Friday, February 26, 2010

Doctor Who?

I have set up a series of appointments for the next couple of weeks to have myself thoroughly checked out by medical professionals. I have a hearing test set up for later today, a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Monday, and a dental cleaning and check-up arranged for the following week. I would also like to make the time to go to the optometrist to have my eyes checked, but I haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone at that office yet.

Because of where I currently am on this journey I really like the idea of getting a total assessment of my health all at one time. I think that having a complete picture of how I am doing and what level my body is at, now that I have lost over one hundred pounds, will help me to fully comprehend the advantages that I have given myself due to all the hard work and determination that this journey has required. I believe that recognizing those benefits will aid me in continuing with these changes for the long term.

I know that not everything is directly affected by weight. The hearing test, for example, is mostly just about gathering the last few pieces necessary to finish the whole picture. At the same time, I am a strong believer in the holistic approach and I can’t help but wonder if my entire system – even the parts one may never suspect would have been altered by such measures – has been improved by the changes I have brought about for my general health.

The one thing that is a bit of a shame at this point in the game is that I never really had any readings taken last year when I was near my highest weight. I am generally pretty good about keeping up with such appointments, so most of my health care providers should have years of records from when I was obese, but I have been a bit remiss about such matters over the past year or so. Perhaps it’s for the best though that I don’t have anything to compare my upcoming results to. It’s possible that I would have become discourage before I even started if I had know the truth about how poorly I was treating my body and the potential damage I was causing to it such a short time ago.

Regardless, apart from my actual weight, my numbers were never so bad that any medical worker ever really raised any concerns. However, I am still looking forward to seeing exactly where I register at on the charts now that I am approaching a normal body mass index reading. I really hope that I am satisfied with the results.

16 comments:

  1. That is a great idea to get checked out for everything :-) It will give you a great idea of your overall health since the weight loss. You have been doing some amazing things on your journey and the numbers will show it :-) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Great idea and it is always a good idea to stay on top of the stats.

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  3. Hi! I had my blood work done on the exact day I began my plan and the results were horrible! My Cholesterol was 316 (should be 125-200), my Tri. was 313 (should be <150) and my LDL was 205 (should be <130). I'm going back mid-March (12 weeks on plan) and am anxious to see the changes.

    I'm new to your blog and was wondering if you've ever shared your height? I began at 255 lbs, am 5'8", and my goal is 140 (I'd be thrilled to maintain between 140 and 150 someday). I was just curious...

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  4. I just got my results this week. My last results were at 190 lbs. These were at 167 lbs.

    Chol 186 => 149
    Trig 132 => 72
    LDL 115 => 89

    I was amazed to see such a difference with only 20 lbs lost. My highest weight was 230 but it was about 11 years ago, I have no idea what my numbers were then.

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  5. That IS a smart idea to get all your tests and info at one time. I kinda did that last year, with the exception of the eye Dr. It does give you a baseline to operate from. Good thinking.

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  6. Normal body mass index...I love it, you normal gal you!

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  7. I hope all goes well at the doctor. How's the calf? Looking forward to seeing tomorrow's number. I'm sure you're going to see a 50 something really soon. Fingers crossed!

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  8. I think it is great to keep track of this stuff & compare.. why not! You are doing so great!!!

    BTW, Cammy's post on Tippy Toe Diet is up on how a few us measure our fitness success.

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  9. Isladeangela, I am an inch shorter than you at 5'7". Thanks for the numbers (and you too, Kwithme)! It gives me an idea of what is coming. Heather, the calf finally seems to be back to normal - thanks for asking! I love your optimism too; I am not as confident as you that the 150's are coming all that soon - lol!

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  10. That was always my problem - I had (except my blood pressure) great numbers. For a long time I said I needed someone to tell me (as if that would have really worked) that I needed to lose weight. Well as I noted in my blog today someone has - and I have every reason now to get this weight off for my health.

    As to your last blog post -- yes the count (I heard) for the Robson Zipline was 82 steps - and I would guess that nervous energy would help. When I did the Whistler one I led the group up so that could get to the lines faster - not eager just wanted it over with.

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  11. Yeah, 82 stairs would be about right now that I think about it. Nerves can be helpful, eh?

    Thanks, Chris!

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  12. Good for you! Another important part of taking care of yourself. I need to schedule a physical too. Thanks for the reminder.

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  13. Assessments are always good, and this will give you a great comparison point to have for the future as well!

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  14. Hello...
    am catching up with your entries...wow 54 of them I missed...
    So you will see lots more of my now as I am back in Germany...

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