I’ve been getting tons of traffic and new readers as a result of the Four Hour Body experiment I did. I figured it was a good time to re-introduce myself to new readers.
I’m Lisa, 31 years old and I live in Portland, Oregon. I’m originally from Seattle. I spent the first 19 years of my life in Seattle before heading to Oregon. I live with my boyfriend Michael and two cats (one is referred to as Fat Kitty–he has a bit of a chubby belly these days).
I used to weigh over 250 pounds. Most of my 20’s were spent being significantly overweight and eventually obese. A wake up call regarding diabetes and high blood pressure was the shake up I needed to make a change.
I swam laps in the nearby community pool.
I eventually started using the elliptical machine at the gym.
Those things propelled me forward in my journey to lose over 100 pounds. It was a slow process. I wasn’t expecting to lose the weight over night. But seeing immediate progress on the scale motivated me to keep going!
If you found me because you’re striving to lose weight and struggling, DO NOT FEEL DISCOURAGED. Make small changes. Join Weight Watchers. Join a gym. When you see progress, you will be motivated to keep trying! Read some of the tips I’ve shared about what has helped me.
This blog is partly about how I lost 110 pounds. It’s also about how I maintain the loss while living my life and enjoying the food I like. It’s been over 2 years now since I stepped on that scale 100 pounds lighter and my lifestyle has changed completely.
Instead of weekends spent on the couch, I ride my bike. I hike. I run epic races like Hood to Coast.
I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve hit weight loss plateaus. My workout routine is:
- Swimming 2 times a week
- Running a few times a week
- Weight lifting a 2 times a week
- Snowshoeing in the winter
- Cycling and hiking whenever I can!
I was on the cover of a magazine about my weight loss!
I’m currently training for two bike competitions: The Gorge Ride in June (very hilly 40 miles) and the Portland Century in August (100 miles!). In order to train I’ve started commuting to work by bike weather permitting.
The Four Hour Body didn’t work for me for a lot of reasons. Partly because I didn’t need to lose much more weight. Partly because I work out a lot and I think my body holds onto food because of that. The diet is working for my boyfriend Michael and I am happy to support him in his efforts. I’m going back to what worked for me: counting calories, watching portion sizes and enjoying life on a smaller scale. 🙂
QUESTION: If you are a new reader to my blog, please leave a comment introducing yourself and tell me what brought you here!