Ultimate Reset – Days 12-14

Well it’s official I have entered my last week of the Ultimate Reset and I’m excited! I’m also a little disappointed in myself because of some slips that I had this past weekend – I had a quarter size bite of Franklin’s BBQ (which is the best in the city and I had never had it before), and I had some frosting and quinoa last night after I got home. I’m disappointed because I thought I was stronger & could resist temptation better. I decided to reflect on my slips to try and determine how and why they happened. I came to the conclusion that I set myself up.

The first time I did the reset I kept to myself. I woke up, went to work, came home, prepped food and went to bed at a reasonable hour. On weekends I found mini projects around the house to do, and made lists of errands I needed to run. This time around I’m in a new city still trying to make my way and my group of friends. It’s important to me not to seclude myself and miss out on anything. However, this has meant being surrounded by lots of food (alcohol too, but that’s not tempting at all) and lots of temptation.

What it has taught me is that I need to work on self control. Just because there is food there, doesn’t mean I need to eat it. Not all foods and created equal and I feel better when I eat clean. That doesn’t mean that I can’t indulge. I like to follow the 80/20 rule; clean eating 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time. That 20% of the time is my weakness. It shouldn’t mean I should eat so much I’m going to burst, rather be mindful of what I’m eating and how much. This is something I’m going to work on the rest of the year. Enjoy, but be reasonable!

So, that’s how I’m feeling. Disappointed in myself, but hopeful! I’m treating today as a new day, and this week as its own week! I’m going to make the most of this last week of the Ultimate Reset. I’m going to go to bed at a reasonable hour; I’m going to eat what is planned; I’m going to put myself in good situations; And I’m going to keep busy this coming weekend (I have so much to do so I might as well get it done now!).

Do I notice any physical changes? I do feel like I’m slimming down, but I’m not positive. I decided to hold off on the photos because I want to see the big difference between day 4/5 and the first day off the reset. I’m hoping I’m as successful as last time.

What am I eating?

Friday: Breakfast – Fruit salad. Lunch – Hearty Miso Soup and Microgreen Salad. Dinner: Quinoa, coconut collard greens and roasted beets. UR Day 12

Saturday: Breakfast – cheakpea mash with sauteed spinach and Nori. Lunch – Microgreen salad and roasted beets. Dinner: Steamed broccoli and kabocha squash (I had never had this squash this before, and hunted it down. It was a little expensive, but SO yummy!).UR Day 13

Sunday: Breakfast – fruit salad. Lunch – Mircogreen salad and coconut kabocha squash soup. Dinner – Kale chips and edamame and corn succotash.UR Day 14

It was a good weekend of food! I’m really excited for the meals this week; there are some different ones than the last time I did the reset. I decided to opt out of doing the roasted fennel this time, but I did not like it last time. Instead I’m going to do two nights of delicata squash (another type of squash I’ve never had, but am looking forward to trying it).

A quick recap of the weekend: Friday night we went out for the boy’s pre-birthday celebration. We went to Banger’s and then a bar on Rainy Street. I made him cupcakes (hence the icing being in the house) and bought him a hat and sunglasses, which he did wear all night.

Birthday fun

On Saturday I slept in, went to the grocery store and prepped food. That day I had a fun package delivered in the mail (I didn’t actually pick up my mail until Sunday).

T25

I couldn’t be MORE excited to start this program in a week! I’m equally as excited about the free t-shirt I’m going to earn that says, “Nailed it!” I love these t-shirts because it shows that I completed the program. Every program that I have done I have gotten results, which is another reason I love Beachbody programs. In an upcoming post I’ll share my thoughts and opinions about the programs that I have done.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Ultimate Reset – Days 10 & 11

I’m more than half-way done with the reset and I couldn’t be more proud. It has been quite the week and a half! I’m so thankful for my meals having been laid out and the grocery lists written out for me. It has made my life a whole lot easier and left no question about what I’m going to eat. Trying to think ahead now and what I can do to keep up with my clean eating, meal plans, grocery lists, etc.

So, how am I feeling? Great! I’m sleeping so well at night and having funny dreams. I haven’t gone to bed early at all, which isn’t good, but hoping to catch up on a little sleep this weekend. I have a ton of energy and am always finding things to do because I can’t sit still. In fact, due to the amount of energy I have I start one thing and then think about something else and start working on that to-do. Maybe I’ll have a completely spotless apartment this weekend and get all my work done. Fingers crossed!

Do I notice any physical changes? Nothing drastic, but I have started to see little changes here and there. I plan on taking pictures on Sunday and comparing them to the ones I took on Day 5. Hoping to see some changes. If not that is okay too. This is more about feeling better, getting things working properly and jump starting my workout routine.

What am I eating?

Day 10: Breakfast – a bowl of fruit Lunch – Greek salad and roasted red pepper & sweet potato bisque Snack – blueberries and an apple Dinner – Quinoa & lentil salad with steamed broccoli
UR Day 10

Day 11: Breakfast – bowl of fruit Lunch – Cucumber and tomato salad with Quinoa & Lentil salad Snack – apples and blueberries Dinner – Swiss chard with Hearty Miso Soup with Quinoa

UR Day 11

I found these yesterday and feel that they are a must have for the next girls night I have with my MD girls

Margarita glasses

Last night I went to the Ben Rector concert. Seriously, if you haven’t heard his music before look him up. He’s AWESOME! The concert was fantastic.

Ben Rector

Getting ready for a fun filled weekend!

Question: What fun plans do you have for the weekend?

Ultimate Reset – Day 9

Better late than never! It’s been a busy day in the office. I’m going to make this short and sweet so I can get back to my list of to-do’s.

So, how am I feeling? Today I’m a little tired. I get these little bursts of energy, but overall I’m a little sluggish. I’m guess it’s because I have been going to bed late the last three nights and it’s finally catching up to me. I’m vowing to be in bed by 10 p.m. tonight.

Do I notice any physical changes? Nothing new. I’ve considered taking pictures at the end of week two to see if there is a difference between day 4 and day 14. I’ll let you know!

What am I eating? Yesterday I started out with a very small breakfast – chickpea mash with Nori Gomasio (sesame seeds, Himalayan salt and nori seaweed). UR Day 9 Breakfast

For lunch I had a Microgreen salad with creamy garlic dressing and rice & pinto beans (just half the portion from the night before).

UR Day 9 Lunch

For dinner I enjoyed roasted red pepper and sweet potato bisque with asparagus with almonds. It was AMAZING! I love this soup, and it was perfect after a long day.

UR Day 9 Dinner

Hope y’all are having an amazing Wednesday! I have a busy last afternoon/evening ahead of me 🙂

Ultimate Reset – Day 8

This is going to be a trying week of the reset. Before each meal you have to take supplements, and one of them this week you have to drink; it’s called detox. It’s awful! When I did the reset in January it not only tasted terrible, but the texture wasn’t good either. This go around it doesn’t taste as awful (it’s still bad), but the texture is REALLY bad. I’m huge on texture when it comes to my food and can’t eat certain things because of the texture. The last two mornings I’ve drank it, I’ve gagged multiple times. I WILL get through the next 5.5 days one way or another!

A note about the detox: I know I’ve used the words “reset,” “cleanse,” and “detox.” The nice thing about this reset is that not only are you NOT starving yourself, but you are NOT running to the bathroom. The detox that you drink is NOT a laxative. This is a soft cleanse/reset of your insides. You are using the bathroom because you’re drinking a ton of water, but you’re not rushing for other reasons. Catch my drift? 😉

So, how am I feeling? Great! I slept so well last night, and woke up feeling refreshed. During the day I have a ton of energy and am really focused. What I’m really hoping to start this week is stretching in the morning’s and evening’s. I know that it’s super important, and would be really beneficial right now. Also, even though I’m sick my body isn’t achy, which normally it is when I’m sick.

Do I notice any physical changes? I do! As I said yesterday, I’m noticing changes in my waistline and stomach. My nails feel stronger and I’m having some pretty great hair days. Also, I’m not breaking out on my chin like I normally do. My face is pretty clear, which is really nice!

What am I eating? Yesterday for breakfast I had a big bowl of fruit. It was so fresh and full of flavor. After the bowl that I ate, I thought I would still be hungry, but I managed to make it to lunch without feeling hungry.

Breakfast UR Day 8

For lunch I had a Microgreen salad with 1/4 avocado, pumpkin seeds, and creamy garlic dressing. Snack this week is blueberries and an apple. Might change it up next week, might stick with the same thing. For dinner I enjoyed green beans, zucchini and rice & pinto beans. As simple as the pinto beans and rice are there is so much flavor they’re actually quite amazing! I put my dinner on a salad plate, which is suggested by many nutritionist and doctors. When you put food on a salad plate it makes you feel like I have a lot more food than maybe you really do. You’re then tricking your brain into eating less food, but thinking you’re eating so much if the plate is reasonably full. I was full after last nights dinner, honestly. The boy laughed when he saw what I was eating and asked if that was all I was having for dinner; I assured him it was and that I would be just fine.  🙂

Lunch and Dinner UR Day 8

Day 8 complete! Only 13 more days to go… which means only 13 more days until a red cup! Someone posted this on Instagram yesterday and I got so excited!

Starbucks drinks are back

I love the holidays and how it turns most (not all) people into nicer people.

In preparation for what comes next after the reset, T25! I purchased it yesterday and am already mapping out my workout for the morning of November 18. T25 is an amazing program. It’s 25 minutes, 5 days/week, Insanity type workout. You move for the full 25 minutes and then you get a break. The awesome thing is you’re DONE in 25 minutes. That’s all you need. Perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time to workout, but want to, and perfect for people who travel. Check it out here.

Question: How often do you stretch?

Ultimate Reset – Days 5-7

I am happy to report I survived week 1 of the Ultimate Reset! It wasn’t too bad, or hard. I absolutely love the food that I’ve been eating. It’s fresh and full of flavor. There were challenges throughout the week, but I am happy to report I didn’t give in to temptation. I really love this reset, and love how it makes me feel (physically, mentally, internally, etc.)!

So, how am I feeling? AMAZING! I have a ton of energy and have been getting so much done at work and at home. I have been sleeping very well, but that could also have something to do with the sinus infection I contracted from co-workers. Oddly enough I don’t feel sick; I sound worse than I feel. Hoping that as my insides are rebooting, that my immune system will as well.

Do I notice any physical changes? Actually, yes. I didn’t think that I would this early on, but I’m pretty sure I’ve started to lose some of my stomach. I finally took pictures last week so I’ll be interested in seeing what I look like after the three weeks. I didn’t weigh or measure this time around because for me it’s not about losing the weight. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very much welcomed, but I’m all about jump starting my regular workout routine and clean eating.

What am I eating? Here’s a quick run down since I have 3 days to fill you in on:

Friday: Berries with yogurt and maple syrup | Veggies with hummus and quinoa salad | Miso Soup and Stir-fried veggies with brown rice

Day 5 UR Meals

Saturday: Tempeh with avocado and spinach | Quinoa salad and Microgreen salad | Roasted root veggies and Cashew & zucchini soup

Day 6 UR Meals

Side note: On Saturday morning the boy and I participated in a “Wild Goose Chase” Scavenger Hunt. It was a really great time! I was worried about being extra hungry after running around and not eating when I needed to during the day. Good news was I wasn’t hungry, in fact I didn’t finish my salad because I was stuffed (thank you sinus infection). Also, I prepared my food ahead of time and brought it with me and ate it after the scavenger hunt. You got bonus points if you dressed up so we were Quailman and Patti Mayonnaise

OurCostumesGooseHunt

We didn’t win, but we came in 7th overall (there were more than 60 teams) and found a golden egg.

GoldenEggGooseHunt

You were told if you hit a “detour” along the way to take a sad selfie… we hit one 🙂

SadselfieGooseHunt

Sunday: Oatmeal with pear and flax seed | Cashew & zucchini soup with Microgreen Salad

Day 7 UR Meals Part 1

For dinner I had tempeh with rice and broccoli while the boy had meatloaf stack, which I made.

Day 7 UR Meals Part 2 Dinner

I would say I was jealous, but I kinda enjoyed my dinner. Sure I would have enjoyed meatloaf stack, but I wasn’t feeling it. I could have gone for a grilled cheese and tomato soup, but I didn’t give in even though it was readily available.

Here’s to week 2!

Question: What are some of your favorite foods?

 

Freaky Friday – Ultimate Reset Day 4

It’s freaky Friday – 2 posts for the price of one 🙂

Before I get started I have to say HAPPY NOVEMBER 1st. Also, a very HAPPY wedding month to my sister!!! I’m sure she’s freaking out, but I’m so excited for her and the journey she will be taking in 30 days.

Now back to business. I’m SO glad it’s Friday. TGIF FOR REAL! Very much looking forward the weekend and an extra hour of sleep on Sunday. Granted I wish it would stay lighter our later, but I guess we’ll just have to wait a few months. Oh well. TGIF!

So, how am I feeling? Day 4 of the Ultimate Reset went very well. I didn’t get a headache, which means A) I drank plenty of water and B) my body is now used to he process. Still a little tired in the am, but I am very focused during the day. I MUST go to bed earlier. My throat is doing alright. Doesn’t hurt like it did on Wednesday, so that is a plus.

Do I notice any physical changes? No, but I know they will come. I’m not stressing about it. I took pictures this morning and will compare them at the end of the 21-days. I didn’t get on the scale this time, because for me it’s not about how much I weigh. It’s more important that I feel comfortable in my skin, take care of my “problem areas”, and get back on track with my healthy lifestyle. One day at a time.

What am I eating? Breakfast consisted of more fruit, this time with Greek yogurt and a little maple syrup. I was trying to do the vegan option, but I couldn’t find coconut meat. I found a coconut, but I could get the thing opened. I found a video on youtube and it was wrong. No luck with the coconut. Booo! Lunch was sushi rolls and lentil-lime salad. Good lunch! I could eat lentil-lime salad several times a week. Dinner was yummy! Veggie stir-fry over quinoa and a cucumber salad. It was good. The veggie stir-fry is super easy to make; definitely stable everyone should be able to make. I had a hard time falling asleep and actually went to bed hungry. Not great, but I resisted temptation.

Day 4 UR

This weekend I’m relaxing, catching up on some to-do’s and errands, and doing a scavenger hunt with the boy (here’s hoping we do well; I’m nervous). I might do some posts over the weekend to update what’s happening with the reset, but I might wait to do it on Monday. We’ll see how I’m feeling. 🙂

Question: What are your plans for the weekend?

Ultimate Reset – Day 3

I was determined on Wednesday that I wasn’t going to get a headache. I was going to drink plenty of water and get in my snack in the afternoon. Well…. I’m 1-1. I got a headache, but got my snack in the afternoon at a reasonable time. I guess I’ll just have to up my water even more on Day 4.

So how am I feeling? In general pretty good. Still tired. Not going to bed early enough. I feel like I have a little bit of insomnia. Hopefully that will go away. Also, my throat started hurting today. Several of my co-workers are sick, and I traveled with 2 of them last week. I’m hoping this sore throat passes. I don’t like being sick, plus I don’t want it to mess up the reset.

Do I notice any physical changes? Not yet. I keep meaning to take pictures so I can compare before and after. I did this the last time I did the reset and actually saw a huge difference. Remind me to take those pictures. I may or may not share them, I’ll have to decide if I can muster up the courage.

What am I eating? Today I had pretty good food. Breakfast was a fruit salad with roasted pumpkin seeds and raw coconut. Lunch was a Microgreen salad and lentil-lime salad (LOVE this salad). Snack was an apple and almonds; it’s a really easy go-to snack and keeps me full until dinner. Dinner, where do I start? There was SO much food. I barely finished the Japanese cucumber salad and miso soup. I also had to make a sushi roll, which didn’t turn out as well as when I did it in January. I’ve lost my sushi roll touch! To top the night off I drank the nighttime theraflu.

UR Day 3

Ready for day 4 with NO headache!