**GUEST POST** Danielle from Butler, Party of 2


Ladies I have treat for you today! My girl Danielle from Butler, Party of 2 is here with an amazing guest post for me today! Danielle is the girl who is responsible for getting me on track with all my supplements and I will forever be in debt to her. Well ok not really but THANKS DANIELLE! 

BTW GO CHECK OUT HER BLOG ITS AWESOME! 

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In the last few months, I have REALLY made an effort to take control of my health!!!!
I went from THIS right after my Miami marathon
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{Yes, I know my posture isn’t great…but I’m NOT poking my belly out I that second one… I just took the pic after I ate dinner! Mexican!! ha!}
To THIS….by changing my diet, finding some quality supplements, and increasing the intensity of my workouts.
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No, I wasn’t unhappy with my body before. I ate 90% clean and worked out hard (hello, I trained for 2 full marathons back to back!). But if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that I was a little disappointed that Igained weight while training for the marathons….and that I just couldn’t seem to beat my sugar addiction.
I also mentioned a few weeks ago that I am adopted and have been recently learning about some biological family health history. Unfortunately. it’s not good news….particularly with lots of heart disease and conditions. I decided I needed to step my game up a little concerning my health, and I have done just that.
I have always eaten healthy, worked out, and taken vitamins and supplements; however, I have taken it to a whole new level these past few months and I couldn’t be more thrilled with that decision. As a result, I look and feelbetter than ever!!! And other people are noticing. Although that is rewarding, and I love being 100% confident with my body & having more energy than ever, it is even more rewarding knowing that I am taking care of myself!!! That I am preventing diseases. That I will have a better quality of life in the future (the Lord willing).
I am ALL about disease prevention. In times when cancer, illness, heart disease, diabetes, and infertility are absolutely rampant, I truly believe taking care of yourself (through things like proper nutrition, exercise, enough sleep, lots of water, vitamins & supplements, sunblock, stress reduction, and growing spiritually) is the key to avoiding these issues.
**Please know that I mean no disrespect in that. I am in no way saying people have brought their illnesses on themselves….some things are inevitable. But I DO believe we have an opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices to help our body fight off and prevent diseases.**
I do not believe God intended for us to be sedentary slobs sitting in front of the tv and computer all day. And I also don’t believe he intended for us to be gluttons and stuff our faces with junk food either. Obviously obesity is a problem in American society, and it leads to multiple health issues. The deal is though, in most cases, simple lifestyle changes/choices can prevent and eliminate the majority of these issues.
I saw two quotes today that I loved….
“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Exercise Now
“You cannot out-supplement poor nutrition just like you can’t out-train a bad diet.”
you can't outexercise a bad diet
You would not BELIEVE the people who give me heck about my healthy lifestyle choices. It’s RIDICULOUS!!! I do not judge anyone for their choices….I only strive to encourage people to make better ones for their own health and future. People do not get it. I am not on a “diet.” I am not depriving myself. Interestingly enough, ‘the definition of diet is: food and drink regularly provided or consumed (Merriam-Webster dictionary). Therefore, everyone has a diet they follow, mine just happens to be healthier than most.’ I know it has helped me to change my perception of that word, and recognize that food is designed to be FUEL for our body.
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I LOVE this blog post…This says it all!! (Seriously, READ it!! It’s EXACTLY what I want to say to everyone who says crap to me!)Pinned Image
ALL that being said (are you still reading?? high five!)….Here are some of my TOP TIPS for a healthier lifestyle!! I am constantly learning and researching, so these are just some of my current + old faves.
TIPS:
1. DRINK MORE WATER. The more I learn about water, the more I understand how essential it is to our health. I have written about the importance of WATER & HYDRATION several times. Stop making excuses, and start drinking more. I drink AT LEAST 1 whole gallon a day, and usually more.
2. HIDE THE SCALE. I weigh once a week (same time of day, on the same scale….for accuracy), mostly for accountability. It drives me BONKERS when people obsess about their weight. Weight.is.just.a.number. My “normal” weight is around 140, but I could care less about the number itself. We should be WAY more concerned with our fitness level, overall health, energy levels, how we feel, and how our clothes fit. Muscle weighs more than fat, and I could be much healthier at my 140 than someone else at 110.
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3. Fill up on lean protein & veggies first. Snack on raw, unsalted nuts, apples, boiled egg whites, raw veggies, etc. Watch out for dairy & even wheat (as most people have a slight intolerance to wheat products & dairy disrupts the flora in the gut- not saying avoid altogether, just be aware of how your body responds to both). Skip processed, packaged, junk food, and fast food as often as possible. Research clean eating recipes & try new things…but find some staple clean recipes you love. Be aware of serving sizes. Eat often to keep your metabolism going.
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4. Track your food! I cannot even tell you how huge this is!! Like I said, I’ve been eating healthy for a while, but too many “healthy calories” is still too many calories….and it causes weight gain. Join www.myfitnesspal.com if you haven’t already (it’s like free Weight Watchers), and use it every day!! It is such a cool, user- friendly tool, and I was amazed to see how much more I was eating than I thought!! It’ll help you make sure you’re getting what you need every day. AND like most women, I wasn’t getting nearly enough protein, but tracking through MFP helped me ensure I was getting enough of the good stuff and not too much of the not-so-good stuff. (FYI: You do need healthy fats & carbs….carbs shouldn’t drop below 100 g/day.)
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5. Make your workout COUNT!! Yes, anything is better than nothing, and it’s most important to just get moving. But you better believe if I’m going to take time out of my day to exercise (MAKE IT A PRIORITY….stop making excuses!), I am going to make it count!!! You can even workout shorter times if you’ll just go more intense! I work out about 5 days a week, about an hour each time. I do mostly body weight exercises (squats, lunges, planks, REAL pushups & chin ups- yes, I feel like a beast-, etc.). You can do all those from home, so there is no excuse! There are TONS of workouts on Pinterest if you’re lacking ideas! Also, when it comes to my cardio, I do HIIT- High intensity interval training. I only do about 20-25 min…..60 sec normal speed, 30 sec as hard as I can go, repeat. I do this on the treadmill, track, elliptical, jumping rope, on the bike, jumping jacks, plyos, etc. I mix and match a lot to get my 20-25 min in so I don’t get bored. I’m always DRIPPING sweat when I’m done, so I know I’ve worked. This will MELT fat!! Also, be sure to do cardio AFTER your workout. I’ve read both ways, but this has worked best for me.
6. CUT OUT SUGAR! Sugar is absolutely toxic. End of story. We need to cut it out, except for special occasions. And no, every day is not a special occasion!! Not even every event! If’ you’re like me, I am constantly going to birthday parties, showers, weddings, etc., and if I ‘splurge’ every time (which I used to do), that would really add up. There are healthy alternatives too. My new favorite treat is my morning shakes and my post- workout recovery protein shake made in the blender with ice & water. I feel like I’m getting a milkshake and it has really helped me control my sweet tooth!!!
7. Take vitamins & supplements, and make sure they are good quality. Top 3 I recommend?? AmultivitaminOmegas, and Probiotics. I am writing another post right now about why we need vitamins and supplements. They are SO important!! I really love Advocare’s vitamins because they are top quality and made from the highest grade of ingredients.
OmegaPlex®CorePlex®ProBiotic Restore™ ULTRA

8. Don’t be a sun goddess. I just bought a spray tan machine because I love being tan, but I don’t want skin cancer. The tanning solution is organic and I thoroughly researched it- very safe! I bathe in sunblock (lots of hype about sunblock right now with skin cancer on the rise- I need to do some more research on this to make sure I have the right kind!) & try to sit in the shade as often as possible. I wear a hat if I’m going to be in the sun to keep it off my face.
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{I was SO dark for my wedding/honeymoon….NO MORE of that unless it’s from my spray tan machine!!}
James: Mercy Triumphs - by Beth Moore
9. STOP making excuses. YOU are in control of your health. Your daily decisions and choices can dictate your health and future. Your daily choices are also setting an example for others- friends, siblings, kids, etc. Lifestyle changes are not easy, but they are necessary. CHOOSE to make it happen, and don’t give up. Find someone to join you on your journey to becoming healthier. From my personal experience, the healthier I am, the better I look & feel. I have more energy and I am able to get more accomplished. I’m not saying I never eat a slice of cake or skip a work out, because I do. But I don’t let those become habits. Make a change TODAY!!!
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Thank you so so much Danielle for sharing your story with us! 


Ya’ll NEED to go check out her post from YESTERDAY she talks about grocery shopping and what foods we should all be eating. Shes a super star! FYI YES I DO shop very similar to her! 

Now friends if you are interested in getting on the AdvoCare team check out my page HERE! If you have any questions about ANYTHING please do not hesitate to ask! Also if you want a refresher on the supplements I take you can read about them HERE
  Hugs, Nikki

I have 3 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on **GUEST POST** Danielle from Butler, Party of 2

  1. avatar
    July 19, 2012

    great tips!! my favorite is the no excuses, just go do it already and stop making everyone listen to why you aren’t going to do show them you are doing it every single day. healthy isn’t a once in awhile thing it is a lifestyle

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    Janna Renee says:
    July 20, 2012

    She is VERY inspiring and definitely knows what she is talking about! I don’t have her spirit, but maybe it’s contagious 😉

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    Anonymous says:
    August 27, 2012

    Great Blog! What type of spray tan machine did you purchase, and from where? I really want to get into spray tanning. The sunless tan you buy in the store wears off when you workout 🙁 Thanks for your help!

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