Beachbody Ultimate Reset Detox Success!

IMG_3436A couple of months ago I decided I needed a reset , both mentally and physically and I set out to find a true gut-cleansing detox that would help get things back on track to lose weight and feel better. I ordered Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset after looking at a number of programs and decided, being a Beachbody fan already, that this would be the one as it had healthy supplements ad focused on clean eating. It arrived and I started reading through the program to get my mind straight on what I would need to do to jump start this and be successful. This was not simply a gut-cleanse, but an emotional one as well so while exercise wouldn’t be common for the 3 weeks given the reduction in calories and protein, meditations and focusing on self would be. I decided that post 4th of July and a trip to Sky Valley would be best, though there were plenty of events I would still have to make it through and jumped right in.

The program is broken into 3 individual weeks with minor changes along the way to meal plans and supplements. The “Power Greens”, which most people on the Facebook support forums couldn’t stomach, was similar to a wheatgrass shot and while not great, it was manageable. The second week the “Detox” powder was added, which was a combo of ginger, tumeric, lemon and a little chunky, but not as bad as some kombucha-type drinks. The first couple of days were tough. Coffee, alcohol and dairy, along with the obvious white flour/sugar/artificial sweetener, were all no-no’s right off the bat. After day 2 meat/seafood were gone and after day 4 eggs.

worthitI spent plenty of time Sunday’s, as I often do, prepping food for the week to reduce the number of times I eat out, which helps with control. Having veggies cut up for stir-fry’s and lentils/brown rice/oats prepped makes it much easier to stay on track. Working in tourism and being in a VERY social community, I had to say “no” to more than a few meetings and invitations, but it was worth it in the end! The support groups on Facebook were a big help as they typically are for Beachbody.

Other than a few little hiccups, I’m proud to say I made it through even though it sucked at times :)! It has been incredibly rewarding for me to get through this and thought I’d share the results:

*  14.6 pounds gone as well as a few inches!
*  I felt/feel amazing and have from the beginning and my IBS is practically gone for the first time in years!
*  I don’t crave sugar and I’m 100% off Splenda having switched to pure stevia
*  I can live without coffee and think that it and Splenda likely had a lot to do with the IBS
*  My skin looks and feels better than ever thanks to the epsom salt baths and essential oils I worked in
*  My clothes are fitting better and things aren’t hurting as much (plantar fasciitis sucks)
*  I haven’t had meat in 18 days, but looking forward to gradually working a little in, especially seafood, but to be honest I get this whole vegan thing now, but no way I can go 100% 😉
*  I missed eggs like crazy, but LOVE fruit and veggies and found I even like tempeh (another what???)
*  I’ve proven to myself that I’m back on track and heading towards my goal!
*  I’ve missed working out, but with the reduction of calories it’s not a priority on the reset, time to hit the bike and pool!
*  I will be doing this program again…wait, what? Yep, it’s a great program and think once a year for detoxing is a great thing!

What now? That’s where the trick comes in and I should have included this to begin with (thanks Coach Yael for reminding me :)). Adding things back into my diet gradually helps to really determine where IBS and other issues come from. I start with feeling great and anything that doesn’t make me feel great, I don’t do it ;). So far the one thing I can confirm is that Splenda is NOT something that is helping and to be honest, neither is coffee first thing in the morning, but feeling great wins over anything else.

P90X3 Crushed!

Took me a little over the full 13 weeks with a couple of do-overs, but I’ve officially crushed P90X3 with the following results, which personally I’m pretty stoked about:

csb-victoryMeasurements

Weight: – 18.4 pounds
Body Fat %: -3.8%
Chest: -3″
Waist: no change
Hips: -1″
Thighs: -2″ each
Arms: -.5″ each
Total Inches: -9″

Fit Test Numbers

Resting Heart Rate: Dropped 10 bpm to 66
Pull-ups: Still doing assisted w/ chair
Vertical Reach: Improved by 1″
Push-ups: Increased by 10
Toe Touch: Increased by 4″
Wall Squat: forgot to check, will do-over
Bicep Curls: Increased by 5 w/ 2# heavier weights
In and Outs: Increased by 15
Heart Rate Maximizer: Dropped by 18 bpm at max and 5 after the 4 min mark

Huge thanks to Coach Yael and all my Shakers and Challenge buddies for keeping me strong and motivated!

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One thing I know I need to do better at next time is taking better before/after pics :)! I do have one white wall in my house and clothes that will show a little more so going to take those before T25. Motivation Monday vlog is here:

SMART Goal March 31, 2014 – TWD S4 #SoberWalker

@elsiefoxchase #danaigurira #ewcomiccon #sdcc #TheWalkingDeadI decided I need a kick-in-the-pants to ensure my ultimate goal of a size 8 by 11/3/14 was achieved and with Season 4 of The Walking Dead picking back up for the final 8 episodes I thought, THAT’S IT!

Specific – Measurable – Attainable – Relevant – Time-Bound!

8 weeks, 8 weigh-ins, 20 pounds to go from 195 to 175…completely doable if I focus, log, stick with P90X3 and most importantly (for me) lay off the alcohol for the entire 8 weeks of the S4 finale of TWD, hence the #soberwalker. So here we go!

You can see my weekly vlogs here. And believe me, this isn’t “easy” for me, this is dedication and consistency so any and all support is welcome!

SMART Goal – December, 2013

smart goal setting conceptThere are proponents and opponents of most every goal-setting methodology out there, but I tend to like the SMART method as it places a number of factors on the goal and how you’re going to get there. Most opponents I’ve seen don’t really think about what the word “specific” means, this isn’t broad goal-setting, it’s specific – who, what, why, when, how. Great article by @RealHeidiPowell on this – http://heidipowell.net/2599/how-smart-are-your-goals/.

I am in the process of wrapping up a 9 week decent run at Les Mills Combat and will be starting T25 Alpha Monday, Sept 2nd so on Sunday, Sept 1st I’ll make sure to snap new pics and measurements and get those posted.

Keep up with my logs here, YouTube vlogs here and find my Beachbody coach Yael here.

My new SMART goal for the remainder of 2013 is:

I will hit 199 pounds, by December 31, 2013 by eating 1500-1600 cals per day and logging every day, working out a minimum of 25 mins/day 5 days a week, drinking 110 oz of water/day and getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. I will weigh myself every Monday morning and do my video blog and every 5 weeks I will take measurements and pictures.

ACHIEVED!