Day 1: Challenge Accepted

by carolyn on April 1, 2012

My trainer, Katy, and I recently embarked on a little journey called The 24 Day Challenge by AdvoCare. I’m not really one for restrictions, plans, or generally being told what to do so this is WAY outside of my comfort zone. But when Katy approached me about teaming up with her to face this challenge I was truly honored. The feeling was akin to the euphoria of being asked to sit at the popular kids’ table in the cafeteria or being picked first for the team in gym class. (An euphoria I never knew…). She picked me!!!

So, duh, I’m not going to turn down the chance to achieve greatness with one of the coolest people I know. In the famous words of How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney Stinson, “Challenge Accepted!”

Katy dropped off the AdvoCare supplies yesterday (vitamins, energy mixes, meal replacement shakes, etc.) but the 24 Day Challenge also requires daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Guess how many of those I had in my house. Two grapefruits. That’s all. An even greater problem was the junk food I had in my fridge. With the impending challenge in mind I had treated too many meals recently like they were my last and indulged myself beyond reason.

So before the challenge was even to begin, I had a few pre-challenge challenges to face.

  1. get healthy food
  2. throw out junk food (especially the excessive amount of leftover Chinese food from Friday night PJ Party with lil sister)

You may be thinking to yourself, “Jeez, Carolyn, is it really that hard to take out the trash and hit up the produce aisle for like five minutes?!” Here’s where the plot thickens. I was sick all week and could barely talk/move/think (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you know how it is). As I sneezed, hacked, and slept my way through Saturday I wondered how I would ever be prepared by Sunday morning. The ideal solution would be Mama swooping in to save the day but my parents are on a cruise. Plan B would be a grocery delivery service but we don’t have that in little towns like Savannah. Oh how I longed to teleport to NYC so I could get everything I needed without leaving my apartment!

I didn’t want to start Sunday, Day 1, all stressed out because I didn’t have what I needed to succeed. And so it was with great resolve that I pulled myself up by my proverbial boot straps and faced the challenges before the challenge.

I awoke this morning with the feeling that I had already succeeded simply by agreeing to this challenge and taking the necessary steps to get ready. And now, 18 hours into the 24 day (or 576 hour) challenge, I am still on track.




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