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bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 03, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 126.8

Woke up to lots of leaves on the ground today....the rain probably helped that along...lots of trees turned overnight.......but also lots of bare trees................and a lot of pines that stay green all year long. 

Slept well and woke up at 5........morning stuff done around here and now working on more reorganizing.  Some is done...........and glad about that.  Scales good this morning...must be all of the time I'm spending on my feet and lifting heavy stuff.....I see myself getting physically stronger and I like that........It takes a lot longer to wear me out now and that's a good feeling.

Just staying busy keeps me from eating and even lets me forget to eat....LOL

So in the habit now of cooking for D....and either skipping a meal or putting a meal off.....

Looking forward to Monday and the weekly cals again...although I might be doing better the way i'm doing it right now.....will wait and see.....I like the weekly cals........and considering switching even further with monthly cals......but not right now.......That would be in the future.

Adding some new habits to the old list....and removing one thing........come Monday

Feeling great and happy with what I'm accomplishing.........and feeling like things are happening naturally with little effort.


Progress as of today: 129 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 10/03/2020:
Oh I like the positive thoughts, Bear! And you getting stronger and scale showing results, awesome! Congratulations. :) Cheers and have a nice weekend.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
It's going well...Thank you!

Jacky82020 on 10/03/2020:
That weekly Cals sounds good. May steal your idea!

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
SURE....Annies doing it too!

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
I hope that you will share your new habits list with us. :-) I think that's such a wonderful idea. I wonder if that would work for me... I never even considered that as a tool to use.

Just thinking aloud but I'm wondering if you might try taking your calorie approach week by week. For example, ask yourself, what will be your approach this week (based on how you feel and how you're doing) - will it be a weekly batch, where you count down? Or would day-by-day work better for you this (any) week? And start each week that way. Just a thought. It might keep things varied and interesting for you.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
I do have to keep things adding new ideas continually...I'm not a creature of habit by nature.....I like to shake things up. This last few days were good on a day to day basis.......I like the weekly cals really well...and plan to do a monthly cal thing eventually...I know i don't like setting a daily cal allowance...I tend to fight that......but you know me...I need to keep mixing things up...LOL

grannyannie on 10/03/2020:
Good going! I like the weekly calories. I start again tomorrow.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
I will start a new week on Monday.......I'm glad you enjoy it..lots more freedom to adjust days......and it keeps the metabolism guessing!

Maria7 on 10/03/2020:
We also have some leaves on the ground already over here, too.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
Love fall......it seems early for leaves on the ground this year.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
i like how you are working on changes for the coming week...and not just keeping everything the same. this is nice. something i would like to think about for myself, as well.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
I had planned to make some changes as I went...and now a few weeks in...it's time.

bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 02, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 127.2

Up and ready to get some things done...feeling good and loads of energy today...sleeping well and weather has been raining all night.  I think I will switch things up today...it's been several weeks and time for me to make some adjustments.......I know I will switch Monday to Monday with the weekly points now so it fits better into my weekly planner .  Switching things up keeps me interested......and so will be changing a few things.......Until Monday just counting calories like regular. 

Went through most of my old clothes...pulled some out and there are enough to get by with for now.........and luckily not going out much so they will be fine.........things piling up to donate...and wondering when that will be possible. 

Thought this was interesting.



Progress as of today: 128.6 lbs lost so far, only 12.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/02/2020:
Interesting banana facts! I like them ripe, but not too ripe. Great you have so much energy!

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
I wake up like this most every morning...and wear out as the day goes on....

innerpeace on 10/02/2020:
Eww banana! If I can smell it, there is NO way I can eat it. When I was in the military and we had to wear our protective masks (gas masks) they would use banana oil to ensure we had a good seal around our face. If you smelled the banana oil your mask was leaking or the seal was broke somewhere. There was a time we had to wear that mask for 48 hours straight during the Gulf War...one day I smelled the banana. It scared me to death, what if...there was poisonous gas released, I could have died! PTSD much...I hate the smell of bananas!

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
Can't say as i blame you for feeling like that about bananas...for years i couldn't eat them because I was allergic....would always cause blisters in my mouth on contact......but got over that a few years ago...so I enjoy them now with no problems...BUT...i see why yiu don't like them.

Donkey on 10/02/2020:
So as a banana ripens, the fiber vibrant breaks down. I did not know that. I've eaten bananas in a range of ripeness, just like your chart.

I'm surprised that you're doing a reset of calories to Monday, since the beginning of the month started on a Thursday. I thought that would work well for your goals. However, I also appreciate the Monday idea. Hey, whatever works as long as you don't use these days to fly into food fits.

And I know you won't :-) You have a nice number there on your weight chart!

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
I'm going weekly more than monthly.....and I planned to reassess about 3 weeks or so in......The Thursday thing is not fitting into my life as well as mondays....since I plan D''s meals from monday to Sunday.....and back in my old WW days...My classes were always on Mondays....The scales are doing good...and I'm watching cals daily right now until Monday...( that didn't stop)...so all is well....just need to make it all a little more user friendly.

grannyannie on 10/02/2020:
If there is any green on a banana I won't eat it. When it starts to get spotted brown is when it's perfect for me.

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
I find green bananas bitter...I also like them just as they are getting the spots...or even slightly before.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
You sound so good! This is wonderful and benefits the rest of us when we hear nice things from the team of DD members here !

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
I just wake up happy every day.....always have....I'm a glass half full kind of gal I guess.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
I’m on my phone but will look at your banana photo tomorrow :) I have seen similar but this one looks more detailed

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
It's interesting how nature provides....

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 01, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Back today...and it's nice and fall like...rained all of yesterday.....had a nice visit with friends and found packages delivered to the porch and 1 was leaking V8 juice.....dealt with that (amazon)...they were good about it and issued a refund.........picked up some groceries...time for perishables...........and as soon as the snow starts flying...perishables will not be shopped for as much.....we have had a snow warning but the first snow never sticks for long.......But now that it's October...it can happen anytime.

I guess yesterday wore me out......got up...ate breakfast went back to bed and slept 2 more hours and more breakfast........( it's a 2 breakfast day)........luckily it's the day with all new calories so it's fine..........Friend deals with essential oils........and I've had minimal contact with that.......she spoke about them often yesterday.........Not sure they are needed here but will try the sample bottles she gave me..........my initial opinion is NO......but will see........I am curious about the company name.....it's THIEVES....LOL........how in the world or maybe I should say WHY in the world would anyone name their business that???????  Reminds me of the antibacterial wipes that I saw on BOXED .COM called DEADLY...and they are made in China..........

Anyway.............dealing with 1st of the month things......and trying to wake up.......


Got curious and looked the company up...I guess the name of the essential oils co is YOUNG LIVING...and the name of their cleaning products is Thieves........STILL WHY????  Did a Wikipedia look up on them and they have had legal troubles over the years........Used the roll on she gave me, it smells nice.......but then again...so does perfume..............looked at their catalog....I see she put 3 or 4 things in this roll on bottle for me....but to buy the tiny bottles individually...they run from 20 to 80 plus dollars each...,maybe this is where the THIEVES part comes in...LOL...initial reaction is still NO!!!

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/01/2020:
HA, that branding is funny. I hope it doesn't speak to the company's character!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
Thieves??? Snow soon? Yikes. I know when I live in the UP it seemed like we had snow for 6 months of the year.

I've had a couple of Amazon returns and they are very good about it.

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
Oh yes...we have it for 6 months here too........It usually starts here at the end of October.....and usually ends in April...Amazon is good about returns.....I'm burning out on ordering though...we now have what we need for the winter....and more.....so I told D that I'm done ordering now......and I will have to be very desperate to go to the store any more for October.....will see how that goes.

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
I left Michigan in 1990 because of winters and went to East Tennessee. Now I live where it rarely gets hot and rarely gets snow. But lots of rain. I guess no place is perfect.

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
I've had friends in lower Michigan report today that they had snow, sleet and rain....we have had rain this afternoon...It sounds like your year has just about the same weather year around?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
i have tried essential oils also, from one of the competitor brands...

and i've got to agree with you!!!!! they are thieves for charging so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
I don't think I will pursue that.......They smelled nice but no real need.

innerpeace on 10/01/2020:
I use essential oils- it has helped with my migraine headaches. I also use them when working - lavendar is soothing and Orange and lemon seem to perk things up. I have a few new ones I will use peppermint and something about stress relief- I didn't smell that but will definately check it out!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
What brand do you use? I see she has lavender in one of these rollers she gave me...and I'm allergic to it.....it's supposed to calm you down...but it makes me hyper...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up and feeling good......a good list of things to keep me busy.......I swear  that if I became a minimalist...I wouldnn't have anything to do......( sometimes it sounds tempting)....

Super low cal day ahead...and after yesterdays hungry day...I think it will be easy enough......no desire to eat at all right now so that's a good sign.

Read something

Exercise something

Prep something

Homemaking Dailies

TV off until evening

Eat to lose

304 cals for the day

coffee = 2

We have a change of plans today so we will be away from the house....I'm going to be eating fruit/veg and rice cakes today.......and I'm looking forward to getting a new set of calories for tomorrow......but luckily I'm not hungry today so that helps a lot.....

I'll be back tomorrow.........

Here is a picture that I didn't take...a neighbor did...and she took it around the same time I took mine yesterday...the sun was brilliant and lit this beautiful northern michigan up......here is her pic...just because I think it is outstanding.


Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/30/2020:
Spectacular colors! Did you use some kind of color enhancement filter?

bearcountrygg on 09/30/2020:
This was taken by a neighbor...I don't think she did.......it was super bright sunlight at about 8 yesterday morning and mine were taken about the same time...this is exactly how the colors were...I think it was a combo of the direction the sun was at and it just lit everything up.

grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Awesome colours!

Good luck on your low cal day! Love all your daily goals.

bearcountrygg on 09/30/2020:
Thanks.....it will be rice cakes, and veg mostly...and a little fruit....and drinking tea.....

Donkey on 09/30/2020:
Enjoy your day away! Perhaps that will make it easier to stick to a low calorie day.

Beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing the loveliness of your state.

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
Wen had a nice day...with nice friends.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
you sound GREAT. i agree, you are NOT a minimalist.

the colors of those trees are so remarkable! yes, i agree, it's a stunning photo!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
Becoming a minimalist became even more difficult when we had to absorb so many things from our parents houses too..........I feel sorry for our kids...

legcramps on 09/30/2020:
Love that pic! I am less of a minimalist than I used to be, but still have tendencies towards it. My mind is VERY chaotic and it seems that the more organized I am outside of my head, the calmer and less anxious I feel. So I try to keep my house "empty" of clutter, and I have lots of empty space.

Having said that, BF is entirely opposite and when he comes to visit, suddenly the tables are full of stuff, the floor has bags and socks and hats all over it, and the bathroom sink DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
D likes to put things on empty surfaces too....like the dining room table.....drives me nuts and he's offended if I say something...UGH!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Heading out early to mail our ballots and other things...no other shopping or stops though...lots to do around here.....and I'm ready to get on with it.

1,734 calories to cover today and tomorrow....I'm fine with that...I would prefer to have excess leftover before the new switch on Thursday....but I'm fine with it.....Eating with some forethought today.

coffee = 2

raisin bagel toasted = 260

butter = 102

crystal light lemonade crystals = 5

Chicken patty = 200

1 slice sprouted bread = 140

sloppy joe meat and sauce = 185

corn = 106

pasta, vegetables/ chicken flavored sauce = 165

graham crackers = 165

snap'd crackers = 100



Since I was having a very hungry day...I decided to eat today and have a very low cal day tomorrow.......

304 calories for tomorrow


Saw some beauty in my little errand this morning....

The sun was shining just right on my way past these areas...

Also saw some turkeys...and a couple of horses in a pasture watching a bunch of cows....but I wasn't camera ready...:(

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Good morning! You've got this. You will manage your calories today and tomorrow.

I like how you said, Eating with forethought. Yes!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Being very careful today!

innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
When you list reading as a goal - what do you read? A book? an article? a recipe? Something online like entertainment, news or something inspirational? Just wondering.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm reading 2 books..I'm basically always reading The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.....I read it over and over again and find new insights each time....And the other right now is Sing You Home by Jodi Pincoult....some days it's magazine articles.....and I also do some crosswords usually in the late evening.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
You can do it! I'm hoping for leftover calories at the end of each week. I'd rather do really low the beginning of each week instead of being forced to do low the last day.

Mailed my ballot almost 2 weeks ago. My family temporarily in California are still waiting for their ballots from Michigan.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Michigan is having mail issues...We got a package yesterday that was ripped open with no contents....luckily the send is shipping another one out today....but all mail right now is backed up very badly. We got our ballots last week but I took them to the post office so that they would stay in our town instead of going through the Detroit Hub.....

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
If I had put them in our home mailbox they would have gone to detroit.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i also have to fill out my ballot! got it in the mail a couple days ago :)

your photos of fall are amazing!!! so pretty!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
The sun will brilliant this morning....brought out a lot of color and lit up the sky nicely.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Beautiful photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Took my breath away this morning.

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Indeed! Spectacular!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm usually not happy with my phones camera...but today I was!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
My ballot has to go to Tennessee (last place I lived and voted). Have to take it to the post office for international postage, then goest to London, then NY then maybe TN.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
It's a good thing it isn't going through Detroit.....My nephew quit working for the post office in Oakland County recently and went to work for UPS and he loves it there....he was so put off by how the mail was being handled he decided that he didn't want to deal with it anymore.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I've read The Prophet but it's been years.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I guess you could say I never really stop....I pick a section and read it several times a month.......The more I read it...the more I understand it.

legcramps on 09/29/2020:
The fall colours are just so beautiful!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
They are and this morning the sun was shining so brightly....it really accented them.

innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
Stunning color! Things are NOT that far along in NE Ohio.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
There are pockets of beauty here....a lot is still green!

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Those are stunning photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I gasped when I saw the sun on them this morning.....

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up and feeling really good today......raining here and chilly and I plan to work on the bedroom today......need to get more order in there.  Happy to have the kitchen done and the pantry.

Headache is finally gone and I don't miss it at all.  Love Mondays and mornings....A whole new start to make a great week........just getting light here now and it's 8:00......

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

Eat to lose DONE

TV off until evening DONE


Coffee = 2

graham crackers = 110

1 chicken patty = 200

pasta and vegetables with a chicken sauce = 330

Toasted bagel = 220

Butter = 102


964 cals so far

Chicken wing = 145

mini bag snap'd crackers = 100

pomegranate tea = 0


cals for the day = 1,209

Done eating for the day


Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
I'm amazed you can do anything with a headache!

Feels good to get those jobs done, doesn't it?

It's chilly and rainy here as well. Had a few days of sun so can't complain.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I'm sure my headaches are not as painful as a lot of peoples...( they run in my family on my Dad's side...my Mother claimed to never have a headache in her life...Wish I had inherited that trait) LOL It does feel good to get that type of cleaning done..I really want to get back to the days when I had it all under control...really not under control here right now.

Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Glad the headache is gone!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Me too!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i'm glad you are refreshed at the start of a new week also!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I love new beginnings, Maybe that is why i love mornings so much... :)

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
So glad to hear the headache is gone. Those can be such a nuisance.

Your weather yesterday sounds like what I had over here too. The sun peaked out a little bit in the late afternoon. It definitely felt like fall!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up before 4:30.......headache remains and I now see it's a sinus infection along with low blood sugar.......life goes on.....it will hang around for awhile and then suddenly disappear...hopefully I have some horseradish...that is the best thing that I know of to clear sinuses.....

Weigh in going in the right direction today.

Hopefully finishing up the kichen cleaning today...then on to my stored clothes.........I've said it a thousand times here I know...I LOVE big shirts and I CAN NOT stand baggy pants.....this last few days......I've got baggy pants.....so I need to look through old clothes.........most are just not usable by me anymore........there are a lot of medical scrubs in there.....( make good PJ's but not good daily life wear)......some may just fall apart when I wash them ........I found a sweater that D got me about 50 years ago...and it looks like new and wears like iron...it had a matching belt...but that is no where to be found......I can't believe I saved so many pieces of clothing........and while they are so out of style.....they now look to me to be more like something to wear for  a halloween costume.......I have yoga clothes, Gaia work out wear in purple no less.......scrubs in any imaginable print..( baby foot prints to magical unicorns).....and a ton of white lab coats.......I must have worn regular clothes....but where are they?  I guess it's time to go excavating in the basement...there are bins that haven't been opened in years......or maybe I tossed the regular clothes a long time ago........I'm hoping to find a box or 2...and that elusive sweater belt..........today...! 

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Eat to lose DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

No TV until evening DONE



bagel = 220

butter = 102

Peanut butter = 191

apple = 95

coffee = 2



Pepperoni - 420

Rice = 280

Green beans = 16

Jif Bar = 180



Dessert = 480........dessert was really small bites /servings of 3 things...1 bite blondie, 2 tiny cookies and a mini honey bun......it's really good for me to see how many calories are really in these types of things because it explains a lot of why and how I ever put on a lot of weight in the past....they were good/sweet and probably not worth the calories...and in the past...I would not have stopped at this amount......everything is a learning experience.

cup of tea = 0



2,943 left through wednesday




Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes in all sizes!! Well done on your weight in.

I sometimes gets sinus headaches, normally from allergic reaction to something perfumey. If I take 2 sinus pills as soon as I feel it then it usually knocks it out.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks....I hope to get rid ovf everything that doesn't fat or is no longer appropriate by labor day net year....I'd really like to start fresh now.....what I used to wear 50 years ago is now kind of funny to me...LOL I don't think I have ever taken a sinus med...what kind do you use?

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Perfume also bothers me...or even other smells like burning food...etc....it's instant!

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I use a brand called Sinutab but I don't think they have that one in the US. But they do have Sineaid or Tylenol Sinus.

I've been on antihistamines for year because I became so allergic to artificial scents when I hit my 50's.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks for the ideas...I have heard of sinutab...I will look for that first....We have asthma here and we are careful not to bring scented things into the house where we can help it...our allergies have gotten worse with age too.....I keep childrens benedryl around always ( it knocks me out...even the childrens)....to use if we get too bad......but I will look for the sinutabs...thanks!

Donkey on 09/27/2020:
It NEVER occurred to me to treat a sinus infection with horseradish!!! I am going to remember this!!! Those sinus headaches are quite unique. I hope that you can get some relief.

Within the past year, I finally did a purge of clothing that did not fit me properly, either too big or too small. I still regret donating the size 16 light blue denim Capris, but aside from that, no other regrets.

Have you considered donating all of your scrubs? There are a lot of students trying to get into the health care industry that would appreciate 2nd hand scrubs at a cheap price (e.g. Goodwill, Vincent de Paul, etc.).

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I have sold some on Ebay...in the past.....and will donate them when our places around here that take donations open again...right now they are all closed. The St Vincent De Paul is an hour away....but they were closed the last time I checked.....need to ck again.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I started taking OTC antihistamines years ago and decided I really can't take these for life. Went to my GP and he said 'you pay for these??'. Oh no no no, no charge on the NHS (prescriptions are no charge here). And he said it's okay to take for life.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I just checked online at Amazon and walmart for sinutabs....none there.....but I did order some tylenol sinus......so will see how that goes...I'm super sensitive to meds and overreact to some of them so I have to be careful...but since I already can handle tylenol...I went with that...should be here in a few days......Thanks for the idea...i never considered that.

innerpeace on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes of all sizes too - from 12-24.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I've made good use of many of them as the weight came off but then again...i would have been nice to have new ones...I've heard that we shouldn't keep clothes that are too small....or too big for that matter....I did anyway.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
it was fun to read your paragraph about all the clothes you have ! must have been from work work days (the scrubs!)

my menu is really similar to yours lately! peanut butter, bread, some butter...and other things.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I had quite an array of scrubs...in sizes small, medium and large.....We were allowed to wear any color or print we wanted...I even have denim ones......( Now that office does have strict rules for colors)...so not as much fun now for them.......and hospitals and training programs also have rules for the most part now so I'm not sure anyone can wear the prints now......( I do think Vets offices can though)...I think scrubs were the most comfortable work clothes I have ever worn...like wearing my pajamas to work...LOL

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 26, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Up at 4:30 again........went to bed with a headache and woke up with it.....coffee didn't help......but tylenol did.........blood sugar was in the 80's and that causes headaches for me......so had some cereal and milk and got to work on the kitchen cabinets...cleaned out D's snack cupboard...and washed several shelves........getting things that haven't expired back in there and with better organization...and moving the expired things to mine...( I have NO problem eating expired food as long as it smells and looks okay) Putting expiration dates on food packages is a relatively new invention to make people throw food out and buy more in my opinion........I'm tough....I can take it!  """"WINK"""""

Coffee = 2

Honey nut cheerios = 168

milk = 60

 2 jif power up bars to raise sugar level....first one didn't work...hopefully 2nd one will...or maybe it's just going to be a plain old headache.......I'm tough...I can deal. = 360

1/3rd cup beef and noodles 150

2 cups veggies ( broccoli, cauliflower, squash, carrots) = 50


Cals so far today 790

coconut chips = 170

Banana chips = 140

coffee = 2


total cals today - 1,102


Calories available today are 6,031 until next Thursday - 1,102 = 4,929 until thursday





Eat to lose DONE

read something DONE

exercise something DONE

prep something DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

no Tv until evening DONE

We went for a short ride...and the colors are getting better but I got the best pic from our own driveway...very dark here now and a thunder storm coming in.

Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/26/2020:
Back on track! I'm just curious to know, do you end up watching TV most nights? It can be a good way to wind down a day.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
NOT USUALLY...If I do it's usually 90 Day Fiancee or old reruns of Big Bang Theory......Not into Tv too much anymore...keeping it off during the day has had that affect I guess. I do like You Tube and Amazon Prime Videos now......I often read too.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
i'm glad the tylenol helped.

i have, one time only, woken up in the middle of the night with what felt like it could be a migraine. it was the only time I had a headache of such nature. i'm glad you were able to take something to ease your headache.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I have a history of headaches but they are tolerable ( runs in my family)....I don't let them stop me...I don't think I have ever had a migraine....only once a extremely painful one that pounded so loud I swore everyone else must have heard it.......Tylenol wore off now and this one is back......I think it's probably low sugar...my numbers were down today....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
donkey has a good point about TV in the evening :)

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I'm not one to have a problem going to sleep.....I think I'm asleep before my head even hits the pillow many nights.....but lately...TV puts me to sleep...then I have to get up and check the doors a and the cat and get ready for bed...LOL

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Ambitious! It feels good when I get cupboards or closets cleaned out and reorganized.

We watch one or two episodes of Big Bang Theory every night before bed - makes a nice buffer between news or a drama.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I never get tired of Big Bang Theory......I can watch those over and over again...LOL

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Nice photo.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
The colors will get better...my phone pics are just not as vivid as real life...but it's what I have.

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
I don't get many headaches but when I do I am useless.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
awwww...(HUGS).....I usually just keep going.....mine are just a nagging headache...not migraines...I hear they are miserable.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
now that's a cool pic of a country road!

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
Nothing but country around here.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
plus - you got your fall colors in full swing (almost) and we haven't really started here, yet, in NYC area! lovely pic just like a painting!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks....They are getting more and more brilliantly colored...I LOVE Fall!

bearcountrygg - Friday Sep 25, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Up at 4:30 again...wide awake and lots of energy.......good conversation and a cup of coffee.....6:30 now and ready to get started cleaning out kitchen cabinets......more climbing the ladder....more activity...but I'm ready to get started......looks like a good day.   Schwans delivery day so I will have to stay home.......( no reason to go out anyway).........getting into the food to organize it points out the things that I would really not want to see here.......and makes them harder to resist....( since I'm not one to toss out food.....it usually finds it's way into my diet)...LOL...will probably be a really wild food day...with lots of weird combos...oh well....life goes on....I have the cals available...and happiness counts too.

Read Something DONE

Exercise something DONE

TV off until evening DONE

Prep something DONE

homemaking dailies DONE

Eat to lose....Not Really!


Coffee = 2 

Toast and butter = 110

pop tarts = 360

cheese crackers = 200

pineapple habenero sauce = 70

chicken = 440

Well I guess I gave myself a license to eat whatever today...and ...I found plenty......carbs are my best friend today...LOL

I'm not seeing myself eat an actual meal today.....if todays foods had a description I would call it a clown car...........oh well...I have the cals...it will force me to tow the line for the remainder of the days and I can do that...but today......anything goes ( it's really probably not good for me to clean out kitchen cupboards).....D has recently been dieting and he stopped eating his favorites ( that he eats in small quantities) and the cupboards show it....since I have always been a human garbage can......( learned that from my dad when I was a kid)......I have to make it disappear...UGH.....oh well...I'm having fun and I'm full of energy..( carbs do that to me).....so onward...this too shall pass........and now that he is dieting....I see there are plenty of things that I will not be buying for him anymore.......so that's a good thing.

coconut chips 220

cheese balls 400


noticing that prepackaged things today have whole numbers for cals......LOL......how accurate can they be....I usually deal with odd /irregular numbers when I look cals up on things......oh my................


cals so far today = 1,800   

Done eating for the day......just water now


Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:

I like to deep clean and reorganize the kitchen cupboards etc at least once a year. Have to use the stepladder. But won't do anything like that until I'm painfree.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
I do it regularly too...don't like the ladder part really but it's needed.....I agree, not the time for you to do that.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
for sure, Happiness counts a LOT! you must have happiness :)

oh gosh, you make me crave a pop tart...i have other goodies at home right now that will satisfy me just as well...white chocolate with a nice white soft liquid filling...some butter cookies...so i'm good.

like you, there's got to be enjoyment in my diet. definite!

are your cheese crackers the one with peanut butter in them? i love those!

chicken with pineapple sauce sounds very tasty. you can always add some veggies to it (lately i forget this important detail too!)

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
No PB...cheese crackers have cheese........I think I'm on a carb high!

legcramps on 09/25/2020:
Sounds like you’ve got the energy to get things done today!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
I think it's carbs...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
i do the "cheese crackers" with peanut butter by keebler. are yours also by keebler? love them!!! :) maybe i'll have some tonight!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
We like the keebler too.

Donkey on 09/25/2020:
I'd like to commiserate with you. I'm sure you can imagine my face when I saw that Husband bought another container of dates....

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
DATES!!!!!!! I just found 2 unopened packages in his snack cupboard this morning......and now he is on a diet......this place is full of this kind of stuff.......he says he read somewhere that dates are good to lower blood sugar...WHAT!!!!! How can that possibly be?.....Maybe we are supposed to be challenged by all of this?

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
I feel your pain Donk!!!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 24, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 129.2

Glad to have that week done.........today starts the new 9,800 cals

Read something  DONE

Exercise something =Walking, carrying boxes of cans....enough exercise DONE

Prep something...all day DONE

TV off until evening...DONE

Eat to lose......??????? questionable but not sorry

Homemaking dailies   DONE

Need to find out whey we didn't get a car payment bill this month.........I have kept a monthly ledger on bill paying for many years.....and if  it  hadn't been for that...I wouldn't have realized that the bill never came....I / we have referred back to that ledger so many times over the years...I would be lost without it.. I need to make that call today. 

EDIT...Tried to make the call but was on hold with a HORRIBLE screaching sound and the wait was 10 minutes...so resorted to online...and just set up automatic payments...( it isn't due until october 1st...so wont be late this way.).....I've been carrying boxes and climbing ladders all day....getting the pantry organized is heavy work....but satisfying.......I must have burned off a ton of calories today.....taking a break because every step I take...I hear 2 vertebre clicks........I ate a crazy amount of sugar...maybe it kept me going.....but took up a crazy amount of calories........things will start to get easier with the pantry now...another good day and I should be finished


Coffee = 2

2 caramel rice cakes = 100

chocolate = 180

1 cup normandy Vegetables = 25

Beef and noodles = 450

Buttered baguette grilled = 222

potato chips = 320

gummies and chocolate = 690

tea = 0


1,969...........well....I took advantage of this being day one....once I started with the sugar...it was full speed ahead...........No more eating today for me....I have no idea why I don't have a stomachache.......!!!   But actually I feel great and have loads of energy...must be the sugar talking.

ANOTHER EDIT....Just did some research on apraxia.......Our beautiful ,smart, adorable 3 year old niece was just diagnosed....her parents had to wait so long for her...and have been doting parents......and we figured  that was why she wasn't talking.......now with this diagnosis she apparently will have a lifelong problem with talking...there is no cure and the only treatment is speech therapy which will help a bit but it will always be a struggle for her.......( it is something like a stroke...that she was born with)...We are so sad for her, and they started the therapy....so far...only a small progress..in 8 visits..and with covid...they wait in the car...someone comes out to get her...works with her and brings her back to the car......THIS ALONE WOULD TERRIFY ME!!!

No more eating for me today....going to sit down with my cup of tea....and contemplate things.....





Progress as of today: 126.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Good plans. All of our bills are taken out by direct debit and we never get any bills in the mail.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
We do that for one bill and they raised it without explanation...so we are being cautious but I see that coming.

Donkey on 09/24/2020:
If you solve the mystery of the late bill, let us know.

I'm so impressed that you got through your low calorie day!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Me too......LOL...Today all the stops are out!!!

innerpeace on 09/24/2020:
I have a spreadsheet and get most of my bills electronically. DH has a payment book for his vehicle so he takes the book page and goes and pays on his truck when it's due. We don't have to wait in the mail for no bills...well we do get them, like when the insurance doesn't pay all that is owed to the dentist or clinic - then we get bills. Bills suck!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I guess I'm old fashioned...I still like them coming in the mail...but I see that changing pretty quickly......

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Just set it up to be taken out automatically.

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Checks have become obsolete here. Husband was paying bills online since before we were married and that's 20 years.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I like to look over credit card bills to make sure they are accurate.....we charge all purchases and pay all off every month so no interest.....

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
I used to buy caramel rice cakes. I'll order some this week.

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
They really do take care of a sweet tooth..and D who is diabetic and trying to lose weight is eating 1 or 2 a day now....Rice cakes used to be very popular...don't hear of them as much anymore...but they are still really good.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
nice job in tracking the due date and that you signed up for auto payments so the car will not have missed payments in the future! nice job.

That's great you keep your own records so you don't just count on the bill coming in the mail.

I have some bills that I also do automatic. I used to do my rent automatically but because it's the biggest bill, I like to make sure I have enough money in my checking account and don't want it pulled out before I check how much is in there...if that makes sense?

i do pay my internet/cable by autopay as well as my phone and garage bills...i think this is it!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
It's one less thing to think about I guess.....at least it is a bill that is the same exact amount every month....so it will be fine.....

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
Pay all the bills online, but really like the ones that send both a paper bill and an email. Too easy to lose the email! I have and paid $35 late fees.

What is apraxia? Brain damage?

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I've never paid a late fee...and have always been one to put the bills before any other purchase but any bill that varies per month...I want to look at before I pay it....but this one will be OK....I had to look it up...sister in law says it was a form of brain damage like a stroke....they don't know what causes it to happen but it's permanent....so far they have gotten her to say moo....in therapy after 8 weeks....she is normal in every other way...takes direction, you would never know.....but she can't speak...she makes noises...but can't form words...there is a disconnect between her brain and her mouth when it comes to speech...she will have to concentrate very hard over ever word for the rest of her life...it's sad.

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
That’s so sad. How old is she?

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
Just turned 3 this month.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
how old was your mom when she passed away?

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
89 and had spent a nice day with her...we went shopping, raked some leaves ( which she loved to do)...she read before bed...everything was in place as usual......but she died in her sleep.

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Sorry about your niece. Hope the therapy works well and she doesn't have to struggle too hard.

I'm always off here since I'm 5 hours ahead of more of most of you.

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
Hopefully it does work for her.

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