The “Scoop” on AdvoCare’s Spark – Product Review

Okay – so I have to be 100% real right now, because that’s what I do. I think I have an addiction to AdvoCare’s Spark… jk but really… It’s the bomb.com. Let me tell you some of my positives & negative’s of this product. (My favorite AdvoCare product BTW!)

Positives:
+ Taste (FREAKING AMAZING! So delicious)
+ Energy (Not an overload, and not an underload. Just right.)
+ Sugar Free
+ 21 Vitamins & Minerals

Cons:
– Artificial Flavors (Boo for artificial! However, I always say that SOME artificial is okay – just don’t overdo it… so in my books – I will take the artificial flavors in Spark anyway and cut them back in my Greek yogurt or something like that.)
– Carbs (If you are in bikini prep, or a similar prep, you know that every carb counts! So at an original 11 carbs per pouch – (now they make “on-the-go” Spark which is only 4 carbs) – 11 carbs can be A LOT for a drink. If however you aren’t on prep, 11 carbs SHOULD NOT be an issue…

My favorite flavors: Fruit Punch & Grape. (I know Grape sounds gross, but its the best grape flavor I have ever had!) & I also love Pink Lemonade & Watermelon.

Now how do I use Spark exactly? Oh for my 6 am CrossFit class of course! hehe. So I wake up at 5:30 am (I walk to CF, its only 5 minutes away) and I mix together Spark with Arginine Extreme and take two O2 GOLD capsules. – This combo is incredible! It is life!!! Like last week I decided to try CF without these products… And holy crap, what a difference! But I really had to see for myself if they were making the difference or if it was really just a mind-game. My coach even asked me what was up with me.. and told me it was okay that everyone has “hard” days. lol AKA that meant I was not myself… And I wasn’t! Weight I could normally throw around like a tennis ball was HEAVY! It was disastrous. Anyways… back to the topic.

So technically Spark can be taken up to three times a day. HOWEVER, I normally only take it once. And that’s for three reasons: I never really get an energy slump throughout the day where I feel I need it, and the two I listed above as cons. BUTTTTTT, if I do get an energy slump (which has happened once) – I will take a Spark in the afternoon to get back to my normal self.

So why Spark instead of other energy drinks? See for yourself:

*Chart from FitnessInsanity.com


*Chart from LowCalorieEnergy.com

I have gotten my boyfriend on Spark because he is a workaholic, I have gotten my dad on Spark because he used to drink a case of Coke Zero day, I have got my mom on Spark because all she would drink was Pepsi (not even water), and I have gotten my coworkers on Spark because they constantly feel depleted from traveling.

This stuff is amazing guys! If you haven’t tried it – DO IT. Like NOW! You will love it!

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My 24-Day Challenge Results & Review

Before I started my 24-day challenge – I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was already working out a lot and meal prepping my food – but I wasn’t giving 100% all of the time. I cheated on my diet a lot, weekends were up in the air for whatever, and I took supplements here and there. With that being said, my goal for my 24-day challenge was not to lose weight – but to go 500% all in for 24-days and see what I can accomplish, both physically and emotionally. I wanted to be the best ME.

About my experience with the challenge…. As I said – I pretty much followed a similar food routine in my everyday life so it wasn’t a large adjustment. However, during the cleanse you are not allowed to eat dairy so I had to give up greek yogurt (which I normally eat everyday of my life.) It turned out to be pretty easy and very, very enjoyable!! I FELT GREAT. The cleanse was my favorite part, I could tell my body was detoxed and peaking – and the max phase just pulled everything together. I worked out as much as I could – sometimes 4 times a week, sometimes 10 times a week – whatever was available to me timewise – I took it!

And the results? The happiest, and most toned Amy I have ever seen! I am now literally counting down the days until I can do my next challenge (the cleanse can only be done every 90 days.) Can’t wait!

Want to know how I did it? What meals I ate? What I did in the gym? Purchase your 24-day challenge here and receive all my tips & info: https://www.advocare.com/150225158/Store/24Wizard/Landing.aspx

My AdvoCare 24-dayA challenge results! Want to know how I did it? What meals I ate? What I did in the gym? Purchase your 24-day challenge here and receive all my tips & info: https://www.advocare.com/150225158/Store/24Wizard/Landing.aspx

My favorite leg & booty busters!

As I am constantly recommending my favorite leg/ booty workouts to my clients – I figure I might as well just share it with the rest of the world! Now, I am not saying these are the absolute best things you could ever do – I am just saying these are my favorites and boy, do they burn!~!

The obvious: Squats (Wide Stance)

To really target your glutes – push through your heels rather than the front of your foot and stand wide. A more narrow stance will target your quads.

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

One-Legged Glute Cable Kickbacks

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

Smith-Machine Lunges

Dr. Stacey Naito Instructional Link

Leg Extensions

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

Leg Press

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

Walking Dumbbell Lunges

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

Donkey Kicks w/ Leg Curl Machine

Tonya Pennington Instructional Video Link

Barbell Glute Bridges

Bodybuilding.com Instructional Video Link

Glute Pushdowns

FitnessRxMag Instructional Video

So some of these are very basic, but like I said they are my favorite!! As far as reps go, do what is best for you. 4 sets of 8-10, 3 sets of 12-15, etc. Its all personal preference!

HURRY! Run! Serious Blender Bottle Clearance/ Sale at Menards!!

Blender Bottle sale at Menards

If you are a blender bottle addict (face palm) – then you should probably be aware that Menard’s put their blender bottles on clearance! So….. guess how much I paid today for 6 blender bottles? $22.50!!! (Oh, and I got a new pair of Nike’s on accident by strolling through Kohl’s looking for work pants.)

That’s $3.75 a Blender Bottle! And these are the official Blender Bottles! Ball & all! So before you run out to your local Menards – I believe you can check online if they have some in stock by clicking here and checking “Store Availability.”

I almost felt like I should buy more for how cheap they were! But my boyfriend kept me in check like “You have a million at home already.” He doesn’t get it obv.

Anyways, you’re welcome!… Now hurry…. RUN!

Vegetarian Meal Prep for the Advocare 24-Day Challenge: Cleanse Phase

Vegetarian Meal Prep AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Vegetarian Cleanse Phase Meal Prep

My normal meal prep regimen consists of sweet potatoes, broccoli, and veggie patties. I pretty much never switch it up – because I love all these foods! (A LOT) However, I am currently embarking on my first 24-day challenge and during this phase (the first 10 days are known as a cleanse phase) you are to be limiting your processed foods. Well guess what? Those veggie patties are all about that processed life. AND my mid-morning snack is normally a Dannon® Light & Fit® Greek Nonfat Yogurt… BUT… during the cleanse you should not have any dairy. Womp, womp. There goes two of my favorite foods of my weekly meal prep! So, boom, I am now faced with a challenge.

Instead of veggie patties, I had to drain & marinate my own organic tofu and then I swapped out sweet potatoes with whole-grain brown rice for every other meal (only because the challenge discourages eating the same thing all the time). For my snack dilemma, I went with a rice cake and Justin’s All-Natural Maple Almond Butter. OMG. TO die for! I tell ya! Anyways, here is what my 10-day cleanse meal prep/plan consists of:

  • Breakfast: Crockpot Blueberry Protein Oats/ 3 hard boiled egg whites
  • Mid-Morning Snack: 1 rice cake (non-salted) w/ 1 tbs Almond Butter
  • Lunch: 5 oz Organic Tofu/ 6 oz Broccoli/ 4oz Sweet Potato
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack: 1 scoop UMP Chocolate Protein Powder/ 1 Banana
  • Dinner: 5 oz Organic Tofu/ 6 oz Broccoli/ 4oz Brown Rice
  • After-Dinner: 100cal pack Natural Almonds (Only if still hungry) & 1 rice cake w/ 2 tbs PB2

Crock Pot Blueberry Protein Oats

fitamy8 Blueberry Oats

So, every gym rat knows, steel cut oats are your friend! But, unfortunately, for some of us (aka me) – oatmeal is gross! I have tried it so many different ways and I just couldn’t do it, even though I knew how good it was for me. Then God spoke to me, and said, “Amy, what about crock pot blueberry oats?” Or maybe it was the recipe I found via Pinterest on Jamie’s blog at http://dishingouthealth.com/slowcookeroats/ that showed me the light. Either way, not only do I now eat my oats – but I LOOK FORWARD to them every morning when I wake up!! (One of my fave meals of the day.)

So, as I mentioned before, this is an adaption from Dishing Out Health’s recipe for Slow Cooker Blueberry Oats.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1.5 cups steel-cut oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, or melted butter/margarine  (To prevent oats from sticking to the crockpot)
  • 1/4 cup Stevia (6 packets)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Whey Protein
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

I also top my oats in the morning with:

  • Bear Naked® Original Cinnamon Protein Granola (for extra flavor, protein, and texture)

Mix all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours (aka overnight). Then, in the morning, I dish out 8 3/4 cup servings into tupperware to last me a whole week +. When I reheat each day, I add a LITTLE water (you can do milk for more taste) and pop it into the microwave for a minute. Stir it. And pop it in for an additional 30 seconds. Then top with my granola! Its like “Heaven on Earth.”

These oats are approved for the “24-Day Challenge” Cleanse or Max phase. (No milk if you are doing these during the cleanse phase.)

When using coconut oil and Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard™ Vanilla Ice Cream/ My macros come out to:

8 servings

146 cals: 5g F/ 21 g C/ 4g F/ 10g P

With 1/4 cup granola:

276 cals: 10g F/ 34g C/ 7g F/ 20g P

Now, some tweaks are needed on this recipe. Such as, I would love to know a way to incorporate some egg whites/ and a way to keep the oats from “fluffing” so much – aka – they kind of bake in the crock pot due to all of the whey protein. So the texture is not exactly right, but once you mix and add water – they’re perfect. Let me know if you have any suggestions or tweaks! 🙂