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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 27, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Poured all night and flooding in areas here.......just cold and wet.

I had picked up a jello pumpkin pie dessert thing.....and D discovered today that while the box shows pumpkin pie.......they are pretty tricky...there is no pumpkin associated with this dessert at all...none in box...and none to be added by me..........pretty sneaky......I thought I was getting something quick and easy to put together.....jokes on us...that is what I get for buying something prepackaged....BUT.....we have gotten our fair share of jokes all day about it...so it at least created some laughter around here.


horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2019:
Are you still going to make it ?!

BearCountryGG on 11/28/2019:
I will still make it....but we will see if it's worth eating...not sure...

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2019:
Tell us about it when you do!!!

BearCountryGG on 11/28/2019:
No raw eggs so I licked the whisk.......I detect the spices...color looks like pumpkin....will be edible..but probably not much nutrition.

Donkey on 11/28/2019:
Wow! I'd be interested to hear what you think!

BearCountryGG on 11/28/2019:
Tastes like the spices and color is like pumpkin......made in a lab...LOL

Donkey on 11/28/2019:
^^LOL -- what is the consistence like? More pudding-y or more mousse-y like pumpkin pie is?

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2019:
More like pudding........they sure went out of their way to make something like pumpkin without using any at all.....very creative...LOL

happy-1 on 11/30/2019:
Everything in me says that isn't actual food...

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 26, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Beautiful but crisp day here........spent the morning so far placing orders for D........and started some laundry......but little else.

Breakfast was a homemade breakfast sandwich and coffee

Not sure what to make for lunch....day is getting away from me.....likely chicken and a couple of sides.

sleeping great......feeling great.......allergy eyes.....other than that...all is good.

I don't think the Ww plan is doing anything for me about taking any weight off..........maybe back to calorie counting.....I see that Ww is at 1,500 cals a day.....that has always been something that made me maintain....lifelong.......back to the old very low cal days.....metabolism can sure get messed up with extreme dieting....and now that I am close enough to maintaining....it kicks in worse than ever.....and it may just be where I stay...and that would be okay too. 

The holidays are apparently when most people put on 5 to 10 pounds and that is understandable........well....i do not want to do that......

Lots of grumbling online about theWw changes as usual...people for the most part do not like changes that they do not initiate themselves.  I can see myself deleting all of the Ww facebook groups I'm in now......and possibly not continuing with Ww at all....If I'm just going to count calories...I really don't need them or the $20 a month they charge.....it's  quicker and easier for me to just keep a notebook and record it myself.......I also deleted the TOPS emails...they got annoying.......I guess the bottom line is that I have read so much about dieting over the years...that I've basically read it, heard it, tried it, and lived it for so long that it's just the same thing over and over again.......and all diets work if you work them.........no magic, no quick fix, no easy way around it....just live it and IT will happen...but why are the last few such hangers on?????  Probably natures way of waying...."what if you don't get that buffalo????  What if the bears eat all of the berries???  You need a little meat on your bones to tide you over until the next mountain goat comes along.......Mother nature is a pain in the butt!!!!

innerpeace on 11/26/2019:
yes, especially where you live, you can't be sure when the next food will walk by. LOL. At least you have good humor about it.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:

Maria7 on 11/26/2019:
I like your calories plan and the added benefit of it not costing any money to do. As for those buffaloes and berries, we just need to be prepared in having a little food stash if needed, which I know that you know all about, especially with your living up your way in the north with lots of snows. To me, Sister, it is just a matter of us 'eating smart' which includes counting calories and most of all, prayer for this girl. Sure helps me a lot to not give in and overeat. Wishing you a happy evening. Bet you got a lot accomplished in your house today. I went to the nursing home twice today visiting Mama, washing and rolling her hair, etc.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:
Yes...I was just kidding......we have plenty on hand around here...it is necessary for the months from November through April ....And it isn't necessary to pay anyone to count calories for me...especially when they allow more than I need....for a couple of months at least...I was counting points as well as calories.....and i can easily see that while the point system works for a lot of people...it does give me too many a day for losses.....I can just do that myself a lot cheaper and easier.....i am finding that all of the mail from these organizations is getting on my nerves too......I never read them anymore and Ww even sends things out during the hours that I sleep....i really don't need that phone waking me up in the middle of the night for some recipe they think I would like...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2019:
the last few lbs are always the hardest. once, it took me a year to lose 10 lbs. maybe it was even closer to 5 lbs and it took half the year i think!

it's always most difficult at the end beause we get stuck in our habits and they are all hard to break eating habits. we actually have to change, and you sure have changed.

lately with my parents, just to be satisfied, i have to eat HUGE salads. last night the green leaf was escarole, i ate so much of it - just yuck in the end because it's bitter.

at home, i don't have as many home cooked meals and can easily end the night with fruit and wine, lol. can't wait to be home where eventually i'll watch what i'm eating far better...like you, i'm dealing with diet/change right now.

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2019:
I have always heard that the last fat to go on is the first to come off...maybe that means the first fat to go on is the last to come off....hmmm...that could mean 30 year old fat for me...LOL...no wonder it's hanging on...LOL

bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 25, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Looks like a rain/snow mix today........so will be staying inside most likely.  My plans include a total cleaning redo of the den/TV/office room........Enough to keep me busy all day.  Will try to get done early enough to head down to the exercise room. 

Breakfast = coffee...so far

Had a spinach wrap with ham, cheese and dressing for breakfast...threw on some comfy clothes and ready to tear this room apart...

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2019:
been a very stormy winter for the folks living in the midwest!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2019:
Yes it has...looks like the snow and rain today will cancel each other out.....our driveway is a sheet of ice and it's on a slight incline...scares me in the winter....I don't bounce very well anymore...LOL

Donkey on 11/25/2019:
Good weather for staying indoors! We're getting rain tomorrow, I believe. We have warmer temperatures though, so it should stay as rain.

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2019:
No snow alternating with yours? We get a combo....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2019:
at least we are in a more future age lol with home delivery and advantages you didn't have in the past to help you a little bit in the winter!

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:
Yes....it is so much better than having to drive for hours....online and walmart pick up are amazing.

Donkey on 11/26/2019:
Our mix of rain and snow is supposed to start Wednesday, later in the afternoon. In quite surprised that we are getting just rain.

Maria7 on 11/26/2019:
There you go encouraging me to 'get with it' and complete my tidying of certain rooms in this house over here. I get close to getting things done, then have to leave the house for different reasons and then it may be a week (or more) before I pick up from what I was working on (re:a big closet redo), ha! Your mix of rain and snow sounds so pretty! I hope you have a blessed day!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 24, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Quiet morning here...neighborhood cat just passed the window...out looking for his mousies.....you could set a clock by this little guy.  He's looking chubby today...apparently he is finding plenty...good for him...I hope he keeps that up.  I'm often tempted to feed him...but I really don't want him to stop the mousing.....and he won't let anyone within 30 feet of him...so there is that too....he is apparently already living his best life.

Sun is out and I'm hoping it will melt the ice on the driveway. 

I'm feeling great and so much more aware of what I'm eating and buying now.......yet lettuce keeps making the news......today...romaine...and the added warning to scrub out your refigerator if you have any when you discard the lettuce......a couple of days ago.....boxed salads from aldi with meat in the pkg was causing kidney failure and 2 deaths.,...it all makes me wonder what is safe to eat.......my last trip to the grocery store included the deli gal with a full on...LOUD...dramatic sneeze and she never missed a beat dealing with the food in her hands......basically deli food is already prepared with no heating required....a lot of people just ate what she sneezed on and have no idea.....YUCK!!!!!

Makes me once again rethink food that requires cooking to at least reach a temperature of safety.  We haven't been sick in so many years with the stomach flu that we can't even remember the last time.....We are not getting flu shots ...I haven't had one in 4 years and D turned his down this year......so we are being hypervigilant. 

Anyway....feeling great.....eating carefully...and staying active....love the home gym we have created...nothing fancy or difficult...just things that challenge us a little and keep us moving...d has been tracking his steps and regularly walks between 5,000 and 10,000 a day......so he is mainly doing that....i like the equiptment better......so it's all working out.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2019:
wow D is fit if he's doing sometimes 10,000 steps and even 5,000 steps is very good! go him. i rarely do 10,000 but if i do 5,000-6,000 i am pretty happy!

also good for you and what you are doing to stay in shape! duh!

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2019:
He needs to keep walking to keep that artificial knee working so it's a win win there. Walking bothers my hip so walking doesn't always work for me.....but yeah...he is getting a great amount of steps in a lot of days.

Donkey on 11/25/2019:
You make a lot of good points here. We are hyper vigilant about not getting sick too. And hyper about falling too.

I hadn't really given much thought to needing food to be cooked until you mentioned it here. (We fall back on cold cuts and raw vegetables & salads a lot.) You've given me something to think about.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 20, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Got up really early this morning and decided to do the WW purple plan...loads of zero point foods that right now appeal to me....so I got started on a big pot of zero vegetable soup with black beans and garbanzo beans.........and a big pot of oatmeal with cinnamon and nutmeg that is also zero......added some zero crystal light to my water and had a cup of coffee..........This is a good way of using up some of our stored pantry foods and make some quick meals at the same time...I've never precooked oatmeal before but apparently a lot of people are doing it so i think that will be super fast and easy and only 1 pan to clean up........so.......kind of excited for the zero meals and how quick they will be to stick in the microwave and since fish, chicken, turkey, fat free greek yogurt , eggs and whole grain pastas and brown rice  and fruit are also zero...I think this just may be an easy way to do this.......will see how the next few days go.....at least I'm using up some cans that have been sitting around here for awhile.

D had an early dentist appointment this morning and he left...and came right back in a few minutes......he was still wearing his slippers...LOL......this last week he left without his phone and one day another essential...so....looks like we need to start making ourselves lists....LOL...old age stinks!!!

Vegetable soup for lunch...it is really thick...more like a vegetable stew.....and will keep me full for a long time......I think I can do this.

innerpeace on 11/20/2019:
Slippers aren't all that bad, except for his feet would get wet and cold. I've seen worse out shopping...with pajama bottoms and hair curlers still in. I made a vegetable soup yesterday, it was delish.

BearCountryGG on 11/20/2019:
He would have been so embarrassed.......the soup hits the spot this time of year.

Maria7 on 11/20/2019:
Funny that you said that about the slippers, cause I forgot to put on my outside shoes today when I was fixing to leave the house and realized it right before I went outside that I still had on my slippers, ha! I have got some very low carb veggie soup stored in the freezer from a big pot I made of it recently. Very healthy to eat, isn't it? But mine is not thick, more watery. How did you get yours thick? Did you cook out most of the water?

BearCountryGG on 11/20/2019:
Mine consisted of a large can of pureed tomatoes, and 1 drained can each of black beans, garbanzo beans, carrots, green beans and corn....so it was thick to start with...I didn't add any other liquid.....so it is thick and quite hearty....stayed with me for a long time. Funny about both of you and the slippers.....

Donkey on 11/21/2019:
Oh the vegetable stew sounds so yummy!!!

Also it's nice that, knowing you wanted a change in approach, that you could easily switch to the purple plan, rather than veering off track.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2019:
Keeps it interesting!

Maria7 on 11/22/2019:
Hope you are having a good day today.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2019:
Going really well...keeping busy!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/22/2019:
PURPLE WW plan sounds really nice. i really, REALLY wanna start making more slow cooker soups and things....need this in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slow cooker cabbage soup sounds perfect right about now.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2019:
This time of year makes those comfort foods seem so good.

Maria7 on 11/23/2019:
Hoping you are doing okay.

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2019:
Doing good...Thanks!!

bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 18, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Woke up to the news this morning of another death in my family.  My sweet Aunt Wanda passed overnight......she was in her 90's.....the one thing about being in our 70's is that our families are passing very quickly now.  D and I both had many aunts and uncles (39 total) and cousins in the hundreds......and we are all old and at risk.  I must say that it is sobering and a huge reminder to live the best life we can.  Today I will do some thngs I have been putting off for some time.  I will get a little more serious about some things that I tend to delay.......and today I will eat for health and find my enjoyment  in  places other  than  the kitchen...........


coffee and yogurt


2 dole fruit cups

Donkey on 11/18/2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss.... (((hugs)))

90+ is a long life, and I hope hers was a good one. It's rather sobering when we are confronted with the reality that our time is limited.

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2019:
Right now it seems like they are dropping so quickly and you are right...she did have a long life....her life was not particularly easy.....she had 4 divorces, raised 4 children virtually alone and moved a lot but she struggled on and kept a smile on her face. She raised kids while being the salad girl and living over a restaurant, she raised kids in the second floor of a funeral home....she struggled....but she was a sweetheart right to the end.

legcramps on 11/18/2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss; your aunt sounds like she was a lovely person.

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2019:
She was...thank you.

Maria7 on 11/19/2019:
So sorry... I know you loved her. I recently lost my very close Aunt, too. She was almost 91.

BearCountryGG on 11/20/2019:
They had long lives but it's still hard to have them go....but we can look forward to seeing all of them again someday!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2019:
you make such good points in your entry and it's a very healthy entry you have written, although i am so sorry of the passing of another of your family members.

but i must say, i like to hear you will be doing tasks that you have put off, that you are going to find enjoyment in things other than food. i just really like your attitude here!

BearCountryGG on 11/20/2019:
I have had an attitude switch for sure. It feels comfy so hopefully it sticks.

bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 15, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Just working the green ww program.......all is going well.......first day of deer hunting season around here and the woods are full....and when i say full...I mean full.  I have some things to take to the mailbox....but I'm scared...LOL........

Just started the amazon prime deal............and I think we are over shopping...lol....just things that we have been thinking about for awhile but still...I swear it encourages us to shop more often...we used to wait until we had enough in the cart to get free shipping......now we just place orders.......I will say that I do love the 2 day shipping and the prime movies....I am loving movies this way...3 in the last 2 days.  No advertisements make me just enjoy them so much more.......turn out the lights and have a seat....just like going to a theatre.  I do believe that this had upped my happiness level...of course anything that allows me to sit in my lazy boy always makes me happy...but anyway.........

Lots of laundry to wash.......and D headed out in his hunting clothes as usual for the first day...I never really did worry about that for years.......now....at 71...I worry....but as he always has said.....if something does happen...at least he would die happy.......well...when he was young it didn't seem likely...now....it's scary.  I had planned some heavy cleaning today...now I find myself rooted near a window...waiting for him to get home again.  If it's not one thing it's another....... or as Wynona Judd used to sing....."If it's not one thing it's your Mother"..........take mother out and add husband there.

Maria7 on 11/15/2019:
Yes, as they get older, we do tend to worry more about them when they are not home. I will be thrilled when Hubby is home again...4 more weeks...

BearCountryGG on 11/15/2019:
I'm sure you will.

Donkey on 11/16/2019:
With his disability, I worry about my husband falling a lot. He doesn't go outside much in the winter because of the constant fear of slipping on ice. Due to his inflexibility, if he started to slip, he would not be able to prevent a fall. He's looking into mall walking, but it requires a drive. And gotta walk in the parking lot...

Hope you had a good WW day!

BearCountryGG on 11/16/2019:
Falling is a problem for sure...D fell the other day out behind the kennels....and I had no idea.....he could have laid there a long time without me knowing....because he spends so much time outside...if for some reason he couldn't use his phone he could freeze out there.....

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
Thanks for all your thoughtful comments ! I am still getting back to commenting here as you see bc I only had my phone and now on the way home back to my parents with my mom and brought my laptop back too for this week.

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
Yeah I love amazon prime too and listen to the free music it has - speaking of free I must cancel my iTunes membership today and now so thanks for that reminder !!! One subscription - the free amazon iPhone music - is enough !

happy-1 on 11/17/2019:
"Bosch" is really good on Amazon prime video

bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 14, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Liked yesterday using the green plan so will stay green for today.


coffee =0

bagel = 6

butter = 5

baby bel light cheese


2 nature valley sweet and salty bars, peanut = 12


chicken with black olives and red peppers = 3

hash browns = 6


banana = 0

Got hungry in the evening so had

chocolate muscle milk for 3

popcorn = 5

Total points for day = 41

total cals for day = 1,516


legcramps on 11/14/2019:
Doing great! Have another good day today :)

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2019:
Thanks....it's an easy program to stay on at the moment.

Donkey on 11/14/2019:
I'll comment more on yesterday's entry, but yes, if you like green, go for it!

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2019:
liking it

happy-1 on 11/15/2019:
Good job!

BearCountryGG on 11/15/2019:

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
Cals look great sounds like you are using a new plan !

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Lots of snow and icy roads......and I'm nesting for the winter.....okay by me...I'm a homebody anyway and this time of year makes it so easy to accomplish the things than the nicer weather does. 

WW rolled out it's new program for the year or so...on Monday...and everyone seems to LOVE IT!!!  I've spent the last 2 days pouring over it and I think it's a winner too. 

Basically we now have choices like never before..3 plans that we can use and switch up at will........and this suits me very well.....it keeps boredom from setting in which is one of my main issues.

The Green Plan = 100+ zero point foods which basically contain fruit and non starchy vegetables

The Blue Plan = 200+ zero point foods which contain fruits, vegetables including some starchy but not potatoes, chicken, turkey, fish,0% fat plain greek yogurt, beans  and eggs

The Purple Plan = 300+ zero point foods which contain fruit, vegetables including potatoes, beans, eggs, 0%greek yogurt, chicken, turkey, fish, some grains like oatmeal and barley, brown rice, air popped popcorn , vegetable based and whole grain pasta, tempe and tofu.

The green plan gives me 30 daily points and 42 weeklies

The blue plan gives me 23 dailies and 42 weeklies

The purple plan gives me 16 dailies and 42 weeklies

The dailies are determined by WW and are different for everyone based on age, weight, height, activity level etc.

The beauty of the program is that you can choose every day to pick a different program for the day...they prefer that we do one for 2 weeks before switching but that is not mandatory.  It does allow daily choices to be determined by what food is available that day.........or a day when you want more points to use because of a special meal or eating out.  Days when I'm more snacky than meal driven would make for a good green day...a day when there is a lot of free foods available would make for a good purple day...or a day when I just want to use specific things up and are not overly hungry might be a good blue day...right now...I think the 2 extreme days will probably be the ones I use the most...so ( green or purple)............

Since I am a person that loves to switch things up all of the time ( moving furniture around, cleaning out drawers, not having specific menus etc.)...I think this will keep my interest better than any previous program.

Today I've chosen GREEN

30 dailies plus 42 weeklies


1 cup coffee = 0

Aldis, mixed berry quark = 3


Banana = 0


1/2 baked chicken breast with nutritional yeast and other seasonings = 3

lettuce, tomato, cucumber and carrots = 0

dressing= 1

1 cup hash browns with butter = 8


So far today 15 points and 749 calories


cereal = 11


days total = 29 points and 1112 calories

1% milk = 3


legcramps on 11/13/2019:
It's nice to have a few different options each day; you are not tied to one particular way of eating then.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2019:
I like the switching around...and it's a little more of a game for me.

happy-1 on 11/13/2019:
I bet I'd be pretty close to the purple plan. What are dailies and weeklies?

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2019:
Dailies are the points you can/should use for that day....weeklies are the points you can use anytime that week but don't have to. All leftover points go away at the end of your week and it starts all over again.

Donkey on 11/14/2019:
Very interesting! I love the flexibility this plan offers you!

BearCountryGG on 11/15/2019:
Me too.

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.

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