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????


Back at it! December 15, 2013

I know it’s been a little while, but I wanted to check in and let you know I am doing very very well. It took me a little to totally commit but I am back at it and going strong. As of today, I am down 21 pounds from when I began watching again. Nutrisystem is my plan of choice, it fits in well with my lifestyle and my busy days and evenings at work and home.

I also rejoined my gym, Planet Fitness. This is the only gym I have felt like I truly belong. There are people older and younger them me, skinnier and heavier. No one is in those damn sports bras with skin tight little running pants….and most of the guys are simply there to maintain not become beastly animal-like weight lifters.

The biggest effect of all is my improvement in mood. It also helps that my job hasn’t been overly stressful lately, but at least now I feel like I have an outlet again. My biggest question is….why can’t I just do this all the time??

The holidays will be stressful, and I do find myself being less social while I am working hard core on losing. I did not go to a holiday party last night mostly because of all the food and drinks I would be faced with (and the weather was going to be crappy)….and I know I can’t live that way, but for right now…..this is what helps me keep on track.

This afternoon my son and I are treating ourselves to a sushi dinner 🙂


Exercise December 31, 2011

I was a self-proclaimed couch potato for years.  I hated aerobics, classes, working out, sweating in general.  I never was athletic in school, and as I gained weight, my ability to do anything physical became harder and harder.  Walking took effort, and I was embarrassed to admit that even climbing the stairs winded me.  The thought of regular exercise as part of my lifestyle change was going to be a tough one to overcome.

About a month into my healthy eating change my best friend (who has also lost a lot of weight and looks amazing) invited me to come to the gym with her.  She belonged to Planet Fitness and said it was a really nice gym.  So I went……

The first time on the treadmill, I was barely able to go 2.5 mph, and then she made me jog for a minute.  I thought I was going to DIE.  I had not moved my legs that fast in YEARS.  I was huffing and puffing and really considering just falling down and letting the treadmill shoot me off the back and into the weight machines.  But as I watched the seconds add and that magic number….58….59…60….arrive, I was amazed that I did it.

My best friend, Deana, has become a runner.  She has completed numerous 5K’s and also a 10K and is planning on doing the half marathon in Pittsburgh this spring.  I NEVER and I mean NEVER thought there would ever be a day I would run.  I used to joke that I would run for chocolate or if someone was chasing me with a knife, and even then it depended on the size of the knife.

I went home that day with a new attitude.  I saw running as something I could possibly do.  Slowly.  Deana was a huge source of encouragement.  I love her to death and really wouldn’t be doing so much of this without her support and encouragement.  She is amazing, and my best friend in the whole wide world.

I started looking over beginning runner websites, also looking to see if overweight people can run without killing themselves or doing serious damage to their bodies.  What I found was basically saying….go slow, take it easy, listen to your body, and yes, you can run.  I also found the program couch to 5K and thought….hmm…maybe I will do this.  For some reason the motivation of a personal intrinsic challenge was something I had never done before but maybe wanted to try.

In addition to this new interest in running, I also kept going to the gym.  Joined even.  Did some cardio every day along with strength training on the weight machines.  I saw the weight coming off at an even faster rate, and was starting to enjoy it and …..gasp….enjoy sweating.  What the heck was happening to me???


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