It’s the first day of Spring!!! Yippee!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated so I thought, today is the perfect day for an update since Spring is here!! Although, I’m not feeling all that great today …. My 5 year old had some sort of stomach bug yesterday and now I’m feeling the same:-( Let’s hope it passes quickly!

My husband and I began using AdvoCare products in October and I know it sounds so cliche, but we honestly feel better than we have in over 10 years!!! I am so proud of my husband. He is down 20 pounds!!!! He is exercising and more alert and energetic and I love seeing him this way.

For me, I am down 12 inches and haven’t had coke or coffee and I don’t miss it!!!! I love coffee, by the way–but not black coffee….I like the yummy stuff in it and now I have my two Sparks a day and feel better than I ever could have imagined. I also can teach my classes at the Y and can come home and am not totally exhausted like I used to be.

DJ and I plan to keep going down the road of even better health! I’m here to support him and at the same time, I still have some work I need to accomplish on myself. Our boys are benefiting as well!! They see this change in us and they want to be “healthy” too!! I love that this is a family thing for us–we are changing our lifestyle and our patterns for good!!!

So, as I close, I hope that in some way, my journey has touched/inspired/motivated you as well. I have chosen to take this one day at a time and never losing sight of my goal: a stronger me all around.

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Savory Kale

Savory Kale

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion–chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 3/4 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
1 pound bag Kale
Handful or so of sliced almonds (optional)
Handful or so of dried cranberries (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute until onion softens–about 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, cider vinegar, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil on high heat. Add kale. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Add cranberries and continue cooking on medium high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Add almonds last.

My Advisor Order–where do I put it all?!

So I just unpacked all my shipment boxes and here it all is….

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Have I mentioned how amazing the Gingerbread bars are? Umm, I ordered NINE boxes!! If you want to try one, let me know:-) And let’s not even get started on SPARK!! Not sure if you can tell, but there are 5 boxes of the Grape pouches and 2 grape canisters and 2 boxes of the fruit punch pouches and 2 fruit punch canisters. Can you tell what our favorites are? 🙂 As I was unpacking I couldn’t resist trying for the 1st time the Tropical multivitamin chews and the DHA purple champ chews and they both did not disappoint!! So delicious and I’m thrilled to have vitamins that I know my boys will LOVE!

Friends and Family–you have to see what all these products are about. I would not be sharing if I didn’t love them myself and know and trust in AdvoCare!

Until next post,

Shana

 

Ladies Alive Nashville 2013

Yesterday I attended my very 1st Advocare event and oh my, it was life changing! If you have been considering going to a Ladies Alive (or any Advocare event), I highly recommend it. I have known for a few months now that the products are amazing and they work. I feel fantastic! But now I have had the opportunity to see what Advocare is about. I am recharged, inspired, encouraged and motivated–to spread the word about Advocare and help change people’s lives BUT to also make myself better and stronger. This weekend made ME want to be better. Thank you for that!! Here are some keywords that stand out for me: brave, warrior, united, determined, resilient, powerful, endurance, strength, hope, faith, love, desire, passionate, friendships. The first picture below is of my Advocare mentor and myself at the event. We are long time graduate school friends and we hadn’t seen each other in over 8 years!!

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Until next post,

Shana

SPARK: My favorites

I can definitely see why Spark is one of Advocare’s best sellers. As an avid coffee drinker and lover, it has been an easy transition from coffee to Spark. While I did give up coffee completely during my two pregnancies, other than that, I NEVER went without it. And I am sure I will have coffee again, but I must say that I am enjoying and welcoming the switch to Spark! So far into our 24day challenge, my husband and I have had the Mandarin Orange Spark, Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Grape and Cherry Flavors. My least favorites are the Mandarin Orange Spark. For me personally, I will probably only have this flavor when mixing with the fiber drink during the cleanse phase. And then this morning I tried cherry for the first time and thought it was just okay. My favorites are watermelon and fruit punch and then my TOP favorite so far is without a doubt the……

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GRAPE SPARK!!! It was sooooo good and yummy!! I can’t wait to have another one and so, when I enjoy something as much as I did the grape spark, it makes giving up the coffee that much easier!!!

Until next time,

Shana