Molly’s Day 4 | 10-Day Body Re-boot

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by Molly Daniels

by Molly Daniels

Four days down, six to go…WE CAN DO IT! Day 4 was busy for me but great overall. I knew it was going to be a non-stop day, so I knew I needed to plan accordingly.

The only time I was able to work out was in the early morning, and Thursdays are usually one of my “sleep-in” days. For those of you who know me well, you know that sleeping is my favorite hobby—I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night—so waking up only 30 minutes earlier than I typically do was hard to think about as I went to sleep Wednesday night!

My end-of-workout view

My end-of-workout view

I knew it would all be worth it, so I set my alarm for 6:30am, arrived at Town Lake by 7:00, and did the ten – 60 second sprints with 75 seconds of recovery in between. Phew, I am so sore!! When I finished the eighth sprint, I was exhausted and didn’t think I could push through two more. I talked myself into it, and my three miles ended with a beautiful view. I love Austin!

I came home and made a yummy smoothie for breakfast, which included one banana, frozen cherries and blackberries, half of an apple, peanut butter, honey, and almond milk.

Making my breakfast smoothie

Making my breakfast smoothie

On a funny side note, I almost had a smoothie explosion all over my kitchen cabinets—yikes! As I prepared to leave to teach my morning iGnite class, I knew I wouldn’t be home until almost 2:00, so I packed a KIND bar and a bag of almonds in my bag. I figured that would hold me over until I could get home to eat a more substantial meal.

When I did get home around 2:00, I was starving (lesson learned to pack more snacks for next time!) and ate a thrown-together combination of black beans (I’m on black bean overload), carrots, onion and avocado. It was delicious, but I can’t lie—at this point in the re-boot, I was craving (and still currently am craving) something…anything crunchy! (I know you are thinking that carrots are crunchy, but I’m talking about chips and crackers—my weakness!). I had one hour to work at home before going to teach my afternoon iGnite class at the elementary school I teach at twice a week. I so badly wanted to lay on the couch and shut my eyes for a few minutes, but I knew a few minutes would turn into thirty… and on and on. (I fell asleep early Monday evening on the couch without even noticing.) I love the snooze button! I didn’t have that kind of time, so I pushed through and kept myself busy until it was time to leave.

dinner time: a Chipotle bowl

dinner time: a Chipotle bowl

I decided I could not look at another sweet potato or boiled egg, so I wanted to eat dinner out. My husband had been out of town for work these past few days, so we met to eat at Chipotle. I love their bowls!  I had a salad with brown rice, black beans, onions and peppers, pico de gallo and guacamole—a
Mexican-food-lover’s dream!

I crawled into bed around 8:00 to watch one of my favorite TV shows Scandal, and drank a big glass of cranberry water. I’m addicted to this stuff and have been ever since February when we had the first Re-Boot of the year!

our constant family supply of cranberry water

our constant family supply of cranberry water – we’re addicted!

It is so satisfying, and when we run out and I haven’t been to Whole Foods to restock, my husband and I both go crazy because we crave it constantly. I make a big 1 gallon jug, and it only lasts us one to two days!

A few things I’ve noticed these past four days:

  1. I feel much better than I did on day 2 — which was extremely sluggish.
  2. My body feels super clean!
  3. I check my Instagram account subconsciously a million times a day– I am really working on cutting this down and looking UP.
  4. I don’t think I can eat another black bean or sweet potato for a while, meaning I need to broaden my menu.
  5. And lastly, I want chips!

Here’s to this experiment for six more days and an epsom salt bath this weekend — cheers!

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