Monday, March 31, 2014

Inspired by Maria Kang, the "what's your excuse?" lady on Facebook, I made myself a 3 month chart. My goals were to lose 10 lbs and run 90 miles. I color coded based on activity
Red=rest Green=run Yellow=kickbox or cardio Orange=bootcamp 

I worked out 56 times in the last 90 days.  I ran 90.4 miles. I lost 10 lbs... (And then after this weekend gained a good portion back. Paying for it now with intense stomach cramps)
Overall, I'm super impressed! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

I finished AdvoCare on Wednesday and had my weigh in yesterday. I made sure to do it at my boyfriends house so I could get an accurate loss. 

What do you think? I can definitely tell a difference here! I started the 10 day challenge at 152.2, obviously very bloated because I never weigh that much, and ended at...... 141.8!!!

I can't remember the last time I saw 141! 

I'm really proud of sticking it through. It was hard but not THAT hard. Now I did have some bread yesterday, and it wasn't life changing, so I think I want to stick with this was of eating for a while. My goal is 140 by the end of the month, and then to maintain for the next 3.

If you're interested in advocare, please use my link here:

This link supports one of my best friends. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's morning of the day five on the cleanse and I have a lot to report. 
On Day 2 I ate:
Breakfast: protein shake
Snack: unsalted cashews and a banana
Lunch: turkey roll up, carrots, brown rice cake
Snack: banana and peanut butter
Dinner: 4 turkey sausage patties and a pear

Exercise: 1 hour of bootcamp

All day I felt pretty normal. Work was stressing me out so I was a little more unhappy and whiny than I usually am, but no bad cravings. Working out was really tough. I felt so weak and I definitely struggled to keep up. It was probably one of the harder workouts I've ever done. I attribute this to having no quick acting carbs in my body. 

On Day 3 I ate:
Breakfast: protein shake
Snack: raw almonds and a pear
Lunch: turkey roll up, carrots, hard boiled egg and egg white- forgot my rice cake. 
Snack: forgot my snack 
Dinner: grilled chicken and roasted brussel sprouts

Exercise: 30 minutes of running

I was definitely grouchy today, but still no bad cravings. Exercise felt pretty much back to normal. It was hard but not too hard. When I woke up on day 3 I weighed in at 146.6. Kind of crazy that I dropped 5.5 lbs of weight in 2 days... mostly water, but As long as it's moving in the right direction I'm happy!

On Day 4 I ate:
Breakfast: protein shake
Snack: banana ( forgot my nuts )
Lunch: turkey roll up, brown rice cake, hard boiled egg white and whole egg. 
Snack: banana and almond butter
Dinner: 4 turkey sausage patties 

Exercise: None

Day 4 (yesterday) was the worst day EVER. Around lunch time all I could think about was coffee and soda. It was literally right after I said "I think I'm handling this better than the average person" that the cravings hit.  All I could think about for a few hours!! This could be attributed to not having all my snacks the day before. I'm also going to bring my soda water today to have something soda-like if I get a craving. 
Last night I had my first restaurant experience where I met my friends before the Ellie Goulding concert. I ordered a soda water with lemon and I felt ok not eating their food. I wish I had a beer at the concert but it wasn't a big deal. 

Below is a picture the night of day 1 and this morning, day 5. Can you tell a difference? Not sure I can. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Today was my first day of the Advocare 10 day challenge. I know one or two of you asked what Advocare is so ill do my best to explain.
Advocare is a company that sells a range of health care items.. The basis of the company is multilevel marketing which means that you can become a distributor yourself and participate in a compensation plan based on direct sales. It's sort of sounds like a peer amid scheme although I am not selling or distributing Advocare so I don't really know if that's the case haha. 
Anyway, my friend Ashley is a distributor and if you're interested in purchasing a cleanse please use her link: 
The premise of the 10 day cleanse is pretty basic. Advocare says that the herbal cleanse system can help rid your body of toxins and waste with its unique blend of herbal ingredients that uses a systematic approach to help internal cleaning and improve digestion. The cleanse comes with fiber packets and herbal cleanse pill and a restore pill. You take these at various times during the day according to the instructions and you also take fish oil. The 10 day herbal cleanse costs $31. 

As far as eating on the cleanse the 10 day cleanse is really just a jumpstart to getting your body to eat clean. You eat five small meals during the day, and each meal is limited to certain foods. 
Meal 1: protein, carb, vegetable, or protein shake
Meal 2: healthy fat and fruit
Meal 3: protein, carb, vegetable
Meal 4: healthy fat and fruit
Meal 5: protein and vegetable (carb optional)

I counted calories today and I was close to 1200. I had a protein shake for breakfast, a pear and pistachios for a snack, two hard-boiled eggs rice cake and edamame for lunch, A banana and almond butter for snack and two more hard-boiled eggs with sweet potatoes and green beans for dinner.
I felt extremely full all day but I did crave my regular soda and coffee which you shouldnt have on the cleanse. 

The big NOs on the cleanse are: fried food, alcohol, dairy, sugar, anything processed or artificial, refined or white flour and rice. Soooo goodbye cheese milk yogurt bagels coffee creamer and diet coke for the next 9 days!

I weighed in this morning at 152.2. I don't believe that weight for a second, but I need a starting point so that's what I have. I did have a major party weekend in the mountains with my friends so I expect I gained a bit, but certainly not 6 lbs!!

I'll update this week about how things are going. I'm going to bed very full but with some small bread cravings. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I am so bummed. 2 weeks ago I weighed in at 144.0 and then I got my period and my weight shot up to 150. Today is 2 weeks later, and I'm weighing in at 148.6. I don't understand how it's possible to gain 4 lbs in 2 weeks! I feel like the weight must be real because it's been so long since I weighed. 
I'm just bummed because I'm still working out hard and eating mostly healthy. I guess if I'm being honest with myself I haven't counted calories so I'm not 100% sure I've been staying within my limits.
Wouldn't it be great to live life not having to count? I wish I could just eat nutritious food and not worry about calories or junk. 

In other news it has been two weeks since my bf and I have slept together. Weird. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

I am on my period  for the first time since I got my IUD put in, which was exactly a year ago. Sometimes I get grouchy and sometimes I have some barely there pink spotting, but this month is closer to a real  period. And my pair of 8 jeans fit really comfortably because I am so bloated. At least I'm blaming the time of month for that, given a week and a half ago I was at my lowest weight!

I weighed in on Friday but I didn't record it and I didn't share because it was a gain of more than 2 lbs. You can't gain 2 lbs in a week! So I'm thinking that 144.0 was not real, that maybe I was dehydrated? Or maybe the higher weight is due to retention from my period? Who knows. 

What I DO know is that I ended up joining the MMA gym, and to went to my complementary fitness assessment. Basically you stand on a fancy scale and it does your body fat %. I'll post a picture of my print out, but basically it said this...
Weight 150 (6 lbs more than the last time I weighed in)
Body Fat 26.2% (3% more than my at home scale)
Fat to lose 11.8 lbs. 

I verified the weight at home, and determined that it must be caused by a combination of my period and drinking a lot of water. My scale still said my bf% was in the 23% range, so now I'm not sure what to trust. It's Monday morning now and my stomach still feels off so I won't weigh in until Thursday. 
I guess all I can do is wait for my next assessment in 6 weeks, and bust my butt until then. I mean, my goal is 140 and so if I lost all fat in that weight, I would be really close to what the machine said I should be. 

Ok, all for now 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Small victory to share... I ran a 5k today without stopping!!!! It was a race I did last year so I was familiar with the  course. I was nervous because there is a big hill in the middle, but I powered through and finished in a little less than 32 minutes! It's not my fastest ever, but it's my first without stopping at all.  
Boyfriend ran it 5+ minutes faster than me. He is great!!