Friday, January 20, 2012

Breaking up is hard to do

That looks nothing like Dr. Stephen or Jillian Michaels!
If only either one had such a prominent chin, or blue hair.

So, it's official.  Dr. Stephen and I have decided to part ways.  And not because of issues I have had with him in the past, but because the clinic I go to is closing.  It's the closest clinic for me, and the other 4 are waaaaaay out of my way.  So we are breaking up at the end of February on amicable terms.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.

On the one hand, he's made me angry more than once because I felt criticized and not supported a whole lot.  We did have a heart to heart today and he knows how he made me feel and I know that he was just trying to be supportive.  He called me a mystery because I loose the same amount of weight every visit and the amount of fat vs. water weight always fluctuates which confuses the hell out of him.  Even though I never change my eating habits or do anything different week to week.  I told him today and I told him before, I don't care if the 5 pounds I loose is fat or water.  It's five pounds lost!  Since starting the diet, I have not ever gained, which I think is testament to the fact that I have in fact, not cheated.

On the other hand, I like going in for "official" weigh-ins because it keeps me accountable.  So what to do?  Well we discussed and decided that I would see him 2 more times, then I would continue to be monitored monthly by my family physician Dr. Pitt.  I love Dr. Pitt.  He got excited if I lost a pound a month.  He's gonna wet himself when I visit him in March having lost 55+ pounds!  The only thing I'm not looking forward to is having the LONG wait.  Sometimes it takes over an hour to see him.

Well regardless, I feel good about being able to continue this diet on my own.  Dr. Stephen did build up my confidence today and told me that he knows I can do this on my own.  He was very sweet to me today.  And if I start to falter, I can go back to the clinic, I just have to drive farther.  When I go to the clinic every other week, I just get weighed, get yelled at for not bringing my urine (I always forget it on the back of my toilet-gross), get my blood pressure taken (which is normal by the way and I'm no longer taking meds), and sometimes get into heated discussions with Dr. Stephen about how I'm not cheating.  I think I can give that up:)

I've also broken up with Jillian Michaels.  This was a more abrupt and "I'll call you when I'm ready" kind of break-up.  I learned three things last night:

  1. That Jillian Michaels is a sadist.
  2. That I am the least flexible person I know.
  3. That yoga should not be attempted by novices.
I still really want to learn yoga...properly.  I will take a "gentle" yoga class this spring when it's offered through my local Parks and Rec centre.  Gentle yoga is pre-beginner yoga.  The beginner yoga tape that Jillian Michaels put out is for the beginner with 5 years experience type of beginner.  I will use her tape, 5 years down the road.

So that's my update.  I lost another 5 pounds, joined the Running Room, and will be signing up for the Chocolate Race this weekend with my pal Enz.  I was texting my sister-in-law earlier today.  She's been a HUGE support to me and just wanted to wish me luck for my weigh-in.  She mentioned that she couldn't believe I joined the Running Room (and neither can I).  I told her about the marathon too and I said that I was either really motivated or really stupid.  I'm gonna stick with motivated:)


  1. Congrats on the loss!! Can't wait to talk to you on Sunday!

  2. I think it's Bzybee who weighs in at Weight Watchers to stay accountable but does his own thing as far as the eating plan goes. It would be nice to be able to do it on our own but so often there is a "drift" back to old ways if we aren't careful. Sounds like you have a plan and that's a good thing. Take care and congratulations on the loss. Your eating plan is a "fit" looks like.

  3. Hahaha, I love that you called her a sadist. She is! It's what people love her for I guess. :)

    I wish I lived in the states and somewhere close, because I think we'd be great walking partners. I really appreciate you Leigh. :)

  4. I know you can do this! We are all here to support you along the way. And you are not stupid. I look to you for motivation and inspiration!

  5. OK I laughed out loud at Jillian Michaels is a sadist, I've done a Running Room program in the past, they do a great job. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. Awwww! Sorry! Good luck with the running room. I had to go look at it as I had no idea what it was. Yeah 5 more lbs GONE!! great job!

  7. Yes, fantastic loss! Keep at it.

  8. I agree that Jillian Michaels is a sadist! You're doing great and I think as long as you get weighed in regularly, then you'll have that accountability factor.

  9. Wow I loved this post. It is great that you and Dr Stephen parted in a nice way and could talk about it. I am sure that you are going to keep this going and that marathon is going to be so much fun.

    Hmmmm Jillian Michaels scares me like you wouldn't believe.