Did your doctor ever give you The Talk? Although not quite as embarrassing as The Birds and The Bees Talk of puberty, it’s up there with top conversations I’d like to wipe from my memory. If you never received it, this is how it goes:
Doctor: How is your nutrition?
Lisa: (Uh oh… ) Fine…well, um…maybe I should probably be eating, you know, a little bit better.
Doctor: Do you eat fruit?
Lisa: I eat apples with my kids. (Maybe I won’t fail this pop quiz after all!)
Doctor: Every day?
Lisa: Uh…no? Like maybe every other day?
Doctor: You should be eating fruit every day. And vegetables?
Lisa: (Oh God) Um…do potatoes count as a vegetable?
Doctor: They are carbohydrates. Any green vegetables?
Lisa: Sometimes I eat salad…
Doctor: Do you exercise?
Lisa: Well I can’t really make it to the gym, but I chase after my kids, you know, Rylee and the baby.
Doctor: How old is your baby now?
Lisa: Um…2 1/2? (I begin to flush red. Oh no. Here it comes.)
Doctor: Lisa, you’re overweight and it’s not from the baby anymore.
Lisa: I know.
Doctor: Have you tried a pedometer? It measures how many steps you take each day. You can wear it and aim for a higher number each day.
Oh God, I’m so out of shape he thinks all I can do is a pedometer? I thought those were only for obese people. Oh no, am I obese?
The Talk is such a humbling experience. But it can also be effective. The Talk combined with my upcoming class reunion, a fight I had with my husband and an overwhelming desire to get out of my funk led me to get personal training sessions and enter a bikini competition to hyper motivate me.
I just went back to the doctor yesterday. While it’s never fun going to the doctor’s office, this time I kind of looked forward to it. Because instead of The Talk from my doctor I got TO BRAG about losing all the weight.
If you are in the humbling position of receiving The Talk while in one of those awesome dressing gowns that don’t tie in the back, don’t just feel bad about it. Take action. Get healthy. And enjoy bragging the next time you visit your doctor.
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