Happily, I have had no problem going to back to the doctor's directive since Sunday's transgression. Funny enough, I am still feeling weird about eating popcorn and beans, even though they weren't on the "no" list, but I think that I really need to stop over thinking what he is asking me to do and be proud of the changes that I've been able to comfortably make in such a short time. I'm pretty impressed that I dug myself out of that hole I was in, to be honest. Before I went to the doctor I just really didn't know how I was going to start eating more healthfully and start doing other things for the benefit of my health.
It just goes to show when you have the right doctor who knows just the right things to say... and who knows not to be judgmental. Not to mention how wonderful it is to have the unabashed support of family and friends, which I have had not only in the real world, but here in the blogosphere as well. I haven't been replying to each individual comment, but trust me that they do get read and that they do keep me going. Thank you so, so much -- big shout outs especially to Stacie and Chrissy! Seriously, dudes. You've never given up on me.
I gotta say, I'm really getting into the concept of eating healthy -- not just the action. I've been doing a little reading here and there, including the Moosewood Restaurant's Cooking for Health, of which I have not yet delved into the recipes, but anxious to -- the intro and glossary alone was a good read! I'm also still thinking about meditation and yoga but haven't acted on them yet. Same with walking. I don't know why it is so hard for me to just get out there and do it! It feels a little overwhelming, to be honest.
Today I finally got around to calling my doctor's office back. They had called last week saying that the doctor wanted to see me about the results of my blood work, which kind of freaked me out, especially since I'd already had an appointment scheduled in early November. Long story short, I finally was able to talk to someone today and get a better answer about what the concerns might be. I was worried that it was diabetes, but also figured that if it was, he'd have had me in right away. Turns out, it wasn't anything I've not heard before: Cholesterol levels and vitamins. Same exact thing last time I had blood work done with the little neighborhood clinic. Phew!!! Here's hoping that both will be well improved by the next round of tests as a result of my better eating habits and the addition of some exercise to my schedule. All I can say is, thank goodness no diabetes -- I have a very real fear about developing it, which is one of the larger reasons why I am very happy to be doing what I am doing now. My mom developed it a few years ago, as did my dad's brother. Both are just taking pills for it, but still. I don't ever want to have to deal with that if I can avoid it.
Oh, and my moratorium on diet soda? No problem. I don't really miss it, to be honest! Every time I drink a glass of water, I enjoy the fact that I am doing something good for my body.
Feeling very positive about everything today.