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Thoughts and Prayers Needed


This Slimdown Project has become much larger than just a weight loss adventure.  All of us have become a little like family.  We have discovered the benefits of this healthier lifestyle that go beyond the number on the scale.  One of the biggest benefits, that I believe most of us on this Slimdown have found is the support of family, friends, and faith.  

Our favorite Southern Belle, Lisa, is in need of all of our thoughts and prayers right now.   (She has given her permission for this post to let you know what is going on and to ask for your support)

Lisa, found out last week, that she has a tumor.  There is a genetic history so the doctor’s are aggressively pursuing this and she is facing surgery relatively soon.  Her doctor’s told her that with her recent weight loss and healthier living that she is much better prepared for the next 4 to 6 weeks of recovery.

Lisa’s spirits are up, as any honorable southern belle would have it, but she welcomes all your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.  Just another reminder of how important a healthy lifestyle can be.  You just never know what is around the corner.  Life continues to have its ups and downs.

Please leave your words of support and prayers for Lisa.  She welcomes it and we will make sure she gets them all.  (and we will keep you posted as to her recovery)  We love you Lisa… We are here for you!


In Spite Of It All...

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When I last wrote, things were going well, I had gained a little with the woes of the holidays and stress, but I expected it along with my monthly "Aunt Flo" visit. However, the following few days I did not expect…

I had it in my head that I was going to lose the little extra I had gained the week before and hit my goal by the time my hubby, Johnny and I, had our first wedding anniversary and scheduled honeymoon to New Orleans. I was well on my way, sticking to the plan, exercising as needed and all. Until I went to work that Thursday morning. The night before I had a full on anxiety attack for some unforeseen reason. (I truly believe that I have the gift of discernment...where I know certain things may happen in the near future.) Well, long story short, as I walked into the door of my "new" job, I was let go...only 2 weeks before Christmas. WOW! Can you say slap in the face! Without notice, without reason, without warning. I quickly cleaned out my office and headed home. When I thought I had finally found my place, my reason...it was shattered. As I got home to break the news to Johnny, I completely lost it. Tears flowed as if I had lost a loved one. My whole world seemed...empty.


As the next few days passed, I realized that God only closes one door so that he may open a larger one for me. As my family and friends circled me in my time of sorrow, I realized I had no reason to be sad for this exact reason. I have a GREAT life! I have a wonderful family and supportive friends that encompass me in the good and the bad times. I had to take a moment to realize that this couldn't have happened at a better time. Our bills are paid, we have a small savings, our Christmas gift buying is complete and I am now free to spend time with my family and friends when it means the most.

So as I spent the next few days updating my resume and cleaning house, I had an overwhelming circle of support reveal itself to me. Friends and family called with well wishes and job opportunities and fun times. I went to my first Mud Bugs hockey game with Callie (my friend from the gym) my brother Shaun and my wonderful hubby. I had so much fun that I now may be a hockey enthusiast.


I have been on a few interviews and have a few promising leads. I have fallen off a little on my lifestyle change. I haven’t weighed in, in fear of seeing another gain, but I will this Friday and learn to endure it all. With every upset, I know there can be double the excitement if I allow it.

I am pleased to say, although Johnny and I were not able to take the honeymoon we had planned, we anticipate that eventually we will be able to have that time away and celebrate our love for one another when the time is right. (We just decided not to go, with our unknown income in the near future.) However, I will tell you this, God works in mysterious and wonderful ways because this last week, Johnny was promoted at work and has settled into his career with UPS. At this point, I am going to concentrate on me and our household. Christmas is near and with that brings a new year and new beginnings.

I also am happy that Dakota (our son) has made the Honor Roll at school, my nephew Dillon is home for the holidays with his dad, my best friend Chastity and her kids came for a visit and the kids (Kyrin and Keagan) were so excited to know they could stay since Aunt Lisa didn’t have to go to work.


SO, in spite of it all, I am surrounded…by people that love me. People that love me for me. Whether I am fat or skinny, tall or short, if I have a job or not. People that want nothing but the best for me and my life. I love my life, now its up to me to make the best of what I am and have!

Season's Greetings to all of my followers and my fellow WD Slimdown Ladies. I love you all and please know that you are worth it too!

Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 30 something…


Inner Peace

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Just a quick note about me and then a funny today. Things are going well. I did gain this week, but I think it had some to do with "Aunt Flo" and starting birth control to try and help with my PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) all combined with the holiday hustle and bustle starting. No worries though, there are going to be those times where you go up a little and you have to back track, rethink and regroup and get back on top of things.

I am happy to report that my brother landed safely yesterday and will be here for the whole month for his military leave from Fort Irwin, California.

I go see AJ (my guru trainer) today. He has really been kickin' my booty these last few sessions. We have been doing full body training. Callie trained with me on Wednesday which made the time seem to go a little faster. I am not sure what AJ has in store for me tonight, but I sure do look forward to my time training with him. Life is just better after I exercise somehow...and I LOVE it!

So my mom sent me an email the other day, and I thought it was funny as all get out. Just figured I'd share it with everyone...(WARNING...please DO NOT do what the email says...LOL!)

Title: Calmness In Our Lives


I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates, and a half bottle of scotch.

You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

Pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace.

Hahahahaha! I know you are laughing! Until next time...

~ Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 31.6


Dear Diary...

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Well, it has been another fulfilling week and weekend. I missed my second post last week because of all the hustle and bustle of the holiday.

I was very happy to see my nephew Dillon and sisters Jennifer and Isabella for their visit during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I am now a little more clear on what I am most thankful for…family. I don’t know where I would be without mine.


Thursday, (Thanksgiving Day) hubby and I started out at 4 am at K-Mart trying to get a couple things on our shopping list. Needless to say, it was a madhouse. Some little old lady ran me over with a shopping cart, and all I could do was look at her and say “excuse me for being in your way”. Not exactly sure what gets into these people when they are out shopping for Christmas gifts? By 6ish, we were home and woke Dakota (my son) for breakfast. After breakfast, we decided on a day of cleaning and decorating. Around 4, we headed to MawMaw’s for family time and dinner.

My Mom, Aunt Lynn and MawMaw prepared a feast. There was turkey and roast, stuffing, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes with 2 different types of gravy, steamed broccoli, sweet potato pie and salad with all the fixings…and homemade yeast rolls (yum!). I made the broccoli and took my own celery and salad stuff. I was so very proud of myself when I fixed my plate. I waited until everyone else fixed their plates and then helped fix drinks. I then fixed myself a serving of almost everything. My plate was quite full. I sat down at the table and took a bite of each item on my plate and decided I was done. I happily scraped the balance of my plate into the trash. I know that eating 5 or 6 stalks of celery prior to dinner certainly curbed my appetite before the main course. I felt amazed with myself. I sat and watched as everyone else gorge themselves and realized I didn’t have to. I LOVE food. That is one thing I have certainly learned from this experience, but that doesn’t mean food loves me. I was content and full. I brought my own fat free Jello pudding for dessert, but bypassed that as well.

By the time everyone was done eating, the Saints had pulled another win, only this time beating the Dallas Cowboys, which was a victory within itself. It was time for dishes and clean-up. We visited for a while longer with family, and decided to head home since there were storms brewing and we had an early morning ahead of us.

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Friday morning was fun for Johnny and me. We started out looking for a specific gift for Dakota, and surprisingly and happily found it at our first stop. The stress of wanting something for him was immediately alleviated. We browsed and poked fun with stuff in the aisles, and finally decided to check out and go for breakfast. Johnny had to be at work at 6:45 (he works at UPS), so that gave me an opportunity to be out and have some me time with retail therapy. By mid-morning, I was practically done with all of my shopping and headed home. That evening, we treated Dakota and Dillon to dinner and a movie. We went to see the latest Harry Potter and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Saturday and Sunday brought a little more shopping and decorating, and relax time. I did go to my training session with AJ. He is kicking my butt every time now. I am so thankful for him. At some point in every session, I am sure I complain, but by the end, he is ready to hi-5 and I ask “That’s it??” Never fails.

My brother is due in this Thursday from Fort Irwin California for his holiday leave. Very excited about that. I am hoping he will go work out with me while he is home. He is quite comical when it comes to me blogging. It’s not the “WD Slimdown Blog” to him. He calls it “I’m not FAT anymore Blog”. Whatever works, at least I know he is following me on my journey.

I still can’t shake the “fat” feeling. I still see fat Lisa. I know I am doing better, but in the same sense, I know I am not doing as well as I could be. When will the doubt go away? I must continue to reassure myself that I am doing what is best for me and continue to progress in a positive manner. Maybe that glimmer of hope will show up soon…I love you Lisa Danielle Quinn Harris. You are worth it! Until next time…

~ Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 39.2



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It is Tuesday morning, and I have had a night of night's. Without much sleep, if any, I would like to just pray today. I hope that if you are reading my blog today, that you will pray with me and for me. Let the Lord lift us in his Grace.

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LORD, I thank You for Your patience as I learn important lessons from my past. I don't want to repeat my mistakes, LORD. Your ways are not our ways, but Your ways are best. They bring healing and life. As I learn to rejoice in the suffering I've experienced, I can see Your hand teaching me perseverance; from perseverance I develop character and from character I have hope.

LORD, I thank You for filling the earth with a bounty of food. I praise You for the variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates You provide for sustaining life. Help me to make a priority of eating a nutritious blend of foods, to drink enough water and to avoid overindulging in junk food. I pray for the time to shop and cook balanced meals. Please help me find food that is healthy and good-tasting and the will to eat in moderation.

LORD, I am tired and weary. Infuse me with life, energy and joy again. I thank You for being my strength and my delight. I don't have to look to a bowl of ice cream or the compliments of a friend to fill me up on the inside. Steady and constant, You are my source; You are the One who fills me. Sustain me, LORD, with the power of Your love, so I can live my life refreshed and renewed.

In His Name I Pray...

~ Lisa Quinn Harris



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Quick note on this wonderful Friday! (Down 1 more pound! YAY!)

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My training dates have changes from 3 sessions per week to four. In the sessions, we don't just do Cardio anymore. I was surprised to learn that because of my initial weight, I was limited on what types of exercise my body could handle. As AJ, my wonderful trainer explained, there are several different spectrums of exercise. Although exercise should be for everyone, you should consult a professional before starting a new regimen.

When I first started, we were doing basic movements (that were HARD for me, at first) and concentrating on different specific areas each session. Well, I can honestly say that he kicked my "badonka-donk" on Wednesday. We are now into full body exercise every session. This means that because of my successful weight-loss thus far, my spectrum has been broadened by 200%. Initially, my joints or body could not have handled the impact that they will learn to handle now.

I suppose I didn't really realize how much of an impact my weight had on me, totally...my lifestyle, my self image, my self confidence, my work or my marriage/family. Now I am in control. And I am LOVING IT!

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Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 36


I'm Baaaccckkkk!!!

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Well, I took a hiatus from everything but work and family last week. I did still follow my program, just not to the perfect T. Although the State Fair is over, I didn’t stop going until this past Sunday. I must happily admit that during the entire time the fair was here, I only had one “indulgence” of fair food, (a corny dog) and I didn’t eat the whole thing or even really like it.

Last week we were asked to send in photos of our “after” for the February reveal in Woman’s Day magazine. Of course I am no where near my “after”, so when we did our family holiday photo session, I had the photographer take some “1/2 way there” pics of me and send them in to Woman’s Day. I saw a few of the proofs, and was pleasantly surprised how nice they turned out. (I will post as soon as I have some copies) I must say I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when I went to my favorite dress shop before the photo shoot. Debbie, the manager of the shop, walked me through the entire store and filled a rolling rack with clothes, lingerie, coats and more just for me. She then rolled the whole rack into the dressing room and helped me find flattering outfits for my “new” size. (Which is coincidentally 2 full dress sizes smaller) She even went a step further and helped carry all my bags to the car. I felt like a total Princess…thanks Deb!

This past Saturday was my son Dakota’s 17th birthday. We had an amazing time with friends and family for his party. And yes, I did have a small slice of cake, and was ssssoooooo good. But 1 slice was more than enough for me! Sunday we cleaned house (since a tornado somehow went right through our living room) and relaxed for the rest of the day. I did go to the gym and got another AWESOME workout in with the best trainer in the world. I don’t care how tired or unenthused I am when I get to the gym, when I leave, I am always 500% better than when I got there. I don’t think it is all do to exercise, I truly believe that AJ has acumen for fitness, energy, health and happiness.


As I sit here enjoying my lunch of champions (skinny salad, tuna, celery and 3 bottles of water) I think back to August 15th of this year and how excited and nervous I was to start the WD Slimdown Project with Joy Bauer. How I was stepping out of my comfort zone and into the real world. Not only did I make that pledge, I have also made strides in what we are doing here. I am happy to report that I have lost a total of 35 pounds to date. I have set a goal of losing 11.7 more pounds by the end of this month. This will put me past my half-way point and beyond my second hurdle.

Well, now that I am stuffed and lunch is over, I suppose I should get back to the tornado on my desk. I only hope that any/everyone else battling weight-loss and learning a new lifestyle is having as much fun with it as I am. Thanks for all the support!

Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 35


Oh You Fancy, HUH?

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It's Friday, I lost this week (-2.4 lbs) and I am somewhat rested! Nails done, hair done, everything done...oh you FANCY, huh... I feel AWESOME!

It's amazing what a little support and encouragement can do for a lady these days. We had a great conference call on Wednesday with Joy Bauer and some of the Slimdown ladies, coaches and WD staff. I so look forward to getting to talk to these ladies...even if I just listen. At least I know I'm not the only one going through some of my issues.

Well, the State Fair of Louisiana ends on Sunday (Thank Heavens!). I'm not complaining, really, I look forward to this every year, but every year, I am also happy to see it go. My schedule may regulate itself again soon, or at least I hope. I start 4-5 days a week training with AJ (my Anytime Fitness guru trainer) next week, very much looking forward to that. Although he runs me down almost every session, I feel so good afterwards at the same time. I can't even remember what life was like before I started this project without him in my life. I was extremely proud of myself at our last session because I RAN! (If you know me, then you know I don't run...but I do now!) I was so happy, that I almost cried. On top of that, when I got on the scale this morning, I realized that I am where I thought I was at the beginning of the program...now I am really ready. My next 14 pounds will the ultimate pat on the back for me. AND (if I can top it off any more) Christine Christine4 and I are going to start running together and hopefully be able to do a marathon soon! (with my new "kicks") New Kicks How exciting!

We found out this week that the program is being continued through February 28, 2011. I was so happy about that. That gives me 115 more days to hit my ultimate goal, or shall I say, My Inner Skinny. We also found out the big Slimdown reveal will be in the February issue of Woman's Day magazine. I am currently working on my interview questions for that issue and have a photo shoot next Wednesday for my "after" pictures. Although, as I said before, they really won't be my "after" more like my "1/2 way there" pictures. I will be proud to show off how far I have already come!

Yesterday, I received a copy of the Anytime Fitness Success Pack. I am going to try to embed a link so everyone can see it too. Very happy about that!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with happiness, yet so very thankful all in that same feeling? My heart is so warm and full...I am so Blessed and ever thankful to God and my family and friends...Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 32.6

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Well, today is November 2, 2010 and I am in a slightly different state of mind. Besides the fact that I am utterly tired and on the verge of being sick, again, I have found that I am ready to humble myself.

We are now well into our third month on the WD Slimdown Project with Joy Bauer, and I have made strides in my weight-loss and more. I am currently at 30.2 pounds lost after a slight gain last week of 1.8 pounds. Am I at a plateau? Am I where I need to be at this point? I don't know...

I have, along this journey, met some fantastic people. Eleven other women joined me in this project by being selected and all eleven have touched me in some way or another. (Thank you Allison, Beth, Brittany, Celeste, Eve, Jennifer, Jules, Kathy, Katie, Nicole and Shelley) I have become acquainted with some women on Womans Day magazine staff ( Abby, Mrs. Barbara, Johanna and of course JOY!) and met a wonderful diet coach, Jamie Mok...who without those grueling grocery store shopping emergency calls, I would have had a complete panic attack. I would LOVE nothing more than to meet them all in person and hug each of their necks. Finally, my Anytime Fitness family, that I have told my deepest darkest secrets and funniest stories to. Who I have cried to and laughed with, and become great friends with...(thank you AJ, Michelle, Callie and Christine)

Last week I did two TV interviews and I have a radio interview re-scheduled. This month we (AJ & I) are scheduled to be in the Anytime Fitness Success Pack and I feel slightly overwhelmed. Like maybe this isn't for me? Then I just realize that I need to take a step back and re-group.

This week we were notified that some of us may be potentially featured in the WD Slimdown reveal in the February issue and they want a few questions answered and photos from before and after. Some women will have the luxury of being professionally photographed (not me, I assume because I live too far away) for the layout. So I somehow I have to get up the gumption to get in front of the camera for an after picture (that's not really after, as we are only 1/2 through) to be hopefully added to the spread.

So I will just get back into my routine, as this is the last week for the state fair. Things may slightly slow down for a week or two, and then the holidays hit. I start 4 days of training next week with AJ and I hope that the extra training will take me beyond my plateau. I am nervous about my wanting "not-on-the-plan foods" lately. Will power has never been my strong suit. However, I do know that it feels really good being on a slightly smaller size. Just in a dilemma...I am sure (or at least I hope) I will snap out of it soon. I'm so tired. Is it wrong for me to want someone/anyone/everyone to not expect something of me for just one day?...

Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 30.2



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WOW! What a busy week already and we are just past hump day! Today is Thursday and I am at work trying to decide what to do next. As I gaze at the beautiful yellow lilies on my desk, I can’t help but day dream…


My imagination runs wildly every day. Some days I imagine myself as an older more mature woman. Successful and living life to its fullest with a family full of love. Other days I see myself not far from now…still busy as ever, and slowly but surely getting healthier and happier with myself and life.

Yesterday AJ, my trainer, and I were at the local NBC news station doing a dieting & fitness interview with Jenna Zibton (local news anchor) at 6am. I was quite nervous at first, and then AJ took over as if we were in session at the gym. I actually worked up a sweat while demonstrating different exercises like the classic squat, sumo squat and a push-up. By the time the interview was over, it was 7 am and I was headed to work.

With such a busy schedule for last week through next week, I have found it hard to stick to my healthy eating habits…although I have done well, for the most part. I have had to reduce my gym time slightly, but I try and get cardio exercises in while working at the State Fair in the evening time. I think the hardest part about my schedule is making sure I get enough rest. As I have been told and researched, it is essential to get at least 7 to 8 hours of rest everyday in order for your body to rejuvenate itself. I was actually so tired yesterday that I dozed off sitting at a stop-light on my way to the gym. (Not good, I KNOW!)

So as this week comes to an end, and weigh-in is tomorrow, I wonder if I have gained, lost or just maintained. I’m not sure why I have become so obsessed with the scale??? We (me and the scale) are no longer BFF's. (just sayin')

The night before the interview, I was scrolling through pictures and saw two of me side-by-side for the first time. The first was from "My Last Supper Weekend" (the day before we started the WD Slimdown with Joy Bauer) and the other from last week…BIG difference…then I saw myself on TV yesterday and I was not impressed. I think, in fact, I know, 32 pounds is a tremendous accomplishment, but I still don’t see it. Mom says I’m just being too hard on myself, but I really want this…I need it…psychologically, I still see Fat Lisa. I need to be more focused…put the petal to the metal and do this! I got this! My next milestone is right in front of me…I just need to get there…

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Until Next Time ~

Lisa Quinn Harris

Pounds Lost Thus Far: 32

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