Ultimate Reset – Week One

I’m a week into the Ultimate Reset and down a little oveyogar 5 pounds and my body feels clean and a lot less puffy!

I decided to do the Ultimate Reset as a countdown to our trip to Punta Cana provided to us by Beachbody.  On top of that, it’s our 10th wedding anniversary in May and I want to feel and look great.  Ultimate Reset seemed like a great way to kick off this amazing year!

What is the Ultimate Reset?

It’s a 21 day nutrition program.  I am pairing it with our 3 Week Yoga Retreat available exclusively on Beachbody on Demand and a few short runs in between, but it’s really all nutrition.

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For 21 days you are given every single meal to make, when to make it, how to make it and when to eat.  This is my favorite part!  I have to think 0 about what I am going to eat!  It’s all there for me.

You begin the program eating pretty basic meals like salmon and red potatoes, salad with chicken, a rice and bean taco, scrambled eggs, etc.  But as the week wears on meat is removed and by the middle of the second week grains are removed.

You are also drinking (trying to at least!) a gallon of distilled water each day.  You are given a bottle of finely ground pink Himalayan sea salt to add to ygreensou water for electrolytes.

Before meals you will take a supplement called Optimize to help your body better break down the food and absorb the nutrients.  You also take a shot of Power Greens each day which is dried chlorophyl.  I’m not going to say this tastes awesome, because it doesn’t, but you feel so good after drinking it!  I have a nice little energy boost after drinking this.  Depend
ing on the day I will add it to my Shakeology or leave it plain.

This program is a mental battle.  100% mental.  For me that’s comforting.  I like knowing that my body simply needs to follow my mind.  And I like knowing that I am as mentally strong as I am physically.
So far I’m off to a watergreat start!  We even built a deck this past weekend which meant the beer was flowing and BBQ going.  It’s not easy, but I know it will be worth it!

If you have any questions about this program or would like to do it yourself, please let me know!  You can comment here or email me at kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com.

 

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One Year Down!

It’s been a year since I gave up really good for great.

I still remember the emotions that came with the decision and I hope I always will.  The long nights and early mornings.  The constant hustle.  Being so proud that we did it!  That we actually made this happen.  The ‘Oh crap, what am I doing’ thoughts.  The lump in my throat.  The sweaty palms and crazy heart beat all day.  Walking to the parking lot knowing this was it.

This past year hasn’t been easy.  Business goals were missed and figuring out a new schedule was hard.  But, AHHHHMAZING things have happened in between.

Like picking up my kids from school.
Getting homework done early and being able to sit down with them and really help them.  Not the let’s do homework while I cook supper and before we have a soccer game help.
Coached all of Emme’s teams.
Went to Jamaica and the Bahamas with Ben.
Stood in front of 25,000 while our team was recognized in Nashville.
Took vacations on a whim.  Like in the middle of the week, whim!!
Merged teams with one of my most amazing girlfriends and business partners, Lindsay.
Helped coaches on our team rank advance, step outside their comfort zones and grow as people.
Went swimming with the kids on a Wednesday.
Made it to my first Field Trip.
Helped people get off blood pressure and cholesterol medication.
Had lunch with friends.
Took care of my nephew when he was sick.
Had friends who were told they couldn’t get pregnant, get pregnant because they became healthy!!
Sat on the back porch more often with Ben.
Went on Pokemon hunts with the kids.
Donated to more causes.  Both financially and with my time.
Travelled more.
Laughed more.
Loved more.
Saw the good in situations that used to stress me out.
Helped others learn how to cook healthier.
Painted the hallway.
Painted trim. And more trim.  And more trim.
Cleaned out flowerbeds.
Went on bike rides.
Maxed out my Roth.
Enjoyed Christmas.
Was a more present wife and mom.

The decision wasn’t easy.  The big ones.  The life changing ones, never are.  But I’m so glad I said yes.

Thank you all for your support, for trusting me with your health, your goals, your dreams and your fears.  It’s something I do not take lightly and look forward to doing for many many years to come.  #oneyeardown

One Year Down

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Giving up the Good for Great

Hanging up the heels for sneakersIt happened.

The payoff.

After countless sleepless nights, early mornings, sacrifices from my family and myself. It happened.

My time is mine. My work is mine. My family is mine.

I am home and away from any time clock. There will no longer be requests made to work through lunch so I can get to soccer practice. No longer requests made to see programs at schools or attend events. No longer requests made to take care of my kids when they are sick. No longer requests made for vacation.

It is all in my hands.

On August 21, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. I became my own boss and made the commitment to go all in with Beachbody and helping to end the trend of obesity.

The idea terrified me at first.

The only feeling that matches it was driving to the hospital to deliver our first-born. That excited and scary feeling of stepping into the unknown. Yet you know what it about to be placed in your hands is so amazing and wonderful that your heart skips a beat and you swallow your fears for the greatness that is about to come. That feeling.

A part of me wanted my last day to end at 8:01 a.m. and the other part wanted it to last forever.

I was blessed to have a good work environment. My job was very family friendly, but also demanding of my schedule. I loved my co-workers and the Company, but it became more and more clear that my goals didn’t match theirs.

I wanted freedom.

It was never intentional. The decision to leave my job. When I began my journey it was solely to get myself healthy. I was a young mom who felt lost with all the responsibilities that comes with the amazing title of Mom. My first child went to daycare at 6 weeks old and my second at 5 weeks. It broke my heart. We barely knew each other (I mean they slept 80% of the day!) and another person gets to spend the day with my child, who I prayed for, skipped sushi and wine for and lost myself for. I wanted to spend that time with my child. I wanted to get to know them.

I remember the day I made the decision. I never said it out loud; I just made a promise to myself.

My son was sick. The school had called and he was running a fever with an upset stomach. He needed to get home. There was no one available to cover for me so I could go grab him. Everyone else that I relied on was very busy as well. As I tried to figure out how to make this happen, how to get my sick son home, I became angry. Angry at the situation I was presented. Angry to have to, in my mind, choose one or the other. I know every parent goes through this at some point. I understand my situation was no different. But yet it was. I had an opportunity in front of me that would allow me to change my future.

After a lot of juggling and AMAZING grandparents, he got home. And he slept and recovered. But I will never forget that day. It changed my mindset. It was my tipping point.

I have always had a ‘job’. Whether it be hauling hay, mowing lawns, babysitting, waiting tables, working at a grocery store, or a corporate setting, I’ve always had a job. And I never saw that changing. I love the atmosphere of work environments, the challenges and the people I met. But I also always felt an undeniable pull to these jobs as well, an ‘owing’ if you will.

My parents are hard workers. My family is a hard working family. It’s something I take great pride in. Everything we own, every vacation we have taken, every relaxed evening, we have earned.

Would quitting my 8-5 devalue this? Would I no longer be a hard worker if I weren’t punching a time clock?

It took a long time for me to answer no to this. And to answer no confidently. While this new endeavor does give me freedom of my schedule, it in no way devalues my work ethic. If anything it should validate it.

Building this business took time. Time away from my family, from nights out with friends and from myself. But the sacrifices that were so freely given have been paid forward in dividends just as freely.

What if you had to work hard for one year to live the rest of your life by your design? Would you put forth that effort? Would your family put forth that effort? Would your friends?

It truly takes a team to achieve big goals and I am so proud to be surrounded by an amazing team. A team that keeps you focused and mindful of your path. A team that works with you, never against you. A team that pushes you and celebrates achievements.

Some people roll their eyes.
Some people wish not for your success.
Some people just don’t.

I’m so grateful to not be a part of that ‘some people’ group.

I am present with my family, with my challengers, with my friends, with my team and with myself. I am a hard worker and loyal. I am an even better wife and mom. I am productive and fulfilled. All because I took the leap and decided to give up good for great.

Here’s to achieving big goals, setting even larger ones and continuing to evolve.

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