In the beginning

Yesterday I had my doctor’s appointment. Usually I would be more eager to do a home root canal on myself than to go the doctor, but this time I was pretty excited. After meeting her at a seminar on exercise Wednesday night, I knew she was approachable and easy to talk to, so I didn’t have my usual nervousness. Frankly, everyone I’ve dealt with at that particular office is such a mensch that any apprehension goes out the window the moment I start to talk to them. As it turned out, the visit took almost two hours.  They did the usual blood pressure and medical history stuff, she gave me a referral to a sleep specialist, and  ordered more thorough labs than I think I’ve ever had done. I have to go back tomorrow for three hours, so they can do some testing involving glucose and insulin, but I’m happy to give a few hours of my weekend to it, if it helps.

The only bummer about the labs is that I have to wait until they have my blood before I can start the diet, because she wants a baseline to work from. It makes sense, but I’m raring to go now! The option we selected (at least to start) was a mostly liquid diet that also allows unlimited fresh, non-starchy veggies. It’s not something I want to do forever, but I think the jumpstart of quicker weight loss for the first few weeks will help motivate me. It is under a doctor’s supervision and I have vitamins, a perscription for potassium, and detailed instructions on what to eat and when.

Hopefully, my enthusiasm will not waiver once I start. How do people who have a lot of weight to lose keep themselves motivated over the long haul? I know myself well enough to know that I tend to get very excited about things at the outset, then lose interest as time wears on. Still, I think the regular appointments, weekly seminars and all the gym and exercise offerings there (they have Friday night Zumba! whee!) will help.

2 thoughts on “In the beginning

  1. Have you had a sleep study? As I started gaining weight, my sleep became more frequently disturbed to the point where I was diagnosed with apnea and given a CPAP machine. I actually cried the morning after my first full night of sleep. I hadn’t realized how the lack of REM sleep was affecting my depression, encouraging too much drinking to fall asleep and cycling around to not sleeping. The relief is magical.

    1. Funny you should mention that. I have an appointment coming up this week to have a sleep study done. I guess there are some links between weight and lack of sleep too. Isn’t it odd how badly we can go around feeling without even noticing it? How does a CPAP machine work?

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