The 3-day quests are a concept that I created to make weight loss and having a healthy lifestyle fun. It’s something I experiment with almost every day. I love picking a 3-day quest, doing it, and learning more about myself. Using the 3-day quests to improve and grow. This time I experimented with the 3-day quest to eat 4 meals a day, having them a few hours apart. I share what I’ve learned from the experience and what I plan on doing next.
Day 1 – Monday, 24th of August 2020
It was just a coincidence that this quest started on Monday. Unless you don’t believe in coincidences 🙂 I did not make a plan for this particular quest.
Breakfast. I had it at around 8:30.
Now, one thing that you need to know is that I adapted the 3-day quest as I went. It started as a 3-day quest to eat every 4 hours but I quickly realized I could not stick to it just yet. No particular reason other than the fact that I wanted to enjoy lunch with my husband and that meant eating at around 12.
German lessons followed after breakfast. Then, I did 2 workouts in one. If everything goes well, I might end up adding a 4th quest to the mix. We’ll see.
Lunch at 12.
One benefit of leaving time in between meals is that I for one am more productive. Today was a really productive day. When I started to work on my projects and tasks, I forgot about food. I sometimes procrastinate and choose to snack on things but today was not one of those days. I went all in.
I took a lunch break. Then, I sent a few emails.
I recorded an audio over slides thing for youtube. It was on my process of writing an article fast without overthinking. You can check it out HERE. I started with a script, then created the presentation and recorded it. Funny thing: I recorded the whole thing twice without having the microphone attached to the laptop. I know what you’re thinking: don’t I check everything before recording the entire thing? Well, that thought crossed my mind but I said: no, I’d better record like this and if there’s anything wrong with the sound, at least I’ve gotten familiar with the script.
Snack at 4 pm.
Writing time. This is exactly what I am doing at the moment. This morning I sketched a rough plan for the day. There were a few tasks I wanted to get done so I threw them all on paper. Writing was one of them. I realized at around 5:20 pm that I hadn’t written anything so I simply started.
I wrote the beginning of a short story.
(I just got a call while I was writing this. It was a German lady asking me about Thermomix. I attended a presentation a while back and she wanted to ask what I thought about it. Guess what? I spoke German and it was fun. My German is not perfect but I understand it quite a bit. And I went out of my comfort zone and kept speaking German with the lady. In the past, I would just say ‘can we speak English?’. Not anymore. Ok, unless the people I talk to speak too fast.)
And now I am writing this which is going to be a long article explaining my experience with the 3-day quests I’ve chosen.
Dinner at 7 pm.
If you want to know more about the 3-day quests, I have written a book that explains them. It’s on weight loss but it’s meant as a foundation for lifestyle changes and productivity. Basically, a guide that helps enrich your experience and have fun. You can find it here.
Day 2 – Tuesday, 25th of August 2020
I just woke up at 5 am. What I find to be funny sometimes is how messed up our biological clock is when we don’t have anything important to wake up to. But the even funnier thing is that there’s always something important in the morning to wake up to … life itself.
I am getting distracted.
I had to wake up an hour earlier than usual because there was someone coming to check the smoke detectors. Instead of waiting for the alarm clock, I got up 2 hours earlier than I had anticipated. This is what happens when we set an intention to actually wake up. I wrote about this trick in one of my books — the Romanian book “Vrei sa slabesti?” (translated as “Do you want to lose weight?”) … about how to program our subconscious mind to wake us up in the morning at a specific hour we choose.
I woke up at 5 am. I wrote a few lines and then noticed that I was hungry. So, I prepared a big bowl of oatmeal. It was a bit cold in the house so early in the morning. That bowl of oatmeal was so warm and satisfying.
I had breakfast at around 7 am.
The idea around this quest is to eat when it’s mealtime. And not in between the meals. I leave sufficient time to allow my body to use the food it has available and the other resources.
I am going to write a bit more and then it’s German time. In about 1 hour and a half (at 11 am), I am going to exercise. Then, see what’s for lunch.
One more thing — it’s actually better for me to have breakfast earlier than usual because I don’t get hungry that quickly in the morning after a meal for 2 reasons: my morning meals are satisfying and satiating and I get a lot of things done so I am busy — no time to mess around and think about food.
I exercised at around 10 am and had lunch at 12 pm.
This was a productive day as well although it feels like I did nothing. Just the other day I was talking to my dad. He is refurbishing a house and got to the finishing touches part. That’s the worse he said. Because you have to clean small stuff and move things around that it feels you did nothing. This is exactly how I feel in days like this one.
Maybe you know that I’ve been on a month of Facebook detox. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I focused on what I loved doing and let everything take its place. It’s not perfect but it works.
Today, I had a clarity moment. I made a list of all the products I’ve created and ways to promote them. For me, the marketing side is the one I am not good at. Well, not necessarily… it’s the one I don’t like so I don’t spend time on it. But now, I know what I want and need to focus on.
The snack was at about 3:45 pm.
As part of my snack, I had a nectarine. Then, I immediately noticed that nectarines make me bloated so I will stop eating them or cook them slightly before I eat them again.
In the evening, I went for a walk.
Dinner came at around 7:30 pm.
Pretty decent in terms of the amount of time between meals.
Day 3 – Wednesday, 26th of August 2020
I had breakfast at 8:30.
This morning I had an Austrian breakfast. It’s actually a dish that they also have as lunch or even dessert. It’s a sweet meal, kind of. I woke up later today because I had to make up for yesterday.
I spent the first part of the day cleaning the house.
Lunch came at around 12:30 pm.
I continued with work and shopping.
I did not feel the need to have a snack.
Instead, I had lunch at 5 pm
I did not feel hungry during the rest of the evening. It was quite satisfying to play around with my meal times.
What did I learn from this 3-day quest?
All in all, this experience has taught me the following:
- In order to not think about food all the time, it helps to have a schedule. It doesn’t have to be a fixed one in the sense that you know the exact time you have a particular meal. But it helps to have a specific timeframe in between your meals. A fasting period of 3, 4, or 5 hours.
- If you don’t assign a timeframe for your actual meals too, you might end up overeating. So, determine how long it’s going to take you to have a meal and stop eating when the time is up.
What will I change moving forward?
- I am going to continue with the 3–4–5-hour gap between my meals. I love the feeling of it. If you try it out, you just might know what I am talking about — a sense of freedom and relief.
- I will assign a timeframe for my actual meals so I don’t overeat. And this is how my next 3-day quest is born: a 3-day quest to have my meals in a specific timeframe. It’s a new one and I am excited to see what I’m going to learn from it.
Why should you try a 3-day quest?
The cool thing about the 3-day quests is that you come up with different results every time you do the same quest. So, it never gets boring. You get new quest ideas just like I did above. I did not write this in advance. It’s Thursday today, the 27th of August 2020. I did not do any quests today but I might.
One fun feature of the 3-day quests is that you can start with any activity that you do or have done during the day and turn it into a 3-day quest. One thing that I did today that I don’t usually do is that I went for a walk at 10 am. So, I just might transform this into a 3-day quest to walk for 30 minutes at 10 am. Guess what? The first day is done, 2 more days to go.
If you want to know more about the 3-day quests and how to come up with your own, plus get a list of 100+ quest ideas, please check out my book Weight Loss Quests.
What do you want to try out for 3 days?