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05-11-2010, 05:42 PM
So I needed a physical for a new job. I haven't had a physical since I was 17. So it's been about 4 years and, to be honest, I didn't miss it. Anyway, I finally got up the courage to go and a couple of funny things happened:

1) My doctor figured I was starving myself or taking some diet pills or something lol. When I told her what I had been doing, she kept trying to poke holes in my plan. For instance, she told me I don't get enough fats. Well, I monitor not just calories, but fat, fiber, sodium, carbs, and vitamins. I tried telling her this but I'm not sure she believed me. Oh man, when I told her I eat 1200 calories a day, she told me that not even super models eat that little blah blah blah. Now, my doctor is old school, so I figured I would get this reaction, but my plan is VERY healthy, much healthier than my diet was before I decided to lose weight, so I'm not ashamed of it. I could have lied and said a higher number but I refuse to be manipulated like that.

2) The second thing that happened was, for the first time IN MY LIFE, not only did a doctor not tell me I have to lose weight, but she actually told me to stop losing weight. I'm not sure she realizes that there is a large range for healthy weights (like I said, VERY old school). When I told her I wanted to lose 10 more (and I'm actually thinking it will be more like 15 or so more), she was like, "absolutely not."

In other news, my blood pressure was 110/70 and she seemed impressed. I don't know the numbers too well, I remember learning in a biology class that 120/90 is good lol but that's all the info I've got up my sleeve. So yeah, now I'm just waiting on the cholesterol and thyroid test (I had borderline thyroid issues last check up).

So have YOU ever had a doctor tell you to STOP losing weight? It just feels so ironic. Every doctor my entire life has wanted me to lose weight. Now that I have, my plan is somehow unhealthy and I've taken it too far lol.

05-11-2010, 05:47 PM
hehehehe! i wish such a day will come for me too!!!!

05-11-2010, 05:53 PM
;) great news congratulations!

05-11-2010, 05:53 PM
Hahah! That day will come! Sooner than you think- if you have a doctor like mine! ;) lol

05-11-2010, 05:57 PM
Lucky, every doctor I have been to in the last 7 years has either been happy i've lost a few pounds or warning me that I am on the road to health problems because of my weight.. :)

05-11-2010, 06:02 PM
I am totally inspired by you - seriously. You started in September and you have lost 103 pounds. That is incredible and you look fantastic. I really need some inspiration right now too.

I just want to ask - you are eating 1200 calories a day - are you exercising at all? Just trying to work on a new plan for myself. Would love some more details or a link if you have posted it somewhere before.

05-11-2010, 06:04 PM
sotypical, I'm going to PM you ;)

05-11-2010, 06:11 PM
YOU know your body better than anyone, so I would keep doing what you are doing. If you want to change, change, if not, don't!

120/80 is the "normal" BP last time I heard...

Now go find a doctor that you like & can comfortably talk to... you deserve a doctor that listens to you & your story... she shouldn't put you into some textbook graph & not listen. We are all individuals that vary ALOT no matter how much we like to think we are all "the same".

05-11-2010, 07:32 PM
That is insane. What a weird doctor. But you know, I guess I can kind of understand, because really, there are VERY few people who try to go about losing weight in a healthy manner. Look at all the ads on TV for "quick weight loss!" and stuff like that. Most people don't want to take the time or effort to learn how to do it right, and keep it off. Developing healthy habits can be hard. It's just too bad your doc didn't praise you more for your efforts.

Well, now that my spiel is over, great job. I'm very impressed. I wish I'd started when you did, I'd probably be at goal now lol.

05-11-2010, 07:39 PM
LOL!!! I should mention that my doctor is quite overweight so I don't know if that played into it. She really is a nice old woman, she's just stubborn and stuck in her own (kinda uninformed/updated) beliefs. She did end up praising my hard work in the end, all the while cautioning me about going ANY further haha.

05-11-2010, 07:43 PM
I am totally inspired by you - seriously. You started in September and you have lost 103 pounds. That is incredible and you look fantastic. I really need some inspiration right now too.

I just want to ask - you are eating 1200 calories a day - are you exercising at all? Just trying to work on a new plan for myself. Would love some more details or a link if you have posted it somewhere before.

Can I get the info too??? I am stalling and would love to know :)

I pray for the day someone says "Terre, you really have to quit losing weight" lol I love it. I will try to get someone to say that.

05-11-2010, 08:19 PM
I agree with Terre....I'd like more info on your success also!! It's very inspiring!! You've lost so much in just 8-9months, it's awesome!! Too bad you're doctor is not praising you for becoming Healthy AND encouraging you to keep up the good work!!!

05-11-2010, 08:34 PM
i'm like sotypical :) i'm curious what your plan of action was!

05-11-2010, 08:46 PM
Congratulations on a great loss ! Many doctors have no clue about healthy dieting.

Arctic Mama
05-11-2010, 08:48 PM
I look forward to the day when my doctors harass me on the OTHER side of weight loss, not for needing to lose more!

Congratulations on a good physical, less the bad information ;)

05-11-2010, 08:50 PM
The day my doctor tells me to stop losing weight will be the happiest day in my life. :D

05-11-2010, 08:52 PM
Thank you SO much ladies! I'm so glad I have a place to share these things where people GET IT lol!!! Seriously! It's such a relief to come home and vent these things!

To those that have asked about my plan, I've PMed you. If anyone else has any questions, feel free to PM me, don't be shy. I plan on making up a "how I did it" post once I get to goal, though. It's kind of like a mini motivation thing for me, can't wait to be at maintenance and write about it hehe.

05-12-2010, 08:25 AM
Well I am curious now too :)

05-12-2010, 11:41 AM
I'd love some info on how you've done it too! I saw your pictures in the link in your sig, and you look fantastic!

also, I am sure your doctor's own weight colors her perspective. You are my height and while I am not looking to lose as much as you are thinking, I know that the range for a healthy weight at our height goes all the way down into the 120s.

05-12-2010, 06:36 PM
Your pics are great! Can I get in on your plan?

05-12-2010, 07:02 PM
Your "169" pictures look amazing. I can't even imagine how fabulous you must look right now. You are so nice and tall. Hearing your goal weight makes me think I should lower mine. I am 3.5 inches shorter than you and my goal is only 13 pounds lower than yours. I'd love to hear your story!

05-12-2010, 09:27 PM
im really surprised by this! your weight sounds like its healthy. my sister is 5'11 and 145 and she's thin, but not like "OMG you're starving yourself!!" thin.

my old doctor was ridic. id go in and be like, "i think i have strep", and he'd look at my chart and say, "you REALLY need to lose a LOT of weight". didnt matter what i had. at first it would really hurt my feelings but eventually i got to the point where i was just like, "yeah yeah, im fat, can you come look at my sprained wrist now????"

05-22-2010, 03:21 PM
Hi JK, keep up the good work! I think 130 (is that your goal?) is certainly healthy and not "anorexic" at your height. This is something that has bugged me forever -- being criticized for a healthy lifestyle by people who are opting out of one. For most of my life, I was between 100-110 at 5'5 with a very small frame. (I was a chubby teen.) I ate very healthfully and joined a gym near my workplace so I could go there in between shifts (I was in a Broadway show) instead of going to restaurants and pigging out with everyone else on two-show days. I brought healthy brown-bag meals -- chicken/fish and veggies -- and ate it in the theater after working out. I constantly got criticized by heavier co-workers that what *I* was doing was unhealthy! Could not believe it. More like what *they* were doing and weighing was unhealthy. I looked great, could wear anything I wanted, and had boundless energy. Yeah, really unhealthy lol.

One day, this pudgy female musician (downing Fritos at the time, no less) looked at me as I was chowing down on my veggies. "You need to gain weight," she said. I walked over, took the Fritos out of her hand, looked in the bag, handed it back to her (I had everyone's attention by this point) and said slowly, "MY weight is none of your concern." And that's the last I heard of it!

Another thing -- sometimes I wonder about these weight charts. There are so many variations of body types and frame sizes, and I was (until recently) always under. That said, I went to my "welcome" appointment at a new gym and the trainer weighed me and did a body fat test. Well, I was underweight with body fat too high. (I was in shape at the time). So I was too skinny, yet too fat.

I say get a "new school" doctor and keep up the good work.

05-22-2010, 03:49 PM
Congratulations because that's something that anyone will lov to hear..

05-22-2010, 07:28 PM
It doesn't sound so very odd with your stats, but she was awfully un-tactful about it, not to mention very dismissive.

05-22-2010, 08:47 PM
I looked at your pics and you look great...thin, but not overly thin. I would kill to have gams like yours!

Congrats to you!

05-22-2010, 09:50 PM
Jk, you have given yourself an amazing gift--the gift of health and a hot bod! You look great! I hear you on your doc. The last time I was at the doctor, he asked tons of questions about how I lost weight. Then he grew quiet, "Did you have any bariatric surgery?" No, I told him. Like he could not believe that anyone could lose weight by just eating well and exercising. Crazy, huh?