Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Like Pasta? You HAVE to try this! June 27, 2014

Filed under: Favorite Things,healthy eating,Healthy Living — redefininglisa @ 10:02 pm
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The Official TV Site Veggetti

Best $14.99 I have spent in a long time!  It is the Veggetti and turns veggies into long, thin strips of “pasta”, but without the carbs, calories and guilt! I have been using zucchini with mine, and after I twist it through the little machine, I pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and add toppings.

Here is what I have tried so far:

pizza sauce and a little parm cheese

soy sauce and a little red wine vinegar

soy sauce, PB2, and a packet pf splenda – tastes just like Pad Thai!

What is PB2? Chick here.

If you are a Pinterest person (I am), search zucchini spaghetti.  You can also use cucumber, potatoes, carrots, or anything else that can be twisted through this little gadget.

Yay for new foods and new gadgets that make eating healthy more interesting and easier!!

Let me know if you try anything and what you think!


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!!!




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


Some Motivation for the Upcoming Holiday Weekend April 16, 2014


Excuses are only hurting you.  They affect no one else but you.  Period.  Start small. It is going to hurt, but let me tell you, it is worth it.



I find that on the days I really need to talk myself  into working out are the days I have the best workouts.  I still mentally have to push myself to work out.  It’s never something I look forward to.  But it is a necessary evil, and it’s made 65 pounds fall off my behind (and other places) in 6 months.  That’s what keeps me going.



Stop looking at food for happiness. It’s not.  It’s fuel for your body.  I’ve looked at food as a source of happiness for so veery long, and let me tell you….obviously I was pretty darn happy according to my weight.  But at my highest weight, I was so very sad.  Food does not equal happiness.


New Eating Out Option April 14, 2014

Filed under: healthy eating,Healthy Living — redefininglisa @ 5:30 pm
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imageChipotle has a really cool online feature. You build whatever you want to eat and it calculates the nutritional value for you as you go.  So, I found out that I can have a chicken salad with grilled veggies, tomato salsa and a teeny tiny amount of their vinaigrette for about 240 calories.  It was yummy, next time I won’t even use the few fork dips of dressing I used today.  The salsa makes it tasty enough.  Here are some pics for you!

Chipotle chicken salad



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