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Stepping onto the Scale

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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 :)
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    You once told me about David Kessler's book, "The End Of Overeating" (in fact you've mentioned it a couple of times in your posts). I'm planning to read it too (just need to buy it first, lol). The book I just finished (~a month ago or so) is called "It Starts With Food", by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig. It's really great, I learned so much -the thing is they list Kessler's book on the recommended literature section too! So yeah, David's book is also a must.

    So this is what they say about the number on the scale:

    You're exactly right when you say health is more than just weight. It's all about us being healthy (big word, healthy), and staying healthy -and you're doing it all! You're eating right and you're also exercising -you're the bomb, girl!
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    1761 days ago
    Good for you. I'm actually excited about my annual physical this year because I know the weight loss won't go unnoticed. Enjoy that feeling, you've earned it!
    1763 days ago
    Keep up the great work, Carolyn! It's been two months since I've been on SP, and so happy to see your continued progress. Love your new profile pic :) I almost didn't recognize you at first.

    Can't weight for you to hit your target weight soon. emoticon
    1765 days ago
    I dread getting weighed at the Dr's, and there have been times that I have avoided going in for that reason. It is so humiliating to get on the scale and have someone else see that you have gained 50 lbs. since the last time you were there. And then comes the lecture....

    Way to go to get the opposite scenario going for you! You are doing so AWESOME!
    1765 days ago
    1766 days ago
    I love your attitude! This is a life journey and you're participating fully. I hope your new doctor is on the same page -- if not, send her to the unemployment line with my old doctor!
    1767 days ago
  • TINYRN2011
    Love that your blog has simple messages so beautifully written! I went for my annual physical on Tuesday. Their scale, while showing a weight loss, wasn't what my scale shows at home. Of course, they make you get on dressed; I still haven't figured this out, and it was NEVER discussed in nursing school!

    I love that I can see the FNP and not an MD. While I may be biased; it seems to me that I really get listened to, and that I can take my time, ask questions, and really discuss my health!

    Being proactive about our new and healthier lives is a powerful feeling!
    1767 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    That is a great attitude! Your doctor should be happy with the weight and all the healthy changes you have made! It may be about more than the number on the scale...but that number sure helps!
    1767 days ago
    so true! if your doctor is a jerk when you've done so well, your doctor can suck it!
    1767 days ago
    You've done so well!!! You've come so far... AWESOME!
    1767 days ago
    8 pounds to a healthy BMI is fantastic! Rip that doctor a new one if he/she even thinks about ragging on you! You've done such a wonderful job decreasing your weight and you're so close to a healthy BMI!

    I can tell you that I've come out of the overweight BMI recently and it feels fantastic. It's not about the weight but being told that you are an unhealthy weight according to a standard like the BMI.....well it sits in the back of your mind. When I came out of that overweight BMI range, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders!

    I know you will be there soon so start getting ready to celebrate :D
    1767 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    First off, the fact that you worked so hard and dedicated yourself to becoming the healthiest you can be should be commended and I second BHEALTHY4ME1's comment about what the doctor's reaction should be and that you shouldn't settle for anything less than kudos and congratulations!

    If you haven't thought about it already, you could print off the reports from SP to show your doctor what your accomplishments so far are - and then he/she can see how long you've been working on this.

    And regrading blood work - if you do have an upcoming appointment, you could always ask to come in a week prior to it to have the bloodwork done and then you can go over the results with your doc at your scheduled visit.

    If your doctor chooses to rag on you about your weight still - definitely get another because you want to have faith and trust in this person - they are after all, despite the title doctor - they are still a person like you and me.

    1767 days ago
    The number on the scale doesn't really matter as much as the change over time. Pick a scale and a time of day and be consistent, and you'll see the change. I weigh myself in the morning on my nice digital scale, always in pjs, so there is no need to compensate for clothing (summer vs winter).
    1768 days ago
    That's the perfect attitude! You are going to blow your Doc away with all your success! !

    1768 days ago
    I have a smaller home version of that scale I have used (or ignored!) for years. Once I decided to use Medifast it was such a pain to wait for it to balance or wonder if I was reading it correctly. It finally dawned on me to just buy a good digital scale after I saw everyone's weight posts with .2 & .6 lbs , etc. I got an awesome scale on Amazon with a huge light up screen that I don't need reading glasses for and it only takes seconds for results. Now I actually look forward to getting on it very week. Once I hit my goal I will get on daily to keep myself in check. If your doctor isn't flabbergasted by your weight loss she doesn't deserve a great patient like you!
    1768 days ago
    You have nothing to feel bad about and I bet those blood tests will come back with awesome results! You have done such a great job on your journey to health. You, better than anyone, know how very far you've come and how much you have accomplished. That new doctor should be congratulating you on your progress! Anything less is unacceptable!!!

    YOU ROCK!!! Don't you dare forget it!
    1768 days ago
    I love that you are willing to find another doctor - I am just starting to understand that I have the power, they don't. I don't put much stock into what mine says because I only see him once a year... and its obvious I need to loose weight - duh (insert eyeroll of teenager here). I hope that your test results are exactly what you are looking for!
    1768 days ago
    You are a doctor's dream. Someone who is proactive about health. To be honest, if your doctor is not encouraging about your path you probably should find another one! emoticon
    1768 days ago
    I will bet that your doctor will be thrilled with what you have done. You have made so much progress and are so close to where you want to be. emoticon
    1768 days ago
    i hate it when the doctor gives you the weight talk.
    1768 days ago
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