Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/25/08 6:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Taking weekly averages is a good idea. There will naturally be daily ups and downs. But on those days when the calories are a bit high, try doing a bit more excercise. Calories in minus calories out equals net calorie intake. If we can burn 500 caloreis a day more than we take in, that works out to one pound a week lost. And that's a very good level to work for.

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/25/08 7:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For salt limits, I stick with the DASH recommendations - under 2300 mg of sodium, or under 1500 for better results. I do pretty well at staying under 2000 on the majority of days - I find 1500 too difficult at times.

Also, while keeping sodium under these limits is good on a daily basis, I think that weekly averages provide a better picture. Although I may have a day or two with higher counts (or more, with summer parties!), if the weekly averages are in the target range, I feel I am doing okay. I also look at this for overall calories - I may have a day here and there that are high, but overall, I am within the ranges set by sparkpeople. Although to be honest, I find those ranges a bit low, and know from experience that I can eat up to about 1800 calories a day and still lose weight, albeit a bit slower.

Cheers to all of us who are trying so hard to achieve our goals!

~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/24/08 8:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have wondered the same thing, Phoebe. But the science behind it is also good. They found that people like us (I'm 69) with hypertension are more likely to die when our BP is up to 120/80. Mine has never been higher than 137/70, but I'm in the zone. Right now I manage to keep it down to below 120/70 so I guess I'm ok.

Edited by: PC_BOB at: 6/24/2008 (08:42)
Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
CATFANCIER Posts: 2,997
6/24/08 8:39 A

Send Private Message
Reply
One thing that's started to bother me is that not only do they keep ratcheting the maximum sodium intake lower (which I actually don't have trouble with, since I usually stay below 1,000), but they keep ratcheting the numbers down for the definition of hypertension. It used to be that for people of my age (66), 140s/80s was considered okay. Now they tell me I should be below 120/80. Sometimes I wonder whether they do this to sell drugs. (Okay, so I'm a cynic.)
emoticon

Cheers,
Phoebe

PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/24/08 7:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Every once in awhile I run across one of those 'scarey' limit warnings, too. I have hypertension (high blood pressure) but I just ignore those things. Instead, I stick to the lower level recomendation, of 2300 mg. It's dang hard enough, as you have noted, to stay within those guidelines, let alone trying for something like half as much.

I was planning on having fajitas tonight! We had them on Saturday night, with a couple of tortilla's left over. But we only have one apiece, this time, so that's not too bad, I guess. It's funny, the tortilla's don't rise when their cooked, so why do they need so much baking soda? But then there's biscuits and english muffins! Salt is EVERYWHERE. It's a conspiracy to keep us from getting healthy!

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/24/08 1:42 A

Send Private Message
Reply
TFERERO, It takes time. Today, I made fajitas. I
'thought' I was eating healthy. Boneless skinless chicken breast shredded with stir fry veggies. Well,
the mission tortillas had 440mgs. of sodium!!!!! WOE!
Just two of them is about your sodium for the day! Do
any of you have the little calorie, carb, fat booklet that they sell in pharmacies? It is called
'The Calorie King'. Well, in it for 2008 it says that people with hypertension/high BP should only have 1,000mg. of sodium a day!!! WOW!!! It just keeps
getting LOWER, every time I check for guidelines!
Soon, it will be 0!!! What do you guys think about that? Just curious. Sher emoticon

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/23/08 6:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am constantly amazed by the amount of salt in foods - sometimes I feel like I can't really enjoy the foods I want to eat anymore.

I know I am better off without all the salt, but sometimes healthy foods don't satisfy me - I want chips! I want pizza! I still have them, but then I feel guilty about it.

I know its about moderation and stabilizing salt levels over time, but I still feel challenged. My doc thinks I am doing great, so I shouldn't worry so much, but I really want to get healthy.

I guess we all face these feelings now and then. I just have to look past the immediate desire for old foods, and concentrate on the long-term benefits.

I have made a commitment, and I intend to stick with it.



~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/23/08 4:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
That's right, Sherry. Never trust the front panel of any product. Evidently they can say anything they want to there. But the actual ingredients listed on the back has to be accurate.

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
SHERRY666's Photo SHERRY666 SparkPoints: (296,237)
Fitness Minutes: (207,523)
Posts: 57,503
6/23/08 4:13 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
There is salt in everything, and some people don't read the labels, but when you do pay attention, you will find that there are not too many foods that don't have salt. The part I don't like is when something says, 'no salt, or no fat', and when you check, your horrified by how much there really is.

IT'S 2014..

SW... 220 LBS... 15/4/08.
GW... 156 LBS.... 15/1/13.
MY WEIGHT .. 17/1/13/ 151 LBS.
NEW WEIGH IN..... MARCH 4TH 2013.
148 LBS..
NOV/13...... 136 LBS.


♥¸.•*¨)♥ -:¦:- ♥~**♥~.•*´¨ ) ♥
♥ SHERRE.♥*¨)♥
.•*´¨ )♥ ¸.•*¨) ♥-:¦:- ♥¸.•*¨)


 current weight: 143.0 
 
143
139.75
136.5
133.25
130
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/23/08 12:25 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Think of all the salt fast food has in it, not to mention fat! UGH!!! NOT for this Sparkie!!! emoticon

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/23/08 12:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yeah isn't it funny. I was watching a show yesterday 'YOU on a diet' with Dr oz. This gal was saying she had been overeight all her life and she really wished she could lose weight. She had tried all kinds of diets. Then it showed her at a fast food place, ordering a double cheese burger with large fries. Yeah, that will melt those pounds right off! People tend to ignore the hard facts and not take responsibility for their own health. We here at SP are smarter than that. We are taking the hard steps to better health. No one said it was going to be easy, and we are all fighting the good fight. Together we can do it. Just hang in there!

Bob

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
SHERRY666's Photo SHERRY666 SparkPoints: (296,237)
Fitness Minutes: (207,523)
Posts: 57,503
6/22/08 4:57 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I was surprised also with how much I started to get with it after I had joined Sparks. TFERERO you have come a long way already, and like you said, you pulled your boot straps up and started to get serious about your health. It takes some people alot more than that to make them realize they need to shape up or not be here for too long. But I've seen people who just don't care about any of that, and keep traveling the road their on, feeling rotten all the time, and of course complaining, and the minute someone tells them they should consider losing weight or anything like that, they completely ignore them, or get mad.

IT'S 2014..

SW... 220 LBS... 15/4/08.
GW... 156 LBS.... 15/1/13.
MY WEIGHT .. 17/1/13/ 151 LBS.
NEW WEIGH IN..... MARCH 4TH 2013.
148 LBS..
NOV/13...... 136 LBS.


♥¸.•*¨)♥ -:¦:- ♥~**♥~.•*´¨ ) ♥
♥ SHERRE.♥*¨)♥
.•*´¨ )♥ ¸.•*¨) ♥-:¦:- ♥¸.•*¨)


 current weight: 143.0 
 
143
139.75
136.5
133.25
130
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/22/08 12:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have been wondering about your handle! One of my favorite sayings is 'Perseverance Pays!'

Incredible.

Bob

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/20/08 5:16 P

Send Private Message
Reply
PC_BOB, You are right, patience! UGH!!! HUPOMONE'
means perseverance in Greek. Gonna have to remember
that. This is a lifestyle, not a race! THANKS!
God bless you, Sher emoticon

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/20/08 2:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Dear TFERERO and HUPAMONI.

You ARE doing the right things! The results may not be visible as quickly as we would hope. You must be a little patient, that's all. I am at the same point. I have gotten down about 30 pounds and just can't seem to get any lower. I know that some of it is because I've been lax in watching my portion sizes. That, and not being as vigilant watching the sodium intake. But I know that when finally DO get control of those things I will see improvement. As for the BP numbers jumping around, it may help to monitor more frequently. But again it may take longer for what you eat today to show up in the numbers. I think consistant good eating and exercise habits will be the answer. But, above all else, hang in there and don't even THINK about giving up! We can beat this thing by all of us working together.


Bob

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/20/08 5:14 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks guys, I am not giving up! Just get frustrated
at 'why' it doesn't go down. I was waiting for the doc to say, 'well, you don't need this new BP drug like I thought'! Didn't happen. I am gonna check it more often at home during the day and try to figure out if there are things influencing it that I may have control over. If not, I guess the meds are helping me???? (in some way) Sher

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/19/08 7:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sherry666, thanks for the kind words! I am surprised to see so many major changes in just a few short months. SparkPeople is new to me; I was monitoring my food on another site before this. I love this site and all the informative articles and videos have helped me alot.

We can all conquer our health issues - I have enough faith for everyone!

I didn't always feel this way - after watching my mom decline in health for 6 months, and helping to care for her until she passed, I developed some strong fears that every little headache and pain I got was sure to be the end for me. It took a whole slew of bloodwork and some gentle words from my doctor to realize I was basically ok, not withstanding the BP/weight issues. But at the same time, it was a wake up call to me. I feel I got a free pass to stop worrying so much, but if I didn't do something, I would end up with serious health issues.

So I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, put on a positive attitude, and got down to business. I no longer dread the doctor's office - I welcome it. I ask questions, and take the answers seriously. Then I follow their advice. So far, I have amazed a few friends and my doctor too.

Oh, and at my doctor visit the other day, my doc told me I was no longer obese! We both laughed about that, because I fell under that line by a slim margin, but hey, I will take it emoticon

~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
LDEAN130's Photo LDEAN130 Posts: 1,066
6/19/08 4:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sher

Don't give up! Diet and exercise play a HUGE part of cardiovascular health but you also have to consider any family history of hypertension. I am familiar with a young man in his early 20's who is in excellent shape however he has been struggling with hypertension since age 14! He has an extensive family history. Of course there isn't much we can do about family history but there are many great medications out there and I'm sure your doctor will find what works. So keep on with diet and exercise and be sure to monitor your bp regularly in between doctor's appointments. It may be helpful to track your bp at different times of the day. This may be able to help you narrow down contributing factors such as stress and fatigue. Anyway, hope this helps.

Laura
______________________________________
____
If you always do what you did, you'll always get what you got.


 Pounds lost: 40.6 
 
0
20
40
60
80
PC_BOB's Photo PC_BOB SparkPoints: (10,954)
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
Posts: 3,309
6/19/08 4:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sher, PLEASE, don't give up. There is hope for everyone. Just hang in there! Take a new look at your nutrition and make sure you haven't overlooked anything. For me the hardest thing to control, now, is the sodium. I have stopped eating out so much and I hope this will finally have a positive effect on my numbers. Once I finally got on top of the portion sizes I had to look very closely at the individual nutrients. I WILL conquer salt! By golly! And so can you.

But don't give up!

Bob

Learn from the mistakes of others. Life is too short to make them all yourself.


If liberals had any brains, they'd be Republicans




 current weight: 218.0 
 
250
231.25
212.5
193.75
175
SHERRY666's Photo SHERRY666 SparkPoints: (296,237)
Fitness Minutes: (207,523)
Posts: 57,503
6/19/08 1:14 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tferero, that is great news, and you've only been here a short time. I've been with Sparks for two months now, and things are going great for me also. So stick with it, that is a great accomplishment, and Sparks is a great place to be. Sherry.

IT'S 2014..

SW... 220 LBS... 15/4/08.
GW... 156 LBS.... 15/1/13.
MY WEIGHT .. 17/1/13/ 151 LBS.
NEW WEIGH IN..... MARCH 4TH 2013.
148 LBS..
NOV/13...... 136 LBS.


♥¸.•*¨)♥ -:¦:- ♥~**♥~.•*´¨ ) ♥
♥ SHERRE.♥*¨)♥
.•*´¨ )♥ ¸.•*¨) ♥-:¦:- ♥¸.•*¨)


 current weight: 143.0 
 
143
139.75
136.5
133.25
130
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/18/08 10:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sher, hang in there! For me, my doc felt the 3 biggest factors were major job stress, bad eating and no exercise. I have a strong family history of high BP, so it is very likely that as I get older, I too will end up on meds. Right now, I am not on any medication, and want to prevent that for as long as possible (I am 44).

I know that stress was playing a major role in my health - I was having all sorts of little problems - and I finally had to just decide to let that stress go. My boss is a workaholic that thinks we should all be the same, and at the end of the day, I simply had to choose to walk away from that - my life belongs to me, not him, you know?

I feel so much better, and I feel incredibly lucky that these fast changes had such big impact. I've only been on Spark for a few weeks, but I started to make serious changes about 2 months ago.

I hope as you keep moving forward, you will be able to stabalize your BP too. Keep the faith! You can do it!

~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/18/08 10:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
TFERERO, Yesterday, the doc UPPED my fourth BP med and it kind of sent me in a tail-spin. I am doing
everything right, and it still goes up! I am sooo close to just giving up, but I know if I don't, things 'should' get better. Darn high BP!!! I will keep coming to these threads for encouragement, despite my own self!! Good job with yours and keep
posting please. Sher

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/18/08 10:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hupamoni, I did a 180 degree overhaul on my diet - I am restricting sodium to an average of 1800 mgs per day (this week was bad, however, due to lots of eating out). In addition to the sodium restriction:

- I keep my overall calories in the recommended ranges wherever possible
- Reduced caffeine (I drink 1/2 caffeine coffee)
- get far more exercise - generally walking 1 to 2 miles a day.

I still have off days, and if you see my food journals, you will see I like pepsi and chips. I still have a long ways to go to really eating healthy, but I am getting there. The drop in BP was significant, and I was very happy about that!

-Theresa

~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
HUPAMONI Posts: 1,469
6/18/08 10:26 P

Send Private Message
Reply
TFERERO, How ya doing it, just sodium control? Sher

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
(Garfield) Let go, let
God...one day at a time.


 Pounds lost: 47.0 
 
0
33.5
67
100.5
134
TFERERO's Photo TFERERO SparkPoints: (20,227)
Fitness Minutes: (10,602)
Posts: 678
6/18/08 10:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My blood pressure is down by 25 pts / 10 pts since my last doctor visit 3 months ago. Thank you SparkPeople!!

This site and its members give me all the motivation I need to continue meeting my healthy goals. I am so glad I found it.



Edited by: TFERERO at: 6/18/2008 (22:18)
~If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.~



“Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others.”


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
7.75
15.5
23.25
31
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving 11/30/2013 11:21:47 AM
Track our pressure using Spark!!!! 12/10/2013 12:41:40 PM
What wheel spin points did U get Today 10/25/2014 10:22:20 PM
I'm Back!! 3/26/2014 12:08:05 PM
Emoticon to show how you feel to-day! 10/25/2014 4:22:31 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1444x15938463

Review our Community Guidelines