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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Recap

This is the post you have all been waiting for. Who cares about the boring food I eat on a daily basis for 24 days..you all just want to see the pictures and see if I actually got results from this challenge. Oh yeah, and I’m sure you all want to know my exact weight and measurements. I will remind you that I paid for these products and I am giving my own opinions about the products; I was not compensated by the company or anyone else. Well, I will not disappoint you, so here it goes. You might find it surprising, but even though I’m in decent shape, I’m still shy about telling people what I weigh and my measurements and all that. I’m even more shy about sharing these pictures, which I find completely unflattering in any way, but it’s the best I could do by myself. And heck, maybe me doing this will scare you away inspire some of you all.

BEFORE:

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Right Wrist: 5 3/4
Right Forearm: 9 1/4
Right Upper Arm: 11 1/4
Shoulders: 40 1/2
Chest: 30 3/4
Waist: 26
Hip: 37
Right Thigh: 18 3/4
Right Calf: 13
Dress Size: 2/4
Weight: 112.6 pounds
Body Fat: 25.29%
Lean Mass: 83.52

AFTER:

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Right Wrist: 5 3/4
Right Forearm: 9 1/4
Right Upper Arm: 11
Shoulders: 39
Chest: 30 3/4
Waist: 25 3/4
Hip: 36
Right Thigh: 18
Right Calf: 12 3/4
Dress Size: 2/4
Weight: 112.6 pounds
Body Fat: 25.17%
Lean Mass: 84.25

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Starting and Ending Weight

Ok, so I highlighted the changes in red. I am not surprised my weight did not change. I did not eat very well – hello french fries, drinks, fattier cuts of meat! What I am surprised at is the fact that I was able to add .75 pounds of lean mass in 24 days. My body fat percentage dropped and I was able to convert fat into muscle over the 24 days. I am also happy to say that my chest did not shrink (it’s small enough already!) but my waist, hips and thighs did! Looking at how I ate and exercised (very sporadic/not consistent) and the changes that happened – I am definitely convinced that the AdvoCare products work. I have heard and seen the changes it has made in other’s lives and I definitely would recommend this to anyone who wants to lose a little, a lot or even gain muscle.

My biggest take away from the challenge was learning to eat on a regular schedule – every couple of hours to keep my blood sugar and hunger in check. I thought I did a pretty decent job of eating until I was writing everything down, and then I realized I was not eating for several hours in a row and then gorging myself on one or two meals a day. Even though I was eating generally healthy foods, the way I was eating them was unhealthy.

Taking the products really seemed to get me on a regular bathroom schedule (sorry TMI for some of you) but that is an issue for me. I noticed the change right around day 5 and everything has been pretty good since then. I also have completely reduced my caffeine intake. Although it is recommended to have Spark twice a day, I am usually drinking 1/2 of a serving every other day. I still have coffee on occasion, but more as a treat on the weekends than for energy.

I hope you all enjoyed my 24 day challenge, and if you didn’t, this is the last post you have to read about it! Hopefully I haven’t lost too many readers over the last month with my semi-boring, picture-less blog posts! If you would like any more information about AdvoCare or the 24-Day Challenge, please feel free to email me! emdoherty11 at gmail dot com.

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 24

Woo-hoo! Day 24…the challenge is technically over! I’m excited to take my ending pictures and measurements and I’ll be posting the recap of the challenge in a few days.

5:30 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #1

6:00 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, Meal Replacement shake with 1/4 cup almond milk and strawberries – not the best choice to add strawberries, not sure why but it just didn’t taste that great

9:00 AM: 1 orange

11:00 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #2

11:30 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #2, salad with romaine, spinach, shredded carrots, 2 ounces turkey, 2 ounces roast beef, onions, cucumbers with spicy mustard, balsamic dressing

3:00 PM: 1/2 Spark, 3 Catalyst

3:30 PM: Arm/Ab Crossfit workout

4:45 PM: 1/2 cup steamed vegetables, 5.5 ounces pork loin, 1/2 slice of oat-flax muffin

Total Water ~84 ounces including spark

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 23

The day after a half marathon is really hard as far as eating is concerned. Even though I ran at a slower pace, I was running for almost 3 hours and my body really thought it needed a lot of food to replenish and recover from the race. I did my best to not eat all the salty food I really wanted, but I know I did let my self get too hungry early in the morning.

8:30 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #1

9:00 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, Meal Replacement shake with 1/2 cup almond milk

10:00 AM: Post Race Massage – not the greatest, but still nice to work out the muscles

11:30 AM: 12 ounces low-soduim V8 juice, 4 cups Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rice Chex – yep, this is where I got really hungry and pigged out

1:00 PM: MNS 3 Color Packet #2

1:30 PM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, 1 chicken thigh, 8 pickles, 2/3 cup frozen veggies

2:00 PM: 4 ounces cranberry juice with 20 ounces water – I’m so sick of plain water!

4:00 PM: 2 loquats

7:30 PM: 1 turkey burger patty, 4 doritos, 5 potato chips, 1/2 c baked sweet potato fries

Total Water ~84 ounces

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 21

Carb-loading day for my race tomorrow! I’m excited and a little nervous for it, but it should be a lot of fun. I am also excited to fuel with AdvoCare products during the race.

5:45 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #1

6:30 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, Meal replacement shake with 1/2 sweet potato and water

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM: bites of strawberry and pineapple cupcakes, 1 gluten-free vanilla cupcake (no frosting)

11:30 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #2

12:00 PM: salad with spinach, romaine, 4 ounces turkey, cucumbers and spicy mustard, balsamic dressing

3:00 PM: 1/4 jicama, 1/2 avocado, 4 tablespoons of salsa

7:00 PM: 1 cup cucumber noodle salad, 8 pickles, 2 grilled chicken thighs, 1 sweet potato

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Total water 84 ounces

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 22

Half Marathon Day!! Yep, you can run a half marathon while doing the 24 day challenge. I wouldn’t say it’s the best idea I ever had, but it was not the worst either. I enjoyed using some of the different products to fuel me for the race and enjoyed the results. It was very hard to not pig out completely after the race, especially on salty foods!

5:45 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #1

6:15 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, Meal replacement shake

7:45 AM: Run 13.1 miles!! I made 1/2 Spark bottle that I drank over the first 6 miles, just water after that

Mile 4: Rehydrate Gel – so much better than Gu Gel

Mile 9: Advobar RAW – really similar to LARAbars

11:30 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #2

11:45 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #2, 3 scrambled eggs with sausage, spinach, tomato salsa, 1/4 flour tortilla, 2 c sweet and regular potato breakfast potatoes, 1 cup coffee (to warm up!)

1:00 PM: 12 ounces coffee – I was still cold and it was the only thing that sounded good

3:00 PM: oat/flax “cake” with almond butter

4:30 PM: 1 1/2 grapefruits, 3 loquats

7:00 PM: 1 chicken thigh, 2 cups Trader Joe’s fried rice, some veggies (don’t remember what though??)

Total Water 100+ ounces with spark and rehydrate

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 20

I’m still feeling really great, and since it is race week I am eating a little bit more. Having just a few extra calories yesterday really helped me feel energetic this morning. My digestion is still feeling great.

5:15 AM: MNS Color Packet #1

6:00 AM: MNS White Packet #1
Meal Replacement Shake with 1/2 sweet potato and water

9:00 AM: 1/4 orange, 1/2 slice bacon, part of a banana

11:00 AM: MNS Color Packet #2

11:30 AM: salad with 2 ounces roast beef, 4 ounces turkey, shredded carrots, cucumber and spicy mustard, onion, spinach and romaine, balsamic dressing
1/2 Spark

12:30 PM: Big chunk of sugar-free, gluten-free oat flour cake – testing it out, pretty good but more of a muffin than cake, had some chocolate fudge frosting with it (just testing of course, haha)

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3:00 PM: bite of my flourless mocha brownies, 2 medium grapefruits – they are so good, I just had to eat two of them!

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4:00 PM: a couple handfuls of BBQ chips (oops…but I didn’t go crazy and eat half the bag, getting better!)

6:30 PM: 3 ounces swai fish, 8 pickles, 1 1/2 c mashed cauliflower, 1 c cucumber noodle salad

Total Water today ~80 ounces

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Day 19

I really like this challenge because it is keeping me on track for making healthy eating choices (for the most part) and it is really simple. As long as I have food on hand, and keep my AdvoCare products with me, I am able to do well. I am excited to see my results. I don’t know that I look different, but I feel different, feel better! It is three days before my next half marathon so I am starting to eat just a few more calories to keep my energy levels up. I’d rather not do this, but it is important for me to run a strong race, so I will eat a little extra to do well. I am hoping it will not affect me negatively for the challenge.

5:15 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #1

5:45 AM: MNS 3 White Packet #1, Meal Replacement Shake with banana and 4 ounces almond milk

8:00 AM: 1 orange

9:00 AM: AdvoBar RAW

11:00 AM: 3/4 banana chocolate chip muffin, 2 bites of flourless mocha brownies

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11:30 AM: MNS 3 Color Packet #2

1:00 PM: 6 chicken wings, plain, dipped in hot cajun sauce, basket of fries, un-salted, dipped in bbq or cajun sauce

3:00 PM: 1/2 Spark, 3 Catalyst

3:30 PM: 4 mile run

6:30 PM: 6 ounces chicken on iceburg lettuce with tomato, 1/2 avocado, salsa, onion

Total Water 100 ounces

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in AdvoCare

 

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