3-Day Refresh: Easy Peasy or Sadistic Cleanse?

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With Halloween nearing and the cold weather setting in, my choices in what to eat, how much and when…well, they were awful!  I decided I need a clean break to shake off the bad habits I had fallen into.  So I decided to try BeachBody’s 3-Day Refresh.  I was committed and ready to make this work!

The day before:

I sat down with my Refresh guide and picked out the meals and snacks I was going to eat and wrote out my grocery list and went shopping.  I can totally do this!

Day 1:

I started out strong.  Got in a 30 minute Piyo Core, had my Shakeology and fruit and I was ready for whatever the day had to hold.  By mid-morning I was hungry and had a bit of a headache since you don’t get any caffeine during the Refresh.  But it wasn’t that bad.  I did end up eating lunch pretty early, 11:30.  The afternoon was pretty hard.  I definitely got in plenty of water to help tide me over between snack & hot tea and dinner.  Dinner time came around, and I was pleasantly surprised by how full I felt after my stir-fry veggies, broth and shake.  Unfortunately I ended up going to bed early with a killer headache, which I’m blaming on the lack of coffee. But all in all I count day one as a success!

Day 2:

Woke up and weighed myself.  I know I shouldn’t have, but I just couldn’t help it.  I wanted to see if this endeavor was worth it.  Down three pounds, not bad.  I decided to do 30 minutes of yoga.  It was a fantastic start to the day.  A slow, meditative 30 minutes was just what I needed to get my head focused and get my body moving.  Another breakfast of Shakeology and fruit.  I ended up missing my morning tea because of my youngest’s gymnastics class, but I got home and had my fiber sweep and felt okay.  I had another good lunch of avocado, tomato and apple cider vinegar, an apple and a vanilla shake.  In the afternoon I was definitely hungry, but it wasn’t too bad, although I may have eaten one of my girls’ pretzel sticks.  Oops.  Oh well, moving on.  Had another surprisingly filling dinner, especially considering how hungry I felt.  I may have been a little hungrier on day 2, but the headache was gone.  That goes down as a win in my book!

Day 3:

I was feeling great and maybe a little cocky and decided to do Piyo Sweat when I woke up.  It’s a 30 minute low impact workout based on yoga and Pilates.  At the time it felt amazing to be sweating again…but I paid for it late afternoon.  About mid-morning I was feeling hungry.  I had my fiber sweep and felt okay.  My youngest had a speech therapy appointment, so I couldn’t eat lunch as soon as I wanted.  So I had my apple before my lunch to make sure things didn’t turn ugly.  Boy did that help!  The afternoon was just straight hard!  I was HUNGRY!!  I was so close to caving.  I actually put a piece of salami in my mouth and started to chew.  But then I snapped out of it and spit it out.  The most remarkable part of my afternoon was that I wasn’t tired.  Even with caffeine and lots of calories I’m ALWAYS tired around 2pm.  It’s usually a physical struggle for me to stay awake between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.  But today I was fine.  I read and didn’t nod off, that never happens.  I decided to have dinner early because even after my afternoon snack and tea I wanted to eat!   We’re talking blue plate special early, 4:45 pm.  It was the right decision.  Our hometown team was playing in game 7 of the World Series, and I all I could think about was pizza and beer and all that Halloween candy that was just sitting unsupervised on top of the fridge.   But I was so close to making it through the full 3 days staying on track!  There was no way I was going to cave now!  I had my dinner and felt much better.  In fact I had so much energy I actually had a hard time falling asleep….or maybe it was all the excitement over our World Series win…

Day 4 – RESULTS

So was the struggle worth it?  Yes!  But probably not for the reasons you think.  I feel amazing.  I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time, I feel happier and just less stressed out.  I guess all that sugar, caffeine and cheese and refined carbs I was eating were having more effect on me than I thought.  The added bonus is that my pants fit well again!  Yeay!  I ended up losing 4.5 pounds and 4.7 inches.  The other amazing benefit that I was not expecting was a recommitment to WANTING to eat well.  This is an area I have been struggling with for a while.  I guess I forgot how good I and my body feel when I make the extra effort to only put nutritious, healthy food in it.  Exerting self-control becomes easier the more you do it, just like a workout.  There will always be temptations, but each time I make a good choice instead of giving in it will be easier. 

If you are really committed to changing the way you eat and want a jumpstart to get things rolling, the 3-Day Refresh is a fantastic investment.  But don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a walk in the park.  You will be hungry, and you will have to face your own left shoulder devil when you want to reach for something that is not part of the plan.  But if you are willing to put in the effort, you will get results….some of which may just surprise you, in a good way of course!!

If you have any questions about this program or are curious if there are other programs that can help you get on track with your nutrition, just comment below.  I’m happy to share more details about my experiences.

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