So this lap band and I have had one long strange trip. As I’ve written about before (look HERE and HERE) I am, in reality, a lap band success. I’ve dropped about 10 clothing sizes give or take (I currently range from a size 10-14/M-XL depending on the brand, cut, and make of an article of clothing); and I’ve lost at least 125 pounds and kept it off. Like all women (er most at least) I bounce around with my actual weight — fluctuating 10-20 pounds depending on the season and how many craps I have to give (currently, not many FYI).
However, while I have found out that my dress size does not equal happiness (in fact, when I was at my smallest I had a nasty tendency to have mini-blackouts while teaching fitness classes and even literally hit the floor one day) during my retirement as a fitness instructor — I have also realized that I simply am not healthy. I don’t eat, I don’t feel well, I’m quite tired. Now grated I also do have quite a bit going out outside of fitness, but you just know when something is off. So to see if it would help — I gave in and tried the Herbal Cleanse only portion of the Advocare 24 Day challenge. The Advocare 24 Day challenge starts with a cleanse period where you take a set of pills, drink a fiber shake, chug lots of water, and eat as healthy as possible. I’ll review that later — but one word of advice I would give is to not try to do a cleanse during a month where you are going to not one but TWO out-of-state conferences. Not wise, but do-able.
The second portion of the Advocare 24 Day challenge is called the MAX phase. Here you keep eating clean, but add in a bit of dairy, a meal replacement shake, and the MNS Max3 supplement strips. While not ideal, I decided to try out the MAX phase separately once I was back in town and on a more regular schedule. I’ll do a separate review of the Meal Replacement Shake — but this one is just on the MAX3 supplement strips.
Another thing I should say — I am not doing this perfectly. As a lap band patient I am not a normal challenger. I am not nom noming on Twinkies and McDonalds. I am not eating potato chips while watching the teeevee. Not that all challenges are like that — but I say that because many of the success stories you may see are from folks who had really really bad eating and fitness habits. And just like on the Biggest Loser — if you start eating better and working out, you will most likely feel better and see weight loss. I have a band that prohibits me from eating like a normal person, but enough vanity where I manage to keep my favorite Oreo’s out of my house because I will eat them and gain weight. My band is also why I am plateaued for weight loss — I don’t eat. Here me now — to lose weight you still must eat! So, again I say this simply so you are aware — I am not eating the way you should on this, I have not weighed myself, I did not take a before and after photo –because right now I am trying the supplements to feel good enough to try to rework my diet and fitness. I have to make it to the starting line first, before I begin the race.
Now that I’ve taken care of that…lets tackle this: