Thursday, August 25

My Life-Changing Ultimate Reset Results And Why You Should Immediately Do It Too

I did it! I finished the Ultimate Reset! I've started and quit this cleanse twice in the past. It's always intimidated me. But after hitting a wall with my nutrition, feeling a little stuck and bored, I knew I needed to do something to snap me back onto the right path and I went all in and decided that come hell or high water I was going to finish this thing! AND I DID!

If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram then you've probably already seen me posting about it but if not, the Ultimate Reset is a 21 day cleanse from Beachbody that is focused on getting your insides healthy. I know most people get nervous when they read the word "cleanse" but this is not something where you'll be living on lemonade and running to the bathroom all day every day. This is a gentle and very intuitive nutrition plan aimed to help you increase your energy, have better digestion and weight loss, and improved mood! To break it down really simply... this cleanse is about getting your insides in shape just like workouts get your outsides in shape!

It's a three week program. In week one you reclaim your body preparing it for change. You’ll cut out sugar and processed foods and gradually remove foods such as red meat and dairy from your diet. In week two you begin to release unwanted compounds that have been holding your system back and start the detoxification process. This phase includes a gentle colon cleanse and digestive support. DON’T WORRY you won’t be running to the toilet. I promise! This is gentle cleanse and you'll still be eating three regular meals plus snacks. At this point though, you'll be fully vegan. Week three is where you’ll help restore your digestive system along with other internal processes to maximum efficiency, putting nutrients, enzymes, and pre-and probiotics back into your body.

Okay so enough about the technical stuff... how did I like it?
I LOVED it. Now I didn't necessarily love every minute of it. My husband ate pizza in front of me in week 1. In week 2 I was super tired as my body released the toxins and cleaned itself out. And in week three I wondered how I'd be able to go a whole week without any grains or meat. BUT... something can be a challenge and still be awesome. And that's exactly how I'd describe this program!

I polled on social media what questions everyone had about my experience and wanted to share some answers to the most popular questions below!

One of the most asked questions I got was about the food. If I was hangry. What type of food I ate. What my favorite meals were. How I decided what food to eat. Etc.

The answer might surprise you. As you can see from this collage, I was not hurting in the food department. The coolest thing about this program is that your food is all planned for you. You don't have to come up with mealplans or recipes. It literally has every meal written out each day and recipes for how to make it and how much to eat. So you just follow along! It's all super easy and a novice cook can do it!

I thought I'd really dislike the food. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I have a bunch of favorite recipes from the reset that I'll be adding into my rotation now that I'm post-reset! One of my favorites was the creamy zucchini soup! I shared about it on my blog here. I also really loved the sweet potato and broccoli dinner you see above and that lentil pilaf up in the collage as well! I was not hangry. The hardest time I had was in week 2, when we took out all animal protein. It was just an adjustment. But I really enjoyed the meals I was having. There were a few I didn't love but it was a great learning experience. I also noticed my tastes changed! As I took out the processed foods, dairy, chemicals, and extras my tastes got more intense. Fruit tasted sweet as candy! Dinners tasted so savory! I started craving very pure things like sweet potato and fruit and my cravings for things like ice cream and pizza went away!

The 2nd most popular question I got was how much did all the food cost and how hard was it to prep? I didn't track my expenses. I did run to the store about twice a week because I thought prepping for an entire week would be too overwhelming so I only prepped three days at a time and that was much easier for me! Plus I never had to worry about my food going bad. The ingredients are not super expensive because they are mostly just fruits and veggies! And I would prep some of the things that were used the most like lentils or quinoa and then measure out what I needed for individual recipes each day. In the reset booklet it even tells you which foods to prep ahead of time each week. I'm telling you guys... it's all spelled out for you so perfectly!

The third most popular question I got was did I miss working out? Honest answer? No. I don't like to work out all that much. I do it because I know it's good for me and I feel good after. So it was a really nice break! I loved that I wasn't supposed to work out so I didn't have to feel any guilt about not doing it. In week 1 I got up and moving more because I was actually feeling so energized and great. I went on walks, did some yoga, and even danced to country heat with my 4 year old! Week 2 I was dead on my feet. So tired as my body did all the hard work of detoxing. So I rested a lot and gave myself grace. Week three I felt good but being limited to just fruits and vegetables (no grains or animal protein in week 3) I didn't want to push it and burn up all my energy. Walks were my mains source of movement and some simple stretching. Honestly, I went into this cleanse with the intention to be intuitive with my body and it's needs and to listen. So often we are always forcing our body to do things it doesn't want to do.... overworking, not enough rest, caffeine to keep going, shit food because we're rushed, etc. So I wanted to listen to it and go with it. That's why I moved in week one and rested in week 2. I did what I felt I needed and it was a really cool experience. Now that I'm post-reset doing the maintenance plan I feel like moving again, so I am!

It's pretty clear from my before and after photo that weight loss was a big result of my reset. I was surprised that I lost 9 pounds. I was not expecting that big of a loss and it was definitely exciting since I struggle with Hashimotos which makes it difficult for me to lose weight. But that was not the biggest result I experienced.

For me, the biggest result was a mental one! This has completely changed the way I eat and the way I think about nutrition. I haven't been this excited about nutrition in years! It helped me break some negative food cycles I was in and gave me an incredible base of tools and recipes to be able to continue incorporating in my normal life! I fully intend to scale back the animal protein I eat and to kick dairy to the curb. I want to continue eating this way even though the cleanse is over and I don't technically have to!

Energy and clarity have been huge as well! I have struggled with my sleep patterns for a long time. Routinely staying up till 3 and 4am and not being able to go to sleep. And when it came time to wake up, feeling groggy and sick and having no energy for hours. Now I start to get tired hours earlier and I'm falling asleep closer to 1 and able to wake up and feel ready for my day instead of feeling exhausted.

What's next you ask?

Well, I'm now into maintenance mode... a three week process of slowly adding things back in. But I'm planning on pretty much living this way from now on! And I'm so excited to help you complete the reset as well! Next month I'll be leading a small group of people who want to commit to the Ultimate Reset through the program. We'll have a private group where you'll have 24/7 access to me and the other participants and I'll be sharing all my tips and we'll all be encouraging each other! I'll also be giving you access to Beachbody On Demand for the month of September where you'll be able to log in and access the brand new yoga workout program from Beachbody that you can do during your reset if your body is craving motion!

Are you in? You need to order your kit by September 29th and we'll start officially on September 5th! Click the button below to order your kit and get registered! Got questions? Email me and let's get them sorted out asap so you can get started with us next month!

This is only open to participants in the US and only those not currently enrolled as a coach or working with another Beachbody coach. 


Monday, August 22

How I Use Emily Ley's Free Printable To Turbo-Charge My Organization!

emily ley brain dump free printable for to do list

I am not an organized person by nature. I'd describe myself more as "creative chaos". My house is usually a bit messy. My desktop is almost always cluttered. I usually fly by the seat of my pants. But being a business owner has forced me to learn how to implement organizational systems so that nothing important slips through the cracks. And I want to share one of those systems with you today!

Anything I implement has to be simple. Because if it takes me too much time or is too involved to set up and maintain, I won't do it. I've tried pretty much every to-do list app but I never stick with them because I forget to go into the app and update it. I'm much more of a pen and paper kind of girl. The art of writing something out helps me organize my thoughts and also helps me to get it out of my brain so I don't forget it before I complete it!

A few years ago my husband learned this to-do list trick for prioritizing tasks and I LOVE it! I used to just create my own little squares on paper but then I found that Emily Ley, one of my all time favorite queens of simple organization, had designed a quadrant style printable to use for brain dumps and had it up on her site for anyone to download!

So here's how I use her free printable (which you can find here on her website) to organize my important to-do's each day!

1. Download Emily Ley's free printable (it's called "Quadrants")
2. Across the top two columns, in the left top column write the word "urgent". In the right top column write the word "not urgent"
3. Across the two rows, in the top row on the left side write the word "important". In the bottom row on the left side write the words "not important"
4. Now you've got categories. The top left category is "urgent and important". The bottom left category is "urgent but not important". The rip right category is "not urgent but important" and the bottom right category is "not urgent and not important"
5. I number mine in order of how I want to do them each day as you can see in the photo above. This helps you to categorize your tasks that need to get done that day and then be able to go in order from most urgent and most important to less urgent and less important so that need to get done first do.

I don't know about you but if I don't have things written out clearly, I tend to bounce around based on what I feel like doing at that moment or get distracted by and sometimes that means that time-sensitive tasks get forgotten about. Not great! And now that my son is in school there tends to be a lot more time-sensitive tasks. HAHA! Any moms out there feel me?

I hope this helps those of you who are not great at organization to find a simple (and free!) way to organize your to-do list each day! You could also just print 1 out and laminate it and use a dry erase marker if you want to save trees! ;)

If this helps you, please take a picture of your quadrants and tag me in it! I'd love to see how you make this idea your own! And thanks Emily for always providing awesome tools to help other busy mamas!

Saturday, August 20

FITNESS // Letting Go of Just Pretty...

It's not my life's purpose to be pretty for you.
That's a thought I had the other day reading an insult someone left on one of my photos on Instagram. And in that moment I felt empowered. Empowered because I had realized that my life is about more than how attractive I am to others. And yet, when I got my photos back yesterday from a quick photo shoot my brain did not instantly go to "how empowered you look, Becka!" it instead starting picking apart every tiny perceived imperfection...

I've lost 70 pounds. And still, I don't feel like an after most of the time. I feel like a constantly-in-progress-almost-there-but-never-quite-there person. What does a perfect body even look like anyway? Surely I'll never have one by society's standards. I'm too short, I'm too curvy. My boobs are too small and my thighs are too big.  My facial features are both too strong and too weak. I'm knock kneed. My torso is super short. My thighs touch when I'm standing straight. And I have double chins anytime I'm not looking perfectly straight ahead. And I hate all those things. I'd love to tell you I'm some evolved pillar of girl-power that knows none of that matters but I live in the real world and on some level some of it does matter... or at least... it feels like it does.

And that's what pisses me off the most really. That in a modern world where women can be anything we like, what do we spend all our time and mental energy trying to be? Pretty.

Not pretty smart. Not pretty funny. Not pretty accomplished. Just pretty.

So I'm writing all this to tell you that I really don't have the answer. But I'm working on it. I'm working on understanding that my value is not strictly in the symmetry of my face. It really doesn't matter how many people in this world think that I'm beautiful. A combination of genetics, choices, and life experiences have made my body what it is today. And it's the only one I've got to work with. And I want so much more in this lifetime than to just be thought of as pretty.

My job is not to have the tiniest waist. The perkiest boobs. The longest legs. The smoothest skin. The most lustrous hair. From an evolutionary biology standpoint, I've already passed my genes on to the next generation so really... why all this effort in trying to be attractive to potential mates? I should just consider my life on earth a smashing success and stop with all this fussing! HAHA!

Every time I look at a photograph of myself, or stare into the mirror in a fitting room at an outfit cut for someone with the dimensions of a 6 foot tall size 2 model (seriously why are shoulder straps so long in size small tops? Who has shoulders that high anyway?!), I'm reminding myself that my job is not to be just pretty. No matter what social media, or the celebrities, or the advertisements say.

Just pretty alone is silencing us. It's distracting us. Make us spend all of our time fussing over the state of our skin and the length of our eyelashes and maybe we'll be too busy to make any real impact on this world. Not me. Not any longer. I don't want to be just pretty.

I want to be pretty inspiring. Pretty influential. Pretty impactful. Pretty brilliant. Pretty creative. Pretty giving. Pretty remarkable. Pretty helpful. Pretty revolutionary. Pretty beloved. Pretty extraordinary.

So today I'm working on it. And I might not be fully able to let go of it all yet, but I'm getting closer every day. Learning to love myself more every day. Building a community of people who feel the same every day. So that we can make real change in our own lives and the lives of others.

So if you take nothing else from reading this I hope you remember this... you are so much more than just pretty.


Thursday, August 18

PERSONAL // There He Goes...

first day of school

He didn't even cry.
I might have a little bit.
He's just so big. 
And so precious.
And so sweet. 
And I'm honestly a little bit scared that school will change him. 
But I know that school will change him. 
And I know it will challenge him.
And I know people will be mean to him. 
And I'll want to spit on them. 
But I won't. 
Because this is a fancy school.
And I'm sure spitting is frowned upon.
He was so brave.
Even though I'm not.
At 4 and a half he got out of the car and walked himself in. 
Pre-K is the new Kindergarten, you guys. 
This moment was big. 
And he's so big.
And there he goes.
And here I stay. 
And now I'm a little bit more nervous
every moment of the day.
Because my heart is now spending 7 hours living
outside of my chest.



Wednesday, August 17

My Favorite Recipe From the Ultimate Reset! Creamy Zucchini Soup!

I'm probably not supposed to share this with you, but I'm going to because it's so good that I can't keep it from you. You must try it and add it into your clean eating rotation!

On week 1 of the Ultimate Reset I saw this recipe for Vegan Cashew Zucchini Soup and I instantly was not excited about it. Are you excited about it after reading that? Probably not, right? It sounds gross. Let's all just be honest with each other for a minute. But I was so wrong, and you need to know about it!

First things first...

I'm the realest.

(Sorry, I couldn't resist! Anyways...)

This soup is so simple. Just promise me you'll try it because I know it looks and sounds like there's no way it can be any good but it just absolutely is! It tastes decadent! It tastes like it's loaded with heavy cream but it's not! It's basically just zucchini and cashews, ya'll! I made a few tiny tweaks with my version that deviate slightly from the original recipe and I'm gonna share them with you!

If you do try this, pretty please take a picture and tag me with it on social media and tell me how you like it!

Vegan Creamy Zucchini Cashew Soup (adapted slightly from the Ultimate Reset)

2 oz. raw cashews (about 34)
3 organic medium zucchinis, cut into dollars
1/2 cup water
Himalayan salt
Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 tbs. olive oil
Black pepper

Preparation: (makes 2 servings)
1. In a small bowl, soak the cashews in 1/2 cup of water for 1 hour
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the zucchinis in olive oil until tender (add in salt, pepper, and a few spraws of bragg's to taste)
3. Place soaked cashews with water into blender or food processor, add zucchini and blend until smooth. Heat if desired (I like mine served warm!) Top with a tiny drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. I put a tiny bit of truffle salt on mine with some dried chickpeas and it was incredible!

If this looks yummy to you and you are feeling off after summer vacation, crazy off schedule routines, and back to school, then you should join my September 21 Day Yoga Cleanse!

Have you ever wished you could have someone hold your hand and walk you through exactly what to eat, when to eat, and guide you through a gentle yoga flow each day? Well I'm about to make your dreams come true!

 I'll be leading you through this 21 day cleanse I've been doing to help you push the reset button on your nutrition! We won't be focused on any workouts but gentle yoga and stretching and I'll give you access to 21 days of yoga workouts you can do from the comfort of your own living room! I'll give you all the recipes, all my tips on how to make them delicious, and daily support in a private group where you'll have 24/7 access to me and the other people joining us! Sounds fun right?

If you know you wanna jump in with me then click the button above to order your kit right away! It comes with everything you need including vegan shakeology as a special treat! Email me a screenshot of your confirmation and you'll be registered fully! You must order via the link above though to have access to everything! We'll be kicking off in September so you have some time to mentally prepare, and I'll be working with you on prep and setting some goals! If you have questions, just shoot me an email and I'm happy to answer them! 



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