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

Oct 122015

Even though we were sort of trying to get pregnant earlier this year, I was still trying to lose a few pounds. I really really wanted to get rid of that honeymoon weight before I got pregnant. I managed to lose 3 of the 10 pounds and then gained it back on vacation. As soon as I got back from vacation I was back at the diet and was confused as to why I wasn’t losing when I did the month before!

Well, surprise surprise! I know now. :)

So I’m starting this pregnancy 10 pounds heavier than I wanted to be, but what am I going to do about it? My starting weight at 4 weeks pregnant was 157. 7 pounds over my goal weight. Sure it’s disappointing but honestly? Once I found out I was pregnant I didn’t really care anymore. Somehow the number on the scale didn’t matter to me anymore. Which was HUGE because it’s always mattered to me.

Instead, I started to think of my body as a vessel that I wanted to keep as healthy as possible. It was mind-blowing just how quickly the shift in my brain happened. Even though the pregnancy didn’t quite feel “real”, my brain was suddenly on alert–what food was healthiest? What would be the best thing to eat for the baby’s growth? My body and my weight was suddenly a secondary concern. It was kind of a relief.

I’m sure this will be short-lived. :) I imagine as the weight ticks up and my body REALLY starts to change I will struggle with the weight gain. Right now I am basking in the glow of happiness and trying not to focus on the scale.

I’m not too concerned about stretch marks. I know this is a big concern for a lot of women (and a common topic for currently pregnant bloggers) but I don’t care. I already have stretch marks. What’s a few more? You can’t lose 100+ pounds and not have stretch marks.

Something I am curious about is whether or not I will show or how soon I will show. Having lost 100 pounds the skin on my stomach is very loose and has been since I lost it. No matter how much I worked out and how much I focused on ab work or tried to clean up my diet, I never got rid of that pooch. In reality it was probably going to be something a surgeon would have to deal with. So now that I’m pregnant I’m kind of curious if that excess skin will keep me from showing too much? Time will tell.

Since this blog has mostly been about weight loss, keeping the weight off and fitness, it seems like I should address this stuff a little bit. Obviously there isn’t going to be a lot of weight loss going on here for the next 5 months…..

First Trimester

Like I said, I started out at 157. I didn’t weigh myself at all at home during the first trimester. I was weighed twice at the OB during the first trimester and didn’t look at the results until I made it to the second trimester. I guess I just didn’t want to know. Then I did.

I only gained 2 pounds during the first few months. They say you should gain 1-5 pounds in the first trimester, the about 1 pound a week for the rest of the pregnancy. So I was right on track.

I was honestly kind of surprised that I only gained 2 pounds this summer for a few reasons. Exhibit A:


MMMMM French Toast.

First, it does not take much for my body to gain! I was worried about this fact before I got pregnant. Second, my first trimester was all about CARBS. All I ate was pasta, bread, crackers. Basically crap.


I didn’t eat much meat. I didn’t eat a lot of vegetables. For a while there if I tried to eat a salad I’d gag while I forced myself to eat it. I was still eating fruit and dairy but really my diet was crap. I thought for sure I’d gained at least 5 pounds, maybe 8! So it was a nice surprise that I didn’t. :)

Michael surprised me one day with a Burgerville Blackberry shake (oh my god it’s amazing) and it was magnificent! (Sadly, this small shake is 500 calories though!)


Towards the end of the first trimester I was starting to get my appetite back and eating a little more normally. I also started craving cheeseburgers and fries.


Despite my occasional splurges, I was doing okay with my calories and staying within my range each day.

I think I will need to increase my calorie intake soon. I need to double check that. Now that I don’t feel sick and food sounds good to me again, it’s a lot easier to try and eat a normal healthy diet! I’m really glad my diet is almost back to normal. And I want vegetables again!


Despite feeling sick with morning sickness all summer, I worked out like normal throughout the first part of my pregnancy so I’m sure that helped keep the weight gain at bay. I plan on keeping my current workout routine/schedule for as long as I can. Obviously the time will come that I need to modify things and I may need to eliminate some activities but so far there is no need to quit doing the gym.


I run occasionally. After my 5k I took a little break from running. Mostly due to scheduling stuff and being on vacation. But I’m back at it. I’m slow, STILL, and that’s ok. As the weather changes it will be treadmill running anyways.

Swimming. Still swimming. The bigger I get, the more my body starts to ache, etc, I foresee swimming increasing and being my go-to exercise for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Weight lifting. Still weight lifting but easing back a little bit and not doing it as hard-core. This is more due to the back stuff I had in August then the pregnancy.

Yoga. Going once a week and I’m glad I’m doing it. This might be another activity that increases as the months go on.

Hiking. Michael and I hope to do a lot of hiking this fall/winter like we did last year. This of course depends on the weather.

So that’s my plan so far. I’m going to keep doing what has worked for me, listen to my body and modify what needs to change as time goes on.

Oct 072015

Last post of our anniversary trip! On the last full day in the area the plan had been to go for a hike and then go for another half day of exploring Crater Lake. We’d planned on packing a lunch and checking out the East Rim (since it was closed the day we went). Unfortunately that plan didn’t quite work.

Where we were staying had no cell service and no internet. Michael had to take care of a few things that couldn’t wait a day so we ended up driving a little bit to somewhere that had service. We went to the Rogue River Lodge that was right on the river.


The restaurant had huge windows overlooking the grounds and river. We got a nice table right at the window. One night when we’d been driving back to the cabins I saw that they had outdoor seating right next to the river with twinkling lights! How romantic.


Food was good. I ordered the French toast because it sounded too decadent NOT to get. The whole menu looked good, honestly. The French toast was stuffed with cream cheese (holy cow) and topped with Oregon berries! SO GOOD!

Michael got the buckwheat pancakes and bacon. Breakfast was great. Then we drove back to the cabins to get ready for a hike. We drove about 45 minutes to the Diamond Lake area to go for a hike. I’d written down a few hikes to check out but once we got there, we couldn’t find them. And since there was no cell service I couldn’t look them up. :(

We stopped at the Diamond Lake Lodge and I got some maps and pamphlets that had hikes, nordic trails and mountain biking trails on it and then we just kind of drove around until we could find something that looked like a hike. (The maps and list didn’t have directions, of course.)


We ended up doing the North Crater Trail. The trailhead was at a rest area right next to the corrals. You could do horse tours (which sounded fun to me!). Bella met the horse. :)



Both were very curious of each other. Bella was slightly freaked out. The horse wasn’t bothered at all. LOL We set out on the hike and it went through interesting terrain. The trees were thinned out, we were hiking by areas that had been hit by fires–probably a few years ago. It was wide open and the sun was really hot and bright.



Then the trail went into the trees and the forest and the temperature dropped a little bit. The trail was slightly downhill but you didn’t notice it too much (until the hike back!!!). We did I think 2 miles and then all of a sudden the trail ended:


Okay, I guess we were turning around! The hike back was uphill. There were a few parts that were a little strenuous but I did okay. We did around 4 miles.


After the hike we drove down to Diamond Lake to have a snack (hummus and veggies). We sat on a bench next to the lake and just basked in the sunshine. It was heavenly. The water was relaxing. There were tons of ducks and some people out on the lake doing SUP and paddle boats. It made me sleepy sitting next to the water, it was so relaxing.



We realized it was too late in the day to try and go to Crater Lake. :( It was going to be over an hour and a half drive to get up to the Rim. So we decided not to go. I was bummed but it was okay. Instead we drove around Diamond Lake and took in the gorgeous views:





After that we drove back to the cabins and fixed dinner for our anniversary. We had bison burgers and salad and sat outside in the nice evening.

The next morning we packed up the car and headed home. Since there was no cell service our GPS didn’t work and we ended up taking a wrong turn and going a different way home than the way we came. We drove through Roseburg, got to I-5 and then stopped in Eugene again for lunch. We went to La Perla this time.



We shared a Caesar salad (it was really good) and then we each got mini pizzas for lunch. Michael got the meat pizza and I got the margerita pizza. The pizza was wood burning stove cooked and the smokey flavor was nice. The ingredients were fresh and tasty. The pizza was decent, not the best, but ok.


After lunch we were back on the road. I think Bella was over the road trip. :)