Friday, February 06, 2015

24 Day Challenge Results!



I finished the 24 Day Challenge, and first of all, I'm straight up amazed I even got to this point!

Here's the before:
And the after:

I apologize that I'm pretty lousy at taking quality pictures! I have lost a lot from my stomach, and a bit from my hips as well.

Total weight lost: 19 pounds
Total inches lost: 16.25 inches 

To be honest, I'm not noticing the physical change as much as I am the change in my health. I don't feel tired or sluggish anymore, I'm getting better sleep, and I'm ultra motivated at the end of my work day to get to the gym!

One of my favorite Advocare products BY FAR is Spark! It's an energy supplement that works incredibly well, without that nasty crash hours later. After working at Starbucks for so long, coffee no longer has any effect on me, so I'm glad I finally found something to help wake me up in the morning and keep me energized throughout the day. It comes in so many delicious flavors, I've resolved to try them all!

I have also super enjoyed the meal replacement shakes as a breakfast alternative. I am not a morning person by any means, and in the past that meant that I often skipped breakfast. These were a great grab and go option for me that really helped make my meal prep so easy!

If you have any questions about Advocare, how it works, or any product recommendations, I'd be happy to help!

What's next for me

I'm going to continue on with the healthy eating habits I started with this challenge, as well as continue using the Jamie Eason LiveFit program for my workouts. I'm still so shocked at how fun this has been!

I still have a long way to go in my fitness journey, but I'm so excited to have seen such great results in this first month alone! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

The week I learned pushups were the enemy...

Week 2 of Jamie Eason's LiveFit program complete, and I'm 7 days out from being finished with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.

What's coming up for me:

1. Starting Monday, I'll be hitting the gym five days a week! I'm excited for this, especially having two leg days a week. I LIVE for leg days. The first two weeks of the LiveFit program had 4 days on/3 days off. Yay for less rest days!

2. Friday, January 30th marks my last day of the 24 day challenge. I'll take "after" pictures and provide a weight loss update at that point. I decided this week not to check the scale, because I found that I've been focusing more on the number the scale shows me rather than the progress I feel I am making. I am already stronger, my clothes are fitting loosely, so I shouldn't necessarily stress over the scale at this point!

Things I loved this week:

1. I've been tracking my workouts through Bodybuilding.com's Bodyspace app. It's amazing! It's the best way for me to see exactly how much progress I've made and calculates exactly how much weight I'm lifting compared to previous workouts.

2. I love that even though it's going to take a LONG time to get the results that I want, I can foresee myself continuing to enjoy this for as long as I need. I've never had this much fun at the gym before.

3. Food. Meal prep is my best friend. I thought I would get bored with the food I've been preparing, but I still love it. This week I realized just how much I love hummus. So good. I like dipping my chicken in it sometimes, just for funzies. Slowly but surely I'm changing my relationship with food, and it's just the best.

Things I didn't love:







You know, I'm TOTALLY happy to stack on the weight for most exercises, but I am just at a total loss when it comes to pushing my body repeatedly off of the ground. I imagine I'll start seeing results eventually, but currently I feel like a total weakling.








Progress:
I'm not losing at the rate I was last week, but this is okay! Stay tuned for next week's post; I'll share a picture or two and will update my total weight and inches lost!

I just wanted to finish this blog post by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has been reading this, to those of you that have been texting me with support, posting on Facebook, etc. You have no idea how motivating that is. I love you guys!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Progress Update!

The Advocare challenge is split into two parts:

Cleanse Phase (10 days) - Helps to rid the body of waste and prepare the body to better absorb nutrients.
Max Phase (14 days) - Fuels your body in order to achieve maximum results.

I'm so excited to be finished with the first phase of this challenge! I have so much energy every day, which makes a HUGE difference, because most days I go to the gym after work. Before I started this, I would get home from work exhausted. There would be no way that I could have had the energy to go to the gym at the end of a work day. Now, I have enough energy to make it through the day and through my workout, and when I get home, I'm still energized! It's like magic, guys, I love it. 

I thought that I would have a huge issue with cravings and lack of willpower, but surprisingly, I'm actually enjoying the food I'm preparing and don't feel like I'm missing out on anything at all! In my previous efforts to get in shape, I would feel so deprived of the foods I love. This time around, it feels so different. I eat five small meals a day, and I never feel hungry. It's amazing.

Let's talk about the workouts!


The first week was relatively easy, with the exception of day 4's shoulder exercises. I didn't realize how weak those muscles are! Ever since having to quit CrossFit due to back injury a few years back, I have been seriously jonesing to get lifting again.This is an excellent way to ease back into it! The first two week's of Jamie Eason's program only have 4 days of workouts, with 3 rest days. 3 days?! That seems like SO many rest days. I'm itching to get back into the gym! I know in a couple of weeks that I'm going to miss having all those rest days, when the workouts increase to 6 days a week and take 3 times as long to complete! I am seriously SO excited for the rest of this program. I legitimately enjoy each day in the gym and I wake up each morning excited for what the next workout has for me. Who am I becoming?! 

Progress
Weight Lost: 12 lb
Inches Lost: 8.75"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Advocare 24 Day Challenge!


So, I've been telling myself that it's time to get in shape for.... years. I never have the motivation, I'm too complacent in my day-to-day routine... I'm a creature of habit. Unfortunately, this creature has been indulging TOO much in the endless snacks and delicious meals that my company provides.

I gained quite a bit of weight since starting my job at Leeo. It was stealthy, sneaking up on me without warning. I hadn't weighed myself in months, so a few weeks ago at the doctor I stepped on the scale and was SHOCKED.

I decided after that incident that this would be it for me, that I would get in shape and change my eating habits, but this time for good. NO WAY am I letting myself get back to this point.

That being said, I had been hearing a LOT from friends about the benefits of Advocare in helping kick start and maintain a positive lifestyle change. People have had amazing results with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, so I thought that would be the perfect way to get started. I cut out all processed foods, and eat lean meats, tons of veggies, and a small amount of complex carbs each day, meal prepping to the extreme at the beginning of each week. I also found this great fitness program by Jamie Eason called LiveFit that I've been following.

This next part I'm pretty hesitant about, but I'm just going to power through and do it! I'm going to share my before pictures to better hold myself accountable, and as a means of seeing my progress physically. I have already lost 10 pounds on the first 5 days of the Advocare challenge, but here is where I was the night before I began:

Ignore the dumb smirk, I'm clearly taking this very seriously.


*shudder* I've never been this heavy in my life, but this is where it ends! I will be posting pictures after the 24 day challenge is over and then periodically as I continue with this. Since starting this "life overhaul," I'm feeling refreshed, more energized and ready to get in shape! Woo!

Wish me luck on this journey; I'm excited to see where it takes me!

Monday, January 05, 2015

What is My Life Now?

So, for a couple of years I was doing the elementary teacher thing. And I liked it. Most of the time. I didn't blog about it very much at all, because I found myself consumed by this career. It was all I could think about. I spent so many extra hours at work, and when I came home, I worked some more. It seemed endless. Yes, a lot of this was because I was still new at this teaching thing, still trying to ease into this profession the best I could.

My first year teaching, I had a class of children that I thought were ROUGH. It was a struggle, to put it mildly. It was nothing like my student teaching experience. I felt underprepared, under qualified, and felt like maybe this profession wasn't for me after all. But I survived it!

I made the decision at the end of that year to teach first grade the following year. From the teacher bloggers I followed, and from friends that have taught first grade, I had heard wonderful things about that age and that grade level. I was excited to really get into the foundations of learning, excited to get the opportunity to witness incredible growth from beginning to end. And then the next school year began. I felt like I was in over my head. I felt underprepared, inadequate, yet again. These children were adorable, and I loved the content that I got to teach, but I had a student in my class that caused me to dread coming to school every day. I swore to myself that I wouldn't let this student get to me, that I wouldn't let him be the reason I left the profession. And then other students began to behave just like him. I had chairs thrown at me. I felt helpless. I loved what I got to teach, but it felt like I was doing more behavior management than teaching. I looked to my coworkers, to my administrators, and they told me I was doing fine, not to worry, that I was doing the best I could and that was enough. But it didn't feel like enough. 

I really did want to give another year of teaching a shot. I ended my second year feeling refreshed, like I could handle anything that came at me after surviving that year.

But then, my best friend Alicia, who had been bothering me about moving to California for YEARS, told me that there was a position open at her startup company in Palo Alto that I would be great for. It just so happened that I had planned on visiting her the same time that they would be holding interviews for the position. So, I went to visit her, interviewed at Leeo, and got the job. Two weeks later I cleaned out my classroom, packed up my belongings, and moved to the Bay Area to start a new adventure. 

I was not prepared to feel the way I do about my job. I absolutely love what I get to do. I wake up every morning excited about work. What?! Sure, there were lots of days teaching where I was excited about the day. But it certainly wasn't all the time. 

Leeo (the company I work for now) is an incredible place to work. They really value their employees. I get to work with some of the nicest, most talented people I have ever met. I get to see my best friend every day, after 7 years of living in different states. I get to live in a beautiful part of the country, with amazing weather, and endless things to do. This has been one of the best decisions I have made in my lifetime. It's hard sometimes, being away from so many people I love, not working in the profession I had prepared years for, but in the end, it's absolutely worth it. 

Sunday, January 01, 2012

So this is the new year

2011 was a great year.
I graduated with high distinction from an amazing university that I miss so much.
I student taught a third grade class that always kept me on my feet.
I moved back home to Las Vegas.
I spent quality time with my parents, and with friends who I reconnected with.

I'm kind of  sad to see 2011 go. 

Things I'm looking forward to in 2012:
Hopefully finding a job teaching.
Becoming healthy, happy, and fit. [With a lot of juice along the way!]
Seeing my best friend get married.
Living a life of no excuses.
Enjoying the life that God has given me.

Bring it, 2012!!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

So here's the deal.

The other day I was stumbling around on Pinterest, and I kept coming across this link to a girl's blog chronicling her 60 day juice fast. Now, I have a history of stumbling across fad diets, and being incredibly motivated to do them... But then I end up giving up after only a few days. This "fast" seemed to be another one of those silly fad diets that don't work out for me in the long run, so I just brushed it off.

Everyone wants a "lose weight fast" kind of diet, with no work involved. It's just too darn bad that life isn't that easy. It's no wonder I always lose my motivation after a few days, because I just assume that a certain fad diet will do all the work for me, and it'll be a piece of cake! Right?!

So, after reading through an entire blog on juicing, I decided to watch this documentary that seemed to be the starting point for every juice fast blog that I came across. The documentary is called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I watched this documentary today with my parents and let me tell you, it was inspiring.



After finishing this video, my parents and I have decided to start a 60 day juice fast. This means that our diet will consist of 100% raw fruits and veggies run through a juicer. This is exactly the first step I need to take to get healthy again.

Frankly, I'm sick of my low self-esteem because of my weight. I'm tired of being tired and out of shape. I want to live a life that is active and healthy, not a life that is centered on a couch, Netflix, and fast food.

 I'm so excited about this and I'm positive that I can do this. It'll be a lot less difficult to do because both my parents are on board with this. [Which tells you something about that video. It had to be preeeetty convincing in order for all three of us to decide that this was something we needed to do!] If you're interested, check out the documentary. It's streaming on instant Netflix, and it's amazing. I'll be documenting my progress as I go, and I hope I don't end up boring you along the way. ;)