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bearcountrygg - Wednesday May 09, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.2

Weird night around here...for the second night a raccoon was out in the yard tipping things over....lots of crashing...we were beginning to think it might be a bear...but nope...it was a coon....just wrecking stuff.  I think we are  going to be spending a lot of time today just napping.....

I couldn't get in here this morning...and was so happy to see DD up and running again...or maybe it was my service provider...

1,200 to 1,500 cals a day

Meal # 1 was egg ,toast ,nut/fruit bar and coffee


Meal#2 was beer brat in a wheat bun with mustard, potato, peas, pineapple

Meal #3 = bagel with cream cheese

Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/09/2018:
Were the dogs barking like crazy or are they used to the raccoons?

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
They were quiet for some reason....they have a opossum out there near them a lot...so they probably accept them.....I don't think they would be happy with a bear though.

Donkey on 05/09/2018:
Well done today with the meals!

I do not function the day after a night of disrupted sleep. However, that's kind of a cute story about the raccoon. You know, a CAT would have taken action... just sayin' ;-) My Boo gets to something fierce when anything approaches our back deck.

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
I know our cats in the past would have gone nuts......But just things crashing out back...I can't believe how much he flipped over...LOL

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
I know our cats in the past would have gone nuts......But just things crashing out back...I can't believe how much he flipped over...LOL

bearcountrygg - Tuesday May 08, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.2

Fighting a miserable sinus infection......and loving the beautiful weather..  Taking the day to take it easy...then tomorrow and thursday we hit the road again......

1,200 to 1,500cals a day

Meal #1 = coffee w/creamer, cheese omelette, 15 grain toast w/butter

Meal # 2 Chicken and veggies, potato sticks, chocolate, starbucks fruitjuice drink

Meal # 3 Pomegranate/blueberry V8 juice...and quest bar

Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
do you have the infection bc of allergies?

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
I'm not sure....I do have allergies...and the trees here are all budding....but not sure.

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
I was just thinking maybe it's allergies. I used to get sinus infections like clockwork: once in the spring and once in the fall -- because of all the stuff floating around.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
It's probably allergies.....buds all over here.

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
It's nice that you had a day to just chill out.

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
It was nice...had to take D to the hardware...but that was only about 40 minutes....in my slippers....LOL

bearcountrygg - Monday May 07, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.2

 I finally remembered to get on the scales today...and it was up....I'm not sure how that happens when I am eating less calories than fitday says I'm burning.  In the old days...I would be losing...now...not so much.  I got the book that I believe JayHawkJen recommended and it is amazing...I'm really enjoying it.  The titile is Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink........you won't be sorry you read it.......we are all taken in by food clues rather we want to believe it or not.   Rather it''s what is considered Healthy food or not.  We truly are products of our enviornment.  Anyway......D has an early PT appt...so I'm just drinking coffee so far....not hungry today ( that varies so much from day to day)...and when I know I'm going out in the morning...it usually meaans that I'm more interested in getting ready than eating...so be it...maybe I should make plans to go out before every meal...LOL



EDIT....after PT..we went for a ride in the country....saw lots of trees....YAWN>>>>>>but he LOVED it!...looked for bear tracks.. ( pull over, slow down, stop, )..NONE......went past his buddies place...not there...get home and stick the pizza in the oven...strange loud truck driving around in our back yard......makes the full circle and turns onto the rd......goes ahead about 50 feet..backs up...and comes back down the driveway...boy am I glad I was not here alone......D meets him on the front porch...older guy...bad limp...my guy...older and bad limp...for a second I could imagine an old gimpy man fight...LOL.....2 baldies with beards flailing around at each other....funny picture in my head...but visiting guy just wanted to know where the place that fixes motorcycles was.....D gave directions the best he could.......senior citizens are NOT pretty!!!!!  And I have a sinus infection.....!!  That aint pretty either!

Max 1,500 cals per day

Meal #1

coffee =9

Stomach finally started growling about 8:00...so ate a wheat Bollo ( roll) = 170


179 cals 

Meal #2

Planned frozen pizza because of time restraints

fruit juice


Meal # 3

Banana, almond milk, raisin bran, potato sticks

Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 98.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2018:
Scale takes forever to catch up with diet...you know how it goes...easier to gain than lose!

it's a good idea to make any type of "plans" before every morning meal ;)

excellent eating and calories. keep on!

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
Not very hungry today...stuffed feeling and bloated.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2018:
i love the kodiak cakes, i think they contain fiber / probiotics that make you poop right? i have used Mighty Muffins in the past...and they are good for pooping. That's the muffin brand i like :) they are protein as well and so tasty.

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
I know they are a protein thing...but otherwise...not sure.

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Mmm kodiak cakes. I miss them but they aren't paleo.

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
they need to be used up...dates are close....may not buy again though.

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
I swear I had brunch the other day and we talked about staging senior cage fights.

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
In slow motion...LOL

bearcountrygg - Sunday May 06, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

Up and at em this morning....full of energy....things are greening up out there and I love it.  Working on my first cup of coffee and planning on finding something to eat around 7...I''m really enjoying the weekends lately...no appointments. Retirement should not have so many rules...hoping that things will calm down next month.  Once again needing to weigh, measure and eat at specific times....I was definately getting sloppy.

Meal#1( 7 A.M.)

coffee = 9

16 grapes = 57

banana = 109

dried apples = 35

Kodiak minute blueberry muffin = 260


470 cals


Meal#2 (noon)

chili dog on a wheat bun = 510

lettuce and peppers = 12

strawberries = 80


602 calories



Meal #3 (5PM)

spinach herb tortilla = 50

tuna salad = 100

mozzarella lite sring cheese =50

almond milk = 40

cookies = 180


420 calories

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/06/2018:
I've been getting a little lax on recording my late night snacking after dinner the past few days. It's only a piece of meat or cheese each time, but I know they add up.

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
The end of day eating is easy to get caught up in...for me it's disappointing to do well all day...and then mess it up so late....

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
yum i like those microwavable kodiak cakes!!!! in the cup, right??

you get up so early! is it to feed the animals??

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
We just get up as we did in our working years....we had gotten up at 4:30 for so long that we never got over the habit. We like our early mornings...it's more like 5:30 these days though. Yes....the muffins are in a micro cup.....we have several cases of them...so I figured I'd better get using them up...D doesn't like them.

Donkey on 05/06/2018:
What a yummy eating day :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
It was satisfying!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:

bearcountrygg - Saturday May 05, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

Woke up hungry today...that doesn't always happen........soI'mhaving breakfast...and then there are things to get done...and I'm ready to tackle them.

1,200 to 1,500 cals per day

Meal #1

coffee with almond milk , oatmeal with raisins, dates and walnuts, banana  = 260 cals

Meal #2 

mixed lettuce, red pepperr, lite ranch, corn on the con, wheat roll, 1 teaspoon butter, dessert......let D have all of the steak...I'm not interested today


Spoke with D's sister, brother in law finally left the hospital yesterday after 1 1/2 months there for his stem cell transplant, He is sick...gastric ulcers, depression, exhaustion, swollen....but hopefull that the cancer is gone...his chances of surviving for 10 years are 60%, beyond 10, 20% and his chances of dying during the tratment was 20%...but he beat that.....so we are hopeful....so far he has taken 2 baths and slept...but he's home.

D walked for an hour outside today...and tinkered around in the barn....so he is getting back to his own self....but with a cane.

Meal #4

starbucks juice/water, kashi bar, potato sticks, cookies....getting junky...today just flew by....I don't know where it went....TOMORROW...I need to get ahold of the snacky stuff....we have plenty of healthy stuff here


Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
Glad your family are doing much better. I know you are, too. Maybe things can calm down now to where you can get back to the usual things you enjoy doing.

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
I hope so!

bearcountrygg - Friday May 04, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

Taking D to another morning PT appt today...they are dragging these things that are supposed to be 45 minutes...out to an hour and a half.... but he is doing well....so it apparently is working......he has such tight muscles  (he has always been this way...not agile or bendable at all..)...and add 32 years of walking girders etc...and he is like a darn robot....and they can't see it.....they want him to bend....HE COULD'T bend when he was a teenager.....he isn't made that way.......his muscles are so dense that he never would have been able to do some of this stuff  ever in his life....I met him when he was 16...and he was that way then...I always thought it may have been because he was a catcher on the Varsity baseball team and was also played Varsity football...and he hunted and swam.and rode a bike for miles every day ( to my house)....and was very physically active...but .....over the years since retirement...he has lost the strength and muscle tone in his upper body...but his legs are still very muscular...( walking in the woods???/).....so they want him to bend like he never has in his entire life.....they are physically trying to force his heel to touch his Butt....NEVER going to happen.....anyway...enough of that.....

Meal #1 = coffee....just not hungry...and will probably get more in when we get home...because I rarely feel morning hunger until after 10 o clock.  Well...just got a wheat roll (plain) down so that's meal #1

On a happier note...friends are coming up to look at some acreage near us that is for sale...so we are planning a weekend visit with them...if they get up here....looking forward to that.

 Meal #2 = chili dog, salad, potato,,strawberries

Meal # 3 = chicken, potato, kashi bar and a 100 cal pk of cookies

Junky binge after D went to bed......not happy with myself...after D went to bed I ate 1 mini bag chips, some combos and the last cookie in the pkg....should not have let myself start that.

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
let them bend him...yeah...i've seen what they do at PT to patients like him...since i was in PT for several years i looked around at what they did with other patients...they are always stretching the ones that get his type of thing done!!!

i hope you see your friends :)

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
He will survive......and I hope they come up north tomorrow too.

graindart on 05/04/2018:
If not feeling hungry in the morning consistently now, just skip it. No need for calorie intake when your body doesn't really care. You can adjust calorie intake on the other couple meal times to make up for it.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
I agree.....forcing myself to eat in the morning usually makes me tired and I don't like that either....I usually don't get hungry until at least 10...and sometimes later.

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
Aw I didn't realize you guys were high school sweethearts. You guys are sooooo adorable.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
Yup...when we were in biology together ( him a senior, me a junior..)..we had to poke our fingers for a blood type test...I couldn't get up the nerve to stick myself....he saw that and took the opportunity to offer to stab me...LOL...from that moment on...actually a pretty weird beginning...how many gals meet their future husband because he offers to cut them??? LOL

Maria7 on 05/04/2018:
Hope you have a wonderful visit with your friends.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
I hope they get up here too...

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
Sounds like a lovely day - you did well. YUM chili dogs -- I can't remember the last time I had one... and I really love them.

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
We don't have them often...but he has been talking about them...so since he went grocery shopping with me ( that never happens)...we got them.

graindart on 05/05/2018:
Forgot about chili dogs. Loved ordering them at Fuddruckers. Huge dogs with freshly toasted and buttered buns. Slathered with chili / shredded cheese / onions / liquid cheese / couple peppers / maybe a little sour cream or tomato. So large I could barely finish it, probably 2000+ calories by the time I was done with the toppings. It's probably been over a year since I've had one.

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
I forgot about them too...until D started asking for them about a week ago.....we buy a Michigan brand called Kogels...and then whole wheat nuns and we use Hormel chili/no beans....I stuck to 1...he put 3 on a bun.....it was good for a change...but now we have the rest of the pkg to use up...so they will reappear again...LOL

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
BUNS...we do not buy whole wheat NUNS in this house...LOL

bearcountrygg - Thursday May 03, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

Got up at 6...which is a little late for me.......twice yesterday I found myself falling asleep in the chair.....slept good all night too.......D wants me to take him to Walmart today....that's 2 hours on the road...I'm hoping he can handle all of the walking......Dr says as long as he isn't in a lot of pain..it's OK....although afterwards he is dealing with a lot of swelling...and calf tightness and pain...he is determined....he was supposed to wear the support hose for 30 days...and because the male nurse says he can stop wearing them....( female nurse and I disagree)...he took them off tonight...darn it....( my dad almost died with blood clots when I was 13 and he was 40.)..I will never forget it....and don't want to  ever see anyone deal with that again.....( clots went through his heart and lungs at home ( with my Dad)....and I remember the fear and his pain....when that happened.......Oh well....not my legs...and he will do this his way.  He is being a lot of help at the kennels...he shovels and keeps order...I get the food and water and feed them....nice to have the company out there.

So...Off we go to Walmart today.......he can pick up a couple of things he wants...and I can get some groceries.

Breakfast....just not hungry...so I had a cup of coffee and a banana = 109

We got a lot done this morning...it's 1:30 now....and we went to Walmart for groceries, Home Depot for guy stuff, the bank, the gas station...and ended up at a restaurant...delicious meal...where I promptly dumped my ice water all over...can't take me anywhere!!!!!

Lunch........reuben sandwich and fries.......covered all of the food groups...and I don't think I will be hungry again for a long...long time. 1,000 cals

Got home and had a huge amt of groceries to put away....basically all freezer and fridge...so we got a lot of healthy stuff.

So even with the restaurant meal....I'm at about 1,105 cals....stillnot hungry but will probably eat something later.....

Meal #3......grapes, veggie sticks, roll, cookies



Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
i hear that you feel better and can do more pretty quickly after the surgery...and then i think advice is to just keep moving...i hope you get everything you need!

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Got it all...except I pkg of wall mounts had apparently been opened and some parts were missing...UGH. He did really well...no complaints.

happy-1 on 05/03/2018:
Good teamwork!

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
We do that well...we work together as a team very easily....lucky in that way.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday May 02, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

More appointments today...........not hungry for breakfast yet.....will see how that goes...because we have to leave early. 

Appointments daone for the day....all went well....ended up eatingf ast food...and I'm still stuffed.

Meal #1 noon

Mcdonalds number 3 with diet coke....so I had a cheeseburger ,double patty, fries and diet coke...that is a lot of food..in fact it took me more than an hour to finally eat all of the fries...and at 2:50...I'mstill dringking the diet coke...never did have anything for breakfast...not even my coffee

We got home...and D was enjoying being out so much he wanted me to drive him a few miles down the rd to look for bear tracks...none...then we went down a narrow trail to see if the acreage his friend is interested in is still for sale...( it is)...okay...my car was not made for that......and neither am I>...LOL Stopped to talk to a neighbor...heard about his aches and pains....there truly is nothing new under the sun!

Came home and called youngest son to see how his dr visit was and it was really good too....so we are all happy around here this afternoon....next on the agenda....feed and shovel at kennels, take garbage to rd...and get mail.....then.....I can relax.

Meal #2 will probably be breakfast for dinner...having my first cup of coffee right now....that lunch laid in my stomach like a rock...need to remember that...D felt the same way.

NO meal # 3 today!!!!

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
maybe bring healthy snacks for when you are hungry...this i have done at times.

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
I read this after I got back...it worked out ok...I never did get hungry until noon.

graindart on 05/02/2018:
I should really skip DD today. I haven't been having cravings lately, but just reading about McDonalds fries has my mouth starting to water.

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
Ohhh...I'm sorry!

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Was the McDonald's yummy? I had In and Out the other day and it wasn't as good as I remembered.

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
The burger was good...the fries...nothing special...they used to be better...but I hadn't eaten since the night before...so at least 18 hours....and cardboard would have tasted good..LOL

Donkey on 05/02/2018:
Sounds like a wonderful day. I agree about McDonald's. The product just isn't as good as it used to be.

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
It's definitely lacking something....

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
What would he have done if he found bear tracks????

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Nothing...it's quiet time here...no dogs in the woods.....it would have just made him VERY VERY HAPPY!!! It would have made him even more excited for July when he can take his dogs out again...( if he is able and I think he will be).

bearcountrygg - Tuesday May 01, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 242.0

 Appointments today...so leaving here early...and if there is time I will do some grocery shopping.  Got up to 70 here yesterday and amazingly we still have some snow on the ground...it's really dirty...but it's snow....hopefully today we can say goodbye to that.  Still really working the 3 meal a day idea.....but I'm finding it harder to get the 4 to 5 hundred cals in...in the morning......it works so well if I can....but I'm not usually that hungry in the A.M......but when I don't eatin the morning...I eat a lot more at the second meal....and I'm not real fond of that either.....even the 3 rd meal can be difficult.........getting the cals in..........sticking with the 3 meals only plan........will just have to see how the balance of cals plays out....down a pound this morning...and I can feel it.

Meal #1

coffee and a banana...then 2 biscuits....got the 400 cals in


Meal #2

Teriyaki chicken, egg rolls,blueberries


Meal #3

Beef, potato, banana, dessert

EDIT...just came in from feeding dogs to find that our little town is on lockdown......gunman barricaded in the pharmacy......glad I didn't know that before I went outside....Iwas 

Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
ohhh, nice and warm by you...weather here this week is warming up also...supposedly tomorrow is like a record breaker...85! we usually don't get 85 till middle of june or end of june! it's exciting to have summer here for the rest of the week! Today should be up to 75!

Good luck with D's appointments...keep up the good work with your food plan!

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
home in between....then back out again...nice not to wear a coat for a change

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
Seems you did something really good in February in March to get your weight low..do you remember what it was?

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
I will have to back and read those......I think it was very small portions.

graindart on 05/01/2018:
We actually hit the 80's once last week. Of course today's high is back to only 57, but anything's better than snow and ice. Glad the scale worked in your favor today.

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
Thanks.....it was nice to see it go in the right direction...trees are budding here

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
yeah bc whatever you were doing, maybe do something similar...bc you lost a lot of weight in January into February of this year. Maybe don't read March bc it shows you went back up lol after that....

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
I looked...and I was on Weight Watchers.....That says a lot.

Donkey on 05/01/2018:
Horn has a good observation. So you gained weight on WW? Yikes... that Free Points system they have now, I've been hearing quite a few people say that they've gained weight on that.

I hope everything has resolved itself peacefully with the gunman. Just goes to show, it can happen anywhere.

Hey, meals looked good today!

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
I lost when I was doing WW....when I stopped it...I eventually put it back on......the gunman finally gave up after 6 hours...peacefully...

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
I also see that when WW was having internet problems....and point figuring problems...I did go to intuitive eating....that also worked well.

bearcountrygg - Monday Apr 30, 2018
(Walking the fine line between happiness and health)
Weight: 243.0

Today is an organizing day around  here.....the rest of the week is full of pt and medical appointments... so I will be starting with the food storage area...need to move some things to the kitchen...and organize things by dates a bit better.......also a mountain of laundry....it will keep me plenty busy......

Meal #1

Not hungry...but had coffee and and 15 grain bread toasted with spray butter

Meal #2

corn, peppers, quinoa, pork, mac and cheese, dessert

Meal #3

cheese, crackers, chips...and lots of water

Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 98 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2018:
have a good day, you sound productive and off to a great start!

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2018:
Days are flying by.....got some things done today......rest of the week is appointments...

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