Monday, July 18, 2011

My annual physical wasn't fun

Okay, so I'm not dying, at least not yet. I had my annual physical today and my doctor isn't happy with me. She asked me what happened, how did I gain so much weight since March 2010 (my last physical).

I was 173 pounds in March 2010, and I was 199.4 on the doctor's scales today. She wanted to know why I'd gained so much weight. I didn't have an answer. I honestly don't know what happened. I told her I guess I was eating too much.

My doctor is a tiny Asian woman, probably a size 0, really nice and very smart. She's the one that looked at my neck last year and spotted my enlarged thyroid (which resulted in an ultrasound and biopsy of my thyroid).

Even though she's sweet, she doesn't mince words when it comes to my health. She told me this was a lot of weight to gain in one year and it was having a very serious impact on my body. My blood pressure was up to 148/88, and she put me back blood pressure medication.

In one month I have to go back to see her again so she can see how my blood pressure is doing. She also wants me to wait one month to get all the blood work done for all the other stuff (glucose check, cholesterol and triglycerides, vitamin D and a reactive C protein test for my heart) and she wants to review everything with me.

This is a lot more important than my concerns about how I look at this weight or the fact that none of my clothes fit. This is dead serious business. My health is at stake and frankly, I'm a little scared. What if I'm diabetic? Or what if I have a stroke or drop dead of a heart attack, or worse yet, live through a heart attack with a damaged heart? What am I doing to myself?

This has really made me take stock of my issues with food and my weight. I guess I thought gaining weight wasn't that big of a deal. So my clothes don't fit or I "feel" fat and ugly. That stuff really doesn't matter that much. My health, that's a different story. Once it's gone, it's hard, if not impossible to get it back.

So I'm making some changes. The most immediate is to get decent sleep. I've been failing in this area for years, short-changing myself on sleep almost every night.

Of course, there's the eating. I need some sort of plan. I always seem to need a gimmick to get jump started. My new plan is to use the Body Media. Someone at work has been wearing one and she swears by it. I haven't ordered it yet, but plan to by this weekend.

Last, but not least is my exercise. I've been slacking in the exercise area, going to the gym only three or four times a week, and then not really giving it 110%. I've really just been going through the motions. That has to change.

I have a lot more that I want to write about, but I have to be off the computer in two minutes (8:45pm). New rule. Darkened room, and then lights out by 9pm.

9 comments:

Roxie said...

It has been my experience that sleep is job one. If you can get those ironed out, then everything else will work much, much better. For me, I was incapable of overcoming my body's need for energy due to lack of sleep. It made weight loss nearly impossible.

Keeping my fingers crossed that your blood work is all good and that nothing serious is amiss.

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

Sadly, I have avoided going for my annual physical for 2 years because I've gained so much weight. I don't want to be scolded. I do see my thyroid doctor though and she does my bloodwork.

Terri said...

I feel for you. It is scary because yes, we want to look good and be able to buy smaller clothes but when you know you HAVE to lose weight, it's a completely different ballgame. Good luck to you and look forward to reading about your progress!

Helen said...

I agree with Roxie. Sleep is key to the rest of it. It's great that you have such a proactive physician. There are no guarantees - I personally saw a "healthy" runner have a heart attack and die on a race course once. The lesson I learned was to let HEALTH and not the scale be a guide. Yes, we all want lower numbers - be it bloodwork or on the scale - but health is the most important thing.

Dawn said...

I'm glad your doctor cares to tell you things you know, but like all of us here we didn't want to face. Everyone who blogged about their weight loss, watched the gain and DIDN"T do anything about it but we are now. everyone will tell a different story about what it was that made the change that made them Do something about it. You sound very worried about your health and I'm really sorry to hear you worried, but this is so important and it sounds like your doctor is taking it seriously to see you in a month. You can make quite a difference in a month - go back and impress her with your progress.!
Take care
Dawn

Katie J said...

Diana,

Sorry to hear about the appt. It could not have been easy.

I agree with Helen and Roxie on the sleep thing. When I was at my heaviest, I was not sleeping well and eventually was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given a CPAP machine.

Diana, it was like night and day (no pun intended) I was rested, I could think clearly and I had energy. I could finally deal with the task of losing weight because I was RESTED.

I have faith in you and I bet she will be more then happy with you the next time you go in!

Nitric Pure said...

Yes, you need to sleep and rest well.. Let your mind at ease. Eat healthy foods.

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