Summer is right around the corner. As part of that (and a few other exciting things happening in my life, but more on that later) I decided to step it up when it comes to my weight loss. After talking to Sam (an Advocare rockstar) she suggested that I check out this program called Lean in 13. A quick google search later and I was really excited to try the program. It is a step-by-step plan to try carb cycling (which I have always wanted to try) while still using some of my favorite Advocare products (Spark, Meal Replacement Shakes and Catalyst) and trying a few new ones (Muscle Gain). [Side note: how badass does the package of Muscle Gain look? I felt so hardcore mixing it at work even in my pink blender bottle.]
Carb cycling is an eating plan with alternating high-carb and low-carb days. It’s that simple. It also has built-in reward days or reward meals (depending on the plan you’re following), so you can still eat your favorite foods on a regular basis. – Chris Powell
I’m so excited to have an easy blueprint for exactly what to eat on low-carb and high-carb days. Plus day 14 is technically a “free day” with no specific eating plan so I will still have opportunities to indulge. 🙂
So far day 1 was surprisingly easy. The only challenge was the complication of drinking 128 oz of water during the day. I think I’ve figured out the timing so that I can make it home without stopping (it means I need to stop drinking water one hour before I leave) but I’m hoping that my body will adjust over time so that I don’t need the bathroom so much. But I guess getting up and walking to the bathroom so frequently increases my activity throughout the day?
- Pre-Breakfast: Spark with MNS yellow morning pack, Catalyst, and Thermoplus
- Breakfast: Meal Replacement Shake (Chocolate Mocha Flavor) and MNS white packs
- Snack: Raw almonds
- Before Lunch: MNS yellow afternoon pack, Catalyst
- Lunch: 1 can tuna with mixed greens and homemade salad dressing (vinegar, mustard, and olive oil)
- Snack: Muscle Gain protein powder
- Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken with mixed green salad and homemade dressing
I also decided to track my eating with myfitnesspal and I thought I would share my screenshots with you. I’m really motivated by the macros (perhaps the first time ever that protein is #1) and the low total carbohydrates (58g). I generally find that my body is able to lose the most weight when I am under 75g a day so this is definitely promising.