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Thomas Monk

Posted By Thomas Monk || 27-Aug-2018

I have been working for the past year on reducing my weight but also my HgbA1C. With the help of nutritionists and my primary care physician at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, I have succeeded in dropping from 200 lbs to 179 lbs and lowered my HgbA1C from 6.0 to 5.7. During the past 4 or 5 months I also have been logging into "Choose Well" daily to monitor my habits including how many hours of sleep I get per night, how many steps I've taken that day, whether or not I have been getting up-and-about at least once an hour, and even things like expressing appreciation to others at work and whether or not I have indulged in my favorite hobby (playing the violin) or gardening. Having to document daily habits really throws a light onto patterns of behavior, and actually has encouraged me to make more time for sleep, exercise and just having friendly interactions with other people at work. Medicine can be a very lonely profession and I for one have learned that I did a lot of "eating for comfort" which contributed to my weight gain (200 lbs is a whole lotta weight for someone as short as I am to carry around!) Taking advantage of the opportunities for lighthearted interactions with coworkers can go a long way towards making life less stressful and more fulfilling. And taking better care of my physical self has helped me be more happy with my whole self.
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