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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

    Banish the butt by squatting HEAVY.

    I rarely use packaged items when I cook -and never packaged seasoning mixes. Just no way to know if I like the way they taste.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for chatting with me on Twitter, Deb! I appreciate all the advice you and Suzanne have given me. I’m slowly changing how I work out and I *hope* I see results soon!

  2. Karen P

    I ditched the packaged stuff when I transitioned over to Paleo/primal. When I was loosing weight ( I used medifast to loose) my food was low sodium. During weight loss , I learned to love spices that were low sodium or no sodium. I think starting with Ms Dash, then using my own spice mixes that we’re either no sodom or low sodium.

    I do used some jarred salsas and tomatoes, but I’m always impressed at myfitness pal sodium levels are usually within range.

    It’s a lot of work to transition to lower sodium, but in my experience, the huge pay off is the ability to really taste those flavors. It keeps me wanting to make flavorful dishes. Thanks for posting your fajita photos. Looks great. I can’t tell you how much better I feel without wheat/grains. No joint pain. Love it! Fajitas without the tortillas are a good Mexican option when dining out, too. KarenP

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s so great that your diet change was noticeable and you feel better. I like when we do “Mexican” salads because I feel like it cuts the calories way down skipping the tortillas. And I don’t usually crave tortillas–I crave the Mexican flavors and guacamole.

      I noticed that my sodium levels went WAY down when I stopped eating Lean Cusines for lunch.

  3. shelby

    I cannot read the word “fajitas” without thinking “fuh-JY-tas!” in my head. For some reason. 🙂

    I never use spice packages but I do use a lot of dried herbs/spices and spice blends. I’ve become slightly obsessed with the Penzey’s store…

    1. Esther

      Do you shop Penzey’s online? I haven’t before, but I discovered I live quite close to a Penzey’s store! Are they pretty worth the prices?

    2. Lisa Eirene

      I completely forgot that Michael got a Penzey spice pack from my mom. We need to use that.

      Michael pronounces fajitas the same way. 😛

  4. Esther

    When it comes to packaged sauces and seasonings, I only stick to things I’ve used before and try and make everything else. I admit, I have spied that fajita stuff before, but the sodium content is what steered me away. But yours looks so good, I think I’m going to have to make some fajitas soon! Every time you post about Michael’s guacamole, I am >|this much|< closer to breaking down and trying it. I've never been a big guac person, but maybe I'd like it more if it was homemade and I knew what was in it. Husband loves guac so I'm sure he'd be appreciative.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Try it! It’s SOOO good. The guacamole is spicy too. We like super spicy. So if you like that, add the jalapenos and lots of garlic. Mmmm

      1. Esther

        I am going to have to. I’ve been craving Mexican flavors like mad recently. I may not use all the jalapeños because I don’t like super spicy, but I love garlic 🙂

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Let me know what you think!

          It’s avocado
          minced garlic
          Worcestershire sauce
          spoonful of sour cream
          jalapenos chopped
          fresh lime juice

          I think that’s it.

          1. Esther

            Awesome! Is that for 2 avocados? And, how much worcestershire sauce and lime juice?

          2. Lisa Eirene

            Yes, two avocados. I can’t give you measurements because Michael is the type to “throw it all together” (I am not that way). But taste it as you make it and add more of whatever you want.

          3. Esther

            Sounds like a plan! Thanks so much 🙂

  5. Eleah

    How would you change you diet to get your butt back? (Not looking for advice, just curious.. I happen to have plenty of butt over here.)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m still working it out. Cut down on the sugar and fat, increase carbs and proteins…?

  6. Roz@weightingfor50

    I found your disappearing butt Lisa….it landed on mine! 🙂 Kidding of course. LOVE the workout top!!!!! And the look of the fajitas. Hope you and Michael have a great weekend.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      HAHAHAHA! That made me laugh. Well, I want SOME of it back, please. 🙂

      I got the workout shirt at JCPenney’s last summer. They have some cute styles there.

  7. tina

    Hi Lisa,

    Have you ever tried using the lettuce cups as ‘tortilla’s’? Sort of like San Choy Bou does. Get a big Ice berg lettuce and don’t shred it, but leave the cups in tack, and make your fajitas in that.
    That’s what I do when I don’t want the calories or the carbs from the tortilla’s but it still makes me ‘feel’ like i’m having tortilla’s and not just a different salad!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve seen that type of thing on recipe blogs and LOVE the idea of doing a lettuce wrap or “cup” I just haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for reminding me!

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