Monday morning at 8 AM I hopped out of bed and spontaneously made the decision to start Beachbody’s 3 Day Refresh.
Here’s the thing. Many MANY months ago, my husband told me he wanted to do a cleanse so I recommended the 3 Day Refresh by Beachbody.
Side note: by this point I was no longer actively coaching so this suggestion was solely based on my belief of Beachbody’s products and curiosity because I had yet to do the Refresh.
He was all for it. Pumped. Ready to go.
Cool. Let me do it with you.
Fast forward a couple of months and the Refresh continued to sit, untouched, on the top shelf of our pantry.
Wait, that’s not entirely true. Back up.
K, so . .
For as long as I can remember I have shared what works for me and what doesn’t via my YouTube channel and blog. You all have seen my journey with Insanity, you watched my ups and downs with the Ultimate Reset, and my experience with just about every other Beachbody program.
Naturally when I knew we were planning to do the Refresh, my gears started turning.
I took photos. I filmed an intro clip. Basically, I mapped out how I would be sharing the 3 Day Refresh with my audience like I do all other aspects of my life… and then … womp womp. It continued to sit on the shelf.
Oh goodness, I feel like this is already getting so long but I need you to understand my mindset before giving you a thorough review of this program.
So what happened?
Bottom line, there is more that goes into a quality blog post or a YouTube video than one would imagine. The planning. The execution. Providing quality content. Taking good photos. Filming intros and outros. Being thorough and informative.
All while trying to properly cleanse.
It got to the point that I felt everything had to be of such high quality for my audience that I kept pushing it off just for the sake of “perfection.” I didn’t want to do the Refresh unless I was able to do it to the absolute best of my ability, in a way that was appealing to an audience.
But on this Monday, for the first time ever, I made the decision to do something entirely for me. Without the pressure of providing outstanding content for others to follow. I needed this for me. For my health. Long story short, my body is healing from damage caused by a gluten intolerance and I’m doing anything I can to assist in the healing process.
So no, there won’t be any fancy video editing or exceptional photography, but by taking away that pressure I managed to document my journey in a way that felt effortless and allowed me to really benefit from the cleanse.
It’s also worth noting that I did not
- Take “before and after” photos
- Weigh myself before and/or after
Why? Well, like I said, no pressure. It’s no secret that on the internet weight loss sells. I imagine someone will come to this post and be disappointed that I haven’t shared that, and they wouldn’t be in the wrong. In fact, I’d probably want to see those stats too.
That being said, it was important to me to focus on the TRUE purpose of the cleanse. The purpose is to do a quick “reset” of the body, not necessarily to drop weight or inches. I also didn’t want to make the underlying message of this post to be
click this link to buy the cleanse yourself!
My goal is to share my review as an individual who is already relatively healthy; I eat well, I workout; I take care of my mind, body, and soul. I think it’s a different perspective than some, and consumers need to hear it all to help make a decision. That’s that.
Here we go. For the record, I’m recording the following thoughts at the end of each day (in real time.)
What I did:
Today was a day full of errands. Collaborative work on the upcoming relaunch of my blog, dog to the vet, grocery store, kids to the pool, chores … life.
What I ate:
Not photographed: Fiber Sweep, 3 cups of tea, additional vanilla shake.
Notes: 2nd vanilla shake was made without a banana. The mushrooms were cooked in olive oil. Each vanilla shake was made with ice, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.
What I felt:
I felt a little bit of hunger right before dinner. To be fair, I pushed dinner off because I knew I’d be up late working.
I also felt at ease the whole day.
What I thought:
I went into this refresh expecting to feel lots of hunger pains (mama can eat!) and to feel overwhelmed by the schedule. I felt neither. I did feel a bit hungry around the 4:00 mark but nothing unmanageable. What I didn’t expect was to feel a little bored with the plan, but not for reasons you might expect.
I am a person of routine so that wasn’t a problem for me. What surprised me was how badly I wanted to bite into something of substance. The liquid diet wasn’t cutting it for me. I should have anticipated this because as a vegan who eats plant based foods, sometimes I crave a crunch. I crave something a little thicker, juicier, and mouth watering than quinoa, know what I mean?
By dinner time I was so thankful for the cucumber/tomato salad. It was crunchy, juicy, and full of flavor, in the simplest of ways. This meal was a nice reminder that good, nutritious meals don’t have to be overly complicated or expensive.
What I did:
Today was a work day. Typed up a few blog post, filmed a couple of videos . . . I was home for the majority of the day which allowed for a much more routine day as opposed to day one. I went into the office for a bit with Shakeology in hand!
What I ate:
Not photographed: fiber sweep, 3 cups of tea, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, Additional vanilla shake.
Notes: Each vanilla shake was made using cinnamon and pure vanilla extract, with the first containing a banana. The broccoli was steamed and flavored with coconut oil and turmeric.
What I felt:
Today, like yesterday, I felt a bit of hunger around the 4:00 mark. But once I had my “afternoon snack” I was good to go. Again, nothing unmanageable, just worth noting.
What I thought:
At this point I haven’t noticed any drastic changes.
I did find myself bored with the liquid diet again, but I’m actually thankful for that. Before the cleanse I was craving carbs something fierce (which isn’t typically a good sign) so the liquid diet has helped me to avoid the carb binge.
What I did:
I did some work around the house, went to the office for a bit, and ran some errands with the kids. Nothing strenuous which I will speak a bit more on in a second.
What I ate:
By this point, and if you’ve followed me on social media for any given time, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a creature of habit. In order to keep this as simple as I could I stuck with the same meals throughout the three days.
Not photographed: Fiber Sweep, Additional vanilla shake, 3 cups of tea, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and a tomato/cucumber salad.
Additional Notes: Each vanilla shake was made using cinnamon and pure vanilla extract, with one containing a banana. The broccoli was steamed and flavored with coconut oil and turmeric.
What I felt:
No fatigue. No hunger. No gassiness. No bloating. Nothing. I feel completely normal, not necessarily “refreshed” like the guide tells me I’ll feel. Just … normal.
What I thought:
Mentally, today was easier than the other two. I don’t know if it’s because I was busy, or picked up a new hobby (I started sketching) but I just felt like I glided through the day.
Now let’s break it down.
- What was the hardest thing about the 3 Day Refresh?
My complaint with the Ultimate Reset was that I felt I needed to be in the kitchen all day. The 3 Day Refresh was sort of like that, but on a much smaller scale. I am the person who will go over something 10 times to make sure I’m doing it correctly (buying a plane ticket is a nightmare.) During the three days I felt like I was constantly looking at the guide to make sure I was eating what I needed to eat, when I needed to eat it. To be fair, the average person could probably meal prep the majority of it in less than 20 minutes and have no problem going about their day.
- Are you glad you did the Refresh?
Absolutely! No regrets. At the end of the day nothing was lost, so there was only room for gain. I was eating nutritious foods and being mindful of what I put in my mouth. That’s a win in my book.
- Is there anything you ate during the Refresh that you plan to incorporate into your meal rotation?
Yes! Oh my goodness, I forgot just how obsessed I am with the simplicity of a tomato/cucumber salad!
- Least favorite thing about the Refresh?
As I mentioned a few times, I missed the feeling of chewing my food during the day. It’s probably not a good thing, but I am so go go go that sitting down to eat a meal is a bit of a comfort. It reminds me to slow down and take care of myself.
- Did you learn anything from doing the Refresh?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I learned something, but I was reminded that meals don’t have to be complicated to be nutritious and delicious. I was also reminded that my serving sizes shouldn’t be so large, something I struggle with because mama can eat! If I had to say I learned anything it would probably be that I could never do a juice cleanse!
- Would you do it again?
Never say never. If I felt like I needed it, yes. If for some reason I got so off track with my health and fitness goals I would probably use this to reset as opposed to anything else. However, there are people who do the Refresh monthly or quarterly and I will not be one of those people. It feels unnecessary for someone like me.
- Would you recommend it to friends and family?
Yes, because why not? I respect that Beachbody took notice that coaches were promoting a “Shakeology cleanse” that wasn’t backed by science or of sufficient nutrition for the body and they created something that is.
- Did you feel more energized?
Unfortunately, no. But to be fair I am a few months into a necessary gluten detox and my energy levels are dependent on that. My body is healing and there is no miracle cure for that.
A few additional notes:
After not feeling any changes at the end of day two I sat down to read some reviews to see what others had experienced.
I found that many people suffered from extreme hunger pains and had to add food to the plan just to get through the night. I mentioned during the daily diary that I felt the smallest amount of hunger on days one and two but honestly it was so minuscule that it really wasn’t even worth noting.
I will say that 1. I eat a plant based diet, and 2. I intermittent fast regularly and I believe these two things prepared me for this plan. These two habits help your body to metabolize and digest faster; and train the body to go longer without eating a meal.
I also noticed that many people cited extreme fatigue and headaches during the duration of the Refresh. I personally believe this was due to their body detoxing and caffeine withdrawals, mixed with the fact that they are used to eating more calories, more often.
I share that to say, while these individuals wrote that they could barely get through the day, I could easily have incorporated workouts and been fine. I didn’t feel any strain on my body. I just wanted to mention that for those of you who are concerned about activity during the Refresh.
Also, as I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I didn’t document my weight loss because I didn’t want this experience to be about that. However, I can tell you that my stomach flattened out and my waist shrunk a bit.
And final thought, days one and two had me up half the night feeling like my bladder was going to explode. Okay, that’s a little dramatic but seriously, I was up at least 6 times a night to pee. However, in contrast, on the third and final night I slept the entire night without getting up once.
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