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

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

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

Christmas Reflection

In the midst of the Christmas festivities, I found myself strung thin with the feeling of the world on my shoulders. Each year I say I am going to be ahead of the game and have everything prepared way before Christmas arrives and each year, Christmas hits me in the face before I even blink and realize it’s there. I am adamant it comes faster each year, don’t you agree? The feeling of getting everything wrapped, cooked, baked, and finalized for get togethers can really cause some unneeded anxiety and stress in what should be a rejoicing time of year.

Although my family is fully aware that Jesus is the reason for the season, I absolutely love giving gifts and find such joy in purchasing, making, wrapping, and giving to others. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas aside from Jesus’ birth. This year, mini spent the night with her dad on Christmas Eve so I slept in and soaked in the quiet morning although I missed her excitement over Santa’s visit in the wee hours of the morning and I eagerly waiting for her to be home.

Our tree was absolutely beautiful Christmas morning. It had looked the same since the day I put it up but something about sitting on the couch, relaxing with Kasey, enjoying the parade, and just soaking in every second made it seem that more beautiful. There was something so serene about the calmness of not being in the hustle and bustle of the season that during those moments, I really reflected on how blessed I am. Not because I had a Christmas tree full of ornaments and lights, or presents underneath, but simply because I was awake and healthy. I was full of anticipation for my beautiful little girl to get home from her dad’s. I was full of excitement that I would be spending the next hours and days with our families and friends. I just have so much to be thankful for that I overlook and take for granted way more often than I should.

  
As the new year approaches, that is one thing that I am trying to do better at. Truly and honestly, being grateful and recognizing the many blessings daily and not just when it’s convenient. How easy it is to get caught up and only recognize our blessings when it fits into our schedule but don’t you believe that our blessings are even more apparent during our struggles and moments of weakness? It just takes a little more effort on our part to notice and appreciate them.

I hope that your Christmas was spent with those who make your heart swell. Until next time my friends,

Hollie

School’s Out!

This semester has been a trying, tiring, and difficult semester to say the least. My motivation wasn’t what it should’ve been and my organization wasn’t as it should’ve been. However, I made it! Finished off with straight A’s and B’s. That’s something I’ll take and be happy with all throughout my college years. I am looking forward to a couple weeks off before hitting the books again for Spring semester. It’s a long journey but each semester is one step closer.

Happy Wednesday!

La vita e’ bella

Life is beautiful. When there is sorrow, life is beautiful. When there is mourning, life is beautiful. Where there is happiness, life is beautiful. Life can be sloppy sometimes but it’s a beautiful ride. This is easy to remember when things are going good but when your world is shaken, are you quick to remember this or quick to forget?

My best friend has lost her father in law, 27-year-old daughter, and her grandmother in the last three weeks. My aunt has lost her father. There is so much sorrow, heartbreak, void, tears, questions, yet la vita e’ bella. Through it all, life is beautiful.

There are parents without children, children without parents, grandchildren without grandparents, and grandparents without grandchildren. Through it all, la vita e’ bella. There are no words that can fill the void, there are no band aids big enough to cover the wound, there are no amounts of kindness that can take away the sorrow. Yet, life is beautiful.

When the going gets tough, choose to focus on the positive. Through the rain, look for the rainbow. Most importantly, enjoy this beautiful ride and love deeply. If you’re of the praying kind, please keep my family and friend’s family in your prayers and always remember, la vita e’ bella.

Advocare

I had to take some time tonight to share with you my first experience with as titled above, Advocare. Before I do that though, let me start with a little back story. 

As you know, I am currently in the Weight Watchers program and attend weekly meetings. I have been in for a month and have lost a total of ten pounds and am very happy with the progress I’ve seen and the program itself. However, there are still moment where I feel sluggish and just worn out. A friend of mine reached out to me and shared a little bit about Advocare and how it’s benefited and changed her life. I was skeptical at first but willing to try some products that she offered to send. I felt like no matter how bad my experiences had been in the past with weight loss products and meal replacement shakes, if she felt so strong about this product then who was I to doubt it before giving it a try myself?

Yesterday I received the package from her and was immediately excited to try the drink mixes, Spark. She sent me a few flavors along with a couple meal replacement shakes. I must admit, I am still apprehensive about the shakes but I’m going to put that aside and give them a shot.

 

With school back in session for both my daughter and myself, on top of cheerleading practices, planning a birthday party, and working full time, I’m not getting as much rest as I should. Oddly enough, I overslept this morning and felt sluggish and just exhausted. I decided to give the Advocare Spark Energy Drink Mix a shot. First flavor, grape. 
When I opened the package I could immediately smell the vitamins and literally told myself that I was not going to like it. I poured 8 ounces of water into my blender bottle, poured the spark packet it, tightened the lid and gave it a good shake. Opened the lid and again, got a whiff of the vitamins and to be honest, at this point I wasn’t that excited anymore. I just knew that first taste would be gross and I would be pouring out. I took a deep breath and took a sip.

To my surprise, it’s delicious! Like really, really good. I finished the 8 ounces in less than a minute because I kept wanting more. No lie, this is no sales pitch. Just an honest review from a very skeptical and picky tasting person. I was shocked. Within no time I felt more awake and that sluggish feeling I had before was no longer penetrating through me. I felt well rested and ready to face the day. 

 

Not only was it delicious, really impacted how I felt in a positive way, but it fits into my Weight Watchers program. What more could you ask for? I have no idea where this initial experience with Advocare will lead me but I do know that I am incredibly thankful for my friend who shared Advocare with me and was willing to provide samples because she feels so strongly about this program and its products. If I would’ve allowed my initial thoughts to take over just based on past experiences and the smell, I really would be missing out.

So there you have it folks, I am a fan of Advocare’s Spark energy drink mix. Grape was delicious and guess what, so is the fruit punch!

   

If you are an Advocare user, I’d love to hear what products are your favorite and least favorite. I will be trying the chocolate meal replacement shake in the next few days and will share my experience with that as well. I’ll keep you updated on where this beginning experience leads and I’d love to hear from you on your experiences!

Until next time, xo!