Thursday, June 14, 2012

Post Beachbody Ultimate Reset: Day 2

This is my second day off of the Ultimate Reset.  I have continued to do as instructed and eat the same types of foods I had in Weeks 2 & 3.  I still have not "cheated."  I've had no sugar, artificial sweeteners, or processed foods.  I have had zero desire to eat those things.  I have ZERO cravings for them like I did before & which caused me to sabotage my nutrition...& ultimately my goals.  Today, I made one exception to test my body's reaction to gluten.  I haven't eaten wheat products in almost a month.

I had a serving of baked pita chips with humus.  Almost immediately my stomach began to ache.  I haven't felt that ache in a month.  I never really noticed before doing the Ultimate Reset that my stomach would ache from eating wheat products.  I always thought it was because I was too full.  That was not the case today, for sure!

This just validated my decision to remain gluten-free.  As much as I love pasta & baked goods, it isn't worth being uncomfortable...and sometimes in pain when my IBS flares.  I've been looking at gluten-free products the last couple of weeks.  There are gluten-free alternatives for nearly everything, including pasta, pizza crust, chips, cookie mixes, pancake mix, etc..

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset has done far more for me than just help me lose some weight & inches.  It made me more aware of how my body reacts to the food I eat & made me look for better options.  Most importantly, it renewed the confidence in myself that I CAN be consistent & not give up on the things that are the best for me & my family.

It would have been very easy to fall back to old habits.  I could have stopped at the convience store yesterday & got a soda & candy, but I chose to come home to the food I had prepared.  It was not a hard decision.  I'm happy with my results & want more.  I'm ecstatic that I saw something through to the end...no stopping & restarting...which had been my pattern for the last year and a half.  I'm more determined than ever to complete a round of P90X2.  I've scheduled my workouts to help hold me accountable to that goal.  I've even scheduled workouts beyond my completion of P90X2...through the end of this year.

If you would like help gaining this same confidence in yourself, please message me.  It is my honor to help you be confident in yourself and your abilities.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: RESULTS

I wanted to summarize my thoughts on the Beachbody Ultimate Reset

Week 1: I can and WILL do this.  I will NOT cheat!  I will not quit short of the 21 days!  Holy crapola that's a butt ton of produce!  What the hell is tempeh and miso paste?  Alkalinize = liquid spinach = please God don't make me drink that green goo again!!! Kale...can't be that bad, right? Cheese & crackers that SHIT is nasty! *whole big bunch in the garbage and never to enter my home again*

Week 2: OMG! I want a cheeseburger...sundae...french fries...that steak smells A-mazing!  More Alkalinize AND now Detox!  Surprisingly the Detox isn't as bad tasting as the Alkalinize, but dear Lord that texture!  Shake like a mad woman & chug! These microgreen salads really are wonderful!  Love, love, love the sweet potato & roasted red pepper bisque! Asparagus...okay, not so bad after all...must be thin spears & roasted with cashews is heaven!  FINALLY! I found Brag Amino Acids...THAT's miso paste?...oh, now I find the seaweed....go ahead and get it and we will try those Nori rolls post-Reset...gotta eat the same sorts of foods for 3 weeks post anyway.  Getting really tired of making 21 different meals for 7 days in 4-6 hours on Sunday!

Week 3: The home stretch! I got this!  Holy crap 7.6 lbs & 6.5" gone!  This is awesome....holy shit my abs coming through & my tummy is flat!  Somebody slap me & call me happy!  Yup can definitely see results in the pics! Sad face...cellulite is still hanging onto my thighs....no worries...will be obliterated once I resume P90X2!  Don't really like that Miso soup after leaving it out for 2 weeks...don't think I'll be making that again!  Hmm...avocado-cucumber soup...chilled...could be interesting...I like avocado & cucumber.  Dear God...who was I kidding thinking I could travel with food & keep it fresh....must work on that...new plan in the works.  Super proud of myself for sticking it out, not giving up, & not sabbotaging with foods any worse than dried pineapple & banana chips!  I'm totally going to get those extreme results from P90X2 now! I'm never missing a workout again!

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for...drum roll please....

The final results are

                                           Day 1                      Day 21
                      Body Fat %:   23.4%                     21.5%
                      Weight:         159.8                       150
                      Chest:           31"                          29"
                      Waist:           29"                          27.5"
                      Hips:             36.5"                       35"
                      Right Thigh:   23.75"                     22.5"
                      Left Thigh:     24"                          23"
                      Right Bicep:   11"                          11"
                      Left Bicep:     11.5"                       11"
Net Loss:    9.8lbs & 7.75" Total

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Days 18-21

Week 3 Days 4-7



I really wanted to workout today, but the wisdom of the creators of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset & other users of it keeps ringing in my head...don't workout...give your body the time to soak up what the Reset has to offer.  Also, my calories were pretty low today & I'm running on little sleep.  The two combined means exhaustion & I can't afford for that to hit me at any time!  Therefore, I digress.  I will workout first thing in the AM!  What's a few more hours, right?  Especially, if I'm sleeping through them!

Progress measurements, along with before & after photos, will be posted tomorrow evening.  Please do check back to see how I fared.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 17

Week 3 Day 3

Find out how I liked the Moroccan Carrot Salad...new dish for me.

Dinner: Baked Butternut squash, Lemony green beans, & toasted millet.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 16

Week 3 Day 2


Another good day.  The only downside was getting hungry well before time to eat.  I was also quite hungry after I ate dinner, but within about an hour the hunger subsided.

Curried Cauliflower, brown rice, & steamed spinach

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 15

Wahoo! No more Detox!  Seven more days & I'm back to my P90X2.

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 14

Week 2 Day 7

Wow! Day 14 already.  It seems like it has taken a long time to get here, but at the same time, it seems like it has gone by fast.  No video.  I was so exhausted that I went to bed early.  It has nothing to do with BUR.  I had two short nights in a row & sleep interrupted by storms through the night.  I'm a light sleeper, so it doesn't take much to wake me.

Breakfast was fruit plate.  I honestly don't mind this at all.  I love fruit.  The only thing I would like to be able to add is my Shakeology.  I really miss it!

Lunch was a microgreen salad with soup made from the same squash as Day 13 dinner.  I think I like the squash better as a soup.  I did have to double the amount of coconut water & even added a little more water because there wasn't enough volume for my blender to blend.

Dinner was a Roasted Corn & Edamame soucatash.  Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I definitely wasn't horrible.  I liked it.  I'm just not sure I would make it again.  Although, it would make a great dish to take & expose to something like a family reunion.  Maybe I will make it again & take it to our reunion next year.

I am down another 2.8 lbs and 4" total.  That is a total of 7.4 lbs & 6.5" in 14 days!

PS: Another confession...I had dried pineapple & banana chips again last night.  Not because I was hungry, I just did.  When I get really tired, I get into what I call "grazing" mode.  I want to eat for no reason at all.  This is what happened last night.  I should have just gone to bed but it was only 6pm & I was trying to stay awake at least another hour.  The positive thing to come of this is that I am fully aware of what I do when I am tired & know what I SHOULD do instead of eat.  Also, I know I cannot no longer eat the packaged dried fruit.  I caused my belly to ache & bloat.  Therefore, I will be investing in a food dehydrator.  They are only $30-$40.  It would pay for itself in about 5-6 uses max because one package of store bought dried fruit is an average of $5.  Lessons learned.

PPS: We will also be investing the $100 to buy a juicer.  Most store bought juices have added sugar & are crazy expensive.  I mentioned the idea to my kids & they were actually excited about being able to make their own juice on demand.  Again, it will pay for itself quickly because we will no longer have fruit rotting & being thrown away because it isn't being eaten & we won't be consuming additives that just aren't necessary.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 13

Week 2 Day 6


I'm feeling quite confident & definitely ready to get back to my workout schedule!





Dinner

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 12

Today was wonderful but busy. Breakfast was a fruit plate again. Lunch was Sweet Potato Roasted Red Pepper Bisque & Microgreen salad. Dinner was roasted Mediterranean Beets, quinoa, & coconut collard greens. I wasn't sure how I would like the collard greens after my experience with kale. It was a little bitter but the coconut juice & sautéed onions helped sweeten it. I did like it. The beets were good but would have been far better had I not over cooked them. One must be sure to stir the vegetables when roasting them!

On another note, I went back to Whole Foods today to get the rest of the ingredients I need for Week 3. While there, I found some ingredients I've needed the whole time...miso paste, liquid Amino Acids, tempeh, Nori sheets. I won't new the Nori again but since I found it I bought it to have on hand to attempt to make Nori rolls after I finish the Reset.

It was a good day!




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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review: Day 9-10

Week 2 Day 2-3

These have been the most challenging days on the reset yet. Not because of the reset but because of things going on in my life.

Yesterday was Day 9. I had a commercial shoot late in the day, three hours from home. My call time was also dinner time. I had no idea when I would get to eat so I bought dried apples & low sodium cashews for a snack. It was as close to the approved snacks as I could get & not be too messy. As it turned out, this shoot was out of the ordinary & I was sent home 3 hours later. I packed my dinner & the next days meals so I had those with me. I was able to enjoy my Sweet potato & Roasted Red Pepper Bisque & Roasted Asparagus! Lunch was a repeat of the dinner from day 1. Breakfast was a fresh fruit plate.

Day 10 has been far more challenging! I have another commercial shoot. This one is all day, starting at 7 am & ending around 5:30 pm (hopefully). Breakfast was on point with fresh fruit again. However, lunch was a challenge. I was not able to keep my salad & soup (same as last night's dinner) cold. The fridge in the hotel was barely above room temp & the freezer didn't work so I couldn't refreeze my ice packs. I had no choice but to eat whatever the production company was providing. I still had dried apples & cashews left over. By noon, we still hadn't broke for lunch so I had to snack on those. We broke for lunch after 1pm. Here's the tricky part.

The shoot is in a casino. The options were to buy my own food from vending machines, fast food in the food court, or take advantage of the paid meal in the buffet. I went for the buffet hoping for a decent salad at best. I did get a salad but the selections were slim at best. I made the most of it. I went back to see if I could find a suitable replacement for the soup & lucked upon a plain baked sweet potato! I went for that. The worst part of it was I couldn't take my Reset supplements because I didn't have the requisite 30 lead time. We were told lunch was only 45 minutes altogether.

I'm going to go ahead & take my lunch supplements at the 2 hour post-lunch mark. Hopefully, we wrap in time for me to take the Alkalinize another 2 hours later. I'll then be able to take my dinner supplements on the trip back home & have my Reset dinner.

I haven't been able to get in near enough water & have felt a headache twinge a few times as a result. I've been tempted by sugary snack foods provided by the production company but have avoided them. The buffet wasn't difficult to avoid because I've never been a fan of buffets.
Day 10 Dinner: Quinoa Lentil Pilaf & steamed broccoli
I'm afraid Week 2 won't be as successful as it could have been, but it is only half done. I am officially half way through the reset!!