Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have been taking blood pressure medicine for years. My doctor put me on it because I had "borderline" HBP. Well, I started to have some problems with the medication (chronic cough), so he told me to stop taking it and come back in six weeks.
Well, I went in yesterday, and guess what?! I don't have high blood pressure!!
I wish I could say it's because I lost weight, but it isn't. In fact I weigh a lot more than when he put me on the meds in the first place. I don't know what happened and the doctor can't explain it.
The bigger thing that's good about it is that I didn't realize how much it bugged me that I needed to take medicine. Sometimes you don't realize how much something gets you down until it goes away!
Since my doctor can't explain the improvement, I just have to take this as a sign and keep working at the things I want to change.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The cruise last week was a total blast. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. We met so many wonderful people!
I wore my pedometer every day and got in over 12,000 steps a day! One day I even got over 14,000. We were on the Oasis of the Seas, which is huge, so just walking from one place to another was great exercise. It was so nice to be able to sit in the sun someplace warm instead of hibernating up here in the north. Very relaxing!
The only problem now is having to go back to work! I could really get used to the sun and fun. If only I had the financial means to live a life of leisure. Oh well, maybe someday.
I may have gained a few pounds and I haven't weighed myself to find out. My usual weigh-in is Friday, so I'll see how things are then.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
We're off today for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. It's a Beatles Tribute Cruise, so there are lots of activities planned. I hope to have a lot of down time as well. I had to work so much overtime to be able to take some time off. I work at a university so taking time off during the semester is not encouraged, but my husband can never get time off during the summer so we try to take some kind of vacation every other year during the winter.
I checked out the ship's fitness center online so I know where everything is. I know exercise will help me relax and feel better about myself. There is a jogging track around the ship that is .43 miles. I hope to do at least 4-5 laps every day. I just want to forget about work stress for a while!
Sunday, January 08, 2012
My local grocery store had a promotion going on where you accumulate points for your purchases and we earned enough points to get an immersion blender. This is the greatest small kitchen appliance ever! My husband is a professional cook so I pretty much stay out of the kitchen whenever possible (which is just about all the time).
That said, I absolutely love to make smoothies with this gadget. It's so easy to use, and even better, clean-up is a breeze -- nowhere near the production of getting out the blender and taking it apart to clean. It even came with a neat measuring cup, so I know exactly how much I'm getting. So far I'm just doing various fruits and vanilla Greek yogurt, but I am slowly expanding my repertoire. Less than 200 calories of pure and extremely filling goodness! This is the kind of fast food I can really get into.
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