Reboot Day 5–I did it!

Yesterday was the last day of my 5-day reboot and I am happy to report, I dropped a total of 5.5 pounds. More importantly, I feel really great.

Again, I didn’t follow the juice plan exactly, but–like yesterday–followed the plan’s intent. I had four juices along with chicken broth.

Sure, I was a little jealous when I had to watch others in my family eat real food, but it really wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t hungry, I had energy, and I will definitely do it again.  Glad to blog about it, too, because it really did help motivate me to stay on track.

What I craved today when I work up? A mango and some peanut butter on a graham cracker. Today’s breakfast seemed so indulgent! Now, I feel as though I’m back on track to following a nutritious, healthy diet. “Reboot” is a great name for this effort.

 

Calcium-Rich Cucumber (I drank this on days three and four and really liked it)

1/2 pineapple

8 celery stalks

2 large cucumbers

2 limes

 

Micro-nutrient Madness (I didn’t try this one)

2 oranges

4 carrots

2 orange bell peppers

4 celery stalks

1 cucumber

Reboot Day 4 Report

I must admit, I’m not exactly following the plan. Instead of the two juices I was supposed to have, I started getting creative, based on what produce I still have left. Let’s be honest–I’m too lazy to go to the store and buy more pears and apples.

Still, I’m following the intent of the plan–drinking two green juices and two “other” juices each day, and also making sure I am drinking regular water and coconut water. Tonight I allowed myself to have some plain yogurt with blueberries after my yoga class. I really needed some protein, I think. In fact, for people going on longer juice fasts, I think it’s recommended that they include protein powder in their juices, which makes sense to me–particularly for people who work out regularly.

As far as my workouts go, I haven’t been running these past four days, but I have gone to two Bikram yoga classes. I went Sunday and today and felt pretty strong. I wouldn’t at all say I’m feeling lethargic or experiencing any other symptoms some people report such as headaches or dry mouth. I feel good! (And, according to the scale, I’ve dropped five pounds–nice).

Plan recipes:

Chard Rock Cafe (I didn’t make this one)

6 carrots

2 cucumbers

1 lemon

4 large chard leaves

4 stems and leaves fresh oregano (optional)

 

Anti-Aging Beet Carrot Grape (I drank this one on day 5–liked it)

2 cups red grapes

4 celery stalks

4 beets (I used two)

4 large carrots

 

Reboot Day 3 Report

I woke up yesterday morning feeling VERY hungry so I was especially happy that I had a green juice already prepared in the fridge and I didn’t have to spend the 30+ minutes needed to make juice.

After I downed that, I headed in to work–but only after stopping at Vive Juicery.

juice

Sweet Mint & Local Love

Conveniently, Vive is located only a couple of blocks from where I work and they offer a wide variety of juices. Instead of following the day three plan on the 2016 Juice Challenge Website, I decided to take the easy way out and buy today’s juices.

My juice choices for today? Vive’s Local Love (beet, carrot, apple, swiss chard, lemon and ginger) and Sweet Mint (spinach, pear, cucumber, green apple, and mint). Click here for a link to their complete menu.

If I were following Joe’s Reboot, here’s what would be on the menu:

Pear Power

4 pears

2 lemons

8 celery stalks

2 cucumbers

handful of basil (may substitute other greens)

 

Carrot Apple Ginger

6 carrots

4 apples

2 inches ginger

 

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of beet juice. I’ll have to remember to keep that in mind in the future. Too bad, because it has the lovely color of a Cabernet or Pinot noir. I can pretend, right? I also will share that I felt as though I had too much juice to drink. At 6:00 p.m. I still had two more juices to force down. Again, not hungry at all due to the quantity of juice.

 

Reboot Day 2 Report

Day two done with nothing noteworthy to report. The second day of the reboot felt like any normal day and included a trip to the dog park and a Bikram Yoga class. My big splurge? Eating a pear before I went to bed. It was incredibly good.

Did not feel hungry during the day with the five servings of juice, coconut water, and pear.

Juices for the second day of the reboot are included here:

power

One of my Costco staples

Morning Green Glory 

Kale, spinach, and romaine (I used Power Greens)

2 cucumbers

6 celery stalks

2 green apples

2 lemons (I used 1)

 

Radiant Antioxi Orange

4 small oranges

6 carrots

3 cucumbers

2 yellow bell peppers

2 inches of ginger (I used less)

Reboot Day 1 Report

I started my 5-day juicing reboot yesterday and decided to follow a plan shared by the Reboot with Joe website. (See yesterday’s post for details).

Mean Green & Sunny Citrus

Mean Green & Sunny Citrus

Because I’ve done this before, I knew to expect to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. All the prep work and clean up is pretty time consuming. I also know how hard it is to follow any sort of strict diet with a teenager in the house. As I dutifully followed my fruit and vegetable liquid diet, my 17-year-old son enjoyed a BLT sandwich, pot stickers, and more. I also woke up to see a can of Pringles on the kitchen counter–evidence that he had made a late night snack run.

Oh, to have that youthful metabolism again.

Day 1 was easy; I knew it would be. I think the juices taste pretty good, and I also know how great this process will make me feel–that’s the best motivation. I know also, from previous experience, that days 3-5 will be the hardest.

And, can I say? The Pear Pie juice is REALLY yummy. This was my first time trying it and I’m a huge fan.

Mean Green Juice (2 servings)

2 cucumbers

8 celery stalks

4 apples

16 leaves kale (I substituted handfuls of spinach)

1 lemon (I used half)

2 inches of ginger (I used about half)

 

Sunny Citrus Juice (2 servings)

4 beets

1 grapefruit

2 lemons (I used 1)

4 carrots

1 knob of tumeric (I used ginger)

Pear Pie with raspberries

Pear Pie with raspberries

 

Peach or Pear Pie (the recipe suggests this makes one serving, but I found that it made enough for two–maybe my sweet potato was too large)

1 sweet potato (may substitute yam, jicama, or squash)

2 pears (may substitute peaches or nectarines)

1 apple

1 1/3 cups of blueberries (I used raspberries; blackberries would also work)

Dash of ground cinnamon

 

Note: These three juices were not all I consumed. The plan calls for 5 juices and coconut water or vegetable broth along with making sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. When I juice, I do not feel hungry at all.

Let’s do this juice thing again.

Just over two years ago, I watched the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead documentary and, like many, was inspired to buy a juicer to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Not long after, I decided to complete a modified 7-day juice fast, which I blogged about on here. The results were great–I felt good and I lost almost 10 pounds in one week. I also liked how the experience left me with a new appreciation for food I need to chew! I realized how enjoyable eating solid food is, because I really, really missed it during that week.

Since then, I’ve continued to incorporate juicing into my diet–not as strictly as the seven-day stint, but sometimes I’ll juice for an entire day or–more commonly–I’ll simply add juices into my normal diet. Juicing really is a great way to get those multiple servings of fruits and vegetables we are supposed to be eating every day, but often fail to do.

On social media, I follow the filmmaker (Joe Cross) on Twitter @joethejuicer and sometimes will check out his website. I’ve also enjoyed paying occasional visits to my local cold-pressed juicery. So, you could say, I generally “dabble” in juicing.

Joe the Juicer

Joe the Juicer

This past week, Joe encouraged followers to complete a 5-day juice challenge–a “reboot.” He provided an easy-to-follow plan, with recipes, though, so anyone can follow it whenever they want. In fact, I’ve found a couple options. Here’s one plan: 5-day Jump into Juicing Reboot, but the most recent one is found here: Joe’s 2016 Juice Challenge.

I fully INTENDED to do the 2016 reboot challenge, but I didn’t due to travel snafus last weekend and my inability to get to the store to stock up on all the produce I needed.

I’m ready now. I paid a visit to my local grocery store yesterday, purchased all the needed fruits and veggies, and am prepared and motivated to do this. I decided to write blog about my experience again–mostly as a way to hold myself accountable. My odds of blowing it are lessened tremendously if I know I’ll be checking in online about by efforts.

Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes.

First Light Half Marathon in Mobile, AL

Date: January 10, 2016

Distance: 13.22

Location: Mobile, AL

Time: 2:24:09

I loved this race! The city of Mobile has a cool vibe, and the course began and ended downtown and extended into several AlabamaShirt&medalshistoric, residential districts along tree-lined streets. The weather was nice and cool with no wind and the course was flat–that allowed me to finish in a must faster time than I expected. As noted in the MS race report, I really hadn’t been training like I should have.

I guess the walking and Bikram yoga classes got me through. The infrequent, short training runs I completed in the weeks leading up to the race certainly had nothing to do with it!

The location was great, the course support was great, I liked the shirts, and I liked that this race did so much to support a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual disabilities: http://www.larchemobile.org/ In fact, the race medals are created by members of that community each year, as were the plaques they gave out to those of us who ran both the Mississippi Blues and First Light races.

As much as I didn’t like running these races alone–and I had quite an ordeal getting home using flight benefits (I ended up having to purchase a ticket), I’m really glad to be that much closer to the end goal. The Alabama race marked #43, and I have a clear plan ahead for knocking out the rest. The end is in sight!

 

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