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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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.
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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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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:
- Stop drinking coffee 3 hours before bedtime to avoid a delay in the sleep cycle.
- Read a book before going to bed instead of binge-watching your favorite TV program.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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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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