“She turned her can’ts into cans, and her dreams into plans” – Kobi Yamada
Hi and welcome! My name is Lisa Warren, and I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by.
LESS LISA. MORE LIFE. is a record of my personal journey fighting against morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, and depression. The aim of my blog is not only to help myself make sense of what I’m experiencing, but to help you too. My story is not too uncommon, yet sometimes it can feel so lonely. Perhaps you’re feeling the same way, are newly diagnosed and don’t know where to start, or just want to learn more about your condition? I want you to know, you’re not alone. We can face this journey together.
To be able to move forward, we need to understand where we’ve come from. This is my story so far…
Type 2 diabetes | In April 2013, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was a shock, but not too unexpected, as I am also morbidly obese. Some would say it was inevitable. I, however, was in complete and utter denial about my weight and genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes. In fact, the only reason I found out in the first place was because I had lost feeling in my hand. My doctor decided to run some blood tests to see what might be going on with my body other than carpal tunnel syndrome. I’m lucky it was picked up when it was, and suddenly other symptoms I had been experiencing, made complete sense. I am currently on diabetes medication, and am hoping to avoid progressing to insulin shots by taking control of my health.
Morbid obesity | Like most women, I have tried more “diets” than I can remember. I would stay motivated for a short period of time, lose weight, fall back into bad habits, regain the weight…and then some. At my heaviest (March 2013), I weighed 146.5kg (323lb). I made a decision then and there to never diet again. Life is now about forming healthy habits, and making positive lifestyle changes. In the past year, my weight has reduced to 132.5kg (292lb). I have maintained this weight for the last six months…the longest my weight has been stable in many, many years. For this, I am very proud. I still have a long way to go, but it’s not about the number…it’s about being healthy.
Depression | I find it so hard to talk about the period prior to being diagnosed with depression. It was such a dark time. I cried constantly, regardless of whether I was feeling okay or not. I would hide in my wardrobe away from my family and just sob. My children, who were only 1 and 3, at the time would cuddle me and ask “what’s wrong mummy?”. I didn’t know! It was everything and nothing all at once. I’d also find myself getting really angry…almost instantly I’d snap. I hated myself for it, but had no control at all. My doctor prescribed antidepressants, and within a couple of days I started to feel more balanced, but numb. I went from crying all the time, to not being able to cry at all. A change in medication helped, and now I feel not so foul. I have been taking antidepressants for the past 7 years, and to be honest, I don’t see that changing any time soon and I’m fine that. It’s all part of the journey.
Despite all of this, I am lucky. What? Yes. I have an excellent team of professionals, and my family, supporting me. I am blessed to live in a country where I have access to reasonably priced health care. More importantly, there is something I can do to turn my life around.
If you feel like sharing your story or any tips, please feel free to email me. I’d love to hear from you.
You’ll also find me blogging at…
Life as we know it (family and lifestyle)
Blossom and Bright (diy and design)