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Halfway there
blaisepascal
In mid-June I weighed in at the doctors at about 315 pounds. When I visited my mom at the end of June, my step-dad gave me the "with your health issues, if you don't do something, you're gonna die" speech, and pushed low-carb, ketogenic as a diet choice. I started that on July 4th.

Today when I stepped on the scale, it read 277. Also, my fasting blood glucose was in the range of 200 mg/dl while taking 100 units of Lantus (long-acting insulin) and 45mg of Actos (diabetes drug)/day. I'm now surprised when the fasting glucose is much higher than 140, and I'm taking 60 units of Lantus and no Actos. I believe my A1c in June or July was 7.6, and I'm looking forward to seeing what it is in October. (I'm also on Metformin, but no change in that prescription)

My goal has been 250, as that's what the skydiving clubs in the area have posted as their maximum weight for their tandem jumps. That means I'm over half-way to that goal.

Vegetarian ketogenic diet is hard, since few high-protein vegetables are also low-carb -- and carbs are in almost everything. I've been trying to keep to less than 20g net-carbs/day, and I certainly don't greatly exceed that. But it means I'm eating a lot of eggs and cheese, with a decent amount of salad and Morningstar Farms products thrown in for good measure.

I've found the site Linda's Low-Carb Menus & Recipes to be very helpful. So far, I've made two casseroles from the meatless main-dish page: a mushroom spinach quiche and a chile relleno bake. The quiche is great, but the chile relleno bake is a bit too spicy for me, at least how it came out.

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Thanks for the recipe link.
Spiciness is easy to fix.
What was the name of that drug your mother recommended for me?
Have you gone back to swimming?

How do you cure the spiciness? I'm using cans of diced mild green chilis, and I'm getting the same sort of unpleasantness I don't like in pepper jack cheese.

My mom recommended Contrave. It looks like it might be a problem if you take opioids for pain. I don't know if you do.

I went swimming this morning, and I've signed up for a swimming class starting next Wednesday for 4 weeks.

Have you tried any of the Lightlife products? We very much like their vegetarian "ground beef" for chili, etc. 55 g of product has 6 g of carbs and 11 g of protein. The chick'n has fewer carbs than that - 5 g of carbs in an 84 g serving, with 14 g of protein.

This is exciting and wonderful! I look forward to seeing less of you - hopefully more often!

That's fantastic! I'm so glad this is working for you. I know it's hard but your results are tremendous. Almost 40 pounds in 2 months and your blood sugar under much better control! Wow! Most people who do this see good results quickly but occasionally someone is much slower to respond. I’m happy you weren’t one of the unlucky ones.

Tell E. that Contrave has reduced food cravings significantly for me; however if she is taking any sort of opiate pain medication she should know they will not work for someone who is taking Contrave. Contrave is a combination of bupropion and Naltrexone. Naltrexone reverses the effects of opioids and is used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. It not only reduces the cravings, it cancels the effects. I’ve had no problems with acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief so if those are enough to control her pain she may want to try it. She may be interested to know that Contrave doesn’t diminish the pleasure I take in eating or anything else (except alcohol, which also doesn’t work). I enjoy the food I eat, I just don’t crave it. I rarely eat out of boredom or anxiety or eat past the point of satiety now. I’ve had little to no side effects and I’ve lost about 30 pounds in 7 months. Not spectacular but I’d already lost 40 pounds before I started. The “easy” weight was gone. Your results may vary. If she would like to ask any questions feel free to give her my email address.

Again, I’m really happy for you. You’re doing great!

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