For weeks I've been looking forward to my annual check-up for the sheer reason that I wanted my doctor to ohhh and ahhh over my weight loss. My goal was to be under 200 for my check-up and am a bit bummed to report that I was at 201.6. BUT that was wearing a pair of jeans (size 14 BTW!!!) and I had just had a 16 oz latte before hand. I thought about stripping and demanding a re-weigh, but decided to just be ok with 201 and move forward. :)
Back to my pre-check-up excitement...Most people dread going to the doctor because they don't want to be lectured about those 10 pounds they found over the past year. I really expected my doctor to be happy with my weight loss, but actually ended up leaving feel disappointed by her lack of joy. Here's the thing- last year my physical was on 12/10/09 and I weighed 310.6 (down 46 pounds from where I started) and today I weighed 201. That is 109 pounds in a year for those of you that are keeping track. Apparently my doctor is keeping track because no less than 10 times did she say, "100 pounds in a lot to lose in a year....". Hold the phone!!!! She told me what I started losing weight to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week and that is 1-2 pounds a week. I pointed that out and she said (again!), "100 pounds is a lot to lose in a year...". Can you sense my frustration?!?!
I did what I was told to do and there was no congratulation banner in the waiting room, no parade around the nurses station, no announcement over the intercom that I was patient of the year; just a near lecture on how I've lost a lot of weight quickly. She was happy with my progress, but had concerns- How much more did I intend to lose? How much am I exercising? How many calories am I eating every day? Am I taking a multivitamin because "your body can't be getting all of the nutrients it needs on that few calories"?
In case you were also wondering....
* I intend to lose another 23 pounds. That will put me at the top of my healthy weight range. Since I am exercising 5-6 days a week I am comfortable being at the weight. I do plan to slow down my weight loss and aim for one pound a week instead of two on Spark People.
* I am exercising 6 days a week and burning approximately 3400 calories a week based on my heart rate monitor.
* Not sure about the vitamins, but I do know that I eat a healthy amount of food and work hard to have fruits and vegetables with every meal. I'll start taking a multivitamin tonight. :)
Hubby just wants to know, "Are you healthy?" The answer to that is YES! I weigh less than I did in middle school, my heart rate was at a fabulous 64 beats per minute, my blood pressure was awesome and I feel fantastic. I'll keep waiting patiently for my parade.......