100 Pound Anniversary – 4 Years

On September 22, 2006 I started a life changing journey. I stepped on the scale at 250 pounds and decided I’d had enough. I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being unhealthy. I had high blood pressure, I was dizzy all the time, my body ached from carrying around the extra weight and I was developing diabetes. That meant I would have to inject myself with insulin–something horrifying to me.  I wanted a change.

I had set backs. I had struggles. I experienced many plateaus in my journey. I gained about 15 pounds and had to re-lose it.  I clocked in many hours at the gym, but I never regretted a single moment of it.

Less than two years later, on August 10, 2008 I stepped on the scale at 150 pounds.

I had reached my goal of losing 100 pounds! It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’d been determined to lose the weight and I did it. Then I kept going! I lost about 10 more pounds.

I am happy with my journey. I did not have surgery. I did not do fad diets.  I did it all on my own. I counted calories religiously every day. I wrote them down by hand in a small notepad. Eventually I upgraded to an iPhone App that tracks my calories and exercise.

When I was 250 pounds, I NEVER thought I’d become an athlete.

Hood to Coast Relay

  • I ran my first 5K race (Run Like Hell) and the Shamrock Run (8K).
  • Michael and I participated in the Reach the Beach bike ride. It was a joy to train for it. It was an exciting adventure the day of the race. And I completed 55 miles on my bike–even though my bike broke the last 10 miles!
  • I wanted to challenge myself further. I ran Hood To Coast (a 200 mile relay race). I was excited that I was able to participate and complete Hood to Coast without walking!
  • I swam 2 miles!

Plus I’m training for a Century bike ride that is approaching very quickly. The training is going well and I love commuting to work on my bike.

Not only did I become an athlete that loves fitness (hiking, biking and running) but my story was published in a magazine.

I was even on the cover of the magazine. I was shocked when the magazine told me that they loved my story so much they wanted me on the cover.

Now, four years later, I weigh about 145 pounds, over 100 pounds less than I used to weigh. I’ve had some ups and downs in those three years, but I feel like I can confidently say, “I lost the weight and kept it off.”

My hope is that this blog and this post inspires other people to lose weight and get healthy. Here’s to another year of weight loss! Thanks for reading!

QUESTION: How are you going to change your life for the better?






About 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.

38 thoughts on “100 Pound Anniversary – 4 Years

    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      I would LOVE to hang out with you and drink beer. When I saw your post on your trip to Seattle I thought dang…so close yet so far. If you are interested, I’m always up for playing tour guide if you visit Portland. My suggestion is the weekend of the annual Brewfest. 😉

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  1. Carbzilla

    I’m so proud to call you a success and a friend. I can tell you that your devotion to exercise is so admirable and definitely a major factor in keeping the weight off. I’m glad you love it so much. Whenever I’ve dropped it, the weight creeps up. You are truly an inspiration. {{{hugs}}}

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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      Thanks sweetie! I appreciate it. And I’m so glad that we met through the blog and became real life friends. Speaking of which, let me know when you’re in town again. I was bummed we missed each other last time.

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      1. Carbzilla

        We’ll be down the 24th for a party on the 25th. Maybe we can do lunch at LardoPDX? We decided we needed “work” weekends at the condo in Sept to get it really finished. We’ve just been having too much fun! Cady should have a Seattle dog sitter by then so we’ll at least be able to go for a bike ride. 🙂

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  2. dietmaven

    Big Congratulations!! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and I always find it intelligent, inspiring, and positive. I love that you’re a NW neighbor and do the same activities that I do (hiking and biking) – it makes your journey and continued success so much more personal (and real) to my own situation.

    Best wishes for the next 4 years!
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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      Thank you for reading. It’s nice to get feedback from long term readers. 🙂

      Since you’re in the NW too, you should check out this girl’s website: http://allisonoutside.net/. Not only are her photos absolutely beautiful, but she writes about hikes in Washington. Maybe you’d like it too.

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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      They say maintenance is the hardest part. I haven’t found that…I thought the hardest part was STARTING to lose weight. Once I found that groove, it was much easier.

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  3. Jess

    You inspire me! I hope I can keep the weight off, too!

    At the start of this year I stepped on the scales and saw I was over 87kg (190lb). I decided that enough was enough. I hated being fat. I hated those fat rolls that made sitting down uncomfortable. I hated the thighs that rubbed together. I hated having to buy clothes from the old ladies section because they hid my fat. So, I decided to change. I started slow, making it a goal to limit sweets, eat more of the good stuff and to exercise at least 3 times a week.

    As of this morning I have lost 11.8kg (28lb). I go to the gym 5 times a week. I do 2 boxing classes and I lift weights 3 times a week. I still have another 7-10kg left, but I’m ok with that. My loss is slow, 2-3 pounds a month, but as long as it comes off I’m happy. I’ve gone from wearing size 16 tops to wearing size 10. My pants were 16’s and now my 14’s are falling off me (unfortunately 12’s are still a little too snug… Maybe next month!)

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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      Thanks for sharing your story. I am so impressed! You made a decision and have stuck to it. Once you made that decision, didn’t it seem easier to stick to it? I think when it finally “clicks” it’s just GOING TO HAPPEN.

      Going down in pants sizes is one of my favorite memories. Cool feeling, huh?

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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      Good question, Marc, no I didn’t do anything to commemorate beyond writing about it today. It’s funny, I’m so usedto “this me” that I don’t think about it that much. But I probably should take a moment and remember how far I’ve come and pat myself on the back.

      I love your response. I know you can do it!

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  4. Beth

    Congrats to you – that is a fantastic achievement – your athleticism and devotion to exercising daily is really admirable and something we can all inspire to. Way to go!

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  5. Allison

    Bravo! I admire your determination and follow-through. I hope that you continue to inspire others for four more years…and four more after that…and four more after that!

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