I've had this spark people account for a while but haven't started to take it seriously until the last few weeks. I have hit sort of a plateau and need some external motivation to help me get through it. I'm hoping to find a few people in similar situations who I feel accountable to and who help me get healthier by means of peer pressure :)
Here is my story. At 22, about 3 months ago, I realized I'd gained 20 lbs in a few months and my blood pressure was regularly reading around 145/90. High blood pressure runs in my family, but I never thought it would hit me this hard this young. My last two semesters of college were extremely stressful and I used food to deal with how miserable and overworked I felt. I went from an avid exerciser to going to the gym once a month. I had NEVER been a particularly healthy eater, and the fact that I had no energy to cook meant eating more packed and processed food, meaning I was probably getting close to 2-3 times as much sodium as anyone ever needed.
The problem is, even after the rapid 20 lb weight gain, I am not technically overweight according to my BMI. So I kind of blew it off until May when I took my blood pressure and it was 156/102. That is NOT okay. I am 22 years old. Even if is a freak occurrence and only happens to be that high once a week. I realized I needed to do something I was going to start having strokes by the time I was 35.
So here I am. My goal is to get this blood pressure down so I don't have to go on medication. Weight loss is secondary, but while I'm exercising and watching my food intake, I wouldn't mind getting back to the 125 I weighed back before the semesters from hell. I want to feel better, have more energy, de-stress and all around be healthier.
If anyone out there has a similar story, feel free to message me. I'd love to get/give some encouragement and advice from others in similar situations.
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