We are on a similar journey. Your HbA1c started at the same level as mine and you achieved an even bigger reduction. I am still waiting for the result of my Nov. 1 test (it seems to have disappeared into a Kafka-esque recess of the lab). I have already spent some time thinking about whether to relax the low-carb regime if the HbA1c is stable, or even, lower-than the previous one. There doesn't seem to be an answer to the question. I completely "get" the notion, expressed by many, that any slipping back is not going to do one any favors, not least because of the willpower required to eat "just a few" carbs. If that stuff about carbs being addictive, and creating a hankering for more, is true, then there is a strong psychological argument for just "holding the line." I also see a number of people who say, "After getting into shape and adopting a healthy diet, why would you ever want to go back to eating carbs?" Well, coming from the perspective of someone who is currently "ultra-low-carb," I don't totally agree. Surely if it were possible to eat moderate quantities of carbs and still maintain good BG control, that would not be "unhealthy"? Or would it? Could it have long-term bad consequences? Ultimately the only way to know is to conduct yet another "experiment of one," huh?