I’m not sure I ever noticed before that challenge is pretty much the same word as change, with just a little extra in the middle.
I, too, have a little extra in my middle these days, so I’m challenging myself to make a change.
This challenge was brought to me by some very special people I’m lucky to call friends. Though I don’t see them nearly enough, I think of them often, and doing so always brings a smile to my face. They’re upbeat, positive, funny, kind, and pretty much the best parents a kid could ask for. That kid of theirs is pretty darn awesome too!
A few weeks ago, Angie & Nick started mentioning Advocare on their Facebook pages. Something about a 24 Day Challenge. I’d heard of the products, but Google searches & hitting up the Advocare website didn’t really tell me anything. I knew supplements were involved, I could assume that clean eating and exercise would be a part of it, but what would my life be like on this program? I didn’t have to wonder for much longer.
Angie contacted me to see if I’d be interested in the 24 Day Challenge. I didn’t even have to think about it. I knew I wanted to do it. She did send me some additional info so I could look things over and make sure it was doable for me, but my mind was already made up.
I started to wrap my brain around the program over the past week or so and while I know it will be tough, I’m confident I can do it. Improved health, increased energy and shedding a few pounds? Definitely worth the challenge.
The challenge is broken down into two parts; a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse (not this kind of cleanse, but one where you actually eat real food), and the 14 Day Max Phase.
Here’s a list of foods I will be eating:
Veggies– the greener, the better, of course (zucchini, green beans, spinach)
Fruits– high fiber, low glycemic (apples, berries, melon)
Healthy fats– avocado, nuts, extra virgin olive oil
Clean proteins– chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, egg whites
Complex carbs– brown rice, whole grain pasta, sweet potatoes
And the scary list. The foods I WON’T be eating:
Fried foods– honestly not a big deal. I’ll just need to keep my fingers away from the wayward fries at work.
Refined sugars– only sad because I love trying out my baked goods, though I have a feeling I might have more of a sugar addiction than I even realize.
Bread– sad, but not the end of the world.
Coffee– again, not a big deal for me. I’ll miss my occasional Starby’s visits, but coffee isn’t a part of my every day life.
Soda– boy, oh boy will I miss my Diet Coke. But I’ve majorly decreased my intake over the years anyway so this doesn’t bother me too much. You can guarantee I’ll be sucking down a soda or two today though. 😉
Dairy– this is the really tough one. I live in Wisconsin. I love cheese. I love Greek yogurt. I love butter. I love cream cheese. You get the idea. I do love almond milk so if I really get a craving, I’m fine with that. I’ve been reading more and more about how eliminating dairy is great for your skin so that will be the added incentive to stay away from cheese.
Alcohol– this may come as a surprise, given all of the drinking-related posts here, but I’m not too worried about this part.
Overall, this all sounds really doable for me. I’ve done my grocery shopping, some meal planning, and my mind is in the right place. Today I’ll be taking measurements, before photos, and indulging in a few of my favorite things.
As far as the blog is concerned, I plan to update on how I’m feeling every few days. I’ll post what I’m eating, including any recipes I come up with that follow the guidelines. I’ll share my losses weekly, though don’t expect to see my actual measurements or those before photos…at least not yet. I’ll need to gain some confidence before I go there. 🙂 To keep things from getting too mundane ’round here, I’ll also try to post a few non-challenge recipes I’ve been meaning to post for awhile.
Will I still bake? Oh, heck yeah. I already have two baking gigs booked for February. Baking has always been more about sharing with others than indulging myself. In fact someone asked me the other day what my favorite cupcake flavor was and I couldn’t even pick one. It’s more about what I feel like baking at the moment or what will make others happy.
Will I still go out? Sure. Next weekend I’m even going to Chicago with the girls. I certainly don’t have to drink to have fun. It will be a bit sad to visit Chicago and not be able to indulge in all of it’s wonderful flavors, but I’m pretty confident I can find a meal or two that follow the guidelines.
Have you heard of Advocare? Is the 24 Day Challenge something you think you could do? I love the idea that this “cleanse” involves real food. Woman cannot exist on juice alone. It’s obvious that anyone could lose weight by following the food guidelines alone, but I’m interested to see how the supplements play their part.
If you think you might be interested in the 24 Day Challenge, or Advocare products in general, contact Nick & Angie.
*Disclaimer: Nick & Angie have given me the 24 Day Challenge products free of charge. In return, I will review the products, the plan, and my experience as a whole. I promise to give you my absolute honest opinion of everything I experience while doing the challenge.