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Well, another Heedfest has come and gone and I can say that after the 24 Day Challenge from Advocare, I lost 10 pounds!  I’m so happy with the results and recommend Advocare to anyone wanting to start a healthier lifestyle with a kick start in the right direction.  I didn’t reach my goal 100% but I’m confident with enough time, I could get back down to where I need to be.  Staying on program even gearing up for festivals you’ve been waiting for all year isn’t as hard as you would think, but I realize that I have a lot of practice with dietary restrictions because I’m a lacto-ovo-pesco-vegetarian (milk-egg-fish for all you non-Latin speaking people), so there have been plenty of times when I couldn’t eat anything at a gathering anyways.

And after the festival I lost an additional 2 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 12 pounds!

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I decided to try Advocare, and the cleanse was really challenging but very rewarding.  Now that it’s over I’ve really learned to appreciate the foods I eat more than ever.  It sort of got me to start thinking of food as fuel again, rather than purely entertainment, comfort, etc.  I’ve cut most of the sugar out of my diet and I rarely miss it.  However, there are many temptations and it can be hard at times to stick 100% to the plan.  The worst thing is the beautiful free goodies people bring in at work (see below) because work is stressful and I love to eat sweets and carb-heavy foods when I’m stressed.

At the 14 day mark, I had lost 6 pounds and some inches!  More importantly, I’m feeling a lot better, which makes it hard to find good excuses to avoid the gym anymore.  I notice, too, that I’m working harder at the gym probably because I’m feeling less icky and tired all the time.  I realized that it’s probably not normal for a 25-year-old to be so tired just from working and so forth.  More updates to follow!

I avoided starting an actual diet for a long time, but I realized a while ago that I don’t eat all that well.  An average week’s worth of dinners would include pizza, ravioli, pizza, spaghetti, mac and cheese, pizza, and going out.  Obviously some weeks were better than others and we did get some fresh food in there sometimes.  But almost every meal started with getting into the freezer, which I’ve learned to be a bad sign because it could mean most of what we eat was heavily processed and barely nutritious.

So a friend at work suggested Advocare and after some research, I signed up and ordered their 24-Day Challenge (more on this to follow in another post).  I started Sunday, June 10 so I spent Saturday, June 9 pigging out on all my favorites that I knew I would miss – cereal, bread, sugar, etc.

I went for an iced latte at Ghostlight Coffee and got to enjoy their new patio.  (The delicious whoopie pie from Thistle Confections that I devoured was not able to be photographed for obvious reasons.)

I finished out the night by enjoying a beer flight followed by an Oberon at Chappy’s Tap Room.  (Mac and cheese not able to be photographed – again, devoured.)

Starting Sunday, I started my new diet and after several days, I can tell you I really am feeling a lot better.  The junk I was eating way too often wasn’t helping me reach my weight loss goals because it made me feel icky and sluggish and tired all the time.  I’ll let you know how much weight I’ve lost as soon as I finish the cleanse portion of the 24-Day Challenge.

The arrival of summer ushers in many dreaded things – bugs, sunburns, all of the awkward times you try to go swimsuit shopping, actually having to wear said swim suit… But summer brings many delightful things, too.  Namely, the ability to sit outside comfortably, lighter clothing, an increase in the likelihood that real lemonade will be available just about anywhere.  Of course, the best part of summer is the annual Guided by Voices/Robert Pollard festival called Heedfest, which takes place somewhere in Dayton each year.  With no special holidays to look forward to in the summer, Heedfest has taken on Thanksgiving-level  significance in my household for the 6 years that it’s been going on.

With Heedfest being the only recurring summer event in my life, I decided to use the date on which it takes place as the goal for my weight loss plan and call it something catchy like Hot by Heedfest (I’m very susceptible to catchy slogans).  That’s right, I’ve just joined 1,000,000 other bloggers who actually write about weight loss stuff, and I’m sorry.  But getting it out there makes it real.

To motivate myself to work out all week and try to limit some of my many calories in the day (why do they make cupcakes so damn pretty?) I have a killer work out mix from the last time I consistently worked out (::cough:: 2007 ::cough::).  Here it is:

  • Holidays in the Sun – The Sex Pistols
  • Oh Bondage, Up Yours! – X-Ray Spex
  • Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
  • TV Party – Black Flag
  • Janie Jones – The Clash
  • Ex-Lion Tamer – Wire
  • Man Called Aerodynamics – Guided by Voices
  • Judy is a Punk – The Ramones
  • Pictures of Lily – The Who
  • No Cars Go – Arcade Fire
  • Thank You For Sending Me an Angel – Talking Heads
  • Hyper Enough – Superchunk
  • Wave of Mutilation – Pixies
  • Aneurysm – Nirvana

The plan is this:  I’m going to work out at Anytime Fitness, try to keep track of my calories using the app Lose It!, and try to limit my weekend fun a smidgen.  When I get bored, I will find classes or something fun to reward myself.  This shouldn’t be terribly difficult – I’ve already been doing this for 3 weeks now – but it took me 4 years to get into this mess and it might take me that long to really be out of it.  I had 25 pounds to lose, I’m already down 2.  Wish me luck!  Updates along the way (including new playlists), I promise!

1.  Learn Spanish – for real this time.  I’m recycling this one from 2011…to help the environment…

2.  Use all of my Groupons/Living Social coupons by their expiration date.

3.  Lose weight – unless I don’t feel like it.  I mean, food is amazing.  And not working out beats working out by 100%…

4.  Get my finances back on track – which shouldn’t be too hard since I don’t plan on buying any more houses in 2012.

5.  Figure out some sort of vague life plan for myself.  This can’t be all there is, can it?  Plus everyone I’m even barely acquainted with feels the need to ask me every once in a while what I’m doing with my life so I guess I’ll take the year to figure out some sort of answer.  Life is short, after all.