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Strength training can certainly be intimidating. Lisa didn't let that stop her from taking the initiative to enhance how she lived a healthy lifestyle. "I was looking for an app that would provide some structured workouts, especially for strength training," she revealed. "It's the area that I am the weakest in. I didn't really know what to do or how to plan my workouts. PumpUp had exactly what I needed." Though Lisa led a very physically active lifestyle prior to joining PumpUp, her eating habits held her back. She binged on copious amounts of fast food to sustain her after exhausting hours at work. She's constantly on her feet and is required to lift 50 lbs a day. "Exercise was touch and go, but not very consistent. I mostly did bodyweight exercises and running, or I'd throw in some exercise games on my XBox," she explained. "I would each Chick-Fil-A for lunch (with large fries) and I wouldn't have snacks throughout the day. By the time I ate dinner, I'd be starving and binged on fast food or pizza."
Rather than opting for processed food, Lisa now maintains much more wholesome eating habits. "Since PumpUp, my lifestyle changed drastically," she professed. "As soon as I get home, I go upstairs and change into my workout gear. I run for at least a mile and do a PumpUp workout afterwards, or even additional weightlifting after that! I don't binge on fast food anymore, and I snack on fruits such as bananas, grapes, and berries." Lisa is sure to eat lots of lean protein, steamed veggies, fruit, and complex carbohydrates. "I no longer have wine after every dinner, except on occasion, and I also make time every day to spend time with my kids by doing something fun and active," she added. "Sometimes, I even have them work out with me!"
Since Lisa began her journey on PumpUp, she accomplished more than she ever thought she was capable of. "I wanted to be healthy, fit, and happy with how I look and feel," she said. "I struggled for over two years and finally made the decision to eat right and exercise regularly. There are so many women on PumpUp who have inspired me to achieve more than I thought was possible." Making that decision was difficult, but not impossible. Lisa makes a conscious choice to live healthy every day. "With PumpUp, I reached my goal weight, I gained some muscle definition, and lost almost 3 dress sizes," she said excitedly. "I feel better physically. Eating healthy had a lot to do with it. On the days I slip, I notice a difference in how I feel. I hope that I encouraged others on PumpUp because they inspired me so much!"
Emotional eating no longer has as great of a hold on Lisa's life as it used to. "I've been dealing with severe depression since I was a teenager. Food was my comfort when I was sad, and also a way to celebrate when I was happy. Food was my answer to everything." Though Lisa faces a daily struggle with emotional eating, it gets easier thanks to the healthy routine that she adopted. "I ask myself if I'm actually hungry anytime I want to eat. I've been able to identify whether I'm eating based on my mood, and I hold back as best as I can," she elaborated. "There are still times that I slip, but I'm getting better and always get back on the wagon. PumpUp's community is amazing. No negativity and everyone is so supportive. It has been something amazing in my life! I really do love this app and the whole community!"
My biggest motivation right now is to be an example for my kids and not end up like my family. All the women in my family are extremely overweight and have various health problems. My mom had a heart attack a year ago and also found out she had cancer. Thankfully, we caught the cancer early enough that she is now cancer free. I don't want to grow old and not be able to do anything and feel horrible. I want to be the old lady that still bowls and runs down the street, playing with my grandkids.
Favourite workout routine on PumpUp
I really can't pick a favorite!! I generally like to do full body workouts on PumpUp but I do love how you can customize what you want to do everyday!! I can say though that I enjoy trying new routines to challenge myself, I get bored with too much repetition!
More about Lisa
I grew up moving a lot, 23 times in fact. I had to switch schools over 10 times so I learned to adapt. I was born in the south but moved to Las Vegas when I was 11. Absolutely loved it out there and ended up joining the U.S. Navy at 17. I was stationed in San Diego and spent time in Florida as well. I was an aviation electrician and worked on the S3-B Viking. Lots of good times while serving! I met my husband at my first squadron and we married young (I was 20) and our first child came along later that year (I was 21). We have been together for 12 years now and have 2 beautiful children. I love to read, I'm kind of a movie buff, and have had a pet deer that I named Bambi.
Keep Lisa pumped on the app @tinker_fit! Have questions for Lisa? Are you struggling with emotional eating? Let her know in the comments below!
Spring is a beautiful time of the year to motivate you to get up and commit to a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with my weight for many years and never genuinely thought that I’d ever have an interest in working out. There was a point where I had lost all my motivation. As a result of comfort eating and my dissatisfaction with life in general, I gained 3 stone.
Ever since I committed to get back on track in January 2014, I haven’t looked back and lost all the weight that I gained. My Spring Into Action goal is to have more defined muscles in my arms and abs. A goal really helps to motivate me, and I have the support of my PumpUp Family and the followers on my fitness page on Facebook. I have achieved all of my dreams and more: after I became a qualified gym and fitness instructor by the end of 2014, I now have an occupation that helps me through both good and bad days.
I created my Facebook page for this exact reason: to help others to achieve any and every fitness goals, be it weight loss, an increase in muscle mass, or motivation to be active. I received on email that I’d love to share with you. It brought tears to my eyes and really evoked the theme of Springing Into Action:
I know you get these mails all the time but I also know you like getting them. I’ve actually wanted to mail you for a long time. I just wanted to say how fantastic is has been to read your posts on a regular basis. I’ve been struggling with stress and anxiety for a long time.
Anxiety has especially been such a big part of my life. I stopped even noticing it for what it was: it became just a fact of everyday life and I just sort of carried it with me. For the last two years, it has been getting a lot worse and I’ve been struggling with irrational bouts of depression. I’ve never really made the mental-physical connection before, crazy as it sounds! I’ve been trying to get fit and eat well just because I figured I could use the exercise, shed a few pounds and tone up a bit.
But since I started reading your posts and really trying my best I’ve found the anxiety and depression is so much easier to deal with, and I get so much joy out of my body now, the fact that I have a fully-functional body that I can do so much with is something I’ve never been grateful for, and now it’s something I appreciate on a daily basis. I want you to know that this is very much because of you. My negative days just keep getting less, I’m getting better at keeping calm. Thank you so much!
This mail cheered me up so much and helped motivate me more to keep at what I am doing! I helped change her life and she in return changed mine.
If anyone had told me over a year ago that I would be helping motivate people and helping them with their problems, I wouldn’t have believed you. I want you all to know that no matter how bad you feel now, you can change your life and in turn, help change other people’s lives.
Everyone should get up and get out in the fresh air, go for a run with your friends, go to the gym, whatever it is that you have to do, just do it, use the ‘spring into action’ theme to get you motivated.
Best of luck,
This is a huge #transformation from new PumpUp member @leeshhyleighhh! It took a lot of hard work! “I would not trade it for anything. I’ve learned so much about myself through this transformation, and my life has completely changed for the better.” She went from 237 lbs to 140lbs! Give her a big PumpUp welcome!
PumpUp member @kabirky went through a stunning #transformation!! She insists that, “Life is not about the weight you lose, but the life you gain” Keep her pumped!