Now when most people think about a cleanse, they automatically think of no food and water with lemons and cayenne pepper.
What? Y'all have never done that?
The AdvoCare Cleanse is NOT like that at all.
And me even having TALKED ABOUT the cleanse turned a lot of people off of my blog because to them it seemed like a weight loss fad or easy way out.
Look, that's fine. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I do. But this is MY journey, and MY life and if you no longer find inspiration here, then I urge you to go find it elsewhere.
Now that THAT is out of the way, let's talk a little about the cleanse, which is probably not what you think it is.
It was NOT a weight loss attempt for me. I said from that very beginning I could have cared less if I lost weight or not.
I did, but that wasn't the goal for me.
Basically what I did was drink an herbal supplement (I got the citrus flavor and mixed it with 4 oz. of Tropicana 50 and 4 oz. of water) for 10 days, take some all natural probiotic and herbal supplements and eat clean for 10 days.
What does "eat clean" mean?
Basically eating clean means eating all natural foods like veggies, fruits, lean meats, no white flour, no sugar, healthy fats, etc.
So no processed foods.
Have you ever thought about how much processed crap we feed our bodies?
But it's sooo good!!! Mmmm.... Reeses!!!
Shutup Fat Brandi. She takes over sometimes, sorry y'all.
So the whole reason for me doing the cleanse was to get off the slippery slope of bad eating I'd been doing.
Sometimes in my journey I go through phases when I'll let the reigns loose a bit and indulge a little more than I should.
I don't know why I do this... I just love food dammit.
So I wanted to do the cleanse to refocus and cut out my bad habits again.
I was to the point where I was addicted to Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Nilla Wafers.
Like ate it every.single.day. And NOT in moderation.
Since having done the cleanse, I haven't had a single bite of either of those.
I replaced my PB addiction with Justin's Almond Butter and I freakin' LOVE it.
I won't ever go back to regular PB.
I did REALLY good on the cleanse. I ate clean, took my supplements and I lost weight.
Which was NOT my focus in the first place, but was an added bonus.
My starting weight on the cleanse was 147.
That's high for me. I am more comfortable around 140 lbs.
At the end of the 10 days (on day 9) I had started my period.
With starting my period always brings bloating and weight gain for me. So I didn't weigh myself on day 10.
But on day 7 I'd already lost 5 lbs. and was down to 142 lbs.
When the cleanse was over I decided to continue on with the 24 day challenge.
It's basically the same thing as the cleanse, but a little more lenient on the food, yet still eating clean, and no more fiber drinks.
On day 17 I weighed myself and I was 140 lbs.
This was after my period and a few days into the 24 day challenge.
And then came Megan's birthday.
And things just kind of took a turn for the worse there.
So I didn't get the best results from the 24 day challenge because I didn't stick to it like I should have.
Had I done it to the 'T' I can guarantee you I'd be in the 130's right now.
But life happens and you have certain things come up, and well, I wasn't doing it for weight loss anyway, so no biggie.
On day 17 I also took my measurements again.
Waist: 28" (-2")
Bust: 35" (-1")
Hips: 38." (-1.5")
Thigh: 19" (-1")
Arm: 11" (-.5)
That's a total loss of 6 inches. And 7 lbs.
I'm more happy with inch loss than weight loss ANY day!
I did take "after" pictures but it was on day 10 (bloating and weight gain) so you can't tell much of a difference at all.
I WILL do the cleanse again, and probably the 24 day challenge as well, but I'll be sure to schedule it around my period next time.
And yes, those are stretch marks around my belly button. Awesome, huh?
Childbirth is fun y'all!
Actually I was a moron in my late teens, early 20's and got my belly button pierced on top and on bottom, so that's where that hole stretched from when I was pregnant.
I'll be getting that and the extra skin cut off as soon as I can save up enough doll hairs.
Those plastic surgeons sure are proud of their shit!!
Okay, so after Megan's birthday came Easter and Reeses and blah blah...
needless to say all my hard work went out the window after my cleanse.
I officially suck.
I got back up to 145 and am currently sitting at 143 trying to work my way back down.
Again, not so much a weight issue as it is a "me feeling good about myself and not busting out of my skinny jeans" issue.
The thing I try to remember to always tell myself is
You can't out train a bad diet!
I am so guilty of this. I work out hard 5-6 days a week, so I need to be feeding my body with the right foods to really see my efforts pay off!
I still try to stick to a mostly clean diet, but again, I'm only human and I screw up sometimes.
And sometimes I just want a margarita and chips and queso! Ole!
That's okay. Because I just get right back up and fix it with the next meal. Or the next workout.
Fall down 8 times, get up 9.
My absolute FAVORITE AdvoCare product is Spark.
It is a sugar free, low calorie energy drink and I can't live without it.
It saved me on the cleanse! I wasn't tired and had zero lack of energy or anything!
I have one every morning. I don't drink coffee regularly, maybe once every 2 weeks.
And I'll be the first to tell you that I HATE energy drinks.
I can't stand the jittery feeling that Red Bull and Monster and all those other ones give you.
Spark doesn't do that at all.
My favorite flavor is Mango Strawberry. Mandarin Orange is good, too.
You just mix one scoop with water, shake and drink. One scoop is 45 calories.
If you get one thing out of this post, I hope it's you trying out some Spark.
Seriously LOVE it. You can also try a variety pack so you can see which flavor is your favorite.
I'm actually drinking some right now as I type.
Do I recommend the cleanse?
Absolutely! It was a great way for me to refocus on my eating and I think it is perfect if you're trying to bust out of a plateau or just want to challenge yourself a little. The weight loss and inch loss is an added bonus, too!
Do I recommend the 24 Day Challenge?
Yes. However, I'm going to have to do it again to really give you guys accurate feedback after having followed it 100%. I don't feel comfortable raving about it when I, myself, didn't follow it exactly.
Do I recommend Spark?
Do bears shit in the woods!?!?!
Now excuse me while I go try and shimmy into my skinny jeans.
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