January 2, 2017 – What are YOUR goals?

2017 is right around the corner and I have one question for you. Okay, actually TWO questions for you ;)

What are YOUR health goals for 2017? And what will you be doing to improve your health on January 2, 2017?

  • Are you looking to lose a few of those holiday pounds? Or maybe, finally – once and for all, shed that baby weight? 
  • Do you want to improve your fitness game? Gain lean muscle mass? See those biceps POP?
  • What about your energy? Is one of your health focuses for the new year to have the same amount of energy you did as a teenager?
  • Eat healthier? Be more active? Feel fantastic inside and out? Fulfill something that is missing in your life?

What is stopping you from achieving your goals? Do you not know where to start? Does it seem intimidating? Have you ever considered working with a personal trainer and/or health coach to reach your goals?

I can’t answer these questions for you, you gotta dig deep for that. I can, however, tell you what program changed my health and life (and many of my personal training clients’ lives) for the better. Are you willing to listen? Maybe you already know…


Yup, this company has changed my life and I am so grateful. They released a HUGE announcement today and I cannot wait to share it with you all.

I am SO excited to announce that AdvoCare shared their 2017 ALL-IN 24-Day Challenge with the world TODAY!

AdvoCare has been my choice for a healthier lifestyle going on 3 years (has it been that long?! Read more about my story here.) I use AdvoCare products daily for energy, improved workout performance (BODYPUMP!!), gaining lean muscle mass, and to feel great! My personal training clients have seen incredible results with the addition of not only the 24-Day Challenge, but also the Performance Elite products into their fitness routine. I love that the products are developed and tested by a team of scientists, nutritionists, and physicians, the products are 3rd party tested for banned substances, AND that AdvoCare provides multiple solutions for both the physical (energy, weight management, wellness, sports performance) and financial areas of your life.

I am so very grateful AdvoCare entered my life almost 3 years ago!

So, what’s this ALL-In 24-Day Challenge?!

The ALL-IN Challenge includes the same fabulous products as the regular 24-Day Challenge PLUS bonus items AND free shipping from now until December 20, 2016. *While supplies last!*

Oh, and did I mention a JUMBO BOTTLE OF CATALYST?! <– Can you tell I’m excited? This mega bottle is only available to those who decide to go ALL-IN and is going FAST.

You better bet your britches that my January 2017 AdvoCare ALL-IN 24-Day Challenge has been ordered… Plus the jumbo bottle of Catalyst (obviously…)! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to join me and kick start a healthier lifestyle for YOUR 2017!

The challenge can be customized to fit any health goals and/or budget, so please comment below or shoot me an email (becky@olivesnwine.com) so I can help you customize a package to meet your needs. I would love to tell you about the fantastic products, discount options, and business opportunity if you are interested.

There are so many important health goals to choose from, not only for the beginning of 2017 but for each and every day that we wake up. I encourage you to make the decision to make 2017 your healthiest year yet. It doesn’t matter which program you decide to follow or how small the step, any movement towards health is in the right direction!

New Aqua Zinger and Weekly Health Goals

Hi! Happy Sunday :)

I hope you have all been having fantastic weekends! To be honest, ours has been a little lame so far which I am totally okay with. We rented a movie on Friday night and then I finished The Host (so good!) while Kyle watched the NFL Playoff games last night. I think we’ve officially hit old age :/

I only had 10 things that I wanted needed to get done this weekend and, as you can see, I have made a lot of progress. Yay for productive – albeit lame – weekends!

  1. GET BETTER! – In progress… I have a weird sneezing/cold thing going on now but it’s SO much better than the flu I had last week!
  2. Run a few errands (grocery store and Target) – Check!
  3. Complete two easy elliptical workouts – 1/2 Check!
  4. Bake – In Progress!
  5. See Promised Land – Maybe this afternoon!
  6. Work on a guest post I have coming up in late February/early March – Hopefully tonight :)
  7. Hit up the drycleaners – Check!
  8. Shop for my Foodie Pen Pal :) – Check! (And more to come on this at the end of the month!!)
  9. Stop by the Mills’ City Winter Farmers’ Market – Check! Kyle even bought some delicious macaroons :)
  10. Buy a new computer – FINALLY Check!

Aquazinger 1

Check out this awesome birthday gift (Laura is super on top of things… my birthday isn’t for 2 more weeks!) I got from my sister and her husband last week – an Aqua Zinger! They also gave me a pair of lifting gloves – The calluses I’m forming from CrossFit are not suitable for my lady-like hands ;)

I added the Aqua Zinger to my Amazon Wish List for a few reasons:

  1. I love water.
  2. I love flavored water.
  3. I hate the additives and sugar and who knows what that typically come with flavored water.

Basically, you put whatever fruit you desire in the bottom of the cup and then insert the mesh chopper. This mashes the fruit but doesn’t allow pulp or seeds to enter your water. Next you fill the water bottle up with water and voila! Tasty water! 

Right now I’m drinking lemon-infused water. I bought some blueberries and strawberries for this week and I can’t wait until watermelon and basil come back into season – watermelon-basil-infused water sounds heavenly!

Aquazinger 2

Since I didn’t cook ANYTHING last week, my meal plan looks really similar to my last weekly goals post :) I definitely saved a lot of money on groceries this week! My overall health goal this week is to continue to get 100% better. I don’t want to push myself too hard with exercise and I need to get a lot of sleep (this is per usual though!) so that I don’t catch all of the flu viruses that are circulating my office. I am really missing CrossFit since I haven’t been since last Saturday and even though I am still paying for the time that I am missing (ugh…), I know that it is the best decision for my health.

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Sunday: Baked Sesame Chicken
  • Monday: Butternut Glazed Orecchiette with Ricotta
  • Tuesday: Pork and Pineapple Stirfry
  • Wednesday: Superfood Salad with Shrimp (Iowa Girl Eats)
  • Thursday: Leftovers :)
  • Friday: Out for Dinner
  • Saturday: TBD

Weekly Fitness Plan

  • Sunday: Elliptical
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: CrossFit
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: CrossFit
  • Friday: Elliptical
  • Saturday: CrossFit

What are your health goals this week? Have you been avoiding all of the germs circulating your schools and offices lately?

I Can Ski!! And My Final 2012 Weekly Health Goals

Hi friends! I hope you are all having awesome weekends!

**I recently created a new Facebook Page! I would love it if you “liked” my page to get updates on my blog posts and life :) ** 

Kyle and I are on our way back to Chicago after a long weekend of skiing and snowboarding in Utah. On Friday morning, I wasn’t too hopeful or excited about skiing but after a lesson from a certified trainer, I gained a huge amount of confidence! The two best pieces of advice David, my trainer, gave me were: 1) to look ahead at where I want to go. I have a bad habit of looking directly down at my skis which causes skiers to crash… And 2) to lean forward in an athletic stance. I got the athletic stance down right away (thanks CrossFit!) and after I realized that leaning forward actually helped me gain control of my speed and direction, I got the hang of skiing! I had the biggest smile on my face after I made it down my first hill :)

I ended up going down the mountain 4 times Friday afternoon after my lesson and 9 times Saturday morning. I would have gone back out Saturday afternoon but my legs were shaky and worn out and I didn’t want to risk losing control and rolling down the entire side of the mountain :)

If you are ever in Utah and are looking for a fun place to ski, I totally recommend Solitude Mountain Resort. There were hardly ANY lines for the ski lifts, the trainers for the ski academy were great and super informative and the powder was outrageous!

I received a lot of comments and emails after my last post about how a lot of you are just as terrified of skiing as I was (yep, WAS!!) before this trip. I am still a novice skier but the best piece of advice I can give you is to take lessons and to continue to practice. I went down the same green 13 times and, before that, the bunny hill probably 15 times and was finally gaining confidence toward the end of the weekend. I really used my trainer’s advice and repeated “Look and Lean” to myself while I was skiing down the mountain. Also, don’t let anyone else talk you into going on a hill you aren’t comfortable with. This is when you have a higher probability of falling, losing the confidence you’ve gained and increasing the potential of injuring yourself! Seriously, if I can ski in Utah, ANYONE can ski in Utah :)

Check out the gorgeous views from the top halfway down the mountain!

That off-white spec by the tree is Kyle!

Mountain Photo 1

mountain photo 2

mountain photo 3

Kyle and I at our condo before heading to The Library (a bar at the resort) for some post-skiing medication ;)

Mountain Photo 4 - B&K

Kyle relaxing at The Library before heading out for dinner.

mountain photo 5

Since this is another holiday week, my health goals and meal planning aren’t going to be as good as I would like them to be. I’m going to focus on continuing to be active since I know I’ll be eating some not-so-healthy foods in the coming days (Like the pizza I am going to order at 1am on January 1st! Haha ;) ).

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Sunday: Healthy, homemade dinner – TBD
  • Monday: NYE Party
  • Tuesday: Travel Day – Something from the freezer :/
  • Wednesday: Spanikopita
  • Thursday: Fajitas
  • Friday: TBD
  • Saturday: Becky’s Celebration Dinner! (More on what I’m celebrating to come next week!!)

Weekly Fitness Plan

  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Run or Elliptical
  • Tuesday: Run – Happy New Year!!
  • Wednesday: CrossFit
  • Thursday: CrossFit
  • Friday: CrossFit
  • Saturday: Run or Elliptical

Overall Weekly Health Goal

Get back on track in 2013! Check out my 2013 New Year’s resolutions I made about a week ago. To be honest, I haven’t really fallen off track in the last few weeks of 2012. I have definitely eaten more than I typically would because of traveling but I have also been ridiculously active – I’ve made it to my mother-in-law’s gym everyday in Chicago plus skiing is a killer workout! I’m excited to go home Tuesday night and to start cooking healthy and delicious meals and to get back on a regular fitness routine.

What are your health goals for the last week of 2012/first week of 2013? Do you have any health-related or fitness New Year’s resolutions?

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