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Maintenance 101: Challenges

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. Marc

    For me, getting consistent physical activity seems to be the biggest challenge. I think I may have been a sloth in a previous life. I haven’t lost friendships through dieting. I had to end a 20 year friendship when I quit drinking on a daily basis. Some days I miss my beer buddy. We had some good times. Now I drink beer every other week, except when I don’t. But my friends now don’t drink at all, because it interferes with their meds. The others can’t have any liquids after lunch or they’re up all night making trips to the bathroom because of an enlarged prostate pushing against their bladder. Oh the joys of being male and growing older.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s what a hear from a lot of people–struggling to make fitness a routine/habit they can stick with. I look at my fitness as a stress reliever so that helps me a lot.

      Sorry to hear about your friendship, but I think that’s pretty common. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself and working towards moderation. Maybe your buddy can follow in your footsteps…

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Love your honesty about maintenance being just as hard, if not harder than losing. You have great perspective and balance though Lisa, I know you’ll be a lifelong maintainer! Have a great Tuesday.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I try to have balance and perspective–some days are easier than others. I sometimes have to remind myself that it’s a one day at a time thing.

  3. Becky

    I’ve been continually tracking my food intake and eating within the calorie range recommended by my doctor. It seems to help! I also am following the Brewer Pregnancy diet guide to make sure I’m getting the nutrients my baby needs. It’s weird to be eating in the 2000+ calorie range, but I can tell my body needs it! It’s hard working growing a baby.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great to hear, Becky! I haven’t heard of that book but someday I will check it out. 🙂 I imagine it’s very weird to be trying to eat MORE. That is definitely a challenge.

  4. Nancy

    I think it’s hard to maintain during the winter months. In the summer, it’s so easy. The days are longer, the vegetables and healthy food are readily available, and there just seems to be more time to go out for a run or whatever. This fall, I completed my first marathon, and I am scared that I will lose all of that training and fitness during the winter months…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good point! I didn’t even think of seasonal changes and that makes a big difference. I am much more motivated to do activities like hiking and biking when the weather is nice. In the winter I want to lay on the couch and watch movies!

  5. Jay

    I love your blog and comments on maintenance. I’m only maintaining 20 pounds off but still requires a lot of effort! How do you get over (if you ever feel this way) that feeling of “constant effort”. Sometimes I just want to let go and eat whatever I want and stuff myself and not exercise! I know technically my new lifestyle should feel good but I still have those days where I just want to let go and not be aware and “on” all the time…I suppose that is a fantasy world 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Jay! “Only” 20 pounds is nothing to belittle, great job on losing it and keeping it off! Yes, maintenance takes a lot of effort but it’s worth it.

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