THE BEACHBODY ULTIMATE RESET
Taken from the Beachbody site:
*It’s not easy. But the results are worth it.
If you’ve been struggling with unhealthy eating habits, an overdependence on caffeine, junk food, or alcohol…or if you’ve just been experiencing low energy and a sluggish feeling…you need to commit to a clean break from unhealthy habits. The Beachbody Ultimate Reset is your step-by-step, 21-day guide to doing just that.
The Ultimate Reset was not designed to be easy. You’ll need to carefully follow a disciplined daily eating plan and supplementation program. Along the way, you’ll learn to shop for, prepare, and enjoy healthy, nutritious meals for all 21 days you’re on the program.
But here’s the good news. All your hard work can lead to great results in just 3 weeks. As you change your diet and eating habits, you’ll begin to see positive changes in the way you look and feel. And to help you on your journey, we provide you with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your Reset—including daily recipes, a program calendar, ingredient shopping lists, and more. In addition, we’ll make sure you have access to all the peer support and expert encouragement you’ll need to stick with the program.
Take back control of your diet and your life with help from the Ultimate Reset. It’s a challenge, but it has the power to create real, long-term change.
This is the fourth time I’ve done it…the third time I’ve done it successfully. And today, you’re going to hear about round four.
THE FIRST THREE TIMES
So the first time I did it, I followed the plan to a “T” and all the recipes. I ended up losing 9 lbs total. I used the program to remove the last few pounds I had to lose after having our second child, and I kept it off for years. In fact, I maintained my weight and my highest level of fitness until I got pregnant with our third little blessing. The second time I did it was about six months after Uriah weened from breast feeding. (The program uses supplements, and the calories are too low for a breast feeding mother in my opinion.)
I decided to complete the “Reset in a crunch” which is where each phase has meals from the day listed that you can choose from. I liked this option because I could eat my very favorite foods from the Reset and do it without wasting. That was one of my issues the first time: there were always leftovers and I felt like I was wasting some of the foods. I hate wasting food, so this was a much better option for me. My “detox” this time was severe. I had a very physical reaction. Lots of aches and pains the first week, but after that it was just me feeling better. I lost 12 lbs total and felt great, but it didn’t last for long.
FEELING FAT AND OUT-OF-CONTROL
Fast forward a few months and I found out my daddy had cancer. I wrote about the last few years recently and shared how my eating and care for myself spiraled out of control. Twenty pounds is what I gained over the last year and a half…but it wasn’t without me trying to lose it. I actually attempted a Reset at the beginning of this year. I always try to do them in January, or at least I have in the past because it just always made sense to me to start the year off. By day 9 I gave up. I was eating the food I was cooking for the kids, eating candy…basically anything I could get my hands on. Mentally, I hadn’t prepared myself and I was looking for that quick fix. Yes, even we health and fitness professionals can struggle with this at times.
Needless to say, I didn’t lose much weight. Maybe 4lbs? I was angry with myself for “failing”, and I resumed my crappy eating habits. (Let me go ahead and say it: there’s nothing wrong with food or treats, but when that’s all you’re eating it takes a toll on your body.)
I’ve been feeling horrible lately. I felt fat, out-of-control, overwhelmed, anxious, and just run down completely. I also felt like a hypocrite: how can I expect to help other women feel good about themselves and lose weight when I feel this way and am doing these things to my body? So there was that.
I told my husband after a tearful phone conversation that I just needed to feel better and “normal” again and that I wanted to do another Reset. I think he would have said anything to make me happy at that point because I think he had a good idea of just how miserable I was. The refill program was ordered that night.
PICKING A START
I chose to start November 1st because that would have me done before the holidays. Let me tell you, there’s never really a good time to start. (There’s always a holiday or celebration throughout the year.) I found myself trying to figure out how I would navigate our girls weekend to see Ed Sheeran which happened right in the middle of the Reset for me. But here you go…this is what I did.
I decided that it would be the “Reset in a crunch” again for me. It just makes sense: keeps food costs down, makes prep easier, and eliminates waste. Those are all wins in my book.
Normally, you would cease all caffeine consumption. In the past, I’ve done that, but this time after day one I got most horrific migraine that I just couldn’t. I stayed in bed from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the next day. I was sick from it. I decided that morning if that’s what it would take for me to get through the next 20 days then I was going to have coffee in the morning. It really was a game changer for me.
I also decided to get a massage the first phase of the Reset. Not only did it feel amazing, I think it helped the Reset.
OFF THE SCHEDULE
So as stated above, I had to work with our outing to Atlanta. Some people would pack and prep their food and take it with them on their overnight trip. I however, did not do this. I had my breakfast as usual, some almonds for lunch, and then we went out for dinner. While I did eat off the Reset menu, I didn’t go crazy either. The next morning, I made smart (non-Reset) choices. I still took my supplements. By that evening I was eating a Reset dinner. All I can say about this is that it did upset my stomach to eat off the Reset plan at this point. I got back on track that evening and have been going strong since.
As I write this, I have three days left. I’m set to finish on Wednesday, and while it hasn’t been perfect, I feel so much better. I’ve lost 11 lbs as of day 17. So that’s fantastic. My clothes fit again! This is huge! I’ll never forget August when my husband wanted me to go for a ride on the motorcycle and I tearfully told him that I didn’t want to ride because I couldn’t fit into my jeans. (He doesn’t like me wearing anything other than jeans when we ride as well as completely closed in shoes, preferably boots. But he understood this time and didn’t make me wear them.) But those once too-tight jeans are fitting again. I’m ready to take on my next workout program, and I’m super excited because it will work perfectly with my Jiu Jitsu training.
And about Jiu Jitsu…normally I would not work out during a Reset other than walking or yoga. I really couldn’t stop my Jiu Jitsu training. I love it too much. So I just followed a little bit higher calorie schedule on the days I trained. I can tell you, my cardio has improved significantly.
I say it every time, “I don’t think I could ever do another Reset.” I don’t think I can say that anymore. While it’s not a quick fix, it can help you see weight loss when you haven’t seen it in a long time. Twenty-one days is doable. Now I can get back into the swing of eating the way I know I can and should. Weight loss can be tricky and frustrating, but I feel like this is a great way to learn new habits or get yourself back on track.
If you have more detailed questions, please let me know. I plan on sharing some of my most favorite recipes from the program soon. I actually eat them when I’m not doing the 21 days because they’re that delicious.
Until next time…