I found out I have high blood pressure in July this year, two weeks after my 34th birthday. The doctor asked me to come to the clinic for three days in a row. When my BP remained high, the doctor recommended me to take a blood test.
Initially the doctors suspected it was caused by work or relationship pressure, but after taking 1 day leave, pampered myself at the spa and went for a retail therapy didn’t seem to help lower my BP, the doctor suspected it must’ve been caused by other factors. Internal organ problems could be among them. The bad news was, according to the doctor if I was having high BP because of hereditary factor, it would be difficult to treat. Well, at least 2 of my brothers have it, as well as my mom. My late father and grandmy also had it. *Sigh*
I took the blood test but only went to get the results after I came back from my vacation. Seriously, that was one of the stupidest things I ever did in my adult life. But, I just didn’t want anything to spoil my holiday mood.
Before the doctor knew what was wrong with me, she immediately put me under her weight management plan. It was a 5 minutes lecture on healthy living and eating nutritious food. And she told me to lose 10 kg in 4 months. Yeah, my jaw just dropped and I felt like banging my head on her computer monitor because I knew how impossible that was. I lost a few kgs between May and July because I started swimming. But to lose 10kg more in just 4 months? Wow, that’s a challenge.
So, after I came back from my week long vacation, I paid the doctor a visit to know my blood test result. As I expected, it was due to high level of bad cholesterol. It’s supposed to be quite a bad news but I found myself thanking god because it was not caused by the other factors. I have a work colleague who had high BP and after some time, he found out that he was having kidney problems.
Since the cholesterol level was quite high, the doctor had to prescribe me some medicine which could cause drowsiness. After 4 months, I will be going for another blood test.
Meanwhile, I was advised to stop taking oily, creamy and fatty food. I had to strike out all of my favorite food. No more fine-dining, extended coffee sessions and Ramadhan buffet! Steamed vege, fish and chicken are the best food for me for the time being. So far, I tried to follow the doctor’s advice, but if my only buka puasa choice was from the Pasar Ramadhan there’s not much healthy food I could find there. Had to be happy with Laksa Penang, bubur lambuk (tapi ada santan jugak) and tauhu sumbat.
On top of all that, I’m now taking Herbalife. At least it helps to reduce the hunger and cravings. At the same time, I finally managed to shed some more weight. I’ll probably manage to meet the 10kg reduction targeted by the doctor. So, after Aidilfitri I will update my experience with Herbalife. Thanks to Ku_E for the recommendation and guidance. Have a blessed Ramadhan everybody!