Before and After: Weight Loss and a bikini competition
Here’s Danielle’s story:
Hello again, SR friends!! I’m Danielle from Butler, Party of 2.
I was a Cat lady Blogs blogger awhile back (right before I ran my first marathon), but a LOT has gone on since then so I wanted to share my update!
My hubby & I have been married for a while now (and by a while I mean it’ll be 2 years in October), so we’re starting to toss around the idea of Baby Butlers. We have I had a few things on our my bucket list to cross off first though. Like run a marathon. Get in the best shape of my life (to give my baby the BEST, and so I’l bounce back quickly). And save up enough money for me to stop teaching and be a SAHM. You know, just a few minor things.
Like I said in my CLB, I played ball in college, so all I’ve ever known is competition. I love to compete, specially when it is something I can use to challenge myself. I like to be working towards something and I love the sense of accomplishment.
After my first marathon (R&R in Savannah in November), I decided I wanted to do another.
All you runners know what’s up. You run one and you get the fever! I trained for ING Miami at the end of January. (GREAT race, BTW.)
Here’s the deal though…I was eating pretty decent (mostly clean, just struggled with a sweet tooth), running 40+ miles a week, still doing some lifting, and somehow I was heavier than ever. Not exactly fitting into my whole “get in the best shape of my life” plan. Now, I’m not one to focus on a number on the scale- Weight is JUST a number to me! BUT…my clothes were snug & I was NOT happy with my body composition. AT ALL. My cankles were seriously OOC too. Ridiculous. Who knew a marathon is NOT a diet??
So, I kept hearing all these people talk about the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. Losing weight, more energy, lower blood pressure/cholesterol, etc. I feel like there are constantly new “weight loss scams,” so I didn’t give it much thought. After training for 2 full marathons in three months and GAINING weight (and being miserable with my body), I kind figured my body was stuck at it’s “set weight” anyway.
I kinda gave up on the idea of losing weight. (Keep in mind, I wasn’t obese or anything….I just wasn’t happy with the the way my clothes were fitting or the way I looked in a swimsuit.)
(On my honeymoon)
(after my 2nd marathon- about 12 lbs heavier)
Finally one of my friends at work, who is also the cross country coach and an avid runner, came into my classroom at school absolutely PUMPED that he just cut
his mile time and crushed a 5:37 mile! How? Advocare!! That was enough to make me take a second look at these products I kept hearing so much about. My
hubby is already a stud and super fit, but he had high slightly elevated blood pressure.
I’m a super freak about what we eat/take, so I did a TON of research and really liked what I saw. Advocare is a wellness and nutrition company that has been around for 19 years, is backed by the top medical/science advisory board and sports advisory council (one of the doctors even invented the IV), and all the science behind the products makes total sense. It’s banned-substance free, made from natural ingredients (mostly vitamins, minerals, teas, and plant extracts), and is backed by several endorsers & professional athletes, (Drew Brees is the national spokesperson), and some of the products were even recommended on Dr. Oz.
So…my hubby and I decided to become members for the 20% discount because we’re cheap & don’t like to pay full price for anything we already take lots of vitamins and supplements, so might as well get a discount, right? We both completed the “24 Day Challenge” with Advocare.
The average person loses 12 lbs, 10 inches, and 4% body fat. I was pretty skeptical (hello, running 45+ miles a week & eating pretty clean), but we did it together & I was PUMPED that I lost about 6 lbs (which may not sound like a lot…but that was 2 pants sizes!!!) and a TON of inches!!
Jon lost 4 lbs, a couple inches around his waist, and his blood pressure came back down to normal!! Pretty sweet results!!! We both felt so good and had so much energy (nap queen over here even quit taking naps! Somebody alert the media….because that is a BIG DEAL, friends!) that we started sharing with ALL of our friends and families!! I mean really, who do you know that is NOT looking to lose a few lbs, jump start weight loss or break through a plateau, have more energy or perform better with fitness/athletics? EVERYONE is seeing the same kind of INCREDIBLE results we did, so I KNOW it’s the real deal.
That 6 lbs was just on the challenge. We have both stayed on the products and I have continued losing and toning. I actually weighed 126.6 this morning!!! WOOT WOOT!!! I’m not all about a number on a scale, but since I look and feel better, and I haven’t weighed that since like 5th grade, I’m pretty pumped!
After seeing such great results and getting control of my sweet tooth, I decided it was time to knock out goal # 2 on my bucket list. Fitness competition!! Check out my befores, progess pics, and competition photos!!!
Mid March, my “Before” pics!
April-May…Some “Progress” Shots….
June…A few more weeks till competition!
June 30th….(3 1/2 months into my Advocare Journey)
Yes, I know LOTS of women think this is disgusting, appalling, degrading, whatever….but it was just something I wanted to do for ME. To get the in the BEST shape of my life. To show myself that I CAN control what I put in my mouth and I CAN push myself in the gym. I needed a GOAL and to KNOW I was working for something besides just to prove it to myself, or else I probably woulda quit. I don’t think I’ll ever do another one, but it was a good experience. (And in case you’re wondering, I got 3rd place & Best Overall Stage Presentation- whatever that means).
So, for those of you who are doubting…. YES, I did change my diet, YES, I did take a fat burner, and YES, I did increase the intensity and frequency of my workouts. I ate a perfectly clean diet for 3 months, didn’t skip a workout (lots of HIIT and body weight exercises), and BUSTED my tail in the gym!!! So no, this is not some “fad diet” that magically takes you from one extreme to the next. It’s not even close actually.
However, that’s where Advocare comes in: I had more self-control with my diet by filling in the nutritional gaps and giving my body what it needs as far as nutritional supplements (MNS-Max 3 vitamins, Probiotics, & OmegaPlex). I was able to work out more often and go harder because of the Performance Elite workout line (Spark, Arginine, O2 Gold, Post Workout Recovery, & Nighttime Recovery). And the Catalyst (originally designed for U.S. Olympic wrestling team to build lean muscle) and ThermoPlus (thermogenic, speeds up metabolism) worked wonders for me. So I DEFINITELY attribute my success to these incredible products. And it all started with the 24 Day Challenge!
Plus, since the company pays you for referrals if you’re a member, we have earned some awesome extra money with it.
I know Advocare is not right for everyone. But I for one am SUPER THANKFUL it came into out path!! It has definitely been a blessing!!!
And I know some people have tried EVERYTHING and have been WAITING for a solution…..so maybe this is it!!! Maybe Advocare IS right for you, just like it was right for us! If you’re looking for some high quality vitamins/supplements, check out the website. They have 5 AWESOME lines and there really is something for everyone. (For real, I have everyone in my family on it….from my 6 year old niece to my 60 year old Daddy!)
I know it sounds too good to be true, but I promise, it’s the REAL DEAL.
If you click on “Advocare” in the label cloud of my blog, you can check out more of my favorite products…
Here’s some more info about the 24 Day Challenge:
If you wanna know more about the income opportunity, check THIS OUT.
It’s definitely worth looking into, for sure. If you decide you want to order anything, you can do that HERE!
If you want to become a member to save 20%- 40%, click HERE.
I encourage you to do what I did….Do a little research. You’ll see exactly why I’m so passionate about sharing Advocare with everyone I know. We LOOOOOVE it! (Yes, this is JUST mine & Big Jon’s! Ha!!)
Sorry for the novel! Just wanted y’all to know what’s been goin’ on over here in the Butler, Party of 2