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Why I started the journey

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TURTLE_MOM 5/9/2011 9:53AM

    So great! Good for you getting this taken care of, many people know that they need to but still don't work on it. Great job!

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WEEZYB7881 5/7/2011 12:57PM

    you must have been terrified. and I am reminded of how grateful I should be to live in Canada where health care is never charged. thank you for sharing and for sticking around here. you're worth it!!!

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ONMYOWNAM 5/7/2011 12:09PM

    So glad that you are here Esther. Like you said, sometimes it's not the changes on the scale but the changes that we feel and notice in our bodies. Keep going your doing an amazing job.

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NEVERORNOW 5/7/2011 10:29AM

    Wow, that is scary. :( I'm so glad you are here and losing weight and feeling better. You WILL reach your goal! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 5/7/2011 9:56AM

    What a scary experience! I'm glad that Spark has helped you to get your blood pressure under control and to start losing that weight.

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JUST_DREAM345 5/7/2011 9:54AM

    Nice job! Sometimes we just need that wakeup call to get us moving.

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