SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard To help each other with High Blood Pressure SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard Trying not to turn into an Old Maid! Hi, I'm Susan from Central Florida. I am 46 yo and have been overweight for most of my life. I am setting out again with a goal to make myself healthier and happier. No human children, just fur-babies. My most valuable titles are daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I work as an office manager and love everything that provides knowledge! I look forward to finding new members for my "tribe". Thu, 5 Nov 2020 11:16:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:02:22 EST sodium lost during exercise? Anyone track sodium lost during exercise? I've read studies that cite (roughly) 1 gram of sodium per liter of sweat as an average loss rate. To give that some real-world context, I drink about a liter of fluids when I run for 2 hours in warm weather. <BR> <BR> Now that we're coming into cold weather, I'm not sweating anywhere close to that, don't feel thirsty so I'll drink less than half a liter. But I don't have any idea if I'm really losing sodium anyway. Maybe it's more concentrated in my... Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:56:03 EST blood pressure monitor reviews Consumer Reports (which accepts no advertising) just reviewed BP monitors in the current (Oct 2020) issue. I'll skip to the bottom line. CR recommended these four: <BR> <BR> Omron Silver BP5250 <BR> A&amp;D Medical UA767F <BR> Rite Aid Delux Automatic BP3AR1-4DRITE <BR> Equate (Walmart) 4000 Series <BR> <BR> CR reviewed monitors costing up to $100 but said that all of these recommended were much cheaper and get the job done. The most expensive (Omron) was $50. More expensive Omrons have ext... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 03:09:41 EST Stop taking yourself so seriously As I post this for my Phoenix Team I decided to share this with all of you and maybe we can do it on here here too. <BR> Well I just got done reading this spark article about 19 ways to stop taking yourself so seriously and it got me thinking how we can use it for our daily discussion and if I do it right I think I can do for at least twenty-five weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week question is what else do you gain besides weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am hoping to gain friends that I can go out an... Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:28:25 EST Been gone for awhile Hi. I'm actually a long time member but have not been active for awhile. Stopped charting my food about a year ago now after doing for the better part of 10 years. Used evey other day plan and went from 335 to 250! Two rotator cuff surgeries and one pandemic later, I'm at 290 and trying to find my way back. MY exercise is minimal because of knee issues, age, sedentary job. OH and I'm also lazy!! Just looking for direction as to where to go to talk about challenges, get suggestions, and i... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:05:03 EST Plant based I am whole grain plant based and use dexcom. Looking for soneone who also uses dexcom as I.have gained forty pounds since I started using it because of needing to eat too much because of all the extreme lows I have daily now. Very frustrating. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:05:46 EST low-calorie salty food Occasionally, I'll get to the end of the day and realize I've consumed far too little sodium. Since I've always hit or near my calorie goal by the end of the day, I'm left wondering: What are good high-sodium foods that are relatively low in calories? Fri, 21 Aug 2020 21:25:42 EST MSG vs salt? Has anyone experience substituting MSG for table salt? <BR> <BR> I've never used MSG but have read that it's a good substitute for salt in a low-sodium diet (although it doesn't quite taste like salt). <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I see no entry for MSG in the Spark nutrition tracker. And I can't find Nutrition Facts for generic MSG anywhere on the web but: <BR> <BR> - Numerous web pages say MSG has 1/3 the sodium that salt does. According to USDA, 1 tsp of salt has 2325mg of sodium. So 1 tsp o... Sun, 16 Aug 2020 20:59:02 EST how long can you go without treating your HBP? How long can you have high blood pressure and not screw up your body before getting the high blood pressure under control? <BR> <BR> I'm wondering because my doctor noticed mine at a recent annual checkup. I would like to conclude that it's been no more than a year that I must have had high blood pressure but to be honest, it's been years since I've had an annual checkup. So I'm wondering what kind of damage I might have caused in the interim. Is there any way of checking? <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:14:04 EST Sodium and Potassium RDA? I'm curious if others track their sodium and potassium? I've been keeping sodium well under 1500mg but just found this National Academies of Sciences report that said sodium should be between 1500 and 2300. <BR> <BR><BR>9DRISodiumPotassium.pdf <BR> <BR> Since I've stopped eating processed food, 1500 seems ridiculously high to me. I might reach that twice a month. The rest of the time, I'm below 1000. Is this a problem? <BR> <BR> For potassium, this ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:24:46 EST Hello out there Hi, I've just found your site and know that I do much better with an online support group, I gave up cigarettes for good 8 years ago with the help of here goes. <BR> Probably the same old story that many of you have with compulsive eating and the havoc it wreaks on one's life, weight up and down like a whore's drawers, 50 years of it now and that can get really boring. I'm all the way over in New Zealand and piled on the weight with our 6 week lockdown here with covid-19 and it just ... Fri, 7 Aug 2020 21:05:12 EST I would like to know Today's article was on how to handle set backs so I would like to know- <BR> WHAT WAS A SET BACK OF YOURS AND HOW DID YOU OVER COME IT? Mon, 3 Aug 2020 08:31:38 EST Medication vs Natural Approach Until ten years ago, I had low blood pressure. Then two very stressful events occurred; since then, I have had high blood pressure. I meditate, exercise (mainly walk several miles a day), follow a healthy diet, try to avoid stress and yet .... <BR> <BR> January, I tried Lisinopril and experienced more couching than usual. February, I tried Losartan. Last week, I started to experience unsteadiness, being lightheaded, several brief (like one-minute) episodes in late afternoon and evening. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:58:28 EST how are you keeping cool? I was just wondering how you were keeping cool with everything being closed? Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:46:41 EST trying this again Hello my name is Beth, I am 48 years old, I have 5 grown children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 dogs. I am a practicing Roman Catholic. <BR> I join LA Fitness back in November and even hired a personal trainer but I haven't loss any weight. Yes I have gone to the gym everyday except the weekends( the reason for not going on the weekends is because I run around do all sort of stuff) until Covid shut them down. <BR> I did sparks a few years ago and I did lose some weight but getting on the computer... Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:23:51 EST Hello everybody! Newbie here! Hope everyone is doing well, and having a good Friday! Glad to be here, and looking forward to learning some great tips for better managing HBP <em>58</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:20:41 EST Old Newbie Hi <BR> I have decided to live a healthier life style. I turned 59 and after decades of eating foods that weren't the best choice for my health.It is starting to show. I take HBP medicine 2x daily and physically not in that good of condition. Though not going to complain I will just exercise as much as I can tolerate and increase it gradually. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:38:33 EST low-sodium hot sauce? Looking for recommendations for a low-sodium hot sauce. I recently tried Oomame <link> </link> which is tasty and has 35-45mg per Tbsp but it is expensive. <BR> <BR> The problem is finding one that is low-sodium AND inexpensive. There are dozens listed on Amazon but finding the sodium content for each is like solving a mystery. Mon, 8 Jun 2020 22:09:23 EST better forum? Is there a better HBP forum than this one (either at SP or elsewhere)? The last constructive question was months ago and it's not easy to find when all the recent forum activity is about "spin points" or other miscellany - or sticky topics prevent people from seeing new ones. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Jun 2020 16:21:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Jun 2020 12:38:51 EST Hi, I'm Pam Since the pandemic began, I have been doing rather a lot of baking...and eating! Giving this ago, I know that I can do eat, I just need to be nudges in the right direction sometimes :) Fri, 22 May 2020 17:17:23 EST Good Morning All - What is your experience? Anxiety &amp; Hypertension. Is there a relationship? <BR> Anxiety creates Fight or Flight. Bio response is to Increase blood flow to limbs to the brain - ready to fight or flee or both. Flight can have a long time line meaning prolonged hyper-vigilance. Fight is a shorter skirmish (hopefully) after which blood pressure returns to normal. This is my theory. Sun, 19 Apr 2020 11:23:42 EST How do you deal with weight gain from BP meds? Hello, My name is Carrie. I am 43 and I am on BP medications due to another medication I have been on for 22 years. My BP has been unregulated for decades so here we are. I am experiencing weight gain and finding it hard to maintain/lose weight and also have my BP in a healthy range. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism almost 10 years ago and having 2 babies the weight issues were preexisting to the HBP situation. What do you do to keep your BP good while maintaining complete health and san... Mon, 2 Mar 2020 09:30:14 EST Hello SparksPeople! My name is nici and this is my very first day in the community! I am excited to have all of the lovely tools available on the site and look forward to making friends and bonds over our shared desire to get/be healthy! I've got a very long weightloss journey ahead of me, but I know that I am equal to the challenge. I'm here to make lifelong changes to my habits and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Have the BEST day that you can <BR> <BR> Sparkling_nici Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:41:33 EST Newly Diagnosed Hey all ! Happy to have found this group as I'm newly diagnosed with HBP. Looking forward to making healthy changes in my daily life in hopes of not needing the meds in the future. Can't wait to get to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:04:46 EST Blood Pressure Medication Recall Continues The FDA list includes dose, lot number, and expiration date for the products. <link><BR>ws/blood-pressure-meds-recalled-heres-<BR>what-to-know#1 </link> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:57:36 EST Lisinopril Made my hair fall out. I looked for a replacement, and it seems they all do. <BR> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:55:03 EST Garfield64 Hi, I really have been a member since I was age 64 and am now 71. I really haven't done much on the site but would like to become a regular and get back to my "healthy weight". I felt so much better then and would like your encouragement to get me back there! Let's do this!! Sat, 4 Jan 2020 07:42:28 EST Back starting over! Old Newbie! Hi! <BR> It has been forever since I used SparkPeople and decided it was time to get back to some good habits for good reasons. A few years back I went back for my Masters Degree in Teaching and totally wrecked my healthy habits. I was working full-time, going to school full-time and student teaching. How I survived I will never know. But in the process I gained 40 lbs when I was already 10 lbs overweight. I'm on my 3rd year of teaching now...and it is time to correct what I've done. <BR> <B... Thu, 2 Jan 2020 19:51:20 EST new here as of today (11/30/19) My name is Tina B and I just signed up with SparkPeople today. Today is also day 1 of me starting a low-carb way of life. I am 58 years old and have 5 grown children (and 6 grandchildren). A gym is too far away, but I do have a treadmill and I plan to research how I can shape up at home. At my last doctor's appointment, I learned that my sugar is pre-diabetic, and my cholesterol is going up as well. My joints ache, and I'm not ready to give up. <BR> <BR> I am seeking others to connect w... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 17:42:36 EST Custom Task On the sparkpoints opportunity, there is one that gives you 15 points for completing a custom task on your task list. I can't figure out how to create one. Can anyone help. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:28:07 EST Newbie I am new to the team but not Spark People. I'm here because I need help in keeping my blood pressure under control. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:23:44 EST forever dieting HI - I just joined and think there are many things here that can help me. <BR> My main problem is I LOVE FOOD! I can pass up desserts no problem - <BR> sure I like them but I can avoid eating main problem is plain <BR> old FOOD - I love mashed potatoes and noodles, potato chips, etc. <BR> I am 70 years old with health issues - doing better health wise now, but <BR> it's been a really rough two years!.... <BR> I have been yo-yo dieting for years! Need to find the motivation to stic... Thu, 3 Oct 2019 16:36:34 EST Here I go! I?ve been overweight the majority of my life and have been on that rollercoaster of weight loss programs many times. <BR> I have yet to figure out ?why? that ride has never come to a successful ending. <BR> I?m eager to get to the bottom of of the ?why? and work on the ?how? to get off of that darned rollercoaster ride. <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:03:37 EST Is there a SP Streak Option for Taking My BP Med.? I use the SP Streak option for my Cholesterol Med... so when I looked for a BP Med Streak option I couldn't find one. I do use the check off box under "My Trackers > "Other Goals" which lists HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Goals... I use the "Salt Shaker used 0 times today, 7 days a week" option. I don't have a check off for taking HBP Med like I have for the Cholesterol Med. <BR> <BR> Just like on the Cholesterol Team I go to the forum and answer YES after I take my HBP Med,,, But HBP Med does no... Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:40:11 EST Here for a re-boot Hi, all. I've lost more than 50 lbs twice in the last 10 years, but haven't managed to keep it off, although I am still about 35# below my highest weight. Anyway, in July, I went to the ER with what I believed to be a stomach bug (nausea and dizziness), thinking it would mean anti-nausea meds and fluids before returning home. Instead, they discovered a heart block (electrical, not vessel) and bradycardia (very low heart rate). Not only was I admitted, I was admitted directly to the ICU, and l... Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:17:09 EST It is time for me to get healthy Thank you for allowing me to join. I had my regular appointment yesterday with my nurse practitioner to go over bloodwork and such. She has never really pushed me about my weight before, but this time she told me I have to lose some weight. My liver enzymes have been high for the last couple of times, and she has already run the standard liver tests. This implies that I have a fatty liver due to my poor eating habits. It is now imperative that I stop talking about losing weight and actually d... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:14:21 EST Hello! Hello all! My name is Michelle. I am going to be 34 in September and at my last doctor appointment she was concerned my blood pressure was a little elevated. :( She said it is not high enough to go on medicine though. I asked if losing the extra weight I am carrying would help and she of yes (of course lol). So, I really need to recommit to be healthy again. I don't want to be so young and have the health risks of high blood pressure. I was in great shape about 4 or 5 years ago, but since I h... Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:30:20 EST Newbie Hello. I'm almost 36 and became hypertensive after my daughter was born last year. I developed gestational hypertension, and well... it never went away. It stinks dealing with this when I'm not even 40. I had a health crisis that completely changed how I was eating. I also have a trace microvalve regurgitation, so I see a cardiologist. <BR> <BR> I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that this is my new normal, even though it's been over a year. Fri, 5 Jul 2019 15:00:24 EST new to the team My goal is to lose the weight and to one day, hopefully, not have to take HBP meds. Wed, 5 Jun 2019 22:49:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 27 May 2019 12:09:00 EST Spark For The Third Time Such a great forum for weight loss help. I was looking at pictures from years past and I was consistently on the "chunky" side. This is the impetus to get on the road to weight loss. I will seek Spark's help with nutrition guidance and community help. On the road to being "unchunky." Thu, 2 May 2019 12:07:32 EST Hello from a new member I just joined SparkPeople and am excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because it is a new opportunity to get healthy and in shape and nervous because I've been trying to do the same thing for at least 2 decades. As I've gotten older, at least I no longer believe that losing weight will make my life wonderful and perfect. All I want now is to have a high quality of life that will allow me to continue doing the things that bring me joy. I look forward to meeting new friends in the comm... Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:54:14 EST Working thru the first few days of Keto! Hi - I have been trying to lose this weight for a while and have tried many weight loss plans. I have come to the realization that I cannot eat carbs and sugars. Once I eat just a little it is all up for grabs. So I investigated the Keto diet and found out that a friend from college was working it as well and had lost 35 lbs so I have started emailing her and she has lots of recipes etc. I feel encouraged and today was the first day that I listed my foods. I am encouraged and feel better ... Tue, 2 Apr 2019 19:38:19 EST New to team HI my name is Diana and I am new to this team. I have high blood pressure and take two pills to help keep it stable. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:13:52 EST New Here Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. First day using this program. I've got a lot of weight to lose, so here I am. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:09:30 EST Jump in with your best jokes & worst puns! Jump in with your best jokes &amp; worst puns! Mon, 4 Feb 2019 23:43:54 EST Hi I am 49 years old and working to reinvest in myself and my health. Looking for lifestyle changes that I can stick with. I haven't exercised in the last month and my BP is too high. I am the only one in my family of origin not on blood pressure medication and want to keep it that way. I have exercise plans for the weekend and am trying to be more aware of what I eat and healthy snacks. Happy to be here. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:22:23 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Melinda and I am 41 years old. I am a Type 2 diabetic with, right now, uncontrolled diabetes. I was not taking my medication as I should and, consequently, ended up with blood glucose readings of over 400. I am starting a regimen of Metformin and Glipizide along with exercise. I am disabled and use a wheelchair. I have osteoarthritis and lymphedema. I am homebound. <BR> <BR> I am a Christian and believe that Jesus sent me here because I need the support and encouragement of others... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:58:27 EST Hello! My name is Wendy Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today. I don't really know what I am doing yet. I have been overweight most of my life. I have several health problems and I want to make a change. I hope this will help me reach my goals. I have 2 sons age 25 and 18. My 25 year old is in the Navy and my 18 year old is away at college. I am adjusting to being an empty nester and know it is time I focused on my health (way past time!) My husband needs to lose weight as well. He is starting to have health problems a... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:52:11 EST Tikki_Tikki My name is Darla, Tikki-Tikki is just a charter I created on a game . I am 308 pounds, and want to/ have to loose 100 or so pounds in order to have both of my knees operated on; they are bone on bone . My weight is crippling me, and I am tired of being like this. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:11:46 EST Hi, I'm Rachael First of all, let me tell you that I know this program works. I've done it successfully before. However, several life changing injuries and surgeries mean that I can't approach taking care of myself the way I used to. I'm no longer able to cardio dance, walk for more than 6 blocks, or play. And I have been grieving that. I have been ANGRY about that. But, I'm also thankful to even be alive..... Today, I've realized I just have to deal with the new me, find ways to get my blood sugars un... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:39:59 EST Anyone struggling with low BP in the a.m.? I'm on four meds for hypertension. Most of the time my BP is beautifully controlled with this plan. However, I frequently have low BP in the morning. Bouncing off the walls, stumbling, can't stand up low. After a bit it rises to normal numbers and is fine the rest of the day. Drinking my coffee this morning and checked my BP to see 87/47. I knew it. I could feel it. Until my doctor got the right mix and dosages on my meds, this was everyday. Now, it's only occasionally. So, do you j... Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:39:17 EST Hello Hi, I am a NEW (but old Sparker) who is starting back up again. I wanted to say hi and that I really hope I can stick with it. I have failed so many times. I have a question if anyone can share their preferences ... I am a saltaholic and need to find a salt alternative that actually tastes like salt...anyone??? Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:39:49 EST So how high is high? At my doctor's office, I had some readings in the 130s/90s which was of concern. My doctor didn't think it warranted meds, but told me to monitor my BP at home. <BR> <BR> So I check my BP a couple of time a week at the HIGI station at my grocery store, and I always get readings like "115/80 HIGH" Even in my 20s when I was in perfect health and thin as a rail, my BP was 120/80 and never below. I just don't see it ever naturally going lower than 80 diastolic now. So what's with 115/80 bein... Mon, 8 Oct 2018 08:54:05 EST Hello! Hello~ My name is Autumn. I am 23 years old, and currently, weigh 237 pounds. I've done every diet under the sun, completely changing what I eat to lose weight. Obviously, I relapse quick and HARD. But, for the past 3 weeks, I've been slowly transitioning to healthier foods, no fast food/processed food, and I've been feeling so much better physically and mentally. I found I have gluten intolerance/allergy as I feel like CRAP if I touch it... it was also the reason why it was so hard to breath... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:13:19 EST Hi! I'm kinda new. Looking forward to this discussion. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:07:16 EST HIII EVVVERYBODDY !!!!! Im new to the team !! I really need to learn to get my BP under control because i have kids to live for. I just kinda need help with finding different ways to keep it down. Thu, 9 Aug 2018 14:28:07 EST hello - new to team and SparkPeople Hello! I'm new and looking forward to meeting everyone. I have high blood pressure. Fortunately, it's controllable with medication. I hope to lose weight, gain healthier habits and eventually get off medication. Would be super nice. Hope everyone is having a great day! Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:11:59 EST Happy to be here Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Marilyn and I have 100 pounds or so to lose. right now I am down 3 pounds so that's a good start. I hope to keep it off this time. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:58:50 EST howdy howdy my name is mandy, this is my (i lost count) restart. i've kind of been dragging my feet about losing my divorce weight until i went to the doctor the other day and he told me i had high blood pressure for the second time in a year. he did my blood work like normal and mentioned to me he wanted to see it come down some by my next visit in a month or we might have to start talking about medication for it. now this was a pretty big wake up call as i'm only 32 and didn't exactly see myself as unh... Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:45:31 EST melisa d Hi Good Morning Everyone Well this the first time I have posted but I'm sure not the last. I have 150lbs to lose sooo we will be spending a lot of time together. I am a life long dieter and have lost 100 lbs a couple of times on my own but at the ripe old age of 55 I have come to the epiphany that I might need some help. I have 2 daughter 18 and 14 and am a single mother. I am a cardiac nurse and a RABID Disney fan. I hate that I feel so tired and hurt so bad after a day of work and fe... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:53:57 EST rodney, have 110 #'s to lose I do not understand this stuff real well. I have been below my BMR every day for 60 days and no weight loss. My sugar levels are much better and my blood pressure is 10 points better but no weight loss. I average 2100 to 2200 a day and my BMR is 2800. Something not right. I usually get 300 to 400 on the exorcise and that makes me feel better as well. I have diabetes, and reducing my meds on it due to eating less carbs and more protein and fat. I use a mix of the paleo, ketogenic and at... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:11:15 EST Hello My name is Jennifer. I have tried many things over the years from diets to a personal trainer. It all worked for a short time and then it stopped and hasn't changed since. I knew that nothing would change until I was ready to change. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I want to enjoy my life not just watch from the sidelines. I am hoping this will help me jumpstart my motivation. Tue, 5 Jun 2018 15:09:56 EST Starting Again Hi, my name is Deb. I'm starting again on spark after 10 years away and practically undoing all my hard work in 2008. I have been on BP medicine since my 40s which controlled it but last year the doctor added a nighttime pill since was elevated again. I know my diet and lack of exercise has a lot to do with it so I intend to change it and hopefully get off the 2nd pill. Tue, 5 Jun 2018 09:56:36 EST YIKES !! I am a long time member of Sparkpeople but I have not been on here for a very long time. I have been catching up on my physical checkups with the Doctor. Everything is checking out good but to my surprise, my blood pressure is high. I have never been known to have a blood pressure problem so I have decided to come back to Sparkpeople and join this team to work on lowering it and hope to not go on medication. Sat, 2 Jun 2018 11:27:41 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:41 EST Back again I was a member of SP several years ago, but quit and went to another program. I wasn't much more successful there, and I like the SP website and resources much better, so I'm back. <BR> <BR> The major difference now is that I'm borderline HBP, and I want to avoid taking medications. I'm hoping to control the blood pressure with diet changes and exercise. I hate taking medications. Fri, 18 May 2018 14:45:36 EST New to this. Hi, I'm new and need help with this journey. Anyone having success with this program out there? Fri, 11 May 2018 20:49:26 EST Hiya from Texas My name is Kuria and I started Spark about a week ago and have spent time learning how to navigate around this site. Just started looking into the groups today and thought I'd introduce myself. I've joined a few of the challenges and hopefully each day I will get better and feel better! <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 May 2018 14:49:02 EST Planning for May accountability With May just a day away I’ve decided to publish my plan for the month to see if that helps me stick with it for more than just May 1st <BR> Ultimate goal to lose 4 lbs by 31st May <BR> <BR> So <BR> W/c Monday 30/4/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Start with a 30 minute walk (me time and planned exercise) directly after breakfast. <BR> Plan meals to fit 50/30/20 scheme <BR> Plan meals to stay below 1300 cals <BR> Plan meals to include at least 20g fibre <BR> <BR> W/c 7/5/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Inc... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:13:59 EST Newnan18 Is back on Sparkpeople, under a fresh name with a view to making it this time. <BR> I have 21lbs to lose but every time I lose it it keeps finding me Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:09:42 EST Hashimotos Warrior I have Hashimotos, which has caused many health problems, weight gain being just one thing to deal with, along with diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure. I'm to have a total thyroidectomy on May 14th, and am not wanting to gain any more weight. I already have 60 plus pounds to lose. I do good on a "diet" for about three days, then for some reason I get off track by eating something I shouldn't. I'm determined that I will succeed this time though. I do better with encouragement, and am hopi... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:58:01 EST Workout Music I'm trying to update my playlist on my IPod. What are your favorite songs to work out to??? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:37:08 EST Hello from Pennsylvania Hello! I am new to spark people! I am really trying to lose weight as my husband and I are trying to start a family. I also want to get healthier to get off of my blood pressure medications. I enjoy doing things outdoors like hiking, fishing, and camping. I just got a puppy who helps keep me moving! I am here for support, motivation, and encouragement! Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:02:17 EST Hello from Colorado Hello everyone. My name is Kara. I just turned 50, have 3 grown children, single for 20 years, work the graveyard shift and for the first time....taking care of me! I'm excited to be here and looking forward to get to know you and interact with this team. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:59:47 EST Fast food = < BP So I've been watching my BP go down slowly but steadily. Two Fast food happenings last week and it shot up. It takes work getting it back down also - not just one or two meal like it was to shoot it up. That was a wake up call and definitely will go through my mind this week if I have the urge to go through a drive through. I will be putting together some healthy snacks that will stay in the car. Any ideas? We are in Alaska so I don't have to worry about heat yet. I'm thinking some raw... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 11:44:19 EST I feel so Isolated I have Hoshimots's and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am physically disabled...but I need to stop being in bed depressed and move when and how I can - but I feel so Isolated. Anyone else with mobility issues who would like to become friends so we can encourage each other. We are trying to reduce carbs - but our Autistic daughter who wont eat meat is making the change difficult - but for her health as well we are going to keep trying. BTW - I am Angie, 45 and I am an advocate for special needs c... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 06:52:28 EST 3 years post stroke Always struggled with weight , but been able to diet and exercise. Since stroke it?s been difficult and I?ve gained even more. Regaining mobility now and motivated! Was left side paralyzed, can now walk and have some shoulder and elbow mobility. Waiting for left hand! Thank God for his love and care! There were no cognitive effects from stroke, just motor! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:16:11 EST It's slowly coming down with exercise & nutrition I have been excited that my blood pressure has been coming down. A few weeks ago it seemed stuck in the high 140's/82. I put on my calendar for this coming Friday to call the Dr if it was still stuck to talk about medication. The last week or so it has been moving with and I am now in the mid 130's/82. still have a little ways to go, but getting there. I have been watching sodium intake, trying to do some type of exercise for at LEAST 30 minutes but trying for more, drinking beet juice, ... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 23:52:45 EST Hi, I?m Francine Hi, <BR> I?m not really new here. I?ve been here before and wish I would have stayed. Weight lose I?s so hard. I hate it when people say ?just don?t eat?. I have many health issues and many diet restrictions. I had cancer surgery this year, and for now I am cancer free. I had the lower left lung and 11 lymph nodes removed. In addition. I have LUPUS, fibromyalgia, diabetes, kidney disease, gout and minor heart problems. Needless to say I spend a lot of time visiting doctors. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:13:48 EST HI! Newbie here! I have been taking a handful of supplements which have only lowered BP a little and finally got it through my head that I REALLY need to lose weight to make a bigger difference. I know there will be many other benefits, but this will be a huge challenge since I'm newly retired and home most days. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:48:16 EST Forteo and Blood Pressure I have started taking Forteo to rebuild my bones and in the literature for it can cause lowered blood pressure especially when standing up. I currently take 20mg of fosinapril and 5 mg of amlodipine beselate. Since i am the only driver in my family i have chosen to take half the b/p med dose in the AM and the other half in the PM. i am to take my b/p twice a day and report back to my doctor in two weeks. <BR> <BR> Anyone else need to do anything like this? Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:51:36 EST Using a wrist blood pressure monitor? Wrist blood pressure monitors have always been considered inaccurate but the Omron 7 Series BP652 has proven them wrong to be the most accurate one. With features like no noise inflation, heartbeat indicator, BP level indicator and the comfortable cuff, it tops the list of bp monitors!! <BR> <link><BR>-series-bp652-wristband-blood-pressure<BR>-monitor/ </link> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:15:59 EST Hi From Chris I'm new. I had been diagnosed with HBP two years ago. It isn't high high but I finally gave in to my Dr.s nagging to get me on drugs. I wish I hadn't as now I am having problems losing weight and I crave salt terribly. I wish she'd have given me the chance to lose more weight. I had lost 30# and felt good. Now I've gained most back and I am nothing but tired and unmotivated yet scared and frustrated. All I want is salt salt salt. The last time I brought this up she gave me a 10 page p... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:41:20 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:15 EST Alternatives to salt-based meat tenderizers Any suggestions on how to tenderize lean meat, such as London broil? I've noticed that when I use a commercial meat tenderizer (like Adolph's or McCormick's) my blood pressure is high the next morning. Thanks!! Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:57:25 EST ms. kathy mccloud I ba wedding this summer and in need to lose weight, not only for the wedding but for myself. All the weight is in my midsection. my bad habit is soda and juice. I need a replacement for this besides water and crystal lite. my eating habit are bad it just sugar drinks. I swim and walking 3 days a week, plus I voluntary at a day care 4 days a week, so the work out is happening. help Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:34:32 EST Hello&#128522; I'm new to this site. My name is Penny and I really need to shed some weight. For the last year I've followed THM and although I feel healthier I'm not losing weight. I'm thinking of trying the KetoDiet. Would love to have a sharing community to help me through this process. I'm 63 years young and M very busy with grandchildren. So would love to support all of you. Thanks! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:31 EST New to Spark Hi, my name is Cathie. I need to lose 70 pounds and I need all the support I can get. I'm excited and to be honest I don't know where to start. But I will take all the advise I can get. Thank You Everybody. Lets do this together!! :) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:08:52 EST New Member Hello everyone, My name is Lorrie and I look forward to getting to know the SparkPeople's community. I have a goal to lose 50 pounds by September 2018 and to get in shape. I look forward to sharing with you! Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:18:18 EST Newbie Hi my name is Susan. I was referred by my friend Steven who thought this might be helpful.i just turned 60 and need to make some important lifestyle changes I?m hoping for an emotional and stress eater.Hoping that the support that I hear that you offer will inspire me. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:17:39 EST Trying to get in shape after 2 knee replacements Good morning! I came across this site and decided to give it a go! I've been overweight and out of shape for years. In the past 5 months I got two new knees, which I had put off doing for far too long. I'm in the process of rehabbing, and it's time to get in shape and lose some weight! I do the majority of the cooking in our household, which includes my husband, my son and grandson. Though we eat pretty wel,l I am looking for easy healthy meals and snacks. I also need a better, low impact wor... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:08:28 EST Dee Dee big goal is getting in shape for hiking. I love being outside with my dog Ozzie and she loves to take walks. Looking forward to a big trip planned this spring. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:27 EST Hi loves Char here... Hi loves, too many ailments & way too much "fluff" to not make 2018 the beginning of the best year yet.Looking forward to losing weight & illnesses both while working out with my hearts love & my daughter as well as any new friends we are blessed to meet along the journey. Blessings to all Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:05 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:37 EST I am new here and this is a HUGE webpage.... Hello, my name is Linda. First I am a born again Christian and Jesus is first in my life. :) I am a 62 year old mother of 2 grown sons, Michael 33, who is an OTR flatbed trucker and Troy 29 who is still working on a career. I was married once for 9 years and have been divorced for 24 years. I have three precious grandchildren, Lane 12, who is the light of my life, Gabriel who is 2 (but I have never seen) and Alexis who will be two in February. Lane and Gabriel belong to Michael and Alexi... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:48:41 EST Mirror's problem Can't get my heart into it. So many of the foods on diets are foods I just don't like, and if I don't like them <BR> I am no going to stay with it. Have tried so many times. I want to get healthy. Weight loss is an adjunct, not <BR> my main goal. When I focus o weight, as I have numerous times, I fail each time. Time to take another route. <BR> Can use all the help I can get. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:06 EST old nutrabolic/formu 3 person did these in the 90's and lost over 50 lbs. much younger then and more active but they worked for me. I need a strict plan to follow- I am not good at counting calories or "just eat 1000 calories a day". I need a food plan I can strictly follow- also as a single person I don't and cannot eat a large variety of food as it will go bad too quickly. I am an administrative assistant for the fed gov and on my feet 85% of the day but tend to also be an emotional eater and work is not pleasant. s... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:43:58 EST stuck stuck stuck I am a 75 year old lady who has struggled with weight all my life. When I was 30, I lost 100 pounds, from 228 to 128. Over the next 30 years, pounds snuck back on, topping at 226 in 2014. I am now "down" to 175, and so stuck, fighting to not gain a pound. I lost two close family members in the last few years, and occasionally depression grabs me for a few days, but that is improving rapidly. <BR> I am as active as I can be, I have in my back and Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:14 EST newbie om the block! Hi Everyone <BR> I'm new and looking forward to a fun filled, healthy and exciting journey.! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:26 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:18 EST 2017 guidelines for high blood pressure I wasn't sure which board to post this under and I know that I am trying to control my blood pressure with exercise and diet. I just heard that they have now changed the guidelines for high blood pressure the other day and was wondering if anyone had any input on these new guidelines. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:49:16 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:17 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:52:22 EST Can’t find my motivation Hi team <BR> New again😊 <BR> Need help getting motivated, I know it’s in me,but where. Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:31:02 EST Colleen C I have been on many diets and now it is difficult to choose one that will work for me. It is hard for me to stay motivated. <BR> I just recently retired, I was in the Easter Seals program for Seniors and I reached the duration limit of 4 years with them. My last position with them was working with the Clothing Closet. All the clothes are free and the clients could come in twice a month and get up to 25 items. So I got to know a lot of people in the community and I miss that. The clients are... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:26 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:19 EST Glad to be here Hi, I'm here on my ... I'm not sure how many trip to Spark people during which I've made a good start at losing weight (with a long way to go). Right now I'm focusing on a personal eight week lose 5% challenge as a kick off to return to a healthier life; and glad to be here as well. I'm in my mid-40's, Australian, single and work part time in a job I enjoy. I'm currently restricted by not being able to do much in the way of exercise but I hope that will change soon. Meanwhile I know my eating... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:25:37 EST Hello Hi! I have tried Spark People in the past but now that I have been diagnosed with HPB, I have decided I need to get serious about my healthy eating! Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:58:28 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:06 EST New to team New to team but not to SP starting a new after a hospital stay <BR> <BR> I couldn't deny any longer I need help with my blood pressure. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you all Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:05:14 EST On the road to a NEW life! Hi, My name is Tina and I am excited to be beginning a new lifestyle. I have in the past three weeks been following a Ketogenic diet. I have already seen a reduction in my blood sugar, my cholesterol, and most wonderfully my food craves, ie. sugar. I am finding myself less and less hungry. That is quite a feat for a 27 year long diabetic. I am hoping to hook up with other Keto folks here on Spark People. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:30:28 EST Hi I am starting over, after a 3 year absence, just diagnosed with high blood pressure a few months ago. Still adjusting the meds. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:31:44 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:45 EST hulagrl, Aloha! I need to get on a program that will help me lose weight. But what's more important is I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure, kidney problems, and thyroid problems. Having a hard time getting started. I just want to feel better and get in control of my life. Mahalo Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:11:48 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:05 EST Blood pressure machine Good morning <BR> <BR> I need to buy a new machine as the one I have is 17 years old and is not taking readings correctly. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:41:36 EST Words That Sound The Same But Different. Mail and Male Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:24:49 EST Eat Healthy Food for Lowering BP Use Emoticon. Eat Healthy Food. <BR> Garlic <em>372</em> ~~~ <em>521</em> <BR> Proven Facts: Eating fresh Garlic Lowers BP <BR> Also add to your favorite Meals. <BR> Buy Garlic Tablets. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:12:44 EST Name any Famous Person. Name any Famous Person~~Presidents, Movie Actors, Actress, Singers. <BR> Let's Keep it Going! <BR> <BR> Michael Jackson Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:48:58 EST Two Words, Change One. Apple Tree Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:38:39 EST frustrated rambles Have you heard of people getting OFF their meds due to diet? I'm told mine is mainly hereditary. My cousin stopped her pills and boom....lost 20 lobs just like that. TWENTY POUNDS!!! <BR> <BR> Not suggesting anyone just stop. Just hopeful that eventually we can. LOL Seems like a catch 22. Got to lose the weight to lower bp, meds make you gain weight ... yo yo yo yo yo. eh, I'll keep trying I'll keep trying trying trying trying trying.... <BR> <BR> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> Oh. HI... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:25:33 EST Hi from Minnesota! Hello, my name is Rachelle. I live in Minnesota as a single mom, with my three daughters (ages 17, 13, and 10) and our cat, Zappa. I have had a weight struggle ever since having my second daughter. I have been on SP before and liked it a lot, but always let life get in the way of my success. I have always struggled with balancing self-care with the needs of others. I am hoping to continue to work on prioritizing myself in my own life (preferably without guilt) and also get in better shape/hea... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:55:19 EST New here Hello. I'm Vicki, I live in the mountains of North Carolina. I received a diagnosis of high blood pressure in June. I think my reading scared them at the doctor's office....they took it four times. So, now I have meds, have adjusted to them, and am taking steps to be a healthier me. I'm looking forward to getting and being a support for others. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:49:40 EST New to the team. Hi to all here. I am living and working at Yellowstone National Park for the 2017 season. I'm a full time RVer, but my state of residence is South Dakota. This is my first year and it's been fun. I am glad that this group is here as I have dealt with HBP all my life. I have lost 21 pounds since working at Yellowstone (started April 17th) and my doctor here is monitoring me to keep my blood pressure medicine at the level that's right for me since I'm losing weight. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:12:00 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST New Again :) I was a member here quite a while ago and decided today that I'd like to come back.. I have lost some weight.. My all time top weight was a long time ago but I was at 250.. I've managed to get myself down to 185.. I get frustrated looking at the healthy meals online because most of them include green veggies.. I had a pulmonary imbolism a couple years ago and have been on Warfarin ever since.. It's been confusing because I am told one thing by one pharmacist as to not eat alot of green to oth... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:46:34 EST Lynda Carr Hi, I am Lynda Carr and I have no idea what I am doing, or really how to get started. Plus I want to download to my phone so I can scan nutritional info at store, etc. Can somebody please help me. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:37:44 EST New Here Hello, <BR> <BR> I belonged to Sparkpeople about a decade ago, but didn't really do much with it, so I consider myself a newbie. This is day 2, and I've been having fun exploring the site. I gravitated to a few forums, one of which was this one. I've had high blood pressure for a while, and to be honest, I KNOW if I ate right and exercised more I could probably cut down from the 4 different meds I am currently on. I have a few other medical issues, which at the moment don't need to be di... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 14:06:24 EST Grouping Foods I am having trouble setting up a new group of foods. I try to follow the steps but can not get to Step 2. I enter the foods I want then I do not see a step 2 button. Directions say to hit the "close" button" I do not see one so I "x" out which closes all that I entered. Do I need an upgrade or something? Wed, 31 May 2017 07:38:33 EST Hi from Long Beach If anyone goes to the Fitness 19 in Long Beach, could you tell me please about your experiences there. I'm thinking about joining. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:37:28 EST suggestions for lowering blood pressure I was just at the doctors office and my blood pressure numbers are better, but the systolic (upper number) is still high. I will find out next week how my cholesterol numbers are looking now. <BR> <BR> I have been watching my sodium intake, eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, I usually have either oatmeal of fiber one cereal for breakfast every day, only drink skim / non-fat milk, fat free yogurt, pork tenderloin only once a week and I only have 3 ounces (occasionally 4 ounces), somet... Fri, 26 May 2017 11:49:50 EST Health Breakfast I would like to get some health breakfast tips Wed, 24 May 2017 11:42:55 EST I'm tired of hurting! I'm 68 years old and I need to lose 150 pounds. I'm tired of feet hurting, legs hurting, hips hurting, back hurting. I've battled with weight issues all my life and I've always lost the battle. I'm going to need to know that I'm not alone and to know that even this old lady can succeed and start to feel better, emotionally and physically. Sat, 20 May 2017 07:14:41 EST New and Lost Although I signed up several weeks ago, I'm just getting started exploring the board. Mostly I felt I had to wait until the end of a very difficult semester to take on anything new. I had a lot of success with Weight Watchers years ago but when I joined again, I found that they have eliminated the discussion boards--the number one reason for my prior success. I've been working on becoming more active and served recently completed Walk Across Texas (although I substituted aqua-jogging and yard... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:47:46 EST Living Life at 64 Over the past two years I have lost 60pounds. I was I'm bad health prior to losing weight. Life is better now, but my doctors want more weight loss and I need a support team. I do go to the gym but I have not gone all week. I am only 4 feet eleven inches tall with arthritis. I am happy to have found you guys. Sat, 6 May 2017 00:34:18 EST Hi, I'm Paula. Not very successful losing weight.. Well, I'm here trying again and wanting to do it by healthy eating and cutting down on how much I eat. I'm a compulsive stress eater, ugh. I'm an insulin and pills diabetic type 2. Gotta change my life style or it's not gonna be good. I'm an old crone and I want to live many more years... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:24:57 EST EAGER TO LOSE AND GET FIT HELLO EVERYONE... I HAVE MADE THIS JOURNEY MANY TIMES BUT AM DETERMINED TO MAKE THIS A LASTING EFFORT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. i CAN RECALL AS A TEENEAGE THINKING AT MY WEIGHT OF 165LBS THAT I WAS "FAT" BECAUSE YOU SEE i WAS TOLD THAT I WAS OVERWEIGHT IN COMPARISON TO MY CLASSMATES IN HIGH SCHOOL. I AM OF LARGE FRAME, SIZE 10 SHOE.... HEIGHT OF A SKOSH UNDER 6 FEET TALL.......YET WAS MADE TO FEEL THAT IN ORDER TO FIT IN WITH THE CLASSMATES THAT I NEEDED TO BE A SIZE 9 IN CLOTHES. WHAT I DIDN... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:10:41 EST New to this team Hi everyone, my name is Rose and I'm 61, been having a lot of BP issues again since insurance made me go on generic Crestor for a month way back last September. BP had been stable on pills and eating decently, for years, and has not been since, even recently hitting over 200 systolic and many times over 100 diastolic. Emotionally I am now a wreck, as with the high BP came heart palpitations, and now have just been put on a blood thinner (which I am terrified about!) <BR> <BR> Is anyone else... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:02:45 EST New Member in need of a NEW ME! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Temeshia new to this group and really don't know much at all about it. Was told from a friend that you guys truly support one another and that's what I need. Looking to losing weight, eating healthier, and learning how to portion control. Looking forward to this new start for myself. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:04:24 EST Hi! I'm new! I just wanted to post for my first time and let you know who I am. I'm starting today and hopefully with the support of some people here, I can lose weight and start to live a little better life. I'm doing this alone meaning nobody at work or in my family knows. I am not really close to anyone in my family except my Dad and honestly he really has other things to stress over other than my weight problems. I work around a bunch of men which is fine, I guess I'm just one of them, nobody cares wh... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:32 EST foods contributing to total sodium I never add salt to anything, nor do I cook with salt and so far my total sodium intake has always been around 1200 - 1400 mg per day with the occasional day with around 1600 mg. However, yesterday my total sodium intake was at 2200 mg. <BR> <BR> I know that I can see what the total sodium intake is at the bottom of the My Nutrition page (which is how I know what my total intake is each day). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was wondering if there is some way to see exactly how much each food con... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:25:37 EST Hello Hi all! I have spent the last 12 years not focusing on me (I have 4 boys) and now my health is being affected. I went to the doctor yesterday and she is very concerned with my blood pressure. i have been having blood tests done , I had an EKG done (that was good thankfully). I am going for a sleep apnea test and will have a 24 hour blood pressure monitoring done. I am very nervous about all that has been going on. I am trying to make a change so that I can help control this. I am looki... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:19:16 EST Hi! I'm now working on my hbp. I am currently not controlled and am on amlodipine 5 mg a day. I hate this med and want to be able to get off of it. I have been on a beta blocker and had bad side effects, been on hctz and potassium dropped, been on an ace inhibitor and had an allergic reaction. I am sick of these meds. I was ok bp wise last year. Had actually been recently going to Dr for 3 week stomach sickness and bp reading were normal. Then tooth abscessed, Dentist got a high reading and later... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:48:41 EST What is your Blood Pressure Reading Today? February 28, 2017 My BP reading is 157 / 75 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:24:38 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST Name a Famous Person. Donald Trump <em>250</em> President <em>205</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:10:13 EST Pat101 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:19 EST psychnurse My weight has been fluctuating due to health related issues. Two years ago I underwent treatment and surgery for breast cancer. The medication that I am taking is an estrogen suppressant and in the past two years I have developed quite a large belly. My grandson asks me "do you have a baby in there grandma?". I desperately want to get rid of this belly fat, regain my strength and increase my activity level. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:41:36 EST Reaching out...time for me to tend to me! Hi. I am Dunelady. I am reaching out because I know I can't do this alone. Tried multiple times and have discovered that I am extremely successful at my lack of success with sticking to a plan...even when it is working! Life always happens and I get derailed and wind up right back where I started, which is carrying around 40 pounds of pregnancy weight gained with each pregnancy that I never lost. (Totally not an excuse...youngest is 17, so it's not like I haven't had time to lose the wei... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:48 EST New here. . . Hi All. I'm new to SparkPeople. I need to lose about 50 pounds and also need to manage stress. I've had high blood pressure since my daughter was born September 2016. Just recently started medication 2 weeks ago but it is still high. My Dr thinks the cause of the high bp is situational as I've never had issues in the past. I'm a full time working mom of 2 just trying to find time to fit everything in. Looking forward to getting healthy and getting off of the blood pressure medication fo... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:28:48 EST Hyperparat thyroidism & HCTZ I was diagnosed with Hyperparathyroidism &amp; hypercalcemia. I've been having extreme fatigue, cramping, blurry vision, brain fog, back pain, head-ache and nausea. Previously, I was told to lose weight and exercise more. <BR> <BR> I have been on HCTZ and Benicar for years to control my blood pressure. I saw an endocrinologist today who told me stop the HCTZ - immediately. We are going to test me all over again in about 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had these issues? I was tol... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:04:34 EST Hyperparat thyroidism & HCTZ I was diagnosed with Hyperparathyroidism &amp; hypercalcemia. I've been having extreme fatigue, cramping, blurry vision, brain fog, back pain, head-ache and nausea. Previously, I was told to lose weight and exercise more. <BR> <BR> I have been on HCTZ and Benicar for years to control my blood pressure. I saw an endocrinologist today who told me stop the HCTZ - immediately. We are going to test me all over again in about 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had these issues? I was tol... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:00:20 EST Stress HI, I have high blood pressure. Doing well at moment. Know it goes up when under stress. When I lose more weight, I will be better, too. Any hints? <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:43:48 EST hello I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Hello All, I Am New to the Group Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I have high blood pressure and am looking forward to being a part of this group so that I might be more accountable to lowering my blood pressure. <BR> <BR> I look forward to all of the comments and support that you can give me. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> in advance for all of your help. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:47:07 EST One week down Hello, I just completed 1 week. I still have not figured everything out on the site yet, like how do you get points for the team? So far I am doing well. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:08:16 EST Meet Mama P I am excited to be joining this site. So many great opportunities for support. Looking forward to the next 30+ years of life in a healthy, joy filled, productive way. Leaving 30 years of grief, loss, illness, fear and doubt in the dust!! Thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me and being my accountability partner in this journey. May this journey ignite a positive spark. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:54 EST BP is going up!? Hi there, hope you can help me figure this out. <BR> <BR> I had to stop exercising for a while = BP went down (to the point I was trying to get off my meds) <BR> <BR> Now, I've started to very carefully, easily begin exercising = BP is up. <BR> <BR> What is 'up' with that? <BR> <BR> Will it go down again soon?? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:55:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:07:01 EST Hello all This is a new experience for me. Look forward to making new friends and learning to live a new healthy life style. Have found lots of interesting information and am learning how to interact online. I am finding myself a little shy and for a loss for words and hopefully in time you will learn that is not me. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:42 EST Day 1 Week 1 i am at my HIGHEST weight ever. My BP meds are barely working. If I don't do something, I am so afraid of killing myself with my eating and (lack of) exercise habits. So here I am, at the crossroads of, "do I care enough about myself to do something good for me" or "not"? <BR> time will tell............ <em>249</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:58:29 EST Hello, Its ME Hi there, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Vikki, I have been married for 29 years to my DH. I have 3 very grown up daughters. When I was younger I was very thin and on the go, but after having 3 children the wieght started to pack on and then I was diagnosed with Hypothyriodism. I am ready to really get back into shape and be a healthy ME again. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:14:30 EST Not sure what to put here, sorry. Hi my name is Leslie , I am 49 and weigh 201. My goal is to lose 51 pounds and then maintain. I have many health problems . I joined this site in hopes to help me learn how to eat and exercise right. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:49:07 EST hi I re-joined tonight. It has been years since I was here. I am tired of looking and feeling the way I do.I look forward to getting back into the groove.I am hoping to accomplish my goal with the help of all you lovely ladies Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:43:18 EST Winter Wanderings 2017 Want a reason to move more? Join us and see how far the group can travel in the first quarter of 2017. I'll keep track of the team total. Reply to the thread (please do not edit a previous post as I don't scroll back through all the posts) to post your mileage daily/weekly as it's convenient for you using this format: <BR> <BR> Date (range): Mileage <BR> <BR> I'll start us off! <BR> <BR> Ready...set...GO! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:02:42 EST newbie I am new and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have a bad back and legs and on oxygen so it is hard to exercise <BR> I have quite a bit to lose and I am hoping it will help my other problems if I can stick to this <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:26:48 EST 4, 5, 6 times is the charm, right?! Been over 8 years since I was last on here. Need to get it together this time and will use this site and all it's goodies to keep motivated and get ideas to stay motivated. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:52:51 EST Happy3 Want to start on December 30th w/ better eating habits. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:24:48 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST good morning Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:35 EST Hello All! My name is Greta and I am endeavoring to lose 50 pounds over the next year. I'm planning to go slowly because it's going to require a lifestyle change because my current habits are awful and are what got me here in the first place. I am committed to getting started and am open to all helpful advice. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:50:33 EST Happy and looking to get fit Hello, I am new to Spark, and have enjoyed the program. With one month in I have lost 10 pounds, 90 to go! I joined to get fit after a surgery that left me sedentary. I have one more surgery to go, this time my knee. I want to return to law school, have taken all the on line I can, need to get back in a suit and do some hands on intern work. Thank you for all your life stories, they have been very motivating. I might add that I am 67 years of age and looking ahead to the next phase of my li... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:35:40 EST Bettys girls Hi I'm Betty decided to join Sparks because have huge health issues and can't go to gym or do strenuous exercise but need to lose weight badly.I thought with support I could at least try. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:39 EST What's wpeveryone having on Christmas day I need some ideas for Christmas Day eating <BR> What are you having along with or nstead of he turkey? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:30:03 EST First time here Hello, everyone, today is my first time (day) here. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:48:48 EST back after 9 years Hi, was just curious the first time I came to sparks people but now I`m serious about losing weight. Can`t do it alone so trying this. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:14:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST Help Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:44 EST NEW... "5-letter Anagram Word Game maple - ample Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:02:22 EST YOUR HOLIDAY CHEAT SHEET Your Holiday cheat sheet from team Kittie (Living &amp; Eating Mindfully) <BR> <BR> ~ First of all, ask yourself if you are hungry! <BR> ~ Begin with a smaller plate. <BR> ~ Alcoholic and beverage calories can rack up fast. To stretch your drink quota, spritz your wine or juice with mineral water or seltzer. <BR> ~ Choose raw produce first loading up on the vegetables and salads. <BR> ~ Choose to drizzle your greens with balsamic vinegar or squeeze of lemon. <BR> ~ Hard cheese is... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:31:28 EST Elsa Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:33 EST HELP!!! I have to lose at least 40 lbs in order to have my knee replaced and I can barely walk so exercising is a challenge, plus I just can't seem to get on the weight loss wagon. I am so frustrated that I think I'm going to start and then blow it that day or even after one day. I just have no desire to do this. I have been fat my whole life and probably have lost over 500 lbs collectively so I know I can lose weight, but just keep regaining it and now I can't seem to get started again knowing th... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:55:37 EST Hi, I'm cherish621 latest bloodwork results are scaring me! Anyone know what all this means? HDL 55 TRIG 132 but total cholesterol is 287. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:36 EST Hi. Island Empress in West Palm Beach, FL Hello everyone. I'm seeking new friends locally to have as a workout buddy for our weight loss, bodybuilding,toning, or whichever your goals may be. Positive, very fun, and on a mission to bigger and better outlook on life!!! <BR> <BR> Let's do this together! Team work makes the Dream work!! <BR> <BR> This message is for Men and Women. Cheers! To new friends! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:59:19 EST Hello to Team Members. Everyday! <em>524</em> I started yesterday, and am learning so many things. I think sparkpeople is really going to help me stay motivated and help me to achieve all my needs. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:03:42 EST Dianah needs help! I am 58 a wife, grandmother and have no motivation . I live in Carlisle Indiana <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:15:45 EST finnaly taking care of me I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:21 EST Reinventing nan Just rejoined spark to try to lose 20lbs to save me spending pounds getting nw bigger clothes to fit the growing me. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:36:02 EST Oregon Grandma I am a 62 year Grandmother with about 30-40 pounds to lose. I had gained a lot of weight from Prednisone and have only lost about half of it. I have a stationary bike. I am finding it very helpful to enter food into a log. I think twice before grabbing something to eat now! I love the reports, it was a surprise to me that I was not eating as much fiber as I thought. The reports really helped me see that. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:50:40 EST Arthritis and Ulcerative Colitis I am overweight dealing with depression, heart issues, UC and arthritis. I have to wear oxygen 24/7. Walking is hard and I spend a lot of time playing on the IPad, doing puzzles. I need to lose weight but it is hard with pulmonary hypertension. I was a Spark People member a long time ago. Glad to be back. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:20:40 EST New to the team Hi everyone. I just started on Spark and thought I would drop in to say "Howdy". Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:08:59 EST Hi!! I am new I am a 66 year old Female. I live with My DH in central Oklahoma. I have an adopted Son and 2 Step Daughters. I have 7 Grand Children. I have been on Spark People for many years. Last week I discovered I suddenly have high blood pressure. I have always had low blood pressure, but not any more. I am taking My blood pressure in the morning and evening. I was told to lose some weight. I have a stress test scheduled for next Tues. and echo the next week. Then I will see the Doc see how... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:08:14 EST Izzy Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:03 EST Water, how much did you drink yesterday? 8 Yesterday. <em>91</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:42:41 EST Did you Track, Nutrition, Fitness, Goals Today? <em>248</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:17:24 EST Any Name, Starting A - Z Angela Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:19:02 EST Name a Song you Exercise too? Jump/ Van Halin Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:36:04 EST Colleen Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:06 EST Something,You would Like to do this, Fall Season?? I would like to go to some pumpkin festivals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:55:43 EST (Daily) Post Anything you Like. <img src=""> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:57:57 EST Name a Song, Old or New and Artist Crazy / Patsy Cline Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:06:11 EST Name a Movie Old or New and Actor Who Played In It Gone with the Wind / Clark Gable Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:57:26 EST What Did You Do Today? (Daily) Going shopping later then out to dinner with my husband to a nice restaurant. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:48:32 EST Healthy Food A-Z (Daily) Emoticon <em>478</em> <em>180</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:07:34 EST Check In daily, Emoticon or Picture. <img src=""> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:36:57 EST Share a Fitness Emoticon <em>313</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:40:16 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:44 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST Greetings Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST Back after retirement I was a member of Sparkpeople a few years ago, but when our school district consolidated four years ago I had to give up most of my leisure time. Now that I'm retired, I'm enjoying being here again. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:26:03 EST Just joined today Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST Autumn Amblings 2016 The next movement challenge is upon us! Come move with us and see how far we can get this quarter. The challenge runs from October 1 through December 31. Can we beat our total from the Summer Stroll (1,217.87 miles)? <BR> <BR> Posting guidelines &amp; format: <BR> <BR> Date <BR> Mileage <BR> I will keep track of the team mileage and update it as I add mine to the thread. <BR> <BR> Please do NOT edit your previous posts with your mileage updates. I typically do not scroll past my previous... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 14:09:26 EST Day 5 So, now it is day 5 of the 21-day challenge for new members. Well, I am a returning member and I must say that I really like the changes in the website since the last time I was here and I am loving the app. My name is Diana and I am a 60-year-old single grandma living in Nebraska City, NE (a town of less than 10,000). My goals are to lose weight and get healthier. I don't like huffing and puffing going up stairs. I also want to be able to be active with the grandchildren. So, I am trac... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:24:33 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:38 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST Sparked before.... can I spark again? As we all mostly know, Spark People is awesome. I've been here before, it's helped it has motivated, and then whatever happens I fall away. Now I am at my all time heaviest weight and I've been off spark people for almost 2 years. :( I'm REALLY REALLY heavy. over 200 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I used to be an athelete when I was young. Track & Cheerleading for school, weights and aerobics class during school and swam alot or I played basketball with my friends ..... <BR> <BR> Now I'm at a jo... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:45 EST New to Sparks Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Hello! Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:04 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:47 EST Hi everyone! Not sure where to start but finding my way around and looking to ditch 250 pounds Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:20:53 EST BLUECHESSDRESS HELLO EVERYONE I AM HERE TO GET CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LIFE... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:48:41 EST New Healthy Beginnings Starting Today!!!! Praying for God to help me in this new journey of wellness and meet some wonderful team mates with great testimonies to share and help inspire others. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:22:09 EST Hi My name is Christy and I have joined this team to encourage myself to monitor my blood pressure consistently and to make lifestyle changes that will help lower my blood pressure. My family has a history of high blood pressure issues so I am fighting an uphill battle, but I am determined to do everything I possibly can to help keep my blood pressure in the healthy range and hopefully reduce the medicatin that I take daily. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:51:08 EST trying to get into a healthier lifestyle Hello, I'm Lisa and have been fighting my weight and high blood pressure for years. I'm hoping by joining into more groups here that I might get good tips and support and make friends as well. Here's to a better, lighter future! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:15:40 EST today's reading 117/72 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:11:21 EST Trying to get healthy for me and my family Hi my name is Jackie and I am trying to get my self healthy while teaching my little girl how care for herself properly and love herself no matter what she looks like. I look forward to the beginning of our journey together. :) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:44:44 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST feedup1964 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST Howdy! I am 43, no kids, and had high blood pressure since I was in my mid 20s, hereditary. <BR> <BR> Now, I can't seem to get the blood pressure under control. Added another medicine, and found out that my heart walls have thickened, and a aorta valve has dilated to 3.9. Doctor said I really need to lose weight to fix this. <BR> <BR> So here I am... Could use all the help I can get. <BR> <BR> Heidi Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:55:36 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:05 EST High Cholesterol Levels Hello Spark People Family. My name is Catherine Antoinette Wright. I am currently a 36yr old and finally decided that it is time to take care of myself for myself. I have decided that I don't want to take any more cholesterol pills. I have decided that I am tired of looking at belly fat. Finally I am tired of not feeling sexy anymore and it is time fore a make over. The next 30 days will be hard, but once I have passed that hurtle then everything will be routine. During those thirty day... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:21:23 EST new I have just started the fat resistance diet. I am a 70 year old Cdn lady with about 75 lbs to lose. I have tried many different diets and end up gaining. I am mother of two and grandma to 4. I would like to lose enough to be able to keep up with them. Looking to meet others who are also older but in for the long haul. Joyce Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:31:41 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST New Hi! I am a wife and mother of two. I have over 100 lbs to lose and ready to start the journey. I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. New beginnings! Nervous because I have never done this before. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:52:54 EST Summer Stroll 2016 The next movement challenge is upon us! Come move with us and see how far we can get this quarter. The challenge runs from July 1 through September 30. Can we beat our total from the Spring Fling (1,400.50 miles)? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:43:56 EST fish oil does anyone take fish oil and if so, how much? Did it seem to help you bp? Sat, 2 Jul 2016 14:02:40 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:38 EST Just Joined Today Hi my name is Jenny and I recently had a heart attack and found out at the same time I am diabetic. So I really need to change my diet but have been having a really hard time doing especially since my bf doesn't want to eat any of the food I now have to eat. I just thought it would give me more inspiration to be in a group with other people trying to accomplish the same things, eating better and trying to lose weight. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:30:36 EST Vitamins and BP meds A friend of mine said her doctor told her to stop taking vitamins as they may counteract some of her medication. Have any of you ever heard of this before? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:36:01 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST jalisa hello, I'm jalisa from barbados. new to the site. trying to find friends who will motivate and help me along my weight lost jourey and beyond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:57 EST How much is too little sodium I rarely hit 1000 mgs. a day of sodium. Most of the time it's around 750-850. I feel fine, but my family is concerned that I'm not getting enough. What do most of you aim for? When I started eating low sodium, the doctor just said "toss out the salt shaker, no processed food, fast food, anything fried, brined or pickled." I've done that, now should I add some back in? Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:59:05 EST Hi Everyone!!! I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:11 EST First time here and looking to get off my meds Has anyone here changed their lifestyle enough to get off their high blood pressure medicine? I would love to know how this was accomplished or if it is possible especially since I just turned 50. <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:48:54 EST Hello Hi I have joined this team because I have recently been told my blood pressure is high. Its not high enough to warrant medication although at times I feel dizziness or blurry vision. My goal is to get my weight down so that my blood pressure will go down too. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:37:55 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST Bobby Grow Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST New hopes I was here several years ago (not sure how many to be honest) but did not stay long because I let the other issues in life overwhelm me and lost myself in there somewhere. Since then I've had a stroke and made a complete recovery, gotten older and of course gotten heavier. I have several things I need to do to get my life back to where I want it to be. Yesterday I was thinking about those things and how to accomplish each one. I decided to start where I have the most control - what I eat. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:50 EST I joined this Team Because <img src="">--I joined this team because it appears that suffering from Dizziness and buzzing in the ears might be because of my HBP--so I am needing help in determing how I can lower the BP along with my food plan--any suggestions will be grateully accepted Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:33:44 EST Hello Everyone I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST Water Okay. So, I've just started taking my BP meds at night...and that includes diuretics. I've only been back to SP for a couple of days, but getting to sleep hasn't been easy. I got up to go potty <BR> eight times at night and that kept me awake for hours. Not healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get in more water in the morning, instead of playing catch up later in the day. Any other suggestions? Thu, 26 May 2016 15:32:42 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:20 EST Day One Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:12 EST Looking to lose I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:50 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST New Journey :) Howdy everyone! I am 54, happily married, have 3 wonderful daughters and 5 amazing grandchildren. I have recently started on a new journey with a major lifestyle change. I have decided I am not on a diet this time it is a lifestyle change. Some of my family are still balking a little with some of the changes but I have faith it will all come together. Tue, 10 May 2016 20:23:25 EST New and hopeful My name is Linda. I am retired and finding it difficult to loose weight. I need to loose at least 50 pounds (100 would be heaven!) because the extra weight on my arthritic knees is making it difficult for me to be active and enjoy my retirement. My husband and I would like to travel and enjoy these years -- so I am determined to finally conquer this beast! I'm open to suggestions, help, recipes, anything! Fri, 6 May 2016 11:55:40 EST Hello from Florida! Life is just too short and I want to have fun! <BR> It's time I put some energy into getting healthy. <BR> Looking forward to sharing success stories and seeing less of each other! <BR> Caryn Fri, 6 May 2016 07:28:21 EST Phin 66 yrs old male, about 15-20 pounds too heavy. just diagnosed with diabetes type 2. very "phinniky" eater. giving up cokes, chips, sugars, breads, candies, large portions of everything. don't know how to count sugars, carbs, salt, fat on everyday foods. is there a chart out there that I can manipulate for my meals? Wed, 4 May 2016 16:21:05 EST LOOKING TO CHANGE MY LIFE Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member as of today! I've never been one to "need" to eat healthy and exercise until now. My health has become a priority in my life now and I need to make some positive changes. I'm hoping this site will give me the opportunity to become a much healthier and happier version of myself. I'm not gonna lie.....I'm gonna need a lot of help and motivation. So, here's to the beginning of a new life!!!! <BR> Thanks everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:53 EST Getting it together hey y'all! :) my name is joanne. i am 56, former smoker (two years). been on this weight loss misery most of my life. looking to make this my final battle that sticks so i can enjoy the rest of my life. single, 1 niece living with me. have worked for cbs 26 years. feel like a dinosaur as i am having difficulty navigating this site!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:21:08 EST Question about daily nutrition tracker Since starting to eat low sodium, I keep close watch on my numbers, sodium and potassium. I see on the nutrition tracker there are two different listings for sodium. Most of the time they are the same, occasionally they are not. Which one do I go by for my sodium intake, the upper one or the one nearer the bottom? Also, I wonder if some days my intake is too low. I have not gone over 1100 mg since I started over a month ago, and some days it's as low as in the 400's. Yesterday was 657. I... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:02:51 EST 200lbs of unwanted fat to loose Hi. I'm 54. I've weighed over 300lbs for over 20 years. Currently I weigh the most I've ever weighed at 360lbs. I would like to chat with those who are also in the midst of loosing 200+ lbs or still need to loose this much or have already lost this much. Let's support one another on this journey. A bit more about me, I don't eat gluten, drink soft drinks or eat at Fast Food restaurants. I cook real food. I binge on GF desserts, chips, pasta, bread and chocolate. I swim and walk my dog. Are yo... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:14:15 EST Introducing Myself Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I am Laura, I am a 31 year old wife and mother working full time and going to school part time. I gave birth to my son, Connor, in July and really need to get healthy so that I can be there for him and the rest of my family. I was already overweight before getting pregnant and actually lost some weight during pregnancy, but Connor was born early and I lost sight of me weight while attempting to deal with his NICU stay and special needs as a premie and also while de... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:35:25 EST Spring Fling 2016 How far can we travel together this quarter? Join in and help us go, go, go! <BR> <BR> Please post your mileages in a new message each time. This is the format I use and it helps me keep track of everyone's progress easily. <BR> <BR> Date: Miles <BR> <BR> See you on the road! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:40:17 EST Does anyone here manage BP without prescriptions? I want to do this but need to get it down first, with one to two drugs, and gradually no drugs. I hope it will only be one drug that I can stay on briefly. I go in to see my doctor on Tuesday to find out what I should do for now..... I want to manage BP with supplements, exercise, and a lower weight (eventually) ONLY. How do you all feel about this and what is your experience? I am 51 and my high BP has come about in the last few months and has been treated with two prescription drugs tha... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 13:55:29 EST New to Sparkspeople Hi all, <BR> Looking forward to starting this website...I really need to lose weight and get into shape for health reasons first and of course looking great will be an added bonus. Looking forward to blogging with all of you and reading all of your accomplishments...Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:56:25 EST Almost New I've been a member on sparkpeople for awhile, but I've always been too shy to introduce myself on here. I'm at a point where I finally feel like I'm ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and I decided that since I'm making changes to my health, I could also make a change and say 'hi' to everyone :). Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:18:19 EST New From Oregon Hello! I have been on SP before, but usually I fall out after a few months. Need to lower my blood pressure in order to pass my physical for work. I have a few months and am hoping to bring it down with healthy lifestyle, food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you guy's, getting some tips and advice as well. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tracy <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:53:52 EST New Path in Life to Health and Fitness. Hi everyone, this is Roberto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I would like to connect with those on a similar path as me to Health, Vitality and Happiness. <BR> <BR> I'm a single, 37 year old, non-smoking or drinking male who has been on quite a roller coaster ride of loss and gain. This time I want to keep it off and be in the best shape of my life for the rest of my life. I have some mild osteo-arthritis in my knee and hip which is weight related and losing the weight would take all the pre... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:29:31 EST barbaraj2877 Hello, I have never done anything like this, I have tried but not followed thru. I am 65 overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, had cancer, and have recently been in the clinics with a serious infection to my stomach. kind of a wrech huh? not to mention a husband that wants me to go on a complete plant based died. I don't know where to start. I am kind of overwhelmed and looking for some ideas. I can oonly eat so many black beans, I do like meat, so any ideas? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:01:55 EST Newbie Here Just joined SparkPeople, and am delighted to find teams with my particular issues as focus. Like this one. Looking forward to getting to know you all. <em>30</em> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:58:10 EST Back Again Hello, back again; not going to beat myself up for falling off the wagon. Today is a new Day! Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:41:34 EST story Hello my name is Megan and i have been battling with my weight since i was in elementary school i was home schooled for six years went to public school my senior year and at that time i was at my heaviest 270 pounds and i didn't like a minute of it because i always weighted more than everyone else. <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:03:30 EST Forming new habits for a new me. This time I have decided to make me & my health a priority. I used to walk outdoors about 6 hours a day for my job and was on my feet constantly. Now I've been working at a desk the last few years and have a more sedentary lifestyle. So I need to learn to incorporate the walking and exercise into my regular life. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:09:18 EST High blood pressure I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure. I need tips from people that have managed to do well and get off the meds. <BR> Thank you. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:16:36 EST New Here Good morning all - I am new to the team. I was diagnosed with freaky high blood pressure 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am now working to educate myself and improve my health. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:07:40 EST Evening Everyone I am here at Spark to learn how to eat, what to eat, how to workout, get toned and get my blood pressure under control I went to the Dr's today and my blood pressure was 151-94 high for me, the dr said if he doesn't see improvement in 3-6 months to the pill I go. He really wanted me to get on a pill today but said we can try my way first. I will be 50 in a lil over a year and I really would love to be HEALTHY by then so 69 pounds GONE by July 4th 2017 would be really, REALLY GREAT Tue, 8 Mar 2016 20:09:11 EST Hello all! Hi everyone! I am new to the team and am looking forward to getting to know everyone. I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure (bleh) and am currently taking medications. I would like to learn to manage my blood pressure through diet and exercise and hopefully not have to take the medications, if that is at all possible! I am excited and looking forward to all of the support and tips &amp; tricks that anyone can offer! I hope you all have a great day!! <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:06:33 EST Hello Everyone Hi. I am a new member and am eager to get some tips for managing my high blood pressure. I take medication at present, but would love to get my weight and eating habits under control so that I can reduce/eliminate the need for meds. Anyone had success with this? Best of luck to everyone in their wellness journey. I look forward to getting to know you all. Cheers! Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:44:40 EST Happy Tuesday! Good afternoon!! Today is my first day on SparkPeople and my first day on our company's new Wellness program, Naturally Slim...lots of firsts, so excited to be here! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:41:28 EST Lisa Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:47 EST Hello, Good afternoon everyone. My name is Suzanne, and I have been gone for a while, just started taking blood pressure medicine. I have struggled with high blood pressure off and on for a while but my new Dr told me that I do need to take medicine now. <BR> How is everyone doing and how are you all working to get your pressure down? Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:51:56 EST marie ava Hi i'm Marie Ava , Today is a step to my new journey on a new lifestyle. I am new and hope to meet alot of new friends and support and motivation. I am a 57 year old grandmother of 3 , i am here for them i am over weight and need to lose 70 pounds. I am limited to exercises as i have bone on bone on both knees from a fall on ice. Most of my weight is in my stomach. I want to be around to see my grandchildren ages 7,10,11 grow up and be able to be more active with them. Ifeel if i lose the wei... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:30:12 EST Robin Hello glad to be here. This will be a very helpful site with my weight lose. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:02:50 EST Can't get started I've been on a constant diet struggle since I was 10. My goal to lose weight is to be healthier and of course have more energy to enjoy things in my life. I was able muster up the motivation and resolve to go on the DR OZ Total10 diet plan and stayed on it for the 10 days. I lost weight, looked great and had more energy but alas the lemon water in the morning wrecked my stomach so excuses, excuses have not gone back.I picked this plan because the food was healthy and I believe in eating or... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:54:13 EST Brenka Over the past 3 years I lost 49% of my weight (165 lbs) and maintained it. I barely maintained it, therefore I am constantly searching for tricks to maintain my new lifestyle without doing too much sacrefices or privations. I am joining this web site to share my tricks and to lear new ones. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:15:45 EST Hypertension and AFib I am working on my weight to improve my health Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:39:52 EST Hi there, My name is Liber8ed2Aspire I'm excited about joining this forum. I've been self-defeating myself thinking I can do this alone. Now five years later no results. I'm hoping to be held accountable...Yes, I know it shouldn't take all of this yet apparently it does for me. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I need to lose 60lbs to accomplish my ideal weight. Now that I've turned 46 years of age a few weeks ago, I do not want to have another failed year. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!, any support from like minded... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:10 EST carlene <BR> im very much over weight and miserable. i hate the fact that i have done this to myself with boredom and depression . all three of my girls want me to l9se and they want me to be happy again. my husband is not a good support person he is very much an enabler. so this is pretty tough but two days in and im doin good <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:59:20 EST