The Reset came in the mail in a cool box that made things easier I think. It included 5 Strawberry shakes, 5 Vanilla shakes, 5 Chocolate shakes, 5 Peanut Butter Crunch bars and 5 Oatmeal Cookie bars, 5 "AM" packs of vitamins and 5"PM" Packs of vitamins. It also included a blender bottle. I was really impressed with the packaging and it made me look forward to starting the journey.
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The plan on the Reset is to drink 3 shakes, eat 2 bars, and take 2 vitamin packs a day, as well as eat 1 serving of fruit or veggies a day for 5 days.
Day one of the cleanse was Monday. I mixed up a shake after my morning workout and to be 100% honest, I was kinda disappointed with the taste. One thing I was nervous about was that the shakes wouldn't taste very good, and they didn't. One of the protein shakes I have tried is Muscle Milk and that stuff tastes like a milkshake, so I was pretty bummed that these shakes were bland. A friend of mine tried a sip and said it tasted like ground up multi-vitamins and water. I agreed. But it did have a thick creamy texture which was nice, and when I added some ice so it was cold, it really wasn't that bad.
Two things I noticed on day one, I wasn't really hungry. The shakes and bars kept me feeling full, which was appreciated. Speaking of the bars, they were okay too. The Oatmeal bar tasted kinda like a Lara bar, which I don't really love (not a fan of dates) but it wasn't bad. And I know lots of people who love Lara bars. The Peanut Butter Crunch one was actually a lifesaver. With the shakes being kinda tasteless, I found myself wanting something that TASTED good. These were chocolatey and peanuty and they definitely kept me from making bad choices.
The other thing I noticed on Day 1 is that my head freaking hurt. I had a pretty terrible headache. And I was kinda foggy, like I didn't sleep well the night before (when I know I had, thanks to my Body Bugg). It wasn't so bad that I didn't want to keep going, but it felt noteworthy.
Day two I woke up with a good attitude and a headache, and soldiered on. I tried the strawberry for breakfast, mixed with frozen strawberries for taste (I counted it as my fruit) and it was good. It made the shake a lot bigger, which felt more filling too. I was a little less foggy, but my headache was persistent. I didn't feel hungry, and I felt pretty good about the last 3 days.
Day three hit my like a ton of bricks. I was hungry waking up, and I STILL had a headache (which was seriously getting old) and I wasn't really looking forward to the shakes, but I kept going. Once I got to work, I went back into autopilot mode so I didn't think so much about what I didn't get to have. Wednesday was definitely the hardest day to keep going, but I did it anyway.
Day four I woke up without a headache and I think I started singing. I had my normal amount of energy back, and in general I felt pretty good. I kept saying "Just until Friday!" as I chugged the shakes. The taste didn't bother me anymore, but I still added ice so they were more palatable. It's funny, the smell like they should taste really good, so I found if I smelled then chugged, it was almost easier lol.
Day five I was ready to just kill it. I had gone this far, no way I wasn't going to finish strong. I am not going to lie, as I finished that last shake, I was really happy I did it. This cleanse was a funny thing for me. It was really hard. It took a lot of will power to stick it out, but I am glad I did. I pushed myself and showed myself that I am a really strong person when I want to be. And by Friday, I had energy again and I felt pretty good. I was pretty excited to get to eat something delicious, but I didn't have the desire to go crazy and eat cupcakes lol.
So bottom line, I am glad I did it. I proved to myself that I was strong enough to do something like this. Did I lose weight? Yea, I lost 3 lbs in the 5 days. I am glad it wasn't for naught in that department.
Lastly, would I recommend it? My answer is maybe. Obviously this wasn't the easiest or most pleasant week of my life, but I learned that I am stronger than I thought. I still 100% believe that you can be successful in weight loss without doing things like this.
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