Why am I doing the Ultimate Reset?
I know I don't eat like I should. I have way too much salt and sugar in my diet and so even though I workout all the time I would like to see what happens when I get just as dedicated to my nutrition. I also eat like a 2 year old when it comes to vegetables.
A few tips as you start:
1. Make sure you have time to plan your meals and prep them. Look ahead if you have a busy work schedule.
2. When looking at the shopping list, also look at the menu for each day. This way I was able to see what meals the whole family would be eating and buy it all at once.
3. Contact myself or your personal Beachbody Coach about getting into an accountability group. It's nice for the accountability but also a place to ask questions. Of course you also have the Reset website that will have loads of information.
4. Remember to drink your water! Don't wait until the end of the day to try and make up for not drinking water earlier in the day. Not only will you end up needing to use the restroom all night but on one day I didn't drink enough in the morning and by mid-afternoon had a random pain that went away after I got fully hydrated again.
5. Mix the Alkanize thouroughly in the least amount of water possible!!! Take it like a shot. It's gross!
One final thought as I start this. If you have followed me for any time now you know that I hate the scale. I think it can misguide progress and discourage a break through when it doesn't show the number we expect. For the sake of documenting my journey with the Ultimate Reset I will be recording my weight on here. Obviously it will go down as I clean up my eating, but it is just a number.
Today was a good day. It was crazy to see that I actually wasn't hungry. And by that I mean my stomach wasn't growling. There were many times I 'thought' I was hungry, but really I was just used to snacking.
The other thing I thought was that today I started to really think about my food. Because I work from home, and usually at the kitchen table, I will make lunch and sit back down and keep working. Today though, my meal was an 'event'. I made my salad, which was really good, and went into the living room and ate while looking out at the ocean. It was nice to slow down, savor my food, and give my mind time to think.
The accountability groups have shared that days 1-3 are the hardest, for me I think it's about breaking the habit of eating even when I'm not hungry. And the sugar, I think there will be a few withdrawals there. As far as caffeine I don't drink coffee or tea so I didn't have any headaches like some people struggle with in the first few days.
If I have any shocks so far with the Reset it's that I had no idea how filling the meals would be. Last night I was only half done with my dinner and I was stuffed. I tried to finish it all, and almost did, but honestly I was so full that I left some on my plate. It's interesting as I process how much I usually eat in a day. I think my body is hungry, but it's because even though I am feeding it, I'm not nourishing it. The mix of beans, nuts, vegetables, and more in these meals are so satisfying.
For dinner tonight I also added in turkey meat for the boys with their tacos. They are loving these meals and my man said the salad at lunch was something he'd pay good money for at a restaurant. I like that I am getting new ideas for meals that we can use after I am done with the reset.
TIP: The Lentil Lime Salad for lunch tomorrow says to be refrigerated for 2 hours, so if you work you may want to make it tonight! (And you have it on day 4 with lunch so make extra, I liked it better day 4 then I did today!)
Today is the first time I'm having a meal at a friends house. I gave her a heads up about what I am doing and that I will be bringing my own food. I also swapped a dinner from another night of this phase because it was easier to transport and heat up.
Today I was kinda just 'off'. It really does take self-discipline to complete this and be honest with it. It was the first time I found myself 'bartering' with the rules. If I ate that ________ would it really be that bad? Those kind of thoughts! I also didn't make the Nori rolls because I need to drive to a different town to get tempah and just haven't had time. I also think this week the 2 other times we eat baked tempah I will have to substitute with a different meal. I'm not opposed to trying it in the future!
I'm excited that I'm just 3 days away from the next phase. Sounds so funny when I'm just on day 4- lol! But, just reminding myself I am doing this to cleanse my body. My favorite meals will return and I need to see this for the wondering cleansing to my body that it is. Not as a punishment. I think when it comes to our food we get so possessive! Don't tell me what I can or can't eat, don't tell me I can't have more of that, etc… I can see how this plays into the obesity epidemic in our society. Food is such a social, personal issue.
Hey! So today I managed to make the boys popcorn and not cave. IT was funny when I couldn't even use the excuse of, I am hungry. Because though it was 7pm I was not at all hungry! I think the thing I am processing right now is what I want to do with this moving forward when it's done. I know it's only Day 5, but I'm never going to be the person who never has a bowl of ice cream. I've often wondered what it would be like to get my hips/abs super toned, but to see the reality if the diet you must maintain to have that is not something I know is where I will end up. I'm not quitting and I'm not saying it won't be my goal someday. But just coming to terms with what it would mean my nutrition would have to look like day in and day out to have a crazy hot tummy. (My hips/abs are my trouble area.) I know a few things I will for sure be trading after this:
1. Plain organic yogurt instead of yogurt with fruit in it.
2. More fresh fruit in my breakfast options.
One other thing that caught me off guard today, it's the scale. I mentioned above how I don't like it so much? Well, seeing it drop today had me thinking, what if I did workout a little bit? I know that some people will workout during this whole thing, but I am a rule follower so when it says take 2 short walks or do light yoga I listen. Today I found myself thinking, yeah but how crazy would I look on Day 21 if I was working my abs everyday? I quickly reminded myself that this is a cleanse for my body, I need to let it do it's job and not take away from that by causing it to focus on muscle repair instead. Crazy scale going down is getting to my head!
I am publishing this the night of Day 5 and will update as I move forward…I do know that I am excited for breakfast tomorrow because I couldn't find tempah in my town that I get to choose a meal from a different day! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I would trade it for a vegan Shakeology but my man has the blender! I haven't had Shakeology in 6 days and I MISS IT!!!
So the picture to the top right of the 4 meals was SOOO good. I took the apple cinnamon oatmeal and mixed it into the plain yoghurt. It tasted like apple pie. It would be an amazing treat to cure a craving!
I'm excited for Week 2 to start tomorrow- DETOX!!!
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Stats:
Weight loss= 5.7 pounds (the morning of Day 8 I was 151.1)
Waist- lost 1"
Around Belly button- lost 2"
Hips= lost 1"
Will post before and after pictures when done with all 21 days!