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No, not a political topic.

The visit to the vein specialist was strange, and I'm still uncertain what to make of it. The doctor seems to think that the massage and stockings are doing me good, but she went on at great length about the necessity of losing weight, methods and useful tricks, all that stuff, and threw in motivational examples to boot. All stuff that I'm well aware of, and it was...irritating, yes, irritating and annoying to have to sit there and listen to this sort of thing from a vein specialist. I don't mind it so much from my GP, but when you go to a specialist you want to hear them peak to their specialty and not regale you with accounts of people who have lost massive quantities of weight with a little exercise and a little journaliing. Worse yet, the appointment detoured into motivational territory as apparently the doctor thought I was lacking the desire to do the exercise and weight loss, and needed to be reminded about how good it would be for my kids if I stuck around longer.

Like I was going to stroke out and die next week. As if. Sure, it's possible - at 46 I am coming into the age where a little stress at the wrong time could well make my heart go boom, and not in a good way, but as we say in the sabermetric field, the peripheral numbers don't support that.

I already know I need to do this stuff. Finding time to do it has always been the problem, and under my present straitened, overcommitted circumstances, that time is very hard to come by. I also don't appreciate the "It's for the children!" argument used on me in the personal sphere any more than I do in the political sphere. I'm sure she means well, but I think I'm going to avoid this doctor like the plague from now on. I already have a Jewish mother. I don't need to be paying for one through my health insurance too.

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tokenfanboy
Oct. 25th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
The first thing I did when I started changing my diet (not dieting) a couple of years ago was I looked at the foods I was eating and figured out 1 or 2 sources of unnecessary calories and eliminated them from my regular diet. For me it was tostitos chips and regular pop. For you it'd be something different since you already drink diet pop, but that's a good and easy thing to do. Next thing I did was cut out between meal snacks. And then I also started watching the portion sizes I was eating and not having seconds. Finally, I started doing 30 minute of exercise per day, 5 days a week.
wombat_socho
Oct. 25th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
It's the lack of exercise that's screwing up the weight loss, more than anything else. I can find the time on the weekend, no problem, but during the weekdays finding 30 minutes when I'm not doing anything else is a major problem.
willow_one
Oct. 25th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
But you can't die. At least, not until Detour releases its contract on your soul...
wombat_socho
Oct. 26th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Ha! I can die any time I want to! And as a benevolent ghost, I wouldn't have to handle paperwork any more. I'm looking for the down side here...
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