Monday, September 15, 2008

A unhappy realization, and the horrible word of the day.

I went to the doctor today. (Read more about my eventful trip here.) I went with the intention of getting the "counseling" about getting an IUD - more on that later. Maybe. Is birth control an appropriate topic for my blog? I guess if my boobs are included, then why not birth control? Let it all hang out in cyberspace, right? Obviously, I do. (By the way, does anyone have any input on IUDs? Anyone have one?)

ANYWAY. Let me preface this by saying that today was exhausting. It was Andrew's first real day since we moved here, and it was not pleasant. Being home alone with both kids...sheesh. I was trying desperately to clean up the house. I am REALLY trying harder to be a better housekeeper. But it is virtually impossible with these two! I don't know if it was me, or them, or what...but I couldn't seem to get anything done. I managed to do my grocery-shopping list, which is an accomplishment. (I am doing South Beach Phase 1 again so it takes a little more planning than usual. People, if you want to lose weight, SERIOUSLY, try South Beach. It's not like other diets. It really truly works. End of tangent.) But that's about it. I couldn't do all the laundry I planned because something was leaking water all over the laundry room. I also showered, and there's where it ended. Where did the day go?

My appointment was at 3pm. Sad to think of how little I accomplished before then. Such is the life of a mom, I guess. Anyway. My point is to tell you of the crowning moment of my day. I was sitting in the exam room waiting for the doctor, when I saw a BMI chart on the wall. You know where you put in your height and weight and it tells you your Body Mass Index. I traced the columns with my fingers to meet at the correct spot, and then looked to the colored box code on the left. And the word I saw next to my assigned number made my heart grow cold.

OVERWEIGHT.

There is nothing like that word labeling you to make you feel like a piece of scum. I know, I know, I just had a baby. But seriously, I have no excuse. I eat like a pig. Hence my second go-around with South Beach. (That's the only thing motivating me to follow the strict 2-week plan - last time I lost about 15 pounds in the 2 weeks. Not lying.) So wish me and my overweight self good luck as we embark on better eating habits. I will be praying that next time I go, I will find myself under the "Healthy Weight" category. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Wish me luck. And don't mention sugar, for heaven's sake. Now I'm going to take my sugar-free Jello (my saving grace on South Beach) and watch a movie with my "Healthy Weight" husband. Bah.

9 comments:

Samye said...

Who cares what the chart says....I have already decided to never look at a chart as to what the "norm" is!! I mean seriously- you are not overweight...even if you did just have a baby you aren't overweight. Trust me, living in Las Vegas you see ALOT of interesting people here...you ever feel really bad about yourself come on down here- it will make you feel ALOT BETTER!! Good luck with the South Beach!!! Keep us updated!

Chanel said...

I have had an IUD and love it! Chelsey did not though. For me it was a great way to not have to think about birth control, but still have options. I have the 10 year copper one, no hormones, so it has been wonderful.
On the overweight thing, oh well. I always told myself it took me 9 months to get here, I have 9 months to get it off- and by then I was pregnant again!

AnnEE said...

I have an IUD. I love it about 26 days of the month. The other 4 or so, it hurts like a mother you know whater. I'm not even kidding. I also have the no hormones one, because hormones make me crazy. Any questions about it? E-mail me!! I'd love to talk about it.

Lisa said...

I had an IUD- if you want the whole story about why that word is 'had', email me. It's a bit too much for even YOUR blog! And seriously- don't stress too much about the BMI thing. Did you know that according to the BMI both Arnold Swarzennegger (like I can spell that!) and Michael Jordan are OBESE??? Because it does not take into account the weight of muscle. So cheer up- you are probably just way buff!

Ali Flegal said...

My kick in the pants came in the form of a new driver's license picture. My solution, turbo jam. :) I don't know if I have the self discipline to cut out certain foods from my diet. However, when I exercise, I naturally stay away from the crap food (not always...)

Let me know how it goes, I would love to shave off 15 lbs. Wow! While you're on the whole birth control topic, would you mind asking the world (secretly on my behalf) their thoughts on the Nuva Ring. That's what I'm looking at trying next. The IUD sounds great, I just don't know how or if my insurance covers it.

Katie said...

You have always been amazing inside and out. You have two beautiful kids to show for it so ignore the chart. I'd probably take the chart off the wall and chuck it in the trash! That'll show them to tell anyone they're overweight! Revenge truly is sweet!

bones chick said...

Well Chanel is partially right. I did love the IUD, because I stink at birth control and hormones make me crazy. I thought it made my time of the month worse, but it is just the way my body is. (IUD's don't effect that.) So you know the route I took. If I still wanted kids I would probably still have an IUD, 10 year non-hormone. Call if you have any questions, but I think it is the only way to go if you don't like birth control and know you are not done having kids.

Angie said...

FYI- Shaquille O'Neal is MORBIDLY obese according to the BMI. That is the stupidest chart ever. Good luck with south beach, be dedicated and you'll begin to feel better about yourself. You look great!

Amanda said...

I too have an IUD, Mirena, the slightly hormonal one. It made me spot for about the first 3 months straight and then I haven't had a period since. It's nice not having to think about anything. My doc told me that if you plan on having more kids they usually don't do the copper ones. Hormones usually make me wacky, but this doesn't seem to bother me. Just my 2 cents.