advocare 24 day challenge.

by Janetha on August 31, 2013

in goals,product review

hi! happy labor day weekend to you. i woke up this morning at 7 AM thinking it was time for work, but realized it was saturday and got real happy and went back to sleep for two more hours. i also woke up with my head at the foot of the bed.. no idea when i turned around in the middle of the night, but marshall is guessing it’s because this monster was snoring in my ear so i flipped around. 

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she is the snoring QUEEN. and she insists on laying on our pillows.. sawing logs right in our ears. of course, we are too big of pushovers to do anything about it. she and randy basically run this place. 

after i rolled out of bed around 9:30, i got ready and we hit up the farmers market to get peaches! they are sooo good right now. peaches are my favorite fruit, so i am super stoked that it’s peach season.  we also got some basil, cilantro, and onions. i need to start doing my meal planning on friday night instead of sunday, so i can pick up produce at the market rather than wander around with no idea what i need. 

marshall headed to his third (and final.. i think) fantasy football draft and ALL my laundry is folded. that never happens.. so i have found some spare time on my hands! i decided to use my spare time to tell you guys all about the advocare 24 day challenge that i am starting TOMORROW!

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a little note on me doing a new challenge… if you have been reading here for awhile, you know i am a challenge junkie. it all started with body for life, then i did insanity, jamie eason’s livefit trainer, fitmixer bootcamp, and probably some others i can’t think of at the moment. in the past, i have been criticized for my participation in challenges–people have said it is ridiculous to do a new challenge and claim that i am “never satisfied” with myself. not true. 

some people train for marathons. others practice and compete in sports. i like to pick random fitness challenges and do them–it’s the same concept. i told marshall, “you like to get the latest video game and beat it. i like to try the latest challenge and complete it.” it’s fun for me. we do things that challenge ourselves because it’s rewarding to accomplish hard things. i get very bored with my daily routine and sometimes i like to throw a new challenge into the mix to liven things up and see how i do. 

do any of you read the great fitness experiment? charlotte wrote a whole book about doing different fitness programs and challenges, just for the sake of doing them. that’s something that is totally up my alley! i like to try things, know what they are all about, and if i love them.. then i like to share them with others. i dunno, maybe i am weird for being super into various challenges, but we all have something and this is my thing. so that’s that.

so! let’s talk more about advocare and the next 24 days ahead of me. i initially found out about advocare through michelle davis, a very inspirational fitness professional that i follow on instagram.

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isn’t she gorgeous?! not only that, she’s hilarious, full of useful information, and really down to earth. for months i have seen her talk about advocare, the challenge, her use of the brand’s supplements, and her clients’ success with the challenge. after seeing several more people i know try the challenge and love it, i decided i may as well give it a shot. 

i talked to michelle on the phone prior to ordering my challenge pack, and she explained more about advocare and their products to me. something cool about advocare is that they are informed choice certified. 

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this means all advocare products have been tested for banned substances by the world class sports anti-doping lab, HFL sport science. this is a rigorous certification process and advocare’s stuff has passed the test. this was great news to me, as we buy a lot of supplements at GNC that we don’t necessarily know EVERYTHING about. michelle informed me that companies aren’t required to label products that have harmful substances in them and she knows athletes who have unknowingly taken steroids or other harmful ingredients in their supplements. yikes. the informed choice checkmark gives me peace of mind that i am not taking anything with sneaky ingredients. 

advocare has several different product lines and SO many different products to offer. here is just a small sampling of what they sell. 

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on our phone call, michelle also explained to me that i could become an advocare distributor in order to get 20% off the purchase of the challenge. there was a sign up fee to become a distributor, but because i buy lots of other supplements for marshall and myself and because the distributor welcome kit comes with some free supplements, it balanced out.

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i was already planning to order the challenge, two companion products for the challenge, some arginine, and nighttime recovery in my first order alone. sooo.. in the long run it was totally worth it for me to go the distributor route rather than buy it right out. i think it is dependent on each person and how much you want to buy from the company. if you are just doing the challenge and nothing else, i’d probably say just purchase it as a one-and-done thing.. but if you plan to buy other products throughout the year (the distributor fee renews every year) then it’s worth it to become a distributor. 

enough about the company, let me tell you more about the actual challenge. there are two phases within the 24 days: the cleanse phase and the max phase.

the cleanse phase is 10 days long and is designed to remove waste, rid your body of toxins, and prepare it for maximum nutrient absorption. this is a three-part supplement regimen. the herbal cleanse is taken morning and night and it cleanses the digestive system and removes any accumulated toxins. the omegaplex is a blend of fatty acids that help with heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone, and immune health. finally, the spark energy drink mix promotes mental focus and increased energy. it replaces coffee or other caffeinated beverages you may be drinking.. yep.. giving up coffee for awhile. gulp.

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the max phase (days 11-24) gives your body the best tools to achieve your goals. this is a four-part supplement regimen. 

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the MNS vitamin pack comes in three versions–max C (appetite control), max E (added energy), or max 3 (C and E combined along with overall wellness.) i went with max 3 per michelle’s recommendation, since i am not necessarily trying to drop a lot of weight–i just want to feel good (and, yep, look good. who doesn’t?) the max phase also has a meal replacement shake. it comes in several flavors, but only one of those flavors is plant-based. since i am still mostly off dairy, i went with that one. it is dark chocolate. the stats on the shake are great–balanced protein and carb grams with a little fat. reminds me of my body for life days. you continue to use the spark and omegaplex throughout the max phase, which were both included in the cleanse phase above.

here are a couple challenge result photos from michelle’s clients:

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pretty sweet! the challenge comes with a guide that walks you through each and every one of the 24 days. they suggest a nutrition plan with both food options and timing. 

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i love things like this.. i can write in my workouts, meals, supplement intake, and other notes for each day of the challenge. i am one of those losers who loves the office store. yup.

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the challenge itself doesn’t have any specific workouts to go along with it. there was a 24-day workout DVD available to purchase with the challenge, but since i am already in my own fitness flow i decided to stick with  my daily GPP workouts and call it good. they are definitely intense enough and i think the challenge will go hand in hand with my current workout schedule. 

 like i said i ordered a few more things to go along with my challenge and with my training in general. i bought two challenge companion products (of the three they suggested): thermoplus and catalyst

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i am a fan of thermogenics (have taken them in the past) so i ordered thermoplus. it aids in converting fat into energy and promotes a healthy metabolism. catalyst helps maintain muscle mass and helps repair and protect muscle tissue.

after talking to michelle about my lifestyle, workout regimen, and goals, she suggested the arginine and nighttime recovery. 

 

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arginine is an all around amazing supplement for athletic performance. it supports a healthy cardiovascular system, helps enhance strength and stamina, aids in delivering nutrients to the muscles, and even helps enhance reproductive function.. which is cool for me right now. nighttime recovery promotes muscle growth and repair while you sleep. it is taken before bed and helps your body respond more effectively to the demands of physical activity. it also helps with the stress you can put on your body from exercise.

SOOO.. that’s the plan! if you would like to hop on board and do the challenge with me, you can go to my advocare store and order it HERE. you can also find all the other stuff i talked about in this post, along with many, many, many more items. if you have any questions about the company or products, please let me know! i am happy to answer what i can, and what i can’t answer i can ask michelle and get an answer to you ASAP. also, if you are thinking of becoming a distributor like i did, shoot me a note using my contact form and i can fill you in on all the details. 

have a great holiday weekend!

xo. janetha g.

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Tracey L. August 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for this post! I have always wondered about Advocare and this was great info. I may have to jump on the bandwagon.

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Sounds like a great challenge!! Can’t wait to hear how you do. I’ve just accepted Kasey from Powercakes challenge this month of having a Powerbowl a day.

Lauren M. August 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm

The challenge looks awesome! Might be something I’m interested in. But what happens after the 24 days? Do you gain back the weight immediately?

Janetha August 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

No! Consider the 24 days as a fresh start and a clean slate. Your body is cleansed, prepped, and ready for whatever you will throw at it. If the 24 days end and you throw donuts and french fries at it, then.. yes.. you will gain. But if you use the challenge as a jumpstart to propel yourself into a lifelong journey of healthful living, then the weight will stay off and you will only improve from there!

Gina August 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Try the Advocare (pills) called Muscle Strength!

Janetha August 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

OK! What are they/do they do for you exactly? Thanks for the suggestion.

Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl August 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I’m a challenge junkie too! They are so fun and give you something to work towards. I’ve actually thought about doing the advocare challenge too. But, I’m actually starting the Conscious Cleanse on the 7th. Good luck!

Janetha August 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

That is one I almost did! May do it in the future :)

Kristina August 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm

not quite sure if you *must* avoid ALL dairy or just trying to decrease the amount you consume, but the dark chocolate “non dairy / vegetarian” formula does contain milk protein.

as soon as I ordered it (I am an advocare advisor), I was sent an explanation that it may not be safe for sensitive individuals.

catalyst is a great product, as is the new raw bar (OH SO GOOD). and don’t even worry about coffee – the spark is AMAZING, you will not miss coffee with this as an energy source. :)

Janetha August 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thank you for pointing that out! I have been consuming dairy here and there, but haven’t taken the full plunge to consuming it like I used to.. so I should be OK. Very interesting, though. I am THRILLED to hear that about spark! Although I may miss the ritual of coffee.. haha. I will check out that raw bar! Love you.

Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I’m totally a challenge junkie too!! I say, as long as you’re listening to your body and doing what’s right for you, go for it! Looking forward to seeing how it works for you!

Krysten August 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I’ve been looking into this for a while, I’m dyyyying to do it! I do have a question though. I’m a (very poor) college student and I know, financially, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the supplement purchase after 24 days. Would it be worth doing? I just don’t want to have a successful 24 days then go back to how I was before. Obviously I know keeping up the eating style is a mist, just wondering your opinion :)

Anne @ eatcleaneatreal August 31, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I think its awesome that you do so many challenges. I am the same way…some of my friends think Im crazy too as well. But really…I think they are just jealous they dont have the willpower or guts to do it themselves. YOU GO GIRL!

Cait August 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

hi janetha – im actually a fan of your blog, but ive commented along the same lines before. i think you’re totally free to do whatever challenge you want , but i hesitate when reading all these claims you make about what these advocare supplements will do.
i think ive mentioned it before, but ive taken some nutrition classes (nothing too impressive at all, just your average community college classes) and the very first thing they teach you is to be wary of supplements. well, some textbooks/professors literally say that, basically, all supplements are completely unnecessary (that is, of course, not counting people who are very sick or need special supplementation) I think you have to be incredibly careful about the claims these companies make about the health benefits of their products – there’s definitely a reason why the FDA has millions of pages on their website about supplement regulation (or lack thereof)
I mean, I think you saying the following: “the herbal cleanse is taken morning and night and it cleanses the digestive system and removes any accumulated toxins. the omegaplex is a blend of fatty acids that help with heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone, and immune health. finally, the spark energy drink mix promotes mental focus and increased energy.”
Is actually really misleading – i’m sure many of those claims have NOT been substantiated, and we all know that many doctors would disagree with the statement that the digestive system needs any cleaning at all – our bodies take care of cleaning out ‘toxins’ very well on their own.
again, i think you can do whatever you want, and i actually hope this system/cleanse works out well for you, but i also know that you have a public blog read by lots of (maybe impressionable) people and i think some of the things written in this post are, if not untrue, then misleading or unproven.

Janetha September 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

hi, cait! as always, thank you very much for your concern. i am always good to research plans, programs, and pills before starting something new. i was concerned myself prior to speaking to my advisor, michelle. as a trainer and advocare advisor, she is very knowledgeable about the supplements and went to advocare’s success school this summer where she listened to the scientific and research board speak. they went over the purpose of the supplements dove into the method behind the madness. michelle then explained this to me, as well as the fact that i mentioned above– the company is informed choice approved. they check for the SAME banned substances as the FDA. the FDA is government run, so they will randomly check products when they want. the informed choice checks ALL advocare supps and products and provides basically an insurance on the advocare supps so that when / if the FDA tests their products, they are safe. :) also, as you may know, according the The ISSA sports nutrition context, supplementing in diets is important. your body simply can’t get some nutrients solely from food and they aren’t produced on their own with body–unless you eat massive quantities, which isn’t realistic. therefore, it’s important to supplement certain vitamins / minerals into your everyday diet to ensure you’re providing your body with enough nutrients to maintain a healthy balance. especially if you’re training hard! it’s important to replenish your body with extra vitamins. i know supplementation is not for everyone, but i have been learning about and using supplements for over seven years and i know they work for me and my lifestyle. again, thank you for your concern, but i’ve put my time into learning about these products to make sure i’m promoting something safe for myself and my following. i stand behind the products and i am very excited to incorporate them into my life and my blog is about my life. i realize i have influence on others, and i fully back advocare and that’s why i’ve decided to pursue the company more! :)

Corrie Anne August 31, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I love a good challenge!!! Can’t wait to read about it!

Brittany August 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Tomorrow I will be on day 7 of the challenge. So far it has been amazing. I feel better than I have felt in a long time. I have so much more energy. I have not had coffee or sodas since I started. I miss the taste of coffee but the Spark fruit punch tastes great and it does make you more alert and focused. I am definitely interested in becoming a distributor. If the challenge continues to go well I will be repurchasing several of the products and want to look into what other things they have. I can’t wait to see how you like the challenge.

andrea September 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

I was about to order it until you said no coffee :( I enjoy my morning cup of joe.

Janetha September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

Upon further research, several people do the challenge while still enjoying one cup of (black) coffee. I am going to try to do it without, just because I like to do things by-the-book.. but who knows, I may sneak some decaf in :)

Annette January 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Hi, I swapped the spark with coffee- my results are on target. My adviser knows that some of the ingredients in Spark are not a good mix for my chemical sensitivities- so, coffee is still my daily buddy. Actually, organic coffee is best! Best of luck.

Michele September 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Please keep us posted on what you’re eating and how you’re feeling!

Annette@FitnessPerks September 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Can’t wait to hear your experience with it!

Jena@21Days September 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

When you say the challenge the challenge comes with a nutrition plan- do you still eat regularly doing this or are the drinks/shakes/supplements replacing some meals?

Janetha September 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

You eat regularly :) There is a meal replacement shake you receive, but it is optional and you can use real food instead if you prefer.

Judy Saksa September 2, 2013 at 2:52 am

Can you give an estimate as to how much this costs? I’m sure there’s some basic plan you could purchase and then a loaded plan. This looks like a great cleanse, but I fear it will be an expensive one.

Good luck!

Judy September 2, 2013 at 2:58 am

duh! I found the answer to my own question regarding programs and cost!

katie September 2, 2013 at 5:54 am

Will you give us updates throughout the cleanse? I am interested in this as well as hearing how you like some of the supplements. I currently have been taking the GNC Genetix line of products and will be done with those in the next couple weeks and i have always been intrigued by the Advocare products, all i have used is the Spark drink from them. Thanks!

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

You’re going to kill it! I just finished the 24 Day Challenge on Thursday and lost 12 inches!! I love AdvoCare.

Trisha September 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I seriously need to place an AdvoCare order. I know I already mentioned it, but I really enjoyed the 24 Day Challenge, particularly the cleanse portion. I wasn’t super into working out when I did it the last time, but the hubby and I have been doing Insanity for the past couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing my results with the challenge and Insanity combined.
Good luck!

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut September 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

While I’m wary of cleanses, I like your explanation of why you do challenges. It totally makes sense. You should have that as a disclaimer for every challenge, especially the part about “it’s like training for a race” because EVERYONE does that and no one bats an eye! :)

Tess @ Cross Country Cajun September 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

How do you take the Arginine? Pre-workout? I am thinking of using it during my 24 day challenge to get the most impact.

Janetha September 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

I mix it with spark and take it 30 min prior to working out. It makes your blood circulate better which enhances performance!

Jamie October 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I am not a coffee drinker nor do I regularly drink any caffeinated beverages- would I still need to take the spark? Also, I am breast feeding my 8 week old- is it safe for the baby to do the challenge with nursing?

Jeff Frey November 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

I just found your initial report on Advocare and starting the 24 Day Challenge. Can you please send me your results and findings of your 24 Day Challenge?
Thanks Jeff Frey

Janetha November 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Justin November 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

First I have to say I love your blog, the recipes are the best.
I have been following for quite some time and any time I can not think of what to cook, your blog is where I come.
The Adovcare 24 Day Challenge is by far one of the most under-rated and most complete total nutrition programs on the market.
Most nutrition plans just tell you what to eat today going forward, Advocare knows that the only way you will truly achieve optimal wellness is to first cleanse your body of all the junk.
It is not just for people looking to lose weight, although most people do, if you are looking to look and feel better, the challenge is just what you need.
Great review, love the recipes. :)

Janetha November 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

Thanks, Justin! What a nice comment! xo

Leanna January 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I’m on day 2 of the 24 day challenge (my second run at this because I absolutely love it!!) you’ll feel like a million bucks, if you’re skeptical about doing this challenge DONT BE! You have nothing but inches to lose :-) I wish everyone would give it a shot and see what we’re all talking about!

Dario Khamvongsa May 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Janetha, I enjoyed reading your post about the 24 Day Challenge. I just finished the cleanse phase Monday and I’ve lost 7 lbs. This stuff is amazing. I am currently on the max phase and looking forward to losing more lbs. I want to look more defined for the beach. I’m an advisor for AdvoCare and I’d recommend these products to anyone who wants to lose weight, build muscle, and feel great.

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