Monday, January 30, 2012

hitting the restart button.

AdvoCare. One word that was not in my vocabulary a month ago but is all I can seem to think about these past couple of weeks. For the past couple of years, I have tried to find where I belong... what I'm meant to do... and nothing has ever felt right. I would either find things that didn't interest me long enough or things that interested me but wouldn't pay the bills. And then a friend told me about Advocare. Advocare is a health and wellness company that offers energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products. Not just that but it also offers a business opportunity. The more I looked into the company the more interested I became - I mean, I could help people feel great about themselves and their bodies, stay home with my kids, AND make money?! Perfect!
My first couple of weeks of selling were pretty successful but I felt as though the only way I could successfully sell a product was if I believed in it myself and the only way I could believe in it was to jump right in and take the products myself...
My entire life, I have always been the "skinny" one. I couldn't gain weight no matter how hard I tried (I know what you're thinking - "That bitch")... After both of my pregnancies, I shed the weight naturally within a couple days of giving birth (I gained between 40-50 lbs both times). I know this isn't "normal" but this is the way I'm built. I always believed diets were for those that needed/wanted to lose weight. For the past 28 years I have eaten whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted (and anyone who knows me knows how much I love to eat). I never thought about junk food or fast food and would devour a snickers whenever I felt like it. I mean, it wasn't causing me to gain weight... it wasn't sticking to my hips or a pooch on my belly, I was active so why did I need to worry about my diet?
I have quickly realized in the past few weeks that just because I may be naturally "skinny" doesn't necessarily mean I am healthy. Which, I believe, is scarier than if I were to be someone who is overweight and needing to lose weight. When you're thin, you don't usually worry about weight or eating right... all the garbage you are putting into your body becomes a hidden, silent danger... With starting Advocare products, I'm (obviously) not looking to lose weight but the first 10 days is a cleanse which will rid your body of toxins. It's like hitting a restart button on your habits and metabolism. In addition, I will be using the challenge to gain some lean muscle. Which brings me to today....

Today marks DAY #1 of my

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

I am pretty sure this challenge may be the most difficult thing I have ever done. I have never had to "quit" a bad habit before. I have never been a smoker or a heavy drinker. I stopped biting my nails years ago. But now, all of a sudden, I am having to "quit" my comfort foods. At first I didn't think it would be this difficult. I mean, what's a couple weeks of no soda or chips or a cookie whenever I felt like it... but you know the saying "when you can't have it you want it"? Yeah... That's me ALL DAY TODAY. But, I've survived day #1 and am looking forward to day #2 and getting to eat some protein and peanut butter!
Day #1: I have survived a full day on Fruits and Veggies along with some amazing Advocare products such as omegaplex, a meal replacement shake and my savior: SPARK.
Nine more days left of the 10 day cleanse (part 1 of the 24 day challenge). I know I can do this and to be quite honest, I have some amazing energy today -- even IF my children are teasing me with their cookie dough ice cream at this very moment :)
If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about Advocare (the products or the business opportunity) please feel free to contact me!

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