Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lent Success and Doctor Stress

So on this second day of lent I am feeling pretty darn good. I have measured and weighed perfect little portions and logged them dutifully into my virtual food diary. In return, the number-crunching program has rewarded me with a shiny green bar of approval for remaining in the acceptable range. (1251 for Wednesday and 1354 today.) Its all a little obsessive compulsive.

I've also put a bit of thought into the planning and plotting of how this crazy little journey is gonna play out.

I've gathered up all the fitness equipment and DVDs that have been quietly living in the corners of my home. I'm pretty sure I could do a different workout every day for 60 days and never repeat one. Who bought all this stuff? Sheesh! Apparantly buying the weight loss stuff doesn't work. You have to actually use it. Oh well, lesson learned.

That sound you hear is me reluctantly removing the shrink wrap from every exercise program produced in the last ten years.

I've got my training schedule all figured out. I'm starting with the Couch to 5k program and then modifying it a little to make sure I'm ready for the six mile run on May 30th.

It all sounds good. But I haven't done a whole lot of moving yet.

And since I'm on such a roll I decided to visit a doctor to get a handle on all those health numbers they worry about so much. If for no other reason than to have a nice "before" picture of my stats before I rock this running thing. I haven't visited a doctor in years. I've never liked them much. No offense to any docs out there - but mine have always pretty much sucked. The one doctor who I would go to every three years or so decided to move. I wasn't heart-broken or anything. It was just convenient cuz he had all my records. Plus he was at least nice to me. Not the greatest doctor in the world, but someone you could stand to be in the same room with for 15 minutes at a time.

I got pnuemonia two years ago and that is when I found out he had jumped ship. So naturally I just saw the doctor who had taken over his patients. Oh man, this guy was a piece of work. Seriously. Just. Not. Nice. He says, "Well when you're feeling better you should probably come back to see me so we can check this and that....blah, blah, blah....but you probably won't. So have a nice life." I'm thinking he was looking to lighten his patient load and I was happy to oblige.

So I took my perscription and haven't been to the doctor since. I called around today to find a doctor in my HMO and discovered that there are only two who are taking new patients. No big. I'm not picky. Sign me up with anyone.

The recptionist tells me that the first available appointment is May 25th. Are you kidding me? No wonder I never go to the doctor. So I have the option of either going to see Mr. Personality again or gamble with a new doctor a mere 96 days from now. Five days before I run the 6 mile race. Stupid doctors!

But other than that....I feel great! :)


  1. I haven't been to a doctor in 7 years now. I had to stop going cause he was making me sick. LOL

  2. You write the best stories Kelly...I love it when people write as they would talk.
    I keep a blog to so if you ever want to check mine out just click on my name below.
    Anyways congrats on your beginnings to run a 1/2 marathon. I started W.W. this week with about 3 other ladies in my subdivision. I'll need all the support I can get as well.
    Good Luck Kelly!!!!

  3. Jay - I hear ya! They always manage to find something wrong with me when I go. But for the years inbetween the visits I seem to get along just fine. Stinkin' doctors! Although 7 years may be pushing it....just sayin'.

    Angie - Thanks for the compliment. I find the writing theraputic and the fact that others are out there actually reading it just scary enough to stay on track! I will be sure to stop over by your blog too. Good luck to you on your journey as well!

  4. I love your blog. It's so easy to read. You have been hanging around Chico too much :)
    As I am reading your blog I am trying to convince myself to get back to do some exercises. Since my last pregnancy I have been gaining weight little by little.
    But life has been hectic and when I have some free time I prefer to lie down with a good book together with chocolates, chips, cakes whatever. It doesn't help either that I am a Cola addict. I can drink Cola 24 hrs a day. No diet coke, the real stuff :)

    I know that if I keep going this way it will be more difficult later on to lose weight.
    I am looking into signing myself up for Zumba classes, and changing my cola to water.
    I really hope I will have the willpower to start losing weight.

    I am sure you will have lots of people who will cheer you on. You are doing something good for yourself and for your own health.
    So go for it!!!!

  5. Thadine - Thanks so much for your comment. I wish I were hanging around Chico too much. But his address in Canada makes it a wee bit difficult to get together for drinks on the deck as much as I wish we could.

    You should try the Zumba classes. They are loads of fun. Of course, I can only give my opinion from my vantage point outside of the glass door where the classes take place. So maybe I should say they "look" like loads of fun!

    I'm thankful I never had the soda issue to deal with. I've seen friends having a really hard time giving it up. I've always been a water and tea drinker, so that is making it much easier for me right now.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to join me here. It will really help to know that friends like you are reading along.....even all the way in Curacao! (Which I'm pretty sure has been running weather right now than Wisconsin does!)