Recently, my husband I made the decision to start getting healthy. When I say we made the decision to start getting healthy, let me just establish something: my husband does virtually nothing. He goes to work, he comes home, and he does yard work once a week. I, on the other hand, am a runner. I completed a 15k and my first half marathon last fall, and my goal for 2014 is to run at least one mile outside every day in the calendar year. So far, I have run 141 days straight, and I lost count of my miles. Although my lifestyle has become very active, we have continued to eat as we always have: lots of pasta, dessert a few times a week, and way fewer fruits and veggies than what’s recommended. As I learn more about general health, I’m realizing that the things we are eating, although generally lower in fat, could be contributing to our tendency to being overweight.
That being said, in an effort to become more healthy, we decided to make the switch to clean eating in February. That change was largely spurred by my decision to take part in an Advocare 24 Day Challenge. What is that, you ask? The 24 Day Challenge is a combination of a 10 day cleanse and 14 day burn phases designed to increase overall health (your immune system resides in your gut, so cleansing increases gut function, thereby increasing overall wellness), and get your metabolism revving to help your body burn fat and absorb nutrients the way that it was designed to in order to fuel itself and have energy.
Here is what I used during my challenge:
- Spark- awesome energy drink!
- Omegaplex- Omega 3 supplement that supports overall health and immunity
- The Herbal Cleanse- herbal cleanse caplets, probiotic, and fiber drink
- MNS e- metabolic nutrition system that provides loads of energy and revs up your metabolism so your body is using its fuel more efficiently
- Meal Replacement Shakes- enough said. Sometimes I just get too busy to cook
What I really wanted to accomplish during this challenge was to increase my overall health, improve some GI issues I’ve had forever, and hopefully bust my stinking post-baby weight loss plateau.
Would you believe I got it? I did. My first clue that something had changed as a result of the challenge was the fact that I wasn’t suffering from daily lower abdominal upset. Also, my mood improved drastically, I felt like I had enough energy to get through my days without a nap, and when I started to get a respiratory infection for the 4th time in 3 months, it went away within 2 days without meds, versus a week+ with antibiotics. Sweet!
Oh, you want to know about weight loss? Well, honestly, I have no idea how much I lost. I decided when I was pregnant with Ms. A that I wasn’t going to be ruled by the scale any more, so I go strictly by my measurements. During the 24 day challenge I lost- get ready for this- 5 inches off my hips, 2.5 inches off my waist, 2.5 off my chest, and a half inch off each of my biceps. Craziness! I lost one whole pants size!
I’ve decided to stay on some of Advocare’s products simply because I feel so good on them, and in fact, my husband- the one who is resistant to physical activity- decided that he wanted to do a full challenge with me and see if he can jump start his own health and wellness! I’m so excited to see his results, and naively think I might be able to lose more than he can! Don’t rain on my parade…I know he has man superpowers that will help him lose more weight, but a girl can dream, right?!
So, are you ready to jump start your health and fitness?? I’d love to answer any questions you might have about Advocare! Shoot me a message in the comments section, and check out the Advocare Products! I hope to hear from you soon, and I promise to update you with my husband’s (and my second) 24 Day Challenge results as they come in!
***Disclosure- I am an Independent Advocare Distributor. I became one after I did the first 24 Day Challenge because I love the product and really believe in it. I use the products daily.***