Ultimate Reset Redux: What do you eat?

The question I get most often from people is what do you eat on the reset.  I think because the weight loss is pretty significant, people think it’s a starvation diet.  It’s not.  If it was I wouldn’t do it because I don’t believe in that kind of thing.  I thought I’d share more pictures of the dishes that I’m eating.  Below are a mish mash of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that I’ve been eating for the past 2 weeks.

I am doing the Ultimate Reset pretty much just as written.  My husband is selecting a lot of the reset in a hurry options and mixing in Shakeology as a snack.  I have repeated some things just because it’s open and I’d rather use it all up instead of moving on and having to throw things away.  Like the Pinto Beans and salad.  I repeated that since the beans were already open and I didn’t want to waste food.
Tabby mentioned to me that it seems like this is easier for me this time and I’d have to agree.  Last time all this food seemed totally weird and new and strange.  This time it’s familiar and it’s very close to how I try to eat anyway.  Lots of fresh food, lots of colorful produce, and being a vegetable vegan instead of a processed food vegan.  I do not eat this many salads (salad almost daily) even though I know I probably should.  I do like the simplicity of the recipes and that is why I will repeat them while I am trying to ease from the Ultimate Reset and into my Insanity program.
Speaking of Insanity, don’t forget that today is the last day for the challenge pack sale of the program + Shakeology.  This is the program that I will do including the Shakeology starting May 20th and if you want to join me please shoot me an email (healthyengineer@gmail.com) and we can get you set up and add you to our Insaniacs Facebook group so we can support you and help you finish this program!

April Foodie Pen Pal

Today I’m sharing what I received this month in my Foodie Pen Pal goodie box!  This month I received a package from Jillian from Her Split Ends.  I told her I wanted a vegetarian/vegan goodie box and this is what I received:

First of all, can I say that I loved that she included some napkins?  I’m a mess and it’s like she knew, LOL.  They are super cute and I’ve been using them in my lunch box for a fun treat.  Let’s zoom in.
I have had the Poppycock and the Archer’s meal before but nothing from the 2nd photo.  I’m super stoked to try the Kind bar, I’ve heard great things about these bars and I am really excited to taste one.  For some reason I have never bought one, I think because I’m scared they won’t taste good.  I am really excited to try everything in the bottom photo.  I haven’t eaten anything yet because I got this box after I started my Ultimate Reset and I will most likely save the treats for when my husband and I take a trip for a wedding in a few weeks.  They will be fantastic for train snacks, especially the bar and the pomegranate strips 🙂
This is my 2nd month in the program and so far I’m really happy with the experience.  It’s just fun to get mail that is not a bill and to see what people pick out based upon the preferences and description you give them within the $15 limit.  I had a BLAST shopping for my pen pal this month and I love shopping and thinking that they would enjoy it too.  Probably more than getting my own box every month I love finding out if they like my box, lol!

Ultimate Reset Redux: Recipes and Updates

Today is day 10 of my Reset Redux.  I was looking back at my pictures from the first day of my first reset and wow, I have changed.  I also apparently look really really orange under the lights at my old place.

Between these two pictures – 7 months, lots and lots of Shakeology, one full Ultimate Reset, 9 days of the current Ultimate Reset, one full round of INSANITY, a month of P90x and a lot of other workouts from Beachbody thrown in.  Most importantly I stopped dieting and started really focusing on eating right.  Between these two pictures other than the 30 days so far I have been on a Reset program, I have not been logging or following any specific meal plan other than Shakeology once a day most days.  I’ve just been focusing on eating healthy, finding delicious recipes with healthy ingredients and moving my body.  It’s actually the simplest “plan” I have ever followed while losing weight…so I’m not really surprised it’s sticking so well.  Because it’s damn hard to fall off of a plan that is basically common sense, eh?
And with that, since I’ve had the request on Instagram a ton, I wanted to share a few of my favorite favorite recipes from the Ultimate Reset.  These are recipes that I either repeated a ton after my first reset or I plan on repeating after this one because I forgot about it before 🙂  All of the recipes below are vegan.
Pinto Beans and Rice (makes 1 serving)
1/2 cup canned pinto beans w/ liquid
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tsp EVOO
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 dash ground cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
Salt (to taste)
Heat beans in medium sauce pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until hot.  Drain.  Add all seasonings to the pan and mix well.  Gently fold beans into warm cooked rice.

Stir Fried Veggies (makes 1 serving)
1.5 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1.5 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
1.5 cups of vegetables to stir fry of your choice

Heat oils over medium high heat.  Add vegetables and cook stirring frequently 5-10 minutes depending on type of veggies.  Carrots and broccoli will take longer than more water filled veggies like zucchini.  When veggies are tender-crisp turn off heat and add Braggs.  Mix well and serve with rice or quinoa.

Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque (makes 1 serving)
1 cup water
1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed
1/4 medium red bell pepper
1 tsp grated ginger root
1.5 tsp EVOO
2 tsp miso paste, mixed with 2 tbsp hot water
1 cup vegetable broth
Bragg Liquid Aminos
Herbal Seasoning blend to taste (Spike for me)

Add sweet potatoes to boiling water and cook for 7 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Roast bell pepper in oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes turning to cook evenly.  Place in medium bowl and cover with a kitchen towel for 10 minutes.  Peel skin under running water and remove seeds.  Chop into 1/2 inch cubes.

Place sweet potato, bell pepper, bell pepper, ginger, oil, miso, and broth in a blender and blend until smooth.  Can do in 2 or more batches if necessary based on the size of the blender.  If consistency is too thick, add water.  Heat soup in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook stirring frequently for 4 to 5 minutes or until hot.  Add Braggs and herbal seasoning blend if desired.

With all of these recipes, they are just a component of a meal, not a meal alone.  You can add salads or steamed or roasted vegetables to the side to make the meal more complete.  You could also add a meat side if you wanted.  Just play around with the meals to fit them into your nutrition needs and personal dietary preferences.  For example I have used the stir fry recipe many times as a base for making fried rice by adding a scrambled egg and about 3/4 cup cooked brown rice.  Other times I have added an egg and shrimp to make shrimp fried rice.

Any questions about the Ultimate Reset?  Leave a comment here or shoot me an email – healthyengineer@gmail.com.

Ultimate Reset Redux – Day 6 Check In.

1. I want to do a workout so bad I could cry lol. Ok not cry, but I would love a good workout. 15 more days.

2. Resting on the reset is really hard. Resting in the literal sense is fine. It’s the trying to actually really slow down and rest that is hard. My life is go, go, go and it’s been hard to find time to just chill. Today and yesterday were better relaxation days because it was the weekend, but I’m going to have to work hard to try to find this Monday – Friday. Maybe I will start sitting outside at lunch since its nice? It would certainly break up the day.  I know quite a few of you are working a 9-5 same as I am – so what do you do during the day to get a breath of fresh air?

3. Reset food. Here are collages of the food of days 3-5. Day 1 was posted here and day 2 here. As you can see, this isn’t a starvation program, you eat a lot. Sometimes it’s too much almost. But when you eat fresh whole foods your portions are just larger.  And when I duplicated a meal I sometimes forgot to take a pic, oops, lol.  You can catch that I’m sure.  I didn’t eat exactly the same fruit portions I’m sure, but it was in general the same thing.

I don’t do snacks, I just don’t really honestly have time to fit them in with the supplement timing and I am not really hungry.  In addition the the food below I’m also drinking around 100 fl oz of water a day…so I’m really honestly not hungry, I’m just full of water and full of food 🙂  I take the alkalinize with a decent amount of water and that happens right when I would want a snack in the afternoon.

Ultimate Reset Redux – Quick Changes

So today starts the 3rd day of the reset.  I feel SO much better after 2 days of super clean eating that it’s amazing.  I know that food can heal and that food is the best medicine, but it’s always amazing to feel the change.  As you can see in the picture below, the food on the reset through day 2 still includes meat and also has a lot of grains and variety.  I was definitely full all day. I don’t typically eat oatmeal, but maybe I need to add it in more again…it’s always really good when I have it…then I guess I forget, lol!

So that is what I ate yesterday. This morning I took this picture.  My body looks better, closer to how I looked when I finished Insanity.  My stomach bloat is almost all gone and my stomach aches I started to get again have disappeared again.  I really am starting to feel back to normal..the way I felt back in early February.

I am shocked honestly at how little cravings I have.  Before this I was craving everything again….crap food, junk food, sugar, quantity over quality…all of the things that made me 300 lbs before.  And it scared the crap out of me.  I know it was stress related, because that is when all of this started.  But I didn’t really appreciate it until I started doing this reset.  Right now I have more free time because I’m not working out, not doing so much laundry, not rushing to bed…essentially creating the me time I need by making my life a little simpler.  And that then means my stress is naturally much lower…and that makes everything with diet so much easier.  I need to file this little lesson away – next time I feel like I can’t handle myself and food it’s time to s l o w it down.  Take more time for myself.  I’m taking that right now.  I’ll be focusing on doing more personal development, talking to positive people, sleeping, spending time with my husband, spending time with my sister….just taking the reset literally. Letting go of the baggage and crap and letting in the positive and calm.


Ultimate Redux – Day 1 Completed

All together now!

Lots of green, lots of colors. That salad was too massive and I honestly could not finish it. Micro green salads are my reset nemesis – it’s the first thing that annoys me…but I am going to go all out. That said – it was great to eat this clean, it’s been a while since a whole day was this clean. I’m feeling good tonight, feeling strong.

I did start noticing changes right away, mainly that there is only one piece of bread for breakfast now, booooo lol! I’m not booing because I’m a big carb hound actually, it’s because I can’t sandwich up the ingredients lol. I didn’t notice until I was making my plate, so I was late to work because I had to sit and eat vs making a sandwich for the road. Lesson learned lol. Although there was always only one piece in the pic, so it was probably always supposed to only be one. Oh well. Anyway, I think I’m going to go for a walk or something to chill out then bed early!

Ultimate Reset Redux – Day 1

I took my starting pictures last night to get ready for today!  I know night time isn’t ideal, however in my new place I really don’t have a good mirror for full body shots so I had to recruit my husband for pictures.  Which meant taking them last night because he is probably still sleep and I left the house an hour and a half ago, lol. Anyway, I wish I had morning pics or at least realized I needed his help before dinner but I didn’t, so you get me about an hour after I ate dinner.  Not the best, but it’s me.
I’ve lost some “definition” in my stomach for sure the last few months but I’m not too worried about that, that will return quick once I start insanity, lol. My main goals for the next 21 days are to reset the stress hormones in my body.  I’ve been stressed out from funerals, moving, my hubby’s job situation which goes into financial stress.  And all of that is jacking up the stress hormones.  I haven’t been sleeping well, which means I’m tired all the time which means that my exercise sessions have been less intense or non-existent and my willpower meter is at an all time low.  I’ve said yes to meals out more than I usually do and definitely been eating way more meat, dairy, and quick grab and go snacks.  Essentially – I’ve been taking the easy way out and letting the poor influences around me bring me down to their level because I’ve been tired and too tired to keep fighting for myself.  
In the last few days I’ve been giddy about doing this again because I NEED this structure right now.  That’s why I moved it up – because I needed to start this now.  Somehow even though the hubby starts the reset conversation every time, I’ve found by the time it starts that I need it just as much if not more than he does.
I’ll be posting my food on my Instagram as well as my running commentary on how it’s going (@kbrooksfit or here for the web version).  If you have any questions on what’s going on just leave comments on my blog posts, my instagram, or email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com

Ultimate Reset – The Preparation

Oh man I am SO ready to do the reset again.  I feel pretty gross lately.  I have been struggling and struggling and struggling to get back on my game and that’s why we decided to move the reset up just a few days.  The  man pretty much was good to go early if I wanted to do it early so decision made.  I haven’t been on any kind of scale in weeks…I’m more than terrified of what I’ll see on Wednesday morning when I do my measurements and weigh in pre-reset but I do know that I still fit in my clothes so it can’t be THAT bad…right?  Having a bachelorette party, birthday, and 2 bridal showers in a 9 day period was a bit much for me and I am pretty bloated right now.  TMI but it’s my blog so hey, my jorunal.

Anyway, yesterday I started my reset prep.  The Ultimate Reset participant portal (appears on the website for login after you purchase the kit) is the first stop for me, even before going back into the guidebook.  The reason for that is that the portal has grocery lists and the guidebook does not.  The grocery list is broken down by week which is super helpful because having to go through the book and write it myself would be a pain in the butt.  So anyway yesterday I went to the store and stocked up on what I was missing.  It’s funny, the very first time I did the reset I had to buy pretty much everything, including a lot of the spices.  This time I had to buy mainly the perishables (produce, chicken, fish, eggs, hummus, guacamole), and some of the grains like tortillas and the fresh herbs.  It was much cheaper 🙂

As far as preparation, really the only thing you can do before the reset is to cut back on crap food and shop. The first time I did this, I was coming off vacation with my girlfriends followed immediately by a long weekend with my husband in Memphis…so I was doing the opposite.  Lots of alcohol, dessert, food, meat…just about the opposite of the recommended prep.  This time I am coming into it with WAY less crap in my system, but not as clean as I would have liked.  The biggest thing they warn against is cutting back on caffeine.  I do drink tea pretty regularly, but I have cut back the last few days since deciding to move everything up.  I can deal with sugar withdrawal I do not want to contend with caffeine withdrawal.

Next, clean your house.  Clean it all up.  Don’t keep temptations in the house if you don’t have the strength to get through the 21 days without it.  If you don’t want to throw it out, box it up and give it to a friend or something.  I have been slowly cleaning out the house the last few weeks, so I really don’t have any tempting food left.  I mostly have random cans of beans as far as non-reset food…so nothing that would be a huge temptation, lol.  Plus I actually like the reset food so I know going in that I’ll be ok.

And the one tip I want to leave with you – resist the urge to eat all your favorite junk foods the days before the reset.  My husband is going through this and it’s SO hard to deal with from my end.  Let’s eat this since we will be vegan for a few weeks, let’s go here, let’s have dessert every day!  Resist this urge.  For one – it just makes you feel like crap from all the extra stuff and for two – it’s not like you will never have it again – just not for 21 days.  And I mean seriously – do you have pizza that often in a 21 day period?  You probably don’t.  Unless you are a college student or a bachelor.  But other than that…it’s not like you would normally eat some of this stuff during that time period anyway.  Don’t go into it with a mentality that it’s the end of the world because that will make these 21 days really really long.  Just go into it that you are cleaning up your body and you will incorporate your foods back cleanly after and it helps.



Ok I’m going to start working on my party post later. But for now – done quick schedule updates.

1. Reset is moving up. I’m going to start on Wednesday now instead of next Sunday. I have no reason to wait another week and with all the parties on top of bring out of sync – my body needs a reset ASAP. My goal was to wait until after the parties. I’ll have less time to shop, but I’m ok with that. A lot of things I don’t have to buy again, so it should be a simple shopping trip anyway.

2. Insanity is a definite go in May. It’s my body’s happy program…so I’m going to give it what it wants. I’m trying to lose 50 lbs this year which means being aggressive!

Why I Believe in the Reset

Today I mostly wanted to remind everyone that the Ultimate Reset kit sale ends on the 14th.  The sale was extended because it was so popular in March through the middle of this month.  I will be doing the reset again starting on April 21st so if you order you will be able to start on the same day as me if you are interested in partnering up.  The reset is on sale for up to $50 up depending on the kit you need plus you can sign up as a coach and get an additional 25% off.  If you remember, this is when I initially signed up for coaching, to save that money when my hubby and I did the reset in September.

Why am I SO intensely recommending the reset?  Several reasons, but the biggest being if you are struggling with your diet then this can be the trigger you need to get off the yo-yo and onto a better long term program. I struggled forever with how to stick to a diet.  I would be awesome for a week or two and then just binge or overeat on sugar.  I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t diet right….why I wasn’t able to be “normal” and lose weight.  I still struggle with this thinking, but I have a WAY better diet than I did even when I was counting calories and points and all that stuff.  I don’t struggle to say no anymore, I have control over my sugar addiction instead of being a slave to that and every fast food joint between work and my house.  I don’t have bad skin because of all the crap I’m putting into my body and my life in general is a lot smoother because I am not fighting myself every day.    Oh and I also lost 21 lbs…which is pretty awesome.

I am really excited about this round of the reset.  I know what is coming after doing it once and after all the life that has been happening lately, I am really excited to reset because I NEED a reset.  It’s going to suck to not workout for 21 days outside of walking and non-intense yoga.  But as we all know – nutrition is way more important than the exercise for body change and nutrition is the part that most of us struggle with.  And if your nutrition isn’t right I don’t care how many rounds of INSANITY you do, you won’t see the results you deserve.
I am asking you to consider doing the Ultimate Reset with me not because it’s a gimmick…but because it honestly is the best thing I have ever bought from Beachbody and the best money I have ever spent in the health and fitness catagory.  It was my teach a girl to fish moment…it taught this girl how to treat her body with kindness in the food department instead of beating myself down with junk.  My reset group will go beyond the reset and work on follow on nutrition so we can maximize our results of this great program 🙂  The sale ends on the 14th, so don’t wait too long otherwise you will have to pay full price.
If you are interested and still not sure or throw off by the price or anything, email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com and we can talk about what discounts you can pile on and how we can make this work!