Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Second 5K Race April 7, 2012

This was my second 5K and I did not sleep at all last night. I kept waking up with crazy butterflies. I was more nervous than before the first one I ran. Maybe because ignorance is really bliss.
Jake and I got there early, pinned on our bibs, went potty one last time, and set off. We definitely ran more than we walked and our first mile was 12:40 seconds which is pretty darn fast for me. I tried making a playlist specifically for this race, but wasn’t that crazy about it. I’ll have to work on that.
We stopped for like ten seconds to grab a drink at the turn around point and finished at 41.09 which is about thirty seconds faster than my first race. That was my runkeeper app time, not their official time because I didn’t start it until I actually crossed the starting line mostly because I was in the back.
And for those of you who are afraid to run because you might be last….guess what…I think I pretty much was. Who freaking cares??? I did not care at all. I did it. I finished and did once again something I never ever could have done eight months ago.
Here are some pics of before the race, after the race, the race recap, and the sticker I finally felt bold enough to put on my truck 🙂






Ran a Whole Mile April 5, 2012

So today I set out after an afternoon meeting for a run. I wasn’t feeling it. I hadn’t been out for a run since the first of the month, so I wasn’t feeling too confident, but since I have my second 5K this Saturday I knew I needed to get a run in. I decided to go to my local high school track and see what happened. I set my run keeper app on my phone, turned on the music and began to run. The last time I went to the track was not good, I barely could run at all, and really was discouraged.
This time was different. Last time I ran, I was able to run for 3/4 of a mile. Knowing that made me mentally stronger. I kept going….one lap turned into two….two turned into three…..I kept going and felt really good….my shins started hurting, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Next thing I knew….I was running the fourth lap and my run keeper came on and told me I ran a mile in 12 minutes and 36 seconds. My fastest mile. Ever. The first mile I have ever ran. In. My. Life. Ever.
What an incredible feeling.
I’m learning running is a mental game. Mentally you need to tell your body to do something. But mentally you have to believe you can do it. Your body is stronger than you know. Trust it.
I’m going to say this out loud today. I’m a runner. I like it. I feel strong doing it and confident and satisfied. I think I may try….notice I said try….and do the rock and roll 1/2 marathon when it comes to Pittsburgh. It will give me time to get the rest of this weight off and time to train. Holy crap. Who would have thought?? Me….Lisa….a freaking runner.


5K Pictures! March 14, 2012

So the pictures finally came out on the website the other day!  My question is, when am I finally going to see the change in my body that everyone else seems to notice?  I mean I know my clothes are smaller, and I can do so much more than I used to be able to….but when I saw these pictures, I was…..not happy.  I still feel like I look very very heavy.  It was disappointing.  I know at 230 pounds I still have a long way to go in the whole weight loss battle, but I guess I was hoping to at least look better in these pictures.

On a brighter note….here is a pic of Adrian (@chasefear13) finishing the 10K of the same race.  I love love love the celebratory pose!


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.



Weekend Away January 19, 2012

I know I haven’t posted for a while, and I apologize but……I was spending the weekend NOT in cold Pittsburgh, PA but in KEY WEST, FLORIDA!!!  My wonderful husband surprised me with a trip there for the long weekend for my 40th birthday which is in a few weeks.  We had an amazing time!  Of course it was hard to make completely healthy choices while I was away, but I did manage to exercise two of the three days we were there.  The food was delicious, and one thing which is so different this time around is now I know I can indulge every once in a while and just get back on the wagon when the day (or weekend) is over.  Yes, I gained 5 pounds.  Yes, I was disappointed, but this was a once in a lifetime trip and I was not going to not enjoy it.

This lifestyle change is not about being without things, or giving up something forever.  It is about moderation.  Exercise.  Knowing that if you do enjoy a piece of Key Lime Pie (or two) that you need to move your butt the next day.  It is about knowing that living a healthy lifestyle means living life to its fullest, and being  able to enjoy all that life has to offer.



Saturday Run January 8, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Living,Motivation,Moving my Butt!,Sharing Success — redefininglisa @ 9:27 am
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After my breakfast and a cup of coffee, I took off to a local trail I had never been to before.  Ever since I have moved outside to run, I am always looking for new places to explore.  This trail is only 10 minutes away from my house, so it is perfect.

I made sure my runkeeper was working properly (see Friday’s tweet on the major fail of that app), and started out.  I was able to complete 2.62 miles in 39.31 minutes.  My pace was 3.98 mph.  Not too bad.

My best friend informed me that I am going to do the 5K in March in 42 minutes.  Yikes!  The only time I have done a full 5K outside, I did it in 48 minutes.

My lower back on the right side only was really bothering me during this run, and actually I felt like I had to walk more than usual because of it.  I am not sure if it was because I had run the day before as well, or if something is out of whack.

I also ran into some ice still on the trail so that limited where I was able to go.  I am still new enough that I know a slip can spell tragedy, especially with my back issues.  I am good friends with my chiropractor, and she is also a marathon runner, so I will be talking to her when I go on Tuesday about my back issue and see what she suggests.

Oh, by the way….my new running shoes are now dirty with trail mud….and I had mud sprayed up the back of the calf part of my pants.  What an athlete!


OMG!!! January 6, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Living,Motivation,Moving my Butt!,Sharing Success — redefininglisa @ 12:06 pm
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It is Official!!!!!!  My very first 5K!!!!  Notice it refers to me as an “athlete”….that kind of makes me giggle.



The following event registration has been confirmed

Athlete: Lisa
Gender: Female
Birthdate: 2/2/1972 (age on race day: 40)
Event Name: March Mad Dash
Event Date: 3/10/2012
Category: 5 K
Registration ID:*********

Credit Card Charge: $21.00

On your credit card statement this charge will be listed as RACE360.COM

For additional information or questions about the event:

Event Web Site:
Phone: (412) 486-7006

Get Your Friends To Register
Direct Link to On-line Registration for the March Mad Dash :

Important Notes

Packet Pickup
Pre-race day packet pick-up: Friday, March 9 from 3:00-7:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101

Race Day: Saturday March 10 from 7:30-8:50am, North Park Boathouse (race start will not be delayed for runners still picking up packets!)

Event Start Location
North Park Boathouse, Allison Park, PA (northern suburb of Pittsburgh) Pierce Mill Road

As long as the county keeps the park open, the race will be run. Please check our Facebook page (March Mad Dash) for last minute updates

Rose Barn parking lot and throughout North Park, as allowed by the county police. No parking peritted at the boat house parking lot on race day.


I Might Need a Favorites Page January 2, 2012

Filed under: Favorite Things,Motivation,Moving my Butt!,Self-Discovery — redefininglisa @ 7:15 pm
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I just got myself and my best friend the cutest shirts!!!

The website is OneMoreMile

Check these out!!!

For her:

For me:

(The back says, “Dear God, Please let there be someone behind me to read this.” :))



Filed under: Motivation,Moving my Butt!,Personal — redefininglisa @ 6:36 pm
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Right now, I cannot bring myself to run/walk on the treadmill.  The past two days I got on with really good intentions and then after about ten minutes was done.  Today I moved to the bike and did my cardio there.  I am not sure what is going on there?  Any other people out there ever get like this?  I hope it passes!  I have even tried to mix it up and do random workouts, bigger incline, etc.  If there are any suggestions, please send them my way.  I am afraid moving outside ruined the treadmill for me 🙂  and living in Pittsburgh, being outside over the next couple months is next to impossible!


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