Ultimate Reset Wk 3 Recap and Overall Impressions

Yesterday I finished my Ultimate Reset. Here's a recap of week three and my overall impression of the program as a whole.

Week 3 Recap

  • The first two weeks went pretty fast but this past week went much slower.
  • I was definitely sick of microgreen salads. I'm glad there were a couple other salads during week 3, but still main the dreaded microgreen salad.
  • This was the first week I felt the need to snack in the afternoon. The first day I had almonds and the rest of the days I had 1/2 serving Tropical Strawberry Shakeology, which tasted exceptionally good.
  • I was not able to follow the week 3 meal plan to a "T". We had 3 graduation parties over the weekend (one of which we hosted), so rather than having the official dinners I found myself chowing raw veggies and fruit. These parties were the first time during the 21 days I felt a strong temptation to cheat. Pulled pork, PB cups, cupcakes, hot dogs and pasta salad all did their best to lure me away, but I managed to resist.
  • Over the weekend my family wanted to go to SmashBurger. If you don't know what SmashBurger is, it's basically a fast food version of Red Robin. It's very good but not exactly reset-approved. I, as much as I wanted a burger, ended up getting a spinach salad. It had a little goat cheese and probably a fairly sugary dressing, but I definitily could have done much worse.
  • Sunday the family wanted to go out for lunch too so we ended up at Subway. I got a veggie chooped salad (no cheese), added avocado and had the balsamic vinaggrette dressing. Again, the dressing was probably sugary, but again, I could have done worse--the meatball sub looked real good!
  • The only recipes I really didn't like was the miso soups, so I skipped that this week.
  • I enjoyed the fruit plates for breakfast. However, I find it really annoying that the program tells you to buy only "low glycemic" fruit but does not give you a comprehensive list. I had watermelon (which is probably not low glycemic), pears, cantaloupe, green apples, kiwi mainly. But really BeachBody, if you want us to buy only certain fruit give us a list! I would have love a little more variety.
  • Today is day 22 and I am not having a salad of any sort. I'm having a burrito for lunch!
  • I am extremely grateful for my family for supporting me through this. I definitely couldn't have done it witout their encouragement.
  • Overall I lost 19lbs. I'm pretty happy with that. It does bug me that I didn't get an even 20.

My Overall Impression on the Program

Pros

  • I lost 19lbs and some inches off my waist. That's definitely a pro.
  • I liked almost every recipe, some of which I will most certainly incorporate in my daily meal plans. The Zucchini-Cashew soup, the Squash with Tahini and the Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Bisque were amazing!  Hated any of the miso stuff (except the aforementioned squash recipe that had a little miso paste in it).
  • I slept really well and was able to get up with less "snoozes" than before.
  • Like I said in last week's recap, I don't know if I felt more energy per se, but I also didn't have any dips in energy. It was definitely balanced.
  • This is definitely what I needed to get my daily eating back on track. I plan on not cutting out sugars completely but eating them in moderation (like only 1 serving of ice cream instead of a huge bowl). I will also plan for them.
  • I received a lot of supportive comments from friends and family. They noticed a change even after the first weekend (I started on a Wednesday).
  • The Facebook support groups were very helpful. It was nice to share successes, failures and temptations with other people going through the same thing. It's funny though, seems like "drink more water" is the answer to everything, even if the question is "I feel like I'm drinking too much water" the answer would be "drink more water". I found that funny.
  • I really have been able to pin point when and why I have certain cravings and how they relate to emotions. For instance, I find that mid to late afternoon I get a little bored and with that boredome comes the idea I'm hungry. When I leave work for home every afternoon I found that I seemed hungry but I realized that I used food to pass the time during my commute. During the reset I used a big bottle of water instead of PB cups or Snickers.
  • Overall I like the program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially someone that struggles with their weight.

Cons

  • To reiterate, give us a list of approved fruit! How difficult can it be!
  • I wasted a lot of groceries. I bought a special loaf of bread but only needed 2 pieces. I should have passed it on to the family to use, but I didn't look ahead to see if it was used. I also have a half a can of garbanzo beans that went unused. I think they're still good and I can re-use them, but why not use up all the ingredients?
  • Please, for the love of all that's holy, come up with some more salad variations!
  • Some of the recipes don't match the photos and some of them don't match the video. I found the cooking video fairly useless. Also we have an electric burner and some of the stove-top cook directions were too high. I learned this early and adapted. Anything that said high heat I ended up using medium.
  • Please be more specific with the grocery list. "Miso paste" was not clear enough. There are many kinds of miso paste. I bought the wrong one and ended up wasting it…actually ended up pretty much wasting both since I didnt' care for it anyway.
  • Each day there is a "plan ahead" section that tells you to prepare certain things ahead but I found it very inconsistent. Some of the lunches take over an hour to make, which if you pack your lunch like I do you can't really pull that off in the morning. If there is a meal that takes a while, tell us the day before please!

Your Turn!

 If you're serious about losing weight and want to get your eating right, why not give the Ultimate Reset™ a try.

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