Hi, I am Melissa and I am a 42 year old wife, mother and teacher. I have a 14 year old son and a 7 year old son. I have been married for 20 years. I have hid in this overweight body for my entire adult life. I have gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. I have done every weight loss program out there and have done them successfully. Unfortunately, since I didn’t change my relationship with food – the weight came back on every single time. So, this time my goals will be different. This time while I am fixing the outside, I will also be fixing the inside.
During college, I was a victim of an attack. I never really dealt with the emotional damage that caused and started gaining weight to hide and keep myself “safe”. It has been over 20 years, and the hiding has not helped me heal; and I am done. I am done being a victim and letting someone else have control of my life. I am done hiding.
As I said, I have a 14 year old and 7 year old. I have a million pictures of them through the years. Only a few of those pictures are of me with them. I hate being in pictures. I don’t like the person that I see in them – because it doesn’t look like me. When they are grown and have moved on with their lives, I want to have pictures of all of us to look back on.
My goal is not only about losing weight. My goal is to like the person that I see in the mirror. My goal is to deal with my issues. My goal is to make lasting memories with my family that I can look at and not focus on the weight that I see. My goal is to be comfortable in my own body.
I chose the Advocare Challenge because I have two friends who rave about it. They were both very successful with it and are continuing the food choices after the 24 days ended. They have changed their relationship with food as I need to do. I also know that I can go to them for support and accountability.
Thanks for reading my story, and I hope that you will follow me on this journey. I don’t expect this to be easy, but I do know that it will be worth it….. and that I am worth it.
Advocare Update #2 – Day 15
I have hit the two week mark and stepped on the scale. It said that I have lost 9 pounds. I am very happy with that! I have stayed off of the scale until now because I didn’t want to sabotage myself. I was afraid that if I stepped on and didn’t see a loss that I would give up and go back to my old ways so the scale is rarely my friend. I will weigh myself again on day 24.
The first ten days were hard. I felt like I was thinking about food ALL day long. Day 11 arrived and I felt great! I am really enjoying the supplements that started on Day 11. I am taking MNS Max Control C. I have a lot of energy now, am very focused and rarely feel hungry at all. It was a huge change for me to have to remind myself that it is time to eat. The only down side I have experienced is having a hard time sleeping at night. I am unsure whether this is due to the supplements or the fact that I have a lot on my mind right now.
I did not start exercising until day 10. My goal now is to get to the gym at least 3 days a week. Working full time and being a mom with boys that have sports every day of the week, I will have to push to get that in. I have found that planning is key. Food planning, time planning, setting alarms to remind myself to take my supplements 30 minutes before lunch time etc.
My goal in the next ten days is to lose another 3 pounds. Twelve pounds in 24 days would be a great accomplishment. I need to aim high in order to stay focused and figure that if I “fail” and only lose eleven that is not a failure at all. I highly recommend this program to anyone like me that has tried it all – and needs something to work. Advocare works – and is worth the investment. YOU are worth the investment!
Advocare Update #3 – Day 20
I have made it to Day 20 of the challenge. I have to say that I feel really good – but I did struggle with having a little more flexibility from day 11 on. I have not stepped on the scale again – and will not do it until the challenge has been completed. My goal is to lose 12 pounds.
I have had problems with sleeping since I started the MNS Max Control C. I don’t know if it is due to the pills or due to the stress in my life right now. Baseball has started again – and that is pretty much 7 days a week with two boys. I try to take a lot of veggies and fruits to practices and games. I am also trying to figure out how to eat early enough in the day since we don’t get home with practices until after 7pm and that is too late for me to eat.
I really like the program at this point. Other than the sleepless nights, I have so much more energy and feel really healthy. I have found that I have to set my alarm on my cell phone to assure that I take my pills 30 minutes before lunch.
I do have a problem with getting in the amount of water that is recommended. Being a school teacher, I cannot take bathroom breaks often, and that can be a challenge with drinking all that water. I do drink a lot of water though, and I am beginning to crave Pepsi a little less than I used to.
I am excited to weigh and measure in the next week. I know that I still have a long way to go to reach my goal weight, but I have gotten a great start and it WILL carry me on to beating this constant battle with weight!
Advocare Update #4 – Day 28
The challenge is over, but the journey continues. My 24 day challenge has ended but I am still a long way from where I need to be. I feel great and am looking forward to feeling even better as the weeks go by. I have lost 11 pounds and 8 inches!
I have to say that this is an easy plan to follow. I liked how they spelled things out for me. I liked that the supplements were prepackaged on days 11 – 24. I liked that as long as I prepped and was prepared that it was completely “doable”. I didn’t like drinking THAT much water….. water is a struggle for me. I was hoping by now that it would be easy – but I have to say that there are many days that I REALLY want a Pepsi. I also wish that I saw more of a difference between my day 1 and day 24 pictures. I do not lose weight in my face quickly. But thankfully I took my measurements and can see that I have lost inches.
My plan is continue eating on plan and continue the weight loss. My journey is far from over. I am learning patience. I am learning to persevere. I am learning to feel better about being “me”. I am hoping that eventually I will learn to like exercise, but it hasn’t happened yet!
If you have weight to lose, I urge you to give Advocare a try. I sure am glad that I did!
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