On Losing Weight

I found an interesting post this week: Are Doctors Really “Lecturing” Patients About Weight?

According to this post and a study by the Mayo Clinic, only 20% of patients who are obese are diagnosed as such by their physicians.    Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise to me.   The first doctor to point out to me that I was technically considered to be obese was my husband, unfortunately.    I clearly knew that I was overweight, but had no idea I was technically obese.  I could still buy all of my clothes at the Gap and Ann Taylor Loft and I’ve never had to buy plus sized clothes.   So, I was pretty surprised to learn I was obese.  Check out a BMI calculator to determine if you might be overweight tor obese, though of course the calculator won’t account for those who are particularly athletic and muscular.

I started seeing a new family practice doctor for the first time back in December.   He was the first doctor I’ve seen who actually pointed out to me that I needed to try to lose weight, and recommended I shoot for 5 pounds per month.    For some reason hearing him come out and say that I needed to lose some weight (I don’t think he ever actually said overweight or obese), and giving me a goal of 5 pounds per month, motivated me to try.   Maybe because I didn’t want to have to answer to him when I saw him again.     When I went back to see him last week, he told me that I had lost 12 pounds.   So, nowhere near the 30 pounds I should have lost based on 5 pounds per month, but, he was happy with it nonetheless, as am I.   I actually lost 10 of those pounds in December and January and have managed to keep it off this long, so I count that as an accomplishment.    Plus, I am very happy to say that I am no longer considered to be obese.  Only 35 pounds to go!

Now that my calves are recovering from the 33 minutes of Wii Fit Hula Hoop and Running that I did on Saturday, maybe I can get in another Wii workout tomorrow.

Until next time,

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for stopping by Balanced Health and Nutrition. I am an Ohio Native myself so I love that you are blogging about Cleveland.

    I just wanted to say keep up the great work. You are well on your way to a healthier life. Oveweight and obese people who lose 5-10% of their body weight can reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease and other weight related conditions.

    I’d love to interview you for my blog sometime. E-mail me if you are interested!

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