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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 15, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

New day....bad snack choices last night...I wanted junky stuff but if healthier options had been readily on hand I think I may have chosen them........today...I plan to boil eggs, and cut up some fresh veggies to snack on for evenings.....i also think I can work the junky stuff into meals instead of heading for those things in the evening....I also see that 3 meals a day may not work every day.......late evenings can be tough...I just need to get tougher..........split secon last minute choices need to be better.

Breakfast so far coffee = 0 points

never did eat breakfast.......went out and ran errands all morning and picked up a rotisserie chicken and Bob Evans mashed potatoes from the cooler section for D.

I ended up eating leftover chicken and onions from yesterday ( I swear I could live on that)......some of D's mashed potatoes, lettuce and dressing which came to 16 points (dressing and potatoes)...everything else was zero.....glad to have gotten these errands over with.....they have been on my mind for awhile.....had to drive around the post office 3 times before i could find a parking spot.....next time...I will go there first.  I think we are both ready for naps!!!!  Funny how when you are a kid you hate them...but adults love them........problems with muscle cramps in leg and fingers today........need more something!!!

Drinking lots of water and had dinner...40 points used today...and just fine.

grannyannie on 10/15/2019:
Good luck with the nighttime snacking. It's a really tough habit to conquer.

BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
Yes it is!!

Donkey on 10/15/2019:
I agree with Annie - nighttime eating is a hard habit to break. Ask yourself if you would be satisfied with a hard boiled egg or carrot sticks. If the answer is yes, then you are truly hungry. If the answer is no, I want candy, then you are NOT hungry. Drink some water or tea and go to bed.

BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
I was really hungry...but my mind went straight to the junk!!! If it happens tonight then I'm not allowing the junk....Putting my foot down!!

Maria7 on 10/15/2019:
I sure do understand...Last evening, I had 2 ice creams (not in my maintain calories)...naughty me!

BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
Okay...we were probably snacking at the same time...LOL

Donkey on 10/16/2019:
^^ LOL!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
those lines at the post office can be horrendous!

bearcountrygg - Monday Oct 14, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

So it looks like I am recommitting to the WW program and will be using the freestyle program until the new programs roll out around Nov 10th.   

I like the idea that it doesn't have to be about weight loss anymore...or it can be......

I would be ok where I am...but wouldn't mind losing some more......but definately do not want to put anymore back on. 

So...starting with black coffee.....and after reading through what i can find on their site....they really don't have many rules anymore.....just count points.....they reward for 3 meals a day...but don't care when you eat them.....( so intermittant fsting is possible).....they aren't pushing numbers of servings of anything now....but do reward sometimes when you eat veggies......( reward points  can be used to exchange for items like bags, water bottles etc)....when you get enough.......I also see that they are rewarding online weight loss  ...and the little key chain things arrive in the mail without having to ask for them.........

I'm fine with online only........and since I don't go by the scale.....the studio visits don't really serve a purpose for me........and they are all at least 1 hour away and while that would be fine from may thru October....the rest of the year would be impossible for me because of so many miles of desolate forrest driving with nothing but trees for miles on end......so winter driving is impossible through that area.......so...I will continue online.....if sometime in the future...like next spring....going to meeings might be interesting for a few months..........will wait until then to see.

For now...Freestyle is easy...and do-able.......and will be fine until the new green prograam rolls out with it's fewer zero things and more points.......

Today so far

black coffee = 0

OH WOW........made up a plate for breakfast that included an orange 0 points, a container of mixed berry quark 3 points and 1 pumpkin muffin from a mix that when I figure in the olive oil that it took totaled 17 points for a 20 point breakfast.........YIKES...it isn't the end of the world...I have more points and lots of zero foods...but WOW

Lunch was 3 points and was chicken breast, sauteed onions, celery, cucumber, yellow mini peppers, mixed lettuce and 1 T  dressing

Dinner was more of the chicken breast and sauteed red onion, green beans, over ripe banana, 1 cutie and a cup of lemon ginsing green tea = 0 points

Done eating for the day...will continue with water and possibly more tea and or coffee. 

And then in the evening hunger hit and poor choices were made...i knew better...and ate it anyway...really need to work on this with better choices handier...but here it is...well within points but need to do better.15 points for this snack and 38 total for the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
maintaining a weight is very healthy - the learned ability to kinda know how much you can eat/ when you want to eat / what satisfies you - for a day.

when i'm at work, i pretty much have a plan of how to get thru the day and know how much i can eat to get thru and feel good till i get home.

weekends i'm a little more open with the plans - and that's when calorie counting helps me because i think i usually like to graze more on the weekends and eat more of a variety...but lately, i'm starting to see a decline in my need to snack all day on weekends!?

anyways, so WW seems a bit more health orientated these days, that's great!

BearCountryGG on 10/14/2019:
Yes......I guess they decided to be about health and weight loss....and that is a postive thing.

grannyannie on 10/14/2019:
Hope you find this successful. Good not to stress so much about weight.

BearCountryGG on 10/14/2019:
Yes...stress never seems to help anything.

Donkey on 10/15/2019:
Our lunches were very similar yesterday!

I love those Elevation bars - but I only eat the "carb conscious" ones (because of keto). I usually have one for breakfast. I don't think I've ever had a bender with those bars, although I have been known to have one for a snack, and one time, I had the cranberry almond one (150 calories) for a dessert.

Donkey on 10/15/2019:
PS Muffins... oh love them, but they are so calorie-dense.

BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
YEAH!!!!!! Sad!!!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Oct 13, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

We just had a little sleet storm....

Well that sure came early this year.......

Today I gather all of the curent ww info...and get ready to start again tomorrow.....freestyle.......then on Nov 10th the new program rolls out and the freestyle progrm will be called the blue program....I plan to switch at that time to the green program....and then there is the purple program that is really intense...and sounds like it will have great results if one can stick to it.  I also see that anyone can now join starting at age 18........and you do not need to lose weight...in the past...you had to be at least 10 pounds over weight.....no longer...now you can just join to eat healthier........apparently kids under 18 can no longer participate. 

I do notice that for the last week or so my pants were getting tighter.....so the time is right.

I am not going to be shopping specially for ww...I'm using what is already here......and since there are no banned foods...it will work out...and comes down to portion size.......my only problem will really be a toss up between frozen mystery packages and any type of bar or cereal...we have lots of those and they are my kryptonite.

I also need to clip my nails because I am really having typos galore......always happens with my long nails.


Donkey on 10/13/2019:
Sleet??? No, not yet!!!

I did a Google and couldn't find info about their new program coming out. What is the green plan?

Is the purple plan like the original WW?

I like that you can use WW to learn better nutrition choices.

As much as I love my nails long, it's better all the way around if I keep them short. I have a pretty pink color on them for the week!

BearCountryGG on 10/14/2019:
The sleet was a shock...but thankfully melted within a few minutes.....I'm not ready for that either. The only place that has any info on the new ww programs is you tube....right now...The blue plan is what we have right now...and apparently will remain the same.....lots of zero point foods.....the green plan is whwere you don';t have as many free foods but you do get more points ( basically to keep you from overeating the free things)...and the purple plan is different...quite restricted..and would possibly be the hardest to stick with but would probably be the one to lose the quickest on.......and now that they are heading for just good nutrition...ppeople that don't want to lose can now join ...probably just another money maker for them...but overall...it may be a wise things to do to encourage healthier foods overall for everyone. My nails grow soooo fast.....they out grow the polish before the polish chips off...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
yeah, i cannot believe all the storms coming your way...didn't you say you also got a little bit of snow and then it melted?!

our trees are mostly still green....good temps this year.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 12, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

The yard is in full color this morning.......It poured rain all night...and the front porch flag is on the roof.....need to go out and fix that.  It's a cold and wet 40 degrees.

I've been a WeightWatcher ,WWer off and on for many years...I've lost a lot of weight over the years....on it....it works when you work it...like any diet program....I can't say I really ever did it by the book...I don't think I ever followed their recommendations for servings etc ( protein, fruit, veg)...But I did count points...admitted...some weeks I used up all of my points in 5 days and then had to have 2 zero point days...LOL.....I tweeked the program when I thought I needed to....but never actually read and followed it...just figured and counted my points...stayed within those each week ( or most weeks)...and the scales were cooperative....it really isn't anything more than calories in and calories out.....tweeking it never stopped the losses and in fact enhanced them at times.  The bottom line is some foods make you hungrier...some foods make you crave something...some foods keep you full longer, some foods are so low cal that you can litereally fill your stomach for few calories.....but there is no magic.........

I've been watching reports of people on keto, and  people explaining the new MY WW program that will be coming out soon...and people that count calories....and I have to chuckle...so many of the daily posters of videos tthat have to report ( by their own choice) daily weigh ins...make so many excuses....one that "is so knowlegable" about progrms had to finally admit yesterday that she weighed EXACTLY the same as she did on that day last year........and is still more than 100 pounds over weight...a whole year of carefully counting calories showing her daily meals and admittedly the pictures and recipes were looking delicious...BUT..her servings were GIGANTIC!!!!!  Proof ...that healthy food in huge quantities is not a weight loss diet....LOL...and I suspect that she was dipping into the dessert a bit that she wasn't bothering to show or tell about....yet she is revered as a diet guru..........Proof that you really can't believe everything you see on the internet....or at the very least....you can't make low cal recipes and then eat 8 portions for 1 meal.....LOL...which reminds me that my Mom at one time thought that if she ate a frozen diet meal...and then ate anything else she wanted for the rest of the day...meant that she would lose weight...as if there was some magic in that frozen meal....it was hard convincing her that it was just PART of a diet...and that the 1 meal did not equal weight loss on it's own.  She stopped buying them in disgust.....angry that dieting was so hard...and I wonder why  I am a diet rebel myself...LOL 

Anyway......I'm watching the new MY WW plans with interest......you can choose between 3 plans...and switch anytime you feel like it between the plans....I have in all of these years NEVER actually looked at how many proteins,fruits, vegs that ww was advising us to eat...I did just wing it....and it worked anyway.........like I said above...I'm a diet rebel...as was my diet rebel Mom.......that switching it up continually yet actually following their total guidelines tweeks my interest........as well as I have never really put my TOPS subscription to use either  >>>>>>>SUCH A REBEL>>>>>>  with winter settling in I will be stuck inside here or more factually snowed in or worse yet iced in.........I will have more time to work on it...well...I'm gathering the info and making the plans and figuring it might just be fun...I can still eat my cravings...as I am...I can still pick my own mealtimes...and I can just tweek the suggested types of foods and add them on.......

Actually I would be just fine staying at my current clothes size....but losing a little more wouldn't hurt...and I sure don't want to regain any .....and eating a well balanced diet (nutrition wise)...would be a plus....right now i notice that I have cravings for a high protein day....or a high fruit day...and even a high carb day...then I crave veggies...but...balancing that daily would also be a good thing...it would all work into the program as I understand it......

All in all while I'm really happy doing what i'm doing...I can see it would also work with the new program ( MY WW).....so I will most likely go back to the points counting....I will definately have the time this winter.......I'm just hoping the rebel in me can keep that desire to change things around quiet...........I shall see!!!!  If I could just keep out of my own way for awhile...LOL

Monday is calling me......will probably begin counting points than...it had always been my meetings day back in the day...and it has  a soft spot in my heart...or is it just that everyone starts a new diet on Monday...LOL..whatever!

EDIT.....right now as I see the online WW...has NO guidelines for numbers of servings of protein, or fruit/veg a day.....very differnt fom the old days where they pushed LIVER weekly...........they are right at this moment saying it's different for everyone...and with adding the 3 new progrms...there will be something for everyone and it will add variety for those that get tired of a program quickly.

Donkey on 10/12/2019:
What you wrote so hit home. You are 100% - it is hard, there is no magic, calories in and calories out -- and the added bit about that it does matter where the calories come from, because some foods will keep us fuller for longer, some foods satisfy a need to chew/crunch, e.g. carrots, and of course, we want to choose foods that are nutritionally better rather than processed or empty of nutrients, e.g. Twinkies.

I look forward to your insights about the MY WW. As you and I have discussed, WW has gone through many changes. I like the idea about having a choice in plan - or approach, if you will. I will be interested to hear what you see & learn.

I have an internet friend who used to sell Advocare products, which are weight-loss products. In the 7 years I've known her, she hasn't really be able to get lower than 200lbs. So I KNEW that Advocare doesn't work - and it's expensive! Advocare helps, but what really works is the eating plan that goes with it and the daily exercise.

I have another internet friend who uses the Thrive products. In the year or 2 that she's used it, she hasn't lost any weight either!

Regarding keto: Keto only works if you work it strictly, so there's really very little flexibility for fitting in the exceptional carb. Also, a LOT of folks who say they are doing keto aren't making the best nutritional choices. It's more about meats and vegetables and healthy fats. Not eating a jar of peanut butter like it's a dish of ice cream!

Do what works for you - but you're right. It's hard.

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
It is hard...and I don't want to fall back into the trap of regaining what I've lost......it sure can't hurt. I have a niece who promotes Thrive too...and she had gastric bypass years ago....I think it's the only thing keeping her from putting it back on.....she doesn't really eat....kind of scary.

Donkey on 10/12/2019:

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
They are amazing...they are literally lighting up the inside of the house today!

grannyannie on 10/13/2019:
We've got the colours here as well.

BearCountryGG on 10/13/2019:
It seems early this yer to me.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
enjoyed reading this entry. i'm a diet rebel also. i count calories, but the foods i eat are wide and varied after years of learning. i eat bigger varieties now than ever, thanks to years of learning what works / what satisfies me / and what doesn't. years and years of trying different things lead me to where i am currently at. and i do count calories because for some reason, i'm a type A and it's part of my "habit" or even addiction - makes me feel good to know how much i'm eating (i like counting)...but even though i count i do try to eat a varied amount of food choices so i do not get bored.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 10, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

I've been reading daily....but not posting.....looks like everyone is doing really well. 

When I stopped posting I took on a new attitude that stopped putting my emphasis on weight loss and put it on activity and I love it. 

I'm still using craving and hunger led eating so I never have a menu and I do keep an array of things available so the cravings are met.....I do keep a menu for D and prepare his meals with his likes and dislikes in mind and we are both very happy with that set up.

I still have a WW subscription which I do use to make sure that I am getting enough calories per day and that helps remind me to eat more or slow down the eating. 

I probably have never mentioned it here but I am also a member of TOPS....( you sign up by the year for online subscriptions.)  TOPS means well and does have very basic info...they do not promote any weight loss diets over others...how you choose to diet is up to you.  They do have online member chats 2 times a week that I can attend online but I find them quite dull and usually leave the chat early.  They do have an interesting book that arrives when you join and I do read that occassionally but i don't think I will be renewing that subscription. 

Weight Watchers or currently WW...will apparently be changing it's name yet again next month...looks like it will be known as MY WW........and will be offerering a choice between 3 plans...which you can choose from or switch around as you choose.  There will be a quiz to help pick a plan.  They usually make yearly changes.....or occasionally every 2 years. 

Since taking my emphasis off weight loss ( actually I am accepting where i am right now although a loss would be fine...it is no longer my end goal)...........I have just naturally become more active...I have no idea why but it just happened that way.

Recently I have been filling my days with activity...all kinds, in our small home gym ( now I wish I had some of our old equipment back)......walking, deep house cleaning, and just generally less sitting and more action.  I've taken to spending some frequent spa time.....epsom salt baths, facials etc.  and just enjoying better self care.  The more I do the less I think about food until the knawing hunger pains start and I take time to think about what i'm wanting to eat instead of just aimlessly eating.


Slept really well through the night and got up and had a cup of coffee while watching the news.. and drinking water.  Today I go pick up a Walmart grocery order that is an hour away....so basically that will fill my morning.  The grocery pick up simplifies shopping so much for me and stops impulse purchases.  I may not even get out of the car for the entire trip and that is fine with me.  The order contains mainly meat, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables and wild bird seed for the coming winter.  Since it is in the 40's around here now...winter doesn't seem too far away.  No desire for breakfast so far and will be leaving here in an hour so will see about that.  I'm super happy with my new change of attitude and not thinking about weight anymore is so freeing....

And.....wanted to add this little gem!!  Life is good!


Donkey on 10/10/2019:
I love this post! And not just for the cat picture, but he sure is cute! I need an orange cat in my life...

Anyway, thank you for posting - I wasn't sure if you had abandoned ship, or if something was wrong. I love your approach to total self-care.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
YES...you do need an orange cat in your life...I completely agree!!! Nope...didn't abandon ship.....just needed an attitude adjustment...MINE!!!

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Yes, the secret is keeping busy with other activities so our minds don't obsess over food flavors that are so tempting to stuff ourselves with. As long as we keep doing other things not food related, we are good to go. Otherwise, food temptations will prevail. Glad to see a post from you, Linda. I know I haven't done one in a while, either but I read here most days.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
I enjoy reading about everyons lives......even when I don't post. Definately taking the "dieting" thing out of the way helps me a lot.

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Btw, your kitty looks very happy and content and is very pretty.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Thank you...he keeps us entertained!!

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Yes, it's a good idea not to be so focused on what we eat and don't eat. Makes us think about food too much.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
Love this new attitude you're taking towards your health! I think you're right - when we step back from the daily grind of counting and "nitpicking", it becomes more about being mindful of living a balance. So happy for you!

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
It is like I can see the big picture now...it does clear everything up.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
I agree, the more i have going on in my life, the less crazy i get over food :) def a good approach here and i also love the self care.

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
Yup...staying busy is a good thing!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 05, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Guess I am just being obstinate but......

1.  I'm refusing to drop calories below 1,200 a day because of the damage it does to the heart muscle.

2.  Refuse to give up carbs because I love them and a life without them would not be worth it.

3.  I refuse to diet for the rest of my life, that just sounds like drudgery.

4.  The more I think about food, and write down what I eat, and focus on what I eat, the more I want to eat.

5.  When I don't spend any time at all thinking about food and only eat when I'm hungry and only eat what sounds good at that moment, I'm satisfied, my hunger goes away totally until the next time I feel hunger, usually about 4 to 5 hours later.  I think that is using food for fuel.

6.  The scale just makes me sad and anxious, my clothes tell me all I need to know.   My cravings tell me what to eat. 

7.  All of the above is how I lived my entire life literally from birth to in my 40's where and when I was always thin and active.  When a major stress appeared in my mid 40's everything changed and I started eating my feelings........after that, food became a coping mechanism and then a very bad habit.....today....dieting is really my only stress.......and to eliminate that dieting stress, I need to stop dieting. 

8.  Today I am 100% accepting that dieting is not my friend, that eating only when hungry and eating only cravings will be a better path for me...a path that I know well and have had great success with.  If I'm supposed to lose more it will happen naturally and if that does happen my clothes will let me know.

9.  I probably won't post my own diaries because I want to take all pressure to diet off of myself ...but I will continue to read about all of your journeys and comment.......

10.  It's been a long time coming and was my lifestyle for the first 46 or so years of my life and it worked.  For the last 24 years...it's been a struggle ...scales going up...scales going down, yoyoing has been my life over that time period.  If what I have been doing worked...it wouldn't have been such a struggle.....so going back to what worked is what appears to be my answer.

11.  I'm not going anywhere, I will still be reading your posts and enjoying the comraderie around here...you guys are great.

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Good luck to you! You have to do what feels right for you and what you know you can and should do for yourself.

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
It works...I lived it and never had a weight issue until stress changed everything.

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
I love this - especially #8 and #10. I would invite you to explore your emotional connection when eating - that is to say, how you feel. But if you find that you need to step back completely from (mindful) eating right now, I get that too. And so that is what you should do - what's right for you, right now.

Does that make sense, what I said? What I mean is that sometimes if we think too much about anything, it can drive us nuts. That is what I meant about mindful eating - if it helps you not to think about it at all, then do that.

Of course, #11 is the best - you have a lot of very constructive insights. I've always appreciated your input, so I do hope you will be commenting on entries (especially mine, lol)!

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I will be here...reading and commenting.....Not leaving...just not posting foods....

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
Oh but I did want to ask: how do/did you like the Mindful Eating book? Did it help you to get to this point? Or was it not a helpful book at all? Or somewhere in between?

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I'm finding the book kind of dull...I will continue to read it...but it isn't calling me...LOL.....I would say that I based my whole minset on my past and what I did, and what worked effortlessly. The book does come with a CD...so I am going to listen to that today or tomorrow....I really want to be interested in it.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2019:
different things work for different people. i do not like to "diet" either and sometimes i also do better when i'm not so focused, so i understand you.

also, 46 years is a LONG time to do things that worked for you, so i think of course you can do it again.

one difference in body type is that you were more active and had more muscle then - you probably burned a LOT more calories, working/taking care of kids/housework/cooking than now. so that would account for a little gain while you get older.

i feel like everyone has a tendency to gain a little bit as they get older and most of the time we have to just be "mindful" and take a step back to make sure we aren't just gaining and gaining.

of course, being moderate helps and keeping a healthy mindset at least some of the time into good food choices but i have found there needs to be room for some treats and things or what is the point right?

you do what works for you. after all, i know plenty of people that wouldn't want to eat all the veggies i eat :)

BearCountryGG on 10/06/2019:
The way I ate then made a lot od f sense...the big stress that happened and that changed things totally changed the way i ate......but it doesn't apply anymore so I need to break that cycle.....so starting the old/new habits again will have a better result i think.....I'm already noticing a difference.

bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 04, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Had trouble getting into DD this morning...I was getting a security warning,,,That along with the logging trucks that have once again appeared to basically cut down the state forrest around us...are affecting the under the road wires...so wifi is sketchy. 

When I can...I have been watching a you tube channel called BE INSPIRED....it's powerful.  Many videos by many different people that cut to the chase and bring everything in life down to just the basics.......it is so simple and makes so much sense. 

After not feeling well for a couple of days and then having a carb filled day because I was craving them and realizing  that I felt better that day carbs and all........spoke to me.  Eating my cravings just works for me and it occurred to me that eating my cravings does not mean large quantities, it might just mean 1 or 2 bites.....or only until I'm satisfied or no longer look forward to the next bite. 

Getting dressed this morning made me realize that I'm quite happy with my weight right now.....it's not perfect for my height....but it is not a bad place to be.  I think I will just continue with cravings led eating and control the quantities ( food as fuel). 

This morning we got a weather warning for the next few days.....snow...apparently lots of it. 

With the internet issues I don't know when i will be able to get back online......when I get cut off I  lose everything I'm typing here...and that is super frustrating.  I can read on my phone using the verion internet but posting is rlly hard with that.

Anyway...this morning I was craving meat and cereal....weird combo but I'm satisfied and have no desire to eat anything else.....small servings of cravings are what I will be doing.

I'm hearing a loud truck coming...so better get off and post this before I lose it.

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
I'll have to check out the YouTube channel!

Being satisfied for where you're at is a wonderful thing. It's the best way to be for maintaining successfully. There is nothing wrong with staying with where you're at. I have found this site to be immensely helpful in maintaining. There were other things that I had to lose - not just the weight - in order to find the balance I want in my life. (I'm still working on this, LOL.)

Snow already? I guess so... I confess that I am enjoying the cooler, fall-like weather. A LOT.

My problem with succumbing to my cravings is that usually one of 2 things happens: >> I either feel obligated to finish the whole thing, and not stop when I'm satisfied, OR >> I take too many bites before it registers in my mind that I was satisfied several hundred calories ago.

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
That you tube channel is life changing for me.....I feel like it is my tribe...they get me. Like old home week. I was getting caught up in servings...and learned to make smaller servings...instead of a sandwich ( as I knew them)..I have been making 1/4th or 1/2 of a sandwich....and than making another one if necessary. After every bite notice if youare eating more because it's there or because your craving isn't over yet......it does take some practice...I fall down at times...but always come back to tiny servings...and thinking between bites. I notice that when i post pictures I just fill a plate....yet when I don't post photos..i eat...bite by bite.....

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Feeling happy with your weight is what matters. If you are able to do just a few bites of what you crave, more power to you! I wish I could. But if I eat a cookie, I'll eat half the pack or more.

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
I have to take a cookie or two...and then put the rest away...if I leave them out...I do eat more.

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Putting cookies away wouldn't help me - I'd go get them no matter how out of reach they were. Remember my peanut bingeing?

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Buying in a single serving may be the only answer then.

legcramps on 10/04/2019:
I'm glad you've found something that works for you! After all, that's what it's all about :)

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Very true.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
yes, that's why i eat my cravings as well - i have learned to enjoy cravings in mostly smaller amounts. it's helped so much to not completely avoid things!

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Eating my cravings literally takes thoughts of food out of my head.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 03, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Back on track and feeling a lot better today........

Yesterday I didn't count calories or WW points.....but today I did count the points.....it was the obvious ( to me) old bad habit of having a free day/pity party/grain,fat,sugar day.....I was just going to ignore it and move on....but today...after counting up the WW points...it was ridiculous..I did not count calories but I'm sure they were HUGE!!!  I also realized this morning that while I had intended to take vitamins daily...I have been forgetting.

Full confession of what yesterdays food looked like...and is so typical of what I fall back on if I am not staying on top of things........1 cup black coffee, 2 bottled coffee drinks one starbucks and one from the dollar store...LOL...1 pkg of 2 pop tarts, 2 slices of raisin bread toasted with butter, 2 slices of oatmeal honey bread toasted with butter and peanut butter, 1 cliff bar and 2 starburst candies, 2 tiny mini pks of red licorice and 1 tiny pk of sour patch kids, 1 tiny pkg of gummy bears, starbucks reg caramel in coffee.....WW points = 78

Today....took vitamins

1 thomas light multigrain english muffin toasted , spray butter, walden farms grape spread, 2 clementines, Two Good vanilla yogurt,1 cup black coffee....= 250 cals and 5 WW points


Lunch was beef brisket, green beans and potatoes....14 WW points

meal 3 = protein bar, cheese/crackers, 2 whole wheat cookies

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
Sounds like a carb feast! I crave breads and sweets when I'm being disciplined. Also salty foods.

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
Yup...it was a food fit fore sure...carbs are by best friend as well as my enemy...but it's done now...back on track again and counting....carbs are still allowed on WW...but this time I count first.

legcramps on 10/03/2019:
Those days are tough! But we all have them, and we all move on from them. Good for you for getting back on track right away!

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I was ready to get back to it.....but I will say...I felt good with all that sugar...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
nice to see you back on track. i tried that brand of yogurt but it was too boring for ME. instead, if you are interested, i like the chobani 2% types with fruit on the bottom...that's my preference - nice and sweet, but not over the top.

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I actully bought several different braands to try the other day....not sure if any were chobani....I can eat just about any yogurt...even the plain zero point...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Well....after a rainy night of muscle cramp agony......I just want to sleep and just exist.  Rings went from tight to loose randomly all night.  I was ready to start taking bets on rather the next cramp was going to be calf or thigh...right leg or left........got up to drink water and woke D and the cat up accidentally...both welcomed me and wanted to party!!!....NO...NO PARTY!!!...both were in pleasant moods and wanted to help....well at least D wanted to help...Sampson just wanted to snuggle...NO......The more I try to control the more things go wrong.  Bladder infection is improving nicely....but I swear...apple cider vinegar hates me........ ears are itching...always an allergic reaction...I really don't know rather to itch my ears or work the muscle cramps out first........Today I just want to exist.....nothing more...nothing less.  Today...no counting anything....and no apple cider vinegar....I never did like pickled things for a reason I guess. 

Grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Any idea what causes the random muscle cramps? Hope they stop soon!

Glad your bladder infection is getting better. I'm not fond of the taste of vinegar although I've grown to like salt and vinegar crisps (chips).

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Lack of electrolytes....gator aid usually fixes that although I just drank water....I can tolerate the vinegar in water....but I'm getting suspicious that I'm allergic to vinegar...ears are itching terribly and have all night....for me...that and itchy hands are an alleric reaction

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
i will tell you that too much kombucha/diarhetic (sp?) / caffeine / liquid loss will cause cramps...it could have been from the apple cider vinegar maybe. i'm sorry you are in pain. when i get bad pain as i also do like you, i will have 1-2 bananas that day and pain meds.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Out of bananas here...but we do have gatorade...that helps....I think the vinegar is just a problem for me in so many ways...but i will attribute the vinegar to helping the bladder infection...it really does work for that....but while I am most likely allergic to it ( itching ears)....it does work as a diuretic.....all in all...the bladder infection is doing good....now for the after affects of the vinegar...LOL...can't win!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
Do what you have to do to get through this. Yikes!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Taking today off...still watching what I eat...just not counting.

legcramps on 10/02/2019:
Oh no, i'm so sorry you're struggling with cramping! I hope with the morning the cramps have gone!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
The cramps did stop this morning...drinking lots of liquids....ears aren't itching as much now either...darn vinegar...yet it really did help the bladder infection....double edged sword.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Re muscle cramps - I was thinking it could have to do with lack of potassium.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
It definately could.......they have stopped now thankfully!!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Full of energy today but I think I have a bladder infection.....so D suggested apple cider vinegar in water...and it sounds like it might work...since it has antibacterial properties......so drinking that.....although downside to that is lowering glucose....but...so far so good......Not hungry and holding off on meal #1 until necessary.

coffee and water with apple cider vinegar......0 points, 0 cals

Vinegar seems to be working........so to counteract the lower glucose from it...I went ahead and ate breakfast with some sugar in it....feeling good and will have to stay around the house today anyway because a ton of dog food will be delivered today by a freight company.....has to be picked up at the road with the tractor...so we are stuck here.

Meal #1 skyr icelandic strawberry yogurt and 2 cuties = 190 calories and 4 points

Meal #2

chili, strawberries, spindrift = 581 cals and 14 WW points

Calories so far = 771 WW points = 14

Definately need to get at least 1,200 cals today and between 7 and 10 more points.

Meal # 3....was using up some fridge things...starving for some reason and I didn't care what I ate...I was just going to eat....burned the toast, a whole lot of peas...a dab of mac and cheese and the 2 leftover little spare ribs

730 cals and 12 WW points

That may win the prize for an ugly dish club!  The peas were taking over!

So no more eating for me tonight....just zero beverages,......still drinking the vinegar water and no low sugar affects from it  possibly because I had fruit and the cinnamon raisin toast to add some sugars......

Calories for the day = 1,501  and WW points were 26

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
If it doesn't help in a few days, I hope your get antibiotics. I remember something about cranberry juice for that?

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It usually doesn't last long...I'm a big water drinker.....I will go the cranberry route if it's not better in a couple of days....none in the house at the moment. I don't feel bad...just living in the bathroom with little result last evening....and continuing overnight.....it will get better...it always does.

Donkey on 10/01/2019:
Ugh, those are never fun! I never considered the apple cider vinegar as a cure. I'll have to remember that!

I hope you feel better soon...

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I think the vinegar is helping...D thought of it...glad he did.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
Interesting about the apple cider vinegar...it's good for so many things! BF puts it in his morning smoothies all the time.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It really is so useful...I'm glad that D thought of it...i think it caught it early enough before it really got bad...luckily I have felt fine...just a whole bunch of running for the bathroom for apparent little reason last night into this morning....but now..that seems to have really slowed down....I know a lot of prople that clean their house with it...no toxic chemicals....amazing stuff.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/01/2019:
i hate infections...instead of apple cider vinegar...do you have cranberry juice? that will not mess as much with your sugar levels...and retain them, i mean.

your food, delicious!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
No...no cranberry juice on hand....but I do think the vinegar is working.....not 100% yet but definately better.

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
"The peas were taking over" - ha ha ha! :-D

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
They marched right in there and touched everything on that plate...LOL

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