Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Well, yesterday, (Monday the 19th) was my 3 week followup with my doctor after my blood pressure fiasco. I've been taking my medication faithfully and doing a bit of walking a few times a week. Leisurely walking as per my doctor.
Yesterday was a good day. The doctor's scale has me down 4 lbs and that was after a not so good eating day on Sunday. Today the scale is back down 2 more lbs, so I sorta with my appointment was today so their record would reflect a 6 lb loss in three weeks instead of 4. But, hey, in a month when I go back I'm 2 lbs ahead and I'm guessing with the holiday this week I'm going to need every bit of that to help me.
I am released to excise, but can't go all crazy yet. So, today we went for a much more brisk walk. Felt my heart rate going up, got sweaty. Yeah! I hate exercising, but the walk this morning was really fun. My 7 1/2 yr old tagged along and talked to me the whole way. Made the 20 minutes go really quickly.
For now my goal is to do a 20 minute walk a day. I know my history very well. If I go all gung-ho on this I'll be burnt out in no time and will fall off my "lifestyle-change-wagon." This is what this needs to be - - a lifestyle change. So, a daily walk when weather permits starting at 20 minutes. I will definitely build that up as time goes on. I am also going to toss in two days a week working with my hand weights. My arms definitely need some improvement. :)
I will be so happy if I can lose even 5 lbs a month. My weight loss goal time frame is ten months from now. 5 x 10 is 50 and would more than put me where I'd like to be....God is good and if I remember to keep Him at the Center of my life, at the Center of all I am doing, that I know I will not fail.
So, for now, good news at the doctor, recorded weight loss, monitoring of sodium is going better, eating is much better (except weekends, but I'm still working on that), and all is good. I'm encouraged and ready to embark on this journey that I know is only going to bless me and my family. The healthier I can be, the better it is for all of us.
And maybe, just maybe, I won't need that BP medication forever...
Blessings to all,