Fitness is all about goal setting. Set a number of miles you want to run in a workout, the amount of weight you want to lift in a set, or setting a calorie goal for yourself. If you take on too much at one time, you will most likely not follow through on it. Personally, I have tried running before in the past and pushed myself too hard. To the point where I would stop and get discouraged and stop all together. Taking small steps has been a huge help in my fitness and clean eating journey.
First, I started with trying to eat better. I did the 24-day challenge from AdvoCare. It jump started my clean eating. I also had to change my eating habits because I was having liver problems due to my diet. I had to cut carbs almost completely out of my diet. So I stopped drinking soda, cut out a lot of sugar, pasta, tacos (sad, I know) and started exercising more.
Here are some small changes you can make to help you with your diet/exercise regime:
- Go to the gym two to three times per week, or do whatever you are comfortable with
- Go for a walk form 30 minutes two to three times per week.
- Instead of going out to eat, find recipes that you enjoy and cook at home.
- Drink coffee with less cream or substitue sugar for stevia.
- Drinking more water and less soda! I cannot stress how important this is!
- Cut your carbs in half. This is tough to do because you don’t realize how many carbs you actually do eat in a day. And they are in everything.
If you are just starting to make small changes, you will see big results! Do not get discouraged. Any change you make for yourself is a good change. This is something I need to continue to tell myself. Results take time, but feeling good because of the good nutrients you put in your body happens almost instantly. So I challenge you to make at least one or two changes to benefit your health and the results will come!
Ever heard of it? AdvoCare, that is. AdvoCare is a company that sells nutritional supplements, weight management, energy, and sports nutrition dietary supplements. I first heard of AdvoCare when my mom was looking at a diet program. We decided to try the 24-day challenge together (In January of 2015) to jumpstart our healthy eating. The 24-day challenge is a supplement and nutrition program that is designed to jumpstart your body to help you reach your goals. One thing to remember when considering a “diet” is that it is not a simple “quick fix” for weight loss. I believe that dieting does not have long lasting results, however, if you are committed to making a lifestyle change with your eating habits, then you will see results and in turn, feel better.
After the 24-day challenge I feel it really helped kick-start my desire to eat healthy. I did the challenge about two years ago now and have not done it since because it helped me get on track with creating a better diet for myself. When I use the word “diet” I am referring to my eating habits, and not a typical “diet”. However, I do still order a couple products that I used during the challenge. One of those products I use almost every day… Spark.
Spark® is a unique blend of 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy and balanced source of energy.
For me, I use this product in the mornings to give me a boost of energy when I am feeling sluggish. I feel it helps me get my day going. My favorites are the Strawberry Mango and Cherry. Lots of flavor! The AdvoCare website claims this about the product “Spark contains an effective amount of caffeine to give you a quick boost, B vitamins to enhance your body’s natural ability to produce and sustain its own energy, and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness.”
I had a great experience with AdvoCare and its products. While I think AdvoCare is a great company and I have had success using their products, it is not meant to be a replacement for nutrients our bodies require from the different food groups. With all supplements, do your research and find what works best for you, but do not neglect eating healthy in place of dietary supplements.
DISCLAIMER: I do not sell AdvoCare, but I do use and buy their products. I am not a nutritionist nor do I have any expertise on dietary supplements. This is solely my opinion on products and experiences I have had. The company is not affiliated with this blog/ post.