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 aemasek16@gmail.com.  I am always looking for more people to join my team and to join me on this journey.  🙂

For the love of health,

xoxo.

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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.

Amen.

Stay tuned as my journey unfolds!

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

channeling my inner Hannah B.

If I said there was something more… would you believe me, girl?

^ I love this blog post from Hannah B.  I wanted to repost it solely because I love everything about it.  Her writing style.  The main message.

You came this far, it’s not too late to start over again, girl.

Perfect.

The kind of people who take me for who I am and never ask me to be different. Because who I was yesterday was good enough always.

 Could not be more true. “was good enough always.” This touches my heart.  You are, have been, and always will be good enough.

I know that this post is mostly, if not entirely a piece by Hannah B.  I just thought it was too great and too on point not to share in this blog.  For lack of inspiration, words and energy, this will do just fine :).

In the name of beauty, xoxo.

The Story behind Resilient Beauty

The Story behind Resilient Beauty

I’ve wanted to start a blog for some time. My reservations always kept me from doing so. “I don’t have anything interesting enough going on in my life to report.” “I don’t want to start until I can get my blogs/writing just right.” Then I realized, I have valuable things to say and deep thoughts to express through writing, so why not blog about that? I also realized that my perfectionism was hindering me from branching out and trying something that could bring joy to my life.

Note: I have been reading DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown. Absolutely love it. I highly recommend it to anyone, you ALL can relate to it! It is especially helpful for those who are open to Brown’s words and have the self insight to apply them to themselves. Thus, as a result of reading this book, I have decided to put my perfectionism in check and to start with my first blog post.

To begin, I figured I would define Resilient Beauty. The definitions that remain truest to how I view these words are as follows:

Resilience: the ability to recover from adversity; buoyancy.
Beauty: A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense.

One of my greatest and most favorite attributes is Resilience. Resilience is absolutely necessary to make it through hardship and day-to-day life while still remaining true to yourself.

I chose the word Beauty because I know and believe that I am beautiful. I look for beauty in every one and every thing, everywhere I go. I also believe that it is perfectly modest to make such statements. We all have the right to know our own worth. To be able to state out loud that we find ourselves beautiful. You are enough. So let us begin here and now. Get on my level – don’t just state that you are beautiful, BELIEVE it.

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I want this blog to be an outlet, a reference, a lighthouse guiding someone home. Something to give someone hope. A vehicle for positive thoughts and stories. A promotor of love and paying it forward. So, carpe la blog!