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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

    You might have said and I missed it – do you have starting cholesterol numbers? I speak from experience. Have starting numbers so you are able to see if there are any dramatic changes.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      No I didn’t get that tested but I did have it all checked last summer at my physical and it was all fine. I’ve never had high cholesterol (even when was obese).

      1. Vickie

        As long as you have numbers from within the year (as you do), I think you will be fine.

        Hopefully your good numbers will hold steady.

        Mine did not. Boarderline. Got much higher. And that lead to a heart scan. All was well. But I am now doing the opposite (now low fat and always low carbs) until May and then rechecking.

        Please post regularly as you progress. I would really like to follow along. (I am always interested in a good science experiment).

        1. Lisa Eirene

          That’s scary! Did you ask your doctor why?

          1. Vickie

            Our guess is – hereditary make up and Increased fat intake. Healthy fats.

            So I am in the process of eating egg whites instead of eggs. And very little meat. And almost no dairy. And then we will rerun blood work in May and see what happens.

  2. emmaclaire

    I know that seduction of medication – it is so tempting just to give ourselves that kick-start. Sounds like you made a good decision for yourself. I lost 62 pounds 7 years ago and put 15 back on. I’ve been at that weight for about a year and a half. I figure I have maintenance nailed down, it’s just maintaining at 15 pounds heavier than I want. There is some fluctuation, but never more than 1-3 pounds either direction, and it’s just maddening. I have considered Keto, but I just don’t think it’s something I would be able to stick to. I think the answer most likely lies in my portion sizes and beer consumption…sigh…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ahhh beer… 🙂

      Yeah I thought the meds would just be a kickstart too.

      The keto plan is hopefully short term. I’d like to lose the weight and then go into maintenance mode. I may not get back down to my goal weight, age, metabolism, etc etc but I’d like to get close. I know I can maintain–I did it for 10 years!

  3. emmaclaire

    I know you know maintenance, Lisa – yours is a success story no matter which way you look at it! I like that you’re always willing to look at new things to try and ways to tweak your diet and lifestyle. It’s a good reminder that we are ALL works-in-progress, and it is a life-long commitment to good health that is the goal, not the numbers, right?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you! That’s a great way to put it! And sometimes,what worked before, doesn’t work now so you have to re-evaluate.

  4. Leah

    If you’re concerned about your fasting glucose, you could get a glucometer and test your blood glucose to see how it varies. You can just buy one- you don’t need to be diabetic to do it.
    This would help you to see:
    *if your fasting glucose is a consistent problem
    *if your glucose actually gets too low due to the keto diet

    I tested my glucose because I worked with diabetes patients and wanted to get more of an idea of what they were going through and I got tons of free testing supplies through work. (That said, do NOT take my post as medical advice– your doctor is the only one who can give you official advice here.)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I follow a few keto and paleo people and have seen the meters you talk about. Not sure if I am committed enough yet to do something like that. I am going to get through the first month and see how it goes/how I feel. But I appreciate the tip!

  5. Meg

    I just started Prozac and dreading the weight gain. What dosage did you start at and at what point did you feel weight gain got worse? Thank you! My doctor keeps telling me it’s weight neutral, but I’ve been on Zoloft and celexa so know it’s inevitable.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Everyone is different but for me, 10mg of prozac was fine, anything more than that and I gained weight.

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