How one woman lowered her blood pressure and blood sugar
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Sherrie Dampeer saw firsthand the impact of weight issues on her mother’s health. And the 56-year-old woman was afraid to be on the same path herself.
“My mom’s health was one of the things that really scared me because looking at her I saw myself,” Dampeer said. “At the time my mum passed away she was on a lot of medication, mostly related to her weight. She was diabetic, had high blood pressure, had developed congestive heart failure and had mobility issues due to being overweight. She ended up in a nursing home because she could no longer take care of herself physically.
When Dampeer’s mother died, it spurred her to action. “It was like a light went out. I started to focus on my own health. But it was hard for Dampeer to find the time to focus on her health. She works for the Department of Social Services of the New York City Human Resources Administration and is also a church minister and volunteer ombudsman.
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She used the pandemic for motivation and time
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered Dampeer’s weight loss in two ways. First of all, it scared her since she heard that obese people, like her, were at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalization.
Second, it gave him more time to develop healthy habits. “My job was closed in March 2020, and instead of staying home and eating, I decided to take care of myself. I live alone. I didn’t want to die alone. I was scared. So, I became more aggressive changing what I ate and walking,” she said.
She finds motivation and responsibility with Start TODAY on Facebook
Dampeer came across the Start TODAY Facebook group at the start of the pandemic. “Stephanie [Mansour] seemed so motivating, and she focused on doing what you can. If you can’t do sit-ups or squats or push-ups, she shows you how to modify, so she makes it feel welcoming,” she said.
Dampeer credits the group for motivating, empowering and encouraging people to exercise and eat better. “Start TODAY has been a huge help in reinforcing my ‘why’ and how crucial it is to not compare myself to others, but only compare myself to myself on my journey,” she said. declared.
I try to make exercise fun, so I’m going to stick with it, so it’s not work.
Dampeer walks every day and aims for at least 10,000 steps. She lives in Brooklyn and says she’s walked almost every bridge in New York. “I walked the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. Walking is therapeutic for me. I see different neighborhood areas, and if I see a historic building or something cool, I’ll take a picture and post it at the end of the day. I try to make exercise fun, so I stick to it, so it’s not work,” she said.
She also uses resistance bands to build muscle. “I want to be strong, flexible and independent,” she said.