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Beating Demons

Sunday, July 05, 2009

This week I had to go to the doctor. I go every three months to check blood pressure and progress. Well to my surprise my blood pressure was extremely low. I started this journey because of my extremely high blood pressure. Since his medical assistant took my pressure, he decided to take it himself. It was the same 106/60. He took me off of four of the medications and cut the last one in half.
I'm amazed because so many people told me that I could never get off of the medications. In my dark moments I believed that. But I continued my exercise and healthy diet. When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, the hb was almost uncontrollable. I had to wait to start exercising. Once I was given the ok by the doctor, the exercise seemed insurmountable. I began to walk. I found my local recreation center. When I got there I climbed the stairs which were extremely difficult for me and I walked 2 laps which was less than a quarter mile. I didn't have walking shoes and I was extremely winded. I didn't know how I was going to be able to keep this up. But then I thought about how I was on a cusp. This cusp could either strengthen me or weaken me.
At the end of that week I bought proper walking shoes. I began to schedule my walks around my job and my meds. I had to do this because one of the medications I was taking made me pass out and at the time I had to take it three times a day. After a while I was able to walk a quarter of a mile, next a half mile, and then a mile.
Wonderful things began to happen to me and my body. I began to have tremendous amounts of energy. I felt better when I walked. I felt younger, smarter and happier. I increased my walking to now I walk five miles. Also began to do other types of exercises. I took belly dancing, pilates, zumba, bosu ball, fit ball, yoga, and weight training.
Medically a year and 10 months ago, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. Last year I was able to give up the diabetes medication and now today I'm off of most of my high blood pressure medications. I feel like I've beaten demons and come out ahead. The next demon I must beat is obesity. But if I follow my current path, I know that I will beat that one too.
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  • NEWMUM8
    Yes you will beat it, sara, your beating it, way to go, you are already a success story, love, NM
    4303 days ago
  • CHARIZMA207
    I'm gonna subscribe to your blog and add you as a friend!
    4316 days ago
  • CHARIZMA207
    As a future physician, YOU MAKE ME PROUD!!!!!!!!! Losing weight is such a hard thing to do, but it's about health, not vanity. You are an inspiration to me!!! I'm so happy that you have been able to reduce your medications. Stabilizing your sugar and blood pressure have added DECADES to your life! Stay motivated, sister, I'll be praying for you.
    4316 days ago
  • WILLBOYWONDER
    Don't give up. Stick with your path. You WILL achieve your goal.
    4346 days ago
  • CGRANTBROOKS06
    Congrats!!! Keep on pressing on and I know you will accomplish your other goal.
    4403 days ago
  • SHININGTHRU126
    Awesome!
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    4403 days ago
  • GODSBEST
    Big congrats to you for hanging in there and beating that demon. You are well on your way to being the best you that you can be. Don't let anything stop you. You've come this far. This is a journey, so there is no stop sign - only a road that keeps going and that gets easier as you go along. Your story will inspire others.

    4405 days ago
  • NURSE333
    GIRL THAT IS WONDERFUL I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU ARE DOING YOUR THING...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU HAVE PUT THE FIRE OF MOTIVATIO UNDER ME ONCE AGAIN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4405 days ago
  • JACKJACK91
    emoticon those are tears of joy, emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you! Off most of your medication is emoticon you did all the hard work and it paid off PTL! You go girl! emoticon
    4405 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/6/2009 8:40:35 AM
  • TEASINGTAN
    I am so proud of you....... You Go Girl! I'm on the same boat you got off of, with HP hoping I will get off of mine soon too. The best of continuing sucess towards a new you.

    Sincerely,
    teasingtan aka Patricia emoticon emoticon
    4405 days ago
  • GETFIT_4LIFE
    Great blog! Its experiences like this that keep me going and not give up. I've been at my same weight for months ( which at times is discouraging) but I love how I feel after I workout. Congrats to you! You're seeing progress!
    4405 days ago
  • IKIRSTEN
    I will not say you are lucky because you are blessed to be able to get off over half of your meds. Now all you have to do is just keep the faith and even if it is the size of a mustard seed, your mountain will move. (no pun intended)
    4405 days ago
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