Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Join My DietBet!!! June 24, 2014

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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!


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


Progress! March 29, 2014

So, every time I think to myself….I need to update my blog….life gets in the way.  So, here is a quick update.

Still on track.  Down 58.6 pounds as of yesterday morning, undressed, before coffee, after using the bathroom (hey, gotta make every ounce count, right?)

Still using Nutrisystem, but not for dinner.  Making/ eating dinners on my own.

Going to the gym at least 5 out of 7 days a week.  Usually more.  My typical workout is 20 minutes on the elliptical (Interval setting,level  2), then 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer, and then 20 minutes weight lifting (I do a different body part or parts each day, rotating through weekly and increasing weight as I am able to do 3 sets of 12 reps easily).

People are noticing, clothes are too big, I have already gone through my closet, boxing up some clothes.  I am down from a size 26/28 to a size 18 currently.

I am still not taking many pictures.  That is my personal issue.  I am also still not seeing the difference everyone else is seeing.  I am working on that.

So, in a nutshell, that is me and my progress.  I am proud of myself, I am working really really REALLY hard.

How are you doing????


Plantar Fasciitis Contraption March 1, 2014


Here it is folks.  New contraption for my aching foot and heel. It is meant to keep my foot flexed in order to allow the foot to heal in a flexed as opposed to relaxed position which mimics walking.  You can read more about plantar fasciitis at many different websites, just google it. Basically it is a pain in the heel and bottom of the foot that is more intense when you are just getting up from sleeping or after sitting.   I’ve also tried to really limit, almost eliminate any type of cardio that impacts my foot and heel.  I am still trying to work through the Couch to 5K program, but am going slow, because it does cause some discomfort especially the day after, etc.  I am am supposed to wear this all night to sleep, but honestly I cannot find a way to get comfortable.   So I am trying to wear it when  I am sitting down during the day, after a workout, and I do try and wear it when I go to bed, but typically I wear it for a few hours and then take it off because it keeps waking me up.

Anyone else out out there have  plantar fasciitis? Anything you can recommend to help? Ever worn a contraption like this?  Something better? Worse? Talk to me!




One Step Forward…Two Steps Back… February 5, 2014

Filed under: Moving my Butt!,Personal — redefininglisa @ 7:00 am
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Heel pain sucks.  I have been upping my cardio and the result is….heel pain.  Otherwise known as plantar fasciitis.  I have tried stretching exercises, icing my heel after exercise, eliminating all impact cardio work, wearing my running shoes and orthopedic inserts, and having my chiropractor work on it when I am there.  My latest attempt at relief is Rock Tape.  After watching some videos, I taped my foot for added support.  It has helped a bit.

Rock Tape

Any other suggestions for plantar fasciitis?  Heel pain?  I really want to begin running again and I know that is not a good idea until I get this healed.

For those who are not sure of  what this is….here is a link to a description:

I will keep you posted, minor discouragement, but won’t keep me down.





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