I’m 40. I feel like there should be more that I should say in this post.
I’m sure you’re expecting something profound right? Well sorry to disappoint. I still want to provide value for people and help other people, but it’s for a different purpose now. I just haven’t had any desire to write blog posts nowadays. So this is what you get I am 40 and happy.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes and I look forward to 40 more years.
I have found that the best way to do that is to look back at where I was at a specific time and compare that to where I am now. It really is no different looking back at old photos, Christmas cards, or birthday cards.
Think about it, did you have a diary growing up? What about an old Journal or Sketchbook if you were an artist?
Today is a public service announcement. I’ve kept this image on my fridge for 4 years. October 26th, 2016 I have a 24-hour cuff put on me to test my blood pressure. as you can see it isn’t exactly much to write home about or is it?
Here’s the story.
At that time I was 34 years old I haven’t been to the doctor in 4 years. I was working full-time, practicing Aikido, playing video games, and I was exercising on a regular basis. I mean why did I need to go to a doctor? Hahaha!!!
At that time diet mostly consisted of stuff I could prepare quickly. Meals, that didn’t take much preparation or no preparation was my ideal choice. I figured hey, it’s not that bad. Wow, I was wrong! So, with the not-so-gentle encouragement from a friend of mine, I booked an appointment. My blood pressure was 165 over 110 in the doctor’s office that day. For those of you that don’t know 120 over 80 is the ideal blood pressure rating you want.
Since my doctor is awesome and understood that white coat syndrome is a thing so he requested that I wear a blood pressure cuff for 24 hours and see what the results would be over the course of a day. The machine will take my blood pressure every half an hour while I was awake and every hour while I was sleeping.
Here comes the scary part.
After the results came back but my blood pressure was alarmingly high. Here is a closer look.
As you can see by the picture 2 little separate green parts of the picture were the only time that my blood pressure was at a normal rate that was just as I fell asleep and just as I was waking up the rest of the time the chart looks like red mountains.
My doctor has been practicing for 15 years and that was the highest 24-hour blood pressure test he had ever seen. To be clear this is not the type of record that I wanted to set. Nobody wants to scare their doctor and therefore scare themselves in the process.
What did I do after I found out about my high blood pressure?
The first thing I did was call my parents and cry. That’s 34 years old in the parking lot of the doctor’s office, crying and questioning my mortality. The doctor put me on a blood pressure pill and claimed that I would have to go on one possibly or two more pills, for a total of 3.
I started to think if this continues on how much longer am I going to live? Is this the beginning of the end?
I am the guy who peaked in his late twenties and everything was downhill from there?
After the crying was over, I got to work.
I’m a solutions-based individual I started doing research and it turns out sodium and salt are both huge contributing factors to high blood pressure.
At the time I lived in work near Chinatown and so I continuously ate out for convenience. Now I have nothing against delicious Chinese food, Japanese food, and any other takeout that you can get your hands on every once in a while.
However, I was eating something packed with soy sauce 6 to 7 days a week, for lunch or dinner. On top of that most mornings, you could find me headed to a Tim Hortons drive-thru or Starbucks for a salty breakfast sandwich. I blamed my Cerebral Palsy and wheelchair because it was easy to just grab and go.
Over the next month, I cut out almost all salts, no more eating out and I consumed mostly salads and wraps.
My next doctor’s visit was good news! My blood pressure had dropped into an acceptable range. I believe it was in the 130s over 90. I told my doctor what I was doing and he encouraged me to stay on the path that I was on.
In the last, four years of continued diligence with diet and exercise.
I’ve been able to keep my blood pressure in check, with a single pill Instead of three. I have also dropped my weight and without all that salt and sodium I am not thirsty all the time or tired.
You may ask why am I telling you all this?
The simple answer is because this led me down a path of healthier eating habits and regular doctor visits. good habits snowball into positive results.
In May of 2019, I got a CPAP machine to help me with sleep apnea
I’ll have another article about sleep apnea at some point down the road.
Do only do things when they absolutely have to be done?
Do you clean up your apartment only when you know you have guests coming over?
What about renewing your insurance on your car the day it’s due?
These are all examples of things that I have done and I’m at risk of still doing. I just don’t like doing them. My formula isn’t perfect but here are the things that help me overcome avoidance behavior.
Most of us who avoid things already know what’s going to happen if we procrastinate. The key is to remember that that is what’s going to happen and that will motivate you to actually do the thing.
Reward yourself. I know it sounds silly but even the small things tell yourself once I’m done this I can work in my garden, watch Netflix, or whatever suits you.
My mother always told me “You bugger around first and then you rush later, just get the task over with and then bugger around!” if you don’t know what the term bugger around means chances are you’re under 35 years of old 🤣.
Recognize that you like to avoid things and make a conscious effort to not do it. This will be hard at first but if you work at a daily you’ll notice you procrastinate less and less.
I can guarantee that you’ll never be perfect. Nobody ever has been or EVER will be “Perfect”. Take this blog for example; Someone is reading this post right now and thinking about all the grammatical errors, misuse of words, and typos.
I think about that every time I write and I do the best I can but if I worry about it too much I will never blog. Which is why there’s a two-year Gap between written blog posts on this site.
I had too many people tell me about all my errors and instead of just fixing them I’m moving on I avoided writing blog posts for fear of judgment. Guess what? It’s not that scary to screw up. When people tell you what you did wrong just fix it and you get the heck on with your day!
Happy #RollingMotivationMonday. The proof is in the pudding, meaning if you want people to perceive you differently you need to change your behavior. In this video I tell a story about how a friend didn’t believe that I could have a short conversation. When you look at the facts I’ve never had a short conversation with her. So if I want to change that I have to change what she sees. In essence I have to prove that I can change the behavior.
Do you find it interesting when we want something and we have a time line that we needed it off it doesn’t show up. However, once we move on and forget about it that thing shows up and it was even better timed then we had originally planned. Patience & Timing go hand in hand 🙂
This is my 30th video in 30 days committing to this a month ago I didn’t think I was going to make so many changes personally and professionally. I’ve gained so much positive reinforcement through this process that I’m excited to see what else I can do. I want to say thank you so much to all of you that watch my videos comment, like, and share without my community of all of you this would not be possible. Thank you all!