Monday, Monday. If I’m being totally honest, the only thing that got me out of bed this morning is the thought that we are one week away from Thanksgiving Break. It is needed! This has been a crazy semester thus far. Plus, I think there is something about this snowy, cold weather that makes me want to do nothing but lie in bed underneath the covers all day!
So it’s been about three weeks since John and I ended our 24 Day Advocare Challenge, and I’m definitely overdue in providing you all a recap of the last phase. You can check out my thoughts on the Cleanse Phase here.
The schedule for the Max Phase of the program is as follows:
Upon waking: Drink your Spark along and pop the 1st color packet of MNS supplements.
Wait 30 minutes: Eat breakfast and take the two white packets of MNS supplements
30 minutes before lunch: Take the second color packet MNS supplements
My initial thoughts on the Max Phase? Wow, that’s a lot of pills! Seriously, you have to take four packets of pills everyday, and each of those packets has four to five pills in it. I don’t have a problem with taking pills, and even I thought it was a lot.
I also want to mention that, if you choose to do the challenge, make sure you eat exactly thirty minutes after you take the supplements. There were two different days that I took my lunch packet, and then something prevented me from eating lunch when I planned. By the time I could get food in me, I was so nauseous it was very nearly unbearable. I did not enjoy that feeling AT ALL, and I didn’t make the mistake again.
So let’s get to the part you guys are wondering about-the results. Overall, I lost 6.5 pounds and 5.5 inches. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed at first. It seemed like the pounds were melting away during the Cleanse Phase, and then it all but stalled during the Max Phase. However, 6.5 pounds and 5.5 inches is nothing to look down on. Results are results!
Overall, I’d say the challenge was successful. Obviously, I saw results, and I’m convinced that some of the supplements along with the fiber drink helped to get my digestion back on track during the Cleanse Phase.
However, I do have a few hesitations about the program. Along with the supplements, Advocare puts a major emphasis on clean eating during the 24 days. No salt, no sugar, no processed foods or chemicals. I can totally get on board with that, and appreciate the focus on whole, real foods. Here’s my problem. It seems a little disingenuous to me to emphasize clean eating, and, yet, require you drink Spark, a product which contains sucralose. That particular irregularity didn’t sit well with me.
Additionally, I am absolutely convinced that the supplements taken in the Cleanse Phase definitely aided in weight loss and regulated digestion. However, I’m not convinced the Max Phase supplements did much (at least for me!). I’m inclined to think that simple clean eating would have achieved the same thing. Here’s an example: John followed the clean eating regulations during the entire 24 days without taking the supplements, and he lost a total of 14 pounds and 8.5 inches!
Despite a few misgivings, I’m really glad that I gave this a try if for no other reason than it taught me a lot about my eating habits. I just thought that I ate clean before! When I really had to pay strict attention, I was astounded by how many staples in my life had excess chemicals and sugar and just processed junk!
Going forward, I plan on tweaking some of those habits to cut out as much of that junk as possible 80% of the time. Let’s be real-I need ice cream in my life! Also, I think I’m going to order more of the Fiber Drink (all natural flavors), and incorporate that into my routine two or three mornings a week.
Would I recommend this program? Yes, with disclaimers. I think it can teach you a lot, and be a positive jump-start towards a healthier lifestyle. However, I would encourage everyone to do some research on your own before making any type of supplement (Advocare or not) a part of your daily routine.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout-out to Katie to thank her for all her help. When I was first intrigued by Advocare, I reached out to her and she very graciously offered to send me the Cleanse Phase box. During the entire challenge, she was on hand to answer any of my questions, and I so appreciated her help!
Now, since this post is completely devoid of pictures, enjoy this one of my beautiful baby sister.
Today is her birthday! Here’s one more just to embarrass her.
Ok, everyone, have a marvelous Monday!
Do you take regular supplements? Any you would recommend?