Twelve days ago, I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. Cory has been struggling to lose weight, and when I saw so many college friends succeeding with Advocare, I suggested that he try it. I offered to do it with him as a support, even though weight loss was not a goal for me.
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In the past few months, I’ve gained 4 pounds. While that isn’t catastrophic by ANY means, my jeans were slightly uncomfortable and I wanted to get back to my happy weight so I could enter the holiday season and eat whatever I want without feeling already pudgy.
I can’t wait to eat all the Thanksgiving treats at my in-law’s!
The first 10 days of the Challenge are a cleanse. It’s not a cleanse like I thought, though, because you eat REAL food at every meal – not like, juice for dinner or something insane. You eat protein, vegetables, complex carbs, fruit, and take several vitamin supplements.
This girl cannot survive without food.
First off, let me say: Thank GOD you don’t do this without a Coach. My coach, Kelly, is AMAZING!! I knew that before I started this, because we went to college together, but she’s so positive, knowledgeable, AND she’s lost over 40 pounds in just a few months! I couldn’t be doing this without her constant support!
THIS is her husband’s progress!!
As always, I’ll be honest with you. For the first 3 days, I was mis-er-able. I wanted 5 Guys and Papa Johns and Chick-fil-a fries…for dinner. Sadly for me, during this challenge, you’re cutting out sugar, salt, alcohol (SOB!) and all processed foods.
Naturally, my body was like, WHAT THE FUCK?! But, things have gotten better. Much, much better.
The results thus far?
- My body feels awesome: Many of you know that I have Crohn’s. But for the past 12 days, I’ve felt more normal than I have in the past 3+ years. Like, no diarrhea, bloating, or pooping multiple times a day. TMI? Not if you have Crohn’s or IBS. If you have ANY digestive issues, I’d genuinely suggest trying it.
- Weight loss: On days 1, 11, and 24 of the challenge you weigh yourself and take measurements. I had ZERO (zero!) expectations for myself, but yesterday was Day 11 and I’m down 3 pounds and I’ve lost 3 inches off my waist. What?!
Cory is down 10 pounds and has lost 4 inches off his waist.
- I haven’t had one head ache or afternoon “slump”: Normally, I get at least one head ache a week, and every day I’m ready for a nap by 3pm. Once I got over the three day hump of this challenge, I’ve felt continuously awesome. I’m not kidding.
- I’m SUCH a believer at this point that I’m considering becoming an Advocare Coach and helping other people achieve their weight loss and health goals. That’s serious. I think this blog is a great platform, but I’m wondering if anyone would actually be interested in working with me through emails, phone calls, skpye, and texts. If so, email me or leave a comment!
Finally, my own picture thus far. I took pictures for myself in a bikini, but I’m not keen on putting them up here. But, I snapped a few photos yesterday after I got home from work.
If you think I’m standing too tall or sucking in, here’s me taking a deep breath and puffing it alllllll out.
Cheers to feeling great, my friends!!