sooooo.. the cleanse is officially over! now it’s time for the max phase of the challenge! i can’t tell you enough how excited i am to complete this challenge. most ‘challenges’ i have tried in the past usually wind up with me getting bored before i actually finish. that’s what makes this challenge so different. 24 days will pass you by before you even know it!
grab some snacks, this could get long.
so, what’s the cleanse been like? i never really felt like i was actually doing a ‘cleanse’ because i was still eating great food and enjoying normal activities. the company suggests you cut out processed food, white flour, sugar, high-cal dressings, soda, and alcohol, replacing them with lean proteins, veggies, and complex carbs (beans, oatmeal, quinoa, whole grains). drinking plenty of water (they suggested half your body weight in ounces). and, they also suggest exercising regularly, which i ended up doing 1.5 – 2 hrs of lifting + cardio every morning. i cut out the cardio after work, because i quickly felt burnt out, and i wanted to complete this challenge strong.
(two 24 day challenge, only one is mine)
here’s a rundown of what my days looked like on average:
- 4:14 a.m. – roll out of bed, moaning and groaning
- 4:30 a.m. – spark + catalyst pre-workout
- 6:30 a.m. – fiber drink + protein shake post-workout
- 10:00 a.m. – snack (almonds + hardboiled egg OR rice cake + almond butter)
- 1:00 p.m. – catalyst
- 1:30 p.m. – lunch (leftovers from night before, usually chicken/fish + veggies + quinoa/brown rice)
- ~3:30 p.m. – snack (almonds + hardboiled egg OR rice cake + avocado)
- 7:00 p.m. – omegaplex + dinner (chicken/fish/bison + veggie and sometimes complex carbs if feeling completely depleted, which only happened one day.)
- 9:30 p.m. – herbal cleanse caplets + catalyst + protein shake
- 10:00 p.m. – in bed
- same as day 1-3, except take both probiotic restore and fiber drink, leave out herbal cleanse caplets at night.
it seemed a little intimidating, at first, and i carried my calendar around with what-to-take-and-when, but after the second day, i got the hang of it. i would double check just to make sure i was taking the right thing in the morning and at night, since those are the only things that change through the cleanse.
i, also, never felt any harsh ‘cleanse’ effects happening during the 10 days either. yes, it did make me regular, but i never felt like i was running to the bathroom, unless you count the bathroom breaks from drinking so much water.
the ONLY part of the cleanse i didn’t particularly enjoy was the fiber drink. i read plenty of reviews, beforehand, so i knew that it was just something i needed to mix, chug, and get it over with. it wasn’t the taste that was bad, either. it had a very gritty thick texture that wasn’t very appealing. i was happy it wasn’t on days 4 through 7, and i’m very happy it’s over with for good, now. as much as i didn’t enjoy the fiber drink, it wouldn’t be enough to make me not want to try this cleanse again down the road. advocare actually suggests doing this every 3 months.
so, how did i feel during the cleanse? i felt awesome. i cannot stress that enough. i want to be clear that i wasn’t eating terrible before i started this thing. no, i wasn’t working out, but i kept most of my meals clean, especially during the week. my downfall was late night ice cream, weekend eating out, and watching my portions. just because the meal is ‘clean’ doesn’t mean you can have 2 large servings. i was constantly tired. i felt groggy all the time. even if i wanted to workout, i felt so tired all the time i couldn’t seem to drag myself to the gym.
soooo, how were my results??? YOU GUYS, when i saw the numbers i was SHOCKED! i know i feel 10x better, but the numbers are making me glow with confidence! i knew my weight was consistently going down, because of that problem i have (which i’m working on). but, when i took my measurements and started comparing them with 10 days before, I WAS ESTATIC! so, here they are:
THAT’S TWELVE AND A HALF INCHES, IN TEN DAYS.
so, am i happy with the results so far? ummm, do ya think???!?! i’m really excited to finish this challenge strong. these results are proof of my hard work and dedication and i can’t wait to see what kind of results i can pull off after 14 more days!!
*i am not an Advocare distributor, but my fiancé is. all of my opinions on Advocare would be the same regardless of this.*