The Results!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Wow, it has been 18 days since my last post.  Life simply got in the way.  I could list the excuses but you don’t really care, you only want to see the results….So here they are.  My suit felt looser at the wedding.  My belt loop is one tighter and I could actually button the top button of my dress shirts!

I never set out to become “Johny 6-pack” in 24 days.  Not realistic.  Not really even a goal of my mine.  If so, I would have to get my body fat % down in the 8% range and I don’t think my wife would enjoy the lifestyle changes needed (no alcohol, no bread ever, bad attitude from low carb diet, not putting my family first, ect…) to make that happen.  Instead I wanted to take the products, work my butt off in the gym, make some moderate changes in my nutrition, and see what AdvoCare could do for me.  Ultimately my goal is to attain and maintain a body fat % of 10% in a range of 210-215 lbs.  I will never be under 200 again (graduated college at 205 lbs and married at 215 lbs).

AdvoCare

Who is the 24 day Challenge perfect for?

  1. Any experienced exerciser (years of consistent exercise) who is stuck at a plateau (me)
  2. Any random exerciser who feels the need for structured programs
  3. Any person thinking of starting a weight loss program in the new year
  4. Ex-athletes who likes a challenge
  5. A veteran of buying supplements who wants to try a new product that is well researched and certified safe.

Where do I buy the program?  RIGHT HERE

Can I buy only specific supplements if I don’t want the 24 day challenge?  Yes, SHOP HERE.  Email or comment and I will suggest a couple of things for you.

What am I doing since the 24 day Challenge?  I have continued working my butt off in the gym.  I have enjoyed a couple of Nutrigrain bars, whoops.

Would I do it again?  Yes, but I would personally skip the Cleanse Phase.  I did like the cleanse, but I believe I found the products within the Cleanse that work best for me, therefore, I would not repeat the program.  Also, I did not see huge changes during the cleanse because I ate similar to the recommendations of the cleanse program.

I exchanged the fiber drink for another fiber product (NOW Whole Psyllium Husks) and I have added a Greens Supplement (Amazing Grass) to replace the herbal cleanse tablets.  I still take the OmegaPlex and SPARK.  That will never stop 🙂  You cannot have enough omega-3’s and energy in your life.  I have stopped taking the Probiotics.  I know they are healthy and beneficial, but just a choice.  If I had some severe digestive problems I would have continued taking the Probiotics, but I do not.

I would continue the MAX Phase as prescribed.  I really think that is when my biggest changes occurred.  I found the Metabolic Nutrition System the most beneficial.  I found the appetite suppression to be the most important.  If you look over my 24 days of food logs, I eat a ton of food and I normally eat more.  I have continued the SPARK, OmegaPlex, and the Meal Replacements (Mocha is the best!) from the MAX Phase.  I will buy the MNS 3 again when I am ready mentally and logistically (not the holidays) to make another change in body composition.

Before - Oct. 22nd
Before – Oct. 22nd
After 24 days
After 24 days
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After 24 days
After 24 days
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After 24 days
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The Numbers:  Most don’t care about the numbers.  Body Fat % can be inacurate at 1-3% either direction.  I used the caliper method with these calipers.  They are super simple and cheap.  The most important thing about calipers is that your body fat is trending down.

The only absolutes are the pictures above (make your own judgements) and the tape measurements.  I lost inches where it counts (belly) and gained inches where it counts (arms).  Ever since I started caring about weight loss, muscle gain, looking good in the mirror, amateur powerlifting, etc..I know that i gain and lose weight in my face and belly.  And that is exactly what happened during these 24 days – I lost weight in my face and belly 🙂

Before After Difference
Weight 220 218 2
Body Fat % 14.73 12.1 2.63
Fat lbs 32.4 26.6 5.8
Muscle lbs 187.6 193.4 5.8
Measurements   (mm)
chest 10 8 2
abs 20 16 4
thigh 8 8 0
tricep 10 8 2
back 20 16 4
love handles 18 14 4
ribs 12 10 2
Measurements(inches)
Neck 17 16 1
Chest 44 44 0
Belly 38 36 2
Legs 28 28 0
Arms (flexed) 16.5 17 -0.5
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Day 24 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

Wednesday, November 14th 2012 – The FINAL Day!

Recovery Day – low carb

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) + 2% organic milk, 1 scoop of organic peanut butter, ice, water
  • Pre Workout – SPARK

Today’s Workout – Recovery Day

Warm-up – Rumble Roller (my new favorite)

Recovery Strength & Cardio Circuit –  2 sets

  1. Versa Climber – 3 min = 145 bpm
  2. Ab Rollouts x10
  3. Band Pull-aparts x25
  4. BB Lunge / Good Morning Combo 95×6 each
  5. Keiser TBT – 3 min = 148 bpm
  6. Cable Crunch x8
  7. DB Bicep Curl 40×12
  8. TRX Skull Crusher (triceps) x12

 I added some extra arms and core at the end just because I never do that stuff.  I had to remind myself today was a recovery day.

Cool Down – wall hip / quad stretch, prone scorpions, piriformis stretch

  1. Meal #2 – Post Workout – 2 scoops of Whey protein
  2. Meal #3 – Lunch at the Peddie School dining hall.  Water. + 2nd Yellow MNS packet + Both White MNS packets
  3. Meal #4 – small protein bar, water, pear
  4. Meal #5 –Almonds, grapes, Roast Beef, bag of veggies.  +4 OmegaPlex

Day 23 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

Tuesday, November 13th 2012. 

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – 3 egg whites, turkey sausage, slice of 2% cheese, ketchup + coffee.
  • Meal #2 – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) + 2% organic milk, ice, water + Both White MNS packets
  • Pre Workout – SPARK

Today’s Workout

Upper Body – Bench 5/3/1

Warm-up – Foam Roll, Jump Rope, Pullups, incline close grip pushups, band pull-aparts

BB Bench 135×3, 185×3, 235×3, 275×3, 305×3, 335×1, 345×1.  I was pumped after that set because I was able to maintain my strength while losing body fat.  Results to come in a few days!

Metabolic Strength Circuit –  3 sets x 8 reps

  1. BB Bench – 185 + 90 lbs chains
  2. Hammer Row – 270 lbs
  3. Cable Chop – 100 lbs
  4. DB Shoulder Press – 45 lbs
  5. Chin-ups x8
  6. Cable Lift – 70 lbs

Cardio Intervals – 2 sets

  1. Step Mill 1 min = 162 bpm
  2. Bike recovery = 135 bpm (1 min)
  3. Jump Rope 1 min
  4. Bike recovery = 135 bpm (1 min)

Cool Down – wall hip / quad stretch, prone scorpions, piriformis stretch

  • Meal #2 – Post Workout – 2 scoops of Whey protein
  • Meal #3 – Lunch at the Peddie School dining hall.  4 peices of BBQ chicken (minus the skin of course).  bowl of fresh mixed fruit.  Water. + 2nd Yellow MNS packet
  • Meal #4 – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS), water, plum
  • Meal #5 –Almonds, small protein bar, Lean burger (no bun), slice of 2% cheese, ketchup, bag of veggies.  Late snack – apple + 1 scoop of peanut butter, 1 small piece of chicken (fresh off the grill.  It would have been a sin not to). +4 OmegaPlex

Day 22 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

Monday, November 12th 2012. 

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – whole wheat high fiber English muffin w/ organic peanut butter.  Coffee.  low carb sourdough roast beef + turkey wrap w/ mustard and 2% cheese.  Water + Both White MNS packets
  • Pre Workout – SPARK

Today’s Workout @ The Peddie School Fitness Centet

Lower Body – Deadlift

Warm-up – Foam Roll, Jump Rope, lunges with rotation, BB Good Mornings 95, 115, 135×6 each

HEX Bar Deadlift 135×3, 225×3, 315×3, 405×3, 455×1, 475×1, 505×1

Metabolic Strength Circuit –  3 sets

  1. HEX Deadlift 275×8
  2. BB Front Squat 155×8
  3. Ball Plank x 45 seconds
  4. BB RDL 175×8
  5. DB Jump Squats 25×8
  6. Band Side Plank Raises x10

Cardio Intervals – 3 sets and I was beat!

  1. Erg 400 meters = 162 bpm
  2. Bike recovery = 135 bpm (90 seconds – 2 minutes)
  3. Battle Ropes (2×20 seconds) = 155 bpm
  4. Eliptical recovery = 135 bpm (90 seconds – 2 minutes)

***On the 3rd (and final) set I did 5 minutes of the Eliptical at 150 bpm

Cool Down – wall hip / quad stretch, prone scorpions, piriformis stretch

  • Meal #2 – Post Workout – 2 scoops of Whey protein
  • Meal #3 – Lunch at the Peddie School dining hall.  Wheat berry salad, open face Turkey sandwich with lettuce, swiss, and mustard.  Water. + 2nd Yellow MNS packet
  • Meal #4 – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS), water, plum
  • Meal #5 – Fat Free Greek yogurt + Almonds, grapes, Taco meat w/ fresh salsa.  water.          +4 OmegaPlex

Day 19 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

Friday, November 9th 2012.

Today we are traveling south to a wedding.  Traveling and weddings can really be potential distastors in weight loss and body fat loss program 🙂  I actually wrote about this in a previous blog, now I can share with you my action steps (if you even care, and if anyone is really reading this, which i kind of doubt.  The only thing anyone will ever read is my results post, or look at my pictures, or ask independant of my posts.  So i guess I am writing each day for me.  My reflections.  My accountability.  My own reasons.  This may be a springboard to a daily of weekly blog of my thoughts on fitness, life, and AdvoCare…but who knows.

Travel day on friday.  We had an 8am flight.  Subway from the airport.  Check into the hotel.  Basically i had about 5 or 6 hours where it was going to be tough to eat (healthy).  So i added some peanut butter to my morning super shake to hold me over a little longer.

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – 7:45am – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) + 2% organic milk, ice, water + organic peanut butter
  • Meal #2 – 1:30pm – small protein bar.  Legal Sea Foods – salmon + brocolli.  shared fried calamari with my wife (i was starved, back off) 2nd Yellow MNS packet + Both white MNS Packets.
  • Pre Workout – SPARK

Today’s Workout @ Hotel Gym

Upper Body – Shoulder Press

  • Warm-up – Various Med Ball exercises + 1 set of core
  • Machine Shoulder Press – 8 sets of 3 reps.  I worked up to attempting the whole stack.  I was one short 😦

Metabolic Strength Circuit – 4 sets.  10 reps – 1st set, 8 reps – 2nd set, 6 reps – 3rd set, 4 reps – 4th set 

  1. Machine Pulldown
  2. Machine Shoulder Press
  3. Machine Row
  4. Machine Chest Press
  5. Dips
  6. DB Bicep Curls

No cardio today

Cool Down – nap with my wife up in the room

  • Meal #2 – Post Workout – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS)
  • Meal #3 – 12″ grilled chicken sub at Subway.  I was in some desperate need of some carbs!
  • 2 jack daniels in the room while reading my book and my wife getting ready for dinner.  so relaxing.
  • Meal #4 – Dinner at Ruth Chris with my brother in-law.  NY Strip Steak + broccoli and mushrooms.  The best stake i ever had!  Yes, I had 2 peices of bread.  2 beers.  Water

Day 17 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 – Recovery and Low Carb Day.

Day 7 of the MAX Pack phase.  I have altered my workouts for enhanced fat burning – Decrease Heavy Strength Training (>90% max), Increased Strength Circuits, and even added a little Interval Cardio.  Yup, it is true.  I have added cardio as evidence of the last 3 days.  The MAX Phase is going great so far.  The MNS is easily fit into my schedule.  I still love SPARK pre-game.  I also still take my OmegaPlex left over from the Cleanse phase at night.

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – Super Shake –  Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) + 1 RTD Muscle Milk Lite (it was left over so I threw it in), ice, water, and coffee for a little mocha taste.
  • Pre Workout – SPARK

Today’s Workout @ The Peddie School Fitness Center

  • Recovery and Interval Cardio Day
  • Warm-up – foam roll quads + IT bands.  Dynamic – various lunges, T balance stretch, piriformis stretch.  5 minutes Bike.
  • 20 minutes of Treadmill Sprint Intervals
  • 2% incline @ 6 mph jog warm-up for 3 minutes (got real board, real fast)
  • 2% incline @ 8 mph for 30 seconds = 154 bpm.  Rest recovery to 120 bpm (2 minutes) x3
  • 2% incline @ 10 mph for 15 seconds = 152 bpm.  Rest recovery to 120 (90 seconds) x2
  • 4% incline @ 8 mph for 30 seconds = 152 bpm.  Rest recovery to 120 (2 minutes) x3
  • 15% incline @ 3.5 mph WALK for 1 minute = 160 bpm (my calves were on fire!).
  • 3 min cool down
  • Cool Down – foam roll and stretch
  • Meal #2 – Post Workout – 2 scoops of Whey protein
  • Meal #3 – Lunch at the Peddie School dining hall.  Salad Bar (heavy on the beans because their was no good source of protein), bowl of fresh mixed fruit. + Both White MNS packets
  • Meal #4 – Small Protein Bar, water, + 2nd Yellow MNS packet
  • Meal #5 – Small Protein Bar, water (obviously cause by a small lunch)
  • Meal #6 – Almonds.  Apple.  Turkey.  Broccolli and hummus.  Chicken.  Pop.  Water.  Grapes.  Strawberries +4 OmegaPlex

Day 16 of my 24 day AdvoCare Challenge

  • Before Breakfast – 1st Yellow MNS packet + Coffee
  • Meal #1 – Low Carb sourdough wrap Roast Beef with hummus. Water. + both White MNS packets
  • Pre Workout – SPARK + Creatine

Today’s Workout @ The Peddie School Fitness Center

Warmup – Foam Roll IT Bands, Jump Rope, Band pull-aparts, Band Reverse Bench Press, 10 chinups, 25 close grip incline pushups.

  • BB Bench 135×3, 185×3, 225×3, 250×3, 285×3, 325×3

Metabolic Strength Circuit – 2 sets.  Today’s circuit is slightly less intense because I substituted 3 single joint exercises after Sled Push as opposed to all multi joint exercises (squat, deadlift, lunge, bench, pull-ups, etc….) like yesterday.

  1. DB SA Snatch  50×8 each
  2. BB Bench w/ chains  135+170 chains x12
  3. Battle Ropes  20 seconds x 3
  4. Sled Push  1 min (100 yards 1st set / 60 yards 2nd set)
  5. Preacher Curl 45×10
  6. Dips x12
  7. DB Shrugs 90×10
  8. Keiser Cable Rotations 40×10 each
  • 20 minutes of Anaerobic Threshold Intervals (fancy talk for moderately heavy exertion) on the Keiser Total Body Trainer
  • Heart Rate Range 135-160 bpm
  • 4 hard sprints up to 160 bpm (beat per minute) within the 20 minute workout
  • 3-4 minute recovery to 135-140 bpm
  • Cool Down – Feet elevated flush, wall quad / hip stretch, floor piriformis stretch, side lying quad stretch, lunge stretch.
  • Meal #2 – Post Workout – 2 scoops of Whey protein
  • Meal #3 – Lunch at the Peddie School dining hall.  Salad Bar, bowl of mixed fresh fruits, 6 bites of BBQ pork and chicken, small bowl of chicken chowder soup.  Sparking Water + 2nd Yellow MNS Packet.  I eat my soups with a  fork to allow the broth to drain.  Maybe that is obsessive or genius.  Don’t judge.
  • Meal #4 – Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) + Pear
  • Meal #5 – Almonds, Turkey Taco’s + 2% cheese + fresh salsa.  grapes.  45 minutes later i needed something sweet so i ate a small protein bar + water +4 OmegaPlex