I’ve been Advo-Free for exactly one week now, and let me tell you…. I feel great!

My husband created a pretty intense dumbbell-only, full-body, four-day-a-week workout plan.  Each day consists of four to six exercises, three sets of reps each, with alternating sit-ups, jumping jacks, planks, and a run on the treadmill between each exercise.  Total workout time, from start to finish is approximately 45 minutes to an hour each day.  I love the constant moving, and feel as if we are getting a decent strength and cardio workout all in one. On the other three days of the week, we have been keeping up with “fun cardio” – signing up for 5Ks, back-country road running, and as soon as the weather gets a little nicer, we are hitting the bike trail.  While it has only been two weeks now, we have been sticking with it and had a major accomplishment this past weekend:

We had out-of-town plans and were wanting to hit the road shortly after I got home from work Friday afternoon.

Our usual plan of action/mindset…. blah… no time for exercise before we leave because it will give us a late start… blah, blah… no time to make dinner at home either, so we will just run through a drive-thru and get something to eat on the road… blah, blah, blah… maybe we will use the fitness center or at least take a dip in the pool with the kids when we get to the hotel <normally, the biggest, fattest lie of all>.

What usually ends up happening… we gorge ourselves on an overabundance of the Golden Arches on the way to our destination.  We forgo all forms of exercise, to include wading in the chilly, over-chlorinated pool water, and instead park ourselves in lawn chairs on the pool’s edge.  And despite our urgency of getting on the road, we end up with enough time to pick up a 12-pack or bottle of wine and snacks for the pool/hotel room.


Not only did we stifle all excuses we tried to throw at each other throughout the day Friday, but we actually did complete our workout before we left for our weekend trip!  And instead of relying on McFat Food for dinner, Martin packed a cooler full of sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, fruit, and my homemade beef jerky for the car ride.

Okay, so I haven’t completely morphed into a pillar of health. One of our “fun cardio” workouts last Saturday was a Donut Dash 5K, where three strategically placed donut stations throughout the race “earn” you the ability to take 1 minute off your overall time with each donut you consume.  Hey, baby steps.  But, I did place second in my division, so that is a start, right?


I stand by the many well-wishers and their comments: there is not a pill or a powder supplement that is going to change the way you feel about yourself overnight.  I honestly think it is the little choices that make all the difference in the world. Shoveling a donut or two in during a “fun run” doesn’t seem to hurt the morale either!

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