Advocare Recap. This is likely to be lengthy so bare with me.
For starters, I am, apparently, the worst at taking “before” and “after” photos. I’m not the same distance from the mirror which I thinks give the illusion of more weight lost. Didn’t do that on purpose.
24 days of supplements, no chocolate, no booze, basically no processed stuff. Lots of protein, veggies, fruit, and complex carbs. 14 days of meal replacement shakes for breakfast. Some willpower was required, but, in the end, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.
In the interest of full disclosure - I cheated twice. Once with the other Advocare challengers at a Rangers game. We had our beer, hotdogs, and popcorn after taking Carb Ease which is Advocare’s supplement that limits the absorption of the fat. The other time no Carb Ease was involved - it was a second date and someone’s birthday. One peach mint julep was ordered and he didn’t care for it. I happily freed him from that burden. And then there was one bite of his birthday cake. ONE.
I don’t regret either of those cheats. Not even a little.
Now for the dirty details:
- Starting weight: 161.8 lbs
- Ending weight: 152.8 lbs
- Total Loss: 9 lbs!
Measurements, beginning of the challenge/end of the challenge:
- Bust: 36.5”/35.5”, loss of 1”
- Waist: 31”/30”, loss of 1”
- Hips: 43”/40.5”, loss of 2.5”
- Thigh: 24.5”/21.5”, loss of 3”
- Loss of 7.5”
I’m pretty happy with the results, but I was a little disappointed right after weighing in. I wanted to hit my goal weight (150lb). However, a couple of hours and some perspective have helped me rethink it. The reality - I ate pretty healthily before the challenge. I already exercised consistently. This was not a shock to my system the way it might be for others. It was simply a kickstart, I suppose. Small tweaks were made and differences can be seen (at least in the numbers, my pictures are stupid).
Also - 152.8lbs is the lowest number I’ve EVER seen on the scale. Ever. And for that I am grateful. I also am happy that I’ve been able to lose weight while marathon training. As many of you know, that isn’t always the norm when training for longer distances. My hunger has stayed mostly in check, but then again, I’m not yet halfway through my training.
I’ve said before that I wanted to learn something through this process so here’s a quick rundown of what I THINK I’ve learned:
- I’ve learned how to eat more balanced meals.
- I’ve taught myself how to include more natural, less processed snacks in my diet.
- Complex carbs are your friend. I didn’t purposely not include them in my diet before…I just didn’t eat them.
- I’ve realized how much I binged on certain things like chocolate and chips.
- I realized how much I’d mindlessly “treat” myself with a mini-size chocolate here or a couple extra dark chocolate chips there. Working at a school there are always goodies EVERYWHERE. I need to get to a place where I only eat them if I’m truly craving them and I think being aware is the first step in doing so.
- I’ve learned that I have a LOT more willpower than I thought I did. Like a whole bunch. I’ve gone out for tacos and/or Mexican food a handful of times during this challenge and not a chip was had. This sounds silly, but its kind of huge for me.
Now to wrap up (finally, I know):
- I’ll probably keep eating the way Advocare has trained me to. Its more natural and more balanced and I like that.
- I’m nervous what’s going to happen as I reintroduce some things back into my diet (in moderation). I’m especially worried about coffee, sugar, and, of course, delicious, delicious chips. Again all in moderation. But how will my stomach behave? Nerrrrvous.
- I’m interested to see if I keep losing weight, if I stall out at this weight, or if I’ll gain some of it back.
I have every intention of continuing to eat the same way, but there’s a balance to be had - having a beer, drink, a piece of birthday cake, french fries, coffee - all of these things are fine given you don’t go overboard. I’m just curious as to what happens now that all the supplements have been taken…
So there you have it. Did it work? Yes! Did I learn something? Yes! Would I do it again…YES! And, overall, it wasn’t really as hard as I thought it was going to be.