Monday, December 2, 2013


Well, it's December. The final installment of my 2013 goals. How did November go? Fail times five. I didn't read a book. I never even bought Gone Girl, as was the plan. Instead of reworking my budget, I just stopped keeping track of my spending altogether. I obviously did not blog once a week. Nor did I start Christmas shopping. I haven't bought a single gift. When I posted The Skinny on Being Skinny in August, I gave myself a weight goal to reach by November 1. Here it is, December, and I still have not reached that goal. I am, however, very close. I will give an update soon. (So I keep promising, anyway.)

December Goals

Enjoy the rest of 2013

Cop out? Maybe. But I want to enjoy these last few weeks of the year. I still have some goals in my mind and hopefully they'll come naturally regardless of if I choose not to post about them.

I feel like I was about 50% for my goals this year. And honestly, I'm proud of that. And I'm already thinking about goals to set (and actually keep) for next year. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shit, guys.

I apologize for the racy title of this post, but words like shoot, dern, and dagnabit freak me out.

One of my November goals was to blog once a week. Immediately after clicking "publish", I decided that I wasn't going to fulfill that goal. Instead, I planned to close down shop on Faye'sbook and relaunch on January 1 with a new look and a new outlook.

Today, I threw that idea out the window. Instead, I will stay live, post when I want, and make subtle changes as I go along. One of those changes is to delete half of my old posts, so read up on those while you can! (ahem, Dating Diaries will be the first to go.)

hello, Selfie.

I will continue with goals on the 1st of every month. I will finally post about some music on the From the Crowd tab. I'll tell you about recent happenings and upcoming events. Maybe I'll do another awkward fashion blogger post. And I will definitely follow up on The Skinny on Being Skinny. You want more recipes? Cause I have a lot! Plus, there are 5 possibilities for Want It Wednesday before Christmas!

I want to thank you for getting me back into this. It was catching up on your blogs and reading your comments that brought me back to this space.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Well, I'm late again. And somehow, I haven't posted since last month's goals list. I took an accidental hiatus from blogging. That's a mini goal of mine this month. I'm ready to jump back in. Especially reading blogs. I've skimmed here and there, but I really have no idea what all of you lovely people are up to.

My October goals were about as nonexistent as my blogging. I had my idea for my Halloween costume early in the year, but it just didn't pan out. I came up with another last minute idea that didn't quite work either, so I just went in regular clothes. Albeit, those regular clothes were a skull dress, black leather jacket, and black combat boots. I always go all out on Halloween and I was upset to have missed dressing up, but I didn't want to half ass a costume. I ate breakfast on mornings that I worked out, but not every day. There were a lot of 10am trips to the vending machine in October. Also in October? Lots of vacation days and sick leave...meant lots of missed workout days. But I'm still getting there.

November Goals

Read at least one new book.

Rework my budget.

Blog at least once a week.

Start Christmas shopping.

Reach my missed November 1 goal by November 30.

I've reread old books this year, but I have yet to read a new book all year long. Gone Girl has been on my list for ages, so it will be the first one I pick up.

I haven't been keeping up with my budget very tightly. This month, I will. At least, I'll get it organized.

I miss writing. And I have lots of stories to share!

I almost always wait until the last minute to get my Christmas shopping in. If I just get out there and buy a few gifts at a time, it will be less stressful (and more helpful with that budgeting)!

I'll be posting an update on The Skinny on Being Skinny this Friday. (Where I'll obviously tell you that I did not reach my November 1 goal.)

And yes, I'm back to 5 goals for November.

How are your 2013 goals coming along? It's almost time to set new ones for next year. Isn't that crazy?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


I'm a day late but...hey guys it's my favorite month! Last month's goals were a success. I went shopping for new clothes, I actually got some exciting news about a career possibility, and I'm still working toward getting fit. Even though I skipped half of my fitness classes in September, I still lost a few pounds.

October goals

1. Halloween costume!

2. Eat breakfast.

3. Work toward this goal.

I always put together my own Halloween costumes. No pre-made slutty [anything] for me. And I always choose to be characters that not everyone would know. I'm doing that again this year. I'm gonna need a lot of pieces to transform myself into my character this year. I need to get started!

I never eat breakfast. Which is a huge no no when you're trying to get fit and be healthy. Especially since it sends me to the snack machine at about 10:00 every day for a bag of Doritos. So every day this month I will be cooking myself breakfast. (Or maybe grabbing a banana or a granola bar from the pantry.)

My fitness class decided to add Friday to the mix. So that means I'll be going 3 days a week instead of 2. I might get up on Tuesdays and Thursdays to jog, too...we'll see. I still have a few pounds to lose if I want to reach my goal by November 1. And I do! 

What goals have you set for October?

Monday, September 23, 2013


How do you find new artists? I used to have a subscription to Spin magazine, listen to Pandora way more than the free 40 hours per month, and scour music blogs on the internet. Those are all good ways to discover new bands, but I've found something better. Go to shows. The openers, that's where it's at. 

A lot of times, it isn't love at first listen. When I saw Chris Cornell a couple years ago, I wanted to stab something sharp into my ear drums during his opener...because it felt like that was already happening. At the Hanson concert last week, I was transported back to 2002 with some band that sounded like Bowling for Soup mixed with a little New Found Glory and a lot of screechy, unpleasant vocals.

But sometimes, the stars align and you find a new favorite band. I first heard the Wild Feathers when I was dragged to a Drew Holcomb show with a friend. I left with a new favorite band (and it wasn't Drew Holcomb). Last Thursday night, I went to see ZZ Ward in Dallas. (Okay, I went to see the Wild Feathers, but I'd heard a few of her songs and thought she would put on a good show.) The Wild Feathers tore down the house, but I also found a new favorite in James Bay.  

His voice reminded me of my college days when I was obsessed with James Morrison. He stood on the stage, just him and his guitar, and blew me away. Plus, he was super nice...and he's not hard to look at, either.

Check him out.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blogtember: Three months off

Prompt: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

Considering it is after 7pm and I am just now getting around to writing this post, I think I need three months off from my current life. 

I would travel. Solo. I feel like, currently, technology rules my life. I work in IT. I'm constantly at a computer or on the phone. When I'm not at work, I'm on Facebook or Twitter or I'm texting friends. Three months without technology would be rough. These days, you need it for everything. Three months without my friends wouldn't be ideal, either. But I could spend those three months in cities (and countries) that are new to me. I would meet new people and I would rediscover myself. I would write. I would actually have conversations aloud.

I don't know where I would go. NYC? London? Tuscany? All three? That wouldn't matter. Just escaping the chains of technology would be enough.

And then I'd probably spend the next three months catching up on everything I missed. 

What would you do?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blogtember: Where I come from

Prompt: Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

My mom (a texan), my big sister (born in Ft. Worth) and I moved from Flint, MI (where I was born and lived for four years) to Pontotoc, MS after my father passed away. (He grew up in Johnstown, NY and met my mother in Dallas.) We moved in with my grandmother, whom we called Gins. When Gins passed away a few months later, we just stayed. I lived there until I was 18 and moved a whopping thirty minutes away to attend college in Oxford at the University of Mississippi. I still live in Oxford. Even having lived in or just outside of Pontotoc for the majority of my life, I don't like to say I'm from there. Pontotoc is a lovely town with lovely people. I still talk to a few of them now and again. But it isn't me. It never was. Oxford is where I grew up. Where I learned who I was and who I wanted to be. Where I opened my mind and my heart and began living life.

Although I never really knew my father, he is a huge part of who I am. Obviously, I'm made up of his DNA. But from what I hear, I also have his sense of humor and killer good looks. I got my mom's temper, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I also got her cooking skills, which is definitely a plus. My sister treated me like her baby doll when we were young. And then we hated each other for a good while during high school. Sibling rivalry. But now, she's my best friend. And she always will be.

Now, for the factors. I hate to be the one with the sob story. Yes, my father passed away when I was young. Yes, I was raised by a single mother who had to work a lot. But I have no complaints. My mother, sister, and I...we made it work as a family of three. There were ups and downs and fights and hugs, but we made it. My sister and I both graduated with honors, went to college and graduated with honors again, and began working in our respective fields. In that aspect, my mother raised two successful young women. But even more than education and career, I am successful in that I love who I am today. I'm strong. I'm vulnerable. I'm independent. I'm happy. Sometimes I'm sad. I'm always funny. I'm often sarcastic. I give great advice. I know how to love, but I don't let myself too easily.

I believe, no matter where I grew up...or how I grew up. I'd be the same person I am today. Because of the people I come from. It's all about the people.

Where/who/what do you come from?

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Well, September snuck up on me. I'm realizing that as we near the end of the year, I'm completing less of my goals. That's usually how it works. But I'm going to change that for the next four months. To help, I'm narrowing it to three goals a month.

In August, I wanted to sign up for a class. In a way, I did. But it wasn't a University class. My plan was to take Italian 101 and then actually go on the trip to Tuscany that I wanted to take last March. Soon after I set the goal, I realized that there were 6+ class days that I would be out of town. You can't take a foreign language and miss 6+ days of class. I'd be so perdu. (That means lost in Italian. Thanks Google Translate.) I also did not take my car to the car wash. My only excuse is pure laziness. I did increase my savings a bit, but I also dipped into those savings toward the end of the month. Doesn't count. I did not have my daily quiet times. But I did work toward my weight loss goal. I signed up for a fitness class that meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 in the morning. I dread it before, I hate it during, but I love the feeling after. I think I'll continue my membership for September...and on.

September Goals

1. Go shopping

2. Focus on my future

3. Get fit

This might contradict last month's goal of increasing my savings, but it needs to happen. I still have so many things that I never wear or use and I need to purge them and replace them. 

I'm considering getting my MBA or possibly moving to a new city/new job. I need to do some research and find out what is best for me. Just research for now, no decisions yet.

My fitness class has helped me realize some things. First of all, that BMI scale is bullshit, because after losing 4 more pounds in August, I'm still "overweight". Secondly, even though I'm not exactly thin, I have a lot of muscle mass. There's still layers of fat over that muscle, but it's under there. Lastly, I don't want to diet. I eat healthy, but I won't diet. And you know what they say...diets make you look good in clothes; exercise makes you look good naked.

*Bonus Goal: Story of my Life's Blogtember Challenge.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Story

Recently I was asked to share a "cool story" that has happened to me. You'd think that I'd pick the time a reality star thought my blog and tweets were so funny that we exchanged numbers, became friends, and had dinner and drinks together. Or the time that I met Kelly Ripa, Mark Conseulos, Ellen Barkin, Andy Cohen, and Anderson Cooper in a bar in New Orleans. Or maybe the time I won a ribbon at a national coding competition when I was in college. Oh wait, that's not cool. I'm a geek.

So, for my cool story. As you know, my father passed away when I was young. You may or may not know that he was a pool player. He was actually in a tournament when I was born and refused to leave because it was my mom's fifth trip to the hospital thanks to false labor. (He won, so I forgive him.) Anyway. My aunt had a book with his picture in it. Billiards Congress of America - The Official Rules and Record Book, 1987 Edition. His picture was in the back because he was on the Men's #1 Team that year. It was tattered, falling apart, and had been written in (including an obnoxious circle around his head). She offered to give it to me, but I wanted my own.

I scoured the internet looking for the book and eventually found a guy who sold Billiards memorabilia. I emailed him. The exchange went something like this...

Me: Hi. I'm looking for the Billiards Congress of America rule book from 1987. My father was on the #1 team that year and his picture is in it.

Mr. Man: I do have some of those, but they made all different versions, so it might not be the one with your father. What is his name?

Me: Well, his name was Rance Walter, but that isn't listed. It just has "Men's #1 Team - Texas" underneath the picture.

Mr. Man: Good news! I found one! I usually charge $15 per copy, but I just so happen to have one that has "WALTER" written on the front, so it's yours. What's your address? I'll mail it to you right away.

When I received the book, I asked my mom for something with my dad's handwriting on it. I'm no graphologist (yes, I had to look that up) but I'm pretty positive that it was his handwriting.

That, my friends, is my favorite "cool story". What's yours?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday Whereabouts

Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike. What day is it Mike?

- I have a lot going on at work over the next two weeks. I'm busy busy busy.

- I skipped my workout session Monday morning but I went today and I feel fabulous.

- I walked around my neighborhood Monday night and Tuesday morning. It's about a mile and a half, which is nothing to brag about, but I kinda love it.

- Yesterday, I ate lunch by myself at a restaurant. I thought it would be more awkward than it actually was.

- I've always wanted to go see a movie by myself. Maybe I can do that now. The Conjuring?

- It's HUMP DAY! Here's to getting through the rest of the week!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Music Mondays

A few months ago, I started a music blog.

I'm a concert junkie. I think I've been to over 50 concerts in the past year. And that doesn't count the music festivals I attended. Recently, I had a conversation with a musician who called me a music connoisseur and referred to me as "Faye from the Internet". He was most likely talking about my Twitter, but I figured I'd expand my music connoisseurism to a blog. Now I just have to learn how to describe riffs and maybe also what riffs are. 

In all seriousness, I'm a music lover. I am not a musician. I couldn't carry a tune if you paid me and the most difficult piece of music I can play is a keyboard version of the chorus to "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis. So if you love music and want to learn more about great artists from someone who also loves music (and isn't a pretentious know-it-all)...this is the place for you.

Join me in the crowd.

After just 4 posts, it fell by the wayside. Instead of trying to salvage it, I'll be bringing new music posts back here. I've added "Find Me in the Crowd" to my sidebar so you can be updated on all the concerts I'm attending. I'll be posting artist reviews, album reviews, concert recaps, and playlists on Mondays (when I feel like it).

I don't have a full post for you today, but I do have an album recommendation or two.

I can't wait to share more music with you!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Skinny on Being Skinny

Okay, so. I have wanted to talk about my struggle with weight loss for a while now, but I just felt like I didn't have the right. I have read many inspiring and motivational posts about women (by women) who have struggled with weight their entire lives. I haven't. Being thin always came easily for me.

photos from 2004-2006, 16-18 years old

The scale never read 3 digits until I was in college. And even then, I didn't gain the freshman 15. But then it all changed. I gained about 10 pounds my sophomore year. And then 10 more my junior year. And it didn't stop there.

College Graduation, May 2010

After graduation, it got worse. I finally decided to acknowledge the problem 9 months ago.

Nov 3, 2012

Looking at that picture, I just can't even believe that was me. That is me. No wonder the cute guy I tried to flirt with that night wasn't interested. I didn't realize I looked like that because I was in denial.

It's time to hold myself accountable and actually work to reach my goals. It doesn't come easy anymore.

Let's talk numbers. I've never shared these with anyone, but I'm hoping it will help motivate me to actually admit it to myself if I admit it to everyone else.

In November, I weighed 163 lbs. At 5'1", that's a 30.8 on the BMI scale and is technically "obese". I started lightly working out and being more careful about what I eat, but didn't do anything drastic.

By February, I was down to 152.6 lbs, a 28.7 BMI, which is at the top of the "overweight" section on the scale.

Feb 8, 2013

May 1, I weighed 148.4, still "overweight" at a 28.0 BMI.

May 17, 2013
June 13, 2013
July 13, 2013

Today, August 7, I weigh 142.2, a 26.9 on the BMI and still in the overweight category.

Aug 1, 2013

By November 1, I'm hoping for at least a 24.9 BMI, so I can be in the "normal weight" category. That means I need to weigh 132 lbs or less. That gives me about 3 months to lose about 10 lbs. I'm serious about this goal and will do everything in my power to reach it. And then some. 

132 by November 1 is only goal Number 1. After that, I'll set a new goal. And then keep going from there.

It feels so good to finally discuss this with myself. Hopefully I can help motivate others to be honest with themselves, too. Whether it's about weight loss or something else. Until you admit that you have a problem, you can't work on a solution. 

Inspiration is welcomed!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

After the Final Rose

First of all, is Chris Harrison suffering from memory loss? I know every season has to be the most dramatic season ever...but he says there's never been a season quite like this. Does he not remember Ali's season? Guy with a girlfriend? Check. Someone leaves before the overnights? Check. She sends someone home at the end and only has one at the final rose ceremony? Check. Plus, Brandon (Des) and Kasey (Ali) are basically the same person.

Anyway. This season ended just as I suspected. Brooks goes home and never returns, Desiree ends up with Chris, and Drew and I start dating. 

Well, that last part hasn't happened yet. Until then, I have Mosby.

Now, Juan Pablo as the next Bachelor? I'll take it! Drew was my favorite all season, but I don't want him to be the Bachelor. Mainly because I haven't applied but also because I think he's sensitive and I wouldn't want to see him go through the drama. Juan Pablo will be nice eye candy. I just hope they get him some classy broads. He has a daughter for goodness' sake. Please no Tierras or Courtneys or Viennas. (Those are the first 3 awful people that came to mind.) Let's wife him up with someone awesome!

What did you guys think about the finale? And are you ready to see Juan Pablo as the Bachelor?

Thursday, August 1, 2013


My July goals can be summed up in one word...


Fail fail fail fail. I did make some damn good spaghetti sauce, but I don't measure anything so I have no recipe to share. I didn't even pick up a book. I did yoga once...all month. I never went on a walk. And I did not lose three pounds. Instead, I gained 3. (Down 9 for the year.)

August Goals

1. Sign up for a class

2. Wash my car

3. Increase my savings

4. Meditation/Quiet Times

5. Work toward my weight loss goal

As a University employee, I can take two free classes per semester. I'm thinking a foreign language or a literature course!

I've had my car for over a year now and it has never been cleaned. Time to get the soap and bucket out. And by that, I mean time to support a local business and take it to a car wash in town.

I have a small cash savings and another small auto withdrawal into a savings account. Both are monthly. I need to get in the habit of putting money away weekly. Starting in August.

I'm alone a lot (I like it that way), but I'm always watching TV or browsing the Internet (BuzzFeed). I haven't spent a lot of time just sitting and clearing my mind. I definitely need to do that more. Daily.

I've had "lose 1 pound" and "lose 3 pounds" as a goal every month this year. For the most part, I succeeded. Next week, I'm finally going to share my story about struggles with weight. I have a plan to get where I want to be...and I begin implementing that plan today.

Are you still working toward your 2013 goals?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bachelorette: Overnights

Well, I was right.

Brooks wasn't ready to propose after 9 weeks of "dating", so he left. If I was the Bachelorette, I wouldn't want a proposal at the end. I'd want a, "So I'd like to keep dating you." "Okay, good, me too. Here's your rose, let's go grab a beer." Is it in your contract somewhere that if you're chosen you have to propose or you have to break up? Why can't there be an in between?

Anyway. Now, Des needs to end up with Chris. They are perfect.

I could only find kissing pictures. Of course.

And what do we do with Drew? I am not on board with him becoming the next Bachelor. For one, I haven't applied yet. Also, I think he's too sensitive. I thought the same about Ben F and his season was a disaster. So he can just accept my rose and be done with it.

What do you guys think? Who are you rooting for? Will she pick one or is she too heartbroken over Brooks?

No spoilers, please.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pimp My Profile

I had a busy weekend and I have an even busier week ahead of me, so I need some mind numbing activity this morning before I get going.

Cue my Googling "myspace survey" and picking a random one from a website called pimp my profile.

1. What was the last TV show you watched? Bar Rescue. I watched about 12 episodes yesterday.
2. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed? A fireball shot. 

3. Have you ever lied to get out of a date or relationship? A date, yes. "I'm sorry, I have to wash my hair that night."
4. Have you ever been in the back of a police car? Yes. Story here.
5. What do you normally order in a bar/pub? Miller Lite or Tito's & Water (no lime).
6. What is your usual everyday dress code? I wear dresses most days.
7. Do you lift weights? On occasion.
8. Sherlock or Doctor Who? Elementary.
9. Glitter or feathers? Feathers. Wild Feathers.
10. What countries have you been to? Just the USA. (for now)
11. How much sleep do you get per night? Too much. Around 9 hours.
12. What is your favourite type of cake? Cheesecake. Which is really more like pie.
13. Who was the last celebrity you spoke to and what did you say? The last celebrity I spoke to...I guess it was when I danced with Mark Conseulos after hanging out with his wife, Kelly Ripa, and Ellen Barkin.

14. Do you get starstruck? No. We're all people.
15. Who was your favourite author as a child? Madeleine L'Engle or Lois Lowry.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

I don't know why Monday gets all the flak. Tuesdays are the worst. At least on Monday, you can think back to the weekend. By Tuesday, the previous weekend is far gone and the next is far away.

+ I didn't post a weekend update yesterday, but I spent the weekend in Dallas
Good bits: John Mayer concert, Taco Bueno, good times with friends.
Bad bits: Car claustrophobia, traffic, witnessed two crimes.
Read Rachel's longer version of the weekend here.

+ I haven't posted about the Bachelorette in a while because it was pretty evident that Brooks, Chris, and Drew would be the final 3. The "most dramatic" season ever has actually been quite boring. There was the Ben drama and then the James drama, but that's it. Plus, we all know she's gonna end up with Chris. And I'll step in to take care of Drew after she breaks his heart.

+ We have a winner! 
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Congratulations, Molly! I will be emailing you!

+ If you aren't Molly, don't worry. You can pre-order The Wild Feathers album here!

+ I am currently jamming to Skrillex in my office to make it through this Tuesday. How are you coping?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

First Hand Advice

I am the advice giver in my group of friends. Everyone comes to me for sound and practical advice. Even when it comes to dating. And I haven't been in a serious relationship in over three years. (Wow. That sucks.)

Most of the advice I offer is based on what I would do or what I think should be done. Most of it is not from first hand experience. But. I do have some life experiences that have equipped me with good advice. Here are a few pieces of wisdom.

+ Don't give a third chance to someone who didn't deserve the first two. Because he's probably still talking to the Catfish person on Facebook that he's never actually met.

+ Don't give a stubborn girl advice about who not to date because that will make her want to date them more. (See above.) However, you may feed her as many I Told You So's as you wish. Because you did. You did tell her so.

+ Always have a bottle of wine on your shelf, a few beers in the fridge, and a bottle of Fireball in your freezer. 
Different moods call for different booze.

+ If you like vodka, drink Tito's.

+ But don't order that third Tito's and water. Switch to beer. Or go home.

+ If you want to be considered a friend (and not just a fan or God forbid a groupie) and you're hanging out with someone in a band...don't let your phone ring out with their song as your ringtone. It could get embarrassing.

+ If a blog is offering a badass giveaway, enter it. You might just win! (Seriously, enter my giveaway.)

What advice have you learned the hard way?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Okay, guys. It's about time for a giveaway, don't you think?

You know that feeling you get when you discover a new band and you want to share them with EVERYONE? (Is that just me?) Well, I got that feeling in February when I first saw a new band, kind of by accident.

Here's how it went. My friends dragged me out of bed to attend a show at a local bar. I didn't want to go because I was sick, but they forced me. I felt awful and almost left before the show even started. And then I saw this really cute guy standing at the bar so I decided to stay. (Because that's what I do.) 

A while later, cute guy got on the stage. I assumed he was helping out with equipment for the band we came to see. The ticket didn't mention an opening band, so we weren't expecting one. And then he started singing. And we were pleasantly surprised. 

The Wild Feathers rocked the house. I was ten times more impressed with them than with the band I actually expected to see that night. Since that night, I've seen them 5 more times. And I guess you could say I've become friends with them. Not only are they the best band I've come across in years (the last time I was this excited about a band was when I first heard Band of Horses in 2008), they are some of the coolest guys to hang out with.

Their first album (self-titled) is set to release August 6. But I'm giving away a copy today. And not just any old autographed copy. And not just any old autographed autographed copy where Joel signed his name with a heart after I commented on how all of their autographs are just scribbles. Basically, it's a super special edition. 
And you can have it!

Also? A $15 iTunes gift card. Use it to buy another copy of the album on August 6. Or use it to buy music from a new artist you've discovered so you can share them with your friends!

Enter below! Giveaway ends in one week.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

10 Day Cleanse: Results

I participated in a group AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse challenge last month. If you haven't heard of AdvoCare, it's a health and wellness company that offers weight loss and nutrition products.

From June 10-19, I cut out dairy, sugar, refined or white flour/rice, fried food, processed food, and alcohol. Yes, alcohol. My usual diet isn't much different from what I ate. Lots of chicken, salmon, salads, fruits and veggies. Then I added in the fiber drink and herbal supplements that are included with the cleanse. 

I didn't have trouble with any of it. Well, except the no alcohol rule. That was a little tough. But other than that, it was a breeze. 

In the end, I only lost four pounds. But hey, I lost four pounds! And it felt/looked like more than that. (Especially in my face, arms, and waist.) The day after the cleanse ended, I ordered cheesy rice from a Mexican restaurant in town. I only ate a third of it before I was painfully full. It has now been two weeks since I completed the cleanse, but I still see a big difference in the portion sizes I can eat and the way my clothes fit.

For reference, here's a picture from a couple weeks before the cleanse and a couple weeks after. 

(I don't regularly snap bikini pictures, so this is what you get.)

I still want to lose about 15-20 more pounds. The AdvoCare cleanse was a very helpful start in that. I couldn't live the AdvoCare lifestyle constantly. No cheese? No booze? What kind of life is that? But I would definitely recommend the cleanse to anyone who wants a jump start on a diet plan. You can order AdvoCare products here!

Check out Raven's linkup to see how everyone else fared.