Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

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!


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!


YIKES! February 15, 2012

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So… has been a little while since I have posted….birthday, birthday trip, some family stuff going on, and basically my crazy life has kept me from being as diligent as I would have liked to have been.

First….my birthday….was great!  Although I spent it at my son’s basketball game and then my daughter’s soccer game, it was a wonderful evening with the people I love and I would not have traded it for the world!

My grandmother has been in the hospital.  She has stage four liver, lung, bone and breast cancer….and has been fighting it for five years.  She is an amazing woman, but it seems her last battle is truly beginning.  Prayers are always welcome if you are a praying person.  I have been visiting her in the hospital and now in the personal care home she has been moved to.

I just got back from Las Vegas….my husband and I spent a long weekend there.  We went to the Motley Crue concert and had a blast!  I totally dressed crazy and relived my youth a little.  It was an awesome time!

Now, with all of that being said, the weight loss battle is still being fought.  I had made it down to 69.8 freaking pounds lost on my birthday (can you believe I got that close to 70!!!) and from there, it’s been a little up and down.  I am sure the time in Vegas did not help, although I walked a TON and went to the gym twice while I was there.  I have decided I am not going to weigh myself until Monday just to give my body some time to….adjust.  (I am really scared of the number and want to get my butt back in gear for a few days)

I went to the gym today, and started re-logging my foods and my exercise again, which I had been slacking on.  I am on top of this.  I GOT THIS!

Here are a few pictures that I took on my trip:

The View Out of My Room

Dinner and a Show

Crazy Motley Crue Outfit!


Almost Halfway There January 1, 2012

I guess I started this blog a little late in my journey, and I feel like I have some catching up to do for all of you.  My goal weight that I want to reach is 165 pounds.  I am 5’7″ tall and one month shy of 40 years old.  Who knows, maybe once I reach that weight I will change my goal, but for now I am sticking to it.

I found this site for choosing a goal weight, Set a Realistic “Ideal Weight” Goal for Your Body.  When I had tried other programs, the goal weight I needed to reach always seemed go unattainable, that it frustrated me and seemed hopeless.

Anyways, my starting weight was 303.2 and I want to get to 165.  So doing the math, that’s 138.2 pounds to lose.  I have lost 64.4 as of today so 69.1 is my halfway park and I am almost there in just about 5 months.  Not too shabby.

Here are a list of things that I have noticed since I began this journey:

1.  I have gone from a size 26 pants to a size 18

2.  I have gone from a 24 shirt(3XL) to an XL, and my bra size was a 44C and is now a 40C

3.  When I flew to Disney in November, I fastened the seatbelt with no problem and could even pull it tighter.  I was always so scared I was going to need a seatbelt extender and sometimes that damn belt was so tight across my lap I am sure it was screaming inside.

4.  I think once I am done, I am going to have to have a tummy tuck.  I already have a lot of loose skin from losing the initial weight.  I have never had any type of surgery before, but if I work this hard to lose this weight, I sure as heck want to get rid of the excess skin once I am done.

5.  My husband is way more affectionate and touchy.  He has always been supportive of me no matter what, but I can tell he is much happier since I have changed my lifestyle.  I guess I am too….maybe that helped 🙂

6.  My kids are  proud of me.

7.  I feel pretty.  I feel more confident.  I feel like I can finally do things I never would have done before.  I am going to start doing them this year.

8.  I have lost a total of 35 inches from my starting measurements to my current ones.

9.  My body is always sore.  However, the soreness is from working out and not from just not moving.  It is a good kind of sore I am getting used to.  This is NOT a complaint, it is a fact and one I am far happier with than the soreness I used to have.

10.  I  no longer have to shop in plus size stores.  I refuse to step foot back into Lane Bryant.  EVER.

11.  I run.  Not because someone is chasing me, but because I can.  I never ever ever thought I would do that.

12.  I am getting stronger and actually can feel a few muscles underneath my body parts.

13.  I enjoy working out and going to the gym and running.  It is a habit.  A good one.

14.  I am truly beginning to redefine who I am.

This is a very short list off the top of my head of just a few of the changes I have noticed already.  It is a great list.  It will grow as I continue this journey.  I am excited to add to it.


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