Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Something Has to Change

I go through times when I feel really good about myself and other times that I don't feel so great about myself.  I am sure this is the case for many of us.  One thing that has always been very important to me is   having a positive and confident attitude about my body image.  I think that our society has always driven girls to have an unrealistic and negative perception about our body if we don't resemble the models on the front of E.V.E.R.Y magazine out there (except the home magazines!!) then we are just not small enough, pretty enough, fit enough, etc.  These lies that we allow ourselves to believe drive me crazy!  We are all made so different, we have different body types and to me it is more important to feel good rather than meet a certain number on the scale or wear a certain dress size. God made me just the way I am. Several years ago, I quit subscribing to Shape magazine for that very reason...I started feeling bad about myself because I started comparing myself and getting bad body image. **This isn't Shape Magazine's fault - it is mine, but decided it was best for me not have the reminder in front of me each month** That is a huge soap box of mine and I'll step off now!

I have always worked hard to stay fit and in shape because I just feel better when I am exercising.  Plus the more I exercise the more that I can eat what I want and that is huge.  I love food and I really love all things sweets!  I could each chocolate for every meal in some form and be perfectly happy, happy, happy!  Basically since I had Kenley I have been on a chocolate binge.  I eat some form of chocolate through the day at work, usually because at 3pm I slow way down and the chocolate was yummy and sugared up enough to push me through...but only to cause me to CRASH again around 5:00 when I am getting the kids and getting home, getting dinner made, bath time and falling into the bed feeling wiped out.  It isn't a good feeling to feel that tired and warn out.  I stopped nursing Kenley at the end of March.  The nice part about nursing is all of the extra calories that you burn, but since I have stopped nursing I have continued to eat 'what I want' without considering how the food is really impacting my body and energy levels.  I have gained a little weight - probably 5-7LBs and certainly nothing that anyone looking at me could probably tell, but I can tell a difference in my clothes and it bothers me.  Plus hitting my mid-30's this year has also helped in this too! Add it all up!

My solution: Advocare.  Have you heard of it?  I have a few friends from high school who have started on it and just can't say enough about the results.  They have shared how they have lost weight, inches and gained a ton of energy and overall wellness.  Bingo, that is what I am after.  Justin and I started the 24 day challenge yesterday.  The first 10 days is a cleanse phase and then days 11-24 are a wellness phase.  Big picture is that it is not a diet but helps to guide you to make better food choices in these 24 days.  I am only on day two, so I will continue to give feedback on our progress.  While, I do hope to lose the few pounds that I have gained, most of all I am wanting to have the overall health, wellness and energy.  I hope for a real life style change in my eating habits and to see the same results as so many have on Advocare.

If you are interested in getting a more information about Advocare and/or the 24 day challenge (or any of their products for that matter) please leave a comment or email me.  I am glad to answer what I can or reach out to others on my team who have been doing this a lot longer than me! Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to share the impact that this has on my life.   

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