How Doctors Tell You To Lose Weight

The other day a friend confessed to me, devastated, that he doctor told her that she should consider bariatric surgery.  OMG…are you freaking kidding.  My friend is over 5’9″ and she weighs a bit over 200 pounds.  While she is not at an ideal weight and maybe she even falls into the “obese” category (like a lot of us), she is FAR from what I would consider needing bariatric surgery.  Immediately I suggested she find a new, more compassionate and professional doctor.

Nearly a week has passed since she told me that and I’m still shocked as I write this.

Yesterday I had my dreaded “annual exam”, which by the way they are now calling “well woman exam”.  Do they seriously think this will make us forget what they are about to do???

My doctor is more compassionate and professional…I found that out.  We spent a lot of time discussing various things about my health.  Then it happened…she said…”have you ever heard of MyFitnessPal?”  She continues to tell me that she has had several patients who said it helped them “get into shape”.

For those that don’t already know…in the compassionate/professional doctor manual “get into shape” means exactly the same thing as “you need to lose some weight”.

At first I was bummed because I don’t want anyone to think I’m fat.  But, then I faced the truth I live every day.  I do need to lose weight.  I know how to do it.  On January 11, 2009 I hit my goal weight at just under 130 pounds.  Since then I’ve been racked with a stress fracture in my foot, bursitis in my hip, and three knee surgeries.  I’m the type of person who REALLY ENJOYS food…I prefer exercising and eating more.  The pounds crept on and now I have 60+ pounds to lose.

I was home less than an hour before I got online and bit the bullet.  Today is my first day using MyFitnessPal.  The jury is still out, but I will let everyone know how it works for me.

By the way, if you are reading this and use MyFitnessPal let me know what you think.  You can also “friend” me on MyFitnessPal.  My user id is MyLifeOnThePerimeter.


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