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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Holding water again...so I'm not going anywhere near the scales for awhile.......so will just keep...keeping on.

Boy as I mad at myself this morning...went to make coffee as usual with the keurig...reached into k cup drawer and pulled 2 pods out....made the first cup...and it turned out to be hot chocolate.......for a minute...I considered dumping it out...bur decided against that......and then the second cup was coffee..........I guess I ned to keep a pair of reading glasses in the kitchen because i am definately having trouble reading directions and labels...too much kitchen guessing going on lately...........I have my reading glasses everywhere else around here......why not.


1 cup hot chocolate

1 cup coffee

5 mini nans

the last of the 4 layer dip ( refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and a tiny bit of cheddar)


Peas and carrots

2 cheese biscuits

dressing with a little gravy

Diet vernors ( pop)


ice cream and chocolate....not the best choice but it hit the spot.

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
lol, it's hard to throw out a fresh cup of hot chocolate when you personally have bought it....i'd have the same problem yup!

i'm so glad i have extra veggies around :) biggggg appetite this week for me. the 4 layer dip i've seen, sounds good!

nice mix of food...love the peas and carrots. you can add a little oil and seasoning to it for flavor. i have something similar at home, bought it precooked but cheaper...frozen veggies cooked with spices and a little oil...better flavor than just steamed.

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2018:
I'm not sure I would buy the 4 layer dip again...but it was ok. Ended up with too much sugar today!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2018:
yes the dip is filling and high cal. the good part is the fiber from the beans...but it's high cal with cheese, etc.

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2018:
the cheese in top was quite minimal...and the sour cream was tasteless...not sure what that really was....but there were a lot of beans a guac.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

Happy to be up...feeling good and ready for the day.............

Yesterdays 2 cups of chili pointed out to me that quantity of food is not my friend.....I was miserable...that is way too much food for me at 1 time .....it stuck with me for many hours....and took away any hunger...but I was not a happy camper.......small servings suit me much better.......eating in a different way today.  I'm not measuring....but I am using small dishes.....

Small dishes are something that I forgot about doing in the past...but it was very effective.......so today I dug out my new cereal bowl...it's tiny......and easy to stop filling at an appropriate point.....next...small plates and small glases..in fact I even have a tiny spoon...( not using that yet...but it's a possibility).

I'm hearing that Weight Watchers is rolling out a whole new look....they will be focusing on health in general...not just weight ( the latest program has a lot of unhappy people...some are gaining....since there is little structure and a lot of unlimited foods)...so I guess if they change to a focus on healthy eating but not weight loss that will affect their subscribers...this will be interesting.  Not on WW now...but I  have been on many of their programs in the past..where I did lose well...but I always put it back on plus some after getting off prograam......if they push healthy eating and it becomes a habit it will be a positive...but i personally think that weight loss may not be an outcome necessarily ..............My guess is that they will lose a lot of their customers that have joined to lose weight because they were a weight loss program.  I will be watching that with interest.


2 cups coffee

small bowl cereal ( blueberry tiny toast cereal)

enough almond milk ( a lot less than I used to use)

Done until lunch.................................................................................................................................

Computer will be off for the rest of the day....but meals planned and should go okay!!!


Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
yes, i heard that also about WW. a coworker's wife works for them, so, he knew about it the whole time and was teasing one of my coworkers because she wanted to know the changes, but he wouldn't tell her until it came out publicly lol...

good ideas with the smaller servings. i knew someone who lived till late 90's and she ate that way. she would use small dishes always.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2018:
yes, i heard that also about WW. a coworker's wife works for them, so, he knew about it the whole time and was teasing one of my coworkers because she wanted to know the changes, but he wouldn't tell her until it came out publicly lol...

good ideas with the smaller servings. i knew someone who lived till late 90's and she ate that way. she would use small dishes always.

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 24, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Up early as usual and ready to get busy around here...started with coffee.....

coffee (2) = 9

overnight oats ( quaker raisin, walnut,honey)...I make it with water in the microwave in the morning = 300

Now that the freezers, ref and food storage areas are all cleaned and organized I am on a mission to use all of this stuff up......and continue losing doing that.  

No unnecessary grocery shopping, buy only necessities as needed.....

This also goes for all other necessities = toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies etc.

Cut the number of "things" around here...use what we have...stop shopping for entertainment

Do exercise of some kind every day.........

8 cups of water daily 

Wt seems stuck again...so time to get seriously organized and pass this new plateau......


I've decided to further control my shopping...I will work towards saving $$$$...because why not?  That will put the emphasis on a positive instead of what I can't do.  So now instead of NOT SHOPPING...I will be Saving $ and making do with what is onhand!!  Win...Win!

Planned meals for rest of the day =

1 beef hot dog = 193

whole wheat bun = 117

knorr pasta/rice mix 1 cup = 310

2 cups canned chili no beans = 387

red pepper = 4

perrier flavored water = 0


for the day 1,020 cals

Lettuce was bad...so substituted a small rd pepper...and had less chili than planned...really need to try and work in a few more cals.....but not if I'm not hungry...........

Did get in another 300 cals in the late afternoon.....so cals are good for the day

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/24/2018:
Great plan all the way around! Saving can be fun - make a game out of it. Challenge yourself :)

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
I actually love to save....for a year in the past...I focused on paying off every credit card...and I kept a detailed notebook...and had a great time..loved the challenge......that does work for me.

legcramps on 09/24/2018:
Nice plan! I try to save money, but I can't do it long term unless I put it somewhere I can't get it (like into an investment)

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
That works too.

BearCountryGG on 09/25/2018:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2018:
your overnight oats sound delish. a couple weeks ago or maybe last week i bought a starbucks oatmeal...it had some nuts to put in as well as dried fruit...it was soooo not satisfying...i was starving shortly after eating it! lol. too much sugar it had and caused me to crash....because i'm so used to eating more protein in the morning..seems lately i have to watch my sugar MORE because i notice what happens when i have too much or not enough.

sorry your lettuce was bad...i hate it when i have to throw things out because i didn't preparee them in time! ugh!

good job to you...excellent progress, lady!

BearCountryGG on 09/25/2018:

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 23, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Finished up cleaning out the big freezer and also did the ref/freezer this morning...the garbage man is going to hate us this week.........freezer burn and mini packages of unidentified leftovers are all gone.....I found all of my missing storage containers.  Now that I know exactly what is in there and it's all organized...that will cut my shopping down for quite some time.........

Ate a lot early yesterday but it stuck with me all day and I ended up at 1,444 cals......right now I can say that I just may have broken my tendency to eat in the evening........I'm drinking water then...and it seems to be enough...so i'm keeping my fingers crossed.

SO...no more freezing small bits of leftovers......I don't want to have that kind of stuff hiding the good stuff...and then have the good stuff get freezer burn....we lost a huge box of fish fillets..and several steaks and hamburger..so lesson learned.

Not   bothering to count today...........meals are planned and are all within reason.


Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/23/2018:
You've inspired me to take out a container in my outside freezer, which I have no idea what it contains. I also still need to throw out that Oreo dessert thing.

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2018:
Thumbs Up!

graindart on 09/23/2018:
Got rid of our large separate deep freezer a couple years ago. Now try to shop on Sunday night for only what we'll use during that week. By Saturday each week our pantry and fridge/freezer are usually looking pretty sparse. Since we live in town, not overly worried about food shortages at the local stores any time soon.

Good job staying on plan. Keep it up and it's looking like you'll dip into the 180's before Halloween.

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2018:
That's my plan with the freezers too.....freezer burned food is a huge waste of money. I think so too with the wt.....looking forward to that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2018:
good job organizing so that you can use what you have ... it does help every once in awhile to check what's been shoved into the back of the freezer!

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2018:
Yes it does...I saw some things in there I didn't even remember buying...

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 22, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Errands were piling up...so this morning I had a cup of coffee and headed out.......got groceries, post office, bank, drug store, gas station done...and also made a thank you call...for .the card and lottery tickets from youngest son and daughter in law.....she is sick and great grandson #2 has pneumonia...so no visiting.  So I ate the rest of the cake...and had 2 brats and saurkraut...and a diet cola..........yeah...I know that is messed up....but the cake is now gone....thankfully!  I't only just a little adter 10...so I got a lot done so far...next on the list is emptying the big freezer in the garage and cleaning that out and reorganizing it.......so I got a good start on the day so far...need to keep that pace up.......things keep falling out of the freezer when we open the door......not good.

1 coffee

last of b day cake

2 brats


diet cola

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
Nothing wrong with starting your day off with a larger meal, as long as things balance out. OR perhaps it's just a day with more eating. I have those from time to time. And you've been busy/active, too.

The little refrigerator we have at work has so much ice/frost built up that I can no longer fit my small-sized creamer on the shelf (too tall, because the ice looms so low). What upsets me more is the 2 patches of MOLD growing on the ice block though. I should probably not keep ANYTHING in that refrigerator!!!

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
No......mold isn't good......I recently tossed out a bag of forgotten apples and when I put the bag in the trash...a puff of moldy air came out...….and smelled it immediately...….allergy time.

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
PS Commented on your last entry.

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
they were leftovers that either needed to be eaten that day or tossed...it was a good time for me to learn to leave something on my plate and toss it...instead of just eating them to make them disappear.....LOL

happy-1 on 10/01/2018:
Hugs! A little organizing and tossing is good for the soul

bearcountrygg - Friday Sep 21, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Another rainy day....yesterday I spent 5 hours on the phone....that must be a new personal record.......fell asleep in the lazy boy twice...and in bed by 9:30....slept all night....yesterday there was cake.....so today there is leftover cake....nuff said.



2 coffees


sm pork chop

some mixed noodles with sauce and I must say that when I was full......I actually LEFT A LOT OF THEM ON MY PLATE AND THREW THEM IN THE GARBAGE.........That felt awesome!!!!!

6 mini chocolates.........I need to get thiss under control though

1 diet cola

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2018:
five hours!? with who!? your son!?

congrats on throwing out some leftovers, that sure it difficult for me, too!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2018:
3 hours with 1 sister in law, 1 hr with other sister in law and 1 with oldest son

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
I think the cooler temps bring out the sleepiness in a lot of us (raising my hand high). Wow, it was hard to get out of bed this morning at temps at 46F. I will be switching to my winter jammies tonight.

Well done (?) with the noodles. I don't normally advocate throwing away food, but I confess that I had a spell where I was leaving food on my plate when I was full, until I adjusted my portion sizes accordingly. (I still struggle with taking second helpings though... *sigh*) You did very well for yourself!

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
They were leftovers that needed to be eaten or thrown out that day...in the past I would have just shoveled them in....but learning to leave food on my plate is something I need to give myself an ok to do.

Donkey on 09/22/2018:
^I hope you understand where I'm coming from regarding throwing away stuff. It's not a criticism towards you at all; please do not take it that way.

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2018:
It was eat them or toss those leftovers....

bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 20, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

Well......must be snipe at your spouse day...( Donkey and I started right off that way this morning) LOL....I told him that I was setting the roomba vaccum loose this morning and it might chew up his magazines that are all over the floor so he might want to pick them up....and he told me to sweep and WASH the KITCHEN floor...TODAY!!!!!  LOL

Since I turned 69 at midnight....literally...technically a few minutes after midnight....I am declaring this a eat what I want and don't count or list day....it's my day darn it...and I'm going to enjoy it ( and sweep and wash the kitchen floor....LOL...it needs it and so do I)

Eye infection and allergies...are making me want to  either tape them shut or scratch them out.....this too shall pass.  



Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/20/2018:
Happy birthday.

I forgot to check my calendar first thing this morning and didn't realize that today was "snipe at your spouse day".

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
You still have time...LOL

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
Thank you for the Birthday wishes!

innerpeace on 09/20/2018:
Happy Birthday to you! If any days at all deserve to be just eat what you want...it is this day.

I hope this day has many returns for you.

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
Thank you!

Donkey on 09/20/2018:
"Snipe at Your Spouse" Day -- this would call for cake, even if it wasn't your birthday. Enjoy YOUR day - cheers to another year :)

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
YES...definitely cake! LOL

Maria7 on 09/20/2018:
Happy Birthday to you! I would eat all I wanted on my bd, too! Matter of fact, I had sweet potato pie today! Smile!

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
Thank you...and the pie sounds great!

legcramps on 09/21/2018:
Happy Birthday! Make the most of it!

BearCountryGG on 09/21/2018:
I did...thank you!

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 19, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

Been fighting a double eye infection for a few days...so definately not driving today........and staying away from people, it's really contageous. 

So taking vitamins and supplements for sure today.

coffee = 9

bagel with spray butter = 320

banana = 9

mini 80 cal bag of pop corn


Lunch will apparently be late.....D not home from tracking yet......but it will be 

1 brat


mixed greens with radishes and cucumber and ranch

3 mini nans

dip   (guac, refried beans, sour cream, tiny shredded cheese)

diet cola


Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2018:
feel better....were you touching your eyes a lot?

i had a stye a week ago, it's gone now :) i think due to some stress before the holiday and parade i was doing. i didn't like the fast pace of the weeks leading into or that weekend...things are so relaxed now :)

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:
Probably rubbing eyes....I do catch that very easily...have my entire life...

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:
Probably rubbing eyes....I do catch that very easily...have my entire life...

happy-1 on 09/19/2018:
Hugs! Feel better! What is he tracking? Bear?

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2018:
i have seen the mini naans! almost bought a package, but, didn't! lol, it seemed i would not be able to watch cals well with them, and they are sorta small to put more than dip on! but they did catch my eye!

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
They are 5 for 150 cals...and they are soft and 5 satisfies me well...in fact 4 does....

Donkey on 09/20/2018:
Ugh, eye infections - not fun!!! Hope you're feeling better.

BearCountryGG on 09/20/2018:
Still fighting it.....but it will eventually go away...allergies right now are just antagonizing it too....UGH!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2018:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 18, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

Nothing special going on today....just plenty to do but none of it interesting.  Blah day...mad at myself for buying some questionable things yesterday...got lots of good thingss too....but I should not have picked up some things that I did.........since I will be making a birthday cake for thursday...I was in the usually forbidden aisle...which just seem to trigger a carb load of stuff dropping into my cart...makes me mad at myself..........this is a pivital birthday......I Have to make some good losses over the next year....

Coffee (2) = 9 

banana = 109

bagel with spray butter = 320

5 mini nans

4 layer dip ( guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheddar)




1465 cals

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/18/2018:
I didn't log in yesterday, but congratulations on your loss!!!

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
Thank you!

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2018:
i am happy for a gym visit...and a short work day...i guess this would be interesting!

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
Your day sounds better...LOL

graindart on 09/18/2018:
I've brought stuff home with me many times that would sabotage my plan. That's when the internal conflict begins. I know I could just throw it in the garbage and all would be safe again, but I also don't like wasting stuff.

I've ended up going both ways. Eating the junk feels good for the few minutes I'm eating it and then I have regrets sometimes for days. On the few occasions that I've actually thrown the stuff in the garbage, I've felt a little instant guilt for wasting it, but have then felt empowered sometimes for days afterwards.

Right now the scales are going in the right direction for me and I don't think I'd have as difficult of a time throwing the stuff away. Of course I say that a mere 10 hours after those donuts were calling my name as I walked past them in the grocery store. So maybe I'm not in as mentally strong a position as I currently think I am......

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
You walked out of the store with the best stuff for your weight loss....you can draw on that win in the future...….I need to walk out of there like that again...I've done it..and need to go back to that...it sure doesn't take much to derail me I know....you did the right thing.

happy-1 on 09/18/2018:
You can return it and get your money back next trip

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
I don't think I have ever returned food to the grocery store......kinda makes me wonder now if I have ever bought something someone else returned....

Maria7 on 09/18/2018:
I read you everyday altho I don't post every day. I am so excited at your progress!

BearCountryGG on 09/18/2018:
Thank you Maria...me too.

happy-1 on 09/18/2018:
I don’t think so. It probably goes to the food bank.

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:
Our small towns food bank closed because they couldn't afford the rent...….I've seen refrigerated and frozen things on inner aisle shelves..here shoppers just laid them down....and bulging cans more than once.....so my guess is that it will go right back into the food aisles,....but luckily I have never seen anyone bring something back here....and their fly problem is happening again....so I don't put anything past anyone....I do look for a lot of ice crystals on frozen food....and avoid their meat that is brown...….UGH....kinda turns my stomach.

Maria7 on 09/18/2018:
You are an inspiration! I have been 'stuck' for a while and now I feel like I am 'movin' on' thanks to your current ongoing success!

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2018:
Oh...I so glad you are feeling hopeful Maria!!! You can do this!

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 17, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 195.8

 Really slept well last night....staying up later really does help that.  Remembered to get on the scales this morning and down 3.......Making a quick trip to the nearest grocery store as soon as it's light out because we are out of a lot of things and then will eat breakfast when i get back.....counting today....


1 cup decalf coffee = 5



toasted bagel with spray butter = 320

apple = 125


rutabega, onion, beef pasty with 1 T gravy = 405 

diet cola = 0


banana = 109

p3 protein pack (peanuts, jerky, sunflower seeds) =250

perrier water = 0

coffee = 4



Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only 50.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/17/2018:
Congratulations on the continued losses. It's much easier to stay motivated when the scale is going in the right direction consistently.

BearCountryGG on 09/17/2018:
Yes it is. Thank you.

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
i forgot about rutabaga...nice stuff!

i cannot wait to get back into more squash dishes / root veggie dishes soon!

still, i need to find a recipe for cabbage in a slow cooker...i really, REALLY wanna make it soon.

BearCountryGG on 09/17/2018:
Winter seems to be a great time for those.

graindart on 09/17/2018:
Saw rutabaga in the grocery store today, but don't know that I've ever bought one before. Have been eating a larger amount of squash this past month due to larger volume / lower calorie count as long as I don't add butter or other fats.

Just did a quick rutabaga online search. Might buy one and give it a try since it's even lower in calories than squash.

BearCountryGG on 09/17/2018:
It reminds me of a potato...with a little bit of flavor.

happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
I love rutabaga. I haven’t had it in forever because I always associate it with sugar, not savory... and I am trying not to add sugar.

BearCountryGG on 09/17/2018:
I kind of put rutabaga and turnips in a similar category...savory not sweet though...I will look up rutabaga as a sweet.....

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