I’m always up for a good challenge!

For some reason, I get great pleasure out of testing my limits to see what I am capable of.  Whether it be running a marathon..hey why not?!? Giving up Gluten….sure thing! But 24 days of No wine or coffee…..now thats just crazy talk people.

proud But I have found myself 7 days into that challenge too! So what is this all about? After watching my friend Becky over at Olives n’ Wine get on the Advocare bus over the last couple years, I finally decided to give this thing a try….and now I’m wondering why the heck I waited so long!

24 day challengeI already eat a healthy diet and I take my own combination of supplements and vitamins, so I didn’t think I “needed” the Advocare lifestyle. Wow was I wrong! I can’t even remember the last time I felt this amazing. My tummy is the happiest it has been in years, and my energy is through the roof!  Now I want to shout it from the rooftop and make my family get on board too. Little do my parents know, they are going to get their own 24 Day Challenge bundle in the near future! We will consider this Thanksgiving picture below our “before” pic!

FamilyThe 24-Day Challenge is a comprehensive supplementation and nutrition program designed to give your body the jumpstart it needs to help you reach your goals. I don’t have any major weight loss goals, but I would be super happy 5-10 lbs lighter, leaner, and meaner! By the way I am down 4 pounds on day 7 and I am eating all the food I want within the clean eating guidelines, I have more energy and I don’t feel deprived at all!

The first 10 days are the cleanse phase, which really gets your body ready to accept all the amazing nutrients. The remaining 14 days are the Max phase. Your body is basically a clean slate to accept all the goodness of the nutrients in this phase!

A few basics of what makes this challenging:

  • NO Coffee
  • NO Alcohol
  • No Dairy
  • No Added Sugars
  • Eat REAL FOOD….no processed foods (if it has more than 6 ingredients count it out)

So let’s talk about Spark. Spark is the energy drink that can replace your morning coffee. What is it? I asked myself the same question.  It’s sugar free with more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy. It contains an effective amount of caffeine to give you a quick boost , B vitamins to enhance your body’s natural ability to produce and sustain its own energy, and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness.

And let me tell you SPARK is my NEW BEST FRIEND! My friends at the gym want to know why I have so much energy now, and when I jump up and dance to a good jingle in the commercials on TV…Steve says “spark huh?”

So what does a day of the Advocare lifestyle look like? The recipes and resources the Advocare family provides are unlimited but here is what I prepared for week 1. I prepared Breakfast and Lunch for the week on Sunday like I normally do, and then dinner varied throughout the week.

advocare week 1

1, Spark 2. Oatmeal Quinoa Banana Muffins (replace honey with stevia for the challenge) 3. Fruit/Unsalted Nuts. 4. Chicken/ Brown Rice/ Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach. 5. Unsalted Rice Cake with Avocado. 5. Gluten Free Brown Rice Quinoa Pasta/Ground Turkey/Baked Zucchini and Squash. (Not pictured – Fiber Drink with Breakfast and Supplements throughout the day, night, and bedtime)

I have been motivated to cook some yummy dinners and although Steve is not doing the challenge with me he is loving all the good food!

Chicken & Shrimp Stir Fry:

chicken shrimp stir fryOven Chicken Fajitas:

chicken fajitasBaked Pork Chop with leftover Stir Fry:

PorkI felt amazing for 8 miles yesterday and found that I felt better than ever AFTER a long run….and I wasn’t craving empty calories like I normally do!

runLike I said, I am on day 7 so I have 17 days to go. I’ll be checking back in to share my results. I took my before measurements and pictures, so we will see if I am brave enough to share those when this is all over.

In the meantime, I have decided to get on board and spread the joy of Advocare with people I love, so check out my site if you want to order a bundle of your own! You won’t regret it! I’m just learning from the great people like Becky, but I am happy to help answer any questions you have. I will be giving away some samples of spark soon so stay tuned for that!

Cheers, -SS

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