Jump to content

Sandavia Tries an Expansion Pack


Sandavia

Recommended Posts

 

When I hear CLEANSE, my immediate thoughts go to: 

 

200.gif

 

200w.gif 00155-300.png giphy.gif

 

Science-Equal-Sign-2.ico200.gif

 

Miserable and back to your old habits (and size) once you stop drinking carrot juice and start eating real food again. So when one of my best friends asked if I wanted to do a cleanse with her I was not interested at all until she sent me the info. This isn't a cleanse, it's a supplement enhanced jumpstart to a lifestyle change! And isn't that what I'm here for? 

 

I'm going to spare you the details (which sounds like a sales pitch) and I am in no way affiliated with the company. But I did a bunch of research about the supplements & vitamins, the ingredients, took it to a friend who's 100% organic and he even gave me the green light, blah blah blah...

 

Basically, I'm going to take the magic mushroom and use it to defeat Bowser.

200.gif

 

 

This leads me to this month's challenge: 

 

200.gif

Follow my Challenge Meal Plan

  • I generally followed the guidelines for the "24 Day Challenge" including the recommended times for the supplements and generally followed paleo throughout.
  • I tried to plan varied meals and am going to cook for leftovers because the amount of cooking that I'll be doing is crazy and the amount of food consumed total will be much more than I'm used to (in frequency, not in portions). 
  • Water will be my friend. I'm going to be drinking over a gallon a day so I've started preparing for that early. 
  • I scheduled my meals and snacks around my work hours and my classes, that will be starting, so I will be setting myself up for success.

 

giphy.gif

Workout 5 days a week. 

  • Workout Spreadsheet
  • Walk for 30 minutes twice a week.
  • Bodyweight circuits three times a week with mixed cardio. 

 

200.gif

Read 30+ minutes a day

  • Textbooks (since I'm starting school again)
  • Fun books (currently the Atlantis Plague, next Dresden Files book 4)
  • Any of the other books I have lying around

 

tumblr_inline_o3w7vp2MjA1s1m2v2_500.gif

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

I've never some a cleanse but I have friends that swear by them.

I'm also trying to read more. SO many books lying around that I haven't opened yet. Here's to becoming book dragons! You got this!

Sent from my XT1045 using Tapatalk

  • Like 1

Level 3 Gerudo Assassin 

STR 7.5 | DEX 5 | STA 3 | CON 8 | WIS 8 | CHA 5

"Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." - Hebrews 12:12

 1 - 2 - 3

Link to comment

Hello again! As long as you don't feel miserable doing it, "cleanse" doesn't have to be a bad word. What classes are you taking this semester, if I may? 

 

How do you like Dresden Files? I've red the whole series and am impatiently waiting for the next to be released. :)

  • Like 1

Manarelle the Level 60 Amazon Assassin

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

Link to comment

Hi again, @Manarelle! :)

 

This time I'm taking Accounting Principles II and Business Law. Both are going to be very helpful for my job and I think they will be more challenging than the classes that I took last time around so I'm excited! If I remember right, you're also taking classes, yeah? What are you taking? I'm still nailing down studying routines because I have trouble focusing, is there anything you do to kick your butt into hitting the books? 

 

I loooove the Dresden Files! A friend of mine got me into it and I'm reading them at a snails pace but it's coming along. Mixing in lots of other series in between. How many are they at total now? 15? Have you been reading from the beginning or did you get in late? 

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

Those sound like wildly exciting classes. :) Definitely challenging though - are they in-person classes or online? I'm actually writing my thesis this semester, which I am thankful I started early because it doesn't feel like it's moving quickly. I finally finished gathering sources and making an outline, and now just have to... write. Sigh. As far as studying, I had to set myself a schedule. I'm usually home by 5:30, so I get half an hour to relax, homework from 6-7, eat at 7, back to homework until 9, when it's workout, shower, and bedtime. Anything that doesn't get done during the week just eats up weekend time, so there's motivation to stick with it right there. Not saying it's perfect, but it works for me (mostly). 

 

I got into the Dresden books late, around #12, I think? #16 was supposed to come out last year, but it looks like it's been pushed back (again), so no rush, enjoy them! If you like those, you should also try the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovich. Fun, short, easy reads about magic and policing in London. 

 

How'd the drinking water prep goal go this week? Ready for your supplement lifestyle change? :) You can do it!

  • Like 1

Manarelle the Level 60 Amazon Assassin

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

Link to comment

My Accounting class is in person but business law is online! I'm a little nervous about that, especially because it looks like the workload will be very writing intensive. But I'm excited to learn new stuff! And I think the material will be interesting enough to keep me engaged. 

 

That's a really good idea- scheduling it! I'm operating under such a regimented schedule with my meals right now, it wouldn't hurt to throw study/homework time into my calendar! And if I don't need it, well, more video games for me!

 

giphy.gif

 

Ooh I'll have to look into that series too! I am a bit of a digital book hoarder. haha so maybe I should just add it to my wishlist for after the Atlantis series. And the rest of the Dresden series!

 

giphy.gif

 

The water... Is crazy. I was not prepared. But I did get in my gallon yesterday and am over halfway right now so I know I'll hit it today too! It's taking a lot of adjustment but it's been going pretty well so far. I set myself up really well by portioning all of my snacks in baggies and bringing them to work! There's no fear of people stealing your food here (I'm lucky, I know) so I just put it all in a drawer and go grab carrots or grapes or nuts or boiled eggs or hummus or whatever, whenever it's time.

 

I cooked too much of my first meal so I've already pushed into the next scheduled meal on my spreadsheet- which is okay because I totally forgot about going to pub trivia tonight! So I don't have to cook tonight afterall!

 

Plans are all fine and dandy but I think learning to improvise, and actually stick to my food guidelines when I encounter a bump, has been the best lesson! Grocery store out of broccoli? Fine, I'll get brussel sprouts instead. Can't make it to the store to grab the hummus I was planning to? That's okay, I'll just eat these snap peas I brought just in case I needed them! 

 

giphy.gif

 

The supplements have been interesting to adjust to. They're all things I've at least heard positive things about before (and some I was already taking in some form) but I'm not seeing change yet (it's only been 2 days). One of the major ones added is fish oil... It smells funny but seems to have lots of positive effects!

 

giphy.gif

 

The biggest challenge I'm encountering is that my energy is lacking because I've cut out so much sugar but I know I'll adjust. Just gotta keep at it! My sleep habits have been helping with that! I slept 8 hours last night and have felt way better than I did yesterday! Just gotta keep listening to my body and making adjustments where I need it. 

 

giphy.gif

 

The thing I am most looking forward to is seeing the change. A friend, who is also doing the cleanse, suggested doing measurements, taking pictures, and weighing myself before the first day- so I did. And it was a powerful experience. I've noticed a difference, even in the last few months, but quantifying my current status was absolutely a fuel for the fire! I'll be comparing my numbers on day 10 and day 24 and I'm interested to see the results! 

  • Like 2

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

Wow!  Looks like all your hard work is bearing fruit. You sound totally in the groove -- you're going to ace this challenge. :D

  • Like 1

otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Link to comment

giphy.gif

 

We, here in Portland, are experiencing Snowmageddon. This is a picture of the lake at the park by my parents house: 

 

Attach51385_20170111_095707.jpg

 

We don't get snow! This is weird! Even when we do, it lasts a day, turns into an icy mess overnight, and melts by mid-morning the next day. It does not cause school to be cancelled for almost a week, require chains on city roads, or cause gridlock so bad you only make it 2 miles in an hour. But alas, this has been the life since last post, on Tuesday. 

 

I've hit some crazy bumps with my scheduling due to the weather including getting to work yesterday and finding that the lunch that I had planned to eat had gone bad! Wah wahhh, but I made it to the store (because I bought chains yesterday) and was able to pick up some organic, lower sodium, no sugar added chili! And it was delicious! I was pleasantly surprised. And despite the horrific drive home, I made a healthy dinner and got in a tiny workout! I might also have a little more energy today, if you haven't noticed all of the exclamation points already...

 

giphy.gif

 

School... Is a lot. It looks like the law class is just frontloading a lot of information and then the rest of the term will be pretty consistent. But it feels like a lot of work with all of this meal prepping (fun work) and how busy it is at my job right now (work work).

 

I've mostly cleared my schedule for this weekend so I'm going to get some relaxing in to hopefully calm my stress and get some real workouts in so I don't feel like I'm losing my grip. My failures (or game overs or whatever you want to call them) have generally been from burning out by trying to do too much at once without listening to my needs or slowing down- and having to give up. So being in tune with my limits has already been helping me a lot! Giving myself options, self-care, sleep, support! All very important for these big changes I'm trying to make. 

 

200.gif200.gif200.gif

 

We can do this! 

  • Like 2

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment
7 hours ago, Sandavia said:

I've mostly cleared my schedule for this weekend so I'm going to get some relaxing in to hopefully calm my stress and get some real workouts in so I don't feel like I'm losing my grip. My failures (or game overs or whatever you want to call them) have generally been from burning out by trying to do too much at once without listening to my needs or slowing down- and having to give up. So being in tune with my limits has already been helping me a lot! Giving myself options, self-care, sleep, support! All very important for these big changes I'm trying to make. 

 

 

This is so motivational, that I probably shouldn't have read it at 2:30am while trying to get back to sleep —now I feel like getting up and tackling one of my life goals!

 

(but I probably should just sleep right now because I have class in the morning. Still, super inspirational!)

  • Like 2

otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Link to comment

Yep! Went to kickboxing and then spent the long weekend getting house stuff done. How's school going this week?

  • Like 3

otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Link to comment
On 1/18/2017 at 1:54 PM, otterbyte said:

Yep! Went to kickboxing and then spent the long weekend getting house stuff done. How's school going this week?

 

Awesome! I've wanted to try kickboxing but I feel like I might need to wait until I have a little more stamina... Do you do group classes? Have you tried Tai-bo or any of those kinds of videos at home? Sounds like a productive weekend! :) How have things gone since with your challenge? 

 

School got mostly messed up due to weather problems - our snowpocalypse lasted a whole week! Classes were cancelled and our community college is about a week behind but the online classes are on track! I procrastinated a little (okay... a lot) and spent 7 hours this last Sunday on business law homework. Oops! But, even though it may have eaten through my brain, I did well, I just know I need to break it up a little! Otherwise it's great - my Accounting II professor also teaches at Portland State and is an adviser for the business programs there. He encouraged me to come talk to him in office hours about my associates degree plans vs. dual enrolling vs. transferring w/ junior status. I'm excited to get that stuff squared away as I'm getting closer to fulfilling the associates requirements!

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

Update:

On the 18th, I was on the 10th day of my cleanse/diet/lifestyle change thing! Which concluded the 1st phase... Meaning I reassessed my weight and measurements... 

 

Drum roll please...

giphy.gif

 

Spoiler

I lost 9 lbs and 8 inches overall! Woohoo!

 

giphy.gif

 

I kept strictly to my food rules and worked out about 3 days a week while drinking about a gallon of water a day. This was a huge undertaking but it was clearly worth the effort for me! Meal planning (and snack planning) has been an interesting ongoing process and I've learned a lot of new recipes and healthy variations of things that I crave (like chili or spaghetti or ice cream!), I've kept workouts fresh by having lots of different videos, bodyweight set plans, and other tools like resistance bands available, and keeping my water bottle within reach all the time has really helped! 

 

200.gif

 

All of that being said, I'm learning how to make these changes sustainable- I donated all of the processed food in my pantry and threw out any opened refrigerator items that my brother didn't want. I filled half my cart at the grocery store yesterday with fruits and vegetables and portioned out meats when I brought them home into 2-3 serving bags in the freezer to help prep! 

 

giphy.gif

 

I'm two full weeks in now and I'm really excited about the results that I'm seeing and the support that I've received from every area of my life. I'm ready to keep going! :D 

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

 

That'd so cool that you're got such a great groove going! Isn't it wonderful when all your hard work pays off?

 

On 24/1/2017 at 5:18 PM, Sandavia said:

Awesome! I've wanted to try kickboxing but I feel like I might need to wait until I have a little more stamina... Do you do group classes? Have you tried Tai-bo or any of those kinds of videos at home? Sounds like a productive weekend! :) How have things gone since with your challenge? 

 

I'm sorry I didn't reply to this earlier...I didn't see it somehow! Yes, I do group classes at Thing 2's TKD school. Since I'm already there, it makes it very difficult to come up with an excuse not to go to class. :) I don't do any of that type of stuff with videos at home, but I do use Fitness Marshal's videos to warmup for my home workout, which is usually a Startbodyweight routine. The challenge has been going very well this month. My difficulty now is ingraining these new habits so that they become routine. Right now, I still feel like I'm fighting (honestly, sometimes I'm fighting my own laziness) to get those goals completed each day. :D I don't need to ask how your challenge is going...you're killing it! ;) 

  • Like 2

otterbyte, level 3 chirpy otter assassin

STR 3|DEX 2|STA 3|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 3

current challenges: otterbyte juggles priorities  \\ old challenges:4-week: DEC16 * JAN17 * FEB 17 * APR 17 * JAN 18\\ Assassin MiniChallenge: Epic Throwdown Championship * Assassin's Age: Origins \\ Monkey Tamers United

 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Link to comment
On 1/26/2017 at 4:52 AM, otterbyte said:

My difficulty now is ingraining these new habits so that they become routine. Right now, I still feel like I'm fighting (honestly, sometimes I'm fighting my own laziness) to get those goals completed each day. :D

 

This is seriously me! Every. Day. Whether it's washing the ridiculous amount of tupperware I seem to go through, or portioning snacks, or roasting broccoli and cauliflower at 10pm for lunches for the next few days (like I did last night), or somehow convincing myself to make dinner instead of going down the street for a cheeseburger... It's such a battle! But we're almost there!! 

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment

giphy.gif

 

I completed the challenge with exciting results!! 

 

Spoiler

I lost 15 pounds in 25 days! 

 

Isn't that crazy?! It is fantastic motivation and I am continuing the lifestyle even after the end of the All-In Challenge (cleanse thingy).

 

This is the breakdown of my Challenge: 

 

Challenge Meal Plan: Success

I stayed on track every day except for 1: I let loose during my work holiday party but for the most part I stayed on track:

  • Ate within an hour of waking up and about every 2 hours after that. 
  • Drank about a gallon of water every day. 
  • Generally eliminated processed food. 
  • Meal prepped a couple times a week to have healthy snacks available.

Challenge Workouts: 1/2 Success

I've come to realize that my initial goals for frequency of workouts is extreme. I made so many changes to other parts of my life during this challenge that it was difficult to add something else so time consuming to my already overwhelmed schedule. I increased my frequency from last challenge but 5 days a week was more than I could handle. So for the next challenge I'm going to increase but make it doable. I'm hoping to exercise 4 days a week. 

 

Reading Challenge: Success

This one was a lot easier than I thought; in combination with starting school (Business Law is a lot of reading!) and generally trying to read more often, I knocked this one out of the park. I will continue these habits and probably use pleasure reading (ex: fiction) as part of the self-care for next challenge. 

 

Overall

giphy.gif

I am super proud of this challenge and am excited to use these tools toward the future!!

 

Onto the next challenge! 

  • Like 1

Level 3 Human | Apocalypse Survivor

Previous Challenges: 1, 2, 3

Challenge Spreadsheet | Meal Plan Spreadsheet | Workout Spreadsheet

 

Link to comment
1 hour ago, Sandavia said:

I completed the challenge with exciting results!! 

Isn't that crazy?! It is fantastic motivation and I am continuing the lifestyle even after the end of the All-In Challenge (cleanse thingy).

 

HECK YEAH! Mega congrats on that win! Glad you found goals that fit you; really excited to see where you go from here. Onward! 

Manarelle the Level 60 Amazon Assassin

Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines