Everything that I’ve been hearing and reading about the Beachbody Ultimate Reset says that days 3 through 5 are the most challenging. Beachbody recommends starting the Reset on a Wednesday specifically so that you can avoid these difficult days falling on work days (Monday through Friday for most folks).
I am almost done with day 5 and have not really felt particularly challenged yet. I went into the Reset knowing that I would be saying no to drugs and alcohol for 21 days (drugs = caffeine. Why, what were you thinking?!). Resisting caffeine and alcohol is more of a psychological shift than a physiological pain for me. Despite the fact that I would drink at least one cup of coffee during work days and pump up on Redbull on the weekends, I haven’t really experienced any caffeine withdrawal. While I would like to be drinking alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights (especially outside on nice days like we’ve had in DC this weekend), I can resist it. I think that days 3 through 5 might be really hard for people who are coming into the Reset with real addictions to things like caffeine and sugar, and for people who are making drastic dietary changes. Pre-Reset, I normally ate things like quinoa and seaweed (think: sushi, miso soup), and stayed away from sugar and fast food. So, I’m lucky in that this isn’t that hard (so far!). The hardest part for me has really been the planning.
Day 5 breakfast was supposed to include farina with walnuts, apples, and maple syrup. Now, when I went grocery shopping according to the grocery list the Beachbody compiled for week 1, “rice cereal” was on the list but “farina” was not. As a result, I ended up buying a hot brown rice grits-type cereal, not actual farina. I doubt it’s a big deal. Also, instead of maple syrup, I used raw agave nectar because I opted not to spend the money on maple syrup that it didn’t seem like we really used that much throughout the program. It turns out maple syrup is used a lot more than agave nectar, so I am kind of regretting that choice. But, boy, is agave nectar delicious! Can’t say I mind much.
Day 5 Breakfast
Lunch included a quinoa salad and hummus and raw veggies. I love hummus, so I was very happy to see that the recipe called for a whopping 1/2 cup of hummus! I was a pretty happy girl for lunch.
Day 5 Lunch
The Reset recipes are slowly taking out animal proteins. In retrospect, I don’t think that I had any today (unless there was something in the hummus). It’s really amazing how veggies can fill you up until dinner time, which I will be having soon.
Today was another beautiful day in the District, so my husband and I went out for a couple of nice long walks. You are not permitted to do strenuous workouts during the Reset – only walking, yoga, tai chi, or stretching. Since I am used to doing high-intensity cardio workouts (Insanity is one of my favorites) in mornings before heading into the office, this is a big change for me. On day 1, I tried the Tai Cheng sample workout that comes with the Reset DVDs. Tai Cheng is basically a low-impact Tai Chi program developed by Dr. Mark Cheng. While I could see the value of the workout, it was really putting me to sleep first thing in the morning, and I preferred the 20-minute yoga workout that I did the following day. The sun salutations really helped wake me up a little bit in the morning, and since I perpetually drag early in the day, that’s essential for me in a morning exercise routine. Did I sweat? No. Did my heart rate go up? No, not really. I can’t wait to go back to my normal exercise routines after the Reset. My goal is to begin with Focus T25, then do Insanity, and then Insanity the Asylum. I already own and have completed each of these, but I feel like I will really get the most benefit out of them doing them in sequence again after the Reset. I’d say the next 5 months are pretty well planned. Can’t wait!
The final meal of today is miso soup (my husband’s specialty!), stir-fried veggies, brown rice, and nori gomasio. I made an extra batch of stir-fried veggies last night, have a big batch of brown rice in the fridge, and a bunch of nori gomasio, so my evening looks pretty easy! I’m going to go start prepping for tomorrow now. No rest in the Reset.