Friday, April 4, 2014

My initial impression of ketosis.

I started the Keto diet on Monday as many of you know.
Monday and Tuesday were just kinda meh, nothing special. I didn't feel like crap, but . didn't feel great either.

Wednesday morning I woke up with a terrible metal/tin taste in my mouth. I also experienced something I never experience. Energy, and hunger. I am always dog tired in the mornings, and I am never hungry. So I whipped up some eggs and sausage and within minutes, I felt like I was shot out of a cannon. Crazy energy levels, great mood all day, lowered cravings. I upped my water intake just in case. I started drinking just over 1 gallon of water per day. I have read that keeping hydrated is a great way to stave off the "Keto Flu".

I rode this high all through the day and all day Thursday. I tested my ketone levels with a keto test strip last night, and my assumption was correct. I am in ketosis.

However, I woke up this morning feel like I have been hit by a truck. I am guessing this is the part where I fell like crap for a week or so. I was really hoping that I avoided this phase since I felt so great Wed and Thur.

My scale will be in early next week. I had to order a livestock scale. I kid....I did have to order a heavy duty scale.

I will post the weight next week. In the meantime to look at my food diary on myfitnesspal.

I am going to *TRY* to cut back on sodium. However, I have read that you don't really have to worry too much about sodium on the keto diet, but I don't like seeing 4000mg of sodium on my diary.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Keto Diet: Day One

Day one went pretty well, but I am already seeing that carbs are sneaky little bastards. They creep into the most innocuous places. I managed to stay under 50 carbs yesterday, but the spaghetti sauce in the keto friendly stuffed peppers I made killed me.

Of course, now that I think about it, it makes sense. Spaghetti sauce is kinda sweet.

I have found that I can have a cup of black coffee with heavy cream instead of breakfast. It gives me the caffeine I need, and curbs my appetite until lunchtime. If I get hungry in the morning, I'll eat a 1/4 cup of dry roasted peanuts to hold me over, but so far, so good.

I came down with a head cold, so I am hoping I can kick it in the ass before "Keto Flu" kicks in, or I will be miserable.

The Food diary is up and going, and can be viewed by clicking the Bacon Heart on the right over there.

If you are a member of feel free to add me!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board...

So, a big blow to the morale!

Back in January I got call from Michael at AR Rehab congratulating me for being approved for the Gastric Sleeve through a state program that would pay for my surgery. This came after 2 years of work. Doctors appts, food journals, sleep studies, psych evals, and much much more.

He explained that funds would be available in March, and that I should call him back then to discuss it further. I waited until about the middle of the month to call him, and tried for over a week. He was either out of the office "temporarily" or on the other line, or a myriad of other excuses. Finally last week I received a call back from him and he left me this voicemail. (The name was distorted on purpose)

I was left scratching my head after this voicemail, because it was pretty unclear. "Is he saying that they aren't going to pay for it?" I was unhappy with the voicemail, and so I called him up. I could tell by his tone he was immediately on the defense. I asked him to elaborate what the VM meant.

Michael: "You listened to it didn't you? I said everything in the voicemail"

Me: "Well, yea, but what does it mean that you are re-evaluating spending? Are you saying you are cutting the program."

Michael: "Look Ronnie, I could have just told you no back in January, but I went to bat for you. You are being ungrateful"

Me: "No Sir, I was very grateful when you told me I was approved. I told my entire family, I blogged it, and I have been expecting this surgery ever since. I would have rather you told me no in January than to congratulate me on something that wasn't a done deal."

Michael: "I feel like you are being rude."

Me: "I feel like you lied to me, and my whole family."

Michael: "I can see that this conversation isn't going anywhere, so I am going to let you go and get back to work."

That was all she wrote. I stared at my phone for a minute. I literally felt like I was punched in the gut. My next call was to Blue Cross Blue Shield. I would have to be out of pocket 4 Grand, but I was confident that I would have support to help me get the surgery. I explained that I had a packet put together already with everything they would need to approve me. Doctor's notes, medical records, (about 60 pages of information). The rep said that they would not be able to accept that from me, but instead would have to receive it from each perspective doctor. I explained that it took over 2 years and thousands of dollars to gather this information and I can't afford to go back to the doctors and get the same paperwork I already had. They insisted....

So here I am, back at square one. 400 lbs, and no closer to surgery than I was 2 years ago. So unless I squat and lay a dozen golden eggs, and shell up $16k, I'm starting over. However, I am not going to be stagnant while waiting for this to come together (if it ever does)

The fact is, ever since I learned I was getting the surgery I have let myself go. Red Bulls, fast food, alcohol. All because I thought, what the hell, I'm getting the surgery in 2 months anyhow. NOPE NOPE AND NOPE. I immediately regret that.

Starting tomorrow, I am going to give the Keto Diet a shot. A real shot. It is a little controversial and defies common knowledge of how diets work, but I have seen a lot of success stories revolving around this diet. And, it's gaining popularity among medical community. However, it is expensive. Let face it. Meat, Cheese, and fresh veggies are high. My health is more important though and I need to make sacrifices elsewhere so I can afford it.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Keto Diet, here are some references for you to look at.

Reddit /r/Keto FAQ
Scientific American Article
Obligatory Wikipedia Link

I am also going to start my food diary again. I'll post a link somewhere on the side bar. If I'm grumpy over the next couple of weeks, I apologize in advance. The first 2-3 of the keto diet are pretty miserable.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On the Road

So, I had the opportunity to get out of the state this week for an on-site training in Kansas....

I gotta say, it's nice to be out of the house. Unfortunately, I normally can't find the extra funds for these kinds of trips on my own. So work trips give me a sort of vacation from home. Although, I have to work through the day, I feel it's more than worth it.

I really love Jonesboro, but this is the 2nd time in two months that I have been in the Kansas City Area for work, and I gotta say, it's a great area. There is some decent landscape, and KC is super nice.

Bill invited me to a St. Louis Blues game this weekend as well. I am still considering taking the trip as it will be mostly paid for. Getting out of the house really makes me feel better. Especially, suffering from depression, it's a great thing for you to get out and do something rather than sit at home and watch netflix.

Work is still going very well, and I plan on redesigning the website this weekend. Check back here for Kansas updates through Thur.

For now, I am going to soak in the hot tub.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My blog needs a facelift.

So, I have had this site layout for about 4 years now. I think it's about time to redesign.

I'm looking for ideas on what my readers would like to see, I am also looking for an artist to create a new banner!

Comment, and let me know your ideas.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's official. My life is going to change

So, after 2 years of information gathering, and doctors appointments, I finally got the call a couple of days ago that my surgery has been approved and will be 100% paid for. The only caveat is that the funds may not be available until the 2nd quarter of the year (At the latest), but will likely be in March.

After talking with the surgeon and looking over my options I have decided to go with the Sleeve Gastrectomy. It has a very high success rate. While it isn't quite as effective as Gastric Bypass, it is much much safer, with less complications and side affects.

Here is a quick video of the surgery I will be receiving.

The surgeon expect that I will lose around 200lbs, but it will require a change in lifestyle. I feel like it wont be an issue for me to get up and be active once I am able to do things without hip and back pain.

I will continue to blog during the journey the months before and after the procedure, and will of course update with pictures. This will be a life changing procedure for me since I have spent the majority of my life overweight.

I cannot wait to see what kinds of opportunities this will afford me.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Big Fat Update

So, I haven't posted in a while, mostly, because I have been focusing on work. However, I figured it was time to follow up on some previous entries.

Arkansas Rehab is STILL processing my application. They had initially declined me on the basis that I could not provide them with a letter from a nutritionist stating that they recommended to me. The problem is that I didn't see a nutritionist. I sent a strongly worded email to the regional director of the program outlining the comorbidities that go along with my weight. All of which they have medical records on that prove I suffer from them. I explained that if he could live with himself for declining based on such a trivial thing after almost a year of testing, and doctor's letters, then so be it. I then asked for an immediate response on my application so that I make other arrangements.

A couple of weeks later, I got a phone call from the folks down there and they informed me that the application had been re-opened and they asked for a letter from my doctor instead of a nutritionist. I got the letter for them, and got it to them last week. I am now waiting to hear back from them.

I was really surprised, but at the same time, I am so tired of them jerking me around. However, if I get the surgery, it will be well worth it.

My book is sitting at about 150 pages, and I have been stuck for over a month. I haven't forgotten about it, and neither have the beta readers. They are bugging me to give them new material, and I have no clue what I want to happen next. I need some inspiration. A muse would be nice.

The job is going well, every week I feel more and more comfortable. They are going to have to drag me out kicking and screaming before I leave that place. First time I have ever had a job that I look forward to, and enjoy while I'm there.

Adelaide is just about finished with her heartworm treatments, and she is doing well.

I have my dating life on hold currently until I figure out what the hell is going on with the surgery, so no funny stories or anecdotes to tell you. Sorry!

I'll let you guys know when I hear something on the surgery.