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I've never been really lean, it's always been a struggle. getting down to a small waist has always meant losing muscle for me. Gaining size is no issue, it's just that when I pound the food, fat quickly follows. If you look at my bio, you can see that I have had a problem with weight in the past, and to get it off, paleo/primal has been my rock.

Recently I tried Advocare, (for the blog - article soon). When going down that path, I had hoped Advocare would be a magic bullet, that would get me to that extra level of lean I have always wanted. Sadly, Advocare was not the answer, not even close.

Not wanting to stay with the satus quo, I began Eat To Perform a couple of weeks back. I wanted to bash them today when I looked at myself in the mirror. Gaining nearly two inches on my waist and looking like the stay puff guy in the mirror is not what I was after. I wanted to bash them bad, but after reviewing myfitness pal food log, and what I ate during my rest days the past two weeks, I find the fault with me, not their program.

*Note to self - You won't get where you want to be doing what you just did! #bilderz #plutoniumblack

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April Sherman defines what it is to be fit over 40. There are many people out there that will spew advice, peddle products and give second hand advice. Then there are others that live what they preach. The owner of fitmom40.com, an avid adventure racer, mom, wife, and all around fire breather, was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about what to expect for my first Spartan Race coming up in June.

I am a firm believer in getting advice from a reputable source. If you live it, eat it and breath it, I’ll listen. In fact I will actively seek out those that are successful in their niche.

My reasoning is simple; you can’t know everything and instead of going through your own trial and error, use what other experts have learned from their own personal experiences, to help you excel in your endeavors.

When it comes to adventure racing, April is that source. If you have read any of my posts on G+, or bilderz.com you will know that I am making an effort to change focus in my yearly goal setting and have broadened my horizons to include at least one or two adventure races this next year.

Even though I’ve run numerous races in the past, the Spartan and the eight plus mile distance is new to me. I hate being un-prepared, so these are the questions I had, so thought I’d share. If you are new to adventure racing or want to move up your game a bit, read on.  

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We are actively training for the upcoming Spartan Race in June. This past week at the Bilderz Beach Fitness proving grounds, we began to move toward what we may encounter during the race, this included rope climbs. Needless to say, the change in direction has left me pretty sore.

Since running is not my thing, we have been doing longer runs on the weekend, apart from the usual training to build some longer distance endurance. Today was a burden run with a 30# slam ball in the dunes. It was not a long run and there were only three of us. My initial intent was to just do 9 minutes, but that actually stretched into around 12.

On another note I am into day 15 of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge "test". If you have no idea what I am talking about, read some of my other posts or find me on google.com/+Bilderz. Long story short is that I am wondering what results I am getting that I could not get from regular food at this point. I just did a quick weigh in and the loss was marginal two weeks in, only -3lbs. This may be due to water retention, but I don't know at this point.

Cost vs. rewards at this point is not looking that great for Advocare, but we'll see. My energy levels are up (read previous post on google.com/+Bilderz regarding my thoughts why), but I have yet to notice any visual confirmation that what I am doing is working (gut is still flabby).

I'll have alot more to say when the Challenge is complete, but until then I am keeping my mind open.

#Bilderz #PlutoniumBlack

See you one the beach.


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I had the products still boxed waiting until after Jan 1st. I purchased a new GoPro Hero just for this project. (Which I love)

With the Holidays officially over, people are flocking to the gym and trying onf fad or another. As an Advocare Distributor I've been asked about the 24 Day Challenge. Since I like to speak from a position of authority, I made a plan a couple of months back to test it out.

Not to bore you, I ate myself into fatnitude the previous two months so I could go into the Challenge like most others.
I am on day eight, and have made several videos talking specifics. If you don't have time to watch, let me sumarize.

At this point (I'm only in 8 days of the 24), I like it, especially for those that are new to exercise and diet.
Diet is key to seeing anything you've done in the gym. The Challenge, puts you on track immediately. With a simplified meal "guide" Advocare takes all the guesswork out of what and when to eat it.

I think the main thing I'm noticing is that it is convienient. The products are not cheap, and I'm sure if you spent the time pouring over the ingredients you could feesibly go shopping and find stuff cheaper. That being said, with Advocare you know what you're getting, they test all their products and have a bunch of sciency folks backing the stuff.

As for how it works compared to just eating a clean diet? Well it's still to early for me to notice any performance or visual results. I did a number on my body by eating the way I did, so the results will be evident if they come.

Here is a starting photo.


If YOU want to start with Advocare or the 24 Day Challenge, please order here. You could buy from someone else, but please help support this site, especially if the content was helpful.

I am also in training for my first Spartan Race, which I'm pretty excited about. Since I hate running, it isn't something I regularly do, especially longer distance stuff. The race is 8+ miles so it should be interesting.

If you have any experience with adventure type or Spartan Races in Particular I'd love some tips. You can find daily updates on my google + page    google.com/+Bilderz                PLEASE ADD US TO YOUR CIRCLES

* Disclosure Per FCC You need to know that certain links from this article are to affiliate products for sale. What that means is that if you click on the link and later purchase a product from the site I could get paid. You can read a more in depth disclosure here if need be. So why would I tell you this? Well first it’s the law, second it’s the right thing to do and third I ain’t got nothing to hide. Since this site doesn't pay the bills by itself, I figure providing a link to product you might want and I like, could benefits both of us. - See more at: http://bilderz.com/blog/what-do-you-do-when-you-re-to-busy-to-eat-right-all-the-time.html#sthash.jWa5ysjv.dpuf

See you on the beach (running)


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