Advocare 24 Day Challenge Results

Hey everyone! It is time to share my advocare success. 

Before sharing my success I want to share about what exactly the 24DC is. 

The first ten days are called the Cleanse Phase. Cleanse phase supplements include: 

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Herbal Cleanse is designed to help eliminate waste and prepare your body for optimal nutrient absorption.* You may enjoy weight loss as well!*

There are three components of the Herbal Cleanse: Fiber Drink – which is mixed with 8 oz. of water (And is COMPLETELY disgusting!!!! But you only have to drink it 6 times), Herbal Cleanse caplets and ProBiotic Restore™ Ultra Capsules. AdvoCare recommends using Herbal Cleanse every 90 days.

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The second product you will use in the Cleanse Phase is OmegaPlex®, which is a high-quality blend of essential Omega-3 fatty acids for overall wellness.* Omega-3 fatty acids are essential components of heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone and immune health. As with all of the AdvoCare products, OmegaPlex® meets high standards for safety and efficacy so you can be sure you are getting some of the purest Omega-3 fatty acids on the market.*

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AdvoCare Spark® Energy Drink Mix is a fantastic source of energy, nutrition and mental focus.* It is sugar free and formulated with 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to give long-lasting energy.* Simply mix Spark with 8 oz. of water and enjoy!

I also took an optional supplement:

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Catalyst works to feed muscle, not fat, leaving our body more toned and better defined.* Catalyst contains branched-chain amino acids, which help support endurance and strength in conjunction with exercise.

Catalyst can also aid in preserving muscle and energy levels during times of calorie restriction, and can help support post-exercise muscle repair and recovery. 

I have also heard Catalyst nicknames Liposuction in a bottle 🙂

For the Max Phase (Day 11-24) I took the following supplements:

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MNS Max 3, provides you with a foundational level of appetite control and energy.

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Every morning for breakfast during the max phase I mixed 8 oz water, a meal replacement packet and 1 frozen banana. So delicious! 

During the max phase I also drank Spark and took the Catalyst Supplements. 

Now for the nutrition! A nice thing during the challenge the nutrition stayed the same and it was super simple. 

Breakfast: 1 serving protein, 1 serving complex carb and 1 serving fruit. 

Snack: 1/2 serving protein, fruit, veg or complex carb

Lunch: 1 serving protein, 1 serving vegetable and 1 serving complex carb.

Snack: 1/2 serving protein, fruit, veg or complex carb

Dinner: 1 serving protein, 1 serving vegetable and 1 serving complex carb (optional).

Snack: 1/2 serving protein, fruit, veg or complex carb

Advocare 24 DC Pros:

Energy: I felt a lot of energy during the 24DC!! One reason for all the energy was the clean eating. Second because of the Max Phase!!

Digestion: I stomach and digestive system definitely enjoyed all the clean eating. 1 day off of the challenge and I ate not clean food and my tummy was hurting! 

Money: I realize that the 24 Day Challenge bundle is a bit pricey but it was totally worth it and I saved a lot on not eating out. Scott and I are very bad about eating out so this challenge has helped me with that. Also if you are a coffee drinker or happy hour goer during the challenge you are encouraged not to drink coffee or alcohol so you save a little there to. 

Advocare 24 DC Cons:

Very Hard: I’m not going to lie it is extremely hard!!! Talk about mega chocolate craving!! You always crave something the most when you aren’t supposed to have it right?! You definitely have to plan in order to be 100% successful. 

Money (again): The 24 Day Challenge Bundle is not cheap but I will admit it was 100% worth every penny…. even those nasty fiber drinks 🙂

Pop Craving: I’m so used to having at least one pop a day so it was very hard not to have any. I honestly think I drink pop for the carbonation so that is what I missed. It is just so refreshing. The Spark drinks gave me tons of energy so I wasn’t missing caffeine. The Spark drinks even kept me up while I was working overnights and doubling!!

Now for the good part!!

The Results!!!

I don’t feel comfortable sharing any photos, but I will tell you that I lost 5.5 lbs and a total of 9 inches. 4.5 of those inches were from my hips!! I know that if I would have 100% stuck to the eating I would have lost a lot more but like I said it’s hard and oops happen 🙂 Starting a new job with new hours didn’t help!

I love the advocare products so much that I decided to become a distributor. You can visit my website and order products. I’m also planning on doing another 24 Day Challenge starting May 1st and I’d love to have a group to start with!! More info to come on the May challenge!

I’m so happy to have jump started my weight loss journey and I can’t wait to continue. Since November 2013 I have lost a total of 15 lbs! I still have a lot more that I want to lose but it is a start 🙂

If you have any questions about Advocare please feel free to email me at alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com

I also want to say a special thanks to BECKY for all the help and motivation during my challenge!! 

What are your thoughts of Advocare? Have you tried it? Want to try it?

Disclaimer: I got all of my Advocare product information directly from their website! I was not paid to try Advocare, all opinions are my own!

Treat Yourself Tuesday #7

I’m stopping just in time for Treat Yourself Tuesday!

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If you are interested in hearing about how #treatyourselftuesday began check it out here. Becky is a firm supporter of treating ourselves even in the smallest ways. It can be with shopping, working out, sweet treats…. anything that is for you!

I realize it has been a week since I last posted. This week has been busy. Last week I worked 63 hours in 6 days! I know insane… I was in between going casual at the hospital and starting at my new home care job. This weak shouldn’t be as busy. I did manage to treat myself a couple times during my busy week!

Boxing

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For Christmas I got a groupon from my parents for one month of unlimited boxing classes at Title Boxing. Both my parents and I fell in love with the classes and decided to sign up on a family plan! I got a free pair of gloves! Boxing is such an amazing workout. It is a high intensity sweat fest 🙂

Advocare Friendly Food

I am still doing my Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I will admit it has been very hard to eat 100% clean but I’ve been doing pretty good about sticking to the clean eating. I found the time to make two yummy recipes last week.

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

I simply mixed 1 package ground turkey, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oats, half an onion copped, 1/2 red pepper chopped, 1 jalapeño chopped. I baked the meatloaf muffins in a muffin tin at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. These babies were packed with flavor and so delicious. I will definitely be making them again. I made some beef meatloaf muffins for Scott and he told me he loved them!

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Lemon Pasta Salad

I combined 1 package cooked brown rice noodles, diced baked chicken thighs, 1 can rinsed chickpeas, 1/2 cup chopped black olives, 1/2 cup chopped banana peppers, 1 jalapeño chopped, 1/2 red pepper chopped, 1/2 onion chopped, 1 head of broccoli chopped and one jar of Simply Lemon salad dressing (found in the fridge section).

Both recipes turned out amazing!!!

More Spark

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I made the mistake of making Scott try my Spark and he of course LOVES it! I had to order more spark! I ordered cherry and grape and can’t wait to try them. I’m trying to decide which flavor is my favorite so I can order a tub.

Advocare Distributor

I decided that since I’m loving the Advocare products so far I might as well become an Advocare Distributor. If you are interested in buying some Advocare products you can do so through me at my site. www.AdvoCare.com/140266956 If you have any questions please feel free to email me at alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com

I will post more info on the products when I tell you all about my 24 Day Challenge!

How have you treated yourself lately??

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My days have mostly been filled with working at my new job! So I thought today I would focus on a few treats from the past week 🙂

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If you are interested in hearing about how #treatyourselftuesday began check it out here. Becky is a firm supporter of treating ourselves even in the smallest ways. It can be with shopping, working out, sweet treats…. anything that is for you!

Advocare Mocha Shake

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If I needed to I could totally live on liquids. I’d rather drink a meal in the morning. These mocha meal replacement shakes are so good! I simply mix water, 1 frozen banana and the powder packet…. blend it up and enjoy 🙂 I’m going to buy more of these because I love them that much!

Healthy Crackers

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I’m not 100% sure if these are Advocare friendly so I waited until the Max phase to buy them. The good news is I looked at the ingredient list and I recognize everything that was listed. I think they are almost Advocare friendly. I eat them with hummus, which is Advocare friendly!! I never really loved hummus but these crackers make me love hummus!!

Low Key Weekend

Scott and I had ZERO plans for this past weekend and it was amazing! We (and by we I mean I) got some cleaning done. Scott helped with laundry! We hung out with Scott’s brother, sister in law, niece and nephew. We watched movies. Yay for no plans on the weekend.

Mung Bean Noodles

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YAY for some healthy noodles! These noodles are made 100% of mung beans which means there is no flour! They are gluten free but they taste like regular old noodles! I bought them on Amazon and I am so happy I did. I’m making them again today for lunch. I’m going to add olive oil, seasoning and shrimp to the noodles to make a super easy healthy pasta.

Snuggle Time with The Pup

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What a little snuggle bug. She weighs about 45-50lbs but she thinks she is a lap dog. If I’m on the couch she is almost always laying on top of me.

Spark

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So far I have loved the Tangerine and Fruit Punch flavored spark drinks. I ordered more and I can’t wait to try the Mango Strawberry flavor later today!! Love my spark!!!

Well these are a few treats from the past week. The rest of my week will be spent working, cleaning, cooking and working out!

How did you treat yourself this week?

Homemade Seasoned Almonds

Since I started my Advocare 24 Day Challenge ( #24DC ) this week I have been eating a TON of homemade things. One of my favorite snacks is almonds.

Tuesday before heading to work I decided to whip together some yummy almonds to bring to work as a snack 🙂

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These were super easy and quick to make!

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I am a garlic LOVER, if you aren’t you can leave it out. Almonds are so versatile you can put any seasoning on them! Next time for a spicier mix I might do garlic, onion powder, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper! YUMMY!!!

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Instead of buying those pre seasoned almonds try making your own! It really is easier and healthier! No oil needed 🙂

Have you ever made your own roasted almonds?