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
- 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.