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bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 16, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 198.8


Still trying on clothes that are too big........am I the only one that has favorites that they hate to see go?  The last 2 nights have been spent in 2 pairs of pajama pants that won't  stay up..........I spent yesterday in a favorite top that had to have it's sleeves rolled up.......and baggy pants.  Didn't get on the scales today but maybe tomorrow.  I did notice that I kept forgetting to eat yesterday....I didn't get hungry ( reminded me of when I was a kid...not a picky eater.. but ......a non eater)..........................and I can't let that happen either.....metabolism is already so messed up that non eating days just make that worse.......I'm not sure what the answer is....probably a psychiatrist....LOL

Tracking makes me think about food and crave food....not tracking allows me to not think about food and not eat hardly at all......I don't know what the answer is..............why such extremes.....I know it's not healthy to be food obessed......and equally unhealthy is not eating hardly at all.   

The fact is I can look back to my earliest food memories...and it has always been the case.....

I guess I need to make a decision....either track and use it as a tool to get me to eat......or not track...and lose wt too fast and get sick.  Losing is losing.......but too fast can be a problem...when i get in this mind set...it can come off very fast....but there are repercussions.

I guess basically I have to say that my eating patterns over the years have been basically an eating disorder.....although...I don't know if rarely getting actually hungry falls into that category...it's not anorexia...I'm not afraid to eat..or obsessed with not eating...it's just a broken hunger response I think.

Bottom line is I didn't get hungry yesterday.....I ate little because I wasn't interested....I cooked for D.....and didn't want anything.........definately so typical....from one extreme to the other.....

Funny how this extreme only falls into the food/eating category for me...otherwise.....I'm right down the middle in the rest of my life.......................................

Yup...my food/eating hunger meter is broken.....and I don't know how to fix it......maybe I just need to track for awhile......and then not track for awhile...and it will all even out in the end...that is what I have basically been doing for the last year or more here...........

I now know why My Mother used to push toast at me all the time....she was trying to get me to eat something...and I couldn't care less..................there were more interesting things for me to do than...than wasting time eating................UGH!

I can see that the bottom line for me is finding a happy medium.......I've found it in the rest of my life....but finding it in  this department is a continuing problem....it seems to be all...or nothing at all.  


Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 53.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/16/2018:
I do miss 2 of my dress shirts that I owned for probably a decade, but never really wore much. Both were silk. One was a nice black one with some unique pleating / stitching. Another was a gift from my brother-in-law from his time in Korea and it had some non-english font writing on it. Both were just a little too small to wear when I was at my 260-283 lb weight for many years. When I was part way through my weightloss last year, they both fit well and I got to wear each of them a few times. Then when I dropped below 220-ish they just got too baggy to look good. So I ended up giving them to my brother-in-law and have seen him wear them a few times.

As for food control, I'm like you.....a light switch....ON or OFF. Extremes only, with rarely any signs of moderation. But unlike you, I rarely can "forget" to eat.

I've heard forever about losing weight too fast being unhealthy. But then again being obese / overweight is supposedly unhealthy too. And restricting your calories supposedly hurts your metabolism. And all of these other rules that are supposed to guide me into a healthier lifestyle. For me personally, it doesn't really matter. Anything I do is going to place me in the "unhealthy" category right now. If I sit here at this weight, that's unhealthy. If I lose weight slowly, I'm still unhealthy due to my weight / fat %. If I lose weight fast, that's unhealthy. If I restrict calories too much, that's unhealthy.

For now, I just have a goal that I'm willing to work towards (losing fat). Once I get to my goal and switch to maintaining, my new goal can be to work towards getting "healthy".

And like you, the rest of my life is mostly balanced. Food is the wild animal that I've never successfully tamed.

BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
That all or nothing eating is hard to figure out...it's a mind set I guess....but I wish I knew how to just make it stay in the middle zone somehow...I can go all day without eating and not think a thing about it...but if I start eating...it can get out of hand really fast.

Maria7 on 09/16/2018:
You had other things on your mind that were important to you and had preeminence over thoughts of food, apparently, when you were thinner...not saying you didn't think about food, but maybe you didn't eat breakfast when you were real thin (I didn't) and now do or maybe you didn't have the food choices available back then that you have now to tempt you to eat more. It is this way for me, I'm sayin'... Anyway, I am very happy for you for all you have and are achieving...look at you...you have accomplished a lot and you (and I) are learning what works best for each of us to not overeat but at the saame time, (hopefully) eat healthier.

BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
That I true...there are a lot more choices now...and I'm the one that does the shopping so that makes it even more of an issue...….it's true...when I was thin...I was busy all day....added weight and age...have slowed me down considerably.

Donkey on 09/16/2018:
I too had (and maybe still have) favorite fat clothes that I haven't given away. Actually, this summer, I finally donated most of my fat summer clothes, including the Jennifer Lopez outfit I wore to my son's high school graduation. Something that I refuse to part with right now are my Lands End cotton jersey pants, in black, navy, and gray. They are very baggy on me now, but still stay on my hips. I paid $40 for each pair - bought brand new - and they still have plenty of wear left on them. I may use them for my weekend pants, since I bought more tailored pants for work. They are so comfy - which is helpful for my sensory issues.

An observation: I don't think that tracking has to be an all-or-nothing thing. It seems like tracking calories - for you - has been a tool that you have used, that sometimes works and then sometimes works against you.

What I mean to say is, I don't think it would hurt to keep yourself open to an occasional day of tracking - once a month? Maybe just something to check in with yourself? On the other hand, if you're finding it to be completely counterproductive, then throw it out.

Tracking is just a tool. If it's not what you need, then don't use it. (Thinking along the lines of: if you need a screwdriver, a hammer isn't going to help.)


BearCountryGG on 09/16/2018:
That is a good observation...I'm glad you pointed that out...….I will keep that in mind......I think I may just need to wing it day by day...listing foods some, counting some...and not counting others....because actually listing the food seems to be a problem for me some days...good ideas..TY

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2018:
nope! if something is too big, no matter how nice, i let it go!

happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
I’m hanging onto any too big clothes that make good work clothes if there is cleanup to do after an earthquake. After Northridge we couldn’t do laundry at home for a while and it was a messy cleaup job.

happy-1 on 09/17/2018:
And food is complicated... You can quit drinking but you can’t quit eating.

bearcountrygg - Friday Sep 14, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 198.8

Well...That proves what I have always known...I naturally eat less when I'm not on a diet....diets do make me fat...they bring out some kind of beast that says...OH NO>>>No one is going to tell me what to eat....LOL ...What kind of aberant behavior is that ?  Like it or not...for me it is a fact.  I do remember my Mother refusing any kind of diet that told her what and how much to eat......she just worked on it on her own......and she succeeded,  hereditary,  or early life suggestion...I don't know for myself...but it is a thing!  I'm just going to continue with just not posting food, not measuring, not counting...just eating only when hungry, only what i am craving and drinking lots of water.  It's also important for me to stay away from the scales...because a disappointing scale reading can make things go terribly wrong.  

My friends son who was called to the hospital for his liver transplant...did match the donor....and he was in surgery...and then they removed the donor liver...it was a fatty liver...so they stopped the surgery and he didn't get his transplant and was sent home to wait again...very sick and dissappointing.  But it is good to remember that fatty liver is caused by obesity and other things!!!!  If it is not good enough to transplant into a dying man...then it's not good enough to live with.......


Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 53.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/14/2018:
The number on the scales can definitely influence how I feel at the start of a day. Movement in the right direction fuels my determination and movement in the wrong direction just makes me question if it's worth it.

My problem is when I skip weighing myself, I tend to cheat more and think that I still weigh what the last scale reading was. So then I step back on the scale after several days and it can read several lbs higher.

Keep up the good work.

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
Yes...It an be a double edged sword. I can only do that when I only eat when hungry and then stop.....when I find myself grazing all day again out of old bad habits...I have to go back to counting …...I know for me...I have to take advantage of it when I can...but notice when I'm going off track and start counting again....and lots of water is also a big thing for me...filling up with that really does help me.

Donkey on 09/14/2018:
I'm sorry to hear that the transplant was a no go for your friend. I can only imagine the disappointment (and despair?).

You're doing so well - keep up the good work!

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
I'm so sad for them...my friend ( his mom) has had 2 liver transplants...and she is doing really well......they have a genetic live disease that they didn't know about until she got sick......her son's liver disease has her feeling so guilty because now she knows she passed it along to him...and they now worry about her daughter and 4 grandsons....it's sad.

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2018:
I DO THE SAME! that's why i eat for what works for me and do not follow a diet like WW or anything...i HATE being told what to do! except if i'm telling myself what to do!


BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
Kind of a rebellion...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2018:
and also fatty liver is hereditary i think for asians....i had a chinese coworker not really fat but inherited the problem it ran in his family.

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
D has a fatty liver, ...his dr says it was diabetes that caused itfriends son has caused by diabetes......friends son has a form of non alcoholic cirrhosis...the donor liver was fatty.

happy-1 on 09/14/2018:
omg... hugs... what a stressful situation and set of reversals... just hugs and prayers...

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2018:
It's sad.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 13, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 198.8

Just going to be a simple day here....just doing little odds and ends that have piled up.....eating will be simple...and not counting...I'm cutting myself a little slack and not  going to record today....when I did that a while back I thought about food less and I ate less...so I'm just planning to coast a while.  I just realized that I am now about right around the halfway point..........I'm liking that.

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 53.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/13/2018:
I noticed you were at the midway point, but wasn't going to mention it. For some it would be a positive sign, for others just a reminder of how far is left to go. Personally I think it's great when you go over the midway hump and are on the downward side.

Good job, keep it up.

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
I see it a a positive too.

happy-1 on 09/13/2018:
Good job cutting yourself slack!!! You are very focused when you are “on” and a break avoids burnout!

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
Yup....I will never be 100% perfect......I kind of have to do things in fits and starts....as long as it keeps going in the right direction.

Maria7 on 09/13/2018:
WOW! 11 pounds within one week! Congratulations!

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
I don't weigh in very often...so when I do it looks like a big loss....but it had been more than 1 week....

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
If I weigh in daily it doesn't work well if I gain so I wait until I feel my clothes fitting differently.

horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2018:
yes for simplicity! it's my desire as well, like we said...and Gains, too!

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
The less I think about dieting...the less I eat....so that is about as simple as I can get...LOL

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 12, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 198.8

D is on his way to get blood work done........and woke me up to tell me...LOL....I stayed up...I never have liked being wwoke up...I guess no one does.

I finally hit ONDERLAND TODAY!!!!!!   It has been a long time since I have seen that number.....I was a little surprised or maybe even shocked is more like it.   I kind of feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  

2 cups coffee = 9

umpqua oats with fruit and nuts = 300

quaker breakfast square apple cinnamon = 210

23 green grapes = 83

nutrisystem chicken pot pie = 270

p3 portable protein pack/peanuts, jerky, sunflower seeds = 260

bumble bee tuna salad pack = 300

1 can diet cola= 0

1 can la croix water = 0

Using the fitday cd to figure things today and it says I am already over my carbs for the day...and have had very little to none of other nutrients.......will spend the rest of the day trying to balance things out.


calories = 1,431

BUT...I'm at 140% of the carbs I shoulod have...so I'm over by 40%

Fibr, protein,  vitamin d and vitamin e are right on

Everything else is very low and no Vitamin d or B12 at all

So I took a multiple vitamin, and extra c, an omega,a zinc and  baby aspirin...so I'm covered but I'm craving carbs bad...I'm not at all hungry...but I want carbs........

This is why I LOVE/HATE the Fitday CD......it tells it like it is...and it tells me I'm a carbaholic.


Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 53.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/12/2018:
Sweet monkey meat! Always feels good to drop back down and have the scale start with a "1" again.

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2018:
It's been a long time.

happy-1 on 09/12/2018:
OMG!!!! So excited for you!!!! Proud of you for getting your nose down and pushing. I hope to follow in your shoes.

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2018:
I can't hardly wrap my head around it myself...LOL

pinklatte on 09/12/2018:

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2018:
Thank you!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/12/2018:
woooohooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on ONE!

also, your food list looks exquisite! yum~

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2018:
Thank you!

Donkey on 09/12/2018:
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

Ride out the carb cravings. They will pass.

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2018:
Thank you!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 11, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 201.0

I'm going to do an hour by hour thing today.........and I'm going to be counting.

I have several things I would like to get done today because I have been making a mess reorganizing the prepper closet ( food and paper goods).....need to rotate exp dates...and also move a lot to the kitchen for the next month or so ...there is still a LOT of food in there....and I need to see what is there so I don't buy when I already have somethings.  I also need to make some notes to add to the inventory notebook........in the future...just buy some more actual things made for long term storage insted of regular groceries off the shelf....this stuff is not made to last as well as things from actual companies like WISE.....that stuff will also take up a lot less room.  Also need to purchase some more water but not today.

Lots of reminders about what happened 17 years ago today, my guess is everyone remembers where they were when that happened.  I was at work in a 24 hour medical facility.......and we were on alert according to personel and since no one knew immediatly if the whole country was under attack or not...we were all on 24 hour alert standby.  No time off, no excuses.  My closest work partners husband was a fireman and he had the same directions where he worked...and she was so worried about their 2 small daughters and who would take care of them.  One thing that made everyone nervous was that all of the muslim employees suddenly stopped speaking english and started speaking Arabic and no one knew why.........D called me to say that he was watching the news when the first plane hit the tower...and as he was telling me...the second plane hit.................as he watched.  This was the first and only time I had ever seen both employees and patients standing, watching the office TV.  

5;30 to 6:30 = coffee =9 and cream of wheat to go, cinnamon, apple walnut flavor = 260

6:30 to 7:30 = moving a months worth of food to the kitchen...and rotated more, made bed

Just contacted by a friend who has had 2 liver transplants  and who's son is waiting for his...and they have a liver for him...just testing right now.......praying for him.

It's also the 36th birthday of a girl that we raised for 15 years...who is now the Mom of a 17 year old and a new baby born in April.

Thinking of Maria and those in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Having all of the "FEELS" today!

7:30 to 8:30 = bath, dressed and hair....

8:30 -9:30 = Spending some time with D, doing some odds and ends, getting out steak to defrost for D.........this hour flew by

9:30 - 10:30 = Helping D with some things he was doing.

10:30 - 12:30  wrapping up a bunch of odd little chores and lunch which will be about 600 cals

This afternoon...just doing what I want to do......got all of my planned things done.



Progress as of today: 51.8 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
Yes, never forget 9/11.

I will think warm thoughts for the liver transplant opportunity soon hopefully.

Your thoughts are appreciated by everyone around the Country today on all accounts :)

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
Sad day......and Jim needs all of the prayers he can get...that he passes the tissue match tests today...so that tomorrow he can get that liver he needs. I went through this while his mom was getting hers done...….and it is critical.

bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 10, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 201.0

Lots of little jobs on the list for today....kind of enjoyed turning the AC off yesterday....looks like it's going to be a beautiful fall...the colors are coming out.  I'm so happy to break the plateau...but I do need to raise my calories a bit now....too many super low cal days in the recent past....so adding today to make sure I get a healthy amt.

coffee = 9

Yoplait blueberry fruit side yogurt 160.....this may be my new favorate yogurt

Plan on eating about 1,900 calories of lasagna today.....It's filling and covers all of the food groups well and it's a leftover...

Needed to make up a few calories that I lacked over the last few days.

Feeling great...and getting a lot done arounsd the house this morning, it's a beautiful sunny day.  


Progress as of today: 51.8 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/10/2018:
I actually like the idea that you are increasing calories today. I hope it was a tasty day for you! :)

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
It was a lot more quantity than I am used to...but it was ok

graindart on 09/10/2018:
Mmmmmm lasagna...... with a big loaf of fresh french bread...... and butter melting / dripping off the bread......

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
I wish....LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
Oh my...i have turned the air off too....! it's quite chilly as of late in NYC...not even 70 yesterday!!!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 201.0

 Wow...fall is in the air here...chilly night...and woke up to the leaves seriously turning and some already on the ground.  Super happy today because I knew the minute I climbed out of bed...that my weight had dropped a lot since last being on the scales....I had noticed last night that my pajamas were extra loose...and this morning even more so.  So It was scale time...and I finally broke the plateau....and a lot of my jeans and slacks will be going into the donation bag today..................I need to do some serious digging for a smaller size in my closet.  ( too small clothes stay in bins until they fit....it's always like Christmas around here when my sizes drop)...so I'm having a happy morning.

I think it's a good day to go through the kitchen cabinets and drawers today...I noticed that I have 5 cooling racks that I used for many years to cool cookies on...I haven't made cookies in at least 5 years...so they can go....I'm sure I will find more unnecessary things...I love downsizing......it is so freeing.  

Progress as of today: 51.8 lbs lost so far, only 56 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
We've got the chill here too!

Last week early on it was in the 90's...and today!? in the 60's!

Congrats on your weight loss! nice job! look at your chart....you are doing quite fabulous! i am so proud of you!

downsizing and throwing out trash is wayyyy better than letting it clutter up, go you!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
I have a tendency to hold onto water bad...so a lot of the really good weigh ins were after unloading a lot of that...but fat is going too...so I'm happy.....

Donkey on 09/09/2018:
WOW you at you!!!! Whatever you have been doing, keep doing it!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
Drinking LOTS of water!!!!

graindart on 09/09/2018:
Congratulations. So close to your weight starting with a "1" again.

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
yes...I can't wait for that next weigh in....but it will be awhile...I don't want to jinx it...LOL

bearcountrygg - Thursday Sep 06, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

So far, so good,.....more doing and less talking about it works best for me.  The good habits are being worked on and I'm spending more time being active around here and when I'm away I am making more effort to do extra walking.  

Things are going well right now. 

As long as I remember that food is only body fuel

As long as I only eat when I am actually feeling hunger 

As long as I only eat enough to satisfy the hunger and no more

As long as I eat a variety of foods and take vitamins and supplements to cover anything missed

As long as I remember to eat slowly because it takes 20 minutes from mouth to belly

As long as I remember that my stomach is the size of my fist...and I have to always make sure that I NEVER eat more food than the size of my fist or I will stretch my stomach out

As long as I remember that I am not a cave woman who needs to fill up on that roasted animal because I may not be able to eat again for days

As long as I remember that food will always be there, that , I will not miss anything because it will disappear and I will never get to eat it again.

Just as I tell a child that wants a new expensive toy RIGHT NOW...that I will write that down and keep that note so that for Christmas or a birthday I will remember to ask that child if they still want that toy as a GIFT then........I can look at a recipe or a special food that really is tempting me...and I am not hungry or it is not appropriate at that time....I can write that food name down, or take that recipe and fold that paper up...and drop it in a box/jar/bag that I am naming the TEMPTING FOOD OPTIONS FOR LATER storage place....( without ever looking through those papers until I am at goal weight....)...but remembering that any food is okay right now as long as I eat it in appropriate amounts...this technique is only for things I feel will mess up my weight loss by eating it out of control now.

As long as I remember that waiting for the payoff is a good thing.  That self control is a good thing.  That keeping my eye on the prize is a good thing that is achieved with hard work and determination.


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
One thing...you will not always remember, so proper planning and other ways of lifestyle maintenance are necessary. i do it with veggies. i cannot always do proper portions, etc., so i make it work using my own methods...keep on.. just be good 80% of the time, not 100% as nobody is perfect. give yourself leeway.

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
Yes...we all need to do what speaks to us as doable......if filling up on veggies works for you..then you should do exactly that. Eating less these last couple of days has made me notice that I feel better with less food in my stomach...I like that.

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
sometimes i yearn for a break from the volume too...and i'm happy also feeling less volume!

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
I am quite uncomfortable with a full stomach...I never have been able to eat the quantities that others eat...my problem was grazing too often...LOL

happy-1 on 09/08/2018:
Nutritionist said that if I am obsessively thinking about a food that I am really craving like orange chicken, I should just have it and get it over with, but to stop and toss the rest when I’m satisfied. I can’t seem to waste food though. I am doing a lot better this week with the chocolate protein powder. If I am craving chocolate, I’m supposed to have the protein shake first.

Maria7 on 09/08/2018:
Good plan!

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 05, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Yesterday went really really well.....actually very little food....I know I can't keep up eating under 600 calories a day...but it made a great start....I'm in the mode and now it will be easier after getting through the first day....today will still be very low cal.......I am planning to stay away from the scales until my clothes get too big...then I will know for sure it will be safe to weigh in.

Nice weather today....and I have to go to the grocery store for a few things.......

Need to start taking my vitamins and supplements again today to fill in where I am short .

Working on more just plain tap water.......the sodium in the other zero things is making me hold a lot of water.

Excited to have had a successful day one.

coffee 2 = 9

It's 8:45 a.m. and the shopping is done........I cruised right past all the tempting stuff....got a couple of things for D that do not tempt me so I'm good there.....got plenty of fruit, veg, eggs and meat...........so I'm good here for awhile.  

Came home and had oikos toasted cocnut vanilla yogurt = 160


breakfast 169 cals


2 cups mixed lettuce = 26

2T ranch = 148

1 1/2 cups diced chicken breast = 396

cooked peppers = 14


so far today = 757 cals

Dinner = 409

Mentally into this..it doesn't happen very often...usually it's a struggle.....I love when the need and the ability work together in harmony.

Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/05/2018:
Well done yesterday! And a good plan of attack for today and the remainder of the week... or at least until your clothes start to feel looser.

Enjoy the weather! For me, the cooldown is coming tonight. Oh I can only hope!

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
Thank you...and it is a bit muggy here today....but cooler air is on it's way YAHHHH!!

graindart on 09/05/2018:
Good job. Keep on-plan and the plateau will be broken.

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
It's going really well...thanks!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
and sometimes those zero cal things just make you crave more food no!? does to me!!

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
Nutritionist has been on me for the flavored yogurts and the hidden added sugar. I have been off them for a couple of weeks and my appetite is easier to control.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 04, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Another rain day...so lots will get done indoors.  I'm kicking the plateau busting into gear today.......the plan is to post what I eat in detail...so that I can go back and look at brands, foods and portions to see what is most effective.  I remember this wt range being a really tough one in the past to break...so I kind of expect it to take awhile....but I will do whatever it takes short of surgery or diet pills.  I do remember in the past having to drink a lot of water to get past it...so that part is easy.....funny how it took D a long time to get past this group of numbers too...but he did it....and now he weighs less than I do...and that can't happen for long...LOL...makes for great motivation.  My food scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons are ready and waiting........onward and downward......and no food is forbidden......for me forbidding food is a binge maker.......all things in moderation is key for me.


16 ounces coffee = 9

yoplait girl scout caramel coconut yogurt  = 160


1 cup homemade chili =321  ( ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, spices)


28 green grapes = 99


590 cals

5 cups water not counting coffee


Progress as of today: 43.2 lbs lost so far, only 64.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/04/2018:
You can do it! A couple of ideas that may or may not work: 1. Drink more water, before, during, and after you eat 2. Remember the "3 bite" rule for moderation. (Taste payoff decreases after the 3rd bite.) 3. Take a more thoughtful approach: are you really hungry or is it something else? 4. Savor and enjoy every bite and sip :)

Finally, this is just to break through the plateau and not a life sentence.

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Thank you Donkey for the reminders....they work and are well worth doing!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
i also find it easier to bust thru plateaus doing what you are doing, exactly. moderation. but not total deprivation.

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Learning to eat a favorite in moderation is tough sometimes...but a necessity...otherwise I will be doing this over and over and over again!

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
i have had to diet and lose weight 2x in my life...it seems like enough....i would hate to do it over and over and over...it's like a very cruel mind game.

happy-1 on 09/04/2018:
good job!

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:

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