Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Weight Loss

I'm putting out there---I'm a fluffy girl.  We all know that I like my sweets!!  Some people have A sweet tooth--I have sweet TEETH.  Yep. More than one.  I LOVE my sweets.  Chocolate and Peanut Butter together are like my absolute go to--Reese's, Cupcakes, milkshakes, etc.  It's not that I eat them all the time, but then when I do---then there goes the poundage.

And let's talk clothing stores--When you go to a clothing store--just because it is in your size, doesn't mean that it's made for your body type.  I've always joked with my husband that there are skinny Minnies---and then there are Miss Piggy's.  I'm a Miss Piggy. As I've said--I joke about it.....but I'm not comfortable with it. 

Let's talk about pictures---I hide from a camera, or hide behind it.  Just so I don't have to have my picture taken.  I do selfies though---and after about 30, I can finally find one I like.  You know...ones where the smile and head tilt is just the right angle to hide the double chins (or triple)--and the cheeks don't look like a chipmunk. 

So I finally decided to do something about it--luckily I had the support of my hubby and friends.
I've tried several diets through the years---I've been a fluffy chic all my life.  I can always drop a few pounds here and there, but then somehow it magically comes back on.  Okay, it's not magic---it's probably those Reese Cups and lack of exercise.

So when I did the 24 day challenge, I was a little skeptical.  Can this really work?  Can I stick with it?
Friends, I'm not going to lie--it's expensive....and with hubby doing it with me, it was MORE EXPENSIVE.  But it worked.    My friends/coworkers cheered me on from the sidelines, and I did manage to lose some weight.  Then I realized, finally, I can do this. 

The 24 day challenge is over.  We've been on vacation in Disney--with the meal plan (EEK!), and a few camping trips--but I've still kept my weight off.  I've found that I get fuller quicker, have more energy, and can truly adapt a healthier life style. 

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite foods while on the challenge.  I was very good during the whole challenge, stuck to a plan, and didn't cheat.  I was proud of myself, because honestly, dieting is not an easy task!

This was a little treat I used for a snack AFTER the cleanse portion of the challenge.  I mushed a banana (you could freeze if first), added a touch of cocoa, and a little dollop of almond butter.  IT was a nice sweet treat.   (I told you, I have SWEET TEETH--I had to find a way for a fix!)

I enjoyed this for my dinner many nights.  It tasted pretty good.  

This was a plateful of baby spinach.  You can eat as much of this as you'd like. 
4 oz of grilled chicken breast--we played around with a lot of seasonings (no salt) and found that oregano basil and a hint of garlic was really good on just grilled chicken! :)
For the dressing, I used Salsa.  I was trying not to use regular salad dressings do to carbs and sugars. 

This has been a favorite of mine for several years now--and sweet potatoes are good for you!
This is a sweet potato pack.

I slice a sweet potato, adde pineapple and golden raisins to sweeten it.  Then sprinkle with cinnamon. 
You will want to add a bit of butter (not if doing the challenge), or cooking spray so that it doesn't stick to your foil. Wrap it up and bake.   I have hubby grill my sweet potato pack.  It is YUMMY!  This is also a nice little camping trip recipe! :)  Place it over that campfire--mmmm!

So, now that our diet is over, I'm still watching what I'm eating. I'm going to start lifting (EEK) and toning tomorrow. I have friends who are telling me that I would enjoy Zumba, so perhaps I will begin that as well. I figured if I put it out there for all to see, then I have to stick to it!  :) 

If you're interested in checking out what the 24 day challenge is about---you can click HERE!

My favorite product that I will continue to purchase is the Spark. 
I've tried the citrus, watermelon, pink lemonade and fruit punch.  The fruit punch ROCKS!
You can click HERE to see what it's about.

I'm not asking anyone to purchase any of the products.  I'm merely sharing my journey. 
I have a long road ahead of me.  I will encounter a few set backs, but I truly believe in this product if anyone is interested in checking out Advocare.

Thanks for reading!! :)


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