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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! (2134)
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.
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.
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::
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……
HE IS NOT FINISHED WITH ME YET!!!!
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!!!
A special thanks to my Mom who watched closely all day, cheered and kept everyone up to date all day!! I love you Mom!
1 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 teaspoons olive oil
small red onion, thinly sliced
6 ounces of chopped portabella mushroom caps
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced or 2 cups grape
4-6 cup fresh spinach
Heat oven to 400° F.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, tomato, spinach, and some salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
Return the chicken to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
This is a SUPER easy meal!! ready in less than 30 min!!! I usually have to double this recipe for my family!! ENJOY!!! (1833)
My amazing sister dropped this dinner off at our house and it immediately became a favorite! She originally saw a version of this on line and then made it healthier!!!
Thanks to her I get to share this with you!!
YOU WILL NEED:: Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions,Chopped garlic, lean cut of steak,Provolone Cheese!! (I tend to vary this recipe and use up leftovers!! Any meats and veggies work!!!)
WHAT TO DO:: so easy!!
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.Clean peppers, cut off tops and remove innards and place in pan
3.Over medium heat toss onions, mushrooms,garlic, thinly slices steak and salt and pepper to taste.(I also chop tops of peppers)
4.Fill peppers with meat mixture
5.Top with a slice of provolone cheese. (I use extra thin provolone slices by Sargento)
6.Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown
7.Serve and enjoy!!!!
I know life is crazy sometimes or all the time if you are me!!! Your day gets away from you and you find yourself making bad food choices, eating out of starvation and convince. The other thing that happens is you find yourself staring face to face with one of your biggest temptation foods!!! Here is what I did, it kept me on track and made what I was going to eat perfectly clear. I went and got myself a nice size lunch box. I tried a few before I found the one I like. It should be one you can take with you every where you go (the one pictured is the one I use the most but I also used a small square cooler depending on what I was packing). Every night before I went to bed I packed my cooler. I packed it with ALL my food for the next day. I prepared and packed my breakfast, lunch, dinner and three snacks. This way I went into to each day totally prepared. I never had to make a food quick food choice. The only rule I had was:: DO NOT eat anything unless it comes from the box!! I never fell into temptation or was caught off guard. I NEVER once went over my calorie budget doing it this way. I budgeted 1,200 calories a day. Breakfast lunch and dinner ranged from 200-300 calories and snacks were 100-200 calories.
My typical day::
9 AM snack 150 calories
12 PM Lunch 300 calories
3 PM snack 150 calories
5 PM Dinner 200 calories
7 PM snack 100 calories
Many have been asking about my workout plan!! Where do I start? Before I went to the Biggest Loser Ranch, I HAD NEVER BEEN IN A GYM BEFORE day one!! EVER! I was sure that others contestants would be in the same boat I was since we are all big folks after all. So I did not worry much about it. I was not prepared at all for what was about to unfold….. And boy did it unfold fast. You see I was anticipating a gym tour and detailed direction of each machine before we began . Was I wrong, with in a short time of being on the Ranch there I was so very quickly in the Gym and up on a treadmill with Jillian Michaels pushing me through the hardest 20 minutes of my life to date. I remember vividly people falling off, throwing up and Jackson going down. He is passed out behind me. Then I hear Jillian yelling out numbers, bump it up to 5, incline 3! I just look at Joe and say “This thing INCLINES?” in that moment I knew I was in TROUBLE!!!! It was in that moment that I knew all I could do was the best I could do. I told myself “Lisa, you are not going to be perfect or even good at doing any of this so all you can do is the best you can”. I believe the reason I had never been in a gym before this is I was afraid of making a fool of myself, So I went and did it on national TV! What I hope I showed america is if you do the best you can every time, Every time you will get better and better!! That NEVER looks foolish!!!
On the ranch a typical workout plan for the day consisted of 4-6 hours of working out 6 days a week depending on the day, challenges, weigh ins and so forth!! I got up and swam in the pool most mornings. I swam laps for about 90 minutes. In the afternoon we got to spend time with trainers. Time with trainers always varied from hiking,time on the various machines, weight training, pool training, and my personal favorite time in Dolvett’s dungeon. this time with trainers was about 3 hours on average. Then we would work out in the gym again in the evening usually a cardio party in the gym!!!!
I went home week 5. I had lost 37 pounds. I felt great but I still weighed 209 pounds. Now I have to go work out in my home town gym, surrounded by fit people!! I was intimidated at first. I quickly got over that reminding myself all I can do is the best I can! I knew I would have to keep up a pretty demanding schedule if I was going to keep up with the other contestants on the ranch, so that is exactly what I did. I knew I was going to have to get in 4 hour of working out in 6 days a week. I also went right back to work full time when I got home. So my only option was 90 minute workout before work. 120 minute workout right after work, and if I could sneak back to the gym for a night time bonus class. I also tried to just keep moving at work, being sure to power walk on my lunch break! I broke this up with many different types of workouts!! I also worked with a couple personal trainers. I was at 3 different gyms. I am all about classes!! If I was not with a personal trainer, I was in a class or working out with a friend. I know being with others a got a better work out. I am a huge fan of classes!!! Every Sunday I would sit down with the gym class schedules and my note book and I would plan out my entire week. I treated my workout schedule like a job. It had to be pretty serious to change that.
Each gym that I worked out in had its own benefits:: The YMCA was super family friendly, easy to go there with my kiddos and they had the pool. At Riverfront:: a local gym I was hooked up with an amazing trainer Kay Jort. I worked with her 3 time a week. She guided me through my nutrition and helped craft my eating plan. I also got into many top quality classes there with there professional staff. I also worked out at a smaller in home gym called Victory 4 You. There I worked with Eric Tosrud one on one once or twice a week. I also got to work out in his small group fitness classes! These are amazing a combination of personal training and healthy class competition!! Eric is a highly motivational and a great accountability buddy!
So 4-6 hours a day is not going to be how everyone does it…… You need to come up with YOUR plan. I think any plan you are willing to commit to and give all you can to is going to work!!
What to do::
1. Get started don’t worry about looking foolish,or out of place. You will be amazed how quickly you improve once you start going!! If you can’t afford a gym membership:: it is the perfect time to start walking/jogging/running!!! hit the trails they are FREE!!!
2. If you can get a personal trainer. If that is not in your budget get into a small fitness class. OR get a friend to commit to workout with you & PUSH EACH OTHER!!
3. find a accountability partner or group!! a place to check in with on how the journey is going!
4. find classes you love with fun people. I love spinning, cardio kickboxing, TRX, small group “boot camps” and I keep trying more!!
5. get stuff to do at home like running, playing with the kids, get some DVDs(I LOVE INSANITY), do some yard work!
Now that finale is over what do I do? I still schedule out my workouts for the week. I still treat them with great importance. Now I am working out at least 90 minutes 5-6 days a week. At the moment I am doing INSANITY DVDs M-W-F with a beach body challenge group. I go to the gym T-TH for 30 minutes weight training with personal trainer, 30 minutes hard on stair master or very inclined treadmill(pride-rock) and finish my time with cardio kickboxing. Saturday and Sunday we get a active family event like a fun run, 5K, a good hike at the state park, yard work or something new!! I am sure this too will change. I think by changing it up if keeps it fun and exciting!!!
I just did the best I could with what I had and what I had keeps getting better and better!! People are always asking when does it get easier:: NEVER, if its easy you are not pushing yourself hard enough!!!
JUST REMEMBER:: You can NEVER out workout a poor diet!!!
Lean proteins will do wonders for you in so many ways. First, adding these lean proteins to your diet tricks your brain (the appestat), making you feel less hungry. Because it takes your body longer to digest protein than it does to digest fat or refined carbohydrates, protein causes a gradual rise in your blood sugar, which in turn causes a lower rise in insulin levels and then satisfies your hunger. I believe a key to controlling cravings or temptations is not letting yourself feel desperate or hungry. This is why I always make sure I have a protein source every time I eat. Set yourself up for success!
ADDING LEAN HEALTHY PROTEIN TO YOUR DIET IS EASY!!!! Here are some my good choices!
*Fish We eat lots of fish!! All Kinds!!!
*Low Fat Greek Yogurt
*Low fat cheeses
*Egg Whites!! Lots of them!!
*Vegetable Proteins!! Yes veggies have protein,some more than others!!!
*Vegan Protein Shakes
When you are on a lower calorie budget, you will need more protein for energy and muscle recovery. The omega 3 in the fish is great for cell maintenance!! Make sure you are having a small amount of protein every time you eat to give you body what it needs and keep your metabolism going. Make your body work for you. Eating protein every 2-3 hours will keep you satisfied and keep you from being hungry……in turn you are stronger when temptation hits!! And you know those temptations are everywhere so PLEASE be ready and set yourself to win!! You can do it!! If you are looking for some snack ideas be sure to check out my previous post on my top ten snacks to keep me going all of them have have a healthy protein source! (25621)
This recipe we make weekly! We eat at least 3 jars a week. We put it on and in everything!! Goes on our eggs, in our salads, on tacos, put it over fish and bake it, and on chips
Fresh Tomato Salsa
(makes 3 quart jars)
18-20 Roma tomatoes
3-4 Green peppers
6-8 Sweet orange/yellow peppers
8-10 Green onions
2 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon of salt
Jalapeños are optional for flavor/spice
Wash and chop all veggies. We use a Vidalia chop wizard (my favorite kitchen gadget). Make sure you use the entire green onion there is lots of great flavor in greens. Add Garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix it up good. This is best if you let it sit a night before you eat it!!! Enjoy!! It’s that simple!!! (3331)