My 24 Day Challenge (Intro)

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I’ve decided that I’m going to *try* to do the 24-Day Advocare challenge. It’s a 24 day program that is designed to help you lose weight AND/OR get off a fitness plateau if you’re on one. I’m not really interested in losing weight, but I want to look better. It’s a common misconception that if you weigh less then that’s the only time that you’re losing fat – but that’s not true. Muscle weighs more than fat, and with me doing crossfit I’m going to weigh more at the end of these 24 days than at the start. So I’m just not going to weigh myself.

** More info on the challenge here **

I got the kit in the mail last week and decided that I would start today. So I went to the gym this morning, and then promptly went grocery shopping after. I’ve already come to two conclusions: 1) I need to actually GET UP earlier so I can get all these meals and stuff in, and 2) Eating healthy is fucking expensive.

Let me elaborate:

So, I woke up at 9am this morning so I could drink my pre-workout (this forces me to actually drink some form of water, because I am awesome at being dehydrated) and make the 10am class. Well, by the time it was over it was 11 – and by the time I was done buying groceries, it was like noon. I hadn’t even eaten breakfast yet, so there went my ‘routine’ for today.

I guess I have to get up earlier. I like doing a fasted work out though, so my ass either needs to get up at 5am and make the 6am class, or I just need to accept the fact that I won’t be doing fasted anything anymore. The challenge comes with a daily schedule that tells you when to take what etc, so I just decided to combine the morning and the afternoon for today since I’ve already fucked it up. Oh well, live and learn – plus it’s only day one. I just should have thought this out better.

I took before pictures, but I don’t feel like posting them because I feel like it’s absolutely necessary to look as fat and unhappy as possible, so you get the most awesome results by the end. And no one really needs to see me all gross and unhappy without the result pictures to follow. Deal with it.

Moving on to point number two – I picked up what I thought was a weeks worth of fruit and vegetables for a little under $20, but after meal prepping everything when I got home, I realized I had MAYBE three days worth. What the hell.

I also went out and tried to find fresh “free range” chicken, because the 10lb frozen breasts you get at the store that can literally feed four people at a time are disturbing. Can you imagine the amount of antibiotics in that shit?! No thanks. I’d rather just omit meat all together, but let’s be realistic here. I’m not dumb enough to try to convert to vegetarianism AND do some program at the same time. That’s really just setting myself up to fail considering I don’t have much experience with either of those things to be able to do it and stay healthy. Being anorexic is not what I’m trying to do here. This is going to result in a lifestyle change and I want to be safe about it.

I also attempted to find some fresh eggs. Locally, my city has decided that people are not allowed to own chickens within city limits, so this makes it slightly difficult to find eggs that haven’t been ‘tainted’. Luckily, I was able to find some. This made me think back to when I tried to do this before though, and I just have to point out how food labeling is incredibly misleading. (I’ll do a separate post about that later though.)

So…5lb of chicken tenders later, I paid another $20. That’s like $40 for just one week (but remember, my fruit and veggies didn’t even cut it so I have to go buy more). And the only protein I bought was chicken. So let’s say after everything is said and done for 3 meals a day, for 7 days – I’m paying like $65 or so a week. Multiply that by 4. $260 a month on groceries for ONE person. That’s without snacks or anything else. How can a family of four afford to do that?!

Let’s not even talk about convenience. I need to set aside an entire day just to be able to meal prep for the week. Not only that, but buying fresh produce also means more trips to the store. In order to be less wasteful and to save money, I really need to know exactly how much I will be consuming in a week. That’s gonna take some careful calculations. And I get to carry around a cute lunchbox with me when I go to classes two days a week now and cross my fingers I can find a microwave. Score! Or I can go to the cafeteria and spend more money on an overpriced salad.

No wonder our nation is so obese. You can eat conveniently and cheaper if you consume things that are terrible for you. You also get more of them. Seriously though! People from other countries come over here and are surprised at how big our portion sizes are. We don’t even notice it now, but when you talk about restaurants to other people the most emphasized thing is “How much do you get? Is it worth it for the money?”. The fact of the matter is, that if you are not active enough to be burning off all those calories – you don’t NEED to be consuming as many.

Now let’s talk about what I’m paying a month for fitness. I go to a crossfit gym, and I get a discount for being military but I’m paying $100 a month for classes I can attend every day. But I’m thinking about trying to get a trainer to help me with my form. If I do that once a week, that’s another $20. So $180 a month to work out, and that doesn’t include access to a treadmill. Thankfully it’s finally starting to be nice outside, so I can run outside BUT STILL. I need to run. I know crossfitters will yell and me and say that I don’t need to, but to achieve the results I want – I need to incorporate cardio AND weight lifting. Plus, running is kind of therapeutic.

So I guess being physically fit and healthy depends on how badly you want it. It takes determination, discipline and hard fucking WORK. (Oh, and money. It takes a lot of money.)

I’m definitely not saying that it’s not worth it, because it certainly is. But I can understand why people have a hard time with it. It also needs to be understood that not everyone is well educated in this area. Most people don’t even know where to start when it comes to losing weight or changing their lifestyle.

This is kind of why I said I’m going to *try* to do this 24 day challenge. Hopefully, I’ll learn some things doing it and once I come up with some kind of routine it’ll become easier and easier to STAY healthy.

We will see how it goes! Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.