At the beginning of every doctor's visit, the nurse will have you step on those scales. You know the ones I'm talking about: the ones with the dial at the top and the weights.
Or in visual terms (in case my esoteric description isn't cutting it):
I've rather dreaded this scale. This scale was always higher than the scale I measured myself at home with. (Of course, part of that was the nurse never had me undress and THEN weigh myself.) It always seemed to be giving me Bad News.
I happen to be traveling and, as part of my new travel routine, I went to the fitness center. In the fitness room, there's one of these scales. After a few moments of wondering if I should tempt fate, I stepped onto the scale (sans shoes).
Now, that's higher than my home scale says (and I know that my home scale is terribly off - I would correct SparkPeople with a more accurate value, but the fact is I still lost the same amount of pounds, I'm just wrong about the weight). At first, I was a bit down.
And then I realized something: when I go to see the doctor this coming Wednesday, a value like that is going to pop up on the scale. And then I became hopeful and even ecstatic.
163 pounds is only 8 pounds out of my Healthy BMI range. 163 pounds is at the end of the day with most of my clothes on (again, no shoes).
And I realized: when my new doctor sees that weight (and hears from me, of course, about my weight loss plan), I have no doubt that she'll be pleased and not nag me about my weight. For the first time in my life (that I can remember), I won't leave the doctor's office depressed because I was fat.
I know this is kinda silly. Health is more than just weight, and I am 10X healthier than I was this time last year (I'll be asking my doctor for blood tests because I'm dying to know what my blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. are). And if my doctor does rag on me for my weight, I can find another one.
But to me, it's important to have a GOOD experience with my doctor - one built on celebrating my health and working towards it, instead of focusing on my faults and my feeling constantly guilty about not being good enough. I want to build a GOOD relationship with my doctor, to make yearly visits, instead of dragging myself in when I am on death's door. Because along with exercise and healthy eating, regular doctor visits will help me achieve health - and I am on a Lifetime Health Journey after all :)