Friday, December 19, 2014

#AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge: Day 16 (Before/After Pictures + More)

Yes, I know. I said that I wouldn't update again until the final day of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. Well, things change, and I wanted to touch base and discuss a little more about the Max Phase and how I'm feeling overall.

I'm officially on Day 16 of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge.

That means that it's been 16 days since I've had a Red Bull or a pop (that's soda or "Coke" for my Southern readers). For me, this is absolutely incredible!

Spark has been amazing in increasing my energy levels, relieving my migraines, and generally just making me feel fantastic over all!

I want to take a quick moment to say that even if you don't want to take the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, you should at least consider giving Spark a chance, especially if you're used to drinking energy drinks on a regular basis. When I drank energy drinks, I always experienced the "crash" by midday. This would, in turn, lead me to drink another Red Bull. By the end of the night, I'd be hit with a second "crash," and I'd wake up feeling like total crap the next day, and the cycle would continue. With Spark, I have not experienced any of the "side effects" that come with drinking energy drinks.

No Elmo for Christmas: Creepy Elmo Story

Christmas is only six days away which means that parents everywhere are making room for a brand new Elmo in their home. But not this mama.

He has round, humongous eyes that sit atop his furry, red head. He eyeballs you whenever you walk by. His furry hands reach for you, desiring your embrace. A permanent smile is stamped upon his creepy face.

His name is Elmo, and while my daughter adores him, I find him to be rather creepy.

Elmo, or "Eh-Bow" as my daughter refers to him, is a well-known character throughout the world. While many adults rush to welcome every new Elmo doll into their homes, I'm a bit more hesitant.

It's not his weird voice or the way he refers to himself in third person. No, it's not the way he speaks to a fish as if it's his best friend, even though it never responds. No, it's none of that.

It's his laughter.

As a matter of fact, what I find disturbing about Elmo is what many other people find to be "cute."

Elmo is always laughing, even when he pees his pants.

He laughs when he falls over. He laughs when his jokes aren't funny.

Elmo never stops laughing.

What's even worse than that, is that if you listen closely, you can hear a tinge of anger in his laugh--as though he knows what he's laughing at isn't truly funny, but only helps him get through the moment. What happens when laughter doesn't work anymore as Elmo's coping mechanism? What happens when Elmo cracks?

"One, two, Elmo's coming for you..."
Image Credit: SodaHead

The other night, while cleaning out my daughters toy bin in preparation for Christmas, I heard muffled giggling from across the room. I ignored it at first, thinking it was my imagination, but as I went on about my business, I heard it again. As I moved closer toward the source, it stopped. I listened for a moment or two.

This time, I was certain it was coming from under my daughter's bed.

I reached under the bed and gasped when I felt my hand graze something furry. I then peered under the bed and saw it. Two humongous eyes staring back at me. I reached to pull Elmo out from under the bed and as soon as I did, his mouth began moving as if he were trying to bite me, although with no sound. As soon as I removed him from under the bed, heart pounding, he began laughing again. "Ahahaha! Ahahaha!"

Is it just me or does it look like Elmo is choking this little boy?
Now, I don't mind Elmo most of the time, but when Elmo is possessed, that's another story entirely. Sing a little, dance a little, and mind your own business, but once you start laughing at me and trying to bite me, that's bullying plain and simple. I think things have gone too far.

No more Elmo in this house.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge: Day 10

    For those of you just now checking in, on December 4, 2014, I started the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. Today is Day 10 of the challenge, and I'm excited to share with you my "halfway" results.

    Below, you'll see photographs from Day 1 and from today (Day 10). I'm not sure if you can actually see the results simply by looking at these photographs (on Day 24, I will take the pictures wearing the exact same clothes from Day 1, to give you a better idea of my results), but not only have I lost four pounds since I started (went from 210 to 206), but I've also lost a combined total of four inches!

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

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