Some people make New Year resolutions every January. Since fall is my favorite season in New England, I have a tendency to make fall resolutions. As I mentioned in a previous post, last fall I committed to a healthier lifestyle by combining the Advocare products with a healthy diet and exercise. Although I have used the products faithfully over the past 12 months and maintained a relatively healthy diet, I have not maintained my desired exercise level.
That all changes on Wednesday (Tuesday is my mother-in-law’s birthday and she has requested a dinner that I wouldn’t necessarily consider super healthy). On Wednesday, I will begin a 10 day Advocare cleanse. This requires that I return to clean eating and recommit to my exercise plan. No dairy for those 10 days. Although this might sound like a hardship to some people, I don’t drink milk and yogurt is definitely not on my list of favorite foods. I will be fine. The best part is, within 24 hours, I will feel fabulous. Clean eating always makes me feel like a new person. I have more energy and never get that too full feeling. I promise you that this will not turn into a 10 day gripe-fest while I recharge.
One of the best parts of the Advocare program is that I love it enough to share it. I do want to be clear that it is not a diet program – it is a lifestyle change. Even when my cheat day turned into a cheat week, the majority of the philosophies have stayed with me. This is how I lost over 20 pounds and have kept them off for a year – even through the holidays! It’s also how I got my family to eat healthier. Everyone feels better when I sneak shredded zucchini into the hash browns and butternut squash puree into my pasta sauce. My survivor doesn’t complain when the number on his scale goes down either.
(Sorry for the not so clear “before” image. It best depicted how I looked)
So, for tonight I will enjoy one of my daughter’s sugar cookies while I watch the Big Bang Theory and prepare myself for a healthy fall.