Friday, August 15, 2014

My 24 Day Challenge, Day 10 Check-In

I am 10 days in to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

And I'm feeling pretty dang good.

I was nervous to start the Challenge, I'll be honest. I'm in the middle of a 12-week strength cycle with my coach, and the last thing I wanted is to stop making #gainz. Yes, hastag necessary.

I did NOT need to worry about that. My performance the last 10 days has been stellar. My energy has increased. My sleep is solid. And I'm hitting PR's like whoa. 

140lb snatch, 5lb PR
5:58 "Annie" almost a 30 second PR
12 Rounds, "Mary" Rx, a 2 round PR

I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling motivated. 

Next week we test my new 1 rep maxes on the big 3 lifts, and I am feeling CONFIDENT. 

The beautiful thing about the 24 Day Challenge is that it's not a diet. It doesn't have to be about weight loss, though I'm sure for many people, it's inevitable (though I didn't have a goal to lose ANY weight). It's a variety of supplements for health and wellness. Eating clean and training on top of the 24 Day Challenge will only enhance the results, but they aren't necessary to feel good or feel the change.

It was what I needed to get back on the clean eating and WHOLE eating train. I was struggling with my nutrition - skipping breakfasts, eating unbalanced meals, thinking a protein bar was a fine substitute for dinner or lunch, eating gobs of peanut butter when I couldn't get to a whole source of protein. I was a bad news bear.

Starting the Challenge got me back on track. The timing of the supplements ensures you're eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No skipping out!

Bacon and almond butter, still happening. But in moderation.

For most people through the Cleanse, you want to restrict your processed food intake; like pasta, bread, tortillas, etc. I'm still on a strength cycle though, so I opted for oats most mornings. Again, GAINZ, people, GAINZ.

Most mornings I'd eat 1/3 cup oats with chia, a scoop of lactose free protein, and a heavy tablespoon of almond butter or a 3-egg veggie omelet. I did cut out Quest bars, to ensure I was eating whole meals, and not "cheating" my way out of a meal ...

So let's talk about what I've been doing for the last 10 days.

I've been taking a probiotic supplement & fiber drink as part of a 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, as well as drinking Meal Replacement Shakes (lactose free) and taking Catalyst, an amino acid supplement, before training. 

What did it do for you?

I refuse to step on the scale until the end of the Challenge, because I don't want people to become affixed on a number to think they're getting results. It did "clear" me out so to speak, in the best way possible. I've never had such healthy, happy poop in my life! I used to deal with all kinds of issues with my digestive system. Terrible stomach aches, bad acne, bloating, gas, just foul things.

I cut dairy out when I moved to Kuwait and that helped with A LOT of issues. But, I still battle with acne. It's way better than it used to be, but I still break out and they're still pretty angry.

I haven't BROKEN OUT ONCE in the last 10 days! I am going to attribute that to the probiotic supplement I've been taking. I don't even want to put makeup on I am so damn happy about my clear skin. I hope I'm not jinxing myself here ... because I haven't changed anything else about my eating habits, sleep habit, training, makeup, face wash, etc. I have only added the Probotic Ultra Restore. 

I am tempted to show you a no-makeup selfie, so that you can see for the first time in my life, I am blemish free. I still have tons of acne scars, but whatever, I can live with those. Blemish-free, guys!

The next 14 Days begins the 2nd Phase, the Max Phase. Essentially, it's supplements that support appetite control and energy. No more Peaches and Cream Fiber drink though, boo! I loved that stuff. 

Other supplements I'm LOVING from Advocare:
Nighttime Recovery, an amino acid supplement that saves me from soreness
Muscle Fuel (I attribute this to my 4 PR's in one day)
Slam (this is the BEST pre-workout!) in Strawberry Blast (and so much cheaper than Starbucks!)
and of course, the Probiotic Restore Ultra, my new clear-skin savior

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. You've motivated me to eat more wholefoods & make more effort with meals. I often eat random snacks instead of meals, bad habit :-)

  2. Congrats on the clearer skin! Adult acne is such a pain.

  3. Could u please tell me what brand your white bra is in the first photo with the black pants is? Exactly what I've been looking for! Thx !!