AdvoCare Max Phase Recap & Review, Part 1

Hello from Day 18 of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge! (24DC <– abbreviated for the rest of this post)

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I have 6 more days remaining – well, 7 if you count today – and since I’ve talk to many of you who are interested in purchasing the 24DC before it goes back up to full retail price on Wednesday, I thought I’d do a mid-Max Phase review!

Since I have not fully completed the 24DC yet, I’m not going to post a supplement schedule or share results like I did last week for the Cleanse Phase – those will be coming next week! Instead, today I’m going to do a Q&A with the most common questions I’ve been asked while doing the challenge.

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How do I feel? I feel AMAZING! I know I’ve said this over and over again but I have a ridiculous amount of energy and have been crazy productive over the past week while on the Max Phase. Already this morning at 9am as I am typing this post, I have done my weekly Target run and grocery shopping, cleaned the kitchen and am getting ready to put dinner in the crock pot! (I’m making my Mexican Chicken Stew again because it is so easy for weekday lunches!) I also don’t need as much sleep as I normally do. Yes, I can still easily fall asleep at night without any problem but right now I don’t need my typical 9-10 hours/night, 7-8 keep me wide awake and alert all day long. My stomach and overall body also feel awesome. By cutting out processed foods and putting high quality supplements into my body, I am not bloated, my digestion is regulated and my skin is clear and glowing. I’ll take it!

Are you hungry? I still get hungry when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner but my meal options never leave me hungry. Everything I eat is filling, delicious and healthy and it never leaves me wanting more! Well, okay, it might leave me wanting a glass of wine or beer but that’s not real hunger ;)

How many calories do you eat during the Max Phase? I always get worried that I’m not going to eat enough for my activity level so, even though it isn’t required, I have been tracking what I’ve been consuming to make sure I get enough energy into my body. I’m aiming for 1,500-1,800 calories per day based on my height/weight and what my Fitbit recommends based on my daily activity level. Some days I eat more and some days I eat less but I’d say that’s a good overall average calorie consumption over the past 18 days. The 24DC comes with GREAT portion and meal guides so you do not need to track anything nutrition-wise as long as you follow the guide. I’m just Type A but we already knew that ;)

What can you eat? A LOT! There are so many options on the 24DC that I’ve never been bored with my food choices. I have been eating eggs (lots of eggs), chicken, beans, rice cakes, peanut butter, veggies, fruit, smoothies, almond milk, nuts, ground turkey, tacos, fajitas, chili, guacamole, oatmeal, edamame, fish, Chipotle salads… As you can see, there is so much you CAN eat that you don’t even think about what you can’t eat! I would be lying if I said that I don’t miss chocolate and wine and beer (especially on Friday nights!) and French fries but the challenge is only 24 days and coming off of holiday parties and sugar comas, I definitely didn’t miss anything sweet related the first two weeks.

Is it worth it? Most definitely! Yes, even on sale it is pricey but, like I said last week, I am saving a lot of money by not purchasing coffee or snacks or alcohol over 24 days. It is hard, really hard to break your processed food addiction (all of those chemicals and sugars in processed foods not only do bad things to our bodies, they can also be very addicting) but once I got over the initial “withdrawal” phase, I have had no desire to put it back into my body! In my opinion, $175 is a small price to pay to feel amazing, put quality ingredients into your body and find out what clean and natural foods fuel YOU best.

What happens after the 24DC? I’m not going to go into too much detail here because what you choose to do after the challenge all depends on your health and fitness goals. I plan on continuing the Max Phase (MNS 3) for an additional two weeks post-challenge – to keep me motivated until my trip to Jamaica :) After that, I plan to continue taking Catalyst, Nighttime Recovery, Spark, O2 Gold (marathon training aid!) and Carb-Ease (ya know, for those crazy girls’ nights out!). I’m also considering a few more so if you have questions, send me an email and we can discuss what options are best for you!

Like I mentioned, the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is on sale now through January 21st (it is only offered at a discounted price once per year!) – At midnight CST, the 24DC price will return to its normal retail until 2015.

I hope I have answered many of your questions but if not, please, please, PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to me (becky@olivesnwine.com) if you have any questions, hesitations or just want to know more about AdvoCare! I’d love to fill you in on their great product line and help you find the right products for your health and fitness goals :)

And, if you do decide to purchase the 24DC from me, I’ll be available to you for the ENTIRE 24 days (You’ll also have the option to be added to a great Facebook group that provides TONS of encouragement for the challenge!) if you have any questions or need help or motivation!

AdvoCare Cleanse Phase Recap & Review

Before I get into my AdvoCare update, y’all need to watch this video! Katie sent it to Carly and I this morning declaring that it will be us in 50 years <– I couldn’t stop laughing because it is so true, grandma’s twerking ;)

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If I had to place each of us, I’d be the one in the middle trying to be rational (read: no fun – “Listen, your a$$es are old”), Carly would be on the right all confident in her bad old twerkin’ self and Katie would be on the left saying she wants to try it!

Okay, now that you’re back and had a good laugh-crying fit, let me tell you all about my first 10 days with AdvoCare!

The first 10 days are the Cleanse Phase of the challenge. This is the part of the challenge where you set yourself up for success in the final 2 weeks, the Max Phase. Parts of the challenge were easy and parts were extremely difficult for me… namely giving up my multiple daily servings of Nutella and all things peanut butter + chocolate (wish I were kidding!) and the whole no alcohol thing ;)

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Before I get into the pros and cons and my current results, I want to share with you the “schedule” of the phase. Below are what supplements I took and meals I ate, broken out by day/time:

Days 1-3:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + 2 Catalyst, wait 20 minutes
  • Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 4-7:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 8-10:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 20 minutes
  • Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills

I know the schedule and supplement regime seems like a lot but it really isn’t. Before AdvoCare I already took a lot of supplements (#HLBprobs) and it honestly wasn’t anymore than I was already taking.

So, what are the “pros” of the Cleanse Phase?

  • It removes toxins from your body – I felt (and still do) AMAZING during the cleanse phase. It might have been the fact that I was getting rid of the gallons of champagne and pounds of sugar I consumed over the holidays but I think healthy eating and beneficial supplements also played a major role.
  • It gets you back “in tune” with your hunger signals – I don’t know about you but I ate and ate and ate some more between Halloween and NYE and totally lost any concept of the feeling of hunger or fullness. Thankfully, this part of the challenge gets you back in touch with your body by offering adequate (not too little, not too much) portion sizes and keeping you hydrated.
  • Energy, energy, energy! – Holy smokes did I ever have energy during those 10 days! (I have heard the Max Phase gives you even more energy… watch out Chicago!) I woke up early, was productive at work and at home and fit in great workouts during those 10 days.
  • Feeling of lightness – Fiber drink – or as I like to call it, the fiber cocktail – need I say more? Plus I was able to eat a TON. I was never hungry and ate every 2-3 hours, my style of eating ;)
  • Ingredients – I am all about natural (except for my whole Nutella obsession, I get it…) and was very concerned about what AdvoCare entailed before trying it. I did a lot of research and asked Lauren a million and two questions (thanks Lauren!) and felt very comfortable with the types of nutrients and ingredients I was going to be consuming. I was also concerned about the products making me feel sick (I can’t take a multi-vitamin without getting nauseous and light-headed) but had NO negative reactions during the Cleanse Phase. I like to contribute that to the quality ingredients that go into all AdvoCare products.
  • Saving some serious dough – Okay, yes, the challenge is pricey (although it is on sale through the 21st – more on that at the end of the post!) but with how much I’m saving by not buying certain things, I’m actually saving more than I spent on the challenge itself! Here’s a breakdown: Coffee – $2-3/day ($50 total); Lunches out – $20/week ($60 total); Chocolate afternoon runs (don’t tell me you don’t do this too…) – $10/week ($30 total); Happy hours/Drinks – $30/week ($90 total) = A total of: $230 saved and this is on the conservative end – shopping here I come!

And what about the cons of the Cleanse Phase?

  • The Fiber Cocktail – Hello, gag reflex! (Insert #TWSS joke here) I am not a picky eater, I’ll even eat foods I don’t really like without an issue but this drink was awful. The flavor, the texture, it was all bad… Thankfully, there are only 6 of them and by the end, I found that mixing with 10 oz of water and chugging as quickly as humanely possible was the only way to get these down. Even then I was only able to get 80% down my trap. Thankfully, as you will see below, I still saw great results during the Cleanse Phase so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t choke this one down.
  • The caffeine content of Spark – I know that most of you don’t have issues with caffeine but I am super sensitive to it. All of those Starbucks Instagram photos you see are decaf! Anyways, Spark has about the same caffeine content as a cup of coffee so I was nervous about taking it. I cut the recommended Spark serving in half and also mixed it with 24 oz of water (that’s diluting it 6x more than what is recommended, haha…) and was totally fine. The flavor is amazing and I love the way it makes me feel but if you have any issues with caffeine, I recommend cutting the serving in half :)
  • Self-control is hard – Like realllllyyyyy hard guys <– Tell me I’m not the only one with this problem. Days 6 and 7 were difficult days at work, I didn’t drink enough water on Day 9, I was tired on Day 8 and by Day 10 I just wanted a dang beer and a plate of nachos with a side of chocolate cake on a Friday night. This is where motivation and extreme self-control kick in. It’s difficult, reallllyyyyy difficult but whenever I hit these bumps, I remembered how amazing I felt – both physically and emotionally, and how great a mimosa, a glass of champagne (or 3…) and a slice of chocolate cake are going to taste on my birthday weekend!

And now, my results! As a disclaimer, I did weigh myself on New Year’s Day following a #treatyourselfTuesday style NYE where I consumed a salty, 4-course meal along with my weight in champagne. Some of this loss is definitely what I like to call “the cookie layer” (doesn’t that sound so much better than bloat?) but I am also contributing a good portion of it to AdvoCare since it is filling me with healthy, quality nutrients.

  • Total Inches Lost: -7.5 
  • Total Pounds Lost: -6.2

To clarify (mainly because Kyle was worried I had lost over 7 inches from my waist in 10 days…), you measure 7 places on your body – including your hips, legs and arms – and add up the measurements to get to your total inches lost. So no, in case you were concerned, I am not turning into a Barbie-like figure with a disproportional waist ;)

Phew, that was a long post – Thanks for sticking with me! I wanted to give you all my honest review about the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge (I’ll be doing a Max Phase review on the 25th after I’m complete!) before I shared the following news…

I’ve become an AdvoCare distributor! Okay, so it might not be as exciting as my previous news but still, I’m pretty darn excited about it!

Like I mentioned, the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is on sale now through January 21st (it is only offered at a discounted price once per year!) and I’m offering up an incentive for those of you interested in purchasing the challenge. I will send 3 samples of Strawberry SLAM (basically a condensed Spark that is great to drink before long runs or gym sessions – it won’t make your stomach feel full!) to the first 4 of my readers to purchase a 24-Day Challenge (or any AdvoCare product, they have great performance and wellness lines as well!) from me.

Please, please, PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to me (becky@olivesnwine.com) if you have any questions, hesitations or just want to know more about AdvoCare! I’d love to fill you in on their great product line and help you find the right products for your health and fitness goals :) And, if you do decide to purchase the 24-Day Challenge from me, I’ll be available to you for the ENTIRE 24 days (You’ll also get added to a great Facebook group that provides TONS of encouragement for the challenge!) if you have any questions or need help or motivation!

Have you tried AdvoCare? If you were considering purchasing an AdvoCare product, what would you be looking for in the product (performance, wellness, weight loss, etc.)?

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