Well, the 21 days of the Ultimate Reset Cleanse has come to the end. I can only tell you that I am amazed. I didn’t lose a ton of weight. That was never my goal. The lightest I have been (since high school) is 159lbs, and that was when I was killing myself training for the SuperFrog Half Ironman. I’ve been about 163 since I started eating paleo in early 2010. I checked in at 166.8 on day 1 of the Ultimate Reset Cleanse. I don’t lose/gain weight easily. It’s a good thing, but it’s also not indicative of how I FEEL, which is so much more important.
2012 has been a busy year, and I’ll be honest: I don’t travel well. Like most people, I have a lot of unhealthy habits that follow me around like a band of gypsy children looking to steal your wallet (all due respect to my gypsy friends). I enjoy myself when I travel and that typically means a fair amount of wine. I love wine. Red, white, I love it all. The experience of it intoxicates me…literally. In January we traveled to Florida and Atlanta. In February I went on a snowboarding trip to Colorado, turned 40 and played in a Member/Guest tournament in Palm Springs. March featured the Success Club trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas, which was followed by a trip to see my brother in Boston for Spring Break. I succeeded at many things during this time period, including training for an Olympic distance triathlon that was unfortunately canceled and passing P90X Certification, but I felt like crap. I was living on caffeine and lacked a solid focus on my health. When that happens, everything else suffers. I’m just not as good.
Enter the Ultimate Reset Cleanse. Carl Daikeler told me, “this is a game changer”. Um…yeah, Carlito whatever. It’s a cleanse. I’ll spend 21 days on the toilet and be miserable. Every other one has been that way. I’ve hated them all, but I’m nothing if not coachable, so I jumped in when Monica was given the opportunity to do the cleanse with the Elite Coaches. Before we started we shot this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nusOKLaAI4
10 days before the official start day I began to limit my consumption of coffee and animal products. I had to apologize to my kids no less than 4 times during this period. Um…sorry. And then we began. The first week was rough. I was hungry and tired. I took quite a few naps. The Alkalinizer (think “shot of wheatgrass”) gave me a headache and made me dizzy. That, in my opinion, is a bad thing. When healthy things make you feel like crap, you are unhealthy. The Day 1 recap is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5lepZEkVvA. On Day 3 we shot this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9V4muJPglA. Day 6, I shot this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWZlh89-uGg. Finally, at the end of Phase I Monica and I filmed this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBGpL09haQY&feature=relmfu. That was the first really amazing day…as we finished Phase I, I started to feel dramatically better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBGpL09haQY&feature=relmfu. Week 1 was tough. I was really tired and hungry frequently.
Week 2 things got better. The Detox is kind of gross (sorry Carl, but really…), and vegan living is flat out difficult. Half way though, I started to feel amazing. I woke up one day and weighed in at 158. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zzN2iIdjSE The next day I was up to 163. My body was starting to respond by exchanging water, which was initially confusing, but relieving when I realized that many other people were going through the same thing. There were so many days when I woke up early (5:30 AM) and just felt amazing. Like I had slept for 10 hours. No caffeine…nothing. Just good food and gentle supplements. The reading material I had organized around the toilet bowl went largely unviewed. It’s just not like that. Here’s the Day 14 Phase II recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dLryEn2P_k. That was a good day. “I wish I could wake up feeling like this every single morning”. Monica’s comment in the Day 14 video about “reclaiming the intimacy of our time” has been huge. We work together and parent together. We don’t always eat together. This has brought us together in a really unique way that hasn’t happened since we did Power90 together in 2003.
Week 3 we had a trip to Phoenix and thought that would be really difficult. Turns out that it wasn’t! It’s easier than I thought to eat vegan. Nearly every day of week 3 I woke up feeling amazing. I was only eating about 1,300 calories, but I felt great. Tons of energy and a real enthusiasm for life. On Day 19 we shot this video explaining how that worked out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UInz0EITkA&feature=relmfu
My final Ultimate Reset Cleanse result tally was about 6.5 pounds. From 166.7 to 160.3. That’s exactly where I wanted to finish. I got there in the second week and just stayed where my body needs to be. Beyond weight loss, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that there are things in my life that I just don’t “need” the way I thought I did. I learned that I can change. I learned that I can learn! A big part of this program is building new healthy habits that last. As my mother-in-law said last night, “this isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle”. I’m really excited to get back to life, but I’m also excited to know that “life” includes some new healthy habits that will help me to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Here is our final Ultimate Cleanse Review video:
My results were great, but some of the people that I went through this with had really amazing transformations. We don’t have their final blood work yet, but we had two people in our group of 5 lose over 20 pounds in 21 days. That group continues and we keep adding people to it. It’s been an amazing resource that helped us get through the cleanse and learn the skills we need to maintain our results.
So what’s next? We are going back to where we started and doing P90X. I don’t care who you are…P90X is always hard, but I feel great so far. I have a new way to fuel. I have new habits and I have a new way of looking at the way I do things.