AdvoCare and Intuitive Eating

I feel icky, oh so icky, I feel icky. I was singing that in my head to I Feel Pretty. I told you yesterday that I was hoping I wasn’t getting sick. Well, I’m sick. My lymph nodes in my neck started hurting yesterday and are swollen. I took today off from work to rest up in hopes of getting better fast. I also started an ibuprofen regimen to reduce my swollen nodes. I’m still super fatigued, but otherwise feeling fine. Isn’t that weird?

Since I have the time, I might as well blog, right? I even have a topic I want to chat about!

AdvoCare and Intuitive Eating

I’ve been brushing up on my intuitive/mindful eating lately. It still fascinates me. It’s also the weirdest thing, but I think starting AdvoCare has actually helped everything I have read and was taught about intuitive eating really click. Now, during this second 24 day challenge, I have come to a huge realization – eating whole, real foods helps me eat more intuitively. I’m bolding that to help it sink in.

Now let me explain what I mean. I did my first AdvoCare 24 day challenge and learned the joys of cooking and eating healthy meals again. I wasn’t super intuitive on that challenge, and I wouldn’t say I am now either, but I really didn’t have many emotional eating issues. Then the challenge ended, work got crazy stressful, and I was falling back into some old, bad habits. There was definitely a bunch of emotional eating and drinking going on. Now I’m in my second challenge. I find myself listening to hunger and satiety cues again. Last night I even took more meatloaf, only to leave half of it on my plate at dinner. I haven’t done it every single time, but I’ve started questioning when I crave a snack. Am I really hungry or do I need something else? Sometimes I just want to mindlessly munch because it’s an old habit. I did this on Sunday. But sometimes I’ve stopped and waited it out. This is HUGE for me.

So why are things starting to click now? As I stated above, I think a big part of this has to do wth the food I’m eating. I’m eating whole, real foods without any added sugars. That means my body doesn’t have all of these sugar spikes and crashes to contend with. I’m more able to feel real hunger – not just a sugar crash. I think another big part is that I’m excited about what has been going on with my body. Although I didn’t lose much in between challenges, the changes I have seen still excite me. I can actually stand in front of the mirror naked and like what I see. Or at least not hate it if it’s a bad day. I’m insanely happy with this area of my life right now.

I’m going to keep exploring this area for the next 15 days and beyond. Expect more topics on this in the future! Also, since it’s kind of related and I keep thinking about it, go read this post by Lauren Fowler. I just love it. (Okay, maybe I’m still sicker than I thought because I think I’m coming off as kind of delirious. Meh.)

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More Bullet Points?!

Hello, hello! I hope you are having a glorious week! Since I’m working from home all week, catching up on some administrative stuff I’ve been putting off forever, I’m having such a relaxing week. I’m also not using my home office and working from the couch. There is nothing better than working while catching up on your DVR. Two catch-ups in one!

I have so many random thoughts in my head again to share. More bullet points? Are you sick of them yet? I feel like my brain is always all over the place, and I just need a good daily dump. <– Haha insert the poop emoji here! #realmature

  • Monday evening I started getting a sore throat. I’m super worried that I’m getting sick. Last night I started feeling very achey and dizzy. Today I feel really rundown and am somewhat amazed that I made it all day without a nap. I hope this is just due to being cooped up inside and not actual sickness. I have only left my house 4 times since I got home last Tuesday. People wonder how Minnesotans get through winter? We don’t leave our houses!
  • I haven’t strength trained this week like planned. Besides not feeling well, I just can’t find a plan I like! Without a plan I just feel like I’m flailing. Here’s what I want – something for 5 days a week (M-Th + Sa), something short (15-20 min), something with videos, and not a ton of cardio included. I’m very picky! I really like Jessica Smith TV videos, but she no longer does a structured weekly plan. Instead it’s a drag and drop with outlines. I don’t like it. I was doing Tone It Up videos, but they started to annoy me. If you know of something that might fit my specifications, please let me know!
  • I switched up my walk/run yesterday morning, and I’m so glad I did. I was getting really attached to the routine I was doing, but I really want to increase my running time. I finally broke down and started a couch to 10k plan. I started in week 2 since I have already been consistently running 10-12 minutes during each workout. It was hard to move away from my other routine, but now I know I’m on the right track.
  • I didn’t even run today. I made it through one run interval and decided my body felt too tired. Apparently you’re supposed to take days off in between running (whatever), so that gave me a good excuse to do walking intervals instead. I can’t decide if it was really that I was giving my body a break or just pure laziness.
  • I really want my house to be clean, but I don’t really want to clean it. Argh! I made a list of one chore I would get done per day this week while I’m home, and I haven’t gotten a single one done. Vacuuming and cleaning toilets is the last thing I want to do when I don’t feel well. Must do them though! Maybe I will take an hour or so tomorrow and just knock them all out.
  • One thing I did organize in my house today? My refrigerator. Lately I’ve wondered a lot about what I’m supposed to put those little slidey dials on for fruits and veggies. Which goes where? So I Googled it. I found this article from Real Simple, and decided to just reorganize the whole thing. Now my milk, raw meat, and yogurt are on the bottom shelf and eggs are on the middle shelf. I also found what I was looking for, split up my fruit and veggie drawers (and swapped them), and set fruits to low humidity and veggies to high. Boom.

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And yep, that’s definitely a dark iPhone photo. You’re welcome for that. :)

  • I’m trying to stay positive and think happy thoughts more often instead of dwelling on how tired, crappy feeling, anxious, stressed, etc. I might be. The lyrics to Pitbull’s Time of Our Lives song actually helps with that: “This for anybody going through tough times. Believe me, been there, done that. But every day above ground is a great day, remember that.” Amen, Pitbull, amen.

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Little Sunday Recap

Happy Sunday! I’m always on the fence about Sundays. Sometimes I love them because they can be so relaxing, refreshing, and rejuvenating for the week ahead, but other times I hate them because I tend to stress about Monday on Sundays. I’m feeling good about Monday this week, so Sunday is a glorious day. I’m planning to read, clean, and watch a little TV for the rest of the day.

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty low key, which I find wonderful after the fun of last weekend. On Friday, B didn’t get home until late, so we just had dinner, watched TV, and went to bed early. Yesterday was spent running errands and then visiting friends until midnight. I decided I like it when late nights are until like midnight or 12:30. I’m still up past my usual bedtime, but I can still get up early enough to have a full day ahead of me. Now to make that work every weekend… yeah, won’t happen.

I just have a few things to share today.

The Last Week (or Two)’s Workouts

Since it’s the most coherent in my brain, let’s look at my workouts over the last couple of weeks. I like seeing these all in one place, because it sort of reassures me when I don’t feel like I’m doing enough.

  • Monday, 2/16 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Tuesday, 2/17 – rest (early AM flight to Philly = exhausted)
  • Wednesday, 2/18 – 30 min walk/run in AM + 18 min JessicaSmithTV beginner barre in PM
  • Thursday, 2/19 – 45 min walk/run in AM
  • Friday, 2/20 – 30 min walk/run in AM + 20 min JessicaSmithTV strength in PM
  • Saturday, 2/21 – 30 min walk/run in AM (like 2am! left for Cancun)
  • Sunday, 2/22 – 30 min walk/run in AM (IN CANCUN!!!)
  • Monday, 2/23 – rest (body is TIRED from Cancun fun)
  • Tuesday, 2/24 – 30 min walk/run in AM (IN CANCUN!!!)
  • Wednesday, 2/25 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Thursday, 2/26 – 30 min interval incline walk in AM (new sports bra doesn’t work for running… boo!!)
  • Friday, 2/27 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Saturday, 2/28 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Sunday, 3/1 – 45 min interval walk in AM

I love seeing this! Look at how awesome I am at doing cardio. I really love starting my day with a little sweat, and my day feels incomplete without it. Hence why I got up at 2am to hit the treadmill before Cancun. I took the last week off from strength training, and didn’t do much the week before, but I want to start anew this week. I know I’m never good at following plans, but I have one in hand that I’m thinking about trying out. I’ll let you know if that pans out.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

The next thing I want to chat about is my current AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. Unlike the last time I did the challenge, I don’t feel the need to let you know about every segment of it, what I’m eating, etc. I have that to look back on from the first time, so I don’t feel like I need it. I also feel like this challenge is old hat for me. I haven’t been using the app or paper tracker religiously to help me know what supplements to take, how to make meals, or count off the days. I’m just cruising along, taking the prescribed supplements and eating clean. I am, however, feeling absolutely amazing! The 5 pounds of water weight I gained in Mexico are gone, and my body just feels good. I am so surprised how a few days of clean eating can have such an impact on the body. I’m only on day 5!

Although I’m not talking about it too much, I want to let you know two things – 1. I still struggle sometimes and 2. I’m doing the challenge a little differently this time around. Let me explain both of these.

  1. The weekends are hard when on the challenge. Everyone is eating out and drinking around you, and you can’t fully participate. I mean, you can eat out. I did a lot during my first challenge because of weekends or work. That part isn’t that hard – it’s just that you can’t have the pizza, pasta, burgers, etc. that people might eat around you. And the drinks. Oh, the drinks! We stopped at a bar to see some friends for a little bit yesterday. Everyone drank beer or mixed drinks except for me. I drank club soda with a True Lemon packet stirred in. Then last night we visited friends where everyone was drinking as well. I just had to keep reminding myself that this IS what I want and that I’m moving towards reaching my goals. I want to keep cutting back on alcohol, and I’ve had a hard time doing that in the last couple of high stress months. This challenge will help me so much with that since I can’t drink for 24 days. I’m just telling you it is what it is called… a challenge. Don’t think every minute will be easy.
  2. Last time I did the challenge, I completely cut out dairy, shellfish, and grains, except for a tiny bit of brown rice like one day. This time, I’m allowing those – in moderation and completely clean. The biggest change is the grains, since I’ve been having those for breakfast (Ezekiel bread), snacks (rice cakes made with brown rice), and lunch or dinner (whole wheat pasta, brown rice). We’ll see if this has any kind of effect on my results, but I just didn’t want to go super restrictive this time around.

Okay, now that I have typed all of this, I might just do a further post on my challenge this time around. Maybe after the cleanse portion is over after day 10? We shall see.

I guess that’s it! I thought I had one more thing, but now I can’t seem to remember what it was. That always happens to me. I can leave you with a funny note about how clumsy I am. I totally fell down about 2/3 of a flight of stairs last night at our friends’ house. They are remodeling their basement, so I wanted to go check it out. I was wearing socks, and they have (beautiful) wood on their stairs. I totally biffed it, and hit my butt on every step going down. I have done this in my own house with slippers on. I am not allowed to wear slippers on our carpeted stairs or now socks on wooden stairs. My butt and back are really hurting on the left side where they hit the stairs. I’m waiting for some sweet bruises to show up that I can share. And believe me, I will share!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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All Over Friday

Hola friends! Aren’t you so pumped it’s Friday?! Since my week was unusual because of coming home from Cancun on Tuesday, it really doesn’t feel like Friday to me. That’s okay! I’m still okay with the weekend being here! Since I’m feeling pretty all over the place, as per usual really, I thought I might as well just give you an all over the place post. Ready?

  • 4 of my aunts and 1 of my uncles are in the Dominican right now and keep posting beautiful pictures on Facebook. I am so jealous! I want to be with them!! They are a rowdy bunch = my kind of people.

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Actually my own picture from a few years ago!

  • I discovered today that I’m not quite doing the cleanse portion of the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge correctly, but I really don’t care. I was reading the product materials this morning, and I saw that it says to eat as little dietary fat as possible during the cleanse. Ummmm… you mean not to eat PB twice in one day plus some wholly guacamole? Screw it! I can let you know that the cleanse is cleansing just fine with that fat, thank you, so I’m not gonna change.
  • Do you ever weigh yourself before and after a vacation and gleefully count how many pounds you gained? No? My husband and I do. He gained 8, and I gained 5 after Cancun. Of course it’s all water weight, and it disappears quickly, otherwise I don’t think I would be full of glee. I only have 1 of my water weight pounds left in just a few days. I’m so cleansing.
  • Do you think healthier foods look prettier? Whenever I make a meal that is healthy, I just think it looks pretty and want to take a picture. Case in point…

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Maybe I shouldn’t be the one photographing it though. ;)

  • I just looked out of my window and saw someone roller blading. Can someone find that girl and tell her it feels like 2 degrees outside?! That is definitely not roller blading weather.
  • Do you know where there is roller blading weather? Cancun. Le sigh.

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Actually my own picture from 2008!

  • I have really been slacking on the strength training this week. I haven’t hit the weights a single time since I got home. The hubs is talking about joining the gym tomorrow, so I will go as his guest and do it then. I love how it makes me feel, but I’m just not in love with actually doing it.
  • Also speaking of exercise, my walk/runs have been especially hard since I got home. I’m not sure why! I know I need to mix things up on the treadmill so I can keep increasing my running time, but it’s been tough enough just doing what I have been doing. I’m thinking it’s a mixture of being on the treadmill versus outside, the change in humidity, and other excuses. Let’s hope tomorrow is better.
  • As long as I’m confessing things, I might as well give you a doozy. Since we got back on Tuesday, I have only left the house once to go grocery shopping yesterday. I don’t plan on leaving again until tomorrow. I have also put on the same tshirt, sweatpants, and sports bra after working out for the last 3 days. Just keeping it classy.
  • Okay another confession. I’m loading the week after next with work so that I can have next week as another work from home week. I need it BAD, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty about it. I really overloaded myself in January and February, and I have some deep mental exhaustion going on. That and anxiety just thinking about opening my laptop and the emails that may be lurking. Now I also have fears of getting yelled at for not working enough. Even though I worked more than planned the last two months, if I work less than planned now, I will get a’talking to. This is why I have issues and anxiety people! Oh and gray hairs since I was 23.
  • Happy thoughts, happy thoughts! 31 more days until I go to Key West! It’s for work, but you bet I’ll make time for fun.

I think that’s enough random thoughts for one day. My brain feels tired just from thinking them all. Or maybe because I’ve been staring at my computer for hours without a break. I should take a break. Peace.

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What Happens in Mexico

Hola amigas! Happy hump day! I have returned from my short trip to Cancun. It was, of course, a ton of fun and went too fast. Vacation always goes too fast and work drags on forever. Why is that?!

So what did I all do in Cancun? Some of that shall stay in Cancun. ;) Otherwise I can tell you I hung out in the pool all day, never far from the swim-up bar, and with all of my husband’s coworkers and their families. And didn’t take a single picture. Seriously, not a single one! Next year I am vowing to spend a little more time with some of my husband’s female coworkers because now I am jealous of all of their cute pictures together. Oh well, here’s a stolen picture for you to enjoy:

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That was the view from B’s coworker Kelsey’s room. Thanks, Kelsey, for the photo.

Although I’m not going to do a whole vacation recap, I do want to point out the high points from this year’s Cancun trip so that I can remember them. Here are my three favorite things from this year’s Cancun trip:

  1. Spending time with everyone in the pool. This is my favorite part every year! I love just chatting with people in the pool, getting into our shenanigans, and having a great time. I literally spend all day from just after breakfast until just before dinner in the pool. Sometimes I add a little ocean time for flare, but otherwise it’s pool then hot tub when the sun starts going down.
  2. Dancing at the disco. I wanted to make it there at least one time this year, and I made it exactly that many! I have a goal again for next year of making it late more than one night. Not necessarily dancing at the disco, but staying up late and doing things that I talk about for days later.
  3. Running. This one sounds funny, so I will explain. On Saturday before we left I woke up at 2am so that I could get my daily walk/run done before our morning flight. That sounds crazy, but it seriously makes my day 100 times more awesome. Then, in Cancun, I went for a run 2 more times. It was so nice! We stayed at the Riu Palace de las Americas in the club part of Cancun. I was a little worried before we left that it wouldn’t be safe to go out by myself in the morning. I shouldn’t have worried. There were a ton of other single people out running or walking, and the path there is really nice. I’m really proud I got out!

Gosh, I really wish I was still there and not in cold MN! Luckily, I’m working from home for the rest of the week so that I don’t really have to go outside. Big sweatshirts and sweatpants are all I’m wearing the rest of the week!

On another front, I started my second AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge today. I want to share details for further posts, but I can let you know that my stomach is not happy about the last 4 days of fun. I was really bloated and had a crap ton of gas pain yesterday and that has continued into today. I know it’ll be gone soon, but it hurts so bad! Darn delicious food and drinks! I may not have eaten a single vegetable in the last 4 days…

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Change of Plans

Happy Hump Day! Another week that seems to be flying by. That’s cool since we’re headed to Cancun on Saturday. Woot woot to that!

So my workout plans for the week just aren’t… working out. Monday I ran around the house all evening making dinner and packing for yesterday and then sat down to enjoy time with the hubs before I left for a few days again. No evening strength. Plus I got my hair done and didn’t want to get sweaty. ;)

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Then yesterday I was exhausted when I got done with work. My 2:45am alarm plus not really getting a good nap during my flights really had me dragging. I layed in bed all evening reading my book and dozing. No workout at all.

I’m not beating myself up. Some days your plans just don’t work out, and that’s what has happened the last two days. It’s just kind of a bummer.

The other plan I had about eating clean? Well, that’s not really going as planned either. Again, not beating myself up about this – I’d rather have healthy and satisfying meals rather than stressing about eating clean. I had some pretzels, peanuts, and Diet Sprite on the plane yesterday, some non-homemade balsamic vinaigrette at lunch, and a 100 calorie pack of processed cookies left over from the plane in the evening. You know what? Most airlines don’t give you snacks anymore, so I’m making sure to take the snacks so they don’t all quit giving them! I feel that justifies that.

I also had a yogurt parfait for breakfast this morning that had sugar and high fructose corn syrup in it. Horror of horrors! Someone tell my parents I love them if I die! A little over-dramatic, yes, but this is how some sites and groups make me feel about added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. I know they are not ideal and should be avoided, if possible, but this morning I really wanted yogurt, and that was the only yogurt available to me. And it was delicious! Okay, it would have been even tastier if it was Greek yogurt, but beggars can’t be choosey (unless they are really good beggars).

I’m kind of laughing at myself for writing all of that because… look at what I ate over the weekend – the last day has been much healthier, even if some of it was junk food.

Okay, switching gears. Do you know what I’m completely bummed about? I realized yesterday on my way down to the airport that I forgot my resistance band for strength training! Luckily I found out this morning that my hotel’s fitness room has hand weights I can use this evening. That means I won’t be doing a TIU or Jessica Smith workout though since I’d feel weird doing a video in the small fitness room. Now I’m trying to think of what to do instead. I’ll likely find a circuit either off of Pinterest or from TIU, but do I want to do upper body, lower body, or full body? I really want to do full body on Friday so that I’m sufficiently sore and feel “worked out” for Cancun on Saturday. Does that sound weird? I just like that feeling. I could do full body today as well, take tomorrow off of strength (or just do abs), and then do full body again on Friday. That just might work! We’ll see what I end up doing though. :)

Switching gears once again, but sort of tying all of this together… I think I know what my problem is when it comes to weight loss, exercise plans, etc. Besides that I drink too much and eat too much junk on the weekends of course. I think my true problem is that I hate following plans. I hate rules, and I hate HAVING to do things. I hate it when people tell me what to do! This kind of ties into what intuitive eating (remember that phrase?!) is truly all about – not being restricted by food rules and diet rules, but just eating healthy, when you’re hungry, and in an amount that is appropriate for your body. Right now and after I’m done with my next 24 Day Challenge, I want to get into just living like that. I’m all about making the best choice at the time. This morning that yogurt was the best choice at the time, yesterday my pretzels and peanuts were the best choice at the time (okay, I could have climbed out of my seat and dug in my suitcase in the overhead bin for a Larabar…). Last night those cookies were the best choice at the time (the other alternative was full meal off of the room service menu, which I definitely didn’t need). For lunch today I’m having a salad from the convenience store down the road from my client because I had one yesterday and they are delightful! There is cheese on this salad and the dressing probably has added stuff in it. But it’s way healthier than the Chick-Fil-A I could have as an alternative. It’s the best choice at this time.

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I know that nobody eats perfect, but sometimes I get so caught up in the clean eating blogs, posts on Facebook, etc. that I feel guilty about the unclean or unhealthy choices I make. That’s so silly. This week I’m switching my focus to just eating as healthy as possible. No guilty feelings about something that isn’t clean. It’s WAY hard to worry about eating clean while traveling, and I’m not doing a challenge right now, so why stress over that?

With that, I am out!

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Old Weekend Habits

Hello friends! I didn’t make it back yesterday, but here I am tonight. So… yeah… this weekend. Ugh. I’m so puffy today. Too many sodium-filled foods and not enough water. Here’s a quick recap of everything I did, ate, and drank:

Friday Evening

I drove the 4.5 hours from Tomahawk, WI straight to my husband’s work since they were having a dinner in honor of his coworker who passed away. I didn’t eat since I snacked on veggie chips and Greek yogurt on my drive home. I really wasn’t hungry. We had beer at his office and got home after 9pm. We were hungry by the time we got home, so we ordered pizza and cheese bread. I did make the good decision of not going downtown and drinking more. I’m proud of that at least!

Saturday

The hubs and I went out to lunch at Applebee’s (I had the grilled chicken Oriental salad), got pedicures, and then went to the boat show that was in town. B wants to get a fishing boat this spring. I was overwhelmed within 5 minutes of being at the show. :)

After the boat show we stopped at Green Mill for a beer before dinner. We were planning to go to Red Lobster around 7pm. Yeah… that didn’t happen. These Canadian guys sat next to us, and we had a blast chatting with them. Canadians are fascinating to talk to!

After the Canadians left, one of my BFF’s from high school actually returned my message on Facebook and agreed to meet me at Green Mill. I haven’t seen this friend since probably my freshman year of college in 2002/2003, so that seemed way more important than dinner! Not my best idea. Well, we had a blast together anyway. It was so fun to catch up and really restart our friendship. I look forward to hanging out with her more. At one point I had a Jimmy John’s unwhich, thinny chips, and then later the leftover pizza from the night before.

Sunday

Sunday was a day of recovery. We did absolutely nothing, and it was fabulous! We ate Culver’s burgers and fries, and I had chocolate given to me by my husband’s work. I really love lazy Sundays, but eating healthy meals would be ideal.

So now you can see how unhealthy my weekend was. These are all old habits that I’ve brought back into my life. And I hate it! I want to drink less and eat less junk. After Cancun, I’m really relying on the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge I’m doing to help me ditch these old habits and grow those good habits I had made during my first 24 Day Challenge. After the Challenge, I’m going to have to work even harder to find non-drinking ways to socialize on the weekends. That’s really what I want – to socialize but without drinking so much. I just haven’t figured out how to do that yet. If you have that figured out, let me know! I know some people say to rotate water, sip drinks slowly, have spritzers, etc., but none of those have worked for me. It seems like I either go balls to the wall or abstain these days. I hate it, but I’m determined to figure it out and fix it.

Last Week’s Workouts

To end this post on a happy note, let’s talk about how I rocked workouts last week. Because I did, and I plan to continue this week.

  • Monday – 30 min walk/run in AM + TIU kettle toning workout in PM (using hand weight instead of kettle)
  • Tuesday – 30 min walk/run in AM + TIU upper back & abs in PM
  • Wednesday – 7 min TIU HIIT + 3 min JessicaSmithTV workout + 20 min jog in place in AM + some ab exercises in PM
  • Thursday – 30 min jog in place in AM + TIU arms workout in PM
  • Friday – 30 min jog in place in AM
  • Saturday – 30 min walk/run + 20 min full body workout in AM
  • Sunday – rest

Yay! I plan for this week to look very similar except no AM workout tomorrow but both cardio and strength in the PM, only an AM workout with both cardio and strength on Thursday, and no workout on Saturday. The reasoning for these changes is because of getting up super early (2:30am) to fly to Philly tomorrow morning, flying back from Philly on Thursday, and flying to Cancun on Saturday. I want to get up and walk/run on Sunday in Cancun though.

One last thought, then I’m leaving. I was planning to do a Tone It Up 5 day slim down this week, but then I realized I’m traveling to Philly and that is too restrictive for me when traveling. Instead, I’m eating clean all week and following the above workout plan. I think that’s still a quality plan to feel okay in my skin in Cancun this weekend. Woohoo!

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Out of the Haze

Hello again! We’re almost to Friday. I am just so amazed how quickly these weeks have been flying by. It scares me! My life is flying away! Do you ever panic like that? I do all of the time. I think, “how the heck am I already 30? Stop time!! I’m not ready to have babies, don’t have my life under control, and don’t want to get older!”. When I think of how many years ago I graduated high school (12.5) or college (8.5), I’m somewhat shocked and amazed. Where has that time gone? Sometimes I feel like I live most of my life in a haze, but every once in a while have a moment of clarity. I’m in a moment of clarity after living the last month in somewhat of a daze. I want to hold on to this moment!

Although this week hasn’t gone according to plan, having this moment of clarity has made things so much less stressful and more enjoyable. First, can I tell you about what didn’t go according to plan?

  1. I forgot my MNS at home. I rely on this stuff so much! I love how it boosts my metabolism and keeps me regular (TMI?). I’m already feeling off.
  2. I lost an earring… sometime Tuesday. I got in bed Tuesday night and discovered my left earring was missing. Great. I could have lost it in any number of places during the day. I checked the floor, around my suitcase, and in my clothes from Tuesday but didn’t find it. This is devastating to me because I always wear the same earrings and never change them. I sleep in them, shower in them, swim in them, snorkel in them, etc. I hope it turns up somewhere! (This has happened before, and it was found under my bed.)
  3. The hotel I’m staying at closed their exercise room. They have a pass to a Snap Fitness in town, but that would mean I would have to get up, change, go downstairs to get the pass, drive to downtown Tomahawk, work out, drive back, and then get ready. That’s too much wasted time for me to handle. I get that some people would like the more equipment options of a gym, but I want the convenience of an on-site room. I’ve been making due with random exercises though.

Okay, only three things, but still! I totally felt in the moment that all of them could break me down, but I felt like this week was just too good to get back into that negative spirit. I’m still not sure why this week has me crawling out of my haze, but I love it. I was finally able to chat with my Ragnar team, I started paying more attention to my AdvoCare stuff (including posting on my Facebook about the challenge I’m doing in case anyone wants to join me), and I’m blogging and reading blogs again. Life feels good.

I know I won’t be back tomorrow since I’m leaving work at 12:30 and will be driving home until 5. I want to come back on Sunday though and recap my week for you. See ya then! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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I Think I’m Back

Hello again old friends! It feels like it has been forever. Probably because it’s been a couple of weeks, right? A busy couple of weeks for sure! I’ve just been working and trying to settle down in my off time. That hasn’t worked well. I found myself wide awake, staring at the ceiling and thinking about work at 3:30am Friday/Saturday. Not good.

It hasn’t been all work though. I’ve gotten out to get a lot of fun on the weekends. Maybe a little too much fun according to the snugness of my pants yesterday and the lack of any budging on the scale. Meh, as much as I want to lose all of this excess weight, I needed the weekend fun for my own sanity.

WildGame

So I think I’m back. I’m not making any hard promises, but I’m fairly certain I’m ready to crawl out of the work fog that I’ve been in. Well, I’m more than certain that I am ready. :) (I say this, and then it takes me 2 days to write this post. Sheesh!)

What’s new? I feel like I should make a list for you. Here goes:

  • We leave for Cancun NEXT WEEKEND!!! I am so excited and so ready. Well, not fully ready since I’m waiting for some new swimsuits to come in the mail which hopefully fit, but other than that…
  • I started counting calories again Monday after taking almost a week off. I was getting annoyed with myself for the big calorie days and just wanted to focus on eating healthy. That didn’t really work. I’ve now learned I need to count, but not make a spreadsheet or get anal about the ins, outs, deficits, and surpluses. That just drives me batty. Track, and move on. Don’t look back!
  • I measured myself last week – I’ve lost an additional 1/2 an inch in my hips, but none in my waist. Beer belly? I can see it in my work pants, which I just told you were a little snug yesterday. Snug in the waist and baggy in the butt. I feel this is a direct result of all of the walking/running I have been doing. Still going strong every morning.
  • I actually started strength training during the evenings last Tuesday. I am following the Tone It Up weekly toning schedule (not the cardio part). I’m traveling right now and even brought my band so that I can still follow along in my hotel room.
  • I’m doing a Tone It Up 5 day slimdown next week pre-Cancun with my BFF Sarah. I’m a little nervous about this because it involves very clean eating, and I will be traveling to Philly for a few days. I’m going to have to super plan over the weekend.
  • After Cancun I am starting an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. I’m actually really looking forward to this to clean up my diet. It’s gotten messy lately. I’m planning to do the challenge, but follow the Tone It Up nutrition plan. I’m looking forward to some awesome results.

I think that’s pretty much all on the health front. I’m still really proud of all of the progress I’ve made in the last few months. It’s still neat to be fitting in my smaller jeans and dress pants. When I get back from Cancun I really want to push hard on my next 24 day challenge to maybe drop another pant size. That would be amazing!

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A Brain Dump for Sanity

Hello party people! I am back. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be. It seems I keep writing a whole blog post and then deleting them because I think they sound dumb. A voice of reason (Katie) reminded me that I’m not forcing anybody to read my blog. If they read it, and it sounds dumb, who the heck cares? Good point. I’m just writing for my sanity anyway.

Speaking of sanity, I really needed to blog today. This week has been just crazy. Most of it is my own doing. I overthink everything. Lately I’ve been overthinking to the point of exhausting myself. Here’s just a sampling of what is constantly running through my head:

  • What if I can’t get a rental car?
  • What if my client hasn’t gotten my email and doesn’t even know I’m coming?
  • What if I can’t get all of my work done?
  • I’m going to be late. I can’t get everything done if I’m late.
  • There is no way I’m going to get all of this done.
  • What if the client is mad because I didn’t get enough done?
  • What if I’m late for my flight?
  • I need to get this done, and this, and this, and this… I need to remember to add this to my to-do list.
  • I have way too much to do, I’m never going to get to all of this.
  • What if I lose all of my clients because I am so bad at planning?
  • I’m so tired.

All of these things, on repeat, all day long. Brain, just stop! I don’t know how to make it stop. So much of this is just dumb stuff that I am spazzing about for no reason. Just shut down for a bit, brain.

So yeah, I need the break during the day to blog. Even with all of this running through my head and exhausting me, I have been working without breaks again the last couple of days. I know, I know, I said I would take breaks, but I just wasn’t sure how I’d get everything done if I did. Maybe I could have actually worked later in the day yesterday if I had taken a break. Instead, my head was ready to revolt at 5pm. I pushed it until 5:20, but it wasn’t pretty. Know thy limitations… it should be one of the 10 commandments.

Needless to say, I am so happy to fly home today. I’m not going to get home until around 2am, but I’m also not going to set an alarm for tomorrow. It is going to be wonderful!

Doesn’t it suck that I didn’t really do much on my first trip to Louisiana? I had a fried poboy and gumbo yesterday for lunch… that was my only Louisiana thing I did. OMG those were delicious though. The other half of the poboy is my lunch today.

Shrimp Poboy

If I ever visit this client again, I am definitely giving myself more time to get work done and see the sights. I’m trying not to have more weeks like these where I cram a crap ton of work into just a few days, but this one got changed at the last minute. There was no way around it. I tried to have the mentality that I will just get done what I get done, but I’m not so good at that mentality. I want to do it all and help my clients the most I can. Sometimes it’s overboard though.

Moving on!

On my flight from Dallas to Baton Rouge on Monday I sat next to a guy who does downline marketing, which just happens to be how AdvoCare is sold. I didn’t recognize the company he worked for, but he didn’t care. He is in love with this type of marketing industry. We chatted the whole flight (about an hour) about marketing this way and the success it can bring. It was such a good conversation! It was like a mini AdvoNation (which I know I haven’t written about yet) because he was full of little training nuggets. One thing he said that stuck with me – you can’t ever have the mentality that you are doing anything to anyone. Two things have gotten in my way of spreading the AdvoCare news and really getting involved with being a distributor – 1. I don’t want to come off all sales-y and annoy people and 2. I don’t want to feel like I’m forcing people into something. I want to explain these further.

  1. I really, really hate the sales-y people out there. Thirty One is on my ish list because I get so many dumb Thirty One emails and get roped into being in someone’s Thirty One group on Facebook. It’s just too much pushing. I mean, I like the bags I have, but I’m only going to buy when I’m at someone’s party to help them get incentives. Just back off me. I absolutely hate that. If people aren’t interested, they aren’t interested. Constant email reminders or posts on Facebook aren’t going to help… they are just going to annoy. Which is why, if I post on Facebook, I want to keep it genuine to share my experience rather to push for sales.
  2. This one has to do with what the guy on the plane said to me. It’s also hard to explain. I have this weird guilt thing that, if I get someone interested in something that forces them to spend money, then I feel really guilty about it. Isn’t that weird? I think I was Catholic in a former life. The truth is that I’m not forcing anyone to do anything. I’m not doing anything to them. I’m sharing my experience, and, if they buy, they are more than likely to have a wonderful experience as well. True marketing people understand this so well in that they see a sales pitch (even if it’s not pitchy) as a way to share an awesome opportunity to others.

Basically, I think I had some doubts about AdvoCare and really going gung-ho on selling it. I don’t know why. I love the products. Like LOVE. Like my husband has asked me not to order quite so much because he’s worried about how much I’m spending LOVE. They have changed my life. Don’t I want to help others see how the products can also help them change their lives? Am I worried about losing money if I go all-in on an investment? I really shouldn’t. Not only am I involved in a great group of people who can help me out with the business end, but I just went to AdvoNation with 3,000 other people who have made that investment and are seeing the returns.

Okay, I have all of this information in my head. What does that mean? Where am I going? Well, I came to an agreement with my husband a while back that I would take things slowly and not do an all-in investment. In my opinion, the latter is the way to go, but you also have to make your spouse happy and comfortable. So for now I’m sitting on this information, still using the products, still seeing awesome results, and just biding some time until I explode into the world and spread some Advo love. I just can’t wait. :)

This post got really long, but was also very cleansing and stress relieving for me. I better get back to it. Happy Thursday y’all!

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