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Confession is Good for the Soul

Confession is Good for the Soul

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

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  1. Becky

    You did better than I last night at choosing right! I was too hungry for my own good. I hear good things about crossfit–I can’t believe how many pullups you did. Phenomenal!

    And I bet there is a difference in your abs; you just can’t see it because we are our own worst critics. πŸ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good point–I am my own worst critic. You might be right, but I’m still too scared to show the photos!

  2. kalin

    Confession: I have a jacked up toenail. And it’s gross, but it totally makes me feel like a *real* runner

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Will there be photographic evidence on your blog? πŸ˜‰

      That’s one thing I never got when I was running a lot: funky toenails! Boo.

  3. Carbzilla

    I’ve been eating more white flour than is good for me under the guise of using stuff up. We had an extra pie crust in the freezer since Thanksgiving, and I had extra rhubarb from last summer so I made a galette. At least it was low sugar. I’ve been having a small piece every day which is not really ok, but it is strangely naughty and soothing. I justify it because it’s “homemade.” (Scale seems to be staying the same, but weight gain isn’t the only proof of mistreating yourself)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I do that–I hate throwing food away or wasting things. For example, we bought some sausages at Costco that we don’t like but I hate throwing away a whole Costco package of something. Ugh!

      I like the concept of “weight gain isn’t the only proof of mistreating yourself”. So true. Sometimes if I get back in the habit of drinking diet soda too much I feel sick. It may have zero calories in it, but the fake sugar and junk make me sick.

  4. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    I’ve been struggling majorly lately with overdoing it in the snack department and its making me mad at myself. I’m trying to take it one day at a time but it’s very frustrating!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You and me both Beth! And I’ve been beating myself up for it too! “I can’t believe I just ate that.” etc etc. I need someone to follow me around all day and slap my hand whenever I try to snack mindlessly. Any takers?

  5. Michelle

    Confession: There are far too many BLTs (bite, licks, tastes) that go unrecorded in my food log (I’m on MFP, too!) because I don’t want my trainer to see it. News flash…those calories DO add up, she isn’t the one that I’m lying too…I’m lying to myself by not being accountable and sabotaging my weight loss efforts.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yep, I am only lying to myself by not tracking everything!

  6. Lori

    Confession – I have found myself comparing at the gym with someone and it is really bothering me. I talked it out with John and feel better, but I really don’t like it when I do that.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did that A LOT when I was injured. I was stuck on the treadmill at a slow jog and it made me MENTAL when I saw how fast everyone else was running. It’s hard NOT to compare ourselves. Sometimes it’s a good thing–pushes us to challenge ourselves, get out of our exercise rut, etc. But when we get too obsessed with comparing it’s hard to break the habit (been there).

    2. Lori Lynn

      I find myself doing that a lot too. It is something that I continually struggle with, and am working at not doing!

  7. jane Cartelli

    Confession – I got out of bed this morning, day four of trying to break the daily weigh in habit. Did not get on the scale. Instead I tried on two dresses that have never fit well enough to be worn outside my closet. I used the dresses as a way to judge my weight. Instead of beating myself up for compulsively thinking of trying on a dress before I even brushed my teeth I am confessing it here.

    On the good side the dressed both fit perfectly and I will be wearing one in two weeks to my daughters college graduation – a dress that that SHE wore to her high school graduation 4 years ago.

    Life is good!


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! That’s fantastic that you fit in your daughter’s dress. And you are right: using clothes as a gauge instead of the scale is often much more accurate!

      1. jane Cartelli

        Accurate only as long as the clothes do not have elastic waist bands and spandex in the fabric. I have a pair of work out pants that I could wear today and back when I was 30 lbs heavier. πŸ˜›


        1. Lisa Eirene

          Aw yes, the elastic pants! I had a lot of those!

  8. See C.

    This is a great post! Freeing, I’m sure!

    My long term fitness goal is to be able to do a pull-up and climb a rope. I’ve never been able to do either. You’re inspiring me, to say the least!

    Don’t mean to pry, but with the last bit you talked about with the before-and after photos of your stomach, I wondered if you’re dealing with loose skin like I am? After losing just about half my body weight in the past year and a half through diet and exercise, my largest organ just hasn’t managed to take the hint that it’s time for it to begin to shore up a bit!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      My old trainer’s Crossfit gym has a rope. I haven’t tried it yet and it terrifies me but I hope someday I can do it!

      Yes, I have a little loose skin on my stomach and some cellulite dimpling. It sucks. I’m “skinny” now but still can’t show my stomach. πŸ™

  9. DefineDiana

    I love your confession posts. The only confession I can think of right now is that I’ve been feeling constantly hungry which makes it hard to make good decisions.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think it’s the time of year. The hunger monster seems to be going around lately!!

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