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bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 09, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Back at home and looking at a lot of things to get done here today.  Clothes got a bit looser over the last few days and that is typical for me....I just eat more when I'm at home then when I am away.....I'm looking forward to having the new WW programs rolling out tomorrow...I will be switching I'm sure to a plan there that has less zero point foods.......or at least will give it a try.  The roads were really bad yesterday and we narrowly avoided 2 accidents...one was a auto hauler fish tailing right in fromt of us.....narrowly missing a bus and since we were just slightly behind it we were able to slow a bit until we could get around it........going 75 miles an hour on the expressway and having that happen  just a few feet away was sobering....glad to be home and off the roads....I'm battening down the hatches and planning on getting  a lot done in the house this winter.

Started with my cup of black coffee 0 points

Little bit of a change in plans...decided to go pick up some groceries and other supplies because the roads are somewhat passable....who knows when that will happen again now...and D has been wanting nachos and I didn't have the ingredients....so theres that.  Had a dougnut and a bar when i got home because I forgot to eat breakfast.

Had nachos for lunch and haven't counted the points yet..........it's going on 5 and I'm still full......still need to count points...

Took a nap and just finally loaded the dish washer.......feeling lazier than I expected today....I ended up getting more groeries than I planned......but the fridge is full now and I don't think I could get another thing in the freezer so I can forget about that for a long time.

Donkey on 11/09/2019:
Welcome home! I'm glad you're back!

I am not looking forward to the scary winter driving, that's for sure! And I know that you get more of that then we do.

I'm excited to hear about your thoughts on the new WW!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2019:
I'm kind of expecting a long shut in winter here this year for some reason...it just seems to be a lot of lake effect snow and it got cold a little earlier this year it seems....I'm looking forward to the new ww changes too...I like counting more and having less that is zero......keeps me in line better.

happy-1 on 11/09/2019:
Glad you made it back safe! Missed you on here!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2019:
I missed posting too......glad to be back.

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
Glad you all were okay.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2019:
Good to be back home.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 02, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Had a good on program day with WW......spent the morning doing errands and the snow is sticking......but roads were just wet.  Just found out that D's uncle passed today so we will be out of town in this coming week.......so will be reading as I can.

happy-1 on 11/02/2019:
Hugs. So sorry for your loss. We all meet up again in Valhalla.

Grannyannie on 11/03/2019:
So sorry for your loss. Hugs.

Donkey on 11/03/2019:
I'm so sorry... hugs and prayers for your family. :-(

innerpeace on 11/04/2019:
Sorry for you loss.

bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 01, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The snow fell all day yesterday...and then last night just before 11....the power went out...luckily we do have a generac...so no sufferering here...and it finally came back on this morning around 10........and the snow continued....so that right now...it is BEAUTIFUL!!

Breakfast was coffee with caramel flavoring, a chicken/apple sausage and hash browns.......looking into what impact macros have today......I've been watching a lot of you tube videos lately about keto......and I know that I could never stick to that forever.......and wondering what short term would look like though...not necessarily getting into ketosis...but just going low carb for awhile...or for a few days...or a day...LOL...or a meal...LOL...I'm a sick puppy!!!

Wow...low carb......just wow......we have very little here that is low carb....We don't have any place that accepts food witin 100 miles from us....they now all want cash or garden produce.......and anyone can go there without real need so they only want to stock what they buy........so I can't give this stuff to them...........I guess I just need to keep counting points until we use it all up......I can see the point of not stocking up so much food.....it would be just my luck that when it's finally gone...the power grid will go down and so will the stores.....guess we will just have to hunt and fish and forrage..when that happens....hmmmmm.

innerpeace on 11/01/2019:
so beautiful.

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2019:
The sad thing is for the rest of the winter it will probably never be this pristine again...

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
so jealous... all that quiet white solitude.

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2019:
Quiet out back...but the road is a different matter.

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
Don’t beat yourself up for stocking food. Don’t mormons leave their food stockpiles to specific kids in their wills?

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2019:

Donkey on 11/02/2019:
You definitely have more snow that we do. Most of ours melted away yesterday and continues to do so today, since temperatures are *just* above freezing.

However, most of our trees have ALL their leaves - which makes the snow covering not as pretty. I'm hoping that this freeze will make the trees shed quickly....

I've been on some body building groups, and they all say that it's a calorie deficit that sheds fat. Low carb, keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian -- whatever works for you, bottom line is calories. So if points works for you, then work it :-)

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2019:
Yup....WW will be it...although technically I can do a low carb on WW....but keto would be almost impossible...

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 31, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Rained over night and woke up to snow this morning.........No matter how many hair washings I did....still crisco head...so this morning I'm covered with corn starch..........this mornings bath should be interesting... just spending an hour or so to let it absorb......but so far so good. 

Coffee and cereal with milk today for breakfast.

Plenty to do around here today.........so will stay busy.

Corn starch worked and I am so grateful......back to being my old me again.

Snack =- a mini bag of terra chips and a tiny beef stick ( 2 bites)

Lunch was a chicken sausage and hash browns and cheese

 Just about the snowiest Halloween I have ever seen.



legcramps on 10/31/2019:
Have a great day!

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
So far so good!

innerpeace on 10/31/2019:
I'm glad the corn starch worked. I was going to suggest baby powder.

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
I can live with it now...it's about 90% better.

grannyannie on 10/31/2019:
It's gotten as low as upper 30's here but no snow, just frost.

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
First snow here today...and it's been coming down all day....when does your snow usually start?

Donkey on 10/31/2019:
Glad to hear that the corn starch worked - who would have thought?

We got 3.4 inches of snow today. Thick, heavy, wet snow - heart attack shoveling. It finally stopped snowing, but the winds are blowing it around now. Supposed to get very cold tonight.

BUT warming up into the low 40's over the weekend...

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
It has snowed all day here...but I'm sure your snow is deeper.....usually ours disappears as soon as it hits the ground...but not today....

happy-1 on 11/02/2019:
Did it cover your halloween decorations?

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 30, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Well...chilly here...the leaves are on the ground but it does allow us to see the road and I can keep track of D easier when he is out walking around in the back.....yesterday he tripped and fell in the woods......and wasn't hurt but he came in telling me that if he hadn't been wearing his glasses he would have been poked in the eye by a branch on the ground......yeah...for glasses....no mention of the knee replacement...so that tells me he has become  aclimated to that really well now.  Allergies must be high today...my eyes are really red and itchy......life goes on...still washing my hair daily and trying to get that greasy hair treament out.....slow going...but getting better. 

Lots to be done today so started with coffee, cereal and milk.....and getting at it all now.

Somehow I thought retirement was going to mean leisure time...but didn't take into account that housework continues rather or not you are retired........I just keep donating...in hopes that at some point it will all get simple...so far...nope.

grannyannie on 10/30/2019:
Nope, retirement doesn't mean sitting with your feet up all the time. Although I do massive amounts of that!

happy-1 on 10/30/2019:
OMG... Retirement may actually be as much work as not working.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 29, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

D went for his blood work today.......I decided to use a deep conditioner on my hair ( the leave in type)....big mistake.....I should never get in the tub with a tube of something new without my reading glasses and wing the application.....huge fail......looks like I stuck my head in a jar of crisco!!! Reading the direction tooooo late...proved that I was supposed to use a dime sized amount......well...I DID NOT DO THAT!!!  Some rinsed out...but not all...currently air drying and feeling like this may take days to correct.

The day is flying by........and I need to catrch up...so making an oven meal for noon and winging it.

innerpeace on 10/29/2019:
I LOL'd at your conditioner fax paux. I have oily hair so I have to use conditioner sparingly...like every three shampoos. I hope it comes out quickly.

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
Me too......I have quite dry hair so I thought more was better...LOl..it wasn't!

legcramps on 10/29/2019:
Oh no! I have oily hair as well, so I never use deep conditioner, but I can only imagine...

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
It's a mess...hope we don't get any company...LOL

grannyannie on 10/29/2019:
Oh no!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
I'm a greaser now...LOL

Maria7 on 10/29/2019:
Maybe shampooing without conditioner might help dry out some of the oil from the conditioner... I use conditioner on my hair each time I shampoo, also.

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
Did reshampoo...and that removed some...still a mess...tomorrow will do the same again...I do always have to use conditioner because it keeps the tangles down...my hair is dry.....didn't use any conditioner with the extra shampoo today........This should treach me to read the directions...LOL

Donkey on 10/30/2019:
I once used a volumizing shampoo to give my thin hair a little lift (to look fuller). Turns out it totally frizzed my hair and I went around looking like a wind-blown Bozo the Clown for the day.

BearCountryGG on 10/30/2019:
Well...I guess you could consider that volume........frustrating!!

bearcountrygg - Monday Oct 28, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like winter is kicking in....the last couple of days it has rained and brought down all of the leaves, we've had a deep frost...so it looks like we are ready for a snow.........if history repeats its self then we are due for snow any day.  So I plan to wrap up the remainder of  the yard work today.

Lots to do in the house and according to UPS...the rebounder will arrive this afternoon...looking forward to that.

Now that it's time to batten down the hatches here for the next 5 months......I'm going to be doing some rearranging of furniture and kitchen cabinets.......plenty to do.

I'm not sure what is going on with UPS and FED EX....they can't seem to deliver any of our or the neighbors packages to the right houses anymore......we all are getting each others...and then we just deliver to the correct home ourselves........crazy...maybe we need to start calling the companies.....we all have either our names or our addresses at the road.  Getting kind of turned off to ordering online right now....will be glad when the rebounder gets delivered some where today.. hopefully  to our house.

Breakfast was pumpkin spice coffee 0 points and 0 cals, Aldi Friendly Farms maple yogurt 140 cals and 6 points and 46 grapes at 155 cals and 0 points

Lunch was an apple 94 cals, 0 points, 1 Babybel light cheese 50 cals  1 point, Land O Frost deli Turkey 10 slices 175 cals and 3 points, horseradish sauce 60 cals and 3 points and 2 Aldi Live G Free spinach wraps 300 cals and 9 points

Can't say that I would buy the turkey or the spinach wrap again.....will use up what I have but not imprssed....both...are tasteless.

Just got the cutest bag of candy and halloween socks out of our mailbox......I've been BOOED and I don't know who it was...LOL.......reisting the candy this evening....but will wear the socks tomorrow...so cute!!!    Now to figure out who left it there!


happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
yum. maple yogurt. I will have to try adding maple syrup to my yogurt :)

BearCountryGG on 10/28/2019:
From Aldi...but I have added syrup to mine before and it's really good...this one was very mild though.

Donkey on 10/29/2019:
Your pictures are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing these! I've had a similar experience with most wraps, unfortunately.

We are getting snow tomorrow. I am not ready for this. I may have to shovel. I am not ready for this. Trick-or-Treating looks like it may be a bust, depending on whose weather report you listen to. If I have to shovel, then the trick's on me.

That's too cute about being BOO-ed!

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
Turns out that these wraps are gluten free...I didn't pick up on that when I bought them...I will be more careful the next time. I figured out who Booed me...asked her on facebook and she was evasive....but i was convinced it was her and thanked her...and she said I was welcome...LOL...It was a cute surprise. Wearing the socks today!!

bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 25, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Last evening had a nature valley sweet and salty bar and an elevation bar ( coconut)..2 tiny pkgs sour patch kids and 1 tiny box nerds candy........not  sure why the sugar binge....but my blood sugars have been better than usual ( not low).....so not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

This morning....had a cup of coffee and then decided to clear out the fridge......had tiny amt of squash, tiny amt of no bean chili....1 1/3 chicken fingers and some brownie hummus.......that helped the fridge a lot and I feel great.....no breakfast food for me..LOL and my blood sugar reading this morning is very stable...........eating cravings is where I need to remain...........I can do this instinctively......and ww points are fine......not sure why the sugar cravings last night but I slept soundly but for only 4 and a half hours and then got up.  Wide awake....not feeling like I missed any sleep.........so all is well.

legcramps on 10/25/2019:
brownie hummus?? now that sounds interesting!

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2019:
It is sweet...

grannyannie on 10/25/2019:
I'm surprised how well I'm doing without sugar, but once I get a taste of some I can't stop.

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2019:
Addictive stuff those sweets....I'm the same way....once I get started it's hard to stop.

happy-1 on 10/26/2019:
brownie hummus???

BearCountryGG on 10/28/2019:
Yes...and it looks like the consistency but tastes like dessert.

Maria7 on 10/27/2019:
I have lowered my sugar intake and I think I can see better. I still have sugar, just not as much.

BearCountryGG on 10/28/2019:
WOW...good for you Maria!!!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 24, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday a friend came over for a chat.....was nice seeing her again..........it was the 5th anniversary of my Moms passing and also oldest great grandsons 7th birthday.  The distraction was a good thing.

Today...a dog who has been quite sick is finally perking up...so D took him and the others for a ride in the truck......I think we all needed a break....and those hounds need to get out and sniff the country air.

Spent a little time this mnorning noticing that our amish neighbors are getting a lot of "driving" time in with their skid steer.........apparently they are amish rebels....can't drive cars....but can get the okay to have farm equipment....so suddenly....farm equipment is being used as on the road vehicles that take the place of the cars they can't have.  They aren't supposed to have electricity.....unless they buy a house that already has it....BINGO!!!  Yup....rebels....bought a house nearby with electricity and trying to buy out the neighbors as well......driving around in a piece of construction equipment......They have a lot of children...and one little boy who is autistic keeps running away......and so we see them frequently combing the area ...looking for him...so scary and worried for him....this is not a good place to get lost in...with thousands of acres of natural forrest...the skid steer keeps going up and down the road......most likely he got away again...so basically I'm keeping an eye out for him as well and spending some time on the computer....makes me so sad...for him as well as his parents.

coffee and toast with spray butter, peanut butter and honey.......that hit the spot

dark chocolate

chicken, squash, cucumber, celery

grannyannie on 10/24/2019:
Anniversaries are tough. Hugs. Glad your friend came by. I think you said you're in Michigan? Rural area?

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
Yes....Mio, Michigan...hold your right hand up with palm facing you...we are in the middle of the index finger........having once lived in Michigan...I'm sure you understand this....Thanks for the hug!

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
Yes we are looking at thousands of forrest on the other side of the road ...and lots of federal land in the area as well....We her bombing practice from the grayling national guard regularly....very very rural.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
acres of state forest that should say.

grannyannie on 10/24/2019:
Ah, yes. Near Grayling. I lived a total of 32 years in Michigan and go back every year to see family. I spent 4 years in St. Ignace.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
St Ignace is a beautiful place......Love Michigan!!!

grannyannie on 10/25/2019:
When people ask me where I am from I always say Michigan - even though I lived in 4 states and 3 countries! I am always a Michigander even though I won't be living there again.

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2019:
It's the only place we have lived...traveled the US from end to end.....but had to stick with the Detroit suburbs because of work for 32 years......but now...that we are free...we just moved north...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 23, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

I'm kind of stunned this morning......didn't eat much during the day yesterday...and wasn't hungry...but decided to eat something around 9 last night because i figured I would get reflux during the night if I didn't....so a little after 9...I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich, potato chips, and a little chocolate......I took tylenol and vitamins......and headed for bed at 10:30 and slept all night...( maybe turned over once)...never got up for a bathroom break...woke up at 5:30 and wide awake....and I'm full of energy again.........cause and effect.....considering the food basically contained protein, fat and sugar...the vitamins covered everything else...and the tylenol just has a calming affect on me....although not the healthiest thing to be ingesting...but the results...results don't lie......and I'm a bit surprised.

6 A.M. black coffee

Just made an observation........a few days ago while cleaning out a closet....i came across 2 quilted mattress covers...there was already 1 on the bed...so these were extras......I really didn't know where to move them too....but didn't want to get rid of them...they were nice and in great shape.....and it occurred to me that there are NO rules about how many mattress pads can be on a bed....there are no bed police...LOL....so I put them all on the bed at once.....and this bed has never been more comfortable......i really think that a big part of the reason i an sleeping so well is that the bed is just so comfy....and while i am not a big honey eater.....I suspect that last night that whole grain bread/peanut butter/honey sandwich just made sleeping a lot easier.........I can't remember how long it has been since I actually slept through the night without waking up or heading for the bathroom...I'm sure the tylenol made an impact on this all too......and that isn't a healthy thing to do...........I know I have never been one that needs breakfast......once again....trying to fit into a mold deemed necessary by others really doesn't work.....all of those years trying to fit into the 3 meal a day routine and then overeating in the evening and messing up the whole day........was so frustrating and futile............I just need to block everything else out....and seriously do what my body says it needs........this morning...I keep thinking about that honey/peanut butter combo....I think it may have been an epiphany.....( the fact is...I was found to be allergic to peanut butter many years ago...I have craved it my entire life)......obviously no really bad reactions.......and so i eat it.......but this morning....that combo keeps comming back to mind.......possibly a key to something here. It doesn't hgurt that it was all in WW points..............and d and I have fell into a habit where I cook for him and I eat when and what I want.......and no one is offended....no more eating what i don't want when i'm not hungry...no more eating something because it's there.........and the fact that he needs to control his high blood sugar while I need to raise mine.....brings it all into perspective....we can sit and have precious time together...but no where is it written that we need to be eating at the same time....it is freeing.

1:00 first food of the day and it was something I have been craving for days and it wouldn't go away.....grilled cheese...had 2.....and now I'm satisfied and I'm not mad about it!  It did use up all of my dailies and  few of the weeklies and that is just fine.

at 7 tonight had some grapes and a leftover cold half of a grilled cheese.......still within points.

Friend came to visit today....so tha got the cat going here....she asked why he was staring at her,.......LOL

Donkey on 10/23/2019:
The One Meal A Day is a real thing - many people follow this. It doesn't necessarily mean "fasting" for the rest of the day -- there are usually 2 other "snacks" that are under 400-500 calories.

Very interesting what you write because I've always held the dinner hour to be sacred. I've relaxed about it a bit now that daughter is an adult, and son is away - you don't have to eat with us, but please do sit with us if you can. :-)

I'm so glad you wrote this -- I must remember this. It's my life, there are no "rules". My (toxic) grandmother would be horrified. (Even more reason to live a little free-er, if you know what I mean.)

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2019:
YES to no rules when it doesn't hurt anyone else......why do we put ourselves in boxes of rules...when they really don't matter.....when our kids were small...and then all of the foster childrens years...we always ate together and it made sense....( although I was getting up and down from my seat at the table to deal with all of them....they sat and ate.....I did what needed to be done....then the years of just D and I kind of mellowed out and we kept the mealtimes the same basically.....I'm happy to see thst he is in total agreement with what we are doing now....we have plenty of time to chat and do....and I think he is even happier with hiss meals because they are totally based around him...and he senses my happiness now too...it's working....rules need to be adjusted to fit....and make us happier...

legcramps on 10/23/2019:
Ah, the courage to change the things you need to change to make you happier! Yes! Congrats to you; I hope we can all base our decisions on this mentality - do what feels right for you, compromise with those close to you, and eat the peanut butter and honey sandwiches!!

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2019:
EXACTLY!!!!! We need to take care of US.....figure out what we want and need and just do it.....and peanut butter and honey has just found a new place in my life.

happy-1 on 10/23/2019:
My nutritionist would tell you that the fat, protein and carb combination will help you sleep more productively also.

Hugs. Back amongst the living. Missed you.

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2019:
It definately worked last night.....glad to see you back!

grannyannie on 10/24/2019:
Whatever you did works! I rarely have a lack of appetite. It has to be serious stress or depression to affect my appetite.

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
Lack of appetite is really how I spent my first 40 years or so.....then stress started the eating......I think I'm just basically coming back around to what was natural for me.

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