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10-Day Reboot: Delaine’s Day 5

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by Delaine Teeple

I started out my fifth day with warm lemon water as usual.  I drink this as I’m packing lunches and getting my kids off to school. I don’t like coffee or tea, so putting lemon water in a coffee mug helps me feel as though I am having a morning treat.  I take a probiotic with the lemon water and then wheatgrass which helps boost my energy in the morning since I don’t have caffeine.

img_3177-1After taking the kids to school, I made a breakfast for my husband (He is joining me on this journey) and me. Eggs, avocado, fresh salsa from Central Market, a slice the Whole 30 approved Pederson’s bacon (no sugar) from Whole Foods and orange slices.

I did some work on my computer and then went for a 45 min. interval walk/run around my neighborhood with our dog.  I always like to use an app like Interval Timer that will tell me when to run and when to walk. It pushes you to keep it up and I need that!

I had meetings off and on all day, so I needed something quick for lunch. I made a protein smoothie with spinach, strawberries, blueberries and almond milk.

img_3193It was such a beautiful day, so I wanted to get more sunshine. After my last meeting ended at 1:45pm, I enjoyed journaling/reading on our front porch.  I loved the quiet time and the heat of the sun on my back. It reminded me to do this more often as it was much easier to think clearly on the porch than being inside looking at the clutter and to-do list. Before I left to pick up the kids from school, I grabbed an apple and almond butter as a snack.

I was scheduled to volunteer at an event at my daughter’s school from 4-6:30pm. Since I didn’t plan ahead, dinner at home wasn’t really an option starting that late.  We headed to our neighborhood Mexican restaurant – asked for no chips and I had a salad with grilled chicken and onions, avocado, no cheese and just used limes as the dressing.

Aspects of the Re-boot 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 some of my work and emails at night. I am really trying to let the things go that can be done tomorrow and just put it away.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: As I said above, the sun is out and it has felt almost like summer, so being outside journaling, walking, or riding bikes with the kids has been extra fun.

img_3199Tips & 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! I also got this new JosephJoseph water bottle that keeps count of how many times you fill it up each day using the dots on top (I can easily lose track). My goal is to get to 4 every day with just room temp water.  I then add in my lemon water and cranberry water with ice and I have made my daily goal.

The intention I am focusing on this Re-boot: Sleep! I am trying to get settled in bed much earlier than normal and not look at my phone.

 

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10-Day Reboot: Amy’s Day 2

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by Amy Chibib

Super Bowl Sunday! Lets the Re-Boot Begin!

blob-3This was my first official day to commit myself to the challenge. I started the day with the warm lemon water and Apple Cider Vinegar. It definitely helps get me going without the caffeine. I am enjoying the Dandy Blend which is the closest thing I have found to a coffee replacement! My go-to smoothie is what I started the day with and it keeps me going all morning – Blueberries, Kale/Spinach, coconut milk, almond butter & Vega protein powder.

blob-2I did feel a slight headache, but as I kept moving and went for a run around Town Lake, the sluggish feeling went away! I was re-energized after the run and was excited to experiment with some new appetizers I was preparing for the Super Bowl game.

 

 

blob-1My game time meal and appetizers included: Roasted Veggies – These were delicious and a perfect snack! I cut up cauliflower, broccoli, beets, mixed colored carrots, and kale then sprinkled with a little olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic & turmeric. I placed in the oven to roast. Super easy and even my teenage boys were enjoying it! Mushroom caps – stuffed with Italian turkey sausage and sauerkraut. These were simple and delicious baked in the oven – without breading or cheese they were still yummy and satisfying. Raw veggies and olives with Hummus was simple and easy. Last, I made a big pot of homemade tortilla soup – sautéed chicken with onions, garlic, peppers, Rotel, vegetable broth and seasoning. It was warm and tasty! All this made for a Re-boot friendly evening! The only temptation was the brownies a Mom brought over for the boys – difficult to pass on those! It was a fun evening and I was still able to get to bed by 10:30 without checking my emails or social media!

It is still early in the Re-boot so my primary goal is staying off caffeine and chocolate! And continue to add in the self-care with more Epsom salt baths. Also, practicing the habit of journaling – noting what works for my body.

Aspects of the Reboot I’m looking forward to enjoying the most: The awareness, acceptance, slowing down and paying attention. Making notes about how I am feeling and a journal of what I’ve eaten. Since October, I have been working to combat a recent discovery that I have Hashimotos (Autoimmune) thyroid condition that had been giving my digestion some serious issues leading up to the Holidays. It is getting better and better the cleaner I eat. I hope to use this journaling to continue to learn more about what effects my body so that I will have sustainable energy and overall health!

Something I’ve learned about myself: I am hard on myself – I tend to be quick to criticize myself for not doing better. So I am learning to be kinder and gentler to myself!

Most difficult part: will be to continue to stay off coffee in the morning!

Quality of Sleep: I typically don’t have issues falling asleep – it is feeling energized and rested when I awake that I am looking forward to being more consistent with the healthier habits I incorporate.

blob-5Energy & Mood: Sunday was honestly my first committed day! It was a fun and busy day which helped and I realize how much the exercise helps to relieve missing the caffeine.

Spiritual Practice: This is a space that I find throughout my day! I usually end my day with a quick read of something inspiring and before getting out of bed in the morning say a few words of gratitude and appreciation for the day ahead!

12-Day Reboot: Delaine’s Day

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DelaineTeeple

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: Molly’s Day 2

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Molly Daniels

by Molly 

We’ve completed day 2 – congratulations! My goal for this Re-Boot is different from past ones. My main focus is the social media detox and technology turn-off. My goal every night has been to put my phone away so I stop checking emails, Instagram and texts after 5:30/6:00pm so I can spend quality time with my husband (and also to give my eyes and brain a break). I’ve been failing miserably at this recently, and that is the biggest reason I’ve been excited for this fall Re-Boot! So far, so good. I feel so much lighter!

img_4899My day started with making yummy cranberry water for the road and apple cider vinegar. I can’t smell, so it doesn’t bother me at all to put a tablespoon in my water! I was running short on time so I missed my lemon water but will make up for it this week. I had a lot of things on my mind and needed some alone time to breathe and img_4900clear my head, so I headed out to walk the 3 mile loop around the lake, which I rarely get to do. I enjoyed listening to my country music and tuning out what was going on around me. I delved deep into my thoughts and took in the fresh air and the beauty of the
lake. It was just what I needed to start my day!

I came home to answer many emails and complete other work tasks, and by the time I looked up, it was past 12:00. My stomach was growling, which is never a good sign because img_4901that meant I was past the point of hunger. I threw together all the veggies, hummus and avocado I had in the fridge and made a little hodge podge lunch. I’m a pescatarian, and I don’t like to cook or even take the time to think about it, so it’s rare I get enough protein in my diet. Protein has been my focus since the first Re-Boot, and I’m still working on it.

I hit my 2:30pm usual slump, but I instantly felt better when I arrived at Caraway Elementary to teach my class for the teachers! They always bring me such joy. We had an awesome workout completing 450 exercises! They were all smiles afterwards. 🙂

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The evening turned out to be much busier than I had planned, however, I was in a great mood after class, so I was ready to take it on. I did notice I had a bit of a headache, so I drank lots of water throughout the late afternoon. I enjoyed my yummy salmon and veggies for dinner and went off to bed for a great night’s sleep!

Aspects of the Re-Boot I’ve enjoyed the most: Social media detox and technology turn-off! It feels so good to turn my phone on vibrate and the ‘do not disturb’ mode. I even turn my phone over so I don’t see it light up! It makes me feel like the technology part of my day is over and I’m moving on to other things.

The most difficult part: Not eating my chips and salsa!

Quality of sleep? I’m naturally a really good sleeper. Over the course of the last four months, I’ve noticed I haven’t been sleeping as well every night, and it irritates me. I have slept so soundly and comfortably Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night, and I have to say that it’s because I’ve shut my phone down early and have turned my brain off.

Spiritual aspect I’ve included: I was given the Jesus Calling book for my birthday this year from a very close friend. It has made all the difference in my days. If I don’t have the chance to read it in the morning, I make time during the afternoon or before bed. I’m focusing on being grateful for many things every 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. 

10 Day Re-boot: Kellie’s Day 8

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by Kellie Strickland

After a stressful last couple months with buying a new house I knew I needed some serious changes in my daily routine. I was stress eating, binging on TV all night, and breaking out like crazy. Let me give you some perspective on just how far down this hole I had gone. Every night on my way home from the new house I would inevitably have forgotten to eat dinner so I would stop by P. Terry’s which was conveniently right on my way home and get a cheeseburger then I would proceed to go home and eat some ice cream straight out of the carton. I’m not talking about those cute Ben & Jerry’s pints of Chunky Monkey. I’m talking the full on, half gallon Blue Bell carton sitting in my lap while I watch TV. This brings me to my unhealthy habit of falling asleep to the TV. I don’t even know how I got into this habit or when it got so bad, but I was to the point to where I HAD to watch Friends when I was in bed. I needed the soothing voices of Monica and Rachel to lull me to sleep. Last, and most annoying in my eyes, was the fact that my face was breaking out worse than when I was 13. I felt like my pimples had pimples. This is to give you ladies a good idea of where I was going into the Re-Boot.

 

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7th Street Hill

I started my Monday with my usual 6AM class with Molly. She had floated the idea last week that we were going to have an entire class at the 7th Street Hill (Note the capitalization. The 7th Street Hill deserves the respect of being a proper noun) and boy did she make good on her promise. Life was so much simpler before I knew this hill existed. After five trips up the hill sprinting (I use “sprinting” loosely as I can barely make it to the top of the hill in what would be considered one step above a walk) and some circuit training, I checked “Exercise” off my Re-Boot list so exhausted yet happy as always to have woken up and started my day there.

 

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The Judging Lemons

Full disclosure … I hate lemon water. Let me take that one step further, I hate lemon in any of my drinks. It’s weird and un-American on some level I’m sure, but I just can’t do it. I tried the warm lemon water on the first day of the Re-Boot and not a day since. Give me half a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and oil pulling over lemon water any day. I have the lemons in a bowl in my kitchen and they judge me every morning that I don’t pack one to take to work with the rest of my food. Well judge away lemons, I will not force drink you.

 

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Taking my dog on a walk during my lunch break

I went home for lunch today to check on my sweet dog who has not been adjusting to the move from New York to Texas well, let alone the move to the new house over the weekend. We went for a walk around the block and played fetch in the huge backyard that I hope he grows to love. I packed myself a quick salad and headed back to the office. A big challenge for me has been the packing of the food. I am incredibly unorganized and hate the prepping that goes into most healthy diets. I have really struggled with getting things together for work in order to get all the meals in so I have ended up having three meals and done more snacking in between (gluten-free delicious snacks that I never knew exists until this week), but I have YET to drive through any fast food place and I have stayed away from all desserts.

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Salad for lunch at work

Espom Salt Romance

My favorite part — the Epsom salt baths

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the Re-Boot has been the Epsom salt baths. Let me put this out there that I am not a bath person at all. I haven’t taken one since I don’t know when and the thought just skeeves me out. I gave it a go and my life will never be the same. Granted, I put the water on way too hot the first time, scalded myself and only lasted about 15 minutes and sweat poured down my face but when I got out, I fell asleep almost immediately (Your hold on my sleep ends now Chandler Bing!) and my knees that always give me problems felt amazing during my run the next day. I have gotten the water to a manageable level and I am loving this time to myself where there is nothing else to do but relax so this was naturally the perfect way to end my Monday.

 

All-in-all this Re-Boot has been the perfect thing my life needed at the perfect time.

“One of Mother Nature’s Most Perfect Foods”

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw & With The ‘Mother’) a.k.a. “One of Mother Nature’s Most Perfect Foods”

One of the many components of our twice yearly 7-Day Healthy Re-Boot is incorporating apple cider vinegar into the daily diet.  This may catch you off guard at first, but once you find out the benefits it has on your system we don’t think you’ll hesitate to try it out yourself.

The Goal:

Dilute 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water each day. (Can add stevia or honey for preferred tonic)

The Purpose:

Apple cider vinegar helps break down the body’s fat, mucous and phlegm, helping improve the health and function of your liver, bladder and kidneys. It also helps thin the blood, which helps prevent high blood pressure. It promotes digestion, and the assimilation and elimination processes. It helps detoxify the body of harmful elements. It has been said that if you take a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a meal it will help prevent diarrhea or digestive upsets and aids in weight loss.

Additional Benefits & Uses:

  • Improves your skin and scalp health (helps treat acne without drying out your skin)
  • Good toner: put in a spray bottle with equal amounts ACV and water
  • Sunburns: Again, equal parts ACV and water to splash over skin. Or better yet, soak in a bath with 1-2 cups of ACV in the bath water. It is good to follow with aloe vera gel in the case of severe sunburn.
  • Bug bites: apply directly to the bite
  • Deodorant: A natural alternative to the commercial deodorants that contain aluminum, with no smell upon drying
  • Aids in joint pain and stiffness
  • Aids in heartburn and acid reflux
  • Aids in weight loss (helps to break down fats)
  • Anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal: naturally helps fight germs, viruses, bacteria and mold
  • Aids in mouth health: Gargling with ACV helps remove toxins which helps relieve sore throats and laryngitis and maintain healthy gums
  • Food poisoning relief
  • Alkalinizing: helps to maintain the proper body ph levels for a healthy alkaline state. (particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine)
  • Non-toxic cleaning spray for fruits and vegetables
  • Can be used on your hair for improvement of dandruff and itchy scalp.
  • Full of potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Rich in acetic acid, which is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.

Why “With the Mother”?

The ‘mother’ is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria.

 

Interested in participating in our 7-Day Healthy Re-Boot?
Materials are available for purchase year-round, simply shoot us an email at hello@igniteyourlifenow.com and we’ll get you everything you need.

 

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