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.