Tuesday, February 18, 2014

15 Days Post-Advocare

I finished my 24-Day Challenge a little over 2 weeks ago. That day was quite honestly one of the biggest reliefs ever. As determined as I was to stick with my plan, I fell down more than a few times, but just got up and dusted my knees off real quick. 

So now that I don't have the pressure of failing at a "challenge," it's been a much different experience. I don't want to die when I eat some cheese dip. And I honestly have more energy. I think I spent all of my energy worrying about eating something bad. Now if I eat some M&Ms, it's all good. Nobody died. And beer is back in my life. So all is well with the world again.

But I did maintain a lot of the eating habits I picked up during the plan. Which has been very helpful in maintaining a decent diet. That was always my biggest struggle. 

I've also ramped up my workouts almost two-fold from when I originally started the plan. When I joined Team Strength, I found my happy place again. And that didn't happen until the very end of my plan. 

With all that said, I'm essentially back at the weight I was at before the Advocare. But I'm definitely smaller than I was then. Which totally attests to the fact that the scale isn't a good indicator. I look better, I feel better, and I weigh the same. Who cares? 

Blame the muscle, blame college eating habits, blame the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol, blame hormones. Whatever. I'm happy. And I'm seeing progress. Which is what we all want. I'm lifting almost 3 times what I was in December, and I've got these strange things growing on my arms. I think people call them biceps? Yeah. Those.

I've also got some strange bruises to show for it.

Left shoulder bruise? Sure, why not?
Knees bruised up? Duh.
Mid-thigh bruises? I mean, I guess so? Normal.

So my post-Advocare journey has honestly been better than my on-Advocare journey.

I learned from it. And it was the kickstart I was looking for. So that's all I really needed.

And, of course, because I'm me, and can't stop one thing without starting another... I'm starting a juicing thing tomorrow, as that last push before Spring Break (20 days, holy crap.)

Have you tried the juicing craze? What did you think?

xoxo, jgp

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