Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Weighty Issues

Today I had a doctor's appointment.
Last year, almost a year ago, I went to see my doctor. We had a long discussion about health and weight and depression and anxiety and all of the other fun issues you can discuss with your doctor. I decided to lose weight. By that I mean she encouraged me to make that decision.
But, it was my own.
I've been back in the meantime, but we haven't discussed weight.
The reason I went back today was because I've been running a lot, and I use my inhaler, and I needed a new prescription.
When I told her this, she said "well, then, let's talk weight."
There's nothing that gets me more stressed out than the weight discussion. (Thank goodness she'd already checked my blood pressure). But, there was no going back.
We went through everything I'm doing, she weighed me, we evaluated my diet. I admitted I've been a little less focused about my eating, but explained that I've been exercising a lot so not really gaining because of that.
I finally said "I know - I need to lose 20 lbs. and I should have by now. I'm just frustrated."
She looked me straight in the eye and said "that's not the weight discussion I wanted to have."
What????
Nope.
What she wanted to tell me was that I've lost a lot of weight (about 55 lbs) in a healthy way. And, her recommendation was that I lose 10 lbs more - not 20. And, her reasoning for that is because she said that I'm active and I'm running and that 10 lbs would make a huge difference in my cardiovascular.
In other words, my weight now is healthy. Another 10 pounds would mean that I'm in good shape.
And then, even cooler, she hugged me. And, she said that she's incredibly proud of me for making so many positive changes in my life.
This is a doctor who saw me at my worst. She went through ppd with me and helped pull me out of it.
Okay, so she also said that if I lose another 10 lbs I'll be in optimum shape for having another baby. Yeah. Good to know. Very good to know. But, that is not my immediate (if ever?) goal.
So, yay me!
So, it looks like I'll be dragging my sister to the gym a little more often (Beck, I know you are thrilled about this) and watching what I eat a whole lot more. Because, really, 10 lbs are doable!!

My sister, Becky, and I - way happier than last year.
(I actually let people take my picture at Matt's birthday this year)

9 comments:

Ruthie said...

55 pounds! That's incredible. You should be very proud of yourself, that is quite an accomplishment.

SpeakEasy said...

Hey, that is GREAT news!! Good for you.

Very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Laural! Maybe I SHOULD come with you to your Tuesday night "dance lessons"! Keep it up...or should I say off!

p.s. you know who i am so no need to ID myself right? You ROCK!

Anonymous said...

hmmm...well 10lbs is to 1 baby as
20 is to what - twins???
try 11.75 that way you are sure to attain your goal.

cheers

p.s.
u look radiant

Haley-O said...

YAY!!! You look sooooo pretty! what an inspiration you are. :) You'll have to share those secrets with me after I have the baby. :)

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

THat is so amazing, Laural! Good for you. What a difficult job and you did it!!!
Please do share your secrets....

Laural said...

No secret. Ha! I wish ...
I've been doing weight watchers for the past year, but I sort of fell off the wagon when we moved in December (I didn't gain much weight since I exercise, but just wasn't too into it).
Yesterday I stopped doing it online and went to the meetings. Fun times.

Laural said...

PS Anonymous about "dance lessons"
Maybe the PCD's could do some synchro moves in your new pool!

MommyKnows said...

Way to go! 55lbs ... impressive!