October 8th, 2013

Muscle Moose

Weekly Weigh-In

Gain/loss for the three weeks since last weigh-in: -3.8 lbs.
Cumulative loss: 9.4
Lbs. away from revised goal: 7.4

I guess I can't really call this a "Weekly Weigh-In" if I don't actually post every week. However, I have managed to weigh-in on each of the Tuesday mornings since the last post, so I'm keeping to the spirit of these posts, if not the letter. Of course, these weigh-in posts are intended as a motivational tool to keep me on track, which so far has not been an issue. In fact, I am doing better than I anticipated back when I realized I needed to get serious again. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the positive resolution of one of the driving factors behind my newest push to regularly exercise and consistently eat better: as of last week, I'm back on the high blood pressure medication.

If there's a silver lining there, it's that chances are pretty good that there's little I could've done to prevent it and that my no-exercise/unhealthy-eating bender from this past summer probably had little to do with bringing my blood pressure back into the worrisome range. When I saw the doctor last week and my blood pressure hadn't dropped in the five weeks since my previous visit (despite my doing everything right), he decided to take a close look at my chart. When I went off my blood pressure medication over a year ago, my blood pressure was only in the middle of the healthy range, and since then it's actually been slowly creeping back upwards. However, we hadn't paid much attention since the numbers were still in the healthy range. In the end, my genetics just caught up to me again -- I will almost certainly be taking hypertension medication for the rest of my life.

However, I'm not using that as an excuse to give myself a little more leeway during my current efforts. Since I first started striving to achieve and maintain a healthy eating/exercise regimen in April 2011, I've known that the changes I made need to be permanent -- both my family history as well as my own health issues over the years made this fact abundantly clear. I've written before about my desire to reach 70, which is something that none of my male predecessors have done yet, and it's clear to me that I really do need to take proper care of myself to get there.