Today, I enter the final week of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset – the Restore phase. During this phase, I’ll be eating mostly fruits and vegetables that are easily absorbed by the body for optimal nutritional value. I think grains are completely cut out of the diet. This phase comes after the detox phase, and it helps bring healthy bacteria back into your “freshly scrubbed” digestive tract by introducing pre- and probiotics to help restore the metabolism to maximum efficiency. This is accomplished through the final supplement – Revitalize. Revitalize comes in a capsule form, and its consumed three times a day.
While I am on the topic of supplements, I ran out of Mineralize yesterday. Since Mineralize is only pink Himalayan salt, I just went out to the grocery store and bought some. But, for those of you who don’t have the luxury of an organic supermarket in the neighorhood and need to send away for these things, make sure to have some extra pink salt on standby in case you run out.
This morning, I decided to try something new. My usual morning routine outside of the Reset is a 30-60 minutes workout, usually something intense, like Insanity, to help wake me up and get my blood flowing in the morning. I’ve never been a morning person, so, to me, this is essential to be minimally pleasant before noon. On the Reset, you are not permitted to workout because your body is receiving such an intense inner body workout. Plus, I don’t think you’re really consuming enough calories to really support your body during intense training. Exercises like yoga, tai chi, stretching, and brisk walking are fine, but no Insanity, unfortunately. This was one of the big adjustments for me, and I was skeptical whether I would be able to survive mornings without the jolt of adrenaline first thing in the morning. Somehow, I’ve been surviving. I’ve been doing free yoga videos that come on Xfinity On Demand. They’ve been great, but I really missed Shaun T. Today, I remembered that there are Recovery workouts that come with Insanity that I could do. It would probably be a step up intensity-wise from the yoga I’ve been doing, but I was willing to try it. Well, when I do Insanity, I normally substitute Core Cardio and Balance for the Recovery workout, because the Recovery workout is just too easy, doesn’t make me sweat, and isn’t enough to get my blood pumping in the morning. Well, this morning, it got the blood pumping, and I was even sweating. My muscles were literally shaking during some of the moves. My legs are already feeling sore from this morning. This makes me nervous about starting Focus T25 after the Reset is complete, but I’m going to jump on it anyway.
Also, this morning, I weighed myself for the second time of the Reset. I’m down 2.4 pounds since day 8. That means I’m down 4.4 pounds in only 15 days! Not bad for a 5’2” tall chick.
During the final week of the Reset, breakfast is fruit only. You’re supposed to choose low glycemic fruits, like berries, and avoid tropical fruits like bananas and pineapples. I’m skeptical of the ability of fruit to keep me satisfied until lunch, but I guess it worked today. One of my raspberries was shaped like a heart, which made this first day of the Restore phase extra special.
Day 15 Breakfast
Last night, I prepared lunch for today – an Asian “cabbage” salad, 1/4 sliced avocado, and miso soup. I put cabbage in scare quotes because I didn’t have cabbage. Unfortunately, the labels in the grocery store produce aisle weren’t accurate, and my husband picked up mustard greens instead of napa cabbage. It’s okay. We’ll make do. We had some extra Romaine lettuce, so instead of cabbage, I chopped up some Romaine and used that instead. This lunch had a lot of onions in it. The Asian salad had both raw red and green onions, and the miso soup had green onions. I had to run to back-to-back meetings in the afternoon, and was so tempted to grab some gum or a hard candy to get the taste/smell of the onions out of my mouth. Well, none of that is allowed on the Reset! I chewed on some herbal tea leaves (it was all that I had in the office), and that helped a little, but I still felt bad for all who I came in contact with this afternoon.
Day 15 Lunch
Dinner was awesome! And by “awesome,” I mean baked sweet potato awesome! Against my better judgement, I’m a huge fan of carbohydrates. I was very happy to see a baked sweet potato on the menu for dinner. I’ve actually never baked a sweet potato before. It was heaven. I’ll definitely be doing that again. The sweet potato was accompanied by garlic veggies – broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and red bell pepper sauteed with garlic, lemon, olive oil, and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. They were fine. The sweet potato stole the show.
Day 15 Dinner