3 Shakeology shakes a day. 1 for breakfast. A medium piece of fruit for my mid-morning snack. 1 shake for lunch, another for my mid-afternoon snack and then a salad of greens, veggies and 4oz. of protein (poultry or fish), with 1 tbsp of olive oil / 1 tbsp of vinegar dressing for dinner. I also added LOTS of water and unsweetened hot tea to my diet as well.
The first day actually wasn't as bad as I though it was going to be, even though it did turn out to be the worst day out of all three. Obviously, I found this day out to be the hardest because I was very hungry. The shakes were delicious, as always, but I like to EAT and actually chew food, so I think I just had some feelings of deprivation. I was so glad when it was dinner time because I was actually going to get to EAT a meal. That satisfied me til about 9:30pm and then this hunger monster appeared out of no where and it literally felt like my stomach was eating itself. I thought to myself, oh no, here's where I fold! So without thinking twice, I knew I needed to seek out some sort of support, and FAST. I went straight to the message boards on TeamBeachbody.com, quickly posted my issue and within minutes I had a handful of responses that helped TREMENDOUSLY. Probably the best suggestion was extremely hot green tea. After reading my life lines, I went right to the kitchen and boiled up some hot green tea (unsweetened & decaffinated). I sipped on this and wouldn't you know it, the hunger pains went away! What a life saver. I made it through day 1 with some minor bumps in the road, but all in all, not too bad.
Now since I did make use of the awesome message boards, I did pick up a few other helpful pointers as well to help me through the next 2 days. First of all I read that intense exercise, or even some excercise at all is not a good idea during the 3-day cleanse. The reason being, your calorie intake is drastically reduced, therefore lowering your energy levels. Which made sense because the morning of day 2 I did my usual TurboFire workout and man did I notice my energy levels and strength were way down. I still got in a great workout, but I definitely noticed a difference. Some other advice I recieved was that I can cut my fruit in half and use some in my shake and to also use more water and more ice to thicken up my Shakeology, this helped A LOT and made me feel more full and I didn't get as hungry as fast. I was also told I could add at least one more small piece of fruit, which I did, and it ended up going into my mid-day shake. And as for my salad, I read one suggestion that encouraged me to use green beans, brussel sprouts and/or other greens besides just lettuce, I thought this was GENIUS! And it really was, it changed things up and prevented that boredom of the same ole meal issue creeping in.
I really didn't think I was going to make it to this day, but I did! This was by far the easiest day of all 3. It just so happened to also be my "rest" day for TurboFire, so it worked out to my advantage and really gave me a chance to regroup. I had taken advantage of a great support system, I ran into some great people who were going through the cleanse the same time that I was and offered support to them, which made me feel great to offer my experience with someone else. Any time that I can help others is always a reward in itself! It is afterall my mission in all this :) By the end of the day I was just so dang excited that I was going to get to EAT breakfast the next morning!
May I have the envelope please.... and the results of my 3 day Shakeology cleanse is, 6 POUNDS LOST! I couldn't believe it, but am extremely happy with the results. 6 whole pounds. That's a bag of sugar. Imagine a bag of sugar attached to your stomach or to your back side and after 3 days, it's gone, that's incredible! I feel great and am back on track. No cravings. I had my favorite breakfast, the banana/yogurt "sundae" this morning with 1 turkey sausage patty and am ready to tackle some TurboFire and really attack this workout and burn some major calories! I'm so glad I did this cleanse, it really was just the thing I needed to bring me back to that healthy state of mind. It's good to be back!