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Risk vs. Reward

Risk vs. Reward

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 Glamour.com.

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  1. RickGetsFit

    You’re so right about failing, if you don’t at least try. I like that mantra! Cheers, Rick

  2. Becky

    LOVED this post! My next risk is signing up for so many dang half marathons when I haven’t even ran one!

  3. DefineDiana

    That failure one is so hard. But I DID take a risk this morning by doing a workout video. I hate doing new types of workouts because I know I will look ridiculous (even if I’m in my own home!) and what if I can’t even keep up. I’m always afraid of failing all it. However, this morning, I got up and did a new workout video. I finally realized, what is the worse that will happen? I’ll get my heart rate up. Isn’t that the point?

    Sometimes its just a battle with nobody but ourselves.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I like that…”it’s a battle with nobody but ourselves…” So true!

  4. Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes

    I love how you described your relationship with Michael and how it’s evolved when it comes to fitness. I think my husband has definitely learned that working out is something we can enjoy together, and in general, adds so much to our quality of life. We’re not sacrificing “us” — it’s an investment in our relationship, in a way, because it makes us both happier, healthier, and more confident in who we are. That makes a better marriage.

  5. Elizabeth@Fat Girls Fight Back

    Love this!

    I’m trying to face my fear about going to a pool for exercise. One of the gyms very close to home has the pool with “classes” in the pool. I know I’d love it! But, the hitch is the pool is in the front of the gym surrounded by windows to the outside. Every person that drives through the busy shopping center can see in the windows. . .my comfort level at 328lbs in a bathing suit just isn’t there yet. Eventually yes, but not yet.

    I’ll keep this blog in my mind. Hopefully I can overcome this fear sooner rather than later.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Keep me posted Elizabeth.

      I cannot imagine swimming in front of a big window for everyone to see. What a silly design!

  6. Shrinking Mommy of 2

    Great post. You know I have lost 85 lbs and to this day my inlaws have not said a word. I fortunately have not lost friends over my weight loss but probably have gained a few. Many ask how I did it and ask me for advice (and trust me I am not expert!)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Isn’t that unfortunate? I have a friend who was my best friend for most of my life until a few years ago…she NEVER once said something about my weight loss. She never said “Good job” or “You look Great!” Nothing.

  7. Jane~ Keepingthepoundsoff.com

    Oh yeah, I can relate. I have fewer friends from my fat days but stronger relationships forged during the journey. I have a sibling who is both proud of me and hates me for being (in her words) “The skinny bitch.” She makes snide comments and tried (without success) to rally my overweight adult daughters to ‘pick on mommy’. I have to let that go even though it hurts because I know she is hurting at her own life and I cannot change that.

    My spouse has joined the journey and enjoys the benefits. πŸ˜‰


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh, that makes me sad about your sister. And that’s not cool “pick on mommy.” πŸ™ I hope she can turn around her feelings and be happy for you someday.

  8. Emma (ecoprincess)

    Losing weight definitely as straight forward as you think, but I think the rewards far, far, FAR outweigh the risks. Alright, you may lose a couple of friends, or face some snidy comments. But when you ARE your goal weight and fit and healthy nothing can take that away. Personally, I’d rather have snide comments about my losing weight than snide comments about being overweight.

  9. blackhuff

    What a great post! The risks are so true, I have not even lost all the weight and I can already see who my real friends are.
    Rewards for me will be a healthier life, more confidence, fitting into society a lot easier. There is so many rewards that come with weight loss – too much to name πŸ™‚

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