I did the 21 day Beachbody Ultimate Reset for 14 days last year and I felt really good so I decided to do it again. I scheduled Day 1 for last Saturday. For starters, Beachbody is a dumb name. All of us already have a beach body if we go to the beach. It’s that one we take to the beach. In spite of the annoying name, it’s a good eating plan. Saturday sounded like a good day to start, especially because at the time, Saturday was tomorrow. All of us who try to change our ways KNOW tomorrow is THE BEST day to start anything. I vaguely remember some comments from loved ones.
“You’re going to start this without doing any prep?”
Yes I am. I will prep as I go. I will wake up, go to the store, come home, make breakfast, eat breakfast, go to the store, come home, make lunch, eat lunch. This must have been what I thought I would do? Or maybe I thought everything would happen magically. Whatever irrational thinking interfered with actual preparation, it was certainly aided by *starting tomorrow* because everything is easier tomorrow. I will feel better tomorrow. I will feel especially motivated. I will dedicate the day to my reset and I will gain momentum for the remaining 20 days.
Another loved one said, “Can you follow that plan when you go out of town on Thursday?”
Um, yeah I can. Easily. This will be no problem, because instead of going to the store, coming home and making the meal, I will just go to the restaurant and ORDER the meal. It cannot be any easier than this.
Also, maybe I can’t follow the plan 100%, I thought to myself, but at least I can start. I can take the pre-meal supplements, keep a food journal, exercise, and practice making some of the meals.
When Day 1 rolled around more quickly than I anticipated, I discovered the pre-meal supplements were at work. This was a setback, but I didn’t immediately give up. I had breakfast plans on Day 1, and unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t have “2 scrambled eggs prepared with 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil and 1 1/2 cups steamed kale or spinach.” My experience for dinner was similar.
Before I knew it, it was Sunday. Was Sunday Day 2, or the 2nd attempt at Day 1? I am not sure about this, but I went to the store to get ingredients for “Southwestern Veggie Tacos” and made a modified version for dinner. This was a good precursor to Monday. Monday was either Day 3, or Day 1 for the 3rd time, and was by far my best day. Oatmeal with nuts and blueberries for breakfast inspired by an actual recipe from The Plan, and eaten 30 minutes after taking the pre-meal supplements waiting for me at work, just as directed on the bottle. Leftover veggie tacos for lunch. After a successful day and still no thought for future meals, I needed a break from the constraints of such a restrictive program. The break lasted until Thursday, when I went out of town and couldn’t possibly eat anything except vacation food. I feel like other people saw that coming, and I was taken completely by surprise. As it turns out, mozzarella sticks were in no way connected to The Plan; still, that was my dinner order.
I think it was a good practice week. I’m definitely ready for Day 1 now. I have even purchased vegetables.
Too bad I left the pre-meal supplements at work again.