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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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Wellness and Fitness on the Mind

ellipticalAll weekend, I’ve just been thinking about fitness and what I can do to keep consistent.  Everything from diet to exercise to calorie counting gadgets (BodyBugg, Polar FT40 or sticking to my good ol’ Garmin Forerunner110).  I need something to count my calories while I’m working out without being on a machine (treadmill/elliptical) which is what I’ve been on so I can see the calories.  I need to see the numbers.  I never thought I was a numbers kind of gal, but I guess I am.  Anyway, I’ve been trying to get in the groove to get myself going…I need to lower my cholesterol.  One main ingredient that I didn’t do is go to the gym / workout.  I went Friday (pic on left), but not Saturday or Sunday.

I ate well and healthy Saturday, but not Sunday.  portobellostuffedwithturkeyetcHad much too much wine Saturday night so that just totally nixed the whole eating healthy and well, I’m sure of it.  That pic was leftovers from Saturday all rolled into 1 – ground turkey w/spinach & rosemary stuffed in portobello mushroom cap.  Also had left over veggie fried quinoa (instead of rice) so I just put both that in the cap too.  Recipe inspired by watch_me_shrink and damndeliciious.

So, the scale tells me this morning that I gained weight, again.  I am now at my highest weight ever whilst not carrying a child – although I look like I could be about 6 or 7 months pregnant if I don’t “suck it in” or sit/stand “wrong”.

Part of my weekend research was checking out some pics/recipes of Instagram members and their healthy eats (watch_me_shrink) has some great looking eats and are healthy too!  I also was looking at Beach Body Instructor, Chalene Johnson’s page trying to get inspired…and I was (she’s creator of TurboFire, by the way)..  But, looking at pictures on a phone isn’t going to make all my weight magically disappear nor will it lessen my cholesterol.

I need to get back on TurboFire and/gym mode.  I need to eat better more often than not, not the other way around.  I need to detox/cleanse or something.  So, next on my agenda will be going on the BeachBody Ultimate Reset plan.  21 days on a STRICT diet (Lord, Help me…give me strength) and no working out.  I hope that doesn’t make me lose motivation to work and instead, have such a great outcome that all I want to do is maximize results by working out.  Once that is done, I will go back to gym/TurboFire (I LOVED TurboFire and got good results with it, I just wasn’t consistent).

I am going to try to make myself accountable by either posting here and/Instagram as to my foods, my progress, my ups and downs.  I haven’t shared this website / instagram account with my BeachBody Coach yet and I’m not sure why.  I don’t know if that will help or hinder me. Maybe I don’t want him to see all my past failed attempts at trying to get fit?   Maybe because I don’t want him to judge me?  I don’t think he would, but…I don’t know.   I am friends with him on FB so that should be good enough, right?  I like this part of the world being my “outlet” my “anonymous” account where not too many people I know IRL know about it.  There are a couple, but not too many and I’d like to keep it that way.  Besides, I am friends w/almost everyone I know IRL (and about 3 bloggers) on Facebook anyway.

If you want to find out more about TurboFire or the Ultimate Reset or even P90X, Insanity, etc., you can check my BeachBody website where I am a “coach” – just for formality so I can get discounts.  I haven’t coached anyone – not yet.  My beachbody website is beachbodycoachDOTcom/bzmomma – wordpress isn’t letting me link it for some reason…I have to read into that.

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photo credit to Atlantic City Marathon (fb page)…no link to pic’s original source though…sorry!

So yeah, It’s August 3rd and I haven’t gone for a run at all. In fact, I haven’t gone for a run since JU-LY. In fact, the last time I ran was when I ran 20 minutes straight. In fact, I only ran all of 2.1 miles in July – that 20 minute run that was so elusive to me that I finally did that I never did again that makes it all a moot (point) run now, doesn’t it?

So, I guess I should slap one of these stickers on my car. I was never planning on running a 10k or 13.1 or 26.2. I was just going to stick to 5ks, but seriously, I should just stick 0.0 on there.

Between moving and a client going LIVE and taking care of 3 girls and a dog and the Olympics (HELLOOOOO Nathan Adrian! – pic on the left), blogging and running have both taken a backseat, but by golly, I need to get back on the groove. I’ve put all the weight back on that I lost and I feel horrible. I am always sluggish and tired and feel sloppy and slobby. I need to get back on it. No more excuses. I got new headphones since Buddy (our pup) chewed the old ones (ha! I wish I had a dog growing up so I could really say “my dog ate my homework”).  I’m also getting some new songs on the iPod and you better believe No Doubt will be on my list.  So, I should be good to go.  I need to just wake up early and feeling fresh.  One step out the door at a time.

For now, I will look at this 0.0 in shame…and know it applies to me until I get my arse out the door!

I don’t know how all of you do it – demanding jobs, demanding children, moving, etc…and still have time to blog or workout or BOTH!

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!

Genetics

I have to have one of the worst genetics of the modern world…ok, maybe First World.    Between my 2 parents, I have a slew of checks all over the “Family Health History” section of any Dentist/Doctor questionnaire.

High Blood Pressure?  Check.  Heart Disease?  Check.  Cancer?  Check.  Diabetes? Check.

That’s just to name a few.  Add in my grandparents and I can check off more:  Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or Schizophrenia or ???  At least, that’s what we think…she refuses to go to the doctor and keeps thinking she’s in the WWII era (with enemies and soldiers surrounding her house.  She refuses to leave and doesn’t really let people in.  She forgets people.  She hears people – dead people.  Maybe she’s just got the “Sixth Sense” going on).

My faux pas?  I didn’t take care of myself better, earlier.  I spent way too many days not eating right – whether it’s junk food all day or skipping meals or what have you.  I had my fair share of drinks.  I smoked for over 10 years.  I drank too much coffee (cigs and coffee just went better together).  I used to, and sometimes still can, get stressed beyond belief either by things around me or thinking too much.  What things around me?  Before it was going to school and work at the same time.  Then it was added drama over boys then crazy work hours (which, apparently, can still happen b/c i worked 12 hours this past Saturday).   There were times I used to drive home and see the sunrise and it wasn’t because I was partying all night long.  Nope, you could have called me at work in the wee hours of the morning and I would have answered my phone at my desk….but I digress.  What else?   I cared too much about what people thought and stressed myself silly trying to please EVERYONE.  I mean EVERY.ONE.  I realize now how idiotic I must have been.  I remember that I got an indirect insult and laughed it off with a “ha ha…whatever…no, it’s not blah-blah-blah” or something along those lines instead of telling that person off.  All so I wouldn’t cause a stir and have an enemy.  I’m also a crazy worry wart that worries about everyone and everything.  I’m better at this now though, I just worry about my own and not everyone else.

So now?  These years of not taking care of myself have caught up to me.  I’m overweight. My skin is horrid!  No amount of make-up can cover my adult acne scars and large pores.

pic courtesy of nickjr.com

My hair is thinning…doesn’t help that my dad went bald at a young age (around mine actually, I think…mid-30s).  He only has hair on the sides of his head.  Much like “Ye Ye” on “Ni Hao Kailan” (see pic on left).  Ye Ye = Grandfather in Chinese.  When the girls first saw an episode, they started saying “Ye-Ye” looks like their “Lolo” (grandfather in Tagalog…I just learned that “Ye Ye” is for paternal grandfather, but they were referring to mine).  Anyway, it also doesn’t help that my mom’s hair is thinning out, but she’s at least 63 and not 34.

My acid reflux is making a mean come back (I was diagnosed w/Esophagitis in my early 20s).  I have heartburn and acid to the point where I feel like I’m going to throw up once I have anything that triggers it.  My heartburn is also throwing me off because now I think I’m having chest pains.  Not messing with chest pains so I finally found a doctor around here that is accepting new patients (just to recap, we moved from NJ to IL this past Fall and finding doctors/dentists is never a fun, or easy, task).  I didn’t realize you had to be “accepted” by doctors.  I had to ask if they took new patients.  Then, the Dr.’s receptionist got my info and called me back 2 days later saying, “OK, Dr. So-and-So will accept you as a new patient”.  Wow.  Seriously?  Did they have to check if my insurance would pay out enough???

In any case, knowing that my genetics, pretty much, suck, I really need to start taking care of myself better.  Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up anything just yet.  We’ll see what the results are (after I even take any of tests.  First appt isn’t until 1st week of July). I loves me some steak and I’m too stressed (with work) lately to give up me beers, mateys!  When it’s time to unwind, not going to front, I haves me a beer or 2 (or wine if I’m crazy stressed in the colder months).  Then, sometimes, that reflux kicks in…ah…can’t win.