Monday, February 20, 2012

24 day challenge

Alright bloggy friends, I am a foodie and honestly enjoy most foods and especially yummy-unhealthy foods in moderation.  My weight can fluctuates accordingly based on how lenient I'm feeling, but thank goodness for crossfit to allow a few more slips that are burned off quickly :)  

After so much traveling in December and falling out of my routines (I think it was the multiple Taco Bueno and Chick Fil A outings in TX!!), I committed to a 24-day challenge with a few friends.  Have ya'll heard of Advocare?  I was anxious posting about my journey prior to me starting it as I didn't want to jinx it, and I knew it would be tough living with a human garbage disposal who eats and breathes cheeseburgers, pizza, and sugary cereal.    But, I am happy to report that I completed one of the hardest things I have ever set my mind to doing.

The 24 Day Advocare Challenge consists of day 1-10 cleansing your body of toxins and preparing for optimal nutrient absorption, and then a 11-24 was a burn and refuel phase.  I have to admit, it was sooooooo soooooo soooooo hard, but I am beyond proud of myself for completing it.  

From portion controlled meals to drinking a gallon plus of water a day, I was eating super clean, cooking 5-6 meals a day, and sticking 100% to my meal plan.  I only ate out 1x during entire challenge, and I learned it is WAY easier to stay on track eating my own foods and knowing what I am fueling my body with.  Thank goodness for sugar free Extra Desserts gum, green tea, and sugar free jello.  

Gabe told me, "I feel like you are either eating or in the kitchen cooking!"  
HAHA it's so true as I eat every 3 hours and that takes a LOT of prep work!

*Gabe and I didn't eat ONE meal together in 24 days, lol

For best results, I followed their nutrition plan to a tee and am actually continuing with their nutrition plan now that the challenge is over because I feel it was a good fit for myself and I want to maintain my results.  

My takeaways - 
1.) One can not consume enough water.  128oz is a lot ya'll!
2.) Eating protein, fats, veggies, etc at certain time of day is key.
2.) And appropriate portions is a must.

A month without coffee, cheese, and carbs (I did get sweet potatoes) was totally do-able.  This challenge made me rethink how I view food and instead of gorging on crap, I viewed it was fuel to function.  Also, it's amazing when you are hungry and can only have certain foods, how phenomenal they taste.  

Clean eating feels good, and I am so thankful my taste buds did a 180!


Sunkissed and Southern said...

did you lose weight?

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am intrigued by this! Good take away about the water - I am always trying to drink more...

Kendra said...

I can not give up coffee. I eat super healthy and clean, and living a beyond healthy life style...but never ask me to give up coffee. It's just my vice. I love everything about it. I am glad you got good results and enjoyed your 24 days.

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Wow! I am impressed! 24 days too?!? I'm currently on week 3 of clean eating/paleo, and I've been cooking up a storm! Love how I'm feeling though! :)

Jennifer B said...

Good for you on this! I don't know that I could do it, or would want to. The first step for me is to drink more water. I probably only drink 20oz in a day...bad bad BAD. But, water sucks- I hate it haha

Caroline said...

Wow! You have so much will power to do this! I am impressed!

Meghan said...

um nice JOB!
I can't do this...i've tried. Not the exact one...a shorter 10 day cleanse.

Sad but true, food makes me happy and I can't live without bread/cheese/bear.

I give you mad props!

Stephanie Doyle said...

That sounds awesome. Congrats on completing it!!

Married...with a Pup said...

That is quite an accomplishment!! I'm definitely going to check this out; I've never heard of it!

Courtney said..., good for you!!
That is an amazing accomplishment!
I would love to try something like this, but feel it'd be impossible...especially since I can't just stop cooking for my family and it'd be sooooo extremely hard watching them eat the foods that I love and can't have, ha!
I'm sure you're feeling amazing tho!!
Did you lose any weight during the 24 days?

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

You couldn't pay me to go a month without coffee no way! Good luck!!!!!!

LG said...

My brother in law sells advocate and I am so intrigued by it!! clean eating is HARD and when I do that I am starving ALL day i feel like! Did you feel hungry a lot?

Kristin said...

I need to figure out how to make myself drink more water

Emily said...

Love the 24 day challenge! Frank and I "sell" advocare, we are advisors mostly for the discount :] love the clean feeling after you've finished the challenge.

Amy Collins {Fresh and Fancy} said...

Hey Kelsey! Went to high school with you - just started my blog - love reading your updates! This post is great - thanks for the motivation!

ALiS0N ViCT0RiA said...

Hey, lady :) I tagged you in my post! I hope you play along~

Kelly Kunst said...

I love the 24 day challenge! 20 lbs and 18 inches gone! I would be happy to help others become happier, healthier, stronger, leaner. Please feel free to contact me at or message me on facebook at kelly ann lenhart kunst.

Kelly Kunst said...

I love the 24 day challenge! 20 lbs and 18 inches gone! I would be happy to help others become happier, healthier, stronger, leaner. Please feel free to contact me at or message me on facebook at kelly ann lenhart kunst.

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