Thursday, January 30, 2014

Final 24-Day Challenge Update!

I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!!

It's officially Day 25 and it's finally over!

And the first thing I did... Coffee. Obviously. 
Enjoying that as I write this post... Heaven. 

I can honestly say that I kinda sorta quit about a week ago. I got sick of taking a million pills at all times during the day. Or I would just forget about them. I did keep eating right though, other than a small breakdown on Saturday that included Mexican and pizza. Moving on.

I have learned a lot from the dieting part, honestly. I realized that I really did eat terribly last semester. No wonder I wasn't seeing results when I was killing myself in the gym.

I've also changed my workouts up again and I'm loving it. Minus the fact that I'm sore all over every day. And couldn't hardly walk on Saturday and Sunday. 

I'm finally seeing some form of results, so I'll definitely be contenting these eating habits, just not feeling guilty when I go out for a night with friends that includes cheese dip and beer. 

That's real life. There shouldn't be any guilt or shame in that. 

So here's the final results!

What I missed most: All of the terrible foods I normally eat. Primarily Mexican food and being able to enjoy the chips with it. I've been having to eat burrito bowls and say no to chips. And while I'm sure that's what I really should be doing, the chips are the best part. Let's all be honest. Ugh. I love carbs, okay?! I'm done.

Biggest thing I learned: I've said this before and I've said it again- it really is all about what you eat. I've spent the past year and a half busting it in the gym on a regular basis without seeing any results. And I kept getting angry and wondering why. It's because I suck at eating right. I love all of the bad food and rarely felt the need to eat veggies. So that has changed immensely and is here to stay!

I wish I'd known this existed! Would have made it so much easier to keep up with. I got tired of carrying around my little booklet all the time.

Hardest part: Not hating myself. This sounds crazy. But I would eat something and then immediately regret it and hate myself for breaking my diet. As much as I wanted to stick with this strict diet for 24 days, I knew it wasn't possible. I said it in a previous post, but the quickest, easiest way to see results is to do what works for you, not everybody else. I know I need cheese and carbs and sweets. The key is finding ways to enjoy those things without hating myself afterwards-- moderation.

Easiest part: Still thanking God for my workout habits. Without that, I wouldn't be seeing the results I am. Joining Team Strength (essentially CrossFit) at my gym definitely gave me the spark I needed here at the end. I've got a whole year of that ahead of me and I'm pumped! I've got some amazing trainers that motivate me, which I've discovered is a necessity for me.

My biggest take-away from this experience: This really isn't a "what you put in is what you get out" type of thing. The results you see are really going to be based on how big of a lifestyle change this is for you. If you normally eat terribly and never workout and start doing both of those things and doing the cleanse, you are obviously going to see much different results than I did. If you already eat right and workout, you probably won't see too much change. I saw moderate change because I cut back on my terrible food intake and changed up my workouts all at once. It's just like The Biggest Loser. Those people don't workout and eat right then they suddenly do and lose 20 pounds in a week. It's all about the degree of change here. 

Inches lost: 14 in

Weight lost: 5 lbs

I really had no expectations for this and I'm quite content with what I've gotten out of it. I didn't lose a ton of weight, but I lost some solid inches. And I see results, which is the key. I'm not a scale person. The scale doesn't reflect fat loss or the way your clothes fit. And that's what we should be looking for. 

If you guys are looking at trying the 24-Day Challenge or anything like it and want some personal advice, let me know! I'm more than willing to give you some real, honesty advice on things!

Happy Thursday, y'all!

xoxo, jgp

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