Day 25 || AdvoCare Challenge COMPLETE

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Hi Friends!

Thats right—I hit day 25 today on the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge!!! I did it!

First of all, I’m so excited that I completed the challenge and was successful in doing so.  I’m not going to post any before/after pictures, because well, I forgot to take any good ones for public eyes!  What I can do though, is tell you my results!  Check it out—

  1.  Energy levels:  Before, I pretty much just wanted to lay on the couch all day.  I didn’t have a whole lot of desire to do a lot of things.  Now, I’m excited to start my day and keep it going until bedtime.  (Do I still like vegging out on the couch sometimes? Yep! Just not nearly as often 😉 )
  2.  Sleeping Patterns:  Before, I had gotten myself into a pretty crummy sleeping routine during Fall Semester Finals week.  Christmas break helped that right along, and by January, I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep until 2 a.m. most nights.  Now, I still struggle to fall asleep sometimes, but it is much less often.  I’m able to wake up easier in the mornings, too!

  3.  Body Compositions:  This is what I was most skeptical on.  Like I’ve said before, I wasn’t looking to lose a lot of weight.  The average is 10 pounds, 10 inches for people who complete the Challenge.  Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that, nor wanted to lose that much.  My goal was to lose 5 pounds, and lose a couple inches off my waist/love handle section.  My results: 6.5 pounds, 10.5 inches!!  (I measured my waist, love handle section, booty, thighs, and upper rib cage)

  4.  Eating Habits:  This section was my main goal.  I wanted to first cleanse my body of the toxins its been storing up the past 20 some years, then help reset my metabolism.  Giving up sweets and fried foods was not easy (and I fudged a few times), but I am now conscious about what and how much I put into my body.  In fact, extra greasy and extra sweet foods don’t even sound very appetizing.  From now on, I’m going to follow the 80/20 rule where I eat properly 80% of the time, and eat brownies (and other not so healthy foods) the other 20% of the time.

Overall, doing the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge was extremely worth it, and worth the price.  We are distributors because we believe in the success of AdvoCare products, and want to help you find the best product for you.  Check out the AdvoCare website and shoot us an email at hutchison.advocare@gmail.com

Stay joyful,

Libby

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Homemade Almond Butter

Making your own nut butter…. say WHAAA?

Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought this process was complicated and unattainable by someone (me) who did not have professional grade kitchen equipment.  Remember in grade school when you learned about George Washington Carver’s ingenuity with the peanut?  For me, it was 4th grade and we wrote our very first research paper about him.  Looking back, it seems like this sparked two things in my life:  my love of writing, and my love of peanut butter.

As far as my love of writing, I’m fueling it every day with my job and classes.  My love of peanut butter..well it’s fueling me 😉

Lately I’ve been learning how to properly manage what I eat, and take more care about putting the right foods in my body.  I’m no health nut; I love my double dark chocolate brownies and would probably eat 6 of them at the same time if I let myself!  But instead, I’m being more purposeful in what I eat.

So when I realized it didn’t take a Jiff factory to make nut butter, I decided to try it out for myself.

It was easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Well, if you don’t count the fact I about broke my NutriBullet….. But that is a simple operator’s error. You won’t have that problem 🙂

Really, you only need 1 ingredient:    Almonds!

I used a 9 ounce bag of Roasted Almonds.  I read a lot of recipes where you would do your own roasting, but my motto in life recently has become “Work Smarter, Not Harder”.

Toss those in your NutriBullet, food processor, or high powered blender, and let ‘er rip!  Don’t worry if it takes a while for your almond to progress from whole almonds, to chunks, to mush, to the almond butter.  Have patience, and stop every now and then to scrape down the sides of your container.  After a while, your almonds will begin to release their oils.  This step causes the chunky-mush of almonds to bind together into the glorious almond butter!

I also added about 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil, and 1/2 tablespoon of honey to add sweetness.  The perfect time to add these mix ins is once the almonds were ground and just starting to stick together.

So far, I’ve eaten my homemade almond butter with apple slices and on a whole-wheat tortilla with a little more honey.  I’m looking forward to trying my an almond butter and jelly sandwich and maybe adding a little to my oatmeal in the morning!

 What do you eat your nut butters with??  Leave me a comment and let me know! I’m dying to try it! 
Stay joyful,
Libby

Day 19 || Advo-Update

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Hi Friends!

It is Bret’s and my 19th day of the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, which means we only have 5 days left.  I can’t believe it!  When we began, I thought it would take such a long time to complete.  I was really unsure if it would do anything for me personally, and honestly wasn’t expecting much for myself.   (Well, I was wrong!)

Okay, here’s the scoop on why I did the 24 Day Challenge.  I mainly had 2 reasons:
#1: I wanted to be healthier.  I wanted to eat better and fuel my body properly, so I thought this might jumpstart me into those healthy habits.

——-and——–

#2 (which is more of the real reason):  I was the skeptic.  I heard about the results, I saw the pictures, and I read the testimonials.  Sure I was really happy for those people who were successful with the challenge!  BUT, I wanted to see if it really would work on me.  I gained a few pounds back in the year since my man and I had been married that I wanted to eventually lose, but I figured I would only lose about half of it on these 24 days.

Okay if I’m being honest, I didn’t expect to lose any weight actually.
***Spoiler Alert**** I did!
 
In the past 19 days, I can tell my body is changing for the better.  I’m eating much healthier, and my cravings for sweets has nearly diminished.
Confession: I caved and had my favorite type of hot chocolate the other day.    Shame, shame, everybody knows my name 😦
Realization:  I could barely drink half of it because it tasted TOO sweet!  At first I was frustrated because if I was going to splurge on that, I was going to enjoy it!  But then I was happy because I realized that my eating preferences no longer enjoyed sweets like they used to. 🙂
I haven’t weighed or measured myself for a couple days, but I can absolutely tell a difference in how my clothes fit from two weeks ago to now.  On Day 25, I’ll post my actual results, along with my plan of action to continue the healthy habits I’ve formed by doing the 24 Day Challenge.
Are you interested in starting your own 24 Day Challenge?  Contact us at hutchison.advocare@gmail.com or go to squadhutchison.com.
Stay joyful,
Libby