Doctors have weight problems, too. Here’s my story.

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Eighteen months ago, I wrote about my plan for maximizing menopause preparedness. As with so many missions, this one has experienced both successes and failures. Since January 2016, I have grooved my exercise routine in the most awesome way. I am all over the TRX, doing Spiderman push-ups, incline presses, pistols and more. I get my cardio intervals, and I’m foam rolling. I feel stronger now than at any time since high school, and I’m proud of this accomplishment.

*sigh*

The eating, on the other hand, continues to be a challenge. Earlier this year a patient looked at me without expression and stated bluntly that I had gained 8.7 pounds since the last time he saw me. Right after that’s kind of inappropriate, I thought, well, he’s right, I have been gaining weight. Last March, I wrote about weight loss strategy, thinking mainly about my exercise habit formation. Sadly, my own weight has gone opposite to the desired direction, despite an honest attempt at adherence to my own advice. Evidence suggests that weight loss really is about 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. But sometimes, you can only focus on one thing at a time.

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