People have been asking me now what?
I’ve been living the last twenty-one days on a rigid schedule. Today marks my LAST day of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset (BUR) program.
As a non-type A personality, this was challenging but FUN! I learned a lot about my body, my thinking and addiction with food, and the impact of food on my life.
There are three phases to this program, each lasting a week. I will write a blog about each phase and my experience. This post will be about my final thoughts and feelings.
Yes, I lost weight. Yes, I lost inches. Yes, my clothes fit better but that’s not all. People say that I am glowing. There were some tough days but at the end, I feel great. I’m not taking any more naps. My energy has soared to incredible levels but I feel like I’ve plateaued now to the point where I’m functional at 8am without any caffeine until 11pm without being cranky.
Beachbody Coaches encourages participants who completed the program to go “backwards” on the program after the end. Many people have negative reactions to eating meat, dairy, wheat again if they quickly add it to their diet. BUR is also a great way to identify triggers to your body– stomach pains, headaches, tiredness, etc.
I plan to follow this advice. I will continue to eat vegan meals for a week or so, while slowly adding different food into my diet. I will start with almond milk, almond/peanut/PB2 butter, and adding a few fruit that are higher on the GI list. I will watch how my body reacts to certain things so I can avoid any future stomach pains (which I got often before doing BUR). I miss my daily Shakeology very much so I look forward to having that every morning!
I was never a big fan of steak, tri tip, heavy red meat. However, I do (or perhaps did) enjoy cheese hotdogs, hamburgers, pork, etc. I learned how dangerous sodium nitrite can be to your body. These are found in packaged meat such as bacon, pepperoni, sandwich meat, hotdogs, sausage, etc. I aim to not eat these meat, unless they are from grass-fed farmers (local restaurants committed to sustainability). I also aim to not eat meat any more than once a week, if possible. Through BUR, I learned a lot about getting protein from other sources such as legumes and certain vegetables. Chicken and most fish are still considered safe for human consumption.
I learned a lot of new cooking techniques. Many of you know the motto in my house, “Greg cooks, Megan cleans.” This was NOT the motto for the past 21 days and I was mostly okay with that! I found cooking to be relaxing. It gave me a sense of ownership over what I was putting in my body. There were a few times where I REALLY did not want to cook so I learned about the benefits of PREPPING in advance and cooking my food a day or two in advance. I hope to continue some of these practices so I’ll be an expert when we have little ones running around our home.
I highly recommend you try BUR if you are struggling with your health, eating the right food for yourself, and have body aches that might be caused by food. This gives you an opportunity to really clean out your body and start fresh.