Home Cooking

Home cooking is the best way to lose weight without ever having to say the word “diet.”

We should all be on a journey to constantly grow and improve our lives–that’s the path I’m on.  I grew up with a dad who had Type 2 diabetes, and eating clean was not a choice–it was necessary.  I didn’t know what waffles and bagels were until I joined the Army.  My parents had a garden while I was growing up, so we always ate healthy.  I didn’t gain weight while in the Army, because I was highly active, but once I got away from eating healthier the weight started coming on.

Food is fuel for my body and a source of enjoyment.  I try not to base my happiness on food, but when I have time, I really like to cook.  It’s my way of showing love to my family.  I am not a chef, but I do like being creative with my recipes when time permits.

The 24-Day Challenge is not a diet; if you think that, then you won’t be successful.  You make better eating choices, such as no processed food, nothing fried, no white flour, and no soda! It’s about taking baby steps.  Once I lost 20 pounds, I gained a new attitude about my life, and I knew I could do anything at this point.

I am now at my ideal weight–now I am focusing on getting stronger and faster since I have 46 less pounds to worry about.  If I have a piece of cake every once in a while, it’s no big deal, because I know that I can stop at any time.  I am now pretty forgiving with myself.

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Single Mom Success

Mariah Seim now avoids missing important events with her son because of her accomplishments with AdvoCare.  She was a teen mom in 2012 who went to college and struggled to make ends meet.  She was turned down for a second job at a retail store because she couldn’t fit into their jeans.

After completing a 24-Day Challenge, Mariah continues to follow a strict diet and exercises regularly.  She has dropped multiple pants sizes over time and feels great!  She feels the need to help others with their weight loss and fitness goals, as do I.  She attributes her success to investing in herself:

I had no belief or confidence hat anyone would want to buy anything from me, so building my self confidence has been key.  I try to read 10 pages of a self-help or leadership book every day.  I had to stay consistent with it to continue growing my mind.

Her dedication has paid off–Mariah consistently shares her AdvoCare story and the products that were key to her weight-loss success.  Today she focuses on bilding her self confidence and growing her business day by day.

Video of Mariah Seim

I have lost a total of 46 pounds and 43 inches since starting AdvoCare’s 24-Day Challenge in August 2015.  I am now moving on to the Performance Elite Line to improve my strength and running speed.  I tried to eat a piece of German Chocolate cake last night and couldn’t finish it.  That would have never happened a year ago!  I love the way I feel and am eager to help others feel the same way.

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Sleep Issues

Do you like watching TV in bed, or drink too much caffeine and alcohol?  You may find yourself staring at the ceiling at 3 AM!  Here’s some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep:

  1. Stop drinking coffee 3 hours before bedtime to avoid a delay in the sleep cycle.
  2. Read a book before going to bed instead of binge-watching your favorite TV program.
  3. If you eat something spicy, sleep on your left side; sleeping on your back adds fuel to the fire for acid reflux, and lying on your right side could cause your lower esophageal sphincter to relax (Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology).
  4. If you’re wide awake at bedtime, keep your eyes open.  Seriously! Keep looking at the ceiling, without any kind of activity, and you will fall asleep quickly.  This exercise is called paradoxical intention.
  5. If your partner snores, pretend that those noises are coming from a soothing sleep-sounds app (Catherine Darley, Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine).  Okay, I will try that one myself!
  6. If your brain doesn’t power down, try to think of as many sleep-related words as possible.  According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, people who conjured up restful words (like cozy and relax) slept 62% longer than those who didn’t participate in this game.
  7. Hot flash?  Self-acupuncture!  The best points for hot-flash relief lie between the thumb and the pointer finger, and on the inside of the leg, about 3 inches up  from your anklebone.  Push on and massage each point for 30 seconds.  You may feel a peculiar kind of pain.
  8. If you sleep in or took a nap during the day, don’t turn in at your normal bedtime.  If you slept in for an hour, go to bed an hour later.

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Success can mean different things to different people.  You are working toward a goal, and it may be large or small.  No matter what that goal is, it takes hard work, dedication, and the right tools.  Goals are different for everyone–it could be sending your kids to summer camp, taking a dream vacation, or paying off debt.  I didn’t realize how far I had come in setting my goal of losing weight until I saw this picture of myself from a few years ago:


I am on the far right wearing the pink shirt.  Oh, I was smiling, but underneath that smile, I was really depressed.  That was the biggest I had ever been, and that included being pregnant!

This is me today:


I am 40 pounds lighter and much quicker and stronger than I was in that earlier picture.  I love sharing my story so that I can help others achieve their health and fitness goals.  I will continue to work hard to help anyone with whatever they need.  If you are interested, please fill out the contact form below, and I will attempt to make a video and send it to you!

I started with the 24-Day Challenge, and now that I have pretty much achieved as far as weight loss, I continue to use the Well and Performance Elite line.  There are four ways to get started: full retail customer, preferred customer (20-30% discount), distributor (20-40% discount, sell at a profit),advisor (40% discount and earn 5 different ways with AdvoCare).


Last Day of 10-Day Cleanse

Today is my final day of the cleanse phase, which is part of the 24-Day Challenge.  I feel great and am ready to jump on the scale tomorrow to see if I have lost any of the five pounds I put on over the holidays!

The cleanse phase consists of these products:

AdvoCare sends you a guide to follow when you start a 24-Day Challenge that helps you plan your day.  Meal prepping is extremely important, too!  It was hard for me at first, but after a few days, it’s just part of my routine.  I try to cook a lot on my days off, so I can put them in containers and use them for lunch and dinner.  I drink the meal replacement shakes for breakfast.

Make sure you drink enough water for the day (take your body weight and divide by 2; that’s how many ounces a day you need).  Drink Spark to replace sodas and coffee.  Coffee was hard for me, because I love the taste of coffee, so I have been known to drink one cup a day at times when doing a 24-Day Challenge; I haven’t on this one.

Weigh yourself and take your measurements on Days 1, 10, and 24 to track your progress.  I will weigh and take my measurements tomorrow morning.  I will change to the MAX phase tomorrow and will be using MNS E (Metabolic Nutrition System for Energy) for the next 14 days.  I seem to feel sluggish during the winter months because of the shorter days.

Most people seem to have the hardest time with the Fiber drink.  I have used Unflavored in the past, but this time I tried the Citrus.  It’s a bit chalky, but I downed it!  I don’t let things like that get in the way of what I want to achieve!  If you have a hard time drinking water, add something to it like lemon, berries, or cucumbers!  Remember to eat clean; no white stuff (flour and pasta) and no processed food or fast food!  Fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat, chicken,  and fish are acceptable.

If you have any questions, please contact me through my website www.advocare.com/150823204/

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Custom Made

This morning, my daughter and I went to church.  We have a new sermon series titled “Custom Made.”  Our pastor is very excited about this series, and now I am, too!  I have been called to be many things in my life:  daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, co-worker, motivator, etc.  It seems as though my purpose changes every 10 years or so, as it probably does with you.

God’s big purpose with us is reconciliation and restoration.  Have you ever had a friend in whom you had a big fight with?  Maybe you stop speaking to each other because it’s too awkward after your big blow up.  This can only be solved by reconciliation.  II Corinthians 5:18-19:”Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”

Before you can begin to restore your relationship with God, you must first understand that it is broken because of what we did, not what God did.  We have turned away from God’s standards and made our own path.  No one likes to talk about sin, but it has a hold on everyone!  Any deviation from God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin; sin can manifest itself in our thoughts, behavior, or words.  It is only through God’s grace that we can restore our relationship with God.

I will talk more about purpose here on earth, along with other health topics.  This has been on my heart all day, and I had to put it out!

I will leave you with a verse from Revelation 21:4:  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

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Birthday Breakfast and 24-Day Challenge

Today is my youngest child’s birthday.  She is 20 years old today.  Here is an old picture of us together:


This is her now:


Children grow up quickly, so enjoy them while you can!

Renee loves pancakes, but she is overweight, and I am doing another AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, so I was looking for healthier options to make her special breakfast.  I bought Kodiak Cakes-Power Cakes 100% Whole Grains Flapjack and Waffle Mix(Buttermilk) at Costco yesterday! The serving size is about 1/2 cup (53g), and the calories per serving is 190. Total Fat is 2g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 380mg,Total Carbohydrate 30g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 3g, Protein 14g.  It is 100% whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, protein blend(wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate,milk protein isolate), non-fat sweet cream buttermilk powder, brown sugar, baking powder, sea salt.  You can buy it at Costco, Target, or even Amazon!  It’s delicious!

Instead of syrup, we opted for Organic Blue Agave, which is a low glycemic sweetener.  It is an ideal sugar substitute.  Again, I bought this at Costco, but I’m sure other grocery stores have it!

I also made turkey sausage and turkey bacon!  Yum!

I am on Day 6 of my 24-Day Challenge.  I gained five pounds over the holidays!  No good!  It feels good to get back on track!  I feel so much better when I’m eating healthier and exercising.  To learn more about the 24-Day Challenge, please check out My AdvoCare Website.  Maybe you don’t need to lose any weight?  Click on “Shop” when you go to my web page and click on “Product Navigator”.  It will ask you a few questions and come up with some recommendations for you.  It’s a fairly new tool that is pretty awesome.

We are going to The Cheesecake Factory tonight for Renee’s birthday celebration.  I will not be having cheesecake, and they have a wonderful “SkinnyLicious” menu!  Yum!

Have a blessed day!

Reinventing Yourself

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Taken from D Magazine,”Three CEOs Reinvent Themselves with Second Careers”, July-August 2010, By Jay D. Johnson

Making a difference

At first blush, 59-year-old Richard Wright’s career seems like a series of U-turns.

He went to college at Louisiana Tech and nursing school at Northwestern State with the intention of becoming a nurse anesthetist, but never took his state boards after graduation. He found a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep in Houston and became the top salesman in less than a year. But he quit the business four years later, courtesy of almost annual cuts in his commissions and territory.

He returned to his hometown of Shreveport, La., and spent a decade or so in the direct sales business building a profitable network of distributors, only to jump into a telecom IT start-up with two partners in the mid-’80s. While the business venture went well, the partnership gradually went south, and Wright sold his shares to his partners in 2004.

After 30-plus years of dynamic change, Wright was at a loss as to what would come next. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he admits. “I was only 54, and you can only play so much golf.”

For Wright, the light came on when he realized that his next move would not be about making money. Rather, he “wanted to do something to make a difference in people’s lives.” He had always enjoyed politics, and the local congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery, was an old friend from their Louisiana Tech days. Learning that McCrery planned to retire in two to four years, Wright felt that fate was steering him in that direction.

He took a job as the congressman’s senior staffer in Louisiana, representing him at speaking engagements, ribbon cuttings, and fundraisers all across the 4th Congressional District. As Wright learned the ropes and made the rounds of rubber-chicken dinners, it became common knowledge in Shreveport that he would make a run for the seat once McCrery vacated it.

But fate had played a trick on Richard Wright. He would never make it to Washington, because another old friend who had lived a few blocks away steered him toward Dallas instead.

Charlie Ragus had founded AdvoCare in Dallas in 1993 and, not long before his untimely death in 2001, had recommended Wright serve on the privately held company’s three-person board of directors. Once a rising star in the direct-marketing industry, AdvoCare, which sells health and nutrition products directly to consumers through independent distributors, stumbled and went through a series of CEOs after its founder’s death. Desperate for new direction, the Ragus family trust, which owns the company, asked Wright to take over as president and CEO.

“No, I’m running for Congress,” he said.

“Pray about it,” they replied.

To his surprise, the more he thought about it, the less appealing that life as a freshman Republican in a House of Representatives controlled by Democrats began to look. Wright decided that he could make more of a difference in people’s lives, specifically in the lives of AdvoCare’s thousands of distributors, by turning that company around.

As a result Wright moved to Dallas and revived a company, rebuilding relationships with AdvoCare’s network of independent distributors and boosting revenues 12 percent, to just under $100 million for 2009, despite the struggling economy. In the process, Wright believes he learned a few lessons that might benefit other CEOs as well.

“Make sure that you’re doing something you enjoy,” he says. “Don’t ‘tread water’ just to get through the day. From my perspective, now is a great time for CEOs to ask themselves, ‘What mark am I going to leave?’ If you’re going to invest yourself, invest in something that will be around down the road.”

His final word of advice? “Make it about more than just making a living.”


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