Finally…I have time to sit down and get this post written! I am so excited to share my results with you, so let’s get this party started shall we?
First off, I’d like to say that most people who do a 24 Day Challenges prefer not to check their results until the end. They like to get that big “TA-DA”. Me, I hate waiting for stuff. I also like to see the progress I’m making. It helps keep me motivated.
For those of you who are not familiar with the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, let me give you some quick background information. The Challenge consists of a 10-day Cleanse Phase followed by days 11-24 of the Max Phase. The cleanse is an herbal cleanse that is gentle and uneventful, meaning you won’t be running to the bathroom every 10 minutes. The Max Phase is where, after you have cleansed your body, you build it back up with complete nutrition. This is also considered the weight loss phase of the Challenge for those who are wanting to shed a few pounds. I have just finished my Cleanse Phase and am on day 11 of my Challenge.
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…my results thus far. In the past 10 days, I have lost 5 pounds and 5.5 inches overall. Keep in mind, that was just the cleanse phase. That wasn’t even the weight loss phase of the Challenge yet. My routine consists of following the 24 DC instructions, taking my probiotic and cleanse tablets as instructed as well as drinking my fiber drink. I made significant changes in my diet and stuck to lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables…essentially a clean diet, no sugar, white foods, fried foods or alcohol…and lots and lots of water and an occasional Spark. I have also been working out for an hour a day 5 days a week at our local gym. These are lifestyle changes, not a magic pill solution. As the saying goes, “If you want something you have never had, you’ve got to do things you’ve never done.” This journey is always an eye-opener for me, and I love how I feel when I’ve reached day 24!
I’d like to end this post with a personal story I’ve only shared with my kids.
My husband and I have pretty stressful lives. We both work hard at multiple jobs as well as raising our children…it’s a full life, but one we are blessed to have. Occasionally, we get the opportunity to go out and share a meal together, just the two of us. On one of our lunch dates, we were talking about what we wanted our lives to be like when he retires in a few years. Something he said to me shook me to my core and brought me to tears right there in Larry’s BBQ. He said, “I’m concerned that you aren’t taking care of yourself as well as you should. I’m going to finally get to retire in a few years and I’d really like you to be around to share that time with. What am I going to do if you’re not there?” And you know what? He was absolutely right. I hadn’t been taking care of myself…not for a long time. I was overweight and over-stressed and was always putting “life” ahead of my health and well-being. Anyone who knows my husband knows that he rarely speaks from his heart like that, so I know what a burden that must have been for him and how difficult it must have been for him to share that with me. I guess my point is, for me anyway, I can spend money now and invest in my health and live a full, happy, energetic life with my family (and eventually my grandkids!) or I can spend money later on medications, doctor bills, and hospital stays because I didn’t take better care of myself. The choice is mine, and I have to recommit to that choice every day not just for myself, but for my family as well.
Think about this as you go along in your day. Are there things you can change to make your life healthier? Maybe you can drink more water and less soda. Maybe you can walk your dog or meet up with a friend for an evening stroll. Maybe you could try to quit smoking. Maybe you can throw a few extra veggies into the weekly menu and cut out some of the fried foods or fast food. These little changes very quickly add up to huge rewards…and aren’t we all worth it? Here’s to health…Here’s to YOU!
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