Two Shrinking Yelton’s

Hello everyone, Amy McCalister Hodges here, taking over Tina’s blog for the week! As an Advocare coach, I help others with their health goals and form with them a realistic plan to get there.

Well, this summer I was lucky enough to work with Tina, and her husband Mark. Tina reached out to me this past June after returning from JCK Las Vegas. She told me she was feeling meh. She was bloated, a little sluggish, and her clothes weren’t fitting quite like they used to. We’ve all been there!

Based on her goals, I recommended the 24-day Advocare Challenge. At first she was a little intimidated, which I totally understand. Change is hard! But then I reminded her, it’s less than a month! Plus the diet plan could include delicious things like pancakes and buffalo chicken bowls. As for that occasional beer and chocolate splurge that she asked about, unfortunately those would have to wait. Sorry girl!

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For anyone entering any lifestyle change, I always recommend recruiting a partner. In Tina’s case, there was zero hesitation. She was bringing her husband on board with her.

I have to say, I had so much fun working with these two! They were total champs and jumped right into the program. It’s no wonder why they saw such great results. Since completing the challenge Tina is down three pounds down, and is 11 inches smaller! Mark is down 15 pounds and has lost 25 inches {men}.

The first time my husband and I did the challenge we saw great results as well. Though, it isn’t all about weight loss! Other benefits you can look forward to include better sleep, more energy, teaching healthy habits to your kids, and a whole new outlook! All around, it’s a positive shift.

If you’re looking for something to give you a little nudge in the right direction, I would love to chat with you about Advocare. No matter what you’re looking to achieve, I can work with your goals and your budget. From emotional support, to exercise routines, and even creating weekly grocery lists, I am here for you every step of the way. Most importantly I want you to see results!

Amongst the Yelton Fine Jewelers clan, JoAnn is jumping on board after Labor Day and Gina is starting in August. Soon enough their entire team will be shrinking! But don’t worry, those diamonds are staying just as big as always {wink}.

Thanks for letting me take over for Tina this week, and if you see her and Mark around, be sure to give them a huge high five! I am so proud of them. Finally, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a shout. My contact information is below.

xo

Amy McCalister Hodges
e. amylhodges@gmail.com
p: 513.706.3005
w: advocare.com/17067769

Food, Family & Fun

imageIt seems like it was only yesterday that the boys got out of school and yet somehow it’s already the Fourth of July? Where does time go? While I can’t believe it’s already here, I am definitely looking forward to the festivities. In our house the Fourth of July is synonymous with three things –  lots of food, quality time with the family, and of course, fun!

Food: When it comes to Fourth of July, or any summer gathering for that matter, you can almost guarantee that I’ll be bringing fruit salsa to the party. I can’t help it, it’s a staple. For those of you looking to get a bit more adventurous with your holiday snacks check out this list of fifty festive recipes. Thank you Pinterest!

Family: Good food, parades, and fireworks aside if you ask me the most magical part of Fourth of July is the family time. And, with the store closed on Saturday, I am going to take full advantage of the extra hours with my three favorite guys. Looking forward to the laughs, the hugs, and the sun-kissed cheeks.

Fun: Fireworks. The Freedom Festival at New Life Chapel. Time outside. What’s not to love? With a bunch of great events happening in and around Cincinnati this weekend I don’t think I’ll have a hard time keeping the boys, Mark, or myself entertained.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. As a reminder, Yelton’s will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, but we’ll look forward to seeing you after the weekend of fireworks.

Spring Eats

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Lacrosse season has kicked off, it’s finally starting to warm up and the produce aisle at the grocery store is beginning to look much more colorful. All signs that spring is on its way. Phew.

With a new season upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to share one of my favorite spring recipes. Of course, I stole this from a friend, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

Fruit Salsa

  • 1 Golden Delicious apple – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 carton of strawberries, diced
  • 1 carton of blueberries
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fruit preserves – I like to use raspberry

It’s easy. Simply wash and cut all fruit as instructed, toss with the other ingredients and serve. Quick, delicious and best of all, it makes my kids happy. The only problem is how quickly it disappears. With the three men in my life, I give it five minutes, tops.

The boys love to eat their fruit salsa with cinnamon chips for extra crunch (and sugar). For the gluten-free lady in the family (i.e. me) it’s also great on a gluten free bagel or with Nut Thins.

Enjoy!