Tuesday, May 14, 2013
2 months ago today I sat in my doctor's office feeling like crap. I had no energy, bad headaches, couldn't sleep, would get flushed...
First, came the scale. I had avoided the scale for well over a year. I knew I had put on weight because my clothes went from size 12 to 14 to 16. I figured I had jumped back into the 180's. Well, I had jump into and over the 180's and landed right at 198. Yikes. That was problem number one. I was obese. I hate that word. Hate it.
Next, blood pressure. I happily told the doctor that my blood pressure has always been low. In fact, when I was pregnant it was too low at times. Not today, not even close. The numbers on the machine quickly sent me into tears. 130/108. I was at risk for a stroke in the next 10 years if I didn't do something. I had to go on two medications that day, no arguments. I choked out a "I'm not even 30 that can't be right." It was. Two other cuffs and a manual reading confirmed it.
On a positive note I am glad to announce that I am now off the stronger (and way scarier) of the two medications. My blood pressure is a much healthier 122/78. Still a little high but I'm not going to drop at any minute.
Also as of today I am down 20 pounds. It hasn't been easy but I think and feel that this time is different. Yes, I have whined (see previous blog post) and missed a day. But, this time is for my health and for me. Not for a dress size, appearance, or what others think. I WILL be healthy.
So here's to a good quick kick in the butt.