Tuesday, February 12, 2008

a visit to the doctor

Photo found on sxyblkmn's Flickr site

New job means a new doctor and new insurance. I decided to schedule a physical because I have some nasty stuff in my family history -- mostly heart disease and diabetes.

As I feared, my weight on the scale wasn't pretty. I think it's past time to start doing something about the weight, especially considering the family tree. I brought up the weight issue and was happy with how she handled it. I said I wanted to lose 15 or 20 pounds. She said that would be terrific but that more importantly, she was concerned that I get some exercise on a more regular basis. Overall it was a good visit. I got a tetanus shot in my right arm and my left arm hurts where they took some blood to check glucose, iron, and cholesterol. It was nice that the lab was in an adjoining office.

All of my concern for my health only increased when I got out on the road. If anyone out there is considering taking a job that would require them to commute 45 minutes or more, I'd definitely advise against it, especially if you live in the snow belt. On a good day, you are rushing out the door in the morning and staggering in the door at night. But on a day like today, your commute time doubles and you wonder if you're going to make it at all. Somewhere in this schedule, though, I'm going to have to make time for workouts. The lunch hour seems like a logical place, but I hate to add more rushing into the middle of my day too.

I'm not looking for advice (everyone seems to have some) but just talking out loud. I know I need to make the time. I'm just feeling a little crabby tonight.


  1. i use my lunch hour everyday to work out and never feel rushed because it's MY hour... whether i'm doing cardio or weights, i know it's better than doing nothing so you won't know til you try... - see what it's like for a week, you may be surprised... :o)

    p.s. i have an hour commute each way but most of the time i'm on the metro (subway)... i would never drive anywhere that far, traffic here is way too terrible (2nd worst in the country!)...

  2. Good for you for going to the doctor. The last time I went she told me my cholesterol was high and that I should lose weight and exercise. I'm actually kind of looking forward to going back now.

    I *hated* commuting but I work from home now. It has its pros and cons, but a pro is definitely the lack of commute. I feel for you - the commuting used to be a whip.

    Sorry you're crabby.

  3. Seeing the doctor was a very Good Thing for you to do for yourself and it sounds as though she listened and responded in a very appropriate and supportive way. Your challenge to us to get our mammo's did make me finally make an appointment for that, so hopefully this visit of yours will also inspire us to do likewise.

    I worry about you in your snowy/icy commute and hope that things ease up soon. Getting in some kind of exercise at lunch, even a little bit, might help with the stress levels.

    But you know yourself and your schedule best and can figure out how to make the time. And there's nothing wrong with being crabby :)

  4. Hiya. I have had similar commute issues.
    For me, this adding exercise took repeated tries. I now exercise 6 days a week, 20 min a day, but it took about 2 1/2 months to get myself to be "on track".
    Adding a new healthy habit is as difficult as quitting smoking for most of us.
    Get pro help (personal trainer or personal coach) if a do-it-yourself approach doesn't work. You can make it happen!
    Carol G


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