So, it took me a while to finally get this post put together. There was so much that I wanted to say about the challenge, that I kept finding myself editing this until it was super long. Apologies in advance.
Back in September, Katie from Running 4 Cupcakes contacted me about doing an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. I was a little skeptical, but said yes. She then sent me a whole bunch of information and I immediately regretted my decision. I mean, no dairy, coffee or processed foods for 24 days? Um...I don't live without coffee. But, I had said yes, so I put on a smile and went for it.
The first few days were definitely the hardest, and not just because the fiber drink is a lot hard to suck down.
I craved all the really good foods that I wasn't eating and they seemed to be everywhere. I had no idea that cookies were around my office that frequently. The truth is that I don't normally eat them, but I had never not been allowed to eat them (does that make sense?).
By the time I got to the Max phase (which is the better part, if you ask me), I was doing pretty well. I was excited to drink my Spark Energy Drink in the morning.
I had both the citrus and the watermelon flavor. I enjoyed switching back and forth and highly recommend getting more than one flavor. I'd love one of them for a few days and then suddenly discover that the taste made me sick. Then I would switch and repeat the process.
Eating clean became easier and I discovered a lot of really delicious things that I loved. Smoothies from Greenleaf Juice were a huge help because they were naturally sweet, filling and full of good things.
So my final results? Here's the thing. I am not trying to lose weight or inches. Sure, I measured before and after, but there isn't a real difference. Which is 100% okay because I am at a healthy weight for me and wouldn't have wanted to lose anything. But it does make is rather difficult to measure success.
I definitely had more energy by the end of the month. I made huge strides in my yoga classes with regard to being able to hold poses longer, push myself further and maintain proper form. I overall feel better and haven't had as many GI issues as I often do (I know, TMI). I feel like the challenge was a great success overall in helping me look at the foods I was eating and the health decisions I was making.
Now that the AdvoCare Challenge is over, I will definitely be using this information to make some better decisions. No, I will not keep avoiding all of those foods. I think everything in moderation is a great life philosophy and it works for me. I am definitely interested in continuing to use some of the products regularly. I think the Catalyst pills might be helping me develop strength and muscles and I like the Spark drink sometimes as a good jump start to the day.
Would I recommend the challenge? I wouldn't hesitate to tell someone to go for it. It is a commitment though and is sometimes really hard. People go out to bars and restaurants. There is ALWAYS something you can have, but it isn't necessarily what you want. I know I don't enjoy going to the bar and drinking water. Twenty-four days really isn't that long though. Overall, I would say this is a success.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Have you ever done a challenge (AdvoCare or other)? How did it go?