And thus begins week 2!
I weighed myself this morning. I lost 2 pounds during the first week of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. While 2 lbs. may not seem like much, I am celebrating this for a couple of reasons. First, the healthy recommended safe weight loss per week is 2 lbs., so that puts me right where I should be. Second, I am only 5 foot 2 inches. I’m short. If I can lose 2 lbs. per week on the Reset, that’s 6 lbs. total, and I would be happy to take that. Third, the Reset, to me at least, is not all about losing weight. While losing weight is certainly a side effect of living a healthy life, my main focus is to feel better – better mood, increased energy, more productive sleep – and I am beginning to experience those benefits. Finally, losing those 2 lbs. finally brought me into a “normal” BMI (24.8!). I had technically been considered to be “overweight.” Now, I know, the BMI is criticized a lot for not taking many factors into account (including muscle mass), and that outside of the BMI number, I am a very healthy and active person. Nevertheless, it really means a lot to me that I was able to break past a weight loss plateau and finally get to a healthy and normal BMI. I haven’t been there in years.
Week 2 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset introduces a new supplement into the day – Detox. Detox, similar to alkalinize, is a powder that you mix into water. You drink it three times a day – before breakfast, before lunch, and before dinner. A lot of people find the taste repulsive, but I actually didn’t mind it at all. It tastes kind of like lemons, though the texture is a little strange (it is grainy). The detox powder has got a number of ingredients, like chia seed, milk thistle, a camu-camu, that helps remove toxins and waste in the colon. In the Reset instructional video, it is described as a gentle colon cleanse that won’t leave you parked by the bathroom. TMI maybe? Well, get over it. You’re reading a blog about a detox program – what did you expect?! While one obvious way to get rid of toxic waste is via the digestive tract, one other way that people experience detox is through our largest organ, the skin, so I am really hoping not to experience breakouts during this week.
In week 2, you completely cut out animal proteins, including dairy. This isn’t really a drastic change from week 1 if you followed the scheduled meals in the guidebook. Unless you doubled up on certain recipes, you only have chicken and salmon once in week 1. You do have yogurt several times for breakfast. I feel like I’ve been transitioning gradually to this point, and it shouldn’t be too much of a shock.
Breakfast for day 8 was a fresh fruit plate. One of many fruit plates in store for me in the next 2 weeks (week 3’s breakfasts entirely comprise fruit). Though I considered my diet pretty healthy before the Reset, I was definitely guilty of not incorporating enough fruit into my diet. So, the Reset is really helping me get into the habit of eating more fruit.
Day 8 Breakfast
Lunch was my old friend, the microgreen salad, but with avocado added to it.
Day 8 Lunch
Finally, dinner included pinto beans and brown rice, steamed zucchini, and string beans with lemon and olive oil. It was a lot of food. Pretty good, though nothing miraculous. Though I definitely enjoyed how quick and easy this one was to make (relative to other dinners at least).
Day 9 Dinner
First day of the “Release” phase – Done!