The Blindingly Obvious

I had a visit to the docs last weekend. I’ve been having nosebleeds lately which is weird because when i was 8-ish I had my nose (or the veins in my nose, cauterised. Haven’t had a nose bleed since. I’m 54. So to start these nose bleeds was a bit disconcerting and advice from the FBH of: “Stop picking it!” didn’t help!

The doc didn’t seem too concerned and suggested that if they continue we can attend an ENT specialist and look at a re-cauterisation.

Anyway, as all docs do, they take your blood pressure weight etc. My blood pressure has always been fine. Even when I hadn’t expected it to but when under enormous pressure at work. It’s always 120/80.

Not this time! 155/90!

So, I’ve got high cholesterol, borderline diabetes and it might be I have blood pressure issues! Let’s not get too morbid but off to Dr Google to see how I can manage high blood pressure.

According to WebMD:

The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:

  • Smoking – X
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity – X
  • Too much salt in the diet – X
  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
  • Stress – X
  • Older age – X (I’m 54! dammit!)
  • Genetics
  • Family history of high blood pressure ?
  • Chronic kidney disease ?
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders -?
  • Sleep apnea – ?

Those with X next to it do not apply to me. Those with ? next to are going to be checked.

So the possible causes could be:

  • Being overweight – which I am technically, so I could lose a few pounds.
  • I may indulge in a red wine or two so I can cut that down.
  • Work isn’t stressful, trust me, though, in a role where there is little structure or planning I do get frustrated.

The others can all be checked. I did have sleep apnea checked in 2008 with some issues there but I just couldn’t wear the prescribed mask. This time round though I may persevere a bit more. And the technology may have gotten better.

And so, to the blindingly obvious…

Last week, after getting the high blood pressure reading, I decided to take two actions:

  1. remove there red wine from the diet on the week nights – addressing there alcohol aspect of the above list, and;
  2. only have one portion of the main meal and cut out sweets, carbs etc where I could – addressing the overweight/obese aspect.

This alone allowed me to shed 400g per day for the 5 days of the week. I made sure as much as I cold to walk 10,000 steps per day but, nevertheless, no wine and better portion sizes immediately affected my weight.

This being the case and, assuming it or a variation would continue, I’d hope lose 2-3 kgs before the City to Surf on 27 August. That alone will help with the time.

I see my doctor on Wednesday and will ask him to arrange a sleep trial to check again for the sleep apnea.

I don’t know why it takes a negative medical examination to motivate me (or anyone else) to change their habits.

A Good/Bad Weekend

The weekend started off well health & fitness wise. A good parkrun and no alcohol the night before. It kinda headed downhill after that. Not off a cliff but not ideal.

I needed to do some gutter cleaning Saturday afternoon in 38C weather before a storm hit – which didn’t! We watched the Scorchers with the Big Bash League here in Western Australia. That was good.

A red wine (just one) Saturday night.

The run on Sunday (target 14km) ended up being just over 7km. I blame the muggy weather from the (non)storm. I was heading out on my third lap of Lake Monger when I just didn’t think it was going to be a good run and the best thing to do was pack up and go home.

So I packed up and went home!

Now, to be fair, I usually push through these feelings but yesterday felt like stopping was the right thing to do.

I did the first lap in my Hoka One One Stinson 3‘s which are a very high cushioning running shoe. I had used the previous version while I had my shin splint issues and they did address that to some degree. But since getting some great physio and the accompanying exercises, I’ve been running in flatter shoes, the UA Speedform Gemini 2, and they’ve been great.

Fortunately I brought them with me and changed over after the first lap. The second lap was a lot better in terms of run, feel and muscle soreness.

Then home, watched some TV, the mugginess go worse so grabbed a Stout (just one). That kind of made me feel better. I then cooked dinner with a couple of glasses of red.

So, a good couple of runs some falling off the wagon AFD wise but nothing too outrageous.

The total km for January is looking good with a slow 3-5 km run tonight and another 5 km tomorrow.


Winner – 1 in a Row – Alcohol Free Day


Well, made it! One in a row for an AFD (Alcohol Free Day). Even took a bottle of wine to the kid’s place for dinner – wasn’t opened!

And, just to be clear, I am not anti-alcohol. Love the stuff but I think it’s holding me back a bit in the weight loss department.

So, here we go for two in a row!


Also, in parkrun news, had a good run today. Ran 5km in 25.34, which is the fastest for a while – not my fastest but they seem to be reserved for cooler weather. Had a good running partner (unofficial) who kept the pace up (thanks Belinda!) and she was thankful someone was pushing her! Win!

VO2 Max

Also the VO2 Max increased to 49 so that was nice. 

Have an awesome weekend!

One in a Row – Getting Specific

It’s 2017 and I need to lose some weight. I’m 86kgs and need to be close to 78… and stay there.

I need to move more – actually scratch that, I think I move enough.

I’m getting to average 100+ km per month in running. Yes it could be more but it’s a helluva lot more than it was and it’s pretty consistent. Even today I’ll run 10km home after work before heading out for dinner at the kid’s.

No, what I need to do is eat better. Actually, scratch that too, I eat reasonably well. It could be better but most of my meals are veggies, meat, chicken, salmon. I drink 2.5 litres of water per day.

What I need to do is drink less alcohol. I drink probably 3 glasses of red at night. Should be 2 according to medical authorities, could be less.

I usually drink with dinner then one or two with some TV.

So let’s try for less alcohol. No alcohol today. Even at dinner. Just for today to see if I can do “one in a row!”