Hi there, I'm new to SparkPeople and also new to bp meds. I had my annual physical this week and my doctor finally had to put me on the meds. My bp has done a lot "borderline" over the years but now I'm older and borderline isn't really borderline anymore. She started me on a combo pill of lisinopril 10mg and HCTZ 12.5mg. She also directed me to SparkPeople site and told me to lose 15 pounds in six months. I thought that was a very achievable goal.
I asked her if she thought that if I lost 15 pounds I might be able to go off the medication and she thought that was certainly a possibility.
I too was angry with myself for letting the weight catch up to me. I have known that this could happen for years, but I just kept letting the pounds creep on and I became more and more sedentary. I am lucky that I haven't been diagnosed with diabetes yet. I am convinced that if I lose (healthily) 10% of my current weight I will not need the meds anymore. My bp at this past visit was 140/80, and over the past year it's done things like 130/90, 126/88, etc. Not good, but not off the charts.
I will not let it get off the charts. I will take the weight off and I will get more exercise. The support we give and receive from groups like this one can make all the difference.
I forgive myself for "letting" this happen. I can't move forward if I keep myself in a blaming place. Forgive yourself too, if you haven't already, swallow the "bitter pill" so that your body is healthy and better prepared to benefit from more exercise and weight loss. Congratulate yourself for coming to SparkPeople and posting to the group about your feelings. You are not the only one to be upset about having to go on meds. Keep in touch!
| current weight: 184.0