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Doctors and Weight

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Here's a cool thing I learned today from my doctor's appointment: even doctors struggle with their weight!!!!

Let me explain.
So last summer I had a follow up doctor's appointment and I lost weight, and my doctor did also! I asked how he did it and he said he cut out his late night snacks-he lost 20 pounds.

Fast forward to today.
It was my 4 month follow up appointment from January, and I lost a couple of pounds (the best part was that my doctor said to focus on the positives- it's better than gaining weight!)
I was just telling my doctor that this weight thing seems to be a never ending cycle for me-up and down, doing good one day and then bad the next.

He told me that it was the same for him!!
He lost those 20 pounds, then winter came so he didn't run/jog outside as much and stress arrived so the weight kind of slid
but now he said he's back on track

I love that because it shows that this weight loss thing really is a struggle-even for doctors so we can relate to that.

One thing he taught me was to find out your problem areas, and work on them.
For me it's soda- so he said to change from regular soda and 'drink all the diet soda you want'

He said at first it's hard, but then it becomes a habit and then you realize 'it's not that bad'

there's sooooo much weight loss advice out there-it can be overwhelming! (I say that a lot)

It's really finding out what works for you
and that leads me to another thing

my grandpa thinks that I need to go to weight watchers meetings to lose weight (sorry if I mentioned that before)
I'm like, I don't think so!
I did this before-on my own
he can just teach me what he learns in the meetings and I can look at the booklets he gets every week
I mean I understand where he's coming from- the whole accountability factor and counting points, but I just don't want to pay money for that when there's sparkpeople for freeeeeee!
I'm telling you I just have to take more advantage of this site

btw, how do people lose 100+ pounds in less than two years????
it's amazing!!!

let's start focusing on the positives!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNING-TURTLE 5/22/2013 11:51AM

    It's nice to have doctors that understand. I have way too many that don't. They say eat healthier, exercise it will come off. For years I struggled with so much stress, and no time for me, all I could do is eat healthy and keep up with the kids. I would lose 10 pounds just to gain in back within 2 weeks. They told me I wasn't doing it right. Way to go for you. You can do it, just believe in yourself. Be persistent. *HUGS*

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MLH148 5/22/2013 9:29AM

    As a Dr, i can tell you we are always wondering why people think we have some magic quick fix. If I did, do you think I'd be overweight/obese? It's work and I refer lots of patients to Spark ( i like free). Great job on your weight loss!

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ELMA1913 5/22/2013 8:45AM

    How wonderful to have a doctor who understands! My cardiologist does also - he is diabetic also (like me). It is so refreshing to have an understanding doctor!

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NILLAPEPSI 5/22/2013 6:57AM

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MILLIFRED 5/21/2013 8:27PM

    You're not only great at losing weight, you also write well. Thanks for that blog!

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RENATA144 5/19/2013 11:21PM

  It's nice to have a dr that you can relate to.

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ARDINGLO 5/19/2013 7:58PM


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WHYWEIGHT552 5/19/2013 2:54PM

    thank you so much for all your wonderful comments and support!
I do have a great doctor he's super understanding and helpful!
and I know he's human of course, but I guess it's easy to expect people like doctors and such to not have struggles with their weight because of their profession but it's true that it's a struggle that we can all work out!

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JUNEAU2010 5/18/2013 10:49PM

    It's great to have a doc who understands!

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STR458 5/17/2013 9:24PM


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MANILUS 5/17/2013 6:52PM

    There are many people that struggle with weight who are in the medical profession. Knowledge is nothing without putting it to good use. Congrats on your weight loss! Cutting out soda is a must, it is poison, the diet version is full of chemicals.

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AJB121299 5/17/2013 4:17PM

    they too are human--nice

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DOTTY7267 5/17/2013 4:07PM


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GRIZ1GIRL 5/17/2013 2:05PM

    Keep doing what you're doing! Yay!

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JUNEBUG0511 5/17/2013 12:52PM

    I am an Intensive Care Unit/Recovery Room Nurse, so I am surrounded by MDs every day at work. Some I even count as good friends. I can assure you with 100% certainty the doctors have the same weaknesses and temptations as the rest of us. Many just do not want to show weakness or vulnerability. It was really good that your Doctor shared his struggles with you in order to help you.

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EJENKINSB 5/17/2013 11:57AM

    Your physician sounds amazing - what a great person to have on your support team.

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/17/2013 11:46AM

    Best of success to you on your journey back to good health.

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EG8383 5/17/2013 11:25AM

  great blog. hehehe even docs deal with our daily issues so they should understand us better. Sounds like you have a great doc like me =) Keep up the great work!

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RENATA144 5/17/2013 10:52AM

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RUBYREDIVY1 5/17/2013 9:48AM

    One of the main reasons why I joined sparkpeople and not weightwatchers - it's freeee!

Also I think weightwatchers is complicating things with points - calories are on every packet there is, pro points will not - so I'd rather count calories.

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IMAGINE46 5/17/2013 8:27AM


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MOMMY445 5/17/2013 8:13AM

    all the best to you! you can do this! you are worth it! have a fabulous day!

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1935MARY 5/17/2013 7:10AM

    I love it when you have support and help from your doctor. Mine encourages me. Like you I don't see paying for something when you can get it free and this program gives me more things than I ever dreamed of. Little changes like given up soda or trading it for diet can make a big difference . Hooray for you.

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MYAKAYAH 5/17/2013 5:03AM

    I'm sending good vibes and thoughts your way, I know you'll figure out a plan that works for you and success will come when you desire it! emoticon

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CYND59 5/16/2013 3:05PM

    I have done weight watchers several times and had success but get tired of having to figure out points. I enjoy just living a healthy lifestyle which is eating sensible meals and getting exercise.
You Can Do It!

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BEBOP4ME 5/16/2013 2:21PM

    You are so right! I've done weight watchers and it really isn't any different than this overall. However, this is better because you aren't constantly looking for low point foods light on WW. I eat healthier foods because I am not worried about their points.

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TIME_TO_SHINE1 5/16/2013 1:28PM

    sounds like you have an amazing doctor. emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/16/2013 1:22PM

    What a blessing to have a supportive doc. There's nothing like going to a doc that advises weight loss when that person is clearly having a problem. Of course I won't judge as to why. It's the principal.

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MOM2HANDH 5/16/2013 12:11PM

    Glad your doctor is supportive! Though I must say it irritates me to no end when people "lose 20 lbs by dropping their bedtime snack"...BTDT and didn't lose anything.

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GOCALGAL 5/16/2013 11:52AM

    emoticon Love your inspirational quote. It really is what's in our head by being positive, not beating ourselves up when we fail and not EVER quitting! Best of Luck!

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FIRECOM 5/16/2013 10:21AM

    It is great when your doc is as forthcoming as yours. It helps one to be more open in our discussions.

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BRASKIN 5/16/2013 9:34AM

  It is so a mind game that it's amazing... emoticon

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LAST20FORME 5/16/2013 9:05AM

    I agree, that we all have to find what works for us. What I fight every day is to be consistent with it. If you are only consistent 5 days a week and not 7 you will not move very fa from the weight you are. That's my struggle.

Great blog, thanks for sharing

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BYEPOUNDS 5/16/2013 6:09AM

    best to you

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MYBULLDOGS 5/15/2013 7:18PM


my sister lost 105 lbs age 63 walking 15000 steps a day

i lost 44 pounds at age 61 by giving up grain and sugar products.

neither one of us has had a relapse in over a year


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