I'm new to the team. I first got started w/SP 3 years ago and then gradually fell away. My original wake up call was an 11/09 dr's visit. I did not like what I saw on the scale, but what was more scary were my BP readings. Then I think it was in the 170s over something in the 90s.
I had had a lot of caffeine that day, and was rushing to get to the dr's office. Long story short: I have white coat syndrome. A visit in July of 2010 - after losing about 60 lbs, eating healthier and exercising - my reading in office was still 156/105! Fortunately, by that time I had a home BP monitor. I had taken it that morning and it was 108/68. I made sure to bring my monitor with me. Even on my monitor, I was getting similar readings to the dr's cuff. I showed him the history of what I had just taken that morning. So no BP meds for me.
Then later after learning that one of my biggest motivators (pregnancy) might not now be possible, I seemed to stop caring about taking the extra effort to make time to exercise and eat right. I let my hectic/busy life get in the way of healthy habits I had developed. They just didn't seem as important to me any more.
Fast forward to now...I have gained back all but 3 lbs of what I originally lost, so I am truly starting over! I hadn't been back to the dr for a routine check up since July 2010...I think partially because I was embarrassed about the weight I had gained back. Eventually, enough is enough. So...yesterday at a routine physical, my BP is 155/95 at the dr's office. I am instructed to take it over the weekend with my home monitor and report in on Monday. Right now, my lowest reading is 135/89...ugh!!! It is at least lower than at the dr's office, but no where near where it should be.
The good news is: I did this before, and I can do it again! Even better is not only do I have the great tools that SP has, but I also have access a supplement (which I had not been taking for some time) that specifically helps your body control HBP! I will be placing an order for more ASAP!! I'd much rather control with diet, exercise and nutrition/supplementation that with drugs.
I'm looking forward to encouraging and being encouraged by this team!
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
-Yahshua (John 15:13)
| Pounds lost: 10.6