Lisa, Exposed

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Hello New Readers!

As a result of the Womansday.com and Yahoo! Health articles I’ve gotten a lot of new readers to my site. The FIRST magazine article brought even more. First, thank you so much for checking out my website after reading the article. Second, I am really happy to be able to share my story with so many people. I know a lot of people out there can relate to wanting to lose a significant amount of weight.

This post is a short recap of my journey and an introduction to new readers who may feel overwhelmed with catching up on old posts.

I’m Lisa, 30 years old and I live in Portland, Oregon. I’m originally from Seattle. I live with my boyfriend Michael and two cats (one is referred to as Fat Kitty–he has a bit of a chubby belly these days).

Despite the recent press and having a blog, I am actually quite shy. It’s a strange feeling to suddenly be exposed for the world to see. Strangers, coworkers, family, friends: now they are all aware of what I’ve done.

Most of my 2o’s were spent being significantly overweight and eventually obese. A wake up call regarding diabetes and high blood pressure was the shake up I needed to make a change.

I counted my calories.

I swam laps in the nearby community pool.

I eventually started using the elliptical machine at the gym.

After Losing 50 Pounds (LEFT)

Those things propelled me forward in my journey to lose over 100 pounds. It was a slow process. I wasn’t expecting to lose the weight over night. But seeing immediate progress on the scale motivated me to keep going!

DO NOT FEEL DISCOURAGED. Make small changes. Join Weight Watchers. JoinΒ  a gym. When you see progress, you will be motivated to keep trying!

This blog is partly about how I lost 110 pounds. It’s ALSO about how I am maintaining that weight loss. It’s been over 2 years now since I stepped on that scale 100 pounds lighter and my lifestyle has changed completely.

Instead of weekends spent on the couch, I ride my bike. I hike. I run epic races like Hood to Coast.

I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve hit weight loss plateaus. I’ve had negative experiences at the gym.

A recent running injury forced me to take a break. I did not give up on my lifestyle faced with this challenge. Instead, I continue to swim and I started lifting weights 2-3 times a week. In just one month I’ve lost 4 pounds and my body has been transformed in ways I didn’t expect.

Sometimes I write about recipes I try. I write a lot about Portland Restaurants I try out. Most of all I want to show that living a balanced, healthy life is a good (and achievable) thing!

I hope you stay and read more. I’m not a nutritionist and I don’t offer a quick fix to losing 100 pounds. My goal is to inspire you. If I could do it, you can do it!

QUESTION: If my magazine article inspired you to want to lose weight, tell me how you plan on making some changes to achieve that!

15 Responses

  1. I just picked up my copy at the grocery store but refrained from going into the whole “see that girl on the cover? Well, I know her. Well, no, not know her, in person, but, well….” Yeah, let’s be glad I didn’t do that.

  2. Congrats!! It’s a fantastic picture of you and you are such a good example to people who think it’s impossible to lose weight without surgery or drugs.

    And now you have even more motivation to keep up the good work because you know we’re all watching you! Heh heh! πŸ˜‰

  3. I have wanted to lose some belly fat, but my main goal hasn’t been to lose weight but to feel healthier. I’m always tired and have no energy, and I hate that! It makes me depressed and tired and it’s an endless cycle. I’m not obese or even horribly overweight, but I’m a little over my max healthy weight, and I have a belly…it’s gross. I look pregnant. Ew.

    I read the article about the prediabetes, and it just sounded like me in FIRST for women. So I made an appointment. I visited your site because I was excited that you have one and they printed it. I wanted to tell you how I know exactly how it feels to have no energy and just waste away in front of a screen – yours was the TV, mine is the computer…

  4. I haven’t read the article yet, but CONGRATS!!! I think its awesome that you made the cover! You are such an inspiration to so many people. I look forward to reading your blog every day. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

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