My friend called me, asked me if I wanted to feel healthy and have energy again, and I hopped on the opportunity... 'cause I didn't feel good. I felt old, at the tender age of 27. I felt old and worn and unable to play with the kids like a young parent should be able to do. I couldn't run around the yard with the kids. I couldn't keep up with them. I couldn't think half the time time, because my brain was fried. And I was wearing a size 24 jean. I weighed in at 258 pounds. I had way too many inches around my hips, my thighs, chest and arms. I never realized how big I got, until I measured. I HAD to change this. So, I did. I am.
I started with a 24 Day Challenge with AdvoCare. The first 10 days is the "Cleanse Phase". Spark, Catalyst, Fiber drink, protiens, fruits, vegetables, and OmegaPlex is all I consumed during this phase. I'll break that down for you: Spark is like a healthy red bull... I replaced my morning coffee and my afternoon energy drink with Spark; comes in great flavors like Fruit Punch, Mandarin Orange, and Cherry. Catalyst is a pill that helps muscle growth (and I promise you feel it!). The Fiber drink is what it sounds like; but tastes amazing... I didn't know I was drinking fiber unless I thought about it. For breakfast, I had eggs (welcome to the farm, I have plenty of those!) and a piece of fruit. Then I had another Spark (take Catalyst when you drink the Spark, they go hand in hand and make your workouts better), and then for lunch I had grilled chicken salads from work.
During this phase, I went on a 9 hour road trip to Houston for Spring Break. I thought I would cheat; I thought I would fail. But I didn't. I went out with friends on Day 6, cheated a bit with sushi and vodka.... I had 1/2 a piece of birthday cake on Day 7... I didn't let it spoil the rest of my day. I ate healthy and drank water the rest of the trip! I didn't miss coffee and coke like I thought I would. The road trip was tough, but not as hard to keep up as I thought. I kept some lunch meat cubed for snacking, some carrot sticks, celery stalks, and almonds. Gas stations suck for healthy food... it was the hardest part! But I was prepared for this and packed a cooler.
Days 11-24 change things up a bit. There's the addition of MNS packs, ThermoPlus, and Meal Replacement Shakes. I also increased my OmegaPlex, and there's the option for Carb-Ease, which I didn't do because I kept the carbohydrates out of my diet. So, in the morning: Spark, Catalyst, pre-breakfast MNS pack, workout, Bible study; breakfast MNS pack with a Meal Replacement Shake (I love the chocolate, the vanilla is okay, and I hear the Berry is irresistible). Snack on some fruit, then Catalyst, Spark, pre-lunch MNS pack, and optional Carb-Ease. Lunch with the remaining MNS pack on the daily strip. The strips are labeled clearly to avoid confusion, and I skipped a day of them on accident, and can tell the difference with and without them. I'll never forget them again!
My favorite meal for this phase was the Hamburger Salad. I created this at work, since I'm around burgers and fries all the time and started craving them. I make a bed of lettuce (mixed green and spinach), tomatoes, pickles, grill a 4 ounce patty of lean beef, onions and mushrooms, and put a little mustard on top of the patty which is sat on top of the vegetables. Viola. I didn't miss burgers for long!
Dinner at home was usually chicken and a bowl of steamed veggies. The kids would get the same, but sometimes I'd add some macaroni and cheese for them, or rice on the side. Some nights, they ate completly different food than me, like pizza or McDonald's, even. I tell you this because I ate my chicken and veggies while they ate what they wanted, and I survived.
I lost 18 pounds. I lost 14 inches total, between my chest (4 inches gone), waist (4 1/2 inches gone), hips (2 1/2 inches gone), thighs (2 inches gone) and arms (1 inch gone). I didn't work out hard, I didn't work out with weights. I just did the beginner stages of the Can You 24? Work out DVD. I went from 3 real push-ups in 24 seconds to 10. I lost 2 jean sizes. I gained myself. I gained energy with the kids, and I gained some confidence.
So..... Are you ready for this change?
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