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A doctor noticed!

Friday, June 08, 2012

I had an annual visit to one of my many doctors, and he did a quick calculation when he saw my chart. He praised me for my weight loss from a year ago to the day. Sure made my day! There is a different doctor I need to go to in a few months; it would be almost a year and a half since my last visit to him. He is the one who told me I have to lose loads of weight "or else" I would be heading down the path to a host of medical problems. It will be interesting to see how he reacts. Problem is he sees tons of patients assembly line fashion, and most of the time he spends with me is sitting down looking at my records. He confused me with someone last time and asked me how I was recovering from my heart surgery. I never had heart problems or surgery, for sure! I think there is an excellent chance that he will not even compare my weigh ins. Anyone else have a doctor like this? I would love to get a better one, but it is almost impossible to find one and I have had worse in the past.

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JENNAAW 6/8/2012 12:42PM

    Well now I am dumping about gripes I have with this doctor; when I go for checkups I am always weighed in front of other patients who are sitting in a kind of holding pen waiting for an examining room, and the assistant loudly calls out my weight. I don't need additional humiliation to being fat! Honest, I see those people look up at me when my weight is called.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/8/2012 12:38PM

    Congrats on losing the weight *and* the doctor noticing! I'm hoping my doctor notices when I go for a check-up in another six months.

I agree that you should find a new doctor. I am in the process of looking for a new one myself. My other doctor wasn't "negligent" or anything, but I realized that information I communicated to the nurse when I called in was never noted in my charts and I would have to repeat everything each time I called. I worred about miscommunication and the possible bad implications from that.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/8/2012 11:43AM

    The doctor who doesn't know you, the conditions or surgery you have or have had - is DANGEROUS! iF HE IS SO CARELESS - READ "CARE LESS" you do need to find someone who actually gets it right. If you HAVE TO keep him, express your concern when you go in the door. He sounds like a money receptacle, not a doctor. If he's just looking at records, they may be someone else's - or he may have entered the wrong info in yours at the tail end of a too busy day. Oooooh, so risky. Scary. Eeeew. God bless you - and you can do better than that doctor.(Don't forget - medical records follow you throughout your life, and can affect your employability. If there is a history of a heart condition or heart surgery ERRONEOUSLY on any of your records, it could make you uninsureable and therefore not able to be hired by potential employers. That is really serious - I would demand a complete copy of my medical records from that doctor!!!!)

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MYBLUEIRIS 6/8/2012 11:07AM

    That's awesome that a doctor noticed and also took the time to praise you for your weight loss! That is just so cool! Hang on to that moment! You deserve the praise!


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I Can’t Believe I Had Just One Dessert!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

This is the FIRST time since I started my first diet at age 12 that I attended a function with dreamy desserts (pretty tartlets, cheesecakes, and brownies drive me wild) and managed to take only one dessert; a chocolate chip cookie! I publicly announced to my husband that I am done with dieting; instead I am going to do full-focus on new attitudes toward food. I used to have my own version of that portion plate that shows how much of various food groups to have- half dessert, a fourth carbs, and a fourth “other”. It is a wonder I didn’t even gain more weight over the years than I did! I am realistic, this does not mean I will be a one dessert girl forevermore. I achieved this triumph by mentally picturing myself at the event before I left home. I pictured myself at the buffet line passing up rolls and substituting potato salad for a small portion of bean salad. I am glad that many functions involving buffets seem to offer more healthy choices than in the past. Another first for me was that I ate normal meals before leaving- in the past, I would have skipped eating at home due to guilt and the thought that I would be able to eat more calories at the event. This would result not only in eating too much out, but also feeling hungry later that day and eating again! A “normal” eater would think, “So what is such a big deal about all that?” but for a lifetime binge eater like me, these are huge steps.

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OOLALA53 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    This can become the norm and eventually, it won't even seem like any kind of sacrifice. I went to a buffet and skipped dessert yesterday because I genuinely preferred to have a moderate portion of potatoes cooked a way I never would take the trouble to make at home (plus other food, of course). But it has taken me a couple of years to get really comfortable. I've lost 16% of my weight. Some people have said, Well, you're not going to lose anymore, are you? I say, I don't know. I'm not on a diet. You don't have to be "on a diet" to want to have guidelines for when and how much to eat in this culture. I call it fierce moderation.

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Still Hanging On

Thursday, May 31, 2012

It is certainly a lot harder for me to stick to disciplined eating when the seas of life are rough out there. So far, I am hanging on, by the tips of my fingers anyway. The coming weeks will be full of dealing with funeral related affairs, and I will be called upon to be a responsible family member in looking after loved ones while dealing with my own grief, which overwhelms me at times. I also have a bunch of medical appointments. I had to postpone one because I have something I have to deal with almost every other day in June. I tell myself that old adage, "When the going gets tough..."

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/31/2012 10:21AM

    You can do it! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...

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Strategy Time

Monday, May 28, 2012

My stress level continues to be sky-high so it is time to develop a strategy to keep on track to my weight and fitness goals. Temperatures this Memorial Day are going to be in the 90s here, so I am revamping my eating and drinking choices. I had my usual oatmeal and protein at 6, but I am going to look at cool foods as the theme for the rest of the day. Time to keep the ice cube trays filled too, because I do not drink unless forced to, but cold drinks in summer are easier to take than warm ones.

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DEEO12 5/28/2012 10:08AM

    Not sure if your a water bottle drinker but placing those in the freezer for a bit makes a nice cold water drink.

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God help me through this tragedy

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am praying for strength. A horrible tragedy has happened in my family to a loved one; something like this could lead me to abandon all my work on achieving a healthy weight and lifestyle. All I can do is pray and hope I can get over this initial shock. I think my blood pressure might be very high and I have quite a persistent headache that aspirin doesn't help. Just need to pray.

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OOLALA53 5/31/2012 1:19PM

    It will actually be better if you stick to moderate eating of mostly healthy food, although it makes sense to rely on some prepared foods if necessary. I'm sorry you're having to face this. emoticon

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ONLYONEPEA 5/26/2012 1:29PM

    am glad you've started to give yourself coping strategies..hard at times, thinking of you :)

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JENNAAW 5/24/2012 7:30AM

    I feel the positive effect of your prayers and appreciate them very much. I have made a firm decision to forgive those who murder so my own soul can be at ease, and I made it through yesterday by keeping a reasonably healthy routine.

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JUDYAMK 5/23/2012 9:58PM

    I am praying for the Lord to give you & your family peace & strength .

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STARLITE777 5/23/2012 9:37PM

  Yes, I have prayed for you and will continue to do so. I have faith that everything will turn out Okay for you and your family.

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ONLYONEPEA 5/23/2012 9:45AM

    I'm sorry that you're suffering with a family tragedy, but please no matter what goes on in life, surely this is a reason to hold on to your good work, and your targets.. not dismiss them. All have bad issues and things to deal with on a daily basis, but truly we all need anchors, perhaps, religion, friends, whatever you find comforting.. and this may give you a branch to hold on to during your difficult time.. please don't give up on yourself - very best wishes intended x

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CHIPLEY_FL 5/23/2012 7:57AM

    You have my prayer right now.

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SRBSRB26 5/23/2012 7:51AM

    My condolences and sympathies to you and your family.

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