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Reducing My Calories – Part 2

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. Carrie @ Season It Already

    I like reading these because you give me ideas for ways to lower calories or change up my snacks/routines. I never thought about putting a little dressing on steamed broccoli… and why didn’t I think about dipping carrots and celery in guac? I do it with hummus!

    I hope it all worked out well for you!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Just a little bit of dressing on steamed veggies is nice. It’s not a lot but it changes up the routine. And yes! I do hummus and veggies a lot but then get sick of hummus, so the guacamole is a nice change.

  2. Kitty

    Great idea on doing the veggie bags. I should do that for veggies to dip in hummus (don’t like the guac). Another veggie to use for that kind of thing is to cut up spears of Red bell pepppaers. So good.

    Also, on the muffin with the cinnamon and splenda, how much of each do you use? Do you then broil it? Looks yummy.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Raw peppers are great, I do that too. I also got some cucumber for this week and will be having that tomorrow!

      As for the English muffin I toast it and then top it with cinnamon and about a teaspoon of the splenda mix.

  3. Carbzilla

    What an amazing week! I LOVE my carrots and guac. Had it yesterday in fact (today was carrots and hummus).

    Last night and today for lunch, I had chicken zucchini poppers and then I made shredded sweet potato patties fried in a little coconut oil. OMG so delicious. I’ve lost 5 lbs in a week, but I’m starting to worry it’s all muscle so I have to get back to bootcamp. When I do bootcamp, my weight jumps all over the place. I hate that part.

    You’re doing awesome!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was pretty good! I had a few bad days, or days where I was over — not necessarily “bad” but you know what I mean. I am trying to reduce my calories and NOT be eating the amount I was before when my base was 1530 and then I’d eat back the gym calories. So I was usually around 1800 total. My goal now with the 1230 base is to be closer to 1500 or less after eating back the gym calories. It’s creating a “deficit” in a different way. I don’t feel starved, so that’s good.

      Great job on the 5 pounds!! And yes, weights do that. When I was consistently going to the warrior room and burning like 700 calories a session, I gained about 5 pounds. Which was frustrating!

  4. CARLA

    SO SO SO INTERESTING and youve done such a great job setting yourself up for success too.
    the husband LOVES those guac minis.
    I wish I loved guac 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Carla! It’s going pretty well so far.

  5. laura

    where do you get your starting number from or goal number?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Do you mean the base? If you mean the base, I got it from My Fitness Pal. It was 1530 as a base. But I changed the settings to “lose 2 pounds per week” (even though I know that won’t happen) and it reduced it to 1230 as a base.

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