I’m currently on the final day of my reset week, and I’m happy that I survived!
What is reset week?
During reset week, I stuck to a very strict diet. No carbs, no bread, no rice, no beans, no grains, no sugar (besides very few fruit options), no caffeine, no soda, no sweets…. not even oatmeal! Nothing processed. Basically nothing I enjoy lol
Basically, all I ate was veggies and certain meat. (Mainly chicken and eggs). I had fruit that was allowed and snacked on pickles, beef jerky, peanut butter, and certain nuts (raw almonds and cashews).
It was challenging and very, very difficult. I slipped up twice during my reset week because I literally had the strongest craving for bread.
Day1 I slept most of the day to avoid my cravings and to avoid my headache caused from a lack of caffeine.
Days 2-3 I did good with sticking to the strict rules but had a horrible headache both days and was feeling grumpy. (My body was missing all the crap and junk I would normally stuff myself with.)
Days 4-6 my headaches were gone but I fell weak to my cravings and had my aunties enchiladas (too much corn tortillas) and last night I stayed up too late and got the late night munchies and had a microwaveable chimichanga burrito :/
As my last day of reset week is here, I’m happy that I did this. There are so many important reasons why I needed to do this. And there is a reason why I only did this for a week.
Here is why:
1. My nutrition coach wanted to show me that sticking to very strict rules when it comes to my diet would not be sustainable for my lifestyle- working out hard and being active and full of energy all day.
I noticed very quickly that I felt good when I was eating clean but lacked the full energy I needed for my workouts.
-carbs aren’t evil if you eat them in moderation and don’t indulge. Carbs are great, and give me the energy I need in order to keep moving and burning throughout the day.
-treating yourself is NOT bad, as long as you don’t over indulge daily.
2. The nutrition coach wanted to reset and improve my glucose and insulin sensitivity.
-it’s so easy to stay consumed in how you look and how you want your figure to look like, but we so easily forget about our actual health and wellness.
3. I learned that my excessive fast food visits and over indulgence of food when I’m stressed or sad is not worth the extra weight, inches, and stretch marks I put on my body.
4. I learned that I can actually eat so much more when I make clean and fresh choices- which has inspired me to continue with some of these rules. (But not all of them.)
5. Most importantly, I learned that a calorie deficit is the best and only way to lose weight and I can eat whatever I want… as long as I eat it in moderation and control my portions.
Now, if you want to be vegan, or do Herbalife, or believe in the south beach diet as a lifestyle, etc, then you do you!
I know that personally for me, i don’t want to do those things. I want to take care of my body, but still enjoy the things I like.
I want to lose weight and regain my strength and fitness level that I once had, but I want to do it in a sustainable and maintable way… In a way that works for me, my body, my needs, my desires, and my overall health (mental and physical). And those things are different for every body.
I don’t want to or expect to lose weight super quickly- losing more 2-4 pounds a week may not always be healthy and it doesn’t mean you are losing/burning off fat. (You could just be losing water weight.)
Reset week has started a change in my relationship with food.
Oddly enough, I am ready to make healthy and fresh choices more everyday, but I am also ready to treat myself- but know the difference between treating myself and indulging.
I havent weighed myself. I do that on Saturday’s. But I lost a whole inch off of my waist this week, so that’s encouraging!
So if you are struggling with weight loss, I encourage you to take a week to “Reset”. You’ll learn so much and I hope it’ll encourage you like it’s encouraged me.
I’m doing this as part of an online fitness/nutrition program I joined and if you want to know more about my fitness coach and nutritionist, please feel free to contact me.