Not My Best Doctor’s Appointment

Sometimes you have a humiliating experience that you would like to forget. I don’t mean when your PowerPoint presentation conks out and you can’t seem to get it back on. I mean a trip to the doctor’s office for a checkup when the physician notes a gain in weight and makes a comment. You know why as you glance down at the body fat scale in the office. You jump off quickly and hope to wipe away the memory in time. But it is a sign that something must be done and that is going to be a new program of diet and exercise. The doctor sets a plan that you can easily follow. He counsels you to see a nutritionist if you have concerns. The point is to take action immediately to get back your health. Overweight causes many problems and potential diseases that can eventually tax your health budget. Most people haven’t saved for such an occurrence.

The nice thing about this situation is that you can remedy it in no time at all. If you are conscientious about your regime, you will get back to an optimum weight and that body fat ratio will change. Life goes on. People don’t often think about their health until they go to the doctor, and not even then. They write it off as normal or temporary, not something to worry about. Take my word for it and listen up. You can avoid the problems of old age if you start to take control now. But you also can’t discount the fact that people get heart disease and diabetes as a result of obesity in middle age. Obesity, of course, is the extreme, but I am trying to make a point. If you ignore your body fat, it may just keep growing. I know you are busy at work and with family obligations, but make time together to grab the reins of good health. There is nothing better than feeling in tip top shape. Your family needs you to be strong and reliable so don’t let them down.

If you don’t go to the doctor and haven’t a clue about your weight, buy a good bathroom scale and find out daily or weekly as you wish where you stand. Charts online will tell you what is normal for your age and height and where the danger zones lie. I love the scales that interface with your laptop.

There is a wealth of information that you can use to set personal goals. Get together with your family and discuss health. Take walks together, play games, go running in the park with the dog, or visit the gym. If you have a companion, you are more likely to stick with it. Keep notes and find out how long it takes to get back into shape. Spread the word. It can be encouraging for friends and colleagues and they may join you in the quest for good health.