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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!

 

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!

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!… 

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!!

  

I’m so excited..

..for the journey that I’ve committed myself to for many days, months, and years to come. I’d love for you to take this journey with me. What journey you ask? The journey to a better ME!

I’m officially a Momsanity sister!! I cannot wait to gain the friendships (“sisterhoods”),  knowledge, healthier lifestyle, and deepen my relationship with Christ right along fellow believers. Right along with others who share my same struggles that I do, who face similar challenges, and who are supportive and want to be supported. 

If you haven’t heard of the Momsanity sisterhood I invite you to go to their website(s) Momsanity and Momsanity Sisterhood, take a look to see if you’d be interested in becoming a Momsanity sister. If you already are or decide to join please comment below. 

It’s going to be a fun and challenging experience that I know my body physically, mentally, and emotionally, will thank me for later. It’s about time I do something to benefit myself, what about you?

Xo!

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.