Greetings! It has been a long while since I last wrote. I haven’t abandoned my little corner of the internet, but I have been working on revamping it. Finding time and making progress have been a struggle, but I am finding that I miss (and need) my blog more than ever.
While I still plan to make some changes for the better here, I felt the need to check in. Here’s what’s going on…
I went to the doctor today. It wasn’t anything major, just some residual issues from a recent cold. As always, the nurse checked my blood pressure. And it was elevated. Again. I have never had an issue with my blood pressure until about a year ago. And since last spring, my blood pressure has been elevated each time it has been checked. While it’s not “high” per se, it’s concerning for someone my age and is much scarier given my family history. My dad battled with high blood pressure for most of his adult life, and he passed away after suffering a massive stroke 7 years ago. I miss him every day.
Today, the conversation turned to my weight. Since getting married and starting my first professional job, I have slowly gained weight. However, it has gotten worse over the last few years. Technically, I am overweight. I managed to drop close to 10 pounds last spring and summer. But unfortunately, I have not received much support or encouragement from many of the people I am around the most. My attempts at living healthier have been scoffed at, my goal of eventually running a half marathon has been openly ridiculed. It’s been tough to maintain motivation. I’m not as hardy a person as I would hope to be, most of the time.
That’s where I am right now. Concerned about my overall health, not because I am in imminent danger, but because this is not the life that I want for myself. I want to like what I see when I look in the mirror. I want to live a long and healthy life. Something – well, a lot of things – needs to change. And I am making a promise to myself right now – They will.