My Two Fav Flavors Now Come In Vegan! What Are The Odds???

So this morning I go to do my workout on Beachbody on Demand and what do I see??? Two new VEGAN Shakeology flavors. And what flavors are they??? That would be vanilla and cafe latte. What are the odds that 2 months into my vegan journey Shakeology comes out with two new vegan options that happen to be exactly MY two favorite flavors?! SO WEIRD! I’m so excited! I feel like I won something haha! Talk about a motivated Monday. Gah.

Viking to Vegan Continued!

Hi Peachville!

So I felt so amazing after the 3 Day Refresh that I now have to try this vegan thing. I will not be going vegan for life nor will I really be going vegan at all since my Shakeology is not vegan (although they do have vegan options). Vegan-ish. I will be keeping a vegan-ish diet until next weekend and then who knows, maybe I will like it and keep going for a while. Anyway, here are the main reasons I am trying the vegan diet…

  • I’m just curious and have to try everything.
  • Just like everything else, I have overdone it with low carb and am now sick of meat.
  • I’m kinda scared of carbs now and need to prove to myself that carbs are not bad.
  • I NEED more fruit and vegetables in my life!

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So I’m excited! Here we go on another adventure!

I am also currently doing the Lean, Mean, Squeaky Clean Challenge with my amazing fellow challengers to make sure I am ready for the beach this summer (If you would like to join us, please comment below with “More info on the free summer ready challenge” and I will direct you as to what to do next!) So because I am doing this challenge, I have to make sure that I am keeping in line with my weight loss goals as well. I have done a good amount of research this past week and feel I am pretty prepared to do this.

Stay tuned to see if I really am haha!

My vegan-ish day so far has looked like this…

Breakfast:

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For breakfast, instead of mixing my vanilla Shakeology into Greek yogurt like usual, I mixed it into oatmeal. It was pretty good but tomorrow I will mix it into overnight oats instead. I think that will be better.

Mid Morning:

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Renew Me Smoothie: Spinach, 2/3c blueberries, 1/2c unsweetened applesauce, 1.5c unsweetened cashew milk, cinnamon

Later I had my “Renew Me” Smoothie. I drink this smoothie all the time and finally decided to name it so that I don’t have to constantly list the ingredients on the challenge accountability posts. It is so refreshing and every time I drink I feel like a “new me”. Hence, Renew Me Smoothie!

Lunch:

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For lunch I had just a big bowl of Normandy blend veggies, with mushrooms, hummus, and sea salt. In case you missed it, I have a weirdism that I must eat everything out of a bowl. So prepare to see a bunch of vegan BOWLS on here over the next week.

So far so good but of course this is just my first day. I will be posting the rest of today’s food on tonight’s Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge post. Until then, have a fabulous Saturday everyone!

Questions:

Have you ever tried the vegan diet?

Do you by chance like eating out of bowls???  Haha!

3 Day Refresh Rundown and Results!

Good Morning and Happy 1st!

When I woke up this morning, not only was I super excited to begin a new month (I love new beginnings), BUT I had the awesome feeling of accomplishment as well. The 3 Day Refresh was over and I had done it. Even if I had no results at all, I swear to you that this would have been enough. But I DID get results from the 3 day cleanse and I am going to share them with you now!

But first, the rundown.

3 Day Refresh Rundown

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The 3 Day Refresh is a 3 day cleanse where you have 3 shakes a day (1 Shakeology, 2 Vanilla Sweep) and a fiber drink surrounded by fruits, vegetables, a little healthy fat, and A LOT of water. Day 1 went well, Day 2 was HARD, Day 3 was not so bad, and the next morning was fabulous!

Day 1

The day before Day 1, I went out wit my friends and totally lived it up with fried food and beer. I knew I wouldn’t feel that hungry on Day one because I had so many calories the day before. It actually felt really good to have the nutrient dense shakes, fruits and veggies after my pretty nutrient-depleting night of fun. I was however, surprised at the sliminess of the Fiber Sweep. I kinda had to force that one down, But I really enjoyed the shakes. This was a pleasant surprise because when I read that I would only be blending the powders with water I was certainI was in for 3 days of distgustingness (made that word up). But not so! You are allowed a fruit option with your shake for breakfast so I chose blueberries and blended them in with the Shakeology. I did the same for the lunch shake which was the Vanilla Fresh, a fruit option, a veggie option, and a healthy fat option. I blended together the powder, spinach, blueberries, and some avocado oil. I thought the shakes were actually really good done this way! Not at all what I had expected.

Back to the Fiber Sweep, my friend Sarah who did the 3 Day Refresh with me like it!

Day 2

I spent a lot of Day 2 in the hospital with my dad who was having a stint put into his heart. He is doing fine thank God. I had my breakfast shake, Fiber Sweep, and Lunch Shake at home before I went to the hospital around 11:30am. I didn’t get home until around 6 and was STARVING! I had the last shake and the veggie dinner and seemed to be fine afterward but when I when to bed that night the hunger struck with a VENGEANCE. Oh my gosh, I was so hungry. I laid there and laid there unable to go to sleep because I was so hungry. I remember hearing that if you wait out hunger, it will pass. I decided I was just going to close my eyes until it was time to get up even if I just laid there with my eyes closed for 6 hours. I just kept thinking about the fact that this is a 3 DAY cleanse, I can do anything for 3 days. I also thought about those who are hungry like that all the time and can’t get up and get something to eat if they want to. How awful! This experience definitely reminded me of just how blessed I am to have a full pantry and fridge. After a few hours, the hunger did calm down and I finally fell sleep. When I woke up I wasn’t nearly as hungry, isn’t it weird how that works?

Day 3

I’m not going to lie, after Day 2 I was pretty nervous about Day 3. Even if I made it through the day, how was I going to get any sleep at all when it came time? I figured the hunger would be even worse. I was pretty hungry during the day so I just decided to get out of dodge after my lunch shake and headed to Costco and Kroger. I took my time grocery shopping and running errands. It was about 3pm when I got home, I was so hungry. I had some broth. The I ended up having my shake and veggies at 4pm. I wondered how I would get through the night without eating. Well, I drank A TON of water and the hunger actually didn’t get too intense. Anna was having an off day and needed some extra attention so by the time I got her down to sleep, I was exhausted. I fell right to sleep and slept until this morning. 3 Day Refresh completed and goal met! Such a good feeling!

 

Workouts During 3 Day Refresh

The program guide says to keep your workouts mild to moderate. I consider Insanity Max 30 difficult so I thought Hammer and Chisel would be fine to do on the cleanse. Sunday was my rest day but I did ISO Speed Hammer Monday and then Chisel Agility on Tuesday. Maybe they were more than I was supposed to do and that’s why I was starving Tuesday but I’m not sure. I didn’t feel super fatigued during the workouts or anything.

And finally, the results!

3 Day Refresh Results 

*Note- The “before” pics were taken the morning BEFORE my kettle chip/shrimp/beer night because I didn’t want my results to just show debloating. So this is just normal me followed by 3 Day Refresh me.

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Keep in mind this was just 3 DAYS apart. I have to say I am pretty impressed! My stomach is noticeably flatter and I FINALLY broke my weight loss plateau. I haven’t weighed this little since before I got pregnant with Ryan who is 4!

So all in all, I am really impressed with the results I was able to get in 3 days from the 3 Day Refresh. It wasn’t exactly the easiest thing I’ve ever done but I feel accomplished in that I was able to stick it out and I sure as heck love the flatter stomach and definition. While I do not think that the 3 Day Refresh is for everyone, I do think it could be a great way to break a weight loss plateau, get back on track after the holidays or vacation, or just test you skill in completing a cleanse!

Thanks so much for following along everyone! And thank you so much to Sarah and Ron for doing the 3 Day Refresh with me! Your support and accountability made all the difference. Love you!