Days 4-6

Day 4:

RULE NUMBER ONE: FOLLOW THE RULES.

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My Daily Guide

So I was wondering why I was feeling a little sluggish. I realized that I was taking the wrong supplements at night. Instead of using the herbal cleanse (first 7 days to clean system), I was using the probiotic supplements. Ugh.

My plan now is to use the cleanse pills throughout the remainder of this phase and use the remaining probiotics at the end of the phase (last 3 days). I’m a little aggravated with myself that I didn’t fully read the directions. In fact, the Challenge comes with a Daily Log book. If I had just paid a little more attention, I would be feeling phenomenal.

Day 5:

I used the herbal cleanse pills last night (as directed) and I felt incredible this morning. I woke up full of energy and the energy has lasted throughout the day. I haven’t had any caffeine at all, a feat for a coffee lover like me.

I’m impressed with the change I’ve felt from finally following the plan correctly. Don’t overlook the small things! The devil is always in the details.

Also, my Fitbit Flex came in today. I’m so excited to start seeing results. If you haven’t heard of this fitness gadget yet, you should look into it. It tracks your meals, your activity levels, and even your sleep patterns.

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Here are my results from Sunday, Jan. 12.

Day 6:

I felt great this morning.  I woke up and went for a run (3.5 miles) and finished a good bit of work I have to do before classes start on Wednesday.

My energy level is at an all-time high, and I know that coupling the Advocare products with Paleo-friendly foods is the best way to go.

I’m now fully cleansing, and I’m excited to finish up this phase and move into Max.

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Days 1-3

Day 1:

I woke up for my workout at 6:30. I had the Spark Energy drink and a Catalyst pill. I was more energetic during my workout, and I was able to complete more sets of reps.

I checked my weight and measured my waist. Here’s my Day 1 picture:

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My waist (belly button) currently measures 32.25 inches, and I weigh 157.6.

I had the fiber drink with breakfast — Veggie packed omelet…yum. I have to admit the texture caught me off-guard, but the taste is pretty good. (Especially for a fiber drink that packs 10 grams of fiber and 50 percent of my daily value for Vitamin C.)

For lunch, I had salmon and brussels sprouts as well as a few cups of raw veggies. I also snacked on oranges and roasted, unsalted pecans and almonds.

Around 2 p.m. I began feeling a little sluggish. I blame this on trying something completely new to me. Any time my body goes through a “cleanse” of sorts, it tends to get sluggish for the first couple of days. Instead of  drinking the second Spark of the day before lunch, I’m going to have it an hour afterward. I have a feeling that will prevent being tired.

After 7 hours at work, I was tired of looking at my computer so I went to the gym and ran a few miles. The cardio felt great…better than usual, I would dare to say.

I’m going to eat some chicken breast, quinoa and broccoli tonight. I’ll take the Omegaplex supplement with dinner and take the probiotics and another Catalyst right before bed.

Day 2:

Today went well. I went to the gym in the morning and noticed something though…I am sweating more than usual. I’m fine with sweating. I’m not trying to make an impression at the cost of a good workout. Just a heads up: you might sweat. Get rid of those toxins!

I decided to switch up the suggested routine and have the Spark drink after lunch. That decision worked in my favor, and I had energy throughout the day. I was able to get outside a bit downtown and do a few blocks worth of walking, so that helped increase my energy level.

So far I’m feeling more “clean.” I’m sure a real difference will take place within the next few days.

Day 3:

I didn’t sleep well at all last night. I had so much energy when I tried to go to sleep that my mind was running nonstop. I’m hoping my body gets used to the excess energy and some added melatonin will help me get to sleep faster.

Also…I advise kicking your coffee drinking habits if you decide to do the challenge. I had a Pike Place medium roast (size tall) this morning. Six ounces of the roast have made me antsy and even a little lethargic. I’ll let Spark do the work from now on.

I’m hoping for a beautiful night of slumber after the awesome run I had tonight.

#ChallengeAccepted

Confession: I’ve hit a plateau.

I never had a set weight goal. My goal was just to feel good. So after 50 weeks of living well (there have been some weak moments, of course) I’ve hit my first wall. It’s not that I have a sincere lack of energy. I’m just worried that I’m not feeling as good as I could.

I was approached by a friend to check out the Advocare products, particularly the 24 Day Challenge. At first I was skeptical. What ingredients are used? Are the products tested by non-paid endorsers? Are they natural? Can I maintain a Paleo-friendly lifestyle? Will the supplements I’m already taking interfere with the Challenge products? There were so many questions. And I’m sure there will be more at the end of each day.

ImageThe truth is that I don’t want to disregard the holistic approach I’ve been taking to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’m not looking for a “quick fix” that will help me drop a few pounds. I just want to cleanse my body…and after the amazing food my family made throughout the holidays, my body is begging for a cleanse.

My plan is to blog about my experience. I haven’t yet decided if I will post each day or every few days. (I’m not trying to bore you if nothing interesting is happening.) This is an experiment for me, and I’m going to be as candid as possible.

Have you used the products? What was your experience like?

Personal Motivation

 

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Who knows? Maybe only 5 people voted. Thanks for voting anyway!

The results of the poll I posted earlier show that most people feel as though they have a lack of motivation, a lack of time or a lack of energy to take the next step toward a healthy lifestyle. Honestly I expected this. These options are the “me” options. They have to do with what we think of ourselves as individuals versus taking a look at external variables.

This begs the questions: how do we motivate ourselves, give ourselves enough time to devote to our health, and become energized about the idea of working out daily and preparing meals? The answer isn’t clear-cut. I can only speak from my personal experience.

I became motivated to pursue a lifestyle change instead of participating in a crash diet when I noticed I was losing my breath walking across campus or up a flight of stairs. Pictures didn’t help either. I knew that now was the time to change my habits (while I was in college and, by definition I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. I had the ability to try new things without asking for permission. Motivation for me came from something that scared the hell out of me while simultaneously lit a fire under me.

As far as time goes, this is a pretty simple answer. MAKE TIME. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Sacrifice an hour watching Netflix to prep your meals or figure out what you want to eat for the rest of the week. MAKE TIME to get up a bit earlier and go for a 30 minute jog or walk. MAKE TIME to go to a Zumba or Spin class twice a week. Pencil it in your planner, set a reminder on your phone, etc. Just do it with no excuses. If you don’t start today, will you next Monday? How about next month? How about right before the holidays then slip a little then not have any time at all? Just do it…with no excuses. A little bit a day goes a long way.

Energy. This is a tough one because every body is different. I have more energy for the gym in the morning before class or work, and that metabolism boost lasts throughout the day for me. However, you may be completely different and the afternoon or even late night is what suits you. I can promise you this though—as soon as you start exerting more energy each day through exercise, you will in turn gain more energy to use for the rest of the day. It’s a simple but beautiful concept.

 

I’ve gotta know

What’s keeping you from taking that leap of faith into a healthier lifestly? Please take a quick minute to answer this poll, and my next blog post will be based on the results!