Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday Sentiments and Weekend Wrap Up!




Oh Mylanta!  

Am I really Sunday Sentiments-ing and Weekend Wrap-Up-ing?? 

Yes.  I pretty much just made both of those a verb.

On Monday?

Remember the olden days when Sunday Sentiments on Monday was a weekly feature???  

Like on a real blog?
That updated regularly?

Let's give this SS another whirl, shall we?


So let's see.... 


Weekend Workouts:  

Friday-   Granite Games Qualifier #1.  (more on that in a hot second)
Saturday-  Crossfit Community WOD (120% humidity and dripping in sweat.   Yes, please).
Sunday-   5 miles of fun in the sun.   The last 1.5 miles involved my favorite 10 year old and she's rocking those little runs.   

So yes...

Who is doing the Crossfit Granite Games Qualifier Workouts?  






I did workout #1 on Friday morning and well geez... that was kinda rough.

Squat clean and jerks for days with a 15 over the bar facing burpees mixed in between every round for good measure.


Pre workout consisted of Spark and Catalyst on an empty stomach right outta the rack.  
  Approx 30 min later...
1/2 V02 Prime bar (loving these more than ever lately) and  02 Gold.   

This little product combo was a great combo for a cardio/ strength lung burner.   



Then I went to work and sat in this...



Basically all day it seems.

Does anyone else feel like their entire city is currently the land of construction and traffic?   I'm "this close" to packing it all up, becoming Amish,  and having a simpler life.      The traffic is killing me.   Seriously.   
But then there would be no TJ's or Lulu or Chipotle.  
So I guess I'll stay.   

Sooo..

The monkeys have taken to a liking of friendship bracelets.  


I then had a flashback to these...




Anyone???


Which then resulted in me doing a "tutorial" as I suddenly remembered I was the friendship bracelet whisperer of the late 80's.

Which then resulted in the entire "tutorial" going on for way on for way too long..

 I pretty much got cocky with my skillzzzz....
 and couldn't stop....
 and the kids were over it.   

exhibit A



But it's not all bad. 

They set up shop outside and if you follow me on the Insta, you know that a real showdown took place.   Which resulted in a friendship bracelet business merger and all is good in these parts.    

But the scene originally looked a little like this...
Two shops.
Two business plans
Just mere feet apart.



And then turned into this....



#52inchballers


The rest of the weekend was a busy combo of pool, kid shuttling, yard work, nagging kids to pick their wet bathing suits off the floor, and various other shenanigans, which may or may not have included too much online shopping.   

ps-   The wet bathing suit on the floor thing?   Why?     Why is your wet suit laying there?      It's as if it's brand new information every time we hit a body of water.    But it's not.  It's been a rule since the beginning of time.   Yet the wet suit.   There it is.   Right there on the floor.
#sos





If you're currently cleansing, we're on the home stretch.  I did have a small relapse at the pool on Saturday which involved Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzels.    However, for the most part have been pretty status quo and am feeling a zillion times better.


If you're waiting for the next cleanse, whatchoo waiting for?  

More cleansers start next Monday.   Join in the reindeer games.

You'll still be done by the 4th!


See you cats later this week.  












Monday, June 6, 2016

A healthy "night cap" and other stories.

Hey friends!


Good luck to those of you starting Fit by the 4th today!




Who else is ready like me?


Yours truly started the 10 day cleanse today.   As discussed on the Instagram, the 80/20 rule somehow turned into 50/50 over the past couple of weeks. 
Specifically the last few days.   


Ya feel?





I spent way too much time having fun in the sun at the Memorial Tournament.  





Basically 3 days in a row.   





Oh and celebrating friends birthdays at fine Mexican establishments.




Oh and supervising backyard cupcake eating.




And hanging with these fools.  



The cleanse was necessary.  It was either that or dialysis and a small muzzle.


Other big news....





Mass Impact has a new design and ummm... is now $29.95?

Ummm....

That's  $17.97 for my advisors.
And....

$23.96 for my distributors.


Why do we love Mass Impact?

This has been in my product cabinet since the beginning of time.   
It's kind of a jack of all trades.


Strength training? 
Crossfit?
HIIT workouts?

Yes.yes.yes.


I mix with a serving of spark about 30-40 min before the workout.  
Definitely best and most effective on an empty stomach.

It contains creatine, sustamine, and other amino acids.  
Our beloved Mass Impact is designed to aid in muscle building, endurance, rehydration, and supports lean muscle mass.
I've PR'd a back squat more than once with Mass Impact.   
Coincidence?
Either way, I'll take it.





Here's an awesome little cheat sheet on how to best use Mass Impact, as well as our other tried and true faves.




Wanna know what else I'm obsessed with? 


This little concoction....

Currently drinking one as I type.

Here we  have...


1 packet of  Rehydrate
1 packet of Oasis
Splash of La Kroger

Not familiar with LaKroger?  It's pretty much fake La Croix.   I buy it at our local grocery store... Kroger.
Enter.. LaKroger

It's half the price for almost double the cans.   We're all winning.


In summary,  make this combo immediately.
It's an amazing little "night cap" for you cleansers and the Fit by the 4th crew. 


Hope your week is starting off bueno.






















Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Weekend Highlights




Pretty sure it was just Friday approximately 17 minutes ago.     That weekend was packed to the gills and flew by at lightning speed.    

How about a weekend wrap up/ sunday sentiments/ weekend highlights post?



Remember when I did these all the time?  

As in regularly?

Like, every Sunday?







Me too.   

Miso miss that.

I just can't seem to get it together on Sunday nights these days.

So now we have to deal with the bootleg version.



Let's see...

The weekend went a little something like this...




1.  FORE miler race with this posse





34:13
14th place out of 293 in age group
47th out of 973 females overall

Not horrible, considering the humidity was at 198%, plus some.     Kinda reminded me of the Cleveland Marathon that time I thought I was gonna die.  Only that was 26.2 miles and this was 4.  Or fore! in this case.  

Overall, this was a fun little race and I will definitely do it again.  




2.   Threw a birthday bash for my favorite 6 year old.



All about her.   Started the day with Starbucks "cream" Frapp's and ended it with cupcakes and more cupcakes.   
Pretty sure she is still exhausted from the late night reindeer games.


3.    Crossfit Regionals!

Oh Mylanta.

Columbus, OH happened to be a host city for regionals and I am still in awe.



The athletic ability, sheer talent, and hard work and dedication that I witnessed, still amazes me.    Think you're even a tiny bit in shape?   Go watch regionals.   Inspiring and humbling all at the same time.    So exciting to watch.  


4.  Murph!

Speaking of Crossfit, my box hosts the Murph workout every Memorial Day.


An amazing way to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.   



And what a workout it is!!!



100 pull ups pretty much gifted me with this....


Despite these hand rips, it was amazing.    I had hand protection on during the first few pull ups.  However, I got frustrated and slippery and yanked them off before I knew what hit me.    Before I knew it, the pull ups were over and my hands looked like they had been put through that of a meat grinder.  (Feel free to throw up now.)   

Oh and check out the arm blood from getting tangled with a tree during the second mile run.   
So... pretty much lady like all around.  
Don't judge.  
I immediately applied lipgloss to counteract the mangled mess I had become.  

Post Murph... 




5.        My saving graces..

So after you Murph, you need this little duo...


RipFix for the hands.
Deep Blue for the muscles.

I don't sell either one of them but they're pretty much my best friends.


Oh and before ya Murph, ya need this...




My fave cocktail of....







Hi lover.  



6.  Countdown to Fit by the 4th!



So many options...   Not sure which one to choose?   Message me and we'll figure it out together.  advocarerunner1@gmail.com




7.   In between all of this were cookouts, kid activities, out of town visitors, and about 49 other commitments.    
So basically the work week needed to begin so I could resume normal programming.



Hope you all had an amazing weekend with friends and family.

Contemplating Fit by the 4th?    

Let's chat!


Love ya, miss ya, mean it.
























Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Easy Eats, Exciting Advo News, and Your Typical Randomness


And just like that, it's practically summer here in the C-Bus, O-H.    

I'll take two, please.



Another sign of summer? 

Ummm... these monkeys are outta school!




Say What?     

I realize the little one looks like she's going to the electric chair but I swear she was beyond happy.    
It's the annoying pics that may or may not have put her over the edge.



Somehow this one is first grade bound.




And.... I pretty much spent the majority of her Kindergarten celebration trying not to cry in public.  Especially when she proudly demonstrated her sweet little reading skills.   
Sweetest thing ever.





But yes, we're out.  Any other early birds?



Following me on the Insta?   (Advorunner)
Come play.


Fancy some new protein balls?   






So easy.

You Need:

6 scoops of vanilla Muscle Gain
2 c rolled oats (I'm still obsessed with TJ's gluten free)
3/4 c natural peanut butter (hi lover)
2 very ripe bananas
a very hefty shake of cinnamon (my shake may have lasted approx 20 seconds)
a splash of agave

Mix and form into 1 1/2 inch balls.   Roll in your favorite "toppings."   
I used a variety of chia seeds, crushed almonds, cacao nibs, and cranberies.   
Lay on parchment paper, place in sealed container, and place in freezer for approx 2 hours to set.
After 2ish hours- transfer to refrigerator.   
Keep refrigerated and enjoy!
Even my kiddos love these.


My other easy peasy favorite breakfast

Protein Pancakes

#nofilter
#drool

3/4 c egg whites
1 scoop vanilla Muscle Gain
cinnamon (duh..)
a sprinkle of stevia
a dash of vanilla extract

Whisk and pour on hot griddle.
Wait for middle to bubble and flip.   
Top with 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and fresh berries or sliced banana.

Y-U-M

A hefty dose of protein and this kept me full for dayyyyys....



Ummmm....

Have you guys heard about the new Advocare distributor deal?

This is huge.

If you're still paying full price for products, now is the time to stop doing that.


Sooo... for $59, you're getting...




A sampler pack of our beloved Spark

A sampler pack of one of my favorite running-related products-  Rehydrate

A sampler pack of my favorite Meal Replacement Shakes

PLUS... 20% off anything you ever order forever and ever.....including 10 day cleanses, 24 Day Challenges, fueling your Spark addiction.

Oh and this cute blender bottle because you're gonna need this to mix up the fabulousness mentioned above.


Oh and I'll add you to my team Facebook message board for additional support, fun, and reindeer games.

Have questions?

advocarerunner1@gmail.com


Don't even get me started on the new Advisor deal..
Wanna save 40% on products?   AND have the opportunity to earn extra income, should you ever choose to do so????

Another post on that coming soon.







Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Updates All Around!



The update situation on the blog is sad...  Real sad.  

Follow me on the Insta?  

It's kinda the new blog.... in a way...

Advorunner.   I'm there.


So Lean in 13.   



This time was WAY better.    I wasn't quite as stringent and made necessary modifications, when needed.    Some people hated it.  Some loved it.    Either way you look at it, it's like the 24 Day Challenge on speed.    Are you an experienced challenger that needs to lean out, like tomorrow?    Lean in 13 is probably for you.   

We will likely do another group right after Memorial Day.   Message me for details.


What else?


Cap City 1/2 Marathon came and went.
Long time blog readers, you know I love this race.




My training took place surrounded by a ball of sunshine...



Or surrounded by this...

 Ohio people... I know you feel me.


So yes... this here little Cap was fun.   And I felt zero pressure.  And ran it with one of my favorite peeps.  



Official time was 2:02:04.   
Not a pr for either of us, but ya don't get PR's taking selfie's at mile 11.  You just don't.   


How did I fuel?





The usual...


Race time was 8 a.m.

Step 1.    Spark and 3 Catalyst (not pictured) at 6 a.m.

Step 2.   V02 Prime bar on the way to race (approx 6:4ish)

Step 3.  02 Gold and Arginine Extreme with approx 1/2 Spark at 7:3ish.


ps- Ummm 02 Gold is outta stock???    I'm legit hoarding what I've got.   Other people who have it in my general vicinity... I know where you live.   

Post race party was legit.   

Super proud of this one who I'm slowly but surely brainwashing into becoming a runner.    Quarter marathon?   Well under an hour?   I'd say my master plan is working?  






Before bed that night...



A double dose of Omegaplex





I woke up the next day feeling pretty darn good.    And may or may not have gone for a "little" 5 mile recovery run.   5 little miles.
   ps-  when non-runners think you're crazy for running the day after a half marathon,  here's what you do....
***If you refer to the miles as "little miles" it seems less crazy to everyone.      Let's practice. 

Runner-  "Hey I'm gonna head out and run a few little miles just to shake the legs out."
Non-runner-   "Are you insane!?"
Runner-  "No,  it's just 5 little miles.   Be right back."

Somehow this make it normal.     

Little miles.

Remember that.

"Little" can also be used in the same context when talking about dollars.   

Remember that too.



What Else?


Mother's Day!

We had a great day for sure.     A full house filled with chaos, love, good food, and good drinks.     My kind of MD. 






  




What's next?

A little FORE miler.

MURPH on Memorial Day.
  I may or may not have said I would never do this again last year.  

Emerald City Half
Another fun little hometown race


Hope you're all awesome!

Again, find me on the Insta.  Even when the blog is a ghost town and I'm nowhere to be found,  I would love to see you guys on the Inta!






Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lean in 13. It's #GDFR



Sooo... looks like Monday March 21st is go time.    Just a quick little check in...

If you're joining us and need to start sooner or later because of life and all of it's challenges, by all means...


  One week to psyche yourself up and get your goodies.


This also will not interfere with St. Patty's Day for all of you green beer drinkers. 
    Just looking' out for 'ma people.


The Dirty Truth

1.  This program isn't easy.    In fact, it's hard.   Really hard.   So if you don't feel mentally prepared, it may not be the best time.  However, there is definitely strength in numbers so if you're teetering, come join us.   We're in it together and in it to win it.  It'll be twice as hard without support and company so why not come play?  

2.   It takes prep.   And planning.  And cooking.    You'll be eating a lot of the same foods every day.   It's not exciting.  I'm not gonna lie.    However, on the positive, there is a little comfort in knowing what's coming next every day.   It's all pretty much meticulously planned for you.  To me this means minimal room for error.  


3.  It's not an Advocare-created plan.   It was created by lean and mean independent distributors, nutritionists, and trainers that saw the awesome possibilities of combining carb cycling combined with these awesome products.


Light at the End of the Tunnel:

1.  It's 13 days.    It's only 13 days.   We can do anything for 13 days.

2.   By day 14, you're going to be leaner than you thought possible.  #springbreak #summer #abs #whatwhat  Even a few days in, you'll see a difference.   #hardcorefact

3.   This plan contains a lot of various supplements so we can modify.   It's not one size fits all.    Our group Facebook board is where we trouble shoot.  And vent.  And celebrate.    You can also shoot me an email-  advocarerunner1@gmail.com

4.   You're going to feel nothing but amazing when it's said and done.   Sticking to something difficult for 13 days is going to make you feel strong in itself.   Feeding your body real food and real supplements for 13 straight days....   Big yes on top of that.    Did I mention that we'll be drinking all the water???   Yes, we'll be drinking a ton of water.   This too will make us feel amazing.


5.   Most of the products that are needed are probably already laying around in your Advo cupboard.   
MNS
Thermoplus
Catalyst
Muscle Gain
Spark
Oasis

*If you're not sure which MNS to use or you are sensitive in general, I would definitely recommend MNS 3.  I haven't decided which route I'll go but may play around with all three.


Just wanted to check in, say hey girl hey, and give you guys the debts on the start date.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.  It's pretty much spring here in the 614.   Sounds like an 8 miler to me.   

Laters.












Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Where I've Been and What's Next



Hey Cats,

Meow.

It's been a minute. 

Like a zillion of them to be exact.


Honestly, I feel like I just hit "publish" on that Jan. 31 post and what/what?  It's practically St. Patrick's Day.

What have I been up to?


1.   Making sure the right stuff is in those backpacks.      And basically keeping humans alive and watered in general.      Manning homework, sports, clean underwear...you know the drill.   Turns out that stuff takes time.  


2.  Moving.   Yes.   This in itself is equivalent to running 10 marathons in a month.  I swear it is.  Or maybe I'm old now?    Don't answer that.
 We moved into an awesome house in a great neighborhood  and we're finally feeling a teensy bit settled.  However,  sometimes when I least expect it, another box filled with "stuff" that needs a home seems to fall right out of the sky.   

3.   Doing that yoga challenge!   Remember how I mentioned it in my last post?    Well, I kinda loved it and I swear it made those crossfit and running aches and pains just a little less painful.   Not to mention that I felt just a little more centered every morning.  

I missed a couple days in all but not bad.  Not bad at all considering that yoga and mobility in general have always taken a backseat to running and crossfit.    
But I'm making time and most days it's only between 20 and 30 minutes.    Did I mention that I usually do it in my pajamas?   

Huge win right there.

If you're interested in the program, it's free.   And Adriene is now my best friend.  She doesn't know it but we're all good.
   She's funny.   She's got her own little non-crunchy yoga vibe.   And she's funny.  Did I mention that?




4.  Other various random activities...


Hanging out with #Runnerdog in my pj's...
That #RD is so desperately needing a wig busting.  Don't call the ASPCA just yet.  It's happening this week. 





Crossfit Open-ing

Yes, it's back.  

2 brutal workouts down... 3 to go.   Heaven help me.  Nighttime Recovery help me too.




Disney on Ice-ing

If you've got girls, it's pretty much the law.








Okay, sooooo........ let's get serious.






There's currently a big group in my Advo crossline doing Lean in 13.       
This has clearly inspired several of us.    
They're already looking legit amazing.

The big question.


Who is Lean in 13 meant for???

The Lean in 13 program helps to put your metabolism back on the right track and pushes your body into an intense “fat burning” mode.
1. To Jump Start a new weight loss program
2. To break through a weight loss plateau
3. To lose a few inches just in time for vacation
4. To lose a few inches and recover from a vacation 

Brutally honest disclaimer----
I've tried this plan in the past and did not succeed.    I threw in the towel about halfway in.   Granted, I prob wasn't in the right mindset.  And I was just kind of over it in general.   However, was I noticing changes?  Yes.   Did I hate eating the same thing almost every day?  Yes.       Did I miss the peanut butter deep down from within?     Yes. 
We've got our culprit.


BUT.... I've given it some serious thought this time around.     Pretty sure I'm down.    If you're even remotely interested in being down with the plan with me check out www.choosethechallenge.com.  


SO much good info.  Click on Lean in 13 under the "challenges" tab. 
You can see the daily plan, supplements, food recommendations,etc.  


It's basically a carb cycling program, coupled with products designed for fat burning, appetite control, and gaining muscle.   It's all designed to help you lean out like no other.    This plan will work best if you're an experienced challenger and somewhat close to your goal weight.


Ready to join us???

You probably already have half of these products in your Advo cupboard.

What you need:




Pricing:

Retail Customers-  $261
20% off wholesale customer/ distributors-  $209
40% off advisors-  $157

Note.... This includes an entire container of Muscle Gain which will last you forever, as well as enough Catalyst and Thermoplus for two people.

In summary, buddy up with a friend and you can share Muscle Gain, Catalyst, and Thermoplus.  

Ya Feel?



Start date....
  I'm thinking Monday 3/14/16 or Monday 3/21/16 is where is at.    Thoughts?


And if you're joining in, the private FB group is where it's all going down.  

I'm just as scared as you are.  Trust me.

Which is why we need each other.     


Be there.

xoxo

-AR