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Springing into Action Week 1 Challenges

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hi there! My name is Lisa and I'm from Ohio. I'm 48, married, and have 2 amazing sons (22 and 17). I have 3 cats, Bella (the spoiled princess of the house), Yoda, and Steve. I work in accounting at a pet food company. Have been there for 26 years.

When I was growing up I was always skinny. I could eat anything I wanted and not gain any weight. My grandmother kept telling me it would catch up with me (boy I should have listened to her!). I'm only 5 feet tall. When I graduated high school I weighed 107#. I went to college and met my first husband. Man could he cook. 2 babies and a desk job later I find myself weighing 195#. My first husband was a alcoholic. I took my 2 boys and left in 2002. We were on our own until 2011. I have always been a nervous person, diagnosed with major recurring depression and anxiety/panic disorder. It was pretty tough raising my boys by myself. I've always had a very low self-esteem also. So, I got into a routine of going to work, coming home, feeding the kids, then sleeping. Not good. I ate anything I wanted and eventually hit the 200# mark. I moved in with my best friend, who has MS, so I could help take care of her. I also met a wonderful man. He is amazing. He's my biggest cheerleader....always telling me how proud he is of me. He's everything I've ever wanted and so much more. We got married this past September. My living arrangements are crazy right now. My best friend moved out but I now have my older sister and her boyfriend living with me. They both have health problems...mostly due to their weight and are both waiting to hear about SS disability. I have my youngest son, he graduates high school in May. My sister's son of course (23). And my oldest son just moved in with us after he and his fiance broke up. Yes, we have a house full. It can be pretty stressful at times as my husband and I provide the only consistent income.

I started with SparkPeople back in Sept. but I didn't really get into the meat of it until Jan. 2013. I am tired of being the big girl. Tired of feeling uncomfortable all the time. Tired of not being able to bend over and tie my shoes. Tired of walking and getting out of breath. Tired of not feeling good about myself. And I'm just plain tired all the time. I think one of the big things that motivated me was my sister's boyfriend. He went to the hospital in Jan and found out he is diabetic, has to wear oxygen 24/7, has high cholesteral, etc. I decided I didn't want to end up like that.

I have done really well with eating better and tracking my food. Except yesterday, for some reason I just wanted junk! I'm a creature of habit so I can eat pretty much the same things everyday. My biggest challenge is dinner. With so many people in our house, I hate to have to make myself a special dinner. I have been working on that, eating just the meat part and having a salad instead of the side that's prepared. (My sister does all the cooking.)

My exercise has surprised me. Since I started over a month ago I haven't missed a day of walking. I live close to the high school track so I just stop there on my way home and walk. I'm up to 1.25 miles in about 24 min. I've also taken part in a couple of challenges here on Spark. I have to do a strengthening video every day. I plan on working my way up to 2 miles soon. But the funny thing is I went from pretty much sedentary to craving my walk every day. I love being able to put it in the tracker and watch my fitness minutes accumulate!! I WILL NOT MISS MY DAILY WALK...THAT IS MY TIME!

Anyway, I'm very pleased to be on the Sparklers team for this challenge. I know we can do this!!! We have too much to lose lol!!! Just think of how much energy we will have!!!

My starting weight for this challenge is 181#. My total body measurements are 185.5". I would like to ultimately get down to 125, but my goal for this challenge is 155#.

Bonus....BMI tape meeasurement:
Body fat: 38.76% obese boo!
# of body fat: 70.76
Lean body weight: 110.84#


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    I so agree that we need our personal time and often that means getting away and doing something "for ourselves ". Keep up the good work and you will see the rewards! I know from experience it doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen! And I also agree that it does often give us that extra bit of motivation to see those less fortunate who are struggling so much with their weight and it's ugly effects on their bodies! Take care, emoticon
    1816 days ago
    Oops emoticon That's what I get for trying to take a shortcut back to the Springing team.
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2013 4:35:04 PM
    Great job Lisa! emoticon
    1823 days ago
    Definitely stick with your walking! You need some time to yourself with that crazy household!

    Glad to be Sparklers together! We can do it!!!!
    1823 days ago
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    1824 days ago
    Oh my gosh, girl. It's so unfortunate how stress and bad situations can get people in a sticky wicky. I too started gaining weight after a bad breakup (and some other stuff). We just got to keep our heads up. You're in a toughy with the living situation but you have people who love you and are cheering for you! emoticon You got this!!
    1824 days ago
  • CYALE76
    Sounds like you have a great plan to get your fitness in. Don't be to hard on yourself for messing up with your nutrition one day it happens to everyone. I look forward to getting to know you better through this challenge.
    1827 days ago
  • -LORI-B
    AWESOME- cant wait to get to know ya better along the way. Go Sparklers
    1828 days ago
    how wonderful that you are making time for that special walk every day ... that is YOUR time and I can see the smile on your face going around that track .... you are very determined .... you will get this done .... I bet some of that determination of yours will wear off on those at your house also .... you go girl !! Roc
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    1828 days ago
  • KBELLE1224
    You seem to be making the best out of the cards you've been dealt!! Which is awesome! emoticon Keep up with the great work you are doing!! Taking the time to get your walk in everyday is great! emoticon You get that personal time for yourself, while getting fit! And a major round of applause to you to adjusting dinner to benefit you. emoticon This has to be incredibly hard to do! Keep it up and you will see the change you desire!!

    Can't wait to get to know you more throughout the challenge!!
    1829 days ago
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