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3 Day Refresh – The Final Verdict

And there we have it folks! The 3 Day Refresh is in the books. I must say that my timing was good and not so good. Good that I finished right before my vacation. Why not so good? I had my last shake on the bus to NYC to start my vacation. Needless to say… I have no final weight. Whoops.

Besides weight lost, what has the 3-Day Refresh done for me? I has completely cut my carb and sweet craving. I can eat fruits and veggies all day every day and that is fine by me. I don’t even want to look at at piece of bread! And coming from me, that is saying a lot.
So who needs the 3-Day Refresh? Anyone who is looking to loose some weight quickly and in a healthy way. Anyone looking to get their digestion moving in the right direction (sorry had to go there). And anyone who wants to shake loose those pesky carb and/or sweet cravings, this is the program for you!

I did feel hungry at times, but not like I was about to past out like most cleanses. I think all of the liquid helped! And I’ not complaining. I have never felt this healthy, nutritionally in my life and I am going into vacation with the intention of not messing it up! The program is completely planned so it takes all (and I mean ALL) of the guess work out of what to eat, what to drink, and when. I loved this program and the results! Just take a look!

Yes that’s me and it took just three days of sticking to the plan.

Wanna know more about the 3 Day Refresh or get one for yourself? You can email me at bshart@gmail.com or like my Facebook fan page, Bianca – Just Bee You Fitness.
Now for some sun in the fun! Here’s to rum punch and fish cutter sandwiches. Everything in moderation folks.
Later Days
B

Refresh Day 2

Another Refresh Day in the books! Day 2 went a lot smoother than the first, but that is to be expected. There was one minor set back, but we will get to that later.

I must say drinking a glass of water in the morning certainly revs up the metabolism. I would wait until I was just about to leave for work to drink. Not anymore… out of bed, feed the dog, drink water!

And since we are on the topic of liquids. One pressing question might be,”how does this stuff taste?” A good question indeed. I still had my Strawberry Shakeology in the morning with either blueberries or pineapples. It tastes like a ray of tropical sunshine. Seriously it is so good, it is hard to believe that it is vegan! And the Vanilla Refresh that you drink at lunch and dinner? I swear it tastes like birthday cake! It is a little too sweet for me since I am not a sweets person anymore. You could tone it down mixing in some fruit in a blender, but since I don’t have a blender at work…. Straight up it is!

Fiber Sweep does exactly what you think it does so there is no need to go into further detail. There is a trick . You have to drink it fast or else!!! Seriously, there is no sipping the sweep! Trust me on this one. Since it is made up of soluble and insoluble fiber it is a bit pulpy. If you don’t think about it, you won’t notice it. It also has a lemony (is that a word) flavor which is very refreshing. It’s a small amount, so 5-6 big gulps and it’s done.

Almost forgot about my minor set back. I was so excited for my lunch of grapes, carrots, and Vanilla Fresh that I almost had a heart attack. I forgot my grapes at home!! Dude, that 3/4 cup of grapes was a third of my lunch!! Without those grapes… I might starve! I made a audible gasp and starting talking out loud about my horrible situation. But luckily Trader Joe’s came to the rescue. I waited in line for 5 minutes for 1 apple. That’s right. No popcorn, no chips. Just one lone apple that would save me from starvation, and it did. Talk about having a plan and sticking to it!

I was so busy dropping my mom’s dog off at the sitter and packing for vacation that I only had time to have a Vanilla refresh for dinner. It got the job done!

In my Les Mis voice… ONE DAY MORE!!!

Later Days
B

Refresh Day 1

Day 1 is in the books and I survived! It was a lot easier than I thought, even though I felt like I was smelling pizza and fries everywhere. Maybe that’s part of the detox process or just my detox process.

I will admit, I did feel a wee bit hungry between lunch and dinner. I already drank my water for the day (1 whole gallon) so I chewed on some gum for a little bit. That did the trick.
Let’s get one thing straight… there is no way to get dehydrated on the cleanse. You are drinking so much fluid. 8 oz of water in the morning, 8 oz of water with the fiber drink, 20 oz water for both meal shakes, on top of your daily water intake. I need to count how many calories I burn walking back and forth from the bathroom. LOL.
Unlike some cleanses, like Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, which I am dying to try, you can workout. So T25 Cardio went down. Hop squats are not my jam… Cleanse and workout at the same time? Yes, please.
And…  I am eating, just in smaller portions and no meat, carbs, or dairy! No liquid cleanse here. Cucumber Tomato salad is the best thing ever!!!!  Or maybe the best think last night since it was the most solid food I had all day.
So there you have it. My Day 1 3-Day Refresh recap.
Short, sweet, and straight to the point!
Just like me!
Later Days.
B

Live in the 8 Count

It’s finally here! Words cannot contain my excitement. CIZE is now available! I was refreshing my browser like I was waiting for illy Joel tickets to go on sale to get my hands on this
bad boy. SQUEAL!
Why am I so HYPE?!?!? Ok. It may have a little to do with my love/hate (see previous post) with Shaun T. I seriously love and hate him, sometimes in the same moment. He taught me to dig deeper and to push myself farther than I thought possible during my workouts. He also had me questioning my sanity on several occasions. Now, he is redefining exercise. Exhibit A:
See what I mean! I’m sweating my butt off and having the time of my life dancing in my apartment while my dog looks at me crazy. Getting a good workout in doesn’t have to mean pushing yourself to the brink of near exhaustion. Now you can get you groove on and burn mad calories and not even realize what you are doing!!! It’s literally your own personal dance class with Shaun T. Wanna take a class with me?
Yup, you know I had to do it!!! I loved “You Got This” as soon as I tried in on eachbody on Demand, so I’m totes excited for the entire program. We’ll dance together for 30 days, supporting each other through the entire program, drinking healthy shakes, eating clean, and getting in ridic shape all while having fun! Lets………
That’s right folks! Class starts August 10th!!! With a preview week August 3rd. For more information or to sign up, please send me an email at bshart@gmail.com or follow me on Instagram @beebeehart.
I’m so ready to CIZE it up with you!
Later Days!
B

Frankie on Fleek

Frankie (my fibroid) is on fleek. After a few weeks of eating meat
and not necessarily watching my diet, I started to notice that I was getting
fluffy in the mid-section, which tends to happen when one completely falls off
the diet wagon. But something wasn’t right. As soon as I ate something, my
stomach would become extremely bloated and start to hurt. I was waiting for
people to ask me when the baby was due.
No I am not pregnant.. I swear
And then it hit me. Or I hit it. Frankie was growing…
That alien thing on the left…. That’s Frankie!

It got to the point that I was seriously considering talking to my
doctor about surgery. Like cut this out of my now considering it. I reminded
myself that surgery was that absolute and final option for riding my uterus of
its unwanted inhabitant. Although Frankie is not causing any physical
discomfort; no matter how clean I eat, how hard I work out, or how much cardio
I do, my stomach will not get flat thanks to Frankie. Which is extremely
disheartening especially in prime swim suit season.

Therefore, Frankie must die.
I scoured the medical encyclopedia (Google) for natural fibroid remedies
and found a wonderfully helpful blog, shrunkfibroids.blogspot.com (how
appropritate). It is written by a woman who had fibroid surgery twice, only to
have them come back, so she decided to treat them naturally. With success. Her
battle plan, a vegetarian diet and vitamin supplement regime. Sounds simple
enough and since her fibroids shrunk, I figured why not give it a try. I have
nothing to lose. I quickly went to vitacost.com (the mecca of all things
natural) and filled my cart with my arsenal, most of which I had never heard of
before. And by the way, besides being extremely affordable (except for the $30 Whole Food vitamins), Vitacost constantly sends your promo codes for 10-12% off you next purchase or buy one Vitacost brand product, get one free. That’s how I scored a free bottle of DIM. Here’s my new vitamin regime and daily servings:
The Whole Food Vitamin (4 capsules daily)
Mangosteen Juice (1-2 ounces)
Decaf Green Tea Extract (1 daily)
DIM (1 daily)
Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar (1 ounce in 6 ounces of water)
The weapons of Frankie’s destruction

My supplements were waiting for me when I got home, but I bought
the apple cider vinegar this weekend. And since Frankie isn’t getting any small
(yet), there is no time like the present to start my attack. So, as
recommended, I drank 1 ounce of vinegar with 6 ounces of water. A dirty martini
it is not. It is not good at all. Like gag me with a spoon disgusting. And warm water did not help. I’ll try it
tomorrow with some honey any let you know how that turns out. Maybe you get used to the taste…

So here we are. No meat, no dairy, a whole lot of vitamins, and apple cider vinegar.
Frankie is going down!
Later Days

 

B

You’re Invited!!

I‘m so excited and I just can’t hide it! (such a gratuitous Saved By the Bell reference, but I don’t care)  I am please to announce my first ever Fit Camp! AHHHHHH. Seriously, I am so excited that I am bouncing in my chair!!! Can you tell!!! I hope so and I hope you will join me!

Since this is my first ever fit camp, I figured why not get people started off on the right foot with, wait for it….

First Steps to Fitness Fit Camp
(If I could make the words flash, I would. Trust Me)

Sound interesting??? Let’s see if this the group for you:

  1. Have you wanted to start a fitness program, but don’t know how?
  2. Intimidated by the number of fitness programs on the market and don’t know where to start?
  3. Want to clean up your diet but don’t know how?
  4. Have you started a fitness program but quit because no one was there to keep you accountable?
  5. Are you ready to make a change?

Did you answer yes to any other these questions? Then First Steps to Fitness is the group for you!

What is included in this amazing group?

  • 4 week program
  • 30 minute workouts that you can do from the comfort of your home according to your schedule
  • 30 Day supply of Shakeology, a Super Food Meal Replacement Shake that helps you with your sweet tooth cravings
  • 30 Day free trial of Beachbody on Demand (Beachbody’s streaming service)
  • Support and Accountability in a closed Facebook Group coach (Hooray!)
  • Me as your personal accountability Coach
  • Meal Plan, Nutrition Guide, and sample grocery list
  • Workout tips and tricks
  • Prizes
  • Tons of Fun
No, you don’t have to go to a gym. No heavy equipment required. Nope, you don’t have to live near or in Philadelphia (it would be cool if you did so we can meet up!) You just need 30 minutes a day, a positive mindset, and the desire to make a change in your life!

Why am I doing this? Because I want to help you like someone helped me. That’s it. I just want to help you. Two years ago, I was totally lost, depressed, and couldn’t figure out what was going on with me. Then I found my Coach. With her support, motivation, and amazing attitude, I finished my first workout program ever and laid the foundation for my fitness journey.  Now it’s time for me to pay it forward and do the same for you!

Ready to get started? Logistics are below:

Start Date – July 6th (Yup, right after the holiday!)
Interested? Click this link https://beebeehart.wufoo.com/forms/m1qvx33u0kg6fcb/ and fill out the form (Will take you 2 minutes tops to complete)

Or feel free to email be directly at bshart@gmail.com. You can also email me if you have any questions or would like more information!

Can’t wait to start this amazing journey with you!

Later Days!
B

MIssion Accomplished!!

This will be short and sweet peeps! Guess who filmed and posted her CIZE video just now?? This girl

Yup, my video has been posted for the Facebook masses to see!!! What did I just do???

I totally jumped off the cliff, and looking back at it… It wasn’t that scary. When you punch fear in the face and do it anyway, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

So, here’s my video (all 56 seconds of it) And if you have any questions about CIZE or how you can get your copy. email me at bshart@gmail.com or friend me on Facebook!

Later Days!
B

Insanity Week 1 Recap

Today started week 2 of Insanity, which means I survived
week 1! And oh the insanity. I knew that it was going to be crazy and push me
farther than I have ever been pushed by a workout before, and Shaun T did not
let me down at all. In fact somehow he exceeded my expectations.
There were so many times when I couldn’t breathe, felt like I
was going to throw up, and thought I was about to pass out. There were moments
when I experienced all three feelings at the same time. And I actually
chose to do this to myself. I paid for this program. Makes you question my sanity, right? But it did make
me think.
When I started Plymomteric Cardio Circuit for the first
time, I was shocked. There was no modifier. Nothing was low impact. No one was doing any low impact moves. Everybody
was going all out on every exercise. Well, if no one else is,  I guess I’m doing the high impact moves
too. And I did. And I didn’t die. I was stronger than I thought I was. I had
been modifying complete programs for months because I was afraid that I couldn’t
do it. But here I was doing full on power squats, suicide jumps, power jacks,
and Heisman’s like a boss, and so were the people on the screen. And you know
what else they were doing? They were falling out, screaming, grunting and
looking at Shaun T like he had five heads. Just like me. They were no different
from me. We were all struggling to make it through these ridiculously hard
workouts. And we did. 
Barely.
So the first two workouts I went over in my previous recap,
Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Power Cardio Resistance. Next up, Pure Cardio.
Shaun T should have called it Pure Hell. I thought Insanity Max 30 Friday Night
Fight Round 1 and 2 were crazy. I was wrong. Dead wrong. After the workout was over, I laid
on the floor for a good 2 minutes because I could not move. My heart was pounding out of my chest, my clothes were soaked with sweat, and I could barely catch my breath. I was so delirious
that I brushed my teeth with my face wash. It was that hard. But I finished.
Time for Recovery. Not a lot of cardio, but you still worked up a good sweat. Lunges, squats, and some core work are on deck. And I have to
say, this was a tough workout too! Even the recovery day is insane. You don’t
think so? Try doing squats, followed by squat pulses, followed by a squat hold;
each for a minute. I thought my legs had turned into flame throwers. And that
whole thing about being Day 3 Insanity sore…. It is totally true. I was fine
days 1 and 2, but on Day 3, my calves were beyond tight. And on Day 4, my legs
were completely gone; totally done. Rest day could not come fast enough. I
normally loathe rest days because I feel so lasy when I don’t work out. Not
this first rest day, I slept in and did not feel bad at all. I totally needed
to recover after getting my ass handed to me for 6 days straight.
In a nutshell, is this workout out hard? Yes. Is it intense?
Yes. Will it make you question your sanity? 
Yes. Will it push your current physical and mental limits? Yes. Is it
worth it? Absolutely
Later Days!

B

Bondi Bands to the Rescue!

This is not a paid endorsement. But it might as well be one since I will
probably be shelling out a lot of cash on these bad boys.
My New Sweat Fighting Weapon
I have a “sweating issue”. I am
always hot. I have to sleep with fan year-round. Basically I sweat like an NFL
linebacker. So just imagine what I look like after 40 minutes of Insanity. I
knew I was in for a good sweat session (which I love) when my shoulders were
glistening after Plyometric Cardio Circuit warm up, which is the first 10
minutes of the workout. By the last circuit, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. The
sweat was pouring into them like someone had turned on the sweat faucets full
blast. It is not a fun experience to do exercises with your eyes closed and
near death. I looked like a drowned, harassed, exhausted rat with blood shot
eyes. Pretty picture right?
And it hurt. Sweat hurts when it gets into
your eyes people. It really does. And as the workouts increase in intensity,
the sweat was going to get worse. So I pulled out some of my old headbands and
I made a shocking discovery. The blinding sweat was not coming from my scalp.
It was coming from my forehead. Thanks to a super speedy metabolism, I am now a
full out sweating machine! So all of my “skinny” headbands were not
going to cut it. I had to do something, or should I say buy something.
And this is why I love Amazon and Amazon
Prime. After a quick search of wide, inexpensive headbands, I decided to give
Bondi Bands a try. I had heard of this brand before at some race expos. I
figured I would give it a shot since 1.) Had a lot of good reviews, 2.) Was
under $10, and 3.) Came in many colors, like bright pink. What girl doesn’t like
brightly colored workout gear? The next day, my new sweat fighting weapon was
at my door.
I tested out the Bondi Band on, what else, Plyometric Cardio
Circuit. It was my scheduled workout and would definitely put this bad boy
through its paces. And it worked! No sweat in my eyes at all. Thank you Baby
Jesus. It didn’t slip, slide, or anything. I even forgot that it was on my
head. It stayed in place through basketball drills, burpees, and whatever
craziness Shaun T was throwing my way. It is super lightweight and wicks away
the sweat like a champ. I am sold!
Bondi Band Post Workout – no sweat tears!
So, if you happen to be in the market for a good workout headband,
give Bondi Band a try! If it can handle my man sweat, I am sure it will do
wonders for you.
Later Days!

 

B

Now the real Insanity Begins…

Yes, I am insane… But in a good way….

 

I started Insanity Thursday. Yup, I finally took the plunge into
the deep end of the crazy pool. I completed the infamous Insanity Fit Test Wednesday
night after work and I did better than I thought I did (thanks Max 30!) I even
did full push up jacks. All 19 of them in 1 minute and I am proud of each and
every one of them.
The first 20 minutes of Plyometric Cardio workout
fooled me. I mean really fooled me. 3 cardio intervals followed by at least 5
minutes of stretching. I can handle this. If the rest of the workout is like this
I am set. It wasn’t. The second circuit came along and I was not ready. Like
not ready at all. Like totally unprepared for what my body was about to do. One
move called Level 1 had my heart at Defcon 5. You jump to a plank, do 4
pushups, jump your feet in and then jump up… For a minute. And that is the
second exercise in the circuit. And you repeat each circuit 3 times. Yeah, this
is where the workout gets its name from because it is flipping insane.
I don’t know how I made it through the last circuit. So much sweat
was pouring down my face (I really need to get a good headband). But I pushed
through even though I couldn’t see and thought I was going to pass out and
throw up at the same time. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
And what is even crazier, I came back for more. Yesterday was
Power Cardio. More my pace because I am not a Plyo kinda girl, but I still had
my ass handed to me. Same warm up, but I knew it was the calm before the storm.
And I was ready for the ridiculous workout that Shaun T was about to put me
through. This workout contains a lot more jumping, and one thing is for sure…
this girl can’t jump. Maybe my body isn’t used to it. Maybe I was holding back
so I didn’t wake the neighbors by sounding like a thundering herd of wildebeests,
but using my core to increase the height of my jumps is something that I am
working on. Wow that sounds hella technical. Another thing that made this
workout easier was that a lot of the strength moves were in Inanity Max 30,
which made them familiar, but still a minute of tricep dips is a bit much.
I also, well I should say, my heart also liked the fact that the
cardio and power sections alternated which gave me time to recover. While my arms
were burning from V pushups, the air was returning to my burning lungs. Talk
about sweet relief. I guess.
But what was really awesome… I didn’t
modify! I’ve talked about how my thalassemia had kept me from going “all out”
in the past, but thanks to my iron pills and a year of heavy training, I am
doing full-on globe jumps, pushup jacks, and basketball drills. Albeit slow and
uncoordinated, but was I doing it! Any progress is good progress.
Insane Sweat Session = puppy salt lick
Today is Cardio recovery day. But if this workout is anything like
the last two… it will be insane.
Let’s do this!
Later Days

 

B