Having to take high blood pressure pills since the ripe old age of 28 years old both in the morning and night was ridiculous.
The main reason that I had Lap-Band surgery in October 2009 was to get rid of my high blood pressure and the need to take high blood pressure medications.
So I forked over $16,500 and got me a Lap-Band.
And I worked my band.
I ate right.
And the weight began to fall off.
Then that lovely day in April of 2010 (at 70 lbs lost), my primary care doctor officially took me off of all my high blood pressure medications.
The box on the "to-do" list was finally checked off.
The ultimate non-scale victory of all of the non-scale victories had happened.
I thought that there was a special rule in the wonderful land of weight loss that once I achieved a non-scale victory (NSV), that it was mine forever and ever. You know, no take backs.
But I was WRONG.
In September of 2011 (at goal for 9 months), my blood pressure started to creep up again.
And I had to go back to taking one of those high blood pressure medications.
In January of 2012 (at goal for 13 months), my primary care doctor added another high blood pressure medication to the list.
And now guess what, in May of 2013 (at goal for 2.5 years), the blood pressure is creeping back up again.
Yesterday, my doctor DOUBLED my dosage of those damn high blood pressure medications.
And I still work my band.
I still eat right. (Most of the time.)
I still exercise.
Here's a post-workout pic from the Facebook page last week.
Perhaps I look healthy and fit?
The phrase that comes to my mind is: You can't judge a book by it's cover.
Who would guess that hypertension is lurking below the surface?
Genetics can be a bitch sometimes.