Spread the Spark to my Doctor
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Today I had a routine annual check up. As I expected, I'm perfectly healthy but my doctor wanted to talk about two things: family planning and my weight. The good doctor knows I'm a newlywed, so he wanted to know what my family plan is. Fair enough. He assured me that I have "a little time," which is exactly my take on it. (I'm 32.) His main issue, in general and particularly in regard to pregnancy, is my weight.
Now, I fully expected him to get after me about my weight. He usually does. But the pregnancy thing is a new angle for him. I'm at 189 right now, and he'd like to see me in the 160s or 170s before I get pregnant. I told him my goal is to be in the 150s, and he reiterated 160s or 170s. So that made me feel better - my goals are higher than what is medically necessary.
The doctor asked me a series of questions about my exercise and nutrition habits. I told him what I'm doing and then mentioned that I'm using SparkPeople. He'd never heard of it, so I explained it all and told him how useful it was to me. And that he might want to recommend it to his other patients. He wrote down the web address and said he'd check it out.
Oh, and the doc also said that my plan is right on the money. He was pleased by the type and quantity of my exercise and happy with my nutrition habits. He also seemed impressed by the fact that I'm signed up for a 5K and he liked my overall goals.
I couldn't have made this much progress without it!