Health & Fitness

Patwell AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge 2015

Yesterday marked one month from the day Gary and I and our friends started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge {now affectionately known as the #PatwellAdvocareChallenge2015}.  Although we finished the challenge last Wednesday, it was and has been a great tool for us to help get our eating back on track and even prepare our bodies for our trip to Madagascar!


I had heard and read about the Advocare 24 Day Challenge {A24DC} for a few years and was always intrigued, but was ultimately never interested because of the cost.  When one of our friends said she wanted to try it, I told her I would do it with her – because I’m much more likely to do something with someone else.  Then we told convinced our husbands to join in on the fun challenge.  While it was an investment to do the A24DC, I think that made us more committed to staying as close to plan as possible.

So what is it?  Well for us, it was a better way of eating as well as taking assigned supplements and vitamins.  The “diet” allows you to eat whole foods, and recommends eliminating dairy, bread, sugar, and coffee.  There are two phases of the challenge – the first 10 days {the cleanse} and the last 14 days {the max phase}.  The website above explains more about both of the phases.

Overall I learned it’s called a challenge for a reason.  It wasn’t easy.  I missed cheese and bread alot.  Eating out was almost impossible. And being in a group setting with food limitations is not fun.

But I did feel better.  I found that a few days in, getting out of bed in the morning was easier.  I decreased my 5K time and was able to push myself harder in cardio.  I was happy giving my husband good and nutritious food versus easy foods. And I felt good about not having processed sugar in my diet.


Here are some of the notes I took during the challenge!



  • Clean out your refrigerator and pantry of off plan items (if we didn’t throw something out, we hid it so we weren’t tempted).
  • Have a plan for all meals and snacks. – We did this weekly and it was definitely a must! 
  • Research what you can and can’t have during the challenge, as well as what supplements to take. – The app was helpful!
  • Take before measurements and pictures. – While we didn’t do the challenge to lose weight, I definitely didn’t mind if I lost inches and weight.  We took our measurements, weight, and pictures the night before we began.


  • If you’re doing the challenge with someone, be in communication to see how they’re doing. – This was one of the funniest things about the challenge. I think I laughed everytime I got a text.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Review | Sweet Dreams | Atwell Adventures

  • Stay off pinterest and out of stores. – When you’re trying to avoid processed foods, its better to stay away. Trust me.
  • Take notes along the way about what you’re learning, new foods you’re trying, things that work, things that don’t.
  • Wash and store fruit and veggies in your refrigerator for easy snacking.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Review | FreshFruit | Atwell Adventures


  • Create a plan to implement your changes that you’ve learned.
  • Reward yourself for completing the challenge! But don’t go crazy…

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Review | TreatYoSelf | Atwell Adventures

  • Take after measurements and pictures. – We took final measurements, weight, and pictures the morning after we finished.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Results | Atwell Adventures


Here are some of the things we ate during the challenge!


  • Egg Muffins with Veggies
  • Egg Whites with Chili Powder or Baked Zucchini, Tomato and Spinach, or Black Beans and Avocado
  • Meal Replacement Shake {in the max phase}
  • Spinach Smoothie with Banana and Strawberries


  • Baked Chicken with Rice and Beggies
  • Leftovers from Dinners
  • Tuna or Chicken with Avocado and Lime


  • Baked Salmon with Mash Cauliflower
  • Chicken and Black Bean Bowl
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Chicken, Rice, Edamame 
  • Chicken, Rice, Guacamole
  • Frittata
  • Grilled Chicken Breasts and Fruit
  • Grilled Chicken Salads
  • Grilled Salmon and Zuchinni and Squash
  • “Pizza”
  • Spaghetti Squash and Chicken
  • Taco Salads
  • Thai lettuce wraps (peppers/onions)
  • Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
  • Turkey Meat Loaf

     Snacks and Desserts

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Banana “Ice Cream”
  • Berries
  • Cashews
  • Frozen Bananas with Peanut Butter
  • Grapes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice Cake with Peanut Butter
  • Smoothies


Finally, here are some we learned during the challenge!


  • What would it be like if my health depended on this challenge?  Don’t ever get to that point. 
  • I never knew cheese was such a big part of my diet until I took it away. 
  • Allergy sufferers have it hard!  It’s hard being around food that you can’t eat.
  • I eat mindlessly.
  • I make poor choices when I eat mindlessly.
  • You spend alot more time cooking and doing dishes when you’re eating better.
  • From G – “I didn’t realize how much sugar I was eating.”  Ditto, babe!


  • One treat per week. – Dessert does not need to be all the time.
  • One “cheat” meal per week. – Ours will usually be pizza.
  • Limit bread in diet. – No more sandwiches for work.
  • Shop meat and produce first. – Allow a bigger portion of our grocery bill to be dedicated to these areas.
  • Prep breakfast and lunch. – Don’t just go for convenience, go for whole foods that are fueling your body. 
  • Avoid from chips, cereals, bread, and sweets. – Try to keep them out of our pantry if possible. 
  • When eating out, be mindful of what you’re eating.
  • Dishes. – You’ll do alot more of them, but you’ll have the energy to do them because you’re eating better. 🙂
  • Containers. – Invest in good stackable tupperware for your refrigerator.  You’ll be buying alot of produce and this will help you keep it for longer, as well as prep it so it will be go to food.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Review | RiceCake | Atwell Adventures

So that’s my review of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge?  Have you ever done the challenge?  Comment below with any questions!

101 in 1001 · Health & Fitness

56. work out every day for one month for at least 45min a day

Jogging. Walking. Sit-ups. Crunches. Leg Raises. Planks. Squats. Push Ups. Mountain Climbers.

These are the some of things that I did this month and I finally crossed it off the list – work out every day for one month for at least 45 minutes a day.

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{picture taken on one of my morning runs}

When I wrote my 101 in 1001 list, I didn’t think to specify that I meant 45 minutes a day on weekdays, so I made myself exercise 45 minutes a day everyday, which takes more discipline than I usually have {just ask my husband who saw me doing some of these exercises at 10pm because I had put them off all day}.  This morning I finished the 30 days of 45 with a 5 mile run {well technically a 4.75 mile run and a .25 walk}.

My favorite benefit from working out everyday? This month I had considerably less headaches.  While I can’t say for certain that exercise was the reason, there are articles that support this {here, here, and here}, and exercise was one of the only two things I changed this month to my regular routine {the other being I drank 72 oz of water a day, which has also been linked to decrease headaches, more on that later}.

So here’s to hopefully a new habit sticking around and to headaches staying away.

How often do you workout? What are your favorite exercises?

101 in 1001 · Health & Fitness

55. walk 3 miles a day for one month

Scratching off another item from my 101!

The goal to walk {or run} 3 miles a day for one month turned out to be more difficult {motivationally speaking} than I expected but I finished my last walk earlier tonight.

April probably wasn’t the wisest month to attempt this goal, {hellooo, April showers and starting a new job}. Thankfully, I stuck it out and got it done… even if that meant walking four of the days at the mall, Target, my parents house, and our house {I never wanted to leave Target so bad}.

Overall, this was a great goal for me because it showed me how important moving every day is in helping me clear my head and giving me more energy.

Going forward, I plan on continuing 2 walks and 3 runs during my weekly schedule.

Do you prefer walking or running?