Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ultimate Reset, Days 3-5: The Rough Patch

I'm baaack!  I have been taking a break from updating every day but I am getting caught up now!  The last few days were a bit rough so I was just not feeling up to typing it all out.  But now that I am back to feeling great (yay for Day 6!!) I am ready to tell you all about it.  Brace yourselves!

Why You Should Start Your Reset on a Wednesday (Maybe)

I was told (and it says in the guide) that Days 3-5 are typically the most challenging on the Reset in terms of being sore, feeling tired, emotions running high, etc. so hubby and I decided to start Wednesday of last week and he also used a vacation day in order to get the weekend off.  If the weekend is not typically your downtime, plan accordingly.  Wednesday is not the "correct" day for everyone, but I'm glad we did it that way.  The kids were home from school so that added a little bit to the stress levels of mom and dad, but I think it was still worth it for us to be able to stay in our jammies and veg out, and support each other as needed!


This was the most pronounced thing I noticed, at least for me.  My moods were out of control LOL!  I woke up in a foul mood at least 2 of the 3 days, and felt grumpy throughout the day.  I also experienced higher levels of stress and irritability, as did my hubby.  The kids had us on our last nerve more that a few times, and  we could have used a break!  This is where babysitters come in handy, people.  Or DVD players.  On Saturday (Day 4) the stress was so bad that we dropped the kids off at Granny's and rolled out to the mall!  I spent a little more than I wanted but it was worth it, 100%.  I needed something to take my mind off of food, water, and supplements!  (Although we did take our water with us - staying hydrated!  And another note, if you are out and forget your water, you can buy Smart Water and add a few shakes of Mineralize to that.)


 This was interesting.  I consider myself to have a pretty clean diet overall, and I was careful to REALLY clean it up before the Reset because I wanted the transition to be as painless as possible.  My cravings were under control pre-Reset so I figured there wouldn't be a problem.  Well, the weekend proved to be challenging in this respect.  First off, hubby had the bright idea to get the kids a pizza on Friday night.  Pizza is my total weakness!  I have to say, I was very irritated at him for this (see "Emotions" above LOL) and found myself wanting that pizza BADLY.  Adding to the joy of that experience, we had nori rolls that night, which I utterly butchered.  I am pretty good at rolling sushi - I have a mat and they usually come out great!  Well, on this night, I did not make my brown rice sticky enough and they basically fell apart.  I made hubby's second and his came out better since I added a little water to the rice.  But yeah, overall a very unsatisfying meal while your kids are eating pizza two feet away from you.  We also had the cucumber salad with it and I just could not eat another cucumber.  I was so sick of them LOL.  Anyway, my advice - don't tempt yourself!  Just don't!  This is only week one and you are going to crave things.  Don't rely on your willpower to save you if you can possibly help it - that is tempting fate a bit too much.  Wait until week three to get goodies for the kids, seriously.  You'll be more in control.

Physical Stuff

At this point, I was still having minor headaches on and off, and by Day 3, my shoulders, neck, and back were starting to get sore. All very normal, just toxins leaving the body!  Day 4 was also pretty big for soreness, and I had to lay on the couch a couple times and just rest my back because it was sore.  I did a little stretching for my shoulders and neck - not sure if it helped.  I also took a couple hot baths with Epsom salt - highly recommend!  On Day 4 I also took a nap - I was SO tired!  I felt kind of foggy and groggy for the rest of the day.  Luckily, all of these things were virtually gone by Day 5.

Day 5 - the light at the end of the tunnel!!

Ok, so as I said, most of this stuff was pretty much gone by Day 5, which was great!  I did get out the Rumble Roller though and did my back and shoulders - ahhh.  I think it really helped!  I had no headaches on Day 5 either - YES!  I had a good amount of energy during the day and made it to the store to get a few remaining things for week 1 and a good start on week 2.  Walking past all of the things I used to routinely buy was pretty crazy, and I was feeling pangs of jealousy toward my non-Resetting peers, but that was short-lived.  I noticed as I walked through the store that my formerly-snug jeans were now sagging quite low and I had to keep hiking them up!  My stomach looks so much flatter already and that is great motivation.  My next weigh in will be on Day 8!

Food Recap

I will try to make this brief, while still giving you an idea of what we had!


  • Fruit Plate and Yogurt (breakfast) - I will never get sick of this!!
  • Lentil Lime Salad (lunch)
  • Quinoa Salad (lunch)
  • Stir Fried Veggies and rice/quinoa (dinner for 2 nights)

Misses, or at least "Meh":

  • Nori Rolls (dinner and lunch) - we subbed the lunch on Day 4 out for the "in a crunch" option
  • Japanese Cucumber Salad (dinner) - I am so over the cucumber, please make it stop

A Final Note on Food

This weekend I really realized what a strong social connection we have to food.  Pre-Reset, the weekend meant socializing with hubby, and that automatically included alcohol and "good food", indulging a little, etc.  What I wouldn't have given for a cold beer at the end of day 3 or 4 - I felt I needed it!  Seeing it all behind me now, I am proud that I didn't give in.  This is a mere 3 weeks out of my life, and I am doing something SO good for my body!  I am giving myself a gift more meaningful than a nice bottle of wine or a rich dessert.  Those things will be waiting for me after the Reset, so for now, I am letting them go!  It's kind of like the mantra I say to myself while doing my shot of Alkalinize (which by the way, has not gotten any tastier), "This is so good for me!  This is delicious!  This is nourishing my body!"  Makes it all go down a little easier.  ;)

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