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Hmmm ... I guess I have declined to be weighed at the doc's office so many times that it's just part of my nature.

I get fussed at ... but all you have to do is look at me and know I am overweight, so why do we need to know an exact number???

I am weighing at home daily now and using the verbiage ... the scale went up or down.
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PS no 'luck' involved here - it is all your own work, Donna!

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FWTS - Chapter 15 - The Dreaded Doctor's Scale

I am lucky with this one, I can't remember the last time I was weighed at my doctors but I would be happy to do so now! emoticon

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Chapter 15 - The Dreaded Doctor's Scale



This was a timely chapter for me. I happen to have an in office doctor appointment today. Time for my annual checkup, flu shot, and lab work.

In the past, when I was very overweight, I dreaded that moment when I needed to step on the scale at the doctorís office. I was in total denial about how much I weighed and since I did not weigh myself at home, it was always a reality shock and embarrassing moment. But, seeing that shocking number never caused a lasting feeling to motivate me to make a change and start losing weight. At each of those visits, my doctor counseled me on the health reasons I needed to lose weight. But, I did not follow his advice and continued down the road of denial. My weight then was 240+. Looking back, itís hard to believe this went on for many years.

Then, something happened that changed my life. It was like a thunder bolt and felt like lightning striking me. I had a lab test and my blood work showed I was ďpre-diabeticĒ and had very high cholesterol. I also found at that time I had high blood pressure. My doctor told me that if I lost 20 pounds and started exercising I would start to see some improvement in my test results. He sent me to a nutritionist to help me get started with my diet. He also sent me to a class for diabetics to educate me on what was in store for me if I became diabetic. Attending that diabetes class and what I learned there changed my life. There were long-time diabetic patients in the class and the stories they told scared me! Their lives revolved around what they ate, when they ate, testing their glucose levels, and then having insulin injections 2 times a day. This would never change for them and they would live that way for the rest of their lives. The longer I sat there and listened and learned the reality of living with diabetes, I knew I needed to make drastic changes in my life and to lose weight. Shortly thereafter, at a nutritionist appointment she told me about SparkPeople and how it could be a help to me in my weight loss. I joined SparkPeople and that was the start of my journey to lose weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. After 3 months of a healthy diet and exercising and joining SparkPeople, I lost the first 20 pounds, lowered my blood pressure, and had normal blood sugar & cholesterol tests. I was no longer pre-diabetic!

Iím writing the next section later and have just returned from my doctorís appointment.

Today when I went to my doctorís appointment, I didnít dread the weigh-in on the doctorís scale or expect any shocking revelation about how much I weigh since I weigh myself daily, know my weight, and manage my weight. I had no fears or worries about stepping on the doctorís scale. But, for the first time, the nurse asked for my weight and I did not step on the scale. I felt good & healthy when I reported 160.2 pounds which is within +/-3% of my 160 central maintenance weight. The appointment went as expected and all is well.




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- The Dreaded Doctor's Scale is okay. What bother's me is some doctors ignore nutrition. It's their job to learn and talk about healthy foods before prescribing pills.
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Lesson 15: The Dreaded Doctor's Scale
As I age, the list of ďspecialistsĒ seems to increase. We are all parceled out in bits and pieces.
From Podiatrist to Cardiologist, and even for my regular physician all the scales are in busy hallways. Most times I drop my purse and coat on the floor but never feel I can take off my shoes.

The only time I even look at the outcome of the scale is at the checkup at the Cardiologistís office.
The number, along with my BMI number is listed on the readout for my next appointment. Itís hard not to notice that one.

At this point the only thing to do is keep weighing myself each morning for a more accurate number and not be concerned about any other scale number.

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I've said it before, but being weighed at the doctor's breaks all the rules! However, it's usually not something we can avoid. At the very least they need to know roughly how much you weigh so they can work out how much of a given medication you might need, how much anaesthetic you would need if they had to operate on you, and what your other statistics might be in relation to your weight - heart-rate, blood-pressure etc.

So, if I had to confront this - I'd just go along with it. I think it might cause me a bit of emotional upset, mostly because, as Linda writes, "It feels like an invasion of my most private information"

But that's the same with anything at the doctor's really - if you need the help, you have to succumb to the examination. So, emotionally, I'd already probably be feeling vulnerable due to the fact that I had a concern that I needed to take to the doctor.

At least I can now be slightly more prepared. Linda says "Let go of your fear.......... respond to the situation as an intelligent, confident adult. ............................. avoid looking at the number."

"Manage the scales and numbers in your life with confidence and integrity."
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I've had to weigh recently (3 times!) on dr scales. My primary care dr. and my gyn are with the same health system, so what I weigh in both offices -- as well as all my information -- is visible on the patient portal to both doctors.. I've been guilty of watching my choices a bit more stringently in the month leading up to my annual physical in order for my weight not exceed the previous year. It used to be on one of the scales with sliding weights across the top, so the nurse had to guess where to start out. I'd always give them a head's up of the range I expected to be in. Now they've both gone digital, and that seems quicker and quieter. My primary care doctor has his nurse take blood pressure, oximeter, temperature and weight in a private little room before I even see him. He has never mentioned my weight except for this year because i had lost 8 pounds from last year. He just wanted to know if it was intentional. I don't object to weighing for my annual physical because I'm always fasting for blood work, and I always try to schedule in the morning. I've found that my scales (even adjusted 5 pounds up) weigh about 2 pounds less than at the doctor pretty consistently. Even so I'm not going to adjust mine up 2 more pounds...I'm used to them where they are. emoticon

I had never even thought of declining to weigh. I did go for many years without seeing a doctor. After I had both kids, I don't think a saw a doctor until I was in my late 40's and I broke a wrist. Even then I didn't start going regularly. Having to weigh might have been one of the reasons I stayed away, but the main reason was our insurance that covered nothing preventative and had a huge deductible.

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Totally agree with Gill on this one. I have an appointment on 10/26. Yes, in the US we do have to go - at least I sure do. It's the first thing 'Step on the scales please.' At least the nurse says 'please.' I've lost weight though and I'm wondering how much it will be by the 26th. He doesn't expect large amounts. 1/2#, 1/4# weekly - he thinks that's 'perfect.' Why? Because he said it shows I'm making heathy choices. Thank you 100 DWL!! I am making heathy changes.

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Day #15 The Dreaded Doctor's Scale

Even though I don't like getting on the scale at the doctor's office, it is not enough to keep me from going to a very important part of my health care plan.

Gill is right when she mentioned in her email that weighing at the doctor's office breaks all of the RULES! There seems to be a new push in many places about taking your shoes off before you are allowed on the scale - no bare feet. Despite the staff rolling their eyes, I insist on making them stand there while I take my shoes off so that I can get weighed in my stocking feet. After all, those darn shoes must weigh at least 2#!

One of Linda's statements really hit home with me:

IT SCREAMS HOW BAD I HAVE BEEN AND ASKS WHY I CAN'T SEEM TO MANAGE MY WEIGHT BETTER!

It never occurred to me that I could refuse to get weighed. How ingenious! I might just try that and hope I don't get labeled as a "difficult" patient.


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I step on the scale at the doctor's office once or twice a year. I don't put much emphasis on that number as it's usually in the middle or at the end of a work day, I've eaten, I'm wearing clothes, etc.

Having said that, with at least a six month span between weigh ins at the doctor, the number from last time to this time should be heading in the right direction, or stay the same for him to be happy with me.

I agree the numbers from my blood work are much more important.

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Ch. 15- The Dreaded Doctor's Scale is calibrated, I check it against my home scale and numbers were close (same clothes etc.). I have two scales at home to see if variations are consistent emoticon Home scales are fairly accurate emoticon

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I have a doctorís appointment on Wednesday so yes the first thing I have to do is jump on that scale. I do remove my shoes........I know I will weigh more there because itís Fall and clothes will add at least 20 pounds emoticon (Kidding)


Actually the numbers that are important to me are blood work results. My doctor who I loved retired this year so I will be meeting her replacement. That adds a little stress.....hope it doesnít affect my blood pressure.
Itís Monday.........have a healthy week!

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Well, having spent some time working in a hospital recently (supporting someone with a learning disability who is in hospital), I've seen how unreliable their technological measuring tools are! So, although I'd probably be pretty shocked if their scale came up with a number much larger than what I thought I was, I don't think I'd let it worry me too much.

Weighing daily on my own digital scales has brought me peace in this respect. I know that I could probably get six different numbers if I got weighed on six different machines - but as long as I know what MY scale says, I'm happy!!

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I canít say I like the doctorís weigh-in, wearing clothing and shoes and at a different time of day, but I donít let it bother me anymore. I try to make it a guessing game as to what the number will be! I guess I am older and wiser, as well! emoticon

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My thoughts are exactly like Babs. I too am older and wiser!
I always weigh more at the doctor.
The time of day, the weather (hot I wear lighter clothing) and which shoes I wear all change what the Scale says.


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I'm always heavier on my doctor's scale. It's a given. So I don't 'give' it much attention anymore. Oh, I used to but I'm getting older and wiser.

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Getting weighed at the doctor's office doesn't bother me. I don't really pay attention to it. I just pay attention to my scale at home.

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I don't even think about the doctor scale. I believe that my personal scale... which is in the same spot, weighing the same day & time is the correct number. So many people are on and off the doctor scale & for all the other reasons listed in the chapter... the doctor scale is like a cartoon for me. I don't take it seriously. NOW... I do take the difference from one visit to the next seriously because even though the numbers are not usually the same.. the weight loss (or gain) should be reflected in the numbers that I see on my own scale. Because I am on Medicare AND because my weight is so extreme... it is the number one reason that I see my doctor on an ongoing basis. I have to weigh so I deal with it. I never thought about asking to NOT be given the numbers or turning backwards because I have just "let it go" all along.

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even if the doctor's scale is 'off' - it won't be THAT far off - if we use our home scale as our own, personal standard, then the doctor's scale is just .....pfff!

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Interesting chapter. Interestingly (to me), I've never been that bothered. However, I've never had either a nurse or a WW leader "announce" the reading loudly either. I don't think I'd like the meeting where names were read out for those who were "successful"!! My last Dr. visit was with an electronic scale. I weighed less than at home! When my husband went a couple of weeks ago, the scale was electronic, but of a different style so who knows what will be the case in a few months when I go back!?!



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I am really new to going to a doctor for anything since now being on Medicare and having a supplemental insurance plan. I am still getting used to addressing some underlying health issues that I never gave much thought to other than 'wondering' what they might be. I am not used to giving up the 'control' that I felt I had before and working in unison (I hope anyway) with a medical professional. I am prepared to be assertive and I don't think that will be a problem. LOL

Since I am expecting to be weighed each time that I go and it has only been once so far I haven't really gotten accustomed to weight 'being the issue'. It wasn't discussed last time but it might be in the future. I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I do like the suggestions offered. I agree that either the nurse assumes you don't know what the number is or they are used to saying it a loud. My husband was standing next to me and so he was surprised since he didn't know my weight.

If it begins to bother me (assuming I am seeing doctors more frequently-which I hope that isn't the case) I have these examples to help me deal with it.



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FWTS - Chapter 15- The Dreaded Doctor's Scale
I switched doctors so it was more than a year since my last physical. It's was good to have my thyroid checked to find out I needed a lower dose. On Jan. 10, it was icy blizzard conditions stepped on scale with heavy coat and boots. Okay with number... I was a lot lighter than last clinic visit at my heaviest.

Went to clinic for a flu shot yesterday (Fed. 14) on the way out I stepped on the scale with lighter coat and shoes. Saw 10 pounds less than a month ago, doctor's scale is fun!

Another thyroid check in March. I may bring my home scale to compare accuracy to a calibrated clinic scale. emoticon emoticon

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The doctor's scale never agrees with mine. I accept that.

I also am fortunate in that I see my MD each year to avoid diabetes and heart problems. Doing well so far. My last visit was good because he complimented me on my weight loss and how I'm doing overall. That's positive.

I'm learning to accept the scale. I agree. That's just a number. There's more to my health than that.

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Maribeth, thanks for that visual!

FWTS - Chapter 15- The Dreaded Doctor's Scale
Because I rarely need to go to the Doctor, getting on the scale doesn't bother me too much.
However I do not check what the number is because I never remember what it was before on that scale.


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My 'medical' weight was important in that it formed the basis of a target 5-10% weight loss they felt useful for my liver health. Medical weigh-ins are therefore something I accept.

The weigh-ins at the Diet/fitness Club I went to for a while though were something else! Queues for the restrooms and the reading out of names of people with losses etc...the sheepish looks from people whose names weren't called. Works for many but not for me.

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Day 15 Dreaded Doctors Scal
1. Ask whether weight i important to this appointment and explain that you are working with a new program
2. Offer my morning reading to be recorded
3. Let it go, weight and move on.


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Thanks Phyllis! I was late today due to work and stuff. I don't think my comments for this chapter have changed since last time (see below!)



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Chapter #15 The Dreaded Doctor's Scale
My great sympathy for people who must endure this dread over and over.
It has never been that bad for me but the idea of just asking not to be weighed, or to not look at the scale is better than not going to the doctor when you have other reasons besides "weight" to be there.
I do know that the doctor spotted my husbands heart failure because of "rapid" weight gain.

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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
There are ways of getting around weighing at the doc's. I haven't had an issue with this for a long time. Even though the number at the doctor's is higher because of clothes, time of day, etc. my weight loss is the same and my doctor is pleased with my progress. i haven't gone to any of the weight loss programs in a very long time but I learned some tactics to use to not get obsessed about weigh ins if I ever do.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter? N/A

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter? Since this is not an issue for me, nothing.


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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. I learned that I don't necessarily have to step on the doctor's scale...and there may be ways of avoiding this.
2. I learned a couple of ways to say I'd rather not be weighed that day

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
1. I have avoided going to the doctor to avoid being weighed.
2. I have played games like wearing my lightest clothes, etc., when I know I'll be weighed.

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
1. Frankly, I'm not sure what I'll do differently. I know this particular topic is an issue for me and I have to think about it more.

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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1. I learned that weighing during the day is totally different from weight in the morning.
2. I learned that other scales, such as the doctor's scale, are different and its best to weigh on one only. Since reading this chapter, I now tell the doctor's office my weight and that I do not need to weigh and they have all accepted this.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

1. I did not identify with Connie because I didn't dread my doctor's scale since I always thought it was most accurate (or most of the time anyway) and I accounted for the difference by timeframe and clothes, etc.

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

1. For weight loss meetings: If I do not want to weigh in front of others, I can tell the person that I do not want to know the number on the scale, tell me if it went up or down from last week, find out if it is acceptable to use weight # from home.
2. For doctor visits: Offer reading from home, close eyes when weighing and request staff not tell me the #.

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barbara

Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

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Friends with the Scale Chapter 15 - The Dreaded Doctor's Scale

I am fortunate in that I am not 'overweight' - so no-one is concerned about my weight for health reasons. I might feel different if they measured my body fat with calipers - I remember that happening at the gym once, and that WAS embarrassing! I had so much more fat that I realised!

I do know that the doctor's weigh-in is ridiculous, in terms of wearing clothes, shoes, and the time of day (not to mention the stress) etc. But it's helpful to think about how to manage this if the situation ever arose. We don't have medical examinations for health insurance over here - although an annual health check can be requested - and that would certainly include weight. Your approximate weight needs to be known in case you need any emergency treatment - although, even then, I think they could guestimate by looking at you!

If the number on the doctor's scale turned out to be bigger than they number on my own scale - I think I'd think 'that's what the doctor's scale says' and leave it at that. However, if the doctor's scale gave me a number smaller than the one I get at home, I might be inclined to want to believe that the doctor's scale is more accurate than my own! So......... I'm not cured of my scale-afflictions just yet a-while!

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emoticon Things I learned

-You can say "I prefer to not be weighed today"
-or you can say "My weight at home this morning was X"
-You can ask them not to tell you the number
-Or you can just ignore that number, knowing you already saw the one true number at home this morning


emoticon Like Connie, I used to avoid going to the doctor because I didn't want to face the scale discussions there. Now I am different as the doctor is so very pleased with my progress. OK I still don't "enjoy" going to the doctor as it means I am probably going to wait a very long time to see him and I am probably going to have blood tests, but I no longer avoid going because of scale discussions.

emoticon Yesterday, I had lunch with my friend from TOPS. She said she is only 12 pounds away from goal, and is afraid of hitting it. I asked why and was told she didn't like the pressure of having to stay the same once she got there. We have both been at our goal weights previously and both gained about ten above goal and then felt miserable with ourselves and struggled to return. I eventually gave up and regained all of the weight.

.I'm not sure what my goal is going to end up being. For now it is set where it was before. I can't rely on BMI guidelines due to excess skin issues. Maybe my goal was just ten pounds too low originally and I had actually been successful in maintaining what it "should" have been?

When I reach 175, what I will do differently is continue to eat on plan and exercise, and let my body decide where it wants to settle, then be happy with that number. I know my point range at goal was 24 per day with 35 weekly flex, and I know I was physically fit and had strength and stamina. I will stop attaching so much emphasis on a scale number, other than as a barometer of overall progress, and I will focus more on my health numbers.



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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?



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