Sharing Secrets

To me, having a blog means being totally honest and open. Readers don’t want to be lied to, or talked down to. I read other blogs and I enjoy reading ones that are honest. I enjoy the blogs I can relate to. In the spirit of that, I thought I’d share some weird things about myself that I probably wouldn’t normally share.

1. I went through a period of about 6 months where I would snack in the middle of the night. I never told anyone about it and was completely embarrassed I did that. I’d lost 80 pounds or so and was so close to my goal. I think it was part of sabotaging myself as I got closer to my goal. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and eat whatever sweets I had in the house.

2. I think about three things all the time: FOOD, BABIES, and VACATIONS. I could seriously spend hours fantasizing about those things. Mostly I think about the exotic food I would eat while ON vacation. 😉 And of course all the things I’d drink on vacation!

3. I’m a snacker. UGH I wish I could NOT graze. That’s my biggest downfall. While cooking, I “sample” the ingredients. Especially if I’m baking!

4. Reading through yesterday’s post about “Why can’t I lose weight?” , I realized I was falling sort on many of those things. The big one was drinking water. I’ve gotten better at drinking water but I’m not great and I KNOW I should drink more…so why don’t I?

5. One of my biggest fears is that I will somehow gain back everything I lost. I work hard not to let that happen, but that fear is still in the back on my mind.

(Updated to add:) 6. I am totally jealous of people that can eat whatever they want and NOT gain weight! I wish I was blessed with that ability….

QUESTION: What’s a secret you want to share?

#Fitblog Chat

Did you participate in the #fitblog chat on Twitter last night? It was a really good one and the questions were very thought-provoking for me.

Q1: Do you ever feel like you are alone in your fitness efforts? I workout alone for the most part, so I suppose I do feel alone in my fitness. However, I *always* had the support of family and friends. They were my own personal cheerleaders throughout the journey and I couldn’t have done it without them!

Q2: Could you be with someone who didn’t share your same fitness goals? A reader asked me yesterday if my boyfriend Michael has lost weight because of my weight loss…I can’t answer that for him but I can say what he told me. He said he’d never been super active until he met me. In fact, when we were “just friends” I never considered him a potential boyfriend because he said he didn’t like hiking. I LOVE hiking! But we fell in love and he’s become a very active guy. He hikes with me (and loves it). We bike together (and did Reach the Beach together). I love how active we’ve become with each other. So no, I probably couldn’t date someone who wasn’t active on some level.

Q3: Do you ever feel pressured to fall into those unhealthy habits at work or w/ a spouse/ a friend? Michael and I don’t always share the same opinions about what is healthy food. It takes a lot of compromising but we make it work. He loves pizza and could eat it every single day. Our compromise? Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza (165 calories a slice) instead of fattening thick-crust pizza.

Q4: How do you go about finding like minded people like workout partners/weight loss buddies in REAL LIFE? I am too shy to approach strangers at a gym. I’ve had people approach me in the swimming pool to talk about fitness, which was cool. I’d love to meet more people who are active. I suppose my blog was one way I thought that would happen! 🙂

QUESTION: How would you answer those questions?

On a side note, I was walking to Washington Park on my lunch hour today and saw THIS:

Looks like Operation Beautiful has made it to Oregon! 🙂 Ignoring the misspelling, it was cool to see and yes I AM beautiful!

Author: 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

3 thoughts on “Sharing Secrets”

  1. I have a hard time because my boyfriend does not share my healthy lifestyle at all. He has actually GAINED weight since I changed my life around, and its very difficult for me. He does like eating healthy food, but hes not into working out and doesn’t really take care of himself. It’s a HUGE source of tension for our relationship.

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