario happen to me as well -- where I have a heavier start to the day. I would encourage you to still have the other meals -- don't punish yourself -- but maybe just make them lighter or smaller, perhaps. OR just chalk it up to a day with more calories. These things happen; be kind to yourself.

When my son was gone, my husband had to make a serious readjustment regarding food: groceries, meals, etc. It's a process. You can do this :)

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Veggies saved it...I'm full from lunch...and it does help point out to my thick skull that veggies are very low cal!!! We had kids in the house for 30 years....and I do have to say...it was very difficult for me to ever adjust to cooking smaller quantities...I still struggle with that today>

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
yep, mac and cheese is some high cal stuff being that noodles are high cal / dense and so is liquid cheese! i'm sure it was great though.

if mac and cheese were healthier, lower cal i mean, i'm sure i'd be eating it more often too! they should come out with macaroni fully made from cauliflower lol....they are almost there, but the calories are still high. its made from cauliflower and pea protein i think and the calories are the same as regular macaroni! dumb!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Yes...cauliflower macaroni would be terrific!!!!! the pea protein pasta is possibly made with people who are gluten free in mind?

jasmine on 08/25/2018:
There is nothing wrong with more vegetables. ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Maybe that is when I will like them....when they are the only thing within calories...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
OMG, Jassy and I seem to be on the same page regarding VEGGIES hahahaha :) I like her already!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
You two can trade kale recipes...LOL

BearCountryGG - Friday Aug 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Not sure what I will be doing today....no plans yet.....but started out hungry....not a usual start to the day for me.....so as usual....3... 400 to 500 cal meals.


coffee/creamer and scones = 480

Having a late lunch so snacked a bit on raisins and cashews

Lunch = beef patty, tomato and carrots

iced tea

a few crackerrs with low fat cheese and pb

diet pop


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

Donkey on 08/24/2018:
I apologize that I didn't comment on your le number! Woot!

Hungry days are challenges to your resolve to stay on plan. You can do this! It would be a good day to lead up on vegetables ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
Yes...wanting veggies today.....I can go days not wanting them.....and then..suddenly..I'm craving them...it's definitely going to be a veggie day!!!

graindart on 08/24/2018:
Hungry days aren't much fun. I try to remind myself that I've got plenty of fat still and the body will be forced to get its fuel from those areas if I stick with my normal eating plan. So basically I try to remember with each hunger pang that I'm hopefully losing a little more fat.

Of course it's little comfort when I know that my hunger could go away immediately with just one little donut :)

But then again if I could eat just "ONE" little donut, I wouldn't be overweight in the first place......

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
So true....I remember Oprah many years ago saying that she was shocked to find out that after 7 at night...hunger meant that her body was burning fat and that if she didn't eat, that would account for her weight losses. We have been so used to feeding our hunger, it can be hard to switch gears but it needs to be done.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2018:
hungry days may come yes! nice, a scone! i bet you enjoyed it!

also, like donkey said, congrats on your number! look how good you are doing!!!!! keep on! wonderful!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
Thank you....and the scone was good...but high cal....so no more of those.

Maria7 on 08/24/2018:
You are doing really well and are an inspiration to us all!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2018:
aww...thank you ...I really enjoy this group.

BearCountryGG - Thursday Aug 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Just going with the flow today.....early morning shopping trip ( 2 stores)...and then just having an easy day otherwise....eating is kind of whatever I can russle up today....it's been staying between 1,200 and 1,500 cals...so naturally....that it usually works out to 3 meals between 400 and 500 cals each...and zero cal drinks....fall must be on it's way...a few leaves are turning...and it was in the 50's in the car this morning. 

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

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2018:
i love a trip to the stores when there are no lines and you have the place more or less to yourself :)

good idea with your eating and drinking...very nice BCGG. always keep on...

it was a nice day here too. in the morning, i was grateful i had a sweater with me. and then coming home, there was practically a cool breeze. it was upper 70's, sunny and beautiful today! like a beautiful FALL Day!

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
Yes...turned out very nice here too....and the store was empty...only 3 cars in the lot.

BearCountryGG - Wednesday Aug 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Mountain of laundry day...........scales were good.......I've been holding onto water...and it finally resolved itself with all of yesterdays iced tea....that stuff is like magic for me....it will be another iced tea day for me.


leftover birthday cake

2 bananas and 2 egg microwave souffle

iced tea

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

horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2018:
I have reserved my Saturday for Mountain of Laundry Day :) i'll do it all before the wedding :)...so that Sunday can be used for other more fun things.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
Wednesday has become my official laundry day somehow....it works out best once a week for us...daily means a lot more loads of mixing colors...LOL

graindart on 08/23/2018:
Less than 10 lbs away from your weight starting with the number "one" again. Good job.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2018:
I'm looking forward to that.

BearCountryGG - Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

It's a rainy day here...and rainy days energize me....so I'm cleaning out closets and cupboards....always looking for ways to downsize.......It's D's birthday....I'm cooking him a nice NY strip steak.....and I will make him a cake later..........going to be a quiet one...downpours in the immediate future.

2 coffee


smoked sausage


cranberry scone with spray butter

iced tea

birthday cake

done eating for the day

zero cal. liquids only if needed


Sorry...but the kale made me do it........................

Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 08/21/2018:
It's cold and wet here. A week or so ago we were hitting 100+ degrees. Yesterday the high was 63 degrees and it's 42 degrees at 7am this morning. All I want to do is crawl back into bed.....

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
Raining and cooling things off here too......

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
so coconut oil prevents sticking? or maybe it just tastes even worse!? lol...

here, it's been cooler and rainy :) i don't mind the cooler weather (mid 70's the past two days)

it's been a very overall calm summer. weatherwise too. just a bit of rain, perfect if you work & want laid back weekends.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
Stole it from FB......just a commentary on kale...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
happy bday to D!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
He says Thank you!

happy-1 on 08/21/2018:
Oh I would love cool rain. So dry and hot here.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
we do have the fill 4 seasons.......it's been hot....but we have a few leaves turning already.....

legcramps on 08/21/2018:
Love to sort through things and downsize when I have time... I haven't had that kind of time for awhile now :(

Enjoy your day!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
TY...got a lot done today...I love sorting too.

Donkey on 08/22/2018:
Happy birthday D! You did quite well! I love how you wrote: "done eating for the day." Something about just stating that is very powerful.

BearCountryGG on 08/22/2018:
D says thank you...and yes...self talk does work for me......I can get kinda bossy with myself...LOL

BearCountryGG - Monday Aug 20, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

 Spent the last hour emptying, scrubbing and cleaning out the fridge.

Threw out a lot

Found some things..>LOL

Decided since yesterday was a very low cal day...with lots of fresh produce......I would do that again....it went well......and this stuff needs to be used up....I also found lots of pickled types of things that need to be used........so....I guess I will be making up for all of the veggies i didn't eat in the past.

2 coffee


1/4 cup milk

pickled veggies

muscle milk

a starbucks juice drink

smoked sausage




ranch dressing

1/2 serving of noodles w/sauce


Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/20/2018:
Good job!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:

happy-1 on 08/20/2018:
Good job!!!!!

legcramps on 08/20/2018:
LOL, nice

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
Hey...look at me eating veggies...LOL

Maria7 on 08/20/2018:
Good on eating fresh veggies. I've got fresh fruit I need to eat today. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
It's the time for it...soon it will be fall.

Donkey on 08/21/2018:
Eat the fresh vegetables now while they're available. Not easy to do in the winter. I struggle so in the winter with this.

Donkey on 08/21/2018:
... struggle with the lack of tasty fresh vegetables, in the winter, that is... Didn't finish my thought!

horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
enjoy all the veggies and fresh tasting produce.

BearCountryGG - Sunday Aug 19, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 213.6

 Allergies are really kicking in today..........but planning on counting and staying active anyway...........some days I count...some days I don't but doing that periodically helps make sure i'm staying on track.  Shooting for 1,200 to 1,500  with 1,500 being maintenance ( for me)


2 coffee 9 according to Fitday

yogurt = 140


149 for breakfast

Cleaning up TV room...and tossing a bunch of papers..........


1/2 cup cucumber

cole slaw 1 cup

toasted bagel with spray butter

tuna pouch ( lemon pepper)

diet root beer



LaCroix water


829 for the day.....I'm quite surprised.......I'm full right now...and have no desire to eat more.......

Progress as of today: 39.2 lbs lost so far, only 68.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/19/2018:
I had watermelon for lunch and wow, was I full afterwards -- and it didn't take much! Pair that up with the carbonation and that could be why you're feeling satisfied :)

I am particular about tuna, but I *LOVE the lemon pepper tuna packets -- and so effortless!

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2018:
Low cal and so easy...I love tuna that doesn't have to be drained...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2018:
great job today!

i had tuna today too...i will probably be eating it at least 1x a week for a few weeks :)

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2018:
So easy!!!!

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