Snook Farm Fest this Saturday

I'm getting things ready for Snook Farm Fest this Saturday.  I'll be having a booth with the popcorn shirts and other clothing from The Magic Scarf Company.  Part of my booth and the booth next to me will be for AdvoCare.  I'll be sharing this part with Kasey Brown.  We'll have lots of items on hand for purchase and will also be taking orders so you don't have to carry things around at the Festival.

Look for me under the Texas flag canopy.


Challenge - Complete!

Well, here it is  - 24 days later. I've gained more energy and have started a membership at Aerofit a little over a week ago.  I've gotten to work out about twice a week.  I'll be honest, I don't do a high-impact workout, but I do work for about an hour or so each time.  My son has enjoyed going to the gym with me. Bonus!

OK...the before and after...same exact clothes...

I have lost an overall 4 pounds and have dropped a total of 8.5".  For the assessment, I took measurements around my right arm, shoulders, chest, waist, hips, right thigh and right calf.  I think the workouts have helped. Last weekend I had a conference over in League City and I didn't stick very close to the diet. The food at the conference was just too good and the desserts were calling my name!  I didn't try too hard the last few days.  I did take the pills every day and I'm beginning to see more and progress as the days go by.  I've had the shakes for breakfast most of the days of the Max phase (except during the conference where I ate breakfast at the hotel). I have not a had a single cup of coffee in 24 days and only a few glasses of tea (unsweet)...and that's a sacrifice since I LOVE sweet tea!  I've had ONE bowl of Blue Bell (ice cream for those that are not lucky enough to have it in your part of the world). I've had more salads, fruit and nuts in the last few weeks that I have had in the last year.  I've only had fries with lunch a few times.  Biggest change...I actually eat something for breakfast!  I used to just skip this meal most of the time.

Conclusions:  It works!  I'm sure some people have better results and some may have even less.  I like the Peaches & Cream Fiber Drinks better than the Citrus ones (it seems smoother).  I LOVE the Spark and Pink Lemonade is my favorite overall.  I didn't have any adverse reactions to the vitamins in the Max phase. Chocolate Shakes are good. The Berry is good too. I have not tried the Vanilla.  I tried the Fruit & Fiber bar as a snack one day - YUM!  I'm going to continue on with the Max 3 Kit since it has a variety of shakes and Spark flavors and I am going to try adding Catalyst as I hear very good things about it.  I have definitely gotten a good kick start to a new me. This isn't a "diet", it's a lifestyle change and I'm more conscious of the things I put (and don't put) into my body now.

Challenge - Day 11

Happy Mother's Day!  It's Day 11 and today started the Max Phase of the 24-Day Challenge.  The Cleanse phase is done and my body should be ready to kick in gear with this phase. No more Fiber Drinks!

The day started with a Spark and the "Before Breakfast" pill pack from the Max 3 box.  Followed about 30 minutes later with a Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake and the 2 "With a Meal" packets, then off to church.
Wow, the shakes are filling.

At church, we were blessed to have the "Crosstalk" handle all of the music for the service. It was a nice change and we had a large crowd for this Sunday.

After we got  home, I took the "Before Lunch" packet while I made my dessert, Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs, that I found on Pinterest. I made a couple of modifications to it.  I used the Sugar Free Angel Food Cake and instead of the chocolate, I get brought along a can of Light Whipped Cream in a can. We went to my cousin's house for lunch - BBQ Chicken. MMM!  I tried my best to eat the healthier selections, but I wasn't 100% good today.  That was pretty much it for the new daily routine for the next 14 days, except the Spark in the afternoon and a couple of OmegaPlex with supper.

I added the "Before Lunch" packet as a calendar reminder for 11:30 am for each day so I will remember these at the right time during the day while I'm at work.

I'm trying to avoid the scale and I have not measured myself again, but I KNOW I have more energy than I used to.  So much so that I have looked into gym memberships and started a 3-day trial at Aerofit in Bryan.  I was able to take my son and his cousin for a couple of workouts this weekend.  I will be starting a family membership for my son and I next week.  Added bonus of this new energy...it's going to get my son away from the TV a little more too! :)

Challenge - Day 8

Today the regimen changed a little again.  I start the day with the Probiotic Restore and water, then I have a Spark.  I got some samples of products from my upline Advisor, so I've mixed it up a little for variety.  This morning I tried the Mango-Strawberry Spark.  MMMM! This is a good choice for a morning wake-up.  (Yesterday morning, instead of the Spark, I had a Strawberry Blast Slam that came in my Distributor Kit.)

After the Spark, it was back to the Fiber Drink.  I used the sample of the Peaches & Cream and it was much smoother than the Citrus one.  More water.  For breakfast, I tried the  Berry Meal Replacement Shake and a couple of the OmegaPlex.  That was handy to carry around as I got ready for work and was a nice change of pace.  The rest of the day will go as normal except there are no more Herbal Cleanse tablets to take tonight.

My goal is to lose inches more than pounds.  I have not done any measurements, but I did take a peek at the scale today.  Down 3 pounds!  I hardly ever drank water before and now I constantly have water with me...and I LIKE it. I have a box of Grape Spark that I keep at work for the afternoon snack time and I'm becoming a fan of roasted almonds.  I have done well at sticking to the recommended and not recommended lists for the Cleanse.  I have not had a single glass of my favorite Sweet Tea and I have not so much as had a taste of Blue Bell!  I should be finished with this phase in time for Mother's Day, then onto the Max phase.

Wish me luck!

Challenge - Day 4

No Fiber Drink today! The daily regimen changed a little today.  Instead of the Fiber Drink, I take a pack of the Probiotic Restore from the Cleanse pack. I've been trying to be good and am eating lots of veggies, fruit and drinking lots of water.

Last night at the LaBahia NPSOT Plant Swap and Dinner, I resisted the temptation to eat a bunch of stuff that was not on the "good" list. It was difficult to turn down good homemade chocolate chip cookies. I even turned down an adult beverage and just had a bottle of water.

After church today, a group of us went to Fish Daddy's.  I got the salad with grilled lemon pepper chicken.  Man!  I LOVE fried shrimp! :( This is tough, but I can do this!

So far, of all the Spark® drinks, I think I like the Pink Lemonade the best.  I've tried that, Grape, Mandarin Orange, Fruit Punch and Citrus.  I haven't tried the Cherry, but that's because I personally don't like the flavor of cherry in anything. Reminds me too much of cough syrup. I still need to try the Mango Strawberry.

Low point of the day:  Yesterday I got stung by a Yellow Jacket (wasp) on the back of my arm.  Today it is STILL hot to the touch and I have a very large red patch on my arm.  I got a prescription for antibiotics and something else to help take care of it. I hope it works because it's very uncomfortable right now.  Needless to say...that dang wasp nest is no longer. Mwah-ha-ha!

24-Day Challenge

Day 1 - 5/3/12 - 158#
Yesterday I started the AdvoCare® 24-Day Challenge to see if I can lose some weight (and more importantly, inches). I am starting at 158 pounds and more inches than I care to carry. I hope I can lose some of this spare tire effect around my belly.

Day 1 starts with the 10-Day Cleanse phase.  I started the day with a Pink Lemonade Spark.  30 minutes later was the Fiber Drink.  This part was not pleasant to me, but I got it done.  More water.  Then I grabbed a boiled egg for breakfast and a handful of grapes and water.  Added 2 OmegaPlex capsules and another glass of water.

Note to self: Boil more eggs and get other options for breakfast.
Off to work. Wouldn't you just know it?!  One of my co-workers brought in fresh, hot Shipley's Donuts.  I resisted the temptation - BARELY.  Mid-morning snack was another handful of grapes and water that I sipped all day.

For lunch, I went to Chick-fil-a and got one of the Grilled Chicken and Fruit salads.  I love this place. I skipped my usual Sweet Tea and just got water.  So I sit at a booth and next to me is a LARGE advertisement for the shakes and ice cream.  Torture!  I love the Cookies & Cream one.  I'll have to try this salad again though. I love every bit of fruit on it.

Afternoon snack of grapes.  Dang it!  I forgot to bring extra packets of Spark, so I just had water.  I hit the grocery after work and picked up more healthy things to have in the house. Supper was a steak and baked potato with just a spritz of the zero calorie spray butter and carrots. Another glass of water.  Bedtime was time for the Herbal Cleanse packet of 3 pills and, you guessed it, another glass of water.  I'm going to float away. 23 days to go...

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