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An Awakening...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It has been a long time since I've posted anything. I have been doing a lot of soul searching and my life has completely changed. I was laid off in January and that was a tough experience for me. It allowed me to find something else though. I have started a certification to become a health coach! (Scary!) I will initially help people with digestive issues and diabetes management. I feel hypocritical helping anyone with weight loss since I have my own struggles...

However, let me tell you about my experience today. It has bothered me all day and I guess that's why I am writing. No one in my family would really understand, but I know you all will, you are my community. I went to a new doctor today to just get a referral back to my podiatrist. I need to have a minor surgery on my foot, which has been painful as I have been training for my second half marathon. I had to go to a doctor that could see me asap and didn't know until I arrived that this doctor also specialized in Weight Control. From the gitgo...he blamed my foot issue on my weight. When I told him I wasn't Diabetic, he didn't believe me and is ordering a blood test. He didn't believe that my cholesterol was under control either and when I spoke, he often cut me off. He told me I was way out of my weight range and have 100 pounds to lose. I told him I know this and I have lowered my BMI 2 points recently, but he didn't want to hear that. I tried to let him know what I have been doing, but it didn't matter. He was there to tell me that I was fat and that was that. It's so unfortunate that our doctors treat patients this way. It was really upsetting and frustrating because I did feel as though everything I have done was totally dismissed.

He didn't know that my sleep has gotten better. He didn't know that my stress levels have come down tremendously because I have been meditating. He didn't know that I've nearly eliminated almost ALL processed food from my diet over the last two months. He didn't know that I was sick for 11 years, misdiagnosed 3 times by doctors and found that I am Celiac ON MY OWN when doctors dismissed me. He didn't know that I ran my first half marathon in January. He didn't know that I take Zumba classes 3-4 times each week. He didn't know that I am training to become a Certified Health Coach. He didn't know. He didn't listen. He only heard what my body LOOKED like.

I am going to prove this doctor WRONG for treating patients like this and I am going to make him my biggest supporter when I lose this weight, the way I am learning how. I will NOT allow him to put me on diet pills, diet supplements or anything else like that. I am fighting to do this the RIGHT way!

Rant over. Thank you for listening...
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