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Thanks for all of the support you guys! So, I went to the gym on my lunch hour and - gasp!! - I ran
Oh, and I also have been looking up new doctors in my area
doctors are not well trained in nutrition. any calorie / points tracking or food journal helps a great deal and for running without injury get fitted for running shoes at a real running store and start with the C25K program and you will do fine. and start lifting weights on your non run days. there are plenty of groups and experts on SP and free exercise training videos
I agree! Find a physician who first of all really LISTENS to you, then be sure he/she treats you as a whole person, not just another client in the office. Keep your great effort going on fitneess and weight loss!
"... he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before..."
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer
"It's dead-on discipline. Are you gonna do it or not?"
~Rick Mahorn, former NBA player, Detro
Not only do I confirm, but I most heartily shout "You tell 'em!". I started my Spark Journey at 5'3" and 217#. I would never have considered GB for the side effects and long-term limitations of such a drastic measure. I'm not at my goal yet, but am down to 180 (and counting)!
As for the not running part, while you do need to be careful and listen to your body, you should do fine. I've had two torn MCL repairs (last one over a year ago) and my knees feel better now than before the surgeries. While I'm not running for great lengths of time - due more to my lack of cardio conditioning - I am running when I can and walking the rest of the time. I've put in about 300 miles since January and been counting away (I'm with you on the Weight Watchers exchanges!).
Go for it! And find a new physician!
Teri - Lexington, KY
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Thanks for confirming what I have been feeling. The more I think about it, the angrier I become. We didn't talk about healthy eating, we didn't talk about good forms of exercise. She really couldn't even speak intelligently about WW or even weight loss in general. She hid behind her check-up computer and printed brief paragraphs from some internet source about losing weight. She didn't seem to be all that familiar withe SparkPeople which should have tipped me off then and there.
I would say that what I have learned from this is, not matter what my weight is no one has the right to ignore who I am as a person and not do their best for me. I do my best everyday in my job, I expect the same from them. Talk to me like a person. Talk to me like you are interested in what I do and help me figure out how to make exercise and weight loss work for me. GB?? Seriously??
In my mind, medical care is about 85% mental attitude (as in if you don't believe something will work, then it likely won't). You definitely need someone you can be comfortable with so you can build a trust with them.
Gastric bypass at 200 pounds? There are so many less invasive things to try first. I'm glad you are questioning her.
You and your doctor (or should I say Former Doctor) are on completely different pages when it comes to your weight loss. I had a similar experience with a doctor a few years ago. She kept showing me charts of how my BMI was too high and prescribing weight loss medications. And this was a doc from Harvard Medical. I later found a doctor who I meshed with a lot better. He gave great advice and supported me no matter what I was adding or removing from my plan at that particular visit.
You are not alone in trying to find a good doctor, and there are great doctors out there who can help. I suggest using www.healthgrades.com/ to see what other people have to say about doctors in your area.
Good Luck in your search!
If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it. ~Brendan Francis
So, since turning 40 I have tried to do the responsible thing and get my annual physical and mammogram...you know the drill. So, I turned 45 this month and had my annual physical yesterday. I wanted to talk with my physician about my weight - while I have had an underlying feeling that they didn't know anymore than I did, I still felt like this was an appropriate venue to bring it up.
I asked about an appropriate calorie range, mentioning what SparkPeople recommended, and she just nodded and said that was fine. I mentioned using the "Run Your Butt Off" book and she was like "oh, I don't know if I am comfortable with you running. I sort of looked at her like "huh??" She was like "well at your weight that could cause damage to the joints..." People, I am about 200 lbs right now and sometimes drop below that. I know plenty of you that are out there running, and successfully I might add, at my weight and probably more. So, I mentally tucked that one away to consider.
I mentioned that one of my biggest challenges to tracking is with recipes since I do like to cook more than just grilled chicken and vegetables. She threw in Weight Watchers. "That is easier than calorie counting because it is exchanges." Huh??? Uh, I have been to Weight Watchers and I know it works for alot of people but I actually found the Point value thing even more frustrating than straight up calorie counting. So, my confidence in her ability to advise me was starting to slip a bit.
It gets better. The final nail in her weight advice coffin came when she looked at me and said: "You know you are a candidate for gastric bypass, but I don't think you want to do that. Why don't you see how this counting thing goes and make an appointment to come back and see me in 6 months." Folks, I am 5'4" and weigh 200lbs. My BMI is 34.3. In no way, shape or form am I a candidate for GB. It took until about 9 o'clock last night before I really let her comment sink in...now I am just doing a slow burn. Guess I'll be looking for a doc who can actually be a partner in my journey to good health, not a random and inappropriate detour along the way.
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