Dec 23, 2013

New Year's Resolution & Guest Post

Can you guys believe that New Year's is right around the corner?  I was shocked as we were finalizing plans and sitters this weekend in fall temperatures.  My brain is all kinds of mixed up right now.  This year I am making my resolutions before New Years... as opposed to after, which is my norm.  I know I have talked about weight loss and wanting to lose all of this dang baby weight (as I pop a cookie in my mouth) but this year I mean it.  I had a pretty successful year with weight loss thanks to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  It was the first thing that has really worked for me and I am planning on doing it again in 2014!  This time I will be doing it with an entire group of people! (read below for more on that!)  I managed to lose 15 pounds in five months on the Challenge and in the months that followed.  I have another goal for this year to get back to my pre-children weight that I am going to start working on January 6th.  And today, I have a guest post from one seriously fit and fun mama, Lauren Rene.  She was my motivation and inspiration this year and not only does she have two of the cutest little boys around, but she throws a fabulous soiree and makes a mean craft!  

So, tell us a little about yourself...

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I blog over at I live in Southern California with my two, young, crazy boys and my handsome hubby. I worked in Interior design for many years, then put my business on hold to be home with the kiddos. You can now find me chasing my boys, crafting, cooking, exercising, throwing parties, and blogging about it all. I actually went to college with the fabulous Lindsay and we were sorority sisters....go Kappa!!

How did you find out about the Advocare 24 Day Challenge?

Exactly one year ago I was OVER IT!! I hated that my favorite pair of jeans were still maternity jeans (yes this was a whole year after my second son was born...I just loved that thick stretchy band lol). I was tired, eating my feelings, and totally unmotivated to get my butt to the gym. The kids were my excuse...they are my excuse for everything! I made it my goal to pull a total 180 in 2013, but didn't have a plan yet. Then I saw my friends results with the 24 Day Challenge on her Instagram account, stopped dead in my tracks, asked her about it and was sold! 

What exactly is the 24 Day Challenge?

The 24DC is a two part weight-loss program that typically results in an 8-15lbs weight loss, and a whole lot of energy. The first 10 days is a gentle cleanse (don't worry you get to eat...5x a day actually), and the next 14 days is the max phase that is loaded with awesome supplements for core nutrition, calorie burning, appetite control and energy. You pair the supplements with a very healthy and balanced clean eating regimen and have awesome results! The cool part is it's not a's a bad habit breaker and a jumpstart. While the results in the 24 days can be quite shocking, the changes it makes beyond the 24 days is what really matters. I always say it's sustainable...that's why it works at being the lifestyle change many people are looking for.

What were your results? 

I lost 10lbs in just the 24 days (and inches galore, that's the best part!) It was the ONLY thing that made that post baby weight budge for me. I then went on to lose an additional 20lbs in the months to come. My husband has lost 53 lbs this past year too all starting with what we learned from those first 24 days. I went from a size 8/10 to a 2/4, but most importantly we are just living a way healthier and more active life with our boys. 

after the 24 Day Cleanse

after six months

Tell me about the group challenge...

After family and friends started to see our results I would tell them about the 24DC. I also decided to share it on my blog. So many people gave it a whirl, and the results coming it just made it contagious. I started to get overwhelmed by the feedback, the questions and the interest level, so I created a private Facebook group with some of my blogging friends. It's a place for people to gather while on the challenge and ask questions, share their results and just gain a ton of information and encouragement from others who are also on it. There are recipes, meal plans, workout ideas and just a ton of awesome and uplifting people who are making big changes in their lives. We all decided to do another 24DC together starting January 6th. It makes it so fun to have the support of a group. The best part is when everyone posts their day 24 results...blown away is the only way I can describe it.

Can we all join the group too?

Obviously!!!...the more the merrier!! Lindsay did so great on her first challenge she is joining us this go around too for the group challenge that is starting January 6th. If you want to join us too just send an e-mail to Lindsay, or click the link to the challenge bundle below. We will make sure you get all the info you need and send you an invite to the Facebook group. It's such a fun group of people, who are all eager to kick off the new year together! I don't know about you but I am SOOOO ready to trim these Christmas cookies off of my waistline! 

Thank so much for having me over to your blog Lindsay! Happy Holidays to you all and I'm excited to get to meet some of you through the Facebook group!

Interested in doing the challenge with us?  You can get everything you need to get started HERE!  Feel free to email me with any questions you have at  And make sure you check out Lauren's blog!  Thanks again for stopping by today Lauren and I know that you can all help hold me accountable in the New Year!


  1. I don't know about you but I'm working hard on my "before" photo right now haha. Can't wait to get this challenge started and I love that we are doing it together this time. Thanks for having me on your bloggy mama!!

    1. Me too! A good before picture makes the best after ;) Thanks for the post! Love having you!

  2. I hope you reach your goal although you're already one hot mama!!! :)


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