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Dodging Landmines Left and Right

Dodging Landmines Left and Right

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. Michelle

    Isn’t it amazing how many landmines we can find in a day when our normal habits have become so much healthier? I think every single meal could be a landmine for me on some days. Anything out of my norm of eating at/from home usually spells trouble..especially parties!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      There are so many landmines and I had been giving in to a lot of them lately. I have clarity now!

  2. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Once I started working at a bigger office (and its still relatively small – 30 people) I couldn’t believe how many treats constantly made their way through the office. Every time you turn the corner there’s something else out for temptation!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      My office has a whole ROOM dedicated to candy and munchies. It’s amazing I don’t weigh 300 pounds working here. I’m not joking. The fact that I could survive yesterday without eating much candy is a miracle. Every single day is a struggle.

  3. Carbzilla

    I’m drooling over that pizza picture!

    My landmines are of my own making since I’m at home these days. I made oatmeal muffins, but made them with sugar instead of Splenda, and after a couple of mornings where I just crashed within two hours of eating one I was reminded that I just can’t have sugar like that. I might be able to have a muffin in the afternoon, once I’ve had two meals worth of food, but I’m just too sensitive to sugar to mess around. The next batch (if there is one) will maybe be a Splenda/Stevia mix or maybe muffins just need to go by the wayside for a while.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      How do you know how much Splenda or Stevia to use instead of sugar? Is a straight conversion? 1 cup of sugar = 1 cup of splenda?

      Spending a lot of time at home is hard. The temptation to munch and graze are just THERE at all times!

  4. Jill E.

    wow i was temped just listening to your day. at the beginning of the year i transitioned from working in an office, with tons of treats and vending machines to working at home. while i thought this was going to be so hard it has been not to bad. with the whole kitchen i eat more complete lunches and can cook fuller dinners. it is hard and i try to not eat any desert like foods until after dinner.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s hard! I wasn’t even describing the Candy Room at my office too. That’s a daily temptation. UGH.

      That’s really great that you were able to make working from home healthy. If I worked at home I’d probably be more diligent about not having snacks in the house and I’d be cooking healthier lunches too.

  5. Katie @ Up Fit Creek

    Great job resisiting all those temptations! You didn’t deprive yourself, but you passed on the things you knew you’d regret later.

    I’ve been working really, really hard at this lately. When I lost weight the first time around, I was super strict and very rarely caved to temptation. Post-baby, I’ve found myself giving in more often. It’s usually when I’m tired so now that I know that I’m more aware. It’s amazing how good I feel about myself when I can pass over something.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You are right about the “second time around.” It is a lot harder to be disciplined for some reason. Not sure why…

  6. Mylene

    Wow, you’re good! I wish I could be as strong as you are…but it seems that I’m not there yet. Since I’m working in a daycare, my temptations are the snacks we serve, but also dinner and of course desert…I’m always bringing my own lunch, but I nibble a lot when I serve the kids.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You’ll get there. I bet it’s hard not to nibble with the kids! Kids foods and snacks are so yummy. 🙂

  7. runningfromthecouch

    You have great strength. It is hard to dodge the “landmines” but I am learning through all my struggles that perfection is not the goal. There will be good choices and bad choices, but thinking about the endgame and the goal in mind helps me make more good choices than bad. You build the big milestones and victories out of the small steps you take.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Perfection is not the goal, you are so right. I want to be as good as I can be in any given moment. I suppose choices aren’t necessarily good or bad, they are what they are and I can’t beat myself up too much about it.

  8. Ashley

    Great post. I’m usually pretty good at dodging landmines. Friday was a tough one: Work lunch, I get to the restaurant and the salad menu sucks, so I’m like … hmmm. There was a new raspberry chipotle BBQ pork sandwich on the menu (this is the South), so I got that, with a side of fruit. The fruit was terrible, so I didn’t even eat it; I had the sandwich and a few bites of coleslaw.

    But I felt really guilty because I ate the entire bun. Usually I only eat 1/2 of the bun at a restaurant. And then we went out for dinner and I had one of those “eff it!” moments where you go for exactly what you want (you should blog about that!) and got a bleu cheese burger on a white bun …. and I did it again.

    We’re going out to dinner tonight, too. They’ll have to roll me to work on Monday.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I do have those “eff it” moments. Usually it revolves around restaurant eating as well. I usually go into the situation with a strong resolve but then seeing so many yummy things on the menu, I lose the resolve to be “good.” Add a good beer or wine to that equation and I have less resolve. 🙁

  9. Coco

    My office is full of landmines too. I try to hide in my own office and avoid temptation. We aren’t “allowed” to microwave fish or popcorn though — too “aromatic.”

    I try to remind myself that leftover store-bought baked goods are just not worth it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Unfortunately I can’t just hide in my office. I have to use this certain printer that is IN the Candy Room. And I use it probably 15 times a day. The temptation is hourly.

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