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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 Glamour.com.

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  1. Rhonda (@diningalone)

    First of all, thanks for visiting my blog! I am such a creature of habit and routine also, so I can totally empathize with what you are feeling. I need to get better about prepping stuff for the week, so thanks for the good tips!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for checking out my site, Rhonda. I am definitely a creature of habit and routine. I tend to be rigid in my schedule. I need to figure out how to be more flexible…

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    A few years ago I switched from going to a big, luxurious gym to my neighborhood gym for the convenience that it’s located less than 2 blocks from my home. I LOVE it! I don’t think I could ever go back to driving to a gym again! I’ve become so spoiled!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s excellent! I am so glad you found a gym that was closer and more convenient. When I was considering switching gyms last year, how convenient it was to my home and office was a huge factor.

  3. Rachel

    I finally bought a treadmill and now I do a lot of my workouts at home. It’s so nice to be able to put dinner on or in the stove and keep an eye on it while I run/walk.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What a GREAT idea! I love it! Put dinner in and get workout out of the way. Great!

  4. Creatively Balanced

    I am so spoiled when it comes to my routine and I see trips to the gym as a hassle. I used to be so much better about it but I’ve really fallen out of the habit of going. It makes reforming the habit that much harder but in the end, I know it will be worth it. I’ve spend the first week of this year dedicating myself to plans – plans for food prep, exercise and an abundance of other details that have been terribly neglected by me for too long. Motivation is key for me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It sounds like you are on the right path to getting back to your old, healthy routine. That’s great. How are you motivating yourself?

  5. Carin

    Love this post. Routine is my everything. As you know, I’ve been trying to deal with kinks of life in my routine. So far, I have been able to deal without blowing an internal gasket. I found the best way to avoid temptation foods is to not have it in the house. The veggies should be washed and cut immediately, cause if they aren’t, you’re less likely to grab them for a quick snack. Portioning some peanut butter in a small container and snack size bag of sliced apples are grand. Another great on the go or pre portioned snack is 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, not having the foods in the house make a world of difference. Out of sight, out of mind. It really does work. Measuring out snacks into portion sizes is a great idea!

  6. Esther

    Ugh, I know EXACTLY how you feel about convenience.

    Husband works an odd shift (9:50-6:30), so he takes the car and I am left with the bus. Which would be fine, except with the price to take the bus to the gym that’s near our house, I’d be spending almost $90 on a monthly bus pass on top of a gym membership. If I were to go to the gym near husband’s work, I’d have to go with him to work, go to the gym, then figure out where to hang out for 6-7 hours, in order to worry about making dinner when we get home. Sure, his job is 11 miles away, but living where we live, that 11 miles takes upwards of 45 minutes to an hour. It’s AWFUL.

    I would love to invest in a treadmill or something for the house, but we have no place to put it.

    Blarg. /endrant
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  7. Beth

    I try and just maximize my time – and plan when to get in a workout ahead of time. As much as I would like to be I am just not a morning person – so I have to find pockets of time later in the day – whether it is while dinner is in the oven or whatever – to get a workout in. Speaking of which – gotta go workout 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I wish I was a morning person…

  8. Yum Yucky

    I’ve been making up a veggie snack tray every weekend for the family and putting it out on the table to make it easier for them to chow on healthy stuff throughout the day. I make it convenient for them because there’s no way they’d EVER eat healthy like that if they had to chop it up themselves. Or God forbid they had to eat least grab it out the fridge. But lemme stop here. I can feel a whiny tangent coming on…
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow, that’s a brilliant idea! I love it!

  9. Deb

    I can sympathize with hating changes to your routine. I have to have everything go to plan or my whole day feels wrecked, and of course my bf has no concept of doing things on time, or following a schedule outside of work, or anything else. He drives me batshit sometimes!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hahaha! Sorry about the bf. Mine is pretty good but he does tell me I need to be more flexible and lighten up. I ask “how do I do that?” 😉

  10. Daphne @ Daphne Alive

    You know, sometimes it’s convenience and a “routine”, but I find that sometimes we have a natural run to our day, and sometimes when things are “inconvenient” they’re actually running against our natural grain. Or at least, that’s my opinion.

    For instance, I normally only have 220-280 calories for breakfast. I’m normally perfectly fine with this, and I can make it to lunch time just fine. Lately, because of things being upset in the mornings (travel, etc), my breakfasts have grown up to 450-500 a breakfast! This might seem inconvenient and I just have to re-arrange my calories, but it’s more than that. It’s really going against my natural flow and upsets my eating habits for days afterwards.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Interesting! I like your analysis. You might be right. For example, I am not a morning person. I know I will never ever be one and getting up at 4am to fit in the gym before work will never ever happen. It just goes against my nature. I would never adjust to that! LOL

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