Gatorade vs Rehydrate

I had a really tough workout the other day and asked my coach what to take to recover. Maybe I was being naive but I thought my only two choices were water or Gatorade. She said, “NO GATORADE! It’s full of sugar.” The next day she gave me an Advocare Rehydrate to try. Great, I love free samples.

After the “SUGAR” warning, the first thing I did when I got home was check out the ingredients list on the back of the Rehydrate packet. In my Whole30/Paleo lifestyle efforts, I’ve been trained to look at the ingredients list instead of the nutrition facts. And what did I find? The first two ingredients of Rehydrate are Pure Crystalline Fructose and Dextrose – two forms of SUGAR! WTF Coach?? I then glanced at the nutrition facts to see Rehydrate contains 6g of sugar. Again, WTF Coach??

Rehydrate Nutrition Facts

As luck would have it though, I had a Gatorade in the fridge also. And in my very unscientific way, I did a side by side comparison. And what did I find? You ask on the edge of your seat no doubt. The first three ingredients of Gatorade are Water, Sugar, Dextrose. Touche Coach, touche. What about the nutrition facts? Gatorade contains 34g of sugar. 34. That’s over 5 times the amount of sugar in Rehydrate.

Ok. Coach wins. Gatorade is full of sugar.

Gatorade Nutrition Facts

And you know what? I love the way it tastes. Lemon-lime Gatorade is my jam. But I’m not in a position in my life and weight goals to throw caution to the wind and drink it. So for now, adios Gatorade. I’ll be drinking Key Lime Cherry Rehydrate when I need a recovery boost after a hard workout.

Gatorade and Rehydrate Nutrition Facts

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge – RESULTS

It’s Results Day and I can’t lie, I feel like a champion!! Dorky, right? Yep. But it’s the truth.

I was so discouraged yesterday with the minimal movement on the scale. Then I was discouraged again this morning when I got on the scale. One measly pound. Boo! 24 days of effort and one pound? What a waste.

Then, THEN, I got out the measuring tape. Are you ready for this? Because I was shocked.

10 INCHES GONE!

Can you believe it?? I’m still surprised! I wish I had a better understanding of the physiology behind it. All I know is that my clothes fit better and I just feel better overall. Here’s the breakdown:

Chest: -2 inches
Waist: -3 inches
Hips: -2 inches
Thigh: -3 inches
Total: 10 inches

Seriously, I can’t believe it. And instead of feeling like, “Phew, it’s over!” I’m saying to myself, “I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!”

Here are my thoughts on the product and the experience:

What I learned. Well, nothing new really. I already knew most of the guidelines for success but this format helped me succeed without feeling totally deprived (cough.. Whole30, even though I love the Whole30). Eat clean. Focus on protein, veggies, fats then complex carbs. Be aware of your portions and load your plate with veggies.

How I felt. Overall I felt good. There were a few days sprinkled throughout with abdominal discomfort. My energy levels were good. I felt motivated to get through these 24 days with a sense of accomplishment.

The best part(s). Spark, hands down, is the best part of this Challenge. It is seriously freaky how sharp and focused it makes me. Also, having my Advocare adviser/Crossfit coach checking in with me every few days made a huge difference. I was not expecting this kind of attention when I made this purchase. Even when I totally flubbed up Labor Day Weekend, she was so positive and encouraging.

The worst part. All the pills in the MNS series. I am not a pill popper and taking 4 packets of pills is a lot. It got old quick. So, I’m thrilled to not have anymore. But I’m also curious if I will notice a difference in how I feel and if I can keep up the results.

Next steps. My plan moving forward is to continue to eat clean, drink wine 3 days a week, take Omegaplex and Catalyst, continue with Crossfit, take measurements every 30 days and keep loosing inches. Hopefully the pounds will catch up soon. 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who followed along! Writing the blog and taking pictures during the Challenge was hugely motivating for me. Getting all the “likes” and new followers along the way has been amazing! I’ll continue to keep you posted on things we try, things we do, and things we dream.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 24!!!

It’s Day 24!!!! I don’t know what is better: knowing that I made it to Day 24 or waking up tomorrow morning when I won’t be numbering my days anymore. 🙂

I’ve been so good the last few days. I’m been working HARD at the gym this week and I’ve been so tight on my food consumption. My body feels good, my clothes feel good, B told me I look like I’ve lost weight. All good things. I’m ready to hop on the scale this morning and see some change. NOPE. Gained 1.4 lbs!!! WTF? I’m so discouraged. I am so sore for the workouts this week. My guess is that I am retaining fluid while my muscles repair.

Then, I check out the WOD. Chipper for time.
800m Row
70 x Hand Release Push-Ups
60 x Wall Balls (20 / 14)
50 x Power Snatch (75 / 55#)
40 x Kettlebell Swings (53 / 35#)
30 x Bar Over Burpees
20 x Box Jumps
10 x Muscle-Ups / Progression
800m Row

Um, I think I’ll go for a walk instead.

I was on it today with food.

Fruit Punch Spark (although I can’t lie, I’m excited for coffee tomorrow!)

Breakfast was 4 eggs. I know that’s a lot but I had run out of any veggies to go with it.

No mid morning snack – see breakfast.

Meal replacement shake for lunch.

Afternoon snack of leftover salad for the day before and 1/2 a chicken breast.

Zucchini Noodles Day 24

Dinner was my new favorite! Zucchini noodles with ground beef and marinara. Quick, easy and delicious!!

Zucchini Noodles Day 24 Detail

Night time snack was a handful of almonds.

I am anxious to see what tomorrow brings on the scale and with measurements! Keep your fingers crossed!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 23

Day 23!!  I just need to get through today and tomorrow and I have completed this goal! And it all honesty, it isn’t that bad. Yes, I feel restricted. But I’m not walking around light headed from lack of food. The food choices are reasonable and plentiful. I just miss the occasional ice cream, Jimmy John’s sandwich, Frito’s day thrown into the mix. 🙂

Back to the gym today and I pushed it. I really wanted to RX the workout, 12 minute AMRAP 10 dead lifts 135lbs, 100 meter farmers walk 35lbs. I did 4 rounds plus 5 reps and the first round was RX, then I had to drop to 125lbs for the dead lifts. This was still heavy weight for me and I’m glad I was able to finish. Honestly, I put 45s on my bar so switching to a lower weight would have taken up too much time. I didn’t plan on that being the reason to stick with the weight but it sure did make a mental difference!

The hunger today was real. I’m sure this is because of the calorie restriction and the big workout. Here’s the rundown:

Fruit Punch Spark

Breakfast of three eggs with left over roasted broccoli and cauliflower.

Snack was 1/2 apple and cheese.

Lunch was a meal replacement shake. On days like this, I finish the shake in 2 minutes. Seriously. 2 minutes. I was looking at the clock thinking, “if I don’t stretch this out there is no way it will keep my full until snack time.” After said 2 minutes, I will still hungry so I took a nap. 🙂 This isn’t normal for me but it did get me over the hump. I didn’t eat again until snack time.

Afternoon snack was a piece of turkey with string cheese.

It was between snack and dinner that I really had to dig deep. I was so hungry. All I could think about was how the challenge was almost over, the trip to Denver is coming up and I really want to move that scale! It was hard, but I stuck to the plan.

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad

Dinner was a repeat from Day 2, but always so good. Vietnamese Inspired Chicken and Cabbage salad from The Urban Poser.

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad Detail

Today it was especially good because I was starving!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 22

Back at the gym today. I completely avoided the gym last week in an attempt to better focus on food. I’ll just say, I am going to sleep so good tonight! The workout was tough and my body hurts…. The Metcon was Reps 50-40-30-20-10 Overhead Plate Lunges and Double Unders. I can’t string more than one double under together so I did singles, which were 3x the reps. There was a 20 minute time cap on this workout, I finished in 19:59. I was so proud of myself! It was such a hard workout. 5o lunges to start the workout? Yes. My legs were jello for the next 2 hours. Then, I saw on the whiteboard that my trainer/Advocare adviser did the workout in 9:40. Seriously, is she human? That is so crazy to me. My workout buddy, who is in amazing shape, did it in 14:35.

The Challenge is almost over and I really want to make some good progress in these last few days. In an effort to curb my eating/over-eating, I am moving my meal replacement shake to lunch. This is doing a few things for me.

  1. It is bringing my eggs back to my morning routine. Yea!
  2. It is forcing me to eat a mid-morning snack and a mid-afternoon snack because I am hungry.

Since the Challenge is set up for you to eat snacks, and I wasn’t on most days, I am hoping this will be a good change and encourage additional results.

Dinner tonight was super easy. Grilled pork chops, roasted sweet potato slices and steamed green beans. Easy easy easy.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 21

Today was a little bit out of the ordinary. I skipped breakfast. That was not a good idea! We went out for lunch and, in addition to my fairly “on challenge” cobb salad, I enjoyed some french fries off J’s plate. Hey, I’m his mom. He’s basically required to share his fries with me. Needless to say, the willpower was not there.

I am so excited about dinner tonight! Whole wheat pasta is not something we normally eat. Pasta of any kind has been off the menu for quite a while. Tonight, however, we are changing things up.

I found this beautiful recipe for Pesto Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken at Cooking Classy. These roasted tomatoes look gorgeous! I can’t wait to try to make them! And since my veggie spiral slicer zucchini noodles were such a hit last time, I couldn’t resist adding them in tonight!

Full disclosure: I used store bought pesto. Next time, I will make it per this recipe. It looks amazing! But not today, my friends. Not today.

Fresh Tomatoes for Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

I have never roasted tomatoes like this before. Not only are they delicious but they look so beautiful! I want to eat them all up!!

Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes Detail Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

This is another recipe that will be added into our rotation. It was so good and easy.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 20

We are in the home stretch!! I am so excited that this will be the last weekend on the challenge. Mostly because I can’t get through a weekend without some wine and I’m sick of feeling guilty for enjoying said wine. I LOVE WINE!

To celebrate the home stretch, I decided to make a breakfast casserole. I found this recipe for Bacon and Kale Paleo Breakfast Casserole at Once a Month Meals. I stumbled across this website on Pinterest while looking for menu idea and it is a cool site! Lots of good ideas and the website is pretty. Who doesn’t love that?

The casserole was good. I usually love kale but it wasn’t my favorite here. I think next time I might use spinach instead. Also, after reading some of the comments, I added a few slices of white onion. I will say that I thought it turned out looking really good. Bonus points for eating with my eyes!

Bacon

Kale

Bacon and Kale Paleo Breakfast Casserole