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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

 Got up at 5 this morning.....and was happy that I got the cals to 1,200............I will never trust the ww alone.....there are too many variables.......still watching and reading reactions of other wwers........almost all are confused and almost all lost some weight which is keeping them on program....there are some crazy things in this mix........some healthy things that used to be low or no points are now high points........the program probably would benefit by a little tweeking.......but that won't likely happen.  WW/weight watchers always prided itself on being the diet that allowed you to eat anything as long as you have the points for it......I think they are working their way away from that and it's fine......it is about weight loss or maintenance......but that old motto is what brought many people to it.....the new thing is to earn more points by eating more non starchy veggies.........sounds like childhood.....eat you veggies and you can have dessert..........I have already heard the ww veterans saying if I eat this salad I can earn enough points for 3 cookies.....maybe that is okay......it often worked for kids.  Change is hard...especially when someone messes with your food.........

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

2 slices bread toasted = 4 pts and 132 cals

spray butter  ( 25 sprays) 1 point and 20 cals ( that is new,,now there is a limit on number of sprays)

2 T. peanut butter = 7 pts and 190 cals

1 T. simply fruit blueberry spread = 2 pts and 45 cals

2 egg s = 0 pts and 144 cals

 

split pea soup 1 cup = 5 pts and 120 cals

2  cups lettuce = 0 pts and 16 cals

1 cup raw carrots = 0 pts and 52 cals

radishes = 0 pts and 19 cals 

 

 

1 cup of oatmeal ( then added water and cooked ) = 0 pts and 307 cals

walden farms syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

2 mandarins = 0 pts and 94 cals

roasted seaweed = 0 pts and 25 cals

no sugar added apple berry sauce = 0 pts and 50 cals

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19 pts and 1,216

 

 

I'm  changing my approach to meals today and had a point heavy breakfast.....I need the cals to at least reach 1,200 and I think this will help a lot....the struggle at the end of the day is not enjoyable for me to be left with no dailies and such a low amount of weeklies....BUT...the ability to earn a point by eating a cup of non starchy veg is going to be put into  play today and see how it goes....they are so low cal......but I could use them to eat something higher cal.....and the cups of non starchy veggies that earn points are unlimited.......I suspect I would be so full of veggies that I won't want the thing that would bring my cals up......LOL....maybe that is the plan??????

I really do need to get to the store but the creeping crud is going around our town...Covid as well as the yearly flu at the same time.....and schools are closing because of it....so I continue on with what I have here which is fine but not optimal for my zero point list.......I'm looking forward to potatoes, sweet potatoes, ff cottage cheese, more fage and eggs.........but it's fine for now.

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

Donkey on 11/17/2021:
I still think that you should stick with counting points, along with the calories, for now. Both seem to be working for you, for now. Perhaps eventually you can let go of one of them.

I dunno how I feel about having a salad so that you (not you-you, but anyone) can have dessert. **I** do this, and I'm not sure it really works for me - at least not on a daily basis, as a habit. This is actually something I working now, having a more nutritious dinner, and then just a small piece of chocolate afterwards, so that I have protein and healthier carbs, rather than sugar and white flour (think title company cookies) or fat (numerous spoons of peanut butter).

I guess for something like Thanksgiving or a party, it would do better to fill up more on vegetables, so that you can have pie for dessert. Very interesting.

bearcountrygg on 11/17/2021:
I have to count both as long as I'm on ww.......right now I'm sticking with it....I did have a good weigh in and it is pushing me in a good direction....like all other wwers...right now I'm trying things to see what makes tolerable days.....it isn't hurting anything....I think filling up with veggies is a good thing, I wish they satisfied my head more though...LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/17/2021:
Karma is right! Listen to her.

The Switch book that relates a healthy life, disease risk reduction & longevity, to lifestyle, says to avoid starchy foods except yams. I made some nice sweet potato slices in the air fryer. Never did figure out the difference between yams & sweet potatoes. Look & taste the same to me. Need to google.

bearcountrygg on 11/17/2021:
I can't tell the difference in the either.


Jacky82020 on 11/17/2021:
I shall put the question to my technical consultant one of these days. She is all knowing.


Jacky82020 on 11/17/2021:
I shall put the question to my technical consultant one of these days. She is all knowing.



bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

Up at 4.....slept well and just laying in bed isn't going to put me back to sleep.  That's fine.....Oven repairman is due today and we need to pull the stove out and clean under it....UGH....Not looking forward to that and have put it off for the last 2 days. We don't have an appointment time and he will call when he is almost here....so need to be ready by 8 or so for him.

Yesterday's cals were very low but I don't want to eat when I'm not hungry so there is that......most likely I will have a higher cal day to make up for it....hopefully.   

The first weigh in for many was positive....mine included.  As wonky as this program is...it works.  It doesn't all make sense .....so many have taken the assessmnt over many times hoping to get the zero point foods to be what they want......I haven't at this point.......so far I can make do with this........my feelings are that since I answered the assessment honestly.....that this is the best for me.   If it continues to keep me content I can see myself ( when my contract with WW ends on Chrismas)...signing up for digital only ( that is all I use or need anyway)...and dropping the zoom meetings (don't care for them).......and getting a lower price and then possibly going month to nonth after that....will see.......I have plenty of time to decide.....I can see that staying on program even in maintenance mode can help a lot.....since it is easy to chuck it all and throw caution to the wind.......been there and don't want to return.  

 

EDIT

Knew it was too good to be true.....at 11:15 the repairman called and cancelled for today and said he would be here thursday....too many people with furnaces to be repaired......I get that...it's 35 degrees here.....and we can live without the oven for a few more days......

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

Walden farms sf syrup = 0Pts and 0 Cals

3 mandarins = 0 pts and 94 cals

chicken = 2 pts and 90 cals

beef stew = 15 pts and 500 cals

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17 pts and 776 cals

EDIT

I was not happy with the number of calories at all......and really wanted a cookie....and just went hungry for a couple of hours in protest of not getting the cookie...LOL

I was really at a loss for what to have that would raise my calories ...I still had a couple of daily points and a few weeklies to last through sunday...so I finally made a decision after watching a couple of you tube videos about the new program...it appears  almost everyone is agonizing over this...but many are sticking with it...we all did have a loss but the points are too few now and the zero calorie foods are so low calorie that it is hard to get a safe amount of calories per day........I decided to eat my 2 plus a few of the weeklies and at least get my calories to 1,200 for the day and so

I had

2 light flat out italian things = 4 pts and 180 cals

with 2 T of peanut butter on them = 7 pts and 190 cals

and

2 more mandarins 0 pts and 94 cals

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so for the end of the day I had 28 pts and 1,240 cals

I'm really happy to at least get the 1,200......cals....it did mean that I will probably run out of weeklies well before sunday but it also gives me more time to figure out some things that will work..........

 I haven't shopped since the changes......I will get potatoes, ff cottage cheese, fruit and more veggies...that will nake it easier......also more eggs...it seems like I lived on those lasrt week and they worked well, boiled in the fridge and were so handy........I was quite frustrated this late afternoon...all I could think about was a cookie....but don't care now....the flatout with peanut butter worked well...I can see my weekend looking kind of full of vegetables and possibly low calories.....

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

Donkey on 11/16/2021:
I hope the repairman shows up today! Is not having an oven compromising your meal prep much?

Come work at my office for a day - that will fix any low-calorie days, LOL. I don't know if I would aim for a high calorie day. Maybe just see if you can reach your 1200 baseline. A gentle increase, rather than a spike. However, if your hunger leads you to eat a little more, then go with that.

If the WW program continues to work for you, as wonky as it may seem or feel, I like your plan for the future, with a digital month-to-month. What a wonderful journey you are on!

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
Me too...waiting for that phone call. I see right now that as long as I stick with regular foods I can stay on track....but for me now...1 granola bar or pretzel sets off a pattern of cravings...hopefully some day that passes...in the mean tine I will stay the course...at the moment balancing the points and zero foods is a challenge for me to get enough calories....I am enjoying it so far....but need to get that balance in check.


Jacky82020 on 11/16/2021:
Hate waiting around for repair guys. Not that I have a full schedule. still stressful.

Good going on the WW thing! You have plenty of time to decide the next step.

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
I'm just hoping he shows up...LOL....I don't like waiting either...one ear to the phone, 1 ear to the door......Yes...I know this works wonky as it is.....and I think I would be afraid to retake the assessment and find it worse...LOL


coffee&calories on 11/16/2021:
I'm curious about this WW program. Is it basically guiding you eat better foods through the zero point system? I can see how despite it being a little weird, would work. You won't overeat on high fibre, high water foods probably. If you balance that with low amounts of calorie dense foods, it would lead most people to lose weight. With all your knowledge on food/dieting, what do you feel you get from WW. I'm asking because despite knowing what to do, I still need constant motivation and guidance. are you the same?

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
I do need constant motivation and once I get into the groove I fear falling out of it.....( I liked the weigh in's the best)....Somehow this new program is choosing a few foods that the person wants ( healthy ones)...and makes them unlimited and zero pts....I suspect because they figure that is what happens with diets....plus there are other typical things like non starchy veggies.....that are also zero.....They are choosing according to how we answered the assessment....so it's different for everyone based on many variables. My daily and weekly points are very low now....so it can be quite hard to eat a higher cal meal/food....I will figure it out....right now I'm having trouble getting enough daily cals in....PLUS...for every cup of zero point veggies we eat...they add 1 more point as a reward to our points.....but usually by that time...I have some new dailies but no room to use them....(smaller stomach here).....I think it will get easier...I had a nice loss and I'm sure a part of that was retained water....but they have started counting fiber and saturated fats which they haven't done for years...to determine what points to assign foods.


horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2021:
regarding yesterday's entry for you, "blindly trusting WW," you have learned too much and have wayyyy too many tools in your pocket to blindly trust it. you can incorporate it into your pocket of tools that you already have and do well with. :)

i agree, whole foods are best. packaged never best.

i'm glad to hear you are having success on your plan(s) ...as that is very motivational for all of us here!

also, good luck with your repairs! :) let us know the (hoping very positive) outcome!

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
Very true...I will not ever blindly trust the pts only on WW...calories are really more important to me and to eat enough of them daily......it is pushing me to do better and I'm thankful for that...I need to be in the right mindset for it....now it is good....Still waiting on repairman...


Brett on 11/16/2021:
Hope the repairman arrived.

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
Nope...cancelled...now it will be thursday.


horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2021:
Living by you can be rough with the deliveries and repairs ! It is good you have your patience !

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
That is the way it is here...quite different from when we were in the city...but we expected it.



bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 15, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

All in all there was a good loss this last week....and I learned or was reminded of a few things.........

As long as I stick with basic foods ( like fruit, veg, meat, eggs, oatmeal, even cereal)....I can stay on track........

BUT....If I add any little individually packaged thing ( like granola bars, pretzels, chips,cookies etc)...I crave more.....if I have anything around that goes in the toaster ( bread, bagels, english muffins etc) and can be covered with peanut butter...I'm heading down the wrong path.

I haven't made any kind of baked good yet but when I do I can imagine there will be the same result........1 bite and I will start craving it...not because I need it...but because my head wants it.

If I intend to lose weight  then I need to avoid those things.........If  I want to maintain then I need to have those around in very controlled numbers so that I can't get carried away with them.

If I want to lose they can't be in the house at all.

It seems like..................I can keep calories easly under control with just standard meal type foods but at the end of the day I haven't eaten enough calories for health........So.....at that point I need to raise calories.....and that is the time when I have sometimes reached for the mini packs to get the numbers up to at least 1,200 ...but then the desire to have more and more of that stuff starts the junk food ball rolling.

With WW lowering my points so ...much I need to find some low point or zero point higher calorie food....that will get the calories to 1,200 at least .........I'm thinking fresh fruit......That means frequent grocery store trips ....

I know I can't follow WW and just blindly trust it..........I end up eating 800 to 900 calories a day...not healthy at all......

I lost weight over the last week...I suspect water was a big part of that......I did go over my points because I guess I didn't eat enough of the zero cal foods........I will adjust that this week........There is a huge backlash against the new changes but when peoples ponts get cut in half in many cases ( mine)...it does cause a bit of a panic..........I see that it is encouraging me to eat more of the zero point foods and that is great all around...but they are so low cal that I can't reach 1,200........I need to figure something out.........I see people leaving WW right now in fits of anger......I'm still on it until Christmas and I need to make it work......There is still time to retrain my mind ( who is resisting)...LOL......I need to work the program and give it my best shot,....and stop the whining!!!!   Bottom line.....the original shock is over....There may be a tiny amount of grumbling......will try to do it quietly and and just  get over it.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

3/4 cup Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

walden farms syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

2 breaded chicken patties = 15 pts and 440 cals

3 radishes = 0 pts and 4 cals

1cup lettuce = 0 pts and 8 cals

2 mandarins  = 0 pts and  94 cals

ground beef = 4 pts and 148 cals

BBQ sauce = 3 pts and 58 cals

split pea soup = 3 pts and 110 cals

==========================================================

today I used 25 points and 964 cals

Not nearly enough cals but I'm not hungry so i'm not eating anymore.......But I did use all of my daily points and had several zero point foods...I will figure this out yet....

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

Donkey on 11/15/2021:
Have you considered buying frozen fruit, like strawberries, peaches, blueberries? Fresh apples tend to keep for a while. I slice up bananas that are starting to get a little too brown and freeze them. I have not tried to freeze apple slices because we tend to go through them so fast. I hope oranges aren't too expensive this year...

Why are people angry and quitting? Because they haven't lost weight in the first week? Not to be harsh but I'm guessing those folks will struggle no matter what. Weight loss takes time and patience.

Oh boy do I hear you about baking. Putting off doing any of that for now. Next week, with American Thanksgiving, we'll have 2 pies in the house, so I don't need to be baking anything else. The struggle is real.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
Thank you for the frozen fruit idea...I will do that if it keeps me out of the store every couple of days...I'm not a huge fruit fan at all other than bananas but that will work...Thanks Donk. People are quitting because they took so many points away from them and it has complicated things in households that have more than 1 ww member......recipes now are all different points for every person.....a lot of you tubers that make their living on YT doing ww recipes now can't post the points per serving.......some did gain this first week....some lost less than usual....I had my pity party...went over my points last week and am committed to staing within points this week and will just have to adjust.....it did work...although possibly water weight but I' m with it until at least Christmas so I will throw myself into it and see what happens.


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
Don’t understand why we generally lose more the first few weeks of a new diet plan. Has to be water loss & maybe because we’re very dedicated in the beginning & true to whatever diet plan & then gradually slip some because it sure ain’t easy.

Your basic diet sounds terrific. Matt eats a lot of fruit, I never much cared for it except bananas. Apples & citrus will keep in the fridge for weeks. Some good frozen blends of mango, pineapple, peaches etc. But I prefer vegetables & cooked. Never could get into raw. But now you have me thinking about celery. Wondering if I could dip it in lemon juice or hot sauce, nothing fatty.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
Celery sure won't hurt any.... Every time I change my ways I always lose a decent amount...and I usually chalk it up to water weight....it is misleading but we don't need to carry a lot of excess water around anyway....and I totally agree.....the new wears off and the old habits slip back in......I keep hearing that slow and steady wins the race....sure isn't flashy but it is true...and a definite bore...LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
Always been exactly as you describe for me!

Need to take a second run to Walmart. Buying celery for the first time in decades! Will be good & not stick it in the PB jar.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
According to ww...1 cup of celery is 16 cals...and I'm not sure if it's true or not but I have heard that it takes more calories to chew and digest celery than it contains......I know it is one of the things that on this new personal plan...WW gives me a point to use on anything else for every cup I eat...I have some in the fridge...hopefully it's still good and we will have some for lunch if it is.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
Had to throw our celery out....but had lettuce and radishes instead.


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
Yes, the 16 cal is for one cup diced. Maybe 6 cal per stock. Not much evidence you nullify those.

“ So, Does Eating Celery Burn Calories?

The TEF makes it theoretically possible for negative-calorie foods to exist, but there aren't any reputable scientific studies to prove that eating certain foods like celery burns calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although celery isn't a negative-calorie food, it's not one that you need to track too closely calorie-wise, advises Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD and author of Read It Before You Eat It — Taking You From Label to Table. "At 14 calories per cup, celery isn't a food you need to be concerned about," Taub-Dix says. "It's also not a magical food that will jolt your metabolism to make pounds pour off." The bottom line? If you're a fan of celery and want to reap the nutritional benefits, it's a veggie worth integrating into your diet. But the act of chewing it won't help you lose significant weight.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
That debunks that old myth eh? I just had 3 radishes that came to 4 cals...LOL and a cup of lettuce was 8


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
I think so & I saw 3 others that agreed. One says you may burn 1/2 a cal, but so what? LOL Doesn’t much matter. I could eat the whole big celery thingy I bought today & it’d be well under 50 Cals.

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
OH yeah...celery won't have any weight gain associated with it....and it does provide vitamins and fiber.....plus it puts something in the belly! Plus plus....it gives you something to chew on.


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
I think so & I saw 3 others that agreed. One says you may burn 1/2 a cal, but so what? LOL Doesn’t much matter. I could eat the whole big celery thingy I bought today & it’d be well under 50 Cals.


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
Exactly! Haven’t tried any yet, but soon!

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
We were ready for celery today but the apparently the celery was ready for us a few days ago......will have to rebuy that.


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
How long does it last? Seriously, haven’t bought any for decades,

bearcountrygg on 11/15/2021:
At least a week and possibly more......I actually had to throw out 2 packages today........I had put the latest one under a partial package in the crisper drawer....and forgot about it ( we were eating carrots and tomatoes and today the partial package had gone bad and because it was on top of the newer pkg....I had to throw both out......because the partial pkg leaked on the newer one...( happens around here sometimes because ME...I get lazy and open a can instead of cleaning the fresh stuff......UGH


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
How long does it last? Seriously, haven’t bought any for decades,


Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
It looks like everything I say comes in twice LOL

I forgot about a cabbage and it turned white with some mold. YUK!

bearcountrygg on 11/16/2021:
It happens here occasionally...usually when I shop for too much produce at a time.



bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 14, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

Today is the end of the first week on the new WW program........and I know that the new changes were /are coming from a totally different field of thought than they have been for a very long time......it is one of those things that "sounds" good to hear it......yet at the same time........giving people on a weight loss diet the ability to choose unlimited potatoes, pasta, avocados etc....is actually a recipe for disaster.....I belong to several WW groups............ and I would say that most people have gained weight this week and seriously dislike this new program.........most of us lost points and in many cases the points dropped by half which then pushed them to eat a lot of potatoes, pasta and avocados etc for zero points and then save the few points they do have for other things that are not zero.......like meat, other vegetables that are not zero, bread, butter etc........

The only  thing that made it easier for me is that I have not shopped since the new program started,,,,but I definitely have potatoes on my shopping list and maybe an avocado or 2........it's a good thing I didn't have potatoes here because I would had a great time with that zero food.....

Usually well before this time the people that have been on weight watchers or ww are settling in with the changes....this time...I'm hearing ww bloggers, you tubers, group members being quite  dissappointed with it...so many feel that having a favorite food allowed in unlimited quantities is like sabotage,  taking points away for other healthy foods that are used to round a meal or 2 out isn't working....

I have been doing the program as well as calorie counting daily for the last 6 days...........and I have lost 3 pounds which  of course I am happy about...I know that most  likely plenty of that is water weight and it may come right back tomorrow or the next day.........as much as I enjoyed this last 6 days....basically I was counting calories and as often typical for me....having to eat more at the end of the days to get my calories to at least 1,200..........nothing new there....and if I hadn't been counting calories and was going by points and program only and trusting that only....I would have only been eating around 900 to 1,000......That isn't really very safe but of course  if I had gone shopping and bought potatoes....who knows what it would have been....because they were zero.  I am at this point agreeing with those who have been on ww and succeeded on it......This new program is likely a recipe for disaster and may just sink their business......since they won't make changes for 2 years....I think many will be leaving.........My contract with them is up on Christmas day this year........I will have to  give some serious thought to rather I want to rejoin.....I can count calories very easily on my own...I don't need to pay $29 a month for that.  May people are talking about quitting WW and going to I Track Bites which is an app.....and not on the computer.........The cost of 1 year of I Track Bites is the same as the cost of 1 month on WW.......and they can return to their old favorite ways on there...............I will  be giving serious thought to rather I want to continue with them......if I'm counting calories in order to stay safe....why do I need them?    Encouraging me to eat pasta and potatoes is probably a recipe for disaster......I can do that myself.....and that right there is making a lot of others just plain mad...I'm not mad....I just think they shot themselves in the foot.

coffee = 0pts and 2 cals

bread = 6 pts and 180 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 0 cals

peanut butter = 13 pts and 380 cals

peas = 1 pt and 67 cals

saurkraut = 0 amd 27

1 brat = 7 pts and 186 cals

soup = 4 pts and 147 cals

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

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2021:
Great eats, Bear, in your previous entry! love them! what i love about split pea soup is actually how darn healthy it is! tons of fiber, very filling, great nutrition. i may do it more come colder temps down here. Maybe even make it myself in slow cooker with canned/dried peas. we'll see!

there may have been tornadoes hitting in some parts near me, but not my area itself. lots of trees down on homes, some hail in other places. the weather sure gets crazier as the years go by. those snowflakes sound so pretty by you...oh no, i hope the tree didn't cause too much damage to your son's house. i am so sorry to hear it.

I am so sorry to hear of the covid death you mention below. :( such sadness because of it.

i am aware that also homeless people have that issue with not being able to stop eating when they are drifting between not having any food and ample food. when i was in the hospital 3 years ago, there was a homeless man or two, they would eat until feeling too full and then be vomiting afterwards. so sad.

i'm working on using my food up too...tuna fish! :)

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I love split pea soup.......It does stick with me for quite awhile. It is sad that so many people suffer with lack of food that then leads to way over eating when they do find some available. It was a given with all of our foster children because they all came from abuse and neglect situations....but they really were all about eating everything up when they saw food....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2021:
it's amazing the bad rap potatoes have gotten due to them being a carb, rather than a "watery veggie." anyways, i also think they are super healthy...along with my view on rice, but actually leaning way towards potatoes as the better choice of these two good choices. i'm trying to learn to portion rice (and eat it rather than chips) as well as potatoes more often as they are natural and healthy.

i know what you mean about new WW being a recipe for disaster. seems they are pushing their clients to be able to learn to make the better choices rather than spelling it out...not easy for beginners!

unless you are able to learn from WW, it may not be worth it to pay.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
Potatoes by themselves are fine but unfortunately many of not most people also see that as an invitation to add butter, cheese, sour cream etc.....and it's likely that people on a diet program are going to have a problem with them and because they lowered almost everyones points severely when they added the potatoes and pasta.....too many people did use their points for butter, cheese etc and ended up eatin a ton of potatoes because they ran out of points......I think when there is a diet program they have to assume that lowering points waaaay down and telling someone to just eat pasta and potatoes and avocados and deal with it is missing the mark......They missed the mark with this one.....many are leaving and going to I Track Bites where they can do their old WW program for 1/12th of the cost.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Wow! It does indeed sound like a recipe for disaster if it includes unlimited avocados etc. How long is the contract? Sounds like a few months which beats the hell out of those one year ones.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
You can sign up for 1 month or 6 months or a year as I recall....I think my current contract is for 6 months...( runs out on Christmas)...there are perks with the longer contracts....lower monthly charges, gifts etc.....They did send me some really nice things this summer....of course they want me to stay with them...and if you cancel before the end of the contract...they used to charge $40....now I see that they are charging $65 for a cancellation......So far....I just told them to cancel me at the end of my contract so no penalty for that....and I was going to lower my program to online tracking only.....The one I have now includes zoom meeting which I do not like at all......They are actually calling on people to talk on camera, some people come on and won't let the leader talk and instead comment about other people.......if you don't allow your picture to show and just want to listen...they hound you to show yourself.......one thing that bugs me is that I have gray hair.....I like to wear it long ( my choice and it grows VERY fast).....I like to wear it long and it seems to promote comments which I wish it didn't....I don't really want to have my pic up on zoom and get comments...( They have all been very complementary)...but I wish not to have the focus on my hair when I'm there for a ww meeting....I run into this in the grocery stores too....maybe I should just braid it and wrap it in a bun or something...or just cut it short every month and call it good.....I don't know....but I think I should be able to wear it any way I choose without people stopping me or commenting even though they mean well.....LOL...freedom for old ladies who want to wear their hair long..>LOL


Donkey on 11/14/2021:
Before you dismiss potatoes... My mother lost weight (twice, as she regained 20 pounds of her initial loss after my step-father died) on a diet plan called HMR. They have an unlimited vegetables "rule" and that includes (plain white) potatoes. The problem with potatoes isn't really the taters themselves, but what we put on them. The damage done by eating an extra plain potato is maybe a little extra water weight, which is temporary, from the carbs.

That program, HMR, worked for my mom because she was never hungry. If she was hungry, she could have vegetables, including potatoes, and that helped a lot. So there was never any depravation, and after a while, plain potatoes weren't really an allure that we might think they would be.

I think the same rule applied to plain corn. I cannot recall what the rules were for fruits, if those were "free foods" or what.

I would be discouraged by a support group that spent time talking about hair, rather than the purpose of the group. You know what that is? A *DISTRACTION* from goals. I bet those people who comment on your hair AREN'T focused on their own weight-loss very much.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I agree that potatoes are quite innocent by themselves.......but when they gave them to me They also took away a lot of points. Unlimited is kind of scary....I took the assessment on the computer and I also just found out that if I had taken it on the phone , I would have gotten more questions...but for me...using the phone to type isn't going to work....also a lot of their info is on the app only......I'm suspecting that they are getting ready to stop computer and use phones only and for me...That won't work.......it's kind of a mess they have created...they gave some people chicken at zero and then are raised the number of points for fish.....I think most of us are looking at this new program as flawed....allowing as many avocados a day as someone wants is okay but they will get charged points for a cup of squash is messed up....but I agree...a potato is fine...it is what most people put on it that is the problem....they also count points for corn for me.......The hair thing is so not worthy of taking time from the group...I'm sure most of them don't care but there are always those few that seem too like to forget whey we are there.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
My hair is very long too. I’d wear it in behind in low pony tail to mask the length if ever I felt it attracted unwanted attention.

Didn’t realize it was a 6 mo contract, Thought you signed up last month, this time around.

Never participated in zoom. Wouldn’t like it for sure! Matt has to do it for meetings with his employer in San Diego often. I always remind him not to play with himself & go Toobin, Still can’t get over Jeffry Toobin, famous writer & CNN reporter caught massaging his naked PP while on a Zoom meeting. What are some of these men thinking? He’s back on the air now. Guy is a brilliant writer. I read his book on the Patty Hearst case. But what a gross pig!

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
Last month is when I told them to cancel after my commitment was done in Dec....It had mostly been sitting idle for awhile...I often used it to look up calories but wasn't following points for the most part....I agree....I would tie it back if I were to go on a zoom meeting again....I really don't care for them...so most likely won't go on anymore....If I want to talk on those I would but I really do not want to be called on in them and that is what they were doing...basically when I don't use it I'm throwing money away and I have calorie counting books or I can google calories...I don;t need to pay them for that.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Yep, a million ways to google calories & nutritional content.

I wouldn’t be comfortable in Zoom either, but Matt’s job forces him to participate. He’s used to it. Frankie barked once & they asked Matt to hold him up. Of course everyone thought he was adorable. He waved at them. Lol

I really like potato wedges from the air fryer. Either that or baked in the microwave. The yam slices, sprinkled with fake brown sugar and cinnamon & a bit of oil spray are really really good hot outta the air fryer.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
We love the potatoes in the air fryer too....That is why I'm afraid to buy potatoes...LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
They’re not so bad in the air fryer. Very little fat. Brown nicely with just a bit of oil spray . It’s how most ppl prepare potatoes that makes them poor food choices. Like salads. All the toppings

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I have been using a toss of olive oil and seasonings for them but they would be zero if I used the spray...but may be too tempting....and as much as D loves them...they are a carb that he needs to limit..


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
They’re not so bad in the air fryer. Very little fat. Brown nicely with just a bit of oil spray . It’s how most ppl prepare potatoes that makes them poor food choices. Like salads. All the toppings


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
I season with garlic & paprika powder. Plenty brown & crispy enough with light spray. I have an olive oil spray. Also butter & canola. Just a little dab does it for me.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I have been using seasoning salt and lemon pepper...and sometimes Complete. I have been using gthe olive oli because I was assuming they needed it because of the work "fry"...but I will try Pam the next time if I remember.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Oh, no! The whole point of an Air Fryer is it browns & crisps without oil. I get a little more with the spray. When I make grilled cheese sandwiches they toast without the spray. I’ve used spray instead of oil for decades. Don’t like liquid oil except in certain things like carrot cakes. Stuff where the oil is cooked inside, not on surface.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I do use pam for eggs and back in the day pancakes and french toast..used in the waffle iron and didn't realize I didn't need it on potatoes.....



bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 13, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4 A.M. and D is still in bed so trying to be quiet.  This site seems to be okay so far........No blue or red lines and that's a good thing.  I'm not happy with this computer and really never have been...loved my old acer and still have it but it overheats so I use this...........

I'm looking forward to Monday when I weigh in for the results of the first week....I can tell I've lost a couple so I'm  happy with the changes.

Yesterday we had snowflakes the size of golf balls but they melted within a couple of hours.

Spent a lot of time on the phone with a crying friend yesterday and some on housework and then son who's house it turns out was damaged by the tree falling on it.....so it was a different kind of day.

Deer hunters are arriving in town for the fall hunt...loads of traffic down our little country road, It's 33 degrees so it's easy to stay inside......soon I won't go outside for anything because the hunt will begin.........we haven't seen a lot of deer this year around the house so hopefully the hunters stay away from here.  This little town makes most of it's money from out of towners.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

1 boiled egg = 0 pts amd 72 cals

almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk 30 cals original = 1 pt and 30 cals

annies cereal = 10 pts and 293 cals

mini pkg snyders pretzels and cheese = 6 pts and 150 cals

chicken patty = 7 pts and 220 cals

saurkraut = 0 pts and 27 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 0 cals

1 cup potato soup = 5 pts and 150 cals

split pea soup = 3 pts and 110 cals

sf drink mix = 1 pt and 25 cals

fage 0 percent greek yogurt 1 cup = 0 pts and 133 cals

PB2 with cocoa 2 T. = 1 pt and 50 cals

sf jello = 0 pts and 10 cals

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33 pts amd 1,272 cals for the day

 

I'm working on using up some foods that have been here for awhile...finding some things that have fats in them have gotten rancid....so tossing out those things and trying to rescue some that are still fine.......so at the moment I'm not putting much work into balancing nutrients ...I'm taking enough vitamins to cover that.....now I'm just trying to use up some things that are already on hand that I don't want to throw away......This stuff will eventually get caught up and won't take up so much of my choices.....I think I have said enough over the years that I do not like to waste food ( human garbage can syndrome)....and while I' m doing this and staying within calories...I am also satisfying my desire to use things up/ wear them out etc......I'm guessing that it is such a huge part of my subconscious mind that it will be with me forever and that is fine...I'm okay with it.

Cue the childhood  memory of my Dad standing at the fridge drinking glass after glass of milk that had turned.........Than many years later cue the memory of foster children that had been starved.....coming to our house and literally eating everything in sight and having zero sense of when they were full to the point that we had to clear the table so they didn't see more food.  Cue the memory of my father in law with dementia also eating everything he could see to the point of falling down the stairs because he refused to hold onto the handrail because he had 2 handfulls of pistachios and refused to hand them to anyone else...and he got in a pushing match because he wanted to eat a can of cat food instead of feeding the cat.  That kind of thing stays with me....and I'm happiest when I honor it instead of fighting it...and that makes it all so much easier.

 

EDIT....Just heard that a good friends fiancee died of covid this afternoon....He was an EMT and she is a nurse........She got better over 2 weeks.....and he ended up on a vent......so sad...he was 56.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
We may get the first snow of the season tonight. Incredible to go to bed when everything is green & wake up to a winter wonderland! Love it!

Yep, keep those vitamins out in the open & pop a few as needed.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Thanks for the reminder...going to take the vitaminnies right now!!


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
Good Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
:)


Donkey on 11/13/2021:
Sorry to hear that the house did not escape damage. As you had pointed out though, at least it didn't catch on fire from the fallen wire(s)!

I really LOVE how you wrote: I'm happiest when I honor it instead of fighting it. I see this as applicable to quite a few burdens I carry around with me. A change in perspective might be just what I need.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
I think that sometimes we have fretted over something so long that it just becomes a monkey on our backs....Because we don't drive a car by looking in our rear view mirror...we probably should drive our lives by looking at what is in front of us and also using the wisdom we gained by living through our mistakes of the past...and learning from them.....Past mistakes and not so great decisions...believe me...I have plenty of them and I'm sure we all do because no one knows our mess ups better than we do...and if anyone says they don't have regrets or past mess ups...they have bigger problems than all of us. As long as we learn from our mistakes then we should free our minds to move on and do better and forgive ourselves and move along to do better things...continually beating ourselves up just keeps us unhappy....and that breeds more unhappiness.....so looking at what is before us can be so much more fun and is so mood altering for the greater good.


Donkey on 11/13/2021:
6 points for a mini-bag of pretzels? Life just isn't fair.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Yeah...that was a shocker...I had ordered them for D as a replacement for his atkins bars for the truck....( he was eating a lot of them so I wanted to try a pack....there weren't many in the bag....they were fine,,,not great....but the cals and points were a wake up call for sure.


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
One of these days I’ll have to google & see how these points work. I’ll gobble up all the zero points.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
The zero points are totally different for everyone and apparently used as incentives to keep people on program....all in all...in the end..it's about calorie deficit.....BUT....things like lettuce, celery, are so low that they basically don't even count........I was at the grocery store many years ago and there was a large man ahead of me....and he put several cans of tuna and about 10 heads of lettuce up there to be checked out...so many times I have wondered how he did with that....I hope it worked for him....I wonder how many meals that made for him.......dealing with weight is such a struggle...UGH


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
That’s true, no calories really in celery & lettuce & I don’t use either.

Maybe he was going to wrap tuna in the lettuce leaves. That would be one high protein diet!

Or maybe he had cats and pet rodents. LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
I guess we will never know.



bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 12, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4 A.M........feeling good...up a lot for bathroom trips last night so apparentlly was hanging onto some water....not now though. 

Keeping the vitamins where I can see them is primo...I think they are and have been needed for awhile....so I will keep those up ....

Either my computer or the site is acting up.....had to post what I had already written and leave and come back....seems to be working now.

Oven quit working yesterday...suppose I should clean that before a repairman looks at it...call into one but have not heard back from him.......here we go again.

36 degrees here and wet......so much to do that I have been putting off......today ;looks like a full one.

Loving the new WW plan....This one is a keeper if how good I feel is any consideration.

Hoping that this computer is not going to quit on me.........then I will be looking at using the phone....UGH!!!!

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

Quaker apple oatmeal = 3 pts and 110 cals

3 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

low fat mayo = 2 pts and 35 cals

brat = 7 pts and 186 cals

muscle milk = 2pts and 160 cals

V8 veg juice =1 pts and 15 cals

cereal = 10 pts and 293 cals

1% milk =4 pts and 102 cals

peas = 1pt and 67 cals

saurkraut = 0 pts and 41 cals

 

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30 pts and 1,237 cals

 

I can read here....but posting is difficult......I'm suspecting it's my computer......keeps preventing me from typing........and using the phone isn't any easier as always.......Hopefully I can figure out what is going on with this HP.  

 Still having trouble posting here...sometimes the page turns blue,...I am highly suspicious of this computer...I have never liked it but it is what I have and so I will work with it the best that I can.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Awesome WW goes so well! Yay, Bear.

My stove gets used threeX a month at best. Pizza & the frozen Chinese food. While waiting for the 1950s replica turquoise stove to arrive, I learned I could do meatloaf & pasta etc in the microwave. Always a big crockpot & electric flying pan fan & now the air fryer.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
We did get a repairman that said he will be here on Tuesday...so we are content with that...at least the burners still work.


Donkey on 11/12/2021:
I wonder if something is going on with the website that is causing you problems. See Jacky's entry from today. So far, I've not had any troubles here, but the day is young....

Even if you cannot post here, remember that you are accountable to yourself, so keep on counting and tracking points! :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
I see she is also having problems here...mine is still acting up but it may be my computer...not sure...


coffee&calories on 11/12/2021:
No issues for me either on the site. Hope you're having a nice day and that's so awesome that you're loving the plan.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
Yes...love the plan.....glad you aren't having any problems....I'm suspecting my computer....


horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2021:
4am huh!? you were up 1.5hrs before me!

i sometimes have bathroom trips too during the night. i try to prevent them but on nights where i lift weights and i'm drinking more water, i deal with it bc i prefer to keep drinking my sweetened seltzer as i work out... other nights i do try to stop liquids at least one hour before bed. i got you, it's a rough situation!

ty for writing about vitamins. i have these great fruit and veg powdered vitamins someone gave me as a gift...i should really use them and not just let them sit on the counter expiring. i will put them in the weekly vitamin holder i have with my rx pills...and that will be a better reminder to really have the vitmains before they expire. they are expensive and were a great gift.

I'm really happy you like WW new plan. i'm sure it's been modified to try to work with people that are used to WW too...so they can continue to be satisfied with WW plans!!!! really, it's a good thing.

if i weren't working, i would CERTAINLY be delving into more cooking and planning and changing around some of my eats. i am not interested right now with this particular job to do so, maybe at a different point in my life, different job.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
I have been seeing some fruit and veg capsules advertised on TV...they look interesting.


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Bear, there are poltergeists in our computers!!!

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
There is something for sure.....I just finished adding the rest of my food and it was a struggle.....but will see how tomorrow goes...I'm getting a lot of blue lines when I write and sometimes it is all solid blue.....


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Is it only here or at other sites too?

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
It is here....and I also plug my phone into the USB port to charge and that has been making a lot of noise and acting up today....so that is why I figure the computer is acting up....but this site is acting different than usual....this morning I had to leave the site and come back in for it to work...starting in the last couple of days here....it has been giving me a lot of blue lines as I type...it does not like my.................LOL..dots

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
Funny....when I just typed a lot of dots in the row above...now it's red underlining......LOL Maybe I will get banned!!! LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Wow! That’s weird. Also very strange how that www.plantdiet or whatever was up at top for my diet.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Mine seems okay today so far.


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
Same here!

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Thank goodness!!



bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 11, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Feeling good 

Sleeping well

Love the new plan

 

Back to taking a daily vitamin, and an omega.....I had gotten out of the habit because they were out of sight, keeping them now where I see them every day and I think they make me feel better in general so as the days go by I will add other vitamins and supplements again......

My energy level is up and I'm not   sure if it's what I'm eating or not but I'm loving the new plan....Will eventually need to go grocery shopping again but putting that off for now.....there is plenty of food here and I will make it work because it should be used.  Nothing is off limts as usual so it all works.  

I'm finding that at the end of the day I'm scrambling to get in enough calories ( to 1,200)...so I'm working on a higher cal breakfast so that this evening is easier.  I think I would rather be eating low cal foods in the evening instead of higher ones.

coffee =  0 points and 2 cals

Annies cereal = 12 pts and 293 cals

1% milk = 4 pts and 102 cals

Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

Walden farms breakfast syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

2 hard boiled eggs = 0 pts and 144 cals

1T. Hellmans low fat mayo = 1 pt and 15 clas

11.5 ounces V-8 Vegetable juice = 2 pts and 65 cals

pistachios = 2 pts and 58 cals

peanuts = 8 pts and 290 cals

Muscle Milk = 1 pt and 101 cals

==============================================

32 pts and 1,160 cals for the day

EDIT

Made a nice lasagna...preheated the oven....and put the dish in....and no heat.......so here we go again..........at least the burners work though~!!!!

 Oldest son just called D...talked for a couple of ,minutes and then a tree fell on his house...... so now about an hour later we hear from him.......house seems ok but the electric wires are down and burning and arking.....so the fire department, the police, the electric company and an electrician are all there....and they are also having  a rain storm so I'm sure he is going to have a rough night....but no one hurt.........

 P.S....it was his neighbors tree......a huge weeping willow.

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I am forever forgetting to take my daily multiple vitamin & the B Complex. Need to keep them on the counter.

Wonderful WW is working so well!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I wish I could take them the first thing in the morning but they give me a stomach ache......so I have to wait until I eat .....it would be so much easier if I could just take them right away.....I'm leaving mine out on the dresser now and that is enough to remind me. I do see a difference in how I feel when I take them...for the better. Loving the new plan....just what I needed to at least maintain and hopefully lose a little too...


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Same here. Never could eat first thing in AM & am doing this CR & IF the rest of the day. But lots of things vitamin enriched, so not all that bad.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Whatever works the best!!


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
(2 Thumbs Up emoji)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
:)


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
My Husband is the same say with his vitamins. Otherwise, he forgets. The CBD stays out too, for naps and bedtimes. Often the Aleve stays out. But some of his more serious medicines are in the drawer.

I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling GOOD and that the new program is working for you. That's great! And I enjoy reading the list of foods that you eat throughout the day. I think it can show other folks that this is how it works. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I'm loving it....since I haven't shopped for groceries since I found out my zero foods...I'm really eating a lot of the same things over and over but I don't mind for now.


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
My Husband is the same say with his vitamins. Otherwise, he forgets. The CBD stays out too, for naps and bedtimes. Often the Aleve stays out. But some of his more serious medicines are in the drawer.

I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling GOOD and that the new program is working for you. That's great! And I enjoy reading the list of foods that you eat throughout the day. I think it can show other folks that this is how it works. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
:)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
I love this time change too. hate it in Springtime. Wish the country would stop this back and forth of the clocks and just stick with one way...

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I feel the same way...I wish they would just leave it!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
i can get out of habit with vitamins too...thanks for also reminding me - i must pick up my rx later today...

lately, i have been waiting to the last minute when i run out to pick them up the next day. maybe a reminder in my phone for 3 days in advance of running out to call pharmacy and make my plans to go pick them up is in store for me :)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
D's prescriptions are mailed to us so that is handy...I order them as soon as I can just in case there is a shortage.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
Fage is great. i like the 2% as it sits with me better. sometimes i add a tasty tablespoon of a sweet regular jelly. (me and you need are sweets!)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Yup...we do like our sweets!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I take my Walmart Fage equivalent with cocoa, instant coffee & fake sugar. YUM!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
That is an interesting combo.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Been doing it that way for years. Keep a jar of instant coffee in the freezer that is only used for the yogurt. Blends in well. So does the cocoa. Nice mocha flavored Greek yogurt.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I hear the powdered peanut butter works well too......Mine was rancid the other day so will have to get some more......


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Dang! You’re good, Bear! Have a big jar of powdered PB in the fridge & never thought of it! I will! With cocoa.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Sounds like a reeses peanut butter cup eh????


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Yes! My all time favorite! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Mine too.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
So what are they? 1,000 WW points.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Pretty much...LOL


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
Glad it wasn't a tree that landed on the house! We've lost a couple of willows (not weeping willows but still, quite tall and full) due to storms. One landed on the neighbor's fence. The other (separate storm, separate year) fell INCHES from our deck.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Sounds like he is lucky that the burning wire didn't catch the house on fire......they all came together to get it taken care of.....He is on the phone with D right now...they just turned his power back on.....looks like not much damage to the house if any.....now they have a big storm coming in the next few minutes...luckily it held off so that all the things could be done.......he is lucky....it's the neighbors tree but it's in his yard.....Sounds like you were lucky too......Thankfully.



bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 10, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

I think I got this time change down this time....last spring we didn't seem to  get it right.

Loving the new WW plan.......it's pushing me in a direction that I haven't gone in years and I'm loving it.

I really have to work on getting at least 1,200 calories in......the personal points are easy enough and actually necessary for me to reach 1,200 cals

Zero hunger at all....I guess raw veggies are good for that.

It is time  consuming......and I have the time for that, so that is fine.....but the days are flying by.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

3 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

Lower sugar Quaker instant oatmeal  ( apple cinnamon) 1 pkt = 3 pts and 110 cals

1 scant cup baked beans = 9 pts and 261 cals

2 cups Bear Creek potato soup = 10 pts and 300 cals

3/4 Cup Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

Walden Farms Breakfast syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

Motts berry/apple sauce = 0 pts and 50 cals

Strawberry Muscle Milk = 2 pts and 160 cals

==============================================

24 pts and 1,189 als for the day

water = 30 ounces

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
Awesome! I sure would never have to work at doing 1200 calories! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I have often had to struggle to get to 1,200 cals...of course I've had my share of 2,000 cal days too....LOL....and those days led to the weight gain......but for about 3 years or so.....a minimum of 1,200 has been my goal and sometimes I was under....Then a higher day comes along randomly and seems to even things out so it is okay now to have those high days....But I will say...I usually don't feel good after a higher day......I have a small stomach and it is just happier with a smaller quantity....but sometimes it gets out of hand...and I push the wants and not the needs...and then feel crummy afterwards.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
1200 is a good number for the average woman.

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I think it's the minimum for health........would be better probably closer to 1,500 but for me that is hard to do unless I eat a lot of desserts...and right now I don't want to do that.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
It depends on your height. Should have said good number for shorties like me. 5’1”

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I'm 5'2...it is my minimum too.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
I just noticed your graph says you started at 255. Hard to believe you were ever close to double your current weight. How long ago was that? You’ve done an incredible job losing & maintaining! Congrats!

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I started at 254.8....Guess they rounded up...LOL.......I joined in 2017 and Lost it over the next year and a half approx.....When you are that heavy the weight comes off fairly quickly in the first few months...I did a lot of liquid fasts...Never really eliminated any foods for very long....I did a lot of what I always called "shaking it up"....larger meals then skipping meals....a lot of eating what I craved and ignored what I didn't really want so it made it easier to just skip a lot of meals....I also did some weight watchers when the mood struck....but not consistently......I would say that it took about a year and a half....I did lose several pounds a week,,probably more than was safe......but it worked....and I ate basically what I craved. Thanks....


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
You deserve a Gold Medal! Not many can do what you have done. Even with gastric bypass. Many rapidly lose weight after bariatric surgery, only to regain. You are a strong, self-disciplined Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I think it was fear of repeating it all again .....I have lost and gained enough in the past.....and recently I was just about ready to do it again....The new plan showed up just in time for me this year.....


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
That’s terrific!

I’d do bariatric surgery in a NY minute if I were a hundred pds overweight, but your way was infinitely better. Think most insurance plans cover bariatric surgery. My cousin who had lousy insurance found a good clinic in Mexico that does it cheaper than here & was going to stay at our house when we lived in San Diego. But even so, it was a hassle & expense, so she dieted & exercised & lost most of the weight. It cured her type 2 diabetes.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I wouldn't because when I was 30 and having a simple surgery ( in hospital)....I had a heart attack during surgery and the dr said after that he knew something happened but didn't know what....later tests showed a miocardial infarction....so they messed up......18 years later I had a hysterectomy and they had trouble waking me up...it took hours and the recovery room was empty except for the nurse and me... and once again...freaked everyone out...especially my husband....his sister came to sit with him while they waited....so I no longer look at general anesthesia as something I ever want to do again.....so for me...it wasn't an option....I had to lose it myself if I was ever going to.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I wouldn’t do it either with that medical history!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Nope...not worth it.



bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 09, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

 I'm loving the new program...It is very time consuming at the moment...I belong to several WW groups and they are taking up a lot of time right now.  The new program is a lot healthier than it has been in a long time.  It is pushing me in a direction to eat healthier foods and I like that.  

I can see this as a lifestyle that is an all around better choice.

Yesterday flew by and by the time I wrapped my head around the changes and did my usual household things the day was over.  I Think it will settle down and I will settle into a newer way for me to eat.  

I'm still in the process of rotating the pantry........and just general downsizing the whole house.  

I did learn one thing...to NEVER leave the largest part of my water drinking to the last half of the day.......LOL

It is taking some work to get to at least 1,200 cals...staying withiin the points hasn't been an issue yet

coffee

boiled eggs 3

oatmeal ( apple cinnamon)

strawberry yogurt

pistachios

Knorrs herb and butter pasta/rice side ( 2 servings)

1 cup carrots

3 mini peppers 

working on drinking the water earlier today....last night was "interesting" 60 ounces

Todays cals = 1,272...and 30  pts .Will be snacking on the peppers and carrots all afternoon

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/09/2021:
Great the program goes well!

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
So far so good


coffee&calories on 11/09/2021:
It sounds like the program will encourage such healthy eating. What a great habit to develop.

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
I think I needed that.


horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
NICE JOB Yesterday on all those cups of veggies. i am due for some more veggies soon. also, i like wraps and i think i have tried those flat out wraps and enjoy them as well! wraps sometimes really work well into the calorie budget (compared to some of those breads and you can really fill up those wraps with a ton of food!)

do you like raw veggies? i do prefer cooked...even sauteed in a little oil/water mix, veggies are still so healthy :) but enjoy them both ways, they are good every way!

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
The flat out wraps are large and oval shaped and very thin...and contain plenty of fiber....I like raw and cooked veggies...


horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
nice eats today. yes, anything "new" is going to take an adjustment / learning curve. at least you will be occupied and it MAY keep your mind off food, although it is about food, LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
This is quite the balancing act....and is taking a little more planning than past ww diets....but I feel great and I'm happy with it.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
it's nice to hear it is going well rather than the other way around!

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
Yes it is.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
i'm sure you will learn new tips.

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I like the idea of a fresh start where everyone else is also starting fresh....everyone is on the same page....doing different things but all with a new start.


Donkey on 11/10/2021:
Eating a lot of raw vegetables is probably the most helpful tool against stress-eating for me. I'm glad to hear that you like the new program so much. STICK WITH IT! :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I plan to stick with it...I feel great!!



bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 08, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

The new WW program rolled out today and I think I am going to love it.........it is set up for each individual and it feels more personal.  It gives me new zero point foods and also incentives to earn more points in a way that will work for me.........it has lowered my dailies and weekly points and will force me to earn more if I want them ...looks like a winner to me.  It gives a motivation to eat and move more in a way that used to be one size fits all........I will still count calories along with the points to make sure that I'm eating enough....but all in all...I believe I am going to love it.

coffee = 0 pts amd 2 cals

Fage 0% plain greek yogurt 3/4 Cup = 0 pts qnd 90 cals

Walden Farms breakfast syrup 1/8 cup = 0 pts and 0 cals

Chicken patties (2)  = 12 pts and 380 cals

2 Italian flat out wraps = 4 pts and 180 cals

2 T light Hellmans mayo = 3 pts and 70 cals

2 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 144 cals

No sugar added apple berry sauce =  0 pts and 50 cals

1 cup carrots = 0 pts and 52 cals

1 cup mixed peppers = 0 pts and 30 cals

1/2 cup tomatoes = 0 pts and 15 cals

pistachios = 3 pts and 120 cals

small blueberry yogurt = 3 pts and 90 cals

60 ounces water

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1,222 cals for the day...Had to work tog get those that high.......but done eating for the day...still drinking the water

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Earned 2 more points but don't have to use them today........This is making me eat a lot of raw veggies...LOL...which is good but they don't have a lot of cals and my cals for the day so far are only at 1,012........Will have to plan tomorrow a little better...eating veggies gives you points .......I can see I will need to preplan my days better and that is not a bad thing........I like this kind of challenge so I can see myself getting into this.

WW site is down because of the huge number of  members......it's been a few hours and with most in person meetings closed, online is taking a hit.  Just eating right now what I know will fit into the plan....hopefully later today I can get the numbers.  I'm finding it kind of funny how many people are freaking out......( I belong to a couple of groups outside of WW).....and This whole change is causing some serious anger and flip outs........

 

LOL....The WW website has crashed...everyone is on there taking their assessment test and trying to figure things out...and I haven't even had breakfast yet....so not sure of my own points,,,,but this too shall pass.....Time  will correct it and in the meantime I wing it knowing what I already know.....and that is just fine........

 

Now that I have been able to get back to the site...I see that I get 19 points for dailies but can earn more by drinking water and eating vegetables ( non starchy)...I also have 24 weeklies to use at any time if I want to....and can also get points for doing active housework or exercise.  The foods I have eaten for breakfast and lunch did use up my dailies.......but i have a lot of zero point foods left........counting calories as well as points are going to be necessary because while my dailies are gone...I have only eaten 722 calories....so this will push me to eat more zero point foods which is a good thing.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/08/2021:
Oh I'm so excited for you! I hope that you will write about your adventure in this. Take a before picture!!! <<something I never do and then regret it later.

I think that eventually, you'll be able to drop the calorie-counting and just stick with the points, but maybe not, and that's OK. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I will.....I think this one is a winner......and right now the site has crashed.....LOL....but that will correct itself.


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
Congrats! Sounds marvelous!

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I think it's a winner!


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
Yep! Can you do it when you want or is there a set time?

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I can use the website whenever I want...I just got back in there so I can add the numbers here now......I think this is going to be a gooood program for me.


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
That’s great!

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
:)


Brett on 11/08/2021:
Enjoy the WW class. My mother did that. It was all in person then, but she liked it.

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
The new plan is interesting....I like that.


coffee&calories on 11/09/2021:
I’m very interested to read about this! I don’t know a lot about WW. I always thought it was for people who didn’t like counting calories, that the points were kind of easier to get your head around. I see you do both. I love that it’s getting you to eat more raw veggies, I really need to do that.

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
I love it so far and it's quite time consuming at the moment........I have some adjusting to do.



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