Ninja Lisa

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I am stronger, healthier and lighter physically and emotionally. Snatched is exactly where I needed to start. It cracked the door to self-care, to rediscovering my life and letting go. - Ninja Lisa

I was a relatively healthy, life loving, adventurous human. Then my mom had a stroke. Paralyzed and left with a communication disorder, I became her communicator, her advocate, a researcher of health care systems its alternatives and fighter of bureaucracy.

I gained 35 pounds and ate every feeling I had (feelings are tasty!) all while putting my life completely on hold. I lost contact with many people, but mostly I lost contact with myself. I forgot who I was. What I liked about my life was gone. I was unhappy with my body, I watched my health go down the drain. I had a deep unvoiced fear I could die any second. (I’m old enough to have a heart attack.) Life can change in an unexpected instant. I desperately needed to change mine before I cracked.

I knew I needed to take back my life, regain control of my time and my health without the world crashing around me. I knew I wasn’t doing that on my own. I needed something stronger than just me. I had heard of MFF and Snatched but didn’t really know much. I was terrified walking in the door. I was wary of group classes, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ridiculousness promised, perhaps I wasn’t fun enough, I mean how could I be?

It turned out the scariest part of class was the name game, answering simple questions like what’s your favorite restaurant had me in a panic. I had to consider things about myself, it had been too long since I had. I never had an answer, but each day I walked away with something to consider that could bring me a little closer to the unanswered “Who am I now?”

I signed up for Snatched looking for balance in my life, my own health and time for myself without guilt. I needed to stop the cycle I was in and I wanted to wear shorts again. Summer is hot. Shorts are awesome. Snatched wins! I lost 17 pounds, several inches and found that I could emotionally eat greek yogurt instead of pizza! I still have a journey ahead of me but it no longer seems impossible.

I’m starting from a new place, and my life is in motion again. I wasn’t sure if that was possible. I am stronger, healthier and lighter physically and emotionally. Snatched is exactly where I needed to start. It cracked the door to self-care, to rediscovering my life and letting go. The motivation, the support, the encouragement are all there and beyond what I had expected. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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