New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to 110 Pounds and Counting! If you’re new to this blog, I imagine you are feeling that pull towards self-improvement that January tends to bring. January is a time of reflection and a time of renewal. It’s like we get a second chance to do those things we want to accomplish in our lives.

We’re passed the stressful, go-go-go of the holiday season. We’ve come through the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve-eating-orgy probably with a few extra pounds and most definitely in need of a Christmas cookie detox!

If you’ve stumbled onto this blog for the first time, welcome! You’ve come to the right place. I write about a lot of different things here, one thing being how to balance healthy living, exercise and eating good food. I used to weigh over 250 pounds. I was unhappy and unhealthy for a very long time. Losing over 100 pounds was the best gift I could have ever given to myself. I turned my life around and improved my health–I was no longer developing diabetes, I no longer had high blood pressure.

My message to you: don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of trying to lose weight and get into shape. It’s a scary endeavor but it doesn’t have to be. The idea of losing 100 pounds seemed too magnificent for me. So I decided to lose 50. Taking a big project and breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals worked for me.

It took me a little over a year and a half but I lost 110 pounds and I became a runner. I ran a 5k, an 8k and then took the leap and raced in the 2010 Hood to Coast Relay Race! My feats didn’t stop there. I biked 55 miles in Reach the Beach and 72 miles in the Portland Century. Doing things that challenge my body, my stamina and my mind make me happy.

I’ve kept the 100 pounds off for over three and a half years now. Fitness is a big part of my life but I love it and try to make it fun. That’s the key to staying on track! I hope that my little stories here can inspire some of you to make changes that you’ve always wanted to make but weren’t sure where to start.

My Magazine Debut!

If you’re wonderding where to start, try reading this series I wrote:

Week OneWeek One Check In

Week Two , Week Two Check In

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

I hope that series gives you a good place to start. And then of course, come back tomorrow and read some more. 🙂

QUESTION: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Author: 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

4 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Happy New Year Lisa! I am getting the magazine today! CONGRATS- that is awesome! I just wanted to tell you how inspirational you have been to me since I have found your blog this past year. You have shown me that maintenance is possible. Not easy- but possible. You shared your 75 mile bike ride with me and gave me confidence that I could do it too! (this September) You understood my frustrations with not being able to exercise the way I want to due to injury and helped me realize that I could find the silver lining in it! There are so many other ways you have been present in my journey and I wanted to THANK YOU!!!! I look forward to sharing the adventures of 2012 with you too!!!!!
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    1. Thank you Jill! I appreciate your comments. It’s nice to hear from someone going through what I went through.

      The magazine was actually last year. It was a fun time (And totally surreal having “hair and makeup” done like a movie star).

      I think it’s SO amazing that my bike ride in the Century inspired you to do your own! AWESOME!

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