Friday, April 26, 2013

Day 1 of AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge *imported post from temp. blog*

I made it through!! Granted, its 9:22 pm and I'd still really like to have some snacks, but that's just out of habit, not because I'm hungry.

It's a pretty easy regimen for the first few days of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, wake up, have a fiber drink and some water, then have some fruit 30 minutes later, along with Spark! (my savior!) and drink 2 8 ounce glasses of water before the mid-morning "meal."

For the mid-morning, you have some more fruit, some eggs and/or some oatmeal, along with  another 2 glasses of water before lunch. Today I had half an orange and 2 hard boiled eggs, no yolks, you can have the yolk though! I just don't care for them.

Then you move onto lunch, which should consist of salad or greens with a lean protein and complex carbs, at lunch you also take your OmegaPlex vitamin. And again, you guessed it, 2 more glasses of water before your next "meal." Unfortunately I didn't plan right and I didn't have any salad or greens at home. I made due with 3 cucumber boats (about half a cuke, lenthwise) filled with chicken salad (no mayo! mashed avocado instead!) diced red onion, some cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. YUMM-O!!

Your next "meal" is the mid-afternoon, you can have some nuts, seeds, raw veggies, fruit, or a rice cake with natural peanut butter. You can also have another Spark! now to give you a pick-me-up if need be. And again, (guess...) more water!! I had some celery, I was craving a CRUNCH that I would usually get from some potato chips or peanut m & m's.

Onto dinner, you can have a lean protein with lightly cooked veggies. I made some amazing chicken with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms and some red onion. I steamed up a side of baby spinach and was in foodie heaven! Something so simple fit in with the challenge and was so delicious!! At dinner, you take more of the OmegaPlex and of course, more water.

In the evening you're allowed to have a snack if needed, fruit, and before you go to bed, you take your Herbal Cleanse supplements.

That's it! Easy peasy! I'll post about the 24-Day Challenge again in a few days when my regimen changes a little. My hardest part of the day was not stopping at Dunkin' Donuts for coffee on my way to my 11:00 am class like I always do.

Track my progress!!
Chest: 40"
Waist: 39"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 22"
Weight: 181


Prepping for AdvoCare *imported post from temp. blog*

'Twas the night before the Advocare 24-Day Challenge and all through the house...

Okay, not so much a holiday story, but I'm prepping tonight none the less. I'm starting my 24-Day Challenge tomorrow morning and I'm super excited, with a sprinkle of nervous mixed in. Will I be able to stick with this for 24 days and change some really horrible eating habits and hopefully look a little bit better for my best friends wedding at the end of May?

I'm kicking myself right now, I have so much I wanted to prep for the challenge, and I didn't get back to the grocery store yesterday. Now I'm behind in the stuff that I wanted to do!! Looks like cutting up apples, peeling oranges, and hard boiling eggs is all I'm going to be able to do tonight.

I'll post my current measurements in the morning and let you know how the AdvoCare fiber drink and Spark is!!

Wish me luck!!


Refreshing Summer Salsa *recipe* *imported post from temp. blog*

As I'm getting ready to start my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge on Monday, I was on the hunt for some good recipes to keep my taste buds awake... Browsing through the guides for AdvoCare, there's a LOT that I CAN eat, which makes me happy, keeps me from denying myself everything and losing hope on this life-changing journey.

I don't recall where I found this recipe, therefore I can't link back to it. (I'm sorry!!0

I also don't use "real" measurements, most are just eyeballed.

I plan on using this salsa on top of some baked chicken and over spinach, with a side of couscous or quinoa!

Refreshing Summer Salsa
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 lime juice
Small bunch of cilantro, chopped (I find it easier to just hold it and cut it up with my kitchen scissors!)
1/2 red onion, diced
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 c. diced strawberries (this was about 8 large strawberries)
2 avocados, diced

This can be used for so many different things, and it holds VERY well! Doesn't seem to get mushy or too runny too quickly! Enjoy!!

Please feel free to email me at if you'd like more information on the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge!


My AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge! *imported post from temp. blog*

Supplies are ordered. Mindset is starting to change.

I've made a conscious decision to make a change in my life and get on a better track. I'm going to become a healthier me and I can't wait. I've been putting it off long enough and the time is NOW to make my changes!!

As soon as my AdvoCare supplies arrive, I'm going to be beginning an awesome 24-Day Challenge. I've watched friends of mine go through the AdvoCare challenge with simply amazing results, and I'm finally ready to join the ranks of the people who have been so very successful with it. I plan on chronicling my progress here and sharing my experience!!

I'm still learning about the whole process, and please, I'd love it if you would learn with me and follow along with my story!!


Take the pledge to become an Official Boogie Kid! *imported post from temp. blog*

Convince your kiddos to Save their Sleeves by taking the Boogie Wipes Pledge!!

Throughout the month of April, kids can take the pledge to be entered to win one of 1,000 Boogie Wipes Pledge packs! These packs include a backpack badge and Boogie Wipes tattoos!

When taking the pledge, kids can learn interesting facts about boogers, which is always amusing when you're a kid! Did you know your sinuses can make 2 liters of mucus per day?!

I've been using Boogie Wipes for about 3 years now, and I absolutely LOVE them!! Fighting my little guy with a snotty, crusty nose was never fun, and Boogie Wipes have taken some of the fight out of it. They're super soft and don't irritate dry, chapped noses!



Big thanks to blogger for FINALLY reinstating my site!! Now to move some posts from a temporary site I was writing on, and to catch up on some great posts that I need to get up!! Thank you to everyone for your patience throughout this ordeal!! It was breaking my heart not to have my site up and running for so long!!

And yes, a big giant THANK YOU to whomever reported me as a SPAM BLOG!! *eyeroll*


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Mead Early Learning!! *giveaway*

With these winter days leaving us inside a bit more than usual, staying out of the cold is a good thing, but keeping occupied is the hard thing. I keep the kids from becoming video game or tv zombies and fill their time with activities that they like,  yet will expand their skills intellectually as well.

Some of the best products that I've found for intellectual fun are the Mead Early Learning products! They range in skill set from Pre-Kindergarten up through Third grade. This range is EXCELLENT for my two monsters!! Buddy starts Kindergarten in the fall and Boug is in Third grade currently!!

These products are backed up by professional educators, and tested by REAL parents, and have a huge range of products for all different types of interests. They have a variety of dry-erase boards, game and activity workbooks, flash-cards, and age-appropriate workbooks. So far, Buddy's favorite is the dry-erase board, he will sit for HOURS and write, erase, and re-write his ABC's...

I've picked up other brands of workbooks in the stores, and I'm always disappointed in the selections. I mean, the content is good, but the amount of pages leave much to be desired. I mean, come on... Who wants to spend their money on a workbook with twenty or less pages?? The Mead Early Learning workbooks are THICK! The Preschool one that Buddy's been working has literally HUNDREDS of pages of activities! Thank goodness for VALUE!!

The Mead Early Learning Flashcards are great too, but for some reason Buddy will not do them with me. The good thing though? He will do them with his sister. Go figure, they get along during flashcard time. Big sister sits and goes through them with him, and they not only learn, they bond too. I can't complain one bit!

Mead has been gracious and offered up a prize pack of Early Learning products to a reader of A Couch With A View!! All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment to let me know what Early Learning product you think your kiddo would love the most!! You can view all the selections here.

This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 2/16/2013. Winner will be notified and has 48 hours to respond to email, or else prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn. Prize package is approximately a $75.00 value.

Big thank you to Mead for providing me with a variety of Early Learning products to facilitate my review. Receipt of items in no way change the way that I feel about said products.


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