Let’s do this
If you haven’t read the back story on why I chose to do this and how I prepped be sure to check it out here.. because we are officially underway party people!
The night before my first day of reset, and probably several days before…I was having these crazy dreams. They were all about eating the wrong things…sometimes it would be a small bite and sometimes it would be like slices of cake. I would panic because I had forgotten I was doing reset (pretty sure no one forgets they are doing this) and then I was all worried about whether or not to keep going, start over or quit completely. Funny thing is there is even a page in the book for what to do if you cheat…I’ll pretend I didn’t read that.
It’s quite interesting how food, which is just a means to survive, can become such a dominate force in your life. Just the fact that I was so worried about how to explain to everyone who wanted to go to lunch or whatever that I’m trying to eat very healthy seems so odd but that’s what’s been racing through my mind…let’s hope it subsides as this becomes the new normal for the next 3 weeks!
So obviously, aside from the dreams, waking up was just like any other day since I had a normal dinner – I even did a late night workout the night before – wanting to get one last strength session in before having to dial back the intensity. The only difference is that instead of heading downstairs to do my normal morning turbofire I went with the ultimate reset yoga program – it was a really basic yoga with a lot of focus on stretching and breathing…I mean that’s what yoga is all about but this didn’t have all the flow poses so it was really a restorative type of yoga. There was some commentary at the end on “reclaiming your power” which is about reclaiming the weakness we all have when it comes to food but it tapped into some emotional stuff I have going on related to work so it hit home pretty good. The first phase (7 days) is called “reclaim” so it is definitely starting to click!
I took the first supplement, optimize, before heading down to yoga. Optimize is an enzyme blend and the one taken most often (3 times a day). The information on enzymes in the manual, as well as information on everything, makes total sense and of course I’ve heard of all these enzymes before I just really am starting to understand how they may be deficient in the body with age and stress. You’re supposed to wait 30 minutes after taking them before eating so timing was perfect but after a 30 min yoga I had an hour of getting the kids ready, getting myself ready and cooking the food. My normal routine includes running out the door with shakeology in hand so this was quite different to have to cook and then sit to eat. One of the principles of the reset is conscious eating – being mindful, breathing before beginning and eating slowly…as I stared at my 3 year old and the clock this kind of went out the widow but I was conscious of how quickly I needed to eat if that counts. Breakfast was “fine” nothing glamorous, 2 eggs, spinach and toasted ezekial – all very normal things in my diet. Was I yearning for some jelly on that toast…for sure but it was simple and easy to eat. Really you could keep the jelly just give me some red pepper flakes on my eggs and spinach!
I cam home for lunch so I could make everything, I was too tired after the long week to meal prep the night before and my schedule allowed it – I’m glad I got to eat everything fresh; microgreen salad and miso soup. I was happy to use that fancy seaweed I had to go find! Everything was really good and easy to make. I had made the greek dressing in advance, while there are several options I only wanted to have one salad dressing on hand at a time and when it’s gone I’ll make another. I was so full I stashed half of the soup and salad away for later. While it was fun to make miso soup at home, having only tried it at hibachi restaurants before, I kept waiting for a nice man to cook up some steak and fried rice right in front of me…not on this meal plan.
I made it through the rest of the day hunger free, chugging my mineralized water and thinking about food but more so wondering if I was going to feel starving or have a crash. Surprisingly the day was quite easy…I just had to chug the power greens…not delicious but you just gotta do it. I ate the other half of my lunch as an afternoon snack while my daughter did TKD and it was perfect. Dinner was again pretty normal; salmon, boiled potatoes and asparagus; this is pretty bland for my palate but the salmon marinade was awesome.
Per the normal Friday night routine I crashed hard in my oldest daughter’s room after reading to her. It’s that symbolism of not giving a shit if the dishes get done because I’ll be home tomorrow to worry about it. Perhaps it was the reset but most likely it was just life….good night all!