Good Morning Fellow New Runners!
**Note: I am a distributor of Advocare. However, I purchased my own 24 Day Challenge bundle and these are my honest, truthful experiences. I have not been compensated for my time or opinions**
Some of you may have read in previous posts that I was doing Advocare’s 24 Day challenge. Well, I am officially on day 25 so I thought I would write about my experiences.
As some of you may recall, I had a bit of a health issue earlier this year and therefore my nutrition and workouts suffered. I found myself craving chocolate every afternoon and wanting to take naps more frequently. Health-wise, I was not at my best. My patience with my daughter was at an all time low and I found myself being in a bad mood more often than not, which for me is rare. My dad completed the challenge a few months ago and was completely transformed, so I was looking forward to seeing what it could do to me!
The cleanse phase consists of Advocare’s Spark, Fiber Drink, fiber and probiotic caplets as well as OmegaPlex. Spark is a sugar-free, multi-nutrient source of energy and mental focus. It has 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that provide you with a gentle, yet long lasting energy. I use the Spark daily so I knew how great it was, but one thing I hadn’t done before was to substitute Spark for my daily coffee. I could not believe how awesome I felt. I had no 11am crash (like I do with coffee) and felt fantastic throughout the day. (Note: You do NOT have to substitute Spark for coffee. You can have coffee in the morning and Spark only in the afternoon, if you wish.) The fiber pills were easy to swallow and the fiber drink was delicious. On days you don’t take the fiber pills, you take the probiotics and both were super gentle, my tummy was never upset.
The OmegaPlex was a great addition as it lubricates and lessens inflammation that a cleanse can cause. I know that is one of the reasons I felt good during the cleanse. I never had stomach problems, never felt achey or tired, something that can and usually does happen on other cleanses. Once the cleanse phase (only 10 days) was done, my clothes were already fitting better, my energy was getting better and I was pumped for the next part.
The max phase consists of Spark, a Meal Replacement Shake (for breakfast) and MNS packets as well as the OmegaPlex. What are MNS packets, you ask? Well, in short, they are chock full of vitamins and supplements to help your body feel better from the inside out. The MNS packets are clearly labeled so you know what to take when. The Meal Replacement Shakes were absolutely delicious (my 2 year old kept asking for “just one more sip” of it) and kept me full until well past noon. The first few days I fell into a great groove with the routine and every day that went by I felt better, and better and better.
My ultimate goal was not weight loss, but I did lose almost 5 inches during the 24 days. Please note: I tried to make good decisions about my nutrition but I did NOT count calories, measure portions or cut out any foods during this time. I did try to severely limit my intake of my weakness…sweets, but found I was not craving them so I actually cut them out of my diet without even realizing it. My clothes fit better and I can even fit into shorts I couldn’t fit into before I started the challenge! However the big, big changes that I found were:
- My energy level is through.the.roof
- I no longer crave chocolate (honest to God)
- My skin looks absolutely amazing. I have always struggled with breakouts and both dry and oily skin (I have no idea how that happens) but last week, I actually left the house without any makeup on and had the confidence to continue with my errands vs. running home.
- My running is getting much better. My intervals are getting faster and the long runs are actually easier. My stamina is higher and my pace is actually improving without it feeling like an effort.
All of the healthy stuff I put into my body has made me happier. My energy being higher and craving healthier foods has made me a better person. This part is important: The 24 Day Challenge made me a better mother, a better wife, a better person. I have the energy to keep up with my day to day life without losing my patience, without exhaustion. I am ready to tackle whatever life brings, even if it is just a 2 year old who wants me to make her animals talk and a husband who doesn’t know what he wants, but really wants something to eat.
In short, this was an AMAZING experience. I want every one of you to feel as great as I do right now!! There are links below so you can research the Challenge and the ingredients as well as the link to my microsite if you want to order. If you do, I promise I will be there to coach you every step of the way. You will NOT regret it!!
Information about the Challenge
Ready to order? Let’s do this!!
Enjoy the Run!