The Calm Before the Storm
I have always wanted to do the Ultimate Reset since I became a Beachbody coach, but it was expensive, way expensive (almost $300). So when it went on sale ($199, $169 with my Coach discount) I clicked the pay now button and immediately my stomach churned. I made the right decision. It’s time to make some drastic changes in my life, so why not go all in? The Ultimate Reset is in a nutshell a 3 week cleanse/detox where you take supplements and follow a vegan diet for the last two weeks. You can eat meat and dairy the first week. Since I am already mostly vegan since Frankie’s eviction, the diet part was not the problem. Well, maybe my weekly trip the Halal Cart (20th and Market #justsayin) was a bit much and I could (or could not) go without the large cup of coffee in the morning. I knew it was going to be intense. I was not prepared for what arrived at my door step.
Do you see all of this? I mean, all of it?!? When I first saw the bottles, packets, and pouches, I was shocked. How was I going to keep everything straight and stay on task? Let’s open up the program book shall we? Or should I say, Ultimate Reset text Book. At first glance it is overwhelming. So much information for a three week program. But upon further review and perusal, the book broke everything down. Recipes, shopping lists, what to expect, when to take the supplements, when to eat. You name it, it is covered in the book. It actually makes the whole process more manageable. The Ultimate Reset is the perfect way to start of the #summerofbee. New start, new me. I knew it was going to be a mental and physical challenge. Probably the hardest since Max:30 (post link), but it was time to put on my big girl pants and take that horrifying first step into change.
The supplements are pre-packaged and labeled. The hard part…what to eat. I choose recipes that were simple and could be prepped easily. I cook all my meals on Sunday so that I don’t have to worry about cooking or eating out during the week. A couple of hours saves a lot time and money during the week. Since I was pretty much vegan at this point, I knew that I would be Peter Cottontailing it and eating a lot of fruits and veggies. Logical place to shop? A farmer’s market or huckster. These places have by far the cheapest produce around. If you’re buying in bulk, or are vegetarian or vegan, this is your best bet.
Grocery Shopping on a mission…
I happen to work near Reading Terminal Market. Just walking near the place makes my mouth start to water. From roast pork sandwiches to Bieler’s donuts, this place has it all. Including Iovine Brothers produce. Amazing selection, fantastic prices. I knew I had hit the mother load. I came out with 2 bags full of zucchini, carrots, strawberries, blueberries and other farm fresh goodness for 20 bucks! I of course had to let out an ecstatic squeal when the cashier told me my total. However, even though I was prepared (the first time in forever that I actually looked in a cookbook and wrote out a shopping list, I ran out of food. I failed to realize that each reacipe was only one serving… Whoops. And Iovine doesn’t sell mustard, red vine vinegar, or things of that mature, so I had to supplement my amazing produce haul with an Whole Foods order via Instacart. You live and learn. Meals prepped, distilled water in hand, I was ready to push the reset button.
Oh, so you just eat clean and take supplements? That’s it? Sorry Charlie. There is more to it than that. And here is your gratuitous Megan Trainor reference… NO. No coffee, no alcohol, no aerobic, HIIT or Weightlifting workouts. Stretching (yoga/ tai cheng) and walking are allowed. But that’s it.
Week One of the Ultimate Reset – A Case Study
Week One was, better than expected. As a true confession. I did have coffee and a small bag of pretzels the first two days because I thought that I was going pass out at my desk. On day two, I realized that I was eating way to little. After a slight adjustment, it was smooth sailing. It was difficult to time the supplements and eating. but I soon realized that if I figured out when I could eat lunch, I could determined my supplements off of that time, which made everything so much easier. I also did not work out for the first 4 days. Just to give my body a complete rest. And I did not follow the recipe plan exactly. I am a very picky eater so I picked meals that I would like and just made a whole bunch (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are my new favorite thing in the world. And by the end of the week, I didn’t need my afternoon Shakeology snack, and I no longer craved sugar, coffee, or starchy foods. This people is a big fereakin deal.
So…. I guess you want to see some results huh?
How about that! Fluff be gone! In all honesty, I don’t know how much I way. I didn’t take measurements. I barely took before photos. I found that I was number obsessed. What is the number on the scale? How big are my thighs? I was focusing so hard on the numbers, that I wasn’t focusing on myself. I stopped weighing myself daily (yup, I did that) and started to measure my progress by how my clothes fit (can we say XS top but medium pants?).
Want to know more about the first week or about the Ultimate Reset? Comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.