Advocare - Day 1

Well, Day 1 was miserable. First and foremost - I hate vitamins. All vitamins make me nauseous. My sister can't take them either so at least I know I'm not alone on this but it'd make me feel better if I knew whether that was normal. Anyone? So...let's just say that it never clicked in my head when I was ordering a natural weight-loss supplement that I was actually ordering a bunch of vitamins. Now you I know.

Days 1 through 3 start out with a Fiber drink that is supposed to "scrub your intestinal tract". I had been pre-warned about this and how bad it tasted but I kinda blew it off and thought it couldn't be that bad. Well, it was that bad. 1) The texture feels like you are drinking sawdust and 2) it tasted like Vitamins. Lose-lose. I almost threw up several times getting it down but finally made it through. I had an appaling taste in my mouth afterwards but couldn't brush my teeth because I knew that would for sure push me over the edge. And just FYI, I've had no "other" side effects. Next on the list, a Berry Meal Replacement Shake. The second I opened this I smelled the dreaded vitamin smell. I was pretty disappointed because I was really looking forward to having these around for a quick breakfast. It worked but wasn't enjoyable. And the last of the morning pills, some OmegaPlex (helps promote and boost a healthy metabolism, as well as 10-12 other things that I'm not concerned with). They are the size of a grape and I am horrible at swallowing pills, not to mention my gag reflux was still in full force from that damn Fiber Drink. At least these were gelcaps and didn't dissolve in my mouth while I was getting enough courage to swallow. Hence what's to come later.   

On Day 1 of the cleanse, it is recommended to eat all Fruits and Veggies. I tried. I really tried but was starving by dinner so caved had a small chicken patty. I have always loved fresh ground turkey but decided to try this Tyson Ground Chicken on the grill and loved it! (I would definitely recommend it.) Took two more OmegaPlex with dinner and last but not least, took three Herbal Cleanse Tablets (cleanses impurities & toxins from liver, kidney, and blood) before bed. These were also the size of grapes, were not gelcaps, and made me very, very sick. Thankfully I was able to lay still enough that I was able to keep them down...and woke up this morning feeling great. Thank God Day 1 is in the record books but more importantly OVER, and cheers that Day 2 has been much smoother. That is the jist of the first 10 days. I stop with the Fiber after tomorrow and add in some Probiotic Restore pills as well as something else on Day 4, I believe.

In summary, I was very hungry on Day 1 (only lost 1.8 pounds) and peed a lot. Day 2 was much better: drank the Fiber drink super cold and super fast which made it tolerable, added 1/2 a banana to my shake which made it taste much better, ate some pretty good snacks,
 a great lunch,
 and a decent dinner. I'm about to swallow some Herbal Cleanse Tablets and try to get to sleep before I get nauseous. Good night!


Advocare 24-day Challenge

I've technically been on a continous diet the last 4 years since January and still weigh more than I did 4 years ago the same as I did last Christmas. Nice. But let's all agree, weight-loss sucks and blogging about it makes things more fun so you get to come along for the ride. I'm not even going to pretend: I don't know a whole lot about this stuff but I've heard a lot of success stories, 3 of which are people that are very close to me. Hey, what I've been doing isn't working so maybe this will help! And while we are at it, let's state the obvious - spending money on something usually makes me try harder.   
With that said, I am going to attempt participate in the Advocare 24-day challenge. The first 10 days are a Cleanse and the next 14 are just continued supplements, combined with clean eating. Sounds easy enough, right? I have been trying to do a version of the 17-day diet with low-carb/no-carb since before I went to Washington DC but somehow since I've returned, I gained the 12 pounds I lost back plus another 5. That was a fun day on the scale! But like I said, I'm used to the low-carb, white meat, fruits, and veggie thing so this "diet" isn't too far out there from what I've already been trying to do, which is why I hopped on board. I mean, every single fad diet tells you the same thing: Meat, Veggies, Fruits, Healthy Fat - no matter which way they word it, those are always the basics. This program supports that theory as well.
Being prepared is key for me.
My first ever Spark! This energy drink is the main thing people rave about. They say you'll never want a pop again. I'm pretty sure I'll be drinking a Diet Pepsi on Day 25.
Back-up supply of veggies at work.

I'm not going to blog every day but will be back tomorrow with a recap of Day 1. So far I've been HUNGRY but let's see if the scale drops in the morning before I can say if it has been worth it or not. For as many times as I've peed used the restroom today, I'm thinking it will. Has anyone else tried Advocare or done the 24-day Challenge? I'd love to hear your story.


A day in the life...

My friend Darci did a link up the other day for A Day in the Life. I enjoyed her post so much that I thought it would be fun to do my own. Plus, my blog is lacking as of lately and I need something fun to blog about. So, here goes:

6:20: Alarm goes off and I hop out of bed. No snooze, ever. I am 100% a morning person. (Take note later as to what time I go to bed!) My alarm is set for 6:25 on purpose so that I have 5 minutes to pee, get in the tub, and get my water ran before the news starts again at 6:30. I lay in the tub and watch the first 7 minutes of the KOAM news and Weather while I get woke up.
After all the mandatory bathroom stuff, I get Tylee up at 7am and leave her in bed watching cartoons so she can start waking up for school. Funny how all summer long she was in my bathroom at 6:30 nagging me to turn on cartoons but now when I need her to be up, she sleeps in. I finish up my stuff and then get her dressed and ready for school.  
This morning I needed to get gas, which takes up my 10 minute breakfast timeslot, so we didn't have time for any breakfast at home. She ate dry cereal on the way to school.
7:40: Gas and special breakfast for Mama. I fill up my Jeep up every other Monday, all the way to the brim. This gets me to and from work for 10 days in a row with no extra little fill-ups. If I make any extra trips to town at all, I'll have to fill up before work on Friday. I am very stingy with my gas!
Now, I won't lie, I stop at the gas station multiple times a week for breakfast. This is my favorite breakfast ever. It's called a Zapper and I wish I never knew it existed. I try to stay away from them but it is hard! When I was on Weight Watchers I asked for the nutritional info and they are 10 points. Yikes! Now that I've been trying to do no/low carb (pretty unsucessfully, I may add) they obviously aren't on my diet at all.
7:50: Preschool drop off. TJ and I split this based of who is going to be in town at what time but this morning, it was my turn. Honestly, I love it when its my turn.
8:00: On the dot, I pull up to work. Sometimes I'm a couple minutes late depending on the school traffic but this is why TJ and I try to split drop-off...so I'm not late every day. The 7:50am minimum drop-off time sucks! 
Work, Work, Work.

12:00: Lunch! Forgot mine today so am having Chicken Strips and Mashed Potatoes from the grocery store down the street. Diet = Fail.
Work, work, work. 4:30: HOME!
5:00pm: The first thing I do when I walk in the door is find Tylee's backpack. 4 out of the 5 days it has a drawing simliar to these. The other day it has a painting that she did. Mrs. Hansen said she goes to the "Writing Center" during Center-time almost every day. We've been encouraging her to try some other Centers but hey, maybe she is going to be a famous artist. Can't hinder a girls dream! (The one of the left is a hot air balloon. TJ and I are in the balloon and Tylee is asleep in the basket. The one on the right is a butterfly puppet.)  
After that, Merle gets his dinner.
5:15pm: ASAP, I start our dinner. I literally want to eat the second I walk in the door. Tonight, Tj cooked steaks and threw some potatoes in the oven. I made corn inside but his steaks made for a better picture.  
6:30pm: After dinner, I went for a walk/run. I usually wait for my dinner to digest and after I have the mess cleaned up but it looked like it was going to rain so I went as soon as we were done eating. Thankfully I made it back to the truck before I got wet!
7:00pm: I gave Tylee the option whether she wanted a bath first or to play Lalaloopsy first and she chose her bath.
7:30pm: Lalaloopsy-time! I usually try to do one activity with Tylee each night. Sometimes it is a game of Guess-Who with Dad, sometimes it is coloring in the living room while watching TV, and sometimes its Mom/Tylee time with some good 'ol fashioned make-believe. But let's be real here, sometimes I send her off to play all by her little lonesome while I read my Nook and spend some time with the hubs.  
8:00pm: Bed-time for Tylee.
8:05: Tylee needs a drink.
8:07: Tylee needs a snack.
8:09: Tylee needs another hug.
8:10: Tylee forgot to feed Sarah.
8:30pm: Whew! After all that is done, we finally get some downtime. Most of the time, TJ and I lay in the living room and watch TV together, but sometimes Merle and I go on to bed and indulge in some Kardashians or read on my Nook.
9:00pm: My goal is to be in bed by 9pm. It usually takes me awhile to wind down so I'm usually not asleep until 9:30 or 10:00 but, if I'm being real, there are nights I'm asleep by 8:30 as well. See above: morning person!

Well, wasn't that fun? I really did enjoy taking the pictures that day so who knows, maybe I'll make this a yearly occurence!


Labor Day

I hadn't planned on going to the lake over Labor Day weekend because we have 9 puppies at the moment (13 dogs total) and TJ assumed he would have to work so someone needed to stay behind and babysit. He ended up taking off late Friday afternoon which gave Tylee and I the green light to the lake! I was stoked!  

Disclaimer: there is a picture of a tarantula on my Dad's hand below. Don't scroll down if you are scared of spiders!
The best part was that Bubby, Erin and Lowen were going down for the weekend and I haven't gotten to spend a lot of time with them lately.
Friday night, TJ, Tylee and I went and ate with some friends at a Marina before we headed on down to my Dad's. It was an all-you-can-eat shrimp place and you just threw your shells/corn cob/everything into the water and these big 'ol catfish would jump up and get it. It was such a neat place that I asked my Dad to take us back there on Saturday so the him and the kids could see it. Of course, my Dad had to go the extra mile and not only throw in the dog food but try to catch the catfish with his hands when they came up to the surface. He was only half successful but the kids loved it. And I won't lie, it was fairly comical for Bubby, Erin, and I to watch as well.
Time sure gets away from you on the boat! We were only planning on a quick trip across the water but the 1-hour ride turned into a 4-hour trip. Oh well, not like we had anything else to do! 
Tylee and Lo on their Iphones.
After dinner, several of my cousins came to my Dad's and were all sitting around the patio when a tarantula walks by out of the blue! The kids were freaking out, all the adults immediately grabbed their cell phones to take pictures, and my Dad just walks over and picks it up! Definitely not my first instinct! 
Tylee and I hung around long enough Sunday to catch a Lizard with Uncle Lance and eat breakfast and then headed home to get unpacked and have a couple days at home before it was back to work on Tuesday. It was a short and sweet trip but any chance I have to go to the lake, I'll take it! And I couldn't pass up time with that sweet little Lowen.


Yay for School!

So! Everyone with older children that are already in school or people that have had their kids in daycare 5 days a week for 4 years, you can stop laughing at me now. School is wonderful! Tylee absolutely loves it. It is a complete 180 from last year, in a good way. I honestly cried at enrollment, teared up when a letter came from her teacher before school started, and was sick to my stomach anytime I thought about it. Thank god I'm the fool and that she loves it. I'll gladly take one for the team.
I have no idea if it is the teacher, the atmosphere, her age, the kids, or a combination of all of those things but thank goodness we made the right decision. My two biggest concerns with her new school were that she would be overwhelmed with all the kids in the building and that 5 days a week was too much for her at 4 -years old, especially since she is one of the younger ones in her class. Both of them? Non-issues. The school obviously knows preschoolers need coddled so they have their own little section of the building - their own door, lobby, and adults waiting for them at the drop-off place. And I know we've only been 1 full week but Tylee has no issues with going every day. I actually think it has helped her to have that routine and since she is there 5 days in a row, she is getting to know her teachers and classmates that much faster. 
She calls me every day after school and her first words are always, "It was not fun, Mom." Which is the same as last year but is then followed by, "Guess what? Today we sang the Number Rock song and I got to pass out napkins. And then we had vegetable crackers for lunch but they didn't taste like vegetables. Can we buy those for my snack drawer? And Mom, I got to play outside and I went under the jungle gym!!" She is in the most enjoyable mood after school and in the evenings. She is just an all-around happier girl and I couldn't be more pleased with our decision. Thank goodness.