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L is for Losing Weight

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. deb roby

    I have lost weight once (and need to do it again). It was “significant” – it was the 40# that most people need to shed.

    Throughout the process I would lose 1-1.5# a week for 6 weeks. Then stall for a month. Then continue losing at the same rate.

    I figure it was my body adjusting and I didn’t sweat it (but, boy, my trainer did). Since then I’ve learned a lot about food, exercise, and medications. Won’t make this time easier – you still have to do the work- but I know it’s doable.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      When I first started losing weight it was a big number and then the “normal” number was like you–about 1 pound a week or so. Now? It’s a lucky day if I lose 1 pound a month!

      You are right–there is so much more to the equation. Food choices, medications, stress, it all plays a big part in it. Thanks for sharing Deb!

  2. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies

    I lost 125 pounds in 16 months–I lost steadily (every single week) for an entire year, but the last 10 pounds took FOREVER. It wasn’t a “true” plateau (because I knew I was eating a little more here and there). I was just battling up and down with the same 10 pounds, and it was so frustrating! I think they’re probably just “vanity” pounds, and that’s why I haven’t been super focused on losing them 😉 I’m thankful that I didn’t have to deal with “real” plateaus like yours, because I think that would have been super frustrating–doing all that work for “just” one pound a month! I bet you’re glad you stuck with it though–you look fantastic! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I HEAR YA!!! That last 10-15 or so took for freakin’ ever for me too. It was like I steadily lost weight at a good rate and then it slowed to a crawl at the end. I’m sure that’s natural but it’s frustrating.

      Thank you Katie! 🙂

  3. Sarah

    I lost 72lbs in total, but it took me a looooong time (8 years) to really get it off. Each time I’d lose around 30lbs, then regain 10 and maintain for a while. This was mostly because I was tired of doing whatever ridiculous method I had been using. At the end, when I lost the last 30 lbs, it came off evenly for me. I was meticulous about meeting my macronutrient percentages for the last 5-10 lbs. I knew how important the ratio was for my body. I guess you could say I was lucky to not really have experienced a plateau when I was in loss phase.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s amazing that you kept track of the macronutrients. I never went that far. Counting calories was all my little brain could handle. I’m impressed! And clearly it worked well for you because you look great!

  4. Kristin

    I lost a lot of weight (150+ pounds, don’t know how much exactly because I didn’t weigh myself the first month or so) from 2004-2006. After the big drops in the beginning, I lost about 4 pounds a week steadily for a long time. I recall being surprised at how regular it was. After I got below 180 pounds, it slowed and there were more plateaus and stalls, but I leveled out at 155-160. 155 seems to be the sticking point I can’t get below (after the holidays it will actually take some work to get back there). I would truly love to get below 150, and I am thinking that lifting weights might be the way to go. It is SO much harder to lose weight at 160 pounds than at 260!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes!! It is SO much harder to lose weight now at 145 pounds than it ever was at 250! It’s amazing isn’t it?

      Congrats on losing so much! How did you do it?

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