First I want to thank everyone who messaged me about last week’s announcement. I’m excited and nervous that this could be a flop, but I know it’s a step in the right direction for my personal and professional self.
Second, I apologize that this post is up so much later than I said it would be! There’s been a lot going on lately, between some changes at work, B's birthday, and planning a surprise baby shower for a former co-worker. This weekend proved to have little to no down time as well.
But alas, here we are! My recap of the 3-Day Refresh.
So let me preface this post with the fact that I didn’t really prepare for this cleanse. I figured, “3 days, how bad could it be?” I read the booklet, as instructed, and prepped my meals each previous night.
Hindsight is 20-20, and after experiencing this cleanse, I’ll prepare next time by not eating so much the week prior to starting.
I did as most people would do before starting a cleanse, had bagels for breakfast and ice cream for dessert. I ate whatever I wanted to because, “Monday I start cleansing.”
I average 1800-2000 calories a day, snacking every 2-3 hours. This cleanse allows you to eat approximately 900 calories a day. And I’m sure you’ve heard me mention it before, but if I don’t eat when I NEED to, I get hangry.
Which is exactly what happened.
Day 1 (Monday): Ok, not so bad. A little complaining about being hungry but in the end it’ll be worth it. I started my day strong with a Shakeology and was excited to get my day started. My lunch box was abnormally light headed into work, but I figured I’d be fine. I started to get a little distracted towards the afternoon and was focused on a bag of nuts sitting on my desk. But, I held strong. I left work with a grumbly stomach and a bit of a headache.
Day 2 (Tuesday): The morning was a little rough. B had our normal eggs, but I just sat there and smelled them. I ended up leaving the house a little early to get to work because I was tempted to have a coffee. This is when “Hangry Meg” kicked in. Around 11 am, it hit me. I needed a piece of meat. My body was yearning for it, and the headache would not go away. I knew it was my body detoxing, but that didn’t make it any easier.
Day 3 (Wednesday): Wednesday was the worst of it all. The last day, yes, but the environment I was in for the day was not a healthy one (that’s not talking about food), and it was really difficult to focus on much of anything. That’s all I can really say about that.
My verdict? This cleanse is effective in the fact that you can drop a few pounds quickly and rather easily (if you’re determined). The ending result is a loss of 3 lbs, which is what I gained while I’ve been sitting on my bottom from this sprained ankle that won’t go away.
One positive is I'm pretty much over coffee. My stomach is just NOT interested in it anymore. Also, my meal portions are smaller now, which is another bonus, as B gets to eat my leftovers. Ha!
Would I recommend this to someone who’s looking to slim down before a big event (ie, wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, beach weekend with the girls, etc)? Absolutely. It’s quick, easy-ish, and effective.
Would I recommend this to someone who’s looking to make a change in their lifestyle and learn how to eat better overall? Absolutely not. This did quite the opposite. In that case, I’d recommend the cleanse that B & I did last year before our fitness journey began. It’s the cleanse that taught us about eating more frequently to keep our metabolism going, and what we should be eating to drop weight and increase energy.
Next time I do this 3-Day Refresh cleanse, I’ll be more prepared. I’ll decrease my calorie intake for a few days prior, most likely do it on a weekend so I don’t need to focus so much (something that I think is a result from the lack of food), and hopefully have less distractions in my environment.
Have you tried the 3-Day Refresh? What was your thoughts on it?