Also, I've gotten into a great routine of going to the gym 6 mornings a week. On Monday it is Body Pump (weight lifting class), Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Water Aerobics, Wednesday is Zumba, and Friday is called Muscle Blast, also using weights and other strength training. I have come to enjoy all of these, especially the variety. And I enjoy the feeling of having new muscle mass in my arms and legs, the ability to put my socks on while standing up in the middle of the room (versus sitting or leaning on something), not getting winded when walking up hills and multiple staircases, and other little pleasures of getting more fit.
So lots of progress! I've lost 17 pounds. I'm on half the blood pressure meds now, and everything is going well. I have no food cravings, and am quite happy continuing to eat the Dr. Hyman way. Onward and upward!