Part 1: 24 Day Advocare Challenge…

Hi everyone!! I must apologize for the delay with this post 🙁 I wanted to do a full post with pictures of me before and after BUT it would just take me entirely too long to get my act together. Soooooo I’m breaking it into parts. Okay, so I was introduced to the challenge by my good friend, whom by the way doesn’t need to lose a pound *giggles….but thinks she needs to…She clearly is a good friend because she told me about the challenge because I sure could lose some weight LOL!! 
I’m not one for diets because I can’t keep things straight from one day to the next so staying on track with a routine is tough for me to do. The Advocare 24 Day Challenge is a system with lots and lots of helpful information about not just dieting but making a lifestyle change that is truly beneficial for your health. I’m going to be honest, there is a packet and a really nice coach that you can communicate with through out the challenge but I really like to work at my own pace and find what works best for me. I will say that this is day 6 and I’m down 5lbs so far. On average I think if you follow the plan you can lose approximately 10-17lbs in the 24 days. I’ll be happy with a solid 15lbs because any progress is progress and I don’t beat myself up about it. The plan gives you options and great alternatives for what to eat and what foods to avoid. I’ve been able to avoid dairy, alcohol, meats, and CARBS=the loves of my life 😉  The vitamins are excellent and I’m shocked that I actually like the Spark and Meal replacement packets. I’ve mixed them with my favorite fruits and they taste great. I haven’t started on all the vitamins because some are introduced a little later in the game for different reasons. For now I’ve been cleansing and detoxing the body, which is a great start. 
I don’t go to the gym but I do walk for miles religiously, with my four year old 😉 He thinks he’s doing the challenge so he can have muscles and be fast LOL!!! It’s something for him and I to do everyday after work and on the weekends. I’m surprised at how much energy he has for these 2-3 mile walks. I will keep you all posted on the challenge as I continue, I’m happy to say it’s going well so far and I’ll post pictures of myself with more details as the challenge continues. Please check out this YouTube video for more details http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op49b3N4j8k  

My work out partner ;-))
TTFN

Blushing Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness…

At 33 years old even I still think that I’m too young to have breast cancer but we all know it’s a real possibility for young women to have this form of cancer.

                    I had my first mammogram when I was 30 and continue to do regular self breast exams.

Breast cancer struck home several years ago, my grandmother died of this type of cancer, which was discovered in its late stages. It was difficult to see someone suffer from a disease that could have been better treated if it was detected earlier.

         I participate in several types of fundraisers that help build more awareness and provide more funding  to fight breast cancer. I’ve done walks with the Susan G. Komen foundation and Making Strides as well as donations through other organizations. I recently attended a local benefit dinner where proceeds from each ticket sale went towards breast cancer survivors.

I try and do something different each year, my favorite event thus far was the Susan G. Komen 5k walk through Central Park in NYC. I went with a group of coworkers and friends, met so many survivors there and was so happy to be apart of something so wonderful and beneficial to others.

I love that there are so many ways to show your support. The survival rates have increased and the number of related deaths have declined, thanks to research, new treatments, and early detection.

Please check out other related articles about Breast Cancer Awareness from other great BLM girls through our blog hop and check for our #BLMGIRLSGOPINK tag. We all have to do our part in building awareness, please check this link for more facts and self examination details.

Hope you love the pictures and please enjoy whats left of the weekend!

TTFN

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