Three months ago I re-joined Sparkpeople in an effort to lose the weight I had put on since the last time I was on SP and successfuly lost 35 pounds. Unfortunately in 2 years I gained all that back and then some, so that I was at the highest weight I have even been this year. Something forced me to re-evaluate my life, and this time I'm not just on a mission to lose weight so that I look better in a dress, but for my health and my very life.
I went to the Dr. three months ago, and she told me then that I might have to go on HBP meds but that if I was willing to put "serious effort" in and follow a low-sodium diet, exercise regularly, and lost weight, that I might be able to lower my BP without meds. Sadly, that was not the case.
For the past week I've trying out Propanolol. My doc chose that because it is also a migraine preventative, and along with the high BP I've also been experiencing a huge increase in migraines again. So far the Propanolol hasn't worked to lower the number of migraines I've been having. It's only been a week however, so I'll give it a few more weeks (I have a re-check appt in two more weeks).
I was freaking out about the side effects of Propanolol - the weight gain (lowered BMR), the hair loss, the inability to reach target heart rate when doing cardio. It's definately made my workouts MUCH harder than they were. It's SO much harder to get going, to warm up, and to keep going. It literally feels like someone tied sandbags to my limbs.
Luckily I still lost weight last week even with the meds, but I'm still concerned that it will hamper my progress. I'm training for a 5K where I have to walk/jog at a 15 min/mile pace and I haven't been able to improve my speed. I'm still significantly overweight but I'm so much more strong and fit than I was, and have been able to do several 5Ks with no problems, I just can't seem to increase my pace.
I hope joining this group will give me some tips/tricks on how to work with the HBP meds and dealing with HBP in general.
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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” - Pamela Vaull Starr
| Pounds lost: 60.0