Day 1 – Cleanse, 24 Day Challenge

The first day of a challenge is always exciting – you’re prepared, motivated and excited to see results.   It feels great to start the challenge off on a great foot, as well as knowing that you still have 24 days to achieve your goal.

:30 before Meal 1:

Cleanse, B4 meal 1

Meal 1: Egg whites, ezekiel english muffin, raspberries

Cleanse, meal 1

Meal 2: 1 serving of almonds, 1 plum

Meal 3: chicken, broccoli, brown rice

Cleanse, meal 2

Meal 4: 1 medium apple, 1 serving of peanut butter

Meal 5: Black bean burger, brown rice, broccoli

Cleanse, meal 3

It was a good day!  Some good meals and some great motivation.  I capped the day with an awesome workout session: cardio sculpt class and a zumba class.  Eating well plus the great and fun workout made it feel like an awesome day.


For the love of health

Please see my microsite if you’d like to learn more about this challenge and to participate!


Meal Prepping for a Challenge

Meal Prepping for a Challenge

I thought I would blog about some of the ways that I prepare myself for an Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  The adage: “Fail to plan and you plan to fail” could not be more true when it comes to health, wellness and sticking to your goals.  Meal prep is the high mark for staying on track each week and to allow yourself the motivation to not give in to unhealthy options.

Some of the tips that help me to stay successful each week are:

1. Meal Plan – having a plan each and every day helps to not only stay on task, but to also know if you are falling short of meals or daily calorie goals.

2. Meal Prep – for days when you need food “on the go” and on hand, so that cheap/fast/unhealthy foods are not an option when you are short on time during the week.

3. Never allow myself to get hungry – I shoot for 120 oz. of water a day minimum, with my goal of 1 gallon in mind.  I also eat 6 meals a day so that I am never too hungry to make a healthy meal decision, or give in to cravings.

4. Plan workouts – along with the meal plan, schedule yourself workouts throughout the week.  See a workout as an important meeting with yourself that you cannot miss, and then hold yourself to it.

5.  Get a full night’s rest – set yourself a bed time, set a consistent wake time.  Being fully rested and on a proper sleep schedule gives you more energy, you are less hungry, and better able to stick to your plan.

6. Bring others in on your journey!  Whether it is your Advocare “coach” or a friend, coworker or family member.  They can help hold you accountable, support you and your healthy decisions, and you could gain a gym partner.

So, on to my meal prep…

I like to make sure that I always have some form of breakfast prepped for the week.  Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me to prepare because I am just not a morning person.  So, I accept this fact and plan accordingly by having all breakfast ready to go!  Below you will see one of my go-to’s: muffin eggs!  I put spinach, onion, almond milk and seasonings in mine.

Muffin eggs!

Muffin eggs!

Another staple in my meal prepping for the colder months is turkey chili!  This is really easy to make and lasts for 6 full hearty meals throughout the week.  Chili is also a great option to be frozen if you choose to not have all 6 servings that week.  A great example of being ultra prepared!

Chilli, meal prep

Another snack/meal option to have on hang for on-the-go is Quest Bars.  They are low carb and high protein, very highly recommended by some of the most successful in the fitness industry.  My favorite are the cookies and cream.

Quest Bars

Quest Bars

This was a small insight into some of my weekly meal prepping!  Coming soon will be more details regarding my meal prepping for a 10 Day Cleanse and the Max Phase of the 24 Day Challenge, along with my day-by-day journey through my Advocare experience!

If you would like more information regarding Advocare products, the 24 Day Challenge, some of my recipes, etc. please feel free to email me at  I am always looking for more people to join my team and to join me on this journey.  🙂

For the love of health,


My Advocare Journey

My Advocare Journey

I was explaining my Advocare success story to my cousin when she said, “Hey, why don’t you blog about it?  I’m always looking up blogs for recipes, advice and tips.”  So, now that it is 2015 and one of the items on my bucket list is to journal more, here I am.

Let’s start with 2014.  In 2014, I lost 24 pounds.  Amidst dental school, stress, terrible situation after terrible situation, and undoubtably the worst year of my life, I managed to lose 24 pounds in a healthy and sustainable way.  This accomplishment is not only one to cheer about, but my one true positive achievement from 2014.  So here is a little glance at my results.

Before and after 2014

This is me, before and after 2014

I could not be more proud of my transformation.

As I continue to use Advocare products and complete cleanses and challenges, I have started recording what I have been doing.  From meal prep, products, to finding fitness centers when on the road – I have it catalogued and it will be appearing here in my blogs.

So, I ask you to join me on this journey – will you continue to follow my posts?  Or will you be the one to reach out and contact me about joining my Advocare team?

Eat well and exercise.


Stay tuned as my journey unfolds!

In the name of beauty, and whatever that means to you, xoxo.

Controlling My Destiny, Part 1

I am a survivor.

Five years ago, I was hit by a drunk driver.  The impact of the collision caused me to suffer from a concussion that took over two years to heal.  Ever since that impact, I have suffered from migraines.  Migraines from every, single little possible insult.  And I was sick and tired of it.

drunk driving

I couldn’t work out. Studies maxed me out.  Not enough sleep, not enough water, not enough food, and the list goes on… would each induce a migraine.  For five years migraines had taken away from my quality of life.  Until now.

After seeking much medical help, treatment and therapy, I took an additional step on my own.  I chose to take charge of my situation, after tirelessly treating my condition for three years.  I found a company and products that not only worked for my overall health, but also ones that I utilized to combat my migraines.

I now work out four times a week at 7 am.  A feat unheard of if you know anything about me.  Simply typing that sentence excites me.  How far I have come.

The company that helped me to start ,and continue, working out again is Advocare.  I currently use three different products just so that I can get up and work out each morning, and then make it through the day migraine-free.

I start my morning with Spark.  I use O2 Gold prior to my workout.  And I end my workout with Rehydrate.

I am smiling as I type this, proud of how far I have come and how much better I feel each and every day.

For anyone who battles migraines, I highly recommend you try this.  Please comment or contact me – this has changed my life!  Enclosed is my link to the Advocare site.  Visit it.  Contact me to learn more :).  We can take control of our destinies.  We can take back our lives.

Link to my site.

advocare symbol

Stay tuned for my progress as I Control My Destiny :).


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ex: elliptical sprints vs. elliptical at an easy-moderate intensity for 45 minutes


  • time efficiency
  • better cardio respiratory benefit
  • increased fat burn
  • increased general metabolism
  • increased aerobic capacity
  • post-exercise metabolic effect

It’s evidence based! A study conducted at the Government Medical College confirms that HIIT (high intensity interval training) achieves better health results than moderate intense exercise.


Treadmill or Elliptical INTERVALS

The key word here is capitalized. Try this rotation: 1 min. walk, 1 min jog, 1 min sprint. Repeat this 3 minute circuit 5-10x depending on your physical fitness. Your sprint will be different from the guy next to you, so take it at your own level.


This piece of equipment helps you burn tons of calories in a short amount of time. Go for about 5 minutes at a sub-maximal intensity as a warmup…

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Here’s to the ones who treat you right.

Here’s to the ones who treat you right. Who respect you.  Who cherish you.  Who understand and appreciate you. Who are never jealous of you.

Here’s to the ones who are considerate.  Who share. Who try.  Who give and take.  Who help.  Who know how to apologize.  

Here’s to the ones who never treat you less than the special person that you are.  Who include you.  Who think of you.  Who embrace you.

Here’s to the ones who we wish were in our lives.  The ones we dream of and wish for. Image

The ones we pray for.  The ones we can’t seem to find.  The ones that don’t seem to exist.  

Here’s to hoping.  Hoping that the ones we are searching for are right around the corner.  Here’s to the ones we have, of whom we are truly grateful.  The ones that are blessings.  Here’s to them.

In the name of beauty, xoxo.