10-Day Reboot: Catherine’s Day 1

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Getting my "outside time" in as much as possible -- a great excuse was enjoying the sunset, distraction-free!

Getting my “outside time” in as much as possible — a great excuse was enjoying the sunset, distraction-free!

by Catherine Sanderson

by Catherine Sanderson

Morning lemon water with no phone distractions -- so nice!

Morning lemon water with no phone distractions — so nice!

With my pregnancy, I told myself I was going to eat as clean as possible, not just for me, but of course for the benefit of the little human inside me. Well… I did great during my first trimester, but the second trimester has come with the craziest sweet tooth, and unfortunately I completely fell off the wagon and have been eating sweets like crazy! And with all I know about health and nutrition, I know that just can’t be good.  So, needless to say, I was really excited for the Reboot to start to get back on track and have a fresh start of cleaner eating for my pregnancy and to balance my healthy habits during such an important time in my, and my future baby’s health.

Snack & work time: apples (with the seeds!) and natural, unsweetened, organic peanut butter

Snack & work time: apples (with the seeds!) and natural, unsweetened, organic peanut butter (I made sure to bring this with me b/c I knew I wouldn’t be able to find it in the stores in Port A)

It turned out that day 1 of the Reboot for me was over my family’s long weekend beach trip to Port Aransas.  “Cleansing” on vacation has looked a little different than it would at home, but it’s always good to figure out that you can make it work no matter where you are!

Aspect of the Re-boot I’m enjoying the most:
So far, I’m liking most what the technology turn-off and break from social media are doing for me. Waking up knowing that my only option was to get ready for the day, make my lemon water and sit outside and stare at the ocean for 15 minutes as opposed to checking emails or scanning Instagram on my phone was so freeing! I found myself really soaking in the relaxing moments a lot more than I would have if I knew I could look at my friends’ and family’s pictures any time I’m sitting down.

Breakfast: scrambled eggs, avocado & tomatoes -- all with some olive oil & salt & pepper

Breakfast: scrambled eggs, avocado & tomatoes — all with some olive oil & salt & pepper

Also, it was great at night excusing myself from the TV watching (we were just watching whatever was on) to go read for 30 minutes before falling asleep. It was a great, relaxing way to cap off my night and get ready for bed.

I’ve also found the journaling to be a great system for accountability for mindless snacking, knowing I’ll have to write everything down that I eat. It’s also made me pay more attention and ask myself how I felt all day and how I feel first thing when I wake up. I’m excited to see those things  change over the course of the Reboot!

It was helpful to have the journal out on the table staring at me all day, keeping me accountable

It was really helpful to have the journal out on the table staring at me all day, keeping me accountable

Through the food journaling, I also realized that I naturally reach for and eat a lot more fruit throughout the day, and not so many vegetables. So, I’m going to make it a goal over the 10 days to flip that ratio & make my journal each day filled with more veggies than fruits!

It’s not easy, but I am feeling newly empowered. I’m realizing that getting back on track just takes some willpower and knowing you’re trying hard alongside a group of friends!

My dessert vs. everyone else's: Cranberry ACV "Cocktail" vs. Nestle cookies. The cookie smell was taunting me!

My vacation dessert vs. everyone else’s: Cranberry ACV “Cocktail” vs. Nestle cookies. The fresh-baked cookie smell was taunting me! But the cocktail felt  surprisingly like a treat and curbed the craving

Exercise time: dragged the husband along for a 30-minute beach walk :)

Exercise time: I dragged the husband along for a 30-minute beach walk 🙂 Not a bad way to fit it in, but this will obviously change when I’m back home!

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6 thoughts on “10-Day Reboot: Catherine’s Day 1

  1. Anonymous

    So great, Catherine! Thank you for the encouragement and reminder to take each day slowly and enjoy each moment instead of rushing to pick up the phone to text, email or look at social media. That has had a huge impact on me thus far! We can do it!!

    Reply
    1. Catherine Sanderson

      I’m so happy to hear you’re also enjoying the slowed-down pace! It’s amazing how we don’t even realize how much we’re busying our only potentially relaxing moments with things that seem like “fun” distractions. 2 days down, 8 to go!

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  2. neissa

    I agree! It is so nice to give myself permission to sleep later than I would and not feel the self-induced pressure to check social media. I was and am needing the Re-boot and I am enjoying the opportunity to fully focus on my health. Neissa

    Reply
    1. Catherine Sanderson

      thank you for sharing, Neissa! It’s so good to hear someone else is having to resist that early-morning social media urge! We can do it 🙂

      Reply
  3. spalombo (@spalombo528)

    I was a little stressed about my evening out last night with girlfriends at CRU. I need not have worried. It went just fine. So instead of a glass of wine I had a beautiful sparkling water with lime and a salad with no cheese and dressing. My girlfriends were curious to learn about the reboot and it became one of our conversation topics. I have loved the deliberate and intentional shopping and planning what we are going to eat and then because it is all there and ready to go, it has been easy to avoid the grab whatever is easy mode that I can get trapped in.

    Reply
    1. Catherine Sanderson

      I’m so happy to hear you were able to still enjoy your girls’ night out @spalombo528! It’s so true, we often tell ourselves “oh it won’t be fun since I’m cleansing, so I probably shouldn’t go,” but then when you go you realize there are many options for you and you can still have just as great of a time! Thank you for sharing!

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