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Happy Monday!

This is day 29 of our Whole30 adventure and I have to say, I’m amazed at how relatively easy it has been. Most importantly, my wonderful AH has been totally onboard with the plan – I don’t think I would have made it otherwise. We’ve also had a great Facebook group – these folks have shared recipes, given encouragement and helped us all stay on track. We’re even continuing the group after W30 is over – everyone has noticed so many positive changes we don’t want to quit!

I am eager to continue trying new recipes, looking for ways to slowly add back in some things (like…wine…not gonna lie, I’ve missed wine!) and maintaining my new healthy lifestyle.

I’d love to hear your Whole30 experiences! Please comment and let’s start a conversation!

To your health!

Lori

P.S. My music career is taking off! You can hear some of my music and see videos at: http://www.loriyearymusic.com

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Good morning, Everyone!!! I just have to share a couple of victories this morning.
#1 – For the last 5+ years I have struggled with sleeping. I would routinely wake up between 1 and 2AM and be awake for a long time before I could go back to sleep. Or I would toss and turn for what seemed like an eternity before falling into a very restless sleep only to wake a couple of hours later.
Last night I actually slept through the night – no waking at 2AM, no waking to go to the bathroom. I intentionally didn’t set an alarm, and slept until 8AM. I woke up slowly and it was glorious!
#2 – I have been a late night snacker for, well probably, ever. I always reached for popcorn, chocolate, a glass of wine, etc. I knew it was a bad habit and I actually kicked it for awhile when I was trying to lose 30 pounds. But I let the habit creep back. Now I only snack if I’m actually hungry – which I haven’t been on Whole30! I’m amazed at how little food (good, healthy, sugar free food) it takes to fill me up now. I don’t crave sweet things, and my salt cravings have greatly diminished.
I will slowly add back wine and some dairy, but my love affair with sugar (except for the very occasional dark chocolate!) is pretty much over. I am SO grateful for W30, this group of accountability partners and most of all, Ashley G. for gently prodding me and AH on this journey!
Stay strong!
Lori

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Happy New Year! 2017 is already shaping up to be interesting – and that’s putting it mildly. AH (Awesome Husband) and I started Whole30 on Monday and I’ve been surprised at how relatively easy it’s been. Don’t get me wrong. The thought of giving up sugar, bread, pasta, wine, etc. was pretty daunting. I can honestly say I haven’t missed any of it. Yet. But this is just Day 4, so we’ll see how I feel on Day 7!

A little background. In my last post I talked about my weight loss journey that started in 2012. At the time I swore I would never. Repeat, NEVER allow myself to gain any of that weight back. Well, I should have known better than to say NEVER about anything. I didn’t gain it all back, but I gained about 8 pounds of it back. And I could feel every pound. No one else seemed to notice (or were just too kind to say anything), but I did. Enter Whole30. At the urging of the wonderful AAG (awesome family members who will remain anonymous – you know who you are), AH and I decided to jump on the W30 bandwagon. Bless him, AH never seems to have trouble losing weight, but he is a trooper and is in this with me which will make life SO much easier for the next 26 days. Yes, I’m counting down!

What I’m hoping for:

  • Weight Loss (I’m shooting for 10 pounds)
  • Increased energy
  • Decrease in cravings (chocolate and carbs are my downfall)
  • Clear thinking (Anyone else have a foggy brain sometimes? Women of a certain age aka WOCA can relate, I’m sure)
  • Clearer, healthier skin
  • Better sleep
  • Reduction in joint pain (not serious, but annoying)

I plan to chronicle the process here. Feel free to jump in and comment, or just check back occasionally. I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but I promise: I. WILL. FINISH. STRONG!!!

Cheers!

Lori

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I’m not quite sure why, but losing 10 pounds seems harder than losing my original 30! Maybe it’s because it’s a relatively small amount, but I’m really struggling. I’ve probably gained and lost the same 3-4 pounds a half dozen times in the last 2 months. Just can’t seem to break through that barrier.

I started the Advocare 24 day challenge 2 weeks ago and honestly didn’t lose but 3 pounds during that time. I started the second phase yesterday which meant having a meal replacement shake for dinner and taking the Metabolic Nutrition System E packets. This morning I was 1.5 pounds lighter and finally had broken through my 4 pound barrier! I had another shake for breakfast this morning and did not feel hungry until well after my normal lunch time. I’ll be interested to see how the rest of this week goes. I’ll definitely keep you posted.

How are you doing with your weight loss plan? Are you on a special diet, or just watching calories? The trick is finding what works for YOU!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

If you’re interested in more information about the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, check out my website!  https://www.advocare.com/yeary/24daychallenge

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I’m starting the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge today. I need to do something to jump start this year and I’ve heard great things about the Challenge. So I’m doing it. I’ve been watching my food intake and exercising a bit more regularly, but the weight is stubborn. Very. Stubborn. If you’ve followed the blog for any time you know I faithfully use My Fitness Pal to track my calorie intake on a daily basis. It has worked very well to keep me honest about what I’m eating and I still use it. I’m playing with my calorie counts now to see if raising (or lowering) my numbers will help me get back down where I want to be. It’s a process, but I think as our bodies change (and we increase or decrease our activity levels) it’s good to change things up a bit. What worked 2 years ago might not work now. That’s why I’ve jumped on the AdvoCare bandwagon. I’m hoping it works!

I did another cleanse two years ago and it really helped get me back on track. So, here we go. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Taking JOY in the journey,

Lori

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

If you want to check out the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/AdvoCareYeary

(Disclosure: I am an AdvoCare distributor. Purchasing products from this site will produce income for me. Just being honest.)

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Like many of you I struggle with my weight. Every day. Two years ago I successfully lost 30 pounds and for quite awhile I did really well in keeping it off. Then last spring I had some health issues and slowly put 10 pounds back on. Not horrible in the grand scheme of things, but frustrating nonetheless. I tried cutting back on my calorie intake, but due to an injury I couldn’t do much in the way of exercising (walking/running was out of the question). I’ve been able to keep it to just a 10 pound gain, so my clothes still fit okay, but I’m determined to take the weight back off. And the sooner, the better!

I recently started taking Advocare products (MNS 3, Spark, and Thermoplus) and have noticed a definite increase in my energy levels and general well being. I even made it through the holidays without gaining any extra weight (and pretty much eating what I wanted – within reason). I liked the products so much I became a distributor! If you’d like info on the products, you can check them out here: https://www.advocare.com/131218401/Store/default.aspx

I’ll be tracking my progress as I reengage with my diet and exercise program. Hopefully before too long I’ll be celebrating the exit of those pesky 10 pounds!

What are you health and fitness goals for this year?

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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Sometimes the smallest change can make a huge difference. I know you’ve probably heard it before, but I am living proof of that statement! About a year and a half ago I began a journey to change my life through diet and exercise. I began by making small changes in my diet: no sodas (diet or regular), green tea instead of coffee, lots of water and portion control. I didn’t make all the changes at once, but gradually. Then I added moderate exercise and plenty of fresh vegetables and protein. Over about 10 months I lost 30 pounds and went from a size 12 (almost 14) to a size 2. That’s a pretty substantial weight loss, but at the age of 53 it felt impossible. I’ve kept the weight off for over a year now and am making every effort to keep it off for good!

The bottom line is this: it doesn’t matter how many diets you’ve tried (I’ve tried pretty much all of them) and failed to lose weight. Start today. Start small and set reachable goals. Do it for yourself. Do it for your future. You won’t regret it!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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