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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 27, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

In the last 5 years or so I have had clusters of times where I would repeatedly ( multiple times a day/night)...happen to look at the clock and see 111, 222,333,444 or 555........I thought it unusual because for the prior years I don't recall that happening.  Sometimes weeks go by when it doesn't happen and then there will be a cluster of days where it happens multiple times a day........that is what i'm experiencing again lately......in fact during the night...2 of the 3 times I woke up last night and looked at the clock... I saw 111 and 333.....then this morning as I walked through the bedroom I saw 555 on my bedside clock.  It always happens in clusters...and often it pushes me to look up why this happens.......it is apparently numerology...which I have little knowledge of but I do find it interesting......I am in a place of being very clear minded right now....that also happens to me in cycles.....( also mainly in the last few years).  I LOVE these times because I understand myself so much better then.........it is as if a light is showing me what to do .......how to best take care of myself and with such clarity.  I found an interesting description that I'm saving for just these times.......

I never see the 666 through 999 numbers possibly because for me it is always associated with the clock on my bedside.  I told a friend a few years ago and she wasn't familiar with it....then said she was seeing it too......come to find out she was setting it up for herself...literally standing there waiting for the clock to change.....that is NOT what happens for me...it is totally random, coincidental  and always unexpected........so once again..here I am...seeing this in increasing frequency.....and I find it interesting and very calming.....and I' m super clear minded....and for the first time I think I will use it as a glimpse into what I am really supposed to be living......I had no idea why yesterday I was so clear again on understanding myself......this explains it.  Makes me wonder if I am being given a sign that I need to follow for my own well being.  Why now....?

When your Dollar General has a hitching post





Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/27/2020:

bearcountrygg on 10/27/2020:
It is...and I wonder why. Such a novice here...but the strong feeling of self enlightenment is so clear. Wish I knew more or understood it better.....it seems good...but at the same time it's a little scary.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
Whoa.... I ask, in the past, when you've had these episodes, what came of them? I would invite you to be intentionally mindful and open and receptive to what this means for you.

This could not happen to me like this because static electricity caused the last number on my clock to read 9. But I know what you mean when this happens. Once is like, ok. Second time it happens, it's like, hmm. So by the third time, it's like, OK what's going on!

Yes, why now? Hmmm...

bearcountrygg on 10/27/2020:
It has happened in the past several times and that is when I always returned to intuitive eating and stopped the calorie counting or at least cared less about it. Always it makes understanding myself so easy....and there is never a question of what is right for me to do. I don't get it....it never happened when I was younger...I would say I was about 66 when it started. I have no idea why.

grannyannie on 10/27/2020:
Yes, it is very strange. I'd love to know why now.

bearcountrygg on 10/27/2020:
Me too....and it eventually goes away....I have been noticing 222 and 444 also lately...sometimes twice a day.....but this morning...3 times in 4 hours was amazing.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/27/2020:
I'd like to add that you've lived a lot...you have so many experiences and life behind you (in a good way). You have learned so much, that you have a lot of experience to help you navigate the present (yes, even tough Covid present). So, i was thinking that it' due to your life experience that is also causing your clarity. Also, maybe your nutrition and better living has lead to more positive feelings within yourself :)

bearcountrygg on 10/27/2020:
Very possibility.

legcramps on 10/28/2020:
Cool! I see 11:11 on the clock/watch/car display so often it's uncanny.

bearcountrygg on 10/28/2020:
I see the ones most often myself and from what I'm reading that means we are on the right track.....I think there is something to it.

legcramps on 10/28/2020:
But then, maybe i've trained myself to subconsciously look at the clock around that time LOL ;)

bearcountrygg on 10/28/2020:
I also see the 2's, 3's,4's and 5's......Yesterday after i wrote this...I later in the day walked into the bedroom and saw 4:44.......( I didn't mention that here).....but I always feel different when I see these...lots of clarity.....and it apparently coincides with what many people believe are our angels encouraging us.....interesting.

Jacky82020 on 10/28/2020:
I’d call that all an interesting coincidence, but many books say otherwise. You could google the subject until the cows come home and then some

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bearcountrygg - Monday Oct 26, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Had a nice leisurely weekend, No problem with daily calories and will finish this month on Saturday with leftovers. 

Kids called to make sure we are still okay.......I hate it that they worry about us.....we worry about them but we are the parents.......we don't want them worried about us.  We are thriving ...and hope that they are too...they seem to be just fine.  Sons and daughter in law, grandsons and great grandsons all well and healthy and for that we are grateful.

It's monday and my daily household routines begin again after the weekend off...........

I'm looking forward to having a months calories...I may lower the number for November because the last 2 times there are calories leftover at the end of the month./week..now I may figure out how many I need for health...and lower to that........I'm so far not tempted to use them up and that was one of my goals.

Bottom line for me is that I'm once again reminded that I just need to eat when real hunger hits.....stopping to think about rather it's really my body speaking to me about it's needs....or rather it's my head speaking to me about wanting a craving that has nothing about nutritional need and instead is about feeding a stress ,with a high cal snack that will lead to more of the same.  ( I'm not against high cal junky foods....because sometimes they are needed......but I am against allowing myself to eat them mindlessly...and instead want to enjoy them again in tiny servings.....relishing/enjoying/savoring....instead of wolfing them down and reaching for more.)......Quality...not quantity...........

I'm enjoying once again......eating when hungry...and only what I'm hungry for ( after giving it thought and time)....................I'm not eating by the clock at the moment......I'm often eating 2 meals a day.....whatever time that seems to be.....often with a 20 hour fast between them and my next meal.......

I'm blessed with a body that easily tells me what it needs.....all I need to do is listen......I know when I'm craving something healthy it's a real need.....when i'm craving sweet things or junky things...that it is usually just a bout of stress eating looming.   I'm noticing that now...if i am craving chips or something salty...it may just be that my body needs salt...so salting the next meal seems to help........If I'm craving a sweet dessert type of thing.....that my glucose level may be low...( I check it)...if it's low...than anything sugary quickly fixes it....if my glucose is fine...than I'm just having a desire for a binge that I really don't need.  Finding something healthy like yogurt, tea, a piece of fruit will provide a little sweet that seems to settle it.........I just need to acknowledge...a need from a want...and it isn't really very difficult.......

I just know that I never again want to be in a position where I need to lose a large amount of weight......I truly wish that when I was putting that weight on.......I had been giving thought to the extra skin that came with it...( when I was young it snapped back).....it really does not snap back after a certain age.....and literally just hangs around......definitely better than being overweight.....but still...there it is forever.......Not complaining....just reflecting......for every action...there is a equal and opposite reaction.............a fact of life.....and sometimes...Karma stinks!

Just keeping a notebook right now with my foods and activities......keeping busy and enjoying life....cutting stress and working on staying healthy and happy.  Exercising daily and working on areas that need it and not wasting time on areas that don't matter.  Keeping my standards and beliefs and feeling secure in those.  Living my best life and finding things to be happy with and about.  There is so much in life to celebrate.....

I know myself better now than probably any other time in my life. 


Happiness is truly the bottom line for me.....because if I'm not happy than nothing I do matters.





Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/26/2020:
It's so great that you are in tune with what your body needs and wants, and how to deal with it sensibly.

Yea, as we get older our bodies don't snap back like they did when we were young.

bearcountrygg on 10/26/2020:
It took me a lot of years to finally figure it out.....

legcramps on 10/26/2020:
Great balance!

bearcountrygg on 10/26/2020:

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
I am SOOOO with you on the indulgent snacks! I love mine also, in small quantities !! yum. lately i'm indulging a lot and just enjoying it like this for awhile longer while i am home.

some people go and remove the extra skin. I'm sure skin removal has a lot of risks as well as a big recovery. I am guessing that is not an interest of yours, but i see people do it. it can also be easier for them to do things, without the extra skin weighing them down or being uncomfortable. I am guessing it's mostly a cosmetic procedure, though i'm not sure.

bearcountrygg on 10/26/2020:
I won't have the surgery because of my age...but if I was younger I would consider it.

Jacky82020 on 10/26/2020:
Well done!

bearcountrygg on 10/26/2020:

Maria7 on 10/26/2020:
Keeping a notebook helps me a lot, too.

bearcountrygg on 10/26/2020:
It sure makes it easy to go back and see what did work and what didn't.

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bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 23, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Enjoyed the debate last night.......The time flew by and I wish it had been longer.

Bad weather coming so I cancelled the Walmart pick up for next week...and will just shop locally today...as soon as it's light....Raining cats and dogs...but I can deal with that.  Waiting for daylight because it's hard to see the Amish around here on their bikes in the road when it's dark.  So dressed and ready to go.......but waiting for sunrise.....Like to get to the store early because the carts have been sitting there all night untouched.


Still raining...back from shopping..looks like everyone has the same idea as I do today...store more busy than usual...plus...they are stocking the shelves..( which is a good thing)...except they are just piling the boxes up in the aisles...makes reaching things hard...and they hadn't started unboxing yet.....so...it was interesting......still raining...got home...wiped everything down with clorox water...got it in the house and most put away....I'm exhausted......pizza for lunch because...i don't have to do anything with it...I need a nap. 

Told D...that we are going to pretend we are Heimo and Edna..in the Alaska outback...and the plane isn't bringing supplies...and we will just have to keep our eyes open for a moose and chickens...because i'm not going to be doing this again anytime soon.........So we had better just work on making what we have around here stretch.......


Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/23/2020:
It is raining here today, too. Sort of like yourself, my husband changes his shopping plans, because of the increased fall risk. Also, rainy days don't help his joint pain.

I see we might get a little snow next week too.

My boss is taking a short vacation up in Saugatuck today through Monday. Just to get away. Not the best weather for that but he needs a break.

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
Hopefully that makes the office a bit nicer for you! Saugatuck is beautiful!

grannyannie on 10/23/2020:
My store has big dispensers of disinfectant and paper towels near the trolleys so people can use them easily. And I like going early as well. Very quiet and few shoppers. I hate driving in the dark though and some of the roads into town have no street lights. Tuesday it was raining as well so I really felt like I was wearing dark sunglasses!

Are you on maintenance as far as weight now, or still trying to lose a bit?

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
our store has wipes for the cart handles too.....no streetlights anywhere here....but luckily there were no Amish in sight today...so no need to worry about hitting them thankfully...they pit these little flashing lights on their bikes usually...but not always....I like to give them lots of room rather they are on bikes or in wagons or buggies...they are slow moving so I don't like driving in the dark here. Half and half...about maintenance and wanting to lose a little more......I will be content either way really....

grannyannie on 10/23/2020:
Donkey, my brother and his wife like to visit Saugautuck. I've taken my son and his girls to Ludington in the summers.

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
I'm not Donkey...But...we used to stay in Ludington for the weekends sometimes...beautiful place on the water.

Jacky82020 on 10/23/2020:
Many Amish where we lived south of Erie in NWPA. Interesting culture. We had an outdoor wood burning furnace and bought firewood from this guy named John who had 13 kids.

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
They do have huge families...we live in an Amish settlement....a big family 4 houses down from us...they are trying to buy up everything in this area.....

Horn_of_plenty on 10/23/2020:
i'm not in the mood to go out either today...the weather isn't rainy but it's been gloomy and overcast all week!

yeah, i was at the store also the past few days and now i'm all set to make everything last as well! :)

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
I'm ready to just coast for awhile.......Never did take a nap...but i think I will be hitting the sack early tonight....Phone kept ringing and now it's too late for a nap..LOL

grannyannie on 10/23/2020:
I noticed Donkey talking about Saugautuck so answered her here.

We rented vacation houses on Hamlin Lake twice. Did a lot of kayaking from the state park. Had a house rented for August this year....but things happened.

Maria7 on 10/23/2020:
Smiled at what you wrote about moose and chicken. I know what you mean about going shopping and coming home and needing a rest. It is exhausting. Were people wearing masks in the store?

bearcountrygg on 10/23/2020:
Yes...everyone was wearing a mask..and most were keeping their distance.....I'm over it....I just want to hunker down and get through winter now. This whole thing is wearing me down...LOL

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
My comment here is also for grannyannie, but I did look up Saugautuck on the map to see how approximate it was to Bear's area (a guess), to see whereabouts in the state of Michigan things were. :-)

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bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 22, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Up a touch later...slept in until 5:30.......feel like I wasted a part of the morning...LOL

Coffee and news and some interesting conversation with D.

Keeping a notebook with food and activities and this month is going really well...still looking forward to doing a whole month in November.

Heading out tomorrow and again monday to shop...............Tomorrow will be the local store and will get the perishables that they have...then Monday to a town an hour away for grocery pick up.......and will see what they have....already they have taken at least a dozen things off my list.....so that will be interesting.......( they removed kitty litter and jello gelatin packages mainly...D loves his SF jello....he may have to live without it...LOl)

Looking forward to the debate tonight.......really looking forward to November 3rd and my all nighter.........and then November 4th...NO political phone messages, email, snail mail, texts, and 3 phones ringing with SURVEYS!!!!  I am so ready to put all of this in the past.

My pants are getting looser...and I may have to scout around and find some smaller ones.......or at least switch to ones with waists that can be adjusted........

I swear I will NOT wear bellbottoms...not even in the house!!!!!!  They need to go in the trash I guess because they kind of bug me... just knowing that they are in the bins.....LOL .....in fact it's not only bell bottoms that need to go.  I should just put that stuff in the garbage can and be done with it.  What I wore when I was 35 is far different from what I would consider wearing today....LOL

So anyway..........a full day here.....not overly interested in food...cooking for D though...and I'm eating when I get hungry.....and it's working out well.



Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/22/2020:
Bell Bottoms! Seems like they come and go. I have a few embroidered ones that I can’t fit into now. Maybe by next spring.

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
I think I'm past that now....I'd probably trip over them...LOL

grannyannie on 10/22/2020:
We thought we were so cool in the 1960's and early 70's with bellbottoms!

Slept in until 5:30! OMG, lazy, lazy! LOL.

Interested to see how you do with a monthly calories allowance.

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
Yes we did.....They definitely made a statement.....I even had my kids in wide bells...LOL 5:30 is late for us...we are usually up at 4:30......old habit from the working days.

legcramps on 10/22/2020:
I just went through my clothes with a sharp eye and tossed anything that I couldn't repair, wear, or still had the tags on! Ugh, there was so much. But I realize that most weeks I filter through the same outfits anyways. I do need to look at buying a couple more pairs of casual dress pants, but other than that, I really don't need much from week to week.

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
I wear the same 5 or 6 outfits myself...and the others just hang around....I figure I have wasted a whole lot of money on clothes that I wore once....UGH

Maria7 on 10/22/2020:
Like you, I am so NOT bell bottoms, ha. Some people like them and I really did when I was 17, but not these days, ha! I even made mine WIDER, adding material into the sides of them back then, ha!

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
We thought we were so cool!!!!

Jacky82020 on 10/22/2020:
But bell bottoms came back in style!

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
Not for me...LOl...I would just look plain silly wearing them now.

Jacky82020 on 10/22/2020:
I will wear mine when my butt shrinks. I have no shame, lol

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
LOL...I'm afraid I would trip over them.....LOL

Jacky82020 on 10/22/2020:
Oh, I’ll hem them first. Lol

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
I have a pair of pajama pants that have very wide legs...and I've got my feet caught up in them a few times.....I don't bounce very well anymore...LOL....Pictures...we want pictures...LOL

Jacky82020 on 10/22/2020:
I just take scissors and cut those off.

Donkey on 10/23/2020:
I'm short with thick thighs. No bell bottoms for this Donkey.

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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Just super busy around here.....always lots to get done.

Placed a walmart order for pickup next Monday.........

Will need to make a trip into our smaller store before thyen for perishables...maybe tomorrow.

Prices are going up...and I just can't get my hands on several things.

One son who lives in the country a couple of hours away says there are people who have just moved into the woods around their area.......some here too.  Lots of trailers arriving as well.......I think things will be a bit iffy in a few days.  People are arriving from the city and suburbs to look for some safety apparently........

I see that the online ordering prices are going up......better to buy sooner than later.  The last time I was in the grocery store...( quite awhile back)...they were up there too then.......I will find out when i go for perishables i guess.

The Berky water filter system arrived...and NO dents...yippee........need to get that set up here in the next couple of days. 

I've been so busy i forget to eat sometimes...so my calories are staying very low here the last couple of days......and that is fine......clothes are a little looser.....but not really getting on the scales because right now...that is kind of on the back burner and not super important to me at the moment.

Thought I was a stress eater.......and I have been in the past...but not right now.....maybe I'm not stressed really since I'm feeling prepared and that is different....will see if that continues or not.

D is doing really good.......he is getting the guy stuff stocked up......and enjoying that. 

Not doing my list these last 2 days....but super busy so doing other things instead.  Daily food is around 1,200 and I should probably add a few calories...I really don't want to lower my metabolism anymore.  I cook for D but am not overly interested in eating........need to though.

MARIA>>>>>>>>>>>. How is your prepping coming along....I know you have really worked on it.....are you still adding?



Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/21/2020:
Lots of people want to get to lower population areas now if they can. We had many from England come up to our area and to the highlands.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
Things are selling here right now...but we have a lot of people literally camping out on vacant land.....some state and federal and...and privately owned land that they don't one.......Here they are trying to avoid rioting areas that they figure will erupt after November 3rd. The US is in a crisis right now........and no one knows what will happen.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Signed in just to answer your question...Yes, a little along and along, as can...everything counts...latest is toilet paper adding...not a lot but got around 40 rolls total...all for only $10 (Dollar General)...So, it doesn't cost a lot to add to preps...it all depends on what one buys to add..sometimes one can afford more to add and sometimes one can only afford to 'sit' on what they've got until they can get more to add...and sometimes one has to use some of what they have that they have been 'sitting' on...it is a lifestyle, being prepared...Some people have stored a lot and some a little...but...ANYTHING stored to eat is better than nothing...and I have been close to nothing in my younger years...Down to 2 cans of food at that time, I believe...It was during a recession and Daughter (now grown) was very little and no job...but someone brought us a box of food and that made a big difference to us on that very cold, winter day! Even had hot chocolate in the box of food that they brought! Smile. So, now, we sometimes try to reach out and help in giving of what the Lord has blessed us with, too. People (hopefully) learn from what they go through in life...Not all do, that is...but a lot of people do...and hopefully people are getting prepared during these times we are currently in of not knowing what is going to be but all the while trusting in the Lord to supply our every need and take care of us, which He does...He teaches us in his word to be prepared....Proverbs 6:6-8....about the ant preparing during the harvest and that we as people, should consider that...So, I do think it is very WISE to be prepared and have food stored (and water and other essentials)...Thanks for asking and I bid you a happy day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
I agree completely, we have been stocking up slowly for years too.......and plan to help others. Back when we were young also...we had little food in the house...I know back in the 60's our grocery budget for the week was $17.,...of course thinhs were cheaper then also....but I know what you mean...what a relief it must have been for you to to receive that gift of food.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
Maria.,...I can see why you don't want anymore of those things.....it sounds like you have bad reactions to them too...there is no reason for a vaccine that makes you sick...when it's supposed to prevent sickness. Personally i don't trust them...they sure don't give us a list of what is in them.

Maria7 on 10/21/2020:
Wrote a comment to you on comments under Annie's post, too.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
Ok..I will read it.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
I am done with vaccines....I have known too many people who have had normal kids and then they ended up with autism after their smallpox vaccination. I get pneumonia on occasion since childhood and considered getting that vaccine...but then the doctor said that people rarely even get that form of pneumonia anymore so he didn't advise getting that vaccine.......I did get the flu shots for years because I worked in a 24 hour medical office...and the Dr wanted us all to get them......and then i went on to get them with my Mom for 7 years while I took care of her........but I won't again.....And I TOTALLY agree with you...anything that is using aborted babies as part of their making of these things is absolutely NOT what I would have anything to do with.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/21/2020:
i've been busier these few days too and my appetite has changed a lot this week...just eating to get thru it...not as interested in health...i hope it changes soon, for now i'm just riding the wave :)

glad you are being productive. i have noticed the prices of things in pharmacy/drug stores to be very high. shampoos, deodorants, soaps, razors...very high prices.

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
Somethings on Amazon are unbelieveable....like $50 for a bottle of Clean Shower...something that is used daily around here......I notice that the 2 soups that are always less than a dollar ( chicken noodle and tomato)...are now $1.50.....Canned vegetables are now $1.50 when they used to be less than a dollar.

Donkey on 10/22/2020:
My daughter tells me that windex has become scarce, apparently. I pulled out a big bottle of it, that we had pre- COVID, and she was like, Whoa, where did you get that?

bearcountrygg on 10/22/2020:
LOL.....I never thought of that...wonder what that is being used for......I'm waiting for white vinegar to disappear......that has so many uses...also baking soda...same thing.

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bearcountrygg - Monday Oct 19, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Up and ready to get started.........slept like a log...woke up well rested and planning my day while waking up.

1.  Read 1 hour DONE

2.  Exercise 30 minutes DONE

3.  Homemaking Dailies =DONE

                                                                                                                                                          4.  Quality time with family DONE...more later

5.  Organize...Emptied a storage box and put things away DONE

6.  Paperwork/calls/orders/tracking DONE

7.  Run the household like the business it is...=Rotating preps so that the closest dates move to kitchen DONE

8.  Be kind DONE

9.  Prayer/worship DONE

10.  Keep my standards, don't react DONE

11.  Planned relaxing time ( use it wisely) DONE

12.  Working on not wasting time.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day.  Some people take control of their time and use it wisely.  I'm not one of those people.  I spend too much time putting things off, waiting to do things another time....and while I'm doing that...I could have just used that time to actually do those things....and then move on to other things........Beginning today I am working on time management and using my 24 hours as efficiently as possible.  Today I plan to cram as much as I can into my day.  Today I feel great, I'm full of energy and I'm ready to get things done.


Made bed

Neaten master Bedroom, dusted, vaccumed

2 loads laundry washed and put away

Rotated preps to kitchen

Emptied dishwasher and reloaded for later then ran

Emptied a storage box and put things away...tossed the box.

Took trash to the garage

Emptied and  sorted( by exp date) 2 more large boxes of canned goods......

Reboxed some canned goods that don't fit into the pantry....

Went and got the mail

Ordered some Generator things for D on Amazon...( That took a long time)

Ready to relax now...I'm worn out





Coffee = 2

2 egg cheese omelette with salsa = 249

4 cookies = 220

pretzels = 120

Beef and  baked beans = 614

barley and lentils = 133

gatorade zero = 0

Beef sticks


Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/19/2020:
Well rested! Ah, what a wonderful feeling.

I'm also a procrastinator.

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
I'm a good sleeper...so that is rarely a problem for me....But boy can I procrastinate....BUT NOT TODAY...LOL

Donkey on 10/19/2020:
I love those days where you just want to live it as much as possible. Have a great day!

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
Me too...Thanks!

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
Sweating like crazy....that must be good for something...LOL

Jacky82020 on 10/19/2020:
Sounds great, Bear! I need to borrow a page or two from your book.

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
Woke up rearing to go...need to take advantage of these kinds of days!

grannyannie on 10/19/2020:
If I wake up feeling ambitious I take advantage of it as well!

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
Gotta get while the gettin is good!!!! LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2020:
lately a lot of what you write reflects what i need to do...time management, when i get to working again, will be a big deal and need to be worked on!

also, i've been sleeping like a log too. something about the cooler temps and it getting dark sooner. it feels so good to sleep thru the night.

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2020:
I like it getting dark earlier....but don't care for the dark mornings......Really helps sleep

Horn_of_plenty on 10/21/2020:
yeah, i'm not a fan of dark mornings...makes it hard to wake up!

anyways, loving your activities and eagerness to get the days started. :)

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
Full of energy here....no need to actually exercise...LOL

legcramps on 10/21/2020:
Looks like you had a lot of "get up and go" in you!

Your comment above regarding waking up in the mornings when it's still dark - I am so there with you. I really dislike when it's still dark out! Now that we're moving into fall/winter, the days are getting shorter and it is making me want to sleep more.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2020:
It is so much easier to just want to sleep....somehow...darkness triggers that I guess.....Yes...i've been taking vitamins daily...and I guess they kind of hype me up...LOL

bearcountrygg - Sunday Oct 18, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Just taking it slow and easy today........

Way more than enough cals for the rest of the month and looking forward to the whole month cals on the first of Nov.

I've been doctoring my coffee up these last couple of days......it involves calories...but at the same time..it is more enjoyable.........I had a can of media crema in the cupboard and didn't know what to do with it...so I'm adding it to my coffee...along with stevia...and It adds enough to a meal to make me not really care for a larger meal and it's settling down my sweet tooth..some.

Breakfast was toast with PB and apricot jam and coffee

Lunch was noodles alfredo with bacon....and mixed vegetables and another cup of coffee

Ended up have 2 pretzel/chocolate pop tarts ( kind of odd) and 4 cookies around 4 o clock.....no more eating for the day

Really excited for the Berkey water filter system that is supposed to arrive tomorrow.......we have well water...and it's fine...but drinking water that has been filtered sounds like a good reason to  drink even more........our water actually has never been tested here......thankfully no iron here...but there is calcium......so filtering it will be better...we have had reverse osmosis systems before and really liked that but that was needed for iron.....so I'm looking forward to stepping up my water quantities soon.

Nice chat with a visiting neighbor.......that will soon end because of snow......then I will basically be chatting with neighbors on Facebook...LOL

Just kicking back and taking it easy today otherr than a few small things around the house......just enjoying a relaxing day.



Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/18/2020:
I’ve been adding chocolate protein drink to my coffee for years, tastes good and traps down my appetite. Love apricot jam!

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
I was using the protein shakes in coffee for awhile...they are good...never did find the caramel ones...I hear they are delicious.....something about something other than black coffee...does make a meal more satisfying.

Jacky82020 on 10/18/2020:
I use the Carmel one sometimes when I can’t get the chocolate. Get them at Walmart, their brand of Premier Protein. Same 30 grams protein and 160 Cals, identical analysis. Walmart brand a huge savings.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
I will have to look for those again.......currently we just have chocolate here.

Maria7 on 10/18/2020:
A Berkey water system! Oh, WOW!!! That is SO NICE!!! Let us know how you like it. I've had it on my mind for a very long time, thinking of whether I'd like to get one or not sometime... Hope you have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
Amazon was out for awhile....but checked a few days ago...and they had some again...they are super popular right now...just we have to drink lake water...YUCK!!! And it is big.....so will have to go on our island...but hopefully it's worth it.......everyone that I have heard from loves theirs...so we will see. They also sell travel size...which wouldn't be bad....We didn't get the biggest one since there are only 2 of us...so I got the next size down...I'm just hoping it didn't get damaged in transit...so many things have arrived damaged lately....They also have a smaller one which wouldn't be bad at all...just would have to refill more often.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
I'd like to see how you like an entire month of calories.

We won't be able to chat to neighbours or friends once winter hits - rain and wind here.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
I'm looking forward to it......only a couple of weeks to go to start that. Already this portion of a month...I am just basically eating what I want and noticing rather I'm hungry or not...so I'm have a lot of not very hungry days...with some very hungry days......so it's evening out really well and will probably have leftover calories by the end of this month.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 17, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Up and at em...and full of energy again..........did  something a little different with my coffee this mornig and it perked me up even higher than I usually am in the mornings....I added cream and stevia......and it was such a nice change.  Sometimes I just find that shaking things up keeps life interesting......( at least foodwise)........so.......it's a little after 6 A.M. and I'm ready to tear into something...a closet...a drawer......i think I will move the extra bedding out of the laundry room and put it into the bedroom...where we actually use it..........I love moving things around and creating different atmospheres............Keeps things in my little world interesting for me.......

1.  Read 1 hour

2.  Exercise 30 minutes at least

3.  Homemaking dailies...at least an hour

4.  Quality family time

5.  Organizing

6.  Paperwork/calls/orders/tracking

7.  Run the household like the business it is

8.  Be kind

9.  Prayer/worship

10.  Keep my standards, don't react


Coffee with cream and stevia =

Tortilla with pb and apricot jam rolled up


I had been putting some things by the basement stairs to take down later and The next thing I knew....D had taken them all down for me.......Well he just made some brownie points!!!!




Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Nice goals again! I love moving furniture around as well. I got a recliner about a month ago and hubby decided he wanted one too, so he got one. Since I've claimed the spot in the front window, he couldn't see the tv as well from where he put his new chair, so we've divided the living/dining with the sofa. I like it.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
I have always loved to move furniture around...I used to take bunk beds down and actually switch rooms with the kids and us.....and put them back up by myself...our bed etc.....When D came home from work he never knew what he was going to find...LOL.....But he was always a good sport about it.....keeps things interesting.

Donkey on 10/17/2020:
^^ I loved your comment to Annie about D coming home to a new arrangement, not knowing what to expect. Cute and funny :-)

I'm curious to know if he ever said to you, This new arrangement just isn't working well for me/us.

I mostly have wraps too - both sweet and savory - rather than having bread or toast. I actually prefer it this way, I think.

I cannot remember the last morning I woke up feeling super-charged and ready to go... (jealous)

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
Nope...he has never said that he didn't like some thing like that...although when we moved in here...he did take the coffee table right to the basement...and stated that he didn't like a coffee table in front of the couch.....so...down the basement it stays...( that's okay...we have a sitting area down there for it.) D just discovered that he likes a hamburger patty wrapped in a tortilla....so now I need to try that....I have always woke up in the morning rearing to go...it's a lifetime thing for me...BUT...if I take an afternoon nap...it takes me a while to wake up....and I kind of stay lazy then...so ....I have to take advantage of mornings to get things done.....

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
There was that time now that I think about it...when I hung a big mirror at the end of the hallway.....That night he heard something,and in the moonlight..he saw his own reflection just enough to think there was a burglar in the house.......he was about 25...and was ready to kick some behind...when he flicked on the light and saw himself in the mirror.....but he laughed about it.

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
LOL. Love the episode with the mirror!!

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
He came back to bed feeling kind of foolish...but laughing...

Horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2020:
i really like your comment that you shared with me previously...about living by your own standards and not letting things rattle you just because someone is striving to do so for that exact purpose sometimes. whatever the case, living by my own standards is something i'm going to put to the test when i start my own job especially (and now). your thoughts struck a chord with me!

i do love stevia in my coffee...a few days now i have forgotten it, but, i took it as a different flavor and didn't go back to add the sweetness back in - particularly if i'm drinking the coffee just for the pickup, i don't even care sometimes if it is sweet...but in mornings, i do prefer it sweet! lol.

Donkey on 10/18/2020:
I'm with D on the coffee table thing. In the basement, I have a very nice coffee table (won at an estate auction for very cheap, but it's good quality - just doesn't really fit in with any decor) in front of the basement couch. It's fully of clutter. I don't like it, but I don't want to get rid of a nice coffee table.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
Coffee tables are easy to cover with stuff...for sure.

Donkey on 10/18/2020:
That's a funny story about D and the mirror!

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
He was ready to do battle...LOL

bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 16, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.0

Rained during the night and then snow  this morning....most of the trees are now bare and the leaves are on the ground....Happily...we don't have a lawn so we don't need to rake and they make terriffic ground cover........and all of the pines we are surrounded by stay green all year long so it looks like perpetual Chrismas here all winter. 

I think black out curtains are the best purchase we have ever made.........the bedroom looks like  night time day and night.......and if it wasn't for the salt lamp in the bathroom that is on 24/7...I don't think I would be able to find the master bathroom doorway...LOL

Love the long term calories........it is freeing and working better than I expected.....I'm looking forward to November 1st to do a whole month at a time........I love that it allows me to eat more on hungry days and less on days I couldn't care less.  It just works and takes all of the stress out of maintenance.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month...I'm reading my cousins book ONE LUMP OR TWO.......I read it regularly.....about her battle with breast cancer, which did end up taking her life.  It always ends up making me sad but it is also a reminder of what can happen.  Sometimes life seems long...and then other times it seems so short. 

Our snow will be gone in a couple of hours but the next one will likely stick.......We are totally ready for winter......and whatever it brings this year.  Love our country life and this cozy home. 

Read 1 hour a day ( One Lump Or Two) DONE

2.  Exercise 30 minutes ( working on arms) DONE

3.  Homemaking dailies at least 1 hr DONE

4.  Quality time with family DONE

5.  Organize something DONE

6.  paperwork/calls/orders/tracking/filing DONE

7.  Run the household like a business DONE

8.  Be Kind DONE

9.  Prayer/worship DONE

10.  Keep my standards/don't react DONE

Not as hungry today...plenty of points left for the remainder of the month....had a couple of hungry days earlier...and got that over with....so it does always seem to even out over time.  I just need to trust the process.








Progress as of today: 129.8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/16/2020:
Snow already! I don't think I'm ready for that...we are supposed to get our first frost this weekend. The first year I was hear it snowed from October to April and I hated that.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
I was a bit shocked...I thought by looking out the front windows...we just had a frost...but when I looked out the back...the deck had snow, but it's melting now.

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
Wow! Snow! We are still around 50-55 most of the time.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
We are due here in the northern lower now...usually mid month.....I really don't mind the snow as long as I don't have to drive in it.

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
Sorry about your cousin!

I always hated driving in snow. Fortunately we rarely get it in this area. If I were to slide off the road here I'd be in the loch!

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
I don't like driving in it...had a couple of accidents in the snow many years ago. Here I would end up in a ditch so deep that the car would disappear ......but luckily now I can pick my days....or..we have a 4 wheel drive truck if really necessary....but no frivolous driving for me now....I miss her, I know she had a rough time and yet she fought it so hard......and she kept positive right to the end....I admire that.

Jacky82020 on 10/16/2020:
No snow here. Yet. Very bright & sunny. I lost more than one close relatives & friends to breast cancer. Tragic.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
Yes...it's sad.

Jacky82020 on 10/16/2020:
No snow here. Yet. Very bright & sunny. I lost more than one close relatives & friends to breast cancer. Tragic.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
It's sunny now...snow has melted...but in the future it will be more likely to stick around longer.

Jacky82020 on 10/16/2020:
I tried to find your cousin’s book. There is a murder mystery named that, a book by a man with testicular cancer, and one breast cancer memoir with a similar name, by a 29 yr old. Is she your cousin?

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
No...none of those sound like hers.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
No advertising on here so I can't give her name.

thinkpositive on 10/16/2020:
Snow- gosh. That happened here in New England some years ago- a hughsnow storm that took many trees down as they hadn’t lost their leaves yet and took power out.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
We are in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan...We get the lake effect snow etc. Since we are surrounded by the Great Lakes on 3 sides...it is a bit unique.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2020:
i was thinking about how you were reading an hour a day - i find it extremely hard to concentrate (unless it's a story - not the books i'm reading for class), for an hour! are you able to concentrate easily always? i admit i can't concentrate at all on this particular textbook, i can only do it in small amounts at a time!

i'm really loving your "be kind" and "dont overact" ...good acts to live by!

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
I really need to enjoy the book...my mind does wander if I'm not really interested in it. I think back to when I was taking college courses and the classes that went along with my majors ( psychology and sociology) and any English composition classes....but many others were hard for me to concentrate on like history and science and I truly detested math.....Back in the day...I used to make myself read a book even if I didn't enjoy it.....not now...If it bores me...out it goes in the next donation bag.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2020:
i will be needing to remind myself greatly of being thankful and kind when i do go back to work.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
It's calming to me. I totally believe in self talk. When I tell myself that I will live by my standards and not let others rattle me ( and there are plenty of people in the world that get enjoyment from stirring up controversy...it's called narcissistic supply).....I'm giving myself the OKAY to let things go without comment and concentrate on my standards and not to be on the offensive. Some people just do things because they like to get attention....like 2 year olds who throw tantrums ......best just to do what we need to do and let others show their true colors without comment......

Donkey on 10/17/2020:
Your pictures remind me of my folks' home in Wisconsin. They did have grass to be mowed, but my stepfather would not rake up leaves EVER. It's good for the soil and environment (plants) to keep the leaves as groundcover. I do not rake either, but the leaves get mulched up with the mower. I do have a bare patch of soil that I'm trying to revitalize, and I cover that with leaves and smashed up jack-o-lantern pumpkins to ferment over the winter.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
When I took care of my parents...My Mom and I were out raking every day it seemed in the fall......at 89...she loved to rake...and actually raked leaves just 12 hours before she died....I did it because it was her house and she wanted it lo look manicured.....but I have to say...I do not miss raking at all. I agree...for most trees...leaves protect the ground...some are acidic and can be a problem....but I think you are doing the right thing for nature.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.8

Another good night of sleep, and woke up ready to accomplish things today.........

Working on continual organization of stuff.  Working on just general cleaning, vaccuming, dusting......now that windows are basically staying closed....allergies need to be controlled in different ways........so my old desire to have the house as close to immaculate and organized as ever are easier.  My goal has always been to have the house in shape as if it is for sale and ready to show.......Since our entire interior is knotty pine it is always country casual.........and I love that.....but when friends and family drop in I like it to look immaculate and organized and that gets easier this time of year.  We like living in it like that too.........My goals. 

1.  Read 1 hr a day DONE

2.  Exercise 30 minutes DONE ( arms)

3.  Homemaking 1 hour DONE

4.  Family quality time DONE

5.  Organize DONE

6.  Paperwork, calls, orders, tracking DONE

7.  Run the household like a business DONE

8.  Be kind DONE

9.  Prayer/worship DONE

10.  Keep my standards/don't react DONE


28,121 calories for the rest of the month


coffee = 2

Vanilla yogurt = 140

Tortilla = 352

peanut butter = 250

apricot jam = 100

Grapefruit = 90

Alaskan Pollock = 270

Tartar sauce = 60

Tiny amt chicken = 80

Takis hot chips = 140

Zone Perfect Bar = 180

Lemon tea = 0


1664 calories







Progress as of today: 129 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
You’re thinking of selling your home? Dang, I hate that. Buying and selling and relocating. I’m fixing to die here.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
We aren't planning to move now.....but I still keep an eye out for things.......I used to sell real estate.......We had our own construction business.....We built ( when I say we, I mean D...LOL)3 of our houses as well as many other homes and businesses in our lives....I guess it is just a part of who we are as people. I love the look of a home for sale ( people usually go all out to make their homes saleable when they list them......)....I like that "Put together" look...and we prefer that look daily here....

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I thought you loved where you live? We'll never move unless it's to a care home.

What are you allergic to? I started becoming allergic to scents like perfumes, scented candles, cleaners when I hit my 50's and it got worse and worse. So I take an antihistamine every day.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
We like it here ( ther than the road craziness which really should not be happening on a dirt road)...we probably won't be moving ( it seems like too mush work..LOl)...be we still look...LOL Allergies are dust, hickory trees, some weeds and grasses, used to be some foods but not so much right now. Perfumes and any scent even burning food, candles too. Cats ( we have one), cows....on and on...I just live with it and have an AMAZING post nasal drip that terrifies my dentist...LOL

innerpeace on 10/14/2020:
oh...mine was totally keyboard/lap top related. I think I hit something on the touch pad that highlights and deletes so fast...but with my new laptop I haven't had as many issues, I think because my keyboard is a bit wider.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Okay......it may just be my keyboard then.......it sure is frustrating.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I think there is a bug on this site because I have trouble as well.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Oh boy...I was just thinking it was my keyboard.......either way...it's making it difficult to write much. I know this is an old time style site...that added to my old time brain and my laptop ....LOL...OH BOY!

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I keep a file on the desktop of my laptop where I write what I'm going to post on the site. So if it disappears I can just copy and paste again. It's a bit like a template where I make changes from day to day.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
I've tried too copy and paste here recently but it wouldn't let me......HMMMMM

Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
Yeah, I lose posts here every so often too. Very frustrating!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Yes it is.

Donkey on 10/14/2020:
Yesterday, it was taking FOREVER for my replies to load. Then they ended up posting twice, so I'd have to go back and delete one. I thought that it was my internet connection that was contributing to the slowness.

I applaud you for trying to keep your house "show ready". That's not easy to do. Funny story: when we looked at this house, of course, it was immaculate, because it was a showing, right? But open any closet or drawer and oh my, the chaos that lay so close to the surface, LOL. (Drawer = cabinet drawer or bathroom vanity drawer, to see the structure. Not personal dresser drawers, etc.)

Still, I think it's an admirable goal to have. I can picture your country home - it sounds so warm and cozy and inviting.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
We love this place...but still getting used to it being half the size of our last house.....LOL....we were looking for cabins...before we decided to just build this place.....and one was a trailer on a river...beautiful setting....it had the Aqua kitchen appliances so it was a very old trailer ( we would have just had the trailer removed)....BUT...I opened a kitchen drawer and it was FULL of mouse droppings....I don't think the seller went and checked that place before they listed it...LOL...and I have to say...I could not get out of that place fast enough...I wanted to go home and take a clorox bath!

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
It won't let me copy and paste the entire post, but if I type in the first sentence and then go down a paragraph and then do it will let me copy and paste the rest. Surprised it let me to bullet points today - usually I can't.

Photos have been loading slowly lately as well.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Yup....I'm kind of sad to know that it isn't just me....I was hoping it was just my computer. It's so frustrating to spend so much time writing just to lose it before posting.....Everyone is probably glad not to have to look at my long winded posts now...LOL

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Even with my antihistamines and flonase I still get post nasal drip which makes me cough in bed. But I just bought a nasal washer which you add sterile water at body temp and add a powder of saline. I'm finding it helps a lot.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
That sounds interesting....as long as my sinuses are draining I'm good..I just deal with it....but when they stop draining it's miserable. My eyes are also bloodshot because of allergies...and a case of iritis that was caused by shingles around 1 eye many years ago.....so between the bloodshot eyes and the sinus drainage...it LOVELY>>.LOL

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I had shingles when I was 53, fortunately not around my eyes. Scary.

Here is the nasal wash I'm using: it's Amazon UK but I'm sure it will be on the US one or a similar. I use it before bed.

Neilmed Sinus Rinse Premixed Sachets, 120 each CROING (300ml Bottle) Nasal Wash Bottle

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Thanks...I will check that out.

When i first went to the DR I had a HUGE scabbed, inflamed thing over my left eyebrow...( I've never had an acne problem so it was weird)...that DR said it was keratitis.....but it got worse...a line of blisters erupted upwards and into my hair and then the next morning I had loose skin hanging down the left side of my nose....went to urgent care and our favorite DR saw me that time and knew right away.....it was a mess being that close to my eye....and an opthomolagist had to keep that eye dilated for months...but in the end my cornea was destroyed and now it's like looking through vaseline ...but I'm lucky to have the eye...it kind of deflated in the whole process and became temporarily mushy...

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2020:
yeah, i've had my posts disappear too, but, luckily it hasn't happened as of late. sometimes, when i'm writing a lot, i will stop writing just to post it in fear of it getting deleted! ha! it's so frustrating!

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2020:
it's happening to me daily...it may be my keyboard.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2020:
yes - it doesn't happen to me very often at all! sounds like a keyboard thing.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
It was better today.

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