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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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6 months into my journey to health, I’m surprisingly still committed to it. Seriously. The longest I think I ever stayed on a “diet” before was 21 days, and that was a cleanse. I guess I never found a program, diet, whatever that brought results. Until now.

I’ve discovered that losing weight is a lot like marriage. It takes time, commitment and determination to stick with it through the day in, day out challenges. Time is something I was not willing to take before. Time to exercise, time to log my food intake, time to think about what I put in my mouth. Commitment was always a challenge – I just wanted to eat those chips, cookies, ice cream – more than I wanted to lose weight. Determination was never a strong suit. I get distracted (squirrel!) and bored easily. One look at all my unfinished craft projects will verify that. I joined a gym over a year ago, and after 3 or 4 visits early on, I didn’t go back until this past January.

Now here I am, 25 pounds lighter, 4 sizes smaller, in better shape than ever and committed to staying this way. Needless to say, I’ve changed. I take the time to log my food intake every day. The iPhone app “My Fitness Pal” reminds me if I forget to log my lunch. I record my weight and exercise every day so I keep track of my calories. I don’t freak out if I go over my calorie count for the day, but I do watch it pretty closely. If I gain a pound or two, I review my diet and make small changes: reduce calories, exercise a bit more, change things up. I now understand what I can and cannot eat. And it’s really not that painful. Do I still want that cookie? You betcha. Another glass of wine? Don’t mind if I do. But I’ll cut out something else and drink tons of water to get back on track. It’s all about knowing your body. I’m committed to keeping the weight off, determined not to go back to my old way of eating. I’m giving away all those larger clothes. No “backup” wardrobe for me.

I went to lunch with a friend recently at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. The old me would have motored through a bowl of chips by myself and started in on a second one. This time I took out a “serving” of chips, put them on a plate and ate only those chips. My friend did the same thing and we were so proud of ourselves we took a picture of the almost-full-bowl-of-chips! It’s all about making a decision and sticking with it. Time. Commitment. Determination. It pays off. I promise.

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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I don’t feel like dieting today. I want to eat chocolate, potato chips and junk food until I make myself sick. Really. I’m at the end of month 4 of my diet and fitness challenge, I’ve lost 20 pounds and I’m tired of it all. Just being honest.

This whole weight loss journey has been amazing. I feel better, look better and honestly feel lighter than I have in years. But it’s come at a cost. I’ve pretty much made a total change in the way I look at food. More fruits, vegetables and lean meat/fish – less junk food, fast food and processed sugar. And the change has been wonderful. But today I’m tired of it all and just want to eat everything that’s bad for me. Ever had one of those days?

So now it’s decision time. Do I throw away the progress I’ve made in the last 4 months? Do I drive through Whataburger and order that combo meal complete with large fries and (regular!) Coke? Or do I gut it up, put on my big girl panties and get my butt to the gym? Answer? I go to the gym.

As much as I would love to just say to heck with it, I know what I need to do is power through this slump and keep moving forward. I have to. I know it’s a cliché, but I really have come too far to turn back now. I have 5 more pounds to lose and I will fight to lose them. This is important. This is for me.

And so, I’m going to the gym!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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