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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. Jeanne D

    I found your blog awhile back when I started my lifestyle change, I have lost 50 lbs, in year, but I have stalled out, reading your truths have given me some insight for me..

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for sharing Jeanne! Congratulations on losing 50 pounds so far. That is a great accomplishment!

  2. Cindy

    Wow. This really resonated with me. A lot. I do the same thing. Mostly when I’m upset (like right now), but even when I’m not, I binge read/and watch tv (I’ve nearly finished all 8 seasons of 24 in less than 3 weeks). I suppose it’s healthier than eating 6 cookies, but you’re right- the question is why.
    Cindy recently posted..My dad

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Haha, I watched the first season of 24 in one weekend. And last week when I was sick, I watched the entire 4th season of the Shield. Binge binge!

  3. Lori

    Lisa – hugs if you don’t love yourself as you are (whether or not you want to lose weight).

    I get the bingeing thing. I think substituting bingeing works for a bit, but it is the behavior of bingeing that you need to understand. Like the person who quits cigarettes and substitutes food instead or someone who quits alcohol but goes on a religious binge (if you understand what I mean here). There is a reason for the behavior and some people just have addictive personalities. I have that as well.
    Lori recently posted..Fit Female Eating

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I have an addictive and obsessive personality. I am working on that in therapy. It’s hard when it’s part of who you are. And I totally get what you mean about food, religion, etc becoming the binge when trying to get over another one.

  4. Lori

    I also forgot, this is a very interesting blog post about regaining and the honesty behind it. Not sure if you have seen it or not.
    Lori recently posted..Fit Female Eating

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you! I will check out that post.

  5. Courtney

    Excellent post! I feel like we all have these truths we aren’t willing to acknowledge. I gained about 10lbs back after leaving my previous job. I was running around crazy at work, but once work was gone I wasn’t active enough. I still haven’t lost those 10lbs, but I am improving my strength. If you ever want an accountability buddy, I’m only a text away!
    Courtney recently posted..Wendler 5/3/1 Cycle 2 Wrap-Up

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Much appreciated. I’m taking steps to get things in order. I’ve already started doing small things I need to do and I am currently signing up for a 5k to train for. I think having a goal like that will help. But I’m always willing to get together and do something!

  6. Hannahviolin

    I hear you! I got tired of tracking my food and always sticking to certain food rules and as a result, have slowly crept up 20 pounds in the past year…and I’m tired of it too. I too want to just love myself as I am, and not beat myself up over so many things. Sigh. My truth is that I don’t need to have alcohol as often, or eat so many snacks, and that I really do feel better when I’m healthier.
    Hannahviolin recently posted..Snow Dome and whole 30 challenge

    1. Lisa Eirene

      ” and that I really do feel better when I’m healthier.” <-----yes! I like how you put this. This should be my mantra. I feel better about myself when I feel healthy.

  7. Seraphina Capranos

    Wow, Lisa, Thank you for your brutal honesty. It’s so appreciated.

  8. April

    Thank you for writing what I’ve been thinking about today. I often feel that I’ll eat something & then blame it on having no willpower. I wish it was that easy. I have hit my goal weight yesterday (on my birthday no less!) & then proceeded to eat 300 calories of cookies today.
    I think it’s time to start doing some hard thinking about my true motivation & goals.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one thinking it. I understand your slip up. Sometimes it’s like we can’t enjoy our success or progress and sabotage ourselves. I did the same when I reached goal. It was a rebellion I guess…

  9. Karen P

    Super glad you are doing the work now, early on. The take aways from my therapy 10 years ago make every day easier today.

    Working on your self now will impact your relationship and your family (adding a baby to the mix is hugely stressful). Laying the foundation now will change you and your family dynamics (for the better) now and forever!!

    High five for working on it and working through it. 🙂 Keep up the great work, Lisa.
    Karen P recently posted..Unsunk- My own story as told to Miss Skinny Genes and Ito- Finding our Hunger Podcast 44

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the support Karen. You are one of the maintainer blogs I was referring to! Your success has inspired me.

      1. Karen P

        Awww, thanks! Customizing your template AND changing up with the normal dynamic life changes is a lot of work. Cheering you on for the next steps… 🙂
        Karen P recently posted..Unsunk- My own story as told to Miss Skinny Genes and Ito- Finding our Hunger Podcast 44

  10. L

    Very honest admission of a real struggle. Thank you!
    L recently posted..Lovin’ the Loose Pants

  11. Biz

    It’s so weird because I find myself doing the same thing – “mindless eating” is what I call it. I am not hungry, but all of a sudden I’ll walk by a desk at work that I know has M&Ms in it and I’ll toss a small handful in my mouth. Gah!

    I love your honesty Lisa! I hope you continue to like this new counselor too!! Hugs 😀
    Biz recently posted..Cranberry Banana Chobani Muffins

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YEP I do the same thing! Been pretty good this week not doing that at work!

  12. Diane Fit to the Finish

    This is awesome Lisa! I recently told someone that you sometimes have to be hard on yourself and telling ourselves the truth is part of that.
    Diane Fit to the Finish recently posted..Perfect Posture: Something to Work Toward

  13. Deb

    Lisa, this hit home for me too. Lately I’ve had a hard time keeping myself accountable, and have caught myself sneaking food a few times (as in 2am sitting on the floor in front of the fridge), as well as just mindlessly eating here and there. I know what I need to do to be losing, I know how to do it, and I know I will see results. But it seems like after I lost about 65 pounds, I lost it. I’ve been struggling to stay on track this month, and while I’ve lost 4.9 pounds so far in February, I feel I could do better and that sometimes I am sabotaging myself. Hang in there. I think knowing what you’re doing is the first step to understanding why you’re doing it.
    Deb recently posted..Sunday Day 848 I’m Still Here!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      4.9 pounds is great! You should be proud of that. Focus on that and maybe it will help?

  14. Jess

    I think we share a brain.

    I’ve got 57 days until my wedding and around 3-4 pounds to lose. I keep eating junk and blowing off my walks even though I know I won’t be 100% happy unless I’m at a certain weight. A disordered eating habit is so hard to get out of, but a disordered thinking habit is even harder to quit!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh Jess, I’m sorry! It sounds to me like STRESS. Can you find time for yourself that doesn’t involve wedding plans so that you can relax? Maybe do something to pamper yourself?

  15. Carla


    and I know so many of us can 100% relate too.

    Carla recently posted..What if it all went away?

  16. K @ Finding a Skinnier me

    I feel the exact same way right now. I think I have a pretty big idea of why I am eating crappy food, now I just need to work on fixing it which is currently my project. I too struggle with crazy anxiety and have found calming yoga does wonders for me (I know you currently go as well). I hope you are able to discover what is going on soon! I know it is very frustrating!!
    K @ Finding a Skinnier me recently posted..Monday Memoirs

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great you found something that helps. Yoga is wonderful for that. I am so much more relaxed and less stressed after a yoga class but dang is it hard to motivate myself to go to one. I make myself go once a week and that’s about all I can do right now.

  17. Roz@weightingfor50

    Lisa, you are truly an inspiration. Your honesty and vulnerability makes you completely relatable! And know what? You are going to be a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE no matter what the number on the scale says that morning!!!! Hang in there!!!!!
    Roz@weightingfor50 recently posted..Snowy Sunday

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you for the kind words Roz!

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