Ultimate Reset – Finito!

Yes, yes, yes! I did it!

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since I finished the Ultimate Reset and let me tell you, it’s one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for myself! I feel refreshed, renewed, invigorated, energetic and all of this with NO caffeine what-so-ever! I have learned so much about food and myself. I’ve learned that I can control my eating. I learned that I don’t need to constantly snack on junk food, etc. I learned about new food and how to cook new food and even how to cook other foods I knew of before. I like how I feel, I like how I look and I like that I know I can keep getting better with myself – inside and out.

Here I am Post Reset after I just got my blood drawn (I actually left the house, hence why I actually have a little bit of make-up on).

So, how did I do? After 21 days, I lost 11.7 (we’ll say 12) pounds…over 13 inches overall. All that with NO EXERCISE. Just clean eats and taking daily supplements!

THE BIGGEST and BEST NEWS? My cholesterol dropped 103 points!
Yes, that’s correct. 103 points. From 246 to 143. I was thinking I would only drop 20 or 30 points which would mean that I would still be on medication, but NOPE. 103 points = no medication for me!!!

2 1/2 weeks later and I’m still 90% eating clean – no caffeine, minimal alcohol (drinks when my girlfriends and I went to Chicago and I had to water down my 2nd drink), not too much sugar and still having healthy meals. I will have treats here and there, but for the most part? I’ve still been cooking healthy meals from the Reset Recipe book. In fact, my girlfriends came to visit last week and I would make my own separate meals. The only time I didn’t is when we went to Chicago for a day. My stomach paid for it b/c I was so umcomfy! lol Too many “new” things going into mah belly all at once (meats, etc.).

I finally got my bum back to the gym yesterday and did the elliptical. I will probably go back again today. I’m still debating on whether or not to start TurboFire again, but I think I like going to the gym…it gets me out of the house. Let’s not forget I’m a WAHM who also stays home with a 5 year old, 2 year old AND 1 year old pup.

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Anyway, I’m excited to be working out again b/c my body (on the inside) is at its prime thanks to the Ultimate Reset. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m definitely better off now than when I started.

Any questions, just let me know. I am willing to answer – to the best of my ability!

And let me leave you with this…My Ultimate Reset Food Gallery. My meals for the 21 days during the reset.

Ultimate Reset – Week 1 Review

So I mentioned that I started the Ultimate Reset to cleanse and detoxify my body. I’ve abused it enough – from years of smoking (I quit a while ago, but still), fast food, junk food, fatty foods, sweets, alcohol, caffeine, soda, etc…it was time to make a change. I always felt slow and tired and I needed to kick start my weightloss journey for the year, for life. So, I figured, I could start by detoxifying and starting out with the cleanest canvas possible.

Week 1 ended yesterday and I feel great! Now, not everyday was easy, but you know what was good? The FOOD! Here are some videos/testimonials from me. Just of what I’m feeling and such and…FOOD pics…mmmm…But with all this yummy food = prepping. I need to up my game on that because I feel like I’m in the kitchen almost all day which is not cool because I have my work laptop on the counter and such. I need to do better with looking ahead without getting overwhelmed. That way, I can see some are the same recipes as the night/days before and I can just cut up double the amount so I don’t have to cut again the next day.

Anywho…here goes my Week 1:

Week 1 Day 1 - The beginning of my journey. The food was great, the headaches from caffeine (and sugar?) withdrawal – not so much! Energy level was down, but that wasn’t anything new.


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Week 1 Day 2 – Still had some headaches…always gets worse midday to evening. Still tired a bit and caught a nap when possible.
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Week 1 Day 3 – Aches and pains started. My lower back was sore along with my things and bum…I guess the trunk area? Tired and achy and felt like I was coming down with the flu (like so many right now).
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Week 1 Day 4 – Even MORE achy. It was hard to sleep the night before and this night. I was tired, but had a hard time taking a nap because no position helped relieve my aches – especially my lower back. I refrained from taking any pain relievers and envied my hubby, who was coming down w/a cold and fever, for being able to take some. Also, very cold! Our house is set to 72 and I was freezing! I even bumped it up to 73, but still cold and was with my snuggie.

COOOOOLD!

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(Bottom pic is just veggies prior to veggie stir fry. I can’t believe I forgot to take a pic of the full dinner: stir fry veggies, quinoa, cucumber and tomato salad)!

Week1 Day 5 - Was starting to feel less achy, more energized (but I’ll still nap. I have kids who like to wake up in the middle of the night due to foot pains or leg pains or wanting milk or nightmares or what-have-you, so I will take naps whenever possible – sometimes tired or not…hehehe).

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Week 1 Day 6 – Felt great with still some lower back soreness (I don’t know if that’s ever going to go away, especially with how I’ve been on my feet a lot in the kitchen prepping and such), but afternoon had me FREEZING again! I was bundled up with my hooded sweatshirt (hood on), a snuggie, gloves and fur lined shoes. It was 73 in the house.
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Week 1 Day 7 – Last Day of Week 1! WOW! Already?!?! Down 5.5lbs :) Felt pretty good, lower back pain only after being on my feet a lot. No headaches (stopped around Day 4).


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Today Begins Week 2 aka RELEASE week aka DETOX week. That also means I’m going to be taking some detox supplements along with my alkalanize (powders you dissolve in water). In addition, I begin vegetarian mode. Oh boy, wish me luck!

Any questions, feel free to contact me via twitter/bzmomma or tbb.bzmomma AT gmail DOT com.

Ultimate Reset – Week 1 Day 5

ip5 612So yes, I am on UR – W1D5 – not to be confused with any of my C25K WxDx workouts (did I lose you, ok I’m sorry…done with that).

As part of my health, wellness and fitness journey, I decided to do the Ultimate Reset by BeachBody (yes, once again, it’s that same company that houses P90X, Insanity, Turbofire, Les Mills, etc.). The Ultimate Reset is not like any other “cleansing” program out there because you are not starving and you are not in the bathroom at all hours (then again, week 2 is DETOX week so we shall see). While I can’t totally speak for that second statement, I can say that you are NOT starving. In fact, the meals are pretty big portions AND get you so full. There have been a few times where I have had left overs.

Basically, it’s a 21 day / 3 week program. The first 7 days, you are RECLAIMING your body and are trying to make a clean palette inside. No caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugars, red meats, etc. The 2nd week, you are in RELEASE mode – aka DETOX. This phase, hmmm, maybe you’ll be going to the bathroom more often, I don’t know yet. You also will have a full vegetarian diet. The 3rd and last phase you will be REVITALIZING yourself and introducing back some dairy and such. It comes with supplements and a full menu for 21 days complete with recipes, shopping lists, etc. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit pricey, but I need an overhaul and this is where my decision led me.

I am on Day 5, never starving – unless I’m running late w/prepping my food – and down 4lbs. (I wish I knew how my cholesterol is doing). It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but nothing worth doing or having or what have you, is easy .

Day 1 and 2 had me having headaches from caffeine and sugar withdrawal. Days 3 and 4 had me ALL kinds of achy like I’ve been working out like crazy or I had the flu or something, but you’re not even allowed to workout for 21 days. Your body is trying to restore the normal pH balance and alkalinity in your body so working out is out of the question (as that adds acidic levels). You are allowed to walk and stretch (20 minute brisk walks, light yoga, etc.), but nothing major.

This morning, is Day 5 and I woke up less achy than yesterday even though it took me forever to get comfy and asleep last night b/c my back was SO incredibly sore. I feel a bit refreshed, took my supplements and am ready to get my breakfast on.

Just an FYI, here are some of my meals…

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Losing Weight, Not Just for the Vain

4 Week GoalsYup, I need to lose weight and it’s not to look pretty or be skinny anymore. It’s nothing to do with vanity…nope. It’s for my health. I had some bloodwork done and my numbers were pretty high for cholesterol. In fact, the doctor said I should be on medication with my numbers, but she didn’t want to put me on medication until I tried to lose weight first. I’m not even clear on how much weight I need to lose.  She may have told me, but I think I was too dumbfounded at the moment and forgot to ask.  I think even losing 10 lbs would help.

Through the years, I have had my ups and downs with weightloss. I had stints of getting into working out, running, dieting, etc. I would lose weight, but would gain it back. I never got to my goal weight. Over the summer, I started one of the BeachBody programs (same company that sells/promotes “P90X”, “Insanity”, etc.). I started “TurboFire” and let me tell you, it is great! The instructor, Chalene Johnson, knows how to get you going and keep you going. I lost weight on it, but didn’t keep it off because I didn’t keep up with the program and at some point, fell off the wagon w/working out and eating.

My problem is 2-fold: Eating (not the best of foods and not in small portions) and Motivation.

I can be so gung ho about working out and getting in shape and my mindset will be in the right place, but for some reason, I end up getting distracted and losing that motivation. This time around, it was because girls and I kept getting sick with the change in seasons. Still, when we got better, I didn’t go back to working out with gusto like I did.

Same with food, I can be so healthy 1 week and then devour fast food and junk food the next week (and the week after that, etc.).

I need to stop this, I know it. I like how I feel when the inches come off. I love that my clothes get loose and I’m not “muffin-topping” like crazy.  I love that I have more energy when I workout and lose weight.   I love that even my skin benefits from me sweating (releasing toxins, I guess). I need to get going and make changes. I need to be healthy. High cholesterol at 35 is not cool. Being on medication is not cool and for what? Lack of focus and motivation?!?!

I need to start eating better, but dieting is not for me. Restricting myself from certain foods just makes me binge on them later on. I just need to eat clean as much as possible and/exercise more portion control.

I know what I need to do and I need to make myself accountable.  My #s need to go down and not just on the scale.  They need to go down for cholesterol and dress sizes.  I hate that I just had to buy an XL skirt because my waist is too big, but I have to get it hemmed because it’s too long.   Big waist and short legs are just not a great combo!

I follow Chalene Johnson’s FB page and she put on there to make 4 Week Goals. That was one of the 1st things I did today and I posted it on Instagram and on our Turbofire Challenge Group page on FB. pDaddy signed up for a family gym membership so I am starting to go there now…so far I went Friday and Sunday. I may not be following Turbofire workout schedules to the “T” anymore, but I will still use some of those DVDs. They are awesome workouts! I wish I could have had more focus and more determination/motivation to do the full 90 day program because I know I would have seen results. I saw results after the first 2 weeks!

So anyway, here is me…being accountable with 4 Week Goals (pictured above):

By January 10, 2013, I will be able to proudly say I:

  • have worked out at least 4-6x/wk (Turbo/Gym)
  • lost 10 lbs
  • am able to do 10 push-ups with no knees
  • am able to do 10 tricep push-ups
  • lost 2″ from my waist
  • drank 80 oz of water daily
  • can run 1 mile straight
  • can finish CORE 20* (floor work) without stopping
  • limited bad carb in-take
  • increased fruits and veggies
  • made daily TO DO lists and prioritized

There you have it.  4 weeks from today.  Wow, I just made “resolutions” before New Year’s!

 

*CORE20 is a TurboFire workout

Stubborn Old Mule

You know when you need to do something and you hem and haw, but you still actually do it? Then, that same thing you need to do, and did, is forced on you by someone else by someone in authority (read as: suggested by a doctor) and you just outright don’t do it? No? I’m the only one? I think I’m making up for not being a rebellious kid/teeny bopper and rebelling now.

I finally found a doctor out here in the midwest to go to for my physicals and to complain to about whatever’s bothering me. One of the main things bothering me has been the return of my acid reflux. About 10/11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Esophagitis which basically means that I had little tears in my esophagitis (and stomach?) lining due to acid reflux. Just think of really harsh heartburn. Anyway, instead of sending me on my merry way to get an endoscopy, she tells me I need to lose weight.

*doinks*

Tell me something I don’t know, lady.

Apparently, shedding a few pounds will not only make me look good, but make me feel better and stop these refluxes from occurring. I told her I’ve been trying to lose weight and went back to working out in February. She was happy to hear that.

The thing is, which I didn’t tell her, I haven’t lost much at all. Some weeks, I am more intense than others and some weeks I take “off” due to heat, recovery or sheer laziness. Except for finally doing my Week 5 Day 3 20 minute run, I didn’t work out last week due to heat and laziness. Friday came along (aka Dr. appt) and I still haven’t worked out because, well, I think because something inside me doesn’t like being told what to do. I’m such a bugger, I know. Anyway, now she wants me to come back in 3 months to see my progress, etc.

This week has been a fail so far. I’m hoping I don’t wait until September to start working out with intensity again. I really have no excuse this week. The mornings have been nice and cool as I’m not waking up to 87 degree heat and humidity…I’ve recovered from our Chicago trip and sick puppy woes (trip to the vet earlier this week for our poor poopie pup). I really need to just get on with it. Work is a bit busy, but I should be ok if I can get my run in early enough.

So, here’s a bit of “run-spiration” from Pinterest…No nearby beaches by me anymore, but still a lot of cute summer clothes out there I’d love to sport…even just a tank top and shorts!

WWW…Weak Workout Week

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Yup, not a great workout week at all. I just didn’t have it in me this week and add to that everyone has either a cough or cold or both – including the 19month old who was SO stuffy one night she just kept waking up EVERY.HOUR…no exaggeration!

Last Sunday, I spent almost 2 hours at the gym (well, including walking to and from the gym). I mean, I killed it! I did my Week 3 workout for Couch to 5k. I did some weight training and did some time on the bike. 2 hours…That’s long for me because I usually try to sneak in my gym time in the mornings before I have to bring big girl to school. What does this mean? This means that even though my alarm goes off at 5:30am (yes, I even made it earlier this week), I keep going back to sleep and then eventually wake up around 6/6:15…proceed to make coffee, walk the pup, drink coffee, walk the pup again and then head out. By the time all is said and done, I have about 30 minutes to get to the gym, workout and head back (sorry for being repetitive, I’m sure I’ve said all this before).

And I’m wondering why I’m not where I thought I would be after 2 months of going to the gym.

So, I need to make myself accountable. I need to:

  • Start getting up earlier. I’m not a morning person. I don’t know how some of you get up before the crack of dawn to get to the gym or boot camp. Does it help that things like boot camp or early morning yoga classes are a group setting? I’m just going to our local “basics” gym where there is cardio equipment and weights, but no classes and such. I need to just start sleeping earlier too.
  • Make sure I have enough time to stretch before and after because I tend to switch to the bike or skip a day b/c I’m feeling sore still.
  • Set a new goal.  I know I’m on the Couch to 5K plan that says don’t push it or move too quickly through the steps/weeks, but maybe I can put forth a goal of “moving” at least  30 miles a month.  I’d prefer that to be all in the running category, but I think I’ll have to mix it up with the Elliptical and the Bike….at least until I finish the Couch to 5k program.
  • Sign up for a 5k.  You may think I’m crazy, but I’m following this Couch to 5K program and I haven’t even signed up for one!  I know there’s one around here on 5/12.  I’m thinking about it, but that’s in 2 weeks and I’m only starting Week 4 (out of 9) today.
  • Set a weightloss goal.  I told myself I wouldn’t do it this time.  Usually, I start my workout waves by saying things like I need to lose 30lbs and will lose it in 3 months (or something crazy like that…possible, yes, but hasn’t been for me).  What happens is that I burn myself out within the 1st 2…between the change in diet and exercise…However, I think I should.  30lbs in 3 months sounds a bit crazy though…especially since I haven’t even lost 10 in 2.  So, maybe 20lbs in 5 months?  I don’t know, I’ll have to think about this some more.

So there…Now I just need to wrap my head around it all and commit.  Here’s to hoping that May will definitely be better than April in terms of working out…