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What Does Fitness Mean To You?

What Does Fitness Mean To You?

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. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    I LOVE that you’re writing a book. I think you have a fabulous story to tell! That’s so exciting!

    I actually LOVED fitness as a kid and was involved in lots of different team sports. I also LOVED food a little too much which is why I was chubby my whole life. Funny, the love of food still seems to be my problem now 😛 Working out? Love it, do it without a problem. But restricting my eating? SO hard. Luckily I’ve also grown to LOVE a lot of healthy, wholesome foods too 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Agreed. Now that I am in maintenance mode, it’s a lot harder to restrict my calories like I did when I was trying to lose the weight. Somehow it was really easy for me back then!

  2. cindylu

    1. I thought “fit” meant skinny. In middle and high school, I thought it meant skinny and being able to pass all the fitness tests in PE. I played baseball on an all boys team. I wasn’t very good. I didn’t think of the time I spent riding my bike in the neighborhood, playing with my siblings, dance (Mexican folkórico) or marching band activities as being active. Now, I feel weird saying I’m “fit.” I definitely think I’m fit for running and cardio, I have endurance, I’m flexible, but I could improve on my strength… a lot. I don’t apply numbers like BMI or body fat percentage to my personal definition of being fit.

    2. I was influenced by family. I admired athletes like Michelle Kwan and any of the 1996 women’s Olympics team. Now I’m influenced by my siblings and friends. I admire people like Leonel Manzano. He came from humble beginnings and is a top middle distance runner. I wish Desi Davila got more press, I’d like to know more about her background, training, etc.

    3. I’m not interested in any old trends. I’d love to try P90X, Body Pump, incorporate cycling and yoga for cross training.

    4. Blogging? Um… not quit. I assume it’ll change a lot as my life changes. I’d love to be able to propose a book and expand my audience, but first I have another book (dissertation) to write. Fitness: I’d like to have a few marathons under my belt, PRs and Michelle Obama-like arms. I’d also have liked to maintain my weight loss and get in to the low 130s/high 120s.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Funny you mention it–I thought “skinny” meant “fit” too. My opinion has changed a great deal as I’ve gotten more fit!

      And I want Michelle Obama arms too. She looks great!

  3. Carbzilla

    I really love Body Pump, but the only time I didn’t like it was when they made us pair up with someone. I lost all my college weight with group classes (4:30 every day with Adrienne. She was a buff goddess) and then later (again) with a trainer. I definitely need external help.

    Just this morning I thought about revisioning my blog with a slighty new name. It seems to be going around the ‘sphere, and it seems like many bloggers find their groove on their second or third incarnation. I think mine needs a new perspective which seems to be my mantra right now.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oooh! We can chat more about that tomorrow at dinner. 🙂

      I totally understand how some people work much better with outside support/motivation. That’s probably why WW works so well for you. I am less like that and find that I lose interest/motivation when I have to go to classes, or meetings, etc… Weird, I know.

      1. Carbzilla

        Yes, WW works awesome except when you lose your mind and eat the house down like I did this week. It was not pretty today but I’ll recover. With pizza!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Been there! One week won’t undo everything though.

  4. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    I didn’t realize you were planning on writing a book. Awesome!!!! Peter always tells me I should write one on my journey with binging to getting more balance but I never think I could do it. I could so see you writing a book though!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Tina! I hope it’s good. Right now I have a friend that’s known me for 15+ years being my reader but what I need is someone that didn’t know me back “then” to read it and give me an honest opinion too. Hopefully I can publish it someday.

      You should totally write a book about your experiences. I think most of us have a pretty good book in us. 🙂

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