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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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OverComing Fear halfDome

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.

Family, Foods I eat, Lifestyle

My NEW food rules!!

April 30, 2013
My new food rules!

Before biggest loser I had 3 food rules:

1.What make a good thing better:: Add bacon!

2.What makes a good thing better:: Add cheese!!

3.What make a good thing better:: Deep Fry it!!

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My  15 new food rules after Biggest Loser:

These are the rules I followed to lose 108 Pounds!! I never broke one rule or had a single cheat! With discipline you can do it to and get amazing results!! I have been told that 80 percent is diet, 10 percent exercise, and 10 percent genetics! I believe it, you can totally win this battle by controlling what you put in your mouth! I feel so good about life and the physical changes I have made, and the way it has positively effected my family. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to feed them right! I want you to feel it too!!!! To know the true  joy of it like I do!! Decide to eat healthy! Come along with me and truly live your life for the first time! I am so glad it did! You will never regret it!! Start making powerful eating choices right now, do what you can, follow the rules you can RIGHT NOW, then add more as you can!

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1. Eat 5 or 6 small meals everyday. 150-350 calories at a time! Never exceeding your calorie budget for the day!

2. Eat every 2 to 3 hours.

3. Food Pair:: Always eat a lean protein and a complex carb at every meal.

4. Drink your water!! 3-4 liters a day! I only drink water, hot tea and black coffee.

5. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast.

6. Carry a cooler loaded with your food for the day. Never get stuck! NO EXCUSES!!! (I will post about My Box soon!!)

7. Avoid ALL over processed, refined foods…especially white flour and sugar!

8. Eat healthy fats! you need fat! No saturated or trans fats.

9. NO alcohol….it is sugar!

10. Just STAY AWAY from calorie packed foods that have no nutritional value! Do NOT even open the door!! DON’T EVEN TASTE!!!!!!

11. Eat lots and LOTS of vegetables and fruits!

12. ALWAYS measure your portion sizes! don’t guess, you only cheat yourself!

13. If you put it in your mouth track it! I am all about the calorie counting!! Food Journal. I use my FitnessPal.

14. Eat  breads and Starches at beginning of the day, NONE after lunch!

15. NEVER ever eat after 7:30 pm!! Close down the kitchen….if it becomes a battle, JUST GO TO BED!!

 

Clean out you kitchen!! Make your home a safe place with ONLY healthy food choices. You will be amazed at the effect it will have on your entire family!! We are feeling stronger than ever! Join us……You will be glad you did!!!

20130430-214101.jpgTop Picture was taken in July just a month before I went to the Biggest Loser Ranch. The bottom Picture was taken the day after Finale!!What a difference 6 months make!!

Foods I eat, Lifestyle

Lisa’s top 10 Go To Snacks!!!

April 21, 2013
LISA’S TOP 10 GO TO SNACKS!!!

I have found lots of new snacks that I love!! I know if I want to stay of track having them ready and available is key!! Here is a quick list of my top ten favorite snacks::

image10. 140 calories:: 1 ounce Turkey Jerkey and a pear

9. 210 calories:: 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes,garlic and basil

8. 170 calories:: a hard boiled egg and cucumber & tomato salad

7. 180 calories:: slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with 1 tablespoon of almond butter

6. 190 calories:: Arbonne Vegan protein shake…Chocolate or vanilla (made with almond milk)

5. 200 calories:: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1 cup of fresh berries

4. 200 calories:: 1/4 cup Plum Amazins and 1/8 cup chopped walnuts

3. 150 calories:: 3 tablespoons of hummus with red pepper and celery sticks

2. 120 calories:: 2 light  Rye Wasa crackers with a wedge of laughing cow cheese

1. 165 calories:: 1 small green apple and 15 almonds (yes count your almonds)

The best way to be prepared is to weigh, measure or count out portions of nuts, dried fruits, Jerkey, and crackers,  bag them up right when you get home from the store. This makes it easy to grab and go! It also keeps you from just grabbing a couple and not counting, and it holds you accountable to portion size.

Foods I eat, Lifestyle

Calorie Counter???……I AM.

April 21, 2013

There is nothing magic about losing weight. There is no spiny skinny morph machine on the Biggest Loser ranch. The only way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than you burn. That is exactly what we did.

count caloriesKnowledge is key. I remember in the casting process being asked in an interview to guess how many calories I consumed in a day. I had NO CLUE!!  I could not even guess. Then I was asked how many calories I thought I should be eating….Did not know that either!! So sitting down with the nutritionist was an eye opening experience for me. It was brought to my attention I was mindlessly consuming upwards of 4,000 PLUS calories a day!! That is crazy….and I honestly did not think I was eating terrible. I have learned so much. The very first things we learned were pretty basic. Eat a Healthy, Balanced diet FULL of natural nutritious foods, eat within your calorie budget, and hit your calorie burn.

What is healthy balanced nutritious food? Start with what you know. Starting with what you know, get that in check then you can start to reach out, explore and ask questions to build on it.  We all know fresh veggies and fruits are good for us, EAT MORE OF THEM!!  We all know lean proteins are good, eat them! We know we need Some good fats and we need to limit our grains (not cut them out). Likewise we know Sugar is not good, junk food is not good, and daily fast food, processed food and “treats” are not good. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE!! The Kitchen on the ranch was always kept full of a variety of top quality foods. The trainers were available to give us advice on how and what to eat. We all ate different to satisfy each of our own needs and tastes. That is why you won’t see and magic biggest loser diet. They taught us each to figure out what works for us.

How many calories should I eat? Good question! The answer is not the same for everyone. Each cast member was given their own calorie budget. There is a complicated process to figuring it out; or you can use one of  many reliable websites that have calorie need calculators where all you need to do is enter in your gender, age, height, current weight and activity level. I recommend using one of these calculators. If you want a quick estimate I read people generally need a daily caloric range between 7-10 calories per pound, with a minimum of 1,200 calories a day.

I believe I had one of the smallest calorie budgets. While in weight loss mode I ate 1,000-1,200 calories a day. With some coaching from Dolvett I ate 5 times a day to get and keep my metabolism going. I now never skip breakfast, and eat as “clean” as possible avoiding processed food and fillers!! I had 3 meals that were between 250-300 calories. I had 2 snacks that were between 150-200. Each time I ate my goal was to have a good carbohydrate and a protein source. Now that I am in maintenance, those meals have gotten a little bigger but are a lot of the same foods. I am eating between 1,300-1,700 a day. I will be a calorie counter for life. I will also be doing a weekly weight for life in to keep me on track!! I recommend keeping a food journal to keep track of everything that goes in your mouth.  I never realized how many “Just bites” of  HUNDREDS of calories I was consuming. It all adds up and effects everything.  You cant fix what you don’t know, not counting it only cheats you!!  While on the show I did not have one cheat, not a bite, lick or taste of anything!!! I read every label,  I used MyFitnessPal app and linked it to my BodyMedia. This helps me know exactly where I am, both in watching my calorie deficit while in weight loss mode and now keeping the numbers in balance. BodyMedia has been highly beneficial on my journey!

The bottom line for me was:: I had no idea the amount of calories I was consuming or how many calories things were, or how hard you had to work to burn calories!!!! Now I know, and it has totally changed how I look at food.  I believe you can win it in the kitchen. You see, you can lose weight just by eating right,but, You cannot out work a poor diet!

So this was the plan for losing weight:: reduce my calorie intake and greatly increase my activity level!! These first simple lessons have made me aware that this is not a fad DIET but instead a way of taking care of my body and what it needs. Being always mindful of what I am eating works to lose weight, maintain ideal weight, enjoy good health and physical fitness for a lifetime!  It may sound simple, just count calories. It is, and you can start today! It is as easy as looking as labels, portion sizes and keeping track!! Just do it!! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!! The power to change!!