Things they are a’changing in Pamland! And for the better!

While I’m doing things like packing, selling furniture, training for a half marathon, coaching Girls on the Run, oh and working, I decided to add one more thing to the list – Advocare. More specifically, the Advocare 24-day challenge.

This challenge consists of a 10-day cleanse and then 14 days of fueling my body properly for energy and weight management. For those of you who know me well, you know that food is my friend – especially crappy food and chocolate and cheese and wine and…you get the idea. And I don’t like fruits and vegetables. So doing a cleanse that required me to eat mainly fruits and vegetables for 10 days is kind of comical.

My cousin Keri and Aunt Cheri started using the product and I was a SKEPTIC. I had no interest in this program. I questioned my Aunt one night and knew that it wasn’t for me.

About 3 months later, my friend Niki comes in from Alabama and tells me all about the O2Gold product from Advocare. I was shocked. Then I learned that she uses the products which helped her meet her weight loss goals. And she. looks. AMAZING.

So, now I’m thinking more about it and doing my research. Then I sit down with my hair stylist, Joni, who tells me that she’s doing it and has been for years! She also enjoys wine, chocolate, cheese (all things that are cut out). I asked her the fun questions – will I be hungry? how much time will I spend in the bathroom? Joni doesn’t steer me wrong with my hair, so I trust her completely!

Stars aligned? Maybe….Then comes the visit to the doctor. I weighed in at a whopping 195.7 pounds. I had gained 15 pounds since January. My cholesterol was still high which we’ve discussed previously. I’m trying to run and I’m just not moving well or fast. Discouraged is an understatement.

Done deal! I sent Keri and email that night and said I want in. And, of course, I became a distributor to earn discounts.

Here’s my thing – I love to sweat! I love to workout! However, when I don’t have any energy or don’t see any results/progress, I get discouraged. Add to that discouragement an emotional eating habit and it’s just a downward spiral. I’m not looking for a quick fix. I’m looking for a jump start. Maybe something to keep me motivated for more than 5 seconds.

I’ve decided to document the entire 24-day challenge. I’m going to blog about products I’m taking, food I’m eating, how I’m feeling and I’m going to be honest! (FYI – prepare for TMI!) I also plan on posting my weight and measurements at day 10 and day 24. Day 1 is April 12th so I’ll post the details April 13th so I can get a full day. I will try to post daily; however, if it’s the same, I may put a couple together. I should finish up on the day of the half marathon, and I will carb load the night before. And I will have a cupcake on my birthday!

So let the journey begin….