Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 15

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Healthy red blood cells full of oxygen look like pillows. Anemic red blood cells carrying no oxygen look like crap!

Well, nothing ever goes as planned, does it?

Anemia has kicked my ass this week.  Beginning the Max Phase of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, I had every intention of making the most of it and lifting at the gym on Tuesday but I quite nearly embarrassed myself.  My darling companion suggested I didn’t look so good and should stay home but I was bound and determined to go to the gym and get a workout it.  After all, I’m Wonder Woman and I can do anything, right?

Um…no.

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This could have been me!

I got on the bike for a 5 mile warm-up and made it to 2.5 miles before I started feeling faint.  Not wanting to draw attention (or hurt myself) by dropping off the bike, I slowly got up and walked over to where my darling companion was doing his situps.  There, I sat down before I could fall down.  (It’s much safer that way.)

Yesterday wasn’t much better, so I took it easy.

Today, I’m still feeling weak so I’m not going to push my luck.  I take my iron and other supplements every day, I’ve been eating right (and always eat food high in iron), and I’ve been catching up on a LOT of sleep.  There are times when we need to push the body with the brain, but sometimes, we just have to use our brains and realize that the body shouldn’t be pushed.

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I do all of these.

Today’s lesson: Listen to your body.  Push when you can and rest when you should.  (And fight with your doctor for as long as you have to because you are your best advocate!)

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 13

Pack a Lunch

That’s the best advice I can give anyone who is trying to transform their body: PACK A LUNCH.  It doesn’t matter if you’re just going to WalMart for a few things or going to get an oil change.  PACK A FRICKING LUNCH!

I had an Advocare meal replacement shake (chocolate) for breakfast yesterday and then toddled off in the Jeep to get an oil change.  I had a bag of peanuts in my purse just in case it took longer than an hour.  My plan was to stop for groceries on the way back and pick up a pizza for the guys’ dinner.

As it happens, the Jeep needed more than an oil change – it needed new brakes.

Hours later, I drove out of the dealership, anxious to get my errands done, get home, and eat something healthy.  First, the grocery store.  I picked up lots of healthy groceries but started feeling the effects of low blood sugar at the check out.

Must get home.

Must get home. 

I loaded the groceries into the Jeep and (here’s where it gets weird) instead of grabbing a banana from the bunch I just bought, I got into the driver’s seat and headed toward Little Caesar’s for the boys’ pizza.  That’s the thing about hypoglycemia…you don’t think so clearly.  I should have eaten one of those bananas.

I drove through, bought the pizza and Italian cheese bread, and then scarfed down a slice of cheese bread so I could get home.  I was THAT faint.

lunchboxWhen I arrived home, I was shaking and so out of it I had forgotten there were groceries in the car.  (It’s a good thing the troops were mobilized and ran out to unload it or that ice cream of theirs would have been a goner.)

I made up for it with a dinner of two hamburgers with tomatoes on Ezekiel bread (I only finished one and a half) but I was still too beat at the end of the day to get on the bike.  I skipped my workout.

Today, on day 13 of my Advocare 24 Day Challenge, I weighed in at 184 again – which I think is awesome after the weirdness of yesterday.  I’ve learned my lesson though.  Today I’m buying a lunchbox.

I WILL ALWAYS PACK A LUNCH!

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 12

Hormones Kill

estrogenI managed to make it through PMS without killing anyone.  What?  Yeah, that’s a good thing and speaks well of the Advocare products because there’s usually a body count.  Something a lot of women forget when they’re trying to transform their bodies is while men can usually just jump on the bandwagon and show steady weight/fat loss, most women just can’t.  We have monthly hormonal fluctuations that not only mess with our heads, they mess with our bodies too.  Remember my weight gain last week?

Be Kind to Yourself

Remember how it popped up right out of the blue and the only thing I could figure was off was the fact I hadn’t exercised?  Here’s the thing – I haven’t been knocking myself out with exercise.  All I’ve been doing in 30-45 minutes on a recumbent bike which is basically a step up from just sitting & breathing.  Anyway, seeing as I weighed in at 184 today, I’d say there might have been a bit of a hormone fluctuation going on last week.  The moral of the story is to remember the forces we’re dealing with when attempting a transformation and not kill ourselves trying to fight those monthly hormone cycles.

Officially, today begins Day 12 of my Advocare 24 Day Challenge.

The Numbers After 10 Days

I took my measurements this weekend and here’s what I discovered:

I lost an inch and a half off my waist and an inch off my hips as well as an inch off each thigh and calf.  That’s a loss of 6.5 inches.

My bodyfat is down 2% from 187.4lbs at 38% to 185.8lbs at 36%.  I went from carrying 71.2lbs of bodyfat to 66.8lbs.  That’s a loss of 4.3lbs of bodyfat.

My bodyweight went down from 187.4 to 185.8, a loss of 1.6lbs.  That also means I must have built 2.7lbs of muscle.  I’ll take that!

So here are the facts:

Pumping Tin

max phaseNow I’m through the Cleanse Phase and into the Max Phase (which began yesterday).  The supplements I’m taking now are all about bumping up my metabolism and turning my body into a fat burning machine.  I’m drinking a meal replacement shake for breakfast every day, Spark (energy drink) twice a day, taking MNS Max-E (vitamins, minerals & EFAs), ThermoPlus (thermogenic), Omegaplex (Omega-3 Fatty Acids), CarbEase (Carbohydrate & fat blocker), and Catalyst (Amino Acids).

In addition to my daily bike ride, I’ll begin lifting weights three times a week. Don’t be put off by weight lifting.  I’m not talking about powerlifting hundreds of pounds or pumping any real sort of iron.  I’m just adding some resistance exercise to my regimen.  That’ll mean using the basic machines at the YMCA.  We’ll call it pumping tin for now – it’s metal, but not terribly heavy.  Just like dieting, the last thing you want to do is knock yourself out the first day so that every day thereafter is a chore.  I’ll start light, like we all should, and start working my way up the weights to build more muscle.

Why? 

Because muscle burns fat and a pound of it takes up less space than a pound of fat.

I may end up eating larger servings too, but I’m not at all worried about gaining weight because, as my friend Jason says, “Muscles are hungry sons of bitches”.

Join Me For The Next One?

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I’m starting another (minus the cleanse phase).  If you want to join me, we can have our own private group on the FREE Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  I’d love to have the company!  Who’s in?  Please leave a comment below if you’re ready to make a change for the healthier with me.

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 8

I weighed in at 184 today.  HELL YEAH! 

It feels like I’ve finally got myself in the swing of things – remembering to eat and exercise, ensuring I get enough sleep every night, and taking the best quality supplements on the market.  I started out loving Advocare Spark.  It helped significantly with my ADD focus issues.  I’m the sort of person who sees something shiny – or a squirrel

 

– and completely loses focus.  Spark changed all that.

Knowing that Spark was so good made me open to trying other Advocare products.  I’d heard about the 24 Day Challenge and thought “I could stand to get healthier” and decided to give it a shot.  I’ve felt so focused and energetic over the past few days that it truly is astounding.

 

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That kinda day!

So instead of plodding along like an old person, this 47-year-old mom of two is kicking ass and taking names!

  • Drinking my water
  • Exercising
  • Eating good food
  • Taking Advocare supplements
  • Getting enough sleep

 Yeah, I got this!

You want a piece of this?  When I’m done with this first #24DC, I’m starting another.  If you want to join me, we can have our own private group on the FREE Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  I’d love to have the company!  Who’s in?  Please leave a comment below if you’re ready to make a change for the healthier with me.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 7 #24DC

You might notice the excessive use of #24DC in this blog.  That was intentional.  There are thousands of people who are doing or have done the Advocare 24 Day Challenge and had amazing results.  Don’t just take my word that this is awesome stuff!  Find them by searching for the hashtag.

winning, advocare, 24dc, 24 day challengeI weighed in at 185 today.  Same as yesterday.

So what?

I’m #WINNING!

My Advocare 24 Day Challenge #24DC experience has been phenomenal in just the first 7 days!  My energy levels are through the roof, focus is laser-like, and I’m losing inches!

I should mention something here:

Before I started the Advocare 24-Day Challenge, I took 3 measurements – weight, bodyfat percentage and measurements with a tape measure.

Just because I’ve only lost a total of two pounds doesn’t mean I’m not winning here.  On the contrary – I’m #WINNING big!  Following are just a few things that I’ve learned in a week on the Advocare 24 day Challenge #24dc.

  1. Running out of Synthroid is no bueno no matter how good your nutritional supplements, diet, exercise and sleep. (I refilled my prescription yesterday.)
  2. I’ve gained crazy amounts of energy and focus. (No joke, these supplements are so loaded with quality vitamins, minerals and amino acids that I feel like a car that has just had its first oil change in 10 years!)

  1. I’ve come to realize that MY BODY needs rest, nutrition, exercise, and supplementation EVERY day in order to run optimally. (It pays to know what fuels your engine best.)
  2. I’ve lost 2 pounds of overall bodyweight.
  3. I’ve lost bodyfat.
  4. I’ve lost inches. (The day my weight went up, I took my bust, waist and hip measurements before flipping out and discovered that I’d lost an inch from my waist.  Flip-out avoided.)
  5. I love the Advocare products. (I’ve used every brand name and no name supplement around – Animal, Now Foods, Nature Made, AST, iSatori, EAS, Twinlab, and more – and never felt this good doing it.  It’s great being able to hit the day running!)

And one more thing: 

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I’m starting another.  If you want to join me, we can have our own private group on the app to keep each other on track every day.  I’d love to have the company!  Who’s in?  Please leave a comment below if you’re ready to make a change for the healthier with me.

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I’m loving my laser-like focus! (Not bad for someone with ADD, huh?)