Wednesday, April 22, 2015

24 Day Challenge {results and a contest!}


Last week I wrapped up my first 24 Day Challenge since having baby #2.  It was of course a success, and although I was not 100% "on point" with my eating or workouts, I still made progress and that is what matters most!  

It really brings me back to the root of AdvoCare; it's never a fad diet, it's a lifestyle change.  Sure, in 24 days you can lose some weight, but more than anything, it's about making healthier choices, eating better food, finding more energy (to want to workout!) and getting better sleep.  Now, having a newborn does make the quality of sleep kind of difficult, but I assure you that the Spark and MNS E certainly help with that!!

Ok ok, so if you even read that part above, thank you, but what you are most likely are here to see are my stats.  Part of my readers may want to just see if my baby belly has shrunk, or if the scale has been tipped.

My before/after photo--not as clear as I would like, as I deleted my original, but I think it shows what's up!


(pic on the right is about 3 months post partum)

My measurements:

Starting: 

bust 39     
waist 40.5
hips 41
left thigh 23
right thigh 23
right calf 14.5
left calf 14.5
left bicep 12
right bicep 12
neck 12.5

After 10 day cleanse:

bust 37.5
waist 38
hips 38
left thigh 22
right thigh 22
left calf 14
right calf 14
left bicep 11
right bicep 11
neck 12.5


After full 24 days:

bust 36
waist 37
hips 37
left thigh 22
right thigh 22
left calf 14
right calf 14
left bicep 11
right bicep 11
neck 12

Totally inches lost: 16 inches

And I haven't grabbed my phone in the am (when I weigh) but 

Starting weight: 155.2  
Ending weight: 152.3

My pre-pregnancy weight was 137…and that took me from August 2013-May 2014 to achieve. Not that I am stuck on a number, but I just know how GOOD I felt in my skin, my clothes and just overall health wise.  So, I know I have some work to do, but I am also trying to be kind to myself.  It's not easy; you are your own worst critic, and though I VOW to never body shame myself in front of my daughter, I'd be lying if I said I love every inch on my body. There are many bumps, dimples and just extra skin…and I don't find stretch marks appealing, BUT I know that my body was able to grow TWO healthy babies and that is what matters most.  It may not be perfect, but it is mine and I will treat my body as best as I can.  Sometimes I wish a mirror weren't invented, as it can be just too much sometimes.  But, I will stay positive and become stronger and just keep pushing every day!

SO, my lbs aren't shedding as fast as I would love them to, but THAT'S OK.  I know what I have to do, and I am not where I want to be, so I will continue.  My plan of attack?

1.) Continue eating clean 80-90% of the time.  I know that I do enjoy my wine from time to time, but am trying to replace it with Oasis, unless we are out socially.  I also love my Sushi with rice, and after being prego again, ya really miss certain things, so I don't deny.  I do pull out the Carb ease though!

2.) Continue workouts.  I have found something out about myself {not really that shocking if you know me} I don't like to be told what to do. Ha.  No really, I tried to stick with the t-25 program and although I love the workouts, I don't like "having to do that workout"---lame, I know.  But I do love to move, so either I do the elliptical, PIYO or T-25, or another random Jillian Michaels, a Yoga, or even walk the kids in their stroller.  My motto is JUST MOVE.  Some people are total workout freaks, that's not me.  I love to feel good and look good, but I don't love to workout my whole day.

3.)  Supplements:

Catty 3x a day
Thermoplus once in the am
MNS currently on 3, it's what I had on hand. I prefer E
Spark 2x a day
Arginine extreme before a workout
Fiber drink as needed
Carb ease as needed
Rehydrate as needed
Omegaplex after meals 
Oasis as needed
Nighttime Recovery
Slim --it's nice to sub in the afternoon 
Fibotrim as needed (before a fatty meal)
Coffeecino as needed (instead of a fat induced fancy latte)
Meal replacement Shakes & Advo Bars - I sub at least one of these bad boys a day for one of my 5-6 small meals
Muscle Gain Protein after workout

I clearly love my Advo.  I know to some people it may seem like a lot of products, which I guess it is, but I will tell you **knock on wood** I have been around a lot of sick people (including my husband) and I am feeling healthy still!! I have to say it's because of what I am putting into my body.

My goal?  I will feel good in my bikini this summer.  I may or may not have ordered this little VS number for inspiration...




Love this shirt.



As always, quotes keep me going…



I listened to 100 Ways to motivate yourself and this quote struck me..




So if you're interested in a little fun and prizes, join us!! My team and I are hosting a small little contest to promote good health and are super excited to see everyone's results. 



I cannot wait to be feeling my best in a bathing suit this Summer.  

** As always, I am an AdvoCare Distributor and these are my personal results.  I am not a Dr. or a nutritionist, so be sure to check with your health care providers before jumping into any new regime.  These are just my thoughts and opinions that I write about here, and more than anything it's a place to journal my experiences and to look back one day, and see how far I've come with my health.  

4 comments:

  1. That's the best motto!! Good job mama you are doing awesome!! I think it's good to switch up workouts too so you dont' get bored! You look amazing and will rock that bikini!

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  2. Your measurements and before and after pics say it all! You rocked it! And that suit.. Hot Mama!

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