Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Sinner Like Me

I was your typical, average, American "Southern" Girl. Long curly blonde hair and big blue eyes. I had my daddy wrapped around my finger and my mama's heart. Raised in church, blessed my food, and said my bedtime prayers. Walked down the isle and was baptized at the age of 7. I played with Barbies and baby dolls. Cinderella and Princess Aurora were who I wanted to be when I grew up. I played dress up in my mama's heels and pearls, holding a brush as my bouquet as I walked down the aisle of our little hallway. As I got older I talked about "that day" with my best friends. We planned what we would wear, wear it would take place, and most importantly who our Prince Charming would be.

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21.

It was Spring (April ) the end of my Sophomore year in High School. My family had just celebrated my Granny and Papaw's 50th Wedding Anniversary. We had moved to the "country" the end of my ninth grade year and for multiple reasons my parents felt it best to seek out where God was calling us to worship. We moved to a little church in the middle of no where. It was in that little white church that I laid eyes on my prince. He was taller than me, which was rare, and I tell him all the time that is the only reason I married him.  He had blonde hair, and blue eyes. I mean who didn't love Bo Duke right? We became friends, best friends. He made me laugh, my heart smile. I knew within a few months that I would marry that boy someday. We started dating in August of that year. He became my high school sweetheart. What a better place to meet your future husband than church? We were good kids. We were at all the youth functions. We made good grades. He was an athlete. A pitcher on the baseball team, and played on the varsity basketball team. I sang in the High School Chorus. We didn't cause our parents trouble except for an occasional attitude or smart mouth (sorry Mama and Daddy). We had hopes and dreams that included each other in them.

We continued dating throughout my Junior year. In June of 1997 I got very sick. I had lost down to about a size 4 from the sickness (I'm 5'8"...that's skinny). I suspected that there was more to it than sickness but like any other 17 year old I dismissed the possibilities from my mind. I had gone to several doctor visits and was put on several different medicines. Off and on battling sickness on a daily/nightly basis. We moved and I changed schools right before my senior year. It wasn't until October of 1997 that my original suspicions were confirmed. I went to the doctor (again) thinking I would be getting a shot, having some other tests run, and a new medicine. After a few minutes the exam room was quiet, the dull roar of the elevator music playing through the overhead speakers had faded. All I could hear was the sound of a little beating heart.

My entire world stopped. Everything I knew would never be the same. I cried. The doctor started talking to me. I really don't remember anything he said. My mom was in the lobby. What was I going to say to her? I heard him say the word "options". I immediately looked up and stopped him from speaking any further. I may have been 17. I may have been an un-wed mother. I may have been in the most difficult situation of my life at the time. But, without a shadow of doubt, this child was mine, and there were no options.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court. 
Psalm 127:3-5

He politely said ok and asked if I wanted him to bring my mom in to his office. I felt like I was in the principals office for a reprimand. She came in and sat quietly. Her face was white. She had a tremble to her voice and hands. She was terrified that I was sick. That something was wrong with me. I don't remember much more after that other than the look on her face and the words "Kellie, why didn't you tell me". Broken. Both her heart and for mine. She knew what I would have to face. The big SCARLET LETTER so to speak. She knew that I would endure ridicule, whispers, and disdain for what I had "done".

My daddy was/is a truck driver. We didn't have cell phones. We would just wait for him to call us collect from wherever he was each night. Mama wouldn't tell him on the phone. It would have been too much for him alone in that big truck. I can remember him walking in the door with his over night bag, dirty laundry, and shaving kit in hand. He looked at her and then me. Most of the conversation is a blur to me but I remember him saying that he had "prayed all day that nothing was wrong with me". So God had answered his prayer.

I called Chad and told him he needed to come over. We were sitting on the porch when I told him. I had prepared for him to get in his car and drive away, not because I didn't have any faith in him but because that's just what happened to girls that got pregnant as teenagers. He didn't leave. He hugged me. He told me we would get through this. He told me he loved me. He went home.

My parents had Chad's parents over to "supper" the following night to talk to them. I'm pretty sure no one ate a thing that night. They were all hurt and disappointed. All the things they had hoped for us would not come in the order that they had planned.

I had lots of doctor's appointments over the following weeks. I had not gained weight. An ultrasound was scheduled. Thankfully, the Lord had blessed us with a healthy baby. Our parents discussed marriage. Not marrying. How things would be handled. At some point during all of this Chad and I decided we needed to do whatever it took to make things right for us and our unborn child and our parents all allowed us to make that decision. I am so thankful for GOD-seeking, LOVING, FORGIVING parents. A week or so later Chad proposed to me. In the eyes of the people around us we would never make it. I was told that on multiple occasions. That we were ruining our lives. I think in some weird way those people that said those things wanted us to fail, church people, "good" people, people we thought were friends. It became harder and hard to discern between who wanted to be there for us and who was just being nosy. This resulted in me pushing people away as a defense mechanism. Parent's of my "friends" no longer allowed their daughter's to talk to the likes of me. During that time our parents also felt the heat from those "friends" that were supposed to lift up and encourage as well. Some treated them differently, still do today.

They will fight against you but will not overcome you, 
for I am with you and will rescue you, 
declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 1:19

We didn't know much of anything other than how much we loved each other and how much we already loved the baby we would soon meet. We were married on December 13, 1997. It was a simple wedding with mostly family and a few friends. I wore a simple dress and Chad wore a suit someone let him borrow. It wasn't the "dream" wedding I had hoped for since childhood, but my mama helped me get ready, my daddy walked me down the isle, and the love of my life said I do. That was really all I needed. It was extremely cold that day. We woke up the next morning to find the ground completely covered in snow, a rarity in central Mississippi.

Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
Isaiah 1:18

Thomas Peyton Penson entered this world on January 30, 1998. He was my little knight in shining armor. Sent to rescue me in ways I never thought possible. Let me say this here, because above anything else I have said this is to be understood. My child, my son, was not and never will be a consequence to my sin. The things we went through, the plans that changed, the tough times we endured, those were the consequences. He was and will always be our blessing from the storm.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16

I dropped out of High School and got my GED.  I started college when Peyton was about 7 months old. Chad finished High School and went to work. We were fortunate to live with both sets of parents until we could get on our feet. We soon got our own place. We worked hard, barely saw each other. I graduated with honors in the top 13 of my class. When I finished college I began working at a local hospital and Chad started college. He finished as the top student in his class. We would NOT be a statistic. We would not depend on the government or our parents to financially support us. Our parents raised us to work for what you want.

Right after Chad graduated from college we found out that our second little blessing was on the way. Peyton was getting ready to start kindergarten, I had just gotten a promotion, and Chad was just getting settled into his career. Yet again NOT PLANNED by us, but by God's divine intervention. Our little Landon Taylor arrived on April 17, 2003 right after I had left work for the day. Our little ball of fire entered this world when he wanted to and hasn't slowed down since. He made us whole. He was sent to us to complete our family.

On Landon's birthday, ten years later, at a revival I was saved by God's grace. That same night Peyton and Landon were both saved as well. I share my spiritual birthday with the two greatest gifts I have ever been given. For years I had spent the majority of my time trying to PROVE myself to others. That I wasn't just the "pregnant teen". That there was more I had to offer. What I didn't realize is that I didn't have to try prove anything to anyone on this earth. At that moment HE was the LIVING PROOF of what redemption looked like.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7

Well, here we are almost 19 years later. Still married, still in love, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health. Living a full life with our precious boys. Peyton is in his first year of college and Landon is in the 8th grade. I couldn't be more proud of the young men I'm raising. I wouldn't trade or change one thing about how we got to today. It made us who we are. Why am I sharing this? I know what it is like to have your entire world turned upside down. I know what it's like to not understand why things are happening to you. I know what it's like to be the outcast and the topic of gossip and discussion in the beauty salon and at church.  I wanted to tell my story, all of my story, a chapter I had not read out loud. I also know what it's like to overcome, to shine brighter under pressure. He placed me right where I am today for a reason. Some recent events have lead me to search scripture about what I believe and why I believe it. I read about the Samaritan Woman at the well a few days ago. I can't get over how SHE focused on the LAW and how JESUS focused on grace. That Rahab was a harlot, but was in the lineage of Jesus, our Savior. Eve, Mary Magdelene, Hagaar, Rebekah, Tamar, and so many more who's broken and battered past were used for His glory. An encounter with Jesus's mercy and forgiveness can transform a life forever...even a Sinner like me.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Hey Ya'll. I am blogging today about the progress my awesome Hubs and I have made since you last heard from me. I am beaming with pride and excitement over his results. (Even more so than mine). I don't have a lot to say necessarily because the pictures speak for themselves. (I also believe Actions speak louder than words...hard lesson I have had to learn after losing, gaining, and losing again.) What I do want to say and believe with all my heart is this...Consistency over time = Amazing Results! ( I stole that from one of the trainers on my AdvoCare workout DVD's.

We traveled to New Orleans for a fun Birthday Weekend the end of September and to Biloxi, MS for a work conference in October. We celebrated 5 birthdays. Survived Halloween without eating a Reese's. Went to the movies and out to eat several times. Purchased a new car...Oh like you don't stress eat when you sign your life away for a vehicle.  We lived our lives, but as we lived we CONSISTENTLY worked out and made better choices. And...we did this TOGETHER! We decided to get on the same page on what we wanted out of life and what we were willing to do to get it. We have supported each other, encouraged, whined, cried (a little), and pushed when one of us didn't think we could keep going. Success is a by-product of that. As we are getting ready for Thanksgiving break I have to say I am so thankful for my husband. For the life he has chosen to take back and for holding my hand and taking me with him.





If you are ready to get results don't wait until tomorrow. Don't wait until after the Holidays. Today is the day.

Today starts the first day of our Thanksgiving break. Thank you SO MUCH MS Dept of Ed for your perfect timing. I think they know that all school district employees must have a Thanksgiving break or they would all run out screaming and never come back! I can't wait to get my house all cleaned, light some cinnamon candles, and put up my tree. Okay trees. There will be lots of Christmas movie watching, snuggling in PJ's, and precious time spent with my boys over the next week. Chad and I are not done. We are on a mission. Thankful I am married to Superman because I definitely need rescuing from time to time.

From this GIRL and her THREE amazing GUYS...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming....

It is day 52! What? Ok so I told you last time that I was going to have one cheat day then do back-to-back challenges and I actually followed through with it! Monday was day 24 of this challenge. Yes I ate myself silly on that cheat day. Enjoyed it during, not so much after. I think I got a couple cravings under control by doing that. I still have not had a diet coke. Not even on my cheat day. (Insert loud applause, obnoxious fan squeals, etc.)

Chad and I did this challenge together. Today is day 27 for him. I was so excited for him to finally be "ALL IN" with AdvoCare. He is not a "green" eater so that posed some challenges throughout (including an all out "discussion" over English Peas being "green" "vegetables") and he has determined he would rather eat a stick than brown rice (I personally love it). I did find this recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it slightly to make it a little more challenge friendly.

Peel and cut up sweet potatoes. Try not to cut your hand off or shoot someones eye out with a rouge sweet potato piece while cutting them up. ( I am not very talented in the kitchen arena.) Spray a long flat pan with olive oil cooking spray. Spread potato pieces over tray and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and one teaspoon of cinnamon over the potato pieces. Kind of scoop them up and stir them around with your hands to cover them in the mixture. Bake at 400 for around 30-45 minutes until they look like the pic below. Um, can you say DELISH!

I am so proud of Chad for working hard and following all the way through with it. Here are his results:

Weight loss: 19.6 lbs
Inch loss: 9.5

WOW! He refused a whole body after photo...I will try to sneak one in a little further into his journey. He said I could post all day long about him but he is a man of few words and even fewer photos. Sorry y'all all ya get are his feet for this post. (I think he lost in his feet they look slimmer to me hehehehe.)

For my results I am posting the original (DAY 1) the End of the first challenge (DAY 24) and then the End of this challenge (Day 49) for you to see the transition. Some of the changes are subtle but there. 

This Challenge 
Weight Loss: 6 lbs
Inch Loss: 1.5

I didn't exercise quite the way I should have due to a busy schedule. My numbers aren't great but they are what they are. I considered not posting but one of the biggest compliments I get from this blog is how raw and real it is. So there ya go. As real as it gets. It doesn't just fall off. This isn't easy or magic, I have said that a time or two. Hey 6 lbs is 6 lbs though and when you look at the grand scheme of things, that is still 19.6 lbs in 49 days and I will take that as a win! 

So what now? Right when I started this challenge I tuned into an awesome webinar our AdvoCare upline provided as a tool for newbies doing a challenge. Little did I know it would motivate and encourage me in my personal journey. I can't remember who but someone on there had lost 35 pounds in 90 days on AdvoCare. WHATTTT? Do I need to remind yall how long it took me to get that original 35 lbs off before AdvoCare. This was the whole issue dampering my motivation this go around anyway. I told you in the last post I wasn't sure I could do this "AGAIN". So I was like oh it's on now. I can hang for 90 days. So that is where I am. Day 52 of 90. Shooting for a 35 lb loss to get me back in the 170's before Thanksgiving. I am a little off schedule if talking strictly numbers which JILL ACOSTA will send me a text about before she even finishes reading this to tell me to throw the scales away and stop obsessing over numbers. The very cool thing is that even though those scales didn't move quite like they did on that first challenge things are changing. I am here to TESTIFY to you that when I weighed 212 prior to AdvoCare I did not get 19.6 pounds off in 49 days. It took me almost a year with some whole months not losing one pound. I can also TESTIFY to you that at 192 lbs before AdvoCare NO WAY could I wear a size 12 skinny jean. I am going to continue eating as if I were challenging which I like to call the "AdvoCare Way". Lean meat, lots of green veggies and some shady veggies for chad ( ahem English peas), fruits, nuts, etc. As clean as possible, I'm not prepping for Miss Fitness USA people so a little "dirty" won't hurt me. (FYI: MISS MISSISSIPPI was amazing on stage, NOT skin and bones and rocked that RED jumpsuit. It was PERFECTION and I need one of those in my closet ASAP!) I am debating starting another challenge the first of October. I am considering doing another challenge starting Sept. 30th. One reason is to get that last push in before the holidays hit, another is in support of the hubs and his second challenge. I just know that no matter what I will be using my products and staying as ON POINT and consistent as I can, WITHOUT Diet Coke.

Chad in NOLA last year for his Birthday Celebration. Love this pic of my
Hottie Hubs! :) 
Chad and I will be traveling to NOLA this weekend to hopefully bring some good luck to our boys during their season opener in tha DOME.  They have got to get it together (yikes guys). We are celebrating his 34th and my 35th birthday. I am not nervous about eating while there. I will be having some local cuisine and definitely visit Cafe Du Monde but I know I have to be real and I have to live and enjoy life. I also have to know when enough is enough and quit acting like having one beignet is my last ever meal and eat two instead. I can't continue looking at weight gain and loss as punishment. I can't keep comparing myself to women on tv, in magazines, or even bloggers I follow. Each person has their own life and is writing their own story. I want to be content with who God designed me to be and that starts with letting go of ideals and unrealistic versions of myself. That isn't being healthy. Being healthy comes in lots of different shapes and sizes. So for now I will just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anybody have a fairy godmother complete with magical wand? Bippity Boppity Boo Hoo Hoo!

When I first started typing this post I really was not sure where to start or even what to type. I was hoping if I just started rambling some sort of extraordinary statement would flow out. A statement that would explain the train wreck I allowed myself to be a part of since you last heard from me. Don't worry this post is not all doom and gloom. (Insert Inspirational Quote It is however, very real, very honest, and from my heart. 212. Yep you read that right 212 is what was flashing in those stupid digital numbers on my scale that only 4 months ago said 183  (back in my jeans), and only a year and 4 months ago said 159 (jeans falling off). How did I get here? I would like to say I don't know. But I do, just don't like typing it out-loud. First, I need to take you on the waaaaaa-mbulance with me for just a few minutes. Because I am pretty sure I am not the only person alive that has said or thought these things. 
(Insert the sound of whining, crying, kicking, flailing of arms, and some screaming here.)
It's not fair.

Why me?

Skinny people that eat alot make me want to punch them in the throat.

Why do I gain 3 lbs in 1 week and take 3 weeks to lose 1 lb?

I want to quit.

I have no motivation.

I worked so hard and let it all go.

I was tired of working hard. 

Who else works this hard?

I just wanted to eat without thinking.

I'm tired.

What's the point?


Can anyone re-sell me the clothes I sold them over the past 3 years because none of mine fit?

I would like to tell you that quote ignited my fire. It didn't. I have STRUGGLED. I have come to realize 99% of my battle is in my head. I still don't have the answer to all those questions. I suppose I will always have days where I feel that way.

One of the ONLY things that jolted me enough to order myself a cleanse and set a date to start a 24 day challenge was the fact that I weighed more than I did when I originally started AdvoCare and was well on my way back to the pic on the left. That infamous picture that started it all in the first place. Something had to change and fast. Let me back up slightly. The pic on the right was in April 2014. Just 4 months ago, right after I finished a Lean in 13. That was the 183 mark. First time to wear a "fitted" dress like that in YEARS. A few things happened that aren't worth my time mentioning. Things that I allowed to start my downward spiral. (All I will say is that as Thumper put it...If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.)  I used the words "I allowed" because I did allow opinions, circumstances, life to mess me up. It wasn't that they caused my problem, it was that I allowed them to control me. (Excuse the bathroom selfie, it was the only place with a full length mirror. I made it to send to my husband while I was in Nashville, and he responded with "NICE" meaning like "HOT NICE" not just nice. Which made me LOL. Which should have been all the reassurance I needed. Somehow "Little Debbie" also "reassured" me.)

I started an AdvoCare 24 day challenge on July 29, 2014. To be honest I wasn't sure I would even make it through the first three days. AdvoCare helped me accomplish so much and without question I knew it was the very BEST place to start "again". Obviously I had not been following the AdvoCare plan nor had I been faithfully taking the products during the de-railment. Which leads me to the other reason I knew something had to change. AdvoCare has given me a vehicle to accomplish goals. Health goals, fitness goals, weight-loss goals, and financial goals. I was throwing that away, not at all leading by example for my awesome team. (Something I harp on to my boys "Lead by example". Hey how about "Practice what you preach mom.") Here are my before pics.

SO, CLEARLY, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY WERE. And HOLY SNAP BEANS that behind! Wooooooo. Where did that come from? Other than the little debbie cakes, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, etc. I am sure some of you are falling out in your chairs that I would post such obscenities as my weight, measurements, and ahem, photos. However, it's my story, my decision. 
So whoop there it is. 

The day after my cleanse was over I had the amazing opportunity to attend AdvoCare Success School in Arlington, Texas with three of my team members and my amazing up-line! We competed in a competition to win a sweat shirt and I am proud to stay my girl Stacey Thomas and I won two of them! Way to represent Team Mississippi! Our team celebration was at Six Flags. I rode BATMAN THE RIDE...BACKWARDS! IT WAS AWESOME! On Sunday morning we had a worship service with Micheal W. Smith. It was breathtaking. The name of Jesus rang through Cowboys stadium. Pretty sure that doesn't happen too often.

We attended product training and heard from so many leaders in AdvoCare. One special time during Success School is the Rising Stars presentations. People in AdvoCare that have amazing stories are selected for these awards. The one that touched me the most was the cutest blonde I have ever seen. When my team looked at me and said she sounds so much like you Kellie. I felt so honored and so broken as well. It broke my heart because I knew that I had lost that desire and I desperately wanted it back. I had a great time with my team. They are truly a blessing to me. I have to say I was not totally "on" with my food, but I did control myself portion wise and made the best selection I could. I weighed the second I got home just to be sure. I didn't gain and that was the goal... to travel without gaining. Whew. 

Today is day 24. I have cried ALOT. Like ALOT. Angry tears, sad tears, exhausted tears, I want a diet coke tears.

Here are my results photos. 

Weight Loss: 13.6 lbs
Inch Loss: 7 Inches

TBH: I am pretty proud of the scale numbers but I am not so proud of the inch loss or pictures. I really didn't even want to post them. You know it is way harder to look at results photos when you have gone up and are trying really hard to come back down. However it is what it is. 

Tired of being Negative Nancy so here are my Polly Positives for where I am right now.

Some...of my clothes are STARTING to fit.
I met my first goal of getting back under 200 (barely).
Though they subtle I can tell a difference. 
My hair has really grown.
I have worked out every day this week.
I LOVE the new DB9 protein bars. (Help curb my sweet tooth and they have Drew Brees's face on the box...Who wouldn't love to see that face on a box every morning!)

So what now?

I am pretty sure Disney is not going to share their secret stash of fairy godmothers or magical wands. Hoopla and fairy dust doesn't get it done. Hard work, dedication, commitment, and perseverance do. Soooooooo...
 I have decided to immediately do another challenge. I am going to have ONE cheat day tomorrow before I start on Saturday. On my cheat day I am going to "work" out not just totally "pig" out, and continue my 24 day NO diet coke streak (Again, my name is Kellie, I have a problem). My husband Chad will be starting the cleanse with me on Saturday morning as well. I am so excited to do this as a team. If he let's me I will share our results with you. (He is not quite the "sharer" that I am.) Where I was seems so very far away right now. 

I do not have it all together, I am not 100% sure I have the fortitude to do this "AGAIN". 
What I do have is a foundation to build on. A proven wellness system and plan that works from the inside out. A desire to make a comeback, a better, stronger, CHAMPION. 

Friday, April 4, 2014



The power was out due to a storm. I started to just take a rest day. Then I changed my mind. As soon as the power came back on I went ahead and did my Can You 24 Power Yoga Flow workout. It was only 26 minutes and I had to wait on my kids uniform shorts to dry anyway. Why? Because they were out of clean uniforms on Thursday night I put them on to wash right before bed. Doesn't everyone do that? I weighed this day. Since beginning my weight loss journey three years ago I have weighed on Friday mornings whether I was challenging or not. I know, I know...I am not supposed to focus on the scales. I just know when I don't weigh I let things slide. So it's not that I am necessarily looking for a "loss" every week, more just to not gain. So we weighed. I am not telling you what I had lost at this point. You can check that out below but Chad lost 7.5 pounds since the Friday before. I am so proud of him. He has worked out consistently, eaten healthy, and taken his AdvoCare products. It paid off and I couldn't be happier for him.

For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous burn days. For lunch I had fish tacos from Hardees. Although it was an act of congress to get them without cheese, southwest sauce, or a shell I eventually got my order. In other words I wanted fish, lettuce, and salsa. That also included a trip to the car with them, checking them and going right back in because they still had cheese on them. I mean really. I was totally apologetic. I explained when I requested them this way I had a strict diet and it may sound crazy. They never once said I am sorry for not getting it right twice and for me waiting almost 20 minutes to get them because the guy "didn't know how to make them without a shell". I was frustrated but I was nice and smiled and said I was sorry again and got a smirk back. If they weren't the only place in town with grilled atlantic cod I would not go back. Oh yeah and if they didn't taste AH-MAZING! 

I think I can make something similar to this at home. Let's face it though, I have to eat out. We are extremely busy and I have to do what I have to do. 

We had a fishing tournament at our church this weekend that Chad and I served at. It was a fish fry and they had full out church food including dessert and by dessert I mean banana pudding. I am soooooo proud of my husband and I. We took leftover fajita chicken and warmed it up to eat. The church had green beans. I am not sure if they were prepared exactly according to our "plan" but we drained them and only ate about a cup worth. Go us! I only smelled the banana pudding.


I had the same for breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as the previous refuel day, except the fruit at the mid-morning snack time. For lunch I had the rest of the fajita chicken and 1/2 cup brown rice. I had a little variation from the plan this day which I was not happy about but I did the best with what I had. I had two hardboiled eggs for my protein this afternoon. I didn't want to run totally out of muscle gain shakes before my order came in but still needed to make sure I got protein in at this time. I saved the shakes I have left for weekdays since that is easier. Again, not exact, wasn't what I wanted to do, but it was my best option. Since I could have fruit this day and I didn't have one with my almonds during my mid-morning snack I had a "cuties" orange for a mid-afternoon snack.

Today was abs and arms day. I used the supplemental workouts from the Can You 24 Level 2 workout series. The arms workout incorporates the exercise ball and resistance band. The core workout incorporates the ball. That dreaded ball that I fell off of and made bounce to the ceiling and roll to the living room the first time I tried one of these workouts with it. I am happy to report I am much better using it and actually enjoy the workouts that I use it with. Amazing how about a month of keeping at something changes how well you do it. Just keep working, just keep working.
For supper I had baked Tilapia and a sweet potato. It was heavenly.


I had the opportunity to sing with a sweet friend and fellow church member on Sunday. I had to get to church to practice and review my Sunday School lesson so I didn't get my workout in before church. For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous burn days. For lunch I had steamed broccoli and three chicken breast tenderloin strips that I grilled on the George Foreman. I have really used this a lot lately and I am loving it! Mid-afternoon I had a spark. I totally and completely forgot my mid-afternoon protein! I know, how in the world. I ran 2.5 miles then quickly got ready for choir and ran out the door before remembering. For supper I had a turkey burger with no bun and green beans. I got a little hungry after my supper so I had one tablespoon of natural peanut butter. I am not sure if I should or shouldn't have it. I have gotten conflicting answers for this but I had it and it was devine!


Today was Shred Total day from  the Can You 24 Level 2 Workout Series. LOVE IT! There is only one exercise in the whole routine that I just can't make my body do yet (reverse burps) and only three that I have to modify (all push up activities). I am kicking booty and taking names!
For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous burn days. For lunch I had...okay now let me just say I ate this. I wasn't happy about it. I am pretty sure I will never ever have it again. Spinach, boiled eggs, and tuna. I know...I was just trying to change it up a bit. My thoughts were tuna salad. You know like they serve in the cafeteria over lettuce. Well I don't really care for regular lettuce but I love spinach. I tried to kill it with a little mustard because that's all I knew to do. Again, I ate it. It wasn't the worst thing I have ever eaten, but it sure wasn't the best and I won't try that combo again if I don't have to. For supper I had shell-less tacos made with lean ground beef served over a bed of spinach and topped with salsa. This was a very nice change!

Since Chad is on a slightly different eating plan than I am on I added a whole grain tortilla shell and a side of rice. He was happy, happy, happy.


Today was run day 2 for the week. I struggled. I'm sore, tired, and just had a really hard time getting in motion. I did it though. For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous burn days. For lunch I had shell-less fish tacos from Hardees again, they are not pausing in silence or asking as many questions as they did before. Maybe they will learn how to remove the shell and cheese eventually.

For supper my sweet hubs made special oven baked chicken. He mixed up spices and worked really hard to make it perfect. He had his over rice, I had mine over steamed broccoli. It was delicious.
FYI: A man cooking in the kitchen is hot. I am not talking about the oven either! ;)

It was HUMP DAYYYYYYYY OR AS I CALL IT YOGA DAYYYYYYYY. I feel so much better after a great stretch and yoga workout. The Power Yoga Flow workout on the Can You 24 Level 2 series is the!
For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous refuel days. For lunch I had an AdvoBar. For supper I had baked tilapia and a sweet potato. Did I mention how much I love a sweet potato? Well just in case. They are so good. I have never loved them more than I have after three burn days!
On top of it being yoga day I got a pedicure too. Yes, I am the princess! :)

It was also Bible Drill night for our children and youth at Antioch. I am so proud of each and every one of them. Especially these two! 

For whatsoever things are written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4


Wow. Day 13. I can't believe it is here. And I am still alive. Just kidding. I thought that to start with but really it was not that bad. I am in a routine and I am happy with the choices I am continuing to make.  For breakfast through lunch I followed the same food/snack/product routine as previous burn days. For lunch, you guessed it, shell-less, cheese-less fish tacos! I just love the way they taste. I did not have a bit of trouble ordering either! Yay for Hardee's! For supper I made the "egg muffins" I made few days ago again. This time I added chopped spinach to mine and topped them with salsa. So delicious!
Recipe on What's for Supper tab.


I am headed to Nashville for a beautiful wedding of an amazing young woman that inspires me all of the time. She recently signed up as an AdvoCare distributor and finished her first challenge, including following the Lean in 13 regimen during the MAX phase. So proud of her and can't wait to read and share her blog with you once she returns from her honeymoon! I also can not wait to show you my beautiful dress and awesome shoes I am wearing to the wedding! #EXCITED!  I am going to be very good while out of town but I am planning on a"treat" for myself while there. That treat will not involve a soda of any kind. I have been 47 days without one and I have not intentions of allowing Diet Coke to suck me back in. How many times have you heard, well read, me say "Hello, my name is Kellie, I am addicted to diet coke"? It is a TRUE STORY! I have a problem and it is one that I know I can't just have a little taste of because that little taste is all I need to push me back off the edge. I know me and I know this is true for me. Is it for you? I can't answer that. You have to. I am hydrated and satisfied with water. Whenever I feel like I am not I drink a Spark. When I say satisfied I also mean mentally satisfied. My body is thanking me for the water it is now getting my body is satisfied. My mind still needs some work so it is one day at a time.
Side note: My awesome husband lost another 2.5 pounds this week. He's at 10 pounds in two weeks! Go Chad go!

Just a reminder of my DAY ONE measurements, weight, and photos.

It isn't magic but AdvoCare helps me to get the most of the work I am putting in. The results prove that.

The jeans don't lie! Hello size 8's oh how I have missed wearing you, especially without fear of taking someone's eye out with the button!

 Ok, so this is my #flexbreak is brought to you by AdvoCare... because even though it is very tiny and you may need a magnifying glass there is a line there defining my biceps. So BAM!

AdvoCare....We Build Champions!

I will be posting along the way to keep you updated on this journey and I will add these results to my Weight Loss Journey tab soon. I plan to do another cleanse and Lean in 13 in May. 

I will leave you with this today:

I am made for more. I owe it all to Him.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

I want the flowers, I will do the work.