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The Kickstart I Was Looking For
March 10, 2017
I have recently finished this "reset", so I wanted to be sure to write a review. I was familiar with Harley's name in the world of celebrity fitness, but when I saw him on Revenge Body I was intrigued by his plan. I was already having one smoothie a day, so that seemed manageable enough. I had been working out several times a week at Orange Theory Fitness, and while I was toning up, I still had so much fat on top of my muscle, and my weight was at an uncomfortable number for me, so I wanted to do something to really shake it up. I read through tons of reviews, and it seemed like most of the negative ones were from people who hadn't even tried it, so I wanted to give it a shot.
I am a stay at home mom, so I do have flexibility and making smoothies was no problem, but I could see how this might be challenging for someone on the go or working in an office. I am 39 years old and at 5'5" I weighed 141 when I started, so I am not way overweight, but definitely had 10-15 pounds to lose. I already had a pedometer that had been collecting dust for years, so I pulled that out. I was surprised by how little I was actually walking each day, but it became a challenge to myself to get more steps each day than the day before. I now walk usually a minimum of 12,000 steps, but often more. The first few days I felt hungry and a little grumpy, but I was losing weight quickly which seemed a fair tradeoff. Once the first five days were up and I could add a meal, I felt much better. I chose to eat breakfast, as that was when I was hungriest.
I enjoyed the smoothies, as they were different than what I would normally make. I always add greens to my smoothies, so the white and red ones were a nice change. My 15 days ended two days ago, but I am continuing on with the plan because I feel great. Other than a headache on the first days which I am sure was from withdrawals, I have not had a headache, which is a huge improvement for me as I suffer from them on a regular basis, I think because of my sugar addiction. My energy also remains great throughout the day, whereas before I would get a a serious mid afternoon slump every single day. I honestly was feeling so run down and terrible on a daily basis that I was getting very frustrated, and in turn probably reaching for foods I should not have. I also normally have terrible PMS, where I feel like I have been hit by a bus for the few days before my period starts. Other than some mild moodiness, I have felt great this time around, which is such a relief considering my period comes every 24 days or so, so feeling terrible that often stinks!
The walking aspect has been very relaxing. In the book Harley talks about people busting their butt for an hour at a work out class and then being sedentary all day, and how this really isn't doing our bodies any good, and this really resonated with me. I often have an all or nothing attitude about working out, like if it's not a super challenging sweat session than it's not worth it and I end up doing nothing instead, which is totally illogical. So the idea of incorporating something as easy as walking into my day seemed like such a relief. It's easy to lose motivation and not go to a workout class, it's not hard to stand up and walk around. I also had no problem doing the body weight exercises, although it did take me more like 13-15 minutes each session as I was doing the advanced recommendations of 3 circuits of 20.
All in all, I would say this has been such a positive experience for me. I lost 6 pounds in the 15 days, and about 5.5 inches, and I was very happy with that. I felt like grocery shopping and meal planning was so much easier (and cheaper) without having to plan out what was for dinner each day. I feel very motivated to keep up with it and I would and have recommend this to anyone looking to get back on track. Thanks Harley!