Wake Up Call Personal by Joel Wagner - August 19, 2009June 30, 201015 I went to the dentist yesterday morning to get work done. They took my blood pressure before they started doing anything and it came out at 150/101. These are not good numbers. Not at all. I have had elevated blood pressure in the past, but never seen the numbers this high. Granted I was at the dentist, so the numbers tend to be higher there than other places due to nerves. But all things considered, this is a huge problem. I’m posting about it on the blog, because I am asking for support. I’ve done research, I know a lot of things that I can change to get things better (as well as making an appointment with a doctor). What I want to know from some of you is what kinds of things have you done that really have helped bring your blood pressure down? When I do this, I don’t want to bring it down to 140/90. I want it to get to really good numbers. I am aiming for something below 120/80. What am I doing for sure? Drinking water like crazy Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet Limiting my consumption of salt/sodium Taking Asprin daily Taking Vitamins and supplements (C, B-Complex, Omega 3) Spending more time consciously relaxing I also plan on adding some sort of regular exercise schedule (even if it’s just walking for 10-20 minutes a day). What other things have you done to dramatically change the state of your health? Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.