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Annual Physical


Monday, March 03, 2008

At my high point, I weighed in at about 305 pounds! I was mortified. By making a few adjustments to my lifestyle, I was able to get down to 262 some time this past fall, but that's where I seemed to stall.

About a year and a half ago, my doctor mentioned that I might want to consider looking into a gastric bypass or some type of weight loss surgery. To be honest, this mortified me to even consider that my doctor would think I was to the point that I could not lose the weight without surgery. People that need that surgery are morbidly obese!! Wake up, Debbie!! You ARE morbidly obese!

With my new found reality, I earnestly looked into everything I could find on WLS, including the show Big Medicine on TLC. This all scared me more that the fact that I was included in the category of needing the surgery.

I never did call the surgeon.

What I did was start to make little changes here and there in what I was putting into my body and what I was doing with my body. I started working with a personal trainer, but have since stopped because of financial reasons. (But that is for another blog at another time.) Little by little, a few of the pounds started sloughing off.

My full-time job is at a desk in a one-story building. In August, I began a part-time job in retail that kept me moving 4-8 hours at a time. That's when the pounds started falling off a little more.

The last time I was at the doctor, was in October. At that point I was around 270 and he was pleased with my progress thus far. When he asked what I was doing, I could only tell him that I was paying a little more attention to what I was eating and that working my retail job had added movement and exercise.

Some time during the late fall of 2007, I reached a plateau. Give or take 3 to 5 pounds, I stayed about the same until I joined SparkPeople in late January.

Today, I had my annual physical. The doctor took a look at the weight the nurse recorded on my chart and was practically ecstatic! I was down about 22 pounds since I saw him in October. Again, he asked me what I was doing, and I told him all about SparkPeople! The look on his face when I told him it was free was priceless! The more I told him, the more intrigued he was. He even wrote down the website address so he could look into it.

There are a lot of his patients, he says, that won't do something like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or NutriSystem because of the cost. If SparkPeople meets his approval (and I can't see why not), I can be sure that he will be recommending the site to his patients. I told him that I had been on WW before and was actually within 5 pounds of goal before I had a major lifestyle change. With the knowledge I had from my WW experience, I recognized SP as being a sound nutritional resource. I think that even heightened his intrigue.

Needless to say, I left the office having passed my physical with flying colors and happy that I have most likely started to Spread the Spark through my doctor! That is a completely satisfied feeling! Now I know how all the people working at SP must feel!
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GRLREDY2LOSE79 3/3/2008 11:19PM

    Well congrats.. that's all great! and I'm glad he was so interested.. hopefully he'll get the message out about spark too!!

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