Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Advocare 24 Day Challenge - Days 1-3

As you know, I have started a track to a healthy life with Nuvita a few months back and now I am working through the 24 Day Challenge with Advocare.  My husband just finished the first part of the challenge, the cleanse phase, and lost 9lbs.

Now I am on day 3.  I haven't had coffee in 3 days...I am alive!

I am not planning to cover all of the details of everything I eat/take during this time, but I will say that it is pretty basic nutritional stuff. 

The Cleanse focuses on detoxifying your body so that it can absorb and efficiently use the vitamins and minerals in our multivitamins and in the healthy foods we eat.  The only real restrictions in this phase are no dairy, wheat, alcohol and fried foods (duh!).  The phase promotes eating and I am enjoying all of the fruits and veggies that I am having daily plus the nuts and craisins that I have in the afternoon. 

I have started working out daily.  My schedule isn't too complicated.  I have a book "The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises" that I bought a few years back and used when working out with some  co-workers at my former job.  It has pictures of all different kinds of exercises and variations to make them harder or easier based on your fitness level.  The real value, for me at least, is in the back of the book where there are planned workouts using the exercises identified in the book.  There are around 20 different schedules (anywhere from 3 - 12 weeks) and most exercises don't require any gym equipment.  I use a small pair of dumbells and an exercise mat for what I am doing now.  So on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am doing the first set of 15 Minute Workout (there are 8 sets total, you do one for a few weeks and then switch to another, and then another...keeps your body fresh :).  On Tuesday and Thursday I am doing Treadmill work with a friend from work.  Some interval hills and some interval jogging, whatever keeps my heart rate up (for Nuvita I have to log a certain number of minutes in my target heart zone each week for credit).  I will choose a rest day of either Saturday or Sunday depending on our weekend scheudle and then the other day I will do some cross-training, bike riding, exercise video, something like that.

I am having fun with this, it is not taking over my life, I feel happy and accomplished.  Most importantly, I am taking care of the body that God gave to me.

More later once the 2nd part of the cleanse phase is done.  Cleanse is 3 parts (Days 1-3, days 4-7, days 8-10) followed by a 14 day Max Phase. 


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