Monthly Archives: November 2014

11 Things I’ve Personally Learned from the Advocare 24-Day Challenge

As my 24-Day Challenge draws to the end, I thought it would be important to give a short list of what I’ve learned through clean eating and exercising. This week has been really great for me because I’ve hit the goals I’ve set for myself. I believe you can too, whatever your goals may be.

  1. It is your decision and yours alone to set goals and commit to healthy eating & exercising

  2. Create a routine and follow it

  3. Have something to look forward to…set goals & reach them!

  4. Drink water, water, & MORE water

  5. Don’t compare yourself to others

  6. Control your portions to be successful

  7. Food is not a reward

  8. Prepping meals does wonders

  9. Cooking is exciting & satisfying

  10. Rid your kitchen of bad foods

  11. Most importantly…have fun with it!

If you would like some more tips then I suggest checking out EatingWell and USA Today. Taking my own advice, I had a little fun the other day by experimenting with random items in my kitchen. I mixed peppers, broccoli, onions, garlic, herb seasoning, potatoes, turkey bacon, chicken, teriyaki sauce, and coconut oil. I ate an appropriate portion of this of course. I wasn’t sure how it would taste but it worked out very well.

Have you ever experimented in your kitchen? Let me know in the comments.

Screen shot 2014-11-05 at 8.32.27 PMAnother thing I did, today actually, was blend my Mango Strawberry Spark with a banana and some ice cubes to make a shake. Can you say yum? Plus Spark has a ton of benefits compared to other drinks.

Thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to sharing my results along with Sara’s and Aaron’s next time. Feel free to reach out to me at nicololihealth@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter and/or Instagram.

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Day 20 is Here

Weightloss

An excuse to go shopping and get new pants!

Hello everyone. Today is day 20 of my group’s 24-Day Challenge. We could not be more excited with our current results. I’ve lost numerous inches and so have Sara (roommate) and Aaron (boyfriend). I thought I would share their thoughts about these past 20 days. Where has the time gone??

Sara: “I was really hesitant because I didn’t think I could do it – how long it was. Time flew by and I feel more energized. I don’t need to depend on caffeine. I really need energy too in order to keep up with assistant teaching from 8 am – 3 p.m. as well as being a full-time dual education student. My pants are are now saggy, which feels great. I can fit well into an old pair of jeans and they’re my new favorite! I also have learned to cook better. I plan on learning more about nutrition and cooking once the challenge is over. I’m incredibly happy that I’ve worked this hard for the results I wanted.”

Aaron: “I’ve noticed a change in the energy level that I have since starting the challenge. I’ve also noticed that I’ve lost weight, I can physically feel it, it’s just not a number. My body now has a negative reaction when I ‘cheat’. For example, eating unhealthy food like Topperstix is something I want to avoid from now on. Where we’re at right now is probably the hardest because of the cravings in comparison to when first starting. I’m confident though that after finishing that I will keep my new clean eating habits. All of us will follow the 80/20 eating principles associated with a healthy lifestyle.”

As you can tell, this has been a success.

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Have you done the challenge and have suggestions for our last 4 days? Or a story to tell? I would love to hear your own personal experiences in the comments. If you are looking for advice let me know or email me at nicololihealth@gmail.com. Thank you for reading and remember one last thing

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