Repost: The Photo Shoot and Magazine Debut

(This is reposted from last year for new readers of my blog. If you are a new reader, I was featured on the cover of FIRST Magazine for Women back in October! I hope this post inspires any of you New Year’s Resolutioners who may be losing steam mid-January!)

I didn’t want to say anything until I knew FOR SURE it was happening…but First Health Magazine for Women is doing a story about my weight loss!

Originally, the article scope was going to be about fiber and lethargy but the woman writing the article changed the scope of it after hearing my story. I did an email interview with her about a month ago, sent before and after photos, and then it was a waiting game. She contacted me a few weeks ago saying that her editors loved my story and they wanted to do an article about how I lost 100 pounds doing my own program. It sounds like the scope of the article is now about how I was pre-diabetic and that’s what motivated me to lose the weight.

Well last week I did a phone interview with her. She was really nice and seemed impressed with my story. She had a lot of really good, interesting questions! I’m excited to actually see it in print. Of course, part of me is trying not to get too excited because anything can happen between now and October when my story is supposed to come out.

Saturday was my photo shoot for the magazine article. They sent a freelance Hair and Makeup girl (Amy) to my house and she spent almost two hours getting me ready! It turned out that my hair was the biggest challenge. It took forever to dry and then re-curl. I have naturally curly hair–which can be a challenge. 🙂


Of course Fat Kitty was in the middle of everything supervising my Hair and Makeup experience. 😛

It was weird sitting still for so long and letting someone do all sorts of things to your hair and face–that you cannot see! I trusted Amy though. She seemed really professional and her own makeup looked great.


Michael would poke his head into the living room and occasionally take photos. Then my parents arrived from Seattle. I was glad they arrived early enough to be part of it.


After the hair and makeup was done, we went down to the park for the shoot. Ty, the photographer was REALLY nice and it was a great experience. It felt really weird at first. I was awkward and wasn’t sure what to do with my hands.

My mom tried to be stealthy and take some photos with my camera. 🙂 Ty didn’t mind so that was cool. Amy was there to puff up my hair in between shots. Once outside for awhile, the hair started to flatten a little.


They wanted me to have two different tops so I wore the purple shirt first and then half way through the photo shoot I changed to the pink shirt.


It was strange posing in a park and having strangers walk by or drive by and stare. I tried not to notice.

It was a really fun experience. I can’t wait to see the professional photos!

The Magazine Debut!

When Michael first saw my magazine cover he said, “Now Lisa, from now on I’ll start speaking very slowly and use small words so you can understand them. You know, since you’re a cover girl model now.” Hahaha very funny! 😉

He then went on to say that when he bought two magazines at the store the checkout girl said, “You know you have two copies of the same magazine, right?” Michael got to brag a little and explained that it was his girlfriend was on the cover. I guess the checkout girl wasn’t impressed (or thought he was delusion) because she didn’t say anything. Too funny!

Monday night Michael and I got dressed up and went out to dinner to celebrate FIRST coming out. We had reservations at Mint/820.

It’s a trendy martini bar and restaurant. It’s a brick building in North Portland, dimly lit by candles, with trance music playing. It was very romantic.  For my drink I splurged and got a Pineapple Drop.

Dinner took a long time. We enjoyed every relaxing minute of it and then headed to the grocery store to see my magazine on the stand!


There it was! Next to the Runner’s magazine and at the check-stand.


It was very strange to see my face on the cover of the magazine where anyone can see it.


I bought my copy. It was a very, very special night for me. I am happy I got to share my story with the world and even more excited that they chose me for the cover!

Thank you for all my readers that bought a copy of the magazine. It means a lot!


Thanks for reading! It means a lot that I can inspire other people. 🙂

Tip for New Runners: Shoe Fitting

(This is reposted from last year for new readers of my blog.  If you are just starting out with a running or fitness routine, I really recommend getting fitted for the right shoes.)

After work on Thursday I walked to Foot Traffic to get a proper fitting. It was my first foot analysis ever. I had no idea what to expect. Earlier in the day, I’d called to get some general information. It was free, he said it would take about 20 minutes, and I didn’t need an appointment. Perfect! I’d been to Foot Traffic a few times before. Once to pick up my run packet for the Run Like Hell 5k, once to buy some clothes from their clearance rack, and once looking for a running hat–but never to buy shoes. I thought a Running store would be super expensive. And I usually buy my shoes at the Nike Outlet (much more affordable!).

I was immediately helped by the sales clerk. He was very informative. Not overly friendly–he seemed more concerned about reminding me that it was better to spend money in a locally owned store (like his) than online or something. But he had good information.

He had me roll up my jeans and take off my shoes. I got on the treadmill. He turned on the camera and filmed me walking on the treadmill for about 1 minute. Then he said I was done! I was a bit surprised that we were already done but he showed me the video on the TV immediately. He played back my walking in slow-motion. He was able to analyze my stride immediately and pointed out to me what he saw on the screen.

He concluded that I have a very slight pronation on my left side and none on my right side. He said my Achilles and ankles look great. A pronation is how your foot rolls when you’re running. If a pronation is not taken care of with proper shoe fittings, a runner can develop IT band issues, Runner’s Knee and a mess of other things.

He grabbed a Brooks shoe, Nike Triax, and Saucony Guide. He also said I should be wearing a size 9 shoe–instead of a size 8.5 like I normally wear. He said when running, our feet swell and there should be enough space at the tip of the shoe so that my toes don’t rub. That will cause blisters and the dreaded runner’s toenail (i.e. black toes or toenails falling off!). I was skeptical at first but tried each of the three shoes he grabbed for me.

The size 9 didn’t seem to be too big. I guess he knew what he was talking about… 😉 He said if it slips a little, there are extra holes at the top of the shoe to put the laces through. Using those holes, the heel of the shoe will stay firmly put. Much better!

He described to me that I need to choose a shoe that has a Dense Foam where the arch is. That will give me the support I need.

He asked me what I’d tried before. I told him I do not like Adidas at all–they cause me foot and leg pain. I said I bought a pair of Asics last week and it caused some heel and shin pain.

The first shoes I tried were the Saucony. I didn’t like the way they fit at all. I jogged around the block to test them and knew immediately I didn’t like the way they felt.

Next, the Brooks Ravenna.

Oh my gosh! They felt like magic on my feet! They immediately felt like heaven. I jogged around the block in them and loved them!

Next, I tried the Nikes. Surprisingly, I didn’t like the feel of those either–especially after trying the Brooks!

If you see the gray part of the shoe below–where the arch support is, that’s the “Dense Foam” he was talking about. It felt hard when pressed compared to the squishy white part of the shoe.

I decided on the Brooks. At first I was going to go home and read reviews, compare prices, etc. before purchasing them. In the end, I decided to go for it. Part of the reason was the amazing return policy! The guy said if I wear them a few times and don’t like them, I can return them for a full refund. However, if I wear them for a few weeks outside and still don’t like them, I can return them for FULL store credit! Wow! Sold!

He recommended not wearing the running shoes for walking–just running. That’s something I knew I should do, but just didn’t do it. Laziness I guess. He said that the shoes need time to “rest” in between activities so they don’t wear out as much.

While I was there, I also found some pepper spray for runner’s! I’ve been wanting to get some for awhile but just never got around to it.

They also had some really cute pint glasses with a running logo on them. I just couldn’t justify spending $10 on a glass after buying shoes. Oh well!

I can’t wait to try out my new shoes! I hope they are as magical as I think they are!

NOTE: Take a moment to read Susan’s post “8 Most Common Running Mistakes.” Great info!

QUESTION: What running shoes do you wear? Were you fitted for them?