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bearcountrygg - Friday Mar 06, 2020
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Started this morning out getting some things done......and it was nice for a change. 

Why does sitting around mean eating carbs?  They just seem to go together for some reason........For me...being active means meals and no snacks........being sedentary means having my hand in a bag of something that I am embarassed to be seen eating.  The subconscious knows......yet the charade continues......The best way for me to know that I am doing the wrong thing is to decide if I would be embarassed or ashamed if someone else saw me eating  that.  Closet eater syndrome in  full force.  Stopping something means replacing it with something else.  How many times have I known this and had to redo????  Too many to count.

Otherwise...the day started well..........D's prize hound fathered a litter of puppies shortly before his death and they will be born in the next week.......so the owner of the female and D will each have 1 or 2 new little ones to raise and we are excited......They will be so loved.  It's a small litter and that is perfect...they are all spoken for by our 2 families. 

I placed an order with Lowes this morning for several steel cabinets to be delivered.......yeahhhh...for getting boxes off the floor....the garage and basement with be so much neater.

Today I am once again puting myself on a schedule.......( I just let myself go rogue way too often)......if I don't have a boss or a contract...I guess I don't take myself seriously.....LOL

Memories...once upon a time I asked D to keep me on track and all I did was get mad at him...LOL....he's NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE........so there is that.....


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/06/2020:
oh my....how i love carbs and yes it goes along with sitting around lol!

congrats on the puppies how cute! i wish to get a dog and will one day, though right now is not the right time :)

lol, yeah, i guess we can really only rely on ourselves to stay on track ;)

bearcountrygg on 03/06/2020:
It's funny how I will bend over backwards for others...but won't do that for myself!!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Mar 03, 2020
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Once again I'm setting up a schedule for myself.......( with nothing actually holding my feet to the fire...I have been so quick to quit it in the past).......it is so much easier to quit something when there is no one else relying on me doing it...I guess I just quit on myself......and that needs to change.  My pep talk a couple of minutes ago to Donkey helped remind me of that.  That is why I love this place.....I have worked out so many mental things here just by writing them out..............

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2020:
I'm an all or nothing person too.

Just keep trying and working on your schedule. schedules are meant to change and nothing is set in stone!

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
My problem is if I fail at it one day i quit. I need to toughen myself up a bit and accept that every day won't be perfect...in fact every day will be flawed somewhere or other.....Thanks for the encouragement HOP!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2020:
but you have NOT QUIT since you've been logging here ;) perseverence is on your side!

bearcountrygg on 03/04/2020:
My gut instinct tells me to start all over again though...instead of just keeping going from where I am.....I'm one of those people who ditches the whole project and needs to begin again anew..instead of just carrying on.....I frustrate myself.

bearcountrygg - Monday Mar 02, 2020
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Well....I had always hoped that retirement was going to be fun and carefree.....but it seems that it isn't necessarily the way it is.  Less online and electronics in general........eating and an end to dieting....but.....I guess staying on top of things has to be a way of life for me..........

1.  Less electronics meant apparently more eating

2.  Less calorie counting equaled more sweet cravings

3.  Asthma and allergies equaled chest congestion which added to laziness which added to sweet cravings....

4.  Tight pants which are just TIGHT PANTS...what more can I say!

5.  Why when staying thin was so easy for 40 years...is it so difficult now?  Guess I can answer that myself......for 40 years food just wasn't interesting to me......now....it's AMAZING!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/02/2020:
I guess all because you retire from WORKING doesn't mean a retirement from ALL RESPONSIBILITIES! that's a wake-up call to me, actually!

to me it means that personally i get motivated when i have just enough to do but not overwhelming amounts. but i can be lazy when i don't have anything to do. it means that i should hope to want to work for most of my life as i'm able, as i think it'd keep me more focussed on my health outside of work!

bearcountrygg on 03/02/2020:
Yup.......as much as I would love to say that retirement is freedom......it's only freedom from getting up every morning and heading to the job and doing the reverse 8 or 9 hours later.....actually...I was so much better disciplined when my schedule was over filled...and yet i got it all done because I didn't waste any time.....now I've lost all manor of schedule and it seems like a free for all......all across the board.

legcramps on 03/02/2020:
Yes, I think the majority of us function well on a schedule or routine. I'm always better with my food choices during the week when i'm working than on the weekends that i'm off.

Maybe you need to start scheduling some errands into your days - with specific breaks in the day for meals and snacks. Even if you start doing that with one or two days in the week, and see if that makes a difference.

bearcountrygg on 03/02/2020:
I will be doing that Legs......I so have enjoyed retirement....but going from a full days schedule to total freedom has turned me into a slug. I guess it was fun while it lasted but it has not been very productive.....i admit...i do have a all or nothing at all attitude...which kind of kicks me in the butt...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/02/2020:
also 40 years ago, your metabolism was higher! more muscle mass. you were prob moving around so much more...also you were distracted by taking care of kids and working!

bearcountrygg on 03/02/2020:
Very true HOP!!!! Also I had a hysterectomy at 48 and I swear...other things were affected by that too......Instant menopause, a flare up of autoimmune problems.....I'm not sorry that I had it done but I also wish I had possibly put it off a little longer.

Donkey on 03/03/2020:
Recently, I've wondered what it would be like to be retired. I used to be a SAHM and when the kids were in school full time, it was a little like being retired.

As you know I've scheduled errands to do on weekends to keep productive. When my folks lived in the Wisconsin woods, kind of isolated, their "schedule" routine included walks.

From what I've been seeing, being post- menopausal has its own challenges. I feel like my own life has been dominated by hormone issues. Darned if you do, darned if you don't. But I do realize that when my time comes, I'll have to make adjustments, because without that estrogen, it's a whole new ballgame.

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
Being in the woods does make things different....it takes away so many reasons to go out to eat, shopping, movies etc.....It should be peaceful yet we have a ton of flatlanders coming up to snowmobile and that happens 24 hours a day....here I guess the woods equals playground for tourists and just a isolated woods the rest of the time for those of us that live here..... Menopause is a real surprise actually....it lasts for years...hot flashes are miserable, lower estrogen equals chin hairs...LOL.....and emotional upheaval is rampant....kind of feels like the body is against our sanity......it's rough!!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Feb 29, 2020
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I've been reading about everyone over the last few days...looks like everyone is fine here........and that's a great thing!

Spending a lot less time online has been a good thing for me because i can spend hours online and never get out of the chair.......but of course winter here makes that easier......tons of snow...looks like a couple of feet around the house.  We out and did the shopping for March a couple of days ago because I knew it was coming so that's done.

My days alternate between tight pants one days and loose pants the next.......LOL....bloating seems to be my new friend and I don't like her much!

Just got off the phone after almost 2 hours of chat with oldest son T.......He has always been somewhat of an old soul.......and very tuned into psychic type things.......today...his TV and satellite turned on by itself and a large decorative bottle moved several inches on a shelf and almost pushed a coin from his grandfather off the shelf....( the bottle was also from my Dad)......he has seen ghosts for years......and is sensitive to that sort of thing....what fun listening to his stories of what things that had been my parents are now doing in his house....a wooden well loved indian head plaque has not only turned completely around on the wall...it...should have just turned upside down...but instead made a full turn and mangled the hanger.......he works retail and 2 strangers recently went around asking for him and when they were directed to him...they wanted to pray for him.....another woman approached him recently stating that she knew he was born in february....and proceeded to tell him about his personality......a couple other people when he put his hand out to take their money gasped and said that he has a cross on his hand...and that was a sign of having a very old soul...so now...I guess I will go do some searching to see what all of this means.....( oh...and on his birthday...he was getting dressed...and stepped on something cold....it was a quarter with 1967 on it( on HIS BIRTHDAY...with his birth year)...in front of his closet.........well...guess I need to go read up on what it all means...but today he had the TV and moving bottle thing happen...LOL...

This all lead into a conversation of his difficult birth that he wasn't expected to live through......his exptremely high IQ ( 160)...and how they wanted to put him in 1st grade when he was 3 years old......We have always felt he was an old soul.....he spoke like an adult before his first birthday and used full sentences before he could walk....LOL...poor kid got our lack of coordination...LOL....so he was a roly poly baby with a huge vocabulary...LOL....anyway.......I also as wel;l as my Mom had somethings happen that we contributed to my dad after his passing.....that just didn't seem possible any other way...so we are probably all a bit psychic..........and I guess i should go and do some research....

And about food........I've found myself gravitating back to the sugar...so there is that!

Donkey on 03/01/2020:
I too believe in psychic connections! Some people are more sensitive to awareness of these connections.

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2020:
He always has been.

Donkey on 03/01/2020:
I meant to add that perhaps your son has this gift.

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2020:
He does...when he was working in Tennessee and staying in a hotel he saw a ghost in his room...and then found out it had been a sight of a mental hospital at one time and many had died there....I think he is getting some vibes from my Dad.

bearcountrygg - Friday Feb 21, 2020
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I'm changing gears here......food is going really well.....concentrating on lots of different things that I want and need to do. 

Putting food at the end of my list of thoughts just because it works better for me........also cutting my stress levels and doing a lot of meditation and yoga and exercycle/rebounder.

I crave contentment and relaxation yet I tend to sabotage myself at times.....so I'm once again cutting back on all electronics just because I know they add to my sedentary hours and become a apparent reason to not be busy...

So...I will check in to see how you gals are doing from time to time.....


Donkey on 02/22/2020:
Yep I hear you! Ironically, I used to come home from sitting in front of a computer all day and spend more time on my laptop! Husband used to do this even more than me!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2020:
thanks for checking in!

i am in same boat, sometimes food is not the top priority!

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
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I'm starting today with a new attitude...........

I'm committed to doing things even if they are hard.  I'm committed to doing things even if I don't want to because I should.  I'm accepting that some things just have to be completed rather I want to or not.  Life does not have to be lived doing only the fun and easy.  Doing only the fun and easy leaves me feeling unfulfilled and empty.  Today....it's time for me to grow up...WOW...that took a long time...but it isn't too late.

I'm excited and ready to begin........

After writing the statements above....I got up and gathered all of the laundry, made the bed and then made breakfast........a much different picture than most days........no cropping the pic today.........sending the entire pic untouched.

Breakfast was 2 fried eggs over easy ( definately out of my comfort zone because I don't care for runny yolks), 1/4 of a roasted potato fried in 1 t. olive oil and a cup of coffee = 6 points and 226 cals.

Took a bath and washed my hair which by the way I have put off for the last 2 days...and it crossed my mind again today BUT,,,I refused to let myself off today...this is the day of DO....for me...and now I am glad!  Loaded the washer and getting things done...things that I have been putting off. 

Today I have an attitude of gratitude

Today I learn from the past but that just makes good changes sweeter

No excuses today....no reasons why...no putting things off

Today I make good things happen and then grow from there



innerpeace on 02/19/2020:
That is an awesome bowl of balls!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2020:
LOL...adding a little life to the pics!!!

legcramps on 02/19/2020:
Love your posts, you are really kicking your own butt LOL. And I can relate to the washing of the hair. I waited two days as well and finally washed it last night LOL...and my hair is NOT pretty when I haven't washed it!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2020:
It felt better once it got washed......laziness is not my friend...then I reminded myself it was butt kickin day and got it done....wish I didn't have to threaten myself...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/19/2020:
The project managment word for actually DOING the work is .... EXECUTION!!!!!!!!!!

so, you are executing your plan huh!!!

and you know what you do a lot, and all of us here, as project managers of our lives, when you execute, at the same time you have to MONITOR and CONTROL the plan so you stay on track! these two processes work together.

So, let's go...execute!!!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2020:
Executing it today!!! YEAH!! And monitoring it too!!! I see you are picking up what the Project Manager class is laying down!!! GOOD WORK HOP!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/19/2020:
i love runny eggs ;)

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2020:
I made a concerted effort to break some of my rules.....and try something that I wasn't fond of....LOL...

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
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I'm feeling the need to sit down today and decide just what it is that is most important to me to accomplish.  I did this at the beginning of the year ( or the end of 2019).....and put it into action...but found myself moving away from the schedule........I need to get back to that......so once again..I will sit down with pen and paper and tweek the plans........There is plenty to do...more than enough to keep me busy, yet....it can look overwhelming when I look at the big picture......it worked so much better when I broke things down into blocks of time....small bites that come together to make the whole work.  Where I get in my own way is not following the plan........there is a huge part of me that just wants to wing it...and that messes up the plan.

I am super happy with the decision to shop only once a month......and I'm looking forward to seeing what the last week or last few days of the month looks like supply wise........Growing up in a family that had what we needed...but were savers.....no matter what it meant that we ate.....growing up with grandparents that could feed a family of nine with just a few bags of cornmeal, flour, sugar and a chicken.......and a little rice.......showed me that it is entirely possible to survive in a way that is a lot less stressful and a lot more simple.  Of course we have higher standards today.........but is the happiness higher or lower today?  I wonder. 

I feel so fortunate that I have had so many oportunities to see so many sides of life in my time on earth.  I spent so much of my childhood and early adult years in the inner city.....in some very dangerous areas, yet we survived and thrived anyway.  I grew up with several adults that made it work while working towards bettering our lives and figuring out how to keep ourselves on a path to happiness as well as security.  I had dirt poor grandmas that I adored...parents who wanted better.....and a husband and partner who had a goal and a dream.......and I now realize that in my old age...I have many people to thank for teaching me so much.  I owe all of them a huge thank you for being such a great example of hard work and commitment and drive .........and the best way I can thank them ( aside from telling them in person or looking to the sky with a silent prayer)....is to take what I have learned and put it to use...........it's too easy to be complacent and want without putting in the work...when those around me have provided so much.  I need to kick my own butt....I need to make my own life more rewarding.....my job really is so simple.....yet.....I put things off.......I like to sit down too much......I like to live the easy, sedentary, and lazy life.  I am a person who has not expected a lot from myself...even though...I have had many wonderful examples of hard work..........I sat back.........I enjoyed the spoils......and I gave myself a pass to be lazy............now.........I find that very unfullfilling........I want more from myself....I have lots of things to do....that need to be done........and the fact that I keep putting them off until another day is causing me to be quite unhappy with myself.  I need to put what I know into use....get off my butt and get to work.  I like things a certain way but I lack the desire to actually do them....I guess I want them to happen magically.  Unfortunately I like perfection and if I can't do something perfectly....I often don't start.......That is a perfect example of OCD.....guilty!!!!!  What I have been ignoring is that if I never start......nothing will ever be perfect either.  Today.......I kick my OCD in the butt and get to work...all across the board.......just because....I have to.

Last night I found a bag of Jif peanut powder unopened in a bin......It expired in April 2016....today....I added it to my Fage 0% yogurt........it looked normal and while I can't say it tasted great.....it was fine.....added a good source of protein....and I will continue to use it up.....the fact that it didn't taste great was not because it was old and expired...it was because I have never loved peanut powder...no mold or sign of deterioration.......just something that never tasted good.......I'm going to keep eating this until it's gone...it provides nourishment....and that is all that is necessary........I still have WW even though I have not been motivated by it lately......it was low cal, high nutrition and I spent precious money on it and I will be eating it until it's gone......I need to teach myself some lessons now.

Glucose was great this morning at 95

Breakfast = coffee, 1/2 cup Fage 0% mixed with 3T of jif powdered peanuts = 2 WW points and 132 calories


Donkey hit the nail on the head.....it isn't laziness...it's anxiety,  I have tendencies of several anxiety behaviors....and while i have known it myself....i may have never voiced them out loud!

1.  Agoraphobia...while I can go out in public and I do....and I can enjoy it...as long as I know I can leave if I want to.....it started with morning sickness back in 1966 with my first pregnancy.

2.  Fear of running out of food......it started in 1999 with the coming of 2000 and the possibility that the world would somehow change...so I stocked up on excess food ( I had never done that before)........and it continues today with a grocery stockpile for emergencies.  I guess you could call it food hoarding.  From 1966 until 1999 we often got low on food but never missed a meal...and I didn't care.

3.  Fear of running out of things to do........this is rediculous just because it is!!!!  But it's real...I hate the feeling of being in a hotel room...because there is little to do...it is similar to staying at my Mothers while caring for her...her house...her rules, very little of my own things there.  Sometimes I leave things undone...just so that everything is unfinished...really rediculous and I know that!  And the fact is...there is LITERALLY no way I could ever run out of things to do!

4.  Fear of succeeding at anything...because when you succeed at something the bar changes and you have to maintain it and that feels like pressure without the fun of getting there.

It's funny....for so many years I woke up to an alrm clock buzzing...and would hit the snooze button for just 5 more minutes of sleep....trying to put off starting my day.......then retirement happened and no need for an alarm clock.....so i get up when I feel like it..and it usually about the time we got up for work years ago.......and when i put myself on a mandatory schedule now...just one of my own making.....I want to once again hit the snooze button...and not get up.....there is something about HAVING to do something that makes me uncomfortable...that necessity of it....makes me want to rebel...unless of course I can make it a FUN THING instead of a HAVE TO THING...that makes all of the difference for me.  I think I just bought a clue........I have to make everything fun...or a challenge that I enjoy...so that I can do it....without issues that make me want to head for that rocking chair.

JUST CAUGHT MYSELF REVERTING BACK TO AN OLD BAD HABIT WHICH WAS MINDLESS EATING!!!!!  So as a reminder to myself....i just ate without barely thinking about it...anxiety???????   I would say so!

So as a reminder to myself....I had to think back to what i just ate....and almost had to go to the trash to see what it was....but finally remembered.....1 mozzarella stick, 2 beef sticks, 1 built bar and 1 RX bar

GEEZE......am I a sick puppy!!!

I can see what I need to do.......I need to stay busy and get things done while making it fun.......sometimes I love a challenge and this will be one of those times.  Going back to my beginning of the year lists and making it happen........I will use some self control and get myself back on a schedule where I belong........fears/anxieties will just need to be managed because being a slacker like I am right now makes me nervous and anxious too....so better to be busy than idle and still dealing with it.   Putting this all down in writing has been a huge help today...Thanks Donkey for making it easier.

Dinner was roasted chicken, roasted potato with a little butter......



Donkey on 02/18/2020:
Are you sure it's laziness? I procrastinate with certain projects too but my issue is more anxiety based. I get just so overwhelmed by some tasks that I can't even get started.

bearcountrygg on 02/18/2020:
I think mine is OCD....and just sitting down and doing nothing seems to be the way i deal with it......I think the program hoarders is really about OCD as much as anything. Kind of a attitude that if I can't make it perfect I just won't do it. I agree...I'm probably not as lazy as I am challenged with asthma.....and hypo thyroid....I probably shouldn't call it lazy even though that is what it feels like. I'm glad that you picked up on that!!!!!!It does make me think a bit further as to why I have fallen down this rabbit hole. One thing that happened a few days ago was that I walked to the mailbox in some bitter cold...and ended up wheezing and huffing and puffing for several minutes...and I will admit that is scared me.......so the next day....i decided to rest myself....the entire walk there and back...i chose to remind myself what a beautidful snowy day it was, how crisp and clean and how happy I was to be outside in it....and there was no huffing and puffing at all....( yet I'm still wheezy and am every winter)...I think I psych myself out and fall into attitude traps.....I think you are correct...it's anxiety that I cause myself with my own self talk...Thank you for noticing that!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 02/18/2020:
I know you are right Donkey.....I'm a rocker...my rocking chair is my safe place....it's anxiety for sure......I guess my rocker has made it too easy to just "be safe"..........it IS ANXIETY! Putting this label on it will help me to conquer it!!!

legcramps on 02/18/2020:
This is such an awesome post, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. And how cool to be able to put a name to what you are feeling - ANXIETY! Just love these moments of clarity we are given from time to time. Shuffle, rest, reset.

bearcountrygg on 02/18/2020:
It is anxiety......and all along I thought I was lazy!!! It took someone else to point it out to me...and I'm so glad she did....I so appreciate all you ladies!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/18/2020:
well, i would have to say it's easy to fall into bad habits.

my morning habits are at an all time low right now...i do need to be more energetic in the mornings...get up without pressing snooze.

but the weirdest thing has happened to me over the course of these years - i seem to need MORE AND MORE sleep to the point where i can sleep 12 hours easily on the weekend from 9am-9pm is this OK!?

i also will prob not buy powdered PB again...it's not a strong flavor..

bearcountrygg on 02/18/2020:
It is way too easy to revert back to what was easy. Sleep is funny...excess sleep can be an escape....depression can cause extra sleep.....taking sleep meds can cause it too. If you get yearly bloodwork done the doctor may be able to pinpoint something like anemia. The powdered peanuts to me aren't good even when mixed with water....( I bought it as a source of low cal protein)...but I hear that when mixed with maple syrup instead it is delicious......I will try that soon.

bearcountrygg - Monday Feb 17, 2020
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Bitter cold here today.......and schools have reopened ( have been closed because of illness).....and happy that we don't have to go out in public........reorganzing a closet today and making room for filing cabinets in there.......moving canned  and packaged goods from storage to kitchen and happy that I don't have to go shopping.  Once a month shopping has worked for the first half of the month...and hoping to get to the end of February without shopping.  The money we are saving by doing this is impressive to me.  D has had me order a couple of things online for him over the weekend....( a Stormy Kromer hat and some new mini spatulas)......and that was fine but I personally have not bought anything.....no shopping means no impulse buys.......for me....buying groceries on the first and any online shopping (for me) on the 2nd of the month...has been a huge money saver.  Thankfully I'm a home body so that makes ait a lot easier. 

Using up what is on hand is important when storing food......things should be rotated anyway so now is the perfect time......knock on wood...I can't remember when the last time we were sick was......just general health things....but no contageous colds or flu type things. 

Currently working on refrigerated foods because they won't last too much longer.

Since we are concentrating on D's glucose numbers and getting them lower for D right now.....i need to watch my own because these current foods can make mine drop too much.......so far...so good.....mine after coffee with sf sweetener this morning was 93 and perfect...so no bad effects for me.  We both feel good and plan to be busy all day.

Eventually had breakfast which was whole grain toast with butter, PB and jelly.....feeling great....getting lots done and energy do ramp it up a bit.......Since watching a lot of things lately about low carb/ket/carnivore......I'm convinced that low carb at least would be good for us......but my sugar dips and that's an issue.......for D...he would never I'm sure although if he has to pick between needles, amputation and blindness...he would probably give it a go.........so........I'm pushing the veg...and he already is onboard with the meat/eggs/cheese.....so...hoping this helps hi and I both.......so far...so good....I see him still getting into the chocolate but at least it's dark chocolate.....we have a loooong way to go........but crawling there.



Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2020:
That's a cool way to save money by shopping on the 1st of the month and making it last thru the month! GO YOU!!

i'm liking this new challenge for you and D and possibly eating more of the same foods being that a lot of what you both eat is healthy for the both of you...

bearcountrygg on 02/17/2020:
Seems to be helping!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Feb 16, 2020
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Breakfast was whole grain toast with butter, pb and jelly and a cup of coffee with sf syrup

Main meal was based on D's diet needs and was lettuce with ranch, split pea soup, beer brat, corn, barley and lentils and pickled cauliflower

After yesterdays meals....his sugar was much better.....a wake up call for both of us.........either it's he eat the best foods for diabetics or it's shots...decision made.  I'm so guilty of bringing in things that really weren't the best for him....and he ate them naturally....that worked for a couple of years...but no more........and we ate at the table again...and that's a good thing.

The nice thing for me is that we are loading up on veggies...so I really don'tt need to watch the scale.......in the past...I put the weight back on.......I think this time will be different.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2020:
i always do better when i can fill up on veggies too ;)...speaking of which, i need to get to the supermarket tonight!

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:
I know you have always talked about adding veggies to everything.....I guess it took me looking at D's health...to finally get on that habit

bearcountrygg - Saturday Feb 15, 2020
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Weight: 0.0

Things have been going very well here.........feeling great and just moving more in general...sleeping really well...almost 8 hours last night. 

D is concerned about his glucose readings...so we did some searching yesterday and refreshed our memories about what is best for him to eat and avoid...he has opinions about food....HA..quite different from me who will eat just about anything ( except snails, octopus, squid ink and frog legs...BLECH)...i do have my standards...LOL..anyway.......it does appear that when ever I fix the foods that are best for him......he doesn't like those foods....well...he watched the videos about the best things  for diabetes and I voiced my opinion about his grumbling about these things ( broccoli, lentils, beans, garlic, onions, salmon, any fish actually because of his mercury  and farmed fish obsession).....and he GOT IT !!!!  Him watching the videos was a good thing and a wake up call for him.......so we decided that I will begin setting the table with a large array of foods daily for the noon meal which is our main meal of the day...and there will be leftovers for later too....that we can both pick and choose from that will be the best for both of us.  Instead of concentrating on weights etc...we will be concentrating on health.......actually my glucose numbers have been low...where his are high...this makes a very interesting meal time around here...so I have been dealing with my lows...with snacks...and he has just been eating snacks...PERIOD........things need to change because we do not want him to go on shots.......both of our family histories are BAD for DIABETES...his sister is on 4 shots a day, has had amputations and is almost blind now...and  shots directly into her eyes several times a year...( we shudder to think of that)....we both decided that we need to put some attention to health in general.......His sister of course can no loger drive or go anywhere without a wheel chair, she lives alone ( her husband died 2 years ago).....and has a helper that comes when she needs her............neither D or I want to live like that...he has another sister that is heading in the same direction.....and both are younger than us........it's been a wake up call......and we are listening......health is now our aim. 

I can see myself listing what I eat now....without counting or pics........because I'm no longer focusing on weight because I no longer need to do that....but I would like to keep a running list for just healthy eating for myself..........and a record of my glucose numbers.

Fasting glucose this morning was 83...........( felt okay but this can be an issue some days...right on my border of needing to bring it up....but ok for now)

Breakfast was 1 cup coffee and 1/2 cup Fage 0% plain yogurt with some SF moca syrup to make it palatable.

I put dishes of many healthy foods on the table for lunch.....and we ate healthfully...at the table...we had gotten into a habit of eating in front of the tv....everything I put out would promote a better reading for him......he even tried something that he never would have before....

I had chicken sauteed in a tiny amt olive oil, lentils and barley, green salad with ranch, corn, green beans and a baby dill pickle. 

Not an exciting meal...but one that will promote better eating habits and health for both of us....( he skipped the salad and had cole slaw instead) and he even tried the barley lentil dish because lentils are on his good list)

Not planning another meal....just had a few crackers and a low carb bar and a PB  granola one and another cup of coffee with sf syrup.

This multiple veg dishes worked really well along with a protein......I think D will adjust to better eating this way....I enjoyed it too.  Helped me get in a lot of veggies today.  I will just keep on doing that and he will get his sugar under control again........no shots wanted here.  I've got this!


horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2020:
Very good ideas here!

You reminded me - I want to have yogurt and sf syrup this weekend ! It’s so good to hear all of your planning with D to eat healthier...

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2020:
That sf syrup changes the 0% yogurt game.........and he was happy with the lunch...so we will see if he can deal with it.

Donkey on 02/15/2020:
Don't you love it when it just "clicks" for someone, whether it's for yourself or someone else? What a great feeling that is...

I think it's great to focus on health and healthy choices, rather than just numbers. Numbers are great tools but not an end unto themselves.

Of course, I'm sure I'm not alone in missing your foodie pictures!

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2020:
Yes...we do have some not so healthy habits.....and I'm hoping that his desire to not have shots makes his diet change tolerable...I'm thinking it will work...just looking at what his sister is going through has had a big impact on him. There may be some random pics at times....

horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2020:
Lol so I ran out of yogurts and couldn’t do the sf syrup with yogurt today as planned ;)

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:

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