Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I had a doctor's appointment today, specifically to discuss weight loss and blood sugar issues. (I was insulin-resistant, although mildly so, in January of this year, and the fear of diabetes was what motivated me to start losing weight and getting fit.)
It had been four months since I'd seen my doctor, and I was hoping to walk in there and show a forty-pound weight loss or something on the scale. Not so. I was travelling in August, and then I had my anniversary and celebrated, then I had a vacation in September, and then it was my birthday and we drank champagne, and so on. I had lost 19 pounds since I last saw her but felt I should have lost more.
The doctor emphatically disagreed. "Slow and steady wins the race," she said. "This has to be a lifestyle. This has to be sustainable. You're always going to have birthdays. You're always going to travel. Count this as a win."
I mentioned that my husband was out of town for a few weeks, so I was going to eat fish and salads and really get serious about weight loss and not be distracted by his steaks and french fries.
"And you're still going to be married," she said. "You're not going to divorce him because he distracts you from your diet."
Well, true. Probably not.
He was the person who had seen Spark People online and suggested I try it, after all.
I keep thinking I should have made more progress by now, but it was good to hear the doctor tell me "Atta girl."
So I hope this helps someone else too. It's a lifestyle. It has to be sustainable. Slow and steady wins the race.