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19 Grueling Miles

19 Grueling Miles

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. Kristina @ spabettie

    I have never even thought of a low to no carb diet for many reasons, but a big one is being too active to drastically alter my diet.

    I’d be interested in what the book says an alternate fueling source should be?

    1. The Boyfriend

      Technically, we’re not on a “no carb” diet. Our carbs are coming primarily from legumes like beans and lentils instead of fruits and breads.

      1. Lisa Eirene

        I stand corrected. Not low-carb.

        1. Kristina @ spabettie

          gotcha! thanks for clarifying, Michael!

          and now I have a funny vision of a baggie of black beans to take on a run… 😉

          1. Lisa Eirene

            LOL that just sounds gross! No thanks! 🙂

  2. Emily

    I upped my carbs significantly when I started my regular workouts because the crashes were really hard. I still don’t eat sugar, but that’s just a personal choice.
    Anyway, when i did ultra low carb, go-to snacks were almonds and string cheese. Or a protein shake made with almond milk. Nothing super exciting, but they did the trick.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It will definitely be interesting this week to see how I do. We have raw almonds I’ve been munching on.

  3. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    I did Atkin’s in college and lost about 40 lbs. I used to eat a lot of pork rinds (no carbs) (gag) for snacks, or else raw veggies with cream cheese or other dip. You have to be careful about carbs in dips though – always check the labels.

    It sounds like a fun day! makes me want to get back on my bike!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m glad that I can eat some dairy. I’d miss that a lot.

  4. Julie

    I love riding my bike at Hagg Lake. It’s a great place to practice rolling hills. It’s a little over 10 miles around the lake so you can do as many loops as you like to increase your mileage. You are actually riding on the road, though. There is a bike line the whole way, little traffic and it’s pretty bike friendly out there.
    The Tree to Tree adventure park is out there, too. I totally want to do this!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great to know! Hagg Lake was just a bit too far for us to try yesterday but in the future we’ll give it a try (and probably pack a lunch to have out there).

  5. Erin Fitzgerald

    Hey…yeah…fuel is going to be an issue. I think the poster’s comments about veggies was spot on, though. Veggies have carbs that are helpful! (Particularly those that are higher in sugar…carrots, sugar snap peas, tomatoes…can you eat those?) Almonds and string cheese are good too. Skim milk might also be a good option, though I know it has a not insignificant amount of carbs…..

    Hmmm… I think the trick will be eating even more often. And give yourself some time for your stomach to start digesting the higher protein snacks…they won’t be immediately usable for fuel like higher carb items are.

    Not a nutritionist at all…so….take this comment for what you will! 🙂


    1. Lisa Eirene

      I appreciate the thoughts! It sounds like you do know what you’re talking about though. Tomorrow is the true test: I have to figure out what to eat before I workout after work. I think I’ll have peanut butter and celery and see if that gets me through the workout until dinner. If that doesn’t work I need to find something else asap. Not fueling properly has been a lot of my problems in the past.

  6. Erin Fitzgerald

    Peanut butter would be good…can you sneak in some of the higher sugar commercial varieties? Under normal circumstances, I go for the no sugar organic kind…… But, given your needs at this point….good old Jif or Skippy might be better. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      We have organic Justin’s and we have Jif. I’d probably use the Jif since we have a Costco package of it!

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