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Happy New Year, now let's move our butts.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A woman who is trying to make healthy changes in her life probably should not have to go on blood pressure medication. And that is just what happened last week when I went to the doctor. My blood pressure was dangerously high for the 3rd time in a row and he put me on medication. And if I want to get off this medication, I'm going to have to make a lot of changes.

My depression and anxiety have been acting up since the beginning of December, and while the symptoms are tolerable, they are not good. Which means I have been having a low grade anxiety attack for a month. I don't know, but this could possibly be raising my blood pressure. Also means I have been wanting to curl up in a ball and cry for awhile. Not wanting to move much.

I have to take some steps to help myself here. I've been feeling selfish for wanting to make all these changes for myself, but I find myself being an ineffectual mother and human being when I'm feeling like this.

So I'm going back to the beginning (again, I know.)

-Move (at least) 10 minutes a day, everyday.
-8 glasses of water a day
-track my food.

I also will add one extra step, for now. Either journal or meditate each day. I need to gain some control over my moods - the medication is helping me to cope, but it's not enough, and I'm nervous about switching. I do plan to make an appt with a real psychiatrist - I think my gp has done all he can do for me.

So step 1 - I'm going to a Zumba class today at 1. I always feel better after these, so here's to feeling better.

What changes are you making this year? Do you ever find yourself having to start over?
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    emoticon Happy New Year!!


    1906 days ago
    Yes, I do find myself starting over, repeatedly.
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    My DO IT book says you are not being selfish. It calls what you are doing "selfing", doing for yourself, knowing what YOU want, (not what you SHOULD want because others SAY you should want it) and moving toward fulfilling your dreams, goals and aspirations.

    It calls "selfish" the petty endlessly greedy gathering of stuff and favorable opinions, at the expense of being our true selves and giving to ourselves and to those we love.

    An example the author gives is the time doctors spend learning to be doctors. The years that they spend most of their time, energy and resources on learning may appear to others as selfish. Not so much when they are spending the remainder of their lifetime applying what they learned, to benefit others.

    I look forward to working toward being lean and mean and healthier with you this year. Your family and friends will benefit when you are feeling better because of this fresh start. See you on the "Lean and Mean in 2013" challenge thread. We will make our mistakes and achievements together. I really love your honest, thoughtful, inspiring blog.
    1906 days ago
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