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The Dreaded High Blood Pressure

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The dreaded high blood pressure….

Yesterday I had my blood pressure checked by a local pharmacist at an event I was working at. Unfortunately for me, it was high. Now, this wasn’t a complete shock, as I am a large man who has a pretty unhealthy diet.

I now know for certain that my blood pressure is high, so I can no longer kid myself into thinking I am healthy. I know that with high blood pressure, I increase my chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.

So, I now must make lifestyle changes to try & reduce my blood pressure, some of

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the suggested changes are: –

Losing weight
Improving diet
Exercising
Reduce caffeine
Reduce stress levels

This all seems simple enough on paper, but to me this will be a struggle.

As a parent to 2 boys, I am not sure that reducing my caffeine intake will be beneficial to anyone. With children comes lack of sleep, so if I don’t drink coffee, I am not sure that I would be the perfectly patient parent that I am today 😂 Ok, that is a bit of an exaggeration, as no amount of coffee can give you the patience needed to be a

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parent… but it helps me to resist putting them up for sale on eBay!

The other lifestyle change that I feel is impossible, is reducing my stress levels. This is mainly because I am a pretty relaxed person and don’t get overly stressed. Any stress I do have, can’t be improved until my boys are 18 & move out. 😂

So, the lifestyle changes I can realistically look at are losing weight, having a better diet & exercising more (or doing some).

This is where I run into difficultly, because even the thought of exercise gives me muscle

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cramps. For years, I have been using the excuse that I don’t have time to exercise as I have kids. Although it’s true that I have less time now, I didn’t do much exercise before kids. There have been a few times when I started to go to the gym or started running regularly but I never stuck at it. This was because I didn’t like it, hated feeling sore and lacked the motivation to push on through.

Then there is the diet. I am not a massive fruit & veg eater. In fact, there are many fruits & vegetables I don’t even like. Plus, it always

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seems like more effort to eat healthier. I think the main reason for avoiding diets is that I love all things calorific & fatty… I mean, I have just had a whole week of celebrating pancakes. 😂

What I’ve discovered is that I love making excuses…. I can’t exercise because…. or my diet isn’t great because…. I also don’t look at my body & think “look at the state of you” or “my belly is too big!” What I usually say is that I’m a real man or I have the perfect ‘dadbod.’

But now I have confirmation that my blood

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pressure is high, I really need to look at improving my lifestyle. Because, although a week or 2 in hospital sounds like a great way to catch up on my sleep, I really don’t want to have a serious health issue, like a heart attack. What kind of husband and father would I be if that happens? I don’t want my boys to look at me & think that I couldn’t be bothered to get healthier for them. I don’t want my wife worrying that I’m going to have a heart attack or a stroke. So, I am going to have to do something about it.

I don’t know how

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though.

The diet will be easier than the exercise because I enjoy cooking and don’t enjoy exercise. So, if anyone has any exercise tips for a lazy, unmotivated, excuse-making fat dad with high blood pressure let me know. 😂

I know my wife will be a massive support, will always encourage me & will walk through the process with me.

My health is as important to my family as it is to me. Even though I don’t like these lifestyle changes, they are a better option that ending up in hospital.
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- 22nd Mar 19

The dreaded high blood pressure….

Yesterday I had my blood pressure checked by a local pharmacist at an event I was working at. Unfortunately for me, it was high. Now, this wasn’t a complete shock, as I am a large man who has a pretty unhealthy diet.

I now know for certain that my blood pressure is high, so I can no longer kid myself into thinking I am healthy. I know that with high blood pressure, I increase my chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.

So, I now must make lifestyle changes to try & reduce my blood pressure, some of the suggested changes are: –

  • Losing weight
  • Improving diet
  • Exercising
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Reduce stress levels

This all seems simple enough on paper, but to me this will be a struggle.

As a parent to 2 boys, I am not sure that reducing my caffeine intake will be beneficial to anyone. With children comes lack of sleep, so if I don’t drink coffee, I am not sure that I would be the perfectly patient parent that I am today 😂 Ok, that is a bit of an exaggeration, as no amount of coffee can give you the patience needed to be a parent… but it helps me to resist putting them up for sale on eBay!

The other lifestyle change that I feel is impossible, is reducing my stress levels. This is mainly because I am a pretty relaxed person and don’t get overly stressed. Any stress I do have, can’t be improved until my boys are 18 & move out. 😂

So, the lifestyle changes I can realistically look at are losing weight, having a better diet & exercising more (or doing some).

This is where I run into difficultly, because even the thought of exercise gives me muscle cramps. For years, I have been using the excuse that I don’t have time to exercise as I have kids. Although it’s true that I have less time now, I didn’t do much exercise before kids. There have been a few times when I started to go to the gym or started running regularly but I never stuck at it. This was because I didn’t like it, hated feeling sore and lacked the motivation to push on through.

Then there is the diet. I am not a massive fruit & veg eater. In fact, there are many fruits & vegetables I don’t even like. Plus, it always seems like more effort to eat healthier. I think the main reason for avoiding diets is that I love all things calorific & fatty… I mean, I have just had a whole week of celebrating pancakes. 😂

What I’ve discovered is that I love making excuses…. I can’t exercise because…. or my diet isn’t great because…. I also don’t look at my body & think “look at the state of you” or “my belly is too big!” What I usually say is that I’m a real man or I have the perfect ‘dadbod.’

But now I have confirmation that my blood pressure is high, I really need to look at improving my lifestyle. Because, although a week or 2 in hospital sounds like a great way to catch up on my sleep, I really don’t want to have a serious health issue, like a heart attack. What kind of husband and father would I be if that happens? I don’t want my boys to look at me & think that I couldn’t be bothered to get healthier for them. I don’t want my wife worrying that I’m going to have a heart attack or a stroke. So, I am going to have to do something about it.

I don’t know how though.

The diet will be easier than the exercise because I enjoy cooking and don’t enjoy exercise. So, if anyone has any exercise tips for a lazy, unmotivated, excuse-making fat dad with high blood pressure let me know. 😂

I know my wife will be a massive support, will always encourage me & will walk through the process with me.

My health is as important to my family as it is to me. Even though I don’t like these lifestyle changes, they are a better option that ending up in hospital.

Beardedwit630x

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I live in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. I am married & have 2 boys. Have worked in the homeless sector for over 11 years, working mainly with men who suffer from homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. In 2014, I reduced my working hours to spend more time at home looking after his son and two years later, another son arrived. Recently, I have started working with a local sure start project as a family support worker, with the aim of engaging more fathers. Am passionate and enthusiastic about the importance of the role of fathers and male role models in children’s lives. My blog was born out of his passion for fathers. It’s all about parenting from a dad’s point of view.

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