24DC Day 25

24DC Day 25

As you noticed the post is titled day 25, which means I’m all done! Time to share my results with you all; 

So as you all know I don’t own a scale so I have no idea what my starting and finishing weights were, what I CAN tell you is my clothes are fitting looser, so that counts for something right?

Day 1 measurements:

  • Chest: 32″
  • Waist: 28″
  • Hips: 34″
  • Thigh: 19″

Day 25 measurements:

  • Chest: 30″
  • Waist: 27″
  • Hips: 33″
  • Thigh: 17″

And the before and after picture!:

  
I think what’s most important about all of this though is that I feel better, and it’s helped me get a handle on some of the really nasty eating habits I had which is ultimately what holds me back from being the best version of myself.

If you’re interested in doing your own 24 Day Challenge you can check it out here.

These are some of the biggest tips I can give to anyone who decides to do a 24 Day Challenge;

  • If you mess up, just keep going. We all make mistakes and I definitely had a few slips ups.
  • Get a couple flavors of meal replacements if you can. I’m not going to lie, I am now thoroughly sick of chocolate peanut butter meal replacements. 
  • Make sure you’re well prepared. I was pretty lost about what to buy for snacks and stuff going into this, so I was starving the first couple of days. So just make sure you go on shopping trip first, with a list in hand. 

Overall, I had my good days and bad days during this challenge, and it wasn’t always easy but I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat! 

24DC Day 16

24DC Day 16

Well folks, I’m officially down a pants size. So that’s exciting right? I’m not going to lie I’m a little disappointed that my waist is still measuring at 28″ but there’s still 8 days to go! I’ve been slacking on my water intake too because I’m just so sick of water! I’ve been trying to add lemons and such to it to try to change it up a bit. 

During tis second phase of the 24 Day Challenge you have a meal replacement one a day, and I must say the chocolate peanut butter ones are pretty bomb, so if you ever think about doing meal replacements I’d most definitely give them a shot! Plus, they have 24 grams of protein! 

Vegan Shepherds Pie

Vegan Shepherds Pie

I found this and couldn’t resist since its 24 Day Challenge diet friendly. The only change I made was omitting the wine since I didn’t have any because it’s not allowed.  Super tasty! 

  

RECIPE:Serves: 6
Ingredients:

– 4 russet potatoes

– 3 carrots

– 3 celery stalks

– 1/2 yellow onion

– 2 cups chopped mushrooms (one package)

– 1 Tbsp. flour

– 1 tsp fresh thyme

– 1 tsp fresh sage

– 4 cloves garlic

– 2 cups veggie broth

– 1/3 cup red wine

– salt 

– pepper

– soy milk (or rice milk)

– vegan butter
Directions:
Peel, chop, and boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until soft.
Meanwhile, chop the carrots, celery, and onion, sauté in vegan butter or oil for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms, and cook until the edges begin to darken. add the garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste, flour, thyme, and sage. Slowly add the veggie broth and wine, stirring continuously. Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
Mash the potatoes and add the soy milk and vegan butter. Add more if needed until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Lay the veggie filling into a baking dish, the spread the mashed potatoes over top. At this time you can get creative with designs and patterns for the top. The rougher the surface, the crispier it will turn out.
Spray the surface with cooking oil. Broil for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is crispy.
Enjoy!

Original posting from Buzzfeed.

24DC Day 7

24DC Day 7

Happy Wellness Wednesday! And happy day 7 to me! I’m over half way done with my cleanse phase! I think the biggest change so far is my energy levels. It used to be pretty normal for me to sleep 10 or 11 hours a night, crazy right? Now I’m down to sleeping a pretty normal 8 hours and I feel amazing. 

On a side note, grocery shopping for snacks is incredibly hard once you realize almost everything we consume has added sugar or partially hydrogenated oils, both things I’m banned from eating while cleansing. Here’s some of my favorite snacks I’ve found so far;

  • All natural peanut butter (Adams is my favorite) with banana, celery, or apples.
  • Hummus and Blue Diamond Nut Thins
  • Almonds
  • One Potato Two Potato sweet potato chips

What are some of your guys favorite healthy snacks? Leave ’em in the comments! 

24DC Day 4

24DC Day 4

I was doing some measurements today to see if anything has changed, but I didn’t notice anything too significant, until I got to my thighs that is. I’ve lost a whole inch off my thighs already! I’m excited, and quite frankly a little surprised to see how quickly this cleanse phase is making things happen. 

More importantly than all that though, is I’m starting to feel better.