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Body Love Week: I Want My Daughters to Be Proud of Their Mom

Body Love Week: I Want My Daughters to Be Proud of Their Mom

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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30 Comments

  1. Annie B

    Hi Katie! I could relate to your story so much. I too wanted to loose weight for my kids. I did not want them to grow up with body image problems or with weight problems like I did growing up. Your story is so great!!!!!! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m glad you liked Katie’s story! I could relate to her too.

    2. Katie Squires

      Thank-you Annie, our kids can be a great motivation can’t they 🙂 (when they aren’t driving nuts LOL)
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

  2. Cee Cee

    I want to commend you Katie! Your weight loss and running a MARATHON! That is so so cool and you should be proud. I’m with Lisa. I snorted with laughter at the thought of muffins havbing to be green!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wasn’t that great? So cute!

    2. Katie Squires

      Thank-you 🙂
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

  3. Leslie

    How did you train for the marathon? Did you use a specific running program for training? I want to try my first half marathon after doing C25K but not sure where to start.

    1. Katie Squires

      There are a bunch of different training plans online, I am really a FLY BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS girl and couldn’t find one that I felt “fit” me. I felt like many of them had me running too much and not allowing for the weight training. So I run 3 (sometimes 4) days a week. 2 runs in the week and a long slow one on the weekend, building distance. I run speed work most Mondays (8-10km), and some kind of hill work on Wednesdays(8-10km). Basically the same plan as the half…only the long runs on Sat keep on getting longer! I do two days of weights and a yoga class. I find the yoga really helps me stay injury free.
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

      1. Lisa Eirene

        Thanks for sharing your training too. When I was running a lot and training for the Hood to Coast relay race, I didn’t follow a plan either. None of them really fit me and I guess I was just bothered by the structure. I did long runs on weekends, short fast runs and sprint exercises during the week and hill work. And I agree on the weight training. Now that I am focusing on that instead of running, I noticed just how weak and unbalanced my body was.

        1. Katie Squires

          glad to hear I’m not the only one, not to mention I feel like the “programs” are written in another language…I find them hard to understand. I think the weight training has made me a stronger runner, for sure. Plus, all that running can break down muscle…I need that calorie burning muscle so I can eat my choc chips!
          Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

          1. Lisa Eirene

            Yeah–I just didn’t find a plan that fit my lifestyle. I tended to train on a whim. Like if I felt like doing a long run, I did it. If I felt like I needed to do hills for the challenge, I did that. It’s the same reason I hate fitness classes. As soon as there’s a structure, it bothers me. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    I struggled with bulimia most of my teen years. Your story gives me hope.

    1. Katie Squires

      There is most definitely hope 🙂
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

  5. Courtney

    No kids, but I have made an effort to live healthier for my younger sister. With a 9 year age gap (I’m 23, she is turning 14) I know that she models her behavior after mine. Not only did I start working out regularly and eating right, I make a point to talk about frequently.
    Courtney recently posted..Drinking on a budget

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think that’s fantastic Courtney. You’d be amazed at how good habits brush off on the people around us. I saw it with my weight loss.

  6. Katie Squires

    Thank-you so much for letting me share on your blog Lisa 🙂 I noticed I made a SMALL ooops…will be running 42 km km not 46….hehehhe…I guess it just feels that long 🙂 LOL.

    Thank-you again,

    Katie
    Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I appreciate you sharing your story with me and my readers. I think it’s fantastic how you changed your life!

  7. Miz

    I love love and appreciate her raw honesty.
    xo
    Miz recently posted..Six fitness lessons Ive learned from my child.

    1. Katie Squires

      Thank-you Miz 🙂
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

  8. C

    I have a 3 yr old daughter so I am trying to get fit for her. Being a single Mom, it’s important that I am here for her. We do our pushups and situps together and we often ride bikes and take walks. I make sure that she has balanced meals and she just loves veggies and yogurt. The funny thing is that if I’m too tired to exercise, she will remind me that we need to get up and move! I just LOVE her! This was a great story and definitely a motivator for me. Thanks!
    C recently posted..New Bike

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That is so great, C. I love that you do fitness together and that your daughter loves healthy eating. She’s on the right path!

    2. Katie Squires

      That is incredible, your post made me grin ear to ear!
      Katie Squires recently posted..March Break and Recovery week

  9. Jen

    What a great story, thank you, Katie! And thanks Lisa for sharing this with us.

    Congratulations Katie on your incredible weight loss journey. You ARE an athlete- and you set her free! I love it. Keep up the good work and best of luck in your future races.

    I am currently pregnant with my first child and have been thinking a lot about setting a positive example. My husband and I are quite active, so that part will come naturally I think. However, a major challenge is going to be setting an example of Positive Body Image. We are having a girl, and I am very aware of my important role in helping her develop a healthy and positive body image from a very young age. The main things (besides exercising and eating healthy, rather than yo-yo dieting, etc) are to be proud of myelf for what my body can DO, not how it looks. Also, no negative comments about being “fat” or looking “ugly.” Also not emphasizing beauty or thin-ness. This seems so simple but it is so ingrained, I know it will be hard to execute. I am starting NOW by not making negative comments about myself or other women’s bodies… this is going to be a challenge, but it will be worth it.

    Great topic. Again, thanks for sharing!! 🙂
    Jen recently posted..Big Week

    1. Lisa Eirene

      “You set her free!” <--I love that! I'm a fan of your blog, Jen. Congrats on the baby! I think it's awesome how you're still maintaining your fitness during your pregnancy. I think a lot about my future kids too...I want them to have positive body image and self-esteem and not think "I'm so fat" like I did as a kid (and ironically I WASN'T fat as a kid!).

  10. Jill

    I try to be a role model to my daughter. I let her see my healthy eating habits. I teach her about moderation. I have taught her to read serving sizes on food labels and not to eat out of boxes or bags.
    For fitness we have done a sprint triathlon together. I would love to share that post on your blog someday????
    Jill recently posted..Back to “Normal”

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I would love for you to share that post with me and me readers! Send me an email and we can chat.

      I love what you are teaching your daughter. Those are good foundations to know. I never KNEW that stuff growing up, or even as an adult before I tried to lose weight. It seems logical and a “duh” thing but I just didn’t know!

      1. Jill

        I send you a message- not sure if you got it?
        Jill recently posted..Back to “Normal”

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I did! Haven’t been around the computer. I will get back to you today. 🙂

  11. Ragemichelle

    THis is just gorgeous and it gives me such hope!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m so glad you liked this post, Michelle! I loved it!

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