Before getting pregnant, one's life is consumed with getting pregnant. Then, for the 40 weeks of pregnancy, you are overtaken with the human-building process. After having a baby, whether it is your first or last, you deal with sleep changes, body changes, etc, etc. Finally, there comes a time to reclaim yourself. I don't just mean body, but also mind and well just about everything else. I am so there!
I don't think it happened this fast for me after Kyle, but then again, I didn't have a Kyle to take care of too. He is full time work all by himself! This time, thankfully I was in much better shape from exercising throughout my pregnancy with Stroller Strides and yoga. I started back as soon as I could with SS, but quickly moved onto Bootcamp. Hey - I was hitting the Jamaica beach only 3 months after! I needed results.
As much as I did see those results, I hadn't quite gotten everything else in order. Jamaica/Thanksgiving came and went, then a trip to Disney, then Christmas... blur, blur, blur. I blinked and somehow March has arrived along with something that appears to be spring in upstate NY! HA! This can't be because last year there was snow in April. I remember because I thought I would lose my ever-lovin' mind at that last snow. Nonetheless, the weather has successfully hovered in the high 50s all week with sun to boot.
A few weeks before this fabulous weather, I happened upon a post on FB from my sister's friend. She is my friend too, but with the way FB works these days, it is even a miracle I saw it! Anyway, she mentioned something called Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I did a quick Google search - read a little, then went on my merry albeit foggy way. I have to admit, I ignored it partially because my aunt had her FB account hacked by a diet type spammer. A little piece of me wondered if it was happening to her too. Then another week goes by, and I see more. So... I messaged her, and was directed to her sister who has had success with their products.
No, this isn't a commercial for Advocare. But I will tell you that I am loving the stuff so far. I actually have energy. And you know what? I haven't had a cup of caffeinated coffee in all that time. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I would normally have probably the equivalent of 3 cups a day - all before noon. I am able to maintain that energy throughout my days too. I have yet to decide if it because the Challenge forces me to eat on regular intervals (instead of breakfast at 2pm - come on moms, you know that is the truth!) or if it is from the vitamin and mineral supplements (and maybe the caffeine in Spark). I am a little at the point of who cares though.
Of course, part of the reason I started this Challenge wasn't simply for energy, but also because let's be honest things are not quite where they used to be after baby number 2. I needed help and the treadmill that we also just got wasn't going to do it by itself! I am happy to say that the combination of Advocare and treadmill has pleasantly placed me into blue jeans that were bought 1 year after Kyle's birth (a whole dang year it took me!). Woot! I love those jeans. And I love even more saying bye, bye to the ones that are too big. I like to think I am a confident woman, but there is something about a smaller pants size that makes me feel fabulous! Insert clinking glasses here :)