I Lost 11.5″ on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

24dcAre you ready for this?

I’ve lost a grand total of 11.5 inches in the past 24 days.

Now that I’ve finished my first Advocare 24 Day Challenge, I’m really motivated to keep moving forward.

I’ll be using the nutrition that I know works for me and that includes homemade Ezekiel bread, brown rice, beans, grilled meats, eggs, fresh & frozen vegetables, and meal replacement shakes.

My exercise will include weight training three days a week and biking daily.  Once I have a routine established with those, I’ll begin training three days a week at the Underground Performance Center (aka Get Sexy San Antonio Boot Camps) with Jonathan Acosta and Jennifer Martinez-Acosta (a woman with an amazing success story of her own).

Supplementation will continue with the Advocare products (MNS Max-E, Spark, Catalyst, ThermoPlus, CarbEase, Meal Replacement Shakes and others) that have already helped me break through to a whole new level of results.

Here’s how it all shaped up:

4-Sep 28-Sep Lost
Weight 187.4 184 3.4
Bust 40.5 39 1.5
Waist 38 34 4
Hips 45 42 3
Left Thigh 24 23 1
Right Thigh 24 23 1
Left Calf 15.5 15 0.5
Right Calf 15.5 15 0.5
Inches Lost     11.5

Are you ready to transform yourself?  Join my team, The Transformers, now.

advocare, transformationWhether you use Advocare products or not, let’s do this together!  I’ve created a group called The Transformers on the free Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (available for Android in the Google Play Store or here for iOS devices).

Get the app now and enjoy your free day on Monday because we’re kicking it off on Tuesday.  Check out the 24 Day Challenge website and use any of the free tools available there.  Take your starting measurements and set your goals your now.  We’ll do this as a team and support each other in our journey to a healthier body so whether you just want to exercise more, change your diet, gain muscle, lose fat, control a condition – or whatever – we can do this together and provide support and encouragement through the group on the app.

So what are you waiting for?  Get the app, join The Transformers (with the image above as our icon), take your starting measurements, and set some goals!  I’ll see you in the app!

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 23: Consistency = Routine

What is Consistency but Routine?

You may have noticed that consistency is a sticking point for me right now.  Consistency in blogging, consistency in nutrition, consistency with exercise.

The strange thing is I’m a taurus and we love routine.  That makes us very consistent creatures of habit.

I like to wake up at the same time every day.

I like to eat the same thing for breakfast every day.

I like my usual coffee cup – even though I have a huge collection.

I like to wear the same style of clothes every day – Einstein understood that. 

Anything that upsets my routine is unwelcome and usually met with pissing & moaning as my dad likes to call it.

The thing about this Advocare 24 Day Challenge is it upsets my apple cart a bit.  I’m changing my routine and, well, change is unwelcone.

I know I need these changes though.

I also know that once I make these changes into habits, they’ll become my routine.  My baseline.  My everyday.  Consistently.

The hard part is creating the new habits.  That’s where I see the 24 Day Challenge app as being so valuable.  It only takes 21 days (of consistency) to create a habit.  I sort of blew the habit creation this time around.  I slipped off the wagon for a few days.  (After all, there’s no place on the app to note the potato chips I ate.)  But I’m back at it and this time maybe I can stick with it a little longer before falling off the wagon.  And then the time after that maybe I can go a little longer, until I finally create that habit, that routine, that healthy consistency that I’m looking for.morning

So…

Elusive consistency.

Building a new routine.

Not easy.

But I know it is worth it.

Let’s Do This!

frank underwood, i dare youWhen I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the free Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available foriThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 22: In Search of Consistency

In Search of Consistency

Before I start this particular blog, I should mention that I love my darling companion dearly and I know he feels the same about me – at least that’s what he keeps telling me in word and deed.  That being said –

My boyfriend hates people like me.

Why?

Because I’m a fast gainer.  I can walk into a gym, pick up a weight, any weight, just as long as it’s a weight, and the next day I’ll have discernible muscle.  I make muscle gains quickly and easily and I’m in my late 40s.  It’s a gift.  (I can also gain fat quickly and easily, so it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.)

Gaining muscle easily is a great trait to have if you can get yourself to show up to lift that weight.

But I hate people like my boyfriend.

Why?

Because he’s got consistency.  He’s shown up to the gym for his scheduled workouts every day since he was 15.  (I should mention here that he’s in his mid 50s now.)  consistency, advocare, 24dc, 24 day challenge, potato chips, lisa pietschHe’s got an amazing physique in spite of the fact he eats potato chips with his dinner every night.

No, really.  

Every night. 

Potato chips. 

I hate that. 

Since I started the 24 Day Challenge, he’s been taking Advocare supplements too.

Spark has been a great pre-workout drink for him.  He notices less fatigue and more energy to push through to personal bests.

Catalyst (the amino acids) are kicking ass where our previous WalMart brand didn’t and his abs are really coming in.

He’s also been taking Nighttime Recovery and noticing less soreness the day after a hard workout.

As for me, well, my abs seem to be coming in too.  (You may recall I mentioned previously, I’ve lost significant inches.)  Since I started lifting weights this week, I’m noticing out of the ordinary muscle gains.

I should mention here that my goal is not to become square and bulky – women can only do that if they’re taking steroids and that just isn’t me.  My purpose in resistance training is to tighten up everything I have and create a more hourglass shape that only jiggles in the right places.

This is only my second day lifting, but I’m like Popeye now – “POW!” and there’s a muscle.  So why take supplements if I can build muscle easily?  I know the Advocare supplements are supercharging me and making everything run more efficiently.  nap, energy, spark, advocare, lisa pietschI have more energy and less of that little voice telling me to skip a workout and take a nap instead.  I’ve found I could pick right back up at the weights I was lifting when I stopped resistance training months ago, instead of starting at lower weights.  Advocare has upped my game in a big way and, let’s face it, at 47, I really don’t have a lot of time to spare in tightening up these spare tires!

People who have battled with weight issues know that if we don’t see improvements that motivate us, we’ll peter out quickly.  We need to see results every day or we’ll lose that spark of motivation, that drive to continue improving.  These Advocare products have shown me some serious improvement and that motivates me.

When I’m motivated, I’m consistent.

When I’m consistent, I’m amazing.

We all are.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

How do we transform our body?  One inch at a time.

I have 2 days left on this 24 Day Challenge.  I’ll post my results on Sunday and, on Monday, my rag-tag transformation gang and I will start another 24 day cycle of consistent improvement.  Are you ready to join us?

Let’s Do This!

frank underwood, i dare youWhen I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the free Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available foriThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

Virginia Nelson is Writing Skunk Romance – It Doesn’t Stink!

her sexy skunk, virginia nelson

How do you tell a girl who wants to find a monster that you turn into a skunk?

My friend Virginia has a new book coming out soon and I have to say, only Virginia can make a skunk sexy.  I love this gal – please read her books, she’s just going to keep writing more anyway!

Her Sexy Skunk

5 Flames

Coming September 25, 2014

Find it on Goodreads now!

The Story:

Christine Jarrods wants to be a writer of paranormal young adult fiction so she’s pursuing a degree in English. By day, she tackles Chaucer. By night, she stalks the streets looking for something magical to inspire her muse. Finding a thread that suggests one of her profs might be some flavor of shifter, she decides to dig…even though she’s been warned to let it go.

 

Oliver Standish has a secret. Like a lot of guys his age, he’s scraping by, delivering pizzas, trying to pay off loans from a failed attempt at school, and crushing on Chrissy—the one that got away in high school. Only his family knows he’s also trying to deal with being a shifter…he sure can’t tell Chrissy. With her fascination with magic, he knows she’d want to know more about it—but how do you tell a girl who wants to find a monster that you change into a skunk?

 

About the Author

virginia nelsonVirginia Nelson believed them when they said, “Write what you know.” Small town girl writing small town romance, her characters are as full of flaws, misunderstandings, and flat out mistakes as Virginia herself. When she’s is not writing or plotting to take over the world, she likes to hang out with the greatest kids in history, play in the mud, drive far too fast, and scream at inanimate objects. Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

Links

Website | Blog | Facebook | FB Author | Amazon | Pinterest | Tumblr

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 17 #24DC

advocare, 24 day challenge, 24dc*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

I lost another 3.5 inches on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge this week!

24dc, 24 day challenge, advocareNot bad for not having worked out at all!

Though I stuck with the supplements just as I should and got plenty of rest, I didn’t exercise (you may recall the anemia issue that kept me down all week) and I cheated a bit on the nutrition end (I was craving salt and ate potato chips on not one, but 3 occasions).

Yet I’m down a grand total of 10 Inches since I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge 16 days ago!

This news really redeemed the week for me.  I can only imagine what I might have accomplished had I been lifting weights and doing some high intensity biking!

advocare, 24dc, 24 day challengeI’m inspired today.  I really am.

The Advocare supplements got me through a rough week without losing any ground.

I’m so excited about what this means for me when my thyroid condition is finally properly treated!

Limitless.

 

Join me!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.