Where have you been? I have not written anything in some time. If you look at my last post, you will see, like I just did, that it was posted on September 1, 2012. What happened back in the first week of September? I changed my life. I lost 30 pounds in a little more than 30 days. I made money while losing the weight and changing my life.
Let me explain. And I will continue to explain in the coming weeks and months and may invite some guest bloggers to share their stories.
For more than a year, my beautiful and patient wife, Ana, had been telling me stories of all the success that a few of her peers had been having with weight loss. In all that time, I steadfastly poopooed her stories of weight loss as I was quite confident that if I enjoyed fewer beers and burgers that I too could lose weight. As I am sure that you are an avid reader of my “Lose 100 Pounds in One Year” blog, you know that I have spent the last 15 years floating between 50 and 100 pounds overweight. I have lost nearly 50 pounds in a weight bet among friends and then gained 70 in the next year. I have lost 20 pounds before the holidays, just to make room to gain them back over that very same holiday season. Need I say more than that I started the blog “Lose 100 Pounds in One Year” about three years ago?
Got it? So, what happened in September? Well, I heard a conversation between my beautiful and patient wife, Ana, and one Meghan Kelly Jones. I was driving while Ana had Meghan on the phone via bluetooth in her car allowing me to hear the whole conversation. Meghan was telling her story and had my attention. I may tell her story to you someday, if I can’t get her to do it, but not today. She got my attention with a compelling and moving story of her family and their last couple years. Meghan is the wife of one of Ana’s former peers at work.
Meghan’s story hit so close to home that I got excited. While excited, I wanted to get through what must be a candy coating and see what was in the middle. I hit the internet to find the naysayers and get the other side of the story. I searched like a skeptic seeking any signs of scam or fraud. I watched You Tube videos taken from every perspective and sought out competitors. I reviewed the corporate material and small print. I weighed my options and considered the risks and rewards. Then I started talking to my friends and family to see if they had heard anything like this. When the dust cleared and my reviews were complete, I took decisive action.
Meghan’s story involved AdvoCare. I had heard the word and vaguely thought that it either had to do with with Health Care or First Aid, and as wrong as I was, I wasn’t too far off. While AdvoCare is an industry leading health and wellness company with products that support energy, weigh-loss, nutrition and sports performance, they can also be just the “first aid” and/or “health care” that so many neglect to give themselves.
The first week of September 2012, Ana and I joined AdvoCare as distributors and took the 24-Day Challenge together. We bought in completely to the products and followed the cleanse, supplement and meal plan completely. We supported each other and got immediate results. We scoured the web for more information on how others were using the products. Our energy level was great. Our clothes were fitting better. We felt really good.
As we have a million times before with the newest restaurants, movies or television shows, we started telling everybody about what we had found.
Before starting the Challenge last summer, I weighed 310 pounds. After the Challenge, I got under 280. I lost over 22 total inches in body measurements including 4 inches in my waist alone. I have not been given permission to tell my Ana’s stats, but I can say that she had similar results and was just as excited as I am about them. I know that I just lost some of you reading this, because you don’t believe me. But, if you don’t believe that, you are never going to believe this. We finished our Challenge over 3 months ago. Since then, Ana has eaten very well and only “cheated” for a couple meals at special events or holidays. She still uses a few of her favorite supplements, has continued to lose weight and is wearing clothes smaller than she ever remembers wearing. I know the jeans she just bought are a size smaller than what she was buying when we were dating 20 years ago and she was 18! I have “cheated” a lot and binged on holiday food like the world was really going to end. I drank beer and ate cookies. I used a few of the supplements that Ana was using and my weight moved a pound or two up and down. I continued drinking a lot of water and as I sit here writing this, I weigh 280.
Did I spend money on these products? Yes, but no more than we were already spending on so many self-defeating products like lattes and fast food. So, take note. We saved more money on items that we eliminated than we spent to add the new. That alone would be enough, but by sharing our results and excitement, we made money that paid bills, reduced debt and bought refills of supplements or other products we tried. Again, that really should be enough for anyone, but we also got to truly help people. We inspired friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances to make a change and feel better. See the attached comparison photo of my father-in-law, Sergio Padron, that lost a lot of weight and total inches. The numbers that I want to share is what he did to his blood sugar with daily measurements over 150 before the Challenge and now an average of 80. He changed his life and may have fought off adult onset, Type II Diabetes. That gets me excited. Now my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are ready to get started.
AdvoCare has launched new products and limited time price savings for the New Year’s Resolution crowd that end on January 15th. There’s the Can You 24 DVD and a bundle of the 24-Day Challenge and Beyond that will get you through 72 days of becoming a Champion. I weighed in today because I am excited to be starting my second 24-Day Challenge and may go Beyond and use my DVD to see what exercise will do to affect my results. Did you think that we were working out to get our results? Last fall, Ana and I worked out 2 or 3 times during the challenge and my father-in-law incorporated a daily walking routine to his plan.
What’s it going to be for you? Change your life? I’ll keep you updated on mine. Are you competitive? There is a Transformation Contest with $40,000 in prizes. I signed up for that today. Deadline is January 15. I am confident that whether or not I can impress the judges, I will feel great and look better another 30 or more pounds lighter.
Left photo taken Thanksgiving Day and right photo just a couple days before Christmas (27 days).