This post was sponsored by Omron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Well, I’ve completed my 90-day journey with the Omron EVOLV blood pressure monitor. Over this time, I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days; I’ve had good blood pressure readings and I’ve had bad blood pressure readings; but overall, I think things have mostly gone well.
It is comforting to know that if I am “not feeling right” (and if you are also a heart attack or stroke survivor, then you know what I’m talking about) that I can sit on my couch or my bed in the comfort of my own home in the middle of the night and check my blood pressure to see if all my numbers are normal. The monitor is even small enough that I’ve thrown it in my purse and taken it to work on those “not feeling right” days in case I needed to check my blood pressure throughout the day.
Generally, my numbers have been pretty consistent during the past 90 days, but a couple weeks ago, I did have a little scare when I checked my blood pressure one night and the numbers were kind of high compared to my norm. I continued to monitor my numbers throughout the evening, and they only dropped a little bit. I attributed it to a pill I had taken earlier that day and hoped that the numbers would get back to normal over the next day or so, which they did. But it was an alarming thing to see and to get recorded on the Omron Connect app!
My cardiologist has adjusted some of my meds since my last post, so I was interested to see if my blood pressure would be affected by the change. There has not really been a change, but that is one thing that I was looking forward to monitoring with the home monitor! So, I’m glad to have that ability so I can monitor how my body is adjusting to the med changes over the next few weeks.
A change I’ve made with my eating is that I’m now eating a serving of steamed broccoli almost everyday!
If I don’t get broccoli, then I’m making sure to get a side garden salad or some fresh fruit daily.
So I may not be getting all the recommended servings in daily, but I’m definitely getting in more servings over the course of a week than I was before, and that feels great! I’m better about this on the weekends when I have more control over my meals than during the work week when things can get crazy. So, on the weekends I try to do two vegetables and a protein per meal.
I have not purposely increased my steps lately but I did have a couple days last week where I was so busy that I got over 10,000 steps on 2 different days!!! Man, I was exhausted last week!
What successes did you have on your 90 day challenge? Did you make any changes in your daily routine/lifestyle? If so, do you plan to stick to these changes?
And remember Omron’s Going for Zero mission (which I personally think is fantastic) to eliminate heart attacks and strokes through prevention and education. Make sure to check this out and make it your personal mission, too!