Day 5 || AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. Tips on the Fiber Drink

Hi Friends!

Well, here we are! 5 days into the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge— So far, so good.  Really good, actually!  At first, I was intimidated by the Fiber Drink, but by the third day of the Drink, I took it like a champ!  So if you are in the same boat, read on!

A couple days ago, I told you about my Day 1 of the Challenge and also talked about the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge app available for Android and iTunes.  I’m still using it, and so is Bret.  I set it up to give me notifications when I’m supposed to take any supplements, and that has helped keep me accountable.  I also can track how much water I drink in a day.

Before starting the challenge, I was a very minimal water drinker.  I had my coffee in the morning, went to class and work, came home, and maybe had half a glass of water or milk with supper.  Needless to say, I was NOT drinking enough water!  Already, I’m now drinking at least 8 glasses of plain water a day, which is a HUGE improvement for me!

The first three days of the challenge require the Fiber Drink in the morning. Now I know what you are thinking…. 
“Fiber
.….ehhh am I going to be visiting the porcelain throne all day??”  

And the short answer is **drum roll please**  NOPE!  The great thing about this Fiber Drink is that is not going to keep you locked away every day you take it. Go about your every day life, and enjoy the health!

We were told to mix the Fiber Drink powder with about 4 ounces of orange or apple juice and drink it fast.  We mixed it with both water and orange juice, and our consensus was that with orange juice it tasted much better than with regular water.  Be sure to drink it fast, though!  Fiber is designed to absorb, so naturally, it will begin to expand and absorb when in contact with liquid.  If it sits too long, it turns into an oatmeal consistency so….drink it quick and mix it with orange or apple juice!  Bret uses a blender bottle to mix his Fiber Drink, and I use a disposable plastic bottle and both work great!  Remember to mix it up a lot, then drink fast 🙂

As of right now, the biggest change since starting the challenge for me is that I am sleeping so much better at night.  I’ve gone from taking at least an hour to falling asleep each night, to now falling asleep within minutes!  I wake up rested and ready to start my day with much more energy than I normally do.

Bret told me that his energy level has increased a ton! He loves Spark, and it is great to drink while he is at work each night.

Check out the first day of our challenge to see how we got started and what we were looking forward to while doing the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.  Are you interested in learning more about the products that are included in the 24 Day Challenge?  Go to this link and take a look, or email me at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com !  I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

Happy Challenging!

-Libby

Day 1 || AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

Hi Friends!

My man and I recently signed up to be AdvoCare Distributors, and along with that, we decided to start the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge!  (click the link to find out more!)

Today is our first day on the 24 Day Challenge—- I woke up and started my morning with the Mango-Strawberry Spark drink (yum!) and a Catalyst.  After half an hour, I drank my Herbal Cleanse Fiber Drink.  It was….very fiber-y 😉   Later today, I’ll have another catalyst pill before my lunch and dinner, an OmegaPlex with dinner, then finish off the night with an Herbal Cleanse. And of course, I’ll be drinking lots of water!!

With my challenge, I’m not necessarily looking to lose weight (although many people do, and that would be an added bonus, right? 😉 ). Rather, I am looking to have a healthier lifestyle.  Anymore, I know my eating habits are subpar, and my energy levels can be described as: blechhhh. I am using this challenge to do a whole-body reset, to jump start a healthier and more active lifestyle.  Do you want to join me?

I downloaded the AdvoCare 24 day challenge app (available on Android and iTunes) to help keep me accountable for taking everything at the correct time.  So far, it has been very helpful!  The app gives you a timeline of what to take and when, then allows you to check it off once it is completed.  For me, that is extremely helpful as I can be pretty forgetful!  I can see what I will need with me during the day; then after I take it, I can check it off.  I love lists, so I feel very accomplished when I can check things off!  It also gives you a way to track how much water you have drank during the day, which is good for me.  I am the person who can get by on one bottle of water a day.  I know I need to drink more water, but I just get busy and forget.  Silly, I know.  I’m looking forward to this water tracker.

If you have this app—let me know and we can be friends on it!  Just drop me a comment or an email at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com  .  I also have created a group that you can join once we become AdvoFriends 🙂

Check back in a few days for my update on how the 24 Day Challenge is going with my man and I.  Shoot me an email at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com if you want more information, or are interested in starting your own 24 Day Challenge!!

Happy Challenging!

L

Still Loved||Frances J. Roberts, “Come Away My Beloved”

Hi Friends,

I can make lots of excuses and give seemingly valid reasons, but really it all boils down to the fact that over and over again, I think I know best for my life.  I take matters into my own hands and disregard what God wants me to do in these situations.  From personal experience, this creates a distance between me and my beautiful Saviour.  I then begin to feel resentful, guilty, and ultimately unworthy to spend time with Jesus.


A friend recommended I read Beautiful Outlaw by John Elderedge, which has been a thrill (more to come about this).  But while I was at the bookstore, I saw this little blue book with plain silver writing on the cover.  Very unassuming, but I was still drawn to it.  I picked up Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts and began reading right there in the store.  Each section is just about a page long and the words began to melt my heart.  I left the bookstore with two books in tow and I couldn’t wait to begin.


I don’t read them every day.  I wish I did.  I know I should.  It’s something I’m working on though.  Last night I was reading parts of the Roberts book and I found two entries….Let me just share a couple excerpts:

I Joy over You
“You are many things to Me, just as I am many things to you.  My love for you is deep and tender.  I know your desire to please Me, and I am happy that it is so.  How can I tell you that though I desire holiness, and while I desire fruit in your life, still My love for you is not contingent upon anything you attain?…I love you because you are My child.  I love you because I am your Father.  i love you with Calvary love.  At a great price I redeemed you—becuse I have always loved you.  When I planned this, I foresaw you lost in sin; and I loved you, chose you, and set my heart upon you.”  (emphasis mine)

Wow!  So often my wish to please and be perfect overwhelms me to the point where I fall to the ground and feel like a failure.  Here God gently picks me up and cradles me, whispering to me that He still loves me.  Nothing I could do would make Him love me less.

You Cannot Weary My Love
“Lift your eyes, and look upon Me.  For though you have forgotten Me, I have not forgotten you. While you have busied yourselves with your daily occupations, I have still been occupied with you.  When your mind has been captured by the affairs of life, My thoughts have been of you.
My little children, you cannot weary My love.  You may grieve My heart, but My love is changeless, infinite.  I long for you to turn to Me….I am not a remote power.”

Yet another beautiful truth letting me know that God is still here, waiting for my return with open arms.

God does not see me as unworthy, but rather I am His beloved child whom He will never forget or leave or stop loving.

I couldn’t be more grateful for that truth.

Stay joyful,

-L

||Find, Tweak, Try||XXL Chocolate Cookie

Hi Friends!

Oh man am I excited for this week’s post!  While I had been on a crafting kick this summer, school has taken over my life, so I’ve decided to channel my creativity into the kitchen (which means follow a recipe).  My Pinterest food board and cookbooks are overloaded with yummy treats to try, so I have been trying out some good recipes lately.  While doing this, I have created a method of cooking from start to finish.

My “patent-pending” Find, Tweak, Try method is a simple three-step approach.

  1. Find.
    1.  I have two main recipe gurus: Pinterest and the cookbooks we got as wedding presents.  Pinterest is great and all, but there is something special about the all-church cookbooks with tried and true recipes.
  2. Tweak.
    1. Admittedly, I never have all the right ingredients on hand.  Sometimes I’m willing to make a special trip for those really important ingredients (like flour or chicken stock), but the majority of the time, I just use what I have in the pantry.
    2. I’ll start with my core ingredients, such as the meat or vegetables, see what seasonings/sauces I DO have and DON’T have, then find things to supplement the recipe.
  3. Try.
    1. Finally, I give it a whirl!  Somethings have been a flop, but most of the time it works out pretty well!

So to kick things off, I’m going to start with my favorite recipe I have used my “Find, Tweak, Try” (FTT) method on.  So pull out your recipe cards or your Pinterest boards and your ingredients from your pantry because do I have a recipe for you!


 

need to share this recipe with you.  Seriously.  For all you chocolate lovers, you better try this right now.  Put down whatever you are doing and pull out your mixing bowl and spatula, because this XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie is now on the top of your priority list.  You can either make it as one big cookie, or make 4 small cookies out of the dough.  (Make the right choice here.  Go big or go home.  And please don’t go home)

Go right now to Sally’s Baking Addiction and check out this cookie.  It’ll take you like 20 minutes to make, and you won’t regret it.  (Okay, you might regret it if you eat the entire thing…but who am I kidding, you’ll be wanting another one!)

Luckily, I ended up having all the right ingredients for this recipe.  However, Hershey’s makes Dark Chocolate cocoa powder….so I used 1 tablespoon Dark Chocolate and 1 tablespoon Milk Chocolate to spice things up a little in my life.

Excellent.

Divine.

Are you in the kitchen yet??

Find, Tweak, Try||XXL Chocolate Cookie

I went big and made mine into a massive chocolate cookie. Seriously so good

 


 

Please go to the kitchen now if you are not.

I made this once last week for my man and I to split before he went to work, and nearly every night after that he asked me to make it again and again

It tastes like a rich brownie on the inside, but it’s a little crunchy on the outside like a cookie. Best of both worlds.

Pros:
Chocolate
Quick and easy
Absolutely delicious
Hubby-approved
Common kitchen ingredients

Cons:
I struggle to get 2 tablespoons of egg measured correctly
Gone too quick!
Very chocolatey (Also a pro)

Okay, I think you’ve had enough time to get yourself into the kitchen to make this tasty XXL chocolate cookie, so get to baking.

Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for this recipe!!

Did you make this cookie yet? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

 

 

Stay joyful,
-L

Is my Disney spirit-princess Rapunzel??||The Ramblings of a Student-Teacher in the Near-Distant Future

Hi Friends!

Phew! What a whirlwind of adventures lately! I think we last left off sometime this summer when I had a rage of craftiness that has been unmatched since. I began my senior year of college in August (say WHAT?) and the fact that I have one more semester until I student-teach has hit me like a ton of bricks.

Thoughts about this:
1. Holy moly I’m almost done!
2. Oh no, I’m almost done
3. I was born for this
4. I can’t do this
5. Graduation–yay!

I feel a bit like Rapunzel in the movie Tangled when she leaves for the castle for the first time.

I flip back and forth between elation…..tangled___best__day__ever__by_kaelxy-d536p2w                                                                     image courtesy of: teresadelallo.blogspot.com

and terror……………………

rapunzel

image courtesy of: ladylechuga.wordpress.com

But all in all, I pretty much just feel like this:

strangely optimistic with slight trepidation…..rapunzel 2

image courtesy ofteresadelallo.blogspot.com


But through all of these emotions, I know that I have plenty of time to prepare and plan for student teaching and whatever job I am blessed with after graduation.  I have so many ideas of things to do in my future classroom, and I’m so excited to put them to the test.


As a moderate perfectionist, it is difficult to accept that not everything I will do as a teacher will be successful.

The first several years will be hard.
Students will have more important issues than learning about Shakespeare and reading YA novels for fun.


It’s okay.  As a wise husband (I’m so lucky) always tells me, “It will all work out”.  And I know it will.  I just want it to work out right now, not six years from now 😉

There will be good days and bad days.  The trick to surviving each day is to always find some good in the bad days, and to remember why the good days were so good….


Let me try to say that better..

For me personally to make it through the bad days, I need to look for the little spots of hope, the glimmer of understanding, or the twinkle of excitement that arise throughout the day.  What’s that saying–every cloud has a silver lining–?   Every day won’t be a bad day, and when they do happen, I can’t let them dictate my mood.

During the good days, I want to figure out why they were better than other days.  Were the students engaged in the material?  Did hypothetical Suzy finally master her introduction?  Did I explain something in a different way that worked?  Or were the students just enjoyable today?  Maybe I’m just looking through rose-colored glasses, or I’m being the eternal optimist.. and maybe you have to do a little of that to be a good teacher..


I still have about 8 months before I’ll student-teach, which is good.  Of course I want to be at that point now, but there are still so many great things happening in my life where I am at today.

As a wise dad (yep, my dad!) always says “Life by the yard is hard, life by the inch is a cinch”.

So for now, I will be focusing on where I am at in life, not getting distracted by the possibilities of the future.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Stay joyful friends,

-L