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Thursday, March 07, 2013

I need to get off blood pressure meds. My prescription runs out in three months, and I am not certain I will be able to get refills. That's ok. I want to be off the meds, if possible.

How do I do this? What can I do within three months to give myself the best chance at getting of the meds?

Steps to do and measure this:

1. Get reliable measure of my blood pressure weekly

2. Exercise: This is not hard for me. I have, though, been sidelined by this abscess. I am hoping to get this fixed next week. After it is fixed, I plan the following:

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday: Cardio dance and Pilates
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Tae Bo and Barre Work

Every day: get out for fast 30-minutes walks

3. Sleep: Probably the most difficult thing for me to do is sleep more than a few hours. To increase my sleep time and quality, I am doing the following:

Stop eating by 9 p.m.
Stop exercising by 9 p.m.
Get off the computer by 11 p.m. (I am a writer, and night time is my most productive. This is going to be the hardest one.)

Create a bed time routine. I have to put some thought into this. I've never had one.

4. Reduce anxiety: Whew. What is life without anxiety?

Work on EMDR in therapy. There will be times this results in more anxiety, but getting started and continuing to work at it will lessen my anxiety.

Read at night.

This is my plan, subject to changes as the need arises to get me to my goal.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CANDYCANE2B 3/8/2013 2:53PM

    I love your plan, Laurie! You CAN do this!!! With eating healthy heart meals and foods you can reduce your high BP! But I wouldn't go off your meds unless your Dr says you're ready to!!!

Have a GREAT day!

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DARLY55 3/8/2013 8:13AM

    Blood pressure is most important. Great goal trying to control it yourself!
I sleep so well, I wish I could tell you how. All I know is I go to bed in a cool, dark room when I am tired, at around the same time every night, and get up at nearly the same time every morning, no matter if I am working or not. emoticon
Great goals! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/8/2013 5:34AM

    you are a ballet person, right?
then you will be able to follow this message about trying to change habits (sleep routine, etc):

it's like correcting your posture. I find a lot of people, esp. teenagers, tend to stand in the 'little girl' stance, belly forwards and leaning back.
when I straighten them up, pull up belly muscles and align shoulders with hips, straightening the spine, they all feel like they're going to fall on their noses.
but suddenly the movements become easier.
nevertheless, it does take time for the 'new feeling' to set in and become a habit.

ooops, I blogged on your blog, sorry!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/8/2013 4:55AM

    Wow! Those are impressive goals! I feel that since you are focused, you will do very well. I wish you well. emoticon Chelsea

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