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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. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Hang in there. It’s better to make sure you’re comfortable and feeling ready for a century–that’s no small feat! And the last thing you want is to injure yourself! Way to train smart!

    Have you considered doing a half-century? I think it’s a great distance that you can be proud about accomplishing, that doesn’t have as intense of a training regimen. Personally, I’m a huge fan of half-centuries. My husband love to bike–so he always does the century, and I complete the half-century as I’m “waiting” for him. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks, Michelle. Yes, my first cycling event was 55 miles. It was a good distance. Last year I did a 72 mile event and that was pretty good.

  2. Becky

    I’m so proud of you! You have learned something that is taking me forrrrrrever to actually put in place in my life. You are listening to your body and taking care of it so you don’t get super injured later. Awesome!

    PS–that pizza looks delicious. If I ever go to Portland I am totally stalking all your restaurant reviews so I can eat at the best places!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m learning it slowly. Very slowly…..

      Let me know if you ever make it to Portland!

  3. Carbzilla

    a. You are not a failure. Not even close.
    b. Yay to a social life. I think a balance of social life and exercise is the way to go. Be grateful for a social life because it can disappear for absolutely no reason and that’s no fun.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good point. I agree. And I was thinking that I need to revamp my summer plan for next year. I think next summer I will do several smaller events before the big one, so if for some reason I don’t make that full century goal by the end of summer, at least I did some other things and feel accomplished.

  4. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hang in there Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I just LOVE the balance you have in your life. You are an inspiration!!!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Aw thanks! Trying to make the balance consistent.

  5. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    My fitness goals have absolutely slid over the summer. I like to blame the heat for my ennui in general…but maybe I’m just lazy. It can be hard to tell!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sorry to hear that! We’re in a similar boat. At least there’s still some summer left. We can get back on the stick!

  6. Lori

    Lisa – you most certainly aren’t a failure. Think of it this way. If you weren’t training for an event – how would feel knowing that you biked over 200 miles in a month? Pretty good, I would think – as you should.

    You are wise to pull out of the century. Another possibility is to just keep training and then plan to do a 100 mile on your own (like I have done). That takes any time pressure off and you do it when you feel ready.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Lori! Means a lot coming from someone who has done a century.

      I’m still going to try for the one in Sept. If nothing else, I’d like to do the 50 or 80 mile route. I am proud of the mileage I’ve been able to do this summer. So much more than last summer!

      It’s funny–Michael said the same thing. He said we could do 100 miles on our own any time. I guess for me, I kinda want that “Event” feel…

      1. Lori

        Believe me – it will still feel like an event when you do it on your own LOL!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I’m sure my legs will let me know I did 100 whether it’s on my own or an event!

  7. Erin

    You always find the most interesting restaurants! That pizza looks delish!

    My summer training plan has been a wash. I just haven’t been able to get in a good groove. I’m signed up for a 10k in September that I’m going to need to get serious about if I want to do well! I’ve been too busy hiking and hanging out on my parents farm to muster the energy to do long runs.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds like you are enjoying your summer though. Even if you aren’t running, hiking is great exercise and good cross-training!

  8. Deb

    Pretty much everyone else said what I was thinking- Good for you listening to your body! An injury is the last thing you need.

    And as someone who has very, very little social life, I’m incredibly envious of yours sometimes. I’m actually thinking of getting a few of my girlfriends together for a crafting night here soon.

    Hang in there! You’ll nail that century when you’re really ready for it!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think balancing social stuff with the rest of it is so important. I can always tell when my life is flopping over to one side and I’m neglecting my friends and stuff. I think you should definitely get your friends together for a craft night. Those are tons of fun. I used to do it a lot. 🙂

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