THE NEED TO ADAPT – MY FAT-RELATED DIAGNOSIS
The need to adapt – my fat-related diagnosis is a look at how, sometimes, we must change in order to meet the needs of our health issues. Last week, I had some ultrasounds done to rule out a worrisome diagnosis. My Nurse Practitioner called me that afternoon with the results. Seeing her number come up on my phone that day sent some alarm bells ringing in my brain. As it turns out, I do not have to worry about what we were looking for. Instead, there were two incidental (happened to be found and new) diagnoses that were unexpected. One is irrelevant to the issue of weight. The other diagnosis was fatty liver. It is that diagnosis I want to share with you, today, because it is directly related to my obesity and something we all have to worry about if we carry extra pounds.
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time living a livefatandfit lifestyle. There have also been times that I have ignored the healthy habits that go along with it. I am always aware of the possible outcomes of carrying too many pounds and have lost weight so many times, I have a gallbladder full of stones to prove it. If you have not read my previous blog posts, read about living a livefatandfit lifestyle here – https://livefatandfit.com/livefatandfit/.
FAT CAUSING HEALTH PROBLEM
I talk about how I feel about being fat and the use of the word in this blog. None of that has changed for me. Now, however, I have my very first worrisome diagnosis related to this fat. My heart rate has always been good, as well as my blood pressure. Cholesterol and my blood sugar have always been good, too, so I have always considered myself fat and fit. Now, for the first time, the fat is causing a health problem.
Let me say a few words about fatty liver. Many of you know a bit about cirrhosis of the liver, likely in relation to alcoholism. What many people do not know is that there is a disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is essentially cirrhosis of the liver not caused by alcoholism. This disease can develop from fatty liver disease. If fatty liver disease is left without resolution and advances, it can lead to scarring on the liver and liver failure. This is why a person diagnosed with fatty liver has to consider weight loss to resolve the situation before it advances. A reasonable weight loss goal in this situation is 10% of total weight, but even 5% can help resolve the fat in the liver.
In the blog post Progress Not Pounds, I discuss the idea of measuring wellness by progress and not by a number on the scale. It remains my preferred method. Now, I have a mandate, 10% weight loss and once it is lost, it must stay lost. Progress, will be monitored by my PCP and by the scale.
I share this to make a point about adaptability. We all do what we must do in life to be well. That includes being able to adapt when the situation dictates it! I spent the weekend thinking about this. Change is not easy for me, but adaptability is a different. This diagnosis does not change my plan, rather it highlights the need to expedite it. I need to stick to my plan, watch my food consumption carefully and move my body with regularity. My plan for eliminating dairy products completely has now moved up (My Journey To A Plant-Based Diet). My end date was Dec. 31, 2020. I have now eliminated these bits of dairy completely. Eliminating all dairy will stop the consumption of my daughter’s yummy baked treats and reduce sugar intake hugely.
ADAPTABILITY is essential to us all. If we are planners, even the greatest and most detailed plans needs adaptation from time to time. If we are more spontaneous, sometimes life throws us a curve that requires a plan. The skill of being able to adjust to new conditions is a must in a well-balanced, healthy, livefatandfit lifestyle.
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