I completed the Beachbody Ultimate Reset 17 days ago. Today’s post is to provide an update on how my life is progressing post-Reset.
My weight has been pretty constant since the Reset ended. I’ve been gaining and losing 1 pound. I’ve lost a little bit of fat, and gained a little bit of muscle. So, on average, I’m around where I ended on the last day of the Reset, which is great!
One of the things that I missed during the Reset was my morning workout routine. During the Reset, you are not supposed to workout at all, with the exception of some light exercise like walking, yoga, and tai chi. Before the Reset, I did a variety of high-intensity exercise programs, like Insanity. During the Reset, I did yoga and Insanity recovery workouts – nothing too intense.
When the Reset ends, there is a transition plan that you are supposed to follow. As part of this transition plan, you are supposed to only workout to 50% of your maximum ability for the first week following the Reset, then give it 100% thereafter. After the Reset, I started doing some Jillian Michaels workouts that were pretty easy to me before the Reset (the 30 Day Shred workouts). These workouts were shockingly more difficult that I remembered, and I even got sore from them! I was definitely out of the groove after not working out for 21 days.
I started Focus T25 the 6th day after the Reset ended. These workouts also had not been all too hard for me before the Reset, but they were really challenging for me after the Reset. This was a good thing! Though, it was definitely frustrating to see how unacclimated my body had become to working out. I took is slow, definitely giving more than 50%, but not quite 100%, and in time, began pushing myself harder and harder.
I’ll be starting week three of Focus T25 on Monday, and I feel like I’m back into the groove now. I’m “nailing” those workouts, and it feels great!
Food and Drink
I’ve been following the transition plan post-Reset. I described this in my last blog post. Basically, it’s doing the Reset in reverse minus the supplements (though I did order the Maintenance Kit, which includes Optimize and Alkalinize, which I have been taking). When you complete the Reset, you had been eating only fruits and vegetables for a week. The first week after the Reset, I slowly started reintroducing grains and legumes into my diet. I stopped following the Reset Guidebook. Instead, I started having a Vegan Chocolate Shakeology for breakfast every morning. For lunch, I built a salad from my office cafeteria’s salad bar (full of good things like raw spinach, carrots, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, green peppers, onions, oil and vinegar). For dinner, I would make us a recipe from the Ultimate Reset book, or we would go out and order something that conforms to our diets. Le Pain Quotidien was actually pretty wonderful for this.
The second week, we started to add tempeh and sprouted grain breads into our diets. We also started to increase the amount of grains and beans that we consumed. Sprouted grain breads are essentially Ezekiel breads. These breads use only sprouted organic live grains, unlike the bread that we normally have, which are, I guess, dead. Ezediel bread is pretty good! I started making a sandwich of Ezekiel bread, guacamole, smokey tempeh, cucumbers, spinach, sprouts, onions, tomatoes, and red pepper. It’s pretty awesome.
I really loved tempeh during the Reset, so I was very happy to finally have it back!
Now, I’m 3 weeks after the Reset. According to the transition plan, you can now begin reintroducing non-Vegan Shakeology (Yes! Greenberry, I have missed you!) and some animal proteins, like eggs and yogurt. When I had my first hard-boiled egg, I had been completed VEGAN (not just vegetarian) for a full month. Next week, is when all of the fun is supposed to begin – sugar, soda, coffee, alcohol, chicken, and fish.
Well… halfway through week three post-Reset, it’s my husband’s birthday. So, we’re going to start all of that week four stuff a couple of days earlier, and I have no problem with that. We’ve been really good for over a month. I know that not everyone who does the Reset really follows the transition plan afterward, so I think I’m ahead of the game right now.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to (what was) the first certified-organic restaurant in the country and had dinner to celebrate his birthday. This seemed very much in the spirit of the Reset. We had fish, wine, and refined sugar a couple of days early. We had an avocado-crab appetizer, which was amazing. I had scallops and vegetable risotto for dinner, and my husband had halibut and vegetables for dinner. We split a small chocolate cake and a bottle of wine. Let me just say that alcohol really hit me. Normally, my husband and I could drink a bottle of wine easily, no problem. I was feeling the alcohol effects after the first glass! That’s crazy!
Today, on his actually birthday, we had a very nice brunch. I ate completely vegetarian – an appetizer of various dips (parsley, beets, and tzatziki); a carrot-ginger soup; eggs with mushrooms, a salad, and potatoes; and split a slice of walnut cake with my husband for his birthday. Everything was amazing. I also had a couple of wonderful cocktails – one make of vodka, Greek yogurt, honey, lemon, and rosemary.
Alcohol Epiphany: I’ve changed my general attitude toward alcohol as a result of the Reset. This is important. Being sober for 30+ days sucked, but it was helpful in that it made me realize that alcohol is an accessory, it’s not an entree. I’ve come to the conclusion that if I am going to waste calories on alcohol, that alcohol had better be AMAZING. I’m talking fancy hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer, and fine wine. I’m not sure I’m going to drink crappy alcohol (e.g., PBR) with the sole intention of getting drunk anymore. If I’m going to drink, it better be something decent.
Meat Epiphany: I’m thinking the same way about meat as well. While I was never much of a fast-food (e.g., McDonald’s) type of person pre-Reset, it demonstrates my point. If I’m going to eat meat, I don’t think it’s going to be a McDonald’s hamburger; it’s going to be grass-fed filet mignon or kobe beef. I’m not interested in putting garbage into my body.
Reactions: As you start to reintroduce new foods, you are supposed to listen to your body to ensure that you’re not experiencing any bloating, gas, skin, or sinus problems, which could indicate a sensitivity or allergy to the newly introduced food. Until recently, I haven’t really experienced anything like that. I’ve been having some minor digestive discomfort over these birthday celebrations, which could really be attributable to anything, so after this weekend, I will be sure to get back into the clean-eating groove. It’s good to note that, this morning, after drinking wine, I did not feel wrecked. I was really worried about how alcohol would affect me. So far, so good.
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