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













Sunday, January 31, 2016

Oh January! The Challenge comes to an end, Yoga, and other fun.



Oh January.    You've got a few positives but I'm always ready to see you go.

The second I hit that Powerball, I'm definitely outta here for the entire month of January. 

Pretty sure January was meant for sunshine, a beach, vitamin D, and long runs in the sun.   

Ya feel?


But February 1 is coming!    And to me... that means we're on the home stretch to spring.   I mean... March is practically Spring and February is practically March so as far as I'm concerned... tomorrow is the first day of Spring.   

I may even get a pedicure in it's honor.


How are my people doing??




This is it!   Sprint to the finish line.     I've kinda been obsessed with your emails and texts in terms of inches lost, energy gained, and old jeans that you're fitting into.

Seriously.    It's kind of like Christmas morning every day.


Many of you are done this week and some of you are just getting started.



If you're at goal weight, you will want to stay on your daily favorites.

For me, that means Spark (duh), Omegaplex, Catalyst, and most days MNS.   


I always have on hand but don't take daily:   Carb Ease, Thermoplus, Muscle Gain, and Meal Replacement Shakes

For running and Crossfit I play around with:  02 Gold, Arginine Extreme, Muscle Strength, and Mass Impact, and Rehydrate.   

If you still have weight to lose many people continue on with the Max phase.   This basically means continuing with Spark, Catalyst, MNS, Omegaplex, and Meal Replacement Shakes.     You could also lose the shakes and add in Thermoplus or Crave Control.



I know I've mentioned it on our Facebook board BUT... if you ordered the ALL IN Challenge, Advo is giving everyone FREE shipping on their first order.    This is kind of amazing.





If you're still paying full price for products... dagger through the heart.


$79... 

You get:

$69 worth of Spark (3 boxes!)
AND...
20% off anything you ever order.

You're practically making money here.

It takes two seconds and you'll never pay full price again.

Head over to www.advocarerunnerjen.com and geterrdone.

Seriously.   Full price is no beuno.



Let's talk about Yoga.

I've been seeing some friends on the Facebook doing this short daily at home Yoga Camp.  They're appearing very enlightened and stretchy and happy.



Let's face it, we all wanna be enlightened and stretchy and happy.

Who is joining me?    
It's free.
Nothing competitive.  We do what we can and see how we feel.   I am going to commit to do the entire 30 days.    Apparently they're short enough to fit in while your kids are running wild, while dinner is cooking, while you're still in your pajamas,  on your lunch break.. you get the point.


I signed up early this morning and already got my first video.  

There's so much more and I'm already loving the emails.   Oh and I'm already feeling like Adrienne is my best friend.    She's gonna be the Godmother to my children by the end of this at the rate this one side friendship is progressing.  




Now, I do love me some yoga but for me it's a time thing. If I have one hour to fit in a workout, I'm gonna have to use it to go for  a run or head to Crossfit and throw around weights.

However, I see the value in yoga. And see the value in mobility.  And let's face it... the more mobile we become, the better we are at Crossfit and the better we become at running.   And really, isn't mobility the key to anti-aging?      

In summary, we're all gonna basically be the fountain of youth by the end of this.


Thanks a ton for your recommendations on various half marathons from my last post.   SO many options out there!     

Also, I need to know if any of you are participating in the Crossfit Open?? 
I already have butterflies.

Even if you're somewhat of a new Crossfitter, I encourage you to participate.   I can't explain the fun, energy, nerves, and support.  Not to mention that you'll surprise yourself in so many ways during those 5 weeks.   You'll come out stronger mentally and physically than you ever thought possible.  

So please participate so we can obsess together.  Mmmkay?

If you're local and looking for a box that goes all out for the Open, I've got you covered.   It's a straight up five week celebration at Chalkdust Crossfit.


Come 16.1 with us.
We're a whole bunch of normal, fun, non-intimidating people just trying to get our fitness on.
We take Crossfit seriously but at the end of the day, it's just Crossfit.  As much as I love this crazy workout, I love the people there more.   And that's what it's all about.


Don't forget.   Tomorrow is February!  We're celebrating Spring! 





















Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Things We Need to Discuss



1.   Who else is on Day 9?!!   

  We're almost through the hard part, kitty cats.
Stay the course.  
   We got dis, boo's.


The weekend is the hardest.   We know this for sure.


What's your favorite Challenge meal, thus far?   Do tell?

Me....

Back to the roots with the spaghetti squash pizza bake.

Don't know about this???

PaleoOmg is the boss.

Easiest thing ever.


Disclaimer-  Mine looks absolutely nothing like hers.    I mean, not even a slight resemblance.   However, the deliciousness keeps me coming back for me.






Make this.   Possibly today.   



2.     Soooo.....   I've been loving this combo again for everything from running to CF.




A little bit of everything fabulous.   3 Catalyst...    Wash those babies down with a mixture of... 1 packet or scoop of Spark, 1 packet of Biocharge, and... 1 scoop of Mass Impact...   mix up over water and a tad of ice.   

Wait approx. 30 min. and...

ye shall have wings... and strength.  

Copious amounts of BCAA's, which are the building blocks to muscle.   BCAA's also help the body combat stress, injury, and fatigue.  
A tad of creatine (don't be scared) for increased energy, muscle recovery, stamina, and energy replenishment.
And then our BFF, Spark....
Spark...   120 mg of slow release caffeine, and a zillion and one B vitamins.   
This combo...
 #dude.  #winning.  #allday.  #forrealz

And you guys know the drill... if you're paying retail full price for products... don't do that.  Message me and we'll get you a discount stat...advocarerunner1@gmail.com



3.  Those lovely ladies at Rocksbox are offering us AdvoRunner peeps another free month of Rocksbox.






As discussed a couple months ago...

Do you wanna buy every single piece that Kendra Scott produces?      Only... you've gotta be somewhat responsible and somehow refrain from doing exactly that??


This is why we all need Rocksbox. 
..it's off chuhzaine, doe.

So... hear me out. 

First things first, those amazing peeps at Rocksbox have  offered all you AdvoRunner blog readers a FREE month with code 

advorunnerxoxo


The code is live and ready to roll.

Right?

No commitment.  Cancel any time.  They're just being nice.   And..... want us to fall in love with Rocksbox, but that's neither here nor there. 

So....if you decide to stay with Rocksbox, you pay $19 per box after you're done with your freebie.      Each box contains 3 amazing pieces of jewelry, based on your profile.   You wear it till you're bored, send it back, rinse and repeat.  OR... you keep a piece and automatically get $10 of your $19 credited towards the piece of jewelry that you decided to keep.

I'm on my 4th box and kinda love everything.   Always.    Which is frightening and exhilarating
 for what's to come.  


**Make sure you use code-  advorunnerxoxo for your free box!  



4.   Who is running a Spring marathon or half marathon??


I'm running my beloved Cap City Half Marathon again... #groundhogday. 

However, I do love this race and I love the people that run this race so I kinda can't help it.

Cap City '15-



Cap City- '14

My monkeys look so little!  



So yes, I've been running this race since the beginning of time.


But still.... I kinda wanna find another fun half for Spring...

Ideas?   Suggestions?   Tell Me.


The Indi Mini has kinda been on the horizon.  That would require two weekends of back to back half's but....  I kinda love that.





5.   What's for Din Din for the last two nights of your 10 day Cleanse?   


Someone posted this on my Advo group/ message board page and I kinda need it.  




Orange Chicken?   Yes.




My plan is to eliminate the small amount of corn starch and substitute a small amount of stevia for the honey.  Either that or half the honey.   Anxious to play around with this one because it looks off the Chizzane, doe.




Hope you guys are having a great start to a great week.    If you're in the midwest like me, you may or may not be dying of hypothermia but... it builds character.  Yes?   And makes the summer and fall all the more amazing.


Later friends!