Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Big Wake Up Call

Hello Everyone!
I have a rather unusual post for my blog
which is usually about decorating.
I really want to share my experience.
If anyone would like to join me please do.
Let me know what changes you make.
We'll encourage each other.
This past week I have been dignosed with very
high blood pressure. Two years ago a doctor visit
showed it was elevated then and I ignored it.
Big mistake...
I am now on two different medications and
I am not happy about it at all.
I DO NOT like medicine...:(
Needless to say I am officially on a healthy
eating plan with no or very low sodium.
I admit it...I am a salt-a-holic. Big time.
Those days are behind me and I am feeling a
little bit better finally as of today.
I am still adjusting to the medicine though.
Yes, In case you are wondering I do have weight to lose.
The photos of me here are not recent and now I know why.
I am ashamed I'm not my small self anymore.
I may never be that tiny size again and it's okay.
My goal is to be off of this medicine in the long term.
My hubby is happy I'm joining him on a workout routine.
Wish me luck!
I'll be monitoring myself 3 times daily with this.

And eating lots and lots of this...

To have a healthier life...I owe it to me.
Let me hear from you if you have any tips.
This is all new to me and I'm pretty scared.
Have a wonderful week!


blushing rose said...

I learned a 'trick' when I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease ... I had to remove salt from my diet because of meds ... my gastro Dr. said to use a wee bit more pepper & it will 'retrain' your taste buds so you don't miss the salt. For 25 years it has worked like a charm ... you'll adjust very quickly.

Best wishes for your success in this effort. You will do well, I can tell.

Pop over & visit my friend Gail on her 2d day as a new blogger ~

TTFN ~Marydon

Amy said...

Melissa, I commend you for your honesty and your positive attitude toward this lifestyle change.

I'm not a nutrition expert by any stretch, but I think I read somewhere that oatmeal can help with high blood pressure. For breakfast every morning I make an easy and yummy bowl of oatmeal as follows:
Pour uncooked oatmeal (old fashioned whole grain oats are best, but the quick oats work too) into a bowl. Add milk, frozen berries, almonds, and walnuts (I'm a vegetarian so I need this added protein). Cook in microwave for around 1 minute & 20 seconds (time varies w/microwave). No sugar needed (or salt :))! I never tire of this. Sometimes I use banana slices in place of the berries (when I do this, I add a dash of maple syrup--yum.) Good luck with the beginning of your new healthier routine!

~Kristen~ said...

Oh Melissa, BIG {{{{{hugs}}}}} to you!!! And thank you for trusting us enough to share your struggle with us. I commend you for taking charge of your life to make a healthier you. If you see my recent blog post, I talked about my Mom's upcoming heart surgery. I am scared...for her and me. I wonder, will I follow in her footsteps. I very well could because I, too, have weight to lose. I so need to take better care of myself. My weight has been a constant struggle most of my life, and most days I do really well, eating right. But then I fall off that wagon and have bad days. But I will keep plugging along. I have to. I am here for you, sweet friend! We can encourage each other!!! But one thing, please don't ever be ashamed of who you are. You are beautiful in AND out!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm sorry Melissa. My hubby has high blood pressure; it runs in his family. He has been on a prescription for several years now. We don't use salt; I use pepper alot or other seasonings and condiments to add flavor. I've never missed it, not much of a salt person.

It does take time to rework your diet. I know because last November I was still having bad times with what diagnosed as IBS and I decided to see how a gluten free diet affected me; I thought maybe I didn't have IBS and had Celiac Disease. I wrote a post about it actually if you care to read it.

Within days I felt better - even my mood was much better. It will be a year this November since I have had to give up anything made with wheat, barley or rye ~ things I ate every single day! No italian bread, no doughnuts, no bagels, no cookies, no cake, no pie, no pizza ~ nothing made with wheat flour.

They do make gluten free products but they don't taste the same. So I've had to adapt my diet and try to find gluten free baked products that I like {I still look even now almost a year later}.

BTW, at a dr. visit after I changed my diet, I told my doctor what I did and why. To her credit she sent me for a blood test and I was positive for Celiac Disease. Better to adjust my diet than to have stomach cramping and weeks of "episodes" that had me running to the bathroom.

Your friends will support you, Melissa!

Love the Decor! said...

Melissa my friend
Thanks for sharing. I don't have any advice, Just know I will be praying for you in this journey. I don't have the high blood pressure thing but definatly need to drop some weight. It is always a struggle but we all in blog land can encourage and help one another.

Brandi said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. My hubby is a long time high blood pressure sufferer. He's been on and off of meds for more than 10 years. The last episode he had, his BP was so high they wouldn't let him leave the doctor's office.

He recently lost 20 lbs. and has been off of the meds for several months (he did weight watchers).

You can do it! :) I'll be sending prayers your way.

mbkatc230 said...

Oh sweetie, so sorry to hear this. DH has high blood pressure, so I'm very careful about sodium. I do use a lot of pepper and chilis (we are in Texas after all) I also find that squeezing fresh lemon juice really helps brighten and bring out flavors, especially veggies. And Mrs. Dash is usually pretty good. Oh, and the pampered chef makes alot of good seasoning blends, my favorite is citrus basil. Good luck to you! Hugs, Kathy

Denise said...

Hi Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear you're having to deal with this, but your positive attitude will help you tons :-) And thanks for sharing with us here. I don't really have much advice either. My mom has always had high blood pressure (she's 84 today) but to be honest I don't even know what causes it or if I would be at risk? I try to eat healthy , but I love salt rather than sugar too! Chips are my downfall so I try not to buy them often.
We'll be cheering you on every step of the way, so keep us posted on how things are going.

Stacey said...

Hi Friend. I thought you were awfully quiet lately. I hope you start feeling better quickly!

My only advice is walking. I have two devoted walking buddies. We try to walk at least 45 minutes at a really quick pace daily. It makes a huge difference. There's all kinds of positive evidence associated with walking. Look at this website


10,000 steps a day is a good goal. It's fun and therapeutic. I'll be checking on ya!

kimmcl said...

Oh Melissa, bless your beautiful heart. I love your sincerity and genuine inner beauty. I was just diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I JUST turned 40! I know how you feel. I'm on meds too and feel like my life is changing before my very eyes. The most important thing is that you are healthy. Achieve that, and everything else will fall into place. Take care, Kim

Cathy said...

Oh Melissa...I am praying for you...and your husband!!! We just went through this same thing about a year ago with my husband. He is on medication now and is feeling great. He watches his diet and exercises regularly. He doesn't mind taking his meds but I understand why you want to control your blood pressure without them as soon as you can...I am all about being medication free if at all possible. Have you ever heard od Dr. Andrew Weil? He has some great books out about using diet and natural supplements. I think you can find his books at Amazon.com.

I am so glad that you have a loving and supportive husband to help you through this...it makes all of the difference in the world!!!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help...even from far away. My prayers are with you!!!

God bless you...sweet girl!!!

Jo said...

Melissa ~
I can totally relate to the love of salt! I don't have any amazing tips to share with you ~ sorry. I know exercise is a key to helping with high blood pressure. It's not coming to mind right now but I thought there was a diet of sorts {really yummy though} that has proven to reduce blood pressure. I'll get back to you on this one, I need to ask a friend at school.

Regardless of weight, I still think you are amazingly beautiful!

Be well ~

Sandra said...

Hi Melissa. Sweety, no need to be ashamed. I need to lose weight also. ugh. One thing that works for me is walking and I really need to get in that routine again. Oh gosh, last fall, winter, and then spring, I walked 5miles a day. Yes, 5 miles. Then summer came and I stopped walking as much. Now that fall is bringing cooler weather, I'd like to get up to the 5 miles I was walking. But i'm telling you, walking does work. I use either my Ipod or Iphone and listen to fast music as I walk. It gives me more energy. lol I downloaded some music from Amazon called Classical Cardio and love walking to that. It is fast paced and sure does give me a workout.
Well we can give each other encouragement if you'd like. :) (HUGS)

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I understand....my blood pressure is okay, but I, too, am struggling with weight loss because of a thyroid problem. I put on 30 lbs. before I was finally diagnosed......now trying to get medication right. NO fun.
We can encourage one another! Good for you that you can work out with your sweetie. hang in there!


Lisa said...

Sorry about your jolt! I need to do better. I will be 41 this year need to loose weight and I need to get on it. High blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease run in my family. I need to get going. Good for you that you are all on top of it. I know you will get yourself off the meds in no time!
I am behind you and will cheer you on when ever you need it!
Hugs, Lisa

Rachael said...

It can be difficult to make a major lifestyle change like this, but you have a great attitude about it. I like that you are thinking about your health as a reason to drop weight, and less about physical appearance. I think that makes such a difference when we embark on a healthy eating and exercise plan!

Good Luck to you...I know you will really well in this endeavor!!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

So sorry to hear that but glad you're getting healthy. My blood pressure has always been good...it's cholesterol I have to worry about. Which means I can't eat much of anything.

hpabate said...

Oh Melissa, girl life is to short to worry about weight. If weight is hurting your health then just take it one day at a time. I have been obese most of my life. I have dropped 100 pds. as of a week ago, and still dieting. It is hard believe me its not easy, dieting and changing your lifestyle in any way is difficult. Stay strong, and remember your body will thank you in the end. Hugs


Brushed By An Angel said...

Melissa, I hate that you will now be on meds for high blood pressure. I know exactly what you are talking about. I never had any problems and rarely took any meds unless I absolutely had to. I ignored the blood pressure even though the doc had put me on a water pill - and I still didn't take it. Then after having a kidney stone removed and my blood pressure spiked in recovery, I got scared. Now I try to remember to take it daily. And the salt - I crave salt - on apples, tomatoes, rice, whatever. And I too, need to lose weight. I am trying but it is a slow process. I have cut out most starches and eat veggies and meat - mostly chicken or fish. I have lost 18 lbs in four months - but my one vice is Dr. Pepper - I can't seem to do without it. Good luck and keep us posted. And take the meds, it will help.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I'm sorry you have this issue but your attitude about it is the best! Keep it positive and you'll do great. It's never easy to lose weight. I've been struggling with mine for the last two years and have become someone who hates getting pictures taken. I want to change it but it's hard to eat less, hard to find time for real exercise. Good luck and keep us posted on your success so we can be inspired too!

Lisa said...

Melissa, you are definitely on the right track. NO salt and fresh fruits and veggies,exercise and meds if needed. My husband is hypertensive and controlled with both medicine and lifestyle changes. Mrs. Dash is a good substitute for the salt...lemon too.
We're all counting on you to take care of yourself. We need your decoratin' tips.:)

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

I believe just from your post that in 6 months you are going to be a new and better person. I was a salt-o-holic but I started cutting out the salt several months ago. I did it gradually though. Today, I can barely stand anything with salt. For me to cut out salt was something I thought I could never do. Your tastebuds will adjust and you will enjoy the flavor of the food without the salt. Hang in there and know you have a lot a support from your bloggie friends.
Take care, Sue

Joycee said...

Melissa, so sorry to hear you are facing this health issue. Our SIL Ken had a light stroke this year because he had untreated high blood pressure for several years. Thank God he didn't have any lasting symptoms from the stroke. His bp now is normal and he watches his diet. We use Morton's lite salt, it's 50% less than table salt and it tastes the same as salt even to our grandsons. I have weight issues too and start and diet every week only to fail miserably. It's all about healthy at this point in my life, I don't think about fashionable or sexy...I just want to be healthy. I do have a website I love called daily plate.com that has helped me to log my meals easily and it remembers and keeps track of favorites.Makes calorie counting easy peasy. It also remembers my activities like gardening and stairs and subtracts those calories. Go look when you have the time and feel better!
joy c. at grannymountain

Amy said...

Hi Melissa,

Just read your note. Just so you know, I'm still a follower; I just switched my profile preferences so that I follow all blogs anonymously now.


PAT said...

I cut way back on salt many many years ago, when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, in my mid 50's. This is inherited, in my case. I've never had a stroke, but my younger sister had four when she was in her early 50's. I take a combination bp med. One in the morning, a "baby" aspirin and Omega 3 capsule (as advised by my physician) This and diet has controlled my bp for 10 yrs. I'll never be tiny again, but I am healthy, now.
Diet, wt loss and exercise did help some, but in the end, I also had to take the med.
When I began this journey, I retrained my taste buds, I guess. The least little bit of salt on anything, now and it tastes like a whole teaspoon. I also use Marydon's suggestion about the pepper.

All the best to you, Melissa! You are on the right track to a healthier you!

Risa said...

I don't have a whole lot of advice on high blood pressure but I'm here to support you via chatting and prayers. I'd say the first step is walking, take a nice walk with the dog(s). Exercising always makes me feel better.

Shelia said...

Oh, Melissa! I'm sorry to hear this! I know you will do what you need to! You'll be in my prayers, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Calming Scents said...

I'm glad your ok and taking charge.

So many of us have that. I to, have been diagnosed with it and like you dont like meds at all. After trying for a couple of years I finally was put on meds this past year. It was an adjustment. It took 4 different meds before I found one that worked,,and I could tolerate. this last one--at first I was dizzy alot--and i gave it a try and it took a couple of months but now I dont notice it at all.

I never did eat salt--very minimal. But I do have alot of stress, always have. I'm a high anxiety type personality, find it hard to relax. And y es the weight--well I have alot to lose. I dont give up.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Melissa, I will keep you in prayer. There is a product that the doctor told my DH to use since he likes salt, I don't really, but anyway it is at the grocery store and it's called No Salt. It is just a salt substitute and he says it tastes the same. You might give it a try to start to cut down and change your taste. As for the weight, when I retired I put on 25 lbs really fast. I started going to the gym everyday and just walking on the treadmill. First for half an hour and then finally up to an hour a day after one week. I just ate smaller portions and lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks. I also really enjoyed the gym. There are a lot of ladies there and you do make a lot of friends. Just another outlet for socializing. Good luck. Hugs, Marty

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You'll love the advise I'm gonna give you. Have a massage once a week, it's great for lowering your blood pressure.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Melissa,
So sorry to hear this news...

I will share with you, that after putting on some extra pounds myself, I started a regiment of vitamins and supplements, one of which included Acai berry supplements.
I have been taking them for about 3-4 months now.
(I take 2 softgel tablets a day) and I have lost approx. 18 lbs. without changing my eating or exercise habits at all.

Now.. I'm also taking supplements for menopause too, so they may also be playing a part as well I don't know for sure.

But I had heard great things about the Acai berry supplements helping with weight loss, thats why I tried them.

You can get the Acai supplement I use at Wal-Mart. The brand name is "Spring Valley" Natural Wild Harvested Acai.

I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions or just need to talk. I'm here for you if you need me...


RaNaeLuvsEwes said...

Melissa I have been peeking in to your wonderful home for a while and have enjoyed it. You and I are in similar boats went to the dr last week and he wanted to add a 3rd medicine to control my blood pressure... We have upped our veggies and I am starting to walk I am also monitoring my bp but would love to know about the one you showed does it go aaround your wrist? I also bought this scale http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=155310&catid=9619&brand=47641&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=9619&trxp2=155310&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND it has helped alot it keeps track of all your nutrients- it's easy to use but I'm not gonna lie to you it isn't something that is fun to do or take the time to do but it's something I have to do and it is getting easier to use it it tracks your calories and nutrients including sodium. I put it on my island right where I prepare everything. Mrs. Dash has great sodium free and msg free spice flavoring mixes. there is a great salt substitute you can use it in the same amounts as salt in your recipes it is Braggs Liquid Aminos you can get it at most grocery sotres or your local health food store- get the smallest bottle first to try it here is a link about it

email me ranaeb@verizon.net I'd love travel this journey with you and support you I have alot of weight to loose I wish you the best your not alone.

Carol said...

Your positive attitude is going to help you achieve your goals! Good luck!


JyLnC said...

Melissa, Welcome to the club. My mom, dad, 3 of my grandparents, my older brother and sister all had or have high blood pressure. I knew that I would have it at some point in my life.

When I was diagnosed with it in my early 50's I didn't have a weight problem, in fact I was exercising all of the time and in the best shape of my adult life. It didn't matter because mine is hereditary. During the past four years I've gained weight from inactivity and surgeries so I'm in the same boat as you. I would love to lose weight, too.

I have been on the meds for four years and I still don't like them but I know they are balancing what my body doesn't do on its own anymore. My BP when diagnosed was 200/120 and my lungs were almost totally filled with fluids. Be thankful you didn't have that experience...it's not fun.

I use Mrs. Dash seasonings which do not contain MSG or salt. They are wonderful and there are a variety of flavors. You won't miss the salt.

If you every need a sounding board...I'm here.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Dear sweet Melissa, I was put on blood pressure meds about two years ago. At first, I was horribly upset but I have learned to take it one day at a time. Do your very best for this day and that is all anyone can expect.

Do a bit of exercise everyday...that is the key. Do something to get your body moving every single day....it doesn't have to be a big thing.

Stay positive and tell yourself you can do whatever you have to for your darling husband, your family and yourself.

Sending you my biggest hugs!!
Barb :-)

gallaghergfam said...

Hi Melissa,
I stop by your blog here and there. I love to see how you decorate! I can say that lowering your salt, using pepper more, and walking are all very good. Watch for hidden salt in lunch meat etc. Read how much sodium is in everything.
I have to watch my weight. I basically have to watch everything I put in my mouth. This past summer I put a few pounds on so I am watching very closely now. I walk 4 times a week for about a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. I work and am a teacher so my time is precious to me. Take one day at a time. All of blogland will be praying for you! Nancy from OHIO

Memento - Terri said...

Oh sweet Melissa. Thank you for sharing with all of us what is in your heart emotionally and physically. You should be so proud of yourself for making changes now to improve your health. You can do it you have a huge group of women here supporting you. Take Care Love Terri

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, this post is a wake up call for me! I have gained way too many pounds in the last year or so (probably from sitting in front of the computer all of the time), and my blood pressure was pretty high when I went for a physical a couple of months ago. I was told to come back for another b.p. check, and just as you, I haven't done it. You have motivated me to go take care of this right away. I'm sure you'll have yours under control in no time. It sure sounds like you have the right attitude about it. I'm saying prayers for you. If you get a minute, would you go over to my blog and get the information to send a card to Amy as soon as possible (not trying to put any pressure on a girl with high b.p.!!). Thanks so much. laurie

Lori said...

Yes Melissa do all you can to bring it down and get off the meds! You know its worth it! I hate meds too and they usually make you feel all yucky! Please take care, we'll all be thinking of you! Lori

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

So sorry to hear about your scare but the good thing is, you can do something about it to help you.

Eating healthy is a great start and then exercise, gentle walking or what I do ~ have some workout videos.
I have an Elle McPherson, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer ones.
They make it quite fun and once you get into it, does not really feel like exercise after a while and the beauty is you can do it at home and not have to go to the gym.

Wishing you well Melissa and I hope that your health will improve so you can feel better.


Debbie said...

Oh Melissa, at least you are taking care of it now. High blood pressure is not something to play with thats for sure. You can do it, and you will feel so much better too. I heard that cheerios is good too. I don't remember where though..ha... you take care of yourself. Debbie

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh Melissa I love you even more for this heart honest blog entry! You are beautiful and we want you healthy (which doesn't necessarily mean skinny!)- so we will pray you will get wise advise as to how best handle your health issues. I worked for an alternative doctor for years and there are so many great ways in which to help your body begin that healing process. Just be patient and kind to yourself during this time-


Blue Creek Home said...

As my sister says, "thank God for warning signs".
Now, you are armed with the right information and it sounds like you are on the road to correcting this problem.
I had been on one blood pressure med. for about 5 years and it starting climbing more. I have been on a second one for about a year. I recently was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it scared me enough to change my eating and start exercising. I have lost about 30 lbs and have my blood sugar within normal range with meds and walking a mile everyday. Here is the kicker. My blood pressure improved so much that it got too low - the doctor almost didn't let me leave her office. I got to stop the second bp medication!! Yoo Hoo!
All that to say...You can do this and you will be fine.
I will be praying for your improved health and success at a healthier life style.

thatdesigngal said...

I wish you all of the best! I'm sorry to hear about the high blood pressure. I am a salt-o-holic too, oof, I'm sorry. That would be a hard change. I bet that you will get in a routine and it will then be easy-peasy.

I hear ya about the weight. I am getting married in 7 months, you would THINK that would make me get my butt into gear. But it hasn't... grrr. Maybe we can keep each other updated??!!

Good Luck!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh Sweetie, I'm sorry to hear you're suffering with high blood pressure. I have a very close friend that is struggling with meds as well. Exercises like crazy now and watches what they eat. I know with the help of your hubby you will get thru this..but I'm adding you to my prayer list.. Best of luck darling.. you will do well you are made of the right stuff..hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Forgot.. first and formost.. listen to your doctor and his or her advice.. they are in the field to know what is right for you..
hugs ~lynne~

mommieofthree said...

Ms. Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis... I to have high blood pressure, it started when I was 22 and pregnant with my first child, and would go away after a year of delivery. This last child it came and never went, I'm 30 now, and I am not obese, but I can loose about 20 pounds. And I to am on 2 medications (which I hate)... my best advice, is to excersice. It helped me to not only shed the baby weight, but also to loose the hypertension. Salt intake is definately a must to monitor, but excersice is even better. I'm praying for you, just remember this is not the end of the road for you. You can beat this, if you really want it! =)

Connie said...

Dear Melissa,
It isn't fun to hear about high numbers. The good news is we can do something about it. All of the above advice you received will have you off those pills in no time.
I heard a cardiologist say, just the other day, "
stick with foods grown in the ground and MOVE."
We all have sit-itis from the computers and I think everyone would benefit from less sitting at one time. Walking is great, too. You will see an improvement at your next visit. You have a huge team here to support you. I'm so glad you wrote !

Paula said...

Good luck in your quest to get healthy. It sounds like you are determined and that is the main thing you need. I hope that your blood pressure numbers come down very soon.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
You do owe it to yourself and you will be so happy with the end results.
We have always been into health and using Shaklee vitamins. They are probably the only reason my hubby is alive today.
He is thin and always has been in good health, so we thought. He had to have bypass surgery a year ago. What a shock that was. He had no markers for it. NO high cholestrol, blood pressure or weight. It is very genetic in his family. His blockage was great but his blood was so thin from the Vitamin E and lecithin that he takes, it was able to pass throught the arteries. We are taking resveratrol now. Dr. Oz has said a lot about it recently and Shaklee now makes a product with it in it. We are always trying to take better care of ourselves because Life is not a dress rehearsal. We only get one.
I'll pray your changes make a big difference soon.

"Blossom" said...

Melissa, you will be just fine. I know from blogging with you that your determination will take over and you will accomplish just exactlly what you set out to do.
I have high cholestrol and it's aweful. But it is now controlled but I don't watch my diet like I should. I am a very petite person but I too have put on 20 lbs that I never could gain a lb before the age of 48. I stopped smoking in 1991 and the lbs just kept creeping on for years now. I too am walking again and portion control. I hope that you keep us posted on your progress and I have faith that you will kick this in no time. Exercise is the best medicine. I love salt too but I use seasalt; and we use a lot of spices to spice things up a bit.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Dear Melissa,
Oh honey, you are not alone in this lifeboat, that's for sure!

I have gained a LOT of weight over the past few years, and just recently figured out why, and hope I can begin getting back to a healthier weight.

I don't recognize the woman in my mirror anymore.

I'm a salt fan, too -- so it's on with the fresh lemon juice, pepper, and herbs -- plus the salt free mixes like Mrs Dash. They aren't the same; humans are programmed to love salt! But it helps.

I want to participate in an Alzheimer's Walk in October, so I'm getting started this week in actually walking more than just around my yard and the mall!

Good luck to us all. You are a whole lot younger than I am, so please, take care of yourself now, because it just gets harder as the years go on!

Blessings ... Cass

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa,
First of all your fall decor is beautiful...love the cloche. I need one!

I hope you are feeling ok.I hate that you are dealing with high blood pressure! Eating healthy is so hard!! Every week I try, but always end up craving junk! I will tell you that Kevin and I are dealing with some health issues right now too. He is having surgery next week for a problem that is reoccuring. He also has high blood pressure and is over weight. He vows that after surgery he will get back into exersizing and taking better care of himself.

I have been really tired and weak lately too... just not feeling myself. I have had a fluttering heart for years and finally went to the doctor for it and my other symptoms. She did all kinds of blood work and I wore a holter for 24 hrs.(to record my heartbeats) I go back to the doctor today...so hopefully she will tell me what's wrong.

Take care of yourself! I think I'm going to have to change my lifestyle too. Kristen

Kristens Creations said...

Melissa, I hope you get used to the meds soon. I've heard they can make you really tired. I'll be praying for you and I'll let you know what I find out today. Health issues suck...we have insurance, but of course I'm worried about all the bills that will be coming in. OK... Deep breath...RELAX!! Part of my problem could be anxiety. Talk to you soon, Kristen

Kristens Creations said...

P.S. I don't excersise either...at all. The most I do is clean the house. I have never been into fitness, I want to be in shape, but I don't want to do the work! I've gained 5 lbs. in the past couple of months. I think my metabolism is changing. Or...maybe it's just all the crap I eat!

shelley said...

hi melissa,
i'm sorry for your pain,(hug, hug) but the good news is it is treatable and perhaps you can get off the meds with the improvements your doctor has shared with you. i had preeclampsia/toxcemia (prob spelled wrong lol) but in any event when i was pregnant and my blood pressure was so high i was hospitalized almost had seizures and deliver 2 children prematurely... although there was nothing i could have done to prevent that my blood presure issues have always been around since then, i have taken meds since my oldest was born,and i understand some people don't like meds but believe me in this case you don't want to loose vision in an eye (like my mother in law did due to high blood pressure) or god forbid have a stroke! so take your meds, i'll be here along with you to chat any day! and diet meh, unless you are born with a fast metabolism i think we all fall into the needing to loose a few pounds everyonce in a while, i too have fallen into that group! you're human don't beat yourself up, i'm here, look it just give you more time to spend time on etsy! LOL by the way i'm opening up a shop in the next month or so, of course with a new blog too LOL.. i wish you well!
keep smiling,

Karen said...

I will be keeping you in my prayers that everything is under control soon enough Melissa!!!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG...Girl you need to take better care of yourself...I'm so sorry to hear this my friend...and girl if you have extra weight you hide it really well...Now do as the doctor tell you to...which I know you will do...Now take those meds...Girl I don't want anything to happen to you...but I knew something was arong as I didn't see uou around blogland and thats not you...You please rst and take it easy...Hey I just adopted you...so listen to your new mama ha ha!! Love ya girl and I mean that...PLEASE take care...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with really high BP too. I was on one pill then my doctor added another. I hate taking medicine also. I started increasing my exercise, water intake and just generally watching what I ate. Nothing crazy like no carbs or fats or salt. My doctor didn't believe that I could lower my BP by natural methods but I showed her. I reduced it so much I now take one teeeny tiny pill! You can do it!


nicolette said...

Hi Melissa. Thanks for visiting my blog. High blood pressure also runs in my family. Just start cutting salt, and daily cardio exercise. After a few months, you'll really see a big difference.


Jan said...

Hi Melissa, I love your blog and I am a follower. We all have weakness and struggles,no need to be ashamed.
My husband has high blood pressure, diabetes, and is overweight. He has had a difficult time trying to adjust to changes on his diet. He tries to walk 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 minutes in the evening. He figures it is better than not doing anything at all. I have cut back on the salt slowly, and I am adding more herbs to our food. Perseverance is the key. Taking little baby steps will help you get on track. Although, you seem like a strong willed person. I believe you will make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve your goal.


Kristens Creations said...

Melissa, I went to the doctor and she said the holter definitly showed my heartbeat was off. I had told her last time it felt like really hard beats and I get a head rush. She said the beats are coming from the bottom of my heart so it is not as serious as coming from another part of the heart (I guess) The only thing is that it is happening every day and several times in a row. She put me on metoprolol and I go back in 2 weeks to tell her how it's going. I just took one...she said it will probably make me tired. It can also be used for high blood pressure. My blood pressure was surprisingly fine and so was my cholesterol. I can't believe it! I eat alot of salt and grease. My liver enzymes were elevated so she is going to do more blood work in 2 weeks. My dad has a disease called Gilbert's. She thinks it is hereditary. It causes you to be tired and have elevated liver enzymes. It's not life threatening, my dad usually feels pretty good, but tired some. They found out he had it because his liver enzymes were elevated too. We will see...maybe it's just hormonal! Thanks for your concern. I can't beieve we both have to be on meds!! Talk to you soon, Kristen

Kristens Creations said...

Melissa, I can't believe we are on the same medicine! We even have that in common!! I just woke up from a nap btw. I was tired before I took the medicine though, but I do feel a little strange. The doctor said it will take about 2 weeks to get used to. I was going to do my Dallas post, but it might have to wait until tomorrow. I have alot of posts to do if I can just get it together!! Talk to you soon, Kristen

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm glad you are taking care of the problem now Melissa. I have also have been taking high blood pressure medication. I had hyperthyroid disease and thyroid cancer which caused the problem initially, but it never went away after I was treated.

I do read labels and choose low salt foods ( you'd be surprised how much salt is in soups and even ketchup and fast foods are a no - no!) and I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I walk 3 miles every morning. I find it hard to lose weight even with all these measures but you are younger so it will work for you.

"Mrs Dash" is nice flavoring to use as a salt substitute. It comes in different flavor blends.

Stay on your meds as long as the doctor tells you that you need them Melissa, and feel well!

Southern Savvy said...

Thanks for sharing Melissa. I hope that the meds work quickly for you and that your new lifestyle will eventually help you not have to take them.

Grandma Nina said...

I'm sorry to hear about your recent bad news. But it sounds like you're right on top of it and I'm sure you'll get it turned around. I don't have any experience with this, but I do know that diet and exercise seem to be the secret to everything. And look at all the blogging support you're getting. That's great. Good luck and keep us posted.

Rita said...

Glad you're back with us. Health wise, I'm right there with you - love salt, need to diet, taking medications for high blood pressure.
I'm no help, but I do identify with your fears and frustrations.

Rhonda said...

Hi Melissa,
From reading all the comments here, you are certainly not alone in your struggle. I'm about to turn 48, also have borderline high blood pressure, and could lose a pound or 2 (or 40)! It's so hard to deal with this stuff, but maybe with some encouragement from each other, we can all do it! I keep setting goals for the weight, get started, then stop...not a lot of willpower. My husband is a bodybuilder for 30 years, and you'd think I'd adopt that lifestyle after 20 years of marriage - but no! What I do know, is that if the weight comes off, the other issues tend to fix themselves...so let's try to eat less, move more, and get healthy!! We'll motivate each other!!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Hello Melissa,
My blood pressure has been fine but my cholest. (bad that is, not the good) has been steadily climbing up each time. Exercise is key and a healthy diet is exactly what will bring your blood pressure down again....the oatmeal thing works too! Try not to fret about it (easier said than done I know) but worrying about it will not add to your life and our mental attitude does have an affect on our physical body. Hang in there and try to stay committed to your health! Prayers & Blessings said for you today! Luanne

Lee said...

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

@Inspired Comblogulations

"Blossom" said...

Just checking in to see how you are doing today?

Lady Katherine said...

Wow, You have gotten some good advice! I'm just going to tell you TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! I know your going to do it! For you beat for worse! When you eat healthy the pounds will just fall off! I hope you can get it where you will not have to take meds. I hate them too. My blood pressure is always low. I have a family on both sides that have high blood pressure. But when my pic line goes in, my blood pressure jumps sky high! The headache it causes! Take care! Blessing to you!

S.E. Sward said...

Just returning the visit from SITS. Love the look of your blog - it's gorgeous! Good luck on your lifestyle changes and efforts to lose the extra weight. I know it isn't easy and wish I had some helpful advice or tips or anything. Since I don't, I'm just going to send good karma your way. Hope it helps!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Hey Melissa,
It looks like blog love and support is filling your in box.

Has your Dr looked into a diet pill to help you get it off quicker. there are healthy safe ones. Many times witht he loss weight the health issues disappear.
I gained soooo much weight when I was pregnant and getting it off was always a struggle. Mine never just fell off from nursing.

I will be praying for you. I am working at getting mine off from Miss G4 and she is 2.

I did cancel following you and then went back in and resigned up to see if that keeps me as a picture instead of a silhouette. I just don't like being a grey boring silhouette.


blushing rose said...

Melissa I don't have your email to write you ... ty for writing me ... exercise is vital for high blood pressure, also. DH has HBP & exercise brought it right down & took off a load of weight also. It is very important that you follow a regime & your Dr. monitors you as need be. Hugs, Marydon

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Melissa! Sorry to hear about the bp problems. I went thru exactly the same thing three years ago when my daddy was so ill. Once I got adjusted to the bp med, I felt lots better. Several ups and downs til I got it adjusted, tho. You won't miss the salt at all. Eating healthier has many benefits, I'm still learning. And yes, I'm dieting, too. Not fun, but doable....I THINK! Email if you'd like.

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Greetings Melissa~ I'm finally back from my summer long blogcation.
I can appreciate wanting to establish a healthier life style.
Oven roasted veggies have become my new side dish of choice. It's the intensity of flavors released that I like. I switch to sea salt many years ago. You might want to check out the benefits in conjunction with a sodium free diet (to reduce high blood pressure), it's pretty interesting.
In any case I know you'll cease the challenge and come to a healthier you.

I've enjoyed catching up. Please stop by...I look forward to the return of your company.
Sweet wishes,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Sweet gril...You have been on my mind...Hope you are doing much better..I know it will take awhile but know that my prayers are with you...Hope you have a great day...Please stay healthy my daughter...Hugs and love, Gl♥ria

Karen said...

Hi Sweetie,
I'm so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Just remember you don't have to go through it alone. It looks like a lot of wonderful ladies here have great advice.
I can only offer what my mother has been through as far as high blood pressure and that was doing the same things like cutting out salt, change in diet and making a point to walk everyday. It did take time for her to find just the right medicine but once she did it all it seemed to work great! She is feeling fine leading a full life, just watching her diet.
I'm sure you will have great results too!
It's always hard to begin a new routine but soon it will be second nature.
Take care of yourself and I am here if you ever need to talk.
Big Hug!
Love and prayers,

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, bless your heart (literally girl!). Diet and exercise, that's it!!! Read all you can about high blood pressure, healthy diets, and stick to a work out girl! You can do it. I work out not to have a muscular body, but for the stuff on the inside:) I try to eat healthy everyday of my life! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

9405018--Pat said...

It's soooooo hard.....but hang in there......Pat H

Susie Q said...

BIG hugs sweetie. I know exactly how you feel...or, at least, I think I do. I am trying to lose weight, which has been so hard for me. I too have very high BP. Some is genetic, some is weight, some is diet. I too love salt. I can give up sweet things but the salty part is oh so good. : )
For you, I am betting even a slight weight loss will be enough to help. You have such a great attitude and I know you will be just fine. We are all here for you!! Love and best wishes for great success!

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read your note! Girl, I'm so sorry that I've been so late in getting by...I've just been really busy around the house with my decorating projects! I'm not a very good multi-tasker...I'm just too old and too slow! Hehe! Anyway...I haven't been to the computer as much!

OMG...Girl, I'm so sorry to hear about your blood pressure! I sure will be holding you up in prayer!!! I know...I hate taking medicine too...I'm on 5 different meds for my blood pressure! Isn't that terrible? I just hate it...but my Dr. says that I have "stubborn" blood pressure! I am back on my low fat diet and have lost about 30 lbs...but I have more to lose! I'll sure be cheering you on, Darlin'!!! It's not easy but you CAN DO IT!!! I bet if you watch your diet and can get some excersize that will really help! I'll be praying that you can get it under control and get off of the meds...pray for me too, Sweetie!!!

Well my friend...I do apologize at being so long to get by...just been busy is all! You take care of yourself and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Love ya,

prof en retraite said...

Oh Melissa! I admire your determination in combatting your health issues! I also have issues, but seem to lack your gumption! I am inspired and will sit down to redraw my battle plan! A big hug and thanks to you for your frankness!!...(((Melissa)))...Debbie
PS...Is anybody's picture a recent one??? lol

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, I'm glad you're getting used to the meds. They really are not bothering me. The first night I was tired, but I think I was already tired. I am still having alot of palpitations. I bet it will take a little bit longer to start working. I'm so glad your blood pressure is already going down...that's great! I'm sure it is hard to eat healthier. I am trying too, I bought some V8 juice, I actually like it. Thanks for the compliment on my new picture. I took that today...I won't tell you how many it took to get a decent shot!lol...Talk to you soon, Kristen

The Stylish House said...

I’m sorry to hear you’re having health problems, but it sounds like you are turning it around. I commend you on your honesty. I need to step up my own exercise program so I will be with you in sprit.

Faith Imagined said...

Thank you for this post and your honesty regarding your health. I will say a special prayer for you!

ann said...

Hello sweet friend,we have wondered how our pretty lady is.So sorry you are a sick.But you are on the healthy track now.I am so glad.
My daughters boyfriend took care of Roo and my birds while we were away.Roo was waiting at the door for me.As we were putting the key in the door he was just a crowing.Mama,mama...He was so happy to see us.And I him.
My birds looked at me like are you an alien?Are you really my mom?
Yes,it has been quite the experience.I will be so very thankful when it is all over.As you read,I cannot talk.My daughter and i just went to see the aer,nose,throat dr.yesterday.I will find out Mon when I will get my vocal chord emplant in.It will be sometime next wk.
then mri 's and radiology.but i am ready to laugh and have something nice to think about.how about you?
we can only worry so long,huh?lets go play sweet friend....Anniepoo

Wibeche og Rune said...

So sorry to hear that, but I am glad you're getting better.

I will pray for you my friend:)


Anna said...

Every morning I take a pill for my high blood pressure and it really works.I don't put much salt in my meals , I usually do exercises andI try to be positive.Our lifestyle is important.A big kiss from Italy.

{ L } said...

Wow, 90 comments here! Looks like you have a lot of support. :) I just did a post on the struggles with my weight. It is so tough. Hang in there! It sounds like you are thinking proactively though!

{ L } said...

Good, I am so glad it was an encouragement to you. <3

Yes, you have visited my blog before...the Autumn Atmosphere post.

Here is a link to the post I talked about that I did on weight issues:

Ok, enough from me tonight, lol

Piney Rose said...

This is encouragement to me to do the same. I too have recently had elevated BP readings and have put off doing something about it. I shall start today as well! Hypertension and diabetes are rampant in my family. Here's to a healthier life!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Melissa, wanted you to know I am thinking about you and keeping you in prayer. I do hope you are feeling better...in every way.

Take one day at a time...God gives us grace for this day!

Sending you encouragement!!
Barb ♥

Its So Very Cheri said...

Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don't miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
Its So Very Cheri

Denise Marie said...

Nobody likes medicine!!

I have to take it for my fibro!

Dietary changes can take you far. We all scoff at it but salt, dairy, sugar...enemies!!

Love ya, Melissa...big Texas hug!

Aimee said...

I have many rare health conditions and am pretty sick. They are beyond my control. All I can do is wish for you the best results with your health. I, at one point was on 23 medications, so I too hate taking them, but some I do still have to take. I will be thinking of you and hoping that everything will be well with you in your future!!!

Lara Harris said...

Thank you SO much for the honesty and heartfulness in your post, I can relate in SO many ways!I am heavier than I have ever been in my whole life as I paint all day, and have also decided to start making time for me to get in shape, eat better, and not just for vanity but for my health...we have heart disease on both sides of the family and if I don't take care of it now it will be too late!I will keep you in my prayers...we both can do it!! :) xxoo

Libby Murphy said...

Bravo for you honey! The first step is usually the biggest. I agree with the pepper, but try the different kinds of free cracked peppers and try cooking and seasoning with herbs. In the south, salt has been a staple for a long time, but you will find that food has such a great taste not covered up with it! Best of Luck!
Happy Twirls

Connie said...

It's no fun to have to have such a strict diet but it's worse to have poor health! I wish you luck. I think it's interesting there's an angel on the healthy eating picture. We need that extra help from above when we change our lifestyle.
Good luck and blessings to you.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi there sweet girl,

You've been on my mind...and I just wanted to let you know that I care about you (and it looks like a whole lot of others do too!), and that I hope you're feeling okay!

Take care sweetie,

Angela said...

Hey Melissa,

I just read your post and I can totally relate. I got put on high blood pressure meds a little over a month ago. I have been married for a little over a year and a half now and my husband is a total health nut. He made me quit smoking. Along with not exercising and working full-time and trying to play homemaker, I've put on a significant amount of weight. That's why there aren't any updated pics of me on my blog either. I've always wondered how women who kept a beautiful home and made a full gourmet dinner for their husbands every night stayed in such good shape. For me, it's been basically impossible. Unlike my husband, I don't have the energy to get up at 4AM and run 8 miles, go to work and come home and do weight training for an hour at night. I hate being on this blood pressure medicine. I hate how it makes me feel and I'm embarrassed about it. I really need to get over it and have my husband train me to exercise properly. We also need to start eating healthier.

I hope you will keep us updated on your progress. You're a beautiful person and I wish you the best!


Brenda said...

Oh my! Well, I had high blood pressure when I was pregnant with my first child. I was 17, and had pre-eclampsia. Use to even put salt on sandwiches! Not after that experience. I do take blood pressure meds. But the one I take also helps with migraines. Gotta lose some of that salt, girl! Now I don't even like salty foods.

Beth in NC said...

Hey girl. I am sorry about the high blood pressure. That is scary, but thankfully you are young and still have your whole life ahead of you!

I pray God will give you great grace in this new way of eating!

Bless you!

bella said...

Dear Melissa, I popped by your blog today to get some (decorating) inspiration and instead I got your health oriented inpsiration! WOW! I, too, struggle with high blood pressure. It goes up and down. With 'Benicar' I stay about 135 over 85. Like you, I love salt and still shake it on. I need to lose about 100 pounds and exercise more....sounds so simple, but yet so difficult. I'll be your Blood Pressure buddy whenever you need one! God bless, Roz (bella)

Krissie said...

Hi Melissa,

{{{{HUGS}}}} to you to start and you are in my prayers.

Thank you for sharing your story and giving the courage to share
mine in a future post...

I know you will do it~

We will support each other in these journeys of our lives:)

Krissie :)

Krissie said...

Hi Melissa,

I don't know if you are a big soda drinker but I know I was and have switched to crystal light mixed in my water and that will help cut out sodium in your diet.


Let it Shine said...

Take care of yourself. What an amazing thing to speak out against. I have had several members of my family go through this as well. Yeah for you, for being a voice.


Halo Hill said...

Good for you! I sooooooooooo understand the picures too! Rock on, you can do it... you lookso strog and determined. And there is always someone who is alwasys bigger than you (me for instance)... but never give up!



Wibeche og Rune said...

I have decided to stop blogging. I really want to blog, but I am crazy busy and I can’t priorities to blog anymore. I am so sorry.


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, Melissa, sweetie! Not only did I read your post, I read all the comments you received and it is amazing how we all have so much in common. But thanks to you, it's all 'on the table' now and maybe we can help one another.

I too have not posted recent pictures. When I look at pics from 4 years ago when I was 120 lbs., I want to cry. As Cass said, I don't know who it is in the mirror. With 2 young daughters, I am no longer the pretty mother they always admired. And of course, I know it is what is inside that counts, but inside I don't seem to have what it takes to get this weight off. I had an early menopause right around the time I started craving sweets, which has played a big part in my weight gain. I need to check with my gynie on that. And I cannot motivate myself to walk or exercise and I know that is a big part of my problem.

Well, I thank you for your hosnesty, wish you luck with the meds and hope you realize your weight loss goals. Most of all, thanks for helping to open my eyes. I am going to take all of the advice to heart. :-)

Hugs to you, Melissa!!


Queenie Jeannie said...

I used to be a salt-aholic, then I discovered Mrs. Dash seasonings!! They come in all kinds of flavors and now I almost NEVER use or want salt!!

Good luck! I KNOW you can do it!!

Leah said...

I'm late posting this comment but I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and praying for you.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Get some Acai juice and drink it every day! It's amazing stuff!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pepper really does help, Melissa, when you have to cut down on salt. My dad did that when he had health issues, so it works for me, too.

I hope you are better soon.


Sheila :-)

fiberdoodles said...

Melissa I am right there with you, I don't like medicine either and will do anything to avoid it. But sometimes it is the jump start or wake up call we need. Your post was very humbling and a wake up call for me so I will be right there with you (many miles away of course) in heart and spirit and taking better care of myself and hoping for a better outcome for you as well.

BIG hugs, huge!

Deb said...

glad you woke up...you will do great now that it clicked in your head....thanks for sharing with us

Rue said...

I'm so sorry Melissa. Rich went through this with high cholesterol about 2 years ago. Not the same, but there had to be a diet change. I wish you all the luck in the world with your new lifestyle.

I know first hand about being a small person that isn't small anymore. I gained 40 lbs during the house crisis. I'm finally losing it it, but not as fast as I'd like. If you learn any secrets, let me know :)


bella said...

Hi Melissa! I think that I have already commented on this post, but I wanted to thank you again for your very valuable comment that you left on my blog yesterday. With as many followers of your fabulous blog, I don't know HOW you can respond so well to them....that says so MUCH about you! WOW! I went ahead and shared your commenting practice (if that's OK) and also....I wanted to give you a gift for your kindness and consideration. It is over on my blog, if you haven't already seen it (crossing in the blogosphere sort of!). I hope your health is doing well and that you are enjoying this lovely fall evening in NC! Blessings back to you! Roz


So sorry to read about that post on HB Pressure. My husband is suffering from that right now. He really needs to change his diet and exercise but does neither. I worry about him. I love to eat Healthy and you are right it is soooo good for you. Good luck and I know you will stick to your Lifestyle plan!!!! Hugs!!!

PS- I love SALT and put it on everything. Even before tasting. Bad Bad Habit I know!!!!