Ultimate Reset - Week 1
IT's ULTIMATE RESET TIME!!!
Haha who is this weirdo that's so excited for a cleanse? Oh right - that would be me.
But, seriously you guys! I'm PUMPED! I watched my friend do this at some point last year and it was AMAZING! And I decided, wouldn't it be fun to "live blog" the whole thing? So that's what I'm going to do! As I wrap up each day, I'm going to write about how it's going! I'll update the post each day, and then write a re-cap at the end of week 1. Sound good? AWESOME! Knew you'd be game! ;-)
prep time - also known as "culinary bootcamp"
My reset came in on a Wednesday afternoon, and I basically dove straight in. Word of warning - don't do this! I basically had to figure out this shit, read the whole book (okay - I won't lie I skimmed it), and grocery shop for an INSANE grocery list all in the span of like a couple hours. Don't do what I did. Give yourself some time to process the whole thing.
Also, I just read another blog that called the reset "culinary bootcamp" and seriously truer words have never been spoken! It is seriously like a different meal EVERY SINGLE DAY for EVERY SINGLE MEAL. I was not expecting that, and I'm not really a fan of that much meal prep. So, I took the most labor intensive meals and the expensive meals and I nixed em....don't judge. I don't make that much money, m'kay!? ;-)
Also, shop at Aldi. I got like a TON OF FOOD, and I'm talking real food, like produce, for $52. I seriously probably could feed a family with how much great produce I'm eating on this "cleanse."
Tally-ho! DAY 1, let's do this!
Pre-UR Measurements (cuz I don't weight myself anymore!):
Waist: 33.6" Hips: 39"
Arms 12.2" Legs: 23.1"
Day 1 - 1/12/2017:
Yummy food, gross power greens, and holy headaches!
My first thought starting this program this morning? "Hmmmm happy belly!" Seriously, breakfast this morning is basically what I have for breakfast every morning, but with BREAD! So, naturally I'm very down. :-)
This is a no coffee program, which makes me sad. I didn't necessarily need any coffee this morning, but I'm a Seattle girl and I LOVE IT! :-(
Lunch was bomb! I should've taken a picture of the salad. It was huge (did you read that with a Bernie Sanders voice?), and pretty, and delicious! I'll eat that every day, please and thank you! :-)
Day 1 has been pretty good so far though. The only thing really eventful has been that a) I think I made the miso soup wrong - oops!, b) the power greens is probably the most disgusting single thing I've ever consumed in my life, but it's healthy so I chugged it and moved on with my life, and c) HOLY FREAKING HEADACHES! My 3pm slump is coinciding with 3pm raging headache today! So not fun. But, also not totally unexpected. I got headaches the first 2 days of the 3 day refresh too, and they went away. So I'm not going to worry too much about this one. Lastly, I was tired as hell tonight! Like almost fell asleep at my computer working on edits. Yikes! Took a nap and then finished them up. Hopefully that low energy only happens for the next couple days. Onward to day 2!
Day 2 - 1/13/2017
Ohhh it's a busy one...
Well I woke up this morning still pretty sleepy. I am still sick so I should make note of that, since the tiredness is probably not just the result of the Reset!
Other than that though, things have started off well! I've had to majorly tweak my eating times today because I have a 3 hr class on Friday mornings. I can't necessarily pull out my gigantic salad and start munching on it while sitting in the front row. Well, I could, but it probably wouldn't be the most polite thing in the world! Off to class...
It's been SUCH a solid day today, with the exception of the fact that I forgot my little supplement bag on my desk, so I missed some of my supplements this morning. But that's okay! I've felt energized and not really hungry at all the whole day! And I got to eat this BOMB salad for lunch! Seriously, if you want to make anything feel GREEK, whip up a quick little dressing and throw on some kalamata olives! Golden! And this salad was the size of my head! So I'm definitely not starving over here! ;-)
My evening was nice and relaxing! No headaches! Though I did find myself a little sleepy again, so I went to bed early. Otherwise, I'm feeling really good.
Day 3 - 1/14/2017
Is this the beginning of the struggles?
I'm a little nervous for today, I'm not going to lie. Mostly because the Ultimate Reset book says that today is the day when people start to struggle. I guess with cravings and what not, but on that point they're not super clear. But I will say that I slept great last night, and have a really good feeling about today. I started my day off with the same breakfast as day 1 - scrambled eggs, steamed spinach, and a piece of toast and some relaxing reading before heading into lab.
But, frankly, this day has been good! No headaches, no tiredness, and really no hunger! Heck I even forgot to eat at one point when I was working on a project! I was really bad at taking pictures of my food today, but, anyway, know that it's been a good day. Other than the Seahawks game, but let's not talk about that...
Day 4 - 1/15/2017:
Onto day 4, and I'm already happy as a clam! Today's breakfast, I'm not going to lie, I have been looking forward to since I started! A big ass pile of fresh fruit! I got a ton of mangoes for $0.50 a piece last week, and I've been so excited to have it. I don't think I've ever cut a fresh mango before, and it tastes amazing! I also had cantaloupe, apples, and some frozen blueberries on my platter, with some yogurt. It was amazing! I'm happy as a clam.
I don't want to jinx myself, but I really feel like the hardest part for me has been the headaches so far on days 1 and 2. I looked it up, and it seems like that might have been due to sugar withdrawals. I believe it. As good as I try to be, I definitely have a major sweet tooth! And that is a big reason why I wanted to do this cleanse!
Day 5 - 1/16/2017:
I'm not going to lie, I'm beginning to dread the moment when the real temptations start to set in. So far there really haven't been any. I thought lab meeting would be my first true test this morning, since we usually bring snacks in for people (bagels + cream cheese, pastry, etc.), but we don't have lab meeting. So, alas, I'm still without a substantial temptation. Tomorrow evening will prove to be my first big test, as my friend is defending her thesis tomorrow and I have been invited to the party tomorrow evening.
Today did, however, include my first big explanation of what it is I'm doing to one of my coworkers. Even though she's a good friend of mine, it was one of those nervous moments of "will I be judged for doing something like this?" It's funny how we always have those fears. Fears that actually end up being unfounded the majority of the time.
Also, I am so happy to report that I was able drink Power Green today WITHOUT making a face! WIN!
Day 6 - 1/17/2017:
Oops! I got a little distracted with the goings on of the day and didn't blog too much yesterday. But, looking back on yesterday, all I can say is that I'm patting myself on the back! MAJORLY!
There were huge temptations yesterday. I was randomly asked if I wanted a piece of candy when I went to a thesis defense yesterday, and though my first inclination was to grab a few pieces, I stopped myself and abstained.
I then went to my friend's thesis defense party last night. Typically, I would've looked forward to and taken advantage of some mexican food, a beer or two, and totally had a piece of cake...this time I didn't! To say I was proud of myself would be an understatement of the year! I was so proud! And, amazingly, it wasn't that hard at all! I ate my dinner before I left - baked root mixture and zucchini cashew soup--drank plenty of water before the party, and found the water bottles so that I would have something in my hand that was Ultimate Reset approved all night!
It amazed me so much that once you REALLY commit to something, the temptations kind of don't matter. You don't really see them, because at that point they're not temptations at all. At least not to you. Because you know what your goals are. You know what you need to do to get where you want to go. And once you truly DECIDE to do something, everything else doesn't matter anymore. Not even the piece of cake sitting in front of you.
Day 7 - 1/18/2017:
Another day, another go around! I had a few more headaches today, but nothing too crazy or eventful happens. The week one meals are getting a little tedious, so I'm excited to move to week two! Also, I've been really tired. Chock it up to my body working so hard to cleanse itself. It's amazing how doing a cleanse can really take a lot out of you! And no, it's not because I'm hungry! Trust me, my stomach would be grumbling like crazy if that was the case! Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow, and the new week two post! I'll also try to remember to link it at the bottom in this post! :-) Later!