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bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 126.0

Up at 5....and had coffee with D.....ready to get my day started.

Feeling pretty good and realizing that I like the weight I'm at right now...........

I'm very firm that I will not be renewing WW in December.

I have given myself the okay to get off the diet train......I know what to do, I know what my body wants intuitively and I am happiest and healthiest when I follow that versus counting cals, points or anything.

I know that following any kind of eating regimine just takes away my happiness......and with the world going in the  direction that it is going...I want all of the happiness I can find...where ever I can find it.

I'm happy with my current weight and will  just be sticking with that (126)......

Along with intuitive eating I  will also be adding things at times that are indulgences....I won't live on indulgences...but will add them for the pure enjoyment of them.......because life is also supposed to be fun.

I really don't need diets or books, doctors or the government to tell me what to eat.....My body does a very good job of that all on it's own.  Listening to my body gives the best possible outcome for me..........taking all other noise out of the picture just works best for me.  I'm dropping the weighing of food, the counting of calories and points and the dieting mentality........I dropped doctors and prescription meds over 20 years ago......I can do this......I feel good and need to go back to my own instincts.......somewhere along the line...and I have said this before....people stopped taking care of themselves and put their bodies in the hands of others.....(the government, the doctors, the diet plans, the authors of books, the pharmaceutical companies).........I'm taking my life back and will be living it as it is meant to be lived........My body knows what it needs if I listen, it's easy to figure out......my mind sometimes needs some fun and it tells me to enjoy some food that may have zero food value but has a great big happiness value..............I'm going back to my best life now on my terms and I'm excited about it......

As a friend told me many years ago......pick a weight you like......get on the scales every morning..........if you weigh that or less...then eat what you want that day....if you weigh more.....eat what you want but in a slightly smaller quantity........for that day......This is foolproof when I have followed it through many times in my life..........it works....you eat what you want and you maintain the best weight.......for 1 day......no dieting....just eating naturally...whatever you want..........maintenance at it's best.....and happiness without putting your life in the hands of anyone else........you control it and it is a much happier way to live........lately I have noticed that I lost my happy nature back a while ago........I want that back....and I know this attitude will help it return........It isn't gone forever...it just got lost in the crappy way life has gone recently.................I made it to 72 just fine.......no Drs, no Prescriptions........I have the knowlege I need already......and I'm ready to use that and place my health in my own hands and do what I need to do to stay healthy......and I'm excited to finally go back and trust my own instincts.

While I'm not going to count anything I am going to keep track of the types of foods I eat so that I can go back to see if I am leaving any food groups out for any length of time...I still believe that I should have some balance in types of foods and this is as good of a place as any to record that....

 BREAKFAST = 2 light italian flat outs, salami, cheese and light mayo roll ups and some green grapes, 1 cup coffee and a lot of water.....

 LUNCH = Chili and crackers

Bath, dressed, make up and perfumed....ready to get busy around here.......

Washing all of the laundry up today because I ordered 3 new laundry hampers for the laundry room and they will be delivered tomorrow....I want to start fresh with those and see how many days laundry they can hold.  I ordered 3 in black.

Bed made and now to pick up the bedroom, dust and vaccum it.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Awesome laundry hampers. Love them!

You’re doing all the right things. I never could count calories or points. I keep a running tally in my head sometimes, usually something to focus on because it takes me a long time to fall asleep & I wake up often during the night. Today woke up before 3. Turned on lights & tweeted & read until maybe 4:30. Then tried to sleep again. No success, so back to the iPad until Matt got up at 6:30. Enjoy seeing him sleep in on days off, but his 4:30 get up times often works better for me. Then I can hop on the bike with my coffee.

I’d be dead if I didn’t take my meds at 10AM, 2 PM, & 4 PM. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration. I’d only be dead if I didn’t take them at all. These times work best for me. This sucks! All the healthy eating & weight management all my life & I inherit some crap DNA. But those genes could have been a lot worse.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I have always been a sleeper......although I have ocassionally woke up early and waited for D to wake up as well because I don't want to wake him....I weaned myself off of 4 prescription meds about 20 years ago and also got rid of the CPAP when I found out that it was set so high that it could literally blow out my lungs.....( I needed that setting but decided that I would rather take my chances naturally then to kill myself with a cpap).....losing weight was really the answer to that for me so now no problem......My diabetic Mom lived to 89 and my Dad to 83...so I figure I likely have a few more years...and they were not healthy eaters.....mainly I just like to cover the food groups daily....and I'm fine.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I will be so happy to get those old plastic laundry baskets out of there!!! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Just ordered a black and white checked rug for in there to....gonna snazz up the place...LOL


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh I love the laundry hampers!!! Cute and coordinated!

I look forward to reading more about the new phase in your journey. When it comes down to it, you (anyone) have to do what's right for you. And I completely agree with your opinion about tracking & measuring. Nooo argument there!

That's not to say that I'm unsupportive of folks who do track - that's wonderful if it works for them, and while it no longer works for me, I can see why it works for others. I'm guessing I'm probably not doing it right, LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes....I've done this before and it is the right fit for me.......just making me happy is a big plus too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
PS No sense in being thin if you're miserable. Life's too short.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is...and life passes by either way.....why not be happy.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I really love your firm mindset about WW. you can always change your mind, but i did love reading your firm statement here! you've made up your mind!

you've done so well managing your weight, and 126 is def considered a healthy weight for us short women. it must feel good to have reached your goal. you have come such a long, long way.

nice laundry bins, especially that they are on wheels. we have a couple metal large ones in the community laundry room for my building that are good for moving clothes from the washers to the dryers. and my own laundry bin is falling apart with holes,but i'm not replacing it because i simply but it in my own cart on wheels when i transport my clothes to be washed downstairs and then back up. however, in the future, i might like a cart like yours...but for now i guess what i have works well! why pay when i have something that works, right!?

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes, my mind is made up.....and 126 is fine for 5 ft 2 inches....and I feel good and I never want to go back to the yoyo thing again......I'm too old for that and it isn't healthy anyway....I I agree...if your laundry set up works then why change it???


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Cute!!!! I love the fresh, empowering feeling of setting on a new path and reinforcing it with a non-food reward.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Me too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I would LOVE to be at 126 and 5'2". (I guess I'm closer to 5'3", but I don't think that extra inch makes that much of a difference. For YEARS I thought I was 5'2".)

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I don't think the extra inch counts for much either.....I started out at 5'4"......


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, yo-yo-ing is SO STRESSFUL! even on your mind! to know you were thin, then being heavy and all the inbetween, never being satisfied with how your clothes fit, always too tight...that's why i made the choice to maintain and try not to yoyo ever again also.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is definitely better to never do it.......and it does mess with your mind.....I had clothes here from size small to 2x.......and that never really helps either.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
agreed. i always thought of it like you say, a mind-game, that would mess with my confidence and the self-respect i had for myself.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes...me as well.....


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bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 26, 2021

Weight: 126.0

 I have been giving the word "diet"...a lot of thought these last couple of weeks...........what we eat is our diet......so I guess when it all comes down to it....we are really talking about "weight loss diet" here.....   or maintaining a weight.

Since I had to make a decision within the month to either drop or keep the WW program.....I gave it a 2 week go.........It was a lot of work....and I found that I could not consume a minimum of at least 1,200 calories a day and stay within points.....it was interesting and challenging and frustrating as well........it took the enjoyment out of just sitting down to a meal....in fact......anytime I have ever followed a rigid weight loss program, weighing, counting, restricting always took the enjoyment out of the meal.  Cravings and denial were frustrating.  

For me....cravings need to be listened to....they never let me down.......( not talking about the desire to eat 12 desserts here)....but talking about actual food cravings that don't go away if ignored ( real specific meal type foods)..............

Quantitiy is something that got me into my old original weight....I was eating cravings but in larger portions than necessary.....I had gotten away from savouring something slowly and had started gobbling something quickly and then waiting a couple of hours and doing that again....toast with butter and peanut butter several times a day........eating something up because there was "that amount" left in the serving dish....That is how my weight rose and rose......then when I noticed the weight coming on......I got anxious and started eating more...I remember a specific time where I thought....I'm just going to stuff my face...get real fat....and then go on a diet and lose it........okay....Did that.....and it actually worked...of course it took a lot longer to take it off then it did to put it on........and eventually....I decided to do that again....putting it on was easy.....taking it off wasn't as much fun the second time............and as I got older it seemed to take a lot more out of me.......while the first time....my skin snapped back really well....I had zero excess skin......so doing that at age 50 was okay......fast forward 20 years.......and the skin did not snap back........a little of it did....the majority of it did not......of course for any  70 plus year old....thin or fat...the skin changes......it gets translucent, it becomes something like crepe paper....it loses the fat layer below it and suddenly you are seeing veins that used to be well hidden.....it does not snap back.  Losing weight in the later years is quite different.........best not to be doing the gain and lose thing then........surely if there is an over weigh issue then it is better to lose it then....but the total effect is different......definitely best to go in to the later years at a good weight and maintain that. 

With all of the years of counting calories...and counting points..weighing ounces.....and avoiding sugar or carbs........food went from something natural and enjoyable to something to be nervous about...to fret over......to look at as the enemy when all that did was make me want it more....Tell a kid to NOT jump on the bed....and all he hears is JUMP ON THE BED........tell someone to NOT think about "SOMETHING"...and suddenly all they can think about is that "THING".....dieting and food worked that way for me....The more I focused on it...the more I wanted it.

The fact is...I KNOW what a SERVING is....and if I don't know...I can quickly find out..........and that is what I SHOULD eat.....a serving...not the entire package....not 5 of the..."THINGS"....but a serving....if it is true that the normal stomach is about the size of a persons fist...then that is a very good gauge.

This morning I have made a firm and final decision to drop all of the counting......have what I'm craving.......eat a serving size....NOT WHAT WILL COVER MY PLATE...NOT WHAT IS LEFT IN THE PACKAGE OR ON THE TABLE.....but a reasonable amout ....enough to take the hunger away...but not so much that I am over full....but just enough.........

This morning I thought about breakfast for awhile.......and decided on a 1 fried egg ( cooked in ghee)....a partial thin slice of leftover ham, 1 slice of cheese on 2 pieces of WW bread( it is what we had)...and a perfectly ripened pear....along with my coffee........and it was perfect.........I'm kind of relieved that I no longer feel the need to eat something because it fits the "diet".....and instead can eat a meal and feel satiated by it......it was actually kind of pretty sitting there on the plate....and I liked that....no I LOVED that!!!

 

 

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
I think what you’re doing sounds very reasonable and you’re right - it is all about the serving size. If you can keep that up, I’ll bet you’ll be exactly the same place as counting points without the constant fiddling and counting. And I also agree to eat what you’re craving. I’m doing the same thing within the constraint of my calories. And learning that I may not be satisfied with one serving, but if I wait a few minutes that feeling passes and I’m good to go.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
You are exactly right.....waiting....does prove that I had enough....and I'm more than satisfied.


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
I like to think of diet as part of my “stack”… food for fuel. Then empty spots for cheat meals.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Using what works best for you is the right way.....how ever you can work it out.....it is freeing and takes the negativity out of food.....


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Whatever works for you! You go, girl! You have it under control. You are the Boss Lady!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I used to be so happy......and in the last few months...that seemed to evaporate.........I think I'm finding it again...I can only hope....I really do need to follow what makes me happy.


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
You wrote a lot that speaks to me and my journey. Tracking is no fun whatsoever. Hate it. Hate it a lot. However, I find that people who have successfully lost a lot of weight or who are training for a (bodybuilding) event get that way because of constant and consistent tracking. Hmm. I don't know if I could do that as a way of life. Like you mention, it takes some joy out of life, doesn't it...

Losing weight when one is older definitely has disadvantages with respect to skin. I'm noticing this, although I'm not sure it's weight-loss related as much as it's more "getting older" related. I have grabbed onto loose skin/flab and pulled up and realized, Wow this would look a lot better with tighter skin (or no gravity, LOL).

I don't think losing weight is worth prolonged sadness. Calorie-reduction may bring some discomfort, but if it's bringing sadness, perhaps the reduction is too much. ???

I write all of this as I get ready to prepare to lose a few more vanity pounds for my doctor's appointment on 12/13. So I'm really glad that you wrote what you did.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Yup...just not as happy as in the past and I'm not liking it much.......I'm just going to take some time and change my focus a bit......coming to the conclusion did take a load off my mind...


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
You got that right, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Yes....


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Oh yes, cravings should def be listened to or else !!! ;)

And cheers to savoring a meal more slowly, def something I try to do at family / Holiday meals. My dad is always known to gobble it up but I try to slow down so I can both savor the food actually in my mouth with my taste buds before just swallowing as well… I do best to try to slow down my eating or just interspersing it with ….you know….veggies of course ! That’s what I did yesterday for the most part and then just limited indulgence on the other items …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
My Mom always used to tell me to eat slower.......It took me a long time to actually do that.....its good that you can.


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
I have always found that the typical stomach, thru reading and my own tests, gets full on two cups. Whenever I would in the past try to have a yogurt, around 1 cup or a little less, I’d never be full till I relized I prefer two cups of food in my stomach of things to feel adequately satisfied - just something that’s always helped me. My lunches at work are mostly overall larger than exactly two cups, as I’d rather eat a little more volume than less. …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
It is easy to stretch a stomach out....If you watch My 600 Pound Life program...the stomachs that they reduce in size and remove the excess can be huge.......The Dr has been inflating them lately with water and I can see how those people could hold so much.....My brother in law who had stomach cancer lost almost all of his stomach and over time did succeed in stretching it out again....but it took a few years.


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Your morning meal sounds great ! I am surprised to hear you cook with ghee as I thought it was more an Indian food! It’s nice and rich and satisfying to cook with and has a long shelf life right ??

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I love to cook with it....more than eating it as a spread.......It does have a long shelf life.....


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 25, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 126.0

 

Just us here today....KIds afraid to bring germs to our house.........one couple still coughing from the old fashiond flu..........so we will have ham, sweet potaotes and a few other sides........that we will eat on for a few days. 

Happy with my new routine...scale on track this morning.........Taking the pressure off took a weight off my shoulders....I really hadn't realized how much pressure I had been putting on myself.  Just happy to be feeling a litle more relaxed.

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Sounds good!

Can’t wait to get my new WW scale. Will keep it next to the Fitbit one & do daily comparisons for a while. I looked at triple beam balances at Amazon. $177 for basic Health O Meter model. Only accurate to 1/4 pd & looked like my PCP’s office, so I passed.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
I have been using a WW scale for several years and like it....I admit...I only weigh on it.....I would have to go back into the stats and reset things because I set those things years ago and never updated them so they aren't accurate......But it has been very dependable.


Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving! It's just us and Daughter, and I prefer it that way. I'm so glad that we're not traveling this year. And I just realized that work was way too busy to take 3 days off like that. So this year is perfect for me.

We're having Italian beef sandwiches, green beans, and (sweet) potato wedges (homemade). Apple & pumpkin pies for dessert, with coffee, later.

I think I'm feeling a similar weight on my shoulders with weight training. I took 3 days off. We'll see how it goes today, if it goes.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Your menu sounds delish,,,,,,In the past we had hosted and attended so many really big holiday meals...I'm so ready to just keep it simple....I miss family times but not the work of putting it all together....Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I think taking the pr3essure off to accomplish something day after day...month after month has taken a toll on me....I think I'm just really ready to live and relax nore.....and take it a little easier on myself.


Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Ooo, I am making fresh stewed (?) cranberry sauce though, where you boil the cranberries, add sugar, simmer, and let the berries pop. I use less sugar than the recipe calls for - doesn't work well with artificial sweeteners.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Sounds really good...I love cranberries!!!


happy-1 on 11/25/2021:
Happy thanksgiving!!! Ham sounds amazing!

The issues with variants and breakthrough infections won’t last forever. Big hugs!

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Hap........


Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
I get the same way as you, below, wanting the "fun foods!" At least for me, i enjoy veggies so much that around here there are also restaurants that prepare veggies in ways that i enjoy for a change of pace too, so i'm not always just craving packaged, i also crave these prepared veggies. i shall be cooking more soon, though..

I do not think WW was ever a super healthy program. I remember a lot of people sticking with WW foods in the past or having cookies and things, remaining in points but not health still...am i wrong? i never did WW, but i feel like it never really was based on health, moreso just the points focus, kinda like a calorie counting focus, especially in the past as now it seems to focus off the calorie counting as you say...

nice job on your loss and seeing you can make changes if you so wish to do so. health is def most important.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! have a nice, quiet thanksgiving. honestly, it would be nice i would think to spend it that way, with one's hubby :)

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
#1...it is so affordable and #2....you can eat anything that you have the points for.....I think it's biggest downfall is that it is making it possible and even likely that people will trust the program and points and not be aware that they are not getting enough calories per day.....day after day....


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 126.0

First of all I want to thank Happy for reminding me about the benefits of whole foods and their affect on lowering inflamation.....I needed to be reminded of that...........I knew I was feeling better when eating eggs greek yogurt, veggies  and plain oatmeal............and then  when I added the corn muffins, lasagna and pancakes...The old bogged down, achy joints came back.  The fact is for me..........The basic foods are uninteresting and the packaged foods are fun....but  for how long???  The moments when I'm eating them is really not worth the hours of discomfort and pain.  

I'm so glad that Happy brought that up......I knew it...I forgot it......and I needed that reminder.

I think I will be fine letting ww run out next month....of course it will always be there to rejoin if needed.  I'm completely convinced that I can't stay withih their points and still get the calories I need per day at a minimum....I gave it the 2 weeks that they all talk about....and points are not working where calories do.  I'm hearing that the few that have regular in person meetings are being told by their leaders that they do not have the WW police watching them so do what they need to with the new program...I'm getting the sense that it is helping people but that they will need to stop following the program completely......it is good in theory but not in actual use.......and will have to be manipulated by each person individually ..............it is promoting healthy foods but not healthy calories..................and many found out the hard way a year or 2 ago that ended in medical problems......most with anemia.....and some other things.  

The leaders are telling their classes to choose what parts they will follow and just to do that.......whatever works.......I'm fine with that in a free program but don't feel the need for it in something that I'm paying for......so as of now I don't plan to renew it.  

I will have to continue to add lots of pure natural foods along with some other thinhs that are not natural in order to reach that 1,200 a day...I really cannot eat a bushel of raw or cooked veggies a day........meat is low ...points......I can't get to that number with pure whole foods alone.....and feel comforatable in my own skin......I don't have the capacity for that....so I will be mixing it up......and  doing what I need to do within reason........D likes me at 126....and I'm wondering why I'm letting a number control me.......it's just a number......health is more important.......I really don't want to go  back to skin and bones...I lived that way for many years and I caught every cold and bug that went around......I had no fat to carry me through the sick times....I also had no shape....I lost the curves...I lost the womanly figure.....clothes hung on me....I didn't "wear" them..............I recently looked at pictures from those days.......I was anemic......I was basically unhealthy.....so....I will listen to what Happy reminded me of last night......and I will listen to what D is saying about  womanly curves and forget  the numbers.....it makes sense.  

I think that for me .....a morning weigh in will keep me in a good place.......day by day maintenance done easy.  

Donkey on 11/24/2021:
Oh yes, many foods can help or hinder when it comes to inflammation. There are things that my Husband could do for himself (nutrition-wise) that he doesn't. Come to think of it, though -- I'm at that point where *I* could probably benefit from avoiding inflammation foods too. I think I do a pretty good job of avoiding processed foods, but I know I could do better.

Part of being a prepper does involve stockpiling foods that have been processed as part of the preservation process. Kind of a catch-22.

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
The stocked foods are mainly the wrong foods I agree.......so I will will work them in slowly....but if it ever gets to the point that the stores close for power outages etc...we will be glad to have them anyway......There is a lot of meat and vegetables in that pantry.


Maria7 on 11/24/2021:
That's what works best for me...counting calories and weighing every morning.

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Thumbs up to that.....I'm there with you now Maria......


Jacky82020 on 11/24/2021:
Do what works best for you. And I’m sure WW will open you back with welcome arms any old time

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Very true...but I think I can handle it now without putting it all back on......


horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2021:
i wanted to tell you, it was 32F this morning! cold!

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Oh boy....You reached the freezing point now!!!


happy-1 on 11/24/2021:
Yay! Glad I could help!

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
I really needed to hear that...Thanks again!


happy-1 on 11/24/2021:
Prepping means stocking whole foods and packaged foods… but packaged foods are what you are supposed to eat last in case of real emergencies where you can’t cook or for morale… not first and daily.

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Agreed........


happy-1 on 11/24/2021:
Put them behind beans and rice? Out of sight out of mind?

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Can do........And right now if I keep the house stocked with fresh produce then we will concentrate on that.


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 23, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 126.0

Just in a mood today............ wifi has been off and on.......

I can see that since I have been getting on the scale daily for the last 2 weeks.....The best days were when I ate boiled eggs, raw veggies and greek 0% yogurt

The days that were not as helpful were the days I ate corn muffins, pancakes and lasagna....( the losses were lower)

Basically I can lose eating literally anything but the losses are better with the boiled eggs, greek yogurt and raw veggies....and I can still lose eating the lasagna, pancakes and muffins but the serving sizes need to get a lot smaller.......the catch here is that lowering the serving sizes on the higher cal things still will leave be below 1,200 cals a day.................................................................

Both weeks on the new WW plan have gone okay.....it encouraged me to eat more veggies and fruit.......I lost both weeks.......and I was OVER POINTS both weeks.....which means I could not stay on plan with so few points and at the same time get enough cals( minimum 1,200)......so right now,.......the only use for it for me is that it is a handy place to look up calories.....

A lot of people took the assessment test multiple times until they got what they wanted....I took it once and answered the questions honestly.............

I know what to do...I just don't always want to do it...LOL

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
Boiled eggs! Thanks for the reminder. I will bust out my cute turquoise egg maker. It can do 7 hard boiled eggs. Also, thanks for the raw vegetable reminder. I bought celery last week when you mentioned it & it's sitting all abandoned at the back of the fridge. I seriously hate raw vegetables except tomatoes & think the celery will be ok.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
Maybe mix up a little of the PB2 or have some salsa as a dip.


Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
May try some salsa. Great idea! Even the powdered PB has too many calories for dipping. May try hot sauce or hot mustard. Or even lemon juice. Have big bottle in fridge for making ice tea.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
Agreed...the PB is not low cal.


Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
Forgot already, think it’s 100 per serving vs 200 on the real PB. Believe they extract the fat & leave the carbs & protein. Think the serving size is 2 T. I have a huge jar of the Walmart generic in the fridge. Tastes identical to me & a WHOLE lot cheaper than that name brand.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
I don't remember either...I think Jif is 190 for 2T though.......PB2 is a lot less.....I'm not a big fan of pb2......I add it to things and can't seem to taste it much....The one I have now also has coco in it and that may be why I'm not getting much flavor from it.


Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
I can tolerate foods such as powdered PB, even if it’s not as good as the real stuff. One of many compromises along the way to keep my weight down.

I do add cocoa & fake sugar to the Walmart powdered PB & sometimes sugar free hazelnut syrup. Again, not as good as Nutella, but 1/2 the calories. Don’t buy Nutella anymore, but I love it.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
I'm a peanut butter fanatic that is allergic to it....it may someday be my demise.....but I will die happy!!! Nutella just doesn't call my name.


Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
You eat PB & you’re allergic to it? Are you nuts? LOL

I bought a large jar of a generic Nutella once. Excellent! So excellent I tossed it in the trash can after a week of overindulgence.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
Yes,,,,,,and yes,,,,,and yes!


Jacky82020 on 11/23/2021:
What happens?

I’m only allergic to some pollens. Controllable by antihistamines.

bearcountrygg on 11/23/2021:
Nothing really......but it gave a strong reaction on the injection test........Banana and tree nuts were also very reactive.....Banana and walnuts used to blister my mouth...but not anymore. A plant called pig weed is highly reactive as well.......also dust and cats...I got allergy shots weekly for a long time until they started causing an asthma attack.....since then...I just live with it....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2021:
did you have enough fat on the days you had eggs, veggies, and 0% yogurt?

yummm corn muffins. i told my coworkers i'd bring in the rest of my muffins tomorrow to work lol...

sounds like the plan is going very well for you :)

and nobody can live on only eggs, veggies and yogurt ;)

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
There is fat in egg yolks....but balancing the points and cals so far is escaping me.


happy-1 on 11/23/2021:
A nutritionist would tell you that the whole foods (eggs, yogurt) are better for your health overall.

Garmin body battery would show a faster drop in energy levels after eating packaged foods.

A blood panel would show lower inflammation markers with consistently avoiding packaged foods.

Just some food for thought!

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Thank you for the inflammation reminder...I DID need to hear that...I felt better on the whole foods.........adding the lasagna and pancakes bogged me down.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 22, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

It is 24 degrees out and rained much of the night with very high winds......it can't decide if it's going to rain or snow..........just cold and enjoying the cozy inside. 

The news and what is going on is beginning to get to me..........and while I want to stay up to date about things I'm also beginning to feel the effects of knowing.......... ......I found myself last night looking at a Wisconsin  map looking for the location of many of my family members location as to the scene of all of the chaos............

Coffee and the news with D and considering on turning all media off...........maybe it's time to just get lost in a good book.......

 

 

pancakes= 9 pts and 296 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 16 cals

walden farms sf syrup = 0 pts and 16 cals

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

 lettuce = 0 pts and 16 cals

tomato = 0 pts and 16 cals

green pepper = 0 pt and 15 cals

ranch = 5 pts and 129 cals

ff cottage cheese = 0 pts and 243 cals

air fried potatoes = 0 pts and 169 cals

olive oil = 1 pt and 40 cals

cereal = 15 pts and 300 cals

almond milk = 1 pt and 30 cals

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Done eating for the day at 1,070 cals

 

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/22/2021:
I just stop when it even starts to feel overwhelming. Blocked a post and a person on one my local FB groups because they went on and on about putting false stickers on gas pumps. Just really ignorant thinking.

I was very upset to hear that 5 people died in Waukesha. A *Christmas* parade of all things. When I went to bed, they had not said if there were any deaths. I was hoping not. I was wrong.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
It is getting to me this morning....The little girl in the pink snowsuit dancing on the edge of the street as the car flew past....looked like our little Billie.....it wasn't but it is soul shaking......


Donkey on 11/22/2021:
Back to dieting - even though you may find that the points aren't working with the calories for you, I suggest that you stay with what you've been doing, because it seems to me - from over here - that it's working for you. Gotta go with what works.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
The program is a worthwhile one for me.......


Maria7 on 11/22/2021:
You know what? This morning I just said "NO" to the news. Rather not know and have it on my mind, either. That way, have a happier day!

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
Me too.


Maria7 on 11/22/2021:
I just looked up the parade news and am about in tears.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
It is pathetic........Apparently there will be a press conference around 1 or 2 this afternoon.....


Jacky82020 on 11/22/2021:
LOL! You chose your username wisely

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
Seems about right doesn't it!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/22/2021:
Yes! And bears look so cute in winter hats with ear flaps.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
GULP!!!!!!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/22/2021:
LOL!


coffee&calories on 11/22/2021:
That made me laugh!!! LOL. I’m gonna be a bear too

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
Seems like the thing to hope for doesn't it? LOL


happy-1 on 11/23/2021:
Now I want to be a bear too!


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 21, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

Up at 5 this morning...as usual....coffee and the news with D.  Can't put the grocery shopping off anymore so will go out and do that this morning.  Luckily no snow overnight but it is 26 degrees this morning so it's very chilly. 

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

blueberry pancakes = 9 pts and 296 cals

Waldens farms syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 16 cals

Lasagna = 20 pts and 529 cals

apple = 0 pts and 94 cals

Banana = 0 pts and 121 cals

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29 pts and 1,058 cals

 

I see that I'm over my points again for the week....so the points are not going to be a reliable thing for me......The calories are what I need to focus on.........the question that I need to ask myself is do I need to stay with the program for the sake of the program or should I just count calories.........one thing is that the program is pushing me towards healthier foods.....I am liking the new changes really well.........I'm liking earning points...........I'm likeing the new zero foods they chose for me........I just can't put any failth at all in their total points....for 2 weeks I used more than I had....and yet I lost weight....I have a month to go before making the decision....but I like the new program......question is will I lose the motivation if I don't have it.....????

 

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/21/2021:
Yes, I would say it is quite chilly up your way, Friend. Be safe and enjoy your groceries shopping. Have a good day!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
Saw some yogurt that expired 3 weeks ago!!!!!! UGH....had to settle for a container with just a couple of days left on it!!! Luckily it usually stays fine for a few days after that.....saw some empty shelves and some very inflated prices but I got the job done.


happy-1 on 11/21/2021:
Hugs. Drive safe and be careful out there.

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
Got that job done!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
Dang, that’s chilly. Not sure about here that early. It’s 42.6 now.

Woke up before 5 as well, but stayed in bed & Tweeted until Matt got up around 6. He only gets up at 4:30 on workdays.

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
It's 32 now at 10:30......woke up to find the door on the barn open.....UGH!!! Everything looks fine.....no idea of what happened there that we didn't see before locking the house up for the night.


Donkey on 11/21/2021:
Looking back at yesterday's calorie count, it seems like your "heavier day" went quite well. More calories, yes, but not too many more. That's the way to do it!

I look forward to reading today's points :-) Keep up the good work!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
I did go well.......I felt good and full......I'm not a big fan of that quantity of food but it worked out okay!!


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
45 here now. Busted put my hand warmers yesterday for Walmart & KFC

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
It takes a lot for me to wear hats or gloves.......I haven't worn them for years......


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
Oh, I love them! Even in California. It blows me away to see all these bareheaded gloveless people walking around shivering in below freezing weather. Sometimes wet too. Many huddle bent over, with their hands crossed to their upper chest like they’re going into cardiac arrest,

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
It takes a lot for me to put on a hat or gloves......in fact....I seriously hate hats....D wears them all of the time...looks like Indiana Jones....I cannot stand anything on my head....including barrettes or headbands...


bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
In fact I cannot stand anyone or a hat touching my ears...LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
paranoid about skin cancer. Mom & grandma had it bad. Grandma on her face. Fished on the piers. Docs said hats may have prevented it. Mom gardened bare armed. Skin cancer on her arm. They excised a big deep chunk. Same thing. Docs said good sleeves would have stopped cancer causing UV sunlight.

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
D has had some removed from his head and nose.......so far I haven't had any...but I have more of an olive toned skin so I never have burned and only got darker as the summers wore on...so I don't think about it much but probably should.....but I SERIOUSLY cannot stand anything touching my ears...LOL...( hair is ok though)


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
I’m sending you great big ear muffs for Christmas! You’re gonna love them. You may have to turn sideways to get through a door. LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
LOL...OH NO PLEASE DON'T...I will be forced to refuse the package!!!!!!! LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
LOL LOL LOl

You coulda made pillows outta them!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2021:
perhaps having a substantial breakfast may become somewhat routine for you, based on your entry yesterday.

great idea to make blueberry pancakes. did you just add your own blueberries into the mix? great idea for making extra, to have for the rest of the week. I should do this, rather than buy the frozen waffles and french toast sticks. i may try it after i use up my current resources at home...would save some money, too, i think as pancake mixes are pretty low priced. I need to get back into more cooking still, since i now have more time on weekends now that i'm not studying (which i'm glad about.)

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
No I didn't add blueberries.....it was in the mix...I made up the entire box and at the moment they are in a bag in the fridge and we just microwave them....if there are any left after wednesday I will freeze the remainder....all I had to add was a couple of eggs and some milk...They really are very economical....It reall didn't take long to cook them....I recently have seen a couple of people make pancakes by pouring the batter in a greased cookie sheet that has sides and baked them that way and just cut them into squares when they have cooled.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2021:
26F !!! oh my!!!

well, if you are LEARNING new things thru the program and/or it's reinforcing healthy foods and you are enjoying it, i'd stay with it. sometimes just paying for something guarantees you'll keep doing it...

for instance, when i was taking a course, the only reason i finished it was that i purchased it and wasn't about to quit halfway thru...and i wanted to take the course. but money was def a factor..

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
It is keeping me on my toes......I will have to see how I feel about it in a couple of weeks...it is a good program.


Maria7 on 11/21/2021:
Jacky, I'll take those big ear muffs! I LOVE to wear headbands, hats, earmuffs. My Mama always loved to wear headbands and I made sure I kept her in a nice variety of colors of them. I wear them a lot, too. Just forward that earmuff package to me, GGBear! Smile!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
Okay...I can do that......!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
There’re yours, Maria! LOL

I love hats too! Wore a fedoras and newsboy caps in California. Some warmer ones here. One has attached ear flaps! Bear would love that!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2021:
Oh no I would NOT!!!!!! LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/21/2021:
I can send you the kind with nice teddy bear ears on the top! You will be adorable! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
Maria will love them.......please send them her way!


happy-1 on 11/21/2021:
Do the program. Eat healthier. You will have more energy for the things that are important.

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2021:
You are so right Happy!!!


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 20, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

 Getting a late start today...............getting the hang of the new ww program.......and finding ways to get a minimum of cals per day at least.  Found out I'm not a fan of having to scout around and find just the number of pointed foods to fill out the day.....a couple of days I had a big breakfast and that made the entire day less stressful all in all.......I have never been a huge breakfast person and in the past sometimes it seemed like it  encouraged me to eat all day.....now it seems a bit different....NOW with a higher cal breakfast,,,it is seeming to make the rest of my day better....and cuts the too low calorie problem........

So I planned a higher cal breakfast......I'm full and I feel like since I am half way to my daily cal goal.....it will make the rest of the day easier..........I've been craving pancakes and putting that off........but this morning I made a whole pile of them for use over the next few days.......will see how this goes....I used to be able to lose well with pancakes and have zero idea why...it does not make sense but it's a thing...so regardless of their reputation.....it works for me ...so

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

Blueberry pancakes = 9 pts and 296 cals

walden farms sf syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

spray butteer = 0 pts and 12 cals

3 eggs = 0 pts amd 216 cals

Lasagna = 20 pts and 529 cals

cereal = 15 pts and 300 cals

almond milk = 1 pt and 30 cals

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45 pts and 1,673 cals

No snacking because all three meals today were BIG......It was a lot of food but I really wanted to have a higher cal day....lately there have been very low days and I wanted to counteract that.....but won't make this a habit for long.

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/20/2021:
Every now and then, it does us GOOD to give in to our cravings...like your pancakes, for example. Maybe it is something your body genuinely needs at this time. Like you say...listen to your body...It is amazing how the Lord has made us...and I believe that with this are instincts on certain nutritions we may need that cause us to have cravings for them...it is possible, don't you think? Like for example...sometimes if I am craving ice cream...it could be I am needing more calcium...?... Anyway, congrats to you on how well you are doing. Have a blessed day! Maria

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
I totally agree 100% Maria..........it could be nutritional.....or possibly texture .....but following cravings have always worked for me.....I agree...if ice cream keeps coming to mind than you may need calcium.....


Donkey on 11/20/2021:
I am very interested to see if your big breakfast approach works. I too have never EVER been a fan of big breakfasts, BUT ever since I started adding more protein calories to my breakfasts, I have been feeling a lot better. And I don't want lunch at 10:30am, LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
I'm baking the lasagna that I put together a few days ago and found out that the oven didn't work...so it's been living in the freezer...and today it's in the oven.....at 11:30 I am still very full from breakfast...it was a hearty one...so the lasagna will be ready for D shortly bit I will wait for awhile.....I'm really trying to have the biggest meal in the morning, mid sized meal at noon and then just filling in the cals/points in the evening....and I'm kind of likeing it.


Donkey on 11/20/2021:
Good point about cravings. If we can manage them, then we don't go off the deep end with them.

I did that with ice cream. Saved up my craving, knowing that I'd have a BIG dish of it when we went away on our weekend together (back in September). That worked really well.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
Yup...I have had to really think about cravings and rather it is a taste that I want or ( MORE THAN A TASTE)...or if it's a real craving that has need behind it....and I can now tell the difference.....if I ignore a craving for a couple of days.....or even more...and it's still there...I know there is a need behind it.....but any craving that pops into my head has to usually stand the test of time first unless it's a whole food and healthy....


Jacky82020 on 11/20/2021:
Lazy me hasn’t made pancakes in many years, but Matt buys microwaveable ones & they are yummy. He also gets frozen Belgium blueberry waffles. I never much cottoned to breakfast foods other than the occasional fast food breakfast sandwich. But I am forcing myself to eat more Fiber One.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
It's been awhile for me to on the pancakes.....in the years of a full house to feed pancakes were on the menu a lot.....never met a kid that didn't like them....it has been even longer for waffles...I got one of those little tiny waffle makers to make chaffles and it's still in the box...need to get on that for the winter now.


Jacky82020 on 11/20/2021:
Yeah, I had a Belgian waffle maker too & donated it to the Salvation Army after limited use.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
This tiny one is so cute...I need to use it.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2021:
nice you made the fresh corn muffins. i bought some at the store that were surprisingly great. but nothing is better than making them at home :)

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
Either way...they were a nice change.


happy-1 on 11/20/2021:
Mmmmm pancakes. An excellent choice.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
It's been a long time!!!


Brett on 11/20/2021:
I want a tall stack with blueberry sauce. And real butter.


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bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 19, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

Deciding to not go shopping today again....schools all around closing for the day again....The regular yearly flu is complicating things around here......

Snowing daily now but no accumulation yet.......so do need to get out soon before it starts and just piles up until april 2022...........29 degrees today here........will walk bills to the mailbox and forget the trip to the post office too. 

Up at 4:30 , coffee and the news.

Almost reached 1,200 cals yesterday.....close enough

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

3 eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

oatmeal = 0 pts and 300 cals

walden farms syrup ( sf) = 0 pts and 0 cals

green beans = 0 pys and 88 cals

lettuce = 0 pts and 32 cals

1 T ranch dressing = 2 pts and 65 cals

2 small corn bread muffins - 13 pts  and 320 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 16 cals

unsweetened almond milk = 1 pt and 36 cals

cereal = 15 pts and 300 cals

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31 pts and 1,375 cals

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2021:
Dang! 29! 39 here. Going to Walmart as usual. Continue to feel covid safe. We were vaccinated ASAP. Proud to say Pennsylvania has the highest vaccination rate in the country. Flu way down here too. We continue to wear N95 masks outside the house. So far as I know, only required in medical offices. Maybe half the ppl at Walmart wear them now, used to be required

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
We were vaccinated as well....but vaccinated people are still getting it. We had low numbers for over a year....but since we are a resort town that many non residents come to to hunt and river raft...we get a lot of out of towners that bring it here. I still wear a mask and plan to continue to but I've come to the conclusion that I probably should only go out this winter when absolutely necessary.....we have some nasty respiratory flu going on here right now.......so we don't need that either.


Donkey on 11/19/2021:
Yes, I would agree that you did very well with points and calories yesterday! Stay steady the course! Your breakfast sounds yummy!

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
It was a lot of food but zero points...hopefully that will he;[ get me to 1,200 today and within points!!! I can see it as a possible regular but boy was ot a lot of food....wasn't sure I was going to get it all down..>LOL


Maria7 on 11/19/2021:
Was about 44 here this morning, high to be about 59. So, for us that is quite chilly and we have the woodstove going, as usual, this morning. AC was on yesterday afternoon (the woodstove gets it really warm in the house and needed to cool down from the 80 degrees it was). Hope you have a good day. Happy to read that you got your oven fixed yesterday. Take care.

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
I would love a woodstove...we had fireplaces in the past....loved those too....I miss a fire in the winter.


Jacky82020 on 11/19/2021:
A tropical heat wave, Maria!


Maria7 on 11/19/2021:
Your snow sounds so beautiful! I bet you enjoy watching it coming down! We don't get snow often here, so when we do it is a REALLY big deal!

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
We have had some pretty snow days this year......so far it hasn't stayed too long...of course that will change and then we all get used to sliding around...on foot or in the car......


happy-1 on 11/19/2021:
Sounds like a good toasty day to stay inside.

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
Yes it is...had to go to the mailbox and I found some carrots in the fridge to toss out for little animals bit other than that.......I'm inside


Horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2021:
boy is it cold by you. i do not even particularly remember the feeling of air as cold as 29F yet! here, when it's high 40's, it feels particularly cold! that's the coldest it's gotten so far...and tends to be windy on those days! we will get to 29, but not yet...maybe january or possibly end of december.

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
It's 31 here right now....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/20/2021:
my friend in france sometimes gets wifi issues too...i hope yours improves and furthermore i'm glad your oven is back in working order!

bearcountrygg on 11/20/2021:
Very happy to have the oven back.....so I made corn bread muffins...LOL....The wifi so far this morning is working but last night it was a mess.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 18, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

 Up at 4:30.....coffee and the news, repairman cancelled tuesday and said they would be here today.....keeping our fingers crossed.  It would be nice to have a working oven.

WW going good, probably the most intense change they have ever made as far as I can see......it's a struggle to get in 1,200 with so few points and the zero point foods in this house are dwindling quick;y...BUT....Covid and a seasonal respiratory flu are rampant in this tiny rural county so the point that they are closing schools....so not going shopping today......weird fact....they are actually finding covid 19 antibodies in the white tail deer that hunters have brought in to the DNR this season.  

So....Staying in and  using what is on hand.  

Just very thankful that we have supplies here.

They have been working on the area WIFI wires again and we keep losing the ability to get online...yesterday was hit and miss...so far this morning it's working but they are also adding a lot of our neighbors on here recently and I think that is causing a lot of the problems but they were digging in the road here for the last 3 days so who knows.....I just get online as I can.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

3 eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

flat out italian light = 2 pts and 90 cals

1 T. peanut butter = 3 pts and 95 cals

motts no sugar added strawberry applesauce snack cup = 0 pts and 50 cals

Hormel XL Complete roast beef and mashed potatoes = 8 pts and 270 cals ( waiting for repairman and didn't want to make a mess in the kitchen)

Pineapple in juice = 5 pts and 120 cals

Ioast = 4 pts and 132 cals

spray butter ( 22)m= 0 pts and 18 cals

1T. Peanut butter = 3 pts and 95 cals

1T. Simp;y fruit spread blueberry = 2 pts amd 45 cals

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27 pts and 1,133 cals 

Oven is working again !!!!!   So happy about that...but wifi is off and on all day.......

 

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/18/2021:
Good morning! Are you planning to cook a Thanksgiving dinner in your oven? I hope they come today to fix your oven. I use mine a lot, almost every day.

bearcountrygg on 11/18/2021:
No...Not planning to make a regular Thanksgiving dinner...it will just be the 2 of us ...The kids are afraid that they might bring germs to our house since 2 of them are working daily out in the public.....one couple have been fighting the respiratory flu that has been going around here ( not covid)....and D and I both have problems eating turkey....it doesn't agree with either one of us...so we will just have regular typical meals that day.....it seems strange since for so many years it was all a huge gathering for holidays....but the times are changing unfortunately.


Donkey on 11/18/2021:
I too am curious to know your Thanksgiving plans. Like Maria mentioned, though, it probably depends a lot on whether or not you get your oven fixed??? YIKES!!!

I'm sorry to hear about the schools closing. Ours haven't - yet. Illinois numbers increased a bit but I haven't heard anything about closings. The number of deaths seems to be consistent and low, though, so that tells me that the vaccines are working.

bearcountrygg on 11/18/2021:
No Thanksgiving plans..,kids are afraid to bring germs here...2 are sick right now with the typical flu.....WE feel lucky that we have what we need here and rarely have to go out. The kids worry about us and are glad we aren't taking a lot of chances.......one spends 8 hours a day in their local school and that is about as germy as it can get.


Jacky82020 on 11/18/2021:
Blast that repair guy! Bummer!

Glad WW continues to go well.

bearcountrygg on 11/18/2021:
He cancelled on tuesday but he did come today...all is well!


Jacky82020 on 11/18/2021:
Yay!

bearcountrygg on 11/18/2021:
:)


happy-1 on 11/18/2021:
Hugs

bearcountrygg on 11/19/2021:
:)



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