My how time flies, friends. Here we are, a quarter of the way through the year already. How have you all been doing on your wellness quests? Shedding those pounds? Running those races? Going those extra few miles? However you define progress, I hope you’re doing it fo sho.
Recently, I donated blood. This is not unusual for me. I donate blood, on average, 2-3 times a year. Anyway, they take my vitals every time I go: blood pressure, temperature, etc and I received some particularly troubling news. My blood pressure was 140/96!
Now, my blood pressure has always been slightly high (hypertension runs in my family) but usually in the 130/85 range so this came across as a shock to me. 140/96 put me in the level of Stage I hypertension. Now, to put it in other terms, Stage I hypertension is the hypertension equivalent of an early diagnosis Type II diabetes, meaning meds may or may not be necessary but the situation isn’t so dire that it can’t be reversed with the right diet and exercise program.
So upon receiving this information, I said “Aww, hell naw! Something must be done and now.” I told a select few people and didn’t bother to measure again to see if the number had gone down. The initial reading was enough for me to know that something has to be done. I can’t lollygag like I have been or continue to yoyo as I have been. This is my heart and my life and I’ve seen too many male relatives die young due to heart conditions.
So, that leads me to my next topic…new challenges!
Now that my Lenten fast from the Internet is over (more on that later in this post), it’s onto the next challenge. Sparked by the news of my BP, I decided to attack things head on and on an intense note.
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