Ultimate Reset – Days 18-21

Well, it’s official I am done with the Ultimate Reset!!! It was harder the second time around because I am in this new city and there was always something happening. I would say I was good 93-95% of the time. Week three led to a few slip ups, but it’s okay. I got my eating back on track and I am ready to focus on my workouts. Off to a good start too; I woke up this morning and did T25. It’s awesome! More on that tomorrow.

How did the last four days of the reset go? Pretty well. These were four of the hardest days because I knew it was the end, and because I was hungry all the time. I also worked from home two days last week, and both days I had afternoon slip ups. It’s okay. Again, you can’t be perfect 100% of the time.

So, how am I feeling? AMAZING! I have a ton of energy. I was super busy this weekend running errands, getting organized (wait until you see my closet), and having a little fun too (go karts on Saturday & brunch on Sunday; no I didn’t eat). I do feel lighter (I probably lost around 5 pounds doing the reset), and sleep amazing at night. I’m looking forward to keeping this clean eating trend moving forward.

Do I notice any physical changes? I know I said I could see changes, but then as week three was coming to a close I no longer saw any changes. Thankfully before I started the reset I took pictures. I took them this morning and noticed changes. This is exactly why Beachbody encourages you to take pictures. Sometimes we have this mental block; we’re feeling and thinking one way, and seeing another way. The fact is I was feeling great, but I started to doubt and not see any changes to my body. I’m happy to report there are changes. Even though they were small, there were still changes. The point of me doing this reset was to get back on track. I know changes to my body will continue as I start working out again.

What am I eating? I had a lot of good food the last four days of the reset. I ended up substituting a few things on the last day for my favorite meals I love on the reset.

Thursday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and tea. Lunch – Microgreen salad with a sweet potato. Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Delicata squash and green beans.

UR Day 18

Friday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Mircogreen salad with pumpkin seeds and Hearty miso soup (LOVE THIS SOUP). Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Roasted beets, tempeh and coconut collard greens.

UR Day 19

Saturday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Jicama and avocada salad. Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Stir fry veggies and kale chips.

UR Day 20

Sunday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Microgreen salad and Asian cabbage salad (another FAVORITE of mine). Dinner – Asian cabbage salad and coconut collard greens.

UR Day 21

I planned my meals for the week (90% clean eating), and have my workouts ready to go. Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on my weekend fun and my new workout! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Monday!

Ultimate Reset – Days 16 & 17

Yesterday was a busy day “at the office”. I ended up working from home so that I could get work done. I needed to be able to focus, and sometimes there are distractions in the office.

Before my work day started I went over to the boy’s place and surprised him with breakfast (a donut and breakfast sandwich) and a peppermint mocha. He was getting ready to head out of town for work so I wanted to make sure he had a proper breakfast before hitting the road. He was surprised and very grateful. Happy Birthday!

Birthday Boy

Moving on 🙂

So, how am I feeling? Great actually! I got a decent amount of sleep the last few days, which has definitely helped my mood. My back is feeling good too. I’m a little concerned about starting T25, but I know I can modify if my back starts to hurt. These next few days I am going to work on stretching. I know it is important to do regularly, and will be extra important as I get back into my workout routine. Life is good right now and I’m very grateful for what I have.

Do I notice any physical changes? Yes! This morning I noticed my stomach was a little flatter and had some definition. I need to work on my love handles, but I know they will be taken care of when I start working out again. I’m not stressing about it, because I’m still beautiful with them. I known mentally I would just be happier and feel more comfortable in my skin if I worked them out.

What am I eating?

Tuesday: Breakfast – Fruit Bowl. Lunch – Microgreen Salad with pumpkin seeds. Snack – apple and blueberries. Dinner – Roasted Delicata Squash and green beans with lemon. I hadn’t had delicata squash before and I must say, it’s DELICIOUS!

UR Day 16

Wednesday: Breakfast – Fruit Bowl. Lunch – 3 cup of salad with a few cucumbers and tomatoes. The menu called for Moroccan Carrot salad, but after two I couldn’t eat it so I made Coconut Kabocha Squash soup. Much better choice. Snack – apple and blueberries. Dinner – Curried Cauliflower (so simple and so good!) and Kale Chips.

UR Day 17

I’m getting excited for the reset to come to an end so that I can create my own clean eating weekly meals. I was super successful with this in January, so I’m looking forward to do it again starting next week.

Question: Do you plan your meals for the week? If so, what does a week look like?

Ultimate Reset – Day 15

Day 15 was a good day. I wasn’t very productive at work, which is actually becoming a pattern on Monday’s. This is not a good thing and something I need to work on moving away from. Yesterday we had a full house, meaning everyone who works in the office was in the office. This lead to lots of conversations not related to work. This isn’t a bad thing in the sense of getting along with your co-workers is a good thing, but it lead to less productivity. I have some pretty big deadlines coming up, so I am going to need to take some time away from the office so I can get my work done. Normally in this situations, I would go set up shop at a coffee shop, but since I can’t have coffee or a sweet treat it is best I stay away.

So, how am I feeling? Yesterday I felt pretty good. I wasn’t extremely focused on work, and I was a little tired because I didn’t go to bed until almost midnight. I really wish I could get myself in bed early. I need to just do it and stop talking about it. Maybe tonight I’ll be in bed by 10 p.m. (Monday night I didn’t go to bed until 11 p.m.). I am feeling lighter and overall happier.

I did put myself in a vulnerable position last night after dinner, but I’m happy to say I didn’t give in to temptation. Last night a small group of us went out to celebrate the boy’s birthday (yes again! One birthday celebration isn’t enough). Look how happy he is with his dessert (which he said wasn’t all that great).

Birthday boy pictures

So what was the temptation? Half the people at the table had fries. It took everything in me not to snatch one. I was able to talk myself out of doing so because 1. I wasn’t hungry 2. it would be going against the reset and 3. I’m not sure that there wasn’t cross-contact with gluten. I wasn’t about to get double the stomachache!

Tonight-Thursday I’m putting myself in seclusion so I can get things done. This will be good because there won’t be any temptation, and I can force myself to go to bed early!

Do I notice any physical changes? Still feeling like I’m slimming down. I did step on the scale this morning and I’m sure I’ve lost weight. I semi-know where I was when I started, and now I know where I am. I would say I’ve probably lost any where between 5 and 7 pounds. Again, I welcome the weight loss, but for me it was about feeling better about myself, getting back on track, and recreating healthy habits. I’m on my way!

What am I eating? Day 15 was a good day of food, although I was a little hungry during the day. Breakfast – Fruit Salad. Lunch – 1/4 an Avocado, Asian Cabbage Salad (which I LOVE), and Miso Soup. Dinner – Sweet Potato and Garlic Veggies. (Important to note: both weeks 2 and 3 of the reset I have been enjoying an apple and blue berries for a snack in the afternoon. This is one of the approved snacks for these two weeks and it keeps me full until dinner.)

How yummy does this food look? So much color!!! 🙂

UR Day 15

I think I’m going to try and make the Asian Cabbage Salad again this week because it was so good! This week I am going to plan for next week and the week after (in two weeks I’ll be home so I am really going to need to plan). Failing to plan is planning to fail. I’m planning on ending this year on a high note!

Question: Do you plan? If so, what do you plan?

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?