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annainok
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:39pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Very few people in my life really get into "health" aside from my hubby, so I have to share somewhere!

I'm new to the BTD (one month in) , but I've been working on my overall health for the last year. After the birth of my fourth baby (at age 43) in 2003, and caring for my terminally-ill mother--who died in August 2004--my body was stressed out and in sad, sad shape. Last spring, I had high blood pressure, erratic heart rhythms, and was insulin resistant. My family history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes seemed to be determined to suck me in. Having had gestational diabetes with my son, I knew there was a good chance I was on my way to real problems. So, I made a decision to change things...and to get off my medications, which were stealing what little was left of my energy.

In June, I started exercising every day...just a half-hour of Jack LaLanne reruns on ESPN. That was it. No diet, nothing else. Gradually, I was able to do more and started yoga. By September, I found that I'd started changing my eating habits. No huge changes, just cutting out a few things and less overall. In October, I added aerobic exercise. I was lucky to keep on the elliptical trainer for 10 minutes at first. But I kept with it, adding a little more each week. I started craving more activity and less food. I added strength training two months ago and it's helping all the more.

Here it is, April. I'm down 75 pounds. My cholesterol, HDL, and LDL are in the ideal ranges/ratios. (total cholesterol 140--down 40 points) My fasting BS is now 88--it was 123 last spring. My blood pressure had dropped from 142/90 to an average 118/65 and my resting heart rate is an even-keeled 45. No more meds!

What the BTD has to say about O's and intense exercise has certainly proven itself out in me. I can't go without it more than a day or I start to drive everyone around me crazy. It is also helping me to refine my eating habits and resolve some of the pesky issues that were plaguing me. I can't say enough good about what I'm learning here.

Thanks to all of you for your individual contributions to these forums by relating your experiences--they help all of us learn how to help ourselves!
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grey rabbit
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:43pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Congratulations! Keep up the good work, the longer you stay with it the better it gets!


“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

John Wayne's last words
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mikendomsmum
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2:14pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Wow!  You're doing fantastic.  I only wish I had your drive to exercise.


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Stormy
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2:25pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Wonderfull success story . . . keep at it!


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Saturday, April 8, 2006, 4:55pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Excellent testimonial Anna--congratulations and keep up the great work!


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dawgmama
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 6:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Wow!

My O kids, really need that exercise too, or they are SO crabby ! We get very little "teen attitude" during wrestling and track season. So, keep your kids moving too!

Congratulations!


"Be as gentle as  possible, and as firm as necessary".   Tom Dorrance-the 'father' of natural horsemanship

How true, for life, parenting, horse and dog training!
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Saturday, April 8, 2006, 7:03pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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thanks for sharing your success so far!!
great job!)


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Thanks so much for taking the time to give us the details.  It's encouraging to us all.  Keep us posted in the future.  You are amazing!  
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Wonderful story! Thank you for posting!


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flowerjudy
Saturday, April 8, 2006, 11:41pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi - I'm new to this program - I've been on the program 1 week and lost 5 lbs.  My problem is exercise - I belong to a fitness center - Like Curves for Women - called Go Figure - but I have to force myself to go and most of the time I can think of a good excuse not to go.  Once I get there, I don't mind it and feel much better afterwards but after getting home from work, I just want to stay home at night.  
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Lloyd
Sunday, April 9, 2006, 12:59am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Fantastic!
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grey rabbit
Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2:09am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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flowerjudy, that's great! Go up to the top of the page to the member center and pick yourself a nice avitar that will tell us your bloodtype and any other information you'd like to share. WELCOME! This is a very active board with very knowledgable people that can answer any questions (Dr. D himself pops by every once in a while) you might have.


“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

John Wayne's last words
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ISA-MANUELA
Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2:04pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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thanks for sharing...great results  
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annainok
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 3:28pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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flowerjudy,

The center I joined is a "women's" center like Curves, also. I don't always like going, but it's helped me tremendously just to get to know some of the other ladies. Now, mind you, I'm not a girly girl, so doing girl talk is not a natural thing for me, but I've found two or three "regulars" with whom I can talk while working out or on the treadmill. It's helped me considerably, as I don't work off the farm and it's rare that I'm able to talk with other women. Setting goals for yourself might give you some motivation, too.

Can you drop by the center before you go home? If you take your workout clothes with you, you might find it easier and a good way to unwind from work. You may, after a week or two, find that you feel more energized for the evening...or at least a little more relaxed.

Good luck!
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Peppermint Twist
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:09pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I second what dawgmama said in big read letters!

Well done!


"If you are on one of Dr. D's diets and it isn't joyful, you aren't doing it right." - moi

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Jane
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:36pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Annainok,
That's absolutely fantastic.  I'm really really impressed with the changes you've made.  It truly is inspiring.  Keep up the good work.
Jane

PS: PT, I sent you a PM.
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mnicole
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6:15pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Quoted from mikendomsmum
Wow! You're doing fantastic. I only wish I had your drive to exercise.


Ditto. I haven't exercised at all in almost a month, but your story has inspired me.

Thanks!
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Sandra_Aruba
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:59pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Quoted from annainok

Thanks to all of you for your individual contributions to these forums by relating your experiences--they help all of us learn how to help ourselves!


Great job Anna. I felt the same after a while on BTD. Now I just don't want any other way. I actually get upset when someone invites me to dinner, because I know I will be getting avoids. Silly huy.

As for your last sentence. I so totally agree. If it wasn't for all the people on this board I wouldn't be where I am today. These guys have helped me in so many ways (and not only with BTD)!  

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virgo
Saturday, April 22, 2006, 8:41pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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What a great testimonial!  75 pounds-- that's amazing!!  Congratulations!  

I just started exercising again this past week after years of avoiding the gym.  How I coped all these years I'll never know.  The exercise thing is sooo key for type Os, not just for weight loss/muscle mass but for basic sanity.
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Bravo, Bravo!!!!  Keep up the good work!


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Sunday, April 23, 2006, 10:11am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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annainok, welcome to the forums and BTD! Great places to be. A BIG congratulations to you on all the weight you have lost, the willpower and stick-to-it-ness      to do so. I'm jealous.     Before anyone tells me I can do it too, I know I CAN,   but THAT is still a work in process.  
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, as  mikendomsmum said.........I  only wish I had your drive to exercise. I can barely say the word.        Now that it's spring and then summer, I'll be getting more exercise outside working on the yard and in my flower beds. So far, I have 5 of those and plan to add another this summer, so I think I'll be good.
I was reading the Diabetes book last night and have been given new strength and incentive to get back on the wagon at a better compliance. Hopefully I can push myself to include the E word.
flowerjudy, as was suggested, if you can stop by the gym before going home, you'll have much more success. For a lot of people, getting back out once they've gotten home is hard.  I joined Curves years ago.........paid for a long membership upfront..............went probably a dozen times. What a waste!!  When I'm working around here in the spring/summer, I get lots of different kinds of exercise, so I'll probably be okay for now, but will have to work on the mental part of being motivated to do something for winter. I'd love to get back to swing dancing. Maybe now that my knee is better, I can. I really do miss that and it's great all around  exercise.  




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