About Lisa, Family

Excuses!! Excuses!! Excuses!!

April 18, 2013
Before and after Rambo Family photo

For most of my life I have been know as a girl who lives out loud and loves the Lord!! For most my life I have struggled with a weight problem that I pretended did not exist!! It wasn’t until recently that I started realizing just how closely those two things are  tied together. God had given me this body and I was not doing such a great job taking care of it. With four amazing kids, a church planting pastor Husband, classes to teach, and things to do who has time to diet? NOT ME!!

I was always looking for the quick fix, Gonna start tomorrow. I was constantly starting the latest fad diet on Monday…Only to find tomorrow never really came and there is nothing magic about Monday’s. Every time I thought about dieting I cringed. I had traveled  down that road many, many times and it had never finished well. Nope dieting wasn’t for me and if anyone asked why, I had a list of excuses, including my top 10::

10.God Loves Me just the way that I am!! (while I believe this is true, I know He loves me too much to leave me this way.)

9. I am pleasantly Plump or Fat and happy…..

8.I am big Boned.

7. I have no willpower!!  (I always forget that….I can do all thing through Him who gives me strength!!)

6.I have NO time…. (While I make time for everything else.)

5.I am happy with myself!…(Happy/Content… or Unwilling to change.)

4. I am good enough, I am smart enough and gosh darn it people like me!! ……(so its ok?)

3. My husband loves me and tells me I am beautiful, and I know he means it…….. (even if I have a hard time believing it.)

2.At least I am not……(Comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential!!)

1. I CAN NOT DO THIS AGAIN!! I have tried before and failed. I  just CAN’T!!!!!!

As a result of these excuses, and many more, I found myself in the worst shape of my life; not knowing where to go or what to do. I was able to accomplish so much in life but this one thing, my weight, I just kept struggling with.  I knew it was beyond time to change and I could no longer ignore this pull on my heart . You see I knew years before I made it to the Biggest Loser Ranch that I was going to go. So glad I never gave up and pursued my dream of being a contestant on the Biggest Loser. It had been an amazing ride and it has only just begun!!!!

So what was it I learned on the Ranch, How do you go about changing DECADES of bad habits? What is the key? Ironically, I found it to be so simple:: all you have to do is DECIDE.


That’s is it. It’s so uncomplicated, really. The decision to lose weight is half the battle. Once the decision is made, your mind tells your body what to do, and your Spirit starts to run this race…..Watch out!!!  October 2013 I decided to lose weight, and I gained so much more in the process. My hope is as I start to blog about who I am, the things learned, the mistakes I made, my struggles, the tricks and tips I use, my wins, the things I eat, exercises I love and the ones I love to hate, that they will motivate and inspire you to come to a decision of your own. May God bless your journey.

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  • Amy April 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I am so excited you are sharing your life with us! I can not wait to follow your blog! You are my most favorite contestant since watching the first episode of BL years ago! You are awesome Lisa!

  • Cathy April 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning! Thanks for doing this! I am in a rut right now and can’t seem to pull myself out. I am about 40 lbs overweight right now, have always struggled with weight, have never been obese but now I can see things are starting to get out of hand and I can’t seem to get at the point of being determined. I have NO motivation at all! Some days I have a really hard time getting out of bed. I could really use some help :-(

    Thanks for listening,


  • Nancy Toby April 18, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Hi Lisa,

    Great post! Looking forward to more! Is there a way to set up your blog to receive posts via email?

  • Lindsay April 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I’m looking forward to following your blog, Lisa! You were one of my absolute favorites this season among so many likable people. I am especially interested in the nutrition aspect of what you learned on the Ranch, because I think America – myself included – is kind of nutritionally illiterate. I think you’re going to help & inspire a lot of people through your blog. Thanks for creating it! :)

  • Lindsey April 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Hey Lisa!

    I spoke with you on twitter a while back. I’m so pumped to discover that you’ll be blogging! Your words are so true. I can totally compare to your journey after years of making the same excuses & finally taking the effort to get healthy. Jesus is using your story BIG time & I know you’ll be such an inspiration to so many people.

    Can’t wait to read more!


  • Laura K. April 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I am so impressed with your dedication and drive to change. You are an example to all of us of healthy living. I look forward to following you! Keep posting!

  • Beth Smith April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    THank you for your Inspiration and encouragment!!! Will look forward to seeing more! God is a hugh part in helping with this!!
    May God truly bless you and your adorable family!
    Beth and Barb Smith

  • alicia April 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    youre awesome amazing inspirational, im definetly following you!!!!! (you can follow me if youwant too) http://www.http://lifechangemom.blogspot.com/

  • Natalie Malec April 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Everything you said resonates so loudly with me. I’m so thankful you are sharing your journey.

  • Gudrun April 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

    What a great post, thanks for sharing this.

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