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Recently, I told you about my husband and I embarking on the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. Never would I have guessed that 24 days would make such a difference in our lives. I wanted to update you on the final results. We not only survived our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge but actually enjoyed the change. In the beginning we were counting down the days until it was over so we could eat our “favorite” foods again. It didn’t take long for our mindset to change. Before we knew it, instead of counting down the days until our 24 days was over, we decided that we wanted to continue through day 25 and beyond. Going without diet coke, coffee, sugar, and processed foods for 24 days was literally life changing for us.
My husband’s goal was to lose weight. I desperately needed energy and I wanted to feel better. Drumroll…………so what is the verdict? I am happy to say, I feel better than I have in years. I have more energy, sleep better, and even my skin feels softer. My husband says that he feels so much better too, he lost 11.6 lbs and 8 inches. Both my husband and daughter are Type I insulin dependent diabetics. Another reason why it was so important for us to make a change in our eating habits. We didn’t realize how much the yucky foods we had been eating were affecting our bodies.
Update: After a year my husband lost 43lbs and 30 inches and has now kept it off for over 3 years!
Pictured above are the products we used during our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge
Some have asked why a 24-Day Challenge? Why not just start eating healthier? For some, that might work great. For us, we needed something to interrupt our lifestyle. We needed the 24-Day Challenge to help us stay accountable and to give our bodies a chance to detox. As I had mentioned in my first post (here) our 24-Day Challenge landed right smack dab in the middle of my husband’s birthday, an out of town business trip for me, birthday parties with pizza and cupcakes, and Easter. Had we not invested in the products and made a commitment to 24 straight days, we would have taken a break from eating healthy to celebrate all the occasions I mentioned, then as many times before it would have been even more difficult to get started again. We’ve been there and done that more times than I’d like to admit. Having the 24 days as a goal, helped us to stand strong and not give in. It opened our eyes to how much our celebrations are centered around food, something we didn’t expect. Not that we aren’t going to enjoy sugar again, or the occasional fried food we are, we were just determined to make it to the end of the 24 days together and were thankful for the insight we had gleaned.
A couple of things I realized -
- convenience foods might seem faster and easier in the short term however in the long term it’s not worth it
- it’s possible to eat healthy even with a hectic schedule including two kids in Spring sports
- a little preparation ahead of time makes a world of difference.
- coffee is not the most effective pick me up brain food – Spark, my favorite AdvoCare product is amazing
- after we started “eating clean” our bodies began to crave fresh fruits and veggies
- we snacked way more than we realized
- we had been eating ridiculous amounts of processed foods, fried foods, and sugar
- after drinking water for a while, it taste so much better with meals and saves a lot of money
- I’ve found ways to prepare healthier versions of some of my favorite foods (click here for recipes – more to come!)
If a 24-Day Challenge isn’t your thing, there are tons of other products that are amazing (click here to see). My personal favorite is Spark. I drink it first thing in the morning when I wake up, then again in the afternoon. It seriously gives me incredible energy, helps me to focus, and stops cravings. Anytime I have ever tried to cut out diet coke before I was miserable. The Spark really helped with diet coke and sugar cravings. If you feel like you are always tired with no energy, Spark might just be the pick me up you need!
I’d love to help you get started! After having gone through 3 layoffs in the past five years, my husband and I signed up as distributors so that we could get a discount on our products and have the option of earning additional income. You can check out all the amazing products here, I would be happy to work with you to put together the right products for your needs. Feel free to send me an email with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with AdvoCare in the subject line.