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Blood Pressure

It has been high but I don’t know why. And I mean stroke and heart attack high! My doctor had increased my med dosage an few months back but did not help.

I saw her last week and it was still high:142/100. So, she added another medication and in only 6 days it has come down to near normal numbers. This morning it was 127/83. I was very pleased,and, I feel better.

I am also feeling better because I am not driving a school bus any longer. I do have to find another job though. You know how when you’re working, and the money is good, and you start spending more and making new bills? Yeah, I did that. I am not completely sunk yet. I can conceivably pay off the debts I’ve created very slowly, or I can get a job and pay them off like I was doing before.

However, I am not worried about it. I will find a job eventually, even if I have to deliver pizzas in my car. And that’s not really a bad gig. I only need so much to get by. Being retired military helped immensely.

The only thing that really disappoints me is that I will not be able to buy that new motorcycle I have been wanting for the last 11 months. I wanted to buy a Harley Davidson. After test riding a few I can’t stop thinking about them. One day I will though.

Anyway, that is about all I have to say on this post. I feel like my health is improving. I am getting better and better reacquainted with my diet. And I am slowly but surly taking measures to improve.

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Keep it Keto Simple

Recipe: Baked chicken, Miracle Noodle tossed in a few tbsp of the chicken fat from the pan, and lightly seasoned with salt & pepper.

Meals on the ketogenic diet usually are not that complicated. I usually eat some protein with a good concentration of fat. The discovery of Miracle Noodles has allowed me to eat really low carb and get some fiber into my diet as well. They also leave me the room in other meals to eat more nutrient dense foods; usually broccoli or asparagus or spinach or something. And of course, they are great if I happen to get too close to my carb limit in foods I really shouldn’t be eating.

I have probably said it before, but, the easiest thing to do when trying to eat low carb is to stay away from anything that comes out of a box, has been processed, or man made in general. I usually eat with my protein some sort of whole food vegetable; things that steam, like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, or even Brussel sprouts. To get my fat calories in I usually will pour olive oil, coconut oil, or even butter over my veggies.

My macro goal is 5% carbs, 20% protein, and 75% fat. I know it sounds like a lot. But this diet has been around for a very long time as treatment of epilepsy and other conditions. My blood pressure has come down. My blood sugar seems to be normalizing and I’m losing weight. I couldn’t be more satisfied, literally.

Fat satiates hunger like nothing else. The low amount of carbs doesn’t spike blood sugar, allowing me to go longer between meals, AND eat less, which is the real contributor to my weight loss. It’s almost fail proof.

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Fine Tuning a Life Style

If you had seen my food diary you would know that yesterday was definitely a cheat day. I know, I know. I said in a previous post that, “there is no cheat day.” Well, I don’t plan cheat days because I really don’t believe in them, but, apparently, my body does. So, cheat days happen. However, I don’t feel guilty about them.

I’m learning that sometimes you just have to listen to the body. This allows me to go back to eating the right stuff right away. Without the guilt, I don’t feel like I have ruined myself, which eliminates any stress about having screwed up my diet.

I have been following the ketogenic diet. However, it’s not so much about the diet, as it is a lifestyle change that I am making. I have been on the ketogenic diet for the past 4 months. However, I sometimes just don’t do it right.

The keto diet has not let me down when it comes to losing weight. However, my blood pressure has been higher than normal since about the 3rd week. And I am not only trying to lose weight, I’m trying to improve my health as well. My doctor has already increased my bp meds. I am still hoping to be able to take less of these medications as I improve my health.

On the Keto diet, saturated fats are allowed, but it may not be working for me. I want to get my bp back under control. Until the keto diet, my bp was always around 121/70. I don’t know if the change in diet caused it but I really don’t like the idea that I have had to add more meds to what I am already taking. And I still have noticed no change.

I have another doctor’s appt in a couple of weeks. I hope to have some good news.

 

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Headache Pain

All day today I have had a severe headache, a migraine. My blood pressure has been high. I don’t know what is causing it. There is some pain from my surgery, but, I don’t know if it would account for what I’m feeling in my head.

I have medication for the blood pressure. If it is still a problem in the morning I will have to see my doctor. It has been a long time since I have experienced a headache I couldn’t get rid of in a short amount of time.

I’m thinking I need to do better on my diet; cleaner fats, less sodium, and more fiber. I have technically stayed within the parameters of the keto-diet, but it could be better. My blood pressure has never spiked like this before. I am a bit concerned.

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End of the School Year

Sorry I haven’t been writing. I have been way too busy keep up with the blog. Only one week left of school and I’m done until fall. I only have 4 classes to go and then I graduate.

I did cheat at DQ tonight. Probably pay for it with stomach pain tomorrow. My blood pressure has been unusually high for about a week and a half. I don’t know why. I have been eating all  the same stuff that lowered it initially.

Anyway, can’t wait until Friday; my last exam in sociology. I will have turned my research paper and last test for history the day before. I am tired of both classes, especially sociology. And as far as my research paper, I am very tired of Caesar Augustus.

I look forward to summer and a good break.

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12 Weeks

Yesterday began my 12th week in the gym. This is the longest streak I have had going to the gym since I got out of the Navy. Back in 2010 I had a pretty good run bicycling after my back surgery and then the winter came and the pain of my back reacting to the weather was too much.

I am having some back pain right now as a result of some exercises I did yesterday. It is the wrong kind of pain because I was working my shoulders. It is joint pain near the center of my back. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. It is one of the reasons I am strength training. I have joint pain all over my body, especially my shoulders.

I had a very good shoulder workout yesterday. I think it was because of the great care I have to take ensuring that I don’t use the joints in the wrong way; being careful to use only the muscle needed, and using the proper amount of weight so that tendons & joints are not overly stressed. I am really sore this today, and it is the right kind of soreness. My shoulder joints are not hurting and are working properly.

These are the things that usually cause me to quit, but this time I am determined to keep working to reach my goal. It has been nearly 3 months since my last doctors appointment. I have an appointment next week. It will be good to go having actually taken the actions my doctor has been suggesting for over a year. I am 10 pounds lighter. My cardiovascular system should be in better shape. And hopefully my blood pressure and cholesterol levels will have improved since the last visit.

So I am looking forward to a good report. I am also looking forward to reaching my goal and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.