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My Birthday

Posted by Scott Holstad on September 21, 2015

This past Saturday was my birthday. I turned 49. One more year til the big 5-0. I better enjoy it.

I had a pretty good day. I wanted a laid back day and that’s what I got. No parties, no friends, no family, other than my wife. Just my wife and my cats. It was sweet.

Gretchen started the day by making me some delicious low carb pancakes. Very nice. I read for a little bit and finished a really good book that I had tried to finish the night before. I’ll review it soon. It was excellent. Then we went to McKay Used Books, which is a huge used bookstore that also sells music, movies and games. I got seven new sci fi books for not very much at all, and Gretchen got a couple of books herself, so it was a successful outing. We also stopped at Walgreens to pick up four of my prescriptions. Fortunately, they didn’t cost too much, so that was a good thing.

We went home and hung out. I made myself my usual low carb lunch. I like to read during lunch, so I did. Lunch lasts a long time for me. Gretchen thinks it’s funny. Henry usually comes to visit me during lunch. Ace used to, but he doesn’t anymore. I’m not sure why.

Of course, Saturdays are now college football days and I’m elated. There were some good games that day, but most didn’t start til mid-afternoon, so I talked with Gretchen and read til then. I also talked with Mom on the phone, who sang Happy Birthday to me. Gretchen went to the gym, so I went down to the den to turn on some football. I watched a little of the LSU and Auburn game and also the Notre Dame and Georgia Tech game.

After awhile it was time to feed the cats and they were very happy about it. Then it was time for our dinner. Gretchen, at my request, made me a low carb pizza which is actually quite good. She had something else because it’s not her favorite. Later we had some allegedly low carb cake with some icing she had made. It was great! Gretchen also gave me a lovely card and a couple of cool presents. They were a Pittsburgh Pirates coffee mug, a great looking one, and a Pirates t-shirt, which fits great. Just what I wanted. She took a picture of me holding them. I think I’ll post it here.

After dinner, it was pretty much time for the Tennessee/Western Carolina game, so we turned that on. If you’re a Vols fan, like we are, it was an awesome game. We completely dominated and won 55-10. The whole team played well. Which was good because next week we play Florida and we have to be prepared for that. We haven’t beaten Florida in forever, but this year I think they’re going down and it’ll be pretty sweet if that happens.

We went to bed fairly early, in part because I had been up since 12:30 AM and was tired. I have severe insomnia and am often up between midnight and 1:30 for the rest of the day. It’s tiring. As for the diet, since mid-February I’ve been on an extremely low carb diet with Gretchen (I average 6 carbs per meal.) and I’ve lost about 56 pounds. I look and feel better, but I still have to lose a whole lot more. I have a long way to go, but I think I’ll be able to keep losing for awhile before I level off. At least I hope so. Anyway, all in all, it was a pretty good birthday. Thanks for letting me tell you about it.

Me with my birthday presents

Me with my birthday presents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diet

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 9, 2015

So my wife put me on a diet a couple of months ago. And it’s paying off. It’s a very low carb diet. Let me back up for a minute. Back in 2010, I didn’t know anything about carbs or diets and I got into trouble with my doctors. In December 2010, my doctor forced me to see a couple of dieticians who put me on what they told me was a low carb diet of 65 carbs per meal. I know that sounds like a lot, but when you eat pizza and burgers for every meal, it’s an improvement, trust me. However, there wasn’t much of an improvement in my health, so in May of 2011, my doctor insisted I take it lower — to below 40 carbs per meal. I was stunned. That seemed like so little. I had to really work to get to below 40 carbs per meal. I had to do a lot of meal planning, which I wasn’t used to.  However, I got used to it and have religiously stuck to 36-37 carbs per meal ever since. The problem is, I’ve still gained weight while on this “diet.” Frustrating. Much of it has to do with the meds I take. They cause weight gain as a side effect. But I don’t exercise enough, I know, even though I often feel like I have valid excuses — bad back, bum hip, bad knees, headaches, etc — they’re still excuses. I know that.

So a few months ago, my wife put herself on a very low carb, high protein diet and she lost weight. So she convinced me to join her a couple of months ago. And my carbs per meal has dropped from 36-37 to 14-15. That’s a HUGE drop! That’s taken a lot of work! But it actually hasn’t been that hard and my wife has helped me. And she’s gotten me to eat things I never would have considered eating in my life before now. Like cabbage. Or zucchini and cauliflower-based pasta. Or broccoli. Or Greek yogurt. Or, or, or. She’s making me a lot of meatloaf, which is darn nice of her. And guess what? I’ve lost 15 pounds in less than two months! I know that’s not a world record or anything, but I’m pretty pleased and I hope to continue to shed some weight as I stay on this diet. Now, pass me the damn cauliflower!

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Toby’s Losing Weight!

Posted by Scott Holstad on June 25, 2013

Check out Toby, our hefty cat who’s on a diet. Poor thing’s actually losing weight. Isn’t he a cutie? His brother, Henry, is on the same diet and needs to drop a couple of pounds too. Toby’s down to 21.2 pounds now. Keep it up, you little cat!

Toby's losing weight!

Toby’s losing weight!

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