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Numbers and How to Let Them Motivate

The paragraphs below were my old intro. I didn't do well with it at all. So here I am again still fighting numbers and now I am well into my 54th year. A few weeks before my 55th birthday I will become a grandmother for the first time. This is a great motivator. BUT....I have learned one thing along the way in my struggle...I have finally realized I have to do this for ME. Wow....This old broad can still learn a thing or two. :-)
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The paragraphs below were my old intro. I didn't do well with it at all. So here I am again still fighting numbers and now I am well into my 54th year. A few weeks before my 55th birthday I will become a grandmother for the first time. This is a great motivator. BUT....I have learned one thing along the way in my struggle...I have finally realized I have to do this for ME. Wow....This old broad can still learn a thing or two. :-)
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Itís time to face the numbers. Iíve been dodging numbers for about 10 years now. Hi, I am Theresa and my first number is 53. That is how old I am. A number that I have allowed to make excuses for myself and the struggle I am having with my other numbers. Those other numbers would be my weight (highest has been 225. Started SP at 219) My cholesterol (last reading was 299) And my blood pressure. I have been hospitalized with it being as high as 216/165. I am currently maxed out on what BP meds they can give me. The doctor told me flat out that the meds can only do so much. I need to do my part and that would be losing some weight. So here I amÖat SparkPeople.

When I married my dear husband 11 years ago I was a size 8. A single digit. A number that represents a shape to strive for. You knowÖ.a waist. Iím not sure what happened between that wonderful day at the altar and today. I have had a few surgeries that were setbacks. Iíve had some emotionally trying times with losses and stress. But I guess what happened is the way I chose to respond to each of these situations. I ate more and moved less. End of story.

Understanding my accountability is going to be key in my ďrecoveryĒ. I am how I got to this place and I am how I am going to get out of it. So, I have joined SP. I have a treadmill ordered and on its way. I have a weight bench and some hand weights. This is my home gym. I will supplement it with a few DVDís and Wi Fit. That is the movement part.

I have bought a number of healthy living (low-fat/low-salt/low-cal) cookbooks, and have packed the old ones away. I have changed the way I shop for groceries. This means LOTS of label reading. I understand my weakness for laziness and have been taking steps to improve upon that. One of the main ones is when preparing healthy meals I now make twice what I would need so I can freeze one for those days when I donít want to cook. Iíve also made healthy muffins to freeze for those times I have to have a snack. Better options will help keep me from derailing.

Those are my first steps. Now, I have to keep building on those steps just like I am looking to increase the steps I take each day physically. Those numbers are not going to end me. I have too many other untold number of reasons to stay healthy. Top on the list is my family. I want to be healthy for me and them. I want to be around a bit longer.

So, here is to all the numbers that are positive. Let those be my driving force.
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Member Since: 8/12/2013

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My Goals:
* To lose 50 pounds - Number has now changed since I've put on more since first writing this. I now need to lose 73 pounds!!!!

* To fit into a size 10 one more time.

* To get off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications

* To look good at my youngest daughters wedding in May. - This original goal was not met and she got married in January instead. As of June we got the news that we will be grandparents in February. A new motivation!!!

* To not suffer from so much fatigue.

* To go hiking without fear of passing out.

*To feel good about how I look.

* To take a cruise and not feel self conscious.

* To do a walking marathon.

My Program:
Have cut WAY back on sodium and fat. More whole foods. Working a gradual plan to get to vegetarian or vegan.

Primary work outs are the treadmill and strength training. This will be supplemented with various workout DVD's, zumba, etc.

Personal Information:
Grew up in Wisconsin which means I grew up with lots of food. Especially those dairy rich types. Lived in PA for 12 years and then recently moved to Alabama. The south with all its fried foods. Wow.

A mom to four wonderful children who are all grown and on their own. I'm feeling the empty nest terribly. Praying for grandbabies in my future.

Married to a wonderful man who helps me feel worthy on those days I start to feel not so much so.

I'm a strong Christian and patriot. Yes, I love God and country. I love to crochet, cross-stitch and garden. Oh, and I am a voracious reader.

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ďEvery experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.Ē
by Corrie ten Boom

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SLIMPAM23
9/15/2013 4:54:13 PM

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The Support Fairy is making a stop to your page....looks like you could use a little!!
I would say that you HAVE to be successful on SP - Your life depends on it. I have high blood pressure too, and it has NEVER been that high.
Sooooo-- You need to start small -but start STRONG!! Pick a goal and start working toward it!! You might consider the Weekly Exercise thread on the Alabama Team!!! Definitely make it a priority to spend some portion of your day on SP. It's full of awesome ideas and info. And the people will go out of their way to be supportive!!
YOU CAN DO THIS!!! YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!!



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DARLENEK04
9/15/2013 3:49:57 PM

I don't know what is happening with your BP but I can tell you
what happened to me.

My dr. was going to put me on Insulin, my cholesterol was high,
and my eating was way out of control....last September 6, I went
to a nutritionist.

She suggested I was Gluten Sensitive, and I followed her plan, since
then lost 80 pounds, but the greatest thing for me:

1. My blood sugar is completely normal
2. I am on 1/2 of one Blood Pressure pill
3. I no longer have acid reflux
4. I no longer take 2 prescription meds for Acid reflux
5. My cholesterol is 160.

I do know I put Cinnamon in my morning smoothie, and from all
I have read it is supposed to help regulate BP, and I also read that
mild exercise helps BP.....however, for me, if you feel like crap and
are worn out, exercise isn't an option...

Talk to your dr..something is off here, not enough protein or something..

Blessings,
DarleneK



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EMTCHICK109
9/15/2013 3:29:54 PM

I saw that you needed support on the Fitbit Users Unite page. Keep working hard. You can do this! We are all here to support you.





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DS9KIE
9/15/2013 10:39:42 AM

there is an article about high blood pressure
http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/salt_mo
re_than_high_blood_pressure.aspx



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TERRY0217
9/13/2013 6:27:58 AM

Thank you for your suggestion...I don't use dairy milk,,mayhe I'll try the almond milk.



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