Why I Stopped Using Advocare for Weight Loss
If you’ve been following me over the past year, you know that my wife and I began using Advocare products at the beginning of the year to lose weight. We completed a 24-Day Challenge in January, and another in early November, losing somewhere around 35 pounds and even more inches between the two of us. In addition, we’ve continued using Spark, Catalyst, and Meal Replacement Shakes as part of our regular weight management regimen. So it might not make sense why, after experiencing such great results, I would stop using these products for weight loss.
Because its not about weight loss.
I have come to realize that weight loss isn’t a goal. Losing weight is a side effect, a serendipity, of a healthy lifestyle. To exercise, take products, or eat certain foods in order to ‘lose weight’ would be like driving a car to ‘look cool’. I may (and arguably do) look cool driving my car, but the REASON I drive it is to get somewhere, to arrive at my destination. No one buys a car to look cool. They may buy a certain car to try and look cool, but they buy a car for a greater purpose. Similarly, I will continue to take Advocare products, not to lose weight, but to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Will I lose weight? Sometimes. When my body needs to. But the goals for my body in the New Year will not revolve around losing weight. They will be tied to and enabled by healthy living.
What About You?
I realize this is the time of year that people begin thinking about ‘changes’ for the New Year. According to my experience, these goals usually revolve around finances, health, and relationships. Are you thinking about setting goals in one or more of these areas? I’d love to hear about them and cheer you on.
However, if you’re thinking about losing weight in 2014…don’t.
Don’t try and set goals based on losing anything. I don’t know of any long-term, sustainable goals that revolve around giving something up (granted I’m not thinking about it too hard). Instead, set goals based on what you can gain. Aim for things that will cause you to accomplish greater things, improve personal performance, or simply enjoy life more. Will you have to ‘lose’ or ‘give up’ something along the way? Possibly. But if your goals are meaningful, at worst you’ll lose something good in order to gain something greater.
So make starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle your goal for 2014. What have you to gain? Oh, I don’t know…perhaps:
- Self confidence
- Increased energy
- Greater mental focus
- That ‘feel-good’ feeling
- More time with those you want to be with
- Habits that empower you
And that’s just to name a few. And if you think Advocare might be a great resource to help you jumpstart and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle in the New Year, I’d be glad to facilitate that. Besides, what do you have to lose? Maybe a few pounds, a chronic illness, spending time with people you don’t want to (like doctors, nurses, specialists, etc), a bad habit or two (or three), some self-defeating behaviors…Image Credit: http://worldrevivalnetwork.blogspot.com