Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Maybe some of you can relate to constant pain. I truly couldn't until this past year when my lower back started to constantly hurt from a combination of being out of whack and walking crooked from a heel issue. I just thought I was going to have to live with this pain the rest of my life.

We hadn't been able to find a chiropractor yet in our area, and I just didn't want to spend the money to go. So, I just kept dealing with the uncomfortable pain, walking slightly crooked, struggling to turn over in bed, hurting when I ran (if I could run). It was discouraging to say the least. 

You may have read that I did the Advocare 24 day Challenge back in February. Yes, I keep talking about it. I truly love it! It made me feel great and I can't wait to do the cleanse again. 

Well, one of the products in this challenge is OmegaPlex, an all natural and superior source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It is one of the products that Advocare sells that helps overall core function.

An added bonus, is that I no longer have lower back pain! 

This product along with the 24 Day Challenge has increased my stamina and has helped my strength in training and running. I just ran 5k last week for the first time in almost a year! I have been working up to it and was so excited to be able to run this distance with no pain! 

It's so important to me to share this with you, today. I want to help you eliminate your pain. I believe this product can help you. It just might be what you need, but how can you go wrong? It's all natural! It's good for you! 

Give it a try today. CLICK HERE 

I am so thankful to the ones who shared Advocare with our family! God is using it as a tool in our lives to stay fit and healthy. 

~ Dani Joy

Friday, May 1, 2015

Who's a Better Tennis Player?

Who would you think is better at tennis, Joseph or me?

Well, to be honest, he just beat me last night 6-3 but... there was a time when I was beating him. 

Yes! but... it didn't have as much to do with talent and skill as it did with my energy level. I started the Advocare 24 day challenge and with it came an amazing energy and mental focus drink called SPARK! 

 Have you heard of it? 

I hadn't. I was up for a much needed boost. My energy had dropped so much that every evening I was falling asleep as soon as we finished dinner. I couldn't keep up working at school, let alone play a full set of tennis. 

Back in February, when I started taking Spark, within two days I was feeling the affects. Joseph and I went out to play tennis and I beat him 6-1! I couldn't believe it!  I was actually placing the tennis ball instead of just trying to stay alive. 

Fast forward two months and now Joseph has been taking Spark, too. It's been so much fun seeing us get better and challenging each other. He started running down the tennis ball, serving and placing it so much better.

Now it's war!

No, not really but boy am I competitive! :)

You're probably thinking what is this stuff? Well, how many of you drink coffee, or some kind of energy enhancer? Then think all natural, non adictive, good for you and better priced and that's Spark!

Here is the break down of the Spark.

We don't buy soda, and very rarely a specialty coffee, so Spark was a easy buy for us. As you can see it's so much better for you and even relatively cheaper. 

It's so worth it! 

Are you ready to get Sparked! 

Is this you?

  • Someone who has trouble waking up or feels "energy slumps" throughout the day?
  • Someone who can't work up enough energy to live life the way you want?

AdvoCare Spark® is a unique multi-nutrient system that was developed as a nutritional 
source of energy and enhanced mental focus.
It's a sugar-free with more than 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically
 to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy that won't 
overburden or over stimulate your body.

This amazing product serves as an all-in-one solution that gives you a quick 
boost of energy that lasts for hours!

  • Sharpens mental focus!
  • Just 45 calories per serving!
  • Offered in pouches and canisters!
  • Fast acting and long-lasting energy!
  • Available in Watermelon, Mango Strawberry, Pink Lemonade, 

Mandarin Orange, Fruit Punch, Grape and Cherry!

And stay tuned to see who wins our next tennis match!

~ Dani Joy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

See the Difference!

 There are four main products that have given our boys the power they need for their workouts. Ike and Drew (my two older sons) have been taking Advocare Spark, Catalyst, Muscle Gain, and Post Workout Protein for a little over 2 months. They are seeing and feeling the difference.  

They do double workouts each week and need the extra sustenance. For Football, they were told they needed to gain 20 lbs each. It has been hard to find anything that works for them. They have been burning off everything we put into them. Until Advocare. They both have gained muscle and at least 10 lbs so far in just a short 2 1/2 months. 

Ike age 16
February - April 2015

Drew age 15
February - April 2015

So, we will continue to use Advocare! Especially now that they are heading into their Spring football practices. 

It is also a business opportunity for our family and we would love for you to take the time to look at our website. There is something there for all your health needs.
www.advocare.com/150172715 and our Facebook page

 Danielle and Joseph Contreras


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not Just Another Challenge

This year I turn 40. I never thought it would be a milestone, really. It is just a number. After all, you are only as old as you feel right? Well, little by little, I have started to feel heavier, slower, more sluggish and not able to lose the weight I had gained after my double varicose vein surgery this past year.

Of course, exercise and healthy eating are so vital. I have been on this journey since 2009. I even have some before and after pictures, but I hit a plateau and couldn't get my body to budge. 

This is when I was introduced to this amazing Challenge. The Advocare 24 Day Challenge!
 I kid you not, I felt the difference right away! 

The 24 Day Challenge starts out with a 10 day cleanse. Now, I have done cleanses before. Some have even hurt, they have been so strong, but this one being a herbal cleanse, did its work gently. Within the first three days, I felt lighter and had more energy. I even beat my hubby in tennis! 

Let me explain a little more about how it works. 

Proper absorption of nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals is essential to maintaining a healthy body. However, periodic lifestyle changes may generate the need for a "fresh start" - that's where the Cleanse Phase comes in. On Days 1-10 of the 24-Day Challenge, you will take three products.

These products, in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, help to rid your body of waste and prepare your body to better absorb nutrients. This isn't the kind of cleanse where you drastically reduce calories or consume only liquids - this is the beginning of a healthier lifestyle!

After completing the Cleanse Phase, it’s time to move into days 11-24: The Max Phase. The Max Phase is about fueling your body in order to achieve maximum results. During this phase you will take three products that work together to provide you with sustained energy, appetite control, core nutrition and overall wellness.  Upon completion of the 24-Day Challenge, these products can continue to be taken every day as part of a healthy lifestyle.

This was the best challenge I have done yet. Of course, I coupled it with exercise and healthy eating. This is a must. And the amazing phone app that you get for free when you start, was a great tool to keep me motivated. I am still toning up and losing! 

Here are my results. I lost 5lbs and over 5 inches in the 24 days!

Day 1                                     Day 24

Click HERE or on the picture to learn more!

We will start a challenge together for our annual Spring in2 Shape fitness challenge. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A New Stage in my Fitness Journey

Yep, this was me in 2007 and 2009. It took me a year and a half to get 40 lbs off! Following a healthy eating plan (what I call my HEP) and exercising intensly 5-6 days a week. This was just the beginning of My journey


After duel vericose vein surgery in December 2014, and a major move from Spain to the good ol' USA, I have 15-20 lbs to get back off! 

As we start the New Year's 30 Day Challenge, I wanted to post my plan of action. 

1. Increasing my exercise to 5-6 days a week and intensify by doing a exercise videos or run and do my park routine 30 -60 minutes a day. 

2.  MY HEP will be low carb, high protien, natural foods. 

MY Foods to Avoid from AuthorityNutrition.com

I will avoid these 7 foods, in order of importance:
  • Sugar: Soft drinks, fruit juices, agave, candy, ice cream and many others.
  • Gluten Grains: Wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Includes breads and pastas.
  • Trans Fats: “Hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  • High Omega-6 Seed- and Vegetable Oils: Cottonseed-, soybean-, sunflower-, grapeseed-, corn-, safflower and canola oils.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. Use Stevia instead.
  • “Diet” and “Low-Fat” Products: Many dairy products, cereals, crackers, etc.
  • Highly Processed Foods: If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it.

Low Carb Food List – Foods to Eat

I will base my diet on these real, unprocessed, low-carb foods.
Woman Holding Salad
  • Meat: Beef, lamb, pork, chicken and others. Grass-fed is best.
  • Fish: Salmon, trout, haddock and many others. Wild-caught fish is best.
  • Eggs: Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are best.
  • Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and many others.
  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, pears, blueberries, strawberries.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • High-Fat Dairy: Cheese, butter, heavy cream, yogurt.
  • Fats and Oils: Coconut oil, butter, lard, olive oil and cod fish liver oil.
3. I will take Plexus Slim, Boost, and Block along with the Bio Cleanse. These products are amazing tools to help jump start weight loss as well as help with maintenance. Check out HERE how you can start yours today. 

Novemeber 2014 working out with my 14 yr old, Drew!
This is a life long journey. With God's strength, I will persevere. 
What is your plan? 

♡ Dani Joy