There’s nothing existentially profound in this post – just a couple of new and positive changes since I quit booze. And yeah – I’m a boy so changes which can be measured in numbers by gadgets are cool!
The first change is the most important – my blood pressure. For the last couple of years my blood pressure has crept up & was a few clicks away from being officially ‘high’. That’s too high for someone in their late 30s & it’s because of alcohol.
This week I checked my blood pressure several times & the readings were between 105/70 to 114/70 – which is PERFECT! In fact it’s officially in the ‘Optimal’ category. Yayy for good blood pressure – now I can eat salty snacks without nagging trepidation!
In case someone’s reading this and doesn’t know much about blood pressure the recommended blood pressure categories are below and there’s also a link to a decent info page.
The less important, but noticeable change, is how much quieter it is at 4.30am when the garbage truck empties our recycling bin. Ahhhh – gone is the deafening cling, clang and occasional shattering sounds of falling glass! This week I didn’t wake up at all.
Our recycling bin was only half empty – so I had room for the hoards of old cardboard boxes which lurk under our house (a by-product of too much internet shopping).
So it’s a win for my heart and a win for the environment. Gee – I wonder how much greenhouse gas was created to make the thousands & thousands of glass bottles I’ve bought over the last 2+ decades?