AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 7 Recap

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Yesterday was Day 7 on the challenge. I’m a little over blogging daily about it – but I like the accountability it offers so I just need to get over myself. Yesterday was pretty in eventful except I did have some tacos for lunch that were delicious – but had flour tortillas which are a no-no on the Cleanse. I figured eating those were the lesser of two evils relative to starving, though.

Today I had:
MORNING
–Catalyst (3)
–Probiotic (2)
–Jamba Juice Apple & Green’s smoothie
MIDDAY
–Catalyst (3)
–Steak Tacos
EVENING
–OmegaPlex (2)
–Veggie Chips + Guacamole
–Pink Lemonade Spark
–Spinach & Kale Chips + Chicken Salad
–Herbal Cleanse (3) + Catalyst (3)

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The cleanse is over Friday and I’m dying to see (and share!) my 10-day results!

July 2014 Stitch Fix Review – Stitch Fix #5

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The other day I got my fifth Stitch Fix in the mail! I kept one item from my last Fix (a dress ), and I’ve been dying to get this latest Stitch Fix in my hands!

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A few days ago I peeked in my account to try and figure out what was coming, but it only lists the names of the items and doesn’t include pictures. So…I had an idea of what was headed my way, but didn’t have any clue as to the colors or patterns of things.

My note from my stylist:

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Stitch Fix comes with an information card which includes a listing of everything in the box, prices, and then a total of how much everything would be if you kept everything in the box (it deducts your $20 styling fee and the 25% discount for keeping all of your items):

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Here is what I received:

Towne & Reese: Brook Fanned Drop Earrings ($28): This was the first item I saw in my box. I love earrings and these are seriously beautiful. I was much happier with the price relative to last month, and have no qualms about keeping them. VERDICT: Kept!

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Margaret M: Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser ($98): I loved the color of these pants – and was pleasantly surprised that they fit and were pretty flattering. Ultimately, though, for the price and the fact that the pants look a lot like leggings – we weren’t meant to be. VERDICT: Returned!

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Collective Concepts: Wintor Leopard Print Cross-Front Blouse ($64): I wanted this top to work so badly. I loved the print. I loved the style. It was flirty and still professional. BUT – I was just too short and didn’t hit at a flattering point between my waist and hips. Had it been made for a longer torso, I’d never take it off! VERDICT: Returned!

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Pomelo: Carissa Striped Fit & Flare Dress ($64): I was super on the fence about this dress. I loved the stripes and the style. It was super fun for summer, yet still appropriate enough for work. My two issues with the dress were the pleats (which added bulk) and the fact that it didn’t seem special enough (I have a very similar dress from Old Navy). VERDICT: Returned!

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Collective Concepts: Mckinley Tie-Neck Short Sleeve Blouse ($68): This top was the worst Boring color, matronly style, super wrinkled – didn’t even really try it on. Immediate NO! VERDICT: Returned!

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I really like the styling cards included in my Stitch Fix box. They help provide inspiration on how you might pair this new find with something already in your closet.

For my fifth box – I was happy that I think my stylist is back on track. Even though I didn’t keep much, the styles represented me well for the most part. I still love the concept, though, and as long as I love even one piece so I don’t lose my styling fee, I’m a happy Stitch Fix girl! Excited to see what’s in my next box, set to arrive on 8/1.

PREVIOUS STITCH FIX REVIEWS:

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If you don’t know the greatness that is Stitch Fix, let me break it down for you… Basically, Stitch Fix is a personal shopping/styling service for women. You sign up (HERE) and fill out an in-depth style profile about all your fashion likes and dislikes, sizes and even budget preferences. Are you more preppy or more rock n’ roll? Do you wear T-shirts and jeans – or are you never caught without a dress? You can even link to a Pinterest board to really show your stylist what your personal style is all about…

Once you’re all signed up, you’ll receive a box once a month with outfits and accessories HAND-PICKED for you by your personal Stitch Fix stylist. There is a $20 styling fee each month. IF you choose to keep even one item, that $20 is applied to your purchase price. Even better, if you decide to keep all 5 items – you get an additional 25% off your total order. Essentially – you keep what you love and you send back anything that doesn’t work. You only pay for the items to decide to hang on to, and you are charged when you ‘check out’ each month on your Stitch Fix page. You have a few days to try everything on and the box comes with a bag and a prepaid return label so you can easily ship back the pieces you aren’t interested in.

 

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 6 Recap

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Today was Day 6 on the challenge. I (hopefully) feel like I’m turning a corner. I wasn’t AS hungry today and I also didn’t feel as weak. Mondays are tough – but it’s rare that I stay so focused on this eating journey that has proven to be really hard for me, so I’ll celebrate that on this particular Monday. There’s only 4 days left on the Cleanse phase – which works out nicely since I’ll be meeting with a potential wedding cake baker on Saturday! A couple bites won’t kill me or derail my GREAT progress…

Today I had:
MORNING
–Strawberry Mango Spark + Catalyst (3)
–Probiotic (2)
–Strawberry Meal Replacement Shake
–Banana
MIDDAY
–Catalyst (3)
–Chicken Salad
–Hummus
–Spinach & Kale Chips
EVENING
–OmegaPlex (2)
–Bruschetta Turkey Burger patty (from Central Market)
–Herbal Cleanse (3) + Catalyst (3)

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I also had a great Barre class this morning where I got to rock a cute new top I purchased a couple weeks ago and have been dying to show off:

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I’m really excited for Day 7 tomorrow and the mark of one solid week of making positive progress in my nutrition to lose weight and get healthier.

Good night y’all!

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 5 Recap

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Yesterday was Day 5 on the challenge. I usually get to sleep in a little on Sundays, and while that is wonderful it also throws my schedule way off whack. Yesterday was no exception… I got up I’m enough time to take my pills before church, but I didn’t have a moment to eat. I wanted a doughnut at church SO SO SO BAD but I resisted. After a week of excellent consistency and willpower, YJ treated me to a dinner out at Outback where we got to indulge just a little bit!

Today I had:
MORNING
–Cherry Spark + Catalyst (3)
–Probiotic (2)
MIDDAY
–Catalyst (3)
–Veggie Chips + Guacamole
EVENING
–OmegaPlex (2)
–Filet Mignon
–Shrimp
–Baked Potato
–Seasonal Veggies
–Herbal Cleanse (3) + Catalyst (3)

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Halfway through the CLEANSE and feeling great!

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 4 Recap

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Yesterday was Day 4 on the challenge. It was a whirlwind of a day with wedding planning activities (so fun) and I didn’t have the opportunity to eat as much or as often as I’d hoped. For that reason, I spent the day perpetually hungry – but it was a rare kind of day and I know how to course correct moving forward. I never thought my on-going problem would be needing to eat MORE – but it really has been the case this time around. I just want to be so consistent with my diet and regimen. I don’t want to slip up and eat fast good or junk to fill a craving. Once again, planning ahead and packing appropriately is totally key. A bonus of making it to Day 4 – I get to have a couple days reprieve from the dreaded Fiber Drink!

As a refresher, the 24 Day Challenge is made up of a 10-day “Cleanse” phase where you take a lot of fiber, detox your system and prepare your body for maximum nutrient absorption. Immediately after, you roll into a 14-day “Max” phase where you eat super clean and take a crazy amount of healthy supplements to give your body the vitamins and minerals your body is craving. Each day you’re also supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

Today I had:
MORNING
–Mango Strawberry Spark + Catalyst (3)
–Probiotic (2)
–Banana
–Strawberries/Blueberries
MIDDAY
–Catalyst (3)
–Chicken Caesar Salad from La Madeleine (no cheese and dressing on the side)
EVENING
–OmegaPlex (2)
–Strawberry Meal Replacement Shake
–Herbal Cleanse (3) + Catalyst (3)

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I woke up this morning and the scale says I’m down EIGHT POUNDS – which is unbelievable! It really makes the sacrifices I’ve made worth it! Just hoping to maintain that loss and keep it going :)

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 3 Recap

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Today was Day 3 on the challenge and things are getting better. I feel my energy picking back up and my body is adjusting to the cleanse as nicely as can be expected. Trust me, it’s still a situation! I ate out for 2 out of 3 meals today and it was a nice reinforcement that I can eat well (clean) without having all the control of being at home. It’s just about making smart choices – which I know is common sense, but we all need the reminder sometimes!

As a refresher, the 24 Day Challenge is made up of a 10-day “Cleanse” phase where you take a lot of fiber, detox your system and prepare your body for maximum nutrient absorption. Immediately after, you roll into a 14-day “Max” phase where you eat super clean and take a crazy amount of healthy supplements to give your body the vitamins and minerals your body is craving. Each day you’re also supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

Today I had:
MORNING
–Mango Strawberry Spark + Catalyst (3)
–Fiber Drink
–Strawberry Meal Replacement Shake
MIDDAY
–Catalyst (3)
–Salad (romaine, red leaf, hard boiled eggs, broccoli, quinoa, avocado, grilled chicken, just a tiny bit of feta and chipotle lime vinaigrette on the side)
–Banana
EVENING
–OmegaPlex (2)
–Ginger Mint Chia Water
–Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Black Bean, Onion and Peppers medley
–Herbal Cleanse (3) + Catalyst (3)

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I also had a great Barre class this morning. It kicked my ass big time. I could definitely feel weaker due to the lack of calories the past few days – and when it gets tough I just have to muscle through … Hopefully not always with either of these faces:

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Sweet dreams, world. Ready for Day 4 tomorrow and another chance at proving I can really go the distance this time around. Peace!

Fabletics Subscription – July 2014 Outfit

For my July Fabletics outfit, I selected: ARUBA (V.I.P. Price: $59.95 // Regular Price: 89.85)

See below for more info on how Fabletics membership works …

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This outfit was a perfect summer find for me! I was SO excited for this outfit to arrive, and am happy to report that I LOVE all three pieces of the outfit. The crazy print on the capri pants was my main reason for getting this outfit PLUS I’d already bought the sports bra in two other colors and really love it!

LOOK at this print!:

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Fabletics ships via FedEx and usually arrives within one week of purchase. Each item is individually sealed in its own bag.

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I have been obsessed with Fabletics for a few months now, but I realized I hadn’t been sharing that love on the blog with y’all.

What is Fabletics, you ask?

Well… Fabletics is the result of an awesome partnership with Kate Hudson (actress and super hot body) and the team behind JustFab. They worked together to develop a ‘multi-functional wardrobe solution’ for today’s active woman. To get started, you create a FREE membership take a quick quiz so that Fabletics can get to know you better. After that, Fabletics serves up new outfits to you on the 1st of each month that are suited to your workouts and lifestyle. These outfits might include, tops, tanks, tees, sports bras, hoodies, jeggings, leggings, capris, etc.) and are comparable in style and quality to brands like Lululemon (yet WAY more affordable and awesome).

You can be a Regular Member or a V.I.P. Member. In my opinion, the Fabletics V.I.P. membership is the way to go! (The price difference on this outfit alone was a savings of $30!) As stated above, membership is FREE. Each month, you can choose to purchase one of the new outfits suggested to you, starting at just $49.95 for a full outfit. Or, if you don’t see anything you’re interested in, you just have to login to the Fabletics site by the 10th and elect to ‘skip’ that month. No cost. No harm done.

Seriously, y’all, this is the best avenue for adorable, high-quality workout gear I’ve come across in a very long time.