I have been taking care of my health and fitness for just a little over a year. Throughout this time, I saw many of my friends and coaches complete the 3-Day Refresh, but I was skeptical, and maybe just a bit terrified. I am not sure why. All I can say is that it is hard for me to try something that I am unsure about.
I finally decided that NOW was the time. I feel so much more confident in my abilities to do new things… to do hard things. I figured, what harm can be done in 3 DAYS?
Now, in true Monica fashion, I did not want to go at this alone. I needed an entourage, a group of my fellow coaches and challengers that were ready for something challenging. It was amazing how we all supported each other through this process and helped each other through EVERY step of the way. It was wonderful to witness, and even more fantastic to be a part of. Here are a few things they said about the group:
Now, for the 3-Day Refresh…
Day 1: I was EXTREMELY sad to give up my coffee. I know, I know, I can have it black, but I really wanted to see what would happen if I didn’t have it. Did I need it, or was it just something I found joy in drinking? I worked out early in the morning like I normally do, but I was really tired throughout Day 1. I even took a 20 minute nap, which is rare for me. I have to say that I was a bit hungry, but I think that it was only because I spent the entire day thinking about food since I wasn’t comfortable with the eating schedule yet. I did not get a headache at all, which I was very surprised about with the lack of coffee. That was a plus! I wasn’t acting like a mad woman, so that was a bonus, too, for the whole family, in general. The ONE thing that I would say affected me the most was my inability to focus and my mental clarity. I had a very difficult time concentrating on a task, and I did go to bed early to get a good night’s sleep to be ready for day 2.
Day 2: I felt much better on day 2. I made some food changes that I was really happy about thanks to the comments of some of the ladies in the accountability group. It really is all about trial and error. No coffee again, but I was ok! I was not nearly as tired as I was the first day, and I felt much more confident in the process now that I knew what to expect. I was able to workout (PiYo) moderately and felt enough energy to get through the day like I normally do. I was experiencing some cravings for foods that I don’t typically eat. I know I wasn’t the only one, so I am sure that is to be expected. Day 2 was exciting because you knew there was only one more day to tackle.
Day 3: This was my best day by far! I had a great deal of energy (even without coffee), I felt lighter and less bloated, and I was able to eat and drink according to the plan without much difficulty. I did tend to get a bit hungry at dinnertime, but it was not anything that I could not just ignore or drink more water to get rid of. I did my exercise, and I even had enough energy to vacuum the entire house. I had a sense of pride on this day, knowing that I did something that, for so long, for some reason, I feared doing. It was a good feeling, and I was excited to see my results the next day.
I was pleasantly surprised with my results!!! I lost 4 pounds. I was already at what I considered to be a good weight, but this was a weight I hadn’t seen since high school.
I lost 6 inches total from my body, 3 inches from my waist alone! Wow!
You know, when you see photos of people who have done the 3-Day Refresh and they share their results, sometimes you wonder (or maybe I just did), are they sucking it in? Did they fabricate these results? Skepticism at its best. Although I am one of those people that is sharing results now and showing pictures, I now know for myself that it WORKS! It truly works.
The first day reminded me of how difficult it can be to start something new, something foreign. It reminded me of my thoughts, my fears of failure when I started my weight loss journey over a year ago. I was quickly brought back to that. It was good to feel that because it’s important for me to always remember those feelings, the same feelings that all of my new challengers feel when they begin their journeys. The wonderful thing is, though, that if you don’t give up, those feelings go away and are replaced with pride, with joy, with success! That feels great!
The 3-Day Refresh did so much for me. It helped me get back into my groove, it helped me shed a few pounds and inches, it helped me connect with some amazing women going through the same process, and it helped me remember the beginning to be better and more understanding of those just starting.
A few tips I would give to anyone wanting to take part:
- If you work outside of the home, possibly consider doing the refresh on the weekend so that you are home and can focus on your food/shake schedule as well as the number of times you will need to use the bathroom.
- Do not give up just because the first day is hard. It gets easier with time, just like anything.
- Do it with a group of people so that the support lifts you up and helps you get through the tough moments.
- If there is something you eat that you don’t like, change it up the next day. Trial and error.
- Suck it up. It’s only 3 days. (I told myself this one each day).
Are you curious about the 3-Day Refresh and what it can do for you? Don’t hesitate. If I can do it, anyone can do it!