Saturday, May 07, 2011
Our challenge this week for Fit Equals Fabulous was to blog about why we started this journey towards weight loss in the first place.
On April 30, 2010 my blood pressure soared to 126/182. I am not sure what caused it although I have learned that lack of sleep + stress + sodium intake over 500 mg at one time are all contributing factors. I spent the better part of a day in bed, holding my head praying I would not have a stroke, TIA or anything else. I could not stand, walk, hear or see clearly.Going to the hospital was not an option. We have no medical insurance. I also did not have a job at the time so there was no extra money to go. I prayed... a lot. I made it through the day and spent another half day in bed. My body was exhausted and I knew that I could not do that again.
I went to a doctor, and yes it cost me a small fortune. I have been overwieght most of my life, but what he told me that day terrified me. "You are a walking time bomb. If you don't lose the weight you will have a stroke or a heart attack before your 50th birthday."
That's when I really got started on sparkpeople. It was free, it was easy, it was motivating and inspiring. It took me nearly 6 months but I lost 20 pounds and kept it off. I have been stuck loosing and gaining the same 2 pounds since October of 2010. But, I feel better, have changed my eating habits to a degree and I have a regular exercise routine. I am getting stronger every week and I feel better. My blood pressure is down too! And that is why I am here to get healthy. I want to reach my goal, but I am getting weary. But, more important than a number on a scale is that I believe I have changed the doctor's prognosis for my 5oth.