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The End of a Scale-Free Summer

The End of a Scale-Free Summer

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. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Just goes to show how well balance works! Awesome news and so proud of you for sticking with it. It is such a refreshing feeling, huh?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It felt SOOO good to see that number! I was happy that the experiment worked!

  2. Leah @ L4L

    I’m not surprised! 🙂 Our bodies naturally drift to homeostasis so unless there have been significant changes (in diet, stress, sleep, physical activity), it is normal to not have major weight changes, and usually not even minor (besides daily bloat).

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Homeostatis is such a good word. I think you are right. I think *this* is simply what I am supposed to weigh.

  3. Jennifer

    I’m actually not surprised at all! It seems you’ve really learned to eat healthfully, most of the time, and allow yourself a treat without going overboard. You’re also very dedicated to fitness, which balances things out and simply provides for a healthier body overall. I imagine you could feel it when you gained a pound or two and adjusted accordingly, even if you didn’t do it consciously. You’re so amazing! One day, when I’m in maintenance, I would love to do this experiment because the scale really can affect my mood and affect how I feel about myself. I could be feeling great after a week of killer workouts, but if the scale hasn’t moved down enough, I’ll wind up really upset. Great job sticking to this challenge!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Jennifer, thanks for your confidence in my ability to maintain. I definitely had my doubts when I started this. But yes, having a regular, consistent workout routine is probably what made this work.

      You can do it too someday! At some point maintenance just becomes “the norm.”

  4. Becky

    WOW! Well done! I think you’ve got the maintaining thing DOWN. That’s so awesome! I’m not surprised to see the results–you’ve remained aware of your food and you’ve continued to be active. You’re an inspiration!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hate to say it, but Michael was right. He kept telling me to dump the scale and stop getting obsessed with that number. He said I wouldn’t gain weight and I kept saying “right right right this experiment will be a disaster” but now he can say “I told you so.” 🙂 I do have the maintaining thing down!

  5. Sara

    WOW! This is amazing, Lisa! I am so impressed, astonished, proud, amazed at this 🙂 Like you said – this really just proves what you’re doing WORKS! I didn’t doubt you or your scale free summer but I honestly didn’t expect to see you at the exact same weight after 3 months. I didn’t expect you to gain by any means – I guess I just thought there would be a difference. I really liked reading about your challenge! I think it will give me a little more confidence in my healthy efforts, too. Such a cool experiment!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I get what you are trying to say. I felt the same way–like I’d either GAIN a few pounds or, miraculously lose a few simply because I wasn’t obsessing about the scale anymore. Kind of like how watching a pot of water til it boils? But I am happy with the results and I hope it inspired my readers to keep doing what they are doing!

  6. Jill

    Were you nervous when you first stepped on? I am in the middle of not weighing and it continues to be a great feeling. I hope I have the same outcome when I decide it is time to step back on the scale. You are probably right about fluctuating up and down over the summer- but you never knew it and it didn’t effect your moods or you attitude. That must feel so good! Balance is key and you proved it to us all!!! AWESOME!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES I was nervous. I almost didn’t do it, but I’m glad I did.

  7. ragemichelle

    I broke up with my scale a while back and it’s been awesome.

    I no longer feel compelled to weigh myself multiple times a day and I feel so much better now!

  8. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Wow congrats Lisa!! How awesome that you maintained without using a scale at all!

  9. Lisa

    how very liberating and wonderful! congrats girl xx

  10. steena

    I’m not one bit surprised. You’re too aware of your calories in and out. Plus, if you gained 10 lbs, you’d KNOW it by the feel of your pants. You’d see it in your swimsuit. 10 lbs isn’t invisible!
    Anyhow, congratulations! I love that you did this. I hope it inspires a lot of people out there who do struggle with the scale.
    I personally don’t own one, and I can tell each and every reader, I’m saner for that.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, that’s part of the success of me keeping the weight off–calorie counting being second nature. It’s just something I do. Even if I’m not writing it down, I know it in my head. I’m glad that you gave up your scale and are “saner for it”!!! 🙂

  11. Lori

    I’m not that surprised. You have been doing this long enough that you have a feel for the boundaries you can eat it in. It’s a good place to be 😀

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It is a good place to be in and it was the confidence booster I really needed.

  12. kalin

    The scale provides me with a little bit of a step stool to better see the mirror, so i am on it a lot (not kidding! our downstairs bathroom is kinda awkwardly laid out and the extra height helps when i’m doing makeup) but i don’t pay a ton of attention to the number.

    I had a point where I cared *too* much about the scale, so I made it awkward to get at. I’m fine with it now, so I’m not worried-the number on it doesn’t make or break my day
    (Well, ok, when I’d been ignoring it for a few weeks and discovered I’d lost weight when I got on it, it did make my day a little 🙂 )

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You crack me up Kalin. I hope we can meet soon. 🙂

      I think everyone goes through a point when they obsess too much on the scale. It’s natural, but sometimes it’s harder to get passed that…Glad I did it.

  13. Mayumi (@Fitnotfried2)

    What a great job, congratulations! I’m not surprised though, as I believe that you have learned to listen to your body and have a great sense of body awareness.

    I weigh myself like 2-3 times a week. It’s hard not to react to what I see every time. But, I’m not too obsessed with it either, like I used to be. A few pounds of weight fluctuation often happens to our bodies. I try to focus on what I eat, how much I exercise, and how I feel, rather than the number on the scale.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, Mayumi! It’s more about what we eat, how we feel than what that number says. My genetics play a big part in this. I will never be a “stick thin” girl and I am okay with that.

  14. Nathan

    I’m impressed! That is freakin’ awesome!
    I weigh in once a week but due to traveling, I have been off the scale grid for a few weeks at a time. I think for me it all depends on the mindset I go in to the trip with. On some trips my attitude has been “well I’ll remain conscious of what I am eating and remember my ultimate goal” to which I’ll lose on vacation. With other trips though, I’ve thought “well, I’m on vacation, I need some RnR from being so good” to which I’ll gain a lot (but most of that is usually retained water so I can lose it pretty quick.) So my struggle with food is still alive and well so if I want to lose I need the scale to hold me accountable. I can’t wait to get to the point where the scale isn’t my slave driver lol, until then, I shall do it’s bidding.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I wouldn’t say that my struggle with food has been beaten but I think I do have it under control. There will always be that little voice in my head saying “You know you want to eat that whole tray of brownies….” Thankfully the voice that’s LOUDER in my head is saying “You know that tray of brownies would be 4,000 calories!”

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