3-Day Refresh: DAY ONE
6:00 a.m. Morning weigh in. Surprisingly, I am within my goal weight range (I feel best when I’m between 107-110 pounds). I really felt as if I were heavier than that. For those of you who aren’t used to me telling them to ditch the scale, I rarely weigh myself. In fact, the last time I weighed in was April 15th. I remember the date because it was the end of tax season and right before our NYC trip. I told my husband I thought I was guessing I was closer to 113 or 114. For me, this was a pleasant surprise.
You may be wondering, “So what is someone at their goal weight doing on the 3-Day Refresh?!!” Typically, the 3-Day Refresh is used to get over a weight loss plateau or jump start clean eating before starting a program. While weight loss is not my goal, I do want to get back on track after a weekend of non-clean eating at my parents’ house. I ate hotdogs, potato salad, drank beer and indulged in more than a couple Oreos. Oh, delicious Oreos. Darn you, you little chocolate bastards. I’m going to love you and leave you, my dears… I’ve got better things to eat now. I also want to be able to give accurate, first-hand information to my challengers who want to do the Refresh with me as their coach. So here goes…
8:30 a.m. Shakeology with mixed berries. Yum. So far, not hungry.
10:00 a.m. Hunger is beginning to set in. Time for my tea break.
11:00 a.m. First time trying Fiber Sweep. I feel like if I added a light beer instead of water it would almost taste like Summer Shandy!! It’s got a lemon lime flavor that’s pretty pleasant. Drink it fast! If you don’t, it turns to Jell-o.
12:00 p.m. Time for my vanilla shake and fruit. It was good, but I admit I also had a few forkfuls of my husband’s lunch. I couldn’t resist. I made a wild mushroom rigatoni last night with foraged morels and it was my personal duty to have another bite. It was probably less than 75 calories, but technically that makes me a cheater.
3:00 p.m. Afternoon tea break. I’m not even hungry for my snack. I’ll save it for later.
5:30 p.m. If you notice a beer in the background it’s because I’m a cheater. Having a beer or two or a glass of wine in the kitchen is my favorite “Happy Hour” activity, and one that’s hard to break. Prepping dinner for my family: Fresh green beans, baked chicken tenders and quinoa. I snitched a little bit of the chicken and quinoa, but mainly just ate a bowl of green beans. Yum. I don’t even want my evening shake, so I’ll save it for later if necessary. (check out my son’s reaction by following me (ksdanger) on Snapchat).
7:30 p.m. Brought my boys (the big one and the little one) upstairs for the abs challenge. No cheats! Made it through 110 sit-ups, 160 crunches, 60 leg lifts and a 100 second plank. I made it through half of Upper Fix Extreme before running out of time, but all in all I did at least 30 minutes of exercise.
9:00 p.m I’m a bit hungry, but hate to eat so close to bedtime. Decided against eating.
6:00 a.m. Despite going to bed kind of hungry, I woke up with energy and wasn’t ravenous. Had my morning coffee (black) as usual.
9:00 a.m. Shake #1 with ripe banana. Yum. I’m surprised I don’t feel hungry yet.
10:30 a.m. Fiber sweep again. It tastes worse today for some reason. Not a fan. I hope it works.
11:30 a.m. Vanilla Fresh shake. This stuff is good. This time, I had it blended with mixed berries again
12:30 p.m. Lunch = snacking on baby carrots
4:00 p.m. I get home from running errands with the kids and instead of doing my tea like I should have I munch. A little popcorn, a few sunflower seeds. Nothing unhealthy but not on my “approved” list. Still haven’t had tea. It’s hot outside! Tea just doesn’t sound good.
8:00 p.m. I made cauliflower, swordfish and couscous for the family. I know I was only supposed to have the cauliflower, but I had some potatoes and fish too. Not much. A baby-sized portion. I also had another light beer. I cracked open a second but didn’t finish it. I wasn’t perfect today, but still overall not too bad.
9:00 p.m. I did 20 minutes of Plyo Fix Extreme before bed. I’m still not hungry so I’m skipping my last shake.
6:00 a.m. Coffee again. I know it’s a cheat, but I can’t stick to even a 3-day cleanse without my coffee.
9:00 a.m. Shake #1. I had Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with a banana and some PB2 blended with water and ice. It tasted SO good. Dreamy, actually.
10:30 a.m. Fiber Sweep again. Not a fan. Glad it’s my last one.
11:30 a.m. Shake #2. Vanilla Fresh with mixed berries.
12:00 p.m. REALLY craving solid food.
2:00 p.m. I am feeling really tired and irritable. HANGRY. Like I could eat the paint off the wall. Took a quick power nap before the kids got home from school and woke up feeling a little bit more human.
3:00 p.m. Snacked on sunflower seeds again and had some air-popped popcorn.
6:00 p.m. This is where I completely derailed. My son had a baseball event, so I did not have time to make my last shake/dinner before we left. Instead, I munched on popcorn at the ball field. The kids had made a frozen pizza as a snack and I finished off the last two pieces when we got home. Had a beer with hubby.
My 3-Day Refresh Results
I 2.6 pounds lost in three days, even though I cheated quite a bit. Despite the cheats, the good results don’t surprise me, since I was drastically cutting calories. I was pretty hangry. Especially the last day, craving solid food like a madwoman. Would I do it again? Sure, especially if I needed a reboot. My biggest takeaway from this program is that it tested my resolve. After three days of very little solid food, I feel like eating veggies and lean protein all day would be a treat. I seriously can’t wait simply to chew my food again!!
Challenger 3-Day Refresh Results
“I’ve never been so excited to go to the gym to weigh in! Only down 2.5 pounds but I had 2 extra snacks yesterday. I haven’t had as much energy for work outs so I’m excited to add food back into my routine.” – JD
“I am finished. I lost 3 lbs. Yahoo. I am going to continue doing the two shakes throughout the daytime, but just eat a sensible dinner in the evening–not necessarily a salad and meat, but maybe meat and a vegetable and maybe some brown rice for the texture that I so want to have.” – TL
“Whoop whoop! Lost 3 pounds! I’ll take it. I did not feel as happy and energetic as you all. As a matter of fact, I really sick with a nasty headache the 1st day. So I added a second salad on the next 2 days and that helped some. Glad I gave it a try! Thanks for the support, Team!” – WS
“Love this 3 day challenge! Lost 7.3 lbs! Didn’t feel hungry, had terrible headache but that could have been PMS too! Did great run this am… Full on marathon training started… Had shake after run, still not hungry but looking forward to dinner of grilled spicy chicken!!” – S
“My friday results were 2.4 lbs gone! Now the goal is to not add junky stuff! Lol I am pretty pleased with the results! I am ready to get some real food in my system. I have lacked the energy the past few days and I am hoping it will help!” – VS
“Friday results day: down 3.4 pounds – not stuck anymore!” – KH
“Although I did not follow the plan to a T, I got good results. I lost 4 lbs and 2 inches off my waist. To be fair, I weighed and measured myself after a weekend of eating poorly–so I am sure that most of the results are water/inflamation loss. Still, not bad. But the Refresh was hard to do–so my motivation is to keep the loss, and continue workouts/21day fix eating plan, so I don’t have to go back to doing the Refresh for a while (I have an extra set of 3-day Refresh waiting for me at the end of the Summer).” – M
“Lost 2 pounds! Considering yesterday’s mess up I will happily take it!” – DE
“Due to the untimely arrival of my monthly visitor my results are skewed BUT I still lost .8 lbs!!! Considering the timing that is amazing that I didn’t gain and did lose. I’m going to continue to eat clean for the next few days and see if my results get even better.” – E
“Down 3.8 lbs and that was with some cheats. Pretty happy with the results. Felt super energized and awake this morning.” – AS