Savasana, or corpse pose, is best known as the final relaxation after a yoga practice. It's certainly not as easy as it looks, and that's why I am choosing it for "pose of the week". First, two references from Yoga Journal: Basic Pose Information Struggle of Savasana I've never been particularly good at clearing my mind … Continue reading Pose of the Week -Savasana
I have alluded to a research study that I had the opportunity to participate in. I haven't blogged much during the study because I was busy collecting data and I wanted to finish everything before posting. I won't give away too many details yet, but I was able to wear a Continuous Glucose Monitor for … Continue reading Coming Soon – Study Results
I just finished the second semester of anatomy and physiology and one of the topics we studied was the heart. I was hoping one of our final exam essay questions would be on blood pressure because I've been measuring mine for over a year and felt I could eloquently discuss the topic, as well as … Continue reading What Being Cold Does to Blood Pressure!
I did my first alcohol experiment on May 3rd and it didn't go according to plan. I wasn't going to post it until I had a chance to repeat it, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I feel like I should. One of my issues with medical and pharmaceutical research is that negative experiments … Continue reading Alcohol Experiment #1
The first month of the second 90-day challenge is never as exciting as the first month when you're just started. Regardless, I've hit that mark and there are some thing I want to share. Here's what I have learned: -DHEA does elevate my blood pressure (see What a Difference a Day Makes). I won't say my … Continue reading Second 90-days, End of Month 1
I took my final DHEA supplement on Wednesday morning to try and combat my increasing blood pressure, which is documented in the blog Back in Control… Somewhat. Here’s a table of my blood pressure values on Wednesday compared to Thursday and Friday (format systolic/diastolic/pulse): Wednesday Thursday Friday (thus far) 125/83/82 120/81/77 111/64/72 153/106/72 121/87/72 128/85/76 … Continue reading What a Difference a Day Makes
The weekend was challenging, but I started to get back on track, as best I could, given my plans. I guess I technically didn't have to eat that Movie Theatre Popcorn over the weekend; regardless, I've had three "good" days in a row (good meaning less than 50g of net carbs). My weight has recovered, … Continue reading Back in Control… Somewhat
Thursday was my 44th birthday and it ended up being a three-day, poor-eating marathon. That was after starting this 90-days struggling nutritionally. My blood pressure has also gone up. I haven't isolated the problem yet, but my suspicion is that it's because I started DHEA supplements again. I just can't say that with any certainty … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me
I am so pleased with my three month progress! It's amazing how much improvement I've seen in such a short amount of time. I'm certainly not where I want to be, but I've done enough to stay motivated my next 90-days!! Two blogs posted in one day - this is a new record!! I had … Continue reading Three Months!!
Since my resting heart rate looked so good, I decided to plot my morning blood pressure measurements over time. I had previously tried to do my average blood pressure over the week (considering all measurements), but there is so much variability over the course of a day that the overall effect of the downward trend … Continue reading Blood Pressure – Also on the Decline