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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. Michael

    I want that salad again!

  2. Alleigh

    Ugh…having just dealt with a sports injury, I totally understand! It takes so much work to transition from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one, the moment the doctor gives the “rest ” order, the fear of not only slipping into bad habits, but also missing out on the mental and physical clarity and well-being is very real. Think of it as a positive thing, though. There was a time in your life that your body wouldn’t be craving the exercise, so look at is a reaffirmation of all your hard work!

    As for my good news, this is a sign of what my life has come to, but my good news is that to celebrate 5 weeks post-surgery, today is my first day off crutches! We’ll see if I’m as excited about that tonight, but right now, I’m thrilled 😉

    Take care of yourself!! 6 weeks will pass before you know it.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for your kind words. It does help hearing from other people who have healed from an injury, or simply just understand how I feel. Sometimes I don’t think the people in my life understand that “Fear”.

      Glad to hear you are off crutches. I hope it goes well!

  3. Cindy

    I’m sorry you have to face 6 weeks off lower body exercises. That sucks. BUT you can do all the upper body stuff, and I bet you will have even more rockin’ arms by the end of the 6 weeks. 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks! YES! Trying to look at the positives!

  4. Roz@weightingfor50

    Big Big hug Lisa!!! Yay for yoga and swimming, and hoping these few weeks soar by, and the pain stops!
    Take care.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hope they go fast too!

  5. Marie

    Dude, that blows. I know it feels demoralizing to know you have to take 6 weeks off, but you have a clear diagnosis and a solid plan and most importantly, you’re smart and you’re DOIN IT RIGHT.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m trying my best! I hope this rest period works. I JUST WANT TO RUN!

  6. Biz

    While I know it sucks, I am glad that you have a plan to get well in six weeks. Hang in there!! OMG, food truck envy here!! My husband and I are going to Austin next month, and I already have downloaded food truck apps, I’ve never been to a food truck before!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Have a great time in Austin! It’s such a fun city! We checked out a few of their food carts but didn’t get to spend nearly enough time experimenting. Can’t wait to read about your trip!

  7. Robyn

    Bummer about your knee but at least you have a plan and if you keep a positive attitude that will definitely help!
    You pretty much hit the nail on the head about tempeh, it is “meh”, but with flavorful sauces or cooked just right it can be somewhat good. I wish we had food trucks like that in MN, we don’t have anything like that!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I find it so odd that I thought I’d eaten tempeh but really hadn’t!

      We have so many food carts here in Portland. It’s super popular.

  8. Grace

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m so sorry about your knee. I completely understand. I’m a runner too, and am dealing with a hamstring injury right now. I haven’t run in over two weeks and it’s such a bummer!

    I do silks, which is great for shoulders and abs. If you haven’t yet, you should look into taking aerial classes, like trapeze or silks. Portland is a big city, so I’m sure there are classes being offered. Good luck!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for your comment and suggestion, Grace. I haven’t heard of that class but I’ll see if it’s anywhere here in Portland. Do you have to be okay with heights to be able to do it? Yikes! Hope your hamstring injury heals fast.

      1. Grace

        I did a google search and there are a couple places offering aerial classes — and I think as long as you tell the instructors about your knee, they’ll help you work around that.

        If you have a fear of heights, you might have a problem with flying trapeze, where you’d have to be about 20-30 feet above the ground. But with other circus arts, it’s just several feet above the ground.

        Thanks! I hope my injury heals soon, too! It’s “runner’s butt.” It’s a pain in the ass! Ah ha ha ha!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          The ones that aren’t too high up sound fun. Thanks for the links! I’ll check it out! Runner’s Butt? Is that like a strained sacrum? (I’ve had that before.) 🙂

  9. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    Bummer about the knee 🙁 At least nothing is torn!

  10. Lori

    Lisa, I do work for an orthopedic clinic and the diagnosis you got is probably one of the best possible ones to have. Overuse is the easiest thing to fix, as long as you follow the protocol. That means no cheating with sneaking in a run or doing any spin classes or anything like that. You can always work on upper body strength, too. You won’t gain a bunch of weight as long as you be mindful of what you eat, which you certainly are already doing.

    When I was laid up with my back, I took that time to do things like puzzles and a lot more reading. Exercised my mind instead 😀
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That is good news, thank you! It does make me feel better. I will most definitely not cheat. I’m committed to doing this right. I’m trying to watch what I eat and that will definitely be the hard part.

      I have a ton of books to pick up at the library, so I’m good on that! 🙂

  11. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Oh, Lisa, I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. That is definitely no fun at all. I know it’s hard, but try and keep a positive attitude, and focus on what you CAN do. Work on upper body strength training, and focus on toning your arms (that’s my favorite to work out–my biceps and triceps). Embrace yoga . . . and maybe try a few different style classes. Some can turn out to be a great workout. Hang in there! You’ll be back to doing what you love sooner than you think.

    P.S. Your salad does look amazing. Nice!!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      The positive attitude will definitely be difficult. I’m trying though!

  12. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    So sorry to hear that. Injuries stink. I hope you recover quicker than they expect. 🙁 The food truck looks awesome! I love how they divided the menu- cute!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hope it’s quick too!

  13. I ❤ 2 Eat

    My favorite wrap is a tuna-guacamole wrap I make at home. I love avocados, and enjoy them in almost every wrap I can. Good news on my end is that we are going on a quick weekend trip to Puerto Rico this Friday. 🙂

    Here’s wishing you a speedy six week road to rest and recovery, Lisa! Best to listen to doctor’s orders as you’ve been doing. Lots of good vibes.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oooh your wrap sounds delicious! And that’s fun that you are going to Puerto Rico. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  14. Karen P

    Total bummer on the knees. 🙁

    My favorite wraps all involve lettuce. With good bases like a well seasoned protein, something spicy -salsa or jalapeños, and some guacamole , who needs bread? Keeps carbs low and yummy to boot. I tried a local Paleo food truck last weekend. It was fab.

    Take care with your knee. I find I can switch the carbs lower, the satiating fats like avocado and olive oil higher and in the end eat lower calories and still feel full on less active days. That and keeping my mind occupied. Lower on the inflammatory scale and keeps the weight in check. Good luck and rest up.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good tip on the avocado. I am often hungrier on rest days and I don’t want to overeat.

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