Hi I’m Lee and I’m 46 years old. I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband and we have two children, ages 5 and 3. I have been active my whole life preferring sports to “working out”. I played soccer for 25 years and that was the basis of my exercise and I loved it. However, when children come along, priorities change and sometimes we have to let other things go. I retired from soccer three years ago when my son came along but plan to get back to it in a more recreational capacity as the kids become a little more independent. As far as my weight goes, it has yo-yo’d for as long as I can remember. This past two years has been the hardest. Life has thrown us a few curve balls, as life tends to do, and my yo yo’ing has gone from gaining and losing the same 10 pounds to gaining 20 pounds and having a hard time getting it off as I get older. I have also discovered something new about myself over the last 2 years and that is that I am an “emotional binge eater” and have been probably most of my life. This is hard to admit and when Chance approached me about being the Fitcamper of the month, I was hesitant at first because it is hard enough to admit you have an “addiction” without having to admit it to the whole world. They say when you are ready to learn the lesson, the teacher will appear. I was drawn to Chanceformations’ “stop making excuses” approach because life is life and we all have a sob story and sometimes it’s just time to get on with it. So here I am, an open book, ready to share my struggles and successes in hopes that by sharing, it will help me along in my journey to optimum health as well as maybe inspiring someone else.

Success: We are new to Calgary having moved here from Victoria this past summer. I am on a leave of absence from work for two years so I am giving myself this time to focus on my health and get my weight and emotional eating under control. I look forward to the day when fitness and good health are just part of a healthy lifestyle as opposed to something to be conquered and overcome. I started Chance’s Fitcamp at the end of August and I have been going 3 times a week since then. The scale hasn’t moved much in the downward direction but it hasn’t moved up at all either and I consider being able to maintain my weight a huge success. At this point I’m not gaining and that’s a good start. Before I started going to Fitcamp I had a hard time climbing the sixteen stairs in our house. I would have to stop at the top for a rest. In one month I can now piggyback my 50 pound, 5 year old daughter up them without too much trouble. I feel stronger, have more energy and, although I haven’t lost any weight yet, my clothes feel better. “Alas” however, I have been here before! I recognize the pattern.

Struggles: The struggles of an emotional eater is just this. We grab on to something and go gung-ho and are successful. Then something happens, life, and we end up right back where we started full of frustration and self-loathing for having repeated the pattern again. I talked to Chance about this pattern and he said “Stick with it. It takes time”. Through the struggles this has become my mantra. Excuses are easy to find. “I’m too tired, I’m too busy, the kids are sick, my husband has to work, it’s too early in the morning, blah, blah, blah”. If you become aware that these are excuses though, you’ll notice that inspiration is also easy to find. I was in my car one day and I saw a woman with a triple wide stroller and two dogs on leashes, jogging . . . uphill! and I thought, okay, I have no excuses. I read in the paper about a man who climbed one of the largest mountains in the world . . . with prosthetic legs! Okay, I have no excuses. Then I read about a world-class sprinter . . . with prosthetic legs breaking records and I thought, okay, I have no excuses. I figure if Barack Obama, the president of the United States, can fit in an hour of exercise every day then I really have no excuse. He’s got to be the busiest person in the world. So I’ve decided to look for inspiration instead of excuses.

Exercise Regime: I am booked for Fitcamp 2 to 3 times a week up until the middle of November. I was looking for something different to round out my regime to up my workouts to 4 times a week so I have joined a recreational mixed soccer league to get back into the swing of a team sport. I also like to swim and hike whenever I can and would love to try a Zumba class! I have to be having fun and enjoy what I’m doing or I lose interest.

Short Term Goals: My short term goal is to lose 10 pounds by Christmas. I have joined Chanceformation’s 90 day challenge and I am looking forward to building on the strength I have gained so far. Within the next month I would like to be able to do a bicycle crunch with my legs close to the ground, and I would like to be able to do 10 push ups starting from my toes and not my knees.

Long Term Goals: Within the next year I would like to lose 20 pounds but essentially my goal is to keep the weight off for good. I know to achieve this I need to get in control of my emotional eating and break the pattern of success followed by failure. What works for me: Staying committed to exercise! I have learned over the years that exercise is the key to keeping everything else on track. It is essential for stress management and it helps keep me energized and makes me more aware of my eating habits. Knowing I have Fitcamp in the evening makes me think more carefully about what I will eat during the day. Dinners and evenings are when I am weakest so at the beginning of the week, I like to sit down and make a menu plan for the week and do all the grocery shopping so it’s more of a no brainer. When it’s planned and all the ingredients are there it’s not as easy to talk yourself out of something healthy and into something comforting. Preparation removes the excuses.