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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Prizes and Points System

Hi Ladies, 

I am ready to share with you the New Year's 30 day Challenge!

 I believe that you can change in 30 days. I have done it, losing 20 inches in 30 days back when I first started. Plus, I believe, all things are possible, in God's strength.

I have a lot of motivation this year. I am turning 40! I believe we can meet our goals together. It is so important to surround yourself with encouragement and motivation. 

Now you're on board! Let's talk more motivation. 

Our point system:

30 min. of exercise = 1 point  (max. 2 pts for 60 min.) 
2 liters/quarts of water or 1/2 your body weight in oz. = 1 point
HEP = 2 point (Healthy Eating Plan) 
Posting = 1 point ( 3 posts max. per week/min. of 1 post a week to be eligable for prizes)
1 pound lost = 1 point (.5 kilo 1 point) 
1 inch lost = 1 point (2cm = 1point)

1st prize for one overall winner in points. - Plexus product of choice! 

2nd prize for overall weight and inches lost.- $10 gift card

Learn how to measure HERE. Measurments are so necessary, because you lose inches before you lose pounds.

Exercise!!! - Yes, it very important in my opinion. We get 1 point for every 30 minutes of
 exercise. (5-10 minutes stretching counts as part of your 60 min. time.) You may split up your time in intervals of 10 minutes, no less. 

This includes any exercise which raises your heart rate. Intense walking and intense house cleaning are included.
 I recommend increments of 15 minutes with 5 minutes of stretching at the end. Remember, you may do more activity than an hour, but we only get points for the first 60 minutes of exercise. Let's make them count. 

The reason for the maximum limit is so that we are doing more intense workouts. I recomend a mixture of weight training and cardio workouts. Mike Chang´s six pack short cuts and Jillian Michael´s videos (all on You Tube) are excellent for this. You may do walking videos like those by Leslie Sansone, pilates or yoga, but they must be continual, without a lot of resting. The key is purposeful exercise to burn calories and tone our muscles. Toned muscles burn fat and increase metabolism! 

HEPHealthy Eating Plan - if followed = 2 pt You should post what your HEP will be for accountability in your first post on our FB group or a link to your own blog.  If you keep to your HEP each day, it is 2 points! If you blow it, you just don´t count the points for the day. 

*** One Free day is allowed and counts as your HEP points and for 1 exercise point ( not water nor posts).*** 

Posts/ Participation -  This is my favorite part of the challenge. I love all the interaction and encouragement! Most importantly, we uplift one another to be the best we can be. I believe that we were made by a Creator who wants us to serve Him with all that we have. When we post inspiration and what we are learning, we are helping each other to reach our goals!

Posts and Journaling
 You may choose one of 4 ways:

1- E-mail your journal to me, danijoy2psain@gmail.com
2- post on our private FB page 
3 -blog on your own blog linking to Faith Fitness and Fun blog. (must let me know)
4- blog directly on our  Faith Fitness and Fun blog. (must be invited)

Your introduction post for the first week 
should include-  Info about yourself, a picture, goals, definitely your HEP, and maybe measurements if you want to share. This is totally up to you how much you feel comfortable sharing. 

 Post/ Journaling Ideas - 
-Some post their measurments as a first journal post. 
- Post about your exercise for the last couple of days.
-Post about your food choices.

You are allowed two tips a week. They may fall under diet tips, fitness tips, humor about fitness and diet, and inspirational tips. The lables are in the label section in the blog editor if you are blogging. 

**You are only allowed 3 posts a week for points but, you may post more. They just do not count for points.**

**We must CHECK IN with point totals at least once a week to qualify for the prizes, unless you have let me know ahead of time. **

I am sure there will be questsions. Please don't hesitate to ask. These challenges have helped me greatly through the years. If you stick with it and create a HEP you can live with everyday, you can truly get in shape in a month. I am at it with you! 

Don't forget to start with prayer, praying over how God would have you get control over your eating and exercising. Realize that God is our greatest strength and He wants us to be our best for His glory. 

- Dani Joy

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Years is Coming Fast!

Announcing our next challenge! Is this just what you need to get motivated or what?
It's not a diet, it's a journey! 

Sign up by commenting here or on our FB page.
Choose your HEP (healthy eating plan)
Print off your point spread sheet, HERE
and get moving! ;)

I will be posting about the points and prizes soon, but this is in no way to stress you out. I use the points to keep us on track and to motivate us. It also helps us to see how much we really need to keep moving. If points aren't your thing, just use our group as a source of accountability. We post on our private facebook group or here on this blog. 

I am totally against diets, as you will read in my testimony. It is a fitness journey for life. If it weren't for this I know I would be totally unhealthy and undisciplined today. I still have a ways to go to get to my peak. I have a goal in mind, I have prayed and now I must do my part. 

Do you have weight to lose or just want to get in better shape? This challenge is for you? We focus on healthy eating, exercise and uplifting encouragement. 

Even the Proverbs 31 woman exercised. 
"She girds herself with strength,
and strengthens her arms."
Proverbs 31:17

She was some well balanced woman!
I pray to be like her in order to serve Jesus better.

~Dani Joy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Crunch It, Ladies!

 I debated starting another fitness challenge. It has been a tough transition moving from Spain to Florida these past six months, but we are settled now. Still unsure of the future, but we are confident God will work out the details.

Either way, we always need some motivation to get in shape and be healthy. This is a discipline that must be for life.

So as I find myself still with those 10-15 lbs I gained after my vein surgery last December, I fear the holiday poundage. How about you? Do you fear gaining weight this holiday season?

What can we do about it?

I challenge you to 30 days of Crunching! Yes, my Christmas Crunch Challenge returns for a 6th season, starting Monday.

Nov 24 - Dec 23. 

This CCCVI will be intensive. Here is the break down:
1.we need to exercise 6 days a week, only one free day, any way you can get movement in: walking, heavy cleaning, stairs, whatever works for you.

2. Follow your HEP (healthy eating plan, no cheating) 1 free day, and

3. drink 2 liters of water daily.

For a total 5 pts a day
30 minutes=1pt or 60 minutes =2pts
HEP = 2pts
Water = 1pt

We will have check-in once a week on Sunday to post your points and progress. This is just for fun, friendly competition and motivation. I will chose a winner based on points, weight loss and inches lost.

We have links here on this blog to know how to measure, for HEP tips, and fitness motivation. Also, click here to download your points spread sheet. 

We need to encourage each other on our fb page. Share tips and ideas. This has always been a great help. If you are not a member and would like to participate, just comment here or on the fb page.

I am so excited for this challenge! I am so in need of accountability.

I am so excited, that I am giving away one Plexus product of choice. Everyone who checks in once every week will be entered to win!

Are you challenged yet? Are you in? Let's let the holidays give us joy and not poundage! Let's take control. Let's be disciplined for God's glory.

Let's Crunch it!

Dani Joy

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