Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Sisters 24 Day Challenge RESULTS

My sister did the 24 day challenge the same time I did and she got amazing results also.

Here are her results:

Weight - lost 11 lbs (yeah)
chest - lost 2"
waist - up 0.75"
hips - lost 2"
thighs - lost 0.75"
arms - same

It was very motivating doing the challenge with someone else.  We could exchange our notes and bounce ideas off each other, plus keep each other motivated. 

My sister is continuing on the product because she is feeling amazing.  Her energy has increased and she just generally feels much better.

When you are ready to get healthy and want to learn more about the Advocare products, let me know.  Maybe you and a friend could do the challenge together!



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day 24 - Challenge Complete

I made it to day 24 with no problem at all.  Day 24 does not mean it's the end.  I have been feeling great and I'm not ending this healthy journey now.  I started my new lifestyle on October 24, 2013 and I plan to keep it!

The last 24 days have actually been very easy for me.  I have changed my eating habits, giving my body the nutrition it needs and have given up diet coke, the result of feeling good has been so rewarding it's amazing.  I'm going to continue on the Advocare products and continue to work on loosing more weight.

I gave the challenge my best shot. Did I cheat a little?  Yes, I will admit I ate a couple pieces of Halloween candy and didn't drink all my water everyday.  But, I stuck to the plan pretty close.  My food intake was good, I ate healthy and the right portions.  I started to exercise and I'm still working on that.  I'm not up to full potential on that yet, but I'm getting there!

In the last 24 days, my energy level has increased and I feel amazing.  Not only have I lost weight and inches but I have gained confidence that Advocare really works.  It's no magic pill, but I followed the plan and it works.  The plan is easy and it's not boring, it's healthy and life changing. 

As for my results, they are as follows:

Weight - lost 5 lbs
Chest - lost 1"
Waist - lost 1.5"
Hips - lost 3"
Upper Thigh - lost L 1" / R 0.5"
Upper Arm - lost 0.5"

In total (24 days) I lost 5 lbs and 7.5 inches!

I am now wearing smaller jeans and everything is fitting bigger - what a great feeling!

If you are interested in learning more about Advocare, please let me know and I would be happy to help you!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 15, 16, 17 & 18 - My underwear are falling down

November 7, 8, 9 & 10

I'm a bit behind on blogging but the good news is, I need new underwear because mine are getting too big for me.  Quite the problem to have!

I'm on day 18 of the challenge and things are going great.  I am down 3.2 pounds.  It feels like I'm down more pounds than that so I must be loosing inches.  I won't take my measurements again until I'm done with the 24 day challenge.  The end is coming quick but it's really not an end because I already know that I'm going to continue with the Advocare products and continue with the healthy eating. 

I tried a couple new recipes this weekend so Saturday I was at the store buying my groceries.  I'm not usually very adventurous when it comes to trying new recipes especially when the recipe calls for ingredients that I have no idea what they look like.  I was searching the store for eggplant and leeks - good thing all the produce is labeled because otherwise I would never have found it.  I made a homemade beef barley soup which was delicious! I also made a vegetarian chili, not sure how it's going to taste but I have to be honest, it doesn't look that appealing.  If you would like the recipe for the beef barley soup, just let me know.  It was super easy and yummy.

My aunt also shared with me her recipe for roasted garbanzo beans - yummy.  They are my new favorite snack.  Let me know if you would like that recipe too!

My husband started the challenge today also.  I'm excited for him (and me) because he has wanted to start eating healthier for a very long time now.  He has high cholesterol and works hard at running but just doesn't have quite enough energy everyday.  I'm sure that within a week of being on the challenge, he'll have increased energy and be able to work out like he wants to. 

My meals the past couple days have been pretty standard, salads, pork chops, fish, chicken, pork roast and beef barley soup.

My exercise has been pretty consistent.  I have been doing zumba or riding my recumbent bike.

My water intake could use some improvement but I'm doing pretty good with it.  I haven't missed diet coke yet and it's been 18 days since I've had one.  I almost want to try a sip to see if I even would like it anymore.

So, recap for the past couple days - I'm still feeling amazing.  All the vitamins and minerals are getting easier to take, it's just becoming natural now.  Plus, I'm fueling my body with good nutrients!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 14 - I work out

November 6, 2013

Day 14 already! I woke up this morning feeling very rested.  I have been sleeping great and just generally feeling amazing. 

I had a slight stomach ache again this morning after breakfast but it wasn't as bad as yesterday.  I was fine the rest of the day.  My guess is it's just my body getting used to taking the vitamins and minerals. 

My goal today was to eat a little more.  Since starting the 24 day challenge, I have not felt very hungry.  I have to say, the Advocare products have really kept my hunger under control.  Even when I'm eating my meals, most of the time I feel full even before I finish them, however I make myself finish them because I know my body needs the fuel.  However, my plan to eat more didn't really work, I think I ate about the same as I have the days before. 

My day was as follows:

30 minutes before breakfast:
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)
 - thermoplus (1 capsule)

Breakfast:
 - meal replacement shake

10:00 am morning snack:
 - Advocare apple cinnamon bar
 - spark

30 minutes before lunch:
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

Lunch:
 - salad with chicken, black beans, peas, tomatoes & sugar free dressing
 - grapes

Afternoon snack:
 - spark
 - 1/4 cup raw almonds

Supper:
 - pork chop
 - corn
 - 1 piece whole grain bread
 - pear

Evening snack:
 - banana

Bedtime:
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

My water intake today was 80 oz.  Plus, I worked out tonight.  I went on my recumbent bike for 25 minutes. 

I have two friends that are starting their 24 day challenge this weekend.  I'm excited for them and I hope they feel as wonderful as I do on the Advocare products!!!

Recap for today - the capsules are getting easier and easier to take and it seems like I feel more amazing each day.

First time I had black beans on a salad - it was very yummy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 13 - I exercised

November 5, 2013

I stepped it up a notch today and exercised.  I had extra energy this evening so I decided to get my body moving and do a little zumba. 

I was gone for a good portion of the day today but I planned ahead with my snack so I was prepared.  I did learn something though - always pack an extra snack, just in case.  The afternoon snack I packed wasn't quite enough to curve my hunger but I didn't have anything else available to eat so I drank my water instead.  I should have packed an extra fruit or something just in case.  Lesson learned!

I volunteered today at the school doing copying jobs and I think I worked up an appetite.  There is no doubt that working out of the house is tiring, I'm not used to being on my feet for so many hours.  I love volunteering though and I'm so fortunate that I get to do it.  I'm thankful for spark today because it kept me energized!

I had a bit of a stomach ache this morning, not sure if it's my body getting used to the supplements or if it's a bug that's going around.  My stomach started gurgling and feeling uncomfortable about 45 minutes after breakfast.  After a couple bathroom trips, I was feeling better.  I felt fine the rest of the day so we'll see how it goes tomorrow morning.

My food intake was a follows:

30 minutes before breakfast:
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)
 - thermoplus (1 capsule)

Breakfast:
 - chocolate meal replacement shake (I'm still in love with them)

10:00 snack:
 - spark
 - banana

30 minutes before lunch
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

Lunch:
 - MNS white packs
 - roast beef sandwich with bun
 - grapes
 - skipped out on the veggie today because I was in a hurry

Afternoon snack
 - Advo bar (double chocolate) - ate on the way to gymnastics (the girls are in gymnastics, not me)

Supper:
 - spark (I might be up all night)
 - salmon
 - peas
 - 1 piece whole grain bread

Bedtime:
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

My water intake was 88 oz. 
My exercise was 30 minutes of zumba

Recap for today: proud of myself for exercising!

My supper tonight - salmon, peas and bread

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 12 - Going Great

November 4, 2013

It's day 12 and I'm still going strong.  Hard to believe I'm already on day 12, time is going by quickly.  My friend even mentioned the other day that she noticed I haven't complained about my new healthy challenge.  I told her it's because I'm really enjoying it and I'm feeling great.  In the past whenever I ate healthy, I would complain because I still wanted to eat the bad foods, but this time it's different.  I don't have cravings for sweets or anything.  My hunger is under control and I have plenty of energy to make it through the day. 

Now that Halloween is done, life seems to be getting back into order.  That's a good thing because I can focus more on my eating habits.  Today I focused on drinking more water and just staying active.  I did pretty good. 

My day unfolded as follows.

30 minutes before breakfast:
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)
 - Thermoplus (1 capsule)

Breakfast:
 - meal replacement shake

10:00 - drank a spark to get me energized

Morning snack:
 - banana

30 minutes before lunch:
 - MNS color pack
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

Lunch:
 - homemade chicken salad sandwich
 - tomato
 - pear

Afternoon snack:
 - Advo bar (double chocolate, yummy)

3:30 - had a spark

Supper:
 - Omegaplex (4 capsules)
 - beef barley soup from Denny's
 - side salad from Denny's

Bedtime:
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

My water intake was about 55 oz today.  My exercise consisted of cleaning my house.  I had plans to do zumba tonight but it's now 10:00pm and I need to get to bed. 

I have two people doing the 24 day challenge with me and I followed up on their progress today.  Both of them are doing amazing!!!  They both have lost weight and have a ton more energy.  Keep up the great work ladies. 

If you are interested in any Advocare products or would like to get more information on what Advocare has to offer, please let me know.  I would be happy to help you.  I can honestly say that since starting the Advocare products just 12 days ago, I feel amazing!!!

My lunch today - chicken salad sandwich, tomatoes and a pear.  I was so full I almost couldn't finish it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 11 - Max Phase

November 3, 2013

Day 11 - I've entered what is called the Max Phase.  This is when you take the supplements that will help nourish your body.  My day went great, even though I was extremely tired from my outing the night before. 

Being it's the first day of this phase, I found it very difficult to take so many supplements.  Most of the supplements are to be taken in the first half of the morning and it was a bit overwhelming. I'm sure within a couple days, this will become routine and it will be normal. 

With the time change and well being out half the night, my day really didn't start till LATE morning, so my day started a bit off. 

30 minutes before breakfast:
 - MNS color pack (supplements)
 - catalyst (3 capsules)
 - thermoplus (1 capsule)

Police officer stopped by to inform us our 5th wheel was broken into at the storage facility.  So, I didn't have time to fix my meal replacement shake as planned.  I brushed my teeth and threw on a sweatshirt and we headed out the door to meet the officer to go through our RV and report what was missing or damaged.  Again, morning didn't go as planned.

Breakfast:
 - meal replacement bar - on the run.  It's chocolate peanut butter though so who would mind a breakfast like that?

Morning snack:
 - didn't have a morning snack because by the time I had breakfast, it was already past lunch.

30 minutes before lunch:
 - MNS color pack (supplements)
 - catalyst (3 capsules)

Lunch:
 - roast beef sandwich with bun (told you I've been living on roast beef)
 - carrots

Supper:
 - went out to eat and I had a grilled chicken salad with light cheese
 - Omegaplex (4 capsules)

My water intake was about 40 oz today - not as much as I wanted but I'll work harder on it tomorrow.  I didn't have any spark today.  It was a lazy day around our house, even the dog took a nap. 

Wish my post could be a bit more upbeat tonight but I'm keeping it real for you.  Today was not a motivated day and that's about all there is to it.  Tomorrow is a new day and I plan to make it a better day. 

Recap for today - should have drank spark, lol

Days 8, 9 & 10

October 31, November 1, & 2

I'm a couple days behind because of Halloween.  We have a hayride every year and I was busy preparing for that.  So, as you can probably figure out, my eating habits were slightly off because I was busy running around like crazy.  However, I did pretty well sticking to my eating plan and eating healthy

For our Halloween party, we had roast beef sandwiches so it feels like I've been eating roast beef sandwiches for days now.  I have also discovered that a rotisserie chicken is a simple and cheap thing to pick up at the store and quick to fix for supper.

My water intake has been okay - definitely could be better.  Now that Halloween is done, I can focus more on my water intake.  It's weird but just being busy for a couple days can really alter what you put in your mouth or don't put in your mouth.  I ate healthy while I was busy but I don't feel like I gave it my 100%.  So, I'm back 100%.

I am proud to say though that I only ate 4 pieces of Halloween candy - that's a record for me!

Yesterday was day 10, last day of my cleanse.  It also happened to be our big adult Halloween night out.  There were 36 of us that dressed up and went to the bar.  We had a blast.  Your not suppose to drink alcohol on the cleanse phase but I couldn't resist just a couple drinks.  I think I danced most of it off though.  This morning probably wasn't a good morning to weigh myself since I was drinking (mostly water though) and eating at Denny's at 3:00 in the morning.  But I wanted to document my progress at the end of my cleanse phase, so I hopped on the scale and took my measurements. 

Here is my results:

Weight - lost 0.4 lbs
Chest - lost 0.5"
Waist - lost 0.5"
Hips - lost 2.0"
Upper thigh - L lost 0.5" / R stayed the same
Upper Arm - lost 0.5"

In total, I lost 4" and 0.4 pounds - I'll take it.  My pants are fitting better, probably because I lost 2 inches in my hips.

I have been feeling great and my energy level is still going strong.  Now I start the Max Phase,  I'm excited to see my progress on this phase too.  Stay tuned.