And 13 more makes 25

2009 July 14
by Stace

I realized as I went to write this post that, once again, I didn’t write anything while at home. There is a simple reason for this: at home we have a dial-up connection. And it’s not even decent dial-up. I’m convinced that the local internet provider has hired kids to run, physically, the data from their office to our house, hence the maddeningly slow connection speed.

I don’t have the patience for being on the internet while at home. A simple attempt to get online results in a heinous spill of foul language that makes even Maggie wince in horror.

Hedon manages to put up with the dial-up, though. I’m convinced it’s due somehow to Fernando, who likely entertains Hedon with replays of favorite scenes from “G.I. Jane” while she waits 10 minutes for the results of a simple Google search.

We could go DSL, I suppose, but I can’t justify the price considering how little time we spend at home. And the broadband gizmo we use in the truck can’t get a signal in our valley, so that’s no good. Basically, to save everyone’s sanity, I avoid the internet at all costs while I’m at home.

And that is why it took me so long to write and say –

Yippee! In the last five weeks, I lost 13 more pounds! And that makes 25 total pounds lost. Not too shabby.

I’m actually very surprised. When I arrived home, I didn’t feel like I had lost any more weight. It was a shock to see that 13 pounds were gone. It’s encouraging, since I was definitely low on enthusiasm at the time. Seeing results really helps to keep you going.

My diet is actually fairly simple. I keep calories at 1400 to 1500 a day. I count carbs, and allow myself 45 at lunch and dinner, and 15 at breakfast and for any snacks I might eat. I try to keep any fats as healthy as possible (like with olive oil), limit red meat, only eat whole grains, have lots of salads and vegetables, do what I can to reduce sodium intake (which is extremely difficult out here on the road), and try to get in a dairy choice when I can.

In general, I’m just trying to form eating habits I can live with for the rest of my life. I will say, though, that I have been a bit extreme of late in the limiting of carbs, rarely eating even close to my limit of 45 at the two main meals. I have the D.O.T. physical coming up at the end of this month, and I’m getting a bit panicky.

My blood sugar numbers are good during the day, usually at 95-115 prior to meals and about 130-145 after meals. The problem is my fasting level. It is always, always, no matter what I do, in the 130 to 150 range. I discussed this with my doctor last week, but he doesn’t want to increase my medication (only the dose I take before bedtime), until he can get a new A1C, which he can’t do until my next time home, when a good three months will have passed since I was diagnosed and began treatment. So … sigh.

He is pleased with my progress so far, but I’m still worried about the fasting numbers. It’s this D.O.T. physical coming up. I know it’s all going to come down to luck of the draw — a doctor who’s a hardass, a moderate, or an I-don’t-give-damn-just-hand-over-the-money type. I believe I can win over a moderate, but a hardass, who knows. And what if they do an A1C? It’s still pretty early for that. My A1C when diagnosed was 10, for God’s sake, and that was only two months ago.

I’ve considered going all Atkins over this, and dropping the carbs to the point that I completely deplete my carb store, and go into ketosis. I’ve got serious reservations about that, though, since I’m not sure how the doctor doing my physical would respond when they see I’m in ketosis, which they would discover with the urine sample we have to give. I don’t even know if it would much help my fasting levels anyway. Seems like it would, what with my carb store being depleted, but hell, I don’t know.

Well … I’m doing my best to contain my agitation and worry over all this. It’s just not easy to do when your job is hanging in the balance. But like Hedon reminds me, even if the worst case scenario were to happen and I lost my job (which is likely since I’m extremely doubtful TWMNBN will give me leave for more time to get a better A1C), it’s not the end of the world. And it’s true. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it would suck … seriously, seriously suck.

Okay, enough angst-ing. I can only do what I can do. And I feel like I’ve done a good job so far. I just need to quit worrying about what I can’t control and let what’s going to happen just happen. Now, if I repeat that to myself a million times between now and the end of the month, maybe I’ll still be sane come the end of the month.

Meanwhile, 25 pounds! Hurrah!

14 Responses
  1. 2009 July 14
    limericc permalink

    Great job. Fighting that same weight battle myself since I quit smoking.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. 2009 July 14

    You can do it Stace.

    I’ve found a “give me the money and I don’t much care about your results doc” here in Denver. I like her a lot.

  3. 2009 July 14

    Congrats on the 25 lbs!!! That’s awesome :)

    Also, I wanted to send you guys an email but when I click on about I can’t seem to get any further … what’s the email addy? Thanks :)

  4. 2009 July 14
    mbfirefly permalink

    You guys are doing great! 25 lbs is amazing! Keep it up, you are inspiring me too!

  5. 2009 July 14
    punxxi permalink

    ” until he can get a new A1C, which he can’t do until my next time home, when a good three months will have passed since I was diagnosed and began treatment. So … sigh.”

    You can buy an A1C test kit to use on yourself, if you are overly curious, I mean, it’s probably okay if you know yo wont be home for the 3 month check. You two are both doing great, losing the weight!

  6. 2009 July 14

    Sweet! Congrats on 25! Yea You!

  7. 2009 July 15

    Congratulations, that’s really awesome.

  8. 2009 July 15
    Chaos permalink

    Yay! Congratulations!!! I have been really worried about you, and am glad to hear that you are doing ok. We love you!

    So I was wondering, you said you limit yourself to 45 carbs at lunch and dinner. Is that 45 for each meal, or 45 total. Also… how do you know how many carbs each thing counts for? Just wondering because I REALLY need to lose some weight. Its getting kinda scary at this point, and also just absolutely rediculous. Thx. : )

    Ok, so Kiddo and I wish you the best possible luck on your physical, and we both send our love.


  9. 2009 July 15

    OMG – Congratulations!!!! Wow – 25 pounds!!! QUITE an accomplishment!!!

    I like your diet plan – seems easy enough to do. I’ve been limiting my carbs too – not all crazy Atkins-ish – but just less. When I started my modified South Beach – and I say modified because I don’t use the recipes, etc. in the book, I just go by the foods on th list, I found that I really didn’t miss them at all.

    Breakfast is the hardest meal for me because I don’t like to eat when I wake up – even if I wake at 1 in the afternnoon. And, having eggs for breakfast doesn’t appeal to me AT ALL. Usually, my breakfast is cottage cheese and fruit (but you can’t have fruit for the first two weeks) or yogurt (but they want you to have a protein, and yogurt is not a protein) or oatmeal (which I couldn’t have). So that initial period was hard for me – I did do some turkey bacon and soft boiled eggs most of the time, forcing myself to deal with eating it. I don’t like to wake up and have to cook. On the weekend or one day a week, fine. But not everyday. I like a light, quick breakfast. So now I’ve been doing cottage cheese and fruit….which pleases me.

    I was trying to stay around 1200 calories a day, which on some days is doable, other days impossible. But I find if I stay between 1200 and 1600, it works. Some days I’m around 1000 calories, other days I’m at 1600 or a bit over. I haven’t done any exercise because I hate it (and it’s hot out) but maybe I’ll get around to it in this lifetime.

    I am going to send you an email regarding your physical….I hope everything goes well for you!!

    And again – Congratulations – to both of you!!

  10. 2009 July 15

    Holy crap! 13 more pounds. Impressive!
    That low carb into ketosis shit ended up with me having gallbladder stones that led to pancreatitus. Not good. Not good at all.
    Maybe there is another way.

  11. 2009 July 15

    Limericc — Thanks. Good luck with yours, too. I dread quitting smoking. Still putting it off.

    Decorina — Sounds like a lovely woman. :-)

    Jen — Still haven’t got the about page changed since the template switch. Sorry about that. You can reach me at: and Hedon at Hedon

    MBFirefly — Thanks so much!

    punxxi — Good to know. Thanks. I might try it.

    Sheila and L. — Thanks for the congrats!

    Chaos — That’s 45 carbs at each meal. I’ll e-mail you about the rest.

    Salena — I’m the same way about breakfast. I’ve been doing low fat cottage cheese with a few walnut halves (broken in bits) sprinkled on top, when I can get the cottage cheese out here.

    MG — Good lord. I had no idea that could happen. Rethinking here. And hell, I woke up this morning and had a fasting of 117. Didn’t do anything different yesterday. Go figure. I don’t know what the hell.

  12. 2009 July 16

    congrats on the weight loss….sounds to me like you’re doin a good job….

  13. 2009 July 20

    Congrats on the weight loss!!!!!!!! You’re doing awesome. Sounds like a very balanced diet.

    The calorie limit sounds a bit low but then I’m not a doctor or nutritionist. You might want to do something called calorie cycling where you have a different calorie amount every few days. It might sound counter-intuitive but if you keep a restricted diet for too long, your body adjusts and the weight loss will plateau and/or go into starvation mode. For example, keep it between 1400-1500 calories for 3-4 days then up it to 1800-1900 for 1. Kind of like varying workouts, keep the body guessing.

    Proud of you two!!!!!!!!!

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