Rock the Reset: Day 12 and 13

I’m pretty pleased with myself today….I successfully said NO to pierogis!!!!

Seriously, friends….I really like pierogis, and I haven’t one in forever! It took everything in my body to say No, but I did it!!! Victory!!!!

With just a week left, I have promised myself that I won’t mess up once, and I’ve stuck to that promise so far. I mean…it’s the homestretch!!!!!

Like I said earlier in the week, I’ve been doing the same meals each day to help stay on track (I love repetition). Lots of fruit in the morning, a big salad for lunch, and veggies and a sweet potato for dinner. I like that the foods I’m eating are things I usually eat, so that makes it easier. 


Yesterday I didn’t feel too well….a little sinus headache (shoutout to Ohio for weird weather shifts), so I didn’t eat lunch and just had my shake earlier. Lots of sleep and watching Prison Break seemed to help…I’m feeling better today.  I was also able to get everything all planned out for my upcoming Fit-ish Challenge group! 


I’m getting ready to work on my meal for the final week….I’m not sure what all I cut out this week, but we shall see!

Hope you have a great Saturday! 

Rock the Reset: Day 10 and 11

Over the halfway mark!

Everyone said this week was an emotional week while doing the Reset, but I haven’t had that issue yet….I definitely thought last week was harder. 

One thing I’ll never do….complain about the 3 Day Refresh again. I honestly feel like when I complete the rest of this Reset I’ll be able to conquer anything. 

Physically I’m not seeing a huge change yet, but internally I feel really good. I haven’t had any issues with cramping, bloat, or digestion. My coffee withdrawals are gone, but I am definitely looking forward to a big cup when this is over. 

One change I have noticed: how I view food. I’m looking at it much differently and no longer as a reward. So many days I’d have a killer workout and be like “I deserve this treat because I did so great today” etc. I’m not feeling like that anymore…. definitely hoping that will stick. 

Still loving my fruit breakfast….especially because I’ve been sharing Jackfruit with some of my pals. Everyone who has tried it has loved it! I could live off of sweet potatoes, so I’ve been loving them big time with dinner. 

You know what else I love? How well I’m sleeping at night. I know these changes in my diet have something to do with that. 

Another day down…. thanks for helping me get through this, friends! 

Rock the Reset: Days 8-9

Happy Week Two of the Ultimate Reset, friends!

Week Two is what resetters refer to as “Release”. During this week, we add in a Detox supplement, which surprisingly I liked! It has a lemony flavor and is best when mixed with super cold water and stirred consistently. This supplement isn’t one that makes you go to the bathroom a lot, so don’t worry about that if you are considering the Reset.

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Yesterday I weighed in with the start of the week and was down two pounds and two inches. Like I said before, I’m not really as concerned with a huge weight loss; my goal was to feel better internally and have a better relationship with food. Even with my few little slip ups, I felt good about my progress and how I was feeling overall.

Here’s a look at what I have been eating this week in addition to my supplements (detox, optimize, power greens, and soothe):

BREAKFAST: A big ass plate of fruit…..which I have thoroughly been enjoying. I’ve always struggled with getting my fruit in during the day, so this has helped me realize that eating it first thing in the morning helps me get those portions in while feeling full and having all day to burn them off.

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Rainbows are good…very good. 

LUNCH: Microgreen Salads or Quinoa Salads

Microgreen Salads were on my meal plan last week, and I loved them so much I chose them for this week as well. If you love something, why change? I love having a simple salad packed full of veggies for my lunch, and the creamy garlic dressing recipe is AH-MAZ-ING. I don’t even use dressing in real life, but during this reset I’m into it.

SNACK: Shakeology

This has been my saving grace….as a self diagnosed choc-o-holic, this is my sweet treat every day…..it’s also something I haven’t missed a day of in years, and I would never do anything that would force me not to have it.

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DINNER: Stir fried veggies and a sweet potato

I fell in love with a slightly similar recipe during my 3 Day Refresh days, so this was a no brainer for me. I also love having sweet potatoes.

Today I went out to dinner with two of my friends before we went to see Beauty and the Beast. I was so happy when they agreed to go to The Mustard Seed, a local vegan/gluten free market and cafe. Here’s what I had for dinner:

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Quinoa Stir Fry Bowl

I knew I could find something that was similar to the Reset recipes, and I was right! I had looked on the menu before I left my house to make sure…that’s what I always do when I am following a meal plan. It helps me stay on track!

Yoga….it’s going…..One day at a time. I see so many benefits of this program and why people like it, but I still am looking forward to jumping into the 21 Day Fix again once this ends.

Everyone says this week is emotional….I’m wondering if it will be for me. We shall see!

Hope your week is going well so far!

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What the hell is that?

Over the weekend I heard that question so many times…and it was all because of this picture:

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It’s like a baby….but a fruit. 

Most people had never even heard of this fruit, let alone seen a picture of it, so when I shared on The Sparkle Fitness Babe that I had gotten this item, I was bombarded with comments, messages, texts, and questions.

This, my friends, is a jackfruit.

Awhile back I wrote about one of my favorite local places, All Good Things, a place where my mom and I had fallen in love with their jackfruit tacos and jackfruit pizza. After trying it for the first time, I decided I wanted to get my one of my own and try to make some recipes with it for my meal plan.

So what the hell is a jackfruit anyway? It’s a fruit that is a relative of the fig and breadfruit and believed to have originated in Asia….and, as my picture shows, it is a fruit rather large in size.

The fruit itself can be used in a variety of ways. When brownish green, like the one I am holding, it can be used as a meat substitute, similar to pulled pork. As the fruit ripens and begins a brighter green, it is much sweeter (you can eat it at any state) but you won’t want to necessarily use it as a meat when it is this sweet.

Its taste? It is kind of hard to describe….but the best I can do is a blend between a mango, banana, and pineapple. There are SO many recipes for jackfruit (don’t believe me, look at Pinterest!).

I wanted to show you all how to clean this huge fruit as well as what the inside looks like. It’s an interesting fruit, as it is made up of arils, tiny fleshy chunks that contain a seed in each one. The seeds can be boiled and taste like potatoes!

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A jackfruit, after the flesh has been removed. 

Don’t be scared of this weird looking fruit…it is so delicious and versatile…and if you are trying to go meat-less, this is a great alternative!

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Rock the Reset: Day 7

 

Today is the final day of Week 1 on my Ultimate Reset journey. This means I am 1/3 of the way done!

But I have to be honest….yesterday….yesterday I shit the bed hard with this journey.

About three months ago I decided I wanted to throw a surprise baby shower for one of my besties, Krista, who is due to give birth to a baby girl in April. We had it planned for March 18th, and since it was so long ago that I started the planning process, I hadn’t take the Reset into consideration. Once I committed to doing the Reset, I knew this day would be the day that I would screw up royally on this journey.

And I kind of did. We did have healthy options at the party…fruits, veggies, chicken salad….but we also had cupcakes and quiches, plus I brought a variety of donuts from Peace, Love, and Little Donuts. A brunch isn’t complete with them!

I started the day off as planned….a big ol’ fruit plate. I love this as a breakfast option…thank heavens because it will be on the plan for the next two weeks!

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Well, let me tell you friends….I did eat a donut…a Fruity Pebbles one, one of my favorites. It was delicious during the two seconds of consumption.

But…..

I cannot even begin to tell you how sick it made me.

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The most amazing donuts!

As I left to drive the hour+ back to my house from my mom’s, I could barely make the drive. The sugar from the donut had made me so sluggish and sleepy and my whole body felt weird. It was such a change from how great I had been feeling throughout the week.

When I got home I immediately put on comfy pajamas and decided to be a lazy bum since I felt so uncomfortable. I snapped this picture as I was brushing my teeth because I literally looked pregnant because of how bloated that sugar made me (spoiler alert: I’m not). It’s crazy how bad that little bit of sugar made me feel and how it impacted my body after being without it for only 5 days.

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Sugar baby. 

Workout Wise, I’ve been on track. I liked today’s 10 Minute series a lot…..still struggling with balance and some of the moves, but I am getting better. Don’t get it twisted though; I still am looking forward to my intense routines!

Week 2 starts tomorrow which means a change in some of the dietary restrictions. No more eggs or toast, so Im pretty much all fruits and veggies from here on out. I made the decision to do the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this whole week. Last week I tried to change it up to try these different recipes, but I do best when I repeat. That’s my plan! This week I’m throwing in some jackfruit….I’ll be sharing a video and more info on it soon because I’ve been getting a lot of questions on what it is. Be on the lookout!

Even with a few little slips this week, I am still excited to see how my measurements are tomorrow and how I did on Week 1!

Let’s make this week great, ok?

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Lots of fruit prep!

 

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Rock the Reset: Day 5

One day closer, my friends, one day closer. 

I woke up feeling refreshed and committed to the day and meal plan. As I went to bed last night I felt really awful from my pizza mishap…not just emotionally, but physically. It’s crazy how bad your body can feel when you eat something bad for it…I literally looked like I was 9 months pregnant because of the bloat and had sharp pains. Sorry, stomach. 

Today though….today I was a champ. I stuck to my meal plan even with travel AND a stop at my favorite place ever: Peace, Love, and Little Donuts to pick up an order of the little treats (not for me) . 

My workout, Flow on the Go, was a bit easier and I was happy to do it in my pajamas. But seriously….even though it is getting a little easier, I still don’t feel as challenged as I wish. Yogis, does it change?? I hope so.
This weekend is going to be challenging….I’ll share more about that later. 

Have a good St Patty’s Day, peeps! 

Rock the Reset: Day 4

Guys…..

I knew it was going to happen.

I had a little error with my meal plan today….and when I say error I mean….I cheated. 

Before I started the Reset, I told myself that I was going to be strong and stick to the plan….and I also told myself that if I messed up I would forgive myself and just be stronger the next day. 

So tonight, as I watch Scandal, I forgive myself…..because today I had a smidge of pizza.

When I say a smidge it was truly a smidge…about 1/4 of a regular piece. 

My day got kind of crazy, and I ended up missing my window for lunch and dinner….when I got to my house I was ravenous! I ended up grabbing the little piece of pizza in my fridge and shoving it down…and immediately regretted it. 

I could’ve kept going to town on the pizza, but I didn’t….I got myself together, was angry at myself for a quick second, then remembered that it was just one tiny mess up. You have to do that when you screw up. 

The rest of my meals went as plan, similar to the previous days. I enjoyed the Southwest Veggie Taco for dinner and had a beautiful fruit plate for breakfast….stuck to my supplements and Water as planned. 

Workout wise, today’s workout was Flow and a little more intense. I’m realizing my balance really stinks and am hoping that is the one thing that improves with this program. We shall see! 

I hit the grocery store today and loaded up on fruit for the next few days. My beloved eggs and toast are gone…so is the salmon and corn tortillas. Now it’s all about the fruits and veggies. I’m ready. 

I think. 

If today didn’t go as plan, remind yourself tomorrow will be better. We’ve got this! 

Rock the Reset: Day 3

Three days down!!!!

I’m proud of myself….no cheats so far! Although today was a close call….

I THOUGHT I was doing well today….then I realized that there were a ton of Girl Scout cookies in the house and that’s all I fixated on the rest of the day. I was standing on the cookie ledge for the better part of the afternoon, and it took several people talking me off it before I settled on my Shakeology which helped eliminate my cravings. Thank heavens for that….that’s why I always am drinking the chocolate flavor….it helps me with my sweet tooth.

Workout wise, I am surprised how sore my arms and legs are from the Yoga Retreat. I’m struggling getting the yoga breathing thing down, but I am seeing improvement since I started, so that’s a bonus. It’s weird not being covered in sweat when Im done….is that normal? I miss that from my usual workout….it’s like my badge of honor for rocking the heck out of my workout.

Here’s my meal plan for Day 3:

-Optimize with Mineralized Water
-Breakfast: 2 Eggs, 1 piece Whole Grain toast, 1 cup steamed spinach
-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-Microgreen Salad and Zucchini Cashew Soup
-Power Greens and Mineralized Water
-Shakeology

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My saving grace

-Optimize, Soothe, Mineralized Water
-Salmon, Brussel Sprouts, and Boiled Potatoes

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I subbed in Brussels in place of the asparagus my plan originally called for. 

Today I added my Power Greens to my Shakeology, and that helped. I can’t handle them on my own but didn’t want to skip them. The Power Greens are similar to the Shakeology Boosts, and once blended I could handle them.

Overall I’m feeling really great internally. I feel like I am sleeping better, and I’m really focused on my water intake, which i something I have struggled with in the past. This journey is all about the small victories.

These damn Girl Scout cookies though…..they gots to go! They were my small victory today but I’m worried how I can avoid them for 18 more days!!!!

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Rock the Reset: Day 2

Day 2 is coming to a close….that means 19 days left of The Ultimate Reset!!!

Should I be counting down? I don’t know….I’m not hating this so far….I’m just missing my close friends Coffee and Donuts!

Yesterday was a little rough….I went to bed feeling weak and exhausted and didn’t know if it was because I was super busy this weekend…Daylight Savings…no coffee…a new workout that challenged me….who knows. I wasn’t sure what today would bring.

Surprisingly, it was good.

My yoga workout from 3 Week Yoga Retreat today was Stretch, and I really liked it. These are definitely moves that I can apply to running or after a difficult workout. Murphy was very involved in the workout, but Bubba wasn’t having it today. Yoga is much easier when there is one dog in your workout space. I definitely felt a little sore from the workout…it’s not a bad soreness, just one that is a tad noticeable.

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Murphy and his tiger are everywhere I go. 

I’m doing much better without coffee than I thought. No headaches today, and I had energy when I woke up.

Here’s a look at my meal plan for Day 2:

-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-Oatmeal with Berries/ Greek Yogurt with Maple Syrup
-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-MicroGreen Salad and Zucchini Cashew Soup

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So good!

-Power Greens and Mineralized Water
-Shakeology
-Optimize, Soothe, and Mineralized Water
-Southwestern Veggie Taco

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I love a good Taco Tuesday!

I am hardcore in love with the zucchini cashew soup…and it was so easy to make!

-1 oz raw cashews (about 17 nuts)
-1 1/2 water, divided
-1 1/2 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
-Herb seasoning to taste (I used Italian Seasoning)

Soak the cashews in 1/2 cup water for about an hour. While cashews are soaking, being the rest of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add zucchini, cooking for about 5 minutes. Place cashews (and the water they were soaked in), zucchini, seasoning in blender or food processor, blending until smooth. You can serve hot or cold!

Now let’s talk about my big fail of the day…the Power Greens. I did a little research and tried to suck on a lemon before and after…no bueno. I can’t stomach this part of it….it tastes like seaweed and I want to puke immediately. Gladly taking suggestions for how to make this part work.

As far as wins go, tonight was our monthly SARC meeting, which means pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. I was able to stay strong and not eat ANY of it, even when I was sent home with a full pie. Sweet Jesus, I’m quite proud of myself.

Overall, I feel good. No stomach issues, no bloating…I’m ok with that.

Hope you all had a great day!

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Rock the Reset Day 1!

If you follow me over on The Sparkle Fitness Babe, you know today was a big day for me! It was Day 1 of The Ultimate Reset and 3 Week Yoga Retreat! I’m going to be sharing my journey on the blog so those of you who are thinking about it have lots of information and know how the experience went for me.

Day 1 Recap:

Where to begin…..

I will say this….when my Reset kit arrived I was very pleased with how organized it was…the book itself was over a hundred pages long! For a planner like me, that is something that is important. All too often people say they can’t make healthier choices because they don’t know what to eat, recipes, yadda yadda…..this program has EVERYTHING laid out for you, including grocery lists.

Making my meal plan for the week was a little longer than usual….and it ended up being over two pages for the week….there’s a lot that goes on here!

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Here’s a look at my meal plan for Day 1:

-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-Breakfast: 2 Eggs, Steamed Spinach, 1 piece whole wheat toast

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Breakfast! My favorite meal of the day!

-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-Lunch: Zucchini Cashew Soup and MicroGreen Salad
-Power Greens and Water
-Snack: Shakeology
-Optimize, Soothe, and Mineralized Water
-Dinner: Salmon, Asparagus, Boiled Potatoes

Looking at that seems like I’m eating a lot, right? One trick that I learned that helped me a lot was setting an alarm on my phone to help me stay on track.

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I can say this….I wasn’t hungry today…that was a big worry of mine.

I’ll also say this….I was a major raging BITCH.

The one thing I was really worried about was the fact that I had to kick my bff coffee to the curb for 3 weeks. Hello…I’m a coffee addict and proud! Today I kept saying that I felt like a drug addict going through withdrawal…that’s how crazy I felt. Somehow though I still avoided coffee all day long.

I was also worried about the daily supplements (optimize and soothe) because I really struggle with pills. In fact, I typically hide pills in pudding or applesauce to get them down…unfortunately for me, The Ultimate Reset doesn’t allow for that option. I managed to get them down….not sure how, but I did.

As far as the meals go, I didn’t feel like today’s were too far off from my normal eating. I usually eat eggs, I love salads, and I eat a lot of salmon. We will see as the days go on though….I’ve never gone this long without red meat!  I will be having eggs one more day this week, then they are hitting the road to join coffee. Some may ask why I am eating eggs in the first place….this plan is designed to wean you off of animal fats.

The worst part of today: THE POWER GREENS!!!! I was warned about this drink tasting awful, yet somehow I told myself I would be fine with it. WRONG! I almost puked it up. It tasted like straight up seaweed puke….let’s hope I can make it the rest of the week with it. Not sure how I can change up its taste tomorrow, but I’m going to try.

Today also started the 3 Week Yoga Retreat….I didn’t hate the workout, but I definitely missed my high intensity workouts….moving at such a slow pace was definitely a challenge. I’m hoping this programs helps my muscles and strengthens them. I’m also hoping that my little dogs allow me to complete my yoga workout each day because today they were very hands on….and in my face.

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Do yoga with dogs, they said. It will be fun, they said. YEAH RIGHT!

Overall, it was an interesting day. I felt weak, but strong at the same time. I was able to stick to my meal plan…..however, toward the evening I had a huge headache (I’m guessing more coffee withdrawal…evenings is when I drink the most coffee) so I went to some message boards and consulted some of my Reset alum and ended up having a small banana. I encountered that with the Refresh when I did that before…it all comes back to sugar intake. I’m ok with that….I felt better shortly after.

Excited to see if tomorrow is easier…or more difficult. Regardless, I’ll share with you all 🙂

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