Thursday, April 25, 2013
You gotta have a goal!
But then my blood pressure spiked dangerously high and I was scared senseless. And although I have been on every diet known to man, I was clueless as to how to lick this issue once and for all.
So I did what every journalist does before tackling a story: I researched. And came up with a list of things I needed to do to get my BP down.
1. Lose weight. Research has proven that only a 5 percent weight loss -- 10 pounds for a 200-lb, person -- can drop that BP.
2. Change my diet. Instead of approaching this as what I can't eat, I started eating more vegetables and fruit -- crowding out the room in my stomach for the bad stuff.
3. I went to a hypnotist -- that is fodder for another post -- and learned some invaluable techniques that I practice daily.
4. I embraced exercise. I have done yoga for years, but cardio was never my thing. I really hate going to the gym. But I have found a new love -- which I will share another day.
5. I limited alcohol. Not that I was a heavy drinker, but if I was with friends, three or four glasses of wine was not uncommon. And sometimes my husband and I would drink a bottle of wine with dinner. I don't do that anymore.
6. Handle stress. Working on this, but my hypnotist has helped me tremendously.
7. I bought a blood pressure machine. I know that these are never 100 percent accurate, but if I use it at the same time and in the same place daily, it serves me well. Since January, I have lowered my systolic (top) number by 25 points; my diastolic (bottom) number by 18 points.
I call that progress.