Because The Doctor Lost 30 Pounds

personal photo of hereandthere 2015
Philippines
November 22, 2015 9:13am CST
He said he weighed 189 pounds when he started walking around the neighborhood in March. He supplemented his daily morning walks by eating sandwiches, instead of rice, on certain days of the week, and snacking on bananas. It is now November and he is down to 158 pounds. He said his target weight is 140 to 145 pounds by the end of 2015. Losing 30 pounds in 8 months from someone who is short, in his 50s, has high blood pressure and a smoker is so relatable than news of movie actresses, singers, tv stars and lingerie models suddenly shrinking in a matter of weeks after giving birth. He said he no longer has chest pain, but the best benefit I heard from him was he is down from one pack to just 5 sticks of cigarettes a day. He sounded disappointed that he is still smokes, but for me it was an significant achievement. Seeing my long-time doctor transitioning to a healthy lifestyle just by walking daily and not eating rice on certain days is probably the proof I need that it is definitely achievable as long as you keep at it. How did someone's significant weight loss affect you? Or was it the change in you that inspired or motivated others?
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
22 Nov 15
It's good when doctors lead by example.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 15
@boiboing yes, exactly!!
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Nov 15
I don't think he really intends to lead by example . . He realized that he is going to die soon if he does not lose weight and quit smoking.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@antonbunot yes, i think so. maybe turning 50 or approaching 60 was the trigger for him. whatever it was, i'm happy for him and hope he maintains his weight.
@babaraimc (1323)
• Pakistan
22 Nov 15
He is really adopting very healthy lifestyles,, i think this is very hard to do this
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@babaraimc yes, it's hard because it takes discipline and consistency
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@babaraimc (1323)
• Pakistan
23 Nov 15
@hereandthere and thats the hard part,,, i saw many people start such activities but they stop after few days
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@babaraimc it took him 8 months to lose 30 pounds so i hope he can maintain it.
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@marlina (77831)
• Canada
22 Nov 15
Your doc is an excellent example for his patients.
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Nov 15
But doctors should know once they start their profession that smoking is bad and controlling weights is a must! The doctor should have not let his weight soared to 185 lbs. and should have never smoked at all.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
23 Nov 15
That is a fantastic story. I have always been a very active person and never had to fight weight. I know my daughter is the opposite of me and she has just been inspired to try harder. I am rooting her on and hope she will follow through.
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@poehere i was always thin and thought i would stay thin so i never exercised or played sports. big mistake!
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
23 Nov 15
@hereandthere I was told after 30 you can start to gain weight. Then some say it is 40. Now in my 50th I see I need to do a little more than when I was in my 30 and 40 to control not gaining weight. I think the older you get the more your system acts differently and you can't eat like you did when you were younger. It requires a change in eating habits.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@poehere maybe because you've always been active, you've managed to delay the slowing down of your metabolism. you probably don't have any of the usual middle age signs and symptoms that involve taking maintenance medicine like high blood pressure, high sugar levels, joint pains etc yet.
@PhredWreck (6051)
22 Nov 15
Tell him I found his 30 pounds, and if he wants it back I'll have it surgically removed and sent to him... I'd start doing more walking if I didn't have these danged leg problems.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 15
@phredwreck are you saying you can't stand too long or walk too far?
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22 Nov 15
@hereandthere Exactly.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 15
@PhredWreck hmm, how about lifting weights while seated?
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@Namelesss (1529)
• United States
24 Nov 15
That's pretty inspirational. I wish I could walk like I used to. I would even settle for a treadmill at this point.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@nameless can you walk around the block or to a nearby park?
@Namelesss (1529)
• United States
24 Nov 15
@hereandthere I live in the middle of nowheresville. Dirt roads aren't good for walking when it rains.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@Namelesss will ankle weights work inside the house?
• Shenzhen, China
23 Nov 15
I want to say that I'm a lucky girl. I have lose weight about 10kg from the last August to now . Amazing is that I do not have any plans to control my eating habits or do the more exercise. I don't know why, but I really lost about 10 kg. I think you can frequent meals and do exercise
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@allisonwish you say you lost 10 kgs from august to november without controlling your eating habits or doing more exercise? i think i'd feel lucky, too, if that happened to me, but i also sincerely hope there's no underlying medical cause.
• Shenzhen, China
23 Nov 15
@hereandthere haha. It's from LAST August to now. Of course, I have not use any medical during this time....
• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@allisonwish i wish i could magically lose weight too
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 Nov 15
going to say, it's hard to go cold turkey, simply cutting back is a win!
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@jessicalynnt yeah, some people seem to have the willpower to go cold turkey with anything, but it's also true that just cutting back on anything still has benefits.
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• Centralia, Missouri
23 Nov 15
@hereandthere I couldnt give up caffine cold turkey. I mean I bet I could, but I am totally not willing to do so
• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt i can't give up sugar, chicken and pork and rice forever either.
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@JudyEv (134854)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
It seems it can be just as difficult for doctors to lead a healthy lifestyle as anyone else. I'm sure he is an inspiration to many of his patients.
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@judyev if we really think about all the medical professionals we encounter and really think about what they tell us to do, there is a disconnect.
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@JudyEv (134854)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
@hereandthere At the end of the day, they are just people like us, with all our faults and failings.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@JudyEv yeah, with their share of everyday stress like juggling work and family.
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@marguicha (101913)
• Chile
3 Dec 15
Good for the doctor! I wish I had his willpower!
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Nov 15
My brother, sister, daughter and granddaughter were all over-weight @hereandthere . My brother and daughter lost weight but my sister; who is 62 drives me crazy. She's 5'7" and weighs 240 pounds. She thinks that if she eats carrots during the week that will offset her purchase of cookies, pies, cakes, etc and eats it all on the weekend; that she'll still lose weight. My granddaughter won't lose weight because she is too busy eating at fast-food restaurants and she's only 24.
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• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@nanette64 i was also shocked because my brothers (though also overweight) were much taller than him. but then i was also shocked at how heavy i've become until i actually weighed myself so seeing him and the instructions and tips he shared is giving me hope. won't 240 pounds be hard on the knees and hips and make it hard to breathe? i've thought about doing the same as your sister, i.e. rewarding myself at the weekend, but i guess in your sister's case, diet alone won't be enough. there were very few fastfood, street food, instant food, junkfood, artificial drinks from our growing-up years, even until i started working. but for my nephews' and nieces' generation, they're a fact of life, just like the malls, internet and gadgets.
@jstory07 (69827)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Nov 15
Walking and eating right will help you to loss weight.
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• Philippines
23 Nov 15
@jstory07 to me it reinforced the simple truth that walking is the easy and free
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@antonbunot (9637)
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Nov 15
Did you suggest to your doctor to lose weight?! Doctors should know what is best for a healthy mind and a healthy body!
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• Philippines
22 Nov 15
@julito no because the last time i saw him was in january.
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@Dalane (700)
• United States
22 Nov 15
Good for him. It just seems too simple to lose five pound a month. I don't know if that would work for most people. I've lost five pounds in a month but had to do much more.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 15
@dalane 30 pounds divided by 8 months is only 3.75 pounds a month. he also said he changed his diet.
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@ridingbet (59403)
• Philippines
28 Nov 15
there are some people who are big and when trim down, think they are sick, when the truth is they are favoring health than illness. I know somebody who feels weak because her weight is getting low, but then, she is getting better from her ailment.
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@suzzy3 (8357)
23 Nov 15
Good on your doctor what a good example he is. I sometimes see overweight doctors giving advice on weight loss or healthy living. I think ok what about you then.
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@SIMPLYD (82943)
• Philippines
23 Nov 15
My former officemate ballooned so big . However , when everybody was saying she's so fat already , she went on camote diet and did some exercise . Now she's almost back to her sormer slim self.
• Philippines
23 Nov 15
i like kamote (sweet potato) but i don't think i can eat kamote only.
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@SIMPLYD (82943)
• Philippines
24 Nov 15
@hereandthere No, what i mean is that instead of rice , they substitute it with camote to partner with the viand .
@much2say (40138)
• United States
27 Nov 15
What a great example of being productive (realistically) to lose weight! And then it's about maintaining. I don't really have a weight problem, but I really should be more conscious about an overall healthier lifestyle. Even thinner folks can have issues - it's all about what we eat and how active we keep ourselves. I have been inspired by a few friends who have been able to live a gluten-free life in recent years - they look fabulous and apparently feel healthier than ever!