Category Archives: Fitness & Health

Advocare 24-Day Challenge: Join Me?

advocare intro 24 day challengeHello there my friends. Happy March! How are doing with your goals for the year so far?

“Goals? What goals?” you say? Yep. Me too. I am starting my month off with a bang as far as my reading goals, as you may have been reading here on the blog. But honestly, I never set ANY other goals for myself this year. I know. I was busy. I didn’t prioritize it. Sort of like  all the other things, that should do for myself, that sort of go by the wayside as life rushes past. I know you feel me here.

Between eating my face off over the holidays and Super Bowl snacks (Thanksgiving for Football) and finally being sick and only eating Ramen Noodles and cinnamon toast….well, let’s say, I am sick of feeling awful.

Why I need a reset

Since I seem to need a little self-care, I think it’s time for me to address making my health a priority. While I didn’t set any “goals” for fitness or health… I have addressed some things: I got my annual physical, got a mammogram, set up follow-up appointments with specialists for little things, got my teeth cleaned…and now I have decided to stop eating all the food, and finally get myself healthy from the inside, out: My eating and nutrition. To do that, I  need a plan to follow and really more to help with accountability. Some of my friends love Beach Body, or Whole 30 (you can read all about my experience here) and some love eating vegan and clean. I am a balance in all things person, who loves the 80/20 rule of thumb: Eat great 80% of the time, and then the 20% is for letting myself off the hook a bit.

Why I chose Advocare

So full disclosure- I signed on to sell Advocare when I decided to do the challenge. I must tell you this, since the links in this post are affiliate links. But I gotta tell you- your price won’t change.

My background in diets has never been good, but as a lifestyle of eating healthy, I kind of do it automatically at this point- not super gross, and not super clean and strict. The perfect path for me seems to be common sense eating. However, like the approach with Advocare. Whatever, I may miss, the Advocare makes up for. Sort of like an insurance policy that I am getting all the things I need:  My own food, and eating an 80/20 plus working out moderately and taking supplements. Because, I I have decided to take on an Advocare 24-Day Challenge.

Advocare 24-Day Challenge

The reason why I decided to sell these products:

  • I did the 10-Day challenge pre-Christmas, and I felt awesome. My jeans fit without pain or problem buttoning.
  • The 10-Day challenge was so easy- I felt, and my husband felt, like we weren’t even following a plan. We normally eat sort of clean, but not strictly. This plan just put in place a more structured routine to the way we were eating.
  • The discount of course! When you sign up to sell Advocare, you pay either $20 or $60. The Preferred Customer plan for $20, means you get 20% off everything you buy! The Distributor plan (what I am doing) allows me to sell Advocare myself to anyone, anywhere (like here), and then I can get 20-40% off my orders with them…and earn a commission too.

For me, the hardest part of doing a plan like the 24 Day Challenge is…making a plan. So I will be doing a lot of the work for you here on the blog, and showing you everything that I ate for the full 24 days. Not because I know you like to see what I am eating- I am showing you how much food you will eat (they want you to eat frequently!) and this very gentle re-entry of good food into your body and getting rid of some bad habits- like eating all the food off your kids’ plates. echem.

The Advocare supplements are just the support around your good eating. A probiotic, an amino supplement, a fiber boost in the morning, an omega (the good fat- hearth healthy), and  an herbal fiber boost at night. My absolute love is Spark® the amino supplement drink that is my new coffee.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Could you be healthy without Advocare? Yes of course! But I love the way I feel and felt when I did my 10-day in December. It is quite honestly amazing that I don’t miss my coffee- but I don’t- not even a little bit. I guess that means I didn’t really need it too much. I look forward to sharing my experience over the next 24 days with you- so stay tuned, and check out all the products just to see what they are about- It’s not all trim and slim there. There are performance products for building muscle, recovery, general wellness and more.

And then check out my site, if you want to join me in the 24-Day or 10-Day Challenge!


I will be posting bits of Advocare eats on Instagram, so you can follow me there if that is where you are! If you bought the Healthy Eating Made Easy course from Jessica Fisher, about half of my dinners are from that protein-packed meal plan! It is a stockpile of recipes that are clean-eating and easy to make for families during the week. Stay tuned and see you here soon!

Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: Book Review

Hey, hey there. I can’t tell you how many of my friends in their 40’s are experiencing thyroid issues. Yes, it is a hormonal crazymaking thing. No it isn’t  just women. Yes, some people need surgery for it. No, not everyone needs surgery- the good news according to this book is that you can heal thy-self.

The book: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Hardcover 384 pages.
Author: Aviva Romm
Publisher: Expected publication: January 31, 2017 by HarperOne
Purchase: Amazon, available January 31, 2017, preorder: $17.77

I received this book from Edelweiss in return for honest feedback on the book. Affiliate links in this post.

Now- I must give you a caveat- I have a major problem with books that claim that real diseases can be cured and avoided with diet or self care alone. That seems to me a little patient-shaming ie. it puts the onus on the person with the problem- hey, you have cancer? You must have done something to get it- smoke? of course you have it. Do you eat terribly? Then of course you have diabetes- this kind of blaming thing drives me nuts. I think jumping on a bandwagon of self-cure is dangerous, so I am treading lightly here folks- That said… Let’s move on to my take on this book which outlines some helpful possibilities for hormonal imbalance relief.

Let me start with giving you some info. about the author:

Aviva Romm. She is an M.D. as in board certified family physician- so I like that- she is also an herbalist, midwife, and overall expert in lots of women’s health issues. Right away, I am interested in what she has to say, because she is so well versed and balanced in all areas of her practice- approaching cures from both a medical and also alternative point of view. I can get behind this. Plus she is really well known in her field, having been recognized by Yale earning its Internal Medicine Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service. She was instrumental in creating Yale’s first integrative medicine curriculum and is now a member of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program’s Advisory Board- plus you may know her already from her work with Mark Hyman and Dr. Oz.  So okay-  she’s got the chops.

Her book, the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, is

a “proven 4-week program to rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind & mood.”

It is outlined as follows:

Part 1: The S.O.S. principle or the root behind all your problems is Survival Overdrive Syndrome, or basically stress in all areas of our lives: environmental, physical, mental, and others.

Part 2: The Solution, outlined in phases:

Reboot Your diet- specific to thyroid issues, so it’s not all what you think!
Reframe How to start sleeping more and stop being so hard on yourself!
Repair Some strategies for getting back to balance.
Recharge What tests to get at the doctor & other questions you need answered.
Replenish A sustainable plan for moving forward.

Each of these topics is addressed in full, as in the underlying issues and how to change them. A full sample menu is provided with each phase, along with supplements recommended. She has medication recommendations for people who need a doctor’s care. After these are covered at length, then the rest of the book has some recipes to put into action, and a plan to work with an integrated physician (someone who combines medicine with alternative approaches).

She includes several inspiring quotes throughout the book, and introducing each chapter, but I just kind of love her introductory Epigraph: When sleeping women wake, mountains move.–Chinese ProverbWhen sleeping women wake, mountains move.

So true. I think empowering ourselves with all options to health is a smart one. We are our own best advocates kind of idea, yes?

My take:

I think I just may put into action this plan of hers. It was worth a read for sure, and I found it informative, and not too preachy.

I particularly found very informative that if you are training for a marathon, adrenal depletion often occurs from the incredible stress on your body. Restoring your body after an event, with a plan like this may be beneficial for these symptoms.

How do you know if you need this book? If you have more energy at night then in the morning, have headaches, rapid heart beat, breakouts of excema or psoriasis, have “foggy” brain, new onset of IBS, new anxiety or depression for no reason, can shake weight no matter the amount of exercise or diet restrictions. These are common adrenal fatigue symptoms. They may be symptoms of a more serious problem, but if you consult your doctor and check out as healthy…this book may offer you a lifeline. In that case, I would highly recommend it.

If you want to try to exhaust all possibilities to relieve symptoms of adrenal-like fatigue, slow metabolism, or otherwise, without medicine…If you have already seen a doctor, and you have borderline adrenal and hormonal imbalance that can possibly be helped with diet and lifestyle changes…If you are open to looking at all methods both medicinal and alternative to health…then this is a book for you. Got it? Great. I am not a doctor. This is just a book review! Aviva Romm also has some social to check out if you are interested: Facebook, Twitter, Website

Buy it on Amazon (affiliate link):

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Go For a Run! My Running Wish-List for May

It has been ideal for running, as far as our weather here in New England: cool, low humidity, not too much wind. for me, this is the best type of weather…Except the pollen! Oh my word, friends. I haven’t laced up my new shoes in 3 weeks! Well, 2 weeks ago, I did do a 3 mile run, but then proceeded to get bogged down with allergies and a wicked bronchitis type of cold. It has been B.A.D.!

I always think a break from regular routine is good, so that I appreciate what I have missed during my lounge-time, but enough is enough! I am sick of being sick! I need NO allergies and my lungs to feel clear and light again! So my #1 Wish is for nice, pollen-free weather. Can we make this happen please?

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A GoddessMy #2 Wish is that I hope my mojo hasn’t fallen off too far from the wagon! I want to try out these new shoes some more and have an excuse to buy some cute running gear, which is my Wish #3!

Here’s my running-wear wish-list to feel that motivation to get out there soon:

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A Goddess

And for shopping, these are, clockwise from top-left corner:

  1. Oiselle: Birds of a Feather Tank, look at how pretty, and long- key for a long-torso gal!
  2. ThugLife: “World’s Okayest Runner”, because it makes me smile, and maybe it’s true~
  3. Flip Belt: Original Belt, man, I need something to bring all my junk!
  4. Victoria’s Secret: Incredible Sport Bra, High impact and comes in tons of fun colors!
  5. Oiselle: Distance Shorts, 2 zip pockets and an internal pocket for a key (or Advil!)
  6. Lululemon: What the Sport? Tee, lots of colors and flares to not cling at the bottom.
  7. R-Gear: Handheld 10oz. water bottle, I need this!

Do you have a wish list of running gear, too? I actually have a longer list, but these are some of my right-this-minute wants and sort-of needs! The sneaks were the only real need, but the bra is super important, I must say! Have a great day, and I hope you get to enjoy a run or exercise today! I am still in my PJs. That would be a good start. Get dressed. Hmmm. Wish me luck!

Linking with Tuesdays on the Run