Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

Apr 262016


Back on the horse again!


I went back to yoga last week. It was the first time in a few months. If I remember correctly I stopped going around 29 weeks pregnant I think. I just couldn’t do it anymore, which disappointed me because I thought swimming and yoga would be the majority of my fitness throughout the third trimester. Unfortunately, I was to the point where I had to modify almost every pose, my balance wasn’t great, I felt like I couldn’t do most of the things in class and it was getting silly going and just laying in child’s pose. So, I stopped.

Going back to yoga after a few months off was HARD. I struggled with all of it. My balance wasn’t great. I felt out of breathe and weak. Downward dog was a pose I could barely hold for very long and I couldn’t do any of the poses where you lay on your chest (because of breastfeeding). Despite that, I was glad I went back and I intend on going at least once a week (twice a week would be ideal) to try and get my strength and balance back!

On days that I can’t go to the gym I walk (weather permitting). Recently a friend came over with her daughter (and a bottle of wine) and we walked to a nearby park since it was such a nice day. Her daughter played, Bella supervised everything, then we walked back to the house and lounged on the deck with our glasses of wine. It was a nice break to the monotony of my day (pumping, feeding, changing diapers, rinse repeat<–not complaining, just saying most days are the same right now!).


When it’s just me at home, I often take Bella and Logan for a long walk in the neighborhood (sometimes twice a day) just to get out of the house and move around. I remember now how much I like walking! It’s peaceful and a nice way to get in some exercise.

I’m able to go a little longer and harder on the elliptical in just one week already. I feel great when I get to go and I feel accomplished and happy when I’m done. The one downside? Upper back pain. I don’t know if it’s a combination of taking time off and needing a new sports bra or if feeding Logan is putting a strain on my upper back but it aches!


That session was 4 miles on the elliptical in about 50 minutes.

The next day I was going to try and do the stairmaster but decided to do the elliptical again instead. I was feeling a bit sore after a massage and wanted to take it easy. I did 4.20 miles on the elliptical this time and it felt really good (and a bit easy).


Sunday I went back to yoga. I felt a little “meh” and didn’t want to go but I’m glad I did. I was a little early to class so I did the stairmaster for a few minutes before then went to class.


This time yoga was much better than the first time back. I was able to do downward dog with more ease and while my balance was still not great, it felt good to stretch and move. Little by little things are getting easier.

How we are making it work right now: my gym days are now Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Michael works from home on Fridays now so that makes it easier for me to go to the gym (and hopefully soon I will be back to swimming). One day during the work week I try and go to yoga after Michael gets home from work. I expect this to change some once I go back to work. I’m hoping I can bike to work once a week so that I get my workout in and out of the way.


Like I said in my last post I am back to counting calories. Most days I do “ok”. I put that in quotes because I wouldn’t say I am quite to where I’d like to be with counting my calories but I am trying to do my best and BE ACCOUNTABLE. Tracking everything is the first step. Do I go over my calories? Yes, sometimes. I’d say about 2 days a week I go over my calories for the day but the other days I do alright staying within my range. It just depends on my hunger level each day (which apparently changes often!).

According to what I’ve read, breastfeeding burns somewhere between 300-500 calories a day. It depends on how much you are making, but it sounds like the average is you burn 20 calories an ounce. I’m currently pumping while Logan and I learn how to breastfeed after getting his tongue tie fixed so I know exactly how many ounces I make a day. My average is 20-30 ounces a day. That means I would be right up there with burning around 500 calories a day.

Challenge #2: Raging Appetite

If you are pumping 25 ounces a milk a day, you are burning the same amount of extra calories as if you were running 5 miles every single day. You are going to be hungry! (source

Yes, yes and yes! So much hungrier than I ever was when I was pregnant. There are days where I feel like I could eat everything in my fridge and still be hungry. It’s cra–aaazy.

Breakfast is pretty easy to make healthy. Either it’s a scramble (eggs, sausage and sweet potatoes) or oatmeal:


Lunch is usually pretty healthy, too. Where I fall short is afternoon snacking, eating a little too much for dinner (things like pizza) or indulging on sweets late in the evening.

This weekend I met up with a friend for lunch and made a healthy choice. We went to Laughing Planet because I like that they have healthy options for not a ton of calories. I got the Vindaloo Bowl, which was chard, lentils, rice, pulled pork and an Indian sauce with sauteed veggies and pickled onions. It was really tasty!


Dinner the other night was healthy, so go me! Salad with avocado, black olives, jalapenos, cojita cheese and chicken fajita on top. It was delicious and even indulging in tortilla chips it was under 700 calories.


Accountable to Myself

I’m down to drinking a Diet Dr. Pepper a few times a week instead of every day, so that’s progress.

I’m counting my calories every day, even on days when I go over.

I’m choosing fruits for snacks again, but still occasionally eating “quickie” snacks like protein bars, which isn’t great.


My Goals Going Forward

  1. Continue counting my calories every single day. (It was a little too easy to stop doing it!)
  2. Move my body every day, even if it’s a gentle movement and just walking.
  3. Give it time. I am okay with keeping my gym days to 3 days a week for a bit. There’s no rush to get back to my 5 day schedule like I had before. My body needs the time it needs to heal and rest and I’ll get back to where I was at some point.
  4. I plan on going back to the Warrior Room soon. I’m thinking somewhere around June-ish. I’d like to get back into a weight lifting routine at the gym and build that back up before going back to the Warrior Room and destroying my body!

So that’s the update from my world lately. How is losing weight going for you?



Apr 252016


It’s been One Month!

It’s hard to believe that my little guy is already a month old. He’s grown so much in four weeks. He’s gaining weight at the right rate (after fixing his tongue issue) and his little personality is starting to come through.

At around 3 weeks he started smiling! And not just the baby-has-gas kind of smiles. These were real smiles whenever I’d interact with him and make faces and funny noises. It was so cool to see him start smiling! At first it was a little timid and then he got used to smiling and gives us big goofy smiles. My heart melts when he smiles!



I can’t wait to see what he learns to do next. I love seeing little babies grow and learn new things. He’s already outgrown his newborn sized clothes and is in some 3 month sized outfits. He’s not too chubby yet but he’s long so some of the 3 month sized clothes fit in length but are a little baggy still.


In some ways it feels like Logan was always here with us. I can’t really picture my life without him. Our life has changed in so many ways in such a short period of time but it feels right.

We are slowly figuring out how to make things work for us.

I admit, I wasn’t sleeping well those first few weeks. It was getting pretty bad. Logan sleeps in a bassinet next to my side of the bed and I wasn’t sleeping very well. I was so sleep deprived–and not just from waking up to feed him. I think it was like “mom radar” or something because every single peep, squeak, sigh, snort he would make in his sleep would wake me up instantly. On the flip side, when he STOPPED making those noises I’d wake up instantly, too. So a few times a week Michael sleeps on the couch with Logan in the bassinet next to him so I can get some sleep. That first night he did that I was really upset and opposed to it but I slept so good and woke up feeling much better, so now we do it once or twice a week so I can get caught up a bit on my sleep.

The other thing that works is Michael giving me a head start on sleep. If I go to bed first and get a chance to fall asleep, I can usually sleep alright once the two of them come to bed. Generally speaking Logan sleeps pretty well at night. It’s those little noises he makes that wake me up! He usually doesn’t start getting fussy until the 4-5am feeding shift.

Breastfeeding is going much, much better. I feel better about it and more than half the time we try to do it, Logan does really well. He still has moments where he’s just too fussy and frustrated to successfully do it. I don’t mind too much giving him a bottle of my breast milk now and it’s actually kind of nice and convenient because Michael helps with feeding (especially at night time and first thing in the morning) with is a huge relief for me.


Tummy time is iffy. Sometimes he likes it, sometimes he hates it. But something he does like is his mobile and this really cool toy we have in his crib for playtime:


He doesn’t sleep in his crib but we use the crib for playtime (usually while I’m pumping or cleaning the house or something). He watches the mobile and plays with the above toy (a coworker gave it to me and he LOVES it!).

A friend gave us their Ergo and I often wear him when he’s having a fussy day. He loves the Ergo and falls asleep in it.

He also does this frog pose (see below) with his legs. It’s pretty funny.


I’m so in love with this little guy! I have another month of maternity leave then I go back part time for a bit. I try not to think about it too much because if I think about not being with my little guy all day it makes me sad.