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

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

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

Member Since: 12/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 27,320

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

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

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

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

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    Don't know if you have Jillian's Ripped in 30, but in it she says that you can eat your way through any amount of excercise. So true! So you need to say to yourself, everytime you start the hand to mouth movement, "I worked to damn hard to undo it with this __________ (insert bag of chips or cookie or whatever)!

    10 1/2" is AWESOME! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3475 days ago
    So you are trading Bob in for a Jillian?!?! LOL You will do amazing with the new trainer. How are you doing so far and is it worth it?
    3476 days ago
    What a great choice you made to go with a personal trainer. I had one for 3 months once and loved the way he pushed me. Unfortunately I was hypothyroid and didn't know it so I didn't lose any weight. I didn't see changes in my body but feel like I wasted my money as I didn't get many results. I know that you will have awesome results, keep at it and learn as much as you can.
    3524 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2011 10:21:38 PM
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    zomg Ash I am back! lol, this time I am more serious!! emoticon
    3525 days ago
  • v FABULOUSIN2011
    I added you as a SparkFriend. Congrats on your progress so far. Keep up the great work =].
    3542 days ago
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