My 3-Day Refresh Results! Hint: they’re great!

My 3-day refresh results

As promised here are my 3 Day Refresh results!

I started this past Monday morning and went through Wednesday evening. I specifically chose to do this during the week because I felt I would be less tempted to give in on something when not out with friends and because I wouldn’t be home during the day when its easier to make an excuse.

First, some numbers from Monday, May 9:

  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Hips: 40″
  • Belly: 38.5″
  • Waist: 35″

Now this is not easy to put out here but I want to be transparent and show where I am truly starting from. I don’t go off of weight much as I rather go by how my clothes fit, what my energy levels are and how I feel in general but in cases such as this numbers are important. So let’s dive in.

Monday, May 9

Breakfast: Shakeology (chocolate) with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, small serving of fruit. 1 cup of coffee and lots of water.

Shakeology and water

Mid-morning: Beachbody’s fiber sweep drink. This is a lemon flavored drink that was surprisingly good. In between breakfast and this drink, I was hungry but once I got the fiber in I felt better.

3-day refresh fiber sweep

Lunch: 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of vegetable, 1 serving of healthy fat and Beachbody’s vanilla Refresh shake (made with water).

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Mid-afternoon: 1 serving of broccoli and 1 serving of avocado. More water!

Dinner: baby kale salad with 1 serving of bell pepper, 1 serving of zucchini, 1 serving of tomatoes, some pine nuts, olive oil drizzled and salt and pepper for seasoning plus another vanilla Refresh shake. After I ate dinner I felt satisfied but as the night wore on I was tired and hungry. It seemed everything on TV had food on it! I was also starting to develop a headache. I could have gone to bed at 8:30 that night and definitely turned in early.

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Tuesday, May 10

Disclaimer: to make life a heck of a lot easier on myself, I ate the same thing for three days. I love avocado (and broccoli enough) that I was ok with repeating these three days. Any longer and that would be too much. 

Not going to lie, Tuesday was a rough day for me. If you saw this post What Happened When I Didn’t Meditate then you’ll know it was my fault for how it started out. The headache from Monday night carried over into an all day headache Tuesday.

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While my mood and headache was sour, my appetite wasn’t as strong or noticeable than the previous day. In fact, I wasn’t hungry by the time I normally eat dinner but once I did eat my salad, I still wanted something else and had to look away from the cheese stick calling my name in the fridge.

Note: throw away or hide all non-Refresh items.

Wednesday, May 11

I woke up feeling really refreshed and noticed that my sinuses were much clearer than when I started. This and the headaches are something I noticed when I started Paleo back in the day as well. My body has a hard time with grains and wheats and too much dairy which is why the Refresh was perfect.

The headache was barely noticeable and my energy was much improved from the previous two days. I felt satiated the entire day and knew I wanted to keep this momentum up.

Also, I did not workout any of these days. The first two days I simply did not have the energy and the third day was a very long day.

So, how did my numbers fair?

Well, I lost a total of 5 lbs and 2.5″!

Not to mention I am breathing clearer and have now proven to myself that after all of these months I’m capable of the following things:

  1. I can in fact lose weight.
  2. I can stick to clean eating.
  3. I don’t hate salads
  4. Eating well does not have to mean meal prepping every Sunday
  5. I can eat less and my body will be ok
  6. I was not drinking enough water before but now I’m enjoying it and making it a priority

The first two days, I loss 2 lbs each day and then on the third day was down a 1/2 lb.

Here are my final body measurements:

  • Weight before: 180 lbs. and weight after: 175 lbs.
  • Hips before: 40″ and hips after: 39.5″
  • Belly before: 38.5″ and belly after: 38″
  • Waist before: 35″ and waist before: 33.5″

Now its your turn! Join me where I’ll coach you personally through your own 3-Day Refresh using the same products I did. You’ll be in a private Facebook group with others doing the same challenge so you already have built in cheerleaders.

The challenge starts Monday, May 23 but you need to place your challenge pack no later than next Wednesday, May 18 so things arrive on-time. Just click the blue button to join.

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What Happened When I Didn’t Meditate

What Happened When I Didn't Meditate

Tuesday was a rough day and looking back now, I helped myself start it off that way by not making enough time to meditate for 10 minutes. I was in the middle of my 3 Day Refresh (results and thoughts coming soon!) so I was experiencing withdrawal from sugar and therefore had a bad headache starting Monday night and into Tuesday all day long. One of those where you really just want to lie in a dark room with no noise and shut out the world.

I found myself irritated very easily and not very social at work, prompting my friends to ask what was wrong. At the time, I just didn’t feel like being social; we are allowed to be in our own heads sometimes! But honestly, I was annoyed with conversations around me, my work and how I was feeling in general.

As the day came to an end, I thought back through the past 2 weeks and realized the mornings where I started off with meditation, I truly did have a better day. I set my intentions for the day through meditation and it allowed me to not succumb so much to irritating things. I’m looking at meditation as my Gore-Tex if you will, a coating of repellent that allows words, thoughts, actions, etc. to slide right off.

Yesterday morning, I meditated and was in such a better place when I went to work. Even through a series of crazy work conversations that would have normally sent me reeling for the rest of the day due to the stupidity of some people, I had my moment and then moved on. Its crazy how you literally feel yourself lighten when you’re meditating but it actually happens.  This morning I woke up in a hesitant mood, one where I wasn’t sure how I was feeling or what I was thinking. I recognized this when the Headspace app teacher asked me to become aware of the feelings, not think about them per se, but just become aware of its existence.

By recognizing how you’re feeling, you’re able to figure out a way to make it better and move past that feeling. I’ve done the 10 free sessions with Headspace and have to buy their plan to continue. Its certainly not a cheap subscription but it does cost the same as one therapy session! I know I need to do it for my sanity as I’ve seen such positive results, I just feel like I’m shelling out money left and right currently.

Do you meditate daily? What tools do you use?

 

Summer Salad Recipe from Peanut Butter Runner

When I saw this recipe I knew I had to post it because its pretty, nutritious, and easy to make. All things are Beachbody approved and can be a main meal or side dish. Hope you enjoy it and definitely check out Jen at Peanut Butter Runner as she has an awesome site full of recipes, fitness ideas and cute dogs.

This Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad is a delicious summer dish that can be shared with friends or enjoyed as a light dinner. It’s packed with fresh vegetables and herbs and finished with a lemon dijon vinaigrette. I made this Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado salad a few weeks ago for our teacher training graduation party. I…

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