Monthly Archives: September 2015

Excuses are like…….

Today (Friday) is day 19 on our Advocare 24-Day Challenge, but it is much more than that and I will get to that in a minute. First, I want to talk about a personal change that has occurred with me and that is excuse making, specifically when it comes to working out.

In the past, when I knew I needed to go run, the smallest things would get in my way, like:

It’s too cold…..

It’s too hot….

I’m too tired….

I just ate dinner (an hour ago)……

I ran yesterday (or even the day before)….

I could keep going and I am sure these sound familiar to you. While many of those things are true, they are just roadblocks in the way of a healthy lifestyle. I remember a coach in high school who would use the famous saying regarding excuses and it has stuck with me since then. The hard part is realizing these are excuses and to push through the roadblocks. Yeah it may be cold, but bundle up. Yeah you may be too tired, but push through and you will actually have more energy after. An hour ago for dinner? Really? I think you’re good. Yeah it may be too hot, but drink some water and wear light clothing.

I get this can be a little harsh, but being out of shape is more than a little harsh and it lasts much longer than a 30 minute-to-1 hour workout. Like Megan said, our children are influenced on a daily basis by us and, as a teacher, the excuse making is carried down just like a gene. The last thing you want is your children making excuses in school.

To help with getting through the roadblocks, you need an accountability partner. Mine is Megan, my wife and she is incredible. When I start giving the above excuses, she just gives me the look and any of you that know her, know the look. Now, you have to realize it’s not personal and she just wants what is best for me.

At 5:15 this morning, I was tired and  really did not want to go running, but I did and I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. It wasn’t my best run, but it was much better than sleeping.

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Megan and I are blogging our way through the 24-Day Challenge, but this does not last just 24 days. This is a challenge that I will be fighting forever. After next Wednesday (Day 24), I will not go back to eating doughnuts that my co-workers bring or late night Taco Bell runs or whatever else.

My goal is that we will continue to keep blogging about our successes and failures along the way as this is not just a 24-Day thing.

Megan and I just placed our latest Advocare order last night and I wanted to share with you my newest favorite product, which is the MNS-E pack. It is part of the 24-Day challenge, but can be taken when not on the challenge. The pack is a little tough to follow and tough if you struggle with taking pills (as I do), but I cannot tell you the energy it brings me, all day.

You can learn more about the MNS-E pack here, as well as the rest of the Advocare line.

Megan and I love to hear your feedback.

No Excuses!

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Return of blogging…and self sabotage

So I don’t know why I slacked on the blog….perhaps it’s because I’ve been trying to stay focused on this challenge. I know that it sounds crazy (perhaps crazier if you’ve done the challenge), but days 1-10 were actually easier for me than days 11-now. Maybe it’s because of the structure. Then again, maybe it’s because I was more eager then. Whatever it is, days 11-15 have been TOUGH. I don’t know why- but I am the queen of self sabotage. If I have  great day, I will fight urges to reward myself with food. If I have a horrible day I will fight the urge to eat my feelings.  I often wonder at what point in my life did my entire existence: happy, sad, nervous, anxious, worried, etc. resort to being comforted by food. Prior to Advocare, I would have considered myself a food addict. I woke up and the first thing I thought about was food. While eating breakfast, I’d think about what I was going to have for lunch. I’d get anxious or nervous if I didn’t know when my next meal was going to be. I can’t tell you how many times I drove through or ate out MULTIPLE times a day.  Frankly, I was always kind of impressed that I didn’t weigh more than I did. No lie people- I should have weighed WAY more. All of that should have changed when I had my daughter, but kids bring on a crazy new amount of stress and I (seriously) convinced myself that it was better for them to see me happy (i.e. satisfied) than stressed. Sometimes my 3 year old would pat my belly and ask me if I had another baby in there. You know what I did? Put him to bed, swore to workout more, and then ate Ben and Jerry’s. But seriously ?! Isn’t that what an addict does? Justifies crazy ass decisions to get their drug. It’s completely me…only my drug is food. Honestly, I don’t know what ‘switch’ made me look at myself and think ‘this is a whole lot of bull crap’, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the fact that my not even 7 year old told me that she ‘looked fat’ in something and didn’t want to wear it. She said it like it was nothing. Like she had heard it said so many times without impact before that it did not weight on her soul the way it had just crushed mine. I.wanted.to.die. That precious little lady is not fat. She is not anything. SHE IS SIX. She is six years of funny, kind, smart, and sassy. She is perfect. No amount of food was going to fix that feeling of failure. It was too bitter of a pill for any ‘comfort’ to satisfy.

THAT.That is what Advocare has let me get rid of. Have I lost a zillion pouds? No. Twenty since I started and 4 on the challenge so far. But the weight off my shoulders is immeasurable. Advocare has lessened my cravings, amped my energy, and helped me make decisions that have led to our family outings being to the produce section and on hikes…instead of the buffet. My little lady likes helping me make ‘healthy choices’ and we bond over packing her lunch together instead of shoving lunch money (don’t forget the extra $1 for ice cream!) in the pocket and running out the door.

So I get it. I get it if you’ve failed at everything before so you don’t want to invest. Then don’t. You can’t afford to buy ‘another’ thing. Then don’t. Because if your mindset is ‘fixed’ on what you ‘can’t’ do…then you won’t do it. But if you will just do me a favor…add the word ‘yet’. You can’t afford it…yet. You haven’t found anything that works…yet. If you are anything like me, that yet is going to save you. Whether it saves you from your “fat” kid….or something else that scares you away from yourself…you just haven’t found it…yet. Or have you?

Let me help you find your ‘yet’. Click here to check out what Advocare can do for you.