Well friends...I'm almost done with the ultimate reset for the second time! I have only a few more meals left before I am off on my own to continue with the healthy changes I have made over the last 21 days for continued weight loss and health. For the next couple of days I will share with you all some information about how to transition into post Ultimate Reset life, all things INSANITY and of course - my results from the last 21 days. Today however, I just wanted to share a few tips on getting through the reset and getting through the end. These last few days are hard because you start looking to the future. You know by day 19 or 20 that you have to start planning for day 22...the day where you don't have a reset plan and are on your own to eat what you want, when you want, and how you want. So what do you do when all you can think about is that bowl of tomato soup that you have been craving is all yours in 48 hours?
1. Make a day 22 plan. Right now. Actually make a day 22-27 plan. Figure out what you are going to eat menu plan style and write. it. down. Then make a grocery list. Do this so you don't lose your mind when you hit the store on day 19-21 to get food for day 22 and to give yourself some peace.
2. Connect with your challenge group, team, or coach. Of any program I have ever done, this is the one that I feel like you really need support through. Eating healthy is hard. Eating a very specific diet for 21 days with no room for any options is incredibly hard. Knowing that you can reach out to someone who is doing the program or has done the program for help can really be amazing because it just helps to know that it can be done and someone has struggled/is struggling like you are right now.
3. Remember your why. The Ultimate Reset is not a free program and there had to be some reason that made you pick up your wallet and order it. What was that reason? Why did you feel like you needed to do this program at this time and what were you hoping to gain from it? For me, my why is control over my cravings, control over food, and the ability to continue with a healthy diet after the 21 days so I can continue to lose weight. My why is about control 100%. Establishing it and maintaining it. For me, it's not about falling off the program because I won't lose as much weight or see as good a result, it's about getting myself in the habit of eating healthy, ignoring every food impulse I have, and learning to tell myself no when it's appropriate. Going back to the why helps clarify to your rational self your goals and helps give you the strength to finish this thing out.
4. Ingredients, not just recipes. This one is my favorite tip. During my research of this program one thing that has always stood out to me was the fact that for each meal, you are given the recipes but more importantly you are given the ingredients. And you can play with those ingredients it make some changes if you need to keep with the program. Another example from my personal experience is from this weekend. The meal was supposed to be a spinach salad + a baked potato. I cannot do raw spinach...something about the texture doesn't sit well with me. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to get through the huge salad (the base was 3 cups of spinach) because I'm kind of over salad at this point. So I took the spinach and steamed it a little first and made up a plate with the remaining salad ingredients. Instead of suffering through a salad I (1) didn't like and (2) didn't want, I had a plate of veggies that was delicious and I ate the whole portion. Don't add extra stuff, but do add some creativity if you need to in order to get through these last few days. Also don't forget that Shakeology is also an option as a meal replacement - the vegan versions only - if you need it. If there is something you really hate or can't get through you can blend something up that will give you all the nutrients you need with a different taste.
Hopefully this helps you with some strategies to get through the end of your reset. It's a hard program at times, but it's certainly 100% possible to finish it with successful results if you focus on your why! Interested in more info? Shoot me an email (email@example.com) or check out the Ultimate Reset site for more on the science behind the program and configuration options.