Bloated, tired, stuck in a vicious sugar cycle and looking at carbs as if they were the only thing that mattered….
That’s pretty much how I felt last Sunday night!
Mind you I exercise daily and I am usually a very clean eater – my portions are pretty good, I follow the 21-day fix nutrition guide daily, I limit my gluten and dairy and I like to keep balance however that balance was slightly tipped after a week long vacation in the OBX and I didn’t quite pull things together in the week that followed. Toss in a weekend visit with some family and a Pittsburgh Pirate game and I was in NEED of a little detox. Enter: 3-day Refresh!
I’m no stranger to this and in fact I’ve done it 4 times before usually yielding pretty good results. But every time I had done it I found myself still sneaking a little bite of this or that or thinking 3 spoonfuls of oatmeal won’t hurt anything and this time things were going to be different. I believed that I could do this – follow the plan – and truly feel the benefits of a healthy and effective cleanse – and that belief is what carried me through!
I planned out my week, did my shopping and prep and committed to myself and my challengers that I was going to do this and I was going to succeed!
If you’re not already familiar with the way this 3-day plan works – let me just say – its SIMPLE! Does it take self discipline – absolutely – but its all laid out for you, exactly what you need to eat, drink and do – you just have to commit!
Here’s how it looks:
Each morning I started off with 8-10oz of cold water to really get my system up and going!
Each morning I would workout (mild to moderate exercise is recommended and I was able to stick with my regular 21-day fix schedule without a problem!!!)
Breakfast was always my Shakeology and fruit. Sometimes I would blend it but I snagged this watermelon for my kids and after taking the time to cut it up I just had to taste it so I swapped my planned banana for watermelon, shook up my Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology with some water and had one tasty, filling breakfast!!!!
The Fiber sweep came as the mid morning snack and while the first few times I thought this was pretty bad, this time I found it easy breezy! Shake and chug and you’re done!
In addition to my challengers, I was very fortunate to have my mother in law doing this with me. We figured we would enjoy the Pirate game together on Sunday and then hold each other accountable through the next 3 days and let me just say – that worked out PERFECTLY! The support made a big difference and I really think that played a role in keeping me on track and focused to COMMIT to this – 100%!
The afternoon snack was veggies and another healthy fat (can you see I really like almond butter?!?!)
And dinner consisted of a second Vanilla Refresh shake along with one of the dinner options in the nutrition guide!!
I know some people think they need to wait to do this 3-day program when they’re going to be home for 3 days and have an empty social calendar but to be honest….a little bit of planning paired with some willpower and perhaps a sprinkle of flexibility and this is easy breezy!!!
*My mother in law brought my two nephews to visit during this time
*We spent a morning at Seabase – an indoor kids play center where we treated the kiddos and allowed them to pick their own lunch and I resisted the leftover EVERYTHING!
*My mom visited for two nights and I was able to cook dinner for everyone else and still stick to my plan too
*We did a full day at Idlewild – I didn’t tough the french fries or the hot dog or the slurpee or even think twice about indulging. I did have to self-convince myself that I already know what ice cream tastes like – so why sabbotage my success? And that was all it took to go back to my cooler packed meals and FOCUS!
I’m really happy with my results! to be honest I have no idea ho
w many pounds or inches I lost but I can tell you that these shorts from last summer that I squeezed
nto Monday morning fit a heck of a lot better today!
I was full of energy throughout the full 3-days. Sure there were moments I was hungry but I drank my water and the hunger would pass. The bloat is gone and I have a huge sense of self-satisfaction knowing I DID IT!
I committed, I followed through, and I feel great!
If you’d like to know more details about the 3-day refresh or my next support and accountability group fill out the application below and let’s chat! I always say – THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS – and this just goes to prove that true!