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 10 The End of the Cleanse!

Cleanse PhaseI MADE IT!!! Today is the last day of Fiber!

Today I want to share my thoughts and achievements for completing the first phase of the 24 Day Challenge – The Cleanse.

The word “cleanse” brings up thoughts of lemon juice and Tabasco sauce. Needless to say, I was skeptical that a 10-day cleanse would be humanly possible, let alone worth while. My coach/adviser assured me that it was nothing like what I was envisioning. She was right.

The Cleanse basically kick starts your body to be healthy. In no way, shape or form, was I needing to be near a bathroom during the cleanse. As discretely as I can discuss this, the cleanse does keep you regular and your body gets rid of a lot of junk. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

How do I feel? I feel pretty good! Best I’ve ever felt? No, probably not. But I do feel good and healthy. My energy levels are solid. I really do like the Spark and I think it is much more effective than coffee. My sleep has been good and I have been waking up easily. My only real complaint is that my stomach felt bloated most of the time and it gurgled a lot. I assume this is due to the fiber and general cleaning out of the junk.

What was the hardest part? Taking the time to plan meals and making sure I was prepared with good choices when I got hungry were the hardest parts for me. By no means was I perfect in my eating during this phase, but I did make conscious efforts to watch my portions and adjust when I knew I was going to cheat.

Would I do the Cleanse again? Advocare says you can do the Cleanse every 90 days. I would definitely do the Cleanse again while I am trying to lose weight. I do feel like it has cleaned out my system and I’m anxious to see what happens in the next 14 days of the Challenge.

What are my results? During the 10 day Cleanse I lost a total of 2lbs (I know, up 1/2 from yesterday). I took my measurements on the first day and here are the changes at Day 10:
Chest: -1 inch
Waist: -2 inch
Hips: -1 inch
Thigh: -1/2 inch
Total: 4 1/2 inches lost in 10 days! I’ll take it!

Here’s a what I ate on the last day of the Cleanse.

Fruit Punch Spark!

Three eggs over spinach with salt and pepper.

Half a grapefruit.

Leftovers with a small salad.

Afternoon snack was a small bag of almonds.

Dinner I celebrated with wine and nachos! 🙂 An awful choice! It tasted good going down but an hour later I felt terrible! All I can say is this is reality. Making mistakes and getting back on track.