AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge: Max Phase, 1st Week

Hello again, friends! Time to check in on AdvoCare.

While I’ve been following the Tone It Up nutrition plan now that the Bikini Series has started, I’m finishing up this AC challenge that ends on April 29. I figured doing two challenges at once for a week or two wouldn’t be too bad.

If you’d like to hear about the first 10 days (the Cleanse Phase) of the challenge and my results, check that out here!

So, onto Week 1 of the Max Phase! I decided to split this phase into two posts since I figured 14-days in one post would be prettttttty long (and boring).

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Max Phase

Day 11: Thursday
I woke up feeling awesome. In fact, my alarm went off at 6:15 and I bounced right out of bed. Of course, I then sat back down because my booty hurt so bad from doing the TIU booty workout last night. OUCH. I weighed in, took some measurements and wrote everything down! No more fiber drink!

* I will say I’m a little nervous about how the meal replacement shake (MRS) will affect me since it has a tad bit of dairy in it. I’m not so great with dairy in the first place so, we shall see! Oh, and this phase has a LOT of supplements. Ohhhh, the pills.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake (MRS)Β (this is the first chocolate I’ve had in 10-days so it tasted like GOLD); Spark once I got to work
Snack: Wasn’t super hungry, but ate anyway so I wasn’t starving by lunch time. Had a small banana with a 1/2 tbsp of all-natural peanut butter on it.
Pre-lunch: MNS Supplements
Lunch: MNS Supplements; chicken sausage, sauteed spinach, broccoli and artichoke hearts (tad bit of a stomach ache after lunch …)
Snack: (late, late, late – almost 7 p.m.) I was really sick all afternoon. Shaky, hot/cold, stomach ache and spotting (TMI – but I don’t get a period so it wasn’t normal). When I finally ate something, it was carrots and guacamole
Dinner: OmegaPlex; (8 p.m.) Turkey meat and broccoli

Workout: I took a walk over lunch.

Day 12: Friday
I woke up feeling okay – definitely not as great as the day before. I’ve been spotting on and off because my body decided after two years it would be fun to have a period. Let’s just say the next few days of food aren’t great because I don’t know how to handle hormonal eating anymore… I was feeling super lonely and hormonal and “oh, woe is me”. This is why Jessie can’t have a period. Again, TMI, but whatever.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: Chocolate MRS; Spark
Pre-lunch: MNS Supplements
Lunch: MNS Supplements; Chicken sausage, tiny bit of guac and broccoli
Snack: Carrots and guac
Dinner: OmegaPlex; Chipotle salad (lettuce, chicken, fajita veggies, two salsas and guac)
Snacks: 3/4 serving of dark chocolate with a spoonful of peanut butter

Workout: 5-mile walk after work! It was beautiful outside and I was feeling pretty awesome until AFTER the walk. Then I felt lonely and crummy.

Day 13: Saturday
This day was weird. I had an event for work and my emotions were again, all over the place. I was happy when I was around people, and then as soon as I was alone I was a cranky monster. Plus, all weekend I ate at really weird times, so that kind of messed with my schedule. I went into Urgent Care by recommendation of my doctor only to be told I was in fact having a period and I’d be fine. Which I already knew, but apparently had to spend $20 to check for sure.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: I skipped the MRS and had breakfast with a coworker before the event. I had one egg, two pieces of bacon and a banana.
Snack: Spark; apple while at my event
Pre-lunch: MNS Supplements
Late lunch: MNS Supplements; Chicken sausage, pasta chips from Love with Foods box and a tiny serving of ketchup
Snack: Carrots and guac
Dinner: I forgot to take my OmegaPlex … two chicken sausages, a pickle and ketchup
Snacks: And here we go … I basically cleaned out my Love with Foods box. I had two butter cookies, honey crackers and sour gummies from the box. Then I had 3/4 of a serving of dark chocolate and a couple of bites of Arctic Zero. I then took a bath and foam rolled and went to bed before I went crazy.

Workout: Zero. I tried to ride my bike, but it broke once I got a block down the road.

Day 14: Sunday
My meals were all over the place again andΒ I strayed off of the plans a bit.

What I ate:Β 
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: MRS shake and Spark (10 a.m.)
Snack: (1 p.m.) apple; Slam
Pre-lunch: MNS Supplements
Lunch: (3:30 p.m.) MNS Supplements; Chipotle salad
Dinner: OmegaPlex; One serving of cheese tortellini with marinara sauce
Snack: Couple spoonfuls of Arctic Zero and 3/4 serving of dark chocolate

Workout: 40-minutes of cardio between the treadmill and elliptical to get in my 5K for the Bikini Series

PSA: As you can see, I had a horrible weekend of eats for what is okay on the plan. I’ve always had issues with “bingeing” (not to an extreme, just to the point of eating something I know I shouldn’t have or will make me sick), so when I get bored or super hormonal, I go a little crazy and will eat pretty much anything. Let’s just say that by Monday morning I was feeling awful and ready to start over. I’m hoping this doesn’t set me back too much!

Day 15: Monday
Woke up feeling a bit bloated (probably from the carbs/cheese on Sunday night) and had a stomach ache all morning. It took me forever to drink my MRS.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: MRS
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Cheese tortellini, marinara sauce and 3/4 serving dark chocolate (sassy again …)
Bad stomach ache
Snack: Few carrots with guacamole; Spark
Dinner: OmegaPlex; Turkey patty with one cup of hashbrowns
Snack: Arctic Zero and peanut butter

Workout: I did a few random butt/leg exercises while watching YouTube videos because I felt guilty for eating so much shit.

Day 16: Tuesday
I woke up feeling fat – I’ll be honest. I didn’t feel as lean as I did last week and I was disappointed in myself for “falling off the wagon”. So I put on a dress that I love and did my hair to try to make myself feel better. Today was INSANE at work, too, and I barely sat at my desk until 2:30 p.m.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: MRS
Snack: Spark
Lunch: Lunch with coworkers for Administrative Professionals’ Day. I had as healthy as I could – a salad that had candied walnuts (whoopsies), cranberries, tomatoes, lettuce and balsamic. (I had a pretty bad stomach ache after this lunch – probably too much sugar or something)
Snack: Spark; Apple; few almonds
Dinner: Ground turkey, fat-free refried black beans, guacamole and carrots
Snack: 1 TBSP peanut butter with a serving of arctic zero

Workout: Before work I did the new Tone It Up HIITy Bitty Bikini workout and almost died. I didn’t burn a ton of calories, but honestly that’s because I couldn’t make it through each exercise without stopping. I am NOT as in shape as I’d like to be!

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Day 17: Wednesday
I woke up feeling full – like feeling if I put anymore food in my stomach I’d throw up just because there’s no room for it. I had quite a bit of energy and woke up before my alarm, though.

What I ate:
Pre-breakfast: MNS Supplements
Breakfast: Slowwwwwwly drank my MRS even though I didn’t want it
Snack: Spark
Lunch: Small salad and a few sweet potato fries from the cafeteria where I work. I stayed away from the cookies which is a miracle.
CRAP: Forgot my dang MNS supplements, so I took eleventy billion of them now.
Snack: I ate a small apple almost immediately once I got back from lunch. My salad for lunch sucked and was tiny so … yeah. Also had a half serving of almonds
Snack: Quest protein chips
Dinner: Refried black beans, turkey meat and 1/2 a container of 100-cal guac
Snack: Quest bar baked

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Workout: I did the TIU Daisy Duke routine three times through and then stretched a LOT so I wouldn’t be sore.

Here are my results for the first week of the Max Phase!

  • Weight lost: – .08 (officially 10 lbs away from my goal weight and 30 lbs down since I started losing weight!)
  • Inches lost: I actually gained 2 inches back. 1.5 in my thigh (I am wondering if I measured wrong last week since it was exactly the same as week 1) and .5 in my waist. I did lose about .5 inch in my lower stomach region, though.
  • How I’m feeling: Pretty good! To be honest, I’m not as “gung-ho” about this anymore. I’m bored with it. I’m bored with my meals. Bored with the shake. Just bored. Thankfully the TIU Bikini Series started to keep me a little less bored. Only one more week to go!

Linking up with Amanda!

12 comments

  1. Liz says:

    I read your last review too and honestly, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to do this. More often than not, you’re complaining of a stomach ache or not feeling right. Personally, I’ve never understood the point of this anyway- why not just eat healthy and clean for 21 days and cut out sugar or something? Why replace your meals with a drink or take supplements? This definitely doesn’t sound very beneficial!
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    • Jessie says:

      Touche! To be honest, I’ve always gotten stomach aches and had a very, very sensitive stomach, so I guess I didn’t realize how much I was mentioning it. For me, this challenge was a great way to push myself past my plateau that I couldn’t get past and really force myself into healthy eating. It’s gotten rid of a lot of the bloat that I dealt with every single day and put me back into the route of making food for myself instead of just grabbing a lean cuisine (or two). I’m not one of those people that can just “eat healthy” after eating like poop for a long time unless I find a way to challenge myself. I think that’s why I do things like this and the Bikini Series! Thanks for your thoughts! πŸ™‚

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    I’ve never been all that great at staying motivated through challenges either, which is probably why I’ve just given up on trying to do them πŸ˜† I do think they can be a great way to fall back into good habits, but I prefer things that that I can maintain as longterm lifestyle habits rather than ones that I’m only doing for a short-term challenge.
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    • Jessie says:

      I totally agree! This is definitely just a push in the right direction for me. Sometimes I just need a little slap on the a** to get going. πŸ™‚ I’m usually a pretty healthy eater, but this just amped it up even more. I plan on sticking to the healthy lifestyle part once the 24 days are done.

  3. Jordyn says:

    I love your honest review. Like I said before I’ve never done any sort of cleanse or challenge like this so I am always interested to see how they go and what the results are!
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    • Jessie says:

      Thanks! I’m trying my best to be disciplined. πŸ˜‰ I think it’s a little bit of both. I’m honestly using it more for weight loss and getting myself back into a healthy eating regime. I’ll be using the Tone It Up series to for the muscle gains πŸ™‚

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