If you've been following along with the Advocare journey, I thank you. Because obviously life got in the way of blogging and updating. I'm still on it! I don't know what day I'm on now but I did complete the 24 day Challenge. Results were posted on Instagram but here you again:
Big change huh?! baha. Alright I'm kidding. Here's the real one:
I think what has surprised me the most is that I LOVE lifting weights now. I want so badly to start Crossfit but I am absolutely terrified lol I also honestly don't have that kind of time to go to the gym right now with littles, a full time job, and full time school. So basically I'm going to show y'all that a super busy super mom CAN get productive workouts in AT HOME. Ahem, for FREE.
The challenge itself was pretty easy. Self explanatory in the booklet that comes with everything. It has your meal options and which vitamins are taken when. I actually notice a difference when I don't take my vitamins now. It throws my morning off and I just feel blah. Same with the Spark. I can't function without it. I haven't had Starbucks in two months and don't miss it. Y'all? You just don't understand how many calories is one of your favorite coffees! I was drinking up to three a day from Starbucks! Which is absolutely ridiculous and expensive. I can easily buy two canisters of Spark for that and be good for the next two months. Which is what I've started doing.
At first, I thought it was a lot of vitamins (pills). but I think that was because I wasn't use to taking so many at once and multiple times during the day. I quickly got use to it and it's really become second nature to me.
Now that I've finished the 24 Day Challenge, I've stayed with the Spark drink but have also added Catalyst and MNS® Max E.
I love both products! I'll be honest though I was a little worried when I first started the MNS® Max E because I was super jittery and shaky. I don't know if it was because I was just starting something new and I didn't eat a ton those first two days or if it really was the "energy part" but now that I've been taking it for about a week or so, I'm not feeling that jittery feeling anymore. I also don't know if this is something I have to buy again every 14 days since it's only a 14 day "supply". That can get pretty pricey if I do!
All in all, I have tons more energy than before, there's definition and lean muscle now, and most importantly (and shockingly) I love working out! ha!. (I'll be taking another "after" picture this weekend)
Can anyone give me some advice with the pairings of vitamins/products? I really don't want to have to buy a 14-day supply every 14 days!
Which of my ladies crossfit?!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A little update: I haven't been posting the Advocare challenge updates every day because well, it's the same every day. Pretty much the same meals, same workouts, and same Advocare stuff that I'm taking. Nothing new to report other than I HAVE lost inches and I have toned up more. Even after having a bad, but yet yummy, burger the other day. I may or may not have also had cheesecake this past weekend. It's my weakness y'all.
Some things I've noticed during this challenge:
- I sleep A LOT better now.
- I have TONS more energy. I can keep up with Kins now. I actually look forward to working out.
- I'm not nearly as hungry as I used to be.
- I don't crave horrible things anymore. I typically crave fruit. And the Chocolate Mocha Meal Replacement Shake cures the craving for something sweet or chocolate-y.
I have two weeks left of the challenge and I can't wait to see the final results.
We spent our Memorial Day weekend at the beach and for the first time I wasn't worried about going. Busting my ass off, literally, has definitely paid off in more than one way!
I'll be getting other meal plans in order to keep on track after the challenge is over. Thank goodness for Pinterest!
these two are inseperable. it's adorable!
my new nephew! squee.
This weekend was so nice! So relaxing. I can't count how many ways that I'm blessed. There was a lot of beach. a lot of naps, and a whole lot of family time. I'm already looking forward to this weekend to plop down at the beach again and do nothing but lay there and read. lol
Happy Tuesday y'all! Don't you just love a four day work week?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Last nights workout kicked my ass in a good way. You can find it here. Y'all, please check the Pear Sports site/app out! It's super helpful and motivating! There are some workouts that you have to pay for but there are plenty of free ones available as well. Obviously, I am only using the free ones. lol
When I first inquired about the 24 Day Challenge on Instagram I was told there were quite a few pills to take. To me that wasn't an issue because they are mainly vitamins. However, like I said before, Advocare could really do some better organizing and labeling so things don't get confusing. I don't know if I'm reading too quickly and not paying full attention. (that's probably it) or if there really is a lot going on all at once, but it gets confusing later into the Challenge where taking the vitamins is concerned. Once you get use to a certain routine they switch it up on you and you miss something. I don't like that. I'm a creature of habit and it throws me off. lol
I'm still in the "Cleanse Phase". Which hasn't been bad at all. I think I expected something different from it but it has been gentle and pretty easy to handle. My favorite part is still obviously the Spark. I haven't had coffee since I started the Challenge and that speaks volumes in itself since I would function on 4 cups a day before. There are 5 days left of the "Cleanse Phase" and then I'll be in the "Max Phase".
Another really important aspect of this challenge is PLANNING. I don't know how many times I've read, seen, and heard it but "if you fail to plan, you're planning to fail." When I first heard it it made me laugh but now I repeat it constantly because it's so true. Minus yesterday, I was fully prepared with my homemade salad but left it in the fridge at work and had a milkshake instead. I don't regret it. It was delicious.
If you're considering doing this challenge, please use your resources and plan, plan, plan beforehand. Pinterest has tons of ideas! I will be posting meal plans in a few days but in the meantime feel free to follow my insta or Pinterest "Fit Mama" board.
Happy Tuesday Y'all!
I was not compensated or given any products for my opinion in this post. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies in this post. These opinions are purely my own. But hey, Pear Sports! you're awesome! wink wink.
Monday, May 12, 2014
I'm going to throw all three days in together since it was the weekend and pretty redundant. Same things. Same meals. I'm not bored with it yet but I was definitely craving chocolate all weekend and a big slice of cheesecake this afternoon. I haven't caved in but I did get dark chocolate covered strawberries for Mother's Day yesterday and I did eat the majority of them. Or all of them. There were only 6. In my defense.
They were delicious too. Any way, I added working out to my nightly routine now and man do I feel it in my legs today! I woke up thinking "what the heck did I do?" then suddenly remembered I did about 100 lunges the night before. As a full time working mom and full time student, it's hard to find the time to actually go to the gym and use real machines and weights so I have to improvise for the time being. I have free weights at home and OnDemand is my best friend. I also use the Pear Sports app. I did work for them a few months ago and they were gracious enough to send their product to me. It's been a blessing! Check it out here.
Tomorrow I will post the workout from tonight here if anyone wants to copy it.
I've been posting meals on Instagram, because like I always say, it wasn't eating if I didn't post it. *side eye*
Edit: I bought a chocolate milkshake from Chic-Fil-A. I have no self control.
Happy Monday Y'all!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Day 2: Oh day 2. The good news is I was able to not gag on the fiber drink or even make a face. Orange juice definitely helps with the consistency. Thanks for all of the advice on yesterdays post! My energy is still good. I was starting to get a migraine at the end of the day because I *think* I'm either hungry or I'm having withdrawals from my usual 4 cups of coffee a day. lol
I did accidentally take the Probiotic last night instead of the Herbal Cleanse tablets. There are three different things in the Herbal Cleanse box and I didn't know that. I didn't even know there were pills in there until I searched harder for them. I think maybe Advocare could do a little better with their labeling on that part. Or maybe I just need to pay better attention lol Regardless I took the wrong stuff so tonight I'll be taking the correct tablets. I honestly don't know if it even did anything but I'd rather follow the correct plan.
Eating has been going pretty well. I've turned down Mother's Day cheesecake already. Sadz. I shall eat my lettuce and be sad. I feel like a goat when eating spinach. I won't share that picture with y'all.
Let's hope I stay strong through the holiday weekend! Weekends are always the worst for me.
Thanks for the support! Y'all are amazeballs!