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Several weeks ago, while on a routine dr's visit, she looked straight at me and said "I want you to consider exercising". Mind you, the dr's office is a mile and a half from my home and I usually walk there. Which I did that day. I also had a therapy appointment before the dr's. At which we went on a mile hike along the river. So, UI had already walked two and a half miles when the dr looked me in the eye and told me she thought I should consider exercising. When I explained what exercise I DO do on a regular basis and my eating habits, her reply was "Well, whatever you are doing is obviously not working." It was extremely emotionally crushing to hear that. All the hard work I have done for years, crushed in two sentences. I haven't stepped foot in the gym since that day. Was like what she said took all my energy and/or I just felt burned out. Whichever it is, I have been left with the feeling of "what's the point". For years, I have lifted and eaten right and walked miles and miles. Now I feel beaten down and tired. Today I am seeing a nutritionist that my dr insisted I go to "To figure out what I am doing wrong". They had me write down everything I ate and the meds I take, etc. To be honest, I feel very alone right now. I am extremely nervous. Terrified that they will look at me and say the same thing. Anyway, just felt this was an okay place to let this out at.
I know how you feel. I was given 6 months to get down to 208#. My time is up on july 13th and I am not going to make it. I went the other way and hit it hard and bulked up more. I am at 245# now. I dont think doctors understand bodybuilders or power lifters. Did you explain what your goals were to the doctor? When I go in we are going to have it out and I will see what he says. His concern for me is that I am over 40 now and should be thinking about the future and downsizing. I think 40 is still young. I will say this though. Dont give up. overcoming obsticles is what we do as lifters and this is just onother one for you to overcome. Look at your doctor as just another obsticle. I beleave in you, so don't give up. Stand tall and take your frustration to the gym and if need be put your doctors name on the heavybag and work out some frustrations there. (That works wonders for me and it's great exercise toboot.) Just don't quit.
I ended up dumb founding the nutritionist with my log and workout/cardio. Also ended up teaching her a few things. She did ask several times why my dr sent me to her. Only answer she and I could come up with was that I was fat and that made my dr uncomfortable. She encouraged me to get back into lifting and... haha... eat more food :) LOL!! I left feeling better and like I know my shit just fine. I have lost a lot of weight/inches in the years I have been on this path. I am still sorry the dr didn't think to ask what I do or how I am taking care of myself. I just am not so down because of it now.
That is great to hear mystie. Like I said I dont think doctors understand what we do. So get back at it and make us proud.
You also have to remember that most dr's go by numbers. They dont really take into account muscle they cannot see. They also don't recognize strength training as "exercising" either. I've always told people if you are getting results from your program and are happy with them then what others say shouldnt matter.
Mystie, unfortunately, "small minds" are everywhere, and in every profession. I worked for a doctor for nine years, and more than once, I heard him tell people that were overweight, they didn't need to exercise, all they needed to do was lower their caloric intake. We all know, that exercise is vital to weight loss. All I'm saying is that just because your doctor has a degree, doesn't make him/her an expert in diet and exercise. Don't let anyone else "define" you, or what you do in life. You are doing well, you feel good, and YOU know what you are doing on a daily basis. Keep going! All I can say is, that was a terrible thing to say to you, and if she/he is your doctor, the fact that you have been exercising should be in your chart, so he/she should have been aware of it. Also, everyone knows that muscle weighs more than fat! So, if she is going by the scale alone, well... Get back to the gym, do what you've been doing, and keep the faith. :)