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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. Vickie

    I always love all your pix. So great seeing all your activities. My kids are all big outdoors people. And one of girls said the other day that she remembers being outside, all the time, as a family all the years she was home. And we do lots of outside things when the kids are home now. Really great that your son is being raised that way.

    I can’t remember, is this how you have always been? Raised that way? Or something you had to change as part of your anti obesity life style? What about your hubby?

    My husband has played competitive tennis since age 7. Still plays all year. He was on swim teams for years and we have always gone to pool, even before we had kids. And we bike. And we garden. So, he was a big (positive) influence on me. My family of origin was not great influence on me. But did much better with my younger brother.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Vickie! Michael and I both want Logan to be raised outdoors as much as possible. Hiking, biking (eventually) and doing stuff outside–not sitting in front of the TV or computer. We want him to have experiences that he’ll remember when he’s older. That’s great that your kids feel that way too!

      Great question! My family was very active when I was growing up. As a kid we did a lot of camping and backpacking–which as a kid I hated but now I think back on it and am grateful for it (and wish I had enjoyed it at the time). I did sports as a young kid–soccer, gymnastics (hated both of it) and swimming (loved that). It really wasn’t until I was about 17/18 that I started gaining weight. And I was not doing any physical activities at that point.

      My husband did not grow up backpacking, hiking etc. I know he was on the tennis team in school but didn’t do a ton of sports. But he grew up in Texas/Louisiana etc and they moved around a lot so I’m not sure if that just wasn’t conducive to doing team sports/hiking/camping etc?

  2. Vickie

    My kids all learned how to swim as preschoolers. Like swimming strokes by age three. My youngest was swimming strokes and diving real dives off the board by age three. The other two were not diving until slightly older. Youngest was also riding a bike and roller skating at 3-4. Other two were a little older when they started, but not by much. We start with the preschool skates on carpeting at home. Everyone did preschool gymnastics which I highly recommend. Really good for coordination and balance. They can all still do a cartwheel, handstand against wall, etc. They all can ice skate. They all can run. They can play basketball or volleyball, etc. Pretty much anywhere they are invited, they can DO the activity. That makes a big difference. But all of that is learned skills.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great!!

      We definitely plan on swimming lessons when Logan is a little bit older. He’s not quite there yet. I’ve taken him to the pool a few times now to play in the toddler section. He’s a bit scared of it still and will just cling to me, which is ok, but maybe next year we can start swim lessons.

      1. Vickie

        One thing that helped us was taking a shower. When they got used to water on face and head, pool was easier. Also on back in tub helped. Also picking up desired items from pool steps or bottom of pool where they had to put face in to get them. Pre swimming skills.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Those are some great tips! I’ll give it a try. I’ve tried a few times to lay Logan on his back in the pool (with me holding me) so he could try floating and he was all “NOPE! Get me outta here!”

          1. Vickie

            Bath tub is great starter because you can begin with an inch of water or even no water and go from there. When you get to water in the ears depth, then real progress. My son went from really not wanting to be on his back in pool to comfortably working on back float the next summer (I think this was in the 2-3 age range). He is 27 now, so long ago. After him, I learned to put girls in shower as baby/toddlers and we never went thru that on your back/ears in water fear thing again.

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