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bearcountrygg - Thursday Dec 16, 2021

Weight: 0.0

 Changed up my morning routine a little this morning and I like it........it is so easy to get in a rut.  Started with some quick and easy chores and found it so motivating.

Coffee with some added creamer.....haven't had that in a long time

Funny how things that are so simple have such an impact.

This is motivation enough for me to spend the day doing things differently.

60 mile an hour winds here right now and continuing well into the afternoon....lots of power outages...ours has been flashing on and off....trees are breaking off and some deer gathered in the front yard acting scared.......Son B has already called twice this morning before 7 A.M....hit his area before ours......looks like an interesting day.....

Simple breakfast of cereal, almond milk and banana

Lunch was garbanzo bean spaghetti, marinara saucw with ground beef, strawberries and frozen yogurt.

Dinner = a little chcken breast lunch meat


happy-1 on 12/16/2021:
Hugs. Stay safe and warm in the storm.

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
So far no limbs have hit the house...Thankful for that!

horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2021:
Regarding Tuesday's entry about not being able to hold down the shelf stable hamburger, i have a 24yo coworker who was recently diagnosed with a condition which is defined as a semi paralysis of the stomach and it's ability to digest food. she is being told to mostly blend all food right now. otherwise, it just sits in her stomach and has a tendency to come back up. i feel bad for her bc it's going to be hard for her to maintain her health as lately she is only have liquidy foods like soups/shakes and it's not healthy for her long term...she's losing weight by the day. strong character of a young lady...hopefully she will get used to it later...there are no cures, just lifestyle changes.

great weight range below to keep. great eats yesterday. usually blueberries that i buy are great, the other day though i bought them at a supermarket in a not as great area as where i live and they aren't as good / halfway spoiled.

i like food and drinks that are a change of pace too, like coffee with creamer nice change :)

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
That is sad about your coworker......the Jenny Craig hamburger thing was many years ago for me and a one time occurance.......but that sounds like a rough problem for her to have.

Donkey on 12/16/2021:
It's fun to change up a routine or try something different! :-) I think it's a good thing to do to keep us from stagnating, growing stale, getting "set in our ways". BUT - and you know me - there is some comfort in being in the same-old, same-old routine, too.

It's been very windy here ("Windy City") and I see that we lost a very large dead branch off of one of our trees in the backyard. No risk of hitting the house, but come to look at it again, maybe it was a little too close for comfort.

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
You and my husband are a like...he does not like change either...and I thrive on it......Gow in the world have we been married for 55 years...LOL...When limbs start falling it can get a little nerve wracking.

Donkey on 12/16/2021:
I hope you don't lose power...

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
Its been going off and on...just caught it on so decided to do some responses!

innerpeace on 12/16/2021:
Crazy wind here too - wreaking havoc on my yard decorations.

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
Will you have to make a tour of the neighborhood to find them....???? Right now I'm just hoping the neighbors trees stay on their property...one is hanging precariously towards our garage.....it's been an interesting morning.

Maria7 on 12/16/2021:
Goodness, you have got some strong winds. Stay safe!

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
So far so good......They are still going strong...it's been an all day event...hopefully it will stop soon.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Weight: 0.0

 Up by 4:30

Coffee and the news and decided to exit the living room earlier than usual because I was realizing that tension was getting high on TV and I could actually feel it in my body.....also cautioned D that I was going to be working on relaxation and calm and would appreciate his cooperation as far as news reports are concerned.

I've been seeing the gadget on TV that trains people to lower their blood pressure naturally.........I've seen them for years and have always been tempted by them....drug free control of blood pressure.......sounds so tempting.....

Looked up the above and see that it trains you to take deep slow breaths..........I think I can do that without the machine........sounds like meditation....did that for years and time to get back to that.

I've spent a lot of time recently playing the current health crisis out in my mind......and have made some decisions for myself on how to best stay healthy......since I am drug/prescription free.........Had the first 2 jab's and so far not making plans for anymore.....and want to do what I can to stay healthy on my own.......I'm going to be working harder on several things.

Weight in a healthy range ( for me that is 115 to 130)

Exercise/activity/keep moving/Less sitting/use a variety of the exercise equipment daily

Eating a balanced diet daily...not over several days...but everyday and drinking more water starting earlier in the morning

Lower stress.....avoid confrontation everywhere......stay calm/think calm......be around calm people....I have feet...walk away.....I have a keyboard....exit stressful online  posts.......my health is my responsibility...Take care of myself.

Be prepared for anything at any time.  Being prepared for all situations is calming.  Being able to deal with anything instantly because I have everything on hand makes me feel secure and much safer....Keep prepping...it's a plus also that I enjoy doing that.

Do the things that make me happy

Get started this morning.....this minute...don't wait for tomorrow.



1 egg




Brown rice

marinara sauce with ground beef






Donkey on 12/15/2021:
I hear you. I will try to keep my posts less stress-inducing. Please take my work stories as entertainment, although sometimes I seriously ask for a reality check from everyone here.

Like yourself, I find myself stepping away from the news. Maybe I can get back into it, now that work has slowed down for me, but when I was really busy, I just couldn't take in the news information. Then, I'd come home and Husband would recap major news stories at the dinner table, so I'd get the scoop and know what the headlines were.

I say good idea to focus on your immediate well-being, especially now. And you're also right - don't wait for tomorrow, get on it now. Make now the most important moment.

I bet you could find some helpful YouTube tutorials on how to lower blood pressure through relaxation. Or maybe look for 5 minute meditations. (You can do anything for 5 minutes, right?) Also, I bet there are phone apps, if you want a more portable option. :-)

You make an excellent point about eating a balanced diet every day. This made me think that we have choices at every meal & snack. We choose each bite. I want my bites to have as much nutritional value as possible. Great reminder - thank you!

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2021:
I don't find your work problems stressful for me at all....Of course I know that they are for you because you are living them........I also want to mention something about shingles but will wait to do that on your post.

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2021:
There are a lot of good things on youtube....and I do plan to take advantage of those....thanks for the reminder!!!

Jacky82020 on 12/15/2021:
I find myself watching less & less tv news & barely glancing through my two e-edition newspapers. So depressing! And repetitive!

The new fish hobby is keeping me very busy & content. I’ve “met” some wonderful & experienced fish keepers at the fish forum. Some unbelievable fools as well. Continues to shock me how some carry on. Worst groups are the American teens, mostly very bright home schooled nerds & the old timers, mostly in the UK, Australia & New Zealand. I think these old coots got their first fish when Queen Elizabeth 2 was coronated in 1953. LOL

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2021:
I think hobbies that are still fun is the absolute best!!!!! Anything that keeps the mind happy and is educational as well can't be beat..... We don't get any newspapers anymore and while D gets a lot of magazines...I don't get any....but I still read a lot of books....

Maria7 on 12/15/2021:
Love your goals that you wrote above and I so agree with them all. Staying calm is half the battle to not overeat, isn't it. Like you, news stresses me out, too. You keep hearing about endless shots and shaming for whoever doesn't get them all, with fear-promoting going on, too. Looks like the Omicron is weaker than the first two, yet they want to make a 4th money maker shot for it in March. Then there is the weather news, so sad. I've got to quit sitting in front of the computer screen so much. Plenty of other things to do, as we both know. We sure didn't grow up with the internet. The only 'electronics' we had when I was growing up were 2 channel black and white tv, a party line phone where everyone listened to everyone's busy over the phone, and record players. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 12/15/2021:
You are exactly right Maria......life was simpler and so much better then......the people had character then and pride...We were lucky to have seen that then....and no wonder we miss it now.....Every time I turn on the TV within a couple of minutes someone is getting a shot...and then 4 or 5 more. Big pharma and their supporters are making a money grab and there is truly nothing we can do about it but keep preparing my friend!!!!

happy-1 on 12/15/2021:
I looked it up... It actually sounds like a good idea but it's so cumbersome I dunno if I would use it. I'd rather find something that worked with Garmin products and had an on screen display or played sounds on my earbuds/iphone... Like good idea, but if I have a phone, a fitness watch, a chest strap, and earbuds... can't they just make a ring or something that monitors 24x7 and works with all 4?


bearcountrygg on 12/15/2021:
I looked it up too...when I saw that it involved a chest strap.....and when I saw that it's aim was to take deeper and slower breaths...that sounded exactly like meditation......meditation is a lot easier ...

happy-1 on 12/15/2021:
Yeah, and you can just keep the blood pressure monitor you have on while you do it and check it after. That's what I do.

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2021:
That would work.....sounds like something I should try!!!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Dec 14, 2021

Weight: 0.0

I've been reading about all of your adventures lately.......sounds like all are doing well. 

Life is still happening here...not interesting......just the usual....spent 4 hours on the road yesterday delivering the truck to the dealership for repairs and then going back to pick it up....seems to be working now.....darn dashboard warning lights!!!   Onstar is on the ball too with all of the warning emails associated with it.    I guess that is an improvement over the days when the vehicle just stopped in the middle of the road.....

Found an old Jenny Craig Program book stashed away here the other day...dated 2003.........and it has become my reading before lights out at might......I remember joining.......a long long time ago.......picked up the meals.....took them home.....one meal was a hamburger...in a bun...shelf stable...LOL.....gave it a try.....Thankfully I wasn't too picky....it was fine....and it stayed down for only a few minutes....HMMMMMM....that was funny.....I rarely had that kind of reaction to any food in fact probably never ( other than the 24 hour flu or morning sickness with pregnancy)......I have a tough stomach...but yet there it was.....the Jenny Craig shelf stable hamburger in a bun almost immediatly came back up.....felt fine otherwise....I called them....they said they didn't know why that happened...and we mutually agreed that I would not continue with their program.........D's aunt was happy to take the rest of their prepackaged shelf stable things home with her.....and got them out of my kitchen so there was that..........but the book sounds like something that is still being written today.......and so I'm reading it.  

I ate only 1 meal yesterday and was fine with it.........a little over 1,300 cals so all was well and no desire to eat in the evening......

Daily planning for a cal count of 1,200 to 1,500........some days a little less....and then try to add something a little higher cal the next day or 2 to make up for it.


Jacky82020 on 12/14/2021:
Ew! I hate puking! Last time I did was after the second covid jab. Seems to be an uncommon reaction, but it’s on the list along with hundreds of other reactions, mostly minor.

Never had Jenny Craig. Bought Nutrasytem on eBay once. Not as good as frozen diet meals for me. Sold them back on eBay, didn’t lose much $$. The ones I had were a bit tedious to prepare, WW & Healthy Choice frozen can just be popped in the microwave.

Speaking of WW, the old WW scale Matt says is the most the most reliable is weighing me a full pound less than the Fitbit scale. LOL!

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:
I've had Nutrisystem...in fact still have a little of that around here....it is iffy at best.....and I usually do not want to eat it....gray potatoes don't look to appetizing to me...LOL.....That is the way with scales...they are basically all different and an estimate at best....for accuracy...the huge old things at the doctors office may be the most accurate......ones with actual steel weights involved....

Donkey on 12/14/2021:
Queen Bee did Jenny Craig. One of her friends was one of their "consultants" so QB signed on and got a discount -- which she made sure we all knew. She would microwave the pre-made foods, and stink up the whole office. Oof!

Obviously to all, her endeavor failed. Probably because she drinks too much.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:
Probably is the alcohol!!! Basically any diet works....but they are all so hard to stick to indefinitely.....dieting reminds me of the first and only time I drove a stick shift ( 55 chevy) around the block.....squealing tires...slamming brakes....felt lucky to get around the block and back home again alive...LOL...Handed those keys over to D and never looked back!!!!

legcramps on 12/14/2021:
Have a great day BCGG!

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:

Jacky82020 on 12/14/2021:
The Nutrisystem I had was freeze dried or something like that. Pain in the butt to cook, didn’t even taste all that great. Much better for me to eat simple foods or buy frozen. Thankfully I was able to buy a few weeks worth on eBay & not subscribe & pay lotsa $$$. & then sell back what I didn’t use, which was most of it.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:
I have a few of the cups that are dried...add water and microwave.....They are okay as a fill in quick lunch but nutrisystem adds so much fiber to their foods that I can't handle more than 2 meals of it over a few days......I haven't had their frozen meals......Big Lots stores used to carry the shelf stable ones...and I placed an order with them NS once......but WAY TOO MUCH FIBER for me to eat those too often.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:
I really think their only game is about portion control and fiber....and it is really a lot less expensive to just buy similar in the store and make up a plan on ones own......if a person really wanted to just eat prepared food......and not do any cooking......

bearcountrygg - Monday Dec 06, 2021

Weight: 0.0


Woke up to 11 inches of snow on the ground.....D had shoveled the deck last night but didn't clear off the railings or table.....

Got the laundry room finished and now the light burned out...LOL....It's always something.

Weighing in every morning and things are looking good......right now I'm able to eat what I want and stay where I am so it's working so far...I haven't counted in several days........and the cold ended up being a sinus infection which is doing a lot better today........so today I tackle the master bedroom......D is taking the dogs out to run and track in the snow......not me....I like staying warm.........sent him off with extra food, lighters....WARNINGS!!!!!   UGH!!!!!!

Yes we do and it is not my favorite game!  Glad I'm staying home today!

Donkey on 12/06/2021:
Oh. My. Word. Your laundry room is too cute beyond words. I'm sorry to hear about the burned out light - of all things. Once you get that replaced, say a blessing to your laundry room, and let it know it will be OK. Then, things can start breaking down in other rooms.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2021:
I'm loving it...beats having laundry baskets on the floor...LOL......so true...you just never know what will quit next!

Donkey on 12/06/2021:
Now THAT is snow. Wow! Very beautiful, but I can't shovel that amount any more. At least not alone. Is it the light fluffy kind? Or the wet heavy sort? (which is ideal for snowballs and snowpeople)

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2021:
It is snowman snow....very wet and heavy......D is wwearing himself out dealing with it this last weekend....heavy stuff.

horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2021:
I absolutely love the laundry setup! i would do the same, nice and organized you are from all your cleaning! it sure pays off. i see total 100% cleanliness and organization!

also, that's a LOT of snow!!!oh my!

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2021:
Doing laundry is a lot more fun now........everything has its place.

legcramps on 12/06/2021:
Look at all that snow! I am in central Canada and we should have lots of snow by now too, but the weather has been weird lately. It does get cold (today it's about -20 Fahrenheit with the wind chill) but then we have a warm snap (one is coming for Wednesday) and a lot of our snow melts. A vicious cycle that creates loads of ice and risky travel!

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2021:
You are a lot colder than us...we are supposed to go down to 9 degrees tonight when we will get a rain snow mix.......I get the ice...we have that too...stay warm.

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2021:
Wow! It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas at your place! Love the laundry room.

bearcountrygg on 12/06/2021:
Yes it is......and Thanks!!

Donkey on 12/07/2021:
Oh I hate that driving game! That is positively scary.

bearcountrygg on 12/07/2021:
Terrifying......and when I realize I'm driving down the middle because there is no way to see the line....UGH!!!

Maria7 on 12/07/2021:
I showed Mike the photo of 'Am I On The Road?' game and we were both smiling over that. Wow. You got a lot of snow. If we get any at all during the winter, we southerners are always so excited over it! Love your laundry room! Do you have black washer and dryer? Earlier this year, we bought a black refrigerator for our kitchen after the white one we'd had for 23 years, our very oldest, longest-lasting appliance we've ever had, finally said its good bye.

bearcountrygg on 12/07/2021:
We have the am I on the road game several times every winter...it's rough!!! My washer and dryer are what is called "diamond grey"....kind of a charcoal color and not totally black...it was what was available this last summer when we were desperate and we are very happy with them. How do you ;like the black fridge??....I think I would really like that.

Maria7 on 12/07/2021:
I like it better than the white color. Our kitchen stove is white with a black top and our kitchen floor is black and white, so matches good. Also, the fridge we got is larger than our old one was, so enjoying that extra space, too. Smile!

bearcountrygg on 12/08/2021:
I miss my big fridge......this one here is small and is so frustrating. Back in the day....we had a brown one...you may re,e,ber those...probably in the 70's?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2021:
that's a scary sign...i'll just stay home, thanks!

bearcountrygg on 12/08/2021:
Yest it is scary!!!! I stay home too.

happy-1 on 12/11/2021:
Your laundry room looks really good!

bearcountrygg on 12/12/2021:
Thanks Happy!

innerpeace on 12/13/2021:
Hope you are OK - miss reading your posts.

bearcountrygg on 12/14/2021:
I'm just fine....staying busy and nothing new to report.....keeping busy decluttering around the place.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Dec 02, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Opened a box from Amazon this morning that came yestrday......it was a box......some shipping material and that was all....LOL.....a lovely empty box with some wadded up brown paper in it.........Amazon was nice about it....agreed to ship again...and they don't even want their empty box back!!!!!   Yay me!!! 


Chili for breakfast because it breaks up congestion!!!

 Was seriously retaining water........good thing I'm staying home today......LOL


Donkey on 12/02/2021:
Oh gosh --- I was riding my bike this morning, trying to come up with some lunch ideas when you wrote "chili". YES!!! I have 1 last frozen chili bowl in my freezer, and I'm takin' it to work today!!! YUM!!!!!

*It's good to have a reason to live. Today's reason is chili for lunch.

That's too funny about the Amazon box - LOL!!! Ordering Oxygen in a Box again, are you? LOL, just kidding!

bearcountrygg on 12/02/2021:
It's a perfect day for chili!!!! Even when it's breakfast...LOL It was so funny........I stood there...looking around me on the floor...NOPE...no curtain rod on the floor!!! I looked out on the front porch...NOPE.....Nada!!! A empty box with some wadded up brown paper.....and some oxygen!!! LOL

Maria7 on 12/02/2021:
Wow...like an April Fool's joke!

bearcountrygg on 12/02/2021:
And it isn't even April...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2021:
seems between you and jacky here that amazon doesn't want a LOT of things back! i guess with gift giving, they want to limit the use of their drivers if possible on things that aren't priority!

bearcountrygg on 12/02/2021:
Cheaper for them to just replace than deal with the extra handling......I could have sent them back their empty box....but they didn't want it...LOL

happy-1 on 12/02/2021:
Mmmm chili!

Lol on the empty box

bearcountrygg on 12/03/2021:

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Dec 01, 2021

Weight: 126.0

What a day yesterday....the school shootings were in our old area.....many family and friends there........phone calls flying in all directions......very sad situation.......

That has kind of taken over yesterday and again this morning...........so far we don't know any of the ones that were killed....still not sure of the injured.  

I ended up eating mindlessly this morning......my how fast that can happen.....the good thing is that hours later I'm still full.........

Scale was still sticking whetre it should be today.....wondering about tomorrow.



Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/01/2021:
Sorry to that. Prayers. Easy to eat mindlessly when we are feeling stressed.

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2021:
Stress is a trigger for me for sure.......found myself eating without even thinking about it.

Jacky82020 on 12/01/2021:
In your area? Horrifying. No matter where. Heartbreaking

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2021:
Where we used to live........so many friends and family still there.....That hit close to home.....

Jacky82020 on 12/01/2021:
Just got a news email saying another kid died

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2021:
Oh no....I knew that one had come out of surgery on a vent....and it wasn't looking good.........Most of them were shot in the head , neck and chest.

Jacky82020 on 12/01/2021:
That’s horrible. I’m opening my daily newspapers less & less & don’t watch daytime TV unless I’m washing dishes or cooking. It’s all so depressing. I do like the 6:30 national news.

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2021:
I first saw this on the computer yesterday and it was about 2 hours after it happened......and from that point there were continuous updates.....I usually only watch the morning news everyday....not usually all day long like yesterday.....it is kind of hard to take in big doses like that for me.

Donkey on 12/01/2021:
I've kind of stuck my head in the sand with respect to the shootings. That's really bad and sad, but ya know, I just don't have the time to mourn or the energy to get involved. And that sucks.

bearcountrygg on 12/02/2021:
I usually don't but this time we have so many family and friends there that this one was a bit different for us. I am glad that this time the kid is being charged with terrorism, murder and attempted murder...it's time to lock them up for life to protect the innocent.....

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2021:
yes, when it said michigan for the shootings, and it showed snow on the ground, i thought of you immediately!!!

bearcountrygg on 12/02/2021:
That hit too close to where we used to live....it was a shock and while we moved from there a few years ago...we still have so many there....Now of course all of the copy cats are out and basically all schools In Oakland and Genessee county have ongoing threats......I timk the best thing parents could do right now is to take all of the kids phones and computers away......there is far too much time on those things foe immature people to have free rein with them...just my opinion......

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021

Weight: 126.0


It is funny how things  work sometimes..............I have been fighting a very minor cold since friday ( probably got it at the grocery store last week)......I feel fine....just a runny nose, sneezing and headache and congested lungs......so I have been taking it easy....but really feeling just fine.........it gave me time to read and I want to get MOTIVATED to do some heavy decluttering....so this morning I was looking online for a sign to print out and hang over the computer ( which It  seems like I'm tethered to...UGH).....found the one above and then D walked into the room...he had no idea what I was planning to do...and started telling me a story...3 guys went on a bear hunt......1 was a large man who struggled walking through the woods.....their dogs ended up in a deep gully and they slid down the bank and went to them..............2 easily climbed out....and the larger guy struggled.....and told the other 2 to PULL HIM UP THE HILL!!!!!  One said...OKAY...but I need to go back to the truck and get my axe........The larger guy said..okay...but why?  The other guy said...."we will get you out...but it's going to take several trips!!!   LOL...Suddenly the big guy got all of the motivation he needed to get out of that gully on his own........!!!   It struck me that I went looking for a motivational meme...and within seconds D was telling me this story..........I think that was quite the coincidence......

On another note this morning son B called...realized I sounded like I had a cold and has called me 3 more times since....with cures......keeps bringing up the C19 and it's variants............I think it may turn out to be a long long day!!!

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
What a very sweet son you have to be so concerned over his Mama and making sure she is okay. I really like your sign above. Have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I am lucky....both sons are quite protective....but I don't like them worrying....I figure that was my job...You have a nice day too Maria.

innerpeace on 11/30/2021:
how important is that goal? that is my problem.

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I think it will happen when the time is right....

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Yes, when the time is right. I've got to get 'in the mood' for that time to be right, ha!

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
This time of year is kind of a wash.......few people are in the mood to lose weight this time of year......we will deal with it when we can...

Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
so good to hear your son is concerned for his mom! :) wishing you feel better soon....yes, we need to motivate ourselves and not rely on others before we even try!

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
WE can do more than we think we can!!! I am lucky.....but I don't like them worrying about me...I'm fine.

Donkey on 12/01/2021:
That story is so funny! I didn't get it at first, until I realized what the axe was for - LOL!

There is a sinus infection/cold going around here too. Started before Thanksgiving, the Boss had something, I had something that was affecting my ears. Daughter was sick over Thanksgiving. Now New Gal is out...Not COVID (Daughter tested negative) but still inconvenient.

I hope you feel better soon. Rest, tea, rest.

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2021:
Yup...Somehow he FOUND the motivation....LOL....There has been a respiratory flu going around up here too....I'm hoping that is it.

bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 126.0

Up at 5....and had coffee with D.....ready to get my day started.

Feeling pretty good and realizing that I like the weight I'm at right now...........

I'm very firm that I will not be renewing WW in December.

I have given myself the okay to get off the diet train......I know what to do, I know what my body wants intuitively and I am happiest and healthiest when I follow that versus counting cals, points or anything.

I know that following any kind of eating regimine just takes away my happiness......and with the world going in the  direction that it is going...I want all of the happiness I can find...where ever I can find it.

I'm happy with my current weight and will  just be sticking with that (126)......

Along with intuitive eating I  will also be adding things at times that are indulgences....I won't live on indulgences...but will add them for the pure enjoyment of them.......because life is also supposed to be fun.

I really don't need diets or books, doctors or the government to tell me what to eat.....My body does a very good job of that all on it's own.  Listening to my body gives the best possible outcome for me..........taking all other noise out of the picture just works best for me.  I'm dropping the weighing of food, the counting of calories and points and the dieting mentality........I dropped doctors and prescription meds over 20 years ago......I can do this......I feel good and need to go back to my own instincts.......somewhere along the line...and I have said this before....people stopped taking care of themselves and put their bodies in the hands of others.....(the government, the doctors, the diet plans, the authors of books, the pharmaceutical companies).........I'm taking my life back and will be living it as it is meant to be lived........My body knows what it needs if I listen, it's easy to figure out......my mind sometimes needs some fun and it tells me to enjoy some food that may have zero food value but has a great big happiness value..............I'm going back to my best life now on my terms and I'm excited about it......

As a friend told me many years ago......pick a weight you like......get on the scales every morning..........if you weigh that or less...then eat what you want that day....if you weigh more.....eat what you want but in a slightly smaller quantity........for that day......This is foolproof when I have followed it through many times in my life..........it works....you eat what you want and you maintain the best weight.......for 1 day......no dieting....just eating naturally...whatever you want..........maintenance at it's best.....and happiness without putting your life in the hands of anyone else........you control it and it is a much happier way to live........lately I have noticed that I lost my happy nature back a while ago........I want that back....and I know this attitude will help it return........It isn't gone forever...it just got lost in the crappy way life has gone recently.................I made it to 72 just fine.......no Drs, no Prescriptions........I have the knowlege I need already......and I'm ready to use that and place my health in my own hands and do what I need to do to stay healthy......and I'm excited to finally go back and trust my own instincts.

While I'm not going to count anything I am going to keep track of the types of foods I eat so that I can go back to see if I am leaving any food groups out for any length of time...I still believe that I should have some balance in types of foods and this is as good of a place as any to record that....

 BREAKFAST = 2 light spinach flat outs, salami, cheese and light mayo roll ups and some green grapes, 1 cup coffee and a lot of water.....

 LUNCH = Chili and crackers

Dinner = 2 spinach flat outs with peanut butter, grapes and mango drink powder

Bath, dressed, make up and perfumed....ready to get busy around here.......

Washing all of the laundry up today because I ordered 3 new laundry hampers for the laundry room and they will be delivered tomorrow....I want to start fresh with those and see how many days laundry they can hold.  I ordered 3 in black.

Bed made and now to pick up the bedroom, dust and vaccum it.




Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Awesome laundry hampers. Love them!

You’re doing all the right things. I never could count calories or points. I keep a running tally in my head sometimes, usually something to focus on because it takes me a long time to fall asleep & I wake up often during the night. Today woke up before 3. Turned on lights & tweeted & read until maybe 4:30. Then tried to sleep again. No success, so back to the iPad until Matt got up at 6:30. Enjoy seeing him sleep in on days off, but his 4:30 get up times often works better for me. Then I can hop on the bike with my coffee.

I’d be dead if I didn’t take my meds at 10AM, 2 PM, & 4 PM. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration. I’d only be dead if I didn’t take them at all. These times work best for me. This sucks! All the healthy eating & weight management all my life & I inherit some crap DNA. But those genes could have been a lot worse.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I have always been a sleeper......although I have ocassionally woke up early and waited for D to wake up as well because I don't want to wake him....I weaned myself off of 4 prescription meds about 20 years ago and also got rid of the CPAP when I found out that it was set so high that it could literally blow out my lungs.....( I needed that setting but decided that I would rather take my chances naturally then to kill myself with a cpap).....losing weight was really the answer to that for me so now no problem......My diabetic Mom lived to 89 and my Dad to 83...so I figure I likely have a few more years...and they were not healthy eaters.....mainly I just like to cover the food groups daily....and I'm fine.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I will be so happy to get those old plastic laundry baskets out of there!!! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Just ordered a black and white checked rug for in there to....gonna snazz up the place...LOL

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh I love the laundry hampers!!! Cute and coordinated!

I look forward to reading more about the new phase in your journey. When it comes down to it, you (anyone) have to do what's right for you. And I completely agree with your opinion about tracking & measuring. Nooo argument there!

That's not to say that I'm unsupportive of folks who do track - that's wonderful if it works for them, and while it no longer works for me, I can see why it works for others. I'm guessing I'm probably not doing it right, LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes....I've done this before and it is the right fit for me.......just making me happy is a big plus too.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
PS No sense in being thin if you're miserable. Life's too short.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is...and life passes by either way.....why not be happy.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I really love your firm mindset about WW. you can always change your mind, but i did love reading your firm statement here! you've made up your mind!

you've done so well managing your weight, and 126 is def considered a healthy weight for us short women. it must feel good to have reached your goal. you have come such a long, long way.

nice laundry bins, especially that they are on wheels. we have a couple metal large ones in the community laundry room for my building that are good for moving clothes from the washers to the dryers. and my own laundry bin is falling apart with holes,but i'm not replacing it because i simply but it in my own cart on wheels when i transport my clothes to be washed downstairs and then back up. however, in the future, i might like a cart like yours...but for now i guess what i have works well! why pay when i have something that works, right!?

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes, my mind is made up.....and 126 is fine for 5 ft 2 inches....and I feel good and I never want to go back to the yoyo thing again......I'm too old for that and it isn't healthy anyway....I I agree...if your laundry set up works then why change it???

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Cute!!!! I love the fresh, empowering feeling of setting on a new path and reinforcing it with a non-food reward.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Me too.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I would LOVE to be at 126 and 5'2". (I guess I'm closer to 5'3", but I don't think that extra inch makes that much of a difference. For YEARS I thought I was 5'2".)

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I don't think the extra inch counts for much either.....I started out at 5'4"......

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, yo-yo-ing is SO STRESSFUL! even on your mind! to know you were thin, then being heavy and all the inbetween, never being satisfied with how your clothes fit, always too tight...that's why i made the choice to maintain and try not to yoyo ever again also.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is definitely better to never do it.......and it does mess with your mind.....I had clothes here from size small to 2x.......and that never really helps either.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
agreed. i always thought of it like you say, a mind-game, that would mess with my confidence and the self-respect i had for myself.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes...me as well.....

bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 26, 2021

Weight: 126.0

 I have been giving the word "diet"...a lot of thought these last couple of weeks...........what we eat is our diet......so I guess when it all comes down to it....we are really talking about "weight loss diet" here.....   or maintaining a weight.

Since I had to make a decision within the month to either drop or keep the WW program.....I gave it a 2 week go.........It was a lot of work....and I found that I could not consume a minimum of at least 1,200 calories a day and stay within points.....it was interesting and challenging and frustrating as well........it took the enjoyment out of just sitting down to a meal....in fact......anytime I have ever followed a rigid weight loss program, weighing, counting, restricting always took the enjoyment out of the meal.  Cravings and denial were frustrating.  

For me....cravings need to be listened to....they never let me down.......( not talking about the desire to eat 12 desserts here)....but talking about actual food cravings that don't go away if ignored ( real specific meal type foods)..............

Quantitiy is something that got me into my old original weight....I was eating cravings but in larger portions than necessary.....I had gotten away from savouring something slowly and had started gobbling something quickly and then waiting a couple of hours and doing that again....toast with butter and peanut butter several times a day........eating something up because there was "that amount" left in the serving dish....That is how my weight rose and rose......then when I noticed the weight coming on......I got anxious and started eating more...I remember a specific time where I thought....I'm just going to stuff my face...get real fat....and then go on a diet and lose it........okay....Did that.....and it actually worked...of course it took a lot longer to take it off then it did to put it on........and eventually....I decided to do that again....putting it on was easy.....taking it off wasn't as much fun the second time............and as I got older it seemed to take a lot more out of me.......while the first time....my skin snapped back really well....I had zero excess skin......so doing that at age 50 was okay......fast forward 20 years.......and the skin did not snap back........a little of it did....the majority of it did not......of course for any  70 plus year old....thin or fat...the skin changes......it gets translucent, it becomes something like crepe paper....it loses the fat layer below it and suddenly you are seeing veins that used to be well hidden.....it does not snap back.  Losing weight in the later years is quite different.........best not to be doing the gain and lose thing then........surely if there is an over weigh issue then it is better to lose it then....but the total effect is different......definitely best to go in to the later years at a good weight and maintain that. 

With all of the years of counting calories...and counting points..weighing ounces.....and avoiding sugar or carbs........food went from something natural and enjoyable to something to be nervous about...to fret over......to look at as the enemy when all that did was make me want it more....Tell a kid to NOT jump on the bed....and all he hears is JUMP ON THE BED........tell someone to NOT think about "SOMETHING"...and suddenly all they can think about is that "THING".....dieting and food worked that way for me....The more I focused on it...the more I wanted it.

The fact is...I KNOW what a SERVING is....and if I don't know...I can quickly find out..........and that is what I SHOULD eat.....a serving...not the entire package....not 5 of the..."THINGS"....but a serving....if it is true that the normal stomach is about the size of a persons fist...then that is a very good gauge.

This morning I have made a firm and final decision to drop all of the counting......have what I'm craving.......eat a serving size....NOT WHAT WILL COVER MY PLATE...NOT WHAT IS LEFT IN THE PACKAGE OR ON THE TABLE.....but a reasonable amout ....enough to take the hunger away...but not so much that I am over full....but just enough.........

This morning I thought about breakfast for awhile.......and decided on a 1 fried egg ( cooked in ghee)....a partial thin slice of leftover ham, 1 slice of cheese on 2 pieces of WW bread( it is what we had)...and a perfectly ripened pear....along with my coffee........and it was perfect.........I'm kind of relieved that I no longer feel the need to eat something because it fits the "diet".....and instead can eat a meal and feel satiated by it......it was actually kind of pretty sitting there on the plate....and I liked that....no I LOVED that!!!



Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
I think what you’re doing sounds very reasonable and you’re right - it is all about the serving size. If you can keep that up, I’ll bet you’ll be exactly the same place as counting points without the constant fiddling and counting. And I also agree to eat what you’re craving. I’m doing the same thing within the constraint of my calories. And learning that I may not be satisfied with one serving, but if I wait a few minutes that feeling passes and I’m good to go.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
You are exactly right.....waiting....does prove that I had enough....and I'm more than satisfied.

happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
I like to think of diet as part of my “stack”… food for fuel. Then empty spots for cheat meals.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Using what works best for you is the right way.....how ever you can work it out.....it is freeing and takes the negativity out of food.....

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Whatever works for you! You go, girl! You have it under control. You are the Boss Lady!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I used to be so happy......and in the last few months...that seemed to evaporate.........I think I'm finding it again...I can only hope....I really do need to follow what makes me happy.

Donkey on 11/26/2021:
You wrote a lot that speaks to me and my journey. Tracking is no fun whatsoever. Hate it. Hate it a lot. However, I find that people who have successfully lost a lot of weight or who are training for a (bodybuilding) event get that way because of constant and consistent tracking. Hmm. I don't know if I could do that as a way of life. Like you mention, it takes some joy out of life, doesn't it...

Losing weight when one is older definitely has disadvantages with respect to skin. I'm noticing this, although I'm not sure it's weight-loss related as much as it's more "getting older" related. I have grabbed onto loose skin/flab and pulled up and realized, Wow this would look a lot better with tighter skin (or no gravity, LOL).

I don't think losing weight is worth prolonged sadness. Calorie-reduction may bring some discomfort, but if it's bringing sadness, perhaps the reduction is too much. ???

I write all of this as I get ready to prepare to lose a few more vanity pounds for my doctor's appointment on 12/13. So I'm really glad that you wrote what you did.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Yup...just not as happy as in the past and I'm not liking it much.......I'm just going to take some time and change my focus a bit......coming to the conclusion did take a load off my mind...

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
You got that right, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Oh yes, cravings should def be listened to or else !!! ;)

And cheers to savoring a meal more slowly, def something I try to do at family / Holiday meals. My dad is always known to gobble it up but I try to slow down so I can both savor the food actually in my mouth with my taste buds before just swallowing as well… I do best to try to slow down my eating or just interspersing it with ….you know….veggies of course ! That’s what I did yesterday for the most part and then just limited indulgence on the other items …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
My Mom always used to tell me to eat slower.......It took me a long time to actually do that.....its good that you can.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
I have always found that the typical stomach, thru reading and my own tests, gets full on two cups. Whenever I would in the past try to have a yogurt, around 1 cup or a little less, I’d never be full till I relized I prefer two cups of food in my stomach of things to feel adequately satisfied - just something that’s always helped me. My lunches at work are mostly overall larger than exactly two cups, as I’d rather eat a little more volume than less. …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
It is easy to stretch a stomach out....If you watch My 600 Pound Life program...the stomachs that they reduce in size and remove the excess can be huge.......The Dr has been inflating them lately with water and I can see how those people could hold so much.....My brother in law who had stomach cancer lost almost all of his stomach and over time did succeed in stretching it out again....but it took a few years.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Your morning meal sounds great ! I am surprised to hear you cook with ghee as I thought it was more an Indian food! It’s nice and rich and satisfying to cook with and has a long shelf life right ??

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I love to cook with it....more than eating it as a spread.......It does have a long shelf life.....

bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 25, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 126.0


Just us here today....KIds afraid to bring germs to our house.........one couple still coughing from the old fashiond flu..........so we will have ham, sweet potaotes and a few other sides........that we will eat on for a few days. 

Happy with my new routine...scale on track this morning.........Taking the pressure off took a weight off my shoulders....I really hadn't realized how much pressure I had been putting on myself.  Just happy to be feeling a litle more relaxed.

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Sounds good!

Can’t wait to get my new WW scale. Will keep it next to the Fitbit one & do daily comparisons for a while. I looked at triple beam balances at Amazon. $177 for basic Health O Meter model. Only accurate to 1/4 pd & looked like my PCP’s office, so I passed.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
I have been using a WW scale for several years and like it....I admit...I only weigh on it.....I would have to go back into the stats and reset things because I set those things years ago and never updated them so they aren't accurate......But it has been very dependable.

Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving! It's just us and Daughter, and I prefer it that way. I'm so glad that we're not traveling this year. And I just realized that work was way too busy to take 3 days off like that. So this year is perfect for me.

We're having Italian beef sandwiches, green beans, and (sweet) potato wedges (homemade). Apple & pumpkin pies for dessert, with coffee, later.

I think I'm feeling a similar weight on my shoulders with weight training. I took 3 days off. We'll see how it goes today, if it goes.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Your menu sounds delish,,,,,,In the past we had hosted and attended so many really big holiday meals...I'm so ready to just keep it simple....I miss family times but not the work of putting it all together....Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I think taking the pr3essure off to accomplish something day after day...month after month has taken a toll on me....I think I'm just really ready to live and relax nore.....and take it a little easier on myself.

Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Ooo, I am making fresh stewed (?) cranberry sauce though, where you boil the cranberries, add sugar, simmer, and let the berries pop. I use less sugar than the recipe calls for - doesn't work well with artificial sweeteners.

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Sounds really good...I love cranberries!!!

happy-1 on 11/25/2021:
Happy thanksgiving!!! Ham sounds amazing!

The issues with variants and breakthrough infections won’t last forever. Big hugs!

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Hap........

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
I get the same way as you, below, wanting the "fun foods!" At least for me, i enjoy veggies so much that around here there are also restaurants that prepare veggies in ways that i enjoy for a change of pace too, so i'm not always just craving packaged, i also crave these prepared veggies. i shall be cooking more soon, though..

I do not think WW was ever a super healthy program. I remember a lot of people sticking with WW foods in the past or having cookies and things, remaining in points but not health still...am i wrong? i never did WW, but i feel like it never really was based on health, moreso just the points focus, kinda like a calorie counting focus, especially in the past as now it seems to focus off the calorie counting as you say...

nice job on your loss and seeing you can make changes if you so wish to do so. health is def most important.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! have a nice, quiet thanksgiving. honestly, it would be nice i would think to spend it that way, with one's hubby :)

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
#1...it is so affordable and #2....you can eat anything that you have the points for.....I think it's biggest downfall is that it is making it possible and even likely that people will trust the program and points and not be aware that they are not getting enough calories per day.....day after day....

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