Blood Pressure at Normal Levels
344 isn’t the only number that scared me into changing my life.
145 and 120 were scary, too.
These numbers were my respective systolic and diastolic levels a few years ago. They represented hypertension (high blood pressure). With numbers so high I was in very real danger of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
I was a ticking time bomb at the incredibly young age of 22.
There wasn’t a shadow of a doubt that I was going to die sooner rather than later the way I was treating my body. It wasn’t a question of how, but a question of when and where and who would be around to see me leave this world. Would it be my daughter? Wife? The whole family? If I had not turned my life around I wouldn’t have lived to see my 40th birthday.
Even more likely, I would’ve been 450+ pounds and dead at 30.
That was taken yesterday morning.
I have to say that seeing 199 pounds on the scale was exhilarating, something I’m very proud of and undoubtedly always will be. That number really isn’t the important one, though. Those numbers you see in the picture above — 113/74 — are much, much more exciting to see appear in front of me.
Go have your blood pressure taken. Find time today. Unless you live in the woods, you can drive probably 5 or 10 minutes in any direction and find a way to take it. I went to Wal-Mart (and do quite often) with the sole purpose of taking my blood pressure. You can either go there, most other grocery stores, drug stores, or of course the doctor to find out what your numbers look like.
Let me know what you find out in the comments below.