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In 2009, a doctor told me I had high blood pressure. She was right; the reading was high, though I was incredibly nervous and anxious when she took it. Rather than focus on dietary changes, the doctor insisted I start taking TWO different pills after having only had ONE blood pressure screening. I filled the prescription, but never took the pills, and instead decided to focus on diet and exercise. I lost fifty pounds in about a year, and it was a long, difficult road, but in my mind, it was better than popping pills to fix the problem. (And later, another doctor diagnosed me with "white-coat syndrome," saying that my high blood pressure could be attributed to my nerves!) At any rate, my blood pressure is completely normal now.

Despite the different opinions of two doctors and the mess that ensued as a result of the first diagnosis, I'm glad things happened the way they did. I wouldn't be where I am today.

My current goal is to get back down to my previous weight before I gained back all I had originally lost (50 pounds!) in 2009. I have a ton of clothes from that time period that I never got rid of, and I look forward to fitting in them again at some point.

Member Since: 12/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 27,320

My Goals:
1) Be healthy.
2) Be happy.
3) Be awesome.

My Program:
I follow a whole-foods, plant-based diet with minimal refined sugar and flour.

I exercise when I can, but I aim for at least 3-4 days of cardio and 3 days of strength training.

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"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." -- Mitch Hedberg

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    if i can be of any help or just some one to talk with, vent it out, or whatever, please feel free - that's what we are all here for. have the best january ever BB emoticon
    3260 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you are using all your patience to push forward on your weight loss goals. emoticon
    3424 days ago
    Hey, don't let "being chicken" make your decisions! Especially when it's about a cool adventure! Thanks for commenting on my blog. :)
    3433 days ago
    Hey girl, thanks for stopping by! I'm doing well, how are you doing?
    3503 days ago
    Glad you had a good food day yesterday. If you can get to a place that you are able to stop the hand before it gets to the mouth and think about how hard you have worked than that would be awesome. I am there, but it took a long time to get there and I am much older than you and it is sooooo much harder to get rid of the excess pounds the older you get.

    So how was your first session with your new trainer?
    3504 days ago
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