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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up and feeling good......a good list of things to keep me busy.......I swear  that if I became a minimalist...I wouldnn't have anything to do......( sometimes it sounds tempting)....

Super low cal day ahead...and after yesterdays hungry day...I think it will be easy enough......no desire to eat at all right now so that's a good sign.

Read something

Exercise something

Prep something

Homemaking Dailies

TV off until evening

Eat to lose

304 cals for the day

coffee = 2

We have a change of plans today so we will be away from the house....I'm going to be eating fruit/veg and rice cakes today.......and I'm looking forward to getting a new set of calories for tomorrow......but luckily I'm not hungry today so that helps a lot.....

I'll be back tomorrow.........

Here is a picture that I didn't take...a neighbor did...and she took it around the same time I took mine yesterday...the sun was brilliant and lit this beautiful northern michigan up......here is her pic...just because I think it is outstanding.

 

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/30/2020:
Spectacular colors! Did you use some kind of color enhancement filter?

bearcountrygg on 09/30/2020:
This was taken by a neighbor...I don't think she did.......it was super bright sunlight at about 8 yesterday morning and mine were taken about the same time...this is exactly how the colors were...I think it was a combo of the direction the sun was at and it just lit everything up.


grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Awesome colours!

Good luck on your low cal day! Love all your daily goals.

bearcountrygg on 09/30/2020:
Thanks.....it will be rice cakes, and veg mostly...and a little fruit....and drinking tea.....


Donkey on 09/30/2020:
Enjoy your day away! Perhaps that will make it easier to stick to a low calorie day.

Beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing the loveliness of your state.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
you sound GREAT. i agree, you are NOT a minimalist.

the colors of those trees are so remarkable! yes, i agree, it's a stunning photo!


legcramps on 09/30/2020:
Love that pic! I am less of a minimalist than I used to be, but still have tendencies towards it. My mind is VERY chaotic and it seems that the more organized I am outside of my head, the calmer and less anxious I feel. So I try to keep my house "empty" of clutter, and I have lots of empty space.

Having said that, BF is entirely opposite and when he comes to visit, suddenly the tables are full of stuff, the floor has bags and socks and hats all over it, and the bathroom sink DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED!


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Heading out early to mail our ballots and other things...no other shopping or stops though...lots to do around here.....and I'm ready to get on with it.

1,734 calories to cover today and tomorrow....I'm fine with that...I would prefer to have excess leftover before the new switch on Thursday....but I'm fine with it.....Eating with some forethought today.

coffee = 2

raisin bagel toasted = 260

butter = 102

crystal light lemonade crystals = 5

Chicken patty = 200

1 slice sprouted bread = 140

sloppy joe meat and sauce = 185

corn = 106

pasta, vegetables/ chicken flavored sauce = 165

graham crackers = 165

snap'd crackers = 100

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1,430

Since I was having a very hungry day...I decided to eat today and have a very low cal day tomorrow.......

304 calories for tomorrow

 

Saw some beauty in my little errand this morning....

The sun was shining just right on my way past these areas...

Also saw some turkeys...and a couple of horses in a pasture watching a bunch of cows....but I wasn't camera ready...:(

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Good morning! You've got this. You will manage your calories today and tomorrow.

I like how you said, Eating with forethought. Yes!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Being very careful today!


innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
When you list reading as a goal - what do you read? A book? an article? a recipe? Something online like entertainment, news or something inspirational? Just wondering.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm reading 2 books..I'm basically always reading The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.....I read it over and over again and find new insights each time....And the other right now is Sing You Home by Jodi Pincoult....some days it's magazine articles.....and I also do some crosswords usually in the late evening.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
You can do it! I'm hoping for leftover calories at the end of each week. I'd rather do really low the beginning of each week instead of being forced to do low the last day.

Mailed my ballot almost 2 weeks ago. My family temporarily in California are still waiting for their ballots from Michigan.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Michigan is having mail issues...We got a package yesterday that was ripped open with no contents....luckily the send is shipping another one out today....but all mail right now is backed up very badly. We got our ballots last week but I took them to the post office so that they would stay in our town instead of going through the Detroit Hub.....

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
If I had put them in our home mailbox they would have gone to detroit.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i also have to fill out my ballot! got it in the mail a couple days ago :)

your photos of fall are amazing!!! so pretty!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
The sun will brilliant this morning....brought out a lot of color and lit up the sky nicely.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Beautiful photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Took my breath away this morning.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Indeed! Spectacular!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm usually not happy with my phones camera...but today I was!


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
My ballot has to go to Tennessee (last place I lived and voted). Have to take it to the post office for international postage, then goest to London, then NY then maybe TN.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
It's a good thing it isn't going through Detroit.....My nephew quit working for the post office in Oakland County recently and went to work for UPS and he loves it there....he was so put off by how the mail was being handled he decided that he didn't want to deal with it anymore.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I've read The Prophet but it's been years.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I guess you could say I never really stop....I pick a section and read it several times a month.......The more I read it...the more I understand it.


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
The fall colours are just so beautiful!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
They are and this morning the sun was shining so brightly....it really accented them.


innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
Stunning color! Things are NOT that far along in NE Ohio.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
There are pockets of beauty here....a lot is still green!


trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Those are stunning photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I gasped when I saw the sun on them this morning.....


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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up and feeling really good today......raining here and chilly and I plan to work on the bedroom today......need to get more order in there.  Happy to have the kitchen done and the pantry.

Headache is finally gone and I don't miss it at all.  Love Mondays and mornings....A whole new start to make a great week........just getting light here now and it's 8:00......

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

Eat to lose DONE

TV off until evening DONE

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Coffee = 2

graham crackers = 110

1 chicken patty = 200

pasta and vegetables with a chicken sauce = 330

Toasted bagel = 220

Butter = 102

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964 cals so far

Chicken wing = 145

mini bag snap'd crackers = 100

pomegranate tea = 0

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cals for the day = 1,209

Done eating for the day

 

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
I'm amazed you can do anything with a headache!

Feels good to get those jobs done, doesn't it?

It's chilly and rainy here as well. Had a few days of sun so can't complain.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I'm sure my headaches are not as painful as a lot of peoples...( they run in my family on my Dad's side...my Mother claimed to never have a headache in her life...Wish I had inherited that trait) LOL It does feel good to get that type of cleaning done..I really want to get back to the days when I had it all under control...really not under control here right now.


Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Glad the headache is gone!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Me too!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i'm glad you are refreshed at the start of a new week also!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I love new beginnings, Maybe that is why i love mornings so much... :)


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
So glad to hear the headache is gone. Those can be such a nuisance.

Your weather yesterday sounds like what I had over here too. The sun peaked out a little bit in the late afternoon. It definitely felt like fall!


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up before 4:30.......headache remains and I now see it's a sinus infection along with low blood sugar.......life goes on.....it will hang around for awhile and then suddenly disappear...hopefully I have some horseradish...that is the best thing that I know of to clear sinuses.....

Weigh in going in the right direction today.

Hopefully finishing up the kichen cleaning today...then on to my stored clothes.........I've said it a thousand times here I know...I LOVE big shirts and I CAN NOT stand baggy pants.....this last few days......I've got baggy pants.....so I need to look through old clothes.........most are just not usable by me anymore........there are a lot of medical scrubs in there.....( make good PJ's but not good daily life wear)......some may just fall apart when I wash them ........I found a sweater that D got me about 50 years ago...and it looks like new and wears like iron...it had a matching belt...but that is no where to be found......I can't believe I saved so many pieces of clothing........and while they are so out of style.....they now look to me to be more like something to wear for  a halloween costume.......I have yoga clothes, Gaia work out wear in purple no less.......scrubs in any imaginable print..( baby foot prints to magical unicorns).....and a ton of white lab coats.......I must have worn regular clothes....but where are they?  I guess it's time to go excavating in the basement...there are bins that haven't been opened in years......or maybe I tossed the regular clothes a long time ago........I'm hoping to find a box or 2...and that elusive sweater belt..........today...! 

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Eat to lose DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

No TV until evening DONE

 

Breakfast

bagel = 220

butter = 102

Peanut butter = 191

apple = 95

coffee = 2

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Lunch

Pepperoni - 420

Rice = 280

Green beans = 16

Jif Bar = 180

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1,506

Dessert = 480........dessert was really small bites /servings of 3 things...1 bite blondie, 2 tiny cookies and a mini honey bun......it's really good for me to see how many calories are really in these types of things because it explains a lot of why and how I ever put on a lot of weight in the past....they were good/sweet and probably not worth the calories...and in the past...I would not have stopped at this amount......everything is a learning experience.

cup of tea = 0

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1,986

2,943 left through wednesday

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes in all sizes!! Well done on your weight in.

I sometimes gets sinus headaches, normally from allergic reaction to something perfumey. If I take 2 sinus pills as soon as I feel it then it usually knocks it out.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks....I hope to get rid ovf everything that doesn't fat or is no longer appropriate by labor day net year....I'd really like to start fresh now.....what I used to wear 50 years ago is now kind of funny to me...LOL I don't think I have ever taken a sinus med...what kind do you use?

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Perfume also bothers me...or even other smells like burning food...etc....it's instant!


grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I use a brand called Sinutab but I don't think they have that one in the US. But they do have Sineaid or Tylenol Sinus.

I've been on antihistamines for year because I became so allergic to artificial scents when I hit my 50's.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks for the ideas...I have heard of sinutab...I will look for that first....We have asthma here and we are careful not to bring scented things into the house where we can help it...our allergies have gotten worse with age too.....I keep childrens benedryl around always ( it knocks me out...even the childrens)....to use if we get too bad......but I will look for the sinutabs...thanks!


Donkey on 09/27/2020:
It NEVER occurred to me to treat a sinus infection with horseradish!!! I am going to remember this!!! Those sinus headaches are quite unique. I hope that you can get some relief.

Within the past year, I finally did a purge of clothing that did not fit me properly, either too big or too small. I still regret donating the size 16 light blue denim Capris, but aside from that, no other regrets.

Have you considered donating all of your scrubs? There are a lot of students trying to get into the health care industry that would appreciate 2nd hand scrubs at a cheap price (e.g. Goodwill, Vincent de Paul, etc.).

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I have sold some on Ebay...in the past.....and will donate them when our places around here that take donations open again...right now they are all closed. The St Vincent De Paul is an hour away....but they were closed the last time I checked.....need to ck again.


grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I started taking OTC antihistamines years ago and decided I really can't take these for life. Went to my GP and he said 'you pay for these??'. Oh no no no, no charge on the NHS (prescriptions are no charge here). And he said it's okay to take for life.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I just checked online at Amazon and walmart for sinutabs....none there.....but I did order some tylenol sinus......so will see how that goes...I'm super sensitive to meds and overreact to some of them so I have to be careful...but since I already can handle tylenol...I went with that...should be here in a few days......Thanks for the idea...i never considered that.


innerpeace on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes of all sizes too - from 12-24.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I've made good use of many of them as the weight came off but then again...i would have been nice to have new ones...I've heard that we shouldn't keep clothes that are too small....or too big for that matter....I did anyway.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
it was fun to read your paragraph about all the clothes you have ! must have been from work work days (the scrubs!)

my menu is really similar to yours lately! peanut butter, bread, some butter...and other things.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I had quite an array of scrubs...in sizes small, medium and large.....We were allowed to wear any color or print we wanted...I even have denim ones......( Now that office does have strict rules for colors)...so not as much fun now for them.......and hospitals and training programs also have rules for the most part now so I'm not sure anyone can wear the prints now......( I do think Vets offices can though)...I think scrubs were the most comfortable work clothes I have ever worn...like wearing my pajamas to work...LOL


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 26, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Up at 4:30 again........went to bed with a headache and woke up with it.....coffee didn't help......but tylenol did.........blood sugar was in the 80's and that causes headaches for me......so had some cereal and milk and got to work on the kitchen cabinets...cleaned out D's snack cupboard...and washed several shelves........getting things that haven't expired back in there and with better organization...and moving the expired things to mine...( I have NO problem eating expired food as long as it smells and looks okay) Putting expiration dates on food packages is a relatively new invention to make people throw food out and buy more in my opinion........I'm tough....I can take it!  """"WINK"""""

Coffee = 2

Honey nut cheerios = 168

milk = 60

 2 jif power up bars to raise sugar level....first one didn't work...hopefully 2nd one will...or maybe it's just going to be a plain old headache.......I'm tough...I can deal. = 360

1/3rd cup beef and noodles 150

2 cups veggies ( broccoli, cauliflower, squash, carrots) = 50

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Cals so far today 790

coconut chips = 170

Banana chips = 140

coffee = 2

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total cals today - 1,102

 

Calories available today are 6,031 until next Thursday - 1,102 = 4,929 until thursday

 

 

 

 

Eat to lose DONE

read something DONE

exercise something DONE

prep something DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

no Tv until evening DONE

We went for a short ride...and the colors are getting better but I got the best pic from our own driveway...very dark here now and a thunder storm coming in.

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/26/2020:
Back on track! I'm just curious to know, do you end up watching TV most nights? It can be a good way to wind down a day.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
NOT USUALLY...If I do it's usually 90 Day Fiancee or old reruns of Big Bang Theory......Not into Tv too much anymore...keeping it off during the day has had that affect I guess. I do like You Tube and Amazon Prime Videos now......I often read too.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
i'm glad the tylenol helped.

i have, one time only, woken up in the middle of the night with what felt like it could be a migraine. it was the only time I had a headache of such nature. i'm glad you were able to take something to ease your headache.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I have a history of headaches but they are tolerable ( runs in my family)....I don't let them stop me...I don't think I have ever had a migraine....only once a extremely painful one that pounded so loud I swore everyone else must have heard it.......Tylenol wore off now and this one is back......I think it's probably low sugar...my numbers were down today....


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
donkey has a good point about TV in the evening :)

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I'm not one to have a problem going to sleep.....I think I'm asleep before my head even hits the pillow many nights.....but lately...TV puts me to sleep...then I have to get up and check the doors a and the cat and get ready for bed...LOL


grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Ambitious! It feels good when I get cupboards or closets cleaned out and reorganized.

We watch one or two episodes of Big Bang Theory every night before bed - makes a nice buffer between news or a drama.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I never get tired of Big Bang Theory......I can watch those over and over again...LOL


grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Nice photo.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
The colors will get better...my phone pics are just not as vivid as real life...but it's what I have.


grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
I don't get many headaches but when I do I am useless.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
awwww...(HUGS).....I usually just keep going.....mine are just a nagging headache...not migraines...I hear they are miserable.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
now that's a cool pic of a country road!

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
Nothing but country around here.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
plus - you got your fall colors in full swing (almost) and we haven't really started here, yet, in NYC area! lovely pic just like a painting!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks....They are getting more and more brilliantly colored...I LOVE Fall!


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bearcountrygg - Friday Sep 25, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Up at 4:30 again...wide awake and lots of energy.......good conversation and a cup of coffee.....6:30 now and ready to get started cleaning out kitchen cabinets......more climbing the ladder....more activity...but I'm ready to get started......looks like a good day.   Schwans delivery day so I will have to stay home.......( no reason to go out anyway).........getting into the food to organize it points out the things that I would really not want to see here.......and makes them harder to resist....( since I'm not one to toss out food.....it usually finds it's way into my diet)...LOL...will probably be a really wild food day...with lots of weird combos...oh well....life goes on....I have the cals available...and happiness counts too.

Read Something DONE

Exercise something DONE

TV off until evening DONE

Prep something DONE

homemaking dailies DONE

Eat to lose....Not Really!

 

Coffee = 2 

Toast and butter = 110

pop tarts = 360

cheese crackers = 200

pineapple habenero sauce = 70

chicken = 440

Well I guess I gave myself a license to eat whatever today...and ...I found plenty......carbs are my best friend today...LOL

I'm not seeing myself eat an actual meal today.....if todays foods had a description I would call it a clown car...........oh well...I have the cals...it will force me to tow the line for the remainder of the days and I can do that...but today......anything goes ( it's really probably not good for me to clean out kitchen cupboards).....D has recently been dieting and he stopped eating his favorites ( that he eats in small quantities) and the cupboards show it....since I have always been a human garbage can......( learned that from my dad when I was a kid)......I have to make it disappear...UGH.....oh well...I'm having fun and I'm full of energy..( carbs do that to me).....so onward...this too shall pass........and now that he is dieting....I see there are plenty of things that I will not be buying for him anymore.......so that's a good thing.

coconut chips 220

cheese balls 400

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noticing that prepackaged things today have whole numbers for cals......LOL......how accurate can they be....I usually deal with odd /irregular numbers when I look cals up on things......oh my................

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cals so far today = 1,800   

Done eating for the day......just water now

 

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Ambitious!

I like to deep clean and reorganize the kitchen cupboards etc at least once a year. Have to use the stepladder. But won't do anything like that until I'm painfree.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
I do it regularly too...don't like the ladder part really but it's needed.....I agree, not the time for you to do that.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
for sure, Happiness counts a LOT! you must have happiness :)

oh gosh, you make me crave a pop tart...i have other goodies at home right now that will satisfy me just as well...white chocolate with a nice white soft liquid filling...some butter cookies...so i'm good.

like you, there's got to be enjoyment in my diet. definite!

are your cheese crackers the one with peanut butter in them? i love those!

chicken with pineapple sauce sounds very tasty. you can always add some veggies to it (lately i forget this important detail too!)

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
No PB...cheese crackers have cheese........I think I'm on a carb high!


legcramps on 09/25/2020:
Sounds like you’ve got the energy to get things done today!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
I think it's carbs...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
i do the "cheese crackers" with peanut butter by keebler. are yours also by keebler? love them!!! :) maybe i'll have some tonight!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
We like the keebler too.


Donkey on 09/25/2020:
I'd like to commiserate with you. I'm sure you can imagine my face when I saw that Husband bought another container of dates....

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
DATES!!!!!!! I just found 2 unopened packages in his snack cupboard this morning......and now he is on a diet......this place is full of this kind of stuff.......he says he read somewhere that dates are good to lower blood sugar...WHAT!!!!! How can that possibly be?.....Maybe we are supposed to be challenged by all of this?

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I feel your pain Donk!!!


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 24, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Glad to have that week done.........today starts the new 9,800 cals

Read something  DONE

Exercise something =Walking, carrying boxes of cans....enough exercise DONE

Prep something...all day DONE

TV off until evening...DONE

Eat to lose......??????? questionable but not sorry

Homemaking dailies   DONE

Need to find out whey we didn't get a car payment bill this month.........I have kept a monthly ledger on bill paying for many years.....and if  it  hadn't been for that...I wouldn't have realized that the bill never came....I / we have referred back to that ledger so many times over the years...I would be lost without it.. I need to make that call today. 

EDIT...Tried to make the call but was on hold with a HORRIBLE screaching sound and the wait was 10 minutes...so resorted to online...and just set up automatic payments...( it isn't due until october 1st...so wont be late this way.).....I've been carrying boxes and climbing ladders all day....getting the pantry organized is heavy work....but satisfying.......I must have burned off a ton of calories today.....taking a break because every step I take...I hear 2 vertebre clicks........I ate a crazy amount of sugar...maybe it kept me going.....but took up a crazy amount of calories........things will start to get easier with the pantry now...another good day and I should be finished

 

Coffee = 2

2 caramel rice cakes = 100

chocolate = 180

1 cup normandy Vegetables = 25

Beef and noodles = 450

Buttered baguette grilled = 222

potato chips = 320

gummies and chocolate = 690

tea = 0

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1,969...........well....I took advantage of this being day one....once I started with the sugar...it was full speed ahead...........No more eating today for me....I have no idea why I don't have a stomachache.......!!!   But actually I feel great and have loads of energy...must be the sugar talking.

ANOTHER EDIT....Just did some research on apraxia.......Our beautiful ,smart, adorable 3 year old niece was just diagnosed....her parents had to wait so long for her...and have been doting parents......and we figured  that was why she wasn't talking.......now with this diagnosis she apparently will have a lifelong problem with talking...there is no cure and the only treatment is speech therapy which will help a bit but it will always be a struggle for her.......( it is something like a stroke...that she was born with)...We are so sad for her, and they started the therapy....so far...only a small progress..in 8 visits..and with covid...they wait in the car...someone comes out to get her...works with her and brings her back to the car......THIS ALONE WOULD TERRIFY ME!!!

No more eating for me today....going to sit down with my cup of tea....and contemplate things.....

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Good plans. All of our bills are taken out by direct debit and we never get any bills in the mail.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
We do that for one bill and they raised it without explanation...so we are being cautious but I see that coming.


Donkey on 09/24/2020:
If you solve the mystery of the late bill, let us know.

I'm so impressed that you got through your low calorie day!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Me too......LOL...Today all the stops are out!!!


innerpeace on 09/24/2020:
I have a spreadsheet and get most of my bills electronically. DH has a payment book for his vehicle so he takes the book page and goes and pays on his truck when it's due. We don't have to wait in the mail for no bills...well we do get them, like when the insurance doesn't pay all that is owed to the dentist or clinic - then we get bills. Bills suck!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I guess I'm old fashioned...I still like them coming in the mail...but I see that changing pretty quickly......

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Just set it up to be taken out automatically.


grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Checks have become obsolete here. Husband was paying bills online since before we were married and that's 20 years.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I like to look over credit card bills to make sure they are accurate.....we charge all purchases and pay all off every month so no interest.....


grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
I used to buy caramel rice cakes. I'll order some this week.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
They really do take care of a sweet tooth..and D who is diabetic and trying to lose weight is eating 1 or 2 a day now....Rice cakes used to be very popular...don't hear of them as much anymore...but they are still really good.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
nice job in tracking the due date and that you signed up for auto payments so the car will not have missed payments in the future! nice job.

That's great you keep your own records so you don't just count on the bill coming in the mail.

I have some bills that I also do automatic. I used to do my rent automatically but because it's the biggest bill, I like to make sure I have enough money in my checking account and don't want it pulled out before I check how much is in there...if that makes sense?

i do pay my internet/cable by autopay as well as my phone and garage bills...i think this is it!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
It's one less thing to think about I guess.....at least it is a bill that is the same exact amount every month....so it will be fine.....


Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
Pay all the bills online, but really like the ones that send both a paper bill and an email. Too easy to lose the email! I have and paid $35 late fees.

What is apraxia? Brain damage?

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I've never paid a late fee...and have always been one to put the bills before any other purchase but any bill that varies per month...I want to look at before I pay it....but this one will be OK....I had to look it up...sister in law says it was a form of brain damage like a stroke....they don't know what causes it to happen but it's permanent....so far they have gotten her to say moo....in therapy after 8 weeks....she is normal in every other way...takes direction, you would never know.....but she can't speak...she makes noises...but can't form words...there is a disconnect between her brain and her mouth when it comes to speech...she will have to concentrate very hard over ever word for the rest of her life...it's sad.


Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
That’s so sad. How old is she?

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Just turned 3 this month.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
how old was your mom when she passed away?

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
89 and had spent a nice day with her...we went shopping, raked some leaves ( which she loved to do)...she read before bed...everything was in place as usual......but she died in her sleep.


grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Sorry about your niece. Hope the therapy works well and she doesn't have to struggle too hard.

I'm always off here since I'm 5 hours ahead of more of most of you.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
Hopefully it does work for her.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Getting a yellow screen and lost my post......so sending this to ck again.

Had a high cal week...birthday cake and pizza were enjoyed so I don't mind.

Last day of my week ( thursday to thursday)...and only 551 calories left...I can do this!

Read something DONE

exerise something DONE

TV off until evening DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

Prep something DONE

Eat to lose DONE

Coffee = 2

Pineapple = 130

caramel rice cake = 50

tuna fish = 90

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cals so far = 272

bagel = 220

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cals used 492

 

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
551? Ouch!

Strange you and Jackie get the yellow screen. I've never seen that.

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Going to be a hungry day...and that's okay...the other 6 were well fed...LOL


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
You too? Musta seen it ten times today. Scary!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
I've seen it many times over the years.....wait awhile...it will straighten itself out.


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Hopefully. I like those Carmel rice cakes too, and the chocolate

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Me too...in fact I like all of them including the plain ones....they all go a long way in filling me up and the sweet ones settle down a sweet tooth...D is eating them for the dessert type reaction too.


grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
Mmmm...cake and pizza!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Yup...but it was short lived.....no more...LOL


innerpeace on 09/23/2020:
I've never seen a yellow screen either. I miss pizza. Have a great day.

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
I'm surprised you haven't seen it IP......no posting when that goes up......back a couple of years ago it was up for quite a few days...possibly a week.


legcramps on 09/23/2020:
I get that yellow screen sometimes too. Just have to wait it out :)

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Yes...it just means try again later.


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Used to eat the plain lightly salted rice cakes with Nutella! Threw away the Nutella

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
LOL....It's peanut butter for me...nutella doesn't call me...but PB...and I'm allergic to it...but that doesn't stop me...LOL


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Oh, PB yells at me too! Need to keep it around though to conceal the dog’s meds.

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
We use it to hide dog pills too...


Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
yep, i've gotten a yellow screen...it happens ;)

nice job at being motivated to do your activities around the house and eat well.

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Thanks!


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
PB is best for the dog meds, although sometimes my big boy sucks it off and spits out the capsule.

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
We had an english setter that did that...she worked so hard to get that PB...then eventually opened her mouth...tipped her head...and let the offensive other thing( bread and pill etc) fall out....LOL


jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Oh, no. Big trauma because the capsules cost $3 each if not more and it was all soggy & starting to dissolve, so we had to try other ways.


Donkey on 09/23/2020:
You did it!!! Way to stick to your calorie count!!!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Glad to have that week end...LOL


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Chilly morning........got out and picked up the Walmart I ordered yesterday.....first time there were all kinds of openings in pick up time...so that was good....saw some fall colors....

They are just getting started......but happy to see the fall arriving.

Friend dropping by in a few minutes...so need to get dressed......

Coffee = 2

 Donkey asked about my numbers a couple of days ago...or maybe yesterday and I've been thinking about doing the math over again.....( not a math scholar here)...and I did come up with a different figure ( using my notebook that I record things in)...and i do see a math problem ( THANKS DONKEY>>>I NEEDED TO CHECK MY MATH).....I don't know what threw my figures off other than I did count a food a lot higher one day than it was...and adjusted my numbers...and the math was wrong......so as far as I can tell today...I have 2,503 for today and tomorrow...which does make more sense.....( I will probably recount again to make sure.  I'm not going to be changing it on the last several days posts because it would bring thise posts up to the top of this page and I don't like to do that.....because it pushes other peoples posts for today down.....although I could correct things in my own comment areas.....( I'm sure I'm the only one that cares about this...but I might for my own record.)

And..........I had cake for breakfast......( and I liked it!!!)....LOL 712 cals  

Chicken tenders = 220

green beans = 31

Baguette slices with butter ( grilled) = 295

cake = 712

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1,972 cals used today...Birthday cake almost gone...hope D eats the rest. 

551 cals left for tomorrow

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
Very pretty, BCGG!

I love the tall, thin trees. Beautiful fall colors...Ours haven't begun just yet!

Have a nice time with friend's visit!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
WE have had cold nights...and that's what changes the colors....I wish my phone did the colors justice....the pics aren't as pretty as real life.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
Beautiful pics! Not seeing much color yet here in NWPA Getting colder though

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
It will happen...we may be further north than you...we are in Michigan...upper part of the lower.


grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Nice colours! I lived in the UP as well as SE Michigan and I remember the colours. Funny though, that the best ones I remember were in East TN.

I don't like to edit my posts either once done and push them to the top.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
I don't mind editing in the same day..adding things for that day......but never for a past days post.....I feel like I'm walking on the ones that posted earlier that day.....


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
Always does! Whole lot of raking going on then! The husband rides around in his Deere and sucks them up. he puts them in the trailer and hauls them off to a recycling place that makes mulch

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
We don't actually have any lawn here...the forest comes right up to the house...we do have a lot of driveway though so D uses the blower there and blows them into the trees.......so we don't even own a lawn mover now and no raking......


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
Would love to have a forest that close. we have at least an acre of lawn, the rest woods. The dogs have a huge fenced in area.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
Our previous place had acres of lawn and D swore we wouldn't have that here...he had to always spend 2 nights a week mowing and it took hours....so we actually have about 6 feet of gravel around the house and then let nature do the rest...and just have to get the tree trimmers in here yearly to cut limbs back........

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
Our dogs are all hounds...and they have kennel runs with their houses inside of a building...but they get plenty of running time in the woods around us.


legcramps on 09/22/2020:
Great pictures! I do love the changes in nature with the changing seasons.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
I bet you get plenty of color around you too legs!


innerpeace on 09/22/2020:
WOW! I love fall and all the different colors. Your area must get really beautiful.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
It does...and there is a huge area that I try to take pictures of every year...but my phone just does not do it justice....and there is no shoulder on the road there so it's hard to get good pics of....but I'm going to try again this fall.....it is amazing there.


Donkey on 09/23/2020:
So glad I could help! It was actually my own confusion that prompted me to ask my question.

Beautiful colors!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
I'm glad you did ask...it made me relook at it.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 21, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Up super early again...Maybe this is my new normal.........I like it actually...I feel great and get so many things done........I love mornings...everyday is a new opportunity to right yesterdays wrongs, do better and make needed changes.  I'm avoiding the scale and feeling like my clothes are just getting looser and looser........always my best gauge.......typical early start to a new weight loss....and it will get more difficult as I get closer to the goal.......but already looking at several items of my clothing now and thinking I need to set those aside.......and dig out some things that fit a bit better......I used to run right to the places in town that accept donations....but now there aren't any........so I guess they will just go to the basement and wait for the day when they open again........too good to throw away. 

Today is the cleaning out the refrigerator day........D opened a new loaf of bread ( straight from the freezer this morning and it was moldy....so it went into the freezer from the store that way....Bummer.....looks like I need to place a Walmart pick up order.  Bread is getting hard to find around here.......Walmart had NONE my last order.......so I picked this ( moldy) one up locally in our smaller store......NOT GOOD!

Had some Schwans french loaves in the freezer..so baking those today....but they aren't regular loaves........and he likes his whole grain sandwich bread.

Really small first world problem.....I guess...actually a nothing in the whole scheme of things.

I'm seeing my carb heavy days...like always.....and still happy that I can lose and still eat them...I do think they can trigger hunger....but I can manage that.

TV off until evening DONE

Read something DONE

Exercise DONE

Eat to lose DONE

Prep something DONE

Homemaking Dailies DONE

5,912 calories to use before Thursday

I look at that number and think I should lower it because I didn't use all of them last week BUT...it's new and novel for me to actually let them go and be proud for the first time in my life where i didn't feel the need to use them up just for the sake of using them because they are there........So I will leave them.

Coffee = 2

Skipped breakfast and went on to lunch

pizza = 440

cupcake = 178

dasani cherry water = 0

tortilla = 330

peanut butter = 180

Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit = 490

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1618 cals

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
You are most definitely a morning person. I don't mind getting up at 5:50 (same time we get up in Thailand).

They sold you moldy bread?!

Looser clothes are definitely a good indicator of loss (or gain!). Good for you!

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
Apparently they did sell us moldy bread...because when I brought it home it went straight to the freezer....took it out...and it's moldy.....small chain store here....they have to be watched closely...they keep past date things on the shelf...put brown meat out under red lights....so...I placed a walmart order for pick up at 9 this morning....


Donkey on 09/21/2020:
I'm confused. The extra calories you had leftover from last week. Did you carry those over or let them go?

That's too bad about the bread.

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
I let last weeks calories go......just like WW points..what you don't use in the week...you lose them...and get new ones in the new week. So for me to voluntarily lose them was a big thing for me..back in WW...I always used them up...it's a relief to just be able to let them go now.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
Thank you Donkey...I made a big math mistake,,,so now i've corrected them as of Tuesday!!! ( in the comments)


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
yeah that is your "normal" that you are a morning person! how nice! i used to be, a very long time ago! (when i was in college i think, also my first years in the workplace till close to turning 30 i guess). so around 8 years only...ok...since i've been a morning person!

i really like how you are experimental and always changing up your routine / diet a little bit....this is good and things are always exciting and far less boring.

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
I don't do well with the same things day after day....I think that's why I keep moving furniture around too.....I like things fresh/different.


legcramps on 09/21/2020:
Yeah I always find that with bread, especially if It’s just a pb sandwich or something like that, it only makes me want another one!

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
Getting hungry after carbs used to lead me to eat more...I've finally accepted that it will happen and just try to avoid eating at that point. Carbs keep me happy...so being hungry after is something I deal with.


bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
Bad math on my part....I should have ended the day with 2,503 cals until Thursday...I should have started the day with 4,121



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