Working on being healthy in body , mind , spirit..135 lbs lost, then Maintained for a few years, and lately some regained. Working on it -in and out of Pjs
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
What The Doctor Said....And the Low Carb / Low Sugar Fro Yo Tease
I hadn't planned to post but Anne H at Carb Trippers post was an echo (with pictures) of what the doc said , so I 'll take it as a sign. Spread the wisdom.
Off day today. Had to get my annual eye check up and see a new pulmonologist. I have sleep apnea (still after losing 120 lbs... though the pressure on my machine is lower) and have to see the pulmonologist at least once a year so they'll write the orders for my cpap equipment supplies. I live in suburbia where there are plenty of ghost-town / half-built subdivisions and restaurants closing left and right. To see this doc involved driving IN to ATLANTA where things are cool , hip , happening.
I keep reading about FROYO: especially sugar free and low carb frozen yogurt ( doesn't exist in my burbs.) But all things exist in hip , happening Atlanta. I searched the web and found a new froyo place near the docs' office, plans were for sugar free AND low carb. Since it's quite a drive from the boonies to town, I knew it wouldn't be a regular thing that I would get hooked on. I allowed myself to get excited. Pulled up. The place is still being put together and hasn't opened yet. No fro yo.
I later got a junior sundae at Sonic for 160 calories (carbs and sugar , but also not gonna be a regular thing and all I ate was tasty tuna salad for lunch from a visit to my favorite old healthfood store).
SO WHAT DID THE DOC SAY?
First, the weigh in. I weighed 225 this morning at home 'naked before coffee....' At the doc office, after coffee and breakfast and with clothes and shoes on : 226. HMMMMM..me likeee that scale. wanna take home.
Med history questions. Thanks to getting myself to 345 lbs, I take blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, diabetes meds, and an assortment of supplement / vitamins. ... ...and don't forget the Prozac either. After watching how many seasons of the Biggest Loser and how Doc H gets them off their meds in like no time, I always thought I'd get to come off my meds too. So after losing 100 lbs I'd met with my regular MD and we dropped one of my diabetes meds. That was it. Even though my Bp and cholesterol levels are stellar..it's safer for me to be on than off. I'm 47 and my Dad died at 51 from severe heart disease.
So when someone asks me if I have high blood pressure or high cholesterol I don't really think I do. I mean my bp was 110/64. perfecto.
So after we stumble over this subject, we talk about my breathing, the cpap and my weight loss. He looked back and I'd lost 10 lbs since my last visit which I think was in December.
Here are his words paraphrased --nearly exactly.."You must lose it slow..slow , slow . The body can't handle all the changes you put it through when you are dieting and exercising. It takes time for all the changes to take place and for the body to adjust..if it is to be a permanent change. Slow is better. 10-12 lbs a year is ok. It will be permanent if you do it that way. Don't over restrict . Don't be too rigid. I see people who only think of the goal of losing the weight, they get to the number , and then they are like "that's it" and eat all the stuff they deprive themselves of and gain it all back. Do it slow." He suggests that I shoot for losing just another 50-70 lbs which would be around 175 just for my diabetes sake. I was surprised --a doctor who did not suggest that at 5'2 I should be 120 lbs. My skin would be like a train on a wedding dress following behind me if I weighed 120.
..(he also said--now, some may take offense) that he thinks for obese children (which I was ) parents are to blame..that they really have to watch and monitor and help their children to eat and exercise healthily and he sees now as a parent how really hard this is and how he has to really work at it with his kids.......(since I'm not a parent I won't comment here, but based on my own family history I somewhat agreed. I take responsibility for getting myself this way, but I needed help big time--therapy was what I needed and getting mental health was a stigma in the 60-70's.)
Eye appointment went well, by the way. No diabetes retinopathy.
So back to the lesson of the day .
I didn't take what he said as license to have a food party. The main message I got was slow is really ok, the body needs to adjust, the body can't rush it when trying to undergo a metamorphosis. I'm ok. doin' fine.
Not new info. Not like I didn't know this. But what I needed to hear. And then Anne's post..nailed it.
Universe speaks and It's my job to listen and respond (and not beat up on myself so much. )
I'm a Geek for many things: Food, Pajamas, Coffee, Chocolate, Movies, Books, getting and being fit and healthy, 80's music, and the list goes on and on .....A nurse, a diabetic, I've lost over 130 lbs and have more to go . And I actually enjoy working out.
I chose the names of Ms. PJ Geek and PJ and Pounds because I have happy memories of childhood, coming in dirty and sweaty from playing in the yard. Then taking a bath, putting on a fresh nightgown and feeling all new again . I felt like a princess. Fresh renewal. .........
All names and situations will be changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, and so I can keep my job. While I am a nurse, I do not intend this to be a blog with specific directions or guidelines for healthcare. And.....though I have a college degree, that was a long time ago ya'll, and I don't remember proper punctuation or grammar.