the holiday hustle!

by Janetha on September 16, 2013

in giveaway,goals,meals,moves

hi! i have something super exciting to share with you all today!!

as you know, i am currently doing the advocare 24 day challenge and LOV-ING it. i am on day 16 and could not be happier with the results i am seeing. several of you have asked me about the challenge and are interested in completing it.. so i thought i would HOST a challenge here on meals & moves!

there are 24 days between monday, october 7th and halloween. those are the last 24 days before the holidays hit. the advocare challenge is 24 days long. coincidence? i think not. do you see where i am going with this?  i’d like to introduce to you…

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the holiday hustle! that’s right, it’s time to get your butt into gear and hit it hard before the holidays hit you! we all tend to overindulge during the holidays and run low on time for exercise, so you definitely want to head into the holidays with optimal health.  furthermore, you want to develop healthy habits and have a strong base going into the new year so you aren’t making new year’s resolutions to work out or eat clean (like the majority of folks do!)

as an advocare advisor, you can sign up for the challenge through me at any time.. but i want to get lots of people together to participate in it at the same time. it’s always more fun to do something together!

first off, let me tell you WHAT the 24 day challenge is.

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when you sign up for the challenge, you receive 24 days worth of advocare products along with a nutrition guide and challenge planner/checklist. the products include the 10-day herbal cleanse complete with probiotics, herbal cleanse tablets, and the fiber drink, 14 meal replacement pouches, two boxes of spark energy drink, 56 MNS pill packs for the max phase, and a bottle of omegaplex to last the entire challenge. basically, it’s a lot of product. at a cost of less than $8 a day, it’s a screaming deal and a sound investment for your health and happiness.

the challenge has two phases: the cleanse phase and the max phase. the good news is you get to EAT the entire time! i never do well with cleanses where you can’t eat.. so this one is perfect for me. in the first 10 days i personally lost five pounds and 13 overall inches. the cleanse consists of a fiber drink, probiotics, herbal cleanse tablets, omegaplex, and spark energy drink. the max phase is days 11-24 and it is what i am currently doing. the phase consists of a meal replacement drink in the morning, spark energy drink, MNS pill packs , and omegaplex.

there are also companion products that are available to take while doing the challenge. i personally have opted to take three of the companion products: thermoplus, catalyst, and carb-ease.  the catalyst is taken for the full 24 days and the other two are taken during the max phase only. the products aren’t required for the challenge, but many people do use them in conjunction with the challenge. i have found the companion products to work well for me!

i want to let you all know that advocare products are informed choice approved, which means they have gone through rigorous testing to make sure they are all SAFE for you to use. this is an edge advocare has on most other supplement companies out there. you can take these supplements with peace of mind and know you aren’t harming yourself. click here to read more.

i mentioned the challenge comes with a nutrition guide. it does not dictate your meals for you exactly, but it gives you guidelines of what to eat, when to eat, and.. most importantly.. what not to eat! it is very simple to follow and leaves room for customization if you have dietary restrictions or social events that force you to eat out. it seriously is the most flexible challenge i’ve ever done, and i am seeing so much success!  you can see my first day of the challenge here to see the type of things i was eating (although i didn’t include snacks in that post.) i will also be sharing more of my meals and snacks in the future!

so, that’s the stuff you receive from advocare when signing up for the challenge.. but i am making the holiday hustle extra special, so you will receive even MORE if you sign up!

  • email support throughout the full 24 days—have a question? concern? problem? i am here to help!
  • periodic emailed newsletters and videos throughout the challenge guiding you through everything.
  • exclusive healthy recipes to fuel you through the challenge as well as meal plan ideas and tips.
  • workouts for in the gym and at home along with demos, ideas, and tips.
  • supplementation information including benefits and how to implement certain supplements to reach your goals.
  • fun food and fitness-related challenges for all participants with over $250 in prizes up for grabs.
  • strong sense of community and full access to a private facebook group so you can interact with others during AND after the challenge.

now, no challenge would be complete without INCENTIVE, right? i know we all have a little competitive edge in us. sometimes that’s what it takes to keep me accountable and on point. so here is how the incentive of the holiday hustle will work…

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all participants will send in their day one photos to me on monday, october 7th. challengers will also weigh and/or measure and write that down for day one (optional but encouraged.) after day 24, challengers will take photos and also weigh and/or measure again. all participants will send in final photos and any changes in weight and inches to me along with any notes about how the challenge affected you. i will use this information to select three winners.

we call ALL use extra cash for the holidays, so i decided to take money out of my pocket and give it to you! plus a few fun prizes to make the awards extra special!

 

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$200 cash, living proof fit gear tank top, a blender bottle, and box of spark energy drink ($315 total value)

 

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$150 cash, living proof fit gear tank top, and box of spark energy drink ($200 total value)

 

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$100 cash and box of spark energy drink ($125 total value)

 

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like i said above, in addition to the awards i just described, there is more chance to win stuff just by participating. throughout the 24 days, i will be holding various fitness and food challenges with prizes, random gift card drawings, and other fun incentives for all participants to have a chance to win.

ready to sign up?? CLICK HERE to get the challenge! once you have ordered the products, send me an email to—> mealsandmoves @ gmail.com with HOLIDAY HUSTLE in the subject line. let me know you are IN for the holiday hustle! i will immediately put you on the email list to receive all the inside info for the challenge and to be added to the facebook group. once on the list, you will begin receiving emails from me regarding the timeline of the challenge, details about the drawings, mini-challenges, healthy recipes, workout ideas, tips, and other important participant info.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE CHALLENGE
ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM!
hashtag = #holidayhustle

if you have QUESTIONS about the holiday hustle, the 24 day challenge products, the 24 day challenge itself, or the companion products.. please shoot me an email and i would be happy to answer anything before you sign up!

this is for USA ONLY. unfortunately, advocare does not ship outside of the USA. if you have a USA address, you can join! the products do take anywhere from 3-6 days to arrive (advocare is based in texas so it depends where you live) so plan accordingly and place your order enough in advance to receive your products prior to the challenge start date—october 7!

SIDE NOTE.. if you have any interest in becoming an advocare distributor like me, SHOOT ME A NOTE before signing up! there is a fee to become a distributor and i realize this is not for everyone, but if it interests you.. it’s DEFINITELY worth taking a look into! the company is awesome and it’s a great opportunity. distributors receive 20% off the product initially (and can work up to a 40% product discount.)  if you decide to become a distributor rather than simply ordering the challenge straight up, you are STILL eligible to participate in the holiday hustle and receive all the benefits and will be entered to win all the prizes!

okay, i think that covers all the bases! i can’t WAIT to see you all have success with the HOLIDAY HUSTLE and head into the holidays hot & healthy this year! let’s do this!

xo. janetha g.

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Carrie September 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I recently ordered the Advocare 24 day challenge kit and its actually going to arrive on my doorstep tomorrow. :) Does the order have to be placed with you to participate?
Congrats on your progress so far! It’s awesome to hear you are loving it!

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

shooting you an email!

Erica September 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hm….I think I may be up for this…Let me stew on it!

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

mmmm.. stew.. that needs to go on the menu asap lol. i hope you do it! would love your energy.

Ja @Ja on the RUN September 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

This is awesome! :) I think I’m in too! :)

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Would love to have you!

Jena@21Days September 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Awww! I was totally talked in to it and then got to the last line that it is only available in the US :( sad clown

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I know. It’s such a downer.. I’m sorry :(

Bonnie September 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I LOVE it! Okay… What do you think about them sending the goods to my parents’ address and then sending it to me? I would love to participate and need something to guide me right now that isn’t crazy-restrictive but instead allows you to eat and move and supplement! Thoughts?! Oh – and WELL DONE with your progress!

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

YES! Totally ship it to your parents’ place and then to you. You’d love this with your current struggles you mentioned. I think it would be awesome for you!

Bonnie September 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thank you! I think this would be good for me! …and really, well done with sticking to it – you are proof that what goes in to your body changes your physique more than anything.

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

right?! i think that’s 80% of it and 20% exercise!

sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com September 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

fun give-away!!

Chantalle September 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Noooooooo!!!! I so wanted to do this challenge with my favorite blogger, then read the dreaded “US only” :( I don’t suppose there is something out there us Candian girls can do so we can join in on the fun?

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Bah.. I know. Do you have friends or family in the USA that could ship it to you? As a distributor, I am not allowed to do so.

Lindsey September 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Bummer I will be on a mini vaca oct 5-9th, I was so looking forward to this!

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

You could start a few days late if you wanted! I will not be announcing the winners until the first Monday in November, so you would be totally OK to do it!

Niki September 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Great idea Janetha, thanks also for emailing the details yesterday!

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

No problem, lady! xo

Jessica September 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I’m interested! How is the non-dairy shake?

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I am not even kidding when I say I love it! I don’t even need to add fruit or extracts to it. I mix it with almond milk and ice. Keeps me full for 4 hours and I look forward to it every morning. I will be buying more and continuing drinking them after the challenge. It’s THAT tasty and filling.

carmen September 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

im really confused? how did it change your life? what made you want to distribute? have you finished your challenge? if it gives your dietary guide on what to eat, what are they? healthy whole foods right? foods that will help your body cleanse itself. i know you do what you want, and this is something that is your choice. ive read several of your posts on why you like doing news things and trying new things, and thats great. and you’ve done your own research and im not saying im right, your wrong or anything like that. but what you promote well to me anyways is healthy living with balance of eating and not being afraid to eat and going out to dinner and working out to be healthy but to also live a long and healthy life and your relationship with your body and not always trying to please others do what others do.

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

hey, carmen! i’ve had some really hard times in my life lately. the structure of the challenge and the support from my team are two of the things that have quite literally changed my life so far. i have not yet completed the challenge, but i have about a week left and every single day i am feeling better and better, inside and out. yep–healthy whole foods are on the meal plan. there is no magic pill, and advocare is no exception. i have ALWAYS believed that supplementation is important. i have taken various supplements since i started a healthy lifestyle with body for life in 2008. i have gone on and off supplements, but i have always felt my best when taking them (in conjunction with proper diet and regular exercise.) i believe it is a trifecta and this is what works for me. i initially became a distributor for the discount, and then i quickly learned i love the products, how they are working, etc and now want to share my experience with others. i appreciate your admiration of my healthy relationship with food/body/life.. and i still have that. i still go out to eat and am not afraid of anything. i went out to eat today.. and yesterday.. and the day before.. and the day before. actually every day since last thursday! the only difference in my diet now is i cut out the extreme amount of fruity pebbles and cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pie… all that i was eating throughout the day. i love food :) and don’t cut everything out ever. i still enjoy going out for ice cream and out to dinner and eat popcorn at the movies and all the normal stuff i always enjoy. i’m still a big believer in balance and i am in no way trying to please others or do what others do. i am simply trying to please myself, and doing this challenge and using these products are definitely making me happy! i thrive when i follow a plan, just as many others do, and i have simply found this one works well for me, and i can use it all with a sound mind due to the certification process it’s gone through. i think there are a lot of great brands out there that make awesome products and supplements. i’ve tried many. and now i have chosen advocare as my brand of choice. i am living for me and sharing my experience here, and spreading my excitement so those who want to give it a shot (since i had lots of interest) can do so in a fun manner, as a group thing, because it’s a good time!

Erica September 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

What if we are already a distributor? I just ordered the products for a challenge my gym is doing.

Janetha September 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

eligibility for the cash prizes are reserved for those who sign up for the holiday hustle.. but let me know if you would like to participate in the team activities and interact with the mini challenges via email. i’d be happy to add you to the list!

Yen September 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

Just ordered mine yesterday and would love to join in! I am looking to lose weight and ordered the Max C. I was wondering what you thought about the supplements. My budget is tight so it’s difficult for me to get all 3 that you mentioned. Do you have any recommendations?

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

Of the three, I like the ThermoPlus the most :)

Tara | Treble in the Kitchen September 17, 2013 at 2:55 am

Are you able to workout during the challenge? What is the total cost?!

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

Yes, regular exercise is recommended throughout the challenge. I am doing GPP 3 days a week and HIIT 2-3 days a week. It works out to just under $8 a day for the challenge! Well worth it.

jen September 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

ugh, I wish I could. I lost my job at the end of the school year, and only just started subbing last week. that pack is an entire month of health insurance I pay for out of pocket. teaching’s stressful and I tend up “puff up” from stress snacking. bummer! too bad they don’t have a tiered product line so you could just do a smaller challenge. :(

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hang in there! I have been way stressed and am making sure not to deal with it through food. AdvoCare does offer just the 10-day cleanse if you want a little jump start.. it’s around $30 :)

Linz @ Itz Linz September 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

so fun! what great prizes, too! i won’t be able to participate this year, but definitely sharing! :) :)

Tiffinie September 17, 2013 at 6:05 am

Its like you totally read my mind! I have been training and running marathons this year and i tend to not really watch what I’m eating during those time (sounds backwards i know!) and since I’m running the St. George marathon on oct 5th this gives me a great incentive after!!! Im going to order this week and ill email you!! Thanks again for putting this together! Ive read your blog for a long time and i love all the different challenges and activities you do! Looking forward to the challenge!!

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

Good luck on the marathon! That is SO impressive. Can’t wait to have your participation in the Holiday Hustle! Sounds like you already have a little hustle in you, so you’ll do great!

Carbzilla September 17, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hey girl! I will see what I have left from the last challenge and join in. I do think their shakes are the best I’ve ever tried. I love Spark, and then every once in a while I ad a weird reaction to the sweetener, but overall felt great. I’m doing another program now but can do both. {{{hugs}}}

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

I actually love the nondairy shake! Just drank it and am sad it’s gone. That’s saying a lot because I’ve tried many a protein powders. Would love to have you! Hope all is well! xoxo

Mari September 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

Bah! Too bad advocare doesn’t ship to Canada, I would LOVE to do this. Maybe one day!

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

I know :( Hopefully soon they will!

Annette@FitnessPerks September 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

This is a sweet challenge! I will be doing my own hustle….getting that baby girl out of me! haha ;) But the products sound super cool!

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

LMAO love you

Nicole V. September 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

Of all the shake flavors, which one do you like the most? Non-dairy? Does Marshall do Advocare, too? (It would be great if my BF would do this with me so we could keep each other accountable!)

:)

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

I have only tried the non dairy one (it is dark chocolate) but I have heard the mocha is amazing! Marshall does use AdvoCare products, but isn’t doing the challenge. He loves the supplements he uses, though! It’s great for guys.. you can google 24 day challenge results male and see!

Ashlee September 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

This sounds interesting and I’d love something to get me back into working out. I have a 10 month old who is breast fed. I checked out the site and I don’t see an answer to this in the FAQ section. Do you know if the products are safe for breast feeding mommas?

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

The boxes say to consult a physician if breast feeding. If you click here: https://www.advocare.com/130832615/Store/ItemDetail.aspx?itemCode=99050&id=A&flavor=b

and then click the tab that says “details” you can click on each individual product you receive with the challenge. When you click on the individual products, a new page comes up. On that page, click “product page” under the photo of the page. It will take you to a fact sheet with an ingredient list for each individual item. That is what I would show your doctor!

Ashlee September 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks!

Ashlee September 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I found this and now I am really excited! I thought I would share this with you in case any one else asked.

http://www.journeyofparenthood.com/2012/08/losing-baby-weight-advocare.html

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

That is so awesome! Great–thank you for the information!

Gabrielle September 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I was soooo in!! I went to order the package and saw that I couldnt since I live in Canada…I’m so disappointed I really wanted to participate!

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I know! So sorry. Do you have a friend or family in USA that could send it?

Veronica K September 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Is there any way to chose the flavor of spark that is included? I got sick as a kid on fruit punch, and to this day I cannot drink anything that tastes like it, lol,

Veronica K September 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

*choose not chose

Janetha September 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hey, Veronica! You can order the challenge items separately and it works out the the same price. Some people do this because they want the Peaches N Cream flavor of the fiber drink. I highly recommend the Strawberry Mango Spark!

Yana September 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

My biggest concern is the flexibility of the challenge. I am really good at sticking to it when there is little room for straying off. From what I understand, the only strict (challenge) part of this challenge is taking the supplements. No problem there. But when it comes to the rest – nutrition and exercise – it looks like there is a big room for interpretation. I got the exercise part covered with GPP, but nutrition is a big concern for me. Flexibility is not always my friend in that department. Could you elaborate a little on the nutrition guidelines and what is the challenge part nutrition wise.

Janetha September 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

There is a schedule with when to eat and how to build a meal (protein, veggies, complex carbs, fruit, etc).. it tells you when to eat what and you select your foods from the list and build the meal to suit your taste buds and diet guidelines. There is a list of food that is NOT allowed, as well. My issue was eating a lot of those foods that aren’t allowed and also eating too big of portions. The challenge has kicked both of those bad habits for me through the use of the nutrition plan! Hope that helps :)

Jessie September 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I want to do this SO bad, but I’m not sure I can drop the money for the challenge. Hmm… decisions, decisions.

Janetha September 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hey, Jessie! If you think about it.. it is just $8 a day, which is very inexpensive for the number of products you receive for each day. It’s well worth the money, and you can’t even put a price on the habits learned and changes and results from the challenge!

Bri September 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi Janetha! I’m super excited about this challenege and can’t wait to join in. But I have a question, on the sit where I am able to choose what “flavor” I want it gives me options for MNS 3, C, or E. what does that mean? Which should I be choosing? Thanks!!

Janetha September 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

Hey, Bri! You want to choose your meal replacement flavor. I hear mocha is super tasty, I have personally only tried the dark chocolate nondairy option, which I LOVE. So yummy! For the 3, C, or E.. you want to select one of the three. The C is geared toward weight loss and appetite suppressant. The E is geared toward energy. The 3 us geared toward weightloss, energy, digestive health, and overall immunity/wellness. I went with the 3 and most people do. But if you have a lot to lose or are in need of serious energy, go with the C or the E! Hope that helps :) Excited to have you!

SJ September 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Any thoughts on whether this would be an okay challenge for marathon/race training? Sounds fun but is it enough fuel (especially the meal replacement shakes, I’ve never done those before).

Janetha September 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi! Yep, I have a few crazy marathoners (hehe) doing the Holiday Hustle. You supplement your diet with the products and, at your discretion, add calories where and when you need them. I am happy to help you out with the planning and timing of it if you were to do the challenge!

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