Monday, January 28, 2013
So I had a visit with my doc last week to discuss weight loss. He has been helping me with my weight and body fat goals by keeping me accountable on a regular basis since Oct 2011. Up until this visit, I had been doing pretty well and the doc was happy with my progress. However, this time I was up a few pounds and I had new BodPod body fat % numbers that indicated things weren't quite as good as they could/should be. We also discussed my blood glucose number, which happens to be in a pre-diabetes range. Add to that the fact that my blood pressure was borderline high (really not too unusual for me, but the doc didn't seem satisfied with it) and I was set up for trouble.
I actually thought I had made it through the visit mostly unscathed when the doc asked, "So what are you going to do to drop the x lbs you have put on?" I was caught off guard and try as I might couldn't think of an answer that I knew would fly. The doc saw the helpless look on my face and laughed. But he had an answer for me: a pretty strict low carb, very low sugar diet. All the things that taste good (or so it seems at times) are off limits. I'm trying to get used to it but struggling with balancing carb, protein, and fat numbers with the calories I need for my running and workouts 6 days/week. I'm hoping to get some help from a dietitian soon, but it's quite a change to adjust to. But I'm glad I have a good doc that is willing to encourage me when I'm doing well and give me a swift kick when I've lost focus. I've been under a lot of stress lately, so it's good to remember what's important :)