Shape Shifting

I had a doctor’s appointment today.

I love having a doctor again. I hadn’t had one for, what, at least five years, and it was challenging. Now, when I say I “didn’t” have a doctor, what I actually mean is “I had a doctor in name only, but she was fairly incompetent and almost impossible to get access to because she had no receptionist”. So being able to call up a doctor’s office, and schedule an appointment that fits in with my schedule, is wonderful.

But because I went without for quite some time, my health went unchecked, for the most part, for the better part of five or six years. So, since signing on with my new clinic, we’ve been playing a lot of catch up. It’s odd, because I am unaccustomed to someone actually trying to make me healthier.

I find it’s a bit strange for me as well. I’ve been in the weeds for so long, health wise, that I find I push back a fair bit, make excuses a fair bit — mostly because I am used to doing things to fit our family schedule or because I’ve just had to take care of them myself.

But mostly, I’m embracing the new “let’s fix your health” mentality. Like today, for example. I went in to get a new prescription for my asthma meds…

Let me just pause right now to have a small freak out: OH MY DOG, I WILL HAVE ASTHMA MEDS REALLY AND TRULY THAT I CAN TAKE ON A REGULAR BASIS AND NOT FEEL I HAVE TO RATION IN CASE I DON’T GET A CHANCE TO SWEET-TALK A DOCTOR INTO GIVING ME SOME IN SOME EMERGENT CARE CLINIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT SOMEWHERE!!!1!! ELEVENTEEN!!!1!1!

Okay, yes, back to the story. So. Asthma medication. I got a new, renewable prescription. And while I was there, I was also able to walk across the hall and get a flu shot, and get set up for a 24-hour blood pressure monitor to check and see how that is doing.

And, I was able to book an appointment to see an on-staff nutritionist.

This is a nifty one for me. I am really working hard to get myself fit. If I am brutally honest, it’s mostly because I want to lose weight and look good and feel good. I can’t lie. But, a part of me also is trying to embrace the opportunity of having a new health care provider to fix some existing problems — things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

These are battles I have been fighting for 10 years now, battles which are in part hereditary — but 10 years ago, and with my incompetent former doctor, I was too young for medications. Nowadays, though, with these problems having pretty much held steady over the past 10 years, I have decided to see if I can change my blood pressure and my cholesterol with lifestyle changes, if possible. I know the medications are inevitable, but I want to see if I can keep them at bay for a while yet.

So, I’ve been trying to eat better, trying to exercise more… and it’s hard. I am fighting age and gravity and years of poor health and bad joints. It’s tough. But my shape is changing, even though my weight is not, and I am looking and feeling better. Mind you, I am also RAVENOUS. So it is time to call in the food expert to give me an assist.

I am hoping to get some support with eating better, to keep me from feeling hungry all the time, and to help me lose weight and bring down those blood numbers. We’ll see if it is even possible, but it’s worth a try. Plus, it’s not just me who needs to eat better — there’s a diabetic with a bad gallbladder across the table from me most nights who needs to make a big change in his lifestyle, too. So hopefully there will be some benefit to both of us. And, in so doing, hopefully we can set a good example for That Girl about healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

But right now, I am pleased with my progress. My shape is changing. My clothes are fitting better. I feel stronger and fitter. And I want that to continue and maybe even increase. So a little help will be welcome. (I hope.)

I may not be bikini ready for the spring (we’re planning a little beach getaway) but if I continue to work at it, at least I won’t look like a beach ball!

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