Friday, October 29, 2010

Doctor's Report and End of Year Goals: Finish Strong!

On Thursday morning, I had my annual physical. All told, things are progressing well. No major concerns on the part of the doctor. Still morbidly obese, but I am making progress. My doctor was elated that I had made some progress. She kept trying to reassure me that even 18 pounds in a year is progress.

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My knee pain is gone, my energy levels are up, I am eating better and I feel better. I need to focus on the good, positive changes that have occurred in the past year.

My doctor and I also talked about my upcoming life changes, my engagement and planning a wedding. And obviously children. She recommended to continue to lose weight and encouraged the healthy lifestyle changes. It can only improve mine and my babies chances of a healthy pregnancy. Obviously, I want to look good for the wedding day, but also H2B and I want to start a family, and I want to be able to do while being healthy. There is so much negative information out there about obese women and fertility and pregnancy, that one could get overwhelmed pretty quickly.

Other than being overweight, my doctor gave me a clean bill of health, pending lab values. Last year, my cholesterol was slightly elevated, enough to note it, but no action was necessary. My doctor knows that I am making changes and encouraged me to continue on my path.

I was hoping to be significantly lighter this year from last year. Although I am not, I have lost 18 pounds (according my doctor's scale) and I need to be proud of that accomplishment. The scale is moving in the right direction over the long term. Sometimes it's hard to lose sight of that when I am so focused on the day to day stuff.

Bringing me into my next topic, Kerri from Kat Does Diets recently talked about her End of Year goals and what she'd like to accomplish. Well, believe it or not, she has inspired me (she does quite often), and with the recently failure of my monthly goals (switching up to weekly goals). I thought to myself, it's a great time to identify a couple of things that I'd like to see by the end of 2010. So without further adu, my End of Year Goals:
  • Achieve my 10% - this has been dogging me for 8 months. I've voiced/blogged several times that I want to achieve this but it hasn't happened. I need to create an action plan and stick to it!
  • Accomplish at least 3 other items on my 101 things in a 1001 days list
  • Live through another year of Toy Bank
  • Start working on finding a sponsor for FitBloggin' 11
  • Study to take my HAM operator's test in early 2011
I feel like this is a great mix of work/personal/blog/healthy goals for me. And totally achievable. I will be printing off this list to post in my bedroom, to remind me of my goals and help me to accomplish them.

What would you like to complete/achieve before the end of 2010?


Anonymous said...

I have a running mileage goal I want to achieve before the end of the year & I want to continue to experiment successfully in the kitchen!

Anonymous said...

I have a running mileage goal I want to achieve before the end of the year & I want to continue to experiment successfully in the kitchen!

*Whitney* said...

Your dr. is right...18 lbs in a year is definitely progress! It's 18 lbs off of your body which is so great! Don't beat yourself up! Getting healthy isn't easy and it's not a race. Take it at YOUR speed and try not to compare it to others' (easier said than done, I know!). You're doing great, girl! :-)

These are great goals and I know you can totally achieve each and every one of them!


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