If you live in the south, you’ve heard the phrase “come hell or high water”. That’s how I felt on Friday, Day 3 of the challenge. I planned to stay on the 24 day challenge and update you guys over the weekend, come hell or high water. Well incase you didn’t know, I’m from North Houston. Which means that I’ve had both hell and high water over the past few days! For the sake of accountability, I’m gonna tell you guys alllll about it.
Day 3 (Friday) –
Stayed on my meal plan with the exception of 3 beers at the fairgrounds on Friday night. 3 beers when you’re dieting is WAY different than 3 beers when you’re not dieting. I was drunk as a skunk, but I turned down Bucees chicken strips and French fries in the name of Advocare. Hallelujah.
Day 4 (Saturday) –
Woke up Saturday morning and had my normal breakfast, followed by a late lunch at Salata about 6 hours later. I had a small salad and actually cheated a little by eating a few bites of my sister’s white roll dipped in the tomato basil soup, which I do not regret because it was amazing. Fast forward to Saturday night, I had a total of 9 beers and 3 Vegas Bombs. If I were keeping a list of the most intoxicated I’ve ever been, Saturday night would be in the top 5.
Day 5 (Sunday) –
Woke up Sunday morning surprisingly not hungover. But that’s probably because I was still a little drunk. Sunday was the “hell” part of the ‘hell or high water’ thing I mentioned earlier, for personal reasons. I was distracted on my drive home and I accidentally drove all the way to Tomball on 99, so I went to Krista’s house and drank some more. Because hell. Krista finally convinced me to shower and put on some clean clothes, which I did, and we set off to my house to meal prep and pack a bag so I could stay with her that night. While we were at my house I finally ate. I made my tuna and egg protein surprise, and holy hell why don’t I eat that every day? It was so delicious.
Day 6 (Monday) –
This is the “high water” part. It started raining Sunday night around 5:30 and it stormed until sometime Monday morning. I decided not to try to make it to work, which was the best thing I could have done. I slept until like 11am and spent the rest of day on the couch with Krista watching OITNB. I stayed on my meal plan for breakfast and lunch but I wasn’t hungry for my snack so I didn’t eat it. I eventually made my way back to my house from Krista’s and lounged around for a few hours before going to sleep.
So that’s it! That was my weekend. On Monday morning, I was feeling extra lean so I decided to weigh myself. Krista’s scale said 179.8. So on Day 6 of my 24 day challenge, I had already lost more than 13 pounds. And I feel every bit of 13 pounds lighter! If you remember, I started this challenge just trying to get rid of my cravings. I didn’t think I’d lose more than 5 pounds, if that! So my weight loss has come as a complete shock to me. This challenge is already worth every penny, and I’m only a quarter of the way done with it. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the challenge takes me!
Day 2 was another good day. I still got the same burst of energy about an hour after breakfast, but I didn’t feel it as intensely this time. I stayed pretty full during the day. I wanted to inhale the entire fridge as I was piddleing around in the kitchen making my lunch, but that’s more of a binge eating tendency than me actually being hungry or craving something. Today I did crave corn nuts! Of all the things. I eat corn nuts maybe once a year, I guess it’s corn nut time again! Lmao.
The chart has really helped me stay on track with my supplements. Speaking of supplements, I am adding Catalyst to my 24 Day Challenge starting tomorrow. As I was reading tips and tricks and reviews of the 24DC, I saw an outstanding number of people raving about Catalyst and calling it “lipo in a bottle”… This is one of the few Advocare products I’ve never tried (because lesbihonest, it sounds too good to be true!) but I’m excited to add it to my regimen. I’m going to take a dose before my workouts, so I will update you all and see if I notice a difference.
Speaking of workouts, I had an amazing workout today! I went to the gym and ended up doing WAY more than I planned on doing. I didn’t want to leave! This was the first time in a very long time where I was running around, trying new things, challenging myself. It was great! I left the gym feeling really accomplished. I knew I could have done more, but I was really looking forward to going home and going to sleep. So I did.
I’m looking forward to Day 3, as I will be adding my Catalyst. This weekend I am unsure if I need to still wake up and go to bed at the same times as during the week as to not throw off my metabolism, or if I can stay up late and sleep in as long as I continue taking my products before/with meals. Eating won’t be a challenge for me this weekend as I’m not having any cravings and I’ve been able to turn down food up to this point. (Today there was cake at work to celebrate a birthday, but I didn’t even have one piece!) I’m going to make time for the gym over the weekend and hopefully my workouts will remain high-energy like they were today. Will update soon!
Day 1 was overall a good day. I thought I was going to struggle with remembering to take the supplements before breakfast and at dinner time, so I set a silent alarm on my Fitbit to remind me. I also made a quick reference chart where I’ll be checking off the supplements I’m taking throughout the day. I keep that chart in my Erin Condren planner since I mess with it all day anyway. I didn’t forget any pills or doses yesterday, and I’ve walked away with some very valuable information and observations:
... and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… JK LOOK AT ME OVER HERE STIRRING! I’m going crazy! I am so damn excited to start this challenge. Here are my thoughts –
If you're interested in getting more info about the 24 Day Challenge, click here to learn more! There's still time to join my Challenge group, should you be interested.
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Also, right now Advocare is running a promotion where if you purchase a 24DC, you get free shipping on your entire order. They are also including an extra box of Spark! This is really an awesome promotion, and in my time with Advocare I've never seen them run anything like this (so take advantage of it while it lasts!).
I will update you guys soon (:
The time is now! I've made up my mind, and I am going to do a 24 Day Challenge by Advocare. I decided to take on this challenge (although it will mean giving up alcohol for almost a month, brb crying) because I just CANNOT beat my cravings. I realized I had a problem yesterday when I was driving home listening to Ron White on Pandora and he said “Tator Tot” and my mouth started watering. Lol. It’s funny, but not really.
Cravings have always been a problem for me on my journey. It’s really held me back. I’ve had excellent weeks where I was able to stay on my meal plan and lose a good amount of weight, just to poison my body with fast food or something fried on the weekend. I always feel like total crap for several days after I eat something bad! And if it becomes a habit (which it always does) by the time Monday rolls around, I feel lethargic and lack energy, BIG TIME. On the other hand, on the select weeks where I don’t fall (or jump) off the wagon, I feel amazing. Give me 7 days of clean eating and I’m pretty sure I can complete a triathlon!
It’s not easy, by any means, to “just eat right”. Nearly every social outing nowadays involves either food or alcohol. It’s not something most people can avoid. And it’s even harder to beat when you’re an emotional eater, like I am. Between the emotional eating and the cravings, I’m basically screwed. And when I do give in, it affects me for days. I have zero energy, I break out, and worst of all – I crave even more bad food.
The 24 Day Challenge is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I always seem to have a reason to put it off, but I’ve gotten to a point where I won’t put it off any longer! Most people lose between 10 and 25 pounds on the 24 Day Challenge, so I’m also looking forward to being that much closer to my goal weight. Currently I’m around 80 pounds down from where I started last February, I my ultimate goal is to be 100 pounds down, overall, and then start building muscle and sculpting my body.
I ordered my 24 Day Challenge today, April 5th, and I am expecting it to arrive sometime tomorrow. I’m going to start my challenge either Friday or Sunday, depending on when the people in my challenge group are ready to start! #nochallengerleftbehind2016 Lol I actually just made that up but seriously – The challenge is 150X easier when you have people doing it with you. Accountability, for one, and you also get to share your success with people and see theirs!
I’m going to be posting regular updates on social media, of course, but I also plan on writing a two part blog on my experience. I don’t know what results this challenge will bring, but it can’t hurt!
If anyone is interested in participating in my 24 Day Challenge, leave a comment or send me an email. I will be happy to answer any and all questions you might have. Here are some common ones I get:
How do I order?
Go to chaneyshrinks.com and click the Advocare tab. On the upper left side click “24 Day Challenge” under ‘Shop Products By’. Then click “Create your own 24DC bundle”. From there you choose your flavors of Spark, Fiber, and Meal Replacement Shake, in addition to choosing an MNS system.
What is the best flavor of Spark?
Fruit punch. I legitimately got two boxes of fruit punch. Mango Strawberry, Green Apple, and Pink Lemonade are also pretty great.
How do I know what Fiber to get?
They are all the same price, but the unflavored is recommended because it contains the most soluble fiber. Meaning the fiber mixes better and there are less gritty pieces. Also, with the unflavored, you can mix it with you Spark or Meal Replacement Shake and hopefully you won’t even notice it.
What’s the difference in the MNS systems?
It basically boils down to this – All three are going to give you energy and help control your appetite. However, the MNS C and MNS E contain double the caffeine of MNS 3. In addition, each system specifically targets one area and improves it. For help with energy, choose MNS E. For help with cravings, choose MNS C. For help with both, choose MNS 3. I went with MNS 3 because I don’t want any extra energy at the end of the day!
How much does it cost?
With shipping, the 24 Day Challenge is around $200. However, consider the following:
Do not let your energy, cravings, or confidence be an issue any longer!
The first thing I saw when I walked into hell were festive decorations. It was obvious to me at this point that I'd bitten off more than I could chew. These little "hell bells" as I'm calling them were obviously wrapped around the entire building as a distraction. They want you to pay attention to the "hells bells" instead of Satan behind the counter mixing your order with his forked tongue. Lets continue:
Imagine my shock to see PORTABLE "hell bells" just like the ones decorating the building! I believe the goal here is to buy this package and take it home to decorate your pentagram and prepare for your next blood sacrifice. These hell bells were obviously hand crafted by the Devil himself, each one enchanted with satanic intention and glistening with the tears of lost souls.
It was only when I saw these sweet treats that I realized the Devil was upon me. The Devil himself had baked these pastries and designed them in a way that appealed to the inner child inside all of us. It was too late for me. I had let my guard down and I had fallen down the rabbit hold of Satanic intention and demonic perversion. And then I stepped up to the counter and ordered my coffee.
"What can I get started for you today?" - Those cheery words will haunt me for the rest of my tortured days on this Earth. I had done this to myself. I knowing walked into the den of the Devil and had been drawn in by his hell bells and ground defecation.
It was then that I realized that maybe this was all a big crock of shit. I realized at this moment that Starbucks hadn't been taken over by demonic forces. I realized there was nothing satanic about my triple pumpkin spice latte. I realized that social media gives everyone a voice, even the idiots.
It's just a cup.
Observation #1 – I hopped right out of bed this morning.
What?! On a Monday?! Yes, you read that correctly. When I woke up at exactly 3:20 this morning, I hit the snooze button (of course) but I didn’t go back to sleep. I didn’t roll over and slam my eyes shut in a desperate attempt to capture that last 15 minutes of sleep. This morning was different. Of course I was tired, but knowing that I’d already committed to a morning gym session (by laying out my clothes the night before) really got me thinking. Should I take preworkout, or Spark? Did I set out my headphones or are they in my backpack? Should I tan today? Will I have time to tan today? How cold is it outside?
Observation #2 – My day is over when I clock out
There’s not many things worse than getting off a 12-hour shift and having to drag yourself to the gym. It really, really sucks. Since my workouts happen in the morning now, my day is actually over when I clock out. I get to drive home, shower, and go right to sleep. That’s paradise, folks.
Observation #3 – I’m actually awake at work
Normally it takes a Spark and about 4 hours before I’m ready to engage in conversation with my coworkers. It’s even worse on days where I didn’t get at least 8 hours of sleep. But since my day started about 2 hours and a sweat session earlier than normal, I was wide awake when I walked in the door this morning. I was telling people “good morning”, giving high fives… It was weird.
Observation #4 – I’m hitting my Fitbit goals earlier in the day
It’s only 10:30 and I’ve already hit my goal of 5000 steps for the day. My workout was less than 1000 steps, so hitting my goal is entirely due to all the energy I have post-workout. Normally, all that post-workout energy goes to waste because I go home and go right to sleep. But not today! I’ve been awake since 3:20 this morning and I have YET to crash or feel tired.
Observation #5 – I’m drinking water to rehydrate, not to get ahead
This is at the top of the “Things I Didn’t Expect” list. Today, I am actually thirsty! Normally, I drink water all day (a gallon to a gallon and a half) to keep myself hydrated in preparation of my work out in the afternoon. It’s not necessarily EASY to drink that much water, especially if it’s a slower day at work and I’m not moving around as much. But today has been entirely different! I’ve been consistently drinking water throughout the day and I have no doubt that I’ll pass the two-gallon mark today. I’m not sure if I’m dehydrated from my workout this morning or if my body just needs the fluids, but I’m not complaining one bit.
Observation #6 – Early to bed vs. Early to rise
Let’s say that I wake up every day at 5:00, work 6:00-4:30, and go to bed at 6:00. No workout (hypothetically). Add a one hour workout. Hypothetically, I either have to start my day an hour earlier at 4:00, or end my day an hour later at 7:00. Right? It doesn’t matter if you wake up an hour early or stay up an hour later – You’re still losing an hour of sleep to go to the gym. This is entirely true with me! If I work out in the evening, I get home around 6:30 and go to bed by 7:30. However, if I work out in the morning, I’ll be home every day by 5:00 and asleep by 5:30. It all balances out. It doesn’t matter what time you work out, you’re still devoting one hour out of your 24 hour day to the gym. It all boils down to waking up earlier or going to sleep later. For me, I’m thinking the best option is waking up earlier.
Two years ago, a few months after my first attempt to get healthy (which mostly failed), I found a girl named Mary on Instagram. She was from the northeast, she was a former soldier who was now a trainer. I started following her and so many times I talked with her about getting healthy and working out and eating right. You don’t really need to know about my friend Mary. But if she were here, she would tell you about all the excuses I gave her for YEARS before I decided to start taking my health seriously.
- “I don’t have time!” – I said as a cashier at CVS, working no more than 8 hours a day.
- “I don’t have the money for a gym membership!” – I said at my home less than a half mile from a public track.
- “I don’t have the energy!” – Might have been true, but probably because I was eating consistently eating total crap.
If I were to ever become a trainer, which I won’t, I would absolutely HATE to have a client like me. Someone with a never ending stream of excuses about how they couldn’t (or WOULDN’T) compromise for their results. I’m getting angry just thinking about it.
I posted a status on Facebook the other day and I’ll re-post it here. It said –
This is why I can’t be a trainer. This shit right here. Excuse me as I rant: If you come to me for advice or suggestions, I’ll stop what I’m doing to help you – all day, any day, no problem. However. If your immediate response to my two cents is to tell me how that’s not something you can work into your life, I’m not gonna try to argue with you. I physically cannot. I just say “okay” and go along with my life. That, to me, says “I’ve already decided to continue what I’m doing and hope things work out in my favor.” That says “I’m unwilling to compromise my lifestyle to get the results I want.” And I simply cannot argue with that level of ignorance. Sorry if this is offensive to anyone. I’m ignorant intolerant.
I was that person with all the excuses. I was that person who would get hype about “changing my life”, just to give up when I didn’t drop 60 pounds overnight. I was that person who didn’t like vegetables or most fruits, so I thought I would never be able to diet or eat clean. I was all of these people, and more. I’ve overcome that. Now I know, that all of those excuses were just that – excuses. Now I know that results don’t happen overnight. I know how to eat clean in a way that my body responds well to. I can’t fight those demons in someone else because I’ve just figured out how to fight them in myself.
That’s why they call this a Fitness JOURNEY. Because it’s a long road! And because you learn new things all along the way; about yourself, about your body, about your emotional attachment to food, about your limits… And once you learn those things, they change! Limits change, attachments change, and bodies definitely change. At the end of the day, I’m still on my own fitness journey and right now I don’t ever think I’ll ever know this road well enough to give directions.
However, there is one area where I’m completely confident giving advice, planning, and helping people to understand - and that’s meal prep. I’m so good at it, in fact, that I offer it as a service. I started doing this a while ago, and I have clients all over the United States that come to me for their completely customized meal plans. I don’t do this as a way to make money, but the fact of that matter is that there’s a lot of work and calculation that goes into creating a meal plan for someone. Everyone is different. Everyone needs a certain number of calories to keep their bodies going. Every eats at different times throughout the day. Sometimes people need more calories during certain times of the month (looking at the ladies). Some people need to eat 5 meals a day, others only need 1 meal and several snacks.
The point is, meal plans are not 'one size fits all'. Everyone likes different foods, different textures. These are all things I take into consideration when creating one of my meal plans. I’m still accepting clients, so if you’re interested in what you’ve read about today, click here to create an email. I’ll get back to you within the hour. If you want more information, click here to check out my Meal Plan FAQs.
I already know what happens when I give up. I want to see what will happen if I don't.
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