I started the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge on May 6 and I wanted to give you all an update on how it is going and how I did on the initial cleanse.
The Cleanse portion of the challenge consists of using the above three products. You drink Spark, an energy drink before breakfast, and then you take certain supplements and also drink a fiber drink 6 out of the 10 days. Your diet should be free of dairy and you are encouraged to eat clean, drink lots of water and exercise.
I had started Couch to 5K before I began the challenge, and then I also added in Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 to the mix. I freaking love that DVD. I was also eating pretty clean, but I really paid attention to tracking calories and ingredients.
Overall, I never felt like I craved anything bad, and I was actually able to avoid temptation (we went to a Mexican restaurant and I ordered a salad and didn't even touch the chips! Now that is focus, people!). Mother's Day weekend was in the middle of this, which did not help, and my in-laws took us to Maggiano's (aka my favorite restaurant in the world... we had our wedding reception there!). That was the only time I let myself to splurge a little, although I kept my portions very small. Not the best choice during the cleanse, but at the end of the day I didn't over do it.
I made sure to eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and lean protein (and continue to do so as I'm still on the challenge). I haven't had coffee since May 5, and I can honestly say I haven't missed it!
At the end of the 10 days, I had lost a total of 4.6 pounds and 3 inches from around my body (most places losing half an inch). This is coming from my bust, natural waist, belly button, hips, thigh, and bicep. I feel great, and energized. That makes me about 3 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight!
|Ready to tone that belly some more!|
Me, in shorts! Never happens. I honestly would have never noticed that little muscle cut in my leg had I not put those shorts on. My legs are one of my problem areas and I always hide them. I can't wait to see what 4 more weeks of running will do to these legs!
All in all, I have enjoyed this challenge very much. I think your success highly depends on what you put into it, as there is no magic pill or solution. Because I started a lot of things before the challenge, I think it has made the transition more seamless and easy to the cleanse. I have felt I've gotten that jump start to the success I was really hoping for.
If you guys are interested in trying the challenge or ordering any products for yourself, my awesome friend Katie is offering a 10% discount to all of my readers! Please email her at email@example.com if you'd like to take advantage of it. If you don't know where to start and don't have a lot in your budget, order yourself some Spark! You won't regret it!