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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!

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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……
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!!!
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!

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About Lisa, Fitness, Lifestyle

I Workout!

May 28, 2013
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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!!!!

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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.

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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!

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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!!!


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About Lisa, Lifestyle

It’s Just Not Fair!!!

May 9, 2013
Over came fear
HalfDome

Celebrating ONE YEAR Cancer Free! A long hike to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Make careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Do not compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6: 4-5 ( The message)

Sometimes things just seemed so unfair!! My friends could eat a big cheeseburgers, fries, heaping plates of nachos and fancy desserts all the time and somehow stay slim and trim. I could look at a candy bar, just smell some pizza, or simply  bake a cake and gain weight?!?!? Who could understand it all?  It all seemed overwhelming, complicated and mostly so UNFAIR!! It  made me so MAD!  It made me want to give up, TO QUIT!   This is, I believe  why all my life I have yo-yo’d between 210-260. I got caught up it comparing my self to others. One day I could hear myself say ” It’s just not fair” on another day I would hear myself say “at least I’m not…” Both very dangerous things:: Envy or Pride. Instead of giving up, or settling for less than your best when these things occurred I needed to take my eyes off others and focus ONLY on what the Lord has given me to take care of:: MYSELF! You see, I believe that comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential. Just when I was about to reach a goal of under 200 pounds it would all become way too hard for me & oh so very unfair. I would quickly end up feeling defeated and Quit! I beg you, if this sounds like you,  you need to stop this!! Don’t let the deceiver win. Early on in my time at the ranch I learned I needed to take care of myself. I only needed to watch what I was eating, how much I was working out, how much I was or was not losing. If I would just always do my best and focus on Him, I never needed to wonder or worry if it was enough. If I gave my all, 100 percent I had to trust it was good enough. So I stopped comparing myself to others and focus ONLY on what I needed to do and it happened….I met and exceeded every goal I had set.   We all need to deal with our insecurities and stop comparing ourselves to those around us. We need to learn to stay true to the course God has set before each one of  us….Trust the process. We need to learn to just  trust God. I know how simple that sounds yet it is so very difficult to actually do. I believe with all my heart the Lord is in total control. I also believe God plans to use each and every one of us in mighty ways!! His dreams are much bigger than our own (probably why I exceeded everyone of my goals)!!  God wants you to be in the best shape possible to accomplish all His  plans! God is NOT comparing you to others and you shouldn’t either.

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Lord, I start by asking you to forgive me for my jealousies and insecurities. Keep my eyes focused on you and not on others. Help me not to worry about what others look like, have, or do. Help me to not compare myself to them but to place my trust in you. Thank you for valuing me. Please give me the strength I need to become all you have dreamed up, all you desire me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Biggest Loser Casting Tips

April 27, 2013

I have been to 3 casting calls….each one was different! First was a last minute decision to go at the Minnesota State Fair for season 11, got the first call back then nothing. When season 12 came along I got an email from a casting director asking me to come to a casting call at the Mall of America and to bring a family member. So of course I did!!!! With VIP pass in hand off we went…… 

Casting tips:

1. Dress to impress:: You need to think of this like a job interview. Put your best foot forward. Look good!!!(not slim)

2. Be yourself:: They know what they are looking for, and they know fake. It’s their job!!

3. Be heard:: If you have something to say, in a respectful way make sure casting hears what it is.

4.Do Not be shy:: It’s your one chance!! Meet as many people as possible.

5.Speak loud and clear:: They can’t cast you if they don’t understand you!

6.Make eye contact:: It is important. It shows you are a confidant person.

7.Have Fun:: Smile, show your personality!!

8.Know why you are going:: Prepare a quick sentence or two on why you are there. PRACTICE IT!

9.Write Clearly:: Your short application you fill out there, make sure they can read it. keep answers clear and concise.(you can go online and read long application to get an IDEA of what may be on short application)

10.Bring a Picture:: A clear full body picture showing what you have to lose!!

I did not get a call back season 12, so I put together another casting video….. I believe it was much better than my first one!! check it out!!!

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What I can say is I have waited in a long hot line for hours and hours, and I have gone with a VIP pass in hand walking right up to a casting table. I would give back a VIP pass every day!! I had so much fun, laughing, singing, sharing stories, playing games, and getting to know the people in line. After my last casting call in Chicago for season 14 we decided we should all go out dinner together (because the 7am-4pm time in line just was not enough)!! Enjoy it, It is part of the process!!! Good Luck!!

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Biggest Loser Casting is coming starting in May!

April 23, 2013

Here is my audition tape for season 11……12 and 14 to come!!!

At what point does an over weight, out of shape mother of four look in the mirror and say “Something has to give?” That is where I was when they announced the Biggest Loser casting was coming to the Minnesota State fair to cast season 11!  So I knew I had to go!

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I was 5’6″ weighed 245 pounds and did not know how to take care of the weight I had been ignoring. I knew if they were looking for a passionate, down to earth woman, who is sure to make you laugh…I WAS THE GIRL THEY WERE LOOKNG FOR! I knew I needed help. I was not looking for an “easy” button. I knew losing weight is hard work. I had lost the same weight over and over again playing diet games. I was  desperatly looking for someone to step into my life and break 35 years of unhealthy   habits and radically change my life! I needed to lose the weight so I could keep up with crazy ideas I have and enjoy them (like climb to the top of half dome & do the 3 day walk for the cure). I had also been watching my children start getting excited about being athletes and I wanted to be an athlete too. I also had a deep desire to live a long life of adventure with my family!!!


So off I went to the State Fair. I stood in line, filled out my shout application, forgot my picture, had a ton of fun, got to know new people, sat around the casting table, and got a call back!! They asked for more footage, then NOTHING!! who knows why?It just was not my time.  I will go on to casting call for 12 (no callback) and then 14…….So for those of you who have gone, tried before and are thinking of going again. I SAY GO!!!!  Pursue  your dreams! Make it happen. I had spent decades looking at a disappointed and defeated girl who kept saying ” I’d love to look better, I’d love to feel better, I want to be strong!!!!… BUT I just don’t think I can do one more diet.” I have to ask is there any greater defeat than thinking you can not change? I now believe all things are possible and dreams do come true!!!! GO FOR IT!!!!!