Ultimate Reset Redux: Day 17

I am so close to being done with this reset I can taste it!  This is the point in the program where the sheer volume of salad starts to be a bit much for me.  Not because I don’t like salad…but because I dislike eating essentially the same kind of salad every. single. day.  It starts to get old, especially in week 3 because the grains are gone so you are eating a fruit and vegetable (with oils and seasonings) diet for the most part.  If I were in charge of the reset I would have way more hot lunch items (and some totally hot lunch items) in the program.  But alas, I’m not the one in charge of that, I just work here 🙂  I will stop complaining about my rabbit food to say that I do like the variations of dinners this phase.  I did learn that for the lemon pepper kale that doubling the lemon juice was NOT necessary to double the recipe…noted.  Last night I didn’t double the lemon juice and it was much better.  But other than that, everything has been delicious.  One of my favorite perks of the reset is learning all the different ways I can prepare vegetables and still like them.  This was a skill I simply did not have pre-reset and to me a vital skill for anyone trying to eat healthier.

I also realize how my taste buds have changed.  The first go round some of these meals were flat out disgusting to me.  The edamame dish…I hated it.  This time I did not, I actually liked it.  The kale doesn’t taste flavorless/gross.  Veggies not steamed/boiled/cooked to a mush are all good.  My taste buds changing is something I didn’t thoroughly appreciate until the past few weeks.  I  knew my diet was very different and the cravings were diminished but I don’t think I realized I had actually acquired a taste for these vegetables over the past 7 months.

Oh what else?  Ah yes, what you really care about…my weight.  As of the morning of day 15 (so 2 full weeks in) I had lost 19.5 lbs and crossed into the over 70 lbs total lost club!  I’m now buying most of my little summer dresses in size large except for a few dress shapes where I still need an XL because I am a true pear and have junk in the trunk.  It’s kind of trippy and I still buy stuff in the wrong size when I don’t try stuff on a lot because I forget that I don’t need the XXL anymore and I can walk into a lot of stores and just buy what I want because I can find it in a size that fits.  Trippy.

I do know that I cannot WAIT do you hear me?  WAIT to get back on INSANITY in a few weeks.  Now that my body is slimming down and getting rid of the excess, I so am ready to get to sweating and get toned and slimmed down more in inches, especially in my legs, hips, and arms.  Those three areas are my problem areas and with the strength + cardio combo in INSANITY I’m pretty sure that I will be able to tone this slimmer body a lot with this round.  The challenge pack sale is over, but you can still join the Insaniacs on Facebook by sending me an invite on my FB page.  There are 6 of us and growing that will be tackling this program in a few weeks.  If you need the program you still have plenty of time to order and new orders of an INSANITY challenge pack will receive a welcome to the team package from me with a shaker cup and some Shakeology packets to get you started while you wait for your order to be processed and sent.

And I leave you with this, a new updated full body photo.  I posted this on IG earlier this week, it’s from a shopping trip to Old Navy in one of my new size L dresses.  No I don’t know why I cross my legs weirdly when I’m standing, it’s something I do because I’m an awkward nerd when it comes to posing 🙂

How to Lose Weight for Beginners

Okay the title is a little tongue in cheek obviously. But I wanted to write a post for people as an intro so to speak about how to get started with healthy living/weight loss.  I wanted to write this after having a conversation with my cashier at the grocery store yesterday.  She was asking a lot of questions and reminded me of how I felt over the years of learning about fitness, nutrition, and health in general.  And I know that many many people feel the same way, intimidated by dieting and overwhelmed by all the options.  So here is your quick guide to start living healthier and losing weight.

1. Start moving.  Seriously.  You can walk around the block, pick up a dvd you already have at home, chase your kid around the living room, play with your dog.  It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are not sitting down.  Being sedentary is one of the biggest problems we have as a society.  A lot of us sit in a car to commute to work, then sit at a desk all day, then sit and watch tv.  This has to change, not just for weight loss, but for cardiovascular health.  One of the first things I bought myself when I started losing weight for GOOD was a fitbit. It tracks everything you do for movement and gives you goals it hit daily.  You don’t have to start with INSANITY or P90x…you can start with marching in place for 20 minutes while you watch tv to start establishing the workout habit.  Start with where you are now

2. Replace your beverages.  One of the easiest things to do as a beginner is to start drinking water.  If you drink juice or pop, starting now replace that with water.  Yes, you need to replace your diet pop too.  You can add lemon or lime or oranges or cucumbers to your water to add a flavor boost.  The reason for this is that for one, getting rid of juice and pop eliminates sugars (real and artificial) from your diet helps lose weight right off the bat.  For two, drinking water and being fully hydrated helps you stay full.  I’m sure you have read this before, but the hunger, thirst, sleep, and sex desire feelings all are very similar.  And most of us are not hydrated because it’s annoying.  Going to the bathroom all the time, carrying around water are not fun and can be really annoying…but it will keep you from thinking you are hungry when you are actually really looking for a drink of water.  Lastly, you will notice your sugar cravings will change since you aren’t putting so much sugar in your body.  Start with aiming for 64 oz of water a day and work up to a gallon.  I promise you will

3. Start making simple swaps.  Okay let’s start with the truths.  1. We all know fast food and junk foods like chips and candy are not good for our health/weight.  2. We all know that our portions should be much smaller than we would like.  Can we accept those 2 statements as fact?  Okay with that said, let’s start making simple swaps to bring out diet in line with a healthy diet that we just agreed on.  So for example.  Have an apple (and heck, add some dip if you really need it) instead of a candy bar.  Skip the McDonalds and make a casserole ahead of time and bring that portion to lunch at work instead of going to the drive thru.  Skip the giant bowl of pasta at a restaurant and go for a salad with dressing on the side + a smaller portion.  Things like this are not painful but start bringing you closer and closer to a clean diet.  When you are just starting out, these types of swaps are accessible and easy to swallow.

4. Find support.  This is crucial for most of us in any phase – beginner to advanced.  You need to find people that have your back, that you can be honest with, and that you can talk to when you are stressing and they won’t tell you to go ahead and eat a whole pizza to solve your problem.  It can be the internet (FB groups, Instagram (which has an incredible fit fam!)) or a family member, a personal trainer, a coach (like me!), or anybody else that you know will have your back.  It’s best if this person is already living a healthy life or with you on your journey so you have someone who can empathize with your struggles. If you are doing a specific diet plan like Weight Watchers or any of the Beachbody programs it is built in.  You can use sites like spark people to also find a good fitness/diet community.

Now of course there are many many ways to jump from these beginner steps to more intense things.  Some people go from zero to buying insanity and following the nutrition guide or doing the ultimate reset and jumping right in.  That is of course an option.  The point of this is to help give people that are not ready for that kind of leap some basic steps that they can follow to get started and start seeing success.  It’s also good for people that have chronic pain or anything that would prevent them from being able to do something intense.

Questions?  Let me know!