Hubby and I start our 24 day challenge TOMORROW! We have been planning this for a few weeks now and I am really excited to get started. I will admit that a LOT of prep has gone into getting ready for the challenge, but everything I have read says that prepping is what makes or breaks a challenge for you. If you don’t have meals lined up or at least an idea of what you want to eat every day then you are more likely to grab junk and not stick to the plan. It’s only 24 days long, surely it won’t be that hard to stick with. It all just depends on that horrible fiber drink I’m dreading!
First off, I started making a meal plan. So far I have only done 7 days worth, but it’s 3 main meals per day PLUS snacks, so it’s a lot of planning for just those 7 days. For the rest of time I will repeat a lot of those meals, but I have pinned some new recipes that are challenge friendly, so I will add them into the mix as well.
After I did the meal plan I wrote out a grocery list with every item and ingredient that would be needed for those first 7 days. It’s two pages long and that doesn’t even include everything I will need for the kids lunches, snacks, etc. I can’t imagine getting it all at once, so I started getting a few things here and there that were non-perishable and marked them off.
The next thing I did was lay everything out and do a baggie for every day. In it I put all the supplements, packets, spark, fiber, meal replacement shakes, etc. that I would need. That way, everything is right there and together for each day and I won’t have to fool with opening bottles, boxes, etc. I have them nice and neat in a basket – one for me and one for hubby.
For one of my snacks I am going to combine snack with spark and make spark smoothies. Fruit, ice, water, spark, etc. and blend. I bought a lot of frozen fruit, but I also bought some fresh organic fruit as well and went ahead and measured them out and froze them as well.
One days 1, 11, and 24 (I’ll do this on day 25 instead) you weigh and measure. I printed off each of us a sheet from HERE and will use those as a guide and a place to keep all our measurements. I like that the areas you measure are shown instead of described because what I consider waist might be different from what you consider waist.
As much as I don’t care about the number on the scale, I really do have a goal in mind for what I’d like to lose. I eat like crap 90% of the time, so I am hoping this change will drop some pounds but also change the way I look at and think about food. I have read a few blogs where the people didn’t follow the challenge but around 50% of the time and they still lost 5 pounds. Regardless, I am looking forward to starting it and hope it goes well! For a look at what the meals consist of, here is a breakdown:
The list of acceptable foods and no-nos can be found HERE.
If you have done the challenge or you’re going to start soon let me know!