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7/24/12 8:07 P

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Yes, honey you need to get your your blood pressure under control. Have you gone for a checkup. If not you need to do that first. spark people have good reading article that will keep you motivated. Also stress is a big factor on weight gain. I see that you are concern and that is a good start. You are young and it is better to start now then regret it later. Welcome to the team you can do all things that you put your heart into. we are here to encourage you. emoticon emoticon

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7/24/12 8:10 A

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I've had this spark people account for a while but haven't started to take it seriously until the last few weeks. I have hit sort of a plateau and need some external motivation to help me get through it. I'm hoping to find a few people in similar situations who I feel accountable to and who help me get healthier by means of peer pressure :)
Here is my story. At 22, about 3 months ago, I realized I'd gained 20 lbs in a few months and my blood pressure was regularly reading around 145/90. High blood pressure runs in my family, but I never thought it would hit me this hard this young. My last two semesters of college were extremely stressful and I used food to deal with how miserable and overworked I felt. I went from an avid exerciser to going to the gym once a month. I had NEVER been a particularly healthy eater, and the fact that I had no energy to cook meant eating more packed and processed food, meaning I was probably getting close to 2-3 times as much sodium as anyone ever needed.
The problem is, even after the rapid 20 lb weight gain, I am not technically overweight according to my BMI. So I kind of blew it off until May when I took my blood pressure and it was 156/102. That is NOT okay. I am 22 years old. Even if is a freak occurrence and only happens to be that high once a week. I realized I needed to do something I was going to start having strokes by the time I was 35.
So here I am. My goal is to get this blood pressure down so I don't have to go on medication. Weight loss is secondary, but while I'm exercising and watching my food intake, I wouldn't mind getting back to the 125 I weighed back before the semesters from hell. I want to feel better, have more energy, de-stress and all around be healthier.
If anyone out there has a similar story, feel free to message me. I'd love to get/give some encouragement and advice from others in similar situations.

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