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Hi! I'm Lisa. I'm a SAHM in Olympia, WA. I home school my 13 year old son, Mikhail & am happily helping to raise my grandsons, 7 year old Orion & 2 year old Tiberius, a couple of days a week. I have been with my son's Dad, Lenny for almost 14 years. Lenny's older son, Gabe & our D-i-L, Samantha are my grandsons' parents.

When I originally started Spark in February 2008 I weighed 188. It took me over a year to lose about 50 lbs. I now fluctuate between 140-145.

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Hi! I'm Lisa. I'm a SAHM in Olympia, WA. I home school my 13 year old son, Mikhail & am happily helping to raise my grandsons, 7 year old Orion & 2 year old Tiberius, a couple of days a week. I have been with my son's Dad, Lenny for almost 14 years. Lenny's older son, Gabe & our D-i-L, Samantha are my grandsons' parents.

When I originally started Spark in February 2008 I weighed 188. It took me over a year to lose about 50 lbs. I now fluctuate between 140-145.


I am an alcoholic who has been sober for over 8 years. I'm also Bipolar. I've been medicated for over 17 years. I consider myself fortunate BECAUSE of these things. Not despite them. Bipolar is a gift and gives me insight that I could only have gotten by being Bipolar. I would love to help break the stigma attached to both of these things because I don't think most people really understand either of them. Bipolar & Alcoholism have both made me a stronger & better person. Through honesty & humor I hope to show the world the truth!
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Member Since: 4/23/2013

My Goals:
I will continue to maintain my weight & healthy lifestyle of exercise, wise food choices & sobriety.

My Program:
I don't believe in dieting.
I had to change many bad eating habits, but I lost over 50 lbs & have successfully kept it off for over 4 years.
I strength train every day.
I need to work on a better cardio program.

Personal Information:
I'm an aspiring motivational speaker, comedian & author. Look for the name Lisa Gail in book stores & on stage soon!


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I'm an open book so if there is anything you'd like to know about me, my weight, my lifestyle, my sobriety or Bipolar please feel free to ask me!
Sharing my story & helping people has made me realize that everything I have gone through was for a reason & I don't regret any of it!

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59
9/14/2014 8:41:18 AM

Thanks for the clown, i would have to let him come close to me so i could grab him, i only have 50 feet of oxygen line so i could not chase him far but once i had him ii could wrestle him to the ground....still good cardio.....started shadow boxing with my 2lbs wieghts,,,,only a minute at a time but what a upper body workout. Have a great Sunday emoticon



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9/13/2014 11:45:04 PM

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SKRIBBLEZ
9/12/2014 6:35:40 AM

Oh, yeah, that's NO good. I don't know what to suggest...I wish I did, though. Do you keep lights on in your room? Or have electronics with lights? The reason I ask is I read this book my sister got me, The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, and she suggests this:

http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_p
roject/2010/01/fourteen-tips-for-getti
ng-more-sleep-and-why-it-matters/

1. Set a specific bedtime for yourself. Many people have no idea what time they should go to sleep in order to feel well-rested. Be realistic! If you have to wake up at 7:00 am, staying awake until 1:30 am each night is unlikely to be sufficient.

2. Get ready for bed well before your bedtime. Sometimes, paradoxically, I feel too tired to go to bed. I try to wash my face, take out my contact lenses, and brush my teeth well before I plan to turn off the light.

3. Make your room very dark. Shut the blinds, block out the lights from your computer, clock, phone, etc. Even the tiny light from a digital alarm clock can disrupt a sleep cycle.

4. Stretch. A study showed that women who were having trouble sleeping fared much better when they stretched four times a week.

5. Keep your bedroom a little chilly.

6. If your mind is racing with worry, make a list of everything you need to do the next day. This really works for me. I can make myself crazy fretting that Im going to forget to do something important; if I make a list, I can relax.

7. Tidy up your bedroom. Its not restful to be surrounded by clutter.

8. Exercise. Studies suggest that people who exercise fall asleep faster and stay sleep longer and this is particularly true for people who have trouble sleeping.

9. An hour before bedtime, avoid work that requires alert thinking. I try to stop myself from checking my emails before I go to bed, because it wakes me up. I made this mistake just last night, in fact. I got some emails answered, but I was so wound up that it took me forever to go to sleep.

10. My personal sleep-inducing innovation: Slather myself with body lotion. This feels good and also, if Im having trouble sleeping because Im hot, it cools me down.

11. My other sleep-inducing innovation: Put on socks if my feet are cold. I feel frumpy, but my husband wont let me use his legs as a foot-warmer.

12. Yawn.

13. Tell yourself, I have to get up now. Imagine that you just hit the snooze alarm and in a minute, youre going to be marching through the morning routine. Often this is an exhausting enough prospect to make me fall asleep.

14. Give up, and re-frame your sleeplessness as a welcome opportunity to snatch some extra time out of your day. If I wake up and cant get to sleep after 4:00 a.m, I get up and start working. Instead of starting the day feeling annoyed, I have a wonderful feeling of having accomplished a lot before my usual wake-up time of 6:00 am.

Another tip:

In The Singing Sands, I came across a counter-intuitive trick for falling asleep. Ive tried it now, myself, a few times, and it really works.

He put the light out, and resorted to his own cure for insomnia: pretending to himself that he had to stay awake. He had evolved this long ago from the simple premise that human nature wants to do the thing it is forbidden to doHe had only to begin pretending that he was not allowed to go to sleep for his eyelids to droop. The pretence eliminated in one move the greatest barrier to sleep: the fear that one is not going to, and so left the beach clear for the invading tide.





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SKRIBBLEZ
9/12/2014 1:35:49 AM

You go to bed at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.???



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SKRIBBLEZ
9/11/2014 1:38:35 AM

How are you doing today? I'm sorry to hear about your insomnia - I hope you can find something that works to help you sleep - I've got some meditation CD's that a friend of mine gave me a week ago and I still haven't listened to them yet - I need to check them out - I'll let you know if they're any good and maybe I can forward them to you somehow, maybe upload them onto YouTube if they're not up there already.

One thing you might try is Aveeno Stress Relieving Hot Bath - I have some of that and I'll run a bath and I won't shave my legs, or paint my nails or anyhing, I'll just lay in the tub with my eyes closed - and usually I'm asleep in the tub in 30 minutes LOL It's nice if you have fresh pajamas right out of the dryer too, I sleep REALLY good when I've got both.

Hope this helps!

*prayers and hugs*

Stephanie



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