So I have made it to Day 10 of the 24 Day Challenge. I’ve had a lot of friends asking if I can eat. YES! In fact, I think I am eating quite a bit more, at least for breakfast than usual.
The challenge focuses on clean eating…here’s a link to the diet guidelines. I’m in the cleanse phase, so that means I am taking some probiotic and fish oil vitamins (in addition to my daily multi). Some days I have a fiber drink. With 10 grams of fiber, it really fills me up!
As you can see, there’s a big emphasis on hydration. Most days, I’ve consumed 80 oz. of water, but I’m not perfect. The days I do, I feel and look better.
On page 10 of the guidelines are suggested foods. Basically, each meal is a healthy protein, complex carb and a fruit or veggie. Most restaurants can accommodate this, but of course it is easier to prep my own food (though that is some work!). I also threw in a few My Fit Foods meals this week to help with a busy schedule and menu variety.
Tomorrow I move to the Max Phase. I plan to get back to the gym tonight and keep that part up for the remaining days so I can continue to see progress and feel healthier 🙂
It’s day 5, and I’m down 3.1 lbs! I’m sure a lot of this is water weight lost since I’m hydrating, eating healthy, and back to sleeping 6-7 hours a night…but I feel it’s a good start!
I haven’t worked out much this week as I’m still catching up from my trip and finishing a large volunteer project. I hope to remedy that with a run tomorrow.
My packed schedule means sometimes, I have to eat on the run. While the first day of the challenge was easy because I prepared all my meals at home (or brought from home to work), the days since then have been more of a challenge. Tuesday lunch was at a restaurant, and so was Wednesday dinner (in both cases, it was pretty easy to get the necessary protein/complex carb/veggies mix off the menu).
Today, I needed to find a to-go option as I was traveling from one meeting to the next (the second was a BYO lunch). I opted for Mediterranean, always a favorite for me. Lamb kebab brought me the variety from chicken I was craving, while the kale salad and spicy hummus were great sides to round out the meal.
You’ll notice no pita bread…that’s because I gave up bread for Lent! Just 2 more weeks without it, and then I will reincorporate wheat bread since I’ll be finishing my last few challenge days after Easter. I miss it less than I did at the beginning, but it’s pretty tough to eat out and pick bread-free options. I do not envy my friends who have to be gluten-free!
After 2 days of the challenge, I am down 2.8 pounds! Focusing on 80 oz. of water a day is making a big difference. My skin is already looking pretty clear. I’m finding it’s not too hard to make the right food choices either: each meal is a protein, complex carb and fruit or veggie.
I ended the day with calories remaining! That hasn’t happened in a long time. But not too many (165), and I felt like I had plenty to eat all day. Nearly an hour of Zumba helped that too.
I also didn’t really miss coffee (gasp!). Since Spark has caffeine, I got what I needed from that…plus some vitamins and minerals too.
Day 2 will be a challenge with a meal out at a restaurant, but I feel confident I can handle it!
I will say: eating healthy takes time and effort. Extra time this morning to prep my lunch for work, plus the time to cook tonight. I think it will be worth it though to feel healthier.
Weight: 158.5 lbs
Body fat: 33.2%
Calf: 15 (see why I need extended boots?)
# pushups in 24 secs: 13
Overall energy level: 3 (scale 1-5)
How well I sleep: 3
Overall feeling of wellness: 3 (mainly because of the sleep answer above)
Yes, it’s bold that I’m putting this all out there. But I want y’all to know I’m a real gal who sees real numbers on the scale and measuring tape. And this is with me already being semi-conscious about being healthy. I’m scared to think what the numbers would be if I threw all caution to the wind.
So this is me, 20 years ago. I was in high school drill team, and though I didn’t realize it at the time, fairly athletic. (We did do a lot of stunts!)
My reunion is in 3 months, and it’s my goal by then to be the healthiest Houdat (my term for a Houston Who Dat) around. My quest is not motivated by my reunion, but it will be a nice bonus if I can look my best for that event.
I’ve done a decent job this year staying active thanks to Charity Ball, personal training and my 10k steps a day average goal. But it’s time to get serious. That’s why today, I’m starting an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. I’m not treating it as a diet…I’m looking at this as a way to reset myself and avoid all the foods I should be eating in moderation. It’s a way to make exercise a priority. And it’s a way to get some extra vitamins and minerals in to boot.
More to come in the next 3.5 weeks and beyond…