Results are In

Here are my results of the 24 day challenge!  But this is just the beginning folks!  I’m going to grab some more AdvoCare products and keep losing inches!

Chest  45 1/2″    to    42″

Waist  45 1/2″   to   41″

Hip  50″    to   47 1/2″

Thigh  25 1/2″    to   22″

Weight  224.4 lb   to   214lb

IMG_0585[1]IMG_0584[1]IMG_0599 IMG_0600Before:

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Beginnings are Difficult, but Necessary

Ok!  So the results are in, I need to lose weight!  I could of told you that before putting my “before” picture on this blog and taking my measurements, but the reason I am doing this is to show everyone that no matter what weight you start at you can still achieve your dream fitness level!

First off, I started the AdvoCare 24 day challenge on May 4,2013 and right now I am in the cleanse phase.  You know when your kids wake up in the morning and they are just so excited to be awake and can’t wait to start the day? I was having  a hard time dragging myself out of bed and had to go straight to the coffee pot.  This usually made me feel guilty and I wanted to fix it.  Well, even after the first day of this cleanse, I was up before my children and instead of reaching for a coffee pot I drank a bottle of water and my Spark.  Since Spark is packed with vitamins and minerals and not the creamer that I put in my coffee, this is a much healthier alternative!  My energy level is up and this helps me have more energy for my children, and to exercise.

Next, I am choosing Insanity as my exercise routine.  The best thing about these exercise videos is that I can do them in my own home before my kids wake up.  Also, if my five year old is already awake, she likes to participate too!  Exercise is much easier to commit to if you can work it into your daily routine and still see results.  Going to a gym just has not worked for me in the past while juggling four children and nursing school, so this is also a change I am making in my weight loss journey.  Exercise that works for me!

For my healthy eating change, I am simply eating clean.  This includes foods in their simplest forms.  Fresh produce, eggs, nuts, whole grains, eggs, and lean meats such as chicken and salmon. Not anything packaged and processed. The best way to stay faithful to this lifestyle is planning ahead.  When I get busy and forget to eat, my stomach lets me know.  So when I am hungry, I need to grab something clean and healthy quick so I don’t reach for the bags of chips instead.  So what do I do?  I make enough chicken to get me through the week in my crockpot ahead of time, wash and cut my fruits and veggies, and hard boil some eggs.  So far it has been working great!

Most people who are overweight do not want to share with the world their weight and measurements, but if I did not that would defeat the purpose! What’s my purpose?  To show everyone that it is not to late to be what you want to be no matter how busy your lifestyle is. Also, to show you what works and what does not. So these were my measurements and “before” pictures on May 4, 2013 and never again:

Chest: 45 1/2″                                                          IMG_0584[1]

Waist: 45 1/2″

Hips:50″                                                                 IMG_0585[1]

Thigh: 25 1/2″

Weight: 224.4 lbs

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Don’t be Ignorant

speed bumpsThey say ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to weight loss knowing is better.  Just because a food label advertises itself as healthy doesn’t necessarily mean it is best for you in your weight loss journey.  Read labels with scrutiny to know the sugar and calorie content.  Also the ingredients should make sense.  If there is a name you don’t recognize, you probably shouldn’t eat it!

If a treadmill or an elliptical machine tells you that you have burned X amount of calories, it would not be accurate without knowing how much you weigh and how fast your heart is beating.  A better way to measure how much you are burning would be with a heart rate monitor.

The best way to measure results is with the measuring tape!  Do not limit yourself to what the number is on the scale.  Sometimes we get wrapped up in what our number is, but seriously we are not walking around with a neon sign above our head with our number of pounds.  But we will be walking around with how we look with the naked eye.  It is obvious when you lose inches and people will notice.  Pounds are not accurate if you are exercising, because you are building lean muscle which is more dense and weighs more than flabby fat.  Also, if you quit drinking caffeine found in sugary pops and coffee it could make the pounds fluctuate.  Caffeine is a diuretic which makes you pee.  It may take your body a little bit of time to adjust to not having that and may make you retain water for a short amount of time.

Weight takes as much time to lose it as it does to gain it.  Time is just more obvious when you are trying to lose because it takes hard work and dedication.  You can eat what you want and sit on the couch when you are gaining.  This seems easier, but how does it make your body feel?  Just plain yucky!  Please look ahead.  Remember how you feel after eating something fatty or sugary.  Like you’re in a food coma.  Now think how you feel after exercising and eating something healthy.  Like you are on top of the world.  Just think when people start to notice.  It will take them a while because they can’t feel it like you.  They can only see it, but when they do you will be so pleased.  So if it took you 3 months to put on 30 lbs., it might take you 3 months to get rid of it.

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