1. Name, where you are from, and what you do
Allison Jones from Coppell, TX. I am a Director at a commercial real estate company in Irving
2. Where were you before the 24 Day Challenge and
why did you decide to join the 24 Day Challenge?.
Before the 24 Day Challenge I was in a good routine of working out before I started the Challenge but had let my eating slip off considerably over the summer. We had lots of visitors, parties, etc over the summer and we ended up eating out too much and letting our kids do the same. I had thought about doing the challenge for several months but was always making an excuse….May it was my son’s first birthday and Mother’s Day, then it was Father’s Day and my birthday and then family in town. I was really excited when I saw that you guys were doing a bigger challenge this month and knew that this was my time to not make excuses. The main reason that I decided to join the challenge was to get myself back on track. I was unhappy with where I was eating wise and how it was making me feel and I really wanted to get off some more of the weight that I am trying to get rid of from my last pregnancy. I was hoping that this could really get me back on track and get me back in healthy habits.
3. What was your impression with the first few days of the 24 Day Challenge?
It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. By having a few days after meeting with Cynthia to shop, etc before getting started, I feel like I was really ready when I started. The fiber drink was probably the worst part of it but Chaney suggested mixing it with a shake and that made a HUGE difference. I was also very pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t hungry or craving things. I was amazed that eating more protein in my snacks could really keep me more satisfied. I found myself not snacking while i was making dinner and not craving carbs the way that I thought i would. I also really liked the check list. It really kept me conscious of following the plan. Overall, it was much easier than I thought it would be with a bit of planning and following the plan.
4. How is the 24 Day Challenge program unique – why you enjoy it – why is it different than other programs you have tried?
I’ve never tried anything like this before because I was always worried about how safe they were, etc. I have friends at work who have done “cleanses” and it just looked miserable. They could only eat vegetables for the first week and were taking tons and tons of pills. It just looked horrible. I had talked to a few people at boot camp who have done the challenge and they really seemed to enjoy it and I definitely trust all of the people that I’ve talked to and you guys. I’ve done a lot of Weight Watchers over the years, and although I’ve had great success with it at times, looking back, I feel like it wasn’t necessarily teaching me how to eat better food. I definitely learned portion size and watching calories, etc, but this system really has me looking at ingredients and labels a lot more. I feel like I’m eating the right kinds of foods and learning that even though other programs had me eating lower calorie things, that this really showed me “better” foods. The snacking advice really made a huge difference too. Instead of just eating fruit because it’s lower calorie, adding in a protein makes the snack much more useful, which is something that I had never done before. Overall, I feel like the program has really taught me a lot about food and what to eat/not to eat and when, which is something that I now know that I struggled with.
5. What results and benefits you have received from the 24 Day Challenge?
I think (I can’t remember what my initial weight was at the seminar) that I’ve lost almost 11 pounds. More than that though, I’m able to wear pants that I couldn’t just 24 days ago and there are pants that I’ve been wearing for months that I put on and they are just too big. And, on a whim last night I tried on my pre-pregnancy jeans and got them on. I was floored when this happened. I feel like my body has changed so much more than I could have hoped for in this 24 days. I also feel like a completely different person. The improved eating has really made me feel great and I think that has helped my energy levels a lot. The spark in the afternoon is wonderful too. I feel like I’ve been tired since I went back to work a year ago (after my baby) and no matter what I do, I don’t have any energy at night. During this experience, I’ve found myself more awake and energetic at night, which has allowed me to spend more time with my husband and be more active with my kids. Overall, I feel that my whole family has benefited from me doing this program, but most of all, I feel better physically, mentally and better about myself every day.
6 What did you like best about the 24 Day Challenge?
I love the products and how I really felt like they helped me along. I was able to find some new products that I’m continuing to use that will continue to help me live a happy and healthy life. I also like and appreciate the way that you all coached us along and were always there to motivate us. It meant a lot to get the emails and to have you or Chaney checking up to see how things were going. And overall, the thing that I like best is that I feel like a new person and I don’t’ want to stop this journey and I KNOW that I can continue this on to my goal weight and shape.
Here is another note that Alison wanted to sent us
I wanted to thank you all for introducing me to the 24 Day Challenge. I truly think that it’s changed my life. After I had my second child last summer I’ve really struggled to get back to where I was beforehand. I was in the best shape of my life before that and was working out 5-6 days a week. I was able to do Weight Watchers in the fall (which I’ve had very good success with in the past), but really stalled out around the holidays. That’s when I found out about Susan Wilson doing the Get You In Shape boot camp and finally got up the nerve to start in February, on the snow week. I absolutely love boot camp and how much stronger and in shape it’s made me, but I’ve struggled over the last 6 months with my eating.
I had heard about the 24 day challenge and knew a few people who had done it and really wanted to try it in May, but I always seemed to find an excuse…birthdays, Mother’s Day, family in town, etc. When you sent out the email about the contest this month, I knew that this was my best shot at doing it. I talked to my family about doing it and my husband was very supportive and I’ve just been thrilled at the results. More than just the weight loss and the clothes that I haven’t fit in to for a while, I just feel so much better. I was amazed that I could eat this well and not crave the carbs and sugar that I always felt like I needed. I was amazed that doing something like adding protein to my snacks would help keep me full longer. I’ve also struggled a lot with energy since my second was born. I have a more than 40 hour a week job plus family commitments, a husband who is a rugby coach and trying to fit in time for myself (which is normally boot camp), has been a real challenge. I’ve been amazed at how much more energy I really have now with eating better and the Spark. I really feel like this has been a great addition to my routine. I take it in the afternoon and I don’t feel like I’m exhausted at 7pm anymore. I think that product is just great.
Overall, I’m just thrilled with the results of the 24 Day Challenge. I have so much more energy than before and feel like my kids and husband are reaping the benefits of that. I’ve also been able to turn around our summertime bad habits of eating out too much and eating convenience foods and we’re all eating much healthier now. The interesting thing to me is that I thought that I would be craving all of this bad stuff when I got done with the challenge and I was surprised to find out that I really just wanted to have another salad for lunch today. I’m just amazed at how this has really changed my life and made so many aspects of it better.
Thanks to you and Chaney for all of the help along the way and all of the motivation. I really feel like I’ve won a lot in the past 24 days.
Congrats to all of the 24 Day Challenge participants.
We will have our next Free Seminar that will explain how you can be the next success Success Story January 17th.