Alright! I’ve almost made it through Day 2 of the 3-Day Refresh!! To be honest, I am SO proud of myself so far! I have not strayed, AT ALL, from the program plan. This is probably a first for me in a long time. I feel like in recent years and months I often find myself giving up, quitting early and not finishing what I start- so this is already a big accomplishment for me. I’m definitely ready to finish Day 3 strong tomorrow!
This Refresh has also honestly been a great thing for my mind. I’ve already decided this winter is going to be a “season of change” for me… no more bad habits, no more excuses, no more disorganization or unnecessary splurges, it’s time for a new me!! A me who follows through, stays positive, and makes beneficial changes in my life where needed. For some reason this 3-Day Refresh has been a good start for me mentally! It’s helped me get my head in the right place, feel focused and eager to take on my life. These are definitely side effects I was not expecting! 🙂 So without further ado… my thoughts on Day 2!!!!
Day 2 Measurements:
I weighed in at 137.4 this morning-2 lb difference. I think we can all agree, seeing the numbers on the scale drop, definitely keeps you motivated!
Day 2 Menu:
Water: 32 oz x 2 (as of 630pm), trying to get in more before bed.
Tea: 1 Chamomile-Ginger tea, 9:45am
Coffee: 1/2 cup coffee, 7am
Breakfast, 730am: Chocolate Shakeology with cinnamon, 1/2 banana
Mid-morning, 11am: Fiber Sweep
Lunch, 12pm: Vanilla Fresh Shake, 1/2 banana, 5 baby carrots, 2 tbsp of hummus
Afternoon snack: 5 carrots with 2 tbsp hummus
Dinner, 6pm: Coconut Steamed Veggies from Guidebook, Vanilla Fresh Shake, 1 cup chicken broth
Dinner was much more tasty than I was expecting!! I scarfed it down pretty quickly, not quite savoring things like I was yesterday!
DAY 2 HUNGER LEVEL: MODERATE
Day 2 was definitely different! I was a little more hungry but most importantly took MAJOR notice of how much I STRESS EAT!! I work from home so it’s very easy for me to leave my computer and go straight to my fridge for a quick brain break when I’m feeling overwhelmed..which is often. Don’t worry though- I didn’t give in!! BUT I definitely had several urges throughout the day where I literally felt myself about to get up from my seat to go to the fridge and within seconds realized what I was doing! This is something I totally would have followed through with on a normal day and now I’m wondering just HOW MANY CALORIES have I been eating each day, just because I was stressed?! A piece of cheese here, a spoonful of peanut butter there, leftover chicken nuggets… you name it and I’m probably stress-munching on it! So glad to be aware of that terrible habit now! Today, since I couldn’t go for food, I would just drink water or breathe or just stand up and take a step outside for a sec.. whew!
TAKEAWAYS FROM DAY 2:
Eating is often emotional! Are there areas of your life that cause you to stress eat? A relationship, a job, a recent failure, etc? Next time you find yourself walking mindlessly toward the fridge- ask yourself, “Am I ACTUALLY hungry?” “Is it ACTUALLY time for a snack or meal?” “Have I drank enough water today?” Then shut the fridge, take a breathe and find something else to do to relieve the pain!
I realized another problem I might also want to watch out for is using food to reward myself. Today also made me realize how often I like to reward myself with food and drinks…. I LOVE food so if I do something good (exercise, work hard all day, etc) then I feel like I “deserve” a treat. Like recently when I ran a marathon…
“I’m running a marathon tomorrow, I can drink a margarita and eat lots of bread and pasta!”
“I ran a marathon today, I can drink lots of beer and eat pizza!”
“I ran a marathon yesterday, I can eat more pasta!”
“I ran a marathon last week– surely I deserve to keep eating pizza!!”
Where did that land me? 10 lbs heavier than I was… Anyway- Today was a major realization for me that I need to be good to my body ALL the time and that treating it well by working out or working hard, doesn’t mean I should reward it with junk food. Maybe next time I’ll reward myself with some delicious chicken and spinach salad or maybe grilled shrimp & asparagus- things I totally LOVE that would also seem like a treat!
DAY 2 BIGGEST TEMPTATIONS:
- Cheeeeeese staring me in the face.
- Veggies! I had already cut up avocado, tomato and peppers from yesterday and man I just wanted to scarf those down. Decided to stick to my plan though, only 1 more day!
- I babysit a 4-yr-old sometimes… don’t get scared, I didn’t want to eat him…. hahahha… but I did want to eat his popcorn!!
But guess what, temptations have nothing on me today! I’m still on track with Day 2. Going to try to down more water and get to bed before any frozen pizzas hop out of the freezer and start chasing me around the house 😉
DAY 2 HELPFUL TACTICS TO STAY ON TRACK
- THINK before you eat.
- Drink water! Sometimes you aren’t hungry, you’re thirsty!
So there it is- my experience on Day 2 of the 3-Day Refresh. Not nearly as horrible as I expected. Just need to get through day 3 tomorrow and I’m done! Can’t wait to share my final results!
Would love to hear if you can relate to any of my emotional eating issues. Maybe we can help each other navigate that challenge together 🙂
Thanks for listening!