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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!

April Goals

April is going to be a transitional month.  The first 20 days are going to be about getting over this post-move funk I’ve been in lately.  I have REALLY struggled after moving with getting into any kind of rhythm.  I am planning this month as a month where I get back to that hardcore place I was in.  So my goal for the first 20 days:

Repeat my Turbo Pump challenge I gave myself back in October.  I got AWESOME results with this calendar and more than that – I really enjoyed the combo.  I updated the calendar for where I am with fitness now and here it is!  It’s more intense then the original Turbo Pump because the last time I did this it was coming out of the Reset (and 21 days of no exercise).  This time I’m going IN to the reset, so I can do the workouts I just fine with no need to keep it basic.

I am going to do Shakeology daily.   Which I was doing, but I’ve kind of fallen off during the move and as my routine is off in general, I just have been a mess.  Back on this every day at least one shake….two if I need it.  I have a bag in the hole so to speak, so I can have a few extra shakes w/o being off.  Especially since during the reset I definitely will not have a shake daily.

Get on schedule.  Seriously.  I am having a really hard time getting up on time (which is making my exercise and food prep in the morning a mess….) because I’m not going to bed on time.  It’s a horrible circle.  The problem has been that since I’m closer to work I am allowing myself to get up later.  But somehow I am allowing a 30 minute shift in my wake up time to be an hour – hour and a half shift in my go to bedtime.  Right…that math is so wrong.  So I need to just start going to bed no later than 10:30 pm – end of discussion on the days I need to workout before work (which will be all of them since Sunday will be my rest days for the next 3 weeks).

So that’s my 21 day plan to get my life back on track.  I haven’t gained any weight as of my last weigh in, so that’s how I know my move wasn’t completely off track as I usually gain weight by thinking about food.  But I do feel like I am not as in shape as I was – which is worse to me.  I don’t care what the scale says if I feel great.  I don’t feel great.

So then on the 21st, the Ultimate Reset starts.  I’m going to follow that book 100% like I did before.  No excuses. I will add in the walking and the yoga this time…at least I hope I will.  I think I am much better prepared to go into the reset as far as how to prep the food to make the food prep more efficient, so I should have more time to do this.  But if I ever do have to choose – it’s food prep and rest.  One thing about the reset is that last time I got SO much sleep…it was amazing.  I slept like a baby most days and got 8-10 hours a night.  I could go for that again.

The reset takes me into May.  I haven’t decided what exercise program I will pick up post reset yet.  I have about 6 weeks to decide that.  But trust you will be the first to know 🙂  I am doing a “get to goal” challenge with one of my fellow Team Tenacity coaches right now that I’m excited about.  I’m really excited for the challenge because it’s coming at exactly the right time.  Time to shake off this moving funk and really get myself back on the road.  There is no reason I shouldn’t be at my goal by December 31st 🙂

Ultimate Reset: Part Deux

My hubby has been talking about the reset a lot lately.  He has had to go to the doctor because he wasn’t feeling well and because he has strayed way farther from the post reset life than I.  With him being in Memphis and me being in Virginia last time, he kind of just went back to what he knew.  Since he got back from that job and has been home, we both have struggled.  Him with my cooking not being as processed/not healthy as before and me with trying to keep on my healthy path someone who is not quite there with me also in the house.

Rewind to a few months go when he asked about doing the reset again.  I was like um…didn’t we just do it? It’s not a cheap program and I really didn’t know about diving in again so fast.  But then I stopped to listen really to what he was saying.  He wanted to do the reset again to get back to that place of health and he knows this time with us in the same state, I’ll be there to catch him as he comes off of it.  To keep him from having such a large relapse because I won’t go there with him.  Now the money seemed to not really matter or the fact that we already did this…this started to be something bigger…something that was about him taking back his health again.  It became clear that he felt he needed this to be back in control of his eating and that made it clear to me as his wife that I needed to support him on this.  I had to stop thinking about the fact I wanted to finish Combat or that I wanted to do something for me.  It became about the fact that he needs me to do this to help him and it will not hurt me one bit to join him and support him.

So, today we ordered the dual Ultimate Reset kit.  I was just going to order the refill kits – but it’s actually cheaper with the sale to just buy the whole dual kit.  Considering since we did it last year there have been a few program changes (the soothe supplement, reset in a hurry, and shakeology incorporated into the meal plan if you want to drink it) I was glad it worked out that way.  We aren’t starting right away – we are starting April 21st – so in about a month.  This gives us time to get the new kits (regular shipping from Beachbody is about a week) and time for us to adjust to a new schedule (the man is going to be taking on a new position with a very different commute in April) and avoids the April celebrations (I have 2 bridal showers, a bachelorette party, and a birthday all going down in April and while I am trying to lose weight, I’m also a human who really demands a piece of birthday cake on my birthday) so I don’t have to face a delicious cake on day 2 of the reset or something equally insane.  It is manageable to do the reset and have events…but it’s definitely not preferred if you can avoid it.  And since we have some open time between the party madness and the wedding I am in…just makes sense to wait until the open time.  Of course…I am lucky that my dress for the wedding is a corset back so I have some room to lose without fear because I can just tighten the heck out of that sucker if I need to do so 🙂

Anyway…I’m working on getting a facebook like page up and running so if you want to join me on this crazy venture we will have a place to discuss the whole process.  I am hoping to have a challenge group of 5 people…but the more the merrier.  If you order before the end of March, you can save on the reset.  If you can’t order in the next few days, you can still order in April and have your kit in time to start with us on the 21st.  Here is my before and after shot from when I did the reset in September 2012.

I lost 21 lbs and felt really good by the end of it.  I was sleeping better and had way more energy and was able to handle stress a LOT better.  I’m getting excited to feel that way again…I have never felt as great as I did during week 3 of the reset and the month or so after before going back to a less regimented diet.  And as you can see, I was in a hotel at the end – I finished the last 4 days of the reset on travel for work.  It can be done!

Are you in?  Email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com for questions or check out my Ultimate Reset site  All the deals are listed on my March Promotions page for a break down of what you save with each version of the reset.  If you are interested in signing up as a coach you can do that by going to my main site here and you will save some extra on your kit (it’s an extra 25% off for a coach…which is huge with this kit).