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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. findingradiance

    Ugh – I cannot believe people still make the pregnant comment! Does no one ever learn??

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    OH my – people CAN be very insensitive can’t they!!!!

  3. Cheryl

    That is a terrible thing to ask! Although sometimes when I see a fairly thin woman with a round curve, I so desperately want to ask if she’s pregnant but you never know how some people’s body types might work – the thin lady with the belly just might have just a belly!

  4. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I am shocked and horrified! I mean, I know people can be pretty dense, but at this point isn’t it common knowledge not to ask a woman if she’s pregnant…EVER? Geez!

  5. Kellie

    I had that happen. The funny thing is the woman who asked me weighed more than me. She wasn’t even embarassed. Just told me I must have had a big meal. I was asked the other day at the store. I will never wear that shirt again. To be honest, it is baggy, but you still don’t ask.

    1. hundredtenpounds

      Yeah, I get that…I am less excited about the dress I wore yesterday!

  6. Raine

    The ironic thing is it seems like you get those comments sometimes, but then women who are overweight seem to “show” less and later when they’re pregnant, so the time in your life you want people to notice, they don’t.

    My husband actually asked me when it was OK to ask/comment, and I told him unless he saw a head popping out, not to assume. I had a friend ask when I was due a couple months after I miscarried several years ago – he had known I was pregnant, but not that we’d lost it. It was really awkward for both of us.

    1. hundredtenpounds

      That sounds like a VERY awkward–and painful–conversation and it just adds even more reason to never ask a woman that question. Another one is “when are you getting married?” or if married, “When are you having kids?” What if there are fertility issues? It’s such a sensitive topic, I can’t imagine people WANTING to ask such things!

  7. Susan

    Omg, grilled cheese is so simple, and yet SO delicious looking!! *droool*

    Both my mother and I carry our excess weight exclusively in our midsections. Not that long ago, she was asked when the baby was due and was horrified (hasn’t happened to her in a few years). Then I reminded her that she’s 55 years old, and someone thinking she’s young enough to still have children is actually a compliment!! 😉

    1. hundredtenpounds

      Wow! Well yes, that is definitely a compliment for your mom!

  8. lisasfoods

    I’ve been asked a few times over the years if I’m pregnant, by men and women. And I hate it. I’m fairly thin, and always find it strange, especially why people would ask such a rude question to begin with.

  9. MelissaNibbles

    I used to use that spray butter, but let go of it after reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and reading Lanutritionista’s blog. Now it’s just a little bit of the real deal and it’s delish.

    I’ve been asked a bunch of times if I’m pregnant. I usually tell people “Yes, with the lunch I just finished.” Christ people!

    1. hundredtenpounds

      I’ll remember that for the next time it inevitably happens! lol

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