A Great Visit to the Doctor

October 26, 2007

I had my annual physical yesterday.  I had my last one in May, 2006 but I procrastinated setting this one up.  By the time I got around to it this summer I learned I would have to wait until October until my doctor had an opening.  Which means when I scheduled it I was not yet living my new fit lifestyle.  I was not looking forward to it, and not for why you think. 

The fact is I didn't feel good physically or mentally.

But that was then, and this is now.  Since August 1st I have been focusing on living a healthier lifestyle and it is starting to pay off.  For starters, according to the nurse I grew an inch to 6'1"!  But really that's just because I still had my shoes on.  In fact when I was weighed not only did I have my shoes and clothes but I also had my jacket on.  I clocked in at 278, which was down from the 285 I officially weighed last May.  I'd guess I had 5 pounds of accessories on.

The nurse took my pulse and indicated my resting heart rate was 60.  My blood pressure was a normal 110/72.

The tone of the conversation with my doctor was completely different than it would have been a few months ago.  I just feel so much better.  Instead of talking about the negatives we spent most of the time talking about positives, like confirming I was OK with the target heart rate I was going for during cardio workouts, for example.  He was really pleased with my progress.  I shared with him a new goal, which is to lose 50 pounds by the time we go spring skiing in Telluride at the end of March.  That's 50 pounds total from when I started, meaning going from 295 to 245, or an average of 6.25 pounds per month.  For the first 3 months I have averaged about 7, so it seems doable at this point.

Looking forward to getting the blood work back.  I'm certainly prepared for it to be worse than last time, just because during the 18 months since that physical I have only been good for the last 3, but who knows, maybe the trend downward has already started.

Going to the doctor sure is funner when things are going well.  I'm already looking forward to next year.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing. Thank you for visiting!

Like This Post? Give me the thumbs up 


Diana the Scale Junkie October 26, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Doesn't it feel good to get a positive response from the doctor? I'm hoping that when I go back in the spring the same thing will happen for me.

Angela October 26, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Good news, John. I'm glad you had a good week! I'll be sending you positive Halloween vibes-it's going to be a rough one all around-but I think we can all hang tough. Good luck.

Skinny Guy October 26, 2007 at 8:40 pm

I have checkups every 3 months due to my diabetes and my doc has been watching my numbers move back where they're supposed to be and neither one of us could be happier. I'm glad that you're having success with your numbers as well. Keep it going!

Sarah October 27, 2007 at 12:36 pm

When I went to the doctor and he saw that I had lost some weight he came in and said "well if it isn't the incredible shrinking Sarah". I will never forget how good that made me feel and like you, the tone of that appointment was different than any other appointment I had ever had.

Well done!

Rachel B. October 27, 2007 at 3:03 pm

That sounds like a good solid plan. Not one that is so hard to accomplish that you are setting yourself up for failure. I think it is always good to go to the doctor with a clean conscience about the way you have been treating your body.

JoLynn Braley October 27, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Hi John, that's really great. I'm happy to hear how positive your experience at the doc was, and that you're actually looking forward to getting your blood work results. You know, no matter how they are right now, they'll give you something to compare with the next time you go in. Keep up the great work! :)

john - from fat to fit October 28, 2007 at 6:59 am

Thanks all for your comments. I just found out my medical insurance is going to be switching and I haven't yet figured out if I'll be able to keep the same doctor. I sure hope so.

Also, I just realized that in the glow of all the positive stuff I totally forgot to ask him about this thing I have on my wrist, which I believe to be a volar wrist ganglion. It's not really painful and doesn't get in the way of anything so I doubt he would have suggested surgery, but still, I wanted to talk to him about it.

Darn it!

Comments on this entry are closed.

© 2007-2009 John Is Fit - Personal Weight Loss Blog. Powered by Wordpress, theme by Thesis, and hosted by Dreamhost.