Well here we are…my week 3 review and FINAL results post for this experience with the Ultimate Reset. If you’re just finding this post you will likely find it helpful to go back and read my Week 1 and week 2 complete Ultimate Reset reviews, too.
We’re going to conclude with an EPIC review today…over 3,000 words from my experience, so hold on and finish to the very end.
Before I even get started though I will tell you that there is a VERY important component of this review that is MISSING.
My “before” pictures.
Total. COACH. Fail.
I was so frustrated with how I felt when starting that I had decided I was “just doing this for me” and that I wasn’t even going to share too much of my journey on social media. This of course was terrible advice I gave myself.
Sharing our journey, both the ups and the downs is what coaches DO. Along the way we connect with people who relate to us for where we are.
It didn’t take long, maybe 4 days into the program, until began to change my tune. WHY? I was already feeling better.
I started posting about what I was doing to my Facebook, BUT I didn’t’ take pictures…STILL. By then I was already down 5-7 lbs. and 10 lbs. after the first week. I didn’t want to be disingenuous by posting and submitting before pics that were already missing 7-10 pounds of me.
Anyhow, that’s the back story…I so wish I could take a do over with that. But I can’t so let’s still dive RIGHT IN to what my main takeaways were for the final week and for the Beachbody Ultimate Reset as a whole.
What is the nutrition focus on week 3, the Restore phase?
It’s pretty simple…by week 3 of the Ultimate Reset you’ve transitioned to a 100% vegan diet where you’ve eliminated not only all animal-based proteins but also legumes (beans) and ALL grains. I want to be totally honest with you in this review, as I have bee so far… this was a tougher week food-wise for me.
I could easily consume the menu in week 1 and week 2 on a forever plan, but week 3 was a challenge and I did have a few cheats throughout the week.
A major factor that I think contributed to my challenge with sticking to the plan was that I got a little complacent. I was pretty happy with my results through week 2!! I had already gotten EVERYthing I wanted and NEEDED from this Reset, so I slacked a touch where I DIDN’T the first few weeks. I’m not sharing that to give you permission to slack in week 3. In fact, it’s one of the things I kinda regret.
I didn’t get way off track, but I had some corn chips, a lemon LaraBar, an EPIC venison bar and a Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond bar. LOL! (Can you tell we received a shipment from Thrive Market?). And I think I snuck a small handful of M & Ms and some Indiana FIT Himalayan salt popcorn.
…AND on day 1 of week 3 my brother got married. There was beer and beef. And wedding cake. More on that below.
Anyhow, now that I have that off my chest both sharing that the food focus wasn’t my favorite and that I snuck in a few cheats, I do want to share the positives, too. I still felt great and enjoyed many meals. For example, we LOVED some butternut squash, especially prepared in a new simple way.
(SIDE NOTE: The menu actually calls for delicata squash but for the love of Steve (?) I cannot find that. I’m in a lifelong slump here.)
Anyhow, back to the squash. We have always prepared squash the way we are instructed to in the Ultimate Reset cookbook. Cut it in half, remove the seeds and place it face down in about 1/4 inch of water while you bake it at 375 degrees until fork tender.
What we found as more simple that allowed the entire squash to cook faster and more evenly was to peel the outside away and then slice in 1/2″ thick pieces. We sprayed both sides with a little cooking spray and seasoned each piece as directed in the recipe and then baked them on a parchment paper lined baling sheet for about 15-20 minutes at the same 375 degrees.
It was a great, simple and light work around. You can see our work in the pic below.
I’ll go into more detail a little later on the nutrition focus with my week #3 favorite foods!
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Did I incorporate exercise in week 3 of the Ultimate Reset?
As I discussed in my in-depth week 1 Ultimate Reset review, strenuous exercise is NOT recommended during the Reset. BUT, there are four types of movement / exercise you CAN do and that are encouraged; restorative yoga being one of them.
As luck would have it Beachbody launched their newest program, 3 Week Yoga Retreat in the middle of week 3 of my Ultimate Reset. I was able to knock out the first 3 days o this program which is NOT AVAILABLE via DVD…it’s a 100% EXCLUSIVE for Premium Team Beachbody Club Members via Beachbody on Demand.
I also worked in two additional Tai Cheng workouts, so 5 days of movement during week 3 of the Reset.
A very popular question from people that we’ve coached is how they go about getting BACK into more strenuous exercise when they finish the Reset. There is specific guidance and a few paragraphs dedicated to this question in the program guide. But for a Cliff’s Notes version, know that week 1 after you finish you should try to ease back into activity, while making modifications where necessary.
Week 2 after finishing you can let ‘er rip!