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I am just going to come out and say it. I am a good dieter. I am not saying that to brag or be prideful, but I want you to know where I am coming from. I can be very disciplined when it comes to food. I have never really struggled with my weight until I had 6 babies in 9 years. I know, that is a bit over the top. But the least amount of pounds I gained in all my pregnancies was like 75 pounds. I got down to my “normal” pant size 12 rather quickly. After the first two in 12 months, it was a bit more difficult. I did join a Christian-based eating plan called Prism (entailed no white flour, no white sugar and limited calories). I was very successful and got to the smallest I had been since, like junior high. I was an eight. But I was too thin. People starting asking me if I was sick. I backed off on calorie counting, and ended up pregnant with number 3 anyway. I did, however, continue on a no white diet and still am.
Fast forward a couple more kids. 🙂 After my youngest was born, I was really struggling with exhaustion. I was back into my normal pants, but I was so tired. I did have some iron issues but with the tiredness came lack of motivation and my daily routines were unraveling. I was daily depending on at least an hour afternoon nap to get me through the day. I was truly in a downward spiral.
This picture was taken in 2012. I wore size 12 and weighed 168.
That is when I was introduced to Advocare from a life long friend. I was just looking for a glimmer of hope. I did not feel like I needed to lose weight, I just needed to get through my day. Sadly, I did not even have the energy to engage with my children. She spoke about the 24 day Challenge and I pretty much checked out. I was not looking for means to lose weight, but when she put in a video and the person started talking about energy my ears perked up and I was instantly engaged.
I started the 24 Day Challenge a few days later and within the first 3 days of the Phase 1: Herbal Cleanse I was starting to feel re-energized. I actually, laid down to take a nap and couldn’t. This was my break through. My LIFE was back and I knew it! By the end of the 24 Day Challenge I had lost only 8 pounds, but I had lost 13 1/4 inches from my chest, waist, hips, and thighs, and was feeling so great!
Because the 24 Day Challenge is really the beginning stages of a life style, I continued with the products and at my 90 day mark, I had lost 7 more pounds and 5 and 1/2 more inches and dropped to a size 6.
After 6 months, my life had drastically changed! I felt like I was 20 again (no really)! I had a new fervor for life. I was not only keeping up and totally engaged with my kids with no nap, I was wearing them out. We spent much of the summer and fall just doing! Instead of camping and lazily enjoying the trips. We were hiking and biking–no napping! I had become the mom I had always wanted to be! Life was good!
It was at this point where I was introduced to Trim Healthy Mama by my brother. With my background in coaching, I have always had a passion for nutrition and healthy eating so I could teach my athletes. So, this new philosophy really caught my attention. I dove in head first and I loved it. Not the food part, but the science behind it. Because of my husband and my age (50 & 44, shh, don’t tell), I really felt that it could benefit us and “slow” (for lack of a better word) the aging process. The difference in the eating plan from, say, the food pyramid made sense to me.
Fast forward again. We are now over our 2 year mark on Advocare and 18 months on Trim Healthy Mama. Our lives are completely different. My husband lost almost 50 pounds and I have lost 25 pounds and now I am in a size two. (I think I was like in fifth grade when I was last a two 🙂 ) It has been an incredible journey! My husband has gone back into law enforcement. He is currently at academy, 22 years since the last time. He is competing with men and women in their 20’s and 30’s and he is DOING it and doing it well! I am so proud of him! Life is good!
With all the changes that have taken place in our lives our Advocare stories soon turned into a business. You can check out my website advocare.com/130415692. It’s amazing how quickly life can change and I am thankful that I now have the energy to live life to the fullest!
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