Quote of the Day – Greatness Is A Choice (# 1)

“You have greatness within you. You are designed for greatness, but you are not predestined for greatness. That’s a choice.”

Everyone has greatness within them, but they have to choose to realize it. It’s easy to get caught up in the way of the world and to go with the flow. Being comfortable in your daily routine is easy. Most of us don’t love it, but it’s hard to break out of that comfort zone most of the time, but out of the comfort zone is where you’ll realize your greatness and find success. Becoming great doesn’t just happen. It’s a choice. One of the most influential quotes on greatness I’ve ever heard was by Pope Benedict XVI:

“The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

How profound is that!? Don’t conform to the ways of the world just to be comfortable only to draw near to the end of your life and realize your potential. Start today! Drink a Spark, break out of your comfort zone, and own this day! “You don’t have to be great to start; but you have to start to be great!”

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We Are ALL IN For 2016! Are You!?

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We are nearing the end of the holiday season and I hope that you have slowed down enough to enjoy your time with family and friends. We have been blessed many times over in 2015 including our greatest blessing, the birth of Camille!

As we reflect on 2015, we consider ourselves blessed as we remember all of the families we had the pleasure of helping pursue their health and fitness goals each and every day. In addition to helping families with those goals, we have also helped numerous other families begin to replace incomes so that they can have complete time and financial freedom so that they can live life on their terms and with their loved ones. We are always looking for more people that want the same thing. So if that’s YOU or you know someone that is looking for the same thing, let us know and we can help you make 2016 the best year yet!

With that in mind, we are ready for January 2016!  January is always the perfect time of year to refocus and rededicate ourselves to living healthy and happy. We hope that you will decide to join us in this Nationwide 24 Day Challenge.  We all know the AdvoCare products make a difference in people’s lives day in and day out. The two core products we continue to use every day are Spark and the Metabolic Nutrition System, which at full retail are ONLY $4.78 a day! Most people spend more than that on Starbucks, sodas, and junk food throughout the day.

Here are some results from some of our friends that have had success joining us in the past:

Our friend Emily has gone on to lose over 30 pounds and 3 pants sizes!

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Our friends Bert & Debbie completely transformed in just a year:

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Our friends Maggie has gone on to lose 60 pounds, 6 pant sizes, and has kept it off for over a year, and gained energy to keep up with her 3 children:

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So here’s the deal with the Nationwide All In Challenge:

The Challenge Begins Jan 11th

THERE’S FREE STANDARD SHIPPING

Pre-ordering ends 12 p.m. CT January 4, 2016.

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Here’s a little run down on the “All-In Challenge”:
AdvoCare 24 Day ChallengeThe 24-Day Challenge Includes
  • 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

AND WHILE SUPPLIES LAST AND EXCLUSIVELY WITH PRE-ORDERS!

ADVOCARE FREE EXTRAS

  • FREE Limited Edition Blender Bottle
  • FREE All-In Wristband
  • FREE Meal Prep Containers
  • Exclusive First-Look at the Digital Cookbook
  • FREE Standard Shipping

We hope that you will decide to join us and thousands of others for the All In Challenge. The more the merrier and it’s always easier to do a Challenge with a large group of people!

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Green Apple Spark IS BACK!

When Green Apple Spark® was first released everyone went crazy over it (It’s what Mariah calls her “Happy Mommy Juice”). However, before we knew it the site said “Temporarily Out of Stock,” but it wasn’t why we thought. It wasn’t immediately restocked because Green Apple Spark® was coming back NEW & IMPROVED! So now, the moment we’ve been waiting for is HERE! Green Apple Spark® disappeared for a while only to come back in much smaller canisters and still in the easy to pour packets!!! It now has less volume, less calories, less carbohydrates, and still tastes EXACTLY the same and offers the identical effect of long lasting, healthy energy!  So we can get stick packs and new smaller canisters now! You mix both versions with the same amount of water and enjoy the same benefits and great taste! This will be super helpful with travel and portability.

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For those of you that haven’t had Spark® yet, here’s the rundown: It sharpens mental focus, allows fast acting and long-lasting energy, contains over 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients designed to synergistically provide a healthy, balanced source of energy AND IT’S SUGAR-FREE!!! This amazing product serves as an all-in-one solution that gives you a quick boost of energy that lasts for hours.

advocare watermelon pink lemonade sparkNot only is Green Apple Spark® back in smaller canister, but Pink Lemonade and Watermelon are too!!! All the flavors are coming out in the new smaller canisters and stick packs soon and are being phased in sporadically. With it being summertime and being out in the sun, Pink Lemonade mixed with Mango Pineapple Rehydrate is my jam! I like to mix my Spark® and Rehydrate flavors just like I used to mix my Kool-aid when I was a kid. Watermelon Spark® is another favorite flavor of mine. This was yet another flavor that when first released in canisters SOLD OUT in less than an hour. I was not fast enough on the draw to score one, but now that they are back for good, you better believe we will always have this one on hand and now that they are available in the new canisters, we can enjoy the same effects and flavor with fewer calories and carbs!

advocare fruit punch sparkBUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Like I said, all flavors will be available in the strip packs soon and Green Apple was the first flavor that debuted them. Well, now they have just released Mango Strawberry and my all-time favorite flavor FRUIT PUNCH!!! Did you like the taste of fruit punch Kool-aid as a kid? Well then you’ll probably like the taste of Fruit Punch Spark®!

A lot of my former coffee drinking friends, including my wife, have completely dumped the pot of day coffee habit and now just drink Spark®.

Did I mention you can get all these amazing products at a 20-40% DISCOUNT!? It’s an absolute no-brainer because you get over $58 in retail product just for enrolling as a wholesale customer at the 20% discount without the worry of monthly fees, auto-ships, monthly minimums to keep your discount, etc. It’s much like a Sam’s Club or Costco membership except you get so much more! Knowing how much I love Spark® made it very easy for me to decide to get it at a discount.

It’s That Time Again… TO GO ALL IN!

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This is for everyone and especially those that joined us in January’s All-In 24-Day Challenge! We are excited to announce the BRAND NEW simplified version of the Herbal Cleanse System! This changes up the entire first 10 days of the Challenge, making it easier than ever! The new fiber drink is the best part in my opinion – flavorless, smoothest fiber drink yet, AND it can be mixed with ANYTHING!

This couldn’t have come at a better time because it has been 90 days since the last ALL IN Challenge, which means that IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER ONE!

Phase One of the Challenge is never going to be the same! Instead of the way the first 10 days used to be with changes on Days 3 to 4 and 7 to 8… ALL 10 DAYS are EXACTLY the same! :)You’ll take your Spark, Probiotic Restore, afnd fiber drink every morning, Omega Plex at dinner, and the Herbal Cleanse tablets at night.

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For the new fiber drink, the measurable differences are flavor and source of fiber. All three flavors provide 10 grams of fiber but Citrus provides more insoluble fiber – which does not absorb water and moves quickly through the digestive tract. the NEW unflavored fiber drink has a greater amount of soluble fiber – similar to Peaches & Cream – which means it’s gentle and better choice for those with sensitive guts, has better ‘mixability’ with any beverage which will assist with compliance and consistency of use, and less than half the calories of the other varieties. It comes down to individual preference between varieties and picking a Fiber you will take every day for all ten days of the Cleanse.

Did I mention you can get all these amazing products at a 20-40% DISCOUNT!? It’s an absolute no-brainer because you get over $58 in product just for enrolling as a wholesale customer at the 20% discount without the worry of monthly fees, auto-ships, monthly minimums to keep your discount, etc. It’s much like a Sam’s Club or Costco membership except you get so much more!

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Check out the updates to Days 1-10 below:

For more information on the 24-Day Challenge, you can go HERE!

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LET’S GET YOU STARTED TODAY AND READY FOR THE SUMMER!

Healthy Eating On A Budget

Most all of our friends already know that my wife and I eat pretty healthy. We subscribe to the Paleo lifestyle mostly and have built a kitchen library of Paleo books along with multiple Paleo recipe websites. When asked about what we eat, the most common objection we get is that “it’s too expensive to eat healthy.” Well, after eating like this for over 4 years now, I can tell you that isn’t true and we’re gonna prove it. We put ourselves on a food budget and have been amazed at how little our meals have cost us. When we realized we were spending so little on food and were making so much of it, I decided to start figuring out how much each meal cost per person. We were shocked at what we discovered. We were making meals for 8 that cost us less than $12 for all of it!

There are several meals that I intend to breakdown by price over the new few weeks, but I wanted to start with the staple items that we use. Again, these are just SOME of the staple items. There are SEVERAL more, but these in particular are some of the ones we use most frequently.

Honeyville Almond Flour

Ingredient #1 – Almond Flour (you’ll want A TON of this if you eat Paleo)

Mariah and I use Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour and we get the 5 lb. bag of it from Amazon Prime because it is by far the best deal and the almond flour is also the best we have had. We also use Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour. We’ve tried many kinds and these are the best! By the way, if you don’t have Amazon Prime… GET IT! It’s awesome! FREE 2-day shipping and as much as we order food and books it has wound up saving us money. Not to mention all the other pros that come with it like Prime InstantVideo. If Bob's Red Mill Almond Flouryou have any questions about it let us know.

I’ve included a picture of what the Honeyville bag looks like that we order. The entire bag is $39.99 for 5 lbs. That’s $7.99/lb. I challenge you to find almond flour this good and this inexpensive anywhere else. The only way you’ll find it, I’m certain, is on Amazon.

The brand of Almond Flour we get depends on which one is cheaper on Amazon Prime at the time we are ordering. For instance, today the Bob’s Red Mill brand came out to $7.67/lb. So I bought 8 lbs. of it immediately. That’s one heck of a deal! I’ve also included what the Bob’s Red Mill bag looks like. Although the Honeyville almond flour is finer, we definitely love a good deal on our staple items.

Ingredient #2 – Organic Maple Syrup & Honey

One of the hardest things for most people switching to a healthy diet is a lack of desserts, BUT that’s only because they do not know how to make amazing Paleo desserts. CAUTION: They are definitely still treats. So you don’t want to load up on them. For our desserts there are quite a few items we use and two of those are organic maple syrup and honey. We mostly use maple syrup. For both of those ingredients we shop at Costco.We use the Kirkland Signature 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup. It comes in a 33.8 oz. bottle and is about .45 cents/oz. Carrington Farms Coconut Oil

Ingredient #3 – Coconut Oil (This is a BIG one)

For the coconut oil we use Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It comes in a 54 oz. jar for only $15.25 and goes on sale A LOT. We’ve got it as low as $15. It’s only .45 cents/oz.

Ingredient #4 – Eggs

We get our eggs from Costco too, but that’s not the only place where there are great deals on eggs. They are only about .36 cents/egg.

 Ingredient #5 – Chocolate

For all you dessert lovers out there, you’re gonna love this one! We use Enjoy Life chocolate. It’s dairy, soy, & nut free! The best place we’ve seen for those is online at VitaCost.com. If you want to save $10 on your first order CLICK HERE. Beside the inexpensive cost, the next best thing is that shipping is FREE if you order more than $50, which we do regularly. I posted the image for those as well. We use the Mega Chunks and Mini Chips.

Enjoy Life chocolate chipsIngredient #6 – Ghee

We also get our ghee from VitaCost. Ghee is clarified butter and is much healthier for you than regular ole butter. We use the Purity Farms Organic Salt Free Ghee Clarified Butter brand. You can literally save $7-8 by getting it from VitaCost as opposed to a store.

Ingredient #7 – Vegetables/Sweet Potatoes!

We eat the heck out of vegetables! Sweet Potatoes specifically are DA BOMB.COM! Mariah makes sweet potato hash brown and fries are easy to make as well. The best place to get your veggies is a local farmer’s market. We racked up this past weekend. I brought $20 and then walked out with $12 and several bags full of vegetables!

Ingredient #8 – Spark & RehydrateAdvoCare Spark

I used to be a BIG TIME soft drink drinker! Sunkist was my jam! If it wasn’t soft drinks then it was Kool-aid (tons of sugar) or Crystal Light (which has aspartame in it and is terrible for you). Instead of those terrible drinks, we simply mix our water with Spark and/or Rehydrate. They are MUCH MUCH healthier for you and better tasting. Fruit Punch Spark tastes like Hawaiian Punch to me and Green Apple tastes like an apple Jolly Rancher.

There will be price breakdown on Mariah’s Paleo meals to come!

The Top 8 Reasons Why AdvoCare Wasn’t For Me Became the Top 8 Reasons Why It Is

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The Top 8 Reasons Why AdvoCare Wasn’t For Me Became the Top 8 Reasons Why It Is


 

1. I DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME:

I was working 18 hours a day. I got up at 4:00 a.m. to drive to coach CrossFit. I then practiced law from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and then went straight back to the gym. I didn’t finish coaching, cleaning up, and programming for the next day’s workouts until 10:00 p.m., which left me 6 hours to sleep (if I was lucky). I was exhausted and my time was devoted to earning extra income to get out of debt. Then I stepped back and looked at my day. I drove 25 minutes to and from the gym twice each day. That was nearly two hours of driving time. I also had an hour lunch break Monday through Friday and didn’t do too much on the weekends. I had a lot more time than I thought when I really evaluated my schedule and the best part was that I could put as little or as much time into it as I wanted. So I began spending 4-6 hours total per week for the first couple months and quickly replaced what I was earning from the gym with AdvoCare.

2. THE MARKET IS SATURATED:

I told myself that since AdvoCare had been around for 20 years at that time, surely everyone else was already “doing” AdvoCare and I would be starting too late. If I started years ago before the “market got saturated” then I would’ve had a chance. That’s a reason I hear from people all the time and I felt the same way. What I found out is that I have A TON of family and friends that have never heard of AdvoCare before, much less tried any of the products. There is a HUGE organization 10 minutes away from us and so many people in Montgomery didn’t even know what AdvoCare was when I spoke with them. I was dead wrong and I’m glad I was.

3. IF I WOULD’VE STARTED YEARS AGO I MAY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL, BUT NOT NOW:

This one kind of goes hand in hand with the previous one. I kept telling myself that I was starting too late and almost talked myself out of starting at all. Of course, the best time to start is yesterday… the next best time to start is now. I had to ask myself, “what if I started and I only made a few hundred dollars?” Well, that’s a few hundred dollars I didn’t have before I started and each day I waited to get started was ANOTHER day that I was missing out on earning financial freedom.

4. I’M NOT GOOD AT SALES:

I’m no salesman. I don’t like selling anything and I don’t like pushing products on people. I thought that’s what I had to do. Then someone helped me see what we really do here. We don’t look at ourselves as product sellers. We look at ourselves as problem solvers. The only way I knew how to help people solve their problems was to talk with them to find out what their problems were. I began to find out that a lot of my friends needed more energy, wanted to lose weight, wanted better health and wellness, and more than anything I found that I had a bunch of friends that needed extra income. Whether it was because they had a tremendous amount of debt, wanted to replace a spouses salary so they didn’t have to drop their kids off at a daycare and could stay home to raise their kids themselves, or be able to not stress over bills at the end of the month… they need help.

5. I DIDN’T HAVE MONEY TO GET STARTED:

My credit cards were just about maxed out and I owed over $200,000 in student loan debt. I was broke; however, that reason why I couldn’t was a reason why I should. I needed the income and it was only $79 for a 20% discount on products I would use anyway, I would receive my own website with zero maintenance to do, I would be given the ability to earn income two ways, and AdvoCare would send me $58 in retail products just for enrolling with zero obligations. It’s much like a Sam’s Club or Costco membership, but I received much more!

6. I DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE ANY MONTHLY FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS:

I didn’t want any monthly sales minimums to keep my discount, I didn’t want auto-ships, I didn’t want to be forced to buy a certain amount of products, and I didn’t want my credit card to get charged monthly fees. Well, I found out that I could enroll as a distributor (wholesale customer) and have zero further obligations AND earn income. What did I have to lose? Nothing. I found out that there are zero mandatory auto-ships and that I didn’t have to purchase a certain amount of products each month to keep my discount. I could literally enroll and never purchase another thing and incur no further costs.

7. I DIDN’T HAVE ANY WEIGHT TO LOSE:

I thought AdvoCare was all about weight loss. Then I realized they have a Performance Elite and Active line, which endorsers like Drew Brees and Rich Froning, Jr. use. I also didn’t realize that there is an income opportunity and that I could help people earn extra income as well. When I sat back and thought of everyone I knew that could use an extra $500-1,000 a month, I actually couldn’t think of anyone who couldn’t use that extra income.

8. MY FRIENDS WILL THINK I’M DOING “ONE OF THOSE THINGS”:

The thought of “what would my friends think if I did this?” actually crossed my mind. Well, I’m glad I’ve never been one to buckle under peer pressure because my friends let me know exactly what they thought. Their not-so supporting responses were either, “good luck with that,” “REALLY?,” or “you’re doing one of those things?” HERE IS WHY I’m glad I didn’t listen to them: Because I didn’t listen to many of my friends…

I saw the vision to be debt-free and so far I’ve NOW eliminated over $106,000 of student loan and credit card debt.

I saw the vision to be able to provide an opportunity for my future wife to not have to get a job if she didn’t want to, which would allow her to raise our children instead of dropping them off at a daycare for someone else to raise them. NOW I am married and my wife never has to go get a job and as we await our first child to be born in 5 months, upon on our child’s birth my wife has the option (which she is gladly taking) to stay at home to raise our child.

I saw the vision not to go into any further debt at all and when my wife and I chose to get married, we PAID FOR OUR WEDDING IN CASH! Most couples go into further debt to have the size and type of wedding we did, but not us!

Among MANY other reasons why I’m glad I didn’t listen to them is that fact that I met my wife through AdvoCare. That’s been the best reason of all! Because of the amazing relationships we made through AdvoCare, we were introduced and well, you know the story.

I stepped back and looked at my life from a 30,000 foot view and saw that if I didn’t DO SOMETHING that I was going to be stuck in the never ending cycle of paying my minimum student loan payments and struggling financially the rest of my life.

“If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

You may have caught yourself saying, “Hey! That’s me! I’ve said the same things.” Well, if that is you too then I highly encourage you to get out of your own way and make a brighter future for your family. Whether it’s through letting us help you have success with AdvoCare or doing something completely different, we want you to succeed and get out of the rut that the majority of Americans are in today.

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Reading… INTENTIONALLY!

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Over the past several months I have began reading intentionally. I have never been a “reader” and in fact, I despised it. Reading comprehension was no doubt my worst section of any standardized test including the ACT and LSAT. So when I applied for law school it should come as no surprise that I had an uneasiness about the amount of reading that would be required of me. I’m talking 60-150 pages a night people!

The reading is what worried me. I already knew that I could argue all day. That’s evidenced by the fact that I frequently engaged in arguments with both my parents and teachers every day of my life. This phrase was no stranger to me growing up and I can hear my mom saying it now, “You’d be a great lawyer. All you do is argue.” This was also a common phrase, “You’d argue with a brick wall.” To which I’d respond with, “No I wouldn’t.” It was my way of joking… kinda. My argumentative nature is also most likely why many of my relationships with girlfriends didn’t turn out as expected. Looking back at it now, I’d venture to say that 90+% of the arguments I engaged in should have never begun or at least not escalated to the point they had. That’s A LOT of time wasted on senseless babble. I’m sure it had a lot to do with my maturity at that time, or immaturity rather.

life-is-change-growth-is-optional-choose-wiselyReading intentionally has been life-changing. Really, it has. Now, reading just anything is not going to have a positive impact on your life. I’m not reading Maxim Magazine, Men’s Health, Harry Potter, news articles, or Grisham novels where most men bury their noses to get their reading quota for the day. I’m reading books that will help anyone, not just myself, grow personally. I doubt that anyone could lay a solid foundation for an argument that Harry Potter books are doing the same.

Many of my friends have heard me say that this company I am involved with will change your life. To elaborate on that statement, it’s really not so much the company, but the people involved. They inspire you to be a better person, a better leader, and among other things… a better you. It’s almost like a church group filled with incredible leaders. I am frequently introduced with a barrage of book lists from them and after reading the first book recommended to me, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the next recommendation.

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the phrase, “All leaders are readers;” however, all readers are not leaders. It takes reading the right material and acting upon what you read to be a leader. Simply reading a book isn’t going to get you anywhere in life. It’s acting on what you read that will. Reading the right book is just the beginning. As my friends Zahid Buttar and Jason Horsley have said, “Readers who ACT on what they read can potentially be leaders.” Action is the difference. The right book just helps you to see the possibilities of your potential. The action is what turns those possibilities a reality.

“Readers who ACT on what they read can potentially be leaders.”

I am constantly updating my electronic library with iBooks. I’ve gathered quite a collection now. I find it pretty amusing that I now download more books than I do songs. So yes, if you want to give me an iTunes gift card for Christmas or any other occasion I’ll take it. Below I have posted a photo of some of the books I have been reading.
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I have created a tab at the top of this blog, which will take you to a list of books that I recommend. I strongly urge you to start reading these books. For those of you that are hesitant to do so, you’re probably in the same position I was in several months ago. If someone suggested a book to me a year ago I wouldn’t nicely said, “Okay, I’ll check that out,” all along knowing I had no intention of even reading the cover.

If you are ready, then I’d start with a book called “20,000 Days and Counting” by Robert Smith. I’m certain that many of you have never heard of Smith or his book, but hopefully you have heard of Andy Andrews. Andrews credits most of his success to Smith, his mentor through life.

If you have any questions regarding the books on my list, feel free to ask. I’d be happy to talk about them.