Sunday, February 21, 2010
I've gotten pretty good at managing my food intake. I do meet my goals most days. I'd say that probably the toughest thing lately is keeping the sodium down where I want it. I'm amazed at just how much sodium is in things that we don't even realize!
Anyway, I received great news at a doctor's visit Friday learning that I have now lost a total of 24 pounds since my initial visit last November. (My weight will now show that it's 26.4 pounds, because I updated my weight from the reading taken on my new home scale - on Saturday. Wanting to get a more accurate reading, I weighed with out clothes.)
My blood pressure, however, was still high. I don't know if now I'm just nervous about it every time I go, but it's three readings now above 150 on the top number. Twice I've checked it at Wal-Mart and found that it was around 140/80, which is still high, but not as high as the doctor's office. I am determined not to go on medication. What I need to do is apply God's medicine...the Word! (I taught about this today in Kid's Church.) I am also going to get a home BP monitor to check it more frequently. I've got to wait a bit though...they're a little pricey.
I have another follow-up exam in May. I told my doctor I'd probably be another 30 pounds lighter by then!
The one thing I have not done much of yet is exercise. I've taken the dog for a couple walks, but nothing regular or significant. Now I'm measuring. Yesterday I went 1/3 mile (and back). Today 1/2 mile (and back). My goal - for now - is to do at least 1 mile/day. I need regular consistent movement. I know it's exercise that will improve strength, endurance, and overall heart health. It also is one important factor in raising my good cholesterol...which is a little low. By the time I have it checked this year, I expect to see a good improvement over last year.