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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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  • v DITTY1013
    I'm going to start working some of the DVDs into my usual P90X/Jillian/running/circuit-training routine. I'm always hesitant to jump into just one program because I get bored too easily; I have to keep switching things up! I've only tried one Insanity workout so far (the plyo cardio circuit), and it was nuts. But in a good way. :-) You thinking about trying it? I'd definitely recommend mastering P90X before trying Insanity based on my experience so far.
    3591 days ago
  • v DITTY1013
    Sweaty girls unite! :-) Yeah, I'm actually about to change that to the Lost 80 Pounds graphic because I'm nearly there! Spark's a great tool, and great community. I added you as a friend as well. Keep up the good work!
    3615 days ago
    Hey there, how have you been? Just wanted to stop by and say hello and see how things are going for you. I haven't been on as much as I have used to, so I am sorry for not stopping by more often. What is new with you? How is school going? How are you doing with nutrition and fitness?
    3622 days ago
  • v BUGGYS
    Thanks for commenting on my Zumba blog...a couple people have given me some ideas on DVDs some I am going to scope them out and try to find one that I am comfortable doing at is so much fun!
    3624 days ago
    Hey there! Thank you so much for the goodie, it was very nice of you. How are things going with you?? Did Jillian kick your ass like the maniac trainer she is? LOL I hope so!! I hope that you are having a great week! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    3630 days ago
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