Oopsy! I haven’t updated my blog at all for day 14-21 of my Ultimate Reset journey!
I have now completed THREE rounds of Ultimate Reset and I have hosted a couple Ultimate Reset online accountability groups since it came out in April 2012. One thing I noticed is that everyone was great about posting in the group (pictures, how they felt, etc), but by week 3, they got really quiet about it. Not sure why. I just realized I did the same.
Last week was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I ate a lot of repeat meals to keep from wasting food because I had a lot of leftovers (my appetite wasn’t really big this week) and to save time (I was crunched for time a few nights) so it was convenient to have some repeat meals because of prep/cook time.
Sunday Ryan and I took Rebel for the first time to the Houston Aquarium. He LOVED it.
I didn’t get as much water as I needed and I ate later than normal at each meal. I was happy that the restaurant at the Aquarium had a Greek Salad. So I just brought my own dressing that day.
By day 15, I was down 5 lbs. and my “skinny” work pants were fitting loose! One thing I’ve noticed around day 5 was that my face stopped looking so “puffy”.
We were asked to do a FIT CLUB for the WCYFL girls. So on Thursday, I was away from home again and didn’t get to eat dinner until LATE that night as well as our regular FIT CLUB night on Tuesday. But I survived! I love being able to give back to the community. And aren’t these little girls adorable?
Here are some of the foods I enjoyed over the past 8 days.
Roasted Mediterranean Beets, (Super yummy! I dice them up super small and they get really crispy in the oven. If you have NEVER tried ROASTED beets, you need to. They are NOTHING like canned beets like you see on the salad bar!) steamed baby spinach and kale (I didn’t like kale the first two rounds, but made friends with it this round) and millet (another food that I really embraced this round).
Asian Cabbage Salad with Miso Soup (Miso Soup became a major favorite this round, too. The key is finding the right MISO. This is my favorite. 13 calories. Great for a cold day!)
- 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1½ tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger root
- 2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
- ½ head Napa cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
- ½ medium carrot, shredded
- ¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Himalayan salt (to taste; optional)
- Combine vinegar, lime juice, oil, ginger, and Bragg Liquid Aminos in a small bowl; mix well.
- Combine cabbage, carrot, red and green onions, cilantro, and salt (if desired) in a large bowl; mix well.
- Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.
- Let salad marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.
- Calories: 383
- Total Fat: 29 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 2,034 mg
- Carbohydrate: 27 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Sugar: 15 g
- Protein: 8 g
This was my snack everyday – 1/4 c. toasted millet + 1/8 of an avocado and 1 tsp. of homemade salsa.
Garlic Veggies + a baked sweet potato (could only eat 1/2 of the sweet potato)
One of my favorites: Moroccan Carrot Salad with Miso Soup
- 3 medium carrots, grated
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley)
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ¼ tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. ground paprika
- 1 dash cinnamon
- ½ tsp. Himalayan salt
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste; optional)
- Combine carrots, oil, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne (if desired) in a large bowl; mix well.
- Let salad marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
- Calories: 338
- Total Fat: 29 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 1,197 mg
- Carbohydrate: 23 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Protein: 3 g
Curry Cauliflower (An all-time favorite – even Rebel loves it!) + Steamed baby spinach + kale.
Spinach Salad and baked sweet potato.
I never tried the roasted fennel bulb in round I or II so decided to try it this time on day 18. I love fennel seeds, but fennel bulb – ACK! Not so much. I ate it all, but don’t envision me ever eating it again!
This is always so refereshing: Jicama-Avocado Salad.
Microgreen salad – Easy in a pinch! (topped with leftover Roasted Mediterranean Beets.
My final results are in – DRUM ROLL PLEASE: 7.2 lbs. lost along with 6″,
which 2 1/4″ was off of my waist.
(Day 1 – 138.4 lbs; 32″ waist
Day 21 – 131.2 lbs; 29.75″ waist)
This round was easier yet harder than the other 2 rounds I previously completed.
It was easier because I was familiar with the foods because I had continued to eat these foods regulary after the completion of round I. So I was familiar with the recipes and foods. In fact I didn’t do any of my grocery shopping for this round until the day before. When Ryan and I shopped for the foods he needed before he started it last May, it took us several trips and hours to find everything! The prep time for shopping cooking was greatly decreased from the first time. I didn’t feel overwhelemed like I did when I was cooking Ryan’s meals (of course then I was also caring for a 1 year old plus he’d just had surgery and was unable to do anything.) I experienced no pain/discomfort of any sort on round I, but I experienced some back pain on round II. This round I experienced more back aches and a few slight headaches. It was more challenging Round II and III because my mind kept telling myself, it was okay to cheat because I’d already done it to a T the first round.
I am thankful that 4 others joined me in this journey because it kept me accountable.
One friend who started the same exact day as me, had lost 18 lbs. by week 2. I am anxious to hear about her final results. My best friends last day is today. And the other two ladies are on day 14 and day 15 and they were down 10 lbs. each last I checked.
Tomorrow morning I will go and have my cholesterol rechecked. I am curious to see what the results are.
I am glad I completed this round when I did. It helped me get back on track eating wise. I’d let stress of trying to juggle everything turn me into an emotional eater. I’d definitely fallen off the wagon when it came to clean eating, which had taken a toll on my body & health. I had gained weight and my cholesterol levels had begun to rise, but above all, prior to starting this round, I started to feel like I had prior to my joining Beachbody: EVERYTHING ached. My whole body hurt. I was uncomfortable all the time. I remember telling myself I never wanted to feel that way again, but it happened. It was a reminder and a wake up call. I share this with you because just because I am a coach, doesn’t mean that I am not human or that I don’t share some of the same struggles. I encourage you to revisit what motivated you in the first place and get back on the wagon with me NOW.
Side note: In a recent study, Americans age 24 & ^ indicated that they fall off the health and wellness wagon when they’re” craving sweets (48%), dining out (44%), feeling stressed (41%) or eating on the go (37%). Which category do you fall under?
I leave you with this amazing Ultimate Transformation and ask you to consider giving it a try yourself!
October 22, 2013 Update – Got my cholesterol re-checked today!
These are my results from Round I (last July) – Down 15 points!
Side by Side Comparison of my cholesterol levels for Round III
Before – 165
After – 126 – Down 39 points!)
Everyone should try Ultimate Reset AT LEAST once in their lifetime! I highly recommend it! If you are interested in trying it – Please contact me at www.facebook.com/coachmindyhord or firstname.lastname@example.org.