I' often get asked "What are you on?" or "You must be on something, no one can have your energy." and my favorite "No one goes from being forty pounds over weight to being an endurance athlete!!!" The truth is that I have never taken any kind of steroid or anything that is not approved for use in competition. I did not take any supplements until this past summer when I began training for a marathon. Until that point I was using protein from eggs after working out, I would occasionally drink a protein shake or use a Powerbar to help recovery.
In September a good friend of mine introduced me to Advocare. I'm not going to lie, it was a little shady when he gave me the products, we were at a restaurant in Providence and he handed me a brown paper bag with a bunch of supplies in it. After receiving a brief description of each product I was excited to test them out. The next day I used the product Spark by Advocare before I left for work, after being at work for an hour I was told by my boss that I needed to slow down. I had finished a job that should've lasted three hours in just one hour. Spark gave me a nice kick in the butt and I had none of the jitters from high caffeine energy drinks.
I was happy that I had found something to pick me up when I'm dragging a little bit but what about something to help while training. I then tried O2 Gold, this supplement helps facilitate the bodies use of oxygen. This sounds very steroid like, I was very hesitant of using it when I first saw what it did. After I was assured that it was made with all natural products I gave it a try, by using this product I was no longer suffering on hills while running. I even used O2 while I ran the NYC Marathon and had no problems. Finally, for post exercise I was given Rehydrate. I have a very difficult time getting rehydrated after working out. I have been looking for years to find something that helps me rehydrate, Rehydrate is a huge help. If you just take rehydrate and do not drink water water you will not be hydrated!! I used Rehydrate right after running or cycling, I would then walk around with a gallon of water for the rest of the day. By using Rehydrate I had help being able to get hydrated for the next days workout. It will not solve dehydration but Rehydrate is a huge help.
Finally all of these products had no effect on my blood sugar what so ever!! As a diabetic I'm nervous to try a bunch of products that say they help during workouts, usually they contain a bunch of sugar and I have more trouble with my blood sugars than my workouts. By using Advocare I have found products that not only help me while I train but products that won't raise my blood sugar while I train. Again, I'm writing this blog because I believe in Advocare products, I'm not receiving any money for what I write!! Advocare works and I will continue to use it for as long as I keep doing endurance events!!!