My 21 Day Ultimate Reset Results and Review
Welcome and thanks for taking a minute to check out my results from my recent round of the Ultimate Reset program. Since the introduction of this program in 2011, this is the 4th time I have done this. Ed has done a few rounds with me too. It has been about 2 1/2 years since my last round and I felt that it was time for another.
What brought me to this point?
I have to admit that this past Summer was full of trips, cookouts, special events, boating and even a hospital stay that I believe contributed to my weight gain. I am not making excuses here. I did stay true to my 30 min daily workouts and daily Shakeology but the most important part of my plan, the nutrition, was slacking. We definitely went out to eat a lot, drank on more occasions than normal and had some cheat meals and desserts. I am normally an 80/20 gal, meaning 80% of the time I am on track and save 20% of cheats for special nights out on the weekend. Ha, these Summer months were so nice, it was like a Saturday every day! So when the jeans were getting tight and I was frustrated when I looked in the mirror, I knew it was time for Round 4!
If you are not familiar with this program, you can click here and read in more detail what it entails. The video will also give you a background about the program and answer many questions you may have. What I would like to share is how I responded to the aspects of the program.
As you can see here, I had some solid results. I started on Monday Sept 28th 2015 and ended on Sunday Oct 18th. I lost 11.6 pounds, 3 inches in my waist and 2 inches around my hips! Woohoo! I noticed my clothes fitting better after the first week which was motivating. Do you notice how much happier I am in my after pics? I really was upset with myself at the beginning but knew that I was going to commit and it was going to work!
The dreaded scale pics! Not bad when you see a big change in 21 days! 😉
So how does the program work and what you will expect
The following pics will give you an idea of the meals that are allowed on the program. The first week, I find is actually not too hard to follow. Sure, if you are a coffee drinker, like your added sugar or your adult beverages, it can be a challenge for the first few days. Many will comment that day 3 can be the toughest due to caffeine withdrawal but, I promise, it gets better. Chicken, eggs, salmon, greek yogurt, toast, and oatmeal are allowed and the recipes are delicious. There are also snacks that can be added in the afternoon if needed. New foods that you may have never tried will be introduced. If you are like me, you will learn to love them and make them part of your nutrition plan going forward. Jicama is a staple for us now and I had never heard of it before 😉
During Week 2, all animal products, including dairy, eggs and meat are eliminated. Your meals consist of fruits, veggies and whole grain based foods. This is also the phase that adds a detox powder before meals but honestly, its not bad. Its like Metamucil but tastes better. And its gentle so no worries about being near a bathroom. As you can see the meals are a good size, colorful and delicious. My afternoon snack usually consisted of my Vegan Tropical Shakeology which is allowed since there is no whey protein involved. I was never really hungry on this plan….. And the jeans felt even looser, Yay!
Week 3 is considered the Restorative phase. Grains and legumes are eliminated so the focus shifts to a simple, cleansing fruit and vegetable based diet. Every breakfast is a pretty generous serving of various fruits. Lunch and dinner are mostly salads, sweet potato, tempeh (one night) and some soup. You are allowed a bigger serving and it really does fill you up. At first, I thought it wouldn’t satiate me but it did. I believe that when you feed your body nutritious food, you are not as hungry as you think you’ll be. You are not having those pesky sugar crashes that make you want to grab something sweet or salty.
A few thoughts to keep in mind
Believe it or not, it is recommend that you don’t exercise too much during the 3 weeks. Walking, yoga, pilates, tai cheng and light stretching is suggested. The reason is that this is an alkalizing plan and you don’t want to be stimulating lactic acid into your system. Also, the idea is to let your body rest, inside and out. I did not exercise too much other than the above activities. It was nice to use that time to prepare my meals.
I think what I find most challenging is preparing of the meals. They are not hard to make, but some can take time and you may want to pre-cook some of the meals the night before if you have to pack up meals for work or a busy day ahead.
Some people have told me that they think this is an expensive program. I boldly disagree since you save so much money by not going out for meals, no alcohol or wine at dinner and the food bills tend to be lower since you are mostly buying produce and not costly meats, fish etc. During a past round that Ed and I did, I figured out we saved $500 when comparing a 3 week period of us going out to when we were committed to this program. It really made us realize we go out too much lol 😉
So what next? What happens on Day 22 and beyond?
Thats up to each individual. It is recommended that once you finish week 3, you go backwards by using meals from Week 2 and reintroducing the foods that were eliminated. By doing that, your body may react to certain foods that you may not have realized were causing issues. Some people figure out that dairy or gluten was a problem. In my experiences with each round, I have found that my body didn’t like dairy and I have eliminated that. I also have not had meat since my 3rd round. Its ok, I am fine with that. I love fish and eggs. I don’t consider myself a vegan but just eat foods that don’t upset my system. As I said, each person finds there own way and learn how things react with their own bodies.
I’m so glad that you took some time to read through this and I hope it helped to give you insight into the program. You may be interested to learn that there was a clinical trial done and published in the Chiropractic Journal of Medicine sharing the results of a test group. They are pretty remarkable! As a nurse, I was certainly impressed with the participants results. Lower blood pressure, decreased cholesterol levels, decreased blood sugar levels and markedly improved testerone levels in men. It just goes to show that NUTRITION IS MEDICINE and we all have the power to change the path of health that we are on. If you are ready and would like to give it a try, please message me and I am happy to help guide you along. Let my results inspire you to make that change for you and your family.
Wishing you the best of health,