So yesterday (2/21/18) was my 1st ever refeed day and I was nervous as heck, but trusting the process!
And to be super proper it was actually a “modified refeed” day. Refeed days are designed for super athletes, like the ones you see doing competitions who spend hours in the gym, and they eat a butt ton on refeed day.
So basically for six weeks leading up to refeed day I have been depleting my body and been eating just enough calories to stay in maintenance mode. Refeed day is a way to replenish your energy which ultimately improves exercise performance and results.
Carbs are what gives your body energy. Your body breaks them down and stores them as glucose (blood sugar). Your body uses this blood sugar as its primary fuel source. Glycogen are carbohydrates that are stored in your liver and muscles and acts as your body’s back-up fuel source. 80 Day Obsession is hard freakin’ workouts, so your body needs a day to restore and refuel, hints why we have refeed days.
Let’s clear the air on refeed day though… It is NOT a cheat day! It is NOT a free for all day. It is NOT a day to go ham and stuff your face. It is a structured eating day where you replace healthy carbs with ones we consider to be “bad”, you know all the white carbs that are processed!
With our 80 Day Obsession meal plan we were told to eat from a “supplemental yellow list”, oh for those of you not in the Beachbody world our yellow container is for carbs. This list included hotdog buns, hamburger buns, white pasta, white rice, bagels, cereal, white waffles/pancakes, some desserts, and more.
I personally chose not to do any desserts because, well actually a couple of reasons….
- I have had ZERO cravings since starting this program and I didn’t want to open the flood gate for them.
- I like to keep my meal prepping super simple and having to make special desserts just didn’t sound like something I wanted to do.
- You were allowed like 1 or 2 cookies or brownies, I know me, stopping after 1 or 2 is hella hard.
- I didn’t want to have to buy special ingredients to make the desserts.
- The recipes we were given makes a lot and I have no self control, if it’s in the house I will sneak it in.
So basically it just made sense for ME to not have desserts right now, but some of my ladies did and they totally enjoyed it. This is where knowing yourself really comes in to play. Here is everything I ate yesterday!
For my “dirty carbs” I had plain bagels, white pasta, and a real hamburger bun (not a wheat one).
Morning of refeed day I felt great. I put on pants that are usually uncomfortable and they fit so nicely. By lunchtime they were feeling a bit snug. And by 3:00 in the afternoon I seriously wanted to unbutton them every time I sat down, but I couldn’t because I was at work! I was feeling a little extra fluffy, but again trusting the process! I kept reminding myself that my body would thank me later, especially since leg day workout is the day after refeed day! I also remind myself that the EXPERTS make this plan for us, they went to school for this and they know what they are doing, so just follow the dang plan.
But of course as I laid down last night that nasty inner voice of mine kicked in and I had to shut it up! I checked into some of our support/accountability groups to see that other women were feeling the same and it wasn’t just me! That’s what I love about these online groups that I am part of, so glad I don’t have to go through this journey alone.
I wanted to be able to see exactly how my body responded to refeed, so I snapped pictures from different angles in different lighting. I took pictures the morning of refeed day as soon as I got out of bed, right before I went to bed that night, and then again the following morning as soon as I got out of bed. And man oh man, I am so glad I did that!!!
Are there HUGE changes in ONE day? No!!! Anyone who says they got massive results in one day is full of it, just being honest! But you can see that I was a little fluffy at the end of the day. I ate SIX white carbs and FIVE servings of fruit, that is A LOT for me! I am 5’1″ and weigh 120, so for me that is a lot of food and my body has been known not to respond well to highly processed foods.
I am excited to see how I feel this afternoon during my leg day workout. We will be doing a 3×10 rep pattern, so I know we will pushing to lift heavier than last week.
I was starting to feel a little run down last week, so I think refeed is exactly what I needed to give myself a boost of energy!
Thank goodness I have specific plans that tell me how and when to do these things because other wise I would be so lost in the health/fitness world! Before starting Beachbody programs I would search for things on YouTube and Pinterest, but I NEVER got results! I truly believe it’s because I didn’t have the whole picture and it wasn’t specific to me! Now I follow meal plans and exercise routines that compliment each other. Every program I do has it’s own meal plan designed to go with it and I calculate my eating based on my body, lifestyle, and my goals. Health and fitness is NOT a one size fits all, you need one that is designed for YOU!
Overall, I was nervous about refeed day. I enjoyed my foods. Felt a little crappy yesterday afternoon and last night. But woke up this morning feeling great and ready to tackle the day. ❤