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I have a plan this year!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Normally, when the holidays come around, I generally throw everything that I know is healthy and good for me down the drain! This year, I have a plan! I already plotted out my exercise routine for the entire month with a good variety of cardio/ST. I even plan to exercise at my in-laws house during T-giving weekend; I desperately desire to be a good influence on our nieces and nephews. I am still planning a weekly menu, and plan to continue doing this as it is easier financially, and mentally to plan it out in advance! Both the workout calendar and the menu are side by side on my refrigerator so I can be reminded daily. It's also good to have it in my face if the fridge monster is calling my name! emoticon

My new goal for this week has been to get up early every morning without hitting the snooze button 46 times! emoticon I think I have decided to invest in a super loud alarm clock pretty soon, to help this situation. My husband and I could sleep through a train passing through our living room! emoticon We have been successful each day this week so far. I even tried a 5:15 spin class Monday morning for the first time ever and LOVED it!

This leads me to my one other unresolved issue, but I think I finally found one of the leading factors. Insomnia. I had ONE great week of sleep (I think it was due to over-exhaustion catching up to me). I have done everything to the extreme--herbal sleep aids, diet changes, you name it, I have tried it. Well, as it were, this week, I needed to refill my usual prescriptions (blood pressure and migraine). They were expired which lets me know it's time for me to go back to the doc and I thought, "hey, I will just ask him how to fix this sleep issue! And the continuing headaches that won't stop regardless of two meds. And the fact that despite my consistency in positive health changes, I technically haven't lost a pound." Hmmmm....Then I thought...."for all the changes I have made, I have yet to do my homework on these medications." I think most people have a general trust in "if the doctor says it's true, then it must be."

I did my research on the three major medicines I have been on over the last year. emoticon What I found frightened me to my core. I mean, way beyond the very visible (yet unexplainable) symptoms I have been suffering with. emoticon I won't document ALL the gory details here, but here were a few that I found across the board:
*weight GAIN (if you can believe this, it's my blood pressure med. My doc has been on my case about me losing weight and yet he puts me on a med that helps me keep the weight packed on?! emoticon
*chronic sleeping troubles/insomnia--all 3 of em. emoticon
*involuntary quivering/overexcitement/nervo
usness--ya'll...I do NOT lead a stressful life anymore. This is an uncalled for side effect, and I'm tired of feeling like I'm crawling out of my skin!
*joint pain--could my feet be worse because of the meds I'm taking? What about the unexplainable knots in my shoulders I never had before? Hmmmm.... emoticon
*depression emoticon Those days when I feel like giving up maaaay not be MY fault...
*head pain--isn't that one of the things I'm trying to treat?
*high blood pressure--see notation above. emoticon

So, I'm asking for some helpful advice here. I have changed my entire life. I quit smoking 9 months ago. emoticon I eat extremely clean and healthy 95% of the time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI exercise at least three times a week. emoticon emoticon emoticon I drink all the water that is required of me and more. emoticon emoticon emoticon So, what gives? Why have I not lost weight? I'm quite certain that my bloodwork is going to tell a very different story than my physical appearance. So, here's where I need the advice emoticon! When I see my doctor on Friday, is it completely unreasonable to discuss these symptomatic side effects and ask to be taken off the pills? To see if the changes in diet/exercise/lifestyle in general really have made enough of a difference to make me a totally changed woman? If I promise to monitor my blood pressure twice a day, and keep my sodium low? I REALLY want to be off of synthetic drugs! I really want these side effects to stop holding me back from being completely healed and healthy! What should I do?

Thanks for listening, and hey, Happy Halloween! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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_LINDA 10/31/2012 9:36PM

    Wow! Sounds like you should be OFF those medications! You have made the healthy lifestyle changes -that should actually be enough -regular exercise is enough to lower your blood pressure naturally. Lots of people were able to kick their medicines once they made their changes. I will keep my fingers crossed your bloodwork will show positive changes. A lot of times patients need to take charge of their own health care and watch out for their own needs. Knowledge is power and looking them up was a good plan. Make sure your Dr. doesn't give you anything that could hurt your efforts.
For sure you need to get off the meds so you can start losing weight.
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CHANGINGSAM 10/31/2012 2:56PM

    I definitely think that you should speak with your doctor. Side effects don't happen to every one, but I am sure that your odds increase when taking more than one medication. If I were you, I would list out the symptoms you have (insomnia and stagnant weight issues) and talk with him. If this doesn't work, maybe it's time for a second opinion? Sleep is vital. Good luck!

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