OK, I don’t feel great about this picture of my feet being published to the world. 😐
But… I wanted to show my progress in completing week 2 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. This post is a follow up to my last blog post where I broke down my experience with Week 1 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset.
If you missed that one, you’ll be learning that I started the Reset at 189 pounds at a time where I was just “OFF” with my food. I was eating a lot of healthy things because I enjoy them. But, I also was eating a lot of treats and not exercising enough judgment with my portion sizes or in how frequent I was splurging.
Let’s just say it was a lil too frequent and leave it at that.
To say I am feeling significantly better after the first two weeks would be an understatement. And truth be told it put a smile on my face yesterday to see what had become a foreign number on my scale. 174 pounds.
15 pounds down in 14 days.
Now, this isn’t my first experience with the Ultimate Reset, so I know not to expect the same amount of weight loss going into the final week. At least not for me. I would expect to maybe drop a few more pounds, but that’s about it. And I’m 100% OK with that, and I’ll go about explaining that below and share why I’ve already gotten what I needed out of this round of the Ultimate Reset.
Let’s get started with my week #2 recap.
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What is the nutrition focus on week 2, the Release phase?
I’m just going to go ahead and say that the food in week 2 of Ultimate Reset is my favorite. By this point you’ve transitioned to a 100% vegetarian diet with no animal products. NO dairy, NO eggs and NO animal-based protein.
You enjoy fruit with breakfast almost everyday, and also enjoy meals rich in vegetables and some grains. You’ll also notice an increase in the amount of beans you consume. Garbanzo beans, lentils and pinto beans are on the menu in some delicious recipes the first few days of the week.
You’ll also likely explore some new areas of the produce section of your local grocer or farmer’s market during your week 2 prep. My first experience with the Reset in 2012 was the first time I bought squash other than to set on my front porch in celebrating Thanksgiving.
Some other “newer” items for me in week 2 were collard greens, swiss chard and bok choy. I LOVED them all, especially the Coconut Collard Greens (but DON’T OVERcook them!!!)
Overall, expect to be surprised by how much you enjoy the recipes this week.
Week 1’s recipes and menu were good, but week 2’s are GREAT. One of the things that I LOVE about the Reset is how people learning to eat healthy for the first time feel excited to find new healthy foods that ARE delicious and also make the feel good.
I expect the same for you.
Did I incorporate exercise in week 2 of the Ultimate Reset?
But, I did follow the Ultimate Reset Guide book and I did continue to avoid strenuous exercise. This was easy for me, being that I was 9 days removed from a meniscus tear repair in my left knee.
I still walked the dog every day, and I incorporated Tai Cheng 4 of 7 days. I also am a dad of an 11 year old son and 13 year old daughter…so I don’t sit still too long. You feeling me? LOL!
The recommendations for exercise during the reset are simple and limited to walking, stretching, restorative yoga or Tai Cheng. THANKFULLY the Tai Cheng program is one of over 15 programs that are available in their entirety in the Beachbody on Demand Member Library for Team Beachbody Club Members.
The Team Beachbody Club membership has many benefits that I’ve outlined in detail before. For me…having 100% access to Tai Cheng during this 3 weeks was perfect.
How do you use the “Reset in a Crunch” resource?
The “Reset in a Crunch” section of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Program & Nutrition Guide was a WONDERFUL addition a year or so after its release.
As I reviewed in our 10 Tips for Success with the Beachbody Ultimate Reset that you can download above…I HIGHLY recommend that EVERYONE tries EVERY meal the first time they complete the Ultimate Reset.
Don’t prejudge that you won’t enjoy a meal. Make that determination AFTER you’ve tried it. BUT, in the event you do try a meal and don’t care for it, you can refer to the Reset in a Crunch section in the back of the booklet.
After 6 times completing the Reset, I choose to not make the Baked Tempeh. It’s just NOT my favorite. So on Day 7 when I saw baked Tempeh on the menu I choose to enjoy an alternative. My three alternative dinner options for week 1 of the Reset were Stir-Fried Veggies, Black Beans and Rice or Lentil Lime Salad (FYI: each of these 3 items had side options to choose as well).
I chose leftover black beans and rice, quinoa and a sweet potato and I was 100% in compliance with the plan being that I leaned on the Reset in a Crunch.
Now, there may be a day where you don’t get to prepping a meal in advance or just don’t look ahead and make the time to have a meal complete before you have to be out and about and on the go. This is another time when you can lean on the Reset in a Crunch resource.
But, again, I can’t stress enough how important I believe that it is for you to get in the habit of following the plan as instructed to FIND new meal options you can enjoy FOR THE LONG TERM. Don’t rely on eating a few items from the Reset in a Crunch resource for the duration of your 21 day Ultimate Reset experience.
How did I feel during week 2 of the Ultimate Reset?
If week 1 I felt a lil “touch and go” at times…week 2 was “all GO!”
It’s tough to put into words in this review what it meant to me to get traction with feeling “lighter”, desiring to be active and feeling less controlled by my cravings.
Before I started I was frustrated with how I felt, how my clothes fit and how the number of clothes that I could actually wear was shrinking. Actually one of my reasons and motivating factors for doing the Reset when I did was so that I could once again fit into my suit for my brother’s wedding.
You see, in July we attended a different wedding in Southern Illinois. I actually stood in my closet after I had showered to get ready to leave and I Flat. Out. Could. Not. Button. My. Pants.
And my belt was snug on the last hole.
It just wasn’t an option to wear either one of my suits; especially not for driving the 2 hour trek south to the wedding. Thankfully, it was a pretty casual wedding and I ended up wearing a pair of grey jeans and an untucked button up shirt.
It all worked out, but it was just another moment this summer where I had a “something has to change” moment.
I will tell you though that things HAVE CHANGED. 🙂 And I happily was able to fit into my suit and coat for my younger brother’s wedding on Day 15 of this Reset.
I experienced two totally different feelings from wedding #1 to wedding #2 of the summer. Wedding #1 I showed up feeling regret and frustration. Wedding #2 I showed up more confident and accomplished.
OH… I also got to enjoy a few amazing meals outside on the porch by the pool with my beautiful bride, Katie. In this pic below we were enjoying Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Bisque and a Greek salad.
I also was regularly waking up BEFORE my alarm in the early 0500 hour. I was ready to tackle the day and get to my morning devotional and reading time. Yet another big win for me…
Any tips for taking the Detox supplement?
One of the things that people tend to love about week 2 is that they see their most substantial weight loss.
But it’s also been pretty common in week 2 that I get questions about the Detox supplement from the people that I coach through the Ultimate Reset.
After all it’s the supplement that is taken to “help remove toxins and waste in the colon.” It does, but you’re NOT going to be running to the toilet for 7 days.
I mean we’re not taking a stimulant medicine that might get the job done but also leave you with cramps and having you nervous like you just ate more than one serving of potato chips made with Olestra.
The Detox supplement is a natural, gentle cleansing supplement made with Chia seed, milk thistle, turmeric, garlic, chanca piedra, aloe vera, ginger, Pau d’arco, Una de gato, slippery elm park powder and camu camu.
Disclaimer: I hadn’t heard of half of that shit prior to doing the Reset, and I’m still not able to explain how each one contributes to getting my colon healthy during week 2. I mean I’ve felt more informed drafting wide receivers in the 14th round of my fantasy football draft.
But that’s one of the reasons why I love that the Ultimate Reset.
It’s a system that works that’s been developed and tested by incredibly smart people, Isabelle Daikeler and the super food hunter Darin Olien.
Lastly, the Detox supplement is a powder that you mix with cold water and drink. Don’t let all the fancy ingredients and its light brown color intimidate you. If you mix and consume it as I suggest in my 10 tips for Ultimate Reset Success you’ll be good to go.
Bottom line…don’t fear the Detox supplement. And always remember, this is not your typical cleanse or detox program.
This is the Ultimate Reset and it’s made by Beachbody…Enough said.
What were my favorite meals from week 2?
Everything. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Ha. I’m serious!! When I thought back about my favorites and reviewed the menu I picked out many favorites. But here’s my super short list:
My favorite breakfast meals were the seasoned smashed chickpeas on day 8, and the fruit plate on well, EVERY day. Peaches were in season so I had fresh, ripe, local peaches EVERY DAY. They were incredible.
My favorite lunch items from week #2 of the Ultimate Reset were the Pinto Beans and Rice, Greek salad, Coconut-Squash Soup and Hearty Vegetable Miso Soup.
My favorite dinner items from week #2 were the Edamame and Roasted Corn Succotash, Roasted Squash with Garlic-Tahini filling, Roasted Beets, Millet and Coconut Collard Greens and Quinoa Lentil Pilaf.
Once again, I’ll let some pictures to the talking:
Week 2 is my favorite week of the Ultimate Reset for many reasons.
First and foremost it’s the week where people REALLY hit their stride, and start to see noticeable results. For me it was:
Better quality sleep.
Enhanced weight loss.
More consistent, stable energy.
And…the desire to exercise again began to build.
People begin looking forward to think about their “post-Reset” plan. They are considering how they will capitalize on the success they are experiencing with the Ultimate Reset.
People also tend to find value in eating healthier foods and come to the understanding how delicious healthy eating really is. And people also start to think about the foods they’ll make the courageous decision to NOT re-invite back into their life.
At least not all the time.
I hope you’ve found this helpful and if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to review my Complete Week #1 Ultimate Reset review you can find that here.
UPDATE: I’ve also now completed the program and want to make sure you see my final results and complete week 3 review.
What questions or comments do you have about what you’ve read in this article that I can answer? Please, don’t hesitate to share below.
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