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  • tRidiot
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    • Dec 2015
    • 660
    • NE OK
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    Health issues - my diet and lifestyle change

    Soooo I'm finally facing my issues.

    I've been diabetic for years and I just take my medicine and go on, I don't check my sugars, I would "try" to avoid carbs sometimes and didn't feel bad, so I just did what I needed to do. I took BP meds without checking my BP, as well as cholesterol meds without checking my cholesterol, on the assumption that I needed them. Keeping my head in the sand sorta worked for me, and I used my crazy work and commuting schedule (as an ER doc) to justify things.

    Now I'm officially in my mid-40s, and I decided to actually CHECK some things. Boy did I get a wakeup call.

    Blood sugars were wildly out of control and in the range of the worst, most non-compliant of my patients, even while taking 3 separate oral diabetic medications <sigh>.

    So, what to do?

    Well, it is time for a lifestyle change. Obviously.

    So, I started a new medicine, a once-weekly injectable called Ozempic. This isn't insulin, it's a hormone and it helps change/adjust a number of things going on in your body that are out of balance or completely inappropriately happening in Type II Diabetes.

    I also changed my diet. Drastically. I have essentially lived for food most of my adult life. If we go out of town, one of the first things I think about is planning our excursions out to eat. We get food catered in to the office 2-3x a week by drug reps for our staff, and it is usually something bad, with an occasional salad they bring to say they're doing something healthy.

    So I've sworn off carbs, for the most part. I don't buy into the whole ketogenic thing and don't do full-on keto, but have eliminated 95+% of the carbs out of my diet. So I'm trying to focus on meats and vegetables. I'm also consuming under 1000 calories a day, sometimes WAY under that. The medicine actually helps with this, as this class of meds helps with satiety. It also causes nausea and diarrhea, but that is getting better already.

    So I'm 5'9½" and was at 234 lbs. This is a BMI of 34.1, just under the classification of "morbidly obese." Now, I don't put all my faith in the BMI measurement, as it doesn't take into account a lot of things like muscle mass, build, etc. But it's just a number. My highest weight back in the day was I think 290 or 295. I can't even fathom back then. I have always considered myself fat, but that just sounds ridiculous to me now, in retrospect. Looking at how big I consider myself now, and then adding another 60 pounds??? Wow.

    So anyways, I got on the scale Sunday and I was down 14 pounds in 13 days. 220 lbs. This puts me right where I was at 20 years old. In actuality a few years ago, back in 2013 or so, I was down to 211, the lowest I've been in my adult life, I think. The Wife and I were separated, I was going through a lot of mental stuff and just plain wasn't eating, at all. In fact, on several occasions I went 5 full days with nothing but coffee and Diet Mt. Dew. Talk about saving money on toilet paper!

    So anyways, I can tell I've lost some weight, my pants are fitting better. I can probably go back to IWB carry of my personal firearm again. lol My goal is to get down under 200, maybe even lower. I think that should be achievable, I'm eating so little now, and I don't really feel hungry.

    The point is LIFESTYLE change. This is what I tell people who want the fad diets and crash weight loss - keto, Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, whatever. If you don't change your LIFESTYLE and the way you THINK about food, you'll never sustain it. So that is what I'm doing. I will get to a point I can plateau and maybe reintroduce some things, but I've lived 43 years living for food.

    Now it's time to live for my family, and for me. Maybe it's too late. Maybe I've done enough damage to my body that it will catch up with me in the next 10 years. That's quite possible. Maybe even probable. But, I am on the path, hopefully I can sustain it. I am encouraged by my immediate weight loss and hope I can get things under better control, not just the weight, but the blood sugars, the activity level, heart health, etc. I have a long way to go. I have a 13 year-old I want to see grow into a man and a father. I have church and community service organizations I want to serve. And I want to travel with my wife. I want to live to retirement and beyond.

    I have 2 types of elderly patients in my practice - those who are generally fit and trim and active, and those who are obese and can barely get up, always hurting, always sick. All of them have meds, that's generally part of life these days, but it's the QUALITY of their life in their 70s and 80s that is catching my eye. I want to be one of the active and happy ones, not one of the obese, hurting and miserable ones.


    This is my confession.
  • tRidiot
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    #2
    I should add that secrecy and shame were a big part of it for me. I havent' seen a doctor in years, haven't talked to anybody about my diabetes in years, just managed it (poorly) myself, justifying that I was so busy taking care of everyone else, I didn't have time to deal with my own issues.

    Mental issues are as much a part of most any chronic illness as the physical part.

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    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      Mental issues are always there. winning the mental game is the key to winning the physical game.

    • Buck Flicks
      Buck Flicks commented
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      It was the mental issues for me (mild depression, anxiety, which I have never had before) that prompted me to start getting my diabetes under control. It's an insidious disease and can affect all systems.

    • bardsljr
      bardsljr commented
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      Take a look at the University of Colorado "State of Slim" diet ..you can buy the book on Amazon. It works. Like most diets, its boring, but unlike a lot of diets, you dont have any cravings or such. I started March 1, went to the end of April, took a one week break, went back on it till the end of June. Lost 35-40 pounds. Give it a look.
  • au4stree
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    • Birmingham, AL
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    #3
    tRidiot , sound like you're on the right track. I too don't buy into the Keto diet, to me it is just another fad. That is not to say it doesn't work, cause it probably works for most. People have to find what works for them and apparently you have found that, so congrats and here's to feeling better and clothes fitting better. I avoid sugar and try to eat more veggies than protein at lunch and dinner. A piece of fruit at b'fast and lunch. One thing that I've learned that helps me is to include a bit of fat in my meals, it seems to help keep that "full" feeling longer. It needs to be a healthy fat though, like almonds, avocado, etc.

    Lastly, one thing that has helped me is I drink lots of water (unsweet tea and black coffee). And lastly, no more sodas diet or regular. Artificial sweeteners are terrible, I'll leave it at that.

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    • tRidiot
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      #4
      I drink a lot of diet soda. But my problem with keto is not that it doesn't work - it does help people lose weight, most feel like they feel better, etc. But for most people, it just isn't sustainable in the long term. It isn't a LIFESTYLE that most people can keep up every day for the rest of their lives. And eating a piece of fruit or a cupcake once in a blue moon and crashing and feeling like crap doesn't compute for me. So, while I know SOME people can sustain it, it's just like hardcore gym ratting, etc - this isn't something a majority of people can continue at that level every day of their lives.

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      • Potkettleblack
        Potkettleblack commented
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        You are confusing T1 and T2 diabetes, and I’m the dogmatic one? I will take my dogma over your positions which is either uninformed or fear mongering. And even in T1, carb restriction doesn’t lead to ketoacidosis.

        Read something medically reviewed and prove me wrong: https://www.healthline.com/health/ke...s-ketoacidosis
        Last edited by Potkettleblack; April 27th, 2019, 01:17 PM.

      • Buck Flicks
        Buck Flicks commented
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        You're just continuing to prove my point sir, by continuing your zealotry. You're putting words in my mouth that I didn't say.

        I never argued with the results and did not say anything that wasn't based in fact. My point was the immediate, vehement angry retorts by keto-cultists whenever anyone has anything remotely negative to say about the keto diet. Which you have proven in full.

        I'm done here. There is no sense in continuing and I prefer my AR browsing to be pleasant.

      • Potkettleblack
        Potkettleblack commented
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        And good day to you, sir.
    • RonB
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      #5
      Congrats on facing your problems. That is the first step. You also hit another important point - Lifestyle Change. In my younger days I lost ~ 30 lbs in a month - 3 separate times. But not with a lifestyle change. It was just a crazy diet. I have been changing my lifestyle, but very slowly. I want to keep every delicious calorie I can. My weight is down, but I am doing it very slowly because I won't diet again.

      I do go to the gym three times a week for both cardio and strength, but just keeping moving is probably the best thing I do. I do try to not sit down for prolonged times. (Oops - it time to get off my butt now... )

      Keep it up, but be careful what you eat when you reach your goal. You will succeed.

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      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        No one does nothing better than I do. 😃
    • THE Humble Texan
      Club Member
      • Oct 2017
      • 145

      #6
      my wife and I are in the morbidly obese cat. and I have been willing to change for a few years. When my wife said she wanted to do something about her weight I was soooooo happy and we decided on of the commercial programs was the way she/we wanted to go. I am down to 278 from 320 and she has lost 20#. We usually eat out only once a week and get a salad when we can, even taking our own dressings for the lower calories.
      All this is to say I AM IN YOUR CORNER and will mention you in my daily prayers. The Lord will not outright fix our mistakes but he will help us when we try to help ourselves. While I have another 80 to go I hope you will keep up the changes to your lifestyle that will help you be the person you want to be. Because of a currently bum knee I can only use the bars on the combo exercise bike and need to be more faithful with that wonderful machine.
      I will never have my 190# construction worker body back but I refuse to go our as a fat, lazy, bald-headed man.
      WE CAN DO ANYTHING!!!!

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      • Oak Smoke
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 226
        • Comanche, TX

        #7
        Like you I had to deal with my life style in my 40's. I'm 66 now and glad I made the changes back then. Since retirement I've gained some weight and am dealing with that now. It helps me to keep my options broad. There are so many good meats and vegetables to choose from and so many great ways to serve them. Variety helps keep cravings down. A local girl raises rabbits and sells the meat. I made a rabbit stew that I really liked. It's just an example of the variety available if you look for it. We've gotten into the habit of making some extra when we cook and freezing the leftovers. It makes it easier to grab something good for you out of the freezer when you're just not up to cooking.

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        • LA Pork Butt
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4426
          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

          #8
          I have a theory about diets. All diets work if you work them. The easier they are to follow the more likely you are to work them long term and turn them into a lifestyle change. You are heading in the right direction, but I am wondering what this will do to your BBQ hobby.

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          • Murdy
            Murdy commented
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            I've thought pretty much the same thing: All diets work. I think that those of us that are prone to diet are starting from an unhealthy place, and any change is bound to be for the better. Plus, whatever the diet, you eliminate things like sweets, alcohol, and junk food.

          • Potkettleblack
            Potkettleblack commented
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            Once you realize that you can have acceptable bark without an excessive amount of sugar (consider brisket bark ala Aaron Franklin), and that sweet sauces add very little value to well cooked BBQ, you realize that you can enjoy nearly the full range of BBQed meats and veggies that you would like...

            If you are enjoying a low carb life, pulled pork, bunless burgers, dry rub ribs, are all solid picks. I have brisket from Smoque a few times a week.

          • Livermoron
            Livermoron commented
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            You can also look at your BBQ protein as a side dish or complement, rather than the main course. AR really taught me how to nail large clods of meat. I'm currently experimenting on how all of this can work in salads, soups, etc. One of my work lunches is a flank steak salad that uses Controlled Burn as a dressing. It's out of this world...
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            • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
            • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


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            Accessories
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            Beverages
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            • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
            • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
            • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
            • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
            • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
            • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


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            Occupation:
            • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

          #9
          Glad you're able to focus on yourself, kudos to you! I think the mistake with keto is folks thinking you have to be hardcore with it always, and like you say a single cupcake will crash you, this isn't really true. All things in moderation. Any fruit & veggie carbs you eat are mostly fiber, which comes back out of you... and if you exercise, then even sugar carbs aren't a deal breaker unless you're a couch potato. To lose massive weight, yes, you have to be strict, and THAT'S where (IMO) the mistaken impression of keto comes in. To sustain it after the fact you just have to be sensible in your choices.

          Anyway, congrats to you and a high five!

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          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 6584
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            #10
            Sounds like you’re doing really good in your plan. Continue to restrict the carbs to a very dull roar. Sugar? Just when you think you’re doin ok, you are not. It’s everywhere in everything. If you severely restrict sugar you’ll be ok. If it is in a box, bag or a can be suspect. The cholesterol will should take care of itself if you get everything else under control. Same with BP. Do lose the diet soda, do! As far as irreparable damage to your body, well, the body is amazingly resilient. You are doing the right thing & keep doin it. You will feel better & better & prosper. Pulling for ya! 🕶

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            • jfmorris
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              #11
              Good luck and may God bless you in your efforts to get healthier. I'm at a similar weight as you, with similar goals, just not with any blood sugar issues at the moment (just had my yearly checkup). I'll be happy to get to 200# or below this year, but gotta make a dietary and lifestyle change to make it happen. I'm 53 now, turn 54 later this year, and do not want to be one of those obese out of shape retirees you talk about.

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              • Hulagn1971
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 709
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                #12
                Congratulations on you taking responsibility for your health and making the needed changes to get where you want to be. I agree that making a lifestyle change is the best way to go. I started around mid January with a nutrient system, healthy snacks and extra exercise via walking, mowing my lawn with a walk behind and rides on a Peloton bike I purchased in December. Down almost 30lbs. I'm not looking at losing weight fast but losing it at a slower pace and KEEPING it off. Seems like you have found what works for you and I commend you for it.

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                • Huskee
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                  • May 2014
                  • 13740
                  • central MI, USA
                  • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
                    Smokers / Grills
                    • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                    • PBC
                    • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                    • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                    • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                    • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                    • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                    • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


                    Thermometers
                    • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                    • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                    • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                    • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
                    • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
                    • Thermapen MkII, orange
                    • ThermoPop, yellow
                    • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                    • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                    • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                    • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


                    Accessories
                    • Instant Pot 6qt
                    • Anova Bluetooth SV
                    • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                    • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                    • BBQ Dragon
                    • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                    • Weber grill topper
                    • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                    • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                    • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


                    Beverages
                    • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                    • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                    • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                    • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                    • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                    • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                    • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


                    About me
                    Real name: Aaron
                    Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                    Occupation:
                    • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                  #13
                  I don't mean to hijack this thread, I know this topic isn't about me. Just sharing my experience w/ determination as a measure of support to others.

                  I was determined about a year ago to lose weight and be healthier. I'm 5' 9" and was 235 this time a year ago. Didn't feel bad, but when I seen pics of myself I thought 'wow what a cow I must look like to everyone' because I looked like a cow to myself. Couldn't really see it in the mirror, only pics others took of me.

                  Was determined to not become a 400lb 50yr old, which was I felt like I was on the path to becoming, what with my love of pizza, beer, brisket and cookies. I cut carbs & sugar, AND did portion control, AND started exercising. Yeah, cold turkey for all of it. No fun, but I knew it wouldn't be. No garlic bread or potatoes, no buns on my burgers. No cookies. No pizza. Michelob Ultra beer (low carb, low cal) even though I used to mock people who drank that, saying it's not real beer. It does the job when I want a cold one and no guilt.

                  My exercise wasn't the gym or P90X. I just started walking, LOTS. I would walk around the block at work on slow nights, getting anywhere from 2-6 miles a night when it wasn't raining. But not a casual walk, I'm talking a near 4mph hustle- an uncomfortably fast walk, hurts after 10 mins, makes you breathe & sweat. Then I decided to hit the track. Never have been able to jog a mile, even as a kid in school. First time I tried jogging last summer I could only (after already losing weight and doing my regular fast walk, mind you) get half a 1/4 mile lap in and felt like train wreck. Gave it another week (of diet & walking still), tried again and hit 1 mile for the first time in my life at 37 yrs old! Granted, my legs were sore for 3 days, had to hold the hand rail walking down steps, it was like I went through a war, just jogging 1 mile.

                  I also started using My Fitness Pal app, and became the person I always mocked- the person who tracks EVERY little thing they eat every day. A tablespoon of mayo with my 4 slices of turkey and 2 slices of cheddar. 2 tablespoons of ranch on my 3-cups-of-lettuce salad....Yeah, that guy. But it helped me. It's amazing how you have no clue how much you're actually eating until you force yourself to be religious with accounting it like you would your finances.

                  Through the course of about 3.5 months I dropped +35lbs and actually hit 197. Had to order all new scrubs for work, new t-shirts (L instead of XL!). Was happy, and even though I had to give up a lot of foods I loved, those foods were killing me and it was hard to accept that. I've since gained some of that back over the winter due to not walking during the winter and being a little lax in my diet, but I'm back on track to make more progress this summer. Still in L t-shirts instead of XL, although they're more snug than last summer.

                  Again I'll say kudos to you tRidiot! When you set you mind to something, you can do it! You're not waiting until it's too late, so good on you!

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                  • Bob's BBQ
                    Bob's BBQ commented
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                    Way to go man! Eat to live during the week, then live to eat on the weekends - makes it a little easier for me, works well once you hit that target weight. Keep exercising!

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    It requires self discipline just to use the app & count what you eat, in addition to the discipline required to actaully watch what you eat HouseHomey. Thanks Bob's BBQ! Yep, it's SO gratifying to reach that kinda goal, then you can switch to "maintain" mode instead of "lose weight" mode which is far more difficult. I view it as the price to pay for eating too much & moving too little, did it to myself, gotta pay the price with strict actions..

                  • HouseHomey
                    HouseHomey commented
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                    For the first time in a very long time I came in under 280 this morning. Logging for me is crazy as I’m required to taste a multitude of things in multiple states of preparation.
                • CaptainMike
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                  • Nov 2015
                  • 2068
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                  #14
                  My first thought was "Physician, heal thyself", but your journey applies to many of us. That was quite a data dump and I'm sure there was a nice purge effect to go with it. It takes a bit of courage to bare one's soul like that and it's great that you feel comfortable with all of us, we won't let you down. As you mentioned, the mental aspect is the biggest part, especially when dealing with setbacks. Just know they are coming and have a plan on how to cope. You know this, but the human body is so resilient. How many people have we seen over the course of our careers that have absolutely trashed themselves and kept on chugging. Pretty amazing really, so think about what great good that positive changes will have on your body over the course of 1, 5, 10 years. Good luck and carry on Brother.

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                  • Donw
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2017
                    • 1984

                    #15
                    Glad you are getting on top of it. Good for you. When I was with PHS my specialty was OMS so I was posted usually to large clinics or hospitals, many times in isolated areas, so the physicians and their families were my circle of friends. My observations led me to believe that physicians are many times the worst patients.🙂 Most do a fantastic job treating and managing their patients, but when they have some of the same illnesses themselves, they don’t always follow the advice that they would give patients. I sometimes think we all took too much to heart that old saying most of us heard repeated in school and residency: “When you hear hoofbeats outside the door, think horses, not zebras.” It allows the zebras to sometimes catch us off guard.

                    Again, great you are getting on top of it and I wish you success.

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                    Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

                    Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
                    This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

                    Click here for more info.

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                    SPOTLIGHT

                    These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

                    These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

                    Use our links when you buy things

                    Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

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                    Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

                    Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


                    Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                    maverick PT55 thermometer

                    A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

                    Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


                    If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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                    The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

                    Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


                    Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                    the good one grill

                    The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                    Click here to read our complete review


                    The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                    the good one grill

                    The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

                    Click here to read our complete review


                    Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                    Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                    The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                    Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                    The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                    The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                    Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                    The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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                    The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

                    Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


                    Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                    Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                    The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                    NK-22-Ck Grill

                    Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

                    Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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                    G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                    Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                    If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

                    Click here to read our detailed review

                    Click here to order from Amazon


                    GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                    grill grates

                    GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

                    Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


                    kareubequ bbq smoker

                    Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                    The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

                    Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                    Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                    masterbuilt gas smoker

                    The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                    Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

                    Click here to read our detailed review


                    Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                    masterbuilt gas smoker

                    Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                    PK 360 grill

                    Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                    The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

                    Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

                    Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


                    Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                    fireboard bbq thermometer

                    With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

                    Click here to read our detailed review


                    Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                    Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                    Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

                    Click here to read our detailed review and to order