SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1444 To help each other with High Blood Pressure SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1444 Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58651553 Hello, my name is Carolyn. I have been struggling with my weight \for the past two year. I recently discovered that I have a vitamin D deficiency and I also am anemic. I visited my doctor and was prescribed vitamin D and an Iron supplement. I am feeling much better and seem to have more energy. I am ready to get back on track and enjoy a healthy lifestyle Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:42:49 EST I need help!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58648170 Hello I am a 44 year old working wife and mother. I need to lose almost 70 pounds. I would love to have some accountability partners. Consistency is my problem. I know I can do this. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:17:57 EST Am I too old to try again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58645559 Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58624513 Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:32 EST New Jacksonville member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58622223 Hi! I am very excited to be here , looking forward to hearing from new friends and getting to know yell. I need to get back on track and make my weight loss goals come true. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:48 EST delois http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58611611 hi, my name is delois..... short for DEE......i am new to the sparks family my goil is to lose 50 pds.... i also go to the gym ..it have been hard for me to lose weight been losing inches no pds..am married no kids and love ppl... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:58:54 EST Total hip replacement, new life style... new me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58605241 Hi SparkPeople, <BR> New to this site, just found it on the internet, looks great. I have enjoyed reading the posts, and they give me hope that I too will be able to change my bad habit of eating the wrong things and lots of them. I will need to learn all the posting and charting my personal data, but it will be a great learning tool. I am opened to receiving some good tried and true guidance, trust me I need all the help I can. Thank you all in advance for your help and information and loo... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:38:08 EST Hi there to everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58602229 Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58581859 Hello All! <BR> I am completely new to all this. I found SparkPeople just surfing the web. I am a nurse, mom to 2 boys (18 & 14) and wife to my wonderful husband who, unfortunately, has a neuromuscular disease. It is hard to find time but I know I need to get healthy for myself and my family. So, here I am and I am sure I"ll need a lot of help and support! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:27:54 EST Can't take my medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58562943 I ran out and I am having problems with my insurance. We got rid of one of our insurances and the pharmacy said that I can not get my meds until the insurance is good. I have been back and forth between both places. The one I have now says that I should be able to fill now, so I tried and the pharmacy says that I still can't because the one they have been using as a primary has not been taken off yet. <BR> <BR> not sure what to do since it has been two days now and I can feel my blood pres... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:34:40 EST new to spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58559744 I am a diabetic and have asthma, so I need a lot of help. love this site, I have already learned a lot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58546688 Hello there, my name is Anna. I have basically been struggling with my weight my whole life. In late 2009 I began yet another weight loss journey, and by the end of 2010 had lost about 80, and I kept 70 of that 80 off for two years. In summer 2012 I learned I had poly cystic ovarian disease, which I have had probably most if not all my life but was never checked for. Some other stuff such as my thyroid came back abnormal, and I'm finally getting into the endocrinologist next month after getti... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:39:33 EST New diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58535586 Hi all. I am a woman in my early 40s who was just recently diagnosed with hypertension and started on medication. My doc (PCP) is hoping that in 3-6 mos I will lose 10-15 lbs and that this will bring my blood pressure down enough that I can stop the medication. According to my BMI, I could definitely afford to lose more than that. I am younger than my mom was when she got high blood pressure and had to go on meds; I am also heavier than she was at this age. (Heck, she's 24 or whatever yea... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:06:26 EST Can I read while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58521247 I pedal an exercise bike? Will it affect my cycling effort? Trying to fit my daily bible readings and my exercise into my time before work in the morning!!!! Breakfast I can carry and have at my leisure in the train. The first train is always quite so I generally get a seat with a table. Muesli is ok with the milk added before bedtime the night before. <BR> <BR> Not back to work till Wednesday this week but I am going to experiment with water intake the three days I will be there to see ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:44:37 EST How many http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58509776 of my exercise calories should I eat? <BR> My normal allowable range is 1200-1550 cals <BR> I have eaten 1267, but I have done 470 cals in the exercise bike. Should I eat some of these or can I realistically stop eating now? <BR> I have not had much success in the past Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:24:44 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58504581 Not sure what to say here, other than hello. I'm new here. I've been using spark people since Oct 2013, but never used the message boards before. I started at 211 and am down to 190, but seem to be stuck. I keep fluctuating between 190 and 195 for the past 6 months - frustrating, but probably my own fault (I like to "cheat" a little too often). One thing I'm concerned about is getting the right nutrients. According to the nutrition tracker, I need to increase my potassium and magnesium... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:30:05 EST 46 and scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58485759 I'm new to this and I've gotta change, so I can stay alive. I want to live to see my grandchildren. There are two people in my body. I would appreciate the help from all of you. Thanks Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:07:17 EST New to this forum not really new to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58458832 I used to be on and off Spark long time ago. Well I am back and now I have high blood pressure that the doctor put on meds about 2 months ago. Now it is time to get serious. I do not want to be on medicine the rest of my life. So it is time for a change and I have a lot of weight to loose too. My name is Cindy by the way and I live in Oklahoma. I am 35 yrs old a mom of 2 and a wife. I work as a daycare infant teacher. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:17:07 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58457973 I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58457602 Just signed up for SP today. Was on a cocktail of 6 different BP meds, but have gotten down to 5 since losing @ 60lbs. Goal is to be completely off meds by 4/2015 Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:42:23 EST First day back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58444892 First day back and I am hopeful because I am willing to try again ,having faith I will do what I plan to do each and every day. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:40:04 EST Heart scare leading to me focusing on ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58417960 I am a 36 year old mom of 4 kiddos ( 14, 12, 9, and 7) and recently I wasn't feeling well. The doctor decided to do a bunch of tests including an EKG that came back abnormal. I FREAKED out! My mom had heart disease for years, finally passing away from it before she was even 60. I have never smoked so that was a plus. I don't have the all clear yet until I get a stress test on July 10th. But, the cardiologist doesn't think I have anything to worry about. Yet. But I DO need to lose 70-80... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:54:28 EST Summer Stroll 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25457x1444x58404043 <em>244</em> Here we go again! How many miles can we travel together from July 1 through September 30? <BR> <BR> Any activity that can be converted to miles counts. Join us! <BR> <BR> My miles <BR> 7/1: 4.21 <BR> <BR> Team total: 4.21 <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:22:59 EST loannac http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58402530 I was searching for a menu planner to learn how to manage my diabetes and was becoming increasingly frustrated. Finding Sparkpeople seems like a miracle. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago, and have waivered between denial, depression and avoidance until today. I think now I am ready to face facts and get on with living. I have a lot of changes and choices to make. After seeing what is offered here I feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:02:46 EST Here I go again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58389867 Hi everyone my name is Linda and here I am again. I am here again but I am having a hard time getting started !. I need a whole bunch of help and motivations! Any ideas? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:34:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58384002 Hi there. My name is Dan Weaver and this is my little intro piece. <BR> <BR> On February 17, 2014, my work hosted a ‘Get Healthy!’ screening which, as I saw it, was basically an oppurtunity to get some blood drawn in exchange for a discount on health care rates. You know, lots of good, cool stuff. <BR> <BR> What I found wasn’t cool, and it certainly wasn’t good. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed as something called prediabetic. They basically told me that I was on a fast path to diabetes, a diagn... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:56:07 EST Guy looking for tips, tricks, and whatever else! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58367601 Hey. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old man who would like to lose weight. I've been overweight most of my life and have struggled with it quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I think I've done the song and dance enough to understand the basics about exercise and nutrition. I've come to realize my main issue tends to be emotional eating. That and hating fruits and veggies. And maybe love of ice cream and pasta. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from others who have tips on how to overcome hatred/disgust of veg... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:10:20 EST Hello, my first time here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58352592 This is a little scary for me, ok, a lot scary for me. Now that I have that out of the way, hello! I'm looking forward to joining the dialogue on this Spark message board. We found out this past Sunday that we will be grandparents for the first time, and I joined SparkPeople {again} on Monday. I want to be here for as long as I can, and enjoy all the wonderful perks that come with being Gma. I know now that I need support in finding my way back to a healthy body, and I hopefully have som... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:21 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58345562 Hi everyone! I'm Brandy and just joined SparkPeople this week. I am 28 years old and have been on my weight loss journey for about 2 years. I took up running a while back and have completed 20+ 5ks and a half marathon. Recently, I have noticed that, while my exercise routine is solid, my food intake is severely lacking. In addition to wanting to lose weight, I would also REALLY like to be able to be off my blood pressure medication. Not only does my weight cause this issue, but I have a famil... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:50:05 EST INTRODUCTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58344008 I don't know if I ever posted on this site before, but here I go. I am a 68 soon to be 69 year woman. I have one cat, male, name is Tiger. I lost 33 lbs last year, but because of New Years, I gained 12 lbs and cant seem to re-start my program. I have cateracts, but no surgery as yet. I also have a hernia and will know if I have to have surgery on July 10th. It does hurt. I had one 18 years ago which did not hurt. Well, here I am starting all over again. I am lucky my blood pressure is under c... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:55:06 EST Lorraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58334635 Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST Hi . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58327585 Hi , lve joined the team ad lve been battling with my blood pressure for over ten years and finally last year with my doctors help and support we have it controlled with a number of meds l take daily , lm obese morbidly by (70kilos) and need to Get serious and see if l can drop this weight and the meds l have to take daily seeing wheather weightloss can keep it controlled instead of the meds . <BR> Im looking for support and encouragement on this journey and looking to you guys for it as a te... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:43:34 EST Committed and Prepared to Conquer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58325869 Hello. I have been struggling with weight issues since I was an early teen. I have tried multiple methods of weight loss, pills, skipping meals, and the list goes on. <BR> <BR> When I moved away from all I had known and married my husband, I weighed 238 pounds. Almost a year later, I now weigh 293. The stresses of beginning a new life, mixed in with laziness just took a hold of me. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are wanting children, but I don't want to begin a pregnancy being super overw... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:12:16 EST Borderline HTN looking to go down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58323085 Hello, I'm BJ. I haven't yet been diagnosed with hypertension but am borderline and I'm working to lose weight and exercise in part to reduce my blood pressure. I'm not exactly new to Sparkpeople but I'm now trying to get involved and hoping that I can learn some things here to help get my blood pressure under control. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:28:38 EST jessbooze http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58321829 hi! <BR> looking forward to staying motivated and becoming healthier! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:43:08 EST New to the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58277985 I am new here to SparkPeople. I have been using MyFitnessPal and do like it a lot, I'm just exploring all of my options. Any tips for a newbie?? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:11:05 EST Blood Pressure Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58260268 With my Dr. support and monitoring my BP very closely I have stop taking my BP medication. By diet and exercise and other pointer found on the internet I have been managing it like this for about a month now. Do anyone have any other suggestions on managing blood pressure naturally? Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:53:09 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58237162 Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro,... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:45:30 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58219687 Hi! I am Paula, mom of 2 active teenage boys, wife, and high school teacher. I am not bp meds but 1 doc does not like the pattern he is seeing. My goals right now are going to be pretty small and maybe silly to some but I want to drink 8 glasses of water daily for 1 month, get realistic about serving sizes, and lose 10 more lbs by church camp in August. I have been on and off the site several times but now it seems a little more urgent because my dh was recently diagnosed with diabetes which ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:32:51 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58219621 Hi. My name is Marge and I have had high blood pressure for years. I take medication to control it, but would like to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle , so maybe I can decrease the medication.I plan on losing weight, walking more, consume less sodium and fat in my diet. I don't use a salt shaker much but when it come to eating sweet or salty I tend to go for the salty food and I need to try to kick that habit. High blood pressure and heart disease tends to run in my family. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:26:57 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58211202 Hello, I'm new to Spark People. My goal is to lose 150 pounds in one year so that I can go to my son's destination wedding in Key West and not look like a slob. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:35:14 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58199141 Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST New Memner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58185451 Good afternoon - I am a 43 y/o single mother of 6, with 2 left in the home. Now that I am down to having 2 children left in the home I am beginning to work on my health and wellness through exercise and healthier eating. I am hoping that sparkpeople can help keep me motivated to reach my goals. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:42:16 EST New to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58176910 Hello My name is Tammy and I am from Delaware. I have been obese since my early teen years. I have been struggling with my weight for many years, I am 41 now. I want to be healthy, I want to be pretty. I was even on phentermine for a short amount of time years ago and I lost some weight then, but not enough to make a difference. And I gained it all back and then some. With my weight issues I have some medical issues that can be corrected if I lose weight the doctors say, hypothyroidism, sleep... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:39:18 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58169782 Hello I'm Peg, starting again to try to loose weight. I know what I need to do I just have to do it! I'm going to start using the food tracker again. Exercise has never been a problem because I love to go to spin class, run, weight lifting classes. I fill my problem is being bored in the evening and eating before bed time, but in the evening I'm tired and do not have the energy to keep moving just want to relax. ANY suggestion Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:40:47 EST not going back on b/p meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58161536 Hi, <BR> I've been off of meds, because I've had really good readings for a long time, but the last few time it has been elevated, but I have hypertension. When I see my reg. Dr., its been good. My bottom number is really good, but my top one has be a little high. Sorry this is so long. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:27:31 EST trying to get free from restricted diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58159432 My name is Paul and I just turned 51 last week. I lost 45 lbs on a restrictive diet but have now put back on 10. Need to keep losing but not with that same diet. Just started reading "The Spark" and have the cookbook. This site looks like a good motivation tool Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:33:33 EST LeslieShawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58149760 Just started today, I need motivation. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:13:20 EST BP Too High http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58137535 I have heart disease (By-pass & heart attack) so when my BP gets out of control, I get worried. It is at present. Usually my beta blockers & exercise & eating right, keep it under control, but for the past week, it has been soaring, especially at night. Last night it was 174/90, a long way from where it needs to be. Does anyone have any tips on how I might get it under control? <BR> <BR> Eve Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:25:51 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58130503 Hello, <BR> My name is Amanda. I just joined sparkpeople today. I developed HBP in August of 2012 when I developed eclampsia while pregnant with my son. It's been a battle every day from just remember taking my meds to trying to diet. I have never had bp problems before that but it does run in my family. I am hoping that using this sight will help me get my dieting and bp back under control. Looking forward to meeting and chatting with you all. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:59:11 EST Hello, I joined Tuesday June 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58120345 I have been yo-yo dieting for many years, I would succeed and lose major amounts. Show off what I did, then go back to my old habits. Then I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I lost some weight and kept it off. Dieting is a bad word. I prefer lifestyle change. Changing my lifestyle, of no activity, overeating, feeling bored, lonely and frustrated was easier than I thought. I began to read labels, I began to plan my meals ahead of time. I began packing my lunch the night befo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:49:51 EST Joking to make a better self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58111043 Hi.my name is chyna Rochelle, I really need to make a change in my life and need all the support I can get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:45:05 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58108043 Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:37:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x58075587 I am Belinda and trying lose weight and get healthy. A friend suggested I try the cardiac diet to loose weight. So I am starting today. Has anyone tried it before? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:27:03 EST Hello, I just joined Spark today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x58007710 I started seeing a cardiologist here in the Philadelphia area 2 months ago, as my blood pressure was staying high at 167 /100 despite taking a water pill, so I am now doing much better after changing meds to Chlorthalidone 25 mg, and Amlodipine 5 mgs, each am, and my blood pressure is about 145/ 90, so still need to bring it down. Have a shared too much information here? I am new so not sure what is shared in the High Blood Pressure team? Mon, 26 May 2014 20:49:22 EST Hi. I'm nancy I have had 3 heart attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57985851 I quit smoking but gained weight. I am ready to lose it Sat, 24 May 2014 19:29:23 EST I will do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57953918 Hello my name is Gerda,i found this site by chance. I have lost 55lbs 2 years ago ,but have added back 25 lbs since then. My goal is to loose those pounds. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:53 EST Twotop20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57943935 Hi everyone. I am going to send a pic of myself soon. Well my goal is to have 10%-12% of body fat. I want to become a professional body builder. And I joined because my weight manager said it would help me to get the results I was looking for. I am about to have weight lost surgery soon. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:02:09 EST Team Question RE: BP Readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57933625 I have noticed in the last two days that my blood pressure readings have dropped on the low side. I am unsure if this is because of equipment malfunction or for some other reason. Today's were: <BR> <BR> 92/63. Resting <BR> <BR> 96/59 <BR> <BR> 130/67. Evening <BR> <BR> I forgot to take one after exercising today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's were: <BR> <BR> 109/74 <BR> <BR> 148/87 after exercise <BR> <BR> 121/69 <BR> <BR> 106/56 <BR> <BR> 102/66. Evening <BR> <BR> I am going to doub... Tue, 20 May 2014 01:15:55 EST Hello, everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57915329 I am new to Spark People and new to this team, so I wanted to drop in and introduce myself. I am 52 and live in California. One reason I am on here is to lose weight and lower my blood pressure- high blood pressure runs in the family, so I have a good idea what I need to do to address it. Raised in a "don't add salt" environment, I count myself lucky to have made it to 50 without having an issue. However, I do have a huge sweet tooth, and the past three years have been very stressful, so ... Sun, 18 May 2014 14:29:13 EST Hello - I'm Merci from Portland, Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57909822 I was on Sparks quite a few years ago, now I'm back! I am determined to make it work this time: I'm 52, 100+ pounds to lose, not getting younger, and don't want to spend the rest of my life feeling sore, tired, sick, depressed, and generally just plain 'blah'. It's time for a change, and I'm feeling very motivated this time - I will do this! I know it will take time, I will slip up, it will go slow or even stop on occasion, but I will plug my way through every opportunity that comes my way! ... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:27:18 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57905481 My name is Chelsee and I'm new to this site. Looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Sat, 17 May 2014 14:16:34 EST Hi I am Nan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57896690 59 <BR> single overweight about 2 st. HBP controlled by pills. <BR> Not a fan of exercise even if I had the time. <BR> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:26:16 EST Lose the Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57893294 <em>41</em> <BR> I joined Spark to lose weight of course, but main objective is to lose enought weight so that my blood pressure is normal WITHOUT medication. I live a pretty active life style, but I do not watch what I eat. So that is what I am focusing on. I know the right things to eat, but that ice cream or candy bar or potato chip bag calls me and I give in. In my initial step, I got rid of all those things in my house. I told my husband and son that those things would no longer be al... Fri, 16 May 2014 10:29:58 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57844918 Hello everyone just wanted to let everyone know how excited I am about being here!!! Mon, 12 May 2014 09:38:26 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57841194 My name is Maritza and I am 58 yrs old. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure too. I need to loose weight to get better. I will appreciate all the support given! thanks! Sun, 11 May 2014 23:33:03 EST My Wake Up call..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57825522 So I woke up this morning from a dream about the cashier at my local fast food restaurant refusing to fill my order because I was in AFIB(somehow there cash register knew this). What can I say....dreams are weird, LOL <BR> My family has a history of heart disease, and it does cross my mind sometime. (ya think?) <BR> But THIS DREAM, is scaring the crap out of me. <BR> SO, here I am. <BR> I know I will stumble, I know I'm not perfect and will not be perfect on this program. What I also know is... Sat, 10 May 2014 11:05:46 EST cindy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57811943 I am over weight and in bad health, I am trying to change my way of eating and getting exercise daily Fri, 9 May 2014 07:30:23 EST Time for Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57804788 Hi all. I am Christie and I have put my well-being on the back burner for the past 28 years while raising children, a common story indeed. Well, my youngest is turning 16 and I am bound and determined to make time for my health. Blood pressure is an issue with my entire family and I have been on meds for the past two years. I would love to get some of this weight off...start with some sensible exercise and just feel well again. I have injuries (car accident) that prevent me from doing ma... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:09:01 EST Hi! I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57756515 I re-entered in late March and it has taken me this long to check on the parts of my health. I came back because my diabetes is out of control and my cholesterol numbers are terrible. To deal with those I need to deal with the whole body and high blood pressure was my first offense. Being overweight would be the second one. One of the reasons I am reintroducing myself is that you have a goal for 10 minutes of excercise a day. That is my present goal, I have become so inactive due physical lim... Sun, 4 May 2014 19:00:42 EST Any success stories getting off of BP meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10093x1444x57741848 I have started eating right and losing weight as well as exercising more. Anyone had any luck getting off BP Meds or reducing amount taken by doing eating right, losing weight as well as exercising. Thanks. Doug Sat, 3 May 2014 12:42:01 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57741764 Hi, my name is Doug. Looking to do something about my blood pressure and the medication I take. Hope being here will help. Sat, 3 May 2014 12:32:51 EST Norvasc 5 mg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57695569 Anyone tried Norvasc before,, Dr wanted me to try this one,coughing on Cozzar was a problem.Since being on Norvasc , systolic and diastolic both lower the last few weeks and have not noticed any side effects at this point. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:44:14 EST New to this at 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57684303 Hi my name is Cherie and I am new to this I am in my 40 and have high blood pressure so its time to do something about it.. I hope their is someone els going thru the same thing we can do it together... talk to ya soon. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:41:06 EST Hi I am Kathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57679520 I found out I have high blood pressure. What a shock. I always had low blood pressure. Still trying to figure out what to eat. I loved to eat salt on everything. Now I have to stop. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:13:02 EST Hello from Ontario! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57663028 Hello everyone! My name is Tammy and I have struggled with weight my whole life. I get discouraged easily, and reach for the worst foods to make me happy when I am down. I have tried just about every crash diet there is, but only end up putting the weight back on (or more!) within a short period of time. I have tried doing this alone for so long, now I am reaching out for support. I am eager , and excited to begin my journey with you! Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:51:07 EST Hello my name is........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57661504 I am 57 and was diagnosed with high blood pressure before the age of 40. Am currently on two different medications for it - Atacand Plus and Coversyl. I try to remember to take readings twice a day - morning and night, but am not always successful. I use a wrist monitor and take reading in both wrist. This morning my readings at 8AM were for left wrist 121/71 and for right side 126/80. Want to lose weight to be heart healthy and so that I do not end up on 5 different BP meds like my Dad. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:37:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57655229 I don't have a lot to say, except hello. I'm here because I need help tracking my progress and staying motivated to lose weight and manage a couple of things, like my blood pressure and depression. I have an extra motivation because if I don't get things in check I'm out of a job. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty quiet, more lurker than anything. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:58:48 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57646102 My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:43 EST Journey to a new ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57629724 I have made the decision to consciously eat better and change my lifestyle to be more "full of life". I am 58 years old and both of my knees will be replaced this year. The first one will be on May 12th. I need to eat healthier and add more body movement. I am very serious about this and want/need to make a change. I know I can not do this on my own...I've tried too many times to count. I would appreciate any help and encouragement I can get from this community. I look forward to ineracting ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:13 EST Retirement and changing for the better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57602882 Hi, I just retired on April 1. I had been having major problems with my blood pressure, and it started improving after I retired. I had more time for exercise, and cut down the salt and fast food. Better nutrition really seemed to be helping. I was feeling great until I slipped yesterday and had a big binge. I need to stop this now, I hope by posting this that I will get back on track. My life depends on this. <BR> <BR> Cecilia Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:19:12 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57591180 Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57571632 I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST hello everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57559907 hello Im new to sparkpeople Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:44 EST Re-Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57557325 Hello everyone! I think I was a member of this team once because my husband had high BP. I ended up canceling once his BP was controlled through medication. After a series of recent visits to the Dr., my BP has been elevated and I'd like to talk to others who have the same problem. Last visit was 154/74 (at rest). I know this isn't dangerously high, but am concerned to be out of range for me. I am active, but about 50 lbs. over my ideal weight. I'm looking forward to getting to know yo... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:04:44 EST High Systolic/Low Diastolic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57557227 Does anyone have this issue? I just read up on it online and it is a bad sign, leading to heart failure. I have 2 leaky valves which the doctor is watching closely. Recently my Systolic has been high compared to my Diastolic. Before I take my meds, my Systolic will be 160 but Diastolic is in the high 50s or low 60s. And my pulse rate is low, too. I am on Beta Blockers, so that explains why it would be a little on the low side, but the big difference in my other readings concerns me. One... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:22 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57549357 I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:55 EST want a healthier life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57529619 I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST Young and Diagnosed with HBP from WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57485126 HI everyone, <BR> I'm 26, and from Wisconsin(Yay Cheese!!). I recently was to my doctor and she has diagnosed me after only seeing her once before, with HBP. She wants me to be on medication... I'm only 26! But I digress, I am here to find out how to reduce my BP without meds Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:14:13 EST Nice to meet you'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57482185 Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57420533 My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:00 EST busy and fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57404997 I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:51:59 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57400657 I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:26 EST New..beyond help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57394942 my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:58 EST Starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57370530 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:39:58 EST Starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57369932 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:08 EST Starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57369344 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:18:42 EST Spring Fling 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25457x1444x57355155 Let's go! We traveled over 1,000 miles as a team in the last quarterly movement challenge. Let's do it again! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:39:21 EST Prediabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57337054 Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST new to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57335001 Anyone from Central Illinois <em>213</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:04 EST Im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57334912 Hi. Im new here and I would like to find help with losing weight. Im a 40 year old single mom of 3 boys. Two of them are grown and one is married with a daughter. I want to feel better, look better and live healthier. Thanks for the help. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:38:51 EST Cinnamon Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57325948 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am excited about this new venture. It has been a long time coming. Why is it that we spend so much of our lives (especially women) taking care of others.....our spouses, children, friends, and so little time caring for ourselves. I am 60 and finally realizing that I am just as important as all those that I love. I want to be healthy and be able to continue loving and caring (especially my grandbabies) for many more years to come. I realize that unless I take care of ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:52:38 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57318999 This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Obligatory Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57297431 Hi all. I've been a member of SP for a while, but I just started checking out the community and forums. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with high blood pressure last year. Other than a bought with preeclampsia during my second pregnancy, I'd never had an issue with blood pressure before. My dad recently passed due to several health issues, and realizing that my chances of dying early are increased has spurred me to being more proactive with regards to my health. <BR> <BR> I'm 38, mom to 2 teenag... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:16:55 EST Newbie here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57286167 Trying to improve my weight as a way to control my blood pressure. Looking at adding meditation to my efforts as well. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:40:00 EST New Start for a New ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57281126 Good Morning All; <BR> I am 56 yr old woman. I have abused my body for most of my life. The blood pressure is going up, the cholesterol is going up too. Heart disease, blood sugar and thyroid trouble runs in the family. So I am playing with fire every day that I don't eat well or exercise. My brain knows this, but still I don't seem to care enough about ME to do something. <BR> I read somewhere that new habits can be created by doing the action for 30 days in a row.....with that, I am going... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:32:45 EST Lisa k http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57280222 Hello, I am new to this program. I figured I would try it out. To see if it could help me in reaching my weight loss goal. It's very hard to plan healthy meals. Also, preventing over eating. I'm hoping I can learn from all of you and become healthier and happier.. :) thanks Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:45 EST Just diagnosed with hypertension! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57276488 Hi guys! I just joined the team. I have been on Spark people for a few months now and really enjoy it. I just found out about my high blood pressure, and so I figured finding a team that addressed this issue would be a great idea. Last Friday I woke up with sharp, stabbing pain in my right eye. I went to see a doctor and found out I had ruptured capilaries in my eye. I then made an appointment with an opthamologist, but when I was there on the visit he stopped half way through the exam to tak... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:28:00 EST Jimi777 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57249615 I am the father of 6 kids and I have 4 grandchildren. Over the years I have put on a lot of weight and now would like to get healthly Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:02:48 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57245491 introduced earlier , I am a runner, age 64. I have had HBP all my adult life! I believe heredity played the biggest part in this. I am not overweight, have been running consistently since the age of 27. About 5 years ago I started taking blood pressure medication....my family doctor didn't know what else I could do on my own that I wasn't already doing, so here I am. Unfortunately, my 3 children all have it also. The oldest is 40, the youngest is 27 and yes, even the 27 year old is on m... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:28:34 EST nearing 65 and still running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57244831 I have been running over 30 years, never was fast, 9-10 minute miles and not races. I started doing longer distances in 2008 and have now run 20 half marathons and one marathon. I am just so darn slow, that now I am beginning to get discouraged. I know that I shouldn't let it bother me, but it does. I belong to a forum for women over 40, but everyone is getting PR's and running fast and here I am lucky to be doing 12 minute miles these days. I seem to have really slowed over the winter m... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:08:20 EST I'm Back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57244430 I am back to faithfully using Spark People. I thought that I could do it without tracking and using my teams for support. That was a mistake but all I can say is I tried. Hopefully, I'm on track to start losing again. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:27:43 EST 44 and looking to change my life for the better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57237921 Just had my 44th birthday. I want to do so many things but my weight keeps holding me back. My daughter was so proud of one of her classmate's mom for losing weight. It has motivated me, I want her to be proud of me. I am ready to change and grow to the me I want to be. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:29:19 EST Do you take your HBP meds morning or night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10093x1444x57203384 I take my HBP meds in the morning, and I am wondering when you take yours and why. <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:05:03 EST Fatigue after taking medication? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57195517 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if other people also experience fatigue after taking BPM. <BR> I do very much after taking perindopril. <BR> <BR> Is there a solution to that? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:45:08 EST 54tiggersue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57176809 New today. Did ok so far! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:07 EST Hi, I'm Lynn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57165144 I went to a doctor on Friday, not my primary care physician. They have told me that my blood pressure is seriously high and that I need to make an appointment with my physician. I would like to try to do things to bring it down before scheduling this appointment. My preference is to not have to take medicine, but I understand that I may have to. I started exercising about two weeks ago. I am looking for meals that I can cook for me that are flavorful and not loaded with sodium. I have a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:02:12 EST Glad I'm not alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57151294 Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:10 EST Hi my name is Tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57148872 I am new to the group. <em>41</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:24:19 EST Its Me Sheila !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57101797 I joined this team last year but have not been active here so here I go again. I was not checking in because I was feeling guilty , not seeing my doctor and not taking my pills. I got a doctor who I just can not get in scyn w/. When I go to him ,he tell me what to do before my next appt and then at my appt we do not cover what we planed and when I point it out to him he just says "Well this is what we are going to do NOW" I do not feel he is working WITH me and I can not get w/ that. I have a... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:14:16 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57093265 I believe I was on this team b4 a long time ago, and so anyway I have came back here. I am Rose or Rosie Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:31:42 EST moodykeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57087526 Hi my name is Mary and I have been on a better eating plan since jan. one month 28 days actually. I started at 232 pounds and today I weighed in at 220. I need to lose 97 ponds to be at the top weight for my height. after 2 months of eating better, mainly stopping almost all sugar. I have started to feel much better and I move a lot easier than in the past without losing my breath. hoping to keep improving on this and feeling even better.. I was told by my wellness person to track my calories... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:11:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57086811 Can say I am new. <BR> <BR> I have had high blood pressure since my early 30s for me to is a on going battle to fight my blood pressure at time. I hardly use salt in anything I cook with if I do use salt I try real hard to make sure it is Sea Salt not table salt at all. In truth I rather use just pepper then salt. <BR> <BR> I am doing this for many reasons on trying to control my diet for my son and also for me to feel better about how I look about my self. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:09:19 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57080495 I went to the doctor today and found out my blood pressure is 160/110. I've been overweight for years now and have had low self esteem for as long as I can remember: two things I'd like to change. I was excited when I found out about this website, helping me to care for myself and provide a community support system :) I wish all the best of luck in our journey to improve our health :) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:48:20 EST Hello there everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57065924 I came across this site today and it looked and sounded great! I have been over-weight all my life. <BR> Not a new story I know. I stay at home most of the time. And so I would like some new friends, that <BR> might help and encourage me along the way. I am open to new ideas, recipes things like that. <BR> I believe I can get these pounds off! Maybe we can help each other. Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:36:27 EST Need to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57043010 Hi, I am a 56 yr young woman who is in need of losing weight. I know I am at an unhealthy weight but I cannot seem to lose it. I have been tracking my food intake and keep coming up short with the calories. This is not good as my body will not let go of anything. I know I need to eat more and not just veggies and fruits or eat more of those things. I currently take medication for high blood pressure but hope to lose enough weight and maybe not have to take them. I really like this site a... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:31:01 EST Got off Lisinopril, chronic cough went away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x57022471 I had a persistent, violent cough for 11 weeks straight. Got off Lisinopril and switched to a "2nd generation" medication in the same family, and it went away 3 days later and hasn't returned. Doctor put me through two rounds of bronchitis treatment before we figured out what was really happening. It all started when I found out about the Lisinopril Cough on a SP blog and asked the doctor about it. <em>198</em> Doh! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:03:53 EST Good Evening.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57019360 Hi - my name is Jeff, and I live in upstate NY. I've always been a "big guy"....I'm 6ft4, and usually weigh, plus or minus, about 300 pounds. I used to work in mental health, where size was often a factor in dealing with patients. And I've always felt that I derived part of my identity, from my size. <BR> <BR> Weight was never a problem - or at least I never perceived it as a problem......a number of years ago (probably more than 10), I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic....and I was main... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:10:48 EST Missanne on the move http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x57001387 I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST I am the fat mom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56988107 Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year,... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:12:08 EST Are there any new SparkPeople . How to find them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x56969117 I'm fairly new to SparkPeople and am excited to find new people like me who I can connect with on the message board! I'm also interested in connecting with older members, I don't mean in age but people who have been withSparkPeople for awhile, and have good success by following the Nutrition Tracker, Fitness Tracker and Community pages! <BR> I am a 64 year old woman with a HB of almost 30 years. I have two grown daughters, one 26, the other 22. I live in Issaquah, WA, sort of near Seattle, t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:57:14 EST hello from denton texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56965036 I am 64.Should weigh 170 or even less.I weigh 210.I have exercised 6 out of last 8 days.I had open heart surgery 3 years ago.I am a registered nurse,past 37 years.I work in ICU. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:56:43 EST daryl kemp retired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56964498 I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:52 EST Southern WV Mommy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56954998 Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Did you take your blood pressure today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x56946490 I watch a show last night on public TV called On Call. It is a local doctor that answers questions from viewers and has guests on to discuss certain topics. Last night the topic was heart disease. One of the guests was another doctor who recommends you take your blood pressure 3 times per day to see what the right numbers are for you. They shared that all people are not alike so blood pressure for you might not be the actual good one for another person. What are your thoughts on this? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:02:53 EST 52 and ready to start living. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56926276 Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:46 EST Not eat, pray and love myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56923560 I am 55 years old, been dieting since I was 12 and I am still 50 lbs overweight! I am searching for a lifestyle that I can live with and will help me reach my goals. I am on that shaky third day and would love to hear from those of you who are further along, and how you tgot there. Hope it's not too obvious that this "community" thing is very new to me, but hey, I can't keep doing the same things and expect different results, right? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:11:58 EST hi im new to program. my name is pekaana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56923018 Hi my name is pekaana. Im new to this. I have 30 pounds to loose. Im so ready to shed this weight. I could use littile motivation. Esp in excerise. Im lil lazy!! Lol love to walk. Got walk away pounds dvd and gilad quick fit system. Goalnis to do excerise 3 to 4 days a week at least 30 min. This is a neat websight. I just stumbled upon it. So here I go. Im on day 2. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:22:03 EST Hi I'm Kerri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56915109 Today is my second day on blood pressure meds and the doc says if I can get some of this weight off I will be able to get off of the meds. I have been trying to get back on track since Christmas and have not done to well, but with this new goal in mind I am finding it a lot easier not to cheat. I lost 70 pounds five years ago, but then I gained it all back. I know that I can do it again! <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:44:42 EST nallan71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56906999 Hi, every body. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:15:41 EST HIya I'm Kaity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56903269 hi I'm Kaity and I'm looking forward to this new journey in life to better myself physically. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new life choices to better myself. I hope along the way I can help others as well. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:07 EST over sthe road-rolling strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56892167 Hey how are we all tonight? I'm spencer 24 and a long haul driver. I have a goal of getting down to 150-160ish. Currently I'm starting at 194. I'm shooting for 1-3lb a week. Any support given will be appreciated. Out here on the highway there isn't much support for a driver so any is greatly apreciated Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:06:09 EST Hi I'm Annabel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56884961 im interested in connecting with others who have SLE. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:45:52 EST Here's Looking at you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56870031 Hi, I'm Sandy and as my user name says, I live in Largo. DH and I moved to FL from VA just about 10 years ago for his health. Thanks to the wonderful folks at the Bay Pines VA, he's doing so much better. They even were able to qualify him for a VA disability pension Only problem with that is because of the rules on the pension, I had to stop working. About 8 years ago, we both lost a considerable amount of weight by going on the South Beach diet and doing a lot of bike riding. Along the... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:10:06 EST Ready to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56860715 Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hi my name is Joni! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56835921 Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST MY FIRST DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56827523 hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:56 EST RTERRELL 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56812490 I would like to lose70 pounds. I have lost so far with sparkspeople 24 pounds. I am impressed how well it works for me and my wife. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56808045 Thank for your welcome messages! I am soooo overwhelmed!!! I was looking for an easy menu to start with...I am a meat eater and not ready for too BIG of a change yet! Can any of you make suggestions? <BR> <BR> Debbie Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:15:56 EST New but old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56799555 Good Sunday Morning!! My name is Crystal (Cryssy), I am a wife, mother, nanny, and caretaker of my husband who is disabled, and my father-in-law who is disabled and has first stage alzhiemers. I do all the scheduling of any appointment that people in our home have to go to. I do the cooking, cleaning, and shopping. I make sure that med boxes are filled, meds are taken, sugars are checked, etc... I am also household vet and i nanny on the weekends. I also try to make sure that my mother-in-law... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:50:33 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56797923 I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56788716 Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST I hate Metoprolol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10093x1444x56787904 I'm taking half the lowest dose and it still seems like too much. My blood pressure/heart rate is too low to be effective when exercising. Today when I was doing squats I started feeling dizzy and had to stop. I was worried that my bp was high, but no it was actually 100/68. No wonder my head was swimming, I wasn't getting enough oxygen for what I was asking it to do. Does anyone else feel dizzy when exercising with beta blockers? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:15:39 EST Hi, joining in with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56780192 I'm Debbie, have been on a bp med since I was in my 30's. Now I'm sixty, on 2 meds, morning and night. Stress really has affected me with my bp and now my weight probably isn't helping at all. Just joined up with Spark people and trying to find my way around. Started off good with my eating, slacked off last week, trying to get more involved and more serious with this. As far as my bp meds, sometimes I do forget until late in the morning on a non-work day! Crazy, I know and I'm a nurse! Good ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:58:06 EST Who can you give a smile to today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x56774479 I gave one to my neighbor when I saw him out shoveling snow. I also wished him a Happy Valentine's Day. How about you? Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:37:07 EST AFFAIDOO's SparkPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56760320 I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST Just Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56737539 Hello, <BR> My name is Therese and I have just joined Spark People. I'm hoping to turn things around by eating healthy and getting into a daily exercise routine. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:08:44 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56729250 I'm Dorothy and I joined this team last night. I live in upstate New York, am 73 years old, and have moderately high blood pressure. My blood pressure is always high in the doctors office but not too bad at home. i've been on SparkPeople for 5 years and the first year I lost about 20 lbs and was able to get off of one of my blood pressure pills. I have regained about 7 lbs. and now the doctor wants me to go back on another blood pressure pill. I was just taking a water pill for a few years. ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:21:31 EST Bryan G2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56719067 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST I'm trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56710870 I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Renewing my commitment to myself to be healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56705680 Hi all, I've been here before. A couple of times actually. Decided to give it one more try, and to take it slow. Previously I'd jump in with both feet and get a good start then run out of steam fairly quickly. Hopefully by taking it slower this time I will succeed. After all I didn't get this way over night. Happy Sparking and God Bless. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:19:44 EST New To Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56690606 Hi Everyone I'm new to spark. Looking forward to sharing this journey with each of you. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:12:00 EST Need help with blood pressure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56669737 Good morning, My name is Maria from Illinois. <BR> I am looking for motivation, for I have HP and it is very dangerous to my health. <BR> <BR> Any advice or words of encouragement will be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> God bless. =) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:12:53 EST Hi everybody!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56662448 My name is Dominique and I'm new to the weight loss scene. I will be appreciative of and tips and feedback to get me started Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:06:18 EST Vegan is In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56649640 Hi I am kind of new or actually new at making contacts to meet someone. I am trying to stick with the vegan lifestyle but I keep running out of ideas, can some one help me with ideas and recipes for lunch, super and breakfast? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:31:50 EST Hi, I'am giving this another try! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56615909 Hello everyone! I have so many obstacles to get past, I have decided to take control before it goes out of control, I do not over eat, I under eat which is just as bad if not worse. I have develped a phobia about looking at myself in the mirror and hating the reflection. I know I need to feel better about myself. I am hoping to change all these issues about myself in a helathier and more positive way! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:49:46 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56613093 I would like to introduce myself. I am a 39 year old mother of five children. My oldest daughter is married and going to have my grandbaby in May of this year. I am tring to get to my goal weight of 135 lbs. I decided to sign up for spark people because I needed some motivation and I like how the site is set up. What made me decided to lose weight is that last year I was put in the hospital because my blood pressure was high and I also found out I have a thyroid problem for it is hard for me... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:16:02 EST Aday4this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56609713 My name is Alice. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since 1989. I have 35 pounds to loose again!! <BR> I will be 73 in acouple of weeks. I have a small dog, Buddy. He keeps me moving, everytime I sit down and get real comfy he needs to go out side. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:16:35 EST Hi! New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56594199 Hello All! <BR> <BR> I have been using Sparkpeople for a week now, and must admit it has been interesting! So many resources! My blood pressure is not extremely high (140/80), but my doctor wanted to put me on BP medication. Told her to give me a chance to lose some weight and exercise to see if it gets better. Thoughts; advise? Thank you and have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Yvonne <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:09 EST Diva in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56588618 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST New Beginnings ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56575290 In about 8 months I will be walking down the aisle to marry my best friend (yes thats corny!) and I want to look my best not only for the big day, but for myself! Although my timing is a bit late, I think this page and its memebers will give me the motivation I need to get my butt and gear and look amazing! <BR> <BR> The basics: <BR> 29 years old <BR> live in West Texas <BR> 1 dog <BR> 2 cats <BR> 1 amazing fiance <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:14:26 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56567857 Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56538450 Hi everyone. I am here to get my prehypertension under control without meds. I have a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease, until last week my blood pressure was great.Now its' hovering around 117/84- 134/83. I defiantly want to get this under control while I am still young and in relative good health. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:22:48 EST Hello, Ya"ll From Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56537207 Let me introduce myself. I am 52 years old and live in the Greater Houston area. I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man and we have one teenage daughter. I also have 3 fur babies--2 cats and a Chinese Crested dog. My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and walking my dog. In 2012, I graduated from 7 years of school obtaining my BSW and MSW in social work. Over those years, I put on quite a bit of weight--mostly late night eating and stress/comfort eating. This year, I had ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:19:14 EST why eating effects your BP ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10093x1444x56523509 Hi I am new here this week and i am having issues eating because of this : same old same old 1 hour out from lunch and blood pressure through the roof along with a panic attack. does anyone know why eating would spike your blood pressure so much ??? <BR> confused .... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:37:13 EST bsl1956 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56518901 I am 57 years old, I need to loose at least 40 pounds I drive 40 minutes to work and back. Sit at a desk all day. For a week now my coworkers and I have been walking a mile at lunch and 2 miles in evening. I have only lost 1 pound going to keep trying. I have copd Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:41:39 EST Challenging myself to a Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56516864 Hi. My name is Faye. I live in Prosper, just north of Frisco and McKinney. I am a 72 year old great grandmother who lives with my son and his family of a wife and two teen sons. I am chief cook as I enjoy watching everyone eat when they get home after their busy day. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds gained over the years. I love walking but have been very lazy this year. I do pilates and some weights but I also love baking for family and friends. Of course that requires a lot of t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:22:46 EST Scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56505662 Trying hard not to stay on program and stay positive! Help! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:09:29 EST Fat and Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56486339 I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST Hello There! Looking for motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56476614 Hello! I am 51. I am trying to lose 35 pounds by June 1. Two years ago I lost my oldest son to suicide. I have been in a deep depression and decided about 6 months ago to pull myself out of it. I am in a state of frustration because in 6 months I have only lost 25 pounds. In have fibro and some other issues which keep from exercising like I want to. So here I am trying to stay motivated. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:12:07 EST almost there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56458567 finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:58 EST need a partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56454954 I need a diet partner . I am a 64 yr female ,need to lose weight for my heart. this is my first time with sparkpeople and could use some coaching. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST new to this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56438705 I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST Greetings, all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56438202 Hi, nice to meet you all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> After being normal on the low side, my blood pressure shot up a few years ago. Like, REALLY up. Like, they kept asking me if I was feeling OK up. (I think it was something like 205/108. I remember the bottom number was over 100. Like I said, REALLY up.) It corresponded with a big weight gain, and a job change, and my mother's Alzheimer's getting worse, so it was a perfect storm. I've been on meds ever since, and need them or it shoots up a... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:26:52 EST Hi I'm 33 with high blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56417838 I am working on getting my blood pressure back down. I just went to the doctor this week and it was high (145/94) so I'm determined to lose weight...again. I lost 23 lbs and my blood pressure was GREAT! Unfortunately I gained it back & my blood pressure is back up (go figure!). Sooo I signed myself up to do a marathon in June (it will be my 2nd one). Being signed up for a race motivates me to work out and eat healthy. I've been tracking my food for the past 4 days and have ran the past ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:15:33 EST I'm Ready for A Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56408046 Hello Everyone! My name is Priscilla. I am overweight, I am tired and I need a change. When I signed up for this site, once I got in, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed. It is far more exciting looking than I expected. But I am like a fish in water. I am currently, diabetic, overweight, with high BP. Low Cholesterol but still had a heart attack at 36 and an Angioplasty at 38. For a young African American female that starts a host of other illnesses that could occur and I want to b... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:41:29 EST Masherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56407363 HI! I am excited to join in here. I am 57 yrs old. I live in a very small town called Braxton. Everyone knows everyone. I have many health problems. My main reason for wanting to make life changes for the best are my 6 grandbabies ages 18 months -10years, I need to set a good example for them. I LOVE FAMILY, READING AND COOKING. I am ready to get started and need all the help I can get. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:39:03 EST Hi, My name is Charlotte http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56395384 I am going to be accountable this year for the food that goes into my body! I will be married for 42 years next week, to my high school sweetheart. He has seen me all sizes and does complain about my size, he is concerned about my health. I have RA, High blood pressure and need to lose a lot of weight. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:44 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56385819 I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST lsb1974 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56374773 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Almost 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56373321 My name is Pam. I have two teenage daughters and a wonderful husband, all of whom love me just the way I am. I have high blood pressure and two brothers who have died from massive heart attacks and both were younger than I am. I am not in "bad" shape but not in great shape either. I run some, do some yoga but I am not consistent. I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate when it is cold outside. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill which I have at our neighborhood gym. I ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:26:23 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56361674 Achhh!!! I keep doing this over and over! Well, now I'm 50 (as of 1/11) and it's TIME. Yesterday I recorded everything I ate and today, too, so far. The hardest thing for me will be cutting out alcohol. I'm really excited though! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:17 EST Just joined for my dh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56359843 My dh saw the dr the other day and his blood pressure is running in stage 1 hypertension. He must monitor for 8wks and then call. I've reserved some books on DASH. He did not know this at his appointment, but his dad does have hypertension (and he is very thin). <BR> <BR> We do not eat tons of processed food because my youngest ds has food allergies. I think the highest sodium he gets would be from eating out (we go out once a week on a date) and canned tomatoes. He does like some proc... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:08:08 EST Time to change my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56359028 I have battled weight most of my adult life but have decided to win the battle for good! I want to be healthy, I want to wear cute clothes but most of all I want to be the one in control of my life and my choices. I am ready to make lasting changes, and have the patience to see this through! I welcome any support and friendship! I recently decided to stop eating meat although I will eat eggs and cheese. This is a challenge for me because I lose better when eating fewer carbs. Any tips fr... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:10:20 EST Hi, I'm Maria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56332576 It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:12 EST Hi I'm Flo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56331840 Hi my name is Flo. I live in Rapid City, SD. I am 63 and 100+ pounds overweight. My husband and I are retiring at the end of the year and going on the road with our RV. I want to be able to walk, explore and have fun without effort. I was recently diagnosed with prediabetis so I want to eradicate that also. I need to sleep with a cpap and would like to get rid of that also. I am semi retired so finally feel like I can start to focus on me. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:43:21 EST Hi from the California Desert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56331201 Just bought a fitbit zip. I want to lower my bp and loose 16 pounds. Take care everyone and good luck on your goals! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:38:20 EST Hello from Sue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56331177 Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST Hello from Southern California! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56331149 Hi! my name is Nancy. I live in Sunny California. I am a guitar teacher and also perform professionally. I have normally been a very active person, but my schedule has been so crazy the past couple of years that I have put on some unwanted pounds that have been difficult to shed. My goal on being here today, is to be accountable to others, to keep to my goals, and to shed these last few pounds. Sometimes people don't take me seriously when I tell them I need to lose weight, but each o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:35:28 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56329291 Hi. I'm Karen. I used Sparkpeople to lose weight in 2009, so I know that it is an effective tool. Can't believe I regained the weight! It came back slowly; I thought I was eating a healthy diet, but obviously I ate too much of a good thing. Time to return to Sparkpeople. Unfortunately, the website is a lot harder to use in 2014 than it was in 2009. Obviously, a lot of people have discovered Sparkpeople; the website is sluggish, and it crashes a lot. Any suggestions? I will try to be ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:07:03 EST Mom and Wife need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56323428 My name is Jennifer I am a stay at home mom and wife, my daughter is now eighteen and going graduate this year. I have let myself get totally out of control with my weight. My husband is very supportive, but that is not enough. He is happy with me, and yes that is wonderful, but I am miserable. I am 37 and I want to enjoy my life. I stay at home a lot and it is hard to do this on my own. I love movies, reading, gardening and fishing. I don't do much exercise and that is my main problem. It is... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:26:24 EST just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56321485 I am determine to start leading a healther life this year. Hoping SP can help me stay motivated. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:30:46 EST jagors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56316703 I am new to this site obviously, however, I was just searching for answers when I found this site. I am trying to gather information on how to shop for the correct foods, carbs etc. It is so overwhelming. I am very active as far as physically working out at the local Y at least four days a week. During good weather I ride a bicycle 25 miles at least three times a week. I just cannot get the food consumption correct. I tried to stop all breads,cakes etc. but my blood sugar dropped to the... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:24:07 EST A NEW ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56313104 Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST AGAYE 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56298148 READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING HEALTHY AND IMPROVING MY LIFE. . Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:56:57 EST New and Confused! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56296711 Hello, I just joined last night and I can tell I need lots of help. Apparently I didn't enter my food correctly. I had 2 slices of bacon and it gave me over 1700 calories for that! What did I do wrong? I'm older, not terribly active, and I need lots of encouragement! I'd be happy to hear from someone who knows exactly what I'm going through. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:06:12 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56292712 I have dieted many times only to go back to the way I used to eat and gained it all back plus some. My name is Norma and I am 64 years old. I would love to get back to the 150 lbs that I weighed 35 years ago when I married my husband. I know that this needs to be a lifestyle change in the way I eat but it seems almost impossible to do. Any ideas? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:16:58 EST Making it Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56287295 Greetings Everyone, <BR> I took two classes purposely while in school, A Fit and Well Class and a Weight Training 1 class. I belonged to a gym and was needed to get in water and stretch for some chonic pain issues, I got in a bit of a funk when it started to get cold. I thought for sure I had loss some weight as I was doing a good hour and a half of lite aerobic exercise in the pool. Also I had corrected a few eating habits. However after being out of the gym for 2 months it all came back du... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:01:37 EST Need some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56283933 Hello. Like Many Of You I Have Been Down This road Several Times Before, But I Need This Time To Be Different. I Need This Time To Work For Good. any Tips From You Guys? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 02:27:45 EST New to Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56283792 My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:48 EST I just started today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56280543 Hi, my name is Peggy. I have 100+ lbs. to lose. If I can lose 2 lbs a week I will be at my goal in December, 2014. I've tried everything. I am totally committed to this plan. I've never belonged to a Forum and am hopeful this will keep me motivated. My sister has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I fear I'm heading in the same direction. Glad to be here, and hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:48:33 EST HI this is BeeHive777 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56279055 I feel like this is going to be my year. I will need lots of help and incouragement. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:22 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56276483 My name is LuLu and I have had Type I juvenile diabetes for the past 55 years. I just got an insulin pump last month and I am wondering if anyone here would know of a website I can use to calculate my carbohydrates that I eat each meal???? <BR> <BR> Any and all help will be appreciated! I am using MyFitnessPal on my Iphone; however, it does NOT calculate how many carbs I consume in each meal! For example, today, at lunch, I ate 1 1/2 cup of home made potato salad and it can't calculate th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:21:23 EST Hi, I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56274711 HI, my name is Tammy and I am 46 years old. I was just diagnosed with high blood pressure. My cardiologist has started me out on one pill a day. I see him again in July. He wants me to lose some weight and start exercising regularly to see if it will make a difference before he prescribes more meds. I really want to drop some pounds. Having this diagnosis has really made me take a good look at myself and my lifestyle. I want to be around for my children and my husband for many years to... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:56:01 EST Hi Everyone! I'm a newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56250812 Hi, my name is Rhonda. I am married and have two daughters. I never had high blood pressure till I started working at my current job 5 years ago. I hate it, cause no matter how I eat, etc. my blood pressure is like a roller coaster. I go days sometimes without taking my medicine, but when I do that, I get headaches, etc. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and embarking on this wonderful journey of weight loss and becoming more healthy. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:21:49 EST Like a Phoenix I will rise again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56249730 Bad Breakup this weekend,feeling bad about my weight for a very long time.This is a start for new beginning and <BR> A reaching a goal of a beautiful new me Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:15:14 EST Hello to everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56244144 I just want to say hello and I am glad to be part of this team :) Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:10:38 EST hi im lulu and im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56243309 hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:05 EST Hi... allow me to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56241693 Hi SP! My name is Drea and I am a 33 year old single full time mom, student and nurse!! I live in Jacksonville, FL and I have at least 150 pounds to lose so I am here for the LONG haul... :) Anyway, I am not committing to a diet, but a lifestyle change. I have been on numerous diets and I need something that I can live with at this point. I am looking for SP friends so that we can motivate each other... Feel free to stop by my Spark page and leave a message!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:46:11 EST Unsure but excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56228385 Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST I Need to lose 100 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56221993 Hello, my name is Deborah and I and well over 120 lbs overweight. For health reasons <BR> and self esteem issues, I need to lose the weight. Has anyone lost on nutri-system or <BR> weightwatchers? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:38:00 EST 7 Majormom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56208189 Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:14:55 EST Dionna Reilly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56204306 My name is Dionna. I'm 48 years old. I have two sons 26 & 23. I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the light of my life. I'm enrolled in college pursing a degree in Political Philosphy. I love art and support local artists in my community, I'm trying to live more sustainable lifestyle by being more envirnmentally aware. I want to join the local YMCA in Feb. I want start taking a yoga class. I need to lose at least 65 pounds and get healthy I had a heart attack in July 2012 so I have to m... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:29:30 EST Newbie Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56199142 Hi all, my name is Deborah and I am ready to take control of me. I need to lose weight so that I can control BP better. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:34:23 EST Winter Wanderings 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25457x1444x56193435 This movement challenge is for Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2014. How far can we travel as a group in three months? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:02:19 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56184880 Hello everyone, I am 35 and had a baby 4 months ago.I got high blood pressure when I was pregnant and it stayed with me. I want to lose this weight and i hope to get off these meds. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:33:22 EST Glad To Be Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56181294 Hello Sparkpeople. Looking forward to being a part of the team once again. The tools on this website are like no other that I've encountered. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing motivational stories. I am an Atkins-Way-Of-Eating follower. The Atkins program fits my lifestyle and jumps my metabolism. I enjoy cooking and have meal preparation down to a science which helps tremendously on any fitness program. I am self employed as a practice manager in the health care industry. The... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:09:56 EST I need new sleeping life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56181106 Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST I'm over 60 and I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56157662 I have never weighed this much in my life. While I haven't been slim for many years, I have reached a new high (low), I have two young granddaughters that I love with all of my heart and I want to play with them. I need help. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:36:21 EST weigtloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56144701 I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST New to Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56137724 Hi! I'm new to this, I need to lose weight, and get more fit. I am a Great-gramma, married to the love of my life. I live in small town Alberta. I love to read, crochet, play in the out of doors. I belong to a very close Church family as well as my natural family. Happy New Year! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:24 EST Ready to find the new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56130333 Hi there ~ I am embarking on a new journey. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I will be celebrating my 43rd birthday tomorrow and I need to make a change. I want to become healthy & be around for a long time for my daughter and my husband. I came to join SparkPeople after hearing about a Biggest Loser contestant using the site after being voted off the show. I know I have it in me to succeed...I am ready to succeed. My only fear is the whole making a menu. I never did good with Wei... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:15:34 EST I am baaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56129018 I needed to drop Spark People for a short time while I packed up my belongings and put my house on the market. Now, house is sold and I'm moving back into a house where I've been before, as soon as the renters move out. So....I'm ready to start Spark tracking again. I'm sneaking up on the New Year by beginning my tracking and point gathering and exercising a little bit at a time, and by New Year's Day I should have some of it in control, sort of. <BR> <BR> Progress, not perfection is on... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:55:09 EST Weight Loss Family Sil Vous Plait? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56125507 Hello there! <BR> <BR> I'm Sha, no I'm not french. That's actually short for Shaheera. I'm from a little country on the coast of South East Asia called Singapore. I'm 19 and actually new here. I'm currently in my final year of school and I'm debating going back to pursue a degree or even moving on to work. <BR> <BR> So I'm sorta trying to get the hang of this whole thing, and the main purpose I'm here is to lose a ton of weight and get my sexy back. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet a couple if ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:44:19 EST just another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56123651 hello. i'm introducing myself. I joined sparkpeople yesterday. I need to make changes to get myself healthy again. my weight has affected my health. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and my bones ache. I think I might have arthritis. don't know if that's weight- related or not. lol but I got off to a great start. changed my eating habits and lost a pound in one day. woohoo. lol started walking again. I used to love walking. but I moved to a bad side of town. I guess it's safe to go... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:10:10 EST Hi, I'm Annie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56123010 I'm not a stranger to weight loss but I joined this program with the hope of making this the LAST program I try. I want to KEEP the pounds that I lose OFF FOREVER! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:21:02 EST Hi Everyone New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56121977 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Penny and am a 49 year old living in Michigan at this time. I will be moving back to Kentucky in May to be with my grandchildren. I need to lose weight due to my health ( heart and a lot of bad disc in my back ) and to be able to be alive to watch my grandchildren grow up. I have tried so many times to lose weight and going to give it my all this time. I was going to wait till January 1st to start but decided to start today. <BR> God bless you all <BR> Penny Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:56:26 EST New year new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56117258 Many health issues that can be corrected if I take better care of myself with diet and exercise Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:41:15 EST Newbie to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56098799 Hi my name is Stefani and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in August, The doctor and I have been trying to get it under control , right now it is still high , so I am trying to get back on track with my diet and exercise ... So any helpful hints or ideas would be welcomed you can message me or email or comment on my page as well. <BR> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:33:15 EST loss weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x56054244 started my diet 12 weeks ago have lost 34 lbs.but have a way to go need lots of help and stay motivated.thanks Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:29:47 EST high blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x56054188 hello everyone my name is Brenda. trying to lose 100lbs. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:22:41 EST I think I passed out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10093x1444x56045899 The doc was trying to get me onto B/P meds due to heart disease in my family and I had boarderline HBP (140's over 80's ).... Well, I finally bargained with her that I would take Propranolol 60mg daily because I also suffer PVC's every 4th-5th beat and the med is helpful at times with that.....Well, I was doing fine and recently, I've been occasionally getting dizzy when rising to use the bathroom at night...One night I even found myself on the floor and didn't know how I got there...I think ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:51:52 EST Getting Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56038232 Hi Everybody, I have never had a weight problem. Due to illnesses & surgery ; being unable to work out I have gained weight. I am looking forward to being part of the *Spark* family! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:50:34 EST Hi my name is Gloria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56035733 I just turned 51 this year, i try to stay fit and active, haven't reached my goal yet, but i am getting there, any suggestions anybody. Who else is on the chat tonight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:23:28 EST Here I go again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x56019643 Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:08 EST succeednow7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55979151 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST overweight and unhappy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55968988 Hate being overweight. Hate the way I look and feel and the way people treat overweight people. Have to change my eating habits and take off this added weight. It is affecting my mentally and physically. Always feel really good when I take off the weight and then gain it back and feel really bad about myself. Needs to be change of life style . I know that but easier said than done. Always starting on Monday but Monday has not come I have gained so much weight it has to stop now ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:50:02 EST Tell me it works -- I've tried everything else! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55955864 Hi! Once again working on the weight issue. I have tried so many things, but have not yet been successful at reaching and maintaining my goals. My entire family is heavy, so it definitely runs in the family. But, I am determined to overcome that trend. Help and encouragement welcomed! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:53:25 EST Hello, I am new (ish) =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55946507 I am Chakara from Ohio. <BR> <BR> I joined in 2009, but never really used the site. (Only used it to track food.) I have been using the site faithfully for about two weeks or so and it seems to be helping. I am hoping to lose 170 pounds total. I have lost 50 so far. I am not sure I can even visualize what that looks like for me, so for now, my goal is another 25 by late Feb. <BR> <BR> Still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I can do this on my own. So far so good. <em>213</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:36:57 EST back to square 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55911527 Lost two kilos gained two kilos! Starting again today. <BR> Went backwards as I went away a couple of times, <BR> changed a routine which made motivation for the gym harder. <BR> Stopped recording food and exercise. Start again today! <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:13:32 EST CMN123RUNNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55908669 Hi everybody!!! Today is my first full day on the program. I am so excited to get started!!! There is so much to learn as far as eating right, but as soon as I can get rid of all of my bad habits, I'm sure I'll be okay. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:01:57 EST Track our pressure using Spark!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55907619 I know that we can track up to 6 customized goals. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice if we could customize the range of goal tracker numbers to suit our medical conditions (so that it isn't a 1-10 range necessarily, but could actualy track our systolic 80 -200 and diastolic readings 60 - 200) . It would be great if we could specifically count mg of sodium or perhaps blood sugar (if you are diabetic). I guess I'm looking for a way to also customize the range. May this exists on the spark site ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:24:47 EST Tired of being tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55904491 Hi everyone! My name is Liann and I am beginning again on this journey of weight loss, getting healthier and self-discovery. I am so unsure of what I am doing that it is almost frightening. There is a lot of "do this, not that" stuff out there that I sometimes get confused. <BR> One step at a time is what they say, but sometimes those first several steps can be pretty scary. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 01:36:25 EST Just Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55903743 I'm just starting today...a rough time to start because of the holidays! I need to lose 50lbs and feel over whelmed but am hoping this will be a great help and good place to look for encouragement! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:32:38 EST My name is Deana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55863343 I don't know how I feel about the community support, and whether it will be helpful to me, but I am willing to try. yesterday I consumed over 3000 calories telling myself that tomorrow is a new day. I am constantly self destructing and can't seem to stop, but I have at least slowed down. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:13:25 EST Life is not a practice run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55825324 Hi SparkPeople, my name is Deb and really look forward starting a healthy life with all of you. I have been on this DIET game for over 30 years and it is time to stop. I think I have been on every diet out there and spend 100s of dollars only to loss weight and gain more weight back. I'm now at the highest weight I have ever been and my body doesn't like it! Everything is hurting me, my back, my knees and my feet. I pray that I stay focus and get healthy with SparkPeople along with enjoying m... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:35:33 EST BP Readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55823321 Just a heads up to people that depend on blood pressure readings to manage their meds. I went to a neurologist for several months and each visit my blood pressure was within normal range. The nurse listened with a cuff and telescope so you would think the readings were legit. Each time it was taken I would ask if they were sure, because they haven't found the mixture of m my bp to 120/80 yet. I was reassured electronic bp machines ran a little higher. With all the normal readings I got ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:31:04 EST Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55799667 How was your Thanksgiving? Please share. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:23:50 EST hi, i am excided to try this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55786349 Hi, my name is Kathryn. I feel blessed to have found this site, and very excited to get started. I am 58, and really not happy with myself right now. I am stuck.......and want to be the way I used to be, motivated and happy with my life. So here I go.......I am starting today. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:36:44 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55777120 Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:17:26 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55777107 Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:15:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55777096 Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:14:50 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55777091 Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:14:11 EST Not the end of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55776379 When I joined SP, I completed the questionnaire and because my family members had high blood pressure, I was put in this group. I "unjoined." I am joining today because I have now been placed on Toprol after having a long visit at urgent care on Sunday. I was at 120/80 just a few weeks ago and just recently got into the healthy BMI range (thanks SP). Having said that, my blood pressure was high on Sunday, my heartrate was 120+ and the heart enzyme and EKG did not come back normal. Darn you ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:44:30 EST Stress vs. Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55764989 My doctor and I have noticed that no matter how healthy I eat and how faithfully I take my BP meds (I have three), it is more difficult to control my BP when I'm working! Whenever I am off work for a few weeks, my BP is normal, even if I skip my meds and eat poorly! What do you think? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:54:10 EST onthewayto50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55756623 New to Spark People. Not new to weight loss. Looking for simple weight loss plan and support. My biggest challenge will be exercise. I feel as though I just can't fit one more activity in to my day. I just turned 49 and I want to be fit by 50.,1 year should be plenty of time! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:40:28 EST I will no longer accept average as a way of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55716661 My name is DJ and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone!! I am here to get fit again for my son, my wife, and myself. I want to to play with my child and not get worn out after five minutes. I want to be the person who enjoys being outside again and i will be that person. I have accepted average as a way of life for too long and refuse to do it anymore. I hope I can be an inspiration to all of you as you have already been for me as I have looked around the site this morning. There ar... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:19 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55707217 What do you say when people say "you look great, have you lost weight?' and you haven't lost an ounce? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:13:28 EST BRIGITTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55673511 HELLO, I AM BACK AT IT AGAIN...I HAVE 40LBS TO LOSE...GOOD LUCK! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:53:05 EST Taking the 1st Step to a better me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55665589 Good morning everyone. I am excited to be joining with a group of people that I can help motivate to be healthy and who can motivate me. The longest journey begins with a single step. I just made the step and am ready for the journey! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:32:59 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55650704 Hello. I am Cathie and I am new this site. I am looking forward to this adventure that is ahead of me. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:16:23 EST I will win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55621285 My motto is "I will win!." I have 25 pounds to lose and I am waiting on a surgery date to have left knee replacement and then surgery on my right elbow for an Ulna nerve transposition and carpal tunnel..obviously I have good days and bad days..this is just a bump in the road..off course I am limited right now in the kind of activity I can do however, I want to build some strength and perform some exercise to prepare for the upcoming challenges.. <BR> Any suggestion will be appreciated..I will... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:04 EST Recently diagnosed with underactive thyroid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55613827 I have just recently been diagnose with underactive thyroid and ready to make some lifestyle changes and am seeking support from others that have set the some of the same goals that I have for myself Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:21:32 EST Carmela Bradford http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55610896 Hello, my name is Carmela, and I have made up my mind that it's time to get the weight off! I know I can do it, but I had to make up my mind and get serious about it. Now I am on the path to taking control of my weight and believing that I will reach my goal of losing 53 pounds. Encouragement from others is always good, and I need as much of it as I can get! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:20:31 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55609339 I'm new here. I lost 60 pounds from January thur April but then I lost my mojo and put 40 pounds back on. I'm here looking to get my mojo back. I'm the type of person who needs a little push from someone um anyone to keep me going. I thank you In advance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:20:48 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55600493 I am a wife, mother and grandmother who believes life is as good as I choose it to be. Health problems have caused me a challenges and I believe with all my heart that with so many that have challenges too that we can over come anything with the support of family and friends. Looking forward to see what the future has in store for me. Enjoy life, Shirley Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:12 EST Newby trying to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55594124 Everyone calls me Bonnie and I am a pushing 40 mother of 3 and a wife. I am looking for a place where I can be honest and admin my shortcomings and when I fail without being judged. I have struggled with HBP since my early twenties and I am really ready to get off of this ever increasing pill merry-go-round. I want to feel good about myself and see myself as I truly am (I have severe body image issues). <BR> <BR> I want to be strong, confident and able to look at myself in a picture witho... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:23:42 EST Lisinopril (Prinivil): My Foe in Disguise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55544633 Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I just joined the high blood pressure team, but have been using Sparkpeople for a little under a month. I was asked by someone on this team to link to my blog about my side effects with Lisinopril (Prinivil). Here it is: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533462 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are going through some things that seem to be inexplicable, like sudden onset fatigue, insomnia, an unusually high resting he... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:14:11 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55522828 I joined Spark in Jan 2013 but am just getting started with my weight loss/lifestyle change. I know it will be successful this time because I'm ready. Starting with herbalife for a few months so I can get over a few bad habits. Also I love to cook and eat. And figure if I can lose weight during the upcoming holiday season that will be a plus. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing comments about how others have been successful reaching their goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:58:37 EST Steve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55502806 Hi, I'm Steve. I'm overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on all kinds of meds & I love food & drink. I don't want to leave my wife a widow. I don't seem to have the willpower to loose weight on my own. If I don't change something with consumption, I won't live to see 70, in 10 years. I want to live & be healthy but I'm holding myself back. I've never joined anything like this & am not sure what's right or wrong on these boards but I need help please. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:08:59 EST Down in the dumps and looking for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55492362 I've had a rough year so far with my husband having an affair, asking for a divorce, and my daughter's mental health problems. I have gained a lot of weight and have zero motivation to exercise or eat better. My self esteem is in the toilet, and it's time for me to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop using food for emotional comfort, get off my ass and start working out. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:33:05 EST hello my name is peggy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55483605 I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST blood pressue chck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55480974 yes 101/62 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:46:53 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55480675 Hello everyone. My name is Sarah. I have struggled most of my adult life with my weight. It looks like I have found a place to get some help and answers. I look forward to posting with all of you and getting some great ideas about how to muddle through this weight loss/improving lifestyle journey. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:17:36 EST healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55478441 hi again for the month of november i plan to take baby steps like not eating late or when i am stress Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:36:31 EST Time to get real. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55463520 I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55445473 Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST leighleigh57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55439266 Hi. I am new at this and kind of lost about how to do all of this right now. But I need to get moving and into shape, and I am so tired of being overweight. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:58:10 EST Yoga to Lower Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55438076 Hi all! I'm new to the team and have not yet been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Unfortunately though, it runs in my family and with the way I was eating and not exercising regularly up until a few months ago, it wouldn't surprise me if I were to be diagnosed with high blood pressure today. <BR> <BR> Being the type of person I am, I'd much rather find natural ways of lowering my blood pressure than medication. I haven't had health insurance in about 7 years but will be able to afford it... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:58:58 EST Hello I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55436993 Hello! <BR> I am new to SP! <BR> I happened to come upon this website when I was surfing the web this AM in desperation! <BR> I have been dieting for ever and just seem to be gaining weight! My goal weight is 129 and I am a very fat 153 and scared! I have no clothes that fit and I don't want to leave the house because of that! <BR> I think I will try the LCHF diet next! Does anyone have any suggestions? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:28:45 EST Tasha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55425388 Hello everyone, <BR> My goal is to lose 20lbs January. I donot want to lose to fast. However, I recently had a baby and I am ready to burn this weight off. I look forward to meeting you all. Do well with meeting your goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:58:34 EST Tasha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55425382 Hello everyone, <BR> My goal is to lose 20lbs January. I donot want to lose to fast. However, I recently had a baby and I am ready to burn this weight off. I look forward to meeting you all. Do well with meeting your goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:58:18 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55418658 My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55407878 Im new to this and I am extremely motivated by the sucess stories and support here. Losing weight has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:29:01 EST A New Life For an Old Wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55406895 Hi all, I'm just getting back into the swing of things but want to stop by and say stay engaged! If your like me and you don't have anybody close that needs to loose weight with you then you have to encourage yourself! Stay with it, it will pay off. And I'm going to keep saying it 13 down and more to go let's get moving! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:59:43 EST Trying to be a good patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55397152 I am the worlds worst at taking my medications, My main problem is that its not much f a priorty to me. Ive always been one of them guys that said "ahh it will go away". But this don't just go away. Now My blood pressure is sky high and causing problems Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:12:29 EST Eating mostly raw food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1444x55383685 My name is Susy. I have high blood pressure and have decided to eat a raw diet for the last 2 months. It seems to be helping. Would love to know your thoughts on eating raw if you do, and how do you include enough protein in your diet? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:17:41 EST How to find a goal buddy on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55366662 If you'd like to find a "buddy" to work with, here's a good place to start looking: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=102 </link> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:15:07 EST Share your favorite pumpkin and squash recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25457x1444x55359535 When you have a garden, as I do, you tend to gorge yourself on veggies that are currently in season. Where I live that means in May we start eating asparagus, then come the leafy greens and radishes and green onions, then green beans... and so on. Even if you don't garden, it's usually more economical to buy the things that are in season. Autumn here means we are eating our fill of carrots, beets, and squash; and, of course, many of us are buying pumpkins to decorate for Halloween! So le... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:39:24 EST Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil caution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x55357324 If you are using this drug and have any risks of hypertension, beware. I took it last October while traveling for my back pain and overnight, my pressure shot up to 220/110, had to get emergency care and return home to my own doctor. I'm saddled with high blood pressure ever since. <BR> Now I am recovering from a severely abscessed tooth extracted Monday. but over the weekend was desperate for pain relief so of course I risked taking Motrin again. It relieved pain but it has taken 3 days for ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:36:35 EST