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Getting Back on the Wagon

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. K @ Finding a Skinnier me

    So true! I never thought to use Google Calendar to write down my workouts. When you first started were you just swimming or doing a variety of workouts?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I was just swimming! All I did was swim 2-3 times a week. I swam for about 20-35 minutes at a time and eventually built up my stamina and was able to swim without stopping to rest the whole time. It was probably 4 months or so before I started including other things like the elliptical.

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I agree with the “schedule it”. Make it a priority, and do something you enjoy. Also, I find that working out earlier in the day makes it less likely that something else comes up or you get too busy.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a good tip. Getting it down first thing makes it less likely you’ll think of excuses not to. 🙂

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    Great advice all around Lisa!!!

  4. Cindy

    You said it far more eloquently than I could! 🙂

    I just do it. If I can’t make the gym, I walk everywhere that day. If I go to the gym, I make sure I don’t ruin it with “bad” foods. I try to schedule everything, but sometimes life gets in the way and I need to work around it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I love that! Excellent addition–don’t undo the good day with bad food.

  5. Mellissa

    There is a great Ted talk on fake it till you make it. I think u can try googling it to find it. Defiantly a eye opener.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I will definitely look for it. I’ve seen about half a dozen TED talks so far and they’ve all been spectacular and inspiring.

  6. Rachel

    I think scheduling workouts with a friend is a great way to get back on track and stay on track. Another strategy I use is challenges. A few of my workmates and I have a friendly challenge where we score “points” for working out, tracking food intake and eating a certain number of fruits/veggies per day. It’s very motivating to be in competition with others who are also cheering me on!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh good one! Yep! Competition can definitely help motivate.

  7. evilcyber

    Excellent post, especially about the momentum! To me losing weight is a bit like running: you stop, you have a hard time getting going again. The only exception from that that worked for me is a planned cheat day, that has a definite start and end.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Of course one or two scheduled days off is good. Sounds like you have a healthy balance.

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