I am starting the Ultimate Reset this week, and since I have done it before, I thought I would share my top 10 tips for having success with this plan. I also plan to share my journey here on the blog and any additional tips I come up with this go-round. Here they are!
1. Set your start date for about a week or more after your kit is to arrive.
This will give you time to get your kit, go through everything, do your prep work, shop for groceries and connect with your coach for questions and additional information.
2. When you get your kit, read your entire booklet front to back.
You will find a ton of information in there, and once you’ve started is not the time to read it for the first time. Many of the questions you may have pop up are answered in this book. It will help you get started right.
3. Set up a spot to keep all your Ultimate Reset supplies.
The first time I used a basket on my kitchen cabinet for everything to be in one spot. Now I am a bit more mobile and I use a carry caddy just because it’s easier to move around.
4. Log on to the Ultimate Reset website with your Team Beachbody username and password that you used to purchase the kit.
This will log you onto the participant portal, where you can print shopping lists, find the recipe information and other additional information for support during the reset.
5. Print and mark your shopping lists.
Go through the booklet and read the recipes for phase 1. This way you can mark each item for which day you will need it. For instance, if there is some produce you need, but not until day 5 or 7, you may not want to buy it before starting Day 1. I found that going to the grocery a couple of times a week for produce helped me keep fresh items without wasting anything. One easy way to break up the shopping is to review your pantry and fridge and see what you already have. Take a trip to buy your non-perishable staples like spices, oils, etc. Then get your produce right before you start. Be sure to note that while you will have three different lists, one for each phase, the first list for week 1 will have items marked that are actually the amount you will need for the entire reset.
6. Prep your produce as soon as you buy it.
If you bring home things like salad greens, bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, etc., the best thing you can do is set aside some time to prep your veggies – wash, peel, chop, whatever you need to do to them. It will be much easier if you are hungry or in a hurry when fixing your food if all the prep work is already done.
7. Be open-minded.
There will be foods on this reset that you will already know you don’t like. My best advice is to try them. The recipes are tasty and you might be surprised. Don’t be a wienie – be brave and try it! If you absolutely know you can’t eat a certain food for any reason, talk with your coach about how to substitute and still get the nutrients you need. Then come back here and tell me if you like beets, because I think they taste like clods of dirt. Also, you won’t be working out (exercise) the way you may be used to for the entire 3 weeks. Walking, restorative yoga, stretching are recommended. Other than that, you need to calm down and let your workouts be internal for a few weeks.
8. Pay attention to the water requirements.
There are tips in the booklet on how to set up your water for each day. The point is, you are going to want and need to drink much more water than you are probably used to on this reset.
9. Get focused.
Before you start, it’s more than just getting all the supplies together. It’s a mindset for 21 days. Look at your schedule and don’t even try to do this during travel. Keep your schedule as clear and easy as you possibly can. Don’t be afraid to say no. Take a bath, take a walk, take a nap, take 15 minutes to breathe deep. You are going to need this, it’s all part of the process.
10. Make notes about your experience.
It’s a great idea to keep a journal. Here is what happened with me the first time – I had headaches the first few days and joint aches about mid way through the first week. I felt tired too. After that, I had energy, clarity, focus. I got a LOT of things done instead of snacking or being on the couch. I got rid of some negative emotions. I learned to love epsom salt baths. I took naps. I dropped weight. My taste for foods I thought I wanted totally changed. I slept like a rock. I learned that I wouldn’t die if I didn’t workout for 3 weeks. I did deep breathing for the first time ever.
Have you done the Ultimate Reset? What are your best tips? Share them with us!
If you haven’t done the reset and would like more information, just let me know.