hi! so yesterday was the first day of my 24 day challenge. i’ve been following quite a few fitness people on instagram, lately, one of them being Jess, from TrulyJess.com. this girl is a total inspiration and i’ve been following her for a good two years now. she’s someone very relatable, because she does struggle, and she’s not afraid of hiding it. if she falls off the wagon, she gets right back up and pushes herself that much more. from there i found Keri and talked to her about my situation. she was more than supportive and told me about Advocare, which are the same supplements i had recently heard Jess talk about.
i ended up ordering the 24 day challenge for many reasons:
- i have nowhere to go but down on the scale. i will not gain one more pound if it’s the last thing i do.
- i felt like i needed something to kick-start my transformation. i’ve been sluggish, moody, and tired for a while now and i know its because i’m putting junk in my body.
- 24 days didn’t seem like a long time. most challenges are 90 days, maybe 60.. but 24 days seems really attainable. if what i’m doing at the end of the 24 days isn’t working like i think it should, i’ll reevaluate and go from there.
this challenge is broken down into two phases, a cleanse phase and a burn phase. the cleanse phase is 10 days, but you’re still able to eat real food, which i like. a lot of times, i fail miserably on cleanses because my body feels so deprived, i give up. the cleanse comes with a morning fiber drink, spark (a coffee replacement), before dinner, and before bed supplements. the plan suggests you eat 3 clean, balance meals (protein, veggie, complex carb) with 3 snacks in between (more on my eats in a second). the burn phase is an additional 14 days. this comes with a meal replacement shake (recommended for mornings), supplements called Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS®) geared toward your goals (mine have serious appetite control), and some more spark. again, same with the clean eating in the cleanse phase.
(two 24 day challenges. only one for me.)
i wont go into the daily breakdown now, instead i’ll sum those up in posts when i finish them. the program also suggests working out to maximize results. Keri gave me some insight on what she did during her challenge (which she had AMAZING results, btw), so i have mirrored my training after hers, with some of my own tweaks here and there. she was in the gym for 3 hrs/day.. um yeah. that sounds crazy, right?
well, i guess i’m crazy, too, because i worked out for a total of 2 hrs and 25 mins yesterday; broken into two workouts. i headed to the gym bright and early yesterday at 5:00 am. i did an hour of lifting, which included arms + abs, then finished with cardio. i tried hopping in on a spin class, but my tailbone hasn’t been right since i had surgery last year, so i dropped out during minute 16. then did a mix of the arc trainer + treadmill with mini-HIIT workouts. i felt like i got a lot out of the workout and my Puma HRM said i burned 1,062 calories. holla!
i got showered and ready at the gym, headed to work, and made sure to keep on track with my meals. here is what my day of eats looked like:
4:30 a.m. – catalyst + spark pre-workout
7:00 a.m. – fiber drink + protein shake (BSN – SYNTHA 6 Vanilla) post-workout
9:30 a.m. – 1/3 cup of raw almonds
12:00 p.m. – catalyst
12:30 p.m. – 2 grilled chicken tenders + cucumbers & tomatoes (definitely nothing too exciting here. i had some cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden that needed to be used up, so i just chopped those up for lunch.)
3:00 p.m. – edamame ( i picked up from Costco)
insert Just Dance – Just Sweat workout here. another 335 calories burned.
7:00 p.m. – omegaplex + bison stuff peppers & roasted okra tossed in some nutritional yeast.
9:00 p.m. – herbal cleanse tablets + protein shake which consisted of GNC Pro Performance chocolate protein, 1/2 a banana, almond milk, and ice cubes. i actually really enjoy this protein. its low in carbs and doesn’t hurt my stomach. it was nice to end the day with something sweet since i was on an ice cream kick there for awhile.. i’m looking at you sea salt caramel Gelato Haagen-Dazs. have y’all tried that stuff? if you haven’t, don’t… you wont know what you’re missing 🙂
daily water intake: i lost track, but i’d say somewhere in between 180-200 oz.
thoughts on the products? so far, so good! i don’t have any complaints. the spark really helped give me something extra at the gym. my 4:00 a.m. wake-up came early, but i didn’t really feel tired. the cleanse portion wasn’t harsh either. i had heard stories that the fiber was kinda rough, so i just chugged that down. it definitely wasn’t pleasant. my stomach got a little ‘girgle-y’ a little before lunch time, but that was the only effects i really saw of the cleanse.
thoughts on my day? all-in-all, i felt like i had a really good day. i felt like i was dragging at work from 4-5, but i’m going to say it’s because i had already been up so long; i may take some spark tomorrow if i feel like that again.. lunch was lacking in the flavor department, so i know if i’m going to stick to this i’m going to have to get creative. i’m adding a hard boiled egg to my almond snack for a little extra staying power, because i was pretty hungry going into lunch. dinner was amazing, i added some salt-free seasoning to the bison + green chiles + organic diced tomatoes and then stuffed some peppers. it had a lot of flavor going for it. my favorite part of the day was having something sweet to end with. i have a feeling those chocolate protein shakes will become a staple.
myfitnesspal daily summary:
that’s it for day one of my challenge! i’ll be back either tonight or tomorrow with a recap of day two! thanks for stopping by! and if i kept you this long, thanks for reading! not all posts will be this wordy.. promise!
Q: what’s your after dinner eating habits? is your night now complete without a sweet treat? do you brush your teeth right after dinner to curb snacking? i’m def a sweet-after-dinner kinda girl. like i said, the ice cream got a little out of hand there for awhile.