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Today I am grateful for
1. Pain relievers during that time of the month ...
2. Coffee ... for those nights you don't sleep very much.
3. My Nike Romeo's II - they came in yesterday and they are mind blowing!
4. CrossFit ... the strength it's given me mentally.
5. Bar Muscle Ups <3
6. It's snowing. It's pretty.

What would make today great?
1. Getting my curtains hung. It will take a miracle.
2. PR'ing 14.4 (last year I didn't have muscle ups)
3. Having a conversation with someone I love


.


I'm really sucking at this Gratitude Journal! 


Today I am grateful for
1. A wonderful night of sleep, waking feeling rested
2. That Elliott learned how to use his potty pad inside - it's freaking cold outside, and taking a dog outside who doesn't like the cold ... 
3. Coffee. Should we set up an IV?

What would make today great?
1. A breakthrough on my muscle ups
2. My Nike Romaleo II's being delivered
3. Feeling confident back squatting for max reps at 90% today. Because seriously. I HATE the back squat.

But wait, this is supposed to be a positivity journal. So, I am working on discovering my love of the back squat. Let's hope I discover it today.

xox,
Courtney


Gratitude Journal

1. PR Fran! 3:04 (Sub 3, I am coming for you!)
2. Taking 2nd place at Black Ice with Travis
3. Training partners
4. 13 hours of sleep last night!
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bars




Because no one likes a negative Nancy, I've decided to blog 5 positive things that happened to me on a daily basis for 2015. A Gratitude Journal if you will. Every entry may not make it's way into the blog, but I am writing them down every day in a journal. 


I am not going to lie - it's been working. When I'm on a mission to find positive things that happen to me, I don't have time to notice the "bad" things ... and interestingly enough, the bad things I try to twist around into a positive thing. 

My elbows are killing me from all of this muscle up practice.
How awesome is it that I can at least do (some) muscle ups?

My voice is always gone after an evening of coaching.
How awesome is it that I get to high five, clap, coach, and cheer people on for a living?

Today I am grateful for:

1. 8 hours of sleep!
2. A relaxing morning.
3. Snow!
4. Getting all of my training in.
5. Coaching 5 hours in a row and not skipping a beat!





I can dress like a human!


Or like I normally do, word.


I'm sponsored! Thanks Ace Athletic Apparel


I do not use "clean" creamers.


This is the best feeling, ever.


Housekeeping = positive benefit of hotel living


Post-Thanksgiving Advocare 10 Day Cleanse


Dressed to impress at the movies


Not sure what the dream is ... 


But I'm still grinding every day.

How do you take your coffee?
Last movie you saw in theaters?



Sometimes I wonder what it is I have to blog about anymore. When I started this blog; it was to document the adventures of being married. I originally think the title of it was something super cool like, "Milspouse Adventures" ... then it became a blog of my new found obsession for running and "fitness" (I loved the Nike+ app on iPhone!) And then about eating and making clean food. Mmm, food! And then as I got busier, life became crazier, I had less time in the kitchen to cook. Less recipes were posted. Less foodie photos. I was balancing school, CrossFit, still running and biking too many miles a week, being a military spouse (we PCS'ed (moved) several times over the course of 3 years) and working.

But then ... I went through my divorce. And I moved to Kuwait. 


When life is good, I always want to talk about it. When life gets hard, that's when you'll see my blog posts wane. I don't like to focus on the negative. I don't like to write that down, it makes it permanent. I don't want to look back at a period in my life where I was going through a hard time. Does that make me naive? To think that if I don't document it, maybe it didn't happen? I can forget about it. 

Last night I was looking through one of my WOD journals, from September 2011. I wrote in it "Swung my first kettle bell over my head today!"

Just let that soak in for a minute. I went to Regionals this year. 3 years ago, I couldn't swing a kettle bell over my head.

Last September (when I moved to Kuwait) is when I started following CrossFit competitively; quit the running, quit the biking, just focused solely on CrossFit and following a competitive program. 


Last night I did 30 burpee muscle ups for time. It had a 15 minute cap on it. I was nervous about this workout all day. Butterflies. Sweaty palms. I didn't have muscle ups during the Open this year, and I barely had them at Regionals (I did singles all the way through Nasty Girls V2). Muscle ups were the bane of my existence. They were painful (thanks to Snapping Triceps Syndrome). My training partners over there, bless their hearts, knew not to talk to me after getting off the rings, because when I'm in pain like that, I'm mean. BioFreeze and elbow sleeves were the only thing that kept me going. 

But I pushed through the pain. Because that's what I do. That's all I know. 


Suffering is what I've been doing since I can remember. Seeing things kids shouldn't have to see. At 9, watching my mom die. Being separated from my dad, then my sister, and eventually my brother. Moving like a nomad. Eventually, out on my own at 16. Working and going to school. Bad relationships after bad relationships. Drinking like a fish, smoking like a chimney. The understanding didn't come until recently that my shit hand of cards were not dealt to me because I was a bad person, but because life has an interesting way of unfolding.

Last night I did that workout. 30 burpee muscle ups for time. Well under the time cap. I didn't fail one muscle up, and I experienced no pain. Just euphoria. I realized I am a damn good poker player. Deal me the shittiest cards, and I'm still going to come at you with a royal flush.

This is why CrossFit works for me. The sad truth about being used to suffering your entire life; is that you come to expect it. You almost end up looking for it. It's a kind of dysfunction. Enter: bad relationships and bad life choices that eventually lead you down to a road of ... guess what? More pain.

CrossFit essentially saved me from making life decisions that would lead me to more suffering; because I'm getting all of the pain and dysfunction I want in the gym. I don't want to make CrossFit sound screwed up, because it's not. It's a completely safe and effective program, scalable for all ages and fitness levels. But CrossFit will make you dig into the deepest, darkest corners ... and if you want that suffering to be worth something, you can't quit. You have to be your own hero, every day. 

CrossFit taught me that through suffering, comes wisdom, comes the light. 


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, "the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."

It's crazy to think that something as menial as a WOD with some silly muscle ups (that most competitive athletes have zero problem with), could have such great impact, but when I finished that last rep, I truly felt like I had found my way out of the depths. If someone had told me 3 years ago when I was swinging that kettle bell over my head that I'd be doing 30 burpee muscle ups for time in the future;  I would have maybe dropped that bell on their face.

Why do I blog? Because life is a journey worth being documented. Because even though I've suffered, it does not define who I am.

I am a coach, an affiliate owner, a rescue dog mom, a divorcee, an athlete ... I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But this is my walk. Thanks for following me along. 


Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?



I'm on vacation. For realz now.

And daaaaaamn, it feels good. 

It's been pretty crazy since I got home from Kuwait. A good crazy, but busy! Just go, go, go. I spent the weekend in Orlando cheering on friends from Kuwait at the Disney Fit Challenge.




CrossFit Kings Point!


But right now I'm in PA. It's peaceful, quiet, and calm. My belly is full from a hearty breakfast made for me by a hunky, half clothed man, and my body is recovering with some tasty coconut water after a brutal (but awesome) workout in the garage gym this morning. 


I'm in the middle of the country. It's quiet. The birds are chirping. My favorite country music station is playing on Spotify.

I went from Oregon to Connecticut to Florida to Pennsylvania. This is the last leg before I head home again, but just for a week, then I'm back on the road. This time, for my final destination ... Nope, not telling where I'm resting my hat yet. ;)


I am a happy, happy girl. 



October Goals

String together 5 muscle ups 
my current best is 4, with 3 being a little more consistent
Get more consistent with bar muscle ups
Sometimes I can do them, sometimes I can't. SO ANNOYING.
Register for a competition 
Since I wet the competition whistle at Regionals this year, I haven't done anything since. I need to get better on the competition platform. 
Continue KILLING my ankle dorsiflexion and mobilizing my tight hip flexors and psoas.
all things that lead to the #gainztrain. 




It seems like every time I find myself in front of my laptop to write a blog post, I'm sitting in an airport.


Such is the life of a nomad making the most of every minute she can back in the United States. 

Let's catch up a bit, yeah? I'm having a glass of chardonnay, what about you? Pull up a chair, friend.

First things first: The reason I haven't posted my review and personal results of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, are because my old MacBook Air took a crap on me. Literally, it won't turn on, and that's where my before pictures were stored. By some miracle,  I should be able to retrieve them via iCloud? Don't even ask me what kind of crazy voodoo that is. So yeah, I'm working on it.

The truth is, I am in LOVE with Advocare. Let's talk about why.

I started the Challenge with the intent to benefit only from the Cleanse. The first 10 days consist of an all-natural, gentle, but very effective, herbal cleanse. (Peaches and Cream tastes so good!) I was feeling so bloated and gross after eating copious amounts of DFAC (Army food) while living in Kuwait, I wanted a "fresh" start to my system. A fresh start you will get. This literally "resets" your system. If you have any kind of irregular bowel movements, pardon my table talk, this will fix it. Healthy, happy, predictable poops at least once or twice a day. 

And really, without changing my diet, I had other great results from the Cleanse. My acne cleared up thanks to the Probiotics and OmegaPlex, which I SWEAR by because of.

The next 14 Days are the "burn" phase, where we take a combination of vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and even a mild thermogenic (these are called MNS packs). The pill packets need to be taken 4 times a day, at particular times: Before breakfast, with breakfast, before lunch and then after lunch. I loved this method, because it got me into the habit of eating breakfast and lunch again, something I had let slip with my hectic and erratic work/training schedule in Kuwait. 

I love the MNS packs! They can be hard to stay on top of, but they are a great product to take if you want to continue feeling and looking good beyond the 24 Day Challenge. I love MNS 3, which I took for another 24 Days after the 24 Day Challenge (2 boxes), and feel great. 

I recommend Cleansing (a 10 Day Cycle of Herbal Cleanse) every few months or any time you're starting to feel "irregular" or imbalanced. 

Adding Probiotic Ultra to my diet helped changed the anatomy of my skin, and for the first time in my entire adult life, I don't have any cysts like I used to have around my jaw-line. That were the bane of my existence. For the first time in my life, I don't mind not having make up on, and fee no shame going without. 

Spark keeps me going during those long days, which I seem to be having a lot of. Or any time I feel I wan a cup of coffee, but don't want to pay $6 for something from Starbucks. 

Not part of the 24 Day Challenge, but another incredible product I can't recommend enough is Night Time Recovery. I was previously taking a combo of ZMA's and melatonin, but I was still struggling a lot with sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Now, I pop one of these before bed and sleep like a baby, and wake up feeling refreshed, never groggy. Yesterday was a HARD day of training, and I feel like I could have easily worked out today.


I don't want to get too much into the Performance Elite line, because that's a different story, but since taking Post Workout Recovery, I have so much more pep in my step and feel better after working out. This is probably because of the higher carb content in the protein, which I used to deprive myself of sometimes. But damn, it makes a difference. There is a reason this stuff is a little more expensive, because it works.

I promise to do another post on the other products I'm using regularly and loving from Adovcare soon.

So, the end of my 24 Day Challenge ... 


I lost roughly 1/2 an inch around my waist and hips, which is pretty impressive, considering I was on a strength cycle and probably lifting more than I was anything else. The pictures speak for themselves. While I didn't lose any weight on the scale, I definitely looked less "fluffy" and finally got rid of that low belly pooch I have had since the dawn of time. (I can't post my before pictures, because again, they're on my MacBook Air that's taken a poop. I promise I'm going to retrieve them!)


About a week after finishing the 24 Day Challenge, 7 days into a new MNS 3 box.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or leave a comment. I 100% believe in and LOVE Advocare. I was a little hesitant at first, but the results don't lie. Rich Froning knew what he was doing when he decided to start endorsing Advocare. 


So on to what the hell I have been up to ... I'm all over the East Coast for the next few weeks. Traveled to CT to see some old friends and attend the USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach seminar (I passed!) and am heading to Florida this weekend to cheer on friends at Disney Fit, a CrossFit competition this weekend. 

Next week? We'll see where the breeze blows me ... 





Today I am grateful for
1. Pain relievers during that time of the month ...
2. Coffee ... for those nights you don't sleep very much.
3. My Nike Romeo's II - they came in yesterday and they are mind blowing!
4. CrossFit ... the strength it's given me mentally.
5. Bar Muscle Ups <3
6. It's snowing. It's pretty.

What would make today great?
1. Getting my curtains hung. It will take a miracle.
2. PR'ing 14.4 (last year I didn't have muscle ups)
3. Having a conversation with someone I love


.


I'm really sucking at this Gratitude Journal! 


Today I am grateful for
1. A wonderful night of sleep, waking feeling rested
2. That Elliott learned how to use his potty pad inside - it's freaking cold outside, and taking a dog outside who doesn't like the cold ... 
3. Coffee. Should we set up an IV?

What would make today great?
1. A breakthrough on my muscle ups
2. My Nike Romaleo II's being delivered
3. Feeling confident back squatting for max reps at 90% today. Because seriously. I HATE the back squat.

But wait, this is supposed to be a positivity journal. So, I am working on discovering my love of the back squat. Let's hope I discover it today.

xox,
Courtney


Gratitude Journal

1. PR Fran! 3:04 (Sub 3, I am coming for you!)
2. Taking 2nd place at Black Ice with Travis
3. Training partners
4. 13 hours of sleep last night!
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bars




Because no one likes a negative Nancy, I've decided to blog 5 positive things that happened to me on a daily basis for 2015. A Gratitude Journal if you will. Every entry may not make it's way into the blog, but I am writing them down every day in a journal. 


I am not going to lie - it's been working. When I'm on a mission to find positive things that happen to me, I don't have time to notice the "bad" things ... and interestingly enough, the bad things I try to twist around into a positive thing. 

My elbows are killing me from all of this muscle up practice.
How awesome is it that I can at least do (some) muscle ups?

My voice is always gone after an evening of coaching.
How awesome is it that I get to high five, clap, coach, and cheer people on for a living?

Today I am grateful for:

1. 8 hours of sleep!
2. A relaxing morning.
3. Snow!
4. Getting all of my training in.
5. Coaching 5 hours in a row and not skipping a beat!





I can dress like a human!


Or like I normally do, word.


I'm sponsored! Thanks Ace Athletic Apparel


I do not use "clean" creamers.


This is the best feeling, ever.


Housekeeping = positive benefit of hotel living


Post-Thanksgiving Advocare 10 Day Cleanse


Dressed to impress at the movies


Not sure what the dream is ... 


But I'm still grinding every day.

How do you take your coffee?
Last movie you saw in theaters?



Sometimes I wonder what it is I have to blog about anymore. When I started this blog; it was to document the adventures of being married. I originally think the title of it was something super cool like, "Milspouse Adventures" ... then it became a blog of my new found obsession for running and "fitness" (I loved the Nike+ app on iPhone!) And then about eating and making clean food. Mmm, food! And then as I got busier, life became crazier, I had less time in the kitchen to cook. Less recipes were posted. Less foodie photos. I was balancing school, CrossFit, still running and biking too many miles a week, being a military spouse (we PCS'ed (moved) several times over the course of 3 years) and working.

But then ... I went through my divorce. And I moved to Kuwait. 


When life is good, I always want to talk about it. When life gets hard, that's when you'll see my blog posts wane. I don't like to focus on the negative. I don't like to write that down, it makes it permanent. I don't want to look back at a period in my life where I was going through a hard time. Does that make me naive? To think that if I don't document it, maybe it didn't happen? I can forget about it. 

Last night I was looking through one of my WOD journals, from September 2011. I wrote in it "Swung my first kettle bell over my head today!"

Just let that soak in for a minute. I went to Regionals this year. 3 years ago, I couldn't swing a kettle bell over my head.

Last September (when I moved to Kuwait) is when I started following CrossFit competitively; quit the running, quit the biking, just focused solely on CrossFit and following a competitive program. 


Last night I did 30 burpee muscle ups for time. It had a 15 minute cap on it. I was nervous about this workout all day. Butterflies. Sweaty palms. I didn't have muscle ups during the Open this year, and I barely had them at Regionals (I did singles all the way through Nasty Girls V2). Muscle ups were the bane of my existence. They were painful (thanks to Snapping Triceps Syndrome). My training partners over there, bless their hearts, knew not to talk to me after getting off the rings, because when I'm in pain like that, I'm mean. BioFreeze and elbow sleeves were the only thing that kept me going. 

But I pushed through the pain. Because that's what I do. That's all I know. 


Suffering is what I've been doing since I can remember. Seeing things kids shouldn't have to see. At 9, watching my mom die. Being separated from my dad, then my sister, and eventually my brother. Moving like a nomad. Eventually, out on my own at 16. Working and going to school. Bad relationships after bad relationships. Drinking like a fish, smoking like a chimney. The understanding didn't come until recently that my shit hand of cards were not dealt to me because I was a bad person, but because life has an interesting way of unfolding.

Last night I did that workout. 30 burpee muscle ups for time. Well under the time cap. I didn't fail one muscle up, and I experienced no pain. Just euphoria. I realized I am a damn good poker player. Deal me the shittiest cards, and I'm still going to come at you with a royal flush.

This is why CrossFit works for me. The sad truth about being used to suffering your entire life; is that you come to expect it. You almost end up looking for it. It's a kind of dysfunction. Enter: bad relationships and bad life choices that eventually lead you down to a road of ... guess what? More pain.

CrossFit essentially saved me from making life decisions that would lead me to more suffering; because I'm getting all of the pain and dysfunction I want in the gym. I don't want to make CrossFit sound screwed up, because it's not. It's a completely safe and effective program, scalable for all ages and fitness levels. But CrossFit will make you dig into the deepest, darkest corners ... and if you want that suffering to be worth something, you can't quit. You have to be your own hero, every day. 

CrossFit taught me that through suffering, comes wisdom, comes the light. 


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, "the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."

It's crazy to think that something as menial as a WOD with some silly muscle ups (that most competitive athletes have zero problem with), could have such great impact, but when I finished that last rep, I truly felt like I had found my way out of the depths. If someone had told me 3 years ago when I was swinging that kettle bell over my head that I'd be doing 30 burpee muscle ups for time in the future;  I would have maybe dropped that bell on their face.

Why do I blog? Because life is a journey worth being documented. Because even though I've suffered, it does not define who I am.

I am a coach, an affiliate owner, a rescue dog mom, a divorcee, an athlete ... I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But this is my walk. Thanks for following me along. 


Thanks for the support in the Nudity incident. Facebook didn't take it down a second time, so guess who has two thumbs and won that battle? Boom! Justice is served. 

If you follow my Facebook page or Land Warrior CrossFit's Facebook page (which you should be if you aren't!), I hope you heard my awesome news. 

I'm the new Head Coach and Operations Manager (and co-owner) at LWCF in Windsor Locks, CT! 

I'm absolutely ecstatic about this new position!


So much so, that my original plan to road trip across the country, from Oregon to Connecticut, started to seem like it would take way too long. Chomping at the bit to get this new chapter started, I instead took a leap of faith. I brokered a deal to have my car shipped across the country so that Elliott and I could fly, and I'm spending one last week relaxing in Pennsylvania with the BF before assuming my new role next week. 


I can't wait to meet the athletes, work with coaches, and grow our local CrossFit community. 
I would love if you would support us!

For motivation and more, check out our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter

If you're in the area, we're hosting a legit competition on November 8th, a two-person team competition. Cash prizes, and sponsors up the WAZOO. Kill Cliff, Box Junkie, Mad Fitter, you name it. 


What else is new? I changed my hair color. It seemed fitting, with the changing seasons.


From über blonde to brunette.


I don't know why my lips look like zombie lips in this picture? 

I do miss the blonde though, it may be back sooner rather than later. ;) 


Happy Hump Day!


We made it #facebookofficial. Surprised? :)


I made this my profile photo. 


Facebook removed it yesterday without telling me why. So, I put it back up. Someone reported it AGAIN. This time Facebook told me WHY. Apparently, it's contains NUDITY.

According to Facebook's Community Standards for nudity, that would mean:

"Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding."

I have seen a lot profile photos of folks in bathing suits, on their wedding day kissing (in a strapless or backless wedding dress), breastfeeding their baby, etc. 

While I wait for Facebook to review it (it's still up since the 2nd time I put it back up, but if they deem it in violation of their standard, it will be removed), I thought I'd ask your opinion. 

I don't think my photo is inappropriate, I think I have a hater (I'm pretty used to haters).
What do you think?



I'm on vacation. For realz now.

And daaaaaamn, it feels good. 

It's been pretty crazy since I got home from Kuwait. A good crazy, but busy! Just go, go, go. I spent the weekend in Orlando cheering on friends from Kuwait at the Disney Fit Challenge.




CrossFit Kings Point!


But right now I'm in PA. It's peaceful, quiet, and calm. My belly is full from a hearty breakfast made for me by a hunky, half clothed man, and my body is recovering with some tasty coconut water after a brutal (but awesome) workout in the garage gym this morning. 


I'm in the middle of the country. It's quiet. The birds are chirping. My favorite country music station is playing on Spotify.

I went from Oregon to Connecticut to Florida to Pennsylvania. This is the last leg before I head home again, but just for a week, then I'm back on the road. This time, for my final destination ... Nope, not telling where I'm resting my hat yet. ;)


I am a happy, happy girl. 



October Goals

String together 5 muscle ups 
my current best is 4, with 3 being a little more consistent
Get more consistent with bar muscle ups
Sometimes I can do them, sometimes I can't. SO ANNOYING.
Register for a competition 
Since I wet the competition whistle at Regionals this year, I haven't done anything since. I need to get better on the competition platform. 
Continue KILLING my ankle dorsiflexion and mobilizing my tight hip flexors and psoas.
all things that lead to the #gainztrain. 




It seems like every time I find myself in front of my laptop to write a blog post, I'm sitting in an airport.


Such is the life of a nomad making the most of every minute she can back in the United States. 

Let's catch up a bit, yeah? I'm having a glass of chardonnay, what about you? Pull up a chair, friend.

First things first: The reason I haven't posted my review and personal results of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, are because my old MacBook Air took a crap on me. Literally, it won't turn on, and that's where my before pictures were stored. By some miracle,  I should be able to retrieve them via iCloud? Don't even ask me what kind of crazy voodoo that is. So yeah, I'm working on it.

The truth is, I am in LOVE with Advocare. Let's talk about why.

I started the Challenge with the intent to benefit only from the Cleanse. The first 10 days consist of an all-natural, gentle, but very effective, herbal cleanse. (Peaches and Cream tastes so good!) I was feeling so bloated and gross after eating copious amounts of DFAC (Army food) while living in Kuwait, I wanted a "fresh" start to my system. A fresh start you will get. This literally "resets" your system. If you have any kind of irregular bowel movements, pardon my table talk, this will fix it. Healthy, happy, predictable poops at least once or twice a day. 

And really, without changing my diet, I had other great results from the Cleanse. My acne cleared up thanks to the Probiotics and OmegaPlex, which I SWEAR by because of.

The next 14 Days are the "burn" phase, where we take a combination of vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and even a mild thermogenic (these are called MNS packs). The pill packets need to be taken 4 times a day, at particular times: Before breakfast, with breakfast, before lunch and then after lunch. I loved this method, because it got me into the habit of eating breakfast and lunch again, something I had let slip with my hectic and erratic work/training schedule in Kuwait. 

I love the MNS packs! They can be hard to stay on top of, but they are a great product to take if you want to continue feeling and looking good beyond the 24 Day Challenge. I love MNS 3, which I took for another 24 Days after the 24 Day Challenge (2 boxes), and feel great. 

I recommend Cleansing (a 10 Day Cycle of Herbal Cleanse) every few months or any time you're starting to feel "irregular" or imbalanced. 

Adding Probiotic Ultra to my diet helped changed the anatomy of my skin, and for the first time in my entire adult life, I don't have any cysts like I used to have around my jaw-line. That were the bane of my existence. For the first time in my life, I don't mind not having make up on, and fee no shame going without. 

Spark keeps me going during those long days, which I seem to be having a lot of. Or any time I feel I wan a cup of coffee, but don't want to pay $6 for something from Starbucks. 

Not part of the 24 Day Challenge, but another incredible product I can't recommend enough is Night Time Recovery. I was previously taking a combo of ZMA's and melatonin, but I was still struggling a lot with sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Now, I pop one of these before bed and sleep like a baby, and wake up feeling refreshed, never groggy. Yesterday was a HARD day of training, and I feel like I could have easily worked out today.


I don't want to get too much into the Performance Elite line, because that's a different story, but since taking Post Workout Recovery, I have so much more pep in my step and feel better after working out. This is probably because of the higher carb content in the protein, which I used to deprive myself of sometimes. But damn, it makes a difference. There is a reason this stuff is a little more expensive, because it works.

I promise to do another post on the other products I'm using regularly and loving from Adovcare soon.

So, the end of my 24 Day Challenge ... 


I lost roughly 1/2 an inch around my waist and hips, which is pretty impressive, considering I was on a strength cycle and probably lifting more than I was anything else. The pictures speak for themselves. While I didn't lose any weight on the scale, I definitely looked less "fluffy" and finally got rid of that low belly pooch I have had since the dawn of time. (I can't post my before pictures, because again, they're on my MacBook Air that's taken a poop. I promise I'm going to retrieve them!)


About a week after finishing the 24 Day Challenge, 7 days into a new MNS 3 box.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or leave a comment. I 100% believe in and LOVE Advocare. I was a little hesitant at first, but the results don't lie. Rich Froning knew what he was doing when he decided to start endorsing Advocare. 


So on to what the hell I have been up to ... I'm all over the East Coast for the next few weeks. Traveled to CT to see some old friends and attend the USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach seminar (I passed!) and am heading to Florida this weekend to cheer on friends at Disney Fit, a CrossFit competition this weekend. 

Next week? We'll see where the breeze blows me ...