New to heart disease and how to lose weight and get healthier!

By thawes Latest Reply 2012-04-13 23:40:31 -0500
Started 2012-04-09 21:44:55 -0500

We are a married couple ages 52 and 53- (Terry and Theresa)and we are trying to get on track. Terry had a heart stent done a few months ago, and we both are overweight and have high cholestral and have not done anything healthy even after our heart stent scare! Now we are ready to get moving- any suggestions?

7 replies

HeartHawk 2012-04-13 23:40:31 -0500 Report


Welcome aboard! There are a ton of resources here and everyone who has replied so far gives great advice.

When you get settled I would suggest taking a look at book Track Your Plaque by Dr. William R. Davis. The first edition is available at (really cheap) and the second version is available at his website (more expensive but more and newer stuff). I woud caution that it it pretty advanced stuff and is not for everyone. So, take it slowly at first as everyone suggests!


Te Ja
Te Ja 2012-04-10 23:10:14 -0500 Report

I would first suggest to take baby steps do not just jump into alot of changes. Like start by cutting fried foods, then cut back on soda or sugary drinks and increase your water intake, then cut back on carbs and salty foods. Slowly start increasing any type of excerise that works for the both of you even if it's walking to the mail box and back. Add fresh fruits and veggies. Most importantly check with your doctor before making any changes. Best of luck to the both of you and keep us posted.

thawes 2012-04-12 19:22:40 -0500 Report

Thank you so much- it is a little overwhelming but we are up for it!I think the baby steps is a good idea- Terry has gotten 6 books at the library and I said- you can only reead one at a time- slow down lets make this a life change not a knee jerk reaction! :) Thanks for your encouragement!

Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-04-12 11:21:59 -0500 Report

You are so right, Te Ja! As I'm always reminding myself and my clients, too much too fast inevitably leads to slipping back at some point, which can feel like failure. The trick is to build a pattern of success, and slowly create new habits that work in your life. And once you get rolling, Terry and Theresa, if your journey is anything like mine, you'll most likely find that (slowly) adding more changes becomes a habit in itself. You'll be eating differently, exercising, sleeping better, reducing your stress, getting appropriate amounts of water, ensuring that laughter and connection with other people have a place in your life, and more! If you do happen to slip, you might take that as a clue that smaller steps are in order. I hope you enjoy the journey, and I look forward to seeing your posts as you progress!

thawes 2012-04-12 19:26:38 -0500 Report

Thank you Bob, we feel cared about already! I have incorporated more water into my day instead of diet coke or coffee and truly in just 4 days I feel so much better! I am looking forward to this journey and I hope that in the next year we are happier, healthier and less stressed. Terry has quit smoking and that has been a tough one- he has been very grumpy but once he realized the grumpiness tried to get it under control more- stress seems to be such a big part of this whole thing- your whole life becomes different quickly! Thank you for your words of encouragement it really does mean alot to us.