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7/31/12 11:16 P

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So sorry your doctor wasn't more encouraging - definitely time to find a new one!

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7/27/12 5:10 P

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YAY!!! Good for you :)) hehe LOL Good.. good luck with that. There seem to be so few really GOOD ones here.



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7/27/12 3:23 P

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You rock! So, I work at Duquesne University and went to the gym on my lunch hour. Guess what I did??? I ran! emoticon

And, I have spent part of a quiet afternoon looking up new doctors emoticon

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7/27/12 1:00 P

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Yeah, I wouldn't put too much thought into what the doc said. They are not a sports-medicine doctor (which studies the musculatory system and such in much more depth). She must have never seen or heard of SP (under a rock??) and doesn't understand the straight forward and real approach. My doctor hadn't heard of it either but allowed me to leave some of my cards in her office (just has the SP addy and what it's about) and I hope that guides people in the right way.

It's amazing to me how many people just do NOT understand that proper eating doesnt have to come in a tiny, microwavable or taste-less package. I actually quite enjoy fresh foods and being active. I never thought I would be that type of person, but seriously SP saved my life. If I left it up to my doctors to help me, I would probably have ended up having gastric bypass also and that is just something I would never even consider for myself.

You know how to avoid injury and if your hubby is a runner, I'm sure he can help also, just be safe and do what feels GOOD for your body. That's the biggest indicator of success.

Thanks! :) I am giving it my all for sure! Just because we are surrounded by stadium and places that serve potatoes with pasta (perogies..hello?? haha) doesn't mean he have to give in to that gunk! Nice to meet you also!

Try to blow it that doctor off your shoulders. She really makes no sense. You have me and your hubby on your side among everyone else here on SP that would simply giggle at her ignorance. You are in the right here :D XO

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7/27/12 12:02 P

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Thanks! I just keep getting more angy as I think about it. She seemed completely unfamiliar with SparkPeope which should have tipped me off right then and there.

I just wanted to hear that what I was doing was the right thing and maybe even get some additional advice from a medical "professional." I didn't even say anything to my husband until this morning and he looked at me and was like "seriously?? She said that to you???" He is a runner - has done 4 fulls and a couple of halves - and he was like "why wouldn't she encourage you to do light running if you don't have any physical reason that you can't??"

I totally agree with you about WW. I felt like I still wasn't in tune with what I was eating and what was healthy because it just boiled down to manipulating the Points system. I just want to eat good food in reasonable amounts.

You are doing an amazing job! Nice to meet another successful 'Burgher :-)

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7/27/12 11:31 A

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Wow. I have heard some crazy things but.. really!? LOL My doctor (even when I was 349 pounds) never mentioned gastric bypass to me. She was like "Yeah, it sounds like a great idea for you to start working out a bit and change up your diet, you can do it!" I dont understand why that is just the "go to" thing these days. WHY?? It's tougher on your body (I think) than doing it the natural way. I dont get how doctors would advocate for that before fitness and learning how to eat properly... weird.

Seems like you MIGHT need to change your doctor. Sadly.

I was able to safely run (though not for LONG) at 319 pounds, so.. yeah, I think you're fine. If you FEEL good and aren't having pain.. go for it!

I dont understand when someone (especially a health "professional") tells you about something like that instead of advocating for healthy cooking. LOL Who can possibly sustain a Weigh Watchers "diet" and meals for life? I prefer balance and knowing what's going into my body (actual fat, calories, protein) instead of how many "points" I've racked up. I'm not a video game. WTH?

Just wow. Sorry that happened to you. You can do this and you ARE doing it the right way. Good luck in finding a new doc! XO

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7/27/12 9:21 A

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So, since turning 40 I have tried to do the responsible thing and get my annual physical and mammogram...you know the drill. So, turned 45 this month and had my annual physical yesterday. I wanted to talk with my physician about my weight - while I have had an underlying feeling that they didn't know anymore than I did, I still felt like this was an appropriate venue to bring it up.

I asked about an appropriate calorie range, mentioning what SparkPeople recommended, and she just nodded and said that was fine. I mentioned using the "Run Your Butt Off" book and she was like "oh, I don't know if I am comfortable with you running. I sort of looked at her like "huh??" She was like "well at your weight that could cause damage to the joints..." People, I am about 200 lbs right now and sometimes drop below that. I know plenty of you that are out there running, and successfully I might add, at my weight and probably more. So, I mentally tucked that one away to consider.

I mentioned that one of my biggest challenges to tracking is with recipes since I do like to cook more than just grilled chicken and vegetables. She threw in Weight Watchers. "That is easier than calorie counting because it is exchanges." Huh??? Uh, I have been to Weight Watchers and I know it works for alot of people but I actually found the Point value thing even more frustrating than straight up calorie counting. So, my confidence in her ability to advise me was starting to slip a bit.

It gets better. The final nail in her weight advice coffin came when she looked at me and said: "You know you are a candidate for gastric bypass, but I don't think you want to do that. Why don't you see how this counting thing goes and make an appointment to come back and see me in 6 months." Folks, I am 5'4" and weigh 200lbs. My BMI is 34.3. In no way, shape or form am I a candidate for GB. It took until about 9 o'clock last night before I really let her comment sink in...now I am just doing a slow burn. Guess I'll be looking for a doc who can actually be a partner in my journey to good health, not a random and inappropriate detour along the way.

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