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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Very congested this morning...and while we were watching the news Sampson climbed up into my lap as usual....for his head bumps...petting and ( he still wants his foot in my mouth so there is that struggle)......and my congestion got worse and my eyes got itchy....and while I have known for at least 30 years that I am allergic to cats..........they were usually shorter haired.....and since we got him last april...this is his first full winter here...and I'm reacting.....not to mention that we are not opening windows and i'm staying in the house and not doing much going out into public....so i need to get some fresh air in here, get outside more ( not public...but in the yard/deck).....and just get used to it......lung issues have been with me since childhood.......and if it comes to breathing or Sampson...I pick Sampson....and will just have to adjust my lifestyle around that...so......there is that....I have been on   the steroid route years ago...stopped that back in 2002........so I will just get on with doing what I can do to adjust....so i'm tweeking my new schedule to make it all work better ( maybe this is why I have been spending so much time sitting down...)...it was the easy way out........but no more...there are better things to do that don't include meds and sitting dowm most of the day......( I need to be like a tree and bend because if they don't bend they break)....my old mantra and the way I have lived my life...so now it's time to bend again...and so be it.

Also......I got this yesterday and thought that it was excellent info..............

Okay...what I see happening is that I will need to sit down inbetween tasks for now......soat least for today....I will do something, or eat something and post it...( taht will be my catch my breath break....and so be it.

This morning so far......Told D that Wednesdays will be our laundry day.....he is fine with that......so I'm washing up anything that is in the laundry room today...second load in the washer now. 

Breakfast was 1 cup coffee with sf syrup, 1 C unicorn cereal and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk = 130 cals and 5 points

Bath and dressed

Took trash to garage and moved can to door for D to take to road

Emptied out cabinet under kitchen sink and cleaned and sorted, moved some things to laundry room

Bill for D to take to mailbox

Ordered D some more beef jerky from amazon

Made the bed

Moved some groceries from food pantry to kit island....( working on clearing out that food storage closet in bd rm....it's going to take a long time but seeing progress.)

Emptied dish washer

Laundry still going...but on the last load

Made lunch ( our main meal)

Lunch ....I made D a meal and I had leftover chili.......we both ate too much but it should stick with us for a long time....my lunch was leftover chili, a toasted bagel, spray butter,jif crunchy and propel in my water = 948 cals

Days points so far = 33 and cals for the day = 948

Loaded dishwasher and ran

Wrapped up all laundry and put away

did some paperwork

No more eating for the day....still full from the big lunch.



legcramps on 01/29/2020:
You are an awesome cat mom to Sampson :)

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
We have had some nice cats before...and a few that weren't so nice...but Sampson is very special...he knows his name, comes when called, knows the words NO, Bad Boy ( that is sad he get a sad look and turns his head), when he "talks too much"...he stops at shhhh.....and if I say something directly to him he always talks back and it would go on all day if I let it.....so he is a smart one...and if he would stop trying to put his foot in my mouth he would be perfect,.,....LOL....it isn't his fault I'm allergic to him...

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
Almost forgot....when I tell him to get down he does and when I tell him he's a good boy he just melts...........he's worth it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2020:
with that cereal, you make me want to try the keto cereals out there that look like that...lucky for me i am not that eager to actually go through with it since i have enough cereals to keep me happy and i'm trying to stay away from the processed foods.

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
I'm just trying to use up what we have. I know the cereals you mentioned...never tried them though. I am guilty of liking kid cereals though....LOL

Donkey on 01/30/2020:
I would recommend getting an air purifier. They can be very quiet, and some come with reusable filters. We hit one for the Boss, for his office, as he suffers horribly from allergies in the spring and fall.

bearcountrygg on 01/30/2020:
We do have a couple of them but I can't find filters to fit them anymore...so we may have to get new ones......Thanks for the reminder.

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
The box fan air filters I made make an incredible world of difference... Better than anything you can just buy... 2 20x20 furnace air filters (1 low quality with baking soda changed frequently, 1 high quality that lasts longer because of the cheap one) on a 20x20 box fan duct taped together. Never have problems buying matching filters again. Use contact paper over the duct tape to make it prettier. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-home/box-fan-air-purifier-hack/

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The wheezing and congestion continue.....after yesterdays success...I slept like a log....but today woke up wheezy and congested again...so I took it easy today...didn't count food...or take pics........ordered the stuff that helps my congestion  but it won't be here until thursday.....big mistake not replacing that a few months ago when I ran out.....but luckily had some Breathe Easy tea,,,which is eucalypus and mint and that was a help......so today was just really getting some laundry done and relaxing.....no matter what...tomorrow will be on track again.......as long as i take a rest day in between...it's fine.  I'm tempted to go downstairs and get some cycling in but probably shouldn't......will see.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2020:
one of my guinea pigs sounds to be partially wheezing. but it's stopped for now...so, i'll cross my fingers that it gets better / goes away!

rest up and feel better. if the cycling doesn't affect your respiration, maybe it is ok.

i hope you feel better soon :)

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
I decided not to tonight....but definitely plan to tomorrow.....

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Hope your little one feels better now....it's tough to breathe when the airways swell....

Donkey on 01/28/2020:
Hope you feel better soon. That tea sounds delicious, even without breathing problems!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
Very congested this morning and when Sampson climbed up on my lap it got a lot worse......but I will definitely keep that tea on hand.

bearcountrygg - Monday Jan 27, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

I got up about 5 this morning and was downstairs riding the exercycle at 6.........this was actually energizing...i spent 6 hours getting so many things done thast I have been putting off and the time flew by. 

I had purchased several of the face masks that cover so many skin issues back a few months ago...but never used them...so I spent a half hour trying one of those out.......interesting....I could do that every now and then and enjoy it. 

I'm realizing how many hours I have been spending doing things that were really just time fillers but not really accomplishing anything...and I can truly say that today was a lot more rewarding.

Breakfast was coffee, cherries, greek yogurt with Lite syrup

Lunch was a big salad with lettuce, grated cheese, laughing cow cheese, tuna and ranch, a premier protein drink and a toasted bagel with spray butter

Dinner was a cup of chili and a cup of tea

Total cals for the day was 1,311

I'm looking forward to spending tomorrow the same way........

Donkey on 01/28/2020:
Wow, what a great day! Funny how a change up can make such a difference.

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Yes...I want another day like that tomorrow.

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
Looks like a fantastic day to me! Glad you felt accomplished today :)

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Changing things up always makes things more interesting. Habits are great if they are productive...but I had fallen into the lazy trap.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
your chilli = amazing. i'm planning to do a chilli very soon.

also, your idea of the syrup over the yogurt sounds SO GOOD! def something i would be interested to have also!...and you just gave me an idea...i have some syrup at home, i will DEF do this on the weekend once i buy more yogurt!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
It is delish on yogurt.....I finally used that bottle up...it had been hanging around here way too long...LOL

bearcountrygg - Sunday Jan 26, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

There is apparently something going on in my subconscious mind about not taking pics....so....I've made up a written schedule for myself for tomorrow...its on the schedule and will probably be posted at the end of the day...all at once....I have been noticing that I am spending too much time online again lately in place of actually doing errands and things that need to be done.  It is one of those things that I do instead of doing a task that has to be done.......so will just plan on getting online tomorrow evening and do all online things all at once.  I'm lazy like that.....before the computer days...it was reading...instead of doing a task...I sat down with a book.......need to break this habit now........so.....I'm not posting food or pics today...and will start with my new schedule tomorrow and post all online in the evening all at once. 

Today I get it together. 

Need to get out some clothes in the next size down and try some on.......what I'm wearing now is a bit too baggy for my comfort...unfortunately they are favorites and I am kind of posessive of them...even if they frustrate me...I need to get over that and let them go...because if I keep them...I may just start putting on a few pounds so that they fit...and I DO NOT NEED THAT!

I'm filling out my planner...( kind of got a late start with that...but better now than never)...

I got a couple of plastic bins that fit the kitchen cupboard for D's snacks....and started filling them....will complete that today...he likes it and can easily find things now...no more things falling out of the cupboard and while it works great for him..it also works well for me....because once I designate his foods...I don't touch them.  It will also help me see when it's time to get him more. 

I've also set up a time in the morning at 6 A.M. for me to get downstairs and get my exercise in.   I've never done that before but it seems like a good thing to get out of the way for the day...otherwise I will put it off and not do it...I also plan to have the appropriate clothes for that in the bathroom ready to put on when I get up. 

I really should have started this months planner before this,,,but at least it's still January...so not beating myself up over it........It's been a weird month with a sick dog and a few other things so...getting on with it now.

I'll be back tonight to see what everyone else is up to.



Donkey on 01/26/2020:
It may benefit you to have a set time for the computer.

I myself have a morning routine for exercise. I exercise while watching the morning local news. Mostly for the weather, but I also like to watch the changes in the traffic times for Chicago, LOL, and all those poor souls that have to commute every day or are going to O'Hare (Airport).

I need to switch out my pants. I bought very nice business slacks at Goodwill for work, but then my emotions took over and I went back into "hiding" in my soft, worn jersey pants. (Land's End sport knit)

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2020:
I have scheduled tomorrow out..hour by hour.....and I hope that becomes a habit. It will definately get my morning started earlier. I would love a day where I feel like I got everything done. 7 pm will be my computer time tomorrow....will post and respond to all then....PANTS...the bane of my existance...LOL....love big shirts and can't stand baggy pants....Lands End clothes are nice...and wear like iron!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
i wouldn't myself be able to stick with a pic each day of my foods...but that is fun...i'd end up like with 8 photos during the day at least! LOL

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:

bearcountrygg - Saturday Jan 25, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Woke up a smoke detector beeping...it's needs a new battery....so switching out all of them today.  Luckily we had enough batteries on hand but the pkg says best if used before 2020....LOL.....Using them anyway!

Used up the last k cup pumpkin latte this morning and it's 5 WW points!!!   NO MORE OF THOSE!

Coffee was a pumpkin latte at 5 points and 100 cals

Breakfast was 2 leftover beef and bean burritos = 17 points and 530 cals

We spent the morning replacing the damaged parts of the island...and I'm glad to have that behind us and the boxes out of the house ( well..almost all of the boxes)...one big box was placed near the couch and the side of it flopped over and made a cardboard "tent" which Sampson has moved into....

And we don't have the heart to take it away from him...LOL

AND....I ate meals and forgot to take pics....got pics of the cat though!!!




Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
burritos yum....good you had those batteries at home.

your island looks fantastic and looks like it's full of storage, yes!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
Lots of storage in it...it's perfect for what I needed. It is like a piece of furniture.

Donkey on 01/25/2020:
Why do smoke detector batteries always start dying when we're trying to sleep?

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
It started beeping around 3:30 this morning...what a rude awakening...LOL

Donkey on 01/25/2020:
PS Love your island! That is not what I had envisioned. This is a solid piece of furniture! I guess I pictured more of a pushable cart...

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
There are wheels on the fold out portion that becomes a snack bar for 2....I was a bit surprised when I saw that the main cabinet doesn't have wheels.....but I love it....it fits in the space without crowding us too much...we can easily walk around it...so we both really like it.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
i love the woodsy design of your house!!! def a midwestern look! and also, Sampson looks happy :)

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
Yup...leather and wood and a western vibe.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
sounds like a ton of points for a simple coffee! my gosh!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
Yes...it was a k cup and a packet of something that froths.......won't be buying those anymore...I'm just fine with black coffee!

happy-1 on 01/26/2020:
Someone needs a kitty tent... https://www.amazon.com/Hollypet-Suede-Self-Warming-Foldable-Sleeping/dp/B07MR5PJRJ/ref=sr_1_57_sspa?keywords=cat+tent&qid=1580030833&sr=8-57-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExTk5DQkVZSkRIREhUJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjY5Mjg1MkIySTNBRkdMUlBWVyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzAzNDU5M1NBRFUyMU42TTZFMSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2J0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2020:
It's funny...we have had him for about 9 months now...and he never showed any interest in boxes or bags like most cats....until recently.....maybe he would like his own little place...he is quite changeable though...for a long time he had a pillow on the couch that was a favorite, then a folded blanket on a chair...then a desk chair that has a pad on it.....lately it's under a dining room chair....he seems to tire of places to lay down...and then never goes back to them again.....but your idea looks interesting.

bearcountrygg - Friday Jan 24, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Up and still wheezing and now a headache......not letting it stop me today though...sitting around yesterday was enough to last me for quite awhile.........there are plenty of things to do here.

Coffee = 0 points and 2 cals

The kitchen island is making me so happy...BUT,....it was damaged in 3 places.......We ordered it from Overstock.com and when i notified them of the damage with pics.....they have handled that very well...and the new replacement wood panels and top arrive today..( hopefully they aren't damaged...UGH).......but I'm happy with their response to the problem...love the island...I think I love this kitchen now...no more griping about that.

Breakfast was 2 egg omelette with 1 slice american cheese and lots of med salsa = 9 points and 298 cals.

Lunch was chicken bites, sweet potato waffle fries, lettuce with ranch, cherries = 15 points and 771 cals

1,069 cals so far today

Evening was a raspberry Built Bar and a mini bag of Quaker rice crisps and a cup of tea = 5 points and 192 cals for a total for the day of 1,261 calories

The back folds up to make more counter space or a snack bar for 2.......the boxes with the replacement parts arrived today ( they are in the boxes to the left).......

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2020:
Love your meals ! Good amount of sauce and veggies over the eggs, nice filling lunch and good snack end of day ! The built bar sounds tasty, I haven’t tried that one !

Will you post a photo of new kitchen island ?

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2020:
I really don't detect much difference in any of the built bars...I do like their caramel like consistency though...Added a pic of the new island...loving it...it's solid and holds a lot. Replacement parts arrived today...and are in the boxes on the left.

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
I like the island!!! That's smart!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
The picture makes it look smaller than it is....It's holding a lot and it made a huge difference.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
beautiful island and i also love your rug!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
Bought the rug from amazon a few years ago...along with 2 similar in red...and they are wonderful...and wear like iron.......the island looks smaller in the pic than it is...( probably because of the angle I took the pic from.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Jan 23, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Moving slow around here today.......asthma and wheezing and just moving slowly....coffee but not hungry......days like this are just slow and sleepy...will see how it goes.  Common for this time of year so just need to rest and let it calm down......Not planning on counting points today...usually not hungry anyway.  This too shall pass...it always does....

Slept the morning away.......feeling a little more human, wheezing continues but tomorrow will get back to life as i know it regardless.  Just drinking coffee and no actual meals..just a little snacking.....and probably another nap......Sometimes this ends up in pneumonia but I guess I have never been able to prevent it in the past...so no sense wasting any more time trying this time.....will just have to wait and see.  Allergic to all penicillen and sulfa drugs so can't use those unless it becomes a lot more serious. 

Tomorrow  will be back to normal and life goes on. 

One highlight is that I did drop down a size so getting close to where I plan on maintaining.....need to get the scales out and check soon.  Need to find those goal jeans!!!! 


Donkey on 01/23/2020:
Ok, hope you feel better soon :(

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
Asthma stinks but I don't know what it's like without it so....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2020:
I hope you feel better soon - it's good you don't smoke as that would make it so much worse! feel better!

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
No...never smoked thankfully. Not giving into the wheeze tomorrow...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Jan 22, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

I'm happy to finally be back today.........Between power outages and grocery shopping last friday and buying pizza and other unnecessary foods...I have been off track and I'm not happy about it.  On Friday that shopping trip started a bad food habit back up ( I also bought some very good things)...I'm positive right now that pizza seems to be a red light food for me...then the next day...I was eating more pizza...and then the power started to flicker and go out...we got a notice that the power would be off for repairs to our entire town over several days this week...and apparently that gave me the idea that I should just go throw caution to the wind and have a free for all at the table.....( although that may have happened anyway because of some food that I had already purchased on friday)...so who knows.........................but from friday until yesterday....I ate what I wanted....pants are tight....I'm wheezing....and just generally uncomfortable.  I also stopped counting calories or figuring WW points......I guess I should call it a food fit....because that is what it was.........I'm over my little tantrum now...feeling crummy and ready to clean up my act...the power is back on and working perfectly......and I have a better mind set......and I'm ready to clean up my act again.....I'm also just realizing that just before all of that...I also just noticed that I had dropped a clothing size...which even after the 2 days of pizza.......clothes were still too big...and then it caught up with me.......I'm wondering also if I panicked.....about getting rid of a bunch of favorite clothes to trade them in for some old ones I don't like......( I suspect that is a thing).....but acknowleging that will help in the near future when I will be dealing with it again.......( in reality..just a few days).  BUT...now I know...In times of stress..I sabotagae myself.  One step forward, one step back.......not so unusual I guess...but the power is on and working well......there is good food and not so good food in the house and I need to deal with managing a happy medium between them........and life goes on.

So far this morning  is coffee = 0 points and 2 cals

To top all of this off the Hound with the jaw cancer has taken a sad turn and D is on his way to the vet this morning to have him put down.........It's been a rough few days for all of us.

Breakfast = 1/2 Cup fage 0% yogurt, blueberries = 1 point and 209 cals

I'm now realizing that all of this happened with the sick hound....I actually went shopping friday to get him some yogurt, hamburger and anything that would be edible for him.....the pizzas were not on the list...but they went in the cart.......the sick dog was actually the first to add to my stress levels........This all was a food fit...eating like I did....did not make the dog get healthy again, it didn't keep the power on through a storm, and it didn't help in any way ( although I am still wearing my favorite clothes for a few more days)...........I am a stress eater...I knew that.....but I hadn't resisted it...coping skills need to be worked on here.  D is going to come back home from the vet today very sad.....not a good day here...but that doesn't mean that I have to kill myself with food as the weapon.

Lunch was a lenders bagel, 2 t, butter, a jif to go, cucumber, banana and blueberries = 19 points and 774 calories

Dinner = 1 cup unicorn cereal, unsweetened almond milk, 2 cuties and a cup of tea = 6 points and 1,286 cals......still have points leftover for the day but they will roll over to weeklies.....and I already have in 1,200 cals...so just letting them rollover........

Calories for the day = 1,286


Donkey on 01/22/2020:
Thank you for sharing all of this. I so relate to the overwhelming feelings that come when caring for a sick animal. Having gone through cancer & illness with my own pets, it really stopped me in my thoughts to consider how difficult it must be to care for a loved person who is ailing. As hard as it is with an animal, I couldn't even begin to imagine how difficult others have it.

I'm so sorry that you are going through this. I'm hoping that you can find some reconciliation in knowing that you did all that you could. And that your pup had a good life. (((hugs)))

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2020:
He was a good boy, and seeing him in such pain that not only could we not give him his pills, but he could no longer eat....unfortunately the cancer was right in the jaw hinge...if it had been in another part of his jaw they might have been able to remove part. He was 7....and his mother died of cancer too...

innerpeace on 01/22/2020:
I so sorry for you dog. I cannot even imagine. At least you are able to identify that pizza is the enemy. I've heard you can eat it in moderation...but who does that?

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2020:
I don't think I can eat pizza in moderation when it comes to the kind we like...D likes a supreme and I like a chicken garlic alfredo...but he is getting away from it because it raises his glucose levels.....so I end up having another meal of mine...and then other meals of his leftovers........I need to stop bringing it home.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2020:
that's my kinda meals right there!

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2020:
Mine too...when I'm counting Ww points I tend to eat very simply...I'm still preparing regular meals for D.....but I find it so much easier to figure simple things...and I'm less apt to over eat them too.

happy-1 on 01/26/2020:

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Jan 21, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Well....I think They have the electrical situation taken care of.........and it didn't take as long as they were thinking it would.......all worked out well...I'm glad to get back to the pics tomorrow.......didn't take any the last couple of days and I kind of miss it.  It has been in the blow zero range off and on here...so glad to have things working properly again. 

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2020:
that's crazy cold!

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2020:
Yes it was

bearcountrygg - Monday Jan 20, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

We have been notified that they will be working on our towns power through Thursday ......unfortunately our temps are in the single digits  ........the power has actually been flickering since saturday afternoon.....so will be spending very limited time online until then.......Hopefully will be back on friday A.M.

legcramps on 01/20/2020:
Hopefully they get it figured out soon! Stay warm! It has been cold here too...on Saturday it was -39 celsius with the windchill!

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
I think they are done working on it now and all seems fine thankfully.

happy-1 on 01/20/2020:
Hugs! Power outages get scary.

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
yeah...especially when it's 3 below zero!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
i hope it warms up for you soon....seems you and Legs are getting really cold readings by both of you.

we've been lucky this year, really nothing below 20F yet.

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
Wow....I guess these cold fronts aren't making it to you. We do get lake effect snow and temps....from the great lakes.

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