After finishing the 5-Day Jumpstart phase of RESET, I started the Transform phase and I figure that I’ll be in this phase (designed for continued weight loss) for a while. This is the phase where you really begin developing healthy eating and exercise habits and making smart choices.
I dropped all artificial and refined processed sugars and starches, including breads, cereals, rice and pasta, like a hot potato! These foods have consumed my life and caused my once-flat stomach to swell over the years. Dr. Ray Strand compiled lists of many fruits, vegetables, etc. on his Healthy for Life website, so I read over his lists and picked my favorite foods to incorporate.
Hitting the Gym
I have been an animal with exercise. I have not missed one day. I’m either doing inclined walking, jogging, yoga, or aerobic training, and I’m wearing my pedometer to ensure I’m getting my 10,000 steps in each day.
At Day 21, I was feeling great! I had lost 11 pounds, 2 inches off my waist, 2 1/4 inches from my thighs, one-half inch from my arms and had shed .31% in body fat. Wow!**
I wanted to share some tips and obstacles I’ve overcome up to this point. My hope is that if you are thinking of starting RESET or are already on your way to healthier living that they might help you.
Obstacles to Overcome
Don’t let these challenges bring you down:
- Inner thoughts. It’s easy to dwell on thoughts that this is a restrictive lifestyle/diet. A change in how I looked at the experience helped. As my personal Healthy for Life coach Donny would say, “It is ADDICTION that is restrictive! As an addict, you are CHAINED to a narrow list of foods that you have to have, because you are addicted to them.” I try to remember the freedom I will feel when I am no longer controlled by my cravings.
- Time. As a single mother, it’s a challenge to make time for exercise. It’s just something that has to be done, whether it’s early in the morning or at night after the kids are in bed. I try to make working out fun so I’m more likely to stick with it.
- Motivation. I admit I love the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” The trainers are ruthless. The contestants on the show have much more work to do and much higher hurdles to overcome than I do, and they do it. Seeing them inspires me to dig deeper. They are my heroes.
Stay Healthy Tips
Here are a few tips that have helped me:
- Variety is the spice of life. Make sure to create variety with your Nutrimeal shakes. Whether it’s adding skim organic milk, fruit, vegetables or natural organic extracts, it’s important to shake it up.
- Don’t weigh yourself every day. Many people get bogged down or discouraged by the numbers on the scale. Believe me, I know. You don’t lose it all at once. But consistent effort each day, each week will create results. Losing weight is different for everybody and everybody’s body is different, so do yourself a favor and throw out the scale for the next few months. Or at least cut down the number of times you weigh in. Your peace of mind will be worth it.
- Take your vitamins. Taking your supplements ensures you are providing your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, especially when limiting food intake.
Stay tuned… I’ll continue to provide updates about additional successes with this program.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in an occasional series of posts from Melissa Fields, the USANA marketing manager over the foods line. Melissa, who’s worked at USANA for 13 years, graciously offered to write about her journey toward better health and share her progress with What’s Up, USANA? readers. Follow along with Melissa and please feel free to share your own challenges and successes in the comments. Read her first post here.