HOW A GADGET TURNED MY MOTIVATION AROUND AND POSSIBLY SAVED MY LIFE.
Monday, June 27, 2016
I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been to be walking around shopping. We stopped in a walgreens and I had my pressure taken. 172/116! YIKES ( The sound of a whipped dog yelping) My friend and the pharmacist urged me to go to ER! ( How's THAT for a wake up call? ) I refrained from a hospital because they might have held me and eaten up my precious vacation time with my friends. But I most definitely stopped the salty fried foods and dropped down to no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per DAY. ( A mimosa with breakfast and a glass of wine at dinner) I also bought a wrist blood pressure monitor.
Having my own monitor and taking my blood pressure reading multiple times per day keeps me motivated to stay on my diet, to stay AWAY from salt and it also allows me to see my progress as I bring my readings down from that frightening HIGH, which was stage two hypertension to something healthier. ( I'm Now at 145/89 which is PRE hypertension) It also shifts the focus from the scale and pounds lost to each individual food choice...fruit or salty sausage for breakfast? Loaded nachos or a salad for lunch. You'd be amazed how easy it is to resist temptation when you have a little gadget that will show you blood pressure consequences within minutes of every choice you make. Cheating is all but eliminated when you are held accountable in such an inescapable and concrete way.
Hypertension and Heart Disease are truly a silent killers! So if you are at risk,and if you are overweight you most likely are, having a monitor gives you an early warning, and will help add that extra bit of "FEAR" to the normal motivation of losing weight for vanity. Its one thing to say you need to "Be healthier" it's something totally different to KNOW you BETTER or you could have a heart attack or stroke. Knowledge is power!
As a foot note, though sharing this story I found several fitness buffs who are not even remotely overweight and who eat as healthy as anyone could who are ALSO on blood pressure meds. So it literally can strike anyone! Don't assume because you are thin or work out, or have good eating habits you are Safe. It can strike ANYONE!! A Blood Pressure monitor will let you know where you stand and in addition to motivating you, it quite literally can save your life.