Advocare’s All In 2016 Challenge!

Over the course of the past year, at one point or another, you may have heard me talk about the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. This program has really helped me get back on track and renewed my focus on my health and wellness. For 2016, the company is holding an All In National Challenge which starts on Monday, January,11th. I’m participating and I’m inviting you all to be a part of it along with me. 

It’s a great program focused on nutrition and supplementation that really helps kickstart weight loss and healthy eating. I love it because you eat REAL FOOD! Basically, the 24 days breaks down in to two phases, you have a 10 day cleanse phase where you rid your body of toxins (there is a gentle fiber drink and probiotics that you take.You will not spend 10 days in the bathroom, I promise!) The cleanse phase is followed by a 14 day “Max” phase where you put healthy nutrients back in to your system. You eat the whole time. Most meals are a combination of a protein, complex carb, and a fruit (breakfast) or veggie (lunch/dinner) and you have small snacks in between. It really is idiot proof and totally manageable. As I said, I really love it because it continues to incorporate real whole foods and they make it very simple to understand what to eat and when to eat it. 
 
Being part of the National All In Challenge has a few extra perks than the typical 24 Day Challenge. 

  • Free Limited Edition Blender Bottle
  • Free All-In Wristband
  • Free Meal Prep Containers
  • Exclusive First-Look at the Digital Cookbook (this will be emailed to each person who Pre-Orders approximately one week before the Challenge)
  • Free Standard Shipping

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Your 24-Day Challenge Bundle includes the following:

  • 24-Day Challenge® Daily Guide
  • One box of Herbal Cleanse
  • One box of AdvoCare® Fiber
  • One bottle of OmegaPlex®
  • Two boxes of AdvoCare Spark®
  • One box of MNS® 3, C or E
  • One box of Meal Replacement Shake (Chocolate Peanut Butter is available as part of a Pre-Order only – it not available by itself anywhere else on the website)
  • 24-Day Challenge® Daily Guide

In order to get the All In Challenge “Perks” you cannot remove these from a pre-order. 

 
I do suggest ordering Catalyst, Advocare’s amino acid supplement, as well. It is an optional item, but a great edition to the program, especially for those who exercise often. 
 

Orders must be placed through the Pre-Order Page located here – ADVOCARE ALL IN 2016 CHALLENGE

Select your two flavors of Spark (my favorite is fruit punch)
Select your flavor of fiber in the Herbal Cleanse pack (I like Citrus)
Select your flavor of Meal Replacement Shake – (Chocolate Peanut Butter is available for a limited time for this challenge, but my fav is Chocolate Mocha)
Select your MNS System option (I Like MNS-C, most women tend to go for that. Men tend to lean towards MNS-E)
Make sure you add on one bottle of catalyst
Then just click “Submit Pre-Order” and you will be on your way to going ALL-IN!! 
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For those of you who have done the challenge before, you know that these perks are a nice treat to start 2016 If you have participated in the challenge in the past 90 days, I would suggest ordering this now, rather than when you are ready for the next challenge, to take advantage of the perks and free shipping!

Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. I’d be happy to answer them!

I hope every one of you has a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy new year. May 2016 be your year to shine! 

xoxo

October Will Not Be Scary!

In one of my very first posts Setting Goals (written almost 5 years ago!) I wrote about how Halloween always kicks off the “Eating Season” – Halloween Candy is followed by pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving feasts, which is followed by holiday festivities, Christmas cookies, and then New Year’s Eve Spirits. Rather falling in to that pattern, I am kicking off October with a 24 Day Challenge!

From October 5th to Halloween, I will be taking part in another Advocare 24 Day Challenge. If I get in to healthy patterns before hand, they will be easier to maintain during the “eating season”. If you would like to participate, or learn more, feel free to contact me and I can help you get started!

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Head to the Alamo and Get Your Golden Ticket, Now!

Seems it is going to be a banner Fall season at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers! I was just perusing through my news feed on facebook and saw that on October 3rd, the Alamo is once again hosting the Ultimate Willy Wonka Party! I went last year and it was so much fun! (Check out my post here – World of Pure Imagination Comes to Life at the Alamo Drafthouse) Be sure to buy your Golden Ticket to this event HERE

If that isn’t enough to entice you, here are a few of the highlights on the schedule as of now:

  • Sunday August 23rd – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Keep and eye out, you might see my and my stepbrother wearing our bow ties and big shoes!)
  • Monday August 24th – Oskar Blues Weird Science Beer Dinner – Not only do you get to experience the 30th Anniversary of this John Hughes classic on the big screen, but you get a dinner and beer pairing featuring options from Oskar Blues Brewery. Wearing a bra on your head is optional
  • Friday September 4th & Sunday September 6th – Jaws – Need I say more? 10154885_10154662997715301_8312948804145423212_n
  • Saturday September 5th – Indiana Jones Trilogy – All three movies starting at Noon, and only $15!
  • Sunday September 13th – Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest presents Stand By Me Dinner – As a part of the Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest, the Alamo has partnered with Sloop Brewing Company for a screening of STAND BY ME, including a four course feast paired with beers. And yes, the do have blueberry pie for dessert!
  • Thursday September 17th – Old School quote-along. Yes the Alamo is having it’s own Mitchapalooza. Not sure if there is going to be any late night streaking but it should be a good time!

These are just a few that enticed me, there are plenty current releases and other old favorites to choose from! Check their calendar for regular updates HERE

Night At The Museum (For Grown-Ups)

IMG_5721Saturday night, I was able to knock another item off my bucket list; I slept at the American Museum of Natural History in New York! That’s right, boys and girls, I attended the Night at the Museum for Grown Ups. This wonderful sleepover program, originally developed for 6-13 year-olds after the popularity of the film franchise “Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller, has recently been expanded to “adults only” evenings, taking place every few months through out the year.

My VIP Pass
My VIP Pass

Saturday evening, I arrived at the 81st entrance of the museum, with my sleeping bag, pillow and pjs in tow. I was about to have an adventure of a lifetime! I mean, how many people can brag that they slept under the 94 foot blue whale that hangs from the ceiling of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life? Once everyone checked in and received their orientation packet, we headed towards the underwater world to claim our cots and corner of ocean floor. I was feeling brave and chose to sleep next to a diorama of a whale fighting with a giant squid. I figured if they were fighting amongst themselves, they wouldn’t bother trying to eat me if they really did come to life after hours!

My roommates for the evening
Some of my roommates for the evening

There was complementary champagne and free time to roam about the museum before dinner at 8:15. I took off in to the halls of the first and second floors. I walked through the North American Forests, Warburg Hall of New York State Environment, the Grand Gallery where a giant Sequoia Canoe is suspended from the ceiling, Spitzer Hall of Human Organs (some real cool stuff in there), the Ross Hall of Meteorites, South American Peoples, Mexico and Central  America, Birds of the World, African Peoples, Stout Hall of Asian Peoples, Asian Mammals, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and of course the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda where three dinosaurs greet visitors every day. There really is TONS to see and I was able to leisurely stroll through all these exhibits COMPLETELY ALONE! There was the occasional fellow sleepover guest passing through as well as members of the evening cleaning crews (who I would ask, “Is it ok I’m in here?”), but for the most part, I was rolling solo. It was so wonderful to enjoy the peace and quiet of the halls, not waiting for a tourist to move to get a better photo or listening to parents squabble with children who have not yet come to appreciate the museum’s wonders.

T-Rex!
T-Rex!

I was so absorbed in my self guided tour, I almost missed dinner! I headed over to our dining area for a lovely buffet spread. We had the option of spinach salad, chicken breast, Mahi Mahi, penne with a cream sauce, rice and beans, plantains and for dessert there were tiny fruit tarts.

Dinner time!
Dinner time!

After dinner, I joined up with am awesome mother/daughter pair of sleepover guests, Nancy and Amanda,  who I had made friends with earlier in the evening (yes, my “I Talk to Strangers Disease” was in full swing). The three of us started off towards the Koch Dinosaur Wing where Bob the Fossil Expert gave a detailed tour. Eager to see more, Nancy and I, split from the tour to see some of the other special exhibits. We visited, “Life at the Limits : Stories of Amazing Species” and “Nature’s Fury : The Science of Natural Disasters” which was absolutely remarkable. Nature’s Fury may have been my favorite exhibit. It’s only open for a few more weeks so I highly recommend getting to the museum soon to see it!

Interactive Hurricane Sandy Map from the Nature's Fury Exhibit
Interactive Hurricane Sandy Map from the Nature’s Fury Exhibit

At 10:45 Nancy and I met back up with Amanda, to attend the live animal presentation in the Kaufman Theater. The handler brought a few different predators for us to see and learn about. We got to see two types of owl (one that looked just like Hedwig from Harry Potter films), a golden eagle, a crocodile, a black throated lizard, a Burmese Python, and a four-month old Lynx. These animals were amazing to see live.

That really is a Burmese Python, he isn't just happy to see me
That really is a Burmese Python, he isn’t just happy to see me

After the live animal show, we were directed to the Hall of Planet Earth to the “Lunar Lounge” for evening snacks of cookies and milk, assorted fruit, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. This space was opened all evening in case people couldn’t sleep, needed a snack, or just wanted to hang out a little longer to talk about what they saw during the evening. Nancy, Amanda and I grabbed a snack to prepare us for our last trip of the evening, our journey in to deep space for the “Dark Universe Space Show” in the Rose Center. Neil DeGasse Tyson narrates the newest presentation at the Hayden planetarium space theater. I’m not going to lie, the 12:15am presentation in a dark room with comfy chairs definitely made me want to close my eyes and drift to sleep, so I was happy to head back to my cot on the ocean floor after the show!

Happy campers getting ready for bed under the big blue whale!
Happy campers getting ready for bed under the big blue whale!

At 7am the lights came on in Milstein Hall, and we were given time to wake up, change, gather our belongings and enjoy a light breakfast in the lower level cafeteria. The museum shops opened early for some private shopping time for guests as well. We were once again allowed to roam the museum and were offered one last private guided tour, this time exploring the dioramas in Hall of North American Mammals.

Breakfast with Bears in the morning
Breakfast with Bears in the morning

After this walk through, sleepover guests, carrying their gear from the night before, were invited to the final special event, a viewing of “Spiders Alive!” ; The newest exhibit in the museum. This exhibit showcases live spiders from around the world and teaches visitors about various traits, attributes, and how they are helping us in the environment and medical science.

Riding a trapdoor spider at the Spiders Alive! Exhibit
Riding a trapdoor spider at the Spiders Alive! Exhibit

Overall this was an amazing opportunity that I highly recommend to everyone! It does come with a much higher price tag than a normal trip to the museum, however it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is totally worth the price of admission. Dates for the remainder of the year are currently sold out, however you can sign up for the AMHN news/updates emails, so you don’t miss the next opportunity to spend a night at the museum!

Just Hangin' with Teddy Roosevelt
Just Hangin’ with Teddy Roosevelt

To learn more about the program for adults and children, follow the links below :

Night at the Museum (Kids)

Night at the Museum (Grown-Ups)

Teddy Loves the Sleepover Program!

 

Women’s Distance Festival 5K – Join Me this Sat at 8am @ Rockalnd Lake

So excited that Peilin will be joining myself and all the women participating in the Rockland Road Runners Women’s Distance Festival this weekend at Rockland Lake! This was one of my first races when I started running and have tried to do it every summer since. I’m looking forward to another great event tomorrow morning!

 

Women’s Distance Festival 5K – Join Me this Sat at 8am @ Rockalnd Lake.

Big Brew Summer Edition – This Saturday!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not attend the Big Brew NY this Saturday at Lyndhust Castle? If you recall, Irish Kat, SK2, Dear Ang, and a few others attended the Big Brew NY’s winter session at Westchester County Center and had a blast! This time, we will be outdoors and in the summer sun enjoying the cold beers on tap. Lifestyles with Lia will be joining us this time around. It will be her first beer fest!

If you see either of us, or Souzapalooza Blog celebs like Irish Kat, SK2, or The Drummer, be sure to say “Hi” and take a selfie with us for the recap!

See you Saturday!

Use code LASTCALL, save $12 on tickets for Saturday’s outdoor fest at Lyndhurst Mansion.

Half Way There….

 

IMG_5494Here we are! July 1st! We are half way through 2015. Boy, we are really plowing through this year! I feel like it was just January. Maybe that was a result of our never-ending winter this year. Regardless, here we are, reflecting together on July 1st, and as I look around, I feel like I am not making a great deal of progress towards my goals. As a matter of fact, looking back at my page a day journal, I’m in a very similar place and mindset as I was this time last year.

What to do?

As they say, “No change, No change”. Time to buckle down, reevaluate my goals and take action. I need to stop thinking about what I want to do and just start doing it. My dad always yells at me, “Do something, even if it’s wrong!” Very few things exist in a permanent state, you can always fix it, change it, or improve upon it. Think about it:

  • Permanent hair color – seriously? Tell that to my grey.
  • Permanent markers – ask any parent, it will eventually wash off given enough time and soap.
  • Tattoos – permanent body art can now be removed by laser, or you can always redesign or “cover it up” aka Jonny Depp’s “Winona Forever” and Angelina Jolie’s “Billy Bob” tattoos.

It’s time to stop making excuses, and start taking action and responsibility! I’m sure you are standing up at your desks with your fists on the air shouting,  “Yes, Souzapalooza! I’m with you! Let’s do this!”  

And now here comes the little voice behind you to ask “Where the heck do I start?” Well that’s easy friends!

Start at the end.

Wait, What? Souza, what are you talking about? That doesn’t make sense? You always start at the beginning!

Let’s think about this. You can’t start at the beginning. Why? Because you don’t know where you are going or how you are going to get there. Think about any road trip you’ve been on (even the crazy ones Doc and I use to take back in the day!) There is always a destination. A clear focused point you want to get to and a reason to get there. Can you visualize your self there? Can you imagine the details? How will you feel? What will you see? What will it mean to you when you make it there?

I can easily say, “I want to be debt free” of “I want to lose 35 lbs”. But what does that really mean? How about something a little more specific. “I am working towards being debt free so I can have more financial security, enjoy buying things with out feeling guilty, and not have the stressful burden of bills” or “I want to lose 35 lbs so my health, strength, and energy levels improve and I can inspire others around me”.

This weekend, in between barbecues and fireworks, take some time to think about your goals; the destination you want to reach. What do you want to achieve during the back half of the year? More importantly, WHY?

Great photo from my fellow blogger, Angela from Oxygen 4 the Journey
Great instagram inspiration from my fellow blogger, Angela at Oxygen 4 the Journey

celebrating the ups, downs and in betweens of my life

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