Lazyitis

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Lazyitis is a word coined by my mother. The optimum usage would goes as follows: “Don’t give me that excuse. I think you just have lazyitis.” And she was usually right in her assessment.

I confess to having had the disease on several occasions for long periods of time, but none so much as this past year. The winter was a long and hard one. I lied to myself for much of it. It used to be that being Canadian, I accepted harsh, frigid winters as a way of life, but last year I changed my stance, and shouldn’t have.

Prior to the onset of the long dark days, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and had to begin taking medication for the first time in my life. I lied to the doctor and to myself when I vowed to take charge of my health and reverse the effects of lazyitis by eating properly, regularly and exercising.

Here is a list of other lies I told myself instead:

– I will never get my book completed if I take time out to go to the gym.
– This runs in the family so there is nothing I can do about it.
– I’m plenty active within my regular life – errands, housework? ummmm whatever, but I do park my car further away. Does that count still?
– Longevity is not in my DNA anyway, so why would I want to curb drinking wine, smoking, having only coffee for breakfast, pasta, fresh bread, fried shrimp…? It may turn out to be a fruitless effort. Life’s too short to not be able to do what you want.
– I’m doing everything in moderation. Isn’t that the best course of action?
– I’m on the lowest dose possible. That should take care of everything just fine.
– Fat-kinis are in fashion anyway.
– Everyone should love their body just the way it is. It says so in mainstream media, so it has to be right. Right?
– I go swimming in my pool pretty regularly when weather permits. (splish splash)

 

Here is the truth I am telling myself today:

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Suffice to say, without any extra effort on my part, aside from being more aware of my eating habits, I was just informed I had to increase the medication to keep my sugar under control. I was not pleased, to say the least.

And now I’m getting to the part for the reason I wrote this personal post. FACTS:

SITTING DISEASE is real. Its effects can be life threatening, if ignored. It is especially prevalent in writers, computer designers – well everyone who spends an inordinate amount of time sitting at a computer to work (or play).

POSING TEENAGERS and YOUNG women who are overweight and insist on loving themselves just the way they are, are on a path to bad health later on down the line. I agree with the concept of loving yourself but I am also a realist.

FAT SHAMING is not okay. Even doctors have been cautioned to no longer fat-shame, but do look in the mirror. Just don’t look at the silhouette. Look inside at the heart, liver, kidneys, and joints.

SKINNY AND NORMAL SIZED people are at risk as well. It came as a shock to the young man next to me, who decided to donate blood, that he had high blood pressure. It came as a shock to me as well. He looked to be a university student in his mid-twenties and they sent him immediately to the hospital because he was a walking time bomb as far as his health went.

PEOPLE lie to themselves – even the honest ones. Eventually poor life choices catch up to everyone.

The BIGGEST effect of not eating properly, not exercising regularly is DIABETES.

Here are the comorbids – and they are not pretty.

Hypoglycemia: In 2011, about 282,000 emergency room visits for adults aged 18 years or older had hypoglycemia as the first-listed diagnosis and diabetes as another diagnosis.
Hypertension: In 2009–2012, of adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, 71% had blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 millimeters of mercury or used prescription medications to lower high blood pressure.
Dyslipidemia: In 2009–2012, of adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, 65% had blood LDL cholesterol greater than or equal to 100 mg/dl or used cholesterol-lowering medications.
CVD Death Rates: In 2003–2006, after adjusting for population age differences, cardiovascular disease death rates were about 1.7 times higher among adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes than among adults without diagnosed diabetes.
Heart Attack Rates: In 2010, after adjusting for population age differences, hospitalization rates for heart attack were 1.8 times higher among adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes than among adults without diagnosed diabetes.
Stroke: In 2010, after adjusting for population age differences, hospitalization rates for stroke were 1.5 times higher among adults with diagnosed diabetes aged 20 years or older compared to those without diagnosed diabetes.
Blindness and Eye Problems: In 2005–2008, of adults with diabetes aged 40 years or older, 4.2 million (28.5%) people had diabetic retinopathy, damage to the small blood vessels in the retina that may result in loss of vision.
Kidney Disease: Diabetes was listed as the primary cause of kidney failure in 44% of all new cases in 2011.
In 2011, 49,677 people of all ages began treatment for kidney failure due to diabetes.
In 2011, a total of 228,924 people of all ages with kidney failure due to diabetes were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant.
Amputations: In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes.
About 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people with diagnosed diabetes.

NOW

I am eating properly. I had to face the fact again that eating in any of the morning hours made me feel nauseated and always has. I solved this by purchasing a Nutri-Bullet as my old juicer was providing more excuses (not getting the fiber anyway, 6 separate pieces to clean after each use, heavy and bulky to use, needed too many fruits and vegetables to get production, had to drink immediately or lose the health effects) – I DEEM myself the best excuse giver EVER!

Have joined the gym and actually show up! (not easy to get back, but thankfully I know what to do, thanks to years of prior training).

My novel has suffered NO adverse consequences from taking these steps. In fact it is progress is going much better and I think that I will finish by my self-imposed deadline date – my birthday in September.

I feel great for the most part, with the exception of having carry-over aches and pains from the workouts. I never really get rid of them right now, but know from experience that too will change. No pain, no gain. It’s going to get worse before it gets better … etc etc

 

Fellow writers, photographers, artists and other friends – this post is for you, if only to ponder for the time being. Wishing everyone good health followed by much adventure and happiness. 

THE END of the lecture starts now.

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Lesley Fletcher is a writer (freelance, books, content, lyrics,stage plays) as well as a visual artist specializing in monoprints. To learn more about her please visit the tabs here on WordPress or her website at http://www.LesleyFletcher.com

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