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Long Day, preparation and changing tune of my doctor.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This is one of my 15-plus-hour days in the office. I'm already here and expect to be here until about 10 tonight. Still aiming to get some projects completed by tomorrow and I have a late client meeting, goes with job. However, I am prepped as far as nutrition goes. I have my packed lunch and snacks as usual but I also decided to bring my dinner which I plan to eat before the meeting. Because it is going to be a dinner meeting and it would be weird to not eat anything, I will have a salad sans protein at the meeting. Already got my workout in this morning so I'm good to go.

Went to the doctor yesterday for a follow up. When I last saw him in January, he again strongly recommended that I consider weight loss surgery. I agreed to see the surgeon and to attend the support group meetings. Those meetings convinced me that the surgery was not for me. The changes I would need to embrace post-surgery are the changes I need to make now and learn the habits on my way down the scale. I felt like people who had the surgery were really struggling with the same issues but in a smaller body. I don't have any health issues so an immediate weight loss isn't required to save my life, so I decided I would really take the time I need to do this without surgical intervention.

I explained this to my doctor, he said he understood and that I had shown him I was committed given my results over the last 2 months. He said he wanted to be a resource to me on my path and would not try to push me toward surgery. Instead, we talked about nutrition and seeing a nutritionist, about exercise and he recommended a personal trainer who used to be the head fitness coach for a NHL team but who now heads a hospital-related gym. I think I will make an appointment to see the trainer.

Have a great days guys.
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CLPURNELL 3/15/2013 3:02AM

    Awesome Job. I considered surgery as well and I am glad i didn't go that way. Doing it this way has taught me sooo much!

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LJCANNON 3/14/2013 6:11PM

    emoticon What a WONDERFUL Doctor!! It is Awesome that he LISTENED to you abnd is willing to be a Resource!
emoticon And WTG You for the Planning & Prep you did for what could have been an AWFUL Day considering the Hours you are putting in.I believe I just read an Early Chapter of Another Success Story on SparkPeople!!

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PUNKADOO 3/14/2013 6:00PM

    I'm so glad you were able to change your doctor's attitude -- not just for yourself but for other patients of his.

Many years ago I took a friend to an informational meeting about the surgery and I came to many of the same conclusions you did -- if you just make many of those changes without the surgery, you will be miles ahead.

Way to go!!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/14/2013 5:41PM

    I am glad that you did not get pressured into surgery. You need to do what is right for you. And if surgery is not it, than that is good.

Oh yes, I would totally be all over that trainer. Sounds like that is a good route to go. Good luck with that!

And, yes, I am glad the doctor took your side on it.

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SEATTLE58 3/14/2013 4:04PM

    I'm so happy that you have a good, understanding doctor who listens to you and that really is behind you all the way! emoticon emoticon And we're behind you all the way too! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 3/14/2013 3:16PM

    It's nice when a Dr. respects your opinion and offers help to do things your own way! Sounds like you have a good one there and that trainer sounds like a great thing to give a shot!

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LILSHINE 3/14/2013 11:37AM

    You've done an awesome job losing weight and getting close to your goals each month. I'm glad you've weighed the pros and cons of the surgery. I think a lot of people have troubles post-surgery because they are not really mentally prepared for the changes in diet they'll need to make. Sure the weight comes off quickly and they're smaller but I'm sure some are also miserable. As you have decided working on making changes on your own and working towards your goals is a great choice. Great that your doctor supports you in going for this on your own. emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 3/14/2013 8:45AM

    I totally agree with you on the surgery. I am sure it does help some people, but it's a personal choice. From the shows I've seen where people HAVE had it, you are totally right. They initially lose a lot of weight quicky, but they haven't been spending the time working on thier relationship with food, so they end up struggling anyway. You are already forming great, healthful habits! If you keep this up, you'll be able to reach your goals without putting the stress and trauma of surgery on your body.

I think it's very strong of you to realize that the "easy way out" isn't for you. The trainer sounds like a great idea! Let us know how things go if you end up seeing him & the nutritionist.

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ADARKARA 3/14/2013 8:11AM

    I'm glad your doctor took your side. I think seeing a nutritionist and a trainer would be far better for your future habits than getting surgery. emoticon

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