Last week, I met with a hepatologist, or liver specialist. He had the pleasing news that my liver was functioning normally, but that I had to lose 20 lbs to keep it working that way. Right now, my liver enzyme levels are elevated over normal.
This has mostly to do with a lack of exercise. My diet has changed enough in the last year that I am no longer gaining weight, but I am not losing it either. Here are my realistic changes that I will be trying to stick to.
1. Do 20 Minutes of Non-Stationary Housework a Day
Putting away clothes, doing laundry, mopping, sweeping, scrubbing. All workouts, and all necessary to making my living and working environment look better. Dishes don’t count since I’m just standing in one place.
2. Do 10-30 Minutes of Wii Fit a Day
Even if it is a downer day, I’ll squeeze in 10 minutes of yoga.
3. Eat Breakfast
Not just cereal, but a proper and large breakfast with eggs involved somehow. Have spinach on hand so I can add it into my scrambled eggs or omelette for an iron boost.
4. Meat and Veg
Have fresh veggies, at least one, at each meal. Fruit throughout the day as a snack.
At least once a week, and take fish oil in the morning to feel full.
The most important lifestyle pledges are obviously #1 and #2. Housework as exercise may seem like a copout, but something is always better than nothing. Fingers crossed that I’ll be down to a size 16 by the summer and a 14 by the fall. I managed to lose 5 pounds from November to now, so this goal is not out of sight.