3 Day Refresh- Final Review and Results

Well… the moment of truth has come!  I spent 3 day cleansing my body in hopes of decreasing cravings and increasing my energy all while detoxing.  I liked that the 3 day refresh was gentle and I could eat real food in the form of fruit, vegetables and healthy fats (hummus, almond butter, avocado,coconut oil) and it was gentle on my system.  I should mention that I already eat a pretty well balanced diet with lots of fiber so that was not an issue for me.  I also have almost completely cut caffeine out of my diet except for my pre-work out and occasionally coffee in my shakeology.  So, I had no headaches during the 3 days.  Click on the days below to and the link will take you to my blog post for that day.

Day 1: I questioned a lot whether this was worth it.  I wasn’t looking to lose a bunch of weight or inches but rather I really wanted to decrease my never ending cravings.  I felt satisfied all day with some cravings but it was the beginning and I was very motivated.  The recipes in the book are all tasty and some I will keep as staples in my diet.  I’ll probably put up a couple of the recipes on here since I use my recipes when I plan meals for ideas.

Day 2: This was the hardest day and I STRUGGLED from 12-5pm.  If you read my other post on the 3 day refresh-day 2 then you know I cheated a bit with peanut butter but overall it wasn’t a horrible cheat and it wasn’t with my normal cheat/cravings.  So, I consider that a win.  I was exhausted all day and again questioning WHY I was starving myself. I was seriously hating the program and wanted to quit but I bought it for a reason and motivated myself by saying it is only 3 days.  If you’re disgused by poop talk continue on to day 3.   I had HORRIBLE gas this day, especially in the afternoon/evening but my poop was regular and I wasn’t going anymore than I normally do.  Again, another benefit of a gentle cleanse!

Day 3:  I woke up feeling great, energy back and guess what…. my cravings had basically diminished.  By the afternoon I wasn’t wanting to raid the pantry and binge eat everything.  I was satisfied with my portioned controlled food.  This was the day that I realized how truly amazing this 3 day cleanse is.  I was satisfied, not starving and I overcame a HUGE obstacle that I didn’t know I possessed.  I was able to say NO to my cravings and finally take control.  And that my friends lead us to my results…

3 day refresh results:

The pictures don’t do the results justice but I will share.

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Weight– Down 3.2 pounds

Inches- Down 4 inches… including 1 inch off of my waist!

I forgot to take a side picture so the side picture happened after I worked out and showered
I forgot to take a side picture so the side picture happened after I worked out and showered

Other Results

First off, I’m EXTREMELY happy with these results!  Not only did I do that in 3 days but what you can’t see in the pictures is the amazing energy I have.  I look forward to my meals and my body craves healthy food.  I waited an extra day to write my review because I wanted to see how I felt the day after when I reintroduced food to my diet and started working out again.  Monday morning I woke up to push plan on my Insanity Max 30 Cardio Challenge DVD expecting to have no energy to complete it.  BUT I powered through and only took 1 break… where as I was taking 3-6 breaks per workout.  WHAT?  How did that happen?  I ate normally that whole day after with little to no cravings, even in the afternoon.  I had no caffeine.. I didn’t need it.  I’m experimenting something with coconut oil in the afternoon as well so that may have something to do with it but I’ll let you know.  I had already planned my meals for Monday and was prepared to continue with my success, so that was helpful.  Monday was easy… I had energy, felt lean and in control.

So, I’m writing this Tuesday afternoon.  I got up this morning to get my workout in feeling great and ready to rock another workout but not expecting anything like yesterday.  But to my surprise…. I did even better!  My workout was Insanity Max 30 Tabata Strength… which is NO easy workout.  Lots of jumping and push ups, it’s probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done. Seriously, I have no upper body strength,  I hate push ups. Previously I took a break at 6:38 into the DVD doing knee diamond push ups.  Today… I lasted until almost 20 minutes.. I mean talk about beastmode!  In Insanity Max 30 you keep track of the first time you need a break so you can try and push yourself further the next time, that’s why I know when I was taking breaks.  I didn’t even have to modify!  WHAT?  I’m impressed.  I also track my calories burned and monitor my heart rate during my workouts (I’m obsessed what can I say) and track them everyday when I’m doing a program.  I like to push myself and make sure I’m getting my HR up.  I use a Garmin Viviofit as an activity tracker but it’s also a heart rate monitor that you wear a chest strap for.  Here are some screen shot of my calories burned this week compared to last week:

3 day refresh workout results

I wasn’t trying to do this to prove a point, it just happened.  I burned almost 100 calories more in 2 days then I did doing the same workouts last week.  So if the increase in energy, dropped weight & inches, decrease in cravings and appetite as well as overall feeling of control in my life didn’t sell me on this program…. that visual does!!   Oh, and I had some capris I bought YEARS ago that I’ve been wanted to fit in to by the end of this summer.  Guess what… I zipped those right up today no problem!

Will I do this again and when?

100% yes! It would be perfect after a vacation to get back on track quickly or before a big event when I wanted to lean out a bit.  I would probably also use this for a plateau.  I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to gain some energy by detoxing the bad chemicals in every day food out of your diet.   I really enjoyed this in the end… once I got through that 2nd day.  At the very least it was a mental battle I overcame and taught me that if I laser focus on nutrition for 3 days I can be back to “normal”.  The structure and schedule were nice as well as the cleansing aspect.

Will the weight come back?

I’m really not sure.  I weighed in Tuesday, so 2 days after and my weight was the same.  I’ll weigh in again on Friday and report back if it came back.  I’m sure if you keep a healthy lifestyle it will stay off, which I’m planning on doing.  A little over 5 pounds to my goal weight!

Whew, that was a long post.

3 day refresh Day 3

My final day and by far the easiest day!  My energy returned and my mood was positive.  The cravings were still there but mainly just to eat whatever I wanted to eat.  I had another amazing night of sleep and woke up refreshed.  I’m so excited to share my results with you all tomorrow.

Breakfast:  I did skakeology blended with 1/2 banana while running out the door to go cherry picking with my family!

Morning snack: Fiber sweep.  I brought 8oz of water and mixed my fiber sweep in the fields.  It was fine, I really don’t mind drinking this… at all.  It kept me full until lunch which was a little later since we were out and about.

Lunch: I thought I took a picture but apparently it didn’t go through.  I had 1/4 an avocado with red pepper strips and a little himilayan salt and it was AMAZING.  I also blended the Vanilla fresh with blueberries, added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and pure vanilla extract… it tasted like a blueberry muffin!

Afternoon snack:

Simple clean snacking on the 3 day refresh

Here’s where I noticed a HUGE difference with this program.  I wasn’t starving and I still had energy despite running around in the morning.  My cravings were diminished and I enjoyed every last bit of that garlic hummus!  I may have thrown in an extra carrot but I was chugging water all day long so I think I deserved it.

Final dinner:

3 day refresh dinner day 3

So, I made the Carrot-Seaweed salad that was the recipe in the book and it was AMAZING.  I loved the flavor combination and will definitely be making this again.  I had everything in my house already except the sea-weed and had to hit up Mom’s Organic to find it but I love seaweed and I was dedicated to this program and wanted to try this dish.  It was the perfect ending to this 3 day cleanse!  Of course I pared it with the Vanilla Fresh blended with nutmeg, cinnamon and pure vanilla extract.

I was so glad that my energy was back!  I wasn’t exhausted putting my daughter to bed and was able to run around at the playground with her and her friend.  I was up until almost 10pm working!

My final review I’ll be doing tomorrow including a little about the day after the cleanse and transitioning back to real food.

3 day refresh Day 2

Wow, I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it through day 2!  I seriously think it was the hardest thing mentally I’ve ever had to do.  I had a severe moment of weakness in which I may have enjoyed 3 tbsp of peanut butter (definitely NOT a part of the cleanse) but I chugged a bunch of water and was able to stick to the plan going forward.

I couldn’t even write a blog post last night I was so exhausted.  I don’t know if it was a mix of not caffeine or the low calorie cleanse but I took a nap in the middle of the day… something I haven’t done since Elizabeth was a baby.  I awoke feeling rejuvenated and ended he day perfectly.  However, I was still in bed by 9pm.  You definitely sleep well on the 3 dayrefresh!

My meals:

Breakfast 8am:

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This was breakfast, strawberry shakeology and blueberries.  I was so looking forward to my shakeolgy for breakfast… this may be the best part of the cleanse!

Mid-day/10am fiber sweep:

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Going into the second day I was still a little nervous about taking the fiber sweep but it’s really not bad but its a little chunky and has a lemony after taste.  Let me tell you…this is filling!  I wasn’t hungry and even went out and about for a play date without feeling hungry.

Lunch 12:30

3 day refresh lunch

I made my lunch to go since I had the play date for Elizabeth and wanted to make sure my lunch was ready in the chance that I was not home in time to eat.  I should also mention that I was CHUGGING water all day.  I think that’s where I got most of my energy from and I got a lot of advise to make sure you drink a lot of water.

Afternoon snack-2:30pm:

Oh, well…. there’s no picture of this because this is where things went down hill… fast.  Mid-afternoon snacking is my nemesis and probably when I get the most cravings.  Day 1 wasn’t so bad but day 2… well day 2 was horrible.  I wanted to eat EVERYTHING!  I started off with some carrots and the alloted amount of peanut butter but things escaleted and I ended up eating 3 Tsbps of peanut butter.  Which in the long run… I’m not even that upset about because I still stuck close to plan and I enjoyed every bit of that peanut butter.   I also fell into a deep slumber afterwards and awoke with much more energy.

Dinner 6pm:

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This was totally satisfying!  I don’t know if I was still coming down from my peanut butter high earlier but I was totally satisfied and had more energy then I did Day 1 in the evening.  Now I was still in bed by 9pm but it wasn’t a struggle to stay awake and put my daughter down.   The vanilla fresh has a lot of protein in it so I’m sure that is what keeps me going.

Overall, I was definitely nervous that I would not be able to do this.  It literally took all of my will power to not go off the deep end Day 2 in the afternoon.  I think one of the things that kept me going was when I stepped on the scale I was down 1.3 pounds that first day!  Hoping for more energy on Day 3 and going forward!

3 day refresh day 1


3 DAY REFRESH LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!

I just completed the first day of the 3 day refresh. I wanted share some of what I ate and my thoughts.  I’ll do a full review at the end of my 3 days but wanted to document as I went.

What is the 3 day refresh? The short answer: It’s a 3 day cleanse to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle, kick some cravins, drop some weight and get a healthy break from bad habits.  The best part is you eat real food that includes protein unlike a lot of juice cleanses which are high in sugar and low in protein.  You drink 3 shakes a day (1 shakeology, 2 vanilla fresh), a fiber sweep, lots of filtered water, vegetables, fruit and healthy fats!

3 day refresh beginning
Planning for the 3 day refresh


Why did I decide to try the 3 day refresh?

Mainly because my biggest struggle is nutrition!  Cravings get the best of me  and when I refocus and have a good week I still reward myself with non-healthy food.  I have mainly gotten a lot of control over my diet but some things creep back up and I was looking for something that would really jumpstart me after having a vacation or bad month.  I wanted to see what it could do for me, I see a lot of people have success with it.  And if it gives me a flatter stomach… all the better!

What preparing did I do?

Most of the prep is already done for you, which is nice.  All I had to do was grab some fresh veggies and fruit.  I used the recipes from the book to make a quick shopping list.  My favorite meal was by far shakeology, I’m already excited to wake up and drink it again.  I pre-cut my veggies so they would be easy to grab and wrote out everything I would be eating so there was no guess work.  It was super simple.  After I’m done I’ll go over everything in more detail.

Weren’t you hungry all day?

Surprisingly, No. The Vanilla fresh was very filling, as was shakeology.  I had my normal afternoon cravings and wanted to raid the fridge but it passed quickly and I CHUGGED water all day long and tried to keep myself as busy as possible.

What was the hardest part:

Honestly, I felt tired starting early afternoon and pretty exhausted after dinner.  Even writing this right now is a struggle and I’m definitely going to bed soon.  It’s hard work cleansing yourself!  I don’t mind the shakes so that makes this cleanse easy and the fiber sweep wasn’t that bad- little gritty and thick but wasn’t horrible.  I’m excited to see what this does for me!

Here are my before photos- see you all in 3 days!

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3 DAY REFRESH LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!