Time for a change!

Tomorrow, July 8th, marks ONE month since James arrived in our world. Where does the time go?!

I would say that I had a fairly easy pregnancy… actually, I take that back. No pregnancy is EASY, but I had zero health complications and for that I am grateful. I was pretty nauseous until midway through my pregnancy however. For me, nausea = ONLY consuming carb- and fat-filled foods like pizza, quesadillas, cheese, pizza, and more pizza. Did I mention pizza? Ha! I was on the carb-loading pregnancy train, and to be honest, I haven’t yet jumped off yet.

My eating is a bit better these days (by a bit I mean I don’t eat pizza once per day…) and I have more self-control now that my body isn’t being ravaged by crazy pregnancy hormones <– read: I don’t give into every. single. craving. my body throws my way these days. Thank goodness because with James, my cravings were NOT healthy, haha! But my eating still needs a major shift back to the healthy side.

I am *slowly* dropping some of my baby weight, or so I assume based on photos of myself. I won’t weigh myself again until my 6 week appointment in a few weeks. I’m thankful that breastfeeding helps me get back to my non-pregnancy normal. BUT I must say that I am more than ready to kick this postpartum booty into gear and get rid of the rest of my baby weight!

Here are my 2 week postpartum photos:

And my 4 week postpartum photos:

In case you’re wondering, nope, I definitely do NOT like these images of myself but these “before” photos are going to make my “after” photos even more rewarding!

Some may say that 2 months postpartum is far too early to focus on weight loss. I say to each their own! I feel good, James is already a much better sleeper than Dean ever was (knock on wood…), and I’m getting back into my fitness routine next week (Eek! Join me for BODYPUMP, Naples friends!). Eating well and losing the extra weight will only give me more energy to be a better mom and teach better classes!

On August 1st (yes, I know it is a Tuesday – I like starting with the number 1, LOL), I will be kicking off my postpartum 24 Day Challenge! I am ridiculously excited for it if you couldn’t tell ;-)

I know I’ve raved about AdvoCare often on this little blog of mine, but I absolutely believe in this program. It works if you work. Nope, it’s not a quick fix or a crash diet. You don’t starve your body. It is a real food program that teaches us how to incorporate healthy habits into a lifestyle. It is sustainable and you will see results if you follow the plan.

You can find my “Dean postpartum” AdvoCare results here.

Whole, healthy foods + supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps = A healthy, more energized YOU!

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, find more energy, feel fantastic, or you just want to kickstart a healthy lifestyle, I’d LOVE to have you join me.

The products are safe and effective and my supportive and motivating AdvoCare community is the best! If 24 days isn’t your thang, there are plenty of other options – You can shoot me an email (becky@olivesnwine.com) for details or to join me.

I am super excited to start feeling healthy and energetic again and can’t wait for you to feel the same – Let’s do this together!

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…

AdvoCare.

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!

Guilt-free weight loss

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time. I kept writing and deleting and writing and deleting. I don’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers but I figure that it is my blog so I can write about what I want! ;)

How many posts have you seen or read about weight loss since January 1st? More than you can count?

That’s what I thought.

One of the most popular resolutions each new year is weight loss. Losing weight, toning up, getting rid of the holiday pounds, reaching a healthy BMI… ALL are common come the month of January!

I’m taking a slightly different angle on the topic today… I’m telling you that wanting to lose weight is OKAY and you shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed if it is one of your 2016 goals.

When I speak with members at my local gyms, my training clients, friends, or heck, anyone outside of the blogging community, most tend to have the right idea when it comes to losing pounds – Eat less and healthier and incorporate more movement into each day. It is always a simple conversation. There is no obsession about the scale or BMI, no talk of undereating/overexercising, no worries about becoming disordered. We talk about wanting to look better in our Lulu, firm up our booties, and burn calories. It’s a common, everyday discussion – Goals are established and everyone goes on their merry way.

When I turn to the blogging community, however, the discussion seems to take an extreme turn in the opposite direction. I hear things like “weight loss WILL cause you to be disordered” and “weight isn’t a good measure of health.” While yes, some individuals (I think the percentage is much higher among healthy living bloggers hence the seemingly “anti-weight loss” focus.) will find themselves having an unhealthy relationship with the scale and weight is just ONE measure of our health, weight loss shouldn’t be viewed as this “evil” topic of conversation or focus.

The last time I checked the national statistics, over 2/3 of American adults are considered overweight and over 1/3 are obese. An even more depressing statistic is our country’s children – at least 1/3 are either overweight or obese. I don’t know about you, but those numbers tell me that our country needs a bit of a focus on weight loss.

Obviously, losing weight needs to be done in a healthy manner. No crazy dieting (although I think oftentimes, people use the word “diet” to refer to “lifestyle” not an extreme eating method) but rather a focus on changing your overall lifestyle – eating well (and less) and moving your body more. It doesn’t need to be crazy or hard – limit junk food, increase your fruit and veggie intake, eat well 80% of the time, drink wine the remaining 20% (I kid, I kid… haha), go on an extra walk with a friend, and so on.

Okay, enough of my rambling about losing weight. I guess what I’m just trying to get to is the fact that it is OKAY to want to get healthier and if healthier for you means shedding a few pounds, great!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the body acceptance movement – We do need to love ourselves at any shape and size to be happy – BUT we can love ourselves while improving upon ourselves. Make sense?

Cool.

So, moral of the story. It’s okay to want to look better in your clothes. Lose weight if you need to lose weight. Gain weight (or muscle) if you need to gain weight. Eat healthier. Move more. And don’t make anyone feel guilty for doing any of the above. Please and thank you.

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