Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I went to the Doctor today for a physical, after having been away for several years. When I last had blood work done, I was 20 pounds heavier, not much of an exerciser, and was put on Cholesterol meds. At some point, I ran out of the prescription, and quit taking the meds. I didn’t get blood work done today, but when I do in a couple of weeks I’m hoping to see that I’ve made big improvements (and not find out I’m a ticking time bomb from not taking my meds
A couple things were notable. First, although I got kudos for looking healthy, exercising and losing weight, I didn’t get the “oh that’s great, you don’t need to do anything else” response I kind of expected. Instead, when asked how much I exercised, and I proudly announced “5-6 days a week!”, I got the response “Every day. Exercise every day. It is so good for you!” Upon review of my height and weight, I got a determination of “you are overweight.” Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t nasty or discouraging, but it was factual. Then she ordered the blood work, and said “OK, we’ll get the blood work and see where we are, and we will start fresh from there.” A fresh start – I like the sound of that
I’ve blogged before about how I am kind of on a plateau of my own making. I lost just enough weight to have it be noticeable to friends/family, and I exercise enough that I feel so much better than I used to feel. This kind of anesthetized me into being less conscientious. I have a desire to continue losing weight, but apparently not enough of a desire to regularly make the necessary sacrifices to get to goal. I’ve been focused on the vanity of losing weight, but am now also taking more of an interest in my overall health (thus the Dr. visit). Yes, I think I will take that fresh start and see how far I can run with it.
“You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.”