AdvoCare

If you have watched basketball, football or Nascar, then more than likely you’ve seen an advertisement for AdvoCare. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts, there’s a chance you’ve heard me mention AdvoCare.

What is AdvoCare you ask? AdvoCare was founded in Plano, Texas in 1993. They provide nutritional, weigh-management, sports performance, and skin care products that are backed by the latest scientific knowledge and ingredients and created safe and effective. AdvoCare products help to improve lives through superior nutrition and wellness.

How I got started with AdvoCare
A friend of mine offered to share products with me to try and I was instantly hooked on AdvoCare’s Spark. Spark is a vitamin and amino acid supplement energy drink mix. I tried the grape, pink lemonade, and fruit punch flavors. You just mix one service with 8 ounces of water and drink. The amount of focus and energy I had was amazing. No more groggy feeling, I was ready to tackle the day. If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t a fan of the meal replacement shakes, they just aren’t for me. However, Kasey loves them and has one daily. He really enjoys them and their many flavors. Like with all things, one product isn’t going to work for everyone but for me. I knew I would be ordering Spark and I wanted to share Spark with friends and family, so why not get a discount while doing so as well? That’s just what I did. Back in Oct. 2015 I signed up as a distributor so that now when I purchase products for myself or others, they are discounted.


I am still learning more and trying different AdvoCare products. I am currently in a 24-day challenge with the same friend who first shared AdvoCare with me. She has been an amazing accountability partner during the challenge so far and I will share with you more about the challenge once we’ve finished. There is such a wonderful support group and I’ve been able to reconnect with a few ladies that I went to high school with. I am hoping that not only out of a more healthier lifestyle, I will establish long lasting friendships as well.

I am going to add a tab at the top of my site along with my Young Living and Photography business information incase you want to read more about AdvoCare. I will link my site there as well and if you have any questions or would like to try a product on me, please just ask!

Have a day full of sunshine!
Hollie

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Monday Matters

So much of the time, once Monday rolls around we get in a slump and aren’t excited about the day. That’s not me today though! I have so much to look forward to. I confided in you about some of my struggles in my previous post but although I struggle, I have hope.

This Monday morning I am excited about the day. For the first time in awhile, we meal prepped last night and I am stoked to share the recipes with you. Also today, a friend of mine and I are beginning our Advocare challenge. Today marks day 1 of the cleanse phase. Then tonight, my second season of Run for God begins. We participated in the program a few years ago but haven’t stuck to running. During the program last time I completed my very first full 5K run. Usually, I had just walked them. I felt like I was on top of the world and to be honest, was probably in the best shape of my life then. I’m ready to get that me back! It’s coming.

Now, for the meal prep last night. I made a delicious one pan dish that included chicken, green beans, and red potatoes. I also made vinegar cucumbers and clean deviled eggs. Just look at how delicious all of this looks! I will be sharing the recipes in separate posts.

Make it a marvelous Monday!
Hollie

Prayer, please.

Subscribers, this has been a last few trying weeks. Shew, it’s been challenging. I write to you all now just asking for prayer which is something I rarely do in regards to myself. You are probably wondering what’s going on, and to be honest, nothing really major. Just normal, every day things. For some reason though, I’ve been letting things get to me more than I should and I am trying to just let go and let God. Sometimes that doesn’t come easy for me.

For starters, my daughter who has been an honor roll student each report card is struggling this quarter in school. She isn’t the only one struggling, a lot of the class is, but I am that mom who wants her to be challenged but not struggle. It isn’t that she isn’t smart enough, she’s proved herself to be above where she should be based on age alone over and over. However, she’s just gotten into a slump where she doesn’t seem motivated this quarter and it’s the small things like following directions entirely on a problem, reading the questions thoroughly, being responsible and remembering to bring home books when you have something to study for, writing out problems instead of just the answer, you know, the stuff that should come easily. I am trying to remember though, fourth grade is tough. Kindergarten through third, their hands are held, they are babied to a sense, and then fourth grade, it’s time to prepare them for that ribbon to be cut. Once fifth grade comes around, there aren’t the study guides, there aren’t detailed instructions to take home a book. The student has a big responsibility that fourth grade teachers are trying to shape them for. My little girl, doesn’t quite know how to handle all of that responsibility yet and in a sense, doesn’t want to.

I am in no hurry for her to grow up but man, this is a tough school year. Next year she gets to try out for JV Cheerleading which she has been looking forward to since she started the Spirit Squad. She is well aware that if her grades don’t come up and remain good like they have all this time, JV Cheerleading won’t be an option. Just pray for us, y’all. It’s stressful on the teachers, on the students, and on the families at home.

Outside of this school quarter, my focus and determination to really get my life back on track in regards to health and fitness has been somewhat of a downward spiral. I am not sure if it’s just all the added stress and pressure, well yeah I am sure, that’s what it is. My mind has not been mentally focused where it should be and instead I’ve been letting the negative, stress, and anxiousness take over which has led to some unwanted weight gain that I once had lost. I will get there again. I have a friend who will be my Advocare challenge buddy, and another friend who will be training for a 5K run with me. I haven’t ran in years and I so miss the body, the feeling, and the confidence that I had when I did. I look forward to getting there again. Just pray for me. Pray for my sanity, patience, guidance, direction, focus, mentality, confidence, motivation, and peace.

I am thankful for you all, you’re an outlet of sorts. Someone who I can type all of my thoughts (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to. I would love some feedback though, I don’t hear from most of you and would really like to know I’m not the only one out there facing this struggles.

Let’s chat, soon! Xo.
Hollie

Nailed it!

Day 3 of the Advocare ALL•IN 24 day challenge has been my best yet. I finished all 101.4 ounces of water (my daily goal is 98.5 ounces), stuck to my meal plan, got in a good 50 minutes worth of cardio along with some good strength training, and had all of my Advocare products and supplements. Major non scale victory for me!! Just what I needed to gain some confidence during this challenge. Go me!

Boy it feel good to get back in my gym!

ALL•IN

This year I said “Yes!” to Advocare in a way I hadn’t been willing to before. You see, I have a handful of friends who have shared their Advocare journey with me and what they experienced by a 24-day challenge but I still for some reason not fully convinced. Then a friend of mine shared Spark with me. I loved it, it gave me the boost that I had been needing for the long work hours, late night study sessions, and never-ending wonderful but tiring motherhood moments. With the schedule I keep, it’s easy to feel run down. Not with Spark, it’s a great and better for you than energy drink, pick-me-up. (If you haven’t tried Spark before and would like to, I’d love to send you a sample.. just let me know). I attended a Advocare event at her home and was able to try different flavors of Advocare products including shakes and snack bars. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the shakes. It’s the texture thing for me but Kasey however, he loves them. It’s all personal preference.

So what exactly did saying yes mean? It meant that I was going to be a part of the Nationwide Advocare ALL•IN 24 day challenge. This challenge was the perfect way to jump start 2016 and the pre-order bundle didn’t only come with free shipping but free meal prep containers, Advocare bracelet, and Advocare shaker bottle.. heck yes!

 
This gal loves herself some free stuff. The amount of people who are doing this challenge which began yesterday, January 11th is unbelievable. I wanted to share my day one with you and a point that also proved me to be human, my day two lesson.

Let me start with my day two lesson. After such a successful day one it was only fitting as a human that I would fall off the wagon persay as not a mistake but as a lesson. A lesson that would remind me, it’s okay to mess up. I’m not perfect and I can be more than one negative meal choice, as long as I let it be just that and not allow myself to spiral out of control. After all, that’s why I’m here doing this challenge, right? I need accountability, I need growth, I need to learn, I need to have a plan. So how exactly did I fall off tonight? It’s my grandmother’s 80th birthday. Just look at how beautiful this woman is. 

  

We had dinner as a family in celebration at a Japanese restaurant. I had planned to only have grilled chicken and grilled vegetables with no sauces but guess what? I caved. Yep, my willpower wasn’t as strong today as it could’ve been but you know what? I am confident that my willpower on day 24 will be much stronger than it is here on day 2. So, I ate myself a very unhealthy Japanese dinner and leaving all the icky details, paid for it later. But, I’m still here with an opportunity to do better tomorrow. That’s exactly what I’ll do. 

In the midst of this evening’s poor food choice, I have a wonderful day one to reflect on and grow from for day 3. I am going to share my food from day 1 with you now through pictures.

  
As you can see, I ate. I ate a lot. Sometimes I wasn’t even feeling hunger but I knew that my body needed fuel every 2-3 hours in order to be successful. My morning started with a grape Spark, my Fiber packet, and probiotic restore tablets. My body isn’t used to caffeine because I am not much of a soda drinker or coffee drinker on a regular and I could definitely tell I had taken the Spark. My body was on caffeine overload compared to normal. Before dinner I had my OmegaPlex gel caps which are ginormous. The first one went down just fine but the second one gave me some trouble. I didn’t attempt the cleansing tablet before bed. Some additional positives from my day one is that I drank right under 100 ounces of water, super huge accomplishment for me! 

I also got in a short workout I found on Pinterest that seems super easy but it kicked this gal’s booty. I’ll post it below.

  
All in all, I look forward to what I gain from this challenge. My “why” for doing this challenge (other than the obvious reason of not liking my current reflection) is to gain a better understanding of eating clean, being on a nutrition/fitness plan, and celebrating successes off the scale. Yes, I weighed in when I began and I will weigh when I’m finished but I also took my measurements and some before photos. I am not sure if I’ll ever be brave enough to post them but they serve as a reminder of who I don’t want to slip back into.

If you are looking for a community of honest, supportive, and encouraging individuals on the same path to bettering themselves like you are, and want a jump start on your 2016, please let me know. I can get information for you if I don’t know it myself and we’d love for you to be a part of this journey with us. 

Here’s to a better self!

Hollie

Living and Active Challenge


Okay y’all, I’m so excited to share with you this new challenge that I’m going to be a part of starting this Monday, October 5th. It’s the living and active challenge by Clare Smith. For those of you who are not familiar with who that is, she is a fitness instructor who loves Jesus. I have been following her on Instagram for quite some time now and just subscribed to her blog. This is the fourth annual living and active challenge but the first year I’ve decided to participate.

Here are the goals during the 5 week challenge:

  • Physical Challenge – Exercise (with your routine or Clare’s) 4 days a week for the 5 weeks we are in it. (25 minutes is minimum time)
  • Spiritual Challenge – Memorize the new weekly verse/Soul Food (as well as maintaining prior weeks) and do the key challenge.
  • Accountability – Facebook group, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope. Clare will be checking in and it’s our opportunity to ask questions, share information/moments, etc.

I know what you all are wondering, what’s the cost? Guess what, there is no cost. This 5 week challenge is FREE! Head over to her blog to read more and if you would like to have all of the information that will be available in one place, she has a new training guide for purchase that goes along with the challenge but is not mandatory. I am one of those who likes to have everything in one place and that’s easy to access so I have purchased one for myself but definitely don’t feel obligated. You can be a part of this challenge without a penny! OH!! and there are prizes, too. That’s right, there are 3 different grand prize packages with some awesome stuff.

Access her blog by clicking here.
Find more information on the grand prize packages here.
More detail about the challenge itself can be found here!

I hope you’ll join in, challenge starts in t-minus 2 days!

PointsPlus! *Modified 07/20/15*

I am excited to share that I am a member of Weight Watchers. Yep, I’m going to be attending weekly meetings and following the points plus system. Any of you currently in Weight Watchers or thinking of joining? I’d love to have you as a sidekick along this journey. I’ll check in with you all throughout the process and would love for you to do the same!

*Modified 07/20/15*

It’s official guys, tomorrow morning is my first Weight Watchers meeting and I am so excited about this lifestyle change and journey to a better me that I had to update y’all. I even splurged tonight on some of those ooey-gooey Cinnabon delights from Taco Bell. So yeah, kudos to those of you who are also beginning this lifestyle change and I can’t wait to check in with each of you throughout the journey. Happy tracking!!

  

Setbacks, new journey, and May!

So I have a few confessions to make.. (1.) I did not complete the Monday through Friday 4-week workout that I started last month, (2.) I have only completed 3 days of my 30-day yoga challenge, (3.) I ordered a new journaling Bible because I wasn’t happy with my latest entry which included my first (and probably last) attempt using watercolors. What a downer way to start this post huh? Hey, I’m human.

It would be negative if I allowed those setbacks to keep me down. Instead, I choose to allow them to motivate me for a different journey style. One that I am almost positive I’ll be successful in, because I’m being held accountable. So, May has arrived and beginning tomorrow I will be a part of a group workout three days a week. The other two weekdays I’ll be going to my gym for some cardio. On top of this new commitment, I vow to eat the way I should because who wants to work their tail off only to destroy it with bad food choices, not me. That’s why I am where I am today, bad food choices. So, remember me tomorrow as I’m sure I’ll feel like death after my first session. If you want to say a little prayer for my strength then I’ll gladly accept it.

Onto my third confession, one that is quite embarrassing but hey, I want to be completely real with you. I have always been my worst critic which is a flaw but something that I am constantly working on. With that said, this definitely falls into the “working on it” piece. I attempted to use watercolors in my journaling Bible for the first time and like I said earlier, it might be the last. I was highly disappointed with my “creation” regarding the Creation. I honestly haven’t journaled again since. Yes, I do understand that the point of my Bible journaling isn’t to make perfect artwork but to connect with Scripture, I just really was disappointed in myself and took it harder than I should. What did I do? I ordered another ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I should’ve just prayed over the situation and continued on my way but I didn’t. So now, I have two. I plan on giving one to my daughter and let her start Bible journaling as well. It’ll be something that I hope can deepen her relationship in Christ and give us yet something else to connect and do together. Hoping positivity can come out of my previous not so positive attitude.

Have you had any recent setbacks? We all are human and make mistakes. Best way to overcome them is to accept them and move on. If we dwell on them, they take residence and in turn will reek havoc on our lives. I allowed myself to be vulnerable to my recent setbacks so hopefully if you’re going through something similar, you know it’s okay. You aren’t alone and it happens to all of us. Get back up and find positivity!

Here’s to a new month and new opportunities, xo!