Wednesday, July 24, 2013
And for my husband, a little thing like his blood pressure numbers, is a big thing!
A couple of years ago, at age 30, my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on prescription medication to help lower his numbers. He changed prescriptions a time or two, was on the medicine for almost 3 years, and recently started to consistently "forget" to take the pill. I was upset by this, but I also know my husband is not one to appreciate being reminded. I know he needs to make another check-up appointment, and figured I let his doctor be the bad guy.
But things have been changing. We've been eating more at home (thank you to eMeals for being a strong driver on that), he's been slimming down a little bit, we've increased our fruit and vegetable intake and decreased meat and carbs (again, thank you eMeals!), we've been staying active and using out Fitbits to achieve 10,000 steps per day almost every day. We replaced traditional salt in our diet with low-salt/no-salt dishes and salt alternatives, to no detriment of our food quality, by the way. Our snack choices are now fruits and nuts and crackers, rather than Cheetos and ice cream. We've been engaged in little changes for the better - not major lifestyle makeovers, but a movement by degrees in the right direction.
And then yesterday, the little things became a big thing. Hubby went to give blood. Before you give, they always take your blood pressure to determine if you are in good health and can give. Hubby's BP came back at something like 127/76 - GREAT numbers for him! I couldn't be more pleased, especially since these numbers are while he's not on his medication! To me, this reflects his "real" numbers, and those numbers are fantastic!!
He's still a big guy with a belly on him, and he could certainly stand to become more fit, but I am awfully proud of my husband for staying open to some little lifestyle changes that have had a HUGE positive impact.
It just goes to show that yes, you can manage blood pressure through lifestyle changes without having to give up your lifestyle.