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Changing Goals

Monday, July 26, 2010

I was so close to what I thought was my goal weight that I could honestly envision myself getting there.

Unfortunately, I doctor just changed it for me. He wants me to lose 10 pounds before surgery. Actually, he'd like 15, but I pointed out that I would be dangerously thin.

I mean, my BMI is 21, my body fat percentage is 23, but he looked at a height/weight chart for my ideal weight.

When I suggested that losing 10 pounds could take me a long time, since I'm losing slowly and have just come off a 7-week plateau, he suggested I try Slim Fast.

I pointed out that those lose weight quick plans are not healthy and you gain the weight back, his comment was. "So what? At least you'd be at the right weight for surgery."

So, I'm going to try to kick up my exercise, but I'm not about to kill myself to make his figure.

He WILL NOT be my surgeon.
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    That doctor is nuts. You are fine and healthy for whatever surgery you need....The only thing you need is a new doctor.
    He is insane. You have come such a long way and I am so proud of you. You are one of the people who inspire me.
    2785 days ago
    I hope you ran from his office to find a doctor who is a bit more in touch with reality.
    2785 days ago
    I'm with the other people who smell something odd with this scenario. Your BMI is under 25. What does he actually want it to be???
    2788 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2010 9:21:42 AM
    I would go to anyone else. Hopefully you can find one with a healthy view on weight loss!
    2789 days ago
    Carrie-I'm certainly no expert on weight loss, but it seems to me that Dr. must be reading the WRONG weight guide line charts!!!116 pounds sounds to me like a perfect weight and the stress of trying to lose even more WEIGHT can't be healthy. I'd be looking for a differt Dr.--- Good luck!!! emoticon
    2790 days ago
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    I would certainly hope he isn't going to be your surgeon!! He sounds awful. You are already at a very healthy weight and if he encourages you to do ANY of the unhealthy diet plans and you point out that its unhealthy and his response is what it was I wouldn't go near him again. Doctors are supposed to be worried about your health!! I'm so glad you stood up to him about that. YOU need to make your own decisions regarding a healthy and happy weight for you. Don't let him change your mind, do what's best for you.
    2790 days ago
    You're right on in your opinion of this doctor! Wonder what he would have said to you a year ago? (No, I take that back, I don't wonder as I can figure it out, but/and I don't want to know.) I do wonder if he has a paunch...
    Carrie, you're fit, healthy, intelligent and don't need to have his opinion dictate what you should weigh. He's not your surgeon; please see your new physician BEFORE you tack his unrealistic goal to your realistic one.
    2790 days ago
    I don't know what surgery you are in for (maybe that back?) but doesn't some of the latest research suggest that heavier people survive heart surgery better? Not to mention that any doctor that tries to apply standard height-weight charts can go to hell in my book. Your body fat percentage is in the "fitness" range according to ACE, and doesn't even put you up close to the "average" range. I don't honestly think he can ask for more than that - you MUST be in better shape already than his average patient by far.

    How much weight has HE lost in the last two years? And what's HIS body fat percentage?

    Let's hope you don't have a chance to ask that, because your new doctor has some SENSE.
    2790 days ago
    Yeouch! So much for working with your patient...! Sounds like it's time to shop for another opinion...!

    2790 days ago
    oh dear!! No wonder so many people are confused about their weight out there when there are doctor's like this... You're 116 pounds and they want you to lose 10 more??? wow!
    2791 days ago
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