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.