Another 24 Day Challenge – Results

Well I let time get away from me again, but I’m here tonight with my results of the 24 Day Challenge!

I lost 6.5 lbs! Yay!  I’m finally under 150 lbs.

weigh in

Here’s my transformation photo from the challenge.  I’ve noticed I’m getting more muscle tone in my arms.

transformation photo

I’m also seeing more muscle definition in my legs.

runner leg

2 Year Weight Loss Transformation

I have come along way on my health and fitness journey and I owe a ton of credit to my family, friends, runners, trainers and Advocare.  Although I still have room for improvements, I feel better than I have in years and I see gains in my strength, endurance and overall fitness.  I’m really looking forward to running another half this fall and hitting the weights this winter to tone up and build more muscle.

Two Year Transformation

I want to thank you guys for following my progress and all your inspiring words.  Your support is deeply appreciated!

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Another 24 Day Challenge – Day 15

I’m a little behind on my updates, but I had a few technology/internet issues last week and catching up now.  The last update was day five, on the cleanse and my first Insanity experience.  Today is day 15 and I’m on the Max “Burn” Phase.

Before I jump into the Max Phase, here are my results from the 10 Day Cleanse.

I lost 5 lbs!!

Results Ten Day Cleansse

The 14 day Max Phase is designed to help you fuel your body with core nutrition, increase your energy, control appetite and shed unwanted pounds and inches.  These 14 days help put your metabolism back on track and pushes your body to a fat burning mode.

During the Max Phase you want to continue to eat similar to how you ate during your first ten days with an addition of Meal Replacement Shakes.

You can read more about the Max Phase from my earlier post: 24 DAY CHALLENGE JOURNAL – MAX PHASE (1/23/14 – 2/5/14)

Max Phase

I did another round of Insanity and oh boy it’s kicked my rear! AGAIN!  I’m going to keep trying though and add cross training to the mix this month.  WISH ME LUCK!

Insanity

One of my great friends Samantha, gave me a sweet shout out that touched my heart.   It’s always nice to hear how your coaching has helped someone with their fitness journey. Thank you so much Sam!

My Dear Friend

“I have to give a huge shout out to my lady, Chele. You’ve helped me do something constructive with myself instead of caving into a childish act, my stress, and any anger that may have come my way. You helped me get back into the gym, jogging, and eating healthy all around. I love you for being such an amazing mentor when I’ve needed you, and for all of your inspiring posts on Spark your fit. I love you woman!!!” XOXOXOXOXO Sam

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well that’s it for today.  I’ll be back in 10 days with my results from the Max Phase and before and after photos!!  Enjoy the rest of this Labor Day holiday!

Another 24 Day Challenge – Day Five

It’s day 5!  And how did I start my day?  WITH INSANITY!  OMG it was tough!  I had to drop down to the modified movements and take breaks, but I finished.  The instructor was super fantastic.  He did a fit test first, then showed us how to do the routine before jumping right into it.  I’ve never done some of those exercises so the pointers he gave us were a big help.  The Diamond Jumps, Squat Push-Ups, Frog Leaps with Burpees and oh the Pike Up on the stability ball… WOWZERS!  Talk about testing my abilities… WHEW!  Anyway I video taped myself before and after.  The after one really cracks me up.  You have to watch it.

 Before Insanity Take One

After Insanity Take Two

My Recap of 24 Day Challenge this Week

Day 1-3

Fiber Drink and Herbal Cleanse

Fiber drink is a great solution that not only supports digestion but also enhances weight management program.

herbal cleanse advocare

Easy Lunch Meal –  Lemon Pepper Tuna Wrap

Lemon Pepper Tuna Wrap

Low Activity – Crunches and Walking

Beautiful Sunrise

Day 4-5

Probiotics and Herbal Cleanse

Easy Dinner Meal – Turkey Patty, Long grain rice with black beans and steamed broccoli.

turkey patty, rice, black beans and broccoli

Activity – Crunches, Spin Class and Insanity

spin class

Insanity Fitness Guru – Matt

Insanity Fitness Instructor

Another 24 Day Challenge – Day One

I started my 24 Day Challenge today.  The first 10 days is the Herbal Cleanse.  This gentle cleanse can help you get rid of your body toxins and waste with its unique blend of herbal ingredients.  It can also supports a healthy weight loss.

Herbal Cleanse

Herbal Cleanse

I had one egg white, regular oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries and Spark for breakfast.

Oatmeal

Oh how I love Green Apple Spark!

Spark is a fantastic sugar-free source of energy, nutrition and mental focus. Formulated with 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients, Spark has been a consistent top seller and trusted source of nutritionally advanced energy for more than 15 years.

Green Apple Spark

Lunch time, I had tuna with tomatoes on whole grain bread and did 50 crunches. Dinner tonight was baked chicken with broccoli and carrots.  I have 50 more crunches to do before I go to bed.  I’ll be back on day 5 with an update on my progress.

I completed a 24DC the first part of this year. You can read more about the first 10 days here: 24 DAY CHALLENGE JOURNAL (1/13/14 – 1/15/14) .

24 Day Challenge Journal – Results, Accomplishments and Shout Outs

After 24 days I’m happy to report I lost 6 pounds and 3.5 inches. Yay me! The photo below is my before and after picture. I’m totally thrilled about my results and looking forward to doing another one this summer.

Before and After 24DC

This is another version to show you how far I’ve come on this journey.

Transformation Photo

This is my HAPPY dance!

Accomplishments

Box Jumps

With the help of my coach, I was finally able to jumped on a small box without hurting myself.  Woohoo!  My next goal is to add more reps and  move up to the next level.

Box Jumps

Long Distance Running

One of my goals this year is to run a half marathon.  I’ve been working on my pace and miles with the anticipation of slowing myself down to add more miles.  So far my longest run this year is 7.6 miles.  I can’t wait to get started on my training in the Spring.

Running Shoes and Socks

Shout Outs and Thanks

Shout out to my husband who continues to support and join me on these challenges.  He has lost up to 15 lbs and 8 inches. I’m very proud of him taking the necessary steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Me and B

A big shout out to my son who enjoys a good workout as much as I do!  Here we are with our beast mode face ready to hit the gym.

me and my son

Huge thanks to Andrea, Tiffany, Angie, Jennifer and Deanna who took time out of their busy schedule to read over my blog before I shared it.  This has been a challenge for me and I’m truly grateful for their time and help.

Thank you

Thank you all for your encouragement and for following along this journey.  I hope there’s one thing you can take away from all of this and that is you can do it!!  Making a lifestyle change is a process involving several stages and challenges along the way.  However adopting new and healthier habits may help you feel better and more energetic.  How would your life improve if you made some changes? What’s stopping you from creating the lifestyle you want?  Hopefully, sharing my journey provided a pathway to achieving that goal.

Create A Lifestyle YouWant

Try Something New

For more information on Advocare, please contact me at chele_wells@yahoo.com or click on the link Advocare Team Wells below.

Advocare

Advocare Team Wells

24 Day Challenge Journal – Cravings, Cheat Meals, Rest Days

I’m a few days away from completing the challenge and boot camp.  I’m very happy with my progress and excited to see more results.  Here is my quick video update.

Craving Day

Day 18 I wanted jalapeno popcorn, so I fix a bag for my mid morning snack.  I ate  two cups of it and gave the rest to my son.

Popcorn

Then I wanted bananas, peanut butter (natural), dark chocolate morsels and cinnamon roasted almonds.  I had this as my afternoon snack.

Food Craving - Snack

Superbowl Sunday

I try to keep to the 80/20 rule.  Eat healthy 80 percent of the time and enjoy my favorite foods 20 percent of the time.  (See link below on 80/20 rule) I had veggie snacks with multi-grain crackers and jalapeno dip. Plus cranberries, almonds, pecans with white chocolate chips.

The 80/20 Diet Rule – Livestrong

SuperBowl Snacks

My Superbowl Meal

Turkey Chili with Sweet Cornbread

I used the clean eating turkey chili recipe for a reference. (See link below) I love sweet cornbread so instead of using sugar,  I mixed Jiffy with applesauce and a dash of cinnamon to give it the sweet taste.

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili and Sweet Cornbread

No Butter Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I followed the recipe below except for the bananas and almond butter.   Very easy to make and tasty!

Flourless Banana Almond (or Peanut) Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Cookies

Rest Days

Whether you exercise to lose weight, maintain fitness or for any number of other reasons, we all need a day to rest.  Rest days are very important, here’s why.

Rest Days

Yoga and foam rolling is just a couple of things I like to do on my rest day.  I also like reading, watching a good movie and spending time with my family.

Well that’s a wrap.  I will see you guys in a few days.

24 Day Challenge Journal – Max Phase (1/23/14 – 2/5/14)

The next step is the 14 day Max Phase. The 14 day Max Phase is designed to help you fuel your body with core nutrition, increase your energy, control appetite and shed unwanted pounds and inches.  These 14 days help put your metabolism back on track and pushes your body to a fat burning mode.

During the Max Phase you want to continue to eat similar to how you ate during your first ten days with an addition of Meal Replacement Shakes.

Meal Replacement Shakes

When you need a nutritional meal on the go. Just 220 calories per serving, you’ll satisfy your grumbling tummy, feed your muscles with high-octane fuel and give your body wholesome nutrients for a healthier you.

Meal Replacement Shakes

Max Phase

Whether your focus is on increased energy or appetite control , each MNS contains ingredients to help boost energy and fight sluggishness.  I use the Max 3 for energy, appetite control and overall outstanding core nutrition and wellness.

Each day you will be taking a strip of supplements which look similar to the photo below.  Each packet is clearly labeled about when to take them.   When you wake up in the morning take the packet that says 30 minutes before breakfast. Then eat your breakfast.  There is also another packet to take with your breakfast.  The same for lunch. Take the packet that says 30 minutes before lunch, then the other with your lunch.

Max Phase

I’m pumped up and excited to start this next phase.  Looking forward to burning calories and seeing additional results!

24 Day Challenge Journal – Favorite Dishes and Recipes

What do I eat when I’m on the 24 Day Challenge?

Through the entire challenge I keep up a healthy balance diet with physical activity.  I follow the food suggestions that are in the 24 Day Challenge guide and plan my meals for the week.  This post includes my favorite dishes and links to the recipes I enjoy eating when I’m on the 24 Day Challenge.

24 Day Challenge Daily Guide

The food suggestions that are recommended are merely a guideline and not a definitive list of what can and cannot be consumed during the 24 Day Challenge.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or fitness modifications.

24 Day Guide

Egg Muffins

Easy to go breakfast and very simple to  put together. You can also freeze them.

Recipe link:

Egg Muffins

Egg Muffins

Southwest Cobb Salad

When I’m dinning out, I normally order a salad. (It depends on the restaurant.) The Southwest Cobb salad is very delicious.  Lots of veggies and grilled chicken.

Southwest Cobb Salad

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

My first time making these meatballs.  Very tasty! I found the recipe on Pinterest.

Recipe link:

Super Healthy Ultra Clean Meatball Recipe

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Skirt Steak with Southwest  Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Salad

Southwest Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

Two sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed.

Add a half cup of black beans, half cup of corn, purple  onion and bell pepper to your liking, mix it in the mashed sweet potatoes.  I also used a southwest seasoning to give it a little kick.

Skirt Steak

Turkey Patty, Long Grain Rice and Veggies with Fruit Cup

Great mix!

Turkey, Veggies, Fruit Cup

Meal Replacement Pancakes

Easy recipe and they taste great!

Meal Replacement Pancakes

Chocolate Protein Pancakes with Honey

I used the chocolate meal replacement shake, added two teaspoons of natural honey and grapes. They were very delicious and took care of my chocolate craving!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

24 Day Challenge Journal Day 11 (1/23/14)

My 10 day cleanse is over and the results are in!  Drum roll please….

I lost 5 lbs and 1.5 inches in 10 days! Yay!  I always have great results when doing the Herbal Cleanse.  The Advocare Herbal Cleanse is the best way for you to start a new healthy living program because you will be given a clean nutritional slate. By stripping away all the junk that is stored away inside your body, you will quickly feel lighter and more energized to help you reach your goals.

I am very pleased with my outcome and pumped up for the next phase.  Can’t wait to see my additional results at the end of 24 days.

Weigh In

24 Day Challenge Journal (1/20/14 – 1/22/14)

Days 8-10.  I’m back to drinking the fiber mix and probiotics for the next three days. I couldn’t get the video to work so I decided to take a photo of what the Fiber Drink and Spark should look like when mixed together.

Spark

Spark is a sugar-free drink mix that has more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work together to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy.  Blend, shake or stir contents of one pouch into 8 fluid ounces of water. I prefer a 16.9 ounces of water.

Spark

Fiber Drink

Fiber drink is a great solution that not only supports digestion but also enhances weight management program.

Blend, shake or briskly stir contents of one pouch into 8 fluid ounces of cold water (I add a splash of Spark and a couple of ice cubes in the blender to help chug it down) and drink immediately.  If you don’t drink right away it will thicken up.  Drink a minimum of 8 fluid ounces of water soon after you drink the fiber mix.

Fiber Drink

Day 11 is my day to weigh and measure.  I’m really excited to see my outcome and start the next phase.