Update + 3-Day Refresh

Long time, no write.  I’m resurrecting the Healthraiser blog!  Have you been wondering whether the results of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset are sustainable?   Do you gain back all of the weight immediately?  Do you have to forever banish alcohol, sugar, and fat from your diet?  Do you become a crazy vegan hippie after the Reset ends?  What comes next for Distilled Jill in her health and fitness journey?  This entry will answer those questions.

First off, I’m proud to say that 4 months after the Reset has ended, I have not only sustained the 8 pounds of weight loss from the Reset, but I’ve even lost about 5 more pounds.  How?  Continuing to eat healthy, incorporating some lessons that I’ve learned from the Reset into my daily routine in a way that achieves balance without depriving myself, and focusing on fitness.

Post-Reset Diet Changes

I’m a city girl.  I love going out, trying new restaurants, bars, and festivals.  My life post-Reset has made me realize that I can actually still be a foodie as long as I do so in moderation, while balancing other important aspects of health and fitness.

The Reset really made me realize how much animal protein I was consuming.  Honestly, I think the amount of animal protein that I was consuming was really holding me back in reaching my health and fitness goals.  Since the Reset ended, I’ve decided to eat a vegan diet Mondays through Thursdays, with “anything goes” on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  While “anything goes” generally means that I allow myself to eat red meat and dairy, I find that I don’t have that much even though I do not purposely deprive myself.  I might have red meat once or twice a month now.  I’m eating far less cheese.  I think I might have had yogurt once or twice in the past 4 months.  As a matter of fact, I find the smell of some dairy (e.g., yogurt, cheese) occasionally making me feel nauseous.  When I do have a high-indulgence “anything goes” weekend, I’ve noticed sinus problems and bloating that always goes away during the vegan weekdays.  I generally gain 3-4 pounds on weekends, but I generally lose 4-5 pounds during the week with a healthy diet and exercise.

I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, even before the Reset.  So, my diet with regard to desserts hasn’t really changed.  I’ll have refined sugar on occasion – normally for a special event.

I try only to drink alcohol on weekends now.  This has been working pretty well for me.  While I have been in social situations with alcohol during the week (e.g., happy hours), I try to either limit myself to one drink or not drink at all.  The Reset made me realize just how easy it is to refuse alcohol in a social situation.  I’ve realized that if I’m going to drink, I don’t want to waste the calories on bad alcohol.  I’d rather have a very nice craft cocktail, beer, or wine.  I also don’t want to waste those calories on just one drink that doesn’t really hit me.  If I’m going to drink, I’d rather have several drinks on the weekend where I can enjoy a good buzz.  Anything else just seems like a waste of time and calories.

I feel like I recover a lot faster from alcohol than I used to.  I think that my organs are probably functioning at a much more optimized level than they did pre-Reset.  A night of drinking generally isn’t taking me out of commission the following day.

Fitness

You cannot do any intense workouts during the Reset.  Since I generally do a hard workout each morning, like Insanity, 21 days of not working out was difficult for me.  Since the Reset ended, I have completed the Focus T25 program.  I got my free t-shirt!

T25 shirt

I honestly did not lose much weight doing this program (maybe 3-4 pounds), but that’s not really my goal anymore.  The Reset really helped me break through a weight loss plateau, I am finally at a “healthy” BMI, and I’d like to maintain that while building muscle and becoming leaner.  That might mean that I gain weight in my fitness journey, and I’m fine with that.  Currently, I’m doing Insanity.  I’m in the middle of month 2, but plan to take a break for the…

3-Day Refresh!

Beachbody recently announced a new product called the 3-Day Refresh!  This product is very exciting because it is essentially a mini Ultimate Reset!  The 3DR consists of 3 daily shakes (including Shakeology and a new shake called Vanilla Fresh), a fiber drink (called Fiber Sweep), plenty of filtered (not distilled) water, plus a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats throughout the day to keep your energy and metabolism going.  Unlike juice cleanses that are high in sugar and low in protein, the 3DR’s shakes provide plenty of protein and fiber to help ward of hunger pains and irritability.

The format is basically this:

1.  Wake Up: Drink 8-12 ounces of filtered water to jumpstart your system.

2.  Breakfast (within 1 hour of waking): Shakeology plus a fruit option.

3.  Mid-Morning Fiber Sweep (digestive health drink).

4.  Lunch:  Vanilla Fresh (high-protein, hunger-satisfying shake) plus options from the fruit, vegetable, and healthy fats list.

5.  Afternoon Snack: From the fruit, vegetable, or juice options list.

6.  Dinner:  Vanilla Fresh plus a delicious meal made from the dinner recipes list (the dinner recipes all look like they are from the Ultimate Reset recipe book).

Here is a short video on the 3DR:

I plan to start the 3DR on Tuesday!  In the past month, I had a decadent trip to Las Vegas, celebrated the nation’s birthday, AND my birthday, so I feel ready to try this cleanse.   I’ll be taking a break from Insanity for this because you are only supposed to engage in mild to moderate exercise, and Insanity definitely is NOT that!  I’ll post here like I did for the Ultimate Reset so I can share my journey with you.  Wish me luck!

As always, feel free to contact me by commenting below if you want more information on anything contained in this blog.

 

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Day 21 – Revitalized! Ultimate Reset Complete!

I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief right now.  I made it.  I completed the Beachbody Ultimate Reset!  I feel great!  I’ve learned a lot – more than I expected – about food, being healthy, about myself, and my own personal limits (or lack thereof).  I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles.  They weren’t all obstacles originating from the Reset program itself; some of them I created (like staying awake in a movie theater for 24 hours) and some nature created for me (the death of a dear family member).  Either way, I’ve learned how to really use food as fuel for my body – not as a crutch, or a convenience, or an addiction, or a social expectation.  I’ve improved my digestion DRASTICALLY.  I mean, without getting into the nasty little details, my digestion is 500% better than it was before the Reset.  I’ve increased my energy and mental clarity significantly.  And I’ve lost some weight in the process.  While my success on the Reset is not measured in how much weight I lose, it is nice to know that it’s happening, and that I reached my goal of meeting a “normal” healthy BMI, which I haven’t been at in years.  I’m very proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished in the past 21 days.  I took my last Alkalinize today, and rather than looking at it as steamed liquid spinach in a glass, I looked at with a sense of nostalgia.  I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with others and answering questions about not only the Reset but also how to live a cleaner and healthier life in general.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Day 21

So what was in day 21?  You guessed it – fruit for breakfast!  Lunch was an awesome carrot-seaweed medley, which included a new seaweed – arame, which kind of resembles a very thin black pasta.  This medley was delicious, and something I’ll definitely prepare post-Reset.  And what would the last day of the Reset be without the microgreens salad?  Of course, that made an appearance too.

Day 21 Lunch

Day 21 Lunch

My evening was busy.  I had my first acupuncture appointment ever today.  It was very relaxing – it felt like a massage for my soul!  Then, I had a meeting into the evening, so my husband graciously prepared dinner.  I am so proud of him!  During the Reset, he LEARNED TO COOK!  Nothing beats that.  He could hardly cook Ramen Noodles before the Reset, and now he’s preparing avocado-cucumber soup and roasted veggies – all of which came out perfectly!  Dinner was so filling, I actually couldn’t finish it.  The avocado-cucumber soup was delicious and little spicy (I love spicy) with jalapeno and cilantro.  Amazing way to end the Reset!

Day 21 Dinner

Day 21 Dinner

Now, there are a bunch of empty bottles of pills in my recycling bin.  It’s really sad to see all of the little guys go.  So sad that I actually ordered a Maintenance Kit that includes the Optimize and Alkalinize supplements.  I’m also going to sign up for the Alkalinize supplement on home direct because I think it’s really going to help me as I begin to reintegrate acidic things back into my diet (like alcohol).

Transition Plan

Food and Drink

While my official Reset may be complete, that doesn’t mean I can jump right back into red meat and rum tomorrow.  Oh no.  I think my intestines would explode if I tried that.  There is a whole transition process, where you slowly reintroduce things back into your life.  For example, I can start reintroducing grains tomorrow, then legumes if I do well with the grains; then, next week, I can reintroduce tempeh and sprouted grain breads; the following week is animal proteins, beginning with yogurt or eggs; and finally, 4 weeks after today comes sugar/soda (yuck), coffee (starting 1/2 decaf), alcohol (go light at first), and chicken and fish.  At each step of the process, you are supposed to listen to your body and watch out for discomforts like bloating, gas, skin and sinus problems, which may indicate a sensitivity, or perhaps even an allergy, to a certain food group.  I’m really curious to see how my body reacts as I reintroduce things, and hope that I can get to the bottom of whatever food (or drink) group might have been holding me back pre-Reset.

As far as consumption goes post-Reset, I think I am going to immediately restart my morning Shakeology for breakfast.  My body is perfectly primed right now to accept all of the nutrients that come in this amazing shake.  For lunch, I’m going to go for the cafeteria’s salad bar at work, which has a lot of healthy options.  I think for dinner I’m going to try to prepare some of my favorite meals from the Reset.

In the short term, I’m going to try to stick to the transition plan.  I’m going to try to reintroduce everything, though I have toyed with the idea of being a vegan or vegetarian.  I think a lot of that will be decided in the future, as I listen to my body for sensitivities and try to weed out those foods that might not work for me anymore.  It could be chicken.  Who knows?  I certainly don’t know what those foods might be, but I’m certainly open to anything.  I know I’m going to drink less coffee than I did in the past.  I don’t really feel like I need it anymore now that I’ve become able to tune into my body’s natural energy.  I think I might cut back on alcohol, though I am definitely not going to have a dry household.  I do love fancy cocktails.

Exercise

I am super excited to begin working out again!  I think my body is going to be really receptive to exercise right now.  It is recommended that you only workout at about 50% your max for 1 week before giving it 100%.  I’m going to start working out to some old Jillian Michaels videos tomorrow (they were pretty easy to me before the Reset).  Then, on Monday, I’m going to start Focus T25.  My goal is to complete the whole program (it will be my second time completing it in full), then do Insanity again (it will be my fourth time completing it in full), and then finally do Insanity the Asylum (it will be my second time completing it in full).  Les Mills Combat is also on sale this month, and I’m going to buy it, but I’m not sure where I’m going to fit that into my schedule.  I like the idea of the Shaun T progression.

For each program that I complete (including the Ultimate Reset!), I am going to send in before and after pictures to Beachbody as part of the Beachbody Challenge, get a free t-shirt, and enter to win cash prizes!  Should be a pretty cool progression from Reset to Asylum.  Wish me luck!  Let me know if you want in on this opportunity.

Things I Am Looking Forward to in Tomorrows

  • Tomorrow’s weigh in!
  • Keeping you all informed of my progress as I begin reintroducing foods.
  • Getting back into non-Vegan Shakeology.  I really miss my Greenberry shakes!
  • Digging into my NatureBox and BuluBox, which are sitting untouched.
  • Working out again.
  • Enjoying booze (in a couple of weeks).
  • Getting out again and dining out in my city!  No more cabin fever cooking meals endlessly at home!

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