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bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 12, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

The yard is in full color this morning.......It poured rain all night...and the front porch flag is on the roof.....need to go out and fix that.  It's a cold and wet 40 degrees.

I've been a WeightWatcher ,WWer off and on for many years...I've lost a lot of weight over the years....on it....it works when you work it...like any diet program....I can't say I really ever did it by the book...I don't think I ever followed their recommendations for servings etc ( protein, fruit, veg)...But I did count points...admitted...some weeks I used up all of my points in 5 days and then had to have 2 zero point days...LOL.....I tweeked the program when I thought I needed to....but never actually read and followed it...just figured and counted my points...stayed within those each week ( or most weeks)...and the scales were cooperative....it really isn't anything more than calories in and calories out.....tweeking it never stopped the losses and in fact enhanced them at times.  The bottom line is some foods make you hungrier...some foods make you crave something...some foods keep you full longer, some foods are so low cal that you can litereally fill your stomach for few calories.....but there is no magic.........

I've been watching reports of people on keto, and  people explaining the new MY WW program that will be coming out soon...and people that count calories....and I have to chuckle...so many of the daily posters of videos tthat have to report ( by their own choice) daily weigh ins...make so many excuses....one that "is so knowlegable" about progrms had to finally admit yesterday that she weighed EXACTLY the same as she did on that day last year........and is still more than 100 pounds over weight...a whole year of carefully counting calories showing her daily meals and admittedly the pictures and recipes were looking delicious...BUT..her servings were GIGANTIC!!!!!  Proof ...that healthy food in huge quantities is not a weight loss diet....LOL...and I suspect that she was dipping into the dessert a bit that she wasn't bothering to show or tell about....yet she is revered as a diet guru..........Proof that you really can't believe everything you see on the internet....or at the very least....you can't make low cal recipes and then eat 8 portions for 1 meal.....LOL...which reminds me that my Mom at one time thought that if she ate a frozen diet meal...and then ate anything else she wanted for the rest of the day...meant that she would lose weight...as if there was some magic in that frozen meal....it was hard convincing her that it was just PART of a diet...and that the 1 meal did not equal weight loss on it's own.  She stopped buying them in disgust.....angry that dieting was so hard...and I wonder why  I am a diet rebel myself...LOL 

Anyway......I'm watching the new MY WW plans with interest......you can choose between 3 plans...and switch anytime you feel like it between the plans....I have in all of these years NEVER actually looked at how many proteins,fruits, vegs that ww was advising us to eat...I did just wing it....and it worked anyway.........like I said above...I'm a diet rebel...as was my diet rebel Mom.......that switching it up continually yet actually following their total guidelines tweeks my interest........as well as I have never really put my TOPS subscription to use either  >>>>>>>SUCH A REBEL>>>>>>  with winter settling in I will be stuck inside here or more factually snowed in or worse yet iced in.........I will have more time to work on it...well...I'm gathering the info and making the plans and figuring it might just be fun...I can still eat my cravings...as I am...I can still pick my own mealtimes...and I can just tweek the suggested types of foods and add them on.......

Actually I would be just fine staying at my current clothes size....but losing a little more wouldn't hurt...and I sure don't want to regain any .....and eating a well balanced diet (nutrition wise)...would be a plus....right now i notice that I have cravings for a high protein day....or a high fruit day...and even a high carb day...then I crave veggies...but...balancing that daily would also be a good thing...it would all work into the program as I understand it......

All in all while I'm really happy doing what i'm doing...I can see it would also work with the new program ( MY WW).....so I will most likely go back to the points counting....I will definately have the time this winter.......I'm just hoping the rebel in me can keep that desire to change things around quiet...........I shall see!!!!  If I could just keep out of my own way for awhile...LOL

Monday is calling me......will probably begin counting points than...it had always been my meetings day back in the day...and it has  a soft spot in my heart...or is it just that everyone starts a new diet on Monday...LOL..whatever!

EDIT.....right now as I see the online WW...has NO guidelines for numbers of servings of protein, or fruit/veg a day.....very differnt fom the old days where they pushed LIVER weekly...........they are right at this moment saying it's different for everyone...and with adding the 3 new progrms...there will be something for everyone and it will add variety for those that get tired of a program quickly.

Donkey on 10/12/2019:
What you wrote so hit home. You are 100% - it is hard, there is no magic, calories in and calories out -- and the added bit about that it does matter where the calories come from, because some foods will keep us fuller for longer, some foods satisfy a need to chew/crunch, e.g. carrots, and of course, we want to choose foods that are nutritionally better rather than processed or empty of nutrients, e.g. Twinkies.

I look forward to your insights about the MY WW. As you and I have discussed, WW has gone through many changes. I like the idea about having a choice in plan - or approach, if you will. I will be interested to hear what you see & learn.

I have an internet friend who used to sell Advocare products, which are weight-loss products. In the 7 years I've known her, she hasn't really be able to get lower than 200lbs. So I KNEW that Advocare doesn't work - and it's expensive! Advocare helps, but what really works is the eating plan that goes with it and the daily exercise.

I have another internet friend who uses the Thrive products. In the year or 2 that she's used it, she hasn't lost any weight either!

Regarding keto: Keto only works if you work it strictly, so there's really very little flexibility for fitting in the exceptional carb. Also, a LOT of folks who say they are doing keto aren't making the best nutritional choices. It's more about meats and vegetables and healthy fats. Not eating a jar of peanut butter like it's a dish of ice cream!

Do what works for you - but you're right. It's hard.

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
It is hard...and I don't want to fall back into the trap of regaining what I've lost......it sure can't hurt. I have a niece who promotes Thrive too...and she had gastric bypass years ago....I think it's the only thing keeping her from putting it back on.....she doesn't really eat....kind of scary.

Donkey on 10/12/2019:

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
They are amazing...they are literally lighting up the inside of the house today!

grannyannie on 10/13/2019:
We've got the colours here as well.

BearCountryGG on 10/13/2019:
It seems early this yer to me.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
enjoyed reading this entry. i'm a diet rebel also. i count calories, but the foods i eat are wide and varied after years of learning. i eat bigger varieties now than ever, thanks to years of learning what works / what satisfies me / and what doesn't. years and years of trying different things lead me to where i am currently at. and i do count calories because for some reason, i'm a type A and it's part of my "habit" or even addiction - makes me feel good to know how much i'm eating (i like counting)...but even though i count i do try to eat a varied amount of food choices so i do not get bored.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 10, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

I've been reading daily....but not posting.....looks like everyone is doing really well. 

When I stopped posting I took on a new attitude that stopped putting my emphasis on weight loss and put it on activity and I love it. 

I'm still using craving and hunger led eating so I never have a menu and I do keep an array of things available so the cravings are met.....I do keep a menu for D and prepare his meals with his likes and dislikes in mind and we are both very happy with that set up.

I still have a WW subscription which I do use to make sure that I am getting enough calories per day and that helps remind me to eat more or slow down the eating. 

I probably have never mentioned it here but I am also a member of TOPS....( you sign up by the year for online subscriptions.)  TOPS means well and does have very basic info...they do not promote any weight loss diets over others...how you choose to diet is up to you.  They do have online member chats 2 times a week that I can attend online but I find them quite dull and usually leave the chat early.  They do have an interesting book that arrives when you join and I do read that occassionally but i don't think I will be renewing that subscription. 

Weight Watchers or currently WW...will apparently be changing it's name yet again next month...looks like it will be known as MY WW........and will be offerering a choice between 3 plans...which you can choose from or switch around as you choose.  There will be a quiz to help pick a plan.  They usually make yearly changes.....or occasionally every 2 years. 

Since taking my emphasis off weight loss ( actually I am accepting where i am right now although a loss would be fine...it is no longer my end goal)...........I have just naturally become more active...I have no idea why but it just happened that way.

Recently I have been filling my days with activity...all kinds, in our small home gym ( now I wish I had some of our old equipment back)......walking, deep house cleaning, and just generally less sitting and more action.  I've taken to spending some frequent spa time.....epsom salt baths, facials etc.  and just enjoying better self care.  The more I do the less I think about food until the knawing hunger pains start and I take time to think about what i'm wanting to eat instead of just aimlessly eating.


Slept really well through the night and got up and had a cup of coffee while watching the news.. and drinking water.  Today I go pick up a Walmart grocery order that is an hour away....so basically that will fill my morning.  The grocery pick up simplifies shopping so much for me and stops impulse purchases.  I may not even get out of the car for the entire trip and that is fine with me.  The order contains mainly meat, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables and wild bird seed for the coming winter.  Since it is in the 40's around here now...winter doesn't seem too far away.  No desire for breakfast so far and will be leaving here in an hour so will see about that.  I'm super happy with my new change of attitude and not thinking about weight anymore is so freeing....

And.....wanted to add this little gem!!  Life is good!


Donkey on 10/10/2019:
I love this post! And not just for the cat picture, but he sure is cute! I need an orange cat in my life...

Anyway, thank you for posting - I wasn't sure if you had abandoned ship, or if something was wrong. I love your approach to total self-care.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
YES...you do need an orange cat in your life...I completely agree!!! Nope...didn't abandon ship.....just needed an attitude adjustment...MINE!!!

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Yes, the secret is keeping busy with other activities so our minds don't obsess over food flavors that are so tempting to stuff ourselves with. As long as we keep doing other things not food related, we are good to go. Otherwise, food temptations will prevail. Glad to see a post from you, Linda. I know I haven't done one in a while, either but I read here most days.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
I enjoy reading about everyons lives......even when I don't post. Definately taking the "dieting" thing out of the way helps me a lot.

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Btw, your kitty looks very happy and content and is very pretty.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Thank you...he keeps us entertained!!

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Yes, it's a good idea not to be so focused on what we eat and don't eat. Makes us think about food too much.

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
Love this new attitude you're taking towards your health! I think you're right - when we step back from the daily grind of counting and "nitpicking", it becomes more about being mindful of living a balance. So happy for you!

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
It is like I can see the big picture now...it does clear everything up.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
I agree, the more i have going on in my life, the less crazy i get over food :) def a good approach here and i also love the self care.

BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
Yup...staying busy is a good thing!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 05, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Guess I am just being obstinate but......

1.  I'm refusing to drop calories below 1,200 a day because of the damage it does to the heart muscle.

2.  Refuse to give up carbs because I love them and a life without them would not be worth it.

3.  I refuse to diet for the rest of my life, that just sounds like drudgery.

4.  The more I think about food, and write down what I eat, and focus on what I eat, the more I want to eat.

5.  When I don't spend any time at all thinking about food and only eat when I'm hungry and only eat what sounds good at that moment, I'm satisfied, my hunger goes away totally until the next time I feel hunger, usually about 4 to 5 hours later.  I think that is using food for fuel.

6.  The scale just makes me sad and anxious, my clothes tell me all I need to know.   My cravings tell me what to eat. 

7.  All of the above is how I lived my entire life literally from birth to in my 40's where and when I was always thin and active.  When a major stress appeared in my mid 40's everything changed and I started eating my feelings........after that, food became a coping mechanism and then a very bad habit.....today....dieting is really my only stress.......and to eliminate that dieting stress, I need to stop dieting. 

8.  Today I am 100% accepting that dieting is not my friend, that eating only when hungry and eating only cravings will be a better path for me...a path that I know well and have had great success with.  If I'm supposed to lose more it will happen naturally and if that does happen my clothes will let me know.

9.  I probably won't post my own diaries because I want to take all pressure to diet off of myself ...but I will continue to read about all of your journeys and comment.......

10.  It's been a long time coming and was my lifestyle for the first 46 or so years of my life and it worked.  For the last 24 years...it's been a struggle ...scales going up...scales going down, yoyoing has been my life over that time period.  If what I have been doing worked...it wouldn't have been such a struggle.....so going back to what worked is what appears to be my answer.

11.  I'm not going anywhere, I will still be reading your posts and enjoying the comraderie around here...you guys are great.

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Good luck to you! You have to do what feels right for you and what you know you can and should do for yourself.

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
It works...I lived it and never had a weight issue until stress changed everything.

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
I love this - especially #8 and #10. I would invite you to explore your emotional connection when eating - that is to say, how you feel. But if you find that you need to step back completely from (mindful) eating right now, I get that too. And so that is what you should do - what's right for you, right now.

Does that make sense, what I said? What I mean is that sometimes if we think too much about anything, it can drive us nuts. That is what I meant about mindful eating - if it helps you not to think about it at all, then do that.

Of course, #11 is the best - you have a lot of very constructive insights. I've always appreciated your input, so I do hope you will be commenting on entries (especially mine, lol)!

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I will be here...reading and commenting.....Not leaving...just not posting foods....

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
Oh but I did want to ask: how do/did you like the Mindful Eating book? Did it help you to get to this point? Or was it not a helpful book at all? Or somewhere in between?

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I'm finding the book kind of dull...I will continue to read it...but it isn't calling me...LOL.....I would say that I based my whole minset on my past and what I did, and what worked effortlessly. The book does come with a CD...so I am going to listen to that today or tomorrow....I really want to be interested in it.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2019:
different things work for different people. i do not like to "diet" either and sometimes i also do better when i'm not so focused, so i understand you.

also, 46 years is a LONG time to do things that worked for you, so i think of course you can do it again.

one difference in body type is that you were more active and had more muscle then - you probably burned a LOT more calories, working/taking care of kids/housework/cooking than now. so that would account for a little gain while you get older.

i feel like everyone has a tendency to gain a little bit as they get older and most of the time we have to just be "mindful" and take a step back to make sure we aren't just gaining and gaining.

of course, being moderate helps and keeping a healthy mindset at least some of the time into good food choices but i have found there needs to be room for some treats and things or what is the point right?

you do what works for you. after all, i know plenty of people that wouldn't want to eat all the veggies i eat :)

BearCountryGG on 10/06/2019:
The way I ate then made a lot od f sense...the big stress that happened and that changed things totally changed the way i ate......but it doesn't apply anymore so I need to break that cycle.....so starting the old/new habits again will have a better result i think.....I'm already noticing a difference.

bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 04, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Had trouble getting into DD this morning...I was getting a security warning,,,That along with the logging trucks that have once again appeared to basically cut down the state forrest around us...are affecting the under the road wires...so wifi is sketchy. 

When I can...I have been watching a you tube channel called BE INSPIRED....it's powerful.  Many videos by many different people that cut to the chase and bring everything in life down to just the basics.......it is so simple and makes so much sense. 

After not feeling well for a couple of days and then having a carb filled day because I was craving them and realizing  that I felt better that day carbs and all........spoke to me.  Eating my cravings just works for me and it occurred to me that eating my cravings does not mean large quantities, it might just mean 1 or 2 bites.....or only until I'm satisfied or no longer look forward to the next bite. 

Getting dressed this morning made me realize that I'm quite happy with my weight right now.....it's not perfect for my height....but it is not a bad place to be.  I think I will just continue with cravings led eating and control the quantities ( food as fuel). 

This morning we got a weather warning for the next few days.....snow...apparently lots of it. 

With the internet issues I don't know when i will be able to get back online......when I get cut off I  lose everything I'm typing here...and that is super frustrating.  I can read on my phone using the verion internet but posting is rlly hard with that.

Anyway...this morning I was craving meat and cereal....weird combo but I'm satisfied and have no desire to eat anything else.....small servings of cravings are what I will be doing.

I'm hearing a loud truck coming...so better get off and post this before I lose it.

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
I'll have to check out the YouTube channel!

Being satisfied for where you're at is a wonderful thing. It's the best way to be for maintaining successfully. There is nothing wrong with staying with where you're at. I have found this site to be immensely helpful in maintaining. There were other things that I had to lose - not just the weight - in order to find the balance I want in my life. (I'm still working on this, LOL.)

Snow already? I guess so... I confess that I am enjoying the cooler, fall-like weather. A LOT.

My problem with succumbing to my cravings is that usually one of 2 things happens: >> I either feel obligated to finish the whole thing, and not stop when I'm satisfied, OR >> I take too many bites before it registers in my mind that I was satisfied several hundred calories ago.

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
That you tube channel is life changing for me.....I feel like it is my tribe...they get me. Like old home week. I was getting caught up in servings...and learned to make smaller servings...instead of a sandwich ( as I knew them)..I have been making 1/4th or 1/2 of a sandwich....and than making another one if necessary. After every bite notice if youare eating more because it's there or because your craving isn't over yet......it does take some practice...I fall down at times...but always come back to tiny servings...and thinking between bites. I notice that when i post pictures I just fill a plate....yet when I don't post photos..i eat...bite by bite.....

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Feeling happy with your weight is what matters. If you are able to do just a few bites of what you crave, more power to you! I wish I could. But if I eat a cookie, I'll eat half the pack or more.

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
I have to take a cookie or two...and then put the rest away...if I leave them out...I do eat more.

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Putting cookies away wouldn't help me - I'd go get them no matter how out of reach they were. Remember my peanut bingeing?

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Buying in a single serving may be the only answer then.

legcramps on 10/04/2019:
I'm glad you've found something that works for you! After all, that's what it's all about :)

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Very true.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
yes, that's why i eat my cravings as well - i have learned to enjoy cravings in mostly smaller amounts. it's helped so much to not completely avoid things!

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
Eating my cravings literally takes thoughts of food out of my head.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 03, 2019
(WW points, calorie counting etc)
Weight: 0.0

Back on track and feeling a lot better today........

Yesterday I didn't count calories or WW points.....but today I did count the points.....it was the obvious ( to me) old bad habit of having a free day/pity party/grain,fat,sugar day.....I was just going to ignore it and move on....but today...after counting up the WW points...it was ridiculous..I did not count calories but I'm sure they were HUGE!!!  I also realized this morning that while I had intended to take vitamins daily...I have been forgetting.

Full confession of what yesterdays food looked like...and is so typical of what I fall back on if I am not staying on top of things........1 cup black coffee, 2 bottled coffee drinks one starbucks and one from the dollar store...LOL...1 pkg of 2 pop tarts, 2 slices of raisin bread toasted with butter, 2 slices of oatmeal honey bread toasted with butter and peanut butter, 1 cliff bar and 2 starburst candies, 2 tiny mini pks of red licorice and 1 tiny pk of sour patch kids, 1 tiny pkg of gummy bears, starbucks reg caramel in coffee.....WW points = 78

Today....took vitamins

1 thomas light multigrain english muffin toasted , spray butter, walden farms grape spread, 2 clementines, Two Good vanilla yogurt,1 cup black coffee....= 250 cals and 5 WW points


Lunch was beef brisket, green beans and potatoes....14 WW points

meal 3 = protein bar, cheese/crackers, 2 whole wheat cookies

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
Sounds like a carb feast! I crave breads and sweets when I'm being disciplined. Also salty foods.

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
Yup...it was a food fit fore sure...carbs are by best friend as well as my enemy...but it's done now...back on track again and counting....carbs are still allowed on WW...but this time I count first.

legcramps on 10/03/2019:
Those days are tough! But we all have them, and we all move on from them. Good for you for getting back on track right away!

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I was ready to get back to it.....but I will say...I felt good with all that sugar...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
nice to see you back on track. i tried that brand of yogurt but it was too boring for ME. instead, if you are interested, i like the chobani 2% types with fruit on the bottom...that's my preference - nice and sweet, but not over the top.

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I actully bought several different braands to try the other day....not sure if any were chobani....I can eat just about any yogurt...even the plain zero point...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Well....after a rainy night of muscle cramp agony......I just want to sleep and just exist.  Rings went from tight to loose randomly all night.  I was ready to start taking bets on rather the next cramp was going to be calf or thigh...right leg or left........got up to drink water and woke D and the cat up accidentally...both welcomed me and wanted to party!!!....NO...NO PARTY!!!...both were in pleasant moods and wanted to help....well at least D wanted to help...Sampson just wanted to snuggle...NO......The more I try to control the more things go wrong.  Bladder infection is improving nicely....but I swear...apple cider vinegar hates me........ ears are itching...always an allergic reaction...I really don't know rather to itch my ears or work the muscle cramps out first........Today I just want to exist.....nothing more...nothing less.  Today...no counting anything....and no apple cider vinegar....I never did like pickled things for a reason I guess. 

Grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Any idea what causes the random muscle cramps? Hope they stop soon!

Glad your bladder infection is getting better. I'm not fond of the taste of vinegar although I've grown to like salt and vinegar crisps (chips).

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Lack of electrolytes....gator aid usually fixes that although I just drank water....I can tolerate the vinegar in water....but I'm getting suspicious that I'm allergic to vinegar...ears are itching terribly and have all night....for me...that and itchy hands are an alleric reaction

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
i will tell you that too much kombucha/diarhetic (sp?) / caffeine / liquid loss will cause cramps...it could have been from the apple cider vinegar maybe. i'm sorry you are in pain. when i get bad pain as i also do like you, i will have 1-2 bananas that day and pain meds.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Out of bananas here...but we do have gatorade...that helps....I think the vinegar is just a problem for me in so many ways...but i will attribute the vinegar to helping the bladder infection...it really does work for that....but while I am most likely allergic to it ( itching ears)....it does work as a diuretic.....all in all...the bladder infection is doing good....now for the after affects of the vinegar...LOL...can't win!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
Do what you have to do to get through this. Yikes!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Taking today off...still watching what I eat...just not counting.

legcramps on 10/02/2019:
Oh no, i'm so sorry you're struggling with cramping! I hope with the morning the cramps have gone!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
The cramps did stop this morning...drinking lots of liquids....ears aren't itching as much now either...darn vinegar...yet it really did help the bladder infection....double edged sword.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Re muscle cramps - I was thinking it could have to do with lack of potassium.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
It definately could.......they have stopped now thankfully!!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Full of energy today but I think I have a bladder infection.....so D suggested apple cider vinegar in water...and it sounds like it might work...since it has antibacterial properties......so drinking that.....although downside to that is lowering glucose....but...so far so good......Not hungry and holding off on meal #1 until necessary.

coffee and water with apple cider vinegar......0 points, 0 cals

Vinegar seems to be working........so to counteract the lower glucose from it...I went ahead and ate breakfast with some sugar in it....feeling good and will have to stay around the house today anyway because a ton of dog food will be delivered today by a freight company.....has to be picked up at the road with the tractor...so we are stuck here.

Meal #1 skyr icelandic strawberry yogurt and 2 cuties = 190 calories and 4 points

Meal #2

chili, strawberries, spindrift = 581 cals and 14 WW points

Calories so far = 771 WW points = 14

Definately need to get at least 1,200 cals today and between 7 and 10 more points.

Meal # 3....was using up some fridge things...starving for some reason and I didn't care what I ate...I was just going to eat....burned the toast, a whole lot of peas...a dab of mac and cheese and the 2 leftover little spare ribs

730 cals and 12 WW points

That may win the prize for an ugly dish club!  The peas were taking over!

So no more eating for me tonight....just zero beverages,......still drinking the vinegar water and no low sugar affects from it  possibly because I had fruit and the cinnamon raisin toast to add some sugars......

Calories for the day = 1,501  and WW points were 26

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
If it doesn't help in a few days, I hope your get antibiotics. I remember something about cranberry juice for that?

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It usually doesn't last long...I'm a big water drinker.....I will go the cranberry route if it's not better in a couple of days....none in the house at the moment. I don't feel bad...just living in the bathroom with little result last evening....and continuing overnight.....it will get better...it always does.

Donkey on 10/01/2019:
Ugh, those are never fun! I never considered the apple cider vinegar as a cure. I'll have to remember that!

I hope you feel better soon...

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I think the vinegar is helping...D thought of it...glad he did.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
Interesting about the apple cider vinegar...it's good for so many things! BF puts it in his morning smoothies all the time.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It really is so useful...I'm glad that D thought of it...i think it caught it early enough before it really got bad...luckily I have felt fine...just a whole bunch of running for the bathroom for apparent little reason last night into this morning....but now..that seems to have really slowed down....I know a lot of prople that clean their house with it...no toxic chemicals....amazing stuff.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/01/2019:
i hate infections...instead of apple cider vinegar...do you have cranberry juice? that will not mess as much with your sugar levels...and retain them, i mean.

your food, delicious!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
No...no cranberry juice on hand....but I do think the vinegar is working.....not 100% yet but definately better.

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
"The peas were taking over" - ha ha ha! :-D

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
They marched right in there and touched everything on that plate...LOL

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 30, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Started this morning with a cup of coffee....and putting off breakfast as long as I can.

I spent yesterday planning a diet routine  that I believe will work for me.  I took a bit here and there from several diet plans and left out the parts that often throw me off track. 

I know that the earlier I start eating each day...the hungrier I am all day and the more calories I take in, so to combat that I will eat breakfast later and only when I am very hungry.

I plan to photograph all foods I eat and the time of day I eat them.  Coffee, tea and any zero cal beverages probably will not be photographed unless they are used as part of a meal.  I will post pics here.

I know that I like to use up whatever is in the fridge or last bits of food in packages in cupboards, so instead of worrying about what is appropriate to eat at certain times or what makes a nice picture....I will just use this desire to use things up , photograph it and post it .  Many meals will be odd and funny looking....so be it.

There is no bad food....any and all food, healthy or not can be eaten.

WW points and or calories will be used  as a way to control intake.  I usually eat between 1,200 and 1,500 on my own anyway....but I want to make sure I'm sticking to the lower end for weight loss.  It appears that 1,500 calories actually cause a gain or at least maintenance.  I want to make sure to get in at least 1,200 a day though. 

There may be liquid fast days, intermittant fasting days, Intuitive eating days, as well as one meal a day type days.....but mainly it will be just random foods/meals using what is on hand.  The days foods may not be well balanced as far as nutrition goes so the aim will be to balance things out nutrition wise over several days...which just seems to happen with me anyway since cravings happen regularly for me with intuitive eating.  I will also be taking vitamins daily.

I will be exercising randomly....when I set a schedule I fight it...so I will just exercise when the mood strikes me...

I will be drinking a lot of water and zero calories beverages.

I will be reading daily from numerous books that will give me new ideas and motivation.  Louise Hays book titled Heal Your Body will live on my desk permanently.  It is a perfect reference book for me.  It really hs nothing to do with weight loss but eveything to do with how we think and what affect it has on our health problems...and gives affirmations to repeat to ourselves to combat the affect.

I have rejoined WW because it has worked very well for me in the past...I have had times where I swore I would never join again....and times where it has had a huge influence on my weight losses......this time I am in the right frame of mind to use it to the max.....I need to be able to accept the fact that it is a lifestyle...not just a means to lose and then leave what I learned behind.

Today I start reading Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

1st meal of day 11.50 A.M.

salami , cheese, horsersdish sauce on a whole wheat roll and 2 cuties = 680 cals and 23 Ww points

2nd meal of the day 4:30 P.M.

Quaker Instant pumpkin spice oatmeal, a banana , strawberries and spindrift

424 calories and 7 WW points


Total cals for the day = 1,104 and Total WW points for the day = 30


I wouldn't mind getting my cals up a little but this may be the last of my eating today....If I eat more I will post it then...most likely though i will just drink no cal beverages tonight.





grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
Whatever works for you is the best plan! Good for you experimenting and motivating yourself.

Have you tried doing small meals through the day? I wake up hungry so have my porridge/berries by 7am, and it fuels me for they gym or muscle workout. But then I have a coffee/cappuccino along with my healthy cranberry bar mid morning. My problem time is watching tv at night.

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
I have tried small meals...and it just always leads to me grazing and wanting to eat non stop.....I really do better with putting off breakfast...so today is going really well so far....I'm not a big exerciser...but I do like to stay busy arounbd the house...and coffee seems to fuel that...LOL...night time can be a problem for me too...especially if I stay up later...and I NEVER get out of bed at night to eat...so i will probably just go to bed earlier and read...

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Have an awesome day!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
Thank you...so far so good.

innerpeace on 09/30/2019:
Everything starts with a plan. I do love pictures.

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
The motivation is there this time......so that's good.

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
LOVE the food photos! It's ironic that you posted the book about Mindful Eating because the New Yoga Studio is offering a class on this in November, and I'm signing up! ($5 for a discussion led by a psychologist.)

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
Your class should be very interesting...I'm enjoying the book so far. I went to post today and my wifi was down....I just about flipped out...that would have been very bad timing......did a test...and they said to unplug the modem...and it still didn't work...then all of a sudden...it came back..apparently it was a Frontier communications problem.....that would not have been a good thing...today of all days...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
loving the food photos!!!! i love looking at food! :)

also, i am reading about your delaying breakfast. i do this also. on weekends, i'm happy to eat when i get up, because it's usually later in the day than weekdays. but when i eat breakfast during the week, it's already when i get to work - i eat it at work - because if i ate it at 6am and not 8:30am at work, i'd also have a problem of being continuously hungry...and just eating too many calories. good idea to delay breakfast a little bit. staying busy on my commute is what helps me delay it.

louise hay book i like the title and i like what it's about so i'm going to request it at my library :)

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
I love looking at food too...shoot...I love everything about food...LOL..I just eat less in a day when I eat breakfast later....You will really enjoy the book....It isn't one that you sit doen and read a story in...it is more of a reference book that explains what causes what when it comes to our thinking...I'm wearing mine out...it's falling apart...i Love it!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 29, 2019
(intuitive eating , around 1,200)
Weight: 0.0

This morning I had last nights dinner and day befores dinner leftovers...and it reminded me how much I love dinner for breakfast...LOL...people talk about breakfast for dinner...but rarely the other way around.  So todays breakfast was BBQ pulled pork, scalloped potatoes, rice a roni and corn..and coffee..I'm full and happy and didn't count anything.....tomorrow I plan to clean our the fridge....I know there are things hiding in there that need to go...so that is on the list for monday....other things going on today.

I cleared off my kitchen counters...clutter had taken over...small appliances were taking up space and gathering dust and worse..........this kitchen is small...and I have spent the last 4 yearss bemoaning that fact......I came from a place where the kitchen was enourmous and I loved it......here...I have been super guilty of whining...and complaining about this one.....and because of the lack of storage space.....just used the counter..to store things...which ultimately took up my working space......it played a mind game with me that just made me hate it more...........finally....I've cleared the counters of most of the clutter...and I'm am beginnng to enjoy this kitchen.......of course it is still small....but it is a lot more fun to work in now.............If I could just get out of my own way.....I swear......things could work better for me...........

I was never a rebel...I loved rules...they were my guidelines...and somewhere along the way I became a rebel.......I didn't want to follow rules ( of couse I follow LAWS..that is different) but I didn't want anyone or any diet program to tell me what to do..........those were optional.....I was a free spirit....i follow my own drummer......but what if I throw convention out the window...?  What if I create my own plan...what if I build a program for myself that incorporates parts of other progrms, contains quirky things about myself that make it easier for me to follow......what if I make a diet program from all the components and take what I know what works for me...and discard what doesn't......?  I've done this before but always fell back into feeling like I was messing with a national program (WW and FitDay)...and then rebelled against them and quit....( yet I had lost a lot of weight on them when I was following them)...classic case of cutting off my nose to spite my face!!!!  UGH 

I had kind of pushed all of my diet materials and books aside...but I think I will take today...to make up a custom weight loss program for myself with the materials I have here........my weight loss lately has stalled...and I want to kick start it again......I can see that some intense work needs to be done...so i will cherry pick a new multi faceted program for myself......today.....and get started on it tomorrow morning..........it will be different...it will suit my needs and will be personalized to keep my interest.......if it works....then all the better...if not...it can be changed a bit.  So...devoting all day today to making up my new personalized program......need to dig out the books, videos, CD's and anything else I can find......


While digging out diet related books...I ran across my old copy of Louise L. Hay's book titled HEAL YOUR BODY....the book itself is amazing...basically has nothing or little to do with weight...but has everything to do with how we think and how our thoughts make us sick......I have always found it to be spot on for our family.....I see myself totally in every ailment i have ever had and my thought process that very well could have caused the ailment.....my book has been read so many times it's falling apart.....i will again leave it out......it names an illness, condition or ailment...gives the thought process that created the ailment...and then gives a sentence or two of an affirmation to change the way we think........life changing.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2019:
even if you follow a diet a little bit as a guideline, it's you who chooses what you will actually have. you're at home and nobody is watching you (haha, except us on here!) and you are fully in charge of you.

have dinner for breakfast isn't heard of as much, but awhile back i was reading online about people that prefer it that way instead of cereal or other carb loaded items - that they preferred more meat and stick to you meals in the morning.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
I love leftovers.....probably because they are usually dinner foods...plus it calms my desire to use things up...qwirky me...LOL

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Hope you come out with your weight loss system that you can follow. Your own rules.

I know a few people who like dinner for breakfast, but I'm not one of them. Thais eat what I what call dinner food for breakfast. I do like breakfast for dinner, but not the other way.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
My husband would only eat dinner for breakfast if he was physically forced too...he can't phathom the idea ...LOL He is stuck on fried eggs sausage and toast.....everyday! I love the change.....

Donkey on 09/29/2019:
I'm not a big eater in the morning, most of the time. and neither is my daughter - so we're not a good family for brunches. Many times when I go out for brunch, I'll order off the lunch menu. So I guess that's kind of like dinner for breakfast, if it's my first meal?

There have been times when I've craved vegetables for breakfast, so I go with it. Why not? :-)

I want to cheer you on for designing your own plan. Maybe this will give me motivation to do the same for myself.

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
I'm excited to start tomorrow...no rules...except the ones that really click with me...my problem has always been...if I join a program and I make a mistake or mess up a day...I quit.....probably the same reason that I go through so many notebooks...If I make a writing mistake...I rip the whole page out and start over again......and here at DD....I make typing mistakes all of the time and if I don't notice it....usually...I post and can't delete......that for me is part of the "therapy" of DD...I'm forced to deal with the mistake...DD is good for me...technically I'm sure I have OCD...and I LOVE that everyone seems to be able to tolerate my mistakes...LOL

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 28, 2019
(intuitive eating , around 1,200)
Weight: 0.0

Dark and dreary ouside today.....D running hardware store and auto parts store errands......and I'm doing paperwork.......and laundry.

WE have decided to make more of an effort to budget better and cut expenses........and use what we have instead of being lazy and just ordering or picking up more instead of using what is already here....today he repairs the trucks tail light instead of taking it to the mechanic......and that's a good thing.....it will also make me a lot more aware of what i bring into the house....and it will cut the junk food for sure....we still have a lot of it here to use up...but that is already said and done.....when it's gone...we will not replace much of it or at least make better choices.  Making up a budget is always fun for me...i love the challenge....but we have not been budgeting these last 4 years........not good.

Breakfast for me was a slice of leftover pizza and coffee

snack = 2 cookies and a can of spindrift.

The main meal was a bunch of leftovers......pork, rice a roni, corn, scalloped potatoes, roll and blueberries....working on using things up so I can really clean out the fridge in a couple of days.

Donkey on 09/28/2019:
Very good goals. As you know, I cannot even get through my pantry. Well, I started last weekend, and found out that a lot of the stuff we have in there is expired. I don't know how to dispose of it properly. I don't think cans belong in a landfill.... but do I open everything up so that it can decompose and recycle the containers (cans, boxes, etc.)?

So I am the example of what not to do. I applaud you both for taking this on. It's a great goal to have.

BearCountryGG on 09/28/2019:
Canned goods are actually fine past the date on the can...if they are bulging or smell bad then toss them....you can put full cans in the garbage if you want to...we don't have any way to recycle around here so everything goes to the curb.

Donkey on 09/29/2019:
^^ OK, well, most of my canned goods were for crockpot dishes, so maybe some good can come of them anyway. I'll pitch the expired cat food though.

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