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12-Day Reboot: Crystal’s Day 9

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by Crystal Tidmore

Daily confession…I fell off the Reboot Wagon last night. Suffered a bit of a sugar hangover today from the cookies and wine I had at an event for Austin High parents. What was I thinking?  The cookies were from Randalls…not even homemade! Oh, well, today is another day, so let there be a clean slate!

img_0201-1This Tuesday morning I began my day with a “Detox” tea. Citrus doesn’t agree too well with me, so I always opt out of the lemon water, choosing a caffeine-free tea instead. My husband, Todd, is trying his best to be a reboot supporter/guinea pig, so he’s been along for most of the ride. He and I made a smoothie with coconut water, img_0203-1banana, frozen organic berries, spinach, and Hemp protein powder. This is our stand-by recipe.

Aren’t you loving this cooler weather? My friend, Laura and I went for a short run around the 3 mile loop on the trail. She and I joke that our weekly runs are more for therapy than exercise! I cherish my girlfriends, and being outside on a fall day!

When I waltzed my sweaty bum into my house, I was hungry for protein. I made another go-to, which is 1/4 avocado, 1/3 cup brown rice, sea salt, ground img_0205pepper and apple cider vinegar dressing. I keep handy this dressing because I use it all the time (mix EVOO, apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard). Lots of cranberry water for me today and off to the shower!

Today I had a business lunch and didn’t want to cause attention to myself by taking a picture of my plate, so you’ll just have to img_0202-1imagine the most gorgeous Ahi tuna salad on greens with almonds and melon. Delicious! Later in the day is when I get “snacky” because my kids are coming home from school and wanting food right away. I had and apple with almond butter and more cranberry water. Pre-dinner snack was a green juice.

img_0217After running the kids around, I had a fantastic kale and roasted chicken salad with walnuts, cranberries, raising, onions, pepitas and flax seeds, tossed with my apple cider dressing, and with a side of pinto beans.

Feeling much better about my choices today, but also not so concerned about my decision last night to indulge in a glass of wine with my husband and friends at the Parent Mixer. (Could have done without the cookies though!)

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: Taking time for self care has been the toughest part for me (and the technology turn off…more on that later). There aren’t enough hours in the day to incorporate a bath, dry brushing, oil pulling, etc. I’m trying to make one self care intention per day.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: Digging up all my little body wash bottles from hotels and all the assorted beauty/body products I’ve bought over the years. I’m putting them all to good use, smearing, slathering and soaking in all of them finally!

A couple things I’ve learned about myself over the Reboot: Turning off technology 30 minutes before bed has been a convicting exercise for me. I told my husband that it would probably be very challenging for him to commit to this part of the reboot. I, on the other hand, would surely not have any problems with this. Well! I sure was taking a High and Mighty stance on this topic. How wrong I was! Todd has seamlessly transitioned into reading his book at night before bed, while I seem to be frantically typing away on my computer until right before my bed hits the pillow. Yikes! Embarrassed to admit how I thought this would be so easy for me…and difficult for my husband…not so!

Tips & tricks that have helped me: I’m trying to be more mindful of whether or not I’m actually hungry. I’ll ask myself what food/drink will fuel me the best for what’s ahead in my day.

New findings: Carbs (even brown rice) tend to make me crave sweets. Veggie juices give me energy.

Quality of sleep? Interestingly enough, I tend to sleep more soundly when I eat a vegetarian dinner. Animal proteins at night make me have a restless sleep.

Energy level and mood during the day? When I’m eating clean, I have so much more sustained energy throughout the day. My mood is also positively effected by abstaining from processed foods and sugars.

Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: Self care and reflection are critical to my state of mind. When I have quiet time in the morning to pray, journal, and get centered, my entire family benefits. Read and loved this quote: “Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.” -Unknown

12-Day Reboot: Susan’s Day 7

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by Susan Palombo

This is my fourth reboot and each of them has been different for me.  Although at this point, my diet is almost identical to this program, I don’t adhere to it that strictly at a business conference or a friend’s house for dinner when I’m not rebooting.   I continue to reboot because I love the reminder to take care of ourselves and to spend two weeks of concentration on our health.  I loved the quote on the cover, “The greatest gift you can give others is your best self,” by Joseph J. Sweere.  This time, as some of you know, I literally enrolled my husband, John, into the process.  My daughter, Megan, participated last time when she was living with us.  So my husband has certainly heard about the reboot and benefitted (sometimes an unwilling participant) from the healthy meals!  But he attended the kick off breakfast and WF tour so he has a much deeper understanding of iGnite and the philosophy and purpose around the reboot.  He now understands why we all like iGnite so much.  Mission accomplished on that!  (Success is a core value, of course!)

I am enjoying the spiritual and personal empowerment themes that were added this year.  And writing this blog for iGnite was certainly a gentle nudge to get me towards the back of the manual and to do some of the values work. Even though I have done things like that many times before, I really thought that was helpful.  (learning and growing is one of my values.)

img_4603So for Sunday, I woke up rested with a good 8 hours of sleep!  I made my hot lemon water and drank that along with a Tbsp of the ACV.   Then I took our Golden Retriever, Wall-e, out for the first walk of the day.  When I returned, I caught up on the news with a small portion of img_4604cooked steel cut oats. Since it was Sunday and iGnite didn’t have any classes, I went to a new studio and had a pilates/barre class.  Then my husband joined me for a small ball class.  The instructor provided an experiential tutorial on how to massage and break up your fascia (myofascial release techniques) for better body img_4621health and healing.   We learned something and our feet, calves, hams, back muscles feel much better! (Cue img_4626another value—learning and health).  After our class, we came home and I made a yummy brunch of the eggs baked in avocado.  I added some shredded cabbage and kale salad with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and coconut flakes to our plate along with some salsa without sugar (very hard to find!). 

After our yummy brunch, John enjoyed football and I took a img_4632nice walk/run around downtown. (another value emerges on my lovely Sunday—that of vitality).  I visited the Capitol, and enjoyed the fullsizerender-216Pecan Street Festival, among other highlights.  Then I did some cooking for our 23-year-old twins who came over for dinner.  We had the Spaghetti squash with meat balls, some Brussel sprouts, and sweet potato chips.  Since they love left overs to img_4558take home, I also prepared the roasted chicken which they took home and we will have it tomorrow!  We did open a bottle of red wine and I admit to having a nice glass which was my first divergence from the Rx but it was very tasty!  Since I arise at 4:45 a.m., I dashed off this blog, watched 60 minutes, and jumped into bed to hopefully get 6.5 hours of sleep!

The parts I have incorporated into my life:  At this point, my diet is almost identical to this program. When I’m not on the reboot, I don’t adhere to it that strictly if I am at a business conference or a friend’s house for dinner but when I can control my food prep, this is how I eat.   I continue to reboot because I love the reminder to take care of ourselves and to spend two weeks of concentration on my health.  I loved the quote on the cover, “The greatest gift you can give others is your best self,” by Joseph J Sweere. 

Tips and Tricks that have helped me:  The meal plans helped this time.  But I still find each time and periodically, I have to restock and reorganize my pantry & fridge so that I have quick and convenient access to all of my favorite healthy fats, Omega 3s, etc.  so I regularly make small containers of shredded coconut, various nuts, ground flax seed, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruits, etc.  That make putting together a smoothie or a nutritious and delicious salad, quick and painless.

The most difficult parts:  I love a glass of iced green tea in the afternoon and I completely miss my corn tortillas (both soft and crunchy) which is used to contain many snacks and meals.

The most enjoyable parts:  In earlier reboots, I really fought the body brushing and Epsom Salt baths.  I have since really learned to love this wonderful treat.  It is a terrific cure for sore and aching muscles. I think the best thing is that I feel really full of energy after about the first day and a half.  It is much more fun to do this reboot with a family member or close friend you see often.

What I have learned about myself from the reboots:  Quite a lot actually.  I wrote a year or so ago my discovery of a dairy allergy as the cause/major contributor to life-long Eczema.  This has also reinforced that I am very disciplined and can initiate healthy changes and still enjoy life.  I do not feel deprived.  I have also learned about how important it is to take time for yourself to slow down, relax, recharge and replenish.  I was never good about taking the time to do that and in the last couple of years, I do dedicate time each and every day just to my health and well-being.  I am a happier and more balanced person.  (I do struggle with that since one of my core values is excellence.)

12-Day Reboot: Delaine’s Day

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by Delaine 

3 Days Down! I started out my third day with warm lemon water.  I drink this as I’m packing lunches and getting my kids off to school. I think just having that lemon water in my hand has helped me slow down and not rush my kids as much.  It is a reminder that I am going to be intentional about my day, and that I am doing something for myself! I usually don’t think about me until everyone is out the door 🙂

img_0978Once they were off to school, I made a smoothie for me and my husband (He is joining me on this journey). I used our cranberry water as the base and then added protein powder, kale, lemon slices, organic frozen mixed berries and ice.

I did some work on my computer and then went for a 45 min. interval walk/run around my neighborhood.  I used the Running
for Weight Loss app that was one of the ones highlighted in the blog article here.  I like to be told when to run, when to stop and how far I have gone.  This app is great as it does all of that and more.  You can pick different levels and  it even has tons of playlists for you!

I needed something quick to grab as I was getting dressed because I had to be at my son’s school to volunteer during lunch. I make these protein balls and keep them in my freezer or fridge to grab when needed. I usually use unsweetened peanut butter, a little honey and roll them in oats. This time I used almond butter and didn’t include the honey (not as good). I grabbed a few of those and an apple and was out the door.  I ate leftover chicken, sweet potatoes and salad for a late lunch after I volunteered.

I had quite a slump in the afternoon. I do not drink caffeine, so the headaches and other

img_0989-2symptoms of no caffeine do not effect me the first few days. I do, however, grab for something sugary in the afternoons, so by Day 3 I’m in sugar detox.  I was dying for a piece of chocolate or some of my kid’s candy 🙂  I opted for lots of water with hummus and carrots and some dried fruit instead. For dinner, I made Atlantic Cod and veggies steamed in foil and served it with a brown rice/quinoa mix and salad with avocado.

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: I have found the social media/technology turn-off the hardest. I have a busy week, so I have had to do my work and volunteer emails at night.  I have tried my hardest to turn it off early, but this week hasn’t allowed for that. I have not gotten to bed as early as I would like either. 

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: I love the Epsom salt baths. I did them the first 2 days with the body brushing. I also put sesame oil on my skin before bathing.  It doesn’t smell the best but it helps in the detoxing even more and makes my skin feel great.

Tips & tricks that have helped me: I can’t handle the taste of apple cider vinegar.  I have learned that if I put a couple of teaspoons in cranberry water with lots of ice, I can drink it! 

The intention I am focusing on this re-boot: Not looking at social media. I have found myself just clicking on it and scrolling before I even realize what I’m doing.  It has gotten to be a habit, and I am thrilled that this re-boot will help me break it!

Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: Because this week has been a full one for me, I have not had time to sit down to journal yet. I am looking forward to that. I have, however, been more in the moment and prayed throughout my day. I think my mind is clearer with eating clean and without as much technology. It has made me be able to see all of the things I am grateful for and give all of my worries to God throughout the day.

12-Day Reboot: Neissa’s Day 1

 

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by Neissa 

I start the morning off with my hot lemon water which is when I include my TBSP of apple cider vinegar and a dash of Cayenne pepper. I also fill up my Yeti cup first thing and start chipping away at my 1/2 body weight in ounces of water.

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I love the avocado boat breakfast but wanted to spice them up with some salsa. It is very filling!


For lunch I made our “wanna be” wundershowzen. My original creation didn’t taste as good as I had hoped so I added two dates and that completely did the trick!

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I found these coconut rolled dates at one of the organic grocery stores in San Deigo.  They are a the perfect sweet treat and they are very satisfying!

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I really enjoyed the roasted chicken, quinoa and asparagus. I found it to be very satisfying and even better–simple!

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult:  Always, always, always, eliminating caffeine is very difficult, along with the 24 hour headache that proceeds it. 

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most:  Slowing down, making sleep a priority and simplifying my meals.

Something I’ve learned about myself during the Reboot:  As long as I get to bed early enough, I don’t have to use an alarm clock to wake up. It’s great!

Tips & tricks that have helped me:  Rather than use caffeine for an energy boost, drinking lots of water gives me the boost I need, or if I can, I’ll shut my eyes for 15 minutes for a quick power nap.

The most difficult part:  Making time for an Epsom Salt bath

The intention I am focusing on most this re-boot: To slow down, be still and listen and enjoy 12 days of self-care.

img_8522Quality of sleep? Excellent! To help with sound sleep and relaxation, I purchased this lavender roll on aromatherapy roll at Sprouts. I put it on my pillows. It smells so good and I slept great!

Energy level and mood during the day?  With yesterday being day one and with no caffeine, I was extremely tired and lethargic. But because I’ve Re-Booted before, I know this is just part of the process and it will get better! 

Spiritual aspect I’ve included:  I’m trying to give myself the grace to slow down and not be so frantic throughout the day, as well as to stop for fifteen minutes or so to breathe, pray, and/or read something that feeds my spirit.   Also, each night before bed I pray and one of the things I ask God to do is to wake me when He is ready for me to wake.  This gives me great peace and comfort that I will rise when my body is fully ready and He is ready for me to start my day. 

Via Ferrata

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Point to Ponder:
What’s your Via Ferrata?

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by Neissa Brown Springmann

As referenced in last week’s journal, our iGnite Escape’s are always filled with unexpected, laughable and ample ah-ha moments. In addition to meeting the Rubyz, the memory that made the greatest impact during this summer’s escape to Banff, Canada was on our 6-hour, Via Ferrata climb on Mt. Norquay–7000 feet up!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Via Ferrata, you are not alone. Prior to planning our trip I was also unaware. Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron way” and is a mountain route equipped with steel cables, ladders, other fixed anchors and suspension bridges. Having rock climbed before, I didn’t feel it was as physically challenging, however while the views were spectacular, six hours of reaching, climbing, scaling, and repelling at 7000 feet high is no easy feat. In fact, at times it was so physically, mentally and emotionally daunting that many of us agreed that we were tired of feeling scared and several of us wanted to stop; however, that is when the experience became the most rich and rewarding.

As the fear and fatigue escalated, Kim, one of our guides stepped in. Gentle yet firm, she reminded us that taking long deep breaths was essential, as deep abdominal breathing allows for full oxygen exchange that lowers heart rate, stabilizes blood pressure and calms our mind. And, having practiced the deep breathing throughout our adventure, I can confirm that it does quiet the body and mind.

Next, and while this sounds ridiculously simple, she encouraged us to eat, stay hydrated and take pit stops as often as we needed. Here’s why: Snacking and keeping our blood sugar at normal levels helps reduce anxiety and increases concentration. Staying hydrated helps us stay focused and decreases brain fog, and while we climbed (it got much more difficult before it got easier), staying focused was essential. And, allowing ourselves to urinate (rather than holding it) truly caused a sense of relief and Kim needed us to be as comfortable on the mountain, because not only would that allow us to stay focused on the tasks at hand, it would keep us safe.

Kim’s final wisdom nugget that left the greatest impression on our experience was when she reminded us that whether or not we quit or kept going, a “feel good” chemical response in our bodies would occur. In the event we were to quit, we would feel safe, relieved and out of danger, therefore our body would release serotonin. On the flip side, if we finished what we started, we would experience an endorphin rush and feel a true sense of euphoria. Kim’s point was that either way, both of these responses feel good and when the next similar opportunity were to present itself, we would more than likely choose the same path. In other words, as a result of stopping before we accomplished our goals or finished what we set out to achieve, life patterns are created. To Kim’s point, this is why she was respectfully relentless and would not let us quit. She knew that if we continued to persevere, work through our fears, fatigue and even anger, the result would be empowerment and excitement, which is most certainly what we all experienced. When it was all said and done and we were celebrating over beer and wine, we unanimously agreed that we were thankful we didn’t quit and completed the climb, and as we learned in this summer’s journal Be a Novel, Keep Moving and Stay Young, many of us agreed that climbing the Via Ferrata significantly reduced our risk of Alzheimers disease and increased our neuroplasticity.

So, what’s your Via Ferrata? Is there a “thing” in your life that you are avoiding starting or finishing due to fear? If there is, I encourage you to start by accomplishing smaller, attainable tasks, chores or goals that give you the satisfaction of finishing, as well as a good endorphin surge. Then, add on. Trying an iGnite class you’ve never taken is the perfect place to start, as is participating in our 12-Day Body Re-Boot that begins this upcoming Saturday.

All in all, fear is normal and without it, we’d be robots. However, what’s vital is our willingness to be a beginner and embrace challenges so that time and time again, courage can step in and we can experience life at its best.


Action Item:
Make the choice to be a beginner and embrace challenges. Start by accomplishing smaller, attainable tasks, chores or goals that give you the satisfaction of finishing as well as a good endorphin surge.


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