It’s a marathon, not a sprint

I think that saying applies to so much in life….at this time in my life, it refers to my journey to get healthy.  I have been overweight my entire life.  And because of that, I have tried every diet under the sun, but like so many others, when I try a diet and the weight doesn’t immediately just fall off, I get frustrated and give up.  And then one day I will have a moment and think I need to do something to lose weight and I move on to the next diet.  And shockingly enough, the weight once again, doesn’t just fall off so I give up.  Notice a pattern?! Obviously since I am now 35 years old….it takes me awhile to catch on to my repeated failures and find a new way of doing things.  I can proudly say now, I have found a new way of doing things.  This realization came at a very big cost which you can read about here if you would like.  Although this realization came with one of the worst moments of my life, it has also helped me in a crazy way, because it introduced AdvoCare into my life and I can honestly say that my life will never be the same.

 

It is taking every ounce of courage I have to post my weight loss story and especially to post pictures to go along with it.  But, AdvoCare found me when I was at a very low point in my life and as I have said, if my journey helps just one other person in their journey, then it is all worth it.

 

These pictures were taken January 11, 2016.  I was starting an AdvoCare 24 day challenge not really convinced that it was going to be any different than any other diet I had ever done but really needing a change.

 

These pictures were taken February 4, 2016 after my 24 day challenge during which I lost 15lbs and 11 inches!  And that included a vacation to Naples Florida and  other random after holiday celebrations.  Things that would have completely derailed me before but this time, I didn’t feel like I was starving myself.  In fact, they have a product called  Crave Check that I bought thinking I was going to need it, and I never even opened the bottle.  Now don’t get me wrong, am I saying that I took a magical pill and all the weight I needed to lose just fell off me, NO, of course not.  And obviously you can see, I still have quite a long way to go in the weight loss department but I just felt different.  I had more energy and I just felt healthier.  So I kept using products which for me consisted of MNS 3, Catalyst and of course Spark, which I now cannot live without!  They recommend waiting 90 days in between 24 day challenges because the first 10 days of a challenge include a cleanse but when those 90 days were up, I was ready!

 

 

These pictures were taken April 24, 2016 and this time I was starting a challenge excited!  I knew the results I had last time, I knew how much better overall I felt taking the products and I couldn’t wait to see what this challenge had in store for me!

 

 

And I was right to be excited!  With this challenge I lost 16.2lbs and 13in….in 24 days!!!!  And to be completely honest, it was without working out at all.  I had surgery on my thyroid (which is why I have the words over my neck, to hide my scar) and since the surgery, I have had some complications which make working out impossible.  Hopefully those issues are rectified soon because with all this extra energy, I can’t wait to see my results WITH being able to work out!

I meant it when I said this is a marathon and not a sprint.  I know I have a long way to go in this journey but I am determined to cross that finish line!  If you need help crossing your own finish line or would like to hear more about AdvoCare products or the AdvoCare business, please feel free to contact me justjen0919@gmail.com or visit my AdvoCare site, justjensjourney.com

I will see you at the finish line….

 

 

The start of my story

I am someone who believes everything happens for a reason.  I believe there is a plan for me, one that I might not always be able to see, but a plan nonetheless.  On November 20, 2015 I temporarily stopped believing in that plan.  I was 10 weeks pregnant and had just been told my baby did not have a heartbeat and there was nothing that could be done.  Thanksgiving was 6 days away and it was when we planned on telling our families about the baby, now we were calling family members and telling them in the same conversation that we were pregnant but the baby didn’t make it.  We had to tell our 2 1/2 year old that the baby was no longer in Mommy’s tummy but in heaven.  Some people may question why we told him, but with him kissing my belly everyday and talking about his little brother/sister, we didn’t see another option.

The days and weeks after our loss were filled with a lot of tears and even more questions.  Why did this happen?  How could my body fail my child?  Why would this be a part of my plan?  And then a couple really great things happened.  First, my husband and I started attending a support group for people that have gone through similar situations.  It is not an exaggeration when I say, the first time I felt like I could breathe again after our loss, was when I walked out of that first meeting.  It is a club no one wants to be a part of but once you are, it becomes like your second family.

Second, I rediscovered Mama Laughlin.  She is someone I follow on Facebook who has a blog about her weight loss journey.  Right after the holidays I saw a post she had on a dietbet she was hosting with a link to her AdvoCare site.  I had participated in one of her dietbets before, and had won, and who wouldn’t want to get paid for losing weight?!  So I talked to my husband and told him not only did I want to do the dietbet again but what if I got into AdvoCare too?  Because this is what I realized, there was a plan for me and since I wasn’t privy to what that plan was, I needed (for my own sanity) to come up with my own plan.  And that started with me getting healthy.  I wanted to be healthy for my son, my husband, any future children we may be blessed with but mostly for me.  So I signed up to do the AdvoCare 24 day challenge and guess what, I lost 15lbs and 11inches….in 24 days!!!  Am I saying it is a miracle pill that you take and weight will just fall off, no of course not or everyone would be doing it.  But I was determined to be successful, so I followed their food guidelines and I started jogging again, something I had not done since before the miscarriage.  In a later post, I will go more into my journey with AdvoCare but my purpose for this post is to explain why I started this blog in the first place.

So even though I was on this journey to becoming healthier, I still needed more.  I needed something else to come out of this tragedy and that’s when Mama Laughlin inspired me again.  Her blog helped me kick start my weight loss journey, what if I started a blog to help someone else in their journey?  One thing that helped when I went to my first meeting with the support group was knowing I was not alone.  Obviously I knew other people had experienced the loss of a child but actually talking to someone that had been there and made it out the other side….not having to explain to people what you were feeling because they had felt the same things….venting about the things people would say that they thought helped but really just made it worse….priceless.

And that is what I hope this blog will be.  A way to share my experiences, my journey, and maybe help someone along the way….