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Day 22 and FP ideas

I didn’t post my usual morning devotion on my facebook page this morning but during my (2 mi) walk I was noticing all the sections of the track that had been washed away from the many rain/storms we’ve had as of late and it hit me…. that’s what sin does our lives!  Erosion – It’s what happens to our lives every time our steps take us into the world.  “No, it won’t be but so bad if I just of it one time”… but when the second or third time gets easier and here’s what happens… you find you’ve turned away from God and everything you’ve been taught.  Next, you find your life begins to crumble like the during the hard rains.  You get to a point of asking, “God, where are you?”.  He wasn’t the one that walked away, you were!

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us

What I ate today:
E/Strawberry crumb bars
S/Chicken, egg and slice cheese
FP/Chicken soup w/ 2 meringue cookies
FP/Chia tapioca pudding
S/2 scrambled eggs w/ tenderloin (& shredded hashbrowns!)

Find those gorgeous strawberry crumb bars HERE (oh, did I mention they’re vegan? No gluten, No eggs, No dairy)

It occurred to me after eating the SECOND time i ate today that a mini fuel cycle might be THREE days not just one!  I think I may have just got so excited about how much everyone loved the Strawberry Crumble Cake that I jumped the gun 😀  Which brings me to sharing some FP snack ideas (as I feel like I need to make up for missing those DEEP S this morning haha)

To keep my chicken soup FP I used 1-1 ½ c homemade broth, 1 c water, garlic, onion, kale, ginger and just ¼ – ½ tsp tumeric for added flavor (BUT this will stain your container).   Made in the Vitamix for super easy convenience.  Once good and hot I slowed the mixer down to add kale & chicken

Fixed some chocolate covered almond butter bars (which got left out yesterday) and handy dandy (FP) chocolate sauce because I haven’t had any to pour over my apples w/ peanut butter in a while and it’s MY FAVORITE snack for carrying to enthusiast’s ball games ❤

FP snacks:

  1. Protein shake- 1 T. Peanut flour, 1 c. almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract (optional; I omit), 2 drops liquid stevia, handful of spinach, handful of ice- so yummy and so satisfying. The protein really helps with the hunger!
  2. Lemon Muffin in a bowl-  Follow the directions for the MIB (THM p. 258) & replace cocoa w/ vanilla protein powder, use 1/2 juice of lemon or 1/2 tsp. lemon extract),
  3. Trimmacino light
  4.  Big Boy Smoothie (THM p. 243
  5. Chia tapioca pudding

FP lunch or dinner

1  Egg white omelet w/ sauté veggies
2  Chicken tortilla soup
3  Sweet & Spicy Asian Stir Fry (page 341)
4  Wasa cracker w/ tuna & cucumber slices

PS….Mini Fuel Cycle is just ONE day can be however long you like, only it’s no longer a mini if more than 5 days lol~

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Shhh…it’s my secret

Actually it’s not much of a secret when everyone can SEE!

Y’all know I lost a total of 50 lbs three years ago…I went from a size 16/1X dress to a size 6 AND my health drastically improved! I give God all the glory and thank Him for literally dropping the simple steps into my lap!

It started with EZ changes like dropping “all things white” from my diet (sugar, breads and limited starches), consuming half my body weight in ounces of water and following the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge supplemental program.

Over a 6-7 month period I ate more food than should be normal HaHa (every 3 hours) and focused on clean meats, fresh (steamed mostly) veggies and organic fruits. I cut out all Starbucks frappucinos and limited my dessert treats to special occasions.

I didn’t deprive myself if I WANTED something I HAD it

Over time I began to realize I had once again become addicted to sugar! It creeped in slowly at first. Birthday cake at parties, dessert from the Sunday lunch buffet then added froyo on Wednesday nights before church and frappucinos couple times a week (once pumpkin spice RE-entered the lineup)…

Just before Halloween rolled around my 9yo started selling candy ($.25/) to help raise money for her babies in the Philippines and once all the children at school started noticing her “income”, well let’s just say they all found a “reason” and it got outta hand! Of course Halloween came & went and we couldn’t give the stuff away.

I’m a human trash compactor…I do not like to throw stuff away and tho I limited the intake of my family members (due to the plethora of allergies) I took it upon myself to get rid of it 🙄

Ya know what happened then… Thanksgiving!!!
T-day is the one time of year my husband insists I fix a “normal, traditional” meal “because we have non-allergen family coming over and we will feed them stuff they’ll enjoy”. Though I do understand his desire to feed his family (once a year) with their favorite dishes, this past year NOBODY CAME!!! The 6 from his family nor the 10 from mine…I cooked a full meal complete with multiple desserts for the entire crew.. and just US 7 ate!! And I ate and I ate and I ate… Christmas the following month, same shenanigans, family dropped like flies!

I knew 2017 had to include CHANGE! I had once again found things getting outta hand. I purchased size 10 jeans around Christmas that were uncomfortably tight. My sleep patterns were OFF! I found it difficult to be my usual early (420am) riser, go all day, happy-go-lucky self. I had aches and pains that had once become null and void AND the heartburn is now back!!

Here we are today… I turned 47 this past week and I’m up 25 lbs!!

Listen y’all I’m just keeping it real! I ain’t gonna lie, as a health coach that’s helping others break bad habits, lose weight and improve health, it’s very disheartening to have lost my own mojo! And another joyful side effect of finding myself in this start of an unhealthy predicament is that my husband doesn’t get his mojo either (*wink wink)
<—–THIS is what caused me to stop and take note of the situation.

You see, I’ve been here, this is where it all started 4 years ago and it’s really easy to let it keep going in the direction I’m headed but do I really wanna wake up one day and find myself in that position? Back over 200lbs, neglecting my mate due to physical insecurities, being uncomfortable in my own skin with a multitude of health issues that could potentially end my life (**side bar–I do not currently have any health issues to speak of per-say and what little things (like allergies, colds, headaches and heartburn) do pop up I’m able to treat/alleviate with essential oils) and so exhausted that I can’t bear another conversation about what elementary drama my 3rd grader has at school (bless her heart, life’s tough for a 9yo lol)

Yep, this is the year!
Now is the time to practice what I preach and once again put my foot down on the head of this monster!
I’ve won this battle once and I’m ready to wage war and “go home with the W” for the last time!

I have my plan in place (in my head not yet on paper…that’s pretty scary haha).
I’m starting with another AdvoCare 24DC (eliminating dairy, gluten & sugar), I will implement clean eating using the principles of THM (Trim Healthy Mama, still eating but separating fats & carbs), I will exercise by walking 1-2 miles 3-4/week (depending on weather) and incorporating 30 Days to Shred in between (or some other DVD as I no longer have a Zumba instructor and do not see the need for a gym membership) and I will use my essential oils to boost immunity, curb cravings and fight all the “mental” junk that can go along with detox!!

I predict within the next 60 days I WILL look and feel like the person I love to be physically. Here’s a real “kick-in-the-butt” key, I will also be growing Spiritually as I have neglected my Lord as of late as well. I haven’t been starting my days abiding with my saviour and I know the time I spend studying his word and meditating on scripture are the most important BREAD in my diet!

Would you care to join me on my journey to optimal health reboot? Do you need a good starting point or a jumpstart? I’m always happy to help and having partners in crime (lol) will help keep us ALL motivated, encouraging each other to push through, ensuring one another “this too shall pass” and rejoicing in each other’s success while praying for any bumps we may encounter along the way ❤

Are you in?

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂
**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25%-55% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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Honey–the kind ya eat not the one you live with

I have always known that honey is good for us!  I don’t mean the kind ya buy in the plastic bear containers but the REAL (raw, pure, natural) kind!  Everybody knows what honey IS right?  A sweet, sticky, yellowish-brown thick liquid made by bees from nectar collected from flowers.  Yes, it’s also an excellent example of something or term of endearment, but for this post let’s talk about the sticky sweet kind not the one that melts my heart 😀

My pastor even had a sermon on HONEY several years ago while doing a study on nutrition.  There are actually 61 direct references to honey in the bible with the first time being in the very beginning where it’s considered “the best”, an honored gift.
Genesis 43:11  And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

In Judges the question is asked “…What is sweeter than honey?”
To me that says USE HONEY AS A SWEETENER!  In fact, until sugar became widely available in the sixteenth century, honey was the world’s principal sweetener!

In bible days honey was a symbol of good health!  1 Samuel 14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

Proverbs tell us it is good— 24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

In Matthew, John the Baptist SURVIVED on honey, that tells me it’s a great staple for every home! Matt 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  NOW, I’m not telling you to go eat bugs but it wouldn’t hurt ya 😉

Used as an alternative to sugar, honey is a sweet, dense, flavorful food that can vary widely in taste and color, depending on what the bees are eating. Most grocers sell it, since it is a very popular food around the world but please be sure the ONLY ingredient is HONEY.

We have this little hole in the wall restaurant near by that’s been around for as long as I can remember and they have FAMILY STYLE DINING.  You do not order from a menu they just bring you a little bit of everything being cooked that night and you can get all the refills you can eat.  We don’t do bread in our home but they had these huge “cathead” biscuits that were buttery golden and crunchy around the edges…calling my name!  I asked did they have honey…they brought me the plastic bear and first thing I noticed was the bear’s “sign” said “Natural syrup flavored with honey”. Hmmmm… I flipped it over and do you know what the #1 ingredient was?? HFCS!  That’s high fructose corn syrup for those wondering what it stands for.

We’re all familiar with it but do you know what it is?  a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose (wide-eyes HUH?).  As a sweetener it’s chemically compared to granular table sugar but manufacturally it’s is easier to handle and more cost-effective therefore its in just about everything!  It has been suggested that this sweetener should be a concern in the overwhelming epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our society.  Bottom line, IT’S NOT NATURAL and causes major metabolic disorders!  Even when used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, and tooth decay!

But I digress….
#2 ingredient was CORN SYRUP!
Hey, wait a minute….we’re talking about the little bear HONEY right?

#3 ingredient was HONEY (being the last ingredient meaning it contains less of this than the first two ingredients) fake honey

When making the decision for my family to remove added sugars from our diet, I decided that honey would remain in our diets for so many reasons!!

Y’all know I love THM (Trim Healthy Mama) and honey isn’t an approved sweetener…I take a little issue with this BUT as I’ve said so many times before we need to figure out what works best for our own bodies/families and not remove or add food groups because it worked for someone else (y)

Most of the honey consumed today is highly processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

I believe honey CAN be good for weight management!
A San Diego State University study found that replacing sugar with honey can actually help prevent packing on extra pounds and also lower blood sugar.  Another study from the University of Wyoming found that raw honey can activate hormones that suppress the appetite.  Raw honey increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia (whoop whoop bonus that’s good for diabetics)

I find when adding honey to my breakfast it offers an early boost of energy.
It provides an easily absorbed supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for energetic morning starts and as a pre- and post-exercise energy source. 

I’m sure you’ve heard it said before that “local” honey can alleviate allergy symptoms.
Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, provide natural allergy relief and boost overall immunity.  The bees in your neighborhood go from flower to flower collecting pollen that causes you to suffer, but when a you consume local raw honey, you also consume that same offending local pollen. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms

I know so many people who are looking for a perfect antioxidant in supplement form but I suggest using honey.
Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease. It also boosts the immune system, acting as a preventative against any number of debilitating diseases. Honey contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

We use honey (specifically Manuka) on skin issues that we can’t seem to clear up any other way. With all it’s antibacterial benefits why would you NOT use honey as a skin healing tool?

If my children complain of a scratchy throat the first thing I reach for is the honey (and I always add a drop of Lemon essential oil for “cleansing”) for soothing.  And I know you’ve seen OTC cough syrups “with honey”, you don’t need that, scientific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs.

Looking for a natural way to clean your face or help your acne riddled teen?  Make a face wash with honey.  Yes, it’s sticky but once wiped clean your face will feel so soft and smooth.  It makes a great exfoliator! Use honey on dry winter skin by adding two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes (I ain’t gonna lie, this one can be pricey so only recommend this one if you truly have a NEED).

Raw honey has been known to promote restorative sleep by increasing melatonin.
Has anti-inflammatory agents that can treat respiratory conditions such as asthma.
It can help improve urinary tract infections due to its antibacterial properties.
Raw honey is full of natural prebiotics which promote the growth of good bacteria in the intestine.

I mean really y’all, the list is seriously endless, do some research on the plethora of benefits this God given tool offers ❤

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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!! ❤

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 ❤

 

**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

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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

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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 ❤  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!! ❤ 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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