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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. carbzilla

    This is such a great topic. When I was at my fittest, I was glad that I was (sorta) mature enough to handle all the attention. Some days it was CRAZY. I can’t imagine how I could have handled that in college, or how other women deal with it their whole lives.

    On the flip side, I’ve met great, hilarious guys who I just wasn’t physically attracted to because of their size (though my first college boyfriend’s nickname was Big, so I liked them big just not too big). I also am not attracted to guys who are too skinny so I discriminate equally. 🙂

    I’ll never forget coming home one day, and my boyfriend and his friend were sitting on the couch with their jaws dropped. I asked them what was up, and they had just watched a video of me when I was much heavier. Now my bf’s friend was HUGE, mind you, but he literally needed some time to process this. I wasn’t going to marry him anyway, but it was an interesting moment and did say a lot about him. Not me, him.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Interesting perspective. It never occurred to me to analyze the maturity of something like that. I’m like you, I was mature enough to handle it I just didn’t know what to DO with it!

  2. Biz

    Being a 4 season athlete in high school and then playing sports in college, I basically could eat anything I wanted. Suzy-Qs and Dr. Pepper for breakfast – no problem! Turns out you can’t eat all that if you don’t move once my college playing was done and I got a desk job.

    It was 1999, and I weighed 210 pounds. I’d been a single Mom for 8 years and I wore my fat like a coat to keep men away from me. I was hurt that the father of my daughter decided we weren’t good enough for him, but in 1999 something clicked and I said “it’s time for me!”

    I lost 70 pounds in one year – met my husband in May of 2000 and we married in December of 2000 – it wasn’t until I loved myself that I could let love find me!

    He saw fat pictures of me, and I’ve gained weight since we’ve met, but he’s always told me that he loves me no matter what – and that if I choose to lose weight its because I want to, that I am already perfect in his eyes. How lucky am I?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s cool to hear the back story! I don’t think I ever knew that. I can relate to your using your fat like a coat. I think I did the same thing for a long time.

  3. Lori

    I think thing really are different for people who have lost a lot of weight. Our minds won’t ever work the same – no matter how long the weight has stayed off.

    I met John when I was heavy, but not my heaviest. He loved me when I got heavier and when I got smaller – so I am pretty confident it wasn’t a physical turn off to him.

    I dated some before, but my weight definitely made me insecure about my looks. I am one of the lucky ones in meeting a partner who helped me gain a lot more confidence about me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree with you Lori, our brains are different. We’ve changed. We’ve seen “the other side” and it’s hard to just dismiss those experiences and NOT be worried about. I’m glad John was someone who was positive and supportive in his unconditional love. That’s fantastic.

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