I went back in today to see how my body has responded to the blood pressure medication and I am very happy to say I am at near normal levels now. The remaining 10-20 points I need to drop are more properly attributable to my weight and continuing reducing sodium, so there is still progress to be made, but I am definitely on the right track. Another perverse positive I took from it is that it wasn't all directly my fault. It is now pretty clear that this is something I am pre-disposed to. I don't know why, but that makes me feel better about it. As a bonus he even set me up on some heartburn/reflux medication. It is the same as the over the counter stuff, but a lot cheaper as prescription. Who knew?
I have noticed more than once that the quality of my environment plays a large part in how I treat myself. I made a few changes at home this week that should make it just a little bit nicer of a place to spend time and it really does perk me up.
I treated myself to a little pasta yesterday, but I didn't go overboard and stayed around my point goal for the day. I still hope for 4 pounds this week and I feel I can do it.