Detox Day 3: 3-Day Refresh

I had to go to work on Day 3.

It was a Monday.

It was a little bit of a drag. I got to smell all sorts of delish lunches being warmed up in the kitchen. Lunchtime was over in 30 seconds for me (slurp, crunch, done) so I went for a walk.

Lots of energy again today – efficient, effective, etc. Crazy how despite the vague feeling of hunger, I was sharper and more aware of a lot of things, if that makes sense. I prioritized, got things done, had some clarity and vision on other topics. Hm.

When I got home, the family was all in the kitchen making their dinners, and I was blending mine. My love affair with food was on hiatus essentially. Food plays so much more of a role than just “fuel” for me. Hard to break that train of thought.

Monday was super hot in the city again, and despite going to bed at a reasonable hour, I couldn’t sleep. By 1:00 am I shuffled downstairs where it was much cooler. And because it was past midnight (3 days done in my books), I ate a wrap with ham in it. I was SO HUNGRY.

Fast forward to the next morning – for (ta-dah) —–> the RESULTS!

I was down 5.5 lbs and 2 inches from my waist. Feeling lighter on my toes MENTALLY, above all.  Was the junk in my system slowing my brain down?

Would I recommend this refresh?  Ya.  I’d do it again, I think, maybe after Christmas or a holiday.  It really re-sets you. It was an annoyance for me though.  It showed me what a huge role (beyond just being fuel) that food plays in my life. I’m slightly obsessive.

I think my biggest take away is “What am I going to eat next?”  It’s not the pizza or the gooey brownie from the Italian Centre (you know, the one where you literally feel the sugar coursing through your veins = so good) that I was kinda secretly planning on. Instead, I’m feeling very careful in my decisions.

The next day, I spent 15 minutes in Sobey’s staring at the Greek yogurt section debating whether or not I wanted to add dairy back in after the refresh.  I did buy a container (I love it to pieces) but then I didn’t enjoy it as much.  I just felt like it wasn’t right. (Is it possible to be brainwashed by vegetables in three short days?)

Now two days later, I know for sure that I’m going to give dairy a break, remove all processed meats from my diet (so long, deli ham!) and keep my coffee treats to green tea treats.  (Not terribly excited about this, but it just feels right – does that make sense?)  The hardest part is not knowing what to replace things with.  I need to check my protein lists again, review my carb options, get some recipes…so that I’m better prepared.

And that’s the 3-Day Refresh!  Give it a go. You can buy it here with a 30-day supply of Shakeology so you can maintain your kick start results: 3-Day Refresh challenge pack.  Or you can just buy the three day kit on its own here: 3-Day Refresh base kit.

Would love to hear if you do this detox – post your story and results!

Or if you’ve done other detoxes, what were they like?

The Vertical Beer Kilometre and other fun things on the Internet

Slowly, slowly I’m discovering a world of running, fitness, clean eating and adventure out there on the WWW.

It’s an amazing virtual support group, and although you aren’t supposed to believe EVERYTHING you read, I love all these very cool people.  Here are some of my current favourites:

Never a dull moment with your blender, Dashing Dish has the most awesome selection of creative smoothie recipes.  Seriously, protein shakes like Strawberry Lime, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Girl Scout Cookie and French Toast…yum.  The nifty ingredient in many of these is cottage cheese!

I’m getting some adventure inspiration from the fun folks at Pebbleshoo – hiking, skiing, trail running, gear reviews and even recipes… hello? Tell me more about the Vertical Beer Kilometre…

WellandGoodNYC feeds my need for both New York City and urban wellness, while motivation abounds at Roni’s Weigh.  The Live Fit Girl is a regular poster with lots of good recipes on her blog.

If I want to know the research behind my workout journey or the science of “sitting is the new smoking” I hook up with the Gym Lion blog.  Stats, baby, stats.

On the flip side, when I need a giggle & a drink or want to cook with butter, I tune into My Drunk Kitchen or check out Ree’s latest to-die-for ranch eats on The Pioneer Woman.

Would love suggestions for health, running, fitness, food, mountain blogs to follow!

In other news, I’ve switched my blog format in an attempt to add more photos and be relatively more engaging.  Wish me luck on my technical skills.