BeachBody 21 Ultimate Reset Review

First let me say that I am not one of the coaches. I was not given this program/product and I am receiving nothing from this review.  You, of course, are gonna get a bunch of info which I am happy to share with you.

I decided to do this program for a couple of reasons. One to lose weight…which you know (or are told) is secondary and the other was to completely clean up my eating.

Most people eat way worse than me. Now, I don’t say that to be mean or point fingers. Its not that kind of thing. A lot of people have lost 20lbs. in 21 days and frankly they have flushed a toxic filled diet right out to the trash. No more meat, bread, pizza, fast food, chips, dairy etc.

They encourage changing over to organic products so that your are taking in less toxins for this cleanse. I already ate organic 98% of the time. They start by weaning you off of animal product in the first week, I’m already a vegetarian. I do on occasion enjoy yogurt and I like eggs a lot, cheese here and there and damn, do I love me some ice cream. My biggest challenge of cleaning up my diet was eliminating sugar and bread carbs. The other thing that made this menu easier for me is that I was already familiar with all of the foods. I knew where to get Tempeh and what it was, quinoa, millet, seaweed, Braggs etc. I already had alot of the items in my house. I just used them differently. This did seem to be a challenge for some of the participants.

So  it kinda goes like this… A bunch of supplements to assist with the cleanse, your metabolism, gut bacteria, digestion and reducing inflammation. There is a little schedule guide that tells you when to take what and how long before you eat a meal. You are supposed to drink darn close to a gallon of distilled water per day. * I think the best I did was about 80 ozs a day which is up from my normal 24ish. I will admit that plain distilled water with the mineralize wasn’t working with me. I had to add a few drops of organic liquid stevia and lemon to be able to tolerate it at all. Fresh lemon taste much better than bottled -by the way. There is a rockin recipe book that goes with your menu plan and I WILL be using a bunch of the recipes in the future. Super Yum! Like I said before it slowly weans you off of foods like meat and bread and then into grains and then none to the point that in the last week you are eating a vegan diet. Now I know that this may or may not work for some people. They have support pages set up per phase on FaceBook so that you can ask questions and get/give support to others going through the same phase as you. There are Beachbody people that answer your questions on FB if you can’t find it on the website or book. And frankly they are pretty quick at replying. There is a substitution list if you are missing an ingredient. In the book there is also a “menu in a crunch” that helps you with easier meals if you are on the run.

The biggest complaints at first were people who had headaches from caffeine withdrawal. Knowing I was starting the program and that they highly recommend no over the counter meds be used, like my dear friend Motrin, I switched to decaf coffee. I did this 4 days prior to my start. That way when a headache set in my friend Mo was there to help me and I wasn’t messing up my progress. I would highly suggest that to anyone who plans on doing this program and has caffeine in their current diet.

The second complaint was the alkalize/power greens. I loved that little salad in a cup.You add the packet to 3-4oz of distilled water. But on week 2 there is the detox packet that people loved and I was not a fan of AT ALL. There is a combo of herbs or something that just tasted off to me. I couldnt quite wrap my head around it and while they suggest 8-12ozs of water to take it I have to admit it took me more like 13 or 14ozs. The upside of it, besides the reason for it, is that I was taking in 39+ ozs of water just taking the detox.

People complained about being hungry or not having enough food. You are actually allowed a snack each day. I had two snacks in week one and then never had another. I was full after each meal without any trouble.

There is the option to use Shakeology (vegan chocolate or strawberry) as a breakfast sub or a snack. I used one of each flavor for breakfast on two different days. Chocolate with frozen strawberries and distilled mineralized water tasted way better to me than the strawberry flavor. 

The cool thing about this program is all of the fresh food and yummy recipes. And it can be said that the prep, cooking and clean up can be just as uncool. You just don’t realize how much it takes to make a good meal. And clearly by the way people eat these days you know that it’s easier to make something less nutritious than to actually take the time and make a “good for you” meal. The first week or so I spent so so so much time in the kitchen. The prep, cutting, planning, cooking felt like I was there for a million years. Then after you have this tasty wonderful meal and you’re happy and full and then you turn around to see a giant mountain of pots and pans. I just kept thinking of it as burning calories. I really really needed to think of it as something positive.

I was faced with a very large life challenge in week 2 (read *high stress* thinking of drinking and smoking and cursing and crying) I don’t smoke at all and drink on rare occasion. Ice cream would have been helpful but I couldn’t find it on any of my daily menus!! I did “break” and have a tablespoon of almond butter. I couldn’t think of anything else that I would really enjoy and it was allowed in week one. I didn’t think it would screw me up that bad and it served well as a little emotional food relief.

My other challenge was, just after that stress settled a little, I pulled my back out. It definitely felt like a “FML” moment. So my activity level was shot. I couldn’t even walk on the track. This bummed me out more than anything because I was truly hoping to lose at least 10-12lbs on this program. I did take 1 single 200mg Motrin on my worst day of pain.

I found it strange that I always felt so full between the food and water (and maybe supplements) that I had no cravings. There was always a touch of sweetness in a recipe at just the right moment to make it feel ok without sugar. I didn’t seem to care as my husband and kids had dessert after dinner, often.  It seemed like a long road in front of me when I started the 21 days but I kept a count down calendar to see progress. It actually passed by pretty quickly. I only weighed myself 3 times. They say you should only weigh yourself at day one and at day 21. If you really want to check do it after each phase but not everyday. You will make yourself crazy AND this program is really about the cleanse not weight loss.

In the end I lost 8 pounds. I did not measure inches like a lot of people do but my clothes are fitting better and I can see some changes here and there.

I was told that if you ate pretty clean before the program that your weight loss would be lower. So I wasn’t too surprised. I think if I could have kept up my activity level up and not pulled my back out that I would have lost a couple more pounds for sure.

Now for phase out. Or phase in. I’m not sure what its called but they say you are now to do the whole diet in reverse to slowly reintroduce the foods you phased out – grains, nuts, yogurt, meat for the carnivores…lol   According to the literature your body will be more sensitive to foods and stimulants like caffeine so you should take it slow to see if you have any adverse reactions. Not a bad idea. I also read that a lot of people had better weight loss success on the reverse now that their body is running cleaner. It’s worth a try.

That’s pretty much it.

Over all I like this program a ton. For me I have found a new love for my veggies since being introduced to a bunch of new and exciting recipes. You can get bored with the same ole, same ole. After visiting the doc for my bad back he agreed I could really do without wheat in my diet, I kinda already knew that. So I am going to try to continue without it. I have a feeling my morning coffee will be back just not sure when.

*Keep a look out for another related post with pictures of some of the recipes I made.

 

 

 

The Great Shoe Expedition 

So in my mind it played out quite differently. You know those days when you make a plan and you assume it’s going to clip right along and you’ll be in, out and on your way. Ya, not quite.
My daughter let me know after school one day that her toes were squished in her gym shoes and she thought they were too small now. No big deal. I figured with the weekend in front of us that we would have plenty of time to shop for shoes.  

So that didn’t pan out – when we popped into a famous footwear and nordstrom rack there weren’t many options left in her size.

All is not lost I told my worrier child. We have an entire mall down the road from us. I am quite confident they have shoes.

So the big plan: 

Pick the kids up from school ✔️

Run through Children’s Place and grab pants for my son ✔️ (that took 10 minutes)

Drop over to the Nike outlet to grab shoes for the girl….. Go home, eat dinner, walk the dog and relax…. 🚫

Nope! That is NOT how it went down. Nike = no shoes in her size, Famous Footwear Outlet = no shoes in her size, Stride Rite? One pair but not her color. Footlocker…. Wow did you know that if your kids foot is bigger than a size 3 the price goes up $20! Yah, kids shoes for $70 and $85, Well That’s Fantastic ?? seriously? Shoes they will wear for a max of 3 months $85! I almost died. Footlocker for kids=0, Finishline = zippo, Journey for kids – nope but the girl says to me “if she’s wearing a 3 or 3.5 in kids that’s like a 5.5 in woman’s. RECORD SCRATCH!!! Pause, crickets chirping, Wait, what? “Oh yah, she says, totally she could wear small woman’s sizes”. Really?? It took almost 8 stores for someone to actually say something. WOW, my mind is blown that in all the stores we visited the previous 3hours not one salesperson said anything that would lead me to believe I had more options. Some of these people work on commission and nobody knew this gem of knowledge or thought to share it with me?  So onward….Champs Sports, look at all these options, there is this one and that one, by the way,  have you seen a sales person? Hellooooo? And moving on….Sports Authority, dear god let the stars be aligned, size and color match the approval of my daughter and let this be the last store we go to tonight. SCORE!! 3 pairs later we find a winner (a pair of Nikes that were probably in the first store) on sale for $49.99. I quickly signed up for text and emails from the store to get a coupon sent to me yesterday and for $42 out the door we have gym shoes.

It is now after 7pm. All prior plans have been tossed out the window. I’ll be lucky to feed them dinner as they are brushing their teeth with one foot in bed. 

I’m so happy neither kid had homework, school forms, an art project or any kind of sciency thing due the next day. On the plus side I got all my steps in for the century 😝

Keep peeking

I have a system on school mornings at drop off. Due to the crazy insane out of this world busy parking lot at our school has I have resigned myself to drop them off in a timely manner and then parking at the back while waiting for the traffic to clear. We have had many accidents at our exit/entrance so much so that I’ve personally witnessed three of them and even went to court with one mom to testify about how it all went down.  I’ll save that and why they won’t put a traffic light for another day.

So my “system” to avoid the rush also assists me in watching my kids walk into school or on early days watch them line up outside and observe their behavior. I tend to park where I can see just enough, wait for the mass exodus of cars and safely go about my day. Keep in mind all of this takes a max of 15 minutes.

I don’t think my kids know that I drop and stick around.  Not sure how much they care. But I noticed today what I’ve actually seen before, it just didn’t register, that there are the same parents who do something similar: they drop and watch. They will stand at the end of the drive or walkway and wait until their kid has walked into the school. 

I’m not the newest parent but don’t have middle schoolers yet. How long  do we keep peeking and watching? Or does it never quite go away until they actually “go away” to school?

Already?

i am still shaking my head in disbelief. It was just July and we were in the middle of gardening, swimming, planning play dates and eating ice cream.

School started yesterday. Like actually started. Backpacks, forms, supplies, pick up lines…..

Sigh.  Not ready for this.

dirty little GMOs

This is an excellent article about what’s really going on, why we need to label our food and if you don’t quite understand what GE farming is it will give you a quick lesson.

More and more I am happily meeting people who want labels on their food, believe in growing a garden, sourcing locally and eating organic/non-gmo.

Bravo! Vote with your wallets, write your senators and congressmen, sign petitions and get the word out that WE as a people are of value. We deserve to know and it is our right to know what we are eating if you want our hard earned dollars.

http://robynobrien.com/gmos-nine-dirty-little-secrets/

Gen Extraterrestrial 

http://www.themid.com/family/generation-xs-parenting-problem?u=bkuZDyX8jj​
I just read this blog and it reminded me of a recent conversation I had with a friend.  This whole thing about being your kids best friend and setting no boundaries or letting them call the shots is pretty foreign to me. I actually know some of these parents. I’ve met them and my kids go to school with them. Granted most aren’t eating gluten free, ethically raised, peanut free anything unless there is an allergy. These kids are hyped up on sugar and running free with no rules.

Parents don’t know how to say no and when they do it sends their kids into such a tizzy of hysterics that mom or dad gives in, backs down and folds. I have a few good laughs, at my kids expense, in public spaces when they’ve tried to hissy fit their way to something they wanted, needed, had to have right then and there. My saying no actually means no. It’s not a negotiating tool. I laugh when a stranger says “I remember those days”.  You know what? I do too. I remember not getting everything I ever wanted and I lived. I remembered that money didn’t grow on trees and that you should choose wisely when shopping or picking out something special. 

I watch other children who have no value for their things. That whole throw away world mentality. No big deal just toss it and another will appear. My kids stories would horrify some of their school chums. “My mom says if she has to clean up my toys she’ll get out a garbage bag and throw them away”.  This is the truth and they’ve seen it done. If you value your things you will take care of them.

I remember as a child having a few prized possessions. I think that is an important lesson in value. I also think it’s a good lesson in goal setting. How do you work towards anything if it’s handed to you? My kids ask me to take  pictures with my phone of things they want to add to their birthday or holiday list. Most of the time they are forgotten or trumped by something better. They no longer receive gifts from their friends at their birthday parties either. They have to pick a charity to collect donations for and deliver them. But they still need to hand write thank you notes for the donation.  They are slowly learning that the world is made up of all sorts of people and not all of them are as fortunate as us. Giving back is as important as being thankful and grateful for what you have.

I had a small text convo with one of the parents prior to our last birthday party. She lost the donation request list (or ignored it) and wanted to know what my son wanted for his birthday. I told her “nothing” I resent her the list and explained that we are taking donations for the library this year.  Her reply was that this wasn’t going to go well with her son and that she’ll have him pick out something, maybe they could play with when they are together. Sigh…. She wasn’t getting it. I suggested to her that if she wanted her son to pick something out and participate please keep in mind the list and that it will be donated to the library.  We aren’t accepting gifts. 

My kids gets all sorts of stuff from their grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends. More “stuff” than I think the really need. There have been times that the only gift I’ve given my kids on their birthday is their birthday party and that’s a pretty big deal.

Our world today is not the same that we grew up with. Some of the changes in parenting or feeding or transporting have come because we’ve learned a better way. Or our villages aren’t there to help parent and mind us because they’ve turned into huge cities.  I don’t have a local grandparent to come over and watch the kids.  The local one works 60 hours a week and the next closest is a state away. You adapt to some of the changes but I think it’s still important to bring forward the lessons of values, goals and ethics.

Parenting is not for the weak. This is serious business. I personally did not have kids so I could have instant friends. They can be friends with me when they get older, like I am with my mom now. Until then we will learn, grow, have a few pains, develop and mature together.  At the end of the day I’m still gonna tell you to get your pjs on, brush your teeth and get in bed at a reasonable hour so that you have a good nights sleep.

Nighty night. I love you.

The year of the Goldfish

It all started with some innocent carnival won feeder fish. Just by saying the words “feeder fish” you know this won’t end well. Thunder and Lightning were welcomed in our petless house with open arms. Promptly transferred into our fish bowl of yesteryear and watched with oohs and ahhs.

  
I noticed that Lighting looked a bit worn. I’m guessing that being chased and scooped up by plastic cups for two hours put a strain on him. I suspected he wouldn’t make it through the night…… And I was right.

Thunder lasted almost a week and prompted a frank talk about the life and purpose of feeder fish.

“Swami Mommy predicts you will have many fish in your life young child. Please don’t cry.”

After fish funeral number one we made a trip to the pet store to fill our now empty bowl. Enter our new friend Polka Dot.

  
Not the peppiest fish I’ve ever seen. Actually Polka Dot looked less than thrilled to be in his new tank. And over the course of 2.5 weeks we found that, true to his name, he developed more lovely spots – ich.

Too far gone for successful treatment our lovely Polka Dot was buried on a Tuesday morning amongst the garden and near our friend Thunder. Swim free, swim on.

As luck would have it just the Saturday before on July 4th, also my daughters birthday, we decided to visit the county 4h fair. After visiting the petting zoo and looking in the barns we headed towards to Midway. The kids immediately spotted the game where you toss a ping pong ball in a bowl in order to win a goldfish. Guess who won? Yup, the birthday girl herself. And I shall name thee “Independence”

  
So far so good. Peppy little firecracker of a fish who has had a brush with ich and survived. 

Pray for us…..and the fish.

Slacker

i can’t tell you how many posts I’ve written in my head and realize now that I just don’t get them down on paper/blog.

Endless ideas or events to share. Situations, current news, crazy stories. I can’t believe I haven’t even told you about the dog we got two weeks ago. 

Alrighty , wake up Wednesday!!

Let’s get this blog rolling.