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A doctor that won’t stereotype you and work with your goals is out there; we help you find them.

31 year old Figure Competitor who enjoys early mornings, lifting heavy things, being pushed beyond self imposed limits, eating 32 egg whites in one day, and has been known to be seen in stripper heels and bedazzled bikini looking for a young, physically fit, and open minded male or female doctor who can whip off 10 military pushups without the least provocation.

This is a million dollar idea folks!

I have had more doctor appointments in the past year than I have had over the previous decade. Something went severely wonky in my body about 18 months ago and I have been fighting to figure it out and get back on the road of health; thus the epic number of doctor appointments.

My attitude at the first few appointments was hopeful and collaborative.

“I am working on being the healthiest and best me ever. I will tell the doctor all about my goals, ambitions, training, eating, and fabulous habits. They are going to be so proud of me!”

Hopeful and collaborative resulted in being ignored.

I have adopted an ambivalent and blank approach to these appointments and it really seems to work. Completely counterintuitive, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Things I have learned NOT to do at doctor appointments.

  1. Tell them you’re a bodybuilder. You work out most days of the week and you do both cardio and weight training. Sure, whatever, you love the elliptical and use it daily and no you never, ever use the power rack. Too scary! You’re a girl after all…
    If you do tell them you’re a competitor be prepared to have the appointment a lecture about how steroid use is bad and you should cease taking all drugs immediately. ‘All natural‘ no longer has meaning in this conversation.
  2. Bring all your supplements. They always want you to bring your medications, vitamins, and supplements. Do not bring them. When you whip out the Costco reusable bag that is filled to the brim their eyes glaze over. Bring a handwritten list and don’t put your nutritional supplements like protein, bcaas, and creatine on the list. They will scan your list for 20 seconds and then put it in your file.
  3. Know the answers or have an agenda. You don’t know anything, that is why you are going to the doctor. GOSH! When asked questions that you KNOW that answer to, pause and think about it. Take time to search for the answer so they feel comfortable with the truth.
  4. Be visibly organized. I keep track of everything in minutia and it may be a tad over the top, but it works for me. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT bring your logs, questions printed out from a word document, or an excel spreadsheet that averages health indicators over the last 3 months that they may find helpful.
  5. Admit you’ve seen a Naturopath. This is the final nail in the coffin. There seems to be a West Side Story-esque Jets vs. Sharks feud going on between these disciplines. If they find out that you have been to see a Naturopath it is ok to throw your hands up and start to cry at this point. In between the sobbing and and sniffling explain that you were just trying to do your best and they will usually let it go…but not always.

Am I the only competitor that has had such issues with doctors?

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Comments

  1. I went straight to the naturopath…no judgements!! Thankfully the first one I saw was great. Coming from a public health educator…preventitive health is not near where it should be so when you walk in with your organized book of YOU and your a bodybuilder, you are suddenly the minority.

    Keep looking; you will find a great doctor. And if all else fails, book a flight to Kansas, I’ll hook you up with my doc šŸ™‚

    Andrea

  2. LOL you are NOT alone. I have learned some of these lessons myself. The supplement one for sure.

    I usually stick with ‘i workout and eat healthy’ and that usually keeps them satisfied. Mentioning competing is a big nono… they just don’t get it. Aside from the steroid use, you also get lectured about how it isn’t healthy to be that lean. Well yes, we know this, that’s why we only maintain it for a VERY short period of time. And get there slowly mind you.

    haha great post – thanks for sharing, Donloree

    • michele says:

      wow…this is a really amazing post………actually one of your amazing posts! šŸ˜‰

      it is SO TRUE about what to tell and not tell your doctors….i’ve had the same experience when telling them
      you are a bodybuilder, or even lift weights! mine told me to start running again…which i run anyway…but there was NO support for weight lifting whatsoever.

      anyway…great post.
      thanks.
      michele

      • bikiniorbust says:

        Yup, you should ONLY do mindless cardio…don’t you know?! Gracious, what in the world were we doing in the ‘man’ area of the gym? šŸ˜‰

  3. Wow! I knew I had a good doctor but now I’m even more convinced! He actually encourages me to work out.

  4. Wow! I knew I had a good doctor but now Iā€™m even more convinced! He actually encourages me to work out.
    Thanks for sharing..

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