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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. Jordyn

    Your post was exactly what I needed today 🙂

    I was feeling a bit discouraged earlier, and out of habit, checked your blog.

    Thank you for the words of inspiration.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s awesome, Jordyn. You made my morning! Glad it could help you. 🙂

  2. Carrie @ Season It Already!

    I’ve had this desire as well. I’ve seen people walking or running and I want to just go up and high five them or yell out my car window… but I hold myself back. I don’t want to scare them into not doing it! Instead, I just feel joy that they are giving it a shot. 😉
    Carrie @ Season It Already! recently posted..Birchbox – January 2013: Best Year Ever!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yeah! You just want to give them a high five or a “way to go!”

  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I’ve had a similar experience, of wanting to cheer someone on, but not sure that it would be the most appropriate thing to do. It’s a tough call. I just made sure to make eye contact and offer a big smile whenever I could. 🙂

    Congrats on the nomination! Very well-deserved!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      A smile is a good way to encourage. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Lori

    The only time I ever feel like saying something is if that person is doing the same exercise that I am – like cycling or barbell squats. I don’t necessarily care to have some comment on what I am doing, even if it is positive because then it makes me aware that I am being watched (which I dislike). That’s just me, though.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, that brings up a good point. It is weird that someone is watching. Another reason I don’t usually speak up!

  5. Roz@weightingfor50

    Congrats on the nomination Lisa. Well deserved!!!!
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  6. christi

    your blog post reminded me of one I had pinned
    maybe if you see that guy again at the gym you can encourage him
    I bet hearing “you got this, you can do it, it will be hard but you can do this”

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That made me smile. Thanks for the link. I remember reading that when you posted it. So good.

  7. GingerF

    I’m in love with group classes at the gym now after never, ever liking them (a big part of it was that I was intimidated and didn’t think I could follow the routines). I finally went to check out a strength training class that didn’t look frighteningly hard went okay. The instructor was great and when I asked about another class she taught (a sports conditioning/boot camp class – the one that really scared me) she encouraged me to come and said, “I’m really great with beginners!” I’ve been going ever since and it’s the first time in my life I’m exercising really regularly and I look forward to the gym. I don’t think I would have had the guts to go to her other class if she hadn’t specifically encouraged me to check it out.

    I’m such a regular that I know right away when someone’s new and I always try to strike up a conversation – before class when I can give them some tips about the routine or some encouragement that feeling a bit lost is okay, or after class when I ask them how they liked it and tell them I hope they come back. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone act in any way other than totally thankful that someone reached out.

    I’d encourage you to try to talk to folks and, if there’s an opportunity, to share your story. I know not everyone feels comfortable doing that (I’m someone who talks to strangers in cafes and other places all the time – I have no problems starting conversations), but I wouldn’t keep myself from doing it because I thought I might offend someone. I think you’d be surprised how receptive people will be. And, you might be changing their lives in important ways you might not even realize (as was the case with me and the instructor in that class).

    You’re an inspiration and so is your story! Thanks again for sharing so much!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s so great that you found that you actually did like the classes. I’m glad it’s working for you. And brava on helping the newbies! I imagine it’s intimidating for new people in class. It was for me when I took new classes and was always two steps behind everyone.

      As for encouraging people or telling them my story…I’d like to BUT…I feel like it could be taken the wrong way. Like “hey you look overweight, check out my site on weight loss”! 😛 See? Kinda tacky. I’m sure I could think of a better way to say it but I don’t want that impression to come out. I know what it feels like to be self-conscious about my body and weight.

  8. bethh

    I don’t have anything like 100 pounds to lose, but I’ve certainly been the outsider/newbie at the gym. If you happened to cross paths with that guy, just eye contact and some neutral comment might be enough. Heck, sending positive vibes is something – whenever my friends or I drive past a cyclist we chant “Go biker, go biker!” since we’ve been there plenty of times!

    I’m so glad Christi linked to that “hey fat girl” blog post – I’m totally sending it to some friends and am saving it for future mood-boosting.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for your insight Beth. I agree. Something small and neutral might be all someone needs.

  9. Trevor

    You are right about the small percentage of New Year’s gym goers who actually stick with it past March. It’s a sad fact, but true nonetheless.

    It all comes down to persistence. Those who eventually find long term success have learned the power of persistence.

    So many people think that motivation is the key to success in health and fitness. They think that if they can just stay motivated then they’ll be able to achieve all their goals.

    Well guess what?

    Motivation is fleeting. It comes and goes like a fickle lover. Motivation is great at getting us started, but it is persistence that sees us through. Persistence never leaves our side. It will stay with us until the end.

    It is our persistence that will bring us long lasting results. Not motivation.

    Trevor recently posted..6 Reasons You Don’t Want to Exercise . . . and How to Get Over Them

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree. I think habit and persistence are what keep you at the party. There are DEFINITELY days I do not feel motivated to count my calories or go to the gym but it’s so ingrained in me now that it’s habit and I don’t think about it too much. I just do it.

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