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Finding My Way

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. R.S.

    Dear Marie: you look wonderful. You should be very proud of your success. Tell your hubby to.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree with you. Marie’s before and after photos are great.

    2. Marie T Smith

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ll share it with my husband as well! I’m super proud of what we’ve accomplished thus far… I’m down 130.5 now and still going strong. Coming up on my one year anniversary. Feels great!

  2. Ana

    You’re success is inspiring me to find my way!!!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m glad you enjoyed Marie’s story, Ana! I love hearing about her success.

    2. Marie T Smith

      Thanks for saying that. I love that part of my journey… the inspiring others and helping others… just makes me feel even better than the weight loss, I’ll be honest! It really makes me feel good inside when something I do makes a difference in someone else’s life. So, thank you, so much for your kind words! Good luck to you and I pray you get to enjoy wonderful things!


  3. Biz

    You should be so proud of yourself Marie!! Congrats on changing your life for the better – you and your husband will have a longer life together!!

    Thanks for sharing her story with us!
    Biz recently posted..Tony Doesn’t Like the Way I Blow. Huh.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree, Biz! Marie and her husband should be really proud.

    2. Marie T Smith

      Thanks so very much, Biz!
      I sure hope that my husband and I will have a longer life together, that’s definitely the plan! 🙂 I know we both feel so much better and we are both so proud of what we’ve accomplished… We feel so much healthier and less stuffed after we eat now, so, just everyday living isn’t felt “less comfortable” now.


  4. Valerie B

    Marie, I can really resonate with what you said about grieving a future that seemed shorter and shorter. It’s amazing to get things going in a positive direction and start thinking about a wonderful future again. Thank you so much for sharing. You are beautiful inside and out.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I love what you said, Valerie. Very poignant. I can relate too. A more meaningful, healthy future!

    2. Marie T Smith

      Thank you so very much for your kind comment! It is amazing and I love that it’s a positive things we’ve done in a world that too often is full of negative things. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, it means so much!


  5. Lori

    Bravo Marie – to you and your husband!
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    1. Marie T Smith

      Thank you so much, Lori! I appreciate your comment!


  6. Carey

    Congratulations! Keep it up, sister!

    1. Marie T Smith

      Thanks, Carey! 🙂 I’m gonna keep going! I have never felt more confident in my hitting my goal than I am now! I love that feeling!

  7. Marie T Smith


    Thank you so much for highlighting my story in your blog… It means alot to me. Your story is so very inspiring to me and I felt such a connection to you from the instant I found your blog! I hope to always follow your journey and be in touch with you… I love hearing about the things you do and reading your blog! Very positive person, which I appreciate!

    Marie Therese Smith

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was my pleasure. Glad I could help get your story out.

  8. Trevor

    Inspiring story! The key, as you’ve found, is not to “diet.” That rarely leads towards long lasting weight loss. The key is to find the lifestyle that allows for sustained weight loss. Eating the foods you enjoy and that don’t have such detrimental effects on your body.

    Congratulations on your huge success! And best of luck as your journey continues. I love these kinds of stories.

    Trevor recently posted..Why You Should Be a Meathead – 4 Surprising Things Bodybuilders, Powerlifters, and Lunks Can Teach You about Living Right

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree Trevor. Lifestyle change = long term success.

    2. Marie T Smith

      Thanks so much, Trevor, for your comment. Ivan and I love Indian food and have chosen that as a guide for alot of our cooking, as we are eating alot more vegetables and love using the Indian spices… so your comment on finding foods we enjoy… really hits the right note! It’s a huge key to our success!

  9. evilcyber

    You two are becoming an awfully fit couple, Marie! Congratulations! 🙂
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    1. Marie T Smith

      Thank you, Evilcyber… the energy and just ability to walk more is definitely something we notice… we used to go home just wiped out after a simple grocery trip. Especially me. My bad back was no joke… Even with me stopping at the back of WalMart to sit down! It was exhausting… now, I can just keep going and going and going… it’s not a race to get home to relax and not go out for the rest of the day! So thankful for a fuller life!

  10. Kathie

    Marie, can I just tell you you look 20 years younger with the weight off!! You look great!! Keep up the good work!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree Kathie! She looks fantastic.

    2. Marie T Smith

      Kathie, who doesn’t love hearing a compliment like that? LOL THANK YOU!!! I have been getting a few compliments from co-workers that I don’t look saggy after losing this much weight and I think I’d have to owe it to the exercise, water and moisturizing I’m doing… maybe my parents genetics, too? LOL Whatever it is, I’m thankful for it and the compliments I’m getting along the way! 🙂 I worried and still do, as I am still on my journey… but I’ll just keep up with what I’ve been doing and hope it works out.

      Again, thanks so very much!


  11. Deb

    Marie you look amazing! Such a wonderful transformation!

    re: the note at the end: I’ve switched around from program to program over time- WW Momentum carried me for a while, then I switched to plain old calorie counting, and now I’m doing WW Points+. I’ve found sometimes a small change is what you need- sometimes you need more structure and sometimes less.

    Finding what works for you and sticking with it isn’t always easy, but a little trial and error is better than months of hating what you’re eating only to relapse later.
    Deb recently posted..Wednesday Day 502 Food Diary

  12. Marie T Smith

    Deb, I have considered switching to different things, especially now when I’ve been at a lull at 131 lbs lost for about 5 weeks now. I’ve started walking at work, at both my breaks and it includes stairs and I really feel them in my legs, I’m going to see what that does for my weigh in this week, keeping the food back to basics, Cycle 1 on 17 Day Diet plan… which usually is a great loss for me… I just read Lisa’s post from yesterday and it said to “be consistent”, so I’m trying to do that and get more rest as well… Patience… Although, I’ve done all this in less than a year, my anniversary date it coming up, I think with my weighing in daily, it makes it seem “longer” in my head, but really, I’ve done well and when I step back from myself, I see that and am quite proud of all I’ve done. It’s all a process, isn’t it?
    The best thing I’ve learned is that the two months that I’ve not seemed to move the scale (November and this February were months where it didn’t really go up but for about 5 lbs, which I am pretty ok with)… makes me feel like when I do finally reach my goal, I’m going to have a pretty good time maintaining, which makes me feel pretty great!
    Thanks for commenting!

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