Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Morning shocker

I went to the doctor for a check up and was given bad news - my blood pressure is way too high. Both systolic and diastolic are higher than I've ever seen before, and the worst part is that I've sensed the changes internally. So while it was shocking to see the actual numbers, I wasn't in disbelief. I could feel when I'd have a harder time catching my breath while climbing the stairs, I felt the impact of the heat of the summer, I have had a harder time sleeping. Stress the last few months bearing down on me and feeling like a vise.
I have the tools to change things. I can eat healthier, exercise, and meditate. Will it be so easy to turn things around? I know it's possible, and it just requires a few tweaks to my schedule. I don't want to be taking drugs to lower my bp, so I must change the inside with the tools I have outside. Reading up on alternative measures, I see I have to add more celery and garlic to the diet, and use that 20 to 30 minutes I waste lollygagging in bed in the morning (telling myself to get out of bed and go to work) meditating and working on breathing exercises. That's a start.

4 comments:

Isabetlog said...

Aw Mila, I'm sorry to hear that! But I love your whole attitude about it! And even more so, I'm amazed at how well you know how to remedy it...more celery and garlic you say...? Wow, I would NOT know where to begin!

It was really great to see you (unfortunately it had to be at a wake) and hope to be able to at least one more time before you leave for China! It's been wonderful getting to know you and hope that you really will be back after a year? Stay in touch dearie :)

Katrina said...

Oh, no, bad news! :-( Well, maybe you'll eat more healthily once you're in China -- isn't there less temptation there? ;-) Good luck on getting your BP back down. It wouldn't do to be in bad shape in the boonies.

kay said...

Try drinking Vitaplus. It's a health drink but it really works in helping lower things like BP and cholesterol.

Watergirl said...

Thanks bel! Try to join us for the dinner/potluck thing at Joey's next week! Or if you're up to buffalo wings at Charlie's in Kapitolyo, another friend and I plan to hit it before I leave.

Katrina, if I don't lose weight in the boonies, I don't know what will do it! And don't bring up those darn ascaris!!!

Thank you for the recommendation Kay, I'll look for it in the supermarkets. I also have to start drinking my ginseng tea which my dad has been giving me but I keep putting it off.

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