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me at my target weight of 130 pounds! This was taken in 2002

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I'm a professional vocalist and I was horrified when I saw a video clip of myself. That was what prompted me to get on spark people initially 8 years ago. I was successful in losing almost 40 lbs- but then it got to the point where spark people was taking over my 4 hours a day! ( Did I mention that am OCD a bit?) Add that to the fact that 6 years ago my career in music took off and I ended up being nominated for numerous blues and music awards and the diet and spark people went by the wayside. I gained back the 40 and then some. A few weeks ago, all of a sudden started feeling like my heart was pumping faster and harder then it should have been for the easy shopping we were doing. I stopped in a walgreens and got my blood pressure taken and it was 172/116!

If that isn't a wake-up call I don't know what is. But I can tell you this. When you have a BP monitor and you know that eating something crappy, or in my case super salty, will cause it to rise IMMEDIATELY. You seriously are held much more accountable than if you want to lose for vanity's sake. Though to be honest there is still a vain gal hiding inside here somewhere.

SO Yeah! I still want to lose to look good ad being in the music industry the pressure to do so is even more intense BUT, I also don't want to see myself have to take BP meds or become diabetic because I was an undisciplined slacker. So I am back..down three pounds and this morning my blood pressure was 138/82 (3/13/2018)

I can do this. I am going to do this. And it took a health scare to motivate me cuz I am hard headed like that- but better late and scary than never.

I'll be sharing activities that are suitable for people with joint problems ( ME!) as well as diet-friendly recipes.

Member Since: 7/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,274

My Goals:
Overall I want to lose 90 pounds! I also want to be able to incorporate choreography into my singing without having to gasp for breath...Oh an I am challenging my 75 year old dad to lose weight so I need to set a good example for him!

My Program:
*an Average of 5000 steps per day ( or comparable exercise)

*Looking for a total of 3 hours exercises weekly. ANd seriously incorporating yoga and stretched that will keep my back and hips flexible

*Roughly 1500 calories a day with a range of 1400 to 1800 being acceptable.:
50% from complex carb
25% of "healthy" fat and lean protein

*limiting sodium to 2000-2300 mg daily

*limiting alcohol to no more than 4 drinks per week, And trying to stay away from sugary mixed drinks in favor of wine when I do imbibe

*CUTTING OUT PROCESSED FOOD AND CHEMICALS! ( with a few "treats" as an exception) That means
ORGANIC produce for anything I don't peel to eat

*NO WHEAT anything ( that isn't certified organic) They spray it with roundup to get a bigger crop just before harvest and that stuff is one of the most deadly chemicals on earth. We are eating it in almost EVERY grain-based product that isn't organic.

*NO meat that has received steroids, antibiotics, hormon

Personal Information:
I am from the south originally but 15 years ago I got married -now I live and work in San Jose. I'm 52 and am a professional jazz and blues vocalist! My name is Paula and my website is PLEASE feel free to stop by and say HI- you can also add your email to my mailing list if you wanna be updated whenever I am doing a show near you!

Other Information:
I have always been a slender person until I got married. My lifestyle changed significantly at that point. I was traveling because my then-fiancee lived on the west coast and me on the east so the time I spent exercising dwindled to nothing. I also stopped singing 3-6 nights a week(which burns off anywhere from 600-1000 calories a night) to spend time with him. On top of that my diet changed- I lived on salad and fish...My hubby, like most men, is meat and One day I woke up and was literally double the woman I used to be. My hubby understands that I am getting fit and healthy again and he either eats what I cook now- or he fixes his own. We still have our "go-rounds" over the daily starch at dinner( he loves it- I am trying to avoid it) and veggies( he hates them- I love them and he tries to argue "Cows eat grass" insert eye roll here) But the bottom line is "Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do ya know"?

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