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.

SMART Goals – May, 2015

smart goal setting conceptGoing back to my roots of clean eating, SMART goal-setting and workouts, including kickboxing, to get back on track following a busy, non-focused 6 months as I’m feeling a bit roly-poly, which I dislike.

My SMART goals for May/June, 2015 as I’m getting back on track are:

– Workout 5 days/week, including continuing w/ 30 Day Fitness Challenges of Skinny Jeans & Upper-Body, working back up to 30 minutes/day, hiking and biking on the weekends

– 1200-1500 calories, clean eating, following Chris Powell’s Carb-Cycling model

– 7 hours sleep every night

 

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!