I'm awake early and there's a lovely breeze moving the curtains although it is too dark to see what the weather is doing. I don't think we had any storms but my hearing is so bad that it wouldn't wake me anyway.
Well, I did Google and everywhere I looked came up with similar points. Whether the op goes ahead on Tuesday or not, I have to do something to sort out the hypertension so this is what I gleaned . . .
1. Lose weight. Tick. I can't lose weight any faster than I already am doing so it's an added incentive (if one were needed) to carry on.
2. Eat a healthy diet. Definitely tick - and using a doctor given regime so can't do more! Sooze, if/when I have to come off the LS diet, I'll try what you suggested. How big a glassful?
3. Reduce salt. Specifically they mentioned eating fewer processed meals. I hardly ever have a processed meal, most of my meals are made from scratch; fresh ingredients and a recipe. I can gradually cut down on the amount of salt I add to the cooking water, etc, and I am sure I will notice other ways now I'm more aware.
4. Exercise. Well, this * is * something I can work on and had already planned to do so. I have decided that after recovery (or next week, if the worst happens (!) ) I am joining the local Nuffield gym because they have a lovely pool - nice changing room, great individual showers, hair dryers, etc. I do belong to the pool in town but it's not as nice (there's a new one being built but it will take ages before it is open and then I can reconsider) and it's not as simple to use either, there being lots of times when it's used by schools or for fun swims in the holiday. I have no problems with that, it's just that if you want to just go up and down, up and down, it's not so easy at times. It'll be more expensive, of course, but not as bad as it first appears as I will cancel the other membership for now.
I hate exercise classes - dodgy ankles being one of several reasons - and am getting some weight exercise from the allotment work which can be quite heavy, so I think swimming is the way to go. I know I can stick to that.
5. Limit alcohol. Tick. I'm totally off alcohol at the moment anyway and have been since Christmas, more or less. It is banned on the liver shrinking diet.
6. Stop smoking. Never have smoked, so there. :-) Tick.
7. Cut back on caffeine. Nearly tick. Well, most of the coffee I have is decaf nowadays but I'll go 100% again and see.
8. Reduce stress. Er - how? I do have quite a lot of stress in my life right now, but it is associated with other people and situations over which I have no control (which is why I don't talk about it here - it's not my story to tell). I try to manage it and I do remain pretty positive but maybe I need to do more. Deep breathing is supposed to help with that so, yes, I will give that a go and see.
9. Monitor. I ordered a home blood pressure thingy yesterday so I'll do that as soon as it comes. It'll give me some idea of how it's going anyway.
10. Visit your GP regularly. Huh!!! Whoever wrote this has no idea of how hard it can be to get an appointment but I'll ask about regular monitoring when I next go.
So there you go! There are some things I can do but an awful lot is already in place. The biggie is more exercise, I think. As if life wasn't full enough already! :-)
What do you think? Any other advice? Thank you all for your splendid comments yesterday. I'm fine about it all now as they helped a lot.
Today, after the drive home which is cross-country and very pleasant, I intend to do a bit of allotmenting this afternoon and then go home and rest/relax. I might get out the sewing machine and catch up.
Here's the skirt (taken from the web site). It won't look as good as that on me but nevertheless, I love it.
Well, better stop rambling now. Have a great day and may the sun shine for you.