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November 6, 2013
Now that my 24 day Holiday Hustle challenge with Advocare is over, I wanted to share my results with you, but first…a major shout out to Janetha for hosting this challenge. Not only were her results amazing (seriously – when this girl does challenges she goes after it!), but she was an incredible coach. The Facebook group was full of encouragement, people checking in when they were struggling, motivational photos and words and recipes for healthy meals and snacks. This group totally helped keep me accountable because I knew that when I woke up, there would be many people who had already checked in and it made me not want to slip up! J’s a great coach and put so much effort into sending out videos and keeping everyone motivated with prizes that she bought with her own money to help keep us going.
I also want to thank my mom because she paid for it! Advocare doesn’t ship to Canada, so, as an early Christmas gift, my mom purchased the 24 day kit (with the extra Thermoplus supplement for me to try out) and it was sent to her and then she shipped it up to me. Just something for those north of the border to be aware of.
So that being said, here are my stats:
Weight: lost ~3 lbs (which honestly still fluctuates)
Inches: lost ~7 inches total (I had to measure myself when I got home as Mikey was away, so this could be more accurate…Obviously I am not the queen of paying attention to detail…)
Habits: Stuck! I’m still eating and enjoying other foods that include some processed sugar, but I feel keenly aware of what I eat and am more mindful and intentional with my choices (and that feels awesome!).
I’m continually reading and learning for myself that weight on the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. I *know* this in my brain, but I still find myself saying “good or bad” in my brain when it comes to how the weight on the scale. I’m no longer saying “good or bad” about my self-worth when it comes to my weight, but I find that I still rely on it more than I’d like. So…that’s where pictures come in! Here are my before, mid-challenge (day 11) and after pictures. Please note that I didn’t mean to take the photos from different angles or in different lights, but unfortunately Mikey was out of town for the mid-challenge photos so I self-timered it, and we were in a hotel in Boston when the challenge ended and the yellow light was the best we could find. I know this skews the photos a bit but that’s life!
I didn’t look “bad” in the before shots, but I didn’t feel great. I wasn’t comfortable in my clothes and all my pants were too tight. You can see the extra weight and puffiness in my face and my legs felt fuller. As I’ve said before, I really wanted something to help kick start mainly my eating habits and last for real, sustainable change.
I felt so good and different on day 11 (middle photo) as compared to 1! Even after finishing and going “off the plan” a bit in the last photo in Boston, I still felt tighter and less bloated then when I began.
These photos show some good change in my glutes, I think! My pose is (unfortunately) a bit different from photo to photo which makes it tougher to truly assess, but I think the T-Nation KB Challenge really changed my legs and glutes! My shoulders and delts feel more defined as well; definitely recommend that challenge to anyone.
I did my best to put the photos side by side in a fuller size; hopefully from day 1 until 24 this shows my change the best:
Not major, but a good kickstart to remind me that how I eat is the most crucial thing to maintaining (and losing) weight. A few things to note:
- I didn’t up my workouts at all during the challenge. I could have, sure, but I was busy with work and clients and simply just made time for my own workouts as I have been doing. I guess this shows the power of how you eat because I didn’t do anything that skyrocketed my metabolism or did any double days. It may not have gotten me ahead in those specific 24 days or with the challenge results, but this is life; it’s sustainable, real change that I can keep up and I love that!
- I will refer to the supplements that I took during the challenge in my first post and will also point you to the half-way post where I had to stop taking the Thermoplus because I experienced negative side effects.
- This is the first “formal” program I’ve ever tried, and I actually liked the plan and structure. It wasn’t too rigid, included real foods and wasn’t about fasting or starving yourself and was very balanced and easy to follow with different options for meals (save for the meal replacement shake for breakfast for days 11-24 which, after having a few extras, I ate because I WANTED to Wednesday for lunch!). It’s reasonable and not gimmicky (although I don’t think I would buy more supplements; I didn’t like what happened to me on the Thermoplus but the other supplements were “safer,” in my opinion, like calcium and a probiotic and multivitamin).
- For someone with not lots of extra cash lying around, this challenge is pricey. I’m not one to spend money on extras like this and find that, even post-challenge, I’m happy going back to real food and striving for that ever-popular “80/20″ split of 80% “clean” eating and 20% “as you like” eating. For me, this DOES involve sugar, some candy and a glass of wine here or there (although I still haven’t had one even though I’m now able to!) and part of that reason is the cost. I simply wouldn’t be able to keep it up on my own and if I’m thinking sustainable for life, I’m thinking real food and moving more in my daily life! Those are my two main rules I live by when it comes to my health and fitness.
I’m glad I did this challenge and it became easier and easier to say, “No thanks!” to options out and not feel deprived but rather empowered at the choices I was making. I loved the community and doing this with a team and for sure wouldn’t have stuck to this without that element. And although they weren’t drastic, I’m happy with my results! I feel jump started to keep getting after it and pursuing this lifestyle in as balanced way as possible. I think this challenge actually showed me that I’m not too far off from where I want to be, and to lighten up a bit when it comes to comparison with others but to also honestly keep in mind that I ALWAYS have control over what goes into my mouth and that those choices affect how I feel, sleep, workout and live! I want to keep these good feelings up and also enjoy the cake or wine or candy corn (only seasonally…that ship has sailed for another year!) without guilt and then move on.
Thanks for following along with my challenge and for allowing this to be a place where I can post pictures without worry of judgment; I am who I am and I appreciate that those who read this get that!
Have you ever tried a challenge similar to this before? Did you see change from it, have you kept that change up and would you try something like this challenge?
(yesterday’s post-workout shoot!)
Have a stellar Thursday friends! Live well & be well,