169 – the systolic reading for my blood pressure that places me at serious risk of significant health problems.
I wasn’t told in a dressed up way. There was no ‘good bad good’ sandwich. It wasn’t softened with any form of technique. It was simply put; I was told I have blood pressure so high that I have to change my life…this is the number and this is what you have to do.
Some more numbers:
7 – number of gym sessions I’ve had since I found out.
3920 – number of calories burned doing 6 above.
7 – the additional miles I’ve walked in the last few days.
8 – the number of pounds I’ve lost in the last 10 days (3.6 kg if you use metric).
5 – the number of storeys I walk up and down each day now.
10 – the number of flights of stairs getting to my office.
110 – the number of steps in 10.
3 – my quickest time in minutes doing 5 before I started.
1.5 – how long it took today.
300 – the number of seconds recovery time from doing 5 above when I started.
75 – the number of seconds recovery time from doing 5 above now.
0 – the number of crisps I now eat.
1 – the number of people responsible for effecting this change.
What can’t be counted is how I feel now, my reaction to seeing myself in a mirror, the achievement I get from walking up an escalator, my satisfaction eating less, how much better I’m sleeping, my improved focus.
Quantitative feedback generates qualitative effects.