The Importance Of Self-Monitoring

When a person goes into the doctor’s office for a general checkup LOTS of body “stuff” will be checked including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse
  • Laboratory blood tests including glucose levels, liver enzymes, renal function
  • Weight

Most people that do incorporate routine doctor office-based checkups will do this once a year but some will go only every several years depending on their underlying health status.

For those people with hypertension and/or diabetes, self-monitoring is often performed.  Home blood pressure cuffs and glucose monitoring devices are commonplace and not very expensive.  At our practice, we most definitely encourage our patients to self-monitor whatever they are able to do.  Seeing the doctor 1-2 times a year is not optimal to ensure these underlying conditions are under good control.

Focusing on weight: When people are in the active stages of our weight loss program, we are bringing our patients in (or having them self-report via telemedicine) their weights daily.   We also encourage people to come in for their free body scans monthly after their programs finish. 

It is VERY important to self-monitor your weight.  Getting on the scale several times a day or even daily will drive most people crazy but my belief is that a once-a-week weight check AND recording that weight is a great way of self-monitoring.  In any given week, the weight will either go up a little, go down a little or stay the same.  When/if you see the weight go up that week, hop on that immediately by going back on Modified Phase 1 for a week and ditch the booze that next week.  By “reading and reacting” weekly, this will stop the “Oh, s—t, I gained 20 pounds” from ever happening again.

If you have high blood pressure, self-monitor the blood pressure reading.  If you have diabetes, self-monitor the blood glucose.  And, if you are overweight/obese, self-monitor your weight.

YOUR health is important…YOU have songs you want to keep singing….Here is Sir Elton John singing Your Song.