Hey ya’ll! I hope ya’ll have been doing as good as I have over the past few days! I just started my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge! I noticed a difference on the very first day and have been a little up and down since then. I feel awesome, there’s no doubt about that; however, I wasn’t eating enough and on Day 3 had a little problem with my sugar getting low! The problem was pretty much that I wasn’t hungry. Days 1-10 are the Cleanse Phase, this eliminates the toxins from your system and allows you to start fresh pretty much. They AdvoCare Challenge is pretty much a low carb, low sugar, low calorie plan. I don’t want to call it a diet because it has been so easy to follow that it’s not really a diet to me. Can I go to the fast food restaurant down the street and get whatever I want? Not if I want to actually lose weight haha but I can go to Wendy’s and have a salad or grilled chicken wrap or some chili. I can go to Chick-fil-a and have a grilled chicken something with a fruit cup. I’m still able to lead my regular life and eat out with family and friends when I want to without the “diet” restricting me too much! I am in no way trying to sell AdvoCare to ya’ll but if you want an easy to follow way to lose weight, gain energy, or just plain feel a little better from day to day… I think ya’ll should try it. 🙂
It’s no secret that I want to lose weight. I’m a very confident person and I like the way I look. I’m happy… I love to eat and I love to cook and I just really love food; but, not everything I love is good for me and over the years a lot of the things I love have helped me put on quite a few pounds! My decision to start doing AdvoCare started with a doctor’s appointment, like most decisions to lose weight do. This time, it wasn’t anything the doctor really said, although my blood pressure wasn’t perfect; it was what the scales said. I went to the doctor at the beginning of the summer and just a couple weeks ago and I realized on my last visit that I had gained almost 10 pounds in a 2 month time period. When I realized this, I was like “uh-uh honey, I’m losing some weight, I ain’t going up another size in clothes!” I’ve heard about AdvoCare (mostly about SPARK) a good bit over the past year and I checked into it a while back. I thought it was too expensive and I didn’t want it badly enough. So, a word to the wise… if you don’t want it, if you don’t have the motivation, don’t spend the money on it! When I saw those scales at the doctor’s office though, I figured I could give it a try for at least one month and if I didn’t like it fine and if I did like it that would be good too. So I spoke with my friend Stephanie, who I believe I mentioned in my last post. Her husband and her do AdvoCare on and off throughout the year. Most recently, she had a bridesmaid’s dress to fit into and wanted to lose a couple of pounds real quick. 😉 And she did in just a couple short weeks! Another friend lost almost 30 pounds while he was doing it and another lost 12 without really following the diet. Soooooo, I put my hat into the ring and here we are on Day 4 and my mom is even thinking about joining me on it!
Day 1 was the easiest day for me. I know that sounds weird but I was super pumped and ready to do this thing. I guess the more excited by it I was, the easier it was. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been easy the past few days, but a little of the excitement has worn off! Sunday, I went to the grocery store and got all sorts of fruits and vegetables. Stephanie told me that it was mostly about eating organic, or clean eating, and staying away from sugars. She said that anything that had under 3 sugars in a serving was good to go! I can have a lot of fresh fruit, or canned fruit as long as there are no sugars added, lean proteins, and fresh veggies. I can also have complex carbs which is good for me because I love bread and potatoes. I just have to make sure I’m not eating too many of those and when I do eat bread or pasta, I need whole grain. So I went to the grocery and got a bunch of stuff and grilled some chicken for supper that night. I grilled extra chicken because I knew I would want some for lunch the next day. I thought that I would need to start bringing my lunch because it would be hard to eat out but I really can eat out and I just didn’t realize it. But more on that later… I got a big head of organic leafy greens, pickles, pickled baby corn, red onion, carrots, almonds, sunflower seeds, bell peppers, black olives, and a lot more. On Monday morning, I woke up and mixed my SPARK. I made my lunch while I drank it. Grilled chicken salad with pickles and baby corn, almonds, and carrots. Yummy! I put a little oil and vinegar dressing on the side and made a little cup with some grapes and strawberries. I also had some natural peanut butter and an apple for later that day if I got hungry. I’m supposed to stay away from hydrogenated oils and dairy products for the Cleanse phase. No alcohol either! After I made my lunch, I got together a little breakfast. I had to drink this fiber drink first and I was advised that the texture was horrible and to mix it with orange juice or orange flavored propel or vitamin water. I was also told to CHUG! This worked for me, the texture was awful, but by the time I drank all my SPARK and my fiber drink, I didn’t want breakfast. I knew I had to eat a little something though so I scrambled a couple eggs, with no butter, and grabbed an apple to eat as I got dressed for work. This is what I used for my eggs:
AdvoCare Eggs 🙂
1 tsp. water,
1/2 tsp. dried minced onion,
1/2 tsp. chopped bell pepper,
Garlic Salt and ground black pepper to taste.
I just beat the eggs real quick in a bowl, covered it, and put it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. This was just because I was in a hurry and didn’t want to wash a skillet before work! You can do it in a skillet BUT use a tiny bit of olive oil instead of butter! You can also use coconut oil if you’d like!
That night, after work I made a quick chicken stir fry. Chicken stir fry has always been a huge staple in our house. My mom used to call it Chicken Wok Stuff! She pronounced it Wolk and we always picked on her for it. She gets so frustrated when we do that! 🙂 I thought I would have to change it drastically for it to be “clean” but I really didn’t have to change much! I used lite Soy Sauce, Organic veggies and chicken, and brown rice instead of the other stuff. It was really good and super easy!
Healthy Chicken “Wolk” Stuff:
1 large pkg. organic chicken tenderloins, boneless & skinless of course,
2 heads organic broccoli,
1 yellow onion,
1 pkg organic carrots,
1 can water chestnuts, check to make sure on the sugars, the can I used didn’t have any but depending on the brand they may have some due to the way they are packaged.
2 cups Uncle Ben’s brown rice,
1 cup lite Soy Sauce or reduced sodium Soy Sauce, divided,
Garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper to taste.
Cut the chicken tenderloins into chunks and add them to a skillet with a little olive oil or coconut. Start cooking your rice according to package directions. I didn’t use butter though, I did splash in a little olive oil. Season your chicken lightly. Peel and cut your onion into the size of your choice. I like them a little bigger in this but you can do smaller pieces. Cut the broccoli and carrots up and add all the veggies into the chicken. Drain the water chestnuts and cut them into smaller pieces. Add that to the chicken mixture. Now pour half the soy sauce on top of that and let it all cook down for about 10 or 15 minutes. This varies based on how crunchy you want your veggies. As long as your chicken is done! Once the rice is done, scramble your eggs. Add the scrambled eggs to the rice and pour in the remaining soy sauce. Stir it up and serve! You can add more veggies to this, edemame or green beans would be good. You can also double the amount of carrots and broccoli if you want more veggies than chicken. Don’t eat too much rice though! It’s really easy for that rice to stick to the bottom of the pan so I do recommend adding something to help with that and using a really good non stick skillet. White rice doesn’t stick nearly as easily, especially when you use butter. But for my purposes, the brown rice tasted excellent. The boiler was tough to clean, which we all know I hate but I think using a little more oil will help next time.
That was Day 1 and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Day 2 was pretty easy as well. I had a office meeting to cook for and I scoured through recipes trying to find something that was AdvoCare friendly. Then, I realized that my normal recipe for grilled chicken marinade was already AdvoCare friendly! Not only that, but I had a few people ask me for it after! I’ve already posted it on here before but I will post it again! I used Organic, boneless, skinless, thinly sliced chicken breasts. They are difficult to find though so if you buy the regular boneless, skinless that’s fine too. It’s really a matter of preference!
Grilled Chicken Breasts:
4 boneless, skinless breasts,
1/2 cup Worcestershire,
1/2 cup Dale’s low sodium,
To taste: Tony Chachere’s, garlic salt, and McCormick Cowboy rub.
Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish, in a single layer. Pour Worcestershire and Dale’s over them. Using a fork, pick up each breast and allow the sauce to coat both sides. Now sprinkle the seasonings on and allow to marinate for around 20 minutes.
I ate that chicken for lunch on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, and supper on Tuesday night! It was delicious! And the best thing was, it was good for me! Yesterday was Day 3 and I got a little sick. I’ve always had a little trouble keeping my sugars steady. I’m not diabetic or hypoglycemic; but, sometimes my sugar bottoms out. I can’t drink anything with a lot of sugar. My coffee is sweetened with Splenda and my drinks are diet! On Wednesday, I wasn’t hungry when I woke up, especially after I drank my SPARK and fiber drink. I choked down a rice cake with peanut butter. Not that it was gross, just didn’t want food! I left home with the plan of going to see Bella, going to the bank, and meeting my sweet sister in law and nieces for lunch. When I left the house, I was nauseated and dizzy. I went about my errands and drank a cold water but it didn’t let up. At lunch, I got a half turkey sandwich on wheat bread and a side salad from Jason’s Deli (I <3 Jason’s Deli) and I felt much better. I had a p3 pack that afternoon and felt fine! I spoke with Health & Wellness Advisor, Emily, and she said I wasn’t eating enough! The crazy thing is, even though I wasn’t eating enough, I was full! So, I’ve added a snack in the afternoon and if I’m hungry at night, after supper, I’ll have a little fruit or some organic almonds! That afternoon, after eating my little p3 protein pack, I was able to walk my little fuzz butt about a mile and a half. Although he liked he, he didn’t like it. He thought it was too much activity for his little self. I guess he needs to get in shape too! This was 20 minutes after our walk 🙂 poor baby was worn out!
Last night I had another grilled chicken salad! I know… I need to add more variety to my diet. But honestly, that’s all I wanted! Today, Day 4, I had 100 calorie, organic, maple and brown sugar flavored oatmeal with a banana for breakfast. I found this on the same aisle as the regular oatmeal. I added a little Splenda but it tasted just like the regular stuff! You can add a few chopped pecans or almonds to this too and it would be awesome! For lunch, Stephanie and I had a grilled chicken go wrap with a side of chili from Wendy’s, and a couple pickles for my snack. Tonight I’m going to Applebee’s with a friend. Applebee’s has a great low calorie menu and if all else fails, I can get ANOTHER grilled chicken salad 🙂 Tomorrow will be Day 5 and the halfway mark for my Cleanse phase. Meaning, I will move on to the Max phase and be taking a couple of different vitamins and eating a little differently. Not much though… maybe I can have just ONE ice cold beer. It’s funny, I don’t drink much and when I do, I mostly drink beer. Before I started the Cleanse phase, I didn’t think much about having a beer. I would on occasion, if I was at a friends house or out to dinner. I can go weeks without even thinking about taking a sip of alcohol. But around this time yesterday, an ice cold Michelob Ultra started sounding REALLY good. And when I say ice cold, I mean with little ice chips floating in it… Okay….. next subject before I blow my whole cleanse phase on a single beer! 🙂
I’ve got a great menu planned for next week and Monday is my first weekly weigh in and measurement! I’m planning some baked or grilled Tilapia with roasted veggies, a filet with a sweet potato, baked Italian chicken, a recipe for salsa chicken that Stephanie gave me, and a AdvoCare friendly, Chicken Taco Soup. I’ll let ya’ll know how I do… finger’s crossed it’s good 🙂 Even if I don’t lose in pounds, maybe I’ll lose in inches. If not, that just means I’ll have to try harder next week! I’m really proud of myself to be honest with you. I guess I’m finally just motivated or maybe this is just the right plan for me. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I feel like I’m eating what I normally would eat, just with a little more attention to what ingredients I’m using! I’m not really craving anything… other than that beer. 🙂 But that’s a good thing because the downfall of all diets are impossible cravings! I hope this helps ya’ll! If any of you are doing AdvoCare and want to share your stories or any of your recipes I would love to have them… I love to hear success stories and know I’m not the only one going through this! And if any of you are thinking of signing up and want to know a little more about it, I’d be glad to help all I can! Ya’ll have a good night!