Wednesday, January 09, 2013
So I've recently decided to go back on my blood pressure meds. When I had my first initial weight loss burst (10+ pounds), my blood pressure dropped slightly. As someone who has ALWAYS had high blood pressure, I took this as a sign I could stop my meds. I'm a nurse, I know better, but I did it anyway.
Fast forward...I'm down 48 pounds and my blood pressure is still not exactly where it should be. I called my doctor, had a heart to heart, and decided it would be best for me to resume my meds for now. She said my blood pressure might drop to within an acceptable range as I lose more weight, or it might always be high, especially given my family history.
This was somewhat of a blow for me. One of my goals in losing weight was to lower my blood pressure enough to get off meds. I've had to readjust my thinking to "Lower my blood pressure." Period. It's lower than it was, a lot lower. I need to be thankful for THAT and not overthink this.