Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

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????


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.


What Am I Eating? January 2, 2014

As many of you know, and as I have said before, I am using Nutrisystem as my primary means of food. It worked two years ago, the food is actually really good and easy to make, and so it was an easy choice to go back to again. They provide you with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a dessert daily. However, you need to add in veggies (lots of them), power fuels (proteins) and smart carbs as well as drinking a ton of water. So I thought I’d share some of my main “go to” foods that are yummy and easy. Remember, mom of two teenagers here, who is also a middle school principal and in doctorate school….I NEED….wait…..I REQUIRE easy when it comes to food or else drive through here I come….

Yoplait light yogurt – I’m typically not a fan of the Greek yogurt the world seems to have gone crazy over, so I do the light….but I’m trying out some of yoplait’s Greek yogurts and it’s not too bad.

Baby carrots and hummus – Love hummus! It’s easy and great with carrots and makes a quick snack while I’m at work.

Fizzy” water as I call it (carbonated flavored waters) – Sparkling Ice is my favorite, but our local Giant Eagle makes a good brand too. Much better than plain water or when you are MIO’ed out.

Edamame – my new favorite snack, and I am seeing it around more and more. In the pod with some sea salt sprinkled over it, or shelled and roasted in the oven until they turn golden brown. Yum!

These are just a few of my go-to’s. I switch them up when I get bored. I like trying new foods and am always reading what other people eat to stay full, healthy, and happy.

Let me know if you like any of these too and if any are new and you try them out, how do you like them?!


The Post I Have Been Dreading October 12, 2013

Filed under: Nutrisystem,Personal,Self-Discovery — redefininglisa @ 10:21 pm
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So here it is….over a year since I have posted and a lot has happened. First and foremost, I fell off the weight loss wagon. I’ve gained all of my weight back and then some. I’m depressed, sad, embarrassed, disgusted, and overall just afraid. Afraid of failing again, afraid of having to live in this body forever, afraid of disappointing the people around me again, and afraid of disappointing myself.
I have realized a few things over this past year. One, I was much happier when I lost the weight. Two, I have a very screwed up body image of myself. I look in the mirror and see myself thinner than I really am, yet when I see photographs of myself, I am able to see how I really look. After I lost the near 80 pounds, I saw photos of myself and was disgusted. I still saw myself as morbidly obese even though I knew I wasn’t. I still saw every lump and bump that my body held on to and not how far I had come. So I gave up. Figured if I still looked this terrible, I might as well give in to the food and at least find my happiness in that. That’s when it happened, and in the course of a year, the weight was back on.
Food is an addiction. It’s my drug. Yet if someone is an alcoholic or a drug addict, they simply have to stop all contact with that drug. I cannot. People with food addictions cannot. It is just as dangerous and just as slow of a death as any other drug, yet is is not seen as this to the outside world. If it was, there would be many more support groups for food addicts in the world.
I’m going to try again. I want the old Lisa back, I want to be happy, feel good, make people proud of me. I even went as far as starting doctor appointments for gastric bypass surgery, but realized that was not the answer. That is a quick fix, but if you are not dealing with the addiction, the weight will come back again.
I am starting Nutrisystem again, and I made an appointment with a therapist to help me with the mental part of conquering this addiction. I am asking for prayers if you are a praying person, positive thoughts, and understanding as I once again begin this journey into redefining who I am and who I am meant to be.
I am still a middle school principal with two teenagers and a husband all of whom I love more than life itself. I am also in my second year of doctorate school and working on classes and writing my dissertation. My life is busy. It is full. It is very stressful. I am overwhelmed and find myself simply shutting down when I have free time instead of walking, or eating healthy. The easy way out is just that, easy. But it is not making me happy. I want happy. I need happy. I miss happy.
So here I go again. Trying my best to overcome this addiction while still needing food in my life. I’m scared, but I’m ready. It’s time.


Plateau Be Gone! January 13, 2012

This week has been crazy with work and family things going on, so this is the first I have been able to take a moment and write anything.  I had been dealing with a .5 up and down plateau for about two weeks, which was my first really long period of time to stay at the same weight.  I kept weighing myself almost daily, which I usually never do, but I just wanted to see a change.  I kept to my program, and increased the exercise, but still nothing.

This week, I have not made it to the gym once.  It has just been one of those weeks.  Wouldn’t you know, I go and weigh myself yesterday and I lost three pounds!  Yahoo!  I guess my body just needed something mixed up there to begin to readjust itself.  Whatever it is, I will take it!


Saturday Breakfast January 8, 2012

Filed under: Favorite Things,Healthy Living,Nutrisystem — redefininglisa @ 9:17 am
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I am typically not a big breakfast person, but Nutrisystem has forced me to make sure I eat breakfast.  Typically for breakfast, I have a NS breakfast, a fruit, and a diary or protein. NS has recently changed its program to the new Success Program, so I am still adjusting over to that.

This is a NS pancake mix (which I have heard is very similar to the light Bisquick mix).  I added milk and some pumpkin pie spice.  Sliced a banana on top and drizzled with Walden Farms caramel sauce.  Delicious!!

Walden Farms has been one of the best things I have found.  They have a lot of things to select from and are all calorie free!

Here is a pic of my yummy breakfast!


Still Looking Out Over That Plateau January 6, 2012

  Forty minutes of cardio, 1300 calories for the day, and I wake up this morning and GAINED .2 pounds!!!!!  Seriously….why is my body rebelling against me????

I am following my Nutrisystem program as I should be, I am hitting the cardio and the strength training like I have been for months.  Yes, I am frustrated.  No, I am nowhere near giving up.  I feel too good.  I look too good.  I am too happy with my life right now that I can only begin to imagine what it will be once the remaining 65 pounds are off to ever even consider stopping now.

People have told me:

1.  You need to shock your system, go eat a cheeseburger.

2.  Change your exercise regimen.

3.  Eat different dinners for a week (not NS dinners)

4.  Be patient, your body is just readjusting itself.

By nature, I am not a patient person.  Not about really anything.  I like immediate gratification, and I like immediate results.  This is why NS has worked for me.  I mean 65 pounds in 5 months?!?!?!  That is insane!

As I leave you with the thought of putting my head in an oven, but then realized I had a great hair day and do not want to mess it up….I can assure you that I will get my butt outside after work today and run.  I can also assure you that I will continue to eat healthy and not jeopardize the hard work I have done.  However, I am right now pleading with my body to please just work with me here and let me lose a teeny tiny bit of weight (like that darn .2 I gained last night).

Pretty Please???


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