Welcome, PICKLES0915. The good news is, you are getting help, both from your doctor and now here on Spark People. (the bad news is that you still don't feel well)
Not exercising at all is not the answer -- you need to talk to your doctor to see what he/she recommends, and then start a gradual exercise regimen. Also, there are a lot of different BP medications, and you may need to have yours adjusted several times before your pressure is under good control. At any rate, walking is generally considered a safe form of exercise for almost anyone that can walk, so I would suggest starting by walking for a short time and gradually increasing the distance. Even a very moderate amount of exercise will help boost your metabolism and just make you feel better.
As others here have suggested, use the nutrition tracker to keep track of everything you consume -- if you plan your meals ahead you can adjust the portions and components to stay within the recommended calorie range. Other factors that can increase your BP are salt intake, the use of alcohol, and the use of NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
Communicate and be proactive with your physician, and utilize all of the tools available here on Spark People -- you CAN do it!
Best wishes, Sandy
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Welcome, you're in the right place. I agree with the others, track EVERYTHING you eat. It takes time in the beginning, but if you tend to repeatedly eat the same things you can add foods to your favorites and that saves time. Also, walk! It is a sure way to lower your BP. You don't have to walk far,fast or long, but do walk. One gal started by walking around her kitchen island until she built up her stamina. And finally, use the entire Spark site - read the articles, watch the videos, join a challenge and post here and let us know how you are doing. You said you can't imagine eating less than you do now, maybe it is more likely that you need to change what you eat. Check out the Eat Right, Lose More Weight challenge. Click on Community at the top of this page, click on Challenge Central and you will see the challenge listed.
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There was a time in my life when I was in a similiar situation. I am just under 5' and weighed 155 and my BP was out of control. Once I was talking to someone and the phone slipped and crashed while I fell and was out for about a minute. Once I got control of my life again things leveled off a bit but I am still working on getting my BP under control. The reason I am telling you this is that whatever is causing the upset in your life and a large part of it may be that you are perimenopausal as I was, when things level out you will be fine again. But in the meantime and maybe forever this site is excellent for support and lots and lots of information.
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Exercise really helps bring blood pressure down. If you start slowly and work your way into more vigorous exercise, it shouldn't be a problem. Jumping in with both feet is what puts a strain on your system. One good way to start is to walk for 20 minutes a day (10 minutes out and 10 minutes back), then increase it by 5 minutes each week or do as much of a 1 hour Leslie Sansone Walk Aerobic video on YouTube as you're comfortable with, then increase your time as you get use to doing it. Strength training is the same. Start at a low weight, low rep point (maybe 3 lbs dumbbells from Walmart, or even just body weight) and build up. There are plenty of free sites online that show you how to do it right.
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We have all been there at some point. Start using the food tracker to see how much you really eat. Track your Sodium & Potassium levels- it will help you understand which foods are high in Sodium and elevate your BP. When I was 277lbs and was put on medication my BP rocketed to 220/180! I wonder how I didn't get a stroke! A year later, 45lbs lighter, much better educated in food choices, aware of nutrition on a whole new level, exercising and ...my average BP is 120/70. You don't really have to do something breath-taking to exercise! Start by walking! Btw, I have already reduced my medication from 15 to 10mg a day and my doctor said if I keep losing I will most probably get rid of it completely! You can do it! Just DON'T GIVE UP!!!
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I finally went to the dr after feeling dizzy with migraines all the time. My bp is 160/101 so she put me on new medication. It has been a week and I still feel awful - a little better but not great. My bp in the morning before pills is 154/96 so it is high (I guess) every morning. It gets lower after the meds. I need to loose 35 lbs. I'm 5 2, 50 years old, and weigh 155. Dr said I should be about 120 - which to me seems impossible. I feel like I barely eat anything now - almost never have lunch, little for dinner and normal breakfast. I'm afraid to exercise so I don't have a stroke. I plan on using this site to keep me focused. Thanks.
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