Advocare 24 Day Challenge Check-In

I had every intention of documenting my progress on this challenge on a weekly basis. But life got the better of me – and blogging fell by the wayside.  However, I did want to share my results thus far (I am on Day 15 as of this morning).

The first 10 days  of the challenge were the  Cleanse Phase.    For me the cleanse phase felt like someone had pushed the reset button on my body. During this phase, I lost 6 pounds. I attribute the weight lose to the fact that I was eating Basically, clean, non-processed fruits, veggies, nuts and lean protein. I also drank half my body weight in water (i.e. 70-80 ounces.) I drank a fiber drink in the morning on the days the plan told me to.  When I needed a boost of energy, I would sip on water mixed with my Spark mix.  And I took the supplements per the plan.  During the first 10 days, I had the option of drinking a Meal Replacement Shake when I could not eat a real meal. This was especially handy when traveling for work. I would have a shake rather than a hotel breakfast bar. Loved the Chocolate Mocha Flavor!

Days 11 thru 24 are referred to as the MAX phase.  In this phase, I am continuing to eat clean. But my normal breakfast is replaced with a Meal Replacement Shake and I am taking a new supplement, MNS Max3. The supplements come in a strip of 4 packets joined by perforations so you can tear each one-off. The first pack should be taken 30 minutes before breakfast or your first meal, the second should be taken 30 minutes before lunch (I set an alarm for this so I don’t forget), and the bottom two packs can be taken with either breakfast, lunch, or one with each. My preferred method is to take the pre-breakfast pack with Spark right when I wake up, and then I have the two bottom packs with my Meal Replacement Shake for breakfast. Then the only thing left is the pre-lunch pack. By lunchtime there should be nothing left to take!

Six days into the Max Phase, I am down another pound. But more importantly I FEEL better. I have more energy, I am clearheaded instead of “fuzzy” feeling, and my residual tummy issues seemed to have disappeared.  And best of all, I have kicked the Diet Soda habit. 🙂

I am eager to see what my final numbers are – both in weight and inches lost – at the end of the challenge.  So check back in a few days for the final review.

 

 

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!