NotSo30’s Official 3 Day Refresh Review!

 

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Happy Monday everyone! I have received a LOT of questions regarding Beachbody’s Three Day Refresh, so I wanted to share my “official” review.

What is the Three Day Refresh?

Beachbody created a three-day cleanse as a reset button for your body. This is not a miracle cleanse where you lose 15 pounds in one week. No. This is a HEALTHY NON-STARVATION way of reducing bloat, jump starting a clean-eating program, and/or losing a few pounds prior to a big event.

What does the Three Day Refresh come with?

You will receive EVERYTHING you need to successfully complete the Three Day Refresh in a simple and clear manner. The only thing you need to get are your simple groceries! My box arrived with a booklet detailing what to eat and when for EACH of the three days and answers to many questions. It also has a list of the acceptable foods for the cleanse. The kit I purchased included 3 single-serve Shakeology packets (in a flavor that I got to choose), 3 Fiber Sweep drink packets (one for each day), and 6 Vanilla Refresh drink packets (two for each day).

What Makes this Cleanse Different for Others?

Ready for this?… You are SUPPOSED TO EAT with this cleanse. Yea. You read that right. You eat FOOD. Not just liquids for 3 days. Yes, you have to stick to the approved foods list, but you have fruits and veggies! Snacks, lunch and dinner… Being that it is a lower calorie program, the Shakeology and Vanilla Refresh are nutrient-rich drinks to help ensure that your body is getting the nutrition it needs.

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Now It is Time to GET REAL… What was the Three Day Refresh REALLY like?

I have done a few cleanses in the past. Can we say HUNGRY? I was VERY impressed with this cleanse. First off, this cleanse let me eat HUMMUS. I looooove hummus. The fact that you are eating/drinking every couple of hours helps to make sure you aren’t going hungry. Now, I will be honest. I was not a fan of the Fiber Sweep, but I found a way of making sure I drank it every day. The ONLY change I made on days 2 and 3 were that I added the Fiber Sweep to my Vanilla Refresh shake! I also found that making the Vanilla Refresh and Shakeology into a blended drink with ice was yummier than just shaken in a shaker cup. It was great that I was able to add cinnamon and other “approved” flavors to help mix it up.

Any Tips for Someone Trying Three Day Refresh?

Yes! I made the mistake of eating the SAME thing three days in a row just because it took almost NO planning. I highly recommend you mix it up a little. This program takes minimal planning, so take a few minutes since it will help ensure your success.

Can you Exercise During the Refresh?

YES! The program allows mild to moderate exercise.

How Do I Order my Three Day Refresh kit?

You can CLICK HERE to visit my Coach page to order your kit…

What Were Your Results and Would You Recommend this?

During my 3 days I did not exercise since I was barely even home! The program was easy to follow even for someone who was constantly ON THE GO! I lost 4 pounds and 5 inches! My clothes felt better on me and I did not feel as bloated! I definitely recommend this. I know I will be doing this another time before my wedding just to make sure that dress fits just right! It is that PERFECT jumpstart to getting to a healthier fitness goal!

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If you have any questions or would like more information about Three Day Refresh, feel free to email me at NotSo30s@gmail.com or visit my Coach page by clicking HERE!

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My 3 Day Refresh Results!

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Ummm… WOW.
Yea… I just lost 4 pounds and 5 inches with the 3 Day Refresh! These last 3 days have been CRAZY busy, but this cleanse was so easy that I barely had to think about what to eat and when… It was all so simple and broken down for me!
These results are without me working out during the 3 days… So I can only imagine that my results could have been over 5 pounds if I did!
Now, this isn’t some Miracle weight loss cure. It is a cleanse! It is a reset button! Now the responsibility is on ME to keep good clean eating habits and get my fitness on track!
If you are interested in the 3 Day Refresh send me an email!!

NotSo30s@gmail.com

NotSo30s@gmail.com

NotSo30s@gmail.com

3 Day Refresh Review – Day Two!

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I have to admit that one of my FAVORITE things about the 3 Day Refresh is that I barely have to THINK! I wake up in the morning and almost my entire day is planned and ready. Now, let me not mislead you… There is a BIT of planning at the beginning… But honestly, it took me 10 minutes to review the food options, pick my favorites, and make my shopping list! Yea… You read that… FOOD OPTIONS… Cause this isn’t an all liquid cleanse!

Today I started day two… I did get a headache yesterday in the afternoon but that is because of the caffeine withdrawal and returning to work after being out for 5 days. The 3 Day Refresh DOES allow you to drink black coffee, but that’s just not for me. This morning I woke up feeling great. I FINALLY caught up on all of my sleep and I DID NOT FEEL HUNGRY.

I repeat, I DID NOT FEEL HUNGRY.

That is one of the first questions asked when someone is doing a cleanse – “But are you hungry?” Honestly, I’m not…

I am not weighing myself until the END of the 3 days… I have a feeling my results are going to blow me awayyyy and I want to see that WOW factor! That only BOOSTS my motivation to eat clean…

If you are interested in the 3 Day Refresh click here or feel free to email me!  NotSo30s@gmail.com

 

Hitting the Reset Button

The last week has been a little bit of madness!
I drove 10 hours within a 36 hour timespan to see my gorgeous nephew who was born 7/2/14… I celebrated my fiancé’s birthday and the anniversary of our engagement!… Oh and it so happened to be 4th of July weekend…

Now it is confession time… I ate HORRIBLY! Yes, I hang my head in shame! So, what’s a girl to do EXACTLY 4 months before she walks down the aisle?

I am doing the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh!!

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Just three days to reset my system and get myself ready for some SERIOUS fitness and clean eating! No starvation! Simple three day nutrition… If anyone is interested in a HEALTHY 3 day cleanse, let me know! Let’s do thissssss!!!!

Click here to check out my Beachbody website!

Mission: Wedding Dress Fit and Confidant

“WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!”

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I hear that in my head every time I pass the closet that I have my wedding dress hung up in. My brain keeps reminding me of the urgency to fit in my wedding dress in just under 5 months.

I wasn’t totally crazy when I ordered my dress. I didn’t order it 5 sizes smaller and guarantee that I would squeeze into it. With all of life’s pressures and stress, I knew I would be setting myself up for failure.

What I DID do was order my dress only one size smaller. ONE size. I absolutely know that with dedication I can get that dress to fit. Not only fit, but look amazing!

Also, with most wedding dresses, I need to work on my arms so that they complement my dress. I am setting up a workout routine for my arms so that they can be wedding dress-ready!

Here’s the bonus… If I lose more than one dress size, I just have to have the dress taken in a bit.

So here I am, just under 5 months away from my wedding and I am sending out a call to all my fellow Fall Brides…

Who wants to join me in getting Wedding Dress Fit? Who wants to join me in getting Wedding Dress Fabulous? Who wants to join me in getting WEDDING DAY CONFIDANT?

Email me and let’s game plan! NotSo30s@gmail.com

I’m thinking of starting a group July 1st of just Fall Brides who want to push those last few months to get Wedding Day Confidant! Make sure to contact me ASAP. We can do this together!

Quitting Coffee Cold Turkey

It is Monday. It is a coffee-free Monday. It is a coffee-free Monday, and I am at work. That sounds like the start to a horror movie…

Surprisingly, I’m not going through withdrawals. I have quit coffee cold turkey multiple times before. I’ve had the horrible caffeine withdrawal headaches, I’ve had the moodiness and I’ve had the cravings.

I’ve also learned I can quit coffee cold turkey and NOT suffer. I replace my morning coffee with my morning Shakeology. Today, ZERO headache. The only moodiness I have is attributed to the fact that I need a vacation (not a cup of coffee). More importantly, I am putting something HEALTHY into my body. I am putting vitamins, nutrients and superfoods into my body – not caffeine, sugar, and high calories.

I love how my morning Shakeology makes me feel. I feel alert, it helps to reduce bloating, and I feel FULL the entire morning.

So here I go… I DARE YOU – YES, YOU! I DARE YOU to quit coffee cold turkey and drink Shakeology with me. Email me if you would like more info. NotSo30s@gmail.com

Here I am, day 1 of no morning coffee. Excuse the scary, makeup-free face... I'll be seeing the darmatologist this afternoon and had to forgo the mask. Ha!

Here I am, day 1 of no morning coffee. Excuse the scary, makeup-free face… I’ll be seeing the dermatologist this afternoon and had to forgo the mask. Ha!

The Struggles of Losing Weight When Extremely Overweight

 

There is a 45 pound and a two and a half year difference between these two pictures.

There is a 45 pound and a two and a half year difference between these two pictures.

I am extremely overweight. According to the BMI scale I am considered to be obese. I have never been thin. My weight has fluctuated over the years. The last time my weight started with a 1 was either in high school or my first year of college. I honestly don’t even remember anymore. In middle school and high school I knew I was overweight. Compared to my classmates I wore bigger clothes and had the bigger body. I was extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable in my own skin. I never wore shorts. (I still don’t.) I never wanted to go to the beach with friends because I did not want to be seen in public in a bathing suit. I shied away from my crushes, since I thought they would have no interest in a “fat girl”. I never weighed myself since I didn’t care to know the number. No matter what, in my head I was fat.

I didn’t know what a healthy lifestyle was and I had no idea how to learn. I grew up in a house with obese women. Food was a way to bond and celebrate. Food was also how we dealt with emotion.  My breakfast was usually a high-sugar cereal with milk. Lunch at school was either pizza or fried chicken tenders and fries with a soda. Dinner was the worst part. Nightly, our meals were white rice, black or red beans, some type of fried meat, and more soda. There was also always junk food and sweets in the house.

When I went off to college and was on my own I ate only what I thought I could afford. Inexpensive fast food, junk food and processed food. Every year I gained more weight and more weight. Then I started realizing I was making myself incredibly unhealthy. When I had to start shopping in specialty stores like Lane Bryant and wearing size 22 jeans I FINALLY started accepting how unhealthy and overweight I was.

The problem now is, I spent 20+ years living an unhealthy lifestyle. Poor food choices and zero activity have caught up with me. It is NOT easy to break myself from a lifetime of bad habits. I have cried over my body shame. I have cried over how ugly I have felt. I have cried over not having clothes that fit properly.

Now, I look back at my high school pictures and I WISSSSH I looked like that NOW.

I have, however, started changing my mentality over the last few months. I’m no longer going to be a victim of my lifestyle. I am no longer going to be down and depressed about my body and weight. I have the power to change myself. I have the power to make myself healthier and to live a healthier lifestyle.

I have met some AMAZING people who just want to encourage and share positivity. I have met one woman who is “plus size” like me, but doesn’t let it define her. She works out and lives life. She walks around with joy. I have not met her in person, only via social media, but her positivity is infectious!

I also have people around me who can help make me a better person just by their support. Support and understanding are so extremely important when an extremely overweight person is trying to lose weight. I know from personal experience that it is very hard to believe that a very thin trainer can really understand what an overweight or obese person are going through. I know I have felt like I couldn’t connect with some thin trainers and coaches in the past. I had wondered if they are judging me. I had wondered if thought less of me because I had allowed myself to get to the weight I was at.  Going to the gym was a similar experience. I always felt self-conscious. I felt as if people were looking down on my for being so overweight. As if I was beyond help. When a person is extremely overweight, it is hard to stay motivated. It is hard to barely see any changes.

All of those doubts and that shame were part of the reason I was never able to stick with a weight loss plan. I also never knew how to properly deal with emotion and how to truly take care of myself. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not infallible. I am not some healthy and fitness fanatic right now. I am just someone who is realizing that there is ALWAYS a chance in life to make yourself a better person. There is always a chance to take care of yourself.

I want to be a healthier person. I don’t have the illusion of being a size 2. If my high school pictures weren’t boxed up I would post a picture of myself back then. I would love to just be healthy and more energetic. I want to feel comfortable and confident in my skin. Confidence. That is something I’m not all too familiar with. I would love to put on an outfit and just feel GREAT. Inside and out.

I hope this blog and this post reaches ONE person and let’s that person know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I am JUST like you. I understand. Don’t be ashamed. Stop beating yourself up. If you EVER need someone to talk to who understands, I am here. No judgement. If you ever need someone who you can vent to, someone who understands, someone who can cry with you and someone who can encourage you – EMAIL ME. I want to help. I also want to help you set goals and reach them. As much as I want to support you, having someone to support only gives me more motivation and encouragement.

My journey is yours.

Preparing for 21 Day Fix – Grocery Shopping!

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HAPPY MONDAY to everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week.

Until common convention, I am not starting my next round of 21 Day Fix on a Monday. My very first (kick butt) round started on a Wednesday, and I want to repeat the awesome success of that round. I took advantage of this weekend to ENJOY my time, go house hunting, and prepare some ideas for this round of 21 Day Fix.

This round is a little different… Why? Because Memorial Day Weekend is smack in the middle of the first week of this round. Talk about a test of will. Instead of just winging a typical beach/pool/bbq weekend, I decided to PLAN for my SUCCESS! I will be meal prepping for Wednesday – Saturday (being that my fiance works Saturdays, I will treat it as part of the work week), and I have researched some PERFECT Memorial Day 21 Day Fix-friendly recipes. Stay tuned for those recipes to be posted this week. Make sure to FOLLOW MY BLOG so that you don’t miss them!

For my meal prep during the work week I will be making some “sautéed” mixed veggies, greek yogurt spinach dip, grilled chicken, zucchini boats, salads and sandwiches…

Here is my shopping list for the week. Keep in mind, I am NOTORIOUS for forgetting an item or two when planning my grocery shopping list. Also, a few of these items will last until next week. There are also items I already have in my pantry (such as brown rice, quinoa, etc.) that I do not list…  I  did, however, want to share this list with you to show that 21 Day Fix isn’t an extremely restrictive diet! The point is to teach you PORTION CONTROL and CLEAN EATING.

21 Day Fix Week 1 Grocery Shopping List

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If you have ANY questions about my grocery list, don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to write a comment or email me directly at notso30s@gmail.com

I’m SO EXCITED about this round of 21 Day Fix. I have a great group of people joining me this round and I can’t wait to show the before/after pics when we are done!

Unfabulous Bronchitis

This week has been all about positivity, goal setting, and thinking towards the future! I am all about working towards some big dreams and making some fabulousness (yes, that’s a word, either because it is or cause I used it!) out of my ordinary!

But, this week came with one major pitfall on my road to making big dreams happen…

I’ve got bronchitis!

*cue the “ain’t no body got time for that” jokes*

But honestly, I don’t have time for it! Instead of going to dinner with my friend yesterday, I ended up driving myself to urgent care… I’ve complained how the current hecticness (see: fabulousness) of my life has taken a toll on my social life, and what happens when I have dinner plans? I have to cancel to go get seen by a doctor.

Mind you, the nurse and doctor thought I was quite hilarious when I told them I was in because I was extremely congested, run down, stuffed up, and tired of my voice sounding like a bad car exhaust. I emphasized the last part. It isn’t fun having your co-worked say good morning to you, and then cringe/recoil when they hear your nasty squawk of a ‘good morning’ in return.

So hear I am, in bed and feeling groggy from my meds. I have what I call ‘/sick-face’. Dark circle under eyes, pasty skin with red splotches, and that all-around BLAH expression. I definitely don’t look fabulous. I definitely don’t FEEL fabulous… But hey, maybe this nap I’m about to take will be fabulous…

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What else is there to do in urgent care while getting a nebulizer treatment other than to take a BLAH selfie?

The Stigma of Seeing a Therapist

Today I shall be seeing a therapist for the first time ever. I say that statement without shame and without worry. Sadly, there seems to be a stigma with admitting that one sees or will be seeing a therapist. Honestly, I don’t see why.

If a friend came up to you and said, “I think I might be having some blood pressure issues, I am going to make an appointment to check it out”, you would probably commend that friend on taking care of their physical health and seeking treatment.

I believe the same support should be given to those who seek assistance for their mental health. A person does not have to have a mental disability or a personal, catastrophic tragedy to seek out the assistance of a mental health professional. With the varying types of mental health professionals there are varying degrees of need for such support.

The stigma of seeing a therapist comes in when people start making assumptions and judgements. People assume that you might be “crazy” or have a mental illness. People assume that you are having some catastrophic personal crisis. People assume that only “weak” people need to see therapists. After those assumptions are made, then people start to judge.

I, personally, am seeking therapy for how I am managing stress. I’ve written about it already… My hands are absolutely full house hunting, wedding planning, working, and trying to manage my personal relationships. I have noticed that in the last 4 weeks or so I am not managing my stress in any manner that is considered healthy. My sleep is suffering. My emotions are on the worst imaginable rollercoaster. My fiance and I are not communicating as well as we usually do.  I become upset much more rapidly than normal. I feel as if I am not understood by those around me.

I know that with everything on my plate right now, and the negative way I am handling the stress, that this is a prime opportunity for me to speak to someone about how I am managing everything. Sometimes, you need to hear things from a neutral third-party. Sometimes, a person can give you some insight into your personality and your interactions with others that you may not have noticed.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of mental health self-improvement. We do self-improvement in SO many aspects of our lives. Work, physical health, financial, etc… Trying to become mentally healthier only helps to improve us as people overall. What we can learn can help provide a positive affect on the rest of our lives.

So today, I shall go into my first therapy session with my head held high. I don’t care about any assumptions or judgements made against me. I know that I am going to be doing something positive. It is time for a little “me” time…