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10-Day Re-boot: Crystal’s Day 3


by Crystal Tidmore

This morning I started off with a hot cup of DandyBlend Tea (kinda img_0974like coffee). My stomach doesn’t appreciate hot lemon water in the morning, so I opt for Dandy each day instead. For breakfast, I made one of my favorite smoothies with coconut water, spinach, banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, and Hemp protein powder.

For a pre-workout snack, I pulled out my handy img_0978Trader Joe’s chopped salad (about 1/2 cup of package, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin seeds and avocado tzaziki dip that my husband had made for the Super Bowl (Reboot and Whole 30 compliant recipe that’s delicious!). I enjoyed a nice walk to the gym for a weight workout and luckily avoided the rain on my walk home.

Soon I was ready for lunch, and since I needed some post-workout energy, I sautéed some butternut squash “noodles” with onion, garlic and olive oil and tossed in some arugula and topped it all off with a few slices of avocado. With lunch, I made a cup of Detox Tea which is a favorite I have during Reboots.

img_0981Later in the day when my kids came home from school and were raiding the pantry and frig for snacks, I enjoyed a few dried dates along with my go-to cleansing juice like “Tigerlilly” at Juiceland: kale, spinach, parsley, celery and cucumber. I usually make a big batch that will last me 2 days. These great juice bottles come from People’s Pharmacy, so I re-use them quite a bit.

For dinner, I wanted a very light vegetarian meal because I had consumed a lot of red meat over the weekend. Into the oven at 450 img_0982degrees went brussel sprouts, onions, asparagus, mushrooms and green beans. It was exactly what I needed! And I drank tons and tons of cranberry cocktail all through the day. When it was time for bed, I felt good about the foods I had eaten during the day. I think I’ll add more protein into my diet tomorrow for more consistent energy. Loved having a light dinner and tea though. Just what my body needed!

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: Technology turn-off is clearly an issue for me. I can’t seem to shut down at night. Tonight I’m going to try a guided meditation instead of frantically working on my laptop before bedtime.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: I’ve really taken Dr. Bomben’s message to heart about trying to add in little things that can make a big impact over time. For example, today I walked to the gym instead of driving there. Also, I walked to the restaurant where I was meeting a friend for lunch. Usually I would just hop in the car without thinking twice, but now I’m looking for ways to increase my activity outside of my usual workouts.

A couple things I’ve learned about myself over the Reboot: Like Amy shared yesterday, I’m also pretty hard on myself. I’m noticing more and more the importance of accepting myself and loving myself…and making sure my children see this self-acceptance and self-love. What kind of message am I sending to my kids if I’m always so hard on myself? I want my kids to see that I’m making positive and healthy decisions for long-term health and wellness.
The parts that I have incorporated into my life: For the most part, I am trying to prepare healthy meals for the entire family…not just for me and my husband during a Reboot. It’s so important to me to offer healthy eating options for my family so we feel our best. Knowing the foods that don’t serve me well (dairy, gluten) is a powerful tool, because each day I get to choose if I’m going to fuel my body with what gives me energy or depletes my energy. I also have the choice to indulge every now and then, fully aware that my body may not react especially well, but I can way the consequences (i.e. having birthday cake because I want to celebrate with my family!)
Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: During this Reboot, I am focusing on a daily gratitude journal where I write 3 things I’m grateful for each day. Eating clean has helped me gain clarity and with this clarity comes much appreciation for the blessings that are in front of me, like my family, my friendships, and my community.

Your Olympic-Size Effect


Point to Ponder:
How can your personal bounty, your experiences, your gifts, and your passions be a blessing to and for others?

iGnite Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

Due to the electrifying performances by Simone Biles and the United States Women’s gymnastics team, as well a Michael Phelps and USA swim teams, the sports of gymnastics and swimming will see a dramatic rush of new participation in the up and coming months. Despite that my window of time to become an Olympic gymnast or swimmer has passed, I can undoubtedly say that if I were in elementary or junior high, I would for darn sure be begging my mom and dad to sign me up so I could be just-like-them. The competitions have so deeply inspired Durant, my five year old son, that he starts and finishes his day by racing around the house and posing as Usain Bolt, and he’s now swimming laps. Before belly-flopping in the pool, he first bends down to perform the Michael Phelps back slapping shoulder stretch. He, like many of us, have been bitten by the Olympic bug.

I feel as though the 2016 Olympics has been one of the best and most emotional competitions I have ever seen. My family has been glued to the television and moved by each athlete’s performance and story, because like you, they all have a unique one that needs to be shared.

As we all know, since his last Olympics, Michael Phelps has overcome addiction and depression, has restored his relationship with his father, is engaged to be married, has a newborn son and a new faith. Remarkable! Then, due to her mom’s struggle with addiction, Simone Biles was raised by her grandparents who she refers to as Mom and Dad. And, Marta and Bella Karoly–the most successful and renown gymnastics coaches to ever live, took an unthinkable risk in 1981 when they defected to the United States from communist Romania. Now they live on a ranch outside of Houston, built with their bare hands and serves as the USA Gymnastics Training Center. And, just a cool side note, their daughter (their only child) is married to a Texan. In an interview, when asked about their daughter, in his thick Hungarian accent, Bella said, “She is great and married to a real Texan”. As a proud Texan myself, I’d say that Bella and Marta are also filled with Texas pride.

While the personal stories were powerful, so were the interviews, quotes and commercials throughout the Olympics. Here are few that moved me:

  • I could choose to snooze, but I choose to be AWESOME!” Simone Biles
  • What I love about swimming is what you put in it is what you get out.” Kaitlin Ledecky
  • We’re all just a kid from somewhere.” Powerade
  • We are all athletes. We are all fans. Life is a sport. Be unstoppable.” Ford Motor Company

There’s no doubt that each Olympic athlete has been blessed with a God-given physical talent that allows them to reach their competitive levels, and while their gifts and stories happen to be played out on the world stage, you too have a God-given talent and/or treasure that has been gifted to you for a greater good and for others to benefit from. Similar to Simone Biles’ quote, we can choose to hide it and snooze it away, or we can choose to be awesome and share it. As my good friend and iGnite member Crystal Tidmore wrote in a recent sermon, “Life isn’t defined by how much you have. Life is determined by how you share what you are given.”

Despite our talents or treasures, we are all “just a kid from somewhere” who wakes up every morning with a choice: to have a tenacious desire for unstoppable impact in the lives of our community or merely coast through each day repeatedly hitting life’s snooze bar. So, while we are not competing in the Sports Olympics and should not expect to receive the attention or accolades the athletes do, consider that sharing your talents and treasures are even more important, powerful and useful as the athletes who are competing in front of the world. Why? Because there are far more of us than there are Olympic athletes which produces an Olympic size effect.

Your story is definitely yours, but it doesn’t belong to you. Your story has been written by God and is yours to tell. The question is how can your personal bounty, your experiences, your gifts, and your passions be a blessing to and for others?

Action Item:
Choose to use your blessings to positively effect the lives of others.

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