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My doctor said 'well done'!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Admittedly, it's not the first thing she said. The first thing was 'Are you taking your blood pressure tablets?' to which I had to reply 'Ah. No.' emoticon

Thing is, there's no point in lying to your GP (GP is general practitioner, the go-to doc in the UK for minor ailments). After telling me off about the BP tablets, she took my blood pressure so I was glad I hadn't lied, because I've still got high blood pressure so that's something to work on. And take tablets for. emoticon

So I started telling her about SP and how fantastic it is and how it's free etc etc and she didn't took too interested but then she weighed me. And my weight is only 2kg (four and a half pounds) less than last time she saw me, but then she looked at it in terms of how much weight I've lost since March this year and it's 31 pounds. I lost a bit before starting on any weight loss programme then I went to Slimming World for three months and didn't like it much. Then I found SP and it's reasonable to say it has changed my life. emoticon

I'm really pleased she has a record of my highest weight because I hadn't a clue what it was, but it's there on her computer, and from now onwards I'm only paying attention to what the surgery scales say. I was starting to think I couldn't do this but in fact I've lost more weight than I realised, already.

I explained that SP is about eating enough to - at most - maintain your current weight plus exercising so that it goes down, slowly, and she started looking more interested. She was also quite impressed with my Tales from the Forest. emoticon

I have to see her again in two months' time. By then I would like to have lost another 8kg. so I'm starting a two-month streak, as of now. It's not often a civilian gets the better of the medial profession and I aim to make the most of it. emoticon

Want to join me? Send me a sparkmail. emoticon

PS: I bought new trainers and by tomorrow night should be recovered enough from this cold to go to the gym. Firing on all cylinders.

PPS: This is the streak I'm thinking of

Staying within calorie range and trying to keep to the bottom end of it
Gym 3x a week and two long walks a week (but for other people whatever exercise they choose, as it's largely down to taste and ability)
8 waters a day (which I find really hard)
6 freggies a day
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AMANDEES76 10/18/2012 12:24AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss this year! You are doing awesome and I know it had to feel good to be telling her about a weight loss program that she didn't know about! You will show her even more loss when you see her in 2 months and great job motivating others to do your streak with you! I would love to be a part of your streak and will be sending you an email soon.

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BURBANOVSKY 10/17/2012 4:06PM

    Wahoo for you! Keep up the great work! I'm glad your GP finally started listening to your story and complimented your strength.

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LINDAKAY228 10/17/2012 11:22AM

    Oh it always feels so good when you can walk away from a doctor's appointment feeling positive! Doesn't happen often enough. Way to go on how far you've come since joining SP!

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SAMI2012 10/17/2012 10:28AM

    What a great feeling that must have been. It is not often you can walk away from a docs office with a smirky grin on your face!

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KAREN608 10/17/2012 6:11AM

    That's showing the doc! I, too, have appt. in November and plan on having a lower weight and smaller waist line. Not as much as I'd hoped for but going in right direction. My doc wants to see me every 6 months, so guess it keeps me accountable.

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LIS193 10/17/2012 12:12AM

    Great results!
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DNRAE1 10/16/2012 8:32PM

    So happy for you! Great goals, and I'll keep track with you, but I'm involved in the 5% Fall Challenge that ends December 1st, and I'm working hard at keeping that going. The first week I was down 1.5 lbs, and 17 since I started SP in July. emoticon Oh, and as everyone else has said...."Don't forget your pills!" emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/16/2012 5:40PM

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MAMAOWLS 10/16/2012 2:53PM

    Excellent progress on the weight loss. When I started walking and losing weight my blood pressure was high and I was on medication. After I started walking even before I'd lost too much weight my blood pressure was normal and I was able to stop taking the medication. I think you should get a blood pressure monitor and watch your blood pressure at least weekly. Low blood pressure can be dangerous too. Besides if you can get it in the normal range you won't have to take the darn medication. Good luck with your challenge. I try to do the same things your are talking about doing every week already. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/16/2012 10:43AM

    Take that, doctor! :) Congrats on your success! I used to fear/hate/loathe going to the doctor because they would disapprove of my health status...but once I started losing weight and my doctors were so supportive and congratulatory I kind of started to love going to see them. It's so nice to have a medical professional tell you you're doing the right things, health-wise. Good luck with your streak!

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DJSHIP46 10/16/2012 8:58AM

    I try to join you... Great idea!!!

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TDEMAIO2 10/16/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon GREAT JOB emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 10/16/2012 6:00AM

    Maybe get yourself a bp monitor for home. Having to tell the Dr about not taking the meds could have raised your BP. I suffer from what the doctors call 'white coat hypertension' where my BP goes up when I have to visit the Dr. They have given me 24hr monitors which have turned out perfect. I now keep a check on mine at home with my own BP monitor. Shopping centers and pharmacies have them as well and I use those whenever passing. Great work on the 31lbs. Healthy lifestyle is definitely the way to go!

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MAHGRET 10/15/2012 10:42PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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LIVEDAILY 10/15/2012 10:12PM

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Great job at the doctor's office!! Yes...stay on your BP meds until your body doesn't need them any more. If you go in for regular visits, the dr. will monitor that. Yeah!! New trainers!! Your streak sounds like a good plan!! I would participate, but am fairly involved with the BLC20, and don't want to tackle too much all at the sme time! But I will cheer you on!!
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LAURIETAIT 10/15/2012 10:03PM

    emoticon The challenge is an excellent idea. I'm sure you'll reach your goal and your high blood pressure will disappear.

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JUNEAU2010 10/15/2012 9:45PM

    This is a perfect time to start a streak - the end of October has all the candy and then the onslaught of baked goodies and Thanksgiving food comes and, before you know it, Christmas!
Count me in!

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DEBPRE16 10/15/2012 9:20PM

    I use a pill box that I keep by my coffee maker so I remember to take my pills in the morning. Great job. I like telling my Doctor about sparkpeople too.

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MCSWIGAN 10/15/2012 8:51PM

    Keep up the good work!

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LORRAINE10141 10/15/2012 8:45PM

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CATLADY52 10/15/2012 8:29PM

    emoticon Sounds good to me. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 10/15/2012 8:27PM

    Keep up the great work & don't forget to take your BP tablets. emoticon

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JENNY160 10/15/2012 8:23PM

    We're all here for ya!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 10/15/2012 7:49PM

    Good for you!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/15/2012 7:46PM

    Wonderful! I'm pulling for you! You can count on me.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/15/2012 7:42PM

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You're doing emoticon , Dear !



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Sensible, Doable Goals

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BLESSINGS!

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IAMWINNING 10/15/2012 7:28PM

    emoticon on the dr visit, and good for you for telling her about SP. I'm happy for you fro doing so well.

I don't have a problem with drinking that much water, but I do have a problem with how much I eat. sigh. I'm working on that.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/15/2012 7:27PM

    Excellent!!

Maybe next time bring some of those printable SparkPeople referral cards to your GP's office to leave, with your SparkName for referral??

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/15/2012 7:20PM

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60NLOVINIT2 10/15/2012 7:19PM

    some doctors just don't want to hear some things that you are doing/not doing... my insurance through my hob told me about sparks... and my new insurance told me the same.. told them i was already here... and that was two major health insurance providers here in usa.....

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BRIDIEGAL 10/15/2012 6:03PM

    Fantastic! It's always nice to surprise a doctor. Good luck with the streak, I'd join you, but I'm off on holiday next week, so my goal is just to hold steady during that time! ;D


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LINDAK25 10/15/2012 5:45PM

    Terrific that you had a good appointment with your doctor. I stayed on my blood pressure medication. I take my blood pressure everyday and at home, it's low, but when I go to the doctor it's still high! Maybe yours is lower than you think.

Congratulations on your weight loss, that's great! I stay about 70 to 90 calories from the bottom of my calorie range, if I go too low I don't lose weight. I think your weight loss expectations are good. I know I lose 4 to 6 pounds a month. I think your plan is a solid one. I'm really doing well with the water and the freggies. It's just a matter of being able to Spark through the holidays, starting with Halloween (I have a plan for that, too), going into Thanksgiving at the end of November and then onward through Christmas and New Year's!
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Sorry you caught my cold. I'm getting better, but I'm more tired than usual. Yeah, new trainers! Something else I really need to do. Maybe there should be challenges involving shopping for clothes and shoes--I'm really awful about doing that and it's becoming desperate here!


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MNNICE 10/15/2012 5:43PM

    I gave my doctor the information about SP several years ago and she, too, was impressed! I also told the dietician who counsels for both overweight and diabetes, and she visits the site regularly now. Congrats on your progress and keep it up!

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JANEMARIE77 10/15/2012 5:41PM

    woo hoo way to go girl you are rocking it keep on pushing

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ADARKARA 10/15/2012 5:35PM

    Well done! I go to the doc next week and I'll know he'll be happy with me too! Keep it up!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/15/2012 5:13PM

    Good to hear...

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FALLNTENN 10/15/2012 5:10PM

    Congratulations on losing 31 pounds. Remember to take your blood pressure medicine so you can stay healthy and use those new trainers.
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TIZSLIM 10/15/2012 4:45PM

  An actual well done? As opposed to "hmm" or "well OK but"? That's pretty impressive! I'm thinking about joining your 'streak' but like you, I'll struggle with 8 glasses of water a day.

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DALID414 10/15/2012 4:44PM

    emoticon The 2 months will fly by!!

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LYNCHD05 10/15/2012 4:42PM

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And for good reason.

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MILLIE5522 10/15/2012 4:32PM

    emoticon There should be a SP leaflet in every GP's surgery emoticon

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JANETTEB553 10/15/2012 4:25PM

    Great going, Did she give you anything to help the sense of direction emoticon

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