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!

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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 – 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 (1/16/14 – 1/19/14)

Days 4-7.  These days are a little easier because you do not have to drink the fiber drink.  When you wake up you still drink your Spark and take your Probiotic Restore pills instead.   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.  Probiotic Restore pills are these small white pills that help and support intestinal function.  It also aids in good digestion.

Spark and Probiotic Restore

I eat a healthy breakfast afterwards.

Spark and Probiotic Restore

Drink water! Toxins are releasing into your bloodstream so make sure you remove them by flushing the toxins with lots of water.

64 Fluid Ounces

This is my water bottle. I drink this a day and sometimes have an extra bottle of water.

The suggested amount is your body weight divided by two equals the ounces of water you should consume per day.

Water bottle

Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle and it’s a great idea to get at least 30 mins of physical activity a day.  It can be simple as taking a brisk walk at the park or around the corner.

Get Physical

Here is a glimpse of me working out with our workout series, Can You 24.

Catalyst is another option to take during the 24 Day Challenge. It helps maintain muscle mass during exercise and weight management.  Catalyst works to feed the muscles, not the fat, leaving your body more toned and better defined.  I call it my workout buddy!

Workout

After a hard workout or boot camp I drink lots of water and Rehydrate.  Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink replace lost water, minerals and electrolytes.  It’s great for hydration and recovery.

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink

Key Lime Cherry is the new flavor.  It taste like a green Gummy Bear.

Rehydrate

Rehydrate Gels

If you are looking for a boost, replenish or recover, Rehydrate Gel provides the electrolytes and carbohydrates you need to help you get the most out of any run, workout, swim or ride.

I used these during my 10K races this past summer.

Rehydrate Gel

Here is a video of me after boot camp. Whew it was a killer!

I’m halfway through the cleanse! Yay! Next week I’m back to drinking the fiber mix. Hopefully I can get the video and microphone to work so you can hear and see me put it together.  Ta ta for now!

24 Day Challenge Journal (1/13/14 – 1/15/14)

Lakeisha’s video diary of 100 days inspired me to do a weekly blog about my 24 Day Challenge.  Please take a moment and watch her inspirational story on her efforts to lose weight and boost her self-esteem.

Lakeisha Shurn – 100 Day Challenge

The day before I started the challenge, I put a grocery list together and went shopping for the food items I needed.  Below you will see photos of the food that I prepared for the week.

Eat The Rainbow

Food items

All Fruits and Vegetables Washed and Dried

Wash Off Food

Add Food Portions (1 serving) To Each Bag

Prep Food

This is my first video diary and it’s pretty rough.  I need to work on speaking into the mike.

Days 1-3. In the morning when you wake up, take one packet of Spark, add it to a bottle of water and shake.  Then grab your fiber drink and add 8 ounces of water with a splash of Spark mix it up (I use a blender) and drink it right away. If you don’t drink it right away it will thicken up.  This 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

The video of me showing you how to mix the herbal cleanse, didn’t work out.  You can’t hear me very well.  I made this quick one before I ran out the door to Boot Camp.

Breakfast

I eat breakfast about 15-20 mins after I drink the Fiber mix.

Two boiled eggs, one slice of whole grain wheat toast and strawberries.

Breakfast Day One

Boot Camp also started today at LP Performance. Great workout with weights, sprints and stretching.

Gym TimeBeFunky_CAM04294.jpg

Lunch

Tuna, Spinach, Tomatoes, Avocado, Onions and

Whole Grain Wheat Tortilla.

Lunch day one

Tuna Wrap

Tuna Wrap

Dinner

Baked Catfish, Salad and Beans

Baked Catfish

Herbal Cleanse Packet and OmegaPlex

I take the Herbal Cleanse packet and a OmegaPlex (fish oil) before I go to bed.

Herbal Cleanse OmegaPlex

One of the great things I like about 24 Day Challenge is that it teaches me how to eat healthier. I use their daily guide that comes with the challenge to help me plan and prepare my days ahead.  Also please remember to drink lots of water during the cleanse to flush out the toxins.  The recommended amount is your body weight divided by two equals the ounces of water you should consume per day.

I will be back in a few days and hope I can work the camera and microphone a little better to show you how to mix the Fiber and Spark drink.