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A letter from Richard

This post was originally published on April 1st, 2020


Great Checkup!

I had previously shared this, within our smaller HabitNu group, just a few weeks ago. And I thought it was worth posting again to the larger community as well: I went in yesterday morning for my regular 3-month routine office visit/med's check.

- And what a difference from the last one! - In three months, I've lost exactly 20 lbs, which means I've lost almost 9% of my body weight. Which by the way, exceeds the CDC's recommendation of a 5 to 7% reduction for diabetes prevention etc. My BP was 107 over 70. It hasn't been that low since, well...EVER! So now the doctor wants to start tapering me off of the BP meds and see how I do without them, or at least with a lower dose. Of course I'm sleeping better, and consequently I've discontinued all use of any sleep aids, which made the doctor happy. Because of improved overall physical fitness, my back pain is much lower in intensity, meaning that I have discontinued use of one of the narcotic pain med's that I was previously taking to make the pain level more tolerable at night when trying to sleep, which also made the doctor VERY happy. He's been preaching "fewer pills + more exercise = less pain" forever. Finally got to hear, "See, I told you so" (which was music to my ears), instead of yet another repetition of his magic equation. Oh, and this was the first checkup ever, where instead of presenting me with a long list of "Do's and Don’ts" at the end, the doctor simply stood up, and as he turned to leave the room he just paused, smiled, and said, "Congratulations!". I AM A NEW MAN!!

- Thank you HabitNu :-)



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