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bearcountrygg - Monday Aug 31, 2020
(Calorie counting)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4:30........and 55 degrees out.....got up with a headache again....coffee was no help...so I decided to wait it out.......no help.  So at 6:45...I figured I would just eat something and there were plenty of leftovers in the fridge.  I love Schwans vegetable fried rice...there was a cup of that leftover......and I had picked up several Banquet brand shelf stable meal kits...and we tried one the other day.....not particularly healthy...but easily stored and handy...and requiring only water to make the entire meal.....we found it bland, and very pale and probably needing some things added the next time but fine as far as a quick easy fill in or emegency meal goes.  We had 2 cups of that leftover.......so i had these...quite a few cals and VERY filling....this should stick with me for a long time......but the thing I'm noticing the most is that my headache went away...this was a carb loaded breakfast...and I feel really good now.  I'm wishing I had checked my glucose level before but the after explains it....I'm in a very good range right now for after a carb meal.  It proves to me that headache signals low blood sugar and so many other symptoms.......regular eating is necessary for me.  I'm full of energy now and want to get started with my day so time to take advantage of that.  There are just some things I need to accept and i need to stop playing around with the fact that I need to eat regularly ( as much as I love Intermittant fasting, it messes with my glucose levels)..I need carbs because i just feel better when I include plenty of them...( dealing with the sudden drop sometimes after will have to be figured out then).....I need my own personal plan that fits my needs.....I need to count calories and I need to watch out for signals that eating specific things give me.

Meal #1

coffee = 2

2 cups of Banquet country chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits ( leftovers) = 580

1 cup Schwans vegetable fried rice (leftovers) = 180


762 calories

After meal...full and lots of energy, headache went away...must be sugar related.

That breakfast stayed with me until 1 P.M. when I had lunch ( our main meal)

1 baked chicken thigh = 152

red pepper strips = 10

Chicken rice a roni = 200


362 For the day so far = 1,124 cals

Got a lot of odd things done today.....and they were mainly things that made the place look better...it was time.

Settling in now for a few videos.


1 small banana = 90


Total for the day = 1,214 cals

Headache returned last night about 7 PM....

Ended up eating cookies that helped...but old habits die hard and then ended up eating a cup of spaghetti w/sauce and 2 mini meat balls and polished it off with 2 mini bags of chips...........no headache for the rest of the evening but the cookies should have been the end of it........need to get ahold of the food here and my old habits........food has such a control over me sometimes...other times...i'm the boss.....I need to get to the point with food where I am always the boss....not there yet obviously.







Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/31/2020:
I definitely think the headaches are due to low blood sugar. I'm surprised to hear that you are disappointed that IF doesn't work for you. I had quite the opposite reaction. "Oh good, now I can eat."

I wish I had the energy you have had in the mornings lately. I was sound asleep when my alarm went off. Turned it off, stretched in bed, 45 minutes passed!

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
I've never been a huge breakfast eater and I have always preferred the feeling of not being stuffed.....or actually having an empty stomach ( don't like it when it hits the nausea stage though)....and eating breakfast used to make me want to eat all day...so holding that off was a lot easier to lose or maintain with...but.....I don't like the low glucose effects at all.....so I will just have to bite the bullet and eat.....I really like IF...but..it's doesn't like me...... I am a morning person...my energy happens then...and again around 5 PM...it's in the middle where I get lazy...LOL

coffee&calories on 08/31/2020:
I totally understand the low blood sugar thing. I get that too. You are 100% right that you need to tailor and tweak and modify your eating until it fits YOUR body, your personal biology, your life.

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
Exactly....we all function a little differently and finding the right mix is where we benefit the most.

Maria7 on 08/31/2020:
Glad you know what it is and can remedy it. We are all affected differently from IF. With me, it causes me to feel weak /and or/dizzy in the early mornings after I get up until I eat something. But it is not simply the IF that may be causing/contributing to it, it may be lower calories, too. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
Once I ate the headache got better.....thankful for that. I also get light headed and wobble when I walk...kind of a dizzy feeling...things don't usually spin but they do make me touch things when i walk...I find myself touching the hallway walls...something I never do any other time. I have to stay in the 90's glucose wise....or I react......I had a good day after eating.....

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2020:
the veggie fried rice sounds amazing! reminds me, i have an easy to make small container of a single serving microwavable rice to try...maybe this week!

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
I love fried rice...it's an easy thing to make...and adding a scrambled egg makes it even better.

Jacky82020 on 08/31/2020:
Yep, those low blood sugars can do it to you. I had to fast for my recent blood test and felt like I was fixing to faint. The tech couldn’t find a vein on my left arm, so she went for the right and now I have big fat matching bruises

Would protein drinks help regulate your glucose levels? I usually drink coffee with chocolate protein drink mixed in when I get up. Maybe 40 calories worth. Got dizzy without that Friday.

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2020:
They probably would if they had sugar in them.....usually it just takes something sweet...or carb heavy.....I just need to stop playing around with new ideas...and stick with regular meals/snacks if needed and count calories.....I almost passed out during a blood draw once...i dropped my purse twice and the nurse ran over and made me lay down...didn't actually pass out but close i guess.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2020:
next time i go to the store, i'm getting myself a few bananas! they seem to be good for people like me and you with the low blood sugar...and i think they are good for me with the potassium. :)

bearcountrygg on 09/01/2020:
I think they are a healthy option too HOP

Donkey on 09/01/2020:
I read your codicil. I sorry that happened, but don't be too hard in yourself. I feel like this happened for a reason, especially because of the headaches. Tweak your plan a little and see if that helps. (((hugs)))

bearcountrygg on 09/01/2020:
I'm tweaking it today....bad old habits.....UGH!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Aug 30, 2020
(Calorie counting)
Weight: 130.0

Fall is definitely here....not the colors...but surely the temps  at 8:15 A.M. it's 58 degrees and I LOVE it.

After having an ongoing headache for the last several days on Intermittant fasting.....I need to stop it.....my low blood sugar problem doesn't do well with it even though it is so worthwhile otherwise.  My sugar has been in the 80's...and i'm reactionary there...I need the 90's to stay feeling well.  I've been living on tylenol which is only taking the edge off the headache and not dealing with the problem...so  I have resigned myself to just counting calories again......the flip flopping is getting a bit tedious....but I just need to rely on that i guess.


coffee and  yogurt = 142 cals

Humanna ( our insurance company)....sent us eash 2 washable masks....and they aren't half bad.....I had already made 1 and bought 3 multipacks of washable masks...plus we have some of the dust type that are disposable......funny how they are all so different...but it doesn't seem to matter which of the washable ones I wear....i can never keep any of them in place without repeatedly touching them.....I love the dust masks...they stay where they belong and have a nice metal tose clip.......but no one is wearing those....funny how some are easy to breathe through and others are not......when i finished the one I made for D.....that would accomodate his beard.....in the end he didn't like it...maybe because I called it his face skirt...LOL...he prefers the Tommie Copper ones...good..I don't like them....he can keep them......

I feel like I've pretty much finished the supplies around here...and ready for whatever winter brings.  Still a few things to arrive this coming week and that covers what I can imagine we need.  I will be glad when all supplies will be in.  Contemplating rather or not to do rice and beans long term though in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers to put in buckets...the problem for me is the freezer is full and you need to freeze the bags of rice for 3 days, defrost and refreeze for 3 more first.....to get rid of pests...and I don't have that kind of freezer room.......maybe later.  Whe done that way they last for many years.  We  have plenty for the next year and it can just go on the shelf the way it is. 

I really do want to stay out of the stores now......but add the winter roads here to that, I'm ready to batten down the hatches.  D will go out if necessary...he needs that face to face human interaction a lot more than I do.  I could live on an island and be perfectly happy.

Lunch was

whole wheat spaghetti ( 1 cup) with sauce and 3 small meatballs...and 2 cheese sticks = 516 so total for the day so far is 658

Dinner = a huge green salad with 4T. ranch, a mini bag cookies and a cup of blueberry tea and a glass of water with Propel powder = 628 cals

Total cals for day will be 1,236

Settling in for the evening...wrapping up last of the housework and then watching some viedeos.

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/30/2020:
We're supposed to see our first 50 degrees this season this week! This makes for excellent sleeping weather!

I have not been able to get IF to work for me either. I think the best I was able to do was a 14 hour fast. I seem to feel better with 3 meals and 2 snacks.

I personally prefer the paper masks. I don't throw them away after 1 use though. I spray them with Lysol, after a couple of uses, and let them air out for a day or 2 before they re-enter the rotation.

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2020:
I love IF and I'm really unhappy about stopping it....but if I have to eat something to raise the glucose levels then it stops being fasting......I tried just numbing the headache with tylenol but that's not healthy either.....so it's a bummer. I guess when push comes to shove....it's calories for me. Do you wear the dust masks or the flat ones?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2020:
yes, the temps are going down and it's been nice here too. Today is MOSTLY under 80F. nice breezes coming in :)

haha to his face skirt! i'm so sad that he didn't like it! it sounds so cool!

i've been wanting to stay out of stores too....doing a pretty good job these couple weeks with it also! :)

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2020:
64 degrees here at 3 P.M.......feeling like the real thing.........Yes...I wondered if he would wear it......but once the Tommie Copper ones arrived...he went for those.

Maria7 on 08/30/2020:
Wrote to you and as I was sending it, my internet went out... Hope you have a good day. Enjoy your cool, fall weather..91 and heat index 98 here as of an hour ago.

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2020:
Oh boy...it's 64 here right now at 3:00...feels like fall.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Aug 29, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Still 63 here and breezy...This is so nice to see...Our elec bills have been twice their usual for the last two months and I will not be mad to see that stop!  AC is great but expensive to run.

Boy my body wants to stay where it is....fighting me all the way....plateaus are are spo hard to break....back a few years ago...that had been a set point then and it makes me wonder if I really should just stay here but I hate to give in that easily.  Low blood sugar and refux have been messing with my intermittant fasting too......I LOVE.... I.T.....but maybe it doesn't love me....I can get away with it for a few days at a time...but doing it daily it does get to be a problem.........for now...just doing it as I can will have to be enough.


Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/29/2020:
Similar weather here, maybe warmer and rain predicted.

My electric bill is almost always $100 a month. The gas is all the way down to $30 now, but will hit $300 in the winter.

Feel like I’m stuck at the same weight too, lower 130s. Sucks!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
Ours is usually about $97...but for the last 2 months it's been $200.

Jacky82020 on 08/29/2020:
Wow! Now that I think of it we had one at $150, from not all that much AC The low gas bill is because all we’re heating is hot water now. Will rise & rise when we need heat

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
Hopefully the bills aren't just going up because they can????

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2020:
I also cannot do the IT very much because of the low blood sugar and it leads to my bingeing later.

i tried IT awhile ago, somewhat successful, but it lead to skin issues and other issues, unfortunately!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
I did it a lot back a couple of years ago but I wasn't blaming it for the low glucose levels...but now I know it is a cause....i do have headaches the days i fast for 20 hours.....it took me a long time to tie those 2 things together......and if I don't eat right before bedtime ( within a couple of hours)...I get reflux....kind of disappointed about it.

Maria7 on 08/29/2020:
Your sharing your dieting information has really helped me a lot. Thanks very much again. Our electric bill was very high this time ($268) but we've been running our ac day and night.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
We were too.....plus D has 2 fans on along with it. Fall will help a lot. I hope IF helps you Maria.....I think I will have to stop it...unfortunately...i can't live on tylenol everyday for the headache and the low blood sugar levels make me really wobbly on my feet...so I don't have much choice I guess...I will still do it occasionally though.

Maria7 on 08/29/2020:
Well, I've been on a 'roll' this week with this new way of losing weight and seeing wonderful results (and thank you) but, I do feel weak when I get up in the mornings before I eat something. After I eat, I'm good to go, though. Then around 5 or 6pm I pray, asking the Lord to help me not to eat anymore for the day. I'm happy with this. It is working, too.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
I'm glad to hear that.....Hopefully this will get the scale moving again.....good for you maria!

bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 28, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Up a little aftrer 3 A.M......but D was up and was taking 4 hounds to the woods.....a friend is up here and he likes the company.....so they headed out for the daay.......Schwans day and UPS ...so watching for them.  I feel like fall is in the air...there actually was an orange leaf in the driveway a couple of days ago...so it's on his way.  There is a breeze and it's 63 degrees...i LOVE FALL!

2 loads of laundry going.........and there is plenty to do here...so I need to get over the idea that I woke up too early...but my eyes haven't gotten the message yet......probably a nap today.

Not a very hungry day thankfully...that will make things easier.

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 08/28/2020:
Wow, 3 AM that is waaay early! I would definitely need a nap. Have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
Fell asleep rather I wanted to or not...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2020:
63 degrees sounds wonderful...though i'm thankful for a longer summer down here with lots of 70s weather too before the dip to 60s!

got a nice breeze out and have the windows open with a wonderful breeze all thru my apt today, it's only supposed to go up to very low 80s.

glad you got the laundry on -did mine last night and it always feels soooooo nice to have everything back to being clean again!

enjoy the rest of your day. :)

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
The weather is turning pretty nice here...it stayed like that most of the day.

Maria7 on 08/28/2020:
63 degrees is FANTASTIC!!!! Love those temps! We are at a heat index of 101 over here. Quite warm outside. Smile. Yes, I bet it does feel like fall in the air. I've already decorated for the fall inside and outside the house. Might be only Hubby and I see it but it's there. Cheerful. Enjoy your day.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
We would be the only ones here seeing it too...LOL....I have a couple of things out too.

Donkey on 08/29/2020:
Oh 3 AM is a bit too early for me. Anything after 4AM is acceptable (lol) to me, but today I was awake at 4:30 am but chose to stay in bed. I loooove the very early morning hours.

I am waiting for fall with anticipation, but what I'm seeing now with the trees is more reaction to drought and heat, than REAL autumn.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
It's cooler here...seems to be staying like that...in the 60's...I'm surprised that you aren't staying cooler.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Aug 25, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

My days / nights go on as usual...so today..instead of me talking about dieting....I feel like talking about preparing your home for the unknown future......The fact is it never hurts to be prepared and basically everything will be useful even if nothing really bad happens but it sure feels good to be prepared if it does......so FRIENDS...I don't like the idea that anyone would suffer, so today i want to give everyone some things to think about.

I have made no secret about the fact that we are preppers.......well...we used to just be pantry ( food ) preppers..( for 20 years)..since march I have looked into it more and have ramped up our preparedness.  I have done a lot of research and realized that yes...we would eat...but would there be prescritions, TP, laundry and dish detergents, over the counter meds and supplies that we use now or could want in case of illness, toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap etc.

Do we have batteries for everything we use now plus for flashlights etc?

Do we have lighters, matches, light bulbs, duct tape, a manual can opener etc?

There are 2 areas that I want to talk about but won't get too personal about...to each his own on these subjects.

Physical protection................If a person is not intersted in arming themselves...there are ways to still have some personal protection........there is pepper spray, bear spray...and one that I think is quite interesting and that is wasp/hornet spray...that stuff shoots many feet and is not something that someone wants in their eyes.  I keep the billy club that my Dad had when he was in the Sheriffs Posse nearby ....quite the club that is...except I would have to be very close to a home invader to use that....the wasp spray allows space........

Money...................I can say that our banks have been closed to all patrons without an appointment as far as going inside the bank goes......the drive thru has been open...and the ATM machines have been available...i have not personally used an ATM but I am making it my business to do that for practice in the near future.  The future of the dollar is in jeopardy now and we may be forced to switch currency........I know some michigan stores are not taking cash...some others will not give back change.............

In the last month.....some things we have ordered just have not arrived and they gave refunds.........things that are more than usual letter size are just not being handled well........

None the less i am still ordering......I do know that BOXED .COM ships  Fed EX...no mail involved.  But boxes can take a beating

With Amaon...Amazon Pantry things arrive in sturdy boxes and well packaged...there has been a little damage....the bad thing about Amazon is that they do ship UPS sometimes and Mail sometimes.......can be iffy.

General Amazon site shipping is what we have had the most issues with...lost...badly damaged, bad weak boxes that fall apart and have gaping holes in them when they arrive.

We also always top off our gas tanks before coming home when we drive somewhere.

I have ordered a solar phone charger in case we lose electricity...under $30

I have ordered for myself a pair of warm boots and a pair of snow pants in case we can't get propane to run the furnace.  Winter is coming and it gets mighty cold here. 

We have stocked up on plactic bags...garbage bags of 3 sizes....(think about what you would use for a toilet in an emergency situation)...no fun but a fact of life.  In a pinch you can scoop out water in a toilet and line it with a garbage bag.....the real fun happens when you have to dispose of that somewhere...but we won't go there right now.  Just do not try to flush it.

Pets need to be fed no matter what the situation....I know we do not want to feed them our food and want to keep their lives as normal as possible so we have stocked up on dog and cat food and kitty litter...as well as medical that might be needed for them.

A well stocked medical kit is valuable including ace bandages and gauze/tape/ointments etc..we already have crutches, canes and a walker

We are stocking bottled water and seriously I know we will never have enough....according to everything i've found...you need a gallon of watrer per person per day......we also have added a couple of things to that that work like straws I believe that allow drinking from dirty sources like lakes...yuck......get plain old unscented bleach and a very few drops disinfect a gallon of lake water...( I need to print out the directions for bleach disinfecting drinking water myself.).....I also got a kitchen/refrigerator pitcher with filters......it is supposed to trap debris and parasites...another yuck.

We unfortunately live in some very uncertain times...I know I don't have to tell anyone about that...we all have eyes and ears.......but when it comes to fending for ourselves...........what will be available then will be limited or nonexistant. 

I do continue to place orders knowing full well that some of them will never arrive or will arrive damaged...I keep track of all of it to make sure I'm on top of things going amiss........apply for refunds for those things.....and then I move along.

I hope that everyone give this all a thought.......and makes sure they are prepared for at least 3 weeks........we aim for 1 year....still working on it...and water will never be covered......but we are doing our best.  The good thing is that if something does hppen we are prepared...if nothing at all happens we still have the stuff and will put it to use.















Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
Wow, very interesting.

Re medications you could possible stock up by purchasing meds at an online pharmacy. I use ProgressiveRX in India. Owned by a nice guy from Seattle. They can only export certain meds, no pain pills or benzodiazepines for example. Often their price has been less than my copay. Also use them for vet meds.

Love shopping at Amazon. Use the 5% off Chase card for all purchases.

Have not been inside a bank for years. Do everything online.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
I use the prime chase card too....makes refunds easy. We do get all prescription meds online through our insurance so we are stuck with that...but we do order refills before their time so we get them as soon as possible....

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
I actually have a year’s supply of canned cat food, but only because I am frugal. Occasionally Friskies offers $3 off a case. I buy lots of coupons on eBay & then get case after case at Walmart.

Get canned dog food from Chewys. They have 22 oz Pedigree in some flavors for just under a dollar. All flavors are $1.34 at Walmart.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
Good ideas...I haven't used coupons in years.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
Yep, find Amazon is always good on refunds.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
So far they have been great...it took awhile but they always came through.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
I rarely use them at grocery stores, but am all too fond of the 2 For one fast food coupons

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
That's great when you can use them...we don't get many coupons available to us anymore.....where do you live?

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:

They come in a flyer delivered in the mail every Tuesday. Used it to get some in the Sunday newspaper, but cancelled when they jacked the rate up to $50 a month for the little rag. Get the NYT and Washington Post digital editions now.

Burger Kings has the most, some at McDonalds and Tim Hortons.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
You are lucky to get coupons...we get zero now.....no daily newspaper, none in the mail......I used to use a lot of them back in the day...once in awhile they would triple them and what a big help with the grocery bill back then...but now no one here ever uses them...the only thing we occasionally get now are hardware coupons,.....LOl...boring.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
Wow, are you really rural? I remember those double ones. Not sure what stores do that these days and sure Walmart never did.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
We are surrounded by state and national forests....and live in the midst of an Amish community....Our grocery store is small by any standards and yet we are the largest town in our county....kind of funny

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
I became very interested in the Amish culture when we moved to Pennsylvania. Used to buy firewood for an outdoor wood burning furnace from an Amish guy. Huge family!

You can buy twofer fast food coupons on eBay. I got a few for Hortons that way.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
Our problem around here is that we don't have any fast food restaurants other than mcDonalds and a subway.......Amish here do have huge families too......lots of horse and buggy action going on around us here.

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
Lots of subway coupons out there. We used to get the 2 for 1 once a week at Walmart until they closed sit down service. The Macdonalds and Subway ones come in the Tuesday mail. But have purchased Subway coupons on eBay.

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
I've never bought coupons before.

Maria7 on 08/25/2020:
Thanks for what you said the other day. It has stayed on my mind and I have done better today with calories. Today I didn't eat until about 2pm. That helped a lot, I think. Then I ate again a few hours later this evening, and called it a day, so to speak. And I feel full, too. Thanks for the prepping advice. We all can use this information. Many people are not prepared and you are right, everyone needs to be, but even of those who are able to do so, many choose not to take that responsibility. Their trust is in the government or other people to provide for them if need be. So, good to be prepared. Have a blessed evening.

bearcountrygg on 08/26/2020:
Thank you Maria!!! I'm glad that you gave that a try,.....I find it easier to skip breakfast too. Agreed about the prepping.....WE never want to rely on someone else to take care of us....I'm sure that is part of our generation....it was part of our generations teachings.......and having parents/grandparents that lived during the depression played into that I'm sure too.....I know you keep stocked up too.....and it gives us a peace of mind....that has quite a calming effect.....I like that, besides...I love it when D says...do we have any......( fill in the blank)?....and a couple of minutes later I'm handing it to him....LOL...There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Donkey on 08/26/2020:
Thank you for this post! It had me thinking about a few things. For example, I've never considered a solar cell phone charger!

And while I enjoy the convenience of suburbia, it wouldn't hurt to stock up on some pantry things for winter, to avoid going out in bad weather, if nothing else.

bearcountrygg on 08/26/2020:
I'm looking forward to getting tht phone charger.......we have had some areas of empty shelves here.....I really would hate to go to the store for food and find either no food or the store locked........scary times we live in.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2020:
it's good you have provided a list of what you do. it's does give us all things to consider and think about :) where you live, i see the importance even more for preparing for the upcoming months and colder months but it's good to give us all some ideas :)

bearcountrygg on 08/27/2020:
I want everyone to be able to stay safe.

legcramps on 08/27/2020:
Good ideas on prepping, especially for where you are located!

bearcountrygg on 08/28/2020:
Makes me feel a lot more secure for sure.

bearcountrygg - Monday Aug 24, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 5 A.M. and feeling good...a very good nights sleep and did not wake up with a leg cramp today...I did drink a glass of water before bed...still did get up 1 time for a bathroom break so it worked fine. 

I did have a snack last evening......having my meals at 8 A.M. and noon did not work well...mainly because my hardest time for avoiding food is the evening...i find it a lot easier to go all morning without eating...so today...my first meala will be at 1 and the second will be at 5...that does allow me to get through the evening with just coffee or tea and water.....also not staying up too late helps too.......so if I get up at 5 A.M. then I should be in bed by 10.......that just makes it easier ........although i will have days where I eat meals at normal times.......this 1 and 5 pm seems like the easiest for me to keep up with.

Yesterdys calories were high....although I seem to be able to get away with that as long as I keep a good fasting window.....I still plan to count cals anyway...at least for now.   

I'm expecting these last 15 pounds to come off slowly and I'm also considering along with the Intermittant fasting and the Intuitive eating....mixing in something I used to do that Is a trick that I used a few years ago to take the initial wt off and it is a spin off of what was originally the weight watchers plan...and the spin off was called the wendy plan....and not sanctioned by WW....and it gave some days more Ww points than others so there was points every day but they varied.....at that time I took it a step further and it works really good for me...........I would use up my points in 5 days and then have a 2 days in a row with 0 points.........now I would probably use up calories in 5 days and have 2 days with extreme low cal or no cal.......that  was always a weight loss gem for me......and I think I will do that at least occassionally.  

But for today...I need to eat at 1 and 5......it is a lot easier for me to not eat in the morning than it is to not eat in the late afternoon/evening.

 plain coffee/tea/water are ok at any time

Today will be a busy one and we have leftovers from yesterday and they were calorie dense..and cover all the food groups well...so first meal will be yesterdays casserole and blueberries......and second meal will most likely be yogurt and fruit.  If that changes I will be back.

Done eating for the day here.......should be fine tonight with liquids.......BUT...I fell asleep.......UGH!



Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/24/2020:
I'm just a little envious of your good night's sleep, lol. My husband was up super early, before me. I figure he will get a nap in this afternoon. I wish I could say the same.

But I thought of you, as you try to avoid naps.

Is be interested to see how your eating hours work for you today! I hope you are able to update.

bearcountrygg on 08/24/2020:
So far okay.....it is hard for me to not fall asleep at my usual nap time...LOL....I keep fighting it though...it will get easier.

legcramps on 08/24/2020:
So you eat two meals a day? Am I reading that right?

bearcountrygg on 08/24/2020:
2 meals a day on the best days...and i try to make them cover all food groups....once in a while i mess it up ( like last night).....but 2 meals, 4 hours apart works for me usually.

Jacky82020 on 08/24/2020:
Glad the two meals works for you. I tried IF, but got lazy As trying to eat between 1PM and 9 PM.

bearcountrygg on 08/24/2020:
Eating in a 8 hour window is good too...that still gives a 16 hour fast.

Jacky82020 on 08/24/2020:
I really should give it another try!

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
Well Jacky...just keep the eating in a range that you can deal with.....I can do 4 hours most days...but I do fall down on that sometimes.....( I get low blood sugar and heart burn so sometimes I just eat something to deal with that...sometimes I just rebel...LOL)......

horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2020:
Like you, I do not like not eating in the evening !

Lately yogurt has been really satisfying for me too!

bearcountrygg on 08/25/2020:
I can do so well all day and then just totally mess it up at night...I guess knowing that should have some impact onme...but sometimes it doesn't and I eat anyway...UGH

Jacky82020 on 08/25/2020:
Eat yogurt almost everyday. With a shot of whipped cream on top. Like adding cocoa and instant coffee granules to plain yogurt, but tend to eat larger serving that way

bearcountrygg on 08/27/2020:
Lots of good bacteria in it.

bearcountrygg - Sunday Aug 23, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Looks like a nice day around here today and Sleeping really well....but too often waking up in the morning with a leg cramp.....for me...that is a sign i'm not drinking enough water...so I need to work on that....for years I went to bed after downing a full large glass of water and that is something that i somehow lost sight of...back to that...it worked.

I'm also ready to start working on losing 15 more pounds.........my height 5'2".......everywhere i look seems to show a range of 115 to 130...and since I'm small boned...I probably should be at the bottom end of that.......and even though I have plenty of loose skin...it won't be going anywhere so I'm sure that will get worse but the positive part of that is it will actually be flatter in the end.......because some of these last 15 are still involved with surface fat...so I kinfd of like that idea.....basically clothes cover msot of that anyway.......

So......back to counting cals for me........I'm positive it will be slow but worthwhile and it gives me something to work on.......

One thing I've noticed is my lack of desire for meat/poultry and fish..........I still eat it...but I just don't care much about it anymore......and it sparked a memory of when I weighed 104 for many years......I didn't care much for it then either....and I was also anemic at that time..........It's funny how things work....what I didn't know back then becomes obvious to me now...there were patterns...I can easily see them now.   So I would not want to go back to 104....but 115 would be healthier. .......I suspect that 130 is a plateau because it's been quite easy to stay here...........and I'm reaady to break the plateau.

I think I will still do some intermittant fasting.........many days...others ...hunger takes over with nause or heart burn.......but that will continue some days...others...not.

Intuitive eating will continue....it makes for some funny looking meals but I don't care about that.  D has used up a lot of his snacks....not all...but a lot....he just told me his weight went up 2 plus pounds since friday......I think he is getting on board.

Broke a 13 hour fast just because I needed to eat...not craving anything in particular and I usually don't like to eat under those circumstances but eating was necessary so i had some leftovers from the fridge and  that workd just fine.

Meal #1 = 1/3 cup scalloped potatoes, 1/2 cup green beans, 2 cups or less chicken stuffing and a cup of coffee = 683 cals

Doing some housework and then will be doing some arm exercises with some very small weights 1.5 lbs and then a 2.5 lb shaker type weight that was popular quite a few years ago that I found in the basement yesterday........so just some rm work today.

Meal #2 wa a casserole I made up that consisted of ground beef,  a whole bag of frozen onions and peppers, cooked pasta, a jar of Ragu alfredo sauce....in a large casserole dish, covered with shredded mozarella...baked at 300 for 40 minutes ( everything was cooked except the cheese....so heated to bubbly...then topped with dollops of Jiffy corn bread muffing mixture...and baked for another 17 minutes.....and it was delish...D had 3 helpings and I ate a lot myself.......and there is enough for tomorrow too........plus blueberries for dessert......the calories for all are a estimate at 1, 080

calories for the 4 hour eating window ( 8A.M. to noon). was 1,763

Now nothing but water,  black coffee and tea until 8 A.M. tomorrow morning....or later if I can handle it......satisfying food today...but  a lot of it.

That was a hefty calorie day for me......but covered all food groups

Well...it didn't go perfectly...I did have a snack this evening......so tomorrow i will shoot for 1pm for the first meal...that is a better time for me any way...I knew better.


Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/23/2020:
Oh I love reading your calorie count :-)

It seems to me, from reading your entries, that you do well with "going with the flow". So sometimes it's calorie counting, sometimes it's food photos, and sometimes it's intuitive eating. I think this is wonderful flexibility and self awareness. It seems to be a very healthy approach.

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
You totally have me figured out...I do love to change things up...all of the time!!

Donkey on 08/23/2020:
I meant to comment on water - the problem with drinking water right before bed is that then you might wake up in the middle of the night, having to go. So I've been drinking water before bed, going to the bathroom before bed, and that usually helps me make it through the night.

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
I get up a couple of times a night anyway...most nights...I read somewhere that a glass of water before bed helps prevent heart attacks so I started doing it...but did cut back lately and I've been having muscle craps in my legs around 4 A.M.....which for me is dehydration......but you are right...i dod get up at night for bathroom trips...luckily I go right back to sleep.

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
CRAMPS...when will I ever learn to proofread...LOL...and the site wouldn't let me delete it...SORRY!!!!!

happy-1 on 08/23/2020:
Muscle craps better describes what it feels like though!!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
Yeah,....I have such a way with words...LOL.....I agree...it may have been more descriptive...LOL

Donkey on 08/23/2020:
To Happy: not to laugh at you, but considering the morning/day you had today, with the dog and cat messes, "muscle crap" is probably most appropriate.

Maria7 on 08/23/2020:
Wow, I admire your discipline and tenaciousness! When you do your intermittent fasting, do you fast a meal, meals, or a day or certain foods? I have currently fallen off the wagon and been giving in to 'food fits' and need help.

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
I try to eat 2 meals in a period of 4 hours and then fast for 20....it doesn't always work...evenings are the worst.....what really works the best for me is eating the first meal around 1 and the 2nd around 5.....and then go to bed around 9 or 10......I think it allows me to actually eat more calories in total. I can usually get away with a cup of tea or coffee in the evening....and then a glass of water when I go to bed.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2020:
even with loose skin, i am sure you are very pleased how far you've come and happier at this weight than what you had weighed before!

also, the loose skin may also have some weight of it's own.

your casserole sounds soooo delicious. lately i have not cooked very much at all, but i have two eggplants i've been wanting to fry up! and two cucumbers that are starting to go bad! times to eat these items!

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2020:
I had to throw out a cucumber today...I really hate doing that...it seems so wasteful....but I forgot about it.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2020:
lol to muscle craps! i guess it's like the same thing! haha

bearcountrygg on 08/24/2020:
At least it kinda made sense...LOL

bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 21, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0


 It is D's 72nd birthday today...so there will be cake........timing not great...he has been a snacking machine........BUT...his blood sugar was amazingly great yesterday which has us both questioning the meters......his weight is moving within a 4 pound range...lose a bit, gain a bit........he won't get where he wants that way....but he knows where the snacks are......when they are gone...i will be really slow to stock more......

I will probably stop tracking him now on the private site......he figured out that I was noticing and really gave me a show...and the snacking got worse...LOL...

Guess I will leave that  for another time when I can see him using things up and I can replenish slowly. 

Maybe I should work on 15 more for me.....shrinking old bodies require less weight...and now I am at the top of the okay area for myself...and i am small boned so it wouldn't hurt anything to get there .  I need to get the right mindset first though or it will be a rough haul.  Not there today...but will work on it. 

Changed my goal wt here...maybe looking at it will motivate me to work harder.  What am I going to do with the loose skin...i could make another person.


Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/21/2020:
Happy Birthday D!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2020:
He says THANKS!!!

innerpeace on 08/21/2020:
Let them eat cake! Have a great BD.

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2020:
He liked his cake!!! He says Thanks!

Donkey on 08/22/2020:
Ooo, happy birthday D! May I ask what kind of cake? I like to live vicariously!

bearcountrygg on 08/22/2020:
Yellow cake w/ chocolate frosting...I made cupcakes for portion control...He's enjoying it...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2020:
maybe you can replenish the snacks with a lot of fresher things...fruit...before the season ends.


bearcountrygg on 08/22/2020:
He really does like fresh vegetables if I always have them in the fridge ready...i will need to concentrate on that.....and he likes apples.....iw ill do better with those for him now...He says THANKS!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Aug 20, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Nice bright day here and sleeping really well...........feeling good...literally no aches or pains today and all I can say is finally!

Digging into some stored stuff that hasn't been unpacked in years....and wondering why we wasted space with some of this stuff

Our 23 and me results came back........and there were only little surprises......I now do believe that my Dads "father" was his father.....regardless of what his younger brother said....unfortunately my Dad died with doubts.........I now kick myself for not even thinking about 23 and me and having him tested then...I can imagine that the possibility was available 13 years ago......it would have eased his mind I'm sure.  My uncle and his snide remark ( at their sisters funeral no less) was very hurtful for Dad and I suspect it was based on the fact that that brother was named after their grandfather and their dad....while my dad was named after a friend.......with my dad being the oldest of all 7 kids.....that did cast doubt......his dad ( heritage wise)...played out perfectly with my dna testing and if the friend had been his dad..it would not have........so I speak heavenward and tell him occassionally...hoping he hears me.  I talk to themlike that often........it makes me feel better.

D's birthday is tomorrow...and one son...who likes to make homemade cards sent him one yesterday...........all about out houses....yup...that's our kid!

Older son continues to work at Walmart 5 days a week and has been super healthy...only one employee has gotten covid..........there........and it amazes me that not more have come down with it.....I'm thrilled that they haven't......but how are they escaping it?????  They do all wear masks...NOW...but didn't for the first few weeks...............I do think that being on his feet for 8 plus hours a day is helping keep him healthy.....knock on wood.

Eating what I want when i want is my new way of life and I love it........scale staying steady........I feel better when i'm not over eating.....and my body likes it too.........sticking with this.

D is snacking a lot...I make meals for him and he eats them......but he is a bigger snacker than even i realized......now that I am writing his food down.......I'm the shopper...I ened to keep this in mind...if it isn't here...he won't do that so much....and he will eat fresh veggies for snacks....so...keeping that in mind too...the negative there is I have to shop more often.


Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
Well, at least you can be reassured somewhat on the family roots with your dad <3

that sounds like a really, really funny card. i'm sure your hubby laughed.

yes, working at a store and being on your feet 8+ hours a day is def more than most of us - def more than me!!! i'll tell you that. i couldn't even do what he does, if you gave me that work...i don't think. i think it'd take a LOT of time for me to get used to it!!!

I'm glad your eating is going well, way to go BCGG.

maybe the meals aren't filling enough for him which is making him snack...however, maybe (maybe) you can get more fresh fruit to help him? i do realize that this may not be an option! ...but i am a snacker too...so i feel for D! also, is he drinking enough?

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
UGH...did it again....my resonse is belowVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
I think I'm about as sure as I can be that his dad is his dad....but you never know...my grandmother was young ( 17)...and they were married.....the friend was a lawyer that lived in their apartment building and he and his wife couldn't have kids and he offered to adopt my dad......his parents said NO...but that if it was a boy they would name the baby after him......hopefully...that is all there was to it...my grandfather signed the birth certificate. I think standing all day is okay with him...he has more trouble with the people that he manages...( they like to hide in the cooler or in odd places and get on their phones) there is certainly a issue with employees actually working these days...they somehow figure if they show up its enough.....very little work ethics anymore and that is sad....people used to be proud to work...now...not so much.D does get lots of fluids...I'm wondering if he is snacking out of boredom...seems to be mostly when he is watching tv.....but once he blows through the snacks that are here.....hopefully that will improve....he does like to eat about 6 times a day.....

legcramps on 08/20/2020:
Glad you are sleeping and feeling great!

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
It always makes things easier!

Jacky82020 on 08/20/2020:
I did a DNA test to see how much Native American I am and was surprised to see I am 3% African as well as Native American and Italian. I am an all American Mutt.

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
I think almost all of us in the US are a real mixture......quite the melting pot we have here....but it's fun to find out how close the dna matches with the families stories.

Maria7 on 08/20/2020:
Wow, your poor Dad. So sad for him. I know he was a good Dad. He had a wonderful Daughter...YOU.

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
Awww...Thank you Maria...he was a wonderful dad.

Donkey on 08/20/2020:
That's quite touching to read about your dad. I'm sorry he had to endure these doubts.

My daughter has remained healthy at her store too. I think they had 3 COVID cases, and one of them was only a self-quarantine.

Around here, most birthday cards revolve around a flatulence theme.

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2020:
So our kids seem to be of the same mind...LOL It is great that although the virus is around...they have been able to avoid it......hopefully it stays that way.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Aug 18, 2020
(Intermittant fasting and intuitive eating)
Weight: 130.0

Looks like another nice day weather wise.  Staying home as usual but getting  alot of things done. 

Scales looking fine so basically eating what I want, when i want.

Only one more package yet to arrive and I'm not holding my breath...the post office has seriously fallen down on the job......It arrived in Detroit on August 1st.....and left the P.O. there to head for this location on August 5th.....today is the 18th........the sender can't locate it, I can't locate it...the Post office is playing dumb.......frustrating.....but I will stay on it for while........I have 2 family members that work for the post office....they say it's total chaos there.......what a mess. 

I've spent about an hour this morning getting the pantry organized now that all things food wise have arrived and that is a relief.......

We are ready for winter now so I feel good about that.

I will be happy when the junk food is gone...no more temptation for either of us then and that will be a good thing.

laundry needing attention now and then vaccuming......so better get busy again.

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/18/2020:
When do you anticipate the beginning of winter weather? Mostly, as it relates to your preparations. I presume you draw from your pantry stores during the winter and restock in the spring and summer.

I'm starting to pay more attention to things like this. I think I've fallen into taking suburban comforts for granted. I'm very curious to see how winter is for my son, out West, too.

Leaves are starting to fall here but I figured it was because of the lack of rain, rather than the actual change in seasons.

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
oops...answered you belowVVVVVV

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
The snow starts here in October and because we have such remote roads with ditches that can literally make a car disappear...with no railings...I try to stay home as much as I can.....I also am having problems with our country store having some empty shelves and the prices on most of my last shopping trip there are up about 1/3rd.......right now it is a good time for everyone to stock up before prices go higher and things become impossible to get...there is a metal shortage right now for cans that have pop and beer and the regular food in cans will most likely be next. I also order D's meds as soon as possible to avoid shortages later.....it's a good idea to stock up now because certain things may not be available later....and if you only buy things you need or like than even if the remain available later...you will still be able to use them anyway....yes we have done this for a long time...basically 20 years.....and it has come in handy so many times. If he is in the service they should take care of his needs...especially if he is living on base. One of my grandsons went to school out there and he said the snow was rough...but he has a 7 year old son there and so he stays ( wyoming).....hopefully your son will stay stateside.

happy-1 on 08/18/2020:
Have you ever joined a "bulk buy" group for your winter staples?

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
Yes...we were in a co-op group when we lived downstate.......we don't have that available here...we also used to belong to Sam's Club and Costco down there too......I really do miss all of them but it's a slower life style here...not many stores in the forest...LOL

happy-1 on 08/18/2020:
And also, what about freeze-dried foods?

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
We do have some freeze dried foods...they are canned and keep for many years...very pricey though.....we have Augason Farms brand and also some dehydrated.....but we leave those alone for long term use...they have 5 to 25 year dates on them.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
We are also enjoying many nice weather, sunny days here in NYC!

Sorry about another lost package of yours, but, I have to say you get a lot of packages so maybe the probability is more high for you than someone that orders less that a package gets lost. HOWEVER, i am sorry and wish it never happened to you!

my shopping trip today was 50% junk food: chips, tortillas, cookies, pretzels. having some junk keeps me more on track, i am able to fulfill cravings. but i do NOT buy cakes or entenmans...too big a serving size. too many cals. very tempting though.

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
That's true we do have to order more since living here...we just don't have much choice unless we spend hours driving for things....so we have been pretty lucky....2 things lost...2 damaged boxes so bad UPS wouldn't deliver them and sent them back to amazon...and 2 with total damage to all contents.....but most were okay. I'm glad we are now just down to the 1 lost pkg now.......and its with the post office somewhere.

legcramps on 08/19/2020:
I got BF to pick up my mail for me yesterday, and I had received a package from the U.S. It was an order that I had made for some jewelry back at the end of June.

The weird part, and the reason i'm telling you, is that I had received an email a week prior telling me that delivery would be delayed permanently. Must have been a scam email, but I really believed I wasn't going to receive that package and would need to fight with the company for reimbursement.

It was bizarre, but I did receive my package in the end. I completely agree that the postal service is chaotic right now, here in Canada too!

bearcountrygg on 08/19/2020:
Its nice to hear that you finally got it...I keep hoping that it will show up.....

Horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2020:
we had a package sitting in the lobby of my apartment for around a week. it was to the wrong address, to someone that didn't even live here!

since i had a lot of free time once i got home today, i posted the package and a note to the wall that it's been delivered to the wrong address...

a guy from fed ex was outside...and when i came back down, the package was finally taken away prob by him! (only 15 min after i put up the note!!!) wooohooo!

just shows how easy packages can get "lost!!!"

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
One of ours was sent back to amazon as undeliverable...and they issued a refund quickly

Horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2020:
with that "lost package," i'm so glad it's been taken out of the building! it's finally MOVING ON!

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
At least now it can be sent back to the sender.....good idea to post the note.

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