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

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!

Weigh day!

For all of my fellow Tuesday meeting goers, how did your weigh day go? If not good on the scale, what non-scale victory are celebrating? Maybe that pair of pants you’ve had hidden in that bottom drawer are now fitting, maybe that doughnut you gave up when providing them for your daughter’s cheerleading team (I can relate!), or maybe even just the simple victory that despite the week you had, you still decided to show up. That takes guts! No matter where you are in your weight loss journey or how you did this past week, today is a new day! A new opportunity to do better. I applaud you!

  

Enough of me rambling on although I am hopeful someone finds good use of my rambles, I went to my meeting expecting good results. I have stuck to it this week and really focused. Boy was it worth it! I am down 2.4 pounds this week. I am 3 pounds away from another 5 lb star and 8 pounds away from my 10% weight loss charm! That’s something to be proud of and celebrate! 

This week we discussed our “why.” Why did we start, why do we continue the program, and what’s our why for staying motivated? Once I get mine all filled in (which I am a huge fan of the new weight tracker which is now our “success story”) then I will share mine with you. Think about it though.. what is your why?

Until next time friends, xo!

Weight Watchers

This past week I didn’t go to my meeting because I’ve been in training but the meeting before this last one I was up 0.4 which most people would frown about but instead, I celebrated non scale victories. What are non scale victories? Special milestones during your weight loss journey that aren’t measured by a scale such as, getting into that smaller pair of jeans, wearing a medium shirt instead of a large, feeling energized because of the amount of sleep you’ve been getting, and even the time you took fresh hot ‘n now doughnuts to your child’s practice because it was their birthday and you didn’t even have one. Yep, I was celebrating that one for sure! It’s tough to pass up the best doughnut ever, Krispy Kreme. So despite not being able to attend this week’s meeting I have been sticking to my points and look forward to next week’s meeting!

 

Weight Watchers 

Hi friends! I just realized that here I am starting week three and I haven’t updated you on my first two weigh-ins. First of all though, how are you doing and did you decide to embark on this healthier lifestyle journey along with me? I sure hope so, nothing better than holding each other accountable and providing support and motivation!

Week 1 weigh in (last Tuesday): -5.4 lbs.!! Trust me when I say this, I was amazed! I had been at the lake for vacation and although I tracked my food intake, there was still a couple times I helped myself to the local restaurant right along side with my family members. Needless to say though, I ate and when I say I ate, I ate all the time. TONS of zero point fruits! Not only did I have a great weigh in, I also earned a 5 lb. star! It’s the little rewards that keep us going and itching for more, isn’t it? 

 
Week 2 weigh in (today): -1.8 lbs.!! Not as big of a loss as last week but still a celebratory loss. I am really proud of myself because in just two weeks I am already just 2.8 lbs away from my first goal of 5%. That’s huge! 

Some of my favorite things these days are

  • Smart Ones microwaveable meals
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Weight Watchers Mini Vanilla Cones
  • Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate granola bars

 

You guys, it’s doesn’t have to be all WW brand in order for you to be successful either. Guess what I ate last night for dinner? A Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers personal pan pizza! YES, totally serious. It wasn’t only delicious but very filling, too. I just tracked the points on my app and was good to go.

Today for lunch I had a Smart Ones pepperoni pizza and a Walmart brand grilled chicken Caesar salad. 14 points plus value together and just look at this yumminess.

 

Seriously, it’s never too late. No better time than now. Still enjoy the foods you love, just be more accountable and see results. If I can do it then I most definitely know that YOU CAN do it, too!

Would love to hear from you and how your journey is going or what is holding you back from taking that first step. Who’s going to be the brave one to post first? Ready, set, GO!… 

Siesta Scripture Memory Team – Verse 4

Good morning followers, hope you all are doing wonderful. I am a bit behind as this has been one crazy week, I’ll be posting to tell you about it in bits and pieces when I have a few minutes. As you know, today is the 20th and if you’re participating in the Siesta Scripture Memory Team with Living Proof Ministries blog, you know that we are on our fourth verse of this memorization journey.

Each time I pick a verse, I have been trying to find one that speaks to me during whatever season I’m currently going through. The verse I’ve chosen this time is Psalm 139:14. Here are the two versions that I prefer:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139.14 NIV

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139:14 ESV

It’s so easy to get caught up in the conformations of the world and look at yourself through the standards of media. Trust me, I struggle with this fact daily, which is why I chose this verse. I need to remind myself of this every single day! However, we should all remember that we were created in God’s image and by his liking. He created us just the way he wanted us. No magic diet pill or surgery is going to make us the way he originally created us. We must first love ourselves. We have to remember that no matter what the media tells us, we are a one of a kind original. We were handpicked by God and altogether beautiful. Don’t allow yourself to be down, upset, or ashamed of who you are. After all, YOU are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made. HIS works are WONDERFUL. You, my friend, are wonderful! Let’s remind ourselves of this and see ourselves the way God intended us to.

If you are an avid follower of my blog, you know that I have picked up Bible journaling for one of my resolutions to aid with me walk and relationship with Christ. Now that I’ve shared my selected verse with you, I want to share my Bible journaling entry with you regarding this verse.

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For this entry I mainly used Crayola Twistables, Micron 03 & 05 pens, and Erin Condren fiber point pens. The tab is from a sticker sheet that I purchased at AC Moore. If you have any questions regarding my journaling Bible then I would love to answer. I really hope that through my Bible journaling experience, I can inspire someone else to begin Bible journaling.

Until next time friends!

Happy New Year!

2015 is quickly approaching and when it arrives, I will be oceanfront with my two biggest fans. For the last few years, we’ve made it a tradition to ring in the new year at the beach. It’s not about laying out in the sun and catching waves because obviously at the end of December and beginning of January, its way too frigid for that. It’s about a getaway, a renewal, a refresh of the mind and soul. It’s about spending time with those whom my heart loves most. It’s about making memories, regardless if you’re walking around in jackets and toboggans. The ocean is a cleanse no matter what time of year or season, or at least it is for us.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Is it something done each year traditionally or out on a whim depending on your mood? I would love to hear what you’ll be getting into and what, if any, resolutions you have. I have quite a few myself although I prefer to call them lifestyle changes for the new year, not a resolution because we all know, resolutions get broken. Mine consists of:

  • Growing closer to God through art, design, and journaling. (You’ll see posts regarding my journaling Bible experience, hope you’ll be inspired and join in as well!)
  • Making fitness and healthy eating habits, and sticking to them. (Along with the majority of the world.)
  • Attending our home Church EVERY Sunday unless (a.) we’re out-of-town, (b.) we’re sick, or (c.) circumstance out of our control. (I haven’t been attending regularly and just have allowed being busy to keep me from going, no more!)
  • Saving money better than I have been. (I plan to follow the 52-week challenge – see post below.)
  • Memorize 24 verses. (I am going to give the Siesta Scripture Memory Team by Living Proof Ministries a shot.)

Seems like a lot but in reality, it’s all doable and makes way for a positive lifestyle. I’m really looking forward to it and will periodically post how well I’m doing in each of the 5 bullet points. I also look forward to reading about your plans for the upcoming year and how you’re doing so please feel free to share.

Here’s to a Happy New Year! Stay safe and smile a lot.