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#
LET'S WORK TOGETHER AND KEEP PUSHING!!!!