Some of you are aware of my recent discovery that I have high blood pressure. I had gone in to have my teeth cleaned about 6 weeks ago, and my dentist (Kyle Reeves) wanted to get a baseline b/p. It was 160/110. He thought it might simply be white coat syndrome. I said that had never happened before.
Well, I was due for a physical anyway, so I scheduled one for the next week. At the doctor's office, my b/p was again 160/110. My cholesterol was a bit elevated as well. The doctor advised that I exercise every day and lose a few pounds. He also put me on some b/p medication.
This is the first time in my life I have gotten serious about dieting. It is really hard! In the first week, I dropped 10 pounds. I thought, "What's so hard about this?" Over the marriage retreat weekend, I gained back 3. I lost one more this week. So I have now lost a total of 8 pounds (not the direction I want to be headed). It's like after the first 10 pounds, I have hit a wall.
I really miss eating a lot of chips and hot sauce. I miss ordering fried foods. I'm getting tired of grilled or baked chicken and salads. I hate going to bed hungry (not really hungry, but compared to past experience it seems that way).
But I am determined to lose another 10. Hopefully, that will lower both my b/p and cholesterol.
When I get to heaven, I do have a question for God: Why does everything that tastes good have to be bad for you?