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Here is my journal I kept during my refresh.
To give you somewhat of an idea of what it was like.
Best part about this! You get to eat food!!! It isn’t one of those awful fasting cleanses.
Day 1 Refresh
Felt pretty good. No major cravings or anything.
Just need to highlight the fact that when they say drink the fiber mixture immediately. DO IT. Lol It congeals and gets thick of you do not drink it right away. My suggestion: chug it.
I was proud of myself too! I even went out with my friends to a bar and just drank water all night! I didn’t let temptation get in my way. (but boy did that glass of wine look good….)
Day 2 Refresh
I have honestly been struggling kind of all day
I am starving right now but I haven’t had my vanilla shake yet. Just about to drink it!
I keep dreaming about this bbq chicken grilled cheese sandwich. I am seeing it in my dreams right now lmao…
Monday can’t come fast enough!!!
Ok so I almost had it tonight. I was so hungry and feeling weak.
Then I realized…
Rule #1- DO NOT do a 3 day refresh right after you were recovering from a pretty nasty stomach bug. Probably not the best idea (I’m not sure but I am not going to recommend it to anyone! Baha). I was already exhausted
Rule #2- If you do something like that, just take it easy the whole weekend. Don’t even try to anything other than a light walk etc… I tried to do yoga and I just couldn’t make it through.
Rule #3- Do eat the dinner. EAT the dinner. Omg haha I think that is where my hunger problems came from yesterday. I forgot to eat a proper dinner on Day 1.
For dinner I had a carrot, broccoli, collard greens, bean pods (if that is even what you call them haha) etc. Basically a vegetable medley. That really helped.
Day 3 Refresh
Still feeling full from last night’s dinner thank God haha
Just had my water, now it is shakeo time ❤
I cannot emphasize enough how you should literally mix your fiber sweep and immediately chug it. This doesn’t give the fiber time to absorb the water and become thick/chunky. CHUG THAT SH*** :-p
Omg where did the time go!
So I am officially feeling great.
I had enough energy to go to the playground with my niece today and even carry her on my shoulders half the way! Haha and I am still awake and working my butt off!
Overall, loved the 3 day refresh. I am positive it is going to help me with my food cravings from now on, and help me boost my energy during the day.
Just eat the dinners, for the love of god. Do not run around like a hangry beast :-p
Some of the songs I have most recently added to my workouts!
I don’t know about you, but I need a little beat to take my mind off of what I am doing. Helps me push harder, do more, and achieve my goals. I live and breathe music. It touches my soul. Some people wonder why I have a hard time working out without it. I wonder the same about why they would choose otherwise. ❤
I am a busy girl, and between working out and my 3 jobs right now I get a little tired. Therefore mass posting occurs!
First on my agenda is my gym friend’s competition! She worked so hard, and really stuck to her meal plans, so of course she looked amazing! You can follow her progress etc. at: Instagram: ashl3ycrews
Here are some photos from her show:
I have met some really great and friendly people at my jobs, and have had a strange resurgent in my social life. Don’t get me wrong, I totally love it! I am just tiirreedddd lol I am slowly starting to realize I am not as young as I used to be :-p I neeeed my sleep! Specially with everything I am doing! However, how can I say no to the opportunity to do myself up and go out! My favorite thing to do! As well as be with fun and sweet people!
First on my list is my night out with the other Ashley! (too many Ashleys lol) She is also working towards a competition of her own and runs her own Instagram page: ashleyclyne ! We went out in toga a couple of times recently (she just turned 21 recently so of course I love taking her out and being her DD!). Here are some photos of our shenanigans and some photos of her herself so you can see what she is all about!
Alsooo my idea to make a Halloween costume totally fell through when the sewing machine ended up being broken! I had a backup plan though so I went to see Hunter Hayes instead! It was such an amazing concert and fun! He is so talented, and a complete cutie. He played many different guitars, the piano, and the drums during the concert. Had a really really fun time!
My life is still hard right now. I am making some extremely difficult decisions that I am not too happy about. Some of which make me vulnerable, and I hate feeling unsure and insecure. I will push through this though and be stronger than ever in the end, like always. I am just glad I have so much to do to keep me busy, helps me to keep going. Plus I am meeting some great people who have really brightened my days as well <3. I haven’t had any major depression or anxiety problems since last year! So hooray for that! 🙂
I did it! I ran my first 5k! When I say ran, I actually successfully ran the whole way! I am so proud of myself 🙂 I didn’t think I could do it honestly! I haven’t run a full 3.5 miles in like ummm 2 or more years I think. So when I went today I thought I would just do my best, and I did!
Although let me tell you… Ummm I might have gone a little off course.
Yes! Embarrassingly enough I managed to somehow run past a turn, and proceed to run up this very large, steep hill that I almost died trying to climb… Only to realize that there was no one else around me anymore! I therefore had to turn around, and run down through the woods to find the rest of the runners. I emerged from the forest to find people I had passed a ways back looking at me like what the heck!!! Bahaha :-p Yup I am one of those people blessed with the ability to do something wrong/get lost no matter what! I was laughing at myself the whole way home.
So instead of 3.5 miles I am pretty sure I ran at least 4 miles, and I am going to be taking 5 or so minutes off my time! LOL Oh geez…. Really!!!????
So I just worked at the Juice Bar today and had tonight off. So I got to workout! :)- After I was super duper lazy/tired and took a 4 hour nap… yeah that’s right…4 HOURS lol I woke up and was like ommggggg. So I went to the gym at like 7:30ish and you would think hey it’d be decently dead. NO! It has been so busy the past couple of days. So since I got there in time for Body Jam I’d just go for it.
If you don’t know what Body Jam is and you love to dance/love Zumba, you should definitely check it out. It is a Les Mills Group Fitness Class, and boy do I work up a sweat in it. I love to “warm up” with it (or Zumba!).
Here is a video with a bunch of French people (in French haha):
So that should give you a pretty good idea. It is an hour long, and I get super hot and sweaty in it. So it is definitely a fun cardio workout. You can make it as hard as you want!
Since I tried jumping back in the game a little too fast, causing my sciatica to flare up, I have been focusing on my abs and lower back. So I just basically did a lot of dead lifts, back extensions, supermans, and ab work etc. Was at the gym from 7:30 to 10:00ish so I got a good workout in!
I am also so proud of this girl I recently met while working at the gym! She is going to her first competition this weekend and I couldn’t be happier for her! Pictures and details to come! I really wish her the best. (it is also her first time on a plane, so I hope it is a good experience for her- lord knows how awful I am at flying now…..)
I had my protein shake, and now I am munching on this delicious soup!
Just a little fun at my gym the other day! Got a little pink put in my hair and a glitter tattoo! So cute! Also in an update of my mental and physical health I have been really bad lately. I keep forgetting to take my medicine (will be correcting that SOON), and because I was too busy working I had not been working out for the past couple of months and therefore my sciatica is back. UGH!!!
For those of you who do not know sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve which is a symptom of an underlying condition. I have seen my doctor and mine is not spine related (thank God) but it is still annoying/painful. It is also a huge reason why I should continue to keep up with my physical health. Keeping my back and ab muscles in shape kept this away for a while, but since I have lost most of that strength now it is back! My symptoms are shooting pain, numbness and a tingling sensation from my hip to my foot, and dull achy pain in my lower back. It gets worse the more I don’t relax and tend to it. Let’s just say I have been hauling ass back to my gym and getting in some low impact ab and back workouts to try and rectify this situation. I seriously can’t wait to get back to my full workouts. I miss them so much.
Seeing that I have been seriously over working myself I am only going to be working two jobs from now on and focusing on my mental and physical health. Also I need to fix everything and get my life in order (#1 move is to FINALLY get my room clean…omg been an ongoing project for weeks!).
As usual I am including videos that give decent examples of how to do the exercises yourselves. This is part of how I learned myself, as well as getting involved at the gym with some of the trainers in smaller classes. I was able to learn through their corrections, and videos online how to do most of what I am doing now. As bad as it sounds, if you can afford it, I would definitely suggest getting a personal trainer to at least teach you proper form and how to do different workouts. If your gym offers free equipment instruction, and if the workers are willing to help, take advantage of that as well! I have pulled Scott from my gym a few times to show me how to use a machine or if I am doing an exercise correctly.
I don’t even know how to really describe how I do these and I can’t seem to find a video on it either! Maybe I am doing something really wrong and dangerous lol I guess I should ask someone at the gym sometime :-p
Did 5 sets of these 1 minute on and 30 seconds rest