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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. Mandi

    I live in central Florida, where our season is basically….summer. I am also really fair and burn easily, so for me, I always prefer to exercise indoors. For example, it is 77 degrees right now, and that’s the coolest it’s been for as long as I can remember.

    It makes working out and running outdoors kind of a challenge, but I honestly just cannot handle trying to jog outside every day in the 90 degree heat. Not to mention that I’d likely get a sunburn that would last a week. I have, however, discoverd Zumba! And I am newly in love with it, despite how terrible I am at anything resembling rhythm!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      True! It definitely depends on where you live. During the summer, I read on twitter how many people in the south or southwest are miserable because of the heat and head into the gym. We’re the opposite here. I rarely go to the gym in the summer because I’m always outside.

      1. Mandi

        It’s much nicer in the winter. Even the fall is hot these days, though 🙁

        In the summer, though, you can feel the heat of the pavement through your shoes!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          When I went on vacation to Tucson, I experienced that! Thankfully running early in the morning it wasn’t too bad yet.

  2. Lori

    I struggle more with food than exercise during the winter months. I love all the warm baked goods and creamy soups and all that. Plus the holiday cookies EEK! LOL. I tend to get up a little later for exercise when it is dark in the morning, but not that much as I tend to wake up at pretty much the same time every day without an alarm clock.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I am the same way! The exercise doesn’t usually suffer. I quite enjoy focusing on strength training in the winter. The food is always the hard part for me!

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    For me, it is SOOO much harder to get out and about in the dark months. I love getting my exercise in early, and some mornings, it feels like I’m getting up and out in the middle of the night. Fall is lovely, but a bit sad because I know we have many months of grey and rain ahead.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      The darkness in the mornings are hard for me, too. It makes it really hard to get out of bed. It usually doesn’t effect my workouts since I do that at night instead.

  4. Helen

    Dark and cold affect me much more than just dark. I get up at 4 am everyday to work out as I prefer to get my workouts done before I go off to work. While I do take a couple of Muay Thai classes a week in the evenings, I am just not self motivated for my running and strength training at night so mornings it is. However, once the cold sets in too, I want to pull those covers up and snuggle in the bed a few more minutes. I don’t do it but I’ve often wished I could retrain myself to want to work out at night.

    I’m dealing with an injury right now and I seem to be having a worse time than usual as I’m pretty restricted on what I can do. I think the timing with the days getting shorter is making it seem worse. But truly, even if I was well, when I walk through the door in the evenings, I just want to put on my pajamas and hibernate!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I admire your dedication getting up at 4am. If working out in the morning works for you, stick to it! I am the exact opposite. I can rarely motivate myself to do it in the mornings.

      What injury are you dealing with?

      1. Helen

        2 stress fractures and a torn plantar tendon in my left foot. Went misdiagnosed for 5 months. Now I’m in a cam boot until at least November 9th. Completely knocked me off my cardio loving feet. Though I’m still getting up and doing strength training I just don’t love it. My run was always my reward for doing that ST and now with it gone I’m having a hard time feeling motivated to get up and get going.
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          I am so sorry! The stress fractures sound painful. Did you have surgery on the tendon? I hope you feel better soon, and on the bright side Nov 9th isn’t that far away.

  5. Melinda

    I have the same struggles that you do. Last year, my SAD was so bad–and then didn’t go away once the sun came out–that I ended up on anti-depressants. I do have a number of “light” comfort foods to eat during the dark months–and my crock pots get A LOT of use! As for exercise, I’ve been trying to be as consistent as possible about going to the gym. However, I have two young children and sometimes parenting interferes with working out. The good thing, though, is that they love the child care center at my gym.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I am sorry to hear about your experiences with SAD. It’s rough. Because it’s seasonal, it’s hard to combat it. It’s not like we can just move to Hawaii or something. Have you tried the light box therapy?

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