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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 Re-boot: Crystal’s Day 3

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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.

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: Molly’s Day 2

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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.

Alli’s Day 9: 10-Day Body Re-Boot

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by Alli Phillips

by Alli Phillips

I actually woke up before my 4:30am alarm buzzed this morning! Granted, at 4am my “baby boy” roused me when he crawled into my bed and curled up next to me. Nonetheless, (or maybe because of the sweet wake-up cuddle-session?), I woke up easily and got out of bed feeling rested and ready to “rise & shine.”

For me, more and better sleep has been the most notable benefit of the reboot so far. I think my sleep improvements are due to, in large part, the evening “technology shut down” and the “social media cleanse.”

I started the morning today, as I have every day during the reboot, with hot lemon water and gluten free oats topped with berries.

I started the morning today, as I have every day during the reboot, with hot lemon water and gluten free oats topped with berries.

At bedtime, I typically knock out a little more work via my phone (which charges overnight on my bedside table), return a few more emails, and also peruse Facebook — all of which, I have come to realize, keep me awake a full hour or more later than my body would drift off to sleep otherwise. (I’m now re-thinking the placement of the phone charger beside my bed.) The effect of “screen time” on my sleep has been a huge eye-opener; pun intended. 🙂

During this reboot I have also realized that I usually run around somewhat dehydrated and under-fueled. My norm (pre-reboot) is to eat and drink very little in the morning and afternoon and then “refuel” my empty tank with a big dinner and a gallon of water at night. I usually feel a drop in energy in the late afternoon during the after-school hours, when I want and need to be at my best for my kids…. Conversely, while rebooting, I’ve been drinking my iGnite cranberry water and “topping-off” my fuel tank throughout the day (instead of letting it drop to empty) with nourishing snacks and meals every 2-4 hours; and I have been able to stay up and “on” for my family in the afternoons and evenings and have had sustained energy till bedtime.

Snack time: before & after :)

Snack time: before & after 🙂

My mid morning snack was peanut butter on gluten free bread topped with strawberries. I took “before and after” pictures of my plate because I thought the “after” image was a great reminder of how I feel when I stay nourished and hydrated throughout the day…. Note the big bright eyes, rosy cheeks, and smile, even with a few sticky smudges and smears on my face! 🙂

Lunch: roasted Brussels Sprouts (leftover from last night's dinner) and walnuts

Lunch: roasted Brussels Sprouts (leftover from last night’s dinner) and walnuts

My late afternoon snack was avocado wrapped in seaweed paper. (I typically also add cucumber and carrots to this snack, which my family has dubbed “sushi nachos,” but I was out of those veggies and didn’t have time to go to the grocery today.)

Dinner was out of the norm tonight because I ate at a meeting during my normal “dinner hour.” The food was typical “meeting-food,” appetizers, but yummy, and I was able to stay within the reboot guidelines: carrots, hummus, apples, and grapes.

My late afternoon snack: avocado wrapped in seaweed paper

My late afternoon snack: avocado wrapped in seaweed paper

Also served were corn tortilla chips and chocolate chip cookies, and of course I was tempted (more by the corn chips than the chocolate chips!), but I resisted. It is day 9! And I feel great!

Only 1 day Left: You Can Do It!