So I saw the doctor today. I'm donating extra breast milk that we have saved in the freezer to the Mothers Milk Bank. It will go to babies in the NICU (intensive care) at various hospitals who are formula intolerant and whose mothers can't breastfeed. (An article I wrote about this process will be published on Embodying Womanhood next month.) In order to be eligible to donate breast milk you have to have a doctor sign a form saying that you don't have certain diseases. Anyway, all this is a very round-about way of saying that I had a physical today.
First off--does anybody even remember the last time they had just a regular old physical? I don't. Maybe when I was a kid? Okay, anyway, I figured since I needed to see a doctor anyway I might as well ask a few questions about my weight loss approach. The doctor I saw happened to have a couple of kids herself and didn't seem to have much faith in the ability to lose weight after having kids. That frustrated me a little. I mean, yes, I know that it's not the easiest thing to do, but it is possible. For heaven's sake. I think the reason for her lack of faith in my ability to lose weight is that she mentioned that when she was breastfeeding her children she always gained weight. (I have not as yet had this problem except when I eat half a package of Oreos in one sitting.) So I guess she thought that it would be incredibly hard for me to lose weight since I'm breastfeeding? I don't know. I'm still a little frustrated about the whole thing.
Anyway, I didn't mean to go off on that little rant. What I meant to say was that this doctor also said (as did my daughter's pediatrician) that my approach for losing weight is the best possible way to do it (i.e. exercising a little every day, eating a healthy, balanced diet, not eating junk). This doctor also said that getting a good night sleep can also help you lose weight faster. Good thing my husband's goal for this semester (he's still in college) is for us to start getting ready for bed by 10:30pm and be in bed, ready to go to sleep by 11:00pm.
As far as my weight goals, this doctor said that they were completely unrealistic and that I should aim for 140 instead. But since I'm still a little skeptical of how much her breastfeeding experience was skewing her opinion and since she didn't say that it would be unhealthy for me to reach my original goals, I'm sticking with them for now.
One other thing. So I've been using the MyPyramid MenuPlanner to help me aim at a balanced diet. (This adjusts for pregnant and breastfeeding women, by the way.) As a breastfeeding woman, age 23, 5' 4" tall, and weighing 161 pounds, it has me aiming at about 2600 calories every day. I hardly ever actually reach that many calories, although I do get full and feel satisfied. In talking about this with the doctor, she said that it's much better to just eat until I'm full and then stop instead of eating just for the sake of finishing what's on my plate or in order to reach a target number of calories. I was a little worried about my daughter getting the nutrients she needs if I'm not getting the number of calories I'm "supposed" to be getting, but the doctor said that she'll always get what she needs, so not to worry.
The moral of the story: I am so cool for having two doctors tell me that I have the best possible approach for weight loss. Just kidding. Although perhaps this confirmation makes me somewhat more trustworthy of a source? Hope so.
How are all of you doing with your goals, by the way?