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I was so excited when I got my hands on the 24 Day Challenge Recipes. (updated!)   Always looking for something new, the recipes in the 24 Day Challenge meals are fantastic!   I’m really enjoying testing them out for our family.

And who doesn’t love a grocery shopping guide to help you navigate the crazy grocery store?!

A few people have asked me to assist with their meal planning during the cleanse phase and max phase.  Please comment below or contact me and I will gladly help out!

OH!   Have you downloaded the AdvoCare app?   Check it out!

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – results

I finished with my first AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.

And the results are in…

Measurements for the 24 Day Challenge:

Neck– down 3/4 of an inch

Bicep: half an inch

Waist: down 1 inch

Hips: inch and a half

Thigh: down 2 inches.  (Those squats and lunges paid off!)

Total inches:   5  3/4 inches!

Weight:  Lost 10 pounds

Towards the end I could feel muscle starting to build back on, so I wasn’t as worried with what the scales said.  Just happy with how I felt.  My clothes fit better and I have a LOT more energy than a month ago.  I feel confident and don’t miss junk food.  After a week or so I started to crave veggies ALL day long!  Not coffee, not chocolate, not greasy chips, I wanted healthy veggies!   Just shows that when you give you’re body what it needs, it responds better for you!

I’m proud of myself for keeping it up for 24 days.  It’s true, after a while it becomes a routine and then a habit.  The one thing I will work harder at is being consistent at the gym/running/working out.  When traveling it’s really hard to keep up with that, but it makes a difference!!

If you have ANY questions or want advice about doing a cleanse or a challenge like this, feel free to ask me!  It would be my joy to help anyone be make healthier choices and enjoy life!

Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

During the AdvoCare cleanse, I find that I do better if I have snacks readily available during the day.  Sometimes I get so busy at work I won’t have time for lunch, but can grab a hand full of trail mix or an apple.  

Here’s a strange thing,….lately I’ve been craving something spicy!  If you know me, you know that I’m a baby when it comes to turning up the heat of food.  I can’t handle ANY spice without saying “It burns my tongue!!”  My family may never let me live it down.  I don’t know why, but I’ve wanted spicey things lately.   Strange, right?!?!  So last night, I had an idea:  make a snack with some kick to it!  And so I started something new for us:  

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Favorite Seasoning
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.  
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Drain both cans of chickpeas and blot with a paper towel to soak up any excess water.  The less water the better!
  4. Spread out chickpeas on parchment paper.
  5. Generously dust/sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.  (I used a Cajun seasoning to get that spice kick I’ve been craving!)
  6. Drizzle olive oil on chickpeas just to cover, then toss so it’s well spread.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes then stir to make sure it doesn’t burn.  Bake 20 more minutes.  Look for a golden brown color in the chickpeas.  Once cooled, they should have a light crunch.
  8. Enjoy!
Spread out chickpeas on parchment paper

Spread out chickpeas on parchment paper

Tony Chachere's, my seasoning of choice!

Tony Chachere’s, my seasoning of choice!

AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse – Day #2

Day #2 – Things are getting better!

I don’t know what happened this morning when we decided to drink the citrus fiber drink.  Didn’t we JUST comment yesterday about how gross it was?  And yet, we did it again.  And we gagged again.  Robby got the drink down, I gave up and made another drink with the peaches and cream.  I will not have a memory lapse on that one again.   EEWWWWEE!   Breakfast meal replacement shake and off to work I went.

It was a busy day and my mind was everywhere except for thinking about food.  YAY!  I forgot that I even had snacks with me to keep me going.  I downed my water through the day and stayed in a good mood.  I had an emergency Slam energy drink, just incase that mid-afternoon slump got to me, but it didn’t!   What did get to me was a migraine.  It’s normal to experience a dull headache during the cleanse if you are accustomed to having caffeine.  Migraines, on the other hand, are not that common.  I took my medicine and powered through.

For lunch, I ate out with a friend.  We went to a place that customizes salads and I picked all sorts of yummy veggies for my salad.  It was filling and kept me focused during work.     After work I got in a good hour workout before going home to cook dinner.

Vegie Lentil SoupAhhh, dinner.  I was excited for dinner.   Why?  Because it was a vegetarian lentil soup!  YUMM!  This recipe is pretty easy to make and cooks for 45 minutes which allows you to clean up, relax, and do whatever.  This soup was fantastic!  So full of flavor and just creamy enough.  (following the directions on the link above, I blended a little bit of the cooked soup and mixed it back in before serving.  That made it more of a creamy soup instead of a broth with lentils.)  Robby wasn’t overly excited about it (he still gives me a hard time if I make a vegetarian meal) I thought it was fantastic!   Keeping this recipe for later in the winter!

No snacks during the evening, but I was extremely productive!  I decorated the house for Christmas and wrote this blog!  WOOHOO!

And now, breakfast and lunches are packed and ready for tomorrow, I’m calling it a night.   See y’all tomorrow for Day #3!

AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse – Day #1

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No no no, we’re not AdvoCare Reps now.  We like the AdvoCare 10 Day cleanse and decided to try it now that football season is over.  Not a bad idea to clean your body in between Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.   There’s just so much candy and sweets this time of year!

Last time we did the cleanse, I journaled about it and, much to my surprise, it helped me to read over those entries before starting this cleanse.  Isn’t it nice to know what your getting into before you start something?  Isn’t it great to know what parts will be challenging and what parts will be easy?  For this cleanse, I’ve decided to blog about the 10 days.  And if there’s anyone out there that can benefit from this, then my joy will be made complete.  So, without further ado –

Day #1 – it begins.

We started the day with mistakes in planning.  I didn’t have meals planned out for dinners.  I didn’t go to the grocery store to bulk up on good, nutritious food.   BIG MISTAKE!  I started my morning with the peaches & cream fiber drink.  Surprisingly good!  It’s much better than the citrus one.  (WARNING:  DO NOT get the citrus fiber drink!  It’s think and grainy in texture, making it difficult to drink.  If you don’t gag, I’m impressed!).   So yes, the peaches and cream fiber drink was pretty good and I followed it with a Slam energy drink and made a vanilla meal replacement shake for breakfast on the go.

As I was turning to go get dressed, I realized I had nothing planned for lunch and snacks.  YIKES!  (Side note – if this cleanse was up to my husband to prepare and cook all the meals, we would both die.  I’m sure of it.  He wouldn’t know what to do, so all responsibility is on me to get lunches packed and dinners prepped.  No pressure!?!)  So I quickly threw in some snacks, make a turkey sandwich (baked lean turkey, 100% whole wheat bread, and lots of romaine lettuce), and ran to get ready for work.   Don’t forget – drink LOTS & LOTS of water during the 10 days.  I have 2 gallons of water in my car to use because the water in our town is not even close to being good for drinking.  Here’s a picture of my snack pack at work:

Yummy snacks!

Yummy snacks!

About half-way through the day, I became very irritable.  I was tired of crunching on carrots, I didn’t want to eat healthy, and all I wanted was everything I couldn’t have!   Last time we did the cleanse, I didn’t go through this phase until days #6 & 7.  This was really early to start feeling this way.   Once home, I found out my husband felt the same.  It was rough to be positive when we both felt like quitting.  But, I trudged on.

For dinner, I baked some Alaskan Cod with lemons and herbs, roasted some asparagus, and sautéed mushrooms.  It was a very nice meal, but not what my husband and I been anticipating.  We wanted steak.  We craved bread.  I possibly would have given my right leg for tortellini on night #1!

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Dinner for Day #1 – baked cod, mushrooms, and asparagus.

After dinner was cleaned up and put away, i finished my meal planning for the week, made my grocery list and went shopping (at 10:30pm.  *yawn*)   $100 later, I had meals for lunch and dinner for 5 days for 2 people.  Not bad!  Cleaned the food when I got home, cleaned out the fridge of all things that might be too tempting, and began to prep lunch for Day #2.

At the end of the day, I’m glad we didn’t crack under the cravings.  It will be easier the next few days since we have a meal plan and have food readily available.  Check back for Day #2!