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bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 14, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 127.0

Today is the end of the first week on the new WW program........and I know that the new changes were /are coming from a totally different field of thought than they have been for a very long time......it is one of those things that "sounds" good to hear it......yet at the same time........giving people on a weight loss diet the ability to choose unlimited potatoes, pasta, avocados etc....is actually a recipe for disaster.....I belong to several WW groups............ and I would say that most people have gained weight this week and seriously dislike this new program.........most of us lost points and in many cases the points dropped by half which then pushed them to eat a lot of potatoes, pasta and avocados etc for zero points and then save the few points they do have for other things that are not zero.......like meat, other vegetables that are not zero, bread, butter etc........

The only  thing that made it easier for me is that I have not shopped since the new program started,,,,but I definitely have potatoes on my shopping list and maybe an avocado or 2........it's a good thing I didn't have potatoes here because I would had a great time with that zero food.....

Usually well before this time the people that have been on weight watchers or ww are settling in with the changes....this time...I'm hearing ww bloggers, you tubers, group members being quite  dissappointed with it...so many feel that having a favorite food allowed in unlimited quantities is like sabotage,  taking points away for other healthy foods that are used to round a meal or 2 out isn't working....

I have been doing the program as well as calorie counting daily for the last 6 days...........and I have lost 3 pounds which  of course I am happy about...I know that most  likely plenty of that is water weight and it may come right back tomorrow or the next day.........as much as I enjoyed this last 6 days....basically I was counting calories and as often typical for me....having to eat more at the end of the days to get my calories to at least 1,200..........nothing new there....and if I hadn't been counting calories and was going by points and program only and trusting that only....I would have only been eating around 900 to 1,000......That isn't really very safe but of course  if I had gone shopping and bought potatoes....who knows what it would have been....because they were zero.  I am at this point agreeing with those who have been on ww and succeeded on it......This new program is likely a recipe for disaster and may just sink their business......since they won't make changes for 2 years....I think many will be leaving.........My contract with them is up on Christmas day this year........I will have to  give some serious thought to rather I want to rejoin.....I can count calories very easily on my own...I don't need to pay $29 a month for that.  May people are talking about quitting WW and going to I Track Bites which is an app.....and not on the computer.........The cost of 1 year of I Track Bites is the same as the cost of 1 month on WW.......and they can return to their old favorite ways on there...............I will  be giving serious thought to rather I want to continue with them......if I'm counting calories in order to stay safe....why do I need them?    Encouraging me to eat pasta and potatoes is probably a recipe for disaster......I can do that myself.....and that right there is making a lot of others just plain mad...I'm not mad....I just think they shot themselves in the foot.

coffee = 0pts and 2 cals

bread = 6 pts and 180 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 0 cals

peanut butter = 13 pts and 380 cals

peas = 1 pt and 67 cals

saurkraut = 0 amd 27

1 brat = 7 pts and 186 cals

soup = 4 pts and 147 cals

Progress as of today: 127.8 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2021:
Great eats, Bear, in your previous entry! love them! what i love about split pea soup is actually how darn healthy it is! tons of fiber, very filling, great nutrition. i may do it more come colder temps down here. Maybe even make it myself in slow cooker with canned/dried peas. we'll see!

there may have been tornadoes hitting in some parts near me, but not my area itself. lots of trees down on homes, some hail in other places. the weather sure gets crazier as the years go by. those snowflakes sound so pretty by you...oh no, i hope the tree didn't cause too much damage to your son's house. i am so sorry to hear it.

I am so sorry to hear of the covid death you mention below. :( such sadness because of it.

i am aware that also homeless people have that issue with not being able to stop eating when they are drifting between not having any food and ample food. when i was in the hospital 3 years ago, there was a homeless man or two, they would eat until feeling too full and then be vomiting afterwards. so sad.

i'm working on using my food up too...tuna fish! :)

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I love split pea soup.......It does stick with me for quite awhile. It is sad that so many people suffer with lack of food that then leads to way over eating when they do find some available. It was a given with all of our foster children because they all came from abuse and neglect situations....but they really were all about eating everything up when they saw food....


Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2021:
it's amazing the bad rap potatoes have gotten due to them being a carb, rather than a "watery veggie." anyways, i also think they are super healthy...along with my view on rice, but actually leaning way towards potatoes as the better choice of these two good choices. i'm trying to learn to portion rice (and eat it rather than chips) as well as potatoes more often as they are natural and healthy.

i know what you mean about new WW being a recipe for disaster. seems they are pushing their clients to be able to learn to make the better choices rather than spelling it out...not easy for beginners!

unless you are able to learn from WW, it may not be worth it to pay.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
Potatoes by themselves are fine but unfortunately many of not most people also see that as an invitation to add butter, cheese, sour cream etc.....and it's likely that people on a diet program are going to have a problem with them and because they lowered almost everyones points severely when they added the potatoes and pasta.....too many people did use their points for butter, cheese etc and ended up eatin a ton of potatoes because they ran out of points......I think when there is a diet program they have to assume that lowering points waaaay down and telling someone to just eat pasta and potatoes and avocados and deal with it is missing the mark......They missed the mark with this one.....many are leaving and going to I Track Bites where they can do their old WW program for 1/12th of the cost.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Wow! It does indeed sound like a recipe for disaster if it includes unlimited avocados etc. How long is the contract? Sounds like a few months which beats the hell out of those one year ones.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
You can sign up for 1 month or 6 months or a year as I recall....I think my current contract is for 6 months...( runs out on Christmas)...there are perks with the longer contracts....lower monthly charges, gifts etc.....They did send me some really nice things this summer....of course they want me to stay with them...and if you cancel before the end of the contract...they used to charge $40....now I see that they are charging $65 for a cancellation......So far....I just told them to cancel me at the end of my contract so no penalty for that....and I was going to lower my program to online tracking only.....The one I have now includes zoom meeting which I do not like at all......They are actually calling on people to talk on camera, some people come on and won't let the leader talk and instead comment about other people.......if you don't allow your picture to show and just want to listen...they hound you to show yourself.......one thing that bugs me is that I have gray hair.....I like to wear it long ( my choice and it grows VERY fast).....I like to wear it long and it seems to promote comments which I wish it didn't....I don't really want to have my pic up on zoom and get comments...( They have all been very complementary)...but I wish not to have the focus on my hair when I'm there for a ww meeting....I run into this in the grocery stores too....maybe I should just braid it and wrap it in a bun or something...or just cut it short every month and call it good.....I don't know....but I think I should be able to wear it any way I choose without people stopping me or commenting even though they mean well.....LOL...freedom for old ladies who want to wear their hair long..>LOL


Donkey on 11/14/2021:
Before you dismiss potatoes... My mother lost weight (twice, as she regained 20 pounds of her initial loss after my step-father died) on a diet plan called HMR. They have an unlimited vegetables "rule" and that includes (plain white) potatoes. The problem with potatoes isn't really the taters themselves, but what we put on them. The damage done by eating an extra plain potato is maybe a little extra water weight, which is temporary, from the carbs.

That program, HMR, worked for my mom because she was never hungry. If she was hungry, she could have vegetables, including potatoes, and that helped a lot. So there was never any depravation, and after a while, plain potatoes weren't really an allure that we might think they would be.

I think the same rule applied to plain corn. I cannot recall what the rules were for fruits, if those were "free foods" or what.

I would be discouraged by a support group that spent time talking about hair, rather than the purpose of the group. You know what that is? A *DISTRACTION* from goals. I bet those people who comment on your hair AREN'T focused on their own weight-loss very much.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I agree that potatoes are quite innocent by themselves.......but when they gave them to me They also took away a lot of points. Unlimited is kind of scary....I took the assessment on the computer and I also just found out that if I had taken it on the phone , I would have gotten more questions...but for me...using the phone to type isn't going to work....also a lot of their info is on the app only......I'm suspecting that they are getting ready to stop computer and use phones only and for me...That won't work.......it's kind of a mess they have created...they gave some people chicken at zero and then are raised the number of points for fish.....I think most of us are looking at this new program as flawed....allowing as many avocados a day as someone wants is okay but they will get charged points for a cup of squash is messed up....but I agree...a potato is fine...it is what most people put on it that is the problem....they also count points for corn for me.......The hair thing is so not worthy of taking time from the group...I'm sure most of them don't care but there are always those few that seem too like to forget whey we are there.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
My hair is very long too. I’d wear it in behind in low pony tail to mask the length if ever I felt it attracted unwanted attention.

Didn’t realize it was a 6 mo contract, Thought you signed up last month, this time around.

Never participated in zoom. Wouldn’t like it for sure! Matt has to do it for meetings with his employer in San Diego often. I always remind him not to play with himself & go Toobin, Still can’t get over Jeffry Toobin, famous writer & CNN reporter caught massaging his naked PP while on a Zoom meeting. What are some of these men thinking? He’s back on the air now. Guy is a brilliant writer. I read his book on the Patty Hearst case. But what a gross pig!

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
Last month is when I told them to cancel after my commitment was done in Dec....It had mostly been sitting idle for awhile...I often used it to look up calories but wasn't following points for the most part....I agree....I would tie it back if I were to go on a zoom meeting again....I really don't care for them...so most likely won't go on anymore....If I want to talk on those I would but I really do not want to be called on in them and that is what they were doing...basically when I don't use it I'm throwing money away and I have calorie counting books or I can google calories...I don;t need to pay them for that.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Yep, a million ways to google calories & nutritional content.

I wouldn’t be comfortable in Zoom either, but Matt’s job forces him to participate. He’s used to it. Frankie barked once & they asked Matt to hold him up. Of course everyone thought he was adorable. He waved at them. Lol

I really like potato wedges from the air fryer. Either that or baked in the microwave. The yam slices, sprinkled with fake brown sugar and cinnamon & a bit of oil spray are really really good hot outta the air fryer.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
We love the potatoes in the air fryer too....That is why I'm afraid to buy potatoes...LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
They’re not so bad in the air fryer. Very little fat. Brown nicely with just a bit of oil spray . It’s how most ppl prepare potatoes that makes them poor food choices. Like salads. All the toppings

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I have been using a toss of olive oil and seasonings for them but they would be zero if I used the spray...but may be too tempting....and as much as D loves them...they are a carb that he needs to limit..


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
They’re not so bad in the air fryer. Very little fat. Brown nicely with just a bit of oil spray . It’s how most ppl prepare potatoes that makes them poor food choices. Like salads. All the toppings


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
I season with garlic & paprika powder. Plenty brown & crispy enough with light spray. I have an olive oil spray. Also butter & canola. Just a little dab does it for me.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I have been using seasoning salt and lemon pepper...and sometimes Complete. I have been using gthe olive oli because I was assuming they needed it because of the work "fry"...but I will try Pam the next time if I remember.


Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Oh, no! The whole point of an Air Fryer is it browns & crisps without oil. I get a little more with the spray. When I make grilled cheese sandwiches they toast without the spray. I’ve used spray instead of oil for decades. Don’t like liquid oil except in certain things like carrot cakes. Stuff where the oil is cooked inside, not on surface.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
I do use pam for eggs and back in the day pancakes and french toast..used in the waffle iron and didn't realize I didn't need it on potatoes.....



bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 13, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4 A.M. and D is still in bed so trying to be quiet.  This site seems to be okay so far........No blue or red lines and that's a good thing.  I'm not happy with this computer and really never have been...loved my old acer and still have it but it overheats so I use this...........

I'm looking forward to Monday when I weigh in for the results of the first week....I can tell I've lost a couple so I'm  happy with the changes.

Yesterday we had snowflakes the size of golf balls but they melted within a couple of hours.

Spent a lot of time on the phone with a crying friend yesterday and some on housework and then son who's house it turns out was damaged by the tree falling on it.....so it was a different kind of day.

Deer hunters are arriving in town for the fall hunt...loads of traffic down our little country road, It's 33 degrees so it's easy to stay inside......soon I won't go outside for anything because the hunt will begin.........we haven't seen a lot of deer this year around the house so hopefully the hunters stay away from here.  This little town makes most of it's money from out of towners.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

1 boiled egg = 0 pts amd 72 cals

almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk 30 cals original = 1 pt and 30 cals

annies cereal = 10 pts and 293 cals

mini pkg snyders pretzels and cheese = 6 pts and 150 cals

chicken patty = 7 pts and 220 cals

saurkraut = 0 pts and 27 cals

spray butter = 0 pts and 0 cals

1 cup potato soup = 5 pts and 150 cals

split pea soup = 3 pts and 110 cals

sf drink mix = 1 pt and 25 cals

fage 0 percent greek yogurt 1 cup = 0 pts and 133 cals

PB2 with cocoa 2 T. = 1 pt and 50 cals

sf jello = 0 pts and 10 cals

=====================================================

33 pts amd 1,272 cals for the day

 

I'm working on using up some foods that have been here for awhile...finding some things that have fats in them have gotten rancid....so tossing out those things and trying to rescue some that are still fine.......so at the moment I'm not putting much work into balancing nutrients ...I'm taking enough vitamins to cover that.....now I'm just trying to use up some things that are already on hand that I don't want to throw away......This stuff will eventually get caught up and won't take up so much of my choices.....I think I have said enough over the years that I do not like to waste food ( human garbage can syndrome)....and while I' m doing this and staying within calories...I am also satisfying my desire to use things up/ wear them out etc......I'm guessing that it is such a huge part of my subconscious mind that it will be with me forever and that is fine...I'm okay with it.

Cue the childhood  memory of my Dad standing at the fridge drinking glass after glass of milk that had turned.........Than many years later cue the memory of foster children that had been starved.....coming to our house and literally eating everything in sight and having zero sense of when they were full to the point that we had to clear the table so they didn't see more food.  Cue the memory of my father in law with dementia also eating everything he could see to the point of falling down the stairs because he refused to hold onto the handrail because he had 2 handfulls of pistachios and refused to hand them to anyone else...and he got in a pushing match because he wanted to eat a can of cat food instead of feeding the cat.  That kind of thing stays with me....and I'm happiest when I honor it instead of fighting it...and that makes it all so much easier.

 

EDIT....Just heard that a good friends fiancee died of covid this afternoon....He was an EMT and she is a nurse........She got better over 2 weeks.....and he ended up on a vent......so sad...he was 56.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
We may get the first snow of the season tonight. Incredible to go to bed when everything is green & wake up to a winter wonderland! Love it!

Yep, keep those vitamins out in the open & pop a few as needed.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Thanks for the reminder...going to take the vitaminnies right now!!


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
Good Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
:)


Donkey on 11/13/2021:
Sorry to hear that the house did not escape damage. As you had pointed out though, at least it didn't catch on fire from the fallen wire(s)!

I really LOVE how you wrote: I'm happiest when I honor it instead of fighting it. I see this as applicable to quite a few burdens I carry around with me. A change in perspective might be just what I need.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
I think that sometimes we have fretted over something so long that it just becomes a monkey on our backs....Because we don't drive a car by looking in our rear view mirror...we probably should drive our lives by looking at what is in front of us and also using the wisdom we gained by living through our mistakes of the past...and learning from them.....Past mistakes and not so great decisions...believe me...I have plenty of them and I'm sure we all do because no one knows our mess ups better than we do...and if anyone says they don't have regrets or past mess ups...they have bigger problems than all of us. As long as we learn from our mistakes then we should free our minds to move on and do better and forgive ourselves and move along to do better things...continually beating ourselves up just keeps us unhappy....and that breeds more unhappiness.....so looking at what is before us can be so much more fun and is so mood altering for the greater good.


Donkey on 11/13/2021:
6 points for a mini-bag of pretzels? Life just isn't fair.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Yeah...that was a shocker...I had ordered them for D as a replacement for his atkins bars for the truck....( he was eating a lot of them so I wanted to try a pack....there weren't many in the bag....they were fine,,,not great....but the cals and points were a wake up call for sure.


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
One of these days I’ll have to google & see how these points work. I’ll gobble up all the zero points.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
The zero points are totally different for everyone and apparently used as incentives to keep people on program....all in all...in the end..it's about calorie deficit.....BUT....things like lettuce, celery, are so low that they basically don't even count........I was at the grocery store many years ago and there was a large man ahead of me....and he put several cans of tuna and about 10 heads of lettuce up there to be checked out...so many times I have wondered how he did with that....I hope it worked for him....I wonder how many meals that made for him.......dealing with weight is such a struggle...UGH


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
That’s true, no calories really in celery & lettuce & I don’t use either.

Maybe he was going to wrap tuna in the lettuce leaves. That would be one high protein diet!

Or maybe he had cats and pet rodents. LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
I guess we will never know.



bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 12, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Up at 4 A.M........feeling good...up a lot for bathroom trips last night so apparentlly was hanging onto some water....not now though. 

Keeping the vitamins where I can see them is primo...I think they are and have been needed for awhile....so I will keep those up ....

Either my computer or the site is acting up.....had to post what I had already written and leave and come back....seems to be working now.

Oven quit working yesterday...suppose I should clean that before a repairman looks at it...call into one but have not heard back from him.......here we go again.

36 degrees here and wet......so much to do that I have been putting off......today ;looks like a full one.

Loving the new WW plan....This one is a keeper if how good I feel is any consideration.

Hoping that this computer is not going to quit on me.........then I will be looking at using the phone....UGH!!!!

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

Quaker apple oatmeal = 3 pts and 110 cals

3 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

low fat mayo = 2 pts and 35 cals

brat = 7 pts and 186 cals

muscle milk = 2pts and 160 cals

V8 veg juice =1 pts and 15 cals

cereal = 10 pts and 293 cals

1% milk =4 pts and 102 cals

peas = 1pt and 67 cals

saurkraut = 0 pts and 41 cals

 

======================================

30 pts and 1,237 cals

 

I can read here....but posting is difficult......I'm suspecting it's my computer......keeps preventing me from typing........and using the phone isn't any easier as always.......Hopefully I can figure out what is going on with this HP.  

 Still having trouble posting here...sometimes the page turns blue,...I am highly suspicious of this computer...I have never liked it but it is what I have and so I will work with it the best that I can.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Awesome WW goes so well! Yay, Bear.

My stove gets used threeX a month at best. Pizza & the frozen Chinese food. While waiting for the 1950s replica turquoise stove to arrive, I learned I could do meatloaf & pasta etc in the microwave. Always a big crockpot & electric flying pan fan & now the air fryer.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
We did get a repairman that said he will be here on Tuesday...so we are content with that...at least the burners still work.


Donkey on 11/12/2021:
I wonder if something is going on with the website that is causing you problems. See Jacky's entry from today. So far, I've not had any troubles here, but the day is young....

Even if you cannot post here, remember that you are accountable to yourself, so keep on counting and tracking points! :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
I see she is also having problems here...mine is still acting up but it may be my computer...not sure...


coffee&calories on 11/12/2021:
No issues for me either on the site. Hope you're having a nice day and that's so awesome that you're loving the plan.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
Yes...love the plan.....glad you aren't having any problems....I'm suspecting my computer....


horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2021:
4am huh!? you were up 1.5hrs before me!

i sometimes have bathroom trips too during the night. i try to prevent them but on nights where i lift weights and i'm drinking more water, i deal with it bc i prefer to keep drinking my sweetened seltzer as i work out... other nights i do try to stop liquids at least one hour before bed. i got you, it's a rough situation!

ty for writing about vitamins. i have these great fruit and veg powdered vitamins someone gave me as a gift...i should really use them and not just let them sit on the counter expiring. i will put them in the weekly vitamin holder i have with my rx pills...and that will be a better reminder to really have the vitmains before they expire. they are expensive and were a great gift.

I'm really happy you like WW new plan. i'm sure it's been modified to try to work with people that are used to WW too...so they can continue to be satisfied with WW plans!!!! really, it's a good thing.

if i weren't working, i would CERTAINLY be delving into more cooking and planning and changing around some of my eats. i am not interested right now with this particular job to do so, maybe at a different point in my life, different job.

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
I have been seeing some fruit and veg capsules advertised on TV...they look interesting.


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Bear, there are poltergeists in our computers!!!

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
There is something for sure.....I just finished adding the rest of my food and it was a struggle.....but will see how tomorrow goes...I'm getting a lot of blue lines when I write and sometimes it is all solid blue.....


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Is it only here or at other sites too?

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
It is here....and I also plug my phone into the USB port to charge and that has been making a lot of noise and acting up today....so that is why I figure the computer is acting up....but this site is acting different than usual....this morning I had to leave the site and come back in for it to work...starting in the last couple of days here....it has been giving me a lot of blue lines as I type...it does not like my.................LOL..dots

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
Funny....when I just typed a lot of dots in the row above...now it's red underlining......LOL Maybe I will get banned!!! LOL


Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Wow! That’s weird. Also very strange how that www.plantdiet or whatever was up at top for my diet.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Mine seems okay today so far.


Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
Same here!

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Thank goodness!!



bearcountrygg - Thursday Nov 11, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Feeling good 

Sleeping well

Love the new plan

 

Back to taking a daily vitamin, and an omega.....I had gotten out of the habit because they were out of sight, keeping them now where I see them every day and I think they make me feel better in general so as the days go by I will add other vitamins and supplements again......

My energy level is up and I'm not   sure if it's what I'm eating or not but I'm loving the new plan....Will eventually need to go grocery shopping again but putting that off for now.....there is plenty of food here and I will make it work because it should be used.  Nothing is off limts as usual so it all works.  

I'm finding that at the end of the day I'm scrambling to get in enough calories ( to 1,200)...so I'm working on a higher cal breakfast so that this evening is easier.  I think I would rather be eating low cal foods in the evening instead of higher ones.

coffee =  0 points and 2 cals

Annies cereal = 12 pts and 293 cals

1% milk = 4 pts and 102 cals

Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

Walden farms breakfast syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

2 hard boiled eggs = 0 pts and 144 cals

1T. Hellmans low fat mayo = 1 pt and 15 clas

11.5 ounces V-8 Vegetable juice = 2 pts and 65 cals

pistachios = 2 pts and 58 cals

peanuts = 8 pts and 290 cals

Muscle Milk = 1 pt and 101 cals

==============================================

32 pts and 1,160 cals for the day

EDIT

Made a nice lasagna...preheated the oven....and put the dish in....and no heat.......so here we go again..........at least the burners work though~!!!!

 Oldest son just called D...talked for a couple of ,minutes and then a tree fell on his house...... so now about an hour later we hear from him.......house seems ok but the electric wires are down and burning and arking.....so the fire department, the police, the electric company and an electrician are all there....and they are also having  a rain storm so I'm sure he is going to have a rough night....but no one hurt.........

 P.S....it was his neighbors tree......a huge weeping willow.

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I am forever forgetting to take my daily multiple vitamin & the B Complex. Need to keep them on the counter.

Wonderful WW is working so well!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I wish I could take them the first thing in the morning but they give me a stomach ache......so I have to wait until I eat .....it would be so much easier if I could just take them right away.....I'm leaving mine out on the dresser now and that is enough to remind me. I do see a difference in how I feel when I take them...for the better. Loving the new plan....just what I needed to at least maintain and hopefully lose a little too...


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Same here. Never could eat first thing in AM & am doing this CR & IF the rest of the day. But lots of things vitamin enriched, so not all that bad.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Whatever works the best!!


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
(2 Thumbs Up emoji)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
:)


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
My Husband is the same say with his vitamins. Otherwise, he forgets. The CBD stays out too, for naps and bedtimes. Often the Aleve stays out. But some of his more serious medicines are in the drawer.

I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling GOOD and that the new program is working for you. That's great! And I enjoy reading the list of foods that you eat throughout the day. I think it can show other folks that this is how it works. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I'm loving it....since I haven't shopped for groceries since I found out my zero foods...I'm really eating a lot of the same things over and over but I don't mind for now.


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
My Husband is the same say with his vitamins. Otherwise, he forgets. The CBD stays out too, for naps and bedtimes. Often the Aleve stays out. But some of his more serious medicines are in the drawer.

I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling GOOD and that the new program is working for you. That's great! And I enjoy reading the list of foods that you eat throughout the day. I think it can show other folks that this is how it works. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
:)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
I love this time change too. hate it in Springtime. Wish the country would stop this back and forth of the clocks and just stick with one way...

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I feel the same way...I wish they would just leave it!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
i can get out of habit with vitamins too...thanks for also reminding me - i must pick up my rx later today...

lately, i have been waiting to the last minute when i run out to pick them up the next day. maybe a reminder in my phone for 3 days in advance of running out to call pharmacy and make my plans to go pick them up is in store for me :)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
D's prescriptions are mailed to us so that is handy...I order them as soon as I can just in case there is a shortage.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
Fage is great. i like the 2% as it sits with me better. sometimes i add a tasty tablespoon of a sweet regular jelly. (me and you need are sweets!)

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Yup...we do like our sweets!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I take my Walmart Fage equivalent with cocoa, instant coffee & fake sugar. YUM!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
That is an interesting combo.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Been doing it that way for years. Keep a jar of instant coffee in the freezer that is only used for the yogurt. Blends in well. So does the cocoa. Nice mocha flavored Greek yogurt.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I hear the powdered peanut butter works well too......Mine was rancid the other day so will have to get some more......


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Dang! You’re good, Bear! Have a big jar of powdered PB in the fridge & never thought of it! I will! With cocoa.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Sounds like a reeses peanut butter cup eh????


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
Yes! My all time favorite! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Mine too.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
So what are they? 1,000 WW points.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Pretty much...LOL


Donkey on 11/11/2021:
Glad it wasn't a tree that landed on the house! We've lost a couple of willows (not weeping willows but still, quite tall and full) due to storms. One landed on the neighbor's fence. The other (separate storm, separate year) fell INCHES from our deck.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Sounds like he is lucky that the burning wire didn't catch the house on fire......they all came together to get it taken care of.....He is on the phone with D right now...they just turned his power back on.....looks like not much damage to the house if any.....now they have a big storm coming in the next few minutes...luckily it held off so that all the things could be done.......he is lucky....it's the neighbors tree but it's in his yard.....Sounds like you were lucky too......Thankfully.



bearcountrygg - Wednesday Nov 10, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

I think I got this time change down this time....last spring we didn't seem to  get it right.

Loving the new WW plan.......it's pushing me in a direction that I haven't gone in years and I'm loving it.

I really have to work on getting at least 1,200 calories in......the personal points are easy enough and actually necessary for me to reach 1,200 cals

Zero hunger at all....I guess raw veggies are good for that.

It is time  consuming......and I have the time for that, so that is fine.....but the days are flying by.

coffee = 0 pts and 2 cals

3 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 216 cals

Lower sugar Quaker instant oatmeal  ( apple cinnamon) 1 pkt = 3 pts and 110 cals

1 scant cup baked beans = 9 pts and 261 cals

2 cups Bear Creek potato soup = 10 pts and 300 cals

3/4 Cup Fage 0% greek yogurt = 0 pts and 90 cals

Walden Farms Breakfast syrup = 0 pts and 0 cals

Motts berry/apple sauce = 0 pts and 50 cals

Strawberry Muscle Milk = 2 pts and 160 cals

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24 pts and 1,189 als for the day

water = 30 ounces

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
Awesome! I sure would never have to work at doing 1200 calories! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I have often had to struggle to get to 1,200 cals...of course I've had my share of 2,000 cal days too....LOL....and those days led to the weight gain......but for about 3 years or so.....a minimum of 1,200 has been my goal and sometimes I was under....Then a higher day comes along randomly and seems to even things out so it is okay now to have those high days....But I will say...I usually don't feel good after a higher day......I have a small stomach and it is just happier with a smaller quantity....but sometimes it gets out of hand...and I push the wants and not the needs...and then feel crummy afterwards.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
1200 is a good number for the average woman.

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I think it's the minimum for health........would be better probably closer to 1,500 but for me that is hard to do unless I eat a lot of desserts...and right now I don't want to do that.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
It depends on your height. Should have said good number for shorties like me. 5’1”

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I'm 5'2...it is my minimum too.


Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
I just noticed your graph says you started at 255. Hard to believe you were ever close to double your current weight. How long ago was that? You’ve done an incredible job losing & maintaining! Congrats!

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I started at 254.8....Guess they rounded up...LOL.......I joined in 2017 and Lost it over the next year and a half approx.....When you are that heavy the weight comes off fairly quickly in the first few months...I did a lot of liquid fasts...Never really eliminated any foods for very long....I did a lot of what I always called "shaking it up"....larger meals then skipping meals....a lot of eating what I craved and ignored what I didn't really want so it made it easier to just skip a lot of meals....I also did some weight watchers when the mood struck....but not consistently......I would say that it took about a year and a half....I did lose several pounds a week,,probably more than was safe......but it worked....and I ate basically what I craved. Thanks....


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
You deserve a Gold Medal! Not many can do what you have done. Even with gastric bypass. Many rapidly lose weight after bariatric surgery, only to regain. You are a strong, self-disciplined Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I think it was fear of repeating it all again .....I have lost and gained enough in the past.....and recently I was just about ready to do it again....The new plan showed up just in time for me this year.....


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
That’s terrific!

I’d do bariatric surgery in a NY minute if I were a hundred pds overweight, but your way was infinitely better. Think most insurance plans cover bariatric surgery. My cousin who had lousy insurance found a good clinic in Mexico that does it cheaper than here & was going to stay at our house when we lived in San Diego. But even so, it was a hassle & expense, so she dieted & exercised & lost most of the weight. It cured her type 2 diabetes.

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
I wouldn't because when I was 30 and having a simple surgery ( in hospital)....I had a heart attack during surgery and the dr said after that he knew something happened but didn't know what....later tests showed a miocardial infarction....so they messed up......18 years later I had a hysterectomy and they had trouble waking me up...it took hours and the recovery room was empty except for the nurse and me... and once again...freaked everyone out...especially my husband....his sister came to sit with him while they waited....so I no longer look at general anesthesia as something I ever want to do again.....so for me...it wasn't an option....I had to lose it myself if I was ever going to.


Jacky82020 on 11/11/2021:
I wouldn’t do it either with that medical history!

bearcountrygg on 11/11/2021:
Nope...not worth it.



bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 09, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

 I'm loving the new program...It is very time consuming at the moment...I belong to several WW groups and they are taking up a lot of time right now.  The new program is a lot healthier than it has been in a long time.  It is pushing me in a direction to eat healthier foods and I like that.  

I can see this as a lifestyle that is an all around better choice.

Yesterday flew by and by the time I wrapped my head around the changes and did my usual household things the day was over.  I Think it will settle down and I will settle into a newer way for me to eat.  

I'm still in the process of rotating the pantry........and just general downsizing the whole house.  

I did learn one thing...to NEVER leave the largest part of my water drinking to the last half of the day.......LOL

It is taking some work to get to at least 1,200 cals...staying withiin the points hasn't been an issue yet

coffee

boiled eggs 3

oatmeal ( apple cinnamon)

strawberry yogurt

pistachios

Knorrs herb and butter pasta/rice side ( 2 servings)

1 cup carrots

3 mini peppers 

working on drinking the water earlier today....last night was "interesting" 60 ounces

Todays cals = 1,272...and 30  pts .Will be snacking on the peppers and carrots all afternoon

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/09/2021:
Great the program goes well!

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
So far so good


coffee&calories on 11/09/2021:
It sounds like the program will encourage such healthy eating. What a great habit to develop.

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
I think I needed that.


horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
NICE JOB Yesterday on all those cups of veggies. i am due for some more veggies soon. also, i like wraps and i think i have tried those flat out wraps and enjoy them as well! wraps sometimes really work well into the calorie budget (compared to some of those breads and you can really fill up those wraps with a ton of food!)

do you like raw veggies? i do prefer cooked...even sauteed in a little oil/water mix, veggies are still so healthy :) but enjoy them both ways, they are good every way!

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
The flat out wraps are large and oval shaped and very thin...and contain plenty of fiber....I like raw and cooked veggies...


horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
nice eats today. yes, anything "new" is going to take an adjustment / learning curve. at least you will be occupied and it MAY keep your mind off food, although it is about food, LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
This is quite the balancing act....and is taking a little more planning than past ww diets....but I feel great and I'm happy with it.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
it's nice to hear it is going well rather than the other way around!

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
Yes it is.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2021:
i'm sure you will learn new tips.

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I like the idea of a fresh start where everyone else is also starting fresh....everyone is on the same page....doing different things but all with a new start.


Donkey on 11/10/2021:
Eating a lot of raw vegetables is probably the most helpful tool against stress-eating for me. I'm glad to hear that you like the new program so much. STICK WITH IT! :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
I plan to stick with it...I feel great!!



bearcountrygg - Monday Nov 08, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

The new WW program rolled out today and I think I am going to love it.........it is set up for each individual and it feels more personal.  It gives me new zero point foods and also incentives to earn more points in a way that will work for me.........it has lowered my dailies and weekly points and will force me to earn more if I want them ...looks like a winner to me.  It gives a motivation to eat and move more in a way that used to be one size fits all........I will still count calories along with the points to make sure that I'm eating enough....but all in all...I believe I am going to love it.

coffee = 0 pts amd 2 cals

Fage 0% plain greek yogurt 3/4 Cup = 0 pts qnd 90 cals

Walden Farms breakfast syrup 1/8 cup = 0 pts and 0 cals

Chicken patties (2)  = 12 pts and 380 cals

2 Italian flat out wraps = 4 pts and 180 cals

2 T light Hellmans mayo = 3 pts and 70 cals

2 boiled eggs = 0 pts and 144 cals

No sugar added apple berry sauce =  0 pts and 50 cals

1 cup carrots = 0 pts and 52 cals

1 cup mixed peppers = 0 pts and 30 cals

1/2 cup tomatoes = 0 pts and 15 cals

pistachios = 3 pts and 120 cals

small blueberry yogurt = 3 pts and 90 cals

60 ounces water

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1,222 cals for the day...Had to work tog get those that high.......but done eating for the day...still drinking the water

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Earned 2 more points but don't have to use them today........This is making me eat a lot of raw veggies...LOL...which is good but they don't have a lot of cals and my cals for the day so far are only at 1,012........Will have to plan tomorrow a little better...eating veggies gives you points .......I can see I will need to preplan my days better and that is not a bad thing........I like this kind of challenge so I can see myself getting into this.

WW site is down because of the huge number of  members......it's been a few hours and with most in person meetings closed, online is taking a hit.  Just eating right now what I know will fit into the plan....hopefully later today I can get the numbers.  I'm finding it kind of funny how many people are freaking out......( I belong to a couple of groups outside of WW).....and This whole change is causing some serious anger and flip outs........

 

LOL....The WW website has crashed...everyone is on there taking their assessment test and trying to figure things out...and I haven't even had breakfast yet....so not sure of my own points,,,,but this too shall pass.....Time  will correct it and in the meantime I wing it knowing what I already know.....and that is just fine........

 

Now that I have been able to get back to the site...I see that I get 19 points for dailies but can earn more by drinking water and eating vegetables ( non starchy)...I also have 24 weeklies to use at any time if I want to....and can also get points for doing active housework or exercise.  The foods I have eaten for breakfast and lunch did use up my dailies.......but i have a lot of zero point foods left........counting calories as well as points are going to be necessary because while my dailies are gone...I have only eaten 722 calories....so this will push me to eat more zero point foods which is a good thing.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/08/2021:
Oh I'm so excited for you! I hope that you will write about your adventure in this. Take a before picture!!! <<something I never do and then regret it later.

I think that eventually, you'll be able to drop the calorie-counting and just stick with the points, but maybe not, and that's OK. :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I will.....I think this one is a winner......and right now the site has crashed.....LOL....but that will correct itself.


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
Congrats! Sounds marvelous!

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I think it's a winner!


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
Yep! Can you do it when you want or is there a set time?

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
I can use the website whenever I want...I just got back in there so I can add the numbers here now......I think this is going to be a gooood program for me.


Jacky82020 on 11/08/2021:
That’s great!

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
:)


Brett on 11/08/2021:
Enjoy the WW class. My mother did that. It was all in person then, but she liked it.

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
The new plan is interesting....I like that.


coffee&calories on 11/09/2021:
I’m very interested to read about this! I don’t know a lot about WW. I always thought it was for people who didn’t like counting calories, that the points were kind of easier to get your head around. I see you do both. I love that it’s getting you to eat more raw veggies, I really need to do that.

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2021:
I love it so far and it's quite time consuming at the moment........I have some adjusting to do.



bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 07, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

 Up and feeling good............Counting again is letting me know that The new WW changes that should start tomorrow will probably make me feel claustrophobic...LOL........I really don't like counting......feels like being a kid again.....go to bed, go brush your teeth, be home by 8, put your bike away.....UGH!!!! 

BUT..........As always...it will be just fine until evening when I can't eat anymore because I'm out of points......LOL

Of course the evening eating  is what is always the problem for everyone as I recall......which of course can be cured by eating lower  all  day so that there are points/cals left for evening but what is the fun in that??????  Then the entire day is restricted!!!!!  It's all a mind game.  Some games are fun....and some games are a pain in the butt.  I'm seeing  some WW current youtubers throwing caution to the wind this weekend and having a free for all....because tomorrow is scary and probably will be their NEW way of eating for the next 2 years.......reminds me of the old days...and the binge before a new diet.....LOL  

 

Breakfast

coffee 0 pts and 2 cals

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/07/2021:
I’ve decided to do better counting too. Will jot down notes as I go along. Easy to lose track mentally.

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
It's a huge pain but even guessing measurements can be a shock....I have found in the past that sometimes I was guessing things were more and I was undereating.......but...I swear...I will always dislike it intensely. I'm beginning to understand why some people stick to a very few foods on WW....just to limit temptation and to know at a glance what the points are......I'm too much of a food rebel to do that I think...although I wouldn't mind giving that a go. I had a leader once that ate the same thing day in and day out...never varying it at all.....she said she had to or she would gain it all back......BUT....she didn't look ar act healthy...she was a totally boring leader and I didn't want to even go to her classes anymore and found a different class......one thing about living down in civilization.......There were a good 30 different options of classes for me to attend.....That made it easier to find a good leader.

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
I forgot to mention that she wore the same exact outfit ( boring) to class every week too...navy skirt, white blouse and navy sweater.....I think she could have just hung up a picture of herself every meeting instead of showing up......I remember sitting there week after week thinking,,,Didn't I just see and hear this last week?......


Jacky82020 on 11/07/2021:
Exactly. Counting is a pain in the buttocks! And a major reason why I go for the same foods, most of the time. Been dying for a Subway teriyaki all week. Don’t often eat out more than once a week anymore & it’s a small cheap meal, like the 350 cal BK rodeo burgers & sharing onion rings with Matt. Would have fast food 3X a week & used to, but had to make a choice. Get fat or limit many things I like. I’m at a point now where if offered a free meal at the fanciest place around, I’d just say NO!

But today I will get that teriyaki sub, footlong. To be lunch & dinner.

Wow! 30 classes! Oh, well, probably a lot online now.

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
I've tried the online zoom classes and get bored fast......guess I am just boring...LOL......I've been doing this so darn long that everything just seems to be on repeat.....LOL The in person classes offered now are hours away....and limited space and only by appointment....not doing that......I think you are doing fime eating the smae things as long as you do have your treat meals out....it gives you something to look forward too and if it;s working then that is the goal anyway.


Jacky82020 on 11/07/2021:
LOL! A pic of herself. That’s hilarious. Maybe a cardboard cutout would be better.

Never tried an online class, but years ago had yoga videos. Classes don’t work for me. Like to do things at my own pace, when I feel like it. I can burn off a lot of Cals & get a good workout in the time it takes to get to gyms/classes.

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
I think that is great...I wish I could be that motivated......I need to be accountable to someone else...so WW...and DD have been a huge help there for me...I also loved the fitday CD ....but I broke it....Waaaa................I really liked the weigh in's at ww....they were motivation to just suffer and do the work......no problems in any other part of my life like that ...I just get it done.....but food....from my 40]s on has been a real bug......it was so much easier when I wasn't a foodie...LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
Boy....My typos......need to cut my nails I guess....that is usually a sign...LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
I guess proofreading would help too...LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
Is proofreading 1 word or 2...LOL


Donkey on 11/07/2021:
It's not just WW. When I was tracking for the Lose It app, I was weighing a lot of my portions (especially things that were not prepackaged). It's a amazing to me what a "large apple" actually is. I must be eating gargantuan apples from the store. "Large" apples in the app (and other calorie counting sources) look medium to me. And that's just one example. But as you mentioned, it's very eye-opening to see what actual portions are. I too was eating more than I had thought by eye-balling it.

You can eat the "same things over and over" and not be boring. Just have a larger selection of what you know the points for. It was that leader's choice to limit herself so much. Does that make sense? Why limit yourself to 10 familiar foods? You could have 20 familiar foods or 30 - as long as you know the points, you can change it up.

However, eating the same foods day after day IS a proven weight loss tool. The palate adjusts, so eating becomes "boring" to the tongue/brain, thus less "indulging".

Oh don't even get me started on the "binge before the diet" - no no no no NO!

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
Agreed...it is hard to determine if fresh fruit is large, medium or small.....so confusing. I do think this time with WW...I will make out a list of foods with their points and keep it on hand....doing this online always seems like a guessing game. I loved the days when there were books...and sliders...I hear they are going back to counting fiber...that is good. It is a good idea you had about having a larger selection...I will do that...the teacher I was talking about had oatmeal, a lunchmeat sandwich, and a dinner of meat, veg and rice.......and it NEVER varied.....just like her outfit...LOL BUT...I can see the ease of that.....BUT...I like to "Shake things up" TOO much!!! I'm afraid if I had her menu......I would probably stop eating all together.....of course that has it's merits too......I know food fatigue would set in and I would end up either eating everything in sight or going into a very ugly funk. I remember that program that sent all of those people to a place to lose weight and they all had huge meals the night before....it seemed like they would weight nore on day one weigh in.....but I think it would make the process harder...I'm seeing a lot of that attitude on Youtube....I think this new program is scaring more people than I have ever seen before.....just knowing that every ones NEW diet will be different from everyone else's is really unusual for ww......

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
WW keeps sending out teasers talking about fingerprints.....LOL...it's freaking some of them out!!! Some plan to quit.......I suspect they are referring to the difference in everyone's fingerprints and their new diet....which they have said will be a 1 of a kind per person. A lot are planning on swicthing to I Track Bites instead.


Jacky82020 on 11/07/2021:
Whaat?????? Fingerprints for WW? Sounds insane! Is that the ultimate accountability? Why not send everyone a Fitbit type scale that goes to WW central along with a video of folks stepping on? LOLOL

bearcountrygg on 11/07/2021:
I think they are referring to individual diets....they sure are not getting my fingerprint...It's bad enough that 23 And Me has my dna...LOL......I have a WW scale....but D kept getting on it and they thought that was my weight...LOL...so I stopped it from sending them my wt...and just enter it myself.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/07/2021:
you know, i think a mind game also involves eating in the evening....

however, on the other hand, when i eat a very little something close to bed, i honestly feel i sleep better..

bearcountrygg on 11/08/2021:
It is funny how some nights I want to eat...and others not at all...last night water was what I wanted...other nights coffee or tea is good.......the nights I want to eat I often do to keep from getting reflux....but for me it does vary.



bearcountrygg - Saturday Nov 06, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

Tractor issue finally fixed.....lots of brainstorming from both of us and it's done.....Thankfully.

Both of us are sore today...LOL......as the years go by the stamina goes right along with it.

I did snack a little last night and didn't post it.........that doesn't really work...... I need to just post it rather I want to or not...It was late, I was hungry and I was afraid that would cause reflux....I can't say I even enjoyed it.......I could have made better choices....4 little mini bags of blahhhhhhh..................

Today

breakfast was coffee, cereal and milk 

Lunch was filling = 1 cup leftover goulash, a red mini pepper and a light italian flatout wrap with a chicken patty and light mayo 

Dinner = yogurt, toasted bagel , spray butter and peanut butter

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/06/2021:
So, I'm sincerely curious, as to how you react when you see a story about a 72 year old woman who competes in bodybuilding, or a 90 year old lady who does Tai Chi every day, and so on.

I am asking this earnestly, as I see these too, and I aspire to this, when I am 72 or 90. I guess I'm asking if this is hype or what.

What are your thoughts?

PS sorry to hear about the snacks. A curse on all snacks... after 7p (lol).

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
I think there are older people who are unusually able to do those things....but for all of the people in my family and friends....it seems like it would be very unlikely.......I think it's great if anyone of any age can do those things though....My Mom was 89 when when she passed away and the day before...other than getting a flu shot...she also raked leaves, went grocery shopping and had a chat with a neighbor.....many of the people at her funeral were surprised that she was 89 and had found out from reading her obituary.......she was very agile for 89....she never was one to exercise, or eat well.....she just did what she wanted and then rested. I am all for being active in old age...but old age is just plain painful......Now I will say that my Mom for some reason NEVER felt pain...she never had a headache in her life, she had zero memory of childbirth during 2 pregnancies, had a head injury from a car accident that ripped her scalp and required many stitches and didn't feel a thing.....she would limp but not know why, she had shingles twice and said they didn't bother her but she just noticed them. ...so I think if someone is physically comfortable then they will be able to do more.....as far as office work goes...I would not want to do that.....my short term memory is going, words do not come to me as quickly as they used to....so i would not want to have a job with a lot of responsibility for the sake of others.


Jacky82020 on 11/06/2021:
Have you ever found any useful tractor repairs online? Matt is in vintage car forums & finds stuff on YouTube etc.

A few days ago he was considering a three hour (one way) drive to check out some part. Next day seller is banned from the forum & others there told Matt he was a scammer!!! Overall, he’s had good luck buying stuff online for his 1970 Opel. Just bought a seat for $300 that was going for as high as $2000. Came in 2 days & is beautiful

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
D did watch some you tube videos and knew what to do...It's hard for me to explain ...we know what had to be done but the parts didn't fit together like they were supposed to......he ended up sanding some metal down in 3 places and it now works.....we aren't sure why it was that way....they were all parts on the new 3 point hitch set up.....as it attached to a piece of our equipment....that he uses on our driveway. But thank goodness for electric drills...LOL He was able to sand that metal down a bit and finaly it all came together. Our youngest son constantly works on his cars/trucks....a grandson is a professor at WYO TECH in the Diesel mechanic area......son does order a lot of parts online but picks up used ones locally.....Grandson teaches and also has a truck which he hires someone to drive.....we don't know where son and grandson got their mechanic skills......this is a contruction family....LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
construction^^^^


Jacky82020 on 11/06/2021:
Matt is really into rebuilding vintage cars but can work on the newer one. Only tractor we have is the Deere & he can fix that too.

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
Auto mechanics is a great ability to have.....


Donkey on 11/06/2021:
Oh hey, I wanted to mention that I'm glad you got the tractor problem fixed! YAY!!!

Thank you for your understanding response. OK, so I guess I shouldn't be too hard on my Boss because he's not a 72 yr old woman bodybuilder.

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
Yes...3 days trying to get that thing right was more than enough. Nope....if your boss has any typical 70 year olds pain then he is probably happy to just relax...LOL...joints get stiff and painful...moving is something that literally stops me from doing a lot of things...my joints refuse sometimes...I can imagine that he isn't overly comfortable either.



bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 05, 2021
(calorie deficit, WW)
Weight: 130.0

 Sleeping good...feeling good and will be busy all day.  

I always thought retirement would be leisurely.....but...it isn't quite as leisurely as I expected.  I always seem to have lots to do..

Will probably be spending some time out in the barn today...D having a tractor hitch issue that is frustrating him.....I know nothing but  he wants ideas.....so I will see what I can come up with.....so I will go out with a fresh eye and see if I can come up with an idea.  I really know nothing of trailer hitches...LOL

Placed an order for some herbs and spices this morning.......

Pantry for the new year is coming together..........and would like to do some sorting in the basement if there is time.  

Breakfast

coffee 0 pts and 2 cals12 pts and 300 cals

2% milk = 5 pts and 122 cals

cereal = 12 pts and 300 cals

 

 

Lunch

goulash = 16 pts and 584 cals

muffin = 11 pts and 278 cals

 Dinner

muscle milk = 3 pts and 160 cals

 

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pts for the day = 47 and cals for the day = 1,446

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/05/2021:
What kinds of food do you have for the prepping? Cans, dry? Are you freezing tons of stuff?

bearcountrygg on 11/05/2021:
Our freezer is full but of course if the power goes out that won't last...mainly the freezer is for our basic eating and not for prepping. I always keep canned tomato and beans, rice, pasta, basically all other vegetables and canned fruit as well as dried....canned soups and other meat and stews......I always have bread making things on hand as well as extras of condiments...we have some boxed mixes but don't keep too many....the carbs aren't good for D so I am stocking less and less of that stuff. I order his prescriptions the minute I can and they are mailed to us....I also keep tylenol, antacids, and type of bandage, or antibiotic salves etc......as well as extra primatene mist inhalers and decongestants and cold type meds and benedryl for allergic reactions and baby aspirin and vitamins. I don't usually buy a lot at a time....I pick things up a little here and there....when I get groceries....I also always have extra TP, kleenex, paper towels, paper plates and tin foil....It has been over 20 years that we have done this and it has served us well.....oh forgot....I also love the dry soup mixes made by Bear Creek.....1 pkg makes about 8 cups of soups...great deal and fast too...


Donkey on 11/05/2021:
When I was a SAHM, but the kids were in school, I would volunteer a lot. (I loved it.) One of the volunteers told me that she used to work at AT&T, and she thought retirement would be a much-needed relaxation, but she said, "I'm busier being retired than when I was working!"

Sounds to me like D needs someone to "think outside of the box", so don't hold back suggestions, even if they sound a little out there. Even a wonky suggestion might trigger something in his brain to come up with a solution.

I am enjoying reading your meals and points :-)

bearcountrygg on 11/05/2021:
I know what that lady means.....I feel the same...but I do know that my time management was better then........ D is needing exactly what you are saying....I'm his idea person when he can't figure something out.....He looks at it as a guy would.....I look at it as a problem solver would...( I try to forget that it is cold hard steel...LOL)...In the past I got him out of a couple of guy truck issues and he made something that worked and still uses both of them today.....so when he mentioned the issues to me yesterday I didn't think about the fact that he was hinting...but when he called a son last night and was telling him....I realized he is asking for help....so...will try to think of a remedy for that...and if I can't then I can possibly stay out there with him for awhile as moral support so he can relax and figure it out...Hopefully we can brain storm.......that often helps.


Jacky82020 on 11/05/2021:
You don’t have a generator? We always toyed with idea, but never got one. Do have an inverter which has come in handy a few times.

bearcountrygg on 11/05/2021:
WE do have a generac that will kick on within 2 minutes of a power outage and that will run until the propane tank is empty.....we also have a coupl of old gas generators but of course if the power is out the gas stations will be closed....I recently got a small ( very small)..little thing that would use solar to run the TV or the fridge....we have some electric heaters and a little buddy heater for really desperate times...I also stock some water and have a Big Berkey to filter water that is really nice....I will say that the General is worth every penny...it is one of the best investments we have made.

bearcountrygg on 11/05/2021:
GENERAC.......( not the general....LOL)


Brett on 11/05/2021:
Call the General and all the troops when you lose power. lol

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
:)


horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2021:
Re cereal for breakfast in your entry yesterday is exactly the reason I have went to sweets for my breakfasts- a little “breathing room” - a little indulgence helps me to stay on track

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
The cereal is fortified so I figure it isn't all bad...and it does solve my sweet tooth....and It is sticking with me a little longer than I expected it too...possibly the milk?


horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2021:
Yum new herbs and spices is a good way to entice you into more cooking too!

bearcountrygg on 11/06/2021:
Yes it is.



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