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The doctor said it, so...... who am I to argue.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I had a doctor's appointment today, specifically to discuss weight loss and blood sugar issues. (I was insulin-resistant, although mildly so, in January of this year, and the fear of diabetes was what motivated me to start losing weight and getting fit.)

It had been four months since I'd seen my doctor, and I was hoping to walk in there and show a forty-pound weight loss or something on the scale. Not so. I was travelling in August, and then I had my anniversary and celebrated, then I had a vacation in September, and then it was my birthday and we drank champagne, and so on. I had lost 19 pounds since I last saw her but felt I should have lost more.

The doctor emphatically disagreed. "Slow and steady wins the race," she said. "This has to be a lifestyle. This has to be sustainable. You're always going to have birthdays. You're always going to travel. Count this as a win."

I mentioned that my husband was out of town for a few weeks, so I was going to eat fish and salads and really get serious about weight loss and not be distracted by his steaks and french fries.

"And you're still going to be married," she said. "You're not going to divorce him because he distracts you from your diet."

Well, true. Probably not.

He was the person who had seen Spark People online and suggested I try it, after all.

I keep thinking I should have made more progress by now, but it was good to hear the doctor tell me "Atta girl."

So I hope this helps someone else too. It's a lifestyle. It has to be sustainable. Slow and steady wins the race.

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    Sounds like you and doctor are on right track. All the best!
    1086 days ago
    This is a good outlook. I'm glad your spouse can be there to suggest awesome thing like SP to you.

    You doc is totally right, 2-3 weeks of great food is good but this is something we have to do every day forever. We have to change how we handel food and how we handel all of life as it relates to food, stress, sleep, excerise ect.

    Baby steps, Keep going, don't you dare stop!
    1507 days ago
  • KDRICH24
    I agree with the doctor! I think you are doing GREAT! emoticon
    1743 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Carrie, you've found a great doctor!!! Life does get in the way, and spouses/children/co-workers especially get in the way. We just have to learn not to let them (I've been failing at that the last two weeks).

    Slow and steady starting again today! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    1952 days ago
    Wow, 19 pounds in 4 months is more than a pound a week! That is fantastic! I don't think it's good to try to lose weight faster than that IMHO. Good luck in your journey. I would love to get under 200 pounds!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1958 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    Your doctor is so right. I appreciate doctors who celebrate your successes and recognize them as such. Very good advice. She sounds like SP and you're doing great.

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    2043 days ago
    What a great encouraging doctor you have!

    She had great comments and advice. Love the slow and steady!!

    I always eat so very healthy when my hubby has to travel for business. I can just have a big plate of roasted vegetables and be so happy.

    Keep pushing forward on your healthy lifestyle!!

    Jane emoticon
    2057 days ago
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