Wake Up Call

I went back to the doctor on Monday.  Of course, my blood pressure had been great for the whole week before going.  I get there, and it is high.

Lovely.  You gotta love white coat syndrome.

Just the thought of having to go back to the hospital if it is high, makes it high.

ANYWHO…The doctor comes in and wants me to continue staying on my side.  He tells me stories, shows me pictures of his wife, talks to me about his watch, and then, out of love, tells me he is going to put me on a STRICT eating and exercise plan after I have this baby.  I was a little taken aback.  I mean, I know I wasn’t in the healthiest state when I got pregnant but I had lost 20 pounds since the beginning of the year.  Can you imagine if I hadn’t lost those 20?  I would have had even more problems.

So, I realize why he wants me to.  It isn’t so I will look cute.  It isn’t so I feel better in my clothes.  It isn’t so that my self esteem is higher.


HELLO!  Wake up call!  I am on bed rest because I was not at my healthiest for the past two years.  I “let myself go” so to speak and the weight slowly crept up.  So…I started this pregnancy in the “overweight” category and then didn’t exercise much during the first and second trimester and let myself eat crap.  Now where am I?

Sitting around on the couch 24/7.  I only get up to go to the bathroom, take a shower, brush my teeth or get something to eat.  I can’t drive myself anywhere.  The only time I get out is when I go to the doctor or walk outside to get the mail.

My doctor, loves me so much, that he doesn’t want this to happen EVER again.  He did not say this but I think he knows there is a possibility that I will get pregnant again after this and he does not want me to go through this again.  I can’t imagine going through this with a toddler.  No way!

So, as much as I hate to be told I have to get it together VERY shortly, I need to be told to get it together very shortly.  I know it is because he loves me.  We have a long history together.  He cares.  He wants me to be healthy.  He doesn’t want me to go through this again.  Now, the question is, do I care?  Do I want to be healthy?  Do I NOT want to go through this again?  Time will tell.  Right now, of course, I say YES!  Yes to all of it.  However, the real test will come when I am looking at pizza or a salad?  Which will I choose?  When I have to choose to eat dessert or not, which will I choose?

Time will tell.

In the meantime, I will be here, on my couch, hanging out.

Jen 29 weeks pregnant

Sometimes we need a wake up call.  Sometimes we need to hear the ugly truth from someone who is NOT our family.  They are all too quick to tell us the truth but we don’t handle it well when they tell us.  Sometimes we need a professional, like a doctor to tell us what we NEED to hear.  Sometimes we need a wake up call.

Have you ever had a wake up call?  Did it do any good?

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.