Life after the Advocare Challenge

Hello everyone! It’s been a few days since I ended the challenge and a lot has happened.  I think I have made healthy choices through it all.

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The first thing I want to mention is that I had ordered 2 different kinds of the meal replacement shakes to get me through the next month.  I ordered chocolate peanut butter and vanilla.  I have not had the vanilla yet but I wanted to describe the chocolate peanut butter.   It smells like a Reese’s cup when you open the packet!  I mixed it with some unsweetened almond milk and took my first drink.  At first the taste of peanut butter was overpowering.  But as I drank it more and more, it was really good.  I am a HUGE fan of chocolate peanut butter things and I think you would have to be to enjoy this.  I cannot wait to drink it at home when I can make it into an actual shake with some ice and my handy Bullet (blender)!

Now to get on with my life after the challenge.  Last Wednesday I wanted to go do a second day of water aerobics, so I went to the Groveport Rec Center and and was getting ready to pay for the class when I clarified “You do have the 6pm Water Aerobics class, right?”  The girl said no.  The class that night was the Water Zumba at 6:15pm.  Now when I hear Zumba, I think advanced movement and dance so I was too scared to try it by myself.   I asked I could stay to watch and ended up waiting quite a while.  The class did not start until 6:30pm because most of the class members where talking in the lobby for a while.  In fact,  just over hearing them, it felt very clique-y.  They were watching people walking in and debating over whether they looked liked “Zumba people.”  These were women mostly in their 50’s and 60’s doing the debating.  So finally I watched the beginning of the class and I almost wished I had done it.  It is not really water Zumba.  It is more like water “slow dance movements  underwater.”  I think I could’ve kept up easily and it probably would’ve been right up my alley.  I am going to try it soon.

Thursday I made tacos.   I bought 98% lean hamburger (because I cannot stand turkey burgers) and I bought an Old El Paso taco kit.  I made the tacos per the directions and just added some salsa into the meat.  I ate 2 tacos with jalapenos on it and a cup of frozen steamed corn.  The dinner was really good.  The sad part was that I fell asleep on my couch at 10pm and woke up at 6:30am and realized that I had not put away the taco meat. Since it sat out for so long, I had to throw the rest away!

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Friday, my mom and I went to Tumbleweed for dinner.  They brought the chips and salsa which were always my downfall before.  I didn’t deprive myself, but decided to eat 6 chips with some salsa. For dinner, I had their grilled chicken with barbecue sauce on the sauce, corn on the cob and a salad.  I did not eat the bacon, tomatoes or croutons on the salad.  I had fat free french dressing.  To drink, I ordered water.   By habit, I almost ordered a coke but I caught myself.  It was really good to be able to eat out and have it not be too bad for me.

Sunday, I went to a cookout at a friend’s house.  This was the most temptation that I have had to experience yet.  I brought a chicken breast for my friend to grill for me and I brought my own salad and dressing.   I also had some watermelon.  There was a bag of lays sour cream and onion chips on the table in front of me.  I decided not to limit myself and had 1 serving of those (about 17 chips).  Then later, we were playing a card game and there was a bag of Smart Food Spicy Jalapeno Ranch popcorn.  I ate a serving of that as well.

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Even with eating those extra things that I have not had in a while, for the whole day I was still under 1000 calories.  When I got hungry later at home, I just drank two cans of sparkling water.  The important thing to remember for that day is that even though there were cookies, macaroni and cheese, buttery corn on the cob and fried chicken, I did not touch any of those things.

Monday I had a cookout of my own that turned into a cook-in because I could not get my grill to work!  But I ended up making a chicken breast with barbecue sauce to dip and corn on the cob with I can’t believe it’s not butter Spray butter.

So even though I have eaten a lot of corn in the last week, I still think I have made healthy decisions and I will weigh myself in another few days and see where I am at.  Wish me luck!

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The day after the Advocare 24 day Challenge

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Ok everyone… High-five me! 🙂 I am done with my challenge and I have the results…..

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In 24 days, I lost 24 lbs! Overall, I lost 14.5 inches (that’s combined bust, waist, hips and upper leg.)

So the question you may ask  yourself is:  Does the Advocare 24 day challenge work?   I would say yes.  I am living proof.  Now granted, I do not know if the supplements I took are what really helped or if cutting down what I ate is all I needed to do.  Either way, the challenge kick-started me to do both and the results are successful.

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I would like to talk a little about the 24 day challenge.  I know that when I started it, I spent a lot of time googling things I can eat and reviews, etc.  Every blog I read mentioned that when you are the cleanse phase that the Fiber drink was horrible and they were glad it was only for a few days of the cleanse.  That always confused me because mine was to be taken every day during the cleanse and mine had no taste.  So I realized, they have changed the Fiber drink. I got the one with no flavor and just mixed it with  my fruit punch spark in the morning.  I had no problems with it.   Another thing I read was that a lot of people were worried that by doing a cleanse they would be running to the bathroom every five minutes to go “number 2.”  That was not the case.  Even with all the extra fiber, that part of my life was pretty normal.   However, upping my water intake plus the extra caffeine in the spark did make me have to go “number 1” pretty much all the time!  I got used to it after a while and do not go as often now.  Another thing I read was that some people did not like the taste of the shakes.  I don’t know if they changed those as well, but the chocolate shake tasted just like a regular chocolate shake.  It was so good.  Since my coach wants me to stay on the shakes, I actually just bought vanilla and chocolate peanut butter.  The last thing I want to mention is that I had no side effects from all the supplements.. I read that some people developed rashes and others got sick from all the vitamins.  I don’t know if those people have allergies to some of the ingredients or what but I had no problem.

I will continue this blog because even though my challenge is over my “weight loss journey” (as they would say on a reality show) is not.  I may not post every single day anymore, but I will hopefully entertain you with my trials and tribulations!

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Day 24 of the Advocare 24 day challenge!

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It is day 24… the last day of my challenge!  wooo hooo!!!  I will weigh and measure myself tonight and report back tomorrow.  Today I met with my “coach”  about what to do after the challenge.  He pretty much said what I was already planning on doing.  Just keep eating like I am eating.  Get some cardio in each night and he wants me to continue with the shakes and spark.  I am going to check on the price but I don’d mind the shakes.  It is a lot easier than figuring out what to eat for breakfast every day!

One thing that was nice was when I walked in, he told me I looked a lot smaller.  That is always nice to hear!

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I forgot to mention my dinner from Monday.  I was headed to my friend’s house, so I stopped at Panera bread and got their strawberry poppyseed salad.  It had chicken, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and walnuts in it.  With the strawberries removed and a poppyseed dressing on top, it was really good!!

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Last night I had shredded chicken, salsa and jalapenos in a 9 grain wrap with chia.. and a pickle.  I also tried almond butter for the first time.  The kind I had was a in a packet and was called Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter.

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I only squeezed out half, if that, and ate it on an apple.  From what I could tell it wasn’t much different than peanut butter.  I am going to try it again tonight but if its not life changing, I probably won’t buy it again  because it is really expensive.  It was $1.50 for the tiny packet I had.

For the recipe today, I thought this looked good. I would use a low carb multigrain wrap though:  http://damndelicious.net/2013/03/19/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-taquitos/#_a5y_p=1198392

This is the end… my only friend…the end

 

Day 23 of the Advocare 24 day Challenge

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Day 23! I am almost at the end!  Tomorrow is the last day of my challenge!  I haven’t posted on here since last Thursday because this weekend was my music festival Rock on the Range!

It was a lot of fun, and a lot of being wet and cold from the rain.  One thing I did was make sure to make good choices when it came to eating.  I had made chicken salad with chicken and light miracle whip and I ate that on a 9 grain wrap with Chia on Friday morning and Saturday morning for breakfast. For lunch, I snuck in a granola bar and then I waited until I got home each night around 11pm and had pulled chicken and a salad for dinner.  The only thing I messed up was mount of water I have to drink.  I didn’t drink as much water because I did not want to keep running to the bathroom during the concert.   Plus water was $5 a bottle.  Sunday was my relaxation day.  Normally I would go to the concert that day too but my friend and I didn’t like any of the bands playing that day so we sold our tickets for that day.  I just relaxed all day.

Monday I was also off work and I decided to try water aerobics with some friends.  This was fun but not what I expected.  I have never taken an aerobics class but when I was younger, I did take Jazzercise.  I was expected a little less dancing than Jazzercise, but something like that in water.  Instead, when we first got there, they had us walking round and round this small area of the pool designated as a lazy river.  We would walk one way several times and then switch and walk against the pool of the water.  Then we out in the regular area of the pool and were given a foam barbell.

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My friends and I joked that the barbells looked like a smaller version of what the American Gladiators used to knock each other off pedestals

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During the aerobics, the instructor had us using the barbell for strength exercises in our arms, backs and sides.  Then we got a pool noodle and did some more exercises using that.  It was a full workout and today I am feeling the muscles I used! It was fun though and I think I am going to go back tomorrow and do it again.

Speaking of tomorrow, since it is  my last day of the challenge, I will be meeting with my coach to find out what the next step in my process will be.  I am scared and excited to see what he has to say.

Today’s recipe:  http://www.momontimeout.com/2015/06/sriracha-almond-crusted-chicken-strips/

The finish line is in sight!

Day 18 of the Advocare 24 day challenge

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It is day 18 of my challenge.  Tomorrow starts my weekend!  Woo hoo!  I am off work tomorrow through Monday. The reason why is for Rock on the Range. Rock-on-the-Range-X-2016

Rock on the Range is a 3 day concert event in Columbus Ohio at Crew Stadium.  There are 3 stages and just tons and tons of bands playing.  With my mobility issues, I usually just stay at the main stage in my seat.  But even then I am seeing over 20 bands all weekend.  I have gone every year.  It is so much fun!  When I started the challenge, I let my coach know that I was doing this and it will affect how I eat those days.  This year I am not going on Sunday, so it will only affect 2 days of my challenge. What I would do in previous years is wake up early and leave around 9:30am. I would take 2 deli turkey sandwiches on Brownberry sandwich thins (instead of bread) (sandwiches made with turkey, jalapenos,  and light miracle whip) and usually a coke and some cookies.  Then I would try to not eat anything all day but water (sometimes I would have a soft pretzel) then around  6 or 7pm I would have a granola bar and then on the way home at midnight I would stop at Mcdonald’s or someplace like that.  My coach told me he doesn’t care about the sandwiches (although this year I am using carb smart wraps and chicken hunks) or the granola bars.  He just doesn’t want me having the coke, cookies and Mcdonald’s.  So I will make my dinner for the next 2 days tonight and just heat it up when I get home from the concerts each night.  I am not sure how I am going to work in all the pills, but I will try my best.

So last night I did something sort of bad.  When I was getting ready to make dinner, I did not want to heat up my chicken.  I was craving noodles so bad.  So i opened my freezer and at the bottom was a bag of Garlic Chicken Voila.  If you have never seen this, it is basically noodles with hunks of chicken and vegetables.

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I told myself I was just going to look at it.  So I pulled it out and read the nutrition on it.  I couldn’t believe it.  It was only 240 calories for 1 cup(cooked) and  had 6 grams of sugar.  So I thought to myself,you know what, this will really satisfy my craving for the noodles, so I cooked it.  I picked out all the carrots because I cannot stand cooked carrots and neither can my dogs.  I forced myself to eat the broccoli (which I also hate) as a punishment for the noodles.  I measured out 1 1/2 cups and had a salad with it.  Can I just say it was wonderful! Afterwards, I did feel guilty but my craving has been sated. There is another another cup and half left.  I am not sure when I will eat that.

Tonight for dinner, I am making chicken salad with light miracle whip instead of mayonnaise.  I have onions and walnuts to put in it as well.  I had to buy a nine grain wrap with chia because they were out of the multi grain wraps.  I hope it tastes as good.

Today’s recipe:  (I am not sure about this because I don’t know how Shirataki noodles taste, but they have 0 calories and fat and look good!) http://www.andiemitchell.com/easy-healthy-chicken-lo-mein-under-250-calories/

 

Keep it up!

 

Day 17 of the Advocare 24 day challenge

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Day 17.  Boy am I tired!  One thing I have noticed by keeping track of everything is that on Wednesdays I am really tired.  Luckily tomorrow is my Friday.  I am off work Friday and Monday to go to a festival concert called Rock on the Range.  More info on that and how it will affect my diet later.

I have had a crick in my back (not my usual pain, this is extra) on the left side now for about 3 weeks.  Normally I can ignore it, but when I ride my recumbent bike, it comes me to stretch that out and now it is really bothering me.  That’s ok though.  I am not going to let this derail me from the task at hand.

Speaking of, i decided to weigh myself this morning.  I know I shouldn’t and I should wait until the end, but I wanted to know if a week into the Max phase, I had lost any more weight.  The answer is no and I was surprised at that.  Luckily, I haven’t gained any back.  So that weight should be gone for good! I did some research and I found that a lot of people seem to plateau their first week on the Max phase.  But then  usually they start losing again.  I hope that happens for me in the next 8 days!

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So the biggest question I get is what will I do in the future after the 24 day challenge is over?  When I started this, I just kept telling myself that I can do without Coke and snacks for 24 days.  In my head, I was going to go back to all the foods I love at the end.  But after reading more and seeing the results, I realize I cannot do that.  I am not going to limit myself AS much as I have during this challenge.  For example, I know right now that on Memorial Day I am going to have corn on the cob with some spray margarine on it.  I am going to eat my 99.4% fat free Orville Redenbacher  kettle corn popcorn as a snack sometimes.  I am going to have a Coke every now and then and most of all, in some way shape or form, I am going to have a small serving of noodles.  But I will continue to eat a salad for lunch.  I will have a small breakfast every day.  I will not eat empty calories just because I feel hungry(or bored.) I also will continue exercising.  I would like to lose 100 lbs in a year!!

Ok recipe of the day(i would make this without the extra cheese): http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/09/easy-recipe-for-baked-pesto-chicken.html

Just do it!

Day 16 of the Advocare 24 day challenge

Day 16.. Less than 10 days left of the challenge.  Woo hoo!  People keep asking me if I feel different.  I really don’t.  However, I saw my cousin yesterday and she said my skin looks really good right now and everyone has commented that my face is thinner. Also a guy I work with told me that before when I would walk to the bathroom, he would hear me huffing and puffing when I came back before he would see me. He says he doesn’t hear me doing that anymore.  I guess I am not a good gauge of whether or not I am feeling better because I still have pain in my back and legs and I want it to be completely gone right away. But it will take time, I know that.

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Yesterday was my cousin Brian’s 29th birthday and the family went out to dinner to celebrate at Longhorn.  He is moving to Florida in a couple of months so I wanted to go out and celebrate with him but I was worried about what to eat.  I ended up getting the Chicken Strawberry Salad.  I ate everything but the strawberries and the onions. It was really good and healthy too! It had grapes and mandarin oranges  on the salad along with chicken breast of course.  It had a raspberry vinaigrette as the dressing which tasted so light it was barely there.  But that was a good thing.  I had water to drink. That was the first time I have ever gone into a restaurant and not had a coke! Now I know I can still go out and eat the healthy way.

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Today’s recipe is a dessert.  I would not put lime in mine:  http://www.onelovelylife.com/strawberry-watermelon-popsicles/

Never stop never stoppin’