tomorrow is the last day of my Advocare 24 Day Challenge!
i can honestly say, i have enjoyed the last 23 days on this challenge. i’m stronger, i have more energy, my diet is clean, and MOST of my cravings are gone. i still have days when all i want is a diet coke or i think chocolate will cure my cramps, but that’s what the little bit of willpower i do have is for.
is this something that can be sustained? yes, i believe it can. i think the challenge gave me the tools to kick bad habits while developing better habits. it helped me with a number of things, including:
kicking my sweet tooth.
- restarting my metabolism.
- developing good gym habits.
- improving my energy.
- helping me gain muscle.
- resetting my mindset on portion control.
- giving me the confidence to keep going.
i know all the things above will be key in finally getting to ‘goal’. not just working out, or just eating clean. my downfall has always been, if i let one thing slip, the rest are sure to follow shortly after. if i skip the gym, it’s not an excuse to eat a pint of ice cream for dinner, or vice versa.
i know every day wont be perfect on this journey. i might eat too much and feel stuffed. i might miss a day at the gym. i might look in the mirror and catch myself the wrong way and hate how i look. NONE of those are good enough reasons to completely shut down and revert back to my old ways. like i’ve said before, these aren’t super pills, they simply give you the tools to get on track or stay on track.
what about after the challenge? this whole challenge, i’ve reminded myself that it DOES NOT stop on day 24. i don’t plan on being as strict as i have been throughout, but i’m not going to let it fall to the side.
i do plan on incorporating ‘free meals’ once every one or two weeks, because i believe balance is key to a healthy lifestyle. i don’t love using the word ‘cheat’ because i feel like it insinuates i’m doing something bad or wrong. i want to be able to go out with friends and have a drink and dinner and not worry about the calories i’m about to consume. i also know that if i leave that as a ‘free DAY‘ i will consume enough calories for the entire week and not make any progress (i know this from my experience while attempting body-for-life).
i’m attending a barbeque on saturday, so this will be my test as to how well i do without strict guidelines. at one point, i caught myself thinking about how i was going to gorge myself with all the food at the party, and realized if i go into it with those kind of thoughts, i’m setting myself up for failure.
i’m slowly learning that it’s going to take a lot more strength to rebuild the inside than the outside. i’m damaged. i’m much more damaged than most people realize. the more i write on this blog, i become aware of the fact that i’m much more damaged than i ever thought i was. but, i do think, if i can continue this journey slowly like i am right now, i’ll be happy with my results this time next year.
will you continue taking advocare products? yes. here is a list of products i will continue to take after the challenge:
- catalyst for muscle repair & protection, i may lower the dosage i take.
- spark + arginine for a pre-workout drink (love this combo!).
- omegaplex for my omega-3 support, plus i have a lot leftover.
- vo2 prime bar (half a serving/bar) for something light on my stomach during a workout.
- MNS E for daily supplements and extra energy. i was taking MNS C for appetite control, but i would like to see what the E can do, if i don’t like it, i may switch back to the C.
- sleepworks definitely helps me go to sleep quick, i wouldn’t say it helps me sleep any harder (i’m a VERY light sleeper), but it does help out for falling asleep.
i’ll check back in with final results on thursday and hopefully some before and after pictures. it will take all i have to post those, but i want to show my results and be PROUD of them.
Q: do you believe in free meals, cheat meals, or cheat days?