April 5, 2016

Truth be Told 2!I WILL become a healthier eater.

I’ve DECIDED this was a great time for cleaning out the system after a season of slacking off. 

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that almost all eating plans or “diets” appeal to a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there is no secret to success. Diet and Exercise Actually WORK!! There are strategies that can lead to variety of benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk and get your diet to consist of real whole food. 

This is why I have decided to go processed food free for the month of April!! 

To get back in the game!!! You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy. Here is a great way to START::

 Week 1    

Just simply:: CUT THE JUNK!! Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just the junk. Other than that focus on doing your best to eat real whole foods!! The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, fast food, JUNK etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just stay AWAY for convince foods . For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits. M

 And…..Drink your Water. Not swimming in it, though that’s good too, but staying hydrated with it. “They” say you should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, but I say you should drink more. Shoot for a gallon (though don’t worry if you fall short). Yeah, that probably seems crazy but almost all of us walk around dehydrated for most of our lives, which not only hurts the way we function but also makes us hungry when we’re actually thirsty. A glass of water when you feel hunger pangs both staves them off and helps you fill up faster when you do eat. As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category. And alcohol should be kept to a minimum. We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has a lot of empty calories. It also lowers our resolve and generally leads to compromise in you eating!!! 
So that’s that!! This next week we will get a bit tougher!! I will start food journaling this week!!! Here we goo!! 
So my results week 1:: 182.0. Down 3 pounds!! 


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No processed food in April

March 30, 2016

Join me Take the Challenge!! 20130430-213757.jpg


No processed food April involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods that are so readily available.

1. Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with. Usually have NO food label. These foods are whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meats, unsalted nuts, and seeds. 
2. Avoid Processed foods. These are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods, but a good rule is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, don’t buy it!! 
The first question I’m getting is “How do you define processed?”
Obviously there’s a wide range of  what that means and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves. Let’s for the challenge define it like this:
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
I have heard it called “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.
It doesn’t mean you actually have to make it yourself, it just means that for it to be considered “unprocessed” that you could, in theory, do so.
3. ELIMINATE Refined sugar it provides nothing but calories and does nothing for you. 
4. COOK YOUR OWN MEALS!! Instead of buying meals in a box, cook meals from scratch. That’s not as hard as it sounds! REAL whole foods are easy, your crock pot can be your best friend!
You in??? Let’s go!!   



March 29, 2016

I am now officially over 3 years out from my Biggest Loser finale celebration!! What a celebration it was! This year I took a lot of time reflecting on that day, and the days and years that followed. I took inventory of my journey of the past 3 years, life after the show, with ups and downs and wins and losses, pounds up and pounds down……The part I’m GRATEFUL the most is I’ve been doing this with the greatest group of people!! Coming home week 5 seemed like possibly the worst thing EVER ended up to be the greatest gift!! I am forever GREATFUL to my trainer, my rock and my friend The amazing Kay Jordt for 3 years you have walked beside me through thick and thin with out you I’d be lost. I love the amazing community at Riverfront Athletic club I remember being TERRIFIED to walk into a real gym that first day home. It has become a 2nd home and I am Proud to say I work there!! To my AMAZING family who closely walks though it all. Thankful to my husband and children for always encouraging me and supporting, my siblings that have put up with my crazy/annoying ways longer and more frequently than most, My sister my rock, my clam the in storm who is my encourager, supporter and wise counsel the one who told me to go for it….That knew BL was possible!! To my Aunts, Uncles, and many many cousins that give constant support through the ups and downs before, during and after is an unbelievable blessing that had always fueled my fire, and to my Mom who is always doing new things and stepping out of her comfort zone, growing and changing and AWLAYS fighting the good fight to health and wellness with me!! 
The show provided an AMAZING opportunity with big rewards to lose weight, they also set you up with lots of support nutritionist, the best trainers both on the ranch AND in your at home time, weekly weigh ins and constant eye on you, with the world watching and holding you accountable. Your only JOB or responsibility was to lose weight!! In real life you’ve got constant temptation, endless stress, lots of bumps in the road, tragedies,losses, celebrations, work, kids, and so many other responsibilities rather than being able to just workout and eat healthy!!
 I do know that this will always be my battle, I believe I will always wrestle with the scale and I have decided to rather than get MAD,sad, afraid, overwhelmed, upset, depressed, or withdrawn I will reflect on my journey, I reflect on my best days, and most importantly I remember my OWN words my worst days when I feel like it’s an overwhelming impossible battle that never ends…..DON’T QUIT YOU!! I WILL LOCK ARMS WITH MY FAMILY AND FELLOW BOOTCAMPERS!!!


This has been honestly a slow fade for me, in the first year it was a 5-10 pound swing I played with, that became 10-15 pounds in the second….and has grown to 20 pounds now…..in my attempt to be transparent, to show the struggle is real. I am going to blog my journey back to “goal” which is always changing!! No finale weight is NOT my goal. HEALTHY, HAPPY and STRONG is the goal and we will modify along the way. So today is the first blog for my TRUTH BE TOLD TUESDAY blog…. I will weigh in every week with ALL of you. I do believe accountability is key to success!! So you ALL OF YOU are my accountability!! 

 I started Biggest Loser at 246 pounds lost 108 pounds and ended at 138 pounds, after Finale I set a goal to put on some muscle mass and land at strong 155-165. Today I weigh 185 pounds with my first goal of losing 20 pounds….. I will not be discouraged, or down that I’m not where I want to be or should I will hold my head high and continue the journey. 
I will Stay connected and encouraged knowing we are better together on this journey to health and wellness!! On this journey of COURAGE AND STRENGTH!! I am proud of my journey!! Thank you to all of you for walking it with me!! I’m not finished!! I would love to CELEBRATE losses, gains and victories with all of YOU….so stay tuned…….TRUTH BE TOLD TUESDAYS!! 



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What I really think about Dolvett Quince and his new book.

November 24, 2013
Dolvett and Lisa

I can not put into words the impact Dolvett Quince has had on my life.

When I met Dolvett I was a 246 pound mother of four, who knew that something had to give but had no idea what or how. I had pretty much given up hope of my life ever being “normal”. I felt as if I had hopelessly tried everything with little or no success. Then I was cast on season 14 of the Biggest Loser and placed on Dolvett’s Red Team. From the first moment I met Dolvett, I could immediately sense his commitment and dedication. He looked at me when I was an obese, insecure woman and saw something different. He looked at me and saw all my potential. I got caught up in his belief in me and was quickly inspired to believe it for myself. He has a deep passion about the health and wellness of everyone he meets…and is, in all honesty, a rare find of skill and will that I have not known to exist in many people.

One of the things Dolvett taught me early on is that you WIN THIS battle IN THE KITCHEN. He broke down healthy, clean eating in a simple way that was easy to implement into my home. I believe this was the key to my success and ultimately led to the transformation of my entire family. He showed me that a good diet balanced with exercise will equal weight loss and ultimately better health! I knew that what ever I did, this time would need to be a PERMANENT SOLUTION to a life long problem.

I lost an amazing 108 pounds and gained so much more. I am empowered to take care of myself and my family. I feel 100% better physically…I have lost weight(more than I ever believed I could)…gained energy…lost my sense of hopelessness…and gained control of my life! Trust me about one thing…if I can do it anyone can do it! I did not realize how far off I was. I did not realize the dangers of the “convenience foods” I was feeding my family. I had never thought of eating “clean” as a whole family, I was always just mom on a diet. I now understand that food is fuel. If you will just go get the book, and use Dolvett’s simple plan for yourself….you will be amazed at the effects it will have on your entire family. The 3-1-2-1 plan makes it easy. It is easy to read and simple to follow. It leaves plenty of room for everyday life!!! I love that when I am reading the book I can HEAR his voice teaching and encouraging me.

I have so much to thank Dolvett for…that one blog post will NEVER be enough to cover it. He is an absolutely remarkable man that has changed my life and the lives of the all people around me. Suddenly people are now asking me for nutritional advice and recipes and telling me what an inspiration I am to them! I could have never foreseen the change that has taken place, it has changed every area of my life. I have enjoyed every moment of this journey with Dolvett. It is a real gift that he is able to share with so much of himself with all of us in this book. His dedication is something that you don”t see very often and his attitude is to be admired and emulated! Dolvett’s book is extremely simple and his approach is subtle and effective. At no time will you feel overwhelmed or like you are not able to do it. Again, I lost 108 pounds and more importantly I have gained hope, a new passion…an understanding of proper nutrition and exercise…and motivation to reach all my goals!


Water water WATER!!!

November 10, 2013
image of water bottle

Drinking water is one of the easiest things you can put into into your weight loss or weight maintenance plan. Think about it: unlike saying no to eating that delicious treat at work or going to kickboxing class once or twice a week, making sure you are drinking enough water requires little to no will power.

There’s no excuse for not drinking enough water, and if you’re having trouble finding a way to getting in enough water a day into your schedule, it’s an easy fix. Let’s talk more about how drinking water helps with weight loss.

1. Drinking Water Fills You Up

Did you know that often when you feel hungry, you’re really just thirsty? Our mind tends to confuse hunger and thirst. When you find yourself hungry at odd times of the day, reach for a cup of water before grabbing food. If you really are hungry, you can still eat a snack afterwards. But let’s say your feelings of hunger do go away after drinking that cup of water. You’ve just saved yourself calories by not eating the snack your body didn’t really need!

Water is great because it fills us up and keeps us from overeating. Many diet and health books recommend drinking a glass of water before going to social events, like cocktail parties and sporting events, because doing so will prevent you from overeating the unlimited unhealthy snack foods likely to be there. In essence, drinking water buys you time–time to assess how hungry you are and to make better food choices. So the next time you’re about to enter a situation where ample unhealthy foods will be at your disposal, chug some water first.

2. Drinking Water Revs Up Your Metabolism

Dehydration is your body’s enemy. It slows bodily functions and metabolism. As a matter of fact, your metabolism will slow to conserve energy when you haven’t had enough water to drink, as your organs can’t and won’t function as efficiently. Scientifically speaking, drinking water has been proven to contribute to your body’s ability to burn calories. You body needs an adequate amount of water to properly function, especially during exercise, and dehydration prohibits the fat-burning process.

Drinking ice cold water first thing in the morning is an easy way to speed up your metabolism. Right when you wake up, drink a glass or two of cold water. Your body will have to warm up the water entering your system, which means increasing your metabolism in the process. It’s a simple step to add into your daily routine that, while not a miracle cure, can certainly contribute to your other weight loss efforts.

3. Drinking Water Keeps You Healthy

Water flushes toxins from your body’s system, including those produced during exercise. It aids in keeping your joints lubricated–very important for both daily functions and in preventing your body from injury during exercise. In short, drinking water is vital to your other weight loss efforts including. If you’re working out regularly, drinking an adequate amount of water is extremely important.

Whether you’re just starting on your weight loss plan or have been steadily making strides for some time, make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body to function correctly.


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THE NYC marathon:: Finished!!

November 8, 2013
NYC Marathon

I have been debating in my head since Sunday how I wanted to write this post. I’ve been struggling with this for quite a few days now. So instead of trying to come up with something clever and witty, I decided to just share and see what happens!! I want you to experience the emotion I felt on race day – not so much what I DID, but how I FELT.

Saturday night I slept well until about 2:00 AM on Sunday morning then it was on and off for hours. I Struggled with fear and anticipation…..

I read Read the book of Philippians…. Reminded how God loves me…and in every situation He is with me.

Philippians 4:11-13
English Standard Version (ESV)

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Luckily I was staying with dear friend Pam Geil she got me up and off we went hand in hand to face the race…. We took 4 trains, a bus and a boat….her steady clam that day and the day before Kept me grounded. I had been on the verge of tears since the first step into the expo to pick up bib and race packet.

As we start towards the villages. I was pretty quiet as we walked…..I kept thinking about how the heck did I get my self into this……where was I suppose to be? I’m green? Pam is orange? Where are the others I know running??? What to do???
By this time the crowd was thick and Pam and I got spilt upon a bathroom stop and bib color difference and a hope to find Suzanne….. I was all alone and started to panic a bit!!! In a panic I am panning the crowd for Pam or my amazing friend Suzanne who was running on the same Joint Council Team…. About to lose it and then by the Grace of God I see her!!! SUZANNE!!!! God is sooo good to me!! I love this woman and her most beautiful heart. Her hug instantly calmed my raging nerves!!!

The start came much quicker than I expected it would and I kind of walked through the corral in a fog. I shed my throw away clothes, and then it was TIME. God Bless America started playing and we were running across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge! I felt great, the weather was cool and the scenery was amazing….. And I was with my girl Suzanne. All was good….

It was around mile 4 we came up on my girl Pam and I was feeling great!!! The crowds were AMAZING!! And I love her!!! Suzanne had pressed on and Pam was struggling with some injuries and she pushed me on…..so there I go….. Little bird out on her own!!!

Felt pretty good Suzanne and I passed each other a few times….
Waving at each other in potty lines…….

And then I hit mile 13. The Pulaski Bridge.

Two things happened on that bridge:
1. It was cold and the wind picked up ( I was wet from the drizzle of Rain Earlier) and 2. I was starting to feel a little tired…. ALREADY??I had no idea…it was here I had some GU energy gel and it was good! But I was feeling it so instead of being stupid and powering through the hills, I decided to walk them. I’m not sure if this was a smart decision or not. I’m able to walk today so I’m going to say it was.
Miles 15 to 16 were the Queensboro bridge. HOLY MOLEY!!! This bridge was killer. Long and monotonous and boring. My least favorite part of the race. Thank fully in a rough spot I saw some home town love, Hanna jumped out at me and I got my Mama T hug!!!! I think was also my slowest mile of the race!! But home town love picked me up!!! NOW, I knew we were headed towards First Avenue, which was supposed to be the mecca of crowd supporters.

I took my headphones out at this point because there was supposed to be this “wall of sound” when you reach the bottom of the bridge of the crowd cheering…..but I was slow, there were people but nothing like I had envisioned….so Lucky for me…. Jackson Carter jumped out of nowhere and surprised me in a huge way!!!! I got a burst of energy and his one hug was greater than a million cheers!! His energy and encouragement gave me a second wind!!! And at mile 17 he pointed down the road a said finish this…. I ran off renewed believing I was almost done…. Finishing!!!

Miles 19 and 20 I was feeling icky a very upset stomach I was now making myself drink some water at water stations. I was still wet from the sprinkles of rain and did I say it was WINDY!!! I was extremely Cold and tired. I knew my goal of a 6 hour finish was out of reach and I couldn’t get that out of my head. So, I dug deep and started praying::
Philippians 4:6-7(ESV)
DO NOT be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Please let me finish!!!

Then I hit the Bronx and Harlem. It was like a big party that everyone was invited to! There were rappers free styling, bands and lots of people high fiving the runners I especially loved the kids I tried to get my love from them they reminded me of why I was running in the first place THE ORPHAN children. I can surely do this they endure so much every day! I’m so thankful for the those that stayed around for us slower runners! It was because of them that things changed for me. I WAS going to finish. I didn’t care about my time anymore, and I was PROUD of what I was accomplishing.

Somewhere around mile 22 I was so cold had been given one of those foil wraps so I would stop shivering and the sun was starting to go down. They were taking down the course YES taking down the course…. While I was running I was getting VERY discouraged. I was crabby, I was tired. My legs were hurting and there were lots of rolling hills as I entered Central Park.

My stomach was still revolting so I just continued to make myself drink water at every mile and tried not to think about it.

Next thing I knew I was coming up to the 25 mile marker. SO CLOSE. I just kept my legs moving forward and ran with this stupid grin on my face. Thinking I will FINISH!! This was it…. I CAN!!! I only cared about crossing that finish line. I heard these words running in my heart from Philippians 1:6(ESV)
And I am SURE of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion……

And as I approached mile 26 I could hear the announcer say “This is your finish! COME AND GET IT” and I immediately got choked up. It was so emotional! The tears came as soon and I crossed that line!! I immediately called my husband and faced times with my kids!!

You can pretty much see the happiness on my face in the picture at finish!

I accomplished something I always thought was IMPOSSIBLE. I had ALWAYS SAID ” I will never NEVER run a marathon” you see it was almost exactly a year ago that Ali Sweeney told us we were running a 5k for the show and I thought I may die…it was my first “run” and now in a years time have completed a marathon!!!!!! (8 5ks in a row!). I am so PROUD of myself. I deserve this medal!!

Some things you DREAM…. Other things you just LIVE!!!

It was truly an experience of a lifetime. And something I will never, ever forget.

Thanks so much for all the love and support.

A huge thank you to JOINT COUNCIL!! It was more than an honor to run for the babies of the world that you all fight so hard to protect, take care of and find Forever Families for!! I am humbled by what you do. This is only the beginning!!!
Joint Council

A special thanks to my Mom who watched closely all day, cheered and kept everyone up to date all day!! I love you Mom!