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Oct. 31st, 2005

Done with filming, truck is cleaned out and the lights put away on the shelves. It's weird not having this almost-panic-mode feeling of we're shooting tonight, and my mind is wandering back to the Big Broken Box™ and fixing and making it a home again.

It actually looks like it may be warm enough this week to pour concrete. I was figuring it was going to be a wash until spring, but if I can get it poured and it can cure, I can actually do some carpentry over the winter, which will save my ass time in a big way.

There are also some other projects in the works for the house, so it's not like I won't be busy. I want to move the studio equipment into the Room Where No One Walks so that the studio itself can be gutted and I can have easier access (and warmer in the winter). I need to clean out the basement of crap so that I can move the big tools back inside for the winter.

The health issues. Big ass-munch there. The Opti-fast program is $1100 for the initial consultation and $100/month for the food. The kicker is that it's not billed to insurance, so I'd have to pay up front, and the budget doesn't have an extra $1100 in it right now (and won't for a couple of months).

I'm considering other options for now, at least for a while.

Scary stuff Batman.


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Oct. 31st, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
Let me know if there's anything that SpousalUnit or I can do to help RE: the whole fasting thing. Even if you just need to call and talk, let us know.
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
I've been wandering about the web looking for information, and with the heavy filters needed to look at liquid-plan weight loss, it appears that Slim-Fast performs just as well as the really expensive plans, so I'm probably going to try that for a while.

I still need to budget for it, but it's a much more manageable number.

Oct. 31st, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
You should see if your doc can refer you to a nutritionist to help you design a liquid diet you can cook yourself (broth, juice, etc) that would be cheaper.
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
Doc has already recoomended a stomach stapling, so I don't think he's gonna be too hep on a nutritionist.

One of the things that I want to do is the plan of doing the no-solid-food for a period of time, then start easing back into more healthy solid food eating.

Yes, I know it's a lifestyle change and all that. Intellectually I'm prepared for that. Emotionally, not so much.

I also know of the need to suppliment with fiber and vitamins.
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Don't be an idiot. YOU are in control of your medical care, not the doctor.

- You don't know what the doctor will be willing to do until you ask.
- Don't assume.
- Get a second opinion.
- Avoid any doctor who doesn't want to include you in your own care.

I seriously hate it when people think they don't have options because they don't want to be accountable or responsible.
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm already going outside his recommendations based on my own needs and willingness, so I'm not altogether optionless.

Second opinion is a good idea, but I'm still in the research phase. I want to have more information about options and what's available so I can ask intelligent questions.
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Years ago I lost 40 lbs lickety-split using a combination of Slim Fast and Dyna-trim. Kept it off for six years, too. Of course, I was working out five days a week, and walking a couple of miles a day on campus (working full time and going to school full time) so that made things easier. Oh, yeah, and I was 24, so...

Wow. My orginal point was "Slim Fast is good", but now I've just gone and made myself feel old.

Seriously, Slim Fast IS a good plan. It's healthy, and it DOES work if adhered to. The only problem that I vividly recall was my teeth aching from the desire to actually BITE INTO SOME SOLID FOOD. But you learn to live with it.
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
That is my fear-- the hunger for solid food. I know that's going to be the biggest PITA ever.
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
My recommendations:
1) Don't have tempting foods in the house. Clean them out. First, and allow none in, second.

2) Replace activities where you have the habit of snacking with new activities that are not associated with food (for me, TV or web surfing...replaced with walking or reading)

3) have emergency exit stratagies like small, controlled portions of nutritious snacks that you enjoy, but require some preperation to consume.


Oct. 31st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: My recommendations:
All good things to note. Thank you. :)
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to you with all of this ... I have been down this road and it sucks!! One thing I learned to love was frozen things like sugar-free popsicles. No calories and the fake sensation of eating... Yum... If you ever need support please email me ... I do know how this sucks ....
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, one last "tip". Intaking some kind of fiber ala Metamucil or some other lovely brand about 1/2 hour before eating really cuts your appetite. Mmmmmmm ... bran ...
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