Aug 102012
 

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.

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  38 Responses to “100 Pound Anniversary – 4 Years”

  1. Wow! Congratulations–you should be so proud of yourself. That is awesome! :)

    I’m pursuing my passion to become a health coach. A scary decision at first, but I haven’t regretted it for one moment since.
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance recently posted..Trying Something New: Cucuzza Squash

  2. Congrats, you look fantastic and happy. I hope we’ll be able to meet up for a beer some day!
    Marie recently posted..Snark and superlatives

    • 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. ;)

  3. Wooooooooo! You know how inspired I am by your story! Don’t forget being interviewed for a major webzine (http://www.coachcalorie.com/success-stories/) and probably others! Love ya like crazy and know you’ll KILL it for your century!!
    Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana recently posted..The Guide to Muscular Endurance Training for Weightlifting Beasts

  4. You are an absolute inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story – It’s awesome to know it can be done. The fact that you’ve kept the weight off is amazing to see. I’m so proud of you!
    Felicity @ Waist & Wallet recently posted..Dollars & Spends

  5. 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}}}

    • 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.

      • 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. :)

  6. Very inspiring, I just discoverer your blog, I will read more, I think I will like it.

  7. This is such an inspiring post! Thank you so, so much for sharing your incredible journey with us.
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  8. Happy Anniversary! Four years is awesome and I’m sure there will be many more years to come. :)
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  9. 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!
    dietmaven recently posted..Weight loss status (hint: it’s good) & being social

  10. Incredible, truly incredible, to have done it in the first place is AMAZING but to have MAINTAINED that is even more amazing :) Congrats :)
    Katie Squires recently posted..A paradigm shift

    • 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.

  11. 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!)

    • 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?

  12. Brava….thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration

  13. Congratulations on another year of maintenance Lisa! You really are an inspiration :D
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  14. Great post. Congratulations on your continued success. Ever onward. :-)
    Caron recently posted..Testing – One, Two, Three

  15. Congratulations!! Wow, your story is so inspiring. Like Katie said – awesome that you were able to work hard and lose the weight but also to maintain the weight loss.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Back in the pool with swim intervals

  16. Hi Lisa and congratulations on your 4 year anniversary! Did you do something special to commemorate this very commendable occassion? You asked “How are you going to change your life for the better?” I’m going to hold my feet to the fire and finish the journey from fat to fit because getting old ain’t easy:)
    Marc recently posted..Physical Friday – old school dumbbells, August 10, 2012

    • 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!

  17. You’re awesome!

  18. Wow! What an inspiration!
    Krissy recently posted..Food, Inc.

  19. 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!

  20. 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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