Thursday, September 25, 2014

24 Day Challenge Review

It seems like every time I find myself in front of my laptop to write a blog post, I'm sitting in an airport.

Such is the life of a nomad making the most of every minute she can back in the United States. 

Let's catch up a bit, yeah? I'm having a glass of chardonnay, what about you? Pull up a chair, friend.

First things first: The reason I haven't posted my review and personal results of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, are because my old MacBook Air took a crap on me. Literally, it won't turn on, and that's where my before pictures were stored. By some miracle,  I should be able to retrieve them via iCloud? Don't even ask me what kind of crazy voodoo that is. So yeah, I'm working on it.

The truth is, I am in LOVE with Advocare. Let's talk about why.

I started the Challenge with the intent to benefit only from the Cleanse. The first 10 days consist of an all-natural, gentle, but very effective, herbal cleanse. (Peaches and Cream tastes so good!) I was feeling so bloated and gross after eating copious amounts of DFAC (Army food) while living in Kuwait, I wanted a "fresh" start to my system. A fresh start you will get. This literally "resets" your system. If you have any kind of irregular bowel movements, pardon my table talk, this will fix it. Healthy, happy, predictable poops at least once or twice a day. 

And really, without changing my diet, I had other great results from the Cleanse. My acne cleared up thanks to the Probiotics and OmegaPlex, which I SWEAR by because of.

The next 14 Days are the "burn" phase, where we take a combination of vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and even a mild thermogenic (these are called MNS packs). The pill packets need to be taken 4 times a day, at particular times: Before breakfast, with breakfast, before lunch and then after lunch. I loved this method, because it got me into the habit of eating breakfast and lunch again, something I had let slip with my hectic and erratic work/training schedule in Kuwait. 

I love the MNS packs! They can be hard to stay on top of, but they are a great product to take if you want to continue feeling and looking good beyond the 24 Day Challenge. I love MNS 3, which I took for another 24 Days after the 24 Day Challenge (2 boxes), and feel great. 

I recommend Cleansing (a 10 Day Cycle of Herbal Cleanse) every few months or any time you're starting to feel "irregular" or imbalanced. 

Adding Probiotic Ultra to my diet helped changed the anatomy of my skin, and for the first time in my entire adult life, I don't have any cysts like I used to have around my jaw-line. That were the bane of my existence. For the first time in my life, I don't mind not having make up on, and fee no shame going without. 

Spark keeps me going during those long days, which I seem to be having a lot of. Or any time I feel I wan a cup of coffee, but don't want to pay $6 for something from Starbucks. 

Not part of the 24 Day Challenge, but another incredible product I can't recommend enough is Night Time Recovery. I was previously taking a combo of ZMA's and melatonin, but I was still struggling a lot with sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Now, I pop one of these before bed and sleep like a baby, and wake up feeling refreshed, never groggy. Yesterday was a HARD day of training, and I feel like I could have easily worked out today.

I don't want to get too much into the Performance Elite line, because that's a different story, but since taking Post Workout Recovery, I have so much more pep in my step and feel better after working out. This is probably because of the higher carb content in the protein, which I used to deprive myself of sometimes. But damn, it makes a difference. There is a reason this stuff is a little more expensive, because it works.

I promise to do another post on the other products I'm using regularly and loving from Adovcare soon.

So, the end of my 24 Day Challenge ... 

I lost roughly 1/2 an inch around my waist and hips, which is pretty impressive, considering I was on a strength cycle and probably lifting more than I was anything else. The pictures speak for themselves. While I didn't lose any weight on the scale, I definitely looked less "fluffy" and finally got rid of that low belly pooch I have had since the dawn of time. (I can't post my before pictures, because again, they're on my MacBook Air that's taken a poop. I promise I'm going to retrieve them!)

About a week after finishing the 24 Day Challenge, 7 days into a new MNS 3 box.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or leave a comment. I 100% believe in and LOVE Advocare. I was a little hesitant at first, but the results don't lie. Rich Froning knew what he was doing when he decided to start endorsing Advocare. 

So on to what the hell I have been up to ... I'm all over the East Coast for the next few weeks. Traveled to CT to see some old friends and attend the USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach seminar (I passed!) and am heading to Florida this weekend to cheer on friends at Disney Fit, a CrossFit competition this weekend. 

Next week? We'll see where the breeze blows me ... 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Since Being Home

Three Things I've Learned Since Being Home (by home, I mean the United States). 

1. There is nothing that a glass of wine or three can't fix.

Wine, how I missed you ...

2. Be friendly. Ask the cashier how she's doing. Ask the guy pumping your gas what his plans are this weekend. After spending a year in the Middle East unable to converse during small, trivial, interactions like this, I am soaking up as many of them as I can (it's the little things you miss). Make everyone a friend. Learn their first name. Greet them with it. 

3. There is life outside of training. I know I was all hell bent on being an "athlete" after Regionals this year. But life is short. And beer is good. And sleeping in is heaven. Again, it's the small things ... 

As I write this, I am flying over Chicago, on a jet plane heading to Connecticut. It's a business (but mostly pleasure) trip. I get to see some of my favorite people that I haven't seen in months. Do some CrossFit. Drink. Relax. 

I attended the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar over the weekend at CrossFit X-Factor in Portland.  I was very impressed with the instruction. Zach is bearded and burly. His girl Roo, moves like a leopard. Great team. You'll be swinging a lot of bells. If you're a trainer looking for more tools in the toolbox for your athletes regarding rehabilitation, accessory work, strength, etc., I can't recommend this course enough. My hamstrings are still sore.

This weekend I'm attending a USAW Seminar (trying to studying on my flight over, but this chardonnay is distracting). I'm hoping it ties in with everything I learned at the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar a few weeks ago in Kuwait. 

It's a little surreal to be back in the United States. But I am loving every minute of it. 


And those mups are coming along! 

Monday, September 8, 2014


I'm back!

USA! USA! USA! It's so wonderful to be back.

I have so much to catch you up on!

1) I flew from Kuwait to London to Seattle to Oregon on Friday. It was maybe the longest flight of my life. I was up for over 28 hours ... Didn't sleep a wink on the plane. I was too busy conversing with a bottle of Johnny Waker. *wink wink*

2) I was reunited with my love bug. And he hasn't left my side since. 

3) I made a large purchase. Meet Isabel the Impreza.

4) I miss my athletes and coaches at CrossFit Arifjan terribly. They spoiled me with an AMAZING going-away WOD, t-shirt, cards, cake, and I was even given a certificate of appreciation and coins from the 108th Sergeant Major. How awesome are my people?!

 Everyone came out to bid me farewell and throw down one last time.

I haven't been in the gym for the last 3 days. I'm dying. My sleep has been all ass backwards trying to adjust. I can't sleep more than 2 hours without waking up. I'm just trying to acclimate myself back to the States, take care of some paperwork, insurance, my car, living out of a suitcase ...

Oregon is not my final destination. I'm just here for a few weeks visiting with family, Isabel and I will be hitting the road soon for a road trip of a lifetime. 

This weekend I signed up for the CrossFit Kettlebell Seminar in Portland. So excited! Next weekend I signed up for the USAW Seminar. Which I'll be flying out to the East Coast to attend. 

Do I have any readers that live on the East Coast? Connecticut, to be exact? :)

I promise I'm working on my Advocare 24 Day Challenge write up. My Macbook air took a crap on me, so it's been a process blogging. 

Sorry to be short and sweet, but I have to run. Isabel has an appointment at the mechanic. 

Happy Monday!