The last Wednesday in January, I was feeling really good. I did about 15 minutes of exercise. Overall I just had a good feeling but all of a sudden, I started feeling really dizzy and naseous. I just didn’t feel good. I had been having dizzy spells on and off but I just waved it off and they went away.I felt it was my blood pressure, only because that’s the only health problem I’ve ever really had with my weight problem. I was finally able to check my blood pressure and it was sky high. The diagram below will show you blood pressure categories.
This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
mm Hg (upper #)
mm Hg (lower #)
|Normal||less than 120||and||less than 80|
|Prehypertension||120 – 139||or||80 – 89|
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
|140 – 159||or||90 – 99|
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
|160 or higher||or||100 or higher|
(Emergency care needed)
|Higher than 180||or||Higher than 110|
My blood pressure numbers were in the Cayenne Pepper Red category. I wasn’t freaking out as much as I should have been. I think it’s because being on medication is something that I’ve always seen with my parents so for me, it’s normal to be taking something for something. Since, currently, I don’t have any medical insurance, I went to the health department. Honestly, I had set my mind that I was going to be there all day and would write a blog about maneuvering through the system in Montgomery county, but God had other plans. The Nurse practitioner took me back and told me because of my high blood pressure status that it wasn’t anything they could do for me and that I needed to go to the emergency room because my numbers were stroke levels. That statement freaked me out. I’m 25, I don’t want a stroke.I’m just starting to really live my life. I want to travel with my girls, I want to see babies be birthed, relationships mended, and love to be developed. So, before I went I called my mom and cried and I try to cry to my mom because when I cry, she starts to cry.
So, I headed to the emergency room and they got me back to back fairly quickly. I was poked, proded, given a pregnacy test (passed with flying colors), CT scan, EKG, and an IV. While being poked and proded, I realized this isn’t what I want, I want to be healthy, I don’t to be taking pills for this and that for the rest of my life. So, with this new knowledge. I am taking it one day at a time. I am slowing down on my consumption of fast food and things that I knowingly know has too much sodium. I am also looking at exercise and losing weight differently. I’m trying to look at it as a lifetime adventure instead of I want to be a certain size by the end of the year.
I like to play mind games with myself. So, this week and the rest of the month, I am going to challenge myself to do 15 miles a week,via walking, treadmill, and elliptical. Why 15 miles? That’s the average mils from my house to Prattville, AL which is where one of HIS will be getting married next month. It’s gives me something tangible to measure my success. I will give you a weekly success report.
Here’s to a lifetime of Health.