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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.

 

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!

Member Spotlight: Wendy Poppenhagen

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Roots:
I am originally from the west coast (Nevada > California > Oregon > California) then moved to the east coast (Wellesley~Boston suburb) 20 years ago. I was fortunate to have one year (2004-2005) in Paris with my family for an incredible life experience. #movesalot

Basic family stats:
I have been married to Jeff for almost 25 years. He is a retired portfolio manager and a gin drinker (He told me to write that…He’s also very funny! 😍) Jeff and I have two girls. Lauren is 21 and a senior at Occidental College. She is a collegiate swimmer and will be graduating in May. Lindsay is 19 and a freshman at Tulane University. She is pursuing an architectural degree and currently in the middle of rush. I also have a really cute dog who I love tons. Fibber is a 10 year old Havanese. #lovemyfamily

Current/previous occupation:
I previously worked in Public Relations for a San Francisco non-profit. When I moved to Boston, I was pregnant with my second child and decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I also feel like I was a professional volunteer because I have chaired, co-chaired and volunteered for so many fundraisers and events over the years. #nowineedajob


The biggest lesson I have learned through my iGnite experience…

I don’t think I have a lesson, but I have a gift. The biggest gift iGnite has given me is the wonderful community. I was scared to move and start all over in a new city especially at my age. I no longer have any children at home, I am not in college, and I am not currently working. These factors make it so much easier to make new friends/community. I loved my friends and community in Boston, and I had a huge void to fill. The women I have met in iGnite have been so nice, kind, interesting, extremely inclusive and really fun to workout with. I am now playing Mah-Jongg with a group of incredible ladies because of a connection in iGnite. NEVER, EVER did I dream I would be learning and playing Mah-Jongg. Guess what? I love it! I have ben filled with genuine gratitude about finding a community so soon after moving to Austin. Thank you, iGnite. #grateful

I am most inspired by…
My husband, Jeff, inspires me all the time. He loves his family, super loyal, very smart, disciplined and is a….out of the box kind of thinker. He pushes me to look at the world, problems, relationships, etc. differently than I do. I always don’t agree with his perspective, but I love that I can be consistently challenged. He helps me to learn new things, empathize and have a more open mind. I think that is very cool! #thankyouJP

My celebrity look-alike…
I have been told by many people that I look like Princess Kate Middleton. #lovehertiaraandclothes

Something people may not know about me…
I am the fifth great-grandchild of Davey Crockett. #kingofthewildfrontier

Have you noticed the hashtags? Another thing you may not know about me is that I have been journaling on Instagram each day since we left Massachusetts. I post a daily picture (for one year) with hashtags describing my day. It is a bit silly and fun. I really wanted to remember experiencing Austin for the first time and photos are a great way of doing that. My daily post pushes me to discover my new city and all its adventures. When the year is done, I will get a book (or several) printed.

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A Simple Way to Live a More Thankful Life: Start a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

Better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and increased happiness are just a few of the impressive benefits that studies have traced to the simple act of writing down the things for which we are grateful. Research shows that translating thoughts into concrete language—whether oral or written—has advantages over just thinking the thoughts: it makes us more aware of them, deepening their emotional impact.

Keeping a gratitude journal is simple because there is no one “right way” to do it. Just keep in mind these research-based tips from UC Berkeley and you’ll be on the path to reaping the greatest rewards from the process:

  • Don’t overdo it. Writing occasionally (once or twice per week) is more beneficial than daily journaling.
  • Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
  • Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
  • Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.

It doesn’t matter what time of day that you write, the quality of your spelling and grammar, or how pretty your journal is. The most important thing is to establish the habit of paying attention to gratitude-inspiring events.

…when will you begin?

Source: University of California at Berkeley: The Greater Good

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