The Dreaded High Blood Pressure

The dreaded high blood pressure….

Yesterday I had my blood pressure checked by a local pharmacist at an event I was working at. Unfortunately for me, it was high. Now, this wasn’t a complete shock, as I am a large man who has a pretty unhealthy diet.

I now know for certain that my blood pressure is high, so I can no longer kid myself into thinking I am healthy. I know that with high blood pressure, I increase my chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.

So, I now must make lifestyle changes to try & reduce my blood pressure, some of the suggested changes are: –

  • Losing weight
  • Improving diet
  • Exercising
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Reduce stress levels

This all seems simple enough on paper, but to me this will be a struggle.

As a parent to 2 boys, I am not sure that reducing my caffeine intake will be beneficial to anyone. With children comes lack of sleep, so if I don’t drink coffee, I am not sure that I would be the perfectly patient parent that I am today 😂 Ok, that is a bit of an exaggeration, as no amount of coffee can give you the patience needed to be a parent… but it helps me to resist putting them up for sale on eBay!

The other lifestyle change that I feel is impossible, is reducing my stress levels. This is mainly because I am a pretty relaxed person and don’t get overly stressed. Any stress I do have, can’t be improved until my boys are 18 & move out. 😂

So, the lifestyle changes I can realistically look at are losing weight, having a better diet & exercising more (or doing some).

This is where I run into difficultly, because even the thought of exercise gives me muscle cramps. For years, I have been using the excuse that I don’t have time to exercise as I have kids. Although it’s true that I have less time now, I didn’t do much exercise before kids. There have been a few times when I started to go to the gym or started running regularly but I never stuck at it. This was because I didn’t like it, hated feeling sore and lacked the motivation to push on through.

Then there is the diet. I am not a massive fruit & veg eater. In fact, there are many fruits & vegetables I don’t even like. Plus, it always seems like more effort to eat healthier. I think the main reason for avoiding diets is that I love all things calorific & fatty… I mean, I have just had a whole week of celebrating pancakes. 😂

What I’ve discovered is that I love making excuses…. I can’t exercise because…. or my diet isn’t great because…. I also don’t look at my body & think “look at the state of you” or “my belly is too big!” What I usually say is that I’m a real man or I have the perfect ‘dadbod.’

But now I have confirmation that my blood pressure is high, I really need to look at improving my lifestyle. Because, although a week or 2 in hospital sounds like a great way to catch up on my sleep, I really don’t want to have a serious health issue, like a heart attack. What kind of husband and father would I be if that happens? I don’t want my boys to look at me & think that I couldn’t be bothered to get healthier for them. I don’t want my wife worrying that I’m going to have a heart attack or a stroke. So, I am going to have to do something about it.

I don’t know how though.

The diet will be easier than the exercise because I enjoy cooking and don’t enjoy exercise. So, if anyone has any exercise tips for a lazy, unmotivated, excuse-making fat dad with high blood pressure let me know. 😂

I know my wife will be a massive support, will always encourage me & will walk through the process with me.

My health is as important to my family as it is to me. Even though I don’t like these lifestyle changes, they are a better option that ending up in hospital.


2 thoughts on “The Dreaded High Blood Pressure

  1. John Adams says:

    Ah yes, I think you’ve seen what you need to change: more exercise and a change in diet. Do you drink booze? Cut that down as well.

    I don’t have high blood pressure but I started paying more attention to the amount of exercise I do last year. Haven’t looked back. It;s done wonders for me. best of luck.

    PS A fresh fruit smoothie first thing in the morning (maybe even with some frozen fruit) sets you up for the day and tastes awesome. Just an idea. ..

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