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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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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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**Please note! This is not a paid advertisement. I receive nothing from My Fitness Pal – this is just my personal story!!

After years of struggling to lose just 10 pounds (and constantly regaining the weight ++) I had just about given up ever successfully losing weight. I tried just about every diet, pill, program, you name it with little or no success. I hated to exercise and found it difficult to get motivated. In December of 2011 I was 30 pounds overweight, tired, frustrated and borderline depressed. I was a mess. After crying my way through the New Year something switched in my brain and I decided it was time to get moving. I can’t even explain what happened; I just knew it was time. And I was the only one who could make the change.

In January of 2012 I began a diet and exercise program using My Fitness Pal (MFP). By May of 2012 I had lost almost 20 pounds and by December had lost my goal of 30 pounds. The change has been remarkable. As a former confirmed couch potato, I was amazed (and so was my family) when I started going to the gym 4-5 times a week. I started running in August and had run three 5k races by February of this year. After years of water-skiing on two skis I finally learned to slalom last summer. I look younger, feel better, have more energy and more self-confidence than I can remember. I weigh less now that I did in my 30’s. At 54 I’m healthier and happier than I ever thought possible. I owe a large part of my success to My Fitness Pal! MFP helped me stay on track by recording my daily food and exercise. The app is so easy to use and being able to connect with friends has been a great encouragement. The community message boards were a great resource when I had questions, and reading about other members successes was inspiring. I also “went public” with my journey on this blog: https://thisjoyfuljourney.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/determination/ which kept me accountable to my followers.

I have recommended MFP to so many friends! Whenever someone comments on my weight loss I share my story and always encourage them to download the app. Just this week I started an MFP group at work to encourage my coworkers in their weight loss journeys!

Losing weight is hard work. My Fitness Pal has been a great companion on my journey.

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

 

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I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently. She was bemoaning the fact that she had gained back some the weight she had worked so hard to lose. She said she had been eating fried foods, fast food, drinking sodas, not drinking enough water and slacked off on exercise. Yet she couldn’t really understand why she’d regained the weight. I gently stopped her litany and simply said: “You know exactly what to do – you just have to recommit to doing it. She looked surprised, then a little sheepish and agreed. I committed to helping hold her accountable and she committed to start over.

It’s amazing how easy it is to gain back weight you’ve worked so hard to lose. All it takes is one weekend binge, one carefree vacation or just a temporary lapse of commitment. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. You can easily drop that extra five pounds by doing what you know: drink more water, watch portion sizes, cut out fried/fast food and get moving!

I’m speaking from experience here. I lost 30 pounds last year, but it takes a lot of effort to keep it off. I have given myself a five pound “window” so my weight can fluctuate (up or down depending on water weight, limited gym time or a little too much wine or chocolate) and I don’t panic. When I gain a pound or two I know exactly what I need to do: exercise, increase my water intake, watch my portions) It’s amazing how quickly those few pounds come off when I make just a few changes.

Have you gained a little weight recently? Don’t chastise yourself – just get back on the program! It’s much easier to lose 2-5 pounds than to let things get out of control and have to lose 10!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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