Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Join My DietBet!!! June 24, 2014

I am going to need accountability and motivation after my vacation!  Join in with me!

Cost $25 per player

Begins 7/20/2014

Ends 8/17/2014

Here is the link to my game!

How much can we lose together????


Diet Bet and Achieve Mint June 23, 2014

Filed under: Favorite Things,Motivation — redefininglisa @ 9:06 pm
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DietBet   Set Up Or Join A Weight Loss Game.


I am always looking for (and needing) motivation.  I find it a lot on Instagram (I am lduval14, follow me and then see who I follow…a ton of great people and motivational sites).  One girl I follow on Facebook and Instagram is Sunshine.  Her blog title is Sunshine’s Journey to 199.  She is a great person and is also working hard to obtain her goals.

She is who introduced me to Diet Bet.  It is a website where people can set up “games” for weight loss.  It is monitored closely so people cannot cheat, and you pay to enter the game.  If you win, you split the pot of money with the other people who also won.  So, worst case scenario, you win your initial money back and best case, you win some extra money for smaller jeans!

Right now, the game I am in is with Sunshine and the goal is to lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. It cost $25 to join the game and the “pot” is now over $21,000!!!  You can share success, discuss strategies, like comments, become friends with other gamers, and really find a good support system in an easy to use, online forum.  You can also share your workouts and connect other apps (like my fitbit) to help you track your activity on this site as well.  I will definitely let you know how it goes and I am also planning on starting my own game once I get back from vacation because I am sure I will need the extra motivation!

Here is the website….check it out and let me know what you think!


Next is AchieveMint.  This is a no-brainer.



Basically it is exactly as the picture says. If you are an app user, mostly a fitness app user, you create an account, keep tracking your weight, workouts, steps, etc. like always and AchieveMint uses your data (kind of like you would give information through a survey, but without the survey….or work…or anything) and once you hit a certain amount of points, you receive a $50 gift card.  Period. Nothing else.  Like I said, no-brainer.  It takes some time to accumulate your points, but who cares, you are working out and stuff anyways, might as well get a little something in return.  Like I said, new jeans 🙂

Here is the link to this site as well.


Stay motivated people!!

Please let me know if you have any other tips and tricks up your sleeve!!!




I Lost a Kenzie! June 15, 2014

For those of you who are not familiar, MacKenzie is my 13 year old daughter. She weighted herself today and came in the room telling me I have now lost more than she weighs! So I tried to pick her up, and damn she is heavy! No wonder I felt like crap, was tired all the time, sweat like crazy at the smallest amount of exertion, and wanted to be completely sedentary. I was carrying around an extra person!

So, I finally have that Kenzie off my back….except in this picture….where on my back was the only place I could hold her for any length of time!



Don’t Forget About Non-Scale Victories June 4, 2014

non scale

Sometimes when the scale seems to be slowing down as it has for me lately, I need to remind myself of changes that are not necessarily being  represented by the numbers on the scale.  These non-scale victories are what keeps me motivated and encouraged.   Here are some  that I have experienced as of lately:

1.  I bought new underware….at Victoria’s Secret.  They are not even the biggest size that they carry.  That was huge for me, I used to not even be able to step into that place.

2.  I shopped last week and bought some things from H&M, once again not the biggest size they carry, and they are cute, trendy things that I have  been dying to buy.

3.  I am out of plus sizes for just about everything now. I even fit into a size 14 jean jacket, which I bought of course 🙂

4.  I used to be able to do 5 minutes on the stair treadmill (see stair “dread”mill post here).  I can now do 20.  I still hate it and I still want to die, but I can do it.

5.  I have increased my weight in every single one of my weight lifting exercises.  That makes me feel pretty damn badass, especially when I am doing weights that are as heavy as some of the men at the gym.

6.  My endurance is definitely increasing.  When I began I could hardly do 5 minutes on the elliptical (see elliptical issues here).  My pace was under 3.5 mph.  I can now do interval on level 6 at a pace between 5.5 and 6 mph.

7.  I have learned how to push myself and I know now I won’t die doing it.  That is a major difference from before.  Last time I lost the weight, it took  a lot longer, mostly because once my heart rate got higher, I stopped working as hard.  Now, I am going….”balls to the wall”….every day.  Sweat dripping down my face, down my shirt, on the floor….and I LOVE IT!

8.  People tell me I am  an inspiration.  Wasn’t what I was going for,  but it has definitely helped my motivation, so now spread the word.  The more people  I feel the need to be accountable to, the better.

9.  Small thigh gap.

10.  My BMI has gone from a 49 to a 35.1.

11.  I am happier.  All the time.

12.  I am more confident.  I no longer feel like that fat girl walking into a room and  wondering what people think about me.  I feel “normal”.

13.  My kids and husband are proud of me.

14.  I don’t sweat as much when I am just doing regular things (not working out) basically because my body isn’t having to work as hard to move it around.

15.  Although the scale says I still have some more weight to lose, I can see  the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am now starting to research maintenance.  I have never felt that close to my goal before to even contemplate how to keep it off once I am done losing.  My life has been either a period of gaining or losing.  Never maintaining.

I am sure I could think of more, but this is a pretty good start.  Remember, the scale does not tell you everything about your journey.  While you are working on this new lifestyle, you are also getting stronger, healthier and learning to life in a way that will allow you to not just exist, but enjoy your life!


Why I Decided to Go Public May 20, 2014

Filed under: Favorite Things,Motivation,Personal,Self-Discovery — redefininglisa @ 8:41 pm
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If you look back, you will notice I have been keeping this blog for a few years now. I started this the first time I lost all this weight, which was over two years ago. Last time I lost about 75 pounds in 10 months. This time, so far, I have lost about 82 pounds and it has taken me about 6 months.

Why have I just recently decided to make this blog more public? Simply put….I was embarrassed. I never thought of myself as big as I was, I always thought I looked….ok. I would buy clothes that I felt covered up what needed covered up, and I rarely took pictures of myself or was in pictures.

I was in a major denial.

I know I still have some ways to go, but I’m done being embarrassed. Those of you who follow me, like my posts, my pictures, my statuses on my Facebook page have no idea how much I appreciate your support and encouragement. You are the people I don’t want to let down, you are the people to whom I want to be accountable. So when I saw that one picture of my weight loss was seen by over 400 people I realized instead of being embarrassed, I need to be proud. Proud of how far I have come, and proud of what I have accomplished in such a short amount of time without gimmicks or surgery, simply with hard word and watching calories. Eating less and moving more.

So please continue to like my posts, share my pages, comment on what I am doing and add your own suggestions, successes and ideas. Whether is it a new recipe or a new workout, I am always looking for ideas to keep me moving forward.

Someone told me the other day that I was an inspiration. I’ll never forget that moment. I never set out to do this for anyone else, I was simply doing to for myself, to have something to look back on when I needed to see how far I have come. But to be someone’s inspiration, that really humbled me and encouraged me. I do not want to let that person down.

I’m not special. I was just a girl who was sick and tired of being fat and uncomfortable and not able to wear the cute clothes I always saw when I was shopping. I wanted to be able to be active for my family and for my husband and for me. You can’t do this for anyone else, you have to want it for yourself.

Be a little selfish. You are totally worth it.

Today, you inspired me.



Playlists May 10, 2014

Filed under: Motivation,Moving my Butt! — redefininglisa @ 9:52 pm
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I love music. I especially love music when I am working out. I love to work out alone and blast the music in my ears and just get into my zone. I vary the genre of music depending on my mood. Here is what I have been listening to lately:

Hip-Hop/ Rap

Ray Bands – B.o.B
The Monster – Rhianna
Milk Shake – Kelis
Headlines – Drake
My Time – Fabolous & Jeremih
Drop the World – Lil Wayne
Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj
Work Bitch! – Britney Spears
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Levels – Meek Mill
All Me – Drake
Trophies – Drake
Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo

I also have started using Spotify on my phone. They have specific workout playlists for cardio, running, lifting, etc.

What are you listening to? What motivates you to go further, push harder, last longer?


The Stair….treadmill May 4, 2014

Imagine climbing a never-ending set of stairs.  Enter the stair treadmill.  Stair dreadmill.  Tower of stairs.  Devil machine.  Whatever you want to call it.  The first time I tried it, I was intimidated.  First off, you are above everyone in the gym.  So, you feel like all eyes are on you.  I am still not that confident in the gym. But I wanted to try it, so I climbed on up.  It is awkward at first too, you need to find the right placement for your feet or else the moving stairs crush your toes.

Day one I did a few minutes. Holy moley it is hard.  But I went back. I kept going back.  I am up to 10 minutes at 50 stairs per minute.  So 500 steps climbed in 10 minutes.  Not too shabby.  Just like everything else, I went slowly, increased a little each time, and kept pushing myself.  I am not going to lie….it sucks.  It is hard.  My heart rate is at its highest on this machine.  Typically between 150-155.  I sweat, I huff and puff, and I push through.  But I am doing it.  Such is the story of this journey.  It is hard, it sucks, I sweat, I work, I get frustrated, but I push through.

In the end, it is totally worth it.


Stair Treadmill


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