10 Day Cleanse Thoughts and Results…

So we finished up with the AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse last Friday and we wanted to share our results and also some thoughts about it.

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First the results! I lost 4lbs total and Adam lost 5lbs total! And we both lost several inches overall!  We really weren’t expecting to lose much, but were pleased to find out that we both did lose some!!  We’re excited to continue exercising more and eating clean as often as possible, but still enjoying foods we both like.

If you’re planning on doing the 10 Day Cleanse alone or as part of the 24 Day Challenge, here are a few thoughts we have to make the process a little easier!

First off, this is not a laxative based cleanse, so it’s very mild.  It’s basically just ridding your body of toxins.  By cutting out sugar, alcohol, processed foods, etc. and adding in probiotics, 10g of Fiber and eating healthy food, the cleanse is helping your body reset itself.  It’s a perfect way to kick-start a healthy lifestyle.  Eating clean and working out during the cleanse are the key components, in addition to the supplements, to achieve results.

Fiber Drink – Choose the Unflavored Fiber Drink and mix it with Spark every morning.  I had the Peaches n’ Cream Fiber Drink and Adam had the Unflavored and mixed it with Spark.  We switched one day, and I couldn’t believe how much easier it was to drink the Unflavored version.  The Peaches n’ Cream isn’t terrible, but is SO chalky and I quickly got tired of it.  If you choose the Unflavored Fiber drink, you can mix it with a different flavor of Spark everyday if you want so it’s not so boring and gross.  Also, mix it quickly with a spoon and CHUG IT!  Don’t let it sit around or it gets goopy and thick.  Gross.  If you mix it and immediately drink it, it’s fine.

Drinking Water – This got easier every single day.  At first we both felt like we were water balloons ready to pop. HA!  But our bodies eventually got used to the extra water intake, and we found that it just became habit to drink water regularly.  I drank around 72oz a day, while Adam drank 108oz.  AdvoCare recommends dividing your body weight in half and using that as a guide for how many ounces of water you drink for the challenge.

CorePlex (vitamins) & OmegaPlex (Fish Oil) – We highly recommend these products as an addition to the 10 Day Cleanse and 24 Day Challenge.  We took them with dinner every night and had no problems at all.  I’ve seen others mention that the vitamins made them sick (I’ve experienced this in the past) when taking them on an empty stomach, so make sure you eat and then take them.  Adam took his about halfway through dinner, I took mine after.

We are continuing to use Spark, CorePlex, and OmegaPlex daily.  We’ve also ordered some additional ProBiotic RESTORE™ ULTRA to add to our daily regimen just for the added health benefits that probiotics offer.

If you have any questions about the 10 Day Cleanse, 24 Day Challenge, or any of these products ask away!

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Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I wanted to share some healthy recipes that we use all the time. I posted this recipe on my other blog several years ago, and this specific post continues to get visits, so I thought I’d share it here as well. This recipe is perfect because it makes enough to give us leftovers for the next day for lunch and possibly dinner depending on how hungry we are.

Ever since my Mom and I found Bill Phillips’ Body for Life Program back when I was in high school (that’s over 15 years ago people) :), we’ve loved his turkey meatloaf recipe. It’s the easiest, healthiest, yummiest meatloaf I’ve ever had. (And even my grandma, who always used ground beef for her meatloaf, loved this stuff. She even requested that I make it for her after she had her stroke and couldn’t cook anymore. I took some up to her at the nursing home a few times, since according to her, their food was awful.) 🙂 So here is Bill’s recipe straight from the Eating for Life cookbook. Whenever I’ve changed anything, I’ll note those changes below!

Home-Style Turkey Meatloaf
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This photo is from the Eating for Life cookbook. You can also view the recipe at the Transformation website.

Ingredients

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1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey (I just used a pack of extra lean Jennie O ground turkey breast; it’s not quite 1 1/2 lbs but it’s close enough)
1 onion, chopped (I hate chopping onions, so I buy a frozen bag of pre-chopped ones! It’s so much easier!! I do not use the entire bag, I just dump in around what a whole onion would yield.)
4 egg whites (I use 2 whole eggs instead)
1 cup salsa (I use around 1 1/2 cups because we like the salsa. My favorite new salsa is Publix Greenwise Organic Medium Salsa. It’s DELICIOUS!!)
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 pkg Knorr Vegetable Soup mix
1/4 tsp black pepper (I don’t measure this, I just dump.) 🙂
1/2 cup ketchup (I don’t measure this either. I just make a fat squiggly line on top!)
Garlic powder, to taste (I like to add a little of this, even though the original recipe doesn’t call for it.)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, onion, egg whites, salsa, oats, soup mix and black pepper. (Add in you garlic powder in this step too. Also I mix up everything but the turkey first. Then I add the turkey in. It helps me mix it up easier.)

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3. Press mixture into a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan (I like to line my glass dish with foil, and then spray the foil with some olive oil cooking spray. It makes cleaning the dish a lot easier!) and spread ketchup over top. (I squirt mine in a squiggle line, because I think it’s fun.) 🙂 Bake in preheated oven until meatloaf is no longer pink in the center and juice is clear, about 60 minutes. (I like to turn the oven up to 370° when it has about 15 minutes left, because I like mine to get a little brown and crispy on top.)

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4. Remove meatloaf from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. (I’m too impatient for this, so I usually yank it out and we eat! haha) You can see in the picture below that it doesn’t stick hardly at all with the foil!
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And here is the finished product!

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–Tasteful Tip from the cookbook–
Meatloaf makes a great “planned-over.” Consider making an extra loaf and freezing it. Cool it completely, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Over-wrap it with aluminum foil, and store it in the freezer for up to two months

10 Day Cleanse Prep…

We’ve known about AdvoCare products for awhile now.  But until recently hadn’t really committed to using the products.  We’ve used plenty of other supplements, vitamins, energy drinks, etc. in the past and had great results  But we finally made the decision for me to become an AdvoCare distributor (cost is $79, plus taxes and s/h, total was $93.13 for me) to take advantage of the 20% discount.  (Plus you get 3 boxes of Spark, a $68 retail value, with your distributor kit.)  Once you sign up, you can automatically place your first order at a 20% discount.  It was a no-brainer for us.

Back to the 10 Day Cleanse… We recently tried a Whole 30 Challenge and had some amazing results.  (We did not make it the entire 30 days fully compliant, but we are still eliminating most non-compliant items from our current diet.)  We lost a little weight and inches, but overall felt so much better.  It was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  After that I started seeing posts about amazing results with the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and looked into it further.  You can view the full 24 Day Challenge program here if you’d like to see what it entails.

To keep our initial costs down, we have decided to just commit to the 10 Day Cleanse portion of the 24 Day Challenge.  We’ll be using the Herbal Cleanse System (includes a Fiber Drink), along with Spark, OmegaPlex (Omega-3 Fatty Acid Dietary Supplement), and CorePlex (vitamins).  We are using the Spark that came with the distributor kit, so we only had to purchase the other items.  Our order total came to $117.33 with shipping.  So it’s costing us each about $59 each to do this 10 Day Cleanse.  Plus we’ll have extra OmegaPlex and CorePlex leftover after we are done.

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To prep for the 10 Day Cleanse, I used sandwich and snack size baggies to divide out everything for each day of the cleanse to make it easier to keep up with.  I also created a simple printout for each day so we’d know when to take what.

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If you’d like to use the daily guides I created, download it here – 10 day cleanse printout.

We started last week on March 2, and recorded our weight and measurements that morning.  Then we’ll record them again on the morning of Day 11.  I’m not expecting a lot of weight or inches lost.  We are just looking for a jump start to getting back into a healthy routine!  We’ll be combining the cleanse with healthy eating as well.  I’ll  be sharing some of our meal plans later.  We are planning to keep our meals very basic so they won’t be anything exciting or special, but they’ll get the job done without having us spend hours in the kitchen everyday.  You can view the 24 Day Challenge guide here to read more about what food is recommended during the Cleanse phase.

Wish us luck! 🙂  I’ll be sharing our results as soon as we finish up!

AdvoCare Distributor Kit…What do you get?

When I first began researching the opportunity side of AdvoCare, I began by searching for what came in the kit to get you started.  Mostly, all the photos I found were stock photos of the kit you receive when you sign up to become a distributor.  So I figured, why not share photos of exactly what came in mine and offer my own thoughts about it.

First off, I don’t really consider myself a distributor just yet.  Basically I’m just a wholesale customer, getting my products at a 20% discount.  I paid $79 (plus $7.45 s/h & $6.68 tax, bringing the total paid to $93.13), for a membership into the AdvoCare “Club”.  This means I currently get 20% off any products I purchase.  Plus, if people choose to purchase products from me, I can make a 20% profit (and more!!) on whatever they choose to buy. It’s kind of like becoming a member at Sam’s Club or Costco.  You pay a yearly membership fee to buy products at a discount.  And yes, there is a yearly fee for AdvoCare as well.  If you choose to continue to want to purchase your AdvoCare products at a 20% discount, there is a $50 annual renewal fee.  You can choose to stay or go 1 year from the date you signed up.  So if you signed up today, next year on that day, you’ll need to pay $50 to stay.  (Once you renew, you do get 2 free boxes of Spark, 1 box with each of your next to orders.  So that’s a great perk to renewing.)  Make sense?

Ok, now onto the kit. The photos I found, when searching for the kit, showed different things, because the kit has been updated and changed over the years.  This is what comes in the current kit:  3 boxes of Spark (1 Green Apple, 1 Fruit Punch, and 1 Strawberry Mango, $68.85 retail value), plus a Getting Started Guide.  That’s it.  Pretty simple huh?  They used to send out a DVD and Impact Magazine with the kit, but do not any longer.  Those items are available to purchase on your AdvoCare website though.  This kit is a great way to sample several different flavors of Spark, then have the ability to order more at a discounted price.

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Better still, the more products you buy, the higher your discount level is. And it’s cumulative, meaning once you hit a discount level, you never go lower than that. Your purchases (and sales if you choose to), continue to add up, earning you a higher discount level as you continue to use (and/or sell) products you love.  See the chart below for details.

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This makes signing up as a distributor/wholesale customer an even better idea.  If you’re already purchasing AdvoCare products at full price, you’ll get to the higher discount levels in no time.  So why not be rewarded for your purchases?? You can choose to cancel your distributorship at anytime, no questions asked.  One last thing.  You get your very own website to purchase your own products from, and for others to purchase from you for FREE.  A lot of other direct sales companies charge monthly for websites.  Some cost as much as $24.95/month!!  Your AdvoCare site is totally FREE! YAY!

We’ll be starting a 10 Day Cleanse soon to jump start our fitness goals, and I can’t wait to share about our prep and results from it!

Beth

 

Direct Sales…. How to get New Customers & Recruits

For almost 10 years, I was involved as a Representative and then eventually became a Recruiter/Mentor with the company meet mark.  It was a separate division of Avon Products that began in 2003 which merged back with Avon in 2013.  The meet mark. line was marketed toward Avon’s younger demographic, which would eventually become Avon ladies of the future.  I had a lot of success during my time with the company.  From being a top seller, winning incentive trips, having a team of my own recruiters that helped share the company and opportunity with others, and eventually as a mentor for not only my team of recruiters, but anyone who was recruited too.  I accomplished all of this first as a full time college student with an internship and 2 part-time jobs.  Then kept up with it as I graduated and got a full time job in the corporate world.  After mark. was merged back with Avon, I chose not to transfer my status over to Avon.  At that time, I was so busy with my full-time job, family, and just everyday life, I needed a break.

For the last year or so, I’ve been looking for something to replace what I had with mark.  It was one of the best times of my life, and taught me so many valuable life lessons.  I met SO MANY amazing people during that time, most of which I’m still in contact with today.  If you’re looking to get started in the direct sales industry, I highly recommend looking into Avon.  There is still a low start-up fee, the company and it’s products are known worldwide, and it’s fairly simply to get started.  I am not currently an Avon Representative, but myself and my family still continue to purchase the products.  I’m never without a stockpile of their Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion.  It’s hands down my favorite Avon product of all time.

Ok, I’m getting side tracked from the point of this post.  My reason for posting this is to share some ideas for finding new customers that I collected from my past in the direct sales industry.  I plan to utilize a lot of these ideas in my current venture with AdvoCare.  The key to all of them is….CONTACT.  You have to get out there and talk to people.  Wear your brand colors, talk to the cashier at checkout, add friends of friends on Facebook, get out of the car while you’re waiting in the carpool line, etc.  It doesn’t matter where you are, just get people talking. And then comes the IMPORTANT part.  You must LISTEN to what they are saying.  People like to talk.  They like to tell their stories about what’s going on in their lives.  It’s your job to listen to them and find out if what you have to offer is something that will benefit them.

So here are 70 ideas for getting new customers and recruits for your direct sales business.  It’s best if you can implement several of these every single day.  The more contact you have, the more chances you have to share your brand.  Obviously all of them won’t be applicable to every single direct sales company out there, but this will give you some ideas to get started.

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1. Send a catalog to a coworker that has moved.
2. Send a catalog to your Tupperware, Discovery Toys, etc. Representatives or exchange parties. (or exchange customer lists)
3. Post a catalog in the employee lunchroom.
4. Post a catalog in the teacher’s lounge at your child’s school.
5. Hold an Open House. (At your own home or even a friend’s. Offer hostesses a gift for having it at their house.)
6. Have a booth at the school fair, church fair or county fair.
7. Advertise in your alumni newsletter and/or local newspaper.
8. Give a catalog to the receptionist at your doctor’s or dentist’s office.
9. Include a flyer/business card with sample in your bill payments. (Or pay bills in person!)
10. Call past hostesses and customers that haven’t purchased for awhile.
11. Put a current catalog or flyer on your neighbor’s door. Consider making up some 10% discount coupons for first time orders.
12. Ask friends to have a party or class.
13. Advertise in your church bulletin.
14. Make product uses flyers for every product and handout.
15. Host an office party or brunch.
16. Host a show before or during a PTA meeting as a fundraiser.
17. Mail out catalogs with spouse wish lists for the holidays to the other spouse.
18. Host your own show. Could even be a fundraiser for your favorite charity.
19. Join the Welcome Wagon program in your town. New residents may be looking for service or may need extra money.
20. Participate in a school fundraiser.
21. Have your husband/significant other promote the products at work.
22. Have you and your family members wear a logo t-shirt or hat with the company you represent on it.
23. Hold a Holiday Shopping Show.
24. Offer a Christmas wish list to your guest and then call the gift giver and tell him/her what the guest wants.
25. Set up a display at the mall or a craft show.
26. Wear a button on your coat or purse promoting a product or the opportunity.
27. Ask past hostesses at shows to talk about their free gifts.
28. Hold an opportunity meeting.
29. Random mailings. Open a phone book and randomly choose.
30. Mention hostess incentives and other benefits at least three times per show.
31. If your company offers guaranteed minimum earnings on a first order, tell about it when you demonstrate higher priced items.
32. Mention how much your “average” hostess gets in products.
33. At the beginning of your party, mention the hostess goal.
34. Share upcoming specials at parties, fairs and during follow up phone calls.
35. Show your hostess how much she saved by having a party.
36. Have an “automatic purchase” program with your customers so that they get their supply of reusable products without having to remember to order them. (great for skin care products, bath lines, candles)
37. Get family and friends to get orders for you at their work places. Give them a percent of the sales they get for being helpers.
38. Have a special “helper” appreciation party once a year.
39. Call your local realtor and suggest a “welcome to your new home” gift they get from you to give to their customers.
40. Offer to do a teenage birthday makeover party.
41. Start an e-mail address book of customers who want to know what the monthly specials are.
42. Make a flyer asking for referrals and include it in every customer order.
43. Offer a bridal registry, new mom registry.
44. Follow up every customer lead within 24-48 hours.
45. Be friendly and enthusiastic.
46. Ask 3 people that you meet during the day “Are you getting service now? Are you looking for extra income?”
47. Use your products at home, work, camping, parties, etc.
48. Give products for gifts to your family and friends.
49. Read sales, self-improvement and positive thinking books.
50. Call at least two potential customers per day.
51. Don’t be shy talking about your product or your business.
52. Dream and imagine the possibilities.
53. Set goals and review them regularly. Make a dream collage and post copies wherever you’ll see the all the time.
54. Ask friends to help you get started or the reach a certain goal.
55. Give products as donations for church and school raffles. Make sure to include your business cards!
56. Smile when talking on the phone. Keep a mirror in front of the phone so you’ll always check your attitude.
57. Review past orders and call those customers who ordered the current specials in the past and tell them about the specials.
58. Be prepared to answer questions about your “work”.
59. Call the most familiar people first.
60. “No” only means “I’m not interested in your product or opportunity today”. It’s not a personal thing.
61. Call those who said, “I’ll call you back.”
62. Spend time every day working on some aspect of your business.
63. Be willing to ‘share’ the business opportunity.
64. Contact schools, church groups about fundraising.
65. Sponsor a sports team for the advertising.
66. Call and get an “adopt-a-highway” mile in you and the company you represents name.
67. Give extra time and service to good customers- they will be repeat customers.
68. Carry a notepad to jot down names and ideas as you think of them.
69. Leave your business card in the frame of the mirror in the bathroom at the mall.
70. Send out a press release when you get a promotion, move to a new level in recruiting or attend the company convention.

One last thing, and it’s probably more important than anything.  If I learned anything during my time with mark./Avon, it was this – “Follow Up is the Key to Your Success”.  You must get contact information for everyone you meet, and follow up with them at a later date.  It’s best if you can set up a future time/date during your first contact with them, but if you can’t, be sure to give them a call, send a text, email, or Facebook message the next day.  We get so busy in our everyday lives, that it’s easy to forget even the things we are most interested in.  So follow up with your contacts and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I hope this list is helpful! Please leave comments and suggestions below!

Beth

Back to Blogging….

I had a blog a few years back.  I actually kept up with it at first.  Back then I had so much time it seemed to work on DIYs, crafts, sewing, and antique/thrift store hunting.  But as our lives got busier, we changed jobs multiple times, spent a year a part in Houston, TX and experience everything else that makes life interesting, blogging got pushed to the back burner.

I’m excited to start again at this new stage in our life and share about our journey.  I hope to share my thoughts, inspirations, and things I enjoy doing.  It’s the everyday stuff I find most interesting when I read other’s blogs, so that’s what I’ll be sharing here.  And hopefully lots of photos along the way.

So let’s get started and see where this journey goes…….