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bearcountrygg - Monday May 10, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

Started out cleaning the litter box and he jumped right in and used it again.......I guess we were both happy that it got cleaned...LOL

I plan to stay busy all day...I've been doing a lot of sitting around and I think it is bothering a hip...more moving around today to see if that helps.

 

coffee

Blueberry yogurt

pear

Small biscuit

chicken

gravy

mixed vegetables

chips

jelly beans

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/10/2021:
My cats do that to me all the time. With 3 cats, I have 5 litter boxes. Everyone has their favorite box, although it changes from time to time. Also, some kitties use the same box as one of the others, i.e. 2 cats use the same box, even though there's 4 other boxes to choose from. I clean boxes 2x a day, because nobody likes a dirty box.

It's not good to sit for too long. Even if it's for short bursts of activity, it's good to get up and walk a little bit every hour. That's why I have my Fitbit remind me during work hours to get up every hour and get 250 steps. Otherwise I could easily stay sitting for most of the day.

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
I like cleaning the cat box about as much as I like cleaning the bathrooms...LOL..Wow...5 litter boxes!!! Do you use liners? I recently started those again and I like them...he had 2 boxes and I tossed those about a month ago and now he has 1....funny...he followed me downstairs this morning...not unusual..he follows me all of the time.....but I guess it was the power of suggestion....because as he watched me take the liner out he got really antsy...and jumped in there as soon as i started pouring litter in...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
lol cleaning after pets is definitely a job!

like you, i did a bunch of sitting around this weekend...and i am eager to move around a bit more during this week :)

i know i'll feel better for it, when i'm up to moving around !

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
I feel better when i keep moving.


Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I don't use liners in the litter boxes, just a scoop. I use World's Best Litter because I can't tolerate the dust from clay-based litters. It's a very good clumping litter.

Looks like you had a nice variety of food!


happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Sounds like a happy fur baby.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Bratty Catty! Mine do that too. I have 2 boxes for 3 cats and scoop them out twice a day. One box is really big.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday May 08, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

Planning on keeping busy around here today..........Pulling out some books to start reading too..

coffee

Maple and brown sugar  instant cream of wheat packet

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/08/2021:
LOL, I'm not sure I was ever a fan of blowing candles out on a cake. Eew!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
We had a little incident with a 3 year old grandson who didn't understand the concept of blowing out the candles....so he spit on them......several people decided to not eat cake...LOL


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Haha! I remember blowing out the candles! Guess that’s taboo now?

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
It is...and the birthday party is taboo too....!


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Maybe they have zoom partied and people can blow away. Lol


Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
LOL...yeah, now cake candles will be blown out with the fanning of a plate...at least that's how my dad likes to do it ;)=

Breakfast sounds tasty, i had a packet of blueberries & Cream oats!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Good idea.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday May 06, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

 

Wondering when it is the best time to get the tomato and pepper plants started in the house.......we had a frost last night and it's MAY........maybe I need to look into some indoor gardening......probably not this year though. 

EDIT   Spoke to soon...I found a very reasonably priced indoor greenhouse at Amazon...so I will be doing some year around indoor gardening....and it sounds like fun to me right now.

Stayed super busy yesterday,....so never did post ....but I did comment on everyones posts.

BREAKFAST

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

coffee = second cup from D's new coffee maker = 0 pts and 2 cals

1 halo =  0 pts 40 cals

1 plum = 0 pts 30 cals

LUNCH

Boiled egg = 2 pts and 72 cals

corn relish ( amish) =2 pts 40 cals

Croissant ( neighbor sent it over) = 9 pts and 231 cals

Butter = 3 pts and 57 cals

Potato salad ( I made it and added as many vegetables as potatoes but figuring it as if it was all potatoes) = 22 pts and 715 cals

DINNER

Baked banana chips (Bare Brand) 7pts and 140 cals

GoGo Squeeze blueberry yogurt = 4 pts and 90 cals

Traditional Medicinals Ginger tea = 0 pts and 0 cals

 

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1,411 cals

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a coincidence that in the last few days...both sons and my best friend have all been talking about weight loss and changes in their diets and other habits.........oldest son is just eating less and mainly eating eggs and hoagie type sandwiches....and has lost over 20 pounds, my youngest son is and has been eating mostly organic, and recently started walking with a 16 pound backpack on his acreage....and then drops the backpack and runs the same track which contains hills and valleys...and he does this a few times a day....both say they are feeling good.  My best friend has stopped the fast food...and is literally just buying similar convenience foods at the store....and has lost 10 pounds......and she is thrilled about it and is feeling good.  All are doing something different...and all of them found their way to what they want........proof that there is no ONE WAY to weight loss....and I love that.

EDIT.....Today and possibly longer I want to be more descriptive in the brands I'm using......we are eating a lot of fresh/frozen/boxed and canned.......the pantry needs to be rotated regularly and so keeping up with that does add some/or a lot...of processed foods.  It makes it easier for me to see what brands of shelf stable foods work the best calories wise. 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/06/2021:
No gardening expert, but I’d say you can start the plants yesterday.

Sounds like your family is on the right track. Good for them. I was jogging & hiking in the mountains when I was young and skinny.

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
I will get mine started today...seems like a good time for that...Thanks!


Donkey on 05/06/2021:
Ooo, I'd be interested in your brand analysis, even if it's a one-time thing or sporatic.

I think it's OK to start the vegetables inside. I can't quite recall but I think the FB plant group I belong to said it's a good time to start now (and that would have been last week), but that's down here (so should be OK for you? You're a week "behind" in the warm-up?). If you have room for the seedlings, then a week here or there shouldn't matter TOO much.

That's really encouraging to have other people in your life losing weight too. No matter what approach they are taking, I find it to be helpful to hear other people's stories!

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
I am finding a calorie difference between, Halos, tangerines, cuties, ....not huge but different.....The canned chicken i have on the shelf is different calorie wise as well as ingredients. I will start the vegetable seeds today...thanks for the heads up...we had a frost warning last night...so I will keep them inside....but time to get going on those i guess. I like to hear other peoples stories too...I think that is one of the main reasons I'm here....Loke reality TV...very interesting.


horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
how nice you will grow fresh veggies!!!! oh, my parents did that a VERY long time ago when i was in elementary school, and it was so tasty, the produce!

those halo clementines are great!

ohhhh, a greenhouse! what large? now, THAT is exciting! can you imagine, good produce all year long!

of course, share with us everything you like that you order :)

also, congrats to your sons and those in your family that are doing well and caring for themselves.

particularly when one reaches their 50's, the years of not caring and weight gain start to show and can affect one's health a great deal....from what i have noticed in my coworkers. several have been affected this year at the new job with either cancer or heart conditions! (3 coworkers!) just crazy.

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
We had gardens at our last 2 houses....but here it is sand and not great for gardening...so on the deck I will have some container gardens.....The little greenhouse hopefully will be for some year around things...like tomatoes and will be inside all of the time.....It is a good time to lose any extra weight....I think we are thinking a lot about health right now.


horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
how nice you will grow fresh veggies!!!! oh, my parents did that a VERY long time ago when i was in elementary school, and it was so tasty, the produce!

those halo clementines are great!

ohhhh, a greenhouse! what large? now, THAT is exciting! can you imagine, good produce all year long!

of course, share with us everything you like that you order :)

also, congrats to your sons and those in your family that are doing well and caring for themselves.

particularly when one reaches their 50's, the years of not caring and weight gain start to show and can affect one's health a great deal....from what i have noticed in my coworkers. several have been affected this year at the new job with either cancer or heart conditions! (3 coworkers!) just crazy.


horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
have a veggie garden and some produce year round will certainly help you manage your weight better, with the convenience of veggies straight from your own garden. definite.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
I think it will be a fun new hobby.


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday May 04, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

Slept really well....and it's foggy out...we needed the rain last night so that is helpful.  Doing some organizing in the bedroom today....and possibly the master bath too if there is time.  Starting with paperwork though...will be a full day.

In the eating groove again...i don't think the mess up a couple of days ago actually hurt anything...I feel great and woke up craving some healthy things so will hopefully stick with that thought today.

Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs = 4 pts and 144 cals

4 mini red and orange peppers...( sauted and added to the eggs) = 0 pts and 30 cals

1 plum = 0 pts and 30 cals

1 cup of black coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

Lunch

Chicken tenders, cucumbers, rolls and butter

Not hungry for dinner but did have my treat.....Protein really does help me stay full.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/04/2021:
Good solid breakfast! I hope the rest of your day plays out well!

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2021:
Thank you...So far so good!


horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2021:
Real nice eats ! Your chicken tenders make me crave chicken tenders !!

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2021:
They sure do cook up fast....We like them for that reason.


legcramps on 05/04/2021:
Great foods! At the moment I am just trying to remember to eat period hahaha, so I am really jealous of your super eats!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2021:
Don't forget to eat!


horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2021:
man you are eating really well. i'm in a good groove too - we are getting lots of rain, too. keeps the pollen counts down, yay.

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2021:
Adding a lot of fruit seems to be a good thing for me most days.


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bearcountrygg - Monday May 03, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

Rained all night and continues today...we need it so it's a good thing........I LOVE rain!

Just house cleaning today and it's a good day for that.  Nothing else going on around here today....but the dust bunnies have a head start on me so I need to go take care of them.

Breakfast

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

banana = 0 pts and 105 cals

plum = 0 pts and 30 cals

3 Thomas mini croissant's  = 7 pts and 180 cals

------Breakfast = 7 pts and 317 calories

When I set up my new way of eating.....it was super easy......for several days...then yesterday i bent the rules and went back to old habits for a couple of hours.....I can see that I have to be stronger with myself and stick to my plan.........

I need to

1.Eat 3 meals a day plus my evening treat at 7PM (the treat can be sweet or savory/salty depending on my mood)

2.  My main meal will be at lunchtime and it will contain my protein, and largest servings, points and calories and will be the one that I rely on to be where most of my nutrition comes from for the day.

3.  Even if I am not hungry for dinner...I need to eat something appropriate....NOT SOMTHING THAT WILL TRIGGER A BINGE

4. I need to wait unti 7PM to have my evening treat...........

I need to follow these self made rules because I know myself and I know what will trigger out of control eating...........everything was fine YESTERDAY until I decided to have the can of  no sugar added fruit cocktail...then I had potato salad and then I had the treat early and it all ended up in a chocolate and chips  food fit..apparently about 2,500 calories worth...That is a lot of calories for me EVER...and I really didn't feel great afterwards.......I can do better..I was in the groove for days until I decided to tempt fate..........I can't be doing that.....back to what really works today!

 

LUNCH= chicken and potato casserole = 9 pts,and 290 calories

cucumber slices = 0 pts and 4 cals

-----------------------------------------Lunch = 294 cals

 

DINNER= More of the chicken potato casserole.....13 points and 435 calories ......was hungry today so dinner was welcome....will be saving the rest of my calories for my 7 PM treat

Luckily I've had a lot better control of food today......and was positive I did not want to recreate yesterdays fiasco.

 

7PM TREAT

ginger tea = 0 pts and 0 cals

sf pudding = 4 pts and 120 cals

Total cals for the day = 1,166

 

EDIT.....I'm probably more aware right now than I have ever been that  what sets off my eating ( bingeing).....may very well not be what sets off others.  I have read and still own a lot of diet books...and so often they were basically no help.....I always wondered why....but I see now that what drives my overeating may be totally different than what drives others overeating.  The diet industry is an enormous money maker....for programs to books to foods and pills.........it is in their best interests that we  fall prey to what they are selling.......but I know now for myself.....My answers are within me........I know when i'm hungriest, I know what starts a binge,I know that evenings are hardest to control, I know what foods make me wanting more and what foods don't.  I've learned what foods have a lot of empty calories that leave me wanting more.......It's MY JOB to figure it all out and to watch for the things that I react negatively too.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/03/2021:
I agree with having a light supper, rather than having a big lunch as your last meal. Even something small, and it should probably have some nutritional value to it. And then you can still have your treat at around 7pm. You got this, you're on the right track to having a plan that works for you consistently.

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2021:
I agree...after the larger lunch I'm usually not hungry for much...but it does need to be something that has a better nutrition. I'm either learning a lot or at least reminding myself right now what works...but it sure didn't take much to fall off that wagon.....


innerpeace on 05/03/2021:
Great plan! I am striving to cut out sugar...harder than anticipated, but working it!

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2021:
It is hard but it will help you A1c's so much.....


Donkey on 05/03/2021:
I noticed that today, your lunch was lighter than it has been. Is that true? or does it look lighter to me because there wasn't a variety?

Do you still think that a heavier lunch works for you? I think it does/could. Maybe not every day... ?

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2021:
You are right...today's lunch was lighter...and then I had more of the same for dinner.....I'm thinking that it may just depend on the day....at lunch time today...I wasn't that hungry.....and was at dinner time...today went very well...had my treat and I'm satisfied...and still at just under 1,200 cals...


happy-1 on 05/04/2021:
Send me some rain! Already hot and dry here.

I have a hard time with rules around food. I’m trying to get 2 cups of veg at every meal, but then I eat nuts.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2021:
Agreed...We probably all have problems with food........I know I do.


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bearcountrygg - Sunday May 02, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

Beautiful sunny day today........Neighbors went back home!!!!!

Breakfast was banana and  coffee

Lunch will be a  hot dog,, no bun, ...beans, corn relish , chips  and 3 mini croissants

Todays plan is to skip dinner again because lunch is enough to hold me until my evening treat time and it is high cal and high points.

Ended up switching things a little...potato salad....The no sugar added  fruit cocktail and sf pudding for dinner and then chocolate and chips for treat....not the best way to do this.

I can see that I need to follow my original plan of a light breakfast, main meal will be the larger one and then a light dinner and evening dessert.......changing that wasn't so easy...so  eliminating a meal isn't as good....so will have something lighter if I'm not very hungry.

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2021:
Nice photo Friday of your country road drive, great eats as well for Friday!

Reading your entry below, it's astounding how much noise and excitement is going on in your neighborhood / country town! The place you went to escape the city seems to be the place that everyone is now following you to! I hope it will quiet down soon...and i'm glad your neighbors went back home.

I agree, it doesn't seem right that they can make so much noise that you will hear them all night. It's not really allowed where i live - neighbors in my building are expected to be decent and not be very loud - i live in a very good/decent mutual understanding type of building...i am LUCKY.

but i would be entirely aggrivated if i had your situation. i do hope they'll calm down...maybe that's why they invited you, just to make you feel like they are being friendly - but they know you wouldn't come? maybe, maybe not!

lunch sounds great! all of it! do you grill the hot dog or boil?

great cals and satisfying foods to choose from today!

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2021:
I actually fry them in a tiny amt of olive oil........

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2021:
The first words out of his mouth were......We are your new neighbors and we drink a lot of beer.....come on over. D told him we aren't drinkers...LOL


Donkey on 05/02/2021:
^^ I had to chuckle at Bear's short story about meeting the new neighbors above. Oh my!

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2021:
Glad you enjoyed that! LOL



bearcountrygg - Saturday May 01, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

I believe I have found my answer and I'm so happy about it.  I'm excited to get up every morning and put it into action for another day......bottom line....earning my treat for the day ( to be awarded) at 7PM ( my  most difficult time of the day)....has had a powerful effect on me.......eating is now a game.

We have some new neighbors.........we are each on 4 acres.....so we are not too close together.......BUT.......These people like LOUD MUSIC ♬......and BEER.......Thank goodness they only come up here for weekends...( they live down state)....But their partying goes on late into the night......when do they ever sleep?????  They get up early too........I bet their downstate neighbors are happy to see them leaving there every weekend..........But it is downright loud here all weekend....and I only mention this because......They have invited us to come and party with them...NO THANK YOU!!!!!  And I have still been able to stick with this new way of eating through this.........our houses are a couple hundred feet apart....but boy do they have a awesome sound system...UGH...Did I mention the loud raucus laughter in the middle of the night?

EDIT....Did I mention that the woman cackles???????? LOUDLY.. a LOT....and oh yeah...their dogs came over to our place this morning and made our dogs bark.........!  They asked a couple of days ago how we kept our 4 dogs so quiet....LOL.....it's called training and not wanting to upset the neighbors!  Maybe we will just have to let ours bark today to let them know that they need to keep their dogs on their 4 acres!!! 

All of the other DDers here have work problems...we just got a neighbor problem...LOL.....these people just moved in a couple of weeks ago or so.......apparently escaping the city...and coming to the country means you can do anything..........I think they have some lessons in manners coming...LOL

EDIT....Oh yeah...the logging trucks have arrived........Michigan is apparently selling off the trees from the state land around here again this year.......and it knocks out our internet because the roads are sand and all of our internet here goes under the road.........BUT still don't want to go back to the city......we will survive....ok...got my gripes off my chest.......and will carry on!

 

Anyway...I'm happy regardless..........

Breakfast

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

2 clementines = 0 pts and 160 cals

banana = 0 pts and 105 cals

Lunch

Lunch was large on purpose.....I'm noticing that I'm liking a light or no breakfast...a larger filling protein heavy lunch and either light or no dinner.....I doubt that I will ever give up my 7pm treat...LOL

Hot dog on a whole wheat bun with mustard and catsup = 11 points and 329 cals

2 cups potato salad ( I made it )and it includes a large amt of fresh vegetables aside from the potato =715 but would be a bit lower because it's different than regular potato salad but counting it like this anyway

scant 1/2 cup beans = 4 points and 134 cals...also counting this a touch high

Today I plan to skip dinner to try that out....but will go on to the 7 PM treat which will be SF pudding "wink" at 2 points and 60 cals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/01/2021:
Oh sweetie, believe me, I have neighbor problems too. We back up to a little neighborhood park, and FOREVER, people cut through our backyard as a shortcut to the park. I thought I had finally resolved myself that this is just part of living on this particular lot. But recently, we've had kids climbing our trees, and that's where I draw the line. I've been having a "loud discussion" with husband about getting estimates for a fence.

Still, I feel your pain. I'd rather have my problem than yours. Can't fence out noise. If it's only for the weekends, maybe you can endure it.

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2021:
We will just live with it....I feel your pain about people cutting through too been there...these people don't understand property lines either....Yesterday we had the fence talk too...decided against it for now.....and if kids are climbing your trees...that becomes a liability for you.....


Donkey on 05/01/2021:
I'm so glad that you have found a system that is working for you. The "treat at the end of the day" idea is brilliant. I think it's something I've been trying to reconcile, when you've pointed out that it's better to just go with it. Who doesn't want dessert at the end of a long day, right? :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2021:
RIGHT!!! I used to enjoy it all day any day...now making it wait until 7PM...( ON THE DOT I MUST SAY......LOL)....has made it special....it's been a huge help.


Jacky82020 on 05/02/2021:
Sucks about the neighbors. Maybe they will stop coming up so often and you’ll rarely see them. Fingers crossed!

Terrific things are working otherwise for you. Yes! Food is my treat and a game!!!

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2021:
We can only hope about the neighbors.......and yes...making it a game instead of a painful chore is a lot more fun.


Jacky82020 on 05/02/2021:
Yep. Albeit a challenging game.



bearcountrygg - Friday Apr 30, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

Looks like a nice day out today....good one for a drive........I have a Walmart grocery pickup at 10....so will be out of here by 9....I'm loving the plan....homemade especially for my eating quirks.......It's one that is especialy made for me and fits together like a puzzle....very much like a game that I love playing........Tossing out all of the eating/food rules....and making up my own game is making it all effortless.....I'm just sorry that it took me so long to figure that out.......The last few  pounds will be tough but I'm up for it now.....and probably for the first time ever...I am NOT saying to myself that I want to do something different...when it fits...it fits.

Breakfast

coffee = 0 points

Lunch

Celery = 0pts and 3 cals

Shaved beef = 8 pts and 300 cals

spanish rice = 14 pts and 480 calories

Dinner

yogurt = 4 pts and 60 cals

Banana = 0 pts and a05 cals

7PM treat

1 serving apple pie = 19 pts and 420 cals.....we are eating up the rest of this tonight so evening treats won't be quite so delish...but that's OKAY!!

Todays cals 1,400 even

Riding off into the sky...in search of some fresh produce!

Pretty good Walmart Pickup....only 1 dented can and 1 package of some very leaky chicken ( shudder).......

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/30/2021:
Better late than never! You’re doing great!

I have a 10 pickup too at Walmart!

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
They were ready for me...worked out perfectly.......Those people who do the pickup area are great......


Donkey on 04/30/2021:
It's a really good feeling when you find something that fits.

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
Yes it is....and it makes it all so much easier.


horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2021:
love that you are tossing out the food rules bc i'm right there with you! enjoy the foods you get at your walmart pickup later. you sound quite organized, Bear.

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
I guess we had been conditioned to think we had to follow some specific plan that someone else set up....but really...we know ourselves best and can really do a more personalized plan for ourselves that fits...and it's so much easier.


Jacky82020 on 04/30/2021:
Awesome pic, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
I love to take pics along that road.........very peaceful!


Jacky82020 on 04/30/2021:
I can see why! My Walmart route is not nearly as scenic

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
It's all trees......and trees and trees.....and when I got home and we had dinner then D wanted to go for a ride and see more trees........which we did.......I think I've seen enough trees for 1 day now.


Jacky82020 on 04/30/2021:
LOL Trees make good neighbors

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
Unless they fall on the house........that just happened at my youngest sons house a few days ago.



bearcountrygg - Thursday Apr 29, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

I LOVED YESTERDAY!!!!

 

No treats all day until I earned them ......and waiting until 7P.M. to indulge........

Broke the old rule that I always rebelled against about NOT rewarding yourself with food.

I wish I had never heard anyone ever say that!

Yesterday was actually fun...........a balancing act of Weight Watchers Points, calorie counting and the reward for doing a good job at 7 P.M.......( my usual binge eating time)....it was all under control....and FUN!  I believe that I just turned dieting into a game......a game I loved playing.

Looking forward to playing it again today....I do believe that this is something I could do indefinitely.

Breakfast

coffee = 0 points and 2 cals

2 clementines =0 pts and 160 cals

Lunch

chicken salad again...this is possibly the best diet meal that sticks with me for hours and I will probably rely on it a lot = 8 points and 404 cals

Organic applesauce = 0 pts and 50 cals

Dinner

Carrot Ginger soup = 4 pts and 130 cals

7 PM treat

cup of tea = 0 pts and 2 cals

1 serving apple pie = 19 pts and 420 cals

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Total cals for the day = 1,154

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/29/2021:
Well done! I think I'm looking for a similar thing, a treat at the end of the day -- without going over the deep end. I understand what WW is trying to accomplish with rewards that aren't food related. Sometimes you just need dessert.

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
It felt like I was working my way to earning the reward instead of just eating snacks aimlessly and giving up.....After earning it...waiting until 7...worked beautifully....self control with food...something that has been a long time coming.Loved it.


coffee&calories on 04/29/2021:
Bear, THIS! Exactly. Love it.

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
I keep a daily notebook....and even gave myself a sticker...LOL...It was fun!!! Something that I have always considered drudgery just became enjoyable....


Jacky82020 on 04/29/2021:
Terrific, Bear! Many more to come , I am sure

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Why does it seem so easy now? Why didn't I figure this out before? LOL


Jacky82020 on 04/29/2021:
Know what you mean! Do it all the time. Sometimes the light bulb is on dimmer before powering up.

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Mins been dim for a few years...LOL


legcramps on 04/29/2021:
So glad you had a great day yesterday! Great job!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Thanks!


Jacky82020 on 04/29/2021:
LOL... Not so. I can see it glowing from here by my Great Lake

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
LOL


horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
i love a reward too, love it after behaving!

Go you, you sound very pleased.

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
VERY!


Maria7 on 04/29/2021:
Well, why not? Tomorrow, I will be rewarding myself with food but within reason, of course. Smile!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Good idea!! If we have a treat that we have to earn.....it makes the process a lot more fun....and no guilt!


happy-1 on 04/30/2021:
I too feel massive satisfaction when I can mark something green and check it off.

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
I love giving myself a sticker for my successful days,seems so juvenile...yet it works.....Weight Watchers gave stickers for every 5 pound loss......so I guess adults work hard for little rewards too.



bearcountrygg - Wednesday Apr 28, 2021
(Counting calories)
Weight: 130.0

Made the decision to go full out on the Weight  Watchers this morning..........Probably shouldn't have waited so long...( finding out I had 2 identical subscriptions at the same time was a bit of a shock and a wake up call.....possibly an epihany)  WW works and it was how I lost a lot of weight over the years......I need to pay attention to that and accept that it really is a lifestyle and not something to be done and over with.  It was a lot nicer doing that at meetings....but online will have to do and I need to take it as seriously as the meetings.  Choosing the green plan to start.

Breakfast

coffee 2 cals and 0 points

2 clementines 0 points and 160 cals

Lunch

A whole can of Swanson chicken breast drained, 8 ounces = 3 points and 242 calories

Mixed with 1/4th cup light mayo = 5 pts and 140 cals

and 1/8 th cup sweet pickle relish = 2 pts and 40 cals

DINNER

1/2 cup pasta salad = 5 pts and 180 calories

4 cups lettuce = 0 points and 32 calories

7 P.M. reward treat = 1 serving of apple pie =19 points and 420 cals

Hot tea = 0 pts and 0 cals

Todays calories = 1,216

 

Edit

I think I will also apply some things that people have TRIED to teach me over the years...one of which  is to slow down eating...put the fork down, chew the food at least 30 times per bite, savor it, and most importantly....if I've had enough...give myself the permission to throw away the rest!!!!!!  

I am going to refrain from telling it exactly like it HAS been......( basically the exact opposite of above)......and start focusing on what I am doing right instead of what I have been doing wrong.

2nd EDIT

I learned something to day....from my very first weight loss experience....we were told to never reward ourselves with food.  We should reward ourselves with something non food like a movie, nail polish, an item of clothing etc.  I took that to heart and never ever rewarded my self with food.....I actually ate all of the sweets or salty treats all day any day..........and often fell off the wagon and took my time getting back on......I figured if they were in the house...I would never be able to resist them...so why try.  Today...while following WW......I ate in a way that will allow me to have a treat tonight...all day I have been planning it...I EARNED  it.......what a novel concept for me...instead of having a treat for lunch and another for breakfast and then lose it and eat a bunch more in the evening.........I had a day where I can truly say that I earned my evening treat.......so for me.....rewarding myself with food works!!!  It kind of makes me mad that I bought into the no food rewards all these years.........and in doing a food reward will actually make my reward earned.  Instead of junk all day....I will earn...or not earn...an evening treat which is my toughest time of day anyway.  I feel kind of cheated by that advise...that was regularly given at WW meetings.........

I will have the treat I earned at 7 P.M. because that is always when I seem to lose control and pig out on junk.

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/28/2021:
I think it's a good idea.

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
I think it's a change in the right direction....it's worked before and there is no reason why it won't work again.


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
Sounds good! Will meetings resume anytime soon in your area?

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
No....the nearest meeting was an hour away before covid....and I wouldn't be able to drive that in the winters around here......so it will have to be online...and now the only one up here is 3 hours away.......Way back beore I moved up here there was 1 in our town....but they closed it years ago.....:(


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
Waaaaay too far away!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
Yes it is...and since many many miles of it would be desolate forest...where if I did get stuck or slide off the road...I would be totally alone because there is little traffic ( and that is a danger in it's self)...plus...there is no phone towers in that area so my phone doesn't work there. ...That is even an issue for me in the good weather when i make that drive.


coffee&calories on 04/28/2021:
I’m not too familiar with the ins and outs of WW but I think anything that works for you is fantastic! If you had success before it only makes sense to keep going :)

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
Yes...I've had good luck with them before....and I keep going back...so ...it's worth it.


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
$crew that, Bear! A bridge too far. I’d stick with the online at least for a while

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
Online it is!


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
Good! Anxious to get my Box & try the protein puffs and new flavors of rice cakes. The CEO who kept sending emails like it was some kind of honor did not respond when I said: please be really special and send a promo code worth 25% off on my next order. Lol Last time I did that, this other company sent one for 10% off.

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
LOL...They do have one right now for 10% off a $99 order...it's APRIL ( the code)......but I've never seen them give 25%....LOL......I know they are not as inexpensive as some other places....I also use Amazon and Walmart as well as Target.......Back in the day...forever ago...I used netgrocer.....they have been closed for a long time.....but I expect to pay for the convenience.....What is costs me in gas to spend 2 1/2 hours on the road not to mention the time.....It is well worth it to me. I think I save just by not going into a store where I have a tendency to toss stuff in the cart that I shouldn't buy.....D is all for online ordering...( he is out burning all of the boxes right now)...LOL...just yesterday he told me he was out of a supplement he takes....i got on the computer and ordered more from walmart......I heard him telling a son that he is all for it....(the son works for walmart a few hours away).....My car is 10 months old and has less than 1,000 miles on it....( we plan to buy it at the end of our lease in 2 years)...LOL...they will probably charge us more because it will be such low mileage...LOL....way to cut off my nose to spite my face!!!!


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
I buy vitamins & supplements online from Puritans Pride in NY. Have for years, but sometimes Walmart is competitive. Depends.

I got 15% off on the 1st Box order which compensated for the 7% higher than Walmart on the rice cakes & 5% loss of my capital-one Walmart CC.

I will try again next time with another account name & see how slick they are. Lol. May use my real name or my husband’s. He has a different surname.

I’d pay a bit more rather than waste time & money driving too!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
It's just worth it to us...we knew when we moved up here that we were leaving all of the conveniences behind.....at the time I felt like we had moved to Alaska or some remote island...LOL....But I have come to accept that while going shopping can no longer be my pastime (LOL).....and that i really really do miss the years of having 15 or 20 stores to choose from to walk around in......I can still get everything we now need online......and the remoteness of this place has a charm of it's own. Of course we are now in a resort area where people come from downstate and race up and down our dirt road on motorcycles, ATV's and dune buggies...and snow mobiles......but eventually they do go back home and we have our peace and quiet again....


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
Except for groceries, we’ve been buying online for ages.

Your area sounds beautiful! We have 7 wooded acres very much near civilization.

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
Your place sounds nice...we had similar before we moved here....The progression of my life.......Grew up in the inner city, moved to the suburbs, moved to the country, moved to the middle of nowhere...LOL


Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
I’m right behind you except on the final chapter!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
:)


Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
I LOVE your menu today. YUM!!! Clementines are so good, love them cold. The chicken with mayo and relish sounds very delicious!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
It is a lot of food and protein that sticks with me for hours.


Maria7 on 04/28/2021:
PS...I know you must miss the support of attending the WW groups in person. How much longer will this pandemic last?!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
Honestly....I think it will last forever sadly!



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