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FAQ – Part Two

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. Daphne @ Daphne Alive

    It’s nice to learn more about you! I wholeheartedly agree with the 90/10 rule!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for checking it out.

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Lisa, love this post. It’s great to reread some of your older posts, as you are an ongoing inspiration.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yeah sometimes starting a blog is like picking up a book and reading from the middle instead of the start. It’s hard!

  3. Trevor

    Hey Lisa, I’m not sure if this qualifies as a frequently asked question, but I’m curious . . . how did you achieve the change in mindset required to accomplish such impressive weight loss. I know you had a revelation, and I certainly know the effort you’ve put into reaching the degree of health you now enjoy.

    What I find intriguing though, is the mental aspect of it all. I imagine that must have been the greatest challenge you faced.

    So how does one create a mindset that results in a complete lifestyle overhaul and a loss of 110 pounds?


    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s a good question and one I get asked a lot. Two things helped me. The first was having a specific goal and date. I had 10 months before I was going to be a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding. I made a goal to lose 50 pounds by the wedding and I reached the goal the day of! Having a date and a reason helped motivate me when things got hard. Then it was easy to keep going and lose the other 50.

      The other thing that helped me change my mindset? I was so sick of being fat. I was sick of the body pain, the rejection from people, feeling sorry for myself or not liking how I looked. Sure vanity had something to do with it but I was just fed up. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do and it was time for a change. That motivated me!

      1. Trevor

        You make it sound so simple. I like simple.

        It sounds to me like what you are saying is you changed who you are . . . and your body naturally changed to reflect the different person you became. Of course, by “naturally” I don’t mean effortlessly. I mean as a natural consequence of the lifestyle the new you chose to live.

        Thanks for answering my question.


        1. Lisa Eirene

          I suppose it wasn’t “simple.” Maybe it was a bit OCD. I fixated on the goal I wanted to achieve and got a bit of tunnel vision. That definitely helped me. It made it easier to resist temptation when I was super focused on my goal. And yes, I did become a different person with the weight loss. I think it came from finding something I enjoyed doing (swimming and fitness in general) that made me feel good and confident. That made my self-esteem go up and I started to expect MORE for myself. if that makes any sense!

          1. Trevor

            Expecting more of yourself makes perfect sense. Thank you.

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