Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

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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.


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!


Conference Success! February 27, 2014

Conferences.  Not just a time to learn and kibitz with fellow professionals, but also a time to eat like crazy and drink in excess.  I have to admit I was nervous.  Three days away from my house, away from my comfort zone, away from my go-to foods and safety net.

So I planned.  I packed foods I knew I could eat.  I packed my Nutrisystem foods that did not have to be heated in the microwave.  I also packed snacks that I knew I could eat.

Night one one was a big dinner.  Buffet, even worse.  Thank goodness there were a ton of grilled vegetables and fish.  I filled my plate with the veggies and took two small pieces of fish.  Then came dessert.  This they placed in front of each of us.  Espresso chip ice cream and a cannoli.  Lord help me.  This was dangerous. Flashing red lights. Did I want it? Hell yeah I did. Did I like the fact that I left home that day having lost 46 pounds even more.  Most definitely.  So I had a small spoon of the ice cream and an even smaller spoonful of the cannoli cream. I pushed it away and gave it to my pregnant co-worker.  Success!

Next day, success nice again.  I managed to tackle a Mexican lunch buffet with veggies for a salad and two small pieces of pork.

I went to the hotel gym too.

That at night I allowed myself a treat, a Lebanese restaurant that has healthy choices.  It was delicious. My co-workers went out and ate, I chose to be selfish and not go with them.  I’m allowing myself this selfishness in order to attain my goals. This is about me this time. No one else.

Came me home the next day feeling pretty damn proud of myself.

Best part if the whole conference…..I lost 1.5 pounds 🙂

It can be done. You just have to want it bad enough.


Eat Less, Move More February 13, 2014


This right below is sheer genius.


Makes sense, huh?

So when I look at this, knowing that my daily calorie intake is between 1100-1300 calories a day:


It helps this all make sense.  Intake vs. Outtake. Eat less, move more.

I’m not going to lie, this is hard.  Most days, I don’t want to sweat like a pig at the gym, and I want to eat chocolate and fast food.  But then I think, I want to be here, I love my life, my kids, and my husband.  I want to extend this life as much as possible. I still have way too much to look forward to. I’m doing this, I got this.  No turning back, no redos, this is forever.


Day After March 11, 2012

So yesterday I pretty much felt like I was ran over by a truck. I think the combination of the cold and my nerves caused me to run tense which in turn made my body revolt.
I had an awesome dinner with my mom and my daughter last night. Hibachi chicken and shrimp with veggies and rice. No not Nutrisystem but yummy nonetheless. I then found a pair of pants at the Gap for $4.88!!! Can you believe it??? Size 14 so I figure I’ll lost a bit more and they should fit (although to my surprise they zip and button now!)
So today was absolutely gorgeous and after a friend’s bridal shower I decided to go for a bike ride on a local bike trail. My daughter came with me. We did 6 miles in an hour. She is eleven and I was so proud of her for being able to do it!! I was also so happy to be able to do something like this with her. It was a very very special weekend for me!
After the bike ride we went for ice cream (I had sugar and fat free yogurt) and then I was still feeling like moving so I dropped her off at home and went to the park where I did another 2 miles on foot!! 28 minutes and a combination of running and walking.
I must say that as frustrated as I was last week, I must enjoy running at least a bit because technically I do not have to ever run another step in my life because my goal was to do a 5K which I did, yet here I was today running two more miles. Maybe I have this running bug after all??
This was a great weekend. Lots of emotions and celebrations with people I love and admire.



Dissertation and Motivation January 20, 2012

In May, I will be returning to school to complete a doctoral program in the area of Educational Administration and Leadership. The biggest part of this program, aside from the coursework, is the dissertation, which to be quite honest, scares the crap out of me.  When I went for my orientation and interview process, the recommendation of the faculty was to begin reading topics that interest us…finding anything and everything I can get my hands on.

Initially I began to research the topic of bullying and relational aggression (girl bullying) because both are something I feel very strongly about.  Never really having a ton of self-confidence myself, and never really feeling like my body was like anyone else’s (which is why I allowed all the weight to come on in the first place, just from thinking, “Oh, I am already fat, who cares if I eat this cake”….even when I was not) I was subject to some bullying early on in junior high and early high school.  It was only after I met my husband the summer before ninth grade that I allowed myself to think I was pretty and worthwhile.

However, as I began my journey of changing my lifestyle, I realized that I needed not only the motivation to work hard now, but also forever.  My mind began to race with the thoughts of how the heck am I going to stay interested in eating healthy, exercise, weight loss, weight maintenance, etc. for the rest of my life.

That was when I had my Ah-Ha Moment.

What if there is a correlation between being healthy, exercise, weight loss, and self-esteem, body image, and even…..the way a person/student reacts to and deals with bullying?

So now I am asking all of you….the readers…to help me out.  Please, if you know of any good reads, good articles, good websites, ANYTHING on this topic, send it my way.

I eventually would love to create a program at my school for overweight students, helping them to get their lives back when they are still young.  Helping them to see what they are missing now, and not twenty years from now.  Realizing that they can overcome the fear of making changes and not allow their doubts to run their lives.  Seeing me, an almost-40-year-old woman do it herself.  Begin to run…ok, run/walk….and feel stronger and better about herself than she has in years and years.

I want to share that success with everyone, inspire everyone to live their best life.  What better way to motivate myself than to motivate others.  What better way to stay motivated than to spend the next 3-5 years of my life on the topics which I am passionate about….our youth, exercise, healthy choices, and living life to its fullest.

Yes, I think I am on the path to a dissertation topic.



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