Ultimate Reset Final Thoughts

October 15, 2012 · 28 comments

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset: My Results, Thoughts and Review

Reasons why I need to get a new computer and an iPhone – I tried to film a video about my experience with the Ultimate Reset. But since I am working with somewhat outdated technology, I failed miserably. Oh well, practice I shall! I’ll hopefully have a video for you guys sooner than later, but I need to upgrade my technology first. So since my video creating was an epic fail, I at least wanted to give you something that you can read.  After all, I did promise that I’d give you the final review of my experience with the Ultimate Reset. 

So as I’m writing this up for you, I have been officially “finished” with the Ultimate Reset for just under one week.  I finished the 21 day plan on Tuesday, 10/9/12.  I began filming my video on Wednesday evening, and as I did so, I was enjoying my first taste of Shakeology in 3 weeks.  I ran out of the Vegan formula before I started the Ultimate Reset, so I was going without.  And three weeks without my healthy chocolate fix? Man I missed that stuff!  So my first thought right now is how happy I am to have Shakeology back in my life.  Welcome back, chocolate healthy friend! 

But anyway, yes.  I finished the Ultimate Reset on 10/9/12.  And after day 21, it was back to my normal life.  No supplement schedule, no timing my meals like I had been for three weeks.  It was back to working my own schedule with my own time.  But you know what, rather than call it “day 1 post-reset,” I have decided to refer to it as “day 22.”  Now you may wonder why, and here’s my explanation.  For me, the Ultimate Reset wasn’t just a 21 day program.  It was the first 21 days of a new lifestyle.  It wasn’t a diet, a weight loss plan, or even just a “detox” for me.  To me, the Ultimate Reset was a crash course in clean eating, energy, focus and food.  The goal is to detox and cleanse your body of all the crap inside, sure, but after that is over, on “day 22,” you can’t go back to doing what you were doing before!  Even if you thought what you were doing before was healthy and ideal, after doing the Ultimate Reset, you have learned so much about what eating clean and healthy REALLY means!  You use these new habits and education on clean eating to continue your journey to health and fitness, and inspire those around you to do the same.  You get back to working out, and you fuel yourself a little bit differently, but you still apply the same principles you learned during this 21 days.  You can’t eat and live how you lived before.  If you do that, you’ve wasted this last 21 days! 

So here I am, on “day 27,” and I am still going strong.  I don’t think I’ve had meat more than once since finishing the Ultimate Reset and I don’t think I’ve had any dairy at all.  And here’s the crazy part: I don’t really miss either one of these things!  I mean, I’m not prepared or motivated to completely eliminate them from my life, but after feeling how I feel without them, I am SUPER motivated to cut back on these things.  The foods that used to be what I turned to when I had a bad day, like chocolate, or pizza or candy…they don’t make me feel good anymore.  In fact, after only a small piece of candy the other day, my stomach just felt upset.  It was like my newly scrubbed-clean internal systems were rejecting it.  It wasn’t enough to make me throw up or anything, but it was enough for my brain to easily get the signal that “one small piece was enough; please don’t put anymore in my mouth.”  And that was that.  Before the Ultimate Reset, I probably would have had 4 or 5 pieces and then decided to make myself stop because otherwise I would be having too many calories.  There was no regard for how my body would react!  See, the Ultimate Reset retrains more than just your insides.  It trains your brain!

That “retraining of the brain” and the syncing of my body and mind when it comes to food, that was my biggest takeaway from the Ultimate Reset.  That alone is a better result than all of the rest of them combined, in my opinion.  Why?  That retraining of my brain can carry on my results forever.  That ability that I now have to link my brain to my habits; that is a permanent, ongoing result.  The rest of them were great, and we’ll get to them in just a second, but this is the big one.  If you get nothing else out of this blog, I want you to know that the Ultimate Reset has taken me from an emotional, “somewhat healthy” eater who thought she ate better than she actually did; someone who ate more junk food than she let on; someone who considered veggies and fruit not enough to be a full meal…to someone who has connected her brain to her eating habits and has taken control!  I am now someone who understands food, understands how to use it to fuel my body properly and how much is “enough.”  I don’t crave junk food, I don’t see veggies and fruit as just a side dish, and now I crave them!  The Ultimate Reset has changed how I look at food and how I look at my habits.

But of course, as I mentioned, there were other positive results!  So what did I see happen in my body?

Ultimate Reset Results

Weight Loss: Here’s the first thing you’re probably wondering about.  How much weight did I lose?  Well, I’m happy to say that I lost 10.4 lbs.  Yes, that is double digits in 21 days.  Your results may vary…they may be higher or lower…but my number was 10.4, and I am more than happy with that!  I have been trying to kick those 10 lbs. to the curb for about the last year and a half.  I’ve been working out like a maniac, and as I mentioned, thinking I was eating well.  But using the food and methods in the Ultimate Reset plan, I was able to drop those 10.4 lbs. EASILY.  This just proves that you can only count on your workout so much!  Workouts are great, and they’re necessary, but if you really want to see results and break that plateau, get your diet in check!

Inches:  I’m not sure of the exact number, as I left the measurements at home.  But I do promise to post them later.  I do remember that many of them I had to do twice, just because I was so SHOCKED with how low that number was!  Like my thigh measurements…I was sure I had done them wrong!  But no, the inches that came off of my body were massive!  As you can see in my before/after photo up there, there is a visible, striking difference!

Energy:  Guys my energy is through the roof.  I’m not even kidding.  And all of this is without caffeine, supplements or anything else I used to rely on to give me a “boost.”  I completely gave up coffee while on the Reset.  I was never a HUGE coffee drinker, but some days (I’d say 3 out of 5 during the work week) I’d grab a cup from the kitchen because I was super sluggish and tired.  But I decided to follow the advice of the guide and not have any coffee at all.  And yes, while during these three weeks, I was craving Starbucks like I never have before, I resisted.  (Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy one of the best pumpkin spice lattes ever this weekend!) I didn’t need that caffeine boost, because I was fully energized by the foods I was eating.  I was energized because I was getting enough sleep.  And it wasn’t just “sleep,” but it was quality sleep.

Cooking Skills: OK, so this is not really a “ measurable result” or anything, but I felt the need to share!  Before the Ultimate Reset, I would call myself “kitchen clueless.” I could follow a recipe, but outside of that, I was lost!  Thankfully the recipes in the Ultimate Reset were not only really GOOD, but super easy to prepare.  Now for someone who has never spent much time in the kitchen, or someone who has a busy schedule, the time spent cooking can be a little overwhelming, but it’s so worth it!  Plus, you’re not setting aside a full hour to work out during the reset, so you have that extra hour right there.  But seriously, so worth it.  The meals are delicious, the foods are easy to find in stores, and for the most part, every ingredient made me feel great. (Not cauliflower or anything seaweed and I’m kind of so-so- with tempeh.)  And what’s really awesome is that even now that the reset is over, I still find myself cooking a lot of these meals!  And I’ve learned a lot about flavor combinations and spices, too, so I’m able to make my own modifications without fear.  I wouldn’t call myself chef-worthy or anything, but after the Ultimate Reset, I’d definitely be confident cooking dinner for other people.  And that’s pretty cool!

Emotions:  As you probably read in my last two write ups, I didn’t have any sort of profound, emotional changes.  Some people did, but I did not.  What I found, however, was that my emotions are more present in me.  What do I mean by that?  Well, when something is wrong, it’s obvious on my face, in my posture and in my voice.  It’s harder for me to hide it, and therefore it’s easier for me to face and deal with, head on.  I feel more connected with my emotions and my thoughts.  I feel like I’m thinking clearly and I have a clear direction anytime I have a problem to tackle.  Now you may wonder, “How is that possible if all you did was eat clean?”  I don’t know!  All I know is that this is what happened for me.  I am more in tune with my emotions and my thoughts.  My focus is super high; my social skills even feel better.  Not that I was socially awkward or anything before, but I think because now I am more relaxed and focused on life, I interact a little bit more fluidly.  Does that make sense?

Negative Experiences:  Along with the positive experiences, every journey has its negatives.  This journey was no exception.  Though not one of these negatives would ever make me regret or reconsider my journey, they deserve to be mentioned!

  • Negative outside feedback:  Just like when you start to lose weight, people will start to make comments; they did that with me during the Ultimate Reset too.  I got a lot of “oh, that’s all you’re eating?!”  And quite a bit of “Why are you dieting?  Do you want to be anorexic or something?” And I even had some people tell me, “you know, what you’re doing isn’t healthy, and it’s nothing more than a fad diet that will be proven unhealthy later on…” but here’s the thing.  The people that say these things to you are either a) uneducated about what the Ultimate Reset is really about, b) jealous of your success, or c) crying out for a way for you to help them get on board. You have to learn not to take comments like this personally.
  • Burnout:  21 days is a short amount of time, but by day 17ish, I was burnt out.  I was burnt out on following the plan, burnt out on taking the supplements, and burnt out on the fact that I couldn’t have much more than fruits and veggies.  My goal was not to “Go Vegan” on the Ultimate Reset, but by week 3, you are eating a completely vegan diet.  So because the third week of meals did not match up with my goals, I felt a little frustrated and burnt out.  But that’s okay!  That’s normal! If you just stay the course and keep going for those last few days, you’ll realize that it was worth it.  Burnout will happen, just as it happens when you try to follow a workout plan.  Just keep going!  The “burnout point” is sometimes the most critical!
  • Shopping:  If you’re like me, going to the store on a daily basis is not exactly something you ever want to do.  I have always enjoyed shopping for a few weeks of food at a time, and then using it all up.  Somehow it has always kept me on budget, and that’s what works for me.  But if you’re eating clean, you’ll see that you’re eating a ton of fresh produce.  And the more “close to nature” your foods are, the faster they will need to be used.  Fruits and vegetables will shrivel, mold and wither away if not used in a proper amount of time.  So I found myself at the store at least once to twice each week.  A little exhausting, but the reward was not having to throw away food that I didn’t use in time.  I didn’t waste any money by letting fruit spoil or letting vegetables go limp.  The extra time was worth it when it came to my meals and how the freshest ingredients made them taste.
  • That first day or two after the Reset:  Once the Ultimate Reset is over, if you are not staying with the vegan diet, it is natural that you will want to slowly reintroduce some of the foods you haven’t had in a few weeks: things like meat, breads, dairy products, etc.  And you have to go slowly.  If you don’t, you’re going to feel disgusting.  Add them back too quickly, and your stomach won’t feel right, you’ll bloat and you’ll just feel awful.  But even if you add them back slowly, you may find that there are foods that trigger that bloated, awful feeling.  So it’s a matter of reading your body, and letting it decide when it’s ready for certain foods to make a comeback, or if those foods even deserve a comeback.  Also, after the Ultimate Reset, you can reintroduce workouts.  Now if you’re like me, you’ve missed working out so much that all you want to do is jump in, head first into P90X or something that’s going to exhaust your body.  But here’s a bit of advice:  hold off!  For about the first week or so after the Reset is over, you only want to work around 50% of your maximum!  Your body needs to readjust to your workouts just as it needed to readjust to the foods!  Plus, these first few days after the reset you might see bloating, water retention (from foods and exercise), and it might be frustrating if you check your weight.  But how do you get past this?  Just remember that this is a necessary transition.  Stick to your plan, don’t freak out, and allow your body time to adjust.

So overall, I have to say that the Ultimate Reset was a RAGING success for me.  I am so thankful that I chose to do this program.  It was exactly what I needed to bust my plateau and really change my habits.  I’ve been on this fitness journey for so long, and I had thought that my body was “done” changing.  I was starting to get into that “well, it’s time to accept what you have and live with it” mindset.  That was the same mindset I had before I found Beachbody in the first place, and I knew that I wasn’t prepared to admit defeat!  The Ultimate Reset was to my brain what Turbo Jam was to my body a few years ago.  It was a jump start.  It was a wake-up call.  It was the solution to my sticking point and a life-changing experience.  It was hard work, yes, but so is anything worth attempting, am I right?  Nothing worth having comes easily, and this program was no exception!  It will take determination.  It will take motivation and a strong desire to stay the course.  It’s not for someone who just wants to try something new.  It’s not for someone who isn’t serious about their changes.  It is for people who, like me, want to truly improve their eating habits, energy levels, and how they feel about their bodies.  It is ideal for people who want to bust a plateau, and it is ideal for those of you who just aren’t quite sure what eating healthy really means.  It is for anyone, whether they are obese or fit, large or small, male or female, young or old.  Whoever you are, whatever your level of fitness and health, the Ultimate Reset is a truly rewarding and worthwhile experience, and I am SO THANKFUL that this program was brought into my life. 

If you want to see changes like mine and start your own “brain training,” I would love to help you.  Now that I’ve been through the journey, I know what it’s like, and I know what it takes!  Don’t be afraid!  We can do this together!  Let’s get you started and get you on track to the healthiest “you” you’ve ever seen!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin January 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Can I work during the 21 day cleanse? Will I be in the bathroom all day?

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admin January 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

The Ultimate Reset is not a “flush” cleanse, so no, you won’t be stuck in the bathroom all day. There’s no crazy laxatives or anything that should make you sick. It’s releasing toxins from your body but not straight up flushing your system, if you know what I mean! You are advised not to work out or do anything terribly strenuous during the cleanse, simply because 1) your energy level may be lower than normal, and 2) the goal of the Reset is to release toxins; when you work out or put stress on your body, toxins are formed in your muscles, defeating the purpose of the cleanse. Hope this helps!

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Courtney February 10, 2013 at 7:02 am

Can I do the reset without the supplements? a friend of mine did it and has the meal plans and I can’t really afford the supplements. Do you think this will make a huge negative difference in my results?

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admin February 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

You CAN do it without the supplements, but then you’re not doing the Ultimate Reset…you’re just eating clean. So you will not get the benefit of the Reset. The Reset is about resetting your body internally, not really about weight loss. Remember that. So if you follow the meal plan, you’re just eating clean, which is healthy anyway.

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Claire March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I just finished the cleanse Saturday, but I was not aware that I had to follow the meal plan backwards after the 21 days was over. Is it too late to go backwards on the menu?

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admin March 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

You don’t have to go backwards! The idea is really just to slowly add foods back into your diet after the 21st day. Doing the plan in reverse is just one way of doing that. On day 22, you don’t want to launch right back into how you were eating pre-Reset; you want to slowly add back in the foods that your body misses. So don’t freak out, it’s okay :) Just keep with the habits you learned on the Ultimate Reset, create your own meals based on those habits and refer back to the Reset meals and recreate your eating habits!

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Claire March 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

The thing is that I started eating chicken again and I started gaining weight in 5 days, I gained 3 lbs. I don’t want to gain anyof the weight back. Is it safe to say that if I stick the foods on the reset, I’ll keep losing even though I don’t have any supplements left?

Jessica B March 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Just thought I’d let you know that my husband and I are just wrapping up week two on this cleanse. I’m using the supplements and he is not, but we are both eating the same exact meals. So far I have lost 10.6 pounds and he’s lost 11. If you can’t afford the supplements, I would still do it. The food is awesome, and the results are too.

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Kelly Jo April 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’m starting my reset on Sunday and I’m super excited, but I’m worried about not being able to work out. I’m at the gym every day.. Did you not work at all while on the reset or did you do less strenuous activities?

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admin April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hi Kelly! If you follow the Ultimate Reset 100% it is advised that you don’t work out. If you REALLY can’t live without your workouts (and believe me, I understand!) you will need to add calories by adding foods from the snacks and food lists in the food guide to your daily diet. You’ll probably want to take it down a notch at least for the first few days to feel it out. Listen to your body! If you need extra help, drop me an email! We can talk more in depth :)

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Heather April 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’m starting my Ultimate Reset on Monday. I’m nervouse and excited. I’m part of a group that’s doing it together….for acountability and support. I’m going to have a hard time at first without my coffee but I know this will really be what I need to get things rolling. I’ve been sick with a nasty virus and unable to workout for 3 weeks now, so this came along at the perfect time. I really like your honest review. I’m trying to mentally prep myself this weekend and get all of the shopping done so I can food prep on Sunday. I’m really not sure if I’m looking forward to seaweed and Tempah……but I’m going to follow the program 100% and will just do what needs to be done! :)

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admin April 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

Happy to hear it, Heather! Stick with it! It’s totally worth it, as hard as it is on some days. Let us all know how it goes for you, too!

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Mark April 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Just curious, on the before and after picture, why do you seem to be different heights relative to the door knob behind you?

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admin April 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Could be any number of reasons: standing closer/farther away from the door, wearing shoes in one picture and none in the next, having the camera stabilized differently or at a different angle, my weight could have been shifted all into one leg in the after photo…etc. It looks to me like I was standing closer to the door in the first photo and a little bit closer to the camera in the second. Very marginal difference.

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John April 24, 2013 at 5:32 am

I want to start the beachbody reset but I heard that I would have to take the supplements and eat every two hours. So I wake up at 2am for work and start the reset, so by 10am I will be done eating for the rest of the day? Do I need to wait two hours to do the supplements and eat or can I just do it like every four hours.

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admin April 25, 2013 at 8:24 am

John, the Reset is designed to space your meals out at even intervals during the day. This is assuming that those following will have a fairly regular schedule. My question for you is, what time do you get to sleep? Sleep is also a vital part of the Ultimate Reset. The meals you can space out based on your own schedule, but if you don’t get enough rest, that may pose as a bigger problem! Hope this helps!

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Tasha April 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Melissa-
I decided to comment after reading Kelly Jo’s comment/question. I too am very nervous/worried about the no working out aspect of this program. I am beginning this coming Monday. I am at the gym every morning lifting and moderate cardio unless I or my son are sick (which is very very rare). I go to the gym everyday not only for the physical benefits but the mental benefits. So I read in your reply to her to add snacks and assess energy level. Should I plan on the same and if so will I still see the wonderful benefits of the program? Thank you for any input!

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admin April 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

That’s exactly what you should do as well. I recommend following the guide and not working out at least for the first few days to assess your energy level. Plan on adding the extra snacks within the guide if you find you need to work out. Send me an email if you’d like to talk a little more in depth!

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tasha April 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

I would love to discuss issue a little more in depth– however probably just me but I don’t see you email. Will you please send me your email address either at Tasha@sportenvironmental.com or sport.tf@gmail.com. I appreciate it!

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admin April 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Tasha, my email address is on my contact page.

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John April 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

I sleep at 7pm. So I start the reset @ 2:30 I would be done around 10. Do I just not eat the rest of the 9 hours after taking the last supplement/food?

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admin April 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

John, it’s not every two hours on the dot. You space it out based on your day. For example, I would eat my breakfast before my shift started at 8am, then I would take my supplements around 10:30, lunch at 12:30 or 1:00, more supplements at 2 or 3, and then dinner around 6 or 7. That is what worked for my schedule. The timing between each pre-meal supplement and the meal is important, and making sure you wait long enough between everything is the important part. It’s hard to explain if you don’t have the schedule in front of you. You basically are eating when you would eat your normal meals. Three meals plus snacks and supplements.

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Jackie May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Melissa! I just want to say thank you for your in-depth review of the product. I am thinking about purchasing it today and I have a few questions. I have a lot of weight to lose as I am about 50-60 lbs overweight. As I am going through the program and not exercising, what loose skin? Should I maybe do some toning exercises of strength training to ensure I don’t have loose skin hanging around?

I am 32 years old, so I am still pretty young, but just worry about that part as well.

Thanks.

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admin June 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

Hi Jackie, send me an email and we can talk. I’d love to hear from you!

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Resa July 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

I was introduced to the ultimate reset by a friend of mine.. before starting it my main worry is how to integrate the supplements I take now into the program. I take 4 fish oil capsules (to control depression) a day, and I can’t seem to find any info. about incorporating something like this into it. Is it doable?

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admin August 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

The thing with the Ultimate Reset is that you shouldn’t need additional supplements unless they are medications prescribed by your doctor. However, if you are taking them for something as heavy as depression, I personally would keep taking them as you already are. Of course, I’m not a doctor, and I would absolutely consult your doctor to make sure that they would say the same, but seeing as how it’s a fairly normal supplement, I don’t see why you would HAVE to give that up. Taking things like multivitamins, vitamin specific supplements, things like that though, that is unnecessary during the Reset.

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Angela September 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I really want to complete this program, but I was wondering about the types of foods that you are required to eat. I live in a remote community in the Arctic and do not have access to anything outside of the basics. How varied are the meals? Will I be able to buy everything I need at a No Frills tiny grocery store?

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admin September 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

You may have a little bit of trouble finding some of the items, I won’t lie. I live in a large area, and there are a few items that even I haven’t been able to track down. It’s a lot of fruits and vegetables, but there were also a lot of foods that I had never tried before…like tempeh, nori rolls, certain squashes, etc.

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