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I'm so excited!!!!! Celebrations!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Are you singing that old Pointer Sisters song now?

I have to start with the so excited part, I'll close with the celebration. So I had my annual physical yesterday. Last year at this time my doctor brought up the fact that I was in the obese II category. She made it clear that there were health issues related to obesity and closed her brief statement with "You are an adult. You know what you need to do" and quickly moved on to another thing. I swear I felt as if I was flogged in the town square! I didn't like the fact that she even mentioned my weight. My old doctor (who retired) never did that. I briefly wondered if I should look for a new doctor. I decided to give her a chance.

I had my lab work done two weeks before my appointment. I got the results of my lab work. I quickly scanned my cholesterol (my overall was 190, but my HDL was on the low end and my LDL was on the high end), my glucose level (up from last year at 112)- and then looked for anything outside of the "normal" range. My thyroid was low. My weight was up 2 pounds from last year. Ugh.

I truly expected to get holy heck from the doctor. Instead she came in and after some small talk said let's go over your labs. She said "I don't know what you are doing, but keep it up." She went on to say that my overall cholesterol was down from last year and my other numbers were better than last year too. She went on to say my blood pressure was excellent. She brought up the fact my thyroid was low, but wanted to retest to make sure the reading was accurate. Then she went on to the elevated glucose. She said it wasn't high enough to warrant medication at this point. She said "If you continue doing whatever you are doing, I feel we will see this number come down. Let's look at it next year. If it does increase then we will discuss it." She did once again say I was in the obese category. She did not bring up my weight gain. She said "I can see you are working at becoming healthier, let's keep that up."

Say what? Really! I felt like I just won a gold medal!

I know I have work to do, I know I am far from my goal weight - but I have been making some better decisions and believe it or not, those small steps ARE making a difference!

So now I have to fess up about the celebrations. I swear there have been a lot of them bunched together, kind of like my medical appointments this month!

Yesterday was a coworkers 70th birthday. We all went out to lunch at Bravo. I found a chicken dish on their lunch menu that was 540 calories - which was my choice. However, then there was this


How do you not have a piece of that? I did have a slice. Immediately afterward I went to my doctor's appointment. I was scared to death they were going to want to do one of those finger prick test your sugar level things - and it would say "Walking dead". Phew! They never did. Talk about feeling like you dodged a bullet with your name on it! And then I had to try to figure out how to track that slice of cake. I know whatever I selected was wrong - but it was cake with a lot of calories.

I kept hearing my doctor's voice saying "Keep doing what you are doing" and I thought to myself, if she only knew! But I know - and I know that isn't what I normally do!

So today was weigh in day. After three episodes of eating out and a couple days being light on exercise I expected the worse. However, Mr Scale was indeed kind and moved downward a little over a pound. I felt like I didn't deserve to see that. There have been weeks where I have worked really hard and not seen that happen. I quickly stopped myself. No raining on this parade. Celebrate the victories Barb. Always celebrate the victories and be grateful!

I am on the path! I am taking steps forward! They may not be big, bold steps - but they steps in the right direction. For the first time in this journey I truly feel like my goal weight (even though it is many pounds away) is obtainable and possible! I am going to relish that feeling. I am going to bask in it......after I get my exercise in. I am going to keep doing what I am doing and once in a while it may include a slice of an exquisite cake - but only once in a while!

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  • I_CHOOSE
    One step at a time - you know the direction! emoticon
    1581 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6687446
    I loved reading this. My doctor is on me over the same issues - glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid. I know what to do and what not to do, but I've been having a hard time making good food choices. Thank you for posting this. I'm excited for you and I feel hopeful for me!
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    1582 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2017 9:45:38 AM
  • OSONIYE
    Mmmm. Cake!!
    Thanks for sharing your encouraging story!
    1582 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1584 days ago
  • ERIN_POSCH
    WAY TO GO BARB!!!! You got it all, non-scale and scale victories!!!! You are doing great. You are quite an inspiration!
    1584 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    emoticon we are human "We don't necessarily need to trade all of our Chips Ahoys in for carrot sticks or our carton of ice cream for a carton of yogurt. We can start by making smarter snack choices most of the time."

    glad you enjoyed the cake looked great
    1584 days ago
  • FUN2READ
    Good Going! Congrats!!!
    1584 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
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  • LUCYROMES
    Great job‼️God bless all straight talking Doctors, who give the encouragement needed to get through another year of healthful living👩🏽‍⚕️👨🏻‍⚕️🌹
    1585 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Congratulations of the great report. You're on your way now1
    1585 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Your doctor knows you're doing something right so give yourself a pat on the back, enjoy your occasional piece of cake and keep right on moving forward. emoticon Keep believing in you - you're amazing!
    1585 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Great report from the doctor!! I am amazed that my sugars always come out good..... I really always expect my A1C to be over what my health insurance will give me a monetary bonus for! Anyway on to the Celebrate good times ... come on!! I think that I would have over indulged in that cake.... cake is my Kryptonite! You did great just having one slice! You added it in to your total as best you could and counted it! Now take away any guilt and you have a great success story!! Way to go Barb!! Oh yeah Congrats on the lower weight too!!
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OF COURSE you deserved to lose that weight! You normally eat on track. We're human!!!
    1585 days ago
  • BABYBARNEY
    LOVE both those tunes...we had the CELEBRATION ONE at class today. I LOVE THE WOOHOOS!!!! Look at you go! The numbers are telling the effort you are making, each small step is leading you to the normal weight category...YOU'LL GET THERE...KEEP STRIVING & you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT...Celebrate good times, Come On!!!!!!
    1585 days ago
  • MERMAIDLIFE
    There's an old Weight Watchers saying: "You always get the weigh-in you deserve. You don't always get it in the week you deserve it." Meaning, there are going to be some weeks where you do everything right and get a gain, and then there are going to be weeks where nothing goes right, and you get a lost. As one of my Sparkly Friends says: Trust the process!

    And it sounds like you've got a great doctor! She's focused on your actual health and not just the numbers on the scale or the labels. That's so important! Keep up the great work!

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    1585 days ago
  • MAR_V3
    Great blog. Thanks
    1585 days ago
  • GIRLIEMICHELLE
    Honey, I would have eaten a piece of that cake too! It's beautiful! And you were aware of your calories at the meal so you could have that cake.that's a healthy habit , if you ask me. And that's what this journey is all about
    1585 days ago
  • MMEQUEEN
    You've got this!!
    1585 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Nice that your doctor is recognizing your progress! Sounds like you both gave each other another chance! Keep doing what you are doing. There will be celebrations along the way and you will participate - that is called living! But that is not the every day. The every day, we exercise and watch what we eat so we can enjoy the celebrations! Keep it up!
    1585 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Great job, and what excellent news from doctor. So glad that you are getting positive results health wise.

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    1585 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17303721
    And the doughnut was delicious😆
    1585 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17303721
    Great progress and you are right not to beat yourself up over an occasional slice of cake. I got ambushed by a Choc & Caramel Doughnut the other day. I thought 'OK then, it's a trade off'. An extra 20 minutes on the stationary bike solved the problem
    1585 days ago
  • ONTHEPATH2
    PS the cake tasted as good as it looked. It was well worth the splurge!
    1585 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    Great work! That cake looks delicious!
    1585 days ago
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