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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Apr 23, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Looking through the fridge this morning I was reminded of the fact that I let a lot of food go bad in the last couple of weeks.......I ended up tossing out things that should have been used up...instead of thrown out.  For me it is just so much easier to grab a bar or a bowl of cereal and that is how I get into bad habits again.........so I decided to eat  out of the fridge today.  So it will be a picture day......There is several days worth of ham to be used and plenty of fruit and veg..........I think I will also count cals today.......That 115 goal is calling my name and I will never reach it unless I tighten my belt some more, require a little more of myself and get back to enjoying the feeling of being hungry......I'm noticing I'm eating so frequently that I'm not feeling hungry very often...funny thing is I like the feeling of hunger ( always have)....it's natures cue that you should eat.....but to often for me...grazing prevents me from ever feeling that.  Sooo....today is going to be a little different............

Breakfast = 1 boiled egg, 1 apple, 2 ounces baked ham, 1 cup coffee = 266 cals

Even though I didn't plan to order the Built bars yet....I had an opportunity to order wirh a code (Lisa)......so went ahead and placed the order....I hear they are even better when you keep them in the fridge......looking forward to getting those....( but still have an array of bars around here....need to keep on those too)

Lunch was ham, potato salad, green beans, lettuce with glazed walnuts and dressing = 755 cals

Total for day so far = 1,021

Didn't get a pic of dinner but it was a sandwich 2 mini bags of chips and chocolate.....

More calories I'm sure than will be helpful...so it ended up being a maintain day instead of a lose day....which is okay...but not optimal.




legcramps on 04/23/2019:
Yummy breakfast! I have lots of bars around my house too; I buy them up when they go on sale. They are protein bars - is that what built bars are as well?

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
Yes...they are protein...deal right now through the company...buy a box of the banana/chocolate and get 2 bars free...I went ahead and ordered a box of the mixed also and got free shipping. Use (Lisa) as a code for the deal. They do cost $2.00 a bar though...but I have been buying Atkins at around that.

legcramps on 04/23/2019:
Yeah, the ones I buy even on sale are just over $2 each. You'll have to let us know how you like them! The ones I have now taste like rice crispy treats, so they are pretty much my go-to for treats!

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
Rice crispy treats are good.....

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
i'm loving the food photos because they are colorful and tasty with lots of different parts. my lunch at work is always like this - not just a salad, but lots of sides and an assortment.

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
My computer updated and now somehow the cloud is doing things...I need to figure that out now...in the past I avoided the cloud...but I guess it finally caught up with me.....I will figure it out hopefully tonight....i want to post pics tomorrow....but how quickly the frustration got to me....and instead of stopping at the sandwich which would have been fine...I moved right on to 2 mini snack bags of chip type things and chocolate.....I guess I eat out of stress still....not always but it got me this time.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
i find the bars really convenient and nice when i don't want a lot of volume and just a quick "hit" of satisfaction. they're always helpful late at night after a workout.

BearCountryGG on 04/24/2019:
The bar type things have always been a problem for me...I think if I ever had to eat only one thing for the rest of my life...it would be bars...any kind.....now on the other hand if they are fiber bars...LOL....That would stop me at 1.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
also a nice thing i saw about those built bars is the ingredients are rather natural and i like their use of sweeteners like erythritol.

BearCountryGG on 04/24/2019:
Yes...erythritol is what D's dr told him was fine to keep his blood sugar good....although I do have the opposite problem and need the sugar sometimes......I'm looking forward to getting them.

bearcountrygg - Monday Apr 22, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Beautiful day and the deer were feeding at the bird feeder in the dark this morning. 

Repairman coming to give an estimate for barn roof repairs today and a package arriving so will probably be sticking close to home today but there is always plenty to do here. 

Plenty of leftovers from the weekend so very little cooking needed and that makes me happy.  Tick and flea season begins here so back to more frequent laundry duty........my tick bite from 10 months ago still itches sometimes and I never want to have to deal with that again.

So I guess it will be a laundry and sorting bins day.

OKAY...the whole house smells like bleach...could be worse...but it reminds me of the gal that pours some bleach in the sink just  before her husband get home so he thinks she's been cleaning..>LOL

Laundry still percolating away.......sorted all of the CD's and found a bunch to donate.......D gave a large tractor attachment away to a neighbor and that was picked up today......still waiting on delivery and barn roof guy.......hauled a bunch of books upstairs......and put in book case......found several bottles of wine in the basement...been there since the move...LOL...never been a drinker but they looked real cute in the wine rack at the old house...LOL....sorting loose papers that keep multiplying like rabbits. 

So far today I have been eating Easter leftovers......ham, salads and cake....it's not a diet cake but it is crazy simple.......I will give you the recipe just in case you ever need to take a cake to a event.

1 box angel food cake mix

1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple

1 13x 9 cake pan


Pour mix and pineapple into pan and stir to mix

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

It comes out a beautiful golden color, not overly sweet....we ate it plain...but it would be even better with a whipped topping.

The only dirty item you end up with is a spoon.......can not be any easier.

D found a bagpipe CD....Oh Lord...give me patience!

Went through all of the old computer games too...and threw out most of them because they won't install...mostly 95/98....back in the day.


horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:
Ticks are BRUTAL!

BearCountryGG on 04/22/2019:
They are and the weird thing as while they are imbedded you don't feel them...you have to actually see them....but once they are removed they itch...FOR MONTHS!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:
Do you need to raise the bird feeder up?

BearCountryGG on 04/22/2019:
The birds and squirrels knock so much out of the feeders most deer just eat it off the ground so they actually clean it up.......I like basically all wildlife other than mice, rats and snakes so I don't mind really who eats it...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
that's good! i was worried you may not want deer so close to your house! haha, but they must be everywhere in your "country"

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
We love to see them....

Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
yes, the built bars look good!

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
They do......when we use up more of what we already have here...I want to try those.

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
same here, waiting to buy them but know i will try them!

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
I pulled the trigger and ordered today...I had a code ( Lisa) on a box of the banana/chocolate...not sure about D but I will be fine with them...and then ordered him a box of the mixed ones...code gives 2 free of the banana ones while supplies last. I hear they are good cold and are more like a candy bar than ever before.

bearcountrygg - Sunday Apr 21, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Doing lots of food prep...some in the fridge and some in the oven.......still need a bath and hair washing......leaving in 1 hr and 45 min......but for now...waiting for the oven timer.  Looking forward to spending the day with D's sisters and families.  Their second home is about an hour north of us...so need to be out of here by noon.  Not going to give calories a thought today....just going to enjoy the company and the food......then we will be eating leftovers for days......


We had a great visit with some of D's family.......Brother in law that spent the last 19 months fighting cancer looked good and doing well....will still have a port in his chest for 3 more years that they use monthly but he is so far cancer free.  D's 67 year old sister is obviously going blind quicker than she has been telling me on the phone, I don't think she ever really looked at either one of us in the face...and they were leading her around ( she is an amputee)...diabetes is a nasty disease.....both of their parents had it and now 3 of them do ( including D).  Everyone else seemed happy and healthy....especially little 19 month old Sami.....her antics kept everyone laughing and that family seriously needs to laugh....,.D's sick sister told him quietly that she doesn't expect to live out the next year.......note to myself.....call "C" a lot more often....she is so sad and lonely...and lost her husband to cancer 2 years ago.  So many of our classmates are passing...we are old and it definately is not pretty.  I need to keep reminding myself to live every day to the fullest........keep the wt off and continue to lose the remainder.......time sure flies.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2019:
Have a good time with your family, Happy Easter!

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
It was very nice...Thank you HOP, I hope you had a nice holiday as well.

Donkey on 04/21/2019:
Happy Easter

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
Happy Easter Donkey!

happy-1 on 04/21/2019:
Happy Easter!

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
Happy Easter Happy!

happy-1 on 04/21/2019:
Post pics of your creations!!!! Happy Easter!

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
OOPS....read this after the fact.....the remnants aren't too pretty now...LOL.....

bearcountrygg - Saturday Apr 20, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

It's a BEAUTIFUL sun shiney day today.  Woke up feeling much more human than yesterday.  No benadryl needed so far!!!  Since I slept yesterday away with a benadryl coma I really need to get busy today. 

On the schedule is pick up all rooms on first floor, bring more stuff up from basement to sort, make 2 or 3 different salads for tomorrow, Get donations out to car and trash out to garbage can.

Since losing weight I have so much more energy that was just making me so slow and sedentary.  Everything is just easier and that makes it so much better.  I am still working on losing more and every less pound seems huge.

Food yesterday was a challenge that I basically lost.......when i went to bed I remembered 1 thing I had forgotten and went to add it with my phone and somehow lost the whole days list.......oh well...it wasn't pretty......a very junky day.  But that's over now and today is going a lot better....but I also recognise that when I list the foods...it seems to work in a negative way for me......pictures worked great but were very time consuming.  Skipping breakfast works very well usually........and  the busier I stay the less i think about food or even want to eat.

I'm still avoiding the scale like the plague and it works really well for me...no daily angst because of mini fluctuations.  Every day is a new day and no beating myself up for eating something that I percieve as bad. 

Fact is...If I want it and it's in the house it is fair game......we are being super careful now what we bring into the house. 

My new goal is 115 since I realized that I shrunk 2 inches.....I figure I will know when I hit that because I will probably fit in the size small pants that I have stored for a million years ( then I will probably donate them and get new ones)...Always did love baggy shirts but I can not stand baggy pants...LOL   Well...I'm no where near 115 right now so I will not have to drag smalls out just yet....but hope it doesn't take too long.....

Bit of a change of plans for tomorrow...sister in law called and they are at their up north house along with other sister in law, but have nephew and wife and their baby so they want us to come there tomorrow to see everyone ( they all live down state where we used to live).......so  since one of our sons is working and the other will be staying at their house tomorrow bcause daughter in law is recovering from surgery.......it was easy to change plans.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2019:
you have so many things on the horizon! it's nice to have a lot of people and family in the picture and discussions to see each other. that's nice during retirement!

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
It is nice..yet we still don't see each other that often....age is getting to all of us...health issues and we are all just sore and kinda cranky...LOL

happy-1 on 04/21/2019:
Aaaaw what a strong mentality you have to make holidays happy.

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
I don't have any living siblings...but D is one of 5 and I really like him to see them as often as he can.....and we all get along nicely so we do try to work on that.

bearcountrygg - Friday Apr 19, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Up early and waiting for the gutter guys to come and work on the house..........

Since counting calories ( loosely)...the last couple of days I can see that it is too easy for me to have days less than 1,200....Not eating breakfast is what is making that possible.....I know from past experience that not eating breakfast makes it easier for me to eat less in a day......but it may be too much less.......so I'm eating breakfast today to see how that goes........It is frustrating to me that I seem to move between 2 extremes...eithier I'm over eating or under eating..........correcting this needs to be a new habit to work on.

Digging through old stuff in the basement that belongs to my Grandparents and parents has apparently stirred up some old dust....and my dust allergies are out in full force....so between coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes and runny nose....I'm feeling a bit crummy.

Decided to take benedryl which I know will knock me out so in the meantime I'm cutting out coupons, cleaning out my purse and filing some papers.  Got the bed made



Definately eating breakfast starts a hunger fest.  2 meals down and I still want to eat....but not allowing it.......it's amazing how skipping breakfast makes me so much less hungry..............not counting today.

The benedryl knocked me out for almost 3 hours and I'm still sleepy.  Slept another hour in afternoon...kind of a lost day...repair man here and there wa no kind of routine...and definately eating breakfast just sets me off for a day of wanting to eat.


horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
yes, it's allergy season. i know, it's a fine line between not eating breakfast and then being starving later before bed ;) haha i know it!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
It seems that once I start eating I just want more food......If I don't eat at all it's easy to resist it....story of my life.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
sometimes not enough calories can cause eating too much later...and that's the fine line for me! ;)

enjoy your day, BCGG!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
That could be my problem too.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Apr 18, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

It looks like a full day and I'm getting an early start......tweeking my new habits so that I am doing things  on purpose just to break up the old routines.  As the years go by it gets easier and easier to just sit down and put things off until tomorrow yet tomorrow never comes.  Just shaking things up and doing different actions is kind of interesting.  Last night I went to the basement and brought a bin up to sort through. 

This morning I'm drinking my coffee and sorting through the bin.....I think there is plenty in there to just throw away.  If there is one thing I have learned, it's that saving things just makes a huge mess to clean up years down the road because 99% of that stuff is unwanted later.

Walking the walk is getting easier and easier.

Heading to town when the post office opens and then getting some more errands done while I'm there is on the agenda for today.......no breakfast yesterday helped a lot with the calories.  Still need to do a better job on food choices but that will happen in time....

Back home before lunch, post office and 3 stores and I'm tired.......stuck pizza in the oven and never did have breakfast.

breakfast = coffee

Lunch = chicken and garlic pizza and ice cream bar....maybe that is why I have a stomachache.

Nap, boy did I need that...not sure why so tired but back is acting up and I just feel kind of blah.....did get that bin emptied and tossed most of it....found a bag of things from my parents straight from their kitchen junk drawer...gardening gloves, antique bottle opener, marbles, paperclips, shriveled rubber bands, small tools, note pads and pens, a teeny tiny green plastic giraffe.  The little things we leave behind when we die, that someone else will have to deal with, one way or another.

930 cals so far today

cereal and almond milk to reach at least 1,200 cals

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
i think Spring is time for new beginnings, i've got a similar mindset to you....a need to change my routines.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
I get off track...I get lazy...and once it starts it is tough to stop sometimes....

innerpeace on 04/18/2019:
I'm glad to see you back! I missed your posts. I know about that dark web stuff, I had my SSN and everything stolen, it took me almost three years to get everything straightened out. I still have pass words on my bank, even if I'm personally in there they ask me a code word.

I hope you get everything straightened out.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
It is difficult, I have a feeling its not over yet. We changed passwords allover the place and removed ourselves from a lot of sites....closed a credit card and basically just mainly used Facebook for family. It has been a huge mess.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
I missed you guys too...it is good to be back.

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Welcome back! Chicken and garlic pizza sounds yummy.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
It was tasty until I got a stomachache...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Glad to be back and get working on routines again. 

I got up a little later than usual and sat down for a cup of coffee with D...which turned into some news and a little bit of a National Geographic documentary.  Decided to get moving and get the dailies/weeklies done.

Putting off breakfast because it just helps me stay away from food easier.

Washing bedding today and putting away yesterdays weekly laundry.  I need to stick with it on Tuesdays laundry days but because I don't like putting it away, it's too easy to just put it off.....need to correct that.

Spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon packing things to send my 91 year old aunt and sorthing pictures for other family members.  I never did get to breakfast and that is NOT a bad thing.

1 o clock and  finally set down to some carrot ginger soup and a pkg of tuna salad and crackers.

Worked a quick nap in and then now waiting for the rain gutter guy.

We are talking today about the fact that D had his knee replacement exactly a year ago today.....and we are both shocked at how fast that year really was.  Truly....a year is almost nothing.  Time for me to wake up and spend my time more wisely because it goes by way too fast.

About 5 o clock, I had an orange, cheese and crackers and a special k meal bar...so I've had about 800 cals today.

Paid some bills and balanced some bank books, gutter guy is still here...guess we will be getting new gutters from him.  Today has flown by and it's almost evening.  Wrapping up some loose ends now and it would be great if I don't eat anymore but not sure about that so will see this evening.  Will sit down now and watch some tv or a movie.

Ended up eating more cheese and crackers and a fiber one bar  to bring the days calories closer to 1,200....did end up with 1,100 and I'm fine with that....eating too little is as bad as eating too much because it does slow my metabolism down.....so I'm good for the night now.


horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
Routines are the life stabilizer! hahaha, for REAL!

i have an upcoming trip...and lately i think how my routine will not be taking place then, that when i come back i will get back to the routine and it's usually difficult after an adventure to come up with the energy to keep my exercise plan after a trip ends! then, i have been also thinking how my routine has to CHANGE to adapt to my new goals (passing two types of shorter, agility running tests). i shall be talking about it in my entry later this Spring!

i also like to put off breakfast a little bit (i eat it at work, on workdays, not at home!)

i also like getting up a little later which helps me with eating better during the day LOL, another FOR REALZ!

I love your lunch, how nice! filling, satisfying too! i remember you had some really good meals in your entries especially by the time you left us they were healthy and tasty.

i cannot believe it's been a year either with his surgery, it did go fast! it's amazing to see time go by, even here on DD, we become like life-long friends bc time is flying and we keep sharing the journey!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
I was shocked that a year has passed so quickly and it was a good reminder to make good use of my time.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Well...I must say it's good to be back.  Still working on the weight but basically going by how clothes fit and not stressing about the scales.  I can see that I need to break some old bad habits yet and the only way I know how to do that is to replace them with some new habits.

I've noticed that over the last few days I've been basically eating snack foods and ignoring real meals and my pants are getting tight again so I need to create some new habits again. 

I'm also really busy completely reorganizing the entire house.  After moving in 4 years ago  and then the addition basically doubling the size, 3 years ago, I have struggled with making it all work together and I have been working on it but I need a better routine, so I hope to get accountable here again.

We have had another problem with the hacker from a year ago....apparently our info hit the dark web and caused a huge mess.  We cut our online use back drastically a few months ago and hopefully cleared things up......

At any rate I'm hoping to get back into food logs and also exercise and my organizing habits again......I'm looking forward to posting again tomorrow.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
Welcome back, BCGG! I hope that the past is the last of your online hacker trouble for a LONG TIME if not ever!

it sounds like you have a few different things on your to-do list which is awesome bc your mind will be less idle and you can stay on track better.

your entry hits important things that maintainers and health conscious people like to focus on - like creating good habits, replacing less healthy habits with healthier ones (a good thing!), better routines, organizing your life / house and eating healthier, more nutritious food! good stuff!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
Hackers are brutal!!!! We wiped out as much online as we could and reduced our Facebook to mostly family and friends and it seems that it helped a lot. Once info goes to the dark web now though it can really mess with you. Working now on reinforcing some new habits....it is still so easy to fall off the wagon.

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