January 26, 2012
I decided to wait a few days after my doctor's appointment to blog until I had more information. I discussed with my regular physician an appointment for a bariactric's visit. The more info I read the more I was afraid to participate. I don't think it will work with my lifestyle and some of medical problems. I asked her for a magic pill or a magic wand. My doctor said if she found one, we would all be standing behind her. She is a beautiful person. She doesn't just answer questions, she explains everything about it. I appreciate that, it helps me figure things out. She has a doctor friend that is a bariatric doctor and she got very upset with him, because she thought he was in it just to make money. Instead he educates his patients. He hired a nutritionist and sometimes brings in a chef. Lots of people loose weight and don't even need the surgery. He tries to improve their quality of life.
I decided that i don't have enough discipline to make myself exercise on a regular basis. I don't leave work until around 7:00 pm and I am dragging by the time i get home. I tried the treadmill at 5:00 a.m, but that got old. I just joined a wellness center. Now I will have to leave work earlier, which means I have to get up earlier and get to work earlier (yuck). I will be in a healthy weight program for 12 weeks that will include meal plans and an exercise regime. My doctor had to approve my joining and determine what type of exercises I can do - general, limited or supervised. Darn it, she chose general. I do all my assessments tomorrow, along with cholesterol testing , my flexbility, my measurements and weight. They will compile of this info to decide what exercises/machines I should use, how much weight to use. I even have homework to do tonight - forms to be completed. I will start this class in two weeks and it will be weekly. I am very excited to get back to the gym. It has been many years since I was there. Majority of the instructors are still there. When I mentioned that, the guy checking me in, said it is because they love their jobs. I will probably start out in water aerobics and ease myself into anything strenous. They do have zumba and i have been dying to give that a try. I bought the zumba cds, but were too complicated for me to follow as a beginner. Heck, i was worn out after going through half the instructions. I do need direction and accountability. Somehow a group environment motivates me. I get to know folks and you feel like you let them down if you don't show up for classes. Maybe i get into shape so I can try yoga and pilates. My gym doesn't teach tai chi yet, by maybe they will add it. I really liked it when he did it at the first Diabetes Sisters convention. We also did a little belly dancing. I don't think mine would come under the heading of dancing. Wish me luck. I had better remember to pick up ibuprofen and heating pads. I feel can feel the muscle cramps now...
My doctor is changing my metformin back to what I used to take years ago. I will take the extended release at night and not take the doses 3 times a day. Hopefully that will work and I won't get the squeasy yucky feeling. Got to go back in a month for blood work. I am hoping that i will have done enough exercising to reduce my levels. My doc is concerned because my blood pressure wasn't where it should be. I didn't tell her that I had forgotten to take my medication for a couple of days. Hopefully it corrects itself in a month also.