Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

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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!


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


I Finally See It! April 13, 2014

I have a warped body image.  I’ve talked about it before.  I am not a fan of pictures of myself at all.  I have begun following a lot of things on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) where people discuss their weight loss, progress, and include a lot of “selfies”.  I have to tell you, spending time on social media is a free time things for me, but now every time I spend that free time on social media, I am seeing more and more people who are doing what I am doing, have done it, or are beginning their journey.  It definitely helps.

So, I decided to see if I can see any changes in myself with some before and after pics.  I have to tell you, side by side, the change is definitely apparent.  So. I obviously need to do more of these 🙂 Warning: I might become annoying!

Here are my first ones…..


Salem, Massachusetts at the end of October. Most likely my heaviest. Second picture was last Saturday. About 60 pounds down.



Week before Thanksgiving in Florida with the band. Second one is last week… the school bathroom lol.


Salem again and this past Thursday.

I guess 60 pounds does make a difference.

Oh, oh, and as of today, I was down 65.6!! Yay me!!





Non-Scale Victories April 6, 2014

As those of you who follow me might already know, I am tied to the number on the scale.  Working on that daily, but I still find myself weighing in multiple times a week.  Yesterday, I had my nephew’s first birthday party, and ate really well, then went to the gym and worked out with my daughter and husband.  Then went to a friend’s house and once again, had a salad for dinner, healthy snacks, and stayed well within my calorie allowance for the day.

So I wake up this morning, step on the scale, and gained a freaking pound! I know, I know, it could be water, etc. etc. etc. I know all the excuses and reasons that go into daily weight fluctuation, but it doesn’t make it suck any less.

So I needed a non-scale victory today, and I found one.

I was was at a co-workers baby shower and it was in the basement of her home. Tables and chairs everywhere. This would normally have been a nightmare for me because of my having to squeeze through all the tables and not fitting.  Asking people to move was embarrassing as well.  Here comes the fat chick, look out, make way for her.

So I come downstairs with my lunch, and realize, I don’t have to ask anyone to move. I can fit through now.  60 pounds later, with 50 more to go, but I fit through the chairs!! My one good friend went to scoot in, just to be polite and I snapped at her, “Don’t you dare slide in! I can fit through!!” She laughed and we both understood the significance of that moment to me.

So here is to a non- scale victory.  I need to recognize more of them, especially on the days that darn number isn’t being cooperative.

I also had a picture taken of me that I completely did not hate.  Once again, self-image issues I am working through.  Here is me and my family.  Husband, son, daughter, niece and nephew.  My kids are the older ones 🙂



Any NSV for anyone else out there? I would love to hear them!


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????


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