Being a Role Model

It’s very easy to lose track of what you’re eating, how much activity you are involved in, etc.  That was me a few years ago, before I got involved with AdvoCare.  I had to deal with a very difficult manager, and I was stressed out dealing with my then teenage daughter.  I drank to deal with the stress, and that, along with eating too much sugar and drinking too much coffee, caused me to balloon up to a size 14.

My friends, Danny and Pamela Mears, introduced me to AdvoCare and told me about the 24-Day Challenge.  I knew I couldn’t continue on the way I was going, and AdvoCare does offer a money-back guarantee, so I decided to take the plunge.  My husband did it too for the support.  After 24 days, my diet improved, I stopped drinking alcohol, dropped down to one cup of coffee a day, and cut out the sugar.  I lost 8 pounds and 11 inches!  I felt so much better and was able to work out more now that I had gotten some of that weight off.  I continued eating healthier and working out.  This was August 2015.

I continued doing 24-Day Challenges every 90-120 days so my weight could keep dropping.  I had never been this big before, so I knew I wanted to get back into at least a size 8.  I still drink coffee, but I drink more Spark than I do coffee (one in the morning and one mid-afternoon).  I also eat 3 balanced meals a day and about 2-3 snacks a day. I eliminated fried and processed food, too.  I can’t hardly stand the yucky feeling I get when I eat fried or processed food anymore!  It’s not worth it.

I now work out 5-6 days a week, have competed in a few 5Ks and am working on building up to a 10K.  I run 4 days a week and do weight training 2 days a week.  I have improved my endurance and strength and have maintained a size 8 for a year now.  I think those are great accomplishments for a 49 year old woman!  My favorite products are Spark, Catalyst, O2 Gold, and L-Arginine Extreme.

I am doing things now that I haven’t done since I was in the Army, which was over 30 years ago.  Not only am I back in shape, but I have my spirit back and have hope.  I have regained control and can be a good role model to others.

Overall, I give God the glory, because He is the One who gave me the strength during my times of weakness.  I can be joyful in my heart because I know He is the One in charge!  Amen.

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I am on the left, my daughter Renee is on the right.  This was taken before my AdvoCare journey. The featured image is that of me and my dog Lucy running a 5k a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

True Story-Christine & Mike Baker

With a hectic schedule and two kids to keep up with, the Bakers were hesitant to sell AdvoCare products at first.  After using the products for two months in 2002, they were excited and ready to share their story. Four years later, Christine set a goal to make enough money with AdvoCare to leave her full-time job so she can work from home and be with her family more. Nowadays, both Mike and Christine do AdvoCare full-time and have been leading the way with Mixers (small group meetings) and a focus on personal development in the last 10 years.  They are expanding their team in Northern California, where they moved three years ago.

 

 

Health Benefits on Having a Pet

My dogs, Lucy and Allie, are great friends.   I truly feel their love after a long, hard day.

“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals” — whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals — will have less risk of allergies and asthma, he tells WebMD.

Dogs are great for making love connections. Forget Internet matchmaking — a dog is a natural conversation starter.

This especially helps ease people out of social isolation or shyness, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, tells WebMD.

“Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog,” says Hart.

Pet owners with AIDS are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. “The benefit is especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets,” says researcher Judith Siegel, PhD.

In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets.

Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners, researchers say.

Personally, I have only been without a pet while I served in the Army.  I can’t imagine not having a dog; I like cats, too, but prefer dogs, because they are more loving and obedient than cats.  If you are thinking about getting a pet, I say to go for it!  You will have a great addition to your family.  Lucy, my Belgian Malinois, is my jogging buddy!

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Nikki Tigg-Runner and AdvoCare Distributor

Nikki and I have some things in common; we started on AdvoCare with a 24-Day Challenge, and we are now runners thanks to AdvoCare.  Here is Nikki’s story:

Nikki is a mom who never played much with her son because she was always tired.  She was tired of wasting time and disappointing him, so she knew she needed something to energize her.  She took a chance on AdvoCare in March 2013 with a 24-Day Challenge.  She didn’t want to lose a lot of weight, but she said she was a “fluffy momma” and needed to gain confidence.  She reached her goal weight three months later by cutting out the sugary cereals she ate for breakfast and dinner with proteins and low-fat options.  She also became more active.

In three years, I ran a 5K and a half marathon.  Before AdvoCare, you would have never convinced me I could complete either of those.  Taking products like Catalyst and eating more complex carbs and protein gave me energy–Post-Workout Recovery allowed me feel great enough to actually work out two days in a row!

She has taken a break from running due to some back and knee issues, so she focuses on nutrition.  Taking care of her body in the kitchen helps her stay on track even when she’s not at the gym.

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I have completed two 5K runs in the month of April.  On April 8, I received first place in my age group in the Purple Plume 5K run in Frisco, Texas.  Also in Frisco, Texas, at The Star (Dallas Cowboys practice arena), I ran in the inaugural Draft Day 5K on April 29.  There were over 1500 runners, and I placed 516th overall!  I thought that was pretty good for someone who didn’t run until about a year ago!

 

Alfred Terry, Snellville, GA

Alfred Terry can outrun his teenage kids, control his food cravings, and has surpassed his fitness goals in two years, thanks to AdvoCare products.

He had heard about AdvoCare from a friend at the gym in 2014.  He had tried other products, but those had failed him for two years, and he was tired of not seeing results and was desperate to get in shape.  He started a 24-Day Challenge and focused on eating fresher foods avoided fried foods.  He had good weight-loss results and continued with his new diet, workout regimen, and products, such as Catalyst, O2 Gold, Muscle Gain, and AdvoCare Rehydrate. He went on to lose more weight over the next three-and-a-half months and felt years younger.

He attributes the 24-Day Challenge with teaching him how to eat right. He used to eat whatever was convenient, with no nutritional value; he now chooses lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and adds in AdvoBar Meal bars or Meal Replacement Shakes when there are no other healthy options available.

Today Alfred works out five days a week, sometimes twice a day, using high-intensity circuits and weigh lifting to maintain his current physique.  He also enjoys getting outside and running trails with his wife..

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o2-gold Supports the body’s use of oxygen while contributing to increased energy, helping to maximize workouts.

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Building Relationships

Would you like to spend more time raising your children?  Would you like to know your community better?  Elva Trevino from Houston, TX is passionate about raising her six-year-old daughter and building relationships within the Hispanic community.  Seventy percent of the population in Houston, TX speaks Spanish.

Elva connects with other by holding Mixers and three-way phone calls.  By doing this, AdvoCare distributors can help new customers identify their goals and see what can happen to accomplish those goals.

Just like Elva, I love connecting with people and continuing to follow up on their journey and success.

So, what is keeping you from being the best you can be?  Who is your mentor?  Please contact me at 214-728-4835 so I may help you.

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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.

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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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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:

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This is her now:

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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!