Twenty-four days ago, you could not have convinced me that my body would have changed as much as it has. My friend introduced me to Advocare products about two months ago. Recently, I decided to become a distributor so I could get discounts on the products I wanted to use. Already, thanks to those of you who joined me on the challenge and ordered products from my site, I've made a little money too, which is the cherry on the whip cream on the icing on the cake.
I've worked out almost every day for a year. I kept up with my workout schedule (for the most part), completed the 10 Day Cleanse Phase , then added the vitamin-rich supplements during the 14 Day Max (metabolism boost) Phase and am now the proud owner of a waistline that is 5 inches smaller than it was 24 days ago! I have lost total of 16 body inches. All the weight I lost and most of the inches from my waist came off during the 10 Day Cleanse Phase. After that, it was all about toning and building muscle, which helped the rest of my body slim down.
This is not a diet. It is simply making good food choices and taking supplements that fill in the holes left in your daily nutritional intake. I did not restrict my calories, I ate carbs (100% whole grain bread, oats, yams, brown rice) with almost every meal, and I used the Advocare products (the same ones that have been used and endorsed by top athletes like NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Colt McCoy, as well as Natural Bodybuilding Champions and thousands of students, nine to fivers and moms for 12-13 years) religiously.
I'm still a few inches and pounds away from my size and fitness goals. Now, thanks to Advocare, I am confident I will reach them before this summer. :) It's crazy how much difference building muscle makes. If I had dieted to get the differences you'll see between my "before" and "after" pics, I would have had to lose about 15 pounds. Because I was focused on toning and building muscle and NOT on dieting, I achieved awesome results without losing much actual weight at all. I am amazed at how much my body has changed in only 24 days. I haven't been this close to seeing my pre-baby body since having him almost 3 years ago.
Before you continue on to the "before" and "after" pictures, in my butt's defense, the squats along with Catalyst are paying off. So giggle about my lackofassness now, be amazed by how much (just a little bit) it changed in 24 days, and be in awe of it's awesomeness in about 2.5 good months. lol. But serious.
Pics and summary of inches and pounds lost after the jump...
I didn't size out of any of my clothes, but I look a heck of a lot better in them now. I did drop one of the D's in my bra cup-size though! Whoot-whoot! I'm snuggly and happily back into my DD's (and consequently, most of my lingerie!) Perhaps more importantly, I feel awesome. I have so much energy right now.
Yesterday was my first day off the challenge before continuing on with a new round of vitamins and supplements. I thought I would go crazy and eat a burger or fried chicken or something other than the best food choices I had made over the past 24 days. I was so proud of myself that when I got to the drive-thru I had planned to hit and the Snicker's Dark chocolate bar (LAWDAMERCY!) that had been a weekly Friday treat pre-Advocare, I decided against them. I'm so aware now of the fact that everything that passes my lips will be used by my body in some way, that I have no desire to just eat whatever I want, just because I want it. That doesn't mean I won't indulge or enjoy myself at parties and social events. I just have more self control now. Now, when I see that Snicker's Dark or whatever, I ask myself, "Self, will that Snicker's Dark or whatever help your lackofassness situation or hurt it?" Then I think about how these "after" pictures are SO public now and how I have to redeem myself SOON with awesomer update photos. The decision to pass is easy.
I'll post updates of results of others who have joined me on the 10 Day Cleanse or the whole 24 Day Challenge as they finish. I am enjoying checking in on them almost daily and coaching them through the process that has worked wonders for me. I'm already excited about their progress so far! Hopefully you're inspired to join the challenge too.
Visit my Advocare website, leave a comment or question here, or email me at homegirlblog at hotmail dot com for more details and information on how to start the 24 Day Challenge.
Updated pics (with a perkier booty) coming in another 2 weeks.
P.S. I stopped my Couch to 5k training almost 3 weeks ago. Again. But I'm working out my next attempt at running motivation. Stay tuned.