One of the cool things about being a coach is that I get to be on my health and fitness journey along with others all the time. So if we’re trying out a new fitness program – I’ve got my peeps to gripe with about sore muscles but also to celebrate victories with too. If we’re trying out a new healthy eating plan – my group holds me accountable to stick to the menu. This time I had the opportunity to lead a group doing the 3-Day Refresh. I completed this program one time before, so I looked forward to sharing my thoughts with the group every night and hearing what they had to say.
If you’ve never heard of the 3-Day Refresh, the point is to help you break the cycle of unhealthy eating, give your body a jump start, and promote healthy weight loss. This time around I decided to do it because I was coming back from ankle surgery that side-lined me for a bit, not allowing me to do much exercising, and then the holidays came right on top of that. Needless to say, I started falling back into some old eating habits that were putting on some unwanted pounds and inches, and I was ready to kick them to the curb. Take a look at my quick video, the plan for the 3 days, and then finally, MY results!!
Here’s the schedule for each of the 3 days:
Upon Waking and Breakfast
*8-10 oz water upon waking
*Shakeology w/ 10 oz water + fruit option (I put this in my shake) – this was always enjoyable for me. I put in 1/2 a banana and I was good to go.
*Optional green tea – I drank this everyday because it just felt good to have something hot and it kept me full.
Mid-morning Fiber Sweep – You mix this with 8 oz of water. I’ll be honest and tell you this was not my favorite part. It kind of tasted like soggy fruit loops to me. I just brought back my good ole college chugging days (sorry, mom), and down the hatch it went. If you leave this sit too long it gets gelatinous, so you need to drink it right away.
You can have a lot of different things for lunch!
Vanilla Fresh Shake (w/10 oz water) + Fruit Option + Veggie option + Healthy fat option
Two of the days I had my fruit in the shake (blueberries and grapes), and found that to be very tasty. My choices were sugar snap peas with hummus, green beans, and tomato with basil (these days I put my healthy fat – almond butter – in the shake). I was always very satisfied after lunch.
Veggie + healthy fat option – again, you get to eat more real food. I had celery w/ almond butter and red pepper with hummus twice (on the days I didn’t have the sugar snap peas at lunch), .
*Optional mid-afternoon herbal tea
Vanilla Fresh Shake + 10 oz water – I added cinnamon to make it taste like a Cinnabon. This was the best combo I found and had it this way each of the 3 nights.
Veggie Dinner – I had the veggie stir fry, a spinach salad, and coconut steamed veggies.
Optional 1 cup veggie broth – I know this sounds so weird, but it tasted SO good and was just what I needed.
Optional herbal tea after dinner too!
My Personal Results
It was really important to take before and after pictures as well as measurements to show what I accomplished in just 3 short days. I always tell my challenge group participants to take their pictures and measurements because they won’t know what they accomplished unless they have some baseline numbers and actually see the differences in their bodies. I’m glad I took my own advice this time because I am happy with my results. Can you see the differences?
The first picture is my “before” picture. I took a deep breath in and then just let it all out. I can see my mommy pooch was starting to round me out, but you can see it more from the side angle. In my second “after” picture I did the exact same thing – took a deep breath in a let it all out. I am not flexing at all.
You can see I lost some inches in my belly, but the majority came from below my belly button where I needed it the most.
My Final Results were:
*Down 2.5 pounds
*Lost 3.75 inches in my belly
Not only did I see visual results, but I feel lighter, my cravings for chocolate are reduced, my portions are better sizes, and I honestly crave veggies. Was it a success? Definitely!
If you’d like to talk about if the Refresh is right for you, please comment below and we can chat. I promise I’m a low-pressure kind of gal, so please ask away! And if you think you’re ready to get started on the Refresh, you can order here. Please make sure my name pops up as your coach (or my Coach ID 312403) so we can be connected and I can send you some tips before you begin!
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