The Long Story

My name is Lisa, I’m a twenty(ish)-something, living in Boston. I started this blog in March 2010 as a 30 day commitment to myself. It is where I will document my journey to becoming a healthier and happier version of me!

My brother Michael and I

I am by no means a nutritionist or a trainer, and I am not claiming to be the healthiest eater or a body builder either.  All I know is what works for me, and what works for me didn’t happen overnight. It started at the gym in October of 2007.  I walked on the treadmill, lifted a couple of weights, and BARELY broke a sweat.  Then I’d top off my gym session with a pepperoni pizza and pitcher of beer. Weird I didn’t see a difference, huh? My body craved more so I did some reading and had many conversations about how to step it up.  I discovered Karon Karter’s book “Six Weeks to a Bikini Body” about a year later.  I followed her 6-week plan to a T, fitting in an hour at the gym six days a week (and I did this book almost 3 times!).  I experimented with heavier weights and began figuring out how to push myself.  The workout routine in the book made me feel energized and excited about the gym, but I still wasn’t seeing a difference.

Finally, in October of 2009 I joined Weight Watchers.  W.W. helped me realize my large portions, late night snacks, and selection of foods was counteracting my exercising!  This revelation led me to the balance I had been missing the whole time: the balance between eating and exercising!   About two months after joining W.W. I decided to step up my sweat-sessions.  I committed to a four-day weight cycle which focused on an individual muscle group each day, and did this for 60 days.  The result?  I lost 15lbs and 4 dress sizes!

Me, November 2007

My food and exercise plan is so different from when I began gymming-it three years ago.  I got from where I started to where I am by asking questions and finding answers, which is something I will continue to do and share with you here.  When I first joined the gym my goal was to get SKINNY.  Funny thing is that SKINNY was the feeling that came to me after I changed my sedentary lifestyle to an active, more healthy one.  This blog, I hope, is going to inspire you to stop making excuses and get started!  Get started doing whatever it is you want to do!  It is all about growing and finding what works for you!

My boyfriend Jack and I on January 4, 2010

How I started eating better…

  • Knowing that my workout, no matter how intense or sweaty, does not afford me the ability to eat anything and everything in massive quantities.
  • Planning meals and snacks not only makes food shopping easier, but it prevents me from making poor food choices because of hunger.
  • I still allow for indulgences.  I mean, who can live without chocolate cake and wine? I sure as heck can’t, and neither should you have to!
  • Keeping a food journal
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Trying new recipes, which helps to keep me from getting bored with food and is a fun way to incorporate new foods into my diet.

How I started getting fit…..

Step 1– Joined a gym with a buddy (working out alone is not only boring, but un-motivating.)

  • A gym buddy’s job is to not only hold you accountable for getting to the gym but also for helping you with correct form and “calling you out” when you can be pushing yourself more.  A good gym buddy can give credit when credit is due, has a positive attitude, and shares similar fitness goals.  My gym buddy and I have a mutual understanding that when one says we can do five more reps, we can do (and haveto do) five more reps, even though we both reserve the right to complain about it being thrown out there to begin with!  All in all, a gym buddy makes the gym more do-able and I don’t know what I’d do without mine!

Step 2- Developed a measurable goal and decide how/when I would measure it and then WRITE IT DOWN!

  • Decide on a goal to get started:  To fit into a smaller jean size?  To lose 3 inches on your waist?  To lose 15 lbs?  To not be out of breath when walking up stairs?
  • Decide how to measure your goal:  Weigh yourself, measure with a tape, or have a trainer calculate your body fat
  • Decide how often you will measure progress: Daily/weekly/monthly
  • If it is a BIG goal, be sure to set some small milestones.
  • Be consistent and you will see the results!

Step 3– Committed to a structured exercise plan to reach my goal!

  • I began with a book by Karon Karter titled “Six Weeks to a Bikini Body”.  It laid out a six-week workout plan that included weights, cardio, and Pilates for abs.
  • My first self-made plan was 4 days cardio/weights Monday to Thursday with bonus days of Sat and/or Sunday.  It trained one muscle group per session and included up to 6 days of cardio.
  • Once I was in a routine, I didn’t have to be as strict with the days I worked out.  I just got to the gym at least four days each week.
  • It wasn’t always easy, but it is was important to push through the tiredness and MAKE NO EXCUSES- you deserve to give yourself the time to get fit.

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard

Enjoy reading!


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