'I Lost 94 Pounds and Lowered My Blood Pressure!'*


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Meet Cathy Storey, a SparkPeople.com member who lost nearly 100 pounds and took control of her blood pressure through diet and exercise. Find out her full story over at Huffington Post!

Congratulations, Cathy! Keep Sparking!

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  • SUNSET09
    That is oh, so true, SparkFriend! What works for one may not work for someone else. We should find what works for us and work it. Whoo, hoo and way to go! - 11/20/2017   11:22:02 PM
  • 72
    Awesome! - 7/19/2017   2:40:33 PM
  • 71
    You look 20 (really 20) years younger! Congratulations, what a great accomplishment ! - 7/4/2015   11:34:09 PM
  • 70
    Well done and thanks for sharing.
    Portia - 12/13/2014   5:05:11 PM
  • 69
    Wow! Amazing! Congratulations! You look fabulous! - 9/8/2014   1:25:16 PM
  • 68
    If it wasn't for some facial similarities, You look like a totally different person. I think that you look more confident now...CONGRATULATIONS! - 5/19/2014   10:34:04 PM
    Congratulations! Great job - 5/19/2014   7:50:35 PM
  • 66
    Awesome, Cathy! Truly an inspiration. I hope to get my BP down. Doctors are pessimistic about patients making changes because so few of them do. Let's keep spreading the Spark! - 11/14/2013   9:53:11 AM
  • 65
    Your story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.
    A point you mentioned hit me pretty hard. The fact that you have to want
    to be fit and to do what it takes to get to your goals.
    That is so important.
    Thanks again! - 11/14/2013   5:32:04 AM
  • 64
    Such an inspiring story! I am so proud of you! I am 25 lbs into the 100 lbs I needed to lose. It has taken me a while, but I am still working hard! - 5/8/2013   7:27:08 PM
  • 63
    Thank you so much for your post; it has motivated me tremendously! You look amazing! I suffer from pain all day as well which limits me physically but also mentally. The fear of increased pain is overwhelming sometimes. The part of your story that really hit home is when you said, "Today, though, it hurts either way -- the pain just feels different. So I choose the healthy version!" This is my new mantra to push on. Thanks again and God bless! - 5/8/2013   10:15:47 AM
  • 62
    Awesome & Congrats!! - 4/15/2013   11:46:10 PM
    Congratulations! You look great! I've been taking
    high blood pressure meds for a l-o-n-g time. They keep my Hi BP
    under control, but I would be so happy so get rid of
    them for good. Your story gives me hope that I can. - 4/13/2013   1:10:48 PM
    YOU LOOK WONDERFUL. I have similiar problems and find you very motivational. - 4/13/2013   9:49:00 AM
  • NEWME19641
    THANK YOU!! we have similar issues and i didn't feel like getting on the treadmill till i read your story.I got on and i will stick to it!! bty you look fab!!! - 3/6/2013   1:22:24 PM
    way too go
    - 2/27/2013   5:42:13 PM
  • 57
    Thanks for sharing your story very encouraging - 2/11/2013   9:29:00 PM
  • JOANN2062
    You look great! - 2/11/2013   5:25:58 AM
  • 55
    Thanks for sharing your story of success!!
    I plan to have my own success story to share as well in the near future. Stories such as yours encourages me to keep pressing forward.
    Thanks again! - 1/22/2013   11:56:55 AM
  • 54
    Thank you for inspiring me. Congratulations on your successful weight loss. - 1/21/2013   10:29:26 AM
    Thank you for the motivation! - 1/17/2013   11:12:04 AM
  • 52
    Are you kidding me? I have Rheumatoid Arthritis AND fibromyalgia including high blood pressure. I take a steroid called prednisone. and it gives one the round face and makes it hard to lose weight. And my RA doc said that it would be dangerous for me to quit taking it. Well in 2009 I decided I would stop taking it go lose weight.And I went from 215 to 173 in 3 months. Then I had a relapse and ended up in the hospital. I commend you for succeeding. If you do exist since no one can find you on this site. If you do exist write me. - 1/14/2013   11:37:08 PM
  • JESS20092
    Congratulations, you look great! - 1/11/2013   3:44:45 PM
  • 50
    You look awesome! Congrats to you! :) - 1/3/2013   6:52:36 PM
  • 49
    Congratulations well done!! - 12/31/2012   5:55:11 PM
  • 48
    Cathy - you are totally awesome! Thanks for sharing. - 12/24/2012   10:25:54 AM
  • 47
    Very inspirational. My bio very similar except I'm old enough to be your mother & just beginning my SP journey. Intense chronic pain definitely a special challenge in, and of, itself. Your story is very encouraging. Thanks for sharing. I couldn't locate a SparkPage for you to form a link. - 11/4/2012   8:03:16 PM
  • 46
    Very inspiring. - 10/27/2012   7:20:51 AM
  • 45
    Congratulations! Very inspiring. - 10/20/2012   5:30:42 PM
  • 44
    Congrats on your success. Your very inspiring to me as I also have high blood pressure and the reason I started a life change. I also suffer from severe fibromyalgia, asthma/COPD and some other things. The sever daily pain and medication has increased my weight and I am not happy with it and decided I have to control of my body back. I suffer from mild to sever pain daily and it changes thru ought the day as you already know having fibromyalgia as well. But I refuse to give in. I try to do some exercise at least 5 days a week. I save my 2 days off for the days with the worst pain. lol Thank you for sharing your journey. I didn't think it would be possible bc of the fibro and the meds that also make u gain weight. Thank you! - 10/14/2012   4:49:21 PM
    Way to Go!!! I too am losing because of hypertension. I really would like to get off the meds I'm taking.
    You are an inspiration!!! - 9/26/2012   4:25:25 PM
    You look very good and much younger. I tried to look at how you did it, but couldn't get it up on my computer for some reason. My goal is to lose 100 lbs. also. Keep up the good work! Makes me think this spark coach team thing might even work for me. - 9/23/2012   11:05:43 PM
  • 41
    Congratulations! You are an inspiration - 9/21/2012   6:45:31 PM
    awesomness!!! - 9/21/2012   8:31:19 AM
    Congratulations! You look great and are an inspiration. - 9/20/2012   6:59:36 AM
  • 38
    Congratulations! I enjoyed reading your story...very inspirational! Keep up the great work, you are doing an awesome job! - 9/18/2012   10:23:23 PM
    It is unbelievable, you encourage me that there is hope. Congratulation!!!! - 9/18/2012   5:14:45 AM
    Congrats Cathy! I always thought you should share your journey with all awhile back and look at you now! You are an online star!!! Spreading the spark too!! Thanks for inspiring us!! - 9/18/2012   2:02:19 AM
  • 35
    You look so good, and congrats on lowering your blood pressure. That must make you feel so good. - 9/17/2012   7:27:15 PM
  • 34
    WooHoo! Congratulations And Much Blessing Upon Your Life! Thanks For Sharing This. - 9/17/2012   5:00:44 PM
    Thank you for posting. I am a newbie on SP and these stories give me hope & inspiration! - 9/17/2012   3:26:07 PM
  • 32
    Very inspiring! - 9/17/2012   1:49:24 PM
    That's for sharing. I've tried every fad diet ever invented. Now it's time for me to get off of my lazy butt and do this the natural way...again, thanks! - 9/16/2012   11:23:17 PM
  • 30
    You are great and I'm so happy for you. You just knock the I'm sick excuse right out of me when I get sick I don't want to exercise but I push myself to do it and reading your story help me to see I can do it and don't give up when it's seem like nothing is changing. Don't give up and keep pushing. - 9/16/2012   11:05:39 PM
  • CHRISE53
    Good job. Like that natural approach. And congratulations on your journey. - 9/16/2012   10:19:35 PM
  • 28
    You are such an inspiration! - 9/16/2012   8:33:31 PM
    Awsome job on your weight loss. That is awsome! - 9/16/2012   8:14:57 PM
  • 26
    I am starting over AGAIN. Your blog helped me a lot! Thank you for sharing - 9/16/2012   7:42:26 PM
    Thanks for reminding me why I started this journey. I was diagnosed as Pre-diabetic. I was exercising everyday and lost 29 pounds. Then my gym closed and summer came and blah, blah, blah. I used every excuse I could think of. Time to get back on track

    Thank you for sharing your journey. You gave me the motivation to get going again. - 9/16/2012   6:47:03 PM
    Yours could be my story, except for me it was pre-diabetes rather than hyper-tension! A couple other differences, I was up 160, am still in the stressful job and not sure with meds I can drop.

    I have managed to lose 40, so far.

    Thanks for sharing. - 9/16/2012   6:41:09 PM

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