it’s time for a new challenge.

If you’re a regular reader (hey, thanks.), you probs know I like a good challenge, like my 30 nails in 90 days challenge or my 30 days hair challenge (I’m partial to things in “30”s, evidently). And like that time Boyfriend and I did p45x for awhile (as in p90x for only about 45 days. Hey, it was hard.).

And if you’re truly a regular reader (really, thanks.), you probs know that I’m much more regular about my blogging when I’m in the midst of a challenge.

Methinks it’s time for a new one.

BUT FIRST, some updates.

1. A new man entered my life, and I fell in love instantly. Sorry, Boyfriend.

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That beautiful boy is the perfect, perfect son of Big Sister. Jackson Thomas was born on Dec. 19 at just 6 lbs. 1 oz. If you can’t tell, he’s pretty much the best thing ever.

2. I have officially triumphed over the laser removal of leg and bikini hair. Not to deter you (in all seriousness, the results are pretty freaking fantastic), but the last treatment was so painful I cried. Not like one delicate tear – like near-weeping “oh my god what are you doingggggggg” crying. It was pretty embarassing, but hey! Finito. And hairless.

3. I’ve been doing this full-time freelancing thing, which means if you aren’t a freelancer yourself or don’t know any, you have no idea what I do all day. I’m pretty sure my parents think I sit at my house in my PJs all day watching TV.

…aaaaand they wouldn’t be too far off, technically. I like the noise in the background while I work, and honestly, what’s the point of showering if you’re just home all day?

If you don’t remember (for shame. FOR SHAME.), I took the leap and quit my job back in November. With the holidays and that new little guy above (SERIOUSLYLOOKATHIMOMG), landing another full-time gig right away was neither top priority nor all that easy to do as it was the end of the year, so I branched out, got some clients and decided to start working from home. It can be pretty awesome to hang out on work from the couch all day, to be honest – especially when it’s negative a thousand degrees outside. I’m looking for the right full-time job again now, but working from home is not terrible at all.

4. I finally ditched the crutches. If you don’t remember what for (seriously, FOR SHAME.), I fractured my foot in November at my lovely friend and fellow blogger Jess’s wedding reception (she’s also in the midst of a challenge – a year-long one, at that. Follow her progress here.), and I just got off crutches and out of my boot about a week ago. Let me tell you – being able to wear two of the same shoe at one time is a privilege. (Although it does make for lighter packing to only have to bring one of each.)

I’m not sure how long it will take to get back to running, but I’m doing my best to take things slowly. Walking works pretty well, but even yoga is too much yet. Annoying, as I’m at home all day and actually have time to work out – but I’m really not rushing it, swear.

Hokay, I think you’re caught up.

So this new challenge is actually one that’s technically a real challenge and isn’t just one I made up for fun. If you haven’t tried it, I’m sure you’ve seen it on your Facebook newsfeed, which means, yes, I’m about to become one of those people.

I’m talking Advocare, people.


Boyfriend’s business partner (did I mention Boyfriend went into business with a friend/former colleague? They have a marketing company called Hatchet Marketing. You should check it out and then hire them.)’s lovely wife is a distributor (and overall fitness GODDESS…not joking, she legit ran a like a full marathon or maybe a half but either way somewhere between 13.1 and 26.2 miles while NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. Goddess. And overall lovely person.) and hey, if a fitness goddess swears by it, who am I to argue?

If you haven’t heard about this 24-day challenge and/or are too lazy to click on that link, it’s this program (…that lasts for 24 days. Who would’ve thought?) that’s designed to help you jumpstart your health goals (weight loss, energy, wanting to a better person health-wise). The first 10 days are a cleanse; the last 14 are for getting your body in the place where you can get maximum results.

Before you turn up your nose, listen – it isn’t a fasting or juicing thing, you get to actually eat food you can chew. That tastes good (if you cook it in a way that tastes good, that is. I don’t think it can make up for lack of cooking skills, which means I might be screwed sometimes.) And you can eat carbs. So, there’s that.

And after putting on about nine pounds (and a few inches here and there) over the holidays and with the whole broken foot/hard to exercise thing, I need something to help me launch back into normalcy. And as Boyfriend’s a team player, he’s in, too.

So let’s get started.

Day 1: The Numbers

Weight (yep, I’m really going to give you numbers): 126.4 lbs.

Bust: 35.5″

Waist: 27.5″

Hips: 36.5″

I’m not supposed to weigh in again until the whole thing is over, so you’ll have to wait a bit (24 days, to be exact) for a check in. Although lots of people report CRAZY weight and inches-loss/changes due to this challenge, I’m not expecting this thing to do it all for me. In time, I’d like to get back to my regular weight and inches – I feel the most comfortable around 117-119 lbs. and 25.5-26″ waist or so, so that’s what I’m shooting for in the long run (by summer? Sure, by summer.).

Day 1: Initial Thoughts

As it’s only 9:15am, I’ve only had the first few things and breakfast, so my thoughts so far are limited. Two things I’ll say – the Spark (natural energy drink thing – supposed to abstain from coffee. UGH.) is delicious; the fiber drink is as horrible as you think it’d be. It was like I was chugging mulched up tree bark, or what I assume mulched up tree bark would taste like.

Aaaand we’re off! Wish me luck, let’s see how this thing goes.

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  1. You remind me so much of my best friend Annie with your posts 🙂 Similar writing style. She even went through a many health challenges – job loss- freelance transition. Let me know what you’re looking for job-wise and I might be able to help.

    I did decide to get laser hair removal from two different places for two different spots…I’m through three treatments for both. I can say that the one laser on my naval HURTS (it gets hot–ouch!) and for the other one (my lower legs) it hasn’t hurt that much yet because they’ve kept me at a low setting–I opted for 5 more treatments (8 total)–and it has a freezing effect right before the pulse. I don’t know if it’s because of the time of year/weather or what but I haven’t seen much of a slow-down in growth!

    Nice to hear how you’re doing 🙂

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