Advocare 24 Day Challenge

It’s no secret that I want to lose weight. I am not happy with the number on the scale.

But my desire to lose weight goes beyond seeing a smaller number on the scale.

I want to feel comfortable in my own skin again.

I want to feel energized, healthy – not tired and unhealthy.

Mikey and I want to start for baby #2 at the end of the summer, and I want to be at the same place that I was when I got pregnant with Joycie. And while that’s no guareentee for a healthy and easy pregnancy, I can’t help shaking the feeling that getting pregnant at my current weight would make for a more difficult time.

So I’ve ran, lifted weights, ate Paleo, ate low carb…..

And I lost 4 pounds.

BUT…..

I was still eating too much junk food. Not getting in enough water, skipping meals, and very few fruits and veggies were making into my body.

Then a co-worker mentioned the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  She told me how she had more energy, no cravings for junk food, and how…um, things were “moving” thru her body. Not only was she seeing a loss of weight and inches, she FELT better. The challenge had her eating veggies with every meal, drinking her water, and moving.

I was sold.  So last week,  my products arrived.

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So what did I get?

First: OmegaPlex soft gels. I will be taking two of these, twice a day with meals. . They are an omega supplement. S

Next is Herbal Cleanse.  I mix this with 4 ounces of orange juice and 4 oucnes of water, then drink it quickly.  I say quickly because hte drink gets a bit thick if you leave it sitting for too long.  I have had this drink each morning around 6:30 and have not wanted to eat my breakfast until 9:00 – because I was simply THAT full. T

The third part of my challenge is Spark Drink. It can be used 1-3 times a day. I have been drinking one first thing in the morning and another around 4:30 or 5:00 in anticipation of my workout.  The 24 Day Challenge pack gives two flavors, but when buying it there are many more choices. I have Mandarin Orange and Fruit Punch. Both are tasty.

I am on Day 3 of the challenge, and so far I have noticed the following things:

1. I am down nearly 3 pounds. Yes, I was bloated when I started the challenge.  But having the guidebook there to remind me to drink water has really helped.

2. I have not had a single cup of coffee or Diet coke….and I have even wanted one. Not even my usual 3 p.m. pick me up.

3. Committing to the challenge and argeeing to eat lean protein, veggies, fruits, and complex carbs has caused me to focus on food choices. I noticed that I am often tempted to finish off my daughter’s food even when I’m not hungry.  Overall, I am more aware of my food choices.

I’ll be checking in every few days to update you on how the challenge is going. If you want any more information, fee free to e-mail me or comment on the post.

Have a great day!

Wednesday Weigh In: Not Buying Into the Number

I have decided to play along  with the fabulous Roni and share my weekly weigh-in on Wednesday.  Basically, each Wednesday morning, I’ll snap a picture of my scale and then post it here for all the blog world to see.

While I don’t believe the scale is the end all be all, I think it is a good tool to provided me information about my progress. I huge swing up or down can indicate something is off, with my body long before other issues arise.

This morning the scale said 151.8 (I snapped a pic but my camera apparently ate the photo). 😦

That number is down from where I started last week at…..155.

But, I did battle a NASTY stomach virus for nearly 48 hours, so I am chalking the big drop up to a bit of dehydration and lack of any real food.

I expect to see the number go back up next week, but hopefully not by too much.

Your turn:  Do you weigh yourself weekly? If not, how do you measure your progress?

Prayers for Boston

I have waited for more than 24 hours to post about the tragedy in Boston. I had hoped the time would give me the words to say…words that would somehow lessen the heaviness of my heart, to make sense of this senseless act of terror,

But there are no words….

No words can make my heart less heavy. No phrase can explain why someone would attack people in such a horrific manner.

All I can offer are my tears, my prayers for those affected, and a promise that I will remember Boston. Each time I lace up my sneakers – for a run around the block or a race – I will pause and remember Boston.

I will keep running….refusing to live in fear….but rather embracing my life. And I can only hope that in some small way that pays tribute to the victims.

Here I go Again….

The last time I blogged I had a plan. I was mapping out my daily lunches, creating meal plans for our family dinners, and vowing to train hard as to improve my 5K time.

I was riding high and feeling great.

And then I came crashing DOWN.

HARD!

I can say that I got busy….and that’s true.

I can say that I felt tired and run down……. and that’s true.

I can say that I was more focused on getting thru the day than making smart choices…. and that’s true.

But the real truth is – I just stopped caring.

I had spent nearly a year trying to lose 20 pounds – running, lifting weights, eating Paleo, trying workout plan after workout plan – and saw little success. I kept telling myself that it was hormones, or my thyroid, or my body being weird.  The truth of the matter is I’ve been phoning it in for 365 days. 

Once I moved past my eating disorder, I made living a healthy lifestyle a priority. I ate well, worked out, and really took care of myself.  But living a healthy lifestyle is filled with difficult choices. It is choosing to get up at 5:00 a.m. for your workout rather than hitting the snooze button. It is choosing to spend time meal planning, shopping for quality ingredients and preparing healthy meals. It is choosing to turn off the t.v. and skip the season finale of The Walking Dead so that you can get 8 hours of sleep.

And my inner brat was sick and tired of making the right choices all the time. So she decided that I could just do the right things…some of the time.   And some of the time soon became more and more infrequently.

And after a year of half-arsed efforts, I thought “I sick of this. Let’s just live!”.  I wanted to eat the chocolate, skip the workouts, hit the snooze button, and stop worrying about the scale, what my blog readers would say, or how my fitness goals stacked up to those of other bloggers.

So I did.

And I hated it.

After nearly a month of living life at the other end of the spectrum, I realize that I enjoy eating cleanly, I find pleasure in my workouts, and that phoning it in or not caring at all is NOT who I am or what I want to do..

So I’m back.  However, instead of trying to find that 1 great workout plan or the 1 magic diet that will change my body forever, I’m going back to the basics.  Or at least the lifestyle choices that made me feel my best.

1 aerobics class per week

3 runs per week

3 lifting sessions with my husband per week

Taking my lunch to work

Eating dinners at home that were Paleo or Paleo-inspired.

And while this list may  seem daunting, reading it leaves me feeling more energized and excited about the future than I have in quite some time. 

(Deep breath)

I’m ready now…let’s do this!