Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Best Result Yet!

This morning was quite overcast but mild and windless. Perfect for a snow-shoe hike to our bush lot. Each step sunk a couple of inches into the fresh, fluffy snow. The result was a good cardio workout.

Starting out on the morning's trek to the back of our property.


A lonely bird box awaits Spring and returning tree swallows.


I see that a neighbour enjoyed a snow mobile ride here.


Stopping for a breather near the edge of our bush lot.


Heading for home. Enjoying the soft blue winter stillness.


After this hike and following a fifteen minute rest, my blood pressure monitor showed my best reading yet! In decades! The little arrow was well into the green zone. Lovely! Mind you, I'm still taking half of my prescribed beta blocker pill (much to the consternation of the pharmacist) but if my diet/exercise regime continues to show good results, I plan to discontinue the medication entirely. 

Now that's more like it! Dad and his horse power also look pleased.


The results are clear. Take a hike old girl! At least once a day!

10 comments:

  1. Congrats Florence, 117 over 73--I envy you! I sure do enjoy how your big photos play such a part in your story, you take awesome pics. I sure wish Pittsburgh could have some of that snow :)

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    1. Thanks Doug! The plant-based diet wasn't enough, but it did make me feel better and gave me the energy boost to get off my way-too-comfortable couch and exercise. Surprised that Pittsburgh doesn't presently have snow. After all, your local hockey team are called 'Penquins'. Thanks for the photo comment. I only have a cheap little camera but like to snap a few pics and build a bit of a story around them.

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  2. That is excellent! I had a snowshoe, too. It's wonderful to get out and about.

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    1. I did watch your video of you enjoying your snow hike today, Jennifer. We are both lucky that we get to do this on our own properties.

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  3. I am now suffering severe snow envy. Not only is it lovely but wow, what a great blood pressure. Peace and exercise might be the best meds of all.

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    1. The snow is pretty, Patti, but the novelty is wearing thin and us northerners are pretty much all looking forward to Spring. You are certainly right about the peace and exercise! Also requires a bit of self discipline. No more
      Heavenly Hash ice cream or potato chips. My motto -- just don't bring it home! (Sigh)

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Just wish it hadn't taken me so long to make the life-style adjustment.

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  5. Excellent! My dad “cured” his high blood pressure by walking back and forth to work which was 20 min. Each way and also wore out many rowing machines and stationary bikes in the decades after diagnosis. He died two years ago at 87.5 years old and healthy till the last month. He credited the exercise and eating apples...😊

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    1. Your dear late Dad was an inspiration, Jocelyn. Co-incidentally, my blood pressure was fine when I walked to work and back from my apartment. When a parking spot opened up at work and I started taking my car, up went the pressure. Also, eating apples is so much better than, say, reaching for a chocolate bar.

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