For Those Ready For a Change

Welcome new readers! I wanted to write a post introducing myself a little bit. I’ve been seeing some new readers/commenters lately, and also the article!

I think that the change of seasons might have something to do with that, too. School is starting, Fall is approaching, it’s a reflective time. One of the reasons I love the Fall is the time for reflection and renewal. I’ve always associated Autumn as a time of transformation. Just like New Year’s Resolution making in January, September is a good time to make some positive changes.

My name is Lisa. I’m originally from Seattle and I live in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a great city to live in if you love the outdoors. There’s amazing hiking nearby, Portland is famous for being a cycling-friendly city, and there’s definitely a “healthy living” culture here.

I live with my boyfriend, Michael. I write about the adventures we go on a lot. Michael is my go-to biking expert. He sometimes writes guest posts about cycling. I have two kitties, Maya and Fat Kitty (not his real name):

I wasn’t always into healthy living. I used to weigh over 250+ pounds. If you want to catch up on my story, you can read about how I gained the weight, what inspired me to lose the weight, and how I DID lose the weight.

Losing the weight transformed me in amazing ways. I started running. I grew to love biking. I found that I loved challenging myself in ways I never thought I would. The rewards of losing 100 pounds were plenty: I started writing this blog and met amazing people; I was on the cover of a magazine; my story was picked up by Yahoo! and I’m currently writing my memoirs.

I’ve kept off over 100 pounds for three years now. I do not diet. I eat a balanced diet of basic foods (trying to avoid processed foods), I count my calories and I work out consistently. I live my life in moderation without denying myself things I want. I believe I’ve found a healthy balance of moderate living and splurging.

I never thought I’d become an athlete. I was more comfortable on my couch. Now? I can’t imagine a day when I would skip my favorite workout: swimming. My life has changed so much.

If you are reading my blog, I feel like you are ready for a change. You’re searching for something: guidance, inspiration, tips, something. I know that feeling. I was there once. I wish I had discovered the healthy living community when I was struggling with my weight. I hope that I can inspire and assist my readers.

It’s not too late. Don’t feel discouraged or like you can’t make your own changes. It’s never too late to change your life for the better, to work for your dreams.

QUESTION: How are you going to change your life?

100 Pound Anniversary – 3 Years

On September 22, 2006 I started a life changing journey. I stepped on the scale at 250 pounds and decided I’d had enough. I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being unhealthy.

250+ Pounds

I had high blood pressure, I was dizzy all the time, my body ached from carrying around the extra weight and I was developing diabetes. That meant I would have to inject myself with insulin–something horrifying to me.  I wanted a change.

About 230 Pounds

I had set backs. I had struggles. I experienced many plateaus in my journey. I gained about 15 pounds and had to re-lose it.  I clocked in many hours at the gym. But I never regretted a single moment of it.

Less than two years later, on August 10, 2008 I stepped on the scale at 150 pounds.

I had reached my goal of losing 100 pounds! It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’d been determined to lose the weight and I did it. Then I kept going! I lost about 10 more pounds.

I am happy with my journey. I did not have surgery. I did not do fad diets. I did not join any “clubs” to lose weight. I did it all on my own. I counted calories religiously every day. I wrote them down by hand in a small notepad. Eventually I upgraded to an iPhone App that tracks my calories and exercise.

The day I weighed in 100 pounds lighter, Michael took me out to dinner to celebrate. I’d stopped eating pizza for almost 2 years (one of my trigger foods) and he took me to the best pizza place in Portland. That slice had never tasted better!

When I was 250 pounds, I NEVER thought I’d become an athlete.

Hood to Coast Relay
  • I ran my first 5K race (Run Like Hell) and the Shamrock Run (8K).
  • Michael and I participated in the Reach the Beach bike ride. It was a joy to train for it. It was an exciting adventure the day of the race. And I completed 55 miles on my bike–even though my bike broke the last 10 miles!
  • I wanted to challenge myself further. I ran Hood To Coast (a 200 mile relay race). I was excited that I was able to participate and complete Hood to Coast without walking!
  • I swam 2 miles!

Plus I’m training for a Century bike ride. The training is going well and I love commuting to work on my bike.

Not only did I become an athlete that loves fitness (hiking, biking and running) but my story was published in a magazine.

I was even on the cover of the magazine. I was shocked when the magazine told me that they loved my story so much they wanted me on the cover. I excitedly bought many many copies of the magazine.

Now, three years later, I weigh about 145 pounds, over 100 pounds less than I used to weigh. I’ve had some ups and downs in those three years, but I feel like I can confidently say, “I lost the weight and kept it off.”

My hope is that this blog and this post inspires other people to lose weight and get healthy. Here’s to another year of weight loss! Thanks for reading!

QUESTION: How are you going to change your life for the better?