So, since turning 40 I have tried to do the responsible thing and get my annual physical and mammogram...you know the drill. So, 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.
| current weight: 197.6