• I had to change my goal weight, as with recent events I decided to seek professional help (from a nutritionist) and he's given me some pretty firm guidelines where my weight is concerned. My previous goal was 73 kilos, it’s now 65 as a minimum and probably more after that.  My starting weight was 92.7, I’m currently at 81.3, a long way to go, but a good effort so far.
  • I haven’t had any alcohol since 26th of January (Australia Day) and I’m not going to have any for the whole month of February at least.  The thought of drinking actually scares me a little.
  • I haven’t had any caffeine in the form of coffee or diet coke/coke zero, since the 27th of January.  I have one or two cups of very weak Earl Grey tea each day and then water, water and more water.
  • I was in hospital for 5 days.
  • I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hypertension, but I still don’t know what’s causing it.  I see the cardiologist next Wednesday and hopefully get the result of all the tests I’ve had done. I may have to have a lot more tests and I also may have to see a Kidney specialist aswell.
  • I’m on two different kinds of medication to try and lower my blood pressure.
  • I have to take my blood pressure every morning before I get out of bed and record it and will probably have to do so for a while yet.
  • Until I see the specialist I won’t know whether I have any chance of ever getting off the medication.  Maybe I’ll need surgery, maybe I’ll have to lose more weight, exercise more and change my lifestyle forever (I’ve already started this in advance of being told this is the answer) so that I can live.  This is the theory I’m working on, and my ultimate goal right now is to be so fit, healthy and slim that I don’t need the medication anymore.
  • My blood pressure on being admitted to the Emergency Department was 210/165 – people normally have this kind of blood pressure measurement when they’re having a heart attack or a stroke – Stage 2 Hypertension – seriously, google it – it’s very scarey.
  • My diet now consists of 75% fruit and vegetables (I know most of you won’t believe it but I’m eating 3 to 4 pieces of fruit every day and loads and loads of vegies),   Lean meat, fish, wholegrain breads and crackers, and low fat dairy.  No alcohol, no coffee, no soft drink, no sugar, no biscuits, no cake, no processed foods, no sauces, no gravies, no takeaway, nothing out of a packet or tin that’s already cooked, nothing crumbed, nothing battered, nothing fried.  Everything has to be healthy and in as natural a state as I can get it. The more of that I eat, the better off I’ll be.  I’m making lots of vegetable based soups and dinners with lean meat and loads of fresh vegies.  Oh and if things do come in packets, reading labels, always reading labels.
  • The best thing is that I’m planning EVERYTHING, taking my lunches to work (I’m too scared to buy anything as I don’t know what’s in it) and planning all of my snacks etc for work so that I am never hungry and I always have healthy snacks and meals to eat. 
  • Gavin is being very helpful and eating the same stuff I’m eating.  He isn’t drinking much, if at all and even then it’s mid strength beer, and we’re both feeling much better for it.
  • This was a big wake up call for me, and it could have easily gone either way.  I’ve been messing around with dieting for a long time (probably most of my life) now it’s serious, and I have had the choice of “will I or won’t I” taken away from me.  As bad as this whole experience has been (and it’s not over yet) it has had a positive outcome and I’m looking forward to getting healthier each and every day. 


02/18/2011 5:23am

Very scary stuff....hoping everything goes well *HUGS*

02/18/2011 2:51pm

Thanks for sharing. Good luck. You will do it, I know you will. After a wake up call like that I know you'll be doing everything in your power to stay healthy and alive for the 2 men in your life.

02/19/2011 3:14am

Sometimes when decisions are made for us it is easier for us to follow what we have to do. Good luck and take care of yourself !

02/20/2011 11:23pm

Sounds very scary, but the changes sound really positive! Glad you're feeling a bit better now, yikes!!

02/23/2011 8:00pm

xx Scarey shit alright! I hope you are feeling better!

I feel your pain, I've spents months in coronary care unit in the past and not knowing messes with your head!Can't mess with heart tho, coz without it we're stuffed! :)

Take care and let us know what's going on!?

Much love, Mellisa xx

03/14/2011 10:53pm

I too was in hospital with hypertension in Feb! Mine in the emergency department was 195/140. I am on 3 tablets. Will email you.


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