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Posted by: annainok (Guest), Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:39pm
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!
Posted by: grey rabbit, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:43pm; Reply: 1
Congratulations! Keep up the good work, the longer you stay with it the better it gets!
Posted by: mikendomsmum, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2:14pm; Reply: 2
Wow!  You're doing fantastic.  I only wish I had your drive to exercise.
Posted by: Stormy, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2:25pm; Reply: 3
Wonderfull success story . . . keep at it!
Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 4:55pm; Reply: 4
Excellent testimonial Anna--congratulations and keep up the great work! :)
Posted by: dawgmama, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 6:48pm; Reply: 5

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! ;D
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 7:03pm; Reply: 6
thanks for sharing your success so far!!
great job!)
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 8:01pm; Reply: 7
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!  :)
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 8:23pm; Reply: 8
Wonderful story! Thank you for posting! ;D
Posted by: flowerjudy (Guest), Saturday, April 8, 2006, 11:41pm; Reply: 9
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.  
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 12:59am; Reply: 10
Fantastic! ;D
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2:09am; Reply: 11
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.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2:04pm; Reply: 12
:D thanks for sharing...great (clap)(dance)(clap) results  :K) 8)
Posted by: annainok (Guest), Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 3:28pm; Reply: 13

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!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:09pm; Reply: 14
I second what dawgmama said in big read letters!

Well done!
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:36pm; Reply: 15
That's absolutely fantastic.  I'm really really impressed with the changes you've made.  It truly is inspiring.  Keep up the good work.

PS: PT, I sent you a PM.
Posted by: 1146 (Guest), Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6:15pm; Reply: 16
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.  

Posted by: 774 (Guest), Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:59pm; Reply: 17
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)!  ;) :) :)

Posted by: 362 (Guest), Saturday, April 22, 2006, 8:41pm; Reply: 18
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.
Posted by: jillthepilllady, Saturday, April 22, 2006, 9:08pm; Reply: 19
Bravo, Bravo!!!!  Keep up the good work!
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, April 23, 2006, 10:11am; Reply: 20
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. ;D     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.  ;D      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. ;D
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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