I went to the doctor this morning for my first physical in a long time. It wasn’t a bad experience, despite having to get poked three times for the blood sample (just keep jabbing randomly, phlebotomist, you’ll get it eventually!) The doctor asked me a ton of questions about my health and my family history, and did some reflex tests. She also made me do a bunch of random things like “walk across the room on your heels/toes” and “squat-walk across the room”, and I impressed her by being able to touch my toes easily. Then she made me do lots of squats and jumping jacks to get a sense of my general fitness, I guess. (Jumping jacks in normal bra… yeah, I joked with her that next time I was going to wear a sports bra to the doc’s.) Anyway, she said my exercise habits and level of fitness were excellent, my blood pressure was just a bit high (135/75, iirc), wrote a prescription for my allergies and gave me a referral to an allergist, and she wants me to lose ~25lb over the next year. She got out her Xenical™ BMI calculator and told me what I should weigh. “You’re young now, but trust me, in a couple years… *insert predictions of doom*.”
Yeah. I hemmed and hawwed around after that. We talked a bit about diets; I told her about my rather crash-y diet at the beginning of the year that left me miserable, if 15 pounds lighter, and which I would’ve gained back all the weight from if I hadn’t started running. “Well, if you think diets are too hard, just exercise more. You exercise 3 times a week now, you can exercise 5 times a week.” That’s all well and good. But no one ever talks about what happens when you stop the diet, or stop exercising. While I enjoy physical activity, there will probably be times in my life when I can’t keep up the routine. When that happens, I have a world of yo-yoing to look forward to, which is extremely unhealthy. Can you tell that I am stressed by the fact that someone is telling me “Okay you have to do this THING and you have to do it forever! When you stop, which you inevitably will, all the benefits of doing this THING are erased and you have to start over.”
I mean, the doctor herself was a large woman. She surely knows that it is very hard to lose weight and keep it off. I didn’t have the heart to disagree with her, and I don’t know if it would’ve made a difference. If my bloodwork comes back with problems, I’ll take her suggestion seriously. If I’m healthy as a horse, well, good for me.