Many years ago, I was a patient at a doctor whom I really liked. It was this specific doctor who started me down the somewhat slippery slope of my issues with weight.
One year, I went for my annual physical and there was some slight abnormality in something. To be honest, I don’t recall what it was. What I remember is his response to it, which was, “at your age, I’m not particularly worried.”
Huh. So I was officially told I was old, eh? Well, I let that pass, but the very next year, he found that my cholesterol was a tad high. He gave me the run-down on medications, but wanted me to start with changing my diet and exercise routines.
Let me explain that by “changing” my exercise routine, he meant I should actually have one. The diet changes were all sound, healthy alternatives and mostly consisted of leaving out any type of tasty carbohydrates, beef, pork, and fried food. I believe that leaves fish and vegetables. Wow.
Still, I was doing fine with the information when he threw they knock-out punch. At the end of his little talk, he said, “and the upside of these changes is that you’ll lose some of those unwanted pounds.”
Unwanted pounds? How did he know I didn’t want those pounds? But the real clincher was that now he had told me I was old AND fat. Okay, I had to change doctors.
In the meantime, I began to change my diet and exercise routines with somewhat dubious results. I have added walking and gardening to my daily life and in recent years, I’ve taken up yoga. At least as much yoga as I can do with my pudgy little body! I will say that my current doctor says my heart and lungs are in great shape, as is my muscle tone, so I the exercise routine must be pretty good.
But the diet changes have been a struggle. I went to Jenny, and started eating those meals from little plastic dishes. They weren’t bad. If you had about four of them, you felt pretty full. I lost a pound or two, but finally gave up after a year.
I joined Weight Watchers. At least three times. I lost a combined total of about 10 pounds, even though I diligently tracked every point. The points were fine, but I think you aren’t really supposed to exceed your daily number. At least not every day.
I tried those adverstised diet pills and I did start to lose some weight. They also gave me terrible, blinding headaches, so I had to abandon those.
Finally I tried Slimfast. Their shakes and snacks are pretty tasty. I think you’re supposed to have a shake as a meal, not add one to every meal, so that might explain why I actually gained a couple pounds.
It might be time to do what I should have done 20 years ago about those “unwanted” pounds — learn to love them!
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Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.