synapticjava: (piggy)
( Apr. 17th, 2009 12:24 pm)
So the doctor's went, um, okay. He didn't do a real physical because after talking about my general lifestyle, he wants me to quit smoking and get some rest before he does a full physical. He gave me some sleeping stuff but said not to take it unless I really need it. He gave me some tips to regulating and "normalizing" my sleep schedule to make sure I'm getting what I need at night. Mostly that I need to tailor it around my schedule instead of the rest of the world's. I work 2nd shift so going to bed at midnight just isn't viable. That'd be like most people going to bed at 6 or 7.

He also put me on Chantix. I'm actually pretty excited about it. My official quit-smoking day is next wednesday. The medication comes with a support group called "GetQuit" and they call and email and have you check in and stuff, have you do little activities to find your triggers and stuff (not unlike meth). It's a 12-week program including the meds, and the support is for a full year. They've actually got me excited about this, which is a good thing. It's also got a really high success rate. I can't wait to be a non-smoker. I think my whole life will start feeling better once I finally get this stuff out of my system.

Also, I like the doctor because he's mean. He doesn't sugarcoat anything. One of the first questions he asked is "so what are we going to do about your weight?" Because, I wanted to cry when I got on the scale. Since me and Tom got together a year and a half ago, I've gained 40 pounds. That's not an exageration. Some of that might be muscle mass, but it's still rediculous. Absolutely not. So it's back to the gym starting tonight. I've gone through the house and pitched all the junk food. I'm starting a new routine. Oatmeal and fruit in the morning and ONE cup of coffee (I have to cut out caffiene too /whine), an energy bar or something crunchy at work, and a normal dinner.

He scheduled my physical for two days before my birthday. He said by then if I follow orders my levels and everything should be stable and have a better chance at checking everything. Which makes sense. OTH I'm going to be a raving loon for the next few weeks. I'm quitting smoking, cutting caffiene, and no more junk food. I don't think this is going to be pretty y'all. But I'll be 25 in a few weeks; I guess it's time to act like a grown up when it comes to being healthy.
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