Kristina - welcome - I wish it were under happier circumstances. I had my awakening at age 50, not with a heart attack but Congestive Heart Failure due to having Dilated Cardiomyopathy (my heart is stretched in one quadrant and can't work properly). I had quit smoking a year or 2 before - I don't think I've ever been as sick as since quitting, lol.. Like you, I gained a ton of weight. Last week i had another angiogram and fortunately I still don't have any blockage and didn't require stints. I do need to have a leaking heart valve replaced or repaired however. Since joining SparkPeople, I've lost some of my weight and hope to lose more. I find the tracking systems for both nutrition and exercise to be a great help but probably the greatest, is the communication and support in the various forums as you get to know people. Make sure you check out all that is available - I'm still looking things over months later because there is soooo much. If you make a habit of going onto the "start" page every day, it will lead you to all kinds of information and interactive activities. I wish you luck on your journey and join in the general discussions, love to hear from you.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)
Lost 36 lbs. in 2012 & 13. Chart with SPeople
| Pounds lost: 28.4