Today was Day 21! I somehow made it.
I weighed in this morning and the official results are: drumroll please….
13 pounds in 21 days!
I figured now would be a lovely time to review what I have done these past 21 days to get here. I am so excited with my results and feel so motivated to keep moving forward!
I did the Beachbody Ultimate Reset which is designed to help reset your body’s system by realigning your PH balance, cleanse and detox, and jump-start your metabolism.
The reset has a strict dietary program for you to follow, which I did not follow. I think it would be good if you had a buddy that you were living with and doing this program with, but eating solo I thought it seemed pretty costly after looking over the shopping lists and meal plans. I am not at all the kind of person who gets home from work at night and spends a lot of time making dinner for myself. I stay pretty busy, so if I do eat at home, it is something quick and easy. I knew that it was already going to be a challenge for me to plan ahead my breakfast and lunch time meals, and that expecting myself to spend all my time away from work in my kitchen every night was very unrealistic.
I think the best thing you can do when starting anything is to know your limitations. I am all for reaching goals, but I think its best to keep a realistic perspective in mind. If I was to be cooking all those meals and spending tons of prep time in the kitchen every night, at the first opportunity that I was not in the mood to do it, I would make an excuse and then allow myself to make poor eating choices the next day. It is very easy to quit on something, because we all have a million excuses prepared. Eliminate as many excuses as you can! A big one for me was going to the be the prep time, so I wanted to be realistic about it.
The reset basically involves taking different supplements in each of the weeks that bring you through the different phases of the program. Week 1 involves cutting down on meat and cheese. Week 2 is a vegetarian week, and week 3 brings you to eating vegan. All throughout this you are taking pills and packets to help you along the way.
I went through week 1 and 2 eating a lot of salads, vegetables, etc. and cut down on my meat and cheese intake and then phased them out entirely. Throughout the whole 21 days you do not consume any alcohol or caffeine. (The no coffee was honestly the hardest part for me!) I was not eating a lot of flour/carbs, no processed foods, and no sugar.
For week 3, the vegan phase of the program, I went a different path. I knew that I wanted to do a juice cleanse, and thought that it would be a good time to do it since I was already detoxing and could get into it with a jump start. I had recently watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and wanted to try a longer juice than I had ever done before. I already owned a juicer, and I was already planning to buy a ton of veggies and fruits for the vegan phase, so I just decided to juice instead.
During weeks 1 and 2 I lost a total of 5 pounds. Which I was thrilled with! Having Hypothyroidism means my thyroid is a bum, and so I don’t metabolize things the right or normal way. I have really struggled with my weight and tried a lot of things over time and had seen barely any fluctuation in my weight at all. So this 5 pounds was a total victory for me!
During week 3 where I was juicing, I lost 8 pounds. (I wrote about all of my juicing adventures on here, everything from day 0 through day 7.)
After much discussion with my unofficial life coach and dear friend who is always embarking on fitness adventures, I have decided to follow a IIFYM plan moving forward. IIFYM stands for “If It Fits Your Macros” and is basically an approach that involves getting your macronutrient needs met, and then filling the rest of your caloric intake with foods of your personal preference.
I think this will be a good fit for me, because it is not necessarily a diet but a lifestyle change. Everyone at some point will eat pizza. Is it healthy to eat pizza every day? No. But is it realistic that you will consume pizza? Yes. This is a manageable way of tracking it. It is a way of ensuring that you look at your protein intake (high protein intake = fat loss, not muscle loss when losing weight) and your fats to make sure you are on track. Then, once you have hit that, you can eat that pizza if you want. It is a more responsible way of counting calories because you are focusing also on the nutrition content, not just calories or carbs.
For example: If you are limited to 1600 calories per day, and you fill that 1600 calories with an ice cream cake… that is not very nutritionally sound. With IIFYM, if you have met your protein and fat needs for the day and you still have some calories allotted, then by all means– have some ice cream cake. After all, you are a lovely human, and all lovely humans deserve ice cream cake.
I have been so overwhelmed by all the support, positive comments and encouragement by people. I am so grateful to live such an abundantly blessed life!
Here’s to the next chapter!
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox