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Hello. My name is Lisa and I am 36 yrs old, I have 3 wonderful boys, and very happily married, yet inside I feel empty. This emptiness comes from years of battling with my weight. I started having weight problems after my first son was born and with every year that passed I only gained more. I found that i have a thyroid condition which lowers my metabolism. I have twice lost over 100 lbs. and twice I have gained the weight back. I know I have it in me to lose the weight. I struggle with keeping the weight off. I lose the weight and then think I can go back to eating like everyone else does. I now know that I am one of those individuals that can not eat like everyone else. I will have to count my calories and fat intake for the rest of my life. I am ok with this as long as I can maintain a healthy weight. I joined sparks this month and I have lost 19 lbs. I have a long way to go, but I plan to reach my goal. My biggest fear is not reaching this goal and becoming even more over weight than I already am. My older brother passed away 6 yrs ago. He suffered from leukemia, however the leukemia is not what killed him. not directly. He sat up a blood clot some where in his abdomen. Because of his weight of 800 lbs the doctors could not determine where exactly the blood clot was. so they could not save his life. His weight kept him from living. he passed away at the age of 38 . He is my motivator, my strength and through his death I have realized it is time I do something about my weight before It gets so out of hand that I can't gain control. I am through with the up and downs. I am ready to get healthy. So here I go.

Member Since: 6/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,580

My Goals:
First goal is to change the way I eat. the foods I choose.learn to prepare and eat foods that are good for me.
second goal. is to become more active.get out and walk more. find activities that require getting off my butt.
third goal is to never give up. continue with goals one and two .

My Program:
To start each day with the attitude that I can achieve anything.. Monitor what I eat. and walk and exercise on a daily basis.

Personal Information:
I am 36, married, and have 3 wonderful sons. I like to get on myspace, and chat with online friends. however that is about all the friends I have. I am shy, due to my weight. I dont get out much and I want to change this. I live in Georgia. love music, like taking walks

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    Hi Lisa. My name is Anne. Your story and success here is really inspiring. I have added you to my friends list. I have a best friend on this site who is also local to me. She has support from me, but not much in home. Her name on my page is JLTJRA if you like feel free to add her. She needs all the extra help she can get!
    4282 days ago
  • v OB....

    very inspirational
    congrats on your wt loss

    keep up the great work

    4282 days ago
    Just saw your comments on the 2009 goals posts and had to stop by your page to say hi. How awesome you have lost 40 lbs! That is an inspiration to me. Keep up the awesome work! Stop by my page and say hi sometime. emoticon
    4282 days ago
  • v CAROLJ35
    emoticon Just read your comments about metabolism. I, too, have taken thyroid medication for many, many years and I have never been thin. Always fought the weight battle. And like you, I would drop to 650 - 700 calories to try to lose weight. Then became discouraged because I didn't lose. Spark People has been great for me because once they told me to eat no less than 1200 calories, I started to lose the weight. Don't drop your calories, increase them. Shake them up, and once again you will start losing. TRACK every bite of food and get a good balance of calories, carbs and fats and see what happens. We are all here to help in whatever way we can. Keep at it!!!
    4360 days ago
  • v QUAIL75
    Thanks for stopping my page and for your awesome comments! Congrats on your weight loss to date, you're doing great! You can do this!
    4471 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2008 2:12:10 PM
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