Welcome, RIKIROX1 -- are you under the care of a physician for your blood pressure? (I ask this because I was in denial for a long time, thinking I could get it under control by myself but finally came to my senses and realized that I needed help!).
That said, Spark People has plenty of tools, information and community support to help you achieve your goals. If you have any questions about using the site, please don't be afraid to ask -- it can be a bit confusing at first -- either here on the discussion boards, or you can always send me a Spark Mail.
Best wishes, Sandy
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
I've just joined Spark People as I really need to lose weight. High blood pressure is a concern for me - my father had it and, as I've had a lot of stress in the last few months, mine has been creeping up, too.
Really hoping I can get both my weight and blood pressure down and start to feel fit and healthy soon.
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Hi, I'm new too since mid April. I have found this site really helps me. I also decided to give up processed foods and now am losing weight again. I'm basically the same age and situation as you too. I have to take bystolic 10mg but it only really started working for me once I lost my first 10 pounds. Its definitely been a somewhat disheartening struggle - but I just keep trying for my kids and grandkids. I wish you all the best.
Welcome aboard! 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. 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!!! You will definitely find what works for you!
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In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose "If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
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Hi, I'm new to Spark People & need help with my HPB. I'm 55, Mom of 4, Grandma of 6 and want to be around a long time to see them all grow. I have been trying since January to eat better, exercise, lose weight & get my blood pressure down. Not having much success yet. It is such a struggle as I am in Perimenopause too! I am hoping this site can help. Any advice & encouragement would be great. I'll try to help all of you too!
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