It’s been four weeks since I started my journey to a healthier me. I’ve lost a total of 8 pounds. My goal weight is 145 pounds in the middle of the day. Why in the middle of the day, do you ask? I like to weight myself when I first get up because that’s always my lightest weight, and as the day progresses I’ve noticed my weight goes up a few pounds. I guess it’s the food and water that we intake, as well as the fact that most of us have clothes on about that time of day :-)
So I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I’ve eaten a 95% vegan diet for the past month. I’ve been exercising a little more, but I still have a l0t of room for improvement in that area.
I started a nutrition class this past Tuesday, and had my blood pressure checked by a nurse. Much to my chagrin, I was told that it registered in the range of Stage 1 Hypertension / borderline Stage 2. I had noticed that it was creeping up over the past couple of years, but I had no idea it was that high. My diastolic was 100! I wonder if it was higher before the 8 pound weight loss? This is nothing to play with. I plan to chart my blood pressure for the next couple of weeks so my doctors and I can make an informed decision about whether I can lower it to a safe zone with diet and exercise, or if I need to begin taking high blood pressure medication. If I can do it naturally I’d prefer it. So I have more incentive to lose weight and exercise daily.
So I ask you, have you checked your blood pressure lately? Most of us just wait until we have our annual checkup, but 12 months is a long time. If you don’t have your own blood pressure machine at home, stop by the Walgreens, CVS, or other pharmacy in your neighborhood. Most of them have blood pressure machines you can use to take your blood pressure.
In the mean time, here are some articles I found helpful and they apply to anyone, not just women and not a specific ethnicity. They will help to educate you on Hypertension, the healthy range for your blood pressure, etc.
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Enemy #1 in the African American Community – This article will define the systolic and diastolic numbers and what is a healthy range.
- Pressure Points: Preventing and Controlling Hypertension
- Stroke – The Facts
- Controlling Hypertension Throughout Your Life