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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:02 pm 
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Get after it! It's worth it.

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Did it and done! I did 10 minutes less than what my normal routine would be, but I darn well got my butt out of the house and got back in business again! Where I go, you can get healthy food. I bought myself a present of a nice salad for dinner!

"Get after it!" --exactly what I needed to hear!


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I just got my flu shots. My blood pressure is.............wait for it............ 108 over 80!!!!!!!!! I mean damn, when yer good, yer GOOD! I am so thrilled I can't hardly stand it.

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I just got my flu shots. My blood pressure is.............wait for it............ 108 over 80!!!!!!!!! I mean damn, when yer good, yer GOOD! I am so thrilled I can't hardly stand it.


That's FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

Did I say that the doc asked me to take my BP daily until my next appointment? I think she's concerned about my high BP when I go to the office which is always 150-something high over crazy, and trying to decide if I should be on medication for it or not. I think it's a combination of caffeine and white coat syndrome.

Today: 105/56

Wth? I have no clue...but GOOD ON YA, Philo Sofee!!!

I think when you are regularly exercising, your BP is doing to come down right along with the poundage!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:35 pm 
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That's FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

Did I say that the doc asked me to take my BP daily until my next appointment? I think she's concerned about my high BP when I go to the office which is always 150-something high over crazy, and trying to decide if I should be on medication for it or not. I think it's a combination of caffeine and white coat syndrome.

Today: 105/56

Wth? I have no clue...but GOOD ON YA, Philo Sofee!!!

I think when you are regularly exercising, your BP is doing to come down right along with the poundage!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:



105/56 is a very low BP. :eek:


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Jersey Girl wrote:
That's FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

Did I say that the doc asked me to take my BP daily until my next appointment? I think she's concerned about my high BP when I go to the office which is always 150-something high over crazy, and trying to decide if I should be on medication for it or not. I think it's a combination of caffeine and white coat syndrome.

Today: 105/56

Wth? I have no clue...but GOOD ON YA, Philo Sofee!!!

I think when you are regularly exercising, your BP is doing to come down right along with the poundage!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:



105/56 is a very low BP. :eek:


It could be a trick of the cuff I have. You could take your BP repeatedly for a period of time and get readings that are all over the place, I proved that by trying it. Here's a series of daily readings, I'll just throw these out in no particular order. This is me without caffeine in the morning. I have some that are higher than these, but generally, this is the range that I get.

128/77
121/76
116/71
104/78
119/64
120/67
113/68
115/60
108/67

How'm I lookin' doc?

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I will have 2 months of readings (with about a 2 week gap to bring to the cardiologist the second week of Jan). I am certain that she is trying to determine if I should take meds or not. I already told her I would if she wanted me to. My heart tests all came out GREAT and if I need to do meds in order to maintain good health, I'm all over it.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:11 pm 
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Depending on age 128/77 is about normal. Much higher or much lower can be a problem. Stay in touch with your doctor


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Depending on age 128/77 is about normal. Much higher or much lower can be a problem. Stay in touch with your doctor


Oh yeah, I had to go to a cardiologist about 2 months ago because a test showed I had a certain percentage of blockage in one carotid artery. Got a bunch of test done and they all came out great in including another carotid ultrasound which demonstrated that the previous one I had done was crap.

I go back in about 2 weeks for a follow up with my BP readings.

I am saying all this in public? Notice I didn't say my age!

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(I think the really low readings are due to the cuff, probably not normal readings for me.)

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The CCC, a couple of things happened to me back in August (?) I don't have my planner in front of me. Anyway I had 2 tests done with my primary.

One test was found to have egregious technical errors-- done wrong by an unskilled tech. Won't tell the whole story here. I got a referral to a specialist about that and all is good on that front.

The other test was the carotid ultrasound. I got a referral to a cardio who set me up for a battery of cardiac tests and all came out good. I asked her straight up if the test I had done by my primary was another case of an unskilled tech and asked her if those test were "crap" and she said, "Yes".

Lesson learned: Get a specialist.

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ETA: On my printed out calendars where I record this, I have a 2 week period where I took it 3 times in a row and wrote down the lowest reading--it will say so on the calendar. One of the reasons she's having me do this is because when someone in the office (any doc's office) takes my BP it's well up over 145/something and often shoots up to 155/something, because as soon as the cuff starts (manual or machine), I go crazy in my head. It's either white coat syndrome or test anxiety. And the fact that I often have caffeine before I go doesn't help anything either.

My primary has them take my BP before and after the appointment for this very reason. After, it's always calmed down again because the anxiety is over by then.

I'm a crazy nutter but I do have sound reasons for the anxiety. Thanks for your feedback!
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7 o'clock! PLANET FATNESS IS EMPTY.I'm genuinely surprised.


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7 o'clock! PLANET FATNESS IS EMPTY.I'm genuinely surprised.


You're kidding? I thought sure the gym's would be PACKED today with folks starting on their New Year's Resolutions.

I'm going this afternoon!

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I am glad it turned out well.


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I am glad it turned out well.


Yes, so far so good! There is a history of heart disease on my father's side but for those relatives, there is also a history of serious drug addiction/abuse. I'm talking hard drugs. I pointed that out to the cardio on my first appointment. So maybe, that's why I'm in pretty good shape.

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7 o'clock! PLANET FATNESS IS EMPTY.I'm genuinely surprised.


You're kidding? I thought sure the gym's would be PACKED today with folks starting on their New Year's Resolutions.

I'm going this afternoon!


My gym was also pretty empty! I honestly thought there would be tons of people there working on New York resolutions. I did see quite a lot of new tours going on though.

Anyway, workout went really well, did the steep incline at the end and everything!!

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Your comment about Costco vegies hit home--I love snacking on vegies! Out here (eastern seaboard) their English cucumbers and their bell pepper variety packs are always great quality. we also recently started eating their brussel sprouts on a regular basis--my two teenage sons eat them!!! Huge accomplishment right there.

This thread has inspired me as well. Went for a 2 mile hike w my spouse, got some great photos of moon plus venus, and practiced selfies. (we are ridiculously bad at those, but our efforts seem to amuse the kids. :cool: )


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Good on ya, Lemmie! I didn't think anyone else was reading this thread except the few who are posting on it.

Keep moving!

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This thread has inspired me as well. Went for a 2 mile hike w my spouse, got some great photos of moon plus venus, and practiced selfies. (we are ridiculously bad at those, but our efforts seem to amuse the kids. :cool: )


That's totally awesome. There's just something about movement that makes a person feel good. Keep it up!

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Speaking of movement, the last time I worked out at the gym, I saw my one true soulmate! She was basically dancing on the treadmill, I mean, using her hands to dance if that makes sense.

That's exactly what I do. If there wasn't any music playing, I doubt I'd even do it.

In other news, some things that help me keep going, in no particular order.

1. I bake for other people. Baking is therapy for me.
2. I reward myself with nice salads at the gym now and then.
3. I totally reward myself with clothes. I lost a whole size!

For me, clothes are the biggest motivator. Because I'm all kinds of superficial like that.

:lol:

And this thread is turning out to be a huge form of support and information! I went through a big slump and reading this thread is what yanked me out of it!

Thanks guys!!!

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I went through a big slump and reading this thread is what yanked me out of it!

I have gleefully embraced my own slump, as we have family in town and we're all reaping the benefit of so much cooking talent being in one place at one time. : )

We'll be doing some quick jaunts in and out of Utah over the next few weeks as the family disbands to their home turf, and that's when the slumpification will be (forcibly) terminated.

(Of course, there's always Crown/Astro/Apollo Burger, lol ...)


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I have gleefully embraced my own slump, as we have family in town and we're all reaping
the benefit of so much cooking talent being in one place at one time. : )[/quote]

Right? I hear you!

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We'll be doing some quick jaunts in and out of Utah over the next few weeks as the family disbands to their home turf, and that's when the slumpification will be (forcibly) terminated.

(Of course, there's always Crown/Astro/Apollo Burger, lol ...)


Emerging from this recent slump was exactly the same as when I joined this new gym and the first day I had to MAKE myself walk out the door, GET in the car and actually GO there!

:lol:

This thread really is proving to be inspiration for me, even during the slumpy days. There is no one else around me here who is doing what I am doing and so there is no one else to check in with except myself and you guys here. I really appreciate everyone's contributions!

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Article!!


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Lose 20 Pounds: Why Counting Calories Matters

“Having a realistic weight goal makes good sense,” says dietitian Jenna Anding, Ph.D., RD, of the department of nutrition and food science in the Texas A&M System at College Station. “Eliminating 500 calories a day can help promote a one-pound-per-week weight loss. Increasing physical activity can also help promote weight loss.”

In order for counting calories to work, you will have to do a little math (it’s okay to cheat and use a calculator). If you want to lose 1 pound a week (it is safe to lose up to 2 pounds a week or 1 percent of your body weight, if you weigh more than 200 pounds), that means you need to cut out or burn through exercise about 500 calories a day. But remember not to eat less than 1,200 calories daily, so that your body doesn’t retreat into starvation mode. A reduction of at least 500 calories a day means you could lose a pound every week or 20 pounds in about five months.


Lose 20 Pounds: Successful Strategies

Here are four diet truths to help you achieve your goals:

Cutting out sweet drinks is non-negotiable. Sweet tea, soda, and flavored and sweetened milks, waters, and coffees all have to go. Drink plain water, low-fat milk, and sugar-free drinks instead. A study of 810 adults between 25 and 79 years old showed that after 18 months, those who cut out sweet drinks had greater weight loss than those who cut down on food calories. One possible reason: While your body lets you know when it is full of food, there is no way for your body to tell you when you’ve maxed out on liquid calories.

Physical activity helps counting calories. Being physically active burns calories while it improves your overall health. Aim for 30 minutes a day most days of the week. A brisk 30- to 45-minute walk burns 100 to 200 calories. If you can burn 200 calories through exercise, you only have to cut out 300 calories in food or drink to reach your daily calorie-cutting goal.

Strategically eating less drops weight. A study of 811 overweight people who participated in four popular diets found that whether diets were low-fat, high-protein, or a combination didn’t matter — weight-loss success depends on cutting out calories. In fact, you can continue to eat filling portions if you simply replace high-calorie foods with low-calorie foods that contain a lot of water, such as fruits and vegetables. A study of 97 obese women who ate either a low-fat diet or a low-fat diet with additional fruits and vegetables found that those who emphasized fruits and veggies lost up to five pounds more.


Journaling leads to success. Counting calories is easier if you write down (or type in) what you eat, including serving sizes and details such as condiments you may have added. “Research has shown that exercise and journaling really make a difference in long-term weight management,” says Gail Curtis, assistant professor at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, N.C. A detailed journal will help you identify your successes and pinpoint where you can cut additional calories or replace high-calorie foods with low-calorie ones.

With dedicated work you can apply these truths to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks or less. So get moving!



http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/ho ... n_20170102

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