Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Are You Waiting For?



Happy Wednesday!   A 4 day work week???   Practically on the home stretch, loves!

Let's get right down to biz-nass.

This post has been on my mind for awhile.    

It seems like we wait, and debate, and wait some more, and there's never really a right time?    Is there?



These products, this lifestyle, this company...it's brought me far in so many ways.   
   We really don't know anyone's true story but maybe you're reading this right now thinking you're tired of hiding in your swimsuit.   Tired of being tired.   Tired of not being able to confidently throw on a pair of shorts and enter the world.    Tired of not having something of your own.  Tired of not having the extra money to do the things that you want to do in this life.     Just tired of the way that things are.  


So I ask...

What are you waiting for???


Most of you know my Advocare running loving love story.     

It all started with a 24 Day Challenge.    Just like everyone else that falls in love with this lifestyle.  


Everything in terms of my health improved.   Literally, everything.



I went from an average runner to gunning for a BQ time.    Yes, I work hard, but yes, these products have been a crucial part of my journey and I'll never, ever discount that.   



And how about the energy??      I've got the energy.     That Advo energy is contagious and many of you have it.  I pretty much love that.      I have more energy at 40 than I ever did at 30.      Who knew????    When you feel good physically, the energy is one heck of an amazing side effect.  


I mean???




Oh and did someone say Spark???    Yes, Spark helps with the energy and if you're a Spark kool aid drinker like the rest of my circle, you already know this.    If you're not, message me and I'll hook you up with a sample.    You won't turn back.   Promise.  Next thing you know, you'll be sending out SOS texts to anyone in a 10 mile radius who may have some on hand when you run out.    You know who you are, Sparkheads.






I exercise.   A lot.    Truth of the matter is, I've always been an exerciser.    However, my workouts are  at a different caliber now.    I love my them, and enjoy them,  and I make them a priority.        The Performance Elite  line is straight up my jams in this area.      I use it from everything from marathon training to Crossfit to teaching classes at Title Boxing Club.  Another perk, I love, love, love the fact that my girls are growing up watching mama making exercise and a healthy lifestyle a priority.     That is important to me and the big one is already catching the bug.   Her handstand pushups very well may be better than mine.    Not fair, yet straight up awesome.  




The Performance Elite line is kind of my baby.    I'm serious.    I practically gave birth to it and could talk about it for days.   



The friendships within Advo rock.  










Did I mention that it's pretty amazing doing life with your best friend?   Nothing better than seeing your friends succeed and have similar goals.    Oh and can we talk about how my best friend is 40 too?   A college athlete, has always been active, but I'm pretty sure she looks and feels better now than when I met her nearly 20 years ago.     And her husband?  Same deal.    Advo life does a body good. 






The income.   Yes, we actually get paid real money to do this.  Every two weeks.   Just like a real job "working for the man."        What other job do you get the opportunity to be YOUR OWN BOSS, help others earn income and get healthy, and make serious friendships along the way???     Exactly.    

When I started working this as a business, I thought...hmmm...an extra $1000 a month would be nice....    That goal has been crushed and that in itself, is amazing.   On deck for me... 6 Star Ruby.  Do the work, support your team,  and the rest will come.      This gig is exactly what you put into it.    You spend time doing what you love and the income will come.  







The peace of mind of having a solid Plan B income.   The bottom line is...who knows what can happen in this life.   You can be plugging away at your six figure income, living comfortably, and bam.     Your company gets bought... you get let go....you get injured and can't work.... SO many things can change on a dime in this life.     A solid plan B income will let you sleep at night.  Promise.       If life goes on as planned and you don't ever need that Plan B income??  Well guess what, you can spend it spoiling the people that you love and planning for your future.   Either way, you're winning. 







So I ask... 



I'm not special in this business, I promise.    Work hard, the payoff will come.   Isn't that the way it all works?    It truly is what you put into it.

This can be the year that you feel amazing in a bathing suit, that you have that disposable income to do something fabulous, that you feel fulfilled by what you're doing it.


Group challenges starting on my private Facebook page all the time....

Ready to start one???  June 2nd it is... Done by the 4th... everybody's winning.    





Interested in learning more about the business side of things but have no idea where to start???
I can help with that too... advocarerunner1@gmail.com






Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things We Need to Discuss...



It's been a minute!


Eight topics on the agenda...


1.    I'm straight up addicted to matcha powder lately.      Wanna know why it's amazing???



Okay, here is the one you want.  No sugars, no added crap.  


Get a load of this...  I got wind that Starbucks had matcha powder for use in their matcha lattes.  I got this brilliant idea to beat the system...   I was rolling through there  on the reg getting 2 scoops of matcha, with ice and water in a venti cup.   It's 80 cents!  Nothing at the Bux is 80 cents so needless to say, this was happening daily, if not twice a day.
  One day a couple weeks ago the worker basically said.."you know our matcha has a ton of added sugar, right?   Most people think it's healthy but it's not.   You want the good stuff on Amazon."

This all took place at the drive through window.   I couldn't get outta there fast enough and pretty much burned rubber like a bat outta hell.   
   Upon closer review, I had been slurping down 14 grams  of sugar like it ain't no thang.   Sometimes 28 grams if it was a two-a-day!  
 Still some healthy benny's, yes.  But for that kind of  added sugar..I'd rather have something awesome.

So yes, this has zero sugar.  You may want to mix it with a little stevia to start because if you aren't used to it, it's bitter.

Here's my deal...

2 small scoops of match
1 packet of stevia
10 oz water
A crap load of ice

Shake and #TTTD (take to the dome...new hashtag..we're going with it.)





2.      Who else is excited that our Crossfit boy, Rich Froning's new Advo loot is finally available to us common folk???




Right???      The shirt on the left is unisex and you can bet it's all mine.  Plus, I think it's gonna throw me into beast mode the second I take it outta the package.




3.      I hate to beat a dead horse, but who has tried the Womelette?    It's such an easy way to throw together a clean breakfast in two seconds flat.       Check out my Insta (Advorunner) video for the debts.   






Womelette people, please tell me your favorite variation.    Lately I've been going the sweet cinnamon route, topped with some type of nut butter (which basically goes without saying).   If you haven't tried the Wom yet, please do us both a large and get there.    I need more variations and you guys never disappoint.   



4.    Is anyone else getting out of school in what feels like the middle of Spring?   Today is the last day of school for these Advo hoodlums of mine.



Crazy town, huh?       You know your daughter has the most amazing teacher in the history of the world when she sobs herself to sleep the night before the last day of school.  All with thoughts of saying goodbye to her teacher tomorrow.   Heartbreaking but so telling.     Mrs. Budic, you are one of a kind and we love you long time.    If the little one gets you when it's her turn, I'm gonna do 14 back handsprings and possibly land in the russian splits.  You're that amazing.  



5.    Lots of 10 Day Cleansers and 24 Day Challengers starting the week after Memorial Day.    
Get yourself some and join in the fun.      Want a discount on products?  I help with that too.




Still aren't convinced?    I wasn't either.    Read my journey here.   It all started with a challenge.    And thank goodness I said yes.   




6.     Speaking of Memorial Day... Crossfit Kool Aid drinkers, who is doing MURPH???

Murph is a hero WOD that honors a fallen veteran.  Such a cool concept.    

Yes, we're gonna die.  Yes, it's gonna be awesome.    



Come back next week to hear how I fueled and what products I went with for this impending crazy train.
 Local people, if you're in the 614 and want to have an amazingly killer workout to kick off Memorial Day, hit me up.  I love bloggy friends and this workout is open to EVERYONE.   Don't be scared, we modify.  Promise.  There will be all fitness levels.    Come on...come to the dark side...mwhahahahha.



7.   Speaking of a long weekend....tell me your fitness plans.  I know some of you are running 5k's and other fun various shennans.   Gimme the goods. 

I'm still on the fence for this...  Tempting.    And I love a good inaugural race.     We shall see...






8.   Training for Chi Town starts in a hot second.     The thought is exhilarating, yet exhausting.   But #Don'tCryForMeArgentina...I seem to do this to myself.   Chicago people... anyone?   Us Ohio girls are gonna need some crowd support.   Love you, miss you, mean it.







That's all I've got!


I'm sure I'll be posting a ton of shennany's on the Insta over the next few days, which has kinda become my mini blog...   Advorunner.   Come find me.



Laters, babes.


















Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunday Sentiments (on Monday), a Fabletics Review, and Other Stuff Too.



A day late as usual.   30 minutes to spare!   It's 11:30 p.m.  here in the C-Bus, Oh-H.   #SleepWhenYou'reDead


First up,   latest goodies from Fabletics.   


We went with simple, hot running weather attire for this month.   It didn't disappoint.



Here we have the Adventura tank and Suva Run Short II.    Lightweight, easy peasy, and did I mention cheap?   Basically this whole outfit, plus a bra, which isn't pictured retails for about $10 less than one single pair of Lulu shorts.   Don't get me wrong, I love my Lulu shorts and am not gonna be a playa hatah and say I don't.   But still.... I love me some Fabletics too.


So review...

Sunday morning, I ran 6 Mother's Day hot, sweaty, humid miles in this outfit... with these fools...


And all good in the hood.  No riding, chaffing, etc.   Love these shorts and already have more prints on the way.


Don't have the Fabletics hook up yet?    It's time to come to the dark side.


What else?   

I ate bad stuff and drank bad stuff and took a lot of Carb Ease this weekend.  

Exhibit A




When it's pretend summer and you're at the best margarita place in town with some of your favorite ladies...



ya gotta drink the sugary #diyabeeetus.





I did run 10 miles on Saturday to reverse the margaritas.  #TrustMeImADoctor








But then I turned around and ate delicious crab cakes, amongst other things... Which were way  more amazing than this picture gives them credit.    I asked for dressing on the side because the innocent lady at the table next to me ordered this exact dish, (which I nearly drooled on and proceeded to stare at innappropriately, lusting after her food until I'm pretty sure we both blushed... ), which was deeeerenched in this delicious goodness.     I needed slightly more control over my dressing sitch.  #typeA    


Oh and on Mother's Day, those monkeys of mine gave me this...


....And I pretty much can't sleep at night.   You guys, this cocoa + coconut flavor is #OTCD.
  ( OCTD= new hashtag for Off The Chizane Doe... yes, it's real now.  #SNS)

3 sugars per serving so it's not as ridiculous as it should be.  But it's still ridiculous.   In summary, if you're a nut butter lunatic like me, and don't want the risk of eating your entire days worth of calories in 3 minutes...yeah, don't buy this.



Then more dining out occurred.  Which involved bites of the little one's fried fish and chips,  amongst other things.     ps- When did battered, fried fish become so delicious?  It's the little one's current obsession and me thinks she's onto something.  



The kiddos daddy, also known as my ex husband,  put together and joined in for a sweet little Mother's Day from these two.  Blessed and grateful for all of it.    Said celebration may or may not have ended in a giant slab of chocolate cake. In which the little one proceeded to attempt to smuggle the leftovers out of the restaurant.      Utensils and all.    Heathens, we are.   No, seriously.   





Did I mention that a  friend also placed this on my front step yesterday?



Again, it was MD....

But seriously.... Ohio people, if you've never experienced a Der Dutchman donut.. Specifically this here white long john breed... I can't even...


Again, #CarbEase


So after a weekend of hausing out, running, tons of water/ all of my normal supplements, and again... Carb Ease Plus...


I didn't wake up feeling like I was ready for a bikini competition by any means...  but I also didn't feel like this....



I started the day today with this Crossfit workout.    And almost died.  Then kinda secretly wanted to do it again. 





Yes, on Monday's my Crossfit box goes two WOD's with strength sandwiched in the middle.  We call it Monster Monday.    Not normal.    But it's amazing.  Pretty sure I could have two broken legs and and I would still finagle a way for Monster Monday.  I can't miss it.



And lastly, come hell or high water, I'm keeping these hanging ferns alive this summer.    Please give me tips.   I swear I water them.   This time they're not going down.  This will be the year.  The year of the hearty fern.  

Fern people, show me thy ways.


See you all in a couple.

Mkkay. Bye.













Friday, May 8, 2015

It's Friday! How about some Friday Letters?





Dear Monkeys,  I'm real sorry that I ate that huge bag of watermelon that your grandma brought just for you.  It was all chopped and perfect  and I was hot and thought I would eat just one piece.   It all happened so fast.   In the bank of an eye,  I had watermelon juice all over my bad self and an empty bag in hand.   
 I promise I'll buy each of you one of those cute personal watermelons that you love that cost a zillion dollars each.



Dear Def Leppard,   The fact that you're coming to town is making me off the chain happy.  Yes,  this makes me old.  No, I don't care.  



Dear 8 Year Old,   The fact that you're mowing through books while I lounge beside you,  my book in hand, is kinda making all of my dreams come true.   It's practically like we're on vacation.  Only different.  Now if we could only get the little one to sit down.


Dear Spring,   I love you and everything but why is it suddenly July?  And 88?  I refuse to complain about this.    But where's my perfect spring running weather?     Weather man, I feel like you did this on purpose.   Okay, I'm done.  



Dear Mother's Day,    You snuck up outta nowhere and I like it.  You're one of my favorite's.  And not because it's perfectly appropriate to drink mimosa's at noon.  
     For those of us who are lucky enough to still have our mom's, cherish them.    For those who have unfortunately lost them, my heart always goes out to you on Mother's Day.  Be good to yourself.  Sending good vibes your way.



Dear Nordstrom,   Why are your displays so perfect and beautiful?    I want every item on the second floor.   Especially that $298 dollar maxi dress that is gonna make my summer perfect and complete.  Mama needs a raise, stat, doe.



Dear Weekend,   You're here!  And the weather is looking fab.   Hot, but fab.
 Hollah.  Let's get busy, friends.


















Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cap City Half Marathon and Weekend Wrap Up





Hi friends!   What a beautiful weekend here in the 614!

The feature event being one of my favorite races...the Cap City Half Marathon.  

Honestly, this may have been my favorite Cap City thus far.

Let's discuss....

1. The weather.  Legit off the chizzaine doe....
2.  I ran with friends and we laughed, solved the worlds problems, high fived kids on the sidelines, and truly enjoyed the process.
3.   I felt zero pressure with time.   
4.  Our goal was to get these guys under 2 hours and that's all she wrote. 

Final chip time-  1:59 and change.  


Pre Race fuel, riding shotgun and at the mercy of my dear friends' crazy husband who had us all laughing hysterically before we even got outta the car.

Two 02 Gold and a V02 Prime bar.  Taken to the dome about 35 minutes before the gun.   Love this combo.   
It probably goes without saying that  I started the morning with a giant Spark and 3 Catalyst, per usual.





A few crazy Crossfitters at the start.     Let's do this, yo's.    




The first 5 miles, we were all on pace for a sub two.    Unfortunately, we lost one due to your normal running struggles.    And despite, my verbal abuse, no bueno.    ps-  Have a running goal?  I'm your girl.   I love pacing and pep talking and the whole kit and caboodle.  

Back to my story....

    And then there were three.  

Around mile 8, another one started having foot issues.    She finished in a great time but we let her go.  


And then there were two.    


So yes, my final victim is 23 and had never done a half.   She is a real deal rowing coach though so she's mentally tough and kinda born #BA.
   I looked at her at mile 8 and said "okay, if you're still in, we gotta pick it up."     

She basically shrugged her shoulders with a nonchalant nod of the head that told me.. "let's do this."

We basically cranked out 8:20's for 5 miles to make up the time.    No big for her.   

And...in under two.

Average pace 8:50-something or other.


The posse at the finish.    Suns out, medals out.  #winning




I literally "ran into" a friend from high school who reads this bloggy as we crossed the finish line. So that was awesome.   Hi Kristi!


Oh and another reader (Hi Lori!) approached me at the after party (hey girl hey!)  and we got a little champagne toast photo opp.
Lori, you rock and your energy is right up my alley.  
 Please move to the 614 and be my running bff.




Ahhh... a great day and I kinda wanna do it again on Saturday.



What's next??

Fallen 15 race in Dublin, which is the suburban bubble next to mine.

What's not to love about this race?   9.3 miles, Memorial Day weekend, honoring local fallen heroes.    I'm in.


Oh and did I tell you guys that I got into Chicago?    #bucketlist





Other weekend highlights....

Lacrosse with a big ole side of goofy Runnerdog. 

Love everything about this.  Including the adorable barn in the back ground. 






Reuniting with my favorite hospital work friends.     A spectacle indeed.    The things we covered at the dinner table.... ummm.....hide your children and your wives.  
   We basically have zero concept that others are around.  It ain't pretty...   However, we know nothing else.    #LongestGroupTextInAmerica





It's Tuesday.  Get after it.













Friday, May 1, 2015

AdvoRunner Antics



Just a random post about a whole lotta nothin'....




Anyone ever think it's Saturday but upon closer review, it's really Friday?  Not hating on Friday but Saturday is where it's at.

Speaking of Saturday... Giddy up for Cap City!  


How about a little throw back to last year?  You can read my drill here.


2014-  Official time-  1:45:20



And the year before....







2013-  Chip time-  1:51:07


Since I started this bloggy in 2013, I honestly have no idea what the previous 10 years of running this race looked like.  I've run this race since the beginning of time so guess I could launch an investigation.... if I cared.





Friends that found me on My Fitness Pal...  (Advorunner)



Isn't this fun!?     We get to stalk each other and what we're eating all day.  Plus you guys are giving me some majorly good ideas!   Hollah, whuh whuh.



So my sweet friend sent me this to me yesterday.....with a "this reminded me of you" message.




The whole Crossfit things sparks a lot of questions about women and weights and becoming a gigantic 7 foot male meat head over night.    It doesn't happen ladies, promise.      What does happen is that you feel strong and flexible and empowered and yes, your skinny jeans may fit a little tighter in the thighs because guess what?.. you can squat your ass off.
  But we don't care.  Muscle is fabulous.     So yes, you don't have to Crossfit.. BUT do yourself a large and at least lift weights.   Don't think you have time to strength train?

But you do.  Remember when I posted this easy, peasy full body at home workout????   Still one of my favorites.  Get yourself some dumbells and go to town.

Let's talk about the benny's of strength training....

Legit...

1.  Instant mental boost
2. Stronger bones
3. WAY more energy
4. Higher metabolism.  That muscle burns calories while we're sitting around watching Real Housewives.   JS...
5.  Better sleep
6. Decreased body fat
7.   Minimal jiggling in that bathing suit

Weight lifting...get yourself some.   

And between you and me.... another thing I love about it... my little girls seeing mama throw around some weights.    Something about that empowers me and I love that they already know that girls can be strong.  And still be feminine at the same time.




Some favorites about the inter webs...


#Guilty.  #backpedal.  Hate when this happens.




Truth.  They always come back. 





And.. this made me belly laugh.







In celebration of tomorrow...
How about some running related goodies?




Hilarious!





Tiff!!

Pretty sure this is us .... I'm really gonna hate when you turn 40.  And I ain't lyin'



Columbus friends.... Get ready. Our newsfeeds will be blowing up.   Just like I likes...



I'll never get sick of this movie.  #facty





Dude... story of my life.  Especially when it's sunny and I'm working and I see you fools on the Olentangy Trail off of 315 and I wonder why no one has a job around here.     #jelly



#StPatricksDay

Yes.  Yes indeed.



Good luck to all of you running this weekend!  We've got Cap, Indi, and Flying Pig!
 Can't wait wait to  hear your updates!

I'll be back Sunday for some SS/Weekend Wrap-up action.

In the meantime...you know I love new running songs so send em my way pretty please with melted peanut butter on top.

xoxo

-AR