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DAY 188
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Tuesday, 2014-08-26, Day 188.

I unofficially weighed 112.0 kg (247.0 lbs). My BMI is 38.7. My fasting glucose level was 102 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £2.60, for a total decline of £44.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "I haven't the foggiest notion what you're talking about."

Breakfast, 5 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Tex-Mex Scramble.

Lunch, 8 grams and 441 calories: Marketside Ranch Cobb Salad (4/240), Wild Caught Skinless Mahi-Mahi Fillets (0/160.7), Green Giant Just for 1 Broccoli, Carrots & Italian Seasoning (4/40). After Lunch Snack, 4 grams and 320 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delight.

Dinner, 21 grams and 510 calories: Stouffers Stuffed Pepper (18/190), Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delight (2/160), Atkins French Vanilla Shake (1/160). After Dinner Snack, 8 grams and 640 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delight.

Total carbs today: 46 grams, compared to the average of 33. Total calories: 2271 calories, compared to the average of 1871 and a BMR of 2429 calories.



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DAY 187
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Monday, 2014-08-25, Day 187.

I unofficially weighed 110.9 kg (244.4 lbs). My BMI is 38.3. My fasting glucose level was 99 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £2.00, for a total decline of £47.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success. I aim to have a drink."

Breakfast, 1 gram and 360 calories: Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Pattiy (1/60), , Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/300).Lunch, 2 grams and 160 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delight.

Dinner: Bud Light (6.6/110), Wickers Crab Pot Seafood: Tuna Bites, Battered Crab Balls, Broccoli Bites, Jalapeno Poppers, Hushpuppies, (Potato) Chips. After dinner, my blood glucose level was 138 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack: Wickers Crab Pot Seafood Potato Chips.

Total carbs today: lots, compared to the average of 33. Total calories: many, compared to the average of 1869 and a BMR of 2409 calories.

I visited my nephew and niece in Virginia Beach, a totally delightful visit which culminated with dinner at Wickers Crab Pot Seafood in Chesapeake. They bought no less than four appetizers and their own meals (Karen's meal was just hushpuppies). It was fantastic, and I dined on just appetizers (they got another order of Tuna Bites just for me.

I said more than once, "It's a good thing I live eighty miles away from here."



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DAY 186
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Sunday, 2014-08-24, Day 186.

I unofficially weighed 110.0 kg (242.4 lbs). My BMI is 38.0. My fasting glucose level was 94 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.00, for a total decline of £49.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "The experts have looked at this problem from every angle, except a toilet's-eye view in the restroom, because that would be really, really gross."

Breakfast, 2 grams and 440 calories: 2 Great Day Farms Hard-Boiled Egg (1/70), Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/300).

Lunch, 9 grams and 595 calories: flatbread (7/90), Pepperoni (1/130), Salami (.5/115), Swiss Cheese (0.7/80), Sharp Cheddar (0/180). After Lunch Snack, 4 grams and 340 calories: 2 Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie (2/170).

Dinner, 39 grams and 480 calories: Celeste Deluxe Pizza for one (39/340), pepperonis (0/140). After dinner, my blood glucose level was 161 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack, 15 grams and 1140 calories: 5 Dukes Shorty Smoked Beef Sausages (1/60), 2 Atkins Chocolate Candies with Peanuts (1/150), Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie (2/170), 4 Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar (2/130).

Total carbs today: 69 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 2995 calories, compared to the average of 1857 and a BMR of 2394 calories.




Just like the last time I binged on pizza, I got the munchies before bed time and consumed far to many snacks. Nothing good will come of this. And since I add this note after weighing in (unofficially, of course) on Monday, I already know about an additional two pounds of gain. Not as bad as the 4.5 from the last binge, but there we are.

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By Force of Arms by Billy Bennett
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THIS IS NOT A DIET RELATED POST.

There. That's out of the way. No indeed, this is one of those half-arsed reviews of what I'm reading. What am I reading? What does the title above say? By Force of Arms by Billy Bennett is an alternate history of America after the American Civil War, or as Bennett's characters keep calling it, "The War of Rebellion" in the north, and the "War of Southern Independence" in the south. There is a brief flashback to the point of departure from actual history, which is that Stonewall Jackson does not get blown away by his own troops while returning from a reconnoiter. Then the south utterly annihilates the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg, and the Confederacy wins the war.

The book isn't about that war, however, but about the next war between the states. And the CSA wins again! It isn't a bad book, and I love some of the alternatives explored—Fragging Colonel Custer instead of obeying his unlawful order to kill Indian women and children, for example—but some of the text really grates. I could have known before buying the ebook that it was self published—"I decided to go ahead and self publish now after watching a writing / publishing lecture by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. He did a good job of showing the viability of “indie” publishing in today’s market."—Billy Bennett at his own website. What Mr. Bennett missed was the value of engaging a competant copy editor/proofreader.

I must admit that I've already read the sequel, which sort of took the mystery out of how this book ends. Spoilerific. It needed more proofreading, too. That should tell you, though, that despite the grating, I read anyway. I enjoyed it. Not enough to give five stars on Amazon, but a good solid three and a half.

DAY 185
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Saturday, 2014-08-23, Day 185.

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I unofficially weighed 109.5 kg (241.4 lbs). My BMI is 37.8. My fasting glucose level was 83 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £0.80, for a total decline of £50.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."

Breakfast, 14 grams and 140 calories: Kellogg's All Bran Bran Buds (11/70), Hood CC 2% Dairy Beverage (3/70), sprinkling of Splenda (0/0).

Lunch, 12 grams and 780 calories: Flatout flatbread Light Original (7/90), Fiorucci Sandwich Pepperoni (2/260), Fiorucci Genoa Salami (1/230), Sargento ultra thin Swiss Cheese (1.7/200).

Dinner, 9 grams and 595 calories: Flatout flatbread Light Original (7/90), Fiorucci Sandwich Pepperoni (1/130), Fiorucci Genoa Salami (.5/115), Sargento ultra thin Swiss Cheese (0.7/80), Inspirations NY Sharp Cheddar (0/180), mustard (0/0), Mount Olive Diced Jalapeno Peppers (0/0) . After dinner, my blood glucose level was 99 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack, 2 grams and 130 calories: Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar.

Total carbs today: 37 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 1645 calories, compared to the average of 1859 and a BMR of 2387 calories.



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DAY 184
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Friday, 2014-08-22, Day 184.

I unofficially weighed 109.1 kg (240.6 lbs). My BMI is 37.7. My fasting glucose level was 99 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £0.80, for a total decline of £51.00 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "This is all explainable as the inevitable adjustment caused by fluid forces and pressures. A sort of market diarrhea, if you will."

Breakfast, 15 grams and 143 calories: Kellogg's All Bran Bran Buds (11.5/73.3), Hood CC 2% Dairy Beverage (3/70).

Lunch, 8 grams and 510 calories: Chicken Kabobs with peppers and onions (7.5/360) wrapped in Oscar Meyer Lower Sodium Bacon (0/150). After Lunch Snack, 1 gram and 160 calories: Atkins French Vanilla Shake.

Dinner, 1 gram and 234 calories: Oscar Meyer Lower Sodium Bacon (0/225), Mount Olive Pepperoncini (0.9/9.4). After dinner, my blood glucose level was 101 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack, 3 grams and 180 calories: beef, 6 Dukes Shorty Smoked Beef Sausages (1/60).

Total carbs today: 27 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 1228 calories, compared to the average of 1861 and a BMR of 2381 calories.

This is

  1. The first day of the Third Thirteen Weeks (Third Quarter) of my diet
  2. The lowest weight I have attained thus far.
  3. The first time I have eaten Kellogg's All Bran Bran Buds (needs sweetener in the worst way)
  4. the end of my mini-vacation (back to work, damnit.)
  5. time to buy some new clothes. I bought a pair of slacks via Amazon last night (to match the pair I bought last month, which fit well.)

Another year on the diet should position me... somewhere else. I've no idea where. I'll be 64.


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DAY 183 (An Official Weigh-in Day)
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Thursday, 2014-08-21, Day 183.

I officially weighed 109.5 kg (241.4 lbs). My BMI is 37.8. My fasting glucose level was 89 mg/dL.

Weekly weight loss was .5kg (1.2 pounds), for a total of 22.8 kg (50.2pounds) since the diet started. Only 36.5 kilos (80.4 pounds) to go.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.00, for a total decline of £50.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked."

Breakfast, 10 grams and 105 calories: Fiber One Chocolate (7/35.2), Hood CC 2% Dairy Beverage (3/70).

Lunch, 4 grams and 153 calories: Blackened Flounder (0/113), Green Giant Just for 1 Broccoli, Carrots & Italian Seasoning (4/40). After Lunch Snack, 5 grams and 610 calories: Hard boiled eggs (3/210) and sausage (2/400).

Dinner, 7 grams and 507 calories: Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie (5/330), Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds (2.1/177.3). After dinner, my blood glucose level was 109 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack, 4 grams and 510 calories: 3 Atkins Chocolate Candies with Peanuts (1/150), beef, Dukes Shorty Smoked Beef Sausages (1/60).

Total carbs today: 30 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 1886 calories, compared to the average of 1860 and a BMR of 2387 calories.



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DAY 182
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Wednesday, 2014-08-20, Day 182.
Appointment at Ivor Medical Center
Six Months of Dieting Complete

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I unofficially weighed 110.0 kg (242.4 lbs). My BMI is 38. My fasting glucose level was 86 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.00, for a total decline of £49.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "We're still in the process of laying off all the deadweight."

Breakfast, 19 grams and 150 calories: Fiber One Chocolate (16/80), Hood CC 2% Dairy Beverage (3/70).

Lunch, 14 grams and 1472 calories: Lone Star Steak House Cajun Ribeye (0/1092), Steamed Broccoli (14/380).

Dinner, 4 grams and 320 calories: Atkins Chili Con Carne.

Total carbs today: 37 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 1942 calories, compared to the average of 1864 and a BMR of 2394 calories.

This Facebook post will become part of my diet diary and therefore be copied to LiveJournal.

As usual for a medical appointment, I had nothing but water after midnight until after the blood samples were taken. It was a 1:00 PM appointment. There was good news and bad news.

  • Good news: Fully dressed, including shoes, socks, boxers, slacks, and a t-shirt, I weighed 245 pounds on their balance beam scale, a loss of 53 pounds since the diet started.
  • Bad news: My scale is a little off. It said 242.4 this morning (nude) and 246.8 just now in the same clothes I wore to the appointment. Of course, I've eaten breakfast and lunch since then. The ribeye was only 14 ounces and there were two sides of steamed broccoli, and breakfast was some cereal and dairy beverage, but 1.8 pounds off?
  • Worse news: My BMI is still 39. Still obese, not merely overweight. Gotta get down to 161 pounds not to be overweight, or 191 to be JUST overweight and not obese. I have to more than double my weight loss to date.
  • Good news: HbA1c is 5.1 I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am now NORMAL. (Stop laughing, all y'all! It's official - nix, nax, no take backs.)
  • Bad news: It'd be fairly easy to slide back into high blood sugar if I don't take at least one glucose test a day. I asked which - she said fasting would be best. Then I said I'd probably take the after dinner test, too.
  • Good news: I don't have to take 2000mg/day of Metformin anymore.
  • Bad news: She wants me to continue taking a lower dosage. She'd have gone down to 875mg (I think she said) but the pills are more expensive than the 1000mg pills, so I'll be taking 1000mg/day.
  • Good news: She cut my dosage of Atorvastatin (Lipitor) in half *again*, down to 10mg/day.
  • Bad news: When I refilled my prescription for generic Lipitor three months ago, it was for a 90 day supply of 40mg pills. I bought a pill splitter and I've taken half the pills, so I'd have another 90 days at 20mg. Now I'm splitting those in quarters, so it's a 180 day supply at 10mg.
  • Good news: My next appointment is in six months, on February 18th, so my Atorvastatin supply in hand is perfect.
  • Bad news: It's at 1:00 PM again. Fasting until the afternoon sucks.
  • Good News: My Lipitor dose went down because my cholesterol, good last visit, is even better.
  • Bad news: The Red Krill Oil in 1000mg dosage had no apparent effect on my HDL, which was 29 last time and this time was 28. She discontinued my prescription.
  • Good news: Krill Oil is like fish oil, it's good for you even if the Nurse Practitioner doesn't require it. It's full of OhMyGod-3 or something, and if nothing else, is good for the skin. And Spring Valley Krill Oil (300mg) is WAY, WAY cheaper than Mega Red (1000mg).
  • Bad news: Don't believe what they say about the taste or burping. They lie.
  • Good news: This might be the last post about dieting I make today.
  • Bad news: It might not be.


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DAY 181
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Tuesday, 2014-08-19, Day 181.

I unofficially weighed 109.5 kg (241.4 lbs). My BMI is 37.8. My fasting glucose level was 90 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.60, for a total decline of £50.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "We at GSJ believe that according the name ‘investors’ to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a ‘romantic.’"

Breakfast, 19 grams and 150 calories: Fiber One Chocolate (16/80), Hood CC 2% Dairy Beverage (3/70).

Lunch, 4 grams and 400 calories: Chicken Skewers (0/360), Green Giant Just for 1 Broccoli, Carrots & Italian Seasoning (4/40). After Lunch Snack, 4 grams and 340 calories: 2 Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie.

Dinner, 4 grams and 320 calories: Atkins Chili Con Carne. After dinner, my blood glucose level was 112 mg/dL.



From a Facebook post dated early this morning:

Effective on Thursday (an official weigh-in day), I shall henceforth and forever after report my weight in kilograms. I'd say, "I'm going metric," but it isn't even called the Metric System anymore (and you had to specify whether you were using cgs or mks metric even then.) It's SI (The International System of Units, abbreviated SI from French: Le Système international d'unités,) the modern form of the metric system and is the world's most widely used system of measurement.

For a while, I'll still include pounds in parentheses, just as I include kg now. But come on, the "English" system of pounds and feet and gallons is so archaic, even the English quit using it. I might as well report my weight as "17 stone 5" or my rate of weight loss in "libra per fortnight." (For the curious who didn't know, the libra is the Roman term for pound, which is why we use LB as the abbreviation.)

Anyone who looks at my LiveJournal blog will have noted that I post the date in the International and ISO compliant format. Today is 2014-08-19. Always the four digits of the year followed by two digits for the month and two digits for the day. YYYY-MM-DD.

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DAY 180
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Monday, 2014-08-18, Day 180.

I unofficially weighed 243.0 pounds (110.2 kg). My BMI is 38.1. My fasting glucose level was 73 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.20, for a total decline of £48.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "ADRIANNE! …ADRIANNE! …ADRIANNE!"

Breakfast, 5 grams and 350 calories: Atkind Steak Scramble.

Lunch, 1 gram and 1257 calories: Backyard Grill Sliders (0/1120), Kraft Sharp Shredded Cheddar (0.5/110), Bacon, cooked (0.1/27). After Lunch Snack, 2 grams and 170 calories: Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie.

Dinner, 12 grams and 230 calories: Phillips Maryland Style Crab Cakes. After dinner, my blood glucose level was 129 mg/dL. After Dinner Snack, 3 grams and 240 calories: Three Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delights.

Total carbs today: 23 grams, compared to the average of 32. Total calories: 2247 calories, compared to the average of 1867 and a BMR of 2399 calories.

2 days to my next check-up.

In the Navy, "sliders" were greasy 70% "lean" hamburgers, so greasy they could slide off the bun. A prudent person would have assumed the same applied to civilian sliders, and given these a pass. So not worth eleven hundred calories.



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