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The Challenge is Always There

The Challenge is Always There

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. Dan @ Essentials of Nutrition

    Man, flipping gummy bears. My wife got a 3 lb bag from her secret Santa at work this December. We’ve finally finished them all, but it’s impossible to not dip your hand in at least once a day!

    No more huge ass bags of gummy bears (or any other candy) in this house! I mean damn…

    Excellent post. Whether you’ve gained and lost or are just trying to maintain, EVERYONE has to deal with food issues every day. No exceptions.

    Congrats on the news piece! Pretty cool stuff.
    Dan @ Essentials of Nutrition recently posted..A Sandwich for a Sith Lord

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree Dan! There is no need for huge ass bags of anything!

      And you are so right, now matter how much has been lost and maintained, food is still a struggle.

  2. Candace

    Once again, a timely post. I am on Weight Watchers now and I really like it so far. I track everything I’m going to eat for the entire day first thing in the morning, and make any adjustments I need to throughout the day.

    I had my dinner planned last night, staying within my points for the day. My sister came by and gave me bad news about a relative with cancer and it totally derailed me, I had more for dinner then I planned and kept eating bread even though I didn’t originally intend to. Totally put me over in points for the day, and up until then I had been doing great. Stress definitely makes it harder to stick to a plan.

    What’s interesting to me is that I never considered myself a stress eater until last night, I had never made the connection. Now that I’m aware, hopefully I can deal with it in other ways from now on.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks, Candace. I am sorry to hear about your bad news. Bad news has the tendency to shake us. We can be super strong until that moment. I’m glad you’ve made the connection with stress and eating. Once I made that connection it was easier to control it (i.e try not to have those treats in the house to tempt me when I get stressed etc).

  3. Samantha

    What a great list Lisa-Eirene! I love the long walk in teh woods one and of course the Yoga one.
    I joined Overeaters Anonomous a month ago and along with my diet exercise and yoga practice find it’s a great balance.
    Like you said I’m not perfect and I struggle sometimes too! It’s great to know we aren’t alone!
    Samantha recently posted..Wear- A Doggie’s Wardrobe

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think it’s great that you found a support group to help! I always wanted to join something like that when I was struggling with my weight but didn’t know where to look at the time.

  4. Sarah's Scrumptious Samplings

    Okay this might seem ridiculous but could you divide the bag of Gummy Bears into individual servings in their own plastic bag? Then when you have the craving, you only grab one serving? I’ve done this before with cereal, chips, and even candy. It’s more difficult to overeat when your bag has only 1 serving.

    As for the balance, I think the best option is to forgive yourself and let it go. We all overeat at some point, it’s life. And balance is being okay with the occasional overindulging days and not beating yourself up! Good luck 🙂 It’s always hard but then again, so is constantly berating yourself.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Not ridiculous, Sarah. And sadly, I feel really stupid for not thinking of doing the serving sizes in little baggies! I used to do that with everything else–cereal, crackers, snacks, etc. So I wouldn’t overeat. It worked great. How did I not think of that?!

      Thanks for the insight. 🙂

      1. Sarah's Scrumptious Samplings

        Because the easier solution is always right in front of us. And we never notice until someone points it out!! We women like to overthink everything!
        Sarah’s Scrumptious Samplings recently posted..Projecting Judgement

        1. Lisa Eirene

          YES!!! We definitely overthink things!

  5. Lisa

    I got over Gummy Bears a few years ago. I ate an entire pound of the sugar-free ones. You know, the ones that have a warning on the package not to eat too many? Yep, those. There is a very good reason for the warning!
    I’m a stress eater also and can’t control myself around large quantities of food, including bags of favorite chips, almond M&M’s and buffets. I can’t be trusted, so I just can’t have them in the house, although my husband and kids could eat those things in reasonable amounts.
    It’s great that you can normally resist and that you accept responsibility for hearing Michael’s snacks speaking to you in your time of stress and aren’t angry at Michael.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t seen that warning, but I believe it!

      It’s not Michael’s fault that I stress eat. I may have been irritated that he got the Costco sizes but I’m not going to keep him from eating what he wants. I just need it to NOT be where I can see it!

  6. Lori

    I hate gummies! LOL. That is one food that I would not eat if it was in the house, no matter what. M&Ms are another story. Those have to be hidden from me because I can binge on them like nobody’s business.

    Balance is hard. I have been doing some stress eating, particularly yesterday. Snacking on cereal and nuts. Exercise doesn’t always work for me with stress either. I will work out, and then still snack. I hate to say it, but sometimes I do feel better after I eat something.
    Lori recently posted..Wheat Belly Review

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Lori. 🙂 It’s nice to know that other people struggle too. Especially you–someone I look up to because you’ve also lost a lot of weight and kept it off. The food that you post is so sensible and looks measured out. I am always impressed by your portion control!

  7. Tina @ Best Body Fitness

    Oh my goodness do I relate. So many people think that its easy now. Yea. It’s easier but NEVER easy. Those demons of turning to food never go away. It’s definitely still something I have to be aware of too. Thanks for putting this out there.
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..It’s Really Not???

    1. Lisa Eirene

      So true Tina! I think a lot of people think I have conquered ALL my demons. While I do have a pretty good handle on them most of the time, there are still mistakes and bad days.

  8. Karen P

    Oh yeah. I have my daughter keep her Halloween candy in the garage, in a reusable bag tucked away. She can pack a piece or two in her lunch when and if she chooses. I can’t eat the stuff any more. Too many excuses. Too many ” this is just a 100 calorie pack” or I’ll buy this and bag it up and only eat one serving ( Skinny cows , jelly beans ,etc). No dice for me. Sad, but easier because I just choose not to eat it, so there’s no struggle. and no more eating off the rails.

    As far as balance, I wear a bracelet most days, not the same one ,but an inexpensive one. It reminds me to have a work life balance but also to eat foods that keep me balanced. If I do have over eating feelings can ask myself okay what do I REALLY need. Usually sleep, to vent , to drink water, to take a break, etc.

    I can do photography on a short hike at lunch. On the weekends- tide pools. I can totally immerse myself in those activties. And, I found a website I can add to their database and see what other plant and animal life is around me. So cool. Here’s a link to my collection

    Good luck with your activities. I can’t wait to see your photography on your blog. Post an index card on the bag of gummies and M&m’s that says “the answer is not in here”. Good luck and I think it’s totally normal to overeat from time to time. The Trick is to catch it quick. Sounds like you did.
    Karen P recently posted..Excercise & Fitness challege- week 1, Jan 2012

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Karen, thanks for your comment. I agree that the struggle isn’t really there if the options to eat the crap aren’t that. When I was losing the weight I tried not keep anything like that in the house. It worked. I didn’t crave it if I didn’t eat it and I didn’t want it if I didn’t see it.

      Thank you for the links! I will check them out. I am new to photography with a manual camera and it has been fun experimenting so far.

      And I love your index card idea!

  9. Jill

    Your first sentence sums it up. It is sad, but true (for me too, at least) that the struggle never ends. It is better than before- but always present. TOM plays a big role in my struggles. Boredom too. The good news for me is that it is easier now than ever before for me to stay on course. I am also more forgiving of myself and the negative self talk does not happen nearly as much. All steps in the right direction!!!
    I know this does not make you feel better- but it is nice to see that you have struggles too. It makes me able to relate so much more to you. It also gives me belief that I can be as successful as you, despite the struggles. The struggles don’t mean we are going to revert back to old ways. They are challenges that we have to overcome.
    Jill recently posted..It Was NOT the Last Time!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Jill! I get why it makes you feel better that I struggle. I don’t want my readers to think I’m perfect by ANY means. I definitely still struggle. Sometimes I just don’t share it. It’s good to share. It gives accountability.

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