Today (May 2, 2016) is the first day of my Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I am not by any means a health nut. I will not try to sell you on Advocare. I will not even push my diet on you. I am just sharing my story in hopes that someone else like me can be helped.
Let me back track a little to tell how I became involved in this challenge. About a month ago, I went to the doctor because my knee was hurting. After taking x-rays, he found that I am almost bone on bone in both my knees. I am 42 and he said that is too young for knee replacement (the new knee is only guaranteed for about 15 years) and I am also too overweight for the knee surgery to help. He recommended a personal trainer that has helped other patients there. Two weeks later, I went to a different doctor in the same office for chronic low back pain. He says that he can see a little arthritis but nothing too bad. He thinks I need to strengthen my back and of course lose weight. He also recommended the person trainer. So I contacted the personal trainer.
The trainer told me that right now with my mobility issues, it is not best to do a bunch of exercises. Instead, he wants to work on my nutrition and have me do 30 minutes on a recumbent bike daily. Then he said to me: “If you give yourself to me and do what I suggest, I’ll get you to where you want to go.”
Where did I want to go? Well, my class reunion is in October. I would like to look nice for that. I want to be able to walk with my back and knees not hurting. I want to be able to go shopping with friends and walk around the store. I want to be able to play tag with my nieces. There are so many things I want. He is going to get me there. So I trusted in his suggestion of Advocare and here I am today starting it.
When I heard “Advocare,” I was a little wary. So many of these diet plans are based on a pyramid “scheme.” The seller gets you hooked and then makes you start to sell the product as well. No matter how well it works, I do not want to be a salesman. He says that because he is a trainer and works directly with the doctors, he does not do this. He just knows that the plan works and that is why he uses it. He also said I do not have to buy anymore of the products after my challenge. This is just to help me kick start my metabolism. Ok, so I was sold.
The products were a little expensive but hopefully worth it. There are 24 days total. The first 10 is a cleansing phase and the last 14 is a “max” phase.
So here is what I am doing today, day 1:
This morning when I first got to work around 8am, I took 2 pills that are called Probiotic Restore.
Around 9, I added fruit punch Spark to 8 ounces of water and ice. I mixed a fiber pack in with that too. I had another 8 ounces of water after that. This actually filled me up because I am not used to drinking so much that early. I was worried that the fiber was going to taste bad but i did not even notice it. I had to shake my sport bottle a couple of times until it completely dissolved and it was pretty good.
Around 11, I had what I called my breakfast: an apple and another 8 ounces of water.
it is 1 now and I am supposed to have a snack before lunch, but I don’t think I will need it. here is my plan for the rest of the day:
Around 2, I will have my lunch. Today I brought about 4 oz of shredded chicken, lettuce, carrots and some light french dressing and 8 ounces of water
Around 3, I will have another fruit punch Spark with 8 ounces of water
Around 4, I will have snack of cut up apples, pineapples and grapes.
I am off work at 4:30, so then I will head to the gym. With traffic, I will probably get there around 5:30 and do 30 minutes on the bike.
Then home and dinner will be grilled chicken breast. I haven’t decided what to have with it yet. At that time, I will take an Omegaplex vitamin.
I get a snack before bed which will probably be more fruit
At bedtime, I take Herbal Cleanse capulets.
One issue I have noticed so far is that all this extra water is making me move more. Normally i would go to the bathroom maybe 2 times the entire day. Today I have already gone 3 times and I’m going to have to go again soon and it’s only halfway through the day.
Another big issue I am having is I am very picky. There are hardly any vegetables that I like and the only meats that I like that I can eat are chicken and turkey. I do not like breakfast foods at all. I know that I am supposed to change the way I think to make this work, but my trainer suggested egg whites for breakfast and I almost gagged on the phone. So this is very hard for me. I am going to do some searching for some recipes that might help and post them on here in future days.
Thanks for reading and wish me luck!
(my food-the apple is breakfast, the red container has my fruit for my snacks and then other container is a salad with chicken on top)