Three Day Refresh

Good Morning! How was your week? Mine started off with a fun surprise: a Happy Box! I recently entered a giveaway that Katie, the author behind another healthy living blog, “Healthy Diva Life,” was featuring from Natural Life. I was excited to find out I won the giveaway and received my Happy Box earlier this week.

Happy Box

Check out my Instagram to see what I received! (Or follow me @buildabalancedlife). This fun surprise definitely made my morning  a happy one –  thank you to both Katie and Natural Life!!

So awhile ago when I first started looking into Beachbody products, I ordered the three day refresh kit. I did try it … for about half a day.

three day refresh box

I originally typed out a more detailed post explaining my reasons for not completing the refresh the first time, but will just sum it up by saying I loosely completed the first day, was upset/stressed about something later, so didn’t feel like eating or having anything after that. So when I got to the end of the second day at work and still had all of the shakes left, I figured I really hadn’t followed the plan and should do it later when I was committed. If you’re not all in, there’s really no point in doing something in life!

So back into the box the packets went, where I forgot about them until this past weekend. I was talking with a friend who just ordered the 3 day refresh to complete. Thinking about it on my run the next day, I thought, you really should be able to do this. I had actually drank my shakeology that morning, and since the plan has you start the day that way, I was already partway into the first day.

believe in yourself meme

After coming back from my run, I mixed up the mid-morning fiber sweep packet before I could change my mind.

What does a typical day look like??

Breakfast: Shakeology and 1 serving from the fruit list (or blended in your shake)

three day refresh

Favorite flavor – chocolate of course!

Mid-Morning: Fiber Sweep packet, mixed in water

Lunch: Vanilla Fresh shake, 1 serving each from the fruit, vegetable, and healthy fats list

three day refresh lunch

Afternoon snack: 1 serving from the vegetables list and 1 serving from the healthy fats list. I alternated between broccoli and hummus, or tomato and avocado.

Dinner: Vanilla Fresh shake, and 1 serving from the dinner recipes list. The three-day refresh guidebook comes with a list of simple recipes you can choose from for dinner. I had steamed broccoli and carrots one night, and cucumber and tomato with balsamic vinegar another night. These are all things I would eat normally, and you can add herbs and spices too, so I actually liked this!

three day refresh dinner

Workouts

The three day refresh guide recommends mild to moderate exercise during this time. I tried to keep things on the lighter side while still staying active, so here’s what I did:

Tuesday: Run outside in the morning, half an hour of lifting at the gym that afternoon, CXWORX core class at my gym

Wednesday: I took the day off and no workouts were performed with the exception of walking my sweet dog Smile

Thursday: Yoga for Runners video in the morning, CXWORX class at my gym in the afternoon

CRWORX class

I am loving the new CRWORX class, created by Les Mills, that my gym recently started offering. CRWORX is a 30 minute core strength class. Since I never tend to do enough ab work at the gym on my own (I always say I want abs but HATE working them – go figure), this class has been a great way for me to make sure I’m getting in some core work each week.

gym selfie

When you’re early to class, take a selfie!

I really do feel great after completing the three-day refresh! I feel lighter and honestly more refreshed after not having any processed foods put into my body. I love love love my shakeology so drinking that in the mornings wasn’t hard at all. The rest of the refresh wasn’t always the easiest – I tend to want to eat snacks at night which is unfortunately frowned upon in this plan. But I wanted to do it to prove to myself that I could, so I am proud of myself for sticking with it. Let me know if you’re interested in the three day refresh and I’m happy to tell you more about it!

Happy Friday!! Who has fun weekend plans?

Let’s Chat!

  • Have you ever completed the Three Day Refresh program?
  • Current favorite fitness class?

Chopped Salads And My Iced Coffee Addiction

Hello beautiful people!

Awhile ago, I saw Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers, blog about this handy-dandy salad chopper she ordered on Amazon. Last week was like any other, I was eating peanut butter out of the jar (don’t act like you’ve never done it).

peanut butter meme

Then I thought – You should really be eating more vegetables. (I am great about grabbing an apple or banana to eat throughout the day, but when I’m hungry, carrot sticks are not my go-to.) And I thought of the salad chopper. So on to Amazon.com I went! There are lots of different kinds but I decided to go with the same one that Julie did because she liked it, and I like her blog, so I figured it was a winner.

For less than $12, I ordered the Amco Stainless Steel chopper. This salad chopper is no joke – it slices through vegetables in an instant.

Amco Stainless Steel with Silicone Handle Mezzaluna

Since then, I have been eating ALL THE SALADS. Isn’t there just something about a chopped salad that makes it more fun to eat?!

salad chopper

Pictured here: Spinach leaves, a blend of romaine lettuce, black beans, chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, roasted almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Besides the chopped salad addiction, I’ve also had my fair share of iced coffee this summer. I can’t seem to get enough! When I was teaching summer school for the first month of the summer, I found myself stopping almost every morning to fuel the iced coffee addiction. The barista at Starbucks recognized me by the end of summer school – “your usual today?” he started to ask. They know me at Starbucks … yessss! Claim to fame, people.

iced coffee

Clearly, you have to try it everywhere to know who has the best one.

starbucks

My next summer project should really be to make my own iced coffee at home. Stay tuned!

I finished teaching summer school last week, so I’ve had plenty of time to relax, get in some good workouts, and browse Pinterest for teaching ideas for the fall. I’ve been able to spend more time reading too, which is a habit I’ve been wanting to get back into.

summer reading

I’ve also been laying by the pool like it’s my JOB.

beach

(And the beach. I don’t discriminate.)

And it’s off to the gym now! I love working out on Mondays because it sets the week off in a positive and healthy way. Never miss a Monday!! Have a great one!

Let’s Chat!

  • What’s in your favorite salad combination?
  • Best place to get iced coffee?