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Good Health is Like Money!

Saturday, September 07, 2019

I believe in good Health, and I will honestly face all obstacles in order to keep it and gain more of it.
It is easy to lie, misrepresent or stay ignorant when it comes to health related issues. That is what I have done for years when it comes to my blood pressure. I have been taking my BP for years every evening after my day was done. I’d sit on the couch and watch the ball game or evening news, and check my BP. It was always pretty good! Unfortunately, that was only a partial picture of my BP.
This year, I made a change. I started taking my BP in the morning and afternoon as well as in the evenings. WHAT A BIG SURPRISE!!! My BP is much higher than I expected.
Early morning numbers are at 142/99.
2 PM numbers were at 183/103.
AT 63, I am now taking a closer look at what I can do to keep history from repeating itself! I’m looking at the good, the bad and the ugly parts of my life, and figuring out how to make changes. Taking the time to know my numbers may have saved my life!

I go to see my doctor on Wednesday. I’m sure that he will take my plans and add how own suggestions.
Here’s the good:
• I’m thin (okay, I’m not overweight).
• I eat a healthy diet.
• I exercise 3-5 days a week. Every day I get in my 10K steps (up to 17K), thanks to my FitBit.
• I drink only 1 glass of wine each evening with dinner, and I am not a smoker.
• I have the option of swimming one day a week. Maybe it’s time for me to add this into my workout schedule.
• I take part in a weekly meditation group. Maybe I should join the yoga group as well. Sometimes the most productive thing I can do is to relax!
Here’s the bad and the ugly:
• I have a family history on both my maternal and paternal sides of heart disease.
• I love being busy. I write, do crafts and sew when I’m not working. Maybe I need to slow down.
• I try to do it all. Maybe it’s time to delegate more.
• I eat meat and lots of cheese. Maybe a dietary change to less meat and cheese would result in lower BP.
I might not be able to change my family history, but I can make my life healthier, and my children will benefit from that. I am now reminded that I need to make these other changes:
• Pray more and worry less.
• Find a new balance between work and business and rest.
• Laugh more.
• Visit friends and family, and let them know how much I love them.
If you have suggestions to help me improve my life, please tell me. I am open to changing my life for the better! Knowing my numbers was the first step forward.

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