Why did I join Advocare?
While the response to my decision to join Advocare has been overwhelmingly positive, I’m sure there are some people out there thinking, “Why did she sign up to work for Advocare? Doesn’t she make enough money? Why is she compromising her platform to talk about these products that no one has even heard of?” I’m here to *hopefully* answer these questions.
“Why did she sign up to work for Advocare?”
I signed up to work with Advocare because their products have never let me down. I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t tried every Advocare product there is. However – I have tried the majority of them. Advocare products have never made me want my money back. They’ve never made me sick or groggy. I’ve had nothing but positive results.
In addition to my confidence in the company and their products, as a distributor, I receive a discount on all products including the ones I was already using. So, by becoming a distributor, I’m actually saving myself money.
“Doesn’t she make enough money?”
I’m fortunate that I had the opportunity to attend and graduate from a trade school. Not many people have that opportunity. After I graduated, I was offered a job in the field and of course I accepted. Being that I went to school for this, yes, I do get paid more than minimum wage. Do I make 6 figures? No. Hell no. So I guess I could see how someone might think I make “enough money”.
I didn’t join Advocare to make money. I joined Advocare to promote products I believe in with everyone I meet. If I make some money on the side, that will be great. But even if I don’t make a single dime, I’m going to keep promoting Advocare.
“Why is she compromising her platform to talk about these products that no one has even heard of?”
My “platform”, and any ‘following’ I might have, is only because of my success with weight loss and fitness. I wouldn’t even have a “platform” if it weren’t for these products. I truly believe that without Advocare, I might have plateaued after losing about 25 pounds. I might have never recovered.
Advocare products provided me with the energy to keep going. I’ve lost so much weight, because of these amazing products. The fact that no one has heard of them is irrelevant to me.
In closing, I hope I’ve been able to shine some light on my decision to become a Distributor. You’ll be seeing more product-related posts on social media now that I’m in a position to share my secret weapon.
What do you think of my decision to join Advocare? Have you ever heard of Advocare or any of our products? Drop a comment below! Or drop your email to learn more! I’ll be answering 1-on-1.
Part 2: The Comeback
Click here to read Part 1: The Confession
So there I was, somewhere around the beginning of April, about 7 pounds down and swearing off all magical pills and powders….
Realizing that the body I wanted wouldn’t come from a product was extremely hard for me to grasp. I don’t really know how to explain it. It was like preparing for a long road trip – You pack, you wash your car, you get gas, your get the oil changed, you check your tire pressure, and then finally you’re on the road… And then your car breaks down. At the end of February, I got mentally ready for that trip. I came to terms with my weight, I accepted that I needed to change, I started reading articles and following fitness accounts and asking for tips… And then the vehicle I expected to aid in my weight loss completely fell apart. I was devastated. I was upset. I considered giving up. But then I thought about those first two weeks. I remember specifically thinking, “If putting poison in my body could give me that much energy, how much energy am I capable of creating on my own?” And from that point on, it was a challenge.
I never wanted anyone to say, “You wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for that insert name of magical product here.” Because in my mind, that roughly translates to “You couldn’t have done this by yourself.” That’s why I kept my experience with Plexus a secret for so long.
I have at least 2 friends who have used plexus and seen great results. Hell, my aunt has recently become a Plexus distributor. I’m not saying that my results from Plexus are typical, or that it won’t work for you. My only complaint with this company is that they refused to see that there could be bigger medical issues happening that their products can’t fix. They refused to expand their horizon to include the outside chance that maaaaaybe their product isn’t meant for everyone. With that being said, I truly believe that my issues with Plexus were due to my intestinal issues that I’ve been dealing with for 2 years. (Backstory: 2 years ago I was experiencing pain so severe that my family doctor sent me to the ER, convinced I had appendicitis. That’s how bad it got. I was told there after $7,000 worth of testing that it was in fact an intestinal infection caused by stress and that I could never participate in a cleanse no matter how mild.)
About a month later, I got the idea in my head that I needed to add protein shakes after my workout. Unfortunately, the same intestinal issues reared their ugly head and I ended up throwing up my shakes most days. At first I thought I had just gone too hard at the gym, but I later realized that milk on my hot tummy wasn’t a good idea. I stopped using the protein post-workout and everything went back to normal.
About another month later during a particularly busy time at work, I needed extra energy to power through my workouts. I tried a preworkout powder and I’m pretty sure mine had some cocaine in it because that stuff made me go and go and go like the energizer bunny. Like legitimately I would just jump up and down in the same spot because I couldn’t stand still.
I could go on and on about the pros and cons of every product I’ve tried along this fitness journey. From protein post-workout to preworkout powder to meal replacement shakes to meal replacement bars to electrolyte replacement pills. I’ve tried pretty much everything. So far everything I’ve tried has just left me disappointed or with a hole in my wallet. Only one company has consistently provided me with quality products that work. That company is AdovCare.
Over the past few months, I have been fortunate to purchase many of the AdvoCare products and seamlessly work them into my everyday routine. Each time I tried something new, I was overwhelmed with the performance of the product. I have never been disappointed with an AdvoCare product. I’m incredibly happy to announce that as of today, I am an AdvoCare distributor. I will never try to sell you any products you don’t want; instead, I will be sharing my success with certain AdvoCare products over Facebook and Instagram (as I have done consistently throughout my weight loss journey).
If you are interested in one of the products I feature or are looking to change your body, I am always open to discuss any questions and recommend which products I think will work for you. I will ultimately make a small percentage of what is sold through my website, but I will never make enough to lie to my friends and family. I will never promote something that hasn’t worked for me.
Athletes, whether they are looking to slim down or bulk up, use products to reach their goals. I use products every day, and as you know, I’ve always been passionate about helping my followers reach their goals. It’s a natural next step for me to share my secret weapon with you guys. AdvoCare products have truly shaped my weight loss journey. I don’t know that I would have had as much success with my weight loss if I hadn’t began using their products.
If you’re interested in how AdvoCare has helped shape my body and my life, send me an email or leave a comment below. I’ll be looking forward to it.
Part 1: The Confession
As I’ve mentioned before, when I first started my weight loss journey I had no idea what to do. I had never set foot in a gym. I had no idea how to meal prep. These are all things I taught myself later on, but not until after I made the mistake of trying Plexus products.
For those of you who don’t know what Plexus is, it’s a company that produces pills and powders (as well as a line of cleanses and probiotics) aimed at helping people lose weight and become healthy. When I first heard of Plexus, the results people had from using the products were overwhelming. Among them, I remember these: No more migraines, no more blood sugar medicine, no more insulin resistance, etc. If you had a problem, Plexus had a solution.
I’ve suffered from severe migraines since I was a child, so the promise that Plexus could cure me once and for all was enough to get me to try the products. Unfortunately, as I later found out, Plexus’s whole idea of health was that if something was wrong with your overall health, your gut was out of wack. True, possibly. But instead of suggesting a trip to the doctor and a few rounds of prescription strength probiotics, these independent distributors instead suggested that a few of their pills, coupled with a cleanse or probiotic, and of course their signature pink drink would clear you right on up. But we’ll talk more about this later.
I found a distributor online and immediately contacted her to see which products would be best for me and my long-term health goals. I disclosed to her my history of intestinal issues, and I ended up choosing the following Plexus items:
For the first two weeks or so, I was doing great. I had lots of energy, I was happier, I had less brain fog. The Plexus actually seemed to be working! Unfortunately, I can’t say that my results lasted. After the initial two weeks, I started experiencing brain fog worse than ever before. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I would forget what I was saying right in the middle of a sentence! I had headaches almost every single day. I was moody – and NO, it wasn’t “that time”. In addition, I started having stomach pains and that’s when I knew something was up.
At first my stomach pains were almost like cramps, but in my upper stomach. I had no idea what was going on. After a few days, my cramping escalated to sharp, stabbing pains. I could be just sitting at my desk typing as I am right now, and I’d get a pain that would double me over with tears in my eyes. I couldn’t workout. I could barely work! That’s when I messaged my Plexus distributor to let her know something wasn’t right. She immediately hit me with “This is totally normal, this is just your body adjusting to the products, this will go away in about a week.” For some reason, I believed her. (Reason: I desperately wanted there to be a way to get skinny fast and without working for it) After that conversation, I gave her products a deadline – I swore “If my body isn’t back to normal in one week, I’m throwing this shit away.”
I continued taking the products for another week, and unfortunately my condition never improved. The brain fog was getting worse, the headaches escalated to every single day, but the stomach pains stayed the same. (Thankfully they didn’t increase because my boss was already on the verge of sending me to the hospital) After that week I had been on Plexus for a little over one month, and all it had done for me was make my life worse and keep my from achieving ACTUAL results. I sent that Plexus lady an email telling her that I felt I was poisoning my body and I asked if I could get out of the rest of my three-month trial. She said it wasn’t possible. No remorse or explanation for what was happening to me.
So there I was, more than a month into my fitness journey, having lost around 7 pounds (largely due to those first two weeks of high-energy workouts) and without a quick fix. At that point I realized there’s not a quick fix. A body worth having doesn’t come from a bottle.
Click here to read Part 2: The Comeback
Back in the Saddle
I had about three weeks of working 13 hour days, during which I was going to the gym a maximum of 3 times a week including weekends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t control my crazy schedule. I had no choice but to ride it out and wait for the rush of work to be over with, which it is!
It feels really good to be back in the swing of things. As I mentioned, I’ve been dealing with a stomach bug for a while now. I’m still not sure what caused it. I was really sick for about a week, and then nauseous and lethargic for another week and a half. Weird, right? Anyway I had to modify my meal plan for two full weeks. The first (really bad) week, I was eating soup from a can and ritz crackers and sprite and that’s all. I couldn’t stomach anything else. The second (moderate) week, I prepped homemade noodle soup in chicken broth for lunch, and breakfast was… Fruit I think.
I guess the fruit brought my immune system back to par because I’m feeling great this week. I had an AWESOME weekend in San Antonio with my sister and father, and I’ve had no problem falling back into my regular meals and workouts.
In other news, I’ve officially lost 60 pounds from my start weight. I’ll be hitting my first MAJOR goal within the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that ;) When I hit that goal I’ll be doing a Fitbit giveaway on Instagram, so if you’re following me, be on the lookout for that. If you’re not following me, WHY? You can find my account by searching @chaneycheyenne or by using the hashtag #chaneyshrinks.
As you can probably tell I don’t have much time to write today. I just wanted to give you guys a little update. And Lisa… HI!
Sleep vs Gym
So life happened, and I’ve decided to temporarily suspend my gym sessions in favor of sleep. Since last Monday, I’ve been working 12 hour days at my company in Houston, Texas. My daily 2 hour commute, in addition to12 hour work days, is already proving to be stressful on my mind and body. I feel like the continued daily hour-long gym sessions would be more harmful than helpful at this point.
I firmly believe that sleep is just as important as diet, exercise, and hydration when trying to lose weight. I won’t try to go into the scientific details because truthfully, I have no idea why that is so. But in my own weight loss journey, I’ve seen that the amount of weight I lose is directly relative to how much sleep I get.
Yes, diet and exercise are important, along with staying hydrated. But unfortunately, when you start having to sacrifice your body’s natural recovery time (aka sleep) for these things, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Last week, I existed in a state of guilt all because I wasn’t going to the gym. I was still sticking to my diet and drinking water, but in my mind I felt like I was doing something wrong. This week, I’m much more at peace with my decision to skip the gym. I know that I’m doing the best thing for my mental and physical state.
I already know what happens when I give up. I want to see what will happen if I don't.