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How I Managed to Reduce My Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure While Working 12-Hour Shifts

Most people understand the risks of being overweight, having lots of stress in their life, eating the wrong food, and all other things that cause heart problems.

But do we even know how to deal with them?

I asked myself the same question.

My name is Susan. I’m a 43-year-old single mother of two wonderful girls. You can’t even imagine how grateful and blessed I am to share this with you.

I used to work in a supermarket on twelve hours shifts for ten years. I got divorced, felt stressed, exhausted, insecure. I needed money to pay up my mortgage and save for my daughters’ future student loan. I had to do what I possibly could. 

My days were so busy that I worked on weekends too.

My blood pressure was skyrocketing

I had problems walking several storeys up, I could barely catch my breath, my heart was pounding like crazy. My legs hurt like hell, back pain drove me nuts most of the day, and I was just trying to get used to it…

About six months ago, I was about 240 pounds. Because of my tight schedule I couldn’t eat anything other than fast food, quick snacks, various chocolate bars with peanuts, or drinking lots of coffee with some cupcakes. 

I admit, most of the food I used to eat wasn’t very healthy.

Week by week, I became more and more exhausted at work. Every time I had to rush from one side of the supermarket to the other side, carrying documents or something else, my heart felt like it was doing crazy backflips.  

It got so bad that I decided to see my doctor find out what was going on with me.

My doctor performed EKG and HDL-C tests on me and after seeing the results he became worried. He said that my total cholesterol levels were over 300 mg/dL and my blood pressure was over 140 systolic and 100 mm Hg diastolic.

After interviewing me about my condition, he then prescribed expensive pills like diuretics, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and a few more to regulate my blood pressure and total cholesterol.

Also, he told me to drink them several times a day and check my readings in the morning before taking medicine and then again in the evening. 

According to him, I had a high risk of having a heart attack in the future. And if I didn’t change the way I live as soon as possible, the consequences could be tragic. 

After I heard the diagnosis, the only thing that was in my mind at that moment was my two wonderful daughters. 

Every time I looked at them there was so much more to do and see in my life. I wanted to stay by their side. 

To see them graduate college. To see them get married. To see them become mothers and meet my beautiful grandkids and see them grow.

I KNEW that I had to do something. I tried all kinds of diets and exercises I could possibly find on the web, even if I had very little free time:

  • I tried a low-salt diet, which had to reduce my blood pressure to some degree. Tried for a week and found out that my cholesterol got worse – it jumped from around 300 to 320 mg/dL
  • Then I took Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension because people on forums told me it could help me to lower my blood pressure. But eventually, due to my lack of time for food preparation, I lost my progress
  • No matter what diet, or workout I tried fixing this, I failed miserably. 

I got so overwhelmed that I didn’t even know what else I should try, but here’s what happened next

At one moment, I thought, “What am I doing? I guess I’m just wasting my time.”

Luckily, I had my daughters to support me emotionally. Seeing their mom struggle with workouts at home and feel constantly frustrated with what meals to prepare for the next day – and still not getting in shape – was tough.

I am so grateful that I have my sweet cheerleader daughters holding my back. They encouraged me not to give up and asked me to seek help from someone at work.

One day, during my lunch break, me and my co-workers were chatting about personal struggles and future goals. Everyone admitted that they were used to daily stress like I was. 

When I opened up about my health issues, one of our new staff members asked if I tried YourHeart Health app

She said that her grandmother, a war veteran, suffered from stage 1 hypertension for many years. The old lady managed to lower her blood pressure back to normal in just two months without paying thousands of dollars for long and exhausting treatments.

Her headaches steadily disappeared over that time. 

My new colleague said that she hadn’t seen her grandmother so happy before and still can’t believe it worked. 

She even stopped using her medicine after so many years, which was a true relief. Her grandmother was finally able to sleep without head pain.

To be honest, I was intrigued because it was something that I truly HAD never heard or seen before 

She also mentioned that it is recommended by ACC (American College of Cardiology) and AHA (American Heart Association). Which means this app, their workout and meal plans were made by experts and trusted by experts.

After taking a look at the YourHeart Health app, I decided to try it to see what happens, even though I wasn’t sure if this app works. Here’s how I started:

  • First, I was asked to fill in a short quiz. I answered some questions about my body, so YourHeart Health nutrition professionals could prepare the best possible meal and workout  plan to fit my individual body needs
  • Second, after the quiz, I saw my personal summary with my current data such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, recommended daily water intake, my optimal calorie intake and other important metrics – all for free. 
  • Finally, I took a leap of faith and signed up for a 3-month plan, waiting impatiently to start

What I liked about the quiz was that it had questions about what food I like to eat, what I was allergic to, and even how much time I could spend preparing meal recipes specifically created for me. 

Just three months in, and, for the first time my blood pressure and total cholesterol levels were going down

With the help of YourHeart Health guidance I was able to prepare my healthy meals quickly. 

It took away the stress of not knowing what to cook for today. I felt full for longer periods and I ate less at work, I started to have more energy. 

Now, instead of drinking lots of coffee I enjoy myself with a cup of herbal tea on my lunch breaks. My cholesterol levels are lower than 150 mg/dL.

My individual workout plan had a great positive impact on my heart and my weight.

The feeling was fantastic because I took less medicine until I didn’t need them anymore.

I lost about 40 pounds and felt way stronger. My cholesterol and blood pressure dropped significantly, and I don’t feel these terrible poundings in my chest after walking upstairs at work.

Also, I got rid of that annoying back pain and leg pain I used to have after long hours at work because I got the right workout plan designed for my body.

I was able to do more tasks than before and feel less stress, better mood, etc.

My co-workers noticed that too.  We got more things done for the week, so I didn’t even need to work on weekends. Because of the increasing performance of our team, we earned more salary and now I can save more for my daughters’ student loan.

Since I had my free weekends, I finally had more time to spend with my daughter. My girls are very happy to see their mom in better shape, stronger, more confident. 

Why was YourHeart Health app so effective? Here’s my honest opinion

  • I put myself to work with fun and safe exercises

Enjoyed my easy-to-follow exercising routine, which was carefully planned to my body’s needs and personal goals. I didn’t need to think about how and when to workout. It was all done for me. Simple step-by-step instructions helped me safely practice my exercises so I could improve my blood pressure, total cholesterol and even lose weight more effectively.

  • A healthy diet plan made by nutrition professionals just for me

I got the freedom to choose which foods I would like to include in my diet, so I wouldn’t have to limit myself and enjoy my recovery process. And, based on my personal preferences, health conditions, and other metrics, professional nutritionists prepared a complete individual diet to fit my body needs. 

  • Real-time expert consultation helped me to progress faster

I can find some answers about heart on Google, but I won’t find answers about MY heart. That’s why YourHeart Health nutrition experts were there to help me. I got countless solutions to my meals and exercises according to my personal profile whenever I wanted.

  • I was able to reduce my health risks which I was scared of

My combined individual workout and meal plans played a major key to my recovery because my body got the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. My daily workout tasks let my heart become stronger by every week, so I was able to significantly reduce the risks of a heart attack or even stroke. This means, after my recovery, the daily struggle of taking my medicine has become a thing of the past. 

All it takes is to start by taking small steps and move forward for your better heart health.

That’s why I am so grateful to share my story with you.

Keep your head up, start small

Life can get pretty hard if you don’t take care of yourself, especially getting close to your fifties. It all begins with stress. If you ignore it, it can grow over time and cause serious risks for your heart. 

I know what it means to get stuck and become frustrated when it comes to wasting countless hours trying the right diet, trying the right workout, trying the right medicine, and so on.

And after so many attempts you just have absolutely no hopes for anything else. 

If you think that there is nothing more to try, just because you already think that you might fail again, I have something for you.

Imagine if there was a way to improve your heart health and be able to:

  • Improve your blood pressure and cholesterol by balanced nutrition plan
  • Have more energy than usual, even if you need to work long shifts
  • Enjoy your favorite foods without overthinking about what you need to eat
  • Improve your lifestyle with an easy-to-do workout routine, even if you’re a complete beginner
  • Become the provider that’s there to support the family, like you’ve always been, instead of having others support you
  • Try new activities and hobbies you always wanted

I am sure there is a way, always, because I already enjoy my life with my wonderful kids and I forgot what it was like to be tired 99% of the time.

So, keep your head up, start small and enjoy your better heart health

Just as:

Chelsea, 47

Gracie, 41

Start small by taking a 60-second quiz and learn how you can improve your heart health best

DISCLAIMER: If you have problems with high blood pressure or high levels of cholesterol, you MUST consult with your doctor before starting a new diet or a workout plan. Make sure it’s safe before doing so.

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