For the second time, I completed the 3-Day Refresh and had great results. I had fallen back into some bad eating habits and was feeling so bloated and I knew I needed a reset. The 3-Day Refresh does just that. One of the things that works best for me that this offers is structure. It tells you what you can have and when you should have it. Other than the initial planning ahead for it, you are ready to go. For someone as busy as me, this is very important.
The basic structure of the 3-Day Refresh is:
- Water all day long.
- Shakeology for breakfast with fruit
- Mid-morning Fiber Sweep
- Vanilla Fresh shake for lunch with fruit, veggie, and healthy fat
- Afternoon snack of fruit, veggie, or juice
- Vanilla Fresh Shake for dinner plus a meal from the 3-Day Refresh recipe list
- Drink green tea throughout the day – I aimed for twice a day
The day before I started, I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies to have available, quick and easy. Celery, carrots, cucumbers, and hummus, as well as bananas and pineapple. I made a large batch of iced green tea that would last the whole 3 days. I also made a very specific list of what I would have and when based on the plan.
I took everything with me on all 3 days so I didn’t leave anything to chance. Day 2 was the trickiest day simply because I was going to be on the road all day long. I packed everything, including ice, and it worked out perfectly. For me, being on the road is when I’m most likely to make bad choices like fast food because it’s easy to do. This made it easy. I knew what I was going to have and when.
Day 3 had a challenge of it’s own, with a family lunch at Red Robin. But I had a salad and a side of steamed broccoli and it all worked out. It can be very empowering to make healthy choices.
The hardest part of the 3-Day for me, more than anything, was probably the no coffee in the morning. And it’s not that you can’t have coffee, you just can’t have all the extra such as creamer and sweeteners, and that is how I love my coffee. Other than that, I was fine and didn’t feel like I was missing out on much. I was never hungry, I felt full and satisfied.
Here are photos of my dinner options. The cucumber and tomato salad was from the 3-Day Refresh recipes. The squash and cucumbers I just through together for dinner on the last day because I was craving it. It is not hard for me to eat like this because I love these foods!
I took a photo, did my measurements, and weighed myself the morning of Day 1. I did the same thing again on Day 4, the morning after completing it. I knew I was down, I could feel it in how my clothes fit. And I was right… I lost a total of 6.75 pounds and almost 5 inches (waist and hips together). I like to say that I was feeling extra fluffy before I did the 3-Day, I was so bloated, and that is obvious in my before picture. I am much happier with my after photo, feeling confident again in my favorite jeans.
Since completing the 3-Day, I’ve been keeping up with several aspects of it. Water all day long, green tea twice a day, fruit and veggies for snacks, and whole foods. I’ve tried to limit the processed foods. And while I did have fast food once, I kept it to a small, and it was just one day, not every other day as it had been for awhile.
I mentioned this was my second time to do the 3-Day Refresh. The first time I did it seemed harder for me, and I’m sure it was because I was in the midst of marathon training and running ALOT. I was hungrier throughout. This time around, it was much easier and I feel like I got more out of it.
I will definitely do the 3-Day Refresh again as needed. I think it is a great way to reset your body and get rid of those pesky bad habits that have a way of creeping back in. I believe in all things in moderation but over time, for me, the bad foods have a way of outweighing the good foods. After the 3 days of healthy choices, it’s easier to stick with it.
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