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When you don’t have a workout regimen…where do you start?

When you don’t have a workout regimen…where do you start?

You know the famous phrase “You must learn to walk before you can run” well I say HOW TRUE!  Walking is fantastic exercise!  For those of us who started out on a larger scale than most walking is about the only thing you can start with.  Not even brisk walking but simply MOVING!  Once you begin to “feel” a lil’ better you’ll slowly start to feel that motivation set in and take over!  Starting with a low intensity plan will feel doable from day one which will improve confidence and that’s a key to returning for another workout.  It’s not easy in the beginning when you’ve led a basically sedentary life to find motivation but getting fit WILL make you feel better, I promise!  

I am by no means considered a runner but when I was walking regularly (which I will pick back up when the morning temps are above 50) I would try to throw in a smidge of running.  By smidge I mean I would walk ¾ of a lap and jog/run ¼, then continue as many times as I felt I safely could during my 2 miles.  Studies being done on the combo of walking and running show to have reduced fatigue and muscle pain (compared to running alone—-I personally believe that hard running is the worst things you can do for your knees).  

If you already have bad knees or hip problems don’t even attempt to run at all but do still start some kinda exercise program!  I can tell you that using an elliptical will work wonders and swimming is a fantastic starting point (y)

I always used to say I was allergic to exercise.  I mean just the thought of doing any made me wanna throw up (come to find out I was just TIRED haha).  It’s still not my most favorite thing in the world to do but I’ll tell ya, it’s like when I used to wait tables, I dreaded getting ready to go to work but once I got there I loved the interaction with so many different people.  After a good workout (walk or DVD) I’m always glad I did it because I always feel so much better!  So how do you get started when ya don’t LIKE IT?  Well, my suggestion to you is find something something with the kinda movements you like making.  I know what you’re thinking, you like that bending at the elbow with hand to mouth motion lol I gotta solution for that….pick up some cans, hand weights or even a broom handle and get to bending :)  Don’t punish yourself with exercise by doing something you despise, I mean that’s just failure waiting to happen.  Trying to accomplish a task you hate…are you gonna opt for a second time?  

ZuuuuuumBA!  That was my favorite form of exercise!  (Notice I said was?  It still would be if my morning instructor hadn’t quit because I can’t go to night classes.  Hey, I’m still searching for a good morning instructor if you know of one.)  I’m not Saturday Night Fever dancer and I can’t do twirls of any kind, I sometimes feel I have to left feet but I LOVED to zumba.  Talk about a great workout!  You could be freezing entering the studio but trust me, it didn’t take long at all to think someone must’ve jacked the heat up to 100, you could get to sweating up a storm in no time.  Honey, you could burn anywhere from 500-800 calories for that hours depending on the amount of effort you put into each move.  And the visible signs of that exercise were rather quickly seen by everyone!

You hear that phrase “No pain, no gain” but don’t believe that!  If what you’re doing is causing you pain (other than soreness) do not keep attempting to get through it.  That pain is your body’s way of telling that you’re overdoing it or not equipped for that particular movement. You are going to wind up really hurting yourself and hating every minute of it will cause you to quit!

Just take that FIRST STEP!

ZUMBA SYM

 

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24DC is over…now what

Your 24DC is over!!!!  Did you re-measure and weigh this am?  How were your results? Were you pleasantly surprised, right where you expected or disappointed?

My results weren’t phenominal but I’ll take it!  I have a total 6” lost (2.5 bust, 2.5 waist and 1 hips) and 6.6 lbs (clap clap clap) but I FEEL GOOD and that’s the important part.  All of my loss came strictly from eating as the only workout I did was wall-sits and squats while brushing my teeth and tric-cep dips.  Imagine how good results could’ve been if I had WORKED OUT!  

Breakfast was a celebration——–> CHOCOLATE WAFFLE

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30 minutes before breakfast 1st MNS, Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1

BREAKFAST: Chocolate Waffle/E (Pg 265 Cookbook) w/ coconut whip and strawberry pieces (both with meal MNS pks) *doubled the recipe for 3 belgian waffles and the whole family was happy!! <3

SNACK:  Grilled nuggets/FP

30 minutes before lunch last MNS

LUNCH:  Leftover “perfect pizza”/S

30 minutes before snack ½ scoop of Spark

SNACK:  Apple slices w/ PB and few grapes

DINNER:  Chicken Tortilla Soup/E

Of course my celebration continued and took a turn for the worst :/  That neglect bug hit when I left for school, not only did I forget my snack bag, I forgot to give the kids their lunches.  After hitting Whole Foods and finding their organic fruit a lil’ too organic (meaning rotten) I decided to run by Harris Teeter.  As of late HT has had a great organic section….but before I could get there my hunger kicked in and my shopping morning was just getting started (uh oh).  My buggy started filling will organic apples, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers AND zucchini….but then I couldn’t take it any more.  See there’s a Starbucks in this store right next to bathroom (which I absolutely couldn’t avoid any longer) AND I had a freebie on my SBX card that was going to expire so YEP, I HAD to do it!  Immediately thereafter the headache started raging.  THEN at the ballgame I succumbed to the pressure of a friend not wanting to eat alone so I joined her :(  I have never been tempted by the nasty ballgame concessions even though everyone around me is coming in w/ corn dogs, bbq sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and chicken sandwiches.  Not to mention all the candy bars and soft drinks.  I know they have to feel rotten, bloated and themselves a lil’ deep fried.  But standing in that line those fries looked so good smothered in cheese…….THEY WERE NOT GOOD!  The fries were limp and the cheese has NO flavor!! However, I ate them because I paid for them and I regretted every minute of it.  Especially when some of my friends looking to me for guidance caught me! #ohtheshame  Needless to say I will NOT be stepping on the scales in the morning, I already FEEL bad!

So now that your challenge is over—WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?  The best advice I can give you is to keep up your momentum and MAKE A PLAN for the following months!  If you don’t have any support I’m more than willing to be you accountability partner and help you keep on track.  I’m pretty sure I’ve shared my 25+ regimen but I keep up w/ my MNS3, Catalyst and ThermoPlus (I have the FiboTrim and CarbEase but I haven’t made any conclusions about how well those work just yet).  Depending on your needs there are several options to choose from.  If you don’t already have an AdvoCare advisor to turn to let me know and I’ll help you get together your own plan but if you already know what your next step is going to be just head on over to my website and get your orders placed <3

 

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Day 24 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Well here we are…we’ve reached the end of our Challenge!  Give yourselves a pat on the back (y)  How do you feel?  How well do you think you did reaching for your goals?  DON’T recheck your weight and measurements until TOMORROW morning!!!  Ewwww I got tingles I’m so excited, I can’t wait to hear your results! What goodies did you plan for rewarding your success?

 

Day 24 / February 4

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.  

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Pumpkin Smoothie/E (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK –  Tapioca Pudding Shake/E

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Mixed greens salad/FP w/ rotisserie chicken and slim belly dressing

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30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed ;)

SNACK:   Organic cheese stick and strawberries/E (and nibbled on chicken bites shredding for dinner)

DINNER:  Wipe Your Mouth BBQ/E (Pg 43 Cookbook), Swiss Bread/FP (Pg 196 Cookbook) and Roasted Sweet Potatoes/E (w/ coconut oil and cinnamon)

Pumpkin Smoothie
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2-3 drops Protective Blend essential oil
1 cup ice
*for dairy free option, nix the yogurt (creminess) and add water, the ice will give you the smoothie consistency you want (y) However if you leave out the yogurt which is your protein source be sure to add some protein (and I only used ONE small banana).

Dinner was a very quick and easy process because I pulled the chicken off a pre-cooked rotissere and the sauce was simply all the ingredients thrown in the Vitamix (woohoo).  I was so excited about it thinking “ALL my family loves BBQ!” but sadly I must admit it wasn’t nearly as good as I’d hoped.  I think I warmed it so long that it was almost soupy :/  Little bit took maybe 3 bites and then opted for plain chicken.  Son looked at it and said, “Nah, I’m not hungry” and the husband, well….

Well now you all know what I eat in a day…or in 24 days rather :)  I hope you’ve enjoyed all the good foods (and even the not so good ones) during your 24DC.  Did you feel deprived at all?  (If you’d have let me know I’d sure have given you “better” options for whatever you were wanting).  Were you brave enough to implement the THM plan/meals or did you stick strictly to meat and no taters?  What’s your next step now that your challenge is over?

I don’t know about you but I ain’t gonna lie—-I did NOT put in enough exercise to really have the amazing results w/ this challenge that I had intended :/  (hey, at least I’m honest about it).  On average there’s a 10 lb, 10” loss during a 24DC but I’m pretty sure I didn’t reach that!  We shall see tomorrow!  If you didn’t either DO NOT FRET!  You have removed some built-up toxins and you should be feeling like the hot mama you truly are!  Do your clothes feel loose?  Do you need new panties cause your grannies are falling off? LOL~  Don’t give up!  It took you more than 24 days to get to where you are (or were 24 days ago haha) so it’s gonna take more than 24 days to get it all off!  Good health/nutrition is a constant work in progress!

Total water consumption 104 oz
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Day 23 ALL IN 24DC & THM

No matter what your goals (weight management, gained energy or increased performance) AdvoCare has the products to help you! We are basically at the end of the Challenge so if you haven’t already you need to visit http://www.chellespark.com to determine which products can help you achieve your lifestyle goals. I’m here to help you with that (y)

Day 23 / February 3

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST – MRS or PB&J Greek Yogurt/FP (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **See note

SNACK – Costco Samples

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH: Chipotle Chicken Bowl w/ Brown Rice & Black Beans (because I ate it ALL and added light cheese and light sour cream I’m pretty sure I was pushed in XO)

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed ;)

SNACK: ½ slice of birthday cake

DINNER: 1 slice of pizza

Big day, big day, big day!!! My husband’s 50th birthday AND my little FINALLY goes back to schools with a two hour delay (loud, crazy applause)! Breakfast was honey’s favorite scrambled cheesy eggs (I had lots of extra egg yolks but only two eggs therefore I did not get to partake I had another yogurt cup w/ peanut junkie butter & slim belly jelly), natural sausage and gluten-free toast. Although there was a two hour delay the little doesn’t get in any kind of hurry for anything. Meaning we were in a usual hurried rush out the door, however I did grab my water bag knowing that I needed to make a trip to Costco. You know what that means right? Chipotle! I neglected to grab snacks not realizing that I had a couple of other errands to run that would wind up keeping me out until pick time at school (insert sad face, about the snacks, not the pick HaHa). I thought well I’ll just make a quick run thru Chick-fil-A for more grilled nuggets and fruit cup (I have become slightly addicted to those—-that’s why they made it the freebie for the January calendar card!)….but then I decided to just opt for an early lunch.

Now my lunch delima was do I make this an E or S meal? My yogurt/FP breakfast was wearing off quickly as I was already somewhat hungry and it being my husband’s birthday we might go out to dinner so I just went all out and got all the toppings….then ate the entire bowl (what? YES I DID!). Usually when I got to Costco I’m not tempted by the samples….because they’re not out yet lol but today O-H M-Y G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S they were everywhere! I had my snack there :) (1 bit of GF bread w/ smear of salmon dip, 1 GF rice cracker w/ sliver of salmon, 2 bites of kielbasa, 1 bit of Healthy Choice fudgesicle, 2 bits of a potato skin, 1 bite of nasty chicken patty and 2 bits of a veggie patty. All in all this was actually just a FP).

I had all intentions of fixing my husband the THM Basic Cheesecake but because I was out all day and thinking we’d go out before church I got itchy and ran by my cousin’s restaurant to buy a ¼ Strawberry Red Velvet cake (talk about wide-eyed look). This bad boy is FULLA sugar, margarine, gluten, unhealthy fats and bad carbs but the taste is oh so good….at least until the sugar headache kicked in then I wanted to take a long walk off a short pier :/ Luckily tho I only ate the top layer and shared the rest w/ the little (y) THEN to top off the whole foodie fiasco of the day (oh foodie fiasco, that’s a good recipe website) hubby did NOT want to go out but wanted a frozen, GF pizza with ham and pineapple so I had a slice of that for dinner

Total water consumption 88 oz

**DISCLAIMER: This website (including any/all site pages, blog posts, blog comments, forum, videos, audio recordings, etc.) is not intended to replace the services of a physician, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have an urgent medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. Any application of the recommendations from this blog is at the reader’s discretion. AdvoCare is not liable for any direct or indirect claim, loss or damage resulting from use of this website and/or any web site(s) linked to/from it. I am an independent distributor of AdvoCare and I simply share my personal experiences with said products (y)

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Day 22 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day, day I shall never forget (haha I always have a song in my head and this is just the ONE that’s sticking this morning—-way better than the lil’ mexican restaurant diddy I started with)…  I DO feel absolutely amazing this morning!  This is gonna be a lil’ TMI so if you get easily offended jump ahead ;)  What is it about this way of eating that keeps me “going” so well?  It’s those good healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil and omega/fish oils) with lots of non-starchy, high fiber veggies that truly are keeping things moving but there’s also the magnesium (y)   I know from experience that when making drastic diet changes sometimes the digestive system takes a huge toll and can take a week or two (and maybe even longer for someone coming from a high processed, high sugar diet).  When all the other tricks seemed to fall short I found that constipation was easily alleviated with the addition of a magnesium supplement (citrate or oxide).  Magnesium is depleted from modern soils and is essential for nerve and brain health.  It is also a natural relaxant and loosens the bowels without causing addiction to laxatives (we do NOT want to take laxatives!!!).  Magnesium citrate is a more expensive supplement and typically used more for a chronic constipation issue (it’s actually in the that nasty stuff you have to drink before having a colonoscopy) and the oxide is more easily found and rather inexpensive.  DO NOT take too much magnesium as it can cause diahrrea.  A funny side effect I found when I started taking the magnesium is that it also helped me sleep (whoop whoop)

My tips for relieving occasional constipation:

Start your morning regimen with a Cleanse & Detox Smoothie

Drink a fresh squeezed lemon in warm water first thing in the morning

Chia or flax seeds to every shake, smoothie or oatmeal

Eat 2 stalks of celery each day

If you make puddings the addition or gluccomannan or gelatin are beneficial for the bowels

PRUNES!  I even add to smoothies for my kids because it helps “hide” the taste (which truly isn’t that bad)

Consider adding 1 Tbsp of Psyllium Husk to a recipe or glass of water (I recommend adding it to eggs because “drinking” it is worse than chugging the fiber drinks)

Exercise

For more information on Magnesium refer to this blog post——> https://hotsparkmama.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/what-do-you-know-about-being-busy-and-magnesium/

 

Day 22 / February 2

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Greek Yogurt/FP (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **See note

SNACK –  Choc Skinny Chip Muffin/S (Pg 279 Cookbook)

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Grilled chicken nuggets and small fruit cup/E

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed ;)

SNACK:   (too much) Popcorn

DINNER:  Smoothie (spinach, ½ banana, handful of strawberries & protein)

Today was a GGMS day for me!
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I woke up feeling so fantastic I didn’t feel like I really needed a Spark to get me going and because I’ve just come out of the meneires fog I didn’t want the added caffeine (y)

I fixed the family some THM Pancakes however I only seemed to have the yokes of eggs and these pancakes are an E meal with the use of egg whites only so I altered the recipe but then decided it wouldn’t fit into MY schedule.  So I decided to switch up my ½ c yogurt snack into a 1 c meal.  My lil’ said, “These are the best pancakes ever” and I added some pumpkin and pumpkin spice for the hubs.  His response, “Goodness honey, these look like for real restaurant style pancakes” lol~  As exciting as it was for them to be so pleased I was even more excited about my own concoction (which he shared and also loved, wished he’d had it as a pancake topping).  Just before the snow hit I got some Fage 0% Greek Yogurt (1 cup has 0 fat, 9 carbs and 23 protein!  We do not count the carbs in our protein source so this is considered FP) and I laid in bed last night thinking about that slim belly jelly I’d made, which turned to peanut junkie butter and I thought wow PB&J yogurt would probably be really tasty :p  I added 1 tsp of each and then of course the idea of the handy dandy chocolate sauce hit and Boo-yah! a yummy, healthy and delish quick breakfast was created :)

Today marks day 8 of no school for the lil’ and being cooped up in this house so I told her we HAD to get out.  She is a true homebody and never wants to leave so I had to remind her that daddy’s 50th birthday is tomorrow so it is a necessity that we go buy a card (she makes all our cards and “shops” in her room so she is prepared but I totally have not kept up w/ the date and have to go BUY a card!)

What’s the deal w/ popcorn?  How does it fit in?  Good or bad?  Popcorn is a great snack IF YOU’RE POPPING it yourself!  Popcorn is an E snack that should not be consumed daily and should not be had as a meal!  Portion should be kept at 4-5 cups of popped kernels. BUT that’s without butter (no more than 1 tsp) and just using seasonings (I like nutritional yeast).  But that’s NOT what I did! :/  I had the GMO, over-salted, over abundant MOVIE popcorn and I’m betting it WAS in excess of 3 cups!

 

Total water consumption 88 oz

 

**DISCLAIMER:  This website (including any/all site pages, blog posts, blog comments, forum, videos, audio recordings, etc.) is not intended to replace the services of a physician, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information is provided for informational  purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have an urgent medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. Any application of the recommendations from this blog is at the reader’s discretion. AdvoCare is not liable for any direct or indirect claim, loss or damage resulting from use of this website and/or any web site(s) linked to/from it. I am an independent distributor of AdvoCare and I simply share my personal experiences with said products (y)  

 

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Days 18-19 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Day 18 / January 29

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Fussless FP Quiche (Pg. 151 Cookbook) (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **see note

SNACK –  Cocoprotein/FP

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Rotisserie chicken w/ Troodles and Spinach/S  (this would’ve been FP had I not included Olive Oil for cooking)

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30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) ;)

SNACK:    I did have lunch however it escapes me WHAT it was lol~

DINNER:  (leftover) Creamy Chicken/S

**This morning we already have over 1” of snow and it’s supposed to keeping falling through the next two days which makes me think I NEED SATISFYING S meals.  I had planned the FP Fussless Quiche for breakfast but opted to make it an S by using the whole egg, not just the egg white!  The addition of the psyllium husk made it “bready” Mmmmm (you can totally make this dish without that ingredient but it may leave you wanting a slice of toast)

Seriously the cocoprotein drinks have saved me!  I try to keep these on hand for last minute and on-the-go (ballgame) fillers but days like today when I’m sitting in front of the computer all day and I cannot find the time to get up and prepare or even warm.  WIth my lil’ being sickly I’ve gotten THREE classes behind on my nutrition course and then Facebook has made some changes on how often you can post so my Paparazzi Bling party was interrupted last night so I’m having to wait 3-5 minutes between post but make sure I get all 100+ pictures uploaded.

Total water consumption 96 oz

 

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It occurred to me upon waking this morning that I haven’t shared the GGMS or Shrinker Tea w/  y’all!!  Where have I been? GGMS aka good girl moonshine (Pg 397 Cookbook) is great to get you going in the mornings (because sometimes I just do not want the caffeine of the Spark or the tart of just lemon water)!  Contrary to the name of this drink it does NOT contain alcohol so don’t worry about going to work loot HaHa  The ACV (apple cider vinegar) is the only buzz you’ll have going on ;)  ACV and ginger are both considered superfoods and powerful digestive aids.  GGMS detoxifies, clarifies, alkalizes your body and aids in weight loss.  The pinterest link above will give you so many flavor options for the GGMS but my favorite is the Strawberry-Lime (though I typically use lemon) (y).  Also GGMS is considered FP so you don’t have to worry about switching fuels (but careful when adding extras like fruit–i use strawberries–because too many will put you into E territory).  The Shrinker Tea/FP is another favorite of mine and what I used (originally) to help me get off the Starbucks kick a couple years ago (that I stupidly picked back up when the Pumpkin Spice showed up in the fall). Shrinker Tea is praised for it’s ability to help shrink fat cells (what??).  It’s combined thermogenic-boosting ingredients promote energy and help speed your metabolism.  It is NOT to replace a meal or snack but it helps resist the urge to nibble during prep times or to not OVER-snack.  Someone asked me “if this is considered a thermogenic booster should I still take my ThermoPlus”.  YES!  Only taking ONE ThermoPlus in the mornings sometimes I find I need another “kick” later in the day and this drink is a great one (but the oolong tea DOES have caffeine so just be aware of when you drink one of these if you’re planning to have Spark in the afternoon).  I have JUST this morning ordered my Vitamin C powder to try the Singing Canary…more details to come.

Day 19 / January 30

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Pumpkin Waffe/E @ahomewithpurpose.com (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

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SNACK –  **

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Tuna w/ cukes and babybel cheese

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) ;)

SNACK:    Skinny chocolate/S

DINNER:  2 slices of UDI’s bread (1 w/ cheese and 1 w/ natural peanut butter)

Lil’ bit woke up EARLY but feeling much better today (woohoo), good enough to fix breakfast for everyone!  But basically the rest of the day was a total BUST!  Shortly after breakfast rather than making oat flour, almond milk, almond flour and mixing all-purpose gluten-free flour I was IN THE BED!  Praise the Lord for my oils because my body has definitely been fighting against the sickness that has gone through my home w/ the kids these last 2.5-3 weeks.  I’m NOT sick but my head feels “off”.  Let me explain that my meneires disease doesn’t tolerate barometric pressure and my head can tell when there’s drastic changes or a “front” pushing through!  I know, I know, you’re wondering what the what?  Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. It makes my head feel heavy and what I call “FLOOPY”.  It was once explained to me by the neurologist as a severe sodium-potassium imbalance.  I have found (other than the weather) a couple of my biggest triggers are STRESS and NUTRITION!  Today episode seemed to be paired w/ stress!  I have discovered that my lil’ doesn’t tolerate antibiotics!  They make her rather mean, extremely moody and dangerously brave (w/ her attitude) and another weird thing is that she CANNOT take antibiotics and acetaminophen at the same time or else she breaks out into a rash :/

The ONLY thing that alleviates the meneires symptoms is REST!  If I can catch a spell coming on before it hits me, I use my oils to help.  I can keep nausea at bay with Ginger and Peppermint then I use a blend mixed with Grounding and Calming oils to help me relax enough to doze.  My lil’ checks on me periodically and brings me the oils or tells me which one I need to be using :)  She’s pretty smart about em!  (Wondering where to buy essential oils?)

Because most of my day was spent in the bed my bouts of getting up was specifically to eat but when I feel this way I have a hard time being up for longer periods of time….therefore my nutrition was put on the back burner!  Slept through the first snack.  Managed to be up long to throw together a quick lunch and then for dinner the kid had some cheese toast and thought it might be good for me <3  I don’t typically eat bread unless it’s some that I’ve made but that wasn’t happening today!  But I’m not gonna beat myself up about it!  Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be back on track (y)

Total water consumption 80 oz

 

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Day 17 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Here’s a few tips for preparing your next meal plan…

#1  Be sure to have your calendar handy (already filled out w/ school-vacation days, ballgames and other misc. appointments).  I know on away game days it will not be feasible to have a sit-down family dinner so I must plan for a crockpot meal or prepared meal that can easily be warmed up and/or something easily portable.

#2  Be realistic!  Don’t try to “out do” your last good meal.  If you’re unsure if it’s suitable for your kids don’t attempt a new dish.

#3  Give yourself some grace.  Just like I do!  I may not fix what’s scheduled for today or I may not fix anything that’s ON plan.  This is just life and things happen.  Ya know that saying “Choose your battles”, don’t let what you eat stress you out.

#4  Prep as much as you can ahead of time.  I’m telling ya this is where I big time fail.  I’m notorious for NOT looking at a new recipe and realzing there’s something that needs to be prepared ahead of time (aka the DF cheese sauce for enchilada casserole).  I am however pretty good about chopping and dicing veggies when I bring them home.  I’ve even gone so far as to pre-cook a lot of meat and freeze them for quicker meals.  I also make a large batch of quinoa and freeze in individual size pkgs according to E or S meals.

#5  Look at your plan every morning and every evening.  Before I go to bed each night I look at it to see what’s for breakfast and if I need to have something “setting” in the fridge or crockpot—well I don’t ALWAYS but that’s my intention lol~ But even though I do forget to look at night sometimes, I usually do check it out in the morning because there’s always meat to thaw.

 

Day 17 / January 28

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Cinnamon Bun Muffins w/ Whipped No-Cream topping (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK – Cocoprotein/FP

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:  Pork loin steak over Troodles/FP (no oil)

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) ;)

SNACK:  Tapioca Chia Shake/E

DINNER:  Turkey Chili w/ (leftover) Cheddar Biscuits/S

SNACK:  Poop—-Macaroon Cookies/S ;)

I have a delima!  There’s snow on the ground, minimal at present but we’re about to get dumped on the next couple of days.  I’m in a panic!  “What if I don’t have enough food?” LOL~

Another delima—-today’s breakfast of choice may be a THM Crossover (not conducive for weight loss) but it’s well within the realm of AdvoCare friendly!! <3 This delish muffin from thebigmansworld are yum-O

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I’ve calculated the numbers!  I whole heartedly think that even though there’s oat flour, coconut flour and the use of flax eggs in this recipe of 10 muffins, keeping your serving to TWO muffins puts you in FP territory and depending on the amount of Whipped No-Cream topping you could move into S.  But yay go Advo friendly muffins and make your topping with the vanilla meal replacement shake thinned with water for “icing” Mmmmm :p  http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/21/healthy-flourless-sticky-cinnamon-bun-muffins/

Though we’ve been oiling the lil’ and she seemed on the uphill path, with the impending aspect of a blizzard haha, hubby wanted me to take her to the doctor today to get checked out.  She tested positive for strep :/  We haven’t had antibiotics in THREE YEARS!  The doctor told me that strep DOES go away w/o treatment (just takes longer) but basically the only reason they “treat” it is to prevent complications.  Her left ear has clear fluid but all is well there.  So we’re STILL implementing oils to boost her immunity and to offer symptom relief but we’re administering medication to kill the bad and good bacteria :(  (She asked can we just take HALF of what they say? HaHa)

Ya know that saying when life gives you lemon make lemonade?  Well that’s how I feel about my tapioca chia pudding…when it don’t “set”, make a shake!  It still tastes good, you can drink it like a smoothie but I added some frozen strawberries to put me in E territory and give it the consistency of a shake (y)

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My “freestyle” method for THM is not pleasant (you can see the struggle I had w/ my breakfast this morning) so it works best for me to eat strictly THM recipes.  But some THM mama’s have the bigger struggle of getting stuck in a rut with the same fuel type.  I desperately try to switch things up a bit but I tend to like me S/Satisfying meals

Total water consumption 92 oz

 

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Day 16 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Day 16 / January 27

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or ½ small grapefruit and oatmeal/E (cinnamon & honey drizzle) (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK – Light Vanilla Greek Treat/FP (Pg. 251 Original) (I omitted the milk for thicker consistency)

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:  Troodle Joes/S and half apple w/ peanut butter (& ya know drizzled that chocolate!)

30 minutes before snack Catalyst/3 and Spark if needed

SNACK:  Organic String Cheese/S

DINNER:  Cajun Cream Chicken (Pg 36 Cookbook), Cheddar Biscuits (Pg 197 Cookbook) and Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash/S (chewoutloud.com)

I was super thankful I didn’t eat the light vanilla greek treat last night because my lil’ bit is sick and I got real busy after taking the enthusiast to school this morning.  My almonds had been soaking since 1:00pm yesterday so there was no putting off the almond milk/flour.  With all the E meals we’ve been having I had a TON of egg yolks so I made my husband some Maple Pumpkin Pot de Creme from homemademommy.net (with it’s delicious pumpkin/E, egg yokes/S and maple syrup/unapproved this would be a major crossover but I gotta tell ya, it’s soooo good I WILL eat a LIL’ BIT when it comes out) :D  

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Oh hee hee did I tell you I swirled my vanilla greek treat w/ some handy dandy chocolate sauce? Oh yea!!!!

Boy I’ve gotten brave I even named my lunch all by myself—-Troodle Joes lol~  Leftover Sloppy Joe w/ sprinkle of cheese over Troodles cooked in butter (Pg 222 Cookbook) :P

I ain’t gonna lie y’all, I’m not sure what’s going on today, I’ve basically had all satisfying/S meals but I’ve just been wanting to eat!  I mean good night, I eat every 2-2.5 hours as it is!  I just keep telling myself it’s good because that means my metabolism is roaring and burning fat but it’s making me wanna go get on the scales.  Why do we do that?  We think oh man i’ve eaten so “bad” today I know I’ve gained weight….how would seeing a higher number on that device make you feel?  Discouraged?  Angry?  And then what?  The viscious cycle starts right!  So WHY does it matter what that number says?  I FEEL good!  I FEEL healthy!  My pants FEEL loose!  I have energy!  My skin is clear!  THAT my friends is what we need to go by :)  (I didn’t check w/ satan btw) :)

I also have another confession :/  I have failed miserably on kickin this burn phase into high gear! I have a TON of excuses that we won’t go into but I KNOW that it’s going to affect my end results!  Nobody to blame but myself but that doesn’t mean that YOU can slack off :)  

Total water consumption 92oz

 

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Day 15 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Whew our THM Fuel Cycle is O-V-E-R!  I don’t know about you but I actually enjoyed the variety of goodies we’ve eaten this last 2 weeks and if I had to I believe I might could do it again lol but let’s not try it!  Fuel Cycles are not meant for long-term!

I will still be applying the THM principles through the remainder of the 24DC (just to prove it can be done) but I won’t be as strict with full days of each meal type (y)

Day 15 / January 26

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Light Baked Custard/E (Pg 218 Cookbook) (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK – Cocoprotein/FP

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:  “Who needs Changs Lettuce Wraps/S

30 minutes before snack Catalyst/3 and Spark if needed

SNACK:  Choco Chip Baby Frap/FP <3

DINNER:  Chicken breast and sauteed spinach cooked in olive oil/S

SNACK: Apple with (homemade) natural peanut butter/S

When making the light baked custard remember this is eggs and i will taste like eggs.  If you want a sweet dish you’ll need to add more sweetener!  The recipe calls for 7 tsp Truvia (which I make) and 2 tsp vanilla (which I make) and this is not enough for my family and then I added cinnamon.  First downfall was that it didn’t set very well and then I remembered last time I added a lil’ glucci so I received a turned up nose setting it before my son (but he ate it) and then he said, “I expected it to be sweet”.  Mental note—add MORE sweetener!

Y’all know I’ve have come to love the egg roll in a bowl!! Yesterday I went ahead and made a batch with the rest of the cabbage (before it went bad) and today I added cashews to the pan for warming and spooned it into large lettuce leaves (Romaine) the only down fall is I had to SHARE them (this is becoming too much of a habit, having to share all my goodies lol).  Luckily I have learned to always double when honey works from home hahaha

Tonight was a game so I had an early quick dinner!  I got a rotisserie chicken yesterday and cut it up to use for quick meals.  I warmed up the chicken and threw in a large handful of spinach and sauteed with olive oil and no salt seasoning and packed a couple of my goodies (apple w/ pb and Light Vanilla Greek Treat/Pg 251 which I will save for tomorrow)

Have you ever noticed (yes, that’s retorical b/c I know you have!) most all processed foods are aimed at convenience. Products that are easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to fit into our busy lives. But, a lot of times convenience comes at a cost — whether it’s just lack of nutrients or harmful chemicals.

It’s one thing to avoid processed foods, but we can’t avoid the fact that our lives are still stressful and busy and sometimes we really do NEED that convenience. But that doesn’t have to mean you gotta buy Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sandwiches.

I make these egg muffins that are convenient for on-the-go, a grab quick snack, or an actual sit down meal!  The broccoli and/or spinach are full of healthy nutrients and flavor, and the protein and fat in the eggs provide balanced energy.  You can add bacon or sausage and any type of spice, herb or veggies for a variety of flavors.

Makes 12 S muffins

  • 10 eggs
  • 1-2 cups mushrooms, sliced (we don’t eat these)
  • 1-1.5 cups (~1 lb.) broccoli or spinach (or both), cut into small florets
  • 1-1½ teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½-1 cup cheddar (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Prep muffin pan with baking cups or liners.
  3. Pour into cups
  4. Bake muffins for 10 minutes, then rotate tray. Bake another 10 to 20-25 minutes, until the tops seem mostly set. Let rest, then enjoy. Don’t worry — the muffins always deflate a bit when they cool off.

Muffins will store refrigerated for about 5 days.

Total water consumption 104 oz

 

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