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Re-Visiting a Workout

This week I am doing a lot of random workouts.  Just having fun with things while I am getting back into the swing of things and have a lot of flexibility.  Come May 20th it’s full time INSANITY so I’m enjoying this “free time” while I have it.

Yesterday I did core synergistics for the first time since I did my month of P90x earlier this year.  I picked this workout because I remembered it as being a good recovery week workout…not too hard but not easy either.

Clearly my memory is foggy…or after doing 3 weeks of P90x my body was a well oiled machine.

I am straight up toilet sore today.  Don’t act like you have never been there…toilet sore is when you can barely get yourself to sit on the toilet because your legs are so torn up.  It’s that kind of sore where you kind of walk weird.  My stomach is not feeling too bad, but my behind and legs (especially my quads) are on fire.  I’m kind of shocked, I NEVER got this result before from this workout.  Ever. I also could do a lot more than I could do before.  More of the lunges and better form on the lunges I completed.  Better form is really probably the biggest difference.  It’s easier to get into the different exercises and positions than it was before and to do more reps since I’ve lost more and more weight.  I’m really excited to get into INSANITY again significantly lighter and leaner than my first go around.  I’m thinking that I’ll see some really different types of results just because my ability has morphed a lot.

For the next week, my general plan is to keep mixing it up.  I will be out of town a few days, so I will make sure to pack some travel friendly (read: workouts that don’t require a bunch of stuff) dvds with me.  Some candidates for that are TurboFire, P90x core synergistics, or Les Mills Combat.  I’m picking up a bunch of travel friendly snacks too.  I’m going to be busy and I know that if I don’t pack foods I can have in a pinch or if meals are served that don’t really agree with me or go with my food needs then I’m going to be in a bad jam.

I will post the workout plan for the week tomorrow morning and some of my meals for this week!

Ultimate Reset Redux: Day 20!!

Well friends…I’m almost done with the ultimate reset for the second time!  I have only a few more meals left before I am off on my own to continue with the healthy changes I have made over the last 21 days for continued weight loss and health.  For the next couple of days I will share with you all some information about how to transition into post Ultimate Reset life, all things INSANITY and of course – my results from the last 21 days.

Today however, I just wanted to share a few tips on getting through the reset and getting through the end.  These last few days are hard because you start looking to the future.  You know by day 19 or 20 that you have to start planning for day 22…the day where you don’t have a reset plan and are on your own to eat what you want, when you want, and how you want.  So what do you do when all you can think about is that bowl of tomato soup that you have been craving is all yours in 48  hours?

1. Make a day 22 plan.  Right now.  Actually make a day 22-27 plan.  Figure out what you are going to eat menu plan style and write. it. down.  Then make a grocery list.  Do this so you don’t lose your mind when you hit the store on day 19-21 to get food for day 22 and to give yourself some peace.

2. Connect with your challenge group, team, or coach.  Of any program I have ever done, this is the one that I feel like you really need support through.  Eating healthy is hard.  Eating a very specific diet for 21 days with no room for any options is incredibly hard.  Knowing that you can reach out to someone who is doing the program or has done the program for help can really be amazing because it just helps to know that it can be done and someone has struggled/is struggling like you are right now.

3. Remember your why.  The Ultimate Reset is not a free program and there had to be some reason that made you pick up your wallet and order it.  What was that reason?  Why did you feel like you needed to do this program at this time and what were you hoping to gain from it?  For me, my why is control over my cravings, control over food, and the ability to continue with a healthy diet after the 21 days so I can continue to lose weight.  My why is about control 100%.  Establishing it and maintaining it.  For me, it’s not about falling off the program because I won’t lose as much weight or see as good a result, it’s about getting myself in the habit of eating healthy, ignoring every food impulse I have, and learning to tell myself no when it’s appropriate.  Going back to the why helps clarify to your rational self your goals and helps give you the strength to finish this thing out.

4. Ingredients, not just recipes.  This one is my favorite tip.  During my research of this program one thing that has always stood out to me was the fact that for each meal, you are given the recipes but more importantly you are given the ingredients.  And you can play with those ingredients it make some changes if you need to keep with the program.  Another example from my personal experience is from this weekend.  The meal was supposed to be a spinach salad + a baked potato.  I cannot do raw spinach…something about the texture doesn’t sit well with me.  I knew there was no way I was going to be able to get through the huge salad (the base was 3 cups of spinach) because I’m kind of over salad at this point.  So I took the spinach and steamed it a little first and made up a plate with the remaining salad ingredients.  Instead of suffering through a salad I (1) didn’t like and (2) didn’t want, I had a plate of veggies that was delicious and I ate the whole portion.  Don’t add extra stuff, but do add some creativity if you need to in order to get through these last few days.  Also don’t forget that Shakeology is also an option as a meal replacement – the vegan versions only – if you need it.  If there is something you really hate or can’t get through you can blend something up that will give you all the nutrients you need with a different taste.

Hopefully this helps you with some strategies to get through the end of your reset.  It’s a hard program at times, but it’s certainly 100% possible to finish it with successful results if you focus on your why!  Interested in more info?  Shoot me an email (kimbfitblog@gmail.com) or check out the Ultimate Reset site for more on the science behind the program and configuration options.

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!

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)
Ingredients
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)
Ingredients
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)
Ingredients
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

Scheduling

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!

Insanity Relapse

I have mentioned a zillion times how I have just not gotten my groove back since moving.  Part of it I know is that with this being a smaller place I don’t have my little Kim-den to go workout (re: by myself without an audience) in when we both are home.  I have had to really tell myself that I just have to get over it and sometimes I’ll be working out in the living room and he will be at the computer and oh well.  That has helped me with consistency these last few days.  I also have started mixing it up on days I have no desire to do anything.  The last 2 days I went back to old faithful – INSANITY.  I am so glad I did, I feel more invigorated and ready to go than I have in weeks.  I love TurboFire and I think Les Mills Pump is growing on me.  But neither of those bring the pain like INSANITY does and I’m realizing that is what I need to jump me into a routine again.  I haven’t been this sore in a while and I missed that feeling.  Now that I have it I am so ready to get back into a routine again.  A big part of this journey is about learning how you operate.  How you tick and what gets you moving…then using that information to help you along the way.

I will share the two workouts I did – they were the two INSANITY workout that I didn’t do before, the deluxe package ones.

First up was Max Interval Sports Training which is 55 minutes long.  First I will say that there really aren’t any intervals.  This workout really reminds me of Core Cardio and Balance (CCB)  in it’s format.  Not the usual interval warmup, but it again mimics CCB with a slow warmup.  I really like this warmup because it actually helps me go from cold to warm without being out of breath immediately.  Next you go through drills from 4 sports – football, basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.  I’m pretty sure Shaun T meant to save the “this ish is bananas” for this workout.  I was sweating buckets by the end of the football drill section.  Each section is on it’s own a pretty good workout so adding them together is mega intense.  Expect abs, cardio, and strength as you move through this one.  I really liked it and definitely would do this again.

Next I did the Upper Body Weight Training workout.  This one is basically all weight training with a little bit of cardio in each section to boost your heart rate up.  This workout is full of very basic exercises that every person can do regardless of fitness level.  Shaun T doesn’t show any modifications as usual, but you can make some up if you need them.  There are some lower body and abs included, but it is pretty much all upper body focus.  The only thing I will say to you is that you need to lift heavy here.  Not light.  The ladders go down, so if you go too light you will not get the benefit of the workout.  Go heavy and if you can and your equipment allows go heavier on the last set.  You can pair this with either Fast and Furious or a Turbo Fire HIIT workout and get a solid hour or so of weights plus cardio.

At this point, the only INSANITY workout I haven’t done is Insane Abs.  Considering I can barely get through Cardio Abs, I probably won’t do Insane Abs for a while.  I’m seriously considering doing another round of INSANITY this summer after I finish the Ultimate Reset 🙂  I’m back in the Insane Ward I guess, lol!  I think I am at a fitness level that maybe another round of INSANITY I might be able to try Asylum…who knows.