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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 03, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 It's been a nice holiday and eating was quite okay........didn't count....but did get in plenty of meat, veggies and fruit..........

Tomorrow...I will be on a plan to bust the plateau I've been on for awhile.....scale is not moving like I want it to...so I got out the scale, and measuring cups and spoons and made them easy access.....I was thinking back to past years plateaus......I can remember 7.......104, 130, 169, 209-211, 236, 246, 250....funny how it seems lik my body just picks these little niches....and fights to stay there....I have always had to do something different to shake things up to get out of them..................

I've been eyeballing sizes and meausrements of food alot..........so now I start measuring again....I will also keep busier during the day......also exercise will be a daily thing as well as vitamins and supplements.

I WILL BUST THIS PLATEAU.....no matter what it takes.

Starting tomorrow...things will get serious.

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

Donkey on 09/03/2018:
My body has had numbers it sets at, comfortably, too. Isn't that odd? :) You can do this, Bear, I know you got this!

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
for now, i'm happy to maintain my current weight like FOREVER lol...but even this plateau needs maintenance mode...it's always easier for me to bust a plateau with an increase in some cardio...perhaps an extra walk or two every week for you!?

yes, measuring should help too.

your goal is good with your plans.

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
break it like a wall!!!!

bearcountrygg - Saturday Sep 01, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Well...it all seems to be working again...and I have to wonder how long it will last......I can imagine this is all just what we signed up for when we moved up here...I guess I'm just having a little trouble adjusting , life in the Detroit suburbs was so different than this......in good ways and bad.......Being born in the inner city and raised with that...and then spending the next 40 plus years in a Detroit suburb was a completely different world.

Here we can expect bears on the porch, deer running in front of the car in multiples ( 6 on Wednesday)...tick bites, outages of all types, nothing happens quickly or easily here.....and I am doing my best to embrace that.....still have some work to do on that.....and I do wonder why i am always so surprised at the slowness of life here.....I need to seriously wrap my head around this and accept it as it is.

Scales are staying right where they are......I need to step up my game because I do remember being stuck at this point for a long time many years ago....so a plateau is what I am currently looking at.

Not hungry so sticking with 2 cups coffee so far.

Things just changed for this holiday weekend, 3 of D's siblings and families will be up here at their cabins so we will be together until Tuesday......I probably won't be counting but they are all diabetics so the food should be basically ok.........anyway.........Tuesday I will be back at working on the plateau...and I also want to set up some kind of day planning that involves blocks of time...or something like that....it will make me be a little more active throughout the day........and keep me from relaxing too much....so......Planning on some good visits and some healthy meals.....and tuesday will be a new start on that plateau.

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

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
LOL - "I have to wonder how long it will last" -- so glad it's back! Country living is different. My folks had to deal with a lot of these issues when they lived in the middle of Wisconsin. It has pros and cons, as I see it, but it is nice to get away and join a more natural setting. My husband MUST have reliable high speed internet, so that right there kind of defines where we can live. *sigh* It is what it is, so no sense in debating it any further.

I was remembering fondly, earlier this week, the summer family reunions my folks would host in Wisconsin. I'm kind of wanting that for this weekend, but mom lives in Vegas now, so... Please enjoy your family visiting for me :)

PS I really like your plan to attach your plateau!

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
I need to get into action mode...LOL

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Sorry, that should be "attack" not "attach" -- unless I meant "detach" from your plateau, LOL....

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:

graindart on 09/01/2018:
There are several things I'd enjoy about country living, but there are also a few that I'd definitely miss. Tops on my list of things I'd miss would probably be fast internet.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
Lately I've been missing any kind of internet.....and then here comes winter with our long rolling desolate roads.....it has it's drawbacks.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
i've had life moves too...where i am living now the past 6 years or so is DEF not how i was raised. now i'm practically in a city and before it was suburban. just different. little more packed and crowded. some good things are that you can do all the shopping you need with stores relatively closer than they were growing up...anyways, sometimes, you just miss what you first had! those were your first memories!

glad you are back on the internet! glad you are eating well. sometimes it's good to take a break from inhaling food when you aren't hungry...i agree. but then when you are, i find it useful to either eat many veggies or fruits...to fill up your stomach...so you don't it everything...i had a good solution myself this morning!

bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Welll house home and WiFi are out again. Apparently it’s a power outage somewhere else. So back to using iphone again so that doesn’t work well for me we are low on gigs so will be back when I can

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

Donkey on 08/31/2018:
(((hugs))) Now, no stress eating, you hear? ;)

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
I was good...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
laughing bc of Donkey's comment..love it!

bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Back in business again and it's about time because it didn't take me long to throw caution to the wind and stress eat.......I seriously hate how quickly that happens....but in the afternoon the phone and wifi came back on and I can put that behind me...but oddly....in the middle of the night 12:30 to be exact.....THE PHONE RANG...telling me that everything was repaired!!!!!  IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!  Do they not realize that other people live in different time zones????  Unbelieveable!!!

Okay...enough of that...I'm counting calories to day just to make sure I'm going to behave myself.

2 cups coffee = 9 

Sandwich = 255

beef and broccoli, mushroom, green bean stir fry = 302


kind bar

probably enough for the day

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

Donkey on 08/31/2018:
How bad was the stress eating?

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
I get into the granola type bars when I get stressed...very old bad habit...and they add up fast.

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Probably added a couple hundred cals per day for 2 days.

legcramps on 08/31/2018:
Dang, people are inconsiderate!

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Amazingly so!

bearcountrygg - Thursday Aug 30, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

May be getting WiFi and house phone back on soon. Just got a recorded message that they found a problem. Hoping today is the day. All I got yesterday from them was excuses a lie about them leaving a voice mail. They didn’t . I really don’t like using the phone. Not many gigs left on that.

Finally everything is working again.......I almost wondered if it was going to be another day....must have been a problem somewhere away from here...because they never came to this house.......originally we were the only one out.....but by this morning others had reported it too.

Not the best eating these 2 days.....never counted....it sure doesn't take much to start stress eating...........need to be a lot more careful tomorrow.

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

horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2018:
well, i hope they get around to fixing it for you today!!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2018:
Done this afternoon.

Donkey on 08/30/2018:
I'm so glad you're back! :)

BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Me too.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Aug 29, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Lost the WiFi in last nights storm and they haven’t fixed it yet not used to doing this site on my phone so will be back when WiFi is restored

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

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2018:
YOU GUYS ARE SO SLOW OVER THERE...the workers really need to get back on that....so they can restore your service to DD!!!!!!!!!

Wishing it gets fixed soon :)

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
It’s crazy and frustrating

Donkey on 08/30/2018:
Hope your technology gets fixed soon. I find myself posting through my phone more and more. I hate doing that, but I almost never get to my laptop anymore...

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
The laptop is my go to place for internet. Phone is just a back up for me

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Aug 28, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Up and just dealing with a cold/allergies?  Another rainy day but fine with me, I'm not making any plans other than sleeping and resting.  

coffee 2

crackilin oat bran dry cereal

chocolate almond milk 



ice cream

Took 3 naps today...makes me wonder how tonight will go...apparently a gigantic storm will hit us aroud 11....and go all night and into tomorrow morning...lots of damage to the west of us........intresting August.

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

Donkey on 08/28/2018:
The rain keeps missing my area! Woke up to lovely thunder, but nothing came of it. Maybe tonight...

Rest up and feel better!

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
We're getting a huge storm tonight...I'm wondering if you are getting that now?

graindart on 08/28/2018:
Started to get a stuffy nose myself. Hoping it goes away instead of progressing into anything else....

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
This too shall pass.

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2018:
does sound like a cold then. but a lot of people do get allergies this time of year indeed!

i am going to take some advantage of the long holiday weekend ahead, will have to rest more.

rest is good, in my opinion, for the body.

you make me want to get a decaf coffee...YES!

BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
I still don't know which it is but it sure makes me want to sleep.

legcramps on 08/29/2018:
I hope you are feeling better soon! Stay safe from the storm.

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2018:
No trees spun here. Just lost phone and internet

bearcountrygg - Monday Aug 27, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Another rain day here......and we both woke up with allergies or sick ( red itchy eyes, sore throat, plugged up ears, runny noses)....I got up and ate and then went back to bed and slept some more.   He seems like he's feeling better, I'm feeling worse.


iced tea




gravy with beef

ice cream


chocolate raisins


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

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
i forgot...did you say you do not take allergy medicine? for me, it helps tremendously...even the over the counter stuff has worked 100% for me these last few years..

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
I don't take allergy medicine but when I get a sinus infection I will take a couple of doses to get things running again. They basically all knock me out.....and benedryl is said to cause alzheimers….so we use that very sparingly too. I think this is a cold for me...and allergies for him...in fact mine might be strep throat.

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
as of late, sleep is my best friend too!

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
I see more naps in todays future for me...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
wow, you used to house folks on summer vaca? were they old friends of yours?

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
Back when I was downstate caring for my parents...Denny's hunting buddies stayed here...since I moved up here 3 years ago no......we don't have a guest room anymore...turned that into a TV/Den room. Basically it forced his hunting buddies to bring their trailers up...or buy a place of their own...but the trailers need water and they often get it here....and repairs to their (everything)...seem to be done here. Plus D seems to be the one that loans out electronic equipment as needed....( transmitters, antennas, chargers...etc)

bearcountrygg - Sunday Aug 26, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

 Rain just seems to be the story of the weekend...more on it's way today...I have been thinking of painting some more lawn furniture but it won't dry out long enough to do that.  Maybe  it will have to wait for next spring......got a very late start on that this year because D couldn't help me move it ( knee).  Friends seem to keep our  weekends and some weekdays busy anyway.  The woods sure does attract the city folk!  LOL......The problem is they come up here and tear around on motorcycles, quad runners, dirt bikes and bring their friends and their beer and then they go home and we have to live here.  We don't let them stay at our house any more, but they like to hang out here off and on...and the minute they need something, like tools, or water or help with a motor or a babysitter...they show up....and of course here we are....ready to help out..  Maybe we need to rethink that for next summer.  One has 2 dogs that are only housebroken on pee pads...they stand on the *&^% pad and pee on the floor...well NOT ON MY FLOOR!!!   Once our old dog passed away...there will be no more of that...she was only that way in her very old age so we dealt with it...oldest son is dealing with it now too with his very old large poodle and that dog is also near the end of it's life....what we will do for our pets......but guests that are too lazy to put their dogs outside and just let them go all over the house is something else completely.  Anyway...enough of my rant. 

Breakfast was toast with PB and J


Lunch will be a salad, beef and ?

Dinner will probably be yogurt or cereal and fruit

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

jasmine on 08/26/2018:
Hard to beat PBand J

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
yes it is.

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
I love PBJ toast!!!

When my folks lived in northern Wisconsin, they had to endure similar noise and chaos quite often. They lived on a lakefront, which most if the time was lovely, but every one in a while, the would be some obnoxious folks. Noisy, inconsiderate, ignorant of water etiquette...

But the folks would get even once a year with their huge family reunion, lol...

Food plans sound good. It's not too late for your furniture project!

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
It's funny how some people just get away from home and act like complete jerks.....just letting their hair down I guess.....up here they are known as flatlanders....( funny that just a few years ago we were flatlanders...LOl)

graindart on 08/26/2018:
Love PB&J sandwiches or toast too. Unfortunately I can't eat just one. The last time I decided to eat "1", I ended up eating 5 sandwiches in a row. Then the next day I finished off the PB jar with another few. Funny how that never happens for me with carrots.....

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Definitely one of my addictive foods too...and I'm allergic to peanut butter....so far...it hasn't been deadly...LOL......if it ever got to be a serious allergy...I would surely miss it.

happy-1 on 08/26/2018:
Oh no... a dog on pee pads is not a dog you take to visit friends.

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Unfortunately these people do...but the funny thing is the dog stands on the pad and totally misses it...and that is OK with them...LOL

Maria7 on 08/26/2018:
In my much younger days, I put up with a lot of inconsideration from 'friends'. Finally had enough and bid them farewell from destroying my home. Still speak and act loving when see them infrequently. :-)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Yes...people are usually really ready to take advantage. Many years ago when our kids were little...friends came over with their son. The child proceeded to beat on our living room wall with a metal toy....D said.."we don't let our kids do that to the walls"....the boys dad said "we do"'''"we never tell him no." So D went and got their coats and basically said "Goodbye"......LOL

bearcountrygg - Saturday Aug 25, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 209.6

Looks like storms will be rolling in soon...so most likely an indoor day.....opened the fridge this morning and noticed a big quantity of leftovers......maybe I should just eat what is in there today....guess I had better count calories as I go.....I think it will be things with more calories.........sometimes I like having leftovers....sometimes they bug me because I can't seem to throw them out unless they are truly spoiled...old bad habit of mine which has led to the human trash can syndrome......LOL...

YUP.....eating leftovers no matter what they are today.

And to start off on the make do today...I messed up and apparently put a hot chocolate  k cup in the machine today instead of coffee...and I'm sure it has calories......so I guess I will start with that.  UGH

hot chocolate = 103

coffee = 5

Mystery leftover number one turned out to be about 2 cups of prepared ( from a box) three days ago....macaroni and cheese......I decided to go for it...so that along with some spray butter became my breakfast....( I still need to figure out the calories)....and i realized that this could be a good way for me to stop the food storage problem.....( storing food in great quantities is an issue that needs to stop for several reasons, 1 being that things expire, another that this stuff isn't very healthy and thirdly, it takes up room and money)....I'm sure that this will help remind me that when i pull something off the grocery store shelf....that it is something that I will HAVE TO EAT rather it's good for me at all......for us, at all.

I can only guess what the next unknow tin foil pkg will be.......whatever it is...I will eat it.....like punishment for hoarding too much food here. 

Well...shocker...I just looked up the cals on fitday for the mac and cheese...and it was 800 calories for 2 cups.....added spray butter was 0 so, so far this day I've eaten 908 calories...........if the next mystery package isn't veggies....I may have to stop this for today........not that many calories left......well..that was a wake up call.

I'm thinking this whole thing could be expanded to clear out freezers and boxes of canned, boxed and bagged foods.......Since I've been a food hoarder since about 1999.....I can see where this could help control that.  This may just be a lesson that I can wrap my head around.

The sun never rose this morning ( or it's behind the storm clouds)...it's as dark as night here at 8:15....lights on, tv reception out........and I skipped my regular morning bath because being in water during lightening isn't wise.....I've already eaten 2/3 of my calories for the day.........interesting...and different.

sooo....used 908 cals already

lunch was 

mixed lettuce 2 cups = 14

2 T ranch = 148

1 cup cooked tomatoes = 46

3 ounces beef = 215





1,331 cals so far...so it's still good......thinking mayb just yogurt tonight...and all should be well....I have to say....veggies to the rescue!!!


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

Donkey on 08/25/2018:
I see you are getting the rain we had here in Chicagoland yesterday... It was very windy too... and chilly at below 70. Hard to believe it's going to be 90 degrees tomorrow... *sigh*

Ya know, I've had your breakfast scenario happen to me as well -- where I have a heavier start to the day. I would encourage you to still have the other meals -- don't punish yourself -- but maybe just make them lighter or smaller, perhaps. OR just chalk it up to a day with more calories. These things happen; be kind to yourself.

When my son was gone, my husband had to make a serious readjustment regarding food: groceries, meals, etc. It's a process. You can do this :)

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Veggies saved it...I'm full from lunch...and it does help point out to my thick skull that veggies are very low cal!!! We had kids in the house for 30 years....and I do have to say...it was very difficult for me to ever adjust to cooking smaller quantities...I still struggle with that today>

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
yep, mac and cheese is some high cal stuff being that noodles are high cal / dense and so is liquid cheese! i'm sure it was great though.

if mac and cheese were healthier, lower cal i mean, i'm sure i'd be eating it more often too! they should come out with macaroni fully made from cauliflower lol....they are almost there, but the calories are still high. its made from cauliflower and pea protein i think and the calories are the same as regular macaroni! dumb!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Yes...cauliflower macaroni would be terrific!!!!! the pea protein pasta is possibly made with people who are gluten free in mind?

jasmine on 08/25/2018:
There is nothing wrong with more vegetables. ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
Maybe that is when I will like them....when they are the only thing within calories...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
OMG, Jassy and I seem to be on the same page regarding VEGGIES hahahaha :) I like her already!!!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
You two can trade kale recipes...LOL

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