Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 16

24dc*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

Tired

It’s Friday and that means an early wake up for us so the boys can get to their Homeschool Art & Phys Ed classes at the YMCA.  Normally, I’d have a workout while they’re in their classes, but I’m not playing with the anemia today.  I’ll take an easy ride on my recumbent bike at home later today – just in case I still have issues.

Redistricting

my advocare word cloudGetting dressed this morning, I realized my clothes were fitting better. I’m not one to trust my mirror since years of low self-esteem conditioned me to be critical of that reflection, but I do trust the fit of my clothes.  Regardless of what that lame bathroom scale says, I know these Advocare products are helping me to “redistrict” my body composition and that’s my ultimate goal anyway.

Thyroid Issues

I’ve been pretty honest about my own health issues in respect to my thyroid because I hope it’ll help other women to be aware of their own possible underlying health issues.  You see, thyroid issues are fairly common among women who have had children and get more common as we get older.  An underactive, or undermedicated, thyroid can make weight loss nearly impossible, keeps energy levels low, makes it difficult to focus, and it can also cause extremely heavy periods leading to anemia – among other things.

My doctor has me on Synthroid to address the overall thyroid issue but, as you can see, we’re still working on finding the right dosage.  If I didn’t have that thyroid issue, I wouldn’t need prescription iron for the anemia,  Wellbutrin to make periods lighter, or Adderall for focus.  One single problem that could be addressed with the correct dosage of one drug (synthroid) is affecting so many aspects of my health that each symptom is being treated with its own prescription.  I hate that!  I hate being dependent upon so many pharmaceuticals.

My hope is that changing my body composition to more muscle and less fat will help me to put a lid on all of these conditions and make less synthroid more effective on my body.  Since thyroid glands don’t regenerate, I’m resigned to taking the synthroid for the rest of my life but these other medications are less than effective and only serving to support big pharma.  No thanks!  Give me the right dosage of synthroid and I’ll handle everything else with healthy living.

 

I Need Buddies!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 15

*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

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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!)

I Need Buddies!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 13

*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

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!

I Need Buddies!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

 

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 12

*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

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?

I Need Buddies!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.

 

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 8

*I plan to continue doing these 24 Day Challenges until I reach my goal.  I’d love you to join me on the next one, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to support each other every day.  Transformation, or even a little change, is so much easier with a friend.  Please join me?

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!

I Need Buddies!

When I’m done with this first #24DC, I plan to keep on going! I’d love you to join me, whether you use Advocare products or not.  We’ll have our own private group on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge app (also available for iThings) to keep each other on track every day.  Fitness is always easier with a buddy so who’s in?  Please leave a comment below or email me privately at Lisa@LisaPietsch.com if you’re ready to make a change with me.