It has taken me 15 days to overcome the mental hurdle of getting out of bad habits or as it is more commonly known as, the why-did-I-decide-to-do-this-all-I-want-to-do-is-eat-a-brownie hurdle.
Hopefully you can tell the left is day 1 and the right is day 15. If not, you can keep reading! The point of this post isn’t weight loss (although that plays a small part in it) but instead, it is about a lifestyle change. It is about my Advocare 24 Day Challenge and how it has made me so much happier. I was a huge skeptic at first, but am so thankful I took the leap of faith.
Since I (possibly like you) wasn’t seeing a HUGE difference in my appearance (which is, side note, insane to expect in 15 days) I decided to make a list of the things I’ve given up and compare them to the things I have gained since I’ve started my challenge. The most powerful finding I discovered is that my bad habits had a lot of power in hindering my ability to live life the way I wanted to. . .
What I’ve given up:
- Processed Foods
- Soda, Juice, Coffee (any beverage besides water, Spark, and the occasional glass of wine…I’m not insane!)
- Fast Food
- Excess amount of salt/oil
- Dairy (for the first 10 days)
What I have added:
- A 10 day cleanse (it isn’t scary and you don’t spend your entire day on the potty)
- A regiment of vitamins and health supplements (also not scary, just some extra “rocket” fuel!)
- 1 workout a day (unless I’m feeling extra energized)
- Spark (an Advocare product) The best energy boost there is!
- LOTS of water throughout the day
What I have gained:
- 15 workouts completed
- 35 miles ran
- Looser fitting clothes (at day 10 I was down 4 pounds and 6.5 inches)
- Some cooking skills
- An arsenal of healthy snacks, dinners and lunches
- Money SAVED
- DEEP sleep
And the list could go on and on. It was a superb tradeoff if you ask me! I’ll switch my gummy bears for happiness any day. I want to expand on my top 3 gains.
2 weeks ago, I was really struggling to do my basic, everyday tasks. I woke up groggy, I worked groggy and went to bed groggy. I seriously felt like I was somewhere on a spectrum of being hungover all the time except I hadn’t had an amazing, embarrassing and fun night the night before! Since changing my diet I feel awake and alert. I am actually motivated to make every meal for myself (and Steven if he chooses to eat what I make…poor guy has been forced to eat a lot of black beans!) run errands, workout, clean, go to work, opt for the stairs, research recipes….it’s absolutely energizing! Part of my motivation for all of this is realizing how blessed I am to be healthy…why would I want to spend it feeling anything BUT energized and motivated??
35 Miles Ran
Anyone who knows me knows I hate running. Don’t be fooled by the fact that I have participated in athletics my entire life; I still have always hated the feeling of running for the sake of running. In college, I dreaded any run longer than a mile. I was constantly trailing at the back of the pack, never pushing myself, trotting along and finishing with a smile while those who finished first were splayed out on the ground, gasping for air. In a game, I would sprint as hard as I could and last for 60 minutes without fail…so it wasn’t that I couldn’t run well physically, I couldn’t do it mentally. There was something about my lungs burning and my legs tightening up that meant that I was running out of steam which I hated. I never wanted to be that girl in pain splayed out on the ground. It was a physical gauge of how weak I was. But I never thought of how it could be a gauge of how strong I was. Since I’ve put the right things into my body, I found myself running farther and focusing more on clearing my mind rather than the cramp in my side. Running has turned into an escape and wonderful way to take in the DC surrounding that I am so blessed to be able to access anytime. It has also been a great time to blast Bieber’s new tunes with no shame.
Prior to my health kick, I was spending at least 10-15 dollars a day on food if not more. My credit card bill was out of control and 70% of it came from eating out. Since my health kick, I have spent 110 dollars which makes me en route to spend 220 dollars for the month on food….which is half of what I would spend if I were to ONLY buy lunch every day for the month. That itself makes this completely worth it. Cha-CHING.
I feel fabulous and am finally feeling like I’ve changed lifestyles, not just bought into a short term solution. I have worked hard but there are infinitely harder things in life so I’ll put this more into the “discipline” pile rather than in the “hard”things I’ll deal with.
Also- Advocare is legit! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a healthy change, a better workout and a more productive day!