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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 29, 2021
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4:30....coffee and the weather and news with D for about an hour.........

Decided to count calories today....I know that when I don't...that I don't always get the minimum.....and then there are days when I know it is too much...especially with things that are high cals but small in size. 

I am also working on making sure there is sufficient nutrition.......I want to cover the food groups daily.....with just a small amount of the foods that are just for enjoyment.....and since D is also eating what I prepare for at least part of the day I need to keep him in consideration too.

I am stepping up my daily accomplishments and cutting back on TV and Youtube..........I got a lot done yesterday that has been on my mind.......and how nice it was this morning to get up and not have those things hanging over my head..........what a mood difference.

I am going to weigh in once a week instead of totally ignoring the scales or weighing daily........once a week seems to motivate me more to control each days cals  Right now the scales are staying the same but that won't always be the case unless I keep an eye on them.

I'm concentrating right now on reorganizartion and using what is on hand.  That can keep me busy everyday all day.....movement equals exercise but also use exercise equipment on days when tasks are easier.

WE LOVE the coffee bar set up.......it took the congestion out of the kitchen and moved it to a roomier area......it also is encouraging me to think of having another cup of coffee or tea instead of eating something......wish I had done this sooner.

Thought I was going to have to throw out the printer yesterday because it hasn't been pulling the paper down and I've been fighting with it for a while now.......decided to make a last minute decision and put some vaseline on the rollers....BINGO.....works like a charm now........

Just putting more action and planning into my days........does make me a lot happier

Remembering daily vitamins.

For today and how ever long it takes....I will be recording my day...( food, activities, chores etc) I'm not going to make a list today........instead I will do things, then record..........I really do not benefit by making a to do list and ignoring it...that feels like failure....instead I will do things and record the success....that feels so much better.  If there is something that HAS to be carried out that day I will make a note or reminder for that and do it first and get it over with or do all of the preps if it is time sensitive and be ready when the time comes.

I'm looking forward to the new year........I plan to head into it ready so I will be practicing for the next couple of days..........jumping into this with both feet.....already I am feeling a lot more up beat just getting started today.  

1.  Up at 4:30

2.  Coffee and the news and weather report with D

3.  Made bed

4.  Checked on deliveries and an online account.....UPS coming today

5.  Took a bath, washed my hair, got dressed

6.  Son B calls.......for about an hour

7.  Then phone rings again....florida friend calls.....she had called last night to say that she found a pile of $100 bills in a petsmart parking lot and didn't know what to do......there were 8 of them folded over......no identification ...just the bills..........Thought she would donate to a shelter or the homeless......called back this morning to say that she looked at them closer,,,,,and they all had the same serial number...they were counterfit..........she said they looked so real......

8.  It's 10 and I still haven't had breakfast....so grabbed some more of that casserole from yesterday...over that...the small remainder went into the freezer...and for some meat out for later today........using what is on and....do not intend to go to the store until necessary...besides...it's a sheet of ice around here.....( but I did order some boots yesterday...yay me...took me long enough)

9. Snacked on mixed nuts and chocolate

10. Laundry put away

11.  Trash gathered for the road, D will take it

12.  Nap

13.  Clean dishes put away...DW loaded and running

14.  Empty boxes to the garage.

15.....Dinner will be BBQ beef, mac and cheese, olives and applesauce

16..........Doing whatever I want for the rest of the day




Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
Refresh my memory - where do you have the coffee bar set up? What room? (currently)

Isn't a great feeling when you save money by fixing up an appliance with a very cheap fix? Not sure a printer is an appliance, LOL, but you know what I mean.

My Husband spends a lot of time on YouTube during the day. Mostly cooking/baking, computer things, modeling stuff. It helps distracts him from pain, which I think is a good coping mechanism.

bearcountrygg on 12/29/2021:
The coffee bar is set up in the dining area......so much easier to use now and it made some extra counter space which I really needed. I really did not want to replace that printer....and all it needed was a little grease...love that. I love youtube............but I can end up spending way too much time on it if I'm not careful......I can see where it would be a good distraction for your hubby.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2021:
i know you are used to it; but you always impress me with your "up at 4:30!" you are SUCH AN EARLY RISER!

I also like that you are looking to cover nutrition thru all food groups. even tho i do eat quite a substantial amount of "treats," i do aim for enough variety to cover macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat), and also your entry is a good reminder to do more than that...and think about the food groups, which a do generally alright with; but to also think more about total nutrition, which i do not think about (like certain vitmains, to think about where i may be lacking most and do something there...). for instance, i once had a goal to eat salmon 1x a week but it never came to actual fruition. i should once again think about omegas and how to get those...and see if all the chocolate i eat is helping in that fatty category. :)def good ideas here.

wow cannot believe she found fake 100's!

bearcountrygg on 12/31/2021:
I'm suspecting the fake 100's were a prank...Amazon sells them......They were probably sitting in their car filming her picking them up.... I love any meal that covers all of the food groups.....

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Dec 28, 2021
Weight: 130.0

Actually.......I'm feeling a little shoulder pain and a stiff neck and headache from yesterdays fall on the ice....lesson learned...I have a pair of high top tennins shoes with the grippers strapped on the bottom... ...guess I need to dig those out since it is winter and all!!   Didn't hurt when it happened but I've since realized that since I landed on my side...I threw my elbow down so didn't hit my head but it did rack my neck and shoulder...but it's fine...........

Coffee and chicken chow mein for breakfast........lots of veggies and chicken...weird but relatively healthy start.

Dried mango

Early lunch of coffee and a casserole made with ground beef, green beans, onions, brown rice,alfredo sauce and ff cheddar

 Dinner was more of the casserole I had for lunch....covered all of the food groups

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/28/2021:
When I slipped and fell on the sidewalk a couple of years ago during one of my lunchtime walks, it was the next day and a couple of days more that I really felt the soreness. Probably a very mild whiplash and concussion (for myself). I think my neck hurt more than anything else.

Chow mein - that's the one with the crunchy noodles, right? I don't ever order that, but I love it! When I was little, my grandmother would order that, and I was amazed by the crunchy noodles, LOL.

Do watch your headache and neck pain the next few days...

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
Yes...That is the one with the crunchy noodles but I skipped those this morning and just had the chicken, veg and sauce part. I think my neck is the worst too......kind of a jarring fall...I'm fine...lots getting done here today...I seem to be full of energy for some reason..........but will relax for awhile too.

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2021:
Sounds yummy, them noodles.

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
The noodles come in a can...some people make haystack cookies with them and caramel chips..........I left them out this morning and just went with the chicken/veg part.

Maria7 on 12/28/2021:
Just take it easy and give yourself time to heal and it does take time. Hope you feel better.

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
I'm fine...I feel lucky...it could have been a hip.....Thanks!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2021:
glad it's nothing worse. yes, a fall can be a real pain to most anyone!

nice eats! i'm craving to make a noodle soup / dish soon...

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
I like casseroles in the winter...hearty type foods.

bearcountrygg - Monday Dec 27, 2021
Weight: 130.0

I think my focus for the new year is going to be ......................................

1.  Do the right thing first ( or what I percieve to be the right thing)...Think before I speak or act.

2.  Move around and keep moving, exercise, cleaning is exercise, walk, keep busy all day...get things done and over with.

3.  When it comes to food....eat small servings, eat small meals, eat everything because there is no BAD food.......just savor all food, eat slowly, and take a small portion and be satisfied with that.  I don't need to eat something because it needs to be used up, I need to enjoy what I'm eating so that  I don't need a large quantity.  If it makes me feel better, bag up any leftovers that I feel have to be used and put them in the freezer.......what happens to them later is not to be concerned with....but I do NOT HAVE to consume them myself at that moment.    The human garbage can syndrome that I tend to subscribe to needs to be managed...not catered to.  

4.  I KNOW what to do....just DO IT!!!  Don't rent things space in my head....just do it.....A head full of to do's ( for me) causes unnecessary stress.....stress leads to more stress.The bottom line is that I know what I should do....just do it....no excuses...no reasons....no ridiculous actions that are counter to what I need and want..........Just do the right thing...walk the walk......cut the stress and enjoy life more!

5.  Find peace and happiness again....It got lost a couple of years ago......and it needs to be found again.

6.  Use my time wisely.


Had a little excitement this morning........took a bill to the mailbox to send out this morning......and didn't realize it was a sheet of ice under the snow.......slid a little on my way to the box....totally finished the show on my way back to the house.........slid downhill....landed on my side and not hurt at all......but the clincher was I could not get back up....the ice kept me from standing.......so I literally had to crawl to a tree stump to get back on my feet.....covered with wet snow......and so thankful that no one saw the entire performance!!!!   LOL...nothing hurt but my pride!

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/27/2021:
I want to "chew" on what you've written more, because I really love the list and it's made me do some thinking. However, in this short time I have in the morning, before work, I wanted to recognize #4. At first, I thought that #4 was more like #5 -- like a 4a and 4b -- but then I realized that #4 really spoke to me: "don't rent things space in my head".

For now, I can say absolutely, GREAT LIST!

bearcountrygg on 12/27/2021:
I did adjust that....it all should have been number 4...so I adjusted it.....I'm glad you noticed that.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2021:
so why below do i only get endorphins from running!? walking....you are missing!!!!

i like below that you are already looking to make some changes to your lifestyle/life in the new year! those weightloss episodes can be very interesting as is anything drastic. i could see why you would be interesting. it is def something a person has to get used to - a whole new way of eating at the very least!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
yes :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2021:
I might have to start thinking before i act more. too much crazy talk at work.

the boss likes to joke with me...i don't want my joking back and all to backfire.

i'm glad you are OK. slipping on ice can be a big danger!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
Talking at work can become a legal issue especially these days.....have to be very careful.........Luckily I didn't get hurt...just my pride...LOL

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2021:
I’m gonna steal your resolutions!

I slipped on ice going to the mailbox when we first moved to Pennsylvania. Smacked the back of my head on the street. No harm done. Guess I have a hard head. LOL

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
Oh my......Hitting your head sounds painful!!! Sure...Steal away....if they work for you!

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2021:
Thank you!

Stunning pain briefly. Fresh out of California then & careless.. not anymore!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
It does take a while to get used to sliding around....and this is the first time I've fallen in a few years......downhill ski trip it was....LOL...quite unexpected. I think it cured me from ASSUMING THERE WAS GRAVEL UNDER THE SNOW!!!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Dec 26, 2021
Weight: 130.0

Snow is gone here and suddenly it doesn't  look like winter at all...and is supposed to be getting warmer.  Yesterdays leftovers will make an easy dinner.....We didn't get the kitchen/dining room furniture moved yesterday...I got lazy.  Shooting for today!

 Checked the ww app and was happy to see I was no longer a member.  Glad to see that end

Went to our DVR for DISH and noticed that I have been taping all of the programs about people getting weight loss surgery.....There are several programs like that on now and they have all been recording.............I watched one last night and she died at the end...and was so sad...she was an upbeat person and was working the program well.  I realized that maybe I have been  giving too much time and thought to the wrong things......maybe I should be watching/listening to things that are in a direction that would be better suited to me...........so I will search for programs that promote healthy eating and living..........I will go through my you tube subscriptions and do the same there as well.........sometime today........Now that the holidays are over ( we don't have any kind of special foods for new years).....so it's time for me to shift to some healthier eating habits....and some regular exercise.....and now that I think about it maybe work myself back into a more active daily routine again...I've been slacking on that.

I need to move some things out of the way in the exercise area too...maybe D will even decide to use it more too.  

Time to just do my yearly assessment of my habits that need some cleaning up.

I'm looking forward to making some changes .......if we are going to be stuck at home than home needs to be a better place.....I can do that!!!


Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/26/2021:
I'm looking forward to a day of leftovers, too!

I agree with you about adding things into your life that are nurturing and promote healthy living. There are 2 ways to make changes: add things or take away things. I think this past year, I've mostly added things, rather than taking away habits. The weight loss, though, mostly came from restricting calories ("taking away") for about a month. I'm not sure why I'm letting this progress slip through my fingers so easily... I fought hard for those pounds lost.

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
So often I sit in the recliner and watch these weight loss surgery programs......and I'm not sure why.....I can see when I was at my highest...that they did help me see some really bad eating habits then.......I think I was using them for some sort of shock therapy.......but I need to switch now to some other type of programing......and the same with youtube......I need to switch things up a bit to fit better with what i need to encourage myself to do....

Maria7 on 12/26/2021:
I've been watching videos of people building cabins and living off-grid. Very interesting.

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
D watches those too....They are very interesting.....The problem around here is that D was a carpenter/ and licensed builder.....and he keeps pointing out all of their building mistakes...LOL..........

happy-1 on 12/26/2021:
Also purge your google search history... It'll change the ads you see.

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
Good idea Hap....I will do that.

happy-1 on 12/26/2021:
Instructions... https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/7660719?hl=en

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
Going there now...Thanks!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Dec 25, 2021
Weight: 130.0


I started the day with a huge breakfast.......Ham, eggs with ff cheddar and a bagel and coffee.......That was hours ago and I still feel stuffed........yet I need to start cooking dinner in a couple of hours.....I doubt I will be hungry than and that is just fine.

I need to stop buying bagels for 2 reasons......I reach for them too much........and secondly...the bread I make in the bread machine each week is getting moldy before it gets eaten.......so bagels need to go.

 We are thinking of moving the dining room furniture around today......I'm thinking we would like a coffee bar now.....and would use the moveable island that is now in the middle of our small kitchen...and move it to the dining area...I.love it...it was a great purchase but I would love to get the 2 coffee makers off the kitchen counter ....so that may be what we do today..........will see...can't do that by myself........One big bonus is the encouragement to drink more coffee and tea.......maybe we will drink more and snack less!!

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/25/2021:
Merry Christmas!!!! I gave myself the gift of sleeping in, LOL... Husband has started making our dinner which I guess will be eaten around 4pm. I'm having my usual breakfast late, so we'll probably just have munchies around ... I don't know because Daughter is still sleeping!

I love the idea of a coffee bar! I use coffee as a deterrent to eating/snacking, and cold tea or iced coffee in the same capacity at work. I really ought to use tea in this capacity more often during the winter, but I find coffee to be more satisfying and effective. This here donkey is well caffinated.

I hope you have a peaceful, restful Christmas day!

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
Merry Christmas Donkey!!!! I think I need to get more caffeinated as well........Besides...when I'm trying to coo...D seems to decide to make himself a cup and before I know it we are running into each other!!! I think he does it on purpose...>LOL

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:

Donkey on 12/25/2021:
LOL, I can picture you and D running into each other in the kitchen though. That's kind of nice, that he hangs around while you fix dinner. Time spent together :-)

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
Honestly it drives me nuts....LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2021:
wow....i am SO BEHIND on your entries....i will be fixing it....just need to get up as i'm sweating with this pig on me, the heat on, the laptop on my legs resonating heat; and under a blanket...was catching up on some other's entries...but you are NOT forgotten! especially glanced at the Meme's you posted / quotes...of which i love.


bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
Thank you...no need to go back and comment....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2021:
oh, i have to!, because i am very familiar with the word lol you posted below for eating bc your mouth is lonely! oh, how i KNOW it!...!

we even got a little little layer of snow into yeseterday but it quickly melted. it was not even expected in our forecast. but nice you got the real, festive layer of snow.

And the 5 ethics of life is a good set of goals to follow. especially the listen before you speak! as is the strength post with the boy holding the horse. it is ALL about will....the strength we put forth in our goals. I know this, as my highest boss and biggest boss that I get assignments from, the Project Executive with puerto rican roots, is both intelligent and VERY focused when he works. he will not be distracted. it can be loud and noisy around; but he can tune it all out. he won't be swayed; his determination is solid. it also doesn't hurt that he is able to balance many tasks at one time or has a high intelligence in general....but it's his focus that is GOLDEN.

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
Determination is key to so many obstacles in life.....and the more we enjoy what we are doing...the more determined we seem to get.....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2021:
the proj exec i speak of is also on the younger side, turned 50 this year. So, there are many that are older than him but under his management. half the trailer is younger and half older; but he is the boss over all of us. it shows that he got to his place on merit and experience, but not because of seniority ! it is a feat! :)

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
He sounds like his drive is a gift...and what a wonderful gift to have.......he earned it!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2021:
sorry to hear of covid households by you. it's also spreading here like wildfire. I know of many people with it...

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2021:
Yes...we know of many as well..........I'm afraid that it won't leave...but will just become something we will all have to live with like the common cold or flu.......the healthier we are...the better we will be able to deal with it.

happy-1 on 12/26/2021:
I love the idea of a coffee bar. There are so many cute ones on Pinterest!!! You could really make that little corner warm and inviting for when COVID is over, or even a good place to curl up with your cat.

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
We did get the furniture moved....so working on it.

bearcountrygg - Friday Dec 24, 2021
Weight: 130.0


The scale is saying 130 so not as bad as I expected.  We have been enjoying desserts that we don't usually have and apparently they haven't done any real damage.  

Retaining water was the cause of that so all is well today.

The perfect amount of snow fell overnight and everything looks so festive.

I noticed a book in our bookcase that I have never read....called The Diet Trap Solution by Judith Beck...looks like a quick read and since I plan to give away most of the diet books in the near future...I will read this one now....basically since there is nothing new under the sun......it will most likely be similar to all of the others...LOL....so it should move along very quickly........Then I will take them all to our local free library if my sister in law doesn't want them now......... so often their advise is all the same and I've already found what works for me....and since I get into plateaus where no matter what I do.....I snap right back within a couple of days......anyway.......I might as well make some room in the bookcases.

There is a word for this!!!


bagel with butter and peanut butter

2 chocolate mug cakes

chicken chow mein

brown rice

dried mango

small granola bar




Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/24/2021:
Happy Holidays!

And yes! Nothing new under the sun re dieting.

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2021:
Yes.......yet I seem to havwe bought ALL OF THE BOOKS!!! LOL Back in my days of magical thinking......LOL.......

Donkey on 12/24/2021:
With respect to desserts, with the exception of Wednesday, I am pretty much in the same boat, having desserts that aren't usually available or part of the menu during the majority of the year.

I have books to clear out too. We have several books by a science fiction author that my husband likes, and I'd like to donate those to our library. The rest that aren't covered in dust, and that nobody no longer wants, will probably go to Goodwill - "some day".

While we're talking about diet books, can I just say how ANNOYING I find all of those "menu" plans that most of them have. First of all, who has time to prepare a breakfast or lunch like that? Second of all, don't most people have the same thing for breakfast every day? Or is that just me? Third of all, if I see another breakfast recipe for egg-something, I'm going to split my pants. HAD IT.

OK, so those are my main complaints about diet books. I'm done ;-)

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2021:
My husband has the same thing for breakfast everyday.........and he can not imagine changing it....I on the other had tend to open the fridge and look for leftovers......LOL...no matter how inappropriate......I seem to be the clean up crew all by myself...so it's rarely any kind of recipe.......and if I want to make a breakfast recipe it would have to served for dinner....and if it contained eggs he would remind me that he already had eggs for breakfast...LOL.....It looks like most of my diet books are also written in large type.......trying to make a quick buck!!! LOL

Maria7 on 12/24/2021:
'You eat because your mouth is lonely'...hahahahaha!!! Very funny!!! Love it! Merry Christmas!

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2021:
Merry Christmas Maria!

happy-1 on 12/26/2021:
Diet books make good tinder!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Dec 23, 2021
Weight: 127.0

Good Morning!!!!!

I sat down this morning and made some notes about what I would like to work on in the coming year and I'm looking forward to putting that in action. 

I looked at my peanut butter laden bagel yesterday and then looked at a Tablespoon ( a measuremnt type not a cutlery type)....and though hmmmmmmm.....I think I'm using more peanut butter than I think..........I think it is once again time to look at what a serving is in reality.

I notice that I am not using the basement gym area as much as I probably should........I also notice that I keep piling things in front of that area.....HMMMMMM...I think I am subconsciously blocking the way in there so I have an excuse to avoid it. 

This month we have been indulging in holiday foods........I'm fine with that........I know how to deal with it.......it isn't out of hand at all....but my pants are getting a little snug.....and that is also fine..........I can deal with that.

The BIGGEST thing I do want in 2022 is to find HAPPINESS again.......I miss it.........I see the current world situation's effect on D and I....and regardless of what is happening in the world and our little corner of that world....I WILL BRING HAPPINESS BACK TO THIS HOUSE!!!!!!    What happens outside of our home does not necessarily dictate what happens INSIDE our home..........I can actrually see the tension in us..........I feel it in the air.  D had some more precancerous lesions frozen on his head again earlier this week.......no surgeries needed this time thankfully.....but.....sometimes that is the case...........HEALTH IS EVERYTHING......FINDING HAPPINESS IS EVERYTHING........MY ULTIMATE GOAL FOR 2022 IS TO BE HEALTHY AND HAPPY!


Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/23/2021:
I am with you on that. I could use some happiness here too.

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2021:
Agreed...there is always more room for Happiness!!!

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 22, 2021
Weight: 127.0


As the new year approaches as always......I shoot for some goals and for 2022 I am aiming for balance in all things.........

I fully intend to relax and enjoy myself until January 1st.......

No rules or goals for the end of this year other than to remain healthy

Remaining healthy has gotten a little more difficult around here........2 of our friends households are now loaded with covid.................one house has 3 and one has 4 sick....both containing children......one a diabetic who's covid just about killed him last week with what it caused in his diabetes....he is now on insuln injections as a result but he is alive......although he sounds awful......we happen to have one of his hounds at our house right now on trial........we were planning on returning her soon....but that just changed......we won't have contact now....so the dog will remain with us indefintely..........

I had planned to do some local grocery shopping but won't be doing that this week........

I'm looking forward to the new year.....and plan some changes in how I do things..............it is so easy to get into a rut....good or bad......and for the last few days I have been challenging myself to do some things that have been automatic...differently......and it's an eye opener.  For me....going on autopilot gets boring and hohum.........forcing myself to change when it isn't comfortable gives me a whole new perspective...............And I like it!!!

HAPPY....Sampson thinks Mama cat is pretty cute!!!


  Seems appropriate this year!  

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/22/2021:
I'm kind of in the same boat. I mean, how am I supposed to abstain when some realtor brings in a beautiful plate of homemade Christmas cookies? Or the title company agent brings in beautiful & *delicious* cake balls? Aren't these goodies kind of what the holiday season is about? (I don't mean "about" in a religious way, but rather in a celebration way. I don't think Jesus was born so that we could have cake balls.)

Life is to be enjoyed/celebrated and you're absolutely right that we can't do that without good health. I'm really sorry to hear about your neighbors. Frankly, I don't blame you one bit for holding off on local grocery shopping right now.

Some folks take comfort in the routine "rut", but I agree that it's good to do things differently, try new things, learn a new thing or 2. I kind of equate that "rut" to being sedentary. It's entirely possible to be sedentary in the mind and spirit too.

So, like yourself, I'm not settling into a rut, but I am kind of surfing until the end of the year, determined to rest & recharge in mind, body, and spirit -- to enjoy the little blessings in life :-)

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
I'm enjoying the holiday foods.....we have downed plenty of cookies around here recently......it's called living........I know many love to know what is happening everyday.....I get into that mode but I'm not really wired for that...I thrive on change.....I guess my old motto about "shaking it up" is my motto for a reason...it defines me. I used to talk so much on here about the importance of HAPPINESS.....and I see it isn't something that I aim for anymore and that makes me sad. I know the things that make each of us happy are different for all......it's important to find what makes us happy.....I've spent the last couple of weeks rediscovering that.....and plan to do a lot more to achieve happiness again.......in the meantime...there are cookies...LOL

happy-1 on 12/22/2021:
Mama Cat says “Hubba hubba, what a hunk.”

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
He "smiled" LOL

happy-1 on 12/22/2021:
Sorry you have to isolate and about your neighbor’s households. I bet having one less dog at home and with people who know how to maintain health and training with love is a relief to them.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
She can stay here as long as she needs to......we were going to give her back after the trial because she is a barker and we don't want to disturb the other neighbors....but we have been working on that with her and she is getting better....but she is a sweetheart so she can stay as long as needed. We just hope thy come through this okay....

innerpeace on 12/22/2021:
Your cat!! So, so cute! I agree I think I am just about ready to throw int he towel until Sunday! I make chocolate gravy once a year (on Christmas) and I just want that so bad. I'm going to have it and then start again on Sunday. I am not waiting until the 1st.

I hope your friends get better, you are a true neighbor caring for the hound.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
I agree.....enjoy the holiday and don't feel guilty......it's been a tough year for all of us and we sure don't need to make it any tougher........The hound (RHEA)....is fine here...not sure when they will be able to care for her again but she is happy here so all is well.

legcramps on 12/22/2021:
Awe... yes, sometimes joy comes with tears.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:

Maria7 on 12/22/2021:
Sampson looks quite content. Hope your friends are okay. Good they don't have to worry about their pet, knowing she is being well taken care of while they recover.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
I love it when cats tuck their front feet under....I hope they will all be okay too.......Rhea is just fine with us and has settled in nicely.....

bearcountrygg - Saturday Dec 18, 2021
Weight: 127.0

I can see that I am defintely in a plateau now.......and in a good comfy place with it.....for a few weeks now I can count calories a day or 2 later and I'm staying in a 1,100 to 1,400 calorie day no matter what I eat.........spent many years at a  couple of times in my life in this spot and it was  effortless for years until something came along that changed my attitude and then I would mess things up.....my main job right now is to not let my attitude mess things up again.....   I'm in a 2 meal and 1 snack a day spot....and that is about right  in a number of ways.  I feel like I have finally found a comfortable place with food.........it's in it's place........a balance between variety, health  and enjoyment.  Not over thinking it, not overeating or undereating.  It's been a long time returning to that and relief to finally feel like it is again a natural thing.  Now I just need to protect that attitude and not let it become a potential problem again.  Finding a balance again is a relief.........I can say that I have had some eating disorders in the past......always during stressful times....always restricting or overeating and too many weight loss programs to even count............in every instance....the food wasn't the problem....my control of it was...the way I used food to cope...the way I used it.....of course it didn't fix anything but it did create a new problem...food obsession..........new diet programs......I look at the books in the bookcase next to my desk.......half of the books are about weight control/diets...........when it really isn't about food at all....it's about stress and coping with that and then food stops being a crutch and becomes something that is body fuel and a little about eating enjoyment.  It's been a long time coming and I need to preserve it........it's familiar.......and the best place for me to be........so I'm going to stop recording what I eat...I will have to decide rather to put the scale away or not.........time for me to just go by how my clothes fit........and stop the food obsession......because it is just body fuel....and a little bit of eating enjoyment.  I'm so happy to find my Weight Watchers commitment coming to an end a week from today.........

The bottom line for me is that as of today I'm not monitoring food or exercise.......and I'm doing everything I can to keep myself on track and avoiding anything that leads me back to monitoring it........In the past I had a good 30 years of not having to give my weight any thought at all..........That is my aim again.

I most likely will stop posting my diary....but I will still be here reading and commenting on others diaries........I'm not leaving...just changing the way I post here..........



Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/18/2021:
Also consider that you may want to post here about your maintenance/balance journey. I feel like we could all use a little more influence on how to maintain a healthy balance in life.

You're absolutely right about those diet books: it's about stress & coping 90% of the time. 5% is making better choices most of the time. 5% is getting up off our butts and being active.

I'm glad to hear that you are open to commenting on diaries, even if you don't post much yourself. I truly value your perspective and insights, as I tend to get overwhelmed in my own thoughts.

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2021:
I will always continue to read here......I want to keep up with you gals!!!...If I can ever think of something to add I will....but right now for me...it's the same old same old.....LOL....

horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2021:
I am glad your home is ok from the storm. Leftovers are such a good money saver !

Plateaus can be very good. It’s nice to reach stable points when you wake up day to day and feel similarities and maintenance when you are in that good place - a feeling I personally love when I am there

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2021:
A plateau is a please for sure....it really helps keep maintenance easy! WE were lucky....that storm did a lot of damage other places.

innerpeace on 12/20/2021:
I will miss reading your entries, but understand the different stage you're at. Good luck with your continued journey.

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2021:
Thank you....If I ever come up with something interesting to write about I will....my days basically run into each other and are mostly the same...I was boring myself!!! LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2021:
BORING is sometimes good....especially if you have a hubby to share your life with ! xoxo

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
WE do have our habits but I am discovering that change is good with hubby too.....

happy-1 on 12/21/2021:
I like your entries... plus it is hard to message you back if you don't post.

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2021:
I agree......I am going to be posting a little differently but I will be posting......I had gotten into a rut and am changing things up a bit...especially during the new year.

bearcountrygg - Friday Dec 17, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Got through the wind storm with no damage to house or barn....feeling lucky about that....just a little cleanup around the property.

My meals today will be all about using up leftovers.

Power outages all around here but we are fine at the moment.

Donkey on 12/17/2021:
I love leftover days. In fact, most of my lunches are leftovers, and not newly made meals in themselves.

Glad you survived the wind without too much damage. On my lunchtime walk, I passed a house that had a HUGE dead tree fall on it! I couldn't see any damage other than the gutters being bent out of shape. I've been thinking that dead tree needed to be removed, but the residents are renters, and I guess the landlord didn't want to pay to have the tree removed. Well, now there's more to pay for than just the tree removal.

bearcountrygg on 12/17/2021:
Leftover days are too easy!!!! Bet that landlord is kicking himself now!

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