Fitness Challenge Days 59-62: What’s Happened

 Lately I must really be down in the depths of discouragement or frustration. Seems like since seeing my lab results, I have had a desire to continue, but at the same time, I have not felt like doing so.

I am not sure if it’s the blood pressure medication having an impact on me, as I just started taking it on Tuesday and have taken it for about four days now. Since starting on Tuesday, I have seen a very pronounced increase in leg swelling, something I have not seen since the days when I drank sodas like Diet Coke and Diet Mountain Dew. I have not been drinking soda for months and my leg swelling had gone down considerably.

Another thing I noticed on Tuesday and Wednesday especially, was an increase in knee pain on both of my knees. And as I write this on Saturday, this knee pain continues on both knees.

Normally, after a long walk like I had on Tuesday, I expect my knees to hurt for a day or possibly two. But not so much that it feels like it limits my walking ability.

So, needless to say, I’ve had a tough time of getting the gumption to get out and walk because my knees, my ankles and my joints all hurt. It seems like I am sleeping less because I am getting up more often to use the restroom.

 Honestly, I find it difficult to have the desire to get out and walk when my knees are hurting so bad and my legs are swollen so bad. I intend on calling the doctor next week to find out what the deal is, for this concerns me and this was my chief concern with starting blood pressure medication in the first place.

Apparently, I also have cholesterol reducing medicine to pick up and start taking. And I am not sure what kind of impact that will have.

 I’m still strong on my dietary habits, but, ironically, I am finding that I am craving a few things that I haven’t craved in a few weeks. I am really seriously craving hamburgers, Taco Bell, juicy steak. I have not really craved these things over the last few weeks. I am not sure if it’s discouragement or depression because of my blood pressure and cholesterol readings or if it’s the impact of the medication I’m taking, or a combination of these and other impacts.



 I am not giving up. From the beginning of this blog a couple of years ago, I am determined to always be transparent and honest about things as much as possible. So I am expressing with Frank this, the way I feel and think right now.

I am happy. But I am dissatisfied. Dissatisfied in my results and didsatisfied in what seems to have been happening this past week.


It’s been a rough week, but that means good weeks are coming!

KAri - May 31, 2015 - 00:10

Hi Dave! Wow, the leg swelling is new and disturbing, and really seems to coincide with the medication. Can you call your docs’ emergency phone and ask about this? There were a lot of good comments on your last post, and it’s good to see how much moral support you have behind you. Do you have a BP monitor at home? You haven’t had any cardio symptoms or anything, have you?? If you have any really uncomfortable feelings, please don’t hesitate to at least call ER and ask the nurse on duty about it. Ach, now my Mother Hen program is engaged, oh noooo! 😀 Take care though. This is a rough patch in the road, as They say.

Jane Birch - May 31, 2015 - 08:37

These tough times are going to help you grow the most, Dave, so hang in there. Satan does not want you to succeed, and you can be sure that he is the father of this discouragement. Don’t give into him! He does not have your best interests at heart. I think you’ve been doing great with your diet, and you will see results, but right now you have to see some of them with the eye of faith. What alternative do you have? If you went back to your old diet, that certainly would not help your health! For hope and encouragement, I recommend the resources on Dr. Esselstyn’s website: If you want to tighten up your diet even more, here are guidelines based on what the WFPB experts are saying:

Here is part of a story I posted on my site that can be helpful, “Last February, I attended a Forks Over Knives conference one weekend in Phoenix (BTW, they have a great website, newsletter, and recipe app). Drs. Campbell, Esselstyn, Greger, Lisle, and other WFPB luminaries were there. What fun to be among like-minded people and get reinforcement and new ideas! During one of the breaks, I asked Dr. Esselstyn why my elevated cholesterol wasn’t going down in spite of 2 1/2 years on the diet. He said, “Are you drinking a lot of smoothies?” “Oh yes,” I responded, “Usually two or three a day.” “That’s your problem,” he said. “Processing all those fruits and veggies in the blender makes the glucose go immediately into your liver and convert to cholesterol. You need to chew your food rather then drink it.” I went home and quit the smoothies. Six weeks later, my cholesterol numbers were down 35 points, to an acceptable (if not low) range.”

sumoflam - May 31, 2015 - 08:48

Thanks for the great encouragement . I’ll be fine. Just was a tough few days! Weighed in this morning at 420.8, almost down 30 pounds since April 1. There are glowing stars amidst all the darkness!

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